- Dec 20, 2018 at 4:52 pm #3569581
I’ve seen a few vertical kayak racks attached to RVs. I’ve pondered selling ours and then buy one of the inflatable AIRE kayaks. They seem nice but I wonder how well/poorly they would track.Dec 20, 2018 at 5:36 pm #3569591
Is there a risk of the inflatable leaking air, then not floating anymore?Dec 20, 2018 at 5:41 pm #3569592
Well sure, of course. Any inflatable can leak but typically there are enough separate chambers and the chance of popping all of them is very small.Dec 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm #3569597
We tried a Sea Eagle inflatable for a while. My wife was not happy with it at all. After a capsize she wouod not get back in it. It was very robust but n9 where as stable as our sit in Kayaks. Its more like a canoe.
I ended donating it to the Scouts
Dec 20, 2018 at 9:12 pm #3569616
- This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Stephen M.
My experience was with a cheapie inflatable Kayak. The stability was fine and surprising so was the durability. The only downside was that there was no keel and it wouldn’t track worth a crap and was really inefficient to paddle.
If I had to make the decision today, I’d go with this one as it seems 2 + dog friendly.Dec 20, 2018 at 10:59 pm #3569635
Our one was a cheap one, it did have two small keels but they bent easily. Last time I was out with a buddy and it got blown all over the place in a bit of wind.
That Aire one looks nice.
My wife has put her foot fown and said she will only use her single sit in hard shell :-)Jan 1, 2019 at 5:05 am #3570936
Just learning about 1000 trails and passing this info on. The contract is confusing but he cuts through the fog some. I’m not so sure that I’d want to utilize these campgrounds full time but I could foresee using them enough between boondock sites to top off the batteries and water, and enough for the membership to pay for itself.Jan 9, 2019 at 4:55 pm #3572307
I have heard of some folks using 1000 trials. I looked but not many in my area.
Do you boondock much?Jan 9, 2019 at 5:07 pm #3572308
No Stephen, not at the moment. Mostly federal and state campgrounds, although some of them don’t have any hookups.
We’re loaning our TT to a family member this summer while they build their house. The plan is to buy some glamping gear and tent for this coming summer and maximize our use of dispersed and free camping. There are a few spots in the Cascades and Blue Mtns that I wouldn’t be able to get my TT to, so I’m excited for some new opportunities.Jan 9, 2019 at 5:08 pm #3572309
I have stayed at 1000 trails parks without being a member. Maybe some parks only allow members?
You could stay at a few parks without committing to membership and check it out.Jan 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm #3572310
Rat damage on my RV repaired, except I just noticed my GPS has “GPS antenna error”. The cable goes up the same channel the rat was using, maybe he chewed through it.
Ordered a new GPS antennae. $17. Slow boat from China – three week delivery. It would be better form to identify the problem first rather than just randomly swapping out parts, but I can’t get to the cable to look at it.
This is my experience with RV. Lots of things to break. If you don’t enjoy figuring it out maybe RV isn’t the best.Jan 9, 2019 at 5:14 pm #3572311
To clarify why I was looking at 1000 trails, I’m about four years from retirement and am making plans to spend about 1/3 of the year as a nomad with my wife. I don’t need too much, and she’s a good sport as well as frugal, but her comfort requirements are greater than mine, so I have to adjust for that. I’m fine using a hole for a bathroom, but she wants access to a real toilet, preferably not a vault toilet.Jan 9, 2019 at 5:17 pm #3572312
Jerry, as far as I know, most (all?) of the campgrounds aren’t 100% dedicated to 1000 trails. I believe this is a system that they all participate in to help fill campsites.Jan 9, 2019 at 5:19 pm #3572314
Hope you get that rat damage sorted out Jerry. I have a few things to take care of on ours, but they’re pretty straightforward things like replacing a vent and some propane lines.Jan 9, 2019 at 7:40 pm #3572341
Damn rats :-(
Spending 1/3 of the time on the road would be nice :-)Nov 5, 2019 at 12:17 am #3617319
Right now my mother in law and her boyfriend are living in our camper while they build their house. Once they’re finished, we plan on selling our camper and we already have a couple people who are interested.
I feel no closer to knowing which way we’re going to go but I’ve sorted out a few things.
1. Amy has no interest in living on the road long term so we will be looking for something that can keep us comfortable for a maximum of two weeks at a time. Spending 1/3 of our time on the road is out.
2. I’m not at all interested in something that will become a financial liability in terms of initial purchase or maintenance. Fifth wheels and motor homes are out for us.
3. Smaller is better. I want something I can park in our garage to protect it from the elements and so we don’t have to pay for storage (HOA won’t let us park it on our property).
4. Lighter is better. I love my Tundra but it’s huge and a gas hog. I average about 9 mpg when towing our trailer. I’d like to be well over 15 mpg, over 20 mpg would be ideal. I think I could at least hit my mpg goals (~17ish mpg) with a much smaller and lighter trailer with my current truck.
