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RE: Devil's canyon UT

The maps provided by Recreation.gov are just wretched. Yes. Even when working down the campsite list on the left of recreation.gov; which highlights the location on the map on the right, it gets screwed up starting at site 14. Some sites don't even show up. That's because not all of the sites in this park are reservable. Some are first-come. Only the reservable ones show up. Thanks! That makes sense but it sure wasn't clear. :)
djsamuel 06/19/20 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need a new hitch

If money is an issue the Andersen hitch would provide good sway and bounce control. It is a good WDH hitch for trailer sizes like yours. We've had ours on our 21BHS for 7 years and it's been excellent. Quiet, light and easy to set up.
djsamuel 06/19/20 06:04am Travel Trailers
RE: gps which one is best,second best

I didn't necessarily use my GPS on my cell phone when I'm well aware of the route I will be taking. My last trip through Knoxville, TN, I learned my lesson. I noticed that about 70% of the traffic exited the interstate, toward Maryville, just south of Knoxville. I didn't think much about it and kept going. The traffic came to a sudden halt and the trip through Knoxville took about 2-1/2 hours. There was a major accident during early rush hour and the traffic that had exited went through Maryville probably saved at least 1-1/2 hour. I now use the Google or Waze mapping, even when I know the route like the back of my hand. This is an important point. The Garmin I use has traffic and it works very well. However, when I was using my old GPS I never thought about that!
djsamuel 06/18/20 01:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Devil's canyon UT

The maps provided by Recreation.gov are just wretched. Yes. Even when working down the campsite list on the left of recreation.gov; which highlights the location on the map on the right, it gets screwed up starting at site 14. Some sites don't even show up.
djsamuel 06/18/20 01:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer legs

Isn't this the same as placing a jack on the axle tube which is exactly what they say you're not supposed to do?
djsamuel 06/10/20 01:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

That is what is called a progressive spring rate. The bars have a more linear spring rate, and a linear spring rate is better in this situation. I also tend to end up at rough places, dirt roads that get worse near the camping spot, so I have to take the bars off before I get there. The bars are easy as I just use a lever to unload the spring, but the Anderson requires jacking up the tongue? Exactly! Thanks, linear is the word I was trying to think of and for some reason I couldn't think of it (oh no). That is a good point regarding unloading the spring. I guess you could unload the hitch by turning the nut, but it is a LOT easier if you jack it up with the tongue jack first.
djsamuel 05/18/20 02:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

The red urathane bumper is the spring, so it does have a spring, a red urathane spring. For those that have one... How much angle difference between the truck and trailer can be had? The red bumper is short, so the spring travel will be small, and when it bottoms out that is it. With bar springs they will keep bending or the trailer frame will bend, but mostly the spring bar will bend as needed. Or what happens if you go too far? Will the bolt-on mount just twist forward and no harm other than having to re-set it? Never had an issue with that over the many places we've gone with the hitch. I would add though, that unlike springs which have a more consistent spring constant, the urethane "springs" resist compression more as they are compressed. So while they may compress easily at the beginning, they become more difficult to compress as the force is increased. I think this is what helps prevent the urethane from "bottoming out".
djsamuel 05/18/20 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Sway Problem / Need Help

An Andersen shouldn’t ever be considered if a WDH is needed. It isn’t one. . Seriously? The Andersen is a great WDH in the proper applications. In applications where there is a high tongue weight and a lot of redistribution is required, then the Andersen is not the best choice. However, for many applications the Andersen is an outstanding choice. It's worked great for me over the last 6 years.
djsamuel 05/14/20 08:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

The other thread poster was not so smart if he said it was not a WD hitch. That's exactly what Anderson hitch is, the clue is the chains and springs that do exactly what a WD hitch does. Those dumb post are best ignored. I have only read bad things about the Anderson, glad you have it working for you. The bad things are that the hitch does not actually turn after using it many miles. Too much weight on the hitch puts too much stress. Maybe it needs to be greased up before each use. I do not know. Yes, less weight would certainly cause less wear so that might be why yours still works as new while others, with heavier tongue weight, toss them in the trash. How much articulation is possible with this hitch? When the truck goes up an incline and the trailer is still on flat ground this puts maximum tension on a WE hitch, stretching the spring. Do you think Anderson can "spring" as far as the bar style ones? I have seen used ones cheap, but my trailer is light, so was thinking maybe it would work for me. Never had a problem with the hitch turning, nor have I heard of the issue. I still have the original friction sleeve in it and have been all over the country with mine; Florida to Utah, Arizona, Tennessee several times and more. Articulation has never been a problem for me. I've had it in some situations similar to what you described with no issue. The only time I ever came close was in Arizona when I entered a gas station with a VERY steep and short entrance from the road. There I slightly scraped the bottom of the bars on the hitch assembly where the urethane absorbers are. No damage to anything except for some scratches. I think I would have hit no matter what hitch I had. Like I said, I am extremely happy with the hitch; but I do have a fairly low tongue wait. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.
djsamuel 05/12/20 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

