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RE: Receiver hitch rattle reducers - do these work?

I used a J-pin with 2" hitches. Had to drill a hole for the anti rattle portion, but after that it was a quick easy on easy off never a problem.
christopherglenn 12/08/14 02:42pm Towing
RE: It is a BIG desert!

Can appreciate tenfold the issues about noise etc and respecting others and general reasonable space, but one of the biggest concerns for us about considering going full time was the feeling of being lonely and isolated all the time. Almost every forum says how friendly and welcoming other RVers are, and messages of welcome to the family and RVers are such a friendly bunch willing to chat with you and so on and so forth. Yet here I read about everyone concerned about people staying as far away from them as possible, staking out their own areas and to boot on "public" lands. Maybe I'm missing something here, but it doesn't portray the "friendly, helpful" bunch we've been led to believe until now. How hard is it to say Hi and casually educate folks nicely about general etiquette if they are so lacking in common-sense without making it sound as though RVers are becoming the most unfriendliest grumpy folks around. I'm curious, what is the "acceptable" distance on "public" lands from the next RVer radius wise of someone that's noise cognizant of others around them? My last trip to Pizmo I dragged 15-20 cars, trucks, rv's, pickups with trailer, suv's with trailers, and a VW bus. I try to be helpful, but if I went to the middle of nowhere to set up camp, it might be for a reason.
christopherglenn 12/08/14 02:40pm Toy Haulers
RE: 50 amp fiver - 30 amp service

These are a couple of drawings showing the use of a 30AMP Adapter. You can note that adapter is strapped between the two HOT CONNECTORS of the 50AMP side meaning that both of your 50AMP legs will be getting power. Like others have said on here you can only draw up to a total of 30AMPS otherwise the the 30AMP Breaker on the campground pedestal will trip. 30AMP (M) to 50AMP (F) ADAPTER http://www.dmbruss.com/images/FullTimingLifeStyle/Adapters/30-50ampDogbone.jpg height=300 TYPICAL TWO ZONE SETUP using the 30AMP ADAPTER http://www.dmbruss.com/images/FullTimingLifeStyle/Adapters/3050ampRVDistribution.jpg height=400 I would bring along a couple of good 120VAC Extension Cords to run inside your 50AMP Trailer to run the Electric OIL-FILLED heaters and plug these cords into the 20AMP SERVICE on the camp ground pedestal. These will operate from a separate circuit breaker and not bother the 30AMP Connection source. We do this all the time separating the 30A and 20A service when we are camping in the winter... Roy Ken A lot of campgrounds with only 30 amp service have a #10 to the pedestal, the #10 is only good for 30 amps. Using both the 30 and 50 at the same time can (and if #10) will overload the campground wiring. A 30 amp trailer at a pedestal with 20, 30, and 50 cannot overload with just the 30 + 20, as the wiring is rated for the 50.
christopherglenn 12/08/14 02:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 50 amp fiver - 30 amp service

You may want to read this. It's one of those "just because you can, don't mean you should http://rvservices.koa.com/rvinformation/rvmaintenance/rv-electrical-101.asp that article meandered off into the rare air area a bit. said if you hook a 50 amp RV to a 30 amp outlet that you were excessively affecting the campgrounds electric service. As far as I can tell, if you plug your 50 amp rv into a 30 amp outlet, you are "abusing" the campground's electrical service exactly the same as if you had a 30 amp RV. Can't be drawing more than 30 amps. I think I would find some other "expert" to consult with. bumpy I disagree. Maybe you didn't read the part about how breakers run at a given tolerance, and also about the part how a 30 Amp design doesn't normally come close to exceeding 30 Amps, but a 50 Amp design does. Thus it will be expected to exceed the current design of the plug, the wire, and the breaker. You can very easily damage the 30 Amp outlet, just as either a 30 or 50 amp plug can overtax a 20 Amp outlet. Running it until the breaker trips is overload. A 30 amp trailer running ac, electric water heater (heating water), and microwave WILL trip the 30 amp breaker, just the same way a 50 amp running on 30 will. I have dome this several times on my old TT. There are also converter and fridge loads, on bad days it was AC or microwave plus the rest to pop the 30...
christopherglenn 12/08/14 02:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 50 amp fiver - 30 amp service

Few run ac's in the winter, let alone more then one at a time. Understand there is less then 1/3 the max power available, and maybe click the space heater off to use the microwave. The only thing I do different in the winter on 30 amp is run the water heater on propane only. I don't know when it is going to kick on to reheat water, and a space heater, tv, converter, more chargers then I have fingers in addition to the water heater can easily be over 3600 watts. I manually kick the space heater off to turn the water heater on for showers.
christopherglenn 12/07/14 11:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: AGM battery

I have 3 AGM's (not Optima) on my trailer. They run the 3000 watt inverter charger as well as all house loads. IC pushed 150 amps in the AM on the generator to recharge them. Mine are rated C5 (in my case 85 AH * 5 charge rate - 425 amps each) Flooded are typically c/10 to c/20 charge rates.
christopherglenn 12/03/14 04:41pm Tech Issues
RE: RG921 LED conversion

I got command electronics "bulbs", they are around 24 bucks each, but are *much* brighter - as in casts shadows on the floor brighter - then the standard bulbs.
christopherglenn 11/26/14 08:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Onan 4K -12V on starter relay-why is it grounded to chassis?

