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RE: Is this forum going to get fixed???

Wow. I use an iPad and no problems.
GrandpaKip 10/19/19 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Corner Molding

Not knowing exactly what you need, if you can’t find a standard one that works, maybe a 2 piece molding will. I’ve had to do stuff like that on old boats. Anyhow, good luck.
GrandpaKip 10/17/19 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Add to camping to do list...

I think its where you insert something else LOL!
GrandpaKip 10/17/19 07:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Corner Molding

Do a google of “aluminum extrusions”
GrandpaKip 10/15/19 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: how to level a trailer

I leveled using the fridge as a base. Then put on 2 small bubble levels: 1 on front driver’s side, the other just around the corner. I can see the front level in my mirror which helps when setting up with Andersen type levelers.
GrandpaKip 10/14/19 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

I would be concerned that, without a weight distribution hitch, the nose of your SUV will be way up, unloading the front tires. With a 4000 lb trailer, you are looking at about 480 lb tongue weight. You could try to approximate this by putting weight on a cargo tray installed in your receiver to see the effect it will have. If you end up with a 5000 lb camper, the tongue weight would be about 600 lb. Our camper is listed as 3880 lb coming from the factory. Was almost 4300 lb when I took it home. Ready to go, it’s right at 5000 lb. Just some stuff to consider.
GrandpaKip 10/13/19 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

What is the payload of your SUV? You can find it on the tire sticker on the driver’s door jamb. This is usually more important than the tow rating.
GrandpaKip 10/11/19 07:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Water heater questions....

Instead of messing with the pressure relief valve, why not just open a faucet on the hot side? It’ll do the same thing. Something definitely screwy with the valve.
GrandpaKip 10/09/19 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Organized Obie Installs

I have used #8 screws to attach a variety of things in our camper. Clothes hooks, towel bars, magazine rack, paper towel holder, etc. The trick is to not spin the screw when tight to the wall. I tried a command strip hook once and it did not last but a few days on the wall trying to support an oven mitt. If you are really concerned about it staying put, you can always use an anchor made for thin wall coverings.
GrandpaKip 10/09/19 07:33am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Upgrade Suggestions: TV: 2019 Nissan Armada

camperbikermom, as you can see, the "weight cop" vultures are circling hard already at your mere mention of towing a mid size trailer with a full size SUV. Even though your post and questions did not even allude to wanting anyone's opinion. All I can offer is don't get too caught up in that and maybe you'll get some good info on the type of camper to buy. Keep the weight reasonable and ignore the folks that meter out how many paper plates they put in the pantry based on their sherline scale reading! So, are you saying that anyone that is trying to match their TV to a trailer should not understand or do the basic math? What is the problem with making sure you are within the specs for your vehicle? When determining the type of camper somebody wants, isn’t making sure that the TV is not being overloaded by that choice somewhat important? I really don’t care what the TV is, as long as people are informed and know the capabilities and the limitations of said TV. Same goes for the camper. A lot of wasted time looking at campers that are not a good fit with a certain TV can be avoided. Grit dog can correct me if I'm wrong, but the "basic math" still leaves a pretty big range. Some people insist you need to stay on one end of the spectrum, and others like to live dangerously. In my case, it's an almost 2500 lb range that would leave us within the recommendations. You will end up with a range between the minimum tongue weight and the maximum. And those will give you an idea of the gross weights of trailers to look at. Personally, I go for 12%, which has worked well for us and leaves a comfortable cushion. Our previous truck was maxed out on payload and 1000 pounds under max tow weight. Never had a problem with that setup. I would also recommend looking at the cargo carrying capacity of the trailers you are considering. Just for 2 of us, we added about 800 pounds to the dry weight. That’s a scaled weight I got on the way home with it empty. The listed dry weight was about 300 pounds less. Have fun with your search.
GrandpaKip 10/06/19 08:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Murphy Bed vs. Separate Bedroom

We have a u shaped dinette. It is a lot easier to sit 4 people in a standard 2 bench setup. The upside is that the backside can be used to stretch out. We looked at the Mini Lites a few years ago and were impressed overall with them.
GrandpaKip 10/06/19 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Aquariums

