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RE: skylight/sunroof. clear, cloud, or smoke.

You can also just apply automotive tint, comes in various transmission levels from 70% to 5%, though 50% and 35% are the most common.
afidel 09/20/19 12:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing

You need a compressor that you can regulate down to 35 psi. Why? PEX tubing and valves are rated for 160PSI of water @73F, I use 90 PSI of air which is much gentler and it works just fine.
afidel 09/16/19 03:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Trailer Day!

Stuff rolling in from Amazon... dogbone adapters, chocks, X-chocks, Lynx blocks... Coming: surge protector, sewer hose, water pressure regulator... Soon as we verify mattress size - sheets and a foam topper. Most of the other camp stuff we already have. Planning mods and upgrades... (might be a full time job! :B ) Was thinking I would look at tires... a lot of recommendations for the made in USA Goodyear Endurance... Yesterday, I was looking at the pics of the trailer on my dealer's website, and I see a closeup of the tires. Yep, Goodyear Endurance. Yay Northwood for not cheaping out. (scratch that upgrade/expense from the list!) Don't forget water filter =) For me one of the best upgrades we did to our trailer was install the BAL version of the JT Strong-Arms, removed all of the shake, shimmy, and roll from the trailer.
afidel 09/12/19 10:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Winter Storage of a Travel Trailer?????

Hi All, I hope all is well. My wife and I purchased our first camper about 2 weeks ago (we are actually camping 3 out of the next 4 weekends and I can't wait). We live in Ohio were we tend to get lovely winters that consist of cold temperatures, snow, ice etc. My question to all of you is whether we should plan on buying a specific Camper cover to put over our new home on wheels for the winter time? I looked into them at Camping World and they were only $260 which may be well worth it. What are all of your opinions? Hey neighbor, we store our trailer in a cave over in PA. Constant 65 degrees means not having to worry about ice damaging the trailer and winterizing isn't something I stress over (blow the lines out with air and put antifreeze in the traps for when we head to Florida over Xmas).
afidel 09/11/19 12:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Jacking & moving without installing trailer battery

If you're moving the trailer around your own property then go ahead, but if you're actually planning to take it anywhere then do not do this. Have a neighbor or friend reinstall the battery. The battery is required to activate the brakes in case of a breakaway. In most states it is legally required for most travel trailers (weight limit varies for brakes being required but most states have a low enough limit that all but the smallest of trailers qualify). Having been behind someone who lost a trailer and had it go flying across multiple lanes of traffic because they did not have electric brakes let me tell you it is scary!
afidel 09/09/19 09:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace blowing cold air only

Well it seems like it needs more Volts than the 10.5 it says it needs to ignite. This morning at 11V it would not ignite. So I'm charging it back up to 12.5 and we will see then I guess. They might have been new this year but they're far from new now. You should be charging to 13.2V float (what you can measure while the battery is charging or freshly charged) and only drawing your batteries down to 12.2V (50% discharged). 11.9V is considered 100% discharged and getting down to 11V is definitely in permanent damage territory.
afidel 09/03/19 10:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: My first post - I'm new to trailers and need some input

There's also plenty of dispersed camping in the national forests in Ohio, WV, and PA. Basically any state with a national forest or grassland will have dispersed camping. You can click the state here and get a list of forests for the state and then click through to the forest for the specific regulations around dispersed camping in that forest.
afidel 08/30/19 09:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Delamation

Marine grade epoxy resin. Here's a good video with tips: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XVnzgn5ygaA
afidel 08/29/19 09:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Snap up handle

Most brands sell replacement handles and they're generally available at Amazon or etrailer for fast delivery. If you need something immediately a length of pipe, a cheater bar, or a broom handle will probably work.
afidel 08/29/19 04:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hurricane advise?

I would say, if you are expecting winds you wouldn't drive it in, move it.It is on wheels. If the winds here are predicted at over 50 MPH my trailer will be safely locked in a commercial building. If I didn't have that option I'd take a long weekend trip to the panhandle or maybe AL/TN. We did for Irma and we live in south Naples near Marco Island. We got hammered here, and had no power for 2 weeks when we got back. Fired up the generator and lived in the trailer. Really glad we protected that trailer. YMMV Not the panhandle, some of the current models show Dorian going through Orlando, into the Gulf, restrengthening and hitting again in the middle of the panhandle. It's too far out to know the accuracy of those models but it's a definite possibility.
afidel 08/29/19 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: My first post - I'm new to trailers and need some input

