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RE: abbreviation lookup or glossary

It took me longer that I am willing to admit to figure out what a TV was. Always thought it was that entertainment thing people hang on their wall. :B
aftermath 09/18/21 04:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: SUV for pulling hybrid

If you are going to have 4 kids, a large SUV would be one way to go. You will have to use the third row seats OR have a bench up front and cram everyone in closely. The van might be a better choice. I pulled my 21ft Starcraft hybrid with a Toyota 4Runner with the 4.8 V8. It did the job but one thing I did notice is the false impression that hybrids are more light weight than other standard trailers. My 21 would open up, had a slide out and felt much like a 25 ft. trailer, or maybe even larger. So, the weight of my 21ft was indeed less than a regular 25 or 26 ft. trailer. But light? Not really. Make sure you spec out the trailer and your choice of TV. And, camping as a family tradition can't be beat. You have many great experiences ahead. Your children will remember these years with fondness. Best wishes.
aftermath 09/18/21 04:33pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Failure

Les Schwab is a very reputable company. If they stand behind their products then I think you make a good choice. Just make sure they are rated at or above you trailer's weight rating. Also make sure you check the PSI before each trip and keep them aired to the proper number. I am not and Anti-Chinese tire person on origin alone. There are just too many variables to consider.
aftermath 09/06/21 08:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Absorption fridge 2 way vs 3 way

True, some people are uncomfortable running on propane while traveling. I continue to be amazed by this statement. People will spend large sums of money to get a "nice" trailer so they can camp in comfort. You have onboard water, heat and a water system that will provide hot running water and showers. Wow, what luxury. Gas/propane refrigerators are DISIGNED to run on gas, even when going down the road. I have asked over the decades, now, if anyone can produce one verifiable incident of a problem with a fridge catching fire or exploding. None, zip, zero examples all this time. OK, I respect those who don't "feel comfortable" running with propane. If you are one of those then you need to look into a system that allows you to run on electricity when on the road. I am sure there are systems out there. I would guess that these will be a bit more expensive than the classic 120V/propane options. For short trips, this will never be an issue. But consider taking off for 4-6 weeks during the summer. Some say they pack their fridge with frozen blocks of ice. Others say they take along an extra ice box. What? You just paid oodles of bucks on a trailer and you are still packing ice boxes? Just can't get my head around this logic. Of course I am 70 and have been camping for a very long time. I have over 55K miles on my current trailer and......not a single problem with running my fridge the way it was designed. If it were so dangerous, why do all the major manufacturers still make them?
aftermath 08/27/21 08:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Adding scissor jacks for side to side leveling

vtraudt, I have another idea for you to consider. I purchased a Level Mate Pro system for my trailer. It is an electronic gizmo that I use with my cell phone. When I get to the campsite, I turn it on and it tells me that I am off by 1.5 inches on the driver side. I have a combination of planks and boards that I can drive up on. Bingo! I am set. I don't have to guess and make a number of tries, just put in what I need and I am good. It is a bit spendy but easy to set up and really easy to use. Used it for over a year now and it continues to simplify things for me. Google it and learn more.
aftermath 08/27/21 07:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

I am with Toedtoes. Try not to read too much into what he is saying but his points are worth thinking about. Think about what you are planning to do with your trailer. We had a tent trailer for 17 years and we camped in it. After the kids left we wanted an inside bathroom and a refrigerator so we purchased a hybrid. Now we were retired and wanted to travel long distances in our trailer and the constant up and down of the beds became tiresome. We got caught in wet weather a time or two as well and that made it tougher. We went with a hard sided trailer. Slides are great but quick stops for lunch and bathroom breaks while on the road can be tough if you have a slide that does not allow access when pulled in. Can you travel in a tent trailer? Of course. Can you travel in a hybrid? Can you travel in a trailer which requires to put out the slide, even to use the bathroom? Of course you can! Do you want to, is the question. Since this is your first trailer it most likely won't be your last. Following ToedToes suggestions might help you out in the long run.
aftermath 08/25/21 08:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

