TAXA Outdoors Forums Give Us Feedback After a year with my Tiger Moth

This topic contains 18 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  Tim Foisie 4 weeks ago.

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  • #5555

    Alan Caywood
    Participant

    After a year with my Tiger Moth I only have three complaints and tons of compliments.

    The ugly first…

    Minor – The welds on the trailer frame look horrible. Long term I’m somewhat concerned about them holding up, short term they are just ugly.

    Minor – The front storage area on the month is just too small to do anything besides carry an EZ up or some lawn chairs. At least make it large enough to carry a cooler. The toolbox would need to be moved or removed in order to accomplish this, but it would be well worth it.

    Major – The cushions are horribly uncomfortable. I have even purchased a memory foam mattress topper which takes up a ton of space in the moth and makes sleeping just barely comfortable. Some denser or thicker foam would go a long way to making the a night in the moth comfortable. I’m about to spend around $1,000 having some new cushions made at a local upholstery shop.

    Now the good!

    I get constantly approached at campsites or the gas station while towing the moth by people asking what it is. They are blown away by the design and functionality of the Tiger Moth. After a year of ownership we have towed it a few thousand miles without problem. For the most part the build quality is second to none. I have made some mild modifications to our Moth and in doing so have come to appreciate the effort and craftsmanship that went into putting it together.

    Thank you for a year of great memories, I’m looking forward to our next outing in the Moth.

  • #5557

    Eagle05
    Participant

    After a week with ours I have some ups and downs as well. The big elephant in the room is the leaking roof. Waiting to here back on the way forward with that one.
    Thanks for the write up. As this forum grows it will be interesting to see what opinions and experiences owners have.

    I absolutely agree the nose box needs to be moved forward. Electric brakes are a necessity in my book too. After having a Max Coupler hitch and longer tongue on my last trailer (one that actually allows me to open my tailgate when connected), it’s tough to say I enjoy towing this. Once the roof gets repaired, I’ll be looking to other projects. That said, we had it ten minutes and were bombarded with curious lookers in the REI parking lot.

  • #5558

    Jeffery Hammonds
    Participant

    Regarding the cushions, which I’m assuming are the same as in the Cricket (that’s what we have), I find them to be perfect. I sleep wonderfully and, unlike at home, I don’t wake up with hip or back aches. As a result, we are in the process of purchasing a firm mattress for home. Everyone is different in this regard, so for me they are a major plus.

  • #5560

    MarkusLH
    Keymaster

    Thank you for the very sincere feedback, we truly appreciate it and will certainly keep it in mind as we go forward.

    Alan: We are working on getting more options in terms of cushions, our goal is to have several options in the next models, as Jeffery said people have different needs. If you are worried about the welds I suggest you send an email with some pictures to service@taxaoutdoors.com so we can have a look at them, we don’t want anyone to feel unsafe when using our products.

    Eagle05: Very sorry to hear that but I guess it does not help you to hear that. If you aren’t in contact with us already I strongly recommend doing so, hopefully we can change your mind regarding continuing to use the TigerMoth. Even if you won’t, we still want to make sure that it is in tip-top shape if you decide to pass it on.

    Jeffery: Glad you like it, and that you feel better when sleeping in your Cricket, not only do you get to go camping, you even get health benefits from it, how awesome is that? 🙂

    Markus

  • #5564

    Eagle05
    Participant

    Markus,
    I’ve already let the dealership and Taxa know about the leak. I’m pretty frustrated with it, but at this point I have no reason to doubt it will work out. Assuming that gets resolved easily enough, I’ll be camping the Tigermoth for quite some time. It really is a great set up.

    By other projects I was referring to adding a second battery and solar, modifying the passenger side under seat storage to allow longer items to be stored (or even slid under the bench without lifting the lid), tracking down the elusive door screens, modifying the rear awning so it sits lower to clear my carport easier, and the previously mentioned brakes and tongue modifications. I’m also considering hanging the solar shower under the roof rack bars to lower the profile a few inches.

    I also like the bed and sleep well on it. We bought the trailer to haul gear and be an escape pod in bad weather as we have an Ursa Minor pop top on our Wrangler to sleep in. We haven’t used that lately because we’ve been enjoying the Tigermoth so much.

    Forum related, an edit option for posts would be nice as I realized too late my autocorrect got the better of me in my previous posting.

    • #6449

      Tim Foisie
      Participant

      Eagle05, I’m going to invest in a small RV or trailer, am looking at the Cricket and Tiger Moth, and a leaking roof would be a huge concern me. Could you please share the name of your dealership? Thanks!

  • #5573

    MarkusLH
    Keymaster

    Hi Eagle05!

    So glad to hear that, you had me worried there! 🙂 Also very cool to see that you are making your Moth your very own with modifications, if you want, you can show other people what are making in the Modifications part of the Forum.

    To edit your posts there is an “Edit”-button/link in the top right corner of every post you make that allows you to do just that.

    Happy camping!
    Markus

    • #5574

      Eagle05
      Participant

      Perhaps the edit function doesn’t show up on mobile devices. I’m not seeing anything except the reply button and post #.

