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RE: Whoa ! Major design/manufacturing change in CampLite TT

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Huntindog 08/19/17 08:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Whoa ! Major design/manufacturing change in CampLite TT

The all aluminum floor had the gripe of being too cold. The newer floor is suppose to help prevent that......so I was told by a Livinlite dealer.I love a positive spin. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel. There are well proven manufacturing methods that can be used... No spin needed.
Huntindog 08/19/17 06:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Whoa ! Major design/manufacturing change in CampLite TT

I have never heard anything good about those types of floors They just don't hold up to use. And there is no fix for them. I suppose if the owner is a really small person with big feet, that seldom uses their TT...... It might hold up.
Huntindog 08/18/17 09:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: EPDM roof 14 years old and wore out, now what ?!

Just because it has black showing doesn't mean it is wore out. It comes in two colors for the commercial building market. Black is the standard, or original color. White is the optional color that came about to reflect sunlight for better energy conservation. It is just a coating on the black product. I read about this years ago when I researched it. Dicor is the RV industry supplier. Carlise makes it for Dicor. So other than looks, a black roof means nothing. Of course looks is important for many people.
Huntindog 08/18/17 07:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer GVWR more that combine GAWR

It is legal. Many of us feel it is the reason so many TTs have axle problems... The auto industry axles always exceed GVWR by a large margin. 1200# left for stuff on a 39' TT is a joke. The larger the TT the more stuff that goes in it. I would upgrade those axles immediatly.
Huntindog 08/17/17 03:02am Travel Trailers
RE: The real HP/TQ numbers this is going to hurt!

Our truck has been out of warranty for several years. It only has 310 Hp and 605 ft lbs of torque. will we be ok ??? chevmanAdmitting you have a problem is the first step. There are many help groups you can join. Some are right here on the forum. Fortunatly it is an afflicition that can be cured with a thick payment book.
Huntindog 08/16/17 04:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What defines a TT as a "True Four Season"?

Those that are decrying the insulation by say it will need to use a lot of fuel.. The walls are only about 2" thick. One simply cannot get much insulation in them. But i seriously doubt that the compromises a thicker walled TT would entail would attract many buyers. That said, some TTs are better suited than others.
Huntindog 08/15/17 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Braided PVC for water pump collapsing??

How did you measure the flow? I looked at it - it's unacceptably slower than it used to be. Every TT I have had flows much better on city water. No surprise there, as it SHOULD flow better. Maybe your line from the tank to the pump is collapsing/kinked.The way to measure WP flow is to measure it directly off of the pump. Doing it any other way can lead to a false diagnosis as the restriction can be in other places. Like the aerator screen of the fixture, or the the filter on the pump etc. If the new hose does not fix it, then you will need to look at the other possibilities since the diagnosis method is flawed. Your hose has likely been like that since it was installed. So I doubt that is the cause.
Huntindog 08/14/17 01:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Gear upgraded, 3.08 to 4.10

After first gear you may not find much difference. The 4.1 gives nearly the same gear ratios as going down one gear with the 3.08 after first gear and you lose the overdrive. 3.08 4.1 Equlivant 2.97 3.95 1st 2.31 3.08 2nd 1.57 2.09 3rd 1.18 1.57 4th 1 1.33 5th 0.75 1.00 6th Note how close the gear ratios above first gear are. Not even close! Each ratio becomes more efficient at towing a heavier load. Dropping a gear does nothing! You do not see the same numbers that I do. 6 th gear with 4.1 is the exact same ratio as 5 th gear with 3.08. 4 th gear with 4.1 is also exact same ratio as 3 rd gear with the 3.08. The others are very close except of course 1 st gear which is almost never used beyond 5 mph. The 6 speed auto with a torque converter has more than enough torque in first gear regardless the axle ratio. I know what you are saying, but going with a lower ratio ring and pinion you effectively make each gear more efficient! It changes the overall ratio of each gear. What you are saying is the same as starting out in 2nd gear instead of using first.There is a reason that tow ratings most always increase with a lower rear axle gear ratio. Despite what some think... It matters. Many auto engineers that set the ratings agree. Maybe the internet experts know better,:B
Huntindog 08/13/17 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Braided PVC for water pump collapsing??

How do you know it is restricting the flow?Because it's less flow than it used to be and because it's much less on pump compared to city water (I know they're different pressures). It's supposed to flow 2.9gpm but I'll bet it's closer to 1gpm. I went into the utilities compartment to find out why the pump is slow to prime and slow to build pressure once all the taps are turned off. This seems like a possible culprit to me.How did you measure the flow? Every TT I have had flows much better on city water. No surprise there, as it SHOULD flow better.
Huntindog 08/13/17 06:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Braided PVC for water pump collapsing??