You know what you can pull and what you can spend. These are a couple of good starting points. The (old) conventional wisdom says that for a first trailer buy used and save the money. Well, saving money on used trailers is not as easy as it used to be. Whatever you get, you will learn all about what you can pull. Find a floor plan that fits your needs and jump in. Soon you will learn a lot of stuff. Hopefully it will be good stuff. I found the hunt for our trailer to be challenging, frustrating at times but exciting over all. Best wishes with yours.
aftermath 08/21/21 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

There is no question that a slide will provide great space. The OP asked about quality build and the discussion was about that. To me, quality means a minimal amount if things that need fixing over a certain period of time. Take a box trailer and put it on a frame. Cut a few large holes in it for slides and attach them to some aparatus that brings them in and out with the push of a button. This concept is fantastic but it does produce issues that need addressing. Now take a fiberglass shell with no seams, cut a few small holes for windows and a door. The chance of leaking seams is greatly reduced. So is the amount of "space" inside. Now, look at an Airstream that is made like an airplane. The shell and frame are one. There a few holes and no slides. So back, to the topic. The larger the trailer, the more chance that issues will come up. Space is great, size has its advantages but it comes at a cost. And, we will celebrate our 49th anniversary this fall. Been camping and traveling in our small trailers all the way. Hasn't been an issue yet. ;)
aftermath 08/17/21 10:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

Turn The Page, I think you just made my point. "Go big or go home". Indeed.
aftermath 08/14/21 09:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Enhancing RV security

I am not paranoid, but that doesn't mean that everyone is not out to get me. I think you need to make sure you have insurance, just in case. Don't leave anything of real value outside unlocked, don't leave anything of real value in plain sight and put a GPS tracker on your RV. After that, just use common sense. Once you get caught up in the "But, what if..." spiral you will not want to go anywhere. Sell your RV, get a place that is in a safe spot and you will live a more peaceful life. I am not a full timer but I have been pulling trailers all over the western side of our country for more than 24 years. Haven't done anything stupid (yet) and haven't had any problems either. I choose to believe that life is much better than what an overactive imagination might come up with. Just my 2 cents....
aftermath 08/14/21 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

I agree with Skibane. There is quality out there but you have to look hard. Oliver is a very good example. The issue is that, with the trailers you listed, you will have to give up some things and that is the problem. I also agreed with the Walmart reference. The bottom line is that we want the best but refuse to pay the price. The RV industry is making large trailers, with important things like, slide outs, big screen televisions, kitchen islands, surround sound systems for both inside and outside, automatic awnings and even fake fireplaces. We as a nation, are not ones to cutback. While we want big trailers, we do not want to pay big prices. And, "lightweight" trailers are the result. Lots of good stuff while keeping weight down so that we might save a gallon or two in the long run really doesn't focus on quality and durability. RV manufacturers know all of this and that is why there are many trailers out there that meet the "needs" of the public. Don't see this changing anytime soon.
aftermath 08/14/21 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Buying a new 25ft, 4 season TT - Are these high quality?

There is no such thing as a 4 season trailer. Extended perhaps but down to 20 degrees and less, no way. I have read about people pulling their trailers up to the ski hills. If you read close enough, they talk about draining the lines, carrying water in jugs and using the facilities at the hill. I have been down to the high 20s in mine and needed to keep the heat running not to freeze up. Don't recommend this. My cousin has an Arctic Fox. Probably the most solidly built trailer I have seen. It is heavy and expensive but very well made in my opinion.
aftermath 08/11/21 05:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: A basketball question....or two

aka Pedro. Here is the rule. If you are talking about what the pros do, you are correct. Rules to these guys are simply "suggestions". The free thrower or any player beyond the three-point arc may not enter the free-throw lane until the ball touches the ring or backboard. However, all players who are lined up in marked lane spaces may enter the key/lane once the free thrower releases the ball.
aftermath 08/09/21 05:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: New TT Tires

