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RE: Newbie -- Considering Hybrid Purchase

Listen to what Dutchman said. It was a very honest summary. I went from tent, to popup, to hybrid and now finally a TT. We started in the tent with two young children but the rain and confining space took us to our popup. We camped in this for 17 years and loved the extra space and the ability to ride out the storms. Once the girls left we wanted a fridge and a bathroom so we got a 21ft Starcraft hybrid. Man, there was a lot of space inside. We were in our late 50s by now and were looking into traveling after retirement. We tried the travel thing with the hybrid and it was not easy. So, we moved up (?) again to a trailer. I said all of this just to let you know that you should focus on how you camp, when you camp, where you camp and what your camping plans are going to be. I loved our hybrid but here are some things I found to be true. You HAVE to dry it out. Ours had vinyl/rubber tops on the bed ends but the sides were not. Putting it away wet will cause big issues. I live on the dry eastern side of Washington so it was not hard to manage this because we almost always camped during the summer months. Pulling into camp and setting up a hybrid is not difficult but it does take some time. We made a 5 day trip and had to set up and tear down every day. It got a little old. Also, while on the road, accessing the trailer was not easy. Now we can just park and have full use of the trailer and it doesn't matter if it is raining. This was never an issue for us when we were young. It is now.
aftermath 11/09/16 08:51am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: popup camper VS TT

Hi Folks .... They are both vacuum bounded, Please straighten me out.... MWang, I need help with this. Being from the states I have no idea what this means. I also agree with the apples and oranges post. If you have used a class C motorhome you might be more aligned with the TT that the PU. I had a PU for 17 years as our two daughters grew up. We loved it and never worried about bathrooms, storage or anything like that. We camped out and enjoyed the openess of a pop up. As we aged and the kids went off to college our plans and habits changed. We were going to do more traveling with the trailer and not as much camping. The up and down set up became problematic as did the need for a bathroom, shower and a permanent bed. So, a TT and a PU will fit people differently. Decide what your style and choose accordingly.
aftermath 11/03/16 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight distribution bars

Thanks 24V, I stand corrected. Today they suggest that you use their bracket jackets on the L brackets. I was dealing with this issue before they became available and at that time I was told that a light covering of grease on the L brackets would do the job. I will look into getting some of the new bracket jackets. Although after about 10 years towing in all sorts of conditions I have yet to have an issue with sway.
aftermath 10/31/16 07:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight distribution bars

If it is an Equalizer WD hitch, do NOT grease the bars where they sit on the L brackets. That is meant to be a friction point to stop the sway. If you lubricate, you will nullify the anti sway feature. I cannot speak for other brands that use the chains as I do not know the technical part of how those work. This is an incorrect statement. I have used an Equalizer for many years now and I lube both the socket heads and the L bracket face. I do this because that is what the manufacturer suggests. They do say to lube it lightly and they even have designed a plastic sleeve to fit over the L bracket. I know that it is counter intuitive and that is why I checked with the Equalizer people. A little lubrication is not going to cause a problem.
aftermath 10/31/16 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Tandem or single axle

Regardless of what you are using as a tow vehicle a single axle trailer will bounce when you are towing it. I've had single and tandems, and the single will scatter contents around inside. A tandem axle will be much smoother on the contents. JMHO. Al I don't agree with this. I suppose a single axle trailer is lighter but that doesn't mean they all bounce. The ONLY reason a manufacturer goes to a double axle is the weight of the trailer. Bigger heavier trailers need two axles. Some of these large trailers also bounce if not properly designed and set up for towing.
aftermath 09/30/16 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Cost of Line X or Rhino

I've had the bedliner in my last 2 trucks. Really a great thing if you have a topper. I would think it would be a great thing if you DIDN'T have a topper. With a topper your bed is sheltered from the sun and rain/snow. I have had Line-X in two pickups and my last one is now 8 years old and in great shape even after lots of use. I really like the spray in liners. I had a truck down on the Oregon coast at the bed had lots of rust because of all the deep scratches. I am sold on liners. I also put in a rubber bed mat to help keep things from sliding and to make kneeling down a lot easier.
aftermath 09/05/16 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: TT vs Hybrid purchase

Why has no one mentioned....bears? Because it is really not an issue. We camped in our hybrid through the North Cascades, Banff, Glacier park and even Yellowstone. There is one campground in Yellowstone (Fishing Bridge) that does not allow canvas. In most all of these spots it is easy to find tent campers sharing the same campgrounds.
aftermath 08/25/16 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Level Hitches

