x2 allcool. I have a 85% sun screen that I drap over my entire rig.It's a pain to put on ,cause its pretty heavy,just drap over and stake down back side.Looks like a camo cover from WWII,but at 115 at Lake Pleasant who cares!Cover is about 55x55,and salvaged it from a school putting on new ones over their playlands.2acs running keeps about 78.We also bring in slides during day to lower volume of TH and keep the slide roofs out of the sun completely,but I'd rather have been in Williams at 8k ft....
Get an infarad thermometer and shoot each hub where brakes are at.It tells you real quick if you have brake problem,hot if rubbing and cold if not working.I shoot each tire also and it tells if one is hotter than others,low pressure or seperation on the way.Quick and easy,at each stop.
have an 06 Raptor at 39',garage is only 12' so if everyone goes I pull a 16' 2axle behind.I'm a little long ,but never been stopped,and pulling for 6 years.Pull now with a f450,but started with a f2500.5th is approx,16k,loaded.Look for a 5th with open design.a buddy has a Forest River thats 32' and can load all the way to the stove.He pulls with a 99 F2500and has never had any problems.has 2bunks in back that drop down,sleeps 8.Would be OK,his trailer does not have slides so its about 8.5k empty.loaded around 12k,I think.
I pull doubles,and the only problems have been the states that do not allow it.Since you need a trailer at least 16' to haul the RZRs anyway,I'd look for a 30'TH that has open garage and drop down bunks in back,a couch area that duobles as a bed ,and a bedroom upfront.Had friend with a Ragen,no slide, and it was 28',slept 8,carried 100gal,water etc.nice rig.Put a trailer behind and you are good to go.If you only need one RZR ,put in back of TH,or put one in TH,and one on trailer.I usually take Ranger in TH,2 Grizzelys,400EX,90 Honda,110 Kymco on trailer.All the kids and grandkids go,and we sleep 8...I am looking at smaller trailer single axle to carry 2 Grizzelys on when just the 2 of us go,Ranger in TH 2 Grizzelys on trailer.
Took mine off with an overhanging branch at Big Lake,AZ.Was not worth fixing,so I carry a Werner foldable ladder in the bed of TV.14 ft extended and holds 300lbs,works great to set up the zip line for the kids and I can put it where I need it.
06 Raptor with 400 hrs on genny,right under masterbedroom.Bed is on slide and I think that helps insulate noise.Only time I run genny is when I need the AC going.Have 2 units and the 5500 Onan just clicks along.I say 'clicks' along because my analog hrs counter makes more noise than my genny,I can here it roll over,above the genny.The best thing I do is run a 12v Fantastic Fan on the dresser and it drowns out everything.Nice white noise! Sleep tight...
All three are good brands,and there are lemmons in each one.If you can find a used truck in great shape,it will not matter to much who makes it.The thing to look at is 2500,3500 and single or dually.I would go with a 3500 even if you think the 2500 would be enough truck.It gives you wiggle room when purchasing a TH,not to many people I know go down in size in their next trailer,just keeps from having to upgrade truck again.If you are looking at anything over 12k,start thing dually.They drive so much easier and give a great 'safety' feeling when driving in any wind bad roads,downhill,etc.I've towed with both and pull a 8k trailer daily.The worst decesion I made was getting a 2500,kept it 1 year and comming down the hill from Flagstaff,it went all over the road....ASAP I went bigger,F450,and dually.Its supposed to be fun when camping and it was'nt with the 2500.For the little price diff,go big..JIMO..See ya on the road...
have a Pancake 110v compressor in front storage with hose to get anywhere on the TV or TH.Use it alot to blow the dust off of everything after rides.Crank up genny and all the air you need.Carry a 12v in the Ranger in my Flat Bag along with plugs,patch and cement.If I go with someone else or take a quad,I just take the bag with me.The 12v would fill the TV or TH tires,but it takes half the time with the 150PSI Pancake.Will run air tools ,but I like the 20v Dewalt 1/2 in hammer.Its quick,easy and oh,so portable.
Installed INV/CHG,Magnum 2500,and best addition so far.I could reach the back of my fuse box from inside the front storage area.Removed a side panel and saw the con/chg and where all wires came from and went.If you connect through the main fuse box,it lets all your recptacles be hot while usuing the existing breakers.Follow directions with inv/chg and be careful by disconnectting batts and no 110v pluged in.Plan it out,it is well worth the work!!!Just disconnected wires from old and tie wrapped them out of the way.
Airsafe hitch and F450.Hitch lets trailer float over most bumbs,but if you brake really hard or excellerate WFO,it chucks when it reaches the end of its movement,about 4 inches.Driving down the road on most bumbs and expansion joints you can see the rear of the truck bounce,and the 5th float.If you drop the truck of a curb it will bottom out,make a boom,and then resume its job,don't ask...It works really well on dirt washboards,when the truck is bouncing like crazy,the trailer looks like its doing mini pushups,and hardly moving..thats why I got it.
