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RE: Motorcycle Towing

Short answer no. You need to carry the bike in the back of the truck if you have enough payload for the TT and bike. You didn't say what truck or trailer you have to get a more detailed answer. If your state allows a double tow behind a TT a bike trailer might work as well.
colliehauler 07/01/20 05:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

I'm living stationary in a 40 foot 5th wheel here in southern Nevada, summer temps in the 100's and higher. since I don't move this unit I installed a real small evap cooler to maintain the temps in the main living area during the day. Because the larger 15 BTU A/C just doesn'0t cut it. Full sun during day, thermo pane windows help alot. so far it's maintained temps in the high 70's & low 80's durung the day time. At night I run my 13.5 up in the bed room, which will freeze you out. Now I know this setup will not work if your traveling around. There is also some people on the forums that have installed 12 BTU mini-spilt units to there units rigs.Big difference in the low humidity of Nevada where evaporative coolers work well and the high humidity of Texas where they don't work well.
colliehauler 06/30/20 12:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

Lots of things you can do to improve temperatures. Put reflective insulation on the windows and keep the blinds closed, single pain windows are very poor heat/cold barriers. Park in the shade from the afternoon sun. Don't open and close the doors a lot. Use a fan for circulation of air. You do these things and it will improve temperatures. Parking in the shade is the single biggest thing you can do to improve conditions. If you look at a tour bus you will see as many as 6 A/C units on them. I'll disagree about opening a vent your letting cool air out and drawing warm air in.
colliehauler 06/30/20 10:24am Travel Trailers
RE: 2019 Dodge Durango with tow package? am I making a mistake?

Much depends on how much use the TT will see. These ultra light TT get that way by giving up sturdy construction. They are flimsy. But if you will be using the TT a couple of weeks a year only on good roads then they may work until you outgrow the RV. On the other hand taking one of those down a rough backcountry road is contraindicated. Or on a 9000 mile cross country expedition. The OP has fixated on the Durango before he ever posted this and was just looking for affirmation of his fabulous decision. He is not receptive to criticism and will not change his mind, period. This is common behavior. Actually, we believe we have moved on from the Durango thanks to the this thread. Still has to be an SUV, but looking at Tahoe and QX80 now.The longer the wheel base the more stable the towing. I would be looking at a Expedition or Suburban for what your wanting to do. To short of wheel base and it can be the tail wagging the dog.
colliehauler 06/28/20 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2002 Ford Diesel 7.4 ??

Keep in mind the rest of the truck is going to be old and will require maintenance as well. For me I've got a good mechanic and parts are inexpensive, others might not want to deal with any issues that may pop up from time to time. You got to keep in mind the newest 7.3 truck is almost 20 years old. Will agree with others said about noise, they are loud even with stock exhaust. The automatics behind them were marginal as well for pulling heavy loads. They are capable of being built to handle it but another expense. I've got the six speed manual in my truck.
colliehauler 06/28/20 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2002 Ford Diesel 7.4 ??

The new small Diesels in the half tons put out more power but like others will hang on to mine. Have one in a Excursion another in a F-250.
colliehauler 06/27/20 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Graphics replacement

We (wife and I) used the 3M eraser wheel with no burned gelcoat. It worked great for us.You do know the difference between aluminum with paint and fiberglass?
colliehauler 06/21/20 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Graphics replacement

You can find replacement graphics on ebay as well. Good advice except 3M eraser wheel will burn through paint on a aluminum sided trailer. Works fine for filon siding. I repainted the front cap after doing so. Although I ordered new graphics I will wait to put them on before I sell the TT. I'm not going through this again.
colliehauler 06/21/20 10:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Lance vs Arctic fox

The flat roof of the Lance would be a deal breaker for me. Remember 2 people who had issues with water intrusion on the forum.
colliehauler 06/15/20 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford delays Electric F150 to mid 2022

ha... I'll get an electric F150 right after I get a diesel one.... Which is never... But, I said I wouldn't get a V6 turbo either.... ha, ha... Guess will just wait and see and not worry about it in between.. Mitch That's a good point. When this forum was new, (2000ish I think) if someone had suggested that in 20 years the preferred towing motor in an F150 would be a turbocharged V6, they would have been shouted down with arguments based on current thinking. We'll see what the next 20 bring. I was one that would have laughed at having a V-6 tow vehicle but my daily driver was a half ton GMC with a 4.3 at the time so I had good reason. The old adage comes to mind, Never Say Never.
colliehauler 06/13/20 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a 4500lb TT with an SUV

Suburban or Expedition and forget about good mpg when towing, not going to happen. To understand what the forces a vehicle has to deal with hold a sheet of plywood in a 20 mph wind. Now imagine what it takes to overcome a 60 mph wind.
colliehauler 06/13/20 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fitting Onan QG 4000 in 28" space

Not only will it not fit you have to have room for the power out, gas line and 12 volt lines for the generator.
colliehauler 06/13/20 03:49pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Walkable TT roof

Good advice JBARCA. But most people don't have a clue how a RV is made. My Keystone Hideout is the first roof I have rebuilt. You learn a lot from hands on experience. Seen a lot of RV'S die a slow death from water intrusion that would have been easy to prevent with proper sealant. Then those that use the wrong products thinking they will save money, such as using silicone to seal the roof.
colliehauler 06/13/20 07:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Suburban Versus Excursion or something else???

Just curious what rpm are you running going up the hill?
colliehauler 06/11/20 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ok what truck to buy ?

Which truck, the one you want.
colliehauler 06/10/20 12:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Walkable TT roof

I keep seeing over and over people touting their 3/8 roof. How about the rafters that are 1.5x1.5 inches thick. When I had to redeck my trailer I doubled all the rafters before putting the new plywood and roof on. When taking the old decking off the only rafters that were doubled was where the A/C goes. My personal opinion which matters little. If your a fictional 150# person you should have no trouble on the roof. Any more and you risk damage not so much from the plywood but the rafters under the plywood.
colliehauler 06/09/20 10:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with A/C freezing up ..

Freeze up is usually caused by low refrigerant.This would be my guess as well.
colliehauler 06/07/20 10:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Way To Add A/C to a older trailer?

For California consider a evaporative cooler. Then you only need to run a little fan.I never thought of this because California has a dry climate a evaporative cooler would be less costly to operate as well, excellent idea. Where I live they don't work well because of high humidity.
colliehauler 06/07/20 01:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Way To Add A/C to a older trailer?

Best bang for the buck would be a window unit. If there are no financial constraints I would go with a roof top AC for ease of installation. Portable A/C are expensive and inefficient. Neighbor bought a portable A/C for his trailer would not cool it down. He took it back and bought a bigger portable A/C still would not cool the trailer. He ended up going to a RV shop and had a 15k btu unit installed. Some new small trailers come with a window unit because they are more inexpensive.
colliehauler 06/07/20 11:45am Travel Trailers
RE: From motorhome to travel trailer

The Gulf Stream Ameri Lite is as low as you can get quality wise and also the lowest entry level trailer made. Stick with KZ and Winnebago.I would second this after owning a Gulfstream and trading it in after one trip, in all fairness this was a few years ago. A lot of people seem to like Grand Design but have not owned one.
colliehauler 06/03/20 03:28pm Travel Trailers
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