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RE: TPMS temps

When it's cool like this the tire temps can flux wildly and even be somewhat warmer/cooler based on what side the sun is hitting. We camp through the winter and when heading out at 65psi (max), that quickly soars when outside temps creep up. Usually grab the outside hubs to check for bearing heat. Do carry a heat detecter to check various locations on the hubs and axles, never been more than hand warm...except on 90+ deg days, hot to the touch.
Ride S40T 02/24/20 06:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Evoke by Travel Lite

Walked though one this weekend. We liked the floor space and the modern look, very bright inside. Good floor space, well placed amenities, king bed was good. Did not like the mat-type floor (similar to Airstream) or the feel of the materials...which is odd because I'm sure they were the same as any other equitable brand but looks did not match feel. Wide wheel base was a big plus but the wheels sit right over the outer edges of the fenders and looked like they would rub during bounce. Nice looking and like most new models has a few amenities that are "extras" on models even 1 or 2 years old.
Ride S40T 01/28/20 05:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yet another what can I tow question

You're going to hear varying degrees of good advice on RV forums and A LOT of solid recommendations based on years of experience. After considering any or everything read here, please please go out to one of the reputable sites like Shereline and run all the TV and TT specs. Find a worksheet that uses all the specs all the way down to the wheelbase, do not use a simple "pulling capacity" worksheet produced by TV manufacturers. "Can" you haul something that big behind a 1500 (any make)? Sure. Will it be unsafe or kill the truck? Possibly. Run the numbers, even those wheelbase specs are important. Let the science behind towing be your first guide. Then decide on a TT within those parameters. Lastly, please know dry weight & tongue weight issued by TT mfgrs can be a little optimistic on the low side. We used a tongue scale to find out our hitch weight is about 100lbs more than advertised. Just a few tow capacity Links. Google, be our friend. http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-trailer-weight-tt.shtml https://www.huskytow.com/towing-calculator/ https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwiSiKGvqrXgAhUO24MKHYk-A70QFjAAegQIChAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.popthetop.com%2Ffiles%2FTowingCapacityWorksheet.xls&usg=AOvVaw2fZsU5Xv3ayY7Zcblc9aui And pulled from the site we’re on: You also need to consider what length is safe to haul. Have seen this formula for length, pretty sure there's some science behind it but wasn't quoted: "Rule of thumb (20’ for 110” wheelbase + 1’ for each additional 4” of wheelbase)" That was adopted (plagiarized) from a veteran RVer on this forum. With this formula, my previous GMC 1500 was right at the safe limit of (27.9' calculated) and my RV is 28' hitch to bumper. For what it's worth.
Ride S40T 01/11/20 11:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blow out water lines question

I used to blow out our lines, but would still use the pump bypass to pump some antifreeze through the pump, and also pour some antifreeze into all the drains. I'd blow the lines for about 30 minutes for each faucet, and I never ever had any problems using the "blowing it out" method. Now I blow it out and fill the lines with antifreeze. I figure at < $10 the antifreeze is a pretty inexpensive insurance policy. Think we winterized and de-winterized 4 times last year as we camp through Dec and early as Feb if it's relatively close to or above freezing on a weekend. Used only air. We used air the first time this Fall. This time though, we heard a lot of gurgling and couldn't get what I felt was enough water out of the lines. Around 35-40 psi on the compressor. So we ran a little pink after blowing the lines and indeed, quite a bit of water was pushed before the pink. Yikes. We do leave the faucets open so there's room for expansion so don't think it would have been an issue but running pink took less than 10 min, 2 gallons ($5.00). Estimate it will only take around 5 gallons to flush all of it so no biggie. Bonus was that Keystone put a petcock on the water pump and all we had to do is flip it to the cut off hose they attached to the pump and stuff the end into the bottle of antifreeze. Flip the pump and off we go. Effortless and no mess. Piece of mind. And as an aside, our pex is stamped 100psi as I'm guessing most all RVs are. What a tech had mentioned is the connectors and elbows may not always be rated the same...not sure. I'm sure one of our techs on here can chime in.
Ride S40T 11/05/19 09:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

