When are you heading to Jetty Park? I was there in October and it was great. I'm headed to St Anastasia tomorrow and it's going to be the first time I have 3 bikes on the roof of my Odyssey. The other 2 kids bikes go inside the HTT. I bought Yakima Raptor Aeros which hold the full bike w/o taking the tires off. I hope the wind resistance doesn't mess me up as much as it did when going from a PUP to a high wall like the HTT. Happy camping!
We are going to Jetty park the last week in April. I read that they are doing numerous improvements and should be complete by then. I have heard a lot of good stuff about it.
The roof racks may be too much $$ for me, but I will start looking more actively on craigs list and ebay.
I have a Hyundai mini van and I'm going to start to pull a htt.. How much was it to install the airbags. That's a great idea.. I just bought a camper and the next day it snowed 10 inches.. So I'm a little jealous I would take planes trains and auto right now as long as. Was camping....
The airbags were actually very simple. ( I did myself as you can too) It was not like these you see on TV.. (up and down, and all that) I bought the airlift brand. It was a heady duty rubber air bag that is installed in the spring. A little patience and know-how and they were in after 1.5 hours. You can purchase an on board compressor and so-on, but I just air them up at the house and that is fine for our short trips. You do have to monitor them (keep a small anount of air in them) but, not a big deal. Just google airlift airbags and you can see what I have.. (airlift 1000) I think
Good for you! Nice setup. I'm extremely shocked the weight police haven't paid a visit to you yet! I hope you enjoy your camping trips, we were, and still are, considering a setup similar to yours. We had stopped shopping after reading the usual posts about needing a 3/4 ton truck to tow a light hybrid, and that a minivan can't tow anything more than an inflatable raft, but even then would need a weight distributing hitch and sway control to pull a kid on a skateboard. BTW, those statements are exagerrations, but some of the posts I read are not too far off from that. I may have to once again consider a set up like yours, as we plan to camp nearby on flat terrain.
i'm sorry but there's a big difference in a minivan pulling a full-height trailer in flat Florida, over a minivan pulling one through the mountains, such as the Rockies and Sierras.
Actually, we have been revisiting our plans and are looking for a slightly larger TT, and of course, a heavier tow vehicle. Will be looking for another truck this summer and will go from there as for a TT.
Welcome. I had a 2005 Starcraft HTT as well but mine was a 21SSO. We camped out of a PU for 17 years and our two daughters grew up camping. Both are married now with children of their own and they continue to camp. Our oldest picked up a used PU and they are out as much as possible. It is a great family activity.
We towed with a 4Runner and didn't bring bikes. After the kids grew up the wife and I started bringing ours. We put them in a bike stand inside the HTT. It actually worked well even though I didn't like taking them in or out but once we were set up they rode without any problem. I don't think I could have gotten more than two in this way but I never really tried. Inside the HTT is probably not the best but it is an option. Don't put them on the back bumper of the trailer. I tried this on my PU and was lucky to get home with them still connected. Things were bent up and quite ugly on the way back.
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