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RE: TT vs Hybrid purchase

Why has no one mentioned....bears? Because it is really not an issue. We camped in our hybrid through the North Cascades, Banff, Glacier park and even Yellowstone. There is one campground in Yellowstone (Fishing Bridge) that does not allow canvas. In most all of these spots it is easy to find tent campers sharing the same campgrounds.
aftermath 08/25/16 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Level Hitches

KrowNB, glad to offer up my "solution". I got all of this directly from the Equalizer website and from experienced owners. There are two areas that create the noise. The first one is the two sockets in the head that accept the WD bars. Grease the top and bottom surfaces of these sockets. When you insert the bar you can see how they move side to side and you will also see the surfaces I am talking about. The friction that controls sway comes mainly from this head unit. There are bolts that need to be torqued to specifications and after the head is loaded, the resistance to sway is quite sufficient. Greasing these surfaces does not lessen the friction in any real way. It does help quiet the head though. The second area is the L bracket. Equalizer has come up with a sleeve that fits on the bracket and the WD bars sits on top of that. Equalizer has also said that you can "lightly" grease the L bracket and this is what I do. I have heard that the plastic sleeve will wear out over time so I chose not to get these. I am on my second hitch and while there is some sound, I would not call it noise. My first hitch was rather loud and it took me a while to follow the suggestions from the manufacturer. I also make sure that I grease the ball like most of us do. Yes, your hitch can be messy to deal with because of all the grease but I keep mine as clean as I can and I don't over grease things. I do have to be careful when handling it but I still really like the Equalizer. As someone as stated, with an electric tongue jack, hooking and unhooking is not a real physical challenge. I don't have to deal with snapping chains into place while under tension either.
aftermath 08/23/16 09:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Towmax PowerKing blow out pics

I had a set of Carlisle tires blow just like yours did. I purchased the trailer new and it wasn't 2 years old. The tires were LRC and were inflated to the max on the sidewall. It was in the 70s and I had just checked them about 15 minutes earlier. When I started looking the weight rating was just SLIGHTLY more than the weight of the trailer. I suppose when you deducted the TW this somehow made the manufacturer feel better putting these on the trailer. So, upgrade to LRD or even LRE and you should not have a problem.
aftermath 08/22/16 10:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT vs Hybrid purchase

Matt, I pulled my hybrid with the 4Runner and it did fine. I seem to remember the total weight around 4200 pounds loaded and ready to go. I also seem to remember the 4Runner had a tow rating of 7200 and we sort of knew we were going larger than that so before we got our Airstream I upgraded to a Tundra with the 5.7 V8. This thing has a 10k tow rating so I am good to go. I also loved the 4Runner and if we had stayed with the lighter trailer I would still be driving it. The problem with the 4Runner and your Pathfinder too is that you won't be able to carry very much extra "stuff" with you. That was not a problem with just the wife and I but we always had extra baggage with the two daughters along. Again, nothing is perfect for the long haul. There are some pretty good fits for now. If you think you might want to do something different later, look at good used units now. You might save some dough in the long run. Good luck in your search. Best wishes too. Dick
aftermath 08/22/16 10:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Level Hitches

There are lots of good hitches out there but they are all different and some work certainly as good or better that others depending on lots of factors. I use an Equalizer and have for many years. I chose this hitch because I did not want to deal with snapping chains into place and I wanted a hitch I could back up a trailer without disconnecting. Today, most hitches have worked out these concerns. I have also noticed that a lot of the newer hitches use the same basic physics employed in the Equalizer brand. The Sway Pro has replaced the rectangular torsion bars that rest on the L brackets with bars that connect with chains. This does reduce the noise factor. There are ways to mitigate the noise in an Equalizer and I have used them and have very little noise in my set up. Again, there are lots of good hitches out there. I would look at many of them and ask how you hook up and unhook. You will find one you like better than the rest.
aftermath 08/21/16 02:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another brake thread

I really like my P3, or is it a P2? I read the entire direction manual before setting mine up, and then I read it again. You need to adjust your basic setting before you mess with the boost settings. Once I did that I didn't use my boost at all. After a few trips down long steep mountain passes I realized that I should be using B1 or B2 for some help. This made a big difference in the actual time I spent with my foot on the brakes. So, set it up properly to begin with and then mess with the boost settings. I don't use any boost until I hit the highway. In the passes I will sometimes go into B2. Works for me, no grabbing and I feel safe.
aftermath 08/05/16 12:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery charging

