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RE: trouble lining up your hitch?

Magnetic hitching rods $27.29 Works with any trailer or tongue weight. Works with or without weight distribution hitches. Can be easily transferred between vehicles.
portscanner 10/19/16 05:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Overnight Rv park on I-75 either south or north of Atlanta

Good overnight campgrounds: http://gastateparks.org/. If you are planning on staying overnight on a holiday, check and see if you can make reservations, just to make sure there is space. Walk ons are welcome as long as there is space. Avoid at all costs going though middle of Atlanta between 0700 am and 7pm Monday - Friday. Use 285. Avoid the outer perimeter (285) of Atlanta during rush hour times (7-9 am and 4-7pm). Listen to 750am on your radio for traffic reports - even on weekends. I dont know your exact route, but if you are coming from North Carolina, I suspect you will be on I85. Take I85 down the east side of I285, then to I75. Again - if you are approaching Atlanta during rush hour, go find a place to park for a while until after rush hour. It will take the same amount of time and will save you on fuel and pulling you hair out. Trust me - I live here!
portscanner 10/05/16 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Dodging hurricane Matthew

This storm is supposed to be a cat 4 when it hits Florida. They say it is going to weaken after that, but they keep saying that and it doesn't. Get the H - E double toothpicks out of there now! Beat the storm Beat the traffic Beat the long lines at the fuel stations Go have a fun weekend. Turn it into something positive. Then load up - fuel, water, food and get some extra. Go home and help out your neighbors.
portscanner 10/05/16 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: I have 5 days to get an old truck camper

you need to keep weight in mind. Tounge weight of trailer plus the weight of the camper. Do you know the GVWR and the GCVWR on your truck? Look at the door or door post on the driver's side of the truck, then go get a full tank of gas and go weight your truck. Then you can figure out how much weight you can safely carry You will need some accessories. You will need tiedowns. (Torklift or Happyjack or a belly bar.) - unless the camper comes with Stable lift jacks - then the stable lift will serve as both jacks and tie downs.) Make sure you get spring loaded turnbuckles. You will want a rubber mat in your bed to keep the camper from sliding. If you are to be fiscally conservative, you probably will be looking at older units with manual jacks - possibly even the older 3 point jacks. Make sure you learn about those. Other ways to save on money and weight. Older and/or smaller units come with limited bath/shower/toilet facilities, some with none at all. Also some have small or no holding tanks. Make sure you understand what that means. As you are towing, unless you want to put a bunch of money into hitch extensions, get a TC model that has little to no overhang. (this will also shrink the weight and price) To keep the weight down - look at popup models. Make sure the hasps to lock the roof down are in good condition. To keep weight and price down - skip the roof A/C thats about all I can think of before my morning coffee.
portscanner 10/04/16 06:19am Truck Campers
RE: Dirty water in toilet bowl after sitting

Phantom Pooper -or- I have had some mold/alge grow in mine. It might be that.
portscanner 09/28/16 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: weight advice

My $0.02 - Stableloads and get some decent shocks.
portscanner 09/23/16 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Disposal?

Here is a video on how to remove the TC without the jacks
portscanner 09/17/16 06:49am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Disposal?

Put it on Criagslist and say it is free - but the stablelift does not come with it. If you list it as free it will be gone in a day or 2 Use the stablelift to get it off your truck and onto the new owner's truck. Remove stablelift and tell the new owner to have a nice day!
portscanner 09/14/16 05:39am Truck Campers
RE: Cooking while driving???

http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1223624227l/1662735.jpg I have put sardines on the exhaust manifold, but that was a practical joke.
portscanner 09/11/16 05:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

I played Karate Kid with the camper today. You know, wax on, wax off!
portscanner 09/11/16 05:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Practice to tie up dog?

So we have 2 basset hounds, so they aren't as tall as a lab, but we use a pen when we're camping with them, ..... Same here. We got two of the 4 foot tall fences, and one 2 foot tall fence. We took some sections out of the 2 foot tall so it would slide under our camper. Then we can just open the door and the dogs can come in and out as needed. A lot easier for the dogs to be in a pen than have 2 wild and crazy dogs tangling themselves up (and us) with tethers.
portscanner 08/17/16 04:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you level when needed

Pieces of 2x8 or 2x10 If they are not pressure treated, they can double as firewood. If you can find a source for scraps, they are free!
portscanner 08/08/16 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Sometimes a great misadventure

I feel for you. I had a very similar thing happen. I blew off the hose on my Ford 6.0 driving from Ohio back to Georgia when I bought my first 5er. Did not break it - just blew off. Had to slide it back on while on the side of the road (traffic racing by, hot turbo charger, etc etc) Got a few miles down the road, blew it off again. Thought I had lost the hose clamp. Found it on the far side of the engine compartment. Drove the rest of the way home without trying to stay up to the speed limit over hills. Short version - found Ford had a recall for that issue.
portscanner 07/11/16 05:04am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for some help to move back from the Dark Side.

