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RE: toilet bowl water

I never let the bowl go dry...... with water always in it my seals never get dry, which maintains their ability to seal. Agree. Especially when winterizing. I always put pink in the bowl to keep the seals wet, and lubed
Terryallan 04/19/21 09:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Significant impact on RVing!!

I've lost my freedom to infect others with a deadly virus and im ok with it. Life will return to normal one day and all the rv parks will be wide open. When did you ever have the freedom to infect anyone? Cause I never had that.
Terryallan 04/19/21 09:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Significant impact on RVing!!

Because people over 65 are sometimes financially stressed for funds and a little special offer is appreciated. It gets them off the couch and into nature. They have earned a little respect and this is a great way for their nation to show it. The pass is not a "little" special offer. For $10, you got a lifetime of free access and 1/2 off camping. That's a MAJOR special offer. Some folks have been enjoying the perks of that pass for 20+ years of yearly visits to multiple parks, plus stays at other federal campgrounds. Now, I'm not saying I wouldn't take it, but lets face it - that is way beyond the average senior discount offerings out there. Even now with the higher cost of $80 for the pass, it's still a MAJOR deal. You can recoup that cost in one week's camping trip. So again, be glad you got that "freebie" - it's one h3ll of a deal. But do remember. the Seniors have been paying for the National Parks for more than 50 years. They / we deserve a break on price. plus most of us go during the week when younger folks are at work. Let me tell you a little history. When We started camping on the Blue ridge Parkway. Campsites were $3.00 per night. I think a senior pass was like $1.00. What is it now? like $30.00. So even at half price, it is 15 times more expensive. And you still don't get power, and water, or showers. Primitive camping at it's finest.
Terryallan 04/16/21 05:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cybertruck has a yoke

Somebody worked overtime to make that thing as ugly as it is. Must have hired some GM designers. As it sits. You couldn't pay me to drive it. I have standards.
Terryallan 04/16/21 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with Auto Leveling

Murphs, it’s not the same. Checked owners manual for the ‘17 and it actually only talks about the old school way just like the 2021 manual but the 2021 calls for putting in service mode and adjusting the wdh then letting the bags pump up again. This is NOT fundamentally the right way. Wdh works on load. Auto air leveling Suspension is exactly what it states. It works only on ride height with height sensors. If you drop the air, let the trailer squish the rear suspension, do the measure the front height thing, when you’re done, the trailer WITH weight being pulled off the rear axle is still compressing the rear springs loading the ride height some amount. When you air back up, the auto ride takes over, pumps up the rear suspension and by way of doing that, changes the geometry of the wdh connection. Effectively putting “more” load on the bars. Opposite reaction of adjusting the trailer jack height to make attaching the bars easier. Except now you’ve changed the load the bars are seeing and how much weight it’s transferring. Think about it from a purely geometric and statics standpoint. You want the auto ride height where it is leveling the vehicle when you setup the weight dist. because it will always compensate for load and maintain the same geometry. Those that don’t understand these systems and how wdhs affect the forces on the vehicle and how these 2 systems need to consider how each other works and how that is different than just a simple spring suspension. The nuances may not be great with a lighter tongue weight, but the heavier the tongue weight, the more important this becomes. I realize mine was a Ford. But after you unhooked, and let the TV level itself. Then shut off the air ride BEFORE it lowered the vehicle. It held the level position. Then you could adjust the hitch just as if it did not have air ride. Then when done. you just turned it back on. But you say GM air rides don't work that way?
Terryallan 04/16/21 04:46pm Towing
RE: Towing with Auto Leveling

Refer to your owner's manual for the process of setting up your hitch with the auto level. I had one, and the instructions went as followed. Take it to a level parking lot. Uh hook. Leave the vehicle running and let it level itself. Then before it can lower itself. Turn the auto leveling OFF. The vehicle should stay level, and not lower. Then adjust the hitch as you normally would. I use the tape measure method. I get the front end back down to where it was unhooked. That will put any lost weight back on the front axle. after you get the hitch setup with the leveling off. Turn it back on. It should not raise the rear high enough to change the weight transfer. If it does. the front will be high again. That was my instructions, and it worked well.
Terryallan 04/13/21 10:18am Towing
RE: Myrtle Beach with Large 5th Wheel

