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RE: Looking to Purchase Lightweight Bunkhouse Model

Currently heading to sleep in our 181BH, we've put 30k miles on her in 3.5 years. We've had 5 people in it for 3 weeks. I agree that the tanks are very, very small. Before that wasn't an issue as we'd just use the facilities at the campground like when we tent camped, with Covid it now means we have to get full hookups for anything more than a weekend trip, even holiday weekends as the wife won't go 3 days without a shower. I also agree it's very tight for bad weather days, one of the primary reasons we're looking at a bigger trailer now (plus since I only have a 1,100 square foot house the trailer is going to double as a home office). That said my advice is to go for it, find out what you do and don't like about it and if you do like the whole RVing thing you can use the knowledge gained to inform your next purchase. I paid $12,500 out the door for mine, pretty cheap on a per mile basis =)
afidel 08/04/20 12:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer length - does that influence spot availability?

According to someone who compiled every federal campground spot a few years ago at 35' you still officially fit into 85% of sites, every foot over drops you around 4-5%. State spots are generally a bit more lenient but it's not that far off. Heck, if you make reservations last minute like I did for my current trip every foot counts. We got the last spot at 3 campgrounds, 1 would fit up to 24', the one we're on right now is super tight at 18', the one tomorrow would fit 30-31' but no longer than that.
afidel 08/01/20 03:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: OK what you got ?

400# TW loaded? Good luck with getting the rest of your list with that restriction. If that's dry TW then there are a few Murphy bed units with a dinette slide that barely squeek in.
afidel 07/29/20 05:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

Heck, my little 26' TT cost $26k and it ain't no "off road" rig by any means. Well, I could take a dirt road maybe... But ain't gonna be getting where it sounds like you go.. And mine only sleeps 2 people... Even those little 15' tear-drop "off road" rigs can cost way over that $30k figure... No idea what this is or what it costs, but seems to be a pretty big off road rig.. That's a Black Series trailer. They're an Aussie designed, US built trailer. Since their bigger popups run $25k I'm not sure if I want to know what the trailer would cost. That said the classic double popup might be exactly what the OP was looking for.
afidel 07/28/20 12:00am Travel Trailers
RE: New Travel Trailer Purchase

You used to hear 30% and 35% bandied around frequently. One thing you can also do is to use www.RVtrader.com or www.rvt.com Use their advanced search and feed the information for exactly what you are looking at. It will then show you ads for identical models and the prices advertised by dealers. You will find a wide variance in those prices, and will also find many variables in how the dealers transact their business. Some will low ball a price, and then add thousands in fees and charges. Some will price their units straight out the door. You can go tho the individual dealers websites from there and see their methods, no fee straight up dealers tend to promote heavily on their business models, dealers with a lot of add ons tend to not show much if any information on their sites. CW uses every ADD on or fee they can dream up. Also remember, these units have wheels, you can buy one from a hundred or more miles away. The RVT search doesn't always work with CW, they are like Walmart, they have lots of exclusive brands and even for more widely available brands they often have their own special builds that are cheapened vs what you would get at another dealer. It still night give you an idea of where they are vastly overpriced, but just because they are a few dollars cheaper doesn't mean they are a better deal. Add in their penchant for costs well above advertised and it's definitely YMMV.
afidel 07/27/20 08:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Kind of a dumb question, but I'm new

Adding the hitch is a simple and quick deal. Camping World might not be your best choice of shops to do it. Buying from the dealer you buy the camper from is good advice. CW has a less than stellar reputation. No matter which dealer does it I'd double check their setup, measure the wheel well front and rear, drop the trailer on the ball, measure, then attach/engage the WDH and measure a third time. The third measurements front and rear should be roughly halfway between the first and second.
afidel 07/27/20 07:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wasp Nest Behind Fridge

