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RE: Oliver Factory Tour Scheduled; Suggestions?

These are well built trailers. Better quality than the mass produced junk being by most manufactures today. I ran into one of these at Road America where we were camp hosting this summer. Had a chance to talk to the owner and tour the unit. He was pulling with a VW I believe a Tourieg Diesel. I also questioned the ball hitch. WD hitch not needed or recommended by factory. He has pulled over 10,000 miles with it and no sway problems. Unit is well balanced. Cute little trailer but to small for us. He travels alone. His wife doesn't like camping. Just to be clear, they offer a wd hitch as an option on their website, but their photos never show it actually installed. Agree on your other observations.
BillyW 10/21/16 11:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oliver Factory Tour Scheduled; Suggestions?

I'm curious about the tongue configuration. How does the generator box fit in? Based on the photos on their website, I don't see where you can attach your preferred wd hitch either. Looks to me like the fiberglass cover goes a LONG way forward on it. I'm also curious how roomy the restroom/shower is. Don't want to go into too much detail, but I wouldn't appreciate having to wedge myself into a corner to do my business. Just how well insulated is it? And last but not least, I'm curious how comfy those cushions that make into a bed are.
BillyW 10/21/16 11:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Wood hole - Water damage

Shepfly's idea would work great, and I would consider it, but I think your idea is likely just fine too. Drill out the bad stuff, put a stiff cover over it, then finish off the repair with Eternabond and maybe a little self leveling Dicor.
BillyW 10/20/16 07:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Framlesss windows VS Framed windows

I googled here.
BillyW 10/16/16 10:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Framlesss windows VS Framed windows

IF you look at the rearmost windows on the sides of minivans or on many extended cab pickups, there are windows that open and close on hinges. Those are very similar to what is referred to as frameless windows. By the way, they never leaked on my various vehicles. Don't see why they would to leak on an RV unless they're made of inferior materials.
BillyW 10/16/16 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Season ain't over till the fat Lady hollers...

I'm enjoying this thread. Thanks for the various ideas. We've never camped the coast yet. Rarely manage to get to the west side of the Cascades. Time to change that.
BillyW 10/16/16 10:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Which company(s) still build quality TT?

Really most of them are built very similarly. The quality probably changes day to day. You may want to focus more on specific features. Some are built with wood frames and aluminum cladding. Some are built with aluminum frames with fiberglass sides. Nearly all have rubber or TPO roofs. Most probably have plywood directly under that. There are plusses and minuses to the various construction methods. Some swear by one, some swear by the other. The previous warning about water intrusion is applicable to all of them. It can ruin just about any trailer. Maintenance is key. Eternabond on the roof edges, and caulk everywhere else (over simplified of course). There are other construction methods and models not mentioned so far, like Oliver. I would consider them one of the better built and most likely to be long lasting. But they're not cheap.
BillyW 10/14/16 11:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Are the Ram 1500 rearends really this weak?

Well the op indicated weights were ok. Even when weight is the issue, it doesn't show up in the diff, right? I've never seen a half ton diff fail from weight alone. Walkabout axles maybe. I've grenaded two with abuse but not overloading. Those two were Fords with teenagers showing off behind the gas pedal. Operator error aside, diffs are typically pretty stout.
BillyW 10/13/16 11:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Campfire in a can

I recently purchased this one. Looks like the price has increased since I bought mine. I'm pleased so far.
BillyW 10/13/16 08:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Shopping for a different tow vehicle.

Invest in a Hensley Arrow or Pro Pride hitch. It'll tow like a dream. You should have plenty of power for 6000lbs. Lots cheaper than buying a 24 year old truck.I would lean toward this answer.
BillyW 10/12/16 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Design sells to Winnebago

Grand Design was at the top of my list. This will make me reconsider...
BillyW 10/10/16 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: rear kitchens

We all have our own preferences, but having now owned a camper that had the rear living room ... with opposing slides on both sides, and all the windows for an almost - 365 degree view, why block up the view out the back. ... Having windows with that almost 365 degree view is so much more enjoyable. magic! where you get that extra 5 degrees from? :B Couldn't be leap year. ;)
BillyW 10/06/16 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where to place jack when changing flat tire?

If you used the frame, a typical bottle jack would run out of extension long before the tire was off the ground.
BillyW 09/29/16 03:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Working underneath a trailer--best way to do it?

If it's really a concern for you, just pick one out that's already high enough. Or get an "axle flip" done after the fact (if your new unit came with leaf springs). The only advantage that I can think of to the lower trailers is the amount of effort required to get in and out of them. Some people say they get better towing mileage and some people say they tow more stable. I don't buy into either of those arguments, and prefer good ground clearance.
BillyW 09/28/16 04:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Working underneath a trailer--best way to do it?

When I work under my truck, depending on the job, I just pull one side onto the curb. Would work with a trailer too.
BillyW 09/28/16 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Working underneath a trailer--best way to do it?

My frame has 23" of clearance. Ground clearance is high on my list of must haves for other reasons, but comes in handy for that too. Interesting note: one time the whole family had to rapidly scurry under the trailer to stay clear of a bull moose who decided to inspect our camp site. My crazy dog was lucky to survive that one.
BillyW 09/27/16 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing: blow-out vs antifreeze for longer term storage?

I don't understand the logic of putting in the pink stuff only to blow it right back out. That does not make sense to me. I would do one or the other, but not both. And if it were me, I would just blow out the lines (pushing a lot of air through), add pink stuff to the traps, and call it good. I used to pump the pink stuff through, but went two winters (with temps well below 0 for a week at a time) with just blowing out and no issues.Because just blowing out "might" work just fine, but it is not a guaranteed way of getting all the water out of the system. Displace all water with pink, then drain. Leave pink in the traps and maybe some at the bottom of the tanks at the knife valves. For three years of storage, I would leave quite a bit in the toilet too, or some other long lasting lubricant.
BillyW 09/24/16 12:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: My Blue Ox Sway Pro Experience (Bad, but now resolved)

A power tongue jack has made hitching and unhitching my Equal-I-zer tons easier for the same reasons.
BillyW 09/23/16 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: bumper holes

Is that where the optional tow hooks would be?
BillyW 09/23/16 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing capacity

snip... If Ram rated the truck to tow that weight, I'm of the opinion that it will tow that weight. Nothing wrong with adding additional cooling, but I wouldn't let it stop me from towing with it now. My trailer is only 24 feet long (and around 6500 lbs), and my truck truly handles it with ease. I say go for it! First, I only provide info for the OP's to make up their own minds, as there is only on person responsible for the setup and that is the driver If the OP is looking for consensus of what they wish...they will get tons of it on these freebie forums Many either ignore or don't understand how all OEM specifications work. There are fine print legalize that modifies Take the above quote and is correct...but...not totally true, as there is fine print modifying that MTWR (Max Tow Weigh Rating) and again ALL OEMs do this Here is a link to a 2016 RAM 1500 and note the fine print below the ratings chart 2016 Ram Trailer Towing Chart-SAE J2807 Compliant #8 of the first chart says: "Payload and Trailer Weight Rating are mutually exclusive" Meaning both 'payload' and 'MTRW" are derived from the 'base weight' TV (AKA...curb)... Meaning you can NOT load up the TV to the 'payload' and tow MTWR, as the ratings are consumed by a full payload... It seems so simple, if you just say, "Don't forget! Any weight on the hitch must be considered part of the tow vehicle's payload."
BillyW 09/22/16 09:33am Towing
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