Let us know what type of trailer and what kind of converter you currently have. There is a lot that goes into managing a battery so we need more information. There are one stage converters (not inverters) that charge batteries at the same rate all the time. When the battery is charged the converter continues to charge which over charges and will destroy a battery in short order. " I have had issues with dead batteries while boondock camping. I have done current draws and I'm not getting anything but I keep having to replace my batteries and I am using the deep cycle marine units." You have had to replace batteries in the past. How often does this happen? If you let a battery go dead then it will never be able to hold a full charge. Maintaining the battery requires checking the water levels in the cells and careful charging and attention. Get a good deep cycle battery that does not have "marine" on it. A marine battery is for boats and needs to be able to crank the engine. A deep cycle does not have the cranking amps requirement. They are different beasts.
aftermath 08/03/16 09:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer for the long haul

I have heard very good things about the Arctic Fox brand. My cousin has one but his is one of their heavy duty options with thermal glass all around. His is pretty high off of the ground too but man, is it solid. We walk around in it during fishing trips and with three of us, you can't feel it give anywhere. You are right to stay away from ultra lights as your experience tells you. Good luck in the hunt.
aftermath 07/25/16 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear Cargo Carrier

I am going a little off topic here but I think it is something worth mentioning. Whenever you attach anything to the rear of your trailer you really need to pay attention to not just the weight limits provided by the manufacturer of the rack but also to any warnings you might get from the trailer manufacturer as well. When adding weight beyond the rear bumper you are removing weight from the tongue. A lighter tongue weight increases the chances of sway. Here is an article that was recently posted on the Airstream forum. It is lengthy and quite argumentative but....if you read post 57 you will learn what made this particular trailer sway beyond any hope of control. Trailer Rolls on Interstate
aftermath 07/24/16 11:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need Battery Help ASAP

It is probably the batteries. You said that you haven't had any trouble with them yet. How often to do you check the water levels in the cells? I bought my trailer from a guy who kept it plugged in almost all of the time. The batteries were only 3 years old but 3 of the cells were completely dry. And, if you let a battery get down to 10v it is almost impossible to bring it back to a full charge and the life of this battery had diminished greatly. Hooking up a weak battery to a good battery will only hurt the good one. It is one of those weak link arguments. I would check the electric brake, I would turn off the defroster mechanism on your dometic fridge and then get two good deep cycle batteries. Don't get marine batteries but genuine deep cycle batteries.
aftermath 07/24/16 10:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT vs Hybrid purchase

I had a tent trailer for 17 years. Our two daughters grew up camping out of this thing and we loved every minute. I took very good care of it and sold it, 17 years later for more than I paid for it. The girls were off to college and although we still camped, the wife and I were looking at retirement and knew that we would be expanding our camping season. Colder and damper along with the desire for a regular shower/toilet led us to a 21' Starcraft hybrid. I never could figure out why they say they are lighter. Our 21 footer weighed easily as much as most other 21 foot trailers. I guess the difference was, when set up it was more like 30 feet. I pulled it easily with my Toyota 4Runner but this one did have the V8 engine. We kept this one for just a few years. As retirement got really close we knew that we were finally going to get to take some long road trips and see some wonderful country we had been waiting to see. One one of our last trips with the hybrid we spent about 10 days moving around, sometimes moving every day. Boy, the set up and take down got really old. We purchased a 25 foot trailer and it has all the bells and whistles. We load the fridge and pantry with food, the closets with clothes and off we go. We can stop anywhere and anytime for lunch or a bathroom break. For traveling, it is the way to go. So....try to figure where you are on the space/time continuum and choose your path. Your tow vehicle will be a factor but I can't say that any of the three I have moved through was any better than the other. The one we have now just fits our needs better at this stage in life.
aftermath 07/19/16 10:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for toilet upgrade advice...

We installed a Dometic in our Airstream and it was a very nice improvement. Not all of them (Dometics) have the same measurements. Take a look and you will see the differences. Make sure you measure your existing space to see that a new one will fit there. Mine required that I make some modifications to the back of the lid and I ended up having to do some plumbing to get it connected. It was all rather easy and we are happy with the results.
aftermath 07/16/16 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: 22' 0r 25'? Does Size Matter?

Matt, you have gotten some good response to your question. We went from a 21ft to a 25 foot and it made NO difference when it came to driving and negotiating the challenges of getting around. It is a fact, in my opinion, that the longer the trailer the more limited your choices will be. If you are "off the grid" folks than you will likely use state parks more than KOAs. Most state and federal parks are set up to accommodate a 25 footer. Anything larger will start to limit you. People will post that they have never had a problem finding a place to park their 32 footer. Well, once pressed you will probably find that they stay at private RV parks. We had a tent trailer for 17 years and there was not a spot I couldn't get into. Moved up to the 21 and did find a very few that wouldn't work. Now with the 25 I can still get into almost all sites but anything larger would create some additional issues. The key here is choosing a trailer that is right for you. I certainly would not rule out a 25. If you do encounter restriction they will be few in number.
aftermath 07/16/16 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: New to TT (long time pop-upper) WD hitch probs

