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RE: Help!!! Frame broke

What model truck are you towing it with? And what model hitch? Too much truck will stress a lightweight trailer’s A frame to the point it will break. WD puts a lot of stress on it as well. Something will give. Especially if traveling on buckboard concrete highways and the like. We can blame Lippert, but the RV manufacturer specifies the chassis they buy from Lippert for each model trailer. Cheaper is better. We were towing with a 2015 Yukon XL with tow capacity of 8000#. Off the top of my head I dont remember the hitch model. We bought the hitch from the RV company when we bought the trailer so it was based on their recommendation. We were also using sway bars/stabilizer bars per the dealer recommendation. Ok. I think “too much truck” can be ruled out. Probably rule out too much hitch as well if the dealer didn’t over do it. WD works by torquing “down” on the A frame with a lot of force in the same direction as tongue weight itself. The more WD, the more stress is put on the A frame to chassis welds. I try to go as easy as I can on WD for this reason. Hopefully one of the manufacturers involved will come through for you.
Hannibal 07/16/19 04:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help!!! Frame broke

What model truck are you towing it with? And what model hitch? Too much truck will stress a lightweight trailer’s A frame to the point it will break. WD puts a lot of stress on it as well. Something will give. Especially if traveling on buckboard concrete highways and the like. We can blame Lippert, but the RV manufacturer specifies the chassis they buy from Lippert for each model trailer. Cheaper is better.
Hannibal 07/16/19 11:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight Reminder

These folks weren’t as fortunate. https://youtu.be/UdmlPu33Iew
Hannibal 07/14/19 02:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight Reminder

Just like the model on the treadmill. https://youtu.be/Ba3PfXgHj0A :B
Hannibal 07/14/19 01:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Weight Reminder

This can’t be stressed too much. Our rule is, load anything you can carry as long as it’s placed over or forward of the trailer axles.
Hannibal 07/13/19 10:14am Travel Trailers
RE: A/C unit upgrades

Does it make a noticeable improvement? Our 13,500 is marginal in the summer heat with no shade. I too would upgrade to a 15k if it made enough of a difference.
Hannibal 07/11/19 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: How are Power King tires?

I had a set of them on our previous 5th wheel. 225/75 R15 D. I only had them for two years when we traded for our current TT but they lasted that long at least. Just over three years on the Rainier ST MayPops that came on our Jayco. I watch them with nervous obscession but so far so good. Also just over three years on my boat trailer are Carlisle Sport Trail bias ply tires. If Bias Ply has one benefit, it's that when they blow, they don't beat the trailer to death with steel belts like radials do.
Hannibal 07/09/19 05:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicle miss match

At a busy campground we stayed in two weeks ago, we noticed quite a few TV/TT combos using just a tri-ball or drop ball mount with no WD checking in. Several various half ton pickups towing long TT's that likely needed WD to satisfy the receiver's weight ratings. I mind my business.
Hannibal 07/08/19 05:01am Towing
RE: Downsizing to TT

We set out to do the same three years ago after three 5th wheels. Smaller 24~ft TT wound up being a Jayco 28RLS with recliners, free standing table and chairs, sofa bed, full 80" queen bed in a bedroom, large shower etc etc. At 32' overall, it's as long as the 5th wheel we traded for it. Good luck with your quest!
Hannibal 07/08/19 04:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need wt distribution and/or anti-sway bars?

While camping two weeks ago near the camp store and office, I was surprised how many TV-TT combos used a simple EZ Lift or similar WDH with no sway control or just a simple ball mount without even WD. I tow our 32.5’ overall TT with a Reese HP trunnion style WDH with no sway control with our F250 and it does fine. With a soft riding SUV on P rated tires, I would be using my Equalizer 4-point WDH that now resides in the tool shed.
Hannibal 07/04/19 04:54am Travel Trailers
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

Either truck would tow our TT every bit as easily as my 5.4L F250 does. But if I were willing to spend close to $100k for a pickup truck to have 600 ft/lbs more torque than I need, I’d opt for the Chevy. I’ve already owned four Cummins powered Rams. Chrysler is trying desperately to hold onto a look that’s almost 30 years old. And judging by the number of vibration dampeners decorating the underside, they still haven’t perfected my biggest complaint about the Ram.
Hannibal 07/03/19 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

Pretty cool video from a few years back. https://youtu.be/_jCmu6qJXX4
Hannibal 07/01/19 04:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: awning advice

I remember my first beer! Just kidding! Need to hang same tacky ornaments on the arms. So tacky you can’t avoid seeing them every time you walk around them. :B
Hannibal 06/23/19 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide Chatter

I use this on the rack and pinion https://rvmusthaves.com/liquid-wrench-rv-slide-lubricant/ And this on the seals. https://rvmusthaves.com/rv-slide-out-seal-conditioner/ Ours actually stalled on one trip while bringing the slide in. It just needed some lube.
Hannibal 06/21/19 05:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which Weight Distribution Hitch To Purchase

It appears the 1,000 lb tongue weight Steadyflex is recommended for tongue weights of 500 lbs to 1,000 lbs. If it were me, I'd go that route.
Hannibal 06/10/19 04:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Propane tanks

Not too long ago my neighbor came over to tell me my TT was hissing and smelled strongly of propane. The auto switchover regulator was leaking. I shut off both tank cylinder thingies and ran drove 44 miles to the nearest Camping World for a new one. Oddly, they didn't have the yellow tape thread sealant for gas connections. Had to find a Home Depot for that. We got lucky that day as the fridge was on gas and the wind was blowing the leaking gas toward it. No gas smell now. The new regulator works great. I have both cylindrical shaped portable tanks on and rely on the red flag to refill, checking every three or four days. Get that leak fixed. A propane explosion can obliterate a TT and it's occupants.
Hannibal 06/10/19 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear-Living TTs: Likes, dislikes, features, models...

We have a Jayco 28RLS. The thing I like best about a RL is, it’s easy to load the weight over and forward of the axles. Ours tows great with no sway. Inside, we can access the fridge and bathroom with the slide in. However, we have to enter the rear door to turn the water pump on to use the bathroom through the front entrance. Can’t pass through with the slide in. I knew this when we bought it. Not a problem as I like to take a walk at rest areas anyhow. My main concern is how it tows and it must have a rack and pinion slide mechanism.
Hannibal 06/09/19 06:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Tires For A Brand New Trailer

Going on season three with our OEM Rainier Chinese tires on our Jayco TT. So far they’re doing very well. Keep them covered, aired up, off the curbs and out of the gutters.
Hannibal 06/07/19 11:21am Towing
RE: F150 Ecoboost vs F250 Diesel mileage

Thanks for posting this Groover. I find these honest comparisons interesting as I did the same when I went from a 2003 Cummins powered 2500HD Ram to a duplicate Hemi powered 2500HD towing the same 10,400 lb 5th wheel. The diesel gave 2~mpg better towing the same speeds and routes and 5~mpg better city empty. The 5.7L Hemi actually towed faster up those 3~* rolling hills around the southeast but at 30% higher rpm. Gear reduction is a wonderful torque multiplier but most folks erroneously believe higher rpm hurts an engine. Gear reduction and higher rpm actually allows an engine to run cooler and easier. Not harder.
Hannibal 06/01/19 05:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing without a weight distribution

If its tongue weight is within the rating of the hitch without WD, I wouldn’t even bother with WD. Our travel trailers are delivered new all over the country by one ton pickups using a simple ball mount. Just my humble non professional non advisory opinion.
Hannibal 05/31/19 05:36pm Travel Trailers
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