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RE: Undercarriage Fabric Repair on TT

When getting the tires balanced, they need to use a lug plate. Most all TT wheels are lug centric, not hub centric like on a car. This means that the big hole in the center of the TT rim is not actually in the center. Balancing using the center hole is a waste of time/money and may well make it worse. Most tire shops hate to use them if they even have them.
Huntindog 04/24/14 09:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: putting locks on equilizer brand hitch

It'll work fine so long as they don't get dirt etc. in the keyhole. Towing on dirt or mud is probably a bad idea.
Huntindog 04/23/14 04:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: difference in led bulbs...

As has been said many times. When ordering from China just get one at first to see if you like it. If you do, then order what you want.--snip-- Make sure any you buy are not just 12 volts. Anything made for an RV should have a working voltage range of a minimum 10 to 24 volts. Be very careful here. Those LED "bulbs" have built in voltage regulators and most of them generate enough RFI to wipe out your TV and AM radio reception.Actually you have it backwards. The cheap LEDs DON'T have regulators. This is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your usage. A few people have reported early failures of the LEDs from too high a voltage when on shore, or generator power. Many others say no problem. My thoughts are that he difference is likely how people use their TTs. Many boondockers use their generators during daylight hours to recharge the batteries.. Probably not using the lights then, so the lack of a regulator is no problem. Some are on FHU sites, and the LEDs could see a lot of time over 12 volts. And of course the non regulated leds won't interfere with the TV. I had already swapped to LEDs when I learned about this possible problem. So I hit upon the idea of installing voltage regulators on the two circuits that my LEDs are on. It was cheap at about $6 each and not too bad as far the install went. So I have the best of both worlds. LEDs that don't see more than 12 volts, and no TV reception problems.
Huntindog 04/22/14 04:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Please help me identify an engine part and the required cap

+1 for having the whole system inspected and replacing at least that one hose. At 14 years old it has put in some good service and looks done. New hose should come with the new cap.If the OP is gonna keep it, Then replace everything at once and be done with it. Replacing only the parts that need it now on a old system is not cost effective unless one is selling it. The system has to be evacuated and recharged for each repair... So the costs of doing it piecemeal gets high quickly. Not to mention the risk of having a catastrophic compressor failure due to a leak. Sending shards of metal thru out the system. That gets really expensive.
Huntindog 04/22/14 02:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

Where you're mistaken is relating "service work" with warrantee work. Many things like missing/loose screws, trim work, misaligned seals,"intermittent " electrical problems etc are NOT paid by warrantee and are considered by manufacturers to have been prepaid by "dealer prep" fees and sometimes even PDI fees. If they didn't sell the unit.... They eat those labor costs. Legitimate charges are notoriously slow to be paid and sometimes even agreed charges are not ever paid due too mergers or bankruptcy . Warrantee work on appliances is worse as ZERO diagnostic labor charges are paid, they must be preapproved and THEN are not paid till the parts are sent back and inspected- often MONTHS involved . To the wise guys bragging they can pay their way to the front of the line- That's great and we're all proud and glad for you - but the thread is about WARANTEE work, not how much money YOU have. Those responders that refer to VEHICLE warantee work are talking about apples and lug nuts- there is NO comparison to the contractual relationship vehicle dealerships have with manufacturers. Good Luck, Mike popeyemth some who understands the reality of the thread… You are spot on… But this is not and should not focus on the dealers either… it is the manufactures that do not want to pay for the cost of a recognized National Warranty… It is also untrue that the only thing you will have to worry about are things like loose screws… There have been post on here about tongues breaking off, brakes failing, bearings failing, axles failing, and chassis cracking… under warranty… You also have other things to consider… many CG do not allow for repairs being made in the CG by the RV owner and most trailers don’t allow for every tool in the old garage to come along for the ride… I have posted this before they are not my words they are from Forest River that says it about the best as I have seen, better than I can say it… quote Our Dealers are as a rule, independently owned and operated businesses. Outside of those customers they personally sold products to, they are not contractually obligated to perform warranty service on Forest River products that were purchased elsewhere. There may be an occasion that you would be required to return to the point of purchase to satisfy warranty requirements. Although many dealerships will eventually service products not purchased at their place of business, they will usually take care of their customers and other Forest River customers who are traveling away from their local dealer as they would their own. Local purchases allow a customer to establish a relationship with a dealer close to home. This relationship provides the customer with a convenient location for service and support from a "home town" professional. The opportunity for a thorough PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection) and product orientation is an additional benefit of buying from your local dealer. Further providing the opportunity for refresher courses or the ability to get questions answered much more conveniently. For our Canadian customers, there are also requirements which must be met to bring an RV purchased out of the country to their home. Although not insurmountable, these requirements may involve such things as additional inspections and certifications, taxes and fees. Your local Canadian Dealer is a professional at meeting these requirements. Read it here for yourself if you choose… http://www.forestriverinc.com/dealers/buylocal.asp?fieldname= a completely different scenario, for whoever asked getting warranty work done away from home during the season or in high destination areas where just about every dealer service dept. is backed up to the street will most likely refuse to even do any warranty work unless you bought it there… they will do it for cash and let you deal with reimbursement from the manufacture… but don’t expect to be fully reimbursed either (won’t happen) and only if you have preapproval (the preapproval you get will be for the repair, not the cost of the repair)… (save your old parts) I would also give pretty good odds on how far a $20 bribe will get you…LOL. Yes she underestimated just how far I would have gone. I think that was a really good deal. Point is, as I have said before... Money IS POWER. So is presentation. Nobody will say that they will accept bribes... OTOH. Everyone likes to be treated nice. And will usually return nice treatment.:B
Huntindog 04/21/14 09:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Please help me identify an engine part and the required cap

