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RE: Build my hitch - trying to reduce sway

...that's a whole other ball of cats. Ball of cats? width=640
BurbMan 03/10/21 06:56am Towing
RE: Build my hitch - trying to reduce sway

Move some weight forward in the trailer and add a second sway bar to the hitch. OP is already at 16% tongue weight, a few more lbs isn't going to do much. We towed with a Hensley Arrow for 20+ years, set and forget, never worry about the roads or the weather. If you stay with a traditional WD hitch like you have, the secret is to dial in the adjustment down to a gnat's behind. Measure front and rear of truck and trailer to be sure rig is level, be careful not to load too much behind the trailer axles. Rear kitchen models are tough because a lot of the weight winds up in the kitchen (pots/pans are heavier than t-shirts). Find out where your fresh water tank is...if forward of the axles, you will do better traveling with full water, if behind the axles, tow with it empty. If you towed all day in a 20-mph crosswind, the set up must be decent, now you just need to tweak it by trial/error to optimize. That, or fork over the cash for the Hensley or ProPride.
BurbMan 03/09/21 08:44pm Towing
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

Good info and timely thread...we had a Wilson amp and antenna in the TT that worked great at the beach, and when I installed it in 2008 I made sure it had the latest 3G tech...while 3G is better than nothing nowadays, I left that system in the camper when I sold it and am looking for newer tech for the TC. I was planning on the WeBoost Drive Reach signal amp with external antenna to pick up a signal in fringe areas. For us it's not so much about yapping with friends and family, but more about streaming music and movies and having email access for work. The weak link is that a signal amp must have a signal to amplify, so if there's NO signal it's a problem, but based on the Verizon coverage map I don't see us getting into that situation just yet.
BurbMan 03/09/21 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: White Cap company

Not sure why you would pick these guys to order a generator from? Not the best prices by a long shot. Just like the local lumberyard, they cater to the pros not the homeowners...time is money when you're a contractor, and the easiest way to waste both is on line behind some guy holding a sink trap with no UPC barcode, and neither the cashier nor the customer know what it's called when they get the plumbing guy on the intercom.
BurbMan 03/09/21 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: Leaving Camper on the Jacks

Thanks guys but this has become a moot point....all the storage yards are full with a waiting list. Darn covid RV boom.....
BurbMan 03/08/21 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Leaving Camper on the Jacks

Well the wrinkle is that the storage yard is 900 miles away....we are in the process of moving and want to drop the caper out there in advance of the household move. So once it's parked I won't see it for 3 months.
BurbMan 03/08/21 07:44am Truck Campers
RE: Leaving Camper on the Jacks

The issue is with the camper on the truck I don't have anywhere to put 4 cement blocks and 2 planks. I suppose I could wrap them in a blanket and put them in the camper but if I didn't need them it would be just as easy to leave them home.
BurbMan 03/07/21 07:22pm Truck Campers
Leaving Camper on the Jacks

I've only had this camper for a year now, but whenever it's off the truck I have it sitting on planks and blocks. I only use the jacks to take it on/off the truck. I may have to put the camper in a storage yard for 3 or 4 months while we get some stuff straightened up around the yard. Can I leave it on the jacks for that long or should I plan to bring the cement blocks and planks from home for it to sit on? With the jacks fully retracted, the bottom of the camper is about 1' off the ground.
BurbMan 03/07/21 07:06pm Truck Campers
RE: What the heck? I thought motorhomes lost value fast!!

Everybody seemed to latch onto RVing as the best way to socially distance while on vacation, dealers can't keep units on their lots. Camping World is running an ongoing campaign on FB saying "Why store it when you can sell it? We will buy your RV!" 2020 was the best *ever* year for RV sales even though the industry lost a few months of production. Consensus seems to be that by 2022 the RV market will flip to being a buyers' market as many of the folks that bought RVs in the covid period decide that they don't like RVing and look to unload their lightly-used units. If you don't have to buy right now, wait another year and you'll get a much better deal.
BurbMan 03/07/21 09:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: parking on hill

