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Old 02-07-2011, 07:25 AM   #406
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it is the part of the unit that pulls out from the side to make section of the unit wider. it actually powers out now a days.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:34 AM   #407
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Any comments? Anything else comparable out there? Will the towing mileage suck as bad as I think it will?

My plan is to go ahead and rent one this spring and see what happens.
A small toy hauler behind the Jeep seems like the answer to me. As for comparable cabin rent, where I want to go there aren't any cabins...

I'm eager to hear your impressions after spending some time with one.

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Old 02-07-2011, 08:21 AM   #408
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it is the part of the unit that pulls out from the side to make section of the unit wider. it actually powers out now a days.
Bait.

Now u has it.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:29 AM   #409
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Bait.

Now u has it.
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damn... not in JM....
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:46 AM   #410
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A note about older RV's and class C's in particular:



Bueller speaks the truth....


We went from tent camping to a Scamp when the kids were toddlers, to a 21' Sunline pull behind to a 32' used Airstream class A. As we got bigger and bigger the more I hated dealing with all the issues. Sold the Airstream last year and bought a really nice canvas tent and a 5x10 utility trailer. Life is good again. All the camping stuff stores in the trailer and it can serve double duty as a bike hauler if needed. We tend to stay outdoors most of the time anyway and most campgrounds have shower facilities. What seems to work the best for us on vacations is 2-3 nights camping in one location a travel day with a hotel/pool and then another 2-3 nights camping in the next location.

The Scamp was probably the least amount of maintenance of the three. The Sunline was good also but it was reaching the 15 year mark when I sold it. The Class A was a bargain when I bought it but I was always nervous about something breaking. I went through and fixed all the maintenance stuff but found some early signs of delamination and damage from previous water intrusion. However, my greatest fear was a breakdown on a trip and having the combination of a monster tow bill and a screwed up vacation. At least with pulling with your daily driver you pretty much know the reliability of the tow vehicle.

We pulled the Scamp all over the place with a Toyota Sienna and never even noticed it was back there. As long as your load is balanced and level you will be fine. If you had an older Jeep with the leaf springs things would be different but with the newer stuff no problems.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:11 PM   #411
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I am sure the owner of this rig will not mind me posting a few pictures. I made a few parts and brackets for the trailer and made the hitch plate for his Honda ST1100 so he could pull this. And pull it he did, from the SouthEast US up to the Arctic Circle in Alaska and back across Canada. I think he and his co-pilot managed close to 15,000 miles over three months living out of this rig.

He let me use it for a weekend when I was camping out at the Indianapolis Moto GP race. I found it to be very comfortable and very well sorted. It was easy to setup and take down. It had the fully enclosed vestibule area that is fully floored. There was more than enough room there to stand and change while still having a large cooler on the floor inside the door. I had three large plastic totes of clothes, camping gear, and food in the storage bin underneath the mattress base and you could access that through a trap door from inside the camper. I spent an entire day in the camper during a torrential downpour and was comfortable and dry. Even at 6'2" and 250lbs I was not cramped for space.














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Old 02-07-2011, 04:20 PM   #412
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I do not know the owner of this rig but I spoke briefly with him in the campground at Barber Motorsports Park. He was camped next to me during the Vintage festival there a few years ago.

He built the Tear from some basic plans he got online. It is built on a Harbor Freight trailer base and the hitch point in integrated into his Texas Sidecar's frame. He was a fairly tall fellow at a bit over 6 foot and he said he had plenty of room for sleeping. If I recall correctly he kept the weight of the tear down by having a screen roof panel that is covered by the vinyl top that snaps on. I imagine that provides plenty of ventilation and great stargazing when the weather is nice.

It was all pulled by a 2nd Gen Suzuki Bandit 1200.









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Old 02-07-2011, 06:04 PM   #414
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it is the part of the unit that pulls out from the side to make section of the unit wider. it actually powers out now a days.
Actually it depends on the size and trim level of the RV. Some are still crank out, some are electric.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:59 PM   #415
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Someone talk me out of wanting this damn thing.

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Old 02-07-2011, 08:14 PM   #416
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You NEED that. Aluminum is getting expensive. Yup, gotta buy it before the price goes up.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:57 PM   #417
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You NEED that. Aluminum is getting expensive. Yup, gotta buy it before the price goes up.
Thanks a bunch.



I don't know about "need", but it sure would be nice to have water, a microwave, and a WC for the Memorial Day camping trip. After only 2 years, I've had enough of a leaky airbed in my cargo trailer.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:16 PM   #418
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Actually it depends on the size and trim level of the RV. Some are still crank out, some are electric.
yes i know.. you wanna see how slides are made ?? i will be elkhart every day next week... ohh wait the old damon world head quarters is right next where i sub contract out.. now they build forest river there..
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:28 PM   #419
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I do not know the owner of this rig but I spoke briefly with him in the campground at Barber Motorsports Park. He was camped next to me during the Vintage festival there a few years ago.

He built the Tear from some basic plans he got online. It is built on a Harbor Freight trailer base and the hitch point in integrated into his Texas Sidecar's frame. He was a fairly tall fellow at a bit over 6 foot and he said he had plenty of room for sleeping. If I recall correctly he kept the weight of the tear down by having a screen roof panel that is covered by the vinyl top that snaps on. I imagine that provides plenty of ventilation and great stargazing when the weather is nice.

It was all pulled by a 2nd Gen Suzuki Bandit 1200.









I was always wondering how one could manage to enter and sleep in there...the door looks so small and the whole unit doesn't even seem to be 6' long.

Can someone teach me about it?
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