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RE: Awesome??

Be careful with Awesome. I used it diluted on my previous TTs roof. It REALLY cleaned the roof. however where it ran down the side of the TT. It took the wax off, and it dulled, and streaked a decal on the back. I got the finish waxed out on the paint. But the decal would not come back. Cleans the awning great as well, and didn't hurt it.
Terryallan 04/26/15 06:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: campgrounds in North or South Carolinia

OBX? Outer Banks of NC
Terryallan 04/26/15 06:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help..need advice on where to go!!

so whats the whole deal.. you drive to the oyster house and they fill bags with oysters and put them in your truck, not knowing you from adam.. where do you take them, how do you get paid,, etc etc etc sounds sorta like you are not including a bunch of important points. nice to see the whole picture not one small corner. Port Arthur also has a huge Oyster house that ships them all over the US. You just pull up beside the Gulf. they go out, and get oysters and dock beside your truck. Fill bags with oysters, and run them into your truck. Can't get fresher than that The man is a truck driver. Drivers know the inside details. Like how to contact a broker. And FYI. When I rolled up to get my load. they didn't know me from Adam either. Not important that they know you. Only that they know you are coming. and that ws just one suggestion as he is looking to make some spendy cash. seems you know little of the life of a Independent driver. It ain't all riding, and guiding. Often it's sleeping in the truck waiting in line to load. I have known drivers to live for a month at a time at a truck stop waiting on a load. We never did. But then we bribed the brokers with SunDrop. They didn't have SunDrop in Texas. We made friends. they took care of us, and us them. I remember once we pulled onto the lot at the McAllen Petro. Parked beside a truck. He said he had been there for 3 weeks waiting to load. We walked toward the restaurant, lounge, and broker house. Our broker met us in the parking lot. Saw the big truck go by. Handed us the address, and loading orders, and said we had an hour to get there. Poor neighbor wanted to know where we were going so soon. Not wanting to upset him. Told him we were going to wash out the trailer in case we got a load. we got to the produce house, got in line, and 12 hours later we were coming out of the valley on the way home with 40,000lb of celery, and 2000lb of top ice. Pays to make friends
Terryallan 04/26/15 06:24pm Full-time RVing
RE: Help..need advice on where to go!!

Port Arthur also has a huge Oyster house that ships them all over the US. You just pull up beside the Gulf. they go out, and get oysters and dock beside your truck. Fill bags with oysters, and run them into your truck. Can't get fresher than that
Terryallan 04/25/15 05:45pm Full-time RVing
RE: campgrounds in North or South Carolinia

North Carolina, Sadly only has a few oceanfront CGs. The OBX has the best, and there is only 2 other Oceanfront CGs between the OBX, and Myrtle Beach. One on Topsail Island, and one on Holden Beach. Both very small. However. there are too many mountain CG to narrow it down much. One of our favorites is Raccoone Holler on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A full hookup CG right on the BRP. For Primitive CGs we like Julian Price, and Linville Falls. Both on the BRP. In Cherokee, Happy holidays is our choice., and near the Ashville area we like Orchard Lake. Closer to Mount Mitchell, near Spruce Pine we like Toe River CG.. South Carolina has some really great oceanfront CGs. All of which you would need to reserve as soon as possible
Terryallan 04/25/15 05:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: East coast Lighthouse and Fishing advice sought.

You can drive on the beach at Fort Fisher on the South end of Pleasure Island. Can do it on the North end as well but there may be a charge. not sure.
Terryallan 04/24/15 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: A Three Point Turn with a Trailer

OK I'll ask. why would that help launch a boat. IF the truck is backwards, and the drive axle is up the hill, and the tongue weight is picking up the drive axles. The drive tires would never have the grip to pull the boat out???? Isn't that one of the reasons front wheel drive cars are rated so low for towing? Presumably having the driving wheels on somewhat dry ground would help. I have seen people do it and it seems to work well. When I used to launch with 4WD here in AZ (lakes) the ramps were very slimy and slippery--so the 4WD helped by utilizing the front wheels. Not too much hitch weight since the boat was at least somewhat floating (just to be able to get back on the trailer). But I also think people did it because it was so easy to maneuver in to launch and retrieve. Michael Yes. And front wheel drive cars are rated so low for towing because they are built so light. Actually it's a handling thing.
Terryallan 04/24/15 09:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: A Three Point Turn with a Trailer

