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RE: 2 12v batteries---Mallard TT help

I wear socks to bed at night when it is cold and plenty of quilts keep us toasty warm. Be sure the socks are fresh and dry; not the ones you have worn all day. Have done this in Quartzsite for years when the overnight lows are in the 30s. Running an electric blanket seems to me a waste of precious battery power when off the grid. I reckon a trip to KS in the winter is another thing. When we leave St. Louis for the desert in January the weather and temps determine if we travel through OK City and Amarillo or take a more southern route. Your KS trip is north of our northern route. I, too, have wanted more battery charging from the tow vehicle but have never tackled that issue. Shouldn't be too hard to do with heavier wire routed to a separate connector added where the trailer connects to the tow vehicle and heavier wire to the batteries. I have always had 2 12V batteries in parallel as our TT has always had the space for both. We used an inverter generator every few days in the desert but then we were boondocking with no neighbors to disturb and our nearby friends did the same. Just didn't watch TV or run much electronic gear. It's a great time to read. I also used a 12V battery charger from an 400W inverter I added to the tow vehicle. We have survived 2 weeks that way without a problem. The issue was breaking camp to dump the holding tanks and resupply freshwater. Will you have to travel with the water system winterized? Just my 2 cents worth. Good luck, surely you'll get more useful advice/experiences.
WayneAt63044 11/29/19 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Short queen mattress at CW

Use your CW gift card to splurge on something you would like and get an 8" memory foam layered mattress from Walmart about $250. We've been using ours for over 6 years now and love it. Get a queen and use a serrated knife to trim the foot to fit the space you have. We left ours a little longer than a short queen.
WayneAt63044 10/28/19 02:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement steps

Thanks, Barney, for your assistance. I've had 3 SunnyBrook trailers and enjoyed them all. Retired the last 2 from hail damage and getting rear-ended.
WayneAt63044 09/30/19 03:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement steps

I used Lynnmor's suggestion when my Forest River step bolt pulled through the floor. I added a 1/8" x 4" x 8" steel plate above the floor (covered by an entry rug anyway). I drilled from above down through the floor on through the step mounting about 1" inboard of the original screw. This was the 3rd attempt as my first 2 efforts were insufficient. This has worked very well for a few years now and inexpensive. I'll post a picture as soon as I get that process figured out. https://i.imgur.com/l7ezAJCl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
WayneAt63044 09/29/19 02:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: First TT advice

You correctly state that dry weights are meaningless at the beginning of your post but then do the comparison later in your post using dry weights. My advice would be to get the gross numbers for the trailers you are considering and then use those. If you figure tongue weight at 13% of gross, you can work backwards by deciding what tongue weight you can tolerate and calculate the max gross. It will be less than the 8,700# tow rating of your tow vehicle. For example, if you decide 800# tongue weight to be the max load you want to carry, dividing that by .13 gives you max trailer gross of 6,154#. My original trailer experience 20+ years ago is the same as yours. I wanted no more than a half ton truck as my daily ride to work so bought a trailer to match that. Not been disappointed. Good luck!
WayneAt63044 09/19/19 11:17am Travel Trailers
RE: AC/ Stabilizers/ F.Cap wax - need your thoughts

Someone will respond re: waxing products. My Lippert stabilizers have a motor shaft pin that drives the long screw. That may be your issue rather than the motor gearbox, I replaced it with a spiral pin, a regular roll pin couldn't handle the force and also sheared. I prefer the jacks that I had on 3 SunnyBrook TTs that I would run with a battery powered electric drill. Much faster than the slow Lipperts.
WayneAt63044 09/08/19 09:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: replacing brakes on 1 of 4 wheels?