I always try to put shunts (amp meters) in the positive lead, there is almost always more then one ground path. The converter 12 volt ground may be grounded through the AC ground as well. There may be leakage in the fridge and water heater circuits to ac ground also - usually these would trip a shore power gfci.
christopherglenn 11/19/14 12:03am Tech Issues
RE: Possible? Thermal Shade Effect? Panels On Roof?

Yes. I have 10kw on the stick and brick roof. It is *almost* as good as a tree. Figure the panels absorb all the heat from the sun, and radiate 50% back up, the other 50% down into the roof (less convective losses). Even with the ping pong of reradiated heat between the roof and underside of the panels there is still less heat baking the insulation then before. A decent tree will be 4-5 times better at cooling, as there is no real radiation of heat from it to the roof, just OAT's.
christopherglenn 11/18/14 11:58pm Tech Issues
RE: pros and cons of toy hauler

Toy Haulers are one of the most versatile trailers out there. I don't have toys to haul, but a playroom by day / bedroom by night for the little ones, and a large storage area when needed. At some point (likely this summer, anyone got winning lottery numbers they want to share) I am going to have to get toys, as the kids are getting bigger and the cost to rent them is outrageous. In my case the top of the upper cabinets are the only real downside, as it came with a celling fan in the living room so heating is not an issue. I would love to have a third AC in the garage, so I don't need floor fans all summer to cool it down for sleeping.
christopherglenn 11/17/14 11:53am Toy Haulers
RE: Will my space heater shut down my furnace?

Assuming one put the fan on Manual, wouldn't it push whatever heat (be it electric or propane) from the living space to the tanks? Other then the constant noise, assuming shore power - what is the downside?
christopherglenn 11/17/14 11:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane hoses leak -- both of 'em

The areas you are having leaks are from the crimp connections. The issue is pivoting the hose around the inner metal piece under the crimp. Once you rotate the hose, they will leak. I opted to get longer hoses (5') to eliminate rotating the hoses to get the tanks in and out of the trailer, as well as have a spare tank on the ground hooked to the pigtail - my version of an extend-a-stay. I can also reach the hose through the frame to reach the onboard spare tank for those "middle of the night the heater just failed and it is snowing" issues.
christopherglenn 11/13/14 05:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Air suspension advantage or not

Another advantage of OBA (on board air) is the ability to top off air in tires whenever you stop, and not be limited to gas stations. Also useful for the kids toys.
christopherglenn 11/13/14 05:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 16" LT tires now a subframe lift? UPDATE Subframe complete!

After I changed from 15 to 16 on my jayco, I had about an inch above the tires. I assume it was on the occasional speed bump in parking lots and edges of gas stations but I had rubber on the underside of the floor directly above the tires.
christopherglenn 11/12/14 05:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Active - level rear Air Suspension!

Auto leveling air valves, some have a dump port - are the easiest answer. With just about any onboard air supply, and s single valve located above the diff you have a constant level at the rear. Twin valves located as close to the tire as you can fit them with clearance for chains and flexing will give you side to side leveling as well as a constant rear level. The compressor is the biggest cost, then the valve(s), then air tank (.5 gallon is more then enough for leveling) and a pressure switch (or two). I am running two pressure switches, and two different pressures. The higher pressure rating runs the compressor, the lower one runs a buzzer - if the tank pressure drops below the cut in pressure by x lbs the buzzer starts, and continues until the pressure is above its cut out pressure - the tank compressor continues to run until its higher pressure switch's cut out pressure.
christopherglenn 11/08/14 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: I want a super bright Scare light!

If those will auto track the bears, I might take one...
christopherglenn 11/01/14 01:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: solar power battery maintenence

For storage a smallish 10-50 watt will go a long way with ALL loads disconnected. Leave the propane detector powered, and you are closer to 100 watts.
christopherglenn 10/31/14 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: USB 120 volt outlet

That one has 2 "apple" ports and 2 " not apple" ports. your guess is as good as mine as to the difference. I ended up getting a pile of these for the TV and cars... 2.1 amps per port, 3 ports, plug anything anywhere.
christopherglenn 10/30/14 09:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Any thoughts on this TQ 270 HG hidden garage toyhauler?

We use our garage as a bedroom for the boys by night, and a playroom by day. Not possible if the garage disappeared to get access to the master bedroom.
christopherglenn 10/27/14 09:49pm Toy Haulers
RE: Breaking camp, when to retract slide?

I out the slides out in rest areas, and truck stops without putting down the stabilizers, not really that big on an issue. I raise the stabilizers and hook the trailer (DW prefers pull through spots) then remove chocks, water, etc, and wait for DW to finish to pull power and close the slides.
christopherglenn 10/27/14 09:44pm Travel Trailers
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