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RE: Low point drain line caps nightmare

I went and bought plastic valves from the plumbing section at lowes and screwed them onto the 3/4" fittings where the caps go. No more need for caps. Just turn the valves. I did the same with mine as well as the fresh water tank drain. Much easier to deal with. I've done three campers with 3/4" valves. Works for me. Lowes and Farm Town have lots of things that might not be mentioned as for a camper, but they work very well.
OleManOleCan 08/27/19 12:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: tongue jack slipped

We were setting up our camper and like I always do I set the tongue jack down on several blocks (the ones you can use of leveling or placing under the stabilizing jacks). I noticed immediately it was slipping. I didn't know what to do. I yelled for my daughter to hand me some more blocks and I set them right next to the blocks i already had. It eventually stopped and was resting on both sets of blocks. I raised it again and rehooked to my truck. I was able to set it down again without incident. Any reason why this would happen and how can i prevent it? It's easier to chock the wheels before you mess with the jack.
OleManOleCan 08/27/19 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Couple new to RV travel Trailer's looking for advice

Go to an RV show... and wear comfortable shoes :) My wife and I have been to a couple of national RV Shows. I second the Comfortable shoes. Either carry a camera or make a lot of photos on your phone. The weekend shows are exhausting... Several hundred RVs in a day is a bit much. Plan on going two days. Much easier. Enjoy yourselves. When it ceases to be fun, It's time to go...
OleManOleCan 08/25/19 02:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Check your Tires! Often!

I Always try and do a walk around at every fuel stop and when setting up the trailer after driving. Found a slipped belt because I do that. Just a quick minute can save you the aggravation of changing a tire on the side of the highway and the possibility of excessive damage to the trailer. A serious 'Walk Around' before you leave home, again at fuel stops. Again when you arrive at your camp site, Again when you leave to come home. (Beats waiting for road service)
OleManOleCan 08/25/19 02:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Roof weight limit?

Easy enough to solve that problem. DON'T GET ON THE ROOF. I used a 10' step ladder and a long handled brush to clean the roof. When I put a new roof on this spring, I used the same technique to roll on the rubber roof material.
OleManOleCan 08/25/19 02:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to the RV World - Towing Mirrors Recommendation

I have used Mckesh from Hensley Mfg. and with the optional convex mirrors have enhanced visibility to the rear 10 fold. They do not vibrate, etc. when installed properly. Our next tow vehicle will be ordered with the factory tow mirrors. My last two trucks were HD models that came with factory tow mirrors. F-250 4x4 Diesel. Came with the Ford Elephant Ear Mirrows. I loved them. My last truck is a F-150 HD 4x4 and I specifically looked for the Ford Towing mirrors. At first glance the Big Boxy Ford mirrors are too much. After driving with them, I fell in love with them. I understand why the GMC 2500 went with the boxy mirrors they work. The main thing is find something that works for you.
OleManOleCan 08/25/19 02:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Spare Tire question- doesnt match our new TT tires

I won’t buy LR Cs. Ds are tuffer. Ds are tougher and Es even tougher still. Es. have stronger sidewalls and I like em better towing in curves. Either are better than any Passenger tire.
OleManOleCan 08/22/19 11:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Run the USA is what?

Would be nice if the TT was small enough that I would not have to mess around with WDH's etc. Just quick hook up an go. That's not really an option, my TT is only 18' and there's no way I would tow it without a WDH with sway control. Even behind a 2500 it moved around more than I liked and that was without wind or panic maneuvers. To each their own but I'd never tow a TT without sway control. That said putting the bars on or taking them off takes maybe 30s so it's not like it has any meaningful impact on our setup and tear down time. I suppose it depends, our old 20' TT behind the our old 2009 2500hd did not care if the WDH was on or off. With the 1/2 ton we used the WDH half the time, less 100 miles runs I did not even mess with it. Each trailer does pull different for sure. I get what you are saying about the time deal, it just seems like it takes forever when is raining out. I was using a Rigid Hitch and swore getting the bars on took a few minutes by the time I dug out the bar, set the pins, jack the trailer up to get the bars on, etc. Granted this was 7-8 years ago so my mind is foggy:) When I had a 30' trailer I used WD bars. Now I'm towing a 20' w/o bars. My HD F-150 Echoboost is a beast for towing. My camper only weighs 3300 lbs, and I'm using a Reese 6000# hitch. Set it up right, put on E-rated tires. Pay attention to air in the tires, and go, go, go. You also have to pay attention to weight in the bed of the truck and how you load the trailer. Years of towing make a big difference deciding when towing is set up just right.
OleManOleCan 08/22/19 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Is there something wrong here?

