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RE: WDH question - needed or not

You probably do not NEED the WD. But, how are you dealing with sway? These big trucks can handle the hitch weight but I would be concerned about trailer sway which can still happen even when it is hitched to a tank. I would suggest that you use the WD, especially if it has integrated sway control.
aftermath 10/01/14 09:28am Towing
RE: Tongue Weight and Handling

Before we get much farther into this discussion, what kind of hitch do you have? While tongue weight is quite important, nothing is more important than having a properly set up weight distributing hitch with sway control. Integrated sway control is the best.
aftermath 09/29/14 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Sway

... Third, you need to evaluate your hitch set-up and if you have the right hitch. What kind of sway control do you have as part of your hitch? A good integrated sway control system will help significantly reduce the amount of push/pull you get from passing cars and trucks. This is a separate issue from the sway that happens by itself when you go faster... Bingo, this is it. The F150 is not a "small" pickup. It might have issues with payload and power on the hills but this shouldn't induce sway. I think you really need to tell us what kind of a hitch you have. Equalizer is a brand and it has built in sway control. A lot of people say they have an equalizing hitch or an equalizer when in fact they have a weight distributing hitch with NO sway control. Tires are also important and pressures are very important. Oh, and one last thing. In my humble opinion, you shouldn't be pulling any trailer over 65 mph, especially if you have ST tires on it.
aftermath 09/29/14 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equalizer hitch

Mile High, read what lanerd posted. I think he really hit many points. The way I look at it, there are 4 types of hitches, 1. the ball, nothing else 2. a weight distributing hitch that you can add a friction sway bar to 3. an integrated hitch with built in wd and sway features. 4. the pro pride and hensley type of hitch that use a completely different style of engineering to accomplish anti sway and wd Personally I would avoid types 1 and 2. I have an Equalizer and am happy with it. You will have to decide if you want a friction type (like the Equalizer, E2 or Reese Trunion) or a mechanical type that uses chains, cams and other things. I like the Equalizer for the end results but also it is easy for me to hook and unhook and I can do it on uneven ground. When I look at the E2 and the Reese Trunion it looks like they are copies of the Equalizer. There is a newer hitch out there. The Anderson gets good reviews from owners and I understand that it is much lighter and easier to use. You might want to look into these too.
aftermath 09/27/14 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: ?

I think they are all good trucks. Ford, GM, Dodge and yes, Toyota. I like my Tundra because it fits into what I want to do with my truck. This might change down the road and if it does I will likely drive something bigger. I owned two Fords a long time ago. The first one was great but the second one ended up being a POS and I smiled when it drove away. I do think that today's trucks are much better and wouldn't hesitate looking at another Ford. Yes, they are popular but when you remove fleet sales they are right in there with their competitors. Again, I think they are all pretty good. What I don't like about the big three is that they continually come out with these "big" sales where they knock off thousands of dollars from the original price. Don't kid yourself, at these "lower" prices they are still making a decent profit on each unit. I can only believe that their trucks are grossly overpriced to begin with. This, to me, is the downside of capitalism. Big companies manipulate prices to gain profit. Never liked the whole game you have to play when purchasing new vehicles. Just think what would happen if one of the big three did away with these "sales events" and simply dropped the cost on all of their units. I think they would rise to the top of the sales numbers quickly.
aftermath 09/25/14 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Equalizer L- brackets Bending

I towed a lighter hybrid and used an Equalizer. Had it about 3 years and never had anything bend on it. Purchased my current trailer used from a guy who had it for 3 years. The L pins were as pictured and the head had some visible grooves worn into it. When I got it home I read through the directions and reset the hitch. The L brackets were not at the suggested location on the frame. I can't remember if they were too close or too far but they were not where they were supposed to be. I readjusted the L bars and cleaned all the surfaces. I also added some light lubrication to the hitch head and the L bars. I know this sounds counter intuitive but the manufacturer has stated that this is acceptable. I still get some popping and creaking but not like before AND the L pins are not bent. Someone earlier mentioned the position of the L brackets and I don't think anyone responded. You might want to look at this first, then add a little grease and see what happens.
aftermath 09/22/14 04:20pm Towing
RE: Need Plumbing Assistance

I just did this to my trailer. You are going to like the Dometic toilet. It was quite an upgrade. I had the same issue you had and solved my problem by getting the 90 elbow similar to the one in your picture. My supply line lined up nicely so all I had to do was to measure and cut the line, slip it into the fitting and hook it up. A rather simple project. I was asking around and someone suggested this... I would cap that blue pex line with a push-on valve fitting similar to above pic. Then use a flexible supply line from valve to fixture. Same as you have at home. Lowes/Home Depot has it all. I suppose this would work if your supply line was far away from the new hook up. It would save you having to buy a bunch of fittings. I also wanted to preserve the shutoff valve but didn't see the need. If I am having trouble I can simply turn off the water pump and fix things.
aftermath 09/22/14 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blowing out water lines mistake ??

