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RE: How do you guys carry bicycles inside?

PVC bike rack with custom wheel width slots, determined by the pipe lengths, to suit your wheel widths. I use NRS gear straps, attached to E-track on the trailer walls, and threaded around each seat post/handlebar stem, evenly spaced, (on the end of the bikes not sitting in the rack), making a big loop, and cinching it tight. Bikes ride rock solid in the trailer. Like posted above, when we get to camp, unload, then set it up outside for parking:
normal_dave 07/22/19 07:26am Toy Haulers
RE: Does anyone make 'em anymore?

I echo a cargo conversion, most all the work is done inside the trailer anyhow, you could get the windows, rv door, etc. installed at the factory. Mine is a Cargo Craft nade in the Georgia plant. Homesteader in Tennessee will also do basic conversions for you to finish out the interior the way you want. 7x16 Toy/hauler camper conversion Here's one from IntechRV you could configure it to cover most of your needs. Very well built trailer. IntechRV Explore I've also been following these folks lately, very impressed, I think they could set you up with whatever you wanted in a conversion, all aluminum, yes they are in Canada, but the exchange rate looks good right now... Canadian Trailer Company Here's one pretty well ready to go, more options than you wanted, but I'd guess you could order one "bare bones". 7x16 Lightning Tent trailer
normal_dave 07/13/19 06:27am Travel Trailers
RE: RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

Hmmm...admittedly, this is the RV forum, but if I were young, camping with two kayaks, maybe watching a budget, moving around, I'd do what I did, a cargo conversion. Mine is 3,000lbs fully loaded. 7x16 Conversion I now tow it with my Mitsubishi Montero V6:
normal_dave 06/26/19 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 3.6L V6 and small trailer opinions

Ditto carringb and TurnThePage: The Pentastar V6 is the often-overlooked "engine that could". Very capable and tough, but does need to rev to get it done in the hills. Interesting that swapping from 3.21 to 3.55 increases the trailer rating by 3,000lbs, on the same equipped truck. Noticed you have a Tab trailer, what kind of camping is your son likely to do? Haul kayaks, bikes, traditional trailer, stay at regular campgrounds or off the beaten path? Take a look at IntechRV for Luna, small toy haulers, or even the fancy new Sol trailer. Any of those would be an easy fit for the Ram, even with 3.21 gears. Also consider Winnebago's Micro Minnie series.
normal_dave 06/25/19 07:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Livin lite vrv 8.5x20 VS. 2018 jayco octane 222

For me? It's a no brainer, Livinlite VRV. All aluminum construction, frame walls, ceiling joists, interior cabinet framing as well, aluminum welded tubing. Exterior is higher quality fiberglass gelcoat, If anything ever leaks, there is literally nothing inside to damage. Not sure about 2014, but it may also have Azdel sheet for interior walls and ceiling. The roof also is aluminum, so nothing to worry about there either. The flooring is formed u-channel aluminum, like what's in a horse trailer, extremely strong. I guess, everything about it, is far superior to the newer Jayco. Livinlite is now owned by Thor, and while the brand is discontinued, I think parts and support are still available. There is no comparison...About the only negative is appearance inside, the VRV, has aluminum cabinet doors on earlier models, and some say a "utilitarian" interior feel. I'll take function and long lasting quality over appearance any day. Good Luck!
normal_dave 06/25/19 06:10am Toy Haulers
RE: Cargo trailer DIY reccomendations

You might reach out to these folks. Made in Idaho, looks like they do custom orders. Seems I've read good news in general about the brand. Mirage Also, take a look here for DIY ideas: Cargo Trailer Conversions
normal_dave 06/19/19 05:00am Toy Haulers
RE: E150 overheating.

Ditto carringb and the bear II... Fan clutch. I have a '95 5.8L with E4OD. Right when I first crank the motor, the fan clutch briefly kicks in, sounds like a Hurricane spooling up in the Gulf! When towing the hills in the heat, you can hear it kick in again periodically, roaring until the temp drops back down. A quick backyard mechanic test, with the engine stone cold, and off (thank you very much), grab the fan and rotate it by hand. It should have a fair amount of resistance. If it rotates freely, clutch is gone. Get a new fan clutch. Even with the 302, your van should be able to handle a 7x16 cargo. Won't win any races, but should handle it reasonably well. Mine does pretty well, towing the same size cargo, and there's an old forum member who used to regularly tow a race car on an open trailer with his 302/5.0 van of same vintage. height=480 width=640 If you haven't ventured to the cargo conversions forum, check it out. Several have done handicap accessible units. cargo conversions Hey, look at that, my post time stamped at 3:02 how cool is that?:C
normal_dave 06/07/19 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Choosing a travel trailer

