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nbrandtnbrandt Member Posts: 14
This forum is fabulous and full of tremendous, time saving and money saving tips. 
An observation - as a [email protected] 400 owner I find that the 400's are so unique with their design and equipment that I was wondering if the forum couldn't be divided into a 320 and 400 section? Even as the [email protected] is separated from the [email protected] section and I would imagine that there will be many differences between the [email protected] and the new larger trailer.  Just a thought.
nbrandt
2018 [email protected] 400

(corrected spelling of forum on the subject line to help with future searches—Verna, [email protected] Admin)

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  • jgram2jgram2 Member Posts: 1,507
    @nbrandt or at the very least, members can do as we’ve done and include the year and model in their sig line so we know whether we have pertinent knowledge. Though that’s never stopped me from throwing my 2 cents in, like right now for example.😬
    John, Judi, Guinness & OD in PDX
    [email protected]@t 2015 S Max Outback, ‘18 V6 4Runner 


  • VernaVerna Administrator Posts: 5,787
    @nbrandt, since most of the major components are the same, nüCamp agreed with the Admins that only one forum was needed. The [email protected] forum is actually for any teardrop, although [email protected] owners are the most prevalent. 

    Beside that, both Admins own 400’s, after both having owned [email protected] 320’s, Silver Shadows and Teardrops. The Mods both own 320’s, so we’re all well versed in our knowledge and experience.  


    Verna, Columbus, IN, 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator
  • DalehelmanDalehelman Member Posts: 1,949
    I would not mind seeing a poll on this subject.
    1. Hash  [email protected] Fun
  • ScottGScottG Moderator Posts: 3,575
    Ditto Sharon_is_SAM's point. I'm seeing an increasing number of inquiries that indicate neither the model nor the year of the [email protected] in question. Even the year can be important as components (such as Alde  and fridge) are upgraded or even changed entirely in later models.
    The more details you can provide , the more accurate and forthcoming the advice will be.
  • MarcelineMarceline Member Posts: 711
    edited April 2019
    It might be helpful to have a [email protected] "Category" for stuff that's specific to that model. For that matter, maybe a Clamshell category as well. 
    @Verna @ScottG


    San Francisco Bay Area
    2013 CS-S [email protected]
    Battered but trusty 3.5l V6 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • jgram2jgram2 Member Posts: 1,507
    edited April 2019
    So far, I count DM [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] CS, [email protected] CSS, [email protected] Outback, [email protected] 320, [email protected]  Boondock, [email protected] 400, [email protected] 400 Boondock, [email protected] Boondock Lite and models like Q, U, Tabitha, Sofetiel. Some, like the Outback and Boondock, are only name changes, some are only different in layout. Then coming down the road is the Avia, and the Cirrus is here. I already have trouble selecting the appropriate category to start a conversation and think it would make it cumbersome to split out the main current [email protected] But. I’m easily confused and that won’t change whatever is decided. I can see how the Avia and Cirrus will need separate forums.

    I still believe the best way to handle proliferating models is to 1) post a question with your year and model in the title or 2) create your signature line to include the year and model.
    John, Judi, Guinness & OD in PDX
    [email protected]@t 2015 S Max Outback, ‘18 V6 4Runner 


  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Moderator Posts: 5,466
    I think if we want to be able to effectively search for discussions with specific information, we all need title our discussions with a focused title specific to the question including identifying the model.  
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Westlake, Ohio
  • MarcelineMarceline Member Posts: 711
    jgram2 said:
    So far, I count DM [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] CS, [email protected] CSS, [email protected] Outback, [email protected] 320, [email protected]  Boondock, [email protected] 400, [email protected] 400 Boondock, [email protected] Boondock Lite and models like Q, U, Tabitha, Sofetiel. Some, like the Outback and Boondock, are only name changes, some are only different in layout. Then coming down the road is the Avia, and the Cirrus is here. I already have trouble selecting the appropriate category to start a conversation and think it would make it cumbersome to split out the main current [email protected] But. I’m easily confused and that won’t change whatever is decided. I can see how the Avia and Cirrus will need separate forums.

    I still believe the best way to handle proliferating models is to 1) post a question with your year and model in the title or 2) create your signature line to include the year and model.
    1. I don't know why you're bringing up the Avia and Cirrus. They're not [email protected], so that's purely a red herring.
    2. Since you don't have a 400 or clamshell, I think that it would be pretty easy for you to eliminate the 400 & CS categories from consideration when you're posting something. 
    3. I haven't suggested a separate category for every single model of [email protected] ever made. I've suggested separate categories for the 400 and the CS because they are significantly different from the "regular" [email protected] in certain respects, and there are issues (2way fridge battery mgt, outdoor kitchen) that keep cropping up that are specific to those models. If someone thinks that another version is different enough that it warrants a separate category, they can ask for it. I can see an argument for a separate category for the Dutchman [email protected]
    4. I think that separate categories for stuff specific to these models would make it easier for people to browse through past discussions and information specific to these models. Issues like the 2way fridge/battery management, weatherproofing the outdoor kitchen, and mods to allow back-to-front sleeping. It would make the forum more useful for the people who own those models and it would not make the forum less useful to anyone else.
    5. Information contained in signature lines is not used in the search function, so signature line data doesn't help anyone search the forum for past posts about an issue specific to the 400 or CS. Also, the signature line doesn't display in the mobile app.
    San Francisco Bay Area
    2013 CS-S [email protected]
    Battered but trusty 3.5l V6 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • ScottGScottG Moderator Posts: 3,575
    I would not mind seeing a poll on this subject.
    We actually did a poll on this topic, sort of...  About a year or so ago when the mods were discussing some organizational updates to the categories, we polled users on how they used the category feature.
    The poll was removed once it had served its purpose, but IIRC the general result was that most members didn't really use the category feature all that much.
    @Dalehelman (or anyone else), if you'd like to see a poll on something, go ahead and set one up. I do not believe there is any restriction on who can create a poll.
  • jgram2jgram2 Member Posts: 1,507
    1. I don't know why you're bringing up the Avia and Cirrus. They're not [email protected], so that's purely a red herring
    5. Information contained in signature lines is not used in the search function, so signature line data doesn't help anyone search the forum for past posts about an issue specific to the 400 or CS. Also, the signature line doesn't display in the mobile app.
    @Marceline I had no intention of throwing red herrings-I was enumerating the Nücamp products as I remember them. My apologies. I do open a thread and look at the title for specific model, then the sig line, then the body of the comment/question for that information. Of course I’ll go with whatever the majority deems most useful. 
    John, Judi, Guinness & OD in PDX
    [email protected]@t 2015 S Max Outback, ‘18 V6 4Runner 


