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RE: Recommendation needed for first camper trailer

I towed the last two years the exact trailer with a 2018 Canyon (gas motor) and its a dream. I am sure at times I am overloaded per numbers (1,470lbs on the door) but I would be in some half-ton trucks as well. The truck holds the weight well and at no time did I feel unsafe. I've gone fully loaded (notice the rack on top of the truck bed) with 2 adults, 2 kids and a truck bed full of **** to the Adirondacks and highway driving. Zero issues. EDIT: For reference, this combination tows better and more comfortably than my F-250 with a 30BHDS did. https://imgur.com/uJ0Iz96.jpg height=600
badercubed 11/16/20 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

My buddy hit a deer a week before a big family vacation. I loaned him my truck so he could still take his 5th wheel. It’s good to have friends.Exactly. My buddy also smacked a deer in his GMC 1/2 ton only a few days before a big trip. They took my then F-250 to tow their TT for a week long family trip. Only annoying part of the whole thing was driving his wife's Prius for the week. Insurance company probably isn't going to help you out and we are all in this together. I wouldn't think twice of lending my vehicle again to a friend.
badercubed 10/08/20 11:35am Travel Trailers
2019 Apex Nano Slide Leak

I have a 2019 Apex Nano 208BHS. The slide appears to be leaking only when closed as under the dinette towards the rear of the slide was considerably wet. There does NOT appear to be the same issue when its closed. When parked, the slide is on the south side, which is typically not the "weather" side of my property and is protected by a barn on the north side. All the seals and gaskets look great and there is nothing out of the ordinary when it's closed or closing. I shined a high powered flashlight around when closed and open trying to see if I could see something and nothing. Roof of the slide and TT all are solid and all of the caulk looks great. I am going to have my wife spray a hose on it and look from the inside to see if I can see something, but wondering if anyone had anything similar happen that it could be something dumb.
badercubed 09/22/20 02:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

I love my BlueOx SwayPro. I used it with a 10k TT w a F250 and now on a 5k TT and Canyon. It works fantastic for both sway and weight. Its easy to hook and unhook regardless of earth conditions and I find the turn radius when backing up to be great.
badercubed 09/11/20 07:31am Towing
RE: Did I ruin my water heater, please help!

Side note... This has been the most cordial thread from both sides I have ever seen.
badercubed 09/09/20 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer recommendation

I agree with the Apex line as well. We have an Apex Nano 208BHS and its killer. Definitely checked all our boxes when we downsized from a larger bunkhouse to a smaller one and after two years it's been a gem. I think this one might fit the bill... Apex Ultra-Lite 284BHSS
badercubed 09/02/20 06:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Max length definition

I agree with everyone here. I assume it's bumper to ball and every place is wonky in their definition. I wish some places would tell the slope going in as its great if the trailer will fit but bottoming out is a real possibility. I've done some creative things with 4x4s to get my trailer/truck to not bottom out going into a campsite.
badercubed 09/02/20 06:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Small Trailer Weight suggestions

I highly recommend an Apex Nano. I tow the TT in my signature easily with a 2018 Canyon and there are a few floor plans for all different needs. Edit - I also use a BlueOx Sway-Pro and love it.
badercubed 08/30/20 02:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: First barrage with the dealer

...snip..... I AM thankful that my parents squashed us all into that little camper. Well said. I suppose a family could go camping in a three bedroom mobile home but I don't see the point. Cousin Richard, his wife, and five kids had as much fun camping in the back of a farm grain truck as any family in a forty foot fifth wheel. If one does not want to know what their kids or doing or vice versa, bigger is necessary. X2 from a family of 13 siblings.......We actually downsized from a large double slide bunkhouse to the trailer in my signature. Family of four and its so much more enjoyable in the smaller unit. More places to go, more family time and more time outside, regardless of the weather. Who doesn't love muddy puddles?!
badercubed 08/28/20 09:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Storing ball hitch

I wouldn't think you'd want to do that, but I suppose you could.
badercubed 08/28/20 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Help choosing tow vehicle

I put two kids in the backseat of my Canyon with no issues. Specs on the truck are above a Tacoma/Ranger but below a 1/2t ton truck. We tow a 4,000lb dry / 5,100lb loaded camper with zero issues on trips over 500miles, but haven't ventured into real big elevation changes. You won't regret a F-150 with an Ecoboost though. I had one and frequently hauled a larger camper or construction equipment at it was a dream.
badercubed 08/25/20 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Inside storage/towing length

