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Old 09-11-2010, 01:11 AM   #1
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Things I learned on my first trip...

My wife, 3.5 month old son and I just went from Port Moody to Saskatoon and back for a family reunion. We were pulling our new-to-us '74 Trillium 1300 with a '97 Subaru Outback Sport (Impreza). I thought I'd share some of the things we learned along the way as well as some things that we planned and worked out well for us:

1. Bring a looooong, heavy gauge extension cord. RV sites have the receptacles all over the place. We ended up getting a 50' 12 AWG cord from CT a few days into our trip.

2. Similar to #1, bring two 25' drinking water hoses.

3. A 15A-to-30A plug adapter is handy if you get to a campground that doesn't have any 15A sites left over.

4. An Ikea Skubb hanging shoe organizer makes a great storage cubby for the closet without sacrificing the ability to hang a couple jackets in there.

5. You can make a surprisingly good city water faucet from a brass sill faucet and a few extra plumbing adapters/bits.

6. Don't be shocked if the inside of your trailer is all dusty after 36 kms on a grid road.

7. If the wind is blowing against you, your fuel economy can drop dramatically (got ~150 km less than expected on one tank). This is especially important if your gas gauge is broken and you rely on your odo to judge your gas stops.

Happy travels,

Chris P.
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Old 09-11-2010, 08:46 AM   #2
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Great tips!
I too tow a 1975 Trillium 1300 with a Subaru Legacy GT Wagon (2.5T). I've only done a few trips with it around the lower mainland.
How did you find your trailer and Subie combo in the mountians?
Do you have trailer brakes?
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Old 09-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #3
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The Skubb looks interesting. I see a 9-compartment organizer and a 5-compartment one (similar height; fewer compartments, but nearly twice as wide).

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I know this is subjective, but how "bendy" are the shelves? That has been my reason for not getting things like this in the past. I mean, I know it's not going to be totally rigid like a plywood shelf, but given that, are they more sturdy or more bendy?

If I'm reading it right, the "walls" are fabric and the "shelves" are harder plastic?

How did you attach/suspend it in the closet space?

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Old 09-11-2010, 01:22 PM   #4
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Hi all - aren't those "Skubb" organizers great? Mine was too long, so I used butterfly clips on each side to cinch up the bottom compartment; and, a friend who is a wood worker made a sturdy wooden hanger that I put the velcro fasteners around, and it hangs just fine. Sometimes have to put a long coat in the front of the organizer, so stuff doesn't fall out as I drive, but other than that it's just perfect!!
We do learn how to improvise, don't we
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:19 PM   #5
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Hi Chris, why not LEARN MORE about our Glass Eggs and come out next weekend to The Fort Campground in Fort Langley??? Sept 17/19th.
Reserve through the Fort and tell them you are with the Glass Egg group (to get set up amung us?) You could always just come Saturday for the day IF you can't get the weekend off!!
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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I know this is subjective, but how "bendy" are the shelves? That has been my reason for not getting things like this in the past. I mean, I know it's not going to be totally rigid like a plywood shelf, but given that, are they more sturdy or more bendy?

If I'm reading it right, the "walls" are fabric and the "shelves" are harder plastic?

How did you attach/suspend it in the closet space?

Thanks,
Raya
Our closet has a rod for hangers in it (isn't that the norm??) so we just put it on the closet rod like you would in your home. As for the shelves, they were sturdy enough to hold things like a baby wipes container but bendy enough that we could get some things to fit you would think would be too big. We used it for our toilet bags, baby change stuff, toaster, enamel hot water kettle, travel mugs...

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Thanks, Chris. I appreciate the additional info.

(I don't know about all campers, but Bolers have the closet rod running parallel to the axle.)
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(I don't know about all campers, but Bolers have the closet rod running parallel to the axle.)


I am lost with that statement, but that doesn't mean anything ! Anyway, Raya as long as the rod isn't vertical, you should be ok!


I too have a similar closet hangy thing........... I love it! I use it more when we are camping versus traveling. When traveling I tend to hang more stuff. But these can be taken out easily enough. When camping we tend to have more folded clothes so its great to have the shelves. Mine are pretty strudy, press board-ish stuff that is covered with fabric. Hope this info helps Raya
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Thanks, Chris. I appreciate the additional info.

(I don't know about all campers, but Bolers have the closet rod running parallel to the axle.)
Ahhh, our closet rod runs perpendicular to the axel, parallel with the door...imagine that.

I just had another look at it to be sure I was correct about the 'stiffness' and the top and bottom of the unit are fabric filled with a stiff material that covers the entire top/bottom shelf area and the intermediate shelves are just the fabric with about at 1/2" of stiffening material sewn in at the front and back of the shelf which makes them hold their shape quite well.

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Sorry Robin. Okay, you know how in a house, you open the closet door and the closet rod runs from right to left?

In the Boler it is attached to the front wall of the closet (where the closet door is) and runs to the outside wall of the camper.

Now that is one thing I do not have a photo of.

Okay, found one. (It's from "Sunny," which I think belongs - or belonged to someone from FGRV - hope you don't mind that I used this photo from the web).

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I guess it was mounted this way because the closet is wider than it is deep; if it went the other way it would have to be lower down or else just rub the shoulders of your coats right through as you drove.

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Great tips!
I too tow a 1975 Trillium 1300 with a Subaru Legacy GT Wagon (2.5T). I've only done a few trips with it around the lower mainland.
How did you find your trailer and Subie combo in the mountians?
Do you have trailer brakes?
Cheers!
Emily
Hi Emily,

We were fine in the mountains. We travelled the Coq, 97-C and #1 on the way east and came back via #3 (highest paved pass in BC). We kept our distance and kept to the right on the uphill bits. Our impreza only has a 2.2L engine (137 HP) so your Legacy should be better. Our car has 280000 kms on it too so I'm sure 137 HP is optimistic to say the least. We were mindful about packing light though as the towing capacity of the Scoob is only 1500 lbs. Also, I should note that our car has a manual transmission.

No brakes on the trailer but we will likely make that upgrade to ease wear on the car brakes and add some extra margin of safety in situations where we need to make an emergency stop.

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Sorry Robin. Okay, you know how in a house, you open the closet door and the closet rod runs from right to left?

In the Boler it is attached to the front wall of the closet (where the closet door is) and runs to the outside wall of the camper.

Now that is one thing I do not have a photo of.

Raya

I kinda thought I knew what you were saying, but now I am thinking I am really lost, you say that the rod runs to the outside wall of the camper. Mine does too? Oh good gawd it doesn't matter . (of course I would make it harder) LOL............ Anyway as I said as long as it isn't vertical you are good to go..............


Mine does have a press board type of shelve bottoms, each shelve. So very sturdy. If I remember correctly I got mine at Marshalls/Ross? I know there was another discussion about them at one time. Someone had used instead of building a permanent shelving. Because like me they need the versatility of these.
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Well a picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks for the clarity Raya! Dang that rod is short.

Hmmmm, I not sure if the one I have would fit on it. I think our closet is deeper, so even if the rod was positioned like that it would fit. I will try and remember to run out and measure mine, so it will give you an idea if it would work for you.


Have some errands to run, but when I get back I will let you know.....
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Hi Robin,

No need to measure -- I know an organizer like that on the Boler rod would not work without some kind of modding. That's because the openings would face the side of the closet in stock position. I know there are other ways to mount it, so that's why I asked Chris; because I like to see the clever things other people come up with.

I actually have hard shelves in my closet now -- just quickies I put in there to test how I like having shelves vs. not.

Thanks though

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