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RE: Towing speed

In the great lakes region many interstates are 70 (some even 75). I will range from 65-69 when in those areas. Interestingly, fuel mileage consistently works otherwise in my rig. I will do 10-15% better at 65mph than at 55mph. I'm not well-versed enough to know why, but I presume it must have something to do with the gearing on the transmission.
Mickeyfan0805 08/07/19 09:43am Towing
RE: Trailer Feels Heavier After Hauling for Period of Time

Sometimes when I floor the accelerator and will get no more than 2500 rpm on a level surface. I am the last person to give mechanical advice, but this is the element of your story that stands out to me. If you are flooring the accelerator and your RPM's are staying low, that doesn't sound like a braking or drag issue in the trailer. Stuck breaks would simply have your engine rev higher as you tried to get it started. This sounds like it has more to do with the truck than the trailer.
Mickeyfan0805 08/01/19 09:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Who really cares about what forum a thread is in?

I, like you, simply look at all of the newest. That said, I will often check the thread location to get some context for a post. Where I really think it matters is for those whose posts presume that context. Some will post issues specific to their type of rig without noting in the post the type of rig they are discussion. Generator conversations in a TT forum are very different than those in a Class A forum. 'Hitch weight' is very different for a TT than a FW. The context, in these cases, can help keep things on track. Example - I distinctly remember a thread some months back in which a TT owner was talking weights. He/she was cautioned to estimate 75-100lbs for the hitch. Someone came on proclaiming that 75-100 was absurdly low, as the real hitch would weigh 250+. One was talking WDH, the other was talking about a FW system - context mattered, but was only clear through the forum location.
Mickeyfan0805 07/29/19 09:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Can someone tell me what this is plz

Yep - water pump. One line draws from what appears to be a holding tank. The other might be an external line for winterizing (hard to tell). The copper line is likely a supply line to the rest of the camper.
Mickeyfan0805 07/29/19 09:18am Tech Issues
RE: Correct inflation of trailer tires

I'm by no means an expert in this, but it seems to me that uneven tire wear is the major downside to running at full pressure. A rougher ride may be slightly noticeable, and I've never once had a concern with traction. That said, most who tow trailers are towing few enough miles that the tires will age out long before they wear out. For this reason, we tow at full pressure, knowing that our tires will get about 30k miles in the 5 years we own them before replacementy.
Mickeyfan0805 07/29/19 09:14am Beginning RVing
RE: Best Location for MaxxAir Covers?

I don't want to cover every vent, So, thoughts? Where would you locate them? Why don't you want to cover every vent? Surely not the cost of the covers? The simple solution is to get 2 more covers. If money is the issue use the 2 you have in your most used locations and save up for 2 more. No - it's a matter of blocking out the sunlight. I want to put a couple in to be able to travel with the air flowing and try to reduce the 'hotbox' factor when we arrive. That said, we like having the daylight come through from above, and I'm reluctant to cover all of the fans.
Mickeyfan0805 07/09/19 11:28am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Best Location for MaxxAir Covers?

so every time someone uses the toilet when its running, it sucks the stink right from the black tank when the toilet is flushed. That's the problem. Turn the fan off when using the toilet. Turn it back on after flushing only after the flapper is closed. If I didn't have 3 kids that seemed impossible to train in this area, I would - but no such luck! Believe me, we tried. They always forget.
Mickeyfan0805 07/09/19 11:26am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Best Location for MaxxAir Covers?

put it over the Fantastic fan so you can run it when it rains. Unfortunately, we don't run our fantastic fan much. It was installed in the bathroom (right above the toilet), so every time someone uses the toilet when its running, it sucks the stink right from the black tank when the toilet is flushed.
Mickeyfan0805 07/08/19 12:46pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Best Location for MaxxAir Covers?

We have a 35' bunkhouse with 4 vent locations. There is a vent in the front bedroom, one in the main cabin, and a third in the rear bunkhouse. The fourth is a fantastic fan in the bathroom. I've picked up 2 MaxxAir covers and am trying to decide where to mount them. I will put one in the rear bunkhouse. I can't decide if the other should go in the main cabin or the front bedroom. I'd like to put it up front so that the cross-ventilation covers the entire rig, but I'm worried that the bedroom wall would interrupt too much of the flow (air could only flow through the two door). If I put it mid-cabin, however, the bedroom won't get any of the ventilation flow. I don't want to cover every vent, so I want to keep it to just the two (at least for now). So, thoughts? Where would you locate them?
Mickeyfan0805 07/08/19 12:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstine around July 4

We are looking ahead to 2020 plans, and we want to do a trip to Mt. Rushmore and Yellowstone. Our challenge is that the best time, for us, is the week of (and following) July 4. How bad will these locations be around July 4 and the week following? We don't need to camp in Yellowstone, so I'm more worried about the attractions themselves? Will they be miserable to visit around July 4, or is it still manageable despite the higher crowds?
Mickeyfan0805 06/26/19 12:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Expedition w/Toy Hauler and 2 SeaDoo's

I just don't see how the number would ever reasonably works with an Expedition. By the time you add the carts, you are talking about roughly 2,000 pounds in the SeaDoos alone. That leaves you 7,000 (assuming you actually have the full 9k to work with, which is unlikely) for the trailer, passengers and gear - and that doesn't even begin to raise the question of payload. All in all, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a light enough TH, that's big enough to handle two SeaDoos, that will stay within reason for an Expedition. As for double towing - to each their own, but there's no way I'd want to take on that much length with the wheelbase of an Expedition.
Mickeyfan0805 06/12/19 09:21am Toy Haulers
RE: Ordering a TT, to get what I want?

