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RE: 1/2 ton towing

Yep, a little more homework is required. Read all you can on trailer weights, capacities, etc. Same for truck weights and capacities. That trailer is too much for that truck. Is the cargo capacity you quoted from the door jamb sticker or a brochure? Every truck has its own cargo capacity depending on options. There is also a sticker on trailers giving its weight leaving the factory. Most RV salespeople don’t know squat about weights and don’t care. One guy with “25 years experience” told me that a WDH makes tongue weight just “disappear”.
GrandpaKip 11/24/20 07:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting project

Take the shell, put it on a pontoon boat and have a trailerable houseboat/camper. I wish they were closer. I would buy one.
GrandpaKip 11/18/20 08:11am Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer

Hmm...I count 5 windows. Maybe just me, but I would prefer not to have the galley in a slide. Nice big bath. I wonder how you keep pets in a drawer. Mine wouldn’t like it. We want a couples trailer with a dinette on the door side to watch over the animals... Why would anyone want to sit and look out at their neighbors camp site with most couch/dinette slides??? We spend the majority of our time outside and stay in campgrounds with more privacy than most, so the view from inside really doesn’t matter. Is the linen closet easily accessible with the head in front of it? Our bath and bed are at opposite ends and we like it that way. OK, so is the pet drawer for food and water?
GrandpaKip 11/14/20 08:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Thor or Forest River - Warranty and reputation

I would suggest you take along someone who knows a thing or two about trailers to look at a specific unit. Two identical trailers can be very different as to how well put together they are. What are you gonna pull it with? Those are good size trailers.
GrandpaKip 11/14/20 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer

Hmm...I count 5 windows. Maybe just me, but I would prefer not to have the galley in a slide. Nice big bath. I wonder how you keep pets in a drawer. Mine wouldn’t like it.
GrandpaKip 11/13/20 07:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

We are retired and travel is our main expense. We don’t eat out, go to movies or to bars, etc. We go to state parks, COE campgrounds because the are usually the best for privacy and not being in a glorified parking lot. We don’t boondock. Been there, done that, don’t wanna do it anymore. Since overseas travel is out for now, we use the camper a lot more. I’m not worried about fuel costs. The US has gotten off cheap for years. There’s a reason Europeans don’t have big trucks or SUVs. The last car we rented was in Italy in 2019 and it got almost 60 MPG, converted from litres and KMs. Like some say, it is what it is. We’re gonna go enjoy it as much as we can.Fuel prices are way down the list as to reasons Europeans don't have large SUVs and Trucks. The fact that almost the entire infrastructure of the continent makes operating a large vehicle impractical to impossible is a much greater reason. The roads in many towns were laid out by Ben Hur and his associates. They are barely wide enough for a horse and chariot, much less a one ton dually. Parking that truck would be impossible anywhere near the city centers of most European cities. Many Europeans have plenty disposable income to enable them to buy the fuel if they actually wanted and had huge vehicles. Bicycles, scooters, micro cars and public transportation are the commuter vehicles of choice in vast parts of Europe. Big vehicles just aren't a part of their DNA. Lots of buses, delivery trucks, and giant tractors get around just fine. However, I remember some doodlehead driving a Hummer in downtown London near Covenant Garden market. He drew a crowd watching him try several places to park. Ended up causing a traffic jam because he couldn’t get further down the road.
GrandpaKip 11/06/20 07:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

We are retired and travel is our main expense. We don’t eat out, go to movies or to bars, etc. We go to state parks, COE campgrounds because the are usually the best for privacy and not being in a glorified parking lot. We don’t boondock. Been there, done that, don’t wanna do it anymore. Since overseas travel is out for now, we use the camper a lot more. I’m not worried about fuel costs. The US has gotten off cheap for years. There’s a reason Europeans don’t have big trucks or SUVs. The last car we rented was in Italy in 2019 and it got almost 60 MPG, converted from litres and KMs. Like some say, it is what it is. We’re gonna go enjoy it as much as we can.
GrandpaKip 11/05/20 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Cleaning out black tank for winter

Unless you have an issue...I wouldn't worry about it. Who cares if there is a little crud on the inside of the tank? Now if you have a pile of poo under the inlet, that's an issue. Two habits to get into: - Avoid dumping unless at least half and preferably 3/4 full. That will allow the poo to float and provide enough flow to carry it out. - Put a few gallons of water in before a drive. The sloshing around will knock any larger deposits off and the next poo deposit will be floating and not stuck to the bottom. This is what I do . This is what I do do, too.
GrandpaKip 11/02/20 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: two days cold coming, not winterized yet

I will winterize probably 3 times this winter. Really not a big deal. Takes about 30 minutes. Then I don’t have to worry about it at all.
GrandpaKip 10/31/20 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Who all makes aluminum sided aluminum framed TT’s?

