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RE: Hmm... another use for Tork-Lift?

Looks like it needs a “Wide Load” sign to me. :):) Not unless eight and half feet. It’s at least that. The trucks bumper is 6’ wide, and my calibrated eyeballs say that’s more than 15” to the end of the extensions. Looks more like 18”, but just for reference license plates are all 12” wide. Compare that to what’s sticking out past the ends of the bumper. Maybe he knows the width limit, and it’s 1/4” under. :W :):) Well no state would issue a permit for that load. And my experience has taught me that few LEOs will notice somebody is a little over without a sign. Sign would cause more problems than solves. Going off in weeds for a little humor. A company in KC, who's main job is cranes. All their tractors have blanket permits, so a load up to 10 feet wide does not require special calls to state. Some of the booms, they had issues with the cribbing failing because needed to stick out past the side of trailer so far. Management had the shop build some trailers 10 foot wide, to reduce this problem. As long as there is a load over 8.5 feet wide on the trailer, works great. But normally when the big cranes go out, the trucks make a few trips with boom sections. A MT trailer on the ground is not a load. But 2 of them stacked on a 102 can cross the scales.
JRscooby 09/15/21 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: Hmm... another use for Tork-Lift?

Are you kidding, that truck gets into an accident and those rebar become flying projectiles. Yeah, your right whats the real danger?:S While this statement is true, IMHO, it is made by somebody that does not pay a lot of attention to the way things are normally done. Sure, pickup hits something, that rebar keeps moving. But it will be hitting the ground probably before the back is clear of front rack. Most likely any damage done will be to tires or feet/ankles. Not Good. Now let's look at the same impact, same bundle of bar, loaded in the normal manner, a rack over bed and cab. The bar is launched at at the same speed, but starting at over 6 feet in the air. With the same drop rate it can skip off the roof of the car the truck hit, off the deck lid of the car stopped in front, and into that car's passenger compartment. But it must go much farther before it hits anybody in the ankles. I think even worse. Looks like it needs a “Wide Load” sign to me. :):) Not unless eight and half feet.
JRscooby 09/15/21 04:42am Truck Campers
RE: Work-anywhere towing assistance?

There is simply nothing wrong with driving one armed and or one eyed. For that matter you can be totally deaf. Bell, many always get in head first to drive. By that I mean put head in seat, climb in, wiggle around until firmly between the cheeks, start engine.
JRscooby 09/14/21 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hmm... another use for Tork-Lift?

Yeah, that looks REAL safe! What is the real danger, compared to what most small contractors do? If it was me, I would probably put a strap in center to reduce sag, but not likely to cause harm.
JRscooby 09/14/21 03:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Ruined manual transmissions

Not RV, but back in '70s, when driving a tow truck there where some that we would only pull as far as the shoulder before we pulled axle or driveshaft. I towed my old "3 on the tree" Ford for about 300 miles 4 down. After that it made noise in 2nd gear. I know several guys that would tow their VW based dune buggies. 3 of them towed about 500 miles in convoy. 1 would not shift when got home.
JRscooby 09/14/21 01:42pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Broke my hitch pin today

Just weld the adapter to the stinger and be done with it. It will still have a lot of slop and play in it. How would there be more play than just the normal looseness of a ballmount in receiver?
JRscooby 09/14/21 08:15am Towing
RE: Broke my hitch pin today

Putting a 2.5 inch in a 3 inch hole? I can see where a sleeve would add extra play. And that play is like a hammer on the pin. (Short stroke, but it is a big hammer) If it was mine I would cut some 1/4 inch mild steel to match the size of the 4 sides. Drill a couple holes in a pair of them, where I'm sure the pin hole will not be. Line 1 up, and tack thru the holes. Then I would use the 2 holes, to drill thru that plate. Repeat for other side. Tack top and bottom on, check for fit. Then using short welds, to keep from heating it to much. Grind a little taper on sides and bottom just to make it easier to start in. Now I have faith my welds will not break, or cause the stinger to bend/break. But unless enough breaks for the top/bottom pieces fall out, you are no worse than now.
JRscooby 09/13/21 04:46am Towing
RE: “Pathetic quality”: RV dealers are fed up...

