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RE: Walmart Wouldn't Fix a Flat

No such law here in Washington. Since the local Sears store did the repair, surely it can't be "against Georgia law"- could just be Walmart policy that the store guy's blaming on the State. I've heard that some Walmart tire stores won't even SELL tires for a travel trailer, let alone service/repair them.
Francesca Knowles 04/19/14 04:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good Sam Strikes Again

?? All I said was that they had rechecked boxes to be placed on a email mailing list after I unchecked them to opt out. I guess I misunderstood what you meant when you made the following statement- It gives your email address to companies for mass mailing. I thought you meant to infer that GS was giving the address to OTHER companies. Sorry!
Francesca Knowles 04/19/14 04:35pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Electrical Fire -- WARNING TO KEYSTONE OWNERS

Thanks for keeping us updated, O.P. Side question: Is the report you filed at Safercar.gov up and in the system? Regardless of outcome, such reports are usually visible to the Public (for obvious reasons); but I went looking and couldn't find anything that looked like it was related to this incident. Just asking because I wouldn't want to think that a mfr. could get such things removed/repressed etc... Thanks!
Francesca Knowles 04/19/14 04:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ground Wire??

If it existed originally, it's probably a good idea to repair it. I would imagine it has something to do with galvanic corrosion, keeping the electrical potentials equal. Times two- and it sounds like it worked just as planned, it having decayed rather than the component it was installed to protect. Time to replace it.
Francesca Knowles 04/19/14 02:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Do I need stabilizer or WD?

Hello, fellow small-tower! My favorite and current setup is a small one, too, and I'm well familiar with the intricacies of towing with such setups. Since you say you're new at towing, I'll highly recommend that you take a gander at U-hauls's "Safe Towing" publication at this link. It's a great resource for understanding/explaining many towing principles. It's good that you're planning ahead, but you're a step or two away from determining whether you need sway control or a W/D hitch. I think you got that weight number from Nada- it likely is for "dry weight" as reported by the mfr. and if so does not reflect loaded trailer weight. The first thing you need to determine is what the real weight is. Any truck/highway/landfill scale will provide that information. You next must insure that your fully loaded trailer carries at least 60% of total weight ahead of the axles, and that tongue weight is between 10-15% of total trailer weight. You can determine both once you've weighed the trailer- simplest way to do so with a trailer as small as yours is to weigh the trailer tongue on a bathroom scale. Number must be at least 10% but not more than 15% of total. If so, you're good. Next step will be looking at your Ridgeline manual to determine hitch weight limits and other recommendations. As noted, there may be restrictions per equipment type etc... Per sway control/W/D hitches etc.: U-haul explains this better than I can, but in a nutshell: Except for those rare occasions when hit by side winds, sway is primarily a function of improper loading, usually exacerbated by higher speeds. No add-on device will overcome this flaw, though some will mask it. Your first step should be to insure that your fully loaded trailer has at least 60% of total weight ahead of the axles, and that tongue weight is between 10-15% of total trailer weight.
Francesca Knowles 04/19/14 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: That was easy thanks to you guys!

Hoo-rah for the Boys in Blue (or tan, or whatever)! Now to get campin'- Here's hoping all your RVing adventures go as smoothly as this first step did!
Francesca Knowles 04/19/14 11:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Good Sam Strikes Again

It's not just an inconvenience. It gives your email address to companies for mass mailing. And we all know how HARD it is to try and opt out and get off those mailing lists. How do you "know" that???? Have you been inundated with junk E-mail? I ask because as I said before, I never receive such E-mails; and this site not only has unrestricted use of my E-mail address but I post in/use my real name! All the marketeers would have to do to get my home address AND my phone number would be to look it up in the phone book, and yet I don't even get any junk-snail-mail or telemarketer phone calls. And as a charter member of The Landed Gentry, it's not like I don't have any money to spend. :B So, if this site is as you imply peddling this info all over the web, how come nobody's trying to get their hot little hands on MY money?
Francesca Knowles 04/19/14 11:33am Forum Technical Support
RE: Read this before buying from Camping World

I would expect nothing less from your toothless backward thinking simple mind bigdogger. Bigdogger does in fact have teeth. I know because I've seen him/them. You, I'm not so sure about....you do seem to have whatchamightcall "an attitude", also known as "a substitute for real cajones". That one you'll have to look up. Maybe Amazon has them for sale! :)
Francesca Knowles 04/18/14 07:52pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Good Sam Strikes Again

I'm always a bit miffed when I read this kind of thread- I've had all those boxes checked ever since I signed up here, and I NEVER get any come-ons etc. What am I, chopped liver? :@
Francesca Knowles 04/18/14 03:23pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Leaving your rig while boondocking

Okay....Got it. First chance I get to boondock I'm doing it. Hmm, come to think of it, there's a Walmart up the road.....:) Not to split hairs ner nuthin' but... I hope you understand that Wallydocking's a whole 'nother thing. I myself have a whole different set of Protocols for that, none of which include leaving my trailer there if I'm not around.
Francesca Knowles 04/18/14 03:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Can a 5th wheel be too light for my truck?

Well, this is a first...whatever will TWP do with this one? :B
Francesca Knowles 04/18/14 02:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heading out west - snake precautions.

