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RE: How to keep fridge cooler?

I will eventually do this, but it will be strictly solar powered with no need for on/off switches.
BillyW 07/26/16 09:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Gm 5.3 vs 6.2

Since, I think, we're talking about 1500 series vehicles, I would opt for the 6.2. The newest version of the 5.3 appears to be quite a performer, but is still outclassed by that "hot rod" 6.2.
BillyW 07/26/16 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Out West whirlwind 2-week trip report

I like! And am now armed with lots of great new ideas. THANKS!!
BillyW 07/25/16 10:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear end bouncing/Equal-i-zer 4-point 10K hitch

According to his numbers, he is not trying to push the front axle below the stock unloaded ride height. He is .25in above the stock height when the WD bars are tensioned. This is probably just about right but I would try to get the bars parallel with the A frame so that they ride flat on the L brackets. I think I would lower them one hole and tilt the hitch head back by adding at least one more washer. For the standard sized A frame, Equal-i-zer recommends starting out with 5 washers in the hitch head and he only has 4. When he lowers the L brackets to make the bars level then he needs to tilt the head back some more to keep the same tension on the bars. What he describes sounds like he could use a bit more tension on the WD bars so I would add two washers and try it out. Can always take one out if it puts too much tension on the bars. The porpoising he describes is a typical result of not enough bar tension. Barney So I have heard two possible causes: 1. Not enough bar tension and 2. not enough tongue weight... So first step, drop L Brackets one spot for bars to be parallel with a-frame and one or two washers to head to tilt that a bit and try that?I agree with Barney, about adding 2 washers. I would also increase tire pressure to max on both vehicles. On top of that, there's a good chance that filling your fresh water tank full might help too. Last but not least, maybe drop your hitch ball height by one notch, which will force the Equal-i-zer to transfer more weight off the rear wheels. Those steps have worked well for me on a couple different tow vehicles utilizing the same hitch you have. You might consider adding a second battery to increase tongue weight, along with the other benefits it provides. JMHO
BillyW 07/25/16 02:43pm Towing
RE: Can I wire my TM2020 with speaker wire?

Trimetric TM2020 and its newer siblings
BillyW 07/24/16 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Why I carry a boat-load of lumber

Been there done that. Good job! A level camping spot does not necessarily equal a great camping spot. In fact it's usually just the opposite, around here anyway. I don't carry that much lumber, but maybe I should.
BillyW 07/24/16 03:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I wire my TM2020 with speaker wire?

Well at least I got somebody else to do my research. :B Thanks!
BillyW 07/24/16 03:13pm Tech Issues
Can I wire my TM2020 with speaker wire?

I originally wired it with a CAT5 patch cable. That failed last winter. I happen to have a lot of speaker wire of various gauges. It's about a 15 - 20' run. Any good reason not to use speaker wire?
BillyW 07/24/16 02:45pm Tech Issues
RE: 1/2 Ton Bumper Tow

Having towed my fifth wheel a few times over the hogback in Utah (Hwy 12), and across I-70 through Eisenhower I have learned to appreciate how quickly I can climb the pass not nearly as much as how slowly I can come down.... Essentially what I am looking for in a travel trailer is the minimum length that provides two axles, at least one slide, sleeps up to 4, and preferably a rear-living floor plan with large windows in the back. My wife also is pretty adamant about a shower door as opposed to the plastic curtain.... This may be a unicorn search, but nonetheless it is my quest... ;-) Like this maybe?
BillyW 07/21/16 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing mirrors question

I had the equivalent (same brand) on my '97 F150. No marks. They are well manufactured in that regard. They slip on fairly easily and have a soft cloth like surface on the part that tightens down against your mirror.
BillyW 07/19/16 10:54am Towing
RE: 1/2 Ton Bumper Tow

I think 395 horsepower routed through a very capable 8 speed transmission to the 3.92 rear end will handle the Colorado Rockys with ease. Nothing to worry about there. A good wd hitch, well balanced trailer, and attention to the rear GAWR will allow for 7500 - 8000 lbs of trailer. LT tires will make that whole package rock solid. That's what I'm shooting for anyhow.
BillyW 07/17/16 11:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Odometer

On my 97 F150, I changed out a gear at the end of cable that connected to the transmission. That's totally old school. Anything in the last 10 or 15 years will have to be modified digitally on the vehicles computer. Dealers can do it, or you can buy a tuner that can do it.
BillyW 07/16/16 11:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram owners; Ram 1500/2500 ownership question

My 1500 Laramie is a joy to commute in and does a great job towing my 6000ish pound trailer. Excellent ride, tons of power, always under control, etc. Aside from pushing up against payload limitations, I think one would serve you well too. But if I was close to retirement, and had the option, I would opt for the 2500 with the 6.4.
BillyW 07/15/16 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rockwood Ultra Lite vs Freedom Express Liberty Edition

There are REALLY NO GOOD REASONS to choose one over the other. Construction is similar, materials might lean toward Coachmen, but that's my opinion. It's more important to find a design/floor plan that suits your needs, then CAREFULLY inspect it for quality. Take the time to look in the nooks and crannies. Lean on the table a little. Check the drawers and doors. Verify the plumbing works without leaks. Closely inspect the edges of the roof for potential leaks (maybe most important!). Consider the holding tanks size, ground clearance, etc. (how do you intend to use the trailer?). Google the dealers you're considering doing business with. Sales is one thing, service is another. Neither brand separates itself from the other. Once again, just my opinion.
BillyW 07/13/16 09:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to get better tv reception

The Sensar Pro also has a tone option. If you can't see the Sensar Pro from where you turn the antenna you can set it to make a beeping sound that gets faster as the signal gets stronger. Really? If thats the case then that wouldnt be so bad if I mounted it right where the plate is now.I didn't know that either! Excellent info!! Hmmm, spend more money now???
BillyW 07/13/16 01:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Magnetic "Door Halfway Open" Holder

Alarms going off, that would be my first worry. What is the source of the gases, and why are they so concentrated that the stove vent can't handle the problem? X2! We've cooked meals almost daily in our motorhomes over the years, and I don't recall ever setting off the LP or CO alarms. We have set off the smoke alarm now and then though. ;)Because his trailer is tiny. My trailer is pretty small, and the same thing happens. Th CO alarm doesn't sound, but the smoke detector goes off way too eagerly.
BillyW 07/13/16 08:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Awning starting to roll up crooked?

One summer I rented an rv spot at a lake, where I left the awning open all season. After that, it was just like yours. Maybe the fabric has shrunk up a little bit? When the awning is open completely, I notice a little bit of pinching or scrunching where the awning attaches to the side of the RV. It's real pain to roll it up again. I was considering just sliding the fabric either on the roller or the top a little bit. On edit, maybe I'll try the fixes listed above! :) Good luck to the OP.
BillyW 07/12/16 02:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: honda 3000 -running 13,500 overload

Quite often this is where a "hard start capacitor" might save the day, assuming that all the equipment is already functioning correctly.
BillyW 07/11/16 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Impressive Ford HP/TQ numbers

Can't wait to see it mated to the new 10 speed transmission! The start of a whole new era! Maybe.. :)
BillyW 07/11/16 02:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New to TT (long time pop-upper) WD hitch probs

I saw a response here that indicated the friction sway component was at the L brackets. That is not the case. It's at the head. As long as my tow vehicle and trailer were on similarly level ground, it hasn't mattered how well (parallel) they were for hitching/unhitching. Mine has been at nearly right angles before. Also as previously noted, you can leave the bars off the trailer until you maneuver it into a more amenable position.
BillyW 07/11/16 09:42am Travel Trailers
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