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RE: Forest River Surveyor

We looked at the Surveyor over two years ago when we moved up to a TT from our old Hybrid. They seemed well-built. We instead opted for the Keystone Bullet due to it having a deeper slide and a better floor plan and more features at the time for what we wanted. Our old Rockwood Roo was (and the Roo still is) very block-shaped without much of a sloped front end. We found the more aerodynamic sloped front end of the Bullet (and the Surveyor to a degree although it lacks or back then lacked the lower radius curve back towards the frame) to make a remarkable improvement in our towing experience when coupled with the wide stance axles and low center of gravity. Keep in mind this was our experience even though the weight of what we were now towing increased by approximately 600-700 pounds. Not sure about the Surveyor, but the Bullets now sit higher off the ground due to the floor plans all having a flush-floor deep slide. I've often wondered if raising them up changed the towing experience a bit by also raising the center of gravity. I personally like our non-flush slide and our lower center of gravity but maybe after experiencing the deeper flush floor slide and the room it provides I might feel differently. We also like having a curbside dinette which doesn't appear to be offered anymore with the flush-floor slide floor plans.
Andy F 11/15/14 02:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fantastic Fan question

Thanks guys, I just called the parts dept. at the dealership and changed the order to the non-sensor type. The dealer should also be willing to pay for the fan--ours did as part of our purchase. I later installed our cover. I went with Fantastic Fan's cover and we love it. Seems like at some point the manufacturers should just start putting in the Fantastic Fan's with the covers right at the factory. Although it is kind of fun to customize a person's TT a bit. We just added a 2nd cover over our regular roof vent before putting the TT into storage. Looking forward to never closing either roof vent. Left them both open during indoor storage for the winter.
Andy F 11/15/14 02:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Breaking camp, when to retract slide?

"I seriously doubt it matters when you bring the slide in. They sit on dealers lots with the slide out all the time and no stabilizers. Same at the Hershey show, IIRC. I've been doing it as the last thing before hitching up, merely for convenience sake, but I have hitched up and then run the slide in already. Doesn't make any dif that I can see. Maybe it matters what type of frame or slide you have. Anybody have definitive proof one way or the other?" Same here--we've opened and shut the slide a number of times with jacks up and down. We open the slide on the road (when stopped of course) at stops where it's safe and no chance of hitting or being hit by anything. Never had an issue. I remember asking the dealer during our walk thru since I had never had a slide before this TT and he said to not worry about having the jacks down or up when operating the slide. Somewhat level is good I was told but not completely necessary.
Andy F 10/27/14 05:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you know you're towing too much weight?

Just so you know, we've been towing 6000 pounds+ for 3 years with our first generation Sequoia. You'll be fine. We've been out to Yellowstone, through the mountains, and next year we're headed down to Florida. The Sequoia is a beast of an SUV for towing, especially your 2nd gen model. I would suggest a good WD hitch like a ProPride or Hensley. Relax and enjoy your excellent SUV and TT! A beast compared to what? An Excursion is a beast. A 8.1 2500 Suburban is a beast. A Sequoia is 1/2 ton SUV far from beast status in my book. Unfortunately there are no longer any beast status SUV's being produced. The only place to find a beast is on the used market. A beast for the size of truck and the size of engine it has, only a 4.6 liter for the 1st generation models. I wasn't trying to compare it to something much larger like an Excursion. Of course, my brother in law's Excursion was a beast for its size when it ran right and wasn't being pulled behind a tow truck! Never been an issue with the Sequoia. I'm at 126,000 miles and it drives like brand new, even while towing at or over its tow limit. I'll call it the little beast then :)
Andy F 10/19/14 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Converted ductless range hood to vented

I think Andy is saying that he has the Fantastic Fan blowing into the room, not venting. This way, the fumes at the stove are pushed out the window, as you pressurize the cabin. Yep, this was what I meant. Thanks PapPappy!
Andy F 10/19/14 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: How do you know you're towing too much weight?

Just so you know, we've been towing 6000 pounds+ for 3 years with our first generation Sequoia. You'll be fine. We've been out to Yellowstone, through the mountains, and next year we're headed down to Florida. The Sequoia is a beast of an SUV for towing, especially your 2nd gen model. I would suggest a good WD hitch like a ProPride or Hensley. Relax and enjoy your excellent SUV and TT!
Andy F 10/18/14 09:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Converted ductless range hood to vented

We also had this issue but I figured out I could use my bathroom fantastic fan to blow out the stove top exhaust. I just crack the kitchen window which we always have cracked while parked at a campsite and I fire up the fan. I actually don't miss having to remember to fasten and unfasten the exterior flapper on the exhaust hood vent opening.
Andy F 10/18/14 08:51pm Travel Trailers
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
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