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RE: Easy way to raise trailer's nose while hitched in campground

Since I use the tongue jack to lift the truck and trailer 6" to put on the equalizer spring bars, I just use the tongue jack and lift the trailer and truck the few inches needed to level it.
Mike134 11/15/22 05:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: DIY 50 amp to 20 amp pigtail

Gittin a little deep and off topic for a simple plug in your block heater question that the conundrum has been solved already. I belong to another, motorcycle related web board where I, along with seven others, perform the job of moderator… I’ve come to the realization that, Eventually, “Off topic” is standard operating procedure in most threads… if the OP continually brings the focus back to center the thread will live on with much relevant information brought forth… As moderator, I humorously pointed out to one of our newer members that the official record was five posts before the thread went completely off the rails… gave him the advice: “keep bringing things back to your original issue and ignore the ‘fluff’…” I guess we should be thankful we got well into page 3 before things began to go sideways… …and, yes, I’m thankful to all those more electrically knowledgeable than myself who kept me from frying my barn/tractor/electrical system… You made it to 3 pages before going sideways because of less "experts" Now if you want to go sideways quickly ask how will my 1/2 ton handle a 8000lb 30 foot travel? (it does well don't listen to forum garbage)
Mike134 11/09/22 02:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Pulled to the left when being passed by Big Rigs

How and why on Earth did this thread from last August come back alive? If you don't want that to happen, you should close every thread after X number of days. Then watch the membership drift away.
Mike134 11/04/22 09:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pulled to the left when being passed by Big Rigs

Is there anything I can do to deal with this or is it just then nature of the beast! Space is your friend. Just a slight increase in the distance between you and the truck makes a huge difference in the effect the bow wave has on you. Slowly move over to the extreme right edge of your lane and you will see a very noticeable reduction in the impact on your rig. I didn't read all 4 pages but this is the best fix!! It is truly amazing if you move 1 foot to the right what an impact it will have.
Mike134 11/04/22 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane smell inside to best diagnose?

I had a gas leak in my garage to my heater. Soapy water was no help. found it in 5 minutes with this.
Mike134 10/30/22 02:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Shopping new tires - is my shop confused or am I?

I would take a hard pass on any Michelin tire. Look for an E rated tire in another name brand. I had Generals on my Excursion and was very happy with them. What happened with Michelin? On these forums they are usually considered one of the best brands.Yeah - Michelins are our go to tire now - and we have been buying tires for a looooong time. Same here. Been using Michelin for over 30 years on my trucks and my wife's various cars and SUVs and never any problem with any of them. And great mileage from them also. Yep same here. Oh well, data point of 1 that had bad luck.
Mike134 10/14/22 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: heavier trailer tires and fuel economy

The physical weight of the tires will have no effect on MPG The stiffer construction will have more rolling resistance so it will ding your milage. If you put too much pressure in them for the load carried only the center of the tire will touch the pavement so your milage will go up. Think of pedaling a bike with correct air pressure then over filling them how it gets easier.
Mike134 10/12/22 06:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bedding Brakes

Boy we gotta room full of know it all shade tree mechanics here…lol X2!!! Safe travels and remember: "I'm no expert but I play one on the internet"
Mike134 10/10/22 02:52pm Tech Issues
RE: If your going to ask for help then you should ************

yeah, plus come back and answer questions and thank people. Imagine calling someone and asking for help and when they answer just hang up. Devil's advocate here... This group and Tow Vehicles are both pretty brutal. So imagine yourself on that hypothetical call asking for help and the response is, "Did you try holding a magnet to the switch behind the fridge, moron? I can't believe people like you keep calling. And did you try searching the call logs first? Stupid people like you keep forgetting to use Google and just call me anyway like I don't have anything better to do." I'd go hold the magnet to the switch and then delete this person's number from my phone instead of calling to say thanks. I've never understood how or why this particular group is so impatient. There's some decent knowledge here, but I don't blame some members for not coming back for follow-up discussion after the way some folks treat them. Some of y'all are halfway intelligent, but are you really good enough to dole out so much disrespect? And does everyone's stuff work so well here that you never have to make those desperate calls for help? Have we all forgotten the feeling of being broke down somewhere or having something go wrong that might jeopardize a trip? It really sucks. Maybe if there were a little more compassion those folks wouldn't leave so pissed. Instead, they get an answer and an earful and they stomp off mad whether their problem is solved or not. And half the time the poor OP isn't even sure if the response was a real solution or just some smartass jerking their chain for a laugh. (Should I really hold a magnet up to the sail switch on my fridge, or am I being punked?) A little patience and empathy might bring some of these folks back for a longer discussion. Well said!!!
Mike134 10/07/22 06:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Why not jack trailer under the spring plates?