Thanks all, we have a weekend at Pirateland booked for mid-May. We’ve been there once, but many years ago with a much smaller camper. I do believe, especially after looking at photos online that Pirateland has larger sites than Ocean Lakes. Again, thanks you all! Craig Absolutly do in the beach area
Terryallan 04/13/21 10:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Myrtle Beach with Large 5th Wheel

Honestly. All of the privately owned CGs can handle Big rigs. You just have to tell them what you have, and you will be put on a site that will accommodate you. For us, we like PirateLand. We have found the sites on the beach to be much larger than the others. The only one I would caution you about is Apache. Some of the roads there make backing difficult. OL has long sites, and all pull through, but they are not very wide. Holiday Travel Park has mostly pull through as well. But not as wide as PL.
Terryallan 04/08/21 07:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Changing flat tires?

Ffor those of you saying to use a block to run the good tire on to raise the bad tire. Remember, that doesn't work on ALL axles. My las t TT had floating axles, and you could raise the good tire 18 inches, and the bad tire would still be firmly on the ground. So doing a dry run is a great idea to see if raising the good tire will actually raise the bad tire. That's why I carry a bottle jack, and use links levelers to put it on. Interesting! Please show what axles you have that give 18" suspension travel. They were on my 2004 Fleetwood Pioneer. And raising either wheel would not raise the other. As I remember, they were floating axles. I haven't tried it on the TT I have now. I just go ahead and use the jack.
Terryallan 04/08/21 06:55pm Towing
RE: Changing flat tires?

Ffor those of you saying to use a block to run the good tire on to raise the bad tire. Remember, that doesn't work on ALL axles. My las t TT had floating axles, and you could raise the good tire 18 inches, and the bad tire would still be firmly on the ground. So doing a dry run is a great idea to see if raising the good tire will actually raise the bad tire. That's why I carry a bottle jack, and use links levelers to put it on.
Terryallan 03/29/21 01:35pm Towing
RE: Changing flat tires?

Changing your own is all well and good....and I (as I'm sure others have), have had the thrilling experience of changing a shredded tire along the highway...but that was passenger side....we're often on roads with minimal shoulder or no shoulder at all....not sure I'd be comfortable changing a driver-side flat on a trailer alongside a secondary road...my body exposed to any idiot who happens to be texting or drunk or whatever...might, if ever faced with that, consider some sort of roadside assistance...me and my family safe and out of the way I just keep a four-way and a small hydraulic floor jack under the kitchen table Would be better to limp along until you find a wide spot, or parking lot, so that you won't be exposed to traffic. But while you are at it change both of them, because with only one carrying the load. It will be damaged, and can blow at any time.. That is why I carry 2. Yes I have has schredded tires on both sides. All three in their fourth year. Never again will I run a Trailer tire into its 4th year. The come off at the beginning of the fourth year, before the first trip.
Terryallan 03/25/21 03:48pm Towing
RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

I don't think he means no WDH, but maybe saying that a very expensive model, like the Pro pride or Hensley may not be needed. I agree, OP may not need those expensive upper end types. Jerry I'll agree with that. But it does need a WDH.
Terryallan 02/24/21 09:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

Weight-wise, you'll be generally in good shape. I do like the long wheelbase of the Max, but even the regular version tows well. As mentioned, you could have payload challenges if you need to carry a full passenger load while towing. As for the hitch, I'd try it without the Hensley first. You probably don't need it. Grand Designs don't seem to generate many towing complaints, and the Expedition is stable as well. are you saying NO WDH at all? Because the weight carrying tongue weight cap for the Expe will be 500lbs. He is going to be over that a good long ways.
Terryallan 02/24/21 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

