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RE: Bike Rack for Trailer hitch?

another comment on trailer "bumpers" They aren't even a drawn steel tube, they are sheet metal with three bends to form a square and then a weld bead to close it up.
ktmrfs 08/01/22 08:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bike Rack for Trailer hitch?

IMHO $200 and a bike rack on a trailer is not going to pan out. First, few bike racks are rated for TT use, those that are cost much more than $200 and are much beefier than the typical bike rack. Now that said on our trailer I cut off the factory " bumper" and fabricated a new bumper welded to the frame with a 2" reciever welded on. We use the hollywood rack RV rider on the trailer (even though hollywood racks says 5th wheel only) Expect to pay in the $400-600 range for a good rack AND add in $$ for making sure the attachment is adequate. Every bike rack I've seen rated for TT use warns NOT to use a bolt on reciever like the OP posted.
ktmrfs 08/01/22 10:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Proper outside storage

And if the OP is concerned about pests flying up into the grey tank, he could leave it closed and just open it once or twice a season. Don't make this mistake. A dehumidifier can generate gallons of water per day...wait a month or two, and it will have overflowed potentially rotting out the floor. As someone else mentioned, opening a roof vent is you best bet, just get a cover, so it can be left open in the rain. If you insist on using a dehumidifier, just get a cap with a hose connection and put a small sag in the hose. This will create a P-trap, so no bugs going into the tank...not that I would really care if they did as there is no route to the interior from the gray tank. very good advice. We live in an area with moderate humidity and use a dehumidifier when camping when conditions warrant it's use. It usually will pull 6-8 gallons of water out the first day, then around 4 gallons/day afterwards. Could fill a typical grey tank in a week! Now some of that moisture is coming from us and what we do in the camper, but in the winter I use the dehumidifier in our garage and consistently pull 5 gallons of water/day out of the air.
ktmrfs 07/31/22 10:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Proper outside storage

I am storing my camper outside year round and noticed it excess humidity levels forming inside in warmer months. It is being parked on asphalt driveway but surrounded by heavily wooded area. Running dehumidifier did not go to well because could not figure out how to run a discharge house to let condensate outside without cutting a hole in a camper lol Also thinking of moving camper to a different area on my lot presently grassy area that will Get a couple of truckloads of crushed stone or pebbles over if. So the challenge is to protect the inside as well as the outside / underbody from excess humidity and elements. Any input is appreciated. run the dehumidifier discharge hose into the shower basin, leave the grey tank outside drain slightly open, problem solved.
ktmrfs 07/29/22 10:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coleman

Coleman at one time was a great company. Focused on outdoor stuff. At one time it was part of sunbeam run by "Chainsaw Al Dunlop" which drove sunbeam into bankruptcy, along with a huge amount of cost cutting etc. on the various sunbeam brands. It's now part of the remnants of the past as part of Newell brands (rubber maid etc.) and AFAIK they sell some of the old coleman stuff and license the brand to others, e.g. trailers and Coleman AC units for trailers that are made by Johnson cotrols but just license the coleman name
ktmrfs 07/29/22 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator Fuel Question

Gasoline quality is a consideration. Ethanol in gasoline reduces its energy content, and thus the generator's power output. Generator manufacturers test and rate their products using ethanol-free gas, so this power reduction isn't reflected in their specifications. The upshot is that a generator with marginal power output using ethanol-free gas will have even more marginal output using gas with ethanol in it. The maximum amount of ethanol allowed in gasoline was recently increased to 15 percent - so this is going to be more of an issue than it previously was. Since ethanol tends to shorten the storage life of gasoline, many folks avoid using it in generators. Unfortunately, in areas where ethanol-free gas is available, it usually costs quite a bit more. That extra expense needs to be included when comparing fuel costs. If the mfg designed the engine to run on 10% ethanol AND adjusted the carb correctly you won't see a decrease in power output. You WILL see a increase in fuel consumption (about 3%). In fact properly designed an engine running on alcohol can have more power than gasoline, just higher fuel consumption. Don't confuse energy content/gallon with power output, they are two completely seperate issues. your statement on 15% ethanol is misleading. 1) yes 15% is allowed but ONLY if 10% pumps are also available 2) In many locations it is ONLY allowed during parts of the year 3) We've been traveling all over the west/midwest and south and have yet to see a pump with 15% ethanol IMHO there is more FUD in the 10% ethanol that actual issues. Yes, 25+ year old gas engines can have problems with 10% ethanol, but modern engines it is seldom an issue even if carb's are left full for extended periods of time. In the last 20 years I've very seldom drained a tank on a small engine including my honda generators with 10% ethanol even when it was going to sit likely for 6 months and never had an issue. What I have found is that many of the small engines on yard equipment that doesn't have a fuel bowl and float what one thinks is a fuel problem is just those el cheapo carbs hitting end of life. When a brand new OEM carb is $10-$15 there can't be much in them. When I've replaced them I found the throttle shaft was wobling all over and letting air/fuel leak. fuel bulb not working etc.
ktmrfs 07/29/22 03:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Hooking up to water/sewer

