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RE: Towing with 4Runner

I wouldn't tow anything heavier than a popup.
fdwt994 09/23/19 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is this delamination? Something else?

Thanks to all you posters. I've decided to keep looking as there are plenty of trailers out there that exhibit no damage. Much appreciated Very, very good decision. Good luck in your search.
fdwt994 09/14/19 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

Watch this—> Https://youtu.be/M75Sm7XaIdY This video is very good for someone getting into towing a TT. I agree that someone who knows what he is doing can configure a 1/2 ton to go heavier, but for John Doe who just decides one day that he would like a TT, but has never even seen one, this would keep him out of trouble while he learns the ins and outs of it. This video is not trying to convince a knowledgeable and experienced RVer that he is doing it wrong. I agree. I think it's an excellent video for folks just getting into the RV life. He said multiple times "In my opinion." I've watched several of his videos, and my experience tells me that he knows what he's talking about.
fdwt994 09/14/19 06:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

Do you want opinion or fact? No offense, but too many come here seeking the validation they want when they know they probably aren't supposed to tow the camper they have (or want) with the truck they have. Educate yourself using a resource like this and you'll have the facts, not opinions and anecdotal evidence. These numbers are derived by Engineers who do this stuff for a living. Remember, it's not only about what you can pull. It's what you can control and stop also. Good luck
fdwt994 09/12/19 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to the RV World - Towing Mirrors Recommendation

Are they necessary for a 24'? My 20' trailer does just fine with stock non tow mirrors. sometimes those little bubbles you stick on the mirrors would come in handy with curbs. for the most part i don't see the benefit on a small/medium sized trailer. I would say wait for a trip or two and just adjust the stock mirrors as necessary. Then invest if you really have issues. Our very first camper was just under 24'. After I started using the tow mirrors, I was amazed with the difference it made. It's not just the length, it's also the width. Short answer, YES.
fdwt994 08/27/19 07:34am Travel Trailers
RE: question about battery

The whole point of the battery disconnect is to prevent what happened to you from occurring in the first place. While storing the camper, turn it to "off" so the battery won't go dead. Also, if you turn the battery disconnect off and still notice the converter is on (electronic looking thing, ours is under the queen bed), be sure to turn it off also. Ours stays on even when the battery disconnect is turned off so it's important to check or it will drain the battery down as well. In the winter time, if you're in a cold climate, I would recommend bringing the battery indoors and keeping it charged. Although campers usually come with deep cycle batteries, a battery is happiest when it's near or fully charged. Full discharge can eventually damage the battery and reduce its overall capacity.
fdwt994 08/27/19 07:27am Travel Trailers
RE: New to the RV World - Towing Mirrors Recommendation

I have used Mckesh from Hensley Mfg. and with the optional convex mirrors have enhanced visibility to the rear 10 fold. They do not vibrate, etc. when installed properly. Our next tow vehicle will be ordered with the factory tow mirrors. X2. We used these for over 10 years until we changed tow vehicles with one that had tow mirrors built in. They are a great product. Not sexy, but very functional and durable.
fdwt994 08/25/19 01:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Material on outside of slide out warping

Been there. We had a 2012 Thor Komfort 5th wheel and our bedroom slide had the same plastic external material on the sides of the slide. Our warped terribly but after doing tons of research it appears that it does not hurt anything. Ours was so badly warped that the slide wipers would not make full contact when bringing the slide in or out. We never had any signs of water intrusion. The only “fix” was to remove the slide and replace the warped plastic but there was no guarantee it wouldn’t happen again. We sold the trailer and I’ll be honest..... the sight of that warped material just drove me nuts and that was a big reason I sold it. We were recently looking at brand new Salem travel trailers. I saw this very thing on several BRAND NEW units and when I asked the salesperson, she said it's not unusual and not an issue. To me, it looked like garbage and I couldn't help but wonder how well it would keep water out when parts of the wipers were indeed not making full contact. Needless to say, we purchased a Hemisphere instead that looked much more solid and true on the slide exteriors.
fdwt994 08/21/19 05:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle Question

Go here to get the definitive answer. The size of the motor is only part of the equation.
fdwt994 08/21/19 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is there something wrong here?

On my last trip when I was opening the slide I noticed and heard the slide shake, make loud noise as if was to fall apart. And just now I try to open it, again and the same issue. Please advice if all it needs is grease, oil or service? Thank you all for your help... :h I assume you're talking about the slide on your 24RLS? It looks like a rack & pinion style. Simple lubrication may be all that's needed but first take a look around and underneath, inside and out, for any obstructions, open cabinet doors, debris, etc. Use a dry lubricant such as: Dry lubricant Furthermore, LCI has a very nice smartphone app called "MyLci" with troubleshooting guides. You can also visit their website at: LCI Slideouts Good luck and please be sure to let us know what you find out, it will help us all.
fdwt994 08/21/19 05:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Real towing advise please

"Tow weight" is only one of several numbers you need to be concerned with. In my experience, payload capacity is just as important and will impact the ride more than anything- even with a good weight distribution hitch. Remember, it's not what you can pull, it's what you can control and stop. Too many here focus on the tow rating and stop there. Educate yourself on all the different towing numbers rather than relying on anecdotal evidence.
fdwt994 08/15/19 07:55am Towing
RE: Extended warranty

Unlike most of the other folks I got it and it has paid off. My first real TT was a North Trail and I had to replace both axles, at different times. It cost me a couple thousand plus a few other things that went wrong. Now I have a Salem Hemisphere and I got the extended (5 yrs.) warranty ($1,500) at the time of purchase. That unit is being repaired right now at a truck alignment shop with frame and spring issues. Total estimate is about $2,900 and the warranty company is paying $2,650. We also replaced the AC with the extended warranty that cost me fifty bucks. We put about 6,800 miles on the camper every year. So it has worked for us and it is nice to know we have it if something does happen. I have the same unit, a couple years younger. Could you please expand on the frame and spring issues, as well as the A/C problem? Thank You
fdwt994 08/13/19 02:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: State Park.

