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RE: Sun coming in skylights

I bought a couple of these: Vent Pillow
mbutts 09/29/16 05:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Working underneath a trailer--best way to do it?

As to your question on jacking, put the jack under the frame or under where the axle is secured to the springs. Jacking up on the axle tube can cause damage and misalignment.
mbutts 09/27/16 01:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about faster hitch unhooking

Are you are trying to remove it from the receiver without taking the tension off the weight distribution bars?
mbutts 09/26/16 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Speed / RPM dilemma

Not the exact answer you were looking for, but have you checked your TT's tires and their speed rating? Most (until very recently) have a max speed rating of 65 MPH. Blowout of an overstressed tire can do tremendous damage to your trailer.
mbutts 09/12/16 12:49pm Travel Trailers
Equa-flex Install on Wide Stance Axles with Pictures

Hi, I have a 2013 CrossRoads Sunset Trail with the Wide Stance (other brands call it Secure Stance) axles. I wanted to improve the suspension a bit to accommodate the occasional ;) pothole/expansion joint/crumbling infrastructure that I drive across. Shocks were a bit more than I wanted to invest right now and I didn't think I had the time to do the necessary drilling & installation. The only flat spot I have to work is the street in front of my house and I didn't want to block half the street for more than a few hours. Dexter EZ Flex wouldn't work due to the large spacing between the springs on my trailer so I went with the Lippert Equa-Flex. My trailer has Lippert springs so hopefully everything would get along together. The guys at Eastern Marine convinced me to use the Never Fail bushings which were included with the $169 Equa-Flex kit so that's what I used. I chocked the opposite side wheels and jacked up the trailer, putting my tallest jack stands under the frame. I then put a jack under each axle to support it while I disconnected the leaf springs from the current equalizer. http://i.imgur.com/rLIVw81l.jpg "border=0" http://i.imgur.com/AUaXb7ml.jpg "border=0" http://i.imgur.com/PU9DBWll.jpg "border=0" I removed the three nuts with an impact gun and removed the bolts, which are pressed into place. A huge help on this was a Harbor Freight ball joint press. If you don't want to spend the $60 on this, you can usually borrow one from an auto supply store for free. I then attached the new Equa-Flex to the hanger using the HF ball joint tool to press the splined bolt into place. Did the same on the rear link to the spring. Then I got stuck. I couldn't get the other end of the Equa-Flex anywhere near the other spring. I moved the axle jacks up/down to no avail. I then put a third jack on the Equa-Flex to push it up at a slight angle to meet with the spring's link. Took me about an hour to figure this out. http://i.imgur.com/vmDDxckl.jpg "border=0" The first side took me about three hours due to the learning curve and a rainstorm. Second side took less than an hour. I'm not a professional mechanic and I have very little experience with trailer suspension (other than lubing the bearings). This is a very doable project with basic hand tools (and a few jacks). http://i.imgur.com/HCj1rYRl.jpg "border=0" http://i.imgur.com/6R2ufjXl.jpg "border=0" My seat-of-the-pants test of the trailer on a local freeway felt like there was less shock being fed to the truck through the hitch when going over bumps. Hope this helps anyone looking to make this upgrade.
mbutts 09/12/16 10:03am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Help sidewall delaminated pulled apart and broken

I've read some good reviews about this: Delam Repair
mbutts 08/22/16 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford Expedition - upgrade standard to heavy duty tow package

I went from a 4,400 lb. trailer to a 7,300 lb. trailer with my '04 Expy with HD tow package. Although I was technically within specs, it was all over the road. Rear independent suspension and passenger car tires made the rear end way too loose for me. I would recommend staying as close to 6,000 lbs. as you can.
mbutts 08/18/16 08:03am Towing
RE: Trip planner

I like Furkot The interface takes some getting used to, but it's the only one I've found that allows setting up stops for gas, food, etc. so your arrival time is more accurate. You can also have it calculate your range so it can predict when you need to fill up.
mbutts 08/11/16 01:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Repair vs. sell

