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RE: Bike rack

For the first year we had our camper, we tried bringing them in camper and laying them in the bed of the truck. Both options worked but we didn't think they were very convenient. Here are two good options for bringing your bikes. Option 1: an over-the-propane-tank rack like Arvika (from 2-4 bikes) or Jack-It (2 bikes) Option 2: a rack over your pickup bed. Check out Thule or Adarac There are ways to add a bike rack to the back of your camper. You may need to investigate welding a mount to the frame. As others have mentioned, the bumper likely isn't strong enough. You may even be able to find a rack for the front of your truck but this seems to be a less common choice. If you search the forums for bike rack, you'll find many past threads with lots of thoughts and opinions. Let us know what you pick.
the e-man 06/24/21 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best stabilization upgrade(s)?

We are working through the same issue. Too much movement in a longer travel trailer. Thanks for the suggestions so far - looks like I have a few more things to try. Here is what we have tested so far. Hush Pad under jack stand. It's a nice thick pad. But it didn't decrease motion significantly. Stabilizer jack pads. These are nice. Provide some protection for the scissor jacks from the ground. But they didn't decrease motion significantly. New chocks. Ours were old. Trying a new set. They are plastic but don't interlock with the leveling blocks. Motion increased as it is hard to secure these on the side where blocks are in place. Super Grip Chock. These are placed between the wheels similar to an X Chock. This did reduce some of the motion and we are happy with the improvement. As others have mentioned, we use these in conjunction with regular chocks.
the e-man 05/03/21 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: TPMS suggestions

I just bought the TST 507 with flow through valves. I tested it last weekend with good results. There are several good TPMS on the market. I liked the idea of the flow-through valves where you don't have to remove the monitors to add air. However, you'll need to have metal valve stems to use that model. On the trip, it cycled through each tire showing pressure and temperature. Seemed to work well. I could use some ideas from the group on the best way to install the signal repeater. It looks like it could get attached on or near the battery box. But, it would be nice to have a shutoff to prevent draining the battery. How did you install it?
the e-man 04/25/21 05:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30 amps for 50 amp trailer

With an adapter, sometimes called a dog bone, you can connect your 50 amp camper to a 30 amp pedestal. In addition to running only one AC, you may want to watch what else you run. For example, you may find that running a larger AC and the microwave at the same time might be too much. As long as you don't try to run everything all at once, you should be fine.
the e-man 04/08/21 02:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: How long do you drive/tow in a day?

Our answer is - well, it depends. Not retired and still work. We have two drivers that trade off in shifts. We keep it to 60mph. For a weekend stay like a state park, we try to stick to a range of under 150 miles and usually find someplace about 100 miles away. For a destination-type trip of over a week, we go a bit farther. We can go up to 500 miles in a day. For example, to get to Fort Wilderness is 800 miles and we break that into two days. If our destination is farther, we would try to build a stop along the way. On our trip to Acadia, which is 1,000 miles for us, we added 2-3 day stops along the way in each direction to break up the long driving days a bit.
the e-man 03/07/21 09:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Waist disposal hose

There are a few good options to solve your issue. I have seen others use PVC pipe or fence posts. One project I saw online had a sliding tray inside a fence post. Our camper has two separate dump valves. Since we needed to bring along extra sewer hoses, we added two Valterra E-Z Hose Carriers under our camper. It works great. However, not all the parts you need to install it come with the tube. I wrote up our approach with pictures at: Sewer Hose Storage Carrier Project
the e-man 03/05/21 06:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailering

Good luck with the new camper. We upgraded to one about that size two years ago. Overall, it has been great. It has reduced the number of campsite options a bit but we are still able to find a spot in most parks. For fueling, here is what we try to do. We learned after a try or two that regular gas stations are often not a great option when towing a long trailer. As others have mentioned, fill the tanks before you hitch up if possible. When on the road, stop at RV friendly stations rather than regular gas stations. For example, when we travel on I95, there are Flying J stations spaced out about every 200 miles. They have two RV pumps separate from the regular pumps. As a bonus, we get a 5 cent per gallon discount with our Good Sam card. When a Flying J isn't available, we have sometimes used the truck pumps. Note that their pumps are a bit different but still work. If you are using diesel, that is an option to consider. Hope that helps.
the e-man 03/04/21 09:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Replacement Question

