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RE: Half ton towable fifth wheel

So funny that for the UK market a 28' narrow body 5er with a single slide is seen as a mobile penthouse but here stateside that floorplan would only be used for the most entry level unit (Arctic Fox being an exception).
afidel 11/15/19 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue jack maintenance

If it's an LCI unit they are a sealed unit and supposedly should not require any maintenance (IE they are disposable), other manufacturers call for partial disassembly and the application of a high melting point grease to wear surfaces.
afidel 11/15/19 11:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Space Heater

Don't be so blasted cheap and ruin the goodwill for others by abusing the system. The fees the campground charges for each night of camping cover the cost of power, unless the park has metered power service. If the park didn't want people using the full 30 or 50 amps of power, they'd out in lower amp service pedestals. In other words, providing power is a cost of doing business. A park sets their nightly rates to cover what ever costs are associated with providing the services they offer. Yeah, at average residential rates electricity is ~$1/W on an annual basis so a 1,500W heater costs a whopping $4/day, but wait, businesses generally pay 2/3 to 1/2 of residential rates so it's more like $2-3 a day. Not exactly going to break the bank for anyone charging for spots.
afidel 11/14/19 10:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Space Heater

I purchased this unit back in 2017 and it's been quite good. We've had our trailer down to the teens and woken up sweating because it managed to get it up to 80 (I've since learned that anything over about 3.5 dots will eventually get too warm, they are only to be used for initial heatup). YMMV based on a bigger trailer, more complex airflow, and perhaps worse insulation (though I doubt that, my unit is very entry level).
afidel 11/14/19 03:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

Casita pros: Better structural build quality Good resale Last forever Negatives: High initial price Good resale (as a buyer) Appliances are still from the usual suspects No slides (the amount of space the full depth dinette slide gives our 18' trailer is huge as a percentage)
afidel 11/13/19 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

My tanks are 30 pounds and weigh 55 pounds when full. All of the exchange places in my area ONLY swap the 20 pound tanks. Hence the question. many gas stations, uhaul locations, etc. will fill propane tanks, including the 30lb tanks. And IMHO swapping tanks is a boondoggle. First the cost/gallon of propane is much higher than filling, second most if not all only give you a partially filled tank I only use tank swaps when my tanks are expired, cheaper than getting them recertified.
afidel 11/08/19 02:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

Before I got the RV I car camped with the van. I was a bit paranoid about traveling long distance with full cylinders in the passenger compartment so I would empty them and then use the amerigas website to find a location that did propane filling near my destination.
afidel 11/07/19 12:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Pre trip routines

Dutchman, that is a handsome cat. How much bigger is he compared to those doglike creatures? ;) You joke but I've now owned two 18-19 pounds cats that can eat off the ~36" high counter top in the kitchen with their rear paws on the floor, significantly bigger than a lot of not-dogs I see these days =)
afidel 11/04/19 09:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Short list of narrow track TT and TH's.

Living lite 7x18FK, 7' wide and all aluminum or composite backed fiberglass.
afidel 11/04/19 02:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Pre trip routines

Fuel the truck before hitching, I hate to fuel up when I'm hitched up if it can at all be avoided.
afidel 11/04/19 01:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: trailer size and campsites in National Parks

21 feet seems to be the max in Oregon for the most part. Bigger is not always better. So many variables here. Really? I have camped in Oregon a lot and my 26' (30' overall) travel trailer fits in most national forest campgrounds and in all state parks. I have never had a problem. Jesseannie Yeah, I just checked for a 34' trailer 2 weeks out, could find a spot in every state campsite I checked which had RV sites (granted I only got through the C's, but that was enough for me to disprove the "you have to be under 21' to find any sites" nonsense). It's true that the longer the trailer the fewer spots you will fit in but it's still 73% of national park campgrounds at 35' according to this: Here are the averages: RVs up to 12' in length fit in every national park campground in the United States, although there are a few campgrounds that don’t allow RVs at all and are tent only. RVs up to 19' in length fit in 98% of all national park service campgrounds. RVs up to 25' in length fit in 93% of all national park campgrounds RVs up to 29' in length fit in 84% of all national park campgrounds RVs up to 32' in length fit in 81% of all national park campgrounds RVs up to 35' in length fit in 73% of all national park campgrounds RVs up to 37' in length fit in 60% of all national park campgrounds RVs up to 40' in length fit in 53% of all national park campgrounds (Remember that many of the parks will only have a few sites this size, however. Book long in advance if reservations are available–otherwise you run the risk of not having a spot) RVs up to 41' in length fit in 7% of all national park campgrounds (Remember that many of the parks will only have a few sites this size, however. Book long in advance if reservations are available–otherwise you run the risk of not having a spot) link Based on that I think that 35' is the best balance of livable space to campgrounds you can fit in, but everyone has their own priorities.
afidel 10/30/19 08:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Which WDH?

