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RE: New camper without 12 volt fridge

I have an older Airstream and have day dreamed about getting a new(er) one but no more. They have "improved" them to the point where I don't want one anymore. The 12 v fridge was the first step. These are better in some regards but they require more electricity. That is OK if you 1. Always plug in, or 2. Add solar and/or 3. Upgrade to a more expensive battery pack. Then they went to on demand water heaters which are fine if you are connected to a water hose. Trying to boondock with one of these is a challenge. They have a work around for that too but it is some kind of recycling faucet that costs even more money. Then of course you get automatic stablilzers and automatic awnings. Hey, nothing can go wrong with these don't you know?
aftermath 11/10/22 08:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Black water tank health concerns and questions

Are these concerns unfounded? Well, yes they are but I understand where you are coming from. Have you ever heard of anyone getting sick because they use their trailers as they were designed to be used? Anyone? And, there must be millions out there. Do you know anyone who has a septic system at their home? Do they get sick because of the bacteria somehow gets airborne and invades their home? The Gray tank is basically filled with sink water. You use your sinks daily and a lot of this stuff is held in the P traps. Have you heard of anyone getting sick because this bacteria laden water somehow gets airborne and infects everyone in the house? There are chemical additives for your black tank to take care of these issues. When used as per manufacturer recommendation they are perfectly safe. Same goes for your gray tank and with proper care and maintenance you will be totally safe.
aftermath 08/27/22 11:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Wheel Bearings

I purchased a used Airstream and took it in to the local dealer to have them check the bearings and the brakes. I have done this on my 55 Chevy, 64 VW, 62 Chevy and 64 Ford PU. Not really all that complicated but I had no experience with the electric brakes on the trailer. Remember this is a dealer who seldom worries about charging high prices. I asked them how often I should have the bearings repacked and he said, every 10K miles. More often, unless you consider this a hobby isn't really needed. As far as EZ Lube axles, I am not a fan. I think these are the improved version of Bearing Buddies that were designed for boat trailers. Do you back you trailer into the lake? No worries, just use our Bearing Buddies and you will be fine. We installed a zert to pack more grease so you will never run dry! IF, and I really mean If, you follow the recommendations and guidelines with your EZ lube setup you should be fine. I think more people than you think, just pack the bearings full and feel good about things.
aftermath 08/20/22 02:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Were back in a travel trailer, just bought an Airstream.

Look above and click on the "Classified" tab. You will get lots of trailers to look at.
aftermath 08/19/22 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: propane/water heater

A related question. Do you have two propane tanks on your trailer? If so you will need to understand how the switch over valve works.
aftermath 08/18/22 03:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tundra vs. Silverado question

Yeah, a dually, that is good. I Love my Tundra, love it, love it but....I am pulling an Airstream that is about 6500 not 9500. I don't think I would keep the Tundra if I had that large a trailer. The limiting factor with a Tundra, any half ton actually, is weight issues. I would be looking at a good 3/4 ton, or a one ton or a semi tractor or an Abrams Tank.....just to keep the weight police happy.
aftermath 08/13/22 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: sanitizing fresh tanks - basic question

This is one of those "over kill" issues. Do this, don't do that, watch out for this... Why pour the bleach down the hose? I just put about a cup directly in the water inlet and immediately flush it down with the hose. City water is chlorinated, so I am not concerned about "hose water". Run all the faucets like you do, wait a few hours and then flush everything. I do it once. Never "tasted" bleach nor smelled it. Been doing this for over 30 years, no problems. I do not sanitize the HW tank. I flush it and refill it and turn it on when we are ready to go. I read somewhere that the heat generated will sanitize it all by itself. Again, 30+ years, no one sick, no strange rash like symptoms, no breathing difficulty and we sleep like babies. Keep it simple.
aftermath 08/11/22 07:57am Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie Tow Capacity Question

All the limits are important but...I think towing capacity is the least important of them all. My Tundra has a tow capacity of something like 9500 lbs. Really? I tow my trailer down the road that weighs 6500 and I am near my limit for payload capacity. Pay very close attention to payload, axle limits and GVWR when you have a half ton. You will run up against one of these far before you go over the Towing Capacity number.
aftermath 08/08/22 05:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Your Opinion On Air Bags

If you have a weight distributing hitch and can't get it level you are either grossly overloaded, or you don't have it set up correctly. If you are overloaded, air bags will NOT help this. Take a look at this video. I saw it a long time ago and it explained it pretty well to me. Yes,if you have a very sturdy tow vehicle, air bags can level things for you. They will never "increase you towing capacity" as someone has stated. Air Bags vs Weight Distributing Hitch
aftermath 08/01/22 09:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ground material falling into lower storage compartment

I am confused as well. You lost me with "a ground material"..What exactly do you mean by this? Is it something you might find on the ground? Is it some kind of electrical grounding material? Can't offer up much help, yet.
aftermath 08/01/22 08:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Surgtech 94, Coming in late here but want to add my two cents. Yes, a half ton can do the job but not all are built the same. Yes, a late model V6 will be up to it. Buying used will still be a shock to the old pocketbook. Prices are crazy high these days. If you are going to be driving this truck a lot when not towing I suggest you look at the Ford Eco-Boost. This thing has been out for awhile and gets pretty good mileage when not towing. The turbo charged V6 creates plenty of power to tow your trailer, as others have mentioned. When towing, it really isn't much better in the mpg category. I would avoid the Tundra now but it is new so you won't be looking at their V6 if you get a used one. I might be interested in a few years after they work through the start up issues. I am on my second Tundra a 2017 with the 5.7, 6 speed tranny and 4.3 gears. My trailer weighs between 6,000 and 6,5000 going down the road ready for camping. I have weighed it a few times. Never an issue with my Tundra and while both of my Tundras have been trouble free, it is not the best out there for mileage. 58K miles and I get 11-13 or so on trips. Good luck and welcome to retirement!
aftermath 07/23/22 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: cross winds?

