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RE: Math question

I really didn't want a disscussion on the aerodymanics of TTs. Most TTs are not shaped anything like a wing, so I am not sure what the thinking is there. But if aerodynamics must be considered, I want to make this observation. Most TVs nowdays have spoilers or air dams to keep the air passing under them to a minimum. Most TTs will have a lot more ground clearance th than the TV towing them. I would think that this would create a low pressure area under the TT that would ten to increase downforce,,, But it probably doesn't because the sides of the TT allow air to get in, filling the low pressure area. At any rate, I do not buy the wing theory. And the underside of a TT is often pretty dirty as far as airflow. Of course if the lifting of the TT is right, then that means that the 1/2 fans can tow even more! :B I haven't tried this yet, But if I were to take a rectangular box, and hold it out the window on the highway in different positions, then that would be a pretty good test of my thoughts. I think I know what will happen
Huntindog 09/01/15 07:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Math question

It's not a math question it's an aerodynamics question. Not that a brick has much aerodynamics but the front of the roof will be in a low pressure area which will decrease the tongue weight and then the air hitting the back of the trailer's roof will take even more weight off of the tongue.I am sure that the answer can be figured mathmatically. I am also sure that it will impart downforce. Just try sticking your hand out the window on the highway at different angles to see what effect the wind has on it.
Huntindog 09/01/15 06:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can't find areplacement bathroom vent cover. Help!

When I did mine, I bought one of every type they had. After I matched it up and finished the install, I returned the unused ones. That way I only had to go up on the roof once.
Huntindog 09/01/15 05:55pm Travel Trailers
Math question

So after installing my new upgraded axles and springs, my WD needed a little tweak as the TT sits a tad higher. While making the adjustment, I got to thinking... It is often advised to error on the side of tounge low... My thought that I have never seen discussed here is that,, If it is tounge low, then the roof of the TT will act like a large spoiler creating downforce... I know it's not much of an angle (usually) but it is a very lage surface, and wind speeds can easily exceed 100MPH when towing into the wind. So how much downforce would this add? Would it be enough to exceed the weight ratings of axles and tires? Especially since the industry tends to skimp on these components? This could perhaps explain some failures that were unexplainable in the past. Thoughts?
Huntindog 09/01/15 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2 1/2" to 2" adapters

So I received my Curt 2.5" X 2" drop shank and all my Draw-Tite, weight dist. hitch head assembly bolted right on perfectly. I am very sure if you have an Eaz-Lift round bar hitch head it would bolt on perfectly. So that was my solution, no 2.5x2 inch bushing. Buy the right part for $137.50 and life is great!I purposly am staying with the 2" bar. It is rated the same as the 2.5" bar.... Likely because the "vertical" part is still only 2". I fixed my adaptor issue by making it semi permanent... So any other things that I need to tow that are 2" are done easily.. And if the worst should happen and my TV becomes disabled, any truck with a standard 2" reciever can tow my TT.
Huntindog 08/30/15 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Damage after a tire blow out

It's my understanding on this forum it's the general consensus that (any & all) ST tires belong in the bottom of lakes to aid in fish habitat. I have no reason to doubt this. Personally I've ran and run Toyo HD/HWY tires on our Boat & RV trailers for years without an issue. My question is about Trailer only Wheels. What's the difference between them and my Ford F250's wheels, The Billet and Forged wheels on my other vehicles incomparison to the Labeled Trailer Only wheels..?This is kind of ironic but.... I have been told and read it somewhere that trailer wheels are not made to take the cornering forces that are inparted on vehicle wheels.. The exact opposite of what the ST tire proponents claim as a strength of ST tires. Of course my info is as reliable as theirs so YMMV. But one cannot help but notice that trailer rims specifically state "for trailer use only" And vehicle rims have no such restriction on trailer use.:B
Huntindog 08/28/15 04:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing WFCO 65amp converter

I have had two PDs on different TTs, and now on my present TT the powermax which replaced the WFCO it came with. For my use, I like the powermax better, Even though it is only 55 amps vs the larger PDs and WFCOs I have had. It seems to do a better job in float. Note that I am in Phoenix AZ, where temps in the 110 degree range are common. Both the PDs and the WFCOs held a higher voltage in float and water use was higher in the batteries. The PM definantly lets you know when it changes modes. It is like a manual transmission shifting gears. My PDs were seamless in that regard. My WFCO rarely if ever changed modes.
Huntindog 08/28/15 05:10am Tech Issues
RE: 2 1/2" to 2" adapters

Trust me on this one....paint the outer lip red so you can tell if you forget the adaptor in the receier...and loose it..I was able to mod my adaptor so that it cannot come out of the reciever without some tools. Nothing permanent as it CAN be removed in the remote chance that I need it to be a 2.5" reciever. So I cannot lose it by forgetting it. Due tom differences in adaptors and recievers my exact method likely won't work on all of them, but with some imagination, I think a similar solution can be found.
Huntindog 08/25/15 07:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: 40#/10 gal propane tank covers

I am planning to put two 40# propane tanks on my TT this fall and I am only finding vinyl covers. Does anyone know if there is a hard plastic one made for the bigger tanks? I currently have a cover similar to the Camco 40542 and would like one like that. I've never been able to find one.
Huntindog 08/23/15 04:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone towing with mild lift kit and larger tires?