KrowNB, glad to offer up my "solution". I got all of this directly from the Equalizer website and from experienced owners. There are two areas that create the noise. The first one is the two sockets in the head that accept the WD bars. Grease the top and bottom surfaces of these sockets. When you insert the bar you can see how they move side to side and you will also see the surfaces I am talking about. The friction that controls sway comes mainly from this head unit. There are bolts that need to be torqued to specifications and after the head is loaded, the resistance to sway is quite sufficient. Greasing these surfaces does not lessen the friction in any real way. It does help quiet the head though. The second area is the L bracket. Equalizer has come up with a sleeve that fits on the bracket and the WD bars sits on top of that. Equalizer has also said that you can "lightly" grease the L bracket and this is what I do. I have heard that the plastic sleeve will wear out over time so I chose not to get these. I am on my second hitch and while there is some sound, I would not call it noise. My first hitch was rather loud and it took me a while to follow the suggestions from the manufacturer. I also make sure that I grease the ball like most of us do. Yes, your hitch can be messy to deal with because of all the grease but I keep mine as clean as I can and I don't over grease things. I do have to be careful when handling it but I still really like the Equalizer. As someone as stated, with an electric tongue jack, hooking and unhooking is not a real physical challenge. I don't have to deal with snapping chains into place while under tension either.
aftermath 08/23/16 09:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Towmax PowerKing blow out pics

I had a set of Carlisle tires blow just like yours did. I purchased the trailer new and it wasn't 2 years old. The tires were LRC and were inflated to the max on the sidewall. It was in the 70s and I had just checked them about 15 minutes earlier. When I started looking the weight rating was just SLIGHTLY more than the weight of the trailer. I suppose when you deducted the TW this somehow made the manufacturer feel better putting these on the trailer. So, upgrade to LRD or even LRE and you should not have a problem.
aftermath 08/22/16 10:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT vs Hybrid purchase

Matt, I pulled my hybrid with the 4Runner and it did fine. I seem to remember the total weight around 4200 pounds loaded and ready to go. I also seem to remember the 4Runner had a tow rating of 7200 and we sort of knew we were going larger than that so before we got our Airstream I upgraded to a Tundra with the 5.7 V8. This thing has a 10k tow rating so I am good to go. I also loved the 4Runner and if we had stayed with the lighter trailer I would still be driving it. The problem with the 4Runner and your Pathfinder too is that you won't be able to carry very much extra "stuff" with you. That was not a problem with just the wife and I but we always had extra baggage with the two daughters along. Again, nothing is perfect for the long haul. There are some pretty good fits for now. If you think you might want to do something different later, look at good used units now. You might save some dough in the long run. Good luck in your search. Best wishes too. Dick
aftermath 08/22/16 10:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Level Hitches

There are lots of good hitches out there but they are all different and some work certainly as good or better that others depending on lots of factors. I use an Equalizer and have for many years. I chose this hitch because I did not want to deal with snapping chains into place and I wanted a hitch I could back up a trailer without disconnecting. Today, most hitches have worked out these concerns. I have also noticed that a lot of the newer hitches use the same basic physics employed in the Equalizer brand. The Sway Pro has replaced the rectangular torsion bars that rest on the L brackets with bars that connect with chains. This does reduce the noise factor. There are ways to mitigate the noise in an Equalizer and I have used them and have very little noise in my set up. Again, there are lots of good hitches out there. I would look at many of them and ask how you hook up and unhook. You will find one you like better than the rest.
aftermath 08/21/16 02:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another brake thread

I really like my P3, or is it a P2? I read the entire direction manual before setting mine up, and then I read it again. You need to adjust your basic setting before you mess with the boost settings. Once I did that I didn't use my boost at all. After a few trips down long steep mountain passes I realized that I should be using B1 or B2 for some help. This made a big difference in the actual time I spent with my foot on the brakes. So, set it up properly to begin with and then mess with the boost settings. I don't use any boost until I hit the highway. In the passes I will sometimes go into B2. Works for me, no grabbing and I feel safe.
aftermath 08/05/16 12:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery charging

Let us know what type of trailer and what kind of converter you currently have. There is a lot that goes into managing a battery so we need more information. There are one stage converters (not inverters) that charge batteries at the same rate all the time. When the battery is charged the converter continues to charge which over charges and will destroy a battery in short order. " I have had issues with dead batteries while boondock camping. I have done current draws and I'm not getting anything but I keep having to replace my batteries and I am using the deep cycle marine units." You have had to replace batteries in the past. How often does this happen? If you let a battery go dead then it will never be able to hold a full charge. Maintaining the battery requires checking the water levels in the cells and careful charging and attention. Get a good deep cycle battery that does not have "marine" on it. A marine battery is for boats and needs to be able to crank the engine. A deep cycle does not have the cranking amps requirement. They are different beasts.
aftermath 08/03/16 09:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer for the long haul

