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Old 04-12-2016, 12:24 PM   #29
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Lockable wheel chocks: Look up BAL X-Chocks, they go on sale quite often at Camping world.

For a hitch lock, look up https://www.megahitchlock.com/ . It just might be the best one available.

I use both of the above, and a good lock and chain for my gennies ( Pewag 3/8" Security Chain Kit - 6 ft Chain & Padlock ) and I have had no problems, full timimg since August last year, mostly boondocking.

Yes, eventually someone will come and try to take my gennies away or steal something. I'm sure it will happen eventually. I'm not immune to theft, but I try to do things to convince folks to look for an easier target. If you stay in an RV park/campground, there will always be an easier target somewhere for the quick grab and run thief.

Buy a couple of good locks, lock it up if that helps makes you feel better, and enjoy your trip! Our nation's history is very interesting, and I envy you a little for the education you are about to embark on.

Have fun, and prepare your rig as you like so that you can have fun while you're away from it. Don't worry about the folks that tell you that locks may be a waste of money and effort, this is about what you want so you can feel secure in knowing your stuff will be there when you get back.

I personally have never heard of an RV being stolen from an RV park or campground outside of Alaska, and that was only one instance that was reported here on IRV2, but I have the locks to make myself feel better leaving it alone in fairly remote places, and I am pretty certain that everything else might be stolen, but my home will still be there when I get back.

Bottom line, have fun!!! If you have half as much fun as I have, you're gonna have a great time!
My sentiments exactly. I have been camping for almost ten years in tents, truck campers, and now a fifth wheel. My genny is locked up and I lock my camper when away. In those ten years I have only heard of one theft. Make friends with your neighbors. Campers look out for each other and friendships are often made quickly if not immediately. I do suggest leaving a spare key with the campground owner or telling them where one is hidden in case of an emergency where someone has to get in to put out a fire. Trust of your fellow campers will come with time and experience.
As to leaving a pet, as stated above, run the AC, leave food and water and possible a radio set on low so they don't get frustrated and lonely and start howling. You can bet on a visit from the campground staff if that should happen, and say good by to your new found neighbors.

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Old 04-13-2016, 06:18 AM   #30
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Did you change the usual CH751 cam locks that most OEMs use?
Probably a good idea. Didn't realize they were universal. Any good sources?
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:59 AM   #31
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We do 95% state and national parks, and I have no problem leaving my 2 kayaks out along with 3 bikes. Actually what I'm most concerned is my Weight Distribution receiver head walking away. We do many trips where we stay at one spot, I'll take the WD receiver off and slide it under the trailer, somewhat out of the way.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:59 AM   #32
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Probably a good idea. Didn't realize they were universal. Any good sources?
Amazon has several brands listed. You do need to check the overall length of the existing - mine were 1-1/8" for the basement and 5/8" for the thin plastic water hatch.
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Old 04-13-2016, 11:07 AM   #33
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Don't forget the weight of the passengers in the TV. And weight from gear adds up far quicker than people realize.
Being so close to the limit is not fun.
And fuel in the vehicle. I have about 2000 pounds that I can load in the vehicle before I reach GVWR. As much as I might pack, I don't think I'll reach even close to that limit. That said, I'll stay as light as I can across both the car and the trailer so that I'm nice and far below the GCWR.

Hauling acronyms sure are annoyingly plentiful.
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:01 AM   #34
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It is done all the time. The thing to do is choose the better campgrounds in the better areas of you destination. To me my needs for an overnight campground greatly exceeds a destination campground.

For overnight I'll stay at camping world if that's where my next stop is. I'll stay at Cracker Barrel if I'm hungry or will be in the morning. If room allows I'll. Put the bed slide out but not thr two in the front room since I'm not going to br in there much. Next I'll look for campgrounds along the way that are far enought off the road so the road notice doest keep me awake.

Destination campgrounds I look for clean park, well defined spots with room between spots unless it's one of those parking lot type campgrounds that are an extension from a resort or casino. Then I check around to see what you get for you money.

All campgrounds need 60 ft pull through minimum as I have a 35 ft Motorhome and ab20 ft enclosed toy trailer. Reason for pull thru is a) don't back very well. B) need to get etie or both toys out of the back. Toys are smart car and Polaris ranger etx. If they back you up to a wall no way to get toys out. That means only way to get grubb is motor home. Ever tried to park a motor home.close to a store. I normally use the HD permitted spots as w asking even short distances hurt my back.
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By the time you get that TH loaded you will be way over on your weights so be careful. not going to say don't do it cuz I am not the weight police. When you leave for the day, leave all the jacks down, sewer, elect and water hooked up and turned off. Leave a few chairs out it will look like someone is there. As far as the storage compartment goes, if someone really wants my sewer connections, extension cord and old BBQ and what ever else is in there, just take it without screwing up the door. The only thing I really value on a trip is my dog and he is always with me and not a good idea to try to take him.
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Don't be stressing the weight of the trailer, mine is heavier and I towed a couple thousand miles last year -- I have a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with the V6, also. An animal! My nearly 22' Minnie Winnie has a dry weight of 3840#, hitch weight of 460#. The only thing I WOULD be concerned about is the hitch weight -- Jeep only gives that a 450# rating -- I am a hair over, you more than 10% over....I'm not sure how much the WDH takes off of that #. I drive judiciously and know that I don't have a Hemi or a diesel 3/4 ton TV. I usually aim for 5 under the speed limit on highways and around 62-63 on interstates -- no need to tax things and just let others pass you!
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:31 PM   #37
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We have left ours for a few days at a campground and also on private property. We do a lot of day trips with our dog and only use the TT for sleeping.

