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RE: looking for a specific floorpan

~34 foot opposing slide rear living might be one of the most popular floorplans out there. Unless there's zero inventory locally you should have no problem finding one. Now what they'll be asking for it might be another matter.
afidel 09/15/21 12:28am Travel Trailers
RE: How to carry blackstone griddle

I clean my 22" with water and flip it over so the cooking surface is facing the burners, keeps them and everything else in the passthrough clean. No carrying bag for me, that's too much like work =)
afidel 09/13/21 12:09am General RVing Issues
RE: corner separating

And while you're in fixing the screw holes get some butyl tape to reseal the joint behind the molding.
afidel 09/12/21 11:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Loss of power when driving

Ah,same rust prone sensors but at least they are not in a valley under the manifold like on the smaller engines.
afidel 09/09/21 07:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Loss of power when driving

So the response of the ECU to a bad knock sensor is to max out the fuel trim. What that means is it runs the engine as lean as possible which would definitely account for the lost power. Looks like knock sensors run about $100 each, harnesses are around $45 and labor will probably be a few hundred. Btw there's a known issue with rusting of the knock sensors so when they're replaced make sure they follow the TSB and put in the silicone dam to stop future water intrusion which should keep you from needing to do the repair again in the future.
afidel 09/08/21 11:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Air Shocks or Air Bags on TT

They do make stick on graduated levels that readout in inches. They also make graduated round bubble levels. Inch reading will take the guessing out of your setup at a much lower cost than rigging air shocks and may be more reliable. No sense adding extra things to break, RVs break easy enough.. If you are backing up a ramp until level, there is no need for the inch marks. Building a ramp, parking on top, the marks are some help, but if using 2X8s they leave some to be desired, IMHO Off by 1 inch? When on 2X, off 3/4 other way, do use a block or not? And if using the interlocking plastic even more confusing because the 2nd and higher layers don't lift as much as the first. This is why I mark the level in blocks. I had 2 issues with the little stick-on levels. First, the 1 mounted on the front was too small for me to read from driver seat. Found a much larger tube/ball level. 2nd, the 1 on the side for front/back level, over time the sick-on let it walk over time. Found my eye debating the bubble. Re-adjust, and a couple of screws cured that (I trust my eyes, but DW trusts hers. Best to have a bubble) Maybe I'm just unlucky but in the first 7 months of owning my new trailer I've been on sites that exceeded the height of my Andersons 3x. I end up building platforms out of 2 stacks of 3x Lego bricks with another 2x as caps. I use the Andersons as ramps to get up onto and off these towers. Situations like that I would either try to reposition my camper to be more neutral before leveling, or I would use my shovel to lower the high spot. I wouldn't want one side of my camper to be more than 4" higher than the other. Then you start having issues with the steps, access to outdoor kitchen, instability when stabilizing, etc. If you have exceeded the height of your Anderson's (4") by 3 times, thats a foot off level over 8 feet wide. Are you camping on the side of a mountain? You read he is a foot off? I read he had issues on 3 sites By nature, over time most soil will settle to the point if there is a slope most water will run off. When you start digging you loosen the dirt. Water is more likely to carry the dirt away. And it is more likely to soak in, so the next person has a mud hole. Carry a compressor? Dump the air out of high-side tires. At least no problem for others. Correct, three times it's happened. However, the blocks are 1.5" high so 6 of them are 8-9" high so a foot isn't that far off. And yes, these were sites on hills in state campgrounds. One was even paved with that much slope!
afidel 09/06/21 12:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Air Shocks or Air Bags on TT

Thoughts? Waste of money. Get yourself some Anderson levelers (or Beech, which are cheaper) and balance your tires. MUCH cheaper and will give you a smoother ride in the camper and legit leveling. Maybe I'm just unlucky but in the first 7 months of owning my new trailer I've been on sites that exceeded the height of my Andersons 3x. I end up building platforms out of 2 stacks of 3x Lego bricks with another 2x as caps. I use the Andersons as ramps to get up onto and off these towers.
afidel 09/04/21 08:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fan Speed Control

I've used this fan controller for a Vortex 2 for 3 years without issue. The heatsink is tiny and even after running the fan all day it never felt hot, just a tiny bit warm. It's good down to 5V so you won't have a problem with voltage dropout.
afidel 08/30/21 10:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

That Cayenne tows better than any half-ton. No one mentioned that this area is known for high winds. Speculation, it's what's for dinner. No, no it does not. The short wheelbase and lower curb weight means it can not be a better tow vehicle than my crew cab full bed with a 153" wheelbase, that's simply physics.
afidel 08/25/21 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Porsche as a tow vehicle? Depends on the trailer . . .

