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RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

A dealer told me once, that a guy who bought from them was serviced 1st if they needed warranty work. A guy who bought the trailer elsewhere, had to wait to get the work done.Were his lips moving? Dealers will say a lot of things. Not all of them are true. The only warranty work that got priority was if someone from out of town, or out of state broke down due to a warranty problem. The dealer would move the out of towner up the priority list, in order to get them back on the road as soon as possible. I agree that a cash customer ranks higher than a warranty customer.
Huntindog 04/21/14 03:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

saying these dealers need this warranty work to pay the bills is laughable… it is the lowest form of reimbursement the service dept. gets… by far… unless they pad the repair cost it is revenue neutral at best but most likely a revenue loser… these are seasonal businesses that have feast and famine cycles… In season everyone wants their repair done right now so they can use the trailer… they play catch-up in late fall and early spring… in the slow time winter they do most of the refurbish work on trade-in they took that have to repair to make them sellable come spring… they really have very little time for the local guy that choose to thumb his nose at them at the time of sale and buy hundreds of miles away… he already took their time, then thumbed his nose at they… most early repair and adjustment on new trailers the selling dealer was already paid to do, more often than not they disguise them so they’re not noticed for several weeks, after being brought then to the local dealer, the mfg. refuses to pay for the redo already paid for to the seller, ya it’s a great profit center… what you have to remember this affects a very few people… it is not travelers away from home (although it can happen away from home to) this affects the few local people that bought far away supposable for a price, but want the local dealer that they shunned to treat they equally (burning the candle from both ends)… he should not, until the mfg. is willing to guarantee a nationwide repair policy and pay those negotiated rates to all dealers… I don’t know why this comes up so often the dealer is licensed to service what he sells only but is authorized to go beyond but always with pre approval…. He may earn a new customer… is just another laughable idea… that chance of that is about 1%...We are in agreement on some points. Warranty work is at a lower rate. But it is only a money loser if the dealers service dept is inept. The fact that it IS at a lower rate is why the customer paying cash at the standard rate WILL be serviced first... They want the higher profit customer who may well take his dollars elsewhere if service is not prompt. They already have the bulk of the profit from the warranty customer. They will not make as much from him. He WILL wait. Dealers need every profitable job. So they will take all warranty work. If they are slow, it can be pretty fast. If they are busy, they will do the most profitable work first. And a past buyer wanting warranty work has already given them the bulk of the profit they can get from him. Money is power. He who has the money has the power. Once the money is gone, so is the power to get others to do what you want. Keep the money and the power as long as possible. With a savings of over 10K on my TT, I kept a lot of power. I never needed that power, so even though my warranty is over, I still have it, and the power that goes with it. If I need something fixed today, long after the warranty has expired, I am confident I can get prompt service, as I have what the dealer craves. Money.
Huntindog 04/21/14 01:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

Thanks for your input,but my experience has been different . Good Luck, MikeSo your dealer does charity work? Better get it while he is still around. ALL dealers have costs. Rent, utilities, insurance, payroll, interest, etc. These bills must be paid regularly. Dealers also like to make a profit after all of these costs. If you really believe that a dealer loses money on a regular part of his everyday business.... I got a bridge to sell.:B
Huntindog 04/20/14 06:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

Going back to your original question, I would think if you need service or especially warranty work, any dealership would be glad to have the business. Money's money to them and if you buy your TT in Denver but need to have it serviced at a dealership in Colo Springs, I can't see they wouldn't be glad to have your business. I know with our vehicles, we've never had any issues with having it serviced at other dealership's than we purchased it from. 1)campers are not vehicles and the warrantee work repayment from the manufacturer is very different 2)the dealer will likely lose money on any warrantee work and most are not happy to help you when they know you went elsewhere to purchase 3)it's not unheard of for dealers to flat refuse your warrantee work and if forced to May keep it for months and do a poor job so you won't return for warrantee work Good Luck, Mike You guys are living in a dream world. A dealer doesn't lose money on warranty work. If that were true, they wouldn't be happy to see ANY of it. Even their own customers. The profit they made from the sale is history. They are now out for the next profit. They need to make money every time they see you. That is the reality of staying in business. Sure they will tell you that you get priority, but reality is that dollars change priorities quickly. A customer walking in paying cash upfront at the standard shop rate, will get the priority over a warranty customer every time. They have to do this as if that customer decides to go down the road for faster service, his dollars leave with him... But the guy wanting warranty work wants it for free, and WILL wait. I saved over 10K purchasing out of state. I never needed any warranty work. But if I had, there was plenty of money in my pocket to get the service I needed quickly.
Huntindog 04/20/14 04:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery life

