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RE: Propane Tank in Way of WD Lift Brackets

Yes some TTs have them welded. I had one. If a different brand of brackets can be used, such as the ones already mentioned, that may be a solution. Or the different length bars if that ia an option. Other than that, a cutting wheel, and grinder to cut the bracket off. repaint it and then reinstall it with screws. Really not all that hard. If you need a grinder, Harbor Freight sells them cheap. You do need the chains as vertical as possible when the TV/TT are in a straight line. They become angled when turning. If they are angled before turning, then there will likely be contact between the bars and frame when turning.
Huntindog 04/01/15 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: How far would you drive for new TT?

I guess I was lucky , I drove 100 feet . I bought my neighbors trailer . Great deal , I would have driven a few feet more if I had to . I'm glad you didn't have to put yourself out.:B
Huntindog 03/30/15 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: U-turns

We currently tow a 31' (I just measured it) 5th wheel with an extended pin box. I can "almost" make a full lock 3.5 lane U-turn with it without tapping the back of the cab of our short bed F250 and the hitch in it's 3.5" forward of the axle position. With a previous 26ft 5th wheel, I could do a full lock three lane U-turn with our 2500HD ram short bed with the hitch 3" forward of the axle with plenty of clearance. We're thinking of going back to a travel trailer of about 30ft. Curious to what approximate length it typically becomes impossible to do a full lock U-turn without contact based on your experiences. Our ol' 19' Aljo TT would follow us anywhere with plenty of clearance going forward. I haven't towed a longer travel trailer. Not an exact science I know. Just trying to get a rough idea. There are a LOT of variables. The WB of the TV. The length of the TT tongue. How severe of an angle can the TV wheels turn. Length of the drawbar. Where the TT wheels are located. Even the shape of the front of the TT. (To make it worse, all this changes when turning on a slope such as a steep driveway) And probably some more that escape me at the moment. Unless someone hear has excactly what you are contemplating, it will all be a guess.
Huntindog 03/30/15 07:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: honda genny theft deterrent apparatus

The cutting of EU2000 handles is really overblown. Yes it is possible to do.. But doing so forever marks it as stolen. You can't sell it, as nobody in their right mind would buy it. Couldn't use it, as any officer would easly spot it. I actually priced a new case once. I figured that with all the cut handled stolen generators out there, that buying one cheap and putting a new case:B on it would be economical.... They are pricey. . So don't bet that it will be all that hard to re-sell.. Where are all of these cut handled generators? Have you ever seen one? The fact is that yes, it is possible... But just not all that likely. Anyone buying a "good deal" would be resigned to forever using it in secret.. There just isn't much of a market for a cut handled Honda. They will just cut the cable chain etc. and have a unblemished Honda. Use the money for the beefed up handle for insurance, or a replacement fund, in the unlikely event it grows legs. :R Is that the "best" you can do? You have much to learn "little grasshopper".. Folks don't seem to have a problem breaking into homes, ripping wire out, plumbing out then selling the stuff.. Not to mention bunches of those folks cutting LIVE power company lines and living to unload it at the nearest scrap yard.. You simply are not going to see that stuff "advertised", BUT it IS BEING DONE. The ones really looking to score are the ones with the mobile power tools.. pretty much any hardened lock CAN be cut off in less than a minute with a grinder.. You can easily get bolt cutters which will do it silently.. If it can be locked it CAN be unlocked. Locks and chains are for the "honest thieves", determined thieves can make your entire vehicle disappear in the time it takes for you to go inside and grab a refreshment.. The BEST POLICY IS TO NOT ADVERTISE IT PERIOD.. Out of sight out of mind.. Put in the back of your vehicle with a cover when not in use.. Don't have a place in the vehicle then attach a heavy metal box to your trailer. Thieves won't know you have a gen if it isn't in plain view.. I recently took my aluminum cans to the scrapyard. While I was at it, I took a few old aluminum skillets in. I had to present my drivers license which was scanned into a computer, had my picture taken, and was finger printed... Not for the cans, but the old skillets. These are all laws passed because of some of what you are bringing into a thread about preventing cut handles on Hondas. Of course I live in the wild wild west where packing is legal. Maybe that is why we don't have Hondas growing legs. Perhaps things are different back in the civilized east. I have STILL never seen any proof that any Hondas have had their handles cut. I am sure it has been done (most anything has) but is far from a common occurance. Oh yeah, the condenscending grasshopper comment was uncalled for. I have not talked down to you. Show me the same respect.
Huntindog 03/30/15 06:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: honda genny theft deterrent apparatus

