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RE: Yet another what can I tow question

You also need to consider what length is safe to haul. Have seen this formula for length, pretty sure there's some science behind it but wasn't quoted: "Rule of thumb (20’ for 110” wheelbase + 1’ for each additional 4” of wheelbase)" That was adopted (plagiarized) from a veteran RVer on this forum. With this formula, my previous GMC 1500 was right at the safe limit of (27.9' calculated) and my RV is 28' hitch to bumper. For what it's worth. I sometimes see that rule of thumb using 113 inches for the beginning wheelbase. I also see a rule of thumb that the distance from the ball coupler to the centerline of the rear most axle should not be more than twice? the tow vehicle wheelbase. Charles
CharlesinGA 01/16/20 05:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

If your frame will handle two 6v batteries end to end, here is the battery box you would use. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QJ2MBRD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Charles
CharlesinGA 01/16/20 05:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Heave-Ho

That looks like a Roamer truck camper. Those are very rare, take care and not damage it. Will bring a premium in good condition. I would love to get ahold of one in good condition. Charles
CharlesinGA 01/03/20 10:04am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Small bunkhouse RVs? Have I missed any?

Winnebago Micro Minnie. current production models include the 1700BH and 1800BH and 2100BH. The 1700BH is single axle and the 1800BH and the 2100BH are both identical floor plan/dimensions w/tandem axles, the difference being that the 2100BH has the dinette in a slide and the 1800BH does not. Older 1800BH models if I recall were single axle. https://winnebagoind.com/products/travel-trailer/2020/micro-minnie/specifications These are well built trailers compared to most on the market. The Micro Minnie models have rubber roofs. If you want a little better, go to the regular Minnie models, they have fiberglass roofs and I think are wider (and heavier) https://winnebagoind.com/products/travel-trailer/2020/minnie/specifications Charles
CharlesinGA 12/25/19 04:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

On my 2003 Ram the evaporator freezes over the air won't pass. High humidity triggers it quickly. If I park the truck for 15 minutes or so with the ac off water gushes out the drain onto the asphalt. My '03 2500 standard cab does the same thing. Blows extremely cold, especially on the drivers side, and eventually the air flow slows. Turn off the air for a while then it will blow fine again when you turn it back on. I think the issue with the passenger side vents is some missing seal foam behind the passenger LH vent, It is drawing hot air from under the dash, venturi style. When it gets cold enough inside those vents finally get cold. My '03 has 5 dash vents. My coworkers early '04 has four vents, they eliminated the passenger inboard air vent in the air bag cover panel. The fan clutch is a viscous fluid clutch with electric controlled valving. If you start up from a stop with the A/C on, the fan will roar very loudly if it is working, up to about 20 mph, at which point the computer sees forward speed and cuts out the fan (mostly) and the roaring stops. If you don't hear the roar when you start up from a stop, with the A/C on, the clutch is probably bad, or the wiring has been damaged. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/28/19 07:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Clean Water Heater

I've seen home water heaters where the hot water smelled like rotten eggs. When the anode rod is removed the rotten smell goes away. Atwood RV water heaters have aluminum tanks and no anode rod (the OP says his is an Atwood). Suburban RV water heaters have steel tanks and DO have anode rods. I think the Atwood water heater is by far, more popular with the RV manufacturers than the Suburban. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/18/19 09:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: laurel Creek Rd Tunnel Height

Some pics of the tunnel. Use the right and left arrows in the pics to scroll thru the pics. https://www.loc.gov/resource/hhh.tn0281.photos/?sp=2 Charles
CharlesinGA 08/13/19 05:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: I 75 thru Atlanta

Atlanta traffic is insane and getting worse every day. I have been thru twice recently on trips to NC. First trip I took 85 north to 285 around to 85 again. I went thru noonish on a Thursday. It was crazy. The return was on Monday. We left Mt Pisgah early so to beat the afternoon rush, again horrible. Second trip I left on Wednesday morning, 85 right thru town. Just as bad or worse than 285, again mid morning, should have been after the rush hour. Lanes in downtown are narrow. Return on Friday, we left Cherokee fairly early and it was still a mess on 285. Only time the Atlanta traffic is pleasant is in the middle of the night. Quite frankly I would plan my departure from Knoxville so I went thru about midnight or 1 am. I live south of Atlanta off of I-85 and work at the airport. I get all over the south side and enough elsewhere to know I don't like it. Be sure and check the TDOT web site for closures, there may be some nighttime ones on I-75 https://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2019/8/9/weekly-east-tennessee-construction-report-for-august-8-14--2019.html Charles
CharlesinGA 08/13/19 05:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Leak between Awning holder and RV

The awning is a Horizon model that lag bolts to the side of the motorhome just below the gutter. The bolts thread into aluminum structure behind the sidewall. Here is the installation and operating instructions for it. http://bryantrv.com/docs2/docs/operating/aehorizon.pdf OP may have to remove the entire awning from the MH, clean the area, and install new foam. I am not real familiar with this as my '07 View (same MH) had the awning removed before I bought it and I never reinstalled one. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/13/19 02:30pm Tech Issues
RE: rv registration

What kind of RV does the OP have? is is motorized, or is it a trailer? If a trailer, in GA you pay property taxes on it each year just like any other property. If motorized, you pay the one time title tax when you register it in the state, there after, only pay the $20 tag fee. I do know that as a former Georgia county Tax Assessor, I would deny a homestead (and have) if we discovered vehicles registered to addresses in other states, or even other counties in Georgia. There have been court cases in Georgia to back this up. If you own a home and were to lose a homestead or be denied one, it would cost you a lot more than whatever you might save registering in Tennessee. For homestead most counties will ask (we did) where all of your vehicles are registered. We also look at drivers licenses. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/13/19 02:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: need a trailer that is low to the ground

Winnebago Micro Minnies. Some have only one step outside. Possibly one inside, or none. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/12/19 11:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are these stickers needed??

