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RE: Masseys Landing DE

We were there for about 5 days, two years ago. High rates, but pretty good amenities. Plan on dodging all the golf carts, although there is not really that much reason to have one - it's large, but not that large. It is only slightly above sea level, so if there is rain, many of the sites get pretty soggy. Didn't have to wade, ever, but glad I was in an RV, and not a tent like some of the kids in other sites. As noted, a bit of a drive to get to the main beaches.
Flapper 02/21/20 08:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

For basic use, the charger you have will be fine. Yes, there are better built ones on the market, but just increasing either the size of the battery or going to 2 6v may only mean that your current charger will take longer to charge. Yes, it will fully charge the batteries - but may take a few hours more. I've used the stock WFCO chargers for several years now with 6v batteries. My old Jayco did have a "glitch" with 2 6v, however. They saved money by using smallish wire from the converter to the battery. And protected it with an in-line fuse. If the batteries were deeply discharged, the converter tried to supply more current than the fuse could handle, and it would blow. Per the master tech at the dealer, the cheap solution was to buy a resetting circuit breaker. It just plugs into where the fuse goes. If it blows, it automatically turns itself back on and charging continues. My current Grand Design has "beefier" wiring and fuse, so that has not been an issue.
Flapper 02/11/20 04:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

Late to the party. I have the 2017 version of this model. Tow with a 2012 F-150, HDPP. 2166 payload. 6000 miles on it. Can't speak to the latest model, but mine was very, very light on the nose, even with full water (10%). I had scary sway a few times during the early period of owning. Was using an inadequate hitch. Got the ProPride hitch, which settled it down. Current TW is about 920 (12.5%). Mostly due to the very heavy hitch. You may have to plan on figuring out ways to add lots of weight to the nose if not spending the big $$ for the hitch - more batteries, over hitch bike rack, etc. - if GD has not reworked it. Online specs lead me to think not - but they are bad about keeping those things current. If buying from a dealer, I would demand they scale the unit, to see if it is too light on the tongue, or not. 12% on the tongue is the bare minimum you want to see. I still get a bit of movement from "truck suck" as the big rigs pass me. Wife is not comfortable driving it, although I've gotten used to it. The spring project is to go over everything with ProPride, to see if it is all set up correctly. Milage on the Ecoboost is 8.5. Bummer, as my old fifth got 10. Different aerodynamics, and more sticking out behind. There is a lot of tail to wag the dog. No useability complaints - we had a few things fixed under warranty, and there were a couple of recalls for that year, but nothing that interfered with its use. While quality is on a par with similar priced other brands, GD does excel at customer response. The only thing I ever got from Jayco was "check with your dealer". GD will chase down answers to questions, step in if the dealer is dragging their feet, etc. They even will authorize anyone to do warranty work on it...(except for Camping World). I believe the weight of the hitch does not count as TW of the TT.. Most here seem to agree on this. I also believe that the weight of the hitch should be counted against the allowable TW as far as the reciever is concerned. In other words, the TT TW needs to be over 10% not counting the hitch WT. That is what will make the TT inherently stable.. But the reciever will be supporting/distributing the TW of the TT AND the hitch, so the total should be under it's rating. The propride will not let the TT sway, even if the TW is light... But it will just be masking the real problem of light TT TW. So that is likely why it feels unsettled when you tow it. This is the problem with some lashups with the propride/hensly design. A marginal TV that they would be perfect for, runs out of capacity pretty easy when used with a heavy TW TT, and the weight of the hitch. I don't know your numbers, but if you can add more TW temporairly as a test... See if it feels better. Also, I am a big fan of more than most like for TW. Depending on the design of the TT, and your specific usage of it.. Weight can shift around a LOT in the course of a trip. The GD has large holding tanks. That alone can be a major factor. And sometimes during a cold weather hunt, we return home with next to no propane in the tanks. Food gets eaten and becomes waste.. Many other items can move around as well. I like to be right at 15% or more when I start a trip.. Then I have no worries about the return trip. Well, just so the OP has a benchmark - for tongue weight, I am using the amount I got using a scale under the coupler, divided by the total weight as measured at a truck scale. This agrees fairly well with the numbers I calculate when weighing all the axels at a truck scale. for the full rig, and then again just for the unhitched TV. GD grey and black tanks are behind the axels in this model, and water is in front. So my 10% was with full water, and no waste - but pretty much otherwise as delivered, with the bad hitch. The 12.5% came with empty tanks, and loaded for camping, with the ProPride. Currently have switched to 2 6v batteries, so I might be a bit heavier now. Eyeballing it, the trailer seemed a bit nose up the last trip. My storage lot insists on being the one to move the trailer, and I'm suspicious as to the effect their method has on the alignment of the hitch. They may have caused some of the adjustments to slip....so time to remeasure and re torque everything.... I agree - more weight is better for preventing sway. The rest of the truck easily exceeds weight specs, so I have lots of margin, but getting close on the receiver max.
Flapper 01/13/20 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