I dont feel comfortable with the double towing. Besides, trying to keep my length down. I had a 18' Work and Play some time ago. I liked the construction. Will check them out. Unfortnately, it looks like all the Genesis' have slides. With the slide and the width of the jeep I would have to look at the 40 foot models to find one the jeep would fit in.
portscanner 07/10/16 10:29am Toy Haulers
Looking for some help to move back from the Dark Side.

We had a 30' toy hauler 5 years ago. It was a 30', no slides, no garage. It worked well for us. We had an electric golf cart we used at events we went to. With no garage, when the golf cart was pushed out, we had lots of room. We sold it and went to a TC. We had several changes in our life at that time that caused us to change and we have been very happy with our decision. Now we are looking at some new changes and going back to a 5er toy hauler might be a good option. I was hoping some of y'all could help us with our decision. What we need: 1. More floor space than the TC, as we will be spending extended periods of time in one place. 2. We need to be able to put a Jeep Wrangler (stock - no lift kits, no monster tires) in the TC (need the Jeep for work - use of the trailer will be 50/50 work/play) What we desire: 1. Slides are NOT high on our list of priorities. 2. Generator 3. No garage - would prefer all the floor space in one room. (Yes I know - it is not smart to have gasoline vehicles in the same room with you when you sleep - so I will kick it out at night) 4. Real close to 30' Dont really want to get bigger. It is just DW, the 2 fur campers and myself, so dont need more room that that. I have plenty enough truck (see my sig) to pull most of the toyhaulers out there so that should not be an issue. The other option we have is to sell the truck and TC and go to a class A or C and tow the jeep (we tow it behind the TC right now). However - the truck is paid for and I am sure a good 5er toyhauler will be less than an A or C. I also see us still using the TC on some trips. Your $0.02 pls!!!
portscanner 07/09/16 08:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: Anyone do a total rebuild of a TH ramp?

See my post Rotten Ramp Ruins Relaxing Recreation only problem with the above link - the links to the pictures got busted, so here are the pictures
portscanner 07/09/16 08:13pm Toy Haulers
RE: Audience at the dump station

To the OP: I am sure many people were flushed with excitement and went running to see Yogi, however, I am moved by your concerns. I agree that the campground should have shown more constipation, I mean, consideration about where they set up that tent. Fortunately, Yogi did not wipe out when he came around the corner in his golf cart. If he did that would have been one for the papers.
portscanner 07/06/16 06:56am Truck Campers
RE: Am I crazy?

Yes, you are crazy. Did you forget about the issues of stress on the transmission and the rest of the drive train? You also need to address the issues for cooling also. Will the engine be able to handle the power? (i.e. blown head gaskets, blown heads, cracked/broken crankshaft etc etc etc) Call me a Debbie Downer, but I do like the idea!
portscanner 07/06/16 06:11am Truck Campers
RE: Camping is for the dogs.

Mattie, queen of the campsite, on her throne http://www.beaglenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/20160304_183657-e1457798127778.jpg height=640
portscanner 07/04/16 02:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why do my truck batteries die?

And as far as I know the truck system is isolated from the TC system and does not charge the TC batteries. There is a wire from the 7 pin connector that goes to the battery on the truck. That power is used by tailers and TCs' to charge the battery in the camper. Ford is the only one that I know that has an isolator that disconnects the power to the 7 pin connector when the engine is off. Some campers have an isolator built in - which can fail. Test it. Mine does not. When I got my Dodge, I installed a relay inside the camper. (I bought the truck new and I did not want to get the "you modified the wiring on the truck - your entire warranty is void") As I have my running lights set to come on anytime I start the truck, I connected the lead going to the running lights on the camper to the coil of the relay. Then cut the power lead from the umbilical and connected that to the Normally Open contacts on the relay. Start the truck - lights go on - relay closes - I have power going to the camper to charge the batteries while going down the road. Turn off the truck - lights go off - no draining the truck battery. This happens with the TC just sitting there unused, no lights, no battery draw of any kind. The propane detector draws power. I discovered the AM/FM radio in my camper was drawing 1/2 amp WHEN TURNED OFF. There are lots of parasitic devices that are turned on all the time in your TC. The TC batteries and solar panel should be more than enough to run the fridge with power to spare for that length of time. I would check how much power that solar panel is putting out - and how much power the fridge (and other things) are drawing. What size solar panel? What is the condition of the batteries in the camper? Disconnect the camper from the truck, get out the ammeter and start testing! -On Edit- I see you said you have a NovaCool. Those are a 12volt compressor fridge. Not bashing that fridge, (as I want one myself), but you need probably at least 200W of solar and large enough batteries to run that.
portscanner 06/16/16 07:09am Truck Campers
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