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RE: What is your towing experience with Chrysler Pacifica

Thanks to all replies. I believe we do not have the tow package but can make it work. I plan to keep it as light as I can. May add a larger tranny cooler and a bolt on sway bar. Without the factory towing package, your tow limit is 1500 lb.
drsteve 10/19/19 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: No heat

The fan comes on first, if it's moving enough air then you should hear the igniter clicking. Is it trying to light?
drsteve 10/19/19 07:57am Tech Issues
RE: Mice and soap

Irish spring does not work. Here's the proof. https://i.imgur.com/uJTbK6cl.jpg You can't tell people that, though... They leave a bar in the TT, no mice show up, and they insist it's proof positive that the stuff works. Just like the essential oil true believers...
drsteve 10/19/19 07:32am General RVing Issues
RE: MaxxFan (Smoke with Remote Control) Best For Ventilation?

I have the Maxxair 8500 with remote (required, due to vertically challenged DW) and the rain sensor. Even with the rain sensor, you'll still want a cover, and here is why: The fan is running and the lid is open, and it begins to rain, so the fan shuts off and the lid closes. So far so good. Then it stops raining, and you want to open the vent. But the rain sensor is wet and thinks it is still raining, and will not allow the lid to open. So you press the button that shuts the sensor off. Now the lid opens, even with the water on the sensor. The sensor remains off, even after you turn the fan off and close the lid. Then next time you use it, the sensor is still off. Then it rains... and the lid stays open, because you told it to.
drsteve 10/18/19 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

Most camping trailer I’d pull behind a unibody fake suv with zero off-road attributes is a 10 foot popup camper. Somebody’s in a bad mood.... 3 pages worth of people saying too much for your CUV. People aren't saying this just to rain on your parade. You asked for advice, and experienced RVers are offering it. You seem fixated on the dry weight of the camper vs. your tow rating. The dry weight is a fiction, and as I mentioned above, while your Atlas would probably tow a 5000 lb boat OK, a TT is a much more challenging load.
drsteve 10/18/19 06:40am Travel Trailers
RE: MoringStar Mutual Fund Category Return ????

Maybe call them instead of asking random people on an RV forum?
drsteve 10/17/19 06:40am Technology Corner
RE: Gas water heater not turning on

Not sure if I have the same issue... new trailer, with atwood 6 Gallon LP water heater. when I turn on the heater inside, dsi light is on, goes off, and the heater tries to light. Does this 3 times before staying in a fault state. I have gone out and watched the heater when it does this. I have no spark, it opens up for a few seconds then turns off. If I light it manually with a BBQ lighter, it stays lit for that few seconds, but then goes out and the heater does that same cycle twice more. Have tried removing the inline Thermal cutoff, and plugged the lead in direct, still the same issue. Lines should be bled, as the stove, heater and fridge all work fine. Propane tanks were new when we got it, but purged before filled. It is under warranty, but thought if it was something I could fix on my own, I'd love to do so before towing it to a service center. I have checked the 2 amp on board fuse, it's good, as far as I can tell all fuses in the inside panel are good as well. There are a couple of LED's on the board that I have never seen lit, so don't know if they are diagnostic or not. Best to start a new thread, rather than asking here.
drsteve 10/17/19 06:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

Love these threads, there's always someone who thinks sanitation is no big deal because they haven't died yet.
drsteve 10/16/19 01:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

A friend of mine that has been in the RV repair business for over 30 years told me- Now these are not hard and fast figures, there are to many variables (WB of tow vehicle, distance from tear axle of the TV to the hitch ball, distance from the TT hitch to the TT axles, location of the tanks etc) to use the rule of 1/3rds, say that you have a LOADED tongue weight of 900# when the WD hitch is adjusted it will transfer ABOUT 300# to the TV front axle, ABOUT 300# to the TV rear axle and ABOUT 300# to the TT axles. Which just goes to show that just because someone can fix an RV doesn't mean they understand how a WD hitch works. The amount of weight transferred is a function of the spring bars. It has nothing to do with the actual tongue weight. Tongue weight could be zero, weight will still be transferred.
drsteve 10/16/19 12:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Getting ready to get another telescope. So lights are my worst enemy. Five or so years ago, early in the spring, about a dozen Michigan State Parks offered "Dark Sky Nights". For one weekend, no lights were permitted - I chose Orchard Beach State Park on a high bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. A group of us were practicing taking long-exposure photos; and the cold clean air enabled me to take photos that captured the red antenna lights from Wisconsin along the lake's horizon! Venus was so bright that it created a "light path" across the calm lake. I wish they would offer that again - it was magical! Michigan now has the Headlands Dark Sky Park on Lake Michigan a couple miles west of Mackinaw City. http://www.midarkskypark.org/
drsteve 10/14/19 08:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Hot water tank not working on 110 VAC

drsteve 10/13/19 05:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Tow with Chevy Bolt?

