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Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 11:15 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFbWOwLB4Vo


Pulled the trigger last weekend. If anyone needs/wants a pop-up camper, we will be getting rid of our 92 Jayco model 1206. It has 2 queen size beds, good canvas, no leaks, working 3-way refrigerator, heater, etc. Only thing it needs are to have the rear roof winch cables replaced.

All we need now is a shelf in back for the cookers, and weight distribution/anti-sway installed

:mrgreen: No more packing and unpacking the pop-up!!!:mrgreen:

With gas prices predicted to skyrocket, and the shot fairy being back to work full time with only 8 paid days off, we will likely only be doing local (within 2 hours) comps this year. Besides, we have a wedding to cater in the Traverse City, MI area in late July, so that will eat up her vaca days

NeoTrout
02-22-2012, 11:19 AM
Looks great. Congrats. :cool:

Rich Parker
02-22-2012, 11:21 AM
Congratulations that is a nice trailer.

Ron_L
02-22-2012, 11:36 AM
Congrats! When do you get it?

BTW, Dann, when the guy in the video says that there is no need to leave anything at home, he really doesn't mean that you have to bring everything! :-P

Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 11:52 AM
:roll:
It only looked that way in the pop-up because it was a pop up Ron.
Besides, it comes with almost everything we need, except the cooker and charcoal. And remember, we've seen the inside of your toy hauler also, and I wouldn't call it's contents sparse:twisted:

We signed for it last Saturday at the Rosemont RV show. We have to do some yard/fence mods in order to keep at at home, in the meantime, I'm looking into seeing if the church across the street will let us rent a spot in thier lot.

Bought from Ricks RV in Joliet, from a woman who normally works the parts counter there (I know her from my many trips for pop up fixer parts)who, at least for the show, was bumped to sales. She was very easy to deal with. Her name's Beth Seibers.

We still have the paperwork to finish, the instruction/indoctrination to do, and the weight dist. anti-sway, and brake control to do, but knowing we won't have to try and pack up the pop up in the mud this year at Westmont is a huge comfort! Also got a very nice price on it, and a show upgrade package that included a cover for it

Ron_L
02-22-2012, 12:32 PM
Get a Prodigy brake control. Our dealer installed a cheaper control and it sucked. I replaced it with a Prodigy and the difference is huge.

Just not having to pack and unpack everything is worth it! You're going to love it.

Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 01:09 PM
Get a Prodigy brake control. Our dealer installed a cheaper control and it sucked. I replaced it with a Prodigy and the difference is huge.

Just not having to pack and unpack everything is worth it! You're going to love it.

Prodigy P2?

And yes, not having to pack and unpack is everything in the world!

Ron_L
02-22-2012, 01:10 PM
Yep. P2.

Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 01:15 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. I just watched their video, looks like I could install that myself!:thumb:

Ron_L
02-22-2012, 01:22 PM
It was plug-n-play on my truck. I just bought the harness for my model and it was simple.

Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 02:16 PM
Yep, got that also. Now I just have to figure out if I can order and install the weight distribution and anti-sway cheaper than getting it from the RV place. Might be able to save the entry fee to a comp!

cpw
02-22-2012, 02:27 PM
Nice! I've been looking at Travel trailers like this. Does the 22 indicate it's 22' long? I have a Tacoma with the tow package so I know I'm limited to certain trailers.

big brother smoke
02-22-2012, 02:41 PM
Nice unit, Dann. Trailers and RVs for comps are outstanding.:thumb:

Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 03:22 PM
Nice! I've been looking at Travel trailers like this. Does the 22 indicate it's 22' long? I have a Tacoma with the tow package so I know I'm limited to certain trailers.

Kind of. The trailer itself is 22' but with the tongue in front it's just a squeak over 26. That was as big as I wanted, both for hauling capability (I have an 02 Avalanche 1500 with tow package - says it can tow 8000, I used the 80% guideline and looks like I should be ok.

