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Old 08-06-2017, 10:53 PM   #11161
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Do you have solar panels already? I was thinking of getting 2 then replacing our basic 12v with 2 6v so we can go to the beach and run stuff off the inverter? I am curious to know how long you can get off 260w solar panels with 2 6 v batteries, we don't run much just fans, fridge and water pump?


If it's reasonably sunny, forever, assuming your fridge is gas and just needs 12v for the ignition cycle.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:24 AM   #11162
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Agreed...provided you aren't too tall. The short Queen bed can be OK as long as there isn't a wall up against the foot of the bed. I debated this when we bought our current TT. I'm 5'10" and it works for me. We have a (barely) walk-around short Queen and my feet don't stick out the end of the bed.

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I have a 60x80 walk around queen, but at the foot of the bed I have to turn sideways to get past it. I almost wish I had a short queen just to make the bedroom feel bigger.

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Old 08-07-2017, 06:25 AM   #11163
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I have a 60x80 walk around queen, but at the foot of the bed I have to turn sideways to get past it. I almost wish I had a short queen just to make the bedroom feel bigger.



Depending on frame and as stated above, your height, could get short queen. We got a Zinus memory foam from Amazon. So comfortable we are replacing our mattress in the house with them. Length was ok for our height too. Love the extra 5" room at the end of the bed.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:11 AM   #11164
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Interesting that some folks would choose to switch to the short Queen. I've only heard of folks with a short Queen wanting the full 80" length. I read about resolving that problem by buying a 6" wide x 60" long piece of foam of the same depth as their mattress to place at the head of the bed when sleeping. That foam can be removed if you need the room to get around the mattress in the morning.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:05 AM   #11165
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Interesting that some folks would choose to switch to the short Queen. I've only heard of folks with a short Queen wanting the full 80" length. I read about resolving that problem by buying a 6" wide x 60" long piece of foam of the same depth as their mattress to place at the head of the bed when sleeping. That foam can be removed if you need the room to get around the mattress in the morning.
If it's too short, you'll complain. If it's too long, you probably don't really notice.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:09 AM   #11166
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I washed it. Notice the wet falling from the sky, before I could even put the tractor away.. Grrrr.

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Old 08-07-2017, 10:05 AM   #11167
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If it's too short, you'll complain. If it's too long, you probably don't really notice.
...unless its difficult to get around the bed because it's so long.

That's one thing I'll be looking at if we were to ever upgrade. I find our bedroom could use more space around the bed for changing. It's not a deal breaker but it's a big plus. I can't say our's too long because we have the short Queen. I really like the layout of the bedrooms with a bed slide like in the Rockwood Signature 8299BS fifth wheel and the 8329SS travel trailer.
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I washed it. Notice the wet falling from the sky, before I could even put the tractor away.. Grrrr.

Have you taken that to the scales yet? Weight PD is gonna beat you up soon. Lol
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:54 AM   #11169
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Cleaned the awning.

Fixed the panels that have begun to pop off since the use staples to hold the trailer together... Also ripped out the nasty carpet from under the dinette and put down tiles.

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WOW looks fantastic . I am curious what did you put on the face of the plywood . In the picture I can tell its finished somehow but I cant tell what was actually done . Im going to do the same thing I showed my DW and she said to hurry up and get it done hahaha
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:04 AM   #11170
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Have you taken that to the scales yet? Weight PD is gonna beat you up soon. Lol
Do I add, or subtract the beet juice. I'm confused.

Pallet fork based bike rack? I dunno.

Leveling is a breeze though, I'll say that. Don't even need an electric jack.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:41 AM   #11171
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Do I add, or subtract the beet juice. I'm confused.

Pallet fork based bike rack? I dunno.

Leveling is a breeze though, I'll say that. Don't even need an electric jack.
I guess leveling your site before you park is ideal.

If hold off on a pallet fork bike rack. They tend to bounce around a lot. Even if you reinforce the heck out of the fork I have a sisters friends cousins adopted father who changed his name lose some of his bikes while plowing a field. You might look for an above the bucket bike mount.

Also, make sure you have your triangle on the back of your trailer and your hazards are on when going from campground to campground.
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Old 08-07-2017, 03:56 PM   #11172
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Dealing with warranty replacements - 2 different Valterra Viper sewer hoses developed pinholes. Our waffle won't hold onto its heating plate and is being replaced.

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And Saturday, aired down the truck's tires for a slightly more comfortable road. Good too as yesterday we drove for 8 miles and horribly wash boarded roads. The truck's bounce off pavement hurts my wife's back and body. (Had I known- we would have skipped these falls.)

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Old 08-07-2017, 03:59 PM   #11173
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:09 PM   #11174
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I have been wanting to do the same with my turkey fryer burner. But I would like to find a LPG Tank to quick connect to reuse the hose. I have been thinking an alternative can be an old school hot plate since we always have electricity. No boondocking for us.


Suggest you buy a cheap restaurant burner ($21) that runs on small propane cylinders ($3) instead. Heats things faster than any burner you've ever had and super easy to store.

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Old 08-07-2017, 06:35 PM   #11175
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WOW looks fantastic . I am curious what did you put on the face of the plywood . In the picture I can tell its finished somehow but I cant tell what was actually done . Im going to do the same thing I showed my DW and she said to hurry up and get it done hahaha
It is a fake leather looking plastic stuff. I did not put that on, it is what they covered the board with. It is the "kick" plate that covers the from of the slide and gives it some support when it is stowed. As were doing it... Literally $10 and a few hours to take my time with fitment. Tiles cut with a razor blade and lever as a straight edge.
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Swimsuit, rainy, and 65F.
Probably not!
Where I'm at, that would be considered a heat wave.
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:21 AM   #11177
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Where I'm at, that would be considered a heat wave.
Pff.
I'm further north than you are.
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Converted my Weber Q to use the low pressure system and quick connect on the RV using a kit from Torjik called the Converta-Q.

I was surprised at how easy it was and having the kit made it super simple.

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I assume this kit will work on other small BBQs as well?
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Old 08-08-2017, 11:11 AM   #11180
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Stupid rookie mistake. At my house I stored the trailer in a spot with about a foot of clearance from the house on one side, and a foot of clearance from an aspen tree on the other side. Pulling out to leave for a trip in May, only about a month after acquiring the trailer, I swung the back end slightly too wide and caught the left rear corner on the aspen tree:

Kyle at Straightline RV Repair in Salt Lake City did a masterful job on the repairs:



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I'm also having him fabricate sort of skid plates around the dump valves and stairs, using 1/2" steel bar. I boondock almost exclusively and often pull on some rough Forest Service and desert roads, so it'll add a little peace of mind.
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I'll post pics of my new "skid plates" once I get the trailer back
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Kyle bent the 1/2" steel bar into a V and then welded it to the frame. Should I bottom out on a rock it'll rest on that bar instead of hitting the dump valves. If you look to the other side of the trailer you'll see an identical skid just behind the stairs, the theory being that if the trailer were to rest on the dump valve skid it could pitch the trailer onto the stairs on the other side.
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