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RE: Small Trailer Weight suggestions

With the 2009 V6 auto Tacoma with tow package that I had, I pulled a 21 foot TT that weighed about 5,000 on the road. The tow rating on it was 6500 lbs, with a cargo capacity of just under 1400 lbs. I had a basic Husky hitch with 8,000 lb spring bars and one friction sway control bar. I also had overload springs and airbags. Getting into tight spots with it was a piece of cake. In hindsight, for the weekend local stuff, it was a great setup for what I had, but I definitely would not want to tow long distance with it. Available power was marginal, driving was a full time job, and gas mileage was poor. Loved the truck, but not for towing that much weight.
ssthrd 08/29/20 10:21am Travel Trailers
RE: 4 maybe 5 weeks....

Probably spend the winter near Campbell River. Might run into you somewhere. I hope you have a reservation! Many have planned to come to the Island as they can't winter down south. I do! Got the last one at my dream site, so we are very happy. We will keep it, and maybe still move around a bit.
ssthrd 08/28/20 06:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: monitoring tire temp

My first stop on a travel day is 30 minutes down the road. Three, four hours down the road is too far. X 2. Check for my screwups and maybe get tire/hub temps after half an hour or so at speed. It got to be routine when I forgot to put the friction bar on when I used it on my old setup.
ssthrd 08/28/20 11:00am Towing
RE: 4 maybe 5 weeks....

I'm envious. We went to Canada back in 2005, I think. Did the Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Well Gray Provincial Park, Kamloops, and Revelstoke and everything in between and still didn't see enough. Have not been able to make it back. We share a similar sentiment, just that ours is about Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico...our winter haunts. Instead, this coming winter will see us wandering BC...probably over to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. We'll probably have to do it bits n pieces. I don't quite see us out for 2/3 months at a stretch. But..a couple weeks here..a couple there, we hope is doable. Gary Vancouver Island seems to be in many people's plans with good reason for sure. We have been bumming around the Island since April with trips home now and then for laundry and maybe a hockey game on a big tv. Vancouver Island is amazing but don't tell anyone. Probably spend the winter near Campbell River. Might run into you somewhere.
ssthrd 08/28/20 10:33am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 4 maybe 5 weeks....

We're down here and would like to tour north of the border but that has to wait. Close to us, though, is Glacier National Park, an option but WOW. Here's a pic of the Logan Pass parking lot a while ago. I actually see an open parking spot! We could drive our truck camper over the pass from the West but continue to St. Mary where we'd have to turn back (at last report) because the Blackfeet Tribe has closed the Blackfeet Indian Reservation to recreation because of the virus. Good for them. The Blackfeet official website has a section described as "Prevent the spread on the Rez." Again, good for them. By a long shot, this is the most spectacular road trip I have ever taken. St Mary to Lake MacDonald for a weekend, then back over the pass on my brother's bike. On the outside. An unforgettable ride. It has ben many years, but returning is still on my bucket list. Sorry to hijack your thread, Gary. I couldn't resist making a comment.
ssthrd 08/28/20 10:27am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Removing pine pitch

Ordinary vegetable oil works on tar and sap. It's cheap, too! I'll try it. Thanks!
ssthrd 08/27/20 03:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Removing pine pitch

Thanks for the ideas. I have found that Goofoff was always a step behind me, so I'll stay away from that one. Looks like I have my work cut out for me.
ssthrd 08/27/20 08:58am Travel Trailers
Removing pine pitch

After a few days surrounded by Douglas fir trees, we noticed a few drops of pitch on the truck and trailer. After 10 days, it turned into a real mess. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to safely remove it from painted surfaces and especially from the awning on the TT? It's a real mess.
ssthrd 08/26/20 10:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer and truck bounce

Drive at 55....... Just kidding. Have you scaled your rig to see what your actual weights are? I'm no expert, but it sounds like you may have too much tongue weight and or enough bar to handle what you have. I have an Equalizer 4 point sway control hitch, and I tow 7000 lbs with my 3500. When I first set it up, I was only interested in sway control, and not so much in weight distribution since a 3500 towing 7000 lbs is a bit of an overmatch IMHO. It worked OK for me, but I would occasionally get into the same situation you described on some stretches of undulating road in my area. I dialled in more weight distribution, and it greatly improved the tendency to porpoise. Just my experience. Hope this helps.
ssthrd 08/23/20 06:03pm Towing
RE: What's your battery setup on your travel trailer?

