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RE: Anyone ever mounted a FoxWing batwing 270 to pop-up camper?

Hallmark used to offer the Fox Wing as an option on their popup campers, I don't know it they still do. But I've seen several photos of Hallmark's with them on the web. https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/expeditions/alaska/bruce-rife-from-alaska-to-denver-to-nepal/
ISBRAM 11/05/21 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

Hallmark builds a really high quality popup but you really want one with the one piece fiberglass roof and the composite wall construction like they build them now. I think about 2010? Look at their web page to see what I'm talking about. They really hold their value, I sold our 2011 last spring for about 3k less than I paid for it new.
ISBRAM 10/27/21 09:24am Truck Campers

My last campers water heater didn't have a mixing valve and it shut off at around 120F. My Airstream's Attwood does have a mixing valve on the water heater outlet I think it runs up to around 180F before it shuts off. I'm told the idea is a 6 gallon water heater with a mixing valve that heats the water hotter will give you the equivalent supply of a much larger water heater.
ISBRAM 10/08/21 04:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

"the trailer was a 2019 Heartland Wilderness. The smallest of these is the M-2375BH at 28’ 9”, weighing in at 5,644 pounds with a hitch weight of 690 pounds dry. These numbers are within spec for the Cayenne depending on how the tow vehicle itself was loaded and how the trailer was loaded." So he assumed the wrecked trailer actually was the smallest Wilderness model, took the trailer manufacturer's word about its weight, and then assumed that it wasn't loaded beyond the Porsche's rated capacity... I agree, the GVWR of that model is 6900lbs. if it and the Porsche were both loaded it was likely over its rating. Sometimes the tail wags the dog.
ISBRAM 08/22/21 03:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is Lance the “gold” standard

IMO, there are NO mass-produced RV's worthy of a 'gold standard' designation. Everything is pretty much built from relatively low quality components -- enough to get the job done, but nothing ever over-the-top. And of course, we as Americans, are not going to pay the price for an RV that might truly be the gold standard, because there's too much other stuff on the market that, on the surface, looks just fine and will serve our needs until something goes wrong or falls apart due to the materials and workmanship we've settled for --- then we can get on this forum and bellyache about it! :C Happy travels! You won't here me bellyache about my APEX. It has done everything I bought it for, with minimal maint, as did my 2004 Pioneer. I bought them to camp in, to keep me dry, and to follow me around. and they both did it with no protest. OK, There's one vote for the "I'm 100% happy with the quality of what I bought" column . . . . . any others? I have to say that we are 100% happy with the quality of the used Airstream we bought this winter. We have owned several trailers and two truck campers in the past. Our last truck camper made by Hallmark was also far above run of the mill quality and the resale value after 10 years reflected that.
ISBRAM 07/14/21 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Is Lance the “gold” standard

I think Lance, Bigfoot and Arctic Fox build trailers that are far above average in quality. We had gotten our choices down to those three when we were shopping for a new trailer. But they are not the same each model may fit better than the others for a buyer’s needs. We ended up buying a slightly used Airstream for about the same money as a new Lance, but it fit the needs for the two of us the best. A larger family may not have felt the same.
ISBRAM 07/12/21 05:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: The Bowlus is Back

And with the starting price at only 190k. I wonder if I will ever get to see one in person?
ISBRAM 06/04/21 03:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small (non-teardrop) Off-road travel trailer

A couple that we camp with bought an Airstream Basecamp 16x last year and they love it. Small size and good ground clearance, they tow it with a 2020 Toyota Tacoma with a V6 engine no problem. I was surprised how much room it has inside for such a small trailer.
ISBRAM 05/07/21 03:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: How Important is Garage Storage?

