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Old 10-03-2016, 01:42 PM   #15
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We picked up our 2015 28 ft International from Can Am on July 15th. We have done 20 days of camping to date. we found that we could go 4 days on the water tank, washing bathroom, no shower used. Haven't used the furnace yet, but AC works fantastic. At Ontario Prov Parks, the hydro connection is between sites and we have had to use a 30 amp extension cord twice. I made up extra wooden blocks as one camp had very uneven ground. Slammed the door on our first trip and it locked itself. Fortunately I had a spare key hidden away. All in all we have had pretty uneventful first trips. Planning winter trip to California and back.
Following 'someone' else's advice last month; I installed a common latch on the door inside, such that when I flip the latch over, it will catch and hold onto the pin of that upper lock, preventing it from moving over to lock.
That way, there is no chance of locking yourself out.
Of course, when you leave the AS and want to lock it, the latch will prevent you from locking the upper lock, until you flip the latch off. It works great!
Naturally, I have a spare key hidden 'somewhere" else.
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:47 PM   #16
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The trailer is built to be towed with a full water tank. That said, consider that water weighs a little over 8 pounds per gallon (a fact which backpackers are well aware of!). A 20 or 30 gallon fresh water tank will add some, but not a lot in relative terms, of weight to your trailer for towing. My trailer has the fresh water tank up front which means having a full tank before leaving will add weight to the hitch. That could be good if you want more traction for the tow vehicle. It could be a consideration if you are putting a lot weight in the back end of the tow vehicle. In the end - if you are going to be dry camping or want to have water available to use on the road then for sure fill it up all the way before you leave. It's great having the same water along for the trip that you are used to drinking at home. Don't forget that there may be water in the fresh water tank and to clear the water pump of water when winterizing. And I make the practice of emptying and letting the fresh water tank dry after each trip so I can minimize the chance of mildew.
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:52 PM   #17
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From London as well.

Hi Phil.....we to got our FC 26U from Can-am last March. Andy put on the Easy Lift/ Husky system. It handles my Tundra and AS with ease. However, the noise it produces has continually gotten worse....to a point where I gringe when entering a campground. I took my rig back to Can-am last month and asked two of the techs there about the noise and what I could do about it. Grease the ball was one suggestion and of course the 2 nipples on the hitch head. They could offer no other help, saying that that's the nature of the beast....some setups are louder than others. They also stated that because of a great deal of tongue weight, the bars are really torqued up there and that causes a lot of the groining. Suggested I back off on the Husky tension when running less than 80kph. I came away little frustrated. Don

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Old 10-03-2016, 02:13 PM   #18
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Here is the product I ordered from Monoprice - http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14529

I opened up the cabinet enclosing the Bluray player (two long screws from the side got me in). From the factory, the HDMI output from the Bluray player goes into an HDMI splitter, so at the other end of the splitter you'll find two HDMI cables going into the splitter. These are the cables carrying the HDMI signal heading to the 2 TVs in the trailer. So, I plugged these two cables into the "HDMI output" ports of the matrix splitter.

Next, I plugged the HDMI output of the Bluray into "HDMI input 1" of the matrix, and plugged the HDMI output of the Apple TV into the "HDMI input 2" of the matrix. Plugging the matrix into electricity completes the install. Now, you can independently tell each TV which HDMI input they should use. Either TV can use either signal, either individually or concurrently. Works great! You can even change signals with the remote they include.

Today I will reassemble the cabinet including adding a couple of short wood screws to mount the matrix more durably to the cabinet itself.

Hope this helps - any more questions please ask.
I'm considering this mod for my 2017 International 25FB.

The Samsung BD-J5100 DVD Player in the trailer, while "smart" will not do streaming WiFi, only Ethernet connected Internet. So I'd either need to install an Apple TV or upgrade to the Samsung BD-J5700 with WiFi to get Netflix, Hulu etc. I bought a J5700 for my office last week. It was on sale and only $10 more than the J5100.

Apple TV has more to offer than the built-in Samsung apps so I may use your solution.

Question. Both AC or Inverter outlets in the cabinet are taken up by the entertainment system. Are you powering your Blackbird™ 4k 4x2 HDMI with a multi-outlet extension cord?
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:43 PM   #19
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Congratulations Phil! Hope you have many good times using your trailer. Sorry I can't help with the sway/wd noise; we don't use one. We're new to trailering as well and just installed new side mirrors, so we'll be spending time in the parking lot practicing as well! Safe Travels
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Old 10-03-2016, 03:06 PM   #20
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Here is the product I ordered from Monoprice - http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14529

I opened up the cabinet enclosing the Bluray player (two long screws from the side got me in). From the factory, the HDMI output from the Bluray player goes into an HDMI splitter, so at the other end of the splitter you'll find two HDMI cables going into the splitter. These are the cables carrying the HDMI signal heading to the 2 TVs in the trailer. So, I plugged these two cables into the "HDMI output" ports of the matrix splitter.

