Too heavy for the Armada, by the time the family and all your stuff is loaded, IMO. The Armada is already a beast with poor gas mileage, which you already know, so it would be REALLY awful pulling this camper. I think it would also be too long for the the Armada to pull comfortably.
I wouldn't pull over 7200 lb. FULLY LOADED with your Armada, which is 80% of your capacity. This has worked well for me over the years.
And 11-12 mpg again. What do you get now, 17? 18? ;) It's funny, I have a TT and I'm looking at A frames. You have an A and are thinking of a trailer.
I looked at the floor plan and I'm wondering if the bathroom door can be opened when the slide is in.
LOL! If you look at Aliners, get an Expedition - wish we had! It's a foot longer (makes a difference in such a tiny trailer!) and can come with a wet bath or just a cassette potty built in. I'd skip the wet bath, but go for the cassette potty; JMHO. The wet bath takes up too much precious interior space, IMO.
Yea, we get 17-18 pulling our Classic with our Pathfinder; we heard it's a little less (maybe 15?) pulling the Expedition, due to a slight weight increase, and it's a little wider (more wind drag). This one's also on our short list. They cost $17,900 at a local dealer. As I said in my above post, we'll probably keep our Classic another year, then decide whether to keep it or sell it and get something else.
You're probably right that you can't access the bathroom in the 179 with the slide in, but we don't use the potty while on the road anyway. We never carry fresh water anyway. Plus, it gives us a good reason to pull over and stretch our legs and walk the dogs at a rest stop.
We went to look at R-Pod's last fall and found them a little lacking in height and storae space. We bought the unit parked next to the R-Pod and love it. We can stand up anywhere, has an island queen bed with storage underneath, and the bathroom is actually fairly spacious with a tub.
Tows real nice with a Nissan Frontier. Yep 11 - 12 MPG but we're out of canvas! Bit lower cost than the R-Pod too, at least on sale it was.
Good luck with your search.
Previous R-Pods WERE woefully lacking in storage (and most still are), which is why we didn't like our 173, but the new 179 has a closet, as well as several cabinets and drawers; never mind the slide and u-dinette. Also, the gray/black tanks are 30 gallons - a lot bigger than your new one (15/10). We also like the price point: $16,999 at our local dealer. We're not in the market right now; maybe in a year, so we're not committed to this camper yet. We're still not sure we're willing to give up the gas mileage again either. We'll see after another year in the Aliner.
Check to make sure you don't have a faulty regulator on the propane tank. If that's okay, try lighting your stove top burners (all of them), to get the air out of the lines. We used to have to do that to get our oven to light.
Does anyone have the new R-Pod 179? We saw one for the first time at a dealer last week. We used to have an R-Pod 173 and hated it - no slide, no storage, but this one has STORAGE, as well as a slide! It's a couple of feet longer than our old 173 and a just little heavier, but it sure would be nice to have a bathroom again...
We never had the connection to him for reasons unknown that we've had with our other dogs. You are not alone and I know you aren't looking for vindication but it's OK to feel that way.
Thank you (HUG!) Jack never "said" anything to me, nor "got" anything I said to him, other than basic dog commands. Even just now, I wanted to take a picture of him, and he wasn't cooperating - but JIMMY understood what I was trying to do, so he walked over and stood with Jack - and I got my picture
Awweeeee, what a sweet photo!
Sunny's looking great! ... http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r73/salem21_2006/thumbup.gif
Wish I could cut Calvin's nails. The last two times Doc cut'um, they brought him back in the room so I could give him the Death Grip Body Hold while the tech cut his nails! They couldn't hold him! ... LOL
Labs are funny like that. Our last lab (RIP Chipper!) would have NONE of the bordatella vaccine, which was simply squirted up his nose! 3 of us tried holding him down, with ZERO success. The vet finally just put on his record: In the future, give bordatella by injection - lol. The dog could care less how many shots he got; just couldn't squirt anything up his nose...
Luckily, Sunny only weighs around 9.5 lb., so holding him down to shave his front feet isn't so hard. A 65 lb. lab's a different story!
Have you tried giving Calvin some Melatonin about 30 minutes before taking him to get his nails done? I gave some to Sunny before I clipped him the other day, and it helped to relax him some.
CA Poppy, Sunny is a light cream, with dense, curly hair, except for his top knot, which is fairly straight. Right now, his coat's pretty short (how he came when we adopted him), and I try to brush him at least 3x a week. So far, so good as far as keeping the tangles at bay.
Deb, I'd give him treats, if he'd eat them, but he won't take any food from our hands yet. I used a lot of soft, positive reinforcement, which he likes. He's really pretty good, except the front feet. The clipper doesn't bother him; it's touching his front feet that he doesn't like.
No, I don't have to shave his feet, but I'm a traditionalist, when it comes to poodles. Sunny will get used to it eventually. He was a little better this time compared to 3 weeks ago, so he's making progress. He just needs to get used to being handled more often. He is really good and doesn't need a muzzle while I'm shaving his privates, face, tail, and back feet. It's just his front feet that he's unhappy about having shaved. He was also very good when I was doing the scissoring of his tail pom-pom, head, and ears. His body hair is still so short, that I just had to scissor a little around his neck today.
I'm sorry you're having to make this decision, but I agree with you that it's time. Jack is beyond frustrated with his situation and his quality of life has diminished to to point where sending him to the Rainbow Bridge will be a blessing.
CA Poppy, no, Sunny doesn't make any noise. He just keeps trying to yank his foot away and tries to bite me if I don't comply, hence the mesh muzzle for that part - lol! He's not wild about having his nails trimmed either, but not as violent a reaction for that as when I have to shave his feet. I haven't tried dremmeling his nails yet; I don't imagine he'd like that at all, either. Eventually, I'll try it, but he's endured enough trama for now.
Sunny had his hair did today! Of course, Maddie had to check my groom job to see if I did it right - lol! Sunny was good, except for his front feet, just like last time. I had to put a mesh muzzle on him to get them done. He was fine for everything else, including his back feet - go figure! :h I told him I was so sorry that he was a poodle and had to go through this every few weeks! :p
Thanks again for all of your encouragement. It means so much to me!
Another baby step tonight: Sunny ate his dinner on his bed behind the couch tonight rather than in his crate in the other room!! We made sure to stay out of the area, not to walk around, nor look at him while he ate. He paced back and forth a little but kept going back to eat more until it was gone - woo hoo!! :B Maddie was gated off in the kitchen so she wouldn't move in and scarf down his food, the little terror - er, terrier - lol!
Thanks everyone, for your kind words. We wanted to adopt Sunny from the beginning, but we were hesitant when we found out his history and the severity of his issues. The rescue actually suggested that we foster first, to make sure we could deal with his issues, which I think was very smart.
Our other dog, Maddie, is being a great role model for Sunny, and Sunny follows her around. Of course, he also witnessed Maddie chasing down, cornering, and almost catching a young rabbit yesterday in our yard (fortunately, she came to me when the bunny hid under an overturned wheelbarrow, but was FURIOUS with me when the bunny then escaped - she's such a terrier!). :R Sunny watches Maddie intently when we're loving on her, playing fetch with her, calling her to us, etc. He now doesn't have to be put on the tie-out outside (I still keep the leash on him, which he drags around "just in case"). He'll come back inside when called, following Maddie.
He'll learn to act like a dog yet!
congrats on the adoption. do you foster dogs? we do and it is always great to hear when a dog gets a new home!!
I have fostered dogs for friends who run rescues in an emergency, but not on a full-time basis. I also help them place dogs in foster/permanent homes by sharing them on FB, etc. I'm more comfortable being behind the scenes.