Considering the low cost for anti-freeze (about $3.47 per gal. at Walmart). I can not understand why anyone would just blow out the lines and pray they got it all out. Just a little amount of water left in the system could result in some big expenses for repairs and parts. Not worth the gamble to me. I blow out the system, drain every tank plus the water heater (leaving the plug out) with the by-pass set, then I pump the system full of antifreeze, add some to the traps and some into all the tanks. When spring arrives I flush out the system, run a bleach water solution through the pipes, rinse again to clear our the bleach smell and taste. No leaks, no blown out pipes, no cracked tanks....no big repair problems.....Happy, Happy, Happy!!! I used to own a Starcraft hybrid and it was a breeze to winterize. Under the decent sized bathroom cabinet the water pump came with the auxilary hose attachment to suck the pink stuff through the lines. I "upgraded" to an Airstream and the water pump is located in a very tight compartment that Houdini himself would be challenged to work on. The Airstream dealer told me that they use only air and told me how to go through the system. No problems for me but, as a few have already mentioned, you have to do it right. Hey, you have to do it right if you use the pink stuff too so beware. Things can go wrong. I managed to break two, not just one, kitchen sprayers. One when I was using the pink and the second a few years later when using just air. I doubt I will break a third one. I am a slow learner obviously but I am learning none the less.
aftermath 09/21/14 10:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: airstream frames

An Airstream is a different breed of cat. They build their trailers differently than regular trailers. The standard white box trailer is built on top of the frame whereas the strength of an Airstream comes when the frame is connected to the shell of the trailer. Regular trailers have much stronger frames because they have to support the entire trailer body. The strength of an Airstream comes in the way the frame and the aluminum body is built as one piece, like an airplane. The problem with an Airstream is that the rear bumpers will not support additional weight like other trailers can. It took years before someone came up with a bike rack that can sit on the back of an Airstream. When you look at one you will see that it is connected to the bumper but it is also tied into the shell for support. These are two completely different animals.
aftermath 09/17/14 08:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Airstream Trailers

I bought a used 2006 in 2009 and have put close to 26,000 miles on it. According to the current market I can get nearly what I paid for it. I get the same mileage towing this one as I did pulling my white box hybrid even though the Airstream is 5 feet longer and a ton heavier. It pulls like a dream. It is much better made than the Starcraft I owned. All trailers will leak if you don't take care of them. Most of the rotting floor stories you hear relate to trailers 20 years or older. These are certainly not for everyone. They are small by comparison and have little exterior storage space. Of you want a home on wheels an Airstream is probably not for you. I plan on keeping mine for a few more years and then sell it for close to what I paid. We are happy with ours and never felt a need for a fireplace or a kitchen island.
aftermath 09/05/14 07:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Who makes the best trailer ? - my answer

The American consumer wants the best but is hesitant to pay for it. While "you get what you pay for" might be an over used generalization, there is some truth to it. We really don't want to pay for quality, we simply expect it. Trailers are getting larger and larger with all sorts of goodies in them. We demand that the price stay low and we are complaining about "junk" on the road. The light weight trailer is a prime example of this. Build it big but fix it so you can pull it with a mini van. What do you expect? Not all of these trailers are bad but when you consider what has to be done to reduce weight is shouldn't be a surprise. When I say "pay" for it I don't just mean in a monetary way. Many owners won't spend their time when it comes to regular maintenance and don't want to get an appropriate tow vehicle for the size trailer they want. As someone has already pointed out, it is amazing that we can have such a nice unit after we tow it down a bumpy road a 65mph. All trailers will need to be watched and things have to be addressed when they pop up. Trashing your unit when something loosens up by calling it a piece of junk confuses me. Of course with a poor quality trailer you might be "fixing" stuff more regularly but EVERYONE will fix something now and then. We don't want to pay taxes and yet will complain when the roads we travel on are in poor condition. Then, some will trash our friends up north because they believe in using taxes for the betterment of those who worked for many years to make Canada a better place. That post was a very sad commentary on our attitudes.
aftermath 08/31/14 09:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Long trip with 95 year old lady

So you are worried about traveling with a 95 year old lady? Don't worry, you should be able to keep up with her and if you can't, invite along a friend to spell you. Another adventure in traveling.
aftermath 08/25/14 10:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Full hook-up with a pop-up?

Thanks Wine Maker. I will try to find one of these in the area and see if I can take a look under it. Wine Maker? I am a wine drinker. Perhaps we should meet up sometime and compare our qualities and strengths.
aftermath 08/22/14 09:42pm Folding Trailers
RE: Full hook-up with a pop-up?

WOW, thanks a ton bondebond. This is exactly the information I was looking for. I have not been able to spend much time looking at the new trailer but I did take a look under it and saw the line from the sink to the drain, no holding tank to be found. I will start researching holding tanks in hopes that we can add one. I do know that they come in many sizes and shapes. I noticed that you have added a cap that has the garden hose outlet incorporated. This is what I use on my trailer when we are in a place where it is acceptable to drain gray water into the surrounding bushes. Do you see any problems with doing this?
aftermath 08/22/14 08:56am Folding Trailers
RE: Full hook-up with a pop-up?

