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RE: toy haulers stop at weigh stations?

Clearly signed “Commercial Vehicles Only” in California. A little known fact in CA. ANY personal truck with a plate that consist of 1 number + 1 letter + 5 numbers (1A23456) is a commercial plate. Same goes for the new plates in reverse order (65432A1). So if CHP want's to be a jerk about it, the plates on your truck, even personally owned, are commercial plates and you are subject to the weigh station.
socaladam 07/29/19 03:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: Custom Toy Hauler for 7K Cargo

You have a couple of options: 1) ATC's newest toy hauler 5th wheel. Estimated 12k hauling capacity. http://aluminumtoyhauler.com/models.html 2) ATC Quest living quarters (Although I'm not sure the jeep will fit height wise, can't find specs on the site) http://www.aluminumtrailer.com/ATC-Living-Quarter-Trailers 3) Sundowner toy hauler - 2686GM (16' garage) http://www.sundownertrailer.com/tlr-ToyHauler.html 4) Sundowner crawlerhauler - 2486KM (18' open) http://www.sundownertrailer.com/tlr-Krawler.html 5) Double R builds custom toy haulers to your specs. http://doublertrailers.com/product/gooseneck-toy-hauler/
socaladam 01/17/19 06:24pm Toy Haulers
RE: How to buy a used toy hauler

The problem I have with the NADA guide is they only let you pick from the outdated list of items. For instance, have two or three AC units all 15k BTU? you can only pick one. Have a patio kit on the back? Not an option. Have two or three televisions, all the same size? You get to pick one. Have an electric awning longer than 21 feet? Too bad, 21 is the max. The list goes on and on... Not only that, but the prices are a joke. I mean really? $490 for an electric awning? $500 doesn't even cover the cost of the awning material and $630 for a fuel station? Give me a break. I don't trust anyone that can't spell DUAL PANE WINDOWS... Duel Pane Windows $705 $850
socaladam 01/02/19 02:19pm Toy Haulers
RE: ATC 28 front bedroom

****, Curious how this turned out. That's a tough one to repair. Nothing yet. The repair shop is looking into it. I told them no repairs to the frame until I know what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. I also have a call into ATC engineering team for additional information. I need to know material type and thickness and also their thoughts on the matter. The repair facility had an outside welding shop do the repair and it turned out 100% perfect. https://tinyurl.com/y8ltoovz height=448 width=800
socaladam 12/11/18 10:07pm Toy Haulers
RE: ATC 28 front bedroom

Hello, I’m also very interested in the ATC 28’ front bedroom model. Can anyone tell me the dimensions of the queen bed up front? I know some RVs go with a shorter 75” queen. If the ATC comes with a 75” queen, would an 80” queen fit and still have space to walk in front of the bed? Thank you! Standard Queen, not RV queen. 80 x 60 BUT The bed SUCKS. It's nothing more than a huge chunk of foam and it is NOT comfortable. Get a plush topper for the bed and you'll actually sleep. We bought a 3" topper and it's tolerable.
socaladam 12/11/18 10:02pm Toy Haulers
RE: Winnabago Jounery w/ Cummins vs Cat diesel

CAT vs. Cummins - Article to read: http://goecmdiesel.com/index.php?route=blog/post&post_id=16 Once done, realize there are more Cummins repair facilities for RV's than CAT. CAT engine repair shops are likely to be more prevalent in rural areas over their metropolitan counterparts. When it comes to power and longevity, both will outlast the majority of motorhomes they are attached to as long as you service them in regular intervals and provided there are not other issues plaguing the drivetrain.
socaladam 12/09/18 10:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

