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RE: New - Buying a Tralier - No Clue What I'm Doing

big difference between pulling your camper to the campground and towing AND carrying ALL of your stuff. I don't know about you but I leave a ton of stuff at home when I go camping given its only temporary. If I was living out of my rig I would need way more than I bring and that's without all the extras to make being on the road long term possible. Tools alone would use a few hundred lbs as would the battery setup. I see no way this is cheaper than a reasonable apartment in a reasonable part of the country Apparently you travel a LOT heavier than I do. Realize too that the OP seems to be willing to stay in one place. Wish he would come back and kick around all the ideas expressed, but I still think Workamping may be a good option for him. Spend a few hours a day doing chores leaving him time for his regular internet work- cuts out the biggest recurring expenses (site, utilities, gasoline).If he has to work two jobs to pay the rent (workcamping) then he is still a "RentSlave".
troubledwaters 06/18/19 12:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: New - Buying a Tralier - No Clue What I'm Doing

Dragging a travel trailer around the country is not a way so save money, it's a way to spend money. Yeah, but $3500 per month will go a long way toward the expenses of RV travel. That said, if the OP isn't crazy about traveling he'd be better off getting a house or apartment in some other part of the country; there are so many places where he could do that for less than $1000 per month. I have a friend who took a ministry position at a church in a small town about halfway between Tulsa and OKC, and he's renting a 3BR house set on an acre in the woods for $350... an anomaly, I'll admit, but the bargains are out there.If the only thing he has been exposed to is CA, then $3500 is his reality. You don't know what you don't know. He probably has no concept of how bad he is being screwed, and it's not just rent.
troubledwaters 06/18/19 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Bucking with Anderson Ultimate 5th Wheel Connection

Let me guess - Everyone told you how great 5th wheels tow; So much better than a TT.
troubledwaters 06/18/19 05:28am Towing
RE: Mounting new mirror head on old arm

Take it to a local community college that has a 3D printer for a Lab project.
troubledwaters 06/18/19 05:25am Tech Issues
RE: New - Buying a Tralier - No Clue What I'm Doing

How handy are you at fixing things? A big part of owning an RV is fixing and maintenance. Living in it full time that is going to be a really big part. Can you live with an absorption refrigerator (slightly more efficient than an ice chest), mediocre heating and cooling (at best), and only 6 gallons of hot water?
troubledwaters 06/18/19 05:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Plain Black Wrapper

IRC, MI state law REQUIRES the vehicle to be marked. Many communities have done it with ghost logos, some don't bother (Taylor PD). But, who's going to hold them accountable? Same with window tinting, front windows can't be tinted, and it's not on the approved vehicle equipment list, but who's going to old Taylor PD accountable? Entrapment, no. Follow the speed limit, and life will generally be good :) Me, I LOVE the Waze app!I believe you are mistaken, I am about 99% certain police vehicles are not required to be marked in Michigan.
troubledwaters 06/17/19 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: New - Buying a Tralier - No Clue What I'm Doing

If you want to save money on rent, get out of California area. You can go thousands of places in the midwest for $1,000.00± a month rent. You are not going to buy a Travel Trailer, pay lot rent, and get anywhere near decent internet service for that kind of money.
troubledwaters 06/17/19 05:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery & Electricity Question

Does it have a disconnect switch? You won't be able to charge the battery if the disconnect switch is in the wrong position.
troubledwaters 06/13/19 10:26am General RVing Issues
RE: dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

Is it just me? Every time I look at this picture it just screams "Tire is Backwards". Am I crazy?
troubledwaters 06/13/19 05:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Outside Kitchen Gas Strut Supports

100 lbs. struts more have to much push in them and blow the screws out of the mounting hardware. Most people that have trouble with those struts it's because the screws won't hold anymore.
troubledwaters 06/13/19 05:10am Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 Ram 1500 3.0L ECO DIESEL upgrades

