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RE: Not unhooking for a night

The only addition to the above is DO disconnect trailer plug from the tow vehicle,
bailer6334 01/17/18 05:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Design 2150

So here is my experience with my 2017 2150, used now for a year traveled over 9,000 miles. Pros: Great floorplan. Sofa is comfortable, layout nice for 2 people. Tanks adequate. Bathroom large and great. Storage good. Easy access to bathroom/Refer. Tight unit, no drafts. Tows great with weight distrubion hitch. GD Customer Service better than most. Cons: Lippert frame and axles/shackles/springs. Schwintek (Lippert) Slide mechanism. Published tongue weight (on mine was 413lbs) Thats empty. With batteries, propane, loaded trailer with "stuff" tongue weight was 770lbs. Slide has the Refer in it. Makes it heavy. 2 independent slide motors that need to be kept "IN SYNC". This means you need to fully extend and retract every time you open/close the slide or it will get out of adjustment. No bedroom access when slide in. As a side note, I have RVed for more than 30 years, and NEVER had as many problems with a slide as I have with this unit. It may be a Schwintek(Lippert) component problem or could be a GD design issue. I've had 2 motors replaced and the full slide assembly (both sides) replaced. Schwintek says because of the slide weight & depth a roller should have been designed in by GD. GD says not needed, I'm not a desige engineer so I don't know. Good Luck in your decision
bailer6334 01/15/18 06:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Best manufacture response

I have a Grand Design TT. The slide has been giving me problems from day 1. In the first failure GD stood behind their warranty and replaced one slide motor at their expense. The only delay was getting the unit from Lippert (3 weeks). This last issue was during a GD Rally, Lippert inspected my slide and determined the entire slide mechanism needed to be replaced. The dealer, Lippert and GD replaced it under warranty (another 6 weeks). Have to commend GD and Lippert for stepping up to the problem, even though I did not like the length of time to get it in and out of the shop. It was still under warranty at that time.
bailer6334 01/09/18 06:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Decision made

As the owner of a GD 2150, I would recommend the Creekside. Over the years we have owned countless RV's mostly 5ers and Travel Trailers, and I've never experienced as many problems with a slide as I have with this GD. Only slide I've ever had to extend and retract fully or it goes out of alignment (2 independent motors). Also the slide mechanism in both mine and Lipperts opinion is to light to carry the depth and weight of the slide. I do have to say GD's customer service is excellent though and we do love the floorplan of the 2150.
bailer6334 01/07/18 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Questions about Mallard Travel Trailers and quality

And I agree with above comments. My Grand Design TT was build in mid 2017 before Winnebago bought out GD, and the big spike in production, and while their Brochure says it has 3rd party independent QC, that's BS. Simple things that should have been caught and fixed prior to delivery to the dealer were missed. And now as they speed up manufacturing and deliveries things are even worse.
bailer6334 12/04/17 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Hitch/Accident Concerns

If it wasn't damaged/bent anywhere I would say its fine. If you want to make sure its O.K. I would take it to the dealer, independent auto shop or a business which specializes in hitch installs, and have them check it out. The insurance company representing the driver who hit you should cover the cost of inspection.
bailer6334 12/01/17 07:16am Towing
RE: Neewbe questions hitch / weight

You have not told us what tow vehicle you are planning on towing with. Only caution I would give is check your "Hitch Capacity" as well and for good towing stay between 10 & 15% weight on the tongue.
bailer6334 12/01/17 07:08am Beginning RVing
RE: where to mount wireless camera

Use screws if you don't want to lose it. Also I know on Grand Design trailers the factory pre wired the camera mount so power is always on. If you mount check with the mfg to see if its power all the time. If its a new install wire any way you want. If you are going to drill holes no big deal, just use RV silicon on the screws to keep them water tight.
bailer6334 11/26/17 04:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: where to mount wireless camera

Use screws if you don't want to lose it. Also I know on Grand Design trailers the factory pre wired the camera mount so power is always on. If you mount check with the mfg to see if its power all the time. If its a new install wire any way you want. If you are going to drill holes no big deal, just use RV silicon on the screws to keep them water tight.
bailer6334 11/26/17 04:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: where to mount wireless camera

