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RE: Trying to find a used TT - a rant!

I bought used and don't think I would go through that process again. Wasted so much time looking at overpriced garbage. Nice well kept rvs that are reasonable are few and far between. I did find exactly what I was looking for but it took me almost a year.
mikeb9550 08/27/14 05:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for higher end travel trailer

I suggest you sell the motor home and get this BUY NOTHING for a year. See if you really do miss it or not. Not sure of your age, but hotels are a lot easier then RVing. Go 12 months and see how many times you say, whish we had a camper to go to the lake, I bet you will use hotels more and enjoy it more. I agree. We did that some years back. We missed it and bought another with intentions of using it more. We still dont use it enough. We love camping just not enough time with work and other travel (planes).
mikeb9550 08/27/14 04:53pm Travel Trailers
Went from 1 ton to 1/2 ton and couldn't be happier

This spring I traded in my 1 ton e350 van for a new dodge 1500 hemi Ram. I read guys say these new 1/2 ton trucks have came a long way. OMG.. their was a huge when going from my old f150 to my e350 and I would say I am about equally impressed going from my e350 to my ram 1500. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the new 3/4 ton would even do better but these 1/2 tons tow trailers within spec great. I even like the p rated tires because they handle great and I don't have to keep messing with the air pressure loaded vs unloaded. I leased it and plan on getting another 1/2 ton for sure. What's not to like? Better mpg towing A lot better mpg solo More power than my v10 when towing It's like driving a hotrod solo Much better power band in each gear with new 8 speed transmission Better handling with and without the trailer Way cheaper lease deals Rides night and day better Oem break controller blows my old prodigy out of the water
mikeb9550 08/26/14 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tail Wagging the Dog Issue

What about Hensley, ProPride and the other hitch manufacturers that guarantee to eliminate sway. I realize when I bought my camper I received the basic hitch setup which is obsolete and I know the ones I mentioned are pricey but many people swear by them. Does sway happen with those setups also from time to time or are they really as good as the hype and worth the money they want for them? I would hate to go spend a bunch of money on one of those hitches only to learn that sway happens with them too. I just want to travel down the highway without being nervous all the time and reduce or eliminate white knuckle experiences. Yes they do what they advertise. I have towed with a regular friction sway control, Dual Cam, and a Hensley. Elite hitches like Hensley and Propride are in an entire different category. My old setup towed good but like you, I had a time or two where is shook me up a little. Seen people talking about the Hensley (propride wasn't around then) so I looked for a used one. Paid like 1200.00 for it. Sold it when I sold my last trailer for what I had in it. Towing was like night and day. Its so much more relaxing. When we sold our trailer we got what we paid for the hitch. We took a few years off of camping and decided to get another trailer. I actually looked for and bought another used Hensley before I even found my new trailer. Thats how good they handle. There are a couple downsides but worth it for me. There are a lot of good safe hitches on the market for a reasonable amount of money. I am a 40 year old middle class guy and think its worth every penny I paid for it ( think it was 800 or 900 used this time). If you tow with one, it will make a believer out of you. I use to think my trailer towed good. I just didn't know how good it could tow with a really good hitch.
mikeb9550 07/08/14 08:53pm Towing
RE: home built plans

I thought about it before I bought my trailer. Just no time. Still probably will one day. Maybe a truck camper or a clone of the retro http://www.riversidervs.net/Model-155--Retro-w-wetbath-.html I think part of what is wrong with America. Nobody thinks or makes anything anymore. Heck, they dont even fix anything these days. Just toss it and buy new.
mikeb9550 02/21/14 04:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Please recommend an all-season travel trailer with bunk bed?