Be sure to have some water on board for travel day of if the Parks water goes down. Good point...even if you aren't moving. This spring we were pushing ahead of normal camp opening as soon as they had the water going. Then a week later, they had a system leak and shut it down for a few days. It was a minor nuisance for us (just watching our consumption a bit). Friends who came in at the same time were struggling as they only had a couple gallon jugs that they would take up town. When we found out, we did let them borrow our 5 gal water jug. or you get to a campsite where the water is potable, but not really something drinkable or useable because of the taste or minerals. Then it is nice to have a full tank of good water on hand. And we have on multiple occasions been to campgrounds where storms took out power and water or had water system down for one reason or another. Again nice to have a full tank of water. And finally, with a full tank of water, when we pull into a site, we level unhook, put out the slides, awning, and chairs and then sit down and relax. usually don't bother hooking up water or power till the next day at the earliest.
ktmrfs 07/29/22 10:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Easy Start By Micro Air

“ I've found even at 8000ft I can start the AC with the generator in eco mode w/o any fuss. But then I don't have a inverter transfer system in place.” That’s good news…What size is your air conditioner?…Easy-Start?? 3 tons easy start. I have a coleman MachIII 13.5K BTU from around 2010 and my brother has a dometic 13.5K unit, also with easy start and a honda 2200. On both our units a honda 2000 would start on eco, but the easy start would cycle the AC on and off due to generator overload above about 3500 ft or so. run for 20 minutes or so, then cut off the AC for 5-10 minutes, then start back up..... The coleman power cub 9000BTU unit on my small trailer runs fine on a 2000 even at 8000 ft or so w/o any mod's, starts fine runs fine, but only draws about 9 amps IIRC and has a much lower LRA.
ktmrfs 07/28/22 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Fuel Question

For those of you that have dual or tri-fuel generators, what has been your experience between gasoline and propane and/or natural gas regarding power and running time length? I read an article today that summarized that running a generator on gasoline provides more power whereas running on propane is cleaner (understandably). Was it worth the extra expense investing in a multi-fuel generator? Thinking of converting our gasoline to propane or tri-fuel using the Hutch Mountain conversion kits for Honda eu2000i. with the engine designed to run on gasoline max power output in order 1) gasoline 2) propane 3) NG as far a clen burning and oil contamination 1) propane or NG 2) gasoline I've converted my honda 2200 and 2000 to tri fuel from hutch mountain. Why?? In the case of power outage assuming NG is still at the house I can run forever on NG, and I usually have 25 gallons of propane for various house stuff (firepit, heater, etc.) along with 30 gallons of propane for the trailer, but usually only about 5 gallons of easily available gasoline. (yes I could syphon from the cars) BTW I never use propane out camping, seldom need more than a full tank of fuel in the generator so that's enough for the campout. the only reason I did the conversion is for use as backup power for the house.
ktmrfs 07/28/22 08:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Hooking up to water/sewer

never used the city water input, just fill the fresh tank. 1) we always leave home with full fresh water tank, that way we have good potable soft water at the campsite, and if the campsite has hard water use an inline water softener. 2) by using fresh tank I know that my grey/black tanks won't be near full till I go through over 3 fresh tank fills 3) when we leave the trailer, pump goes off, while if hooked to city water one would need to turn off the city water, less convienient. yes, that's anal but i do know a few campers who have had water leaks with city water even with a real pressure regulator (watts pressure regulator). Black/grey tanks stay closed till full. unless you have a dip in the sewer hose if the valves are open you have no p trap in the campground sewer line, can lead to sewer gas and smell around the trailer. And it avoides a poop pyramid.
ktmrfs 07/28/22 06:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Easy Start By Micro Air