...Tuning these systems out of the engine will add power and increase efficiency. A tuner can turn the EGR system off and force all NOx reduction to be done by the SCR while still keeping the EGR on the truck so you can return it to stock for emissions testing since you will still have slightly more NOx emissions at certain engine loads by doing so. Turning of the EGR alone increases power and efficiency while also cutting back on future repairs since most come from the soot that is produced from the EGR system. Only problem is, companies and truck owners can face huge fines for defeating emissions systems. Harley Davidson $15M Bully Dog $300K Edge Products $500K
troubledwaters 06/12/19 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ecodiesel specs

You better get your 10 speed looked at. Mine will tow in 9th at 65 mph on flats and downshifts to 8 going up hills (If i forget to put tow haul on it will also shift into 10th on flats, but struggles). Of course there are lots of variables, how heavy your foot is, the % grade, how much weight your towing, just to name a few. But mine tows just fine in 9th; and certainly 8th.
troubledwaters 06/11/19 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many seconds to extend your slide(s)?

I don't know how long it takes to extend/retract my slides but I do know that I always hold my breath and pray when I hit the slide button!That's how I always extend/retract mine also.
troubledwaters 06/10/19 08:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Travelaire 5th wheel cosmetic issues

So no one here can know what you consider "cosmetic issues". It could mean anything from deep gouges in the filon siding to discoloration of the roof material. Go check out other Travelaire units on the dealers lot and you can see what "normal" is. Was it acceptable to you when you took delivery? Or did you raise it as an issue then?
troubledwaters 06/10/19 08:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires For A Brand New Trailer

Last trailer I bought new i had the tires about 7 years before I replaced them. Current trailer i bought new, this is the 4th season and they still have zero sign of aging or wear.
troubledwaters 06/07/19 01:43pm Towing
RE: Tire question?

If you stop believing everything you read on the internet you won't have a problem jacking up your trailer and installing new brakes (or whatever). What you need to be worried about is where you put the jack, not how much load is on the other tires.
troubledwaters 06/07/19 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Question re axle replacement

I had uneven tire wear on my original tires and contacted the dealer. The dealer said he doesn’t align axles and sent me to a truck shop. The truck shop said they are not adjustable and could not help me. I finally found a shop that said they could do the alignment but they found both Lippert axles were bent and needed to be replaced. The owner said the Lipperts were not made as well as Dexters so he ordered larger capacity Dexter axles for replacement. I hope this solves my problem.Having had both brands, IMO, The Lipperts are made better. The difference is that Lippert powder coats them, and Dexter paints them. Other than that they are the same. They will both build them to a customers spec. That goes for tube thickness, Hub face spec, ratings, brake sizes etc. Actually just about all of the individual parts are interchangeable. So you canbuy a weak or strong axle from either company. I bet your shop was a Dexter dealer. At any rate, going stronger was a good thing. But it was too bad he felt the need to throw Lippert under the bus. He gets an "A" for the stronger axle recommendation, and an "F" for truthfullness about his competition.So let me see if I got this right. You have had both axles and know better then the truck shop (who works with axles every day of his life) which axle is better. And in your opinion, the truck shop was lying ( "F" for truthfullness). Did I get that right?
troubledwaters 06/06/19 12:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need solutions for reattaching Cover

Liquid Nails? I've had some success with putting a gob of liquid nails in the hole, letting it setup, very carefully drilling a pilot hole, and turning the screw back into it. Not sure what the broken hole looks like so don't really know if its practical for this instance.
troubledwaters 06/05/19 01:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Chevy Traverse, CEL comes on and flashes, no code stored

There are parameters for some codes. For instance misfires, you have to have "x" number of misfires before it will store a code. I would drive it until it stores a code or the CEL stays continuously lit.
troubledwaters 06/05/19 08:09am Tech Issues
RE: What brand of 5th wheel cover to purchase?

Just thinking, anyone ever shrink wrapped their trailer like they do boats? I just saw one last weekend on a seasonal site. I cant believe it is an good thing, though. Would seem like it would hold moisture in...but what do I know...The boats that I have seen shrink wrapped, had vents in the wrapping; but other than the roof, vents wouldn't do anything on a TT. It would be pretty easy to put a pitch (with air gap and venting) on the shrink wrapped roof. Don't know what the cost is, I was just musing about the possibilities.
troubledwaters 06/05/19 07:55am Fifth-Wheels
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