OREGON 2006: Discussion About Workshops - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-30-2005, 01:30 PM   #1
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So... what types of workshops would you like to see at the Gathering this year? If you give me ideas about what would be of interest, I will try to find people to lead those workshops.

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Old 12-30-2005, 02:46 PM   #2
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Nancy,

As the proud owner of the new-to-me 1994 17' Bigfoot, I now check the Bigfoot Owner's site a couple of times a day. I read where, at their last get together on the coast this past year, they had a guy there from Fred's RV that gave some workshops about Bigfoot trailers. You know, the important stuff like...how to winterize. Everyone was really pleased with the presentations. Now, being a newbie at all this, I'm thinking that all trailers and brands must have some common plumbing, electrical stuff, hitch choices, etc. Maybe the people from Fred's RV will come down for our Gathering?
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:16 PM   #3
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Good thoughts, Ron! I can surely check and see. Do you know in which town Fred's RV is located?

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Old 12-30-2005, 10:57 PM   #4
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Would anyone find a workshop on how to jack up trailer safely for changing tire or jacking up on jack stands for storage useful?
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:33 PM   #5
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Fred's RV World is located in Sandy, Oregon. It's a very large family-owned RV business. They are a major Bigfoot dealer in the Pacific NW. Very nice people. (503) 826-8888.
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Old 12-31-2005, 10:33 AM   #6
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Would anyone find a workshop on how to jack up trailer safely for changing tire or jacking up on jack stands for storage useful?
I'd attend that one.
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How about the best ways to transport bicycles?
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Old 12-31-2005, 03:33 PM   #8
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Old 12-31-2005, 04:31 PM   #9
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Don L. emailed me with this good suggestion:

How to hang new cabinets in a fiberglass trailer.
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:21 PM   #10
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I hope someone will take notes and pics for the rest of us too far away to attend...
Maybe this could be added to the Tutorials section.
Btw...Happy New Year from the Great White North...
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Old 01-01-2006, 12:23 PM   #11
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There's also Bigfoot Dealer here, in Coos Bay. It's a lot closer to Bandon, than Sandy, OR. is.

The name of it is GIBBS RV, located at 1845 NW OCEAN BLVD. (Phone is 541-888-3424) If the folks in Sandy can't make it, or can only stay long enough to do a couple of presentations. Someone could ask the people at Gibbs, since they have a "Mobile RV Doctor," ("old ambulance," it's kinda cute) maybe they can do some seminars too! They've always been very good to us.

I would ask them, but I'd feel uncomfortable, since I'm not even in charge of me!
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Old 01-01-2006, 03:08 PM   #12
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Not much help for your rally, but one of these days, thereís going to be another large sized rally nearby and Iím going to volunteer to do a tire seminar. Iíve seen the one the RV Safety Education Foundation gives (itís a good one but a little thin on light weight trailer applications) and while I canít offer to weigh the trailers like they do Iím ready to explain tire stuff.

Things to address would be:

Tow Vehicle Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
Tow Vehicle Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) (The manufactures assumes that the individual tire/wheel is good for half the GAWR which is significant when close to the limits since loads are rarely evenly divided left to right.)
Tow Vehicle Curb Weight
Tow Vehicle Payload
Maximum Trailer Weight
Trailer Dry Weight
Trailer Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR)
Tongue Weight

All these things relate to the load on the tires:

Provide rated load for any tires present at given pressures.
LT and ST (i.e. ST205/75R14C) tires come right from the chart
P-Metric tires (i.e. P205/75R14SL) tires divide the chart load by 1.1)
Maximum speed ratings
Friction (tire contact patches) and momentum
Tire maintenance

Extra credit, or something to consider is to host a brief discussion (any lawyers present?) with respect to liability arising from an accident, insurance consequences or a ticket while operating out of specification.

Everybody gets to do pretty much what they want, but some might want to know the industryís expectations before going out on their own.

Perhaps you have a RV trailer tire retailer that could help out. The above could provide a list of topics to cover.
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Old 01-07-2006, 11:09 AM   #13
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Being newbies, besides all the great suggestions above, we would like to see something on:
boondocking - like solar vs generators;
also camp cooking - like 'Nancy's how to DO cooking' - maybe pie irons, too (haven't tried them but they look interesting)?;
and riveting.

Thanks!

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Old 01-09-2006, 12:14 AM   #14
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Cheri would love it if someone put on a photography workshop. Maybe some hints on techniques and what to look for in setting up a shot; a group walk finding things to take pictures of as examples of using different techniques...

It would be awesome if Maxie Jarrell would participate. We won one of his incredible photographs of the lighthouse last year and we enjoy seeing it at every meal in our dining room. It brings back good memories of last year's gathering.

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