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RE: Moving Plants Cross Country

Did a move from NW Oregon to CO 2 years ago and moved a few houseplants. We just put them in the shower with a towel below the pots. This helps if there is any drainage and there is a skylight above for added light as we were hoping not to have the plants go into shock. I think the biggest worry may be heat since you will be travelling in mostly desert area. Our 2 week move/vacation ultimately did not harm the plants.
RedRocket204 07/16/14 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Comparing ATV tires

Thanks Bob. Took a quick look and went ahead and joined as that site had not previously been on my radar. Will be nice to connect with locals to get out and ride. :)
RedRocket204 07/15/14 04:49pm Toy Haulers
RE: Comparing ATV tires

Bumping this thread up... Just bit the bullet and spent the $550 on a new set of shoes for the Grizzly 700. Went with the 26" BigHorns as it is rare to see someone disappointed with that tire along with I will only be riding trail in the Rocky Mountains, no mud pits for me. I will be mounting them to an additional set of OEM SE wheels I picked up so I can maintain the OEM plain wheels with Dunlops for pavement plowing duty.
RedRocket204 07/15/14 09:43am Toy Haulers
RE: Nissan Armada Tow

I have heard that 10% tongue is ok here I have done 12% that is a difference of about 140lbs for tongue weight. No 10% *MIGHT* be ok, but that is highly unlikely. For example, my trailer is far less stable with anything less than ~14% TW. Typical is between 12-15% for a TT. You don't want to lighten the tongue to stay within your GVWR, it can lead to instability. Something you can take into account is the fact that the WD hitch will transfer some of the tongue weight back onto the trailers axles. The amount can vary depending on set up but you could see as much as 20% transferred. At 20% of 900lbs you could see 180lbs removed from the truck. BUT, if you need to rely on this to stay within GVWR it goes to show that the TT is too much. Keep in mind your kids aren't going to get any smaller. To expand on what is being said in the two quotes above... Considering a 10% TW is absolutely wrong. As mentioned, this can lead to instability. The instability mentioned is a very uneasy, white knuckle experience which can also be referred to as trailer sway...TT not tracking behind the tow vehicle well. Many new RVers are told that this feeling is supposed to be what is helped out by a weight distribution hitch but very light TW problems will not be fixed by a WDH/Anti-sway...you will need to properly tongue load that trailer to get it to tow correctly. You will still need a WDH but don't be fooled into thinking a WDH will solve all TT tracking issues. There are also cases where someone may already be at 13% TW but they still get an uneasy sway feeling...and usually, the quickest/easiest/proper way to resolve this is to continue to move heavier items forward of the trailer axles to increase the TW. Trailer sway happens as the leverage of weight behind the trailer axles ease up on the hitch, allowing the TT to "have a mind of its own" causing the instability. This is a very general view of what is occurring but is essentially what happens. You do not want this instability feeling while towing your family around.
RedRocket204 07/14/14 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Exhaust time

If you haven't done it yet, many, many people have uploaded videos on youtube where they have recorded different exhaust notes for you to hear. Granted, it won't be a perfect representation but it may help weed out some that you just know are going to be too loud. Just search 6.0 powerstroke exhaust and many will come up.
RedRocket204 06/25/14 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck salesmen are idiots

As soon as the retail customer starts paying MSRP for the vehicle, puts what they will take for the trade on the windshield, and hands the salesman a credit app when they arrive will be when you will know the real price of the vehicle without asking. That makes no sense. BTW, if a salesperson is put out by a potential customer asking questions and then the customer doesn't buy from them...maybe it's time for that sales person to find another job!
RedRocket204 06/25/14 04:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Credit cards at the pump

