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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Kojak Leveler?
May 07, 2017, 09:06:19 AM
Anyone try the Kojak Leveler?

I have heard that the BAL equivalent is often a tight squeeze on QS tires.  The Kojak version is larger and has more capacity.

QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: tow vehicles for 6.0?
February 18, 2017, 07:57:55 AM
Quote from: JoyfulCamper on February 13, 2017, 10:54:17 AM
Our Quick Silver 6.0 gross weight is 1500lbs due to off-road package.  We've been towing fine with a 2001 Camry but are ready for a new vehicle.  Seems newer sedans tow less or not at all...according to manufactures' specs.  Prefer sedan for seating comfort.  Any suggestions for small vehicle which will tow our 1500lbs?

You are absolutely correct:  Newer vehicles have lower to non-existent towing capacities.  I went through the same issue when I decided to get rid of my Matrix/Vibe.  Despite what some may think, there could be a very valid reason for the differences between a 2015 model and a 2016 model.  There may also be some very valid reason for the differences between a North American and a European model.

I "upgraded" from a 2.4l Pontiac Vibe to a 2.4l Jeep Patriot.  Both vehicles handle very differently when towing my QS 8.1.  My Vibe could easily take off and get up to highway speed with little concern.  My Jeep is a different story, something the concerns me when merging on a highway.  My Vibe however was strained when braking, but my Jeep has no trouble.  The Vibe had a tow capacity of 1500lbs, while the Jeep is rated for 2000lbs (with tow package).  In both cases, once at highway speed, it was easy to forget that I was towing.  In the end though, I do feel much safer in the Jeep.

The Forester and many other smaller vehicles do have posted tow ratings, but doing the research is important.  I cannot comment on the abilities of the Subarus, but it has received great comments from those who own the QS. I like the Jeep Patriot and it does what I need it to do.....................and I don't need additional tow mirrors (something I needed with the Vibe). 

QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Curtains for QuickSilver
January 14, 2017, 07:13:26 AM
This is neat.  Thanks for sharing!
Hi all,

Came across this on clearance at my local Canadian Tire.

At $90 off, can't complain.......................though it's -30 out so I am not sure that I need it today.
QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: where to buy parts??
January 07, 2017, 08:07:25 AM
LL did sell directly to the public.  Not sure if they still do. 

I was saving for an awning, but in the end, I made my own.  When I purchased a pop-up shelter, it came with a wall.  I have sewn zipper to one end of the wall and added grommets to the other.

I will post pictures come camping season.  It is a little cold a snowy at the moment.