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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
RE: Travel trailer underbelly

First have someone crawl under and see if it's really sagging. on my Jayco it looks like it's sagging in spots, but it's really the waste tanks sticking down below the bottom of the frame.
opnspaces 09/02/14 06:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: how long does your battery last?

It's possible your battery was bad, it's also possible your converter/charger is going bad. From what you describe as your usage the battery should have made it for the weekend.What you experienced though sounds like the charger is not doing it's job. Unless you provide a way to keep the batteries topped up, you should always disconnect the battery from the trailer when not in use. A fully charged battery will drain down in about two weeks from parasitic loads in the trailer. (smoke detector, lp detector, refrigerator board, etc). I usually pull the ground wire to disconnect. Some people install a disconnect switch. If the trailer is at home try checking the battery voltage while not plugged in. Then plug it in and check the voltage again. Voltage plugged in should be in the 13.5v or higher range. You can also charge it up for a couple of days and then disconnect the battery so the parasitic loads can't drain it. Then wait a week and check your voltage. It should still be 12.6 or higher. If not it's either not fully charged, or going bad.
opnspaces 09/02/14 04:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Distribution bar - using a pipe ... ?

I can guarantee you that even with a 3 foot pipe I couldn`t get my latches up and over without raising the truck and trailer. My TW is 1200lbs! All I do is raise the truck and trailer and flip the latches by hand. very simple and I don`t run the risk of losing a foot!!! Umm, how are you going to lose a foot? That appears to be a little extreme! Yes losing a foot might be extreme, but you could severely damage your foot and even spend a few days in the hospital because of it. Personally I always use the electric jack to remove all the pressure off the hitch just like they mention in the above video. You guys can all do it your way and I'll do it my way. Below are a couple of links to posts here where someone got hurt, one even using the jack. Fifth paragraph under the quoted material. Couple of stories of letting the bar get away from them, one even with the jack. Didn't relieve the tension on the hitch, spent days in the hospital.
opnspaces 08/30/14 01:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Distribution bar - using a pipe ... ?

Well Larry, here's what I'll do.. I'll give you a video link on how to hook one up from Eaz Lift hitches the right way with a bar, you post a video from any reputable WD hitch company that shows hooking up without the bar, with hands only! Eaz Lift WD hitch setup Your turn. 6 minutes and 40 seconds into the video from the Equal-i-zer manufacturer, Progress MFG. Link
opnspaces 08/30/14 12:40am Travel Trailers
RE: no trailer brakes

Must be another fuse or circuit breaker in the tow vehicle. The trailer brakes get their power from the tow vehicle. Did you actually replace the TV fuse just to be sure? Also do you have a test light or meter or second trailer that you cna see if you still have 12v at the plug?
opnspaces 08/29/14 04:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Arrogance Personified

Guy responds, (and this is verbatim), "Yeah well, if you've got the money, why not?" That was the extent of the "conversation". If this guy is about sixty-or-more but obviously trying to look a lot younger AND accompanied by a Barbiedoll type young enough to be his granddaughter I might be able to explain his evident dislike of small trailers. This based on an encounter I had a couple of years back with a Prevost at a turnout on a lonely stretch of HWY 101...if it's the same guy, I can believe he's still mad as H-E-Double-Pitchforks! Oh come on do tell, even if you have to open a new thread. It's slow around here and soon half of the members are going to drop off for winter.:)
opnspaces 08/29/14 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for some advice for our steep driveway

I've been thinking the same and now that I've seen the driveway I don't think you'll have any issues. The trailer brakes will stop the trailer, and even without trailer brakes you'll be fine. I pulled my 6,000 trailer through the mountains for two hours stopping and going with traffic before I realized that I had no trailer brakes. I believe your 3/4 ton truck will handle that trailer with or without trailer brakes especially at those speeds.
opnspaces 08/28/14 03:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for some advice for our steep driveway

Can your trailer make the transition from the street to the driveway and from the driveway to the street without dragging the rear end? As far as the hills you're brakes should be fine. Just put your thumb on the manual brake lever, but don't use it if you don't need to. At those speeds unless it's icy I can't imagine the trailer pushing the truck around.
opnspaces 08/26/14 11:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Turning on the running lights through the trailer plug

Maybe your jumper wire wasn't long enough to make contact inside the plug. It sounds like from your post that you had the ground hooked up so it should work when connected as you described.
opnspaces 08/24/14 10:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable AC unit to use in travel trailers

I have a portable air conditioner in my house, well actually it sits in my garage unused because it's not very good. It was free so I can't complain, but I also wouldn't recommend one as they are grossly inefficient and rally don't work. Read this link from Consumer Reports, it pretty much sums up how well these work. Pay attention to the "How we test" section. Link
opnspaces 08/23/14 11:18am Beginning RVing
RE: RV Accident US 131 in Michigan

I let up on the throttle a bit next thing I see in the mirror, backend of the trailer about three feet to the left of center. Trucks going straight, a little tap to the brake controller switch and the trailer gets back where it belongs. Sure was happy I had the Hensley Hitch that day. Did anybody catch this post by hddecker? Not picking on you at all hd, just caught the part that your Hensley let the trailer get out of shape. I thought that supposedly wasn't possible?
opnspaces 08/23/14 09:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Rusted anode nut

One thing to consider. if it's that corroded it probably no longer has a sacrificial anode on it and is slowly destroying the tank. I would at least buy some penetrating oil and spray it over a week or so while letting it heat up and cool down. Then after a week or so see if it has become looser.
opnspaces 08/22/14 10:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Adding a better lock to the door.

From your post it sounds like you want to store the valuables while the popup is closed up. If that is the case, can you store the valuables in one of the bench seats or somewhere where you have to lift the top to get to them? Put the toilet paper and sewer stuff in the aisle and the valuables where they are inaccessible. I can imagine someone popping a lock and dragging things out of the little hallway in the middle. But, I find it hard to believe someone will go so far as to lift the top to get into the inside storage.
opnspaces 08/21/14 10:40pm Folding Trailers
RE: RVing without an RV

Hey LLeopold I'm confused a bit about your post. Were you thinking of using the fifth wheel just for the trip, or would you be able to camp in it at Philmont? I may be going there sometime in the future as I have a few scouts, so I'm a bit curious.
opnspaces 08/20/14 08:02pm Beginning RVing
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.
opnspaces 08/20/14 07:43pm Travel Trailers
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