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RE: What 1 Thing Should Every RVer Have

Under $10 would have to be a bottle opener/corkscrew combination. That way I can usually forget about whatever problem I needed a different $10 tool for.
opnspaces 09/14/14 08:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: PATRIOT ACT required personal info before you can negotiate?

Interesting replies on the topic. Personally I have no problem giving the salesman my phone number. If I'm serious about buying they are going to need it. If I wasn't serious and they call I thank them for the call and tell them I already bought a car. They are always polite and I have never received a second call after we hang up.
opnspaces 09/11/14 10:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Seacliff, California, road side RV parking by the beach

Isn't there a Seacliff state beach on the California coast? if I remember correctly it's a full hookup site and sells out really fast. Could that be in the same area?
opnspaces 09/10/14 10:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Looking for some advice for our steep driveway

Glad everything worked out okay and the trailer is home. But stop teasing us with photo's of pieces of trailer. How about a full picture of the trailer that we can drool over? As far as the use of 4 low, I do agree with the posts about it damaging the drivetrain if you do not have a way to disconnect the front drive. Next time you get a chance to pull up the driveway you might try it in 2 wheel drive first. You can always stop and put it in 4low if you have to partially up the driveway.
opnspaces 09/10/14 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Equalizer Bolt Head Sheared Off

If the bottom adjustment bolt is sheared off then somebody way over tightened it at some point. If you disassemble the head by pulling the side bolts you should be able to tap on the end of the bolt with a small hammer. Tapping should relieve the tension on the bolt and you will probably be able to unscrew it by hand.
opnspaces 09/09/14 11:07pm Towing
RE: Equalizer hitch failure

I will never buy one now. Dont trust cast steel with that much load bobbin up and down there. I can see that it is cast! Surprized there arent alot more with this issue. Uh, good luck finding a WHD without cast components. And it turns out this along with any manufacturing or material issue could not be further from the root cause. Your rant needs to be focused on the dealer that didn't read the instructions for....who knows how many installs. THATS SCARY. The hitch head is cast, that's obvious. But the sockets are steel tube and case hardened. I had some cracks in my sockets and exchanged a few emails with Progress mfg. That's how I found out about the case hardening. The square steel tube I got from watching a video on how Equal-i-zers are constructed. That's as far as I'm going with quoting my sources. :)
opnspaces 09/09/14 11:02pm Towing
RE: Dometic buys Atwood

They bough Atwood. Come on, try to keep up here. ;) Sorry, that was truthfully my attempt at humor, no slight intended.:)
opnspaces 09/09/14 08:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire-sized parking pads

It does not have to be level at all unless you are running the fridge. If it's parked at a really severe angle, I would shut the fridge down while level and give it 5 - 10 minutes to drain the coolant out of the coils.
opnspaces 09/09/14 08:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: HELP! Needed to know this yesterday

I agree with 99.9% of the other posts. Plus I think you'll be fine. You yourself gave that one piece of critical information. You used to tent camp. Bring the generator, and bring some jumper cables. Take your sleeping bags and tent camp, in the trailer. If it's really cold set the heater at the lowest possible temperature and let the sleeping bags take care of the rest. Or you could get creative. Do you have a second car, or a boat? Borrow the battery out of that second vehicle and put it on the ground under the trailer tongue. Use the jumper cables to connect the two batteries together just like you are jump starting a car. (pos to pos and neg to neg) Don't turn on lights that you don't need on. Turn lights off when you are done using them. I camp all the time on two batteries, but I wouldn't let having only one battery stop me from camping. (well except I use 6v batteries but that's another story):) Just think big comfortable tent with a refrigerator, a water heater, and indoor plumbing, and go enjoy the weekend.
opnspaces 09/08/14 11:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running Light Problem

I second the jumper cable from the trailer frame to the truck frame. it sounds like your 7 pin does not have a ground on either the truck of the trailer side.
opnspaces 09/07/14 05:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Admit something silly or embarrassing you've done

Well I also tipped the popup up with a load of kids in it. But not once mind you, I did it twice in mine, and once in my brothers. :E You would think I'd learn after the second time. I have driven home from work multiple times and as I'm parking at the curb I realize I never picked the kids up from the after school program. It happens most often after the school breaks when I start to get used to just driving home.
opnspaces 09/07/14 12:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Increasing the TV tire pressure.

