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RE: Forum Posting Problems

Nothing has been posted lately on the mods forum about it. I have been using the Trailer Life portal so have not noticed or been bothered by the problems experienced on Until this came up I have always used the portal. I again suggest you use the Trailer Life portal given in the link in my opening post. Barney
BarneyS 05/20/19 08:02am Towing
RE: Hauling a motorcycle behind a 5er.

I believe they are called swivel wheel trailers. Barney
BarneyS 05/19/19 04:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CURT Q20 Slop and Noise

I have deleted a lot of off topic posts between two or three individuals who like to bait and troll each other and often get threads closed. In an attempt to keep this one open I elected to delete the members off topic posts. Carry on but keep your remarks on topic to this thread title. Barney
BarneyS 05/19/19 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: At what point do I need a WD hitch?

Grit Dog, I agree that most trailers that you see on the roads do not have a WD hitch but they are mostly not travel trailers. I very rarely see a TT without one. I think part of the reason is that the TT manufactures put the axle near the center of the rig to lighten the tongue weight but the weights are still far higher than most other types of trailers. The trailers are also towed by many different types of vehicles - some capable and some not. I think that if you really take notice, almost all TT owners are using a WD hitch. Partly because the tongue weights are too high for their vehicle in weight carrying mode, and partly because it makes it easier to hook up a sway control device. They have found that using the WD hitch makes for a much more pleasant ride and relaxing trip. These are my thought on the matter. You may or may not agree - which is fine with me. :)
BarneyS 05/18/19 02:12pm Towing
RE: Cleaning up my stabilizer jacks

Moved to Tech Issues from DIY.
BarneyS 05/17/19 07:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning up my stabilizer jacks

I've had good luck using motorcycle chain lube. It goes on liquid and drys to a nice, non sticky surface. Get it in a spray can. Barney
BarneyS 05/17/19 07:01pm Tech Issues

On our trailer, the the battery lights always read full charge when the trailer is plugged into the campground elect. The only time it reads even somewhat accurately is when we disconnect and wait a while. As already mentioned, I would check the batteries with a volt meter instead of looking at the dumb lights:) It is also possible that your converter/charger is not functioning properly. You might try putting a stand alone charger on the batteries to see if that helps. Barney
BarneyS 05/16/19 07:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: At what point do I need a WD hitch?

A photo of truck & trailer hooked up might help. How do I post a picture? How to post a picture on It is as simple as upload picture, copy URl, and paste that URL into your post without making ANY changes - no additions and no deletions. :)
BarneyS 05/16/19 05:26pm Towing
RE: At what point do I need a WD hitch?

Measure the distance from the ground to the top point of the front wheel well, both before and after hooking up the trailer. If there is more than 1/2 inch difference, you need WD. X2! Rear squat is not an indicator that a WDH is needed. Even a fairly light trailer with a 150/1500 series truck can take enough weigh off the front to require a WDH. He did not mention nor was he talking about rear squat. He was talking about the RISE of the front fender which would indicate weight being removed from the front axle. Barney
BarneyS 05/14/19 12:25pm Towing
RE: How long have you been a member of RV net forum?

Since October 16, 2000. I think that translates to almost 19 years.:W Before that I was a member of the same forum but it was under different name and was more like a list type forum. Barney
BarneyS 05/12/19 06:42pm Around the Campfire
RE: Selecting new TT Tires

I would, and did, replace all four of mine with LR E. I had the rims to support the pressure increase as I suspect yours does too if it came with LR D tires from the factory. You could have the tire dealer check to see if the pressure or weight rating is stamped or printed on the inside of the rim, most are. I would replace all four with radials as they are right at the end of their recommended lifespan. My old tires had quite a bit of tread left so I put them on Craigslist and sold them right away to a local guy who wanted them for a utility trailer. I explained in the ad that they were 6 years old but he didn't care. The price was right.:) I replaced mine with Maxxis but I think if I were to do it today, I would go with the Goodyear Endurance which is getting good reviews both here and on other websites. If you have to get new wheels also, I would consider measuring and see if 16 inch wheels would fit. That would give you a lot more choices when buying tires in the load ranges you need. Barney
BarneyS 05/12/19 03:52pm Towing
RE: Expedition Towing Camper