Nice unit, Dann. Trailers and RVs for comps are outstanding.:thumb:

I hear that Steph! We did 1 1/2 years using a tent and either U-haul or our own open cargo trailer, and 2 1/2 with a 20 year old pop up. Being in our mid-50's, it was time for a change to something with a little more creature comfort! Not having to set up and tear down to the level we used to should make our comps a LOT more enjoyable!

Smokin Mike
02-22-2012, 04:33 PM
Yep, got that also. Now I just have to figure out if I can order and install the weight distribution and anti-sway cheaper than getting it from the RV place. Might be able to save the entry fee to a comp!

I like etrailer.com for parts, usually free shipping, or some other deal. etrailer has video's of how to's, and super friendly on the phone, just call with any questions.

Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 06:34 PM
Thanks for the tip Mike!

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kwas68
02-22-2012, 09:03 PM
Looks awesome guys! Congrats.

jbrink01
02-22-2012, 09:31 PM
Prodigy rocks!

Stoke&Smoke
02-22-2012, 09:33 PM
Mi Casa su Casa Steve

We want you to enjoy your first comp!

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kwas68
02-22-2012, 09:45 PM
I can't wait! 3 months away and I'm losing sleep over it.

Brew-B-Q
02-23-2012, 08:22 AM
Nice trailer Dann.

Rich Parker
02-23-2012, 11:35 AM
All we need now is a shelf in back for the cookers, and weight distribution/anti-sway installed

How heavy is the trailer? I have an 03' Avalanche and am picking up a 20' trailer probably a lot lighter than yours just curious on the anti-sway hitch for that short of a trailer?

Stoke&Smoke
02-23-2012, 11:43 AM
From Jayco's site


Weights

Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs): 4,370
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs): 530
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs): 6,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs): 2,130
Avalanche is rated to tow 8100 to 8300 depending where you look, so we'll have to be careful how we load it . It's pushing a little, but for our use I think we'll be ok
Might have to look into a tranny cooler though

Rich Parker
02-23-2012, 11:59 AM
From Jayco's site


Weights

Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs): 4,370
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs): 530
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs): 6,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs): 2,130
Avalanche is rated to tow 8100 to 8300 depending where you look, so we'll have to be careful how we load it . It's pushing a little, but for our use I think we'll be ok
Might have to look into a tranny cooler though

The 03' is rated at 7200lbs so they must have really raised the gears between the years. Tranny cooler can probably only help.

Stoke&Smoke
02-23-2012, 12:51 PM
The 03' is rated at 7200lbs so they must have really raised the gears between the years. Tranny cooler can probably only help.

Depends on which axle ratio came with it. In the 2002, they had a 3.73 ratio with 7100 max trailer wt., or a 4.10 with 8100

I think bottom line is we just need to be careful not to put too much stuff in it, and keep it light. With a 90 gal potable water capacity, not filling 2/3 of that gets me almost 500 lb lighter

Scottie
02-23-2012, 02:25 PM
Following tanks at the contest. You don't want to travel with all that water. Truck stops will be your friends.... and grey water bandit people when its dark out!!!! ;)

Stoke&Smoke
02-23-2012, 02:37 PM
Yep, that's what I thought as well. Thanks for confirming it Scottie! At 8.3 lb per gallon, that weight adds up quick! They have (Jayco) an identical, or nearly identical floor plan in their ultra light line, but it's only 565 lighter dry weight and has 1/3 the potable water capacity. I think we'll be ok, just need to pack smart. And load water when we get where we're going!

Not having to set up and tear down either a tent or pop up will make that easier to do! our cookers don't weigh squat, and 36lb of lump carries me through a comp, so I think we're ok.

BigBobBQ
02-23-2012, 03:24 PM
Congratulations that is a nice looking trailer you are getting there. I know your going to enjoy that beauty.

cmohr74
02-23-2012, 03:50 PM
Congrats on the new trailer. Didn't take long since the burn off to pull that trigger.