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Old 08-31-2015, 12:39 PM   #461
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Potential new Apex owner/Apex 288BH info

Most of my front LED's need to be replaced. All good under the canopy. Poorly sealed, I think.
We didn't want a U-shaped dinette either. Still seating for four and my wife felt it was too hard for those sitting inside to get in/out. It does seem to provide a wider sleeper, if needed.
We also toured the Passports both times we looked to "upgrade." A little heavier... A little less amenities... and a little more expensive. I do run into many Passport owners and most of them seem to be happy with their units.
To be honest, all things being equal, the FRF means a lot to us. I have been able to solve most of my problems right here, without service appt's.
One last piece of input... Standard queen mattresses fit nicely in the 288BHS, no mods needed. We purchased one from Sam's Club and put it in. No more feet dangling, and creates a nice spot for our pooch to sleep out of the way of foot traffic.


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Old 08-31-2015, 01:12 PM   #462
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Anyone have sliding bedroom doors in a past TT? Just curious if it's better than the curtains.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:41 PM   #463
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I have the sliding bedroom doors now and I really like it. It's better than curtains in a lot of ways.

1)Better sound control.
2)No need to double check that the curtain isn't blowing around from the AC before changing clothes.
3)Speaking of AC, closing the sliding doors upon arrival and opening the main vent on the AC unit helps cool down the main area of the TT faster. Also, the bedroom seems to stay colder at night with the doors closed.
4)I have a place to put the dog and contain her while we eat or if she just needs some peace and quiet. She can go right under curtains but has not sorted out how to slide open a door.

Just be sure you secure them in the OPEN position during travel. They are only attached at the roof, and will damage the bottom roller if they get violently moved forward and back during travel (ask me how I know).
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Old 08-31-2015, 06:29 PM   #464
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One last piece of input... Standard queen mattresses fit nicely in the 288BHS, no mods needed. We purchased one from Sam's Club and put it in. No more feet dangling, and creates a nice spot for our pooch to sleep out of the way of foot traffic.


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Good to know.


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Old 09-01-2015, 09:36 AM   #465
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Is Azdel only used in the sidewalls? Are the front and back luan or filon?
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:47 AM   #466
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It's my understanding that the 3 walls are Azdel. The front may be different...


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Website just says sidewalls are Azdel


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Old 09-01-2015, 10:13 AM   #468
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The PDF doesn't specify front or back it says:

Fully laminated aluminum framed radius
rubber roof – R-11
Vacuum bond Azdel/fiberglass sidewalls
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Laminated aluminum framed fully insulated
sidewalls – R-9
Laminated aluminum framed floor – R-11
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:18 PM   #469
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What tires are you using on your 1/2 ton trucks? Are they LT? Mine currently has the stock P tires. I use to tow a 4500 lb boat and couldn't really tell it was there. That being said, the hitch weight was probably only 450 lbs.
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:11 AM   #470
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The PDF doesn't specify front or back it says:

Fully laminated aluminum framed radius
rubber roof R-11
Vacuum bond Azdel/fiberglass sidewalls
(additional R-1)
Laminated aluminum framed fully insulated
sidewalls R-9
Laminated aluminum framed floor R-11
Im thinking rear is azdel also and if one doesnt have the dark front cap with led lights that would be azdel also. No sence in them just making the "sides" azdel!

As far as tires, i thought my cooper at3's were c rated but i dont see any load range c on them. They do handel 2679lbs each though which is right around c rating. Most seem to still have the p tires on their trucks.
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:44 AM   #471
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Im thinking rear is azdel also and if one doesnt have the dark front cap with led lights that would be azdel also. No sence in them just making the "sides" azdel!

As far as tires, i thought my cooper at3's were c rated but i dont see any load range c on them. They do handel 2679lbs each though which is right around c rating. Most seem to still have the p tires on their trucks.
They could be LT, but it sounds like they're P tires. My P tires are rated at 2601 lbs each.
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What tires are you using on your 1/2 ton trucks? Are they LT?

I use LT tires on my Tundra pulling a 288BHS. It is a lot more stable than the stock tires.


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Old 09-03-2015, 11:44 AM   #473
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I plan on getting LT tires when my tires need replacing. I have 12,000 miles on the current tires. If it's a safety thing, I'll probably end up replacing them.
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For my first 3-1/2 years of towing, i ran P tires at the PSI that was recommended in my Tundra's owners manual (without towing a load). The Tundra always seemed a bit squishy/rolling when i was towing my camper. I was on the Tundra forum one day and read about inflating my TV tires to max PSI while towing. Your tires' tow rating is based on max PSI and under inflated tires means less pounds you should tow. This made sense to me... so before the next time out, i increased all my tires' PSI to the max, less 5psi (no real reason for less 5). What an amazing difference it made in my towing experience. No more squishy tires. Previously, I was insistent that when my truck needed new tires, i was going with LT's. Now... i'll most likely stick with the P's, depending on the price. I leave them inflated even when i'm not towing. I can't tell the difference in the ride comfort, so no reason to mess with them.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:33 PM   #475
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Max on mine is 44 PSI. Normally, I run them right at 40 (door says 39). I could increase them, but it would only be 4 PSI.
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Old 09-06-2015, 08:45 PM   #476
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Any of you guys bought a winter cover yet? Brand/size recommendations?


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Old 09-07-2015, 04:59 AM   #477
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Mine is under roof all year round, so no cover for me. However, to cover/not to cover seems to be an ongoing debate here and with others I meet. I do buy into the theory that the summer sun is more harmful to the camper than snow/ice. Have you looked around for indoor winter storage?


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I got an adco designer series 26.1'-28.6' i think it was on sale at camping world for under 300.
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Just found a nice leak where the grey tank connects to the dump plumbing. Anyone else ever see this on a 288bhs? Other than that it's been three great years of trouble free camping in places a 28 footer has no place fitting!

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Have you looked around for indoor winter storage?

I have. Sad to say there are none within an hour drive. I've thought about asking the storage lot where I park it (privately owned) if I could erect a cover that I'd leave if I ever broke my agreement.


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