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RE: New to Travel Trailers

Many TT that age are a great buy, Many are not. All depends on how it was cared for. When you see it. Look at the ceiling on the inside. In the cabinets, and closets. IF you see any water stains. Walk away. Soft spots in the floor. Walk away. Make sure all the appliances work as they should. Hook up to water and check for leaks. Put some water in the fresh tank and check the pump, Run the AC, and heat. Some 5 year old TT look 50, and some look new. If it is fased on the paint. Rub some wax on it to see if it will come back. If it does. Good to go. And yeah. You may have to seal the roof fixtures. No matter how well it was cared for. The stuff on the roof dries out. Good Luck, and enjoy.
Terryallan 02/13/16 08:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer to 5th advise

Thanks. Please explain the too small tv? Thing is. For "Most" 5ers. You need more truck than you do for a TT. Biggest thing is the pin weight. Few 5ers are going to have a light enough pin weight for a 150 to carry. Many 5ers have pin weight more than double the tongue weight of a TT. They will quickly put you over the GVWR of a F150. Long story short. A normal 5th wheel "can" squash your 150. I'm in the same boat. My 150 can't carry a 5th wheel of any size either. Need more truck.
Terryallan 02/13/16 08:24pm Towing
RE: 50 amp to 110

I would suggest going o an RV dealer and get a good one / HD. the ones at WallyWorld are NOT heavy duty enough, and can melt.
Terryallan 02/13/16 08:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with hitch / tongue weight

Weight in the back of your truck counts against payload, but it is not tongue weight. This is the correct answer. The load in the back of the truck, including the hitch itself is NOT tongue weight. It is part of the payload / GVWR of the truck. Tongue weight. Is the actual weight of the trailer tongue. Determined mostly by where you load the weight INSIDE the trailer. Thing is. You have to leave enough payload to carry the tongue weight, because it too counts against the payload / GVWR of the truck. You also have to be sure your receiver is rated to carry the tongue weight of your trailer. Say your receiver can carry 950lb of tongue weight using a WDH. Your tongue weight cannot be more than 950lb. And do remember. the truck's brakes are only designed to stop the GVWR of the truck. They are NOT designed to stop the GCVWR which is the truck, plus the trailer. In other words, They are not designed stop the GCVWR of the truck. That view is IMO too simplistic and not really correct. My answer to this is in my post HERE. Ron in his last post agrees at least in concept with parts of my position. I do agree with his view as it applies to what to use as the percentage of TW to total trailer wt. to estimate overall trailer stability. I do concede that my position regarding cargo aft of the TV rear axle is fairly complex and near impossible to accurately determine since what is important for receiver TW rating and sizing of WDH bars is the "weight" that would be applied at the point of the ball that would equal the same "lever moment" as this "additional" cargo wt. I would think somewhere this would be in the range of 25-75% of the actual cargo wt. added. Larry Simplistic or not. It is factual. Tongue weight. It ONLY the weight of the trailer tongue. Weigh the tongue alone to get it. When hooked to the truck. the tongue weight takes up part of the payload / GVWR. Pretty much it. To say that the cargo in the back of the truck is part of the tongue weight is not realistic. After all, Unhook the trailer and that cargo weight is still there, but the tongue weight is completely gone. what would you call it then? No tongue, no tongue weight.
Terryallan 02/13/16 06:54pm Towing
RE: Help with hitch / tongue weight

Weight in the back of your truck counts against payload, but it is not tongue weight. I know some hitch companies suggest weight behind the rear axle should be considered as TW when sizing your WDH. I think that is beans as there is no need to distribute any of that weight. This thinking is a recent phenomena and I have no idea how they came up with it, other than to maybe sell you a larger hitch for more money. A 900 lb dry TW will turn into 1100 lbs so you are on the edge but still within spec. OK? It's up to you. This is the correct answer. The load in the back of the truck, including the hitch itself is NOT tongue weight. It is part of the payload / GVWR of the truck. Tongue weight. Is the actual weight of the trailer tongue. Determined mostly by where you load the weight INSIDE the trailer. Thing is. You have to leave enough payload to carry the tongue weight, because it too counts against the payload / GVWR of the truck. You also have to be sure your receiver is rated to carry the tongue weight of your trailer. Say your receiver can carry 950lb of tongue weight using a WDH. Your tongue weight cannot be more than 950lb. And do remember. the truck's brakes are only designed to stop the GVWR of the truck. They are NOT designed to stop the GCVWR which is the truck, plus the trailer. In other words, They are not designed stop the GCVWR of the truck.
Terryallan 02/13/16 01:43pm Towing
RE: WD Hitch Setup Question

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Terryallan 02/11/16 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: WD Hitch Setup Question

For me. I'd get the front down close to the unhitched weight. 320lb is a lot to take off the front. Remember it does ALL of the steering, and "most" of the stopping. My aim is always. Get the front right, and the rear will take care of it self. As to the bars. Get the size you need to get the weight back on the front. Only when you return the lost weight to the steering axle will you have returned full steering control. Lost weight on the steering axle is lost control.
Terryallan 02/11/16 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fiberglass restoration questions

OK, so, if you don't use Zep until the oxidation is really bad then what does the surface look like then ? IF you can get it looking good with the restorer, and You then keep a good wax on it. It should never get bad enough to need anything else. As to what wax. I use Mequires Cleaner wax. All my vehicles look like new. As did my 2004 TT when I sold it, and as did my 1974 fiberglass boat after 6 years of use. And no one believes my 2004 truck is not new. Plus my 2013 bought in 2012 travel trailer shines and sparkles like it just rolled off the line. Actually more.
Terryallan 02/08/16 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Fiberglass restoration questions

