I too have always had prompt service from e-trailer.
Have you considered an Equal-i-zer? Order today from RVWholesalers and you will likely have it by Wednesday. I am on my second Equal-i-zer and love it.
The new Eagle:
Kids' bunkhouse, including space to mount a TV:
50amp service inside and outside. The building is 36' x 54' with a 12' x 12' overhead door.
I even use it to make egg coffee now and then!
That looks different, I may try that!
It is really just a variation of cowboy coffee, whereby one just boils water with the grounds in it, and does not mess with the percolator. As with egg coffee, I add the cool water to settle the grounds, but I still filter each cup individually as I pour it.
Sylvan Lake it is.
We are heading to the Black Hills during that sweet spot in July, after the July 4 rush but before the Sturgis rally traffic picks up later in the month. I have not been to Sylvan Lake in 15 years. I can't wait!
I brought my new trailer home last week. In a cabinet along with the manuals, remotes, LP quick-connect hoses, and other things, was this small metal tool pictured below. On the long end is a hex head that is about 9/64". Any ideas?
New rig hooked up at the dealership last week (in a sleet storm) and ready for the trip home:
At home and in bed until the first trip next month:
You could try Maxwell House Single Serve coffee bags
Single Coffee Bags
Thanks for the suggestion I assume that they work like Tea bags.
I tried these. I boil water in the morning for my wife's tea anyway, so I thought I could get by with these. I am by no means a coffee snob, but these made terrible coffee.
Making coffee off the grid is indeed challenging. I suggest buying a good old-fashioned campfire percolator for use over a burner. It does take practice. I even use it to make egg coffee now and then!
That is an unusual location for a factory installed light. It makes sense to have one there because of its proximity to hookups and utilities. I Google searched your trailer, and found some photos online of a couple for sale. Neither had that light. Is it possible that this light was added by the previous owner to assist him when hooking up in the dark? Could it be just a tap light where you push on the cover to turn it on/off? Is there a toggle switch on the light itself? Is it just screwed or adhered to the side of the trailer and runs off batteries? Can you remove the housing to see if there are batteries inside?
I for one would not stand still for a direct lie about working the day before. I would call him on that one, even if it means a call to the owner
I hear you but what outcome would you expect? I'm not being a smart ass I just don't see the point. They are all going to say the same thing and at the end of the day it's working . Time to move on I think.
Agreed. I have no intention of making an issue of the whole matter. It would not be constructive at this point. I just thought the whole thing was pretty funny, yet a sad testament to what seems to generally be the accepted norm in the industry.
Outdoor kitchens are equipped with dorm room style compact fridges (that we all had stocked with beer in college) that plug into a standard outlet and run off electricity. They will only run when plugged into shore power.
You are correctly describing the fridges inside RVs that run off electricity and propane. I have a Norcold brand inside the trailer.
I picked up my new trailer this past week, which ultimately resulted in my humility lesson for the week. I am naturally skeptical of dealers and manufacturers in this industry, and I mistakenly let my guard down.
Everything on the PDI looked good. The service technician that was giving me the walkthrough was very helpful and knowledgeable. However, one thing gave me pause. We had the trailer plugged in for 2 hours while doing the walk through, and the outdoor kitchen refrigerator had not kicked on yet. It was not cooling, but I could also hear that the compressor was not running. I brought it up 3 times during the inspection, and was assured by 3 different service techs that it was normal for it to take a while to kick on. They assured me that it was working fine the day before when they were detailing it, and that there was no thermostat or on/off switch. The fridge was either on or off depending on whether the trailer was plugged into shore power.
So, against my better judgement because I had never heard of a fridge without a thermostat control, I relented and figured that it would work once I got it home and plugged it in to shore power at home.
I got home (200 mile one way), plugged it in, and the following day, the fridge is not cooling or running. The fridge is secured to the counter by two metal plates with screws. I reached all over and behind it and could not find a thermostat or on/off switch. I am 6'2" and had to get a step-stool just to be able to reach behind it, and even then it was difficult to get my hand behind it to feel for a switch. I checked the fridge owner's manual. No help. I checked the dedicated outlet it is plugged in to with a tester. Outlet is hot, used the tester to trip the GFI in the bathroom, just as it should. Plugged the fridge in to an extension cord from an outlet in my storage building. Nothing.
