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RE: No comment needed

Definately! ;)
BillyW 02/12/16 07:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Just a rant about workmanship in RV assembly plants

I wonder how many good old fashioned sticks and bricks homes have rotted or been ruined by an occasional dog pee? It is wood after all. Many of us have wood framed trailers with no problems. It's called "maintenance".
BillyW 02/12/16 07:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blue Ox Sway Pro Quetion

My Equal-I-zer hitch has performed flawlessly under a wide variety of situations. As far weight distribution and sway control, it's been awesome. You do not have to remove the bars to backup. On top of that, once you've unhitched, you can actually leave them attached to hitch and pushed up close to the rear bumper of your tow vehicle. They stay out of the way and don't get lost. It does have its drawbacks though. As already mentioned, it can be a noisy in some situations despite being properly lubed. Perhaps a bigger annoyance, in my mind, is that it tends to be messy due to that grease. When I upgrade to a new trailer, I will be looking very closely at other hitches, especially that Blue Ox.
BillyW 02/12/16 07:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking and Water

Fresh water bladder from Amazon Camping World also has one. Combine one of these with a small pump and you should be good to go for a long time.
BillyW 02/12/16 02:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Nissan Titan XD road test

And regarding payload of the XD, I have not yet seen any numbers posted that show it has a 1,750 or better payload cap. Yet that's what they threw in the back and tested with. Am I missing something? The same thing was done to the RAM and the Toyota. The RAM was overloaded by 500 lbs and the Tundra was overloaded by 600 lbs. You can't get a good comparison when half the field is running overloaded.I think keeping the payload standardized, even though it was technically over their limits, is the only way to provide the information we are all looking for. Especially people like me, who are not afraid to push those factory limits once in a while.
BillyW 02/10/16 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Full pics & some info... 2017 Super Duty

I drive a Ram, and gotta say I really liked the previous Ford fenders better. Not very fond of these new ones, but I think I still like 'em more than the hippy Ram. The front end seems a little tall and busy for me though. This will be the real test of the aluminum body parts. Purty sure I'd drive it!
BillyW 02/04/16 07:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lockable Medicine Cabinet

Looks pretty handy!
BillyW 02/03/16 10:28am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: TV performance and elevation

My 2015 Ram Hemi has so far handled towing around 6000 lbs to around 6000 feet with no noticeable degradation. I'm sure it's there but it's not detectable. The same can't be said for my old '97 4.6, even after being supercharged. No comparison. Guess it's how much available reserve you have going into it.
BillyW 02/01/16 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Howdy! Looking for an entry level tt on a budget!

Also consider how you intend to use your trailer. Will you stay in parks that have power, water and waste drains? Or do you want to stay off the beaten path and rely on your trailer to provide those amenities? If so, larger holding tanks might become important. Higher ground clearance might be a positive trait too. Regardless of what you choose, be proactive about preventive maintenance immediately. Stay especially focused on potential water leak areas on the roof and all cutouts on the walls. A leak is not the end of the world, but if left for very long, it will ruin the trailer. Mold, wood rot, etc.
BillyW 01/31/16 01:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1/2 ton max tow shootout results

Only thing subjective is fit, finish, styling and comfort. Numbers don't lie. Hard to be subjective about 0-60 times, mpg towing and non towing, etc. While I'm not into 0-60 times, braking and handling are important. As well as empty mpg. These tests do offer information that's important to some. Pick and choose I guess.Those numbers are somewhat important, but generally they were pretty close too. The lowest towing mileage was 10mpg. That's NOT bad for any gas engine. The GM twins got excellent unloaded fuel economy, and consistently scored at or near the top in the various tests, but otherwise didn't stomp the competition. There was no gap of even 2 seconds from first to last in any timed test.
BillyW 01/25/16 03:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton max tow shootout results

That 6.2 is definitely a winner. Since they've started direct injecting the 5.3, it's no slouch either. Nice trucks! I gotta say though, I'm very happy with my Ram. Truth be told they're all very nice rides now days.
BillyW 01/25/16 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trickle Chargers

Actually any converter is fine for the Winter. Not sure what you mean by that but "any converter" is not fine for long term use. The basic ones are no better than a dumb trickle charger and will tend to boil the batteries dry.I'll bet "any converter" that came as standard equipment in a 2016 model is indeed fine for long term use, and won't likely boil the batteries unless it's malfunctioning. Regardless, a minimal amount of observation, especially while it's in your driveway, will prevent boiled batteries. No need for external battery chargers of any kind.
BillyW 01/24/16 09:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Heavy snow cover your ac unit

Mine has yet to leak. About 2 feet of snow is in its final melt stages at this moment. It's sat outside since 2004, often with many feet of snow on top, and occasionally in 50 - 60 mph winds. Once in a while even at the same time. Maybe it's just been lucky...
BillyW 01/23/16 01:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Offroad Travel Trailers in the US?

Seems like an Oliver with a little suspension work might be suitable?
BillyW 01/22/16 12:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which is safer, truck / trailer or motorhome?

On the other hand, you don't have to exit the RV and hop in the tow vehicle if you want to leave a bad situation.
BillyW 01/22/16 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Learning a new program (MS Onenote)

One Note allows you to share the notes among several computers. So long as One NOte is logged into the same account.. So I have the same notes on my laptops, my cellphone (Smart phone) and my tablet One of the "notes" is a Miles per Gallon log.. When I gas up I add the data using the smart phone.. Then I do the division on the computer.. Later.And that is my point. Google Docs provides exactly the same capability without the need for a different app. Although on fuel data, I usually just stick the receipt in my pocket with mileage scribbled on it and put it in my fuel mileage spreadsheet later. Although, with voice entry now viable for everything, I could easily put the data in my spreadsheet on the phone. The Miles, MPG, $/Gal, and MPGtoDate are all calculated by the spreadsheet.OneNote is a completely different animal. It is a single repository for a wide variety of information. One of it's coolest features in my mind is the instant search ability. It is currently serving as our sole technical resource storage where I work (multiple users supporting thousands of users and computers), while we research a more permanent solution.
BillyW 01/21/16 08:55am Technology Corner
RE: Propane steak saver adapter not legal in Canada?

QUESTION, Do those nonrefillable adaptors work now that the 20 lb. tanks have auto shut off when filling? How do you get liquid LP out of a 20 pounder? DustyThey work just fine. Turn the big cylinder up side down before opening the valve to refill. That other adapter looks handy, unless you're like me and keep extra 20 pounders around.
BillyW 01/21/16 08:40am Tech Issues
RE: Made a new storage area using Coroplast

Coroplast is handy stuff! Currently my electric tongue jack is protected from the elements by a little coroplast/eternabond box.
BillyW 01/19/16 08:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: our first attempt at being snowbirds

If it's unattended, keep it winterized. Really doesn't matter where it is. Once you pick it up and head south, dewinterize. In reality, if you drain the pink stuff right after winterizing in the first place, there's very little to dewinterize. I really don't even have to do anything, except ensure water heater bypass is back in the regular position, which I do promptly after winterizing and draining the pink stuff.
BillyW 01/19/16 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: where to measure to determine if trailer is level

I used a short level in the fridge and on the range, then a longer level on the floor (both side to side, and fore and aft). Once I was satisfied with those readings, I promptly placed large stick-on levels on the side and front of the trailer for permanent reference. I still occasionally use one on the floor just to be sure.
BillyW 01/19/16 08:24am Travel Trailers
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