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RE: ~Post your campsite photos here~

Chewacla State Park in Auburn, AL, Site 36 https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10325252_722724771084383_7578735616520344596_n.jpg 20 miles of world class mountain biking trails! https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1.0-9/10152646_723209647702562_176588700349420846_n.jpg https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1560540_592219510856608_681913885_n.jpg https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/1463081_549745068437386_1162856546_n.jpg https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/t1.0-9/60602_549742968437596_1236693557_n.jpg https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/t1.0-9/1070080_491915147553712_2142456297_n.jpg Chewacla State Park
dragr1 04/28/14 08:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone familiar with the Tuson sway control system?

If that works as advertised, $250 seems like a bargain
dragr1 02/24/14 07:56pm Towing
RE: Bike rack recommendation for front of tow vehicle

I really like that trailer tongue rack Jbarca! Here is the full post Bike rack for front of TT You HD Ram should be able to handle the added TW. Just do you have another 100# for the spring bars? Yep-remember our conversation-I need another 100 pounds on the tongue weight.
dragr1 02/19/14 08:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bike rack recommendation for front of tow vehicle

I really like that trailer tongue rack JBarca!
dragr1 02/19/14 07:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bike rack recommendation for front of tow vehicle

I really like that trailer tongue rack Jbarca!
dragr1 02/19/14 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need help selecting generator

Starting to take a look at the Generac's. Anyone have any info on them?
dragr1 01/30/14 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help selecting generator

I believe that I am definitely going with a Honda engine powered generator. Not one of the expensive ultra quiet ones though, the ones I have been looking at are $1500 and under. Mainly looking at these three right now: Powerstroke Honda Blackmax Honda Powermate Honda
dragr1 01/26/14 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: Need help selecting generator

Since the OP did not mention cost concerns and did mention "quiet", I would agree with the recommendations for the very large Honda or Yamaha. Be aware these are big, heavy and costly, and "quiet" is a relative term. My "suggestion" would be that the OP catagorize his power needs for the RV versus a power outage at the home. With this in mind I think two generators would actually serve better. For example, a 3k inverter gennie for the RV, and a Champion 3500 for home backup. This would give greater reliability for home backup and both gennies would stream a combined 5000-6000 watts. Added benefits are easier portability, more flexibility in setup, and reliability through redundancy. I have a Powerhouse 2700 inverter gennie that goes with the TT, and a Champion 3500 that stays at the house faithfully awaiting the next call for home backup. That is really a great idea and one that I can't believe that I didn't think of, thanks!
dragr1 01/25/14 04:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help selecting generator

Why not get your home set up for a generator using a transfer switch, then add a receiptical to your home to plug the rv into? Dusty Definitely an option and I already have a 30 amp plug on the house to plug up the camper.
dragr1 01/25/14 04:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help selecting generator

Do you expect to be able to purchase and/or draw from stored gasoline during an outage? You may want to decide how much you value the option to run on Propane/Natural Gas - especially if you already use one of these fuels at the house. This would be valuable during a large regional outage where gas stations can't pump and those with generators can't get fuel. This happened to us during hurricanes Sandy, and Irene. I like the option to run on propane, a dual fuel unit would be perfect. I have quite a few propane tanks since I have a gas grill, camper, and an offroad truck that runs on forklift tanks. Plus propane can be stored for long periods without going bad. It can also be filled when there is no power.
dragr1 01/25/14 04:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help selecting generator

Honda or Yamaha 3500 watt will be more than enough for your trailer and quiet enough not to make the neighbors mad. To run an a/c, 2 household fridges, and the rest of the camper? I don't think 3500 watts is enough for that. The household fridges are in my house, full size units, not small portable ones.
dragr1 01/24/14 09:18pm Tech Issues
Need help selecting generator

I am looking at purchasing a generator for power outage emergencies. Yes these are rare occasions, but since I switched from a motorhome to a travel trailer I miss having the convenience of just staying in the camper if the power is out. I would like for the generator to be able to run my camper (jayco 33bhts) which has one 15k but a/c and all the normal stuff-it has 30amp service. I would also like to plug in 2 additional house refrigerators. I can of course run the RV fridge on propane if the load is too much. It would be nice to have something relatively quiet, but since I don't plan on ever using this at a campground it's not a priority. We always camp with hookups. I've been looking at units in the 7,000 to 10,000 watt range. Some have rv plugs directly on the unit and others do not-I assume there is an adapter if they do not? These are some of the units I have looked at: http://www.sears.com/duromax-durostar-10000w-portable-gas-electric-start-generator/p-SPM7298198902?prdNo=27 http://www.planetgenerators.com/powermate-pm0497000-04-review/ http://www.planetgenerators.com/duromax-xp10000e-review/ http://www.homedepot.com/p/Champion-Power-Equipment-7-500-9-500-Watt-Electric-Start-Gasoline-Powered-Portable-Generator-with-50-Amp-and-RV-Outlet-CARB-41534/203649714?N=5yc1vZbx9nZ1z0z74f#specifications http://www.homedepot.com/p/PowerStroke-6800-Watt-Generator-Honda-GX390-Electric-Start-PS907000A/204401587?N=5yc1vZbx9nZ1z0z74f#specifications http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200614588_200614588 Thanks for any help or advice!
dragr1 01/24/14 09:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

