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RE: Level Mate Pro Questions

I have had mine for two seasons now and haven't had any trouble connecting or using it. Mine is in my Airstream, full aluminum trouble maker. I have the battery version and I am very serious about turning it off after each use. We pull in to the campsite, I go in and turn on the LMP, park it and then as we set up, I turn it off. My battery easily lasts through the season. I am a strong believer of the KISS principle.
aftermath 01/19/22 03:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

12V compressor fridges are fantastic, but so are absorption units. It all depends on use. So, lets be fair here and agree that they both work well for your intended purpose. When making the point of compressor superiority it usually gets quickly followed with discussions of enhanced battery banks, large solar units and the use of portable generators. Well, many of us don't have much in the way of the first two but likely we do have a generator. I have an older Airstream. A few years back Airstream went with 12V fridges. Solar options became more popular and there were lots of discussions about fancy batteries. I also "feel" that most RVers are the type that use full hookups the vast majority of time. For these reasons, a compressor fridge is indeed a better option. For me, not so much. We do a lot of camping without hookups and we manage just fine. Fridge always works and if we don't need the furnace we can go days without using the generator. Again, both units are really good. So, let us argue the benefits and please try to avoid inflammatory statements like lugging around propane tanks to run your fridge. My word. Are you lugging around propane tanks to cook your food?
aftermath 01/16/22 11:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Ins and outs of DNA testing

... Fantasies,what ifs,and high adventure,was a topic of conversation around the campfire. I started doing family tracing in the early eighties,and that nugget was the first one to come crashing down. ... This is something to think about before you get involved in DNA testing. Before I tell our story just remember that these companies are doing this to make money. They offer up "free" or "reasonable" fees to get started. Once links show up it is very normal to want to follow up. If you are doing a family tree you really do need to follow up and then you will notice extra fees to get to the next step. Don't be surprised by this. We all have a family fantasy and many people really don't want to change this. We have found that a grandfather who was a hard working immigrant was actually a crook who did time in a penitentiary, a father that produced and unknown to us sibling and another cousin with a surprise father. Personally I found all of this to be interesting and enlightening but others considered it an affront to their beliefs and wanted to hear none of it. So beware, it can indeed open some wounds and challenge not only your belief system but also can do harm to some of your current family relationships.
aftermath 01/10/22 10:45am Around the Campfire
RE: Mystery Battery Draw While Parked UPDATE

Here is what I was told by my local Acura dealer mechanic. We had a new RDX that needed a battery replacement within the first two years. We parked it in our locked garage each night and usually did not lock it up. He said that when just sitting there, many sensors are still functioning like the proximity sensors. He told us to lock it each night, thus turning some of the sensors off, thus protecting the battery. I really don't know if this is true or not but we always lock the car and the truck each time we leave. People typically drive their vehicles EVERY day, so charging occurs regularly. When you park one that isn't driven much, this really can become an issue. I hardly drive my truck, it sits for long periods of time.
aftermath 01/10/22 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Chevy Silverado Debut

I'll let all the guinea pigs figure this EV thing out, until then I'll be buying and using ICE vehicles, no questions about what to expect with them...heck, I might not even live long enough to even have a chance at using an EV. I agree with this. I also appreciate the clear statement that is a simple truth and not overflowing with negativism. I am excited for the future of EVs and it is indeed interesting to see the truck market getting involved. They have a long way to go, especially if you want to pull a trailer like all of us do. Right now, in all honesty, many half tons are used for going to the dump, picking up a small load of building materials so you can build that dog house you needed to build a long time ago. They seldom go off road, they have 4 doors and plush interiors. This crowd will be the first to use the new technology. There will come a day when they improve the range and then they will really take over. So, until that day, let us not rip the new technology, it is good for a start. I think my grandkids will all be driving them.
aftermath 01/07/22 03:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck of the Year