That would be true if the front and back storage places were exactly the same distance from the fulcrum, which is usually midway between the two axles. That is not the case in most travel trailers or 5th wheels. In your example, I would guess that the weight put in the front compartment would not be completely offset but only partially. In fact, 10lbs would probably have no measurable effect at all. Think of a teeter totter. The point where the board rests on the support is the fulcrum which would correspond to the mid point between the trailer axles. The places where kids (or adults! :W) sit would correspond to the two storage compartments. Barney
BarneyS 05/11/19 08:03am Towing
RE: Newby questions

I believe the easiest way to get into RVing is with a travel trailer and truck. That is probably the least expensive way. Doing that will give you a vehicle to use for exploring after you get to your destination and also to run errands or go for that item you forgot - which always seems to come up. :D Backing a travel trailer is not hard at all. After just a couple of trips you will be a pro at it. In addition, most campgrounds have pull through sites where no backing up is required. If after a few years, you feel you want to move to another type of RV the combo should be easier to sell than a Motorhome, simply because tt are the most popular type of RV. Good luck with your choice and hunt. Should be a lot of fun. :) Barney
BarneyS 05/10/19 09:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Expedition Towing Camper

I traded my 2002 F250 7.3PSD a few years ago with over 350,000 miles on it, mostly towing miles, and it still ran like new and looked like new. They can last if you take care of them. Barney
BarneyS 05/10/19 07:54am Towing
RE: Expedition Towing Camper

Your dealer is blowing smoke! The WD hitch does NOT reduce the tongue weight. All it does is move some of the weight off of the rear axle and moves it back to the front axle and some back to the trailer axles. This does not change the tongue weight at all. It stays the same and if it is too light to begin with the trailer will have a tendency to sway. If too heavy you could break things on the tow vehicle. The WD hitch's main job is to restore the weight back to the front axle of the truck that was removed when you put the tongue weight on the ball that is located some distance behind the rear axle (think fulcrum) Take a look and study the first post in this thread for information on how a WD hitch works so you will be armed to let that dealers salesman know he doesn't know what he is talking about. All he is interested in is selling you a vehicle. Barney
BarneyS 05/09/19 06:41pm Towing
RE: Service Temporarily Unavailable! Please try again later.

Use the Trailer Life Portal which does not have the problems is having. :) Barney
BarneyS 05/09/19 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Forum Posting Problems

Thanks x2, Barney! Hey, maybe we should email-bomb Admin directly! :B Lyle NO don't do that! :E . Admin has enough work to do without being loaded up with e-mails. Admin does not do the work fixing the forums anyway. The forums have IT people to do it but they are often tied up doing other work for the Good Sam companies many websites. I really don't think we are at the top of the list.:( :R Use the Trailer Life portal instead which is not affected by the problems that are occurring on Barney
BarneyS 05/09/19 05:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed struts

Linear actuators on Barney
BarneyS 05/09/19 07:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Unable to open some posts?

The portal to the Open Roads Forums has been having problems of late. Often, when trying to post, or answer a Private Message, or other action on the forum you will get a message that says something to the effect that the server is having problems. This situation has been brought to the attention of the Admins and is currently being worked on. (I hope!) The Trailer Life portal to the forums does not seem to be affected by this problem so I suggest you use it instead of for the time being until the problem is fixed. I cannot give you a timeline for when it will be done. Barney
BarneyS 05/08/19 04:42pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Expedition Towing Camper

In my opinion, that will be just at the limits of your tow vehicle. It will probably be safe but not very comfortable. Your tongue weight is probably going to be well North of 1000lbs when it is ready for camping. I would not be surprised to see a tongue weight of 1200lbs or more. That will be well above the rated capacity of your receiver. Does your ratings leave you enough cushion to feel comfortable? Probably not. "Would you buy this camper and tow it with this truck?" No. I am not comfortable towing at the limits of my trucks ratings.
BarneyS 05/08/19 04:33pm Towing
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