We've used the Andersen Hitch for over 6 years now and am very pleased with it. I think it is accurate to say that the Andersen is not suitable for cases where a LARGE amount of weight distribution is required. However, my trailer has about a 600 lb tongue weight like you, and it is terrific. For people in a similar situation as ours, the Andersen is a great choice. It does provide weight distribution as well as great sway control and bounce attenuation. I can tow without any type of WDH but it is so much nicer with the Andersen. I wouldn't tow without it.
djsamuel 05/11/20 09:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Chinese Versus TAIWAN Hand Tools

... from the instructions: Never completely apply twisting force to Happy Ratchet in circumference of recently sharpened Glorious Sunshine saw. :B That made my day!
djsamuel 05/06/20 01:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Road Trip Planner Apps

RVTrip Wizard now has a beta site up. All of your existing trips are available on either the beta or normal version. I'm using the beta right now and find it much improved and a lot faster.
djsamuel 04/22/20 02:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: slide outs, different kinds?

The "track on the outside top and bottom" is the Schwintek system. This system works fine for small slides, like in a bedroom. It's terrible for super-slides and full-wall slides. I had mine fully replaced under warranty at the ORV factory, and after my year, ORV started transitioning away from it for large slides. I'm currently stuck with another failure, that again requires new racks and and a new pinion shaft, which requires pulling the entire 14'x 3.5' slideout. On other words... Stay far, far away from large slides with the Schwintek system This makes sense. My trailer has a small slide with just a dinette that uses the Schwintek system. For me it's been great over the last 6+ years. However, I've been in campgrounds where I helped people push huge slides in that were having issues. They were big slides with the Schwintek. Like I said, for me it's been perfect, but I have a small slide that only extends about 12-14 inches.
djsamuel 04/22/20 02:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

in canyonlands be sure to check out Mesa arch. bumpy There are some parts of Canyonlands that a passenger car can get to but for the most part a high clearance vehicle is needed and better yet a 4WD. The two overlooks are impressive tho, but even those need some driving on dirt and rock roads. This is true for the Needles district of Canyonlands. However, the northern section, Islands in the Sky, is accessible by pretty much any vehicle.
djsamuel 04/08/20 11:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rec.gov cancellation policy

I've cancelled in the past a few weeks out and paid only the $10 fee. However I know people that are having their reservations cancelled by the state and they aren't paying anything. When my reservation to Anastasia State Park was cancelled due to hurricane Irma, I paid nothing.
djsamuel 03/17/20 05:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Orlando area long term recommendations

Thanks for all the recommendations. We found a snow birding couple at Elite resorts at Citrus Valley who are headed home just about the time we will be rolling into Central Florida. The drive with traffic will be a little burdensome in the afternoon (I-4 to Osceola Pkwy or 192, then 27) but the park is a great place. Thanks again for the advice. OJ Depending on where in Orlando you will be working, another option getting home is to take 408W to the turnpike North and the Rt 50 to 27. Then head south on 27 to the campground. I work in East Orlando and live in Clermont. The only downfall is you have to pay tolls, but the traffic is much easier than I-4 and 192, especially at rush hour in the afternoon heading towards 27.
djsamuel 02/24/20 09:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Secluded RV Sites in Florida

It is a small distance north of Ocala, but Paynes Prairie State Park would be another option. They just renovated the campground but I haven't been there yet.
djsamuel 02/19/20 12:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Advice on Campgrounds

If you want to visit the Smoky Mountain National Park, consider Townsend. Very quiet and close to Cades Cove. I've been to Little Arrow Campground and Big Meadows Family Campground and enjoyed both.
djsamuel 02/19/20 12:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best weight distribution hitch?

The Andersen works very well for those of us who do not use it make up for a less than capable tow vehicle. If you have 1,000 of payload available and 1,200 pounds of tongue weight, look for something else. On the other hand, if you have 1,800 pounds of payload available and 800 pounds of tongue weight, you will love the clean, lightweight, quiet, easily adjustable Andersen. I'll second this ^^^^ I've been using the Andersen for the last 6+ years and it has been excellent. As stated, if your tongue weight is within the limits for your tow vehicle, this is an excellent option.
djsamuel 02/10/20 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: Disney world in July

My wife retired from WDW, and we still go to Fort Wilderness a few times a year. It is a really nice campground and the restaurant on site (Trails End) has a great breakfast and dinner buffet. If you like a dinner show, Hoop de do Revue is good, but we found it rushed. The bigger sites are the premium sites, which cost a bit more (not too much). No matter what type of site you get, it isn't cheap compared to many other campgrounds. But it is good. They do have a free campfire and sing along with Chip and Dale which is followed by a movie each night. The two pools are nice, the Meadows pool is the bigger one more geared to families and the Swimming Hole pool is the quiet pool. There is boat transportation to the Magic Kingdom and bus transportation around the campground and to the other parks and facilities. You don't need to bring another vehicle unless you want to. If you can't get a reservation, there are several campgrounds in the area. Lake Louisa State Park has a nice campground in Clermont that is about 40 minutes away.
djsamuel 02/10/20 09:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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