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RE: Why is towing my little trailer so stressful?

It sounds like your trailer is removing too much weight off the front tires of the truck. Before you spend any money on fixes you really should spend $20 on getting the entire setup weighed. This will tell you (and us) what your are faced with. Look online for a public scale, CAT scale, landfills, moving companies typically will weigh your setup for a nominal fee. Load up for camping, hook up the trailer and go to the scale. If the scale has three pads put the truck front wheels on one pad, the rear wheels on the next pad, and the trailer wheels on the third pad. Have everyone stay in the truck and get the weight and then pull off the scale and park the trailer out of the way. Then go back over the scale and weigh the truck one axle at a time alone without the trailer. If the scale only has one pad just weigh each axle separately, then unhook the trailer and weigh just the truck one axle at a time. Come back here and give us all the numbers and we can tell you if you need weight distribution. Or you can also go out and spend a few hundred dollars on a weight distribution setup and hope that it fixes the issue.
opnspaces 10/14/14 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: where to replace popup trailer tires?

You can order them through Discount/Americas Tire, or probably any other tire store.
opnspaces 10/13/14 10:14pm Folding Trailers
RE: Battery usage

Unless you know for sure I would call Good Sam again and ask them if they will tow the trailer out of the rest area.
opnspaces 10/13/14 07:38am Tech Issues
RE: how to charge battery and connect battery to jayco eagle 10

Run the battery you have and see how it works. Yes a deep cycle battery is better, but the battery you have is already in the trailer so you might as well see how it works for your style camping before you go spend money on a new battery. To hook the battery up there should be a few wires near it. It's extremely important to make sure the wires go on the proper posts on your battery. As Old-Biscuit said you need to identify your negative battery cable. If there are two wires near the battery grab the white one with your hand and follow it and see if it is connected to the frame. Then follow the black wire and make sure it doesn't also go to the frame (it most likely does not but it's good to check.) If the white wire went to the frame it is (negative or the green side of the battery in the photo. If the black wire does NOT go to the frame it is positive or the red side of the battery. You might need a some battery terminals to allow you to connect the wires. These are available at Walmart or any auto supply store. Make sure you get the ones with the wingnut on them as it makes connecting and disconnecting easier. http://www.silverfoxtractorspares.com/ekmps/shops/jws8408/images/battery-terminal-stud-type-with-wing-nut-positive--18043-p%5Bekm%5D1000x750%5Bekm%5D.jpg"target=_blank" width=320
opnspaces 10/12/14 10:43am Folding Trailers
RE: 3 new batteries...rv not starting

I'm also with BFL, check your battery posts and terminals. It sounds like you have a loose connection.
opnspaces 10/11/14 11:30pm Tech Issues
RE: DC circuitry in an RV

Glad it worked out and a big thank you for coming back to report the outcome to us all. Can I ask what terminal was corroded? Was it a battery post, a circuit breaker, or a fuse? Thanks
opnspaces 10/09/14 06:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Help electrical problems! aplenlite trailer

Sorry I was on the wrong track with this post.
opnspaces 10/08/14 11:50pm Tech Issues
RE: child safety seats hook up

I'm pretty sure all car seats will accept a standard automotive lap belt or lap/shoulder belt. Put the car seat in the normal seating position and buckle the seat belt. Now put your knee into the seat and use your body weight to press the child seat down and back into the seat and pull the seat belt tight. I always hated doing that especially when I had to put the car seats in and out all the time. So I found one of these at Target. Link http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/00/67/77/26/40/0067772640001_500X500.jpg width=320 The Mighty-Tite works just like any cargo ratchet strap. You just slide the belt into the slots on the mighty-tite. Then buckle the car seat into the seat belt leaving a bit of slack so you can actually buckle it. Then just flip the red lever on the Mighty-Tite a few times and the seat will cinch down tight into the RV seat. It takes all of 3 minutes and you don't have to break a sweat to secure the car seats anymore.
opnspaces 10/08/14 09:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: child safety seats hook up

Are there existing adult seat belts in the positions that you want to install the child seats?
opnspaces 10/08/14 05:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Will this get me thrown in jail?

Yeesh, I didn't intend to turn this into a cop bashing thread. I mainly wanted to make sure about some oddball inconsistancy on a forum as opposed to having to deal with it on some part of I-10, or California court. Different states have different vehicle laws. Texas has the "move over or slow down" law where if a police car is pulled over with the lights on, if traffic doesn't go 20 miles under the posted limit in the right lane, it can be a $2000 fine. It is always good to ask and check around. One surprise that I found in CA by reading is that they disallow right turns on red and U-turns. Here in Texas, they are allowed, so it is always good to find that info out firsthand. Ignorance isn't an excuse. Just what are you reading? You keep getting some really bad info. Right turns are allowed on a red. Must stop first and be safe to do so but is allowed. U-turns are allowed unless posted that it is not. Except in California it's not legal to U-turn in front of a fire station. Turning Near Fire Stations 22104. No person shall make a U-turn in front of the driveway entrance or approaches to a fire station.
opnspaces 10/08/14 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Black water valve leaking, NOT a simple valve replacement

Can you cut off the elbow and the valve? Then just rebuild with a new elbow and flange and a new valve.
opnspaces 10/07/14 11:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with retensioning Carefree topper awning

