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    Where are those pics mosslager? Colorado? Looks awesome...
    Last few shots are the road up to Laurel Lakes in the Mammoth Mtn area, CA.

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    I've got a 2003 sprinter and I've been building a camper into it for a couple years now. Before that we had a tdi powered vanagons westfalia, and before that my wife and I lived In a21' motorhome for 6.5 years. I'll never be without a motorhome/camper van for the rest of my life!

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    And my new travel trailer: 2011 Keystone Passport 195rd



    Towed by my 2008 TRD supercharged Toyota TRD Sport Tacoma
    Nice Ultralite... how's that working out for you? I think that would be OK on the back of my Touareg TDI.

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    It's been working great for us.
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    Heres our trailer. Towed by an 07 Tahoe Was the wifes Idea. My first thought was. We'll never use it. That was a couple of months and 5 trips ago. Incl the 30th Fat Anniversary



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    this thread pertains to my interests.

    thanks for all the pix and inspiration... still working on the wife...

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    We're looking at picking up a small class C.. I think we've narrowed it down to a 2003 Greyhawk, although the brand new Coachmen Freelander 21QB is something to drool over, just crazy expensive...

    what's the best place you've all been so far in the RV? We recently moved from VA to OH for work and are looking to explore the west coast more, now that we're 8 hours closer!

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    If you moved from VA to OH, I'd still say best bet is WV. I personally like Davis as I can park for 3 days and not have to drive to get to trails.

    Out west though, I first decided I wanted my own rv after borrowing my mom's class c for a trip to Moab (from CA at the time). After traveling with either my mom's class c or my own truck camper to camp and ride in Tahoe, Bend, Downieville, Moab, Fruita/grand junction, , golden, St. George, Sedona, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Austin, Asheville/Brevard, Douthat (va), Harrisonburg (VA), rays town lake (pa) and Michaux (pa).... Certainly, my favorite trail riding was Tahoe with the Moab and Fruita/ grand junction area a very close second.

    Tahoe (multiple trips) was tough to find a good centralized camp spot that felt like I wasn't camping in a mall parking lot. But im set up to never need to be at a campground...so i prefer free/primitive/dispersed camping. The best camping and trail riding I had was Gooseberry Mesa near St George or Hurricane. 2 consecutive years I was up there just before christmass camped essentially at the trail head and saw only one or two other vehicles up there as the road up can be sketchy in the winter. That is one of the reasons I have a pop up truck camper on a 4x4 pickup ( I can still take hot showers and have heat for a couple of days totally off the grid without towing a trailer). I actually posted a pic of my rig on gooseberry after a light snowfall earlier in this thread.

    Anyway, most all of the places I've been, I couldn't ride for more than 2 days without repeating trails unless I was willing to drive. While not as scenic as out west and not as flowy as some other places, Davis, WV has been a good all around compromise. I can ride hard for three consecutive days without feeling like im riding the same stuff, camp for free by the river or pay at a pretty decent state park, ride (pedal) into town for a burrito or pizza and beer...all without driving or being driven anywhere once you get there. Downieville, CA is close in that sense, you just have to get a seat on one of the shuttles...and the riding there is just flat out more amazing than anything I've ridden on the east coast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katie785 View Post
    what's the best place you've all been so far in the RV? We recently moved from VA to OH for work and are looking to explore the west coast more, now that we're 8 hours closer!
    Moab

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    What we have now:

    What we'l have in a couple years along with a enclosed trailer for the Jeep and toys:
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    No more cold, wet tents for me. We have an Outdoors RV Backcountry 18F trailer. Pull it with an F150 with the 5.3L triton and tow package. Nothing like hot showers, cold beer and a comfy bed after a long day of riding.

    Looking forward to trips to Oakridge, McKenzie River, and Bend this summer (from our home base in Hood River).


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    I've road tripped all over the Southwest with this set up. I love it


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    Sweet!

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    Almost bought one last spring - Mountaineer 31 foot tag along

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    RV/MH Hall of Fame - Museum - Library - Conference Center
    If ever you're in Elkhart, Indiana, plan a few hours to see this. Yeah, it's at the top of the geeky scale, but if you're into RVs you'll love it. The older items are the coolest --- Model A pick-up RVs, Mae West's Pierce Arrow and more.
    "Yeah, Humboldt County is way the %#@* up there, but worth it!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
    RV/MH Hall of Fame - Museum - Library - Conference Center
    If ever you're in Elkhart, Indiana, plan a few hours to see this. Yeah, it's at the top of the geeky scale, but if you're into RVs you'll love it. The older items are the coolest --- Model A pick-up RVs, Mae West's Pierce Arrow and more.
    Mind boggling, I cannot find any Bluebirds that site, am I missing something? The Wanderlodge kicks the crap outta almost every motorhome out there for two at least two decades. They finally went downhill beginning in the 90s, but if someone wants the safest motorhome out there, it's a Wanderlodge.

