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RE: Can't find my water pump

So sounds like the rule of thumb is "The pump should be close to the freshwater tank. Or not." and "The pump should be close to the water heater. Or not." and "The pump should be near the kitchen. Or not.". Or in other words, until you find it, you won't know where it is, different RV's put it in much different places. So true! I've had 8 now and they were all different. I've always found them by accident or followed the noise. They put them in some strange places sometimes! The Airstream was the worst! 31' Rear bath, fresh water tank in the rear bumper / storage area behind the tub. Kitchen was 3/4 ways to the front, then a pretty large living area. The pump was in the very front under the couch. 25' from the tank and bathroom and 5' outside the kitchen!
lwbfl 04/15/21 12:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

I hate that some responders didn't read the actual post. If you already drove away in the truck most of what's been recommended will not apply. Are you saying that one of the WDH bars is still in place and putting pressure on the ball? If so you'll have to get that bar off first before the ball will come out. If not and it's just stuck in there without the bar, you'll need to hit the hitch toward the rear of the coupler to take the forward pressure off, then hold the release open and possibly repeat. Be careful if you left the one side of the WDH attached, everything has a tremendous about of pressure on it now without the truck attached!
lwbfl 04/15/21 12:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

My metal Tractor Supply version worked fine on our former Jayco 345BHS. The replacement Blue Ridge 3025RL not so much. The difference was over slung versus under slung axles. Under slung worked but of course by the only time I needed it on the road we had the over slung 5er. Yep, I'm an over the top setup as well.
lwbfl 04/15/21 05:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

I will agree, carry extra cribbing. My trailor aid works fine, if you need another 1/2 inch put a board under it. Or use the bottle jack or whatever else you want to carry with you. Sometimes you need more then one thing to accomplish your goals. My issue was the higher I lift one tire, the more it pushes the other one down. I would have had to jack the tire up about 6" to get it off the ground with the rear axle on the aid. With the shackles hooked together, they can actually flip down quite a distance! With both on the ground I lifted it 2" and changed them with ease. I'm not sure how much higher I'd have to get one tire before the other finally cleared the ground but it would be a significant angle an I'd rather just use the jack to lift the tire 2" and let the TT stay level.
lwbfl 04/14/21 05:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

I've listed it for sale on Marketplace and will just use my floor jack. It barely took 15 minutes to change out the spare today. And to many comments here and abroad, yes it is best to test in the comfort of home and not during a true emergency. ! IMHO, the main issue with carrying a floor jack is most times you need it other than home you are missing a very important part to make it work safely; a floor. It's all I've carried for 30+ years. A 2x6 goes along with it. Until two years ago I never had anything but dirt and grass to work in so I'm well equipped for that LOL! Yes you can haul the floor too. But it takes more thought about where to put the board than bottle jack. More danger of falling, but less likely to be under when falls Doesn't everyone carry tools in their truck? I have multiple boards in the toolbox. I've used this jack with everything from a F250 with a 16" lift to Airstreams, Pop-Ups, utility trailers, etc. Never had a problem so far. You just have to use common sense (a super power these days) and be smarter than what you're working with.
lwbfl 04/14/21 04:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

I've listed it for sale on Marketplace and will just use my floor jack. It barely took 15 minutes to change out the spare today. And to many comments here and abroad, yes it is best to test in the comfort of home and not during a true emergency. ! IMHO, the main issue with carrying a floor jack is most times you need it other than home you are missing a very important part to make it work safely; a floor. It's all I've carried for 30+ years. A 2x6 goes along with it. Until two years ago I never had anything but dirt and grass to work in so I'm well equipped for that LOL!
lwbfl 04/14/21 02:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

I've listed it for sale on Marketplace and will just use my floor jack. It barely took 15 minutes to change out the spare today. Anyway, I have the GYs installed and noticed they have an extra ply in the tread and are significantly more heavy than the Castle Rocks. The tech commented several times about the weight of the GYs. And to many comments here and abroad, yes it is best to test in the comfort of home and not during a true emergency. That's why we yard camp so much!
lwbfl 04/14/21 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

The one time I have ever used mine, (I had the "plus" model), it got the wheel with the flat (actually shredded) tire up high enough to remove the wheel. It was not high enough to put a good tire on until I put a standard car jack under the axle and raised it a few inches. That's pretty much what the rep said would happen.
lwbfl 04/13/21 07:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

Yep. Those only work on the torsion type axles. I'm not sure about that, the ad literally shows leaf springs like my setup. According to the manufacture, I need the extra 1.5 inches from the "plus" model and a flat tire LOL!
lwbfl 04/13/21 06:37pm Travel Trailers
Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

