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Old 04-03-2011, 06:42 AM   #113
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Here's all the shuttle names from the TNG Star Trek series, I scooped from here: http://startrekman.webs.com/tngshuttlecrafts.htm

Argo
Campbell
Chaffee-Defiant
Cochrane
Copernicus
Cousteau
Curie
D'Alison
Dawkins
Delta Flyer
Delta Flyer II
Drake
El-Baz
Fermi
Feynman
Galileo
Goddard
Harris
Hawking
Hawking
Justman
Kotoi
Ley
Magellan
Onizuka7
Pike
Sacajawea
Sakharov
Tereshkova
Verne
Voltaire

Cassette Toilet? Maybe this will help: YouTube - Caravan Cassette Toilet
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Old 04-03-2011, 07:40 AM   #114
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Thanks for the video. Different strokes for different folks. Looks like a blue tote without wheels to me. I would much rather disconnect and drive to dump station if needed, than deal with carrying and dumping that tank by hand every few days.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:04 AM   #115
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CallDon, I hear you, I keep trying to figure out a way to fit a LaZBoy into my trailer also.
The Casita Freedom Deluxe has the two captains chairs. When removed, there might be enough room for a smaller recliner. You could push it against the wall for traveling and when you need to cook or use the kitchen. Then move it away from the wall so you could stretch out and watch TV. It would be great for one person...or two, if the other person sat at the dinette/bed in the back.

i still need to investigate and do some more measuring. The smaller footprint of the special RV recliners might work if you can get them through the door!

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Old 04-03-2011, 09:13 AM   #116
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Donna - the YouTube link was exactly right for clarifying the cassette toilet.

We rented a class C motorhome for three weeks in New Zealand a few years back. That rig had a cassette toilet exactly as pictured in the video. It was extremely easy to use and I think it is excellent technology. The tank is about as large as any small black tank installed in a conventional FGRV so you wouldn't have to empty it any more often. Having a cassette really increases the options of places to dump and it is so easy to give it a good cleaning after you get home. Since we often stay at Forest Service and Park Service campgrounds without hookups, the ability to haul the cassette to the dump station would be a real plus. We currently have a Thetford tote for that, but it takes up a lot of cargo space and using it requires dumping the same load twice.

I think the Lil Snoozy is a great-looking design and using the cassette is one more example of innovative thinking. I want one!
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:21 AM   #117
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2) Will the shape effect the tongue weight. Since it is shaped like a wing, will the air flow push up or down?
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The front shape looks like it could cause instability when towing at speed with half the airflow going over the top and half under the bottom. It the trailer was towed out of level with the hitch ball either higher or lower, that could significantly affect the weight on the hitch ball due to aerodynamics. The effect would become stronger as speed increases. Also, different sizes and shapes of tow vehicle may have an effect on the amount of air going over vs under the trailer. Hopefully they have done a lot of road testing at high speed to make sure there are no negative aerodynamic effects.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:31 AM   #118
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That's a great-looking camper! I wish you the best, and can't wait to hear more about it. The price seems too good to be true when compared with Scamp and Casita. The other thing that worries me is the tongue weight. They claim a low number... but we all know that other companies make claims about trailer weights that aren't realistic.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:39 AM   #119
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We currently have a Thetford tote for that, but it takes up a lot of cargo space and using it requires dumping the same load twice.
Wouldn't that be "dumping the same load" 3 times?
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:45 AM   #120
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Wouldn't that be "dumping the same load" 3 times?
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:38 AM   #121
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It's bad enough when we have to empty the blue "tote" which could be a hazard in it self getting it to the dump station.
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P.S. Riverside, Iowa is considering not having the Trek Fest this year.
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This tread is getting way off topic.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:58 AM   #124
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Donna,

Thanks for the Video. Now I know!


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Old 04-03-2011, 11:03 AM   #125
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Nose Shape

They have towed this prototype about 1000 miles and another one 5000 miles all over different roads, hills, highways and speeds with various vehicles and found no instability or affected handling. My Minvan being so low with further block airflow from going underneath. They also wanted to be sure the trailer didnt act like a wing (they are pilots and know all about lift) so they are satisfied the trailer is stable.

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The front shape looks like it could cause instability when towing at speed with half the airflow going over the top and half under the bottom. It the trailer was towed out of level with the hitch ball either higher or lower, that could significantly affect the weight on the hitch ball due to aerodynamics. The effect would become stronger as speed increases. Also, different sizes and shapes of tow vehicle may have an effect on the amount of air going over vs under the trailer. Hopefully they have done a lot of road testing at high speed to make sure there are no negative aerodynamic effects.
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They have towed this prototype about 1000 miles and another one 5000 miles all over different roads, hills, highways and speeds with various vehicles and found no instability or affected handling. My Minvan being so low with further block airflow from going underneath. They also wanted to be sure the trailer didnt act like a wing (they are pilots and know all about lift) so they are satisfied the trailer is stable.
It is good to hear that they were thinking about it and have done some testing. Lift could be created if the air pressure under the trailer is greater than the pressure above the trailer. The shape at the front could create a ram effect increasing the pressure under the trailer. If the air has to travel a longer path going over the top of the trailer than going under the trailer that could also create lift, the same way that it does with a wing. The angle that the front faces into the wind will have an effect on this. It would not be very difficult for the manufacturer to install a load cell on the hitch and measure the hitch load while driving at different speeds, tow angles and with different vehicles. Testing 1 or 2 prototype trailers without instrumentation would not rule out problems or cover all the situations that may occur if there are hundreds of these on the roads. That said, there is probably no other trailer design that has been tested that way, but most trailers have the aerodynamics of a brick.
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