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RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

Breezed through a few pages of this thread. No mistaking how the moderator(s) feel about what Doctors Rush and Donald think of the virus hoax. Explain why the White House suddenly upped their testing to unprecedented levels when a couple of cases showed up?
TomG2 05/21/20 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need sway bar or equalizer?

There are three things to try when experiencing that wormy squirmy sensation of an overloaded tow vehicle. One can experiment with hitches, tires, and suspension upgrades. They can get a more capable tow vehicle. A lighter trailer will make a big difference. The first experiment may work, the second two will work. Been there many times over the last forty years.
TomG2 05/21/20 06:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

So far, we have had actual users report a good or better experience with the Andersen hitch, and one who has never used one, warn us how "hokie" they are. I suppose I could call a Reese "hokie" even if had no facts or engineering to back up my opinion. Now the attack has switched to the maximum rating, which is as bogus as most advertising claims. That's why we ask actual users about products.
TomG2 05/20/20 10:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

I guess people can get a bit harsh when they can not explain how a simple hitch set up works or doesn't work. This is not complex and I figured it would not be explained because it can not. I think there are people that are just trying to justify the money spent on an ineffective hitch when for the same money could have gotten some that would actually work. There is not enough leverage here to make it work effectively. Maybe they'll let you return it for something that can actually transfer weight like a proven Reese or 4 way system. Saying the same thing over and over does not make it true and people can buy whatever they want. You obviously have two favorites. Good for you. Some people don't like change and improvement. Stick with 1950's technology but why knock others that don't mind trying something a little different that works great for many people?
TomG2 05/19/20 02:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

Please explain how the weight,I mean real weight like 500 lbs is transferred onto the front of the vehicle. What does GM "Require" for front axle weight restoration on a 2500HD? Zero, on my 2012 and 2013 models. Is the current version of the Andersen hitch the best hitch on the market for "all" applications? No. If you need to unload a thousand pounds off your rear axle, get a new tow vehicle. If you enjoy a lightweight, clean, quiet towing experience, then you might be one of the lucky people who can take advantage of an Andersen hitch.
TomG2 05/19/20 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

We have heard from some actual Andersen hitch owners and those that think it is a joke. Just like every time in the last five years that the subject comes up except there are more satisfied users every year. Used to be just a couple of people who actually tried one.
TomG2 05/18/20 08:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

rhat is what is called a progressive spring rate. The bars have a more linear spring rate, and a linear spring rate is better in this situation. Do you have some actual engineering to back that up or just a guess because it it not what you have? What is wrong with a little resistance when that is all that is needed and more as the load increases? That may well be one of the reasons that many actual Andersen users comment on the improved ride and less porpoising.
TomG2 05/18/20 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

....sipI just use a lever to unload the spring, but the Anderson requires jacking up the tongue? Not getting very much weight distribution if the bars are that easy to remove. I am no weakling but lifting the tongue helps me.
TomG2 05/18/20 10:00am Travel Trailers
RE: How to camp with electric only

Several have suggested traveling wigrth a full water tank. Have you all looked at how some of these tanks are supported? Usually just some strips of plumber's tape. You "might" not have a problem, but if water is available in the campground, I prefer to not haul an extra 300-400 pounds with me. Good ideas about recycling grey water. I guess this might be an issue with some trailers. I fortunately have not had this problem and have traveled with a full water tank many times. I guess it all depends on where you are going. It all depends on the engineering and workmanship involved, that is why I said to check yours out. I have only had one tank fall to the ground in twenty years of travel trailering, but once was enough. The people that throw these things together put all their effort into what shows on a quick walk through. Getting ready for a 4,000 mile trip and I will only carry enough fresh water for an occasional pit stop, preferring to fill when I am parked for a few days.
TomG2 05/17/20 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Snowbirding 2020/21

i think as time passes we'll see that CV19 isn't nearly as deady as we now think...at least to most age groups. 90,000 families may disagree with your diagnosis. You are correct that parents and grandparents are the ones most vulnerable. And disposable??
TomG2 05/16/20 07:47pm Snowbirds
RE: How to camp with electric only