Owner's manual says no tow capacity? I would take them at their word. Especially on a leased vehicle.
drsteve 10/13/19 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Brake issues.....

Went to a NSRA hot rod show and swap meet recently, noticed that several of the vendors had spools of 10/2 stranded wire for about what Lowes/HD charge for regular stranded 10/1 wire.
drsteve 10/13/19 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: RULER reading???

Looks like it works great. X2...
drsteve 10/13/19 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Hot water tank not working on 110 VAC

One Recommendation from RV101ByFred dot com If the element is toast. Consider replacing with a 1500 watt 240 Volt element (That's 375 watts at 120 volts) WHY: Well sometimes I park on a 30 amp site and let me tell you at 375 Watts for the water heater (about the same as the 325 watt fridge or the 400 watt HOTT ROD water heater conversion device) It may take 2 hours to Recover.. But I'm a whole lot less likely to have to go out in the rain and reset the park 30 amp breaker. No. Watts are watts. E = I x R The resistance of the element is a constant. So when the voltage doubles, the current is reduced by half. Watts = Volts x current. Voltage doubled, current halved, watts stay constant.
drsteve 10/13/19 07:43am Tech Issues
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

I would stick to something about 3500 pounds dry. I do recommend a WDH even if the vehicle does not. I gotta chime in on this.... If the manufacturer says not to do it.... DON"T!!! This means that it has a unibody frame construction which is not strong enough to use WD on. One could concievably destroy the TV doing this. What he said. I recall a post from someone who tried this with a Kia SUV, and ended up bending the rear suspension attachment points on the unibody. The bottom line is that such vehicles are OK to pull a boat to the lake, or a utility trailer to the lumber yard, because those things have less tongue weight and are far more aerodynamic than a TT. A TT is the hardest to pull, pound for pound. So the Atlas has about a 1400lb payload capacity. So if I always hook up for electricity and put my propane tank in the car instead of the trailer, and pack lightly this still seems to make sense. It would only be my wife and I traveling. Am I still crazy? The battery must by law remain on the trailer to power the emergency breakaway braking system. Also, putting stuff in the car counts against the payload too... Consider too, that even if you do all this, your towing experience is likely to involve a bouncing, lousy ride, poor handling on rough roads and windy conditions, and disconcerting sway when passed by semis--and yes, you will be passed by semis. Hills won't be any fun, either. Bad weather will compound all of the above. There is a reason people prefer trucks.
drsteve 10/13/19 06:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Campground Maximum Length

“If you are at all competent backing your rig, you can generally fudge it by a few feet without problem” But I’ll be the RVer waiting and waiting while you try to horse an oversized rig into a site. JUST FOLLOW THE RULES! Do doctors recommend other doctors “fudge?” LOL... no you won't. An extra five feet is always easily doable... unless you're one of those noobs who spend ten minutes hollering back and forth with his DW, who stands in his blind spot waving her arms and yelling... and still runs over the firepit. That depends on the campground (and possibly the site). In many campgrounds, five feet extra is no big deal at all. Occasionally, though, that's not the case at all, and five feet over the stated site length means you'll stick out four and a half feet, and likely have to use a different site or a different campground. I'm sure there must be such places, but I have yet to find them. Virtually every CG leaves a margin for error to accommodate those with less experience, or long bed crew cab duallies, or cargo racks sticking off their rear bumper, or who go by the model number rather than the ball to bumper length. The difference between model and actual can sometimes be 5 feet. The reason they do this is simple: they don't want frustrated customers showing up at the office complaining that they can't get parked on their sites, because then they have to move them somewhere else, and on crowded weekends this is a major PITA.
drsteve 10/13/19 05:50am Beginning RVing
RE: Campground Maximum Length

“If you are at all competent backing your rig, you can generally fudge it by a few feet without problem” But I’ll be the RVer waiting and waiting while you try to horse an oversized rig into a site. JUST FOLLOW THE RULES! Do doctors recommend other doctors “fudge?” LOL... no you won't. An extra five feet is always easily doable... unless you're one of those noobs who spend ten minutes hollering back and forth with his DW, who stands in his blind spot waving her arms and yelling... and still runs over the firepit.
drsteve 10/12/19 07:07pm Beginning RVing
RE: "We're sorry. An error has Occurred"

I never have issues. Goodsamclub portal, up to date Chrome browser, up to date Win 10 on a Lenovo laptop. Doesn't matter if I'm on my Hughesnet connection or if I use my Verizon hotspot.
drsteve 10/11/19 08:48am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: rolled MH onto the side - and the towed

A unibody car that has been rolled onto its side likely has more damage than a few scratches and dents. It may not be repairable due to issues with suspension alignment and structural integrity, or it may simply be too costly (labor intensive) to return it to its original state. Interested to hear what the body shop has to say about it.
drsteve 10/11/19 08:39am Tow Vehicles
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