Full Size Pull behind RV thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Tudelum48, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    We've decided to buy one of these next year:

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    A Livin' Lite 16' TT; it's light, easy to tow, all aluminum construction so it won't rot, and seems like a great choice for us as we reach the five-weeks-a-year vacation level... lots of trips planned for her!
  2. Echo1

    Echo1 Been here awhile

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    Here is a roundup of some different models of folding A-frame campers from 3 different manufacturers. Rockwood is now making them and they have a toy hauler model. Prices are what I randomly found on RVtrader. I've had a Chalet Arrowhead since 2003 and it has been a very good camper. Basically, these folding units are great for 1-2 people. Compared to conventional popups, these can be setup in about 30 seconds without disconnecting from the tow vehicle and have insulated walls.


    Aliner Ranger, ~$12.5k:
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    http://www.aliner.com/campers/Ranger#

    Chalet Arrowhead, ~$15k:
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    http://www.chaletrv.com/folding-trailers/arrowhead

    Rockwood A122TH, ~$14.5k :
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    http://www.forestriverinc.com/popup...e=floorplandetails&floorplanid=236&RVType=TNT
  3. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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  4. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Looks good!


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  5. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    Get your brake controller installed before you try that one.
  6. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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  7. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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    Any thoughts on this brake controller? It's the Prodigy P3. It seems to get good reviews over on etrailer.com.

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    My parents are giving me their 17 foot Rockwood Roo that needs some floor repair. I just need to install a brake controller before hauling it up here from their place.
  8. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    Did a maiden tour with our new camper. Tows super solid. One of these days I'll write up a review.

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  9. MeanMoe

    MeanMoe one really mean cat

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    They make a good controller. We have one of the Prodigy's in the RV.
  10. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Shit! I want one of those! NICE! Weight?
    Lyle
  11. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    I've got one in the Jeep. Love it. My only complaint is 2 fold:
    a- there's no fuse to the unit (unless you put one in line)
    b- there's no relay for it either (again, unless you do it)

    These are really nitpicky and I admittedly only put a fuse in, but when it is hooked up, I love it. Easy to change settings, easy to set up, and gives you a constant readout of the voltage being sent to the brakes.

    We did a camping trip that included about 30-40 miles of off road (fire roads basically) that had some huge climbs and descents and I was able to quickly and easily adjust to where the brakes got a touch more boost when needed.

    To be succinct, I don't think there is a better option in all my research. I'm a noob at towing, so take that with a grain of salt.
  12. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    No experience with this newer one, but Prodigy controllers have been the go to for years. Never had a hiccup with mine in 8 years of use.
  13. PaddedHat

    PaddedHat Been here awhile

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    Have the original Prodigy since the late 90s. At one point I switched it to a new truck, and it started acting goofy at start up. The manufacturer explained why it was happening, and that it was a harmless quirk that they didn't anticipate, but they could correct with a software update. They asked me to send it back. One day I found a brand new one in the mailbox, no charge for the unit, or the shipping. Outstanding service for a product that was 5-6 years old at the time.
  14. cablebandit

    cablebandit Web Adventurer

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    Well the P3 arrived today. I'll probably try to install it Monday when it warms up a little.
  15. Oshiat

    Oshiat Been here awhile

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    Buy a Reese Dual Cam weight distribution system, it's worth every penny.

    Prodigy by Tekonsha(sp) for brake controllers. They have an optional harness that is plug and play on newer vehicles.
  16. Land

    Land Wanderer

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    I had a similar rig in the '70s.:lol3
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    Cool then. Cool now.

    Chris
  17. PorkChopExpress

    PorkChopExpress Been here awhile

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    I really like those livin lite trailers you guys have. They pretty much resolve all my issues with trailers. No rot, no rust, removable carpet so easy to clean, and light weight.
  18. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    I was thinking that this might give us some ideas on the ideal Interstate-capable trailer toter ...

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  19. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Was looking at some things a few days ago and this caught my attention. Small toy hauler with rudimentary camping space, but it's got that outdoor kitchen (there is a sink, cutting board, and microwave under the cover above the trailer tongue) and slide out bbq thang going strong.

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  20. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    That whole thing just slides into the camper? That's as slick as snot through the beak of a goose!
    Lyle