June 7-9 Sandbanks
July 11-Aug3 Sandbanks
might try to get a walk up reservetion over labor day weekend at Sandbanks too.
Love going to Sandbanks - closest thing to a beach without driving 10 hrs. Not the best park as far as facilities (we always camp there with no hookups, bathrooms / showers / change rooms not great compared to other Parks, not tons of stuff to do other than the beach) and overcrowed (easily Ontario Parks 'busiest' campground at 99% occupancy during Jul-Aug in 2011 (next were Pinery at 94% and Killarney at 92%, similar stats in 2010 and 2009) but we still like it.
We'll just miss you at Sandbanks, we are there the first week of July. Have to agree on what you said above, we go every year, while it's not the best park ever, you can't beat it's amazing beach (although Pinery and Sable does come close)...
Also going to check out Bonnechere PP this year, it looks pretty nice...
So he was around 1,000 lbs over capacity and you seem to be within yours. What is more scary then being over 1,000 lbs is that he is towing a 32 foot trailer with no sway control at all :E
I hope you schooled him on what sway control is for everyone's safety...
BTW I have seen a lot scarier then that...how about a mini van towing a double axle 25 foot trailer...
I wonder why your Ram is 6,050 lbs. I saw that on the Ram site. My 2011 4X4 with the heavy duty tow package is rated at 7,150 lbs also with the 4.7 and 3.55
The only thing I can think of is that I know they did a major overhaul on the engine in 09. Maybe it was late 09 for the 2010 models.
I know when the 2010 Ram's came out, the tow rating was much higher then 2009 models, when no changes were made between 2009 - 2010 suspension, engine, transmission etc... I heard for some legal reason, like the 09 werent full tested for rating, not sure if that's true...
To the OP, the rear slide models are nice, we love ours, what's nice with our model is with the slide in it doesn't block the dinning area, just the couch. But it's bigger then perhaps your truck can tow. Loaded it's probably around 6000 - 6500 lbs, sticker on the side says 5200 lbs. I had an 04 Ram with the 4.7 and it struggled with anything over 6000 lbs, maybe the 09 would be better...
And dont' believe the rear wall falling out excuse, that maybe happened to the first year models these were built, that's it. The rear slide king be is a tad short for me, I'm 6ft, but the bed is very wide, so I sleep a little sideways ;) With the Kodiak model you sleep with your head at the back window, not sideways across the bed like a hybrid.
Good luck with your search...
Planning a trip in late July or August of this year. Looking for recommendation on a nice campground, perferably with full hook ups, or at least 30 amp, not looking for dry camping experience.
Also any attractions for the kids, such as waterpark etc nearby?
Nice trailer! Enjoy. Your truck will be fine with that trailer, yours appears to be around the same, if not lighter, then mine and my 1/2 Ram tows it fine.
I'm not a 100% on what to say for WD bars, I would say get the 800 lbs. My centerline system is rated for 500 - 800 lbs and it does fine.
Have fun :)
Thanks for all the replies. I will look into some LEDs as long as they aren't too blue in colour, I hate that. I will also probably try the jumper cables with a second battery. I wont be doing this enought to invest in generator, and since this will be in a provincial park, they wont stand for a loud one, so it would have to be a Honda, and they aren't cheap around here!!!
I would steer clear of the 4.6L as a tow vehicle. Especially with a trailer that large.
Agree, no way you can tow a 33 ft trailer with 4.6L, it wont be very fun...you need to stick to the larger V8's.
Obviously my vote is for the Dodge :B
So I've dry camped back in the day with tents and our little pop up, but never in our TT. We've now become wimpy and want to use all the luxuries it comes with :B
So we're thinking of camping 2 or 3 nights this May in a site with no power and water. So my question is, how long will I get out of my battery, one night or maybe two? We would be there on a Friday night and leave on Monday AM. So if I got an extra battery and switched over, would I get 3 nights out of 2 of them?
The battery would be used for lights, water pump for toilet etc, perhaps a quick shower, and likely the propane heater for sometimes cool Canadian May nights. I also imagine some electricty would be used to run the fridge and hot water tank on propane (electric ignitors)
cndrbrown - since you are in Alberta, and it get's DARN COLD there some winters, I personally don't trust just the blowing out the lines without RV antifreeze as well. Some do, but with our climate, I don't.
You can blow out the lines and then add the RV antifreeze, or just got straight to RV anitfreeze method, which is what I do. To help minimize the issue of getting the taste out, I suggest using the line into jug at your water pump method, as apposed to dumping it your fresh water tank. You will use less of it too.
