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RE: Weight Distribution bar - using a pipe ... ?

You can probably get a piece of black gas pipe at the local home improvement store. Also after latching the trailer onto the ball try using the tongue jack to lift both the tongue and the back of the trailer up really high. At that point you will possibly be able to just flip the levers over by hand and not need a pipe. un huh.... lift the back of the trailer....really? Ok, ok. I know you really meant back of truck...just messin' with ya. OP...if you don't have an electric tongue jack....get one. This one item was absolutely the best addition I ever made to my trailer...well...maybe not including the Hensley. Ron
lanerd 08/21/14 11:27am Travel Trailers
RE: RV transition (5er to Motorhome)

Of course there is a big difference between driving a 1 ton truck pulling a 5er than driving a large mh. However, it won't take long in getting use to it. We went from a truck/TT to a 36' mh and had a little problem at first with me over steering...but after a couple thousand miles, learned how to keep it straight. Backing, of course, is much easier...as is setting up or breaking camp. Don't worry about it, you'll be an old hand at it real quick. Ron
lanerd 08/21/14 10:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to Dingy Towing - Need help?

The first thing you need to know is the towing capacity of your Class C....many are only 3500 lbs, and I don't think any are more than 5000 lbs. So consider the weight of the toad and the dolly (if you go that route). Of course, flat towing will eliminate the dolly's weight. I'm not sure where you're getting the $$ figure for flat towing, it shouldn't be any where close to $4500 - $5000. Base plate, tow bar, light kit, and a supplemental brake system should only run about $3000 and if you're the least bit handy with tools, installation (in most cases) is not difficult at all. Many of the required items can be picked up for much less through ebay or craigslist. Be aware that only FWD should be dolly towed or vehicles that can be flat towed. Most all of RWD vehicles cannot be dolly towed. I don't have a dolly, so I can't answer any of your dolly questions...sorry. Good luck with what ever you decide. Ron
lanerd 08/21/14 10:02am Dinghy Towing
RE: Swapping out old cook top

Very cool Gary... we are looking at replacing our stove top with an induction cook top. Doesn't look too difficult, but would have to run a new 120v line with circuit breaker and I think that would be the hardest part. We were at the FMCA rally in Redmond Oregon last week and had a guy come over and took measurements and said he would get back to us with an estimate. We'll see. Ron
lanerd 08/19/14 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Dish Network and local channels

Not mentioned above, but when you go on-line at mydish.com, scroll down to the bottom and click on "contact us" and a new page will come up for either "service" or "support". You can click on either "chat now" and you will be connected with someone who can change your "service address". Be sure to have your acct number handy. Or as mentioned, you can also call their 800 number, but you'll have to go through a bunch of "if you need xxxx push !" and so on and so on. Kinda a pain in the butt. Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 08/19/14 10:33am Technology Corner
RE: So confused with tow capacities

Do you think a TT with a dry weight of 7300lbs is good for a 1500? You're missing the point. Forget the towing capacity...that is a number made up by the mfg for sales enhancement. With ANY 1/2 ton pickup (1500 or 150 series), your main concern will be the "payload capacity". What ever trailer you're looking at, take 12 to 15 percent of the trailer's Gross Vehicle Weight for the tongue weight. Subtract that amount from the truck's payload capacity and what is left over will be what you can use for ANYTHING you put in or on the truck...includes you, passengers, equipment, tools, camping stuff...etc. You'll be very surprised at the figures. My 1/2 ton pickup was under a lot of stress with pulling my 25', 5500 lb LOADED (weighed to make sure) travel trailer. I had to go to E rated tires, air bags and a supercharger for the engine. In three years, I had to replace the rear differential gears as they were making a lot of noise. Also had to replace the rear wheel bearings and brake shoes. Granted, 1/2 tons have grown bigger, stronger, and more powerful....but for some reason the mfg'ers have not increased the payload capacity. Strange. Ron
lanerd 08/18/14 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Steering

Is this mh new to you? Have you driven one previously? Typically, it's a driver error by over steering. However, being 11 years old, you could have some bushings and other parts that are worn and need replacing. Also, steering stabilizers are made to fit your rig and I'm sure would help immensely.
lanerd 08/17/14 06:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I empty a galley tank.

