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RE: tailgater portable sat..

I have had a tailgater for a couple of years with very few issues. Had to place it on top of a slide out (next to the entry door) one time to get a clear view because of heavy tree cover. I have placed it under the edge of a slide out with no issues as long as it can see the southern sky. The free App "dish for my RV" works great letting me actually see the satellites. One thing I have learned is to NOT lay the coax cable along side my 50 amp cord. Seems like it interferes with the reception.
BigT 07/11/14 08:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane detector going off

Thanks for the replies. I think low voltage is the culprit. After being plugged in for a few hours no more chirping and no more alarm going off. I have not checked the Mfg. date, but I will. Thanks again.
BigT 04/26/14 04:18pm Tech Issues
Propane detector going off

I have a real head scratcher going on. We got our trailer out of storage today. It's been there since early February with the 12 volt switch off and the propane off. When I turned on the 12 volt power and closed the refrigerator doors I heard a chirp. When I got home 10 minutes later and plugged it in to shore power the propane detector went off with a continuous sound. There is no source of propane (no small portable bottles) that I can think of, and I double checked the LPG tank valves and they are tightly turned off. We opened windows and the door to air it out and the alarm finally silenced itself. Would low voltage on the house battery cause it to go off? The read out said it was 12.6 volts, and that is a little low, but in 10 years of RVing I have never had this happen. Anybody got any ideas?
BigT 04/26/14 12:50pm Tech Issues
RE: importance of wheel chocks

Must be most of you camp on perfectly level spots, which in a ideal world would be great, BUT not all spots are level. We have a favorite SP on Lake Ontario where the sites have probably 12 or 18 inch slope, so you don't have an choice but to put some blocks under the landing gear just to get the 5er off the TV. Don't make a habit of it, but there are times where there is no choice other that moving to a less than desireable site. I can't even unhitch in my driveway without blocks under the landing gear. My driveway has just enough slope that the legs won't extend far enough to raise the trailer enough to unhitch. For each of the four landing legs I carry a doubled 2x12x12 to keep the pads from sinking in too deep when needed, and to compensate for excessive slope. A little common sense goes a long way when deciding how to hitch or un hitch. Wheel chocks? Absolutely, but to say never put a block under a landing leg means you might not be able to unhook in some beautiful spot.
BigT 12/02/13 01:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Day Trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park

We live just about an hour from the canyon, and I would agree with the above posts. It doesn't take long to see the canyon and the visitor center. If you enjoy a good museum, there is a super museum just a few miles from Palo Duro in the city of Canyon. It is the Panhandle Plains Museum and it is part of the university there. If you really want to get a sense of the local ranching heritage it is a must, and you can easliy spend most of a day there. I highly reccommend it. Panhandle Plains Historical Museum website here. Hope this helps.
BigT 11/25/13 06:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water pump running...and running

All of the above advice is very good advice. I would eliminate all of the previous answers first, and I'll bet you will find the answer. But there is one more possibilitiy AFTER you try the other remedies and that other possibility would be a bad pump. My friend (who is age 80 and still going strong) called me and asked for help with a pump that wouldn't shut off. Everything was a head scratcher until we unhooked the pump and put the in and out hoses in a bucket of water and it would not pump either way we tried it. It had probably just sheared a key in the pump so the impeller wasn't turning, but since his rig was 8 years old he chose to just get a new pump.
BigT 11/09/13 04:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Superglide Hitch

When I bought my 3300 Superglide about 7 years ago Pullrite said to use the white lithium grease. They have since changed their recommendations and they say go with the Slip plate. I could not agree more. Keeps that dirt off the moving parts. Slip plate is the only way to go on that hitch.
BigT 11/04/13 03:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sunnybrook Fifth Wheel

We bought a new 2006 Sunnybrook and got along with it very well with very minor problems. We would still have it but we decided we wanted a different floor plan with a little more room. (Our current rig is a Hitchhiker and has 4 slides instead of two) We also got a very good price as a trade in on the current model. If the quality took a nose dive after 2001 then I guess we were just lucky. JMHO
BigT 09/26/13 01:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Pump runs regardless of panel switch position.

The other day I helped a friend with an older Jayco Designer. He couldn't get the pump to stop running. It turned out to be a two fold problem. First of all it had three pump switches that he didn't know about; one on the main panel, one by the bathroom sink and one in the basement on the panel that has the water valve switches on it, and any one of them can turn the pump on. We finally got the pump to stop when we finally found all the switches, but that was only part of the problem. As it turns out the water pump itself was shot: apparently the impeller was either broken or sheared off the shaft. In either case the pump would not pressure up. If yours is cycling on and off then your pump is probably ok. It's either got to be an unknown switch on or a switch that is burned out in the on position. JMHO
BigT 09/19/13 06:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12 volt LED for interior steps

We have 12 volt led lights under the lip of each step. Our Hitchhiker came with them already mounted. Has a switch in the hallway to the bedroom. We use it as a night light. Just enough light to make sure that you can see the steps but not so much light that it would interfere with sleeping. X2! Love those step lights and inside LED lights on our rig. When we open the entry door or screen a built in threshold lite strip comes on. The trailer came with 12 volt indirect LED rope lighting under the bottom cabinet and on top of the top cabinets. I called Hitchhiker and ordered an extra 15 feet and placed them outside just under the side panels leading to the steps. I have not seen any 12 volt LED rope lights anywhere, but Hitchhiker parts department carries them. The older I get the more lights I like!
BigT 09/02/13 12:16pm Fifth-Wheels
Altitude, temperature and tire pressure questions

We just returned from several weeks in the Colorado Rockies. We were at 8,500 ft. elevation and our home is at 3,366 ft. The air temperature when we left early in the morning was upper 40's and before we got home we saw 101 degrees. I know, not very smart to go home, but that another story. Our trailer has 'H' rated tires with a reccommended inflation of 125 psi. I know it says 'cold' pressure, but I am always asking myself 'Does that mean 40 degree cold, or 80 degree cold'. I personally like to leave a little margin for increased pressure created by the tire heating up. When we started out the tires were reading 110 to 112 psi and I left them that way because it was in the upper 40's. Just before we got home and needing to take a break, with the temperature at 101 and an elevation of 4,030 ft. I pulled over and did a quick check of tire pressure and tire temperature with a laser thermometer. The trailer tires were all reading about 130 psi and the trailer tire temperature was between 160 and 148 degrees. I am thinking if I had started out with the reccommended 125 psi, then they would be 145 psi in the heat. That kind of pressure is out of my comfort zone, and the pressure increase would have been greater than that if we were going the other way up to the high alltitude. Just wondering what you guys think about tire pressure (and temperature) increases that we all get on a hot day. Your Thoughts?
BigT 08/31/13 10:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: jt strongarms on hyrdaulic landing gear

I have a 2012 Discover America with the hyd. leveler and strongarms. Have never used the strongarms, I would not waste my time putting them on until I saw if I needed them. X2 I also have a 2012 Discover America and it came with the strongarms and the Bigfoot levelers and I really see very little advantage to them. I have used them only one time and even thought about taking them off.
BigT 08/13/13 09:30pm Fifth-Wheels
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