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RE: Replacement Awning?

I have seen folks make weights to go on the bottom of their poles that drop to the ground or run rope down to the weights like you would when you could use stakes. This is especially helpful for when you're on asphalt or concrete and cannot drive a stake into the ground. Others have used empty containers for travelling but fill them up with water to make heavy weights. In my experience, there's two general manufacturers of bag awnings used by the industry: Dometic and Carefree Of Colorado. There are some other manufacturers. My first PUP had probably an 8' or 9' awning because it was a 10' box. I would say that it was fairly lightweight as far as quality and heft goes. I want to say it was a Dometic. All support legs were loose and the vertical legs came straight down to the ground, not attaching to the PUP body at all. My current PUP has a 14' box and a 13' awning and has a big difference in design and heft. The legs still come straight to the ground but are permanently attached to the front support bar. Only the horizontal supports (three instead of two due to the overall length) are loose. I would say that the perception of quality is higher with this one. Are they like what you would find on a travel trailer? Nope, not at all. Just remember that whatever weight that is added to the roof, such as a better awning, is weight that the lift system and the person running the crank handle have to deal with.
bondebond 05/21/15 03:04pm Folding Trailers
RE: Hitch Height

I am not sure how an A-frame changes the laws of physics, dynamic loading, weight distribution and other factors. Can you please elaborate on that or the source of the information? I just want to make sure I understand so I don't give out bad advice in the future.
bondebond 05/19/15 01:18pm Folding Trailers
RE: Hitch Height

pnspaces is correct. You are actually in the perfect configuration. You want the front lower than the back.
bondebond 05/18/15 07:36am Folding Trailers
RE: Loving this Pup

Sounds like you're getting the kinks all worked out. It's going to be a refining process for a while. As I was reading about the awning, I'm thinking to myself that you don't need to stow the awning while the PUP is deployed. Just put it away after you lower the PUP when taking it all down. Then I realized you mean while you're still camping. This has been a problem for me as well. We were camping in RMNP a couple of years ago and came back one afternoon to find the awning up on top of the PUP. Two legs were bent but I was able to get them back to usable condition. Since then, I have made straps that tie into stakes that I drive into the ground. I decided to have the straps and stakes come right down next to the legs instead of out at an angle like you see the guy wires on tents. That way, no one is tripping over them. It is not optimal for stability but I haven't encountered a situation that it hasn't worked for yet. I will say that I would not leave the awning up in a severe wind storm. So now we're still back to the problem of how to put the awning away when the weather is too bad to keep it deployed. Mine is particularly a pain as it is a highwall model that has a taller roof height than standard PUPs plus I did an over/under axle modification that added 5.5 additional inches of height overall. I have to stand on a few points of the PUP and hang onto other parts to try to reach the top. I even have a step stool that I bring along because the retractable door step is too high off of the ground. None of that really helps. What I've ended up doing is rolling the horizontal support bars that have the rubber cane tips on them that are against the roof side wall. This produces the action of rolling it forward until enough tension has been released and I can pull the pole down. Repeat for the other three tension poles until the awning can drop to the ground. Well great but I still have to get in and out of the door that's now covered up. A while back, I added velcro strips inside the bag as this one did not come with any. I can roll the awning up, stand on the door threshold and just reach up enough to secure the middle velcro straps around the rolled up awning. I can then get one or two more straps secured. Thus far, that has been enough to get the job done until the weather passes. Since the awning is rolled up into a heavy dense roll, it hasn't flapped around. Everyone's situation is different but there just isn't a perfect solution as currently designed. I've toyed around with the idea of using ropes looped around the awning to roll it up sort of like pulleys but haven't done anything with it as it is so infrequently a problem. Definitely get the Popup Gizmos and look at adding Reflectix in the windows that face the afternoon sun. I ended up with a less than perfect but very cheap solution of using the shiny aluminum car windshield shades stuffed between the clear vinyl windows and the outside mesh. I'm glad you're enjoying it and keep sharing the discoveries.
bondebond 05/11/15 10:40am Folding Trailers
RE: Popup lift handle question

