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Old 03-30-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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likely buying a xlr27 hyperlite..couple questions.

So i have been browsing this forum for a few weeks, as well as the work n' play forum... The 2 toy haulers i am seriously considering. I have swayed more to the xlr27 though for the very nice living area, and the cargo area will due for a couple dirt bikes.

I live in VERY hot Florida, and wonder if the 15k ac is an option ($125 extra?) worth doing? saw someone post that they had to put fans in the bathroom doorways to distribute cool to the cargo area in the heat of the day? looking like the 15k option may be needed down here. 10x had asked about the 15k ac but i didn't see replies to that, he's in Tampa as well.

Witch brings my next question.. i already own a nice honda EU6500 (quiet) generator, but would have to drag it out each time i camp.. For those that have the onboard onan4000, just how "quiet" are those ? Does it keep you up at night considering it is right below the bedroom??

I also saw some folks posting about running two eu2000 gens in tandem, or a 3000wt generator, but that it is just barely enough. especially if you use the microwave with the ac on. So perhaps 4k is what is really the minimum? thoughts on that.

lastly, hoping the info i am seeing posted about all later models coming with the 4400 lb axles now, NOT the 3500lb axles is correct. That anything under construction now or recently built, are all on 4400lb axles.
I am going to call Darrin who is our Southeast forest river XLR regional rep to discuss this monday. His # is 888-993-6688 for any interested.

Thanks !
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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I have the Onan on board gen set on my sand storm and it is located right under our front bed. Although it is quiet out side, because it is in the camper when in the bedroom area it is some what loud but is easy to get used to when in the camper doing other things. There is no way that I would think you could leave it on and be able to sleep all night. My wife has been able to take a nap with it on to keep the Ac on. But with all that said the on board gen was a must for me because we 99% of the time boon dock camp so it is very convenient for us. It is a expensive upgrade but well worth for us. If you think you will need to use a generator often I would recommend getting it on board it makes everything so much easier.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:44 PM   #3
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I have the Onan on board gen set on my sand storm and it is located right under our front bed. Although it is quiet out side, because it is in the camper when in the bedroom area it is some what loud but is easy to get used to when in the camper doing other things. There is no way that I would think you could leave it on and be able to sleep all night. My wife has been able to take a nap with it on to keep the Ac on. But with all that said the on board gen was a must for me because we 99% of the time boon dock camp so it is very convenient for us. It is a expensive upgrade but well worth for us. If you think you will need to use a generator often I would recommend getting it on board it makes everything so much easier.

appreciate the reply.. It sounds like you camp a bunch, and i have family in Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, etc. so i could see how you do not need the generator on at night out west (don't think any of my family even has AC in their homes..LOL)
here in FL where I would camp for offroad dirt bike races, it could still be quite humid at night. So running a generator all night for AC will be a must +-9 months of the year. That said, I wouldn't be using the TT but once or twice a month and we don't run races in the summer months. Perphaps i will have to "rough-it" and drag the eu6500 out for the times i camp unless i can strap it to the battery tray on the tongue ?
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:11 PM   #4
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Honda gen EU3000i and a/c

and found this thread on AC usage and generators to be helpful.. looks like i will for sure bring the eu6500 that rolls out, or decide on the onboard Onan4k .
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appreciate the reply.. It sounds like you camp a bunch, and i have family in Cheyenne, Casper, Sheridan, etc. so i could see how you do not need the generator on at night out west (don't think any of my family even has AC in their homes..LOL)
here in FL where I would camp for offroad dirt bike races, it could still be quite humid at night. So running a generator all night for AC will be a must +-9 months of the year. That said, I wouldn't be using the TT but once or twice a month and we don't run races in the summer months. Perphaps i will have to "rough-it" and drag the eu6500 out for the times i camp unless i can strap it to the battery tray on the tongue ?
Yes I do camp a lot we got our camper the end of April and we used it every weekend until Labor Day weekend. We got 35 nights total in through the summer. The only time we needed our Ac was at the sand dunes it was hot. Other wise we were up in the mountains most of the time. But since we couldn't have fires here in wyo all summers we did watch quite a few movies when it was to cold to sit outside so the generator got used quite a bit. We also used it when we took showers it would run the pump better for better pressure.
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We special ordered ours with the generator and extreme package and think it is the only way to go. However, I think sleeping in the back beds, which we do in Texas, would be your best bet in Florida. One, the cargo area is very dark and you can really cool it off. Two, the beds are a true queen size in the rear. 3. You can sleep all night and the generator won't bother you in the back. 4. We used 5/8" plywood to reinforce the bunks and because they are true queen size we added a 4" mattress topper........much more comfortable than the front. Just posted it for sale, actually, in the classifieds section of this forum. We also looked at Work n Play, but love the 27HFS because it has so much to offer and is much lighter than the Work n Play.
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We special ordered ours with the generator and extreme package and think it is the only way to go. However, I think sleeping in the back beds, which we do in Texas, would be your best bet in Florida. One, the cargo area is very dark and you can really cool it off. Two, the beds are a true queen size in the rear. 3. You can sleep all night and the generator won't bother you in the back. 4. We used 5/8" plywood to reinforce the bunks and because they are true queen size we added a 4" mattress topper........much more comfortable than the front. Just posted it for sale, actually, in the classifieds section of this forum. We also looked at Work n Play, but love the 27HFS because it has so much to offer and is much lighter than the Work n Play.
sleeping in the back, interesting idea ! .. is the front bed not all that comfortable? i never even thought to ask what size the front bed is. I assumed it was a queen size.
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The front bed is queen in width, but shorter than standard to accommodate the shelf at the foot of the bed. I'm sure you are like the rest of us thinking the front bed would be great for overnight stops without having to unload the cargo area. It will certainly work for that, but for setup & teardown camping, it's nice to have the back bunks that just retract up and out of the way.

Other things to think about when towing.....don't leave the dining table setup. We take off the top and lay it on the memory foam mattress.....it doesn't move. Also, better to leave the interior doors closed so they aren't banging around.
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I have a new work and play 30 wr and the front bed is a true queen size ( 60" x 80"). I am not positive but if my memory isn't totally gone the salesman said that all the work and play's are using standard bed sizes now. I was very specific in this as I am 6'2" so the 80" length was critical. Plus I have some back issues and really need a memory foam mattress to sleep well. I ordered my work and play with no mattress and had a memory foam (mattressdr.com) waiting and ready in the back of my truck when I picked it up at the factory. I popped it out of the vacuum seal package and within 8 hours had the mattress ready for a good nights sleep on my way home.
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adding a nice real mattress would be ideal if the standard one sucks.. considering the $ spent, it's worth it for a good nights sleep ! At 5'8" it isn't critical it's a full queen size, but it would be nice if it was.
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