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Old 07-09-2020, 09:49 AM   #941
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This isn't really the first thing we've done, but the first really notable thing. We moved our batteries from the front storage box to inside the front bench box. Phewf! Now we have more space in the front storage box, and the batteries inside where they're a little less susceptible to a walk-about.



Very nice setup.
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Old 07-09-2020, 09:50 AM   #942
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Yes - I didn't say it, but those are the Battleborn LiFePO. And that's part of my concerns about the "walk-about." They're the most expensive accessory we've got!
You might want to check your tongue weight. You have dumped close to 100 pounds of tongue weight by switching to Battleborn batteries & moving them inside. The 19 tends to be a bit tongue light which is why the lead acid batteries were moved to the tongue box.
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Old 07-09-2020, 11:13 AM   #943
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Anticipating an excursion in central Vancouver Island mid-August with 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 2 grandsons under the age of 6.
Should be fun...or a disaster to be remembered.
We regularly camp with our 2 granddaughters, aged 8 and almost 5. The oldest started camping at 3, the younger started on her 1st birthday. They and we love our camping trips. My tips:
  • bring lots of clothes for the GKs - they will get wet & dirty, even if there is no dirt or water around.

    let them help as much as possible. There are all kinds of tasks that they will find interesting - if they can do it safely, let them try, even if you have to redo it later.

    temper your expectations. The most important thing is that everyone have fun, and that often means taking a trip back to childhood and finding the joy in just throwing rocks in the water and burning sticks in the fire.
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Old 07-09-2020, 11:19 AM   #944
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You might want to check your tongue weight. You have dumped close to 100 pounds of tongue weight by switching to Battleborn batteries & moving them inside. The 19 tends to be a bit tongue light which is why the lead acid batteries were moved to the tongue box.
Good point, but since this is a 21 NE not sure if it has the same issue as the 19, anyone know? Definitely always worth checking though on any trailer.
We’re moving to battleborns inside on our 19, but will be adding aluminum truck box on tongue where the batteries were. The weight with the box n contents should exceed the batteries and offset.
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Old 07-09-2020, 12:17 PM   #945
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Good point, but since this is a 21 NE not sure if it has the same issue as the 19, anyone know? Definitely always worth checking though on any trailer.
Weíre moving to battleborns inside on our 19, but will be adding aluminum truck box on tongue where the batteries were. The weight with the box n contents should exceed the batteries and offset.



That brings up a good point on the 21 with all the extra weight up front it will most likely have more tongue weight.



On the 19 escape will sell that trailer with just one 12 volt battery up front and no storage box about 50lbs. I would think that that would have the minimum tongue weight.



In my case I going to place my honda 2000! in the storage box. this will replace about 50lbs. plus the weight of the storage box itself. I think i going to get a scale to see the affects .
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Old 07-09-2020, 03:43 PM   #946
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Replaced the loft escape hatch for cracks. Not a fun job if you are a bit overweight. And reanchored the propane tank tray which had pulled loose from the plywood.


Here's the part if anyone needs to do the same. Make sure you measure yours. ETI gave me the number for the mid size one when my 2014 uses the smaller.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 07-09-2020, 04:29 PM   #947
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Replaced the loft escape hatch for cracks. Not a fun job if you are a bit overweight. And reanchored the propane tank tray which had pulled loose from the plywood.


Here's the part if anyone needs to do the same. Make sure you measure yours. ETI gave me the number for the mid size one when my 2014 uses the smaller.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Did that once on our camper A pain in the A..!Pat
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Old 07-09-2020, 05:37 PM   #948
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We regularly camp with our 2 granddaughters, aged 8 and almost 5. The oldest started camping at 3, the younger started on her 1st birthday. They and we love our camping trips. My tips:
  • bring lots of clothes for the GKs - they will get wet & dirty, even if there is no dirt or water around.

    let them help as much as possible. There are all kinds of tasks that they will find interesting - if they can do it safely, let them try, even if you have to redo it later.

    temper your expectations. The most important thing is that everyone have fun, and that often means taking a trip back to childhood and finding the joy in just throwing rocks in the water and burning sticks in the fire.
Excellent advice! How fortunate your grandchildren are!
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Old 07-11-2020, 08:01 AM   #949
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Old 07-11-2020, 08:28 AM   #950
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I notice a number of owners have built in electric heaters into the foot of the bed. Don't you have any concern about the quilts or blankets covering the heater? I know mine often ends up hanging almost to the floor at times...
We use an RV sleeping bag. Like Super Bag. Not an issue with that hanging down. Also adjusted vents to direct above the floor.
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Old 07-11-2020, 10:25 AM   #951
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We use an RV sleeping bag. Like Super Bag. Not an issue with that hanging down. Also adjusted vents to direct above the floor.
We've got the Bed Bag and liked it so much we now have one on the bed at home!
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Old 07-11-2020, 11:11 AM   #952
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Yesterday I washed my trailer. Up and down the ladder a gazillion times and I didn't fall off! Took six hours. My back aches, my arms ache... I was going to wax today. Think I'll take a nap instead.
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Old 07-11-2020, 11:18 AM   #953
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We regularly camp with our 2 granddaughters, aged 8 and almost 5. The oldest started camping at 3, the younger started on her 1st birthday. They and we love our camping trips. My tips:
  • bring lots of clothes for the GKs - they will get wet & dirty, even if there is no dirt or water around.