    Here's mine, back in a wild ice storm of Winter 2004:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
    RV/MH Hall of Fame - Museum - Library - Conference Center
    If ever you're in Elkhart, Indiana, plan a few hours to see this. Yeah, it's at the top of the geeky scale, but if you're into RVs you'll love it. The older items are the coolest --- Model A pick-up RVs, Mae West's Pierce Arrow and more.
    And if you are in Amarillo check out the RV Museum there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unicrown junkie View Post
    Mind boggling, I cannot find any Bluebirds that site, am I missing something? The Wanderlodge kicks the crap outta almost every motorhome out there for two at least two decades. They finally went downhill beginning in the 90s, but if someone wants the safest motorhome out there, it's a Wanderlodge.

    Here's mine, back in a wild ice storm of Winter 2004:

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    Nice rig. I don't think Wanderlodge went downhill as much as so many others went uphill and caught up or surpassed them.

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    Here is our Freelander 21QB while at Crater Lake this past October. We spent the last 4 months road tripping around the West and it worked out great.
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    My set up (not an RV but it works well for me)

    Here's what I'm rollin on my 09' Tacoma. It's an Adventure Trailers Flip-Pac w/3 led lights and 6 12v interior outlets. IBS Dual battery system. Adventure Trailers combo slide w/ Natl. Luna weekender split fridge/freezer and a partner steel 2 burner stove. Adventure trailers composite drawers. The shell weighs 290 lbs. and it deploys and breaks down in about 30 seconds. I love it, and I use it often!!! So I figured I'd show it here as an option for others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiskeytown1 View Post
    Here's what I'm rollin on my 09' Tacoma. It's an Adventure Trailers Flip-Pac w/3 led lights and 6 12v interior outlets. IBS Dual battery system. Adventure Trailers combo slide w/ Natl. Luna weekender split fridge/freezer and a partner steel 2 burner stove. Adventure trailers composite drawers. The shell weighs 290 lbs. and it deploys and breaks down in about 30 seconds. I love it, and I use it often!!! So I figured I'd show it here as an option for others.
    Perfect!

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    My new rig, 2009 Gulfstream Vista Cruiser Mini. Bought it used last week only has 8,500 on her.
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    One of the "less" brother's?…"Clue"...

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    Ahem, yes, people like Highdell, Msimmons, are the ones I'm referring to. I'm not exactly sure what the heck AscentCanada is talking about, but as I understand it, he's probably one of them too. There's plenty of fools like this around, many more than there are concerned, high-functioning citizens. I'm a little sickened now.




    Sean Salach, I've sorted your link up and down:
    United States Energy Usage

    I'm not seeing much of any relationship to climate and carbon footprint in the USA. It doesn't matter much in my view. For one thing I freely admit that people around me are wasteful and uncaring ("yee-haw"), but so are reserved Vermonters. Secondly, and most tragically, we're all getting a little warmer because of what we're all doing with coal-burning power plants and auto exhaust, no matter where we live.

    I see rankings in carbon footprint (#1 being worst)
    1. Texas
    2. California
    3. Pennsylvania
    4. Ohio
    5. Florida
    6. Indiana
    7. Illinois
    8. New York
    9. Michigan
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    I see per captia carbon output (#1 being worst):
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    3. New York
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    5. California
    6. Oregon
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    Number 1 Oil Producer: Texas
    Top 5 in Solar Producer: Texas
    Number 1 Wind Power Producer: Texas
    Second Leading Agricultural State in US: Texas

    Don't talk with your mouth full…and don't ever fill your auto with fuel again...

    You are clueless like Obama…

    Been in the oil industry for 33 yrs, don't like it don't buy it…see how far that gets you down the road...

    Everytime one of you treehuggies ask for cleaner fuel, and the Gov't makes ExxonMobil add more additives to create cleaner emissions, DO YOU actually think that those EXTRA additives are paid for out of Exxon's pocket?…NO…the price of fuel goes up at the pump dumbar$e…

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTZ470 View Post
    Number 1 Oil Producer: Texas
    Top 5 in Solar Producer: Texas
    Number 1 Wind Power Producer: Texas
    Second Leading Agricultural State in US: Texas

    Don't talk with your mouth full…and don't ever fill your auto with fuel again...

    You are clueless like Obama…

    Been in the oil industry for 33 yrs, don't like it don't buy it…see how far that gets you down the road...

    Everytime one of you treehuggies ask for cleaner fuel, and the Gov't makes ExxonMobil add more additives to create cleaner emissions, DO YOU actually think that those EXTRA additives are paid for out of Exxon's pocket?…NO…the price of fuel goes up at the pump dumbar$e…
    And here's my 8 mpg uphill or downhill rig: We can carry a Polaris RZR and two Quads or RZR and 4 bikes or 4 Bikes can sleep 10, but usually max 8…136 gallons water…47 gallon fuel tank…90 gallons gray…55 black…15 gallons fuel tank with pump on the Freightliner Sportchassis as well and a 45 gallon water tank for transferring so we can dry camp for weeks in the Desert or Mountains...
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    Here's mine.