Several dry campers we know including us have installed the easy start on 13.5K BTU AC units with very good results. However I will point out one thing to consider regarding the honda 2000 and the easy start. The honda 2000 engine is pretty much max'd out so output max power goes down with altitude. We found that around 3500ft density altitude the 2000 is likely to overload, luckily the easy start just shuts the AC down for about 5 minutes rather than having the honda completely kick out. This is with all other 120V loads including the converter power turned off. solution honda 2200. it has a much larger engine and even at 8000+ft it can run the AC unit and still have about 300watts to spare. As a check with a honda 2200 we ran our AC at around 8000ft in 100F temps and I turned the fridge on AC just to see what would happen, 2200 kept on running, no overload. Before the easy start I was lugging around two honda 2000's, paralleled for AC, when the honda 2200 came out i bought one, gave one 2000 to our son, and for a while carried around a 2200 and 2000 as a "just in case" for AC when boondocking. Gave that up, never have needed more than the 2200 even at very high altitudes. Solar charges the batteries, Agreed, me too…At high altitudes and temps (100d/f) my 2000 struggled - Eco mode was not an option…The difference between the 2000 and 2200 is much more than just the 200w, mainly because of the 2200’s larger GX commercial engine and viable Eco operation… However, I later discovered that my pass-thru PSW inverter was the single biggest culprit at preventing Eco mode operation because it would ‘disqualify’ in coming genny power upon compressor starts when in the (low RPM) Eco mode… So after a ton of study and consternation, I did a workaround by adding a dedicated, corded genny-eco ATS switch around the ‘too smart’ inverter (at it’s output), and all was resolved, except that now with the LFP’s, solar and Easy-start I haven’t had much of a need to run the genny for quite some time…I still carry it just in case… 3 tons yes the 2200 has a 125cc enginve vs the 100cc or less on the 2000, What I've found is that the 2000 can put out the continous or peak power at sea level and goes down above sea level, even at altitudes <1000ft while the 2200 seems to be able to put out continous or peak rated power even at 8000+ft w/o installing the high altitude jets. I've found even at 8000ft I can start the AC with the generator in eco mode w/o any fuss. But then I don't have a inverter transfer system in place.
ktmrfs 07/28/22 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Easy Start By Micro Air

Several dry campers we know including us have installed the easy start on 13.5K BTU AC units with very good results. However I will point out one thing to consider regarding the honda 2000 and the easy start. The honda 2000 engine is pretty much max'd out so output max power goes down with altitude. We found that around 3500ft density altitude the 2000 is likely to overload, luckily the easy start just shuts the AC down for about 5 minutes rather than having the honda completely kick out. This is with all other 120V loads including the converter power turned off. solution honda 2200. it has a much larger engine and even at 8000+ft it can run the AC unit and still have about 300watts to spare. As a check with a honda 2200 we ran our AC at around 8000ft in 100F temps and I turned the fridge on AC just to see what would happen, 2200 kept on running, no overload. Before the easy start I was lugging around two honda 2000's, paralleled for AC, when the honda 2200 came out i bought one, gave one 2000 to our son, and for a while carried around a 2200 and 2000 as a "just in case" for AC when boondocking. Gave that up, never have needed more than the 2200 even at very high altitudes. Solar charges the batteries,
ktmrfs 07/28/22 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Towing with older vehicle

I had a 87 chevy van with towing option and towed a 4500 lb trailer all over the west. sold it with 180K miles, still running strong. And that V-8 was only around 165hp or so, hills were 2nd gear wound out. you should have no issues.
ktmrfs 07/18/22 08:32pm Towing
RE: Gray Tank Smell (Seriously annoying)

