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RE: Creative Towing

We don't need those sort of vehicles here. Why? Because the vast majority of the time, RVers here are on paved roads and modern campgrounds. Even boondockers seldom encounter terrain that would require one of these trucks.
drsteve 12/07/19 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV sway

Can electric brake controller cause sway problems/ Many things can cause sway, but your brake controller isn't one of them. What exactly are you experiencing? Let us know what TT, tow vehicle, and hitch setup you have, including any sway controller.
drsteve 12/07/19 02:54pm Towing
RE: Creative Towing

We don't need those sort of vehicles here.
drsteve 12/07/19 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: No more full size cars from GM

They want to build what sells, and full size sedans are not it. No surprise...
drsteve 12/07/19 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: No more full size cars from GM

I'm going to buy a vehicle soon and the Taurus is on the short list. The majority of my driving would be short trips without many traffic light stops. To the guys that have them what do you think the mileage would be on three mile trips? I've been considering a mid-size just because of the mileage but really don't want to. Three miles isn't far enough to get up to operating temperature. Mileage will suck, especially in cold weather.
drsteve 12/07/19 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on studded tires

Advances in tire technology have made regular winter tires almost as good as studded tires.
drsteve 12/07/19 06:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jayco TV antenna

BTW, if you want to upgrade the pos antenna with simple installation, the KING JACK or the WINEGARD RAZAR Omni directional antennas would be a better choice. If you want the gold standard, the Winegard Sensar (batwing style) is the way to go. It's a crank-up antenna that you can rotate. Installation is a bit more involved if you want to go down that road. The installation might be simple, but it would not be an upgrade. The King Jack omni is a non-performing POS. Directional antennas outperform omnis, period.
drsteve 12/07/19 06:06am Tech Issues
RE: It is no wonder

The derivative 28 cos(7x- pi/2) @ x-0 = 28 cos( -pi/2), which is 28 cos(-90 degrees) = 0. X2
drsteve 12/06/19 09:17am General RVing Issues
RE: exchanging propane cylinder that came with TT

Personally, I would not turn in a tank that I knew was defective. You might take your old tank to a propane dealer and see if they could repair the old tank. To me, turning in a defective tank is the same as lying and cheating. Not at all. The exchange companies specifically say that they will accept any tank, because they inspect and if necessary repair, or dispose of, every tank they get. It's part of their business model. Their customers know they are always getting a good tank, and they will always be able to exchange an empty, even if it fails while they are using it.
drsteve 12/06/19 09:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco TV antenna

Omnidirectional antennas are a joke, especially in fringe reception areas, which seems to include many campgrounds. RVs come with them because RV manufacturers are cheap. If you want good reception when camping in remote places get a Winegard Sensar IV.
drsteve 12/06/19 08:45am Tech Issues
RE: Garmin GPS

Use your phone for best directions. That only works if you have phone service Or you can download everything before you start, then you'll still have it when you lose cell service.
drsteve 12/06/19 08:20am Technology Corner
RE: 50" - 55" TV... Uses 55 watts or less.

The 55" Samsung I bought last month says 65 watts on the sticker. Most LED TVs are easy on the electrons. The old 50" plasma TV in our bedroom has a great picture, but it pulls 600 watts. Yeah...
drsteve 12/05/19 08:21am Technology Corner
RE: Warranty work on TT v 5r v MH

A TT is a box on wheels. A 5er is a differently shaped box on wheels. A MH is a box on wheels with a tow vehicle built in to it. Makes sense they'd have more issues.
drsteve 12/05/19 08:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Deep Cycle Battery???

I took possession of my 2012 funfinder on Nov 15, 2011. The trailer has a AGM "marine starting battery". It's been charged by the much maligned WFCO converter/charger. The battery is still in there, and still holds a charge. My WFCO must be the "only" (LOL) good WFCO in existence, as I have seen it charge at over 14V, also it drops to 13.2 to 13.0 after about a day or day and half. 13.6 is it's mid-level. If the battery is not run down a whole lot, it simply starts out it's charge cycle at 13.6. Here I am, 8 years on, I'm happy with that. As others have said, your discharge strategy needs to be smart. Do some reading on what parasitic draws you may have, and address those if needed. EDIT: I put one of those little voltminder gadgets in the trailer to keep an eye on battery voltage. It plugs in to the 12 cig lighter power port. They have improved. The older ones were notorious for poor charge control, but the WFCO in my 2018 Coachmen seems to do what it's supposed to do.
drsteve 12/05/19 08:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

The rear tire also works as a step.
drsteve 12/04/19 07:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

Sometimes it's the road. My setup pulls well under all conditions. Smooth road, rough road, wind, freeway or two lane, whatever speed, everything is fine. Rides like a Cadillac. Handles great. Except on I-69 where it loops around north of Lansing. My rig chucks like crazy on this stretch of road. Speed is irrelevant, the ride is miserable. I can watch the semis with their air ride cabs bobbing up and down too. When I drive that same stretch with just the truck, no issues. Go figure. That stretch of freeway has been like that since the day they opened it, and was the driving force behind the state now requiring warranties on all paving work done by contractors.
drsteve 12/04/19 06:36am Towing
RE: Jayco TV antenna

The King omni antenna on our Coachmen is essentially useless unless we are camped in our backyard, which happens to be close to several TV towers.
drsteve 12/04/19 06:22am Tech Issues
RE: Gas station guide

Google Maps will find gas stations, and the satellite view will show you the pump islands.
drsteve 12/04/19 06:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin GPS

I'm a old school, paper map kind of guy. I do use google maps to plan my route, but like it was on paper. And I like my Garmin to basically read signs before I can see them. But one thing I hate is when I want to compare the route I have picked to the one Garmin wants to use is Garmin always lists the local street name, not the state or federal highway highway numbers? Google frequently does the same thing with street names. It's annoying. I too keep my map books handy for when the GPS either loses touch with the mothership, or just screws up.
drsteve 12/04/19 05:40am Technology Corner
RE: Power Jack Repair or Replace

I would just replace it. Cost is likely to be close, so might as well get a new one.
drsteve 12/03/19 06:31am Tech Issues
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