Sounds like the credit card company is trying to do their part to protect you from fraud. Good for them. That is actually a misconception. The CC company is protecting themselves from a fraud charge because the card holder is not responsible for fraud charges. I travel domestically and internationally for work and have had to deal with locked cards a handful of times. As mentioned a number of times in this thread...best to just call the company ahead of time and inform them of your travel instead of potentially being put an embarrassing situation. Or they could not offer that service. Are you more comfortable assuming all risks of fraud on your card? Not the point and pretty much a completely invalid statement on your part. CC companies want everyone to think they are doing you the favor when that is not the case...they are protecting their own interests, i.e. that service will not never stop.
RedRocket204 06/23/14 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Credit cards at the pump

Sounds like the credit card company is trying to do their part to protect you from fraud. Good for them. That is actually a misconception. The CC company is protecting themselves from a fraud charge because the card holder is not responsible for fraud charges. I travel domestically and internationally for work and have had to deal with locked cards a handful of times. As mentioned a number of times in this thread...best to just call the company ahead of time and inform them of your travel instead of potentially being put an embarrassing situation.
RedRocket204 06/23/14 08:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Greatest campgrounds ever

Mine would be Advanced RV Resort in Pearland Texas, Valle Del Oro in Mesa Arizona, Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River RV Park in West Memphis Arkansas, and Coastal Georgia RV Resort in Brunswick Georgia. And those would never qualify for my list as those areas are way too hot. Point is everyone has their own particular preferences...and people are just sharing what they like. They don't necessarily know what you like.
RedRocket204 06/22/14 11:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Truck salesmen are idiots

Yes, all three should have gone and gotten the tow guides to see if they could fill your needs, but didn't. That's assuming all three were even aware a tow guide existed for the products they were peddling ;) I still feel Toyota's marketing stunt on the space shuttle was 100% irresponsible on their part. To know their employees push that stunt is further proof of the irresponsibility.
RedRocket204 06/21/14 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Door deadbolt jammed

How do you remove the cylinder? Can I do it and open the door and just not use the deadbolt? I recall when this happened to me (deadbolt accidentally getting stuck in the locked position) I just messed with it for a bit and was able to get it unlocked using the key. It is highly possible my wife was fiddling with the door latch inside while I was outside fiddling with the key. This was well before the recall notice. To remove the cylinder, I recall you need to have the cylinder in an unlocked position, then use a master key to remove the cylinder. You most likely were not given a master key with your TT purchase as I do not believe that is a common practice. A dealer probably does have a master key in their maintenance shop.
RedRocket204 06/21/14 08:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Door deadbolt jammed

I sent in my request on Feb. 27. I never heard or received anything so I emailed them May 1st. On May 22nd I got a reply saying they are working on February requests and thanks for my patience. I've still not received the replacement lockstep. I need to just call them at this point. Makes me glad I acted on this when the recall first started. I actually did call them and they were very nice and responsive. Only took two weeks to receive the new cylinders/keys and extremely easy to replace...but again, that was last year when the recall first started. Prior to replacing the locks, I did have an occurrence where my family was still sleeping and I locked the door from outside. Wife woke and could not unlock the door from inside so I was accused of locking them in the TT. :) Best of luck hoping you all get your replacements right away.
RedRocket204 06/21/14 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: 2WD or 4WD

Put it in 4WD, or WORSE, 4X4 (ABS/VS is disabled automatically) "apply" engine braking, the "weight" shifts frontward, you end up plowing/understeering into the car ahead. I don't really want to distract from the actual thread, but I gotta say around the Washington/Idaho border where winters are definitely taken seriously, and where I've spent the bulk of 54 of them, I would take a a 4 wheel drive over a 2 wheel drive with ABS any time. It's much better in most situations despite the "know it alls" claiming we'll all end up in a ditch. You'll still skid on ice with ABS, in fact you'll skid straight ahead just like you said. 4 wheel drive on the other hand guides you in the desired direction very nicely. Two years ago I watched about 50% of the vehicles (from semi's to Prius') slide right off the freeway while going under 5 mph. 4/all wheel drive vehicles made of the majority of those that remained on the road. I'll grant you that understeer is a real issue with 4 wheel drive. Simply lifting from the accelerator almost always corrects it. Or even a blip of the throttle while in 4x4 will immediately gain you traction in the event traction is lost. Understeer really should only be an issue if you are driving too fast...and yes, I do know the textbook definition of understeer. wwest makes it sound like using 4x4 while turning will absolutely result in loss of traction on the front wheels, not true. Proper driving technique like not following close, making arcing turns, not sharp, quick turns and then staying off your brakes as best as possible(i.e. gearing down on decents) will trump nannies on cars with poor driving, 2 wheel drive or 4x4. wwest can believe what he wants. I'll take my practical experience any day as I have 0 issues even though it sounds like I should be tractionless, skidding off the road in inclimate weather all of the time.
RedRocket204 06/21/14 06:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2WD or 4WD

