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RE: Well we are almost full timers & the bunkhouse room

Or a piece of styrofoam insulation board.
GrandpaKip 03/26/20 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Skyline Nomad manual

The Skyline manual is pretty generic. I have a notebook that has all the manuals for each appliance, electric panel, axles, tongue jack, etc. Basically anything that has a model number can be found online and printed out. The book is also good for keeping maintenance records and manuals for anything you add.
GrandpaKip 03/24/20 07:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Water damage under shower.

Can you tell where the leak is coming from? You need to do that first before you do any repair. ^This. Then dry it out. I have had several plumbing leaks for various reasons that caused no lasting damage. The trick is to get the leak stopped first, then access the damage. Good luck.
GrandpaKip 03/23/20 08:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Help choosing something like Cougar

Thanks so much everyone for your detailed and clear explanation. I can't believe the RV dealers we went to didn't provide the same. You are right that the towing capacity is calculated based on just one 150lb person driving. After I did the math you provided, I ended up with just a 5100 lb towing capacity. We just towed a trailer 3 hrs each way that's 6875 lb dry (not counting the weight distribution / sway hitch). I don't think my family will be happy with anything smaller than that trailer, so it seems I now need to look for a tow vehicle as well. So, let's ignore the towing capacity for now and just focus on figuring out which TTs we should be looking at. Can folks help me with that please? Actually, this is a better way to go about it. Tis much better to match a truck with a trailer than the other way ‘round. As far as the trailer goes, I’m pretty sure every manufacturer will have a floor plan that is close or meets your requirements. The search can be enjoyable. We visited every dealer within a 100 mile or so radius to see what was available, even staying overnight in one area that had several dealerships.
GrandpaKip 03/23/20 08:08am Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck - Is My Math Right?

^This. Using the gross weight rating of the camper will get you started at the heaviest the trailer should be. Then figure the % (you pick between 10 and 15). You cannot have any real kind of accuracy using dry weight as a reference.
GrandpaKip 03/22/20 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Help choosing something like Cougar

Welcome to the forum. Since you already have a truck, you will be looking to match a trailer to it. The tow rating on a truck usually has no bearing on choosing a trailer. You will run out of payload before hitting the max tow rating. So, what truck do you have and what’s the payload? The payload, or cargo limit, can be found on the tire sticker on the driver’s door jamb. This info will get you started.
GrandpaKip 03/22/20 08:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Spring Shakedown Trip cancelled

north carolina state park campgrounds are closed till further notice. trails and restrooms are open We were planning to visit a few of the NC parks in the coming months and have put that notion away for the time being. We have a lot of reservations for summer and fall. Can only wait and see how that pans out. Wasn’t planning on it with our travel plans, but gonna get started on a complete veggie garden. Best laid plans of mice and men, and all that.... Here’s hoping everyone stays well.
GrandpaKip 03/19/20 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck - Is My Math Right?

I think you’re on the right track. If you take 13% of the gross weight rating and the resultant tongue weight fits in your calculations, you’ve got a good starting point. Per your figures, it does look as if 4000# will be your upper limit. I would also suggest you look into an Andersen hitch which is perfect for the size camper you are looking at, is very easy to set up and weighs less than the standard bar type. Have fun.
GrandpaKip 03/19/20 07:08am Travel Trailers
RE: 2019 Forest River Salem 27Rei

If properly maintained, FR products are no better or worse than most other brands.
GrandpaKip 03/15/20 08:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

What are your thoughts on a surge protector I have a 50amp hookup & the parts department highly recommended one. Not sure if because the just wanted to sell me something or if there are alot of issues with sensitive electronics or what? It's about... Is your trailer worth protecting. One of my buddies didn't think he needed one... Lightening struck the campground he was staying in and... Lightening ran in on his camper, and fried just about everything. Cost him right at $2000 to fix his camper back like it was. NOW HE USES A SURGE PROTECTOR.It would have cost him only his deductible if he would have had insurance on it, which is a more useful investment in my opinion. A deductible which is more expensive than the EMS unit. And, more than likely, raise your insurance rate, which you still pay every year. I like the once and done.
GrandpaKip 03/13/20 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