That would be me (and several others) that have used a Dremel to a socket. I forget the size I ended up using but it was a deep socket plus 3/8" socket extension somewhere along 6 inches. This $3 adapter set from Harbor Freight plus an extension and a deep socket are all you need once you use the Dremel to cut opposing notches in the socket to allow for the pins. Obviously your existing crank is the perfect example of how to make it look.
bondebond 05/08/15 04:37pm Folding Trailers
RE: Storms

radio reports telling you to seek shelter A PUP is not shelter in this regard. Every RV is up off the ground, meaning wind can get under it. A PUP has wings in addition to being relatively light weight. Don't chance it - get out and seek real shelter. If your spidey sense is tingling and others are telling you to seek shelter, better not wait for the weather to say "told you so." We've ridden out some very strong thunderstorms in the PUP. Once, with the winds going but not enough to mess with the PUP, we got out because there were trees above us and branches do fall under those conditions. Everything was fine but there's no guarantee.
bondebond 05/01/15 08:33am Folding Trailers
RE: Storing your "stinky slinky"

I put mine in a customized storage compartment mounted on the rear bumper. http://www.pbase.com/ebond/image/144788496/medium.jpg Ok, so it's really just an ammo can but the bottom is lined with rubber to reduce wear and tear on the walls of the discharge hose. I rinse out the hose, stuff it in the box and snap the lid on. I just open up the lid when I get home and let it all dry out. How I place it in there keeps all of the liquids within the hose and nothing dribbling out. It's been working great for years. It handles the 20' section just fine but wouldn't work for anything longer.
bondebond 04/22/15 03:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Radio doesn't really turn off in 07 Fleetwood Arcadia

I installed a switch under the galley right behind where the radio mounts. In fact, that's all of the wiring behind it that Fleetwood did. I just interrupted the full-time power wire with this switch. http://www.pbase.com/ebond/image/144788528/medium.jpg We have never used it when camping and I only turn it on when working on the PUP at home in the shop. The kids thought for the longest time that the radio was broken and quick asking me if we could turn it on, which was an extra bonus. This way, it does drain the battery.
bondebond 04/22/15 08:17am Folding Trailers
RE: Need to have two holes in my roof repaired - Jayco 1206

I used Dicor to fill in a couple of holes I put in my baby. I used the self-leveling lap sealant. Then I put Eternabond over the spot. I can be reasonably sure that NO water is getting in there. Surface prep is everything though.
bondebond 04/21/15 11:03am Folding Trailers
RE: Loving this Pup

Welcome to the fold (pun intended). Various folks like to make a big deal about taking down in the rain and having to set it back up at home. It has happened to me a few times and thus far, hasn't been a big deal. I'll either raise it up as far as I can in the garage and pull out all of the tenting or actually set it fully up in the driveway. Either way, a couple of days later and it is dry. If you do this inside the garage, realize that folds of the tenting can trap water so you need to move things around a big to expose all surfaces so they can dry properly. My preferred method is to set it up in the driveway, weather permitting. Enjoy the process of thinning out the stuff you bring and prioritizing. When I switched PUPs, I made an exercise of evaluating everything from the old PUP before just stuffing it into the new one. I ended up with a pile in the corner of the garage of stuff that should have been useful or neat but ended up never being used. A couple of years later, that stuff is still in the corner of the garage. I guess I need to send it on its way. We enjoy cooking and eating outside so we make use of the indoor/outdoor table, the attachable grill and awning (if I've paid attention to the forecast and deployed it during set up). We do always bring along an EZup for over the picnic table but often just gets stored under the PUP when camping until needed. With reducing what we bring and having a PUP with too much storage (strange to say but true), we no longer have to shuffle duffle bags around inside much and certainly do not make any trips to and from the TV while camping. This was a HUGE difference between our first PUP and this one. In the first one, we were always, constantly and frustratingly having to move bags around inside and make runs to/from the TV. Getting the right set up makes all the difference in enjoyment. Most important to enjoyment are your attitude and preparations. Prepare things in advance and decide to enjoy the experience even when it goes sour is a great way to ensure a good time. Happy camping and let us know how your first camping in the PUP turns out.
bondebond 04/21/15 08:40am Folding Trailers
RE: Fleetwood arcadia power lift wiring help needed

Please do point out the "snarky" comment(s) . I see nothing above that was said with anything other than useful and helpful suggestions intended. While I may have misunderstood what the particular issue the OP was asking about, it hardly was "snarky" or useless based on the information provided in the one post, all of which is filtered by our own understanding of that information. You have the benefit of reading the follow up posts with clarifying comments. I am questioning the usefulness of your particular post. How is your comment not the very thing you complain about?
bondebond 04/15/15 07:58am Folding Trailers
RE: Fleetwood arcadia power lift wiring help needed

