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Old 01-22-2017, 04:55 PM   #57
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It may be a FG trailer but it ain't no bargain !.
IMHO , they will either have to lower their price or they will go out of business. There are too many good FG alternatives to compete at that price point
I agree with Sandy54, with the new ownership it doesn't seem they are interested competing with the good alternatives anymore. Double hull and insulation, it will be interesting to see how the good the quality is and what it might do to the high end market.

It does seem competitively priced versus a 16' Bambi.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:41 PM   #58
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parkliner price

i talked to Parkliner in nov and they told me they had plans to build a new 20 ft and the price would be around $35. I
told them thst was too pricy for me . they seem to compare their trailer to an oliver which to me is over priced and too heavy. Maybe that eas the new 20ft you saw. Thrir website shos the 15ft pricef around low 20s
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:20 PM   #59
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i talked to Parkliner in nov and they told me they had plans to build a new 20 ft and the price would be around $35. I
told them thst was too pricy for me . they seem to compare their trailer to an oliver which to me is over priced and too heavy. Maybe that eas the new 20ft you saw. Thrir website shos the 15ft pricef around low 20s
It looks like their most recent updates are to their Facebook page. I don't do FB but you can see their recent stuff. Pricing would only be from whomever was at the Tampa show.

https://www.facebook.com/ParkLiner
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Old 01-22-2017, 08:20 PM   #60
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I just came up on this post and did not read through the whole thread. Is this the new 16? They announced on Facebook they had this new larger model.

I'll do my best to read through this tomorrow at work. Too darn busy on the weekends! ;>}

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Old 01-22-2017, 11:04 PM   #61
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From the few photos posted on this thread, it looks like they really opened up the wheel wells on the new model where a tire-rubbing problem (after changing axle manufacturers) nearly doomed their initial efforts. I assume they also either vented the battery or placed it outside the cabin on this new model - another problem some owners of the first model encountered. As for competing with the Oliver, there better be some serious interior quality upgrades, as well. Interiors of the Oliver's I've seen were super classy - lots of nice detail.
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:42 AM   #62
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They hashed the wheel well and battery issues a long time ago. I've never had an issue with my 2014 model. Thinking seriously of upgrading to the new model!


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Old 01-23-2017, 07:53 AM   #63
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Okay, read through the whole thread. Yes, tall people fit fine in my Parkliner. My tallest son is maybe 6'3", no problem.

I will not tow the Parkliner with Gail's 2 liter ecoboost Escape anymore, even with the 3500# tow limit. It is my belief the frontal area of the trailer exceeds what Ford figured the Escape would be towing. Even still, we have a 6 X 12 utility trailer and when it's loaded (3000# capacity) we still can feel the Escape working hard to tow it.

I can't afford a new truck on the terms I want for probably another year. So no RV'ing for us this year. We have two vacations planned in 2017, one flying out west in July to spend a couple weeks in WY to see old friends, and a Labor Day weekend family wedding at a resort up in Maine. Funny thing is I get 4 weeks of vacation a year now, and don't have a tug for my egg...

We do expect to tow it to the rally we're holding at my brother and sister-in-laws place in August.

I need to fix my signature, the F150 died a while ago, and is gone.

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Old 01-23-2017, 08:26 AM   #64
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Sorry to hear of your tug problems Frank. That must be frustrating, but I look forward to seeing you at the rally.

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Old 01-23-2017, 08:37 AM   #65
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Frank,

Just curious .....

Do you use the "Sport" mode transmission setting (to keep the engine in 5th gear and RPMs up in the 2250 range) for towing with your 2.0L Ecoboost?

Max torque on that engine happens at 3000 rpm but, we've found that 2250 rpm is usually good enough for towing in less than perfectly flat, low-wind conditions.

On our new (2016) Ford F-150 XLT 2.7L Ecoboost, I have sometimes used the PRS feature ("Drive" and the "-" minus button on the shifter) to lock out the 6th gear and automatically tow in only gears 1 to 5.

You may be doing that already but, just in case ..... sharing my own experience.