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Huntindog 03/30/15 06:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Totally bummed with Electric Jack

Can you open it with the manual jack installed? If so, then the Atwood will work. I agree. Having something like tis is a PITA that one shouldn't have to endure. A longer drawbar will work, but will lokely cost close to what a new jack will, and I am not sure I would recommend it for a SUV, which likely has a short wheelbase. It could possible have a negative impact on the towing experience. Is the Atwood shorter. Because this is a SUV I suspect the only relief they will get is with a longer draw bar or shorter height. Good point. Though I would think that a manual jack would have the same issue. They are not exactly short. Perhaps the OP can tell us just what the clearance problem is.
Huntindog 03/30/15 06:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Totally bummed with Electric Jack

A longer drawbar will work, but will lokely cost close to what a new jack will, and I am not sure I would recommend it for a SUV, which likely has a short wheelbase. It could possible have a negative impact on the towing experience. In theory your concern might have merit re the longer drawbar, but IMO the very small increase in the distance from the rear axle with a longer drawbar that is less than 6" longer should not have a noticeable impact on overall stability. If it does then I would think you are already too close on the edge of the stability curve so to speak with the existing drawbar and the overall stability of the TT/TV combo to start with. We've not talking increasing the pivot point by feet, but probably less than 10 to 15% as a WAG. Maybe I'm all wet and don't know what I'm talking about, but that's my gut take on this. LarryThe reason I raise the "possibility" is because my first TV was a short WB SUV... A 1973 Blazer. I still have it, but gave it up for tow duty long ago. It needed all the help it could get in the stability dept. I know nothing about the OPs TT or hitch, and little about the TV, other that it's a SUV. YMMV
Huntindog 03/30/15 06:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Raise TT with taller equalizer

Should work fine. It really isn't that big of a deal, but since you will be there anyways... Why not?
Huntindog 03/30/15 04:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: honda genny theft deterrent apparatus

The cutting of EU2000 handles is really overblown. Yes it is possible to do.. But doing so forever marks it as stolen. You can't sell it, as nobody in their right mind would buy it. Couldn't use it, as any officer would easly spot it. I actually priced a new case once. I figured that with all the cut handled stolen generators out there, that buying one cheap and putting a new case:B on it would be economical.... They are pricey. Tweekers don't care and will do what ever it takes.. Then there are folks shopping for a "good deal" and if the price is right WILL turn their head and ignore the obvious cut handle.. So don't bet that it will be all that hard to re-sell.. Where are all of these cut handled generators? Have you ever seen one? The fact is that yes, it is possible... But just not all that likely. Anyone buying a "good deal" would be resigned to forever using it in secret.. There just isn't much of a market for a cut handled Honda. They will just cut the cable chain etc. and have a unblemished Honda. Use the money for the beefed up handle for insurance, or a replacement fund, in the unlikely event it grows legs. The BEST thing to do is keep it out of sight.. Thats it, if it is not in plain view there is little temptation for the causal thief or even the hard core smash and grab.. Doesn't matter how many fancy locks or chains you put on things, allow it to set out in plain veiw and give 5 seconds of time and it will be gone.. Now days chains and cables are worthless.. with the power of modern cordless grinders chains, locks and wires don't stand much of chance.
Huntindog 03/30/15 04:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Totally bummed with Electric Jack