Hi guys, so for a while now I've been wanting to install solar on my travel trailer. Problem is I'm not very handy, a little on the heavy side and drilling holes through my trailer roof just doesn't sound great. Do you think it's possible to get the same amount of power generated from solar using the flexible foldout panels? Would it be possible to just use these during the day as we need them, then stow them away, without having to install a bunch of panels on the roof? I feel like solar tech is improving quickly. Don't want to screw up my trailer and spend a full day working on this if in 2 years Tesla comes out with some amazing portable solar generator. Thanks for any feedback. I believe your flex panels are the best idea. Panels permanently fixed to the roof will get dirty and not be effective. I use a small pannel to keep the battery charged while I dry camp. And in the winter I hook it to the battery to keep it charged. I would go that way if I were you.
Terryallan 02/13/21 09:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Sway Question

Hi everyone, I have another question. We are getting ready to make a trailer purchase this weekend. I have of course read about sway. The problem is I keep getting different information about sway depending where I look or who I ask. My salesman, for example, told us that the difference between a 28 ft and a 33 ft would not make any difference with sway. Can that be right? I know his goal is to make the most commission so hard to tell if he is being truthful. Also - how common is sway? We will be traveling from CA to Michigan and likely further so we will be on long stretches of open freeway for weeks. Is sway something we are going to struggle with daily or is it pretty uncommon? Just an FYI - I have an expedition with a towing package giving me up to 9,200 lbs capacity Thanks everyone! Truthfully A properly setup, and balanced trailer should not sway. No matter how long. Having said that. Remember every pound, every person, you load into the Expe reduces the towing capacity by that much. And you will run out of payload long before you run out of trailer weight
Terryallan 02/11/21 06:56pm Towing
RE: It might begin very soon

A trucker drives his rig to either a shipping point or the delivery point. He has to stop at the security gate out front for farther information or get out of his rig, once he is in the yard, and find a receiving/shipping person and get a dock number and a load/unload time. Sometimes the driver is told to leave and come back at another time. I doubt the warehouse/customer is going to spend millions of bucks setting up a system to handle drivers free trucks. I can see how a intermodel shipping yard like UP or BNSF could use driver less pony trucks to move containers around in those huge yards. My Dad drove for Johnson Motor lines out of Charlotte NC. Of course they had terminals all over. In 18 years of driving for them he never had to hunt a dock, or back in. He stopped at the Terminal office, him, and his partner got out, went in and showered while the "yard jocky" took the truck, backed into the dock, unhooked, and hooked up another trailer. Then brought the tractor, and new trailer back to the office. Dad and buddy got back in, and drove back toward home. Johnson wasn't called LAZY J for nothing. But I do agree with you. No normal freight yard, or produce warehouse is going to have a army of yard jockies. especially since the driver most often has to negotiate with the dock workers a price for unloading the trailer.
Terryallan 02/10/21 02:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It might begin very soon

What happens when the road isn't where it is supposed to be? Like in a construction zone where the road was moved over a few feet. I know. The car runs into the guard rail. Seen it happen. Automated vehicles don't blindly follow a pre-mapped route down to the foot, they have cameras, radar and lidar to help them see. Might want to tell that to Telsa. I saw what happens when in a construction zone where the barrier is moved over 2 feet. Telsa upside down.
Terryallan 02/10/21 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It might begin very soon

What happens when the road isn't where it is supposed to be? Like in a construction zone where the road was moved over a few feet. I know. The car runs into the guard rail. Seen it happen.
Terryallan 02/09/21 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Am I overloaded?

2014 Ram 1500. Payload 1229 (sad). Gvwr 6900. Gawr 3900 both front and back. Just truck weight: steer = 3580; drive = 3080; total = 6660 Truck and trailer non distributed: steer = 3360; drive = 3880; trailer = 4060; total = 11300 Truck and trailer distributed: steer = 3520; drive = 3580; trailer = 4160; total = 11260 This was last year so with growing kids and growing bikes I expect an additional 100 lbs or so. Am I over? Borderline? Time to look for an f150 with payload package? Kick it to 3/4 ton? Looks like you are about 300lbs over GVWR. No your truck won't fly apart. However I am curious as to how you lost 40lbs when you added a WDH? Ususally you gain as the WDH weighs arounf 75lb.
Terryallan 01/28/21 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Eco boost

Looking for feedback on towing with a 2016 F150 with Ecoboost and tow package. Possibly buying a TT (7000-9000lb) range Which Ecoboost?
Terryallan 01/27/21 03:07pm Tow Vehicles
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