Link
opnspaces 10/07/14 10:46pm Tech Issues
RE: DC circuitry in an RV

Don't call the professional yet. Since you have a meter do a few things. They're all easy and quick so what have you got to lose? :) Disconnect shore power. Check across your battery for battery voltage (write the voltage down). If you have voltage then continue. Grab your negative battery cable right at the post. BTW it should be white :). Using your hand follow the wire until it goes to the frame. If the wire on the negative terminal does not go to the frame you're hooked up incorrectly. Find the wire that does go to the frame and put it on the negative terminal. Any wire that does not go to the frame is probably positive. Follow each wire until it goes into the trailer. If there are any bumps or rectangles in the wires you have probably found a circuit breaker. http://www.delcity.net/images/photos/72101_primary.jpg width=320 Check for battery current from each post of the circuit breaker (CB) to the negative battery post. If you don't have voltage on each side, the breaker is tripped or bad. Anything less than battery voltage on either side is bad. Check for a small reset button on the side of the breaker. If you find a fuse careful inspection will reveal that there are two holes on the back of the fuse, one on each side of the amperage rating. (silver dots on either side of the 10 in the picture below). http://image.made-in-china.com/43f34j00LskteQpWJgco/Automotive-Fuse.jpg width=320 These holes allow you to probe the fuse for voltage without disconnecting it from the holder. As with the CB above check for current from each hole in the fuse to the negative post of the battery. Anything less than battery voltage on either side is bad (either fuse or holder). If everything checks out fine then temporarily plug into shore power. Now go into the trailer with your meter and find a good ground. You're looking for a place in the fuse panel where you can put your positive meter probe into the back of a working fuse and touch the black (negative) probe to ground. If you get 13+ volts you have found a good ground. Okay now go unplug the shore power cord and go back into the trailer and check each reverse polarity fuse (green 40 amp fuses) to ground. Check both holes on the fuse to ground. You should get battery voltage on each hole on the fuse to ground. If your battery is connected you will get battery voltage on at least one of the two holes in each 40A fuse. If you get voltage on only one of the two holes then your fuse is bad. If you get no voltage at the green 40A fuses take a digital picture of your fuse box. Look at the picture and make sure you can see where every fuse goes. Go verify that you are not connected to shore power. Now pull all the fuses out and remove the panel that covers the wiring behind the fuses. Look for a thick black and white wire near the fuses and connected to the circuit board that the fuses are plugged into. You will probably see markings on the board for + or POS and - or NEG. Use your meter to verify that you have battery voltage. these are the wires coming from the battery. If you do not get voltage there is a problem with the connection to the battery. At this point you'll probably either want to call in a professional or go check at the battery one more time.
opnspaces 10/07/14 10:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Few more ??? and then I'll leave you all alone. I promise.

My only advice is to make sure you have a place to sit and put on your shoes and that everyone is comfortable doing business in the bathroom. Yes, you need to actually sit down on the thing if it looks tight. This is so true. When I bought my trailer nine years ago I performed this test and it passed. Now that I'm a little bit older it still passes the test, but it just seems to be a bit tighter in there than I remember. So make sure you both can sit comfortably with the door closed (one at a time for the salesmans sanity) :W and pretend you are doing your business before you accept the trailer.
opnspaces 10/07/14 08:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: newbie,want to buy a old popup trailer,is it safe?

I have a popup that would probably suit your needs. No it's not for sale. 1986 Coleman Columbia popup. It has two full size beds and the table folds down into a third bed. You could put both children in one bed and the parents in the other. Or one parent in each bed with one kid each. Trailer has an 8 foot box and weight 950lbs dry. It has one battery, one propane tank, a 2 burner stove, and a 5 gallon water jug for the sink. In all truth though I never use the stove or the sink, I use the trailer as a rolling tent. It has NO heater and NO bathroom. http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/Temporal6/Coleman%20trailer/IM_A0105.jpg width=320 http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/Temporal6/Coleman%20trailer/IM_A0104.jpg width=320 http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc469/Temporal6/Coleman%20trailer/IM_A0107.jpg width=320
opnspaces 10/07/14 06:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: Road Trip Review

Thanks for the trip report, glad everything went well for you. Hopefully one day I'll be able to get out of the daily grind and take a long trip. Until that time though I can only read other peoples reports with envy. :)
opnspaces 10/02/14 08:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight Battery Maintainer Mod

Thanks, I'll pick up a few of the cheap Radio Shack diodes. I'm usually pretty thrifty but I guess I can spare $1.50 each for an experiment. My guess though is that as you say it will drop the charge voltage too low. But hey it's something fun to try and the parts are cheap, so why not? :)
opnspaces 10/01/14 10:29pm Tech Issues
RE: problems with satinizing the water system.

I would remove any water filter and then put bleach solution in everything including the water heater. 7/8 is usually the same socket size as 22mm. 24 mm is approximately 1 inch. You might have the wrong drain plugs if they don't thread in. I install my Atwood drain plug finger tight. Grab it with an old rag if needed to turn extra tight (with your fingers). I haven't had a problem with mine in 9 years.
opnspaces 10/01/14 10:22pm Tech Issues
RE: 4X4X4 4 pole wiring plug

Sounds like you need something like this. or this. What is the make/model of the vehicle? I'll bet Hopkins or Curt make a direct plugin version of the ones I linked above.
opnspaces 10/01/14 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight Battery Maintainer Mod

I've got around 5-6 of those maintainers floating around my garage and I've also been bothered by the LED being on when power was disconnected. I figured it could use a diode, but not being sure which diode to get I just left it alone. After this thread though I figure I can do it too. I looked online for 1A Schotky diodes and I see them in 30 and 40V ranges which seems like it would be too high. Could someone on here give me a lead to a description and maybe a part number that I can pick up a diode? Or can I just go to my local Radio Shack and pick up any 1A diode from their parts drawers? Thanks.
opnspaces 10/01/14 12:21am Tech Issues
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