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RE: Maiden voyage was a success

As I look back at our maiden voyage,actually the first three or four trips, I would suggest that you concentrate on the driving and backing in portion. Our first trip went much like yours without the flat tire. We got very good at setting up, breaking down and hooking up. I became a little complacent with the driving part and sure enough, I got into trouble pulling into a tight gas station in heavy local traffic. My focus then became driving and all that entails. Have yet to have a second "issue" in this regard. Best wishes to you as you get out more. We love the lifestyle.
aftermath 10/20/14 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: question regarding winterizing TT-Oil-less compressor?

Why are you worried about winterizing your tank flush system? Doesn't this valve drain once the water source is removed? This has been discussed on the Airstream forum and the agreement is that the flush system does not need to be winterized. I have never done mine and have not had a problem. It is suggested that the pressure should not be more than 60 psi. There are two arguments here. If it is more than 60 you can damage fittings in the trailer. On the other hand, if you have a built in pressure reducer you should be good to go. The pressure reducer works regardless of it is water pressure or air pressure. I have never heard about any problems using a compressor that uses oil. This has never been discussed regarding "oil taste" in the water lines. Even if this was true, why would it matter when blowing out your black water rinse line? This confuses me.
aftermath 10/20/14 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Collision Repair at Camping World

I would think that the quality of the work done would differ from shop to shop, even if it were done by Camping World. See if you can find anyone who had work done at the shop you are looking at. Charging for an estimate? It looks like they really don't want your business.
aftermath 10/20/14 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Airstream>>

Status and Cost? I do like the friendly tone of this post. Yes, Airstream does sell status as a big part of this but they also back it up with some pretty good quality too. Do they cost 4 times as much as an "equal" white box trailer? I doubt that. When people ask me about my decision I compare it to purchasing a Harley Davidson or buying an Apple desktop. Many years ago I bought my first Apple while friends were picking up cheap PCs that had the same, or even larger capacities. When I asked a salesman about why Apples were priced so high he told me this. If you buy that computer over there we will likely see you within a year. If you buy that one, it will probably be before two years that you will need something fixed. If you buy an Apple, we won't see you again until you want to upgrade.One of my friends has been through three computers while I still had my original. Both of my brothers have Harleys and they are beautiful bikes. Are they worth the extra money? They are to these guys. I bought a new Starcraft and had lots of problems with it the three years I owned it. Cheap drawers than never shut right, an entrance door that wouldn't latch, a problematic slide out, cheap tires, brake issues, plastic sinks and faucets, an exterior lock that broke and so on. My used Airstream has not been a drain on my wallet, at least not since the big outlay at the start. To each his own.
aftermath 10/20/14 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: WDH re-adjust

My response to your post is.....Why? If you have a level trailer and you have been towing it without issues for a couple of years, why would you want to change it up? This looks like someone with a solution looking for a problem. If you did this, then I would say, yes you need to reset the hitch. At least you should check the settings and see what might have changed.
aftermath 10/19/14 11:35am Towing
RE: Airstream>>

I agree with jmtandem. Hail is a reality but shouldn't be the reason not to get an Airstream. I live in an area where damaging hail is a rarity but it still remains my constant fear. I suppose that is why I have insurance against such damage. Look, Airstreams like all other trailers have their advantages and disadvantages. They are smaller on the inside and they do not have as much storage as the big white box. I find that there is plenty of storage on the inside and almost none with exterior access. They are very expensive but, if you look at it as an investment, you will retain more of your initial involvement when it comes time to trade or sell. I bought mine slightly used in 2009 and paid market price. By today's market values my trailer is worth about 90% of what I paid. I doubt that you could say this about the typical trailer that is 9 years old. So, expensive, yes. But only when you consider the initial outlay. If you can swing that then I submit that things are more equal than you might want to admit. Buying new always makes things worse if you want to recoup as much of your investment as you can. OH, and don't forget, a happy wife makes a happy life.
aftermath 10/19/14 09:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Which RV have the best aerodynamics? A, B or C?

I agree, all three will be about the same. I have an Airstream and used to pull a 21 ft hybrid. I now tow a 26 ft that is 2000 pounds heavier. I get the same mileage now as I did before with the white brick. The comments about "putting the air back together" are right on. I have towed this thing over 25K miles and averaged just over 12mpg. A couple of years ago I put a bike rack on the back of the trailer and now am getting just over 11mpg. I lost a mile per gallon because of the disruption to the air flow at the back. I also agree with the poster who said this shouldn't be a big issue for anyone unless that is all they do is tow their trailer down the road. There are lots of other things to consider, like floor plans and such.
aftermath 10/02/14 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: WDH question - needed or not

