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RE: Best skylight shade

I put a reflective film on the inside of our skylight over the shower. Was surprised by how much it blocked out but still allows light in. Kinda tough to install overhead but I managed. Use Camco smoke vent covers and depending on the day, I will put a couple vent pillows in for added benefit.
mhsmith 10/31/21 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Pro-Pride Hitch

Yes it is correct. I do have the max tow with the 6.5 bed. I know I'm close to max limit with this trailer as I was with previous TT and my Suburban at the time. May have to keep it close to home for awhile until DW can be convinced we need to upgrade truck which I was thinking about most of the trip.
mhsmith 10/14/21 09:45am Towing
RE: Pro-Pride Hitch

I'm using a Reese Dual Cam with 1200lb.bars does a pretty good job over all. Most of the sway experienced was trucks and other large vehicles passing which made DW quite uncomfortable. Yeah...I know most of the jerking is from the road. Don't get me wrong...there were some rather nice, smooth roads out there also and made it nice. I've been towing a TT for just over 20yrs. now and feel I have a good handle on my setup and mainly looking to see if there is anything else out there that may be an improvement. With this trailer having a rear kitchen...I bought one of those spare tire hangers that mount under the trailer and is just in front of the door in an attempt to remove some weight off the rear. It seems to have helped. As a side note...it definitely made it easier for dealing with the one tire blowout we had. I'm still trying to decide if I like this Torflex suspension. It feels like it is a stiffer suspension than our previous trailer with leaf springs. I guess with this having been the longest trip we've had with this trailer...I still have more questions than answers.
mhsmith 10/13/21 05:47pm Towing
Pro-Pride Hitch

Recently returned from a 3000mi round trip to Texas. First long trip with our TT. DW and I have discussed some issues that arose during this trip-the two most important turned out to be sway and the constant jerking from the trailer over some of the roads we travelled. I have researched the 3P hitch as far as sway goes but seem unable to find any comments on the jerking. She asked me what I thought was more important and I said sway and she has given me the ok for the 3P come next year. Just looking to see if it may help this situation any. Thanks in advance.
mhsmith 10/12/21 05:16pm Towing
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

Appreciate all the info. Did some more digging and found more info on fridge and it could require up to 575watts startup. With battery in the front and fridge on the rear its just not worth it for one trip from Ohio to Texas. Was talking to guy I work with and he offered a powered cooler for me to borrow so that will be the ticket for this trip. Thanks again.
mhsmith 04/12/21 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

You have a truck towing a trailer. It is just to keep the drinks and some food cold while driving till you can get 120v for the fridge. You can try the inverter route with some difficulty as others have posted. Another way is just have a "cooler" that could hold about as much as the outside fridge in the trailer does. Cooler powered from the truck's 12v system. A DC-DC converter might be useful in that role, but maybe not necessary. Cooler could be inside the cab or in the box. "Cooler" could even be another small 120v fridge in the back of the truck box with inverter, where the inverter is powered by the trailer batts on the tongue via fat- wire jumper cables. Might even be able to use the same fridge by just carrying it back and forth between the truck and the trailer if it is not installed in the trailer in an awkward way. This may end up bein they to go. Just didn't want to add more weight than necessary but it is the simplest way to do it.
mhsmith 04/11/21 04:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

Cooler could also be a set of ice packs in the outdoor fridge and let it be without power. Put the icepacks in the freezer inside overnight to be ready the next day. Have done this on shorter trips(2-2/12hrs)
mhsmith 04/11/21 04:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

I thank everyone as this is the kind of info I need to determine if I can do it or suck it up and leave it. Gonna need to do some testing at this point and once again...thanks.
mhsmith 04/11/21 02:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

It is 6g from battery. Absolutely check it out in the drive before going anywhere.
mhsmith 04/11/21 12:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

I was looking at 10g wire minimum to to inverter. Thanks
mhsmith 04/11/21 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

120 volt fridge. Rated at 1.1 amps which gives me 132 watts. I am looking at possibly a 180w to 200w inverter.
mhsmith 04/11/21 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter to run outside fridge

Yes. The convertor has a few open fuse slots is another reason. It is about a 6 ft run under the cabinets to the fridge.
mhsmith 04/11/21 12:13pm Tech Issues
Inverter to run outside fridge

I want to keep my outside kitchen fridge cold for longer distance travel. I am curious if anyone has done this or can it be done? Would be a short run on the 12 volt wires to my convertor. Reason I am considering this is so while travelling we can put some drinks and food in it so I don't have to open the slide when stopping for lunch or a snack as the fridge is in the back and blocked by it.
mhsmith 04/11/21 11:58am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning Fresh water tank and water heater

I pretty much do as most here leave it sit for a day. I then used the pump to empty the FW tank allowing it to run into the gray and black tanks. I then add baking soda to the fresh tank and fill again. Pump this mixture thru until bleach smell lessens and can leave it in the system for use after that. Kinda have a problem wasting more water than needed. I may leave the water in the gray and black tanks for a couple days then empty them.
mhsmith 03/12/21 05:40pm Travel Trailers
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