Other than initially getting up and going, moving, on the slippery stuff 4WD/4X4 drivelines are totally USELESS! How about geared down engine braking with 4x4 engaged? To me, your above statement is invalid. You really shouldn't be in 4x4 mode when towing in a good traction situation unless you have a AWD vehicle. Forcing the front and rear axles to rotate together on a good road is asking for trouble. The best thing that can happen is rapid tire wear. It gets worse from there up to braking an axle or driveshaft due to driveline wrap. 4x4 is for off road or slick roads only. At least that held true for every 4x4 I've owned. Not one was AWD capable, meaning there was no center differential to allow the front and back to track through a different turning radius. And if you're using 4x4 downhill on a slippery road you can lose steering as mentioned above when wheels slip on a turn because they're all locked together at the same wheel speed. Towing was never mentioned in wwest's absolute statement about how 4x4 is useless other than accelerating moving forward and that is simply not true. Then he comes back and has a non-absolute statement...so, what is it? You guys can continue to disagree and that's fine. WA and TX must have way more adverse driving conditions than I experience in the mountains of CO driving down into Denver and then back home 5 days a week. :R BTW, it takes much more than 1" of snow to close down everything here and snowplows are not everywhere all of the time.
RedRocket204 06/20/14 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fridge

Thanks! I was a little worried. The beer is chilled to a European temp so I'll watch the World Cup I recon. Sooo, that's an invite to head on over? ;)
RedRocket204 06/20/14 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Reese Dual Cam installation

I highly recommend etrailer.com for parts but they also have good videos: etrailer.com - Dual Cam High Performance Sway Control Installation video
RedRocket204 06/20/14 01:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2WD or 4WD

Other than initially getting up and going, moving, on the slippery stuff 4WD/4X4 drivelines are totally USELESS! How about geared down engine braking with 4x4 engaged? To me, your above statement is invalid. Anytime, ANYTIME, you have braking on the front wheels, mechanical or compression, you are in danger of loss of directional control. That's the very reason for ABS... Is that loss of directional control any different with 2 wheel drive and friction brakes versus all 4 wheels (4x4 with drive-train compression) spinning at the same rotational speed? I still find your statement lacking and invalid.
RedRocket204 06/20/14 01:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2WD or 4WD

Other than initially getting up and going, moving, on the slippery stuff 4WD/4X4 drivelines are totally USELESS! How about geared down engine braking with 4x4 engaged? To me, your above statement is invalid.
RedRocket204 06/20/14 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Not enough truck and here is what happens

larger diameter tires will also provide better roll-over capability and from the looks of it...that roll-over capability was absolutely needed. Larger air volume allows for lower air pressure. I can absolutely see why that trailer is outfitted the way it is. As per the comments on the storage compartment being sealed...I'm thinking the bottom (underside) of that trailer being sealed is much more of a concern.
RedRocket204 06/20/14 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: City water hookup / fresh water tank

I'm sure you already know this but just want to mention... If using city water, make sure you use a water pressure regulator. We always use city water when available but also always use a regulator along with a good quality filter before it enters the RV. I have seen very high pressure at a few campgrounds. Would it have caused a problem? I'd rather not find out.
RedRocket204 06/20/14 10:10am Travel Trailers
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