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RE: tire changing jack

I don't know what make and model your tow vehicle is but my Yukon XL's scissors jack is the pits when I had to change tires on my trailer. I bought a small 3 Ton Aluminum Floor Jack from Harbor Freight that's light and easy to stow. Your luck might be better than mine. If I'm out on the road I'm very likely to be missing a very important part needed for your new jack to work; A floor. That kind of jack, the lift plate goes up in a arc. This is not a issue, if, and only if the jack can roll. If of anything but a smooth hard surface, the lift plate is likely to slide, and drop the load. Even on a "brush finished" concrete driveway, you need to watch close as it goes up. Very true. I use a piece of 3/4 plywood with a floor jack at home on the gravel driveway.
GrandpaKip 08/14/20 06:46am Travel Trailers
RE: truck for towing.

Have you considered a 3500 van?
GrandpaKip 08/12/20 08:06am Travel Trailers
RE: First barrage with the dealer

Congratulations. Have many fun outings. Enjoy!
GrandpaKip 08/11/20 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: tire changing jack

Trailer-Aid here, also. Used it many times at home, fortunately not on the road.
GrandpaKip 08/10/20 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Insurance

USAA for all my insurance needs.
GrandpaKip 08/10/20 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: First barrage with the dealer

Pay no attention to doc fees, freight, delivery, etc. Just get the out the door price with any freebies. I have never cared what was written above the bottom line. When I bought ours, I told them what I would pay for it and not a penny more. I told them to just make all the numbers work, that the bottom number is all I cared about. He agreed and we had a deal. Did the same with our new truck.
GrandpaKip 08/09/20 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Estimate of cargo weight

I weighed our trailer on the way home from the dealer. 4180# Sticker dry weight 3885# Brochure dry weight 3850# Loaded weight 5000# Gross weight 6200# 2 people 1 wee dog We are 1150# added to the published dry weight and 820# over scaled weight. That’s a significant difference of 330#. Just to give you an idea of what the manufacturer says and the real world.
GrandpaKip 08/07/20 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Calculations

Real world measurement. I added a cargo rack to the frame of my camper. It weighs 55 pounds. I put 100 pounds on the rack. All this was done as the tongue sat on a scale with the trailer level. The weight went down 24 pounds. So, the tongue weight decreased by about 15.5%. Let me finish your sentence. So, the tongue weight decreased by about 15.5% of the weight added to the rear of the trailer. What was the tongue weight (scale reading) before? The 24 pounds divided by that number would be the amount the tongue weight decreased. You are correct. Thanks for the clarification. The tongue weight was decreased by 4.1%...24/585 For the OP’s query, he could figure that about 15% of the weight added aft would be removed from the tongue weight. If he added 500# to the rear, it would remove about 75#. To know what the effect would be, he would have to know the trailer and tongue weights. Of course, this assumes (yeah, I know) that the frame can handle it.
GrandpaKip 08/07/20 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Dry vs Gross weight

I have a camper that has a CCC of 2200 pounds according to the sticker. In reality, it’s more like 1800 pounds according to scale weights when empty. I am 1000 pounds +/- under gross weight when loaded. Several members here state that they are at or over gross weight. Others say they will never hit gross weight. I probably won’t, either. However, I’m in the camp of having a generous cushion in the weight department. I believe it will save extra wear and tear on the camper. Kinda interesting that some people that gripe about the quality of campers in general have no problem saying it’s OK to go to the max. Anyhow, it’s all a personal choice in the end.
GrandpaKip 08/06/20 08:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Calculations

Real world measurement. I added a cargo rack to the frame of my camper. It weighs 55 pounds. I put 100 pounds on the rack. All this was done as the tongue sat on a scale with the trailer level. The weight went down 24 pounds. So, the tongue weight decreased by about 15.5%.
GrandpaKip 08/06/20 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Is this a problem?

Looks like the adhesive is letting go.
GrandpaKip 08/05/20 06:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Dry vs Gross weight

I like to keep it simple. Look at the trailers GVWR and figure in 12- 15 % of that as tounge weight and subtract that from from payload. Have a tow vehicle that can pull the GVWR of trailer and payload that can absorb the tounge weight and cargo. I've owned 4 trailers and each weighed much closer to the trailers GVWR vs the UVW or dry weight. This.
GrandpaKip 08/05/20 06:20am Travel Trailers
RE: portable storage shed

GrandpaKip 08/04/20 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: ~11K difference between same trailers...

The only price that matters is the Out The Door price. I always ask for that first and walk away if there is any hemming and hawing. Look all over the net for the model you want and, pretty soon, you’ll have a good idea of the cost.
GrandpaKip 08/04/20 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Why so few Murphy beds ?

We forewent the Murphy bed for a dedicated walk around queen. Didn’t want to lose the pass through, the hassle of putting it up and down, and it looked like I’d be fixing it later on as the one we saw wasn’t the best built thing. We don’t need a couch. Our u-shaped dinette works if we have to be inside.
GrandpaKip 08/04/20 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Kind of a dumb question, but I'm new

If you stay below 6k pounds loaded, you should also look at an Andersen hitch. By far the easiest to set up, hook up and unhook. I love mine but, I have a small light TT with a low hitch weight. I've heard that they don't work as well on every trailer. Especially the ones with a lot of hitch weight. Yeah, seems that 800# tongue weight is the max. I stay at 600# more or less.
GrandpaKip 08/03/20 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Painting interior??

The finished product really depends on how picky you are and how much time you are willing to put in for the prep. All shiny surfaces should be deglossed, either chemically or with sandpaper. Then you have to decide on the type of finish, latex or oil, and method of application.. Pictures on pininterest will not really show the quality of the finished product. Good luck.
GrandpaKip 08/03/20 07:24am Travel Trailers
RE: OK what you got ?

Got to be some typos in that post. OP?
GrandpaKip 07/30/20 07:26am Travel Trailers
RE: sneak peek

“Like” Have fun.
GrandpaKip 07/30/20 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Cassita travel trailer general questions

There are forums for Casitas and fiberglass egg campers. Probably a load of info on them. Anyhow, we looked at them several years ago. Or, I should say, tried to look at them. I was always too late. They do go fast.
GrandpaKip 07/29/20 07:32am Travel Trailers
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