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RE: Trailer dolly: trailervalet, parkit360, etc

I had one at our old house for our 8000lb trailer. I think it was a Power Caster. I got rid of it when we moved out to a rural area and no more "squeezing-through" needed. If you are on level pavement it should work fine. Make sure you have control of the trailer brakes. Mine had a connection to trailer connector so a toggle switch on the dolly control panel would activate the brakes. A trailer can build up quite a bit of momentum. Even if the ground looks level, it probably has a little slope. If the trailer is moving and you shut off the dolly, it will push the dolly, even with locked wheels on the dolly. Also, if you get a 120V model with a power cord (like mine was), watch the cord. It's possible to be so concerned about watching the trailer sides that you run over the cord, pulling it out of the control panel. Yeah, that's what happened to me! Steve
subcamper 05/01/19 02:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Vinyl plank flooring - snap lock with history of success?

Are you sure there isn't sheet vinyl under the rug also? I removed a bunch of carpet from our Rockwood and the whole floor had sheet vinyl. The carpet was stapled down along the edges and rolled/stapled at exposed edges, so after removing the staples it still looked good. You don't even see the staple holes. Steve
subcamper 03/15/19 10:31am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Best white paint

Boat painters (who don't spray) usually use the roll-and-tip method. A roller is used to apply the paint evenly, and then you go over it with a high-quality fine-bristle brush. The paint flows together and produces a good finish. Is the current finish just worn and faded, or are there are spots on the aluminum? If you are just painting over the existing paint it will be easier. If there are spots down to the bare aluminum, those have to be handled carefully. Aluminum oxidizes very quickly, so you need to prime the spots right away after light sanding. The best primer for aluminum is zinc chromate (yellow-green color). You may have to go to a body shop supplier to get zinc chromate because of its toxicity. Steve
subcamper 03/07/19 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Power Slide Out Motor

The slide motor wouldn't turn on my 2004 Rockwood even though there was power at the motor. It turns out the brake was defective. In my case, the brake was attached to the end of the motor opposite the end with the gearbox. The brake grabs the shaft when there is no voltage to the motor. When the motor gets voltage to turn, the brake also gets 12V so it can disengage. It was not disengaging, so the motor couldn't turn. I removed the brake assembly off the motor and the slide worked fine. The brake assembly had its own manufacturer and model number, so I called the manufacturer of the brake and they sent me another one. I don't know if your setup is the same (I have a rack-and pinion drive for the slideout), but you might want to check the brake if you have one. Steve
subcamper 03/02/19 03:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Shrinking Awning

Our 14' awning shrank about 3" total in length over 10 years. Shrinking 5" at each end (10" total) in 5 years is huge. Are you sure you are correct in remembering the actual original length? Steve
subcamper 10/14/18 11:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Fridge/Freezer level question

To convert degrees to something more visual, a good indicator is inches-per-foot. 3 degrees = 5/8" per foot 6 degrees = 1 1/4" per foot If you use a 2 foot level, one end would be 1 1/4" higher or lower for 3 degrees, and 2 1/2" higher or lower than the other. Most fridges are mounted so front-to-back on the fridge is the width of the trailer. So an 8 foot wide trailer would need to be 10" off level to equal 6 degrees front-to-back on the fridge. For a 30 foot trailer, it would need to be about 18 3/4" out of level from front to back to equal 3 degrees. Steve
subcamper 10/10/18 04:14am Tech Issues
RE: New Champion inverter generator

Sometimes bigger is not always better. I don't understand how arbitrarily speaking, smaller displacement is a hindrance. :h In the case of Honda's new EU2200i it is. The previous EU2000i with it's larger 98 cc engine was already the class leader in surge capability, up to a 1/2 hr at it's full rated power, the new EU2200i with it's even larger 121 cc engine is even more capable of sustaining it's full rated surge output. All other competition pales by comparison. While in the final break in phase I loaded my 2200i to about 3000 watts and it throttled up higher than normal but put out. One day I will test the max output. This gen rocks. considering it has a 20 amp breaker im curious how you did that Thermal circuit breakers can do that easily, for a short while. 3000W at 120V is 25A. A thermal circuit breaker will probably take a minute or more to trip with a small overcurrent like that. If the test was short it would not trip. Steve
subcamper 10/08/18 10:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric lift on pop up

I had a similar problem with the superslide on our Rockwood trailer. It would go in about 1/3 of the way and then stop. After a few minutes it would more some more and then stop again. You had to repeat this a few more times to get the slide in or out. It turned out to be a bad self-resetting circuit breaker that was between the battery and the slide switch. Once I replaced the breaker all was fine. Steve
subcamper 09/21/18 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: HF Battery testers

I forgot to mention that there are a couple of deep-discharge batteries also in the mix. These are the ones I want to use on the TT (if they are good) Later today I am going to HF and buy the carbon pile tester ($40 with coupon) and then charge and test the batteries. I do have a battery hydrometer (with the 4 floating balls) so I can also check that way. Thanks for all the suggestions. Usually I buy new batteries for our cars and trucks if there is any question, but I have a few golf carts (gas) that I would put a battery in that was not in top condition but they are only driven around the property so no big deal if the battery fails down the road. Steve
subcamper 08/30/18 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: HF Battery testers

A few of the batteries are from vehicles that we got rid of and removed the battery. Some of the batteries are only a few years old. Right now I need to weed them out. Steve
subcamper 08/28/18 02:50pm Tech Issues
HF Battery testers

I have a bunch of car/truck batteries sitting around in my shop and I want to test them so I can recycle the bad ones and use the good ones for a rare non-electric-hookup 3 day campout with our TT. I am looking at two Harbor Freight battery testers: 1) Carbon-Pile tester 500A Carbon-Pile Tester 2) Digital Analyzer that uses impedance Digital Battery Analyzer Both are pretty inexpensive with the 25% off coupon. I am looking for suggestions/experiences on which one to buy. Steve
subcamper 08/28/18 02:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Re-settable Circuit Breakers Wiring

On our Rockwood, the second breaker is for the slides. The second breaker in your picture has a much thinner wire coming out of it, so maybe it's not for a slide (or maybe just the usual bad design on an RV). Do you have a slide? Steve
subcamper 08/15/18 04:37am Tech Issues
RE: Dolley Trailer or Four Down?

There's no way a Grand Caravan (even with a dolly) has a GW of 9000lbs. Empty Grand Caravans weigh about 4400lbs. With a 2-wheel dolly and a few things in the van maybe 5000lbs. A lighter vehicle might weigh 3000lbs instead of 4400lbs for the Grand Caravan, so you wouldn't save much there. Dropping the dolly would only save a few hundred pounds. Steve
subcamper 08/10/18 06:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Small Microwave for Honda 1000 Genny

The problem is that the 700 watts is OUTPUT (cooking)power. According to GE, their 0.7 cu ft 700 watt microwave DRAWS 1500 watts from the AC supply, which is way above the 1000 watts the Honda genny can put out continuously. You will have a hard time finding a microwave that draws under 1000 watts input power. Maybe a small inverter microwave on a low power level as someone mentioned already. Steve
subcamper 07/28/18 10:54pm General RVing Issues
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