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RE: Fun at the CAT Scales - Kind a Surprised at the result.

Trailer is an 2004 30 foot Airstream. The older ones (like ours) much lighter than the current model. It weighs in, fully loaded, at about 8K pounds. Here is the info with Drive Axle added. My gut tells me, it is the auto leveling air suspension creating these numbers. I disable it to set the WD. Thanks in advance for any thoughts. With No Weight Distribution applied I rolled across the scales: Drive Axle: 3660 Steer Axle: 3300 Trailer Axle Load: 7200 With first increment of Weight Distribution applied: Drive Axle: 3520 Steer Axle: 3400 (+100 Pounds) Trailer Axle: 7220 (+ 20 Pounds) with second increment of Weight distribution applied: Drive Axle: 3380 Steer Axle: 3520 (+220 Pounds) Trailer Axle: 7240 (+40 pounds)
cruz-in 10/14/19 07:37am Towing
Fun at the CAT Scales - Kind a Surprised at the result.

Hi Team, I went to the CAT scales yesterday. All loaded up for camping, the numbers were all within spec (truck and TT). Then, with the CAT Scale app, re-weighs are only $2.50, so I figured I would fool around with WD adjustments. Here is what i found: First, we tow our TT with a Hensley Hitch. The hitch has a 6 inch drop stinger. Truck is a crew cab, 6.5 foot bed with four corner auto leveling air ride. Trailer is 30 feet long. Here are my measurements from the hitch ball on the Hensley: Distance from hitch ball to center of front wheel: 18 Feet Distance from Hitch ball to between the two trailer wheels 18.5 feet With No Weight Distribution applied I rolled across the scales: Steer Axle: 3300 Trailer Axle Load: 7200 With first increment of Weight Distribution applied: Steer Axle: 3400 (+100 Pounds) Trailer Axle: 7220 (+ 20 Pounds) with second increment of Weight distribution applied: Steer Axle: 3520 (+220 Pounds) Trailer Axle: 7240 (+40 pounds) So considering these two data points. Of the load removed from the Drive Axle: 17% is going to the Trailer Axle 83% to the Steer Axle. Given my math, and the relative symmetry of my setup, I would have expected a higher percentage transferred to the Trailer Axles. I have a few other passes (with different settings) that support about 17% transfer to trailer axles. Keep in mind, this is not 17% of TW, It is 17% of what is transferred off the Drive axles. As I said, all is good with the trucks specs. Just curious what I am missing. Thoughts? Is this typical of Pivot Point projection Hitches? P.S. Setup drives great. tracks like it is on rails.
cruz-in 10/13/19 04:21pm Towing
RE: Isolating TT's Lithium from TV's Lead Acid Batteries

OP, I don't recall your intended battery size or usage. A 100Ah discharged battery needs up to 80A charging when driving - ie 20A for 4 hours. Double that for 200Ah. Since your interested in the Renogy that suggests that you are not a pedestal to pedestal camper starting with a fully charged battery. Are you planning on any TT charger changes for Li when plugged in? It is two 100AH LI batteries with plans to add a 3rd. In addition to the Renogy 20 Amp DC to DC LI Isolation/charger (referenced in the OP), I have also changed to a Renogy LI compatible solar controller/charger and a Progressive Dynamics LI compatible converter. The LI batteries are situated in a compartment where they will be more/less the same temps as the interior of the TT. Should be done with the mod tomorrow.
cruz-in 08/24/19 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Isolating TT's Lithium from TV's Lead Acid Batteries

Below is a link to an extensive thread on this subject. Includes real world measurements and acknowledgement from Sean of Battle Borne of the issue. If you want to cut to the chase, after reading the OP, go to post number 70 & 81. A gentleman used his BVW Battery monitor and bluetooth to monitor current flow while driving. He saw 1 to 2 amps going from the TT to the TV. Then go to post 84 where Sean from Battle Borne says: "Dear SilverHouseDreams (the OP of the thread) Your observation of the problem with keeping your Li-ion trailer batteries hooked in parallel with your tow vehicle starter battery is spot on. The Li-ion battery operates on a higher and flatter voltage curve and therefore will continue leak charge into your lead acid starter. That is why a battery isolator is imperative in this situation." Extensive Thread on Isolating LI Batteries from TV. Even real world measured data and confirmation from Sean at Battle Born.
cruz-in 08/24/19 03:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Isolating TT's Lithium from TV's Lead Acid Batteries

I think the point is two fold: 1) When driving the TV/TT combo, current will flow from the higher voltage LI battery (assuming it is fully charged) to the lower voltage Lead Acid system. 2) Having a DC to DC charger for the LI batteries will allow the TV to charge the LI batteries (albeit in limited fashion) when traveling down the road.
cruz-in 08/24/19 05:16am Tech Issues
RE: Isolating TT's Lithium from TV's Lead Acid Batteries

Do you really have to isolate the Lis from the TV batteries? Why? check out this thread...many others on the subject.. Interaction Between LI and TV's Lead Acid
cruz-in 08/23/19 07:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Isolating TT's Lithium from TV's Lead Acid Batteries