Once you restore it. You have to protect it with wax. If not. It just goes back to where it was. So after you do in again. Put some good wax on it. You would want to wax it twice a year now that it has been restored. Pretty easy to do. At one time it was my job to restore fiberglass / gelcoat. A good paste wax after compounding, or water sanding is always the best thing to do, and if you keep it waxed. Not only will the shine stay, But it will be easier to wax every time.
Terryallan 02/06/16 08:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Mt. Pleasant KOA information

With your big ol truck. A shuttle would not be a bad idea. And once in town. You can usually catch the trolley from one end to the other when needed. Thing about your truck. Depending on when you go. Sometimes you can find a spot on the street. However. IF your truck isn't too high. You can go to the top of a parking garage and find a spot there. Barring that. Ride the shuttle. Also since you are on the Mt Pleasant side. You can go to the waterfront park under the bridge. A great place to sit and watch the ships, and water.
Terryallan 02/06/16 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Please check my TV/TT and WDh setup

we put about 900 miles on it last week, that is when the photo was taken. It pulls pretty well I think, but this is my first trailer, so I don't know what a perfect set up would pull like. We did get just a bit of porpoising on one road, but it could have just been the road. Would I lower the nose by removing or adding a washer to the hitch? IF it was a concrete road, It is normal. The joints make the truck, and trailer bounce pretty good sometimes
Terryallan 02/06/16 02:41pm Towing
RE: Firestone Tire Recalls

The recall is for Trailer tires. No RV'r should be using those on a Motorhome!!! Moisheh The recall is for FS561 heavy truck tires. NOT to be used for trailers. Firestone says they are NOT designed for trailer use
Terryallan 02/06/16 09:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator Smells. Help!

The inside of the refrigerator in our TT smells foul. It was parked in our yard with food in it and we had a power failure that lasted several days. Of course we were away. We've emptied the fridge and cleaned it thoroughly. We put baking soda in it. It is working perfectly. It has been weeks and the inside still smells foul. What can we do??? DW refuses to put food in it until we get the smell out and we're set to roll in two weeks. HELP!!! Did you leave it open for a week or so to air out. If you keep it closed, and don't let it air out. No matter what you put in it. It will always smell.
Terryallan 02/06/16 08:59am General RVing Issues
RE: GMC commercial

I liked one of the questions asked in the comments. "How did four fit into the cab"?. The answer is, and I know some on here will freak out. But the fact is. The kids rode in the camper. A very common , and practical way to go on trips. AND WE LIVED THRU IT.
Terryallan 02/06/16 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Please check my TV/TT and WDh setup

Looks like the front is only raising 1/4 inch. You should be good. If however you get any sway. Add another washer, OR pull another link to get the front down that other 1/4 inch.
Terryallan 02/05/16 08:01am Towing
RE: Aerodynamics Matter !!

Thanks for the comments... When gas prices double (which they will), we will be prioritizing a little differently, I suspect. ... Towing and high MPG don't go together. Don't fit the same sentence. If you want higher MPG then you would need to drop to a popup type of camper. But most want the TT to be ready to walk in with out raising the top first. Barring that. If you want high MPG. You would need to begin to think Motel, and a smart car. Not really an option fro most of us. Especially the smart car. With all due respect Terryallan, I guess towing and getting 27 MPG (9L/100km) shouldn't be said together then. That is what we have averaged over the last 25,000 miles (40,000 kms) with our first hard-walled prototype. It CAN and HAS been done. That said, I do appreciate your opinion. It is a good reminder that there is always a different perspective. Thank you. Ron Would like to see a picture of that TV and RV. Few if any towing vehicles that can tow heavy, get 27 MPG WITHOUT a RV. As I say. to get decent MPG. You would need to go to a low profile trailer like a Hi-Lo, or other type popup. However IF I'm wrong. show me. I would love to get 27 MPG while towing a 9' high 30' long 7000lb TT.
Terryallan 02/05/16 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Aerodynamics Matter !!

Thanks for the comments... When gas prices double (which they will), we will be prioritizing a little differently, I suspect. Just last summer, gas prices were double what they are now. The priorities were the same. Folks that want to camp / RV. Know they will have to pay the price. Towing and high MPG don't go together. Don't fit the same sentence. If you want higher MPG then you would need to drop to a popup type of camper. But most want the TT to be ready to walk in with out raising the top first. Barring that. If you want high MPG. You would need to begin to think Motel, and a smart car. Not really an option fro most of us. Especially the smart car.
Terryallan 02/04/16 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Charlotte, NC in July

"IF" you like State Park Camping. You can stay at Kings Mountain State Park, just down I-85 from Charlotte. They have electric and water on site, no sewer. Nice bath houses, and a dump station. Also there is Statesville KOA just up I-77. AND if you want to stay closer in. You can try www.visitnc.com/listing/tom-johnson-camping-center-racing-resort. Tom Johnsoncamping center. Now owned by Camping World. But it is closer to Charlotte, and besides the Charlotte Motor Speedway. There is lots of shopping, restaurants, and other activities to chose from.
Terryallan 02/04/16 08:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wax?

I use Mequires "Cleaner" wax. It not only shines and protects. But it removes any oxidation, and slight scratches, Plus removes any black streaks that may be on the side. It is decal safe, and if you do it once or twice a year. It is easy. My last TT was 10 years old when we sold it. the finish looked like new, and it sat out in the sun 12 months of the year. This one is 4 years old, and the paint is like new. so judge for yourself. You can use a spray on that removes no flaws, or you can remove the flaws, and protect in one step.
Terryallan 02/04/16 08:24am Beginning RVing
RE: No brakes

When ever I try to do that. I always get a "bad formatting" message, and then it won't let me post. Sorry. I'm just not that computer smart.
Terryallan 02/03/16 03:43pm Fifth-Wheels
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