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RE: Need a new SUV to tow!

Hi, I have always been a tent camper until the last few years. We are lucky to have access to my Fathers 33 ft travel trailer (8500 lbs). It serves our needs perfect. I am currently pulling it with a 2005 Chevy Suburban Z71. It does fine in flat areas but I hesitate to travel into hilly areas. Now that we are ready for a new vehicle, I would like to get something that has a bit more strength. Any suggestions out their for an 8 passenger SUV with manageable gas mileage? So far, it seems that none of the Suburban 1500's can handle it and 2500's will cost me an extra $900 per year in gas. Too bad your father's TT is so heavy. We're towing our 31 foot with around 2000 lbs less weight. Is it 8500 pounds fully loaded?
Andy F 06/25/16 09:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tahoe tailgate interference with power jack?

Another nice feature of the ProPride 3P hitch--it gives you a bit more room behind the tow vehicle between the trailer tongue and the rear of the tow vehicle. We weren't able to clear our power tongue jack with our tail gate until we upgraded to the ProPride.
Andy F 06/25/16 08:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement LED bulbs recommendation

If you want a solar charger under $100, look for a Coleman 18W with charge controller. It may not charge while under heavy load, but if you have a light load on it will maintain charge levels. I use on on my RC trailer. I have an AGM Deep Cycle running a 1200Watt Inverter, and LED strip lighting. During a sunny day it will top off the battery, and under a light load where I had my Lipo charger charging up some RX batteries, it maintain 12.5 volts. It cost me $82 on sale. After you replace all the interior lighting with LED, it may be able to maintain voltage with a couple lights going, though it would be day time, so why you would need lights on...... Thank you for the recommendation!
Andy F 06/15/16 05:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey from MN!

Congrats on the new camper! We're headed out this weekend to one of our many beautiful MN State Forest dispersed camping areas. Great camping around here except for the skeeters as we head into the thick biting season!
Andy F 06/14/16 06:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement LED bulbs recommendation

I ordered these on Amazon: AUTOSAVER88 20X T10 Wedge Side RV Trailer 42-SMD LED Pure White Interior Light 192 168 2825 Skipping any solar panel for now. Not sure if I will do solar until we make the next leap up to a Class A motorhome at or closer to retirement in 8 years.
Andy F 06/14/16 05:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

I am not impressed with that type of awning and would not let it "kill" a deal for something else. do any of the others besides coachmen have a fiberglass roof? if not that would be my choice among these. bumpy Why are you not impressed with that type of awning? Seems higher-end to me but I am wondering how it handles the light winds and any rain? Can you lower one corner for draining rain? Just bought a new Bounder last week. I am not impressed with the newer awning. A very light wind will cause it to retract automatically. I thought that wind was going to yank it completely from my coach before it started to retract. They are not suited for rain, as it cannot be adjusted on one side to let the water drain. The awning is very flimsy. I am now wishing I had one with arms for better support. Other than a sun shade for a day with no wind, the awning is useless. Sorry to hear that about the awning but I appreciate you sharing it with us. Congratulations on that new Bounder regardless of any awning. Beautiful motorhome.
Andy F 06/13/16 09:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Careful Andy F once you start looking at diesels it may be hard to go back to gassers :) We found that interiors in diesels are generally much more substantial than in Gassers, more weight carrying ability to work with. Even within the Tiffin line the interior finishes are lighter in the gas units - no tile floors etc. I won't even go into ride and handling since we spend much more time living than driving. The whole DP idea is coming on stronger and stronger. I drove school bus through college and had the opportunity to do some cross country trips to deliver buses from MN to Seattle. Those were front engine diesel conventional buses with spring suspension. Then I got the unique opportunity to fly down to LA and drive a rear engine Gillig transit-style school bus back to MN. The air suspension ride and the rear engine was quite a more comfortable experience. Then I drove transit bus for a while in college while waiting for my full time law enforcement opportunity. Those transit Gillig buses were a very sweet ride. I guess I hadn't seriously considered a DP. But buying one used brings the price down into our price range and I always buy my cars used anyhow.
Andy F 06/13/16 05:44pm Class A Motorhomes
Replacement LED bulbs recommendation

