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RE: Sequoia towing at max for over 5,000 miles - comfortably

Very similar experience for us with a '08 Sequoia Limited and the 5.7 liter engine. We have the ProPride hitch and I also would never tow without it. The Sequoia is a great tow vehicle if you need an SUV.
Andy F 07/14/17 09:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Toss-ins for a NEW Class A buy

On our last two travel trailer purchases, we also got all the shelving my wife wanted installed to her satisfaction for free. I think most of the class A's have that covered from the factory but maybe not all depending on what the OP is buying.
Andy F 06/02/17 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toss-ins for a NEW Class A buy

Not sure what the OP is buying but make sure you get upgraded exhaust ceiling fans. Still can't believe that the manufacturers are putting the cheap mini crappy ones in some of their Class A's! Same thing with curtains. Ugh!
Andy F 06/02/17 09:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adjustable hitch bar by Pro-Pride?

No problems with my adjustable stinger that came with my 3P back in Oct '12. We have done fully loaded trips from MN to Yellowstone twice and Florida once, and the Black Hills several times. Fantastic hitch with a fantastic adjustable stinger.
Andy F 05/29/17 06:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

With the 34pa, Sumo springs are an option. We have one on order, we missed cutoff for 2017 models so we are getting a 2018 34pa. Yes the ride and quietness over our 2015 Winnebago is remarkable, Thanks for your reply. And enjoy that 2018 Allegro! How about selling it to me in 2 years? LOL
Andy F 05/16/17 01:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

I sat in a 31' (I think) Allegro this past Saturday. I cannot imagine driving one of those things. LOL Felt like a battleship. Anyway, I got to compare it to the Winnebago Vista parked right next to it. Night and day difference. Not saying the Winnebago wasn't nice, but the Tiffin's materials seemed so much nicer. I did the same comparison at an RV show and I reached the same conclusion, even with the Newmar Canyon Star included. Newmar was a very close 2nd.
Andy F 05/16/17 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

It seems that you are set on a gas motorhome. I would encourage you to consider a diesel pusher. It may be a little more costly, but, in my opinion, worth it in the long run. When we were shopping for our first motorhome I wanted a diesel pusher, but thought we couldn't afford one. We could have and four years later we are in one. Yes, it's only an entry model, but so much better than the gas coach we had. Thanks but budget wise I doubt we will do a DP. I plan to buy a year end close out or a 1-2 year old model to avoid some of the depreciation. And to be honest, the test drive and the quality of the Allegro tells me I can get everything we want with great quality for much less than an older DP. And we can still get into the boon dock and State Forest sites that we love with the 34 PA Allegro. I am not much for RV parks where you are packed in tight.
Andy F 05/14/17 06:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

Do the new Allegro's come are with the Sumo springs now or was that an option? Shorewood RV said they get Sumo springs on all the ones they order. Not sure if that means the Sumo springs are optional or standard but it sounds like they are options.
Andy F 05/14/17 06:43pm Class A Motorhomes
Test drove 2017 Tiffin Allegro

Wow. My wife and I took a '17 Allegro 36LA for a test drive yesterday and we were very impressed! Thank you Tim at Shorewood RV. No squeaks or rattles and what a ride with the Sumo springs on board. I drove Gillig Phantom city transit buses before going full time in Law Enforcement 22 years ago along with some MCI motorcoach cross country driving and the Allegro had a very impressive air ride suspension-like ride. Very well built motorhome and it (we have decided we like the 34PA's floorplan the best) is definitely at the top of our list for gas coaches. Well done Tiffin!
Andy F 05/14/17 02:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

I am going with 14 inch load range D tires after crunching numbers and taking into consideration all of our cross country trips with our original 14 inch load range C tires and rims without any issues at all. I would really have liked to move up to 15 inch rims and tires but too many unknowns right now with a large mess and external investigation with my employer. Still loving our Bullet as we begin season number 6. It looks and feels brand new! New tires were installed today. I went from a max load of 1760 pounds per tire up to over 2000 pounds per tire. Very happy after towing it home with the new tread! On a side note, I had the A/C wiring Keystone recall work done today at my local Keystone dealer. Great service staff there at Pleasureland in St Cloud (long time local dealer--thank you guys for your help) who told me it paid to have them do the work regardless of how simple it was because the warranty work gets documented in the manufacturer database should I ever sell it or should something ever happen with the wiring and A/C unit. Unfortunately, my local dealer Pleasureland can't find a cheap replacement front Bullet decal to replace my defective one and Keystone won't return my calls. I plan on removing the defective decal along with any "Keystone" company name on my camper. They have lost my future business.
Andy F 05/10/17 09:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

