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RE: Brake Pads

Done a lot of towing, sometimes in the Rocky Mountains and hot Texas heat. My favorite pads are Ford Motorcraft Superduty Extreme Service pads. I replace rotors with Motorcraft rotors rather than having old rotors turned. Tried many other expensive pads and even slotted rotors, but I have found Motorcraft work best for my 2002 F-250 7.3 truck over the years.
TECMike 11/12/21 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many TT are 7' wide?

If I remember correctly, Casitas are 6'11" wide. That was in 2006 and they may be a little wider now. Call the Casita factory in Rice, Texas, and they can tell you exactly.
TECMike 04/19/21 07:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Roof Coating

Thanks, John, for your insight regarding possibly coating Eternabond on my trailer. I deeply appreciate all the great help you have given to this forum's members throughout the years, John. I had even considered and thought about spraying some paint primer on the Eternabond plastic to making coatings stick better and longer. The jury is still out for me as to what I am going to do. I am leaning, as mentioned, not even coating over the Eternabond. I feel it is a remarkable product is used correctly. You have me beat on care of your roof, John. Yours looks great. Much better than mine. And I also should have used 303 Protectant on mine through the years. Your roof is a testimony to that product. I also am a big fan on 303 protectant, and have used it regularly on my 2002 Ford F250 7.3 Powerstroke dash and interior for about eighteen years. I am proud to say my dash and interior still looks nice for an old truck with close to 250K miles, most of which has been pulling our camper. We sometimes travel to the Rocky mountains in North New Mexico and Southern Colorado at 8500 feet, which does a real number that high with UV deterioration on vehicles and camper roofs unless there is protection on the dash and interior. Same goes for camper roofs. Later during the first year of ownership of our twelve year old camper, I replaced about eighty percent of all the exterior screws with stainless screws. I also used a small piece of doublestick Eternabond on each screw prior to sinking it, thus making a seal around each screw head. Yes, this took a very long time and stainless screws were not cheap. Also removed each marker light and tail light and made gaskets of doublestick Eternabond and replaced screws with stainless screws. All of this to prevent leaks. My wife and I are now in our seventies. Like you, we do not plan on ever selling our camper. When the end of our camping days arrives, we plan on selling our camper at a very low price or perhaps giving it to a deserving young couple just starting out who will take care of it. When that day arrives, I expect the Eternabond and stainless screws will still be holding up fine. I would hope that whatever roof coating I decide to use will also be holding up well. Mike
TECMike 03/23/21 07:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Roof Coating

I have great respect for John's wisdom also. I go back twelve years when we bought our trailer. At that time when it was only a month old, I spent a lot of time putting Eternabond on all of the seams and every penetration on the roof. Lots of Eternabond on our roof. I have become a big fan of Eternabond. It shoows no sign of failing what-so-ever. Over 75K plus miles and twelve years, we have been blessed by never having a leak. So perhaps I should consider only coating the portion of the roof that does not have EBond. Again, thanks to everyone who has kindly offered their opinions and help on this topic.
TECMike 03/22/21 05:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Roof Coating

Does Proguard Liquid RV Roof coating need their primer applied to Eternabond areas prior to application of the coating?
TECMike 03/11/21 11:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Best Roof Coating

Thanks everyone for their posts. Heng's seem to have a good following. However it is interesting that no one has used Proguard, which has a five year warranty if applied properly.
TECMike 03/08/21 07:52am Travel Trailers
Best Roof Coating

Trying to decide on a roof coating for our small twelve year old Sunnybrook. The following are highly rated: Proguard, Heng's, Kool Seal, and Dicor. I would appreciate comments about any of these from experienced users in order to help make a decision. Thanks so much! Mike
TECMike 03/07/21 08:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaf Spring Replacement

As an older couple, my wife and I have been camping and pulling trailers nearly 50 years now. In thinking back over the years, I believe the number one failure we have seen on trailers/fifth wheels are tires. Next it seems broken springs rank number two, along with wheel bearing failures, when it comes to towing travel trailers/fifth wheels. Perhaps others can mention other failures that we can use as preventive measures; not only for our family's safety, but for others traveling as well. We can all benefit from safety knowledge.
TECMike 02/13/21 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaf Spring Replacement