The LED's will save a lot of battery power. You can run 3 - 4 LED bulbs on same power as a regular bulb. The biggest draw on your battery, is the furnace. Recharging while dry camping, you have three options. 1. Hook up to the truck and run the engine. This takes a lot of time and gas. 2. Plug into a portable generator. This can be noisy, takes up storage space, uses gas or propane, and is banned in some places. 3. Solar power. This is quiet, provides some power during all daylight hours, and if roof mounted, it takes up no storage space.Well on the first two you listed the downsides, as if Solar has none.. It does. Cost for the amount of power you get, and limited to sunshine. The panels can't be in the shade, and if you need power at night, or in bad weather, it won't work. Each solution has plusses and minuses. Only you can decide which of the plusses is important enough to you to outweigh the minuses.
Huntindog 04/20/14 12:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Chevy/GMC pickup headlights

The lights were most likely improperly aimed. This is the biggest problem.. Quick poll, who re-aligns their headlights if they are towing at night? 99% of the population doesn't know they can align their headlights, let alone know how to do it. If lights are properly aligned, it doesn't matter how powerful they are, as they won't shine in your eyes.X2 I spent a lot of $$$$ on aftermarket high performance lighting for my hot rod. A IROCZ. It has amazing lights, but the cutoff is so sharply defined that it doesn't bother other....on lowbeam anyways.
Huntindog 04/20/14 03:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody installed one of these tongue jacks yet?

I owned a UltraFab for about 20 minutes. It was on my new TT when I went to pick it up. The dealer had been trying to find a new light switch for it, as it had arrived broken. ( I had requested a 3500# jack, which they did not stock) They were to ship me a new UF jack when it came in. The jack locked up during the hitching process. I tried to use the manual crank, and discovered that with the handle inserting thru the roof of the housing that I could only get a half turn before hitting the propane tanks...( this can be a problem with any of the side motor jacks) The manual didn't work either, So I asked the dealer to set me up with a manual jack to get me home, and to order me a Atwood 3500. Had to use a shop floor jack to remove the UF as it broke in the extended position.
Huntindog 04/19/14 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is my converter fried? (TEAR DOWN NOTE)

The PDs are good. I recently replaced my WFCO which never worked right with the Powermax. I am impressed with it. It actually switches modes right.
Huntindog 04/19/14 06:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on fine tuning my wdh set up w/scale results

Great post! I think your setup is good.... Close to the limits, but still good. Just be careful about gaining weight.. TTs are a lot like people that way.. They both tend to gain weight over time. As far as the TW.. Keep in mind that since you boondock, that the fresh water weight will move from the FW tank to the waste water tanks. I am guessing that since you said the FW was up front, that means the TW will be less on the way home. If you are using the heater, then your propane tanks will weigh less too. So TW being an the heavy side at the start of a trip is probably a good thing.
Huntindog 04/19/14 05:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxx Air Vent cover

As has been said.. DO NOT install it backwards. Wind speeds going forwards could exceed 100 MPH, if towing in a headwind... The Maxair is good, but it's not that good.
Huntindog 04/19/14 05:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: the dreaded tire topic...

There are many touted differences. But there are only 4 that are verifiable. 1. Price 2.Govt. testing requirements 3. Speed rating 4. Load rating The rest is pure marketing, as the industry trys (successfully) to put lipstick on a pig to increase profitability.
Huntindog 04/19/14 03:18am Travel Trailers
RE: What brand of frame on my Jayco

I read the Lippert bashing as well. But, I am on my 3rd TT and the first one with a Lippert frame. It is by far the best one. I have had to do some welding on the first two, one of which was a Dexter. (2001) This one has been perfect. And the workmanship looks first rate. Some say that the trouble is that the manufcturers spec the frames. That very well could be.
Huntindog 04/19/14 03:11am Travel Trailers
RE: the dreaded tire topic...

I have read this whole thread, and I have tried searching others. Maybe I'm not using the right key words... I learned the hard way why you're NOT supposed to use steel-belted radial tires under travel trailers and use bias-ply tires instead. Why is this not mentioned?? I had a blowout the second day of travel from the previous owner's home to the medieval faire where I was at this season (sherwoodforestfaire.com). The whole tread came off, end-to-end, and I found it 10 feet from the right wheel fender of the trailer. It turns out that there were three different tires on there, with DOT dates ranging from 5 to 11 to 14 years old! Later, the very smart farm mechanic I work with looked up there, and showed me that this had happened before because there was a piece of something that had been screwed onto the bottom of the floor (you could see it on your back under the trailer and find the tell-tale outline of something used to cover the hole) to cover that hole, which meant that this wasn't the first time it happened! We went inside and found the floor shot through, through the PLYWOOD and FOAM! There it was, the biggest piece having the steel-belts sticking out of it. Now, I have ALL three tires replaced with NEW bias-ply tires (DOT dates are in 2013), Carlisle Sport Trail LH, ST205/75D14, from Discount Tires per the farm mechanic's recommendation. I see each tire is rated for a max of 1750. (the trailer weighs around 2500 dry and probably weighs around 3000 with my stuff plus water) Does this mean that the two tires together support a weight of 3500 lbs together, or is it 1750 lbs for both tires combined? Anyone have experience with these tires?Steel belts can mess up a car pretty bad too. Steel belted radials offer many benefits. So much so that they have pretty much taken over the market. The key is to use quality tires, check the Air pressure often, and replace then when they age out. Unfortunantly, a quality ST tire is a rare thing.
Huntindog 04/18/14 07:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight distribution/sway control with 1300 lb tongue weight

