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RE: GM Silverada Beats F250 In Frame Twist Test

Yes, stiffness and size matter.:B
Huntindog 10/16/14 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Heating Trailer While Driving

I have done it in very cold conditions to keep the pipes from freezing... It does work. And I can tell you from experience, that if the TT gets really cold while towing that it will take MANY hours to warm up once camped and the heat is turned on.... One time I forgot, and arrived with frozen pipes. It took 9 hours of heat to get running water, and it was still very cold inside.
Huntindog 10/15/14 07:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

In as litigious a society as we have now, if ST tires were the bombs some claim, the trailer and tire companies certainly would not use them on the millions of TT tire being sold. They are playing the numbers. Most TTs will sit far more than they are towed. Just about any tire will work for them. There is no doubt that LT tires will work in TT service, they have been used for years. One would think that given the volume of LT vs. ST tires produced that LT would be the less costly of the two. But the industry uses STs. There must be a reason.There certainly is. And you just nailed it. Cost. Like anything else, it costs more to make a better product. LT tires come in many price points, and quality levels. STs... Not so much. Nobody want to be sued or issue a recall for inferior tires.
Huntindog 10/15/14 01:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why is towing my little trailer so stressful?

Airing up the tires won't cost a thing, and will likely improve the situation a lot.
Huntindog 10/14/14 06:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

The manufacturer puts the least expensive tire that will do the job. They use STs because STs are designed for trailer use. I run the tires that came with the TT because they still have lots of tread on them. On my recent trip we went 6000 miles and I had one flat due to a large metal staple I picked up somewhere. I also had a flat on my TV because of a rock puncture. Neither of these flats was related to tire quality. I understand why people upgrade their tires for peace of mind. But, a staple is a staple and it does not care how expensive or well-made the tire is. Admittedly, when it is time to replace tires I will probably review the tire spec’s and go with what seems right to me at the time. In the mean time I keep them to recommended pressure, keep the lugs to the proper torque, drive at 55 to 60 mph and let the tires do what they were designed to do. What many of us have learned the hard way, is that STs have a tendancy to let go all at once. Slinging the steel belts around at highway speed can cause thousands in damage to the TT and ruin the trip. A premptive upgrade can avoid this
Huntindog 10/14/14 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

Do you NEED LREs? According to the charts, and the people who believe in them.....No. But many of those same people will point to that curb you hit, or the pothole that surprised you, or the time you briefly exceeded 65 MPH as the reason a tire failed. STs seem to be fussier than LTs when they are abused. LREs give you more safety margin for when those unfortunate events occur. And the cost difference is so small as to be a non issue. I have seen it as low as $6.00 a tire.
Huntindog 10/13/14 08:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: upgrading tires

LT tires are a factory upgrade option on the Arctic Fox.
Huntindog 10/13/14 06:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2 1/2" Receiver Hitch and 2" Equal-I-Zer Shank

... The receiver is not weaker when using the sleeve. The tow rating is reduced because you are only using a 2" hitch. When you leave the sleeve out you can use the 2 1/2" hitch thus your capacity increases.No. Equalizer rates both drawbars the same. The Ford limitation has NOTHING to do with the drawbar. That is why it makes no sense. And probably why the others don't have a separate rating as well. Equalizer may rate both drawbars the same. But a 2.5" sq drawbar has gotta be stronger than a 2" sq drawbar, all else being equal. So it does make some sense.Not really. If I take my 2" draw bar that is rated for 18K, and put it in my GM 2.5" receiver, I get the same rating as if it was a 2.5" drawbar. It is only the Ford that rates it different... Ford doesn't rate drawbars, only their receivers. What they are saying is that their receiver is rated for less when a 2" drawbar is used. What makes no sense is that when using the adaptor, the load force will be the same. GM and I believe Dodge see it that way, and don't use separate ratings. Another point, is that 2.5" doesn't have to be stronger than 2". It depends on the grade of steel used. Yes, I see your point. Using higher strength steel, a 2" shank could be made as strong as a 2.5" shank. I guess your 18K 2" draw bar is one of them. Perhaps Ford is ignoring all that and simply assuming that a 2" shank is not as strong and putting that assumption into its ratings. Unless there's some other mechanical issue with using a reducing sleeve that may concern them. Other than the potential for wear and slop, I can't really think of one.Wear and especially slop also exist in a 2" receiver, 2" bar matchup. But it isn't a problem when WD is used, which takes up the slop when it is under tension. If you were to go without WD, then yes, it could be a problem down the road.
Huntindog 10/12/14 03:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight - Pleasant Surprise

