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RE: Trailer Brakes Disconnected message

Logically since this problem is showing up on RAM and Ford trucks and we all have different RV's thus the problem is most likely in the truck connections and/or plug. Especially since it goes away for a time after cleaning the connectors. We did that too. Cleaned the connector and it "went away" or so we thought. There was just something differently wrong. It was just coincidental that the cleaning seemed to help.
ReneeG 05/18/22 02:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes Disconnected message

Thanks for all the replies. At this point I don't think its the truck but trying to figure out what it is on the trailer. May even try another similar truck and see if the same issue appears just to be sure. The connections all look good with no corrosion. First time i've experienced this issue before. The rub is the connections can "look good" but in reality are bad. Typically non weather proof crimps are used to make the connections which allows moisture in the air and water splash to find its way into the crimp and wick into the wire. That moisture over time corrodes the wire creating high resistance. I would at a minimum cut the crimps, resplice the connections with outdoor rated connectors. Additionally, axle manufacturers run the wire through the hollow axle tubes. The wire inside is free to move about which can lead to the wire breaking inside the tube or scuffing the insulation from the wire and creating random shorts. The fix there is to bypass and run the wire on top of the axles (lots of wire ties) or run the wire back to the trailer frame and across to the other side. Our problem was in the actual wheel hub. Once they pulled it, they found the problem.
ReneeG 05/17/22 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes Disconnected message

Keep us posted!!
ReneeG 05/17/22 03:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes Disconnected message

Interesting. We had this last year while on a trip with our F350 and FW. Took the truck to the dealership to check. There was a problem with older F350 pin connectors, but not this one. Thoroughly checked and not the truck. Pin connector end looked worn (pigtail), so replaced that. Still the problem. Pulled trailer back and forth and brakes "were" working. Last ditch effort, took it to a local Les Schwab and lo and behold, the brake wires were worn through on one side, magnets not connecting as a result. Replaced, inspected other side and all good to go! Scary thing is that we got this intermittent message earlier in the year on two different mountain trips. I told hubby that when he pulled the FW forward I could hear clunking on one side. Good luck in tracking it down.
ReneeG 05/17/22 12:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Good News

Congratulations on all your good news and back to RV'ing with a healthy wife and great new companion dog.
ReneeG 05/10/22 08:36am RV Pet Stop
RE: Slidouts

We have hydraulic slides in our 2011 FW, three slides and no problems. Have never had to refill the hydraulic fluid and we do check it as part of our maintenance. Have had a minor leak,but tightened the seal and it's good.
ReneeG 05/08/22 07:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: R Vision

Best of luck! Write often and send pics!
ReneeG 05/04/22 06:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: reservation system cheating still prolific in ontario parks.

1. A lot of campers drive through looking for sites and these always remain empty and I've seen some stop at the host and some don't. 2. I think this is the case, yet, the FS drives through too. 3. This particular CG is always booked solid. It's a popular site. I would recommend writing a letter to the overseeing district and voice a concern that the first night must be occupied rule is not being enforced and folks are being turned away while sites sit empty from no shows. Rules only work if they are enforced. It may be the district that is failing to enforce, or it may be the host. At one of my favorite FS campgrounds, there is no host. In peak season, a ranger drives through daily after check out time and checks for occupancy. If not occupied, they pull the reserved tag. Off peak season, the ranger only comes through a couple times a week. Usually on Monday to post reserved tags for the following weekend and then again on Thursday to make sure someone hasn't squatted any of the reserved sites. As the campground usually doesn't fill up off season, there is always another spot. But, if you drove up on Saturday after check out and the reservee hadn't shown, you could simply take the spot - tag or not. If they appeared later or the next day, they wouldn't be able to claim that site and kick you out. Instead, they would need to take a different site. The rangers wouldn't have bothered to cancel the reservation, but they wouldn't enforce the reservation site. I'm going to do that next time we stay there.
ReneeG 04/29/22 03:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: reservation system cheating still prolific in ontario parks.

The "must occupy the site on the first night of the reservation or you forfeit the entire reservation" is the standard to thwart this. Some folks don't like it for various reasons, but it does stop the behavior. This doesn't always work. We have a favorite FS CG here and they have this policy, but we've seen the reservers not show on the first, second, third nights and yet the site is still empty! There are three things at play here: 1. just because a reservation is forfeited doesn't mean the site will be filled by another camper. This only opens up the site to folks who drive to the campground looking for first come first serve sites, or for people to make reservations online two-four days out. 2. it doesn't work if the individual campground doesn't enforce it. It requires a camphost or ranger to check the campsites each day at checkout time to see if it was occupied or not. 3. If the campground isn't booked solid, they may not worry about it as there are other spots available. 1. A lot of campers drive through looking for sites and these always remain empty and I've seen some stop at the host and some don't. 2. I think this is the case, yet, the FS drives through too. 3. This particular CG is always booked solid. It's a popular site.
ReneeG 04/29/22 08:04am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: reservation system cheating still prolific in ontario parks.

