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RE: Electronic sway control

I was going to purchase it but found out at the last minute that it is not compatible with most modern GM trucks for some reason.
afidel 02/19/20 09:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT television

One thought on the cheap TV. Agreed, it is nothing special or made for RV use. Ours is rather basic, but it has a built in DVD player. No need for a dedicated unit with wires dangling from the wall where the TV is mounted. We buy a mittfull of the cheapo 5 dollar DVDs from WalMart, break out the popcorn or chips and beverage of choice, plug the movie into the side of the TV and sit there and enjoy. Redbox allows you to rent in one location and return in another, we took advantage of that when the kids were smaller and rented about 20 DVDs in the Florida Keys and returned half in Tennessee and half in Ohio, best $30 I've ever spent.
afidel 02/12/20 11:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing 20' camper with Jeep Liberty

Is there a yellow sticker on the door frame that lists the cargo capacity? Also you might need to check the owners manual for the actual towing specification. You might have already posted it, but what year is the Jeep. Also what's the trim package? Max curb weight for the Liberty is 4290 so they have at least 1,310 payload with is probably plenty if you aren't putting a family of near-adults in the Liberty. I'd be much more worried about the short wheelbase (104"), a 20' trailer isn't massive but between the trailer weighing as much as the tow and the short wheelbase it probably won't be a fun experience. It's like when I tried using the minivan to tow my trailer, I was within GVWR, gcwr, tow rating, etc and the minivan had a long wheelbase and big brakes, but it still was so sucky experience that I knew driving the trailer home I was buying a truck.
afidel 02/11/20 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

I just posted over in the NROA forum to see what their opinion of moving to 16 inch tires is. Seems like there is a lot of room in the wheel well. But $110 each for the tires plus, at a guess, $100/each for new rims is running up the cost. If you think that's expensive check out what it costs to repair the damage from a blowout (if it can be repaired at all).
afidel 02/10/20 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Soft & sometimes soggy ground

Agreed, for the house start with a base of 1's & 2's and then top with 57's. We had over 18" of rise over 12' of run so we built a little retaining wall with railroad ties, a stone base, and thick walled 1.5" pipe 6' into the ground. We used 10" timber locks to hold the pieces together.
afidel 02/10/20 02:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Quick overnight

I did it with the generator running and the AC on to creature some white noise when we rented a class C, with my trailer I've only done the RV side of a Flying J which has worked well a few times when driving to Florida (nobody wants me rolling into a campground at 1am).
afidel 02/04/20 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

One thing to know when towing in the mountains is that you'll get some assistance from the truck if you put it in tow/haul mode and brake to under 50mph (generally 48 but I've had it require getting down to 45 on steeper grades). Not sure how much the final drive ratio has an effect on the hill descent assist, with the 3.42 near GVWR and towing a 3,600 pound trailer I can tell you it makes a world of difference, manually selecting the gears isn't nearly as good as leaving it in auto with all the aids turned on and engaged. BTW this is one of my big gripes with TFL's Ike Gauntlet testing, these guys are smart with plenty of experience with these trucks and yet they only slow the trucks down to 49-50mph even though if they'd slow them a few mph more they'd get engine braking, transmission help, etc and about half the brake applications for the Chevy/GMC gas trucks.
afidel 02/03/20 09:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Smaller TT's with ducted air

Rockwood 2109S.
afidel 01/28/20 12:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Must see in Maine?

bar harbor after the 'season' is worth a trip. We like Bar Harbor any season. Logistically the summer can be challenging but if you stay at any of the campgrounds along Rt. 3 you can take the shuttle into town so you don't have to deal with parking. Eat at non-peak times if you eat out or make a reservation. IMHO the crowds are just part of the vibe that makes it so much fun. The down side is Acadia gets VERY crowded and that can make for a miserable experience. Mid-week is better than weekends and if you can travel in the off-season it is better but some things do shut down. The season up there is getting longer, though-many places are starting to stay open through October. Maybe because we had spent so much time in Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, that Maine just seemed kind of a let down. The Bay of Fundy is a phenomenal place. I highly recommend it to anyone. I've never felt "let down" returning to Maine possibly because it's been a "go to" place for us for years for weekends, vacations and day trips. A lot of "let down" is based on expectations that aren't met. We go and know exactly what to expect and often are met with unexpected surprises. I love Nova Scotia and PEI but find both of them can be a little bit boring. The scenery is beautiful but after a while it's just scenery. I guess part of the let down, was that it was pretty much the same scenery we had just spent all the time in the Atlantic provinces seeing. As stated, it just didn't have the high tides. I think I know where you're coming from, my kids and niece were very underwhelmed by Badlands, I thought they were amazing but after 5k miles and 3 would of national parks they were just fatigued and overstimulated.
afidel 01/13/20 07:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

