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Old 07-27-2011, 07:46 PM   #71
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I was out with my trailer this weekend and decided to measure. The water drain on mine sits 7 inches off the ground. I just can't see a situation where that much clearance would be an issue.

Getting back to the awning; it sounds like the reason Steve (sgharp) said to look on Youtube was that there is a new awning for the 2012 models. (Which is what WildPlumYonder was talking about upgrading.)

My awning is supposed to look something like the one below; however we were not able to get it anywhere close. Has anybody figured out the right way to set it up?
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:16 PM   #72
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Yes, we have gotten the "tent tarp" awning set up - the first time we did it, we were still at home in the driveway with 3 people and three ladders. It took a couple tries and then we color-coded the parts and tie-wrapped them into grouped bundles to make it easier the next time. We also took a PVC pipe (I think 1/2" diameter, can't remember) and used as the guide to re-rolling the awning so that it actually fits back in the bag.

We've only set it up once while actually camping.

Since prior to this I only had a tent or a very small tent trailer with no awning, I had no idea how annoying I'd find this "awning."

Best price I've found on the replacement Sunchaser is $850 (and that's with us installing everything, more like $1,200 installed).
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The one thing that seemed to be "missing" for us- how did you secure the poles to the trailer?

Yeah, a ladder would have been really handy. I ended up standing on a cooler to be able to reach.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:05 PM   #74
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They don't really secure to the trailer - I think I remember it being the poles with the little white "cane tips" on them just pushing against the side of the trailer.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:11 AM   #75
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I went and looked at a 17RR and put money down on it, so I too am looking foward to getting it. I get the impression that there aren't too many out in use yet (new model Line??), not much feedback available on the web on them.

G'day guys, just wondering if anyone knows any dealers in Los Angeles/ or California who sells the forest river Wolfpup 17RR? Done alot of searching with no luck.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:27 PM   #76
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We own a Wolf Pup 16P and are loving it. We have spent time with hook up and dry camping. Looking forward to sharing experiences.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:57 PM   #77
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Welcome to the forum kdoering!

I did some more playing around today. I did measure the point at which the grey tank shows levels, and it does warn early:
1/3- 5 gallons
2/3- 15 gallons
Full- 21 gallons

The other thing to note; I was only able to put 30 gallons in before water came up into the shower; so the capacity is a little under the 31 gallons they say. It is also worth noting the shower basin holds just under 5 gallons; just in case you are getting that full.

I also did another experiment. I've only been out twice, but both times I had a full grey tank and a "showing empty" black tank. My thought was- is there a way to transfer water from the grey tank into the black to free up space. I found a way; perhaps not recommended but it works:

- Make sure the dump cap is on tight.
- Open the grey dump valve. You will hear the valve area full up with water.
- Open the black dump valve. I was able to hear the rush of water into the black tank.
- As soon as you think you hear the water stop, shut the black valve immediately.
- Then close the grey valve.

Yes, when you dump you will get a couple of litres of grey water that goes onto the ground. Most dump stations I have seen have a drain nearby to catch excess water. This proceedure brought my grey tank from reading full to reading 1/3, and the black tank from empty to just under 2/3. (The 2/3 light will come on if I rock the trailer.)

The other benefit I see with this; it allows you to dump you black without having to run a lot of water through the toilet. Handy for when you are dry camping- you don't have to add 15 gallons of use onto your pump.
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I was out with my trailer this weekend and decided to measure. The water drain on mine sits 7 inches off the ground. I just can't see a situation where that much clearance would be an issue.

Getting back to the awning; it sounds like the reason Steve (sgharp) said to look on Youtube was that there is a new awning for the 2012 models. (Which is what WildPlumYonder was talking about upgrading.)

My awning is supposed to look something like the one below; however we were not able to get it anywhere close. Has anybody figured out the right way to set it up?
We did get the awning up this past weekend! It took 6 of us and a case of beer about 45 minutes to figure it out! I'm sure it will be easier now that we know where everything goes.

The white tipped poles go against the trailer and are spring loaded so to speak. The adjustable (pop button slide style) poles with the black tips, there are three as well, support the far edge black tip on the ground. The other 3poles slide through the edge of the awning. The 2 identical poles slide into each end of the short pole with the hole in the middle.

Feed the poles into the far edge of the awning first. Next we put up the middle white tipped pole pushing it against the trailer and fitting the skinny tip thru the hole on the top of the black bottomed pole and then into the hole in the pole we fed into the awnings edge. Then you do the same on each side and secure the Velcro. It is tight to pull the edge of the awning over.

When we took it down we left the outer edge pole intact and rolled the awning around it. It all fit bag in the bag.

Hope this helps!
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Thanks for all that detail!

Today I took the trailer back to the dealer. I had gone in earlier in the week and asked them to show me on another similar trailer; but they didn't have one. Myself and two technicians spent over an hour on it. Turns out the problem was that Forest River put the wrong poles in my trailer. The two long poles that go in the front edge of the trailer each had to be shortened by about 9 inches, and the "tension poles" had to be made longer by drilling in new screw holes. The were each short by a good 18-20 inches.

I also had them look at the stereo; I'm not sure if I mentioned in this thread or another my two issues:
- Radio reception was terrible. Maybe 20 miles on FM at best.
- Stereo would not play my iPhone; it would have the iPhone cycle between charge/ not charging and never catch on.

The new stereo fixed the reception problem. Which was funny because I had to fight them on it. I tried to tune in a station about 30-40 miles away and it was pretty poor. The guy tried to tell me his car stereo wouldn't even get that. Fortunately I had my Walkman with me as well; and it has an FM tuner. I told them how crappy the FM tuner was on it; and it was still able to pick up the distant station alright.

However my iPhone issue still persists. The one good thing is that when I connected my Walkman to the USB port it did appear to start playing the videos stored on it; but not the music. At least the dealer did try (and used an employee iPhone to also test) and will be contacting the manufacturer next week to see what can be done. In the mean time, I have some playing around to do- and I'll make sure I have the TV attached so I can see what the unit is trying to do.
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Just to add to the awning discussion; I built a couple of bases for the two outside poles to sit in. Basically these were made with 1X6 fence boards; the top piece is 5.5" long, and the bottoms are 9.5" long. The holes marked with red arrows are 1" in diameter and only go through the top piece. The smaller holes with blue arrows are 1/2" in diameter so I can put 3/8" lag bolts through into the ground.

The original plan was just the two outside hols for the bolts, but I added a 3rd just in case I'm parked ontop of rocks. (Which happens frequently in the mountains.)
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