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Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 03-29-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,771
Posted By PC Steve
Bob Curran, You may need to read the...

Bob Curran,

You may need to read the thread from the beginning. The trip is full for 2018. Pay attention in October 2018 for the 2019 trip, if Don offers.
Forum: General Chat 02-27-2017, 08:02 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 14,592
Posted By PC Steve
I have a yeti Roadie 20 and two Pelican 45s. They...

I have a yeti Roadie 20 and two Pelican 45s. They work as advertised if you keep the lid closed. They are incredibly heavy and I have sometimes used Igloo Extremes to avoid carrying them. ...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-09-2016, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,924
Posted By PC Steve
Take a look at your local Walmart or tractor...

Take a look at your local Walmart or tractor supply. They maintain an assortment. Once you've seen what's available, you will probably be comfortable buying one after you get the trailer. You...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 12-04-2016, 06:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,364
Posted By PC Steve
Good luck Bill. Your budget is at the low end for...

Good luck Bill. Your budget is at the low end for ready to roll units, but deals can be had. Competition is fierce on the forums. Figure out what what your willing to pay and set up some Craiglist...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-05-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,498
Posted By PC Steve
How much of your time will be devoted to towing...

How much of your time will be devoted to towing versus unhitched. Put pencil to paper and figure out how much you will actually save on gas based on how you will use the vehicle. If you are full...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-08-2016, 06:24 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 38,356
Posted By PC Steve
Restaurant name? Thanks!

Restaurant name? Thanks!
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 02-24-2016, 09:02 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,077
Posted By PC Steve
When I decided to get a new truck, I chose to...

When I decided to get a new truck, I chose to include a healthy margin of capacity. To me, that was a 4wd crew cab v8 Chevy. I don't off-road recreationally, too hard on the equipment. On the...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 01-10-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,923
Posted By PC Steve
Your vehicle is the "goldilocks" tow vehicle for...

Your vehicle is the "goldilocks" tow vehicle for a fiberglass trailer and you already own it. It may be the most popular tow vehicle for a 17 Casita. Many use a weight distributing hitch, but you...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 01-10-2016, 12:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,923
Posted By PC Steve
Welcome. I would point out that as you start to...

Welcome. I would point out that as you start to look you understand the weights of the various models in light of your intended tow vehicle. The Casita 17, a very popular model, requires a step up...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 01-06-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,297
Posted By PC Steve
www.pinellaspowerproducts.com for remote kits. No...

www.pinellaspowerproducts.com for remote kits. No pecuniary interest or personal experience.
Forum: General Chat 12-23-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,147
Posted By PC Steve
Don't assume "reality" shows have anything to do...

Don't assume "reality" shows have anything to do with reality.

The tiny houses on TV have little in common with the small home movement. Early on, the movement was about efficiency, design and...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 11-25-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,071
Posted By PC Steve
Since Jon encouraged me... The jacks are...

Since Jon encouraged me...
The jacks are another thing to store but I would point out the screw mechanism detatches (it will fall out)and the frames nest reducing the space impact. Also, don't pack...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 11-24-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,071
Posted By PC Steve
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-44560-Olympian-Aluminu...

http://www.amazon.com/Camco-44560-Olympian-Aluminum-Stack/dp/B000760FWU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448414538&sr=8-2&keywords=Camco+trailer+jacks

I use one of these under each front corner, tightened...
Forum: General Chat 10-28-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,215
Posted By PC Steve
While I am always looking to save money (and I...

While I am always looking to save money (and I bought a Pelican). The RTIC site is creepy. Visually identical in almost every way and they splash "YETI" over every page of their website. I'm...
Forum: General Chat 10-26-2015, 05:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,215
Posted By PC Steve
Regarding the coolers, I have a Yeti Roadie and a...

Regarding the coolers, I have a Yeti Roadie and a Pelican 45. They work great but they are expensive, bulky and very heavy. The 45 is unmanageable for me, normal 45s aren't a problem.

I would...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 08-31-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,920
Posted By PC Steve
If that is all the weight transfer needed, that's...

If that is all the weight transfer needed, that's why. It is a cheaper, simpler, lighter solution. You don't always need the biggest hammer...

Neither solution is inherently bad.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 08-28-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,920
Posted By PC Steve
Two things point to a shorter shank. The longer...