I am going with 14 inch load range D tires after crunching numbers and taking into consideration all of our cross country trips with our original 14 inch load range C tires and rims without any issues at all. I would really have liked to move up to 15 inch rims and tires but too many unknowns right now with a large mess and external investigation with my employer. Still loving our Bullet as we begin season number 6. It looks and feels brand new!
Andy F 05/09/17 08:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Thanks Greg!
Andy F 04/02/17 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Did you order the larger 15 inch rims through Keystone? The rims look like the original Bullet rims.
Andy F 04/02/17 04:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Considering buying a Tiffin Allegro 36UA

We looked at a 36UA at the Mpls RV show. And we looked at it again after comparing it closely to the nearby Newmar Canyon Stars on display. Sorry--but the Allegro 36UA is definitely a bit higher in quality. Those exterior baggage doors alone on the Tiffin were incredible! Just like a well made solid car door. I couldn't get Newmar's to click and stay shut, even on their high end DP's which was really disappointing to me based on my Newmar expectations. And the Allegro cabinets were definitely a step up or so from Newmar's. Very solid and well made. The basement storage also blew us away. I don't understand how Tiffin gets so much storage space in the Allegro when compared to Newmar and Winnebago (especially Winnebago which seems to have the smallest of the 3 on their gas coaches). Don't get me wrong, the Newmar's were also nice, especially when compared to the Forest River and Winnebago products we looked at. But it was readily apparent that for a gas coach the Tiffin Allegro seems to be the best. It seems like Newmar's real focus is on their DP's which I would probably lean towards for a DP due to their sidewall construction and the comfort drive feature. The 36UA was an interesting floor plan although I didn't like the smaller couch when compared to the 36LA. I want a couch for my afternoon nap that I can stretch out on! But if you need bunk beds it is the Allegro floor plan I would go for. We are leaning heavily towards the 34PA but the 36LA is still in the running. The 36UA we looked at had stacked W/D's in the rear bathroom. The national Tiffin rep told us you can order it with the stacked or with a combo depending on how much of that big counter space you want in the back bathroom. That nice back bathroom with the other 1/2 bath and the fireplace is what we really like about the 36LA/36UA floorplans. I wish they could have fit a fireplace in the 34PA under the TV but the Tiffin rep told us they didn't have quite enough space. Go with the Tiffin if you want top quality. But I would buy used, a year or two old. I personally want to avoid that initial steep depreciation with a Class A.
Andy F 03/31/17 05:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Is it spring yet? Time to make the to do list for this years camping. We still have our Bullet and love it but this year we will be making a change. Going to go to a long timer status which just means many months at a time to use it. So we're in the process of changing to a 5th wheel. Not a done deal yet. For anyone reading these threads, our Bullet was excellent for us for over 6 years. An overall great experience. Same with our 2011. Still in great shape. Actually last season made 5 years we have had it so we are replacing the original tires now. We are upgrading from 14" load range C to 15" load range D on new rims. We figured we would upgrade for an added safety margin. How does upgrading tire range and even size work? I too am getting ready to replace our original 5 year old tires which are down to the wear indicators. Can I go up in tire range a bit on the original rims? And then I have to replace the rims if I move up to size 15 tires? I plan on keeping our Bullet for another 5 seasons/years before I near retirement and we probably make our next move up the a Class A for full timing or near full timing. Also thinking of doing the suspension upgrade, like the Dexter E Z Flex? Has anyone on here done that yet to their Bullet? Yes, you can go to a load range D tire on the original 14" rims. Over on the Keystone forum the members explained how it is an improvement but only temporarily. I will provide the link if you are interested. Keystone forum Basically, a 14" load range C tire has approx 1740 lbs capacity, a 14" load range D has an approx 2000 lb capacity, and a 15" load range D has an approx 2540 lb capacity. The GVWR of my camper is 7600 lbs and with a 10% per year degradation in capacity per tire, they warned the tires could be overloaded after a year or two. The tires were priced within a few dollar of each other, so, the real extra cost to me was about 350.00 for 4 new aluminum rims and 1 steel rim ( spare tire ). Since we are keeping the trailer for several more years, I figured it was worth it. Thanks Greg!
Andy F 03/08/17 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Bullet Premier

