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Old 07-07-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Hey all you Parkliner folks!

We'll be contacting Parkliner with these same questions but thought we'd ask here too, as it's Sunday and we're thinking about this stuff now...

1.) What kind of plug comes on the Parkliner, the one that comes from the trailer to the tow vehicle? We have a 7-pin receiver and are hoping this will work. Here's a picture:

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2.) What kind of hoses and tools will we need for emptying the black water tank at a waste dumping station? Our tent trailer didn't have a toilet so this is new for us. Any suggestions and recommendations for tools you wouldn't be without for this task would be greatly appreciated. We have our kit of wheel chalks, basic tools, and bungies, etc., but we know there are more for this "new" set-up.

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Old 07-07-2013, 03:05 PM   #2
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Hi Katie, the ParkLiner comes standard with the 7 pin connector because it has brakes.

For hoses and stuff there are more knowledgeable people here then me. It comes with a real short hose. I would suggest a longer one with the fitting that would go into the pumpout hole...and rubber gloves. I have a porta potty and can dump that in a toilet. My grey water tank isnt the big deal because its mostly food particles and soap going in there.

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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Thanks Deryk! Very helpful!!!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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Hi Katie,

Yes on what deryk said : ) and on the tank dump...?

If you have the macerating toilet all you need is to hook a standard garden hose up to the stock 4" to 3/4" adapter that should have already been mounted on the tank outlet. The macerating toilet does just what the name implies, and by the time the _stuff_ from toilet reaches the holding tank it is liquefied. So you only need a standard garden hose from Parkliner's holding tank to your dump site/inlet. I purchased the inlet adapters from my local RV shop and carry them in a bag inside the curbside seat storage with a coiled up garden hose.

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Old 07-25-2013, 10:46 PM   #5
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Thanks yet again Deryk and Thom for your great advice. I think you two should write a Parkliner newbie owner's manuel. I need one!
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Thanks yet again Deryk and Thom for your great advice. I think you two should write a Parkliner newbie owner's manuel. I need one!
heh...Thanks, Im sure your going to be very happy with your ParkLiner. I just came back from a 540 mile trip. Towed great as always... till I got into jersey and hit the rain and winds, had to drop down under 70mph lol
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:21 PM   #7
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DJO,

Have you gotten your Parkliner yet? If so, have you noticed any tire rubbing marks on the fiberglass inside either wheel well? There appears to have been an issue with this on some trailers made back in April/May, and several of us are wondering if that has all been resolved with the newer models. Any insight would be appreciated.

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Old 08-19-2013, 10:38 PM   #8
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Yes we did get our Parkliner about 6 weeks ago. When Roger delivered it there was a small bit of rub on the right well, at the bottom front. I think it made contact as the camper was backed up the curb. I noticed it again after another "backing bump".
We will keep an eye on it but may ask a friend to work the fiberglass and give us some more clearance.
We really enjoy the layout and the great fiberglass work inside the camper. I can't imagine having another brand. Hopefully the tire issue is a minor one.
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So, would one want to avoid towing on washboard, forestry roads, and be restricted to pavement, to prevent damage?
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DJO,

I'm glad you got your ParkLiner (in early July?) and are enjoying it with no wheel well rub problem to speak of. I hope that means ParkLiner has worked through the problem, but do keep an eye on the wheel wells just in case.

Just as a production reference point, would you mind sharing the production number (serial number) of your camper if you know it? Somewhere between #040 and #050? Just curious....

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So, would one want to avoid towing on washboard, forestry roads, and be restricted to pavement, to prevent damage?
It sounds as if with the current configuration, towing should be restricted to smooth pavement.

The solution to this rub issue mess with the Parkliner is not to play around with tire sizes, which may give minimal short-term improvements in clearance (what happens in 10yrs when the rubber in the torsion axle has deteriorated?). If I was a purchaser of a new Parkliner, I would insist on the manufacturer dropping the axle by about 2" to 4" before I purchased.
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If I was a purchaser of a new Parkliner, I would insist on the manufacturer dropping the axle by about 2" to 4" before I purchased.
I understand this logic, but the manufacturer went to some lengths to make the trailer ride as low as possible. Jacking it up means keeping all of the sacrifices for low height, with none of the benefit. The real fix appears to be in the fiberglass - the tire simply needs more room, or to be placed correctly in the available room.
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I understand this logic, but the manufacturer went to some lengths to make the trailer ride as low as possible. Jacking it up means keeping all of the sacrifices for low height, with none of the benefit. The real fix appears to be in the fiberglass - the tire simply needs more room, or to be placed correctly in the available room.
Brian, I guess I have never really considered low height to be a significant benefit to me, other than possibly being able to store the trailer within a shorter garage (and possibly a slightly smaller profile to catch wind while towing). My personal preference is to have adequate ground clearance and to be able to tow my travel trailer over rougher terrain without worrying about dragging the bottom on every obstacle or rubbing the tires inside the wheel wells as I travel over a bump, therefore my suggestion to raise the Parkliner by dropping the axle. I agree with you that it would also make sense for the Parkliner folks to enlarge the wheel wells to give adequate clearance for the tires. I would consider the use of smaller tires to solve the current problem as a band-aid solution at best, and probably only temporary.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:49 PM   #14
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Chandler told me that our camper was one of the 40+ campers made. The sticker says June 2013 as it's manufacured date. It does seem that we are limited to smoother roads. I've wondered what it'd be like to raise the thing up and have some nice 15 inch tires under it so we could travel on dirt roads with confidence.
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