I've heard of people putting a receiver hitch on the front of there truck to make backing easier. This was usually done for people with 2 wheel drive trucks that had to put there boat into the lake. But, your TT is small enough to make it possible. OK I'll ask. why would that help launch a boat. IF the truck is backwards, and the drive axle is up the hill, and the tongue weight is picking up the drive axles. The drive tires would never have the grip to pull the boat out???? Isn't that one of the reasons front wheel drive cars are rated so low for towing?
Terryallan 04/24/15 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: My dad thought he was a goner

Could be too many things to list but I would look first at trailer suspension as well as not enough tongue weight. A trailer should not sway even if there is NO WDH installed. A properly installed WDH with sway control helps prevent sway from occurring and control it if it does. Adjusting the WDH to deal with sway is just masking a problem. I would look at those two things and go from there. Actually a properly setup WDH returns steering control to the driver. It may not technically be sway. But a light front axle will make the driver lose control because of the light steering. Returning steering control by replacing lost weight to the front axle will in most cases eliminate the feeling of sway. That is what a WDH does. It does not prevent sway. But eliminates the main cause. I know what a properly installed WDH does and the importance of it. My point is a properly loaded trailer should not sway with or without a WDH in place. A WDH does not eliminate the main cause of sway and will only mask the real problem which is exactly what I said in my original post. He needs to find out why the trailer is swaying, fix that while at the same time properly set up the hitch. so you are saying. that having the steering axle completely unloaded has nothing to do with it???? Wrong Get the hitch right, return steering control, and 95% of TTs will have no sway. No, that is not what I'm saying. I agree, having the proper amount of weight distributed to the front axles is certainly part of the equation but I was discussing TONGUE WEIGHT ONLY. My singular point again is if a trailer is swaying from a light tongue adjusting the WDH to control that is not a proper fix and it is masking the real issue. There should be at least 13% of the total trailer weight on the tongue. As stated in my original post I said the OP’s sway might be from not enough tongue weight. Your example of an unloaded front axle is a WDH issue and I agree it may have "sway" charteristics and can be remedied from proper weight on the axle but has nothing to do with a light tongue. We are addressing two different points. I did not go into WDH set up since the OP claimed they adjusted and readjusted the WDH. Certainly that could have been done improperly but as I originally stated to the OP there are too many variables and focused on tongue weight. As I stated before you certainly brought up another variable he may be experiencing. I think we agree. A properly loaded, and setup TT should not sway in normal driving. Once you get the TT right, and the hitch right, and then if you still have sway. Look elsewhere for it. However a properly loaded TT will sway if the TV is nose light. And a of course sway control will NEVER fix it. And that is not what sway control is for. Never use it to keep the TT under control. We prolly on the same page, best I can tell
Terryallan 04/24/15 08:55am Towing
RE: My dad thought he was a goner

Could be too many things to list but I would look first at trailer suspension as well as not enough tongue weight. A trailer should not sway even if there is NO WDH installed. A properly installed WDH with sway control helps prevent sway from occurring and control it if it does. Adjusting the WDH to deal with sway is just masking a problem. I would look at those two things and go from there. Actually a properly setup WDH returns steering control to the driver. It may not technically be sway. But a light front axle will make the driver lose control because of the light steering. Returning steering control by replacing lost weight to the front axle will in most cases eliminate the feeling of sway. That is what a WDH does. It does not prevent sway. But eliminates the main cause. I know what a properly installed WDH does and the importance of it. My point is a properly loaded trailer should not sway with or without a WDH in place. A WDH does not eliminate the main cause of sway and will only mask the real problem which is exactly what I said in my original post. He needs to find out why the trailer is swaying, fix that while at the same time properly set up the hitch. so you are saying. that having the steering axle completely unloaded has nothing to do with it???? Wrong Get the hitch right, return steering control, and 95% of TTs will have no sway.
Terryallan 04/23/15 06:53pm Towing
RE: A Three Point Turn with a Trailer

Just remember when you are backing up you are required to yield to oncoming traffic. If there is an accident, it won't go well for you (buttheads not withstanding). Hard to yield when you have the entire road blocked, and won't be out of the way until the whole thing is in the driveway. then they can have it all.
Terryallan 04/23/15 06:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: A Three Point Turn with a Trailer

