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Old 07-13-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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why I got the toyhauling a-frame

Here is the Flagstaff T12SDTH hard at work.
The gear deck is perfect for hauling my dog equipment when I hit the shows..and perfect for our other interest when we go prospecting and gemming to carry misc stuff needed for comfort and interest....
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:40 PM   #2
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Hey, we prospect also! We belong to the GPAA, and we have found a little bit of gold. Great looking trailer and truck!
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:31 PM   #3
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Nice! I just strapped my generator and gas can onto my smaller toy hauler. My main concern is adding too much tongue weight onto my Jeep.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:34 AM   #4
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We arrived to the showgrounds in Couer D'Alene ID greeted with 102 degree temperature. As soon as we set up, I hosed the dogs down with the outside shower before settling them into their crates under the EZ canopy. We arrived early enough to get power (yay) but also brought along the generator, just in case. Using the Fantastic Fan to suck out the hot air, the Cool Cat worked great to cool the trailer to a comfortable temp inside.

That night we got rain and precipitation increased to torrential downpour and lightening and warnings of flash floods. The A Frame kept us snug and dry. It really is amazing how much room it has once inside! Missed having a bathroom but the grounds had one (and hot showers ttoo).
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:54 PM   #5
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We just slide our cassette toilet inside the storage door under the dining seat.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:24 PM   #6
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Super jealous of the larger hauling deck. If my tow vehicle could have handled it, I would definitely have gone this route, but as it is even my A122BH with its "mini deck" is pushing things
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We have the "mini deck" too. Just happy to be owner of our little A-frame but we have the back of the truck to put items we need.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:09 PM   #8
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Tom & Cathy,

I hear ya! I love my A-frame over the Jayco travel trailer - and I loooved my Jayco.

I tend to schlep alot of stuff to the shows, so I need room. I didnt like to put dog equipment in the travel trailer, so it is nice to have a deck to throw it on...

I have yet to use with my spouse, but he is happy to hear I am more confident pulling this unit over the taller travel trailer. I love seeing behind me & on the sides...dont grip the steering wheel the way I did pulling the other TT. haha

Gas usage was barely noticeable in the Titan (The F-150 get much much better gas milage) as the Titan is a 4x4, fully loaded with the Off road and Tow package...so I was super surprised and pleased to see it didnt suck the gas like I thought it might when pulling the A-frame.

Love the bike hauler units - wish I didnt take so much stuff, or I would have one of those instead! LOL
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:32 PM   #9
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I didnt take the porta potti because I knew there'd be bathrooms/shower on the grounds....what I didnt anticipate is the extremely poor weather...knew it would rain off and on, but not called to down pour like it did!

Thanks for the encouragement on the porti potti as I have never used a porti potti so it will be a new experience to haul and clean, etc...eww...me, who can pick up dog doo with no problem but human waste is another issue.

I have been looking at other waste disposal methods instead. I am leaning to using the PETT system -which involves a portable folding toilet & powder packet that gels/solidifies body waste (can be used a couple times)...then you can just toss the baggie into the trash can with the rest of the garbage...they use them with hikers in Washington since the higher altitude grounds are too rocky, cant bury your body waste & cant handle wet disposal systems.

PS We really enjoy gemming - great fun! Cant wait to see what fun adventures/photos you will share when you go prospecting!
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