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Old 05-30-2016, 06:48 PM   #361
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And for kicks, just the tongue of the trailer:
750

Yeah, you read that right. Lightly loaded, 1/3 on the waste tanks and no water, nothing in the storage area, full propane tank and two batteries. 750 pounds. Ha! Right around 15% if my math is correct, which explains why it towed alright today (no wind on the trip home for the most part) even with the Equalizer under-adjusted.
I can only dream of getting my tongue weight that low. As I mentioned on an another thread, my tongue weight is a whopping 1100 lbs with only around 150lbs in the front storage area. Yes I know how to weigh the tongue properly and I was using a proper scale. That number alarms me.
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Old 05-30-2016, 09:49 PM   #362
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I have no idea what my tongue weight is. I have never weighed it. I set my truck up for towing 20,000lbs. I never changed anything once I bought my x213. Then again my truck weighs over 9,000lbs with the family and full supplies in it. It's almost double what my x213 is loaded.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:49 PM   #363
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I can only dream of getting my tongue weight that low. As I mentioned on an another thread, my tongue weight is a whopping 1100 lbs with only around 150lbs in the front storage area. Yes I know how to weigh the tongue properly and I was using a proper scale. That number alarms me.
That's nuts! 1100 would exceed my hitch rating and payload on the F150. At that point I'd be asking myself why I'm towing a Feather if it's going to be as heavy as a 'normal' sized TT.
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Old 06-03-2016, 04:57 PM   #364
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In case anyone wants it, here are the inside cabinet dimensions of a 2015 x213

X213 Travel Trailer Dimensions
(all in inches)
W = Width, H = Height, D = Depth
Cabinet above the sink
W = 17
H = 16
H to micro plug = 10
D = 12

Sink
W = 21
H = 14
H = 13 ⅜
D = 5

Opening under the sink
W = 26
H = 8
D = 3

Cabinet under the sink, shelf
W = 31
H = 11 (impeded by opening above)
D = 7
Cabinet under the sink, bottom
W = 30 (2in pipe in front, right corner)
H = 10
D = 21

Microwave
W = 12
D = 12

Stove
W = 18
D = 13

Oven
W = 15
H = 5 (from lowest wire rack)
D = 14

Cabinet under the oven
W = 29
H = 16
D = 11
Triangle = 11 x 8 x 7

Kitchen drawers (3)
W = 11 ⅝
H = 3
D = 16 ⅝
Inside Pantry
W = 10
H = 55
H of bottom section = 6
D = 23

Fridge
Gap in top shelf = 6
D = 11

Wardrobe drawers (3)
W = 13
H = 2
D = 16

Wardrobe cabinet
W = 16
H to hanger bar = 36
H to front top = 49
Top D = 25 (under wooden square block)
Bottom D to shelf = 37
Bottom shelf D = 10

Outside storage
W to wardrobe drawers = 19
H = 27
D = 19

Under bunk storage
W = 38
H to top bunk = 50
H to bottom bunk = 10
D to inside opening = 38
D = 72

Bunk window (center measurement)
W = 12
H = 21
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:06 PM   #365
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OK, first trip under the belt on the new X213. MAJOR issue - drain line from shower to grey water tank came undone UNDER the tub floor, but ABOVE the trailer floor, meaning that all the water from my shower flooded our camper, running under the fridge, heater, and pantry cabinets, ultimately making it under the couch. Needless to say, very pissed, not sure of the extent of water damage to cabinets and flooring. Access panel to the plumbing under the shower unit is nailed in place, so in the field I had to use a steak knife to pry it off to get access beneath. Why not screw it in? So far, I haven't figured out if the fitting is broken or just came off - what's disturbing is that it is a slip/compression fitting like on a sink's P trap - not really the kind of union I'd like to see. Not sure where to head from here - pics will follow once I get in there further and evaluate better.

Second issue - dual battery system...what were they thinking with the battery/box placement so close to the front of the camper? You have to do Yoga to get the battery box covers on - can't imagine fitting 6v's in there without re-welding the supports. Anyway, whoever wired the batteries together needs to learn how to use a crimper - negative to negative lead fell apart after 1/10 mile of dirt roads, effectively putting us on one battery and negating our solar setup for the first part of the trip - luckily I chased the fault and was able to repair in the field. FYI - one 12v 24 group battery boondocking will not get you very far. 2, with a 45 watt solar panel system, and we were at max voltage for the remainder of the trip. Might not go 6V after all.

Third - ventilation in the front bunks is nill - why there's no vent up front or a window that opens on the cargo door is beyond me. We will definitely be looking for a 12v fan for the bunk area and the rear bed area to move some air through the camper.

Random negatives - rhino flex dump tube doesn't fit in the bumper.

Not sure I trust the fresh water gauge - said we were empty, never blew air (will measure what's left in the tank with 7 gal jugs to have an idea - bummer of the enclosed bottom...cant see how full the fresh water tank really is.

