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Anything not covered elsewhere / This will wake you up.
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:03:21 AM »
Took the cover off the battery box this morning and saw I had a visitor.  It was about 52 degrees, guess he was looking for a warm place.

The subject says it all.  How do I get the cover off the light fixture in the bathroom without breaking it?  I see the tabs, and it looks like the silver part has to come off first, but it doesn't seem to want to budge.

Why do they make these things so complicated?

Anything not covered elsewhere / Sad Situation
« on: March 16, 2016, 10:19:17 AM »
Anybody who has dealt with Andersen Hitches probably spoke with Dave Anderson (not related to owner).  The other day, Dave and his wife were killed in a plane crash, leaving behind 3 children.  Another couple was also killed. There is a GoFundMe page set up for their kids, in case anyone is interested:

General Q & A / P vs LT Tires
« on: March 13, 2016, 08:06:15 AM »
I am getting ready to replace the tires on my 2009 Ram 1500.  I currently have P265/70R17 tires on the Ram.  I've towed my Camplite 21BHS over 7,000 miles and it tows great.  My inclination is to stick with P tires because I really like the ride of the Ram when not towing.  Also, there is a bit of "if it ain't broke don't fix it" thinking going on here.  However, I don't know if the additional benefits towing with LT tires would outweigh any change in ride comfort.

Has anybody made the change to LT (or use LT tires) and if so, what did you find?  I'm trying to weight the pros and cons of each, so I welcome all thoughts.



Thanks Sean.  This is really bothersome.  Glad my 21BHS is a 2013!  Feel bad for Christian and frustrated with LivinLite/Thor.  Thor seems to have taken a company with great potential and squandered it.  I've stopped being the LivinLite salesman on other forums such as GoodSams.  There is too much uncertainty to recommend.

Thanks again.


Some interesting info, especially about Camplites being 4 season trailers now, as well as the new composite/aluminum floor:

Ask the factory / Window Shade and Screen System
« on: August 05, 2015, 06:54:08 AM »
They are from Dometic, and their official name is "Dometic SEITZ Mini-double cassette roller blind / roof window roller blind 1302".  I can't find a source for somewhere in the US.  They are really nice though.

[a href=""]CLICK HERE[/a]

Trip Reports / Quick weekend at Disney's Fort Wilderness with new A/C
« on: July 19, 2015, 11:59:36 AM »
Just returned from a quick weekend trip to Fort Wilderness.  Had a great time, and the new A/C worked great.  The newer Penguin 2 A/Cs are MUCH quieter and even in 98 degree temperature and exposure to sun, was easily able to keep the camper 72 degrees inside.  

We stay at Fort Wilderness a lot, one reason is my wife's discount for working there, but the other big reason is the atmosphere.

We were sitting on the porch at Trails End restaurant having some iced tea, and a banjo player from Hoop De Doo Revue came over, sat down with us and started to play.  You just can't beat that.

[a href=""]CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO[/a]

Camplite Travel Trailers / Air Conditioning Fan Speed question
« on: June 24, 2015, 09:59:11 AM »
For those of you that have the Dometic Penguin 2 13.5K A/C in their camper; how many fan speeds do you have?  I have always had 1 with a/c and one without.  The other positions never worked.  I assumed that is just how it is.  I just spoke with my RV dealer and the tech said that he has to order a new rotary switch because I am only getting the one fan speed.  He can't even order the switch from Dometic until after July 13th.  So I'm picking up the trailer with working A/C operating as it always did. When the switch comes in, I'll bring it back and wait while the switch is replaced. I always assumed that was how it was supposed to work.  Does anybody else have multiple fan speeds?



Trip Reports / Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring, FL
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:15:24 AM »
We spent 2 nights at the campground in Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, FL.  If our A/C hadn't failed, the trip would have been perfect; but as it was we still had a great time, although we did sweat a lot.

The campground is very nice, but a bit tight.  We had a decent size site, but some are very small and difficult to back in.  We reserved site 120, which is one of the pull through sites.  I would definitely recommend one in that area.

Here is the campground:

[img style="max-width:100%;" src=""]

There is a nice museum for the Civilian Conservation Corps which built the park during the depression.  The museum was really interesting and the area around the building nice:

The trails were not very long, but they were very unique and beautiful.  We walked the loop road, about 3 miles, and took all of the trails off of that road.

The park is a very nice park and well worth a couple of days.  At only $23 a night (over 62 Florida residents $11.50) it is a great value as are the other Florida State Parks.  A person camping near us told us that once you get past mid June, the mosquitoes get awful for the rest of the summer; so plan accordingly.  He said Spring and winter are great times to come.  I would highly recommend this park.


