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RE: Max length definition

Yup the length is supposed to be from the bumper to the hitch ball. Typically this makes the box about 3 1/2 to 4 feet less. However, few campgrounds are stickler for such details. As suggested measure and call. Our TT is about 27 feet bumper to hitch and we have never had a space problem but we have had very tight quarters, being wedged betweean motor coaches with slides and some very difficult to back into tree lined spots. Some of the older campgrounds were designed around the then jumbo 18 footers, so space is at a premium. When in doubt we call.
rbpru 09/02/20 10:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: BEWARE Keystone Hideout

The situation is simple, pay a third more for a Nash or a Fox series TT, or better yet 3x for an Airstream and the odds of repair will drop drastically. However the will not go way.
rbpru 08/26/20 05:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's your battery setup on your travel trailer?

Parasitic loads can be a big issue. I am not sure what all the possible loads are but in my TT I have the frig, LP detector and the antenna booster. The antenna booster can be turned off, if I remember to do it. The single 12 volt battery will last the wife and I two days which is enough when we are traveling between campgrounds for a couple of days. At home with shore power disconnected, the battery will last 5 to 7 days just sitting in the yard. So at home the TT is plugged into the 120 volt power or the negative battery lead disconnected.
rbpru 08/23/20 10:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Estimate of cargo weight

After 5 years an 40,000 towing miles at or even a bit over the max cargo limit, I cannot say that I notice much change in towing performance. I can say that towing at or near the trucks full capacity, does increase the over all wear and tear on tires, shocks, brakes and even the suspension. But that is the price you pay for heavy vehicle use. The CAT scale numbers simply allow you to know where you stand weight wise. Also on long trips gasoline, water, food and such can cause significant weight variations.
rbpru 08/06/20 02:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking of New Aluminum Sided Travel Trailer

I have a used 2010 Dutchmen that I put 40,000 miles on in 5 years. It has had several framing issues due to vibration, poor assembly methods and just plain hard use. But, stick and tin is easy to repair. The roof does not leak and every time they needed to repair or brace up the frame, the siding was removed and reset. One likes to think that such structural problems cannot happen with a laminate construction. I simply do not know. But I do know that same level of craftsmanship goes into both styles of product. I will fret over issues I can control and both laminate and stick and tin construction have been around long enough to prove they can be built properly. While I can control the floor plan I choose, the price I pay and the size and weight of the TT I choose to tow. I cannot control the care, craftsmanship or hidden flaws in the end product. My personal choice is based on floor plan, cost and towability; so laminate or stick and tin are about equal. Others have their own opinions on the subject. One thing is certain, neither method is going away anytime soon.
rbpru 08/05/20 10:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: First time tower - multiple questions

Your set up sounds similar to mine. I have a Blue Ox WD hitch which includes the anti-sway in the design. We have towed over 40,000 miles in the last 5 years all over the country with very few towing issues. I do believe that heavy towing at or near the max truck limits does take a toll on tires, shocks, suspension and brakes; as does heavy farm or construction use. Doing the number ahead of time is smart idea.
rbpru 07/30/20 07:06am Travel Trailers
RE: OK what you got ?

I have to agree, my TT weighs 6200# on the CAT scale with 650# of that on the hitch. It is a 25 footer with a slide. I do not think even 4000# dry weight will get what you need.
rbpru 07/29/20 10:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Enclosed underbelly

My 2010 Dutchmen has an enclosed belly but it is simply a plastic heavy tarp type material. It is of standard construction and will usually be good for a couple of days at 28 degrees. It would do more if we ran the furnace but we get by with a space heater.
rbpru 07/23/20 07:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Foam in the floor

All reasonable responses but the decision comes down to how much time, money and effort do you want to spend on a 9 year old TT. Our TT is 10 years old and we have yet to find a new unit we like. So chances are we would repair or live with the issue. Good luck
rbpru 07/22/20 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

Fill your tires with nitrogen if it makes you happy. It is only money. It seems to me air has a good track record with tires over the last 100 years or so. :) :)
rbpru 07/17/20 10:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Walkable TT roof

I have a 2010 Dutchmen Lite, if has a non-walk on roof. They are nothing new. I sent the VIN number to the manufacturer an they said to put down boards before walking on the roof.
rbpru 07/17/20 04:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

Sounds to me like the only answer is a fifth wheel. It gets rid of those annoying hitch/ball issues. :) :) Actually it is no big issue me. It is my last vestige of setting up camp, when RVing.
rbpru 07/15/20 09:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: How long does a 18lb propane tank last you?

I agree our frig uses little and the furnace a lot. So we usually camp with shore power and use a space heater.
rbpru 07/15/20 05:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Rubber Roof Blew Off

These are the problems that drive people crazy. Not just roof problems but other major failures like end caps and laminated side wall panel failures. Why and how on a production line, these types of mistakes can get through is mystery but they certainly do. The real issue is, these stupid problems are not brand specific, they seem to pop up on virtually every make and model. In my opinion, it is the "shove it out the door" mentality, and the willingness to accept an occasional failure to keep the cost down. But, they make them and we still buy them.
rbpru 07/13/20 12:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mattress Recommendations

I am with the group that just added a good quality topper to the original mattress. I do not recall the brand but is about 3 inches thick and was about 6 inched to long. We cut it to fitted the mattress and it is held in place by the fitted sheet. Good Luck
rbpru 07/13/20 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondockers Dream On

Interesting and shows what can be done if you are willing to pay for it. However, my idea of Boonedocking involves a canoe and tent. Oh to be young again. :)
rbpru 05/08/20 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

Just a trip to the State Park for a change of pace.
rbpru 04/22/20 09:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping World Fail (Again)

My experience with CW had been good. They have what they advertise. However, are not the cheapest option. I usually shop Amazon or eBay but when I want to touch a product I go to the store. It is the same with Cabelas, it cost more but they have it.
rbpru 04/07/20 08:08am Travel Trailers
RE: what surface to store tt on?

I pull up on on two 6 ft. 2x12s. Our yard is mostly grass on sand, the boards keep the tires from settling into the sand. More importantly, my yard is very shady so sun damage is not an issue. We keep the tire pressure up and do a fair number of outings so flat spots have not been an issue.
rbpru 03/19/20 10:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck - Is My Math Right?

Here are some real world figures. * 2011 F-150 Max Cargo from door jamb 1411#. * 2010 Dutchmen Lite 25 ft. TT. Dry weight 5004#. Loaded for the road and across the CAT scales the TT weighs 6200# with about 750# on the tongue. * That is about 12% on the tongue, the WD hitch is set a touch nose down. The wife and I plus the dog and camp gear come to about 650#. This puts the truck at its limit. We have no issues towing, the E-boost pulls nicely and we have managed 40,000 mile in about 5 years. Our trailer weight actually varies with the amount of "stuff" we need from trip to trip. Water, consumables, and gear can vary 200 to 300 lbs.; even more on weekend outings. We love the rig combo but anything heavier would require a larger truck. Towing at the limit does take a toll on shocks, brakes and tires. Of course not everyone is gong to tow 8000 mile a year across desert and the Rockies. Good Luck
rbpru 03/18/20 11:36am Travel Trailers
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