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RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

FYI I have Gone 8hrs on a trip from PHX to Mexico in 80 degree temps with the reefer off.Upon arrival the ice in the freezer was still frozen and the lower box temp was 42 upon arrival.(I forgot to open the gas valve).Its legal to tow with the gas on and operate the fridge.Just do not try to ride a ferry with it on. Fyi Ice will stay frozen at 32 degrees. But the quality of some foods will degrade at that temp. Ice cream will vet soft and expand forming ice crystals,which will feel like sand in your mouth. 42 in the fridge is getting warm. Some areas of the fridge are likely too warm. Trying to keep a fridge cool with a few ice packs will not work very well. One would need a LOT of ice, and dry ice in the freezer A fridge is not designed to be a cooler and a cooler is not designed to be a fridge. Both will work best when used as designed.
Huntindog 10/30/14 11:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

I work in the grocery buisiness. In perishible foods.we follow a practice called Dont break the cold chain. Cold food must be under constant refridgeration I here ya but do you really think that is the way it happens?I have sons aand relatives in the grocery business.My father-in-law retired as an Albertsons manager. Milk sometimes sits on the doc for hours,frozen food on the floors to be put up by the freight crew or when they get to it.Refrigerated items do not always go strait to the cooler because of lack of room in the coolers for pallets etc. But I understand how it is supposed to be in a real world.To bad it isn't. That is a poorly run operation. Milk goes straight frm the truck to the cooler. If the dairy cooler is full which it should not be,if the orders are right,then it goes in the meat or produce coolers. It NEVER. Sits out. Frozen is the same way. We even have insulated pallet wraps for when it cant be stocked faster than 20 minutes. Every minute out of reftdgeration, degrades quality,and increases the risk of food poisoning.
Huntindog 10/30/14 05:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

I work in the grocery buisiness. In perishible foods.we follow a practice called Dont break the cold chain. Cold food must be under constant refridgeration
Huntindog 10/30/14 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Nitrogen option but only on two tires ? ? ?

IF you really want to improve anything. Put Helium in the tires. that will make them lighter, and get you better MPG.:B Suspect that was meant as a joke-- no problem. But the He molecule is very small and would more easily migrate through rubber than air (78% N) or pure N. Said another way, you would be checking and filling them more frequently. It is NOT pure. They do not evacuate the air before installing it . That means that an air filled tire,will lose the oxygen first, and with each sucessive topping off, its nitrogen level,will increase, quickly closing the gap until,they are virtually the same. That is why it is a marketing gimmick. If one has extra money to spend on tires, spend it on better tires, and use free air.
Huntindog 10/28/14 04:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Need HELP! My faucet is broke...

I blew up the pic.it is a nut or swivel fitting. Simply unscrew it with some channellocks. Easy peazy.
Huntindog 10/28/14 04:24am Travel Trailers
RE: 5.03 truck 3.08 rearend towing 6000 lbs

Those that advocate the 6 speed trans vs the old 4 speed as a sustitute for lower rear end gears are looking at it as a simple math problem. They think that so long as the final torque multiplication number is about the same, that the result will be the same as well. Not so. Performance will be close,but durabilty will not be. Where the torque multiplcation occurs in the drivetrain matters. When the rear end has lower gears, then all components upstream of it will have an easier time. When it happens in the tranny,then only the engine benefits.
Huntindog 10/27/14 06:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Didn't Believe about the Chinese Tires

The tire makers were,just filling a demand with ST tires. A cheaply made tire that doesnt laat very long and is profita le to,make. Most rvers dont want to pay as much for tt tires that they rarely use compared to,their tv tires that they use daily. The claims are all,marketing based, to maximimize profits. Read the testing standards for both types,of tires for a real eye opener.
Huntindog 10/27/14 12:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Didn't Believe about the Chinese Tires

I am on the first leg of a Long Trip. Did 2000 miles in three days. Drove the posted limit,which was mostly over 65. As usual, My LT tires did the job that I paid them to do.
Huntindog 10/25/14 11:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to dry camping, questions?

For my remote trips, I always bring both of the Hondas, so I have a backup. Only needed it once when the pull cord broke on one of them.
Huntindog 10/25/14 11:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Didn't Believe about the Chinese Tires

I tell folks buying a new or used RV to check the tires. Refuse to deal on the Rv unless the Chinese tires are replaced with a quality tire. Kne In a 14" or 15" size you will be hard pressed to find a ST tire not made in China. Many RV dealers will not put a truck tire on a trailer.and many will
Huntindog 10/25/14 02:07am Travel Trailers
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
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