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RE: Best connectors for brake wiring?

Did you see responses to this question on your other post? I only saw one response, so I thought it would be better to post this specific question as a new thread. I didn't want the question to sort of get lost in the other thread.
plasticmaster 04/02/19 07:01am Travel Trailers
Best connectors for brake wiring?

I need to rewire the brakes on my travel trailer. What type connectors should I use for splicing the wires together? They need to be reliable and hold up well. Also, I'll be doing it over in storage where I don't have power so soldering is not an option. Thanks.
plasticmaster 04/02/19 06:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Still getting "Check trailer wiring" message 2014 Silverado

https://i.imgur.com/dz4U0YQl.jpg Here's the pic.
plasticmaster 04/01/19 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still getting "Check trailer wiring" message 2014 Silverado

I'm having trouble posting pic.
plasticmaster 04/01/19 06:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still getting "Check trailer wiring" message 2014 Silverado

Okay, I think I found the problem. Without the trailer attached to the ball hitch, I plugged the trailer cord into the truck. I was able to wiggle the wires and weird connectors just outside the trailer hub and recreated the problem. It must be a bad connection inside these weird connectors. Therefore, I'm going to replace all of these connectors. I'll try to post a pic of the weird connectors in a moment. What type of connection should I use?
plasticmaster 04/01/19 06:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still getting "Check trailer wiring" message 2014 Silverado

Here's a crazy thought I had. Could I trick the truck into thinking there's a trailer connected? I could plug in a spare 7 pin plug and only use the ground wire and blue brake wire. I would wire these to a normal spare tail light that I could lay in the bed of the truck. If I press the brake pedal, would the spair light illuminate according to how hard I press the brake? If it were to work, the truck would think a trailer is connected and I could drive it this way a few days and see if I get the "check trailer wiring " message. If I did, I would think something in the truck is causing the problem. If not, I would think the problem is in the trailer. Would this work?
plasticmaster 04/01/19 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Still getting "Check trailer wiring" message 2014 Silverado

If it is a wiring issue on the trailer, is it limited to the ground wire and the wires going to the 4 individual brakes? I hope I wouldn't have to replace wires going to all the lights.
plasticmaster 04/01/19 03:59am Travel Trailers
Still getting "Check trailer wiring" message 2014 Silverado

I posted this about 6 months ago, but didn't want to resurrect an old thread. My truck is a 2014 Silverado with factory ITBC brake controller built in. While towing, I randomly get the "Check trailer wiring" message on the dash and then a second later, it says "Trailer connected". During that split second, I indeed have no trailer brakes. Several months ago, I replaced the plug on the trailer end with the Pollack brand plug as that is what some here recommended. I was hoping that would fix the problem, but it did not. This weekend was my first time towing any distance since doing this and while towing it home today on a 4 hour drive it was doing this constantly, for 4 hours. Obviously, this was making me very nervous. Wiggling the plug and plugging it in better did not help the problem. I crawled under the trailer and found the end of the main trailer plug where it goes into a metal junction box. I opened the juction box and had my son sit in the truck with it running while I wiggled these wires in the junction box, and nothing happened. The only way I could recreate the message was to unplug the camper and then plug it back in. What should I check next? Could a short between this junction box and the actual brakes be causing this problem? Could it be a problem with the truck or the truck end of the plug? I'm hoping someone here can help. Thanks.
plasticmaster 03/31/19 07:23pm Travel Trailers
Cotter pin size?

I'm headed to hardware store to get cotter pins to repack my wheel bearings. Does anyone know the typical size cotter pin used for the castle nut? I'm at work right now and don't have access to camper. Thanks.
plasticmaster 03/15/19 11:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

I live in a subdivision at the end of a cul de sac and keep my 34' travel trailer in storage 2 miles away. My driveway is very long, 235', with plenty of room to park it while loading for a camping trip. Lately however, it's been really difficult to bring the camper home because of neighbors parking their cars in the street ( while their driveway is empty). Street parking is against our HOA rules unless you have a lot of guests over and your driveway is full of cars. I need the full cul de sac to safely turn around and back down my driveway. I have one neighbor who gladly moves for me when I need to bring camper home. However, the other 2 neighbors either aren't home, tell me no one is home with the keys to move it, or have told me "No, I'm not going to move it". Remember, their driveway is empty. What should I do here? I hate to turn folks in to HOA, but do I have any other choice since I've already tried to politely ask them first? I'm looking for input from camping folks who may understand my dilemma. Thanks. Not trying to be sarcastic or a wise-guy here, but ... have you considered getting a smaller RV? For instance, our driveway is a 500 foot uphill one with a right angle bend in it. We lived where we live when we went RV shopping and so ... we bought an RV that we could deal with in that situation. In our case no neighbors were involved, but the point is we adapted the RV to the situation - noit the other way around. I understand what you're saying, but I've lived here for 9 years and bought my current camper 3 years ago. It wasn't a problem until a year or 2 ago when new neighbors moved in and started parking on the street instead of their driveway, which is against HOA rules. I'm following the rules and they are not. The fact that they're not following the rules is making it very difficult to bring my camper home.
plasticmaster 03/07/19 07:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