I just bought a 2001 a Forest River Real-Lite TC. I don't have a model name, but it is 10.5' in length. The monitor panel has an indicator for a galley grey tank, but I am totally unfamiliar with the concept.You should have two holding tanks...one for the toilet and one for the sinks (kit & bath) and shower. When you flush the toilet, the contents go into the black tank...conversely, when you drain water down the sinks, it goes into the galley tank. The monitors should show you how full each tank is. Is this something that I can divert water into? Not sure what you mean by "divert". Please explain.I only have two valves in the waste drain compartment so I don't know how to empty this tank. Simple....just pull one of the handles. Make sure you have a drain hose (re: stinky slinky) attached to the drain outlet before pulling handles. It's best if you put a clear connector between the drain outlet and the stinky slinky so that you can see what is coming out and where it is coming from.I looked in all of the cabinets and access panels and I don't see any extra valves.There are NO other valves. Does anyone have any info on these? I am beginning to think it is just an indicator on the panel and that I don't actually have a tank, although it is reading 1/4 full.If you have a toilet and a sink/shower, you should have two tanks (since you have two gate valves). Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 08/09/14 10:15am Truck Campers
RE: Grey Tank not draining

How long have you owned this trailer? A couple of things (that has previously been mentioned) comes to mind for me. First, the pull handle stem has come loose from the gate assembly inside so the gate it NOT opening at all. Second, there is another gate valve someplace for this particular tank that you're not aware of. Gray tanks just don't plug up as there are nothing in them that is large enough to block the drain opening. So, in my opinion, one of the two items above has to be your problem. Good luck... Ron
lanerd 08/08/14 01:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class A towing

Thanks Ron. Yes it is 4wd with no transfer case. If it doesn't have a transfer case, then it is AWD (all wheel drive) as a 4WD with transfer case has two speeds...hi and lo. AWD doesn't have any gears except those in the transmission and all four wheels are "pretty much" working all the time. Ron
lanerd 08/08/14 10:36am Dinghy Towing
RE: Batteries

Ok a little more detail and questions. It is a 1997 class a rexhall airbus. I am brand new to this and have no idea what inverter, etc I have. I do know that there are 2 batteries and they are brand new. Here are more questions.That's a start...need more. 1. Do I have to have the chassis turned off to charge the batteries when I am camping with no shoreline? What do you mean "chassis"? If you're referring to the chassis "batteries", then no you don't as the chassis batteries power other things that you do need. 2. I am always plugged into shore power all the time at home. Will this harm my batteries? Do I need to be disconnecting them?It depends upon the type of converter you have. It needs to have a 3-stage battery charger or it will cook your batteries. 3. As far as recharging when I am camping with no shoreline I will only be using a couple lights, the pump when I take a shower or use the toilet and a fan.Sorry, didn't see a question here. Normally, our coaches are designed to take care of themselves for the most part. A couple of things you need to know. Older coaches typically don't have inverters...only converters and secondly, not all coaches will charge both sets (chassis and house) batteries when connected to shore power. You need to find out exactly what converter (or maybe inverter) you have. Leaving the coach connected to shore power indefinitely, may or may not be a good thing....again depends upon what converter you have. Ron
lanerd 08/08/14 10:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Batteries

I have a few questions in regards to the batteries. 1. Do the batteries charge when I am moving down the road?Yes. 2. When I am camping without electricity and using the batteries how long will they stay charged?Depends upon type and age of batteries and what kind (amount) of amperage draw. 3. If I run the generator to charge the batteries when I am dry camping how long should it take to fully charge the batteries? Thanks!Again, depends on type and age of batteries and also size of generator and how much amperage it puts out. Sorry, you're just to generalized with your questions....need more info and be more specific. Ron
lanerd 08/06/14 06:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A towing

Is it 4-wheel drive (4WD) or all wheel drive (AWD)? If it is 4WD and has a manual transfer case selector so that you can put it into neutral...you should be ok. However, if no neutral position for the transfer case, I think you're outta luck! Ron
lanerd 08/06/14 12:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Argg morons