Our TT sits empty most of the day at State Parks and KOAs etc. Never had a problem.
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I think the biggest reason they are safe is because there really is not much to steal and they are hard to hide. They may be our pride and joy but they have the cheapest appliances and materials available, most of which are suitable only for TT s.

That probably explains why they find them abandoned, after having been used as MET labs.

I love my noble abode but except for the tv, CD/DVD player, microwave and battery there is not much of use to most others; and most of these can be bought at the bargain sections of Wal-Mart.

People will steal almost anything but I do not think TT s are high on the list.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:30 AM   #39
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First off, welcome to the site.

Now, as for camping @ the grounds and leaving. We have also never had any issues. Like stated before, not saying it would never happen. However, campers are normally a breed of it's own. You're either super friendly and everyone offers help, advice, food, and drinks as you walk by their sites or they are super snobby and want nothing to do with anyone else but their group. Everyone seems to look out for others.

Now for the TR, it is always an issue. Most camper dealers NEVER ask what the TR is. They are just worried about selling the units which is sad. Then new members join a forum and it always seems like they are getting flogged because they didn't know better about the tow rig.

Look @ my signature picture. That WAS a 2005 Ford F150 4x4 with a short bed and 4.6 V8. The trailer weighs in @ 9800 pounds loaded! The guy I bought it from told me that I had a V8 it would tow it fine. A month after we purchased the unit my wife and I took a 9 day wedding anniversary trip to WV, V, and southern Delaware with this beast. The truck struggled bad. I had truckers passing me in the truckers lane in the mountains of WV. Needless to say my hands were sore for about a week after that trip and a two months later I purchased a 2005 Chevy 2500 HD. It had the 6.0 gas and still seemed under powered!

We had that truck for two years and while it handled great, the engine seemed to struggle and the stopping distance was too great for my taste. I have since sold that truck this past winter because the family is getting bigger and I purchased a 2004 Ford Excursion with the V10. I know the brakes are not the best as it is just for the EX but I plan to fix that with upgraded calibrators and pads. We haven't towed with it yet since we are dealing with other life issues @ the moment (rebuilding are damaged home from the storm of 2015 and adoption our 2 year old nephew) we plan to get back into this year.

My point is just take your time. You will know soon enough if your TR is up for the task you ask of it. I personally think you are on the borderline myself but you will know hopefully if you can control the rigs or not. Just take your time on your first trip and take it slower on the turns, downgrades and intersections.

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It is true the dealer does not know your tow vehicle needs. The dealer knows what your TV specs say it will tow. They know that scores of others have used that type of vehicle with no complaints.

What the dealer does not know is the amount of stuff you cannot live without or the max cargo of your particular TV. Unfortunately nobody thinks of that when they are RV shopping.
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Don't be stressing the weight of the trailer, mine is heavier and I towed a couple thousand miles last year -- I have a 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with the V6, also. An animal! My nearly 22' Minnie Winnie has a dry weight of 3840#, hitch weight of 460#. The only thing I WOULD be concerned about is the hitch weight -- Jeep only gives that a 450# rating -- I am a hair over, you more than 10% over....I'm not sure how much the WDH takes off of that #. I drive judiciously and know that I don't have a Hemi or a diesel 3/4 ton TV. I usually aim for 5 under the speed limit on highways and around 62-63 on interstates -- no need to tax things and just let others pass you!
Hurrah! A fellow Cherokee owner! The Cherokee hitch weight maximum is somewhat confusing. I think mine mentions a recommended 10-15% at the tongue, but may not say a max of 450 pounds. The Jeep website says similar, with 4,500 pounds tow capacity max, but no mention of tongue weight until you look at their towing basics, which indicates 1200 pounds max tongue weight for hitched receivers! It's all very perplexing to me.

Anyway, how has yours done hauling on hills with your bago?
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No problems. It has taken on White Pass and Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains. Probably the toughest climb has been the grade out of the Columbia River gorge just outside Chelan, WA -- about 5 miles of 8+%. Obviously the Trailhawk is no Cummins-equipped Ram, but I took it and just kept it under 5000 rpm and still took the hill at around 45 mph. I had plenty of pedal left but saw no reason to push things -- I am in no hurry.

Last summer I also had several trips with the temps hitting upper 90's -- full a/c going and the engine, oil, coolant, and transmission never overheated. I love my jeep and matching trailer!
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