Well, you guys nailed what is a happening, and that's me being a little intimidated to hold up traffic. I certainly thought about it. But I live on a busy street in Atlanta. at the edge of my house is a traffic light and on the other side of that the name changes from Road to Highway and is four lanes. And like nomad, many are going over speed limit. If I could pull up and back right in, I wouldn't mind holding up traffic. But if I had to go back and forth a few times to get it right, I think it could be really stressful. Plus I have a tree on one side of the driveway entrance and a flower bed that drops about 1 foot on the other. The trailer dolly is something I never considered. Will think about that. And I think going to an empty parking lot to practice is a great idea. I'm sure by this fall I'll be a 'pro' and can back into the drive but just feel more comfortable for now being on my own property. However, last time turning around was so aggravating that I may just choose the aggravation of buttheads honking horns as less stressful. Nomad I wish I could see what you mean exactly. Do you pull up past your drive? or you said just TO your drive that you then turn perpendicular in the road toward the center lane? When I posted originally, I was looking for tips on how to angle the truck with the trailer so when you stop and put it in reverse, you'll be perfectly set up to begin turning in the direction you need to. Any practical tips? Or perhaps I should just go practice. I really do appreciate the notion that it's OK to make people wait. That helps me. Though I may try it in the yard one more time.... Pass your drive as close as you can get to on the side of the street it is on. As the TV passes. Turn away from it. Go until the rear of the TT lines up with your drive. As you bring the TV to a stop turn again so that the TV is at the angle to the TT you need to push the rear of the TT farther toward your drive,. Put it in reverse, and slide on in. Backing is always easier if you can get the TT lined up with the hole. I have to back out of the road, thru the drive at an angle, go between a tree, and a flower garden, only 10' apart. Then turn to back down beside the house, and turn again to go thru a gate, and then turn the other way to back under the TT shed. Getting out of the road is the easy part.
Terryallan 04/23/15 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: My dad thought he was a goner

Could be too many things to list but I would look first at trailer suspension as well as not enough tongue weight. A trailer should not sway even if there is NO WDH installed. A properly installed WDH with sway control helps prevent sway from occurring and control it if it does. Adjusting the WDH to deal with sway is just masking a problem. I would look at those two things and go from there. Actually a properly setup WDH returns steering control to the driver. It may not technically be sway. But a light front axle will make the driver lose control because of the light steering. Returning steering control by replacing lost weight to the front axle will in most cases eliminate the feeling of sway. That is what a WDH does. It does not prevent sway. But eliminates the main cause.
Terryallan 04/23/15 02:32pm Towing
RE: My dad thought he was a goner

I'm betting the hitch is not setup correctly. How high is the front bumper? Is it noticeably higher hooked than unhooked? Could be the problem.
Terryallan 04/23/15 08:35am Towing
RE: A Three Point Turn with a Trailer

I have a 33' long trailer that I have to back into my 400' long driveway off of a main road with four lanes and a center turning lane. The speed limit is 35, but most are doing around 50, so it can be a little nerve wracking at times. It doesn't help that I live in the Washington, DC metro area where considerate drivers are nonexistent. I pull up from the main road with my driveway on the right, just in front of my truck, turn my flashers on, drop my wife off, wait until I see a break in traffic, then jump out into the opposite side of the road, across the turning lane. My wife jumps out into the street to ward off traffic and I back right in. I have this maneuver mastered and it only takes me about a minute to get completely off the road, but I still get the occasional middle finger, yell or horn -- I don't care -- it's the street I live on and I need to get into my driveway, and I do it in a very considerate manner. I just ignore the butt heads. Bruce Bruce: I'm on a typical suburban street and fortunately don't have the volume of traffic to deal with as you do but we do still have the same buttheads who in trying to avoid a nearby traffic light will tear down our street as a shortcut. :M Despite the bravado from those claiming to "own the street" as they block the street with their trailer the reality is they own nothing and buttheads will do whatever buttheads want to do regardless of what any of us may think of them. With that in mind it seems to me about the only thing one can do is to make yourself as visible as possible so many years ago I built a Trailer Lights Dongle (4 pics) that will flash ALL the lights on the trailer, not just the rear tail lights. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CHcNSO14f9Q/VP-UlWzd51I/AAAAAAAAAoc/2DtGmwTIH3I/s720/P1000882.jpg height=300 width=600 No, this doesn't suddenly transform a butthead into a prince or princess as he/she tears down the street but it does serve to make your truck / trailer as visible as possible as you back off the street on to your driveway. I use mine religiously so I've since wired mine into a box mounted on the trailer tongue for even greater convenience. Cost is minimal and IMO certainly worth using in a situation like yours, and mine. :B Only thing that puzzles me. I live in the middle of the block. There are intersections less than 50 yards in both direction. But the oncoming drivers refuse to use them to go around the block. So I don't worry about it. They can sit there and wait.
Terryallan 04/23/15 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: A Three Point Turn with a Trailer