I need to quickly order some LED bulbs for my existing standard light fixtures in my 2012 Bullet. We have our first boondocking trip of the year over Father's Day weekend and I want some LED's in place for this trip. Anyone have a recommendation from a purchase, preferably off Amazon? How about for a stand-a-lone solar panel for the batteries that is under $100?
Andy F 06/13/16 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Our nearby Newmar dealer has a number of nice used Kountry Coaches in stock. May try to get up there to take a closer look. Starting to think used DP's now more seriously. Pretty nice looking 2007 in stock for $95k with 60k miles.
Andy F 06/13/16 09:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Andy, I strongly suggest going to the factories of the brands you are considering and observing how they are constructed. The differences between them will become obvious. We may just do that. We are planning a trip to Door County and Chicago next summer. It would be fun to get over to Indiana also for some factory tours. Tiffin would have to wait until our next Florida trip to St. Joe.
Andy F 06/13/16 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Some companies put their $$$ into fluff, some put it into quality. You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. Look past the fluff and I think you'll see the bigger, more important differences. If you can't see them maybe they're just not important to you. Remember, even Alfa sold some SeeYa's, (arguably the worst MH ever made) so not everyone values the same things. I agree with Bruce, the salesmen will focus on the outdoor TV's, indoor fireplaces etc. Look at things like CCC, HP/WT ratio, towing capacity, wt distibution etc. Try to understand the construction process of the MH it self, which is harder to find and understand, the salesmen will only use marketing terms rather than eng specs. All MFG's use the same refers, WH's, AC's furnaces, chassis (Ford or Chevy) so to me brand in and of itself is not important. If you search the type of problems folks on here have with the MH itself, sidewall delaminations, leaks, harsh riding chassis, poor assembly, most can be corrected except for major delaminations. Some MFg's like Newmar and Monaco use hung walls which can't delaminate, which to me is a huge discriminator having fixed and lived with this on my current MH. Design features like being able to access your batteries, gensets, and dump and fill areas are more important to me than the flat screen TV's or surround sound. If all these other reqs were met I would choose a TPO or FG roof over EPDM rubber. Having said that my EPDM roof is 20 years old and has never leaked. This type of info is the "gold" I am looking for. I appreciate it and will ponder it as we start shopping. I would prefer to have a solid and quality "foundation." I went through poor design and quality issues with our Forest River hybrid travel trailer years ago in 2009-2011+. To FR's credit, they took the unit back to the factory in Indiana and did a massive repair and reconditioning for us for free outside of our warranty term. But we'll be spending a huge amount of more money on whatever we buy next so we want quality. Thank you to the last two posters for your wisdom. I love RV.net for that very reason!
Andy F 06/12/16 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

I am not sure of the year Coachmen Mirada that you are looking at but all the ones I have seen have the small cut out doors like on Class C's where as the others have the full basement storage doors. What size are you looking at? I would also look for pass thru basement storage for storing bikes, ladders, tables etc. Some Miradas, have one large pass thru under the rear bed and that may be enough storage for you depending on how you plan to use the MH. To me storage, water, and battery power are more important than the type of awning. Older Bounders were known for their large fresh water tanks. Water tank capacity is another great feature for the 2016-2017 Bounders. They have a 100 gallon capacity which I believe is the highest among gassers. What is Fleetwood doing with the design of the Bounder to get water tank capacity up so high and why aren't Newmar and Tiffin doing the same thing? Is it the "rail design" of the chassis? Fleetwood has done nothing to the chassis to install a 100 gallon fresh water tank. 100 gallons of fresh water was a feature of the first Bounder in 1986. The rest of the manufactures have been playing catch ever since. The 1986 Bounder was also the first gas class A coach with raised floor for pass through storage and first with heated wet bays. If you can find a copy of John Crean's (Fleetwood's founding father) autobiography (The Wheel and I), it's a great read. Richard I added the book to my reading list on Amazon. Sounds interesting. According to Fleetwood's website, the 2015 Bounders had a 85 gallon water tank. They did appear to increase the size to 100 gallons in 2016.
Andy F 06/11/16 09:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

I am not sure of the year Coachmen Mirada that you are looking at but all the ones I have seen have the small cut out doors like on Class C's where as the others have the full basement storage doors. What size are you looking at? I would also look for pass thru basement storage for storing bikes, ladders, tables etc. Some Miradas, have one large pass thru under the rear bed and that may be enough storage for you depending on how you plan to use the MH. To me storage, water, and battery power are more important than the type of awning. Older Bounders were known for their large fresh water tanks. Water tank capacity is another great feature for the 2016-2017 Bounders. They have a 100 gallon capacity which I believe is the highest among gassers. What is Fleetwood doing with the design of the Bounder to get water tank capacity up so high and why aren't Newmar and Tiffin doing the same thing? Is it the "rail design" of the chassis?
Andy F 06/11/16 07:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

