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RE: Hitch Selection - TW Questions

Based on one of the responses... Does weight in truck bed need to be considered when selecting a WDH? Ex. TW is 900# and truck bed has 500#....hitch and bars need a 1400# rating? Chains vs solid bars?
Baja Man 06/21/21 05:57pm Travel Trailers
Hemet, CA to Klamath River RV Park, CA

Considering this family trip this summer. What is best and safest route for this trip. Would I be crossing GG Bridge (which would be great!)? Would like to split trip into two days. First stop would be midway. What is best place to stay at midway point (appears to be Tracy, Livermore, Dublin)? Trip is approximately 12.5 hours/800 according to G-Maps. Thanks!
Baja Man 06/20/21 07:03pm Roads and Routes
Hitch Selection - TW Questions

I have used both Equalizer brand and Blue Ox. EQ made quite a bot of screeching sounds. BO was quiet. They both worked great. Considering both with my new to me TT (2011 Outback 250RS). GVWR of 7550#; It has a brochure TW of 640#. After I load trailer and full water tank (50Ga), I would assume it will be between 700-1100. I have a TW scale and will weigh before I decide on which model rated bars/head unit. My questions are: 1. If TW loaded is 900#-1200#....will a 1500# rated bars to stiff for the application? 2. How much over loaded TW should the hitch size (head/bars) be? 3. Bars (EQ/BO) vs Chains (BO)? Thanks!
Baja Man 06/20/21 04:10pm Travel Trailers
Generator/Inverter Mounted over Propane Tanks??

I have mounted one of these on a previous trailer (2016 ORV Timber Ridge 280RKS). It worked great. I used the Stromberg-Carlson mount and a 3100W Dual Fuel Champion generator. I connected directly to propane tank. I went with propane as I did not want to deal with carrying gasoline and also carbs getting gummed after not being used regularly. Not sure if this set up will work on my new to me 2011 Outback 250RS. Nevertheless, I want to carry a genny with me. Back to debating....Dual fuel single type or two Hondas. I know Hondas are gas but they can be used independently and are very reliable,......but carrying several gallons of gasoline scares me!! Is it safer to carry a couple of propane tanks vs several gallons of gasoline? All carrying would be in my truck bed with topper. If the SC mount does not work over my propane tanks (A frame may be too short between trailer and ball), I may have to carry a genny in truck. Thoughts?
Baja Man 06/20/21 03:34pm Travel Trailers
Mattress Recommendations

Looking to replace the OEM mattress. It is an RV Short King (72"x75"). I see so many options....gel infused, gel foam, memory foam, 6", 8", 12"..... I'm a big guy at 275# and wife is petite. Thanks!
Baja Man 06/20/21 03:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer, new generator?

I agree that since you want to run everything a 3000+Watt genny will be needed. What are your thoughts on a dual fuel and mount above propane tanks using a Stromberg-Carlson mount? No gas to deal with, no fouled carbs, electric start !!!
Baja Man 06/20/21 08:57am Travel Trailers
2011 Keystone Outback 250RS - New Owner!

Just purchased this unit today. Original owner, SoCal, kept under awning. Unbelievable.... but lap sealant on roof has almost no cracks, only a small area (4'x4') is showing some black dots on EPDM roof rubber, fiberglass sides are still shiny, and tires are original with no sidewall cracking (I will replace tires). It's not perfect, but pretty nice for a 10 year old trailer. Family is happy! Floor plan is fantastic!!! I shopped for a couple of months......You really can't get this much interior space in a 25' box. Some sacrifices....30ga black/gray tanks, 6cf refer, 13.5 BTU AC. To do..... Roof reseal New tires Wheel Bearing/brakes serviced Personalization stuff!
Baja Man 06/19/21 10:10pm Travel Trailers
Mini Swamp Cooler (Arctic Air) - Legit?

I live in HOT area of So Cal Desert! We enjoy camping in Southwest states in summers. It can get hot (100-110f). My AC is a 13.5 in a 25' trailer (29' overall). Have any of you used this product.....Does it work as advertised? Thought of placing near beds, dinette. I believe it's too big to place behind refer below condenser to help refer. Thanks!
Baja Man 06/19/21 09:56pm Tech Issues
2011 Dometic 6cf - Freezer works, Refer Does Not???