my Suburban has a sticker on the door jamb that states 40 front and 50 rear for comfort 50 front and 80 rear for towing. So that's basically what I do. I did try running all four tires at the max of 80 psi when I first got them and it was a bit scary to drive on the highway. It felt like the tires didn't have a solid grip on the road.
opnspaces 09/06/14 12:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need help with my sketchy battery cable situation

There is no way that the positive cable has a wire going to the ground. Forget about pre-1950's American and pre-1960's British cars. Your trailer is not positive grounded. It's just not going to happen. Cut the red tape off the cable and see what the little black wire does. If it's even hooked to the cable then that cable is the ground cable, regardless of wire colors. Do you have a digital meter? That will solve the mystery in about 30 seconds.
opnspaces 09/05/14 11:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator issue

Ok here's what I got. When trying to start I'm showing 20v to the fuel pump. If I take a hose and put in a can of gas it still doesn't pump anything, also if I suck on fuel line to pump gas flows freely. Why would I have 20v to the pump and why wouldn't pump still work You probably don't have 20v to the pump. As suggested put the meter across the battery and see what the voltage reading is. If you get 12v at the battery and still get 20 at the pump then you have a second battery with 2 dead cells somewhere that is wired in series with the first battery making 20 volts.
opnspaces 09/05/14 11:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: tow max tire failure

How fast are you pulling the trailer? I wonder if speed might be part of the equation for the frequent failures.
opnspaces 09/04/14 10:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: Axle Flip - Any Regrets?

No regrets on my part. But My wife at 5 feet 1/2 inch doesn't like the bottom step being 5 inches higher.
opnspaces 09/04/14 10:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: how long does your battery last?

Right now I'm showing 12.68 and 12.62 on both new batteries that I bought when I returned from camping a couple of days ago....are both of these bad as well!?!?!? Your batteries are fine, 12.6 - 12.7 is fully charged. :) The concern is for the charging rate of your charger. If the trailer is at home try this test. Leave it unplugged from shore power and turn on all the inside lights for an hour. Then turn off all the inside lights, wait 10 - 30 minutes and take a voltage reading at the battery. Now plug the trailer in and take another voltage reading at the battery. Maybe wait another 30 minutes and take a third voltage reading while plugged in. What are the three readings that you get?
opnspaces 09/04/14 10:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fire escape screen

I'm guessing you're talking about the 20"x27" window that hinges from the bottom. Your best bet is probably going to be an RV salvage yard.
opnspaces 09/02/14 08:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boondocking

No difference boondocking between gas and auto. Except if you power up a generator to run the microwave. Then the refrigerator will quickly switch to electricity and consume some of the power that was destined for the Microwave. In gas mode it will not switch every time the generator comes on.
opnspaces 09/02/14 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help HTT battery

Thanks everyone. Yes we had the camper plugged in to our house electric for several days before we left. Also, used all LED lights inside and none of our outlets worked either (don't know if that's expected). Would you say that w/out a generator, people wouldn't even consider camping w/out hookups? We are super new to this whole world of camping.. In short, no that is not normal. Especially with LED lights. You should have easily been able to go the weekend on a good battery just like all your camping neighbors did. You said the trailer is a 2011. Is the battery new, or is it a 2011 battery? If the battery is not new I would suspect it first. Do you have a multimeter? If so check the voltage with and without the trailer plugged in. You should be getting over 13 volts at the battery when plugged in. If yes then your battery is suspect. Pull it out and have it tested for free at Autozone, checker/Schucks/Kragen etc. If not reading over 13 volts your onboard charging system is suspect. From the factory your outlets and your A/C will not work on battery power. You will need to plug in, run a generator, or install an inverter to get the outlets working. Once you get the battery situation figured out you will be just fine camping without hookups. Yes we will help you get it figured out, just do your best to answer the questions we post and we'll get you out camping without hookups. Be aware we have no problem spending your hard earned money. So don't get too nervous if someone recommends a $500 solution. Read all the posts and you will get a feel for what is necessary and what it nice to have. I'll start with necessary for a weekend trip in my opinion is one battery, but two is better. 3-4 batteries is going into the nice to have realm.
opnspaces 09/02/14 06:56pm Travel Trailers
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