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Gear / etrailer ball mount with built in scale
« on: December 12, 2016, 06:38:47 PM »
I don't have it so can't recommend it, but found it interesting.   As of the date of this posting it is on sale 15% off.


http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Ball_Mounts-co-Built~In_TW_Scale-pm-Weigh_Safe.aspx?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=etrailer&utm_content=161212-BalM-WeighS-Manuf

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Camplite Fifth Wheels / failed-frame-welds
« on: November 17, 2016, 08:11:51 AM »
The aluminum frame of the body with an azdel floor is mounted onto a steel frame made by lippert coated with a proprietary anti-rust coating.   It's a completely different animal from the aluminum frames on the TT lineup.   All welds that are visible underneath appear professional.    

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Camplite Fifth Wheels / owners manual
« on: October 14, 2016, 09:37:11 PM »
My 28RLS came with the generic camplite owner's manual.   Nothing in the manual is specific to 5th wheels.    I doubt CL ever made one specific to the alumalite series.  If you have any specific questions I can look at mine for you.


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For Sale / Looking for Camplite 13BHB
« on: May 31, 2016, 07:14:27 PM »
I second RVtrader as a good resource.   It doesn't have everything available, but it has a good chunk of them.  Be ready for a long roadtrip to claim your prize.  I went from PA to VA for mine (28RMS)

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Gear / Dash Cam Recommendations?
« on: May 15, 2016, 01:14:55 PM »
Anyone have a dash cam they like?    I'm looking for something that is simple to operate and as hands-off/set it and forget it as possible.    Affordable also, if possible.     

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QuickSilver Toy Haulers / Genny on the hitch
« on: March 06, 2016, 06:19:19 PM »
How many people would pick this option if available?



Saw it on an ATC trailer at a show this weekend.    I was VERY impressed with ATC quality.

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Camplite Mods / Upgrades / Cutting board folding countertop extension
« on: February 28, 2016, 05:05:55 PM »
We wanted a folding countertop extension, but the camco one got terrible ratings.   I decided to make my own.   It's rock solid and only cost me about $30 bucks.   The hinges are rated for 70 lbs.  I'm not sure if that's the weight rating combined or for each hinge, but either way more than enough for our purposes.    I don't think we'll ever put much more weight on it than a maybe a pile of dirty dishes, small coffeemaker, bags of groceries, etc.

Here's what I used:

Cutting Board


http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00233429/

16" folding brackets (pack of 2)


http://www.amazon.com/Parker-Folding-Shelf-Bracket-Pairs/dp/B0006LA2G0/ref=pd_sim_469_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=31JY7PZ6CDL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=0M3KFPEMMK9HR1V2RDMR

I trimmed about 1" off the end of the bracket tips and re-drilled new mounting holes under the cutting board because they stuck out just a bit.  They also make 12" brackets that probably would have worked better and been less unsightly but I wasn't sure when I ordered these.  

Here's the link for the 12" model

http://www.amazon.com/Folding-Shelf-Bracket-SP1794-pairs/dp/B0006LA2FG/ref=pd_sim_469_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=31JY7PZ6CDL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1BEYDW2PZ6GSRQ2ENDDK

  Another nice thing about the the hinges is that although they don't lock in the down position, due to friction the board seems like it will stay in place during travel and not bang in and out.

I used 1" self tapping screws into the cabinet frame to mount the hinges.  The top of the hinges are flush against the bottom of the countertop.    I mounted the hinges first, placed a piece of cardboard between the countertop and cutting board to give an even gap to allow a slight upward motion to release the hinge arms.   I then centered the cuttingboard on the hinges, marked and drilled pilot holes in the cutting board and mounted with 1" wood screws.  It sits about 1/8" lower than the countertop.  I'm thinking I could put a couple washers on each wood screw to bring it up to level with the countertop, but even if I leave it it's a close enough it probably doesn't matter.    




