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RE: Slide out leaks

Update: this morning I took some water jugs with me on the roof, and slowly poured water around the area where the leak was happening. I had quickly determined that the caulking right about my drain gutters was all but gone, went to wal mart and bought caulking, resealed it with quick dry caulking and it survived our latest downpour with no issues! Thanks for all the input and suggestions!! Thanks for the update! Glad you were able to take care of it before it caused damage. Happy camping!
fdwt994 06/07/19 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leveling blocks

To each his own, but the lego blocks we use have lasted us almost 15 years now with no signs of deterioration. We love them. Good luck in your decision.
fdwt994 06/07/19 01:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bumper Grill

I guess I'm in the minority here. I like the bumper mounted unit due to its close proximity to my outdoor kitchen and the fact that I don't have to find table space for it. Getting ready to replace our six year old unit with another of the same kind. They're hard to find though. Hopefully others know of places other than CW or AZ.
fdwt994 05/14/19 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer safety chain hooks and F150

buy 2 Threaded carabiners/link extensions from you local Hardware store X2. I installed the threaded chain links and applied some red loctite to the threads. Seems that folks like them and some are too cheap to pay $5 or so in the store. Now it's real easy to hook and unhook the safety catch hooks on my safety cables. I saw these at the local home improvement store, but none that seemed to have the weight / strength capacity of the chain itself. I'm willing to bet some folks are attaching these type of chain links and instantly reducing the strength of their chain.
fdwt994 05/14/19 05:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide out stuck?

Any luck?
fdwt994 04/26/19 08:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can Not Locate Slide Out Control Box

Any luck?
fdwt994 04/26/19 08:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: mirrors for 2017 ford expedition

X2 for the McKesh. Ugly, yes, but solid and great field of view. I used them for almost a decade with no issues.
fdwt994 04/24/19 04:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Truck trailering packages

Like others have said, do your homework. Too many look at "tow ratings" and think they're good when that's one one of several ratings you need to understand. When we were towing with a 1/2 ton, the payload capacity was our limiting factor by far. Our "tow rating" was still 2,500 lbs under but payload was maxed out. The handling (i.e. ability to control!) was much improved when we moved to the 3/4 ton. Good luck!
fdwt994 04/05/19 06:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: insurance companies and cost

We insure our camper for $20,000. It's stored on a lot. Our auto insurer charges $268 premium for replacement with a $500 deductible.
fdwt994 04/01/19 10:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Question about towing capacity for a 2019 dodge Durango rt

Big difference in moving a trailer and towing a trailer. Your truck isn't rated to tow much weight. BTDT. My first tow vehicle was marginal at best, then I towed my camper to the Smoky Mt's. Going north from Chattanooga, I started up the Mt. going 65. I was going less than 20 when I got to the top... People were passing me blowing their horns and shooting us a Bird. I came home from that trip and went shopping for a Heavy Duty truck. Lesson learned. I bought a 3/4 ton and got used to parking 'Out where the big fish swim'. It ain't crowded out there... My advice is use enough truck. I've towed on that route. It definitely reminds you to have enough truck for the job.
fdwt994 03/30/19 06:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: cable slide outs

I'll trade you my Schwintek slide for your cable slide! If you haven't done so already, be sure to watch the video link that wanderingaimlessly provided. Very informative.
fdwt994 03/30/19 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: TV Help

No way. Like Jebby said, popup (maybe.)
fdwt994 03/25/19 02:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: PopupGizmos

Ours made a noticeable difference in the heat and cold. I hope yours will also. I see you also use McKesh mirrors. I loved those things!
fdwt994 03/24/19 08:40am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Question about towing capacity for a 2019 dodge Durango rt

In addition to the payload restrictions, I'd also be concerned about the short wheelbase of a Durango. Granted, this camper is not super long, but I know what it feels like to have "the tail wagging the dog" and I"m pretty sure, WD / Anti-sway or not, that'll happen in this setup. "Tow ratings" and "tow packages" are the least concern. Good luck.
fdwt994 03/24/19 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Lock

Looks great but I agree, I would use a better lock. I don't think that lock would deter anyone, especially with all those nice batteries ripe for the taking. Good luck
fdwt994 03/24/19 08:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide Out Mechanisms

Rack and pinion is the best IMO Yep. My next camper will NOT have Schwintek.
fdwt994 03/21/19 02:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide Out Mechanisms

Hard to avoid getting anything without the Lippert/Schwintek style these days. It is actually a reliable system IF the install was done properly although the weaker sidewall construction of TTs (compared to motorized RVs) makes getting one built right a little chancy. With this type of construction, routine maintenance is crucial BUT much easier than on others. YouTube has several good videos, some by the mfg. that show how simple it is. Those who do not lubricate with the recommended CRC Power Lube constitute the majority of those who have issues. These systems had problems with everything in the beginning but are quite reliable now. The nice thing about them is with both a top and bottom gear rack on each side of the slide, the slide is held in place much better going down the road and the need for a piece of broomstick wedged at the top when closed is no longer an issue. Recently the aluminum racks have begun to be replaced with steel ones which should make the mechanism even more durable. Curious why you say that the majority of those who have issues are the ones that don't lubricate? My technician told me the majority of issues are due to low voltage.
fdwt994 03/18/19 06:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing larger TT

Trigger warning! Max tow weight of a truck usually means nothing in the world of TT’s. The payload sticker on your truck matters. The tongue weight of that particular TT will approach 800 pounds or more. With WD, you are getting up to 900 pounds taken away from the payload of your truck. In addition, with a cargo capacity of less than 1300 pounds, according to brochure weights which are almost always smaller than actual weights, the suspension of that camper is going to be close to maxed out when you load it up. My kids bought a similar camper. They have had a lot of tire problems. It has the same suspension that our 1500 pound lighter Dart has. Personally, I would want a minimum of 2000 pound cargo capacity. Just to have some breathing room. My $.03, anyway. BINGO. We recently upgraded from an F150 to an F250. Went from 1340 lbs payload to over 3000 lbs. We were well within limits for all numbers with the F150 except the payload, which we were over. Although the F150 had enough power, the difference in handling is much, much better. The Equalizer hitch did a great job in both setups but the truth is, you can't compensate for going over the payload capacity. If you're over, you're over; and the handling is sacrificed.
fdwt994 03/18/19 06:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need overnight stay in northern Alabama

I use Cracker Barrels all the time. Eat dinner (patronize them) and breakfast and go on your way. Never been an issue. x2. I've stayed at both and are perfect for overnights. Easy on / easy off, cheap, clean, and safe.
fdwt994 10/13/18 09:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane Michael is forcing us out..where to camp?

Easy answer... GO HOME Doesn't answer his question. Rude.
fdwt994 10/11/18 12:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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