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RE: New trailer came off hitch!!

Weight distribution bars put an upward force on the coupler. They wouldn’t have prevented this from happening.
Kevinwa 09/16/19 04:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Toy hauler for kayaks and bicycles

I have actually been thinking of looking for a toyhauler when we upgrade our travel trailer. I want to store my expensive mountain bike and all the kids stuff chairs kayaks etc inside. There used to be toyhaulers with a s,all garage sized for a single quad, I wonder if there are still any around?
Kevinwa 09/04/19 07:49am Toy Haulers
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

The more I think about this the more I realize it is the short stroke of the jack that is the issue and not their mounting location. If you have 18” under the jack foot when fully retracted or 6” once you block that space with blocks or the leg extension hole you then have the stroke length of the jack. If it only extends say 13” then it only extends that. The issue is more the long trailer needing that much more jacking to level. If it were me I would first try blocking up the rear of the truck before unhitching before I tried the jack stand method. Jack stands will work but it is an added step and if on a slope there is some instability pushing downhill on these jackstands as you transition. I think four pieces of 2X8 would work in lots of situation. Two 3’ and two 2’. Back onto the 3’ers and then set the 2’ers on and back up again. For rehitching I would throw some quick marks on the ground, with a marker or spray paint to show exactly where I need these blocks. Just my thoughts, have Had to do height adjusting hooking grain trailers in the field in combine season and we always either blocked or dug in the truck tires. Of course a shovel and digging the trailer tires down a inch or two would have a greater effect, and samplers, but you would have to watch clearance on the rear and most places won’t allow this.
Kevinwa 08/18/19 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

I know from searches and skimming there are about a million different options as far as hitches, sliders, non sliders, etc. But I am still confused as we have been in a travel trailer for the last 16 years. I have a 2018 Ram 2500 4x4 short bed and am looking at a Grand Design 311bhs. What hitch do I need? I dont want to have cab to trailer contact on accident and want something fool proof. I've seen sliders but also something that hooks to the kingpin on the RV instead? I'm sure it's been asked before but help me please. I am also worried about bed clearance to the rv because my driveway is kind of steep getting in. What if anything do I need to be looking at there? I have no input on hitches, but do have a cousin that pulls a Grand Design 311BHS with a short bed F-350, He has, on more than one occasion, bent his mid trailer leveling jack in gas stations etc. It hangs pretty low. Just a heads up to keep an eye on this if you go with that model.
Kevinwa 08/11/19 08:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you guys carry bicycles inside?

This is what I was going to suggest, was just struggling with how to describe it without pictures. Looks awesome!
Kevinwa 07/28/19 09:20am Toy Haulers
RE: How many people have cameras on trailer

I have one that came with the 5er but don't use it. If the screen was larger, visual quality as good as the BU camera on the truck and it was integrated into the truck screens, I'd be more apt to use it. An integrated camera for your trailer is available on the newest generation of Ford superduty. Remote Camera for the back of your trailer as a factory option on the truck. Can order multiple cameras for multiple trailers. They also have trailer tire pressure sensors available that integrate into the truck.
Kevinwa 07/26/19 01:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gravel rv pad?

The key to anything I. Life is drainage. If you just dig out a whole In The lawn and fill it with 6” of gravel you now made a mud pit. The gravel is more porous then the clay and top soil so it will just fill with water. I suspect that is what happens with the one pictured above. If there was a way for the water to drain out of the gravel it would probably be zero issue
Kevinwa 07/18/19 02:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fulltiming across the USA.............on your own land?

I have never seen this option in any US township. Have you seen this in US cities? We travel full time and dry camp often so this kind of water option would be very interesting. just googling “bulk water station and then the name of a city/town” found me load stations in most municipalities in US that I could think of.
Kevinwa 07/13/19 07:21pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fulltiming across the USA.............on your own land?

... Most municipalities have a portable load station.... I didn't know that. Good Info, Thanks! Well, in my corner of Alberta they all do. Not sure about elsewhere. Most I have seen are near the town public works yards and are often coin operated. One near me is $1 for 100 gallons of water.
Kevinwa 07/10/19 07:33pm Full-time RVing
RE: Fulltiming across the USA.............on your own land?

