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RE: Pet Peeves long road trip

I just don't understand the need for people to be 2 feet off the bumper of the guy in front of them. Busy on ramps are the worst. Everybody is right on the arse of the guy in front of them so how do they expect to merge into a one car gap? I do not agree with "go with the flow of traffic no matter how fast" philosophy. I'm towing a 10,000 lb trailer and can't stop on a dime if need be. Minimum is 45 on the expressway, max is what ever the limit is set. I don't do the minimum and I don't do the maximum either. I drive at what I think is safe for the conditions and amount of traffic. I leave a large gap that people think is there for them to fill. You need the patience of a saint to drive on the expressway today, that's why I avoid it when ever I can. Sorry in advance if you ever get stuck behind me.
ken56 07/12/20 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow weight

Ejraste, any "hobby" is never an inexpensive undertaking. RVing and towing is a constant learning process. The numbers truck manufacturers and traile manufacturers give you, while accurate, is mostly directed at sales. My truck can pull a 747.....ok, impressive but likely blew the engine doing it. Your truck will pull what you are looking at BUT, as others have said it will be a stressful workout keeping things under control. Short pulls 8 to 10 hours away on mostly flat terrain will be OK. Longer cross country getting into mountains will be a struggle for you and the truck. No matter what engine you have you'll get 9 to 13 MPG every time you tow. More truck to handle the trailer is always a good thing.
ken56 07/08/20 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30amp Y Splitter for 2 RV's

I had friends visit a few years back. They stayed in the yard and plugged into a 15 amp outlet approx. 50 feet away. I told them to be careful with their electrical usage because of it. Well, it got hot out enough they needed to use the air conditioner. After they left I noticed my outdoor portch light had stopped working so I took things apart and using that outlet with such heavy current draw melted the connections to the light enough to stop it working. Even with a 30 amp outlet there will be very high current draw using 2 air conditioners and will likey melt some wires if not cause a fire. I was lucky as my outlet did not cause a fire but it was too close for comfort. Be very careful. Sounds like an improperly set up circuit. The circuit is protected by the breaker and everything downstream of that breaker should be rated for at least the tripped load. It was. I fixed it. New switch rewired properly and new GFCI outlet. They had passed the current for the outlet off the hot side of the old switch instead of a pigtail directly to the hot wire. Have since put in a dedicated 30 amp hookup.
ken56 07/07/20 05:19am Tech Issues
RE: Tow weight

Your first trailer will not be your last. You say you want to park it a destination campground in the future but how far out in the future? Are you going to pull it to places while the kids are young like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone and Mt. Rushmore, you know , long trips cross country? You will find that by taking longer trips and really using your trailer if it suits your lifestyle to the point of parking it for long term use. Floorplan is critical to function and how YOU use it. we started RVing in 2012 and are on our 3rd trailer. We like this one, finally. Your truck will handle towing a trailer in the 5000lb empty range but the payload number is the one to watch as others said. I pulled a 6500lb trailer with my Chevy 1500 just fine.....most of the time. I did tow an 8000lb trailer for a friend and it was a struggle with my 1500. Get the best hitch you can afford. Equal-I-Zer is a good one for fair money. Make sure you size it for the heaviest tongue weight possible for your combo. A 1000/10,000 should do it for you but you might consider a 1200/12,000 if the tongue weight is anywhere near 1000lbs.
ken56 07/07/20 05:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Removing Eternabond

Mineral spirits. I had an RV Armor roof put on my trailer and that is what the tech used to clean it with.
ken56 07/06/20 05:05am Tech Issues
RE: 30amp Y Splitter for 2 RV's

I had friends visit a few years back. They stayed in the yard and plugged into a 15 amp outlet approx. 50 feet away. I told them to be careful with their electrical usage because of it. Well, it got hot out enough they needed to use the air conditioner. After they left I noticed my outdoor portch light had stopped working so I took things apart and using that outlet with such heavy current draw melted the connections to the light enough to stop it working. Even with a 30 amp outlet there will be very high current draw using 2 air conditioners and will likey melt some wires if not cause a fire. I was lucky as my outlet did not cause a fire but it was too close for comfort. Be very careful.
ken56 07/06/20 04:59am Tech Issues
RE: RV park close to Farragut, TN

Go to Oak Ridge and see the Museum of Science and Energy. I see Lazy Acres RV park in Lenoir city has good reviews and is also near Yarberry lake. Both are not all that far from Farragut. I have no first hand experience with either but have been through the area a few times to know its peaceful and pretty countryside. Being near the lake fishing is BIG there and the prevelant activity. Downtown K'ville is very walkable and also has a museum plus lots of great restaurants. Your grandson should have some ideas for you.
ken56 07/02/20 03:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Got a call from a friend...

