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RE: Changing a tire on tt what do you use?

Bottle jack and cordless impact. Check spare tire pressure before leaving. On the side of a busy road, on drivers side = call for roadside assistance (no reason for everyone not to have this) On passenger side or can get to rest area/gas station = DIY I think a lot of people miss the point of having a spare. The only reason you have a spare is to get you from the point of "incident" to the absolute nearest place that can replace the original tire. Granted, this might be a long way off in some places, but in most places you can find a tire shop very quickly. You should never use your spare as a primary tire. Some people think they'll put the spare on and finish the travel day, then find a tire shop once you get to your destination. This is a recipe for trouble. Kinda depends on your spare and how old it is. On my pickup the spare is just one of the regular tires. Wasn't making a point about the type or quality or size of the tire. Just saying that when you use your spare, now you don't have one, so you need to fix/replace the tire as soon as possible. Way too logical - but cut him some slack....he lives in a cave!..:W ~ Yes I do live in a cave. lol Sorry. I though you were referring to one of those temporary spares that we call "donuts" around here. I've seen a lot of people drive around on them like they are a normal tire. I have also seen people remove there spare and use it as a regular tire even though it may be 10 years old. I often, though not always, use the spare during the first tire change as one of the primary tires. In that way I only have to purchase 3 new tires the first time. Then I put a bald tire in the spare position. I then do not want to run that spare tire for very long .
CavemanCharlie 09/25/16 08:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Changing a tire on tt what do you use?

Bottle jack and cordless impact. Check spare tire pressure before leaving. On the side of a busy road, on drivers side = call for roadside assistance (no reason for everyone not to have this) On passenger side or can get to rest area/gas station = DIY I think a lot of people miss the point of having a spare. The only reason you have a spare is to get you from the point of "incident" to the absolute nearest place that can replace the original tire. Granted, this might be a long way off in some places, but in most places you can find a tire shop very quickly. You should never use your spare as a primary tire. Some people think they'll put the spare on and finish the travel day, then find a tire shop once you get to your destination. This is a recipe for trouble. Kinda depends on your spare and how old it is. On my pickup the spare is just one of the regular tires.
CavemanCharlie 09/24/16 06:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing: blow-out vs antifreeze for longer term storage?

After 3 years of storage even the pink stuff is going to evaporate out of your toilet and then the seal will get dry. Somebody is going to need to check on the trailer every few months to check for this and mice etc.
CavemanCharlie 09/24/16 06:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Vented With Furnace On?

Arguing until the cows come home is a favorite pastime for many on this forum. It's how a question that should take one page to answer grows into a thread 3+ pages long :) Actually, the cows some home every night and put themselves in the barn. People on the forum can argue for days.
CavemanCharlie 09/24/16 06:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Unhooking

If mine sticks when I'm trying to unhook, after i have some of the weight off with the tongue jack, I simply stand on the hitch or bounce it when I'm standing on it and it pops right off. This is assuming you have your wheels properly chocked before hand! Me too. I just jack up until I'm plenty high enough , then jump on the bumper. It then releases with a thump. Hang on to the tailgate when you do this so that you do not get startled and fall off of the bumper.
CavemanCharlie 09/23/16 06:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing: blow-out vs antifreeze for longer term storage?

Well,,,, I know I'm the odd one in this. But, I do both. I put the pink antifreeze through the system. Then I blow the system out. This way I do not have the pink stuff setting in the lines all winter long. But, if there is a place that the air doesn't blow out good enough there is enough antifreeze in it to protect it.
CavemanCharlie 09/23/16 06:23pm Travel Trailers
Campground Flooded in MN

A heavy rain storm flooded a campground in Zumbrota MN http://www.kare11.com/news/local/flood-waters-cover-campers-in-zumbrota/324315704
CavemanCharlie 09/23/16 07:05am General RVing Issues
RE: diesel fuel storage

I agree with the posters that said to use a Boicide. It can begin to grow a fungus after awhile and the Biocide will stop the grown of that.
CavemanCharlie 09/22/16 06:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Changing a tire on tt what do you use?

I would call my auto club first. If I could not get a hold of them, or if , they were going to take too long, then I have a bottle jack in the tool box of my pickup.
CavemanCharlie 09/22/16 06:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: PSA-Wet Leaves

Thanks for the post. To tell you the truth I had no idea. But, I live on the prairie. I can't think of a time when there were enough leaves on the road around here to cause a problem. Maybe at the park but, in those cases you are only going less then 5 mph.
CavemanCharlie 09/21/16 06:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Tow Vehicle, got some weights

