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RE: Weight distribution/sway control with 1300 lb tongue weight

I use a Reese Dual Cam toxing my Jayco 32BHDS. The Reese did take a little time to finally get adjusted properly in order to tow great.
usmc616 04/19/14 08:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Reliable Cleaning Spray - INCREDIBLE

This is my third year with the camper and I have an aluminum siding 30 foot Summerland. I, like most everyone else, hate the black streaks that happens on the front and side of the camper. I've tried many different cleaners, including Camco's Black Streak Remover. My dealer recommended that I try a cleaning solution called "Reliable". I bought a bottle and cleaned a spot on the side of the trailer. All the black streaks wipe right off. I couldn't believe it! If anyone else is having problems finding a good cleaner, give Reliable a try. Now if I can only get the wife to help me clean the entire trailer. :B Based on your post I went out today and bought a 32 oz bottle to try. I will let you know my results.
usmc616 04/09/14 08:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow chains

About 20 years ago I was leaving a CG on a very bumpy road and lo and behold the pop up we were towing came off the hitch ball and landed on the tow chains. As I think about it my FIL just lifted up the tongue and set it back down on the ball. I believe he originally forgot to ensure he locked down the lever/ Years later when we bought a TT I made it a habit to ensure not only was the lever locked down but I also secure it with a padlock.
usmc616 04/08/14 06:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Help deciding on first travel trailer

I suggest you get the family together and go look at each TT. See how the floorplan works with the 4 of you in there. One thing I learned is if you settle for something less than you want eventially it will bug you.
usmc616 04/08/14 06:19am Travel Trailers
RE: How many different TT models are there?

With our current TT we usually see 1 or 2 each time we camp.
usmc616 04/05/14 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping the wasps and bees out?

We bought some heavy duty window screen material and used a hot glue gun to install screens on the inside of all vents and bumpers. For the furnace exhaust we bought the premade screen from a local camper store.
usmc616 04/02/14 09:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which GPS

I use a GPS everyday for my travels for work. I have used 4 different brands and love the Garmin Nuvi best. For towing our TT I would like to purchase a RV GPS but cannot justify the $375.00 for one.
usmc616 04/02/14 09:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT sizing for Ford E-350 TV

We have 4 kids and the Jayco 32BHDS suits us fine. My 6.8L Excursion tows it fine.
usmc616 04/02/14 09:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco vs. Other brands experiences?

Our 1st TT was a bought used, it was a Coachmen when we outgrew it we bought a Jayco , also used. When we outgrew TT #2 we shopped floorplan first. Jayco, Keystone, Coachmen and Starcraft had very similar floorplans. We choose the Jayco partly for the fit and finish but also for the 2 year warranty and price. For price I suggest you go to RVone.com and build a Jayco and get a quote, this is the website for RVDirect. I have a 32BHDS, it has 2 slides , and weighs close to 9300lbs ready to camp, I believe your F-150 will be overmatched towing that model.
usmc616 04/02/14 09:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Long trip issues for Newbie

Our 1st long trip with our current TT was from NY to Disney. We planned 5 days to drive the 1200 miles.I downloaded the I-95 camping guide which lists CG's within 5 miles off I-95. Our 1st day I set a goal to get to a CG in southern Virginia. It was close to 400 miles and between traffic and stops for meals and fuel, it took me close to 12 hours to reach our destination. I was exhausted when we finally pulled into the CG. After that I scaled back my goal to not exceed 300 miles and if traffic gets bad find another closer CG.
usmc616 03/28/14 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Did I make a mistake in Financing? How long do you finance?

As long as the payments are not killing you and you are enjoying the TT then I think you did good. I have no issue making payments on the things I enjoy. Life is short - enjoy your TT and as long as you take care of it you will have it for a long time.
usmc616 03/27/14 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Insurance

Just switched my TT coverage tonight to USAA from State Farm. Used to pay $178.00 a year now paying $150.00. Collision and comprehensive with a $500.00 deductible.
usmc616 03/05/14 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Soliciting feedback- what am I looking for?

If you really want the Salem then make the drive.
usmc616 03/01/14 04:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Covers

I bought a set off E-Bay. I ordered them according to my tire size. I do my best to keep them on anytime my TT is sitting for more than 2 days.
usmc616 03/01/14 04:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Air Shocks

I prefer the Roadmaster Active Suspension. When unloaded the ride is not rougher and it helps in cornering.
usmc616 02/28/14 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: How much weight can my bumper support?

On my previous TT I mounted a bike rack on the rear bumper. Sometimes we carried all 3 bikes on it. When we sold that TT 2 years later I noticed the rear bumper was bent slightly downward. My guess is it was only a matter of time before the welds on the rear bumper broke.
usmc616 02/26/14 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a 39' TT across country? Possible or no?

We definitely are limited on what we can can have as a vehicle with 7 of us, always have been. We would have loved a 5th wheel but we can't fit into any truck. We already have a a Burb so that's why we thought about just upgrading to a 2500 8.1L. We had been looking for an Excursion possibly based on some other info we ran across on RVing sites. But the Excursions were only listed at 11,000 GVWR. But maybe that's not the diesel version?? I will definitely check out the 350/3500 van. This is why I came here-advice from people who have been there done that =) Can't beat that. @USMC16 How many people are in your excursion when you tow? Just wondering on the weight difference between our family and yours. And is there a formula to figure this out better? The one site had us checking our max cargo and occupant weights which we couldn't find the specs on in older Burbs( 2002/2003) that we were looking at. Then we had to multiply and subtract different #'s and that would tell us how much we could tow with our current vehicle. It came out to like 2,000lbs of TT so I feel it wasn't right. Thanks everyone! Most of the time it us 6 plus our 3 small dogs, total weight in TV is 805. When grandpa joins us it goes up another 180lbs.
usmc616 02/25/14 06:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Nearly Abandoned TT's but couldn't pull the trigger

Congrats, now you just need to update your signature.
usmc616 02/25/14 06:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Purchasing our first travel trailer

I m sure it can be done, but how comfortable of a tow experience do you want ?
usmc616 02/25/14 04:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a 39' TT across country? Possible or no?

I tow with an Excursion. My Jayco 32BHDS is 35' 6" long, add almost 3 more feet with the bike tray extended. I have towed from maine to Florida and have not had an issue. I use a Reese dual cam setup with 1200lbs. If a 8.1 liter Sub is hard to find you may want to look at a Diesel Excursion.
usmc616 02/24/14 08:54pm Travel Trailers
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