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Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-06-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Steve Carlson
And so it begins... :yep

And so it begins... :yep
Forum: Referrals: Molded Fiberglass Trailers 03-11-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By Steve Carlson
Hmmm, cheap price, but I wonder what the inside...

Hmmm, cheap price, but I wonder what the inside looks like. Sale pending anyway.

I sold mine for a lot more than that but it was in pretty good condition.
Forum: General Chat 03-10-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,409
Posted By Steve Carlson
I am driving a company vehicle today, a 5 year...

I am driving a company vehicle today, a 5 year old Ford Escape with only 55K miles. I was dismayed to note that the bottom door seams are starting to rust. And it sounds like a rear wheel bearing is...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 02-26-2021, 02:28 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,367
Posted By Steve Carlson
I make annual trips from Minnesota to Moab UT. I...

I make annual trips from Minnesota to Moab UT. I have done this for 20 year with 4 different vehicles from two different brands, and I have always gotten the best mileage of the trip in the Denver -...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 02-12-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,132
Posted By Steve Carlson
Are they still requiring a 75% down payment? That...

Are they still requiring a 75% down payment? That would be a no-go for me, right out of the gate.
Forum: Hi, I am.... 02-09-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,367
Posted By Steve Carlson
There is a reason so many companies these days...

There is a reason so many companies these days choose a nonsense word for their name, so nobody can argue with it.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-09-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,926
Posted By Steve Carlson
More like 2 and a half, but only if you are using...

More like 2 and a half, but only if you are using the 50% limit. You can certainly go down below 50% discharge at the cost of reduced battery longevity, but the difference is not as much as people...
Forum: General Chat 02-05-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 9,950
Posted By Steve Carlson
A 2200 watt should run most any one thing except...

A 2200 watt should run most any one thing except possibly an air conditioner, as long as you don't try to run a hair dryer and microwave at the same time.

Having said that, I would prefer a good...
Forum: General Chat 02-05-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 9,950
Posted By Steve Carlson
Is there a functional difference between the...

Is there a functional difference between the standard fiberglass and aluminized fiberglass options, or is it just for aesthetics?
Forum: General Chat 02-05-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,122
Posted By Steve Carlson
I don't play, but I love to watch and listen. I'm...

I don't play, but I love to watch and listen. I'm going to check some of these out.
Forum: General Chat 02-05-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 9,950
Posted By Steve Carlson
I don't think the Cortes metaphor is in very good...

I don't think the Cortes metaphor is in very good taste (and yes I get the Columbus reference, good one), but I will judge the camper on it's own merits. If you build a better mousetrap, that is a...
Forum: General Chat 02-05-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 9,950
Posted By Steve Carlson
I don't know about deceptive, but there is a...

I don't know about deceptive, but there is a reason Neil Young wrote a song called Cortez the Killer.
Forum: General Chat 02-03-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 9,950
Posted By Steve Carlson
Yeah, I have an Escape now which I like very...

Yeah, I have an Escape now which I like very much, but the Escape website bugs me a bit when it says "The trailers are manufactured with a 100% molded fiberglass body eliminating any risk of...
Forum: General Chat 02-03-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,389
Posted By Steve Carlson
We've got the same $800 Casita ad here in...

We've got the same $800 Casita ad here in Minnesota. Pic looks kinda funny seeing as it is February and everything around here is covered in snow... you'd think a "dealer" would take a current...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 01-28-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,975
Posted By Steve Carlson
That's a lot of power-hungry stuff, the AC, dryer...

That's a lot of power-hungry stuff, the AC, dryer and vacuum too. You will be hard pressed to carry enough battery to run even one of those at a time for very long much less all day. Lithium...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 01-22-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,094
Posted By Steve Carlson
Welcome from another Minnesotan. Too bad you...

Welcome from another Minnesotan.

Too bad you don't have a warm or semi-warm garage space to work on the camper in the depths of winter...camping season is short up here!
Forum: General Chat 01-20-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,332
Posted By Steve Carlson
Many years ago, in the late 70s I think, our...