    I've only been trailering since Summer 2012. Couldn't do the tent camping thing. Really need the toilet, shower, and roof.

    Bought in August 2012 . 2013 Forest River R-Pod 177 w/ slideout kitchen. Enough water for many days without doing a full shower. 36 gallons fresh, 30 gallons Black, 30 gallons gray, plus a shower/toilet (wet bath). Furnace, A/C (wish I could eliminate the A/C unit). It only sleeps 2 adults ( and MAYBE 2 kids on the covertable kitchen table). I also installed a factory lift kit for the trailer to get more clearance for crummy uneven sites.

    Used to tow with a 2003 4runner, but got a 2013 Touareg TDI last April (2013) . The Touareg has no idea it's pulling 3500 lbs. I mean really, it is a sick little turbo diesel SUV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    I've only been trailering since Summer 2012. Couldn't do the tent camping thing. Really need the toilet, shower, and roof.

    Bought in August 2012 . 2013 Forest River R-Pod 177 w/ slideout kitchen. Enough water for many days without doing a full shower. 36 gallons fresh, 30 gallons Black, 30 gallons gray, plus a shower/toilet (wet bath). Furnace, A/C (wish I could eliminate the A/C unit). It only sleeps 2 adults ( and MAYBE 2 kids on the covertable kitchen table). I also installed a factory lift kit for the trailer to get more clearance for crummy uneven sites.

    Used to tow with a 2003 4runner, but got a 2013 Touareg TDI last April (2013) . The Touareg has no idea it's pulling 3500 lbs. I mean really, it is a sick little turbo diesel SUV.

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    What do you see for MPGs when towing at 65MPH? Or 70 MPH?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
    Nice setup!

    What do you see for MPGs when towing at 65MPH? Or 70 MPH?
    At 65mph I get 14mpg-15mpg depending which direction I'm heading (North or South) , which was about what I was expecting. At 55 mpg (cruise set) it gets almost 16 mpg. The problem with all taller travel trailers is the wind. The faster you go the more air you push. I priced out some small used Airstream trailers , but they are still very expensive and have very small tanks.

    At least with the turbo diesel, the truck tows like a champ. I don't have to restrict the transmission to a lower gear. I can run overdrive when it's not climbing a hill. It has a 7700 pound tow rating. And I don't have to have 2 vehicles, one daily driver and one tow vehicle.

    The best I could do with my old 4runner was 60 mph in 3rd (4 speed auto.) and it got 10 mpg. It would NOT stay in 4th overdrive when towing the R-Pod , even on a flat.

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    Good numbers for the combined weight and the fact that you have a house with you!

    Thanks for the info :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    At 65mph I get 14mpg-15mpg depending which direction I'm heading (North or South) , which was about what I was expecting. At 55 mpg (cruise set) it gets almost 16 mpg. The problem with all taller travel trailers is the wind. The faster you go the more air you push. I priced out some small used Airstream trailers , but they are still very expensive and have very small tanks.

    At least with the turbo diesel, the truck tows like a champ. I don't have to restrict the transmission to a lower gear. I can run overdrive when it's not climbing a hill. It has a 7700 pound tow rating. And I don't have to have 2 vehicles, one daily driver and one tow vehicle.

    The best I could do with my old 4runner was 60 mph in 3rd (4 speed auto.) and it got 10 mpg. It would NOT stay in 4th overdrive when towing the R-Pod , even on a flat.
    Those are good numbers! What is the cargo carrying capacity of the diesel Toureg?

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    Our current setup.............Used to just tow the camper for a few years, but hobbies led to merging it with the big trailer. Works out nice, I built a 7 bike rack that fits on it, plus storage room under the camper and on the deck.



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    That said, the camper has no heat, A/C, frig, or shower. Hopefully by this summer we'll upgrade to a 5th wheel toyhauler that will let us keep the bikes inside, along with get us the heat/ air, frig and shower we want.
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    In reply to ewarnerusa about the payload capacity

    2013 Touareg payload capacity is 1155 lbs. Braked trailer towing capacity is 7716 lbs. The maximum tongue weight is 616 lbs. (European 8%) . Diesel tank size is 26.4 gallons. I can drive the 240 miles from hone to the destination without refueling until the return trip.

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    @john -- Love the rPod. I would have one of those were not it not for the damn kids. Who keep growing. Moving up to a bunkhouse this season (Nash 23B).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropped68 View Post
    @john -- Love the rPod. I would have one of those were not it not for the damn kids. Who keep growing. Moving up to a bunkhouse this season (Nash 23B).
    Yeah, the R-Pod is way too small inside for a family. There is barely enough storage for 2 people. I am hoping my next camper will be a small toy hauler that can sleep 4, but it will be few years out on that one.

