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Old 09-22-2015, 07:54 PM   #191
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The white steel rims will rust wherever they are.
I was going to replace my white steel rims with aluminum until it was pointed out to me that they need routine maintenance too. Realized I like the white steel...
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:05 PM   #192
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"In sleeping area"

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8. Extra Insulation & Thermal Windows (Fixed windows in Sleeping area) $1,000.00
I'm pretty sure the "fixed windows in sleeping area" means in the 5.0(TA).

The side window in the 21's sleeping area does open.

However, if you get the optional front window in the 21, it doesn't open and is tempered glass (not thermal). It also comes with a rock shield, and leaves no room for the narrow shelf that is standard and goes across the head of the bed in the 21. We ordered ours with the front window (you've probably read on other threads). YMMV

To all of the above, you should verify with ETI that these things are still true/haven't changed for your build sheet.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:22 PM   #193
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To all of the above, you should verify with ETI that these things are still true/haven't changed for your build sheet.
And that's the truth.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:40 PM   #194
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I'm pretty sure the "fixed windows in sleeping area" means in the 5.0(TA).

The side window in the 21's sleeping area does open.
Does your side window open towards the fridge or away from it?
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Why do trailer manufactures do the cord through a door at all? Sheesh!

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Because it so much easier to use. What do you find a problem with it?
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:23 PM   #196
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I'm pretty sure the "fixed windows in sleeping area" means in the 5.0(TA).

The side window in the 21's sleeping area does open.

Does your side window open towards the fridge or away from it?
All sliders have the fixed pane toward the front of the trailer as were it reversed it would allow road dirt/grit to blow into the seal and cause leakage. ETI used to have a rear window that opened but it was a constant battle for owners with crud buildup on the rear, so they dropped it.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:58 PM   #197
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Well lets see. After using the trailer for 8 days, we found out that we made one huge mistake. We should have gotten it a lot sooner, but better late than never. Loren
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:42 AM   #198
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On the aluminum rims, they do not have the caps that are on the standard wheels. Those caps help keep the lug nuts in place. When you pick up the trailer, you need to tighten the lug nuts every 100 miles for at least the first 300
I've never heard of a hub cap which keeps wheel nuts tight, and it doesn't make sense mechanically. The re-torquing requirement is due to the use of lug-centric wheels (instead of hub-centric, like almost all vehicles now other than small trailers), and perhaps the aluminum wheel material (although this isn't a problem with aluminum wheels on cars, which are now far more common than steel).

What makes you think the caps with the standard wheels keep the nuts tight?
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:44 AM   #199
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Is a weight distribution hitch required for these trailers?
No, no trailer requires a weight distribution hitch. Some tow vehicles can't handle the tongue weight of the trailer without a weight distribution hitch - the need (or more commonly, desire) depends on the combination of tug and trailer.
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Old 09-23-2015, 12:48 AM   #200
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Why do trailer manufactures do the cord through a door at all? Sheesh! That sounds like a good option to get then, very reasonably priced, and saves me from doing it myself!
Discussions of detachable power cords in forums like this show that there are fans of both arrangements (detachable or fixed), regardless of cost. There is no single correct answer to this design question, so it is not surprising or disappointing to me that manufacturers chose the less expensive arrangement as their standard.
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