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RE: Slide out awnings

I installed mine myself. Love them. CaLBaR - You can install them on the slide with the awning. I did it. Several threads discussing this on the GrandDesign RV forum. Mike Thanks Mike. I am a member on the GD forum as well. I guess I should be more clear that my awning goes over the top of the slide out and is not attached to the side. Not enough room when the awning goes out or under the awning to put one on or so it seems. Maybe you have pictures if yours is like mine. Rob Aha... No, mine's not like yours. I could see that being a problem. Interesting setup. Not sure I've seen that before. Mike Yes pretty much like everything about our trailer but they really should have put 2 awnings on it with one on the slideout like what you have. Other models have that just not sure why they did this one this way. Rob
CaLBaR 08/11/19 05:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Maintaining air gap in new Atwood water heater

I am familiar with the procedure of how to get an air gap in a RV water heater to prevent pressure valve leak, but this new Atwood water heater just will not maintain the air gap. Do you think it is A bad relief valve? Thanks for your feed back. I have never tried to get an air gap and never had an issue with a leaking pressure relief valve either. I would think if your pressure relief valve is leaking under normal use than it is defective. Rob
CaLBaR 08/10/19 12:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slide out awnings

I installed mine myself. Love them. CaLBaR - You can install them on the slide with the awning. I did it. Several threads discussing this on the GrandDesign RV forum. Mike Thanks Mike. I am a member on the GD forum as well. I guess I should be more clear that my awning goes over the top of the slide out and is not attached to the side. Not enough room when the awning goes out or under the awning to put one on or so it seems. Maybe you have pictures if yours is like mine. Rob
CaLBaR 08/10/19 12:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide out awnings

Recently put one on my new trailer. Loved the one on the last one and love this one. I wish I could put on on the second slide but the awing would interfere. For all the reasons mentioned above I will always have them.
CaLBaR 08/10/19 05:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design purchase

One thing I really like about Jayco, is that you can "build and price" an RV there and the only thing that =should= change is delivery charges. Even then, shipping wouldn't be hard to at least estimate that based on zip code. Big problem a number of years ago was that you'd see virtually identical rigs at dealers that were within just a couple hundred miles of each other with "MSRPs" that were thousands apart and the excuse was always "delivery charges were more". Riiiiiight, it cost $3k more to deliver to you, 200 miles away from this other dealer. Sometimes I thought that the dealers just pulled those numbers from their nether regions. I've not seen that as much now, but Jayco is about the only mfr that has the "build and price" feature on their site. It gives the customer common ground, no matter which dealer they choose. I will say, that when I was shopping, and asked for the invoice and options price sheet, most dealers were accommodating and, when differing options were factored in (or out), MSRPs were relatively consistent. I did find a couple that were out of line and I let them know that I'd caught them out and just said "goodbye". :B Lyle Grand Design also has a build and price section on their website. I agree it is not to often that you see that though.
CaLBaR 07/30/19 04:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Weight distribution systems, which one is best?

I have been using Reese Straightline WDH for 12 years and it works great and isn't $2K either. With my current trailer I have 1500 lb bars and no issues at all. Once it is dialed in takes all of 2 minutes tops to connect or disconnect and off we go.
CaLBaR 07/19/19 04:54pm Towing
RE: High mile gas engine trucks

I am at 140,000 on my Tundra and still towing with it.
CaLBaR 07/18/19 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WiFi extender - Alfa Camp Pro 2 OR ANOTHER

Going to follow this one. Had very poor WIFI this weekend and DW was going crazy without her Facebook. Not my thing but we all know Happy Wife Happy Life.
CaLBaR 07/03/19 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: Damaged RV on roads on way home from Florida, anyone else?.

UPDATE......So after waiting for almost 3 months for the insurance company to get their act together. And having the wall removed on the inside of the fiver and us agreeing to pay for it, they agreed to pay for the repairs. We agreed to pay for the wall to be removed so that THEY could show US where the so called manufacturers defect was that caused the damage. NO defect in the wall was found. So all said and done, in the end it was our having to prove it was not a defect as they claimed it was (at our expense and time) but road conditions that caused the damage. Thank you for your input and insight into our situation. It doesn't always work out the way it did for us, but in the end it is worth not letting the insurance walk away and not making them show you what they based their decision on. It was going to cost us to do the repairs even if we were denied so paying for the wall to be removed was something we were going to do anyway. And yes, they agreed to pay for the removal of the wall in the end as well. Glad to here that it is going to work out for you and that the insurance is finally going to pay for it. Rob
CaLBaR 07/03/19 10:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Damaged RV on roads on way home from Florida, anyone else?.

CaLBaR, we live in Chatham and the RV shop is in Windsor, name of the place is Leisure trailers. It's the only shop in the area that could do the welding for the broken welds UNDERNEATH the RV, which we already had done at our cost. They also can repair the damage to the side of the RV where the crack is. Thanks. From your signature I thought you lived in Kitchener. Good luck on getting your trailer fixed either by the insurance or the manufacturer. Rob
CaLBaR 06/23/19 05:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Damaged RV on roads on way home from Florida, anyone else?.