well I won,t own a slide,no need, but I think there suppose to go in out easy, lube and adjustments are needed. if you can,t do the work? call a local rv tech ,not the dealer, tech will come to you , X2! Needs fixed, should slide in/out easily without making odd noises.. I purposely avoid slides for this reason. You WILL need to either diagnose and fix it yourself or find a dealer to work on it.. Now, where are all of those folks on this forum who claim slides never break? Perhaps they would be willing to come to you and fix it for free.. I'm another who don't care for slides. It's something to sweep off if you have one to keep from sliding in with leaves Pine Straw and small limbs. In my case, it's my wife and I camping. When we camp, we spend very little time in our camper. My current RV is a 18 foot 1975 Fleetwood Prowler that I have rebuilt. I have a soft spot for Vintage RVs.
OleManOleCan 08/19/19 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to RVing.....please help

I just got a coachmen apex 31' and have been reading all the manuals and watching a ton of videos. And so I went there to where its stored and checked all the inventory that it had. Now there were a few things I had no idea what they were....I was hoping someone on here could help me. Also, I've heard its imperative to get a surge protector for electric hookup, is that true? Here are some pictures of what I'm not sure of. Any help is much appreciated thank you. Ps I'm adding in all the photos I took just in case you noticed something I didnt.***Link Removed*** Several years ago I was camping and a friend was in the next spot. Lightening hit the huge Pine tree between us. It came down and run in on his electrical system. Fried it. I had a surge protector. My camper suffered no damage. I'm a believer.
OleManOleCan 08/13/19 11:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Foam in tires

Yes, It's called Fix-a-Flat: https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/42f00042-dc57-4c51-aceb-595070a434bc_1.cde0bd4b2623a707f305f9e34d00040e.jpeg?odnHeight=450&odnWidth=450&odnBg=FFFFFF My tire man cusses a blue streak when someone brings in a flat with Flat Fix sprayed in it. They have to clean it up... That said I carry a can of it for emergencies when I'm not close to civilization. I used some one day in the rain, and that was when he told me to pass on Flat Fix. (I'd rather hear him cuss than get out in a cold rain for a flat)
OleManOleCan 08/06/19 11:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are Airstreams low maintenance?

I've never seen a no maintenance trailer. I think all of em benefit from TLC, inside and out. Sometimes it's the little things that make the difference. Some trailers have a steeper learning curve than others.
OleManOleCan 08/06/19 11:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hitch Release Tips w Gas Strut Truck