The aluminum siding models are stapled to the wood studs. Wait, what? I've not seen aluminum sided trailers using staples to attach the aluminum skin to the framing, let alone having "wood" at the framing. Basically the same as aluminum or vinyl siding on a house. You’re probably thinking of a cargo type trailer.
GrandpaKip 10/21/20 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Electric Wires for Break Question

I'm getting a mixed message :) One of you is saying it will be fine, the other is saying it is not :)?That's because they are all guessing at what your real numbers are. Best to read up about it yourself so you can run the numbers for yourself, without the guesswork. Clicky Yep, best to read and understand all of this, do the math and decide yourself if this is a good combo...before doing any mods to the Kia. Also check your manual to see if there are any restrictions for a weight distribution hitch. Does the Kia have a transmission cooler? Heavy duty radiator? May be hindsight, but you are much better off having a tow vehicle prepped from the factory for towing.
GrandpaKip 10/19/20 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

A model like our Keystone Bullet 31bhpr would fit the bill. There are several brands that have the same floor plan but I found the Keystone to be the lightest by a large margin and the quality was better than most. It has a bunk room in back with king sized futon on the bottom and 2 single bunks above and decent storage. Outdoor kitchen with a sink (most nowadays don’t seem to have sinks anymore) and a 2nd entry door directly to the bathroom. A nice feature so the kids don’t track all the dirt through the trailer. It’s 34’ tongue to bumper and only 6400lbs dry. 8k gvwr. I wouldn’t tow it with less than a 3/4t truck or van. That leaves only 1600# for cargo and I’ll bet the “dry weight” is higher than advertised. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that trailer with about 1000# cargo. With your family, it will most likely be at max or over. That’s not a particularly good scenario. 1k of cargo still leaves 500lbs of payload. What’s the problem? Our trailer is stickered delivered from the factory at 6420lbs. Sorry, I missed that it wasn’t the OP posting. My apologies.
GrandpaKip 10/17/20 07:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

A model like our Keystone Bullet 31bhpr would fit the bill. There are several brands that have the same floor plan but I found the Keystone to be the lightest by a large margin and the quality was better than most. It has a bunk room in back with king sized futon on the bottom and 2 single bunks above and decent storage. Outdoor kitchen with a sink (most nowadays don’t seem to have sinks anymore) and a 2nd entry door directly to the bathroom. A nice feature so the kids don’t track all the dirt through the trailer. It’s 34’ tongue to bumper and only 6400lbs dry. 8k gvwr. I wouldn’t tow it with less than a 3/4t truck or van. That leaves only 1600# for cargo and I’ll bet the “dry weight” is higher than advertised. Wouldn’t be surprised to see that trailer with about 1000# cargo. With your family, it will most likely be at max or over. That’s not a particularly good scenario.
GrandpaKip 10/16/20 07:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch doesn't suit, any other recommendations?

I have 600# of tongue weight on an Andersen and wouldn’t go much higher. 1000# probably too much.
GrandpaKip 10/13/20 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing TT for 1st time and have a ??? about the toilet.

To winterize the black tank flush, I attach a hose from the outside shower to the inlet. When the system is pressurized, open the shower valve and the pink stuff goes in. If using air, just switch from city water inlet to the flush inlet.
GrandpaKip 10/11/20 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Pine trees and slides ??

How do you inspect the top of your slide when it is 10 feet off the ground? Climb up on a wet roof or drag out a ladder? No big deal? Sounds like a big deal to me. Sweeping wet Douglas Fir needles off a wet TPO covered slide is no picnic especially in the rain. Just the idea of carrying and storing brooms, ladders and extension handles seems like a pain. Slide toppers for me all the way. I installed a ladder on the back of the camper. If I couldn’t do that, I would have gone for one of those collapsible ladders. Whatever your situation, cleaning the slide roof should be part of the departure routine.
GrandpaKip 10/07/20 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Pine trees and slides ??

Sweeping off the slide is part of our departure routine. Not a big deal.
GrandpaKip 10/06/20 05:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Who all makes aluminum sided aluminum framed TT’s?

Yep, my current one is Azdel. I'm surprised their are still companies not using it. I wonder how Darco compares? Dang it, looks like the Keystone Premier uses Darco and Sunset Trail doesn't say anything about moisture barrier. Darco is a fabric and isn’t used in wall construction, but as a protective cover under the subfloor.
GrandpaKip 10/06/20 04:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Aluminum or fiberglass trailer

I believe that the floor plan is the first consideration. I would take whatever surrounds the interior that I liked the best.
GrandpaKip 10/04/20 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions for sagging roof

What type of roof structure is it? That will determine how to solve your problem.
GrandpaKip 10/04/20 08:08am Travel Trailers
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