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RE: 4WD vs 2WD

For me, I'd rather have 4x4 and not need it, than to need 4x4 and not have it. I would not have a 4x2 truck. On at least 2 occasions, I have needed 4x4 to get the trailer where it needed to be. Without 4x4, I would have been stuck, which happened to some folks who did not have 4x4.
Atlee 02/27/17 03:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: TPO Roofs

It is possible. Can't speak for the roof in question, but it used to happen on the old HI-LO trailers. HI-LO used steel nails to secure the wooden roof panels. They then used aluminum sheets to cover the top. Unfortunately, in HI-Lo's case, the steel nails would react with the aluminum roof and a number of pin holes would develop on the roof. Hard to notice until the water had done it's damage. water leaking thru an aluminum sheet? Really? all those airplanes sitting/flying outside in the rain must get very heavy with the water load. sure it wasn't leaking at the seams,etc.? bumpy
Atlee 02/25/17 12:46am Travel Trailers
RE: TPO Roofs

And only for the original owner. If it's sold within 2 years, the second buyer gets no warranty, what so ever. That's why any warranty pass 2 years isn't worth much. Exactly bumpy. The fact is that rubber or tpo roofs have a finite life. Period. They will eventually deteriorate to the point that you can't coat or seal them, etc. Is aluminum perfect? No it's not. It requires you to check/maintain your calk joints twice per year. If you do that it'll stay leak free. The roof on my Layton is one piece and remains uncoated and looks great yet. I inquired at Jayco one time about ordering a tt with an aluminum roof and was told it was not possible. Tpo/rubber roofs come with a 12yr warranty. When that's up, the roof is about shot and the cost to install a new one is more than the trailer is worth. No thanks. and that 12 year "warranty" is for the materials only. not to remove and replace. bumpy
Atlee 02/23/17 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Dry weight published vs real weight

My weights will not vary much. I carry the same cargo in the bed, always. The only variable would be what's in the trailer. Almost always I have the same amount of clothes, food supplies, etc. The number of cans of food may vary by a few cans, and bottles or cans of beverages will vary by 3 or 4. I may through in an extra bag of chips. The tv, which I take out at the end of the year, weights the same on every trip. Now, currently, I'm in the planning stages for a big trip out to Utah, Yellowstone, and the Black Hills. For this trip, I will be the heaviest that I ever weight simply because we will be gone so long. But even here, I might weight a couple of hundred pounds heavier than normal. All that said, once I load it in the spring, I run it across the scales to double check. But I don't continue to cross the scales every trip out. Good post and makes my point with friends why it's better to go by the GVWR number and not the dry weight. I guess it just depends. No guessing needed, of course "it just depends" - not on GVWR but on the trailer's CCC. Use GVWR as a guide to what you can tow in a situation where CCC is so great there's no way GVW will come anywhere near to the trailer's GVWR and you could easily fool yourself into believing you need to spend a substantial amount upgrading to a 3/4 ton which in reality you don't need. :M It's not GVWR that matters but anticipated GVW, loaded and ready to camp ... and that can easily be estimated by adding anticipated cargo weight to the trailer's stickered dry weight, the result often being not anywhere near it's GVWR. :RI am always some what amazed at this thinking. It seems that there are some here that think they always weigh the same for every trip.. My weight varies. A lot. Probably several thousand pounds depending on what/where I am going and doing. Of course I may be an extreme case. But I am willing to wager that many peoples weights (that are trying to cut it close with this approach) also vary enough to put them over their TVs ratings at times. TTs are a lot like people in that they tend to gain weight over time. The difference is that people try to rationalize their way around the fact.
Atlee 02/21/17 05:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Dry weight published vs real weight

That's interesting. I've never seen that before. Every manufacturer that I've seen plays games with the brochure "dry" weight. Here is how they do it. The brochure listed dry weight is without any options, period. I presume they build the first one without any options, then weight it. That's the brochure weight. However, all trailers I've seen have a list of "mandatory" options. "Mandatory" options are in reality part of the dry weight, but are not included in the dry weight because they are "options". Good post and makes my point with friends why it's better to go by the GVWR number and not the dry weight. Your numbers are a perfect example. By doing so you can ensure you have some margin to play with hopefully and not be right up against your limits. To each their own though.I guess it just depends. My trailer's listed brochure weight was 6,210, the sticker weight as shipped from the factory is 6,260, and as it rolls down the road I am at least 800 lbs. less then it's GVWR.
Atlee 02/21/17 04:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Is Yellowstone Pet Friendly?

I understand it's better to leave the dog behind, and for you it's pretty easy to do that. Put the dog in a kennel for a week, and make a quick run to Yellowstone. Unfortunately, for me, it is not that easy. I can't leave my dog in a kennel for a month and 182. That's how long we will be away from home on our trip this year, which includes a week in Yellowstone. We must leave our dog in the trailer. I also understand it limits the amount of time we can stay away during the day. Do yourself a favor, don't take dogs into Yellowstone. If left at camp, they will be alone for most of the day. If brought in a vehicle to explore, they won't be allowed on the trails and will hinder your ability to see the attractions - even the easy roadside ones. We camp in Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks often and leave our dogs at home. It makes for a more pleasant experience. Like when we leave our teenagers at home!
Atlee 02/19/17 05:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Anything to see in Salt Lake City?

