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Old 03-10-2014, 11:05 AM   #361
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I don't suppose you were in South Carolina this week. Waiting for our Jay Flight 28BHBE, was dropped at the dealer yesterday, and, believe it or not, it was the wrong unit. (fiberglass instead of aluminum was the first hint). Apparently the VIN was almost the same as our unit, and somehow they dragged the wrong unit all the way down here. I guess he's towing it all the way back to Indiana, then turning around to bring us the right trailer.

Expensive mistake, wonder who screwed up, thought you'd like the story. I guess it pays to double check everything before hitting the road. We're thinking that next Tuesday might be the day (it's Saturday, March 8 today)
Nope not me! I only deliver to Canada. Not the first time i've heard that mistake. In fact i know of one unit destined for Red Deer, ALberta that got towed to New Brunswick!
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:23 AM   #362
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Question for you....when you are hauling trailers , are u using any hind of sway or wd hitch or no? With all the different trailers I am guessing no? Also, do find the fifth wheels get better mpg towing than trailers?
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:40 PM   #363
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Question for you....when you are hauling trailers , are u using any hind of sway or wd hitch or no? With all the different trailers I am guessing no? Also, do find the fifth wheels get better mpg towing than trailers?
Reese hitch with 750 lb bars is what i normally use. Had the 1200 lb bars and i find the lighter bars are better.
AS a rule of thumb I always see 2-3 MPG better no matter what size 5er i have on. Best mileage i saw was 13.9 mpg towing a 13,910 (dry weight) Cedar Creek 5er
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Thanks for the info. I was guessing the fiver gives better mpg due to aerodynamics
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:13 PM   #365
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ID:	11814We just bought a Jayco Eagle 338 RLTS TT. It is 36' 10" (39' overall) and just as nice as a 5er. It seems manufacturers are starting to make high end TTs as nice as 5ers now. We have most of the options including the ledgestone fireplace and king bed. Trust me it is beautiful inside and out and even has washer/dryer hookups, two ac units and 50 amp service. My wife is claustrophobic and doesn't like the reduced headroom of a 5er so we bought this TT. It has full height ceilings (7'). I had to upgrade my TV suspension with a Roadmaster kit, but all is well...
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:18 PM   #366
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Did your dealer set up your weight dist bars? They look like they are up to high. They should be parallel to the trailer frame.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:21 AM   #367
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Short little 13,000 kms roadtrip lol but i got home a few days ago.
After the Jayco to Winnipeg I grabbed a 2014 Coachman Freedom Express Liberty Edition 305RKS and headed to Lloydminister, Saskatchewan. Don't know how i ended up with a second small trailer but i did not really complain. Saw some good MPGs travelling across North Dakota. SMooth towing unit. Think i've said before IMHO i would put the Coachmans on par with Jayco for towing qualities.
Hitch Weight 774 lbs. (351 kg)
Base Weight 6,199 lbs. (2,812 kg)
Exterior Length 34' 6" (10.5 m)


