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RE: Washer/dryer

I'd like to add a question to the OP's question: Are you all using RV-specific laundry machines or just compact household models?
mbutts 08/26/15 10:10am Full-time RVing
RE: Towing Capability of Expedition

My general rule of thumb about Expy towing is keep it less than 6,000 lbs (loaded, not the dry weight listed in the brochure) and under 30'. I found my Expy to be a bit too wiggly in the rear when we upgraded to a larger trailer.
mbutts 08/26/15 10:08am Travel Trailers
RE: You had close call, scary moment, or accident, towing?

The one trip I felt was scary was when we upgraded to a larger & heavier trailer. It was still within the Expedition's towing rating, but it was white knuckle all the way. Every semi, SUV, or car that passed shoved us around. Bought a used Super Duty for the next trip. A heavy duty pickup isn't required for all towable RVs until you get beyond 80% of a half-ton vehicle's limits IMHO.
mbutts 08/19/15 08:33am Towing
RE: is it risky buying a travel trailer that is 8 years old

Google "mobile RV repair" along with your ZIP code. See how much a tech charges for an inspection. It's not a guarantee that everything's perfect, but can put your mind at ease.
mbutts 08/18/15 06:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Why shouldn't I buy a 2015 Lincoln Navigator L?

I needed the three rows of seating so we purchased an Expedition. Worked OK for a 4,400 lb. trailer. When I went with a 7,300 lbs. trailer with 950 lb. tongue weight, it was just too much for the Expy. Way too wiggly in the rear end of the vehicle for my comfort level. My Expy's limits were 895 lb. tongue weight and 8,950 lb. trailer weight so, in theory, it should have worked. Biggest thing (IMO) is to verify that the actual tongue weight & actual trailer weight (not what's in the brochure) are well under the Navigator's limits.
mbutts 08/13/15 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: triple tent hybrids

OK, I won't mention my previous Skamper by Aerolite by Thor. :)
mbutts 08/12/15 10:40am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: PP/HA question

I haven't disconnected my 3P in those situations.
mbutts 08/11/15 12:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Actual Hitch Weight vs Dry Hitch Weight

For a real world case, my trailer in my signature had dry hitch weight of 806 lbs. With two full propane tanks, a power tongue jack, and a battery on the tongue, then all of our stuff in the trailer, its tongue weight was at 1,080 lbs. (weighed with Sherline scale). If you're still in the shopping stage, try to stay with trailers below 6,000 lbs. GVW (gross vehicle weight). I know it's tough because it'll seem like everything you look at is too heavy, but there's a lot of lightweight trailers on the market now.
mbutts 08/10/15 01:31pm Towing
RE: New diesel owner with questions

I like Archoil fuel additive. Only need a tiny bit per tank so don't have to carry a case with you.
mbutts 08/09/15 01:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I did it first boo-bo on NTM camper need advice

My Aerolite Cub was made of Filon, not fiberglass. Not sure if fiberglass will bond well with Filon.
mbutts 08/08/15 07:23pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: stuck coupler

If you're sure it's unlatched, you could tap on it with a hammer (not enough to dent it) to see if you can free it up. Spraying a penetrating oil (like Liquid Wrench) may help, too. Possible issues that can cause this are rust or using an larger ball than the coupler's size.
mbutts 08/05/15 12:54pm Towing
RE: Roof Vent transfers too much light...

We bought a couple of Vent Cushions. Works well for blocking light and heat.
mbutts 08/04/15 12:48pm Travel Trailers
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
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