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Old 07-18-2013, 02:17 PM   #121
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Nice pictures! Yes, the toilet is plumbed-in like everything else....either pump or city water. There is a little flush handle on the right hand side near the back. That may be right about only a half bottle of blue stuff, but I always use the whole bottle....with black tanks I don't think there is such a thing as too much....particularly in the hot summer. In the regular travel trailer universe, you usually want to start out with a little water in the bottom of the black tank, but given the small size of the 296's tank, we start out dry and have never had a problem. I do wait until there is a little water showing in the tank before adding the chemical, though, because it looks like the tank empties from the bottom and there is a short run of 3" pipe before the valve. If you dump in the chemical first, it will all run down into the pipe, and just sit there until you dump the tank, and won't do any good. And remember the basic rule....nothing in the tank but #1 and #2, and single-ply septic-safe/RV TP. And no feminine products, unless you want the tank plugged-up real good.
Are you going to be towing with the RDX? Will it be up to the task, and do you have a brake controller?

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Old 07-18-2013, 04:52 PM   #122
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Nice pictures! Yes, the toilet is plumbed-in like everything else....either pump or city water. There is a little flush handle on the right hand side near the back. That may be right about only a half bottle of blue stuff, but I always use the whole bottle....with black tanks I don't think there is such a thing as too much....particularly in the hot summer. In the regular travel trailer universe, you usually want to start out with a little water in the bottom of the black tank, but given the small size of the 296's tank, we start out dry and have never had a problem. I do wait until there is a little water showing in the tank before adding the chemical, though, because it looks like the tank empties from the bottom and there is a short run of 3" pipe before the valve. If you dump in the chemical first, it will all run down into the pipe, and just sit there until you dump the tank, and won't do any good. And remember the basic rule....nothing in the tank but #1 and #2, and single-ply septic-safe/RV TP. And no feminine products, unless you want the tank plugged-up real good. Are you going to be towing with the RDX? Will it be up to the task, and do you have a brake controller? Bob
Awesome! Greatly appreciate the advice on the toilet. Hopefully it really doesn't smell that bad like I know most do. I don't want a sewer smell in my camper.

No, the RDX can only tow "1300 pounds" even though it's got 250hp, 260ft/lbs torque from a 2.3L turbo 4 cylinder. I'll tow with a diesel Chevy or similar sitting on our lot that I can swipe for a week as a demo.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #123
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I'll tow with a diesel Chevy or similar sitting on our lot that I can swipe for a week as a demo.
That would get the job done....and then some.
Don't forget you will need a brake controller.

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Old 07-22-2013, 02:52 AM   #124
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That would get the job done....and then some. Don't forget you will need a brake controller. Bob
Got that all handled.

So I have had enough time to compost a list of modifications to the camper.

1. | DONE | Velcro strips on the back of the table cushions. They keep falling over and I finally had enough. Trip to Lowe's and $20 later, boom. 3 of the 1 foot rows of Velcro with tape worked perfect.

2. | PENDING | install 2x 12v fans to vent heat from the fridge, at first it was alarmingly warm to me now it's just normal but never-the-less I'd still like it to be cooler.

3. | PENDING | Exterior LED lights, when I'm packing up or checking on something at night I would like to see without hunting for a flashlight 24/7.

4. | PENDING | LED light conversion for the whole camper. The only thing keeping me back is the price. Not ready to drop the dough on this mod yet, can't justify the cost.

5. | PENDING | 12v tank heaters for the winter. Plan on using the camper during the winter and finding power hookups isn't an issue.

6. | PENDING | find a way to eliminate the "bed sway" whenever someone moves inside the camper. It's very annoying to the girls ( although it doesn't bug me ). If anyone has any tips they'd be greatly appreciated. Maybe bring a bottle of wine?

On another note, this Genesis system works great! Bluetooth audio streaming, DVD's, great sound. I'm loving it! I can't believe people said they act up. Maybe I'm lucky. *knock on wood*
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Ahhh... Car dealership... Pick a TV and go! Must be nice! Get a water pressure regulator fir the city water hookup and test the water system before you go! Also check that all the threaded fittings are tight.
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Ahhh... Car dealership... Pick a TV and go! Must be nice! Get a water pressure regulator fir the city water hookup and test the water system before you go! Also check that all the threaded fittings are tight.
Yes I am very blessed to have my job at the dealership. Anything I can do to help hoses so they don't leak? Maybe some of that plumbing tape?
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:50 PM   #127
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...find a way to eliminate the "bed sway" whenever someone moves inside the camper. It's very annoying to the girls ( although it doesn't bug me ). If anyone has any tips they'd be greatly appreciated. Maybe bring a bottle of wine?
I'm afraid the "rocking trailer" syndrome is an age-old problem. All trailers do it, with some worse than others. A pop-up seems worse with the beds hanging out the ends. I have known people to add a couple extra stabilizer jacks right at the axles and that seems to help. As for me, I have gotten used to it, and it doesn't bother me.

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I upgraded to heavy duty stabilizers and it greatly cut down on the rocking.
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I upgraded to heavy duty stabilizers and it greatly cut down on the rocking.
Heavy duty? Do you have a link to the systems you use?

I was considering doing an electric jack lifting system because it's such a pain to crank everything down and up. Has this ever been done to a pop up?
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Heavy duty? Do you have a link to the systems you use?

I was considering doing an electric jack lifting system because it's such a pain to crank everything down and up. Has this ever been done to a pop up?
Are you using the stabilizer jacks to level?

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