Can my pop up handle a long trip?

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  1. WP Mark

    WP Mark New Member

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    ive only taken trips within a couple hours, but would like to explore a little farther from home. Thinking of dragging my pup from central Florida to western North Carolina. But am wondering if it will handle the trip? Doesn’t seem like our 2003 rockwood was constructed with the best workmanship.

    Got new tires, will be repacking my bearings, adjusting my brakes, replacing my 7pin plug (it’s frayed). Anything else I should do to be prepared? Think my 15 year old pup with tiny 12” tires can handle this kind of trek? I’ll limit max speed to 65mph.
     
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    kcsa75 Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Unless it falling apart, I don't see any reason why not. You're taking care of the preventive maintenance so you should be fine.

    Our pup was 17 years old when we bought it and we took it to Yellowstone National Park (about 1,100 miles each way) the first year we owned it and didn't have any problems. [:)C]
     
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    Our camper is a '90 something and every summer we do long distance trips. That's why we bought it.
     
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    Im taking mine from nj to flordia next year. As long as the tires are the right load type and you dont exceed the speed rating. You should be fine.
     
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    Fless Active Member

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    Be sure that "new" tires includes the spare. Often neglected.
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    xvz12 Well-Known Member

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    Our pup is an '84, & most of our trips are only ~100 mi or so one way, but I wouldn't hesitate to drag it across the country if I had the time / money / desire to do so.
     
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    WP Mark New Member

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    Yes indeed
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I have a 1976 trailer with 12" tires. Been pulling it all over for 25+ years. Still has original bearings....You are good with your maintained rig.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    You should have no problem just be sure the TV is ready for the trip. I would get the tires balanced too. Be sure and check the break away switch (if it has brakes) better to be safe than sorry Good Luck and Happy Camping
     
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    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    My pup is a 1973, with 8in rims. I took it on a 6,300 (5,800 towing) trip 2 summers ago.

    I say bring 2 spares, if you use the spare you will be trying to find another soon.

    If it has leaf springs, jack it up as you would to replace a tire, take a screwdriver and separate each leaf slightly and spray in some penetrating oil. I did this recently and my pup trails so much better.
     
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    Interesting idea regarding the springs.
     
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    Well, we booked the NC trip this morning. Fingers crossed our pup is up for the ride! Thanks all for the encouragement.
     
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    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Go for it....
     
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    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    The general answer is yes it can handle it. Regardless to age it depends on the condition. But even in good condition, you can almost be certain something will fail. It most likely will be a small thing like a latch, screw, etc.. that will not interfere with the tailer's capability to be pulled. I always figure 10k miles equals 3 to 6 hours of repairs.
     
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    Dan from Troup Well-Known Member

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    2287EB1A-A4DA-492D-9E9F-95E1B69036DC.jpeg We have an 04 Starcraft that we plan on towing to Maine in August 2019 and is 1500 miles from Texas. Haven’t towed mine much yet and hope to do more locally at Texas state parks before then. Lost a refrigerator exterior vent cover on a recent trip so re-check yours before departing. You may be doing band aid patching while traveling so bring along some duct tape.

    BTW, I like foil tape better than duct tape.
     
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    Yeah, that’s why I keep a toolbox onboard at all times. Figure it will eventually come in handy.
     
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    Nice fix. Duct tape seems like a “must have” for being prepared for unexpected challenges.
     
  18. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    This trip into it one thousand miles. Have a gray water drain valve that developed a drip leak, needed to adjust a latch. Drain valve will wait until I get home in three weeks

    Yep need your tools an an assortment of screws, duct tape, clamps, electric connectors, etc... And, you still will need something from the store.
     
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    When you spray any kind of Lubricant on the leaf springs , they attract dirt. Dirt creates rust. Rust breaks leaf springs. Best to keep them clean and dry. I work for Ford as a senior master tech and this is common knowledge in the field.
     
  20. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    Squeaking is metal on metal, as in something wearing and binding.

    Best to spray a dry lube such as a graphite or silicone spray, better than leaving it alone.
     

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