Needless to say, I'm very happy ATC is willing to stand behind their product, but I'm not thrilled that I have encountered all these issues. That's huge, speaks volumes IMHO. Keeps getting better. Repair facility determined the sealant used on the entire roof never cured. His quote "you can stick your finger right through the sealant". Awesome... :( My laundry list of issues continues. 1) Warped aluminum side near rear windows, both sides (cannot fix locally - needs to go back to ATC) 2) Awning ripped at support (replaced) 3) Awning center support not in right position to prevent #2 from happening again (support moved up, extra rivet left in side. Fixed but ruined siding IMO) 4) Street side bedroom window does not lock (replaced) 5) Tongue jack gear noise clicking/slipping when lifting (replaced) 6) Curb Side wardrobe hanger/shelf too small, attached with one rivet (replaced) 7) Formica nightstand peeling off, not glued properly (repaired) 8) Cabinet door above fridge not riveted properly, falling off (repaired) 9) Deadbolt for front door requires pressure to lock/unlock smooth. Wife cannot pull door hard enough to unlock in case of fire. (still not fixed to my satisfaction) 10) Roof leaking - (entire roof needs reseal - in progress) 11) Nightstands damaged from #10 - (ATC sending new nightstand tops) 12) Awning motor making loud noise during extend/retract (LCI to send replacement) So far, the grand total of repairs is north of $3k not including parts that ATC has replaced and shipped to the facility. I'll update with more once I know what else needs to be done.
socaladam 12/05/18 10:55am Toy Haulers
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

Not sure what I can do before the repair facility can take the trailer. Sorry to hear that, I thought that ATC had built a better unit, guess that's not the case. I'd get a tarp up there asap. For a quick temp patch duct tape or better yet try Gorilla Tape. For a longer fix Etranabond can do the trick, but without knowing where it's coming in and if you have an appointment I'd tarp it for now. Lucky for me it actually rained while we were home and I was able to get this addressed before we were on the road. Makes me want to keep a roll of that flexseal tape handy just in case. Either way, ATC is addressing the issues. New nightstands, new awning motor and the repair facility is going to find and fix the roof issues. Needless to say, I'm very happy ATC is willing to stand behind their product, but I'm not thrilled that I have encountered all these issues.
socaladam 12/03/18 11:49am Toy Haulers
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

Today I wiped up water from the leaking roof, pulled the wet bed out and wrote an email to the manufacturer to get yet another warranty issue resolved. I can't believe my luck is this bad. Oh no! You have a ATC 8.5x28FB right? Yep. Got up on the roof today, found multiple points where water is making its way inside. Supposed to rain good this next week. Not sure what I can do before the repair facility can take the trailer. The list of repairs continues to grow.
socaladam 12/01/18 07:12pm Toy Haulers
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

Today I wiped up water from the leaking roof, pulled the wet bed out and wrote an email to the manufacturer to get yet another warranty issue resolved. I can't believe my luck is this bad.
socaladam 11/30/18 06:35pm Toy Haulers
RE: ATC 5th Wheel TH??

ATC has only made 3 5'r TH's from what I understand. One prototype and two actual units for sale. This is a departure from their normal routine so don't expect them to mass produce the units. I'm sure you've seen this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ThmO-lM8w Have you seen this one? It's not their new toy hauler, but this is a nice setup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc2UdOPkl8M
socaladam 10/24/18 09:17am Toy Haulers
RE: Happy Jack Lifts

Honestly, the mechanism probably will not lift the weight of the bed and the frame. If it does, i'll be amazed as the mattress that comes with the happijac bed weighs all of 5-10lbs max and the frame the bed rides on probably weighs 40-50lbs. I'll bet your adjustable king bed is close to 200+ lbs in totality.
socaladam 10/19/18 06:40pm Toy Haulers
RE: ATC 28 front bedroom

****, Curious how this turned out. That's a tough one to repair. Nothing yet. The repair shop is looking into it. I told them no repairs to the frame until I know what they are going to do and how they are going to do it. I also have a call into ATC engineering team for additional information. I need to know material type and thickness and also their thoughts on the matter.
socaladam 09/24/18 12:35pm Toy Haulers
RE: ATC 28 front bedroom