Stick with the 20 amp. This thing boosts voltage so you need more than the rated amps protecting the circuit. You would need a 50 amp circuit to go to the 40 amp level. Solid 20 amps is still a significant charge. concur....this will work fine....and in time, when I upgrade the TV wiring, all the better...
cruz-in 08/23/19 07:51pm Tech Issues
Isolating TT's Lithium from TV's Lead Acid Batteries

Hi Team, I am installing Lithium batteries on our TT. To provide isolation between TT's Lithium and TV's Lead Acid batteries, I plan to install a Renogy DC-to-DC converter. It is kind of neat. Has three stage charging and supports Lithium. Here is a link to them: 20 Amp and 40 Amp DC-to-DC charger TV has 30 AMP fuse for the power line to the Trailer Plug. I assume I need to stay below 30 Amps so am I stuck with the 20 Amp Model? Would be nice to use the whole available 30 amps. Thanks Dan
cruz-in 08/23/19 04:38pm Tech Issues
Solar, Alternator/Starting Battery and Lithium Solution

Hi Team, I already have solar on my RV. Am in the process of adding lithium Batteries. So I needed a new charge controller (lithium compatible) and an isolation from the vehicles alternator/starting battery (lead acid). Stumbled across this product that does it all in one. I thought it kind of cool. Not available till 09/30/2019. Renorgy Lithium and Solar Solution. Thoughts?
cruz-in 08/16/19 04:01pm Tech Issues
Reese Steadi-Flex Hitch

Hi All, Brought a new TT and was planning to purchase a Reese Stead-Flex. It is sort of a clone of the Equalizer. Instead of metal to metal contact, the Reese Steadi-Flex has two surfaces for each of the bars that are "automotive grade friction pads" Reese advertises these pads offer "up to 10 times" the resistance of a metal to metal surface (such as equal-i-zer). Now my salesman tells me he strongly recommends equal-i-zer because when the "brake shoe" design of the Reese Steadi-flex gets wet it looses its' resistance. Where the metal of the equa-l-izer does not. Anyone have any experience with the Reese Steadi-flex having reduced sway control when wet? Thanks for your input and time, Dan
cruz-in 06/07/19 01:41pm Towing
Op for "I am TRYING to buy ... Not easy!" Thread

Hi All, I am the OP for the "I am TRYING to buy and RV from you all. Not easy!" thread. I wanted to report back that Camping World and Virginia Airstream have done a great job of addressing my concerns. Some of which I admit were emotional at the time and not necessarily reasonable concerns. Others were a result of them being in the midst of a move to their new facility. Based on our purchase experience, I would highly recommend them. Thanks
cruz-in 06/07/19 01:18pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: I am TRYING to buy and RV from you all. Not easy!

Want to make sure to make sure I follow up here. The Sales Manager got back to me with a very reasonable price for ordering one. I do understand these things happen. However, they do need to improve their process of training and orienting new folks.
cruz-in 05/12/19 12:04pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: I am TRYING to buy and RV from you all. Not easy!

Or maybe it could be the same right off the bat negative experience trying to buy at CW I experienced a couple of times, quite a few folks I know personally experienced, and plenty of others on RV boards including this one experienced? FWIW Camping World RV sales does not have the most stellar reputation and a quick net search will return you thousands of hits. OP, do yourself a favor and find an Airstream dealer that's independent, preferably a mom and pop operation, even if it means traveling. You will be much better off not dealing with CW or others that use the same business model like Campers Inn RV. Could it be? Yes. But from what the OP has disclosed here 1) he is upset that his special "$90k airstream purchase" was given to a new salesman as is standard (by his own admission); and 2) he is upset that the response given on this complaint here was the standard request for additional details offline. It sounds as if he does not want to be treated like other customers. And that is not the same as getting subpar treatment. Yes, Camping World has issues. But that doesn't make every complaint reasonable. "1) he is upset that his special "$90k airstream purchase" was given to a new salesman " I reread my post and can't find where I said this. If I did give this perception, I apologize. It was not my intent. My concern is with Camping World not giving him training or orientation. " 2) he is upset that the response given on this complaint here was the standard request for additional details offline." Not sure where you are getting this. I was concerned that they had apparently not read my post because they were asking for info I had already provided. It was not a request for additional details, just asking me where I brought the RV. Which was already disclosed in my post.
cruz-in 05/12/19 11:47am Camping World RV Sales
RE: I am TRYING to buy and RV from you all. Not easy!