You are writing , when I understand it right that the D-load tires you have now are ST and the new Maxis are E-load LT tires. ST tires are calculated in their maximum load for more deflection and I once compared almost same sises LT and ST and ST had 15% more maximum load then LT. So probably the maximum load of the E-load LT are probably the same given as the D-load ST tires. Best is to give a ST tire the same deflection as an LT would have , its saver and your tires last longer. Comfort and gripp are alright still. /Dont have the time now but will google your tires for the maximum load, and fill it in my motorhome or trailer calculator to see what pressure advice it gives, but first you have to confirm if I am right. Or better give me the maximum loads, pressures needed for that I already know, 65psi for D-load/8PR and 80 psi for E-load/10PR. I didn't say that, the Maxxis tires are all ST trailer tires. However converting to larger wheels and going to 16" LT tires is also being discussed.
dragr1 01/10/14 09:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

Took some measurements and the 235/80/16 option is out, not enough room
dragr1 01/10/14 05:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

So let's say a guy has a 9000 pound camper that has 13% tongue weight. That leaves about 7900 pounds on the trailer axles. Now then, for instance, four 225/70-15 LT tires have a combined load capacity of 9880 pounds at 65 psi. 7900 pounds divided by 9880 pounds of capacity is 80%. Perfect. Gotta love being at a a comfortable 20% reserve capacity, with a tire of known quality that is not speed restricted to 65 mph. Mine is just under 9000 pounds on the axles My mistake in reading your original post. My apologies for that. Four LT tires of 9880 pounds of capacity is still giving you 9% reserve. If it were mine, I would attempt to go to 16" wheels, but as we know, one needs to consider if they have room for them. Curious, what axles are under it ? Axle brand unsure, but they are 6 lug and I would assume 5200 pound axles, since the GVWR is 10,500 Both axles have brakes
dragr1 01/09/14 06:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

So let's say a guy has a 9000 pound camper that has 13% tongue weight. That leaves about 7900 pounds on the trailer axles. Now then, for instance, four 225/70-15 LT tires have a combined load capacity of 9880 pounds at 65 psi. 7900 pounds divided by 9880 pounds of capacity is 80%. Perfect. Gotta love being at a a comfortable 20% reserve capacity, with a tire of known quality that is not speed restricted to 65 mph. Mine is just under 9000 pounds on the axles
dragr1 01/09/14 05:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

Let me also throw this out there, I won't be traveling across country. I think our longest camping trip is about 250 miles one way, so 500 round trip. I will also only put about 3000 miles a year or less on these tires. We use our camper about one weekend a month, so rarely will it sit in one spot for more than 5-6 weeks, but it will still be sitting a lot overall. If this makes a difference.
dragr1 01/09/14 12:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

The short answer is : Maxxis tires are not better . The only place that Maxxis tires are held in high regard is with a few very vocal cheerleaders on this forum . Maxxis has 19 reported failures on this forum. Maxxis passenger car tires have ranked in the lowest 25 % in tire tests performed by Consumer Reports in the November 2012 issue and the November 2013 issue . Do a search for Maxxis tires . This low volume producer now has enough ST tires sold that the recent reports are failures . The Goodyear and Carlisle brand tires have been in place for decades . The Maxxis are very recent . We have many trailers at work so I get the chance to buy a lot of trailer tires. The worst tires we have ever run were Duro and Carlisle. Haven't run any Goodyears yet to my knowledge.
dragr1 01/09/14 10:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

If you have Towmax STR tires, they have nylon overlay construction, which is probably the basic reason Maxxis have a good rep. How many miles on your Towmax tires? I had good luck with E rated Maxxis, and now, a new set of E rated Towmax. We'll see....... 2600 miles on the Towmax tires so far. I've also had them on my equipment trailer for 5 years and no issues either. Just looking for the best tire to go on the camper. I don't want any issues when traveling down the road with my family, a few bucks just isn't worth it. So Tomwax and Maxxis have the same construction?
dragr1 01/09/14 10:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Maxxis Trailer Tires-why so much better?

Just by going from LR D to LR E as you are planning is a good start, regardless of what brand tires you buy. I did both... Went with Maxxis when I replaced the Mission tires on our present rig. (based on reputation and experience from others) and went from D's to E's. Personal experience...the Maxxis tires have been great...no failures and we tow a lot. Others will say dump the ST's and go with LT tires...that's another long raging debate here on the Forum. Yeah I've seen the LT argument and it's a good one, but I don't have room for a taller tire on mine and anything smaller than a 235/80/16 doesn't have enough weight carrying capacity for my camper. The 235/80/16 is just too tall-2.5" taller than my 225/75/15's.
dragr1 01/09/14 10:00am Travel Trailers
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