A friend has a Forest River he had built to haul a rock crawler.No slides,just straight to the kitchen.It origanally came with 2 axles and they added a third.3-7k axles,and they increased the size of his I-beams to hold the weight.He still had to change his tires to get it in the back door,way too tall.
If you can park so the sun does not hit the side,but instead hits either end ,it helps alot.I've also got a 50x30 netting I throw over it when we are at the lake and can't get it in the right location. A little shade helps alot.I also pre cool it before we take off and even run the AC on the road if it is hot.I also put on a second unit in the bedroom and run a 12v Fantastic Fan.Any air movement really makes a difference.
Went to Dogtown Lake area over Mem. holiday,and Rangers out in force.OK we me cause Im legal,however if you go be prepared to get stopped,and be legal.RV or MC registration plus OHV sticker,anyone under 18 wearing helmets even in SxS.Use to be people going every where with their hair on fire,now nice polite riders and not near as many.OK with me.THE sad side is people where still building fires and there must be a million signs saying 'No Fires". IT was dry and real windy and great weather for a fire.They gave an 800 number to call and report any fires,and usually I"m pretty understanding,however, after last years fires,I really don't care about these FOOL's.We rode alot and with GPS we called in about 14 fires.You can't fix stupid.....Love the Land...
here in AZ we have a dealer that sells scratch and dent trailers VERY reasonably.Have bought a 6x14,too small,-sold,7.5x18 with wide outside axles with no wheel wells in trailer-outside wheels too far from shackles so axles bent-had sleeved and work ok now,8.5x20-axles only 3500-so weight carrying became problem,and a 8.5x16 open trailer that I double pull with.All trailers come with min rated tires,so get E and over compensate for quality issue.You have to stay on top of brake mtc and bearings or problems will arise at the wrong time.Get one that suits your needs EXACTLY,not too big,not too heavy.Most where Haulmarks ,but all seem to have same dexter axles and brakes.I am looking for an aluminum enclosed but nothing tall enough and wide enough with a single axle.Looks like it will be made for me but ,boy awful pricey.I want it to double pull with the Ranger in it ,my garage is being taken over by my wife's quilting machine.....Happy wife happy life...More traveling on the way,she retires the 24th....YAA HOO.
On 89 n of Prescott after Pauldon the NF picks up again.We have gone to the east on some of the FS roads far in enough to be away from Hi-Way noise.It is low brush ,and junipers,and plenty of spots to set up.From there you can ride to Jerome,Williams,White Horse lake,Perkinsville.The more you go north the more pines,but if you are on the S side of the Verde you gotta go over at Perkinsville.The north side is apparant after the CE-Mex plant off to the east of 89.Lots of great fun rides in area.
Have an 06 3612ds Raptor,3 axles and each 5200 each. Trailer empty is 11200and max is 15500,thats what is on the sticker.By your figuring I can load another 20% and that would be hitch weight.Sure soumds better than I thought.Went to XPS Ribs after China -blows lasted 1 year.Never tor up trailer,I always cought early with an infrared temp gun.Works great,walk around trailer shoot the tires and bearings,all within 10 degrees of the others ,all good.One tire was delaminating with a bulge on the inside and about 50degrees hotter than others...well worth the price of the temp gun..
About the only "cheap" camping in SCal we have found is at the State Parks,but you have to make res. 6mo. in advance.We have a group that goes to Bolsa Chica but we are on the Res sight at exactly when it opens.We also have about 30 people trying to get in and usually we get maybe 8 RES.I'd go accross I40 through Flag and there is free camping South of Williams in the Tonto and Kiabab NF .7000 FT and nice in the summer,plus Williams is a "HOOT",old 66 and stuff in town.Then hit Ca and run 395 ,beach is way crazy.
Short bed F250 and had a slider hitch,messed turn-off to campsite and went to turn around.I had never used the slider,it always was close,but took it slow.Just so happens the DOT had sprayed the side of the road with new seed and water...Boy did it jackknife in a hurry and then went off camber...POP, back window gone and just the first day of a week traveling and camping.GET the auto slider if you can,cause you never know..Moved to long bed TV and different TH.
Just returned from an RV show at Phoenix stadium in Glendale.Looked at mostly 5th wheels ,but the had some Work and Plays that where pretty cool.The thing that bothers me is that none of the Manfacturers listen to us the buyers.Look at all posts we get on Tire issues and the THs all had ST China Bombs!Hello... Carrying cap was only 1800 lbs on a 18k unit.The inside is all kinds of JUNK, I'd rather have a double door refer than granite counter tops.They all have 1 one battery ,no inverter/chargers,no clearance at the rear,their dump lines where 12in off the road.When someone starts building units that carry some weight and are built with what the trailer is used for they will sell all they can build.What would your PERFECT 5th trailer have??