Many years ago, in the late 70s I think, our family took one of our many long "Vacation" style trips, this one to the northwest in our pop-top camper van. Banff, Jasper etc. The plan was to drive on...
Forum: General Chat 12-24-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 424
Posted By Steve Carlson
The snow is beautiful and just in time for...

The snow is beautiful and just in time for Christmas... but I went for a walk with the dog at lunchtime and that wind is COLD! Only went about half as far as usual.
Forum: General Chat 12-22-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,119
Posted By Steve Carlson
I guess teardrop trailers are nothing new, huh?

I guess teardrop trailers are nothing new, huh?
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-14-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,005
Posted By Steve Carlson
A lot of guys are picking up used GXs for...

A lot of guys are picking up used GXs for off-road use since used 4Runners are so expensive, and the more attractive drivetrain. But yeah, they don't have that rugged aesthetic, at least not until...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 12-14-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,422
Posted By Steve Carlson
There are three or four different grades of...

There are three or four different grades of Classic Accessories covers. I had the cheapest one, the PolyPro, on my previous camper. It was just okay, and I had it 2 years so cannot comment on it's...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-14-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,005
Posted By Steve Carlson
Have you considered a Lexus GX-460? Same general...

Have you considered a Lexus GX-460? Same general size and frame and Toyota build quality but with a V8 and 6-speed transmission... and of course more bells and whistles.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-09-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,292
Posted By Steve Carlson
I downshift my FJ Cruiser (same drivetrain as a...

I downshift my FJ Cruiser (same drivetrain as a 4Runner) on downgrades all the time when towing my camper. Especially if you downshift before you get going too fast, it really helps save your brakes...
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade 12-04-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,279
Posted By Steve Carlson
Cool! About the biggest bed in the smallest...

Cool! About the biggest bed in the smallest camper possible.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-23-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,609
Posted By Steve Carlson
For any interested I reached out to the...

For any interested I reached out to the manufacturer, and they responded that they do not make a North American spec version.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 11-23-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 765
Posted By Steve Carlson
Best of luck with the venture Josh, thanks for...

Best of luck with the venture Josh, thanks for chiming in.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-20-2020, 08:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,609
Posted By Steve Carlson
Yeah, it's not big enough for a large camper, but...

Yeah, it's not big enough for a large camper, but would work for my Escape 15A I would think. And it wouldn't be in the way like a floor standing portable would.

I assume it is set up for Euro...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-19-2020, 10:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,609
Posted By Steve Carlson
Is there anything like the Arctus Nordic Caravan...

Is there anything like the Arctus Nordic Caravan AC available in the US?

https://www.albionnordic.com/products/aircondition/arctus-nordic-caravan-ac/

I haven't been able to find anything so far.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 10-21-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 765
Posted By Steve Carlson
Up until recently I owned a Lite House Trailer...

Up until recently I owned a Lite House Trailer for Two, which is sort of the predecessor to the Little Joe, but didn't have much luck finding an owners group for either one. I think the volume of...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 10-07-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,457
Posted By Steve Carlson
I swear some of you guys are hauling lead bricks...

I swear some of you guys are hauling lead bricks around in your camper... I can't imagine adding more than a couple hundred pounds to the trailer with mostly clothes and bedding (I don't haul water...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-24-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By Steve Carlson
The carpet offers a little insulation and mainly...

The carpet offers a little insulation and mainly serves to prevent condensation on the walls in cool/cold weather. I would want it there.
Forum: Hi, I am.... 09-24-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 241
Posted By Steve Carlson
Unless your husband sleeps in the fetal position,...

Unless your husband sleeps in the fetal position, or you sleep on the small bunk, I can't see how that would work. I am 6'3" and had to sleep diagonal on the Scamp bed the one time I tried it. Not...
Forum: General Chat 09-09-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 705
Posted By Steve Carlson
That's what the buyer said they had experienced....