I just adjust my friction sway control for regular driving and dealing with passing trucks, etc.... This is what has always confused me regarding the add on friction control devices. How do you know how to adjust them? When do you stop and make adjustments? I have a feeling that most people don't do this, but they just attach them, crank them down and go. This makes more sense to me. I know a guy (yeah don't we all) who told me he adjusts things when he "needs" to. Really?
aftermath 07/21/22 04:31pm Towing
RE: First hand F150 hybrid experience anyone?

The impact is reduced fuel economy. The hybrid shines when driving in town only. Not to start any wars here but, isn't this the same argument for the Eco-Boost? I have a friend who gets basically the same mpg I get while towing with my Tundra. It is sort of a wash until you factor in what he gets while not towing. Wowsa, I am glad that I don't have to use my Tundra as a daily driver. Is this the same kind of thing that hybrid owners are experiencing?
aftermath 07/05/22 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Bikendan, The Airstream forum has been pretty much a mixed bag over the years. I do believe the consensus recently is what you have stated.
aftermath 07/03/22 10:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vintage Gas Prices

Around 1967 I was driving my VW Bug to school and ran out of gas. Luckily I was on a hill so I coasted into a station and filled up my 10 gallon tank. Gave the attendant $3 and got a few cents in change.
aftermath 07/03/22 08:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Traveling with Propane on

To the OP, yes,run with the propane on. No needed precautions provided your fridge is in good working order. How do you know the fridge is "on"? Aside from all the lights and such you can always go outside, open the panel and feel the heat being generated in the exhaust tube surrounding the pilot light. I have found this thread reassuring as the vast majority confirms the safety in running with the fridge on. I will only turn mine off when on a ferry. Haven't traveled through any tunnels that require it. I don't turn it off while fueling up either. The odds of a mishap are approaching zero. Fumes? Of course there are fumes at gas stations but even a spilled gallon of gas on the floor would not produce enough concentration to ignite some 25 feet away. Over the years I have asked, pleaded actually, for anyone to produce any proof of a fire caused by a fridge running on propane while moving down the road. So far.....zero cases. I did see some photos of motor homes burning on the side of the road but upon closer look, they were fires started in the front of the rig, up where you find the engine. One sent in a story of a guy in a van conversion who was filling his gas tank that was right next to the fridge compartment. The old guy lost control of the hose and sprayed the side of the van with gas thus ingniting the whole thing. Really? That has been the best anyone could come up with. Lets just say that someone does produce a single case of this issue. Out of millions of trips if one ended in a terrible fire, would that keep you from turning if the fridge? I mean, if you are that concerned about possible accidents you probably shouldn't drive on a highway. Lots can, and often does go wrong there.
aftermath 07/03/22 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: trailer suspension

I bought a 2020 gulfstream vintage crusier single axle and towing it with my 2021 Ford 150. My queston is: Is it practical to upgrade the trailer suspension for a smoother ride and/or sway? and if so, what would someone recommend? Thanks...Vincent Vincent, so now you have had all the ideas one can consume. I will simply say, your trailer will be fine. It is important to look at the tires though. Check the Load Range against the weight of the trailer and air them up as needed. If the load range is just slightly above the weigh of the trailer air the tires to the max. Load the trailer avoiding putting heavy items at the back. Better to have more weight on the tongue. BUT...get a good WD hitch with built in sway control and get it dialed in as per manufacturer's recommendations. Trailer sway is something to be avoided.
aftermath 07/02/22 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Hybrid tow vehicle?

Toyota is coming out with a hybrid Tundra with plenty of power to tow 7K loads. I believe that the F-150 also has something in the works. This years Tundra has an Ecoboost wannabe set up with a turbo charged V-6. I think mileage is a big focus as companies move forward. Of course, all these improvements come with rather large costs.
aftermath 06/27/22 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: I know I wandered off...

Yes, it is sad. Pups are not dead, only on life support. I had one for many years and both of my daughters and their families still have 'em. I liked reading through the posts, reliving our great times and even occasionally offering up some advice. I suppose it is a sign of the times.
aftermath 05/11/22 08:24am Folding Trailers
RE: best brake controller 09 f150

He has an '09 truck. I doubt it came with an integrated controller. A built in one is better, as far as looks and not taking up space under the dash, but that is based on having a good one. I purchased my second Tundra (a 2017)partly because they finally went with an integrated BC. It was a real piece, a timed controller that was almost impossible to dial in. I replaced it with my old P2 and it is great. I also found an adapter that allowed me to install the P2 in the dash where the OEM controller went. My suggestion: Get a Prodigy and search for an adapter so it will be a plug and play situation. I had no problem doing this myself and I am a regular sort of guy when it comes to fixing things.
aftermath 05/04/22 08:29am Tow Vehicles
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