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RE: Need Help Understanding AC Vent Cover!

I use this provided by RV.net http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=3 It formats it for me
2112 10/02/20 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: One night stays and black/grey tanks

According to a different thread, Raife stated he has a Grand Design Imagine XLS 21BHE
2112 10/01/20 04:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Servicing Wheel Bearings

Most modern vehicles have sealed bearings that can't be packed or serviced. You just replace them when they go bad.
2112 09/24/20 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Food!

It was thin as a shoe sloe and as tough and gristly and cooked to death.This sounds like you're describing our local Chili's. Worse overpriced dog food in town. Good food or bad I just get tired of the same things for 72 years.I can relate. I worked at the same location for 34 years and ate lunch out every workday. Same ol same ol every work day. I was tired of it 20 years ago but kept up the same routine. That has changed now that I'm working from home, thanks to COVID. I'm eating healthier and consuming less per meal. Among other meals, I have reintroduced myself to P&J and ham & cheese sandwiches for one. Frito chili pie with cheese and onion is another. We don't cook big meals, just simple stuff. No more salt lick burgers and greasy fries for this boy.
2112 09/24/20 06:37am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Half ton towing

I worked all the #'s (well, most) and concluded my F-150 could comfortably tow the 32' FW in my sig. And it does great. It tows so much better in every aspect than a 35' TT I previously had. Only one problem I didn't consider. I'm within RAWR until I fill the gray and black tanks. My waste tanks are forward of the FW axles. With full waste tanks, my pin weight pushes me WAY over RAWR. I crawl to the dump station avoiding every bump and dip as I go. As far as brakes, the trailer came with a full set of functional brakes. This is the most ridicules argument of all. And then they'll say what happens if you lose your trailer brakes. That same argument applies to a 3/4 or 1 ton towing a 40+ ft monster FW. Will your truck work well with a particular FW? Only research can answer that question.
2112 09/16/20 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

I was going to ask about tire pressure. Were you assuring proper pressure before each trip? Mine lose a little over time from sitting in the hot Texas sun. I upgraded mine from LRD to Endurance LRE. D's max at 65psi while E's max at 80psi. I aired the new E's to 80 psi and it was like riding on basketballs. Way too bouncy. I have found 68psi provides the best experience for me. I provided you a load/pressure chart for a reason.
2112 09/16/20 05:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Deep cycle battery maintenance

Fill per information provided on #6 Equalize at least once per year per #10 #12 will tell you the general health of your batteries. Check them with a hydrometer a few times a year and equalize if needed #14 and 15 is good info. Fully charge as soon as possible Mine is plugged in 24/7 and my junk converter/charger holds a constant 13.6V, which is too high for float charge. I put a timer on my battery that allows it to charge 2 hours every 5 days just to keep it topped off.
2112 09/15/20 05:38am Tech Issues
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

Congratulations on your purchase. Money well spent. Below is the inflation chart for your new tires. https://i.imgur.com/oAnHQuql.jpg
2112 09/09/20 07:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is it a good time to sell?

Take a look at PPL Motorhomes. I have never seen such a low inventory, so many Sale Pending and Sold listings. This is unprecedented.
2112 09/09/20 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

Think of the rear axle as a fulcrum, the distance from the rear axle to the rear wall as the lever, and the weight of the fridge, stove/oven and any other weight placed in the kitchen area as the applied force. That force, plus the dynamic force being applied by up and down movement of the TT is applied to the rear axle. That section of road where your blowouts occurred, is it somewhat uneven, wavy or bouncy? On Edit: Heck, the road condition in question could have been 50-200 miles from the actual blowout event. I guess the question would be, in your travels, do you encounter a road condition that causes noticeable TT up and down movement?
2112 09/09/20 04:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

OP's 2018 Trace 253AIR is a rear kitchen. If he has the kitchen fully stocked and carrying a full tank of fresh water, his 4 tires are probably carrying a guesstimated ~1350lbs each. Well under his Towmax ST205/75R14 Load C rating of 1760lb @ 50lbs cold. I think his problem began when one blew for whatever reason, most likely a rear. At that point, the remaining 3 tires are carrying 1800 lb and compromised. Most likely the one on the same side of the blowout is carrying much more. It just snowballed from there. Again, my guess is he eventually lost both rear tires and one of the front tires. Rear kitchens a tail heavy if not loaded properly. You are correct, my TT is a rear kitchen. However it is never fully stocked as I use it just for a weekend once a month. All 3 tires did not blow at the same time. The first to go was the driver side rear. This weekend the passenger side rear blew on my way to the campground. On my way home the passenger side front went. Each time I heard the tire pop I pulled over immediately.I was being extremely conservative with the 1350lb tire load estimate. Your TT fully loaded to GVW would have close to 1700lbs per tire. Load rated C tire are marginal at best for this TT. Especially a rear kitchen with very little cargo weight up front to counter the kitchen weight.
2112 09/09/20 04:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