The OP said: "I will not move the trailer often and when I do it the tank would be drained." I guess the last few posters didn't catch that. :B :B LOL. Tis a common occurrence.
GrandpaKip 10/05/19 05:14am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Upgrade Suggestions: TV: 2019 Nissan Armada

camperbikermom, as you can see, the "weight cop" vultures are circling hard already at your mere mention of towing a mid size trailer with a full size SUV. Even though your post and questions did not even allude to wanting anyone's opinion. All I can offer is don't get too caught up in that and maybe you'll get some good info on the type of camper to buy. Keep the weight reasonable and ignore the folks that meter out how many paper plates they put in the pantry based on their sherline scale reading! So, are you saying that anyone that is trying to match their TV to a trailer should not understand or do the basic math? What is the problem with making sure you are within the specs for your vehicle? When determining the type of camper somebody wants, isn’t making sure that the TV is not being overloaded by that choice somewhat important? I really don’t care what the TV is, as long as people are informed and know the capabilities and the limitations of said TV. Same goes for the camper. A lot of wasted time looking at campers that are not a good fit with a certain TV can be avoided.
GrandpaKip 10/04/19 11:06am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Upgrade Suggestions: TV: 2019 Nissan Armada

You can find out the payload of your Armada from a sticker on the driver side door jamb. It will say something like, “The total cargo capacity should not exceed xxx pounds”. Work out what weight your family and their stuff in the Armada will be and subtract from the posted number. Then subtract about 100 pounds for a weight distribution system. What’s left is what tongue weight you can put on the hitch. An easy way to get ideas of suitable campers is to take 15% of the Gross Vehicle Weight (which gives you an idea of max tongue weight) and see if that puts you over your rated payload. I have a feeling you will find that you are going to have to scale back some of the campers you have listed. For example, a 7000 pound max gross weight will eat up between 700 and 1050 pounds of payload. The lower amount is the minimum of 10% tongue weight. Everybody almost always runs out of payload before the max tow weight of the tow vehicle. Do not pay attention to the listed tongue weight. It is almost always too low.
GrandpaKip 10/04/19 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Storage Compartment Theft

Yeah, that compartment on my rig has a lot of stuff in there. Most of it is cheap, but together it is a few hundred dollars. Much too much to empty every time. Also not realistic to leave it unlocked, as you can get into the inside that way. I am going to beef up the lock/security and try to keep the more important items like the griddle inside or in the better secured storage compartment I have. We will see what they think of next. My storage yard is improving the cameras to a motion sensor/monitored set up so that someone can look and see what is going on and actually speak to them via a PA system while they call the cops. At least they are trying to do something. Yep, I getcha. I’ve got a lot of stuff in the compartment, too. It would be a real hassle to unload it every time. Hope everything works out for you. Oh, just thought of something. How about a cover? Though that might be a pain to take on and off. Good luck.
GrandpaKip 10/03/19 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Biggest unit you know of under 3,500 pounds ???

When we decided to try RVing, we already had a truck, a 2008 Nissan Frontier 4x4 crew cab. 4.0 V6 w/5 speed auto. 1200 pound payload, 6000 pound tow with a 60 square foot frontage restriction. I ran all the numbers for weights to come up with parameters for a trailer. We towed the 5000 pound Dart for 4 years with no problems, though many on this forum just knew we were on borrowed time. We towed a previous 4500 pound camper for 4 years before the Dart. If someone stays within specs for their TV and TT, sets up the WD properly, they should not have any problem towing. I have the Silverado now because the Frontier was getting old and I got a fantastic deal, not because the Frontier was inadequate. And I am a card carrying member of the Weight Police. But that’s because I do the math and not knee jerk into the 3/4 or 1 ton BS.
GrandpaKip 10/03/19 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Tankless Water Heater Compatibility?

I would consider a propane model if/when our water heater bites the dust, but not an electric one.
GrandpaKip 10/03/19 07:32am Travel Trailers
RE: What do you want in a campground?

Most of our camping now is done at state or COE campgrounds. We like to have electric and water. Sewer is nice. We haven’t used a campground bathroom in years. We use KOA for one night stands when traveling long distance. We also usually stay where there is water of some sort-ocean, lake, or river.
GrandpaKip 10/03/19 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Storage Compartment Theft

After reading all the suggestions here, I would go the simple route. Empty the compartment. Take the stuff home or store inside, then leave the compartment unlocked. I would not want the damage that could happen with a more secure door. I do the same with my vehicles. Usually leave them unlocked with nothing valuable in there. My insurance will cover a broken window, but it’s such a PITA to get it replaced.
GrandpaKip 10/02/19 01:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer sway

If you are going with a camper with less than 700 - 800 pounds of tongue weight, look at the Andersen hitch. It is easy to install and set up. I have never had a moment of sway, even under emergency maneuvers. Our tongue weight is a bit under 600 pounds and the truck has 1780 pounds of payload. We have absolutely no desire to go bigger.
GrandpaKip 09/26/19 02:14am Travel Trailers
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