Clyde Ramstead
Hello Campers!

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this forum! [biggrin]


My wife, Linda, and I decided to join our 5th wheel friends to try 'dry camping' with our 150 near Big Bear Lake, CA. The campground did have running water, however the faucet placement and the length of available hoses didn't quite reach our trailer, so we had to fill our 6 gallon containers and carry water the last 30 feet or so. It worked out alright. We brought along our 18 gallon Thetford portable gray water tank, but it filled up very quickly, so, since we are in a very bad drought, the camp staff let us just run the gray water out to the big trees and water them. It was very slow getting the water to drain out through nearly 40 feet of garden hose!! I have remedied that (without adding a gray water tank to the 150), but I'll save that for later.

We were prepared with a portable 200 watt Zamp solar panel to charge our group 27 battery, but the weather was determined NOT to cooperate. It rained off and on, and along with that came clouds that kept our solar setup from performing optimally. We had to borrow our friend's Honda Generator a couple of times to keep our battery functioning. We are now considering one of the many very good lightweight portable generators on the market today.

The campground had plenty of fairly clean Pit Toilets which we used during the day. We brought along our portable Trekker and porta potty for those middle of the night emergencies. Having a shower in the trailer was a welcome item to have, no matter that it is very small...but hey, it worked!

The 150 and the 155XL have pretty much the same layout inside, but the 150 has quite a bit more headroom which I had to have. Because the 150 has leaf spring suspension instead of a torsion axle, it has the much needed ground clearance that some of the other models seem to lack. Your dealer has easy to install spacers for the 155 and 155XL that will raise it about 3 1/2" if that should be a problem with your trailer. Well OK, I got just a little off track here..., so on to the camping photos!

Clyde and Linda

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riversidervowners
Great pictures of camping at Big Bear.  Love your setup and tow vehicle.

We are currently towing our 155XL with our Jeep Wrangler.  Even though I have our weight distribution hitch at the lowest tow height, the Jeep is still a bit tall and the travel is not perfectly level when towing.  Due to this, we dragged pulling in and out of all the gas station driveways.  When I got home from our first outing, I took the spare off the back bumper which gave us about 3/4" more height but I still need to find a larger "drop" for the hitch so I can at least get the trailer level.  On the other hand, it is awesome backing our 155XL into our garage but yes, the 155XL is very low.

Looking forward to hearing about your gray water tank.  I found a Valtera sewer fitting that has a 3/4" hose connector that at least allows us to drain our sink and shower into the sewer hose when there is a sewer connection.  Looking forward to trying it out.  When we dry camp, I just use a bucket that can be dumped with gray water on the shrubs or trees.

Thanks,
Jon
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Clyde Ramstead
Jon, so I take it that adding the lift kit isn't an option for you? The lift kit would level the trailer and prevent the rear bumper/spare tire from dragging, but then your trailer may not fit in your garage either! Even as tall as our 150 stands with it's leaf springs, I had problems with the leveling jack digging into the asphalt at the end of our driveway and some other steep transitions to street level. I solved the problem by taking the jack apart and cutting 2" off the end, then reattaching the skid plate. Others have very successfully raised the entire leveling jack by placing 2" spacers between the bottom flange of the jack and the top of the trailer frame. Then buying longer bolts to hold it all together. If you aren't comfortable with cutting and fabricating, I would suggest using the spacer method. Once you get the towing height worked out, your Wrangler should make a really nice tow vehicle!

Instead of adding a gray water tank to the bottom of the trailer, I figured I would try installing a 200 GPH Marine pump as shown in the photos, to pull the gray water from the sink and shower and push it out our gray water hose to either a sewer or out to water some yonder tree or bush. The photos from Heart Bar Campground were taken before I made this modification. We were still using our portable Thetford tank which was a pain to use because it had to be dumped so often. Simply switching the pump on eliminates standing in ankle deep water while waiting for the shower pan to drain. When the water has drained from the lines and hose, the pitch changes and you will know it's time to turn the pump off. It works well for us! I bought the pump from Harbor Freight. Many times your 3/4" gray water hose has to run uphill to enter the sewer drain. That is where this Marine pump shines. It pushes the water uphill and into the drain with no problems! Just don't run the pump 'dry'; it will ruin the pump.