    That Nash looks real nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John View Post
    In reply to ewarnerusa about the payload capacity

    2013 Touareg payload capacity is 1155 lbs. Braked trailer towing capacity is 7716 lbs. The maximum tongue weight is 616 lbs. (European 8%) . Diesel tank size is 26.4 gallons. I can drive the 240 miles from hone to the destination without refueling until the return trip.
    Thanks! Those are pretty nice numbers. Unfortunately, my TT is a little big for the diesel VW. I hope some of these new 1500-series diesels work out well and make it into full size SUVs. That is what I would want for my next TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropped68 View Post
    @john -- Love the rPod. I would have one of those were not it not for the damn kids. Who keep growing. Moving up to a bunkhouse this season (Nash 23B).
    Nice. We have a 19B that's been good to us.
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    Truck and Trailer

    Probably like many of you, we've gone a couple of rounds trying to sort out the perfect combo for our use. We really like the truck/trailer combo as it's small, flexible and functional. Here is what we've found.

    1. A small trailer is cheap to maintain, and store.
    2. We can park the trailer and do a daily back country excursions easily.
    3. We can upgrade either, separately if needed.
    4. A small trailer can get into any state park.
    5. A hard shell trailer means drenching rain or some snow isn't a huge factor.
    6. A shell on the truck is mega-functional. Can't imagine not having it.

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    We lived in this thing for 4 months, with no problems. Could have gone a year, easy.

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    That's a nice setup WA-CO. What MPG are you getting towing that trailer? Also I agree with the topper - very handy thing to have. It's like a garage for your travel trailer. I'm thinking about taking mine off so I can take the dirtbikes along when I'm towing the trailer. It will be missed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve71 View Post
    That's a nice setup WA-CO. What MPG are you getting towing that trailer?
    Thanks. Tundra (5.7L 4x4) gets 13mpg regardless of how I drive it. Around town: 13, backcountry: 13, lead foot: 13, trailer pull: 13. Joie Chitwood style: 13

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaCyclist View Post
    Here is our Freelander 21QB while at Crater Lake this past October. We spent the last 4 months road tripping around the West and it worked out great.
    I'm looking at that exact same rig, thinking I can put a bike or two in the large storage compartment under the bed. What do you think? I'll use a bumper rack as well but there are times when I'd like to store my bikes out of sight/out of mind.

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    2007 Itasca Navion 24J (16.6mpg avg)
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    2013 F250 4x4, 8' box Super Cab
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    Here's the rack while in mock-up. The present design has 2" PVC, cut in half down the length, fastened to the top and bottom angle aluminum bracket assemblies. The PVC is a tray the rear tires sit into.
    We recently picked up a couple of 29ers, so I gotta modify the rack a little.


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    Got this last year. Spent most of the last two summers in it with my wife.

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    Whoa, nice puller!!!

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    Just got me a 1976 GMC classic 26 foot motorhome, it's a cult classic. Just need to do some modern updates and set it up to tow my race car. Of course do some stuff to set it up for biking too.

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    Updated with pic, got it running today.


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    Would love to see the pics. Always have been interested in these.
    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    My GMC motorhome by terrasmak, on Flickr

    Also known as a 12000 pound hot rod with plumbing.

    Any specific pics you want, I'm at my folks for the holidays. They have one too, easy to get pics.

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    Ordered a Brave just like this a few months back. It should roll out of the factory in two weeks and we'll be picking it up at the end of this month:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rated R View Post
    Ordered a Brave just like this a few months back. It should roll out of the factory in two weeks and we'll be picking it up at the end of this month:
    Saw those at the local Rv show. Pretty damn cool looking. Retro look but brand new. I've got a new toyhauler (trailer) on order, should be in any day now. Can't wait to get it and build the bike rack (in the garage!). Will post pics when it shows up.
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    It's that time of year again.

    Time to bust out the RV's! Spring is deep into it's cycle and the trails are dry.

    We took our new 31.5 footer down to Virgin and parked at a friends house just across from the JEM trailhead. I didn't get much riding in but the two laps I did on the new "More Cowbell" trail with 4 of my 5 kids was priceless. So proud of all of them. My 14 year old son and 13 year old daughter are fearless and fast while my 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son surprised me with their ability and determination.How many RV'ers in MTBR-land??-camper-setup-2-.jpg
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    Pulled my new bikehauler home a few weeks back. 37' with a 12' garage in the back for the bikes and kayaks. Best route I could find to take it all with and keep the bikes inside and out of the living area.



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    Been doing lots of hard work on my old GMC, just need to rebuild the pass side rear brakes and run a fresh generator fuel line. Then it's to the hills for summer, I wonder if my wife has figured out there are trails by the campgrounds I picked?