Will the Airstream have enough ground clearance to match the mods to the TV?I had the same thought. The Propride and Hensely use a stinger setup with a propriatary drawbar. Drops can be done with either, but are limited. Likely because of the way that they stop sway, puts a LOT of stress on the reciever.. Gotta keep the drop within reason for this. Another way to address the issue is to raise the TT. But I have never seen a lifted Airstream. I have no idea of how the axles are setup on them and if this is a realistic option on them. Since the OP has been looking at lifted GMs, I can make some fairly educated guessses on hitch height as I own a GM Dually. My TT has been raised 3.5" over stock, And I need about 3-4" of drop. (can't remember which holes its in without going to look) Since he is looking at a 2" lift and 35" tires, he would need a drop of 9 or 10 inches to tow my lifted TT. My stock height TT would need 12.5 to 13.5" to be towed by this truck... And I am just about positive that Airstreams sit lower than my TT.. As for the other brand trucks, I doubt that the hitch heights vary enought to make a big difference. Now go with a standard WD hich or the EQUALIZER, and longer drops are possible. I would steer away from a DC in this case because of the low ground clearance the bars frequently require for proper setup
Huntindog 08/22/15 06:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with mild lift kit and larger tires?

Will the Airstream have enough ground clearance to match the mods to the TV?I had the same thought. The Propride and Hensely use a stinger setup with a propriatary drawbar. Drops can be done with either, but are limited. Likely because of the way that they stop sway, puts a LOT of stress on the reciever.. Gotta keep the drop withing reason for this. Another way to address the issue is to raise the TT. But I have never seen a lifted Airstream. I have no idea of how the axles are setup on them and if this is a realistic option on them. Since the OP has been looking at lifted GMs, I can make some fairly educated guessses on hitch height as I own a GM Dually. My TT has been raised 3.5" over stock, And I need about 3-4" of drop. (can't remember which holes its in without going to look) Since he is looking at a 2" lift and 35" tires, he would need a drop of 9 or 10 inches to tow my lifted TT. My stock height TT would need 12.5 to 13.5" to be towed by this truck... And I am just about positive that Airstreams sit lower than my TT.. As for the other brand trucks, I doubt that the hitch heights vary enought to make a big difference. Now go with a standard WD hich or the EQUALIZER, and longer drops are possible. I would steer away from a DC in this case because of the low ground clearance the bars frequently require for proper setup
Huntindog 08/22/15 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with mild lift kit and larger tires?

Regarding warranty, nothing I'm doing will void warranty. Dan Oh, it will void some of the warranty. Larger tires WILL impart more stress on some components, such as the tranny, brakes, U joints steering components, etc. They will also lower the trucks ratings. How much is debatable, but it for sure will be operating in parameters beyond what it was designed for and tested for. Any component that the manufacturer thinks the larger tires may impart more stress on will likely have the warranty voided. That said, there can be some things you may be able to do when buying the truck that can help. When I bought my 96 Dodge 1 ton SRW, I wanted bigger tires. So I selected the optional 4.10 gears over the standard 3.55s. That simple cheap decision allowed me to use larger tires with the close to the same performance of the stock tires. It also protected the tranny and u joints from extra stress I did have premature service/replacement needed on the wheel bearings and brakes, which were adversely affected by the larger tires... Wanna play gotta pay. As for leveling kits.. I am not really a fan of them for what you are wanting to accomplish. Since pickup trucks tend to be high in the rear when empty, leveling kits were invented to raise the front to match the rear. This works OK when empty. Put a load on the rear though and it will sag in the rear. Air bags can fix that, but it just shows how one mod can require the next etc. And my experience with air bag reliability has been less than I would expect. Seems like one is always leaking. I also think that 35s are more than needed for 4x4 use. People who go that big are generally doing it for looks. The performance from larger tires starts to diminish after about 33" on full size trucks. I have to disagree on warranty, I was in a Ram dealership yesterday , sitting on the showroom floor was a new Ram 2500 with at least a 4 inch lift on 35's , I doubt anyone would buy that truck without full warranty. I see those new trucks setup that way all the time, its a dealership thing. I see it as well. I was even told by a dealer that anything that they installed, including tuners would be warranteed. I did not buy from that dealer as I knew that he was LYING. The dealer doesn't warranty anything. In this case and in the OPs case (he stated that there were several lifted trucks on a GM dealers lot that he was looking at) it is GM that pays the warranty. Sure the dealer may tell you what he thinks you want to hear... But if he is willing to risk losing his dealership by lying and committing fraud to GM about a warranty claim... Then he will have no problem lying to you either. And it is easier than ever before to get caught today. Ford puts black boxes in many (maybe all?) of their vehicles that record many things that can trip you up. GM has OnStar. It can tell GM just about anything they want to know. When I first got my 2001 Chevy dually, a check engine light came on. I called Onstar. They did their diagnosis magic... Told me the fuel cap was loose.. They were right it was, and the light went out when I tightened it.
Huntindog 08/22/15 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone towing with mild lift kit and larger tires?

