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Old 05-07-2014, 12:01 AM
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I forgot to ask the most important Q: Whatcha gonna tow it with?

Remember that the dog should outweigh the tail (by a considerable amount) or the tail could wag the dog.

While you are looking at the "tincan tourist" site, also check out the one at FiberglassRV.com

There are a LOT of RV sites out there - do your homework B4 deciding

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Wow guys, Thanks,we've got a lot to think about. you've all raised some great points I never thought about.. She got a new 6 cyl,4 dr Nisson Frontier this year so that's what we'll be pulling it with mostly, then hopefully my old Plymouth with a 350 for a few car shows She loves the orange glass one being pulled by the coupe so a glass one it is...I think a 21' will be too big for her little 6cyl so mabee a 16'.....
A bathroom is #1
#2 a fridge & small stove would be nice too..
I might be spending a lot of time in it myself when were not out camping,
I always seem to be in trouble for something....
Like the time I got her drunk and shaved one of her armpits...
I gotta admit, I'm warming up to the idea, she might be onto something here.
I just hope she don't leave me stranded somewhere out in the wilderness...
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My Boler/Scamp is only about 1400 lbs empty and I pulled it without a problem with my Windstar. It has brakes and was a dream to pull.

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My Boler/Scamp is only about 1400 lbs empty and I pulled it without a problem with my Windstar. It has brakes and was a dream to pull.

Brian

You guys just need to meet in Kansas City.

You can camp on the way there and Mike can camp on the way home.

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I wish, but if anyone wants to come out to California without a trailer you can buy mine and go camping in the Redwoods.

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I wish, but if anyone wants to come out to California without a trailer you can buy mine and go camping in the Redwoods.

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Awwww, Can't you be a little more flexible.

How about Reno instead of Kansas City?

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Yup, and DBM was never heard from again.....
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I have looked at the vintage trailers and would still prefer a canned ham but my R-Pod has everything a larger trailer has and is 15' and weighs under 2000# empty.

I just wrapped up swapping in a new radiator to cool the trans and a 3.08 rear axle for next week. I plan to be in Nashville for the Goodguys show and camping at Two Rivers Campground. 9 mile test pull a couple hours ago and the trans temp didn't go over 195, right where the coolant temp was sitting....

The trailer is much taller than the car and taller than a canned ham. It does grab some air above 60 mph...







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whats a caned ham ? is that R pod fiberglass it looks pretty nice...
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whats a caned ham ? is that R pod fiberglass it looks pretty nice...
Canned ham is a term for older, small trailers of the 50's-60's vintage.

The r-pod is a composite wall with aluminum outer skin over dense foam and vinyl inside.

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whats a caned ham ? is that R pod fiberglass it looks pretty nice...
Note to fellow Hot Rodders:

A "canned ham" is potted pork encased in a sealed tin container.

"Caned ham" is the product that results when you take a stick and smack a pig until he get into the tin container.

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The wife loves that R pod. she cant keep it under 60mph though.I wonder if a spoiler would help keep it from trying to fly...
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The wife loves that R pod. she cant keep it under 60mph though.I wonder if a spoiler would help keep it from trying to fly...
It doesn't try to fly, it gets harder to pull from wind resistance. I think the roof A/C is part of the issue.

Are you going to be at the Nashville Nats next weekend ?
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Dave, way back in post 7 said it all. Mostly it's about wood rot in older campers. I've replaced either floor sections, studding or pieces of roof in four that trailers of various sizes that we've owned. The current 5er hasn't shown any signs of rot yet, but other maintenance is also a time user upper. For instance, the front landing gear needed a new gear drive - done a couple days ago. It also needed a new HW heater bypass valve just done yesterday. Last year, main water tank valve failed, the waste water level indicators died and the mattress fell apart. The year before, new axles, brakes and hubs. and it goes on with any travel/camping trailer.



I do have to admit that we do enjoy our 'luxury' home away from home vs some very small bumper pulls of years back - especially if it rains and we are cooped up for a day or two. Together!! And it ALWAYS rains when you are out camping

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I have looked at the vintage trailers and would still prefer a canned ham but my R-Pod has everything a larger trailer has and is 15' and weighs under 2000# empty.

I just wrapped up swapping in a new radiator to cool the trans and a 3.08 rear axle for next week. I plan to be in Nashville for the Goodguys show and camping at Two Rivers Campground. 9 mile test pull a couple hours ago and the trans temp didn't go over 195, right where the coolant temp was sitting....

The trailer is much taller than the car and taller than a canned ham. It does grab some air above 60 mph...





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It doesn't try to fly, it gets harder to pull from wind resistance. I think the roof A/C is part of the issue.

Are you going to be at the Nashville Nats next weekend ?
I like that, I take it that the dining area converts into one large bed?



This is the only camper I ever owned, a 1970 Banner 22 footer. I lived in it 9 months out of the year back then pulling it with my 1973 Buick Estate Wagon. I sold it a few years after I quit the traveling job.
It had everything I needed. Stove, oven, the refrigerator was large enough to hold quite a bit of food and the freezer would keep me in frozen pizza for days. It had a full bathroom with a stool, sink and shower. The shower was amazing, that little 5 gallon water heater and the water was warm for the whole shower. I was impressed with how much pressure the shower had and it still used just a tiny amount of water. It had roof air and a forced air furnace. It wasn't light to pull but the 455 in the Buick didn't care. It had a load equalizing hitch and double axles and we could just go zipping right down the road.
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