What austex said. Read the manual and it will answer your questions. My head sockets became loose over time and the shop guy at Airstream told me to tighten them up. Those sockets along with the friction on the L bracket provide the "4 Point" sway control they talk about. And, even though it is counter intuitive, you can "lightly" grease both areas. I have done it, my hitch does not make lots of noise and I haven't had a single problem in 30K miles of towing. I like my Equalizer hitch. The best advice you have received is to leave you hitch connected to the ball of your trailer when you are engaging the bars AND while you are disengaging them. I have never used my pry bar either. Another reason I like the Equalizer, I let the jack do the work.
aftermath 07/14/16 10:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV Carbon Monoxide Propane

Someone asked you if you had tested it? My unit was doing the same and after reading the literature on the unit I hit the test button. It roared to life and the problem went away. I had read somewhere the dust can settle on the detector rendering it problematic. The test is supposed to remove said dust. Mine says to test yearly. I see where yours says weekly. Have you done this? Checking the power supply is the first thing. If that doesn't help, try doing the test. Mine is a CO tester. Haven't had any issues with the propane tester.
aftermath 07/13/16 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Carbon monoxide sensor

I had a similar issue with my CO detector and checked the power supply and all was good. Then I read the information that came with the trailer and it said that it was important to "test" the detector yearly. Apparently dust can settle on it and cause issues. Hit the test button and it will blare to life. After going through this, I haven't had a problem. I do agree with everyone about replacing it if you are not confident that it is functioning. Better to be safe than sorry as they say.
aftermath 07/13/16 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer wheel balancing question.

I've bought and worn out dozens of tires on trailers and have never had them balanced. Now I have felt viberation at times especially when those tires on the trailers usually has 40k-50k miles. A simple visual inspection showed the tread belts were split and separating. Time to find out why the tires are suddenly causing vibrations. And also I've had wheel issues also causing vibrations such as split tire bead seat on the rim and cracked centers/loose lugs/etc. "Never had them balanced." Is it only a problem when you can feel it in the truck? By running unbalanced tires over a long period do you suppose that could have been part of the cracked centers, loose lugs, etc. that you referred to? Some facts here. An unbalanced tire will produce vibration while going down the road. Vibrations will be transferred to the vehicle. Lets not get into a discussion of a truck vs a trailer and how much vibration will be felt, vibration is vibration, degree not withstanding. Vibration over time will create some serious issues. How many threads do we read about people unhappy with their trailers when screws come loose "for no reason", cabinet doors don't close like they should, moldings start to separate, plumbing connections start to leak and on and on? I own an Airstream and the design creates special concerns for us. Shaking an Airstream will result in popped rivets, loose screws, open drawers to name a few problems. The skin is connected to the frame and acts like a unified body. Shake the wheels, you shake the entire trailer. It is imperative to reduce, or remove, shaking of the trailer. Balancing tires is not a perfect solution and that is why many use centramatics and those bead balancers after balancing their tires. While balancing tires is not perfect it is a good place to start and the cost is relatively small when compared to the cost of damages caused. After I took possession of my slightly used trailer I noticed drawers open after we got to our destination and a few popped rivets. I replaced the tires, made sure they were balanced and all those issues went away. You certainly don't have to balance your tires but it doesn't hurt. I guess if you can't feel it shaking then it must be just fine.
aftermath 06/18/16 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: milage question

I keep an excel spread sheet of repairs and miles towed. It helps me remember when tires are replaced for example. Its also a great asset to have a complete repair schedule when you go to sell it. Or when it gets totaled and you have to verify what you did to it. X4 I really like doing this because it keeps me up on needed maintenance issues. How old are the tires? When did we replace the batteries? When do I need to pack the bearings again?
aftermath 06/18/16 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions on towing with 4.6L Toyota Tundra

I had the 4.6 in my 4Runner and towed a white box hybrid that weighed about 4800. It worked fine for that but on long hills I would often have to drop it down into 3rd to keep up the speed. Now I have the 5.7 in my Tundra and tow a trailer that is about 6500. The Airstream does tow nicely but the weight is still there. I usually travel in 5th but have had to go into 4th on really steep grades. The truck is not working nearly as hard and I get better mileage from the 5.7 than I did from the smaller engine. My brother has a Tundra with the 4.6 and he gets 8 mpg while towing his small toy hauler. I get 11 mpg with my setup.
aftermath 05/14/16 08:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: ??? on trailer tires

Did it give the load ratings? Use the single value and multiply it by 4 to see the total weight rating. Now compare this to your trailer's max weight rating. Your tires need to be above this rating. Run the pressure at the max. Failure to do so will increase the flexing of the tire which will increase the heat generated by the tire. It is the heat that causes bad things to happen. My suggestion is to get a known brand tire from a dealer you can trust and one who will stand behind (or in front of) the tires they sell.
aftermath 05/12/16 08:58am Travel Trailers
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