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RE: Cleaning out black tank for winter

If you can take a drive before dumping, that does help. As for residue, I always fill my fresh water tank up with soft water from my house whenever possible. When I can't, I put Calgon water softener powder down the toilet. I also add some high efficiency clothes washing machine soap (apparently it has less suds than non-high efficiency?) down the toilet after dumping each time and add several gallons of water. Then when I'm driving home or to the next campground, the soft water and soap is sloshing around cleaning it out. My trailer has now seen 7 seasons of use and when I drained it out for the end of the season, I only saw black plastic below the toilet. No residue. I also try to flush it out a little better the last time of the season. This time I dumped 2 5 gallon containers of clean water down the toilet after doing my normal drain. Sometimes I have my wife in there flushing the toilet and I shut the black valve for a minute, the let it flush out, shut it again to build up, then open it up again. Do that a few times until it runs clean.
Wishin 11/01/20 05:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

I think another factor in using the grease zerk (EZ Lube) feature is the temperature of the grease and bearings. If you are doing this on a cold spring day in cold weather to get ready to go on the first trip of the year, the grease is much thicker and harder to work thru the bearings and possibly more likely to push out the axle seal and get into your brakes. Might be better to do it in the middle of the summer on a 90 degree day. Also, make sure the trailer wheel is off the ground and rotating while you do it. Me, I just do it manually by hand every 2 years or 10k miles. I have had one failure, not sure what caused it but the axle was likely over loaded as well. That is why my 8k lb trailer now has 5200 lb axles instead of 3500 lb axles. The bearings on the bigger axles are HUGE compared to the original bearings. I also monitor my bearings with an infrared heat gun to make sure they are staying cool. No issue the last few years with the bigger axles. Before I just check by hand so it is hard to say. It was also super hot the few days before I had my issue and I was in Arizona near the NM line when I saw smoke from the trailer. Fire extinguisher came in handy! There are a lot of variables to consider to keep your bearings and brakes happy. Good luck.
Wishin 10/22/20 09:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to winterize batteries on the TT?

Most important thing, disconnect the batteries from the camper. That alone will eliminate any accidental discharging of the batteries which can allow them to freeze. A fully charged battery will not freeze. Leaving them hooked up and letting the converter keep them charged has 2 potential issues. One, the trailer could lose power. GFCI trips, breaker trips, someone accidentally unplugs it. I've seen it happen to my parents and their batteries froze (2 6V batteries). The 2nd potential issue is some convertors tend to over charge the batteries and cook off the water out of them. Mine does this over time, not real bad, but they need water every few months and I don't want to deal with that in the winter. I used to bring my batteries into the garage each winter but I got tired of moving them around since they are so heavy, why not just leave them on the trailer? That is what I've been doing for the last few years. I do disconnect them and then run a trickle charger to them. I can get a glimpse of the green light on my Battery Tender Jr. hanging under the trailer and it is always just solid green, which means it is just monitoring because the batteries are fully charged. I also have 2 6V golf cart batteries on my trailer. I bought them in '09 and they still work great. Just camped the weekend for 2 night with the furnace on and still had capacity left. To sum up, make sure they are disconnected from the trailer so nothing can drain them. Store them in a warm spot or leave them on the trailer. If brought inside, you can monitor the charge and charge as needed (you probably won't need to). Or leave them on the trailer and do the same. Or put on a trickle charger to make it a fuss free winter.
Wishin 10/22/20 09:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: truck/trailer sway

So glad you found a solution. The hitch you picked is pricey, but compared to the camper and truck, not such a big deal with all the benefit you get from it. Camping is no fun if you hate driving to get there. Plus the safety is hard to put a price on. In your case you were not correcting for an overloaded truck, just a combo that didn't want to work well. In my opinion, the Blue Ox doesn't really have much in its design that will radically improve sway. I have not experience with it but I am an engineer with a lot of experience with a lot of things and a lot of experience towing. I've used no sway control, a simple friction bar, and the Reese Dual Cam. I've been using the Dual Cam for 11+ years now and I love it. I think the brackets that connect to the trailer and not designed well and often need additional help in staying in place. But the sway control they provide is considerable. The simple friction bar to me helped a lot if tightened enough, but it also tended to hold the trailer and TV in a non-straight line. Where ever it stopped in its movement, it just wanted to stay there. It was hard to drive straight. The Dual Cam is always happy to drive straight ahead and provide even greater sway control than a friction bar. The cams want to stay in the straight ahead position on the Dual Cam. Mine is quite although on my current trailer (1200-1300 lbs TW) I do need to use a little Vaseline on the cams. I never had to on my prior trailer with 850 lbs of TW. Both of my trailers have tended to run 15% + TW. No issues. The other thing that makes a huge difference is tire construction. Depending on the vehicle tire size/type that may mean a switch to a higher performance tire that also has a higher speed rating. Or typically on a truck that means switching to a load range E LT tire. The Hensley or Propride are a hitch category of their own and seem to be well worth it if you have the money to spare. Glad you are happy with your solution! Happy camping!!
Wishin 10/22/20 09:00pm Towing
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

I'd go with the Highlander on that list. They are a nice vehicle, reliable, descent gas mileage and more than adequate towing capacity for 3500 lbs of trailer. I would not go with the Outback and be maxed out or beyond. Does the rating get reduced for every lb of stuff that goes in the car? Most likely. Plus you need to look at the hitches on these vehicles and make sure they can handle the tongue weight. They probably can, but check to be sure.
Wishin 10/22/20 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Regular or premium

It depends a lot on the engine. Compression ratio, turbo or not. Most vehicles will make a small amount more power with Premium. If it is designed for Premium, it can make a noticeable difference. The only vehicle I've ever owned that cared, is my 2014 Cruze Eco MT with the 1.4 turbo motor. It calls for 87 octane, but in the summer it runs horrible on 87 octane. I can tell it runs the best on premium unless the temp's are below freezing. I run 93 octane most of the year, 89 octane in the late fall and early spring and 87 octane when the temps are below freezing. I can see how the 3.5 in the Fords with the turbos would behave in a similar fashion. It is only under certain circumstances, but it will really pull the timing and cut the boost to keep from pinging. In the 6.2L, if you're not towing and in cooler weather, you might be able to get away with 87 octane. If not try 89 octane. If not happy with that under some conditions, run 91-93 octane. You'll just have to try it to see what works. Towing, you probably need premium to avoid issues, but you never know. Weather/temps does make a difference since it reduces the intake air temps and reduces the combustion chamber temps prior to detonation so it reduces the chance or pre-detonation when the temps outside are cooler. Don't most Hemi's call for 89 octane? At least when towing? It seems like in years past, it was 10 cents bump from 87 to 89 and then 10 more cents from 89 to 93 octane. Now days it is pretty much a 30 cent bump pre grade. 93 octane is pretty expensive.
Wishin 10/22/20 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
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