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Axle and Hub Question

Hi All, We have a Grand Design Transcend travel trailer. Really like it. At 18 months old, it is essentially new as we have done one longer trip and some local camping. Maybe 2,000 miles of travel. I decided to have the bearings repacked. It seemed like good preventative maintenance before we do any big trips. I took it to our local Camping World. They sent pictures indicating that there is some damage to the axle. Some heat marks. They recommend replacing the whole axle at a cost of $1,475. I am kind of in shock that the whole axle would need to be replaced - especially since we have hardly used it. Your insight and advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
the e-man 07/09/20 03:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travellogues

Hi Down Home, I agree. It's great to get first hand knowledge of a place before you visit. I like the travel blogs that share a lot of pictures. As agesilaus said, many travel bloggers are on YouTube. Another great place to discover them is on Instagram. You can search on a hashtag like #rvlife and you'll see tons of great pictures from rv and camping people. When you find one you like, you can follow them. And, most rv bloggers on Instagram also have blog sites and/or YouTube. I guess you just have to figure out if you like reading (blogs), pictures (Instagram) or video (YouTube) best. And thanks to JV for the page with all of the links. Lot's to explore.
the e-man 07/02/20 02:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking to buy, bunkhouse ~26ft, all advice welcome

We had a Jayco Jay Flight 26BH as our first camper. It was pretty much perfect for a family with 2 kids. It was a pretty standard design with no slide. That made it a good first camper for us. Standard dinette, not u-shaped, which worked well. No outside kitchen which means more room for storing things and more room for the bunks. As the kids got older and we added a dog, it started to feel a bit small. Hard to work in the kitchen and have someone pass through to the bunks or bathroom. Not enough room for us all to watch TV comfortably. Top bunk was a single which we heard some complaints about as the kids got above 15. If you want a bit more room, there are some units with a slide. Consider getting a super slide with couch and dinette in the slide. Consider ensuring there are three beds (3 bunks or 2 bunks + sofa) so each child has their own space. There are a few triple bunk campers available in the size you mentioned. To get started, take a look at a Jay Flight 26BH and Jay Feather 27BHB. When shopping around last time, we ended up getting a Grand Design Transcend. So far, it seems like a good quality unit. For what you are describing, maybe the Xplor 247BH, 261BH or 265BH. Note that there are other good travel trailer manufacturers and models. I'm just sharing our experience.
the e-man 06/01/20 03:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Buying a new travel trailer-first time buyer

Hi Bfonner, I know you asked about price and how to negotiate. Don't feel like you have to rush in. Take your time and find something you are comfortable with. Learn from this community - you'll find a lot of information and opinions that can be helpful. You may want to consider learning about how to do a walkthrough so you know if the camper you are looking at is a good one. Even with the same brand and model, there can be big differences in how well built each unit is. At some dealerships, you may find multiples of the one you want. Before starting to negotiate price, do a thorough inspection of the actual unit you are interested in. Does it seem well made? Is the caulk where it should be? Is there rust on any parts? Price is also not the only consideration. Does the salesperson you are dealing with seem decent. Will you get support after the sale? Some RV salespeople and dealers are actually good to work with. Rather than a specific percentage discount, consider working with your salesperson to get to a mutually agreeable deal. I tried to capture some of our RV shopping lessons learned in: Seven RV Shopping Warning Signs Hope that helps.
the e-man 05/25/20 03:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouse TT Suggestions

With younger kids, we really enjoyed our Jayco Jayflight 26BH. used it for nine years and only recently changed to something larger. Only thing from your criteria is that the bed is a camper Queen, a bit shorter than a regular Queen. The nice thing is that it doesn’t have a wall at the end of the bed like some. You mention wanting a u-shaped dinette. Have you tried one? I’m not large but find them to be very tight. We prefer a traditional dinette. Just a bit more to add to my prior post. I remember seeing a fairly innovative camper at this year's RV shows. Not sure if it is too large or heavy for you but it does have the u-shaped dinette and bunks you mentioned. Grand Design Transcend Xplor 265BH. It gives an interesting mix of bunks, a couch and dinette, and it has a full-sized Queen. I don't think I have seen this floorplan from any other manufacturers. We have a Transcend 28MKS which is way bigger than our prior camper. After a year and a half really like it. It is built at least as well as the Jayco we had and has a great floorplan.
the e-man 05/08/20 07:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouse TT Suggestions

With younger kids, we really enjoyed our Jayco Jayflight 26BH. used it for nine years and only recently changed to something larger. Only thing from your criteria is that the bed is a camper Queen, a bit shorter than a regular Queen. The nice thing is that it doesn’t have a wall at the end of the bed like some. You mention wanting a u-shaped dinette. Have you tried one? I’m not large but find them to be very tight. We prefer a traditional dinette.
the e-man 05/08/20 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to secure storage area while connected to water?

We also have a Grand Design Transcend. Not sure if it's like yours, but our water connects through the floor and into a universal docking station. There is a lever that enables you to switch from city water, where the water goes directly to the faucets, or to fill the fresh water tank. Once connected, you should be able to lock your storage compartment door. You may want to turn off water at the spigot if you will be away from your camper for any length of time. I found the connection a bit tricky at first. I couldn't seem to secure the hose tightly enough and usually had a drip. Never a good thing to have water leaking in storage. I was also concerned with things entering the camper through the hole. After some experimenting, I found a setup that seems to work for us. I documented it with pictures at: https://traveltrailsail.com/rv-drinking-water-safe-hose-connections/ Hope that helps.
the e-man 05/08/20 06:26pm Travel Trailers
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