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RE: Scamps

Scamps and Casitas are hard to find used - A few years back I found a one year old 2005 16 ft. Scamp on the Casita forum site and had to bring it from MA to PA. It was a very easy to tow unit trailer, however,the rounded corners compromises a lot of interior storage space. Also the interior walls was covered with a furry insulating material (known affectionately as "rat fur" that I was not fond of). The combination of the rounded shape and furry walls to me gave it a cave like feeling. However, the fiberglass people are a loyal group and really love their small "egg" campers, and the unit is very well built - Just wasn't my "cup of tea" so only kept it for about one season and replaced it with a small regular square TT. Strangely someone from NH purchased the Scamp and took it back to New England.
gheicher 03/16/18 06:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Critter prevention?

I've heard of the pep oil, fresh cab, dryer sheets, etc. used by many. Some say they work and some say they don't (certainly they won't hurt anything). My experience has been to carefully seal any potential entry points and remove any food items from the camper. I seal even the tiniest holes to help keep out the stink bugs, but always a couple manage to get in somewhere. Never have had any rodents but maybe that's just luck.
gheicher 03/03/18 07:16am Folding Trailers
RE: opinions?

At 2:00AM in the morning getting dressed and walking around the campground to go potty sounds like a lot of fun:):) Especially when trying to get back to the camper at 2 AM when there is a skunk between you and your trailer. Ask me how I know and what amenity my next trailer contained.
gheicher 01/26/18 04:32pm Folding Trailers
RE: My map needs more color

Apparently Photo bucket now wants to charge you for photo hosting. I guess I will find a new one. I switched to flickr.com. They don't make it easy since I have to copy the jpg link out of the "Embed" link that Flickr provides. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4738/38797186254_090a5d27f7.jpg
gheicher 01/04/18 02:48pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Longest trailer ever seen

I know you can't back that up. Just being funny. You can laugh now. Had one of these unable to cross a RR track near my house. He had to back up about 300 yards to a large parking lot. Surprisingly, while backing very slowly, he did not stop once. Don't know if those things have electronic steering help or not, but it was impressive to see never the less.
gheicher 12/22/17 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Air conditioning

I have an Aliner and I have gone through 2 air conditioners (5,000 and 6,000 btu) in 5 years (the last one only lasted 2 weeks and died 2,000 miles from home). The design used pop rivets and caulk to hold the a/c in the side of the wall of the camper - not a quick fix to replace. The constant jarring over thousands of miles without any shock absorption seems to do them in. I plan to get a portable air conditioner and vent it to the outside through the same space where the a/c is now. I can figure out a way to cushion it in the camper. This small size a/c works fine for cooling the Aliner. I installed my own AC unit in my Aliner and set it on a 3/4" foam sheet. Don't know how much that helped but it didn't fail in the 5 years I used it. I believe the problem is not with the compressor but with the refrigerant lines not being adequately supported, thus eventually causing refrigerant leaks. Have intended to pull the AC unit from by AR-One TT and see if I can't add more support for the lines, but as with a lot of other stuff I need a round-to-it. The nice thing with the small house AC units is they only cost a little over $100.
gheicher 12/15/17 05:09pm Folding Trailers
RE: Air conditioning

The house room AC units are not really made for bouncing down the road and nobody make such a unit yet for the RV market. Roof AC units are specifically made more rugged to take the jostling. Columbia Northwest recently switched to a roof type AC on their new Ascape TT since they were experiencing too many failures with the house type units. However my 2011 StarCraft AR-One has a house type AC unit and so far so good, but keeping my fingers crossed.
gheicher 12/14/17 05:41pm Folding Trailers
RE: Amother Oldie Not Mine

This one shows up at our local State Park often. A Mom, Dad, and a couple kids have a great time. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4527/25009278738_3161b456c4.jpg Fleetwood, when they were making folding units, tried several years ago to make a similar camper, but it didn't sell very well and went out of production about a year later. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4524/38880508571_4a23bc4dda.jpg
gheicher 12/06/17 03:40pm Folding Trailers
RE: 1970 Appleby tent trailer

I was just wondering ,how much does it weigh ?, it might be doable behind my bike. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4576/37884420874_740b81c52e.jpg
gheicher 11/23/17 09:17am Folding Trailers
RE: Hybrids must be hibernating

