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RE: front hitch

I have had front hitches on 3 Chevs for carrying bikes. I think my current one is a Curt. They simply bolt on - no cutting required. Our first bike rack had the bikes hanging from the frames. A pain. The bikes swung and bounced even with lots of bungies. Now we have a Swagman where the bike tires sit in rings and a clamp slides down onto the bike frame. It works great. Our setup is low enough that headlights are not a problem. Overheating has also not been an issue
owenssailor 07/30/19 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Maximum length for 1500

Your 2017 should tow that trailer fine. Ours does. As for braking - remember that the trailer has brakes. Look at a transport. The tractor does not have the braking power to stop the whole load. Going up long steep grades your engine will rev. That is no problem. It won't hurt anything. Those small blocks are used in lots of power boats where working rpm is 4000 plus. If you have P-metric tires on the truck air them to max PSI from the sidewall. Be sure to get a good hitch with built in sway control and set it up correctly/ Have fun
owenssailor 07/28/19 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

Your 2017 should tow that trailer fine. Ours does. As for braking - remember that the trailer has brakes. Look at a transport. The tractor does not have the braking power to stop the whole load. Going up long steep grades your engine will rev. That is no problem. It won't hurt anything. Those small blocks are used in lots of power boats where working rpm is 4000 plus. If you have P-metric tires on the truck air them to max PSI from the sidewall. Be sure to get a good hitch with built in sway control and set it up correctly/ Have fun
owenssailor 07/28/19 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

We have towed our trailer across the lower US across the mountains to San Diego several times both with the 2012 6 spd and the 2017 8 spd. Both trucks had no problem going up the long climbs but the 8 spd is definitely nicer. Our trailer is around 6800 lb loaded for winter travels. The cabin is 28 ft. We don't have any issues with sway or push from transports or wind gusts. I like the Equal-i-zer hitch for this combination. We travel around 8 000 miles per winter
owenssailor 07/28/19 09:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

What year Silverado do you have. That can make a big difference.Older ones had 295 HO or 315 HP with either 4spd or 6 spd trannys. My 2017 has 355 HP and the 8 spd. It tows our 31 ft with no problems It also has payload of 1940 lb so it can handle the tongue weight fine. Our 2012 with the 6 spd was OK but the engine ended up at higher revs on long 6% grades.
owenssailor 07/26/19 08:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: circle tour around lake huron

When are you travelling? That affects what attractions are open. As you come up Hwy 21 from Sarnia you will see many large windmills. Ont. does not have any coal plants. Some electricity is from the windmills. Near Bayfield there is a replic Durch windmill. North of Kincardine is Bruce Power, the largest operating Nuclear Generating plant in the world. There are tours July and Aug. There aree a number of Lighthouse open fr tours during the summer. Point Clark , South of Kincardine is a stone Imperial tower. In the town of Kincardine the lighouse is right beside the marina. It has a marine museum and is open for tours to the top Jul and Aug. (I am biased since I'm involved with running this one.) Chantry Island light is reached by a short tour boat ride. If you continue up the Bruce Peninsula you reach Tobermory. There are a variety of tour boat operations there including glassbottom tour boats that travel over ols shipwrecks and also tours to Flowerpot Island to see the ancient flowerpot formations. From Tobermory you take the ferry to Manitoulin Island which is the largest fresh water island in the world. There are several small towns to explore. To get off the island you go across an old swing bridge to get back to the mainland. It opens once an hour to let marine traffic through. And then on to the Soo. Any questions you can PM me.
owenssailor 07/14/19 09:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Adjusting Weight Distribution Hitch

With the Equal-i-Zer brand hitch I have found it important to have the bars riding flat on the L brackets on the trailer. It cuts the noise down a lot. After using it for a little bit you can double check that by the shiny areas on the L brackets.
owenssailor 07/09/19 08:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Feds open 1.4 million acres to hunters and fishermen

Yes, a "free country" as long as you abide by the rules and regulations, and restrictions. However, having traveled much of this world, there is NO other country where I'd rather live. :) I totally agree about the USA being the best place om earth to live. I wish I could live in the US, and become a citizen, but I can't, I'm Canadian, and the immigration rules are much harder for me at my age and without a skill set that would qualify me to emigrate to your country on a "merit basis". Except that I'm financially independent and would be zero burden on any of the US social safety nets. I just happen to live in a country where the regulations and ideology gets way out of whack most of the time. Very few of my countrymen think there's anything wrong with it, but they don't understand the meaning of personal freedom, like you do. As an example, they think single payer healthcare is great, until it's "wait your turn time" and you really needed something of a critical nature, yesterday. The taxes up here are punitive to say the least and now we've got carbon taxes all over the place, that do nothing to benefit anyone or anything but the government. It really puzzles me that the US has an immigration system that lets people from some of the poorest places on the planet enter and stay as long as they want, but I'm prevented from doing the same because I live next door. Crazy, eh?:R I am one of the majority of Canadians that think our single payer health care system is terrific. We spend about 1/2 per capita on healthcare than the US does. We don't have people going bankrupt because they got sick. everyone I know that had a serious medical condition was treated in a timely fashion by excellent medial staff. Ans - we live in a small town 90 miles from a major hospital. Air ambulance can be a lifesaver.
owenssailor 06/18/19 08:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Feds open 1.4 million acres to hunters and fishermen

