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RE: First long tow with TT.

I took a measurement this weekend when I went out camping. The rear bumper is 2 inches lower when hooked to the TT. Just to give you guys something else to rant about; I towed my TT to my usual camping spot this weekend 70 miles away and I had a 15 MPH cross wind gusting to 30 and I don't have any sway control either. :E I also drove there with the fridge running on gas. Stopped to fill up on gasoline without shutting the fridge off. Oh, and on the way home I forget to turn off the water heater and the pilot light blew out on the way. I have a burned out clearance light too. I drove with my dog untethered in the cab of the pickup, I drove around the park with her in the bed of the pickup, and I left her in the camper one time when I went down to the store to get beer and ice. Did I forget anything?
CavemanCharlie 09/21/14 06:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: First long tow with TT.

I didn't mean to make you all mad. Sorry. True, 120 miles is not a long tow for most of you. I should have said it differently. It's just the longest one I've ever been on is what I should have said. The City Slickers, and Fancy Dancy, words were also poor choices of words on my part. I apologize for that. It's also true that I was not asking for help, or opinions, and I will not be purchasing a weight distribution hitch in the near future. If I ever go cross country, or even on a 120 mile trip again I might but, not for now. (Check out the trailer the next time your carpenter comes over to re-do your roof and I bet he doesn't have one. At least I've never seen one around here. Actually, I've rarely ever seen anyone towing there small camper with one around here. Though I have seen them on larger models) I do appreciate your opinions though. Have a nice day
CavemanCharlie 09/19/14 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: First long tow with TT.

Actually, I sense a problem here. Everyone is quick to say WDH without asking what spring package I have first. The best WDH in the world will not work well if you don't have enough springs.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 06:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: First long tow with TT.

Yup, the back end of the pickup must have been squatting to low. I'm balanced purdy well except for the extra 7 gallons of water. . You really think 7 gallons of water and where you placed it in the pick up bed is your problem??? Were only talking 58 pounds. A decent sized dog walking around the bed of the truck weighs more then that and you wouldn't notice a difference. Good point. I really didn't have that much of a problem except for the people bright lighting me. It towed quite nicely. I still say this pickup is just not set up for hauling. It's like a Ranchero, or a ElCamino. It hasn't enough rear suspension.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 06:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: First long tow with TT.

I'm really not planning on upgrading anything. I was just posting the story. If I ever go further from home again, and I will probably not, I will think about changes. I'll tell you city slickers a story. In 1970 my dad needed a replacement for the 1948 Dodge pickup that he and my grandfather had bought new. He then bought a 1970 F250 with the 360 and a 4 speed. My mom that first year pulled 300 trips to town with that pickup full of corn in the back and a wagon behind. My dad had added side boards to the pickup so it could hold more corn. To get the grain out the grain terminal had a lift that would go under the front wheels of the truck and raise the truck in the air so high that all 4 wheels would come off of the ground and the truck would balance on it's back bumper. The bumper was a after market bumper made by Laverne Industry's in Laverne , MN. When my older bother got into the hog business he bought a livestock trailer that hooked to the ball hitch on the bumper. No fancy weight distribution hitch thing was even though of. Hauled many hogs to town that way. No electric brakes either. When that trailer wore out he bought another and this one had brakes. By 1986 the old 1970 Ford had 150000 miles on it and had a hard life and was getting tired. My dad told my bother to trade his car in for a pickup and my brother bought a new 1986 F250 with a 300 inline 6 and a 4 speed. Times had changed and to go pick up up boars to breed the sows to make piglets we would pull that bumper hitch trailer 100's of miles with no fancy dancy weight distribution hitch. You could feel the hogs move around inside the trailer. I was old enough to drive by this time and it was one of my jobs. After 195000 miles the 1986 Ford was getting tired. I don't remember what year this was but, we got a fifth wheel livestock trailer and a used pickup to pull it with. After that and I got the 86 ford as my going to work vehicle. ( I kinda miss that truck though I wish it had Air Conditioning ) Anyway, I still know people to this day that pull bumper hitch trailers all over with no WDH. They haul livestock, scrap iron, firewood, lumber for building your house, enclosed trailers for hauling tools, hay, straw, and a lot of other things I can't think of right now. Check out the trailer the next time the roofer comes out to replace the roof on your house. I bet there is no WDH there. Now, if I was taking long distance trips across the country all the time I would feel differently. But, as a experienced driver that is a weekend camper that, except for this one time, never goes more the 70 miles from home and on two lane roads. Well, then I think it's just a pain in the ass to hook and unhook that I don't need. I appreciate you opinions and input. I just feel differently for me and my lifestyle. Have a nice Day.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 06:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Back with a few more questions

