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quality gone down hill.

I bought a Funfinder because I believed the rep it had for quality. The first thing we had trouble with was the dinette table. It separated from its base plate. I noticed immediately that the table top had been held to the wood base solely by staples. No Glue!. I turned the whole thing upside down and laid on a good amount of Gorilla glue. I couldn't bring the trailer back under warranty because we were campground host in a very remote region of Big Bend National Park for four months. It gets better. I soon noticed that a small leak coming from beneath the shower was not a little overspill from the door opening as I had originally suspected. I opened up the access panel and could not believe what I was seeing. the drain was never connected. What ever amount of water dripped down into the drain pipe was all that went into the holding tank below. The rest seeped onto the bathroom floor. The problem turned out to be the sub floor. It was not cut short enough to allow the drain to be connected. I managed to cut the floor back enough to connect the drain. Did Cruiser, a family owned company, get bought out by yet another corporation thereby lowering its standards for the almighty profit?
Road Phantom 12/16/14 11:17am Travel Trailers
back up camera

I was thinking about getting a wireless backup camera for my Ram pickup. Anyone have one that works well?
Road Phantom 11/22/14 11:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Don't believe the combined weight ratings

Its easy to simply say the op's setup is wrong, and leave it at that. I've been towing since '85. My truck was level with the trailer. I believe there is one thing nobody here considered. As mentioned, my truck is a regular cab. The short wheel base, I believe had something to do with the poor handling of the 29 ft TT. As a 4x4, it sits high. I tested the handling of the (reg cab) truck on an open road by zig sagging and found it to be unstable as a solo vehicle. The truck was recently checked out and nothing was amiss. The short wheel base and high center of gravity had everything to do with how it handled the trailer. Short of a Hensely hitch, I don't see how a conventional hitch, WD and sway control could have fixed that. The Ram, as per Dodge specs, has a Tow Rating, (not combined rating) of 9,000 lbs. A four door may have made the difference. (Sorry, I should have written, Tow rating not Combined)
Road Phantom 11/15/14 11:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Don't believe the combined weight ratings

Not the same comparison (Spoon). Your little 22 is much lighter. As I said, my half ton towed my 22 with ease. Try your Tundra hitched to a 29 ft 7500 gross weight trailer and then tell me how good it tows.
Road Phantom 11/15/14 11:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: texas to Florida coastal route

Rt 19 toward Hamassosa
Road Phantom 11/15/14 11:09am Roads and Routes
RE: Don't believe the combined weight ratings

I was well under the tow rating. Even after loading the combo.
Road Phantom 11/15/14 09:37am Tow Vehicles
Don't believe the combined weight ratings

My little half ton had a rating of 9,000lb for a loaded TT. I can tell you first hand that towing only 7500 (29 ft.) TT was a horror ride from Pa to Tx. I had WD bars on that combo along with sway control. That truck, a Dodge 1/2 Ton, reg cab, 4x4 was so unstable, we lowered our speed to 55 and kept it there. Every truck or bus that went by made me white knuckle the steering wheel. It was so bad, I traded the near new truck for a heavy duty 2500 with a Hemi. The other 1/2 ton truck was fine for the 22fter I once owned, (3800 lbs)and pulled that trailer very well. I'm passing this on for all those who believe in towing at the top end of their trucks rating. From here on, I'm keeping to two thirds of the capacity of any truck I buy in the future for a safe margin while towing a travel trailer.
Road Phantom 11/15/14 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: winterizing - i'm late !

If that was a hard freeze (below freezing both day and night) for more than a day, I'd be worried too. If it were I, I would put the heater on. Then, run antifreeze through the lines and check for leaks.
Road Phantom 11/15/14 08:27am Travel Trailers
texas to Florida coastal route

I thought I would hug the gulf coast to Florida from Texas this time instead of taking boring I-10. I plan to start with Surfside Beach Tex and continue through the ferries toward Louisiana. The New Orleans area looks complicated due to the low lay of the land, so I'll skirt around the city by using I-10 until I can pick up 90. Anyone see any other areas I should avoid?
Road Phantom 11/15/14 08:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Mice/rodent proofing a camper

We do the steel wool thing also. Keep your eye out for mouse droppings under cabinets and in storage areas. If you need to, Loew's makes a good mousetrap made out of plastic and shaped roughly like a shoe. It works well. We used peanut butter for bait. Check the trailer often, especially before winter when they're looking to nest out of the weather and at least monthly after that.
Road Phantom 10/20/14 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: holding tank maintenance

Water won't break up all of the solids. Any solids left, not only in the tank, but also in the plastic drain line will stick in places and harden and then crystallize. I think I will go with the detergent/water softener idea and once a month or so, follow up with bleach.
Road Phantom 10/16/14 04:09pm Travel Trailers
holding tank maintenance

TankTechs Rx Probiotic Anyone here of the above product for cleaning holding tanks? It's supposed to be superior to other chemicals, Formaldehyde and others?
Road Phantom 10/15/14 09:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: How hard does the 2014 Ram SB 2500 ride?

(If you want ride comfort buy a Lincoln. If you want to haul/carry a load buy a truck) I'm always amazed at the lack of a few who can't take things we post in context. Of course trucks will never ride like a Lincoln, but who in the RV world actually expects that. ib516 sticks to the post with first hand experience, which I'm sure we all look for when we write in these questions. Thanks again 1b 516.
Road Phantom 09/18/14 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
How hard does the 2014 Ram SB 2500 ride?

I'm planning to buy a 2500 Ram, slightly used 2013 or '14, short bed. four door. My concern is the ride. I had a 2008 reg cab 2500 4X4 Diesel that rode too hard to keep very long. Later I had a 2010 2500 2X4 reg cab Diesel that wasn't much better. My hope is that technology has advanced enough in the ride department to now go with a 4 dr, short bed two wheel drive. This time it will be with the Hemi instead of the diesel. Anyone have a 2013 or 2014 HEMI who can give me their evaluation as to ride comfort. Otherwise, I may have to go with a 2500 "long bed" which I know first hand rides well enough for me, just not a fan of four door, long beds--too long.
Road Phantom 09/18/14 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Enclosed trailer to be camping trailer?

Ive see people use uhaul trailers. Think of it as a hard sided tent.
Road Phantom 08/29/14 08:15am Travel Trailers
RE: MPG = Air Resistance vs Speed vs Weight

I agree with mooky. Frontal area is everything. That's why you will get better mileage from a Hi-lo than a conventional trailer.
Road Phantom 07/24/14 10:23pm Travel Trailers
second battery

I'd like to add another battery to my trailer, however, after giving up room for a sway control and distribution hitch along with the standard electric jack from the manufacturer, there isn't any room left for the second battery. Is there another option, like inside the front storage compartment. Has anyone done this, or should I have a two tier bracket made so that another batter can sit over the old one?
Road Phantom 07/10/14 10:13pm Travel Trailers
battery charging

I thought I'd like to buy the predator generator sold at Harbor freight to charge my trailer battery when camping at a non electric site. It's only $110. The only outlet on the unit is a standard plug receiver on one side. I'm wondering what is the best way to charge the batter. Do I use a 110 battery charger or is their a more direct way to do that.
Road Phantom 06/19/14 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need help replacing interior lights in camper

incandescent bulb on amazon http://amzn.to/1iHH4Oq.
Road Phantom 05/31/14 10:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Prices...Prices

I just picked up a 2015 Funfinder 28 ft TT for 23,000. List price was 34,000. They even gave me 750 more for my trade than two other dealers I tried before that.
Road Phantom 05/31/14 09:52pm Travel Trailers
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