It was the 40 amp circuit breaker. We took apart all connections and cleaned the corrosion and replaced the circuit breaker and all is well now.
ken56 07/01/20 11:47am Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Help

Had the same issue with mine a couple years back and it was the control board. Usually the warranty is 2 years and mine was within the warranty period so it was covered.
ken56 06/30/20 04:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

Kinda had that happen to us last week at a C2C membership campground. People pulled in thursday for the weekend, set up but did not stay that night. Friday everybody decended upon the camp site with Kayaks and kids and the protable fire pit and commenced to spread out to every inch of their site...nearly right up against the side of my trailer. Turns out they were fairly respectful but still had their fun so I can't deny them that. Go with the flow as most of that type of camper are weekend warriors and will be headed home on Sunday anyway. I'm fairly easy going when that happens unless things get really out of hand. Only had that happen once and I left...easy fix.
ken56 06/28/20 07:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Got a call from a friend...

Thanks everyone for the ideas. I made notes to take over. While I'm not an expert here I am also not totally uneducated about 12 volt systems, just though I would ask on here for what to look for. Personally I think its his battery fuse/breaker or possibly corroded connections....his trailer is 8 years old and was purchased used from a dealer and appears to have been stored outside all its life. Thanks again, will update later.
ken56 06/28/20 07:27am Tech Issues
Got a call from a friend...

My good friend called me today and told me his 12 volt side of the trailer does not work when he is not plugged into shore power. No lights or refrigerator or anything else 12 volt is getting power from the battery, he must be plugged into shore power for anything to work and all is fine and works normally when plugged in. Any suggestions on what to look for? Its a new battery and he just put in a new converter because it was not charging the battery. Not sure if he hooked it up correctly or if he missed a wire to power the 12 volt from the battery when not on shore power. Any Ideas?
ken56 06/27/20 07:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Parking RV at home

If this will be the normal situation install a dedicated circuit for the trailer. Use a surge protector at the recepticle box and then plug into the surge protector. I have mine in my yard and use it all the time, refrigerator is stocked with refreshments and I can turn on the A/C if I want to and even watch TV....sometimes the bed calls me in for a nap. The ability to keep your rig at home is you are able to do your maintenance at your lesiure and its a lot more secure than a storage lot.
ken56 06/14/20 05:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing Travel Trailers

You didn't say what you tow with or what hitch you have. I tow a 37ft. travel trailer 10k gvwr with my GMC 2500HD and have an Equal-I-zer brand integrated sway control hitch rated at 14K/1400 tongue wt. and do so just fine with no issues. Your statement about "sway bar" is telling that you may not quite understand hitches yet. The Equal-I-zer is a weight distributing hitch with built in sway control by means of friction on the weight distrubiting bars and 'L' brackets they rest in. The other is a friction antisway device added onto the side of the tongue and connecting to the hitch head. I have used this type on smaller lighter trailers but would not use it on a 35 ft. trailer because it is inadequate for the weight it would need to suppress in a sway situation. Look on youtube for how to handle sway should you experience it.
ken56 06/14/20 06:27am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Tires

Love my Endurance tires. I don't worry about a blow out when towing. Going into the 3rd year on the trailer and 10K miles. I know, not that many miles on them but we didn't use the trailer much last season.
ken56 06/13/20 06:11pm Travel Trailers
Renewal

I just renewed my roadside service contract and had to print out my ID card. No indication that a plastic card would be sent with a new membership package. Did I miss something?
ken56 06/13/20 06:04pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: I-40 from Asheville in route to Elkmont/GSMNP, road advice..

Coming into G'burg on 321 just go through town. The bypass is as far back through part of the town as it would be to just go throuh. Trucks do it so you can too. I would get in the inside lane and stay there all the way through town...not all that far. You could go back to the bypass and it would not be as congested but still busy but it would be faster for you.
ken56 06/11/20 07:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Help with A/C freezing up ..

Worst case scenario is it has a refrigerant leak and it is low on refridgerant. These are sealed units and not serviceable. Best case is it's just the fan setting. The fan MUST be on high.
ken56 06/07/20 06:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: To buy or not to buy insurance?

600 a year for the trailer add on? Wow, thats steep. Mine runs about 200 a year. Hail, a tree branch falling on it, any damage would be covered when not towing and parked in the yard or storage. Shop around and even change your auto ploicy if you have to to get something reasonable.
ken56 06/05/20 01:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cades Cove

The exit you are thinking of is probably Strawberry Plains. its x395 iirc. imo, best access to CC is thru Townsend. Big Meadow CG if you are camping is like 5 miles from CC. Exit 398 is Strawberry Plains Pike and it is a good bypass to get around K'ville traffic. You need to turn left onto 168 and it will connect to 129 south of K'ville. Don't miss the turn onto 168 or you will end up in downtown K'ville.
ken56 06/04/20 04:17pm Roads and Routes
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