Access panels to hot water heater and water pump under the dinette screwed shut - I guess if you live in Florida, that's fine, in Colorado, winterization is on a per trip thing for 7 months of the year.

PRO's - tow's great, super smooth behind my F250 diesel, 6000 lb E2 hitch, 70-75 most of the way climbing from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs.

Reasonable fresh water storage if you're frugal, but will need additional water for a 3+ day trip w/showers.

Black and grey dump process was super smooth, seems like both tanks emptied nicely...but, did see a few small drips on the ground under the unit when using the black tank flush w/pressure reducer - (I really really, really really, despise leaks).

Kings size bed is roomy, never felt cramped with the bed hog wife. Couch is comfy and there's sufficient room at the dinette, even more if you get rid of the back cushion on the slide out bed side.

Awning did great in moderate winds and provided sufficient shade.

Setup and breakdown is so very very fast, especially compared to our old tent trailer - if I never have to set up a pop up again it will be too soon.

As promised, updates and pics on the shower drain issue to come.
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:19 PM   #366
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Access panel to the tub plumbing doesn't slide upwards? Lift up on the top trim piece.


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Old 06-06-2016, 03:27 PM   #367
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Nope - wouldn't go, someone got sloppy with the brad nailer and the panel was nailed. I can see now HOW to reinstall so it will slide - thanks for the heads up.
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Old 06-06-2016, 03:56 PM   #368
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with a 45 watt solar panel system, and we were at max voltage for the remainder of the trip. Might not go 6V after all.
Did you already post about your solar setup? I'm interested in doing something like that on my trailer, and I'd like to see how people are doing it.

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ventilation in the front bunks is nill
That's something else I'll be interested to see your solution for. I'm surprised that the tiny little bathroom fan moves as much as it does (I expected nothing -- but with the door closed I could feel the air blowing past my feet, which is surprising for such a tiny thing) -- I'd love to have a second fan in the main part of the camper, or at the very least replace the bathroom fan with a Fantastic. Not sure how I'd ventilate the front bunks without risking the water-tightness of that area.

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Random negatives - rhino flex dump tube doesn't fit in the bumper.
On my trailer, it looks like it would fit if not for welding cruft left over on the inside. Certainly it's a very tight fit. If I can't dremel off the cruft inside the bumper, I may pick up an aluminum square tube that's 1-inch larger and replace the bumper.

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PRO's - tow's great, super smooth behind my F250 diesel, 6000 lb E2 hitch, 70-75 most of the way climbing from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs.
You're braver than I . I have been keeping it 60-65 behind my F150.

You might want to verify the tongue limit on your hitch -- IIRC the 6K E2 has a 600# TW limit, and the odds are very good that you're above that on the X213. Even putting my generator and 3-burner camp chef stove under the bed, which means behind the wheels, I'm still hitting 750-800 TW, with nothing but bedding and a few small incidental items in the bunk area. This sure is a heavy-nose trailer. And even after adjusting my Eq10K hitch up a notch, fully loaded it isn't quite transferring as much weight back to the front axle as I'd hoped. Tows very steady even so.

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Reasonable fresh water storage if you're frugal, but will need additional water for a 3+ day trip w/showers.
On our first trip this past weekend, what got us first was grey water capacity. We were gentle with the showers but still filled it full. Had to skip the Sunday shower, and that's not a good thing .

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Kings size bed is roomy, never felt cramped with the bed hog wife. Couch is comfy and there's sufficient room at the dinette, even more if you get rid of the back cushion on the slide out bed side.
I love the big bed, but I do wish it was a little longer. If I were any taller than 6'0" it would be a problem for sure. Mattress is terrible IMO, even with a big thick topper it's not real comfortable for me. Probably going to replace with a decent 8" foam mattress.

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Awning did great in moderate winds and provided sufficient shade.
I like how easy the awning is to operate, and it works well, but I did notice when I was putting it back in the second time that on one-end it rolls up wrinkled. Hrmph.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:03 PM   #369
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Unless they changed the bumper size from the 2015 model, the rhinoflex should fit, I've carried ours there since I figured out I had to line both sets of ears on the hose with the bumper corners.

At first I thought it didn't fit either.
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:42 PM   #370
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Smile First shakedown trip with new(last fall) 2016 X213.

Traveled to Heyburn state park in Idaho last week and spent 2 days. TT pulled well behind 2012 Traverse. I do need and have ordered an auxilliary transmission cooler however. Saw temps at 220 with added temp guage.
Just with two of us and our bikes in the front bunk space, the trailer towed nicely. Plenty of power and no excess bouncing or swaying. I have the Husky WD hitch and seems okay as set by the dealer in Missoula. Tire pressure monitor was very nice to be able to keep track of tire pressures. Well worth the money for peace of mind.
Next trip to Oregon coast at end of July. Mileage average was right at 10 mpg. Added several coat hooks, stove cover, screen door bar, and moved TP holder under the cabinet for better access. Rhino flex hose fit just right in the bumper.
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