Originally Posted by boss mare
Mom of 2 young sons, pulling with a Ford Explorer. I plan on recording the walk through tour. I also plan on getting an insurance rider and it can store in my garage. Any other good advice? Thanks everyone
My advice - for whatever you think it's worth:
1) double check dimensions. The only model that would fit in our garage was the plain A122 - everything else was too long. Measure carefully, and leave enough to spare for clearances for any garage shelving (we have quite a bit), garage door to close, ability to move around the trailer in the garage (we get snow-bound on occasion in Colorado, keeping and accessing stuff like snow blowers and shovels with the camper in the garage is important). I also found out that the published width does not include fixtures and door handles and similar items - those take a few inches more. Result is I move our A122 in and out of the garage by hand as I'm down to about 2 inches on either side going through a standard single garage door frame.
2) double check your weights and tow ratings. The experts at PopUp Explorer - Index
are really helpful in analyzing tow vehicle/trailer combinations. Depending on options and model year, tow rating of an Explorer can be all over the place. My experience with a '92 Explorer towing a PUP was that the standard Passenger tires didn't hold up very well. Switching an Explorer to Light Truck tires really makes a difference in vehicle capability. Unfortunately, I had to replace my original equipment P-metric Firestones (3 of 4 blew out on gravel roads) long before the law suits over those tires were won.
3) be prepared to have a WDH/sway bar installed. I did not have one with the Explorer/PUP combo, and I would almost always get sway above 62 MPH. When I took delivery of the A122, I didn't like the way the minivan tow vehicle and the trailer "bounced" during a low speed test drive. Had an Equal-i-zer combination WDH and anti-sway installed - the difference is night and day in the ride comfort and secure feeling instilled.
just my experiences