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RE: Looking for a new trailer

It is a hoot when a scene starts in one, then moves smoothly to the other. The magic of cinema, where the impossible seems likely. In 2014, we did the deluxe tour of Warner Bros studio. Wonderful experience. It's amazing what film makers, and the film editors can do.
Atlee 04/24/21 05:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

The Trailer Aid Plus I have worked on my 2017 Jayco Jay Flight 23RB. It had 3500# tandem axles. They definitely were not Torsion axles. I ordered Goodyear tires for the Apex, decided I'd take the wheels / Castle Rocks off myself and take them to the shop. Pulled up on the Camco Trailer Aid and the tire didn't lift any at all. The shackles simply transferred the weight to the tire on the ground. So after 30 minutes of prep unhooking everything, swapping hitches, hooking up, moving twice, removing RV hitch from truck....I got out the trusty jacks and two spare tires. 30 minutes later I was done removing all four tires the old fashioned way. One spare on each side, one jack under the front springs. Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and not the sales pitch LOL! Yep. Those only work on the torsion type axles.
Atlee 04/13/21 06:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: CAT Scale Weights

To those who have replied, you are correct. There was a typo in the #1 weigh. The rear axle was 3480#, not the 3780# I originally typed. I have corrected the number. The correct number is now in bold in the original post. The tongue weight is now the difference between 7200# and 7920# or 720#.
Atlee 03/29/21 03:29pm Towing
RE: CAT Scale Weights

Had my wife and I. When I'm traveling, my bed is pretty full. I always carry a small air compressor. plus a small floor jack. I have tool box. We do a lot of non camp ground "camping", such as football games. I have provide my on power, so I carry 2 Honda 2000 generators, plus a six gallon extended run gas tank, plus 4 2.5 gallon cans. And remember, I have an 8' foot long fiberglass cap. Your truck weighs 7200? I see it’s an 8’ box and steel? But by comparison my 2020 w/ Max Tow and HDPP and full of fuel weighs 5860 with me and the 5th wheel hitch. My rear axle is 2560. You’re almost 1300lbs heavier just on the rear axle! BTW your math doesn’t add up for the truck weight 3720+3780=7500 which makes it more unbelievable! Do you have a rock collection you bring camping?
Atlee 03/29/21 11:13am Towing
CAT Scale Weights

Friday, weighed my truck and trailer at the truck stop a few miles from my house. Both truck and trailer were in their normal travel trim. The truck is a 2014 F150, XLT, Supercab, 4x4, 8' bed, Max Tow and HDPP. It has a 163" WB. GVWR=8200#, GCWR=17,100#, GAWR-F=4050#, GAWR-R=4800#, CCC=2286#, LT245/75R17 LRE, Hitch WT=11,500#, Tongue WT=1150#, 3.73 Limited Slip (mechanical, not electronic) rear end. , It has a 36gallon tank and it was full. The trailer is a Coachmen Freedom Express 20SE (Special Edition). GVWR=6000#, EW=4140#. ccc=1860#. Axles=2800# each, ST205/75R14 LRD tires. FW tank (50 gallon) is slightly behind the axles and was 2/3 full. GW and BW (33 gallon each) are just forward of the axle and were empty. 1st weigh (truck only). Front=3720#, Rear=3480#, Total=7200#. 2nd weight (W/O WDH bars (in the truck bed)). Front=3380#, Rear=4540#, Trailer=4620#, Total=12,540#. 3rd weigh (With WDH bars). Front=3500#, Rear 4380#, Trailer=4680#, Total=12,560# A little tweaking may be in order to move a little weight back to the front axle.
Atlee 03/29/21 06:50am Towing
RE: DVD and Blu Ray being discontinued?

I think DVD players will be around a while longer, just not made by people like Samsung, etc. My new trailer's entertainment center (actually just a small AM/FM radio) didn't come with a DVD/CD player. I'm old and still like CD's and DVD's. Do I ordered a relatively inexpensive ($32.xx) Chinese made Ceihoit player. Very simple and plays what I want to play. As I said, I suspect these type of players will be available for as long as I want to use them. Recently Samsung has discontinued production of all blu ray players as a result of streaming taking their place. DVD sales have also been dropping. RV parks have never been known to handle movie streaming on WiFi. We've always watched movies on DVD or Blu Ray in our RV. Streaming is not an option. So will watching movies in our RV be phased out over the coming years?
Atlee 03/26/21 05:54am Technology Corner
RE: These are a few mods I have done

Thanks. We got her the end of February in Florida. Put in Navy terms, the tow home to Virginia was like sea trials after the ship builder basically finished her. After the "sea trial", she went back into the "yard" to fix anything that was found wrong, thus the mods. This past week, we've cleared out any tools that are left behind at the "yard", and we've been provisioning her with equipment and stuff that stays aboard permanently. Plus food, drink and clothes. T0day she's delivered to the fleet, and we're taking her out on a short 2 day "shake down" cruise. You made good use of your down time during the pandemic. :C Thanks for sharing.
Atlee 03/26/21 05:44am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: These are a few mods I have done

The current last mod is simply a temporary fix for holding up the bed platform in order to use the under bed storage. This trailer, a Coachmen Freedom Express 20SE, did not not come with struts. I'm going to order a pair of struts, but until then, this is my fix. The temporary bed lift. https://i.imgur.com/GT74bVQl.jpg Notched end at the bottom. https://i.imgur.com/q4Q3qLil.jpg Cleat at the top. https://i.imgur.com/cIzfZRvl.jpg
Atlee 03/26/21 12:30am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: These are a few mods I have done

