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RE: Driving with refrigerator on

I'm going to confess something really wild--we turn our fridge "on" in April when the TT comes out of storage and we don't turn it "off" until November when it goes back into storage. How's that for crazy? We're on our 3rd TT and we've always done this :W. I don't think we even turned it off on the Apostle Island Ferry in Wisconsin now that I think about it. It's great having the spare fridge and freezer in the driveway all summer long in between trips!
Andy F 08/07/14 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: What Portable Grill Do You Use ?

Bought an Olympian this year so I could utilize the direct hookup feature. Works great and seems well made. My old Weber Go Anywhere was tired anyways. Does the Olympian put out more heat and cook faster than the RV grills that come with many of the campers? We'll need to start looking to replace our RV grill next year that came with our TT 3 years ago. I like the idea of still being able to hook up to the TT's propane supply but not if the low pressure propane connection produces the low heat like our current grill.
Andy F 07/01/14 08:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Schwintek Slide System....???

Noticed this too-anyone know why? Looks like Keystone switched back also to cables.
Andy F 03/24/14 04:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hensley arrow on eBay - Worth while upgrade?

Make sure it's in pretty good condition at that price. Many on here have picked up used Hensley's for much less (-$700). *edited to remove blatant advertising*
Andy F 03/24/14 04:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Primetime Lacrosse versus Rockwood Signature Ultralight

For what it's worth, our '08 Rockwood Roo had a nasty water leak that couldn't be fixed by our dealer and in fact got worse after they installed a factory repair kit. Rockwood ended up taking the camper back to the factory for free and fixed it above and beyond what was necessary. And we were right on the edge of being out of our 2 year warranty. It was a headache and an obvious design issue but Rockwood did remedy things which impressed me. Some of have had some bad experiences with Lacrosse but others have loved their Lacrosse units. I'd go with the best floor plan in the hands of the best dealer.
Andy F 03/11/14 04:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: X Chock or Fastway One step Chock

I like them both. I use the X chocks at camp sites to really stop wheel and TT movement. I use the Fastway in the driveway for a quick chock.
Andy F 03/11/14 04:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Propride finish question

I've used Rustoleum. Seems to work fine. Same stuff I use on my tongue (trailer tongue that is :)) and frame. Can't wait to hook-up for the first time and tow again. Our official pull out date from inside storage is 04/26/14. Hoping for a big warm up earlier in April so we can get it out early. Still a lot of snow on the ground here in MN although it's finally starting to warm up.
Andy F 03/11/14 04:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Just ordered my Propride 3P - insight from current users?

Congrats--you won't believe how well this hitch works. Get a cover for the hitch head sitting permanently on the trailer tongue out in the elements. I use a cover with a Velcro strap that came with an old RV cover (I think it was for the top of a rear mounted ladder underneath the cover).
Andy F 02/19/14 01:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to finance a Travel Trailer under 10k for 144 mths.

You will be upside down on the loan for nearly the entire period. You will not be getting out without taking on more debt. The only trailers I've seen that last 144 months are stored indoors and are meticulously maintained. Maybe if you have indoor storage and spend thousands on maintenance you will finally be able to get out of the loan at break even after a decade or so. If this thing will be stored outside and you don't maintain the seals and caulking (get up on the roof every 6-12 months, clean it, caulk it or pay someone $500 to do it), it will be destroyed by the elements well before you've finished paying for the loan. Also, figure out how much you're going to actually use it. Renting is usually cheaper if you use it for less than 3 months per year. Maintenance, insurance and storage costs are above and beyond the monthly payment to the bank. The average person uses their RV for 30 days per year. A 144 month loan on a large boat or diesel-pusher motorhome is financially do-able because they have such long service lives and maintenance / insurance / storage is such a small percentage of their total cost. A 144 month loan on a travel trailer is digging a financial pit you'll regret for 11 out of 12 years (you may enjoy the first year until you realize the total costs involved). Travel trailers don't last very long without meticulous maintenance which costs either lots of money or lots of time (or both). The only exception I can think of is if you live in a desert climate. Trailers last longer where it's dry and doesn't rain. If cost is an issue, just rent if you're going to use it for less than 3 months per year. You'll come out way ahead financially. Most people with jobs and family can't spend 90 days camping because they are too busy. If you have nothing better to do with the money, then buy. If you're going to be inside of it for more than 3 months per year, buy. Your assuming a large deposit isn't put down and that only minimum payments are being made. And the little interest paid, at least in our case, is a tax deduction. We're paying less than 2.99% on our RV loan with credit union bonus points factored in that allow the rate to be lowered in steps every 10 mos. Compare that to our investments where we're earning 8%+ the past 2 years. You do have to be careful and not get sweet talked into bad upside down debt. But there is also smart ways to use financing in some situations. And not all credit unions are equal. Our's values long term membership (we're at 16 years) so they are very flexible on terms and rates. Excellent credit and long term stable employment is also a factor. As far as the post about caring for your TT--everyone needs to be re-sealing, waxing or polishing, covering or properly storing, whether you have a loan or not. Our last RV, a 4+ year old HTT that we used a lot, looked like new when we sold it our self (crazy if you trade it but that's another post). Our 2012 Bullet looks better than new with several valuable mods while sitting in a very nice storage building on a concrete floor at a very reasonable fee until the snow is gone.
Andy F 02/14/14 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to finance a Travel Trailer under 10k for 144 mths.

