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RE: A quick Hello...

What tow vehicle do you have? That's the question everyone will ask. Lots of threads about that. Read a lot before you settle on a truck if you don't already have one. If you do, that will dictate a lot about the new trailer. Dealers are not the people to ask about this in my opinion. As for a used trailer, that's the way to go in my mind. A lot of people buy one, it sits for a year or two not used, then they trade it in. More value for your dollar that way. Some will disagree and talk about warranty. That's a valid consideration. Personal choice
pira114 03/02/15 01:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Info on roof vents

Between Camco and Maxxair, I don't see much bad about either one to be honest. Personally, I love Camco products. As for air flow in general, it doesn't HAVE to be on the roof. I use my TT in rain and snow. A lot. In those conditions, opening a roof vent isn't ideal. The bathrooms of most TTs have small windows. If that window happens to be under the awning, open that one instead and use a small battery operated fan. Any protected window would work for that matter. Most TTs aren't air tight. One open window usually takes care of condensation issues. A fan in front of it works for air circulation
pira114 03/01/15 03:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Power tongue jack?

The manual crank thing is a concern. I had this issue when my old one quit working. The crank handle hit the propane tanks. So a full turn was impossible. Wasn't THAT big of a deal, but still annoying. The real solution is a crank handle that extends above the tanks. That, all by itself, eliminates all the hassles. I never even looked for a new handle. I simply cut, then welded on, an extension. Not handy that way? Any machine shop could do this for you for a nominal fee. The only part of the Husky that gets in the way is the place they provide for the trailer plug to go. And only then if you have propane covers. But it comes off. Few screws. Weather sealed behind it. I moved mine to behind the propane covers. It really is a nice feature. Simple, but effective at keeping junk out of the plug. Heck, I bet you could get one separately from Husky and use it with any power jack.
pira114 03/01/15 03:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Full time in TT?

I'm looking at FTing when I retire. I was thinking I'd want a base camp that I owned with a large steel building for long term storage. Most things I own I could live without. But some things I wouldn't want to just get rid of. My biggest question is what about tools? I work on trucks myself. But the tools required are heavy and bulky when looked at all together. Do most FTers just pay for maintenance and repairs? I imagine at some point you have to just understand that you can't bring everything with ya and there are associated costs. Pretend you had died. Dispose of ALL the stuff to who you want to inherit it. What are you going to do with the stuff that is in a storage shed 1,000's of miles from where you are (even if you need it)? No campground is going to want you working on a truck while you are camping. Keep a FEW tools for very minor repair that you can do in less than 1 hr. Sell the rest. Makes sense. I imagine everyone goes through this when transitioning. The storage building is more for family heirloom type stuff that the wife won't get rid of. And maybe other stuff we'd only need while near it. Plan is a permanent type RV pad on a lot with the storage building as our "home." Traveling 6 or 7 months out of the year. Already have the lot. Just need more permanent hook ups on it.
pira114 03/01/15 01:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Full time in TT?

I'm looking at FTing when I retire. I was thinking I'd want a base camp that I owned with a large steel building for long term storage. Most things I own I could live without. But some things I wouldn't want to just get rid of. My biggest question is what about tools? I work on trucks myself. But the tools required are heavy and bulky when looked at all together. Do most FTers just pay for maintenance and repairs? I imagine at some point you have to just understand that you can't bring everything with ya and there are associated costs.
pira114 03/01/15 12:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: New upstart happier camper

is this trailer sold at Ikea? Ha! If I had to assemble it like everything from Ikea, you couldn't pay me to take it. Assuming it would come with the same type of instructions
pira114 03/01/15 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Power tongue jack?

Don't have experience with that one. I went with the Husky Brute 4500. It's overkill for my needs, but I can take it with me if I switched trailers. Wasn't that much more money. Super quiet. Very quick. Auto shut off when you hit the extreme ends of motion. You can get one with a remote, but it's quite a bit more money Husky Brute 4500 Camping world link with video
pira114 03/01/15 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Power tongue jack?

Don't have experience with that one. I went with the Husky Brute 4500. It's overkill for my needs, but I can take it with me if I switched trailers. Wasn't that much more money. Super quiet. Very quick. Auto shut off when you hit the extreme ends of motion. You can get one with a remote, but it's quite a bit more money Husky Brute 4500
pira114 03/01/15 11:45am Travel Trailers
RE: 2013 Starcraft AR One 16 bh

Regarding the "canvas." It's not really canvas anymore. And much better at resisting rot. Still wouldn't put away wet without planning to air out soonish. I used to own a pop up. Used it in the winter. One thing we did was use tarps to cover the tent ends if it snowed or rained. This also helps with heat retention, but adds to condensation. So a decent fan is a must. It's more work, and I wonder if some parks would scoff at it. We always used it boondocking in Fed Forests, so wasn't a problem for us. I had the tarp set up down to a science and it took 5 min to set up. But it's another chore and doesn't look pretty. Does save time and effort when packing up. And possibly saves the tent material and helps it last longer. It's a decision of convenience. Ask yourself how much time you plan to spend inside the trailer? We found that we only spend a couple hours a day in it. Ours is larger, so a rainy day isn't much of a concern, but it's all part of camping. No matter how cramped you feel, picture yourself being crammed into a tent to get out of the weather and you'll feel better about the small trailer!
pira114 03/01/15 11:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Power tongue jack?

