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RE: How much liquid will cover the bottom of my black tank?

I use a 2 gallon bucket, add treatment to bucket,add water to bucket,stir to mix treatment,dump into Black Tank and refill bucket with water and dump into tank again.
galexander 07/02/14 03:25pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Hybrid TT model suggestions?

As far as my own experiences go, I just got rid of my 2500HD Silverado because I was getting only 10 mpg when towing and 12 mpg when not towing. I had the 2500HD because the TT I had was heavy and big. I got rid of it because now it's just the wife and myself. We don't need a truck that big that sucks up gas like water. We bought a Jayco X18D Hybrid last year and have been absolutely happy with it. It weighs in at 3,715 lbs. unloaded, verified by scale. The GVWR is 4,400 lbs. Has only 685 lbs of cargo carrying load but we get by. Camper has three beds and sleeps 10 to 11 people. Most people, in my opinion only, bring why too much stuff with them when camping. We take what we need and leave the rest at home or load it in the truck. We just bought a new 2014 Silverado 1500 with the new 4.3 Liter V6 that has a 6,000 lb. tow rating and it is very capable of pulling our Jayco. We just returned from a 1,200 mile trip and the truck performed well and had no problems towing uphill, downhill. Averaged 13 mpg. Not towing, 17.6 mpg average. Point being, there are trucks out there that can and will pull a Hybrid or small TT with no problem. You just have to keep in mind your camper weights and vehicle capabilities when towing. A WDH in my opinion, is absolutely mandatory. As far as storage, we use plastic totes to store towels, clothes etc in the back of the truck and get what we need when we need it. I understand that everyone's needs are different and they need to adjust to meet their needs, the totes meet our needs. These are my opinions and not meant to offend anyone. I take what I have and make it work. Good Luck in your decision on a camper and tow vehicle.
galexander 06/30/14 08:45am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: New to Me AR-One 15RB

Congrats on the new camper and Welcome to the Forum.
galexander 06/29/14 10:20am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Kinked outside shower hose

I had the same issue on my previous camper. Was never able to find a solution. My newer camper has a ninety degree connection on my outside shower hose faucet so no kinks. This must have been a problem on previous campers which seems to have been corrected. I see on Amazon both styles of faucet with the one with a ninety degree connection going for $47.00. This may be your only option for a quick and nice installation. All depends on how bad you want to use the outside shower. Good Luck.
galexander 06/24/14 03:20pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: 2003 Jayco Hybrid Travel Trailer 18F

Price is always negotiable. Check out camper real good, go up on roof and walk around looking for soft spots, old cracked caulking, tears in the membrane. Inside, let your nose do the checking, if you smell a damp musty odor, or any other odd odor, there probably is or at one time was a leak and there may or may not be a mold issue. Check corners of the campers, check inside cabinets in the corners and bottom areas for damp or soft spots. Check bunk end door seals and caulking around outside of bunk end. Be through and take your time checking things out. Good Luck.
galexander 06/05/14 03:16pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: how to replace tire stud

Check your owners manual for wheel lug torque spec.'s. My manual for my Jayco says 14" tires torque to 90-120 Ft. lbs. with "clicker style" torque wrench. If you are using an impact wrench, torque to 40-50 ft. lbs. Take the hub to an auto parts store that has a machine shop on premises and match up the stud and they should remove the old one and press the new in for you at no charge. Of course, ask first. Good Luck
galexander 06/05/14 03:06pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Propane Issue - need help!

I have also had a hose go bad on me. According to the dealer, there is a built in safety device like a check valve that prevents gas flow in case of a broken propane line or regulator failure. He also said that over time, this safety device will gum up with stuff and the valve will stick closed or work intermittingly. The dealer replaced mine "Free of Charge" which surprised me and has kept me a customer over the years. Hose is relative cheap and I keep a spare on hand, never know when you might need one.
galexander 05/27/14 02:48pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: F-150 towing

Ford is not the only one to do that. When I bought my Chevy, I found that my Brake Controller worked but no brake lights and no battery charging. As you stated, it was missing a fuse but had the relay installed but it had to be turned around and re-inserted to work. Go Figure.
galexander 05/18/14 10:57am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Palomino Stampede outer bunk seal replacement

