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RE: Andersen hitch doesn't suit, any other recommendations?

Any of the 3 you mentioned will do well, they're all available in appropriate weight ratings and pretty well regarded. The one thing I'll note is that the Equalizer head is not able to accommodate different weight bars so if there's a chance you'll downsize in the future keep that in mind (though honestly it's more of a consideration for those that are likely to move up in the future, I think a much smaller percentage of owners downsize significantly)
afidel 10/13/20 10:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing TT for 1st time and have a ??? about the toilet.

The cleaning system, hook a hose to the outside hookup and it sprays out the black tank. The water left is in the bottom of the black tank not the bowl. Does the water ever completely drain from the black tank? Im sure im over thinking this but im sure rv antifreeze will just mix with any water residue..... Honestly. NEVER leave the black tank completely empty, always leave a couple gallons of water in it to keep it from drying out, and causing a septic smell. I leave about 4 gal in mine with tankchem in there. and there is no need to put antifreeze in there. Freeze damage only occurs when there is no room for the water to expand, once it starts to freeze. If you have 5 gal in a 30 gal tank. There is plenty of room for expansion. If you have 5 gallons then your outlet pipe is likely full and when that freezes there's nowhere for it to expand to. I'd put antifreeze in, a few dollars to avoid having a burst pipe seems like cheap insurance. I say that as someone who blows out their lines because I use my trailer for extended trips well after winterizing up north and the one time I used pink stuff on there supply side my whole family hated the residual flavor even after 60 gallons was flushed through the system.
afidel 10/12/20 12:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

my insurance company in case of accident provides a "like kind" vehicle if that's what I want. So, if it was my 3/4 diesel crew cab, that's what they would provide. Are you sure? I explicitly asked my agent to look for a carrier and plan that would cover a vehicle capable of towing and he was not able to find one, his recommendation was to self-insure for the eventuality that I might have a breakdown or accident while on the road far from home. You can tell who his carrier is and what the policy says by telepathy? This is the stupid thread of the week thread. Right from the get go. I asked a question to prompt him to make sure his coverage is what he thinks it is. I specifically asked my independent agent, who is a family friend, to look for such coverage and he came up blank. I'm not saying that it's impossible that such a policy exists somewhere, but I know that many people think they have coverage which they do not have. If he's read the fine print and is confident that his policy does have such coverage then I for one would love to know who it is with because I would investigate if that carrier and plan are available in my state as it's something I specifically shopped for.
afidel 10/08/20 11:43am Travel Trailers
RE: New to all this..

Water lines in exterior walls??? What keeps them from freezing? Not many electrical lines in exterior walls, if there are any there should be an outlet of some sort in the area. Nothing keeps them from freezing, that's why you have to winterize a trailer, as far as electrical, they run it wherever they please, watch a video on how RVs are made, there's no code like in residential housing so they run them in flooring, ceiling, and outside walls.
afidel 10/05/20 05:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: sway bar instructions

Me thinks that the mentioned issue/condition is strictly for the add-on friction sway bars and has nothing to do with all those popular and expensive hitches with anti-sway built in. The condition is that sway mechanisms keep the truck and trailer in line. When the tire traction is not great enough to overcome the resistance of the sway mechanism, skidding when turning will result. It does not matter what brand, style or price point is involved.Strictly speaking, I can't argue. I just don't think it's a thing with those "expensive" hitches, while there are various warnings when using the add-on anti-sway bar. This is confusing-at least in my mind..... I have an Equal-I-zer with 4 point sway control which uses friction at 4 points to address any sway issues. I do not understand how the effect of the systems are different. In other words, how can one system using friction be safe in slippery conditions, and another not? Since they both work to keep the trailer and the truck in line using the same principle, how can they be different? An email from Equal-I-zer tells me that it is not an issue, but they gave no explanation about how their system works in any conditions, while others are not safe and should be removed. Physics was always one of my best subjects, but I can't get my head around this one. Any engineers out there that can shed some light on this for me? My guess is that while the Equalizer resists slipping, it will eventually slip, likely well before the truck is to lose traction. It's basically the same reason you have to take off a friction sway bar but don't have to remove the Equalizer when backing into a spot, you'll get the classic pop and groan but the bar will slip on the plate.
afidel 09/29/20 11:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out stuck closed?

I'd extend the slide and look at the first few dozen teeth of the rack towards the outside of slide, it sounds like a broken or missing tooth.
afidel 09/28/20 11:16am Travel Trailers
RE: New truck - but its lifted and towing

Do you know your loaded hitch weight? If not assume ~1,000 pounds. Compare that plus whatever people and cargo you'll have in the truck against the payload of a power wagon (~1500) and you'll get an idea of how urgently you need to remove the lift.
afidel 09/28/20 11:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

my insurance company in case of accident provides a "like kind" vehicle if that's what I want. So, if it was my 3/4 diesel crew cab, that's what they would provide. Are you sure? I explicitly asked my agent to look for a carrier and plan that would cover a vehicle capable of towing and he was not able to find one, his recommendation was to self-insure for the eventuality that I might have a breakdown or accident while on the road far from home.
afidel 09/25/20 09:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

Enterprise truck rental (NOT regular Enterprise locations!) will let you tow with a 2500 or 3500 rental. They're the only national chain other than U-haul that explicitly allows it in their contact, and unlike U-haul they rent crew cabs so you can take the family. If you have the ability to setup a business account Herc and United rentals are also options. As far as insurance coverage, no mine does not have nearly a high enough daily limit on rental coverage to get a truck, though I could probably just do it and cover the difference.
afidel 09/25/20 08:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Watch those glass stove tops.

