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RE: 6 inch Lift, home design and build

Judging by that photo of your rig, you now have terrific clearance! You will be able to handle almost anything out in the boonies. Well done!
profdant139 04/22/18 09:46am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Trailer Width - Pros and Cons

I am not one of those people who says "you need a bigger truck, you need a fancier hitch, you need X, you need Y." But you DO need towing mirrors. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish. When you are trying to change lanes in dense and fast urban traffic (try 50 mph bumper to bumper LA freeways), you have to be able to gauge your opening, especially when moving right. I use clip on mirrors. They are good enough. After-market extension mirrors are better than clip ons -- less vibration.
profdant139 04/22/18 09:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Worthwhile to insulate/enclose underbelly without heating?

rexlion, yes -- I will use hardware for the coroplast. I am leaning toward beam clamps -- they screw onto the flange of the I beams of the chassis.
profdant139 04/21/18 10:35pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Worthwhile to insulate/enclose underbelly without heating?

kerrlake, we use almost no heat (except at shower-time, when we use the furnace). The rest of the time, even in ten degree weather, we do what the Eskimos do -- dress warmly! It works for us. And Steve, thanks again for that tip on Blue Board -- I had never heard of that . Good point, agesilaus, about keeping the trailer cooler in summer -- there are times when we are camped in the mountains in the summer, and it will still get up into the 80s during the day. Without air conditioning (no hookups!), it would be great to reduce the heat gain inside the trailer. OK -- I think I know what to do -- install heat tape on a just-in-case basis, then insulate, then button up the underbelly.
profdant139 04/21/18 09:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Worthwhile to insulate/enclose underbelly without heating?

Good points, Steve and SD -- even if I can't use the heat tape routinely, I should install it in order to thaw things out! I bet I could power that tape off my generator, when necessary.
profdant139 04/20/18 10:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Worthwhile to insulate/enclose underbelly without heating?

As I have mentioned in earlier threads, I want to do more cold-weather camping next fall and winter. But I am having a heck of a time figuring out how to heat an enclosed underbelly when we don’t have hookups (which is most of the time) – my furnace won’t do the job (no place for ducts), and it is tricky to use my water heater as a heat source, at least until my electrical skills are greatly improved. And heat tape is out of the question – it would draw too much current when we are boondocking. (So would the furnace, really.) I am pretty sure I can beef up the insulation with Styrofoam boards, and cover the whole underbelly with coroplast. So that is my question – without a heat source, is that a project worth doing? I do understand that inanimate objects don’t suffer from “wind chill,” so cutting down on the wind under the trailer by enclosing it won’t accomplish much. But if this project will even slightly cut down on the risk of freezing my tanks and my lines, that would be a big plus. Your thoughts and advice are always appreciated!
profdant139 04/20/18 05:49pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Lil' Queeny Shakedown - 14. Big Sur to San Francisco

I have often had an urge to drive Nacimiento Ferguson Road -- but then I lie down till the feeling passes. ;) Thanks for posting those photos! Where will you take us next??
profdant139 04/20/18 01:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Mounting Items

The walls of my trailer are filled with foam -- I use spiral plastic wall anchors to hold the screws: https://i.imgur.com/5KAG7Jtl.jpg
profdant139 04/20/18 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: 6 inch Lift, home design and build

Great job -- thanks for taking the trouble to post -- excellent write-up, excellent pix. I particularly like the C channel side pieces to add extra lateral stability -- I don't think I have ever seen that before, and I think it is a great idea. And boogie, that idea about the flag on the head of the bolt is also very useful -- I have never seen that done, but it makes sense now that you have explained it. Someday, doggone it, I will learn to weld!!
profdant139 04/20/18 09:38am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: I'm surprised there's not more posts here

GMW's point is this: not every trailer requires a huge truck. Some do. Some don't. Isn't that statement self-evidently true? Some drivers don't know when they are overloading their trucks. Some drivers do know the limits of their trucks and are operating safely within those limits. Again, what is false about those statements? I am not sure where the disagreement is here.
profdant139 04/18/18 08:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: I'm surprised there's not more posts here