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Old 01-23-2017, 08:48 AM   #66
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Frank,

Just curious .....

Do you use the "Sport" mode transmission setting (to keep the engine in 5th gear and RPMs up in the 2250 range) for towing with your 2.0L Ecoboost?

Max torque on that engine happens at 3000 rpm but, we've found that 2250 rpm is usually good enough for towing in less than perfectly flat, low-wind conditions.

On our new (2016) Ford F-150 XLT 2.7L Ecoboost, I have sometimes used the PRS feature ("Drive" and the "-" minus button on the shifter) to lock out the 6th gear and automatically tow in only gears 1 to 5.

You may be doing that already but, just in case ..... sharing my own experience.

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Hmmm, good question Ray, I will have to look into that. I think we still have an exceedingly large frontal area though. My old F150 had a tow rating of 5400#s, but was tall. You couldn't tell you were even towing anything when pulling the Parkliner. I sure wish that truck hadn't eaten a plug.

One other thing - we have lost AC twice towing the egg in hot weather. It doesn't turn off, it just quits working. I really think this Escape just can't handle frontal area, and is challenged by 3500#s!

We'll have a "new-to-us" truck probably in a year. I'm looking for a 3/4 ton 4 door truck of about any make that's a few years old. Planets have to align...

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Old 01-23-2017, 09:19 AM   #67
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Frank -

OK. Good luck on your future purchase!

As you probably know, "frontal area" is a speed sensitive rating.

In calm winds, the torque/hp to overcome wind resistance goes up in proportion to the square of your speed. At 30 mph, frontal area is hardly any factor at all; at 65-70 mph, frontal area becomes a serious concern.

Similarly, if you are driving into a 15-20 mph headwind, that headwind mph gets added to your ground speed mph and frontal area quickly becomes a real issue.

IIRC, when Norm was pulling a 16ft trailer with his older Honda CRV, he often drove at only 55mph and reportedly did just fine.

Of course, trailer weight and aerodynamic shape(s) are also factors in towing.

On a recent round trip out to South Carolina (towing our Scamp13), our new (not yet broken in) 2016 Ford F-150 2.7L Ecoboost 4x2 averaged about 22.5 mpg at ~60 mph. In the heart of the Smoky Mountains, the worst mpg we got was 20.5.

Without the trailer, pure highway mileage has been around 28.0 at 60 mph
and drops to about 26 mpg at 65-70 mph. (We do have the 4x2 with a 3.31 E-locking axle, 20" wheels, and a Bakflip tonneau cover.)

We still have less than 4,000 miles on the new F-150, but those have been our results so far. I suppose that those results may change and, of course, YMMV!

Best of luck to you!

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We also saw the new parkliner at the Tampa show yesterday. The interior is indeed all fiberglass, shiny and white. mirrored door on the bath and closet. Roofmounted ac. A nice storage compartment in the bath, all fg. Maple cabinet doors with exposed hinges.

The salesman we spoke with said the demo was a prototype, and he wasn't very familiar with it. (He was from the t@b section of the little guy displays).
Insulation is two layers of reflection. Said it weighed 2200 pounds, but no sticker to show that.
One 20 lb tank and battery on the tongue. Max air fan. Couldn't see much else as 3 guys inside occupied the back discussing the beautiful eriba puck lookalikes on the other side of the fairgrounds...
Ushaped back dinette, curbside kitchen, small side dinette.
I snapped a few photos of the interior, which I'll post if I can.
Seemed bigger than 15 ft, but definitely not 20. Queen size dinette conversion bed, according to the rep...
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:21 PM   #69
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As I didn't ask the guys for permission, I covered their faces in the photo. Hope it's not too distracting.
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:24 PM   #70
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Hi Frank, I was telling John that I don't feel that my Town and Country is quite enough vehicle to tow the trailer when I have it full of my stuff. I don't ever travel with water because the only time I did I felt that there was some shifting from side to side. I am trying to figure out a tow vehicle that I can have all my dogs in plus pull the trailer that I can afford. Not an easy thing.
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