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Old 10-30-2011, 10:12 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by RoyBraddy View Post
This kinda scares me as well... I have pulled my POPUP Trailer all over the east and south and as far west as OKLA with no problems at all. It weighs in at 4200LBS but being a POPUP you can view all around it and my gas mileage doesnt change whether I am towing the POPUP or not. Still the same 20-21MPG going down the road if I use Shell gasoline. I've never towed a trailer that had high sides where you can't see around it very well so that is going to be a new experience for me when I get my JAYCO this spring.

We will be going down I95 to Mytrle Beach alot and also going down I81 to get to the Smoky Mtns places around Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge areas. My truck is a 2010 F150 FX4 model with 5.4 gas engine with 3.73 gears and towing package...
Our F-150 has the pull out extended mirrors. Does yours? If not, get some of those. You can see easier the traffic on both sides of the highway behind you also.

To ease your fears, take the new tt to a big parking lot and practice backing, turning (use cones and pretend they are gas pumps ), etc

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Old 11-01-2011, 02:38 PM   #12
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Planning our 4th and final trip for the year. Still no problems with the trailer systems and we are continuing to refine our "procedures" for hookup / backing and such. Since we have some experience with the 184BH now I thought I'd post some observations on what have found on this model.

The 2 burner stove works great but it is hard to use more than a single pan given the small size and the fact that the burners are not side by side. Understandable given the size of the trailer but still somthing to consider for somone who is considering this model.

The table legs are very flimsy so you have to take care when folding them down to make up the bed. They will bend to the side if you do not collapse the legs far enough before applying alot of force folding them against the table top.

There is quite a bit of movement in the trailer when it is setup. This model only has stab jacks on the rear so I may either invest in another set up front or just get some jack stands at harbor freight. Another option might be different chocks or tapping the ones I have up snug against the tires.

The hot water tank is very well insulated. I turn the temp down to pilot before we go to bed and it is still very warm in the morning. This was after lows in the high 40s overnight.

We were surprised at how much "stuff" can go in the cabinets. My wife brings 2 kitchen sinks when we camp and we can get it all put away. The top bunk is generally used for our bags and personal items during the day and moved to the couch at night. This would be a problem if you are trying to sleep 5. With 4 it just takes a few minutes to re-locate everything.

The trailer pulls very well behind a V6 Tacoma with the "sweet spot" at about 2500 rpm or 63 mph. Going faster is no problem but sway is greater and fuel consumption is alot worse. I used about 9 gallons going 120 miles so not bad at all actually. Climbing hills is not an issue either and seems to work best at about 60 mph.

Overall we love this little trailer and given the cost, its a great value. I would recommend it to anyone and we even got a call from our salesman. Somone we showed it to on our first trip bought one from him!

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Old 11-05-2011, 06:17 PM   #13
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@Flyingcamper......I bought Bal Stabilizer Jacks same as the OEM rear ones to put on the front. They wouldn't fit due to the configuration of the front frame. I took them back and got 2 sets of the Stack Jacks. Really only need one set up front, but boy do they make a difference. No side to side wobble nor bouncing when walking inside. I use two small blocks of wood between the jack and frame, also wood pads on the base. Works great. They are much easier to use than the Harbor Freight stands, I have those too. Stack Jacks have a screw adjustment which is really convenient vs the ratchet type.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:11 AM   #14
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tow our new 184 with a2001 ford f150 6 cyl auto and have had no trouble. went over carson pass 0n hiway 88 in ca. elev. about 9000 ft. and all was well. also i can easily see around the tt using only my standard factory installed mirrors. no need for extensions. so far we love this tt.

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