So, I called the service department at my dealer, talked to one of the guys from the day before, asking him for any troubleshooting tips. He again said that there is no on/off switch or thermostat, and it was working fine 2 days prior. He said he would do some checking and get back to me. I then emailed Jayco. They have been fantastic. I emailed them 3-4 times with questions leading up to my purchase, and they always got back to me promptly with helpful detailed responses, including one response with an attachment of a schematic drawing to help me hang a TV wall mount. The response from Jayco was also that the fridge should just turn on or off depending on the presence of shore power.
So, my conclusion is that the fridge is bad. No big deal. I have read on this forum about it happening before. It would obviously be covered under warranty, but since it would cost me about $150 in fuel (about what the fridge is worth) and a full day of my time to drive to my dealer, I figured I would just buy a new one. If my dealer did not want to reimburse me, no big deal.
So, I removed the keeper plates, took the fridge down, and set it on the ground. That is when I noticed the off/on/thermostat dial on the back side of the fridge, in the "off" position. So, I plugged it in, turned it up, and it immediately kicked on, and has been working fine ever since.
I love stories like these. I used to think that no one on earth could possibly be as oblivious to their surroundings as to sit in their RV in the fuel lane and eat while others are waiting to fuel up. Then I started working in a field where dealing with oblivious morons is a daily occurrence, and somehow these stories are no longer far-fetched or the least bit surprising.
Residential length 80" queen beds are tough to find in travel trailers. I assume you are excluding the 32TSBH because there is no extra room at the foot of the bed. That was certainly one of the drawbacks for us when we ordered the equivalent floor plan in the Eagle line, the 324BTS.
With respect to the AC, you have 4 options: You can stick with the standard ducted 13.5K main AC; you can upgrade the ducted main AC to 15K; you can add a second 13.5K direct vented AC over the queen bed (requiring upgrade to 50amp service); or you can do both...upgrade the main AC to 15K AND add the 13.5K AC to the master bedroom. I did both.
I also have young kids, and tub vs. shower is not an issue. We do showers regardless because it conserves water. I actually wish ours had a shower rather than a tub, but as I said, it is really a non-issue.
I agree with you that a U-shaped dinette is nice, especially for those days when we are stuck in the camper for a few hours playing Old Maid while waiting out the rain.
Good luck with your decision. I have owned my Eagle for a week now, and I have been all over it in detail. The build quality really is very good, and I have found only a couple very minor construction flaws. I have only had two minor problems thus far, one I would attribute to both the dealer and Jayco and one I would attribute to Jayco.
AWARENESS of one's surroundings and those things and other people in it is a basic lesson I am trying to teach my 6 and 4 year old girls. It is a lesson I am trying to instill in them for a variety of reasons, including consideration of others but also safety for themselves.
Although I did not look real closely at the White Hawks when looking for my new TT, I still did look at them, along with most other Jayco lines. I have not seen a Liberty Edition, buy I am intimately familiar with the Freedom Express line, having been an owner for 3 years.
I had some relatively minor build/quality issues with my Coachmen that were just the result of sloppiness at the factory. However, once I resolved those issues myself, it served me well for 3 years. This would be an industry-wide issue, and not unique to Coachmen/Forest River.
I think they are comparable lines overall, and I think you would be happy with either. I would think that your floorplan preference would be the deciding factor. If floorplan is not an issue, then based on real world experience rather than online research, my personal opinion is that I would give the overall advantage and preference to the Jayco.
Gusty-strong cross-winds from the SSW across I90 are the norm during the summer in SD, especially during the day. Winds tend to be calmer in the mornings and evenings. Evening thunderstorms from the SSW with strong straight-line winds are also common.
Remember, if you are getting a good "deal" on your trade-in, you are probably making up for it on the actual sale price of the camper.
Selling on Craigslist should not be intimidating. Price it realistically and be vigilant. Most buyers are legitimate.