How do you know it is restricting the flow? These pumps just don't flow very much. I really doubt that there is a problem with the hose/waterflow. Take a look inside your faucets. They all have a tiny hole that the water goes thru. Much, much smaller than your bent hose. I actually drilled mine out in the shower fixture to get more flow.
Huntindog 08/13/17 02:51am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone running BFG All Terrain KO2's on their truck?

I've run BFG ATs and MTs for decades. The MTs are loud. I have never thought the ATs were. Perhaps there is some confusion here on the different tire treads? It would not be the first time that has happened.
Huntindog 08/07/17 03:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Easy way to determine how much Travel Trailer I can buy?

So how many answers do you have that are an actual simple way to tell how much you can tow? I will tell you, but first I will tell you some other stuff. The Tow rating is a fictional # that few if any are really able to achieve. Especially for 1/2 tons. It is there simply for advertising. The heavier you want to go, the more important it is to do your homework. IOW, there is no simple easy way to get close to, but not over your limit. If you push it without doing the homework, you risk needing to buy a bigger truck for your new too heavy TT... Lots of people get new trucks this way. So now for my "simple' answer: Just about any 1/2 ton can tow a TT that has a GVWR of 7000# or less. About now you are thinking that is too low... Right? Well you wanted simple and easy. That is it. If that is answer is not to your liking... Then do your home work.
Huntindog 08/04/17 09:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Heavier engine oil for pulling with Toyota Highlander?

A lot of folks use the term weight when discussing oil viscosity. A lot of folks up north call a taco a burrito or call grilled meat BBQ, but it doesn't mean they are correct.I guess there is no such thing as a hair too thin to split. BTW, I have several vehicles that use different weights of oil... Been doing that since I first heard the term in auto shop 44 years ago.
Huntindog 08/04/17 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would you purchase an exstended warrranty for a new truck?

There is another way to accomplish the same thing. Geico offers Mechanical Breakdown Insurance (MIB) There are some strings attached. You have to have your auto policy with them, It must be purchased within 6 months of new, and renewed with your auto policy. It can be kept for 7 years IIRC. I was offered this by Geico when my 2011 truck was new. It was a new product for them. It started out costing 16.25 for 6 months and slowly increased as the factory warranties expired. It is now 60-70.00 for 6 months. I have read where some other brands known for very expensive repairs are quite a bit more. This makes sense, as they price risk. And they are very good at it. In fact this can be used as a tool to judge the reliability of various make/models. I have found this coverage to be an excellent value in my case. I would encourage you to check it out for yourself.
Huntindog 08/04/17 02:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a Travel Trailer with a Pontiac G8

In fact it has a tranny cooler in the radiator. Ummm. As far as I know, all auto tranny vehicles have an tranny cooler in the radiator! It has a serious shortcoming for towing service. It can only cool down to the temp of the antifreeze! Towing tranny coolers are in addition to that. They cool by airflow OUTSIDE and before the radiator. Generally speaking, most newer high-performance automatic transmissions will operate at-or-above coolant temperatures. I've had older vehicles with external trans coolers, and all the newer versions of said vehicles (with higher all-around ratings) now have integrated coolers. Assuming your coolant is a set temperature (ie. obviously regulated by tstat to stay exactly the same) then clearly everything was designed for the trans to operate at the same temp as well. If you start bumping up coolant temps that's an entirely different issue / system, but generally that's not a problem. Trans coolers were a big deal in mid-late 90's and early 00's trucks / SUVs etc, but it's quickly becoming cliche now. At least from what I've seen / experienced.Some things have changed over the years. 180-195 Tstats used to be the norm. Now 215 or even higher is the norm. Tranny temps are best kept below 200 for longest life. That hasn't changed. My 2011 Dmax Allison combo runs tranny temps in the 160s. You cannot cool a tranny that much with a cooler inside the radiator.
Huntindog 08/04/17 09:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a Travel Trailer with a Pontiac G8

In fact it has a tranny cooler in the radiator. Ummm. As far as I know, all auto tranny vehicles have an tranny cooler in the radiator! It has a serious shortcoming for towing service. It can only cool down to the temp of the antifreeze! Towing tranny coolers are in addition to that. They cool by airflow OUTSIDE and before the radiator.
Huntindog 08/03/17 03:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Post a tip

I learned something today. I NEVER even considered going thru a MCDonalds with my rig.... I though that was a universal mind set that all TT towers shared.
Huntindog 08/03/17 03:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Is this oxidation?