Use is a good question. Amanda and I have thought about that quite a bit. As a boat owner I have spent every available weekend on the boat for the past 17 seasons. As with any boat, we have gotten used small quarters and spending much of our time outside the boat doing things. What we envision is a large number of weekends spent in a 100 to 200 mile radius or our homes. We will do the 4 or more day vacation type runs a bit further out. So we are essentially looking at a few days at a time relatively close to home. In time we are looking to do longer distance and time trips, once we get used to the whole lifestyle. We do not have nor desire kids, being in our 40s that is a decision we are confident we will stick to. We may have a dog with us occasionally, well trained and house/living quarter respectful (we do it in a 25 foot boat occasionally now). Doing a long term living type thing is not in our cards so short jaunts will not find a smaller unit closing us in much. That's a good answer to the question. I'm a bachelor. I have a 22 foot TT with no slide out that I use every weekend and it works just fine for me. If you are used to a boat and you plan on spending your time out doing things then don't be afraid of a smaller TT. I just got back from a weekend fishing trip. With 2 married friends (Actually, there living in sin but, they might as well get married they've been together for years) and a 11 year old boy. The small TT worked for us quite well. They slept on the front bed, me on the dinette, and the kid slept in the little bunk above the front bed. All we used the TT for was sleeping. The rest of the time we were out and about. We all have different preferences. The only thing I see on the one you are looking at is that since the dinette is always in the slide out, and the slide is always on the street (left) side, then you can not see the lake, beach, campsite, or whatever when setting in the dinette. My little TT with no slide has the dinette on the curb (right) side and I can get up in the morning and have breakfast looking at the lake. To each his own, that's why they make different models. The rear bath is a great option that I love in my TT. If you have the bath in the middle it makes the whole TT have a hour glass shape that really limits you room. I like the fact that the one you are looking at has the rear bath. It really opens up the floor plan.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 05:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: First long tow with TT.

Yup, the back end of the pickup must have been squatting to low. I'm balanced purdy well except for the extra 7 gallons of water. The pickup I have is the lightest duty 1/2 ton pickup they make. And, quite frankly, Chevy pickups are not known as work vehicles but, they ride like a car. If I ever go this far again, especially after dark, the problem would have to be attended too. A weight distribution hitch may, be the solution. A decent set of springs on the back of the pickup would be good start though. I have no idea what this pickup is even rated for carrying for load. I bet it ain't much.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 05:13pm Travel Trailers
First long tow with TT.

I've been camping for years but, I always stick close to home and often go to the same parks. Last weekend 2 adult friends of mine, one 11 year old, and I went camping at Lake Thompson Recreation Area in South Dakota. This is near the town of De Smet where Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote some of her children's books. We live near Walnut Grove where she wrote one of her other books. There is a lot of big lakes and good fishing around there so it seemed like, and turned out to be, a nice destination. It's about 120-125 miles from me and I took my 2004 Chevy 1500 with the 5.3 liter engine and 4 speed OD automatic transmission. I towed my 1993 Cobra Sunrise 22 foot TT. I've had it on the scale and the whole package weighs 10500 pounds. The TT weighs 4580 , I have 600 lbs of tongue weight, I'm reducing the front axel by 120 lbs when hooked up. I have no weight distribution or sway bars. Those number were taken with just me my 2 dogs and a tank of fresh water. This time I left the dogs at home I had 3 adults (including me), a smaller 11 year old in the truck, and a extra 7 gallons of fresh water in the box of the pickup. I had the extra water behind the rear axle. After I got home I went "Duh" and realized I would have been better off to have moved the extra water further ahead in the pickup box. We left in the evening. After getting to the South Dakota boarder I found the speed limit is 65 MPH on two lane roads out there. I went "YEA!" and tried to average 63 MPH. I would get up to 65 going down hill and let the speed drop off to 60-61 going up hill. Doing this I was able to keep the transmission in high gear and get my best gas mileage. On the way home I took the chance, even on the MN side of the boarder where the speed limit is lower, and drove all the way home that way. On the way home I averaged 10.7 MPG according to the mileage meter built into the truck. It was all two lane roads (Most of it down highway 14) and it towed easily and was a nice drive. The only issue I had was that after dark some of the oncoming traffic would flash their lights at me because they thought I was bright lighting them. If I ever do something like this after dark again I will have to find a solution for that. Moving the 7 gallons of water ahead in the bed of the truck might have helped a little. A enjoyable weekend if you ever get around that area I recommend it. Have a nice Day . Caveman Charlie
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Back with a few more questions

How do you intend to use the TT? Good Question. I go camping in a 22 foot TT every weekend that I can. But, as just a weekend camper I never get that far from home and I like the small size for being easy to tow. I don't think I would want to live in it though.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Chipmonk & Squirrel Damage Prevention Light?

