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RE: New converter charger options?

Personally, I think if you add a small solar system now, you won't need to replace your WFCO converter. I have 150 watts of solar going through a Morningstar MPPT charge controller that takes great care of my batteries. My 14 year old 35 amp WFCO charger does a great job of filling in the gaps when needed, but the solar otherwise maintains everything.
BillyW 03/23/17 01:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: First post, first TT, first of many stupid questions.

Just for a moment, take a step back -- here is a glimpse of the future -- you will eventually work out your towing issues. You are going to have more fun with this trailer than you ever thought possible. Your current difficulties will seem pretty minor in the rear view mirror. Hang in there -- it's all going to work out! I would like to second this sentiment. It may seem very daunting now, especially after all of us rainmakers, but it's very doable. :)
BillyW 03/22/17 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: I'm just gonna leave this here.

One would have to wonder if the 5th wheel brakes are connected to the u-haul...
BillyW 03/21/17 04:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: First post, first TT, first of many stupid questions.

The sway issue is very important and needs to be addressed ASAP. But the struggling to accelerate and maintain speed may just be that you are not used to towing. It's pretty normal for a gas engine to really wind up the RPMs to get the work done. They were built for it. There are many drive line modifications one can do to improve towing performance, IF the suspension/sway issues have been figured out. I've comfortably towed similar weights with a lesser tow vehicle.
BillyW 03/21/17 02:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Inverter question

Add a little dry ice. It's usually readily available.
BillyW 03/21/17 02:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: First post, first TT, first of many stupid questions.

Probably need more weight at the front of the trailer, less weight to the rear, and a good sway controlling hitch. Equal-I-zer, Reese dual cam, Blue Ox Swaypro, etc. Also, ensure that your tires on both rigs are fully inflated to their max per side wall. That was the magic bullet for my last truck. The P rated tires were inflated to the typical 32-35 PSI by the tire shop, resulting lots of sway. When I boosted them to their 44 PSI max, the trailer behaved very well. Total change.
BillyW 03/21/17 02:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2006 Explorer 4.6 v8 has no power to tow up mountains?

My older (97) 4.6 definitely didn't have enough pluck to tow our 6000ish lb trailer through the mountains until I upgraded the rear end from 3.55 to 4.10. After that I had to get used to the high rpms, but it did the job reasonably well. On edit, I should have added that my setup had the old 4 speed auto. Dunno if Ford had upgraded to 6 speed by the 2006 model years
BillyW 03/21/17 02:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mountain Towing Experiences with 1/2 ton & TT

I also think you have a very dependable towing platform that should easily tow what you are considering. My experiences with a similar vintage Ford revealed that the weakest link was the brakes. Mine wasn't the heavy half like yours though.
BillyW 03/18/17 07:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice for a short Premium Fifth Wheel

There's easy ways to bring and refill fresh water too. I wouldn't let a 50 gallon tank get in the way of an otherwise ideal RV.
BillyW 03/16/17 01:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best place to buy tires ?

Tire Retailers in the inland northwest ranked in my preferred order: Les Schwab Discount Tire TireRama I have no problem doing business with any of them. There are others that I wouldn't even recommend to my ex-wife.
BillyW 03/16/17 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: question about refrigerator

Mine is off during the winter, on auto the rest of the year. FYI: I've left it on over the winter and had the freezer contents melt, causing an extensive deep cleaning and long lasting odor removal. There are ways around that melting issue, but if it's not going to be used for the whole season, I now shut it off.
BillyW 03/15/17 12:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toyo AT2 or Terra Grappler G2 or Cooper AT3 or ???

Yes, the Toyos and Nittos are almost identical. I also like all three. For me the difference might be my local tire dealers/network. The Toyos are sold by Les Schwab up here, which gives them a leg up on the competition in my book.
BillyW 03/14/17 08:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roof Separation - Help!

I like all three answers above this post. Glue and Eternabond will save the day.
BillyW 03/11/17 11:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Reformulated Gasoline

I use premium non-alc fuel in my generator too. I carry a 5 gallon can of it when I take the gen. Can't you carry your own?
BillyW 03/07/17 01:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12 volt or 110 volt

Certain items are 120VAC (or 110VAC) period, like the air conditioner and microwave oven. They won't run unless you have pedestal power or an elaborate inverter system (very rare). Certain items can take advantage of available 120VAC, like most RV fridges and many water heaters. Just about all other electrical in a typical travel trailer is 12VDC, even if you are plugged into that pedestal. Nearly all travel trailers have a converter that converts 120VAC to 12VDC, which is used to charge your battery(s) and power the lights, furnace, fans, etc.
BillyW 03/06/17 12:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sink faucet

I replaced both my kitchen and bath sink faucets with residential versions from a big box store. One of my favorite upgrades. You'll have to replace the flexible hoses connected to them too. Might as well pick them up while you're at the store. I selected braided stainless for those.
BillyW 03/05/17 10:33am Tech Issues
RE: Is this gouging or what?

The world would be a much better place if the government just subsidized everything. If you don't believe me, you can ask some of my Canadian friends when they come down to the states to get immediate medical treatment instead of waiting in line for care in Canada. And if you want even more proof that the government is the answer to all your needs, talk to someone in Venezuela. They have plenty of free time to expound on how great government subsidies work while they are waiting in line for hours to see if the local market has any toilet paper. Have you tried to get immediate medical treatment in the US lately?! I sat in the ER waiting room for over 5 hours while they thought I was having a heart attack. I was right next to a woman in the throws of an appendicitis. She was laid over in cold sweats, shock, moaning. We were among a crowd with no sitting room left. The nurses routinely came out to make sure everybody was still alive though. Our system is no better than anyone else's, EXCEPT MAYBE Venezuela's. And the bill for waiting there was outrageous! Talk about gouging! Now back to your friendly RV banter.
BillyW 03/05/17 10:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Box without extra 'wings'

I always thought they were kind of optional...
BillyW 03/03/17 11:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Outdoor Router

My aluminum trailer must be special. I have a heck of a time getting wifi inside it. It's right next to my house that is saturated with signal. I can sit in the back yard next to the trailer and surf the interwebs to my hearts content. But if I step in the trailer, it's a no go. The signal drops and it usually can't even maintain the connection unless I'm near a window. My cell phone can be cranky in there too.
BillyW 03/02/17 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: 4WD vs 2WD

Unloading the wd bars does help, but I will still spin the back tires as I navigate a tight turn up a slight incline. In my case, the grass is almost always wet because it's almost always shaded and down slope from a neighbor's thoroughly watered yard.
BillyW 02/28/17 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
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