    let them help as much as possible. There are all kinds of tasks that they will find interesting - if they can do it safely, let them try, even if you have to redo it later.

    temper your expectations. The most important thing is that everyone have fun, and that often means taking a trip back to childhood and finding the joy in just throwing rocks in the water and burning sticks in the fire.
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Old 07-11-2020, 12:18 PM   #954
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Yesterday I washed my trailer. Up and down the ladder a gazillion times and I didn't fall off! Took six hours. My back aches, my arms ache... I was going to wax today. Think I'll take a nap instead.
We worked hard as kids growing up. But my dad seemed to have an innate sense of judging fatigue and flagging interest. So, while we thought we’d have to finish every job we started , it was common to get about 2/3 done and he’d stop us and announce it was enough for the day or the morning or whatever. Plenty of cold water, usually an ice cream treat on the way home. We’d stop at the filling station where he worked and he’d have some Eskimo Pies stashed in the ice house. We would have the afternoon to screw off while he went in to work at noon and worked till ten PM. On his way out the door he’d offer up, “ Wouldn’t hurt to mow that grass after supper tonight.” It seemed very fair and we would get our tiny yard mowed in about a half an hour.
From working on haying crews in the 30’s, Dad would often say, “Don’t burn yourself out in June or you won’t be worth a damn all summer.” 60 years later I know what he meant.
So Take a break Donna, you earned it.
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Old 07-13-2020, 12:12 PM   #955
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Bed Step

Azjack's son came to Q'site last year with his F150 and had an Amp Research bed step. Thought it was pretty neat and much better than using a plastic step stool. Easy to use and much stronger.

This year he came to Q'site and again we admired it. Since I hadn't gotten off my butt and ordered one M. gave me one as an anniversary present.

Easy to use, touch it with your toe for up or down. Allows reaching into the box without opening the tailgate when the trailer's attached. Wish I'd gotten it sooner.

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re: step, we use a step like this with our Escape as my wife has knee and balance issues, and this is SO much more stable than the retractable step...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G258I0G

so if I need to get into the rather high bed of my F250 4x4, I just use it for that, too.
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Old 07-13-2020, 01:58 PM   #957
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re: step, we use a step like this with our Escape as my wife has knee and balance issues, and this is SO much more stable than the retractable step...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G258I0G

so if I need to get into the rather high bed of my F250 4x4, I just use it for that, too.
Fortunately we don't have any physical limitations.

Not sure about stability as a footstool on the ground can be a little rocky sometimes but just being able to have it usable in a second is so much more handy than dragging out a stool.

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Azjack's son came to Q'site last year with his F150 and had an Amp Research bed step. Thought it was pretty neat and much better than using a plastic step stool. Easy to use and much stronger.

This year he came to Q'site and again we admired it. Since I hadn't gotten off my butt and ordered one M. gave me one as an anniversary present.

Easy to use, touch it with your toe for up or down. Allows reaching into the box without opening the tailgate when the trailer's attached. Wish I'd gotten it sooner.

Ron

I got a set of bed side steps similar to yours on my F150 when I ordered it. Don't use them much but they are handy to have when you need em, especially with the 8' bed. After 8 years and 100k they no longer come out at the touch of the foot like they used to. Guess it needs new cylinders, but as tugging it a bit works I'm alright with them.
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Portable Black Tank

This was a no cost, hardly any time project. I had an old junked sewer hose and this empty cat litter bucket, don't know why, I don't even opps, better not say that.

I've made other portable tanks previously and never needed them but they're handy to have if you're staying in one spot for an extended time. Gives the option of draining off about 3 gals. and maybe taking it somewhere to dump.

Based on past usage it might never get used but the buckets a handy size and might get used for other things.

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This was a no cost, hardly any time project. I had an old junked sewer hose and this empty cat litter bucket, don't know why, I don't even opps, better not say that.

I've made other portable tanks previously and never needed them but they're handy to have if you're staying in one spot for an extended time. Gives the option of draining off about 3 gals. and maybe taking it somewhere to dump.

Based on past usage it might never get used but the buckets a handy size and might get used for other things.

Ron
Neat idea Ron ! Yes those litter containers are very useful even though we donít have any .... I would use for grey water myself . Pat
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