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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
RE: New Trailer Day!

Nice camper. The Nash is a travel trailer, not a camper. Northwood does have a line of campers though, the Arctic fox 865, 811, 990, 1140, 1150 Seriously? Far as I’m concerned, if you go camping in a trailer, it is a camper. And so is the person using it. Anyhow, I hope the OP enjoys his new camper/trailer/home on wheels/whatever he wants to call it.
GrandpaKip 09/13/19 07:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Is this delamination? Something else?

Looks like the filon came loose from the cross supports. May be from water intrusion, might not. Take a moisture meter and test all over the front. If wet, then leave it. If not, you can either fix it or leave it be. Seems like a high price for an 8 year old trailer with a wrinkled front cap.
GrandpaKip 09/11/19 10:49am Travel Trailers
RE: AC/ Stabilizers/ F.Cap wax - need your thoughts

I have BAL manual scissor jacks that I put up and down with a 20V Dewalt drill. Very fast and simple. My son has electric stab jacks that take just as long to get set as mine and mine will be working long after his have gone Phhht! due to some glitch. I would just convert all to manual and be done with it. There is no guarantee that a new AC will last any longer than your present one. However, a 15k unit will cool better than the 13.5k.
GrandpaKip 09/09/19 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking & moving without installing trailer battery

If going the manual route, use a regular drill, not an impact drill. That hammering could damage the internals of the jack. At least, I wouldn’t chance it.
GrandpaKip 09/09/19 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: DIY project for Generator rack

I added a 2’x5’ cargo rack to the rear of our camper. It is attached to the top of the frame between the bumper and the camper. It weighed in at 35 pounds or so. I had a tongue scale set up and put 100 pounds on the rack (2 grandsons). The tongue weight went down only 25 pounds. I put a bike, spare tire, 6’ aluminum ladder, patio mat and sewer tote on it. I weighed each one and the total came out to just over 100 pounds. It’s been about 4 years now and still works well. I have never experienced any sway, with our previous Frontier or the present Silverado. With the small amount of unloading, tongue weight is between 12% and 14%, depending on loading. And, GASP!, it’s on a Lippert frame.
GrandpaKip 09/09/19 07:43am Travel Trailers
RE: New Trailer Day!

Nice camper. I’m sure you will enjoy it.
GrandpaKip 09/09/19 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: smaller pull behind - single axle VS tandem axle ??

Our 21’ camper weighs 5000 pounds ready to go. I would not want it to be riding on one axle. As it is, there is a comfortable 1000 pound margin from the 6000 pound gross weight. It also is within specs for it to ride on 14” load C tires, though ours has D tires with gobs of room for weight; something like 3000 pounds.
GrandpaKip 09/08/19 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking of buying a Vista Cruiser 19CSK trailer..advice?

I like the one piece front, roof and back. The layout is decent for 19’. Don’t like the single axle and cargo capacity. No pantry. Gulfstream is probably on par with other manufacturers.
GrandpaKip 09/04/19 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Safe to tow ? Mercedes GLS with a 4500 lb travel trailer

I thought you said family of 4 in the original post. That GLS is going to be taxed with 6 people. I would look at a van.
GrandpaKip 09/04/19 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Safe to tow ? Mercedes GLS with a 4500 lb travel trailer

Personally, I would buy a 1500 crew cab truck instead of a $75k Merc and use the left over money to buy a nice, used SUV. The truck will pull that size camper with no problem and you would have the everyday SUV that isn’t maxed out towing. But that’s just me.
GrandpaKip 09/03/19 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbies

Go visit every RV dealer around you. Look at everything that interests you. We drove several hours from home and got a motel room so we could look at models not available where we live. You will need to learn the lingo, especially about all the weight ratings and what they mean. It can be confusing at first, but you’ll catch on and it can be enjoyable. Be upfront with dealers and salespeople. “I’m just starting to look at trailers and would like to see some.” Not all are liars and crooks. Find a few floor plans you like, get the brochures. Keep a notebook of everything you learn. Pretty soon, you’ll have a good idea of what you like and can get a little more serious about an actual purchase. Make it a fun quest.
GrandpaKip 08/31/19 08:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

Consider this, if 90 percent of the tires on towables are made in China, doesn't it also make sense that 90 percent of the failures will be tires made in China? People piling on about China made tires failing are missing this obvious fact. For example; if 90 percent of all cars on the road are pink, it would make sense that 90 percent of the cars involved in accidents are pink. Which would indicate that you should not buy a pink car.;) If most trailers came with LT tires, then we would be hearing how bad they are, because mostly what is posted are complaints, not praise. Not just tires, but anything.
GrandpaKip 08/29/19 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Gonna have to change my signature picture..

Very nice looking. Fun to play with a new toy, isn’t it?
GrandpaKip 08/29/19 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Removing debris from slide out

I installed a ladder on ours, but I still carry a 6’ step ladder.
GrandpaKip 08/27/19 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: New to the RV World - Towing Mirrors Recommendation

We have used the Milenko Aero mirrors for about 8 years now on 2 vehicles without a hitch.
GrandpaKip 08/25/19 07:58am Travel Trailers
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
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