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Old 05-04-2013, 01:04 AM   #11
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I was able to check out a Vibe 6501 while traveling for business in the Denver area the other day. At 6'1" I do fit in the bed. There's not much room to spare, but I typically sleep on my side with knees bent, so I think I would be comfortable. I really like this model. Now the wife and I just need to see if it's in our budget for this year.

If you can bake canned biscuits in a convection microwave and have them turn out well, then I am impressed.

This forum is great for a newbie like myself. I have been learning quite a bit reading everyone's stories and suggestions. I am going to start getting quotes from dealers and see what we can do, but hopefully we will be Vibe owners in the near future!

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Old 05-09-2013, 04:51 PM   #12
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My wife made canned biscuits on our first outing and we were impressed how quickly and well it worked. Only challenge was that the temp settings are in Celsius.
We created, printed & laminated a conversion chart and taped it to the inside door of one of the cabinets above the sink.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:07 PM   #13
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We created, printed & laminated a conversion chart and taped it to the inside door of one of the cabinets above the sink.
I created a spreadsheet of conversions too. Great idea to laminate it.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #14
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what is the big difference between a 2012 and 2013 vibe 6501?
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:32 PM   #15
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what is the big difference between a 2012 and 2013 vibe 6501?
The one change I know of is where they put the TV. On our 2012 its across from the refrig, which makes it easier to view from the nose seating.

On 2013 the TV is mounted at the nose which I think is a pain to view from the seating.

I thought I read someone ordered a 2013 with and had the TV mounted like ours.

I also read 2013 models they added the mounts needed for a Equilizer WDH.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:43 PM   #16
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We recently purchased a Vibe (not sure of the model number) with a kitchen slide out and front bathroom. We love it! The bed is just a bit tight for my husband, but works fine. We've only been out twice and are still experimenting with who gets the inside/outside. The first night our 75lb retriever wasn't too happy to not be able to sleep with us so we helped her up into the bed -- bad idea. I ended up sleeping all curled up! So now we simply make up the dinette bed and we're all three happy campers. Nah, she's not spoiled!! Has anyone had issues with the edge of the slide wood panel sticking?
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:19 PM   #17
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RShelton or PA Paco - do either of you have a link to that conversion chart? Thanks!
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:42 PM   #18
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RShelton or PA Paco - do either of you have a link to that conversion chart? Thanks!
I created my own Word Document so I could increase the font size for easier reading.
I would send it to you, but my search for the file was unsuccessful.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #19
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The trailer will be for my wife, our dog, and myself. We will be pulling it with a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (6 speed manual) with a factory installed tow package, 3.73 axle, 3500 lbs tow limit (350 lbs hitch). Of course we will install a WDH, sway bar, and brake controller.

Any and all feedback is welcome. Thanks!
I would be cautious with the expectations of your tow vehicle capacity of 3500 lbs. Typically you can only factor out the weight of the TV driver in your calculations of trailer weight tow capacity. So anything else in the vehicle (passengers, pets, & cargo will limit your trailer weight tow capacity.) Just one other passenger and limited cargo will likely subtract 200-300 lbs from your available tow capacity. Weight distribution hitches (like mine-the equalizer) could add as much as 75 lbs to your set up.

You may only be left with 3000 lbs tow capacity for the trailer.

The delivered trailer will likely be 100 lbs or more then the listed dry weight (as I found out the hard way). I assume you are going to load the trailer with gear as well. In the end I would think you are flirting with the limits of the vehicle.

I am of the opinion that although they build these vehicles with a 3500 lb axle rating, they were really pushing the limits with suggesting that they are in the class of trailer that could be towed by mini-vans and such with a 3500 lb tow rating.

I my self like to stock up on extra gear (slide stabilizers, under awning gazebo, dedicated trailer jack and tools for tire change or repairs). This is over and above the food, bedding, clothes, toiletries, etc. I like to journal each trip cargo load and on average I am hauling 300 to 400 lbs extra cargo over and above the trailer weight.
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RShelton or PA Paco - do either of you have a link to that conversion chart? Thanks!
I created an Excel file, so I don't have it available from a web site. Sorry about that.
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