You probably do not NEED the WD. But, how are you dealing with sway? These big trucks can handle the hitch weight but I would be concerned about trailer sway which can still happen even when it is hitched to a tank. I would suggest that you use the WD, especially if it has integrated sway control.
aftermath 10/01/14 09:28am Towing
RE: Tongue Weight and Handling

Before we get much farther into this discussion, what kind of hitch do you have? While tongue weight is quite important, nothing is more important than having a properly set up weight distributing hitch with sway control. Integrated sway control is the best.
aftermath 09/29/14 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Sway

... Third, you need to evaluate your hitch set-up and if you have the right hitch. What kind of sway control do you have as part of your hitch? A good integrated sway control system will help significantly reduce the amount of push/pull you get from passing cars and trucks. This is a separate issue from the sway that happens by itself when you go faster... Bingo, this is it. The F150 is not a "small" pickup. It might have issues with payload and power on the hills but this shouldn't induce sway. I think you really need to tell us what kind of a hitch you have. Equalizer is a brand and it has built in sway control. A lot of people say they have an equalizing hitch or an equalizer when in fact they have a weight distributing hitch with NO sway control. Tires are also important and pressures are very important. Oh, and one last thing. In my humble opinion, you shouldn't be pulling any trailer over 65 mph, especially if you have ST tires on it.
aftermath 09/29/14 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equalizer hitch

Mile High, read what lanerd posted. I think he really hit many points. The way I look at it, there are 4 types of hitches, 1. the ball, nothing else 2. a weight distributing hitch that you can add a friction sway bar to 3. an integrated hitch with built in wd and sway features. 4. the pro pride and hensley type of hitch that use a completely different style of engineering to accomplish anti sway and wd Personally I would avoid types 1 and 2. I have an Equalizer and am happy with it. You will have to decide if you want a friction type (like the Equalizer, E2 or Reese Trunion) or a mechanical type that uses chains, cams and other things. I like the Equalizer for the end results but also it is easy for me to hook and unhook and I can do it on uneven ground. When I look at the E2 and the Reese Trunion it looks like they are copies of the Equalizer. There is a newer hitch out there. The Anderson gets good reviews from owners and I understand that it is much lighter and easier to use. You might want to look into these too.
aftermath 09/27/14 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: ?

I think they are all good trucks. Ford, GM, Dodge and yes, Toyota. I like my Tundra because it fits into what I want to do with my truck. This might change down the road and if it does I will likely drive something bigger. I owned two Fords a long time ago. The first one was great but the second one ended up being a POS and I smiled when it drove away. I do think that today's trucks are much better and wouldn't hesitate looking at another Ford. Yes, they are popular but when you remove fleet sales they are right in there with their competitors. Again, I think they are all pretty good. What I don't like about the big three is that they continually come out with these "big" sales where they knock off thousands of dollars from the original price. Don't kid yourself, at these "lower" prices they are still making a decent profit on each unit. I can only believe that their trucks are grossly overpriced to begin with. This, to me, is the downside of capitalism. Big companies manipulate prices to gain profit. Never liked the whole game you have to play when purchasing new vehicles. Just think what would happen if one of the big three did away with these "sales events" and simply dropped the cost on all of their units. I think they would rise to the top of the sales numbers quickly.
aftermath 09/25/14 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Equalizer L- brackets Bending

I towed a lighter hybrid and used an Equalizer. Had it about 3 years and never had anything bend on it. Purchased my current trailer used from a guy who had it for 3 years. The L pins were as pictured and the head had some visible grooves worn into it. When I got it home I read through the directions and reset the hitch. The L brackets were not at the suggested location on the frame. I can't remember if they were too close or too far but they were not where they were supposed to be. I readjusted the L bars and cleaned all the surfaces. I also added some light lubrication to the hitch head and the L bars. I know this sounds counter intuitive but the manufacturer has stated that this is acceptable. I still get some popping and creaking but not like before AND the L pins are not bent. Someone earlier mentioned the position of the L brackets and I don't think anyone responded. You might want to look at this first, then add a little grease and see what happens.
aftermath 09/22/14 04:20pm Towing
RE: Need Plumbing Assistance

I just did this to my trailer. You are going to like the Dometic toilet. It was quite an upgrade. I had the same issue you had and solved my problem by getting the 90 elbow similar to the one in your picture. My supply line lined up nicely so all I had to do was to measure and cut the line, slip it into the fitting and hook it up. A rather simple project. I was asking around and someone suggested this... I would cap that blue pex line with a push-on valve fitting similar to above pic. Then use a flexible supply line from valve to fixture. Same as you have at home. Lowes/Home Depot has it all. I suppose this would work if your supply line was far away from the new hook up. It would save you having to buy a bunch of fittings. I also wanted to preserve the shutoff valve but didn't see the need. If I am having trouble I can simply turn off the water pump and fix things.
aftermath 09/22/14 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blowing out water lines mistake ??

