After reading this thread and remembering the first time my better half ran the 6-6volts into the ground,so as not to start genny,I am still happy with going down to 4-6volts and 1 dedicated 12volt genny starter.Run a isolator switch so if needed I can charge it back up with the 6s after genny started.Not to cold here in AZ,but left trailer out in street overnight so as to leave right after work.I didnt think to look in the propane tank compartment until my furnace quit heating about 5am.Went to check problem and SOMEONE had borrowed my 2nd tank while in the street....nice.I had brought along a smaller tank to run lantern and outside heater on, so dragged it over and got the heater working.I guess there is another thing to chain down..Anyway, a dedicated bat is foolproof.
I'vegot a little different setup,but my inv/chg will not start charging the batts until the genny is warm and running consistant. I have waited as long as 10min ,esp in altitude. I get 110as soon as transfer switch kicks ,but chg is waiting until current output is good. On 110 power it starts in about 30secs. Just a thought...
Another thing to worry about... I have always noticed dust all around the sides of the ramp,tried sealing it but w/o much luck.Here in AZ I don't think it will rot to soon ,but I gotta check it anyway.With the rubber mat glued to the floor it looks like the windows and vents might be the easiest way for water to get under the mat and to the wood itself.I use to hose out the garage once in a while,but I think I'll use a leaf blower instead. Good luck and keep us informed
How's your space? Ive got 4-6v and 1-12v just to start the genny.Run the 6's as the house batterys and leave the 12 alone.The Boss kept running the batts so low the inverter would shut down and it was a guess if they would start the genny,and at that time I had 6-6v.I also put in a solinoid switch to join everything together if I need to.No worrys now,But I need the auto start for the genny because she never seems to notice the lights getting low.Also put in the LEDs from Rigid and have helped a lot.Magnum 2500 INv/chg has worked great also.Im in AZ also and never use campgrounds,boondocking all the way.Ive also just got a 2000w Yamaha that have I been using when its cold,TVs and Dish going,along with grandkids watching 3D in the garage,and all things electric charging.I figure its easier to run it than the 5500 and recharging everything before lights out.I needed the genny for work anyway,so maybe when it is just the 2 of us on the road I'll look at solar.Its the night that just kills my batts.Get the biggest system that will fit,then there will not be any what if I 'would haves' or the ol 2nd guessing from the crowds.See ya down the road. Goin to Parks, Az this weknd to help out a friend build a BIG garage, just in time for the COLD....Ya hoo..
Most (guys,gals,families) that purchase a TH,TT,ETC, have a 'group' that they intend to camp with or have been camping with.I would take the guys with me to look at TH before I purchased.Then when we went to spend the night on their lot we invited everyone to come look and inspect...In my group I have a Peterbuilt slesman,42yrs, a Phx Transportation inspecter,lawyer,electrican,pool builder,and others.We had a small army going over everything and yes MR Anal had 3 different PDI lists to look at.Found a few things,dry bearings,torn belly cover,cabinets,doors,etc that needed adjustment.The point is be organized but the more eyes at inspection the better. On your situation the dealer also should have cleaned,thus inspected the roof before purchase,so he needs to understand his shortcomings also.This problem will be the epitaph of your TH,do not take home or back down...this was a defect and it is better to deal with it at their lot than at your home. Good Luck,nobody in Oregon should have a 'leaky' trailer.....
If you replace the headlights with the HIDs ,you are 'always',running them even if you are just driving around camp or going to the john.Igot a pair of HIDs that bolt on and have their own switch from Auto-Zone. Heading into camp you can turn them off and be legal in AZ when on the FS roads.Just an option..
Hey! This is my side of town,been going to orangewood show last few years.Bought my 06 Raptor there and have had good service since.It's fun seeing how much everything has changed,TH,UTV,Rails etc.Lotsa fun,but may be in Quartsite to ride with grandkids,5 and 9, gotta teach'em young !!!
Have an 08 f450 and forget about milage,6-8 uphill,towing to Flagstaff,with 16k trailer and 4.5k trailer behind that.I have 4.88's and so around town it's only 10 to 12 at the most..However it does get up the hill,drops to 3rd and doing about 45mph by the time I get to top of Sunset Point.It makes it though. If doing over would look at MTD or class 8,probably better milage,braking,and oomph,up the hill..Maybe cheaper too ? While this is your daily driver,look at options. They do say the 6.7 is a Hoss and better milage than 6.4,go figure.
Congrats on new TH and remember that EVERYONE had their first camping trip with their TH. Remember that its the best feeling in the world when a fellow camper needs to borrow something and by-golly you have it.Take your time relax and read all your manuels,somewhere at one time you will need to know just about everything about YOUR TH..It's a great trip, enjoy the ride ....