I appreciate all of the responses and insight. A lot of the comments, though, suggest criminal, reckless, or mean spirited activity (intentionally bumping or scratching their car, parking in the street myself in front of their house, etc.) by me as a means to prove a point. These things are fun to think about, but obviously, I would never do such things, nor do I have the time to do such things, even if I wanted to. Others suggest that the neighbors would retaliate with criminal activity against me such as vandalism to my house while I'm away on a camping trip. I really don't think it would come to that if I did turn them in to HOA and they suspected it was me. They have too much going for them such as raising a family to have stupid criminal charges brought against them. Others suggest I should just live with it like backing all the way down the street, or load my camper at storage and never bring it to my house. Both of these are doable, but for a variety of reasons, make my life more difficult while facilitating the neighbors desire to park on the street with an empty driveway, which is against HOA rules that they signed in to. Why should I pay HOA fees, follow the rules, and accept that others are not while creating an inconvenience or burden for me? Another aspect of this is the safety issue. Indeed, fire trucks would have a hard time getting down the street with the parking situation. In fact, my wife nearly got into a head on collision a couple weeks ago dodging a street parked car at the crest of a steep hill. Thankfully, both cars stopped in time, but if they had collided, it would probably have been her fault since she was in the wrong lane. Again, thanks to all for the insight.
plasticmaster 02/28/19 08:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

So the people that told you that they would not move are already not your friendly type of neighbor so you shouldn't care about pi$$ing them off. I don't have the same types around me, but I did have the same issue, except they park in front of my house, and I need the entire width of the street to get backed in. So here is what I did - I went to the houses around me and told them that although I don't mind them parking on the street in front of my house, I need the space when I'm backing my camper in. Now, If I come home with it, and cars are parked in front, I still have to knock on doors, but there is no issue. In your case, after being told no, I'd simply add in that I'd hate to get the HOA involved as parking in the street isn't allowed, but parking my camper in my driveway for X amount of time is allowed. I can come over and advise you the day before I bring it home - OK? Then give them a have a nice day. If that doesn't work, call the HOA. So this works if they are home to answer the door whwn you knock. However, what do you do if you come home and they are parked in the street, but no one answers the door when you knock? This has been my experience with 2 different neighbors several times.
plasticmaster 02/28/19 07:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

I don't understand why the driveways are empty. I don't understand why driveways are empty either. I suppose it's more convenient for them to park on street rather than driveway and they don't care if it's an inconvenience to others or safety issue with emergency vehicles. I've lived here for 9 years and it was never a problem until a couple years ago when several new neighbors moved in. Are they one car width drives? That would explain the street parking. No, they are double width driveways with room for 2 cars in garage and 4 on the driveway, yet they park both cars on the street. Lots of folks in the neighborhood do this and I don't understand why.
plasticmaster 02/27/19 11:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

My lot is a flag lot off the end of the cul de sac. The long driveway borders my neighbor's house and then opens up to my front yard, house, and back yard. My front yard faces my neighbor's back yard. There isn't room to turn it around (34'TT) on my property. Even if I could, it would destroy my front lawn, especially this time of year when it stays wet.
plasticmaster 02/26/19 02:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

Regarding the HOA rules and my camper, trailers of any kind are not allowed in my subdivision. However, if you're loading your camper for a trip, you can notify the HOA of the dates (quick email) and it's okay to have it in your driveway. I email them every time. The HOA rules are signed by the property owner at closing when they buy the house. I don't like the fact that it's getting incredibly difficult to bring my camper home because of neighbors parking in the street, in violation of the covenants that they agreed to. Also, I've tried asking them to move, but that only works if they answer the door and even then I've been told no. I've never had any tiff or argument with them at all. I just don't get it.
plasticmaster 02/26/19 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

I don't understand why the driveways are empty. I don't understand why driveways are empty either. I suppose it's more convenient for them to park on street rather than driveway and they don't care if it's an inconvenience to others or safety issue with emergency vehicles. I've lived here for 9 years and it was never a problem until a couple years ago when several new neighbors moved in.
plasticmaster 02/26/19 10:41am General RVing Issues
Can't bring TT home because of neighbors parking in street?

I live in a subdivision at the end of a cul de sac and keep my 34' travel trailer in storage 2 miles away. My driveway is very long, 235', with plenty of room to park it while loading for a camping trip. Lately however, it's been really difficult to bring the camper home because of neighbors parking their cars in the street ( while their driveway is empty). Street parking is against our HOA rules unless you have a lot of guests over and your driveway is full of cars. I need the full cul de sac to safely turn around and back down my driveway. I have one neighbor who gladly moves for me when I need to bring camper home. However, the other 2 neighbors either aren't home, tell me no one is home with the keys to move it, or have told me "No, I'm not going to move it". Remember, their driveway is empty. What should I do here? I hate to turn folks in to HOA, but do I have any other choice since I've already tried to politely ask them first? I'm looking for input from camping folks who may understand my dilemma. Thanks.
plasticmaster 02/26/19 08:19am General RVing Issues
Propane tank question

I have two 20# propane tanks on the front of my camper. Is it okay to have only one tank hooked up and the other fitting just dangling free while camping? I'd like to remove one tank and use it for my portable outside propane burner. Thanks.
plasticmaster 02/25/19 08:28am Travel Trailers
Travel trailer storage question

I have a choice of storing my camper under trees (mix of pines and hardwoods) or out in the open away from trees. Which of these 2 options would be better for my camper and camper roof? These are my only 2 options. I'm not nimble enough to fight with a fabric covering and hard coverings like a shed is not an option. I live in Columbia, SC with hot humid summers and mild humid winters. We get snow about once every 3 or 4 years and it's gone after a day or two. The trailer is a 2016 Forest River Vibe 308bhs. Which of these 2 storage options would be better in my situation? Thanks.
plasticmaster 01/18/19 08:45am Travel Trailers
2014 Silverado tires question

My 2014 Silverado with 66K miles still has the original Goodyear Wrangler sra tires. They're getting slick and it's time to replace them. Should I replace them with another set of the same or go with something like Michelin Defender ltx ms? What difference would I see between the two in normal driving and towing my 8K pound travel trailer? Thanks.
plasticmaster 11/14/18 11:06am Tow Vehicles
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