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RE: Better/brighter interior bulbs?

I installed two of these above the table in my toy hauler.
msmith1.wa 05/21/23 09:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How critical is it to have a perfectly level trailer?

Moving the battery to the rear was mentioned. If you do this it needs to be connected to the electrical system so that the brake a way can function in case the trailer separates from the yow vehicle.
msmith1.wa 05/05/23 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Torklift Glowstep Revolution Review

Unless Torklift made a change to the steps. If you lift the locking lever the steps should come forward and down. There should be two more positions that they lock in. This does increase the step height from the top step to the inside. You still may need the 4th step, but this additional adjustment can be helpful on uneven sites.
msmith1.wa 04/12/23 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Twist-on sewer valves…

I leave mine on all the time. Prevents surprises from the other two valves if they were to leak.
msmith1.wa 03/23/23 03:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes Not Staying On

I am going to suggest you dig a little deeper into the plugs and actually take them apart and look at the inside for corrosion also. I had a brake issue that presented the same as you described. All of the terminals on the trailer end looked fine externally, but inside the brake terminal was corroded to the point that it was two pieces that would sometimes make contact but mostly not. Also don't go replacing parts until they are diagnosed to be bad. Do you know someone that would let you connect your trailer to their truck to try to isolate if the issue is the truck or the trailer.
msmith1.wa 03/21/23 06:37pm Towing
RE: Tankless water heater

Look into the Atwood XT water heater. It heats the water to a higher temp than others and has a mixing valve on the back to reduce the temp to the faucets. Atwood says a 6 gallon gas electric XT water heater will provide the equivalent of 19 gallons when using both gas a and electric heating modes.
msmith1.wa 03/04/23 09:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tankless water heater

Another vote for glad I took out the tank less water heater that cam in my trailer and swaped to a tank.
msmith1.wa 02/23/23 05:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can the grid keep up with EV use?

But saying that, if you charge every night, how much power are you using? According to google, it's around 3,000 watts. That's a whole lot more than watching TV or lights left on. More like a clothes dryer or an electric furnace. No idea. But a typical daily commute here uses about 6 to 8 kwh of power. So on a 32 amp 240 volt charge station like the one in the garage then it takes about an hour. And if it is a 12 amp 240 volt charge station like the one in our driveway it takes closer to 3 hours. Pics for clarity. Inside Also as the battery reaches 100% charge the rate of charge decreases. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51444432670_24f7a07789_c.jpg Outside. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48734103846_70d4afbb66_c.jpg
msmith1.wa 02/15/23 06:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Couch ripped out of wall

On the Thor that I used to have the couches were attached to that aluminum frame with lag bolts and had the same problem you have. I ended up installing nutserts.
msmith1.wa 02/07/23 06:59pm Toy Haulers
RE: Calc. Turn Radius w/Truck + 35' 5er

This is what the road designers where I work use. Looks like an account is needed even for a trial. If you know someone that does road or even parking lot design ask them if they can run throughwhat ever software they have. https://www.transoftsolutions.com/vehicle-swept-path/autoturn-online/
msmith1.wa 02/07/23 06:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires rubbing on camper 2 inch clearance ?

Those are beyond flat and appear to be arched the opposite of how they should be. You definitely need new springs.
msmith1.wa 11/07/22 07:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replace instant hot with standard water heater?

I did it. My trailer came with an Atwood on demand water heater. Replaced it with an Atwood 6 gallon gas/electric. The hardest part was removing the sealant so the old one could be removed. Fortunately for me, my control panel came setup for the gas/electric with the wires terminated at the water heater.
msmith1.wa 10/28/22 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why not jack trailer under the spring plates?

Dexter recommends trailers not be jacked up by the axle. I have done it many times and will continue. Have any of you looked at the jacking instructions for your truck. GM and Ford owner's manuals show placing the provided jack under the axle tube. I didn't check Ram's instructions.
msmith1.wa 10/04/22 05:20pm Tech Issues
RE: How many of you own an EV?

Don't park Kia or Hyundai inside.
msmith1.wa 09/11/22 07:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dino juice v Electrons....

I own a 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Sure it takes a long time to charge when low, but I am able to charge mine while it sits in the driveway. I don't have to go somewhere special to charge it. It takes less than 30 seconds of my time to connect and disconnect the cord. I don't have to stand next to it while it is charging like is necessary when filling a tank with fuel. It would costs about $7 to fully charge the battery from totally dead. I am currently getting way better than the EPA range rating, which is 259 miles. I currently am getting a bit over 300 miles of range. Not bad for $7.
msmith1.wa 09/08/22 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Powering AC unit built into travel trailer with solar?

This might shed some light on what is needed.
msmith1.wa 08/21/22 09:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Steps

I got the glow step and really lime it. Where I park I could not use the type that folds into the door. The fold out type stairs would hit the wall next to where I park before it was down enough to get in.
msmith1.wa 08/12/22 07:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: What to look for in a tire pressure monitoring system for TT

I have a TireMinder brand. The model I have has a phone app so another screen is not required. I have sensors on the truck and trailer. So far I have not had a low pressure situation for it to alert of. It is the only tpms I have used so can't compare it to others.
msmith1.wa 07/26/22 09:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: EVs Stealing RV Campsites!! Not....

Sorry, but the tents should stick to the tent sites! They have charging stations for a reason. Maybe campgrounds should start putting in gas pumps! I know of one Washington State Park that every site is full hook up. Using this logic tents should not be allowed to stay in this park. There could be more parks like this out there. I have stayed in sites without hook ups in parks that have sites with and without because that is all that was available. Should I not have done this because I have an RV not a tent? And then there was a time that a friend of ours made reservations with the intent of staying in their motorhome. Unfortunately it had mechanical problems that had them not trusting it to get to the campground and back. So last minute the regroup and pack everything and a tent into their SUV rather than stay home.
msmith1.wa 07/20/22 06:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Auxiliary Tank Combo

I also have an RDS 60 gallon. Has only been in the truck about 2 months. Other than testing it to make sure the fuel transfers one time. I have yet to go on a trip with it.
msmith1.wa 07/02/22 09:24pm Fifth-Wheels
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