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RE: Observation back up camera for travel trailer

I have a Voyager Wireless Observation Camera System Model #WVOS 511 on the last 2 trailers I had/have. Has a 7" Display, volume so if a second person is backing you up you can hear them and has night vision. I connected it to the clearance lights so I can turn it on at will. Works great no drops. Its not cheap.
bailer6334 03/26/18 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Potential RV Owner Question

I had a FR 24ft Mini Lite with murphy bed. The down side was low payload capacity, and our floor plan had the bed go down over the sofa. While the sofa was very comfortable when the bed was down could not use it and had to sit as the dinette.
bailer6334 03/07/18 06:06am Travel Trailers
RE: The difference between dry an loaded weight.

Here are my numbers. Brochure says 485lb tongue weight. Problem is they do not say if based on unloaded or loaded weight. Actual tongue weight when loaded is 780lbs or 12% of GVWR. For buyers this number need to be explained, and it is not.
bailer6334 03/01/18 06:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Best GPS?

Two things to consider on smartphone/iPhone apps. 1. If you lost cell phone signal you do not have real time data. 2. When using map apps, unless you have a unlimited data plan, you are being charged for data usage. I have been told you can download the route, but I prefer a Garmin 760LMT
bailer6334 02/15/18 06:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Tire Pressure Monitors

Just make sure if you install a set you change out the rubber stems for steel.
bailer6334 02/13/18 06:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV Club membership

Although I have a GS membership, we joined and belong to a RV club in our city for the social activities and the clubs camping trips throughout the year hosted (wagon mastered) by one or two of the club members to different locations. While we travel alone part of the time it is nice to travel and meet-up with folks you know and to do things together. Also some club members host campouts at locations we did not know about or have not visited.
bailer6334 02/07/18 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: 2018 DURANGO RT OR SRT

I had a 2016 Durango AWD Hemi R/T and Love, Love, Loved it. Purchased a Grand Design 2150 and all the specs were within the DD's limits (I later found out except 1. It was the Hitch Tongue Weight limit) It did pull it fine however. Factory specs said 423lbs for the trailer. When I weighed the tongue it was 770lbs without any water. I found out later that was without batteries, propane, weight distribution hitch, and anything in the trailer. Jeeps and Durango's have unibody construction and even though it has a class 4 hitch, it is only rated from the factory to carry 720lbs on the hitch "Period". So my advice is check the tongue weight or like me you will be buying a different vehicle.
bailer6334 01/29/18 06:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fading Front Cap paint issues, questions

On my GD 2017, not sure but the black appears to be a decal. On mine I have some "rock" chips through the black and it shows white. I touch it up with black paint.
bailer6334 01/29/18 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Grand Design now using Dexter axles on Imagine. And...

Speaking from experience in my 35 years of RVing, I've NEVER had as many problems with a slide as I've had with my Imagine 2150. During the first year I've had the slide, dealer adjusted 3 times, right side motor replaced and just had the "whole" slide mechanism (racks/gears & motors) replaced. Because the slide assembly has 2 motors it must be extended fully/retracted fully without stopping and never extended/retracted part way or it goes out of adjustment. Dealers salespeople NEVER tell or don't know this and don't tell a potential buyer this, and further don't emphasize it during PDI.
bailer6334 01/29/18 06:00am Travel Trailers
RE: What are advantages and disadvantages of travel trailers

I have towed both TT's and 5th wheels. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Both need to be properly set-up for towing and have the proper tow vehicle (meaning "payload") for the trailer its pulling. As far as one being more stable pulling or in crosswinds I feel a TT is no less stable (when set-up properly) as its height is usually 4 to 6 feet lower. If your in a major crosswind situation you don't want to be travelling anyway. Also most TT's weigh less therefor better gas mileage. Backing up a TT VS a 5er does require a different method. Also you can get smaller TT's.
bailer6334 01/28/18 05:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Scenario, Insights/Feedback Wanted

"IF" the GC has unibody construction confirm with Jeep what the Hitch carrying capacity is. I had a Dodge Durango that pulled my current trailer just fine, however because of the unibody construction my hitch was only rated at 720lbs. My tongue weight was 800lbs (even though Mfg said it was 413lbs). I had to upgrade the vehicle because of this.
bailer6334 01/19/18 06:21am Travel Trailers
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
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