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RE: Questions about a 1995 Fleetwood Rio Grande

Water heater? What kind of faucet does it have? If you don't have a water heater there is no need for two faucets. Those without a heater usually had a single pump faucet of some sort. If it has a water heater it will be behind the standard "door" on the outside of the trailer close to the sink. Include some pictures of the battery situation.
aftermath 05/08/18 10:25pm Folding Trailers
RE: First trip to RV park - suggestions?

OzBoz, if you have never camped out I would suggest a place with hookups. Actually your driveway is the best of places to try things out as someone has already mentioned. Driving in and out of established private campgrounds is usually easier than backing into state park spots. We love to camp and usually do so in parks be they state or federal or even Corps of Engineers. We also love to travel in our trailer and when on the road it is nice to use KOAs along with other chains like Good Sams. That said, both of these options can be iffy at times. A KOA is not a place to camp for any length of time, in my opinion. We do like them because you usually know what you are getting. We have been burned at a few KOAs but also had the same experiences at some Good Sam places.
aftermath 04/17/18 11:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Airstream Caravel towing mpg question

... Sorry, you're not going to get 21 MPG average towing your high wall trailer. UH, an Airstream is not a "high wall" trailer. An older Airstream is much lighter than the new ones today and a small older Airstream is even lighter. I towed a high wall trailer and was getting around 11mpg. I traded it in for a newer Airstream what was 4 ft longer and a ton heavier, yes 2000 lbs heavier. I still get 11 mpg. The areodynamics make a huge difference just like driving into the wind instead of with the wind. I accept the OPs position given he is on flat land with no wind. Still it is higher than we have ever heard. I got 17mpg on a leg through Colorado once with a tail wind. No, it wasn't a tail wind it was more like a tail gale, or hurricane! Was not a fun drive. He posted his findings given his very special trailer and TV. There is no need to trash him. Calling him a liar is below the standards of this forum.
aftermath 04/16/18 10:48am Travel Trailers
RE: what size truck do i need to tow a 26' trailer

I agree with Maury82. If you are buying a different truck then the bigger is better, I guess. Like all things there are trade offs. More power, more money and typically less mileage. Will this be a daily driver for you? If so, the eco-boost makes a lot of sense. I tow my Airstream that has an empty weight of 5380 and a max weight of 7300. I have weighed the trailer while on the road headed out for a week long trip and seldom am over 6500. I tow with a 5.7L Tundra that gets 381hp and 401 pounds of torque. I also average just at 11 mpg towing. I live in the PNW and pull over decent sized mountains all the time. No trouble whatsoever with this length and this weight. My half ton does just fine. If, I were a full timer I probably would step up since I would be carrying lots more "stuff" with me and I wouldn't be driving my TV to work every day. So, back to the OP, I agree that your 4.7 is a little too small for your trailer. Get something more powerful but don't think you HAVE to get a 3/4 ton or a diesel for that matter. On the Airstream forum whenever anyone asks about hitches it takes but a few minutes before someone says you have to get a Hensley Arrow or a ProPride hitch. Check the price on those! These forums are great but you ask for opinions. Be ready to read through them and do your own research.
aftermath 04/06/18 09:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitches

There are a lot of hitches out there. My first piece of advice is to get one with built in sway control. I am not a fan of the add on friction bars. Call me lazy but I don't like the idea of hooking up this extra piece of equipment, tightening it to some magical level and then having to remove it when backing into tight spots. I am no expert but I am happy with my Equalizer. Mine does not make noise. I have it dialed in and use lubrication at the points the manufacturer recommends. Again, there are lots of good ones out there but you will have to take into consideration your tow vehicle and the weight and length of your trailer. Saving money is always a good thing but going "cheap" is never a wise decision.
aftermath 04/05/18 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Whole House Water Filter for Camping Use???

I think the use of a filter would be influenced by the quality of the water coming out of your tap. City water is closely regulated throughout the country and is safe to drink. While this is true the quality of the water varies greatly, at least as far as taste goes. Personally I would continue to use your current filter as a way to keep your system clean of large particulates that can get into systems. If it tastes bad then a more aggressive system might be warranted. If it is a private well system then you might need something different.
aftermath 04/03/18 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Bedliner - Sprayin or what?

Another Line-X fan here. I guess mine is UV stable because it has never chipped or peeled off. My daughter had one, I put one in my '08 and when I got my '17 I put another one in. I haul firewood, lots of yard waste and an occasional load of gravel. I also bought a rubber matt for the bed. It sits on the sprayed in liner, holds things in place and is much easier on the knees. It is a bit of a job to remove it now and then to clean out the bed but I don't do it that often. If I had a cover on my truck and never used it to haul wood and rocks, I think I would go with the carpeted bed mats people talk about. They sound pretty nice.
aftermath 03/25/18 12:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New owner battery install question.