Just purchased a used 2011 Outback. 250RS. Original owner and well cared for unit. The refer was last used in Oct. 2020 without issue. Today he connected to 120V and turned on refer at 8:30am to have it ready for my 10:30am arrival. The freezer base (bottom of freezer) was very cold! The refer rear fin plates felt like room temp after 4 hours (12:30pm). He did not know why.....never happened in the 10 years he's owned it. I'll plug it in tonight at home to 120V and see what I get in the AM. RV appeared to be level in his driveway. Thoughts on how the freezer can work and not the refer?? Dometic Model # DM2652LBX Thanks! UPDATE: 6-20-21 This morning checked freezer and refer and all is well! I'll place some temp gauges in both freezer and refer to get temps. Gonna be another hot one today!!
Baja Man 06/19/21 09:35pm Tech Issues
2011 Keystone Outback 250RS - Pros/Cons?

Hello-- Considering this model. One owner and well cared for. Does anyone here have any experience with this model / brand? Pros/cons? We travel with 3-4 adults. Camping style.....70% hook up and 30% non hooks ups. 3-5 days camping and longer when hooked up. I currently have a one ton truck but plan on a 1/2 ton in the future that is why I am looking for smaller TT, but still have sleeping for 3-4. Considering the vintage, it appears to be well constructed according to attached brochure. 2011 Keystone Outback
Baja Man 06/17/21 06:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2012 Windjammer 2809W - Thoughts?

How was it? Did you see it in person? Seller never responded after I made several attempts (RV Trader)
Baja Man 06/17/21 01:16pm Travel Trailers
2012 Windjammer 2809W - Thoughts?

May look at a used one that is not too far from me. It appears very clean. I read somewhere the axles are not leaf spring? Quality issues? How are roof and wall constructions? Ex. roof with Truss with fiberglass insulations like most or ????? Thanks
Baja Man 06/11/21 07:09pm Travel Trailers
Trailer or Motorhome...For a Boater/Fisherman-Which Rig?

Travel Trailer or Motorhome? For those of you that love to fish and boat……what RV did you choose? Whichever we decide on it will be 30’ or less. Motorhome would be used; Trailer could be new or used. Budget: $40K We’ve owned a Class A, Class C, Travel Trailer, and a 5er. We have been RVing for 20 years. We are at a crossroads in our next selection of a camping rig. I’m retiring at the end of this June (58yo). Wife and I would like to spend travel and adventure time with our 16yo son who has Autism. He is a great kid, well-behaved, and enjoys traveling and camping! Our 22yo son just graduated from college and is enrolled in grad school; he will travel with us when off from school. So we will be traveling/sleeping three and occasionally four. A couple of small fur pets will join us when we travel with 4. Over the next few years, we want to travel the Southwest/PNW (CA, NV, AZ, NM, ID, OR, WA, CO). Our trips will be between 2-3 weeks, 3-4 times per year. There will be trips when I travel alone for some fly fishing; these are in addition to family trips. No boat would be towed on these trips. I own a small Arima 15’ Sea Sprinter boat and would love to take it with me, as we love places that have water….rivers, lakes, ocean/harbors. I use my boat regularly near my home so I get plenty of water and fish time!!! I own a 2003 Ford F-350 V10 so towing a trailer is not an issue. I use a camper shell so no 5er for me. Trailer: Pros: Currently own a low mileage tow vehicle in great condition; cost is less to purchase and maintain. Tow vehicle is used to explore surrounding areas. If truck were to break down, trailer can be used while waiting for repairs. I could purchase a 12' raft and small outboard for use as needed. I can also fish rivers, lakes, surf without a boat. Cons: Unable to tow my boat; long rig between trailer and truck; a little more work to set up Motorhome: Pros: Passengers have access to restroom; passengers able sleep on longer trips; can tow boat; small length when not towing boat; a vehicle can be towed in lieu of boat; if no vehicle to tow…a car can be rented locally Cons: More expensive to maintain; no vehicle for visiting surround areas; smaller interior/living space vs trailer Conclusion: I really enjoy my boat and would love to take it along, but we also love to explore the areas we visit. Not sure a motorhome is conducive to using as a vehicle for sightseeing? I could purchase a 12’ raft and small outboard to use if I went the trailer route…it would allow me to access the water with 3-4 people. What am I missing in my thoughts? Other considerations? Thoughts from those of you have been or are currently in this situation....RVer, boater, fisherman,....what did you do?
Baja Man 05/27/21 02:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Selection - Suggestions requested