For EZ lube axle, what brand do you use for the wheel bearing grease. Thank you -PeterDo not use a grease gun on your axles. In order to use this zerk feature, and completely purge the old grease out (maybe) it would take almost 4 tubes of grease at each greasing.... And it would most likely get past the inner seals and onto the brakes. That creates quite a mess... Just don't do it. This is what I've read for a while...so I called Dexter and asked their tech dept. They said using the zerk is the preferred method for greasing the bearings each year. I specifically asked them about grease getting past the rear seal. They had no concern as long as a hand pump is used. Wonder why they recommend as the zerk as the primary method? It would be a liability for them if they recommended something that could be a safety hazard for their customers. That said, there is no doubt the hand method provides more piece of mind and ensures all is well with the internals.
Ride S40T 11/03/19 07:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Myrtle Beach Camping World

Yeah, we read all the horror stories and figured going into RVing that the unit is pretty much sold "as is". Get smart and do our own repairs or be prepared to have our local shop do it (they're pretty good and reasonably priced). A warranty means nothing if you can't get it fixed or get it fixed right. That said, we've been pleasantly surprised with the one time we had to take it in. Was diagnosed and back to us in 3 days. Um, yeah, the "thing" was my fault. But zero charge to me for the visit.
Ride S40T 10/24/19 10:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: how do you keep sewer tank clear

never use chemicals. I drain the tank, use the built in flush, close valve and let fill up for about 8 to minutes (yes I use a timer) then dump, flush and then add about 5 gallons to the tank. We do have a water softener so that helps keep the tank "slick", sometimes I will put some laundry detergent in the tank. Ditto. Sometimes use a little Dawn dishwashing liquid. Squirt before we head home and dump at our storage area. Very convenient. Slippery right out the tube. Zero stinky. We too use the restrooms for solids when possible so none or very little solids. We use the anti-stink tabs. For us they worked great. Forgot one time and we could tell, not bad but wafty. Early on, the 1/3 was always on even when the tank was empty. Filled with 5 gal of hot water, a drop or two of soap and drove 5 miles. No problem since. To each their own. This is what works for us.
Ride S40T 10/24/19 10:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

Love these threads, there's always someone who thinks sanitation is no big deal because they haven't died yet.And there's always someone who thinks that dumping your black tank requires a full hazmat suit and decontamination facilities. BTW, I've seen it mentioned here a couple of times that "manufacturers recommend sanitizing RV water tanks every 6 months..." Hmmm...I've never seen that recommendation from an RV manufacturer. I've owned 3 RVs over the past 30 years, all 3 purchased used...and I've sanitized the freshwater system maybe twice...just because the water got a bit stale after sitting a couple of months. There's an independent packet or notice I read that said to sanitize the tank every 6 mos but the big manual says every year. We tend to camp about every 2-4 weeks throughout the year (empty nesters) so the water in the tank doesn't sit long. From our manual: Sanitizing the Fresh Water System Keeping the fresh water system clean and free of any potential contaminations should be a top priority. Sanitizing the system before initial use and thereafter annually, or whenever water remains unused for prolonged durations, is recommended. This will help keep the water system fresh and discourage harmful bacterial or viral growth. Keystone RV Company Owners Manual 4/1/2018 I'm a big fan of using the fresh water tank as well. We usually do 2-dayers Fri/Sat so we try to keep it simple at setup and get into the woods or off fishing. We did 3 trips of about 1,000 mi one-way and on those we just keep enough to pee on the road. No sense in beating up the tank bands with the extra weight, fuel mileage, etc.
Ride S40T 10/23/19 09:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Murphy Bed vs. Separate Bedroom

Interesting about the price because I feel like it is the same or more as a lot of the murphy bed options that we have looked at. It also appears your particular model has been discontinued. That's too bad, because I think that is my favorite "pez dispenser" model that I've seen yet. I really like any models that have the "garage" although I have yet to see one that had windows on bunks like that, which is a big negative. I also wanted to have a "walk around" bed, but a big king might be a trade-off I'm willing to do! Yes, our price was 2K less than any of them are (still) selling for, pretty much anywhere. It was a special order that someone backed out of. Score for us and the folks that ordered it did so with a 15K A/C rather than the 13.5. Score again. It did have us a bit nervous about being a last run edition but they're still making the slides like the king pez dispenser so we should be GTG for getting parts. We love the king bed, tons of room and the bed is out of the way for normal daytime routines. We had 7 humans (4 adults, 3 kids) and 2 dogs in it a few weeks ago and was not crowded. And over 1 ton of cargo capacity? Oh yeah. Never needed but likely means less stress on frame and suspension to have the capability - but not using it to the max.
Ride S40T 10/22/19 09:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