I'm not so sure I would be overjoyed about a lighter than expected TW. Your TT is a prime example of an issue I often bring up. With your FW tank up front, and the waste water in the rear, you could have a dramatic change in TW in the course of a trip. If you were to need a full FW tank, and propane tanks, and need to dry camp, towing it home with close to empty FW, and propane, and full waste water tanks.... The TW would be MUCH lighter than when the trip started. Quite possibly too light. Something to be aware of.
Huntindog 10/11/14 07:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2 1/2" Receiver Hitch and 2" Equal-I-Zer Shank

... The receiver is not weaker when using the sleeve. The tow rating is reduced because you are only using a 2" hitch. When you leave the sleeve out you can use the 2 1/2" hitch thus your capacity increases.No. Equalizer rates both drawbars the same. The Ford limitation has NOTHING to do with the drawbar. That is why it makes no sense. And probably why the others don't have a separate rating as well. Equalizer may rate both drawbars the same. But a 2.5" sq drawbar has gotta be stronger than a 2" sq drawbar, all else being equal. So it does make some sense.Not really. If I take my 2" draw bar that is rated for 18K, and put it in my GM 2.5" receiver, I get the same rating as if it was a 2.5" drawbar. It is only the Ford that rates it different... Ford doesn't rate drawbars, only their receivers. What they are saying is that their receiver is rated for less when a 2" drawbar is used. What makes no sense is that when using the adaptor, the load force will be the same. GM and I believe Dodge see it that way, and don't use separate ratings. Another point, is that 2.5" doesn't have to be stronger than 2". It depends on the grade of steel used.
Huntindog 10/11/14 07:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2 1/2" Receiver Hitch and 2" Equal-I-Zer Shank

http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k556/kep5niner/Mobile%20Uploads/20141008_113527-1.jpeg My limits were a little off, but the premise with the sleeve is the same. This sticker is located directly on my hitch.That is interesting. I just went out and looked at mine. It has no separate rating for when the sleeve is used. I can't think of a logical reason as to why the receiver would be weaker when using the sleeve... It should feel the forces as if a 2.5 stinger were in place. The receiver is not weaker when using the sleeve. The tow rating is reduced because you are only using a 2" hitch. When you leave the sleeve out you can use the 2 1/2" hitch thus your capacity increases.No. Equalizer rates both drawbars the same. The Ford limitation has NOTHING to do with the drawbar. That is why it makes no sense. And probably why the others don't have a separate rating as well.
Huntindog 10/11/14 01:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leveling a Fridge while on the Road

X2. And food poisoning is a real concern. I would rather risk the fridge than my life.Don't run the refer while going down the road. Even if you stop for 4 to 8 hours the refer will keep things cold as long as you don't keep opening the door. Here in AZ, you'd better run it with our summertime heat. 4-8 hours at 110 and your food will be ruined. Who in their right mind goes to AZ in the summer? We live here. Gotta run the fridge when leaving for cooler climes.
Huntindog 10/09/14 01:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Leveling a Fridge while on the Road

