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RE: Propane Refill

Mr. Mooky, Wow, that is a deal. Living on the west coast I have always paid by the gallon. I have two larger cylinders on my trailer and when near empty I pay close to $30 for a fill. Propane has been hanging just around $2.90 per gal lately. Reading this forum I learned that there are places where they sell by the pound. Weight the empty, fill it, weigh it again and charge accordingly. This really confused me. Glad that I could get even and confuse someone else. ;)
aftermath 08/17/17 02:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: What is wrong with the new TT

And you are blaming the government for this? Yeah everything is their fault. There have been some good responses if you would read them. The market is driven by demand. There has been a huge increase in "lite" trailers. Weight is being reduced to help mileage for one thing. Reducing weight means you can't put those big tanks in. They have to be supported and that will require heavier framing. I have heard of newer trailers losing a water tank as it drove down the road. Aside from all these "lite" trailers, folks are not camping like they used to. The oven issue is a good example of this. More people don't want an oven, they want a microwave. Well, get a microwave and you will be looking into full hookups, not to mention those air conditioners and the ever important television. More folks wanting more stuff will mean more people will hook up to a water supply. Not as much a need for a larger tank. If the government now "requires" using full tank values to calculate dry weight figures I would agree and even say they should have done this years ago. How many threads do we read where someone buys a trailer and finds out his TV simply won't get it done? Dry weights need to be more realistic along with tongue weight values. Yeah, that government, it is out to get us all!
aftermath 08/16/17 03:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Propane Refill

I would never do the exchange thing. It is an expensive route but it is convenient at times. I always find the discussions about getting ripped off interesting. Some folks are quick to point these kinds of things out. I choose not to get all worked up about this because, if you pay by the gallon you will always pay for what you get, no more or no less. When you trade in you might have1 or 2 gallons left. You trade in for a full 5 gallon tank only to find out that it only has 4.5 gallons. So, you paid full price and only got maybe 3 gallons. Avoid trade ins and you won't have to worry.
aftermath 08/16/17 03:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with water pump

I think this is it. An air pocket in your system be it in the HW tank or an accumulator will cause the water pump to run just a bit longer to replace pressure after a faucet is opened. You can't compress water but you can compress air. This will not take a long time but it does take some time. Remove all the air out of the system and the pump returns pressure in a blink of the eye.
aftermath 08/16/17 02:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone have experience with High Wall popups?

We went from a standard popup to a Hybrid and skipped the high wall. The weight and cost of high walls led us to get a hybrid instead. Cost to do was marginal and the high walls weight required a larger vehicle than a standard popup. So a hybrid made much more sense. More room and faster setup and tear down. Our Starcraft 21SSO weighed 3800# dry and just under 5,000# fully loaded with gear, luggage and water tank filled. I also went from a pop up, although not high walled, to a 21SSO. I question your statement about weight. Even if a tricked out high walled PU weighed a little more than the hybrid I would think that pulling the PU would be a lot easier. You will not have a big white box behind you. When it comes to towing, wind resistance is a much larger factor than weight alone.
aftermath 08/13/17 09:59am Folding Trailers
RE: 30-32' TT - Are they too long, difficult to park, etc?

I find these discussions quite interesting. It is a fact that the longer the trailer, the more difficulty you will have finding a place to camp. Of course as the discussion continues you will start to get all sorts of responses. Yes, you can "always" find a spot if you are willing to go private places like a KOA or reserve well in advance at parks that have sites available. It is also true that state and national campgrounds are slowly changing to accommodate larger RVs. With money drying up for our park systems, this change will be slow. I went from a pop up to a 21ft trailer and now a 25. Each change brought a challenge. We camped at Mt. Rainier and took a spot that would accept our 21ft trailer. It was all I could do to get it in and then I had to park the TV away from our site. All that said, yes, I do think it is getting better out there. A trailer the one you are looking at should not make it impossible but you will have to plan a little on long trips.
aftermath 08/13/17 09:47am Travel Trailers
RE: What can I tow with a Tundra DC?