If you really want to see construction and quality differences, head over to Chilliwack, get a look at an Outdoors RV like this one: Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 28BKS
normal_dave 06/07/19 06:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Shopping - Newbie

If you literally mean "Dodge Ram 150" The last one of those made was ~1993, then they were called "Ram 1500" afterwards. As much as I love those old Dodges, you'll want to watch the weight, and be sure it is setup to support towing, and we'd want to know more about the truck, engine, transmission, rear gear, etc. to be able to "steer" you in the right direction for a trailer. :C In addition to the good advice already posted, consider taking a tour through the PPL Motorhomes consignment lot in New Braunfels, TX. Lots of decent used trailers there, no pressure. I also like the Winnebago Minnie line, and I like the online "look" of the Winnebago dealer in Kyle, Texas (RVLand). You will learn a lot, just looking at and walking through different models and brands.
normal_dave 06/06/19 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Hello! questions?

Could you manage in a class B like this Sportsmobile? height=480 width=640 It's "old-school cool", appears in really nice condition. St. George. '96 Sportsmobile, Dodge, EB27
normal_dave 06/05/19 06:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone know of shortest trailers with 4 bunks?

Hi! I am looking for a camper with 4 bunks, but small as possible. Was wanting a 24-26' trailer, but then started to see the need for 4 separate bunks. Anyone have suggestions for short trailer for 2 adults and 4 kids? TIA I had to "build" mine, more accurately convert it. 16' long. May not be a solution for you, since it is a gear hauler/camper, but it is an answer to the question. There is a "click clack" sofa in the front, you can't see, sleeps 2. Rest of the time, loaded with gear. height=480 width=640 Rest of the story...7x16 Cargo Conversion
normal_dave 05/30/19 04:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: What brands of Travel Trailers are NEW & Quality

Northwood's Nash line is a surprisingly well built trailer, and tough to boot. Very similar to Arctic Fox and Outdoors RV, but traditional wood frame walls and fiberglass insulation. Same heavy duty frame with shock absorbers, and the wood framing is very strong compared to the typical. Also includes a decent 4 seasons package for those Texas Summers. They have a dealer over in Baird, TX with decent inventory. (Hanner)
normal_dave 05/11/19 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Single axle a SUV?

IntechRV Explore Canoe rack on top, bikes inside, easy match even for smaller SUV.
normal_dave 04/30/19 06:40am Toy Haulers
RE: Trying to narrow down a short list of SUV for wife

Pulled the trigger today on 2018 Durango AWD RT with the 5.7 V-8 with a bit over 11K miles. Have a buddy who is the used car manager at a local dealership. He got it at auction on Thursday. Really liked the 4-Runner but in the end, the Durango won out. Now I don't have to worry about my truck being the only vehicle that we own that can pull our camper. Thanks for everybody's input and comments. Congrats, If you don't have the original window sticker, copy/paste your VIN into this link, after the "=" sign, then hit "Enter", and it should retrieve it for you. Dodge window sticker
normal_dave 04/28/19 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trying to narrow down a short list of SUV for wife

UPDATE..still haven't pulled the trigger yet. The Highlander has the best bang for the buck from a price and safety feature stand point, but the 4 Runner and Durango are the leaders so far. Her reasoning is that she turns 50 in October and has had 3 kids, but wants something that is "cool" and to show that she's not a middle age boring person driving a boring car. Can't figure a way for logic to prevail in this logic now just trying to find the best deal. I guess that "if momma ain't happy, nobody's happy" rings true in this situation. You might be able to pull a win/win, (cool and logical). I participated in a thread elsewhere that featured the Durango for a specific need. Usually being a V8 guy, I was surprised to discover the "sleeper" popularity and reliability of the Pentastar V6, combined with the wide array of Durango options and packages, make it quite the value, especially in a leftover 2018 deal. Example: 2018 Durango SXT Anodized Platinum Edition V6, tow package, leather, heated seats, 2nd row tumble captains chairs, power lift gate, third row seating, power sunroof, "Octane Red". Seems a lot of vehicle for the money. (Hint, it's up in Frisco, if you want to track it down). Alternately, Kia snuck up on me with this one, designed in California, built in West Point, GA, arguably very cool, and the brand has been hanging around at the top of the J.D. Power initial quality survey for a couple of years. You may not want to jump on board with a first year model launch, but when you drill down the specs, it's a pretty nice setup. 2020 Kia Telluride Edit: Just saw your prior post on the Telluride. In stock near you, and yes, I think it is going to be a big winner based on Kia's quiet success in quality and reliability in recent years. I'm likely not to buy new, but I can see picking up one of these in 2-3 years on the used market, and not hesitating. I've had a hard time getting my head around the possibility of owning a Kia/Hyundai product, but it's been a long time since the days of the Excel, it's my memory that is stuck, not the carmaker's quality...
normal_dave 04/25/19 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cargo Trailer Windows Leaking

