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RE: Voltage Dump Valve Replacement

I assume your valves are hidden inside the belly and not visible. I would open it up and look to confirm the sizes. My rig is from a different manufacturer than yours, but both valves on mine are 3". I recently replaced the pull cables on mine.
msmith1.wa 10/04/21 05:29pm Toy Haulers
RE: Spouse left behind after death at a Campsite, what to do?

My wife doesn't like driving the truck by itself let alone with the trailer hooked up. As mentioned it doesn't have to be a spouse passing to get the other spouse in a situation where they need to get home on there own. Last December my wife, son and I were on the Oregon coast with my parents, both in the 70's. During the trip my parents rolled their side by side on the dunes. My dad was airlifted to a hospital in Eugene and mom was taken to a hospital about 30 minutes south of where we were camping. Mom was released later that night, but dad spent a couple months in Eugene before being brought back home to Tacoma for rehab. Although mom would normally be okay driving the truck and trailer because of here injuries and her emotional state she wasn't up to it. It is about a six hour drive from where we were to home. I towed their trailer to their house with my truck and my wife drove my parent's truck with mom as a passenger. The next day I drove back to the campground and back home with my trailer. There were several people that offered help if needed, which was nice considering our situation. Dad is doing okay, but he will not recover to preaccident condition.
msmith1.wa 09/18/21 05:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Panel question??????

Although they are out of business, if you could find a panel or two made by Stion. Depending on the wattage of the panel the VOC is 77v to 80v.
msmith1.wa 09/12/21 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Opinions on best anti theft hitch lock type device.

This seems like a good one. Coupler lock There was a story in my local newspaper yesterday regarding a travel trailer that was stolen during the day. It made the paper because the thief crashed into another vehicle and the trailer was taken from a pastor.
msmith1.wa 09/10/21 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wrangler YJ in 12 foot garage?

Does your state allow towing doubles when one is a fifth wheel? If it does you could have install a hitch on the back of the fifth wheel and flat tow the Jeep.
msmith1.wa 08/31/21 08:33pm Toy Haulers
RE: Need tires..Shortage..Help!

I was looking for new trailer tires a little over a month ago. All Discount had in stock were low end brands. They had Endurance on order, but would no commit on an arrival date and I was going on a trip the following week. I called the local Goodyear dealer they had three, I needed 4. They said one of their other stores had them. When I called that store I was told they had enough for me, but most of them were already sold to other customers. The second store was about an hour away.
msmith1.wa 08/24/21 05:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: ATI gasoline aux tank test pressure

ATI is the only tank manufacturer that I have been able to find that advertises their tanks for auxiliary use with gas.ATI To be legal a pump is supposed to be used.
msmith1.wa 08/19/21 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires...I know, tired subject

My trailer came with Provider tires from the manufacturer. I replaced them about a month ago at about six years old because of a bubble forming on the sidewall near the bead. I would have bought the same brand, but couldn't find four locally before our next trip. Ended up getting Endurance. Even these were not readily available in the size I needed. Most places I called only had a couple in stock with more on order, but would not commit to when they would receive them. So far I like the Endurance better than the Provider. I can feel a difference in how the trailer tows.
msmith1.wa 08/17/21 09:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Awning will not roll back up

You might have tightened in backwards. What he said.
msmith1.wa 07/24/21 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bent WD snap up bracket on dual cam setup.

Definitely bolt them.I bent one of the reinforced brackets because I didn't bolt it. I have 1700lbs of tounge weight.
msmith1.wa 07/22/21 08:10pm Towing
RE: Check in/out timing...

Several years ago we were staying at an Oregon State Park. The check out time was 1pm and check in time 4pm. I had planned to leave close to noon. The people that were coming in the day we were leaving came in at about 11am and were trying to pressure us to hurry up and leave. I did the opposite and slowed down, stayed and ate lunch before leaving and left at 1pm.
msmith1.wa 06/19/21 11:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best leveling jacks/blocks

Add another set of stabilizers near the axles.
msmith1.wa 06/12/21 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

Before making your decision you need to check with your state police or department of licensing to see what they expect to be fixed before they will issue a new title and plates. My state seems to be lenient on this, but others are more strict on the inspection they perform.
msmith1.wa 06/09/21 06:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

Your insurance company is probably valuing it as a used trailer, not new. Try to get your insurance company to find you either a used, which likely won't exist, or a new one for the price they are offering to pay. When they can't find one try to get them to pay you more money.
msmith1.wa 06/08/21 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel Tank Refurb

I agree with the posts suggesting to add fuel and filters to it and use it. My dad bought a 57 Suburban that had been parked for 14 years. Within an hour of getting it home we had it running on the 14 year old gas that was in the tank. this gas was so old that it was before alcohol was being added, so I am sure that helped. It did plug up a couple of filters pretty quick, but eventually the fuel flowed clean.
msmith1.wa 06/02/21 05:38pm Toy Haulers
RE: Quad Bike mounted to ladder?

Just remember hanging anything on the back will reduce your tounge weight, which can lead to sway.
msmith1.wa 05/12/21 07:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Quick connect LP fitting won't work with standard gas grill?

Most standard gas grills must be connected BEFORE the LP pressure regulator on the RV. You can't double regulate. Remove the regulator from your grill and then connect to your standard regulated quick connect. Yes you can my dad did it a motorhome he had for many years.
msmith1.wa 05/03/21 06:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Quick connect LP fitting won't work with standard gas grill?

Your grill will work fine with two low pressure regulators in the line. The pressure at the burner will be which ever regulator has the lowest pressure setting. Depending on the fire pit it may not work as well as if it was connected to a tank using the regulator supplied by the manufacturer. Sum fire pits use a 5psi regulator, much higher pressure than than the regulator for the rv system.
msmith1.wa 05/01/21 09:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best stabilization upgrade(s)?

With a 31ft trailer, add a set of jacks near the center of the trailer which will be in front of the axles. That cuts the unsupported span in half and will go a long ways to reducing the shake, rattle and roll. Not to mention cheap fix. Do this, I put a set of scissor jacks behind the axle, because I don't have room in the front. They made a huge difference in the stability.
msmith1.wa 04/30/21 01:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wiring of parabolic heating elements.

I can't help with the wiring, but be prepared to be disappointed by the heat output. during this past winter I took a small potbelly stove and put 2, 6" diameter propane burners stacked on top of each other. It takes a long time for metal to get hot and give off any noticeable heat.
msmith1.wa 04/29/21 10:09pm General RVing Issues
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