No fridge, no slides, no problem..... For now. That OSB will degrade pretty fast though. Agreed on this. Maybe it's the shadow in the pic, but it looks like the slope eases as you go back a little, so if the tongue was where the axles are, the TT wouldn't be on such an angle. If you have 4WD on the truck, use LO range to pull the trailer out, it's easier on both the transmission and the lawn...if you don't have 4WD that's gonna be interesting getting that TT outta there.
BurbMan 03/05/21 06:04am Travel Trailers
RE: ram 2500 vs 3500

Here is the 2021 Ram Towing Chart that gives you the capacities of different models. In addition to diesel or gas, ratings vary based on trim level, box length and cab configuration. Figure out what your pin weight and cargo needs are, then buy the truck that will do the job.
BurbMan 03/03/21 06:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Locked Out!

Glad you got it figured out! In the future, you may try getting on roof of camper, reaching down to lock/unlock, until you get used to the new keyhole location. :B Jerry There may have been martinis involved, and I try to stay on the ground in those conditions.... :) I think I'm just gonna leave it unlocked....
BurbMan 02/26/21 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Locked Out!

Well....problem fixed! For years, on every trailer we've ever had, the entry door had the hinges on the right and the lock on the left. In this config, the handle latch was the upper keyhole and the deadbolt was the lower keyhole. On this truck camper, the door is reversed, meaning that the hinges are on the left and the lock on the right. The means that the lock is installed with a reverse orientation, and you guessed it....the keyholes are reversed. I went out there in the dark and had the key in the wrong hole. Daylight fixed the issue!
BurbMan 02/25/21 02:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Locked Out!

It's not the deadbolt, it's the regular handle latch. The camper is sitting on block perfectly level, the door isn't jammed. I can push the door in against the give in the door seal so I know it moves freely in the frame, just that handle won't pull out to retract the latch. The deadsolt still works fine.
BurbMan 02/25/21 08:53am Tech Issues
Locked Out!

We just put a brand new lock on the Lance, and went to get into it yesterday and couldn't. I only locked the handle, not the deadbolt, but when you turn the key the handle doesn't release. Also you can't remove the key in the unlocked position. Had this same lock on trailers for years and never had an issue. Anybody have any tricks before I drill the lock and replace it? It's the standard paddle handle RV lock: width=540
BurbMan 02/25/21 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

With Sears headed toward extinction there aren't a lot of places to buy tools, especially automotive stuff. Their quality is headed upmarket with new brands like Icon and Bauer. I just bought a $69 Bauer trim router and it's almost identical to the $99 Makita at HD. If you the math, the ad coupons are always about 20% off, and the general 20% off coupon excluded compressors, welders, Bauer, and a laundry list of other stuff to the point it was only good on a bag of zip ties. Honestly I like where they are can still buy the cheap junk I-only-need-it-one-time tools, but you can get some quality stuff too, so you pay for what you need.
BurbMan 02/25/21 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Cost of engine replacement or rebuild

I was gonna say $8-10k having all the work done, probably $4-5k if you DIY. Change oil and filter every 3k and you will never have to worry about this.
BurbMan 02/18/21 07:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV width

Standard is 8' or 8.5'. Some of the ultra light TTs come 7' wide.
BurbMan 02/15/21 06:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with F150 Poweboost

We had a 2018 Explorer Sport with the 3.5L EB and towed a double axle U Haul trailer to Wisconsin year before last. It towed like a dream and held 70-75 easy on the interstate. But with the 18-gallon gas tank, gat stops were every 2 hours, you could almost set your watch by it.
BurbMan 02/13/21 01:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Help Deciding which feature for trailer

A lot depends on how you plan to use the trailer. The outside fridge is nice if you are plugged into shore power, but useless if you are not. The main fridge runs off of propane when you are boondocking, the bar fridge in the outside kitchen is 120v only. The outside door to the lav is in theory a good idea to keep the little ones from tracking through the trailer, but I wouldn't want to have a door there if I was camping in cooler temps, those doors are not insulated that well. If it was a big trailer with 1.5 baths, I could see an outdoor entry to the half bath. The hardest part of buying the first trailer is visualizing how you will use it, i.e., the type of camping you will do. Buy what you think you will like, and go from there.
BurbMan 02/10/21 07:21am Travel Trailers
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