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RE: Tire Replacement Question

Good to hear, glad you got it done! Great choice! Thought maybe the children above, were keeping you from returning. Jerry LOL
GrandpaKip 02/28/21 08:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Another Towing Question

Basically, your 150 will be at max load or over. It will pull that trailer but no one here can tell you how safe or comfortable that trip will be. Personally, I like to have a cushion on all the parameters of my truck and trailer. That said, if you decide to stick with your truck, the very first thing I’d do would be to go get new LT tires if P tires are on it now.
GrandpaKip 02/26/21 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Problems with 7 Pin Connector

I had to replace the cord/plug assembly once when it popped out from the truck in route. Less than 30 minutes and the new cord was quite a bit longer than the original.
GrandpaKip 02/21/21 09:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Best sealant for slight roof leak?

If the drip is coming from whatever is in the ceiling, then remove the ceiling trim and inspect. Also take a look at the fixture on the roof. It may just need an additional coat of caulk. Do not use silicone on the outside of the trailer anywhere, regardless if the factory did originally.
GrandpaKip 02/18/21 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Best sealant for slight roof leak?

First, check the a/c gasket by taking off the inside ceiling cover. Self leveling caulk made for RV roofs should be used for roof maintenance.
GrandpaKip 02/17/21 08:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Koala Trailers

Our Skyline Dart has been relatively trouble free. The fit and finish is still slightly superior to other trailers in its class, in my opinion. We also liked several things Skyline did that others did not, especially as to storage. I never had to use the warranty, so being an orphan is not a problem. Really, it comes down to floor plan, what you want, and how it’s been maintained, regardless of the manufacturer. Good luck and enjoy your search.
GrandpaKip 02/12/21 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Level Mate Pro

To each their own. It seems to me the biggest Con would be the price. A couple of bubble levels stuck to the side of the camper are a lot cheaper. I have to agree, though I don’t know the price. I have one level where I can see it in my mirror when backing up. I mainly just don’t want one more electronic thing to deal with. By looking quickly the price seems to run about 140 to 215 dollars. That’s quite a few stick on levels. I think I’ll just stick with them:)
GrandpaKip 02/08/21 08:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Level Mate Pro

To each their own. It seems to me the biggest Con would be the price. A couple of bubble levels stuck to the side of the camper are a lot cheaper. I have to agree, though I don’t know the price. I have one level where I can see it in my mirror when backing up. I mainly just don’t want one more electronic thing to deal with.
GrandpaKip 02/03/21 09:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Salem campers input

All campers can leak, whether from lack of maintenance or shoddy workmanship. Just tell your buddy to go over it very well, preferably with a moisture meter. Or pay an RV tech to do a survey.
GrandpaKip 02/01/21 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Adding Hitch for Bike carrier on rear??

I added a frame mounted cargo tray to our camper. When 100 pounds was added the tongue weight decreased by only 20 pounds or so. Don’t remember exactly, but was less than 25 pounds. I think that 4 bikes “could” reside there if loaded creatively. The problem with most bike racks is the bounce from a receiver mount. Someone on this forum had a double receiver built for their trailer mounted to the frame. Not sure what you did but something is off with this. Should be more like 60-80lb off the hitch depending on the exact lengths involved. Let's run some numbers on the OP's case. He didn't provide the exact model, but let's say he has the 30U model. - GVWR 7500 - 13% hitch weight (975lb) - Based on pictures, the center of the axles sit approximately 60% of the overall length from the hitch. 33ft total length with a-frame. - Let's assume 5 bikes at 30lb each plus the hitch weighs 200lb total and the center of gravity of the combined mass is 3ft behind the back of the trailer. The moment arm created around the center of the axles by the bikes/rack: - Back of trailer is 13.2ft behind the axles, plus an additional for the rack 3 ft (16.2ft total) - 200lb * 16.2 = 3240 ft-lb applied to the axles. - Hitch is 19.8ft ahead of the axles. - 3240/19.8 = 163lb off the hitch. 975lb - 163 lb = 811lb (10.8% hitch weight) This is around the lower limit recommended but likely will be OK but presumes you are starting at 13% hitch weight. If you start at say 11%, you will drop to 8.8%...that's getting into the range where trailers often become unstable. Minimum hitch weight is usually suggested at 10-12% minimum with 15% desirable. Now if you have the ability to repack some of the gear inside the trailer to move heavy items toward the front, you can compensate but it would be a good idea to swing by a CAT scale and get the real numbers before bolting on and hoping for the best. With the CAT numbers, you should be able to take accurate measurements and rerun the same calculations for a more accurate estimate based on your specific trailer. PS: 5th wheels are more tolerant of weight hung off the back. The wheels tend to sit further back with the goal of 20-25% hitch weight. The result is for every pound on the rear, less weight comes off the hitch plus you have a much higher hitch weight to begin with, so the percentage loss is smaller. But even with 5th wheels, something like a full size motorcycle gets questionable. A few months back, someone was asking about putting lead shot as ballast into the front to compensate for it getting squirrely after adding a large rack with full size motorcycle on the back. Well, I simply added 100 pounds to the cargo tray while the tongue was on a scale and then noted the difference. Sure, it’s basic physics, but why go to all that bother when really basic math will give you a real world answer?
GrandpaKip 01/29/21 08:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Were back in a travel trailer, just bought an Airstream.

