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Hitch Cargo Carrier and Flat Towing

I am exploring the idea of a hitch cargo carrier of approx. 30" x 48" that would be inserted into the 2" 5000/500TW hitch on the back of my gas class A. It would need to carry a load of around 80 lbs. I am finding that manufacturers I have seen so far do not offer a 2" hitch receiver on the back of these for my 35 lb tow bar. I am sure this is because customers would assume they could put a 500lb tongue weight on it. I considered putting the hitch cargo carrier on the TJ Jeep. Some of the potential problems there are: the hitch is very low and may drag, unless removed it complicates access to the back of the Jeep, and may create some Jeep tail wagging that I would not want. In addition to this, I was an idiot when I bought the Jeep and allowed them to install a Class II 1-1/4" hitch that would have to be changed to a 2" receiver hitch. Has anyone done something similar? Does doing this create any problems I am not seeing?
fred42 04/27/20 03:50pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Preparing for isolation to avoid contact with Corona virus

Here is another source for information: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
fred42 03/03/20 11:07am Around the Campfire
RE: Gas, 26-27 foot, no slide Class A...any ideas

If you need ground clearance you also want to minimize the rear overhang. Unfortunately, most short class A's have the 158" wheelbase usually giving a poor wheelbase/length ratio and longer than necessary overhang. I've never had one but in addition to the overhang problem some report poor highway handling. As some above mentioned, one exception with a great W/L ratio is the Thor Vegas/Axis line but you would want to stick with the E-450 models, not the E-350. It has less ground clearance than an F53 class A as it is just a class A built on an E series stripped chassis. You could, I suppose, get a company like www.ujointoffroad.com to do a 4x4 conversion and lift since it is an E series. Not sure how the Thor house would hold up off road. If you are looking used, don't be misled by the one in my signature. The specs say it is 27'7" but it is 29'7". It still has a great wheelbase 208" for a shorty.
fred42 02/17/20 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fleetwood Storm quality

Here are some specs: https://www.rvguide.com/specs/fleetwood/class-a/2016/storm/32v.html
fred42 02/07/20 09:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding 2nd radio to Discovery

Any chance it is one of those new-fangled radios where the volume knob does 17 different things and it is just set on an unwanted function?
fred42 11/30/19 02:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to add bleach to fresh water tank

Although I have a conventional water tank fill, I use the tool below to push a small amount of RV antifreeze into the city water valve and associated water line for winterization after I have used my antifreeze pickup hose to fill the lines. For sanitizing a system with only a city water fill for the tank you use the same tool. I have always diluted the bleach in a gallon of water before I inject it. https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-P23507VP-Plastic-Hand-Pump/dp/B00594AAJS/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Valterra+P23507VP+Plastic+Hand+Pump+Kit&qid=1570474396&s=automotive&sr=1-3 https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51jiIIweZWL._SL1200_.jpg height=320 width=240
fred42 10/07/19 12:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: To Buy or build

Some things to consider: 1. Other companies may be different but I just purchased a Progressive RV insurance policy last week and they made me certify that it was not a conversion of any kind. 2. If you like to build things well you will tend to build much heavier than standard RVs. This could create load/handling issues.
fred42 10/01/19 02:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kwikee Electric Step Problem

Thanks All! I see the metal gears look fine. I will have to assume the worm gear on the motor (plastic?) is bad which would make that kind of sound. I do not have those clip removal pliers to take it apart. I will get a new motor assembly. When reassembling, do the gears have to put in sync somehow with the current position of the step? Or does it all operate by hitting a hard stop? https://i.imgur.com/QKtaEOil.jpg
fred42 07/27/19 01:34pm Tech Issues
Kwikee Electric Step Problem

On a 2007 Tiffin Allegro the electric step started making a loud grinder type sound and not opening or closing all the way without manual help. The frequency and constant speed of the sound makes me think it is associated with motor gears somehow. It is not coming from the many metal pivot joints that I have now lubricated which did not help much. I am leaving in a week so I need to fix it. It is the 24" wide Kwikee steps. The Kwikee document that I have did not mention this type of failure. I have watched a few YouTube videos about these. How do you think I should proceed? Should I remove those three bolts to see if the gears are stripped? https://i.imgur.com/pwsRacrl.jpg thanks very much for any ideas,
fred42 07/27/19 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Mounting back up camera

Do you have a rear ladder? https://i.imgur.com/mbMvTHXl.jpg
fred42 07/25/19 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Winnebago vs Tiffin

When RV quality is discussed, this forum has always brought up the "piece rate pay" production model as part of the problem. Do both Winnebago and Tiffin use that system?
fred42 07/20/19 10:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Antiglare Visors?

