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RE: Beginner RV Owners and the Sonora Pass

suggest you pick up a copy of the Trucker’s Mountain Directory. it comes in two volumes, east and west. there are print and digital versions. welcome to RVing! Mountain Directory X2^^. I use it all the time! Rob
Second Chance 08/20/19 10:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Suspension

Does your TT really weigh 3,000 lbs. per the scales or is that the dry weight per the manufacturer? I suspect the latter if the axles are 2,800 lbs. X2. If you "over spring" the suspension, you will beat the trailer to death because the springs won't "give." I would replace the springs with springs rated for the same load but better quality spring steel. Rob
Second Chance 08/13/19 10:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Those with 50 amp 5er's

We have both 50 amp and 30 amp extensions. We use them a fair bit - especially in places like county fairgrounds and (when we can't avoid them), mobile home parks that have been converted to "RV parks." Most recently, we had to use the 50 amp extension at an Air Force base FamCamp. Military campgrounds are usually laid out better than that! Rob
Second Chance 08/13/19 10:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I-20 in Mississippi

Most of Mississippi is OK (a few bad spots here and there). I-20 through Louisiana, especially around and through Shreveport, is one of the worst roads in the country. I-8 across southern Louisiana is about the same, too. Rob I agree with most of what you said, except for the part about I-8. Interstate 8 is in Arizona & California, connecting the Phoenix area to San Diego as I-10 bears off to the northwest to connect to Los Angeles. I believe it is I-10 in Louisiana you are referring to. I think it Is rougher than I-20, especially around Lake Charles, not to mention the construction on the long Atchafalaya bridge. Oops! You're right. (And, yes, I was thinking of I-10 in Louisiana.) Rob
Second Chance 08/10/19 11:19pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-20 in Mississippi

Most of Mississippi is OK (a few bad spots here and there). I-20 through Louisiana, especially around and through Shreveport, is one of the worst roads in the country. I-8 across southern Louisiana is about the same, too. Rob
Second Chance 08/10/19 08:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Backup Camera

Does your TT have a top-center clearance light on the back? That's where most folks get power for wireless cameras. The camera will be on any time your TV running lights are on. Our fifth wheel came prewired with a mount for the Furrion camera, but it was wired to stay on all the time. I changed it and tapped the top-center clearance light so the camera wouldn't be on 24/7. Rob
Second Chance 08/08/19 08:17am Travel Trailers
RE: About to buy a TT, so confused, could use some help.

Your problem is not going to be towing capacity as much as payload. Depending on how your Toyota is optioned, it has a payload between 1,255 and 1,380 lbs... that's including passengers and cargo in the vehicle as well as tongue weight of the trailer. A good WD hitch weighs 100 lbs and the loaded tongue weight of that trailer will be close to 900 lbs. Will you, your family, and anything you put in the Toyota come in under 380 lbs. total? Rob
Second Chance 08/07/19 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mobile Tech Near St. Louis?? Compressor fried.

We have had very good results using this site to find RV techs: rvservicereviews.com Rob
Second Chance 08/05/19 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

A lot depends on the front end of your fifth wheel: placement of the pin box, width of the fiver, shape/contour of the front cap, etc. We pulled our Reflection with a 6.5' bed CC Sierra using a non-sliding hitch for a littl over 10K miles full-timing without any issues - but the Reflection has a sculpted front cap that reduces the chance of cap-to-cab contact. Some fifth wheels - although they tend to be older ones - also have the pin box farther back than others. RVs like the Solitudes and DRVs are six inches wider than our Reflection, too, which would make a difference. Rob
Second Chance 08/03/19 11:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disappointed in Disc Brakes

On that year Ford truck, you need an adaptor to use the factory brake contoller for electric/hydralic brakes. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Titan/T4846000.html X2^^. There is an extra integration module that goes between the truck's IBC and the brake actuator on our model years (same for GMC, too). MOR/ryde installed it when they did our brakes and everything works like a charm. Ignore the comments about aftermarket controllers - your IBC is superior. Rob
Second Chance 07/17/19 12:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Sailun tires for the TV

I have Sailuns on the fiver but not on the truck. However, the shop foreman at the commercial trailer outfit (as in everything up to semis) had Sailun LTs on his truck. Said he really like them and they were lasting a crazy long time. Rob
Second Chance 07/17/19 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck with 5ver towing a boat

Simple Google search: http://www.hitchemup.com/statetowinglaws.htm
Second Chance 07/17/19 12:17pm Towing
RE: Reliability of propane and water in slide

To echo above comments, our stove and RV frig are in a slide - absolutely zero issues in four years of full-timing (frequent moves - not stationary). Rob
Second Chance 07/16/19 12:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cleaning black streaks

Turtle Wax Tar and Bug Remover works well - and won't damage the finish. Rob
Second Chance 07/11/19 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Problems with MyDish app for managing locals

The app is not opening on my Android phone... My app just opened fine... I was able to access all of the spots and got to manage my locals... I did not go farther as I am not looking to change anything Yeah - it's after that point I get the message. Thanks. Rob
Second Chance 07/11/19 08:23am Technology Corner
Problems with MyDish app for managing locals

For the past two days I've not been able to use the MyDish app on my phone to change our locals (has worked very well for me ever since Dish came out with it). I keep getting a message that the "Service is unavailable." Yesterday, an advanced tech support guy said that they had been having server problems and that the servers associated with that particular app were still down... still not working this AM. Anyone else having any issues with this? Rob
Second Chance 07/10/19 08:19am Technology Corner
RE: New 2020 Grand Design Momentum G-Class 29G

It's around 8400 lbs dry. I haven't weighed my current trailer, but I have a feeling it's not far off when loaded up, ready to camp and on par with a car hauler I use once in a while. '16 Ram has a Class 5 hitch which is rated 1700lbs with WD. Specs on the Trailer claim 1250 hitch weight, which seems light to me... My ram was getting work this weekend so I had to rent an F250 (2019). My camper pushed that truck around about as much as my Tundra when I had it. When it's hooked up to my Ram it's straight as an arrow and I need to check to make sure it's still back there. Published tongue weights are empty. Real tongue weights will be in the 10 - 12% of GVWR range for pull-behinds and 23% of GVWR for fifth wheel pin weights. Rob
Second Chance 07/09/19 04:06pm Toy Haulers
RE: Will I kill my mini-van?

Not committed but leaning towards it. The hitch weight is 360 per manufacturers specs which is exactly the max of the vehicle. A new vehicle is likely a year from now (likely a midsize 3row suv with a tow rating of 5k) but not really possible right now. And yes I am embracing the suck. That's an empty hitch weight. The real weight is likely to be 12% of the loaded weight or GVWR of the trailer - will most likely be well over your payload capacity by the time you get a WD hitch, cargo, people and fuel on board. Rob
Second Chance 07/09/19 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Baltimore Tunnel

We travel I-95 through Baltimore at least twice a year (grandkids in the area). We ALWAYS take 695 around the west side. It adds about 15 minutes to our commute and 10 years to my life expectancy. Rob
Second Chance 07/08/19 08:29am Roads and Routes
RE: 4WD or 2WD

We've had two diesel RWD-only trucks and have had no issues... but we don't go off-road or boondock. I would, however, encourage you to look at SRW 1-ton diesel trucks. A 3/4-ton diesel with 4WD - especially in the model years you're considering - can be short on payload. Rob
Second Chance 07/08/19 08:27am Tow Vehicles
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