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Old 10-29-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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First Trip in our 2010 Sport 16'

Just spent the weekend in our new Sport 16. With the exception of the microwave (post in the electronics section), everything worked perfectly. We spent Friday through Monday at Cumberland Falls State Park:

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Old 10-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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Just spent the weekend in our new Sport 16. With the exception of the microwave (post in the electronics section), everything worked perfectly. We spent Friday through Monday at Cumberland Falls State Park:
How exciting!
Congrats!
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:31 PM   #3
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Steve -

Looks great! Congrats! And I am sure you felt safe the whole time with your dog there keeping an eye out for any airstream thieves!

What do you tow with and what type of hitch do you have? Just curious.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:08 AM   #4
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I tow with a Toyota 4-Runner with the V8 engine. The hitch is just a simple tongue hitch with 2.5" ball. I have a load leveling hitch but the Toyota's hitch receiver is so low that the hitch only clears the ground by 1" or so. With the ball adjusted to it's highest level (which is below the hitch receiver on the car) it doesn't lift the trailer frame high enough to tow. However, we had no trouble with the tow, no sway whatsoever. I am looking for an alternative hitch though.

I have a Dodge Sprinter diesel which I'm also considering as a tow vehicle. The Sprinter would allow us to carry more cargo on a trip such as awnings. It would also allow me to take a motorcycle with us. I don't have a hitch on the Sprinter at this time, but am looking for the best solution for it.

Elli our Rotti pup is indeed good security. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body but is a great alarm. She spent most of the trip watching children and animals wandering the campground with hardly a sound.

Here's another picture that shows a bit of our tow vehicle:

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Old 10-31-2013, 08:19 AM   #5
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Your camp looks great. We're sure that you had a good time.

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Old 10-31-2013, 12:05 PM   #6
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I tow with a Toyota 4-Runner with the V8 engine. The hitch is just a simple tongue hitch with 2.5" ball. I have a load leveling hitch but the Toyota's hitch receiver is so low that the hitch only clears the ground by 1" or so. With the ball adjusted to it's highest level (which is below the hitch receiver on the car) it doesn't lift the trailer frame high enough to tow. However, we had no trouble with the tow, no sway whatsoever. I am looking for an alternative hitch though.
Most hitch stingers (the part which goes into the truck receiver) can be turned 180 degrees to point up and then allow you to re mount the ball and socket part higher. That sometimes results in a ball which is too high, but usually is the solution to the problem you are experiencing now.

Just disassemble the hitch and put it together again with the vertical part pointing up and see if it will work out for you. You might have to buy a new stinger though. A good RV dealer could help you out here.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:09 PM   #7
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Ur camp setup looks great, glad u enjoyed ur weekend. My last trip is next week. Very sad, irt was a long happy Season.
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Most hitch stingers (the part which goes into the truck receiver) can be turned 180 degrees to point up and then allow you to re mount the ball and socket part higher. That sometimes results in a ball which is too high, but usually is the solution to the problem you are experiencing now.

Just disassemble the hitch and put it together again with the vertical part pointing up and see if it will work out for you. You might have to buy a new stinger though. A good RV dealer could help you out here.
I don't have any problem with the hitch (stinger) that I'm using. The problem is with the load leveling hitch that I have. The part that inserts into the hitch receiver looks a bit like this:



The hitch that mounts to it looks about like this:



The way the hitch is designed, the ball can't be turned over. However, as I think I mentioned, I plan to use it on my Sprinter for which it should be perfect.
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No, don't turn the ball over, turn the stinger so the now downward pointing leg turns up. The ball and ball mounting head stay the same but then can be mounted higher on the stinger.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:27 PM   #10
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Steve -

Great set up with that V8 4-Runner. I have a full sized Tundra and am recently trying out the smallest Equal-i-zer 400 hitch for our 16' bambi. I can easily tow it on the ball as well, but struggled determining if I needed some sway control. Trying out the small Equal-i-zer. So far, so good. Gives a little sway control, some weight distribution if I want it (don't need though), and takes some of the minor bounce out of going over bumps on the highway.

Congrats again on the new Bambi!
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Old 11-05-2013, 10:36 AM   #11
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Thanks for the great photo. We have the same unit, down to the wrap protectors. Ours is now in storage for the winter and it is for you to share your camp with those of us that are done camping for the winter. Enjoy the 16'er, we love ours. Our "guard dog" is a scottie. Be sure to research the forums as there is lots of great info here.

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