Considering the low cost for anti-freeze (about $3.47 per gal. at Walmart). I can not understand why anyone would just blow out the lines and pray they got it all out. Just a little amount of water left in the system could result in some big expenses for repairs and parts. Not worth the gamble to me. I blow out the system, drain every tank plus the water heater (leaving the plug out) with the by-pass set, then I pump the system full of antifreeze, add some to the traps and some into all the tanks. When spring arrives I flush out the system, run a bleach water solution through the pipes, rinse again to clear our the bleach smell and taste. No leaks, no blown out pipes, no cracked tanks....no big repair problems.....Happy, Happy, Happy!!! I used to own a Starcraft hybrid and it was a breeze to winterize. Under the decent sized bathroom cabinet the water pump came with the auxilary hose attachment to suck the pink stuff through the lines. I "upgraded" to an Airstream and the water pump is located in a very tight compartment that Houdini himself would be challenged to work on. The Airstream dealer told me that they use only air and told me how to go through the system. No problems for me but, as a few have already mentioned, you have to do it right. Hey, you have to do it right if you use the pink stuff too so beware. Things can go wrong. I managed to break two, not just one, kitchen sprayers. One when I was using the pink and the second a few years later when using just air. I doubt I will break a third one. I am a slow learner obviously but I am learning none the less.
aftermath 09/21/14 10:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: airstream frames

An Airstream is a different breed of cat. They build their trailers differently than regular trailers. The standard white box trailer is built on top of the frame whereas the strength of an Airstream comes when the frame is connected to the shell of the trailer. Regular trailers have much stronger frames because they have to support the entire trailer body. The strength of an Airstream comes in the way the frame and the aluminum body is built as one piece, like an airplane. The problem with an Airstream is that the rear bumpers will not support additional weight like other trailers can. It took years before someone came up with a bike rack that can sit on the back of an Airstream. When you look at one you will see that it is connected to the bumper but it is also tied into the shell for support. These are two completely different animals.
aftermath 09/17/14 08:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Airstream Trailers

I bought a used 2006 in 2009 and have put close to 26,000 miles on it. According to the current market I can get nearly what I paid for it. I get the same mileage towing this one as I did pulling my white box hybrid even though the Airstream is 5 feet longer and a ton heavier. It pulls like a dream. It is much better made than the Starcraft I owned. All trailers will leak if you don't take care of them. Most of the rotting floor stories you hear relate to trailers 20 years or older. These are certainly not for everyone. They are small by comparison and have little exterior storage space. Of you want a home on wheels an Airstream is probably not for you. I plan on keeping mine for a few more years and then sell it for close to what I paid. We are happy with ours and never felt a need for a fireplace or a kitchen island.
aftermath 09/05/14 07:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Who makes the best trailer ? - my answer

The American consumer wants the best but is hesitant to pay for it. While "you get what you pay for" might be an over used generalization, there is some truth to it. We really don't want to pay for quality, we simply expect it. Trailers are getting larger and larger with all sorts of goodies in them. We demand that the price stay low and we are complaining about "junk" on the road. The light weight trailer is a prime example of this. Build it big but fix it so you can pull it with a mini van. What do you expect? Not all of these trailers are bad but when you consider what has to be done to reduce weight is shouldn't be a surprise. When I say "pay" for it I don't just mean in a monetary way. Many owners won't spend their time when it comes to regular maintenance and don't want to get an appropriate tow vehicle for the size trailer they want. As someone has already pointed out, it is amazing that we can have such a nice unit after we tow it down a bumpy road a 65mph. All trailers will need to be watched and things have to be addressed when they pop up. Trashing your unit when something loosens up by calling it a piece of junk confuses me. Of course with a poor quality trailer you might be "fixing" stuff more regularly but EVERYONE will fix something now and then. We don't want to pay taxes and yet will complain when the roads we travel on are in poor condition. Then, some will trash our friends up north because they believe in using taxes for the betterment of those who worked for many years to make Canada a better place. That post was a very sad commentary on our attitudes.
aftermath 08/31/14 09:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Long trip with 95 year old lady

So you are worried about traveling with a 95 year old lady? Don't worry, you should be able to keep up with her and if you can't, invite along a friend to spell you. Another adventure in traveling.
aftermath 08/25/14 10:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Full hook-up with a pop-up?

Thanks Wine Maker. I will try to find one of these in the area and see if I can take a look under it. Wine Maker? I am a wine drinker. Perhaps we should meet up sometime and compare our qualities and strengths.
aftermath 08/22/14 09:42pm Folding Trailers
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