IMO, it's a no brainer. Get the trailer with the 15" tires and higher capacity.
You will not regret. You don't have to load all 1400# of cargo aboard, but it's always nice to have the excess capacity.
Last weekend we signed to buy a Shasta Oasis 18BH travel trailer. Specs are 21'9" long, dry weight around 3200 lbs, and tongue weight about 350lbs. GVWR is about 3850lbs. It's a single axle with 205-75-14 tires.
I went to the dealer last night to look over the two they have on the lot, as we bought at the Indy RV Expo, but I wasn't about to buy the one they had at the show due to wear and tear of a 9 day RV show. To my surprise, one of them had substantially more cargo capacity than the other: 546 lbs vs 1403 lbs. After further investigation, I found the one with the larger capacity had 225-75-15 tires on it, compared to the standard 205-75-14. I checked with my dealer about it, who contacted Shasta to see what was up. The answer is that Shasta makes another model called the Flyte, which has the same floorplans as the Oasis, but weighs a little more than the Oasis. With it weighing more, they went with a heavier axle on the single axle Flytes to give it more cargo capacity, and so they wouldn't have to carry two separate axle sizes, they decided to run the same axle on the Oasis. So this is a mid-production change, as the single axle Flyte floorplan has not yet hit the market, whereas the Oasis single axle floorplans have been out for a year.
So now I have a choice as to which to get: the 14" with 546 cargo capacity or the 15" with 1403 lbs cargo capacity. Obviously I'm leaning towards the 15" for the 900 lbs increase in capacity. The specs on a Flyte with the same floorplan as the Oasis I'm getting show a GVWR of 4681 lbs, so I'm assuming an Oasis with the larger axle should be close to that. Other than the 15s raising the overall height of the trailer maybe by 2" and the overall weight increasing due to the heavier axle, what benefits do I gain by going with the larger wheels/axle? One advantage I see when it's time to replace tires is the ability to go with a lot heavier rated tire with the 15". Your comments appreciated!
I have ST205/75R14C Maxxis on my trailer. The trailer has a 4995# GVWR. I put the Maxxis on in August of 2013. I've put over 15,000 miles on them so far, and they are still going strong. The 15K miles includes a 7,900+ mile coast to coast adventure.
When I replace these tires, I would not hesitate to replace with Maxxis again. That said, I would put the new style Carlisle RH tires on the trailer, if they would be less expensive than a set of Maxxis, and if they have a higher than 65 mph speed rating.
I would still pull the trailer no faster than 65, but I wouldn't mind having some cushion at the top speed end.
Yes you are fine getting the companion first. Better actually, since it has a 30 amp receptacle built in, rather than the 2 20 amp receptacles.
I use a short pig tail with a twist lock plug on one end, and the standard RV 30A receptacle on the other end.
I am only buying a single generator right now- a Honda EU2000i. If I understand the product comparison correctly:
Only the "Companion" model has a 30amp connection on it (I also seem to have read that I'll need an adapter for it) - it reads, "30A 125V Locking Plug, 20A 125V receptacle".
So, for the dumb question- can I get the "Companion" model first? And then the regular one later when I'm ready to parallel these?
My basic goals with a generator is to be able to run my furnace at night and then run a single appliance at a time after that (microwave, electric pressure cooker, space heater). I think that's it would be better to use the 30amp connector for these purposes than the 20amp plug.
For a year, I had a F150 Supercab, 4x4, with 5.4L engine and pulled a Hi-Lo. It was a hard sided trailer but the top dropped down when traveling. Something like a box of velveda cheese. I then changed trailers to a regular high wall hard sided trailer, Koala 21CS. I lost about 1.5 mpg after changing trailers.
Now I have a different F150, the one that shows in my signature. Gas mileage between the old F150 and new F150 is about the same, between 9 and 10.5. The difference is the new F150 is a much more capable truck, since it has a better engine and HD pkg.
What are some of the best current and past trucks/suv that allow for maximum MPGs when towing (for either smaller or larger TTs)?
I took your route in March of 2014, except at Quartzsite, we went up Arizona route 95 up to I-40. Then crossed over into CA, then got on US95 north to Las Vegas.
But we were looking for scenic byways, and AZ 95 was much better than US95 in Cali.
This time of year;
If you want to bypass metro Phoenix (which I prefer) coming from Tucson I take I-10 to I-8 at Casa Grande to 85 at Gila Bend to I-10 to 95 at Blythe. Stay on CA 95 to 93 into Metro Las Vegas.
That is currently me. We have a 24' (bumper to ball) Koala 21CS. It went cross country on our Big Trip in 2014, Virginia to the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, and a lot of places along the way and on the back. 7,900+ miles all total.
Our little trailer came along with no troubles. I pulled it with a F150 XLT, SuperCab, 4x4 and 1420# cargo capacity.
In your intro you said that you would be traveling for several months at a time . If that means traveling every day or two then smaller is better . If that means staying in one spot for a month or two large might be better .I prefer smaller units as I am a 'traveler ' not a camper . We never stay three nites in one location .
Exactly why should the sign be in pounds? Maybe that stuff isn't taught in school any longer, but I learned in elementary school that 1 ton equals 2,000 pounds. I also learned how to multiply while in elementary school.
It's pretty simple to multiply 6 x 2000.
And by the way, I doubt she knew how many pounds her rig and cargo weighed anyway.
Or - "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it"
So *if* a commercial driver has negative comments about RVers, ya just pull out your copy of the *article* and smile!..:)
Wouldn't happen if the sign was in pounds as it should be..or did US adopted metric system already? :)
Many years back when Canada started using metric I remember an airline pilots who miscalculated on fuel and run out half way into the trip..