Dan, I tow with an '08 Tundra with the 5.7. There is a world of difference between the 4.7 and the 5.7. My Airstream goes down the road between 6000 and 6500 pounds. I have weighed it more than once while on trips. I agree with what has been said. Keep it at or under 7000 and the 5.7 will do well. I am so confident in my truck that I just signed papers today on a new 2017. Great truck. Remember though it is a half ton but a very good one at that.
aftermath 07/11/17 11:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: adding an outdoor shower

I'd like to add an outdoor shower to my TT, it did not come with one. Anyone who has done it, is it terribly difficult, what were some hiccups on the install? I think it'd be pretty close to my water pump and hot water heater. Is it pretty much just cut the right size hole, add some tees to the existing water line and that's about it? Yes, that is about it. I did this to a tent trailer I had years ago. I noticed that the same brand of trailer offered outside showers located right next to the HW tank. That is where I put mine in. Cutting the opening in the side was a bit tense but I had faith that these Starcraft trailers had them in that location so I would be fine. I was. Good advice to not put it by the door. Also do keep in mind what you will have to do when it comes to winterizing.
aftermath 07/10/17 10:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie plumbing questions

Your heater does not have an anode rod. Mine doesn't but I can't remember the brand. The picture is the same as mine, no anode. As far as the bypass goes, the water enters the HW tank at the bottom and exits at the top. Follow this route and look at the valves. In your picture the bottom valve is "open" which allows the water to enter the HW tank. You don't show the valve at the top. If you were to change the bottom valve it would not flow into the tank but go up the bypass pipe. IF the top valve is parallel to the pipe coming out of the tank, the water will not go anywhere. So, if they are both horizontal, the water will enter the tank and exit at the top. If they are both vertical it will bypass the tank. I think this is your situation. As far as the leaking fresh water fill, that is what is sounds like. Where the fill connects to the fresh water tank the water is leaking, especially when you fill the tank and it backs up. If you can gain access to the fill door from inside you should be able to see the problem.
aftermath 07/10/17 10:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hauling water

So, after all this typical diatribe the answer to the OP question is, Some folks always carry a full tank of water. Some folks never carry water or only enough for use in transit. Some folk only carry what they think they will need for the trip. The choice is up to the OP. So why is this discussion a diatribe? ... I don't see anything offered that's "bitter" or "abusive". :h Obviously each one of us makes our own choice, based on our own preferences, but newbies especially likely appreciate the commentary offered in this discussion. I agree. Some, probably most, will carry lots of water as we travel. Before the OP makes this decision it was important to inform him/her that on "some" trailers, carrying a full tank down the road can and has caused some serious problems. So, yes it is up to the OP but he/she needs to know the ramifications of the decision. I thought this thread did a good job of showing this.
aftermath 07/01/17 05:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: My opinion on slideouts

After reading year after year of all the problems with slideouts, I have come to the conclusion that they are one big gamble! Any one else think the same ? Jack L So, after 5 pages of posts, have you come to a conclusion about slides? What shows up in these 5 pages is not unlike discussions about tires, hitches and tow vehicles. People who have them feel a need to defend them. Those who don't have them want to be critical. Even those of us who have had both types are split on the issue of being "one big gamble". It all comes down to this, and always will, it is a personal decision and only you can make it. What do you feel comfortable doing in the way of repair and maintenance? One poster mentioned a time when the slide did not retract. He traced it to a loose wire on the fuse block and was an easy fix for him. Well, I know people whose mechanical abilities end at the button on the wall. If it doesn't work then panic sets in. Those folks might be better served with a basic trailer, no toots, no whistles. The rest of us are somewhere up the scale and can handle small issues. So, are they gambles? I say yes, but for many not really that big a deal. And, many have reminded us that everything is a gamble in a trailer. Get what you want, and get what you will feel comfortable with. Plain and simple. Best wishes.
aftermath 06/20/17 09:27am Travel Trailers
RE: My opinion on slideouts

Thanks to bobndot for the summary. I agree with what was posted. Yes, they are a gamble but as others have stated, so are other things. The more complicated your coach is, the more potential for trouble you will have. Automatic awnings and stabilizers are good examples. Get a slide out? It all depends on what your style of "camping" is, how many people are involved and a ton of other issues. I have seen slideouts that provide more space and options to view those large screen televisions. Some even have faux fireplaces! If this is your style of camping then you need a slide out. I had a 21ft. hybrid with a slideout. It was a very small slide in depth but yes, it really did open up the camper. I was amazed. These things really do give you way more space than you can imagine. The issue comes down to need versus want and how much are you willing to expend when problems arise? We had trouble with water infiltration on ours as well as a faulty electrical switch. I know that my water heater will fail at some time as will my furnace and refrigerator. I would venture that my slide out will fail before either of the others. And it did, by the way.
aftermath 06/19/17 09:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Benefit of 50 amp over 30 amp