You guys are funny, and informative. Thanks for a good start to my day. Yes, it is all a bit silly when you think about it. I am getting ready to head out on a fishing trip and have charged my 12 volt batteries to around 12.85 volts. I am good to go, at least for a few hours during the cold night. Won't leave my generator at home. Good to go.
aftermath 03/17/18 09:09am Travel Trailers
RE: New owner battery install question.

And, now that I think about it. Why do they call them 12 volt batteries if at 12 volts they are already at 50% discharge? They should call them 12.8 volt batteries. Of course everyone knows that a 12 volt battery is not actually 12 volts. It starts at 12.8 then goes down to 12 and then hits "empty" at 10.8 Everyone knows this, don't they?
aftermath 03/16/18 10:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: New owner battery install question.

When you hear "don't discharge your batteries below 50%" I don't think many know what that means. Look at the chart and a 50% discharge will take you down to 12 volts which makes no sense what so ever. Why does it "make no sense"? :h Full depletion of any 12 volt deep cycle battery occurs @ 10.5 volts, 50% is just a general guide for the masses, nothing wrong with drawing the battery / batteries down further as long as you don't do it too often and recharge ASAP. This general recommendation also applies more particularly to flooded batteries but with more & more starting to use other types such as AGM, GEL, lithium, etc, this general rule of thumb is also becoming less so. For the average user though it's still a reasonable guideline to follow if you expect to get any life out of your RV battery. For the "regular" guy, half of 12 volts is 6 volts. I was just trying to point out that there are those who might think this is what is meant by discharging to 50% capacity. That is all I was trying to say. It is nice that you know that "full depletion of any 12 volt deep cycle battery occurs @10.5 volts.." I actually didn't know this when I started into this whole trailer maintenance some 30 years ago. I am glad that there are folks like you out there to keep us up to speed.
aftermath 03/16/18 10:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to de-winterize your trailer? *UPDATE*

Do NOT put a bolt into the hot water tank. If you accidentally cross thread this it can and probably will destroy the threads in the tank. They use these plastic plugs for a reason. Your photo shows (at least to me) that you are set up to use the HW tank. The bottom valve is allowing the water to flow into the bottom of the tank while the top valve is allowing it to leave. If you turn the bottom one to stop the flow, it will redirect it to the vertical pipe. When you close the top valve no water will get into the tank. Don't close one without closing the other. Good luck. I think you have a good handle on things.
aftermath 03/15/18 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: New owner battery install question.

The 12 volt side of life is a GREAT source. When you hear "don't discharge your batteries below 50%" I don't think many know what that means. Look at the chart and a 50% discharge will take you down to 12 volts which makes no sense what so ever. But it is something to watch. I purchased a small digital voltage meter for trailers that fits into the cigarette lighter looking DC fixture in the trailer. I can check my batteries easily and run the generator when needed. Don't be in a hurry to buy expensive batteries. You might want to look into a good generator. I use mine to top off batteries and to run the ac outlets when we are out in the sticks.
aftermath 03/15/18 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Light Trailer Towing

Sound Guy, I am certainly not disagreeing with you. I do believe that a properly set up trailer hooked to a properly mated tow vehicle can tow safely. All the additional comments you made about proper weights also apply. My personal issue is that, I had to buy a hitch. I "felt" like my first set up would work just fine but I wasn't completely sure. I did know that my trailer's hitch weight was going to sag the end of my 4Runner so I purchased a WD hitch. But, just to be safe I got one with built in sway control. My Equalizer has worked well for me with three different setups. Each time I changed either the trailer or the TV, I had to readjust the WD part and never really had to worry about the sway part. That said, for your situation I do think you are on the right track. The OP will probably be fine too but it might do him well to get the weight measurements you have done.
aftermath 03/10/18 09:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Light Trailer Towing

More than likely, it will pull OK without WD. You may or may not find the feeling you get from passing semis unsettling. WD will reduce or eliminate that. WD also helps when winds are gusty, or if your truck feels bouncy. Pull it and see how it goes. If you don't like it, get a WD hitch. I have never towed without a WD/Antisway system so I am a bad guy to offer up advice. I have read many posts that say you can tow safely without the WD. I have also seen many trailers go by me just on the ball so I think each system is unique. Like many say, a good trailer truck match loaded properly works just fine. I would give it a try first. I think the above discussion is a bit confusing. My big concern is sway and a simple weight distribution hitch does not address that. Many of the newer ones has a built in sway control aspect like the Equalizer Hitch. I have never been to Vermont so I don't know what the towing conditions are like but out here in the west we have it all. Steep passes, snowy conditions, hot desert driving and, at times, wind, lots and lots of wind. There are some amazing forces a trailer undergoes when a large semi passes going the other direction. Add some wind into that equation and you might understand why I am concerned with sway before weight distribution. Again, give it a try. You will know how stable your trailer "feels" and if you are getting any of the up and down instability that bothers you. I hope it works for you.
aftermath 03/09/18 09:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Water Filling