This has been discussed often here. You have just found an important safety feature, and the solution to the issue is ridiculously easy. Last thing in the world you want is the trailer hopping off the ball as you tool down the freeway. It's always bad. So the latch has been designed to grip harder whenever the ball pulls down/out of the cup-and-shoe that holds it. So if you are already lifting or if the TV is pushing backward on the ball, it resists unlatching. All you have to do is chock the trailer wheels so it won't roll forward, then put the TV in drive and put a tiny bit of "pull" on the trailer BEFORE you attempt to lift the trailer off the ball. You will then be able to unlatch with one finger, no hammer, no hitting, no hocus-pocus. No need to pull hard. Usually just slipping the TV into gear and let idle pull a wee bit. Release the latch, shut off the engine, and start jacking the hitch up. If you insist on using force, you will eventually damage the latch and put yourself at risk of having the trailer come loose. Don't DO that. :h Naturist, not sure what you are talking about. On standard ball hitches there is a partial ball receptacle pocket in the FRONT of the hitch. Putting pressure by chalking the trailer then pulling forward with your tow vehicle WILL make it impossible to separate the two. If you study a typical hitch coupler you can easily see what I am saying.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71Dj%2BS1KW0L._SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 I think what you meant to say is chalk the trailer wheels, put your tongue jack down on the ground, flip the hitch lock into the unlocked position. THEN BACKUP YOUR VEHICLE SLIGHTLY! This takes tension off of the ball and socket and allows the ball to come out of the indentation in the front of the hitch pocket. When you flip the hitch lock up it releases the clamp on the rear underside of the ball just enough to allow the ball to move out of the front part of the hitch socket and past the released clamp.. If you study the hitch clamp you will get a better understanding of how it works.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71p7r8wYQcL._SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 It is also very helpful to LIGHTLY LUBRICATE the ball and socket with some grease. Op also needs to make sure they are using the correct ball size for their hitch, it is easy to mistake a 2" ball and 2 5/8" ball or a 1 7/8" ball for a 2" ball. The ball size should be well marked on the trailer tongue hitch. Not all RVs use 2 5/8" balls.. Under no circumstances should you attempt to use a smaller ball than what is marked on your trailer to make disconnecting easier.. On edit.. Forgot to mention, release and remove your weight distribution arms before attempting to disconnect the ball.. WD puts additional pressure on the ball when installed and engaged. I agree. This is the easy way. I also tow with a little bit of White Lithium Grease on the Ball and in the hitch. A number of years ago I camped next to a truck driver, and he told me the easy way to get off the ball... I still think about him now and then, when I see a trailer come in and the driver pulls up and does a perfect back up. Just right.
OleManOleCan 08/06/19 11:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouses similar to 272BHS with light hitch weight

For Safety sake... Forget about Dry Weight. The weight you want to count is trailer, water, propane, camping utensils, Outdoor furniture, Groceries ect... Don't forget to include things like tool boxes, food and bicycles too. It's awful easy to load heavy and not realize it. I eventually upgraded to a 3/4 ton F-250 Diesel and E-rated tires. Towed like a dream. Fast Forward to today... We downsized to a 18' trailer, and our TV downsized to a F-150 HD Echo boost, I still tow with E-rated tires. I like the way they tow. FWIW: When I set up my hitch, I like to set it for a loaded Trailer. I go to a junkyard about 10 miles away and for a case of beer, they move me to the front of any line. Funny how that happens. The junkyard weights my truck , camper ect... Doing it that way you want wonder if you have too much weight on the tongue, or too much weight in the rear. Towes like a dream if you plan ahead.
OleManOleCan 08/06/19 10:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sofa questions

you have described a jack knife sofa. the worst possible sleeper as you have discovered. replace with magic sofa bed, bradd and hall. bumpy Jack knife sofas are too short, and uncomfortable at best. Junk it when you can. Either get a Magic Sofa or something like a Futon Couch. I have a Futon couch that I add a Twin Futon on when we have a guest. Daytime the Futon is rolled up and the Futon is pushed in to make a couch. It's actually pretty comfortable.
OleManOleCan 08/06/19 10:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Closet/shelf suggestions

Plastic storage bins? You can buy bins in all dimensions. You can also buy expansion rods in various lengths to keep bins from sliding around.
OleManOleCan 08/06/19 10:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: My set up and TT length

Today’s 1/2 tons are better than ever and you should be fine. I personally did not like towing our 28RL (33.5’ overall length). The main issue was cross winds and big rigs passing me on the highway. The 1/2 ton (Tundra CrewMax w/ tow package) just got pushed around, rather than the Truck controlling the trailer. I also didn’t like the lack of torque in a gas engine when towing grades. Just my thoughts... BTDT. Out West, Crosswinds were terrible. I managed. Windy days on The Great Divide were interesting to scary... Otherwise towing experience makes the difference. Set up your trailer correctly and watch your driving, and you can do it with a 1/2 ton. People who aren't set up correctly are a menace to themselves and everyone on the road. High Mountains really call for more torque than some 1/2 tonners have.
OleManOleCan 08/06/19 10:11pm Travel Trailers
Stove painting

Anyone ever painted the panels on the outside of a stove? I've been redoing my 'BTDT' 1975 Fleetwood Prowler,the vintage stove has a black panel on the face of the oven. I'm thinking of painting it and the stove hood a high temp. medium dark Blue. (Haven't done one yet) Today I started degreasing both. Simple Green for first wash, and vinegar for the second. Looks like it may rain everyday for a while. I'll wait for a dry day to paint. Alabama's high humidity is tough for paint drying. I'm planning to do 3 coats of paint on each. No reason to rush the job... I don't like to camp in the dead of Summer in Alabama. I plan to replace the old Air Conditioning unit sometime this Summer too.
OleManOleCan 07/30/19 11:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Stuff in your storage compartment?

