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RE: Load Range F Tires

On my last 2 trailers one equipment dump, our 14 yr 5er camper, , the 235/80/16 E 's were a joke, nothing but blowouts and poor wear. Stepped up to 14 ply rated Korean made 235/ 85/16 G 's running at 90 psi, 20 psi below their 110 psi rating all steel ply radials. Fantastic differance.in wear and no troubles in a dozen or more years and over 100k miles. I have seen F tires rated for pressures and speed comparable to G , do yourself one better the few $ for the heavier tire run at a lower pressure has given us great service. Its no brainer
SDcampowneroperator 09/27/22 07:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric brakes

Apply the brakes with the trucks applicator. Walk around closely with a simple compass if the compass points toward the wheel, that brake magnet is working. Do it again by pulling the emergency brake cable which will activate all the brakes from your trailer battery. Trailer drum brakes are notorious for needing adjustment. Our supposedly forward self adjusting Dexter 8k brakes do not do well. Every couple K miles, I got to jack each wheel and manually work the star wheel so the brakes work at maximum.
SDcampowneroperator 09/11/22 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Any issues having slides on both sides?

something to consider is wide slides on the curb side. Thats where the hookups are, trees and so on. Also the view out windows from curb side slides is of your neighbors site, ???? Reverse that ;-) He's referring to the adjacent passenger side site when the rigs are parked in the same direction. Ok?... on my rig the curb/passenger/door side is my site and hook ups are on the street/driver side (neighbor site). Momentum RV was right, I did mean to write wide slide on DRIVERS side, not curb side. Thanks for the correction!
SDcampowneroperator 08/12/22 11:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Any issues having slides on both sides?

something to consider is wide slides on the curb side. Thats where the hookups are, trees and so on. Also the view out windows from curb side slides is of your neighbors site,
SDcampowneroperator 08/11/22 09:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need warm enough campground for Oct

Think outside the box. Look for a mobile home park, an RV dealer, farmer with a spot by the barn. a construction site where you could be like a gate keeper. Other builders home or commercial that have temporary services installed Get inventive and flexible in your search. A neighbor might have a spot
SDcampowneroperator 07/30/22 07:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pactola Lake campground & Sheridan Lake campground

They are BHNF campgrounds, not state. Concessionaire operated by Forest Recreation Management of Hill City, SD. Contact them to find out about availability. They have been lokking for hosts for some of the other camps in the Black Hills.
SDcampowneroperator 07/25/22 06:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Question for those with an Auxiliary diesel fuel tank

I have had, made my own in bed 55 to now 85 gal. in bed aux. tank since 1984. None have been plumbed into the truck Always used an GPI electric pump for transfer with a Goldenrod water separator filter. Aux. tanks do have water condensation issues when they are not full. The water separator filter has saved us many a OEM fuel filter, and I just dry them out and reuse them. Our reasoning for not plumbing the aux. into the main, is for filtration and in boondocking season and summer season to switch to gas from diesel to fill mowers gennys and such. The truck became a filling station. Gas cans a thing of the past. We buy fuel when and where we want, at the best price.
SDcampowneroperator 07/14/22 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Acrylic sheet to replace skylight bubble?

Dicor sealant either self leveling or not should work well, depending on your fit should work. You might consider Eternabond tape if you cant get a flat fit. You mentioned machining the edges, you should be able to do that with a router with a chamfer bit, poly thakes that easy, acrylic would crack. Great, thanks...I may take it to a machine shop tomorrow. Just a 1/4" wide 1/8" high lip for the caulk would help to get a clean look I think...I got plexiglass. Did some googling. That looks like it can be routed too -- yes? I may skip the original framing for the bubble. It's so messed up. Doesn't look great. The screws should hold it tight. I think I'll also paint about an inch at the edge the color of the roof to conceal the butyl (?) tape/putty that will go underneath. I may drill new holes near the old ones for the good fit. Drill right through the plexiglass and the roof at the same time to make sure they line up. Thoughts on that? Plexiglass is Acrylic! Get Lexan Polycarbonate - worth the extra money!
SDcampowneroperator 07/12/22 07:40am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Acrylic sheet to replace skylight bubble?

Dicor sealant either self leveling or not should work well, depending on your fit should work. You might consider Eternabond tape if you cant get a flat fit. You mentioned machining the edges, you should be able to do that with a router with a chamfer bit, poly thakes that easy, acrylic would crack.
SDcampowneroperator 07/11/22 07:42am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Acrylic sheet to replace skylight bubble?

Polycarbonate, NOT acrylic. Poly will take hail and not haze or yellow with age.
SDcampowneroperator 07/09/22 07:21am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Known pros/cons these brands?

