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Voltage Drop Across New Breakaway Switch

I recently replaced my existing breakaway switch with a new one manufactured by Hopkins. In testing it, I could not hear the brakes actuate when the switch was energized. I checked my voltage for the on-board rv battery and measured the voltage as 12.48v. I then measured across the switch and measured the voltage as 10.63v. The wires on the Hopkins switch are 18 gauge, but they are short wires. Anyone have any experience with voltage drops and actuating brakes on the trailer thru the breakaway witch? Thanks.
RamTX 07/10/17 11:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Travelling from Waco Texas to Galveston Island

The Grand Parkway has NO toll booths. You will have to have an EZ Pass which is only good in Texas to use it unless you want to receive tolls plus penalties. I advise not trying to use highway 290 inside Grand Parkway since it is under construction. Parts of the highway are down to 2 narrow lanes in one direction with no shoulders. It is pretty scary for me in my truck, but maybe I am just nervous! Hwy 6 in Houston area is a very busy road. From Waco to Hempstead, Highway 6 is great-just take the loop around Bryan/College Station. What I would consider is in Hempstead take 159 to Highway 36 in Bellville. (You will have to go into the small town of Hempstead to get on 159. It is a country two lane road with little traffic. Last time I was on it, it was good.
RamTX 06/13/17 07:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Middle bunkhouse 38' and smaller

I suspect that even with the Jayco 30.5 MBOK which you mentioned, you will exceed the RAWR of your vehicle. I have a lighter smaller Jayco 5th wheel and I am very close to the max rating of the rear axle on my dodge ram 2500. I am not the weight police, but I am just mentioning this so you will be aware.
RamTX 06/06/17 12:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Adding gusset/bracing to shackle hangers...

The usual method is to weld a piece of 2x2 square tubing from one spring hanger to the other directly across, above the bolt holes in the hanger and close to the frame. This would transfer any stress to the other side when backing to balance the forces of twisting to both hangers instead of just the one. To be honest you may not need to do anything unless you can see some evidence of excessive flexing while backing. This is part of the fix recommended by Dexter which made my frame on my fifth wheel when the I-beam frame cracked near the spring hangers. I have the Dexter info if you would like to see it-just send me your e-mail in a PM.
RamTX 02/14/17 01:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best route from Dallas area to Custer S.D.

You didn't state how many days you have to travel and see the Black Hills. Obviously, that will impact the route that you choose. We have traveled to Custer and the Black Hills area from Waco to Hill City going thru Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. We travel about 350 miles per day and it took four days but we did some sightseeing on the way and made several stops for a couple of days. Yes, the drive through Oklahoma and Kansas and part of Nebraska is boring, but we had never been in these areas and just wanted and had several places along the way that we wanted to visit such as the railyards and Buffalo Bills Home in North Platte.
RamTX 02/03/17 08:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Lufkin Tx to Port Aransas

What about 59/69 to 99 and go around the west end of Houston to I10. take I10 west to 77. 77 south to Victoria.? Thenon to Port A You will not be able to take 99 tollway as it has no toll booths. You have to have an EZ tag or several other tags issued by various toll road authorities in the state of Texas to use the tollway unless you want to receive some large toll bills with fines in the mail! You could use Beltway 8 toll road as they have toll booths for cash customers. Just take it all the way from 59 to I10. You will have to pay I believe several tolls which they charge by the axle.
RamTX 12/10/16 11:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Can I just upgrade to 5200 pound axles ?

If you are talking about Dexter axles I would contact Dexter and consult with them. I learned that the only difference between their 5200# axle and the #6000 axle is that the hub in the #6000 axle has a larger outer bearing than in the #5500 hub. So, when I had to replace a hub, I got the 6000# hub. I did change both hubs on the same axle.
RamTX 11/30/16 10:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Washington-On-The-Brazos, TX

I've been there, and I did not see any campground. This is a historical park as you mentioned. I think what they are referring to regarding reservations is reserving one of the group gathering facilities which there are several.
RamTX 11/23/16 07:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Building an RV Park from scratch under 50k?

I suspect if the "RV Park" is in the Recharge Zone of the Edwards Aquifer that a conventional septic system cannot be put in and a treatment plant must be installed. These treatment plants cost about $6,000 to $8,000 per home in normal soil, so for a large installation I would guess that you're talking about costs in the $15,000 to $20,000 range for this project besides using probably several acres for spray fields. I doubt that any licensed installer would touch such a project without proper permits from the appropriate regulatory agency since such unlicensed installations could be very expensive in fines or even prison time.
RamTX 09/10/16 08:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Houston to NO.

Double post-sorry!
RamTX 08/19/16 09:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Houston to NO.

I would fly if in a hurry. About a month ago, relatives went from Houston thru NOLA on I10 and I12 and the trip took hours longer than usual due to heavy traffic in the Lafayette to I12 segment of the trip.
RamTX 08/19/16 09:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Cheyenne

We spent about six days in the Mt. Rushmore area, and about 7 or 8 days in Yellowstone (this was our third trip there). When going thru Custer State Park,go on the wildlife loop early in the morning or late in the evening-I think that you will see more wildlife then. We take it easy when camping, so we are a little slower in seeing various sights! No offense intended to another poster, but I can't imagine spending only 10 minutes at Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore, we went to Mt. Rushmore in the afternoon, then we back one night to see the light show!
RamTX 08/13/16 08:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Air Conditioner Cycling , it is 100*f how long do they run?

Was camping just outside Zion National Park in August. The 5er was in the sun all day-with outside temp reaching 107 F. 15000 BTU AC ran continuously all day light and temp inside the 5er never got lower than about 88 F. Needless to say, it was pretty uncomfortable.
RamTX 08/08/16 08:33am Tech Issues
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