Pay for indoor storage. Problem solved. No RV will survive outside in the elements. NONE.I'm looking for covered storage for my S&B house. The elements are killing it.
Huntindog 08/02/17 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: The new ST tires. Fact or fiction (marketing)

As always the profound lack of understanding of the ST tire raises its head. The ST was designed; with stiffer side walls, with UV resistant compounds, with a tread designed for straight pull and less rolling resistance and a service speed of 65 mph. The were and still are designed for trailer use. Horse trailers, utility trailer, travel trailers and about any other type trailer you pull down the road. That has been their intended use decades as they were the replacement for the "P" type tire used previously. For several years there was a controversy because the tire manufacturers switched to far-east production and suffered a loss quality control. That issue seems to have past and there was never any negative reports by the DOT. That does not keep folks from complaining and blaming every tire failure on foreign manufacturing. Once again the industry has recognized a need for an improved tire and manufactures are responding. Rest assured that once manufacturing is perfected they too will be built by cheaper labor.No lack of understanding here. And I never once blamed the country of origin. In fact on the many sets of ST tires I owned I never even looked to see where they were made. I just don't think that is a problem. But the ST tire did not come about to replace the "p" tires which were NOT commonly used in trailer service. Rather they were to replace more expensive LT tires. This is a quote used by many in the industry " The ST tire is an affordable tire solution for your trailering needs" Sounds good doesn't it? Note what it doesn't say. That it is a better tire than the LTs that were used before. Said another way; " The ST tire is a cheaper tire that is good enough for trailer use" This is a far more accurate statement. All of the so called benefits of the ST tires are not tested for in the govt. regs. In fact the ST vs LT tire testing standards are/were vastly different. The LT must past far more stringent tests over all. As for the special needs of trailer tires.. There is only one test that could apply to that. the bead unseating force. Those tests are identical for both STs and LTs. I particularly like the shallower tread for cooler running of ST tires claim. That is a joke. First off, heat is not a big problem as trailer tires spend most all of their time simply rolling down the road following the TVs tires which do most of the work. Next it is common knowledge in the tire world that shallow tread means less puncture resistance, and less traction (more hydroplaning) What shallow tread DOES mean to the manufacturer is less rubber used in the tire, and a cheaper cost. Then there is the claim that fewer plies with thicker cords are used for the same reasons... It is also cheaper to make it using this method. Of course saying it that way would not sound good when one is trying to sell a tire. So a positive spin is put on it. Also known as marketing. This works for many as most trailer tires age out far before the tread wears out. And most consumers are really sensitive to cost. They simply cannot justify paying LT prices for a TT tire that only gets used 2-3 times a year for far less than a 1000 miles a year, and doesn't carry passengers. Vs. their TV tires which are used everyday for tens of thousands of miles a year and do carry people. So if a cheaper ST tire meets your needs, it is perfectly legal to use them on your trailer. It is also perfectly legal to use LTs on your trailer. However it is NOT legal to use ST tires on your TV!! That fact alone speaks volumes. You have spent a lot of time on this thread just listening to yourself talk. I don't think anyone is really disagreeing with you on the fact that LT are built to a better standard than ST tires. But, take my situation for example. I'm leaving in a week on a 2000 mile trip, I need new tires today. I don't have time for a trailer shop to move my axles out to fit 16' tires, 15" LT's won't carry the weight of my rv. Not only that, the cost to move my axles, new 16" wheels and 1000+ dollars for LT tires make the transition cost prohibitive. I plan to keep my rv for 8-9 more years prior to upgrading to a 5th wheel. I can buy a new set of Endurance\Maxxis or Carlisle HD tires every 3 years until I upgrade my trailer and still be under the cost of the one time LT tire upgrade. Not only that, I will have to buy another set of LT tires after 5-6 years, unless LT tires are not subject to age. I figure you will argue and say that Endurance\Maxxis or Carlisle HD tires won't last 3 years due to being ST tires and being new, but there is a proven track record on the Maxxis that says they will. So I'll stick with the better quality ST tires and keep rolling down the road for now. When I upgrade to a larger unit that can handle 16" tires from the factory, I'll make the transition to LT. If you are trying to insult me...You gotta do better than that. Weather or not you decide to make the LT tire upgrade is totally up to you. Weather or not you decide to actually read the testing standards is your decision as well.... As for your reasoning for staying with STs...Keep in mind that one blowout can change the financial picture. Damage to the rig in the thousands of dollars is not uncommon. Not to mention a trip being ruined from it Your money, your choice. Not trying to insult you. Just stating the obvious... you like to restate your opinion and explain why your opinion is the only right one. Don't mind that hundreds of thousands or millions of miles are ran on st tires a year without issue. Far more miles are ran on trailers equipped with st tires a year than LT. But I did see a truck with a flat tire today, so that means all LT tires are garbage.If you do a search far enough back, you will find something interesting. I USED to be a very strong and vocal ST tire proponent... But I changed after many sets of ST tires and upgrades and failures... And far too much money thrown away. So yeah, I have a strong opinion, and I want to save as many people as possible from my experience. Some day you may change your mind as well... Hopefully your education will be cheaper than mine was.
Huntindog 08/01/17 05:37pm Travel Trailers
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