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RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

I noticed a guy backing into a tight campsite in a state park one time, and he took a good 45 minutes getting the trailer in there. I admired his patience and persistence. I doubt anyone nearby was judging him, laughing about it, or anything negative. We're all there to enjoy ourselves and backing in is part of the process. Personally, I was lucky to have a positive experience early in life. I was about 15 years old and we lived on a dirt road out in farm country. Dad needed to get a disk loaded onto a flatbed wagon, so he parked the wagon in a deep enough ditch 1/8 mile down the road, such that the bed was nearly level with the road. Then he walked home and informed me that I was to tow the disk with the other tractor to that location and back the disk up so it would be sideways on the wagon bed. I was unnerved, obviously. But I just kept jockeying it around and in about 10 minutes I had it on the wagon. No one was around to watch, and maybe that helped. Boy, did I feel a great sense of achievement! I never again feared backing up trailers. Like someone else suggested, go find an empty parking lot at an 'off' time and practice trying to back your trailer into a parking spot. You can't hurt anything, and you'll gain both skill and confidence.
rexlion 02/25/21 08:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Info on Casita trailers or Lance 1475

If you call Casita in Texas, they most likely maintain a list of Casita owners who are willing to show their trailers, and they could put you in touch. Same thing with Scamp in MN and ETI (Escape) in BC, Canada.
rexlion 02/21/21 08:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing the coffee maker

Sorry for your loss, Harry, may she rest in peace. ;) I use an Aeropress, but heard recently about the Chulux K-cup machine. Amazon reviews say it doesn't have those water lines that never empty out in use. Only 800 watt draw. Hmm, I guess my Aeropress still works.... :)
rexlion 02/19/21 05:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: WDH or not?

I would personally want sway control as a safety device with a trailer of that length, but YMMV. BTW, do you know if your old WDH is rated for the tongue weight of your new TT?
rexlion 02/19/21 05:40pm Towing
RE: South Lake Michigan

Wow. Just... wow! As someone who grew up in Michigan and who tries to get back nearly every summer to the beautiful lakes and trees of that state, my mind is boggled! How in the world can anyone visit all 49 of the other states and miss this gem? I hope you decide to leave about 3 days earlier and tour Michigan. You'll skip the horrible Chicago traffic by driving up the Lake Michigan side, over the mighty Mackinaw Bridge, and through the Upper Peninsula. Many great sights to see along the way. Then follow US 2 westward! (edit: I've assumed you are doing this in summer weather. If you are contemplating an imminent departure, forget what I said... Michigan is probably just white right now.)
rexlion 02/19/21 05:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting Started - Longer Distance Camping

That's really a bummer. I grew up in Michigan and I get back there nearly every summer for a visit. Not so long ago I was able to show up at McLain on a Sunday afternoon without reservation and snag one (of only two remaining) open sites... right along the lake. Happy memories. The new policy is discouraging.
rexlion 02/17/21 09:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Getting Started - Longer Distance Camping

New trailer, eh? Congrats. Be sure to camp near home with it for a night or two to make sure everything's working and all that. Nothing worse than getting 300 miles into a planned vacation and finding out they never hooked up the plumbing or whatever. If I were you, I'd avoid Chicago traffic. I usually take I-65 south a half hour or more, cut over to US41 and continue south to US24 which I take west to I-57. Or continue west to I-55 if you like. You can go through or around St. Louis (your choice) with much less hassle than Chicago, and follow I-70 to Colorado. For camping spots, you might want to look at (online or phone app) Ultimate Campgrounds, or RV Parky, or similar. You might like forestcamping.com for extra details on national forest sites. Also check out freecampsites.net for some less conventional ideas. Personally, I favor the state parks, forest campgrounds, and BLM and municipal CGs; I don't care for private parks. I have a 17' trailer that doesn't need hookups. There is one IL state park I've been to, Beaver Dam SP north of St. Louis, and it was quite pleasant. My strategy is to decide about how far I want to go each travel day, then use the above resources to pick a preferred CG plus an alternate or two. Then I go without reservations and if the first choice is full (which hasn't been often, for me) I fall back to the next one along the way. If I'm going to need to travel later than about 4 pm or if I'm trying to head to a popular destination, I will get reservations. Some people will decide each morning how far they want to go, then pick a CG at that distance and phone for a reservation. That's another strategy that removes the pressure of having to meet a whole string of set-far-in-advance reservations. Another thing is, if you can't get into a CG you really want to go to but can camp within a couple hours of it, you can break camp early and hit the preferred place before noon, and often someone will have left and opened up a site; this is how I was able to get into Yosemite's Glacier Point CG for 5 days in 2013. I assume you're going in the summer, right? Mountain passes can be snowy in spring and fall. Good luck, take your time, relax and enjoy Colorado's mountains and woods! Be sure to drive the Million Dollar Highway to Ouray, then loop around to Telluride.
rexlion 02/17/21 04:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Very new to living in an RV/Trailer

Be prepared for high noise levels (RV furnaces and air conditioners) with drafty conditions in winter. RVs don't have many square feet, so opening the door lets out a huge percentage of the climate controlled air. When you find out what RV parks charge, you may be shocked.
rexlion 02/17/21 03:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV width

Assuming you mean 24' length or less, the Scamp 19' is 6'8" wide. Technically it's a gooseneck rather than a 5th.
rexlion 02/16/21 11:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Follow-up to my frozen refrigerator....