The credit union wants 60 month loan, for the 9000. 144 was just a number I got for a 10000 loan. 1) Just wondering if there were viable options for say 96 month or so? 2)Most banks and credit unions are at the 60 month intervals. 3) 9000 would be the amount financed. #1 No. The ONLY way that I know you MIGHT get a loan on a RV longer than 60 Mn is THROUGH A RV DEALER. RV dealers use FINANCE COMPANIES which are basically non public banks (They don't make loans directly to the public, the dealer acts as a loan broker). #2 Correct. Public banks and credit Unions typically will loan up to 60 months for items like RVs. This LIMITS the odd chance that you default on the loan and they end up owning a RV which is worth LESS than the outstanding loan. THEY DO NOT WANT TO OWN A RV, therefore they LIMIT the RISK they take. #3 USE the Amortization Calculator and plug in your interest, amount to be borrowed and the length. Then play around with the calculator. Wrong on credit unions. Ours, the credit union for Minnesota State, County, and Municipal Employees will finance RV's out to 15 years. Anyone can now join. And they will give rates as low as 2.99% to match this one, which first was for Northwest Airlines employees but has since expanded, does 2.99% rates which any credit union worth being a member of should match. Of course your not going to use the 15 year term to pay off the loan. But it gives you flexibility and you pay extra to pay it off way early. Trust me--some credit unions offer what no RV dealer or bank can match. We've bought two TT's and the credit union was the way to go. Buy and finance, if necessary, smart!
Andy F 02/13/14 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: towing with suv???

Yep it depends on what New SUV you get as to what TT you can tow. Anything less than an Expedition, or Suburban, and you need to get a popup, 18' max ultra lite. You option expand quickly with the Burb, or Expe.Really - that's the only two SUV's that can tow anything bigger than a popup? That either had to be tongue in cheek or a low information responder. I'm going with tongue in cheek. Notice I said anything LESS than. Not the only 2. And I stand by my post. Any thing LESS than a Burb, or Expe, and you need a very small camper. You can always hookup a Equinox, "new" Explorer or a Traverse to a 6000lb, 25', TT and give it a try. Call me, so I can watch. Also notice, NONE of those are rated to tow more than 5000lbs. So you will be limited. Ridiculous statement-sorry but I have to object. We're towing 6000 pounds+ with our Toyota Sequoia and our experience contradicts your claim. There are so many lightweight well built travel trailers now that can be towed by the Sequoia, the new Durango with the Hemi V-8, the new Grand Cherokee with the diesel engine, the Nissan Armada, the Tahoe/Yukon, and the Suburban and Expedition. An upgraded hitch and brake controller is a must, of course. We towed to Yellowstone from MN last summer and we had a great towing experience with our 9 year old 120,000 mile plus "paid for" Sequoia with all 6 of us.
Andy F 02/06/14 09:24am Travel Trailers
RE: aerodynamics

