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RE: What could cause this?

All fuses and circuit breakers OK? Propane tanks have gas (stove or fridge runs on gas)?
mbutts 07/30/15 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Well that was an interesting weekend

Yeah, the neighbor issue was discussed for quite a while before we called. They were pulled in nose-first and we were backed in so we were facing one another across about 20' of space. Kind of awkward if the rangers weren't able to do anything. No applause from the audience. I'm sure the large group across from us in tents were thinking, "There's NO WAY I'd ever get one of those things!"
mbutts 07/27/15 07:28pm Family Camping
RE: Well that was an interesting weekend

sch911: Waterloo State Recreation Area, Portage Lake campground korbe: Yes, we had two of the major food groups: burgers and beans
mbutts 07/27/15 02:25pm Family Camping
Well that was an interesting weekend

We wanted to get a trip in before kid #2 went off to college in August so we found the last open campsite in a Michigan state park for this past weekend. Site was listed as "accommodates up to a 45' vehicle," the only way that would happen was if it was stood on end. Took some doing, but finally got on the site. BTW, while we were finessing our way onto the site, we were blocking the one-way road into the campground so we had about 15 spectators watching us. No pressure! The site was not as smooth as a billiard table. I used all of my lego blocks and about 47 pieces of wood to level the camper. I was hurrying to unblock the road so I didn't triple check my chocks. One slipped as I unhitched, so the TT shifted, putting a nice 15° bend in the tongue jack's tube and shoving the end into the ground about 8". I let the traffic by and found a nearby Harbor Freight to pick up a farm jack to lift the tongue so I could re-hitch, re-level, and re-chock. 3 hours total to set up. A new world record for slowness! Everything seemed to be going well the next day with the exception of our frequently bickering neighbors. By dark, we were sitting around our campfire becoming more and more uncomfortable as the yelling, swearing, etc. rose in volume next door. When Mr. shoved Mrs., we called the rangers, who then called the state police. They were hauled off for being drunk in a dry state park and for their general nastiness with the police and rangers. All done by 1 a.m.! Sunday morning I trotted back to Harbor Freight for a manual tongue jack so I could remove the bent jack and temporarily put the crank model on. This went too smoothly to believe. I then went inside to run the slide in. Pushed the button and nothing happened. My trusty Schwintek Super Slide was dead. Checked the control box and it said I had a short on motor #2. Disconnected power and unplugged/plugged all the connections into the control box. Connected to power and Voila! The slide was back to life. Looks like one of the board games we had in the cupboard knocked one of the connections loose. We left the campground and hopped on the freeway. GPS showed a 45 minute delay on a normally 50 minute trip. Turns out someone flipped their TT, closing the freeway. Putting it into perspective, I preferred my problems to the ones the guy with the wrecked TT now had.
mbutts 07/27/15 02:00pm Family Camping
RE: Fifth wheel dolly?

Here's another option. Link is to a review of the Automated Safety Hitch.
mbutts 07/17/15 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Horrible day - Is the camper fixable?

Another leak possibly is the top of the bunk door. On my 2007, the door warped from being clamped at the corners when closed and the corners were where the cables attached when open, so the bunkend corners were always under tension. I closed up the camper on a sunny day and checked around the bunkend from the inside of the trailer. Very easy to spot where light was coming in.
mbutts 07/15/15 01:50pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Backing up video

Go to youtube and search for "The Scoop"
mbutts 07/11/15 09:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newbie Question on Hybrids

Hybrids offer a great amount of floor space since the beds aren't inside. Tent ends also make it feel more like camping in a tent. Downsides include no sound insulation, heat/cold easily go through fabric, many people end up with leaky bunkend doors. They are a great way to start RV-ing when you have a smaller tow vehicle.
mbutts 07/02/15 07:49pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
Can I tow this with my Model T?

Interesting story on the invention of fifth wheel semi-trailers. Yes, I know it's not RV-related, but still fun. Fruehauf Trailer
mbutts 07/02/15 11:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tahoe trip with new trailer. Warning: many photos!

Have you ordered your "I love my Super Duty" T-shirt yet?
mbutts 06/29/15 10:02am Travel Trailers
Hennessey VelociRaptor

Great for people that need that third row. OTOH, you could have your RV delivered to the campground and have a limo bring your family to the campground for way less than $159,000. VelociRaptor
mbutts 06/29/15 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Triple/Quad Bunk Trailers

There are tons of bunkhouse models available. Just be aware that many of the bunks are narrow (28" wide) and short (less than 6' long). Fine for smaller kids, but teens won't fit.
mbutts 06/25/15 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rant - looking for a travel trailer

My sister had a similar issue with her four kids. She swapped out her vehicle for a full size 3/4 ton van. Lots of room for kids, stuff, bikes, and gives them ability to tow a heavier trailer.
mbutts 06/16/15 12:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Max Truck Camper weight for a half ton 08 Sierra

In addition to what DaveF said, the tippiness of a truck camper really demands a HD truck. You KNOW you won't actually capsize, but it sure feels like it's going to.
mbutts 06/13/15 04:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Too little truck or a bad hitch?

When I went from a 4,400 lbs. trailer to a 7,300 lbs. trailer with my '04 Expy, it was scary, had to stay under 45 mph. I was technically under the Expy's limits (weighed trailer at CAT scales, had my own a tongue weight scale), but the IRS (independent rear suspension) and passenger car tires were far too squishy. If you need new tires anyway, light truck tires might help. I also had looked into getting Sumo Springs for the rear coil-over-shock suspension. In the end, I decided the Expy just wasn't up to the task.
mbutts 06/13/15 04:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Where is this water coming from?

Since this is a new trailer, I'd definitely get the dealer involved. If it's a manufacturing defect, it would be better to have it addressed before damage occurs.
mbutts 06/12/15 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: 1/2 ton towable FW

If you really want something light, Escape makes a micro-size 5th wheel: Escape Gross weight of 5,500 lbs. and a sort-of walk around queen bed.
mbutts 06/09/15 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace Toilet with Composting for FT use

Search YouTube for "Gone with the Wynns" They are fans of composting and have a few videos on how they work.
mbutts 05/23/15 05:22pm Full-time RVing
RE: First tow with new diesel + ProPride 3P...hooray!

It's really nice dropping 1,000 lbs. on the hitch and the truck sags ZERO inches. Unbalanced trailers aside, the 3P is fantastic for crosswinds and passing trucks. You'll be grinning when going uphill with the diesel!
mbutts 05/18/15 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Propride

I had the same problem when my 3P was new. I would use the trailer brake controller in the truck to hold the trailer in place while I moved the truck forward a zillionth of an inch. After a few uncouplings, I no longer had the issue.
mbutts 05/15/15 12:36pm Travel Trailers
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