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RE: Shadow Cruiser after 1 year of ownership

ADK, they sold out to Thor, which is (I think) the parent of Airstream. So Thor certainly can build good trailers -- the question is whether they will devote the same care to Cruiser. Thor purchased Airstream but they did not change the factory or how it builds trailers. Airstreams have their problems too and many owners do complain about them. Read the Airstream forum and you will see that these trailers are not perfect by a long shot. That said, there is a current thread running that discuses the correlation between heavy vs light weight trailers and the "quality" of each. It is very hard to say that light weight trailers do not match up with the quality of the heavier ones and indeed, there are many light weights that are well built. But, there is a correlation in there that supports the main claim that the lighter the trailer the more prone they are to some of the issues listed in this post. My Airstream is a 2006 and the converter/charger was a piece of junk from the get go. I had to replace that and the fan above the stove is loud and will probably go next. My cabinets have not fallen off the walls, all the doors close nicely and the latches on all of the drawers and doors still function as designed. The build quality is there even though the individual appliances and electronic components are average.
aftermath 06/07/15 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Give Advice or Get Told To Mind My Own Business ??

I think the real issue here is trying to help the OP. He feels that parking like the guy is doing is bad for the tires and will be a problem with the trailer down the road. He feels a need to convey this to the neighbor. Here is my take. If your motivation to approach a new neighbor is to criticize him or her then you are on some shaky ground. Like others have shared, get to know the guy first and when the appropriate time comes you can talk about his parking job. I live in an older neighborhood where we have folks that like to stay to themselves while others are quite outgoing. All of them are friendly, you just have to know how to make contact without making enemies. Good luck. This sounds like a learning experience.....for.....you.
aftermath 06/07/15 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: House TP in TT?

Look for "septic tank safe" on the side and you shouldn't have anything to worry about. This is not RV toilet paper, it is the regular stuff. I think they just did that water in a jar test for you. The clear elbow in your black hose sort of gives me the willies. There are some things in this life I would rather be left in the dark.....and this is one. "Strangely satisfying" you say? Wow, I agree with the strange part of that.
aftermath 06/05/15 05:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need sway control?

Boy, getting deep here. Got pant legs rolled up. To the OP, thanks for your post. I is an important message for everyone. At least for those not in the know and are experts in the field.
aftermath 06/04/15 05:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicles

I towed a 21' Starcraft Hybrid with my 4Runner but it had the V8 in it. Pulled very nicely and we never had an issue. It was the best vehicle I have ever owned but traded it off for a Tundra because we knew we were going to get a bigger trailer. I also did not like carrying the generator inside with us. Taking wood for fires was also an issue. They stopped putting the V8 in the 4Runners saying that the new V6 was more powerful and efficient. Not sure how one of those would work.
aftermath 05/31/15 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaving hot water tank turned on

In my old tent trailer I had to light the pilot light on the HW heater. Once heated the pilot light seemed to keep it up to temp without the burner coming on. I didn't worry about it. In my current trailer I don't have the electrical option and the heater is electronic. We turn it off every night because I don't like the noise it makes when it comes on in the early morning hours. The tank sits right next to our bed. Even when it is cold out, it doesn't take all that long before you have hot water. You don't have to wait for it to go off before you can shower or wash dishes. I try to conserve propane and usually turn it off.
aftermath 05/28/15 08:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Frig Questions

I would like to restate an obvious truth that some people have missed. In today's trailers you CANNOT "run it" on the battery. Sorry folks but it just doesn't work. And, as far as those who don't want to use up their propane I think they are missing a big point. The fridge uses what is equivalent to a pilot light when in propane mode. If you want to save propane, don't use your furnace or hot water heater. These really eat up the propane, not so much with the fridge. You are going to love your new trailer. Set the thing to automatic and don't worry. If you are plugged in it will change over. Once you unplug it will turn back to propane. I hit a button and the furnace comes on, I hit another button and the hot water comes on, the fridge runs all by itself. It is magic I tell you.
aftermath 05/26/15 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Squeaking when turning

Tom, you said, "I have the sway bars with the chains." It might be helpful to tell us what kind of a hitch you are using. Someone said not to grease a friction sway bar and I agree. If you have a WD hitch with built in sway control then that might be a different thing. Since you have chains I can't help you. I have an Equalizer brand and we do grease the bars as per company suggestion. Mine is pretty quiet but wasn't always that way. Like many have said, noise is normal, no noise at all is worrisome. Mine pops and clicks a bit but it isn't disturbingly loud.
aftermath 05/26/15 11:47am Travel Trailers
RE: If a tire blows.....

