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Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

New to the group. My family (wife, teen, and young adult), currently camp in our 25' Outback TT. It is a great family camper and suits are needs well. We have been campers for many years. I am considering a used pop up TC for times when wife does not want to tag along on my fishing adventures (sometimes towing a boat). I found a used 2009 Guanella for sale. I went to see it last week. It's condition is well used, but not abused. Has AC, refer, stove, electric pop up, and whatever stock items were included. No black or gray tanks. It will need complete roof and sides reseal, cushions will need to be redone, and other misc repairs. Soft side vinyl does not appear to be torn anywhere. Asking $14,900. My uses will primarily be West/Southwest in Summer, Spring and Fall (CA, NV, AZ, NM, OR, WA, ID). I have a 2003 Ford F-350, Crew Cab, V10, 2WD. I do not camp in areas requiring 4X4. Thoughts on the asking price? What should I look for in a used Guanella? I am also considering used FWC Hawk models Thanks!
Baja Man 10/23/21 04:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Are Ground Bonding Plugs required for Each Inverter/Genny?

OP is asking about plugging into gens, but the two receptacles are in the paraLink. The neutral-grounding plugs I am referring to are plugged into the inverters 120V receptacle
Baja Man 08/31/21 10:14pm Tech Issues
Are Ground Bonding Plugs required for Each Inverter/Genny?

I am installing a new Progressive Industries hard wired EMS (EMS-HW30C). I want to use a ground-neutral bonding plug on inverters/gennys to avoid using my by-pass function. I plan on using my two Champion 2500W Dual Fuel inverters combined, using the Champion 30AMP ParaLINK Parallel kit. Will each inverter/genny need its own plug or will one plug on one them suffice? Thanks!
Baja Man 08/31/21 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Surge Protector - Hardwired without transfer switch?

Tucquala....as DrewE suggests, sounds like the bonding plug is what you and I need.
Baja Man 08/31/21 05:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Surge Protector - Hardwired without transfer switch?

The wiring in the trailer doesn't change when you plug into your own generator instead of the utility company's generators (which may be many miles away somewhere on the grid). The only negative with a surge protector may be that it detects the unbonded ground and neutral on the generator as an open ground and complains about that, if it's a decent EMS unit. The solution to that is pretty simple: either bypass the EMS, if it has a bypass switch, or plug a bonding plug into one of the outlets on the generator. A quick search of the forum will show what a bonding plug is and how to make one; it just connects the neutral to the ground on the generator. DrewE..... would a bonding plug be needed on EACH inverter/generator when connected with a parallel kit (I will be using two Champion inverters combined with the parallel kit)?
Baja Man 08/31/21 05:54pm Tech Issues
RE: 30amp Gen/50 Amp RV Generator Help

When combing two inverter/generators via the parallel kit, is a neutral-ground bonding plug needed for each inverter?
Baja Man 08/31/21 05:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Surge Protector - Hardwired without transfer switch?

Tuquala.... Does the Hughes unit have a bypass switch? The Progressive Industries unit I purchased has one. I believe these are what are needed for the low voltage via inverter/genny. Also, you do not travel with trailer any longer?
Baja Man 08/30/21 10:53am Tech Issues
RE: Surge Protector - Hardwired without transfer switch?

Does the wiring (no transfer switch) change or is the SP affected when I plug my RV 30amp power cord directly to my inverter portable gennys? Tuquala: Just getting her dialed in! It's a very nice floor plan but quality is not as high as ORV....but neither is the price! Time will tell how she holds up.
Baja Man 08/30/21 09:55am Tech Issues
RE: Roof reseal options

Ryan..... Perhaps we can chat via PM.....I'm planning a trip up the 4 Corners region later this summer and could use some intel. Fly Fishing the San Juan is my plan! Thanks!
Baja Man 08/04/21 06:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof reseal options

Ryan-- I just did this job a few weeks ago. I, too, was reluctant to climb on the roof. I decided to use ladders (step and extendable type like Little Giant) and placed them along the sides and rear as I went all around the trailer. I have a shop nearby and the guys are great about sharing advice. They do excellent work but charge $120/hr...doesn't matter the type of work. The plan as suggested by shop.... 1. Day 1: Clean all caulking areas to be caulked with Dicor Roof Cleaner. I used a spray bottle and cleaned with micro fiber rags. Remove any loose pieces of caulking but no need to scrape off old caulk. 2. Day 2: Use Dicor self-leveling caulk (verify which roof you have and follow manufacturer's recs). I believe Dicor SL sealant is suitable for EPDM, TPO, and roofing materials. My roof is EPDM. Apply caulk, with an approx. bead of 1/4", to all areas where cracking is noticed. ALL old caulking does not have to be covered with new caulk; only areas where caulk has cracked and water can enter. It's pretty straightforward and not difficult. 3. 2-3 weeks later....wash roof with Dicor roof cleaner and medium soft RV brush. Next day after roof has dried, I applied a Roof Treatment. It keeps the roof membrane conditioned, protected from UV rays, and prevents roof from drying out. The area I was unable to reach by ladder, was the center vent. Since I want to install a Fantastic Fan in this vent, I did not clean/caulk, as the entire vent will be removed for new Fantastic fan. ALL other items were reachable by ladder (bathroom vent, roof vents, refer vent, TV antenna, front and rear seams). I was even able to install a new Vortex II fan and a Maxx Air II cover at bathroom vent. Si Se Puede!
Baja Man 08/04/21 06:09pm Tech Issues
Surge Protector - Hardwired without transfer switch?