So, that's the worst result I imagine when folks talk about towing long trailers with short wheelbase TVs. You can obviously overcome the capabilities of any TV, but it's a LOT easier with short wheelbase SUVs IMHO.
afidel 08/22/21 12:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Just Curious

I recently saw a small TT that had an Onan generator powered by propane installed forward on the AFrame - it was used to power the small AC unit. So yes - they do exist. Was that factory or aftermarket? Also if your wanting to tow with an SUV putting that much weight up front seems like a bad idea since basically 100% will go to tongue weight.
afidel 08/18/21 03:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2004 Lincoln Avaitor TV

You can probably do it but you'll be close to maxed on payload and the short wheelbase will make for a less than optimum towing experience. My guess is you'll have 1-2 white knuckle towing experiences and be looking to upgrade your TV. My advice is when you do look for a 1 ton SRW as it will open tons of options for your next trailer =)
afidel 08/16/21 12:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stabilizer blocks alternatives

You could get a metal block attached where the jacks are now and attach the jacks to that if you find you always need blocks. That's what I'm considering doing with mine since even if we're on a completely level site we need at least 5 blocks.
afidel 08/09/21 12:16am Travel Trailers
RE: 16 years with no blowouts, now two in a month.

Well at least it took you 16 years, poor family I helped today was on their first trip ever, with a borrowed popup. Tire blew out and dad didn't notice, mom saw some smoke and they pulled off at the side of the next exit. Poor dad had an impact but not the right socket or end on the tire iron to take off the lugs. Luckily I saw them in time to get slowed up and pulled in front and asked if there was anything I could do to help. Dad explains the situation and I go grab my socket set and inflator, takes about 45 minutes but we got them back on the road. Tires were brand new and from checking the spare and the opposite side were properly inflated to 65 psi cold inflation per the sidewall. Don't know if they'll go RVing again but I hope the kindness of strangers helps them decide to stick with it =)
afidel 08/08/21 05:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie: it appears tank hoses don't come with new trailer

Walmart has 50->30 adapters for ~$7 and 30->50 for ~$9, whichever you need I suggest buying a couple. I have a good Camco dogbone that I forgot at home, $7 would have saved me an hour round trip last night to the nearest Walmart. The Walmart ones are a lot smaller than a dogbone so you can just toss them in your spare parts/tool bucket.
afidel 08/07/21 09:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

I've got a 42 gallon blue tote, bought it for a 10 day stay at the beach with water but no sewer and only had 15 gallon tanks at the time. Since then I've only used it twice, but I'm thinking of using it at home since my trailer is my home office. I'll empty the black tank every few weeks into the septic system. I'd get a macerator to do it but I've already got the blue tank so might as well use it. As far as fresh water, we carry 2x 5 gallon collapsible jugs, we use them going to Florida and coming back when the trailer is winterized, we've also used them to fetch water when there's a mains issue, a nearby store is on a different water system and I can fill 5 gallons there for under $1.
afidel 08/04/21 11:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Saw a TT with rear entry

They are not uncommon. There are several models on this page with rear entry (other examples elsewhere): Grand Design travel trailers Rob Not one of those models has a rear entry.... Actually they do, in industry parlance rear entry means a door behind the wheels.
afidel 07/24/21 11:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Saw a TT with rear entry

They are not uncommon. There are several models on this page with rear entry (other examples elsewhere): Grand Design travel trailers Rob That's not what they're talking about, they're taking about actually on the back of the trailer. I've looked over thousand of layout drawings and there have only been a handful with a door on the back that weren't toy haulers, and I've seen exactly one that had an entry on the driver's side.
afidel 07/24/21 12:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

Weird, I see that now that I look for the rulemaking. What's odd is phmsa still has PDFs up with the 10 year timeframe.
afidel 07/12/21 07:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

There are a few things not listed in this thread. 1. DOT portable tanks HAVE to be recertified every 12 years 2. IF you have a out of date or damaged Cylinder, just go to an EXCHANGE service like HD or Lowes. The profit model takes in to account damaged or out of certification cylinders. 3. Below is the DOT law ยง 180.605 Requirements for periodic testing, inspection and repair of portable tanks. (a) A portable tank constructed in accordance with a DOT specification for which a test or inspection specified in this subpart has become due, must be tested or inspected prior to being returned for transportation. (b) Conditions requiring test and inspection of portable tanks. Without regard to any other test or inspection requirements, a Specification or UN portable tank must be tested and inspected in accordance with this section prior to further use if any of the following conditions exist: (1) The portable tank shows evidence of dents, corroded or abraded areas, leakage, or any other condition that might render it unsafe for transportation service. (2) The portable tank has been in an accident and has been damaged to an extent that may adversely affect its ability to retain the hazardous materia It's actually 10 years with recertification extending the expiration 5 years for a visual inspection with 2 recertifications allowed or a 10 year extension for a proper pressure test with both giving a maximum life of 20 years.
afidel 07/12/21 05:56pm Tech Issues
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