Imagine what kind of employees you get for $7.25/hour. Yes, that's Indiana's minimum wage. Are all RV assembly workers paid an hourly wage? Thought -at least some- were "piece workers". :@ I have worked piece work all my life. Most times, with that kind of pay structure, if the quality of the product is below standard, you do it again for no more money. Just trumping here, but I imagine management gets a bonus for higher rate of production. This would cause a rush to put them out the door, quality could suffer. As for the dealers, for at least a decade they have been selling RVs with quality issues, then making money when manufacture pays for building the unit to acceptable standards. If people where not willing to buy, then be without both money and RV while repairs are made they would of been shipping them back. Nobody will build something that will not sell. And, if people are willing to buy junk, there is no reason to build better.
JRscooby 09/12/21 01:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Frustrating !!!

Don't expect any cargo trailer made after the '60's to be made all that well. What percentage of vehicles on the road have leaking roofs? A very small percentage. And what percentage of the leaking roofs are trailers? Bet that would be high. And a high % of the powered vehicles that leak are MHs. And a very high percentage of trailers where somebody works to maintain the roof that do not leak are RVs. Now when you go shopping for a used cargo trailer, no matter what the size, there is a good chance it will leak. For most users, most trailers, a leak can cause damage to cargo much higher than the cost of a new trailer. If a trailer does not leak, the cost of ownership is so low, why sell? Most cargo trailers probably roll more miles in a year than the average RV will move in it's lifespan. I mentioned my '67 Pete. I have no idea how many miles it had on it when I bought it in '75, but I put half million on it before I sold it. Roof of cab and sleeper made out of that alloy I cant say or spell, panels riveted together, just like all the others. My '76, was a outlier. Day-cab with a roof mounted AC. If the drain for that AC was stopped up, and you got 1 side of the truck about 8 inches higher than the other, it would throw water on the driver. As long as I stayed on roads, the water would run down the back of cab. My '87, Day-cab, had about 500 lb rock dropped on roof. About a hour with a port-a-power, to get my headroom back. 2 years later, I sold the truck, roof did not leak. My '95 had over 3 million miles on it, no roof leaks. The point of all this is to point out the technology to make a lightweight, damage resistant, long lived, and waterproof roof is out there. And no buyers of anything but RVs will accept the need to work on the roof all the time.
JRscooby 09/12/21 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Broke my hitch pin today

Not sure, but I would think anybody that could modify the hole in receiver could build up the outside of the shank. And for hamn sure, it would be cheaper to go back if you or next owner decided to tow a trailer that needs the bigger hitch. Just buy the shank.
JRscooby 09/12/21 06:24am Towing
RE: Frustrating !!!

Yep, once it is out of your hands, it's best to forget about it and let the new owners do what they will. Because they will do whatever they have a mind to do and nothing you say or do will change them. I frequently contemplate buying a steel cargo trailer with no roof vent and no rear door, and building it out as a TT. I could have a vent on the rear wall and a mini split A/C. Order the trailer with some steel attachment points welded to the roof, and mount solar panels up there without having to puncture the roof. In spite of popular belief, cargo trailers DO eventually leak. Do some searches and you will find lots of complaints about cargo trailers leaking at the joints/seams or rivets. Every rivet hole from the outside is a potential leak and every panel joint/seam is a potential leak. By the way cargo trailers are clad in Aluminum or FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Panels, not steel. It would take a semi truck to pull a cargo trailer clad in 100% steel. And yes, you can paint aluminum with proper prep and primer which is what cargo trailer manufacturers do. For every "cargo trailer" that leaks, there are thousands that last decades and millions of miles without leaking. Some companies learned by at least the '60s how to make a seam, rivet it together, and it would keep water out for decades and millions of miles. My '67 Pete had a vent in the roof. Even when the seal was so bad I could hear the cover rattling over the noise of the buzzing dozen, water did not get in. The only reason RV roofs leak is because people will buy a RV, expect the roof to work, when it fails buy another.
JRscooby 09/11/21 01:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Frustrating !!!

