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Old 04-10-2012, 07:02 AM   #1
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Exclamation New pop-up owner - questions???

Well, our daughter and son-in-law purchased the 2005 Coachman Clipper they looked at last night. What a beauty! Things have changed a LOT since our pop-up days back in the 1970's and 1980's!!!

There appears to be some slight "mildew staining" on the inside lining up over the one front bed. Is there something they could use that would remove those few stains that wouldn't harm the fabric?

Also, how do many of you feel about sway bars? They'll be towing it with a smaller chevrolet truck and are worried about sway on the highway. They've owned travel trailers in the past and are familiar with these. The pop-up has electric brakes, so they can use their existing brake controller. They won't need weight distribution bars - but were thinking about a sway bar. Advice???

Also, the pop-up has air on the roof. Will the weight of this unit cause the crank lift mechanism to wear out sooner than normal?

Thank you for your help and advice.

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Old 04-11-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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For the stains... Have them try AWESOME from the dollar store but be careful.. May discolor the fabric.. If the AC was factory installed chances are the lift had already been upgraded to handle the extra weight. I pull a 2000 Coleman sequoia with my 2004 Chrysler Pacifica and sway is not a problem. Weight distribution in the camper is the key to swaying.

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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I pulled a popup with a mazda pickup 4 cyl. and never had a sway problem.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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We have an 08 Fleetwood Arcadia being pulled by an 07 Suburban. The pup has some good weight to it and after a couple times of towing and no matter how I loaded it, the sway never went away. I put a sway bar on and instantly got rid of the sway. I wouldn't tow without it. Try driving it around on the freeway first and see how it rides. If you feel there is no sway, then you're set.
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