Well, I started this thread. Glad I did. Great discussion and great points. If someone is fine with folks before them being a bit less than sanitary and have been good - that's great. Wish them the best and uneventful camping. For the rest of us who tend to lean toward keeping things a bit more sanitary (not phobic), that's great as well. There's a reason we use separate black water flush hoses and fresh water hoses, there's a reason the manufacturers recommend sanitizing the tank(s), there's a reason the nation's CDC recommends washing hands after well, everything...including intimate follies. Just don't see the oopostition to using basic sanitary routines. What's the worst that comes from it? Think it's a waste of time? No problem. Do what you believe is good for you and the fam. It's not a phobia, it's based on science. As is the science of building a good immune system by not eliminating all germs. The point of the post was to raise awareness. RV sales are reportedly up 300% over the past decade. That likely means many newbies to the game, like me. I did A LOT of research, watched every video possible, talked to friends who have RVs and read most all of the threads on this and other sites before our first trip last year - just to be sure we would do it right, have a good experience and yes, not break anything that cost major bucks. Not everyone is so diligent and as explained above, some may leave us unexpected gifts. And not singling out rookies like me, could be anyone who just doesn't care or someone who simply makes a mistake in what they're doing at a site. It happens. Just shared for awareness. But the discussion has been great! Hope to see you down the road and I promise, WE WILL leave the campsite you're rolling in to very clean. No trash, no poop (ours or our dogs') and it will be better than we found it.
Ride S40T 10/19/19 06:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Murphy Bed vs. Separate Bedroom

Murphy bed all the way. There is no substitute for the added floor space. Especially if there's no bumps. You'll appreciate that extra room on the occasional rainy day or when packing lots of family. For us, it was either a murphy or the unit we have that pops out the back like a pez dispenser. We have as much floor space as a 30 footer wrapped in a 25 footer. I have seen those - what made you decide on your pez dispenser vs. a murphy? 1) Floor space/floor plan, 2) front bunk space to house the dogs, 3) price. We'd been looking for over a year and when we walked into it, we knew "this is it". It was laid out perfectly for our needs.
Ride S40T 10/17/19 10:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

And yet no wide-spread breakout of cholera in the camping community. As dodge guy said, your immune system has developed to take care of this. Over-sanitizing weakens the immune system. If it didn't work, everyone using a public bathroom anywhere would die. Lol, true! I’m just guessing there’s a stark difference in sitting on a somewhat dirty toilet seat or playing in the dirt compared to running fecal matter through our water lines. There’s a reason manufactures recommend sanitizing the system every 6 mos or so. I’m sure they didn’t even factor in poop water in the lines. Or maybe they did. And as many said, it’s not about widespread as most folks know better. It’s about the one time it does get ya. There’s simply no down side to sanitizing the water hookup. It’s not diminishing anyone’s immune system.
Ride S40T 10/16/19 11:14am General RVing Issues
Campsite Sanitation - Beware

So a few things we've witnessed in the past several months. Rare indeed, but only takes once to catch a nasty infection from an unsanitary site. 1. This weekend, watched a person few spots down rinsing their black water hose right under the fresh water spigot, splashing water from the water hookup all over the hookup itself. Stood there in disbelief and reached for my phone to zoom in to see if I was really seeing straight. Not in time. Waited until they left and headed down there to sanitize the fresh water hookup with alcohol wipes and let the water run for a while. In hindsight, know I should have scooted over there and said something. Wasn't up for a brawl that early in the morning and wanted to be sure of what I saw. Just gross, though. 2. Earlier in the year, we arrived at after dark and went about our normal routine with headlamps only to find out after 20 min or so that I'd been walking through some black water runoff in tall grass near the hookups (toilet paper gave it away). It had been raining the night before so no solids and such.. Again, just gross. We've added these to our checklist upon arrival: 1) always sanitize the water hookup because we have no idea what the people before were doing. We've always ran a little water before hooking up. But now it will get sanitized and then ran. And 2) Expand that all-important walk abound of the camp site prior to hookup. For what it's worth. Play safe out there.
Ride S40T 10/15/19 07:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Murphy Bed vs. Separate Bedroom