I'm a bit confused but does grease on a brake make it grab or slip? I recently experienced a grabbing brake (tire squeal) and found a brake wire broken which eliminated the others from working. Could you have a wiring problem? True story: I had a brake spring break applying some braking leaving Capital Reef in Utah. It made the trip up to the lookout on southbound route 12 a bear and heated things up & melted off the lug nut covers. I removed the destroyed brake and lubed the bearings and drove to Mesa, AZ with only 3 brakes. I could not tell a difference while braking when compared to all 4 working. This tells me you may have more of an electrical issue than greased brakes ruining a tire.
WayneAt63044 09/08/19 02:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slideout Sticking

Baby powder is recommended for slide seals as anything that makes the rubber soft just makes 'em sticky and can pull the seal apart destroying it. (I learned the hard way.) Make sure your seals are not damaged to prevent future leaks.
WayneAt63044 08/28/19 04:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Buy Remote Thermostat For AC (controlled by Android app) ?

neschultz is right on. The RV thermostats are not the same as residential and are not directly interchangeable. I have rewired my AC/furnace control boxes in all my RVs to use a better t-stat with less temp difference between on & off. Thus I could use a residential t-stat. I've not searched on-line for a product that will work; maybe someday someone will make one.
WayneAt63044 08/28/19 04:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: carrying Atv in short bed truck with TT

Does the weight of the ATV plus the tongue weight of the trailer fit within the load specs of your truck? Perhaps you'd get the best fit of weights and space by putting the ATV in a toy hauler but that's an expensive solution.
WayneAt63044 08/23/19 11:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Wall mount AC Leaking

Window units (also in homes) need to tilt to the outside so that they drain outside. It should drain outside if the drain is not clogged, the unit is tipped to the outside, and the condensate pan is not cracked or leaking. I'll bet you can fix it. Good luck!
WayneAt63044 08/16/19 01:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-izer Hitch Bars

I'm using the 1,400/14,000 Equal-i-zer 4 point with the 7,800 lbs trailer gross in my signature and the Ram 1500. Rides fine. I had the 1,200/12,000 previously and the hitch head broke. To my mind, the dynamic forces are a consideration rather than just the non-moving static weights. If your hitch weight would be 15% of gross based on trailer loading in the front, you'd be at 1,200 lbs anyway.
WayneAt63044 08/10/19 05:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best place to mount my generator?

In the bed of the truck forward of the rear axle is best for weight distribution.
WayneAt63044 07/30/19 03:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hitch Release Tips w Gas Strut Truck

My ball won't release if the ball is too far forward in the hitch. Using neutral to let the truck self-center is good advice. Sometimes I have to back up an inch or two and then the hitch lifts right up.
WayneAt63044 07/30/19 03:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Here

The big book is available on-line or at Camping World ($10 yesterday) and has maps showing campground locations in it. I use it less often now than I used to but often go to http://www.campgroundreviews.com/or https://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds/. Reserveamerica.com has info on many state parks and others.
WayneAt63044 07/30/19 03:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Queen rv bed

Barry, I would suggest a memory foam mattress in a regular queen size and then you could trim it with scissors on the end and sides to obtain the size you desire and that would be much less expensive than a regular mattress. Here's what we've been using since 2012 from Sams' (also similar at Walmart)and still very comfortable for under $250. 8” Night Therapy Total Comfort Premium Memory Foam Mattress-Queen item 186150
WayneAt63044 07/29/19 05:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: 7 Pin Connector From Truck to Trailer

A common place the brake wiring shorts to ground is where the wire goes into the axle tube. Just pull the wire a bit and see if the wire insulation is chafed exposing the wire.
WayneAt63044 07/25/19 12:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in Nebraska

A couple of places we have overnighted is Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area near Raymond north of Lincoln (you could get some kayaking time in)and Cabela's campground in Sidney. Most state parks will have a dump station as do Flying J truck stops. Have you seen Chimney Rock about 45 miles NW of Sidney or the old Pioneer Village Museum in Minden? There's a campground on the museum property.
WayneAt63044 07/25/19 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: sway bar question

Based on the Freedom Express manufacturer's website the 4,800 lbs will be unloaded weight and gross will be 7,000 or more. You'll be close enough to the max towing capability of your F-150 to want sway control in the hitch. Which hitch do you have? If no sway control in it, do get the anti-sway bar. You will have about 1,000 lbs on the hitch of the truck.
WayneAt63044 07/19/19 08:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sandpiper 33ft ac question

None of my drawings (old 2000 or new 2012) have an orange wire listed for the duo therm 57915 although both old and new are the same. Perhaps someone has info on a 57015 although I didn't find it on-line. Actually full time cool would sound good to me today as it reached 100 degrees here.
WayneAt63044 07/19/19 04:16pm Travel Trailers
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