SoundGuy is 100% correct. You need to first determine how much trailer you can reasonably tow. Once you know that, you can then start looking at floor plans of various trailers. When you've determined a handful of trailers that meet your needs and wants that you can reasonably tow, then you can drill down on them concerning relative quality, etc.
No need to waste time finding a trailer you absolutely love only to find out it's not a realistic choice for your tow vehicle.
We are new to buying a travel trailer. It's overwhelming trying to decide. My question is can you give me your opinions on 3 or 4 of the better constructed trav trail.. I know its somewhat personal opinion but we don't want bottom of barrel. Requirements are around 30', and 1 or 2 slideouts. Thank you all
We never ran into any problems with the washer/dryers at camp grounds we stayed at. We were on the road 46 days on our cross country trip.
At one of the campground laundromats, the wi-fi was much better than at the trailer so I took the laptop up there and uploaded my blog and along with some pictures while waiting for the clothes to wash and dry.
Get a Companion Honda EU2000i to go with your current 2000i. I did. Had a EU2000i for many years. When I went to a TT, needed more power. Bought a Companion Honda EU2000i plus an extended run 6.5 gallon fuel tank.
You'll have plenty of power then, assuming you don't need 50 amp service.
I don't think so, you can always use it on your home (if you have one) for back up. I sure wish I had more than my 2000i. It is bare min, does the job but I wish I had more.
Actually there is a benefit to cutting off the water pump when not using it.
It's true, the pump doesn't run except when needed to keep the system pressurized. When a faucet is turned on, the pressure in the system (many times 45 psi) drops causing the pump to begin working.
The same thing will happen if a leak develops in the water system. Leak begins, water pressure falls, pump starts pumping. If you're a sound sleeper or if you are away from the RV, the pump will continue to flood the area, until the fresh water tank is empty.
I always cut my pump off when it's not needed.
As to your question #4 - there is really no benefit in turning off the hot water or pump. The pump doesn't run except on demand (when you're drawing water). The water heater doesn't require electric for ongoing operation. You wouldn't want to start with a cold tank of water every time you needed hot water. It's best to keep it on and keep it hot for when you need it. It doesn't use very much propane to keep it hot.
I have no problems with my 3.5L EB. However, I do have a light trailer, 24' and 4950# GVWR and the truck has the Max Tow and Heavy Duty Pkg, with a 163" wheel base. But even with this set up, I would stop short of a 30' trailer.
By the way, an aluminum roof is not perfect either. If the aluminum roof stays in contact with an exposed screw or staple, a tiny pin hole will develop.
When Hi-Lo trailers were still being manufactured, they had this problem. Hi-Lo didn't cover the screws/staples used to hold the wood roof down from the aluminum roof they used. A lot of their trailers developed a line of pin holes the entire length of the trailer.
Also, a 12 year warranty for a roof also doesn't mean it will self destruct the day after the 12 warranty expires.
Thanks for your thoughts. Lots of good information. I'll have to give it some thought. I sent an email to jayco last night to see if they'd build me one with an aluminum roof. I'm not holding my breath, but figured it wouldn't hurt to ask. The original roof on my 27 yr old Layton is in great shape yet (not coated either ) that says a lot. No leaks either. I just check the calk joints up there 2 times per year and fix any that are questionable with dicor.
I'd gladly pay extra for the aluminum too. I think a lot of others would too. At least any who want to keep their rigs more than 10yrs.
If I were to rotate tires, I'd just X them. However, I've never seen any need to rotate them. I don't plan on expending the time and energy to rotate them myself nor to expend the money to have someone else do it.
I just check them to make sure all are wearing evenly, and to check to any sidewall or tread damage.
I'm getting ready to rotate the tires on my TT, and I was wondering what is the best way to do it.
1) just swap the front to rear and rear to front on the same side of the TT
2) swap front tire on driver's side with front tire on passenger side, and do the same with the rear tires
3) swap front tire on driver's side with rear tire on passenger side, and rear tire on driver's side with front tire on passenger's side
Scratching my head on this.
When we stayed at Balboa for 4 nights in March 2014, we never heard any jets take off or land, nor any Helicopter traffic. Never saw any, either.
Obviously, we did at Dockweiler, but even those jets didn't keep us awake at night. It's not like Dockweiler is directly under the flight path.
X2 on Travel Village. It's a straight shot down the 5 to the Hollywood Freeway to Universal.
One thing people are neglecting to mention is that Balboa is backed up against the busiest non-commercial airport in the world. It's very noisy with the jet traffic, and helicopter departure ("Bull Creek") for most of the airport (and there are allot of them) is over the park. Doesn't bother me at all, but just FYI that the area behind the park on airport property is LAPD, LA County Fire, LA City Fire, Life Flight, and Helinet on the NE side that owns several TV station air OP's contracts. And operations CAN run all night
I stayed at Balboa RV park for 4 nights in March of 2014. It does have a pretty fair number of long term users. Many folks who work in the film/tv industry do stay there.
By the way, a scene from NCIS-LA was filmed at Balboa. A 5th wheel trailer was blown up. This happened the week before we got there. Would have loved to have been in Balboa during the day the trailer was blown up.
