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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
RE: My GY Marathon experience

Ah yes, the internet is the place to find all the answers! "GY is the ONLY tire manufacturer that will pay for damages." This is simply NOT true. I had a blowout on a new trailer running Carlisle tires. They paid for me to replace all 4 with a different brand and asked about any damage done to my trailer. Another issue I have are with those who continually bash tires made in China. I had a set of GYMs that were made in America. I had trouble with them and replaced them before one blew. It is the company that manufactures the tire, not simply the location where they are made. When a company moves, they do so to save money. If Goodyear maintained their quality control, quality manufacturing practices and quality materials I doubt would see the kinds of problems we see. If they simply turn over this tire line to a different company with only the minimal of supervision, you will get some poor results. We need to hold Goodyear responsible. They put their name on these tires so they own the issues. I do think that they, along with other makers, are producing some much better products. We need to keep the pressure up.
aftermath 01/21/18 09:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a pop-up vs. a self-contained

You have gotten a lot of very good advice here. I towed a PU for 17 years before moving up to a 21ft hybrid and now a 25ft trailer. Visibility out the back will be a huge change. Get some good mirrors. Towing down the road will create some tension for you until you get used to driving in windy conditions and steep hills. Make sure you have a good weight distributing hitch with built in sway control. Yes, it is easier to back up a longer trailer but you are going to be challenged at times to just get into your site. You can put a PU anywhere. A longer trailer will not be as easy to get into tight spots. You will get less mileage but much more comfort. I still miss my PU when I go out fishing up logging roads. Simply can't take the big trailer out through the fields like I used to do.
aftermath 01/18/18 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide cover for snowy weather

Since you said that you "plan" to camp up on the ski hill, you haven't really done it yet? Is that correct? The reference to the mattress heating pad said it was a 12 volt heater. Your plug ins are all 120 so the poster must have a way to hook into the 12V system in the trailer. If your tanks are heated by the furnace as mine are the only way to keep them from freezing is to run the furnace. The furnace fan draws a lot of current and the heating pads will draw down the batteries too. I can't see spending a couple of days in mid 20 degree weather without a generator to maintain your batteries. If you live close to the hill, you probably can get there before the tanks and water lines freeze up. You can also run with your furnace on. There is a huge ongoing debate about running with your propane on so that will be up to you. I have done it for many years but only to keep my fridge running. I have never used the furnace but haven't traveled in freezing temperatures either.
aftermath 01/10/18 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide cover for snowy weather

I would get one if I could. Years ago I had my trailer out on a fishing trip in Montana. The first night it snowed a couple of inches and then warmed up a bit during the day. Another inch that night followed by a little warming. When it was time to leave there was a pretty good sized pile of ice on my slideout. I did not have a ladder so had a challenge removing the ice without damaging the roof or killing myself. Camping in the snow will always be a challenge. I would get a topper and then retract the slideout when there was snow on top of it. Lots of snow can damage the cover.
aftermath 01/09/18 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Stabilizers lube

sorry, double post.
aftermath 12/06/17 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Stabilizers lube

I use a sylicon spray product with Teflon. The Teflon stays behind and leaves a film of "grease" like substance but the screws in my stabilizer system don't collect dirt. Can't remember the name but I get it at the local HD
aftermath 12/06/17 09:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Compact gas grill

I like the one that attaches to the trailer. I had an RVQ on my Starcraft Hybrid and really did like it. I used the propane from the trailer and it stored in a bag which kept things clean. That said, I am a believer (in most cases) in you get what you pay for. I have purchased many portable BBQs, most of them the cheap variety over the years. I did not want to pay the extra for a "fancy" one. These BBQs worked well but they did not last. Grates would warp and burners would, well, burn out. If you can get one for half the price but it only lasts a third, or less, of the time you are not saving anything. I purchased a Webber Q200 which was the larger of the two offered at the time. It is a bit of a beast but with two son in laws and families we needed the extra grill space. This thing continues to work very well and performs like new. It isn't all that hard to clean either. What are you looking for? One that attaches to the side of the trailer has its advantages. If you want a good table top BBQ, take a look at the Webber.
aftermath 11/30/17 11:20am Travel Trailers
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