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RE: Electric Tongue Jacks

I own an Ultrafab for about 20 minutes. It was on my TT when I arrived to pick it up. The dealer apologized, as the light switch was defective, and they had ordered a replacement switch, but it would not arrive in time for my 2000 mile trip home the next day. They said they would mail me the switch when it arrived. Good enough. I then proceeded to hitch up. The Ultrafab locked up in the extended position. Had to use a floor jack to remove the UF jack. At that point with two failures before I even left the dealer, I decided that jack wasn't for me. I told them I wanted an Atwood like the one that had served me well for many years on my last TT. They agreed, and set me up with a manual jack to get me home. The Atwood arrived a day after I got home. I never regretted that decision.
Huntindog 02/25/17 04:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Camper New Problems Septic and Drain issues Please help!

I think what you have is enclosed, probably heated tanks and valves. It appears that your black tank valve handle has been worked on or replaced. It should be on an extension that goes thru the under belly, which should be sealed up and the valve handle is accessable from under the underbelly. I think something happened to your extension, and instead of fixing it right, they opened up the underbelly and just put a regular valve handle on it. Your grey tank should be the same way. IOW, the grey and black pipes that are visible below the under belly when it is sealed up, never have any liquid in them (which could freeze) unless the valves are opened to dump.
Huntindog 02/24/17 01:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Dry weight published vs real weight

Good post and makes my point with friends why it's better to go by the GVWR number and not the dry weight. I guess it just depends. No guessing needed, of course "it just depends" - not on GVWR but on the trailer's CCC. Use GVWR as a guide to what you can tow in a situation where CCC is so great there's no way GVW will come anywhere near to the trailer's GVWR and you could easily fool yourself into believing you need to spend a substantial amount upgrading to a 3/4 ton which in reality you don't need. :M It's not GVWR that matters but anticipated GVW, loaded and ready to camp ... and that can easily be estimated by adding anticipated cargo weight to the trailer's stickered dry weight, the result often being not anywhere near it's GVWR. :RI am always some what amazed at this thinking. It seems that there are some here that think they always weigh the same for every trip.. My weight varies. A lot. Probably several thousand pounds depending on what/where I am going and doing. Of course I may be an extreme case. But I am willing to wager that many peoples weights (that are trying to cut it close with this approach) also vary enough to put them over their TVs ratings at times. TTs are a lot like people in that they tend to gain weight over time. The difference is that people try to rationalize their way around the fact.
Huntindog 02/21/17 02:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Which hitch setup will work the best?

I second what SoundGuy has suggested. Why dampen sway or wonder if you need sway control when you can eliminate the possibility altogether and never give it another thought. Hensley and ProPride 3P hitches are pricey but worth every penny. Best money I ever spent to make my trips much less stressful.I am positive that the Hensley maxes out at 14K. Pretty sure the Pro Pride does too. So, not a match for this TT.
Huntindog 02/19/17 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is my Ram 2500 a wimp or am I missing something here?

I personally know people that have put 2500 emblems on their 3500 trucks to satisfy their HOAs. So just because you see a 2500 hauling a larger trailer than you think it is rated for... it may not be as it appears.. OTOH, On some trucks, the difference between a 2500 and a 3500 is just overload springs. On others, more is involved. I will only say that if you are going to wear the hat of truck engineer, and decide that you can be over the rating as it is "artificial".... That you better be right about it. Because it is all on you at that point.
Huntindog 02/15/17 12:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding gusset/bracing to shackle hangers...

reinforcing the hangers is a good idea, but...... Be sure that the frame is reinforced first. Your pics don't really show the frame enough to see any reinforcing on it. Stiffening the hangers, will put more stress on the frame. If it is not strong enough, cracks will appear. There are several different methods for upgrading both the frame and the hangers. Do some searching and decide which approaches make the most sense for you. Jbarca did this a while back.
Huntindog 02/14/17 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: propane tank monitors

I can see where it would be handy. I often forget to check my tanks until it is cold, wet,and dark outside.
Huntindog 02/14/17 05:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire wear