After you get them out do yourself a favor and get a set of these bug screens for the fridge and then these screens for the furnace and water heater. In total they took about an hour to install and for the life of the trailer no more worrying about mud daubers or any other annoying thing getting into the burning parts of the RV. Btw those might not be the exact item for your RV, there are a few sizes of each but they should get you a starting point.
afidel 07/25/20 07:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Foam in the floor

New trailer, or if you have payload capacity to spare you could try self leveling compound and putting linoleum over it to level the floor. Replacing the flooring isn't really an option IMHO since they're integral to how the trailer functions. I've seen some Airstream frame off restorations to redo the flooring and even though they're made about an order of magnitude more stoutly than your typical TT they're still unbelievably fragile when not tied into the flooring, they're also worth a lot more so it's easier to justify the extreme labor cost.
afidel 07/21/20 09:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow weight

Correct, J2807 is based on full fluids, a 150 pound driver, and 10% tongue weight using a flat deck trailer with heavy weights adjusted to give the desired tongue weight. It's not at all representative of what real users tow or how most of us use our vehicles. I've talked to several people in the industry about a more realistic tow test using an average family of 4 with 2 teenagers and a few hundred in the bed and a max frontal area but because it would result on smaller numbers everyone has said it would never fly as marketing would kill it.
afidel 07/21/20 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Yet another tow/weight question...

Thanks so much for all the info. 1. The two we're looking at have dry weights of 4,883 and 5,120. 2. I'm sure most newbies say this, but, we don't anticipate having too much added weight to the calculations above. Perhaps your not quite understanding dry weight. This weight does not include optional equipment added, propane tanks, batteries, any fluids......it's just a striped weight off the end of the conveyor belt. EXAMPLE: Our current trailer has a dry weight of 6120lbs and a GVWR OF 7740LBS......OUR trailer weighed in at 7492 ready to camp. Hope this helps. It depends, if it's a brochure weight it might be the lightest unit they could make, if it's a yellow sticker dry weight then by law it's supposed to be the weight as assembled including full propane tanks of the capacity shipped. If the dealership adds any equipment in excess of a certain weight (50 pounds?) they're supposed to affix a modified yellow sticker. I found that KZ's dry weight almost exactly matched my initial cat scale ticket, others have unfortunately found variances of hundreds of pounds, the worst I've read about was a difference of 250 pounds of dry tongue weight!
afidel 07/20/20 09:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

On ramp problems are by far the most irritating to me....”hit the gas, dope!” Yup, I gross 5 tons and have a giant sail behind me and I can hit the speed limit by the end of the ramps, what is your excuse! As far as cruising speed, I do 68, fast enough that once I pass the semis that are governed to 65 I'm not playing leapfrog games but I'm still within the rating of my tires, in a decent range for fuel economy (11.1mpg over 30k miles), and off of the cops radar. I also use the #2 lane from the right in urban areas unless I'm using the HoV lane.
afidel 07/16/20 11:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Walkable TT roof

My newbie single axle has standard 13.5 AC and a non-walkable roof, but that roof is a single piece of metal that spans from under the front cap all the way to the rear wall. I'll take it over a walkable TPO roof personally =)
afidel 07/16/20 10:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: where 2 get water for RV before you reach your destination?

I did post that prefer filling at home but agree.....weight could become an issue. Why? Because of axle ratings. You'd be surprised how many trailers with say, 7700 GVWR come equipped with 2 axles rated at 3500 lbs.....2 X 3500=7000. If the tank sits forward of axles, quite a bit on some trailers then your dealing with what could be, significant tounge weight. NOW,this additional weight attacks your payload. Lol Why can't it be simple. I have the opposite problem, 3,600 GVWR, 26 gallons of water all sitting well behind the axle drops the tongue weight a bunch making it tow much worse.
afidel 07/16/20 01:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Bunkhouse Feedback

