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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
RE: Battery stink

I purchased a 2006 Airstream used in 2009. Airstream put a crummy single stage converter/charger in their trailers back then. Yeah, a big expensive trailer with a crummy charger. Go figure. The PO left the trailer ALWAYS plugged in. When he went out on location he always plugged it in. We showed up to check everything and it was plugged in. Everything worked and there was no smell from the battery compartment. After we got it home we found out it wouldn't hold a charge. The batteries, both of them, had been toasted. We replaced the charger with a newer three stage charger and everything is fine now. Yes, your batteries can be damaged so get them checked. But, my guess is that your charger is not working or that it is a single stage charger so it IS working and boiling your batteries. Let us know what you find.
aftermath 05/12/16 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: I need first hand experience from you all...please

IMHO the biggest problem with trailer tires is abuse and neglect on the part of the owner. Yes, some brands are better than others but paying attention to your tires is a big part of it. Road hazards happen and there is not much you can do for the unexpected. First of all, your tires are under rated for your trailer. You should always use the max weight to determine the type of tire you need. A C range tire won't work. At 1760 per tire you are not even close to the 7700 rating of the trailer. Check the numbers on a D rated tire. Secondly, inflate the tire to the max on the sidewall. If the tire is low on pressure more flexing is going to happen which creates heat. Heat is usually what does a tire in over the long haul. Since you are a Washington resident you probably don't spend all of your time driving in the extreme heat. I would be more worried if I lived in places where they have to do this. TPMS is a good idea if you are interested. A good system will not only monitor the pressure it will also monitor the heat in the tire. Those who have lost tread but maintained the pressure would have been notified that things were going south when the heat alarm went off. I had Goodyear Marathons on my trailer. After 4 years they still held pressure, had lots of tread left but one had a bulge develop on the tread surface. I replaced them with Maxxis and so far so good. I have a 10% buffer over the Max weight rating of my trailer and I keep them inflated to 65. About 12 years ago I purchased a new trailer that came with Carlisle tires. They were just like yours in that the C rated tire could not handle the max weight rating of the trailer. Within the first year I had a blowout even though I monitored the tires and the pressures every time I went out. Upgraded to a heavier tire and never had a problem. At the time I would have agreed that Carlisle tires were really bad tires. But, much has changed and the new trailer tire from them is supposed to be much better.
aftermath 05/12/16 08:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Things I don't understand

Looks like this post is starting to slow down. I will try to keep it alive. But first, I don't think anyone really cares about any of this, we just don't understand why people do the things they do. I would never try to stop them, I enjoy watching from a safe distance. Here is another one I don't understand. Some folks out there refuse to open both propane tanks at the same time. They don't trust the crossover valve and don't want to have to get up in the cold to discover they are out of propane. They choose to open one until it runs dry and then get up in the cold dark night to switch over to the spare tank. If you check your tanks you won't have a problem and will be able to sleep through the nights just fine. We have expensive trailers loaded with technology to make "camping" rather cushy and yet we hesitate to use the trailer the way they were designed. Don't use the toilet, don't use the fridge while running, don't shower inside, don't use the automatic switch over valve are just a few examples. Do I care about any of this? No, I am just confused.
aftermath 05/05/16 10:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight distribution with a single axle trailer?

The worst case of sway I ever witnessed was from a small, light single axle trailer. It was a rental from a military base. It was being towed by a half ton truck with the ball on the hitch and nothing else. I came up behind this guy going about 45 and he started to speed up. At about 50 I saw a small sway and it got much worse as he approached 55. He slowed down to 40 and it straightened out. I dropped back and followed until he turned off the road. The truck was sitting level so he didn't "need" any WD but he did need something for the sway. Some posters have said you won't need any sway control with such a light trailer but I would question that. Properly loaded, proper percentage of tongue weight and you are good to go. What about a passing semi, a gust of wind or an emergency maneuver at high speed? Hmmmmm, I think it is better to get a properly matched hitch that combines both WD and built in sway control. There are many good ones to choose from.
aftermath 03/15/16 11:29pm Towing
RE: Equalizer L Pins bent? Rivet washer size?

I have had two different Equalizer hitches on two different trailers. Both of them look much like yours do. I don't think you have a problem. That said, when I bought the Airstream the L pins were really bent. Scary bent actually. When I looked at the mounting directions downloaded from the Equalizer web page I noticed that the PO had located the L brackets in the wrong position. I can't remember if they were too close to the ball or too far away but they were not right. I adjusted the L brackets and purchased new L pins from equalizer. We have gone almost 30K miles and everything looks and behaves well. So, I am not sure if the problem was the location of the brackets or the actual pins but everything is good to go now. Get new pins and take a look at the location of the brackets.
aftermath 03/15/16 11:17pm Towing
RE: Towing "movement" - How much is normal?

Has anyone mentioned the trailer tires? Air them up to the max on the sidewalls as well. Running them under inflated for the load is a disaster just waiting.
aftermath 01/26/16 09:25am Travel Trailers
RE: New vs used TT

So, you are looking at two units, one new and the other one used. Since they both cost the same I would go with the one you like the best, end of story. Buying used is a good idea as long as the trailer has been taken care of. Any savings buying used can quickly disappear once you have to start fixing things. I bought my trailer used and saved a ton, but I didn't have many choices. I felt that the previous owner did not abuse the trailer but I found out later that he did neglect it. Some of my saved money went out the window but I am still ahead. Buying used can save you money up front but it is a bit of a gamble. If you save a lot of money then this is the way to go. If you are saving just a little, then look at the new one. Not much help huh?
aftermath 01/26/16 09:20am Travel Trailers
RE: TT for retirement use

I will second the Arctic Fox comment. I do not have one buy by cousin does and it is a very well built trailer and as solid as I have seen. It also is heavy which is probably why it feels that way. With your TV this won't be an issue. "Boondocking" means a lot of things to a lot of different people. If you are going to be living in it for 8 months at a time I would say get a big one, the bigger the better actually. If you plan to park in a place where you don't have hookups then I wouldn't get all worked up about clearance. My cousin's Arctic Fox has a lot of clearance, more than I like actually as I think there are 3 or 4 steps to get into the cabin. If you are going to drag this up mountain logging roads and out through the trees then clearance will be a big issue. I would never buy a trailer and then flip the axles unless that was all I could afford. Northwoods Manufacturing make a number of trailers that have cold weather advantages. Look for thermal windows and a covered insulated belly pan and ducted air. My cousin's Arctic Fox has a great AC system that keeps it cool and is very quiet.
aftermath 01/26/16 09:10am Travel Trailers
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