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RE: Freezin our butts off!!

I do have 3 good circuits and 50a service so I'm gonna try the 3rd heater. Any ideas on what electric space heater to get? Do a get a great big thing with a big fan or a small radiant heater like a dish shape? I would suggest a oil filled radiator heater. They are quiet, and stay warm all the time. Seems a lot more sufficient than a heater that glows. It keeps out TT really warm when we use it.
Terryallan 12/08/17 05:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does a lower profile tow better? NOT a mileage Question

Not talking about snowy, or muddy conditions. Just highway speeds. Just that at speed, the 4x2 was more stable. I can "feel" the TT much more with the 4x4 than I ever could with the 4x2. Wheelbase is the same, Tires same rating. I don't have sway with either. Both give a worry free driving experience. I can just feel the TT more. And as I say. JMOP. Of course. It could be the electronic powersteerng on the newer truck. Not arguing, just saying I haven't noticed a 4x2 to be more stable than a 4x4 while towing. Although I normally tow in 4x2 I have on those occasions when it's been raining really hard switched the truck to 4x4 because doing so does improve stability - can't do that with a 4x2. My current Silverado has a 4x4 Auto mode, meaning it runs in 4x2 but anytime any slip is detected it automatically switches to 4x4, and yes it does make a difference. :B I'm Sure it does. I was attributing the more stable to the lower center of gravity of the 4x2, and the fact that shocks, springs and stuff isn't streatched out so much. You know shorter with less chance to move. But as I say. It might just be the difference in the steering. Because even after I upgraded the tires. the feel is pretty much the same. Still in all. I have no sway with either. And I do have to say that the 4x4 feels more loose even when not towing. Just not as planted to the road. Not arguing either. Just having a conversation.
Terryallan 12/07/17 12:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Does a lower profile tow better? NOT a mileage Question

Just to throw another wrinkle into the mix. I have found that a 4x2 truck will tow the same TT better / more stable than a 4x4. So for a better towing experience, IMOP 4x2 is better. You can argue about needing a 4x4 after you unhook. But while at highway speed, 4x2 appears more stable. Interesting. I towed for a number of years with our 2006 4x4 Silverado, then more years with our 2005 4x2 Avalanche, now tow with our 2012 4x4 Silverado, and haven't noticed any advantage of the 4x2 over the 4x4 for towing. If anything, I'm once again looking forward to driving in snowy conditions with our current truck locked in 4x4 as there's no question our previous '06 handled far better in slippery conditions than our '05 ever did. My son now has the Av and I know he'll be bitchin' about it this winter. :W Not talking about snowy, or muddy conditions. Just highway speeds. Just that at speed, the 4x2 was more stable. I can "feel" the TT much more with the 4x4 than I ever could with the 4x2. Wheelbase is the same, Tires same rating. I don't have sway with either. Both give a worry free driving experience. I can just feel the TT more. And as I say. JMOP. Of course. It could be the electronic powersteerng on the newer truck.
Terryallan 12/07/17 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Does a lower profile tow better? NOT a mileage Question

Just to throw another wrinkle into the mix. I have found that a 4x2 truck will tow the same TT better / more stable than a 4x4. So for a better towing experience, IMOP 4x2 is better. You can argue about needing a 4x4 after you unhook. But while at highway speed, 4x2 appears more stable.
Terryallan 12/07/17 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Does a lower profile tow better? NOT a mileage Question

A lower profile trailer such as Lance or Surveyor will tow better especially with a sloped front too A declaration like this deserves documentation to back up the claim ... but your post seems to be missing a link to such proof. ;) like to see it as well. As I said. I have towed both kinds. there is no difference.
Terryallan 12/06/17 10:24am Travel Trailers
RE: How much towing difference does a lower profile make?

Not worried about mileage. More concerned about 'how it tows'. Boats tow much better than travel trailers, they are made to go trough the water. So, does a more aerodynamic trailer tow better than a flat front? Thanks Yes boats tow better than TT. but they are sitting on the trailer in a different way. Tongue weight is not so important with a boat because of where the axles are, and where the weight is carried. TT on the other hand need 10 to 12% of their weight to be carried on the tongue. Once you get the weight balanced, and the WDH correctly setup. A TT tows very good. If setup correctly. you will have no sway. As for a little lower profile. I have had both. You will NEVER feel, or see the difference. The only thing you will notice, Is that the lower profile TT, because it also sits lower to the ground. Will DRAG more on gas station entrances, CG roads, and well any where there is a radical road level change. My current TT sits low, and in truth I thought that would help MPG. It don't, but as I say. It drags. so come spring. I am flipping the axle mounts, and raising it up about 5 inches.
Terryallan 12/06/17 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Sailun tires on tow vehicle

My Silverado dually is in need of new tires. Since everyone is raving about using Sailun brand tires on their trailers, I'm wondering if anyone is using them on their truck? If so what are the results? B.O. I don't know about the tire you speak of. However, Are those tire rated for trucks, or are they just rated for trailers. Trailer tires don't transfer to truck tires. They are made completely different. If you would do a search, you would see Sailun makes many types and styles of tires. From cars, the light duty trucks, to heavy duty to trailer tries. http://www.gosailun.com/ Marty that's why I asked
Terryallan 12/01/17 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sailun tires on tow vehicle

My Silverado dually is in need of new tires. Since everyone is raving about using Sailun brand tires on their trailers, I'm wondering if anyone is using them on their truck? If so what are the results? B.O. I don't know about the tire you speak of. However, Are those tire rated for trucks, or are they just rated for trailers. Trailer tires don't transfer to truck tires. They are made completely different.
Terryallan 12/01/17 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight rating, 5er vs conventional