About 35 miles S/W of Storden is a CAT Scale....commercial truck scales 3 platforms Costs $10-$12 per weigh ticket.......with 1 free reweigh within 24 hrs. So 3 weigh tickets about #25 plus the 70 mile round trip Truck/trailer with WDH Truck/trailet w/o WDH Truck only Worthington Travel Plaza I-90 & Hwy 60 Exit 45 Worthington, MN Truck/trailer with and w/o WDH gives you how much weight transfers to truck front axle and trailer axles Except I don't own a WDH. I'm thinking about buying one for this truck because the front end is a little more touchy. But, I've never needed one before. In fact, until I joined this site I never even heard of one. No one around here uses one or has ever used or, heard of one. Most people around here, if they have too much bumper drop after hooking up, will get either overload, or air springs. I might go that route too. I haven't decided yet. My rear bumper drops 3 inches after hooking up the TT. From the weights I got with my last truck and the same TT I found that I have a tongue weight of 600 lbs with this TT. That's not too bad. This truck with the Rack and Pinion steering is quite touchy though. While towing it home with a 20 mph side with with gusts to 30 mph I had to drop my speed to 50-55 mph and keep both hands on the wheel. It would be nice to eliminate this.
CavemanCharlie 09/20/16 11:13am Travel Trailers
RE: New Tow Vehicle, got some weights

So I have a new tow vehicle it is a 2100 F-150 with the 5 liter engine and 12000 miles. I hooked up to my TT and took it to the local scale and this is what I found ( I am not using and WDH during this text) : The combination weighs 10600 pounds The TT weighs 4640 When I pull the front axle of the pickup off of the scale and leave the back axle of the pickup on the scale and hooked to the TT I get a weight of 7580 When I pull the front axle of the pickup off of the scale and leave the back axle of the pickup on the scale but,, then unhook the TT I get a weight of 7280 What does this tell me ?? Do I need to get any additional weights ? What scale are you using........a 2 platform or just 1 platform :H Should be a 3 platform Truck front axle on front platform, truck rear axle on middle and trailer axles on rear platform That will give you trucks front axle weight, trucks rear axle weight (with trailer hooked up) and trailer axles weight----plus total weights Then unhook trailer...drop it and get truck F/R axle weights and truck total You weights....10600 total truck/trailer Trailer weight..4640 (subtracted from 10,600---truck weighs 5960#) This is were numbers not making sense. Truck front axle off scale trailer hooked up........7580# Truck front axle off scale trailer NOT hooked up....7280# Trucks rear axle and trailer tongue weight vs trucks rear axle but only 300# difference Unless trucks rear axle AND trailers axles were on same scale and w/o trailer connected 300# was transfer back to trucks front axle due to lack of trailer tongue and no WDH Really need to go to a 3 platform scale and get reweighed Truck/trailer with WDH Truck/trailer w/o WDH Truck Thank you for your response. Never heard of a 3 platform scale. These weights were done at the local Grain Terminal on a 1 platform scale made for weighing semi's full of grain. I just had them flip the scale read out around so that I could see it in the window after hours. I see what you are saying here: "This is were numbers not making sense. Truck front axle off scale trailer hooked up........7580# Truck front axle off scale trailer NOT hooked up....7280#" The wind was blowing badly that day. Maybe it messed with the readings. Are you saying here that I'm unloading the front axle by 300 pounds ??? !!! : "Trucks rear axle and trailer tongue weight vs trucks rear axle but only 300# difference Unless trucks rear axle AND trailers axles were on same scale and w/o trailer connected 300# was transfer back to trucks front axle due to lack of trailer tongue and no WDH" And yes, the trucks rear axle and AND the trailers axles were on the same scale and w/o trailer connected. I see why that all doesn't make sense. I will try different experiments again this weekend.
CavemanCharlie 09/19/16 07:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Heating season is coming

First where I'm at, the first wintger I used 4 space heaters, Last winter 2.5 and this winter remains to be seen (I have one I'll turn on but it's the Mini-Electric Fireplace.. I'll turn on the "Fire" but the heat is on a thermostat) As for the Heater in the O/P's story. I'm assuming it was either on a table or a tower type (the little cubes I use would not crush a toe) The following Christmas Story may help..... a bit over 13 years ago a kitten wandered into my life from the wild. She was 7 weeks old and when it came time to set up the Christmas Tree. Wife and I both agreed that she would find it irresistible. (And so she did) so I got a short tree (4') and a very heavy (Cast iron and marble about 40 lbs) Plant stand.. Sure enough.. She pushed it over (We figured it was her boyfriend, a Big Maine Coon about 2-3 times her size but the 3rd time he had ye old iron clad alibi (He was on the bed where we could see him) Well I had a swag hook near the tree so I moved it a bit and tied it to the swag hook. Next hear I found a way to bolt it to the floor so that it could not be turned over. Well no sooner did I have it set up, Had not even added lights yet when She comes over and tries to push it over (no joy) so she tried again (Same result) so she looks to the big boy as if to say "Get your behind over hear and help". which he does (And researches say cats are stupid, she showed long term memory, problem solving and communications skills) Still no joy though. Tree remined upright. Turns out I'm not so stupid either :). Love that story. I once had a barn cat that figure out how to flip up the metal latches on the lid of a trash can the cat food was in. Then pry the lid off of it. I couldn't believe she was doing it until I found scratch marks from her claws on the edge of the lid. A cement block on the lid is the only thing I found that could keep her out.
CavemanCharlie 09/18/16 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trouble Hooking Up Trailer due to "Gear Slack"????