That hose looks bad. If it's not leaking now, it probably will soon. All of the rubber hoses are probably in about the same condition. Might well be time for a complete AC overhaul. Compressor etc. Otherwise it will keep needing one more thing and get real expensive. Using it till it quits due to compressor failure due to leaks means a LOT more labor and parts will be needed rather than just a straight compressor job
Huntindog 04/21/14 06:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Dirty roof-what are you guys using to clean?

How much weight will the roof hold ? My Windjammer has a ladder on the rear, I thought it was for looks. Will it actually hold someone ?Some have walk on roofs. Many don't. Don't guess. If you aren't sure... Don't do it.
Huntindog 04/21/14 05:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: difference in led bulbs...

As has been said many times. When ordering from China just get one at first to see if you like it. If you do, then order what you want. They are all made in China anyways, and oedering direct can be a huge savings.
Huntindog 04/21/14 03:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

Where you're mistaken is relating "service work" with warrantee work. Many things like missing/loose screws, trim work, misaligned seals,"intermittent " electrical problems etc are NOT paid by warrantee and are considered by manufacturers to have been prepaid by "dealer prep" fees and sometimes even PDI fees. If they didn't sell the unit.... They eat those labor costs. Legitimate charges are notoriously slow to be paid and sometimes even agreed charges are not ever paid due too mergers or bankruptcy . Warrantee work on appliances is worse as ZERO diagnostic labor charges are paid, they must be preapproved and THEN are not paid till the parts are sent back and inspected- often MONTHS involved . To the wise guys bragging they can pay their way to the front of the line- That's great and we're all proud and glad for you - but the thread is about WARANTEE work, not how much money YOU have. Those responders that refer to VEHICLE warantee work are talking about apples and lug nuts- there is NO comparison to the contractual relationship vehicle dealerships have with manufacturers. Good Luck, MikeAlright then warranty work. Same principal applies. It is not illegal to pull into the dealer with a couple of boxes of donuts for the crew. Amazing what a little good will TODAY can do. I once had a problem with a awning replacement. It was ordered too big, and the dealer sent me to a shop that made these types of things to see about getting it altered. The shop said it was a 50.00, job and they were backed up 2 months. When I said I needed it today, she showed me her stack of orders on the clipboard... I showed her a 20.00 bill, and 2 hours later it was done. Only 10.00 a month, and I had the trailer ready for the event that weekend.:B
Huntindog 04/21/14 03:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: May have just destroyed my TV engine :-(