Or is it a place to avoid? I may be going up from the south of Utah to the Grand Tetons in Wyoming which will place me in the vicinity of Salt Lake City. Just wondering if its best to drive around it, or is there any sites worth seeing in the city?
Atlee 02/16/17 02:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Weather in Monument Valley & Moab, UT?

Since my wife and I are not into hiking much, we've decided Monument Valley and Moab, Ut are doable. Thanks for the advice, and for pointing out my "senior" moment. :)
Atlee 02/15/17 07:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Maxxis M8008 or Carlisle Trail HD

I will replace my current Maxxis tires with either Maxxis or the Carlisle HD's. I've read of no problems yet with the Carlisle HD's, and with their previous rep, I'm sure there would be lots of comments if folks were experiencing any major problems with them. I would not be opposed to the new Goodyear Endurance ST tire, depending on reports between now and when I must replace.
Atlee 02/15/17 06:32am Towing
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

I hope 70 isn't the limit. Otherwise this year will be my last. Seriously, age itself shouldn't be the limiter. The limiter should be physical and mental condition. Some 80 year olds are probably younger mentally and physically than some 70 year olds. I do believe that at some age, maybe 70, folks who drive any vehicle should go in for frequent written and driving tests. Maybe like every 2 years. Physical and mental abilities can start to fall off much faster at that age.
Atlee 02/15/17 06:24am General RVing Issues
RE: New Trailers and Showers

What you say is true. However, I would not want to go fix something that should have been included at the factory. Also, if a manufacturer is pinching pennies WRT the Tub/shower surround, then I strongly suspect they are pinching pennies in other areas that will rule out getting that particular trailer. For me it's just cheap penny pinching. That's a trailer that would be crossed off my list as soon as I saw it. Of course it's cost control on the part of the manufacturer but if any trailer otherwise fits one's needs automatically "crossing it off one's list" would indeed be silly since it's so easy to simply add a surround yourself.
Atlee 02/14/17 03:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weather in Monument Valley & Moab, UT?

Certainly is. I'll just have to chalk it up to "a senior moment". Similar post??? clicky
Atlee 02/14/17 03:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New Trailers and Showers

For me it's just cheap penny pinching. That's a trailer that would be crossed off my list as soon as I saw it. I looked at a couple of 2017 Trailers recently and noticed that the showers don't have a surround on them. The walls in the shower look just like the walls in the trailer....What's up with that? I was thinking that if I got one I would add a surround, you think it would be easier for cleaning??????
Atlee 02/14/17 03:30am Travel Trailers
Weather in Monument Valley & Moab, UT?

Is late June too hot to enjoy those areas? I'm thinking about going there before heading up to Grand Teton and Yellowstone the 1st and 2nd week in July.
Atlee 02/13/17 12:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: MPG with and without TT

With my 3.5L Ecoboost, long bed 4x4, XLT I get about 19mpg running at 65mph. Long stretches at 55 mph and I can touch 20. Around home driving, I get 15-16 mph. Once I hook up the trailer, my mileage falls to 8 to 10.5 mph. It just depends on speed, and terrain.
Atlee 02/04/17 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Henry Ford Museum

I have stayed several times at the Detroit-Greenfield RV park in Ypsilanti, MI. It's relatively close to the Henry Ford Museum. We are planning to visit the Dearborn, MI Henry Ford Museum this July. Are there any campgrounds in the area you recommend staying at? We have a 32' Class C, 30 amp. Thanks ahead of time for your comments.
Atlee 02/03/17 05:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Carlisle or Maxxis

Don't know about released to the general RV public, but they are being put on Jayco's now. Jayco has a page for each trailer where you can configure your trailer with what options you want and get a MSRP price for that trailer. Goodyear USA tires are one of the "mandatory" options that's automatically checked. In other words, you can only get a Jayco trailer with the Goodyear USA Endurance tires on it. My contact says the Endurance has been released but I can't find much official info.
Atlee 02/02/17 09:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jayco Fiberglass or Aluminum

This doesn't apply to the OP since he has now made his decision, but here is the skinny on the Jayco Jay Flight with the fiberglass option. On the Jay Flights, the optional fiberglass siding is glued to the wood frame. The construction of the Jay Flights is the same, whether aluminum or fiberglass siding is used. The aluminum siding is stapled onto the wood framing. The fiberglass siding is glued to the wood framing. I have no idea whether this holds true these days as I've never owned an aluminum sided trailer but it used to be that those that were also had wood framing rather than aluminum. Personally we've always preferred the look of fiberglass over aluminum and the structural integrity of aluminum framing over wood framing. JMO.
Atlee 02/01/17 04:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Senior Citizens or Soon to be

Depends. She wouldn't need one to get in a park if she was riding shotgun in your vehicle. However, she would need one to gain entrance to any facility in the national park. 2 examples. When we were at Death Valley NP, I used my pass to drive in, and I used my pass to park in one of DVNP's campgrounds. However, my wife needed hers in order to get reduced rates to see "Scotty's Castle", a really neat mansion built in DVNP before it was a national park by a rich easterner from Chicago. Example #2. When we were in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the old forts there are part of the US national park service. We each needed out passes to get the reduced entry fee. I already have a Senior Pass. Does DW need one also?
Atlee 01/25/17 06:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Seeking th perfect Couples Trailer - just me and my wife ...

But don't all of these have a wet bath? OP didn't want a wet bath IIRC. Have you looked into the small fiberglass trailers? Casita, Scamp, Escape, Oliver, Bigfoot to name a few.
Atlee 01/25/17 05:41am Travel Trailers
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