I ordered Goodyear tires for the Apex, decided I'd take the wheels / Castle Rocks off myself and take them to the shop. Pulled up on the Camco Trailer Aid and the tire didn't lift any at all. The shackles simply transferred the weight to the tire on the ground. So after 30 minutes of prep unhooking everything, swapping hitches, hooking up, moving twice, removing RV hitch from truck....I got out the trusty jacks and two spare tires. 30 minutes later I was done removing all four tires the old fashioned way. One spare on each side, one jack under the front springs. Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and not the sales pitch LOL!
lwbfl 04/13/21 05:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Big truck passing

First thing it to make sure your rig is well set up and you are comfortable controlling it so these types of passes are a NON issue. We pull a 35ft TT 60ft overall and when a semi, or double passes us on the left I notice a very slight push but if it moves me even 6 inches anywhere I'd be very suprised. Same when we pass a semi. Get your WD properly set up, and a sway control suitable for your rig and passing or being passed will be a non issue. I agree that my rig doesn't actually move much but the push is felt. I was prepared for it to push the opposite way from past experience but with my new set up it was different. I don't have an issue with it, just answering the OP's question.
lwbfl 03/19/21 03:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Big truck passing

Remember the paddles used by the principle to swat unruly kids? Those holes he drilled in it had a purpose...... I remember them well! They were said to make the paddle faster (not really effective at slow speeds and small paddle sizes but it was intimidating). We aren't trying to go faster or drill holes though out trailers though!:p:p
lwbfl 03/19/21 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Big truck passing

I done several searches on the following topic but could not find anything on it. I am usually driving in the right lane on the interstate or a four lane road. When a big truck passes an the left as it gets about even with me our rig is pushed to the right. It's usually just slight but sometimes it be a fairly hard push. It's only scared me once on a US highway. It happened right as I and the truck driver crossed a bridge. After a rather strong push I am estimating the side of our MH was less than a foot from the bridge and it was a bit scary. Some big trucks don't blow our MH at all. I'm not sure what's up with that. Our MH is 28 feet long and 11 feet 7 inches high. I have noticed bridges on US highways can be much more narrow than on interstates. Mine does the opposite on the interstate. I used to pull a heavier trailer without WDH or sway control so it the push away from the passing truck was felt in the tow vehicle. Now with out new unit and WDH / SWAY I feel the tow vehicle get pulled toward the passing truck. I found that towing at 65 instead of 70 greatly reduced this feeling and at 60 it's barely noticeable.
lwbfl 03/18/21 07:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Portable ice maker for RV.

We are currently camping and I've filled several plastic cups, placed them in the freezer and use them as needed! Much better for us than ice trays or purchasing ice away from camp!
lwbfl 03/13/21 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Portable ice maker for RV.

I love mine simply because shortly after purchasing it, Hurricane Michael took out my house and we didn't have power for a month! I could use bottled water and the generator sparingly to make ICE as we needed it. The downfall is that it makes very little at a time and doesn't store it. It's good for maintaining enough for a couple of glasses or if you don't mind dumping it into something else every 30 minutes or so. We use it now to keep ice in the freezer while camping when we have 120V power.
lwbfl 03/10/21 03:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Waist disposal hose

What size is your bumper?
lwbfl 03/05/21 01:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dollar General grocery?

Dollar General Marketplace is the one with a "full" grocery section. We have several around here in Florida.
lwbfl 02/25/21 06:26pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailers

It's actually not. I personally know two people with lippert frames that had serious rust issues, and both also were missing welds. One is Coachman, the other Grand Design. The Grand Design trailer was considered by a different dealer, scrap material. Both were repaired by Lippert. In one year? We build farm trailer frames from scrap, never paint them and they last longer than that! That's insane that it's even possible to rust through in a year without exposure to some caustic substance. I'm amazed!
lwbfl 02/21/21 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailers

I had a 2017 279RLDS Liberty Edition for 2 years. The frame rusted enough after one year so that when I prepped it for restoration, there were a number of areas where thin layers of metal peeled away. That was year one. Six months later the springs on the slide side failed and the tires were rubbing on the underside of the wheel well when traveling. Forest River acted real interested, but they never did anything. The gutter on the curb side had a persistent leak, and I had two screws pop up on the roof. The rest of it was great, but that was enough to make me vote with my feet. I traded it out immediately after I replaced the springs. Was the frame exposed to salt (coast or snow areas)? Can’t say about delivery from the factory, but not while I owned it. How very odd then!
lwbfl 02/16/21 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Apex Ultralite vs Jayco Feather 24RL

I've had the new TT set up in the yard, checking everything out. Our first trip will be this weekend, although it's not your typical camping trip. We'll be taking it 2 hours west of here to our former home that was destroyed by Hurricane Michael in 10/2018. The TT we replaced had been set up there for a base camp, but will now become storage as most of the systems have failed beyond repair. At least now we can stay the entire weekend and get some more work done! I have to replace the RV outlet I installed thanks to the lightning so we'll be using the 12V/ Propane and maybe a generator if absolutely necessary. More of a trip of necessity than pleasure but we will camp!
lwbfl 02/16/21 06:46pm Travel Trailers
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