I did not find it a bad place to park my trailer. IMO, there are a lot worse out there. We did the Warner Bros Studio tour using Balboa as a base. It wasn't a bad drive. I'd guess that Universal is a bit closer to Balboa than WB is. We did Reagan's Library out in Simi Valley while at Balboa also.
Balboa is a small park in area. If you are towing, you have to drop your trailer at the office and someone, many times the owner, will use a fork lift to move your TT into it's spot.
I found it to be well kept, and the laundry and shower facilities were clean.
We also spent two night at Dockweiler Campground. Dockweiler is a state owned park, but run by LA County. It's right on the beach just below the end of LAX runway. There were a lot of air traffic, but they didn't keep us awake at night. We used this as a base to see the La Brea Tarpits and Hollywood Blvd, where the Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater is located.
And what caused the trailer to be destroyed from propane while towing? Inquiring minds want to know. And how is using propane while parked at a campground safer than using it while traveling?
I wanted to avoid getting into the issue of fueling a vehicle while a propane flame was lit, but I would suggest to you that you do some reading on this issue. It can be very dangerous with deadly consequences. Some go so far to make sure all their propane devices are off the entire time they are traveling. My wife's uncle and aunt had their trailer destroyed from a propane fire while towing. So be careful and do a bit of reading
I carry a 120AC compressor along with two Honda generators. Only had to use it once, while in Death Valley.
Another time, someone else used them.
But I like to have the compressor with me. Better to have and not need, than to need and not have.
I do have a map, but concur with your standard. Of course, about the only state I have on my map that I haven't at least stayed the night in is West Virginia. I've only passed through it.
I didn't put my map on the skin of my trailer. I bought a large cheap picture frame, and put the map outline on the picture frame glass. This way I can display it if I want, or just stow it away, if I want.
Although we didn't have a sticker. If we had, we would have filled in every state we passed through. As already said above - my map my rules.
For three straight falls, 2013-2015, I've put between 3500 and 4000 miles on my Koala 21CS following my favorite college football team. We're getting ready for another such fall in 4 weeks.
We also put over 7900 miles on the trailer when we traveled from Virginia to Los Angeles, CA and return in late winter/early spring 2014.
Knock on wood, we haven't have any failures yet, including tires. I did put on Maxxis in August 2013.
Are you talking about the selectors on the AC unit? If you are, that is your problem. Nothing connected to the AC will work off of 12v electric. The AC fan only will only work if plugged into 120v AC circuit or have a generator running.
Thanks for the info. I will check the fuses again. Thank you for the diagram, mine didn't come with a layout so this will help. And my selector has fan/AC/heat. Fan has a selector for lo/hi/auto and that is what i was looking to run on 12V. I have 2-6V batteries which were just replaced and I have about 256 amperes from them and they were fully charged. The fan ran before and this was the first time I had an issue with it only running of the generator power. Again, thanks for the info.
Something is wrong then. I have over 20k miles on my Maxxis tires, and they still look great. At the rate they are wearing, I'll have to replace due to age rather than tread depth.
I'm a little late to the party on this thread but I just found the info I was looking for! I was looking at the Carlisle and a Heartland both sold at discount tire. Is there any info on Heartland tires?
My gut tells me the Carlisle is the way to go!
I saw a mention of Maxxis tires but I have those OEM, No more than 3k miles on them and they are wearing thin and will be replaced in the next couple days.
Have to disagree about this. Now i-95 from Maryland to Richmond is ugly, after that I-95 isn't too bad, other than being mind numbing boring.
I-81 on the other hand can be very bad at different places just because of all the 18 wheelers who must pass another 18 wheeler with an average relative speed of about 3 miles an hour. That makes for an effective rolling road block that can really back up traffic. And it takes a long time to sort things out after the offender finally gets around the other truck.
I hate the PA interstate roads.
I'll be driving them from one end to the other tomorrow and will be glad when I am through.
The state and its drivers are a bunch of hypocrites!
On Rt 81, they have these so called "safety zones" where the fines are doubled. On many of them the posted speed limit is 55 and every driver with PA plates is going 75 and 80.
I try to stay in the right hand lane, but there is always some jerk that will come up behind me and start blinking is lights on and off.
I guess they want me to drive on the shoulder !
jack LI'd rather drive I81 (in any state) than I95 (especially towing).
But what is the rear gearing on your truck. 3:31 or worse? I have a 2014 F150 4x4 Eco Boost with 3:73 rear end. I pull a similar sized TT, 4950 GVWR. On the flats it's pulls in 6th gear with RPM about 1800. Going up a steep hill it will usually drop down to 5th and the RPM will jump to maybe 22-2300.
No way your Eco should be having trouble unless it has a rear end not fit for towing.
As for mpg, it's just not going to get good mileage. No matter the weight, you're still pulling a box through the air.
It's a 2015 V-6 Ecoboost. Everything I read said it was better for towing than the V-8. It does tow better than the V-8 Avalanche did. Same mpg, but without the rpms.