Glad to be of any help to the forum that I can.

Clyde and Linda

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I tested everything quite well before I went to the trouble of installing it.

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The green hose is 6' in length.

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I just used 12v cigarette lighter connectors to power the pump and brought the wiring up into the furnace/water heater area under the seat.

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This is how everything looks from the side view.

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After making the connections, I ran the wiring up the wall and put the rocker switch at the top of the shower enclosure.

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It looks like the switch is way up there, but it's an easy reach even for my wife. Note the Fantastic Fan and shower shelf I installed. IMG_3182.jpg 
I took this photo during testing to show how much water is moved by the pump. So that's it...fairly simple installation!






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riversidervowners
Wow Clyde, you do very neat work.    It is fun to see how others have setup their Riverside!
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Dennis-Roberta Armijo Carroll
We totally want that awning for ours where did you get that?
Dennis and Roberta Carroll
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Clyde Ramstead
Roberta, we got the awning from http://martisawnings.com/

Marti's Trailer Awnings

2819 Godman Avenue • Chico, California 95973

(530) 891-5120

Hours: 8 am – 5 pm (Pacific Time)

Marti was great to work with and was open to small changes that Linda and I suggested. The quality, workmanship and fabrics are top flight! Give her a call...she's one of the best!

Clyde and Linda

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Dennis-Roberta Armijo Carroll
Thank you for the info. Clyde
Dennis and Roberta Carroll
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vdubadm
Camper looks great! I have a 150 as well; where did you get the window rain gutters? They look great! I had them on my old 66 Shasta and they work great.
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Clyde Ramstead
vdubadm wrote:
Camper looks great! I have a 150 as well; where did you get the window rain gutters? They look great! I had them on my old 66 Shasta and they work great.


Hope you had a good Thanksgiving vdubadm. I'm glad you are enjoying your 150 as well. It's not the most aerodynamic trailer we could be pulling down the highway, but for the size, price and much needed headroom, it was pretty much a bargain.

Thank you for your kind comments on our window Drip Caps. I searched three different sites and finally decided on   http://teardroptrailerparts.com/Drip_Caps.html
   for our project. I called and spoke with a very nice and knowledgeable lady that helped with the decisions concerning the length for each window. They came packaged in cardboard tubes and had no damage. I smoothed out a couple sharp edges and polished them a bit before installing. I used SS sheet metal screws and was careful not to over tighten. Have fun making your 150 look even more vintage!

Clyde

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vdubadm
Thanks for the reply Clyde.

Did you you any sort of caulking or sealant around the tops of the drip caps too?
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RikRok
I just measured mine for drip caps and realize that the awning uprights are in the way. Just another reason to lose the factory (too small) awning

Rick
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Clyde Ramstead
vdubadm wrote:
Thanks for the reply Clyde.

Did you you any sort of caulking or sealant around the tops of the drip caps too?



I used a small bead of Silicon along the entire length of the drip cap before screwing it on. Of course on some Vintage Trailer sites, using Silicon on a trailer is next to committing the 'unpardonable sin'! But I took my chances and used it sparingly anyway. A narrow strip of Putty Tape might have been a better choice. But so far the Silicon seems to be working fine [wink] .
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Clyde Ramstead
RikRok wrote:
I just measured mine for drip caps and realize that the awning uprights are in the way. Just another reason to lose the factory (too small) awning Rick


Wow, that's too bad Rick! I had heard that the factory installed awning was really small, but I didn't know it would interfere with drip caps too. Is there any way you could extend the awning 'stop brackets' so the supports just miss the drip caps? Of course I haven't looked at that setup, so I really don't know what I'm talking about!! Good luck...I hope you will be able to make it work [biggrin] .
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rsfisher
Clyde do you mind me asking what the awning cost? and how did you go about getting the measurements right?

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Alabama Jim
Clyde, thank you for sharing the photos.  The park looks pretty and of course the Retro is beautiful.  I pray you have fun and God grants you many safe trips.
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