I think all of the posts of the sub-forum show up in the general "travel trailers" listings. Is it true that postings are down, overall, for this site? I have not noticed that, but maybe it is true. If it is true, it would be nice to blame it on Facebook, rather than on the fact that people might be scared off by the occasional rudeness. ;) I think that traffic on the trailer forum (and maybe others) is seasonal -- during the colder months, half of the country (or more) is not able to camp, and so there is less to talk about. The other problem, mentioned above, is that there are glitches in the message posting software. The site administrators are doing their best, but the software is pretty old, or so I am told. So there are times when (for example) we will compose a long and detailed answer, with some embedded photos to illustrate a technical point, only to find that the system chokes and will not let us get past the "captcha" barrier. When that occurs, I try posting to rv.net, to goodsam, to trailerlife, etc., in an effort to get around the barrier. Sometimes that works. But the hassle discourages folks from anything but the briefest replies, which cuts down on the overall traffic. It also cuts down on the depth (and hence the usefulness) of the discussions, since detailed posts are the ones most likely to be screened out. I doubt that any of this is going to change, since it is so expensive to rewrite the code that runs the site.
profdant139 04/17/18 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: A highway bridge at 7 ft., 7 in. -- what could go wrong?

As Napoleon said, "Never attribute to conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence."
profdant139 04/17/18 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: A highway bridge at 7 ft., 7 in. -- what could go wrong?

This is also a bad idea, for a couple of reasons: https://i.imgur.com/RLRq5gOl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 04/16/18 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: A highway bridge at 7 ft., 7 in. -- what could go wrong?

I think the Boston solution -- "danger low clearance" -- is much clearer than "passenger cars only." There is no excuse for that bus driver. But I think more could easily be done to "idiot-proof" the parkways, without going overboard.
profdant139 04/16/18 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: A highway bridge at 7 ft., 7 in. -- what could go wrong?

nick, that's my point -- there are smart folks like you, and there are dumb ones. Highways have to be designed with dummies in mind. Product design is the same thing -- some of the customers will be foolish, and the designers have to anticipate that. A driver's license is not an IQ test. This is why there are so many safeguards on consumer products. It is annoying at times, like those darn child proof caps on pharmaceuticals. There are no kids in my house, but I have to suffer with those things because foolish people do not keep their meds away from little kids. And the problem with highways is that if the designers don't protect idiots from themselves, the idiots will hurt innocent bystanders. The RV will hit the bridge, and the folks behind the RV will hit the wreckage.
profdant139 04/15/18 09:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: A highway bridge at 7 ft., 7 in. -- what could go wrong?

nick mentions "dumbing down." Exactly!! So many of our fellow drivers are not very smart, not paying attention, not thinking. Highway engineers have to do everything (within reason!) to alert the inevitable fools who will misconstrue "passenger cars only." Do I think that I would misunderstand that sign, or that anyone reading this thread would do so? No, of course not. But as H.L. Mencken famously observed, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” A corollary to that rule is "if some fool can misunderstand a warning sign, he will." (I just made that up -- not very catchy, but true.)
profdant139 04/15/18 05:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: A highway bridge at 7 ft., 7 in. -- what could go wrong?

Intheburbs, thanks so much for taking the time to hunt down that entrance and take that photo and post it -- very helpful and thought-provoking! That warning could have been clearer, but that is pretty clear. Certainly no excuse for the bus driver's decision to enter. Steve is right, though -- "Impaired Vertical Clearance" might be better than "passenger cars only." I can easily imagine a tired and not-very-smart and in-a-hurry person towing a trailer who says, "Well, I guess that means no commercial traffic, and I am not commercial, so here we go . . . . " That is not to say that this would be a good excuse. But safety issues sort of have to be aimed at the lowest common denominator. Merely to say that the warning is "probably adequate in most situations" is not good enough. How much more would it have cost to provide a really clear warning, versus the cost of damage to the bridge and the resulting litigation by the bus passengers? Not to mention the risk of injury to innocent drivers who are hit by falling debris.
profdant139 04/15/18 01:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: An expedition TC in Iceland -- looks like fun!

Yes -- there were some parts where the truck was on a submerged ledge next to a drop off. "You might be a little too adventurous when . . . you have to equip your truck with a depth meter." ;)
profdant139 04/15/18 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Finding a spot to Boondock

One other tip -- I have measured the diameter of my turn-around circle (45 feet). So when we are scouting with the truck, looking for a boondocking site, and we come to a semi-wide place in the road, I sometimes get out my long tape measure to see if that wide spot will accommodate a full turnaround. If necessary, I can do a three point turn with the trailer (and have done so several times), but it is not easy, especially on a really rocky forest road.
profdant139 04/14/18 09:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Finding a spot to Boondock

ppine, I have had to back my trailer out uphill on bad roads a few times -- if that is no big deal to you, you are a better backer upper than I am! So I always scout without the trailer first, unless I know from Google Earth that there is a way to turn around.
profdant139 04/14/18 08:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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