Just an update on our fiver. The 5er has been sitting on the lot of a repair shop waiting for the insurance company to get their hands off their butts to send someone out to show us where the manufacturers defect is. After many phone calls they agreed to have the wall removed inside at OUR expense unless they agree to the repairs. Well the wall is open and there is NO damage to the structure of the rv. As a matter of fact,the wall studs are metal and are the biggest ones we have seen in an RV. The studs are about 6 inches wide and there is no damage or broken welds in the area of the large crack. So now its yet another waiting game to see what excuses they come up with to get out of paying our claim, which is over $10,000. Which repair shop do you have the 5ver at. We are in Waterloo and drive to Florida a couple of times a year. Know that some of the roads are really bad and sometimes surprised but grateful never had damage like that. Rob
CaLBaR 06/21/19 07:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Late-model 1/2 Ton and 30+ feet - Real world experiences...

I pull a 34' Grand Design Reflection 297 RSTS and loaded it comes in at 9400 lbs. I am pretty much at the limits of my 2009 Tundra and the truck pulls great and handles the trailer well. High cross winds push me around a bit but with the Reese Straightline hitch system no sway. I have towed over 6600 miles and I would say this is a good compromise between daily driver and towing. The Tundra is well up to the task of both. Very happy that I didn't have to trade it in for a 3/4 or 1 ton truck to pull the new trailer.
CaLBaR 05/14/19 06:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cat Scale front Axle is #360 more than rear axle this ok?

Here are the dry weights of truck from GMC Curb Weight - Front 3176 lbs Curb Weight - Rear 2098 lbs A difference of 1,078 lbs so I am more evenly distributed with the trailer attached. than with out. Hum? Based on these numbers and your hooked up number your WDH is too tight. Check GM's instructions for WDH setup. After connecting you should not have anymore weight on the front than you did prior to connecting. Need to loosen up the WDH hitch a bit.What numbers you looking at? He has 300 lbs less, which is less than 10%, everything is fine like it is. Loaded up in the OPs first post he has nearly 3500 lbs on the front axle and unloaded he is at nearly 3200 lbs. In my book that means his front axle with the trailer hooked up has 300 lbs more weight. He is transferring too much weight to the front and needs to loosen up the WDH. You should never add more weight to the front axle with the trailer hooked up than dry. A little less is fine but never more.
CaLBaR 05/09/19 07:34pm Towing
RE: Cat Scale front Axle is #360 more than rear axle this ok?

Here are the dry weights of truck from GMC Curb Weight - Front 3176 lbs Curb Weight - Rear 2098 lbs A difference of 1,078 lbs so I am more evenly distributed with the trailer attached. than with out. Hum? Based on these numbers and your hooked up number your WDH is too tight. Check GM's instructions for WDH setup. After connecting you should not have anymore weight on the front than you did prior to connecting. Need to loosen up the WDH hitch a bit.
CaLBaR 05/06/19 03:57pm Towing
RE: Towing with a Tundra

The Tundra will do just great with that trailer. My previous trailer was 7200 lbs loaded and current trailer is 9400 lbs loaded. My 2009 Tundra did just fine with both trailers. Enjoy the camping.
CaLBaR 05/05/19 03:43pm Towing
RE: Camper Design, What Were They Thinking?

The slideout mfg DID provide a means of manually cranking slide.....hex on end of motor RV MFG enclosed it because 'enclosed/heated underbellies are the 'thang' Just dumb on the RV manufacturer. My Grand Design Reflection has enclosed and heated underbelly and I still have a manual crank and hole to access it without cutting the coroplast.
CaLBaR 04/25/19 04:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Max Tongue Weight?

Hi All, I know 10-15% should be tongue weight when towing. My question, is there a max percentage for tongue weight? If loaded trailer weighs 7000 and there’s over 1050 (15%) on the tongue , is this a problem assuming truck payload, axle weight on truck etc all within limits? Is it safe to assume towing will be a little better the more weight there is on the tongue? Thanks Not an issue with a bit more tongue weight as long as you are within your ratings. Too little tongue weight leads to sway issues but never heard of any issues with more.
CaLBaR 04/23/19 03:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out stuck?

I agree with the others. The clicking is the clutch ratcheting because the slide won't move. Very likely something like a cabinet door or something has jammed it.
CaLBaR 04/19/19 06:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Tacoma for an F150

IMHO with a 25' trailer at the weight you are at I would tow that trailer. The Tacoma is a solid truck and as Boomerweps stated the rest of the world does a lot more with a Tacoma than we do here in Canada or the US. I personally wouldn't trade such a new Tacoma for an F150 or a bigger truck even if you would be a few hundred pounds overweight.
CaLBaR 04/14/19 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hard for us to get past Grand Design

If you really liked the 315RLTS have a look at the 297RSTS. Very similar layout to the 315 as far as rear living area/kitchen goes. The 387 is a very nice unit as well but we liked the island and the sofa bed in the 297. Mostly just the 2 of us but DS and DD or grandkids in a few years and the sofa bed will come in handy. Rob
CaLBaR 04/14/19 01:49pm Travel Trailers
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