The aerodynamics of a trailer really does make a difference. I can't quote actual numbers here like others will since I don't know if you save 2 or 3 mpg or not. But I can tell you of my experience. I used to pull a 21 foot hybrid with my current truck. I changed to a 25 (actually 26) foot Airstream. Using the same truck, going the same places, packing the same equipment and traveling the same speed I found that my mileage did not change. Even though our current trailer is 5 ft longer and 2000 pounds heavier, we get the same mileage. The only other variable here was the shape of the trailer. Some people question what a few hundred extra pounds will do to their mileage. The extra weight of the water or equipment is a minor issue when compared to the size and design of the frontal area of your trailer. x 2 based on our experience. We towed a 23 foot Rockwood hybrid shaped mostly like a brick. We went to a 30 foot TT with some aerodynamics to it and it tows much better. The wide stance axles also make a difference but I'm convinced shape does matter.
Andy F 01/12/14 12:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for Light Trailer Recommendations

You'll find most people will recommend their brand which speaks well overall I think to the RV industry and improvements in manufacturing and amenities offered by most makes and models. We have been happy with our Keystone Bullet. But you need to find the floor plan and model that fits your needs. Make a prioritized list of your must haves and go to an RV show or two to do your research. A good dealer will get you free show tickets if you inquire with them ahead of time. From our towing experience with different trailers, my main recommendations would be to get a trailer with wide stance axles for better towing and to invest in an upgraded WD hitch. We have been blown away by our experience with our ProPride hitch. Worth every penny.
Andy F 01/06/14 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer bedroom vents

Not all the bunkhouses are set up with A/C vents. Our ceiling duct runs in our ceiling closer to the curbside of the trailer opposite our bunks. I added a ceiling vent in the duct right outside the double bunk opening directing air flow into both bunks. Makes a big difference. It's -20 F outside this AM in MN--dreaming about camping to help get thru it! We're looking at a high temp today of -19 F.
Andy F 01/06/14 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: the 3 most important charecteristics of your TT to you

1. Queen size walk around bed that is always made up (we had a hybrid with canvas bunks before). 2. Bunkhouse with double bunks up and down, and with windows on side and rear of each bunk for lots of light. 3. Large galley slide and curbside dinette. (tons of extra storage with a laundry chute and trash chute were all extra bonuses) Down the road on our next TT we'll have to look at the super slides with the dinette and couch again--looks like galley slides and curbside dinettes are being phased out of most models and floor plans. We sure enjoy having our dinette on the curbside looking out on our own campsite but maybe the extra slide will make up for losing that.
Andy F 01/03/14 05:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lug nut tightening

Our wide stance axles on our current TT seem to need more tightening than on our old Hybrid TT. I'm assuming there's more force exerted with the wide stance axles. It sure looks that way during tight turns. I try to tighten ours before every trip--I might skip occasionally in between short trips.
Andy F 01/02/14 05:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Distribution for Elderly Guy

If he insists on staying with a travel trailer, I'd recommend the ProPride 3P. Very easy to hook-up and unhook. Everything stays hooked-up on the trailer tongue. And the towing experience is unbelievable. The Hensley Arrow has a similar set-up. But he'll still need to do the basics like safety chains, breakaway cable, etc,
Andy F 11/16/13 11:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing black tank flush

I put antifreeze in mine. Here's what you'll need. Also works for winterizing the city water connection.
Andy F 11/02/13 06:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: what did you get dealer to throw in?

After negotiating our price, we got our dealer to throw in a Fantastic Fan including the installation and shelving in our wardrobes and several cabinets to my wife's specifications (the dealer did a great job with higher quality shelving than with our last trailer purchase from a different dealer).
Andy F 10/23/13 08:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where to stay at/near Yellowstone?

We did a 7 night stay at Yellowstone this summer. We split our stay between Fishing Bridge and West Yellowstone. I'd definitely stay at Fishing Bridge again. While the sites were close together, we had room for our awning and set-up with trees for privacy. And I second the other poster's comment-your not most likely going to be in the campground much. When we were at our site it seemed like our neighbors were gone. And the full hook-ups made it very comfortable along with the central location in the park. Here are some photos if I can get the links to work: http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b640/AndyandKaren_Fashant/IMG_20130704_105957_518_zps7a274e9b.jpg]Fishing Bridge http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b640/AndyandKaren_Fashant/IMG_20130705_172941_298_zpsb5f176a0.jpg]2nd photo I'd skip West Yellowstone next time. The traffic getting into and out of the park made it a pain. Maybe it wouldn't be as bad during a less popular time of the year. We'd try Colter Bay next time. Between Colter Bay and Fishing Bridge, you'd be able to get around the park pretty easily. And the Grand Tetons south of Colter Bay were a must see!
Andy F 09/23/13 05:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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