Thanks for the heads up.
galexander 05/15/14 04:59pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water heater drain plug leaking

mackenziejk, you can buy a ready made brass nipple with a pet cock on it at most camping supply places. Works ok but after a few years, pet cock works harder due to corrosion, it is not made of brass and over time they will also leak.
galexander 05/15/14 04:57pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water heater drain plug leaking

Yes, you can bypass the water heater but then you have no hot water and you must be sure never to fire up an empty water heater, you will damage it beyond repair. If you end up with a small drip after all your attempts to stop it, let it drip, you won't lose that much or just catch it in a pan and use water for washing dishes or the such.
galexander 05/15/14 04:54pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water heater drain plug leaking

A few years ago I had the same issue with my water heater. I noticed that the water heater threads had scale on the threads, I took a small wire brush and cleaned up the threads and put in a new plug, no leaks. Now every Spring I make it a point to wire brush the threads and install the plug. Works so far.
galexander 05/14/14 03:48pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: When to grease those wheel bearings???

My owners manual says 12,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first. I have the bearings greased and the brakes adjusted every other year. Never have had a problem with bearings or brakes. Each rv owner must determine their usage and then decide what suits their needs.
galexander 04/10/14 04:17pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Brake Control with HTT And Chevy Suburban

Congrats on your new camper. I have the same model camper and yes you do need a brake controller. I also recommend a weight distribution hitch(WDH) with the built in way bars. They really do help keep the trailer under control when semi's or other large vehicles pass you. There are a lot of brake controllers out there but Prodigy and Tekonsha seem to be the ones people get the most. I have the Tekonsha and have had it for 6 years and have been very happy with it. I bought a Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch and really like it. They are not cheap but I look at it this way, what price do you put on your family? There are many brands out there so do your homework on the web and see what you like and want. I know you will enjoy your new camper so have fun.
galexander 04/08/14 07:08am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Could not wait any longer

Congrats on the new camper. DW and I are also looking at retirement in 2016. Haven't decided yet on the retirement RV. Good Luck and Happy Camping with that new camper.
galexander 04/07/14 05:48am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Wooo hooo Picking up our camper Tuesday!

Congrats on the new camper. Happy Camping.
galexander 04/05/14 06:23pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Found it! But CCC looks awful low?

DW and I saw the same thing last year when we where looking at the X17Z and decided to move up to the next size, the X18D. GVW is 3,715 lbs. and CCC is 685 lbs. We load pretty much all of our big gear into the back of our truck, including the bikes. Do not trust the flimsy bumper on the camper to put a carrier and two bikes on it. As far as options go, the fridge, the cooktop, the oven, the microwave, the furnace, the toilet, the a/c. They are all options that add weight to the camper. We take what we need and leave the rest at home. Good Luck on your camper hunt.
galexander 03/10/14 07:29pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
Spring Cleaning

It's such a wonderful day, presently 72 degrees and the sun is shining so I did some RV spring cleaning. Cleaned and scrubbed away the dirt and grime from the roof, cleaned all the black streaks from the sides and washed and waxed the camper. Loaded pretty much all the gear and now waiting for some time off to go camping. Will sanitize and clean all the tanks at a later date. Even though it's nice now, winter is not quite over yet. I can only hope. So now I think I will pop a cold one and admire that good looking camper. Happy Camping to All.
galexander 03/10/14 02:01pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Comparing Jayco X18D to Roo/Shamrock 183 and Starcraft 187TB

DW and I have had our 2013 Jayco X18D for a year now and have been completely satisfied it. There is just the two of us so this smaller unit is just the right size for us. A slide out would be nice but for the extra cost and maintenance, it is not worth it for us. The best advice on what to buy is to buy what you like, what fits your needs, and how much do you want to spend. Good Luck
galexander 02/21/14 01:04pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Electric tongue jack question

My camper came with an Atwood Tongue Jack and it does not interfere with the bunk down and it does not interfere with the tailgate on my truck being in the down position also. I would think that your type of camper and truck would play a role in the ability to open or close the bunk end and open the tailgate. My last camper would not allow me to open the tailgate on the truck but would allow the bunk end to lower. I have had two campers with Atwood Jacks and I have had no problems at with them. Do your PM work on them.
galexander 02/08/14 04:39am Hybrid Travel Trailers
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