Can you open it with the manual jack installed? If so, then the Atwood will work. I agree. Having something like tis is a PITA that one shouldn't have to endure. A longer drawbar will work, but will lokely cost close to what a new jack will, and I am not sure I would recommend it for a SUV, which likely has a short wheelbase. It could possible have a negative impact on the towing experience.
Huntindog 03/30/15 04:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: honda genny theft deterrent apparatus

The cutting of EU2000 handles is really overblown. Yes it is possible to do.. But doing so forever marks it as stolen. You can't sell it, as nobody in their right mind would buy it. Couldn't use it, as any officer would easly spot it. I actually priced a new case once. I figured that with all the cut handled stolen generators out there, that buying one cheap and putting a new case:B on it would be economical.... They are pricey.
Huntindog 03/30/15 03:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: slow water

Reminds of the movie: The man with one red shoe. The bathroom scene. Hilarious.
Huntindog 03/30/15 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: How far would you drive for new TT?

Here is a link to what I didto bring my present TT home. Long distance TT purchase
Huntindog 03/29/15 08:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: DRW vs SRW ??

You may be able to make the numbers work in a SRW, if you are careful. But limits are so limiting. You will have a beautiful 5ver, but be limited in how you can use it. Always concious of having too much weight is no fun. A lot of times my dually would be considered overkill by many here.. But then there are the trips where I really need to bring it all. 1600# of quads, 400# for the quad rack, 12 full 6 gallon water jugs, 6 full 5 gallon water jugs, 45 gallons of gas, and 2 Hondas EU2000s, along with an assortment of other stuff that finishes filling the bed. It is really nice to camp the way you want to when you want to. That is what a dually can do for you. It is your money and your choice.
Huntindog 03/28/15 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Ford F-350 0-60 MPH Test

So 70hp/60tq and steeper gears buys you 0.73 of a second. Impressive powertrain, and I mean that. The 6.7L is strong. Now if Ford would just update the cheap hard plastic interior by rubbermaid, and the twisty 1999 frame. That and the fact that the Ford 6R140 also has a much shorter first and second gear that the 68RFE. The 6.7L V8 Powerstroke also has a longer rev range than the 6.7L Cummins meaning you stay in gear longer instead of shifting and wasting time in a 0-60. I drive a 2014 Ram 2500 Cummins and even used to work at Cummins, but that the Scorpion 6.7L is a beast as well. If my only desire out of my truck was 0-60 speeds then that would have probably been my choice, but other factors that I thought Cummins/Ram did a little better is what turned me towards buying the Ram like the auto exhaust brake and better fuel mileage to name a few. Still, there is no denying that that 6.7L Scorpion is more powerful. Although my truck is tuned and is making way more power than that stock Powerstroke. I really don't think I would want my truck being any quicker than it now. On that frame twist comment. There is a reason why the Ford bed frame has more flex than the Rams and the GM and Ram marketing team that posts those videos knows this. It has to do with the fact that the Fords frame is a C channel frame just like every Semi-truck you see flying down the road, and the Rams frame is a fully boxed frame. Fully boxed frames are more rigid than C-channel frames and hardly flex in comparison to a C-channel. Does this mean a C-channel frame is weaker than a fully boxed frame? No, not at all. The C-channel frame has thicker wall sections which is where it gets its strength, but this makes them heavier. The major benefit of a fully boxed frame is that it is lighter because it has thinner wall thickness, but gets its strength by being fully boxed to compensate. However, the major downside to a fully boxed frame is how much harder it is to up fit things like a utility beds for fleet buyers, and we all know how much Ford caters to their fleet buyers. This is why Ram 4500 and 5500 cab and chassis models have the very same C-channel bed frame that Ford uses so it can easily be upfitted. Ford uses the same frame with their cab and chassis models as the do with their pick up models while Ram uses a fully boxed frame on their pick up models and a C-channel bed frame in the cab and chassis models. This is why you never hear Ram or GM say that the Ford frame is "weaker" in any of those videos. Because they know it isn't and the flex is just an inherent property of a C-channel frame versus a fully boxed frame. All that they are doing is good job at marketing and selling to people that don't know any better.I'm with you on most of your post.... But did you see the one where the Ford tailgate buckeld when the frame twisted? That will ruin your day for sure. And yes, I have had my truck in those kinds of situations lots of times.
Huntindog 03/28/15 03:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Below freezing advice