I paid over $500 to have my axles re-aligned at a heavy truck & frame shop.This is one reason I am not a fan realigning TT axles. For that money, the underlying problem could have been fixed. There are basically two reasons a TT axles can be out of alignment. 1. The spring hangers were welded on wrong when the TT was made. 2. The axles became bent in use. Either from overloading, or an impact. To realign an axle most shops BEND it. This can work, but... If it was out of alignment because the spring hangers were welded on wrong, then thay still will be wrong... What you will have is a custom bent axle that compensates for the improperly installed hangers... If an axle later becomes damaged and needs replacing, then a NEW axle will need to be custom bent to match the old one. If you fix the real problem, then you can simply bolt a new axle in and be ready to roll. If the axle became bent from overloading or impact, replacing it with a heavier rated axle will fix the alignment, AND make it less likely to happen again.... This is especially true as most TT manufacturers put the smallest axles on that they can legally get away with. Axles are pretty affordable, compared to a 500.00 one time probably temporary realignment. "Re-aligning axles" can mean having the spring hangers cut off and re-welded in the correct spot. Brand new $500 axles will still require the $500 cut and re-weld. After all, he did say he had his axles "Re-aligned", he didn't say he had them "Re-bent". It is also possible, the frame needed to be straightened. Lots of possibilities. All depends on the discussion between you and the frame shop. Point is, Frame shop can check it out, find the problem, and tell you what their plan to fix it is.You may have missed one sentence: "To realign an axle most shops bend it" Most is not the same as all. But most people just pay the money for the fix, and don't think about how it is done, or that there may be a better way... Many shops, especially "heavy duty truck and frame shops... Will bend the axles, as that IS the only way some heavy duty trucks must be aligned. So they do what is natural for them. This is not the first time this subject has come up.... So I have a pretty good idea, from reading all those other threads what most do. Also, IF the reason for the misalignment is the hangers being welded on wrong, then new axles (Which can be had a LOT cheaper than 500.00) would not be needed... Just fix the hangers (the real problem) and camp on. If the frame is bent, especially from the factory, this is a serious issue and may well not be fixable without more damage to the TT box. Fortunatly this is VERY low on the list of possible causes.
Huntindog 02/13/17 04:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: 7.3 no start

Well --- did she ever fire? The suspense is killing me! No. A flat bed came and got it. I had to leave as my time was up. No idea what was really wrong with it.
Huntindog 02/13/17 01:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire wear

I paid over $500 to have my axles re-aligned at a heavy truck & frame shop.This is one reason I am not a fan realigning TT axles. For that money, the underlying problem could have been fixed. There are basically two reasons a TT axles can be out of alignment. 1. The spring hangers were welded on wrong when the TT was made. 2. The axles became bent in use. Either from overloading, or an impact. To realign an axle most shops BEND it. This can work, but... If it was out of alignment because the spring hangers were welded on wrong, then thay still will be wrong... What you will have is a custom bent axle that compensates for the improperly installed hangers... If an axle later becomes damaged and needs replacing, then a NEW axle will need to be custom bent to match the old one. If you fix the real problem, then you can simply bolt a new axle in and be ready to roll. If the axle became bent from overloading or impact, replacing it with a heavier rated axle will fix the alignment, AND make it less likely to happen again.... This is especially true as most TT manufacturers put the smallest axles on that they can legally get away with. Axles are pretty affordable, compared to a 500.00 one time probably temporary realignment.
Huntindog 02/12/17 12:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Boondockers; what TT do you have?

If you're planing on doing what they're doing in the photo, you might as well take all your supplies and cooking stuff and throw it on the floor before you start, because that's where it will be when you get to your campsite. ;) That road is a piece of cake.. But I did upgrade all of my cabinet door latches.
Huntindog 02/10/17 03:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lifted truck towing :(

I see this a lot. People like to do the lift, and big tires etc. to their truck because it makes it look "tuff". And in some respects it may be.... But not for towing. Most 4X4 mods actually will lower towing capability... Usually a lot. People find it hard to believe, but a stock truck is much better than a lifted truck for towing service.
Huntindog 02/08/17 04:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lifted truck towing :(

The lift probably derates the GVWR to a certain extent and handling ability. You are really looking for a POP-UP tent trailer or a new truck. JMHOWe have a winner. Lifting the truck does many things that are bad for towing. The figures that the manufacturer gave the truck was based on as it left the factory. IF they were to rate it as it now sits, it would be less on all counts.... A LOT less.
Huntindog 02/08/17 02:03am Travel Trailers
RE: towing capacity