I pay about $2500/year to insure the house, vehicles and toys. Each year, not just once. I paid a little over $200 for the EMS. Just once. Pretty cheap insurance. Never had a claim for house or vehicles. But I keep insurance (not minimum either) on all of them because of those 2 guys. Y’know, Mr. Murphy and Justin Case. I don’t give a rat’s behind if anyone else has any electrical protection or not.
GrandpaKip 03/12/20 08:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Where's the bypass for the water heater?

If you are just sanitizing the FWT, no need to bypass anything. 1/4 cup bleach per 15 gallons added through the tank fill, run water pump through each faucet til you can smell chlorine. Let sit for a couple hours, then drain and rinse til smell is gone.
GrandpaKip 03/10/20 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: What TPMS should do...

Maybe you have a defective unit I spoke to the engineers there and they said that it would not detect if a tire fell of. "That wasn't a design parameter" ???$#@%^%$ They did replace the main unit once for another issue and it does the same thing. And I don't like how it cycles from tire to tire or you need to index it manually. I'd like to find one that shows tire pressure and temp for all the tires all the time, without cycling through... Know of any that offer that? I have a tire minder system that shows all 4 tires’ pressure and temps at once.
GrandpaKip 03/09/20 08:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Forest River Roof

When on the road, the roof material will probably balloon up. That may lead to more coming loose, or not. If the price is right, it wouldn’t bother me as I would fix it. Maybe have a mobile tech look at it to allay or confirm any concerns.
GrandpaKip 03/09/20 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Jack Needed

I have not manually cranked mine, but I did find out how to do it. There is a plug on top of the motor with a 9/16 nut under the plug. At least, I think that’s the size as it’s been over 4 years. Anyhow, the top of the jack is about even with the propane tank cover, so I don’t think it will be a problem. If this one goes kaput, I’ll just have to research and decide. Also, like you,I have no quarrel with Lippert. Skyline seems to have ordered better frames as mine is not welded, but is an 8” one piece I-beam.My Lippert frame is a real I beam as well. A 10" I beam 1/4" thick with 2-3/4" flanges. Sabre spent some money on that frame. We definitely need a like button.
GrandpaKip 03/05/20 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: What TPMS should do...

Not sure, but I would think that if a hub is going, it would show as higher temps on the TPMS. Unless it fails catastrophically. Then nothing is going to warn you in time, like a road hazard blowout.
GrandpaKip 03/05/20 09:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

Our EMS has saved us several times from low voltage and once from high voltage. Never would have known without it and maybe would be wondering why my A/C failed later on. But then, ignorance is bliss, right? Same thing as all those spotdoodles that don’t wear a seatbelt.
GrandpaKip 03/05/20 08:56am Travel Trailers
RE: TPMS temps

The air in the tire is in direct contact with the sensor, though that really doesn’t matter. What matters is the temp of the tire itself. The tire heats up, the rim (being a great conductor of heat) heats up, the valve stem heats up, and the sensor, also. So, I got a pretty good idea of the actual temp of the tire from the TPMS. I’ll do another reading when we hit S.C. this summer.
GrandpaKip 03/04/20 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: 1st TT arriving tomm, what is your check list for setup?

Where in N.C. are you? Rockingham. Ah...not close to me. As has been said, read the manuals, try everything. Also, check every plumbing connection that is hand tightened, both water supply and drain. Enjoy!
GrandpaKip 03/04/20 07:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

I believe a surge protector is mandatory equipment. I used a pedestal type that has some diagnostics on it. It saved us several times from miswired pedestals. I now have a hardwired EMS and really like the info it displays. Both are Progressive Industries, made in the U.S.
GrandpaKip 03/04/20 07:28am Travel Trailers
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