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Old 06-22-2016, 06:58 PM   #21
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Our fresh water tank has flooring underneath it. In order to "drop out" it would have to break through the floor. Are you saying some models do not have flooring under the tank? That sounds like they are pretty vulnerable to damage.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:49 AM   #22
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Actually, I think most trailers (not just funfinders) have the tanks open underneath. Usually tucked up inside the frame though, so it would be tough damage them. And they are made of pretty hefty plastic.
Interesting that yours has flooring beneath it. Did it come that way new?
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:53 AM   #23
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Our fresh water tank has flooring underneath it. In order to "drop out" it would have to break through the floor. Are you saying some models do not have flooring under the tank? That sounds like they are pretty vulnerable to damage.
The 2012 XT 276 toy hauler does not have an underbelly. The plumbing, tanks, wiring and all the 'stuff' under the floor of the toy hauler are exposed underneath.

Makes it very easy to check for issues, possible leaks, make repairs and alterations or whatever plus they are no more prone to damage than those that are covered with an underbelly wrap as all are above the steel frame.

The purpose for an underbelly wrap is to add insulation for use in cold weather climates...IMO.
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Old 06-23-2016, 08:59 AM   #24
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Ours is, of course, totally different model and year, but the fresh water tank sits on the floor in our little 139. We've never used it.

Since we never dry camp I'm considering removing it for more storage. Maybe relocate the pump for use when winterizing.

(On a side note: I've found that the previous owner installed some angle iron supports across from rail to rail under our floor. One directly behind the gray tank and a couple under the seating area. The floor has a very solid feel for a little camper.)
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Old 06-23-2016, 02:22 PM   #25
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By way of update, I've just put a deposit down on a 2016 F-233 RBS and I pick it up next Wednesday. V excited!

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I think this is the issue GuyB is describing: http://www.funfinderclub.com/forums/...-use-1116.html

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Yep. Unfortunately, it looks like I lost the photos in a server crash.
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By way of update, I've just put a deposit down on a 2016 F-233 RBS and I pick it up next Wednesday. V excited!

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Very nice ! Show us some pics when you get it, and have fun
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Congratulations on your purchase.

Be sure the dealer does a complete walk thru with you when you pick it up and all appliances are operated including the electric system, water system (pump & faucets), etc.

Hint: If it has the EZ lube axels, you should lube them before taking it out on a trip. I believe the factory uses a minimal amount of grease on the bearings so a good lube could be beneficial.
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Reply to AFD....

Interesting idea to install additional supports. And probably a good one if you have the wherewithal to do it.
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Yes, congratulations. I'm sure you will enjoy it.
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Thanks guys! I picked it up this week; I did the 2,800 mile round trip in three days. So far, only the p-trap under the kitchen sink has fallen off - remarkable that it stayed on at all IMO since the plumbing is all under tension as they cut one of the pipes too short. I can fix all that pretty easily though.

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Wow Simon! That looks great!
Now you can personalize......

((2800 miles in 3 days? We consider 300 miles a day as a lot!))
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Wow ~ man that's traveling fast!
2,800 miles in 3 days = 933.33 miles per day divided by 65 MPH (maximum speed rated for the tires) is a 14.35 hour day without breaks for eats, fuel or potty stops.

Hummmm ~ were you in a hurry to get someplace?
Just asking.

Nice looking unit. Were the pics taken before or after the trip? DId you pull it with the black 1/2 chevy in the one picture? What kind of mileage did you get with what motor/gear ratio?

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Yeah it was a fair bit of driving, but I didn't go fast, I just put in some hours. On the way out there (CO to OH) I went all the way along the I-70 which is pretty much flat the whole way and left the truck on cruise at 70mph virtually the whole way, which gave me a fuel economy of about 20 MPG based on the truck's fuel economy indicator.

On the way back I only used cruise on the downhills and the flats since even with the tow button on it would downshift, and sometimes double-downshift, on a slight climb. So I basically ran it as fast as I could that with my gear ratios and torque etc would enable the truck to shift into top gear. On the flat that worked out to about 55-60 MPH. On the slight climbs I would only let it downshift into 3rd (never 2nd except for my climb up into the mountains at the end near home) and I'd take whatever speed it would give me, usually about 50-55. Driving like that gave me 11.1 MPG calculated by miles between refills.

However, I did one tank of gas to see what I would get driving the same way but aiming for 65-70 MPH rather than 55-60, which gave me 9 MPG.

As for the mileage, I did 840 miles on the first day, then 560 miles to the dealer on the second day. After I picked it up I did a further 300 miles before pulling into a nice looking rest stop on the interstate that I spotted on the way out. Unfortunately, all the semi drivers had also spotted it so I had to do a bit of maneuvering to park up in the car spots overnight as I arrived really late. Then on the final day I started driving at 4:30 am and arrived home at midnight putting in 1,100 miles, but I gained two hours in the time difference driving West so I was on the road for 21.5 hours that day.

In case anyone's interested, I spent $454.87 on gas, $71.20 on food (I ate at Chipotle, one breakfast at IHOP and then trail mix at service stations) and $67.79 on a hotel for the first night, total $593.86.

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That is some trip and I've driven from 800 to just over 1,400 straight thru before. However that was when I was in my 20's to early 40's.

At this time in my life, not my preference to do that anymore.

Overall your mileage was pretty good. Glad you had a nice trip.
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Wow ~ man that's traveling fast!
2,800 miles in 3 days = 933.33 miles per day divided by 65 MPH (maximum speed rated for the tires) is a 14.35 hour day without breaks for eats, fuel or potty stops.

Hummmm ~ were you in a hurry to get someplace?
Just asking.

Nice looking unit. Were the pics taken before or after the trip? DId you pull it with the black 1/2 chevy in the one picture? What kind of mileage did you get with what motor/gear ratio?

The photos were taken when I picked it up, before the trip, except for the first one with it hooked up to the truck which I took halfway through.

I just wanted to get home. My son is 5 weeks old and my wife needs my help right now since she's working full-time. And I also wanted to have a couple of days before the holiday since we're going for our first camping trip with it on Sunday.

Interestingly, I bought an 8,000 lb Fastway E2 trunnion hitch which the dealership installed and I ended up driving through/on the edge of a tornado. It was so bad I was down to 20 MPH with wipers failing to keep up with the rain and a sidewind so severe I was actually looking for somewhere to shelter. I pulled up a map and I was in the middle of nowhere, but then I looked at a radar of the weather and the storm was coming right at me so I decided to drive through it and hope the storm didn't change direction. Anyhow, I had expected some fun and games with trailer sway but the thing was absolutely rock-solid stable. Really confidence inspiring and I'm glad I had the hitch installed when I picked it up.

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Yes, good reason to get home so long days made it worth it.

I too have been caught in the open when a storm front moved in...happens in the midwest where there is no place to go to get out of the wind. Your Fastway E2 appears to utilize the same principals/style as the Equal-i-zer hitch I use. Also, never an issue with sway or control in less than desirable driving conditions.

Thanks for the response.
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Amazing story Simon. I'm so glad you came home safely to your wife and baby. Your trailer is beautiful and your mileage was great! Have fun camping!
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Your trailer is beautiful! Wishing you and your family many happy, fun, and safe miles!
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Awesome ! Trailer looks great Simon. Here's wishing you many happy camping trips with your family. Your son is going to love going camping.
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