I can't give you the direct answer but a trip just about any store with an automotive section, electrical section or household hardware will give you the option to buy a multi-tester, usually $25 to $40 for digital. Doing anything electrical on the PUP will greatly benefit from the use of a multi-tester, aka multi-meter. With that in your had, you will know which wire is which. And it is useful for troubleshooting numerous other electrical issues, especially problem with a ground wire shorting out which is all too common. On the tester, red is positive, black is negative. If you get a negative value on the display, then you know that your red tester lead is connected to a negative wire and your black tester lead is connected to a positive wire. I keep a Harbor Freight $8 special in the tool box inside the PUP. I've checked it against high end multi-testers and it is accurate enough for what I need on the PUP.
bondebond 04/09/15 10:51am Folding Trailers
RE: Fleetwood manual crank parts question

The hose clamp idea was the first thing to come to mind when I saw a better detailed picture. I'd say run with it until you can't and keep a couple of spare clamps with you in case you need them in the field. I assume this isn't the primary method for you to raise and lower the roof. If so, I would definitely buy the replacement part.
bondebond 04/02/15 08:37am Folding Trailers
RE: New to me Fleetwood Arcadia- Power roof problme solved

bondebond 03/26/15 02:25pm Folding Trailers
RE: PUP bed size...

Another factor to consider is the box size. It's hard to get two king size beds in 10' boxes. My 14' box has two kings with a gap in between them when closed up for travel. Look at 12' boxes to open up your options, but you're also looking at increased weight. It's all a balancing act.
bondebond 03/19/15 10:46am Folding Trailers
RE: Palomino TXL pu

Congratulations on your new project. Even when I bought my two PUPs, both in near pristine condition, I had to do a bit of customizing to suit my tastes. Make it your own and built to serve your needs. Welcome to popping up and down. Now you'll have to work on what you truly need to bring and streamlining setup and take-down procedures.
bondebond 03/18/15 11:01am Folding Trailers
RE: Just purchased 2007 Coleman/Fleetwood Utah

Nice looking setup even if it is the backyard. I think you're really going to enjoy it. We love our '06 Sequoia. BTW, Facebook will work for hosting images. You just have to right-click on the image directly and copy the image URL, at least it is easy to do in Chrome. Thus: https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/s720x720/1661353_10205970284834626_7939433590418454092_n.jpg?oh=7c4af515940d11ace1ddd9a9fa2dde14&oe=55723301&__gda__=1433691050_7d2caf3a047b7666504980e1b201f3a0
bondebond 03/15/15 08:37pm Folding Trailers
RE: Reflectix Material

I have reflective material under my mattresses year round on both bunks and have never noticed a moisture problem above or below the reflective material. I do seasonal checks looking for signs of moisture damage throughout and have noted no changes in the OSB below. That isn't saying we don't have moisture build up, but not that I can feel personally nor see in the bed components. A lot mileage varies here but I've also never had any condensation build-up overall inside either one of our PUPs, and I don't open anything for ventilation. In fact, I've made efforts to seal up the holes and crevices especially for the cooler weather camping we like to do. But moisture is obviously getting out somehow. I know others have had to open windows quite commonly. I use High Wind PUGs on the bunk ends, reflective material under each mattresses and the car windshield shades in the windows (mostly to darken the sleeping areas for DS who wakes up at the slightest sign of light) depending on hot or cold weather conditions. For winter camping, I use one to two electric heaters on separate circuits that can maintain an inside temperature of 65 with outside temps in the 30s. I do keep the onboard furnace turned on but the thermostat is set to 50 just in case the electric heaters can't keep up. I've never had the furnace need to do that in this configuration. I'd rather be using the electricity I paid for as part of the site than the LP I have to refill as needed.
bondebond 01/16/15 08:35am Folding Trailers
RE: Nissan Pathfinder, Pathetic suspension shown again

My Toyota 4Runner is no better with a 7,000 pound tow capacity. Even loading up presents and luggage for Christmas this year makes it sag, much less actually towing anything. I definitely think of it as the Sag Wagon. I did the same at Brad T and installed the rear coil air bags. They worked great for a while and actually gave the rear a lift of about 2" when not towing. Unfortunately, a leak has developed somewhere and I haven't had time nor inclination to track it down yet.
bondebond 01/05/15 02:41pm Folding Trailers
RE: Folding Camper for people with Disabilities

That door is definitely wider. The angle of the ramp is pretty steep and I was curious about the interior layout so I followed the link to the listing. It looks like Coleman left an area just to the right of the door between the door and the front bunk for wheelchair storage. Pretty nice.
bondebond 11/17/14 12:58pm Folding Trailers
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