All great advice! Be ready to strike like a rattlesnake!!! There's a used 2020 Grand Design 2400BH about 300 miles from me ($31K or offer) If I can negotiate price over phone (mid $25K), I can make an offer, based on physical inspection. I'm also considering an ORV, but not easy to find. There's also a new 2021 Coachmen Adrenaline 21LT toyhauler that appears to check the boxes. It has an MSRP of $44K but can be had for approx. $33K. How are the new Coachmens? Coachmen Adrenaline 21LT Grand Design 2400BH Can't decide between new and used, or brand????? Is a 28' overall much of a difference over a 32' overall? NOTE: After seeing prices of new and used....feeling like I should have kept my 2009 28' Toyhauler. But at 32' Overall, it was just too long. And it was getting older, roof would need recoating, appliances were already 12 years old, etc. Newer SHOULD provide at least 10 years of mostly trouble free BIG issues (aside from the annoying small issues all trailers seem to have). Decisions, decisions, decisions!
Baja Man 05/07/21 08:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: New "Hitch" line of trailers by Cruiser RV

“Beefed up,” Rex, is a larger sticker...usually affixed near the RV door...proclaiming EXCELLENCE! Funny!
Baja Man 05/04/21 07:28pm Travel Trailers
Trailer Selection - Suggestions requested

Owned several RVs over past 15 years…..Class C, Class A, 5er, and TT. All have their pros / cons. Just sold our 2009 Toyhauler. Just too heavy (13K GVWR for my 2003 Ford V10). Great truck and do not want to sell it for a diesel. We do not have toys, but liked the three queen beds and genny. Will retire end of June and wife and I want to spend some time traveling around the Southwest with our 16yo son. (CA, NV, NM, UT, etc). There may be summers when our 21 yo son will join us….but being a recent college grad and his age, he may not go with us very often. Wife enjoys close to home camping at state parks, but does not want to travel for extended trips (3+ weeks at a time). Fly fishing in the above areas is near top of my list of things to do. Spending time with our 16yo son, who is on the Autism spectrum, is our top priority. I want him to camp and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. He enjoys RV travels. Wife is OK with 2-3 week trips, max. This will limit our how far we travel. I may be traveling at times solo for my fishing excursions or for locations further away. Looking for another TT. As I get older, I prefer things much simpler…..smaller, lighter, practical, etc. Deciding on brand, floorplan (bunks or no bunks) and length are my current quandaries. Will purchase used. Large U dinette OR bunks, larger shower, fixed queen vs Murphy, are the options I am considering. Would like to keep size to max 28’ overall length (smaller is preferable). At least 50 gal of freshwater and 40/40 gray and black. Primary places we stay….State parks, RV parks, campgrounds with no hook ups, and some BLM, but not much. Will mount a genny above propane tanks. Thoughts and recommendations for a selection or other things I should be considering? Thanks!
Baja Man 05/04/21 01:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Murphy bed & bunks recommendations?

Check out the Rockwood Mini Lite 2509S.... Considering this model myself At 6'-7" you could sleep on dinette. Not sure of the ceiling height but I'm sure it over your height
Baja Man 05/02/21 08:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck Camper - Newbie Needs Advice

Looks like I was off considerably on my payload specs.....scroll to bottom for "F-350 California" I was referred to this data.....See Here
Baja Man 01/27/21 07:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper - Newbie Needs Advice

I'm leaning towards a Lance 825...... around 2K dry and 3K wet
Baja Man 01/24/21 07:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper - Newbie Needs Advice

Found these two Palominos... 1860# dry weight: Palomino HS750 FULL SPECS 2460# dry weight Palomino HS-8801 FULL SPECS
Baja Man 01/23/21 07:59pm Truck Campers
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