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RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Only 1 line I can disagree with — TW can be accurately determined. The most accurate TW that can be determined is what you get when you compare weights of steer+drive in pass 1 and 3. If you need a WDH, the nose of the trailer will be low when the bars are loose. And as the tongue goes down weight is transferred from axle to tongue. But that does not matter, because the percentage TW that matters is what you get when ready to drive. Pass number 2 gives you more numbers, sure. But very many people have issues working with numbers, let alone deciding what numbers they need to solve the problem 1). Across scale with bars torqued. 2). Across scale with bars slack. 3). Drop trailer and weigh TV solo. Now maybe somebody reading this might think I must be wrong because so many want pass 2. The only reason I can see to want those numbers is they do not believe the weight distribution tongue/axles change as the tongue is lowered. If you believe moving something/anything from behind to in front of the axle changes the TW, a simple diagram can prove it. Lets start with a side view of single axle trailer. With the trailer set at any given slope, front/rear, draw a vertical line thru center of axle, mark that line on side of trailer. Now lower the tongue. When you draw the vertical line there is a space between the lines. If you can see the lines as planes, there will be a wedge-shaped area that moved from behind to in front of axle. Now how much weight is in that wedge? I'm not smart enough to figure, but I know it is not 0. Now for a multi-axle trailer, the picture is more complicated, but there will be multiple lines, but there will be a wedge that moves in front of front axle, and another wedge that moves in front of last axle.
JRscooby 05/14/21 06:12am Towing
RE: Jacking single axle trailer

Is it ok to jack it up here on my single axle trailer? https://i.imgur.com/SXUHsmbl.jpg IMHO, this is best place. If the top of jack has hole or depression center under the tie-bolt will reduce the chance to slip. If I was really afraid, I would use wood block.
JRscooby 05/14/21 04:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking single axle trailer

I always jack at where suspension mounts to axle, or where the suspension mounts to the axle. I assume those points are designed to carry the weight. Tire change; You carry something to build a ramp to level the camper for use right? And also while the jack is moving trailer up/down is when it most likely to slip, drop trailer, right? And most jacks, to operate you must be in, or close to where the trailer will fall if it does. And if the wheel and tire is mounted when it trailer drops, trailer, and more important, you are less likely to get hurt. Given all that, IMHO, the best plan is to pull the flat up on leveling blocks to get center of axle as high as it sets when the tire is inflated. Break nuts loose, then jack it off the block. This means, 1)Don't need to jack as far, so less chance to slip. 2)and most important, when you move the ramp you have room to get the inflated tire in place, never need to "Up a little more" with no wheel in place.
JRscooby 05/14/21 04:42am Travel Trailers
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

Mex, You mean the oil industry is doing a "Hail Mary"? Bet if you did a little looking you would see "Big Oil" is investing in renewable energy.
JRscooby 05/13/21 04:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

When I was in school I was taught if everybody works together everybody does better. I would hate to think that I filled my tank to "keep my options open" caused say a ambulance not to have options.How very true. However they apparently left out the fact that at the last time that happened was never. I take care of myself and pass on babysitting the rest of the world However they apparently left out the fact that at the last time that happened was never. I take care of myself and pass on babysitting the rest of the world Bingo. "This" particular issue is, or more accurately, was, a short lived problem. And I'm a very nice helpful person generally, but make no mistake, anyone whom puts others over themselves, in general, is a fool, or a fraud with only the appearance of caring. I'm also not going to waste time on the differentiation of either. Well, IMHO, knowing something will be in short supply for a limited time, then running out to buy all I can, instead of what I need is not babysitting the world, but it is not kicking others in the face either. Fact is, because many people are so much Me Me Me stations in states not served by the pipeline are running out of gas. But Darwin's laws might reduce that problem somewhat.
JRscooby 05/13/21 03:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

County ambulances likely get fueled from county owned pumps that supply only to county vehicles (police, ambulance, fire, bus and other), so probably no issues. So, prices went up a little, we will see if they come back down to last weeks prices or if they stay the same. Ga prices were frozen by the governor, yet they still went up from $0 to 30 cents higher overnight. Most stations are out of 87 octane so everyone is having to buy the higher priced fuels. If I owned a station I would only order in 93 octane, but surely nobody is doing this... While this is likely true, fuel to go in the county storage tanks comes thru the same pipeline as what goes to gas station.
JRscooby 05/13/21 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