Too much traffic to just back it in from the street? that is what I was thinking. And it is what I do. Traffic WILL stop when they see you across the road with your TT.
Terryallan 04/22/15 04:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hail damage

From my experience with Allstate. they will give you a very fair, and thorough inspection. Then will give you a check to have it fixed. IF you have it financed. The check will have the banks name on it as well. When they did our TT roof hail damage. they paid for a new roof. We determined the roof did not need replacing, or anything. So we used the money to pay against the loan. The only real choice as the bank had to sign off on it. You have to use it for the TT. in one way or another. 7 years after the hail storm. We sold the TT. The roof NEVER leaked
Terryallan 04/22/15 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: What can I tow with my Honda Odyssey?

Thanks everyone. After reading all of this, I think we will stick with a PUP. I looked at my owner's manual again and it says there is a towing limit of 3,050# when you have five passengers. Of course, that's assuming everyone weighs 150# and my kids certainly don't, but throw in some car seats and all their stuff and maybe we're there. I had not thought about the height of the trailer and gas mileage. A scamp sounds nice and I did find an RPod on Craigslist, but I don't think any of them would sleep a family of 5 comfortably. Then when you get to the campsite your wife and kids are free to get in the trailer immediately to start cooking dinner or get their toys out or whatever while you disconnect, drop the stabliizers, and etc. I suppose the one downside to not getting a trailer is that my *husband* can't get inside immediately to start cooking my dinner. ;) They wouldn't be going into the TT either. have to move the TT, and raise, and lower the tongue to level. Can't be inside while all that is going on. I believe you have made the right choice. And there are pups with auto raising roofs. One Fleetwood model would even slide out the bunk ends automatically. Camping with a pup really is a breeze
Terryallan 04/22/15 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: W/D tow setup

I believe you would be best off to get the proper shank, and get the whole thing level with the bars. Towing nose down is best, but not too much. If you start out 2 inches down, then lose another inch and a half after hooking up. The TT will be down so much you will be riding mostly on the front tires. Not good. Some hitches have holes to adjust height, and some have groves. The ones with the groves give a finer adjustment.
Terryallan 04/22/15 04:09am Towing
RE: What can I tow with my Honda Odyssey?

As you can tell I recommend a PUP... been to the "dark side" and as the previous responder noted... it takes NO MORE time to set up or tear down a PUP than a TT. I very much disagree with this. When your TT is parked at home before your trip you don't need to put it up in order to pack it with food and camping gear or put it back down after it's ready to go. Just load up ahead of time and then hook to TV and drive away. Then when you get to the campsite your wife and kids are free to get in the trailer immediately to start cooking dinner or get their toys out or whatever while you disconnect, drop the stabliizers, and etc. With a PUP none of those things can be done until the trailer has been opened up. If it's raining, they're waiting in the car. Big deal? Not really, but if you've got younger kids the stress level on the old man (me) can get a little high while they impatiently wait. THen when you are packing up you can't really do anything to get the PUP ready for the road until the wife and kids are packed up and moved out of it. Whereas with a TT you are free to attached to the TV and prepare for the trip home while people are still inside brushing teeth, throwing fits and etc. PUPs definitely involve more setup and putdown time, both at home and at the campsite. When I had a pup. I could go from backing on to the site to sitting under the awning in 20 minutes. Can not do that with the TT. Takes almost that long to level, and unhook. Course I used an battery operated drill to raise the roof, and lower the stabs. We kept everything we needed in the pup except clothes. And breaking down was much faster as well. I could have the pup down, and hooked up in the time it now takes me to dump, and wash out the tanks. Is better in the rain though. But they will take a pretty high wind. We sat thru MANY thunder storms in our pup. I really miss our pups. But DW really likes the bathroom on stormy nights. That is really the only plus for us. But then we just use the camper to sleep. We don't spend any time in it much, We don't cook inside, or watch TV. It is for sleeping, and changing clothes. All other times, we are outside. Just like when we had the pup.
Terryallan 04/21/15 07:29pm Tow Vehicles
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