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Old 02-23-2007, 02:10 PM   #15
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I have seen photos of carrying racks being hooked to this and storage boxes being fasten to the racks. This my plan to get a carrying rack and a storage box to keep our generator and gas can in.
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While it appears to be an attractive option, I'd be really hesitant to mount anything back there but bicycles on a really REALLY light weight carrier. While it may appear "sturdy" it really was only designed to carry bikes on. Every pound you hang back there unloads a specific amount of tongue weight which can lead to really unstable towing and potential major sway issues. Five gallons of gas in a can weighs a little over 6 lbs/gallon at room temp. Five gallons plus the can, plus the weight of the box and hitch mount, plus a Honda EU2000 at 53 pounds will quickly run you up over 200 lbs of dead weight bobbing up and down past the rear of your trailer as you go over bumps. You may find that it could get really uncomfortable really quickly, as well as stress your frame in directions it was never designed to be stressed in.

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Old 02-23-2007, 04:25 PM   #16
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Roger H, I agree somewhat, it is the main reason we have not done this mod, but I would not use a 5 gal can, but a 2 1/2 gal, not a lot but a little lighter, and if one puts weight in back you would have to add counter weight to the front to balance it out somewhat. One would have to be careful with the amount placed on the back. Use a small box, maybe make a smaller carrier, etc.

I may try it this summer, just to see. I've added a little weight up from with a pair of BAL stablizer jacks to the tongue.

Another idea has been to add a place on tongue to hold the generator.

Someone did one at this web site:

http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/index.php...nerator+storage

I would want to have the storge raise up above the propane tanks. But do not think I'll try it.

I leaning toward the minnie rear carrier.

Photo of the BAL jacks we will use to stablize the side to side.

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Old 02-23-2007, 04:47 PM   #17
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Roger, I must agree with you about tongue weight. I notice my 16 tows better if the water tank is left empty until we reach our destination.
I made the mistake of towing a 16 ft boat behind mine for about 120 miles. It was 3 hours of white knuckle driving. Have since learned a bit more about loading and towing and added a sway bar. Will most likely do it again this year but will not be as unprepared as before.
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:52 PM   #18
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"The table is the main table out of the trailer, on a set of "Porta-legs"."

Frederick - Getting ready for our first trip What kind of porta-legs did you come up with? I, too, am trying not to look like Sherman's March to the Sea and still have what we need. Ilike the movable table top idea. I was thinking a folding stool would be helpful inside, small and work for a"low" table base. Thanks
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Old 02-23-2007, 09:35 PM   #19
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"The table is the main table out of the trailer, on a set of "Porta-legs"."

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What kind of porta-legs did you come up with?
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They came with the trailer when I bought it, but I've seen them available in [b]most RV supply stores, like <strike>Camping World</strike>.

on edit: I thought I saw them in the San Marcos, CA store, but I may have confused that store with one of the 6 competitors that Camping World has in San Diego county.
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:37 PM   #20
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Although most folks seem to prefer the foam mattress toppers, we use a fiberpad topper similar to down, but it is synthetic, and is very soft and comfy. It rolls up nicely to store in a large mesh bag which can easily be stored in the tow vehicle.

We also use a small aluminum folding table in front of the bunks along with a folding stool, all of which stows compactly in the closet. Both were inexpensive items from Wal-Mart.

We find the collapsible plastic 5 gal water containers to be useful. Also an inexpensive Wal-Mart item.

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Old 02-23-2007, 11:16 PM   #21
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in my 13, before I made the big bed a permanent entity, I would roll up the bedding towards the back wall and cover it with a throw, like a Burrito! (Burro.. get it? OK.. off to my room)

In a Burro or Uhaul, you could do this because there is a stupid rear seat that serves no other purpose but to annoy
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:02 PM   #22
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...In a Burro or Uhaul, you could do this because there is a stupid rear seat that serves no other purpose but to annoy
Gina, do you mean that the dinette is U-shaped, with the seat wrapping around the table and thus including a portion against the rear wall?

P.S. "Burrito"...
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:30 PM   #23
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They came with the trailer when I bought it, but I've seen them available in most RV supply stores, like Camping World.
Thanks, Frederick, I'll keep a look out. Heading out on our first trip next week,and I'm nervous as a cat!!
P.S. Just checked Camping World under porta-legs and googled porta-legs. You may have a rare old item there!! Rats!!
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Brian, yes.
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They're still available.
Porta Leggs on eBay
Another set of Porta Leggs on eBay
The reason you did not find any in a Google search is the spelling: The brand name is [b]Porta-Leggs
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Whew!

I dunno. So much stuff!

Maybe it would be better to just take a vacation.

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Roger H, I agree somewhat, it is the main reason we have not done this mod, but I would not use a 5 gal can, but a 2 1/2 gal, not a lot but a little lighter, and if one puts weight in back you would have to add counter weight to the front to balance it out somewhat. One would have to be careful with the amount placed on the back. Use a small box, maybe make a smaller carrier, etc.
Roger didn't go far enough; it isn't just balancing the weight on either end, it's also how much weight you have way out on the back end.

Illustration: Picture a barbell set with two 20lb weights in the *center* of the bar; pick it up, spin around and abruptly stop the spin. Now move the weights out to the ends of the bar, pick it up, spin around and stop again. In both cases, the bar was balanced, but in the second case with the weights out on the end, the spin is harder to control and stop.

That's what you do when you put weight as far from the axle as you can...

Even picking the bar up in both cases, you will likely have moved your hands and perhaps your feet.
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Well said, Pete. For the nerds, the weights-on-the-ends situation is a high polar moment of inertia, in case you have seen this term before.
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