To the OP, use the garden hose. You have already figured out that it is not from your irrigation system. It is always a good idea to disinfect the system each year. Put some water in your tank, add some bleach, usually less than a cup, and fill it all the way. Go inside and turn on the pump. Run each faucet until you can smell the bleach. Leave everything alone for a few hours and then drain and flush the system. If you are hypersensitive you can get a water filter and run your house water through that as you fill the tank. If you are hyper-hyper-hyper sensitive then carry all your water with you. Go buy water in a plastic jug and tote it around. Most of this water that is sold comes directly out of a city tap somewhere but somehow it is better. I do understand that some people have "bad" water at home so this kind of system might make sense. I have been doing this for over 25 years and have yet to have anyone in my family get sick when we camp. And, horrors of all horrors, I have even gone out in the spring without sanitizing my tanks! I also drink directly from the garden hose, rode my bicycle without a helmet and rode thousands of miles in the backseat without a seatbelt.
aftermath 03/09/18 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Inverters Why ??

Let's not get nasty. I have a built in inverter and have used it to charge up my phone battery. I am not the type that needs a plug in coffee maker or a toaster. I don't watch that much television either. If I did use my inverter more I would have to change a few things. First of all, there are the two batteries I have to maintain. Using an inverter a lot draws these down. To charge them I have to run my generator. Why not just turn on the generator and avoid the inverter? The answer is people want to run things late at night when a generator would be an issue. OK, run the appliances late into the night and draw the batteries down. But how far down will they go? It is not good to discharge your house batteries below 50% I have been told. Secondly, if I did use the inverter a lot I would need to upgrade to some solar power and/or more or better batteries. These options are good ones an I am guessing that proponents of inverter use have done this. So, don't classify me as "old school". While I am old, I am also open to new technologies. Affordability does come into play and I do recognize that as an issue. The OP asked a good question. Like all things in the trailering world, there are many ways to find your comfort zone.
aftermath 03/09/18 08:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking of buying new hybrid what are your thoughts?

I am with Ralph. Used our PU for 17 years and we loved it. Our 2 daughters grew up camping in the woods. When they went off to college we got a Starcraft 21SSO and loved that too Hot, cold and noise complaints are a smoke screen as I see things. I have an Airstream and even that is not all that quiet. Park this tin can in the sun and it is hotter than our hybrid was. If you camp in your trailer hybrids are great. If you travel with your trailer it becomes a bit of a problem. We were nearing retirement and we wanted to take some long extended trips. Setting up and closing down each day got a little old especially after 4 days in a row. Throw in the possibility of rain on top of that and we decided to get a TT. We are older now and our style has changed. The TT fits us better now. Your decision should be based on how you and your family like to camp. Do what is best for you and don’t fall to all the negativism out there. It is all good.
aftermath 01/27/18 11:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Bigfoot 25B17.5FB?

This looks like a nice trailer and should be a good match for your 4Runner. I prefer FB models because where we usually camp, the view out the back is better. Sitting at the table with a cup of coffee in the morning is pretty special. Good luck. Sounds like you are on the right track.
aftermath 01/24/18 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: new goodyear tires designed for RV's

Huntingdog, 12 years is a long time and ST tires have made some improvements. I have nothing against anyone who wants to run LTs or those who want to run STs. Pick your poison I suppose. I don't understand the straight line towing claims. And I have a hard time believing that LTs are weaker in the sides and can't handle the pressure that comes from turns. My TV has LT tires and 2 of them are on the front where there is considerable turning and flexing. I had Carlisles on my hybrid which blew shortly after I purchased it. They were underrated for the weight. I replaced them with some off brand I got at Les Schwab. Had no trouble. Got a used Airstream with GYMs and after about 5 years I replaced them with Maxxis. The GYMs did have some belt failure developing in two of them. The Maxxis were great. They aged out and when I looked at replacing them I saw the Carlisle HD tire that had great ratings, was an E load tire and had a much higher speed rating than the Maxxis. They were also less expensive so that is what I have. No problems here so far. So, there are lots of choices out there. If you are still open to ST tires there are some much improved options here too.
aftermath 01/22/18 11:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where did all this stuff come from?

Here is a solution. Get an Airstream. Not much in the way of storage so it won't be much of a problem. ;)
aftermath 01/21/18 09:41am General RVing Issues
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