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RE: needing help!

@djgarcia - yes... the only way I could remotely justify an Airstream would be a used one.. and even then they're expensive. Are they worth it? IDK but they sure hold their value... Meantime, I need to be able to eat something while I'm on weekend jaunts and a new Airstream would mean I'd be only eating Air (no pun)... Off to look at TrailManors :) You also might want to look at the Casita or Scamp trailers if you haven't already.
djgarcia 10/30/14 09:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: needing help!

Thanks everyone! Keep the ideas coming! So far I like the Lance 1985 and Kodiak 200QB best and although I've always loved the idea of owning an Airstream, these two trailers seem like a much better value for money. I need to verify what weight limit/tongue weights I'm restricted to on the FJ for safety as well as looking at all the others. I found the Oliver - thank you.. it's a bit more basic than I'd like.. looked at ALL the Dutchmen offerings in trailers and many more today. The last time I checked, a new Airstream was over $50K:(:(:(
djgarcia 10/30/14 08:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: needing help!

I'm going to be in the market for a small (20' or under) TT. I have an FJ cruiser that will tow up to 5,000lbs. Would prefer not to be too close to that limit. I'd like something "nice" quality new or used and easy to deal with... it's just going to be me and the dogs for long weekends or short weeks. Three season. I live in Colorado and plan to mostly do shortish trips around CO but might occasionally go further. I've got used Airstreams and new or used Kodiaks on my list. What else should I be looking at (and what to avoid). Thanks! Take a look at the Lance trailers. Many choices, models in the size you are looking for. The prices are good as well, in the mid 20K range.
djgarcia 10/30/14 11:11am Travel Trailers
RE: DirectTv or Dish Network ?

Ok, I'm in a completely uncharted territory here. It appears that one must purchase up front all the needed hardware for RV use & pay only for programming. Correct? Also, Why would a person choose one over the other? What are the factors that contribute to choosing, aside from equipment cost (if that's the case) & programming options for each. :h When I first signed up for Dish, Dish provided the equiptment free. If you want a second Dish receiver for your RV rig so you don't have unplug or move the home receiver back and forth. the cost for the second receiver is $5.00 per month.
djgarcia 10/27/14 08:08pm Technology Corner
RE: DirectTv or Dish Network ?

Roku-Netflix has nothing to do with this but I agree that Dish has great technical support (as does DirecTV). Roku and Netflix require an internet connection and someway of getting that data without breaking the bank. For most of us that means it can't be done. A tiny few still have a grandfathered unlimited data plan but there are so few available that it's not even a reasonable discussion. Beside the customers cost for what ever internet service they buy, Roku cost me $8.00 per month:)
djgarcia 10/27/14 08:04pm Technology Corner
RE: DirectTv or Dish Network ?

Dish offers part time service and DirecTV does not. Dish HD programming can be received if you are using a dome style antenna (roof or portable) and DirecTV cannot. Dish used to offer free HD with a 2 year contract and DirecTV costs $10/month. DirecTV's satellites are closer together and if you don't care about HD only requires you locate 1 single satellite while Dish still requires 3. DirecTV has better coverage coast to coast and into Canada. DirecTV has the DNS Networks available and Dish does not. It's really a coin toss but sometimes your hardware and requirements will make the choice for you. X1 and phone technical support for Dish has been great. If the problem can't be solved over the phone, I normally have a tech support technician at my site the next day. I would not have Dish or Direct services without Roko-netflick. The quality, quanity of movie selections is outstanding compared to either Dish or Direct.
djgarcia 10/26/14 06:43pm Technology Corner
RE: pulling trailers over 35 feet.

I have a 24 foot camper. We are thinking of upgrade to a 37 foot camper. I have a 3/4 ton dodge (gas). This is probably a stupid question but is my truck big enough to pull one? and 2. Are these big trailers used for regular travel camping or do people usually get permanent sites for them? How big is your Dodge engine? What areas i.e. states, mountain ranges etc etc will you be generally towing in. Recommend you install an exhaust brake if they make one for your engine. 37' to 40' trailers are in the longest group of trailers, with 32' to 34' pretty average, then the next group is 22' to 30". A 37' is fine for RVing other than just having a permanent site BUT generally, you will find yourself at the larger RV parks. In calif. you probably not fit in any of the forest service or state parks. Buy a good trailer hitch not a cheaper one. Make sure you have some good side mirrors, not the cheap kind that wobble and are hard to see with. Recommend installing a CB radio for the truck and a hand held CB for your spotter to help you in backing your rig into your RV site. I prefer a 5th wheel over a tow trailer. They tow better and are easier to back up with. Suggest you have 10 ply "G" rated tires for both your truck and trailer. I like the Good Year LT G640 "G" rated tires. You might want to look at the size of systems for both your tranny and cooling system, up grade if possible.
djgarcia 10/22/14 10:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best tire replacement of GY st 225 75R 15