It depends on what you mean for all seasons. I don't think there is a camper made for true all season. It would need 4-6" walls for a lot of insulation. I have yet been in an RV that didn't get hot beating in the sun or cold if the heat was off. Especially if you have a slide out.
mikeb9550 02/19/14 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electric Tongue Jack advice

I have the barker. The big reason for going with this brand was at the time, it was the only that offered the extended lift. Really comes in handy. If not for this, any of the larger named brands would be fine.
mikeb9550 02/14/14 04:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: titan spare fuel tank

Then we're do u put your spare? I would rather have a couple of gas cans in the bed than a spare tire. Not sure were they think it's worth 1700.00
mikeb9550 11/17/13 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Blue Tote?

I'm considering the tote to be able to dump at my house. My cleanout is on the other side of the house, and I tried dragging my trailer across the yard, but couldn't get it level enough to dump correctly. And driving around the trees, and the slopes around my house was a little precarious. How far is that clean out? A portable macerator like FloJet can pump 100' Just twists onto drain line....12v DC power.....3/4" garden hose to clean out and pump black/grey waste tanks.......even rinse/clean out via hose connection on macerator I just hooked mine up to my drain line and absolutely love it. I will always have a macerator pump. No more waiting in long dump lines. I also only use my blue for grey.
mikeb9550 11/15/13 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing 10k+ with a 'Burb.......Duraburb or ??

I would go to a large cab one ton pickup (either the ford superduty or dodge megacab). Don't mess with the SUV thing for a trailer that size. I wish I went with the crew cab pickup myself. Maybe they still make bench front seats (seems like they are all going to buckets) and the dog can ride up front with you and your wife. My dog was always my co-pilot. First year without her and going to miss that. My wife always rides in the back with my boy.
mikeb9550 11/02/13 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Christmas gifts for the RVer under $100.00

Lots of good things so far. What about an electric skillet? Electric blanket? Or a good flashlight? Get one with a clip or add a pocket clip so that you can clip it to the bill of your can. They make some good high powered light weight ones these days. There is no more of a useful tool than to see and have both hands free.
mikeb9550 11/02/13 05:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Power Tuner for Gas engines

I went to stock after getting spark knocks. Couldn't get it resolved with many updates. Waste of money. They make your truck "feel faster" with trans adjustments. I noticed zero difference in pulling my camper in the normal rpm range. Driving solo it felt 2000 lighter. I bought it for pulling power which had no gain.
mikeb9550 11/01/13 09:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Repacking EZ Lube bearings on Passport 2910BH

I'm not sure why they say to do them every year??? My cars that have the same type of bearings go for 10s of thousands of miles (years) before being repacked. Every time I have done it, they have looked like new. I now do them every 2 or 3 years. If you shoot it in the fitting there are two issues. One is that the seal fails and you get grease on your brakes. This happened to me. The other is you have to pump a ton of grease to get it to push out through your your back and front bearing. I have done it both ways and now just take them off every 2-3 years and manually pack them. I think it saves me time in the long run and I can inspect the bearings while I have it apart.
mikeb9550 10/31/13 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Satelite tv

Lately I have just been using the Dish Anywhere app (aka slingbox) on my smart phone. Just use a HDMI cable to plug it to the TV. Works great if you have unlimited data and a good signal. Between this, local channels, and Netflix we are pretty much good to go and no unhooking stuff and dragging it back and forth. I have Verizon which has good coverage. When we camp, my phone turns into the router.
mikeb9550 10/31/13 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Ultra-Fab Power Twin II stabilizer jacks?

Is that $600 just the pair correct? Its not my money but that seems like a lot of cash for something that takes two seconds with an electric drill. I have the old fashion ones that are firm as a rock. Now if they were leveling jacks for $1500.00 I would be the first in line to buy them. Also, your suspension and frame could have something to do with the bounce. My old trailer would bounce like crazy. My new one bounces less without the jacks than the old one did with the jacks.
mikeb9550 10/31/13 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Not your Daddy's half ton

I use to drive my dads 80's 3/4 ton chevy back in the day. It had the big motor and everything. There is no way it would pair up to any of the standard 1/2 ton offerings today.
mikeb9550 10/30/13 06:06am Tow Vehicles
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