20 degrees is a walk in the park. Just run the heat inside at a comfortable temp, crack some vents for humidity control and enjoy your trip. The problems start at single digits, or when it never gets above freezing for at least 24 hours.
Huntindog 03/27/15 10:59am Travel Trailers
RE: RAM EcoDiesel a Flop for Towing

I dunno. It made it up the mountain just fine. No CEL. It was loaded for bear with 2 large guys, 7,200 lbs trailer, so it was at capacity. Maintained over 45 mph over the whole run meeting SAE towing standards. Did the run at supposedly 50% better fuel economy (If you can trust the computer on both trucks). Truck was always designed to be a more fuel efficient truck than its competition. Seems to have done its job and met its requirements. Hosts say that the vehicle towed stable and introduced no drama. The engine was sedate and the only tell-tale sign that it's at its limit was the fact they weren't flying up the mountain at 60mph or better. Doesn't seem like a flop to me, but the F-150 would certainly have done the job faster. Now what would be interesting is testing the efficiency of both trucks, have them side by side with the same load and driven up the mountain at the same speeds (RAM floored and Ford just throttling to match the RAM). Then we can see if that supposed 50% better fuel economy on the RAM would hold up. I'm figuring it would fall back to only 25 or 30% better fuel economy on the RAM. A great point. A popular saying from my sprint car days. Speed costs money. How fast do you want to go? A case in point is my 2001 Dura max compared to my 2011 Duramax. On flat ground the 2011 easily gets the better MPG... But since I am almost always doing some serious climbing, I rarely see it. I do think that if I could just keep my foot out of it with the 2011, and climb the grades at the same speed the 2001 is capable of, that the MPGs would be about the same. Simple physics is that it takes a certain amount of energy to move a given weight up a grade at a given speed. Increasing either the weight or the speed WILL increase the fuel consumption.
Huntindog 03/26/15 05:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Running Honda EU generators re-jetted at high altitudes.

I have done all 3 of mine. I don't remember the exact size I went with, but it was a middle of the road one. Most of my use is between 4000-7500, with up to 9500 occasionally. So I picked a size that covered most situations. I know I am still a little rich at 9500. The fuel usage and power output is slightly improved over stock. Not a lot, but it is noticeable. Yes I have done a side by side comparison, before rejetting the last two. The big payoff is likely long term. The spark plug and combustion chamber should be likeing the correct A/F mixture a lot.
Huntindog 03/24/15 10:15pm Tech Issues
RE: E-Z Flex ?

Thanks for everyone's help. I do appreciate it. I think I am going to pass on these because of the clearance issues. I have already upgraded the tires to two sizes bigger than they were. My clearance on the wheel wells is about an 1½ so with that in mind and your great input I will save myself time and aggravation by skipping on these. Without your help I would have put them in and found out the hard way that I didn't have enough clearance. Thanks so much for the help With Thanks RayDexter states a minimum of 3". You need more clearance now. You may have gotten away with it so far, by not hitting a bumt that will induce maximum wheel travel.
Huntindog 03/24/15 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: 10% TW to 13% TW...did not seem to make any difference

I still think more TW will make it better, but is probably not a practical fix, as I mean a lot more TW. Something else to consider. Towable RVs are different from othe types of trailers in that the TW can vary a LOT during the course of a trip. Depending on your units design and/or usage this be a little or a lot in either direction, up or down. Food gets eaten leaves the fridge/cupboards and ends up in the black tank. Fresh water moves as well. Nobody puts their dirty clothes back with the clean ones. Propane gets used and vsnishes. If the TH has a gas station for the toys, it will empty out as well. Many other things may ride home in a different location than where they started the trip. Take all of this into consideration, and suddenly 13% may not be such a safe number after all.
Huntindog 03/24/15 05:30pm Travel Trailers
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