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RE: Registration Fees!

Here in PA, in addition to the State Registration Fee a County Tax of $5 is added. Doesn't matter if your trailer weight 100 lbs or 10,000 lbs, you still pay $5. ??????
gheicher 05/19/18 06:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Small Camper for 2 people

Wow great feedback, nice to see such an active forum. Many good points: "I'd be awfully cautious about thinking a particularly small trailer with a wet bath would work for such a long and continuous time. A few days at a time, maybe a week or so, sure - but 3 months trying to live out of a tiny trailer, especially where it rains a lot, is asking an awful lot." Very good point for sure. May be able to get away with no shower and just do that every few days at a truck stop or camp site. I did come across a "Scamp" in Ontario: Small for sure but cost wise not too bad. Scamp Trailer I had a Scamp for one year. Yeah, its small inside and the rounded corners take away from upper storage space. The windows were small and so was the wet bath. The walls were covered with a soft insulating material called Ensolite, affectionately referred to as "rat fur". It does have the advantage of being all fiberglass but there are still roof penetrations that must be kept sealed. I did have a leak around the A/C that had to be fixed. I always felt like I was in a cocoon and actually preferred my Aliner, with no bathroom, to the Scamp. Sold the Scamp and bought a 16 ft conventional TT with a real bathroom. Much more pleasant experience for me. However, Scamp/Casita has a loyal following and the are many that love their little "egg" campers, just was not my "cup of tea".
gheicher 04/23/18 11:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Are our roads getting worse?

450M is chump change and would build about 10-12 miles of new 4 lane highway if you were lucky on flat terrain with no bridges or interchanges. I agree, 450 million will not go very far building roads. Repairing roads is a different story. My point was, the PTC is required to generate 450 million for PennDot before it can do anything for the turnpike. I also agree the PTC needs to be abolished. The PA Turnpike is expensive, however the bulk of the over $1 billion dollar revenue goes toward operating cost - Administrative cost is approx. $378 Million. One current large expense is expanding the complete length of the turnpike to three lanes. My point is that operating an interstate highway is expensive and I don't believe PA Dept of Transportation could do any better. Some have argued to privatize the PTC but that rarely works unless there is competition. Toll cost for an automobile the entire length of the Turnpike is $55 cash and $40 EZpass, 80,000 lb truck $355 cash and $255 EZpass. Toll roads are expensive but those who use such roads pay the cost (not Grandma that only drives to church once a week). Personally I would like to see all interstate roads tolled. However, would like to see the toll based more on total weight rather than just the number of axles. PA Turnpike Operating Budget PA Turnpike 2017 Financial Report
gheicher 03/30/18 01:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wow Pop Ups are expensive!

.....It is a tent on wheels with a propane system. Do they currently even offer such a bare bones unit? The closest camper I know of presently is made by LivinLight. Probably talking about $12K plus for a new one.
gheicher 03/27/18 04:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wow Pop Ups are expensive!

........Can't believe that these makers are pricing these pop ups out of existence. My friend, who is an executive in the pop-up manufacturing business, states that pups are very difficult to build. Many more separate parts than a TT plus needs complicated lift system. That plus the decreasing volume of pups now being sold, just exacerbates the situation. Its a bit sad since pop-ups were the standard family camper for many year - Now it seem more people are looking for convenience. The pop-up still has a lot to offer especially with small children experiencing the great outdoors. My original camper was just a tent on wheels but now I have a TT with a real bathroom, fridge, and AC. While tent trailers can still be purchased, they are not really flying off the shelf.
gheicher 03/27/18 11:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Progressive Industries EMS

FYI. I got a response from Progressive. "Exploring the idea of UL Listing. The process is very expensive and takes several years." Before retirement my job was to have my company's products tested and approved by UL. To lower cost and save time I had our own test lab certified so we could do testing on site. I have had similar safety devices tested and it entails certification of required electrical spacings and 6000 cycles of error free operation. If done at the UL Lab in Northbrook, IL it would cost several thousand dollars and take no longer than one year. One law suit could gobble up that amount of money in just attorneys fees. I'm always suspect of companies that go on the cheap The first sign of trouble they declare bankruptcy and let everyone else hanging.
gheicher 03/21/18 02:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Progressive Industries EMS

I was surprised to see the portable units are not UL listed. Wondering the reason. Am I missing something? Brian Looks like some of the units are UL and Canada approved and others are not. I suspect the lower cost units are not, most likely they either won't pass the tests or Progressive doesn't want to pay the cost to have the units Listed. There is no national law requiring UL approval but many local fire codes do require such safety approval by UL, ETL, CSA, etc. Most companies will have their products safety approved by one of these agencies just for liability protection. Personally I would not use an unapproved unit unless it was Low voltage (considered low voltage when below 30 volts).
gheicher 03/20/18 04:04pm General RVing Issues
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
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