I have heard very good things about the Arctic Fox brand. My cousin has one but his is one of their heavy duty options with thermal glass all around. His is pretty high off of the ground too but man, is it solid. We walk around in it during fishing trips and with three of us, you can't feel it give anywhere. You are right to stay away from ultra lights as your experience tells you. Good luck in the hunt.
aftermath 07/25/16 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear Cargo Carrier

I am going a little off topic here but I think it is something worth mentioning. Whenever you attach anything to the rear of your trailer you really need to pay attention to not just the weight limits provided by the manufacturer of the rack but also to any warnings you might get from the trailer manufacturer as well. When adding weight beyond the rear bumper you are removing weight from the tongue. A lighter tongue weight increases the chances of sway. Here is an article that was recently posted on the Airstream forum. It is lengthy and quite argumentative but....if you read post 57 you will learn what made this particular trailer sway beyond any hope of control. Trailer Rolls on Interstate
aftermath 07/24/16 11:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need Battery Help ASAP

It is probably the batteries. You said that you haven't had any trouble with them yet. How often to do you check the water levels in the cells? I bought my trailer from a guy who kept it plugged in almost all of the time. The batteries were only 3 years old but 3 of the cells were completely dry. And, if you let a battery get down to 10v it is almost impossible to bring it back to a full charge and the life of this battery had diminished greatly. Hooking up a weak battery to a good battery will only hurt the good one. It is one of those weak link arguments. I would check the electric brake, I would turn off the defroster mechanism on your dometic fridge and then get two good deep cycle batteries. Don't get marine batteries but genuine deep cycle batteries.
aftermath 07/24/16 10:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT vs Hybrid purchase

I had a tent trailer for 17 years. Our two daughters grew up camping out of this thing and we loved every minute. I took very good care of it and sold it, 17 years later for more than I paid for it. The girls were off to college and although we still camped, the wife and I were looking at retirement and knew that we would be expanding our camping season. Colder and damper along with the desire for a regular shower/toilet led us to a 21' Starcraft hybrid. I never could figure out why they say they are lighter. Our 21 footer weighed easily as much as most other 21 foot trailers. I guess the difference was, when set up it was more like 30 feet. I pulled it easily with my Toyota 4Runner but this one did have the V8 engine. We kept this one for just a few years. As retirement got really close we knew that we were finally going to get to take some long road trips and see some wonderful country we had been waiting to see. One one of our last trips with the hybrid we spent about 10 days moving around, sometimes moving every day. Boy, the set up and take down got really old. We purchased a 25 foot trailer and it has all the bells and whistles. We load the fridge and pantry with food, the closets with clothes and off we go. We can stop anywhere and anytime for lunch or a bathroom break. For traveling, it is the way to go. So....try to figure where you are on the space/time continuum and choose your path. Your tow vehicle will be a factor but I can't say that any of the three I have moved through was any better than the other. The one we have now just fits our needs better at this stage in life.
aftermath 07/19/16 10:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for toilet upgrade advice...

We installed a Dometic in our Airstream and it was a very nice improvement. Not all of them (Dometics) have the same measurements. Take a look and you will see the differences. Make sure you measure your existing space to see that a new one will fit there. Mine required that I make some modifications to the back of the lid and I ended up having to do some plumbing to get it connected. It was all rather easy and we are happy with the results.
aftermath 07/16/16 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: 22' 0r 25'? Does Size Matter?

Matt, you have gotten some good response to your question. We went from a 21ft to a 25 foot and it made NO difference when it came to driving and negotiating the challenges of getting around. It is a fact, in my opinion, that the longer the trailer the more limited your choices will be. If you are "off the grid" folks than you will likely use state parks more than KOAs. Most state and federal parks are set up to accommodate a 25 footer. Anything larger will start to limit you. People will post that they have never had a problem finding a place to park their 32 footer. Well, once pressed you will probably find that they stay at private RV parks. We had a tent trailer for 17 years and there was not a spot I couldn't get into. Moved up to the 21 and did find a very few that wouldn't work. Now with the 25 I can still get into almost all sites but anything larger would create some additional issues. The key here is choosing a trailer that is right for you. I certainly would not rule out a 25. If you do encounter restriction they will be few in number.
aftermath 07/16/16 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: New to TT (long time pop-upper) WD hitch probs

What austex said. Read the manual and it will answer your questions. My head sockets became loose over time and the shop guy at Airstream told me to tighten them up. Those sockets along with the friction on the L bracket provide the "4 Point" sway control they talk about. And, even though it is counter intuitive, you can "lightly" grease both areas. I have done it, my hitch does not make lots of noise and I haven't had a single problem in 30K miles of towing. I like my Equalizer hitch. The best advice you have received is to leave you hitch connected to the ball of your trailer when you are engaging the bars AND while you are disengaging them. I have never used my pry bar either. Another reason I like the Equalizer, I let the jack do the work.
aftermath 07/14/16 10:33pm Travel Trailers
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