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RE: Travato 59K Price?

And remember...it is a Fiat truck...how low can you go... I had to chuckle at this; I am an European that moved to the USA years back and know European campers very well - let me tell you that the Winnebago's are a lot nicer than the European counterparts. Besides that the Fiat Ducato is a proven van.. Seeing the bulk of Class C's are moving to Sprinters, with Pro Masters making a lot of the new entrants, It would seem the Europeans are taking over. Not a fan of Winnebagos, well their travel trailers have not been successful here. So you sound like your in the minority
RobertRyan 05/03/16 05:42am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Travato 59K Price?

I live in Europe and would never have anything else than US iron. Much more reliable, comfortable and easy to repair. Fiat Ducato makes good delivery vans..but US Ford and Chevy play in another league. So sad to see nothing but imports roaming US roads. Buy American if you want quality and style. My 2 cents rant... Strange there not impressed by " American Iron" in Australia, or it appears in Europe. Yes Ford and Chevy, they do play in another league, the minor league. Seeing you are from "Europe":R
RobertRyan 05/03/16 05:32am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

ShinerBock in what world can you compare a 3.0 liter V6 diesel to a 5.7 liter Hemi V8!?! Come on dude that is freaking ludicrous, my buddy Troy won't even make that comparison! :W Then you continue the ludicrously by comparing a 2.5 liter I4 to a 2.8 liter V6! If you want apples to apples it is not going to happen. Two different power trains for to different jobs. Can you cross over yes but there will be a cost to do so. Don Don, comparing Apples to Apples makes sense. Each type of engine has it's strengths and weaknesses
RobertRyan 05/03/16 12:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: NFL Draft 1st. Round!

What I found interesting is that The Ohio State Univ. had 5 players selected in the first (20) players of the 1st. round. Alabama had 1 player selected in the 1st. round as did Mich. State. The mighty Univ. of Michigan "Wolverines" had no players selected in the 1st. round. By the time the NFL Draft is over, (14) players from Ohio State are expected to be selected. Coach Urban Meyer is doing a great job coaching the 'Buckeyes!" Bags. Adam Gotsis an ex Australian Rules player became a Defensive Linesman he , was picked in the second draft for the Denver Bronco's. He ended up playing American Football by accident, going from Australian Rules, then Rugby League, than AF. No he really does not have " any form " in either Rugby League or Australian Rules.
RobertRyan 04/30/16 08:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: How long do they last?

Hi all! My first post here. Wife and I are new empty-nesters. We've tent camped all our married life and now we're looking for a travel trailer. We're not going to be full-time RVrs. We like primitive camping, which means I'll likely drag our trailer down a lot of dirt roads. I grew up in a family that pulled a 16ft TT (slept 6) with a 60's Toyota Landcruiser 4wd that had a boat on top - typical Montana rig (or Aussie outback). The trailer I'm looking at is the Keystone Passport 234QBWE - a 25 foot, kind of entry-level "Ultra-Lite". It's not perfect by any stretch, but it seems pretty good for the $18-19K. I'm pretty handy, so I don't see any issue maintaining a trailer to a point, but I'm not going to lift the body off the carriage to replace a floor, nor am I too keen on dismantling and re-welding aluminum walls. I'm wondering how long these entry-level Keystone trailers last. Are they "Breaking Bad"-category after 5 years of dirt roads? Are they worth the gasoline to burn them after 10 years? Not uncommon here to see 50yr old models running around, yes they have been down dirt roads A 1970 Millard single axle Pop Top Caravan in original condition. These were cheap to purchase, no doubt in the process of being restored for Vintage use. http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsnlzonmav.jpeg
RobertRyan 04/29/16 03:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Airstream Fiberglass TT

Finally a TT (of any size) that actually has some design elements that make sense and don't look like they came from the Elvis Presley Jungle- Room-School of interior design. I applaud the European look and design of this nifty little trailer. And I see many many trailers of this size out here on the road. They are very popular. I hope the rest of the RV industry will wake up soon and drag themselves out of the '70's and '80's interior and EXTERIOR design time- warp they have been in for 40 years. Airstream is a classic by any measurement and they know a good thing when they see it. Australia has a lot of these types of Hybrid Caravans/Camper Trailers. Heavier than the Airstream/ Nest Caravan, but all composite nonetheless A Karakampa http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpskcpwigtb.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps7d5a8f2u.jpeg A Sportcruiser http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsjovp9dxb.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zps5adumbli.jpeg
RobertRyan 04/29/16 02:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is a "Hard Side" pyramid style trailer considered a PUP?

Jayco/Starcraft is also building these (in a Starcraft plant). I've looked at the Jaycos at the factory showroom in Middlebury a couple of times when passing through, and seen the Starcraft models at RV shows. I've been a bit disappointed about some of the finish details, not up to the quality I've expected to see in Jayco RVs over the past 10 years. I've not seen this quality slippage in any of their motorized RVs, so it may be a plant issue; still, I would expect better attention to detail. Gerry Ryan of Jayco Australia, bought some US Popups to see if some cash strapped younger people might like them. Well he basically could not give them away, so that little venture quickly faded away. Very similar to the Winnebago Travel Trailers, that Talvor now renamed " Winnebago Australia " tried to sell. They still had some left from the original shipment, they could not move. I would say the Jayco and Winnebago experiments have gone nowhere.
RobertRyan 04/28/16 02:10am Folding Trailers
RE: 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax MPG Test

Cant believe this hasn't been posted yet. Got the highest overall score of any truck they have tested. Good observation.... I'm not sure you can compare the Canyons rating to a full size truck. They tend to run a 7,000lb payload on the TFL Ike Gauntlet tests.They will be doing the IKe Gauntlet with the maximum payload as specified by the various manufacturers, that should be interesting Yes indeed... BTW I like that bumper on that brown truck. That is a Mazda BT 50, has a highest payload of the current crop of Diesel Utes at 2,500lb for the DualCab The other is the IVECO Daily 65c. Latest model is the 70c with a 23,000lb GCVWR and are Mini Artics in Europe. Think of a Sprinter with 5th wheel turntable http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpsgqdacs5l.jpeg http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image_zpstyw6g46z.jpeg
RobertRyan 04/22/16 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 GMC Canyon Duramax MPG Test

Cant believe this hasn't been posted yet. Got the highest overall score of any truck they have tested. Good observation.... I'm not sure you can compare the Canyons rating to a full size truck. They tend to run a 7,000lb payload on the TFL Ike Gauntlet tests.They will be doing the IKe Gauntlet with the maximum payload as specified by the various manufacturers, that should be interesting
RobertRyan 04/22/16 08:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I'm selling it and I can't believe the prices

Demand for used pop-ups has been high for a couple of years. I've been looking for one, note that dealers here are selling them again almost as soon as they get one in. The dealers I've been working with have not been ordering many new ones for stock because the prices have gotten so high that their traditional pop-up buyers get discouraged by how close they now are to the price of a small lightweight TT. Demand for Pop Ups here is constant, considering the alternate RV offerings locally
RobertRyan 04/22/16 03:54pm Folding Trailers