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RE: Installing Roadmaster RSSC steer damper, Questions?

My son and I just put one on my 2017 E-450 yesterday. Really quite simple with a few wrenches or sockets. The only variation from the instruction sheet I made was flipping the driver's side bracket on the tie rod. I put the end with the u-bolts toward the middle of the vehicle to miss a bend in the tie rod. I wanted a more secure mounting surface than on that curve.
mbutts 06/25/17 07:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gas or diesel class c

I went from a diesel one ton with TT to a V-10 class C and I was concerned about going to a "underpowered" gasser. In the few trips I've taken so far, I have absolutely no regrets. No trouble with hills, eastern US mountains, merging onto the highway, or passing slower traffic at freeway speeds. I am not towing anything, but I can't see how towing a small car would really affect its abilities. And, oil changes went from four gallons to six quarts!
mbutts 06/07/17 06:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV'ing Discount Member Ships and Affiliations

We don't get out as much as we'd like (those darn jobs insist on us showing up or we don't get paid!) so we've found the memberships aren't much use or we just break even. Passport America looked good, but several of the places we camp at only accept it Sunday-Thursday so it wasn't any use to us.
mbutts 06/03/17 12:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Just getting started

The truck will require a weight distribution (WD) hitch to be used. The WD hitch is installed on the trailer's tongue, not the truck, to shift some of the weight from the trailer's tongue to the front of the truck. Otherwise, your truck's rear end and the trailer tongue will dip quite a bit. Here's a good overview of how those hitches work: Link
mbutts 06/01/17 12:24pm Towing
RE: Towing with a Ford Expedition

In January we just purchased a Heartland North Trail 26LRSS (dry weight 5,600)and are pulling it with a 2014 Expedition (towing capacity 9200). I am now looking for a F250 but would really like to be able to use the Expedition since it is nicer to ride around in once we get to our destination and has dry cargo storage. When we are on the highway and ANYTHING passes us (pickup truck) it feels like something is literally trying to push us off the road. I won't even mention what I think when i see a semi coming. I cannot drive more than about an hour due to being totally exhausted from fighting the rig to stay on the road. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I originally purchased a ProPride to try to keep my Expy. It was still a handful to control over 50 MPH. I also stopped by ProPride and had Shawn drive it. He suggested LT tires to improve control. I ended up with a pickup because I didn't want to throw any more cash into an Expy running at its limits.
mbutts 05/24/17 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Must buys for our new to us travel trailer?

Anderson Levelers
mbutts 05/23/17 10:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a Ford Expedition

I went from a 4,400 lbs. trailer to a 7,300 lbs. (32') trailer with my Expy and I found the new trailer terrifying to tow. With the length and weight of the units you listed, you will be uncomfortable at best. It's difficult shopping when the manufacturers all list "dry weight" and don't include the weight of "mandatory options" in the figures. I would allow a much, much larger safety margin with that tow vehicle due to it's squishy rear end.
mbutts 05/22/17 01:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why no seatbelt for rear facing dinette seats?

My Forest River Forest 3011DS has four sets of belts in the U-shaped dinette (1 forward facing, 2 side facing, 1 rear facing).
mbutts 05/22/17 01:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Filter for a/c unit in ceiling

These guys advertise in several RV magazines and claim to clean the air better than the foam stuff.
mbutts 05/10/17 05:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Medicine Cabinet HELP!!!! :-) :-)

We use small tension rods (from Target or BB&B) to hold stuff in place. They pop out easily once we reach our destination.
mbutts 05/07/17 02:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Coachmen Viking problem & correction

I've been on two factory tours (Thor and Forest River). Believe me, you do not want to see inside the sausage factory!
mbutts 04/27/17 02:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Explaining RVs/campers to people who just don't get it!

This reminds me of my late father-in-law. My mother-in-law convinced him to get a 32' class C and they would tow their Harley on a trailer to their winter home in AZ. However, he'd drive 75+ MPH (!) to get there as quickly as possible. They were both retired and had the time, but he just didn't understand why anyone would take the time to wander a bit.
mbutts 04/22/17 11:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Question for ProPride 3P/Hensley Arrow Owners

I used ours for 3.5 years and never experienced bumping while going downhill using the engine and transmission as a brake (my truck did not have an exhaust brake).
mbutts 04/17/17 06:42pm Towing
RE: Adding a valve on the toilet?

We have used Happy Bowl Liners for about five years now. Really cuts down on the water needed to move the #2 and eliminates skid marks.
mbutts 04/17/17 09:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Newbie help! - 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

Also, FCA sets the 3,600 lbs. limit "if properly equipped." My last Town & Country had the trailer tow package which included automatic leveling, trailer light wiring, transmission cooler, but NO hitch. I towed our pop-up with it and it was an awesome tow vehicle for a pop-up. Got great gas mileage, too.
mbutts 04/13/17 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Schwintek RV slide mechanism

Never had an issue with ours in almost 5 years. The bathroom was blocked by the table so we had to slide it out about 2' when we stopped at rest areas.
mbutts 03/30/17 05:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: TomTom GPS - no Satellite found?

We have a TomTom Go 50S and it sits on a beanbag mount in the middle of the dash, no troubles with reception. Have you updated it recently?
mbutts 03/29/17 06:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Long bed vs. short bed

I bought the long bed because it had a much larger fuel tank (39 gal. vs. 26 gal). You'd have to check with the truck(s) and model year(s) you are considering to see if there's a big difference in tank size. Cutting out a fuel stop per day was worth it to me.
mbutts 03/22/17 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tahoe, Yukon, Expedition, or Armada to pull 32' TT

Have you considered a full size van? You'll get about 10,000 lbs. towing and about 3,000 lbs. payload with a Chevy 2500.
mbutts 03/22/17 07:14pm Tow Vehicles

I owned a pop-up for 3 years, a hybrid for 5, and a large travel trailer for 5 more. I did not need add'l ground clearance so no axle swap for me. I never had trouble with tires (kept 'em inflated and I checked for wear). I did install shocks on the last trailer due to our awesome roads. I don't believe that you automatically need to swap out the entire suspension. Use it for a while and see if it's needed.
mbutts 03/14/17 07:40am Travel Trailers
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