X2. And food poisoning is a real concern. I would rather risk the fridge than my life.Don't run the refer while going down the road. Even if you stop for 4 to 8 hours the refer will keep things cold as long as you don't keep opening the door. Here in AZ, you'd better run it with our summertime heat. 4-8 hours at 110 and your food will be ruined.
Huntindog 10/09/14 03:12am Tech Issues
RE: 2 1/2" Receiver Hitch and 2" Equal-I-Zer Shank

http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k556/kep5niner/Mobile%20Uploads/20141008_113527-1.jpeg My limits were a little off, but the premise with the sleeve is the same. This sticker is located directly on my hitch.That is interesting. I just went out and looked at mine. It has no separate rating for when the sleeve is used. I can't think of a logical reason as to why the receiver would be weaker when using the sleeve... It should feel the forces as if a 2.5 stinger were in place.
Huntindog 10/08/14 07:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2 1/2" Receiver Hitch and 2" Equal-I-Zer Shank

On my OEM class V 2-1/2" receiver, the placarded limitation using the 2" sleeve is 600# tongue weight/6,000# trailer weight. Without the sleeve it's 800/8,000 and with WDH 1,400/14,000. I also have the Equalizer, appropriately set up with the 2-1/2" shank.You left out what it is for with the sleeve and WD. I have read a lot on the Ford forums about their sleeve. Many complaints about how hard it is to line up. Never heard any mention of reduced ratings though. FWIW. The GM sleeve has a lip/flange that ensures the hole lines up easily. The only downside is that it is so easy to use, that I kept forgetting it was there. So I secured it to the hitch in a semi permanent fashion so it can stay in all the time with no fears of losing it. No idea about the Dodge sleeve.
Huntindog 10/08/14 04:20am Travel Trailers
RE: 2 1/2" Receiver Hitch and 2" Equal-I-Zer Shank

On my OEM class V 2-1/2" receiver, the placarded limitation using the 2" sleeve is 600# tongue weight/6,000# trailer weight. Without the sleeve it's 800/8,000 and with WDH 1,400/14,000. I also have the Equalizer, appropriately set up with the 2-1/2" shank.You left out what it is for with the sleeve and WD. I have read a lot on the Ford forums about their sleeve. Many complaints about how hard it is to line up. Never heard any mention of reduced ratings though. FWIW. The GM sleeve has a lip/flange that ensures the hole lines up easily. The only downside is that it is so easy to use, that I kept forgetting it was there. So I secured it to the hitch in a semi permanent fashion so it can stay in all the time with no fears of losing it. No idea about the Dodge sleeve.
Huntindog 10/08/14 04:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Good propane changeover regulator

Okay, so what is a GOOD auto change over regulator. I have gone through 2 Marshalls and need another regulator.I have had 3 different types, and all of them failed. Not happy with any of them. I will say that I use mine a lot. Probably 10 years of average use in a year. Still, they are not all that reliable in my book. I am now carrying a spare.
Huntindog 10/08/14 02:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Best?

Good suggestions, but as usual, I have more questions... As far as construction goes, which of the two options you mentioned is preferable???I prefer that the walls sit on top of the frame, just as a house's walls sit on top of the foundation. And how will we know if the roof is walk-on? You are looking for 3/8 boards up there. OSB or plywood. NOT luan. If it isn't specifically listed in the brochure, then don't believe a salesman. Pull a vent off of the ceiling and look. How do I find out about frame and axle sizes? I think that this item is the most important. 6 lugs usually means a 3" axle tube, versus a 2 3/8" tube. Crawl under them with a tape measure and notepad. Note the frame. C channel, I beam, tube, fake I beam, or the swiss cheese variety. How tall is it, how thick? Do their reputations differ, pro or con?
Huntindog 10/07/14 07:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best?

DP
Huntindog 10/07/14 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brother in Law knows everything, now we have a problem

No way would your frig use $40 worth of propane a month. Either you have a leak or the furnace is running. X2. I too would want it fixed, but the fridge uses very little propane.
Huntindog 10/07/14 05:20pm Tech Issues
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