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RE: 4 Kids - Quad Bunk with Ford Expedition?

One of our kids has 3 children. They now have a Nissan 3500 van and love it. They tow a 27’ Pioneer bunkhouse that would sleep 4 kids easy.
GrandpaKip 07/14/20 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Getting ready to Hit the Road----finally retired

Congratulations. I’ll second the COE campgrounds. We also look at state, county and city owned campgrounds that are near where we want to go. We stay at KOAs for one nighters. Most resorts are glorified parking lots. Not for us, but lots of folks like them. If there is only a private place available, I research it as much as possible to avoid the ones that might have a sketchy population. Enjoy!
GrandpaKip 07/13/20 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Mattress Recommendations

We have a 3” Serta topper. Going on 5 years now.
GrandpaKip 07/13/20 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: update from maiden voyage 2020

Glad you had a successful outing. We have our 4th trip of the year coming up at Huntington Beach State Park in SC for a week.
GrandpaKip 07/13/20 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: moving up to 50 amp from 30

I would use your 50A cord run to the outlet and a dogbone to connect to the receptacle. Then switch off all the circuit breakers to ACs and any other electricity hogs just so nothing gets turned on accidentally. Best scenario is to install a 50A receptacle.
GrandpaKip 07/12/20 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer warranties

So, the “Grand Design” of this trailer puts 2 3500# axles under a 7500# gross weight trailer. That’s what is under my 6000# gross weight trailer. I agree, your trailer was built to an absolute minimum. What you are now paying for is what should have been there from the get go. As far as warranties, basically it comes down to an extra phone call or email. So that you get to be told no twice.
GrandpaKip 07/12/20 08:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Rubber Roof Blew Off

I can’t figure out how to reply to a specific post but I’m not certain if they got it from a show or not, it seems over the past few years these things are being made more and more carelessly with there record breaking sales. What’s crazy is we just had our mechanic up on the roof to reseal everything before we started this season a month ago, and we double checked all of his work and everything was sealed and fine looking before we left, he even notices places where they missed putting screws in at the factory in the front and fixed that. Use the quote function at the top of a particular post. Hope you get it fixed to your satisfaction.
GrandpaKip 07/11/20 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: How do I know if my trailer coupler is adjusted correctly?

Attach the coupler to your TV, then raise the the tongue with the jack. If it picks your TV up, you are probably fine. Look underneath to see how the coupler is fitting under the ball. Take just the ball, close the coupler and see how it fits, how much movement there is. I’d do the ball solo first.
GrandpaKip 07/11/20 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow weight

31k sounds good, but I would never give up payload unless I was going to downsize the camper. All the 1500 Rams I looked at, both diesel and gas, had payloads that were barely more than the Frontier I was replacing. Unless you get a camper that has a really large cargo capacity, I believe that just putting any additional stuff in the camper to keep within payload specs is going to be problematic. I don’t know anyone who has lightened the load in either truck or camper as time goes on. Sorta like people, the weight just magically grows ;-)
GrandpaKip 07/10/20 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Moving on up

Congratulations. I’m sure you will make many more memories in the fiver. Do keep in touch. Your advice and opinions have been invaluable.
GrandpaKip 07/09/20 07:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow weight

Does anyone have any experience with the 2019 RAM 3.0 eco diesel?? I’m kinda curious about this engine I considered a diesel before I got the Silverado. All of the ones I looked at had relatively low payloads compared to 1500 gassers. In addition, the cost of diesel fuel, the DEF, and the cost of maintenance kinda put me off. Don’t get me wrong, I love diesels. Got one in my tractor and had one in my sailboat.. Also, I am only pulling 5000 pounds. My Silverado is a plain Jane and cost a lot less than the diesels I looked at. MotorTrend loved the 2020 Ram Ecodiesel.
GrandpaKip 07/09/20 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Black Water Accident

I have a black tank rinser on latest trailer but have yet to use it. Never had it on previous trailers and never needed it. Indeed a great concept but keeping black tank wet works marvelously. Never having used it, you have no way to know if you ever needed it. I use a clear section between my stinky slinky and the RV so I can see "stuff" coming out of the tank. Just pulling the handle lets it flow freely. When the flow stops, I turn on the tank rinse. I always get more solids out. Not a lot, but enough. If I had never done that, I would have thought that I never needed it either. Ditto on the clear extension. It is amazing how much more stuff comes out with a rinse. And I always have a wet tank, also.
GrandpaKip 07/04/20 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Melting wires

Definitely get the wires fixed/replaced before using again regardless of the cause. Is it still under warranty? Might be simpler to handle yourself than having it sit at the dealer. Once done, I would suggest you install a Progressive Industries EMS. I think you are fortunate to have come out of this relatively unscathed.
GrandpaKip 07/04/20 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: ISO Owners Manual

It's worth a shot to email the company directly Skyline/Evergreen folded a few years back.
GrandpaKip 06/28/20 08:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Atwood Gas Oven Pilot Lighter Won't Spark

Do you have a manual? If not, get the model #, go online and download it. I know, I know....reading instructions aren’t for real men. I just look at the pictures.
GrandpaKip 06/28/20 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: ISO Owners Manual

Owner’s manuals are mostly generic for all the models. I have the manual for our camper and it’s pretty useless. Go through the camper, write down all of the appliances model numbers, go online and download the manuals. Put them all in a notebook along with any manual from stuff you buy. I ended up using a really big one.
GrandpaKip 06/27/20 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Had Americas Tires install new tires BIG PROBLEM

Although it is likely a simple repair none of us internet RV guru's really know the extent of the damage Yeah, pretty much a bunch of WAGs.
GrandpaKip 06/26/20 07:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Had Americas Tires install new tires BIG PROBLEM

Thanks every one for your replys. I found a local Lic Plumber who said over the phone "I don't work on RVs" I asked if he would at least look at it. He looked at it and fixed it for $270.oo I think he jacked the price up when I said I was going to take it to Court I called all the RV Repair places within 100 miles and none hardly had time to talk to me. One place said he would fix for $300 but I had to bring the TT to him. But it would be 6 weeks before he could do the job. Lo and behold the Claims guy from Americas Tire called this afternoon and said send the invoice for the repair and he would send me a check Maybe all is good after all. I am in my 80s and I cannot climb around under RVs like I used to. I was going to repair the problem myself. Glad I did not have to as it is 103 here today Glad it all worked out in the end.
GrandpaKip 06/26/20 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

Short answer—no. However, if your tongue weight is about 700 pounds or less, it’s lots easier to use an Andersen Hitch. Still have to back up straight, stop under the ball and attach everything. Takes me about 5 minutes. Takes longer to load all of the adult beverages required. I agree, that and a electric jack too Yep. I love my electric jack. Gotten so spoiled I’ve often wished I had one on the boat trailers.
GrandpaKip 06/25/20 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Life of a trailer slide out?

How big the slide is could be a major part of any slide problem. Some are really huge. I’ve seen quite a few that looked like they were drooping a bit. I never put out the slide unless the trailer is level and stabilized. Our cable slide has been flawless, but it’s only 18” x 84”. Personally, we would rather not have a slide. The floor plan of our Dart was the seller for us and we could not find it anywhere else.
GrandpaKip 06/25/20 07:54am Travel Trailers
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