My daughter and her family just picked up a 2006 Fleetwood Highlander. It is fully loaded with shower, toilet (not a cassette), stove w/oven and microwave. It has a small black tank but no gray holding tank. I am still confused about how you would manage such a trailer. There is a drain with two valves, one for black and one for gray. The main drain is low like you would see on a hard sided trailer. The gray valve is at the end of a drain that runs directly to the sink. So, if you want to use the sink you have to open the valve but where is the water going to go? It is too low for a bucket. Boy, I am confused. Why didn't they put in a gray tank? The unit came with a blue tote and I suppose you are to drain the gray into the tote. On a typical PU, the sink drains into a bucket via a small section of hose. People take the bucket to the nearest bush and empty it. I have seen this over and over again in campgrounds all over the place. If I were to run a hose from my drain to a nearby bush I would probably be arrested. Anybody have one of these trailers? It looks to be a very nice unit but the water management has me a bit confused.
aftermath 08/21/14 10:31pm Folding Trailers
RE: Is a Tundra out of the Question

Jaydub, let me respond as someone who actually tows with a Tundra. My trailer weighs just about the same as yours. I travel down the road just about 6200 lbs with about a half full water tank. It is just the wife and I and we usually always bring the generator and "some" fire wood along with some camping chairs, a small table and some extra blocks for leveling. The 5.7 Tundra is a towing power house. Yes, it is a half ton so you do have to be careful and not pack on a lot of extra stuff. I use an Equalizer and have LT tires that I inflate to 60 lbs when towing. I have traveled extensively throughout the west and have NEVER any trouble. Those who drive big 3/4 ton diesels seem to think that it is the only way to go. Yes, they have a nice weight margin that we don't enjoy but is it safe to tow with a good half ton? Absolutely. My daughter's father in law tows a much larger and heavier trailer than mine and his sits level and pulls just fine. They do not overload it though and I think that is the key to towing with any half ton.
aftermath 07/29/14 11:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear and/or Maxxis owners

I believe that both are good tires. When I got my 2006 Airstream in 2009 it had the original Goodyears on it. It was very lightly used spending most of its time parked out in the sun. The following year I noticed a significant bulge in the tread, not the sidewall, the tread. I replaced them with Maxxis and have had 4 years and about 20K miles of good use out of them. I think it is important to get your tires from a reputable dealer, keep them inflated properly and inspect them regularly. Goodyear is a big name and Airstream still puts the Marathons on their trailers.
aftermath 07/26/14 09:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Stopped at weight station...Need HELP w/ my Equalizer

I don't think this is a problem with your equalizer. I have mine dialed in and am right at the original front fender height and about 1.5 inches down in the rear. My trailer rides level and I have no problems with sway. I did have a similar issue with the rolling you describe. Mine is a half ton and I was riding on the original P radials. I switched over to LT tires in a load D range and haven't had any trouble since. I would check the tires. How old are they? What is the load range? Do you have them pumped up. Mine ride at about 35 when not towing but when towing, especially in the heat, I run the backs at 60 with the fronts around 55 and it does help.
aftermath 07/24/14 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pop Up

People have listed the pros and cons rather completely and I agree with most of them. Here is my story and it has more to do with aging and the change of outlook than it has to do with pop ups being either good or bad. While in our 20's we tent camped and did a lot of it. Never into backpacking so we camped out of the trunk of a car or the bed of a pickup. When we were in our 30's we had two daughters and continued to tent camp but found it increasingly difficult to pack all the stuff we needed so we got a Starcraft tent trailer of the late 70's vintage. Loved this thing and used it heavily for 17 years. By now we were getting into our 50's and were starting to do some "traveling" which required us to move the pop up a lot. We also were getting into late fall trips as well as early spring fishing trips. The idea of a full fridge and furnace made sense so we jumped into a hybrid. Traveling with one of these is marginally better and the constant set up and tear down started to wear on me. Getting caught in the rain while on a road trip was also an issue so by the time we hit our late 50's the hard sided trailer made more sense. So, our ages and the change in our expectations brought us to the trailer we now have. We have gained a lot in making this change but we have lost a lot as well. I still wish I had my tent trailer parked beside the garage. I would still use it on some fishing trips. But, you can't keep everything so decisions have to be made. We went with what was best for us at the time and chose not to look back. There is no perfect RV. Once you accept that, it makes things a little better. What we have now works for us and we are happy.We also do not condemn others for their choices. If they want to sleep on the hard ground, good for them. If they want to pull one of the huge 5ers that block out the sun, then I am happy for them. To each their own.
aftermath 07/24/14 05:36pm Folding Trailers
RE: Dining Table Slide

Thanks Budrock, we will look into this one. Beerbelly, yes, the indoor facilities do have their advantages for sure. Thanks for the ideas.
aftermath 07/23/14 04:38pm Folding Trailers
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