If near a town I would consider hauling water in a tank behind the truck or on a trailer. Most municipalities have a portable load station. My half ton handles a 500 gallon tank on a trailer. That would probably lasts a few weeks in an rv. You can get potable approved tanks that are black in colour to prevent algae growth. Have a little transfer pump to fill the rv from the tank on the trailer as needed.
Kevinwa 07/10/19 09:22am Full-time RVing
RE: Electric Lawnmowers

I love my Dewalt 20volt weed eater. Used it around the stall. With a gentle touch it can make a nice even mow job and have used it on low areas of the lawn when wet. My next purchase will be the Dewalt 20 volt leaf blower. We now have a seasonally spot in the pine trees and want it to blow the pine needles off the roof and outdoor Matt. I chase Dewalt 20 volt because it matched the batteries in the drill I take along to run out my stabilizer jacks. I think they might make a mower off their 40 volt system. Ryobi I and Milwaukee also make good options but I have just been buying Dewalt tool only since I didn’t need batteries
Kevinwa 07/02/19 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fence Post Mod - For water hose storage etc?

I have read posts of people storing out door mats rolled up in these and a collapsible ladder in another. Probably could do wiener sticks and fire pokers etc. Haven’t heard of water hose.
Kevinwa 06/24/19 07:02pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: rv extension cord

I carry a 25’ 30 amp cord. I use it all the time at home and have only on one occasion. Used it on the road. I also carry a 35’ 12 gauge 15 amp cord that I run from the power pedestal to my outdoor cooking area. Between the electric frying pan, coffee pot and ice maker it is nice to have the extra power available and not be just limited to the single exterior outlet on the rig (which happens to be on the same circuit as a bunch of indoor stuff) If we are ever in need of longer for the main 30 amp cord I can use this additional 15 amp cord and limit the amount of things we use. In our area power for the furnace is more important than AC anyway and a 15 amp circuit handles this easily.
Kevinwa 06/20/19 12:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you share camping expenses?

Typically we book a sight for each camping unit. My buddies tent would have easily fit next to our travel trailer, but we each booked one. Then you each pay for the site you are in. I do all the booking and ask for an transfer of the amount right after I book. I typically like water and sewer and power, and I always give the tent guys an option to book across the road In a no service loop to save money on things they won’t use anyway. 99% of the time they say they would rather pay the extra $19 a night and be together. I do disagree with the above person that said make up with her, implying that because she is family it is a necessity. Just because you share the same parents doesn’t entitle you to be verbally abused by someone.
Kevinwa 05/31/19 11:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: this is neet (not mine)

The Award trailers were from the 1990's and I think until sometime in the early 2000's. They were known to leak very badly, but were light weight and with a low profile, towed well. We were next to one in Glacier NP last summer. They towed it from San Antonio to Glacier for a few weeks every summer with a Ford Explorer. I think that lends to the “towed well”
Kevinwa 05/04/19 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: What will be your towing powerplant in 10-15 years ?

I like how electric vehicles are referred to as “zero emission”. It’s like electricity grows on trees to some.
Kevinwa 05/03/19 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you ever ship belongings to destination or back home?

Check with your airline on the cost of additional checked bags. Might be cheaper then shipping with other methods.
Kevinwa 04/27/19 08:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Converting U-shaped dinette to free standing. Any tips?

I have really wanted to do this but don’t want to lose the storage from inside the benches. We have a small pine ikea table at home that would fit perfect.
Kevinwa 04/12/19 09:06pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Look for small dual axle TT, no more than 25ft

Rockwood minilite makes lots in that size range.
Kevinwa 04/02/19 04:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

You’re camper will probably block a moon roof, and maybe the satellite radio antenna. The only difference in the two tires you listed appears to be. BSW vs OWL. That is “black side wall” vs “outside white letter”. Probably not worth the money. Talk with your selling dealer, lots will swap to tires of your choice for a small fee right when it comes in off the truck, then you get exactly what you want. Do you need a 7 pin plug in in the box? The 5th wheel prep package gets you that. You might be able to check it off separately? Upfitter switches allow for easy firing. Mine has a 30, 20 and two 15 amp connectors right under the hood that you tie your accessory into. On second thought they might be under the dash, I don’t remember. If there are fuel tank size options get the biggest available, never enough fuel. Just a warning, the oil change required indicator on gas super duties only goes by mileage and not engine hours. This was found out the hard way with a truck at work.
Kevinwa 03/16/19 05:23pm Truck Campers
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