Question: Many advise that when you are on a full hook up site to close your black tank (And they explain the reason I won't here) but leave the gray open till you are getting ready to leave. NO. Close both valves and dump when you have to. Why? Ever see the ads for the RV Black Tank treatments that basically are a waste of money.. A Stinky RV that everyone is avoiding? Well the Stink is not coming from the holding tanks ..it's coming from the park's sewer system up the 3" hose and into the GRAY tank via the open valve.> Close the valve to block the stink.. EXACTLY ON KEEPING VALVES CLOSED!!!! sewer lines doesn't have a P trap. I remember being at a park several years ago where one camper was complaining to the park about sewer smell at their sight. Cause.... dump valves open. And a grey tank that is not occasionally cleaned can smell as bad or worse than a black tank. Occasionally before I dump I'll add some laundry detergent to the grey tanks, let it slosh around overnight then drain. YES and NO. The stink will migrate back thru the BLACK tank via the toilet down tube to the black tank. IF, as the op found out, your GRAY tank system is not installed correctly, then ANY odor(valve open or not) will migrate back into the RV. BUT in a correctly installed GRAY system, the P traps STOP the backfeed of odor. Which is the purpose of P traps. THE MAIN REASON TO NEVER LEAVE VALVES OPEN IS BOTH THE DREADED POOP PYRAMID AND THE GRAY TANK SLIMY DEBRIS FROM GETTING IN THE VALVE CREVISES AND NOT ALLOWING A FULL CLOSURE AND THEN LEAKS. DOug If the main dump valve(s) are open there is then NO P trap to keep sewer odor from going into the empty tanks, up the vent tubes and out the top of the trailer and then having an odor problem around the trailer like an open sewer pipe. Yes, the P trap in the sink etc. keeps the odor from coming directly through the sink etc. drain into the trailer.
ktmrfs 07/18/22 10:08am Tech Issues
RE: Gray Tank Smell (Seriously annoying)

Question: Many advise that when you are on a full hook up site to close your black tank (And they explain the reason I won't here) but leave the gray open till you are getting ready to leave. NO. Close both valves and dump when you have to. Why? Ever see the ads for the RV Black Tank treatments that basically are a waste of money.. A Stinky RV that everyone is avoiding? Well the Stink is not coming from the holding tanks ..it's coming from the park's sewer system up the 3" hose and into the GRAY tank via the open valve.> Close the valve to block the stink.. EXACTLY ON KEEPING VALVES CLOSED!!!! sewer lines doesn't have a P trap. I remember being at a park several years ago where one camper was complaining to the park about sewer smell at their sight. Cause.... dump valves open. And a grey tank that is not occasionally cleaned can smell as bad or worse than a black tank. Occasionally before I dump I'll add some laundry detergent to the grey tanks, let it slosh around overnight then drain.
ktmrfs 07/17/22 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: Replacement Awning Fabric

get a replacement fabric from tuff tops. There awning fabric is way better than OEM fabric.
ktmrfs 07/09/22 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Power jacj

on all my trailers with manual jacks I've replaced them with power jacks. For me the only choice is power jacks with a ball screw mechanism, not an acme thread. More expensive but ball screw mechanism has less resistance, less trouble, and generally is longer lasting. I've done 3 such upgrades and in all cases used a barker ball screw jack.
ktmrfs 07/07/22 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: best way to recover a roof

Gdetrailer, Is your roof flat? Mine is curved. I like the aluminum idea. dougrainer, Redecking sounds expensive. But I do value your advice. Well, You CANNOT install EPDM or TPO over the existing EPDM/TPO. You CANNOT install new EPDM/TPO over the existing wood subdeck after you remove the OLD EPDM/TPO. You HAVE to redeck. You overlay the new decking with Wood Glue/screws. Doug Never heard of needing new decking for a new roof, nor have I ever seen any shops put on new decking unless the old was rotted. Nor have I ever seen this requirement in the instructions from EPDM roof suppliers either. Where is a reference to needing new decking??
ktmrfs 07/06/22 09:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Verizon Hot Spot

with a good password as secure as your home internet with a secure password. Also can set it so the SSID is not broadcast so others won't even see the SSID. And you can set it so only specified devices MAC address can access it. It also has a guest SSID which our kids and others use so it is seperate from our SSID account.
ktmrfs 07/06/22 09:35pm Technology Corner
RE: trailer suspension

not sure how much it will help on a smaller trailer like the OP has, but the item that made the biggest improvement in TV ride with our 34ft TT was an air safe air hitch. It does a great job of isolating trailer and truck movement. We can watch the trailer move up and down on frost heaves an hardly feel it in the TV. Now that said. the hitch is expensive and heavy. So unless you travel a great deal it probably isn't worth it. For us it's been great. They now have a class III air hitch for smaller trailers which looks lighter and likely is less expensive. Mine is a class VI. And the Air safe air hitch is compatible with most WD and sway control systems. We use the Reese dual cam system with ours.
ktmrfs 07/01/22 03:05pm Travel Trailers
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