% of all stations out of gas: AL 9% DC 35% DE 4% FL 25% GA 49% KY 3% LA 0% MD 22% MS 6% NC 71% NJ 1% SC 51% TN 24% TX 0% VA 52% WV 6% But at least one state on you map gets no fuel from the pipeline that has issues This list was created by Gas Buddy. It includes most, but not all of the states included in the Regional Emergency Declaration. I can understand that. But if a station in a state not supplied by the pipeline does not have gas it is 100% caused by people hording/buying what they might need, not what they need.
JRscooby 05/13/21 12:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

% of all stations out of gas: AL 9% DC 35% DE 4% FL 25% GA 49% KY 3% LA 0% MD 22% MS 6% NC 71% NJ 1% SC 51% TN 24% TX 0% VA 52% WV 6% But at least one state on you map gets no fuel from the pipeline that has issues Just stop driving already. This too shall pass soon enough. And you expect people to all share and share alike... I realize this wasn’t a “real crisis” like, oh, I don’t know, other recent events whether real or fabricated or somewhere in between..... But given what’s happened in the last year or so, I’d say folks have a right to be on edge. And if shtf, ever, a lot of good people will be hurt while being nice and trusting. And a lot of “nice people” will run your @ss over. So, in short, idgaf about anyone but me and my family and you shouldn’t either if you have a head on your shoulders. No tinfoil hat here and no I’m not waiting for shtf, but if you trust anyone in power, you’re a fool. First thing Ida done if I was in GA or NC or wherever was get enough fuel to keep my options open. When I was in school I was taught if everybody works together everybody does better. I would hate to think that I filled my tank to "keep my options open" caused say a ambulance not to have options.
JRscooby 05/13/21 08:45am General RVing Issues
RE: How 12v lights work?

I know this is basically an LED question but I thought it worth mentioning that an incandescent light does not care whether it is AC or DC. It will work on either. While true you are overlooking most DC lamps are designed for low voltage. Put 120 to a 12 volt bulb and AC/DC will not matter.
JRscooby 05/13/21 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: bad starter......

I have fixed 2 "bad Starters" in the past week. Both had dirty or loose battery terminals. Check them yourself. In times past cleaning the battery terminals was part of routine maintenance, but now it is considered a repair. I wish I knew how certain we where the starter is bad. I don't know if Ford still uses the relay at the end of a short cable from battery. In times past, when I needed 1 more start to get to a shop, (Or on demolition derby cars) I would disconnect the cable from the starter side of that relay. Then a 2nd battery, hook (+) to that cable, and (-) to the relay terminal. When you turn the switch to 'start' that relay kicks in and the starter gets 24V most times it will crank. If you can get at the starter from underneath, rap on it few times with a mallet and it might start. If it does, don't shut it off 'til you get to the shop. OT but gave me a laugh. A friend called me 1 night, he was out of town and his teenage kid was broke down at a party. He told her to tap on the starter. When I got there with another starter, the 1 I had to take off was beat so bad it could not even be a core. That little cutie had half the HS football team beating on that starter
JRscooby 05/12/21 05:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

In the 70's it was 8 gal max in the Seattle area. My 74 K10 SNB had three tanks. OEM 16, 18 saddle on the other side and 30 where the spare tire mounted. But if the station would only sell you 8 gallons, hauling the extra MT tanks around did you no good. The only advantage was you could go to the station, get 8 gallons wither you needed it or not. In the instance now, the fact you could fill all those tanks means you could be sure 5 other people could not get the 10 gallons they need. But your talk of the 70s brings up a good point. Nearly 50 years, every once in a while something happens, the oil companies give the sack a good squeeze. Then many try to shake the hand off, but soon we tell them to get another grip. How long before nobody can sing base?
JRscooby 05/12/21 05:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gasoline/Diesel Shortages

OP here. Yes a short lived post would be nice. DW and I are planning to leave home for 4 months and head west on June 20. I plan to make my way to I84 then I81, I40 I65 to Columbia TN then US route 412 west to Springer NM. Unfortunately this route looks like it might not work form the reports I'm seeing. So I sat down today and started checking out alternate routes that will hopefully avoid any hard hit areas. My thinking is to get to I80/I70 west and so on. This is what so great about this forum. If this thing happens to drag on (sound familiar) hopefully enough folks will chime in and we can get an idea what areas are favorable for travel. One way or another this is going to be an interesting trip!!! By June 20 I'm sure they will be able to open the valves by hand if the have not solved all the issues. A much longer lasting problem is likely to be the bridge at Memphis
JRscooby 05/12/21 05:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