Hi Tim from another WNYer! What lists are you using? RV sales will tell you anything to get a sale! The weight police will tell you you can't change a payload for a given truck. So go to a dealer and look at the stickers to get the real deal on the numbers. If you have read the threads on what a truck can "comfortably" pull, you'll notice a constant theme, "it can pull that trailer but you won't be happy with it" So don't scrimp on the truck. IMO Actually Factory owner's manuals will give different towing weights for 5ers, and tagalongs. Why? I don't know
Terryallan 11/30/17 06:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer Life

WOW. Trailerlife is no longer included in the Good Sam membership? When did they remove that benefit? Of course the last year I got mine. the mag had gotten so thin. You could see thru it. I always liked the action line articles. Like I drove into the McDonalds sign and they won't pay for damages to my coach, Or I left the fridge door open and it broke on one of the swings. Now Dometic won't replace it for free.
Terryallan 11/29/17 01:52pm Coast to Coast
RE: A thought that goes against the norm!

We may be over thinking this. When was the last time anyone actually found sludge in a modern engine? Use a good quality oil and filter, change it at a reasonable time, and enjoy many, many trouble free miles. LOL.... RVrs have a tendency to make 'things' complicated :B Exactly. Like the thread sometime ago stating that if you wax your coach too often you'll decrease the mpg. Yeah, we all know the more we wax them, the better they slip through the air, increasing mileage. LoL!!!! Inn truth that last part is true. Vehicles do slip thru the air better when waxed. NOTICE NASCAR crews wax their cars right up to the qualifying run to get the most speed out of them. Air crews would wax the fighter planes to get the most speed out of them. waxing a vehicle cuts down on drag. Less drag = better performance, and higher mpg.
Terryallan 11/28/17 08:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A thought that goes against the norm!

oil filter most definitely comes off easier if the eng is hot, especially if someone over tightened it never ever been my experience in all my years and thousands of oil changes Gonna have to go with ScottG on this. Filters do come off much easier warm than cold. I tried taking one off cold. I had to drive a screwdriver thru it to get enough leverage to get it off. When warm. They come off with little more than hand pressure
Terryallan 11/28/17 11:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Route 74, NC

So. where you goin?
Terryallan 11/26/17 07:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route 74, NC

74 is an easy ride. Monroe, and Charlotte are the worst parts. But you can go around Charlotte, on 485, hit 85 South, and then hit 74 west at Kings Mountain, or ride 85 to Shelby and hit 74 there. Or skip 74 all together, and hit 26 off 85. Any way. Once you leave Shelby on 74 it is a good 4 lane road pretty flat, all the way to where it turns into I-26, where you start up the mountain on Saluda Grade. Of course there are roads leading from 74 to Forest city, Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock
Terryallan 11/26/17 06:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: suv to trailer towing help

I really want a vehicle with three rows. In your opinion, would an Excursion do the job? Provided you can find one in good shape, an Excursion would do the job easily. Just remember. Ford quit making them a long time ago.
Terryallan 11/26/17 04:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: HELP! Coachman Apex vs Freedom Express (or ??)

Long tory short we liked the Coachman 248RBS layout when we saw it on line. We looked and worked a good deal and actually put a deposit on one and were all set to get it. Went to the dealer to take delivery and found a "big-to me" issue and told the dealer not accepting. As a Freedom Express owner myself I'm curious - what was this "big-to you" issue? :@ Agree. I'm looking at a Freedom Express. Would like to know as well. We were doing the inspection/walk through. They (factory) left a valve open behind a cover plate under the sink and the trailer got a lot of water leaking into the floor, dealer was great about it.. Not their fault, simple mistake that made this one a no-go for me.. A valve in a closed system shouldn't let water out. Even if it was the winterization hose valve. It would suck instead of run out. Sounds more like a hose popped off. Or the sink drain elbow came lose. Seen that a lot. don't matter. you didn't take it.
Terryallan 11/25/17 07:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: 55+ RV parks and children

No, they wont take you with kids or even your spouse if under 50. I'm in the same boat; My wife and I are over 50 but we will always have an adult disabled (well under 50) son with us and cant use those places. I would think, and have seen. some parks will make an exception in a situation like yours. we have friends whose son was injured in an accident. He can't be left alone. He goes where they go. BTW. I admire you for you love, and dedication to your son, as I do them. It would be so easy for them to put him in a home for the disabled. But they will not. They care for him and take him every where they go. But hey. Isn't that what real parents do. Your children are always your children, No matter how old they get, or what happens to them. Hats off to you sir.
Terryallan 11/24/17 07:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane heater issue

Have a question. Does it do it only on the first time you use it a trip? And after it once lights. Continues to work correctly? If that is the case. It could just be air in the lines, and the gas hasn't got there yet. That is what My gas appliances do. To fix it. Before I turn on the fridge, or water heater. I turn on a stove top burner to get the gas flowing. Once there is enough gas to lite the burner. Then I turn on the W/H, and fridge, and after only a few clicks they run.
Terryallan 11/24/17 06:57am Travel Trailers
RE: LT Tire Longevity on TT?

So all 70+ different lines of P and LT Michelin tires are cracking. :R All made by the same company with the same quality control, or lack there of. Sometimes. Companies rest on their Rep, Stop progressing, and back slide, and think their rep will carry them. Don't always work
Terryallan 11/23/17 05:22pm Towing
RE: HELP! Coachman Apex vs Freedom Express (or ??)

Long tory short we liked the Coachman 248RBS layout when we saw it on line. We looked and worked a good deal and actually put a deposit on one and were all set to get it. Went to the dealer to take delivery and found a "big-to me" issue and told the dealer not accepting. As a Freedom Express owner myself I'm curious - what was this "big-to you" issue? :@ Agree. I'm looking at a Freedom Express. Would like to know as well.
Terryallan 11/23/17 05:18pm Travel Trailers
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