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    Our new setup

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    3 bikes inside the camper and 1 inside the car. 4 trips so far. So good.

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    3 bikes inside the camper and 1 inside the car. 4 trips so far. So good.
    Nice-Livin' Lite trailers are pretty dandy for their weight/size.

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    Not as elaborate as some of the other setups on here, but suits our needs just fine. Picture taken this March at a bike race in St. George, Utah.
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    Our set up

    2014 Kodiak 240BHSL (27') that we tow with an 08' Land Rover LR3. We've evolved over the past 20 or so years. Started with an 87' Vanagon Syncro, then a Fleetwood pop up and now this. With 2 kids and a dog this works great for us. We carry a Honda EU 3000 generator and mainly camp the backcountry.
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    Thanks. Yeah, our vehicle is a crossover and doesn't have much tow capacity so the LL's were an attractive option. Found this used and thought it would be a good starter to see if it works for us. The camper is pretty small but it (just) suits the needs of 2 adults and 1 big dog who don't plan to live in it and are camping at full service state parks and the like. We wanted to be closer to the trail than a hotel but ready to give up the tent. We've had it out 3 times in the past 6 weeks with more planned soon. So far so good!

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    Has anyone seen DIY teardrop trailers that have been designed with mountain biking in mind i.e. have some kind of workshop built in. This would probably just be storage for a toolbox and workstand and possibly and fold out workbench on the side. I've been geeking out on DIY teardrops but haven't seen anything like this. I'd also have accommodations for some kind of shower for riders and bikes.

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    Finally took the new hauler (pic in post 354) out with some bikes in it. 8 bikes on my homemade rack. Worked great.

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    Glad to have the 12' garage though I really only wanted 10'.
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    Nice, sensible build.

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    My wife and I have a Toyota Highlander 5,000 tow capacity and I have been thinking about getting a camper to go on trips with when the kids get older. They are 1 and 4 now.

    I'm looking for recommendations of campers that the Highlander can tow fairly easily and have room for the 4 of us (cramped is fine). Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooclosetosee View Post
    My wife and I have a Toyota Highlander 5,000 tow capacity and I have been thinking about getting a camper to go on trips with when the kids get older. They are 1 and 4 now.

    I'm looking for recommendations of campers that the Highlander can tow fairly easily and have room for the 4 of us (cramped is fine). Any ideas?
    5,000 isn't huge for towing capacity, so you will be looking at something ultra-lite. I like the Forrest River R-pods. Those are super-popular out here in Oregon. Livin Lite makes some nice light trailers too. Should be all kinds of pop ups you could tow as well.

    You can't have too much towing capacity, so my advice would be to not push it. With your towing capacity, I would not go heavier than an r-Pod. Every person I know with a travel trailer has upgraded their tow vehicle as soon as they could because they quickly found out they needed more than they originally thought.

    And why wait until the kids get older? Yours are at perfect ages. Our friends had their baby out in their trailer at about 6 months. They have done big camping road trips with him and he's not yet 2. Get out there!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooclosetosee View Post
    My wife and I have a Toyota Highlander 5,000 tow capacity and I have been thinking about getting a camper to go on trips with when the kids get older. They are 1 and 4 now.

    I'm looking for recommendations of campers that the Highlander can tow fairly easily and have room for the 4 of us (cramped is fine). Any ideas?
    Ultralight trailers. With a 5000 pound limit, you will NOT want to tow more than 3000 pounds any great distances or on long mountainous grades. Think pop-up trailers. A hard wall travel trailer, with room for 4 will have a larger front area , and will be harder for the Highlander to pull at high speeds.

    At lower speeds it's OK , but trailers become a big drag at highway speeds, and that's where you need a more powerful engine. You will expect to get HALF your normal highway MPG when towing a trailer. Period. If you get 25 normal highway, then about 12 mpg will be the norm for a gas powered vehicle.

    If you can afford to get a stronger tow vehicle (V8, or diesel) you should consider it before shopping trailers. You will tow more comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooclosetosee View Post
    My wife and I have a Toyota Highlander 5,000 tow capacity and I have been thinking about getting a camper to go on trips with when the kids get older. They are 1 and 4 now.

    I'm looking for recommendations of campers that the Highlander can tow fairly easily and have room for the 4 of us (cramped is fine). Any ideas?
    As already mentioned, you'll be wanting to look into something super light. Certainly much less than 5000 lbs. I would say your vehicle would best be matched up with some type of soft or hard-sided pop up. I would say to shop for something with a gross weight rating of no more than 3500 lbs and a dry weight around 2500 lbs. Most any pop up would fall under these numbers, and even some of the smallest hard sided travel trailers. You'll probably have better luck finding a popup with the capacity to sleep 4 comfortably than a true hard sided TT.