That window is designed to be installed in either direction (flipped on the horizontal plane), so you can have the slider move L-R or R-L to suit your application. Because of this it has condensation weep drains on the top and bottom rail. Likely, the rubber inserts for the top drains are loose. After window is installed, remove top rail rubber plugs, add a quality sealant to the back of the plugs, re-install plugs, clean excess. Done. Mine had the top plugs, but they slid in the openings, and hard rain/washing caused mystery leaks, until I solved the mystery. (Silly me). Remove plugs from the bottom rail, so that condensation can drain to the outside. Oh, and if he hasn't been over to this site yet, send him there. Lots of good information, and helpful folks. Cargo Trailer Conversions
normal_dave 04/20/19 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to narrow down a short list of SUV for wife

Prepare to toss overripe vegetables in my general direction...but, Curve bang for the buck? Mitsubishi Outlander GT. V-6, amazingly good AWD system, yes exterior design a bit challenging to the eye, (think Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), but they tend to grow on you after a bit. Won't tow a large trailer of course. Automotive press doesn't favor them, but dig deeper, owners seem to love them. Highly praised in the rest of the world. Compared to the Escape, it might be a pleasant surprise. Certainly don't buy one for resale value, but if you like having money left to take more camping trips, and that "cat that ate the canary" feeling. well, maybe take a look... dealer over in Hurst, has a few in stock. This is not the GT, but it gives you an idea: Outlander off-road review With all that said, I also favor the Durango, but watch the tow capacity on the new designs, it's not as much as the older body on frame versions of the Durango.
normal_dave 04/05/19 06:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can’t decide which vehicle would be best for my situation

Well the Tahoe is the only TV I have ever pulled this trailer with so it is all I know. I have read posts referring to their towing experience as “rock solid” and I wouldn’t describe mine as such. I guess what I was really hoping for was a consensus of people saying something like “your situation sounds just about perfect for X”. Thank you for your opinions and I hope they keep coming. Every little but of information helps. Well, if you ask me, I'd say you're a prime candidate for a Ram 2500 with the 6.4L Hemi and an 8 speed auto. You get a HD chassis, about 3k payload, all the room and comfort you could imagine, plenty of towing power, and a rock solid towing experience. You also save about 10k vs going with the diesel. Yes it will get slightly lower mpg than the diesel would towing or empty. Yep, ib516 has "been there, done that", (not sure about the t-shirt). For a family on a budget, consider a Ram 2500 Tradesman package with a few basic add-ons. I think it is brings the "mostest for the leastest". Now you'll have to verify the reduced payload of the Power Wagon package, but you can get a Ram 2500 Tradesman 6.4L Hemi, and add the Power Wagon package, I think it's a pretty neat setup for the money. Power Trailer tow mirrors, power windows, locks, trailer brake control, backup camera, etc. (Note, this is not the full fledged Power Wagon model, just the package). Example: (This is one of two at Eddy's in Wichita, KS) Ram 2500 Tradesman w/Power Wagon Of course if the payload reduction of the Power Wagon package becomes an issue, just get the Tradesman equipped the way you want and enjoy about a 3K payload.
normal_dave 03/25/19 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.4 ?

Well what do you know? Learn something new everyday. Didn't know you could spec a Ram 2500 Tradesman 6,4L Hemi, and add a Power Wagon package to it...(Recognizing the low payload issue), it gives a lot of 4WD performance, and towing within reason, for the dollar. Example in Cottonwood, AZ for the curious Ram 2500 Tradesman (w/Power Wagon)
normal_dave 03/17/19 04:00pm Tow Vehicles
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