Either use the parking break regularly or,,, don't ever use it. If you try to use it after not having used it for awhile it could stick and cause your brakes to drag and burn them up. (Happened to my sister once) Best to use it on a regular basis to keep it free and working.
CavemanCharlie 09/18/16 06:36pm Travel Trailers
New Tow Vehicle, got some weights

So I have a new tow vehicle it is a 2100 F-150 with the 5 liter engine and 12000 miles. I hooked up to my TT and took it to the local scale and this is what I found ( I am not using and WDH during this text) : The combination weighs 10600 pounds The TT weighs 4640 When I pull the front axle of the pickup off of the scale and leave the back axle of the pickup on the scale and hooked to the TT I get a weight of 7580 When I pull the front axle of the pickup off of the scale and leave the back axle of the pickup on the scale but,, then unhook the TT I get a weight of 7280 What does this tell me ?? Do I need to get any additional weights ?
CavemanCharlie 09/18/16 06:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla towing an Air Stream

Great just what we need. Now wait for some ding dong to tow it without a driver, auto-pilot. Actually - a pretty GREAT -:C- idea for the ding-dongs who need to drive while: texting, talking on a hand-held cell phone, reading books, and newspapers during rush hour on the freeway/expressway. ~ I seem to remember a old "Mr.Beam" movie where he puts a brick on his accelerator and changes clothes while going down the road. lol
CavemanCharlie 09/13/16 08:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Follow uip to California Speed limits

I didn't read this whole thread. But, the idea of different vehicles sharing the road and some of them are "restricted" to different speeds is a stupid one. This is part of the mess we had in the late 80's with that stupid 55 mph limit. I will not be going to CA and become part of that mess. Some states have a speed limit that says as long as you are going a safe speed for conditions then you are fine. (Under the maximum limit of course). Those states have their **** together. In MN we have the same speed limit for every vehicle. Ever since the stupid 55 mph thing was canceled the state has been doing a good job of deciding which roads can handle different speeds. We are doing just fine here. No problems with people wondering how fast they should go. So enlighten us...what is this speed for everyone that is safe for everyone? It depends on the highway you are on. Back country roads with narrow shoulders and many entrance points are limited to 55. Wider state roads with fewer entrance points can go 60. Four lane road with very few entrance points are 65. Inter sates are 70. Some of this is a little low. In South Dakota most roads are 65 and interstates are 80. Sixty Five on more of the roads in MN would be a good idea. However, not for all of them. But, 80 on the interstate seems a little high. Seventy Five would be better.
CavemanCharlie 09/13/16 08:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Grease on the ball?

Yes, when maintained properly grease does not ruin a ball/coupler from dirt. On my long trips of 1-3000 miles I have never had any grit in the grease. And of course a farm implement store will tell you no grease, they operate in dirty/dusty environments. Not too mention that the majority of those hitches are pintle hooks! I have the same ball for 13 years and it shows no signs of galling. My buddies hitch OTOH he never lubes it and it shows! The ball has gouges in it, and we have had to retorque a few times already! He just refuses to put on some grease because it is just one more step. I don't think he even carries any type of grease with him even for wheel bearings! No pintle hooks on farms that I live and work on around here. In fact, I've only seen one of them in 50 years. Either a regular bumper hitch ball or a 5th wheel goose neck is waht we have. No grease on them. But, I am beginning to believe that this ball wear problem is related to the Weight Distribution Hitch device. It puts more force on the ball. Grease may be needed in these cases. Nothing on the farm has one of those.
CavemanCharlie 09/13/16 07:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Backup Cameras

I have the same problem. I recently purchased a new tow vehicle. It is a 2100 F-150. It does not have the factory back up camera. With the rear seat head rests and the tool box I installed in the back of the truck you can not SEE A THING BACKING UP. Besides backing over some kid I also can not see backing out of a parking spot. I have just been backing up blind and hoping the on coming vehicle stops. I had a installed back up camera on my last truck but, it only lasted until the first Minnesota winter came along then it was junk. I also do not have the room in my new truck to mount a screen. From the responses I see on this thread so far it looks like backing over some kid on a bike or into another vehicle are my only options. I hope more people will respond and I can find a better quality, permanently mounted, back up camera.
CavemanCharlie 09/13/16 07:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Speed / RPM dilemma

3000 RPM is no problem. Back in the day 3 gears is all we had and we were often spinning 3000 RPM on the interstate. But, very few people had tachometers and didn't know that they were spinning the engine that fast. I had a 302 in a Ford as a boy that I had put in bigger cam, ported the heads, added a 4 barrel carburetor, and duel exhaust on. When taking off in a hurry I would shift it manually at 5500 RPM. I had to. I did not change the valve springs and the valves would float after 5500 and it would not spin any faster. Beat on the car for years with no problems.
CavemanCharlie 09/13/16 07:03pm Travel Trailers
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