You do realize that "MORON" is a slur against the Mormon religion don't you! Really??:R Can you provide a reference to this definition? I'm with others... I think calling this person a moron is a little juvenile. Having a blow out on a trailer is very difficult to know by the driver without either having a TPMS on the trailer or someone coming up beside you blowing his horn to alert you. While causing a fire is terrible and devastating to those who lost property, I don't think putting the entire blame on the person with the trailer is fully to blame. However, that said, if the person did have a TPMS, it would have alerted him that he did have a blowout and maybe, just maybe, he could have pulled over in time to prevent causing the fire. So in this respect, he is somewhat to blame. Ron
lanerd 08/04/14 11:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Prescott Az to Bend Oregon

We have done the I-15 to I-84 to 20 across to Bend several times. This is a good route but you'll have to go through SLC which is almost as bad as going through Los Angeles. Another route you might want to think of, is taking I-40 over to Barstow, Rt 58 to Hwy 395. North on 395 to hwy 20 and over to Bend. Only major city on this route is Reno and it's not bad getting through it. FWIW, Hwy 99 is bad, heavy traffic, construction, etc..... I-5 also has some very bad areas....not to mention very boring. We use Hwy 395 to go to Oregon almost exclusively. The eastern Sierra's are magnificent! Ron
lanerd 08/04/14 11:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Truck registration in California

If you have a permanently mounted camper on the back, you can register it non-commercial (like a car) and save big bucks. However, as mentioned previously, if you remove the camper and get pulled over, you will be up for a heavy fine...even if you don't have anything in the bed. This is what was explained to me by a CHP last year. Ron
lanerd 08/04/14 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacing Backup Camera System

After a squirrel ate my coax on my previous motor home, I upgraded the black and white camera/monitor with a new color one. I ran a new 75' coax from the new camera to the new monitor (in dash) via most of the cable harness that are "under" the coach. I pulled a few light fixtures inside and decided that pulling a new coax through the ceiling just wouldn't be worth the effort. Ron
lanerd 08/04/14 10:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Routine fresh water tank maintenance

We have new 2015 Navion IQ 24G class C RV. This is our first RV. We will travel 2-5 day trips & will hook up to city water at RV parks. I'm interested to know best routine to ensure water is fresh / sanitary for each trip. Do we empty fresh water tank after each trip & refill from home hose the day before we leave again? Are there caps for each end of our fresh water hose to keep it clean? How often do we need to use the Clorox disinfecting procedures in the instruction manual? We do use a water filter between city water source & our RV fill hose & a pressure regulator on the intake. We also have a reverse osmosis filter on galley sink. However I don't think either one filters bacteria or viruses. I'll fess up... I'm a retired RN being very compulsive . Thanks.. Lana It depends upon how long an interval between trips. If only a month or two, you shouldn't have to do anything except drain when you get home and refill when you leave. Note on refilling at home...remember water weighs a little over 8 lbs per gallon. As for cap for the hose.... just roll the hose up and connect the ends together. Simple. The only time you really need to disinfect the water tank is after it has been setting for months at a time...like over the winter. When you speak of a "pressure regulator", I hope you're talking about the adjustable type with a gauge. The small flow through unit that is preset isn't very reliable and you can never be absolutely sure what it is doing. It is really just a restricter rather than a regulator. Good luck and enjoy your new rv. Ron
lanerd 08/04/14 10:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Falcon 2 tow bar frozen in RETRACTED position

Well, WD-40 does have some lubricating qualities, but it definitely doesn't have any penetrating qualities. As Don said above, use a penetrating oil. Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 08/03/14 01:24pm Dinghy Towing
RE: What are the diff between tow bar, dolly, trailer?

Simple: Tow bar: used to tow vehicles that can either be towed with all four wheels on the ground or those modified with either a lube pump for the transmission or a drive shaft disconnect. Tow Dolly: used to tow FWD vehicles that can't be towed four down. I have see some RWD vehicles that is mounted on the dolly backwards. Trailer: used to tow ANY vehicle with all four wheels off the ground. Hope this helps Ron
lanerd 08/03/14 01:19pm General RVing Issues
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