With a double axle trailer you most likely will not experience catastrophic sway or an out of control situation. But..and as Homer Simpson would say... "and it is a big but", a blowout at speed can and often does result in lots of damage to your trailer. Tires are a key part when it comes to safety and are often overlooked. Tires that are cracked should be replaced. Good idea to have a professional look at them but my guess is that they will want to sell you some replacements. Get second and third opinions and you will probably hear the same story. This is a great example of "better to be safe than sorry".
aftermath 05/26/15 11:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Serious about buying a travel trailer with Questions

Scott, you have already gotten some good advice but this will be a very personal decision. Find a trailer that you like and don't let others tell you you have to have this or you have to have that. 1. As far as a truck goes, I would stick with what you have unless you have made up your mind on a very large trailer. Towing capacity usually means little, it is the payload capacity that you need to concentrate on. Again, if you plan to get a big trailer you will need to rethink your tow vehicle. 2. Use the GVWR to estimate the weight. Tongue weight will effect your payload and this can be difficult to estimate. 3. It is not the antenna, it is the actual television. If you purchase an old trailer the tv might not be digital. You need a digital these days to get digital stations which carry hd programming. 4. If this is a big issue, for around $20 you can get an inline filter that attaches to the hose before the trailer. 5. The only people who "need" a 50 amp are those with large trailers with two ac units. Most trailers are internally fused at 30 amps. You can hook up to a 50 amp service without any problems but if you start drawing lots of current your main fuse will blow above 30 amps. Running the ac, heating something in the microwave and running a hair dryer all at the same time will overload most trailers regardless if you are hooked to 30 or 50. 6. If you have never had a trailer and you really aren't sure about what you want it might be best if you buy used. Keep it for awhile until you decide what you really want and then sell it, and go look for your dream,either new or used. If you buy something used make sure you look over it closely and get someone in the know to go with you. Lots of units out there with leaky roofs and other internal problems.
aftermath 04/12/15 09:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Costco Auto Program

Ron, I agree with your take on this. What most folks don't realize is that we, the taxpayers, are subsidizing the owners of Walmart who make profits measured in the billions. They refuse to pay a living wage so to "help" their workers they advise them how to fill out the proper forms to get food stamps. The taxpayer steps up and helps cover the cost of providing food for their families when Walmart refuses to pay a decent wage. I won't go into the cost to the system because they do not offer up affordable health coverage. But, if you believe that you need to carry a gun everywhere you go, you should not do business with Costco. I understand your position.
aftermath 04/01/15 08:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Costco Auto Program

I only throw this out there because I'm aware that many people don't know. There are certain businesses out there who make a habit of funding agendas which are inconsistant with Constitutional rights. Costco is, and has been one, for many years. I personally will not spend one thin dime there. Opinions vary. Each to his own. Wow, so they won't let you bring in guns and you are going to boycott? I bet you love it at Walmart.
aftermath 03/31/15 11:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with Toyota Tundra - any input or suggestions?

I tow my 7500 GVW trailer with my 08 Tundra with the 5.7. It pulls just fine and I have never felt a lack of power even in the steepest of mountain passes. This is a brute when it comes to actual pulling. But....as some have mentioned it is a half ton and payload will be your limiting factor. Check the tongue weight, load your wife and boys and a few things in the bed and you should be good to go. Mine pulls nicely but I did get some LRD truck tires and that did seem to make a difference from the original tires. Also make sure you have a good weight distributing hitch with built in sway. I use and Equalizer brand and haven't had any trouble.
aftermath 03/22/15 04:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winter Battery Maintenance

No need to remove the batteries from the TT. Simply keep them charged over the winter. After all, batteries in cars are outside year 'round. Yeah, provided you can park your trailer at home. Mine is 15 miles away in a storage yard. I bring them in, put them under the workbench in the basement and charge them a few times over the winter. Works for me but I would rather just plug the trailer in and watch them as others do.
aftermath 02/08/15 09:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-i-zer hitch choices

Using a much heavier Equalizer hitch than is required can do some damage to some trailers. Airstreams are a good example. When the hitch is too rigid the shock can be transmitted back to the trailer and since an Airstream uses its shell as part of the structure of the trailer, it can actually crack some aluminum panels. My trailer has a GVWR of 7200 so the 6K bars were out. With the 10K bars I am in the right area. I wouldn't want to step this up to the next level. The advice to call the company is the best you will get. They know what they are talking about and will steer you in the right direction.
aftermath 01/27/15 09:49pm Towing
RE: Newbie fed up with so much misinformation on set up of a TT