Love our 181BH, but after having it a few years we're ready to move up. The biggest thing is the tanks are TINY which wasn't a huge deal in the past as we just used the bath house at the campground like we always had when tent camping. Now with covid it's becoming an issue as there's no way I'm using shared facilities so we now have to get full hookups even for a long weekend. The other big issue is it's pretty tight on bad weather days, definitely looking forward to comfortable seating for all 4 of us with the next trailer. I personally wouldn't even consider any of the other units since without the dinette slide they're absolutely cramped even on good weather days. Most of those manufacturers have a similar unit to the 181BH with the dinette in a slide, I'd strongly recommend looking at those. That thing is light. And i see what you mean about the tabks. I would definitely get a side slide out if you could manage it. So much more space. What is you weight max? I like mine , but if i had to do it over defently a side slide out. My GVWR is 3,600 which is almost exactly what we weighed stocked for a 3 week trip with 5 people according to the CAT scale ticket, normally with 4 of us (we took my niece on the big trip) and a shorter trip we're a few hundred pounds under.
afidel 07/15/20 10:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouse Feedback

Every one of those is an entry level model. The quality will be very low. I would recommend looking at a different level of trailer! Quality of components is low across the industry, only custom units have any true quality. The advantage low end units have is they have less features, so less to break.
afidel 07/15/20 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: breaker keeps blowing

Hey. I know this topic has been thoroughly discussed, but your load does not sound too large for a 30amp breaker. I was having a similar problem with my 30amp breaker popping under reasonable load. I replaced the breaker and it fixed my problem. I am not an expert, but seems as if the switches get worn and over time will pop under lighter and lighter loads. FYI. It'll depend on voltage, over the weekend of the 4th I could only run my AC on my 30A, any other load brought the voltage below the cutoff on my EMS. Had to turn off converter and fridge and couldn't us the microwave during the day. At home with 126V I can run the fridge, converter, and AC on a 15A plug.
afidel 07/14/20 02:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouse Feedback

Love our 181BH, but after having it a few years we're ready to move up. The biggest thing is the tanks are TINY which wasn't a huge deal in the past as we just used the bath house at the campground like we always had when tent camping. Now with covid it's becoming an issue as there's no way I'm using shared facilities so we now have to get full hookups even for a long weekend. The other big issue is it's pretty tight on bad weather days, definitely looking forward to comfortable seating for all 4 of us with the next trailer. I personally wouldn't even consider any of the other units since without the dinette slide they're absolutely cramped even on good weather days. Most of those manufacturers have a similar unit to the 181BH with the dinette in a slide, I'd strongly recommend looking at those.
afidel 07/14/20 10:47am Travel Trailers
RE: 4 Kids - Quad Bunk with Ford Expedition?

Chevy Express passenger van with the Duratec v8. They're only 'rated' to 10k pounds, but that's because the factory receiver is only rated for 1,000 pounds, the rear axle and the Duratec are both capable of a LOT more so just get a customer class V receiver installed. Btw you'll have to get a 2016 or older, they dropped the big diesel in '17. Here's a CURT rated for 17k/2,400 for this vans https://www.amazon.com/CURT-15320-Class-Trailer-Hitch/dp/B00A8XHG2Y
afidel 07/14/20 01:20am Travel Trailers
RE: 4 Kids - Quad Bunk with Ford Expedition?

Chevy Express passenger van with the Duratec v8. They're only 'rated' to 10k pounds, but that's because the factory receiver is only rated for 1,000 pounds, the rear axle and the Duratec are both capable of a LOT more so just get a customer class V receiver installed. Btw you'll have to get a 2016 or older, they dropped the big diesel in '17.
afidel 07/14/20 01:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Overnight stop near Atlanta

High Falls State Park just south of Atlanta or Red Top Mountain State Park north of Atlanta. There are also some nice COE campgrounds around Lake Allatoona on the north side of Atlanta. High Falls is a great stop. If you're in need of a stop just for the night the Flying J in Jackson has RV parking to the south and Resaca to the north. We've stayed in Jackson on the way to Florida (going through Atlanta at 11pm is much better than during the day), and stumbling over to the Denny's for coffee and breakfast was nice.
afidel 07/12/20 11:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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