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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Spare tire with off-road option
« on: September 04, 2017, 02:09:38 PM »
Every photo/vid of a camper with the offroad package that Ive seen had the spare tire mounted under the frame.

Definitely contact the seller.

Conversely, I have seen brand-new on-road units stil sitting on dealer's lots that did not have a spare included. One dealer told me that it was an option to have one (is it really optional though?) 

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General Q & A / Re: Any advice on how to remove AC unit from a QS 10?
« on: August 29, 2017, 06:50:30 AM »
Never removed one myself, but my understanding is they are installed and removed from the outside. They are all shipped with AC seperate and dealer installed so any dealer should be able to give you more info. I don't believe that there is any commercially available AC blanking panel to be had, although you might just fashion a tighter fitting tonneau cover and use the existing rail and snaps to keep it in place.

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: 2018 Quicksilver 10.0
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:10:47 PM »
Nope, I just claimed it  ;)

Yep, the '17s are going FAST! Glad you got that when you did, it looked like a good one!

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: 2018 Quicksilver 10.0
« on: August 23, 2017, 02:38:45 PM »
Honestly, I'm still not sold on any of the changes, but as luck would have it I was able to scour the internet and find a few 2017 8.0 trailers still for sale.

My lovely wife and I were just up in Kentucky this week viewing the eclipse and I made a point to stop by a dealer there to look at a 2017 model QS to see an aluminum floor model for myself. In case anyone's in the market, Garland RV in Hopkinsville, Ky has one unsold 2017 QS 8.0 left on their lot.

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Electric brakes
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:10:51 AM »
Some automatic transmissions now have a 'manual mode' option where you can override the automatic shift points programmed in the transmission. It is advisable to use this option while towing, it is not so much the overdrive gearing that is bad, as long as your engines revs are up high enough, but you definitely don't want to bog down the motor or have the tranny constantly 'hunting' a gear (ie shifting up and down from 5 to 4 to 5, etc).

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Electric brakes
« on: August 20, 2017, 09:06:09 PM »
Are they automatic or do I control the trailers brakes?    I guess I'll find out what a breakaway is ,
and if I need one.       
              Thanks, Sig


Yes and No. You will need a brake controller to automatically actuate the trailer brakes whenever you press on your brake pedal. You can also manually apply just the trailer brakes alone using the controller (to calm a trailer which is beginning to sway, for instance) There are two basic types of controllers, time-delay and proportional, you should google these to understand the difference in how they operate. A break away switch will use a battery to acuate the trailer brakes in the event the trailer becomes separated (or breaks away) from your tow vehicle. This is to hopefully prevent a 'run-away' trailer from causing an accident if it should come off your hitch.

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Electric brakes
« on: August 18, 2017, 10:31:42 PM »
As an additional point to consider, you should be aware that the published specs you referenced are only estimates (based on who knows what) and 'real' weights can vary considerably. For instance, my 2018 10.0, with options, has a measured weight of over 1280 lbs and a tongue weight measured at 190 lbs as was noted on the sticker each unit will have affixed from the factory.

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Electric brakes
« on: August 18, 2017, 12:50:20 PM »
Is your Rav4 already set up to use trailer brakes?  (i.e. 7-wire connector, under-dash connections for the brake controller, etc) if so, then its a no-brainer, get the brakes. If not, then you may want to weigh the expense of adding or converting from a 4-wire to the 7-wire setup against the additional wear and tear on your Rav4's brakes and transmission having to deal with the extra half to 3/4 ton of mass all on its own. I have a QS 10.0 with brakes which I tow with a Volvo V50 sportwagon set up with a Hayes G2 brake boss proportional brake controller and barely feel the trailer is back there, even when on hills and for 'quick stops'.

Also, look in your Rav4's owners manual, many of them specify maximum safe towing limits with and without trailer brakes.

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: 2018 Benches - Update
« on: August 15, 2017, 03:06:44 PM »
So, I'm guessing the top pic is the newly updated bench?

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Caveat Emptor -2018 QS 10.0
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:53:10 AM »
Closing this thread, 'nuff said and there's duplication in another poster's topic. Thanks.

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Caveat Emptor -2018 QS 10.0
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:58:47 AM »


Don't forget, that same insulation keeps cool, air conditioned air from escaping.

You make a good point, I've seen that throwing a rug or two on the floor was a popular thing to do also. If LL can stiffen the floor or support it well enough to not move under foot then they may have a winner with the new floor design. Most, if not all, of the other perceived negative changes which were discussed in these threads could be fixed by owners themselves if they wanted to (adding back the 12v socket for one) although one could argue they shouldn't have to..

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Caveat Emptor -2018 QS 10.0
« on: August 12, 2017, 07:33:21 AM »
... this company does the work for you.
http://www.popupgizmos.com/

Thank you, i had seen those in pics but didn't know they were commercially made. Definitely on my list... 

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Caveat Emptor -2018 QS 10.0
« on: August 11, 2017, 10:33:47 PM »
Quote from: smjcolsga
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Also, strictly speaking for myself, being in a warm climate, I see little need for a well-insulated floor in a tent-top camper. Really, what is the R-value of canvas anyway?

Don't forget, that same insulation keeps cool, air conditioned air from escaping. Coupled with a 'Gizmo', every little bit of cool air helps keep me sane in July and August. :)

Ok, I'll bite... what's a "Gizmo" ?

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Caveat Emptor -2018 QS 10.0
« on: August 11, 2017, 08:03:38 PM »
Well, after reading LLs description of the floor laminate and applying a bit of structural engineering, I think I know why the floor seems to sag a bit when you step on it.

Those materials: Azdel, styrofoam, Azdel may not be bonded to each other like foam cored construction for boats. Lack of bonding allows the layers to slip a little bit against each other when stress is put on them by standing. There isn't anything wrong with this- I am sure the floor won't fail. But if they were bonded together, it would be a whole lot stiffer.

Also it must be pretty thick overall, more than 1" to have an R10 rating.

David

I wonder also if there is an environmental aspect to using azdel layers for structural support... azdel is a thermoplastic material, I imagine ambient temperature would affect its performance in regard to overall stiffness. It frequently reaches near 100 degrees F ambient temperature here in Southwest Georgia. Am I seeing more of this effect on the unsupported spans of flooring because of that? Also, strictly speaking for myself, being in a warm climate, I see little need for a well-insulated floor in a tent-top camper. Really, what is the R-value of canvas anyway?

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QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Caveat Emptor -2018 QS 10.0
« on: August 11, 2017, 05:00:40 PM »

I have to admit that having the opportunity to discuss the changes in detail went a long way to help alleviate my concerns.

Cross posting from alternate thread:

I'm glad that LL has confirmed our observations about the new floor construction, and I'm sure the overall materials used in its construction are up to the task. However, I still feel that they could have done a better job implementing it by adding additional floor supports (at least in the QS 10). When you feel the floor 'give' beneath your feet it does not inspire confidence in the new materials or design.. This is especially true when the previous model was well known for its rock-solid stability. This is my opinion, you should judge for yourself.

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