Murphy bed all the way. There is no substitute for the added floor space. Especially if there's no bumps. You'll appreciate that extra room on the occasional rainy day or when packing lots of family. For us, it was either a murphy or the unit we have that pops out the back like a pez dispenser. We have as much floor space as a 30 footer wrapped in a 25 footer.
Ride S40T 10/15/19 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Design after sale warranty treatment

Wow, great news and very happy for you. With all the crappy responses and run-arounds many get, it's nice to see a manufacturer step up and make good on their product. This is what integrity and service looks like. Others who are not of this cloth, please take note.
Ride S40T 09/27/19 11:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sound like a good deal?

Dunno but I think someone has the no longer used (for the most part) Rule of 78's interest calculation method and simple interest which does indeed calculate interest on a daily basis. Asked my wife who was 30 years in banking and worked in consumer lending. Yup, ditto. That's why auto dealers ask for a "10 day payoff" when we have a balance on a car we're trading in. And sometimes a part of that daily interest is returned to us, the consumer during these transactions. And we've probably scared the heck out of the OP. A lot of sage advice here...this dealer is not above board to ask for any non-refundable money before a complete "deal" is solidified. Just nuts and quite unethical IMO. We plopped down $500 of fully refundable at the time of our "deal" while they searched for financing. They did us right and came back with 3.5% through our own CU. Didn't like their heavy push of extended warranties, simply not worth it for us.
Ride S40T 09/27/19 10:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires

Obviously every safety aspect of a tire is important. Be sure to check the load rating with the (C or D) tires that you may purchase since there are variants within the those load ranges. Anywhere from 103 to 108 which can be up to 600lb or more difference in load carrying. This, I didn't know until having a long talk with the tire shop. They were very versed in trailer tires. We went to a 215 over the 205s that were on ours to gain around 600lbs (I believe) in carrying capacity. These new tires are .6 inch wider and just under an inch taller. Safe for operating as they exceed mfgr ratings and fit perfectly on the stock rims (they must to be safe). They should run cooler and we can carry 8200lbs on a TT that maxes at 7488 so they'll never really be "tested" to their max. Yeah, we went well over and above. The cost was the same as OEM Endurance tires (205's) and we have a little more piece of mind. All that to say "you have options". Be sure to do your research and you can even reach out to the manufacturer. And of course there's plenty of wisdom here from those who've been in the game for decades.
Ride S40T 09/02/19 09:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouses similar to 272BHS with light hitch weight

Get a tongue scale (around $130ish - Shurline is one) and test some of the trailers. Then add what you know batteries, full LP tanks and other gear weighs. We did and were surprised how much closer we were to the 15% than the 10. Especially after batteries were installed and LP tanks added & filled. As previously stated, suggest staying away from the 10%.
Ride S40T 08/02/19 12:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black holding tank censors

After about 6 camping trips in the new RV the black started to read 1/3 even when completely empty. 1. We probably weren't using enough water when we flush. 2. We were probably using too much anti-smelly stuff...again with not enough water. 3. Poured 5 gallons of really hot water in there and think we added vinegar. Drove it around town on bumpy roads with several turns (10-15 min), drained. No issues since.
Ride S40T 07/26/19 09:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

Have seen this formula for length, pretty sure there's some science behind it but wasn't quoted: "Rule of thumb (20’ for 110” wheelbase + 1’ for each additional 4” of wheelbase)" That was adopted (plagiarized) from a veteran RVer on this forum. With this formula, my previous GMC 1500 was right at the safe limit of (27.9' calculated) and my RV is 28' hitch to bumper. For what it's worth.
Ride S40T 07/26/19 09:47pm Travel Trailers
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