Next, I plugged the HDMI output of the Bluray into "HDMI input 1" of the matrix, and plugged the HDMI output of the Apple TV into the "HDMI input 2" of the matrix. Plugging the matrix into electricity completes the install. Now, you can independently tell each TV which HDMI input they should use. Either TV can use either signal, either individually or concurrently. Works great! You can even change signals with the remote they include.

Today I will reassemble the cabinet including adding a couple of short wood screws to mount the matrix more durably to the cabinet itself.

Hope this helps - any more questions please ask.
Thanks Phil! I was thinking about mounting an Appletv to the back of the main tv, but this would allow the bedroom tv to get in on the fun too!
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Old 10-03-2016, 03:28 PM   #21
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There's nothing wrong with the eazlift. A little noise is worth it, although mine is very quiet probably because I use little WD.
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Old 10-03-2016, 03:30 PM   #22
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I had a friction bar on my Casita. Made noise when wet but quiet when dry. Did you drive through any rain?

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Old 10-03-2016, 03:34 PM   #23
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Phil....we head to Algonquin Park quite often and most of the Campgrounds there don't have water hookups. So, I created this solution. Got a 40 gallon water/chemical container from TSC. Purchased a 12V aquarium water pump, 2 pieces of 5/8" braided hose.....a 15' and a 10' length plus connector, and a long 12V cigarette lighter extension cord, from Princess Auto. Container fits nicely in the bed of the Tundra, can fill up at some spigot, drive back to AS, back in, drop small pump into container and run hose to fresh water tank. Plug into cigarette lighter socket and water flows to AS. Last trip to Thunder Bay, didn't have the water container, so bought a 20 gallon garbage can and just made more trips. No lugging or lifting with this system.

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Hello Phil, just curious did the dealer set up tow mount on your highlander? Do they sell different versions in Canada because the highlanders here have a max towing capacity of 5000 lbs. I have a 2016 27 FB international and it's a 7600lb trailer that I tow with a duramax. Thx
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:16 PM   #25
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Highlander ???

Was Andy at Can Am ok with your TV
Did they supply you with a hitch or reinforce the factory
installed one ? I would love to tow with a Highlander but
underpowered ??
I am looking to purchase a 25 FC FB, TOO much trailer
for HL to handle ?
Is the Highlander one of the setups can am has for trying out?
Do a followup on trailer/TV combo when you have experienced some hills or mountains. Really interested in update
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Old 10-03-2016, 05:23 PM   #26
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Was Andy at Can Am ok with your TV
Did they supply you with a hitch or reinforce the factory
installed one ? I would love to tow with a Highlander but
underpowered ??
I am looking to purchase a 25 FC FB, TOO much trailer
for HL to handle ?
Is the Highlander one of the setups can am has for trying out?
Do a followup on trailer/TV combo when you have experienced some hills or mountains. Really interested in update
Andy is famous for setting up vehicles to tow Airstreams, vehicles that some of us would probably never consider. He seems to make them work.

Power is one thing but stability going down grades and in heavy winds is another.
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Old 10-04-2016, 07:17 AM   #27
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We picked up our 2015 28 ft International from Can Am on July 15th. We have done 20 days of camping to date. we found that we could go 4 days on the water tank, washing bathroom, no shower used. Haven't used the furnace yet, but AC works fantastic. At Ontario Prov Parks, the hydro connection is between sites and we have had to use a 30 amp extension cord twice. I made up extra wooden blocks as one camp had very uneven ground. Slammed the door on our first trip and it locked itself. Fortunately I had a spare key hidden away. All in all we have had pretty uneventful first trips. Planning winter trip to California and back.
We had the same issue - quite far to the hydro pedestal. I was glad I had purchased a 25' extension!
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Hi Phil.....we to got our FC 26U from Can-am last March. Andy put on the Easy Lift/ Husky system. It handles my Tundra and AS with ease. However, the noise it produces has continually gotten worse....to a point where I gringe when entering a campground. I took my rig back to Can-am last month and asked two of the techs there about the noise and what I could do about it. Grease the ball was one suggestion and of course the 2 nipples on the hitch head. They could offer no other help, saying that that's the nature of the beast....some setups are louder than others. They also stated that because of a great deal of tongue weight, the bars are really torqued up there and that causes a lot of the groining. Suggested I back off on the Husky tension when running less than 80kph. I came away little frustrated. Don

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Thanks for your reply. I guess I'll live with it unless Andy says something different.
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