RVIA sticker indicates compliance with a multitude of requirements all rolled up in a set of rules established by the RVIA. It could be possible to run into a situation where registering or operating the vehicle or trailer as an RV is impossible without the sticker. Quite possible dealers would not take it in trade with the RVIA sticker missing, and knowledgeable potential buyers would walk away if the sticker were missing. I do not know if border crossings (US/Canada) would be an issue, but a missing sticker would probably make a cross border sale impossible. A campground requiring an RVIA sticker is simply trying to eliminate school bus, and cargo trailer conversions (which look like **** anyhow), and is a simple foolproof way of doing this. An RV in Canada that is missing the "Meets all Federal Safety requirements................" sticker would be impossible to import into the US, as this certification sticker is mandatory for importing into the US. This same sticker will have a statement about meeting Canadian requirements, and again, missing, makes cross border sales impossible. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/09/19 01:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing all my bulbs with LEDs

To expand somewhat. I bought the plate type LED lights from M4. http://www.m4products.com/plate-style-led-lights/ And removed the existing sockets in the ceiling fixtures, and cut off the socket adapter ends on the wires and spliced in the wires in the place of the original sockets. I removed the heat shield/reflectors and stuck the flat plates in their place. I used both 24 and 48 element lights depending on the area I was lighting. I used the natural white, not the cool white (bluish) or the warm white (yellowish). having the LEDs mounted on an aluminum plate spaced from the circuit board with the driver, makes it operate very cool and they last forever. For the bi-pin (G4) reading lights with halogen bulbs, I used the Elite series and had one fail in the motorhome, M4 promptly replaced it. Only failure of any kind I've had with their products. I started out with cheaper LED lights to replace the original bulbs and the LED elements failed very quickly, no heat sinks. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/06/19 09:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing all my bulbs with LEDs

Yeah I went with M4 Products pricey but much better quality and the Elite series in the natural white 4500k are awesome!! M4, nuff said. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/05/19 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: campground in Gulfport mississippi

Here are directions to Buccaneer State Park, written by the Park Staff. DO NOT use GPS directions. https://www.mdwfp.com/media/2524/directions_to_buccaneer_state_park.pdf Park website. https://www.mdwfp.com/parks-destinations/state-parks/buccaneer/ Charles
CharlesinGA 08/04/19 09:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Handling/steering.

The +5° caster settings will require a special aftermarket eccentric bushing. These are readily available from a number of companies. I think Moog carries them, not sure who else. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/02/19 11:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Maggie Valley - Hendersonville

What type of rig? Large or small? Just spent two nights at Black Forest Family Campground on US276 south of Brevard near the SC line at Cedar Mtn. I think they have weekly rates. Some very nice sites, but the big rig stuff is more of a large gravel area. Many sites are very difficult to access. They put us in the nicest sites in the place I think, 410-412, but suitable for TT or Class C or small A up to about 28 ft. Lots of tent sites, and small cabins, nice bath houses and super clean pool area. Very rugged area. https://www.blackforestcampground.com/ https://i.imgur.com/2b40EGGl.jpg I am in the closest trailer, my travel partner is the next one. The sites are set up with power and sewer on each side so one can pull in and the other back in and face each other. That works with a motorhome or camper van, no so much with the pickup. In hindsight, I rode with my friends when we went out, and I could have pulled in and "trapped" the truck, as I didn't use it anyhow. We moved up to Mt Pisgah on Sunday when sites opened up. Haven't been but you might consider http://www.cherokeesmokies.com/rvcampground/ or one of a couple of other campgrounds close to it. Driving thru Maggie Valley we saw several long term campgrounds that had the RV jammed 3 or 4 feet apart, so investigate carefully before scheduling. Charles
CharlesinGA 07/31/19 11:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Taking smaller airstream down Forest Service roads?

If you want more ground clearance, you may want either axle spacers between the axle mounting and the frame. or order a new axle and specify a different angle on the axle, standard is, I think, 22° but you can specify 35 or 45 to get the coach up higher. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Dexter-Axle/K71-724-02.html Charles
CharlesinGA 07/31/19 11:41am Travel Trailers
RE: questions about antennas

Before everyone laughs, I use an external antenna that gets me 83 channels about 90 miles from Phoenix as the crow flies, up on the Mogollon rim. Line of sight you just see mountains but this cheap $35 amplified directional motorized antenna works awesome. I mount it on a 9 foot pole attached to my ladder. My GF has one in her house for free tv. Vilso TV Antenna Outdoor Amplified - Motorized 360 Degree Rotation - Digital HDTV Antenna - 150 Miles Range - Wireless Infrared Remote with Mount Pole https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SFXDSVC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_JVkqDbGK681MD Fixed link. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SFXDSVC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_JVkqDbGK681MD Charles
CharlesinGA 07/31/19 11:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in Nebraska

I really liked The Nebraska NATIONAL Forest, Bessey Recreation Complex Campground at Halsey. I stayed there the night of the solar eclipse. It was full, I got the last space. Nice place with good walking trails, just off of NE highway 2. Site fee was $11 in 2017. New showers, real nice. It is America's only HAND PLANTED forest! They started planting trees on the sand hills in the 1930's. A couple of miles east of downtown Chadron on US 20 is the Museum of the Fur Trade...... https://www.furtrade.org/ Well worth a couple of hours of your time. If you go down to Alliance to pick up highway 2, stop at Carhinge, for a few moments and pay homage to the American automobile. Charles
CharlesinGA 07/25/19 09:41pm Travel Trailers
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