OK, here is another one...First though I am a guy who believes that electric vehicles are the thing of the future. Problem is, that future is still a long ways off, especially for anything long distance. If I were commuting to work every day in a big city I would probably own one. Right now it all comes down to marketing. The more people willing to buy an EV, the more sales which make more cars and so on. In our local paper this morning they had a story about EVs, and mentioned Ford's "Frunk" F-150 that is coming soon. Yes, Frunk, as the battery will be in the frame, the motors located at the 4 wheels which leaves plenty of space under the hood for a "frunk". They said that they have 200,000 pre-orders and will not take any more at this time. WOW, what interest, what a great truck this should be! Then, I read that you could pre-order one with a $100 refundable deposit. Talk about marketing.
aftermath 12/15/21 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck of the Year

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aftermath 12/14/21 08:37am Tow Vehicles
Truck of the Year

If you haven't heard...
aftermath 12/14/21 08:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sailun Recall

From everything I have read or heard, Sailun makes good, really good tires. Over the years there seems to be a continuing war over "China Bombs". I have always believed that it is the company who stands behind the tire that is more important than where it is made. Here is a case in point. Place of Manufacture So, am I missing something? After reading through more of this link I saw where most major manufactures produce tires in China. Michelin is one.
aftermath 12/13/21 11:42am General RVing Issues
RE: New GMC 2500 Wont Engage Trailer Brakes

Paroled, I have been where you are and I feel for you. Since the GMC crowd say their controlers are very good, I would fight with the company for a solution. You can even ask for a new truck if it gets to that point. That said, I had a P2 controller on my first Tundra and it was great. I moved up(?) to a 2017 Tundra with a built in controller and it was terrible. It was a timed controller and after meeting with Toyota, writing letters and making phone calls they told me it had been tested and that it was performing to standards which was all true. I still had my controller, found an in dash bracket and You Tube video and installed it myself. It is still working and working well.
aftermath 12/12/21 08:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can't imagine a world without internal combustion engines

Deep breath, ICEs will not disappear anytime soon. We might see (notice) a change in proportion but they will be here for as long as I live, along with my children and I will even say my grandchildren. Things will be different, and probably much better by then. I am still reeling from the loss of my lawn dart game! And then, they took all the lead out of gasoline. Well, we all know what kind of mess that caused. No, no changes for me....Things were better a long time ago. There was a movement for a KETO diet. It was a diet that the cavemen ate and was supposed to be far better for you. Of course the life expectancy of a cave man wasn't so high, but that didn't slow them down.....
aftermath 12/11/21 12:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best generator

Here is one of those areas where I do believe, you will get what you pay for. Granted, there are lots of options out there and some are more affordable than others. Does that make them a "better deal"? I purchased my Honda 2000i just about 16 years ago. I always have used premium fuel mixed with a stabilizer. I always drain it each fall and run it dry. In the spring it does take a few pulls to get it all going but after that, only a pull or two each time. My cousin saved something like $500 when purchasing a different brand on sale at COSTCO. His lasted about a year and a half. Couldn't get it serviced and no one had parts. He went out and got a Honda and is still using it. So....in the long run....how much money did he save? I am also in favor of getting the quietest generator you can find. Decibel ratings are confusing. These are measurements of SOUND created by the energy produced by sound waves. There is a huge difference between 80 and 90 decibels. It is a logarithmic scale. Research this a bit before you make your decision.
aftermath 11/06/21 01:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: How could this be?

I agree with the need to calculate your mileage over a long period of time. I also agree with the winter formula for gas, and I don't have a clue about diesel. I don't have a clue, not because I am a west coaster, I have no idea because I have never driven diesel pickups. All that said, I do believe that aerodynamics plays a huge part in mileage. I towed a white box 21 ft trailer and got about 11-12 mpg. I traded for a 25 ft. Airstream that weighted 2000 pounds more and got the same mileage. Airstreams are one of the best when it comes to airflow around and behind their trailers. The interesting observation came when, after owning this trailer for a few years, I added the bike rack to the back. Now, after a few more years with this setup, I am getting between 10 and 11 mpg. It doesn't matter if bikes are attached or not, the rack itself has impacted the turbulence at the back of the trailer.
aftermath 11/02/21 11:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Puzzled by Refrigerator Problem

rfloyd99, You have gotten a lot of excellent, and accurate, advice. Opening the valve on your tank can cause many issues. My take on all of this is, you never had a problem. When you run the fridge on propane it takes some time to cool down. I found that it actually takes longer when on electricity. I listen carefully for the click and can hear the flame ignite. It NEVER roars, and if it did I would turn it off quickly. Something is wrong if you hear this. Pay attention to the back side, where the access panel is. Keep it as clean as you can. Vacuum out, or blow out the dust and cobwebs if there are any. It doesn't take much to block the flow to the burner. As long as you see the flame, you are good to go.
aftermath 10/23/21 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Add Awning To Slide?