  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Moderator Posts: 5,466
    @Marceline, I agree and did not mean that a signature line would be used for a search.  Yes, it is unfortunate that the signature line does not appear on phones - but it does appear on tablets and PCs.  I think @BrianZ had a good idea of incorporating the TaB model as part of the member picture.
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Westlake, Ohio
  • BrianZBrianZ Member Posts: 1,135
    Thanks, @Sharon_is_SAM, ya mean like this..

    -Brian in Chester, Virginia
    TV: 2005 Toyota Sienna LE (3.3L V6)
    RV: 2018 [email protected] 320S, >70 mods 
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Moderator Posts: 5,466
    I really see the utility of that now @BrianZ.  Folks can still include a picture in their signature line, too.  Does your icon show up on the phone?
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Westlake, Ohio
  • BrianZBrianZ Member Posts: 1,135
    edited April 2019
    Yes, it does show on my Android phone - I rarely use anything else.  I don't normally see signatures though; however, I can select the "Desktop site" option in the Chrome browser settings to show signatures - it shows more details, but readability suffers IMO (tiny fonts etc).
    -Brian in Chester, Virginia
    TV: 2005 Toyota Sienna LE (3.3L V6)
    RV: 2018 [email protected] 320S, >70 mods 
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Moderator Posts: 5,466
    @BrianZ, can you make me one?  2017 [email protected] 320 CSS.  I am partial to blue😀
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Westlake, Ohio
  • BrianZBrianZ Member Posts: 1,135
    Sure! 
    Blue trim on silver or white?
    -Brian in Chester, Virginia
    TV: 2005 Toyota Sienna LE (3.3L V6)
    RV: 2018 [email protected] 320S, >70 mods 
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Moderator Posts: 5,466
    Silver.
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Westlake, Ohio
  • ChanWChanW Member Posts: 2,642
    Heh! I tried years ago to promote the idea of titles that are useful... 

    Too often folks like to be creative with their titles, and use them as a 'tease', to draw readers into reading the thread. 

    Maybe the mods could be the ones to create the (more useful) titles, after the fact. Kind of like they sometimes will split a thread off, and start a new thread.

    Sharon_is_SAM said:
    I think if we want to be able to effectively search for discussions with specific information, we all need title our discussions with a focused title specific to the question including identifying the model.  

    Chan  -  Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 S Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl
     
     [email protected]'ll_Do_Ya
  • ScottGScottG Moderator Posts: 3,575
    ChanW said:
    ...
    Maybe the mods could be the ones to create the (more useful) titles, after the fact. Kind of like they sometimes will split a thread off, and start a new thread.
    ...
    Yeah, that's gonna happen.  ;-)
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Moderator Posts: 5,466
    @ChanW I know I have made minor adjustments and I suspect other Mods/Admins have done in the past.  We do make sure that new Discussions make their way to the correct category.  I understand where you are coming from ChanW.  I suspect the Discussion title will "pop out" more if you are one to look through the categories, but I think that the search engine will knab any word that is part of the search, so it looks into the body of the text.  Not sure how the Google search directions itself.  I think that most members don't use those categories to find much after they have an established knowledge base.  I could be wrong.  I am most concerned with discussion titles that do not reflect the actual question or don't give enough info for members to give advice.
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Westlake, Ohio
  • ChanWChanW Member Posts: 2,642
    edited April 2019
    But @ScottG, we have great faith in our mods' abilities!  :o

    I agree @Sharon_is_SAM

    I tend to skim over all the categories' titles, looking for ones that I'm interested in. I usually skip titles that don't mean anything to me. 

    But that's just me, and everyone's different!

    I never use the categories, unless I'm starting a thread of course. Too 'fraid I might miss something! 

    So to get back on the O.P. topic, if the 400 were separated out, into a forum I had to check separately (because it doesn't really apply to my Tab), I'd probably miss it.
    Chan  -  Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 S Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl
     
     [email protected]'ll_Do_Ya
  • MarcelineMarceline Member Posts: 711
    I really see the utility of that now @BrianZ.  Folks can still include a picture in their signature line, too.  Does your icon show up on the phone?
    At the risk of beating a dead horse, profile pics aren't any more searchable than signatures.
    If you want to make it easy for people to find old threads with useful information that is specifically related to the [email protected] 400 or CS, the solution is to create categories for them.
    I honestly don't understand the resistance. 
    San Francisco Bay Area
    2013 CS-S [email protected]
    Battered but trusty 3.5l V6 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • ScottGScottG Moderator Posts: 3,575
    ChanW said:
    But @ScottG, we have great faith in our mods' abilities!  :o
    ...
    Thanks, @ChanW! But it isn't my lack of ability that's gonna' keep that from happening.  :-)
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