I'm going to give you one last piece of advice. Don't let any monkey drive the forklift to move your trailer. Find the best person for the job, explain that if they impact the frame they will damage the trailer and watch them. http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rGXhu6FFYGwtjAIKqf6XADuIWeUbLyJu1lCjK8dgECcHDT7n5CflsHLVItxTbPv611jDcPP3KJBTcTvPhhKkufob6gg9Z5HMHC2zOlyEjDYEp3XGBbPc3MNWm4PmObhv4w0QNMmnbAjPEZQfiIpKHSXLeZMQKeKN7Y8zgbblfzcOWU8uQcLeHg8rib1R-AHMMbLhFRDkTt06luE_TUXXZeB-FsWcau7NJaRrD_otEKqoRUKQuPV8rvRtqXWumwHAFu2txf8Gsdb8rRzj1wxbNYQvw0u9_YZwVJmUI5AcdQ5b-k7DeLarlEqIEKWp1x04IXx7wzFvOfyUqShstiP8Cj7ZNvENnWRI3lG3wVqgfFhpWfD1ANXGV4IJFnfeogkuUd6O-MBnS3xLa_YEeyF-9U08ArNeULMNpMnbxtRM7oAvdiqDOPa6Vx319cn5LpGVdvavE1VWVK3lARgd7XYL8YLV5dQPabHo3Ra8Jl5wOKMbllTaeBcnVkAOt108SNJeFRgdfGU7_7Ekhu1zwzjUhxJdMkX143Rp187U-x3gDabRRm1PpBtUCxx4krrMXjRzRZXUQGRq8PZApXr6Kz23mjXCIKTefuje7YGXZXqIx-lJUtewCrzmuH5ef0TfrWAVC4pWBf61bLU4E4t7qdltfkicLRBW6sB5mDe94BTSAkzIIZkRMxm8oDF3RQ=w800-h450-no
socaladam 09/18/18 02:32pm Toy Haulers
RE: ATC 28 front bedroom

Bumping up an older post as I am getting closer to pulling the trigger on one. Any advice on options before I pull the trigger or anything to watch for? I'm going to give you a brutally honest review of my 2016. With that said, don't let this dissuade you from purchasing an ATC trailer, just be mindful and pay really close attention to the details. We picked up a new old stock 2016 8528FB at the end of this past May from SunCity RV in AZ. The dealer has been top notch, whereas the manufacturer is just now getting to our warranty concerns. I'm a picky buyer. I believe you get what you pay for and I believe in the old adage, "buy once, cry once". I wanted this toy hauler to last me 10 years and I believe it will, once we get stuff fixed. Issues from the get go: Awning is torn - (not an acceptable solution for the price of this unit) This is because the manufacturer installed the center support too low and when you retract the awning, the holder catches the material and ripped a hole in it. The repair facility says they need to move this up by 1" or possibly more which may expose the original lower hole. Cabinet door over fridge manufactured incorrectly - (Now fixed by repair shop) The cabinet door rivets were not seated completely when manufactured. This has since been repaired to my satisfaction. Bedroom laminate at sides of bed falling off - (Repair shop is re-gluing these) The trim on the night stands area is literally falling off. The repair shop is going to re-glue these in place Bedroom window street side does not lock - (ATC is sending a replacement) The window lock on the street side emergency window does not lock and can be opened from the outside. Bedroom curb side clothes hanger only secured by one screw - (ATC built a new one and is shipping it to us) Repair shop confirmed this was not built correctly and created drawings for ATC to build a new version. Vented battery box screws stripped - (Repair shop installed bigger screws) The vented battery box was not secured properly as all the screws were stripped. I wonder why and noted the trailer came with a lead acid battery when the brochure says it should come with AGM. Now, this may be a shock to you, but my trailer, unloaded with only some items in the front storage (sewer hose support, water filter, empty sewer pig, 2 folding chairs and a few misc items, weighs in on the tongue at 1500lbs. That's nearly 500lbs heavier then the 1004lbs the trailer left the factory at. Granted, I probably have 100lbs of **** between clothes and the other junk, but this is 400lbs heavier than listed and I don't even have full propane tanks. This also caused my trailer jack to struggle to lift the trailer and as such, stripped the gears. ATC is being kind and sending another trailer jack. However, I'm concerned this will just happen again. Let's talk about the rear door. It would seem in 2016, ATC was contracting these out to Challenger. I reached out to them because I wanted to install the patio kit and was told this door would not support a patio kit. It will support 1000lbs per tire / 3500lbs total drive on weight, but not 2 or 3 people standing on it. Finally, if you've read all this, I want to warn you about getting warranty work done. #1 - DO NOT talk to Rachel. She will waste your time. I tried to get this done in June, it's now Sept and we're finally making progress. #2 - DO TALK to Josh. He's been awesome and he represents what the ATC brand should be. I give him HUGE kudos. If I had to do it all over again: 1) Inspect EVERYTHING and I mean everything. Every rivet, every corner, every door, window lock and take your time. These are not cheap trailers and you should expect them to be built right. 2) Ask who built what, meaning is this all in house? If not, who built it and what's the warranty. Ask how much weight the rear door will carry, get them to show you the specs on the door. Example: Ask if you can install a patio railing kit, if they say yes, get it in writing. 3) Have them weigh the tongue in front of you on a level surface. Get the actual weight. 4) Inspect the ROOF! If you can, spray water on it and check for any leaks or pooling. 5) Check the exterior panels for warping especially around the windows. Although the trailer won't technically rust or rot, you don't want water leaking in between the interior and exterior walls because this will cause mold on the insulation. If you're going to travel to the desert, get 2 AC's for sure. If you're going to haul a toy like a Honda Pioneer, do NOT get the happyjack bed. This takes up valuable space overhead and you will not be able to get the Honda onboard.
socaladam 09/17/18 12:56pm Toy Haulers
RE: Bumper pull to fit 4 pass side by side. Seperate garage