Brought new to us trailer home (2013 model) last Fri. Slowly working my thru items important to us. (info on side wall) 5 ply (2 poly, 2 steel, and 1 nylon) Load range D Max load 2640 pds @ 65 psi. (Made 08 week of 2012) Just don't want any tire problems.) I use the Good Year LT G640 "G" rated tires and have had good luck! My 5th. wheel weighs 1250 fully loaded. ------- I hope your 5vr's weight is a typo. Otherwise a G rated LT is a bit of overkill.:B Opps! your correct, it was typo. My loaded weight is 12,500:)
djgarcia 10/22/14 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Best tire replacement of GY st 225 75R 15

Brought new to us trailer home (2013 model) last Fri. Slowly working my thru items important to us. (info on side wall) 5 ply (2 poly, 2 steel, and 1 nylon) Load range D Max load 2640 pds @ 65 psi. (Made 08 week of 2012) Just don't want any tire problems.) I use the Good Year LT G640 "G" rated tires and have had good luck! My 5th. wheel weighs 1250 fully loaded.
djgarcia 10/21/14 09:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Plugged up Black tank

1. Forget about the tank sensors, they are useless and never accurate. 2. Buy a clear plastic sewer connector, connect it to your trailer sewer outlet, then connect your sewer hose to the other end. Now when you empty the tank you can actually see when the tank has emptied as the the water will be clear when the tank is cleaned out. 3. You don't need a sewer back flush to dump the tank. It is nice to have one and most dump stations have them. You can always use about 3 one gallon containers and empty then through the toliet. Close the black tank handle before you dump the 3 gallons of water, then open the tank again. Repeat as often as necessary until the water coming out of your black tank is clear. :)
djgarcia 10/20/14 08:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Check your valve stems!

Seriously? so rubber valve stems won't take the 80lbs? I just bought new tires for TV. Should I be going back to tire shop and telling them to put on steel valve stems? there is rubber on there now. It's a max air pressure 80lb tire. DO IT TODAY!!! Metal stems are the only way to go! I like the longer extended stems which makes it easier to air up the tire.
djgarcia 10/18/14 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Check your valve stems!

Seriously? so rubber valve stems won't take the 80lbs? I just bought new tires for TV. Should I be going back to tire shop and telling them to put on steel valve stems? there is rubber on there now. It's a max air pressure 80lb tire. DO IT TODAY!!! Metal stems are the only way to go! I like the longer extended stems which makes it easier to air up the tire.
djgarcia 10/18/14 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another beginner question

I finally was able to open the awning on our TT after fixing everything else wrong with it. Can someone tell me what the black plastic parts are for? I circled one to help you see what I'm talking about. That clip swings out. The other clip has a screw knob but I can't guess what it's for. http://i.imgur.com/Iif9kY3l.jpg http://i.imgur.com/9Mnp9GUl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/SOhxx2Al.jpg After you close/roll up your awning, the little black handle like device is moved so that you can use the wheel to tighten up the awning to prevent the awing from opening up as you are driving down the road. Important to remember:)
djgarcia 10/17/14 01:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oregon Dunes-beach camping?

Hello all, I am planning a week long trip in early November. I am thinking Winchester Bay, Coos Bay or around Florence. I have never been there before but would like to camp in the dunes and ride our quads from camp. Can anyone give me information on which area might be better and where to stay? Thanks everyone. Winchester Bay has a nice large private full service RV Park but is a little pricey. Across the street is 2 county parks which adequate but not all sites are full hook ups but cheaper in price. I have seen RVers go right out to dunes areas and park their RVs there. These sites are about 1/2 mile down the road. I think you have to be self contained in the dunes areas. There is also RV parking in the boat harbor on black top areas but no hook ups but price is relatively lower than the private RV park. Personally I like the Private park even with the higher price because there are sites where you back your RV right next to the ocean.
djgarcia 10/17/14 12:47am Toy Haulers
RE: one year with a 40' fifth wheel and dually