Accusing open minded people of being blue Kool-Aid drinking loyalists because they don't believe anything and everything an unknown poster posts is a little condescending. We don't know the facts. We're just reading one side of the story. It's not like we've never known anyone who never admits to wrong doing before. I agree, I remember when Rick was a Ford fan but after months of bashing it seems he has lost some creditability. Yes I think he got a raw deal but I really don't know both sides of the story. I don't mind him bashing Ford but when he insults Ford or any other brand owners now he is taking it to far. The newbies can be excused. They don't know what they don't know. Ric used to be the most ardent Ford supporter on the net. And this was after owning a problem 6.0!! He and I used to get into some very heated debates over which truck was better. You can do some old searching for interesting reading. Here and on FTE. When he first reported his problem, I was silent. I like to debate, but not kick someone when they are down. My first response to Ric was of the nature that the truth is that any of us can be walking in his shoes tomorrow. No matter the brand. A huge corporation can crush any of us like a bug. So I don't blame Ric one bit for telling his story. It is the only defense we consumers have to hopefully at least make the corporations think about the consequences of mistreating their customers Ric and I have become better friends since this shameful event, even talking on the phone.. But I still wish that this had never happened, and we were still telling each other how full of it they were.
Huntindog 04/21/14 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Polaris Inverter Generators

Polaris has a stellar reputation equal to Honda in other product competition. So I would agree with only time will tell if the polaris will stand up to the Honda on the generator front. But to call a polaris a geo to a cadilac is not the proper comparison. I would say it is. The features on paper are not as good as Honda's aging design. And it's unproven to boot. Why would anyone pay the same price for it? If you are going to compete in a market segment. then Compete!! The Polaris isn't competitive on any front, and is unproven as well. A newcomer to the market wanting to take on Honda, needs to do as Yamaha has. Bring a product that has different features or better features, so that the consumer will get some real value for their $$$.
Huntindog 04/21/14 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Dirty roof-what are you guys using to clean?

RAIN. Same as my sticks and bricks house
Huntindog 04/21/14 01:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

A dealer told me once, that a guy who bought from them was serviced 1st if they needed warranty work. A guy who bought the trailer elsewhere, had to wait to get the work done.Were his lips moving? Dealers will say a lot of things. Not all of them are true. The only warranty work that got priority was if someone from out of town, or out of state broke down due to a warranty problem. The dealer would move the out of towner up the priority list, in order to get them back on the road as soon as possible. I agree that a cash customer ranks higher than a warranty customer.
Huntindog 04/21/14 03:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

saying these dealers need this warranty work to pay the bills is laughable… it is the lowest form of reimbursement the service dept. gets… by far… unless they pad the repair cost it is revenue neutral at best but most likely a revenue loser… these are seasonal businesses that have feast and famine cycles… In season everyone wants their repair done right now so they can use the trailer… they play catch-up in late fall and early spring… in the slow time winter they do most of the refurbish work on trade-in they took that have to repair to make them sellable come spring… they really have very little time for the local guy that choose to thumb his nose at them at the time of sale and buy hundreds of miles away… he already took their time, then thumbed his nose at they… most early repair and adjustment on new trailers the selling dealer was already paid to do, more often than not they disguise them so they’re not noticed for several weeks, after being brought then to the local dealer, the mfg. refuses to pay for the redo already paid for to the seller, ya it’s a great profit center… what you have to remember this affects a very few people… it is not travelers away from home (although it can happen away from home to) this affects the few local people that bought far away supposable for a price, but want the local dealer that they shunned to treat they equally (burning the candle from both ends)… he should not, until the mfg. is willing to guarantee a nationwide repair policy and pay those negotiated rates to all dealers… I don’t know why this comes up so often the dealer is licensed to service what he sells only but is authorized to go beyond but always with pre approval…. He may earn a new customer… is just another laughable idea… that chance of that is about 1%...We are in agreement on some points. Warranty work is at a lower rate. But it is only a money loser if the dealers service dept is inept. The fact that it IS at a lower rate is why the customer paying cash at the standard rate WILL be serviced first... They want the higher profit customer who may well take his dollars elsewhere if service is not prompt. They already have the bulk of the profit from the warranty customer. They will not make as much from him. He WILL wait. Dealers need every profitable job. So they will take all warranty work. If they are slow, it can be pretty fast. If they are busy, they will do the most profitable work first. And a past buyer wanting warranty work has already given them the bulk of the profit they can get from him. Money is power. He who has the money has the power. Once the money is gone, so is the power to get others to do what you want. Keep the money and the power as long as possible. With a savings of over 10K on my TT, I kept a lot of power. I never needed that power, so even though my warranty is over, I still have it, and the power that goes with it. If I need something fixed today, long after the warranty has expired, I am confident I can get prompt service, as I have what the dealer craves. Money.
Huntindog 04/21/14 01:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

