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  1. On 11/23/2021 at 2:53 PM, Okie Sawbones, SASS #77381 said:

    Check with RV Insider for their reviews. Here is their review of Mallard:


    Heartland Mallard reviews

    Overall quality
    Factory warranty
    Those numbers would have me looking elsewhere.

    After further inspection of the two trailers on site, I am not comfortable with the quality of the Heartland Mallard. I discovered damage to the interior walls of both. Also, the walls felt thinner, or at least had substantially more give than I liked.


    Now looking at a Forest River Rockwood Geo-Pro 19FBS. It's more expensive and it has a slide. The shower is also smaller and it doesn't have as much storage (cabinets or drawers). It is pre-rigged for solar and has a 190W panel on the roof with an outlet to hook up additional panels. It also had an exterior shower. The build quality is noticeably better than the Heartland.

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  2. Looking good UB!


    We chose not to watch the parade for the first time in a long time.  Sad to say (maybe...) we didn't miss not seeing it or all the people running around in masks.

  3. We didn't brine but put a store-bought Butterball in the fridge two days ago.  Pulled it out this morning, unwrapped it, cleaned it out, dried it off, dusted it with salt and pepper and then put it on the Kamado Joe (ceramic egg) at 300°F with heat deflectors in place.


    2 1/2 hours on a rack in a baking dish (to catch the juices) uncovered followed by another 45 minutes covered.

    May be an image of food

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  4. If money was no object I'd absolutely have a Prevost coach, a 5th-wheel toy hauler with a Sport Chassis built 4x4 International CV-series truck, a Black Series HQ21 bumper-pull camper and a Turtleback trailer with roof-top tent!  A rig for every adventure and each one screams TAKE ME HOME.:lol:


    But living on a budget and being responsible...


    I need to stick with something that my current truck won't have a problem pulling and that has enough amenities for the wife and I.  Maybe in 10 years we'll be shopping for something else and our wants and needs will be different.

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  5. We are not at the point in our lives where we can take off more than a couple weeks at a time and won't be for several more years. We also don't have kids at home and the grand-baby is not quite 2-years old.


    We are still both looking, together and separately, at other options that are available but nothing is attracting our attention.


    One thing for sure, I remember now how much this decision involves compromises: length, weight, open floor area, sitting area, bed  size, closets/drawers, etc.

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  6. If it were just me - a cargo trailer with a real mattress, a porta-potty and an A/C would be an easy decision.


    But, it's not just me (and that's not a bad thing).


    I realize that the Mallard has some bad reviews but then so do most of the others.  An Airstream is not in my future.


    Looking at what is currently available in my area the Mallard checks more boxes than any of the others, to include campers that cost more.

  7. With my truck topper/bed set-up, I don't know if I can fit a ~3500W generator in the bed.


    The question is; how often will I need a generator?  I don't know at this point.


    I don't know if/how often I would use the camper for the remainder of this year if I were to buy it right now.

  8. 8 hours ago, Badlands Bob #61228 said:

    Most campers are equipped with a 13.5K or 15K AC unit.  You will need a 3400 watt generator to run these AC units.  Everything else in the camper can be run with a 2000 watt generator.

    This unit is equipped with a 14.K A/C and 20K furnace.


    So would it be better to go with a single ~3500W generator or two ~2000W generators with a parallel kit for units with this size A/C?

  9. 7 minutes ago, Singin' Sue 71615 said:

    Well....being I don't have personal experience in the trailer/brand your asking about...I'm out.

    No other imput seems to be needed.

    You have lots of experience.  Just because it's not in the particular unit I'm looking at doesn't mean you don't have valuable input.


    My wife and I do enjoy sitting around a campfire BSing and eating but we've never been into "entertaining" inside the camper.


    I'm trying to not be impatient and jump in to something without weighing all my options.  That's where questions and comments from people like you help.

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  10. 21 minutes ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    We went to a 23' Class C Forest River on a Ford E-350 Chassis.

    It had been rented the year before, so all the usual bugs and problems, encountered by those who bought new, had been ID'd by the renters the year before (And fixed or the thing wouldn't have been rentable! LOL)

    My wife and I made some long trips in it, but I now use it mostly now for trips to the range and overnighting there, boon-docking.

    The on-board generator will run the lights, A/C, frig, microwave, TV and DVD player but It can be a bit noisy, so I also have a nice quiet Honda 2000 to run if we don't need the A/C.

    When camping, for us, the downside is having to drive a 23' motor home to the grocery store for a quart of milk or a loaf of bread.

    There are a few places we currently shoot that are not very good with heavy two-wheel drive vehicles, especially after it rains (South MS and LA).


    I would love the ability to just pull over and step into the back to use the bath-room, especially as I get older.:o


    A quiet-run generator would also probably be necessary to run the A/C during the summer, even at night, down here.  I would think a 2000W generator would run the A/C.    Maybe not...

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  11. 22 minutes ago, twelve mile REB said:

    and you will be surprised how your useful load of #1400 pounds shrinks as you load it.

    Believe you me, I know how fast weight ads up.  Especially when loading for multiple CAS matches for two.

