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Old 04-16-2011, 11:17 AM   #57
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Thank you all!

Laura and Rick - Thanks! Very kind of you to offer - if only you weren't quite so far away! I went to that website and it doesn't mention wiring, but I called Toyota and found out there is a wire under the dash.

Joe Z., Carol H., and Thomas E. - Thanks! I've purchased the wiring kit from etrailer - what fabulous people and will have my mechanic install it. I agree, I was appalled at what the RV place wanted for it. So now the question becomes, who do I have service the trailer (they're the only one in town)?

Francesca - Thanks! Yes, he's the one who services our cars. We have been pleased with their honesty and service and have used them for 10 years, which is why, of course, I went there in the first place. I agree with you - I know him, trust him, and will go there. I really only went to the RV place on a whim.

I'll keep "plugging" away. One of these days we'll have a brake controller and 7 pin round installed and actually be able to move "Tranquila" from her parking spot!

thanks again - you all have been most helpful!
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:50 AM   #58
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Quote: "So now the question becomes, who do I have service the trailer (they're the only one in town)? "

The nice thing about these small trailers is they normally dont need a lot of service and what service they do need many have learned to do it themselves. Most things that go wrong do not take a great deal of skill to fix. Just ask here and a number of folks will normally step forward with words of wisdom as to how to fix. The trailers manual will tell you what all needs to be done to it each year but for most the only yearly service besides cleaning and putting away properly for winter that the trailer needs is the greasing of the wheels and checking of the brakes and tires. I lot of folks have learned to do that themselves as well. But Im not one of them! :-) Check around with other RV owners in the area you may find they use a place hidden away - we do not have any RV places per say in my area either - most are about an hours drive away. But there is a small shop that is not listed in the Yellow Pages that does RV work. If you have a big job that needs doing it is also worth checking around for another place within an hour or two drive - drop it and come back for it later.
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:10 PM   #59
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Well said, Carol!
The only thing I'd add is that it's easier if you think of various components as their separate selves. For example, if your fridge needs repair, take it to a fridge guy, etc.
There's almost nothing on your trailer that's so specialized that you need an RV outfit to service it.

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Old 04-16-2011, 12:50 PM   #60
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Thank you all!
Joe Z., I agree, I was appalled at what the RV place wanted for it. So now the question becomes, who do I have service the trailer (they're the only one in town)?

Jane
Jane..... You should be able to still use the same RV place. I called my friend who owns and RV repair shop and he told me that he would rather work on an RV than go thru wiring up a brake controller on a tow vehicle without the plug and play option so he just prices it high so hopefully they will go somewhere else with that type of work.... but his camper repair prices are still very reasonable as i know him well and this is probably the situation at your RV place.... I'm sure others will chime in with "that's unfair" but when you have lots of work you tend to get rid of the jobs you don't want or make it very profitable.
I used to fabricate boat tops and that's what i did for certain jobs i didn't want.
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:28 PM   #61
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Thanks again! I really just want to have a sort of once over to make sure all is okay. Wheel bearings? Brakes? Anode need replacing? Etc.
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:36 PM   #62
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Thanks again to everyone who posted! Our TV is now "hooked up" with appropriate wiring and a P3 brake controller. Our mechanic was great and had it done in no time. We took the set up out last weekend - minor problems with the weight distribution bars - the paperwork says to have 6 links between the connection point and the base, but that is too loose so I'll check to see if the 6 links can include the one used to link the bar and the hitch. And I need to fine tune the brake controller, but otherwise, we're set!! Thanks again!
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Glad it all worked out for you
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:41 PM   #64
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Thanks, Joe. We're very excited for our first real outing.
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This little glass egg brings us much enjoyment with such ease of use....... Wishing you the best of times.
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Let the fun begin!

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Old 05-07-2011, 10:35 AM   #67
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Yes, much fun planned! A night locally at the end of this month, a weekend in June, 2 weeks in July (including the Brandon Beach gathering), Thanksgiving at El Capitan State Beach, and who knows what during my winter break - I can't wait! I hope to meet you along the way!
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We'll keep our eyes peeled for a Toyota Tundra with a 17' Casita and a First Class FGRV Group-Designed Tug-to-Trailer Hookup System!

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We'll keep our eyes peeled for a Toyota Tundra with a 17' Casita and a First Class FGRV Group-Designed Tug-to-Trailer Hookup System!

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Thanks again to everyone who posted! Our TV is now "hooked up" with appropriate wiring and a P3 brake controller. Our mechanic was great and had it done in no time. We took the set up out last weekend - minor problems with the weight distribution bars - the paperwork says to have 6 links between the connection point and the base, but that is too loose so I'll check to see if the 6 links can include the one used to link the bar and the hitch. And I need to fine tune the brake controller, but otherwise, we're set!! Thanks again!
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I'm kind of surprised to hear you're using a weight distribution hitch for your Tundra. My truck barely drops an inch when hooked up to the trailer, and the rear end is still higher than the front. You can try hooking up the trailer without it, if your truck is level or higher in the back, you likely don't need weight distribution and can keep things simpler.
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