Found out later she had large chilli pot on back burner. I'm certain this directed a lot of heat towards glass top.....big pots up front. X2! Thermal shock (extreme fast high temperature changes). Same thing as sitting a very hot Pyrex glass baking dish from the oven on a room temperature metal stove top.. You can do it, but eventually the Pyrex vessel will fail from thermal shock and when it fails it will be a spectacular event! My Mom lost a few Pyrex baking dishes that way. I treat ANY glassware with care concerning very quick temperature change extremes, even Corelle dishes (which are nothing more than dishes made from Pyrex and are amazingly hearty) are not exempt from Thermal shock (DW has broken a few Corelle dishes that way). I learned that lesson well in freshman college chemistry lab. We were doing an experiment where we had to evaporate a solution into a watch glass. Trying to get every bit of precipitate onto the glass I hit the side of the beaker with the Bunson burner, flame leaped up and hit the watch glass which contained ice to help the precipitation. The watch glass shattered instantly, the ice fell, hit the boiling hot beaker, it shattered, and suddenly there's glass and boiling hot water flying everywhere at about 300mph. Definitely emphasized the point about why you ALWAYS wear your PPE in the chem lab, even when working with the most bland on materials. Thanks to gloves, apron, safety goggles nobody was hurt, but it could have been a different story if the TA wasn't very serious about enforcing safety protocols.
afidel 09/16/20 12:22am Travel Trailers
RE: No 12v input from battery, 2004 Terry Trailer

Hey, just think of this as an opportunity to buy an upgraded converter. The much more capable units aren't really that much more expensive if you already have to do a replacement, shelling out $30 more for a PD unit that will actually correctly charge your batteries seems like a good investment to me =) I can't justify it on the current rig as we almost never boondocks due to tiny tanks, but if I had a bad converter I know I'd pay the extra couple bucks.
afidel 09/15/20 09:56am Travel Trailers
RE: 2018 Winnie Drop Slide out not working

I would backprobe the harness connector at J2 and J3 on the black and red pins using my multimeter, if your probes are too big for that then use a pin to packprobe and hook your leads to the pins.
afidel 09/06/20 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dually towing TT

In an emergency if the trailer is swaying you can just tap the brake controller to bring it back in line as you slow down. I'd recommend the sway control. I've used the brake controller to stop induced sway from wind gusts, but having been in 2 emergency situations there's no way you have time to mess with the brake controller. In an evasive maneuver situation you want the trailer to track as straight behind the truck as possible with no driver input needed, that's what sway control is for IMHO.
afidel 09/04/20 10:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boat Rentals

My daughter rented a RZR side-by-side 4-seater in Utah for over $400 for a 12 hour period. That's a concession to get into. After seeing the number of Razers that Winder towing pulls out of the dunes completely busted to pieces I'm not sure I'd want to be in that business!
afidel 09/04/20 10:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2018 Winnie Drop Slide out not working

Did you check for 12V input coming into the control box before replacing it?
afidel 09/03/20 11:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer brake advice

Borrow a friends truck that has a brake controller? Yup, or rent one from Enterprise Truck, a 1 day 3/4 ton rental is $99.
afidel 09/01/20 12:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to tow & push BACKWARDS?

My concern would be local and/or state ordinances about occupation of a trailer as a residence. I know where I'm at that's a complete non-starter and I assume California is even more strict as far as regulation. Before you sink a bunch of time and energy into this you'd be smart to look into the legalities of what you're thinking of doing.
afidel 09/01/20 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

Both open range and grand design have tested cold/hot weather ratings and large tanks in smaller trailers. If tanks are a big driver then grand design takes the cake with 80-90 gallons in 2x grey tanks on pretty much all Imagine models.
afidel 08/28/20 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie: 1/2 Towable Cross Country Trip Suggestions

If you're going to need internet to work, you may need to check out whatever RV Park you'll be staying at for good service. Out of the 156 parks we've stayed at over the past few years, I think 3 had good enough internet you could work with. A little exaggeration, but seriously most RV parks have crappy internet. Nope, that's not at all an exaggeration, out of the >100 parks we've stayed at in the last 4 years there was exactly 1 where I would have had a prayer of doing a video conference from.
afidel 08/27/20 03:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Recommendations for Escape 17b Trailer

If you've got room for about 1" more tire Hankook Dynapro AT2 RF11 in 235/75R15 might be an option, 109 load index and T speed rated which is more than you should ever need for a trailer.
afidel 08/26/20 02:28pm Travel Trailers
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