  12. 24 minutes ago, twelve mile REB said:

    Buy it, treat it nice. so when you trade it in for a 5th wheel with two slides you will get top penny.  It rains, it snows, it blows, getting you and your friends inside might be important.  Or not your mileage may vary.

    If I buy, I will treat it nice.


    As for getting me and my friends inside...:lol:


    I'm not really fond of 5th wheels.  Too big for a lot of places that I currently go.  And while I can't prove it, I believe too many on the road today are too big for the 3/4 and 1-ton trucks pulling them.  Adding helper springs and air suspension doesn't change the rated capacity of the trucks even if it levels out the load.

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  13. 16 minutes ago, Rattlesnake Slim said:

    What are you going to tow with, and what is it's tow rating? Back when I used to tow a travel trailer, my practice was to keep the trailer's GVWR below 2/3 of my vehicle's listed rating. Don't ever believe a salesman who says "Don't worry, your ____________ will pull this, no problem".

    F-150 with ~1900 lb payload capacity and ~11000 lb towing capacity - based on door stickers.


    Of course, I already have 500-600 lbs of the payload spoken for with topper and other stuff.  500 lb tongue weight should be no problem.  I also still have a load equalizing hitch from my last TT.


    I'd like to have more buffer room but that should be plenty.

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  14. 17 minutes ago, Singin' Sue 71615 said:

    I have heard Pathfinders are good.

    I tell ya, small spaces can spoil your fun just as quick as a bad hotel.

    Does your rig have at least one slide?

    Our couch slid out on both our small campers...it made a huge difference!

    Don't rush into one, untill you've visited several...walked in, sat, walked out...walked back in.

    Trust me...worth the looking.

    Photos when you decide...and it is a good investment.

    We use both the 5th and the little tag a long at least once a month. And when sitting idle at the house, they are used for Cowboy Hotel travelers...

    Our SASS members!

    Looking at the slides on the smaller TT's, I don't like what I see.  They almost all operate via wire rope/cables.


    We've had a TT before and we find that the only time we were in it was to change clothes and sleep.

    We prefer to do our cooking outside (and this camper has an external LP gas connection).

    The additional floorspace would be nice, but I don't want the extra weight and complexity.


    We could see using this one at least one a month going to local matches (our local matches are at least two hours away).

    These would also be more boondocking experiences.


    We could see using State Parks when travelling but we'd rather stay on the range(s) when possible.

    Neither of us care for today's RV parks.

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  15. After a weekend of hotel hell a couple weeks ago, we are looking at getting a small TT.


    We've been looking online and it seems that camper prices are running on par with vehicle prices.


    All we want is a queen size bed, toilet, shower and A/C.


    We found this Heartland Mallard Pathfinder P16SRD and really liked it over several other new and used campers that we looked at.


    Dry weight is ~3500 lbs, GVWR ~4900.

    46 gal fresh water, 30 each black and grey, and a 6 gal hot water heater.

    WiFi HD antenna

    1200W inverter

    110W solar panel on roof, solar monitor

    2 20 lb LP tanks

    "I believe" room for two house batteries


    I realize that a TT is not saving money when compared to getting a hotel room for most people.  We miss staying on the range and this could allow us to extend our summer vacation.


    On the extreme off chance - anyone have any experience with this brand or model?

  16. 9 minutes ago, Slapshot said:

    Being new ,I'd ask what is the advantage to bending the lever? And which way do you bend it more to the left so you don't have to push it as far to the right to open it?

    This pic is compliments of @Jeb Stuart #65654 for sale ad.  You can see how the lever is bent to allow a right handed shooter to be able to engage the lever earlier.  Work can also be done internally to allow the lock to release/open (not sure of the correct terminology) earlier.


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  17. 16 hours ago, Rancho Roy said:

    What I failed to show is the whole thing then tilts up to access storage beneath......

    The Ram I used to own had the fold-flat metal  shelf in the back seat.  It looked/functioned just like what you have built and I used it a lot.


    The F-150 does not come, to my knowledge, with anything like that.


    I don't know if there's enough room under the seats when they are down to have something that folds up stay under them.  And, as the rear seat is split I'll need the floor rack to be two pieces (or split) as well.  I leave the back seats folded up 90% of the time but sometimes I need seating for one person (grand-daughter) and still need the floor on the other side.

  18. 2 hours ago, Captain Bill Burt said:


    I don't have any washers laying around so I used a piece of scrap leather and created one. 

    I have quite a bit of leather in varying thicknesses in the loading room - may try that first.

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  19. 2 minutes ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:


    You do have weakened hammer springs, that need to be skimmed with the AN washers I told you about or replaced altogether. 



    Could you post a link or a picture of exactly where this washer goes on the spring?


    I need to increase the hammer strength on a pair of NMVs to ensure that is what my problem is.  I can get a couple of washers faster than I can get new springs.

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  20. My experience is with Desert Shield/Desert Storm, OEF/OIF and more recently.


    It was not uncommon to see sailor's coming through schools that had felony convictions waivered.  They could still serve but depending on the conviction could not hold clearances and could not do specific jobs.  Most of what I saw were drug related charges but also assaults.


    During military drawdowns, these people may or may not be the first targeted (no pun intended) for early separation or declined requests to re-enlist.

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