This mod involved replacing the nearly useless Ventline fan with a Heng's Vortex II fan. It's not quite as good as a Fantastic Fan or a Max Air fan, but it's a lot less expensive and doesn't require breaking the roof seal. I had to get a friend who is more "tool friendly" than I am. It wasn't as easy an install as the various You Tube videos indicated, at least for me. This is the original Ventline install. https://i.imgur.com/PGErUJil.jpg The Vortex II in the box. https://i.imgur.com/gp9Ukdbl.jpg This is the Vortex out of the box. https://i.imgur.com/7gWFTN2l.jpg Old fan stripped out. https://i.imgur.com/QiRJQjel.jpg Vortex II installed. https://i.imgur.com/bURSVwwl.jpg
Atlee 03/26/21 12:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: These are a few mods I have done

The next mod is adding a back splash behind the stove. My model didn't have one due to "cost cutting" reasons. This mod was mostly done by my wife. Sticky back "tile" and I don't mix well. The sticky tile is Art3d from Amazon. The first pic is a before shot. https://i.imgur.com/1Ce7csvl.jpg This pic is the 1st row applied. https://i.imgur.com/vmx8r9jl.jpg Measuring the next row. https://i.imgur.com/eKZqTPIl.jpg Finished product. https://i.imgur.com/koYUpMRl.jpg
Atlee 03/26/21 12:06am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: These are a few mods I have done

My next modification was reclaiming lost storage space under one of the dinette seats. Early models of my floor plan had a cabinet door allowing use of the end of the dinette seat. Later models took this away. I didn't add a cabinet door, but I still reclaimed the space for storing some sleeping bags. This fist pic is the bench seat with cover off. At one end is the water pump. At the other is wasted storage. https://i.imgur.com/CNJTLN7l.jpg Added support under the seat. https://i.imgur.com/WxjTlFyl.jpg Partition in place. https://i.imgur.com/x819sail.jpg Bench seat board cut in half. https://i.imgur.com/nOIEuAOl.jpg Wire for "hard wired" propane detector was just running across the floor loose. I duct taped them to the side. The Styrofoam pieces are covering the protruding detector mounting screws. https://i.imgur.com/dN3hextl.jpg Finished split seat board. https://i.imgur.com/qWDKgttl.jpg Cushions in place. https://i.imgur.com/Kd0xaeLl.jpg
Atlee 03/25/21 11:37pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: These are a few mods I have done

This mod is replacing the dealer supplied Grp 24 12V battery for a pair of GC2 210 amp/hour batteries from Sam's Club. I bought the double Grp 24/GC-2 battery box from Amazon. https://i.imgur.com/RLT5LgWl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/qADlHKBl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/RPpNPExl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/6ZabqKzl.jpg
Atlee 03/25/21 11:25pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
These are a few mods I have done

The first is my usual analog thermostat change out. To me, those things are useless. Since this new trailer has a 2 wire, heat only thermostat, I got a Honeywell PRO 1000 Heat Only residential style thermostat. https://i.imgur.com/Ro6fUP3l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/5B59Ex5l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xb401ASl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/e3JZaxXl.jpg
Atlee 03/25/21 11:18pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Sharp reverse turn with Equl-i-zer hitch?

I do a 90 degree turn backing from the subdivision street to my driveway. Haven't had any problems with the Equal-i-zer when doing so.
Atlee 03/21/21 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Vortex II fans

Not knowing anything, what are PWM's? And how do you install reversing switches? I bought the cheaper single speed Vortex fan and added PWMs and reversing switches. Now I have full speed control in both directions without wasting energy like the resistors in the Vortex II.
Atlee 02/20/21 03:22pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Vortex II fans

Getting a new TT Monday. It, like most TT's comes with a weak, under powered fan that would be hard pressed to blow out a candle. In other trailers I've purchased, I have a Fantastic fan installed in it's place. This time I'm thinking of putting in a Vortec II fan myself. I know it's not a Fantastic fan or Maxx air fan, but will the Vortec II move enough air to be worth while?
Atlee 02/20/21 08:01am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

Signed the contract for this trailer yesterday. Scheduled to pick it up Monday. I'm satisfied with the price I got, so I'm good at this point. Ended up, I liked this floor plan too much, and couldn't wait 4 to 6 months to get an ordered one. First, thanks to all the replies. Now slightly related question. The floor plan I want is a 24.5' long Coachman Freedom Express 20SE. It's the exact floor plan as the now discontinued Ultra Lite 204RD. Coachmen and stripped some stuff, and will present it at a lower price point. Thing is, it's not to be shipped for several more months. This dealer said he had one because Coachmen built a "prototype" ahead of schedule for use at a regional Super Show. At least that was the story told to me. In any case, it's the only one I can find anywhere. From the "original" price I can get it for 24% under that price, OTD, excluding state tax. otd excluding tax is not "out the door" in texas.
Atlee 02/20/21 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

First, thanks to all the replies. Now slightly related question. The floor plan I want is a 24.5' long Coachman Freedom Express 20SE. It's the exact floor plan as the now discontinued Ultra Lite 204RD. Coachmen and stripped some stuff, and will present it at a lower price point. Thing is, it's not to be shipped for several more months. This dealer said he had one because Coachmen built a "prototype" ahead of schedule for use at a regional Super Show. At least that was the story told to me. In any case, it's the only one I can find anywhere. From the "original" price I can get it for 24% under that price, OTD, excluding state tax.
Atlee 02/18/21 06:14pm Travel Trailers
What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

With the hot market for trailers and other RV's, what kind of discount can be expected now? 35%, 30%. 25%.
Atlee 02/14/21 06:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailers

What are the irritating items? It's an Elkhart built trailer. I have a 2018 FE. Haven't run into any major issues, but several irritating items requiring repair. Biggest one criticism I have, china bomb tires, and I just put GY Endurance on mine... only to be sold this summer/fall
Atlee 02/14/21 06:20pm Travel Trailers
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