Not 100% sure about your Jayco, but from what I understand it needs to be done during the build.. .... I don't think so. Take a look online and you should be able to see many options. A friend of mind just did this and said it was pretty easy. I was looking into one just before I sold my trailer back in 2009.
aftermath 10/23/21 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Which Hitch do I buy?

I am a firm believer that every trailer combination needs some kind of sway control. WD continues to be a debatable issue in my HO. The trailer follows behind the TV and is connected by a single pivot point, the ball. A large trailer in windy conditions can sway on its own. Yeah, yeah, I know all the arguments. A well constructed trailer that is well balanced and loaded correctly won't sway, some will say. Even if this is true, how many out there have such trailers? I would suggest the OP should get one of those add on friction bars as a minimum. I also believe that all half and 3/4 tons would benefit from a hitch that combines both WD and sway control.
aftermath 10/18/21 09:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking at used, canvas repair?

I will second the Bear Creek Canvas option. This is a very competent company with people who have experience and are willing to talk to you and work with you. I replaced all the canvas on an older 1977 Starcraft Popup. It matched perfectly and was, I felt, of higher quality than the original. Google them and ask if they do hybrids. That said, I also had a hybrid and what was just said is true in some cases. Water leaking around the edges, people who do not dry the canvas before storage and a multitude of other reasons can and will lead to canvas issues. On a hybrid you also need to look at the door itself. Best route is to "fix" the issue. A rip or two can be repaired by a boat company who works on things like this. If it is that and mold and mildew issues, you might want to price out a replacement.
aftermath 10/18/21 08:51am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Giants/Dodgers called swinging strike...end of game

In a game like baseball there are a lot of missed calls, or bad calls in this case. It is sad that the game ended because of it I was told one time that the umpires on first and third base were to watch the bat as it moves forward. If the ump can see the "end" of the bat, the barrel must have crossed the plate. I have seen many replays and most of them show the bat actually pointing at the first base ump during the swing. I looked closely at this replay, and I didn't see that.....at all.
aftermath 10/15/21 04:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Starting my research

There is no simple or easy answer to your question. You need to really think what you are planning to do with this RV. We came through your same path. Had a Popup for 17 years and loved it. Got a little older and wanted to travel more in the early spring and late fall so we got a hybrid. You still have to set up the ends but they are much nicer in so many ways with bathrooms and fridge, oven too. But, when traveling across the country putting up and taking down the ends frequently in sometimes nasty conditions didn't work so well. We upgraded to a trailer. We had a slide out on the hybrid that did cause us trouble. We wanted a trailer that was totally accessible when stopped for a break on a trip. We have traveled extensively in the western parts of the US and Canada. We were not interested in any kind of motor home because we like to drive around and see the sights when we are on the road. Don't have the funds to purchase a tow behind so we chose a pickup/tralier combo.
aftermath 10/15/21 03:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Friction Sway Bar

When I got started in all this weight distributing/anti sway hitch choice thing I was focused on....simplicity. Way back, many of the snap up the chain hitches did not allow you to back up with the chains attached. I also didn't "like" the idea of snapping these chains into position and I really was confused about the friction bars being used. I got all sorts of nebulous information. Only tighten them as much as you need was one of my favorites. What? How do I know what I am going to need? I went with the Equalizer. It is easy to adjust and once you have it dialed in, it is a quick hook up. I personally believe that add on friction bars can offer up enough safety and many still use them. When reading threads like this one I am still a bit confused. Should I use one or two? I have been using these for "x" amount of years and they remove 90% of the sway. Well, what about the other 10%? I like mine. I have over 55K miles on my current without any issues of sway. I will stick with the Equalizer.
aftermath 10/11/21 12:21pm Travel Trailers
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