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Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion Yesterday, 10:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 422
Posted By shane_the_ee
Airstream, if “fiberglass” isn’t really a...

Airstream, if “fiberglass” isn’t really a requirement. If you’re ok with used Earthbound
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion Yesterday, 12:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 198
Posted By shane_the_ee
Neither of those models have a slide out. The...

Neither of those models have a slide out. The dry weight difference is because the 21BHE is 3' longer than the 2100BH. The GD is a 21' box while the 2100BH is a 21' frame (coupler to bumper). The...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-15-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,052
Posted By shane_the_ee
I will add* A torque wrench and appropriate...

I will add*

A torque wrench and appropriate socket sizes to verify the torque on your trailer's lug nuts and to verify the torque on your hitch parts.


*Are we really this far into the replys...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-05-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,341
Posted By shane_the_ee
Start with how are you going to use it. We like...

Start with how are you going to use it. We like to stay in National Park and Forest Service camp grounds in the Pacific Northwest. That meant that we had to go small as most of those CGs were built...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-03-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 619
Posted By shane_the_ee
Quality, price, and weight: pick two. Lance is...

Quality, price, and weight: pick two. Lance is what you get when you pick quality and weight. ORV/Northwoods is what you get when you pick quality and price. And then there’s to other guys...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-10-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 521
Posted By shane_the_ee
We start with our use cases, that sets the...

We start with our use cases, that sets the requirements, that creates the solution space. The use case you need to define better here is the 2-3 week road trip: are you ok with consigning yourself...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-03-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 324
Posted By shane_the_ee
As is "new to you" or "be the first person to...

As is "new to you" or "be the first person to take the title"? And would you consider a used trailer? I ask because you can find the Lance 2185 in your price range without having to get anything...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-03-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,006
Posted By shane_the_ee
Get thee to a CAT scale and figure out your...

Get thee to a CAT scale and figure out your actual weights and distribution. Load everything up like you'd be going camping and then use the three pass method. No weight distribution hitch in the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-02-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,147
Posted By shane_the_ee
"I prefer as much safety and control as possible"...

"I prefer as much safety and control as possible" Your trailer tires! They're 6 years old and (very) likely only rated to 65mph. Replace them with a set of Goodyear Endurance tires. Made in the...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-02-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 641
Posted By shane_the_ee
It won't change your towing capacities at all. ...

It won't change your towing capacities at all. The only thing it'll change is the maximum tongue weight.
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-01-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 641
Posted By shane_the_ee
The poster already has a full sized, 1T van.

The poster already has a full sized, 1T van.
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-01-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 641
Posted By shane_the_ee
We have 6 of us in an 18CK. It's a discontinued...

We have 6 of us in an 18CK. It's a discontinued floorplan, similar to the 21DBS, but with no slide and a jack knife sofa where the bed is in the 21DBS*. It can be a little tight at times, but, we...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 09-16-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,037
Posted By shane_the_ee
What was the true weight and true payload (GVWR...

What was the true weight and true payload (GVWR minus scale weight)?
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-15-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By shane_the_ee
2 kids weighing 70lbs? Are they infant twins? ...

2 kids weighing 70lbs? Are they infant twins? Because if they're under 40lbs, they come with a carseat, most of which are not an insignificant amount of weight. And how certain are you that these...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-14-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,444
Posted By shane_the_ee
Both.

Both.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-13-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,444
Posted By shane_the_ee
Good call and smart move. Axle ratings is one of...

Good call and smart move. Axle ratings is one of the things that sold me on our ORV. 2 3500lb axles on a tongue heavy trailer with a 6000lb GVWR. And it meant the manufacturer was willing to spend...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-12-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,999
Posted By shane_the_ee
Do you really think a properly loaded travel...

Do you really think a properly loaded travel trailer with a dry weight of 1900lbs is going to throw a "properly equipped" Durango into the ditch? And no points if it's something which would also...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-12-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,999
Posted By shane_the_ee
The Durango would be perfect. If you were...

The Durango would be perfect. If you were looking at the Sequoia, it might be worth checking out the Armada (nee Y62 Patrol)...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-12-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 678
Posted By shane_the_ee
I just discovered Recon Racks which are RV rated...

I just discovered Recon Racks which are RV rated with the caveat of no road bikes...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-10-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 862
Posted By shane_the_ee
Speaking of Unrealistic Advertised Towing Capacities

I see a new world record: Land Rover just released the brochure for the new Defender. Up to 1874lbs payload with a maximum trailer weight of 8201lbs. And a maximum tongue weight of 330lbs!

...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-09-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 678
Posted By shane_the_ee
Off the top of my head, we've about 7000 miles on...

Off the top of my head, we've about 7000 miles on it. It seems to be holding up well, except that the brake contact is causing wear on the soft rubber of the clamps. But I'd much prefer that over...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-09-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 678
Posted By shane_the_ee
We use a Thule XT Pro with the 2 bike extension*,...

We use a Thule XT Pro with the 2 bike extension*, and, frankly, I've been a bit disappointed in it. It's advertised as being no-frame contact, but the clamp arms always end up in contact with the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-04-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Posted By shane_the_ee
We found ours on craig's list.

We found ours on craig's list.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-03-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,440
Posted By shane_the_ee
I've circumnavigated the globe over almost three...

I've circumnavigated the globe over almost three months with nothing but carry on. I can't tell you how many 1mo+ overseas trips I've had also with my same two trusty carry on bags. And fully...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 09-03-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,122
Posted By shane_the_ee
Our fresh tank is inside the box, so we just keep...