I disagree with Bumpy and prefer the smaller setups. We downsized from a 30BHDS and Crew F-250 to the setup in my signature and in the pics below. It is a smaller trailer with a very similar floorplan, and we manage wonderfully with two kids (8 and 5) for trips up to a week. I love it over the large camper and it gives us much more flexibility in where we can camp. We are finishing up Year 2 with this setup. INSIDE - Adults clothes are all overhead, the kids get each of the closets next to our bed. - Pantry next to the bathroom fits all the dry food, fruit and veggies on the table. - Kitchen cabinets keep enough plates and kitchen style stuff. - Cabinets in the table benches hold towels, extra drinks, extra large dry food things, blankets and such. - Under the bed is bonus storage - Laundry basket in the shower that gets moved the off chance we need to wash one of the kids. Usually they just get hosed down outside. - Kids get their bunks for anything they want special and there is even storage under the bottom bunk for games, chairs and other things. - Bi-Fold table next to the bed that comes out when we get there. This is the only inside stored thing that comes out when we get to the campsite. Zero-gravity chairs if we decide to bring them as well here. - Shoes next to the bed by the door. Except mine, I pretty much only wear flip flops that stay outside. OUTSIDE - Tie downs, hoses, cords, tiki torches, and all of those type of things on the drivers side of the front pass through. - Multiple rugs, large flag, camp chairs, hammock and outside toys in the passenger side of the front pass through. - Outdoor kitchen has outside food-esque items like table cloths, hand wipes, cleaner, oven gloves, and then things like citronella candles, bug spray and coozies. BABY TRUCK - Wood, when allowed by law. Actually, all the time. - One large bin I throw in the back of my truck that has all misc. outside items like camp stove, two scooters and some squirt guns. If we are loading up all the wood, then I use my truck bed mounted basket for stuff. - Beat up 10x10 I use to go over the grill and the flat top grill in the bed. https://i.imgur.com/uJ0Iz96.jpg height=500 https://imgur.com/ib7g8fn.jpg height=500 https://imgur.com/2O9kd4Q.jpg height=500
badercubed 08/24/20 11:31am Travel Trailers
RE: sneak peek

Gonna have to get a black truck now!
badercubed 08/24/20 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: What's your battery setup on your travel trailer?

The OP has a small TT. He doesn’t have either space or payload capacity for some of those suggested setups. The single 12 volt “marine deep cycle” battery provided with his TT is a 75 or 80 AH battery which was used in the first place because it was the cheapest battery possible. With the (also cheap) WIFCO converter, he’s getting maybe 25 or 30 AH service out of that battery. For less than $400, he could buy a 125 AH group 31 true deep cycle 12 volt AGM and a real 30 amp battery charger to make sure it was fully charged. This would at least double his available power. Add a second such battery for another $250, and get 4 times the available power. But even better would be just one such battery and 200 watts of solar panels. That should keep him in power indefinitely. Cost, about $650 plus installation. Operating cost, zero. Battery Charge controller Solar panelsI concur with this as a small TT owner
badercubed 08/24/20 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: light weight travel trailer - NO BO 19.5

If you want something light and with a dual axle, check out an Apex Nano 203RBK. We love our 208BHS and it tows great behind our midsize truck.
badercubed 08/24/20 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Tow Vehicle Help

My two cents, so take it or leave it. Start with some floor plan musts, and go from there. When matching everything, just because the truck "can" tow it doesn't mean you "should" tow it, especially if you've never towed before. I would be totally fine towing 7,500lbs and 30ft behind a F-150, but you might not. I downsized everything and towing is a pleasure. God, I sound like an old man now.
badercubed 08/18/20 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need help on front hitch on TV

I had a front hitch on my 2015 F-250 gasser that didn't affect anything at all while towing a 10k trailer. https://imgur.com/s1TlP2Z.jpg height=760
badercubed 08/18/20 12:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bathroom on the road?

It's great, especially with kids. It significantly cuts down on our longer travel trips when we can get gas, they can pee and we can eat; all without really needing to go inside. I do agree that having a model with everything accessible with the slide in is clutch. We push it out if we are going to eat in there, but just for the bathroom, we leave it as is.
badercubed 08/18/20 12:28pm Travel Trailers
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