And then finally to get back home i picked up a 2014 KZ Connect 282BHS. Making this 3 for 3 for lightweight trailers on this trip. Noce change not to drag a 10,000 lb park model back that's for sure. FOund this one to be a little bouncy on the road but overall it was a good unit. Last pic is of a slightly burnt out big rig at the truck stop in Minot, ND. Looked like it went up pretty quick!
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:22 AM   #368
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Been to that fuel stop! I have to chuckle when I saw your photo as it reminded me of a Jerk who I did not even have to get any revenge on. As we pulled in a guy in an average small car cut me off, and took the pump I was aiming at. Of course there was an open pump just ahead that one. I could not get into easily without blocking him in. I asked nicely if he could pull up so I could fill my TV at the same time he did his. He just cust up a storm, and decided it was not worth it, so I just sat in the TV waiting. Well he could not figure out how to operate the pump, so after a minute or two he moved up to the pump I asked him politely to move to. Well I started fueling up. He still could not figure out how to operate the pump. As we were filling up his DW (??) had to get a clerk to come out and help them. I was pulling out as the clerk was just starting to assist him. My big tank was full, and his little tank was still empty. If he has some patients he would have been long gone.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:23 PM   #369
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Been to that fuel stop! I have to chuckle when I saw your photo as it reminded me of a Jerk who I did not even have to get any revenge on. As we pulled in a guy in an average small car cut me off, and took the pump I was aiming at. Of course there was an open pump just ahead that one. I could not get into easily without blocking him in. I asked nicely if he could pull up so I could fill my TV at the same time he did his. He just cust up a storm, and decided it was not worth it, so I just sat in the TV waiting. Well he could not figure out how to operate the pump, so after a minute or two he moved up to the pump I asked him politely to move to. Well I started fueling up. He still could not figure out how to operate the pump. As we were filling up his DW (??) had to get a clerk to come out and help them. I was pulling out as the clerk was just starting to assist him. My big tank was full, and his little tank was still empty. If he has some patients he would have been long gone.
Only thing that would be better is if you filled up on his card!!
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:51 PM   #370
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Only thing that would be better is if you filled up on his card!!
I thought about it while filing up wonder what I would have done if he had it open for me to charge him.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:55 AM   #371
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Quick 7 day trip from home to Winnipeg, Manitoba and back...8000 kms.
First unit was a 2015 Coachman Catalina 303 RLS. Very spacious floor plan and towed awesome. This was my fourth unit that was under 7000 lbs...i knew a park model was in my future. Met up with another driver headed to the same destination with a Coachman Freedom Express V nose so we ran out to Winnipeg together.
Hitch Weight 720 lbs. (327 kg)
Base Weight 6,710 lbs. (3,044 kg)
Exterior Length 33' 11" (10.3 m)

Then finally a park model as i predicted. 2014 Hampton 380FD. Was not a very fun unit to tow. Saw some significant wind and snow an the way through northern Quebec and New Brunswick. Think i blew a front shock on this trip as well so that didn't help the ride. Pic # 2 is parked beside the guy i travelled with. He had a smaller Coachman unit. Gives you an idea of the difference in size with a park model.
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i think i saw you today heading east down the 401 in around the oshawa area around 330 with a park model
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:04 PM   #373
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i think i saw you today heading east down the 401 in around the oshawa area around 330 with a park model
I wish. Delivered a jayco Bungalow 40BHS to Winnipeg yesterday. Sitting in Janesville, Wisconsin for the night now.
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Janesville is pretty close to us here in SE Wisconsin. I went to college at Whitewater which is right next to Janesville. Safe travels!
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greenenvy1....what a great thread. I just read the whole thing. I love driving myself but the winter driving you do is crazy. I know the roads that you drive on a lot.....the roads get a lot of snow and ice. I went sideways at 60mph on the road from Portal to Minot and I'm sure that you have likely had some white knuckle driving.

Be careful and stay safe and continue with this thread as I must say I really enjoyed it. Love the Pic of your stop at Corner gas. I worked just down the road in Wilcox for 6 years before moving to Regina this past year.
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:32 AM   #376
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Thanks for the comments people!
Delivered this 2015 Jayco Bungalow 40BHS to Winnipeg on Thursday. Towed like a park model ha ha ha!
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:05 AM   #378
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I wish. Delivered a jayco Bungalow 40BHS to Winnipeg yesterday. Sitting in Janesville, Wisconsin for the night now.
really this guy had the exact truck as you then, even have the writing on the back door similar to yours, oh well winnipeg is nice, i guess
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really this guy had the exact truck as you then, even have the writing on the back door similar to yours, oh well winnipeg is nice, i guess
my rig is probably the most comon rv hauler rig i've seen. Tough to beat a 2003 zero emissions controls added 5.9 Cummins. Ya Winnipeg is so nice i'm on my way back there..well Brandon this time. I will honk the horn when i drive past Port Hope next week!
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