Originally Posted by mtwaggin
Now to my questions.
1. How many out there are single hybrid owners and how big of a pain is it to get those bunk ends in and out by yourself? Any hints or tips?
2. Anyone had issues with the front bunk leaking if you've been driving to a location in strong winds/rain?
3. If you have a slide (and this may be a super silly question) does it have the option of manually opening and closing it?
Oh and great to read on here about the pop up gizmos - that was new to me and looks like a great option as well.
Sherry in MT
All good questions.
Reply #1; The wife and I open and close the bunk ends by ourselves all the time. She finds it a little harder than me as she is 5’3” tall. So if one end of the trailer is higher off the ground (unlevel spot) she has a good reach. I do carry a small step stool to clean the top of the slide, that I could use if I ever had to. Surprisingly the bunks do not feel very heavy. The front one is a little more challenging to close do the tongue. But I just tuck in the fabric on the end and one side, push it closed, and walk to the other side and pull it out a bit and finish tucking it in. then latch it secure.
Reply #2; the seal on the bunk ends are really good. I did have an issue with the back bunk once (luckily I caught it before it rained), and it was my fault. When I closed the bunk I had the skirt sticking out of the top of the seal just a little bit, and I could not see it from the ground. I have never had any leaking from the bunks, and have been in a lot of bad rain storms both while sitting closed, on the road driving and while setup.
Reply #3; Regarding the slide out, Yes, you can open and close them with out power but it requires a wrench. I have never tried it. I would think a socket wrench would be ideal. It is done from inside the HTT under the sofa at the mechanism. The owner’s manual does talk about it. If you go to Jayco’s website, you can download a generic owner’s manual and read about everything.
As for turtling, it is one of the reasons why we picked the 23B, we did it in Yellowstone this summer,in a Walmart parking lot and even a KOA that we unfortunately rolled in at 1 am (my brother had a mechanical issue with is old PU in route that night). The ability to turtle is great.
As for the mountain passes, and I am quite sure you are more familiar than most of us. We did it this summer, slow and steady going up, and take it really easy coming down.