Here's an idea on cost: My HTT's entry door seals failed in the first year and the first indicator that something was wrong was when the entry steps tore out of the trailer. Other repair was in the rear bath due to missing seal from new on floor joint. Vinyl flooring was coming up and floor was flexing. About $800 to have both items fixed. For the roof question, I had a tree drop a long branch through the roof, leaving about a 1.5" hole. Insurance company would not patch it and insisted on full replacement. This was in the neighborhood of $6,000.
mbutts 08/04/16 06:52am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Beginning search for new(used) TV

Be sure to check online outside of your state. Texas, Arizona, and Florida are chock full of used trucks in great shape. The dealer I brought from in Dallas paid for my airline ticket from Detroit. Then, it was just a quick 23 hour drive back home!
mbutts 07/11/16 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Ford Expedition - Largest TT I can pull SAFELY?

As a former Expy owner, I would suggest keeping below 6,000 gross (not dry) weight for shopping. Once you find a trailer you like, you can weigh your Expy loaded with people & stuff to determinensure your available payload.
mbutts 07/10/16 03:19pm Towing
RE: Surprised how many people don’t take care of their trailers…

I find it depends on where we're staying. County parks around us seem to draw the people with trailers that look like they've been sitting out on the back 40 for twenty years. I've got too much invested in mine so I keep it clean, wax it annually, and throw the cover on when it's in storage.
mbutts 07/05/16 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Automated Safety Hitch Owners

I ran across this owner's review on the Forest River Owners Group forum. Automated Safety Hitch The ASH makes a lot of sense to me if you have a truck that's paid off and your new trailer puts you near or over your max payload.
mbutts 07/01/16 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Upgraded from my 2500 Burb

I'm drooling over your garage!
mbutts 06/17/16 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Autolevel pulling wheels off ground

You may want to hop over to Lippert's site. Under Customer Service, Leveling and Suspension, and click on your product (may be one more click after that). There's manuals, tech sheets, and installation guides there.
mbutts 06/16/16 02:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A couple of shopping questions

Alrighty, looks like I need to look for something way under my payload and allow $1,500 for Stableloads and other suspension bits.
mbutts 06/16/16 11:55am Truck Campers
A couple of shopping questions

DW and I are considering purchasing a TC to be a bit more nimble than our current 56 foot long, seven ton setup. Currently, I tow a 7,400 lbs. TT with a 2006 F350 diesel crew cab 4x4 long bed. I really like having WAY more capacity than the trailer requires. Towing with a half ton was no fun. First, is there a rule of thumb for TCs to avoid the tippy feeling? The truck does not have a camper package and has a payload of 3,816. I'm looking for a guideline (like, don't exceed 80 per cent of your payload). I do not want to end up throwing a ton of money into an inadequate truck to make it less terrible. Second, will putting a short bed TC on a long bed truck throw off the COG too much so the front end of the truck is too light? Thanks for your input!
mbutts 06/15/16 12:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Does anyone make a lower profile 5'er?

The Escape is about as short as you can get: Escape
mbutts 06/07/16 05:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Folding Tonneau Cover, Leer Trilogy or Extang Solid Fold 2.0

I bought a Solid Fold about three years ago. It is not watertight, some water still gets in. The part I really don't like is it's kind of difficult to fold up. I'm 5'9" and the bedrails on my truck are about chin level so getting the three sections on the 8' model to fold up requires a lot of muscle.
mbutts 04/23/16 08:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: about to purchase a 2005 kodiak 214 hybrid

I had a 2007 Kodiak and the bunk doors warped in the middle of the seal (if you picture the bunkend as a door, it warped where the doorknob would be). Close the bunks on a sunny day and look around the bunkend from the inside to see if there's any light (you'll have to stuff your head up into the canvas).
mbutts 04/18/16 12:40pm Travel Trailers
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