[img style="max-width:100%;" style="" src="http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/TLBones/IMG_0452%202_zpsfdreqkmg.jpg"]

[img style="" style="max-width:100%;" src="http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/TLBones/IMG_0456_zpsnhd4ftwg.jpg"]

I also put a magnetic strip on the stove fan/light thing.



[img style="max-width:100%;" style="" src="http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/TLBones/IMG_0457_zpsilq9ipsy.jpg"]

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Anything not covered elsewhere / Jayco factory assembly video
« on: February 21, 2016, 09:50:58 PM »
Regardless of where you think the livinlite brand it going....it's still a completely different animal from standard RV construction.   A pretty shocking video.....especially the roof truss and insulation parts.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXMJrRQ3SVk



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Camplite Fifth Wheels / 26 inches of snow
« on: January 24, 2016, 04:54:32 PM »
Had the trailer in for PA state inspection.  Picked it up at 5PM Friday night, got it home and parked around 6 just as it started to snow.    Got 26 inches so the trailer is not going anywhere any time soon.    I am not sure I can make it to the door to even get in!    



[img style="" style="max-width:100%;" src="http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y483/TLBones/IMG_0446_zpsjseh0odm.jpg"]

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Camplite Travel Trailers / Ford livinlite trailer
« on: December 28, 2015, 07:52:04 PM »
Opinions? I do like the floorplan.   102" wide also.....wow!

http://www.fordcampers.com/ford-traveltrailers.htm


This page shows a picture of a toyhauler at the bottom.

http://www.fordcampers.com/index.html




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Gear / Elephant feet
« on: December 05, 2015, 10:36:03 PM »
As far as I can tell these will only work if you have the scissor jacks or 5th wheel jacks like me.  It saves a step of having to place blocks or pads down if you are camping on soft ground.    They are pricey for what they are, but seem to be built with quality and include mounting bolts.    The hardest part was getting the rubber pads onto the feet.   I muscled them on, but maybe some soap/water would have helped in hindsight.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QEYPUO?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s01



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Camplite Mods / Upgrades / 5th Wheel mods (So Far)
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:02:37 AM »
So far we are liking the 5th wheel, but I don't find it nearly as easy to back as my 16DB!    :P       I haven't discovered any major problems.   I've got a couple interior trim pieces that need some glue, but all minor and not a significant sign of poor construction IMO.    

 I completed the following upgrades:

Interior:

TP Holder in "Throne Room".    The Toilet has it's own room.   I still don't comprehend why LL doesn't put in a TP holder in all models.  Even the crappiest Forest River product has a TP holder.... just saying LL!    I put in a single point mount version and was lucky to find a stud to srew into in a good location.

Of course the given: Many command strip products.

Mounted a  28" LCD in the bedroom that I took out of the 16DB.   Cable and power and mounting stud are there, but a mount or TV was not included.  28" is definitely the biggest that can go in that spot.

Attached eyebolts in the dinette and used some bungie cords to the dinette table Now it can stay upright while traveling.

Couch cusions overhang the couch by a couple inches.  Added an extra couple inches via a plywood insert (hard to explain w/o pictures) to support the cusions further.   Actually is slightly more comfortable now.     Also ordered a cheap beanbag ottoman thing.   can now lounge in style.

Exterior:

Large 2 sewer hose holder under rear bumper.   The rear bumper could be used for hose storage, but I didn't want to go that route.    

Winterizing kit w. access hatch to area where the water pump is hidden.  (was pain.   Had to cut azdel and install hatch.. should have come with hatch)

Main battery disconnect switch.   Wasn't hard, but took some time to re-arrange the battery compartment a bit.   I now have room for a second battery if I decide to add one.

Beer bottle opener on bumper.  



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For Sale / Very familiar looking 16DB
« on: October 24, 2015, 08:42:15 PM »
http://www.johnsonrvs.com/default.asp?page=xPreOwnedInventoryDetail&id=1601779&p=1&s=Year&d=D&t=preowned&fr=xPreOwnedInventory

This trailer is NOT mine...............................................anymore.

I am VERY and I mean VERY familiar with the former owner if anyone were to have any questions...... just sayin'

Todd

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