Just winterized mine. The hot water tank drain plug is plastic and a pain to get at, so I purchased a small stainless steel ball valve from Ebay to replace the plastic plug. I like to drain the hot water tank after use to keep the water from getting stinky just sitting around. Now all I have to do is just flip a valve to drain. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4554/37440650574_142cabe47f.jpg
gheicher 11/03/17 05:57pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: 1970 Appleby tent trailer

Looks very similar to my 1970s "Allstate", sold by Sears but made by Nimrod. The bed supports on mine were attached to the trailer frame which was convenient but caused the frame to flex and the rear door would not stay latched. On yours the beds are supported by the ground, which I believe should be better. Regardless, we drug that camper all over the east coast from Massachusetts to Florida, sometimes with a VW Bug - Lots of great memories. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4573/38083692816_2ed10ed73d.jpg
gheicher 11/03/17 07:59am Folding Trailers
RE: Big Popups? HW296 Alternatives?

A bit smaller in length but still will sleep 6 is the Somerset E3. However, its a lot lighter to tow - GVWR 3500 lbs.
gheicher 11/02/17 04:00pm Folding Trailers
RE: Religious Colony to Make TrailManor ‘Shine Again’

We have two Hutterite communities, know as the Bruderhof, here in southwestern PA where they produce wooden toys and furniture Community Playthings. Similar to the Amish they live simple, plain lives, are hard working and are some the first to show up to help when disaster strikes in the area. Unlike the Amish the Hutterites live communally rather than with private property. They are great craftsmen so will be interesting to see how they do with the RV business.
gheicher 10/25/17 05:28pm Folding Trailers
RE: New TT for Compact Cars

I know they have been looking at other configurations for the Ascape. No reason they could not offer an off-road version as they do on their Somerset line except CNW has been very busy and at this time and probably not going to do anything that might negatively impact production. Website
gheicher 10/12/17 09:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Question on Aliner Classic dimensions

My classic, which I sold recently, was 15 ft. from front of ball to far rear of bumper. I would add an additional 1 ft. for the traditional clamp-on mount. I have seen some Aliners with the spare tire mounted to the hitch a-frame. This of course would add to the hitch weight. On my present hybrid camper, I modified the rear spare tire mount to reduce the amount of stick out beyond the bumper by several inches - Perhaps you can do the same. See Spare Tire Mod
gheicher 10/08/17 07:52pm Folding Trailers
RE: Going to a larger wheel size question

Went from 13 in. to 14 in. on my hybrid TT. As stated make sure there is room for the swap. Bought the wheels at Northern Tool and the tires at a local tire shop. Added more load capacity to the tires and as an added bonus the bearing speed is reduced due to a larger circumference of the tire. https://41ef608a-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/jhecampers/ar-1-mods/14-inc-wheels/old-new.jpg?attachauth=ANoY7co5ud5w6DD-vJvIDbvsRwyyEMbYb_eFk2QR2IMkB_4N2CZYZOo50NBwS5pcJ7-vwikcKjO4k86B75hZIlFTfh2cN7yGTK1rjnNp_LHWkMpx9E_OCMJGaMUOH6On0Rlotw7NYMwamWapeitIE6dHqi6qpzbMy7pJFJgJUzbXTljaXDO3hlKEQEVDbvJAJfLQYrc_a4ZX4qephZGt9v2uIDcVEGnaciZkYKd40nEug7opTifSdXbIUcKHCpKWyXASBWonePht&attredirects=0
gheicher 04/26/17 06:58pm Folding Trailers
RE: Aliners

I have had three Aliners over the years and have enjoyed them all. My use was not so much for traditional camping" but rather for traveling where I would not stay more than a couple of nights in one place. I have also had other folding and non-folding trailers in the past and they all require maintenance and fixing little things. Personally I like the fact the Aliners setup and fold-up quickly and while not as much space as a square non-folding unit, towing it down the road is a breeze.
gheicher 04/19/17 07:53pm Folding Trailers
RE: Reservations only ??

One reason I bought a TT was to travel without making reservations and as many have pointed out, that is becoming increasingly difficult. The camping business is going the way of the airlines and due to increased volume and tighter profits, for the consumer it is a much less enjoyable experience. Many of us would like to see the "good ole days" but probably not going to happen.
gheicher 04/12/17 09:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking of buying a small popup

Somerset Newport 11 ft box, sleep 6, 1150 lbs.
gheicher 03/20/17 06:37pm Folding Trailers
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