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RE: Leaving Trailer Hooked Up

The next one might put California in the Pacific. Maybe it is time for a little traveling east for the next month or so. Just sayin', California has had some major moral problems for a long time maybe the big guy is calling! Phhhhttt! OP: our thoughts are with you and other Californians.
GrandpaKip 07/08/19 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Endurance failure

Well so far this movie is pretty much an exact rerun of the others.:E The suspense is killing me.:R Actually I am hoping for a different ending.:B I’ll get the Sno-Caps, you get the popcorn. Better get the extra large, this could be a double feature.
GrandpaKip 07/08/19 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Spare Tire Rack Failure - Third trip out with new RV.

The spare is mounted on the cargo rack and is under the rack when the rack is lowered. My son has the same setup on his Pioneer. I’m going to tell him he’s got one more thing to keep an eye on.
GrandpaKip 07/07/19 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: When to sign and what to sign? New 2019 trailer purchase.

Congratulations. Good to hear all is well.
GrandpaKip 07/07/19 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Uncle Frank gave me a 2006 32 ft Thor Wanderer

I bet 'Uncle Frank' wanted to unload an aging camper. No RV ages gracefully. Yeah, that’s helpful. A search will pull up various Thor Wanderers for sale with pictures. Might get some info that way.
GrandpaKip 07/07/19 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Endurance failure

Sorta like shark attacks. OMG, the sharks are coming, the sharks are coming! 58 attacks this year...across the world. Jillions of swimmers. One bubble out of how many tires? Oh, the humanity!
GrandpaKip 07/07/19 08:15am Travel Trailers
RE: carbon Monoxide alarm going off

Sorry, I can’t help it. Retired Science teacher syndrome. CO2 is carbon dioxide, not particularly dangerous except to the climate. CO is carbon monoxide, very bad to breathe. Have you tried a stand alone CO detector to make sure that’s what is triggering the alarm?
GrandpaKip 07/06/19 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: ? About a particular TT

Do they manufacture a TT with opposing slides with a dry weight of less that 5500 lbs. Didn’t know if that’s unrealistic or not thanks You need to quit looking at dry weight. Instead, look at the Gross Weight. That is the dry weight plus the cargo carrying capacity. The Keystone above is about 7500 pounds max loaded. That’s over 1100 pounds tongue weight at 15% That doesn’t give you much left from your 1604 pounds payload of the truck. Usually, the dry weight listed is way off from delivered weight and that can be low, also. My trailer had a brochure weight of 3600#. Delivered weight of 3820#. Scale weight of 4200# on the way home, dead empty. Though this doesn’t change the gross weight, it does change the cargo capacity and makes it more likely you will be nearer the max weight. That will increase the tongue weight, taking away from your truck’s payload.
GrandpaKip 07/03/19 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Will my load limit handle this

Basic figuring with example weights: Add up weights of passengers 330 pounds Stuff in bed and interior 250 pounds Weight Distribution System. 100 pounds Total of 680 pounds Payload max minus above 1604-680 = 924 pounds This is the max tongue weight you can put on your truck Figuring at 15% tongue weight = 6160 pounds loaded trailer(Not Dry Weight) Using 12.5% tongue weight, it comes to 7392 pounds loaded So, you would be looking for a trailer in the 6000 to 7000 pound GVWR area with the above numbers That is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, not the Dry Weight Put your numbers in and see where you are
GrandpaKip 07/02/19 03:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: When to sign and what to sign? New 2019 trailer purchase.

Is that an out the door price? You need to know the bottom line without any surprises. Agree with others: Don’t sign or agree to anything else until you have had a PDI and have spent more time in the unit.
GrandpaKip 07/02/19 02:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help what tongue weight F150

So when you talk to the TT dealer. What are the numbers you listen for when understanding what your vehicle will tow. (Price later) Go back a couple of posts and read the “clicky”. It has all the info in it about all the weights and how to figure out what you can safely tow with what you have. You will find that payload is going to be your limiting factor. Pay no attention to the 150 vs 250 sideshow.
GrandpaKip 07/01/19 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: A/C on 20 amp

Also, a true 20A receptacle has one slot turned 90 degrees or is a combo of parallel and perpendicular. Otherwise, it’s really just a 15A receptacle.
GrandpaKip 06/30/19 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: A/C on 20 amp

We have guest in now and are plugged into a dedicated 20 amp circuit. We are running Ac it will cut off when gets to temp but won't cut on. Would this be a voltage issue or thermostat malfunction? Might be better if you started a separate post for your problem.
GrandpaKip 06/30/19 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Another hot water heater question

If there is a switch inside the camper to turn it on, yes, it has a fuse. If you have to go outside to light it, no fuse.
GrandpaKip 06/30/19 09:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Help what tongue weight F150

Your truck doesn't have 5500 lbs of payload. You need a good understanding of all the variables effecting towing, the terms used, and what they mean. Start here Clicky Definitely read all that’s here.
GrandpaKip 06/30/19 09:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Purchased TT (undisclosed salvage title came in the mail)

I am sure all of you that told the OP how he screwed up really enjoy getting the same treatment, don’t you?
GrandpaKip 06/30/19 09:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Purchased TT (undisclosed salvage title came in the mail)

I’m like you. I tend to trust people until they prove me wrong. Not all salesmen are liars. I was in sales for a while and so was my mother. We were both well thought of and had lots of referrals. I also would be upset to get a salvage title in the mail when not expecting one. If there is no mention of it in the sales contract, I would head on down to the dealership and see what they say. Know the law beforehand and talk reasonably.
GrandpaKip 06/30/19 09:20am Travel Trailers
RE: carbon Monoxide alarm going off

CO2 is odorless....you may be smelling something, but its not CO2. CO is actually colorless, tasteless, AND odorless. Because it cannot be noticed without a detector or meter, CO has earned the dubious name of “silent killer.” When folks call and say they can “smell carbon monoxide,” they are usually referring to other combustion byproducts that the human nose can detect. This is so. You cannot smell CO (carbon monoxide). When you blew into it, you lowered the concentration of CO, if that is the real culprit. I’d get a stand alone CO detector and see if it goes off with the built in one.
GrandpaKip 06/29/19 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: bottle jacks for stabilization?

We have once had a site that sounds like yours. I did not like having one side that much higher than the other and spent half the night awake with every little movement. To me, it was like being anchored on a lee shore and a sudden squall appears. Fortunately, it was only for one night. I won’t do it again. I’ll go elsewhere first. I have seen bottle jacks fail catastrophically and it ain’t pretty when 5000# of truck comes down that fast and hard. Wonder what that would do to the usually undersized suspension of most trailers. Definitely, digging a hole would be better.
GrandpaKip 06/28/19 09:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Free 1996 35’ Gulfstream Innsbrook.. worth it?

Spend a little time doing up a real estimate of materials and costs, then add 15 -20% for unknowns. A guesstimate on this type of project could be way off. That also is a large trailer. You got a truck that can pull it? And is it even pullable? I spent over $2500 on converting a 14’ cargo trailer into a camper. And that was mostly just the interior, with a few upgrades to the outside.
GrandpaKip 06/28/19 09:36am Travel Trailers
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