I put blocks under both tires. I don't know what is "correct" but I think it is silly to torque the axles. Just back on blocks on the low side and get it "close" After the side to side is level simply level it front to back with the tongue jack. You are done! Put the stabilizing jacks down to help stiffen things up. No, it won't be perfect. Your trailer comes with stabilizers at each corner. Some add additional ones but that sounds like a lot of work to me. The heavier the trailer the more stable is seems. Your questions 5 and 6 show that you are over thinking this. Once it is level you might have one side sitting on the springs more than the other. But once you snug up your stabilizers the springs are more or less removed from the discussion. Hey, it is a trailer, not an aircraft carrier. It will have some movement even under the best of circumstances.
aftermath 01/26/15 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do all TTs sway?

Fact is. A properly balanced TT with a properly adjusted WDH will NOT sway. Sway being defined as the trailer beginning to move back and forth on it's own while running straight down the road. That should NEVER happen at any speed. If is does you have other problems. It should not sway even IF you have NO sway control. IF it does. Again, you have other problems. Find out what the problem is and fix it. Be it low tires, poor balance, or incorrect hitch. AFTER you fix the sway problem. Get it to run with no sway at any speed. Then and ONLY then add sway control. Sway control is for those time when sway is induced by dodging a child, deer, or other vehicle. I use sway control just for those time. I have O sway with my TT. So to answer your question. You should have O sway. Will you feel the TT from time to time? Like in a strong wind, or when another vehicle passes Of course, but it should never pull you around. Never cause you alarm. I think this is well said. My trailer is pretty stable but I still use an Equalizer for those times when passing trucks, high winds and kids jump out in front of me. Dodging kids and other animals could cause some trouble. If you have lots of money you can get a hitch that "prevents" sway. I have tires that prevent blowouts. I am looking for a good bumper that will prevent accidents.
aftermath 01/26/15 05:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Tires

I will second what ScottG just said. I don't know if they are "the best" but I do feel confident in saying that they are a very good trailer tire. People buy tires every day and many of them simply put them on their trailers and drive off without much in the way of checking the tires. They overload them, they drive too fast and seldom check the pressures. Yes, they blow out before their time but this happens to all brands, some more than others. My advice is simple. Buy a good brand tire from a reputable dealer. Buy one that gives you a nice safety cushion in weight limits. Keep them aired up and watch them closely. I also believe in sticking with ST tires as they are designed for trailers and have stronger side walls. Just my two cents here. Oh, and keep the speeds down. I have been passed on freeways by people pulling large trailers at 70+ mph. These are the same folks that want bigger wheels and heavy duty LT tires so they can drive fast and not worry about their tires. Hmmmm, I suppose that does make some sense. At 70+ I would worry about a lot of other things than the tires.
aftermath 01/26/15 09:32am Travel Trailers
RE: ? much help will 3/4 ton make for ride quality comp to 1/2?

According to you, you don't have any trailer sway and that is a good thing, a great thing actually. Will you feel the push pull when being passed? I say you will. You can spend a few thousand bucks for a new hitch and it might be a bit less but you will probably still feel something. I have a Tundra and when I was towing with the original P metrics I did notice some loosey goosey behavior on turns. I replaced the tires with some sturdy LT LRD, pumped them up to close to 80 and haven't had any issues since. I have towed 10s of thousands of miles with my current setup and will "feel" the big trucks passing, especially if it is also windy outside. No sway at all, just the push pull that you described. You might still need to move up to a 3/4 ton truck because of axle ratings and/or carrying capacity. Your numbers should dictate.
aftermath 01/25/15 10:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: LT or P Tires ?

Don't change just to be changing...My Tundra came with BF Goodrich tires I think and they were OK. Rode nice, quiet and smooth. They also wore out quickly and I did notice some squirly behavior once as I was coming down a long incline. I went with Yokohama LTs that are a nice mix of highway and traction tread. They are a tiny bit louder but not much, and they are a bit stiffer which I do notice when driving around unloaded. But the stiffness is why I got them and towing has been more stable. If I had a smaller and lighter trailer I probably would have stayed with a P tire although not the same brand that came on the truck new.
aftermath 01/25/15 10:16pm Travel Trailers
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