Thanks for your input,but my experience has been different . Good Luck, MikeSo your dealer does charity work? Better get it while he is still around. ALL dealers have costs. Rent, utilities, insurance, payroll, interest, etc. These bills must be paid regularly. Dealers also like to make a profit after all of these costs. If you really believe that a dealer loses money on a regular part of his everyday business.... I got a bridge to sell.:B
Huntindog 04/20/14 06:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on TT Purchase in Different City

Going back to your original question, I would think if you need service or especially warranty work, any dealership would be glad to have the business. Money's money to them and if you buy your TT in Denver but need to have it serviced at a dealership in Colo Springs, I can't see they wouldn't be glad to have your business. I know with our vehicles, we've never had any issues with having it serviced at other dealership's than we purchased it from. 1)campers are not vehicles and the warrantee work repayment from the manufacturer is very different 2)the dealer will likely lose money on any warrantee work and most are not happy to help you when they know you went elsewhere to purchase 3)it's not unheard of for dealers to flat refuse your warrantee work and if forced to May keep it for months and do a poor job so you won't return for warrantee work Good Luck, Mike You guys are living in a dream world. A dealer doesn't lose money on warranty work. If that were true, they wouldn't be happy to see ANY of it. Even their own customers. The profit they made from the sale is history. They are now out for the next profit. They need to make money every time they see you. That is the reality of staying in business. Sure they will tell you that you get priority, but reality is that dollars change priorities quickly. A customer walking in paying cash upfront at the standard shop rate, will get the priority over a warranty customer every time. They have to do this as if that customer decides to go down the road for faster service, his dollars leave with him... But the guy wanting warranty work wants it for free, and WILL wait. I saved over 10K purchasing out of state. I never needed any warranty work. But if I had, there was plenty of money in my pocket to get the service I needed quickly.
Huntindog 04/20/14 04:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery life

The LED's will save a lot of battery power. You can run 3 - 4 LED bulbs on same power as a regular bulb. The biggest draw on your battery, is the furnace. Recharging while dry camping, you have three options. 1. Hook up to the truck and run the engine. This takes a lot of time and gas. 2. Plug into a portable generator. This can be noisy, takes up storage space, uses gas or propane, and is banned in some places. 3. Solar power. This is quiet, provides some power during all daylight hours, and if roof mounted, it takes up no storage space.Well on the first two you listed the downsides, as if Solar has none.. It does. Cost for the amount of power you get, and limited to sunshine. The panels can't be in the shade, and if you need power at night, or in bad weather, it won't work. Each solution has plusses and minuses. Only you can decide which of the plusses is important enough to you to outweigh the minuses.
Huntindog 04/20/14 12:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Chevy/GMC pickup headlights

The lights were most likely improperly aimed. This is the biggest problem.. Quick poll, who re-aligns their headlights if they are towing at night? 99% of the population doesn't know they can align their headlights, let alone know how to do it. If lights are properly aligned, it doesn't matter how powerful they are, as they won't shine in your eyes.X2 I spent a lot of $$$$ on aftermarket high performance lighting for my hot rod. A IROCZ. It has amazing lights, but the cutoff is so sharply defined that it doesn't bother other....on lowbeam anyways.
Huntindog 04/20/14 03:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody installed one of these tongue jacks yet?

I owned a UltraFab for about 20 minutes. It was on my new TT when I went to pick it up. The dealer had been trying to find a new light switch for it, as it had arrived broken. ( I had requested a 3500# jack, which they did not stock) They were to ship me a new UF jack when it came in. The jack locked up during the hitching process. I tried to use the manual crank, and discovered that with the handle inserting thru the roof of the housing that I could only get a half turn before hitting the propane tanks...( this can be a problem with any of the side motor jacks) The manual didn't work either, So I asked the dealer to set me up with a manual jack to get me home, and to order me a Atwood 3500. Had to use a shop floor jack to remove the UF as it broke in the extended position.
Huntindog 04/19/14 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is my converter fried? (TEAR DOWN NOTE)

The PDs are good. I recently replaced my WFCO which never worked right with the Powermax. I am impressed with it. It actually switches modes right.
Huntindog 04/19/14 06:30pm Tech Issues
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