Two things point to a shorter shank. The longer shank providers more leverage for the trailer to act on the vehicle. A smaller tow vehicle would benefit from a shorter shank. Some folks drill a...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 08-04-2015, 04:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,274
Posted By PC Steve
My suggestion to rent was more general. Even a...

My suggestion to rent was more general. Even a class C, small motorhome would allow the to experience the RV lifestyle. It would expose them to the "hassle" of an RV and smaller living quarters...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 08-03-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,274
Posted By PC Steve
Christyn, I would suggest you try renting...

Christyn,

I would suggest you try renting first. Your vehicles are very marginal for towing. With several campers, you will have lots of gear, further overloading them. Trying out a rental will...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 07-20-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,117
Posted By PC Steve
Congratulations on your new rig! Of course the...

Congratulations on your new rig! Of course the real measure is cost per night. You better get busy.....

Regards, Steve
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-17-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,929
Posted By PC Steve
RedBarron, Please keep us updated on your...

RedBarron,

Please keep us updated on your excperience as you move forward. There are so many dimensions to towing, you can't experience them all yourself. I have always found the VW diesels...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-16-2015, 06:48 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,929
Posted By PC Steve
[QUOTE=honda03842;535105] We towed for 8...

[QUOTE=honda03842;535105]

We towed for 8 years all over North America with a Honda CRV rated for 1500 pounds in North America. We consciously decided to use the European rating for the CRV, over...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-15-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,929
Posted By PC Steve
I just lost my long response so if you don't want...

I just lost my long response so if you don't want a Tacome/4-runner/highlander v6 or their equivalent, you should step down to a 16 Casita. Then you could consider fwd minivans or SUVs.

There is...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 07-13-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,117
Posted By PC Steve
PM sent

PM sent
Forum: General Chat 07-10-2015, 06:50 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,509
Posted By PC Steve
While I am a happy/lucky buyer of a used 2005 17...

While I am a happy/lucky buyer of a used 2005 17 Casita LD, the longevity of these trailers contribute to these disappointments. A three year old trailer is used, a 10 or 20 year old trailer is a...
Forum: General Chat 07-07-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By PC Steve
I didn't think Norm could get any smarter.... ...

I didn't think Norm could get any smarter....

Well presented material without the pressure of a test is enjoyable. In the same vein, Bill Bryson does a good job on several books. I particularly...
Forum: General Chat 05-30-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 27,150
Posted By PC Steve
I'll try to translate, "The Escape 21 has a...

I'll try to translate,

"The Escape 21 has a four place dinette in addition the the bed. If you entertain, you might enjoy that floorplan. In an Oliver, you would have to convert the beds to a...
Forum: Fulltiming in a Molded Fiberglass Trailer 05-20-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 9,759
Posted By PC Steve
If the J2807 is all that great, how do all the...

If the J2807 is all that great, how do all the ratings come out to a nice round number? It seems that it is probably a minimum performance standard to address overstating capacity. It appears to...
Forum: General Chat 05-06-2015, 05:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,463
Posted By PC Steve
Back to Ron's load shifting comments... I...

Back to Ron's load shifting comments...

I would add that a significant portion of utility costs are invested in plant that is used to meet peak loads, coldest/warmest days of the year annually, or...
Forum: General Chat 03-09-2015, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,223
Posted By PC Steve
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting...

My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Mountainborn and Butcherknife in Tampa. Good folks, beautiful rig! I hope your trip was productive.
Forum: General Chat 03-07-2015, 06:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,733
Posted By PC Steve
Found it myself. From the original poster on...

Found it myself. From the original poster on the AS forum. "...Must be a V8 capable of towing the AS (possibly a larger model up to 6000lb)..."

Another 4runner question - Airstream Forums...
Forum: General Chat 03-07-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,733
Posted By PC Steve
Could you provide the link so we could understand...

Could you provide the link so we could understand the context? Andy often addresses Airstream which is useful but not the same. A Casita woild not be as demanding. Likewise, 4runners have been...
Forum: General Chat 03-07-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,733
Posted By PC Steve
I think 68dave and AandB illustrate a key point -...

I think 68dave and AandB illustrate a key point - there are many perfectly fine tow vehicles, just that some are better suited to a particular user. 68dave obviously likes 4Runners (along with a lot...
Forum: General Chat 02-20-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,841
Posted By PC Steve
That's a good report. I'm not currently in the...