My new to me TT does not have a surge protector (SP), portable or hardwired. It also does not have a transfer switch (TS). I have not yet verified, but I assume the power cord used to connect my trailer to a power source (ex. power pedestal at campground) is connected directly to inverter/charger box where 120V and 12V fuses/breakers are located. The last hardwired SP I installed was in my TH that had a built in genny. I installed the SP before the TS. I want to install a SP in my TT. MY TT is 30amp. Do I need to have a TS to utilize ALL aspects/benefits of the SP? Or can the SP be installed anywhere between the power cord and the inverter/charger? Thanks!
Baja Man 08/04/21 05:24pm Tech Issues
Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

With the smaller holding tanks of the 2011 Outback 250RS (37 gal fresh and 30 gal each (Black and Gray), I was considering carrying a "Honey Wagon" tote for black and gray...... and freshwater containers (Ex. Igloo 5gal water containers) for carrying extra fresh water? Do any of you do this? My Outback 250RS is new to me (maiden voyage later this summer when it begins to cool down). We camp three adults (80% of time) and 4 the other 20%. We like state parks which usually do not have dumps at sites but do have a dump station within the park. We also stay at campgrounds with full hooks when available (wife's preference). Wife does not like using campground restrooms/showers, if they can be avoided. Also, if you have a model with rear slide out (ex. my Outback), how/where do you carry the tote? I already installed a BAL under frame spare tire carrier so no more room for another under frame carrier. Are they worth the hassle? Is the hassle equal to or less than breaking down RV and driving over to dump site? What do you do? Thanks!
Baja Man 08/03/21 12:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator/Inverter Mounted over Propane Tanks??

Update.... After careful analysis, we believe that we will be at non electric sites less than 20% of the time. Ethanol-free gasoline is not available in my area (and I do not believe anywhere in CA for that matter). So with the above, considering two Champion 2500 dual fuel inverters run in parallel. With this option I can decide to use either fuel as the situation dictates. Champion 2500 Now.....is it just as safe to carry two 5 gal containers of gas as it is to carry two 30# propane cylinders? What about propane tanks getting hot in back of truck during summer months? Same for gas cans? I would place either container in plastic crates and strap down to truck bed under my camper shell to prevent from moving. I can also crack side windows in shell to ventilate. Thoughts?
Baja Man 07/17/21 12:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

Thanks for the ideas and suggestions. Got it....t's all about compromises! Lots of great ideas. I'll use the ones that apply to the scenario and work for us.
Baja Man 06/27/21 02:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

As far as gray / black water… Are the portable dumping totes exclusive to its contents ( one for gray and separate one for black) or does one tote handle both? Storage could be an issue? How do you carry and store when traveling?
Baja Man 06/25/21 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

Anybody use the 6 gal Igloo water containers? How’s this process of storing water in truck bed and transferring to RV tank? Is a bladder preferred? Thought of taking 3-4 in back of truck. Or a water bladder in rear of truck? A 20-30 gal water tank would be too large and take much truck bed space…, not as portable as individual water containers. Thoughts? I have an F-350 so plenty of payload,
Baja Man 06/25/21 08:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

Is that 30 each black and gray or combined? If it’s 30 each that’s comparable to what we have now and it’s doable. Gray is always our limiting factor. As others have said just be careful how much goes down the drain. If possible, can wash dishes in a basin and dump that outside if possible or down the toilet if you have separate black and gray. You could also use one of the portable totes for dumping gray assuming the campground has a dump station. Black: 30 Gray: 30
Baja Man 06/25/21 08:34am Travel Trailers
Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

So we made compromises....smaller TT, lighter weight, easier to tow, easier to access locations, etc. Smaller, lighter TTs usually equals less CCC which equals smaller holding tanks. The new to me TT has holding tank capacities as follows: Fresh: 37ga B/G: 30ga Brochure on TT states 50 on fresh, but called Keystone, and per VIN, it is 37. We mainly camp where there are full hookups. Some state parks offer water and gray, but no black. But when we do want to go where there are no hookups, how can we handle the limited tanks? We travel most of the time with 3 adults......4 on occasion. Thoughts?
Baja Man 06/24/21 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator/Inverter Mounted over Propane Tanks??

It appears on my new to me trailer, the genny rack will not fit. The fiberglass front cap protrudes forward enough that the genny rack would have to be mounted too far forward (to clear cap) at about even with hitch ball. During a turn the truck would hit the genny rack!! So, that means genny rack is out of the question. Now.....one large 3500W or two 2200 watts? I'll have to carry gennies in truck bed and deploy as needed. Gas or propane in this instance as well. If portable and not mounted ina. genny rack...what are preferred options? Carry cans of gasoline.....or propane tanks? BTW...I also plan on carrying 3-4 6 gal water containers of fresh water as my FW tank is only 37gal. Thoughts?
Baja Man 06/24/21 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hitch Selection - TW Questions

Based on one of the responses... Does weight in truck bed need to be considered when selecting a WDH? Ex. TW is 900# and truck bed has 500#....hitch and bars need a 1400# rating? Chains vs solid bars?
Baja Man 06/21/21 05:57pm Travel Trailers
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