I sold my 10 year old and always stored in the garage and still in perfect condition camper last month for 11% less then I paid for it new. No way would it have brought that much return if it sat outside in the weather all of those years.
ISBRAM 03/02/21 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 Hallmark Guanella Review

When we bought our last Hallmark Cuchara camper new in early 2011 the Dometic 3 way refrigerator was finicky from the start. We had owned several other RV’s with similar refrigerators and knew it wasn’t normal. After a few months sometimes it wouldn’t start to cool when turned on until I drove the truck a few miles, even then it was hard to get it below 40 degrees. Hallmark referred me to the Dometic authorized repair guy, he happened to offer mobile service. He came out and tested it and said I needed to replace the entire refrigerator and that warranty would cover everything except the mobile service. I watched/ helped him replace it and he never said anything was wrong with the way it was installed by Hallmark. After it was replaced the new refrigerator worked better than any we had ever owned, it would freeze stuff if I turned up higher than 3 on the control panel. We usually camp at altitudes of 8,500 to 11,000 feet and never noticed altitude affecting it. It just worked perfect all of the time even if the outside temperature was in the high 90’s. The Atwood water heater Hallmark installed worked perfect from day one regardless of conditions. We sold our Hallmark last month but everything was still working perfect. Even though we only live an hour from Hallmark's factory, we never needed any warranty service or repairs from them the entire time we owned it.
ISBRAM 02/27/21 08:15am Truck Campers
RE: Revisiting pop-up campers

We owned two Hallmark Cuchara’s, the last one we ordered new in 2011. They are fantastic campers with all the comforts of home and high quality. We just sold ours and bought an Airstream 25’ as were getting older and want to travel more/ stay away from home longer.
ISBRAM 02/26/21 08:02am Truck Campers
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

Lance makes a pretty good quality truck camper and trailer; they were at the top of our list. So was Bigfoot and Arctic Fox, but new inventory here is almost none. We’ve already owned two truck campers and two travel trailers in the last 30 years or so. Were also 60’s no kids and a small dog, it’s just for traveling not full time. So we had no need for a monster fifth wheel or something with three or four slides. We ended up buying a very nice seven year old Airstream this time around. But I think we would have been just as happy with the other brands I mentioned.
ISBRAM 02/18/21 06:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Were back in a travel trailer, just bought an Airstream.

Thanks everyone, now the hard part is waiting for winter to end so we can try it out.
ISBRAM 02/06/21 02:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Were back in a travel trailer, just bought an Airstream.

Congratulations and I am a bit envious. Thank you, and please don't be envious were not wealthy people that could write a check for a new Airstream. The surprise to me was I hadn't even considered a used Airstream purchase in our search. The camper market here is hot so the sale of our old truck camper paid for half of the new trailer. In fact we sold it for just a few thousand less than we paid new, but now that same model new is 20k more. The seller seemed motivated and offered us a very good deal; I guess right place and right time. That never seems to happen to me.
ISBRAM 01/29/21 06:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Were back in a travel trailer, just bought an Airstream.

Thanks everyone. The amount of time and craftsmanship that it takes to build these trailers has always shocked me. It's no wonder they cost so much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR1Y7sUaLSnHTae9imhkzlBqgBVH6Zfh93Wm10LaHf5V5kWrOreLBjKVHcQ&v=HxdLk1o0ERE&feature=youtu.be
ISBRAM 01/27/21 09:18am Travel Trailers
Were back in a travel trailer, just bought an Airstream.

Hello this surprised the heck out of me but it happened. The wife and I have owned two travel trailers and two truck campers over the years, we bought our last truck camper new in 2011. We have been shopping for a new travel trailer for the last six months; we had decided it was the best option for us. We’ve been retired for six years now and that it was time to sell our truck camper as now we stay out longer and needed more space. We wanted something around 22-26 feet and on the higher quality line of the spectrum. We shopped the largest models by Lance, Arctic Fox and Bigfoot and found that all of our local dealers were back ordered and we were looking at around 40k to 50k for those models. A friend recently mentioned to me a used Airstream he had spotted for sale that looked like new and was in the same price range. We hadn’t even considered an Airstream other than walking thru them at the RV Shows in years past. A few days later we made a deal on a mint 2013 Airstream International 25FB for less than a couple of the new trailers we had shopped.
ISBRAM 01/26/21 04:06pm Travel Trailers
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