Initial costs are higher but you'll recover that when you sell the vehicle. This is also a myth. If you hypothetically spend $8000 more for a diesel up front, you will NOT get $8000 more at resale time. You will get a proportionally reduced amount based on the overall value of the vehicle.The main thing is that if you are trying to sell a gas truck with 150K,,, it will be a hard sell. Selling a diesel with 150K is easy. It is just getting broke in.
Huntindog 02/07/17 04:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling with half ton!

i used to have a ezlift dual cam system for my 32' trailer. 1200lb bars. they looked like the reese system of dual cam bars. the dual cam links were mounted different and the dual cam bars were longer. i would suggest adding the dual cam system to your weight distribution system. i also used a friction sway control. but it didn't do much for the passing trucks or side wind. the dual cam system made a hugh difference. The reason the friction control did not work for you is.. You exceeded it's capabilities. A single friction control is good for about 26' and 5-6K. Beyond that, two friction controls are needed. Two friction controls have about the same effect in reducing sway as a dual cam, or the EQUALIZER. BTW. I currently have the EQUALIZER, but have used single and dual sway controls in the past.
Huntindog 02/07/17 03:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: How often do you clean or treat you roof.

I have a TPO roof and inspect at least twice a year. Never saw anybody wash a rubber roofed building, so I don't, either. The typical roof height for a warehouse is about 25ft so most of us probably have never seen it done lol. But commercial roof cleaning happens all of the time. It's more important for a building than our trailers. A dirty roof doesn't reflect heat very well and this drives up cooling costs.Agreed. Carlise does state that the ONLY reason to wash a rubber roof is if it is white, and one wishes to maintain maximum reflectivity. Now having said that, My company which has many thousands of large warehouse and retail buildings does not wash the roofs... Even here in AZ where it would suppossedly do the most good. I figure that someone did the math, and the cost of washing vs not and paying a little higher electricity bill did not work out favorably for washing.
Huntindog 02/07/17 12:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: How often do you clean or treat you roof.

Almost never. Washing only shortens the life span by removing part of the white protective layer. I inspect it several times a year ans so far, I have only had to touch up a couple of spots of caulking. We have a winner!! Many years ago I looked into this. I actually posted about my findings here on this forum at that time. Dicor on their website had a FAQ section... And roof washing was one of their top questions. Back then Dicor frowned on roof washing. Said it was not necessary. If one really wanted to do it, they could using either spic and span or Murphys oil soap... I forget which one. Dicor said that Carlise made the roofing for them to their specifications (likely rolls of the width needed for RVs) So I went to the Carlise website. At that time they were the largest manufacturer of the stuff, and it was originally made for commercial buildings. It came in two colors. Black or white. The warranty did NOT require washing it... They said that the only reason to wash it, would be if one wanted to maintain the reflectivity of the white version. The stuff is impervious to dirt, mold etc... In fact their website actually had a picture featuring a building with a live roof.. Plants, grasses etc. growing on a roof of a large commercial building... Under the live roof was the roof membrane. Years later, and Dicor has changed their tune about roof washing... Oh the material hasn't changed any. They just kept getting questions from RVers wanting to wash their roofs... So they recognized a buisiness opportunity and came up with a product to do it. The bottom line is that it isn't needed. In fact it can be dangerous. Soap and water on a roof that is 10-12 feet in the air... Pretty slippery to be on it. The fall is gonna hurt if you slip off of it.
Huntindog 02/06/17 04:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbe question, Mercury Mountaineer max trailer size