Deano, congratulations on the Airstream. You are going to like it. The Marathons proved to be poor tires, hence Goodyear came out with the improved Endurance. If you liked your Marathons, you will like the Endurance. I purchased my used Airstream in 2009 and promptly replaced the tires with Maxxis. I was pleased with them and when it came time for new tires I went with the Carlsile Radial Trail HD that my local Discount Tire shop was selling. I also went with LRE which was a bit of an overkill for me. They will take 80PSI I believe but I run mine at 70. They are now 5 years old and I have put over 25,000 miles on them without issue. The tread still looks great but I will replace this set next spring anyway. I do have one tire that is showing some wear on the outer edge but that is an axle issue and not a bad tire. The reason I went to these is that the Maxxi at the time was quite a bit more expensive. I think I paid all of $100 per tire back then. Don't really have a clue as to prices today. This might be an option for you.
aftermath 08/07/21 03:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

Airstream maybe the pinnacle when it comes to longevity and towabilty. But they are not the pinnacle when it comes to interior living space and features. In my opinion Airstrem units are crampedand tight vs. the competition. What you gain in quality, you lose in usable space. Nevertheless they have a loyal follwing however they are not for me. True words here. While I do like mine, it has no slide out and while there is ample interior storage there is almost NO exterior storage. It is low to the ground too. These certainly are not for everyone. I am no fat cat looking for places to throw my money. Got ours very slightly used, 3 years old for about half of the original price. Back in '09 the original price was much less than it is today.
aftermath 08/05/21 08:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about lowering unhitched 2 wheel travel trailer

I am with Delta Bravo, perhaps us Spokane guys think alike.:) Look, it is pretty simple. Back your trailer into place, place wood 2 bys to level it from side to side. Chock the wheels. Unhitch from your tow vehicle by using the tongue jack. Drive the tow vehicle away. Use the tongue jack to level the trailer from front to back. Put down your stabilizers and you are set. Everything is level, nothing is at risk of breaking. You can put some blocks of wood under the tongue jack if you need additional height to get it level. Use wood blocks. If yours cracked, get some new ones. Leave the cement blocks at home, unless you like tossing them around for exercise.
aftermath 08/04/21 10:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

True, Airstream was purchased by Thor but the management at Airstream is the same, they are still made in the same place by the same people. You can go visit the plant if you would like. They are not cutting corners or buying cheap materials. What they are doing, and this is where I am having trouble, they are changing and going upscale, if that is possible. Today, an Airstream is extremely expensive. They have top notch materials and are going to all electric fridges, on demand water heaters, automatic awnings, powered levelers with upscale faucets, stoves and everything else. That said, I do like my 15 year old trailer. I have owned it for 12 year sand have put over 55k miles and everything still works. No drawers falling out, the fridge still works as does everything else. All the doors shut and the windows open easily. I do believe quality is better than the two other trailers I owned but they are not....I say not....perfect. Pull any trailer down the road at 60mph and you are going to have some maintenance. How much, is the question.
aftermath 08/04/21 09:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Frayed cable

Kev, Google cable lifting system for (your trailer). You will get many hits. There are also YouTube videos that can show you how to replace cables. Give this a shot.
aftermath 08/01/21 08:33am Folding Trailers
RE: Towing w/out weight dist -- am I being too conservative?

What Mr. andyj just said. If can install an equalizer hitch, you can do yours. Not a big thing.
aftermath 07/31/21 05:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fridge not cooling

AC means alternating current which is what you get when plugged in. Some fridges operate on gas or AC. Some older ones operate on gas, AC or DC which comes from your battery. The fridge is not like the one in your house. You have an absorption system that requires a closed circuit in which refrigerant circulates. The circulation is caused by heat which is where the flame comes in. If your fridge requires the lighting of the pilot lite, then this is it. This is all the flame you need. It does not "come on" like a water heater does. Now, you also need patience. Once the pilot is lit, it might take hours to get things to cool down. Depending on the ambient temperature outside, it might take a day. If it never cools down then you have a different issue.
aftermath 07/18/21 01:46pm General RVing Issues
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