I Our toy hauler weighs in around 15.5k so I was really surprised to see how well it towed behind the dually. We experience zero sway. What is most important to me is how well it handles in the mountains, particularly curvy downhill runs. It does great but we also have our first truck with an exhaust brake. I am now a firm believer in the benefits of exhaust brakes. Ok, so that's the good. The bad is. Fuel mileage sucks. We average 8.5mpg (lots of mountain driving) at an average speed of 55mph. We found that navigating such a big trailer around the campgrounds that we like to visit is a pain but after a year I've improved somewhat on backing up and driving through tight locations. I'm now thinking of installing several rear/side looking cameras to help in tight spots. I've also had to add a 6.0 trans cooler which means I now have two additional trans coolers. 1. 8.5 is not great but considering the size of your rig it is not a surprise:( 2. With regard to backing up your rig, I find that having a CB in my truck and my spotter also has a hand held CB so she can visually quide me and give me instant verbal directions.
djgarcia 10/15/14 07:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: upgrading tires

Buy the best tires you can get for your rig...Nobody ever ever said "I wish I would have spent less money and gotten the cheaper ones". What price does peace of mind cost?.. B.O. "words of wisdom from a wise and experienced RVer" Right On!! Thanks for the vote of confidence. I run Michelin XPS Ribs on mine. Yes they were expensive, but they hold the same air pressure for months, run cool and haven't given me any trouble in about 20,000 miles of running across the country. If my rig was heavier I would run Goodyear G-614s or step up to the 17.5 inch wheels and tires....You really do get what you pay for when you buy tires. I can't think of many things that would be worse than changing out a blown tire on the side of the road... B.O. Hello B.O., Ironically, I have the Good Year G614 Lt, G rated tires on my 5th. wheel and have had no tire problems going on 3 years:) When I looked at my new Heartland 5th wheel, it had Tow Masters tires. I told the dealer we had a deal IF he would change out the Tow Masters for Goodyear 614 G rated tires, we have a deal:) He said "no problem" The switched the tires at the Heartland factory before it was delivered:):)
djgarcia 10/14/14 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

Buy the best tires you can get for your rig...Nobody ever ever said "I wish I would have spent less money and gotten the cheaper ones". What price does peace of mind cost?.. B.O. "words of wisdom from a wise and experienced RVer" Right On!!
djgarcia 10/14/14 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

A better choice is to use an LT rated tire . The LT scale is about 15 % tougher than the ST scale . A perfect upgrade for your high dollar Arctic Fox is specifically : Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225 /70R15 load range D . It is placarded at 2540 # on the LT scale at 65 psi . It is made in Germany or France . It weighs about 33 # It fits every wheel that your current ST 225/75r15 load range C fits without modification . The G26 is widely available from Goodyear stores and Tire Rack . This is not to be confused a Marathon Radial ST tire . Speed rating is 106 mph , not 65 mph like your current ST tire . Consumer Reports just published their SUV tire ratings in the November issue . For the third year in a row no Maxxis tire scored above the LOWEST 25 % of the ratings . The Maxxis tire , made by Chang-Shin of Taiwan weighs about 30 # in a load range E , and is a 65 mph tire . Well said! X2
djgarcia 10/13/14 06:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

A better choice is to use an LT rated tire . The LT scale is about 15 % tougher than the ST scale . A perfect upgrade for your high dollar Arctic Fox is specifically : Goodyear Cargo G26 size 225 /70R15 load range D . It is placarded at 2540 # on the LT scale at 65 psi . It is made in Germany or France . It weighs about 33 # It fits every wheel that your current ST 225/75r15 load range C fits without modification . The G26 is widely available from Goodyear stores and Tire Rack . This is not to be confused a Marathon Radial ST tire . Speed rating is 106 mph , not 65 mph like your current ST tire . Consumer Reports just published their SUV tire ratings in the November issue . For the third year in a row no Maxxis tire scored above the LOWEST 25 % of the ratings . The Maxxis tire , made by Chang-Shin of Taiwan weighs about 30 # in a load range E , and is a 65 mph tire . Well said! X2
djgarcia 10/13/14 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

I used to have blow outs like crazy with the tires I had. I went to "E"s and no more blow outs. I am now a firm believer in over kill for tires. X2 RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!
djgarcia 10/13/14 06:09pm Travel Trailers
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