Here's the 2 options I can get: Get 14" D load rated tires - Approx $500.00 Get 15" D load rated tires, new rims - $900.00 These would be the Goodyear Endurance tires.Goodyear has Endurance ST205/75R14 D load. 2040 lbs @65psi if you don't want to upgrade to 15"
2112 09/08/20 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

OP's 2018 Trace 253AIR is a rear kitchen. If he has the kitchen fully stocked and carrying a full tank of fresh water, his 4 tires are probably carrying a guesstimated ~1350lbs each. Well under his Towmax ST205/75R14 Load C rating of 1760lb @ 50lbs cold. I think his problem began when one blew for whatever reason, most likely a rear. At that point, the remaining 3 tires are carrying 1800 lb and compromised. Most likely the one on the same side of the blowout is carrying much more. It just snowballed from there. Again, my guess is he eventually lost both rear tires and one of the front tires. Rear kitchens a tail heavy if not loaded properly.
2112 09/08/20 09:33am Travel Trailers
RE: My 2019 Ford F 150 towing

I thought this was about a break controller, the op dosen't even have a TT yet. Lol.The brake controller went on break! We are providing the OP unsolicited information to consider when shopping for a TT.
2112 09/04/20 07:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: My 2019 Ford F 150 towing

Agreed. According to the same weight police I should be using nothing short of a 1 ton DRW. I do admit I should be using a 3/4 ton, but this particular F-150 gets the job done nicely.
2112 09/04/20 06:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: My 2019 Ford F 150 towing

I bought this truck a few months ago. It has the trailer hitch 7 pin connector and on the dash, a screen for towing info. But it has no brake controller with some kind of gain control. I'm shopping for a travel trailer. What do I need? I recommend the Ford integrated brake controller. You'll find this forum advise seems to limit a F150 to 6000lbs the F150 forum folks are comfortable up to 8000lbs. here's a link to get you started https://www.f150forum.com/f118/adding-trailer-brake-controller-483714/The real confusion is the fact that all F-150's are not built the same. You can't say you have an F-150, so you are good up to xxxxlbs. My previous 2005 F-150 was max'ed out towing a 6000lb TT. My current 2011 tows a 10,000lb FW very comfortably. This FW would have crushed the 2005's rear axle and smoked the tranny. You have to know your numbers. Yes, I know my 2011 is a rare bird but I'm using this as an exaggerated example. Point is, F-150's have a wide range of spec's. You need to know your specific trucks specifications to determine what you can tow.
2112 09/04/20 05:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Teaching Your Spouse How to Pull a Trailer

the question is, how do you go about teaching your wife how to pull a trailer and how to back it up with out ending up in a divorce?Most importantly, she has to want to learn. Once my wife acknowledged she wanted to learn, I taught her over time while traveling. I would say out loud what I was thinking at the moment, such as "approaching right turn so setup wide left" and ask her to watch the trailer in the right side mirror while I make the turn to observe the tracking. "Notice how much room we need to miss that curb?" Whatever the situation was, I would just say what I'm thinking. As far as backing up, we went to a large college parking lot. I did it a few times, again, just saying what I'm thinking. After doing that a few times she did it several times. Sure she screwed up, mostly over correcting, but I assured her she can't damage anything and tried to make it fun. I learned something here from watching her. With steering wheel straight and hand at 6 O'clock, you move your hand in the direction you want the rear of the trailer to go. While backing into the final approach, if you have to move your hand beyond 3 or 9 O'clock to correct your angle, stop, pull forward and try it again. Otherwise she would zig-zag her way back trying to get everything aligned.
2112 09/04/20 04:36am Towing
RE: Campground with RV sites and cabins

Quintana Beach (Freeport) Huntsville SP Brackenridge Park (Edna) Bastrop SP Leisure Resort (Fentress, San Marcos)
2112 08/31/20 02:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in Texas we have several large commercial trucks on the interstates still governed at 65 mph. I'm no more of a hazard going 65 mph than they are.
2112 08/29/20 05:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: TT Tire Recommendation

GY makes great performance tires but they do wear quickly. So far my GY ST Endurance are great tires. GY or Goya? Red or Blue? Divided we fall
2112 08/23/20 05:47am Travel Trailers
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