I would offer a slightly different perspective. A unit sitting on the lot has already had some wear due to time, weather, sun, people walking in and out, maybe it has been to a show, etc... Similarly, a built-to-spec rig will include additional paperwork and management from the dealer to get the right details in, make sure it comes off the line correctly, and more. From both these perspectives, a built-to-spec rig might be considered a higher value (and thus more expensive) than a general floorplan rig. All in all, like DTR, we ordered our last one (actually caught one just getting built for the dealer and had it customized), and we expcted that the price would be no higher or lower than a new model year on the lot, which was exactly our experience.
Mickeyfan0805 06/11/19 09:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Covers and X-Chocks

Never done this, but do any of the double-tire covers fit your vehicle? Unless there is some sort of internal strapping of which I am unaware, I would think you could put the x-chock in place and the place a double cover over both wheels without inhibiting the function at all.
Mickeyfan0805 06/04/19 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Travel Trailer License Plate Necessary?

yes they doThat would be my guess. It's well established that you you have to obey all driving laws when in another state. Only your drivers license has reciprocity. While the OP is long gone and likely had no actual interest in this to begin with, I will say, for those who are beginning to consider other implications (ie - tinting, etc...), it's not quite as clear as this post implies. Many states, for example, only issue one license plate to be mounted on the rear of the vehicle. If you drive that vehicle into a state that requires two, you don't have to put a second plate on your car (in fact, you don't have a second one to put on). Again, this has nothing to do with the OP, but there clearly are some things where reciprocity applies and some that don't, and it goes beyond the driver's license. If you are worried about a particular issue, research that issue, don't assume any generalities apply either way.
Mickeyfan0805 05/28/19 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Heading to Mt. Rushmore

When are you going? I understand the desire to be flexible, but if you are going during the summer months, I would not venture out there without arrangements - you will be joining thousands of campers in the same area at the same time. You might be fine, but I would find myself too worried about it, so I wouldn't take the risk.
Mickeyfan0805 05/21/19 11:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Low mileage issue

Any engine will have issues with sitting idle too long. In my mind, it's more about how those miles were put on than the gross number itself. 5-6k miles per year is a fair amount of driving for a family rig that's being used for weekend trips, week-long vacations, etc... If a family has been driving the rig 5-6k per year, for the past 10 years, and they've been maintaining it along the way, that would be a reasonable rig to consider. On the other hand, if they drive that 60k miles in the first -56 years, and then the kids graduated and it's been sitting in the driveway immobile for the last 4, that's an entirely different can of worms. Understanding exactly how it's been used can help you make a much more informed decision about where the concerns may be.
Mickeyfan0805 05/20/19 09:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Forum errors...

Yes, the mods made an announcement. Thanks - I didn’t see that anywhere. Must have missed it.
Mickeyfan0805 05/17/19 09:12pm Forum Posting Help and Support
Forum errors...

Is anyone else having problems with the server? For the past 3-4 days I am have to re-attempt page loads (sometimes multiples times), because I keep getting a service error from the server. Just wondering if this is something on my end or something that is happening to others as well. Edit - even when posting this, I had to try again because I got the same server downtime error.
Mickeyfan0805 05/16/19 06:03pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: N. WI to Akron, OH. Chicago?

I think a lot of it depends on where in northern WI and what time you are coming through. The I39-24 route adds 100-125 miles to the trip (depending on which part of WI you are coming from). That's 2 extra hours of driving and $30+ additional in gas (for us, the gas cost would be closer to $45). I could deal with some traffic and cover the cost of a lot of tolls for that. Even going down to I80 adds 60 miles as opposed to coming straight in from Rockford (if you are that far west to begin with). If you absolutely have to come through between 7-10a or 4-7p, then it might be worth the the extra distance to save the frustration, but it's doubtful. Generally, coming from the Milwaukee area, I just make sure to avoid those times, use the tri-state (294), and don't have many difficulties. It would really take a major accident in the midst of rush hour to have delays as extensive as those 2 hours. Unless you are averse to heavy traffic, I would suggest you do the 39-80 route or just try to time it for midday and come right down 90 to 294 and then around to 80 (the latter would be my option).
Mickeyfan0805 05/16/19 03:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: Price per mile

I'm with others - that's a big risk for a small reward to do this on the side like that. My guess is that any accident would be declined by insurance unless you were registered and insured to do it (which comes with extensive costs of it's own) - and I wouldn't count on Joe Craigslist to lie to an insurance adjuster as to why you were towing his/her rig. That $100 weekend gig could end up costing thousands if things go awry. IMHO - it's an all-in or all-out scenario. The middle ground is just too risky for me.
Mickeyfan0805 05/15/19 03:17pm Fifth-Wheels
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