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RE: Tire/Axle Question

My travel trailer has Dexter tandem axles. I noticed both tires on the front axle have slight cupping on the outside of the tires. My fresh water tank is just behind that front axle and over the rear axle. My question is could having more weight on the rear axle and less on the front axle be causing this? I don't travel with a full tank but I do have 1/3 - 2/3 filled sometimes since I only boondock. Everything on or around the axle looks fine otherwise. The added weight of fresh water normally does not create outside tire wear, but axle or wheel alignment can. A pure weight overload more often points to inside tire wear due to loss of correct wheel camber assuming nothing else is messed up. It would help to know a few things to better understand your tire wear. Here are a few items. 1. How old is the camper? 2. How many approx. miles are on the tires with the wear you now have since the tires were new? (if you know, or how many miles have you put on if you bought the camper used?) 3. Does the camper have leaf spring axles or a torsion axles? 4. Can you post some pics of the thread wear across the face of the tire in clear focus and lighting on all 4 tires? And which pic goes with which wheel location for front or rear tire and left or right tire. And yes, the rear tires help add to the story even if the wear is not as gross amount like the front. Tire wear (assuming the the tires have not being rotated since new) help tell a story on wheel alignment. Trailer running gear alignment issues comes from many places. Starting with the hangers welded on wrong on day 1 from the factory, axles being made wrong, worn suspension parts, loose wheel bearings, overloading of the axles, and wheel alignment damage from hitting curbs, pot holes or any other kind of bump at speed to name a few of the common issues. Sadly, tire wear on campers is common when the wheel alignment is out of tolerance. And it happens somewhat frequently. When the wheels are in proper alignment and the axles not in overload, you will get even wear on the tire face for the life of the tire, other then minor normal outside tire turning wear which is not cupping. When they are out of alignment, the tires scrub the road wearing wrong rather then roll straight ahead. Hope this helps, John PS. There are ways to correct the problems, but it helps first to know what the issue may be to tell you what to correct short of a quick answer, just take it to a RV dealer and let them deal with it. Not all RV dealers can handle trailer axle alignment, the shop needs to know and have the equipment for measuring all aspects of wheel alignment and later correcting the root cause of what is wrong. I am not talking about it being overweight. I'm saying ALL the weight of the fresh water tank is on the REAR axle. So I am wondering if the FRONT axle with the cupping tire wear, doesn't have enough weight on it?? The trailer is a 2020, I bought it new. Tires are goodyear endurance, probably have about 10k miles on them. Trailer has leaf springs.Just noticed the cupping after the last 2k trip in which I carried more fresh water than usual. The "issue" is only on the front axle tires. Rear axle tires are fine! I'll try to get pictures today.
campermama 08/26/22 08:11am Tech Issues
Tire/Axle Question

My travel trailer has Dexter tandem axles. I noticed both tires on the front axle have slight cupping on the outside of the tires. My fresh water tank is just behind that front axle and over the rear axle. My question is could having more weight on the rear axle and less on the front axle be causing this? I don't travel with a full tank but I do have 1/3 - 2/3 filled sometimes since I only boondock. Everything on or around the axle looks fine otherwise.
campermama 08/25/22 06:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Does Anybody??

Seems like I will be able to do this, especially since I want a small one.....now the BIG question is.......which one!
campermama 08/14/22 11:00am Technology Corner
Does Anybody??

3D print in your RV? I am a full timer and really want to do 3D printing but, I boondock most of the time and am wondering if they use a lot of power? I have 2 - 100ah lithium batteries and run on a 2000W inverter. Would it drain my batteries doing one project? I just want a pretty small printer to do small parts, something mobile and easy to store.
campermama 08/14/22 08:28am Technology Corner
RE: Any Words of Wisdom?

there is a lot of information including operation installation and service manuals on through frame slideouts here that may be of help to some or just good to download for future reference Through Frame Slideout Systems Yup, unfortunately I could not find anything that would help me except some advice/ideas of others!
campermama 08/12/22 02:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Any Words of Wisdom?

So thought I would give an update...... Finally got my slide all "straightened" out! I eventually lifted both inner rails and was able to disengage the gear pack. I could not push the slide in though so got an RV guy to come help. Long story short.....some of the adjusting bolts were loose, so over time, each time I put the slide in and out it was moving out of adjustment a little bit at a time and till finally.....way out! Needless to say, I consider myself now VERY knowledgeable on through frame slides!! So if any of you need help with one let me know.
campermama 08/12/22 08:35am Tech Issues
RE: stuck dump valve

located the dump valve and cut open the underbelly, took off the calbe and the valve moves freely, so cable is seized, strange for a 3 year old unit hardly used. held the handle end lightly in a vise and gave it a good dose of penetrating oil a few times over several hours, let it sit overnight, and still stuck,,, FN@#!#%& !!! so ordered a new one, unfortunately only comes with the valve at $180 (cdn) Has anyone seen if any aftermarket place makes them in stainless steel? I had this problem...valve was stuck slightly open, I used a camera to see what was going on. I cut the cable and relocated the handle right by the drain pipe so the cable is now shorter and straight, it was the cable that was the problem not the valve. I also drilled a hole in the valve (another thread) so I can spray some lube in there. Oh and yeah had to cut bottom open to access. I got the schematics from Jayco so I knew exactly where to cut ;)
campermama 08/12/22 08:31am Tech Issues
RE: Any Words of Wisdom?

