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RE: Need Help with Utility Trailer Decision

I have had both and never a problem with either. Well treated wood last a long time even stored outside as mine have always been.
BB_TX 01/21/20 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: assist for toy hauler rear door

I would also look to see if additional springs can be added. Or possibly stronger springs. I don't have a TH, but my utility trailer has a very heavy loading ramp. Added strong springs to it and now it is easy even for my 74 yr old body to raise and lower it. The springs are so strong that sometimes the ramp will stop a couple inches before reaching the ground and I step on it to push it down to the ground. And raising it back up takes little effort. A good trailer shop could advise you on your options.
BB_TX 01/20/20 10:00am Toy Haulers
RE: DirecTV or Dish

We have had Dish at home and the RV for many many years and have always been happy with it. And have always had great customer service the few times I needed it. Some love Dish. Some hate Dish. Some love Directv. Some hate Directv. Take your pick of opinions.
BB_TX 01/19/20 06:51pm Technology Corner
RE: 5th wheel tires

Do you have 80 psi wheels or 110 psi wheels? The G614 and Sailun are 110 psi tires. If by wet you mean loaded for travel then the Michelin XPS Ribs are great tires for lighter weight trailers. For that weight you should have something in the range of 9,000 lbs on the tires. The Goodyear Endurance ST is a relatively new tire that seems to get good reviews. I believe it is an 80 psi tire.
BB_TX 01/17/20 12:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trip West

4 weeks is plenty of time to see Denver and Grand Canyon. A week to get west and a week to get back. But you can’t tarry much along the way or spend much time at other attractions. Assume you will average 50-55 mph on good interstate quality highways including time spent for rest, fuel, and food stops. Less on secondary highways. Now use google maps to find total round trip miles. And do the math to see how many hours that will be actual highway time. Figure how many hours you can comfortably travel a day. That will tell you how much sightseeing time you will have.
BB_TX 01/14/20 07:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip West

Time of fall (early or late) and length of trip would be helpful in getting better answers.
BB_TX 01/14/20 06:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: More tire pressure monitor discussion.

I've been towing RV's for 50-years and never had a flat, nor a problem with a tire. I do change my tires often and rather spend my limited $$$ on new Goodyear tires than a TPMS. If I ever get a flat.... I will stop and change it myself. I am with you buddy! For the most part, I agree with you guys; quality tires are your first line of defense. I've had the TST 507 system for about 8 years and never really needed it except it did warn me once of a very low tire when we getting ready to leave a campground one morning. ................ So is TPMS a waste of money? That's up to you to decide. Personally I like the added peace of mind provided by the TPMS. That one time may have saved you a ruined tire and a lot of roadside time and trouble. And more than paid for itself if it saved that one tire.
BB_TX 01/13/20 05:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

I must admit I know little about 5G except it means 5th generation. Up until now, every generation meant an improvement over the old generation. If it's not better, what's it all about? Speed wise it is much much better. Problem is going to be in general access for everyone.
BB_TX 01/13/20 05:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

And when it does roll out it will be limited to major cities. The 5G broadcast range is pathetic, a matter of feet not miles. I doubt it's anything RVers will need to concern themselves with until the do a major upgrade of the tech. True. From Verizon; The shorter wavelength means 5G can carry a lot of data much faster than 4G, but it also means a much shorter range. 4G wavelengths have a range of about 10 miles. 5G wavelengths have a range of about 1,000 feet, not even 2% of 4G's range. So roaming the country with 5G will be almost impossible unless they can somehow improve the range. Or built towers every 1,000 feet.
BB_TX 01/13/20 08:37am Technology Corner
RE: What type of valve is this?

here you go,vac. breaker ^^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^^
BB_TX 01/13/20 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: More tire pressure monitor discussion.

I feel confident that while true blowouts do occur, many of what people claim as blowouts are actually tires that have slowly lost pressure due to a puncture until they run flat and/or overheat and start coming apart at highway speeds. That is where a TPMS is invaluable. Checking pressure at each stop (that may be a couple hours or over 100 miles) is not a particularly good preventative.
BB_TX 01/13/20 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I responded to your other post.
BB_TX 01/12/20 08:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Plug in truck bed or use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

My current truck came with the in-bed plug plus the bumper plug. I normally use the in-bed plug, but have also used the bumper plug a couple times. Either works fine for me. My previous truck only had the bumper plug and never a problem with it towing the 5er several years with it.
BB_TX 01/12/20 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: melting plug

A 30 amp service can only supply 30 amps. If the current rises much above 30 amps the breaker will trip. If the equipment is properly constructed and in good condition it will not over heat at 30 amps or some design amount above that. Low voltage cannot make the current increase more than that 30 amps without causing the breaker to trip. And the RV cannot overload the circuit without also tripping the breaker. Again, if properly constructed and in good condition. Heat is caused by too much current flowing thru a resistance. A bad, worn, or loose receptacle will cause the plug to overheat and possibly melt the plug. Likewise a bad, worn, or loose plug will cause the plug to overheat. A loose wire in either will do the same. All of those add resistance to the circuit.
BB_TX 01/11/20 07:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th Wheel from IL to PHX in March

All depends on the weather forecast at the time. That same route may be fine. But if winter storms are forecast for OK, TX panhandle, or northern NM then you should probably head farther south to get to I-20 or even all the way down to I-10. Being weather aware should dictate your decision.
BB_TX 01/11/20 12:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tire pressure monitors

I have had the TST 507 non flow thru type for a number of years. Add 2-3 lb air in the spring and good for the season as my tires just don’t lose air. Sensors are smaller and lighter than the flow thru and simple to remove if I should need to add air.
BB_TX 01/10/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: State route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona

There is a sign just before you drop into the canyon stating 50' limit. Don't know how well that is enforced, but would be a long trip back if you were not allowed to go thru. And the curves, switchbacks, and narrow highway mean there are places where you will be taking up your lane and part of the oncoming lane. Or scraping the rocks along side.
BB_TX 01/08/20 10:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Self Driving 18 wheeler Going 75 MPH

Can't wait to see if these self drivers exceed the CA 55 speed limit. No doubt they will be programmed for local speed limits. Even newer GPS models will show the local posted speed limit on the screen, and typically very accurate showing that number as you enter or leave a speed limit change area.
BB_TX 01/06/20 08:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Washer/Dryer worth it?

We have a Splendide vented combo and DW would not be without it. Although she occasionally uses the park laundry if she has a particularly large load, she would much rather use her own. With the combo, the loads are somewhat small, but she can set it to wash AND dry, put in a load of laundry, we leave to do whatever we want, and come back later to a clean dry load. And repeat if necessary. Better than sitting around a laundry waiting for the washers and dryers to do their thing.
BB_TX 01/06/20 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Discount on fuel if paying with cash??

Not unusual in this area for stations to have a cash price and a credit card price a few cents higher. The station (or any business for that matter) has to pay the credit card company a fee for each credit card transaction. So they are passing that fee along to you. We used to own a small business and the monthly fee for credit card transactions can add up to a significant amount.
BB_TX 01/06/20 08:16am General RVing Issues
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