I looked at the Arvika but couldn't justify the cost!
I built one very similar to the one features in the second posting in this thread. I am VERY pleased with ours. Easy to use, and the bike rack can be removed and put on the truck.
The second receiver tube on mine is because the first one put the bike wheels just a bit close to the edges of the truck box on tight turns while backing into a site. The second tube raised the bikes a couple of inches for more clearance. Easier than rebuilding the whole thing! :)
The hardest part was finding the right tubing for the receiver tube. It's not just-run-of-the-mill tubing. Go to someplace where they build trailers and hitches for the correct material.
The photo doesn't show the gussets at all corners.
We have a 12/110v cooler that stays outside with drinks in to save running in & out of the trailer. If we do a day trip we'll take that along. DW & I are cheese factory junkies so it sometimes comes with us to keep our "catch" chilled until we get back to the trailer.
Same here ... except for the cheese part :D
Good idea, though.
Just traded in a 2007 Jayco Eagle 322FKS trailer (on a 2014 Cougar HC 321RES trailer) had way over 25,000 miles on it. Greased the axles each year (EZ lube zerk fittings) and never had a problem..
Good to hear...I've always used the EZ lube zerk fittings too...didn't realize I was doing something wrong.;)
You're not doing anything wrong. Some folks get EZ lube axles and Bearing Buddies confused. With Bearing Buddies, it`s really easy to over lube! EZ lube is a great way to make sure your grease is topped up.
Of course.... manually repacking bearings is better than just depending on EZ lube alone, because you get to inspect the brakes, bearings, and axle.
I stay plugged in.
Battery disconnect that I switch off just to be sure I don't overcharge. Never have, but have heard horror stories, so....
If the TT is sitting for months, I'll switch the battery back on for a couple of days every month or so to keep the battery charged.
I thought about getting one for our trailer, but Mrs. BossCamper mentioned that I would have to clean out under it to keep spiders from invading the trailer each time we folded camp.
Since I have to use our folding ladder to do that anyway, I decided to skip the expense and possible "gadget" problems later on, and just clean it off before closing the slide.
So ... not necessarily necessary.
Depending on your preferences and situation.
I use this telescopic ladder (METAL-TECH Ladder) to easily reach the TT top and clean the slide prior to departure. Works great, lightweight and small enough to fit in the front storage.
That thing looks neat. How much is it? approximantly of course.
$200 - $240 here in Canada