Sounds like the same 'internet' rumors that get passed down from generation to generation.. :) Mitch Forums are the 2022 version of the advice you used to get at your favorite saloon. If you think it's any better because it's from the internet I have some real estate to sell you.
Mike134 10/02/22 03:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Good Sam membership and Pilot/Flying J RV fuel card

I don't know the answer, but I don't think I'd put all my faith in the brain-trust here. It's worth a call to their customer service to find out for sure. Are you trying to say some of the advice here is no better than what a bartender and his/her patrons would give you after several beers? (I happen to agree with you) Safe travels
Mike134 09/19/22 11:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Axle Bearing Service - Dos and Dont's???

Don't think it was mentioned but those holes on the face of the brake magnet are wear indicators. When they get worn off time for a new magnet. Remember the strength of an electromagnet depends on the mass of metal. Less metal less braking.
Mike134 09/14/22 06:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Storage of Fresh Water - How Long

hmmm I only drain at the end of the year and sanitize in the spring. I'm on well water. After reading this thread maybe I should do it more often, but then again it might be like changing your oil every 3000 miles, nice but not necessary.
Mike134 09/14/22 09:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: NC I95 towable crash near Kenly

As we were heading North up I 77 Sat Dw noted how many trailer of all types were not level, nose up. Not only unsafe but allows most of the weight to be carried on the rear axel. Are people really that ignorant? And likely pulled by a 1/2 ton "THE HORROR" Since I mentioned 1/2T how many wreaks you see? Reading what the tow police write I'd expect to see something every 10 miles. or just maybe it's all just all "the sky is falling" Rant over safe travels
Mike134 09/13/22 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: PSI when using higher load range tires.

Being one of the many, I disagree with BB. Just like eTrailer disagrees with BB. “I can end this debate for you real fast! Trailer tires, which will have an ST in front of the size, should always be inflated to the maximum psi indicated on the tire.” See A tire retailer advising its customers very clearly. It's very clear they are salesmen of unknown knowledge about tires. Then again you could check with the manufacturer who just might know a bit more.
Mike134 09/09/22 03:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar panel system fires

Folks it's not apples to apples here. Those commercial installations have panels wired in series so that the output is 1000volts, the 4 panels on your RV 70volts on a bright sunny day?
Mike134 09/05/22 02:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Unbraked trailer, towing limitations

What percent of people towing do you think drill down like this forum? 1%? I'll do like the other 99% hookup and go!!! I'll worry about stopping later.
Mike134 08/30/22 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mirrors.. no one said we needed Mirrors

only thing I can see in my mirrors is the other lane so no worries I'm covered when I go to change lanes.
Mike134 08/28/22 08:44am Towing
RE: Tire/Axle Question

as others have said cupping is from out-of-balance. Yet keyboard warriors who don't have a clue will say that you don't need to balance a rotating wheel.
Mike134 08/26/22 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Tongue weight limits and wdh

What happens with the tongue weight limit when you are using a weight distributing hitch? My Tacoma says the the tongue weight limit is 650 lbs. Does that mean that if my trailer has a tongue weight over 650 I need a wdh, or that I shouldn’t pull that trailer even with a wdh? The function of a wdh is to take weight off the tongue, right? How would you even measure the tongue weight with the wdh in place? WDH does NOT repeat NOT change the tongue weight. All it does is move weight from the truck rear axle to the truck front axle and trailer axles. If you look at the weights before and after of the axles the total will be the same. Therefore tongue weight hasn't changed. Function of a WDH is NOT to take weight off the tongue, it is to move weight from the TV rear axle to the TV front axle and trailer axle. Think of this experiment. you have a wheelbarrow loaded with stuff and you and the wheelbarrow are on a scale. You lift up on the handle does the overall weight change?? NO. the weight on the wheelbarrow front tire goes up, the weight on your feet goes up, the weight on the rear of the wheelbarrow feet goes down. Your arms are acting like the WD hitch. My cat scale tickets show 200lbs removed from my truck and put onto the trailer axles when the spring bars are connected. So while the tongue weight itself doesn't change the apparent tongue weight that the truck feels does get moved
Mike134 08/26/22 05:36am Tow Vehicles
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