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June 16, 2013

Fifth Wheel Shatters Back Window

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 6:45 am

RV Videos featured this video on YouTube from 2007. They were driving to their RV site in Grover Beach and the back window of the tow vehicle shattered when they turned a corner. The video is pretty impressive.

There is some question about WHY the window shattered. Here is what the owner said:

The fifth wheel trailer was just too far forward when we were turning and it pushed against the cab of the truck. The force of the glass hitting the back of my head stung like hell. As you can see my nephew with his cat-like reflexes hauls ass.

Some of the commenters suggested that a bike in the back of the truck actually broke the window, but that question was answered.

Nope. It was the fifth wheel. It put a nice dent in the back, upper corner of the truck cab. The bike was in the bed of the truck, stationary.

When I talked about the stability of fifth wheel trailers, I never knew that they could have an improperly placed hitch and end up ruining your tow vehicle.

June 13, 2013

Safari Alto Travel Trailers

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am

I mentioned the Safari Alto trailers in passing when I talked about trailers that are variations on the Wild Goose Teardrops:

Back then, I said:

The Alto Trailer from Safari Condo is still in production, but they are in Canada, so finding one in the States is a little difficult. This video is adorable. He is so excited to show how it lifts up.

The inside looks roomy and the sides are windows instead of canvas.

Alto interior 3

The difficulty of obtaining one of those trailers from Canada stopped me from owning one.

The difficulties haven’t changed, but I find myself returning to the Safari Alto website time and time again. I think I like them because they have a bath and shower in that tiny package, weighing only 1725 pounds.

Here is the floor plan:

Safari Alto 1723 floor plan from Starling Travel

New for this year, they have added a non-popup trailer called the Safari Alto F1743. It’s a 17 foot trailer that weighs only 1592 pounds, amazingly light. It has a similar aerodynamic design that isn’t quite a teardrop, but looks pretty good in its own right.

Safari Alto F1743 from Starling Travel

The floor plan reveals that it, too, has a bath and shower.

Safari Alto F1743 floor plan from Starling Travel

The more I think about these trailers the less bothersome a trip to Quebec sounds to me.

June 12, 2013

How It’s Made: Recreational Vehicles

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 11:43 am

This video was really informative, showing how trailers are made.

It really made sense to me when I saw it being put together. The reason the plumbing is so hard to fix when something goes wrong is because when the trailer is made, there are no WALLS installed yet.

How Travel Trailers are made from Starling Travel

If they made the walls first, and then added the interior fixtures, it would ensure that repair was just as easy as assembly.

They also made a popup trailer video as well. Beware of bad puns in this one: “It even comes with a screen door, because who know when adventure will come knocking.” I would suggest watching it on mute, but they do give some good information about how the trailers are made.

They also did an episode about the Safari Alto Travel Trailers:

I love to watch these videos because they give me ideas on how to build my own, but at the same time, they make the process look so difficult that I feel like I couldn’t make it on my own. It’s a strange mixture of inspiration and discouragement.

June 3, 2013

1978 GMC Royale: So Beautiful

Filed under: Motorhomes and Campers — Laura Moncur @ 6:47 pm

I have nowhere near $17,500 saved up, so I have to die a little inside because I have to pass up this 1978 GMC Royale I found on KSL Classifieds.

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

It looks like the perfect Barbie Star Traveler. Here is the description:

1978 GMC ROYAL 26’, 60,000 Original Miles, Excellent Condition, Feb 2012 fully checked and serviced, 403 Engine, 2 A/Cs Dash/Roof, 6kw Generator,

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

Full Awning, Hardwood Flooring and Walnut Cabinets, 3- way Refrigerator, Floor Furnace, Built-in Vacuum System,

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

Rear Bath,

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

Front Dinette and Kitchen, Sleeps Six,

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

all Service Bulletins, Parts Books, Monthly Newsletters that identifies any suggested improvements or modifications and where they are available, Repairs and Maintenance Manuals, Records and History from date of manufactured. Continuous inside storage, Elevated off of Tires and Wheels.

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

1978 GMC Royale from Starling Travel

I took so many imaginary trips in my Barbie Star Traveler that I really feel like I’ve already wandered the continent in this motorhome. It makes me so happy to see it in real life!

Update 06-04-13: I found a bunch of GMC Floor plans here:

GMC floor plans from Starling Travel

I’m only guessing, but I believe this Royale has this floor plan.

1978 GMC Royale Floor Plan Rear Bath from Starling Travel

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