Camplite Travel Trailers / Air Conditioner Issues
« on: June 11, 2015, 07:50:45 PM »
Well, here we are at Highlands Hammock State Park, in Sebring, FL (key word Florida) and we find our air conditioner does not work. The fan turns on and I can hear the compressor turn on, but no cool air. Worked fine when we had the camper out last month for Mother's Day. With Florida being the key word, it is HOT to have no A/C. Has anybody had this problem before? We have the Dometic Penguin II A/C, 13.5K unit. We purchased a 5 year extended warranty so we still have 3.5 years left, so that's good. Still not too pleased though.



Trip Planning / Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring, FL
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:51:48 PM »
Getting ready to head out to Highlands Hammock State Park tomorrow.  Just going for two nights to check out the park.  I'll post pictures after our return.

[a href=""]Highlands Hammock State Park Info[/a]


Trip Reports / Florida to the Grand Canyon and on to Moab, UT
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:17:03 PM »
Just got back from a 2 week trip to the Grand Canyon and Moab, UT for our 30th wedding anniversary.  What a great trip!

We towed the camper a little over 5,000 miles and the Ram 1500 and Camplite 21BHS were perfect.  We towed in rain, and the leak in the roof I had experienced is defintely fixed, although we did have some water on the floor.  However we did identify the source of the leak, some missing sealant in the wheel well on the slide side.  That is now fixed.  We also towed in some heavy cross winds of over 35MPH and the Andersen Hitch did a great job of controlling sway.  We had another camper pass us in strong crosswinds, and that trailer was all over the road.  The Camplite with the Andersen hitch would sway in one direction slightly and settle right back in.  Passing 18 wheelers had little effect on us. While maintaining a speed of about 65MPH, we averaged about 11 MPG over the 5000 miles, even with some pretty good grades in parts.  I was very happy with that.

Here are a few things I learned:
1) Louisiana has the roughest Interstate roads.
2) Texas has more crosses, American flags and pro-gun signs/stickers than any other state (and were very friendly).
3) The gas in Southeast Utah is not as expensive as people were warning me, although don't get gas at the Desert View section of the Grand Canyon National Park.
4) Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas have some pretty smooth roads, as does Florida.
5) Staying at the rest stops overnight went well.
6) The Pilot/Flying J charge card available through Good Sam saves you 5 cents a gallon and with all but one location, their regular price was already the cheapest.  The card saved us a lot.
7) Remember that showers will fill the grey tank a lot faster than you may be used to.

We stayed at Trailer Village in the Grand Canyon.  It was excellent.  The location was great.  The best was the Elk that would roam the park.  Also, you could just get on the bus a short walk from your camper and go anywhere in the park.  In the six days we were there, we hiked about 24 miles, including three miles down Bright Angel Trail (about a 2,000 ft descent) and then back up (the tough part).

Ask the factory / How do I stop this thing from leaking????!!!!
« on: September 07, 2014, 07:04:48 PM »
Today, we were getting ready for a trip from Florida to Arizona and Utah. We loaded the camper with what we could since we weren't plannin on leaving for a few days yet.  A typical Florida thunderstorm came along, so we went inside and had dinner.  After the rain, I decided to give the camper one last check to make sure there were no more leaks.

I was shocked to walk in and see a LOT of water dripping from both lights over the bed, and to see the storage area over the bed with water in it.  My driveway has a bit of a slant to it, so the water would be running from the right side to the left (driver's) side.  It started raining again, and I got a ladder to see what was going on with the roof.  Because of the lousy way LivinLite fits the aluminum sheeting to the corners, the water just pools up there.  Other than spending a fortune on DICOR self leveling sealant to fill in that are where the water pools, what can be done to stop this?  I see no area where the DICOR is bad, and no matter what, on a trailer that is a year old, this is a disgrace.  To say I am P***ed off is an understatement.

I paid a huge premium for this trailer.  We would have been better off getting a Coachman, or a Jayco.  It's not too often I feel like I've been ripped off, but this is one of those times.  

I put this in the "Ask the Factory" section hoping they would respond, but even though they requested this section, their participation is at about the same level as the quality of their products.

I'm not sure, but I have found that ProFlex RV sealer to be MUCH stronger and durable than silicone.  Not sure of its applicability to your need here as I am not familiar with the installation, but if silicone is a viable option, you may find ProFlex may be a better one.

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