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RE: Wow, Pop Ups are now a rip off!

I think you need to look again. There are pop-ups that do contain SOME of these things you say are non-existent. A pop up isn't like a travel trailer though, it's a tent on wheels with the cheapest lowest performing appliances, no insulation. Walls are just 1" X 1" wood framing with luan backers and glued on aluminum siding. You could construct the walls for a very low cost. The floor is particle board (structure wood) which would also be cheap. An entire tent can be purchased at bear creek canvas or other places for $1000. Furnace is a forced draft fan 16KBTU. No ducting or anything. AC is a typical 13.5K AC but is not ducted as well and not thermostatically controlled. No oven or microwave either. No waste holding tanks. No DSI water heater with AC heater, just pilot lit gas. No properly vented drain system that's tied together. No dual propane tanks or even an auto changeover regulator. No TV, amplified antenna or cable hookup wiring either as travel trailers. Fridge is either a small 1.9 CF model with no freezer or a 2.5 CF model with a freezer big enough for 1 hot dog package. Bathroom could be an expense but not as much as a travel trailer bathroom with porcelain toilet, sink/vanity, and tub/shower with tub surround. The 2 most expensive areas are the lift system and the roof. The roof on the Jay Flights is no less expensive offering trusses and ducting for the AC along with skylights. Lift system is the only real expensive. So if it were a smaller travel trailer the expense would not be a rip off, but next to a 'tent' trailer, yes. When I bought my older 2008 Jay Flight 19BH (22.5'), it was only $1000 less than the 26BH, which I didn't have a capable enough truck to tow at the time. The only difference between the 2 was that the 26BH added a queen bedroom ahead of the sofa, everything else was EXACTLY the same. They probably sold more 26BHs so the cost difference was smaller. Same thing today: 19RD MSRP = $19,650 (19RD replaced 19BH) ; 22FB MSRP = $20,021 ; 26BH MSRP = $20,721
flash82 04/08/14 10:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Want to Upgrade from Pop-up

Pack light, buy food and drink at destination and carry no water. Think you should be good. We are looking at the same (196s)for the family of 4 but can't find one anywhere near us. Looks very nice online and should be good for our truck frame 5000lbs capacity SUV. We already pack light for the Pop Up...we are not ones that need to bring EVERYTHING.
flash82 03/19/14 08:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Experience with internet purchases

Along the lines with buying locally...what if I live and buy a unit on the east coast then a few months later get transferred to the midwest. So I get denied by the 'new' local dealer because I didn't buy there.
flash82 03/12/14 10:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a my new travel trailer my .02

I agree with campfire.... Holy cow, 1500 lbs for a family. What are you bringing, the kitchen sink? Our family of four has about 420 lbs we pack. That does not include food. but does take into account for hoses, chairs, awning mat. etc. Paper goods, only a few small pots and no water . First, 800 lbs of cargo is very conservative. Folks that "travel light" will add 1000 lbs of cargo, families add around 1500 lbs, with the average being 1200 lbs. 3 gallons of water is unlikely to be useful...that's not enough for the pump to pick up from the bottom of the tank. Where did you hear that? Is that based your own "stuff"? I've weighed mine. Everything we put in the trailer, excluding food and bicycles (because we don't always take our bikes), weighs close to 400#. That's for 2 adults. In fact when we got the bigger trailer last year, we dumped a lot stuff that wasn't getting used, so it could be less than that now. I can't imagine what people need that would be them up over 1000# of stuff. but to each his own...
flash82 02/25/14 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Help finding the right TT

In the same boat as you. Just looked at a Coachmen 17bh yesterday which is 21' long. Nice unit with roof air (a lot this size have side mount AC), good storage and comfy bed. Problem is the dinette is small since it's just under 7.5 feet wide. Check out KZ 196s and Skyline 21bh, 20rb and 20bh.
flash82 02/09/14 02:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why posters don't stay on Rv net

I like the the forums, just not the mis-information people give. If you don't know, don't answer. And dare I say the weight police? The ones that say a minivin or small SUV should never ever tow even the lightest 8' pup-up....but never owned one, let alone ever drove one.
flash82 10/25/13 02:17am Travel Trailers
RE: You can tow it with a car

The RVs are better designed and better built. Bingo
flash82 10/22/13 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: You can tow it with a car