Hi All. Thanks for the tire replacement recommendations. Just wanted to provide an update. I checked out Discount Tire. They have a relatively new location near me. While the lot isn't huge, they directed me to park next to the building blocking only the last bay. With two entrances to the main road, I could pull in from one end and leave from the other - no backing needed. In about 30 minutes, a crew had replaced the tires. Old tires: Westlake ST225/75R15. Load E. Speed L. New tires: Goodyear Endurance ST225/75R15. Load E. Speed N. I had them install metal valve stems as I am planning to add a tire pressure monitoring system. Tires have a six year warranty. Per tire price $134 + about $45 for installation, disposal, etc.
the e-man 02/27/21 08:08am Travel Trailers
Tire Replacement Question

We are planning to replace the tires on our travel trailer. Just doing this as a preventative step so that we can hopefully avoid any tire-related travel issues. I plan to go with Goodyear. At 34 feet, our camper is pretty long. Most tire shops seem to be meant for cars, not RVs. I replaced a set on our last camper which was smaller. We barely fit in the shop's parking area. I called an RV dealer who could do the work. But, the quoted price seemed really high. Tires were priced at $250 per tire for four tires + a spare. They wanted about $400 to mount them; an estimated 30 minutes per tire times their shop fee of $165/hour. My question is, what tips or advice do you have for finding a RV friendly tire shop? Thanks in advance.
the e-man 02/22/21 05:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electrical Extension Cords

Good luck with your first camping trip. I hope it is awesome. I remember our first trip. We had a lot to learn. Talking with fellow campers and asking questions here is a great way to learn. Before you know it, you'll feel pretty confident. As others have mentioned, a second 30 AMP RV power cord can come in handy. You may also want to consider a surge protector to help protect your camper. I like the ones that have an indicator to show you if the power at the pedestal is OK. One thing I have found useful is a power adapter. For example, with a 15 to 30 AMP adapter, you could power most of your camper's electric needs from a standard outlet.
the e-man 02/19/21 06:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Need Help Deciding which feature for trailer

On our camper, we tried to find one with only one entry door and with no outdoor kitchen. We ended up with a camper that had almost everything we wanted, but did have a smaller outdoor kitchen that we don't use. Here is a few thoughts. My opinions only - your mileage may vary. With our floorplan, the entry door is located mid-camper. You can access the whole camper, except for the fridge, with the slide in. You can access the whole camper even if beds are out. On some units, a second door may be added because you might not otherwise be able to access a bathroom or bedroom. For example, a rear living unit where the door is blocked if the couch is made into a bed. As others have mentioned, the second door can be an issue for a variety of reasons. But, some like having the door into the bathroom. Think about your group and how you might want to access the camper at the campground and also when taking a break at a rest area. At the RV shows last year, most units had an outdoor kitchen. They ranged from a very small fridge up to enormous pull out tables with built in grills. Some had large refrigerators, ice makers, and all kinds of accessories. I shared pictures on our blog for the shows in Richmond and Virginia Beach that would give you a sample. We use our inside kitchen. We also cook outside a lot. I have a Weber Q, Blackstone, and a Dutch Oven. From my point of view, the small two burner stoves in most RV outdoor kitchens are awkward to use. They might be useful for making coffee or to cook with a smaller round pan. I noticed that some RV makers have switched over to providing a griddle instead. How do you envision using the outside kitchen? Think about what you like to cook. Do you like to have gatherings at your site but don't want people going into the camper for a drink? Will you be at a site with electric hookups or boondocking? Good luck with whatever camper you buy. It's just great to have the chance to get outdoors.
the e-man 02/10/21 03:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco or Grand Design

We had a 2010 Jayco Jayflight 26BH. Currently have a 2019 Grand Design Transcend 28MKS. We have enjoyed both and find that they are fairly close in quality. I would feel comfortable buying either brand again. There are a few things that we prefer in the Grand Design including the enclosed underbelly and heating vents in the walls rather than the floor. We also liked the floorplan we bought, which we didn't see available from other manufacturers. Individual units may vary in quality. I would want to do a thorough pre-purchase inspection to ensure you are OK with the one you are buying. As others have mentioned, finding a good dealer should likely be part of the decision process.
the e-man 02/02/21 09:38am Travel Trailers
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