Congratulations and I am a bit envious.
GrandpaKip 01/28/21 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: mobile LTE modem question

LTE is 4G, which is worse for your body tissue than 3G but not anywhere near as bad as 5G. Put that 4G modem right on your tummy as close to vital organs as possible, you won't have anything to worry about in a couple of years... This is an interesting thing to bring to this thread. I am no scientist but it's breast and brain tissue that's really affected by this. Never heard of hip cancer from carrying a phone in your pocket. Anyway, I do agree with the fundamental idea that this stuff has an effect on us that we don't understand. Aaaand back on topic... I just started browsing Verizon for unlimited plans and they're up to $70 a month for unlimited. Anyone know a really good unlimited plan with great coverage in the Southeast? We have a T-mobile plan for 2 unlimited lines that is $70/month including tax, fees, etc. It’s for 55 and older, I believe. Has worked pretty well and comes with hotspot.
GrandpaKip 01/28/21 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Adding Hitch for Bike carrier on rear??

I added a frame mounted cargo tray to our camper. When 100 pounds was added the tongue weight decreased by only 20 pounds or so. Don’t remember exactly, but was less than 25 pounds. I think that 4 bikes “could” reside there if loaded creatively. The problem with most bike racks is the bounce from a receiver mount. Someone on this forum had a double receiver built for their trailer mounted to the frame.
GrandpaKip 01/28/21 08:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer hitch pin

My pin is the locking type that requires a key to remove it. Made by Masterlock. I was a little worried about it at first thinking that it would get rusty or frozen in the winter time but, it has held up for 3 years now with no problem. Yep, I have the same and also don’t have to worry about somebody making off with the hitch.
GrandpaKip 01/16/21 08:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

Bump for updates. My wife and I have been looking at TTs as they come up and we're zeroing in on a GD TT. Large single-bowl sink with lots of counter space, a huge drawer for pots and pans, and ticks many of the other boxes as well. We continue to look, but of the one's we've seen, this is position 1. Does anyone have experience with this TT? Thanks! https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2021/travel-trailer/imagine-xls/floorplans/22rbe No experience. Nice layout except I don’t see a pantry. After having decent size dedicated storage for food for the last 10 years, I can’t imagine being without one. However, it does have nitrogen filled tires! (Sorry, couldn’t resist)
GrandpaKip 01/16/21 08:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Smartplug Converstion

I dunno...sounds like a solution in search of a problem. In all my years of boating and RVing, I’ve never seen a reason to doubt the Marinco inlets and cordsets. May be there are problems with the China knockoffs, but I have always had the Marinco. yep ... regardless of how "SMART" all the cord and trailer end connectors are you still have that ultimate and generally unknown variable of the shore power box receptacle which in my almost 50 years of RVing has always been the "WEAK LINK" in the power supply system. Also generally I'm somewhat skeptical anytime I see a product with the word "SMART or INTELLIGENT" in it since that usually at least to me says that product is being marketed to those "DUMB" enough to believe that this "SMART or INTELLIGENT" product is actually "SMARTER or more INTELLIGENT" than what already exists. Further more these "SMART/INTELLIGENT" products often ignore other factors that were always the true weak or dumber aspects of whatever the product is advertised to "IMPROVE". IMHO the two "SMARTEST" things one can do in improving their 30 amp power system is to buy a 50A to 30A pigtail so you hook up to the shore power end at the 50A point and two if your trailer has the Marinco type connector is to get a 90 deg adapter to relieve the stress at the trailer side connection. I also like the Marinco type connectors since they are IMO more weatherproof and secure than a straight plug type connector. Larry Hah, hah. I have no clue how an inanimate object can be construed to be “smart”.
GrandpaKip 01/16/21 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: RV Life GPS app

I did some further reading and found a bunch of negative views, mostly bad routing. I’ll just keep using Siri.
GrandpaKip 01/14/21 07:46am Travel Trailers
RV Life GPS app

Anybody out there in the ether looked at or tried this app?
GrandpaKip 01/13/21 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer hitch pin

about 18-19kips. What is a "kips"? A bunch of me.
GrandpaKip 01/12/21 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Toilet Mystery

Lots and lots of condensation. Only in the toilet. It’s a murkle. You shouldn’t have flushed it. May be holy water.
GrandpaKip 01/09/21 08:00am Travel Trailers
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