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RE: Battery storage

Storing 3 batteries for the winter. One is a deep cell for the trailer, and two are maintainability free from the truck. All are 12 volt. My question is, can I connect them all together, pos to pos and neg to neg, and put the battery tender on to keep all three charged?Yes, that is what I do.
DarkSkySeeker 11/09/19 03:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Bent Axle

I wonder if you hit something with the axle itself at the same time. Perhaps. Look at the photo. The tire/wheel is bent out, not back. I find it difficult to understand how this happened.
DarkSkySeeker 11/04/19 02:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bent Axle

You can bend an axle by merely jacking them up at the wrong place. They are made from tubing that is barely adequate under ideal conditions. Agreed. I plan to go back to the "scene" to try to see how the damage was done. I am pretty sure the front tire/wheel/axle slipped over the curb. My only confusion is about what was going on with the read tire and axle. It is a little weird for me. I am not in favor of breaking my stuff and paying to get it fixed, but to be honest, each time I've repaired my trailer I feel like I better understand its construction. And that is a good thing.
DarkSkySeeker 11/04/19 02:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bent Axle

At least you caught it before ruining a tire! The tire and wheel were damaged, and had to be replaced.
DarkSkySeeker 11/04/19 12:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bent Axle

Bent axle OR bent spindle? Axle according to the mechanic. How fast where you going? (personally --evacuating I would have been hauling butt) I was going slow - perhaps 5mph. I felt a jolt. At the time, there was no urgency, just lots of confusion and I got distracted. We were navigating around the perimeter of a fairgrounds, and I was more concerned about all the other people and not getting down a street that I could not turn around on. That wheel is really out of whack! I looked at it once we were settled. It did not look like the photo. Once the evacuation orders were lifted, we left and another driver pulled up next to me and said, "your wheel is coming off". It wasn't, but I pulled over within a 1/4 mile and saw the damage. The tire place I found was only another 1/2 mile. Turns out it was highly recommended.
DarkSkySeeker 11/04/19 11:50am Travel Trailers
Bent Axle

Bent my axle on a right turn. Cost me $1200 to get it fixed. Was evacuating from the Sonoma County fires, and clipped a curb in a narrow access road. Got great service from "Jay and Bill's Tire" in Petaluma. http://www.winecountrystarparty.com/images/bentaxle.jpg width=500
DarkSkySeeker 11/04/19 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: No Hot Water

When mine died (symptoms similar to yours) I hired an RV technician who came out, opened a panel under the oven, reached in, swapped out a control board, and then it worked again. There was a component on the dead board that looked burned. It took more time to find the warranty paperwork than swap out the board.
DarkSkySeeker 10/24/19 12:07pm Tech Issues
RE: About to GO Full Time

We are about to start full time RVing. We are looking at upgrading to a 5th wheel Toy Hauler. (We currently have a Fuzion 301). What is the best 5th Wheel Toy Hauler to full time in?? Thank you in advance for all your assistance!! My GF and I looked at toy haulers because we haul a lot of stuff. The toys are telescopes and other equipment, not vehicles or boats. We decided not to get a toy hauler when we realized how much of the living space is the garage. I know this is not an answer to your question, but it was a huge factor for us. When we sat down in the non toy hauler, we were so comfortable, we never looked back. This happened at an RV show where we had the chance to check out lots of rigs.
DarkSkySeeker 10/24/19 11:06am Toy Haulers
RE: Switching from AC to Coach batteries

What do you mean "switch"? Change cables? Flip a transfer switch?
DarkSkySeeker 10/23/19 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Group Camping Food Planning Question

Typically what happens for us is this. The women can't agree, so they all bring all kinds of food and it winds up being a gluton-fest with all of us contributing to each meal. Midwestern thinking. "I have to bring something since that is the way I was raised".
DarkSkySeeker 10/21/19 05:50pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Gas / Diesel contamination

If I used a gas can with a small amount of remaining gasoline (less then a few ounces) and filled the can with diesel, would the small amount of gasoline damage my engine? why not just empty the can? Of course I was conjuring up a scenario to understand more about the risks or non risks.
DarkSkySeeker 10/19/19 01:07pm General RVing Issues
Gas / Diesel contamination

If I used a gas can with a small amount of remaining gasoline (less then a few ounces) and filled the can with diesel, would the small amount of gasoline damage my engine?
DarkSkySeeker 10/18/19 01:56pm General RVing Issues
Hitch/Receiver Pin

Is the pin that retains my hitch in my receiver appropriate for all loads or are there high strength and lower strength versions? I tow a 7000 lb trailer and a 1000 lb cargo trailer. Is the same pin appropriate for both?
DarkSkySeeker 10/15/19 05:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pretty new but need advice

My strange question is this, can I load some of the stuff I'm moving into the trailer (>1500 lbs probably far less, but haven't load planned yet) and haul it without causing damage to the floor or overloading the trailer? Watch these Youtube videos and draw your own conclusions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwlgZG55QWk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mW_gzdh6to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Dgxe584Ss
DarkSkySeeker 09/29/19 11:37am Towing
RE: full time 101 questions

...why you would get a slightly used model in this case? I was not the original poster on this recommendation, but you seem cost sensitive and you could save quite a bit on the used market.
DarkSkySeeker 09/27/19 10:47am Full-time RVing
RE: Successful weekend trip - many thanks to this forum

Sounds like a good trip. I'm familiar with and like the Healdsburg area. Did you have trouble with bees, or were they actually yellow jackets? I've dealt with Yellow Jackets in that part of the state and they can be a real pain in the rear. Yes, the yellow jackets were out in force. I do this. In no time, you have a dish full of swimmers. The yellow jackets must lose a little altitude as they fly off the meat and wind up in the water. Add a little dish soap to the water and they will drown. http://www.winecountrystarparty.com/images/bees.jpg height=600
DarkSkySeeker 09/24/19 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Successful weekend trip - many thanks to this forum

The more you ho, the more you will learn. Keep all of us up to date on what you learn. Posting helps others like yourself. And even all us old fa--- can still learn something occasionally. A lot of RV learnings are subtle. I've had my trailer for coming up on 3 years, and feel somewhere between "new" and "experienced".
DarkSkySeeker 09/24/19 09:50am General RVing Issues
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

Looks like what happens when my girlfriend overloads the rig. :S
DarkSkySeeker 09/23/19 03:22pm Truck Campers
Successful weekend trip - many thanks to this forum

I just got back from a weekend at Liberty Glen campground west of Healdsburg, CA. The days were warm and the nights were star filled. This is basically why we camp - the star gazing - thus my username here: darkskyseeker. Things that went well have been 'taught' to me here, and I am grateful: lubricated our slide gear tracksused plenty of water in the black tankreset my bluetooth by pulling the fuseunhitched easier by pulling forward slightly at the sitepaid a lot of attention to tire pressures before departureturned on propane only for use during the tripknew the route well, used turnouts that I knew aboutplaced my generator far from the rig Things I need to do better in the future: take less stuffplan for more time to load up and get readybring bee trapsbe OK with bringing several kinds of of chairs
DarkSkySeeker 09/23/19 03:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Picking up our new rig

We are picking up our new rig in a day or so. Post photos when you get it home.
DarkSkySeeker 09/10/19 12:42pm Class A Motorhomes
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