You will NOT enjoy pulling a hard sided trailer with your minivan unless it is something ultra light like a fiberglass 'egg' or a no slide 14' unit. I've been there, done that, as has a former coworker. He did it for 2 years locally (within about 100 relatively flat miles from home), I noped out after towing the trailer in my signature home. In theory the numbers work, in reality the soft rear suspension makes for an absolutely terrible towing experience.
afidel 08/29/19 12:15am Travel Trailers
RE: 2019 Keystone 330RL Rear Wall Delamination

can someone tell me how to add a picture to my post? i'm new at this. Here you go
afidel 08/27/19 02:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Removing debris from slide out

You could do what I do for snow removal on the stick and bricks, push broom head on a telescoping handle.
afidel 08/26/19 10:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow/Haul off or on(ram)

Regardless of what vehicle you have, I think you should only use tow/haul or OD off modes if you actually see some NEED for that......like the engine is lugging going up small hills. I would think with an 8 speed transmission it should handle most situations without intervention. Wrong, you should always engage TH when towing, it is what the manufacturer recommends and how the vehicle is designed. The fuel efficiency focused shift patterns of the details maps are not appropriate for towing and the extra heat generated by the torque converter when not locked under load is not good for engine or transmission. In addition at least on my vehicle the hill assist feature is pretty worthless unless in TH mode.
afidel 08/20/19 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

You can also browse through some threads at www.ramsforum.com for user impressions of the 6.4. Like you,I can understand the desire for clean air but the additional responsibilities of owning a new diesel is chasing me towards a gasser as well and the 6.4 is appealing as is an 8spd auto.....I've been looking as we speak. Just be aware that no gas burner will compete with the low end Torque of a diesel but that doesn't mean we can't own a competant tow vehicle. Dodge could easily solve the torque problem by adding something akin to the etorque system to the 6.4, electric motors are wonderful for providing lots of low end torque and it would also be useful for improving efficiency (what Dodge has done with etorque is kinda amazing in that the efficiency gains are much more than the sum of the parts because they are able to do things like optimize shift points by supplimenting a lugging engine with the electric motor do avoid a downshift)
afidel 08/20/19 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Run the USA is what?

Would be nice if the TT was small enough that I would not have to mess around with WDH's etc. Just quick hook up an go. That's not really an option, my TT is only 18' and there's no way I would tow it without a WDH with sway control. Even behind a 2500 it moved around more than I liked and that was without wind or panic maneuvers. To each their own but I'd never tow a TT without sway control. That said putting the bars on or taking them off takes maybe 30s so it's not like it has any meaningful impact on our setup and tear down time.
afidel 08/19/19 01:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Installing a hitch costs and needs

If your truck didn't come with a hitch it probably didn't come with an HD radiator or transmission cooler either. Have a shop check to be sure and if you're planning to tow in the mountains or SW then have them added. You will also need a 7 pin connector and trailer brake controller.
afidel 08/16/19 12:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla X Towing Videos

It would only be able to make a prediction after you started towing and it knew the actual energy consumption. To make any kind of prediction in advance it would have to know the weight of the trailer and its drag coefficient. Yes, you would get an idea from experience. This is why I still say EV's have a very long way to go before they become the dominant choice for tow vehicles. It is not as simple as most think, and these obstacles need to be addressed. Some can say that they can just add a larger battery in the trucks, but that will also add weight(and costs). Trucks today are already maxed out in there government regulation classes as it is and making them heavier would lower their rated capabilities even more. You would likely end up having an EV truck with a GVWR in Class 3 one ton, but with the capabilities of or less than a Class 2A half ton. I'm hopeful that my retirement tow vehicle will be a used Class 8 electric truck. The Tesla semi is now testing at 600 miles for the full range model with a 75k pound payload (albeit jersey barriers so way less drag than a 5er) link
afidel 08/15/19 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing speed

68 is my normal cruise setting, that way I'm not playing leapfrog with the truckers that are governed to 65 but I'm not going too fast either. Over the last 28,200 miles I've averaged 11.02 mpg with a worst tank efficiency of 8.25 mpg when fighting a 30-40 mph headwind in Florida of all places.
afidel 08/15/19 08:23pm Towing
RE: Any problem with these 2 set ups?

IIRC, you're contemplating local trips. Neither trailer will tow significantly different than the other at 500lbs difference. Stay in the corn belt and it'll be ok. No trailer brakes would be a deal breaker on a vehicle like yours that has no headroom in braking ability to stop a trailer too, IMO. If looking long term and you're not the mechanicin type, surge brakes are easy to neglect and become useless after a few years without a bit of upkeep. While I agree that trailer brakes are a requirement, the 13 T&C might have good brakes. There were two brake setups available in 13, the HD brakes are 330mm dual piston calipers, the brakes on most half tons are only ~330-350mm so not much difference.
afidel 08/15/19 11:23am Tow Vehicles
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