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RE: dinghy towing question

thanks for all the advice! I think that may be the answer. I wasn't paying too close attention to when the pins were sliding, but I'm pretty sure that it was happening when I inserted them from the outside towards the center. I switched to that direction because it was a little easier to get it started in the holes to get everything lined up. Next time I tow next week, I'll try to go from the center out and see if that solves it for me. That makes sense, because that is the direction that the pins shifted towards the outside. thanks all! that was a quick and easy answer.
NatParkJunkie 06/20/22 09:57pm Dinghy Towing
dinghy towing question

Hello I got a jeep this year to tow behind my camper. So far loving the added flexibility it gives me! After driving to my destination, when I go to unhook, I've been noticing that my pin between the tow bar and the jeep frequently floats around. The pin has frequently slid all the way out so that the safety hitch pin is all the way against the side of the clevis bracket. Is this normal? I'm slightly concerned about the safety pin failing or breaking some day and the bar with the red handle falling out. (have safety cables attached, but definitely don't want to need to use them...) Setup using ReadyBrute/Ready Brake tow bar, and maximus 3 tow loops on the jeep side.
NatParkJunkie 06/20/22 03:32pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jack Failure Disaster

sorry to hear about your disaster! sounds like a combination of problems. I'm glad you spotted it and got yourself out of the way so it didn't land on you! if you're moving the legs manually with a drill, 2" at a time with one leg seems like too much of a lift to me. I have 4 corner electric jacks with a remote. When I'm going down, one of my back legs lowers faster than the other 3. As soon as that leg barely lifts off the ground, you can hear the other 3 motors straining more, and the whole thing feels much less stable. I stop right away then, and raise or lower one leg at a time to get the camper back in balance and supporting the load right before continuing down further. Were you rough guessing the amount of drop on each leg, or measuring it? Maybe it would be better to go slower and count each revolution? like Like lower each jack 5 revolutions, then 5 revolutions on the next jack? always lower back legs then front legs so the back is lower than the front. I wonder if you ended up with one of the legs a lot higher than you thought the other 3 were, so the whole camper started pivoting around that high point? I had a similarish- thing happen recently as well. I was down in Florida, and I tried to take the camper off the truck for a few days in a county park. The ground was hard packed dirt/sand. It felt solid enough to me, and I added some wooden blocks to spread out the load on the feet as well. The camper lifted just fine. While I was lowering the camper, the jack legs kept binding about half way down. I lifted and lowered the camper several times, changed the angle, put it back on the truck and tried again, but kept getting bound up about half way down. I ended up putting the camper back on the truck, and left it on the truck for the rest of the trip instead. I think that the ground was soft enough that the camper was settling into the ground a bit at different rates while I was trying to lower it, which got the legs bound up. After reading your story, I'm glad I bailed, and didn't try to force getting the camper off the truck on that trip.
NatParkJunkie 04/11/22 08:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Campsite Lighting

my go to has been the LED tiki torch lights. I found a couple old oil lanterns in my grandfathers garage last year. I took out the oil bits, took apart 2 tiki torches, and put the torch in the middle of the lanterns. Looks really cool, and I get tons of compliments on them, on the rare occasion I go to a campground instead of boondocking where it's really dark. video
NatParkJunkie 04/11/22 08:32pm Tent Camping
RE: Towing fifth wheel from Moran to Colter Bay

google maps is real time mapping, so maybe there was an accident or the road was closed due to snow, etc at the time you plugged in the route so it recommended a route around that, and the road is open again now?
NatParkJunkie 04/09/22 11:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Reservations at federal parks

The fees for use of credit card is still cheaper than hiring a full time employee just to process and deposit checks and cash that call for a trip to the bank for the latter. That's it. I stayed at a first come first served national monument campground that went to credit card payment only. They had a kiosk where you picked a site, and then went to swipe your card in the machine every day to pay for it. I talked to one of the rangers about it, and told them it was a lot more convenient for me than having $22.50 exact cash, or have to carry and write checks for every night, etc. The ranger said the credit card system worked out much better for them too rather than accepting cash/checks. The park had to have 2 rangers sit in a locked room together and both count all the cash every day to verify it, take it to the bank, etc. The cost of their time was a huge savings for them as well.
NatParkJunkie 01/28/22 10:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Northeast Oklahoma

there's a couple national monument sites in south east Kansas and south west Missouri....Fort Scott, George Washington Carver, Pea Ridge, Fort Smith. Also maybe some random Route 66 relics. Blue whale of Cartoosa, Pops Arcadia in Oklahoma City. Other route 66 tall things in Tulsa.
NatParkJunkie 01/17/22 08:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Solar sale

Amazon is having a sale on Renogy solar equipment right now. solar panels, charge controllers, dc to dc charge controllers, some inverters. 15-30% discounts right now. renogy sale Jackery power boxes are also on sale if you need a little pick me up jackary sale
NatParkJunkie 10/19/21 08:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Flying J frustrations - Alternatives?

Look into the EFS fleet fuel card by TSD Logistics. You'll get a lot more than 6 cents per gallon discount at a lot more truck stops. Rob does the TSD card give discounts equal or better than nearby gas stations? truck stops are almost always significantly more expensive than nearby gas stations a mile or two up the road. I'll almost always skip the truck stop for the cheaper fuel. But also have a truck camper. I can pull in anywhere. never have to worry if I can fit through another station with a trailer.
NatParkJunkie 10/02/21 11:25pm General RVing Issues
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