The "must occupy the site on the first night of the reservation or you forfeit the entire reservation" is the standard to thwart this. Some folks don't like it for various reasons, but it does stop the behavior. This doesn't always work. We have a favorite FS CG here and they have this policy, but we've seen the reservers not show on the first, second, third nights and yet the site is still empty!
ReneeG 04/28/22 10:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Trip with a 9 year old.

We stayed at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park several years back. There are hookups and showers. If I remember correctly the restrooms and showers were clean and well maintained, but we didn't shower there. Not far from there is Missouri Headwaters State Park. The history is fascinating. If she likes caves, she may like this area. There is a campground there, but we didn't stay because we drove up from L&C Caverns. If you continue south on 287 to Ennis, then West to Virginia City, that is a fascinating area that any child would find interesting. There is a nice RV park in Ennis that we stayed at, Ennis RV Village.
ReneeG 04/27/22 09:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: My campsite map now up to 740 sites

Hi Ralph! Happy to see you here. I've used your map many times! You've got great pics too.
ReneeG 04/26/22 03:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: secureing sofa in slide

We just removed the sofa from our rig and it was held down to the wooden flooring with lag bolts. Then there were large bolts for the seat belts that went into steel framing.I would use some way to secure the unit to the floor. OP is asking about a 5th wheel, only our kitchen table is secured, chairs, futon, recliner all just sit there.. Same with our FW. Only the table is screwed down.
ReneeG 04/24/22 07:48pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: ZEP Floor Wax Update

Good feedback. Thank you. What about decals, is it ok on the decals, no yellowing? We just paid $7k last year to redo all the decals on our FW with high quality, guaranteed to not fade decals. I guess I should be asking the manufacturer too. Thanks.
ReneeG 04/21/22 07:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Crazy static pop while waxing/cleaning motorhome

For safety reasons, I would first assume it is a bad ground. Confirm or rule it out for your life's sake.
ReneeG 04/18/22 07:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: GAS CLASS A. Vs. Dually

As someone who thoroughly test drove a Class A BEFORE deciding to purchase a Fifth Wheel and dually to tow it with - NO. The Class A will not ride better than your truck and FW. The gas Class A we test drove rocked and rolled all over the place and I knew I was going to be car sick. Not an ounce of problem with the truck and FW.
ReneeG 04/16/22 05:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting gas with long trailer?

Talking about desperately needing fuel. It happened to us - once. We were towing a 32' long Komfort TT with an F250 V10 . . . 7.5mpg, yup. We were traveling through the Denver, CO, area and could not find a gas station off the interstate we were on, GPS said there was a gas station off an exit, so we took it. The gas station turned out to be one of those with gas pumps vertical to a convenience store. Hubby didn't care. He drove in, we filled up, I got out and spotted him as he backed all the way up into the grocery store parking lot, turned around and off we went. Walkie talkies are invaluable in cases like this.
ReneeG 04/15/22 06:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana/Wyoming/Colorado Route Advice

You'll take I-15 in Idaho all the way till it turns into Hwy 20, then all the way into Island Park. It's a good four lane hwy separated by a median strip, heavily traveled by tourists as well as commercial trucks. The only grade on that hwy is Ashton Hill. I don't remember the uphill grade %, but it's a climb, about two miles, then the road levels out and at the Idaho Montana state line is another grade, downhill, but it's gradual. Note: If you decide to go around through Jackson, go all the way to Alpine Junction and up to Jackson along the Snake River Canyon. DO NOT go over Teton Pass, Hwy 22. Too steep up and down. It's better to go around through Alpine Junction and up. I'd advise you to purchase the Mountain West Directory. It's very informative and has all passes and grades.
ReneeG 04/12/22 07:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Ellison Provincial Park in the Okanagan valley of BC. PICS

Nice! Thank you. I'll have to google it and find out if there are sites for longer units like ours.. I would think there are a number of sites that would take your rig. Probably at least half if not more. Lots of bigger sites. Thank you so very much for the information!!
ReneeG 04/08/22 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ellison Provincial Park in the Okanagan valley of BC. PICS

Nice! Thank you. I'll have to google it and find out if there are sites for longer units like ours.
ReneeG 04/08/22 06:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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