    Just a bit of advice when trying to determine "what can my vehicle tow", do not base it on max tow capacity rating. That's really a fictitious rating based on no passengers or cargo in the vehicle and usually based on a stripped down version of the vehicle. Start adding passengers and cargo and options to the vehicle and that weight all reduces the tow capacity. Campers tend to have a relatively high tongue weight to trailer weight ratio, generally assumed to be 12-15% of the trailer weight, which is supported by the vehicle's trailer hitch and counts against the vehicles cargo carrying capacity. So if you're concerned about staying under all of your vehicle's recommended max capacity ratings, the cargo carrying capacity will be the first number you pop and it will be from a trailer much lighter than the vehicle's max tow capacity rating. Your specific vehicle's max cargo carrying capacity value can be found on your driver's side door or door pillar. The weight of everything you plan on loading in the vehicle including you and the passengers plus the tongue weight of the trailer should not exceed that value.

    Similarly, don't use a trailers "dry weight" numbers on their own when deciding if your vehicle can tow it. The only time you tow your camper trailer at that dry weight is when you drive it home brand new. Then you start loading it with camp gear and water, food, propane, battery/batteries, and you are now weighing much more. People pack and load differently, but for planning purposes you can assume that the trailer weight when ready to camp can be 500 to 1500 lbs more than its dry weight. I would say estimate 500+ lbs for gear/food and 8 lbs/gallon of fresh water you will bring with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooclosetosee View Post
    My wife and I have a Toyota Highlander 5,000 tow capacity and I have been thinking about getting a camper to go on trips with when the kids get older. They are 1 and 4 now.

    I'm looking for recommendations of campers that the Highlander can tow fairly easily and have room for the 4 of us (cramped is fine). Any ideas?
    http://casitatraveltrailers.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsdc View Post
    Casitas are very cool, but I don't think you'll be sleeping 4 in there. 2 adults no problem, but you'll have to break down the dining table into the master bed daily and the ones I've seen don't have any more sleeping capacity beyond the main bed. Not in the non-5th wheel version anyway.

    EDIT: I checked the website and see that they have 16' and 17' models with capacity for sleeping 4. Certainly a 2 adults and 2 small children type of setup, but I suppose that is exactly what the Toyota Highlander poster was looking for. I have only seen the 13' models when we where shopping some something like that years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewarnerusa View Post
    Casitas are very cool, but I don't think you'll be sleeping 4 in there. 2 adults no problem, but you'll have to break down the dining table into the master bed daily and the ones I've seen don't have any more sleeping capacity beyond the main bed. Not in the non-5th wheel version anyway.

    EDIT: I checked the website and see that they have 16' and 17' models with capacity for sleeping 4. Certainly a 2 adults and 2 small children type of setup, but I suppose that is exactly what the Toyota Highlander poster was looking for. I have only seen the 13' models when we where shopping some something like that years ago.
    Casita's are ideal for 1-2 people. I've seen people add bunk beds. I'm not sure if that's a factory option or something retrofitted. Every RV is a compromise. When you are limited in towing capacity your options are limited.

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    We take our bikes when we go away with our caravan. Bit of luxury after the ride. Decent shower and great for all year round use.

    Looked at the Casitas page.. I am glad we have our caravan ....lol..
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    I'd rally one of these.
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    Airstream

    Here's our setup. We just purchased after moving out west. Been a great way to get the family out into the wilderness and me out on new trails. How many RV'ers in MTBR-land??-dscf0798.jpgHow many RV'ers in MTBR-land??-dscf0796.jpg

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    I just got this recently. It will slowly be built up into a RV/Hauler. Right now it's just a Hauler/Steel tent. I can make it camp ready quickly using my tent gear and stuff from my offroad pop-up tent trailer.
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    Looking forward to seeing what you do! What kind of truck is it?

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    Hallmark K2

    Just big enough for our family of four and a dog. Designed to be used 4 seasons, and capable on back roads. Bikes fit nicely on a Thule T2 extension.

    Somewhere north of Crested Butte, CO.
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    Very nice Brentos! Looks like a Ram pickup. What camper is that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaskar24 View Post
    Very nice Brentos! Looks like a Ram pickup. What camper is that?
    Thanks.

    2005 Ram 2500 diesel 6-speed manual. Cab controlled air bags & fox 2.0 shocks. A few engine tweaks that the prior owner performed.

    The camper is a Hallmark K2. (2009). We love it.

    Furnace, hot water, filtered drinking water, refrigerator/freezer, exterior shower, range, 45 gal total fresh water, cassette toilet, insulated sidewalls, twin 6v batteries w/ solar, snap-in insulated window covering for cold weather.

    We'd probably have something more bare bones if it weren't for the kids...but this makes it so easy to get out on a weekend trip with them.