Several have suggested traveling with a full water tank. Have you all looked at how some of these tanks are supported? Usually just some strips of plumber's tape. You "might" not have a problem, but if water is available in the campground, I prefer to not haul an extra 300-400 pounds with me. Good ideas about recycling grey water.
TomG2 05/16/20 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: New and looking for a generator

Thanks for all the above everyone. I purchased the Champion 3100 watt with remote start. It'll arrive Thursday, just in time for the trailer's maiden boondocking voyage next weekend. We want a full review and report after you use it. I have had three Champions, a couple of Hondas, and a Yamaha or two. All did very well with clean fresh fuel and regular "exercise".
TomG2 05/16/20 09:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need sway bar or equalizer?

If you "think" you need a WD hitch for your setup, get one. Ford and GM engineers feel otherwise but I don't think any of them are on this forum. 1958 Buicks needed one for that weight trailer. A late model F-150 does not. '
TomG2 05/15/20 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: New and looking for a generator

What size generator do I need? Since your trailer is almost certainly wired for 30 amps input, anything more is irrelevant Someone mentioned 6,000 watts of which nearly half would be a waste with your setup. No mechanical generator is "Silent", so how close will you be camping to other campers? A couple of "quiet" generators howling outside your bedroom window all night long is not fun, but another generator one hundred feet away might not bother anyone. Like so many, I like the idea of "independence" and "freedom" that buying a generator promises. I have hauled one of half a dozen models for twenty years and 100,000 miles with almost no need for a generator. In that twenty years, I have encountered damaging low voltage in one park and I monitor it everywhere I go. If you want a generator, get one. You do not need one to have a lot of fun traveling and camping.
TomG2 05/14/20 03:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: New and looking for a generator

There are hundreds of threads on this subject and you will get repeats from the regulars telling you that only red generators are good and yellow generators are evil. The best "What generator"? response is , "Go camping where you don't need an air conditioner and spend the money on something else." I realize that we all love our generators but people can have more fun camping than sitting in an air conditioned box and popping microwave popcorn. Enjoy yourself.
TomG2 05/13/20 08:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

I have only read bad things about the Anderson.... The bad things are that the hitch does not actually turn after using it many miles. Too much weight on the hitch puts too much stress. Maybe it needs to be greased up before each use. I do not know. Like I said, the worst "reviews" are from people who have never used one.
TomG2 05/11/20 01:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch

On another thread, it was posted that the Andersen hitch is not a weight distribution hitch and should not be used on a vehicle that requires one. When hooked up without it, my truck drops 2” in the rear and raises about 1” in front. When hooked up with it, the front is within 1/4” of unloaded and the rear is down 1”. This basically levels out the truck, which sits tail high when unhitched. There are tons of positive reviews of the Andersen hitch from those who actually own and use one. There are some negative comments from people who have never had their hands on one. They will not make an inadequate tow vehicle into a towing monster. They are quiet, lightweight, effective hitches (as you noted). I really like the way they control "porpoising" as we travel over bumpy highways. The latest recommendations from Ford and GM products do not "require" 100% front axle weight restoration as some on here still believe.
TomG2 05/11/20 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

"parts of the campground are closed, showers, dock's, office and restaurant." It's all a hoax to get us to buy self-contained units.
TomG2 05/10/20 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

....snip..... the death rate among healthy people is much, much lower. Healthy people meaning those who have taken good care of they bodies with a good diet, plenty of exercise, and healthy habits like not smoking. Therein lies the problem: idiots who haven't taken care of their health. I have little sympathy for them. The death rate among "YOUNG" people is much much lower. Not sure our parents and grandparents who are dying a very unpleasant death from the virus like being called "idiots". Name calling is easy and extremely popular these days.
TomG2 05/10/20 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

Not to mention the inflated deaths. The numbers are misleading because a lot of the deaths aren’t actually from Corona. How do you know about the "inflated deaths"? I don't even know what an inflated death is and I doubt that any contributor on a RV forum has the expertise and information to give an exact cause of death for Aunt Ethel.
TomG2 05/10/20 07:21am Travel Trailers
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