That's a good report. I'm not currently in the market, but I wouldn't rule out any of the recent full size minivans. I'm just getting started myself and will be using a 94 f250 work truck that is...
Forum: General Chat 02-20-2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,841
Posted By PC Steve
The vintage of the minivans is important. Early...

The vintage of the minivans is important. Early overdrive transmission tended to be under engineered. Newer versions don't seem to be as problematic. Honda had their own problems back around 05. ...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 02-14-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,262
Posted By PC Steve
I would like to thank all the nice folks who took...

I would like to thank all the nice folks who took time today to share their knowledge and trailers with my wife and I (new Casita owners) and our friends who are considering moving from their popup...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 02-13-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 14,739
Posted By PC Steve
Thinking is cheap, it is doing the wrong thing...

Thinking is cheap, it is doing the wrong thing that is expensive.

Take your time and enjoy the process. Relocating is a big commitment. I'm impressed with the boondockers and their extended...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 02-03-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 14,739
Posted By PC Steve
Yeah, both of them... ...but they really...

Yeah, both of them...

...but they really foul up traffic because most Floridians have never changed lanes before.

(And I are one!)
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-02-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,456
Posted By PC Steve
A couple of comfort suggestions... For...

A couple of comfort suggestions...

For sleeping, I have used balaclavas (not baklava, the nuts hurt and the honey...) made of synthetic knit or fleece. Keeps the head, ears and neck toasty...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 02-01-2015, 07:07 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,262
Posted By PC Steve
PCSteve won't be able to use the spot. We'll see...

PCSteve won't be able to use the spot. We'll see you on Saturday.
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 01-31-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,262
Posted By PC Steve
Hi, We're newbies and will drop by on Saturday...

Hi, We're newbies and will drop by on Saturday (still working). We, along with another couple hope to visit with and see a few units. It would be great if the ribbons were still up for those open...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 01-30-2015, 09:03 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,483
Posted By PC Steve
If leather is really important, Katskinz is a...

If leather is really important, Katskinz is a well regarded aftermarket option used by dealers and independent upholstery shops. I'm sure you have plenty of money left over....

I hope your new...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 01-30-2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,483
Posted By PC Steve
"Beefy" indeed referred to tow ratings versus my...

"Beefy" indeed referred to tow ratings versus my 17 Casita, although it works for some.

Seat height is an important consideration as we become more infirmed. Right now a minivan would be my...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 01-29-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,483
Posted By PC Steve
I just bought a used 17 ft Casita and will pull...

I just bought a used 17 ft Casita and will pull it with a 94 f250 cause that is what I have and I have awhile before I retire and expand my range. Probably will replace toolbox with topper. ...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 01-29-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,483
Posted By PC Steve
Apologies for the HiJack (at least they are ...

Apologies for the HiJack (at least they are fiberglass). I'll end with this.

It is only three but you add one more on each side on the second level with longer 2X4s
...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 01-29-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,483
Posted By PC Steve
Not on the civic but maybe on the tacoma, I'll...

Not on the civic but maybe on the tacoma, I'll look. Basically two tandems on the bottom, then two 2x4s across the keels as a second crossbar. Tie 3 solo boats to the 2xs individually. Two belly...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 01-29-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 15,483
Posted By PC Steve
I find that to be more of a theoretical concern...

I find that to be more of a theoretical concern unless you rock crawl with your canoe on top (and I'm sure somebody does). I have never seen a boat damaged this way - limited rock crawling in...
Forum: Hobbies & Passions 01-17-2015, 07:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,627
Posted By PC Steve
Thanks so much for the ideas and encouragement! ...

Thanks so much for the ideas and encouragement! I'll research some of your suggestions.

Initially, we'll be doing short trips in order to get back to work on Monday but hope to extend our trips...
Forum: Hobbies & Passions 01-16-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,627
Posted By PC Steve
Sewing on the road...

New to the RV world but just bought a new-to-us Casita 17 LD. My wife is a quilter but usually takes hand work on vacations. Does anyone travel with a sewing machine (she has a featherweight)? Her...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 12-17-2014, 04:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,257
Posted By PC Steve
Nice idea! I had a small boat sailing phase...

Nice idea! I had a small boat sailing phase early-on, owned a sunfish and canoe camped the everglades in a sea-pearl 21.

The wife never warmed up to sleeping on the boats. I also had a small...
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