That's what the buyer said they had experienced. As a result they had cash ready to go even on a Sunday (when I posted the sale) and were willing to immediately drive 3 hours to my place to buy.
Forum: General Chat 09-06-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 705
Posted By Steve Carlson
Reports of a hot RV market

...are not kidding. I listed my Lite House on facebook marketplace and had a buyer within minutes. Didn't even get a chance to list it here. Guess I should have asked more...:rolleyes:
Forum: General Chat 08-31-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,379
Posted By Steve Carlson
Yes, it's worth noting that the tires in my Lite...

Yes, it's worth noting that the tires in my Lite House are different than the tires on a Little Joe.
Forum: General Chat 08-30-2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,379
Posted By Steve Carlson
That's cool, never considered a wood stove in a...

That's cool, never considered a wood stove in a camper.

BTW my Lite House (predecessor to the Little Joe) tows just fine at 75, though the TV might be the difference (FJ Cruiser).
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 08-06-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By Steve Carlson
Depends how much your inverter sucks up...

Depends how much your inverter sucks up converting to AC. You'll have to figure out your amp draw and your battery amp-hour capacity.

You can figure 50 usable amp hours out of most 100 ah group...
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade 07-23-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,481
Posted By Steve Carlson
Ad says SOLD...

Ad says SOLD...
Forum: Money Matters 07-19-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,042
Posted By Steve Carlson
This makes no sense. Any "discounts" you get from...

This makes no sense. Any "discounts" you get from a dealer simply means they are reducing their profit over the amount they paid the factory. I would rather pay the factory directly and avoid that...
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade 06-23-2020, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 622
Posted By Steve Carlson
Thanks. Please let me know if the sale falls...

Thanks. Please let me know if the sale falls through.
Forum: General Chat 06-22-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 699
Posted By Steve Carlson
I bought one last year. Only used it a couple of...

I bought one last year. Only used it a couple of times, but it seems well made and am happy with the purchase.
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade 06-21-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 622
Posted By Steve Carlson
Damn, too bad it is so far away from me. Wanna...

Damn, too bad it is so far away from me. Wanna meet in, say, Kansas City? :)
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-09-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,853
Posted By Steve Carlson
FYI my CPAP that runs on 12V is a DeVilbiss...

FYI my CPAP that runs on 12V is a DeVilbiss IntelliPAP.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-08-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,013
Posted By Steve Carlson
To each their own. If I was retired I would be...

To each their own. If I was retired I would be delighted to laze along at 50 mph or whatever. Because I am still working and vacation days are precious, I drive much faster than that. Also my camper...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-08-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,853
Posted By Steve Carlson
I specifically bought a CPAP that runs on 12V as...

I specifically bought a CPAP that runs on 12V as well as 120V AC household current. That way I can run it off of anything from a cigarette lighter 12V outlet in a car, to a set of jumper cables off...
Forum: Fulltiming in a Molded Fiberglass Trailer 05-29-2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,947
Posted By Steve Carlson
I like Estwing for chopping, but it doesn't split...

I like Estwing for chopping, but it doesn't split very well. These days I carry the Fiskars splitting axe.
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 05-22-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,473
Posted By Steve Carlson
About 5 years ago our overlanding group was...

About 5 years ago our overlanding group was primitive camping on Sheep Mountain, which is in part of Badlands National Park but also within the Pine Ridge reservation boundary (not sure who has...
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 05-22-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,473
Posted By Steve Carlson
There are some jurisdictions where it is actually...

There are some jurisdictions where it is actually illegal to wear a mask while carrying, laws that were in place prior to COVID-19 of course. Don't know if Annie's is in one of them or not.
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 05-22-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,473
Posted By Steve Carlson
I drove through part of Pine Ridge reservation on...

I drove through part of Pine Ridge reservation on SD-73 on Sunday, but didn't stop at all... didn't see any roadblocks... or people at all really.
Forum: General Chat 05-19-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,031
Posted By Steve Carlson
I guess you are on the road already, but I just...

I guess you are on the road already, but I just got back from Utah and nobody batted an eye at my Minnesota plates.
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