We camp a lot in rattler country. This was/is a concern for me/my rat terrier until I came up with a solution that APPEARS to work. I read somewhere that while they don't have "ears" like ours, snakes are very sensitive to vibrations. It seemed logical to me that the vibration of the typical bear bell might serve to warn of our approach. I now always put a bell on both me and the dog (and any grandkids that might be along) None of us has had a dread encounter since I began this practice. A side benefit per the dog: Since we mostly boondock she's often unleashed; the sound of her bell tells me exactly where she is at all times. She's very good about staying near me, but you know how dogs sometimes are...any "fade" in the bell sound warns me that she may be straying beyond my comfort zone and alerts me to call her back.
Francesca Knowles 04/18/14 01:01pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Leaving your rig while boondocking

I boondock almost exclusively, often alone and in the most remote places I can find. No major concerns re. theft etc., no problems either in all these many long years. My "security" method if one can call it that involves making the place look as if there's more than one camper involved, and that one/all of us will be back any minute. I think it's the places that LOOK "deserted" that would be the most likely targets should any Bad Guys actually come cruisin' by.
Francesca Knowles 04/18/14 11:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tires...To Shine or not to Shine??????

Many years ago I used ArmorAll on my motorcycle tires because they looked really good. After a very short amount of time the sidewalls started to crack, which had never happened before I used ArmorAll. I quit using it and the new tires had no issues. I put two and tow together and came to the conclusion that ArmorAll was not good for my motorcycle tires. I've never used anything on them since then, and the problem has never recurred. On a motorcycle tire? really? and you`re still here to tell us you did this?!!!:SNot really sure I comprehend your amazement. Maybe you're unaware of how a motorcycle tire works? It's very similar to a car tire, i.e. round and black. :) Isn't Armorall silicone? If so, I'm thinkin' he's marveling at the fact that anyone would put it on a motorcycle tire...ain't that a mite slippery? :@
Francesca Knowles 04/17/14 06:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Popup Won't "Popup

If the cable came out of the drum rather than broke, I'm thinking you're likely just missing the "keeper", which should look like the one below. The page I took that pic from says there are two different models of drum, so you'd need to determine which you have before proceeding. Details/instructions at this link. http://www.popupparts.com/images/pa-goshcblkeeper.jpg width=300
Francesca Knowles 04/17/14 05:28pm Folding Trailers
RE: Tires...To Shine or not to Shine??????

NEVER use any petroleum product on tires! Times two- use of such products can even cancel warranty coverage, at least for some brands like Michelin Tires which become unserviceable due to alterations such as truing, whitewall inlays, addition of balancing or sealant liquids, or the use of tire dressing containing petroleum distillates are excluded from warranty coverage From page 15 at this link. None of those bad boys in 303, though!
Francesca Knowles 04/17/14 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: How heavy of a trailer can I get?

Yes this was a helpful post; however, me and our two year old and dogs certainly don't weigh 1/2 of 1300... more like 1/4... That made me laugh. :) Guess I should've gone into more detail...as a Camping Grandma my experience has been that children, pets, and Grandma's own self must be planned for not just by their self-weight but by the weight of the STUFF one brings along to accommodate them! You'll be surprised how fast it all adds up....:B Haha. I love it! So true... And of course that all pales by comparison once Hubby starts putting together the "New Trailer Toolkit"- from floor jacks to shop-sized compressor, he's going to want to bring it all "just in case". And this before it even occurs to him that the fullsized Weber grill needs to come along with its very own five gallon propane cylinder; and we mustn't forget his chain saw, a couple of twenty-pound sledges/wedges, two or three shovels, several buckets, some fire extinguishers and whatever other critical campcraft items he was taught about in Boy Scouts. Come to think of it, I think I may have to revise my recommendation per trailer gross weight to 5,000 pounds or less! ;)
Francesca Knowles 04/17/14 02:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Popup Won't "Popup

I for one can't see the picture... Goshen has been making popup lifts for Rockwood for years, though I think the electric motors are added by the trailermaker. I've seen other cable-failure reports- at least one fellow at the Popup portal says the motorized upfit is the cause. Link to that thread Anyway: information related to fixing the cable part of the lift itself including parts diagrams can be found at the following link: Goshen Stamping Company
Francesca Knowles 04/17/14 01:47pm Folding Trailers
RE: How heavy of a trailer can I get?

Yes this was a helpful post; however, me and our two year old and dogs certainly don't weigh 1/2 of 1300... more like 1/4... That made me laugh. :) Guess I should've gone into more detail...as a Camping Grandma my experience has been that children, pets, and Grandma's own self must be planned for not just by their self-weight but by the weight of the STUFF one brings along to accommodate them! You'll be surprised how fast it all adds up....:B
Francesca Knowles 04/17/14 01:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: firewood - emerald ash borer

I've learned to bring a few Presto Logs, then forage locally for wood to throw in on top. No matter how wet the found wood might be, it'll dry out right quick once exposed to the heat from the PL's. But I usually camp where there's lots of Public land around where such foraging is allowed.
Francesca Knowles 04/17/14 12:23pm General RVing Issues
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