I lost/destroyed/tore off, my ladder last year and decided to get a Warner folding ladder that makesa step ladder also.So far have used it more away from the trailer than getting on the trailer,has become the group ladder to hang zip lines,lights,and tarps around the campground.Just fold it up and throw in back of TV and take it along.
A lot depends on how you use it,however on the Raptor I have everything on the list plus those items I deemed necessary to be safe and comfortable.Most of my items I added myself,so the options are almost necessities in my thinking.I do not have dual pane windows,but next time I will.If you look at what everyone talks about on the forum,those are the items that are added by dealer or you. For example,tires,more batteries,inverters,better chargers,air hitches,solar,tie downs,rear receiver hitch,good TV,leds,insulation,more water,better beds,covers,etc,etc....In other words it is always a work in progress,you just add the 'special' items later,to make it your home to suit your needs.
My neighbor went the other way.He has a Forest River that had no division between garage and kitchen,and they were always waking up the kids on the back bunks.He installed a sliding closet door that goes all the way accross from both sides.Each panel is only about 12in wide so when he takes them to the side,you still have plenty of room to get a SXS in there.The doors were made by a friend,and are sturdy and insulatted. Just an idea. Good luck.
while the kids were in High School and College,we were there enjoying their sports ,vollyball,(club volleyball),tennis, football and school stuff.We had sold all of our toys,boat and Hobbie Cat cause we could not find time to play.Kids graduate,and we get quads for dunes,then quads for trail riding,TH and TV and off we go..and Ranger..Kids and grandkids now go camping with us as time allows..But we have 2 different groups we camp with,The Dunies in the winter,and the Forest People in the summer. Have about 10 families and we plan at least one group camp a month.Some have bought places in Parks,Mountainer and up in Heber.They still ride but don't camp as much as they use to. It changes every year ...like to ride this weekend up in Flag,but cant camp...I am depressed...But going to Powell and Corral Dunes over Labor Day !!!!
I'm not a professional cabinet builder/installer but I've done it for friends and and relatives,enough in 62 years to come to this.They missed the studs on both sides or just on the one side that has about 13 screw holes in it.If the studs had been hit the cabinet it self would have come apart with the one side still screwed to the wall,especially if it had been overloaded. Your dealer has to become more involved with this and tell Keystone they have a problem with this unit,and they need to step-up.And no this is not a warranty issue it is construction fault by them that needs to be addressed. No cabinets should ever come off a wall if properly installed..period. Get dealer involved and, Keystone if your reading,step-up and fix this..We are all reading,and yes social media effects everything I purchase.
08 F450,set-up but had to install relay in fuse box to make functional.If you try to draw more than fuse amperage it will blow. Can happen if TH batts real low and you hook up and they are trying to drain your TV batts..Happened when I hooked up after leaving trailer at RV shop and they left inside lights on for 2 weeks. Batts dead, they replaced, no questions asked..there are a few good guys left..
Have installed 2 hitchs,one on a 32ft bunkhouse and one on my o6 Raptor.They were a little different but the main thing is to weld a strong tube between the frames in 2 places.I went in about a foot on the Raptor and welded a 3x4 3/8s in tube between frames,sitting on bottom of I beam.Did the same thing 2in in.Cut the bumber to allow the receiver to sit level against the 2x4 and welded everyhing.It is plenty strong. Later came back and put on skid plate to keep from dragging rear,or when I do,Ido not worry.Pull a 16ft tandom axle behind TH, has brakes and pulls true.With the double axle,I can balance the load better.Its 102in wide,so I can see wheel wells from cab,but also have camera on back of TH.Pics at tomsterrifictrailer.blogspot.com
At Home Depot they sell a infrared thermomter for 29$. I check all tires,bearings and brake drum temps at each stop and before going down the mountain from Flaggstaff. Great little tool,takes just as much time as looking around but you have comparisons from axle to axle,usually no more than 5 degrees apart on same side. Sunny side is 5to 15 degrees higher on the tires about the same on the rest.After having my brake wires disconnected by 2 dogs fighting under my trailer and going down the mtn sans trailer brakes,just once, YAHOO,,I have become very anal about my brakes. I do not even have dog....
the only TH I've seen with the roof as an observation deck was a C class and it had what you were talking about.Iwould look at the other items on the TH,and just come to the fact you will be building your deck again.Even on the Monaco's with a fiberglass roof I;ve seen the 'damage done' from too many on the roof here at PIR.We have a group that uses scafalding around their TH,and we take turns watching from the top.It works ,and it comes apart,goes in the garage,and is not hauled with him everywhere.Only bad thing is it takes a few friends to set up without killing yourself..