      **Edit: I stand corrected. The edit option just showed up after I posted that reply. I know some forums have minimum posting requirements for new users. Maybe that is to blame.

  • #5576

    Alan Caywood
    Participant

    Thanks for the feedback. I didn’t intend for this to turn into a thread of complaints. I was just hoping to share some of my experiences. Over the last year I am more than happy with our Moth. I’m looking forward to sharing some of the modifications (mothifications) we have made on the forum. Also, possibly some comparisons to the Offroad Benroy I spent a few months last year building with my brother. A lot of the lessons learned in building the Benroy are being put to use in working on the Moth. For example, I’m about to get rid of the front step and toolbox and weld up a double decker platform that holds my AC, solar panel, water heater/pump and serves as a ladder to reach the rooftop storage and roof rack.

    • #5577

      MarkusLH
      Keymaster

      No worries Alan, people telling us what they don’t like only makes us better 🙂

      Can’t wait to see your Mothifications!

      Markus

  • #5638

    Scott Thompson
    Participant

    We added brakes. It has worked out well so far.

    • #5639

      Eagle05
      Participant

      Scott,
      Did you have a shop do the work for you? Any details on it? I’ve been looking into it, but haven’t found a local place I’d trust to do the work. I may end up ordering the components and installing myself if I can figure out the best way with minimal changes to the existing axle/suspension.

  • #5650

    Gavin DeMersseman
    Participant

    Hey Eagle05,

    I’d like to hear a little more about your roof leak. I’ve had water on one wall and a cushion, but have no idea how it’s getting in.

    Thanks,
    Gavin

    • #5651

      Eagle05
      Participant

      Gavin,

      After a lot of driveway testing with the garden hose, and a few traded emails to Taxa (the dealership is no help), we identified one of the two leak sources as the rear center roof rivet. I put some sealant on it, and it didn’t leak during a subsequent test. It was following the inside of the roof down and draining out where the tie down holes are located in the horizontal bar. Basically at the “T” on the interior roof and just towards the passenger side of the lighting. If the trailer was level, it drained straight down onto the cushion. If the trailer was being pulled, or off level, it would pour onto the top of the driver’s side window, or the passenger wall down to the floor.
      The other source, was/is the passenger side door gasket. Water from the roof is running down and coming into the trailer along the leading edge and floor. At Taxa’s request, I’ve tightened up the U-bolts that the door latches hook to in an attempt to snug the gasket up. The first adjustment still allowed water in. I will try it again after a second adjustment this weekend.
      Hopefully that was clear enough. I haven’t seen if we can upload pictures to this forum yet. Otherwise that may have been easier.

  • #5652

    Gavin DeMersseman
    Participant

    Eagle05,
    Thank you very much. That gives me a few ideas and may help with another issue I have. The side door’s gasket doesn’t seal against the frame (down neer the bottom rear corner) so I have a light and air leak. The dealer said there was “no adjustment” for that. But then when I asked about water coming in the dealer said “I always tell customers that these units are not water proof.” O.o Really? Isn’t one of the Moth’s main jobs to keep things dry? Sounds like we might have the same dealer. I think it’s time to take my issues directly to Taxa.

    Thanks again,
    Gavin

    • #5653

      MarkusLH
      Keymaster

      Hi Gavin,

      Yes, please do contact us directly! I can assure you that the TigerMoth is supposed to be waterproof. Really sorry to see you having these issues and that your dealership are saying these things.

      Thanks,
      Markus @ TAXA

    • #5659

      Eagle05
      Participant

      It’s sort of sad that it’s funny to hear your similar woes. Nice to know I’m not alone maybe. My dealership has turned the blind eye and deaf ear. They got their check and disappeared. Fortunately Taxa has replied to emails and attempted to help as they know how I feel about RV dealerships at this point. Still pretty frustrating to deal with on a brand new trailer. For the gasket, they said it should be 5/8″ thick. Maybe measure yours to verify that it’s correct when you’re making adjustments.

      Alan, Sorry for hijaking your thread. Again.

  • #5657

    Gavin DeMersseman
    Participant

    Thanks you Markus, I’ll contact you with the details shortly.

    Gavin

  • #6314

    paulagray2017
    Participant

    I have owned my 2016 since April this year 2017. I have loved the way I am part of the outdoors when camping with it and feel safer and warmer than in a tent on the ground.

    Downside- I have a small issue with the side hatch handle lock. It doesn’t always latch properly. Kind of loose. Not a huge issue and I call it personality.

    I purchased because I loved how it looked, but I didn’t realize that people would constantly be interrupting my enjoyment of the great outdoors to ask questions and to peer inside. I don’t mind being social but it has gotten way more attention than I wanted. Plus I feel like I am a constant sales person. Can I get a commission Taxa please?

    The privacy was another issue for changing my clothes. So I rigged a shower curtain privacy shelter onto the side hatch door that can be quickly rolled up or tak n down when I don’t need it. This works fine when I am alone but not as well for two people.

    Upside: love the pull out kitchen. Love the roof rack. I love that it is all aluminum (that is what sold my husband who is an airline maintenance employee).

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by  paulagray2017.

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