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Old 03-10-2016, 10:26 AM   #11
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I have a 2007 GMC Sierra that I bought used in '08, and it's a great truck. It has the 5.3L V8 and it pulls my 17FQ without any problems. I also have a '13 JKU which is my offroad toy, but the gearing is even worse than yours, as it only has the 3.21. Luckily, it still handles all the trails I want to do without much issues, but I would not want to try and tow anything over 1000 pounds with it.


As far as the trailer, like some others, I put in a utensil drawer right on top of the heater, plus added a couple of drawers under the bed. My wife really loves the utensil drawer. I also have a portable 80w solar panel, and it really works well in keeping the battery topped off. Did change all the bulbs to LEDs and that really helped with the power draw. So far, I hardly have had to use my portable generator to charge the battery. I only use it if I need the microwave or AC.
Funny how I thought the same thing when I saw the blank panels above and below the heater - would love to put a drawer in the top one. There is also a blank panel above the power converter that I would like to use for something, just not sure yet. Need to pull the PC out and see what's behind there.

Really like all the storage space below the dinette seats and mattress but I know I'll need to be careful and not put too much weight in there.

The 13" tires do concern me. I'm seriously considering flipping the axle and putting 15" wheels and tires. Not so much concerned about the single 3500# axle as I am those little bitty tires running at their max most of the time.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:53 AM   #12
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I'm also planning on doing the axle flip and bigger tires, but my reason is more because most of my camping involves getting there on dirt roads that are fairly rough and lots of dips. I can just see the whole drain pipes system being ripped off because it hangs so low.
Here are some pictures of the drawers and also the sliders I put in under the sink storage.






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Old 03-10-2016, 11:00 AM   #13
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I also had an issue with the water pressure not seeming quite right and also funny sounding pump. Well, after taking off the panel hiding the pump, I found a nice kink in the hose. I fixed that and have not had any other issues. You can see the kink just were the white hose meets the blue one.
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:49 PM   #14
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Our 2002 Lexus 300RX V6 Automatic pulls our Rockwood MiniLite etc 181 quite nicely at 60 mph in overdrive without a head wind, but I take it out of O/D with a head wind or going up inclines if it starts downshifting. The key to climbing over passes (something we do a lot of here in Nevada) is to keep the rpm above 2000, which often means locking it in 1st gear and dropping back a bit if catching some flat-lander that nearly stops on hair-pin turns when going up the hill. Really hard to get going after someone stops on a grade.
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:39 PM   #15
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I also had an issue with the water pressure not seeming quite right and also funny sounding pump. Well, after taking off the panel hiding the pump, I found a nice kink in the hose. I fixed that and have not had any other issues. You can see the kink just were the white hose meets the blue one.
Ours had the exact same issue but the kink on it was on the suction side of the pump where the hose came from the tank right at the floor.

We have also added the same slide outs under the sink and drawer over the heater and added a panel to make access to the pump easier. Also made a cutout under the seat as you enter the doorway for shoes. Lots of wasted space... that can be put to better use. Oh and also flipped the axle, went with 15" Maxxis tires, those little 13's just looked like an accident waiting to happen.
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:31 PM   #16
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Made the 20 mile trek tonight to put it in our storage slot and the Jeep did much better. Little headwind and the skinny stock tires back on made a world of difference.

Our first outing will be two weeks from tomorrow; looking forward to making use of it.
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Old 03-10-2016, 10:14 PM   #17
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Made the 20 mile trek tonight to put it in our storage slot and the Jeep did much better. Little headwind and the skinny stock tires back on made a world of difference.

Our first outing will be two weeks from tomorrow; looking forward to making use of it.
Well, the Wrangler's 3.6 V6 certainly has plenty of power, all it needs is the right gearing.

You'll enjoy the trailer. We also got a memory foam mattress topper and that really made a difference on the bed. The mattress that came with ours, which I assume they all basically use the same mattress, was not something to brag about. Now the bed is very comfortable.

Have fun. The wife and I just had ours out a couple of weeks ago out in the So California desert and really enjoyed the camping trip.
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:08 AM   #18
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I'm also planning on doing the axle flip and bigger tires, but my reason is more because most of my camping involves getting there on dirt roads that are fairly rough and lots of dips. I can just see the whole drain pipes system being ripped off because it hangs so low...
Dealer quoted $600 to flip the axles. I can get a perch kit for $50 and have a friend who can weld, but I've been looking at leaf spring shackle lifts and a 4" shackle kit is less than $40 and would bolt right up.

I'm wondering if that might be a better solution?
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Old 03-12-2016, 09:24 AM   #19
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I would think the longer shackles would induce some sway or instability.might be,and probably am,wrong. Nice unit and some nice mods.
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The shackles are less expensive and can be removed if they don't work, which is not as easy to do if you weld new saddles and flip the axles. I would try the shackles and do some testing under different conditions.
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