I FINALLY found the squirrel that has been bugging me for weeks running around on my roof. OK, I have hearing issues and wear hearing aids, but it WAS a squirrel. That is my story....... After traveling from my summer host position to my home base two days ago, 250 miles, the squirrel was still there running around after I was set up. Obviously, even at my advanced age, the squirrel didn't ride 250 miles on the roof. So I started to suspect a mouse in the a/c ducts. Then I finally hit me. The sound was the pull chain hitting one of the light bulbs in my new ceiling fan that I installed just before the squirrel started bugging me. After balancing the fan which was new the squirrel went away. Sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees! lol Great story. I've done similar things.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Freightliner part - unavailable

How bad is it leaking? If you don't want to fix it on the road can you just keep the fluid topped off until you get home? In most cases that is what I would try to do. If you don't make it you are no worse off then you are now. I think that's my best bet, CC. I think I'll buy a case or two of ATF and just keep checking it on the way home and hope for the best. Thank you all for your help and suggestions. They are very much appreciated! :? Confused. A case or two of ATF ain't no small leak. Need that much you probably aren't going to fix it with a seal kit. ChopperBill has a point. If you have a major leak and if that fluid is spraying, or getting thrown by the fan, all over the engine compartment you could have a fire!! If the leak is that bad you should have it fixed right away for safety reasons. If it's just a small drip that drips right out on the ground then that would be different.
CavemanCharlie 09/17/14 07:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Dead Colorado Hitchiker

I just wanted to say to everyone thanks for the laugh.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/14 07:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chipmonk & Squirrel Damage Prevention Light?

Wow, Glad I don't live there. I use a hungry cat in my storage shed for most of my rodent problems. It would catch and eat a chipmunk. Not so sure about a squirrel though. Still, the squirrel might stay away if the cat had the area under control.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/14 07:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Back with a few more questions

I say if you makes you happy then buy it. Make sure you do a really, really, close inspection before you tow it home. A lot of these new TT are built with poor quality. I also suggest you do a exhaustive internet search first to look for design flaws. After that then I say go have fun camping.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/14 07:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Freightliner part - unavailable

How bad is it leaking? If you don't want to fix it on the road can you just keep the fluid topped off until you get home? In most cases that is what I would try to do. If you don't make it you are no worse off then you are now. I think that's my best bet, CC. I think I'll buy a case or two of ATF and just keep checking it on the way home and hope for the best. Thank you all for your help and suggestions. They are very much appreciated! Really, they say,, there is a difference between ATF and power steering fluid. I've never seen much of a difference myself. What does Freightliner recommend? Maybe your pump is so special it requires a special fluid? I really, really, doubt that. Just giving you a head up. On then farm where I work we have had to learn to keep a bunch of different types of oils, and fluids, around because they keep coming out with new ones all the time. A lot of these modern computer controlled vehicles will be screwed up quickly if you add the wrong type of oil.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/14 07:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Freightliner part - unavailable

How bad is it leaking? If you don't want to fix it on the road can you just keep the fluid topped off until you get home? In most cases that is what I would try to do. If you don't make it you are no worse off then you are now.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/14 11:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Trip report

I'll watch people if the people in question are beautiful young women in bikinis. I try hard not to stare, or at least not get caught staring. Around here you'll get arrested for that.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/14 11:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing Jensen ANHD20 antenna

Wish I could help but, I've never hard of that antenna. I've had Omni-directional antennas that have bolted to the side of the camper. Then when you get to the campsite you just slide them up and they unfold. They work fair but, it might be better then what you have.
CavemanCharlie 09/16/14 11:50am Travel Trailers
RE: toaster on solar

I have something similar to what ChopperBill posted but, mine folds up I love it but, I don't have the time to find it on the internet for you right now. One problem is that it does set off the smoke detector.
CavemanCharlie 09/15/14 07:56am General RVing Issues
RE: oil like substance dripping from television

Please keep us posted on what you find out. I've never heard of such a thing and I'm extremely curious to what it could be.
CavemanCharlie 09/15/14 07:52am General RVing Issues
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