Chronic RhinoSinusitis :D
rexlion 02/16/21 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: Campfire cooking in the cold

You're placing the Weber grill overtop the campfire. I assume with the vents closed? Have the fires degraded the outer, bottom finish over time?
rexlion 02/16/21 10:51am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

Shucks, if I had a truck that size I wouldn't need a trailer! I'd build out the box as a camper. :)
rexlion 02/13/21 09:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Quieter alternatives for propane furnace in extreme cold

Propex heaters are another quiet type.
rexlion 02/08/21 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Crossover SUV trailers

Find out where the water tanks are located, because water is 8.3 lb/gallon and is the heaviest 'cargo' you'll carry; if you fill a tank all the way and it's right up front, that would add a lot to the hitch. Other than that the big hitch-weight additions are battery and LP.
rexlion 02/08/21 07:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crossover SUV trailers

Differences are only 2" of height and 420 lbs. Width is the same. They should tow virtually the same as far as wind resistance and drive train stress. Get the one you prefer. :) How much are they asking for those? Just curious.
rexlion 02/08/21 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel mileage

I think the mpg variability between different Motor Homes themselves, or between different truck-5er combos themselves, will be greater than any set disparity between the two types of RVs. I keep dreaming of an RV rig that will get 30 mpg. Well, I actually think I may have found one: a Prius and a Roll-A-Home trailer! It does have some trade-offs, obviously. :D
rexlion 02/07/21 01:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crossover SUV trailers

I'm looking at these because they are similar in shape to TABs but actually lighter and significantly cheaper (but still have a 2 yr warranty) https://www.braxtoncreek.com/model/bushwhacker-plus-teardropI looked at the pics and specs for the 17BH. Looks interesting. The 5K btu AC might struggle in outside temps higher than 90 degrees, and I've had a couple of side-vent fridges (as opposed to roof vent) that had trouble in heat as well. Where and when you want to camp might matter. I'll also comment that the main deterrence for me personally would be the relative lack of upper cupboards for storage. I've had a trailer in the past (an Aliner) with no upper storage, and at my age bending over to dig through under-seat storage or bottom cupboards for every single thing I need quickly became tiresome. But if you're in your 40s or younger, that might not matter so much to you. Those are the only negatives that come to mind right now. The company's philosophy sounds nice. The cynic in me wonders how long they'll be independent, though, since the large companies can make a small RV mfr's owners quite well off when buying them out... and that might be the real goal, eventually! Until then they might build some decent stuff.
rexlion 02/07/21 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crossover SUV trailers

One can draw come conclusions about stress on the drive train from the fuel economy data; a lower mpg indicates that the train is working harder. How much harder and what is too much for your comfort level is more difficult to quantify, though. I put 140,000 towing miles on a 2008 Toyota Highlander with 5000/500 rating (it had the tow prep package). Towing a 17' Burro, which was very low height and 88" wide and very rounded (egg shaped), I got 14.3 mpg on a 2500+ mile trip. Towing a KZ Escape box-shaped trailer, 100" high and 7' wide, I only managed 12.3 mpg on a 3500 mile trip. The Burro was probably 300-400 lbs lighter, but the big factor was the Burro's rounded corners and edges of the molded fiberglass body versus the squared-off design of the KZ (which did have a bit of slope to the front). From what I've been able to glean from the R-Pod forum, those owners also appeared to get mostly 14-15 mpg even though the roofline is rounded, so I think the rounded edges is what reduces frontal area and drag more than just rounding the roof but joining the roof squarely to the sides. That said, the HL did tolerably well with the KZ. It just had an easier time with the Burro. BTW, I only towed at about 60 mph, maybe 62 mph tops, unless I had a really good tailwind. Wind resistance increases exponentially as speed increases. The molded fiberglass trailers are pretty much all sold from the factories (no dealerships): Scamp in MN, Casita in TX, Snoozy II in SC. I do think you're on the right track overall. Keep it under 3500 lbs loaded (probably 2800 dry or thereabout). If you can have a loaded tongue weight under 400 lbs, that leaves you room to add a weight distribution hitch if you want one; one with built-in sway control might be a nice safety addition, and the Andersen No-Sway is one of the lightest at (IIRC) about 70 lbs. 7' wide would be better than 7.5', and under 110" high (excluding A/C) would be best. At highway speed, wind resistance is the primary factor rather than weight; when climbing or descending grades, weight becomes a bigger issue.
rexlion 02/06/21 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hanging with the Animals

A mare with a 'calf'?? :D
rexlion 02/05/21 07:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: WD hitch?

Depends on the brand. With an Equal-i-zer, you set it up (adjusting for proper height and stuff) while unhooked, and if you measured correctly there is no need to adjust anything when you hook up.
rexlion 02/05/21 07:01pm Tow Vehicles
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