I have 2 x 6 volt golf cart batteries (250 Ah) which can be supplemented with 260 watts of solar power and/or a 2000 watt inverter generator when needed. Works well for me when dry camping.
ssthrd 08/23/20 05:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: use generator/inverter to charge batteries and power trailer

Direct is good. I hate to guess. :)
ssthrd 08/19/20 07:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: use generator/inverter to charge batteries and power trailer

Cord is toast. Thanks for the advice. It started out as a quick fix and ended up as “normal”. I promise to be good from now on.
ssthrd 08/19/20 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: use generator/inverter to charge batteries and power trailer

This might sound dumb, but...... I don't have an adaptor to go from 110 at the generator to the 30 amp connection at the trailer, so I changed the female end on an extension chord to male and just plug it into the gfci socket on the outside of the trailer. Does the trailer know that power is not coming from the shore power line or not, and does the converter care at all?
ssthrd 08/18/20 06:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: use generator/inverter to charge batteries and power trailer

Add a little bit of solar and the generator runs may be fewer. The battery bank will show you some love by lasting a lot longer. I do have 260 watts of solar, but I am in a bad spot for solar right now in the bush. I end up running the generator for a couple of hours a day. I was thinking that charging the battery at the same time with the inverter would be helpful, but from what I read, it probably doesn't matter. Looks like the onboard system might be better in any case. The batteries are 2x 6 volt T105 Trojans. My issue might be that the batteries are getting weak. After charging for a couple of hours, I can get them to 80% or so every day, but just charging my iPhone, and nothing much else, the level falls to below 65%. My hydrometer shows weak batteries in all cells......
ssthrd 08/18/20 06:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: use generator/inverter to charge batteries and power trailer

Thanks, guys.
ssthrd 08/16/20 11:45am Travel Trailers
use generator/inverter to charge batteries and power trailer

I am an electrical dummy, and I need some help with this one. I realize that when plugged in at an rv site, my on board inverter (converter?) will charge my batteries. This year we have been boon docking quite a bit, and have been using our 2000W generator/inverter to run a few 120V things like a blender or hair dryer. My question....... when I have the generator hooked up and running to power the little stuff, should I hook up the batteries as well to charge them, or does it make any difference at all? I also carry a 12V separate charger which I can plug in to the generator and charge the batteries. My feeling is that the inverter on my generator might be better than the onboard unit. Thanks for your help.
ssthrd 08/16/20 10:40am Travel Trailers
RE: First barrage with the dealer

...snip..... I AM thankful that my parents squashed us all into that little camper. Well said. I suppose a family could go camping in a three bedroom mobile home but I don't see the point. Cousin Richard, his wife, and five kids had as much fun camping in the back of a farm grain truck as any family in a forty foot fifth wheel. If one does not want to know what their kids or doing or vice versa, bigger is necessary. X2 from a family of 13 siblings.......
ssthrd 08/12/20 01:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: truck for towing.

Your story is similar to mine where I started with a Tacoma towing 5,000 lbs to a Tundra towing 7,000 lbs to a GMC HD towing the same 7,000 lbs, with a 14,000 lb 5er in my future. Seems like a natural progression. The Tundra is rated for 9800 lbs, but I would not want to tow much more than 7,000 lbs with it. The HD (rated for about 4,000 lbs more) was definitely the way to go for me as it made those longer trips a much easier and relaxing drive, and it will look after any upgrades that might come along later. The difference in towing experience is amazing, and I'm glad that I made the move. Tough decision to make for sure
ssthrd 08/11/20 08:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Shifting An Automatic when towing.

Transmissions can't see the big grade ahead. Best to drop a gear before hitting the grade. X2. Just before going up or just before going down.
ssthrd 08/01/20 12:05pm Towing
Most American made truck

Never thought about this much, but this is interesting reading with a few surprises. I wonder how valid the stats are............ Most American made truck
ssthrd 07/19/20 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
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