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    I live in my TT full time but have been in the same place for a long time. I am about to become mobile and I need to carry 4 bikes. I need a 2" receiver type hitch for the back of the trailer. I have a variety of frame formats so I need something that carries everything. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    The wife and I got a travel trailer about 6 weeks ago. Our second trip was to the local state park with trails. We were only going to stay 4 nights, but ended up doing 12.



    We have a few trips planned for it between now and September, and I know there will be more added in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn_cyclist View Post
    I live in my TT full time but have been in the same place for a long time. I am about to become mobile and I need to carry 4 bikes. I need a 2" receiver type hitch for the back of the trailer. I have a variety of frame formats so I need something that carries everything. Any suggestions? Thanks!
    There are 2" receivers made to fit a standard RV bumper. Here's one example, and it looks pretty solid. Swagman RV Bumper Adapter : Cabela's

    Look for a 2" receiver bike rack that holds the bikes by the wheels, in my experience, theThule T2 seems to be the most adaptable to different bikes, and has the fewest issues with interference between bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtn_cyclist View Post
    I live in my TT full time but have been in the same place for a long time. I am about to become mobile and I need to carry 4 bikes. I need a 2" receiver type hitch for the back of the trailer. I have a variety of frame formats so I need something that carries everything. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    There are a lot of 2 inch receiver, tray style bike racks . 1upUSA, Thule, Yakima, and others. A standard 4 inch camper bumper can have a 2 inch receiver attachment installed bolt on, easy and cheap, about $50. MAKE CERTAIN that your 4 inch Camper bumper is capable of carrying a loaded 4 bike rack. Some camper bumpers CAN'T be used for heavy loads. Some can be reinforced by a welding shop to handle the stress.

    I see from your picture you may be able to add roof rack mounted bike carries to your pickup. I personally hate the roof mounted bike carriers, but that's just personal, sometimes it's the only option for certain vehicles.

    Also look into the bike racks that mount on the A-Frame of the trailer over the propane tanks just in front of the camper shell. There are a couple out there. I think one brand is made in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brentos View Post
    Thanks.

    2005 Ram 2500 diesel 6-speed manual. Cab controlled air bags & fox 2.0 shocks. A few engine tweaks that the prior owner performed.

    The camper is a Hallmark K2. (2009). We love it.

    Furnace, hot water, filtered drinking water, refrigerator/freezer, exterior shower, range, 45 gal total fresh water, cassette toilet, insulated sidewalls, twin 6v batteries w/ solar, snap-in insulated window covering for cold weather.

    We'd probably have something more bare bones if it weren't for the kids...but this makes it so easy to get out on a weekend trip with them.
    Looked them up and all I can say is wow! All really nice. I might get back into a pickup one day. This would be sweet for trips that is for sure.
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    New Set Up

    We've made several trips with the new set up and really enjoying the added comfort compared to tents in the past.
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    Nice, let us know how the "off road" package works! Did you reinforce the trailer bumper to carry the weight of a rack of bikes? I have been told that the factory bumper and welds won't support carrying a load for very long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewarnerusa View Post
    Nice, let us know how the "off road" package works! Did you reinforce the trailer bumper to carry the weight of a rack of bikes? I have been told that the factory bumper and welds won't support carrying a load for very long.
    I have taken it on several gravel/dirt road trails and it handled everything really well.

    Heading to CO,UT this summer with some camping above 11,000ft on mild to medium off road passes.

    I welded in a 2'' receiver tube connected to a frame rail with a gusset as a brace to the bumper. Very solid and clean set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcharrette View Post
    2014 Kodiak 240BHSL (27') that we tow with an 08' Land Rover LR3. We've evolved over the past 20 or so years. Started with an 87' Vanagon Syncro, then a Fleetwood pop up and now this. With 2 kids and a dog this works great for us. We carry a Honda EU 3000 generator and mainly camp the backcountry.
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    Where do you keep your Honda 3000 generator and how do you like it?