So sorry for your trouble that is having you look for another unit. We have had both Al. and Fg. walled units, 9 - 12 years each, now 14 years with no intent to change. no preference except FG walled units can be repaired for minor damage. Paint fading and graphics cracking is a common issue after a few years. 2 1/2 " hail did not damage either walls, did knock out roof vents and such. Do not focus on the exterior so much, rubber roof Fg or Al walls will do you well, with about the same amount of maintenance and ageing issues. its the other quality build that is critical to a unit that gives value and sale interest Better quality units cost more.
SDcampowneroperator 07/06/22 06:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for 5 star RV Park

I concur, give a more narrow description of ' North' in your search to a particular area, season and unit type. I could tell you of some that are not camps at all in the 5 star sense, more like the B & B or FRBO seasonals with a few very private sites . Just you and the natural surroundings. No clubhouse or planned activities
SDcampowneroperator 06/28/22 09:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fuel cost in your area

Black Hills SD. averages, regular 4.89. Diesel 5.49
SDcampowneroperator 06/27/22 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Credit Cards For Fuel Discounts

AAA credit card gives 5% off on swipe at the pump purchases anywhere. We only use it for fuel, AAA knows it and will deny any other attempted purchase. makes bookkeeping easy to separate personal from business expense.
SDcampowneroperator 06/26/22 10:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

I will stick around, after 44 years of rving, 5 years full time, 4 of them through winters in ????. then 19 years a GS camp, owner with now 20 years snowbirding-- NEVER in the same place. I think I ve been around the block. I read here nearly everyday, I still post occasionally when a hot button post catches my attention that Ive had experience with. I get challenged to Members that are no longer active? Yes I miss Francesca Knowles her humor the lighter side, Randy Shanks that got me new graphics for our Carriage 5er, even ( appropriately? ) banned westernrvpark owner. His ascerbic approach to educating rvers ro the reality of camp ownership and operation was not popular amongst the gov. cheap camp crowd. He did deserve a lesson in clean language, I thoroughly enjoy comments from wapitycountry as another camp owner who steps in with educational comments about the challenges faced in travel and business. I have met with Ann Emerson, editor and publisher of the GS travel guide, Bob Chamness, manager of the GS travel teams and so many more movers and shakers in the outdoor hospitality industry. Yup even camping world owner Marcus. I am another who does not fb insta, tweet, Max
SDcampowneroperator 06/21/22 07:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Disadvantages of flipping trailer axles?

Flipping axles adds cosiderably more side load torque to the spring pack, shackles hangers and frame. An added welded in X member like 2"x .188 square tube between the rear axle spring hangers would be my advice.
SDcampowneroperator 06/16/22 08:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: How long has your AC run ?

A/C units from the 80's to today are very dependable. I suggest going up on the roof, remove the cover and wash out the condensing coils, Bugs and dirt do collect reducing air flow. inside clean the filter inspect the evaporative coils and air exchange for good seals
SDcampowneroperator 06/04/22 06:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extending Camper Tounge?

Lets get back to OPs original post, He wants to carry his boat in the truck bed. over cab Rack is out for them. They like to do it their way. Low and easy. So, as they questioned, about lengthening the tongue to accommodate their boat, is a reasonable option in a bolt on way , likely cheaper than a n over bed rack. certainly easier for use as they use it a lot. They can design and build it - he has a welder - for you who didnt read the whole thread.
SDcampowneroperator 05/22/22 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extending Camper Tounge?

Michael, For a TT so light ,material shouldnt be more than the existing U bolted to the trailer frame near to the body of the camper , then going forward as long as you need with a X member with a hitch ball 2" ? that goes into your existing trailer tongue hitch to your new hitch Add a ' lock over mechanism ' that prevents involuntary unhook at the original hitch. Then just make up a wiring extension . Lenghening the TONGUE ( proper spelling ) will decrease tongue weight with no ill but a positive effect as it shifts hitch to axle farther behind. Towing and parking will be different , as you will need more turning room like a 5th wl rig does. because the axles are moved farther behind. You write You have a stick welder. I take that as you are a handy guy, so can figure out the rest. Max
SDcampowneroperator 05/20/22 06:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extending Camper Tounge?

OK, now it makes sense. A TT behind a pick up. I would build a bolt on extension that fits alongside the tongue U bolting to the existing frame and into the 2" hitch reciever of the trailer extending as much forward as you need. No need to cut the TT frame just make an adaptor for length. Got one for my 20' flat bed that allows me to carry 24' steel pipe and tube with out overhang.
SDcampowneroperator 05/20/22 06:59am Travel Trailers
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