I like clean air and water and the regulations that used to prohibit those who would plunder and pollute for their own greedy purposes from doing as they please. When the last tree is cut down and the last bit of drinkable water is poisoned and there's nowhere for your children and grandchildren to visit that hasn't been destroyed with industrialization you'll have nothing left to do but eat your petroleum and fossil fuel. Capitalism works best for everyone only when it's well regulated. Unregulated capitalism made the USA the greatest country the planet has ever seen. Don't mess with it, if you want your decendents to have the same opportunities to prosper. Don't worry about the environment too much, until you're ready to enforce it everywhere, because as you blow your brains out trying to save your little portion of the planet, the rest of the world is polluting and destroying their parts of it just as quickly. We share the oceans and the atmosphere with the rest of the world, and if they keep on ruining it, what chance do we have to fix it? Canadians and Americans put out more pollution per capita than other countries
owenssailor 06/18/19 08:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Attaching screws to aluminum floor joists

electrolitic corrosion happens between dissimmilar metals. Maybe use aluminum pop rivets instead? If it is a dry location corrosion should not be a problem. On our boat there are Stainless screws into the aluminum masts. They get wet and then dry. They have been there for 56 years and are still all fine.
owenssailor 06/05/19 08:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Sway issues

We tow a 30 ft 6800 lb trailer with a Chev 1500. I inflate the trailer tires to the max on the sidewalls. The truck tires are P metric. The rears are set to max at 44 PSI. The fronts I keep at 40. The trailer is very slightly nose down. The front of the truck measure at the fenders is returned to the original unhooked height with the Equal-i-Zer WD bars. We tow 8-10 000 miles per winter. We have no sway and do not get push from tractor trailers passing us. Out trailer is a rear living room so it has a heavy tongue weight. Lots of weight on the tongue is your friend when you are towing. You should be able to tow that trailer with an F150 and have no issues at all. Try the items I mentioned and also the weight hints from above.
owenssailor 05/31/19 09:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-I-zer Hitch issues

I have found that over time the bars will swing more easily. Mine swing with no problem at all but that is after around 60 0000 miles. They are torqued to the max amount.
owenssailor 05/29/19 07:43pm Towing
RE: Equal-I-zer Hitch issues

I understand from you post that you are having trouble getting the bars off the L bracket. Once they are off can you move them back and forth in the head unit? Is that where it is too tight or is the problem that you can't pull the bars off the L bracket. If it is just he latter you need to jack the trailer tongue up very high When it is high enough if you kick the bar it will move above the L bracket. For me this means lifting the back end of the truck quite a bit until the bars are free. How high do you raise the tongue when trying to unhook?
owenssailor 05/28/19 08:59pm Towing
RE: pinery PP

The water level in Lake Huron is about 9 inches higher now than at this time last year. On a sloping beach that makes a huge difference. Beaches along Kincardine On have definitely shrunk
owenssailor 05/23/19 07:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Low mileage issue

It's not a motorhome but a few years ago I bought a 10 year old Mazda Miata with 19000 km ( 12000 miles). That is an average of 1200 miles per year. I have added 30000 km (18000 miles) in 3 summers. There has not been any problem with the vehicle at all even though it was driven very little. I replaced the tires and changed the oil and filter right after purchase.
owenssailor 05/20/19 10:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Low mileage issue

It's not a motorhome but a few years ago I bought a 10 year old Mazda Miata with 19000 km ( 12000 miles). That is an average of 1200 miles per year. I have added 30000 km (18000 miles) in 3 summers. There has not been any problem with the vehicle at all even though it was driven very little. I replaced the tires and changed the oil and filter right after purchase.
owenssailor 05/20/19 10:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: realistic power usage

Hi all. This weekend is the first trip with our new to us camper. Last was used primarily as a tent on wheels when we had no hydro. To clarify for those who do not speak "Canadian", "hydro" means AC power ! The vast majority of the population of Canada get their power from Niagara Falls, hence "hydro". Most of the folks in Western Canada still use the term, but they are NOT getting their power from Niagara Falls ! I'd like to clarify a bit. Canada is a big country. The term hydro meaning electricity started in Ontario when the Hydro Electric Commission of Ontario first started providing electricity to the province . Most was from hydro-electric plants with the ones at Niagara being the largest. Today 60% of the electricity for Ontario is from Nuclear generating stations. We have no coal or oil fired plants left. Niagara still matters but it is not the major generator by any means. The rest of the country uses varying means. Quebec - water powered. The prairies still on oil and coal. And so on.
owenssailor 05/16/19 08:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight, Silverado Hitch Class

I had a 2012 Silverado with the same specs as your 2011. I towed a 6700 lb (loaded) trailer all over the South part of the continent. I had an Equalizer hitch. The combination worked very well. Get the hitch that will handle 7-899 lb tongue. That would be the 1000/10000 model.
owenssailor 05/13/19 09:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best place to cross border from ON, CN to MI,US?

I agree with the Port Huron choice based on our experience.
owenssailor 05/10/19 09:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

I'm almost 71. Travelled over 8000 miles over the winter towing a trailer. Got home and got the 6spd manual Miata out for the summer. Our 38 foot sailboat launches tomorrow for another summer of travelling under sail.
owenssailor 05/10/19 09:06pm General RVing Issues
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