These are the cleaning recommendations from the manufacturer (Alpha Systems) of the rubber roof on my Skyline Koala trailer.
Use a non abrasive house cleaner such as TOPJOB or SPIC N SPAN and a medium bristled scrub brush.
Do not use Acetone or any other product that contains distillates. Any product that includes oil distillates will damage the rubber roof.
They added that with periodic cleaning, no other roof treatment is needed.
I carry 2 EU2000i gennies plus a 6 gallon extended run tank, plus 3 2.5 gallon cans in the rear of the pickup. The PU has an Undercover bed cover.
When running the genny(ies) they are removed from the pickup. When in the PU, I use those black cement mixing pans that Home Depot or Lowes sells. I can slide the generators either forward or back, and the same with the gasoline. Makes it easier for me to remove them from the PU.
To date, I've been happy with my Maxxis. They were mounted a year ago this time, and I've put over 10K miles so far. Last fall football tailgating, plus a 7900 mile trip to Los Angeles and back.
So far they look new. Tread still looks perfect. I did get the metal valve stems.
I was planning on replacing the original GF Marathons with another set, but the tire guy was able to put on a set of 4 Maxxis for a little less.
My tires are Maxxis M8008 ST205/75R 14's.
I would get the Honda EU2000i. The EU1000i would do the job, but down the road if you needed more power, you'd be out of luck. The 2000 unit also gives you the flexibility of adding a 2nd 2000i in order to run the AC should that become a necessity latter on.
What Honda generator is the best one to get for my travel trailer? I would really only be using it to charge my batteries every other day.
If I had the room, I would have put in two 6 volt golf cart batteries. They would have been the relatively cheap Sams Club variety.
Unfortunately with all the stuff on my tongue, and the shape of the front of my TT, I couldn't put two batteries on the tongue. So, I bought a larger battery box to replace the Group 24 box, put it on the tongue, and bought a Group 31 battery, also from Sams Club.
I used Sams Club because they are "relatively" inexpensive, and there are lots of Sams Clubs across the country.
What is the best battery to get to replace my battery? Are Walmart batteries okay to use? I got my other one there.
We had a most enjoyable Forth of July weekend. We spend Thursday through Sunday at some friends of ours at their house on the Cow Pasture River in the Allegheny mountains of Virginia. The Cow Pasture is one of the two head waters of the James River in Virginia.
Included were a 34ft Airstream, two 5th wheels, my 24 Koala, plus a class C. Between them and the house space, we had a crowd of about 30+ people.
We divided up the three supper meals, Thursday thru Saturday, plus brunch, Friday thru Sunday. Each family/group only needed to deal with one meal.
And the weather was to die for here in Virginia. Normally July is hot and muggy, a little less so in the mountains. However, night temperatures were in the 40's and 50's. Day temperatures were probably just in the 70's.
Of course, all of our group are well known to each other. This game group RV tailgates together during fall college football season.
Each person's situation is different. The truck is best for me because I must take my generators and gasoline with me. I couldn't do that if I had an Expy. Wouldn't want oil and gasoline fumes inside.
Also with us, it's only two plus the dog. Plenty of room inside the extended cab F150.
Newbie to towing but not to camping. Just downsized to a 25' TT that weighs 5200# with a 600# tongue weight. Need to buy a 4x4 TV, can't afford a new one so am looking at 2003 to 2009.
I expect my total weight added with wife, stuff, weight distribution hitch, propane, etc. will bring it up to 6,500.
I prefer an Expedition as it will fit in the garage, but a F-150 won't. Also, an Expedition with the right axle ratio and tow package can tow 9,000 while the F-150 V8 is somewhat less depending on the year. We are planning on a trip out West, so mts are a consideration.
Assuming both have a factory installed tow package and towing capacity, are there any factors that would push me towards one or the other??
Thanks in advance for your help!
Which is why it's just as unreasonable when others have suggested buyers of new TT's should do their due diligence and check out the supports for the tanks. Many of today's TT's have the tanks covered with coroplast. Can't be taking all of that stuff off just to check out the tank supports.
Keep in mind this was NOT the dealers fault. I seriously doubt that any dealer is going to remove the Coroplast underbelly to see if the tank is mounted properly. I also wonder how many of our water tanks might fall out if we tried to travel down the highway with them full. Not saying this should ever happen but I bet there are a lot more this could happen to. No reason to blast the dealer, they're stuck in the middle and can only try to fix it. They didn't build it, they only sold it. If you have to get mad at someone, get mad at the manufacturer. They're the ones that cheaped out and didn't put in enough supports for the tank. Just get it fixed, it will be fine and get on with camping..
If I had the money, and they were available right now, I'd get a Transit based unit with the V-6 eco boost engine.
I figure this is the best of all worlds. Generator and engine drink from the same fuel tank. The gasoline engine would not be penalized in the high altitudes because of the turbo chargers.
An added bonus, there are a lot more Ford dealers spread across this country than Mercedes Benz and Freighliner dealers combined.
I wouldn't rent out my trailer. I don't want folks I don't know sleeping in my bed.
One reason I like my TT is I don't have to sleep in a bed lots of other folks have slept in before.
That doesn't even count people who may not completely understand how to tow, back up, and set up the trailer. I'm far from an expert, but at least, if I screw up, I'm doing it to my trailer. Don't want someone else doing it to my trailer.
I always have the propane on when traveling. The fridge is set to automatic. If 120ac is present, the fridge will use electricity. If 120AC goes away, the fridge automatically switches to propane. No muss, no fuss.
I know in Baltimore, any propane, whether open or closed, is not allowed in the two tunnels.
Many other places, such as the tunnels under the James River between Norfolk,VA and Hampton, VA require that propane be cut off.
Until last September, it was work. In the future it will probably be money.
Right now, I'm using it a lot. 6 home football games last fall. 7900 miles early this year during a round trip fm VA to LA.
Since getting back from the cross country trip, we've been to a spring football game, a wedding, a beach music festival. We have an upcoming trip to a 4 day gathering with about 6 or 8 other RV's at the river. Then a weekend at a bluegrass festival.
We'll then rest for a few weeks and begin football again.
I'm guessing either finances or health will slow me down some.
I tend to stay at either Walmart (most often since there are more of them,) or Flying J truck stops when in travel mode.
We did a 45 day round trip from Richmond VA area to LA earlier this year. We stopped at a lot of places along the way and on the way back that we were interested in seeing. However, the first place om my list of stops was Vicksburg, and the National Battlefield there. It took us two days to get there, so on the 1st and 2nd night we stopped at Wally Worlds because they are convenient, relative inexpensive (after buying supplies ;). I didn't even consider a camp ground those two nights because I didn't want to go wandering miles off my route to find a CC, nor did I want to pay 20+ dollars for the privilege.
We'd pull into a WM and my wife would go in to get permission. The manager would usually also tell up roughly what part of the lot he/she would like us to park. We never put out our slide since our floor plan allows us to use the bed, get to the bathroom, and use the refrigerator without it being out. And we certainly never unhitched the TT from the truck.
Most times, we'd end up getting something we forgot, or needed but didn't have. And sometimes I buy some hot prepared food.
I would never drop the trailer, put out the awning, or put out our camp chairs & stuff like that.
Also, we'd usually be back on the road before 7am.
Hope this is the right forum.
I have a question about WM camping. I've seen "The ABC's of Wal Mart Camping" and it said never open slider. Is that a fairly solid rule? Reason I ask is, in our current TT, the restroom isn't usable without the slide out. Never thought about that when we were looking at the TT and it's to late now to do anything about it.