Ugh...the saga continues. Dealing with the Sales Manager now. I gave him my requirements. Only three (2nd AC, Solar Package, and awning package). After looking into it, he tells me good news, they have two that meet my requirements on the lot and he will work up an estimate. I was skeptical as, on Friday when I walked the lot, they did not have any that had 2 ACs. I go to the website and see, sure enuff, the two he cited do not have the 2nd AC option. I point it out to him and, after further investigation, he says oh yeah you are right. Hoping now to get a quote to order one. To the poster critical of my not wanting the new salesman. I certainly do not mean to be the least bit critical of him. I said he was a great guy, good personality, social skills, and with bit of training would be a good sales man. I do not mean to complain at all about him. If somehow my first post came across like that I apologize. My complaint is that Camping World had not trained him. As an example, he had not entered the gated area where the RVs were from the side we entered on and did not know how to get in. Not his fault. It is a process problem. He was a brand new employee and had not had a proper orientation or training.
cruz-in 05/12/19 11:39am Camping World RV Sales
RE: I am TRYING to buy and RV from you all. Not easy!

cruz-in, Thank you for contacting Good Sam. Can you please provide the city of the dealership you have having issues with in a private message? I would be happy to share your concerns with the leadership team. Thank you, Melissa Good Sam Customer Care PM sent. However, this is typical of my response from Camping world and tryiing to buy this RV. Did their customer service even read my OP? 1) Quoting my OP: "We would like to buy an Airstream from your store in VA." 2) Camping World (Gander Mountain) only has one dealer that sells Airstreams in VA, 3) Thirdly, it appears Camping World only has one location in the whole country that that sells Airstreams. Seems like this is a canned response and CW Customer Service did not even read my OP. :(
cruz-in 05/12/19 08:35am Camping World RV Sales
RE: I am TRYING to buy and RV from you all. Not easy!

Just curious I assume your looking at the dealer in Ashland Va. but how much farther would Colonial Airstream in Lakewood NJ be? Colonial is about 200 miles from us. Colonial does have a stellar online reputation. They are certainly another option for us. I have contacted the Manager of the Camping World Virginia Airstream. He is looking into things and will get back to me today. He did explain Camping World was in the midst of implementing a new process (an "Online War Room") and they are working the kinks out. As this was a "Dear Marcus" Forum, I am waiting for my PM from Marcus. :)
cruz-in 05/12/19 08:26am Camping World RV Sales
I am TRYING to buy and RV from you all. Not easy!

Here is the story: 1) We would like to buy an Airstream from your store in VA. 2) I was in contact via email and text with a sales person. 3) We were driving by and decided to stop in to look at two different models. I texted our Sales contact. She was off that day and said she would set it up. Great. Very efficient. 4) We arrive at the store to view these very upscale trailers (an Airstream) and they had a brand new sales rep (a few weeks on the job and just completed his online training) take us out to view the two models. He was fine but still learning about AIRstream. I am sure as he gains experience he will be an excellent sales rep. 5) Now here is where the wheels fall off and we fall into what appears to be "commissioned sales wars".Yesterday and today our emails and texts to our original sales rep go unanswered. Including my email giving them the price quote I have from a competing dealer and referencing your email saying you will beat any price by at least $500. Again No reply. Then I realize I have probably fell into the "Commissioned Sales Black Hole". Since I dared to chat with a new sales person (when ours was not there), I now have to deal with the fine gent who has 3 weeks experience selling RVs. ...and we are trying to buy an RV from you all that has an MSRP of greater than $90K! Not going to do that from a trainee. 6) Finally, after texting and asking who I should deal with, I get an answer from our original sales rep and am told I need to deal with the new salesman/trainee to buy our $90K+ rv. Nice guy but only there a few weeks on the job. . 5) My latest text, asking our former sales person to forward our emails to the sales manager and explaining to her I was going to "send a note to Marcus" have gone unanswered. We are trying to buy an RV that MSRPs for over $90K from you all and we have fallen into the "commissioned sales" black hole. I suspect we are not alone in having this happen and ours is not the only RV Sale Camping World has lost due to "commissioned sales wars". The people we have dealt with seem like fine people. I am not complaining about them. However, Camping World has a process problem. Any help you can give us would be appreciated. Thanks for being so accessible. As you all are the closest dealer to us, we would like to purchase from you all if possible. Before sharing this nutty customer treatment in the online forums, I thought it professional to give you a chance to investigate. I will be sending a copy of this to our now former sales rep. Asking that she forward to the manager.
cruz-in 05/11/19 11:51am Camping World RV Sales
TTs with Rear Bedrooms?

Hi Team, WE have been looking for a while and can find very few units with a rear queen bed. Airstream has several, lance has one, and the new NUcamp Aria has it. Other than that we cant find any. You all know of any? Thanks Dan P.S. and they need to have a GTWR of not more than 7000. Want to make sure it can be towed with spec to spare (payload, hitch weight, etc.) for our half ton truck.
cruz-in 05/05/19 04:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sydney RV Show: No Wood

Neat....hoping this trend continues...thanks for posting the picts.
cruz-in 05/02/19 08:03am Travel Trailers
TTs with White Cabinets?

Hi Team, We are looking to buy a TT and my bride really likes white cabinets on the interior of a TT. I have found very few that offer this. So Far: 1) Keystone on the Premier line 2) Travel Lite's Evoke Line 3) Winnebago (has a sort of washed out white wood finish) You all know of any others? Thanks Dan
cruz-in 04/30/19 03:50pm Travel Trailers
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