I have used the below wireless system on 3 different trailers. Like you I did not want to put anymore holes in the trailers than I had to. I tied into the clearance light power wires (even though it means I have to have the clearance lights on when traveling). Mounted above the clearance lights so no one tampers with the camera. The camera I purchased is the Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System WVOS511. It has a 5.6" monitor, 60ft signal, color, night vision and sound (so if someone is helping you back up you can hear what they say). Bought from RV Cams. I think somewhere in the $400 range. But you get what you pay for.
bailer6334 11/26/17 07:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing an Arctic Fox

Take a look at the Grand Design Forum. You will find plenty of problems with GD trailers. Also keep in mind Lippert supplies the frame and axles which have had problems. As a prior owner of 2 AF 5ers I would pick Northwood products over Grand Design any time. With the problems I am having/had with Lippert systems, I would not buy a GD product ever again.
bailer6334 11/21/17 07:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Outdoor RV TT's: Schwintek vs. Rack & Pinion Slides

I have Schwintek dual motor rack system on my Grand Design and I will tell you I've had problems with the slide from day one and its only 1 year old. Had the slide adjusted twice, a motor replaced on one side and now Schwintek (Lippert) is replacing both motors, and the rack and block system. I don't know if the trailer you are looking at has 2 motors for the slide, but I would advise against buying that one. Of the 6 or 7 trailers we have owned, I have never had a problem unit until this trailer.
bailer6334 11/19/17 06:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Aluminum vs Fiberglass TT

Aside from the exterior siding and I don't know if this makes a difference, but most Aluminum trailers I ever look at have wood framing and most if not all fiberglass trailers have aluminum framing. Both wood and metal framed trailers have good and bad points as well.
bailer6334 11/17/17 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone must be out of their mind...rant.

Why give Keystone or any other RV manufacturer for that matter free advertising on their part and you get to pay $300 to $1000 for the privilege? If they refuse to provide "free" decals, either leave them off or as suggested create your own if you want decals on the cap.
bailer6334 11/06/17 06:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black Tank Dumping?

FYI, its best if you dump your black tank when its 3/4 or full only. That way you get rid of all the tanks contents and do not have a possibility of any residual buildup to clog the tank.
bailer6334 10/30/17 07:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Picked up TT - question about extended warranty

Also keep in mind it is NOT a "Warranty" like on a vehicle from the OEM. Its a "Service Agreement" by a 3rd party, not the OEM. If you decide to buy it get a copy of the service agreement before you buy it and read what the exclusions and maintenance requirements are. In addition, the service agreement in the first year is covered by the manufacturer, so you have paid for year 1 without benefit of its coverage (money to the provider without any expenses).
bailer6334 10/24/17 09:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: Best valve stems for TPMS

If you buy the TST TPMS 510 system the rubber or steel stems will work.
bailer6334 10/16/17 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dodge Durango

I had a 2016 Durango R/T with the 5.7 Hemi, with a payload of 1350lbs and a tow capacity of 7100lbs and I pulled a 6700GVWR TT. As their are only 2 of us the Durango did a great job even pulling 6-8% grades. The problem with the later model Durango's is it's uni-body construction and the hitch tongue weight capacity is only 720lbs. Even though the trailer I bought showed 413lbs of tongue weight, when I weighed the TT loaded to 6300lbs, with WDH the tongue weight was 770lbs. Upon discovering this (safety being a major concern) I did not want to exceed any limits with my towing vehicle. Long story short figure 12-15% of the trailers GVWR as the weight of the tongue.
bailer6334 10/04/17 07:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Seeking opinions on Murphy beds

We had a Forest River Mini Lite 24ft 2304KS with the Murphy bed. The good was the queen bed was comfortable, easy to make the bed, and you could walk around it 3/4 of the way. It also gave you a shorter TT. The bad was not super easy to lift, when the bed was down, could not use the couch, was high to get in and out, and gave no privacy.
bailer6334 09/11/17 08:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rookie Diesel Owner

The simple answer is always use the exhaust brake regardless if towing or not. Use Tow haul whenever towing.
bailer6334 09/10/17 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
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