Try to find a used Hensley Arrow on eBay. A few $$ more will save you a lot of white knuckles and your DW will even want to help you drive sometime. White knuckle with a dually?!? No, what he needs is simply a competent hitch with integrated anti-sway. My vote would be Equalizer with 1,200 pound or 1,400 pound bars depending on how much they're planning to put in the trailer. List on those is $685-$785 with no shank. The reason I mention the no shank is that he has a 2.5" receiver (I assume he's using the 2" for a bike or other accessory) and the standard bundled shank is a 2" and nobody should have to deal with sleeves.
afidel 10/24/19 09:20am Travel Trailers
RE: suggestions on models

I am looking to "upgrade" my RV. I would really like a fifth wheel because of the ease of handling and maneuverability. My TV is a 2003 Super duty with the 6.0 diesel. Its a diesel but with it's age it's towing capacity is only 12,500lbs. I am having trouble finding 5er's under that weight that aren't designed as 1/2ton towable. My issue with 1/2 ton 5ers is I'm 6'2" tall and they all seem to have very low ceiling heights in the bedroom. Does anyone have any suggestions for a model within my tow specs that has a full height ceiling up front? I'm 6'3" and had no problem with the bedroom in the Cougar half ton we looked at. Brochure says 7' ceiling but if I remember correctly that's max height in the bedroom.
afidel 10/21/19 10:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

I decided at the spur of the moment to take the trailer out this weekend. Wife decided she wanted to work on a home improvement project so I went solo. Couldn't have been a better choice, got 2 days of hiking in and got about 1/4 bed full of firewood for $10 which lasted almost 6 hours keeping the very brisk fall night away.
afidel 10/21/19 10:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Opinions Needed - Starcraft vs. Cherokee Alpha Wolf

Starcraft wins points for the toilet setup, more prep space, and better outdoor kitchen setup. Alpha wolf gets point for bigger fridge, bigger pantry, and potentially second entry depending on what your wife thinks about the kids tracking dirt in. Either way as you say they're both midrange entries from the two volume leaders so quality is going to be suspect. Personally I'd probably make the call based on which dealer I felt more comfortable with if pricing is similar.
afidel 10/21/19 03:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: I think I'm stuck.

Good news, you're in Illinois, just tell them you're going to return the vehicle to them under your states interpretation of the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. See this for more information.
afidel 10/21/19 11:11am Travel Trailers
RE: 30 Days Straight

Glad he pulled through and is recovering, may he make a full recovery and enjoy many more pain free days =)
afidel 10/17/19 01:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: How cold can you go?

We came back from Florida during a polar vortex event, forgot to blow out the lines before we left so in Georgia I turned the furnace on to 50. By the time we got back to Ohio it was -10F. Blew the lines out in my dad's heated factory shipping bay the next day, no issues. We were only in the camper at about 0F in Kentucky but the trailer survived -10F. Ours is a very basic model with no heated underbelly. We might have just been lucky, ymmv, etc.
afidel 10/16/19 11:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: 5th wheel with largest tanks

We just bought a fifth wheel and it has a puny 44 gallons fresh water tank. Yes its made for FHU, but we dry camp a lot. 30 days this year. 44 gallons good for 4 days me and the wife its not enough. So in the spring I will either add or swap tank out for more. Funny they aren't built for dry camping yet the grey and blank tanks are huge. I guess they figure that I can pee more than I can drink....go figure.... I think the smaller fresh tank with large grey tank is made for the fairly normal state park that has electric and water at the site but no sewer. I know that's what I would use far more than a huge fresh tank.
afidel 10/10/19 08:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slideout Mechanism

Schwintek was designed for smaller, less deep slides. Some manufacturers, especially early on, did not read and understand the design notes and used it in inappropriate applications. Today most problems and mis-applications have been resolved. Cable driven systems have some packaging advantages but at least some recent designs have had problems with oil leaking from the drive system, and unfortunately dripping onto the roof of the slide leading to damaged rubber slide roofs. Rack and pinion is generally the most robust system but can not always be accommodated in the desired packaging. Overall most systems in place today are fairly robust as it's not in anyone's interest to have major mechanical systems breaking.
afidel 10/07/19 11:15pm Travel Trailers
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