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RE: Best stabilization upgrade(s)?

I still think that it’s a bad idea, unless you have a really stout frame. The vast majority of trailers do not. The BAL brochure basically says to use their scissor jack as a stabilizer, and not as a jack to prevent frame damage. So, how much weight can be taken off the suspension? I don’t know and I’m not going to try and find out. In my opinion, it’s a much better idea to add a stabilizer in the middle.
GrandpaKip 05/05/21 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Owners manual discrepancy.

I just can’t imagine why you would want to put that much stress on the frame.
GrandpaKip 05/05/21 07:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Best stabilization upgrade(s)?

Here is what we have tested so far. Hush Pad under jack stand. It's a nice thick pad. But it didn't decrease motion significantly. Stabilizer jack pads. These are nice. Provide some protection for the scissor jacks from the ground. But they didn't decrease motion significantly. New chocks. Ours were old. Trying a new set. They are plastic but don't interlock with the leveling blocks. Motion increased as it is hard to secure these on the side where blocks are in place. Super Grip Chock. These are placed between the wheels similar to an X Chock. This did reduce some of the motion and we are happy with the improvement. As others have mentioned, we use these in conjunction with regular chocks. To prevent bouncing motion, you have to put enough tension buy raising the trailer on the jacks to the point that it is not resting totally on the tires. This is not a good idea for most trailers. They are not designed to be lifted from the ends. Those are not jacks, they are stabilizers. Even though my BAL stabilizers are rated for 6k pounds each, I certainly wouldn’t try to raise the tires with them. Real danger of doing the frame serious harm.
GrandpaKip 05/03/21 03:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rockwood Roo Wet Floor

Start with plumbing and check all that is visible, especially the hand tightened fittings. Then the roof. Look for cracks in the caulk around fittings and the edges. Check windows, door and the fold up ends. Do a seal test. Basically forcing air in the unit while closed up and squirting soapy water all over to see where bubbles form. Get a dehumidifier to dry it out. Good luck.
GrandpaKip 05/03/21 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best 14” trailer tires

I've used "no name' Chinese tires for years, mostly from Les Schwab. Never had a blowout in over 30 years. Secret is to keep them up to 50+ lbs and inspect them each time you stop for gas or back into a camp site. Looking at how far over the edge of tire they are running tells you if the pressure is correct. Have absolutely no use for the pressure sensors, not accurate enough for me. Wish I could get rid of them in my HHR. Also, don't overload or drive much over 65. Our Trailer TPMS is about 3 pounds off from an air gauge reading. It’s always been like that. If I add 3 pounds to the TPMS, I get the “true” tire pressure, according to the gauge. The TPMS in the truck matches up with the gauge within 1 pound. For me, it’s all good.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Best 14” trailer tires

If they’re not already there, install metal stems in the rims. They are best if you get a TPMS.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Dometic 300 toilet replacement?

I just put in an Aqua-Magic Residence. Also added a soft close toilet seat and a bidet attachment. Had to do minor plumbing adjustments and surgery on the toilet for the bidet to fit. Works great. I believe any RV toilet will fit on the existing flange and come with a new seal.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 09:18am Travel Trailers
RE: TPMS suggestions

I had a 507 with repeater that went kaput after about 2 years. Tires would slowly drop out one after another. This happened on a long trip and there was only a Glamping World nearby, so I ended up with the TireMinder Trailer TPMS. Four years and works great. Never did figure what was wrong with the 507. Really like the solar part.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Need recommendations for a new Short Queen size mattress

8” memory foam from Serena Sleep with a 2” topper. Very comfortable.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 08:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Best 14” trailer tires

I was looking at the Hankook Vantra 195R14 before I traded my last trailer in. Load index 104 (1,984 pounds) and R (106 mph) speed rated, and they're actually tested against modern LT testing criteria not 1970s ST testing. That Vantra looks interesting. But I won’t need tires for about 4 years. We have the Endurance now.
GrandpaKip 04/24/21 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailering

Tomman, I have been a member of this forum for 21 years and have probably answered a number of the same question a hundred times. I don't consider it repetitious or boring because each person has a reason for asking and I consider it a privilege to help them out if possible. I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping people and I'm sure that is the motivation behind a most of our members also. Barney “Like”
GrandpaKip 04/22/21 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Skyline RV forum

Not that I know of. You could start one yourself. We are all just poor little orphans.
GrandpaKip 04/19/21 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Sliding glass door replacement.

It’s only a 1.5” difference. With some creative trim, you could make a residential unit work.
GrandpaKip 04/19/21 08:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Fresh water tank broken exit tank elbow to the 12v pump

If you can remove the tank, install an inspection hatch on the top. Then you can install a new fitting on the bottom.
GrandpaKip 04/15/21 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

I’ve used the Trailer Aid several times and had no problem. Standard 3500# axles. Others have reported it doesn’t lift high enough, also. Maybe it’s the spring packs, equalizers, or space between tires. As stated, it is best to try your system at home first.
GrandpaKip 04/14/21 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer demand and prices

Periodically, I pass by 2 Camping Worlds, one in Hendersonville, NC and the other in Spartanburg, SC. Looks like both of their lots are full of RVs.
GrandpaKip 04/08/21 07:24am Travel Trailers
RE: how long of a 12 ga extension cord is safe to use

I have a total 110’ run from breaker to trailer using 10 gauge solid wire and the trailer’s 10 gauge cord set. There is usually 120-122 volts with small loads and a 4 volt drop with the a/c running. I only tested the a/c once and didn’t see the initial drop as the a/c started. I have no need to run the a/c in the trailer at home as I don’t have any a/c in the house. I have an EMS, so I really don’t worry too much about voltage drops. I would not run any less than 30 gauge that far unless you are just going to have a small (10 A or so) load.
GrandpaKip 04/04/21 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing up grades with "M" and 1 gears

I have found that, with our rig, using tow-haul works very well. But, I don’t have your setup and neither does anybody here. The manual, then trial and error and going slow will probably serve you best.
GrandpaKip 04/04/21 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Hitch height

I set up the Andersen according to my truck owner’s manual and the Andersen manual. Wrote down all the truck measurements unhitched and hitched w/o WD. Hooked up the chains and started adjusting to get the front back down. I would guess that the ball is about 1 to 2 inches below the tongue when the trailer is level. The trailer sits slightly nose down when all hitched up.
GrandpaKip 03/31/21 07:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Pushing a TT into position from the rear bumper...?

I attached a 2” receiver to the bucket of our compact tractor to move various trailers around. It does have a bar to mount a ball, but it’s not accessible with the backhoe on. You would have to have about 10 feet in front of the trailer.
GrandpaKip 03/30/21 08:17am Travel Trailers
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