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RE: Winterizing: blow-out vs antifreeze for longer term storage?

I don't understand the logic of putting in the pink stuff only to blow it right back out. That does not make sense to me. I would do one or the other, but not both. And if it were me, I would just blow out the lines (pushing a lot of air through), add pink stuff to the traps, and call it good. I used to pump the pink stuff through, but went two winters (with temps well below 0 for a week at a time) with just blowing out and no issues.Because just blowing out "might" work just fine, but it is not a guaranteed way of getting all the water out of the system. Displace all water with pink, then drain. Leave pink in the traps and maybe some at the bottom of the tanks at the knife valves. For three years of storage, I would leave quite a bit in the toilet too, or some other long lasting lubricant.
BillyW 09/24/16 12:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: My Blue Ox Sway Pro Experience (Bad)

A power tongue jack has made hitching and unhitching my Equal-I-zer tons easier for the same reasons.
BillyW 09/23/16 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: bumper holes

Is that where the optional tow hooks would be?
BillyW 09/23/16 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing capacity

snip... If Ram rated the truck to tow that weight, I'm of the opinion that it will tow that weight. Nothing wrong with adding additional cooling, but I wouldn't let it stop me from towing with it now. My trailer is only 24 feet long (and around 6500 lbs), and my truck truly handles it with ease. I say go for it! First, I only provide info for the OP's to make up their own minds, as there is only on person responsible for the setup and that is the driver If the OP is looking for consensus of what they wish...they will get tons of it on these freebie forums Many either ignore or don't understand how all OEM specifications work. There are fine print legalize that modifies Take the above quote and is correct...but...not totally true, as there is fine print modifying that MTWR (Max Tow Weigh Rating) and again ALL OEMs do this Here is a link to a 2016 RAM 1500 and note the fine print below the ratings chart 2016 Ram Trailer Towing Chart-SAE J2807 Compliant #8 of the first chart says: "Payload and Trailer Weight Rating are mutually exclusive" Meaning both 'payload' and 'MTRW" are derived from the 'base weight' TV (AKA...curb)... Meaning you can NOT load up the TV to the 'payload' and tow MTWR, as the ratings are consumed by a full payload... It seems so simple, if you just say, "Don't forget! Any weight on the hitch must be considered part of the tow vehicle's payload."
BillyW 09/22/16 09:33am Towing
RE: Solar. What Can It Do?

150 watts of solar is able to keep up with our needs completely. Aside from brewing coffee on a propane cook top, our usage is apparently very similar to yours. We also charge phones and tablets during the day via 12v jacks. On extended camping outings we may start to fall a little behind, but never far enough to warrant using the generator. On top of that, the solar maintains the batteries very well when not camping.
BillyW 09/20/16 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic refrigerator at higher altitudes

Too bad they don't make RV fridge CPAP machines! :) Maybe it's time to consider leaning on some kind of solar/generator/inverter set up.
BillyW 09/20/16 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: towing capacity

I often wonder if, in your kind of situation, it's a characteristic of the particular trailer. Would other brands and designs of 30' trailers behave the same?
BillyW 09/18/16 11:21am Towing
RE: Tissue Holder Brake

You guys are suggesting one of my ultimate pet peeves! I won't even buy TP if the rolls aren't nice and round. No ovals or flats for me. :( I would have to opt for one of those gravity or tension solutions. Anal or OCD maybe, dunno. Drives my wife crazy sometimes. :)
BillyW 09/18/16 11:17am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: towing capacity

Follow APT's advice and you will be fine. No need for a new truck.Even if it's not equipped with HD engine/trans cooling?If Ram rated the truck to tow that weight, I'm of the opinion that it will tow that weight. Nothing wrong with adding additional cooling, but I wouldn't let it stop me from towing with it now. My trailer is only 24 feet long (and around 6500 lbs), and my truck truly handles it with ease. I say go for it!
BillyW 09/18/16 10:53am Towing
Wen 2000 watt inverter gen on Woot for $385

if you hurry... Woot
BillyW 09/14/16 09:41am Tech Issues
RE: Truck Bed Racks...

My particular need at the moment is an aluminum ladder that collapses down to around 22'. I think a light weight one will work too and I'm currently leaning toward this Erickson Brand rack. It looks like it should be simple to install and remove, only weighs around 50 lbs, and should store in a pretty compact manner too.
BillyW 09/11/16 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
Truck Bed Racks...

Not specifically an RVing question. It looks like I may need something to haul long objects like ladders, etc. I'm interested in a fairly light weight, easy to install/remove bed rack. Definitely not interested in drilling holes or otherwise modifying my mostly new truck. Any suggestions?
BillyW 09/11/16 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: underbelly sheeting - ideas on how to repair

No. Coroplast is superior.
BillyW 09/08/16 02:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Just wondering

My entry level 2004 Fleetwood Pioneer is holding quite well. I'm looking to get something new soon, but have to admit I'm a little hesitant for those very reasons.
BillyW 09/08/16 02:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: underbelly sheeting - ideas on how to repair

It's also called "Coroplast" (for corrugated plastic). I know a sign shop that buys it in 4' x 8' sheets. It's available in two thicknesses, 4mm and 10mm.Coroplast is great stuff, but it's not the same thing as darco, which is a fabric more or less similar to a typical plastic tarp from the local hardware store. My luck with Gorilla tape has been great so far, but I could see where constant wind buffeting along with dust and dirt could do it in.
BillyW 09/07/16 04:09pm Tech Issues
RE: How to keep dogs from under it?

Good stuff! :)
BillyW 09/07/16 01:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to keep dogs from under it?

I suppose you could train the dogs.X2. Proper training. If you don't have time to train your dog, then you should expect bad behavior. Crate training works best for puppies. If your not interacting with them, they are in the crate. Google it.My dog was well trained and didn't damage or destroy things. However, when he was a pup, nothing was safe. How do you train a puppy to not explore and have fun? The only thing I figured out was to use the damaged item as a painful training aid. It worked, but he still had to commit the faux pas first, and neither of us felt very good after. He wasn't crate trainable, and we tried hard. Nor would I want him in a crate all day while I'm at work. Some dogs, sure. Big, energetic dogs, no way. Good luck OP!
BillyW 09/07/16 12:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Back up and Side View Camera Systems

It would sure be nice if they could integrate one of these systems in with the OEM display so many newer tow vehicles already have. I will probably mod my Ram so I can use the rear view camera that's been installed on my trailer for the last 10 years.
BillyW 09/07/16 08:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: underbelly sheeting - ideas on how to repair

I asked the shop manager at an RV dealership about that underbelly fabric. I think it's called Darco. He gave me about three feet of repair tape made specifically for it. Ultimately I used Eternabond and Gorilla tape for other repairs to the fabric down there. It's been 10 years now, and still holding strong.
BillyW 09/07/16 08:16am Tech Issues
RE: Towing 33', 7500 GVWR trailer with 1/2 ton truck.

I too am REALLY curious about the 8 speed transmission comment. Mine performs excellently towing or not. My trailer is about 6500 lbs and only 24 feet long, but it tows like a dream behind my 2015 Ram 1500, regardless of terrain. No sway at all. I agree the rear springs are soft. I added Timbrens and absolutely hated them. Constantly bouncing off the bump stops is not a pleasant experience for a long tow. I would rather have the sag. Since then, I've upgraded to progressive heavy duty rear springs. My next trailer will be close to 30 feet, but not over.
BillyW 09/05/16 12:22pm General RVing Issues
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