Our fresh tank is inside the box, so we just keep the furnace on while we travel. We did replace the thermostat with cheap digital one...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-03-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By shane_the_ee
First, you're doing the right thing by taking the...

First, you're doing the right thing by taking the lack of a straight answer from the sales folks as a sign you should go do your own research.


Second, start looking at the SUV manufacturer's...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-28-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,999
Posted By shane_the_ee
The reason not to tow it is because even though...

The reason not to tow it is because even though it's little, it's still too heavy for your Kia. You'd have to remove the battery and the propane, and the air conditioner and... Even if you did,...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-28-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,440
Posted By shane_the_ee
I always recommend starting with how you're going...

I always recommend starting with how you're going to use the trailer. So, I'm going to pull on a thread alluded to earlier: how early in the spring and late in the fall are you planning to use the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-22-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,695
Posted By shane_the_ee
The only rule of thumb is that not all unibody...

The only rule of thumb is that not all unibody vehicles allow the use of a WDH*. Off the top of my head, the current generation Nissan Pathfinder and Land Rover Discovery are unibodies which allow...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-22-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 829
Posted By shane_the_ee
Wait a minute... One of those pictures shows the...

Wait a minute... One of those pictures shows the corner of a Ford F-series. I wonder where that came from.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-21-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,759
Posted By shane_the_ee
I don't care what the schedule says. >50% of my...

I don't care what the schedule says. >50% of my mileage is towing, so I plan to have mine changed every 36mo.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-21-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By shane_the_ee
I wouldn't worry about the number of axles so...

I wouldn't worry about the number of axles so much as the margin on those axles. One 5000lb axle is probably better than two 1500lb axles. And I'd only really worry about those margins if you're...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-21-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By shane_the_ee
Is there a reason you wouldn't have one welded to...

Is there a reason you wouldn't have one welded to the trailer frame, other than price?
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-21-2019, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 720
Posted By shane_the_ee
The other thing you'll want to verify is the...

The other thing you'll want to verify is the receiver hitch rating on the truck. That's yet another white sticker, this time attached to the receiver (hitch) of the truck. As mentioned before, the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-20-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,255
Posted By shane_the_ee
That depends entirely on your definition of...

That depends entirely on your definition of "bogging down". I very much notice a difference in acceleration with my 6000lb trailer behind my Expedition. It'll hold a stead 65-70mph up the passes...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-07-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,877
Posted By shane_the_ee
Ah, but you always have to ask yourself, how will...

Ah, but you always have to ask yourself, how will I know this safety device/feature is no longer working? If the answer is "I will know it's not working when the bad thing I was trying to prevent...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 08-02-2019, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By shane_the_ee
It mounts to the bumper and not the frame?

It mounts to the bumper and not the frame?
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-23-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 994
Posted By shane_the_ee
But Winnebago doesn’t make a rear dinette model...

But Winnebago doesn’t make a rear dinette model...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-23-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 994
Posted By shane_the_ee
Keystone makes a few which are close: Springdale...

Keystone makes a few which are close: Springdale 202QBWE, Hideout 22LHSWE & Passport 216RDWE. They're going to be a bit of a step down in quality, though.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-20-2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 782
Posted By shane_the_ee
If you’re wanting to avoid the private RV parks...

If you’re wanting to avoid the private RV parks nearby and camp in the National Parks, going “a little shorter” than 37’ is not going to gain you much of anything. You’ll have to go a lot shorter......
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-16-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By shane_the_ee
I'd bet money it's closer to a quarter, let alone...

I'd bet money it's closer to a quarter, let alone a half. And I'm being generous...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 07-15-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,199
Posted By shane_the_ee
Most National Park and National Forest Service...

Most National Park and National Forest Service campgrounds were originally constructed by the CCC during the 1930s. CGs, sites, access roads, etc, were designed for the size of the rigs at that...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-05-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By shane_the_ee
If the scale only weighs the whole rig, all you...

If the scale only weighs the whole rig, all you need to do it weight it one axle at a time and do a little more math.


To get truck only axle weights: Put the front wheels on the scale and weigh...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-03-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,625
Posted By shane_the_ee
“ORV” as in Outdoors RV manufacturing: ...

“ORV” as in Outdoors RV manufacturing:
https://outdoorsrvmfg.com/
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-02-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,625
Posted By shane_the_ee
This one is a big trade off that y’all will want...

This one is a big trade off that y’all will want to seriously consider. Significant winter use (hunting in November in Eastern Washington, snow shoeing/Nordic skiing in the Methow Valley, skiing...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-01-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,255
Posted By shane_the_ee
But if I use the correct truck weight, as you...

But if I use the correct truck weight, as you did, I also get 920#.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-01-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,255
Posted By shane_the_ee
I thought tongue weight is combined weight (truck...

I thought tongue weight is combined weight (truck plus trailer) minus truck weight (without trailer attached) minus trailer axles WITHOUT the WDH bars attached. I get 860 here.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-30-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,018
Posted By shane_the_ee
Take a look at the smallest Lance models..

Take a look at the smallest Lance models..
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-29-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,625
Posted By shane_the_ee
Great! The next trade off is whether or not...

Great! The next trade off is whether or not you're going to use it in the winter. Are you going to be using it outside of the May-September window?
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-28-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,105
Posted By shane_the_ee
Not necessarily. Weight ticket and payload...

Not necessarily. Weight ticket and payload stickers attached. GVWR is 7700lbs and tongue weight is equal to receiver sticker at 930lbs. I’ve got payload available, but I’ve run out of receiver...
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