http://www.forestriverinc.com/product-details.aspx?LineID=166&Image=5096&ModelID=4138#Main ForestRIver used to make a larger toy hauler, but that ship has sailed. You might be able to find a used Work&Play 34WRS that has a 14' garage and some of the models had a patio kit and happyjac bed as part of the package.
socaladam 09/12/18 08:29pm Toy Haulers
RE: TT TH with Azdel

ATC uses aluminum for the outer skin, so the only azdel that's used in on the interior (at least for the toy hauler line) http://aluminumtoyhauler.com/models.html INTERIOR • 7” INTERIOR HEIGHT • AZDEL DECORATIVE WALL BOARD • AZDEL WHITE VINYL CEILING • 1" E.P.S. INSULATED WALLS R-3 • FIBERGLASS BATTEN INSULATION FOR CEILING R-11 • 6" ATP INTERIOR KICKPLATE • BLINDS • (2) FIRE EXTINGUISHERS - 2.5# ABC • WARDROBE (N/A ON 6’ WIDE)
socaladam 09/10/18 08:36am Toy Haulers
RE: ATC toy hauler - 1500lb tongue weight

You said ~ (frame jack ) so I guessing you have an electric jack? How are your house batteries, are you plugged into your Tow vehicle and is it running while you doing this? ^^^ Yes!!! This is spot on advice, I was told to be hooked up and have my truck running when using my electric tongue jack. Yes I am. Also, my batteries are brand new and I have solar to keep them charged.
socaladam 09/07/18 12:25pm Toy Haulers
RE: ATC toy hauler - 1500lb tongue weight

Cause they are nose heavy Dry base weight ....5445# Dry tongue w/gen.... 985# Dry tongue w/o gen.. 800# That's a dry tongue percentage of 15%-18% Tongue jack struggling....check battery voltage and wiring connections I guess 985lbs empty also includes what max capacity is in the rear? Because this number is WAY off what was measured at the tongue. And the weight of my trailer, empty, on a CAT certified scale is 6540lbs. So my tongue weight of 1500lbs is 23% of the total weight.
socaladam 09/05/18 02:28pm Toy Haulers
ATC toy hauler - 1500lb tongue weight

Can anyone help me understand why the tongue weight of my 28' front bedroom ATC toy hauler is 1500lbs? I maybe have 100lb of gear in the front storage and the rest of the rig is empty. Like fully empty, no propane, nothing inside the trailer. My a-frame jack is struggling to lift the trailer off the ball.
socaladam 09/05/18 08:32am Toy Haulers
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