Regarding warranty, nothing I'm doing will void warranty. Dan Oh, it will void some of the warranty. Larger tires WILL impart more stress on some components, such as the tranny, brakes, U joints steering components, etc. They will also lower the trucks ratings. How much is debatable, but it for sure will be operating in parameters beyond what it was designed for and tested for. Any component that the manufacturer thinks the larger tires may impart more stress on will likely have the warranty voided. That said, there can be some things you may be able to do when buying the truck that can help. When I bought my 96 Dodge 1 ton SRW, I wanted bigger tires. So I selected the optional 4.10 gears over the standard 3.55s. That simple cheap decision allowed me to use larger tires with the close to the same performance of the stock tires. It also protected the tranny and u joints from extra stress I did have premature service/replacement needed on the wheel bearings and brakes, which were adversely affected by the larger tires... Wanna play gotta pay. As for leveling kits.. I am not really a fan of them for what you are wanting to accomplish. Since pickup trucks tend to be high in the rear when empty, leveling kits were invented to raise the front to match the rear. This works OK when empty. Put a load on the rear though and it will sag in the rear. Air bags can fix that, but it just shows how one mod can require the next etc. And my experience with air bag reliability has been less than I would expect. Seems like one is always leaking. I also think that 35s are more than needed for 4x4 use. People who go that big are generally doing it for looks. The performance from larger tires starts to diminish after about 33" on full size trucks.
Huntindog 08/21/15 05:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas Below $2

And electric cars get a free ride on the roads. Pay nothing in road use taxes. At only 40 miles per charge, they don't use much road! We have an electric Chevy Spark at my work. It does go over 50 miles on a charge, and still have plenty of power to make it back to the office for a recharge. While they do not pay gas tax, they do not do significant damage to the roads either. Fred.if you are claiming they do less damage to the road than a gas vehicle please explain. :hI was watching a video that Tesla has. That car can accelerate super fast. That has to put more stress on the road surface than a typical car.
Huntindog 08/20/15 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar or Generator for Boondocking

If you can only choose one.... Get a generator. Solar is nice, when it works. A generator will work on demand. Need power at night? A generator will provide it. Over cast days? Rain? Snow? None of this will be a problem with a generator.
Huntindog 08/20/15 03:49pm Tech Issues
RE: "Top-of-The-Line" A/C Replacement (Only the best)

I have had two Colemans and now have a Dometic. They all work well. I do remember something about the Colemans having a retrofit kit so that their units could replace the Carriers more easily... I think it was on the PPL site
Huntindog 08/20/15 03:37pm Tech Issues
RE: waxing to increase mpg

Will the wind stick to an unwaxed surface more than a waxed one?Ihave found that the wind wipes off real easy if te TT was waxed recently.:W
Huntindog 08/20/15 03:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Warranty for Trailer purchases out of state

Won't work in California. On motor vehicles, the odometer has to show more than 7500 miles, or you pay California sales tax in addition to what you paid out of state. I'm sure there is something similar for travel trailers, maybe a time consideration or something. Be sure to check that out before buying to avoid a nasty 10% surprise.The savings is not in taxes. Most states (maybe all?) have reciprocal tax agreements. I paid my AZ tax to the Ohio Dealer who forwarded it to Arizona. I saved over 10K as well. And there are no Sabre dealers in AZ either. I just do my own work. I have had excellent part support from Sabre. For 10K it would take a whole lot of stuff going wrong to make me regret going out of state.
Huntindog 08/19/15 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: waxing to increase mpg

Waxing the front will not increase MPG. Changing the profile will. I bought an old school wind deflector for my 11.5ft tall TT to put on the top of my Excursion. I was getting consistent upper 6 for mileage. With the addition of the deflector I gained approx. 1.2 mpg!!! For these to work properly they have to be as close to the trailer as possible and have the correct angle. They will not work on a pick up if put in the cab with a TT, maybe a fight wheel. I've had it for a couple years now and it works very well. You can feel that the engine works less due to the decrease in wind resistance, and the bugs are 90% gone on the front of the trailer which shows how the wing works to push the air up over the trailer. I have a small 6" line of bugs on the very top edge of the trailer. Just for the heck of it on one trip I didn't use it and my mileage went back to the 6.8 range. So yes real world results are that they can work if sized and used properly. OK, now here is the $100,000.00 question. Do you wax the deflector?:B
Huntindog 08/19/15 01:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Spread axle setup?

It's a compromise. Spread axles WILL impart a LOT more stress on things when turning sharp. That CAN over time cause hangers to fatigue and fail. It won't happen right away, but can take years. That is called metal fatigue. The advantage is the ability to use a lighter frame, with less tounge weight and a more stable tow with a less capable TV. Since many people that want TTs do not have a full size truck, the manufacturers are filling a market need. Most of these TTs simply won't be used very hard or often and things will work out fine for them. If this type of TT fits what you need, then it is a good fit for you. If you have a stout TV and tow often then it may not be a good choice for you.
Huntindog 08/16/15 05:35pm Travel Trailers
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