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RE: Tow Vehicle Question

I wouldn’t rent it to anyone without at least a 3/4 ton truck.
GrandpaKip 08/22/19 07:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Run the USA is what?

Going cross country is really just a series of shorter trips. We do the 300 mile/6 hour per day thing. Works well for us. We also have certain destinations in mind, so most stops are planned and reserved in advance. Our 21’ trailer has been perfect for us. We are starting our plans for a round the Great Lakes trip and have no concerns about the truck or the trailer.
GrandpaKip 08/20/19 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a Geo Pro 19bh

I currently towed an Innsbruck 199dd to Colorado from TX with my 2016 grand Cherokee 4x4 High Altitude. 3.6. Door placard says 6,500 tow capacity for my particular jeep. I weighed all of our stuff loading up the jeep before driving to pick up the rental trailer. 250 lbs of stuff. The Innsbruck is a super light no frills trailer. I had the water filled before leaving, so that added some weight, but was still under 4,500 lbs I estimate. Just two of us riding in the keep, me 220 lbs, her 130. Pulling power was no problem. Even from Durango to Ouray. But I had a minor white knuckle wind experience on I40 coming into Clovis NM from TX. Strong winds out of the south blew me around pretty good. I had just a ball hitch receiver, no special hitch or sway bars. Without wind it tows just fine. But what I've read about the short wheelbase on the GC is true. I was fighting the sway pretty hard. Never felt like it was dangerous enough to pull over, but it was work. In our RV park in Ouray there was a Geo Pro 19 with a grand Cherokee. I noticed it had a special hitch. I meant to chat them up as I'd like to keep my jeep and I've looked at the Geo Pro, but they left already so I wasn't able to get their feedback. Your estimate is just a guess. It might be close, but it could be hundreds of pounds off. You won’t know until you’ve weighed your rig at a CAT or other certified scale. Tongue weight is very important. I would be very leery of towing a 20’ trailer without a WD and some sort of sway control, especially if you tow in a windy area.
GrandpaKip 08/16/19 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions on single axle trailer and SUV tow vehicle

the expedition can make a great tow vehicle for a trailer <27 feet. Only reason I didn't get one instead of my f150 was the price tag. Lots of options with this vehicle. also means you don't need to drive a POS Chevy so that's a win. Ooooh...and I thought I liked you ;-)
GrandpaKip 08/14/19 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Permanent propane tank for RV home storage?

Instead of the standard space heater, you might consider a portable hydronic or oil-filled heater.
GrandpaKip 08/14/19 08:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Real towing advise please

So we had the trailer loaded the same way for both the tacoma and the tundra. And there was considerable difference in sway..Could I have too much weight loaded forward and that cause sway? Without actual weight numbers, no one can tell you much of anything practical for your rig. Everybody can guess to their heart’s content and it won’t mean much. A good start is to load up and go to a CAT scale.
GrandpaKip 08/14/19 08:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Real towing advise please

Payload is more important than tow weight. Tongue weight+WD+stuff in bed+passengers+stuff in cab=? Subtract that from payload sticker on your truck to see where you are at. If you don’t know the actual, real world tongue weight, then take 13-15% of the trailer’s gross as the tongue weight. A properly set up rig shouldn’t have any sway issues and certainly should not be scary.
GrandpaKip 08/14/19 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: New to RVing.....please help

Would this be an okay one for us? Also do I need 30 or 50 amp? Sorry if these sound like stupid questions. I have been reading other posts but didnt see anything about this. https://i.imgur.com/JbyEOpMl.jpg Look at your main breaker. If it’s 30A, then get a 30A. Same with 50A. That’s the minimum of surge protection. I would go with a Progressive Industries surge protector. Also good to have are a 30 to 50 amp dogbone and a 30 to 15 amp dogbone if your camper is 30A. If it’s 50A, then get dogbones made for that size. These allow you to plug into various outlets.
GrandpaKip 08/13/19 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Are these stickers needed??

A campground requiring an RVIA sticker is simply trying to eliminate school bus, and cargo trailer conversions (which look like **** anyhow), and is a simple foolproof way of doing this. Charles My cargo trailer conversion did not look like ****. It was very well done and received quite a few compliments.
GrandpaKip 08/10/19 09:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Are these stickers needed??

If I remember right (not always possible), there was a campground in Myrtle Beach that was very selective about who could stay there. Also along the Fla. Gulf coast. State parks, COE campgrounds, and KOAs were never a problem.
GrandpaKip 08/09/19 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: State Park.

Hello to all the travelers there! My friends and I are going to Poland in September and we would like to ask you a few questions. What is the most optimal route around Poland? We https://cars-scanner.co.uk/austria/graz_airport_car_rental.html thought about going from Warsaw through Gdansk, Poznan, Wroclaw and Lodz… what do you think? Maybe you can advise something? We are also looking for a company to rent a car so we would be grateful if you advised one, thanks. Interesting question for a Recreational Vehicle forum. Maybe you ought to try something like TripAdvisor or Rick Steves.
GrandpaKip 08/09/19 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a Geo Pro 19bh

The yellow tire placard on the door of your Jeep should give you the cargo capacity. Sounds as if the Jeep will be fine for what you want to do.
GrandpaKip 08/09/19 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Electric Fridge, Now That Hole in the Side..

We had a compressorless dorm fridge in a 14’ cargo trailer and it put out a fair amount of heat over time. You could definitely feel it. I would just leave the vents as they are.
GrandpaKip 08/09/19 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Are these stickers needed??

One word of warning. I have stayed in at least three RV parks that you have an RVIA placard on your rigs to stay there. That right there is what I am worried about. I built a cargo trailer conversion, traveled all over the US, and never had a problem with not having any type of official sticker. No one ever asked. But we never stayed in any hoity-toity campgrounds, either.
GrandpaKip 08/08/19 07:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a Geo Pro 19bh

You will have about 500 pounds on the tongue and maybe more. Subtract that from the payload of the Jeep and see what you’ve got left for passengers and cargo in it.
GrandpaKip 08/08/19 06:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Fridge help

If you don’t have a manual, I would suggest you get one for your particular unit. Type in the name and model number.
GrandpaKip 08/07/19 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: New To TT game, need some help/advice/smacking

Really any make/model that fits your needs will do. Your budget will dictate how many bells and whistles there are. Buying used for a first camper makes sense for a lot of folks. If you buy at a dealer, the PDI (predelivery inspection) should include every last thing in and on the camper. All the appliances, how to winterize, the electrical systems, etc. I’m sure you can find a list to follow. If you buy used from a private party, you are on your own. You can hire an RV tech to look it over.
GrandpaKip 08/06/19 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Need help with a Exterior problem

Any competent fiberglass repair guy could fix the cracks. Paint would be the biggest factor and you seem to have that covered. Can’t imagine it would cost over a grand, as long as there is no structural damage. You will also have a salvage title which can affect resale, trade in, etc. Only you can determine if it’s worth it. The price would have to be pretty phenomenal for me to take it.
GrandpaKip 08/04/19 08:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Roof bubbling

That the dealer is hoping she won’t do anything for at least 3 months. I’d do what gbopp said and/or contact a mobile rv tech.
GrandpaKip 08/01/19 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Foam in tires

The people who dismiss CR never seems to have data, or statistics, or much of anything other than "I disagree with these guys". That’s because CR trashed what they bought.
GrandpaKip 07/30/19 08:33am Travel Trailers
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