Since yours is new, it should already have the by-pass kit at the pump, mine didn't but it was an easy add on.
I emailed Chrysler with my VIN number and they sent me exact specs for my 1500 mega-cab. I received an email in 2 days! Pretty quick I thought.
You can also call Chrysler, I contacted a Dodge dealer and they gave me a phone number to get all the specs from your VIN number.
I pull around 6500lbs completely loaded on my 2010, and I wouldn't want anything bigger. The HEMI is fine with it, but as others said the payload is lower on a 1/2 ton and you end up pretty close to the MAX on tongue weight and rear suspension.
If you ended up getting a TT bigger than 6500lbs, I'd make sure the switch to a 3/4 ton wasn't too far behind that...
This a posting for a friend.
He has an 08 Honda CR-V and wants to tow a Rockwood tent trailer, not sure of the model, but weight is 1685lbs.
I believe his towing max is 1500lbs. If he adds a tranny cooler, any chance this will be do-able for a while?
Anybody with a CR-V and tent trailer?
Check with your trailer manufacturer, perhaps they will send you replacements for free or a discounted price?
I had this happen on my Kodiak(Dutchmen, who is actually owned by Keystone) less then a year old and they had the front graphics replaced free under warranty. They said it was NOT considered cosmetic.
I'm sure there is another name for it. In northen Ontario we would often find very thick cut bacon (more like ham than bacon) and coated with corn meal or pea meal. I'm not a chef but I think these are the same thing. I've seen so many different preps called back bacon I would never say for sure what is what. Anyway, fried up it is certainly good.
That sounds like one of those regional foods that can be found if you live close by,or run in to them while traveling.I have definitely never seen it around here;I'm well to the west of Ontario.
It's certainly around here in every grocery store and all of southern Ontario as well as Quebec. We call it peameal bacon, some call it back bacon or Canadian bacon. It's great on the BBQ, ask your butcher.
What are they feeding you out in Saskatchewan?? :B
When I have a question on a certain product, be it tires, trailer brands or whatever, I would prefer to hear peoples recent experience with that product, not from a post on the subject from 3 years ago. Things change!!!
So I see no problems with starting new threads on possibly old subjects, as others said this is a forum, not a database :h
Don't like em, don't read em... and no it's not a Canadian thing... :B
Another thing, unrelated, is that we were stopped going in through Calais, taken inside and interrogated in separate rooms. Turns out it was because we both had fingerprints on file--my husband's from being on a police dept. in the 60's for less than a year, and my most recent from being on a Sheriff's mounted search and rescue unit. Then, we went out to the truck and fifth wheel and were able to take our dogs out of the truck which they then searched. Then they searched the fifth wheel and we were not allowed to be in it during the search. Don't have ANY idea why all this other than it was a slow day. I've never even had as much as a driving ticket, no DUI's for either of us, no insurance problems, not even a bounced check! If they want to search you, they will, and for no reason that they will tell you--other than they did tell us about the fingerprinting. Sorry. I got off the subject.
I also have fingerprints on file due to when I worked for Big Blue. It was a condition of employment. I get asked everytime if I have ever been fingerprinted. I respond "Yes, I have. It was required for my job." Sometimes they ask why, but lately they have been satisfied with that answer. Otherwise, I tell them that I had to have a certain security clearance as I did work with the Federal and Provincial governments.
Weird, I have crossed the border, probably at least 20 or 30 times and have yet to be asked if I was ever fingerprinted? I suspect when they pull your info up on their system, they can see if you are fingerprinted, so they ask you to see if you give a truthful answer or not. Especially since they always ask silly questions like, where do you live, are you a Canadian citizen, where do you work, really? I just gave you my passport, you can't see that in your system??? LOL
The original question is are hybrids more prone to leaks. There is only one way any trailer leaks and that is an opening from the outside to the inside.
Usually the roof caulking around one of the penetrations, marker lights, doors, windows, etc.
By the simple fact that a hybrid has an additional two large openings over hard side trailers, the bunk end doors, there is more potential to leak.
Having said that though, it doesn't mean that they will leak or that it should keep anyone from buying one. I enjoy my hybrid and the benefits out way the increased risk of a leak for me.
Good maintenance and checking all openings are key to preventing and catching leak problems in any trailer.
I think Randk said it best, if you put a huge door on the front of any trailer then tow it down the road with high water pressure hitting the front of it when it rains, you can run into problems.
I am sure that is why the Travel Trailer manufacturers stop putting windows in the front of trailers like they did in the 60's, 70's and 80's.
So do all hybrids leak, NO, but with the big door on the front, there is a higher chance that they MAY.