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Old 05-25-2008, 10:43 PM   #21
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Interesting...

Very interesting discussion and you crafted a wonderful ladder. I can't tell how it attaches to the bunk. Is it permanently placed there or does it have "invisible" hooks?

We're in the process of choosing which Surveyor to buy. The comments about the slide leaks make my hair stand up. We're going to park our (soon to be bought) trailer on our property in the New Mexico mountains for the summer months. We get some mighty thunderstorms up there, so I think it would be smart NOT to have any slides.

Like you, we own a Honda Ridgeline. Love the truck but the 5,000 pound tow limit eliminated several trailers we liked. I had several trailer salesmen tell me we needed to get a different truck. Not on your life, we LOVE the Ridgeline.

Thanks again for the ladder info. and for your comments about towing with the Ridge. Your photos are great, you have a regular sporting goods warehouse under that bunk!
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Old 05-26-2008, 05:15 PM   #22
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Hi FunNut!

The ladder is attached in 3 places, one screw from the backside of the rail on each side top and one screw into the bottom side at the floor into the frame next to the bathroom wall. It is very firm and I have no reason to remove it, the ladder never seems to get in the way.

The leak sounds worse than it is. Windows in campers sweat too and create more moisture in the window frames than that little leak. I agree if the roof leaked I would be upset. If the rain is going to be real bad then maybe I shouldn't leave the slide open during the storm. If you can live without a slide I would but towing with the Ridgeline and what a slide offers in size makes it worth the extra maintenance required in my opinion.

The Ridgeline tows great! The 235 is right at the edge of the limit but I would say get the most that you can. The tow is the least part of the trip to me. You get in the right lane and cruise to your site and then play. Our camp runs will average a days drive. The Ridgeline is rated at 600 pounds on the tongue and you can weight and balance the trailer to stay at about 480 and the unit will pull great.
The warehouse is for storage , when we travel we don't always take everything in the pictures and we move some of that stuff into the back over the axles to balance the trailer for towing. We won''t take the adult bikes anymore, we never ride them. We like to hike!
Good luck with your purchase!
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:50 PM   #23
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Thanks for your comments, cyclicpitcher. The ladder must be very sturdy with three anchor points. Good idea about matching the paint.

I have some other questions, but will start a separate thread rather than hijack this one.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:39 PM   #24
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Davican,
What were your water leaks?
Actually our water leaks were (are) plumbing-related. One was at the hot water line to the shower, right where the line connects to the faucet just inside the panel beside the bathroom door. I tightened it up by hand and that seemed to do the trick but it had been leaking quite heavily behind there for some time before we noticed it. And we only noticed it because we removed the panel to explore the idea of turning that empty space into a bit of storage. (The cold water line was loose as well but not leaking) I ended up going through the entire trailer looking for other loose connections but the rest seemed fine. It's as if the installer just forgot to tighten those two down. I was a bit surprised by this since it was my understanding that this should have been caught in the PDI before the unit was sold to me!

The second leak is more troubling. It is right at the join where the water goes into the water filter. This continues to leak and will take someone with the right skills and tools to fix. (I don't trust myself...and quite frankly, this too should have been caught in the PDI so I expect the fellow who sold it to me to take care of this for me). Fortunately the leak is a slow one and we are getting by with a towel catching the drips until we can get it fixed.


PS: I got caught up in a bunch of other stuff on the 'honey-do list' this past weekend so the ladder project is still ahead of me.
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:51 PM   #25
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Ladder thread

FunNut - good idea to start a new thread.
Join you there!

Davican- I agree with your thoughts that the installer might have walked away too early. Surprised the Quality Control did not catch it.

Overall the build quality is excellent on the Surveyor line. When we went to pick our unit up in Atlanta, we camped a couple of nights up the road from the dealer. I went all over the trailer on my hands and knees and we didn't have to take it back for anything. We were lucky, but with any thing as complex as these things are, I expected to have to do some fixes.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:24 AM   #26
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Cyclicpitcher, That ladder looks very good . I made one very simmilar to yours.

It's a little wider, and it uses hooks on the top so it can be removed. We usually keep it on the top bunk during the day, and bring it down at bed time.




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Old 05-28-2008, 12:51 AM   #27
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Nice!

Mod Guy,

I liked your ladder and I started out to build your design. I was going to use L brackets to make the hooks but decided to screw it down because I could see my son taking it down with his little sister still up top!

I almost put a backing board up the back side because I thought the unit could double as shelving, but once again kids! I figured they would knock down anything you were to put on them.
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