I have heard rants about RV roofs, and the maintain they require and all I can say is "Why in sam hill do we keep buying toys that expected to use outside with a roof that won't shed water.
JRscooby 09/11/21 07:45am Travel Trailers
RE: 5er accidents

What’s the difference between a video of a truck moving silly large load or a chyron of a truck moving a silly large load? I’m old enough to remember an advertisement for a front wheel drive car that was towing a boat on a trailer with the back wheels of the car removed. Any reasonably bright persons learns by about the age of 3 that commercials exaggerate and are to be taken with a large grain of salt. I remember that commercial, and use it as an example of what a WDH can do when I set up some one's trailer. As a practical joke my Dad cranked up the spring bars on uncles Vista Cruiser to the point he could not move, 1 rear wheel would just spin on gravel. BTW, Olds built a Toranodo without front bumper, and most of the front overhang, used it to move snow at the plant. "What’s the difference between a video of a truck moving silly large load or a chyron of a truck moving a silly large load" I don't know what "chyron" is. But when they tell us a 150 can tow whatever many do not understand not all 150s can tow the same thing. This leads to issues
JRscooby 09/10/21 04:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er accidents

I'm in agreement that RV dealers need to be held liable if they sell a rig to someone they =know= will be towing with a truck that's simply not meant for hauling something that size. Doubly liable if they actually set up the truck for the customer. There =are= the occasional dealers that will refuse to sell a trailer to someone if their truck's too small. With FWs, =tow= ratings mean almost nothing; it's =payload= that's the controlling factor. Lyle While I agree there's dealers that will sell anyone anything to make a buck, isn't it the consumer who should be held accountable? Or maybe it should be the truck manufacturer, because after all, they show a Toyota Tundra pulling a Space Shuttle. Mike I'm not real found of private companies regulating behavior, even if most people prefer that to government regulation. But I don't think ads showing a vehicle moving silly large loads is near the issue as the ad that say in great big letters CAN TOW WOOFTY,000 LBS! then in fine print, when properly equipped I bought a wrecked F350, needed a front clip. Found one that fit fine, even the same paint code. In the gospel according to some, if I wanted to buy a heavy travel trailer, I could not because the badges on the fender are overloaded?
JRscooby 09/09/21 04:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is there a quiet water pump?

Just for snots and grins, put your cell phone on vibrate, and lay it on a table. Grab your wife's phone, dial your number.
JRscooby 09/09/21 05:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Is there a quiet water pump?

Just trumping here, but you might want to look at the mounting of your existing pump. If mounted solid to a surface, the vibrations of the pump will act just like a magnet in a speaker. Any flex in the lines hooked to pump? If not, the lines can carry the noise, vibrate another "speaker" Stand of and look at your rig from the side. Is your fresh water tank below the floor of trailer? Is trailer floor below floor of TV bed? Trailer have a gravity fill for the tank, where you can pour water in, or must it be under pressure? Assuming gravity fill, can you slide a hose in far enough to get below the floor of TV? Even if you need a short piece of smaller hose to fit in the fill, just screw together so it doesn't leak. Hose from bottom of transfer tank, into fill. Might need a little air pressure in top of tank (fresh water? Bell, just suck the hose!) to start flow, but siphon can move water pretty easy
JRscooby 09/08/21 06:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Work-anywhere towing assistance?

Find a non-emergency number for police or highway patrol. Ask what tow service they would use for emergency in that area? Where you traveling alone? That's a good start but, they will probably call the 'nearest available' tow service. It's not always the best choice. Or, because you did not call as a emergency, they give you name/number of nearest 1 or 2.
JRscooby 09/07/21 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Failure

If there was any way to prove it I would bet that tire hit a curb or such in the last few thousand miles. Damage don't always show when it happens, but just like a note at the bank, it will come due.
JRscooby 09/07/21 09:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric brakes issue

I just hang mine so the open end points down. Water can stack up in a cup, but will not run up hill if it is not forced. Di-Electric grease solves the issue of humidity.
JRscooby 09/07/21 09:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Work-anywhere towing assistance?

Find a non-emergency number for police or highway patrol. Ask what tow service they would use for emergency in that area? Where you traveling alone?
JRscooby 09/07/21 06:24am General RVing Issues
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