I am not sure of the year Coachmen Mirada that you are looking at but all the ones I have seen have the small cut out doors like on Class C's where as the others have the full basement storage doors. What size are you looking at? I would also look for pass thru basement storage for storing bikes, ladders, tables etc. Some Miradas, have one large pass thru under the rear bed and that may be enough storage for you depending on how you plan to use the MH. To me storage, water, and battery power are more important than the type of awning. Older Bounders were known for their large fresh water tanks. I am looking at the 2017 Miranda Select which has full pass thru side hinged baggage doors just like all if the higher end gasserS and DPers.
Andy F 06/11/16 07:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

If I remember correctly Winnebago has used drop rail frame for some time now. Tiffins used raised rail which gives some storage above the bottom of the rails, not as easy to access as drop rail storage, but more of it:) "Seems like Winnebago would adjust their chassis structure to catch up with storage space." would be a major re-engineering starting with a different chassis design. They needed the drop rail for their basement AC among other things. What does above-rail and drop-rail mean? Is the "rail" the frame between the front and rear axles?
Andy F 06/11/16 04:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

The other thing we have found in our research is that the Bounder appears to have the greatest exterior storage by far compared to the Winnebago Adventurer and even to the Newmar Canyon Star. The Tiffin Allegro is pretty close in that arena. Seems like Winnebago would adjust their chassis structure to catch up with storage space.
Andy F 06/11/16 02:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

Bounder is now a "higher end" class A gas coach. Makes me chuckle. It was introduced in 1986 as an entry level coach. How times have changed. Richard 95 "lower end" Bounder. GRIN That's interesting to me that Fleetwood seems to have changed the Bounder in that manner. Seems like the Bounder surpasses the Southwind in amenities in many ways even though the Southwind appears to be marketed as the top-of-the-line gasser for Fleetwood.
Andy F 06/11/16 02:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: NEWMAR VS COACHMEN

We are looking at higher end gassers and we are impressed with the both the Coachmen Miranda Select and Fleetwood Bounder floorplans and amenities. The Coachmen has a fiberglass roof. The Bounder has an upgraded awning among other nice upgrades. It's seems ridiculous to me that neither Newmar nor Tiffin have upgraded their awnings to the "horizontal" out-of-way support arms, such an easy upgrade for them to do if they claim to be worth their much higher prices. Instead, they both have their front vertical awning support arms right over the side passenger window. What in the world is that about??? I started a new separate thread for my questions. If I knew how I would link to it.
Andy F 06/11/16 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

I am not impressed with that type of awning and would not let it "kill" a deal for something else. do any of the others besides coachmen have a fiberglass roof? if not that would be my choice among these. bumpy Why are you not impressed with that type of awning? Seems higher-end to me but I am wondering how it handles the light winds and any rain? Can you lower one corner for draining rain?
Andy F 06/11/16 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
Newmar/Tiffin vs. Coachmen Miranda Select/Fleetwood Bounder

We are looking at higher end gassers and we are impressed with the both the Coachmen Miranda Select and Fleetwood Bounder floorplans, amenities, and resulting value. The Coachmen has a fiberglass roof. The Bounder has an upgraded awning among other nice upgrades. It's seems ridiculous to me that neither Newmar nor Tiffin have upgraded their awnings to the "horizontal" out-of-way support arms, such an easy upgrade for them to do if they claim to be worth their much higher prices. Instead, they both have their front vertical awning support arms right over the side passenger window. What in the world is that about??? Are these new type of awnings not the nice upgrade they would appear to be? They sure look like nice on the new Bounders. It seems to me that the mega-size owners of Fleetwood and Coachmen are seriously threatening the higher end gassers market with impressive upgrades at a much lower price when compared to Newmar and Tiffin who seem to think they can garner a much higher price. Especially in the case of the Bounder which really only lacks a higher gross weight chassis, stack able w/d, and a fiberglass roof. Thoughts or insights? We are probably 4-5 years away from upgrading up from our TT and 8 years away from a much yearned for law enforcement retirement. I think I am set on this higher end gassers market. Looking forward to 3/4 time RV'ing
Andy F 06/11/16 10:18am Class A Motorhomes
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