... The problem with polarized is that it may filter out the screen on the GPS or tablet. jplante4, you are correct. I have a 7" rear camera screen and an RVI TPMS screen that is an Android. The Android is designed with an anti-glare axis that works with polarized sun glasses when it is horizontal as RVI has you install it. The Rear camera screen however, unfortunately used a universal screen designed for vertical placement but the product must be installed horizontally. I am working with the manufacturer to correct this. All a manufacturer has to do is pick the correct anti-glare axis to use. You can see in the two photos below how it looks with my glasses turned different ways: Polarized glasses as you wear them, Rear view bad, RVI good. https://i.imgur.com/4idprX4l.jpg Polarized glasses turned sideways, Rear view good but RVI Android starts to look bad. https://i.imgur.com/qk3v2P4l.jpg
fred42 07/04/19 01:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: When is the Robo Call Legislation taking effect?

Our home landline has been tied to Nomorobo.com for a couple of years now. So, when the phone rings, we wait for a second ring before we even think about answering it. Does Nomorobo also block automated calls you may want to answer like appointment confirmations and verification code messages?
fred42 06/29/19 01:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Installing a clean out at home

For underground burial where there can be surface loads it is best to get solid-wall PVC pipe. I did not know this until I had buried 60' of it in a high load area. I got it at Lowes and thought Schedule 40 was Schedule 40. You can stand on a 4" Cellular Core PVC Pipe and see it turn to an oval. From the Charlotte Pipe site: Cellular Core PVC Pipe: Cellular or foam core PVC pipe conforming to ASTM F 891 is produced by extruding a layer of foamed PVC between two layers of solid PVC, thereby reducing the weight and cost of the product. Cellular core pipe is designed for drainage (non-pressure) service only. The stiffness of cellular core pipe in most diameters is lower than that of solid-wall PVC pipe. Pipe stiffness is a key factor in determining the ability of pipe to resist external loads such as earth or live loads in underground installations. For this reason many specifiers believe that solid-wall PVC pipe is more robust and better suited to the rigors of commercial construction.
fred42 06/14/19 12:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Atwood electric jacks control panel will not turn on

My problem is that the control pad will not start. Brake on, transmission in neutral, motor running. Did you mean: "transmission in Park"? Also, I can have my engine running, trans in Park, Brake on and my control panel will not turn on. I have to have the slides in as well.
fred42 06/14/19 11:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood electric jacks control panel will not turn on

mikestock, I have a 2007 Allegro that has had a problem with the Left Front jack not retracting. I can't remember if the red/green were on solid or blinking for that location. I may have a slightly different model than your Phaeton. You said you had the Installation guide. Was that the Installation-Operation-Maintenance Guide? If not here are some clips from the trouble shooting on page 4 and 5. My system has to have the Engine running, Trans in Park, Park brake on, and Slides in to work. https://i.imgur.com/ciXgMIjl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/XDV4lExl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/0LR9lz2l.jpg
fred42 06/13/19 03:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: blocks for leveling under jacks and tires

I have a 20 GVWR gas class A with the Atwood Levellegs system. I made some pads out of wood but when I went to the very few parks I go to I saw most of the class A's, even diesels, not using pads. I have not used them yet. Am I to understand from this discussion that they are not only for soft ground but also to slightly decrease the jack travel and avoid extending fully?
fred42 06/09/19 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2006 F-f3 chassis air not working

When F series V10s air starts blowing thru defroster only it is usually a vacume leak that needs to be fixed. It happened to my F350. Ford dealer fixed it.
fred42 06/04/19 03:52pm Class A Motorhomes
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