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Old 10-16-2018, 09:37 AM   #11
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Good video, thanks.

Another key item I looked for when buying my 5r was the axel (and spring/frame)rating. You will find that they use the same axels for multiple units. An example would be using the same axel on a 29 up to a 34, then an upgraded axel on 35- 38 and then another upgrade on the over 39. The 29 could have 2500# cargo capacity but the 34 might only have a 1500# capacity left after the weight of the longer unit is added. I moved up one foot to the shortest unit in a group and more cargo capacity but more important, the axel is not at maximum capacity when I travel. I hope that will mean I will have less opportunity for an axel issue. Mine seems to handle bumps on the highway very well. That might not be the case if the axel is near it max.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:19 AM   #12
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The biggest disadvantage of a lightweight is that there is little room to walk around the bed. In our Cougar, it came with an RV queen mattress, we had pulled the full queen out of our last 5ver and replaced the smaller mattress and you can't go around the thing, you have to hop on from the end. Plus you can't stand in the bedroom unless you are 4' tall. Other than that our floorplan is perfect for us and the trailer works great. My truck is a total gas hog and it doesn't matter pulling a trailer or not; still a gas hog. I bought our trailer due to length; we need to be under 30' due the hook up space on our property. We have a full hook up and no potential for making it longer as the fence on the dog run and power pole limit length.
I did the same thing in our bunkhouse. The lower bed was so big you couldn't walk in the room. I modified the frame and put in a regular size twin mattress. Now you can actually walk in without standing sideways on top of the heater vent.
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