Sounds like you mostly loaded. The little bit you have left probably won't add more than 100 pounds. So a 1400 will work nicely. More capacity is not better in this area. The WD bars are working springs, the MUST bend when going thru dips , driveways etc. The right size is one that comes closest to what the TW is. Not one that is way over it.
Huntindog 04/17/14 05:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: How heavy of a trailer can I get?

Look at where the water tank is, if it's fwd of the axles tongue weight will decrease on the trip home.Not in all cases. It depends on where the waste water tanks are. Along with a lot of other things.
Huntindog 04/16/14 03:07am Travel Trailers
RE: How heavy of a trailer can I get?

I take it that this is your first TT? Well , good job asking questions here. You will need to sort thru the various opinions to see what makes sense to you. As far as TW goes, I recommend planning on 15%. The reason is that TW can change quite a bit in the course of a trip, and you NEVER want to be below 10%. Water gets used and ends up in either the black or grey tanks, food and drink gets consumed and ends up there as well. Propane gets used and lightens up the TW. Even clothing leaves the closets and ends up in the laundry chute. Other items may just for one reason or another not finish the trip in the same place that they started it. It is impossible for anyone to say just what all these variables will do to the TW. Each TT is different, and everyones camping style is as well. In fact as you grow into TT use, you may change your camping habits from what you are envisioning to something much different.. I know I have. Oh interesting! I never thought about all of that. I was thinking to just pack it when we leave like we did coming home but that makes total sense. So what would happen then if we packed it at 15% but then coming back it was 16? Would it be ok to do 14or so to give wiggle room for the way back? I appreciate your insight!What I meant was plan on 15%. There are times that I am sure I exceed this, but I have a truck that can handle it. 15% will likely be one of the limiting factors of your TV. It is possible depending your TTs layout and your usage that TW could increase during a trip, but it is more likely to decrease. I say this because of the propane tanks. They are typically on the tounge, and the propane doesn't move to another place on the TT, it is consumed and simply disappears. Really it is hard to say with any degree of accuracy, just where you will end up. But if you plan on 15% and it ends up never getting that high, then it's no problem. But if you plan on a lower TW, and it doesn't work out that way, it is a problem.
Huntindog 04/14/14 08:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: How heavy of a trailer can I get?

I take it that this is your first TT? Well , good job asking questions here. You will need to sort thru the various opinions to see what makes sense to you. As far as TW goes, I recommend planning on 15%. The reason is that TW can change quite a bit in the course of a trip, and you NEVER want to be below 10%. Water gets used and ends up in either the black or grey tanks, food and drink gets consumed and ends up there as well. Propane gets used and lightens up the TW. Even clothing leaves the closets and ends up in the laundry chute. Other items may just for one reason or another not finish the trip in the same place that they started it. It is impossible for anyone to say just what all these variables will do to the TW. Each TT is different, and everyones camping style is as well. In fact as you grow into TT use, you may change your camping habits from what you are envisioning to something much different.. I know I have.
Huntindog 04/14/14 06:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4 point level up system

I really like my Lippert jacks. They are a really ingenious design. I know quite a bit about how they work, due to a unfortunate oops. I gor interrupted when breaking camp before dawn, and forgot to raise the jacks. I was horrified at the twisted metal that resulted. After pricing new ones, I decided to try and fix them. It went really well, and nobody can tell it ever happened. In the process I learned just how they work. It keeps equal pressure on each pair of jacks making it impossible to rack the frame. Hard to describe how it does it, but it is clever.
Huntindog 04/14/14 06:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: What do you use to lube your stabilizer jacks?

Stabilizers don't need a high priced, high tech lube. In fact you can have too slippery a lube on them. Quite often someone posts on here about their stabilizers backing off by themselves.. Usually too much lube. I have been using WD 40 for years. It is cheap, plentiful and effective for this job.
Huntindog 04/13/14 08:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Should I leave my Travel trailer plugged in or not?

Just keep the battery water topped off. Some converters are easier on batteries than others when kept plugged in. Check the float voltage. If it's in the 13-13.2 range, then it's a good one. Others have a work around for converters that keep the volts too high. The set it up on a timer.
Huntindog 04/13/14 08:36pm Travel Trailers
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