There all pretty much universal. Easy way to tell is if it uses three bolts. I remember seeing some very old ones that used a different bolt pattern, but those were manual ones. I've never seen a power tongue jack that was different.
pira114 03/01/15 10:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Need RV trip recommendations

If you're flying to the West Coast, Yellowstone is still quite a drive. I'd check out Yosemite and some other areas of the Sierra Nevadas. Yosemite is my backyard. Tons of wildlife. Deer and bear being the most plentiful. Outside of squirrel anyway! The coast itself is awesome. Lots of wildlife north of San Francisco in the way of sea lions and deer. Words of caution: 1. These areas are well sought after spots. Figure it out quick and reserve a spot. I reserved a coastal spot last week for mid July. Spots were already getting low. 2. California is big (if that's what you meant by West Coast. Do the math on drive times. It's much bigger than what most from the East Coast expect. But beautiful country to drive through. 3. Weather. We have it all. June could see you with mid 60s, low 100s, and thunderstorms. All depends on where you're talking.
pira114 02/27/15 08:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: Is this a match

If he loads the trailer with 1365 lbs of stuff, he's STILL 500 lbs under his vehicle's max. He's fine. I think some here misunderstood the post. I'd replace the tires maybe. But if money is an issue they'll be ok on dry pavement. I'd wait till they were worn down about 50%. Then replace and maybe keep the spare.
pira114 02/27/15 05:11am Beginning RVing
RE: External fuel tank mounted in bed - thoughts??

Used to have a 50 gallon in bed tank with electric pump. Sold that truck. Will be getting another in bed tank for my new truck. For me it had nothing to do with money. They aren't cheap and it'll take years to recover the cost with fuel costs. It was all about convenience and range of travel. Security of not being without fuel. And the ability to help a few folks out when they ran dry. The weight is huge. Diesel weighs about 8 lbs per gallon. Do the math. Don't forget to add in the weight of the tank. I was just over 500 lbs. That's a lot of payload capacity taken away. Also don't forget to keep a fuel stabilizer in it, rotate it out every now and again, and keep that tank full when possible
pira114 02/26/15 10:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: QUESTION FOR LONG TT OWNERS

Biggest mistake I see people make is on one lane roads with a sharp right turn. They'll either under steer and cut the corner or over steer and end up in the oncoming lane. Usually, the lane is wide enough to keep the centerline. Older back roads are sometimes not. When in doubt, slow down a lot. This will give you a lot more reaction time and also will alert other drivers that you need extra room. If there's no obstructions, under steering is the least bad of the two.
pira114 02/26/15 10:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Mirror for 1992 F250 XLT

Thanks for the reply. I was afraid of that
pira114 02/26/15 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Weigh Stations?

My brother in law works at the weight station off 74 in Illinois. He said that people who use RV for personal use do not need to stop at the weight scale. If someone is using the RV for commercial purpose, that is a different story. And how would they know if used for personal use or commercial? Not sure about Illinois, but in Ca the license plate is different for commercial vehicles. Most who have a truck in Ca know this. They also know the registration is much higher. What they might not know is that if they signed an affidavit saying it's never going to be used to haul or tow anything, then get caught, it's a huge fine. Then it'll need to be re-registered with all applicable fees paid. As in back fees. An example of a commercial RV might be one that says RED BULL across it. :) Could be that might draw attention. Just a bit of trivia. As for weigh stations in Ca, when they are closed, it's illegal to enter outside of an emergency. And no, recreational vehicles do not need to stop.
pira114 02/26/15 06:14am Beginning RVing
Towing Mirror for 1992 F250 XLT

Howdy all... Need a towing mirror for my 92 F250. I really don't want one of those slip on deals. I want a quality replacement type mirror. The mirrors it has are the stock chrome door mount, two point, break-away style mirrors. I really like the telescopic or tilt out mirrors common on trucks today. But all I can find for my truck is those slip on mirrors. I'd rather replace the current mirror for a better one. I've search the intarwebs, and can't seem to find what I'm looking for. Anyone know of one? Thanks
pira114 02/26/15 03:42am Travel Trailers
RE: New upstart happier camper

If I were in the market for a smaller trailer like that, I would be very interested. I like the 50s look. I like the simplicity. I like the size and shape better than a tear drop type trailer. Just don't know how I'd be with downsizing even if I was alone.
pira114 02/25/15 05:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Those that store their campers..when you pulling them out!

I store my trailer because I don't have room for it. But I've never really winterized like most. After each trip, I blow out the lines as best I can. That's about it. I live in the Sierras (Profile needs to be changed). We get lots of freezing temps. Reason I don't is that it's common for me to use it a couple days each month. Couple weeks in Oct for hunting season. Much more in the summer. So I use it so much that winterizing just doesn't work out.
pira114 02/25/15 04:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Question on surge protectors

Thank you everyone. I've got a lot to think about. Much appreciated
pira114 02/25/15 04:52am Travel Trailers
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