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Old 07-08-2015, 12:50 PM   #11
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We had quite a few issues when we first picked it up in April, but after sending it back to the dealer twice for repair things seem to be good. I really do enjoy the layout and space, we remove the dinette table and stow it on the top bunk during the day for more convenient seating.

I am considering several minor upgrades:

1) Another set of stabilizers in front of the axles, roughly in the center of the trailer. We get a little bit of rocking which I think it do to the flexing of the frame in the middle of the unit. Nothing that is problematic, but I think another set of stabilizers that would not allow suspension flex would make it much better.

2) Slide supports/stabilizers, I have seen people for and against these, but I am pretty heavy and if both my father and I are sitting in the slide, well, there is movement!

3) Underbelly insulation and enclosure, we do not have the thermal or elite package because our dealer did not have one in stock. Many people have made their own underbelly enclosure with chloroplast and insulating the floor and tanks would be great for camping in the Spring or late Fall. It gets cold where we camp, Ontario and upstate New York.

Any experience with extra stabilizers?

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The waterlines are open in the compartments all the trailers I've seen. Some are harder to see than others. We keep a plastic bin with kids basketballs, rackets, and other sports equipment in that area. Along with chairs and folding table & campfire tools. Very nice trailer over all with no issues.
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:15 PM   #12
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motorbreath, if our stabilizers are set up and used for a day, then checked again the trailer seems very stable. My brother-in-law mentioned some type of cross brace you can buy for trailers to help with this issue. As of now, we are not too worried.

Our slide seems fine, but we have only used it twice. We just picked up the trailer the middle of June. I could see how there could be movement. The slide extends 2.5-3ft from the trailer which is quite a lever arm.

Camping in the early spring hasn't been an issue for us in the past. We picked up a new 23MB late April and used is in the UP of Michigan where the temperatures got down to 20 degrees F with the high in the 50s. No problem. Many others we know buy electric heaters because most campgrounds has electricity and why use your LP. I'm not that cheap yet! Fire up the furnace!!!
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Old 07-08-2015, 03:32 PM   #13
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Regarding stability and reducing the rocking motion, we put small jacks in front of and behind the wheels on the frame. It's gotten rid of about 95% of the side-to-side rocking. The X-chocks eliminate the forward to back. Where you really notice the stability is when taking a shower. Sometimes I would get a bit seasick before using the jacks.

Amazon has a 4 pack of the jacks for $30 so you can't beat that deal. Plus the jacks stack on each other so they take up very little room when stowed.

Look up "Camco 44560 Olympian Aluminum Stack Jack Stand - 4 pack"

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Old 10-09-2015, 09:04 AM   #14
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Nice trailer Pcschwenke! We have the exact same unit, and so far love it (but only used it twice).

What are you using for blocking the trailer tongue and jacks? I can not believe how high up all 5 of these are... its almost like you can not even use them unless you have a 10" block under them. I am thinking of going to a sawmill and getting some light 8x8 or 10x10 cedar blocks.


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Old 11-01-2015, 09:41 AM   #15
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Nice set up!! We have the same rig and LOVE it.
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:28 AM   #16
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Love the setup and I'm hoping to get something some day.
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Old 12-07-2015, 02:49 PM   #17
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We had quite a few issues when we first picked it up in April, but after sending it back to the dealer twice for repair things seem to be good. I really do enjoy the layout and space, we remove the dinette table and stow it on the top bunk during the day for more convenient seating.

I am considering several minor upgrades:

1) Another set of stabilizers in front of the axles, roughly in the center of the trailer. We get a little bit of rocking which I think it do to the flexing of the frame in the middle of the unit. Nothing that is problematic, but I think another set of stabilizers that would not allow suspension flex would make it much better.

2) Slide supports/stabilizers, I have seen people for and against these, but I am pretty heavy and if both my father and I are sitting in the slide, well, there is movement!

3) Underbelly insulation and enclosure, we do not have the thermal or elite package because our dealer did not have one in stock. Many people have made their own underbelly enclosure with chloroplast and insulating the floor and tanks would be great for camping in the Spring or late Fall. It gets cold where we camp, Ontario and upstate New York.

Any experience with extra stabilizers?
Glad to hear you're enjoying your trailer! I love the floor plan too!

Just a hint, at least on my trailer, you can slide the table-top in between the couch and the dinette (I have the hide-a-bed) for a perfect out of the way storage spot. I like that area without the table as a nice lounging area too!

As far as extra stabilizers: There is another member on here, "RUSSELL5000" who put four extra stabilizers on his BHBE, one in front of and one behind the axles for 8 stabs total. On my trailer I want to put one extra set in front of the front wheels, but there is a propane distribution block in the perfect place for a jack on the curb-side, and I haven't looked into how to move it yet.

For now I use BAL X-Chocks and a couple "Stack Jacks" and it helps a lot. The "Stack Jacks" are a cheap and fairly effective alternative, but I find them very inconvenient. I still have to snug them up from time to time, and I have to crawl under the slide to do it. Also, they're kind of finicky which is annoying. I'd rather just stick my cordless drill on the end and zip them down or snug them when necessary.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:03 AM   #18
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Congratulations! Beautiful. Glad you are enjoying it.
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We love our 2016 28BHBE with the Elite package. 80 gallon water tank is great when camping in Pennsylvania state parks (you get electric but no water on the sites)or dry camping. With a family of 5, water will last a 4 day weekend easily.

We had a 26 BH before but just couldn't fit our family of 5 around the dinette. And, it was a tight fit when everyone was inside. With the u dinette.... no problem. We can easily sit 6 for meals. Also, this is a big plus. When traveling, we can easily access the bathroom, refridgerator with out having to put the slide out.
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