You said "The OP IS new to this. The first thing he needs to know is that the tow ratings are essentially an advertising number. Few vehicles will actually be capable of that rating.". So much for accepting published numbers. I used the published numbers, and someone else's estimate of hitch weight which seems as good as anything given no one knows the trailer to say "The numbers say it's ok, easily actually." 7000 is larger than 4500 and 1440 carrying capacity and 800 hitch cspacity being enough for an estimated 520 vertical and leaving a reasonable margin for pasengers. When I point out the real world measurement confirms these published numbers, and in my case more, that is just adding informed observation to counter uninformed speculation about the published numbers that you assume are wrong for whatever unspecified reason. I'd be happy to have a chat, and then little doubt a joimt chuckle, with the Magna engineers who worked on this about some comments in this thread. Hey they are just 10 minutes up the street from me.....Nah why waste people's time even if it would be so 'Annie Hallish'. You previously said: There are lots of people who actually have these vehicles who diassagree with your assumption, based on their experience. Yes tow ratings are largely marketing numbers on smaller vehicles, but on smaller vehicles tow ratings tend to be *less* than the vehicle is capable of: to upsell customers to the more profitable, and for many people less useful, trucks. I would think that you as an engineer would refrain from such remarks. Just as a professional courtesy if nothing else. I seriously doubt that you have ANY knowledge just what went into the Mercury's engineers (or any other vehicles) methodology in arriving at the numbers. As an engineer, I bet you want others to take your profession seriously. Yet you do not want to reciprocate, as you "know" better. You made a broad smear, saying their specifications are fraudulent and will not be met. Your reasons for ignoring their professional abilities: unspecified. Now that seems like.....well not taking seriuosly the people who published those numbers, at the least. It is congratulations to the people who published the specifications to observe real world experience confirms their specifications, and indeed exceeded, and can be used with confidence as I did. This congratulations on a job well done you try to spin, with thinly veiled insult once again, as me somehow not taking seriously their professional abilities?? Wow. Anyway too much time wasted already on distraction from the subject matter.If you go back and reread all of my posts, you will notice that I never said that the Mercury was not capable of towing his TT.... I just think that as a newbie, he needs to know that one cannot rely on the advertised Tow rating. You made the leap to a conclusion that I would not make. In order to KNOW what he can tow, he needs to get all the information together and do his own calculations. Then he can arrive at his own accurate conclusion... This applies to all TVs and TTs. Newbies often trust the advertised tow rating, not understanding just how that is calculated. That often gets them in trouble. You automatically assumed that my OP was dissing his TV, which you happen to have one of... So I guess it was natural that you took offense, and got defensive. Then you went overboard suggesting that the ratings are conservative, so exceeding them would not be a problem as many are doing it.... These are things I disagree with. If an individual wants to exceed a rating, or not care about doing the math, that is their buissiness. But giving that advice to a newbie rankles me.... Let the newbie know how to do it, and then let them make their own minds up... No matter what many others are doing.
Huntindog 02/05/17 12:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bent Main Frame Rail Below Slide - (Picture Heavy)

I am very glad that my manufacturer spec'd a heavy duty Lippert frame. If anyone here can do the fix, you are the one. I agree that trying to jack it back into place will likely damage other areas.... The only way I can think of fixing this would be to raise the box off of the frame.... That is a HUGE undertaking, and will need some thinking outside the box to accomplish. I am interested in how Lippert would fix it, and what your plan of attack is. The suspense is killing me... Seriously, I am sorry that you are facing this issue. No one should have to face this sort problem.
Huntindog 02/04/17 03:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbe question, Mercury Mountaineer max trailer size

You said "The OP IS new to this. The first thing he needs to know is that the tow ratings are essentially an advertising number. Few vehicles will actually be capable of that rating.". So much for accepting published numbers. I used the published numbers, and someone else's estimate of hitch weight which seems as good as anything given no one knows the trailer to say "The numbers say it's ok, easily actually." 7000 is larger than 4500 and 1440 carrying capacity and 800 hitch cspacity being enough for an estimated 520 vertical and leaving a reasonable margin for pasengers. When I point out the real world measurement confirms these published numbers, and in my case more, that is just adding informed observation to counter uninformed speculation about the published numbers that you assume are wrong for whatever unspecified reason. I'd be happy to have a chat, and then little doubt a joimt chuckle, with the Magna engineers who worked on this about some comments in this thread. Hey they are just 10 minutes up the street from me.....Nah why waste people's time even if it would be so 'Annie Hallish'. You previously said: There are lots of people who actually have these vehicles who diassagree with your assumption, based on their experience. Yes tow ratings are largely marketing numbers on smaller vehicles, but on smaller vehicles tow ratings tend to be *less* than the vehicle is capable of: to upsell customers to the more profitable, and for many people less useful, trucks. I would think that you as an engineer would refrain from such remarks. Just as a professional courtesy if nothing else. I seriously doubt that you have ANY knowledge just what went into the Mercury's engineers (or any other vehicles) methodology in arriving at the numbers. As an engineer, I bet you want others to take your profession seriously. Yet you do not want to reciprocate, as you "know" better.
Huntindog 02/04/17 12:38pm Travel Trailers
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