    We just bought an Outback 324CG toy hauler travel trailer and researching primitive power options. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE1e0FCoM3I <--check it out here. I don't know that we need the Honda 3000 (144 pounds!) other than maybe AC if we spend a lot of time in the heat. But it looks like you can get 2 Honda 2000's and connect them in tandem. My understanding is one 2000 will recharge the battery just fine during the day and the second can assist in running the AC if needed...and way more portable than one huge generator/inverter. Would love to hear your thoughts!
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    @2mellow, I had a receiver hitch welded to the frame on the rear of the camper and bought a basket to hold it. We have since sold the 3000 and down sized to a Yamaha 2000. As you said, unless you plan to run the AC a lot (we don't) you don't need it. The 2K run's everything else. Also, the 2K gen can be put in the storage compartment inside the camper and we ended up putting a Kuat 4 bike carrier in the receiver on the rear of the camper. We now carry 3 road bikes on the roof of the truck and 4 MTB on the rear of the camper.
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    DO NOT bolt a 2" receiver to your camper bumper and put a rack on it. It will fail! Find a local welder and have him weld up a receiver to the frame. I had it done for under $200 and it's rock solid. It can easily carry 500LBS. Of course no wiring is included but for our purposes it's not needed.
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    DO NOT bolt a 2" receiver to your camper bumper and put a rack on it. It will fail! Find a local welder and have him weld up a receiver to the frame. I had it done for under $200 and it's rock solid. It can easily carry 500LBS. Of course no wiring is included but for our purposes it's not needed.
    Thanks, yeah the master bedroom is on the back of 324cg, so I was thinking of something more along the lines of a tongue mounted platform to keep the generator up front. I like the idea of this, but wonder about turning radius.
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    We have a guy locally that does a lot of custom fabrication for RV's and work trucks. I'd never mount something to the bumper, seen enough trailers with collapsed gear baskets bumper mounted on I-70 to know they are literally pretzel timebombs. A custom rear bumper/hitch setup welded to the frame like the below with a generator mount platform and 4-bike rack on the rear would be ideal, but I think we can get 10-12 bikes in the toy hauler portion pretty easily with moving blankets to prevent rub. Might just chain up the generator to the frame when in use and keep it in the back of the truck while traveling for simplicity sake.

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    Also pay serious attention to the rack you intend to use on the back of your RV. Some, like Kuat, say don't do it at all. 1upUSA says 2 bikes on one of their HD racks is all.

    I have a Kuat NV and have a teardrop trailer getting built right now. I opted not to even have a hitch receiver installed on the back. Partly because Kuat strongly recommends against using their racks on the back of an RV/trailer, and partly because putting a bike rack back there interferes with the rear galley access, and I'd have to take the rack off when I got to camp.

    I considered having something fabbed up on the trailer tongue for the bikes, but decided in the end to put bike carriers on the roof rack of the trailer itself, which I was already getting for the Fox Wing awning and a rack-mounted solar shower later.

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    I had a travel trailer for 6 months or so. Hated the storage, the payment, and the maintenance issues, and the quality of the thing seemed suspect. Everytime I took it out it needed to go back to the dealer for some service/manufacturing issue. And it was all so cheap and flimsy, I felt as though it wouldn't last as long as my loan payments! I also felt a little claustrophobic and closed off when using it, not engaged in the camping experience. I sold it at the end of the summer, and was glad to see it go. But I don't really like using my tent anymore either. I'm thinking about a pop-up/tent camper as a reasonable, affordable compromise, something that'll get me off the ground and offer a few more comforts than tenting, but that is also easy to tow and store, and that won't require a ton of upkeep. I do wonder about weather-proofness, durability and damage from moisture, though. It might also become a stepping stone to another travel trailer down the road, if I find myself wanting more comforts and conveniences in camp. Anyone out there enjoy their pop-up and care to share their experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveF View Post
    I had a travel trailer for 6 months or so. Hated the storage, the payment, and the maintenance issues, and the quality of the thing seemed suspect. Everytime I took it out it needed to go back to the dealer for some service/manufacturing issue. And it was all so cheap and flimsy, I felt as though it wouldn't last as long as my loan payments! I also felt a little claustrophobic and closed off when using it, not engaged in the camping experience. I sold it at the end of the summer, and was glad to see it go. But I don't really like using my tent anymore either. I'm thinking about a pop-up/tent camper as a reasonable, affordable compromise, something that'll get me off the ground and offer a few more comforts than tenting, but that is also easy to tow and store, and that won't require a ton of upkeep. I do wonder about weather-proofness, durability and damage from moisture, though. It might also become a stepping stone to another travel trailer down the road, if I find myself wanting more comforts and conveniences in camp. Anyone out there enjoy their pop-up and care to share their experience?
    Had a pop up for2 seasons. Overall a decent experience but unless you can store it indoors plan on regular maintenance to keep everything up to spec. They tend to be very cheap on the used market. We were lucky with our unit but several friends got "great deals" that ended up with major issues involving the structural integrity of the chassis and the lift mechanism.

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    Pop ups just feel cheap. They don't last and feel just like a tent. My biggest issue with them is that they are a pain in the ass to prep and unload before and after your trip. The whole thing has to be set up just so you can get inside of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Pop ups just feel cheap. They don't last and feel just like a tent. My biggest issue with them is that they are a pain in the ass to prep and unload before and after your trip. The whole thing has to be set up just so you can get inside of it.
    Yeah, a friend of mine was GIVEN an old one. She uses it sometimes, but damn it's fiddly. I've helped her set it up/take it down, and it's quite a pain. It's a big part of the reason I went with a teardrop for something small. Infinitely quicker setup. Pull into camp and I'm ready to sleep. I can set up the extras later if I roll in super late.

    I'm pretty stoked that my teardrop build looks like it will probably be ready for the Sedona mtb fest.

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