On my Power gear sometimes I'd let it "Jump" a tooth (Actually NOT recommended) If I wished to do it right I'd run it out part way. then go down and pull a pin (Do not lose it) knock one gear "off track" adjust and restore gear to position. Restore washer/bushing (you need to be careful to not lose that) and the washer and pin.. I had enough practice I usually got it 1st Try. Mine is way different then what you are describing! I only wish it was that easy!!
campermama 08/09/22 07:57am Tech Issues
RE: Any Words of Wisdom?

Not many knowledgeable slide out techs on this forum anymore. Two good ones are no longer active here. My thought on motor side needing adjustment. If motor side seals properly, slide in/slide out, that side should be okay. Motor side has a stop can, to stop, and adjusting lock nuts when going the other way. If the non-motorized side is not sealing in or out (one or other) by 1/2", there are a couple bolts on my similar slide arm to loosen, and push slide in/out, to adjust, whichever is needed. On mine for horizontal adjust, there are two bolts each side to loosen, push slide, retighten when clearance is satisfactory. Jerry It is not a matter of sealing or not. The slide is crooked and binds. There are 3-4 more teeth showing on the motor side when fully extended. It was the motor side that got stuck which makes me think when it broke free it skipped a few teeth. I have a new plan to try.....IF I can crank the slide by the manual override then I will remove the bolt on the passive side drive rod, then crank the slide in some (only the motor side will move) to line it back up with the passive side! Replace bolt in drive rod and should be good to go (fingers crossed!)
campermama 08/08/22 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: toilet

If it has the black rubber gasket at the opening just replace it! It takes less than 5 mins. you can get it on Amazon cheap!
campermama 08/08/22 07:51am Tech Issues
RE: Any Words of Wisdom?

yes and they are : dont buy a RV Yes and they are?? Thanks for the help :(
campermama 08/07/22 03:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Any Words of Wisdom?

Came up with another idea from some forum guys....I'm thinking I can disconnect passive side of the drive rod then slightly move the motor side with the motor. I'm just a little worried about getting the holes to line back up to reconnect drive rod. But this seems the easiest way to do this since the drive rod is in the enclosed underbelly. Thoughts???
campermama 08/07/22 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold 12cu Drains Battery on LP

I'm not sure about a door condensation heater....how would I check and turn off if so? Look at the schematics for the fridge. Mine has a heater/light (the light in the fridge) 5A fuse! It was killing my battery every night! I pulled the fuse, and bought a small motion sensor light ($5) at walmart and put it in the fridge. Problem solved! Good luck!
campermama 08/02/22 08:23am Tech Issues
RE: Any Words of Wisdom?

It won't help you but my Monaco has a built in winch and strap mounted in the storage bay to pull in the slide if for some reason it don't work as it should. Its just another of the little perks of a high end DP. That's great! Yeah I have some ideas (jack related) if I am not able to push it in myself ;)
campermama 08/02/22 07:42am Tech Issues
Any Words of Wisdom?

If any of you saw my post about my slide..... Sooooo this is what happened!! The reason this happened is the seal on the motor side somehow got stuck to the caulking on the slide, no idea why this would happen! So the motor side was stuck when I attempted to extend the slide not knowing it was stuck but then it broke free and the slide extended out. So I think.....it is the motor side that jumped 3+ teeth (118.5 showing now) when it broke free. I'm now thinking the motor side is the side I need to adjust (push slide in) to match passive side. Does this sound right? More I think about it the more sense it makes to me. Passive side is showing 115 teeth. I am going to attempt this on Wednesday. There is actually an access door to the motor underneath. Not sure what motor is down there but hope it is easy to disengage the gear. Then I will need to push that side of the slide in about 3 teeth worth. This slide is about 10' and holds the recliners and a table with 4 chairs. Here is where I need your wisdom. Has anybody done this? Will I be able to push the slide in myself? Thanks all! Oh, this is a through the frame slide, 2 rails with teeth on the bottom. It is NOT a in the wall schwintek!
campermama 08/01/22 02:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide out question

These may help: Resynchronizing Swintek Slides Retiming Schwintek Slide Its not schwintek! Since the Schwintek system was purchased and now sold by Lippert and it is a geared system with teeth, it seemed like it was. Nope, if you read my posts above mine is through the frame. Schwintek is in the wall. They aren't the same. Thanks for trying.
campermama 07/31/22 02:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Patching an enclose underbelly

I used gorilla tape on mine, you just have to clean the area real good first! Works great!
campermama 07/31/22 07:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out question

These may help: Resynchronizing Swintek Slides Retiming Schwintek Slide Its not schwintek!
campermama 07/30/22 05:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out question

Sooooo this is what happened!! I have another thought..... The reason this happened is the seal on the motor side somehow got stuck to the caulking on the slide, no idea why this would happen! So the motor side was stuck when I attempted to extend the slide not knowing it was stuck but then it broke free and the slide extended out. So my question..... is it the motor side that jumped 3+ teeth (118.5 showing) when it broke free? I'm now thinking the motor side is the side I need to adjust (push slide in) to match passive side. More I think about it the more sense it makes. Passive side is showing 115 teeth. What do you guys think??
campermama 07/30/22 07:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out question

Does the slide sit square in the opening, similar clearance, when looking behind the rubber wipers? I needed to move my whole slide toward the front of trailer 1/2 inch, to better fit, be closer to same on both sides. It used to, its not now, that why I am needing to adjust it!
campermama 07/29/22 05:44pm Travel Trailers
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