Is it spring yet? Time to make the to do list for this years camping. We still have our Bullet and love it but this year we will be making a change. Going to go to a long timer status which just means many months at a time to use it. So we're in the process of changing to a 5th wheel. Not a done deal yet. For anyone reading these threads, our Bullet was excellent for us for over 6 years. An overall great experience. Same with our 2011. Still in great shape. Actually last season made 5 years we have had it so we are replacing the original tires now. We are upgrading from 14" load range C to 15" load range D on new rims. We figured we would upgrade for an added safety margin. How does upgrading tire range and even size work? I too am getting ready to replace our original 5 year old tires which are down to the wear indicators. Can I go up in tire range a bit on the original rims? And then I have to replace the rims if I move up to size 15 tires? I plan on keeping our Bullet for another 5 seasons/years before I near retirement and we probably make our next move up the a Class A for full timing or near full timing. Also thinking of doing the suspension upgrade, like the Dexter E Z Flex? Has anyone on here done that yet to their Bullet?
Andy F 03/06/17 07:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suspension upgrade

Very seriously considering this upgrade this spring with my upcoming new tire purchase (got 5 seasons and many many miles out of our factory original tires). Is the Dexter option the best for this upgrade? Any estimates on what I might pay for an install? A little above and out of my skill level I think. Unless I get a buddy mechanic of mine to help me.
Andy F 03/04/17 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Moving On Up

I really like the Fleetwood Excursion/renamed Pace Arrow for '17 for many reasons if we do decide to go diesel instead of gas for our future motorhome. But I am a bit flabbergasted that Fleetwood chooses to still put side curtains in the windows up front instead of pull down shades like it appears every other window has on this model. I think Winnebago still does this also on their top of line gas class A Adventurer. Seems silly and cheap. What gives? Huge congrats to OP on your beautiful new class A!
Andy F 03/04/17 09:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommended class A gasser

the 26 is an option I believe on the 36LA. I would have gone that way id it was available in 2014. But regardless, I have almost 3500 lbs carrying capacity with mine even with full fuel We went to the Mpls RV show this past weekend and I got to visit quite a while with Tiffin national sales rep Tom Webber. Very nice gentleman who I peppered with a number of questions. He confirmed you can order a 36LA on the 26000 lb chassis but Tiffin does not plan on moving the 36LA floorplan to the higher weight chassis as a standard. We went back and forth between the Tiffin Allegro 36UA they had on display and the two Newmar Canyon Star's on display. It was apparent that Tiffin's exterior basement storage doors are of higher quality (beautiful doors that shut like a car door). Newmar's were pretty close in quality but none of their doors, even on the Dutch Star diesel pusher, latched easily when shutting them. I gave up on getting the Dutch Star and Ventana's doors to latch and finally walked away. Tiffin's interior cabinet doors were also of higher quality, sounding and feeling rock solid. If we go gas, I think we have settled on the Tiffin Allegro.
Andy F 02/12/17 06:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommended class A gasser

We are looking at and comparing the Tiffin Allegro Open Road and the Newmar Canyon Star. It appears that the Allegro has larger exterior storage bays. Does anyone know what the Canyon Star's exterior storage square footage numbers are? Newmar does not list those numbers for each of the floorplans. I also could have sworn that a Tiffin rep told me by email last year that the 36LA was moving to a 26,000 lb chassis like the 34PA and the 36UA. I like the fact that the Canyon Star's all come with a 26,000 lb chassis. The Fleetwood Bounder was eliminated from our consideration due to Fleetwood keeping a 22,000 lb chassis. We plan to full time or nearly full time.
Andy F 02/04/17 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
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