No harm done except for some bruised ego and bent landing gear as even the big jets can glide quite a ways and land safely..
Per your signature, why don't you carry the genny's in the pick up? That's where I carry mine.
I use one of those thick black tubs contractors use to mix small batches of concrete. I also carry my extended run gas tank, plus 3 2.5 gallon cans of extra gasoline. I also carry a 2.5 ton floor jack and an air compressor, plus a large Rubber Maid type of container with lid to keep my stinky slinky plus other black water dumping equipment.
I recently swapped my Honda 3000 (which road in the back of the truck, strapped, wrapped and locked in the bed) for 2 - 2000's. I'm wondering where others store theirs while traveling?
I have a large opening in the living area where my TV (that's television) goes and both fit in that opening nicely, not to mention the slide completely covers this opening when it's in. I feel this could be a good location, out of site in the event the trailer was broken in to. I remove the TV from this spot while traveling so it's empty anyway.
How about under the bed? I do not have an outside storage door that will accommodate the size.
In order to run the AC. I carry two. If it's hot in the early part of the football season, I need two in order to run the AC. Later in the season, I only need run one.
Why would one want/need two generators? I'm new to TT camping and currently don't have any generator but I can see the wisdom of having one.
Annual inspection required in Virginia.
Also in Virginia, one can get a permanent trailer plate or renew it annually. The permanent trailer plate costs roughly 3 times what an annual renewal costs.
If you might be changing trailers within 3 years, it's best to just do it annually. By the forth year, it's cheaper.
Also by the way, one can get a personalized permanent trailer plate also.
I leave mine on from the time I wake her up in early spring until I put her to bed in late fall.
Basically mine has been on since April of this year, except when I had to take the TT in for it's annual inspection.
After this weekend, I will end up shutting off the fridge, along with winterizing it. Should need the TT again until next April.
Only if the fresh water tank is all the way forward, or all the way aft. My fresh water tank sits over the axles, so the water doesn't come into play, except if the 40 gal water tank is only half full. The sloshing could conceivably have an effect.
My point is, the 1200 lbs of stuff that was added to the dry weight of my TT has an assigned spot. Not a lot of room to "balance" the load.
That's true, you are limited on most items normally carried in a travel trailer. You do have hundreds of pounds of water to play with, so that may be an option.
If you have a trailer that just cannot be balanced with the proper hitch weight, you have two option; camp in the driveway or get a better designed trailer.
I purchased a Ford ESP Premium extended warranty. Normally I do not, but with 1) the twin turbo V6 engine, and all the electronics and computers, I decided to bite the bullet.
I got it on line from Ziegler Auto Group in Michigan. Once I got a quote from them, I gave my local store where I bought the truck, a chance to match it. (actually I asked them to give me their best price). The local store was $740 more. I went with Ziegler.
I figure once the time and/or miles are up, I'll probably be up with RV travel also.
We were in San Antonio in early Mar of 2014. San Antonio was on the way to Death Valley NP which was a major "to do" on my cross country trip.
When we entered Texas the day before on I-20, we broke out our t-shirts and shorts, because we had finally gotten to some warm weather.
After dropping the TT at the RV park, we took the bus to down town just to look around a little. A cold front came through while on the bus to down town. It got down in the upper thirties. All I had on was a thin nylon jacket, with no lining, a short sleeve t-shirt and shorts. I was freezing.
After getting back to the TT, we changed clothes and took the dog for a walk. Got hit with a lightening and hall storm. That night the water hose froze solid. Fortunately not plumbing was damaged.
To top it off, the next day the temperature was still low. So low, no one was at the River Walk and boat rides had been suspended for the day due to "inclement" weather. No rain or wind, just cold.
Temperatures didn't moderate until we moved on to Fredricksburg, TX.
Well, I don't pull my trailer in snow. And while the chances of snow were lessening at that point, March, I'd seen too many signs saying you had better have chains for both TV and TT or get thrown under the jail.
And I didn't want to buy chains for TV and TT just in case it happened to snow.
I am sure Yosemite is quite beautiful covered with snow.
Gosh, Atlee -- I am sorry that you decided to avoid Yosemite in the winter. It is very pretty, and much less crowded than in the summer. Next time you are out West in February, don't miss it!
When we did our big cross country in early 2014, our first spring after retiring, one of the must see items on the bucket list was DVNP. It was always a fixture on my "places to see". There were a few other fixtures on the list.
But going to DV was the main reason we left when we did, last week in February. Had to make sure we did DV before it got too hot.
But it also ruled out going to Yosemite, since we were in California to early in the year.
I did a blog while on the cross country trip. There are 3 entries while in DVNP, plus a few photo illustrations. thetravelingkoala.blogspot.com.
I also have a photo album up at Zenfolio.com which contains my cross country trip to California. The DVNP photos are found in their own galleries. If you're interested, you can find them under CalTrip-Scotty'sCastle and CalTrip-DeathValleyNationalPark. atleevt.zenfolio.com. Look under California Trip 2014.
In Aug 2014, I went looking for a pickup to replace my 2005 F150 XLT w/ 6.5' box.
I wanted something specific, if I was going to trade. I wanted an F150 w/ the HD package. I also found out the HD pkg only comes on long wheel base trucks. There were none in the Richmond, VA area at all. My local dealer went looking for me. He found 4 up in PA.
I really wanted a Supercrew on a 6.5' box. Unfortunately, only Supercabs on 8' boxes were available.
So I got a 2014 F150 XLT 4x4 Supercab with 8' box & HD pkg. That thing looks long and is long. The cargo capacity is 2250#. My old truck was 1450#.