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Old 09-09-2010, 10:22 PM   #11
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I wish I would have gotten the slide awnings.
Also the fantastic fans. Be sure to put the MaxAir's on each vent as Willis said. If you run down the road with both open on a hot day, even in a hard rain, your camper will be much cooler when you 'get there'!
I tried to get the dealer to change the tires from the 6-ply that FR puts on, (They really should consider 10-ply on EVERYHING they sell!) to a 10-ply. The dealer wonld not.
I have a friend that is a very good tire dealer, I got the 10-ply Maxxis and gave him the 6-ply Carlisles and another one or two hundred to boot, I forget which. I NEVER worry about high speed blowouts and we go to FL a lot!

The Ladder comes in real handy, not only for a platform that won't move when you get on it, also a GREAT place to put bikes, lawn chairs, etc.

I do have to save, the best thing I did was to go with the Reese Dual-Cam hitch, no sway at all, and even when I drive stupid and run off the edge of the road, it does no go into the next lane when I come back on the road!
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:41 PM   #12
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Excellent Ideas and suggestions!
I am going with min carpet, I hate the stuff myself, wish they would do it in all lino but they will not.
I am ordering the extra fan and slide awning for sure.
I appreciate the recommendations on the heated mattress, will consider that as well.
The Maxxair vents I will add as well, they sound like a great idea, especially if left in storage and have the vents cracked open without having to worry about rain getting inside.

I am still unsure of the ladder... Like I said, being in a popup for several years I can not see a reason for anybody to be on the roof other than for maintenance? From everything I have read from FR and dicor the best way to keep from having leaks in your rubber roof and for it to last a long time is to not damage the rubber, I would think it would be easy enough to do slight to heavy damage trying to put bikes, chairs, or any other such things up there? How would you even secure/tie down something as bulky as a bike to the roof?

Dezolen, you mentioned the ladder as well and that you missed it and would never be without it again so I am curious, what are you doing on the roof, at the camp grounds?

I am thinking as a weekend camper, any time I am on the roof it will be in front of my house doing PM or maint
I understand if you were long terming it for several months at a CG you would need to get up there for regular inspections but being so very far away from even sniffing retirement that is not something on our radar....
It also seems to me to be an irresistible inviting item for every kid that happens to be around to climb, dont want them on my roof either.....

I guess I am missing it?
Maybe my next TT will have a ladder.....
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:52 PM   #13
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jackhartjr,

Very jealous of your PD4501 I Love the SceniCruisers!!

Got any pictures or a blog of your conversion?
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:38 PM   #14
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We got the ladder installed on our new flagstaff.

Somehow, the thought of a vent blowing off or needing to cover a leak and no way to get to it in the camp ground didn't seem like a good way to go to me....
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:30 AM   #15
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I would definately get the ladder.

We were camping last month in 95 degree temps with a/c running like crazy. Somehow we ended up with moisture running in the motorhome dripping on the kitchen table. DH had to get on top of the camper and fix something. We do have an older camper, but would've been a pain without the ladder.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:03 AM   #16
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You do not put the bikes or chairs on the roof. My chairs are mounted on the ladder when we travel. You can get a bike rack that goes on the ladder.

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Old 09-11-2010, 06:24 PM   #17
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I use the ladder to sweep off the slides.(All of 5 minutes) Never seen the need for slide awnings personally. I used to carry one of those telescopic ladders and it was a PITA plus I was always worried about damaging the outside walls with it leaning on trailer.
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I like my slide awning. Helps shed the rain from the flat roof of the slide. When I close the slide (even in the rain) it's dry. Makes cleaning the slide roof a little bit more difficult, but a telescoping water brush cures that...
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:02 AM   #19
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Now those are great reasons to need a ladder that I did not even think of! Ladder is on the spec sheet now, along with slide awning, vent covers and possibly a heated mattress.
Thanks again for your help, it has been eye opening!

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Old 09-12-2010, 10:53 PM   #20
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RZ, I am glad you chose the ladder. This is the best reason...someday you will need to get on your roof, (And beleive me, at more than 300 pounds, it does not move under me at all!) and you will need a stable platform, the ladder does it. If you put a regular ladder on the side/rear, you are asking to fall off getting on or off!
And like the poster above said, they make a neat bike hanger to help hang bikes, chairs and mouthy mothers-in-law off the ladder!
Wise choice my friend!
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