That leaves us with a few options.
A frame pop up style trailers, pop up tent trailers, and tear drop trailers.
So I decided to research upgrading the axle and tires on a pop up trailer… and you probably know where I’m going with this.
The fourth or so google hit:Nov 5, 2019 at 2:54 am #3617339
@doug-iLocale: The Cascades
Why not get a van?Nov 5, 2019 at 3:23 am #3617342
”Why not get a van?“
Cost mostly.Nov 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm #3617381
You’re upgrading the axle so you can drive off road?
I have relatives with pop ups. I had a couple fifth wheel trailers.
Trailer axles are cheap pieces of sh**. The brakes fail and squeak. People don’t buy trailers based on the quality of the axles so they have cheap ones. Money is put into making it cosmetically look good. It makes business sense to save a little on a cheap axle.
Like, someone’s brakes locked up in the middle of nowhere. I don’t think it quite started a fire.
If you put in an axle, you could get one that’s more rugged. Maybe there are better brakes than normal. There are adjustments to make it level. On a fifth wheel hitch there’s a plate with several holes so you can just raise it and use a different set of holes.
Why does the trailer have to be level? If it has a propane frig that needs to be level which would be a factor.
Trailers bounce around a lot. If there’s a lot of vibration, over time, things will fall apart. Maybe put in a better than normal suspension? I don’t think trailers normally have shock absorbers.Nov 5, 2019 at 3:12 pm #3617382
To drive off road, increase tire size for clearance, to get away from the cheapie trailer tires and to better quality/more durable tires.
I’m strongly considering finding a tent trailer, deleting the axle, and welding on a Timbren axle-less system.
I’d probably strip out the fridge.
I’m still in research mode and don’t plan on moving on anything until late winter or the spring. I’d like to build a trailer from scratch but I doubt I could build it and be much under 2000lbs.Nov 5, 2019 at 3:32 pm #3617386
Runaway camper or building a twin is on the short list. Their venturist version is built for off road use. Their non off-road campers are, I believe, all under 1000 lbs, so I’m guessing the venturist is less than 1500 lbs. I couldn’t find it on their website.
I really appreciate their focus on simplicity and low cost. They’re easy enough to modify to your desires and needs.
It’d be a challenge to fit both of us and a 75 lb golden retriever, but I’d rather ride out a wind storm (fairly common in eastern Washington) in something like vs a tent trailer.Nov 6, 2019 at 3:48 am #3617437
Ken ThompsonBPL Member
@hereLocale: Right there
We had a queen size mattress with an extra foot of room lengthwise for a place for the dog who always wound up between us in our diy teardrop off road trailer. A nice place in bad weather. Tent trailers flap too much and are not efficient to heat. An insulated teardrop is very comfy. Of course don’t underestimate having the ability to stand up, and a out of the weather facilities.Nov 6, 2019 at 5:30 am #3617445
Runaway camper’s largest trailer is 6’x8’. If a Queen size mattress is 60” x 80”, that *should* give us 12” total room on the sides and 1’4” at the foot end. A full size mattress at 54×75” would give us 18” on the side and 21” at the foot.
I’m sure I could make either one work by putting the mattress up on a platform where Scout could get in and out okay but then have much more room to sprawl out underneath. I wouldn’t want to buy anything until I had my hands on the trailer and confirmed that the measurements were as advertised.
As far as riding out a rainstorm, I’d likely solve this by installing an ARB awning and installing the fully enclosed room underneath. I could see on some nights just sleeping in there but I want to have an option for all three of us to sleep inside the trailer during a windstorm.Nov 6, 2019 at 8:20 am #3617455
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
As you probably know, that picture of the axle upgrade is my old Niagara tent trailer. BTW, the “after” picture shows a pretty unlevel trailer, which I later adjusted.
The main purpose for the upgrade was to go from a 3,500lb axle to a 5,200lb axle. Also the springs were mounted on top of the axle versus under the axle of the old one to raise it.
The trailer had a 14′ box plus the hitch and bumper. One problem on dirt forest service roads was the rear of the trailer would still drag when driving over a low spot in the road, with a steep hill on each side.Nov 6, 2019 at 8:27 am #3617456
Nick GatelBPL Member
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
This might help. My 2003 Ford Expedition with a 5.0L engine and a tow capacity of 6,000lbs got a combined city/highway non-towing mpg of 15.47. It had over 200,000 miles on it when I sold it.
With the ~ 2,000lb 8′ box tent trailer it averaged 13.1 mpg (over 12,000 miles towing)
With the ~ 4,000lb 14′ box tent trailer it averaged 12.0 mpg (over 30,000 miles towing)
I was worried the lift on the 14′ box would reduce mpg, but it remained about the same.
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