Late to the party. I have the 2017 version of this model. Tow with a 2012 F-150, HDPP. 2166 payload. 6000 miles on it. Can't speak to the latest model, but mine was very, very light on the nose, even with full water (10%). I had scary sway a few times during the early period of owning. Was using an inadequate hitch. Got the ProPride hitch, which settled it down. Current TW is about 920 (12.5%). Mostly due to the very heavy hitch. You may have to plan on figuring out ways to add lots of weight to the nose if not spending the big $$ for the hitch - more batteries, over hitch bike rack, etc. - if GD has not reworked it. Online specs lead me to think not - but they are bad about keeping those things current. If buying from a dealer, I would demand they scale the unit, to see if it is too light on the tongue, or not. 12% on the tongue is the bare minimum you want to see. I still get a bit of movement from "truck suck" as the big rigs pass me. Wife is not comfortable driving it, although I've gotten used to it. The spring project is to go over everything with ProPride, to see if it is all set up correctly. Milage on the Ecoboost is 8.5. Bummer, as my old fifth got 10. Different aerodynamics, and more sticking out behind. There is a lot of tail to wag the dog. No useability complaints - we had a few things fixed under warranty, and there were a couple of recalls for that year, but nothing that interfered with its use. While quality is on a par with similar priced other brands, GD does excel at customer response. The only thing I ever got from Jayco was "check with your dealer". GD will chase down answers to questions, step in if the dealer is dragging their feet, etc. They even will authorize anyone to do warranty work on it...(except for Camping World).
Flapper 01/12/20 08:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Green Coating on Ends of Sparker Probes Over Burner ?

Salt air, and many other compounds in the air, can accelerate its formation also. Are you parking near something putting out an exhaust of some kind? Mild acid may do the trick - try vinegar.
Flapper 12/30/19 10:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Sway Control options - help please

So much unknown here... True sway is where the rear end of the trailer starts wagging back and forth (many times getting stronger with each "wag") and can get to the point of you going totally out of control. Wind, road bumps, deviations in steering, and a host of other things can make it start. The only way to stop it is to slow down (using only the trailer brakes, NOT the truck brakes). It is ONLY due to not having enough weight on the tongue. Fix that, and you fix the sway. All other measures are ways to try and damp it down so it doesn't get started. But with enough energy (speed) it can come back, and at the higher speed, it may be much worse. If using "sway control", the goal is to raise the threshold of where it will start to way above any speed you would be traveling at. Adding tongue weight is far better. You'll hear 10-15% of the weight of the trailer. But in most cases 12% should be your low end. Try loading more stuff up front, more batteries, over the hitch bike racks, etc. to get the tongue weight up. Side pushes (and "wobbly" handling) due to wind, "truck suck", rough roads and the like can seem like sway (at the beginning). Reducing those can also help reduce true sway from initiating. Sway controls, proper wd bars, better truck tires, better suspension, better weight distribution, bigger trucks and other items can all have a part in reducing/eliminating those issues. So first is to get to a scale, and find out what everything weights. Then look at your TRUCK load capacities (payload on the door sticker). Report those back. From there you can get more meaningful advice to assist with the issue. Be prepared for possibly some follow up questions - size/kind of tires, additional weight in the vehicle, etc. as people try to assist.
Flapper 11/07/19 11:09pm Towing
RE: Replacing 12-volt batteries with 6-volt

The rewiring, as noted, at it's most basic is very easy. Hardest part is adequately crimping terminals onto the bigger wire needed, but you can also find pre-made that will work. The rest depends on your rig - space to put them, finding an appropriate box (there are a few different ones - but the space you have may or may not allow them to fit), and figuring out adequate venting for them, may be a bit more of an effort. On my old fifth, it was all very easy. On my TT, a bit more of a challenge. While not the best equipment in the world, the converter your RV came with will charge them just fine. My fifth had an issue with blowing an in line fuse on the charging line if they became too depleted. Head mechanic at the dealer had me replace the fuse with an automatic resetting circuit breaker.
Flapper 11/03/19 10:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Country Ham

Here in Minnesota it is also an unheard of item. I used to go to Cracker Barrel, and they usually had a whole ham available for sale. Haven't done that for a few years now, though. Not currently listed on their website, but you could ask. It looks like they also offer various repackaged meat items from Berger's Smokehouse...so there is always mail order from that source. Not a Southern Boy by any stretch of the imagination, but when we made trips to the "East", my Dad insisted on driving back roads looking for farmhouses with roadside signs advertising "hams for sale". He insisted they were always the best, not like those "factory" operations. I'm sure those are long gone in this age of USDA inspections, etc.
Flapper 11/02/19 10:43pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Six volt battery question.