Only real advantage I know of is to run two AC units. One disadvantage is that the cord is larger and heavier and a bit more of a pain to deal with. Regardless of the amperage it is important to monitor the volatage at the park you are staying in. We were in an older park when the temperature was rising. The park was full of large trailers and a few large motorhomes. As the day wore on our AC became less and less effective. I had it checked and the voltage had dropped into a level that became problematic for the AC. Learned a big lesson that day. Now I have a plug in voltage meter and can watch conditions that do change even at newer facilities.
aftermath 06/19/17 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Tires on New Trailer

Tire Max Load Rating is same as or more then trailers axles....... Remember----- Trailer tongue weight is part of trailers GVWR BUT is not carried/supported by trailers axles/tires. Tongue weight goes on tow vehicle SO YES tires are marginal but they cover the axle weight. Axles are probably rated at 3500# each for 7000# also. Thanks for all of your responses. I had forgotten about the tongue weight. I will not intervene regarding his tires. I did tell him about the importance of keeping them pumped up and how heat will also be an issue. Of course driving fast creates more heat, so there you have it. Thanks again.
aftermath 06/16/17 04:03pm Travel Trailers
Tires on New Trailer

A friend of ours just purchased a new Trail Runner 24RK trailer. It has a listed GVW of 7600 pounds. It also came with some off brand tire that is a load range C tire. I believe the max weight as per sidewall information is 1720 or maybe 1740 when inflated to the full 50 PSI. So, even at 1750 per tire it would only cover 7000 pounds. My question is this, is it common practice in the trailer industry to install tires that are underrated for the stated weight rating of the trailer? I would think that such a company could be held liable in the event of an accident caused by the weak tires.
aftermath 06/15/17 10:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Power converter question

Perhaps this might help. I think you can get manuals for your trailer as well as individual systems. Dutchmen support
aftermath 06/12/17 11:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Would you tow ?

I pulled a 21ft hybrid that was just about 4000 lbs on the road with a short wheel based 4Runner. I had an Equalizer hitch and it really helped with the stability. I had very little payload left over when the family got in so we packed lightly. Drove in some large winds and never experienced any dangerous sway. Wheelbase is an issue but not nearly as big as power and payload. The set up was fine but I did have a bit larger engine. I would think that you could do this but the smaller engine would be a challenge in headwinds and hills. Since you should get a WD hitch even after you get your pickup truck, why not get the hitch now and use in on your Jeep? If you do feel uncomfortable then get the truck. If you feel OK then you can wait a bit like you had planned. Is it perfect? NO Is it the best way to go? NO But, can you do it? I say yes but just remember your limitations.
aftermath 06/12/17 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brand new Kodiak trailer - can't use toilet

At times like these it is hard not to go ballistic. I would request a new trailer or full money back. I would also try to find a lawyer friend to write a letter. This is totally unacceptable and having a black tank that you can not drain completely is not a solution. Good luck. Might be time for the squeaky wheel to get louder.
aftermath 06/08/17 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hitch Advice

Since you had an Equalizer before I would suggest you get the larger version. With the 1200 bars you should be fine. Your 900 or so pounds of HW is probably under stated. I really like mine and it remains easy to hook and unhook. I have also tweaked mine a few times to get it where I like it. Adding or removing washers is easy. Adjusting the L brackets is not difficult either and the directions from the company make sense and are easy to follow. I also like not having to snap those chains into place. I also believe that you have plenty of truck to tow this trailer as large as it is.
aftermath 06/07/17 08:19am Towing
RE: My first travel trailer

I am of the school that says all trailers should have some sort of anti sway control. Since I have always towed with a half ton the WD is a no brainer for me. Since I had to get a WD hitch I chose to get one with built in sway control. I just didn't want to mess with those add on friction bars. I have a brother that uses one and has told me that he connects it when he thinks he will need it. What? Who can forecast the need? Some folks use two of these bars, some use one, some tighten them up real tight while others "just a little". Then some also require you to remove them before you back up. Get a WD hitch with built in sway control and you will be good to go. There are some good options out there. I like my Equalizer. I used it on both of my trailers. I towed a smaller and lighter hybrid and had to deal with big winds and passing semis. Glad I had it. My current trailer tows much easier. I am not even sure that I "need" it now but I won't give it up.
aftermath 06/06/17 08:45am Travel Trailers
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