One nice thing about a Freightliner M2-106 MDT. Hardly notice wind at all. Well, my 106 inch cab Freightliner, with 20,000 steer, 22,000 lift axle and a pair of 23,000 drive axles could tell the driver when wind was pushing the side of the 17 ft long, 6.5 foot deep empty open topped bed. Add 30 tons of gravel in the bed, wind was less of a issue.
JRscooby 05/12/21 03:22pm Towing
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Does the front suspension rise or compress when you get all hooked up?I am still curious on the weight distribution effect on the front suspension. It looked pretty level even without the bags. I did notice the front end steering was a bit lighter without the bags though. I watched a friend hook up, as we where discussing his handling issue. The front of TV came up when the tongue was lowered. Latched coupler, jacked back up to hook the bars. When lifted jack off ground, the front was still higher than before hooked up. When he aired up the bags, the TV was level. Made a bet the scale would tell him front was still light. Never measured, but bet both ends of TV where riding higher with trailer than without. When readjusted the bars, handling improved
JRscooby 05/12/21 02:19pm Towing
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

^^^^^^^^ "do is give you a better chance to hoard fuel." ^^^^^^^^^^^ That wasn't very nice, was it? No need to get snarky. I'm thinking of those people who have a small fuel tank in their rig and can't get to another station to get fuel. What the heck is wrong with that? Sorry if I offended you. But If you had 1000 gallon tank, and it was MT you would be no better off than me with a MT 25 gallon tank. OTOH just like people when they saw TP in the store buy a 6 month supply so others could not get what they need. And I'm sure that this kind of thing happens couple times a month... And all this in convince to cry about, it is still against the rules to talk about the actions taken to be sure we don't prevent it.
JRscooby 05/11/21 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

For those of you who couldn't see the benefit of extra fuel, look today at gas stations in the Eastern US. Due to the Colonial Pipeline issue, what is happening to those who need fuel and are unable to get it? Let alone paying the increased cost of fuel if they can get some. Anyone? Anyone> Bueller??? Bueller??? Let me see, maybe I should haul a extra 500 lbs around for the life of my truck because something might happen? If that tank was MT when the attack happened all it would do is give you a better chance to hoard fuel.
JRscooby 05/11/21 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: St Louis

Unless going/coming from NE I prefer the road that follow the old US40-US61 thru the downtown area. Now it's called I 64, ties back into I 70 near Wentzville
JRscooby 05/11/21 06:59am Roads and Routes
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Snip... Just my thoughts... I hope the border re-opens some day so we can back to regular camping in the US. I agree with most of what you say, but one bit is mis-leading; He's from BC, eh! LOL. I understand a lot of things change when you cross the border, but I don't think "When you get struck by a sudden strong gust of wind, the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall behind the axles and the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall ahead of the axles cancel each other out." would be true on either side of the border, when it comes to wind pushing a trailer around
JRscooby 05/11/21 04:25am Towing
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Snip... Just my thoughts... I hope the border re-opens some day so we can back to regular camping in the US. I agree with most of what you say, but one bit is mis-leading; When you get struck by a sudden strong gust of wind, the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall behind the axles and the force against 1/3 of the TT sidewall ahead of the axles cancel each other out. They do cancel with regard to introducing sway, but there is still a large force trying move the rig sideways. Reducing the action at the hinge TV/TT likely will reduce the oversteer, but even if you lock it solid it will take input from the driver to stay between the ditches. The OP might need to adjust his expectations.
JRscooby 05/10/21 04:39am Towing
RE: How to avoid getting blown all over the road

Your trip to the Cat. Make 1 pass, hooked up like you tow, another with just TV. I have never understood what useful info is gained with loose bars, but the change in weight of TV, and where that weight rides is important info. BTW, if you tell them it is re-weigh for the 2nd (or more) passes only charge a fraction. For an extra $2-3 get all the info. It's technically possible to back calculate with just the 2 measures but beyond most people's understanding of how to calculate. I don't see how that's possible because you'd have to guess at a variable. For example calculating tongue weight would be impossible from one pass with just the truck and the second pass with weight bars connected which will put weight on the front axle and ADD weight to the trailer axle. You'd have to guess what the tongue weight is. You can do it but you have to include the axle spacing and isolate for the unknown variables taking into account the moments created in the WDH. I'm not even going to try and explain the process...it's a whole lot simpler to just disconnect the bars and take another measurement. What is so important about knowing what what the TW would be while the trailer is not hooked to the TV? And if you think that number is important, pulling the trailer across the scales with bars loose will not give it to you because the front of trailer will be low. The TW that will change the handling is the weight the TV is carrying down the road. Getting that, and GW of the trailer so you can figure the percentage is simple if you don't add all the extra number from the loose bar pass. Now if you where planning to replace the TV, that pass might be worthwhile if you where smart enough to figure out what the change in wheelbase and overhang will do.
JRscooby 05/08/21 10:04am Towing
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