We have a 2017 Imagine 2650, very happy with it. There's a GD forum and a few Facebook groups dedicated to GD's. Hope you have a 3/4-ton to pull it....... At 600 pounds dry tongue and 32 feet it would seem to be within what a well equipped half ton can reasonably handle with a couple in the truck. Why do you think he needs a 3/4?
afidel 01/11/20 01:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yet another what can I tow question

Pretty sure you've got a typo, gross weight is probably 5,178 pounds which would give you a payload of just over 1,800 pounds. Combine that info with the max tongue weight and the max trailer weight and all your numbers agree as doing as your occupants and stuff in the bed weigh less than 600 pounds. If they exceed that then reduce the max trailer weight by 7 pounds for every one pound over. However, that's theoretical maximum, conventional wisdom is you won't be very happy over ~30 feet or 6,000 pounds unloaded if you average what most around here who have been there say.
afidel 01/04/20 12:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with towing math and trailer /vehicle specs

It will pull fine, the only time I ever thought I could use more power was going through the sawtooth mountains, the combination of high elevations and long 11% grades meant I could 'only' go 50 in the small 55mph straight. For all of the other 27k miles across 30 something states I've been more than pleased with the performance so unless you live in the foothills of the Rockies or Sierra's and regularly have to pull over high passes it's great for a trailer the size the OP is looking at. If that's your situation then go with an Ecoboost or the Chevy/GMC diesel.
afidel 01/02/20 07:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Imagine tt by Grand Design

Well insulted is a relative thing. Still lousy compared to a sticks and bricks. I would expect it to do alright up to the low 100's. After that, it's anybodys guess. Agreed, you have to move up to something like a DRV mobile suite to get stick and brick style insulation, 3.25" thick walls vs 1-1.5" on most trailers.
afidel 12/30/19 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with towing math and trailer /vehicle specs

If the truck does not already have it, the best thing you can do is add and auxiliary transmission cooler. If he has a receiver hitch he has the aux cooler, in fact I don't believe you can get the 5.3 without it.
afidel 12/30/19 11:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with towing math and trailer /vehicle specs

Yup, you'll be fine. I have a heavier truck with the same engine and gearing and a trailer near the same weight (3,600 loaded) and we had 5 in the truck and were a few pounds over the rear axle and under the GVWR and way, way under the GCWR.
afidel 12/30/19 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: 30 FT Full Timing Camper

Open Range Light LT275RLS, 33' 9" tip to tail, W/D prep in the bedroom, all in one only and it doesn't have a ton of storage for clothes if you opt for the W/D. *edit* LT260RLS is 31' 4" and is also W/D peeped, it was off my list for a few reasons but it's closer to your goal.
afidel 12/29/19 08:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: *NEWB ALERT* question about TT up keep

As far as stability, JT Strong Arms or BAL lock arms, takes almost all of the sway out of the trailer.
afidel 12/27/19 11:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you summer travel?

We do 250-350 mile stretches between campgrounds that are mapped out months in advance with all reservations booked and paid for, or we're doing weekends within 2 hours from home at a state or county park. While I like spontaneous exploration once we're at a destination, travel days must be planned for me, with enough time to see something cool if we happen across it. Some day I'll take up a more aimless travel style but for now vacation days and aligned schedules are too precious to waste.
afidel 12/27/19 11:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle rating and comfort

It is possible to fill a F150 with 5 people, bikes, and food enough that you effectively have zero tow capacity because you have no capacity for the tongue weightIt is possible for me to do that with my 1 ton dually as well. What, by loading the bed with pallets of water?
afidel 12/27/19 06:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Small bunkhouse RVs? Have I missed any?

KZ 181BH, single axle but lighter and more spacious than the 190BH.
afidel 12/25/19 08:39pm Travel Trailers
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