Illinois state parks are hit or miss as far as how nice they are. The older ones tend to be in need of some upkeep. I stayed at Lake Le-Aqu-na a few weeks ago and they will be shut down next year for repairs. Rock Cut near Rockford is pretty nice. I was at Illini and starved rock this weekend. Illini is small and tight for many bigger trailers. Starved rock is nicer and just 15 miles down the road. Depending on how far you want to drive if you are sightseeing near Springfield I stayed at the Army Corps of engineering Frank Bo woods campground about an huor form Springfiled Il. Full hookups. Most illinois state parks are electric only. Just goes to show how subjective this can be. We stayed at Rock Cut a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty bad. I always try to get either site 501 or 502. 502 is a concrete pad. Sites 100-124 are not very level at all. If you were in one of those sites I feel your pain. I live only 20 miles from rock cut so it's kind of a get away weekend place for me. I prefer the COE campgrounds because of the price difference with the America the beautiful pass. We were in 164. Also concrete but a pretty decent slope. Only for one night. The shower house was absolutely disgusting. Showers didn't drain. After a five minute shower, I was standing in ankle deep water. Also obviously not cleaned anytime recently. I also found the roads to be in serious need of repair. It's too bad, because I think it could be a very nice campground if Ilinois would keep up with the maintenance. COE's are some of our favorite parks also.
fdwt994 08/07/19 12:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extended warranty

The house almost always wins. Odds are, you will not recoup the entire purchase price of the warranty, especially if you roll it into your financing. Make sure you know what it will really cost you when you do the math. They may tell you "It's only $20 a month"- sure; over the course of the 10 or 12 years that you finance, and the warranty is usually only valid for four or five years after the manufacturer's one year. Also remember that many components such as the A/C, furnace, etc have two year warranties.
fdwt994 08/06/19 05:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: State Park.

Illinois state parks are hit or miss as far as how nice they are. The older ones tend to be in need of some upkeep. I stayed at Lake Le-Aqu-na a few weeks ago and they will be shut down next year for repairs. Rock Cut near Rockford is pretty nice. I was at Illini and starved rock this weekend. Illini is small and tight for many bigger trailers. Starved rock is nicer and just 15 miles down the road. Depending on how far you want to drive if you are sightseeing near Springfield I stayed at the Army Corps of engineering Frank Bo woods campground about an huor form Springfiled Il. Full hookups. Most illinois state parks are electric only. Just goes to show how subjective this can be. We stayed at Rock Cut a few weeks ago and thought it was pretty bad.
fdwt994 08/06/19 05:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: 10 days in Michigan

Michigan state park campgrounds are a little too crowded and disorganized for us. Still pretty, but the sites tend to be an "area" which means campers will sometimes be positioned sideways, backwards, etc. I highly recommend Platte River Campground at Sleeping Bear Dunes. You're extremely unlikely to get reservations on short notice, but they have quiet a few walk-up only sites. I would call them and see if they have specific days / times when your chances are best to get a site. Also, in the Petoskey area is the Petoskey KOA. Although typical crowded sites like at most KOA's, this particular location is spotless, has all kinds of nice amenities, and is in a nice location.
fdwt994 07/31/19 03:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Problems with Schwintek In-Wall Slide-Out

I've noticed some manufacturers have gone back to the old reliable cable and pulley system on their brand new TT's that we have on our 2012 unit. My same unit (new model year) has now changed from Schwintek to rack & pinion.
fdwt994 07/31/19 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Problems with Schwintek In-Wall Slide-Out

So is the Schwintek In-Wall Slide-Out good quality? Based on a few responses it sounds like a poor choice for an RV that comes with the Schwintek. My opinion, it's not a quality issue. It's a system that's not appropriate for an RV, particularly for large slides. The tolerances are so precise, and when you have a moving vehicle, especially one that flexes and bends because it's "lightweight", the system can easily become out of tolerance. No slide out system is without its issues, but at least with the others, there's a realistic way to retract the slide if needed.
fdwt994 07/30/19 06:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Problems with Schwintek In-Wall Slide-Out

Sad to say, my past experience is that this problem got worse and worse until the slide stopped operating. The only method of manual retraction is to pull the motors and push like hell. At that point, a repair shop needs to get a new slide out rack from Lippert and install it. Lippert builds them on demand and it takes about 3 weeks to get. Cost + installation ran $1,400-1,800. And I did the motor synchronization every time. Same here. Both our slides were Schwintek. One was rebuilt under warranty when the unit was less than two years old (had the one year extended warranty) and the other, larger living room slide failed a couple of weeks ago at the campground. Unfortunately for us, we were unable to push hard enough even after disengaging the motors. Have now traded the unit in for one without Schwintek based on our experience and all the research I did about them. My advice- get it to the shop before the same thing happens to you. Good luck!
fdwt994 07/30/19 10:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Recent Trip/Prior Slide Out Issue

Thanks for posting an update!
fdwt994 07/25/19 09:42am Travel Trailers
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