So much worry about batteries.... If your switch totally cuts the power for the batteries, go ahead and turn them off between camping outings. But make sure - many RV's have some small items that are wired direct, bypassing their cutoff switch - DVD players (for the clock), smoke/propane detectors, etc. So over a couple of months, they can drain your battery, even if you think it is "off". Batteries do self-discharge just sitting over time. But it is a very long time...many months. Heat speeds it up - so in the desert Southwest in the summer, you may think about charging them after 3-4 months. Here in Minn. after a YEAR, they can still be at 80% or above. Cold weather dramatically slows the discharge rate. Google "battery self discharge" to find time vs temp charts that demonstrate this effect. Healthy batteries will not freeze until they get to -70 (!) Just reflect on how many Canadians get to work in the winter.... Unless you get a high quality maintainer, the biggest risk to damaging the batteries would by charging too much, without using them. So: 1. Make sure the cutoff switch really does cut all power. 2. Check the water level fairly often - every couple of months when in use. Ignore if you haven't charged them since the last time you checked. 3. Fully charge them at the end of each trip. 4. Forget about them until you get ready to go camping, then just plug them in the evening before to top them off. 5. If storing for long term - 6 mos to a year, then think about possibly pulling them, or getting the camper to a place you can plug it in overnight to again top them off. Your back will thank you for not having to wrestle the beasts, and your pocketbook for not buying unnecessary charging equipment.
Flapper 06/18/19 10:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jayco quality?

I was spoiled. Met the semi-retired owner of the local Jayco dealer when all the staff were otherwise at the local RV show. He was left manning the store. Lots of chatting latter, he proudly noted that his dealership had the highest rate of warranty repairs in the country - because he insisted that every single aspect be tested and fixed before a customer got it. And he was right, in my case. 5 years, and nothing that needed dealer attention. Now have a Grand Design because they had a floorplan we liked better. Have had a few small dealer adjustments (different dealer), but the amazing part was being able to call the factory direct, and have someone quickly advise or answer the question. Something Jayco never put up with - it was always "call your dealer". Many, many tales of the Grand Design factory stepping in directly when there was an issue. Based on my limited experience - if you have a good Jayco dealer, go for it. Or, look at Grand Design.
Flapper 04/06/19 09:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V mystery

And don't forget - hot of a charger, it can take as long as a day for the charge level to read accurately. And for batteries that have been in service, one should wait at least 1/2 hr with no use before taking a volt reading. I'm thinking you were seeing a lot of "surface charge" numbers, that reverted to real lower ones after they had rested unused for a while.....
Flapper 04/06/19 03:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Travel Trailers with Freestanding table and chairs

Grand Design also has the option. Before committing, actually sit in some, and pretend to eat, play cards, etc. Sit across from each other, as well as side-by-side. While not the best furniture ever, in both the old Jayco, and now my current Grand Design, they were fine. But, the spacing available between other parts of the trailer and the table can mean a pretty tight fit for a person actually sitting in a chair. Or only 4 VERY skinny people can sit next to each other at the table.
Flapper 03/30/19 09:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Car battery

Don't forget about battery self discharge. Even unplugged they will lose charge. It all depends on the average temperature. Here in Minn over the winter, we can go easily the entire winter, and still be at 90% of charge. If the avg temp in Arizona when you are gone is 105, then you maybe have about 4 mos. before they hit the 50% mark. Now 50% is the recommended lowest they should go for longest life, but you can go more. Just plan on putting them on a charger when you get back. Or move them indoors, where at 70, they can go almost 15 months before getting to 50%.
Flapper 03/25/19 09:06pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Anderson WDH pros and cons

Count me as a dissatisfied user... I had no issue getting the full distribution needed (and more, if I wanted) on my F-150, although did have to tighten them up really tight. But, a 32' trailer was just too much - lots of sway that the cone couldn't prevent. Tried maxing out tongue weight as much as was physically possible, and no change. I assume there was just too much tail wagging the dog for the hitch to compensate. Rather than spend money and time on other hitches that I was unsure whether they would cure the problem, I spent the big $$ for a ProPride... Love the idea, but they seem to be only practical for smallish trailers.
Flapper 03/19/19 11:56am Travel Trailers
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