Merrykalia, that about covers it. Think I’ll print it out and mark off the needs and not needs. Thanks After you are finished camping for the year... Take stock of things you carry but never used... OFF THE SUBJ... When I bought my 75 Fleetwood Prowler, the owner didn't have any keys for it. I carried it home and tried the standard keys... Nothing worked. I pulled the Door Lock and had a locksmith re-key the lock for me. The hatches, I went cheap, and drilled out the locks to open them. I found an extra 30 amp cord, a beat up propane stove (sold it) and 100 foot of Parachute Cord. It was like watching storage wars. I related this, because the guy I bought my camper from used it 3 years and never accessed the hatches. After camping for years, we have become minimalist. AND... If there is a real need for something you don't have go to Walmart. There is generally one within 25 miles...
OleManOleCan 07/22/19 10:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is a travel trailer with a slide out a good idea for me?

MEH, slides are a person decision based on their opinion that they must have a huge cubby for everyone. Most likely you will see an overwhelming majority of responses which will echo the "need" for a slide and feel everyone NEEDS to have at least one slide. I am on the opposite side, I don't feel anyone really "needs" a slide, instead they WANT a slide. Whether it is to keep up with the "Jones's" or want some sort of impressive status symbol (who in the world needs a 38ft long trailer with "triple slides"?).. Instead on relying on a remote website forum (with faceless keyboard surfers) to make up YOUR mind as to YOUR needs and wants. I can only present my needs and wants, I don't need or want a slide and my 26ft TT can sleep 5 people easily, if you search a bit most likely could find TTs in that length or even shorter which can sleep 6 without slides. Folks who say slides are trouble free and have never had an issue with a slide have never looked for leaks and damage. A slide opening cut into a trailer severally weakens the trailer structure. Manufacturers have to make up for this by reinforcing in other places which means a trailer with a slide will be heavier when compared to a non slide of the same size. One of the critical places is the roof, the longer the slide the more potential for the roof to sag in the slide opening, most folks who say they have never had an issue with a slide most likely has never looked at the roof for sagging.. The mechanical systems are not trouble free nor are they cheap and easy to fix, slide motors do fail, cables do fail, hydraulic systems do fail.. And when they fail, it is almost NEVER in your driveway.. Had a fellow camper in a campground who spent the better part of 4 days trying to beat their slide back into working order. Made me appreciate that I have one less thing to break.. Slide mechs when they break or not adjusted correctly sometimes also drag on your floor, replacing the floor under a slide often means pulling the slide out of the opening.. Slides since they create a huge hole in the side of a trailer are a huge potential leak. A leak which can go unnoticed for a long time and when found the damage to the floor and wall structure can be extensive.. But like I mentioned, only YOU can really decide, go and look at trailers instead of seeking a website of opinions. I'm in the No Slides Camp. (I've had two with slides and two without.) We never had a problem with a slide. It's all in what you get used too... There is only my wife and I. We spend more time outside our RV than inside. I've always thought of our campers as a Motel room where no one steals from us. I changed the insides of our 75 Prowler and have ample room for the two of us. Our camping habits have changed over the years. Now a days we camp about 3 days then return to base. If I camped longer periods of time, I would have another with a slide. I love to camp in late Winter, Spring, Fall and early Winter. Alabama Winters are generally mild. Alabama Summer is hot, and steamy. Alabama Mosquitoes and biting flies are an aggravation we can do without. We no longer go on long distance camping trips, Al. to Tn. Al. to FL. are more in line with our preferences. My advice is to always buy what suits your camping style. Extended trips or more people camping beg for slides...
OleManOleCan 07/22/19 10:38pm Travel Trailers
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