Open your minds. people get locked into one mindset because "that's the way we have always done it". Let's not confuse them with facts. ( wonder if I will take a beating for saying so) Yup, I see this is Germany all the time, cars towing. They are usually powerful diesels. Heck, just take a look at YouTube on European Caravans. Not everyone needs a F350 to pull.
flash82 10/18/13 07:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Disney World Florida - Ft. Wilderness advice

Make sure you check out "DIS Boards". Lots of info there.
flash82 10/07/13 12:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco 17z and Kodiak 172e

The 2012 were different. There is no TV shelf along with some other changes. 2012 travel star
flash82 09/01/13 05:40pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco 17z and Kodiak 172e

Thanks everyone. Looks like we might be getting a Starcraft 176rb. It has a bigger freezer, shower surround and weighs about 270lbs more then the Jayco. The GVWR is 3995. I still think if we don't carry water and pack light (have for the last 3 years)we should be Ok with our TV. Have a prodigy already and am getting a WDH.
flash82 09/01/13 03:23pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco 17z and Kodiak 172e

I wouldn't tow with water because of that low CCC.
flash82 08/27/13 12:30pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco 17z and Kodiak 172e

Thanks for the replies so far!! The Kodiak is about 1.5 hrs away. Been dealing with the dealer online at this point. Noticed in one of the inside pics a piece of trim at front end in falling from the ceiling. Totally low balled the trade in….I mean, wow! Not getting a good feeling. The local 17z was sold as we were looking. The Jayco we looked at had the yellow sticker stating the weight was WITH full propane...3046lbs. So the CCC would be 454. Still not stellar. I believe the Kodiak has a GVWR of 3800lbs. Don't plan on carrying water.
flash82 08/27/13 11:08am Hybrid Travel Trailers
Jayco 17z and Kodiak 172e

Hi. Looking to upgrade from our coleman popup. We have been inside a jayco x17z and like it. Just saw , in pictures only, the Kodiak 172. Can anyone comment on this unit.? The jayco appears to have more inside storage but the Kodiak has more features at a cheaper price (lower quality). ie... larger awning (electric), shower surround, pass though storage. I just don't know enough about the brand. Thanks
flash82 08/26/13 07:52pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Are hybrids quieter than pop ups?

I just want our conversations in the camper to be not heard from everyone and visa versa. In the PUP, I can be outside near the edge of site and can hear my daughters clear as day. Would be nice to be more "private" in the "box" such has breakfast time. Make sense?
flash82 08/08/13 02:04pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Are hybrids quieter than pop ups?

I love our Hybrid except the set up time. It's Got to be a bit better than the pop up.?.
flash82 08/08/13 10:12am Hybrid Travel Trailers
Are hybrids quieter than pop ups?

For those of you that have had both a hybrid and a pop up, are hybrids quieter inside. I don't mean laying in the beds. I'm talking about while inside the box portion. Not really sure the solid walls would make any difference in drowning out some camp ground noise. Thanks
flash82 08/07/13 09:25pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
How much better for dual over single axle?

I know the weight will be higher, hence the dual axle but I keep hearing they will tow much better. How much better? We tow a pup up and it tows fine BECUASE of the low profile. Is a single axle full height really going to be a chore? (we currently use a sway bar on the pup)
flash82 08/07/13 01:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Similar to Skyline Eco Camp and Koala

Thanks for the reply! I love the floor plan of that lance but I think both of those are too heavy. I just saw the forest river T195Bh online. We looked at hybrids this past weekend. The Roo 183 (weight 3610) caught our eye.
flash82 08/05/13 11:43am Travel Trailers
Similar to Skyline Eco Camp and Koala

Hi, Looking for a TT Similar to Skyline Eco Camp and Koala models 20BH and 21BH. These TT are about 24’ long with 2 bunks and a bed up front, either walk around or sideways. The weight from factory (no propane or batt) is between 3140 and 3450, perfect for my 5000LBS truck frame, rear wheel tow rating. Problem is I can’t find any near me, not even 150 miles close. Do any of you know a similar TT within about the same weights and separate sleeping areas for kids. Do NOT want to convert dinette or sofa, must be dedicated sleeping spaces. Yes, am looking at hybrids but prefer this type of TT. Thanks!! The Visa/ Vista are nice but not much of an open plan on the bunk models. Might be different in person.
flash82 08/02/13 02:13pm Travel Trailers
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