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RE: Front glass window protection

As jwfails says, for Lance trailers, Autoweave in Denver makes covers. They are vinyl, and can be ordered with a closed-cell foam backing. They sew snaps into the cover, and supply snaps with adhesive backs to put on your trailer. I have one on my trailer, and have traveled about 8,000 miles with no problems with the snaps. Cover is on when we are on the road, and I remove it when we get to camp. If you have the dimensions of your window, Autoweave may very well make a cover for you. They have been making covers for the Lance window for a few years, so they have it down very well. I think mine was about $225, but that is with a template they already have. Very-well worth it, in my book. I have replaced my pickup windshield twice since I got our trailer. Not worth the risk to the trailer window, when a cover can likely prevent the breakage.
avoidcrowds 03/12/20 03:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4 season camping

We have a 2017 Lance 1995. It is 4-season. That said, I have had water lines freeze into the bathroom in 7°F, and the line to the water pump froze at -2°F. I stayed plenty-warm in the trailer (furnace ran just under half the time with thermostat set at 65°) when temps were below 10°F. I don't know if any TT is really going to fare well with temps below 10°F longer than overnight. Even with furnace running, the Lance has water lines running around the perimeter, so they don't get heat, even with the cupboards left open. Around the perimeter of the bathroom gets no heat from the furnace, that I can tell. Good luck!
avoidcrowds 01/22/20 09:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Aftermarket trailer backup assist

I am not seeing where showing me the angle between the trailer and TV will help me back. I look in my mirrors, and can't tell you the angle of approach. I think that is where the rear-facing camera is more helpful than the angle. What am I missing?
avoidcrowds 12/05/19 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions please!

"Tara, if you want a relatively quiet experience and better security, think about RV parks," I see what you are doing, profdant, keeping boondocking to those of us already doing it. :B Tell others that campgrounds are better, and all.
avoidcrowds 11/25/19 03:08pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Again, Admin Opening Tongass National Forest...

Be careful, pigman. You will get flamed for having an opinion based on experience. You should be forming opinions based on emotion. Same with you, Tom/Barb - living close and seeing/reading about the fires is a perspective you are not supposed to share. It may support the Administration's actions. From what I have read, so far, less than 3.5% of Tongass will be opened for logging. I have not found out how much, or where, the oil development or mining may take place. That is not much of a footprint, when one is trying to balance our lifestyle with protecting the environment, in my opinion. But, I live in Colorado, where much of our forest is dead due to pine beetle infestation, which is due to suppressing fires for too long. Humans know the best way to manage forests - just ask the Forest Service or tree-huggers! (sarcasm) YosemiteSam, I am not saying you should not be bringing attention to potential impact on a beautiful area. Had you not mentioned it here, I would not have heard about it, or looked into it. However, I do believe in a balanced approach, and understand there are trade-offs. When hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch, they told us to use the existing trail, even where it was worn 6" or a foot into the ground. They called it the "sacrificial zone". This kept the rest of the meadows and forests untracked. I think this is what has to be done to support our lifestyle - some areas are sacrificed for the benefit of the population, while the rest can be preserved. It is a balancing act, that's for sure. But, if we protected everywhere from human impact, we would have much less opportunity for camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. It is almost like you are saying "I have my area for my benefit, but no one else is allowed to create their area of benefit". Or, "I am here, and there are too many people, so ban anyone else from moving in". Tradeoffs. We live with them every day.
avoidcrowds 08/30/19 10:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yet another great mapping resource -- NFS topo PDFs

profdan, you can download the GeoTiff to your computer, then import it into GoogleEarth (desktop version, not mobile app). It is a large file, so I had to save the GoogleEarth process to my computer, but that was just creating a folder for it. Once it imports into GoogleEarth, you can toggle it on and off, so you can see the topo, or the satellite imagery. Useful. Thanks for the link! I will use it often, I believe.
avoidcrowds 08/28/19 12:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Lance roof noise?

We have a 2017 Lance 1995. We definitely hear the rain, but it is no louder than our previous trailers. The slide-out is the loudest part of the roof. If you get a slide awning (we don't have one), it would be much more quiet.
avoidcrowds 08/19/19 08:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouses similar to 272BHS with light hitch weight

"but if we can’t depend on ANY numbers from the vehicle or the RV manufacturer to be correct," What, you're frustrated by the answers you are getting here? That's all part of trying to figure out weights, that's for sure. I would say, "no", you cannot depend on numbers the RV manufacturers post. They all use a weight of the base trailer, with no options or additional equipment. They then weigh the tongue. Again, stripped. Not real-world numbers, in any way, shape, or form. The best way to figure weights is to get the actual weight from trailers with your configuration, as they sit on the dealer's lot. The white sticker tells you the weight of the trailer as it left the manufacturer's lot. But, you still have to add batteries, water, and all of your stuff. That's why you have been advised to use GVRW of the trailer. However, you said the model you are interested in has (somethin like) 2,500 lbs of cargo capacity, and you won't use all of it. You say you have about 850 lbs of stuff, which does not account for water, batteries, etc. If you add water weight (you never know if the water will be available where you go, unless you always go to higher-end facilities, as there are water outages occasionally that have no backup plan), and 1,200 lbs for your stuff plus batteries, etc., that will give you a better "loaded" guesstimate than using published dry weight. As others have said, use at least 13% of Gross Wt for tongue wt. You have no idea how the load will balance, compared to dry wt. Using the 10.7% tongue wt of a dry unit is assuming all loads will balance the same way as an empty trailer. Bad assumption. Err on the side of heavier tongue, so you don't find out most of the loaded wt is on the tongue. Don't try to squeeze a trailer into your desired weight range. Be realistic with projections. I see others post questions, and the vast majority of the answers are not what they want to hear. Then, when someone says "yeah, my buddy tows with the same rig, and he is over the weight limit, but he has no problems", they jump on it and say "Thanks for letting me know it is okay". They ignore reality, to embrace only what they wanted to hear in the first place. Not good when your family's safety is at stake. Good luck!
avoidcrowds 08/02/19 01:41pm Travel Trailers
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