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Old 03-13-2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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Put a deposit down on a T 12DD; Questions

Hello all. Well I'm set to close on a Flagstaff T 12DD next week. The family is excited and we are looking forward to it. We looked for many years at Ultra Light TT's and came close to buying but it was never the right time. I am very glad it took us this long to decide because it allowed us to discover the A-frame pop up's. This design is PERFECT for our needs right down to fitting in the garage. The tent has been a blast but it's time for these old bones to get a rest...and some climate control!

I did have some questions pop into my head regarding a couple of things that I was hoping I could get some advice with. I am a total novice with this stuff so don't cringe.

1. Will I need a weight dist. hitch w/ sway control? I am way under on my TV rating but wasn't sure if 2500-3000 lbs. required this set up or not. I had one salesman say no and a general manager at another dealer say yes.

2. Has anyone up-graded from the promo porta potty that comes with the camper to a fancier model? (This question is really for the DW) If so, which model is the luxurious one?

3. We did include the awning with our camper and was wondering if anyone had any experience with it? Is it practical to take it on and off as needed? Anyway, the DW fell in love with it so it's coming with us.

Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks, LM
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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A-frames trailers have a soft spot in my heart as I almost brought one. Congrats on your new member to your family.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:19 AM   #3
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to answer question #1, requires you stating what you'll be towing with.
part 2 to question #1, NEVER listen to a salesman or dealer!
part 3 to question #1, read your owner's manual. should be an amount in the towing section, that requires a WDH for that amount and above.
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You may not need a WDH but a friction sway control will help.
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to answer question #1, requires you stating what you'll be towing with.
part 2 to question #1, NEVER listen to a salesman or dealer!
part 3 to question #1, read your owner's manual. should be an amount in the towing section, that requires a WDH for that amount and above.
I've got two:

A 04 suburban that's rated for 7k and a 2000 GMC Sierra rate for 6500K. Fully loaded, I would still be at least 1500lbs under 6500. The popup would be maybe 3k total and add another 1k misc. and I've still got lots of cushion.
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You may not need a WDH but a friction sway control will help.
Oh ok. I thought WDH and sway control were a combined, single system. What does just sway control consist of?
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
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You can just install sway control separate.
now what to buy? Hmmmmmm
Lots of choices coming just watch.
Have fun with your new camper!
Post pics soon!
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yep, doesn't sound like you need a WDH, but sway control would be a good idea.
just add a simple friction anti-sway bar. Harbor Freight has a kit for around $40.
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Thanks everyone for the responses. I feel like I'll be in good hands here in the forum. Still looking for a little porta potti intel if anyone has any. It sounds as if the awning info will be sparse due to how new the option is so I'll give a report once I get to camp the weekend of the 24th.

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I posted this up from last year when I still had my Coleman pop-up. The Thetford 365 is taller than the toilet provided with our a-frames, and it is very easy to use , flush, and clean.



We just got back from our camping trip and my first use of the 365.
This will be going on every trip that we take, it was easy to use and very easy to clean/empty. I bought a privy shelter from Wal Mart $35, and was surprised on the quality and ease of set up. If you purchase one make sure you assemble it on its side, then just stand it up and stake it down.

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