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RE: Damage from tire blow-outs

This past April, I had my first two blow outs, in eleven years of pulling a travel trailer. There was zero damage to the trailer which had tandem axels Jack L
NanciL 06/05/15 12:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying first travel trailer...need advice

We are looking into getting our first travel trailer to upgrade from our popup trailer. I have two young kids and want to make sure I am being cautious. The trailer we are considering is a 2007 Fleetwood Mallard 26RLS. The GVWR of the trailer is 7,900 (5,523 Dry) with a hitch weight of 802. My truck is a 2004 F150 Lariat Supercrew 2WD 5.4L 3.55 rated at towing 8,500 maximum loaded trailer weight and a GCWR of 14,000. My truck has the tow package and an electronic brake. I also have a weight distribution hitch. Given the above information, would it be reasonable to tow the Fleetwood Mallard or should I look for something lighter? No, you won't be a happy camper ! From experience Jack L
NanciL 06/05/15 06:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Give Advice or Get Told To Mind My Own Business ??

Do tire manufacturers frown on this kind of parking or is it just one of those urban rumors you find on web sites. I've never heard from any real tire experts that this kind of parking causes a problem. Can someone point me to a reliable technical document that describes what is recommended and what is not? Does having your tire resting against a chock or using X-chocks or even parking on a gravel drive cause tire damage? The "reliable technical document" is printed right on the tire. take a look at yours and you will see it. It will say something like "warning maximum load at 50 PSI -1750 lbs" Do some Math if you know your trailers gross weight and then take off the weight times two and that will tell you if there is too much weight on the other two wheels. Jack L
NanciL 06/03/15 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lights on?

The only time we leave ours on is if we will be out and are coming back after dark, or if we have company, and thenit goes off after they leave. I wish other campers would be considerate of their neighbors. I can't tell you how many times we have had a bright light shining in our bedroom window, (even with the blinds down) from some inconsiderate camper Jack L
NanciL 06/03/15 04:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Engine as brakes down a mountain

Yes I live in the mountains and do it all the time. No one has mentioned your engine RPM's though. It is very important to watch that they don't go too high. With my truck, when they start to climb above 4000, I'll slow it down with the brakes Jack L
NanciL 06/02/15 04:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Tell Me About Asheville, NC?

We live not too far from Asheville and get over there quite often. It all depends on your likes and dislikes The real estate is on the high side. If you are into cycling, hiking, and paddling, you can't go wrong We are at elevation 3200 feet and in the back country and love it and would not want to live in Asheville. If you are in with young wannabe crowd it is the place for you. If you are in the older, conservative crowd, I don't think you would like it there unless you are into art. It gets hot in the summer, but also not too cold in the winter.. What more can I say Jack L (old, conservative, likes privacy, and seclusion which you won't get in Asheville)
NanciL 06/01/15 04:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: The keys

The four state parks are basic and the best, but don't expect to get into them in the winter. For private ones, I like Key Largo Kampground in the upper Keys and Jolly roger in the middle Keys. We like Key Largo, since it gives us the option for the Everglades National Park which is only an hour away Jack L
NanciL 05/31/15 04:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Tires

Do you negotiate when buying four new tires? Or do you just accept the price the dealer gives you? Jack L
NanciL 05/28/15 04:57am Travel Trailers
RE: If a tire blows.....

To answer your question: Coming back from Florida last month, I had two blow outs within two weeks. My trailer is 5000 pounds, and we had probably another thousand pounds in it. I never felt either one of them. The first one I was going sixty and the only way I knew it blew was seeing the black shreds flying up when I looked in the mirror. I drove five miles on the single one on that same side before pulling into our overnight campground where I changed it. The second one was on I-95 and I was going seventy and heard the pop, but never felt any sway. I stopped as soon as I could and changed it. Those were the first blow outs I ever had in twenty years of pulling trailers Jack L
NanciL 05/26/15 01:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Applying WAX to TT

I do mine once a year - wash and wax I use a good paste wax that has carnuba in it. Either Maguairs or Mothers. I do a small section at a time, and yes it is up and down the step ladder for me. It is well worth it as far as I am concerned even though between conditioning the roof, washing and waxing it take two days. After all it is our home away from home. We snowbird in it for four months every winter Jack L
NanciL 05/26/15 01:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brake and bearing service

I just paid $160 for my tandem trailer wheels. He found one bad bearing and had to replace it. He repacked the others and adjusted the brakes. I found this dealer/RV park owner a few years ago when I needed my awning replaced. He charged me $600 for a new awning and the installation, and the awning now rolls up and comes down much better then the old one did. I'll continue to go back to him even though he is over an hour away. The big box guys will make an appointment for several weeks or longer from when you call them, and this guy will take you within a week. If any one is around the Asheville, NC area, I highly recommend him. It is Wilson's RV park jack L
NanciL 05/14/15 06:47am Tech Issues
RE: how often do you drain

I don't leave water in mine for more than a few weeks. You'll end up with the stinky water.-- From experience Jack L
NanciL 05/10/15 04:38pm General RVing Issues
Off topic metallurgy question

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NanciL 05/10/15 10:40am Tech Issues
Off topic metallurgy question

I asked this question on another forum and only got one reply, so I thought I might try here. I want to intsall a 5" x 5" x 3/16" thick sheet steel plate to the inside back of a double walled wood burning heater to cover a crack It will be bolted using four bolts. It will be bolted to the same thickness sheet steel. Do I make the bolt holes slightly larger then the bolts, (for expansion) ? Or do I make them snug? Please don't suggest welding. It is out of the question Jack L
NanciL 05/10/15 10:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Leveling my trailer. Do things settle?

Mine will change on a daily basis unless I am on a concrete pad. We snow bird for four months in Florida, and it changes constantly Jack L
NanciL 05/08/15 05:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Just Getting Started

I don't care what the specs say; your are not going to be a happy camper pulling that trailer with a eight cylinder truck. If you buy it, please come back and tell me if I am wrong Jack L
NanciL 05/01/15 04:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Gnats, mosquitoes and things that bite

Just get a thermacell and you can sit at your picnic table for as long as you keep it going jack L
NanciL 04/28/15 04:38pm RV Lifestyle
RE: one axle vs. two axles on short TT (20')

Last month coming home on I-95 going 65 MPh I had a blow out on one of the trailer wheels. All I heard was a pop, and the trailer never even swerved. I don't think I would have been as lucky if I only had one axle! My current trailer has two axles (and weighs 3300 fully loaded and is 21' - there are MANY shorter lightweight trailers with two axles). I've had a flat on this trailer, and it went fine... My previous trailer had a single axle. I also had a flat on that trailer, and it also went fine. No sudden sway or other danger. So long as your setup is good - a good hitch, properly adjusted - it really doesn't matter much. But I'll bet you didn't five five miles on that one wheel when the other one blew out ! Jack L
NanciL 04/27/15 12:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Our First TT, will it be a hobby nightmare?

If you are handy and a do-it yourselfer there is no problem. If not you can expect more to go wrong with your trailer than with your home, and the repairs cost more On the good side, from our experience, after all the bugs get ironed out, the troubles will be few and far between Jack L
NanciL 04/27/15 12:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do you drain your hot water tank?

Drain it, or it will stink when you first use it again- From experience! Jack L
NanciL 04/27/15 04:08am General RVing Issues
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