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RE: Neutral lines reversed

I wonder if the equipment is reading that neutral and ground are reversed? There's no electrical way to detect such a fault, since the only difference between neutral and ground lies in what purpose they serve and whether the physical wire has a jacket around it. I alomost agree with you Drew.. I suspect it detects some of the faults by measuring voltages.. Voltage between neutral and ground means "Reverse Polarity".. Mine said "OPEN GROUND" but the park technician who fixed it swears it was the neutral. I'm thinking the error messages might be...er.. off a bit sometimes You may almost agree with Drew but Drew is 100% correct.
Mike134 05/28/20 05:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Balance

The machinist in me things the argument of how to mount the tires while balancing is not relevant. I would expect the lug holes to be as accurately stamped into the rims as your steel rims from any of the auto manufacturers in relation to the center hole. The attached article maybe of interest. https://www.machinedesign.com/fastening-joining/article/21832042/whats-the-difference-between-lugcentric-and-hubcentric-wheels You can understand after reading this why it's so important to make sure you check the torque on the lug nuts.
Mike134 05/28/20 10:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: As to camper weight, what does this sticker indicate?

Thanks for the replies. I think I need more truck. I'm looking at a Lance 825 with a Wet Weight w/Std. equipment of 2155 lbs. Still, I understand I need to weigh the truck. 10,000lb means you have a F350 single rear wheel no?
Mike134 05/27/20 03:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire Balance

How many people balance their drums? My drums come balanced, there are weights welding to the outside. Photos please! https://i.imgur.com/wMxkFnKl.jpg
Mike134 05/27/20 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Balance

How many people balance their drums? My drums come balanced, there are weights welding to the outside.
Mike134 05/27/20 06:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Balance

If it's recommended to balance car tires, I cannot for the life of me understand someone suggesting it's not needed on trailer tires.
Mike134 05/26/20 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crimper With Awg Dies 8 - 1/0 NOT METRIC

try this https://www.amazon.com/TEMCo-Lug-Crimper-Tool-TH0012/dp/B00HJYVFSG/ref=psdc_553392_t1_B000LDGRV2
Mike134 05/26/20 11:51am Tech Issues
RE: Buying a new travel trailer-first time buyer

Add on's.... dealer prep fees, tag/title fees, sales tax, GAP insurance if you finance and choose it... someone already mentioned an Extended Warranty ... (think twice or 3 times!) And, if you finance, certain lenders require GAP insurance. If you need GAP insurance that tells you the camper is worth less than the loan amount.
Mike134 05/25/20 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Buying a new travel trailer-first time buyer

Not sure if this is your first RV (not just first bunkhouse), but I strongly recommend you rent a trailer for a couple of weekends to see if the family really enjoys it.This more then anything. Countless RV'S are bought and sold for a loss after people find this isn't their thing. And they find it's to big or to small. We bought a used trailer that was one year old. To small for them perfect for us, plus we'd rented both trailers and Class C motorhomes so we knew what we liked.
Mike134 05/25/20 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: A trip to the CAT Scale

The weight on your Steer Axle with WDH engaged should be greater than the truck only weight. Your numbers show the drive axle lost 80# while the drive axle gained 780#. No it shouldn’t. The idea is to restore weight removed from the front axle. It is usually very difficult to restore all of the weight and some vehicle manufacturers even say to only restore 50%. It should never exceed the unloaded weight. Numbers here are about as good as they can be. X2
Mike134 05/25/20 08:19am Towing
RE: PSI of LT tire after upgrading from P rated tire

thanks for sharing
Mike134 05/23/20 06:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with new travel trailer

Have you done much camping in a friends RV? if so you know what you like. If not I'd suggest renting from either a RV store or RVshare.com before paying 35K. When I bought mine I asked the salesman why someone would trade in a 1 year old camper, his answer was "happens all the time people find it's either to small or to big and trade them in for something different"
Mike134 05/22/20 06:24am Beginning RVing
RE: Routine brake/shock inspection, how?

This is just very basic mechanical work, any auto or truck repair shop should have a guy that knows what to do. The last place I would take it is a RV dealer where the rates will be higher and the quality of work probably lower. Best if you can learn to do these simple tasks yourself so that you aren't dependent on others when on a trip. X2
Mike134 05/20/20 10:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Bearing repack - hub noises?

Ok people. Electric brakes will make a noise when turned. The magnet is in contact with the drum by a spring. It rides along the drum until the brake controller sends a signal for current. Then it drags harder against the drum and increases braking proportiently. So it's normal to hear a scraping/dragging noise when turning. The drum will not freewheel because of this. It does sound like it may be slightly adjusted too much. You should be able to freely turn it with a couple fingers and not much effort. Here's the parts of the magnet, notice the spring to keep the magnet against the drum when brakes are not applied https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/etrailer/AKBRKR-M10.html
Mike134 05/20/20 06:46am Towing
RE: Bearing repack - hub noises?

Ok people. Electric brakes will make a noise when turned. The magnet is in contact with the drum by a spring. It rides along the drum until the brake controller sends a signal for current. Then it drags harder against the drum and increases braking proportiently. So it's normal to hear a scraping/dragging noise when turning. The drum will not freewheel because of this. It does sound like it may be slightly adjusted too much. You should be able to freely turn it with a couple fingers and not much effort. /\ /\ what he said
Mike134 05/19/20 06:39pm Towing
RE: Do Ineed to adjust (lower) my hitch?

He needs a weight distributing hitch Why would you say that? What makes you think that truck needs a wdh to haul that trailer other than conjecture? Because that's my opinion
Mike134 05/19/20 12:18pm Towing
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

Well the truck is back from the dealer and I can report results. I was told the mechanic inspected the brakes and there is plenty of life on the pads (10mm) and the brakes are functioning properly. So they did no service. I had said might as well rotate tires but only if you need to remove the tires to check the brakes, otherwise the tires are not due for rotation. I was told they did not need to remove the tires. That they were able to inspect the brakes without removing the tires. This surprises me. I thought tires needed to be removed to inspect brakes. You are correct tough to do a quality inspection of brakes with the wheels on. have to be-careful of "mechanics" not all deserve the title. When I bought my used camper I suspected a bent axle because of tire wear on just one wheel. Their "mechanic" said nothing was wrong. Fortunately I work with machinery all the time so a new 160.00 Dexter axle was easy to put in. And yes the old axle was bent.
Mike134 05/17/20 05:15pm Truck Campers
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

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Mike134 05/17/20 05:07pm Truck Campers
RE: truck swerved with hard braking

Your brakes pulled you to the right. The right brake has more friction than the left. Plenty of causes. A good mechanic will fix it for you.
Mike134 05/14/20 07:48pm Truck Campers
RE: New travel trailer check list

Sleep, shower, cold food in the frig, make breakfast should show most issues
Mike134 05/14/20 06:27pm Travel Trailers
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