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RE: Considering a new TT, looking for thoughts/opinions

The manager at the campground where we keep our StarCraft has a brother who is a camper mechanic. We told her that we're considering upsizing our TT, and she said that her brother would tell us to get a Jayco. He's found that they have fewer issues overall, than other brands - FWIW.
xteacher 08/26/16 06:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Were back

Welcome back and happy camping!
xteacher 08/20/16 07:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Outdoor Shower

I don't imagine the track will want water running all over the ground creating a mud pit. Take along baby wipes - they'll do for a couple of days.
xteacher 08/19/16 06:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Moving from SC to MA in winter with small TT

Are campgrounds that far north even open that time of year? As an inexperienced driver on snow, I would be nervous driving my truck in that weather, much less having a TT attached. Store your TT in SC until the snow melts in MA, then retrieve it. If you insist on driving it up there during the winter, and I pray you decide not to, winterize before you go, and use the campground facilities for bathing, going to the bathroom, and refilling drinking/dish washing water containers.
xteacher 08/19/16 05:56am Travel Trailers
RE: donn0128 -----new pup

Very cute pup! I agree that the travel, stress of a new home away from littermates, and different water can cause tummy upset. Did you change his food? Most breeders recommend keeping the puppy on the original food until acclimated to the new home, then changing over gradually (if planning on feeding something different). You could try giving him a spoonful of pure canned pumpkin (not pie filling) with each meal, or get a probiotic.
xteacher 08/17/16 07:28am RV Pet Stop
RE: Separation anxiety

SA dogs are tough. I used to have boxers, which are famous for this problem. I agree with getting medication from your vet to help, but increased exercise and mental exercise are also crucial. One walk a day for a mile isn't enough for this type of dog, IMHO. I would try 2-3 walks a day at 2-3 miles each (gradually work your way up to this level, so as not to injure your dog). Mental exercises will wear them out, as well. Google Brain Games for Dogs or Mental exercises for Dogs to get ideas. You may also want to consider enrolling your dog in agility class. Many dogs enjoy it, and it engages their brains as well as giving them (and you!) physical exercise.
xteacher 08/15/16 09:13pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A-liners, anyone?

My husband and I are on our second Aliner. We first had an Aliner Classic, but found it a bit tight. We now have an Aliner Ranger 15, a poorer cousin of the Expedition. We love the built in cassette potty, the extra floor space (a 15 foot box, which is 3 feet longer than the Classic), the 60x80 queen sized bed, the outside shower, gas struts to help raise the roof, and the ease of set up (about a minute to put up the ceiling and side walls). It's a dream to tow - no WDH/bars needed with a half decent tow vehicle. I'm a member of a ladies camping group, and it's no problem taking it out by myself on those occasions. If you'd like to look at a small TT, I'd recommend looking at an R-Pod 178 or 179. One of the members of my ladies' camping group has the 178, and she loves it - tows it with a 4 Runner, which is similar to the Highlander you're considering.
xteacher 08/15/16 08:53pm Folding Trailers
RE: Upgraded

Congrats on your new camper - happy travels!
xteacher 08/06/16 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with Ford Expedition

If you're looking for a truck for one of those trailers you listed, you will do yourself a huge service by skipping the 1500 altogether and going straight to a 2500. The 1500 truck won't tow much, if any, better than your Expedition. It will still be pushing your comfort limits. I've towed TTs with two different Ram trucks in the past, and they've done the job just fine. I'd be towing well under this truck's limit.
xteacher 08/04/16 06:59am Towing
RE: Towing with Ford Expedition

DH and I have decided to look for a used truck instead. Tomorrow, we're going to look at a 2013 Ram Hemi 1500 Express Quad Cab with only around 25,000 miles on it - nothing fancy, but it should do the job, I'd think. It has a 3.55 axle with a 8850 lb. tow capacity and HD oil cooler and HD transmission cooler. Payload is 1610 lb., I think. I've had two Rams in the past and was happy with both of them, so I'm hopeful that this one will be good, too.
xteacher 08/03/16 03:54pm Towing
RE: Towing with Ford Expedition

When they went to the 6 speed transmission they no longer offer the 3.73 rear end. I think it may come with a 3.55 but not certain. I would prefer something higher than a 3.31 as I think it is easier on the tranny to have a higher rear end but they all seem to be that way in the people movers these days. I would guess that a trailer that grosses 7500 pounds is going to be all you will want to tow. My Expy has the same rating and anything over 7000 is pushing it, even when the Expy is empty other than the two of us. Even in a pick-up the max tow weights are not really applicable in a travel trailer. You might get there towing a flat bed trailer but not a big box. Thank you - helpful!
xteacher 08/03/16 07:15am Towing
RE: Towing with Ford Expedition

I'm not crazy about the 3.31 either. Our last truck, a Ram 1500, had a 3.92...
xteacher 08/02/16 08:59pm Towing
RE: Towing with Ford Expedition

What's your typical camping destination? Headed straight to the beach? Or driving north into the mountains? We would be using this camper mainly in FL and GA. We plan on keeping our Aliner to take on longer trips.
xteacher 08/02/16 08:57pm Towing
Towing with Ford Expedition

My husband and I have owned many campers over the years, and we're considering buying one of these campers, or one of similar size, and towing it with a 2012 Ford Expedition with a heavy duty tow package and a 3.31 rear axle. We've towed similar sized trailers with a truck in the past, but we'd prefer an SUV this time around. The specs say the Expedition will tow 9200 lbs. Does this sound doable? A used Expedition with a heavy duty tow package is very hard to find around here; I found one about 400 miles away. I haven't been able to find one at all with a 3.73 axle. Possible contenders: Coachmen Freedom Express 254DSX Coachmen Apex 250RLS
xteacher 08/02/16 05:10pm Towing
RE: Awning use @ beach???

We have personally saved a neighbor's awning (thank goodness it was a manual one!) from flipping over the top of their camper at the beach while they're gone. It took three of us holding it down and rolling it back up. Not worth the risk, IMO. BTW, it was not storming at the time - just normal windy conditions at the beach.
xteacher 07/29/16 06:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: AC not getting super cold

Check to make sure the tube that drains the water isn't clogged. Also, it works better on high than on low.
xteacher 07/29/16 06:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: 15K AC question

Yes, get the 15k! The twin 2k Hondas in parallel should run your a/c fine. You have to be careful not to run too much else at the same time.
xteacher 07/29/16 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Awning use @ beach???

We don't use our awaning if it's too breezy - not worth the risk. Take an easy up canopy to use instead.
xteacher 07/29/16 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: good deal?

Congrats on your new TT - wow, that's a big thing! Happy camping!! If the trailer is set up too nose high, it can cause more sway and make your ride squirreley. It's best if completely level, or if that's not possible, slightly nose down. Best to let the fridge cool at least overnight before loading any food. Also, put food in that's already cold. RV fridges are not as good as home fridges - just the nature of them. One trick you can use if you need to load food before your RV fridge is cool enough is to put frozen bottles of water from home in the fridge as you're driving to the campground. This will help the fridge to cool down faster. Once the water bottles thaw, you can then use them for drinking water.
xteacher 07/29/16 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Pup health issues

Poor Penny! I hope this resolves itself and she gets back to normal soon.
xteacher 07/29/16 07:40am RV Pet Stop
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