Thanks Huntindog, for the response. I had wet bolts installed when I bought the trailer, so perhaps that has helped, along with the Equaflex suspension. No sagging at all, just old OE springs with a lot of miles on them. Yes, perhaps the steel was better back in 2009.
TECMike 02/11/21 07:43pm Travel Trailers
Leaf Spring Replacement

Is it necessary to replace leaf springs on a travel trailer as preventive maintenance? Our small Sunnybrook travel trailer is twelve years old, been a joy to own without any major problems. I estimate my wife and I have pulled it about seventy thousand miles since we bought it new. Should I give consideration to replacing its leaf springs? They seem to be fine, other than being old. But I do not want to have a spring to fail in the middle of nowhere. Would appreciate advice from seasoned RVers. Thanks in advance.
TECMike 02/11/21 05:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4 season camping

Deltabravo is right. Nash is now aluminum framed, according to their website. This is causing me and my wife to now consider the Nash 23D, as we like shorter trailers.
TECMike 01/27/21 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Honda Eu3000 Problem

As I mentioned, it has a carb fuel drain screw that is easily seen and accessible when you open the side panel door. It function is to drain fuel from the carb and gas line when the generator is going to be stored for a while. Easy to use. As mentioned before, I did not even know it was there all these years. Never too old to learn, I guess.
TECMike 12/24/20 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda Eu3000 Problem

As I mentioned, it has a carb fuel drain screw that is easily seen and accessible when you open the side panel door. It function is to drain fuel from the carb and gas line when the generator is going to be stored for a while. Easy to use. As mentioned before, I did not even know it was there all these years. Never too old to learn, I guess.
TECMike 12/24/20 04:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

For those you who own a new 7.3 gas F-250 or F-350, and are towing tag-along travel tailers and fifth wheels, would appreciate your sharing any information on your gas mileage when towing. Thanks in advance for your help and advice.
TECMike 12/24/20 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Honda Eu3000 Problem

Amazing how a little bit of unseen contamination can cause problems. Hope this information will help others with their issues.
TECMike 12/21/20 12:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda Eu3000 Problem

Just want to add, for those who may attempt the carb cleaning job, my carb looked perfectly clean. It was spotless. Apparently there was some unseen minor dirt or something hid in one of the jets or body that the cleaning removed. Hope the above helps someone. Mike
TECMike 12/18/20 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

No question, the newer diesels are much more powerful and nicer than our old 2002 7.3 diesel. I have been told, however, by diesel mechanics/technicians, to BE SURE to get a warranty of some type if I were to buy a newer used diesel three or four years old.
TECMike 12/18/20 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

My 2002 SRW F-250 is a 4X2 also and has the twin I-beam suspension. Very tough and comfortable ride. However, I believe for safety, my next truck, if I buy one, will be a four wheel drive. Friends of mine, who own them, tell me if you ever need 4WD one time to get you out of a jam, it will have paid for itself. We love our old Ford 7.3 Powerstroke! Loud, but simple, dependable old truck. Cast iron block and cast iron heads, six head bolts per cylinder, external oil cooler and its injection system sourced from Caterpillar, from what I read. But the amenities, comfort, and safety features of the new trucks sure are appealing. And the new Ford 7.3 gas engine seems to be built for toughness, simplicity and longevity, according to Ford's brochures. I hope it is a great success for Ford.
TECMike 12/15/20 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

My hearing aids pick up the road and engine noise of our 7.3 diesel more these days. Hearing inside the cab to my bride of 57 years is more difficult. Some might say it is an advantage! It is my understanding the 7.3 diesel engine (International 444T) was designed for International school buses and garbage trucks in the 80s. Perhaps that explains why kids used to come out with their school books when I pass down a street! Considering this, it sure would be nice to have a quiet cab with upgrades that help with safer driving and towing, like lane change alerts, backup cameras and 360 degree cameras. Not to mention heated seats for my old bones! The larger gas tank, if an option, would be something to consider.
TECMike 12/13/20 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Three Season Trailer to Four Season Trailer

Thanks, everyone, especially Bob and John. Wife and I use cut-out reflextic material from Lowes (like truck/car bubble foil for windshield/dash to keep sun out) for each window and put it between the blinds and windows at night. And it greatly helps with window insulation, not only in winter but with our 104 degree Texas days. I was surprised at how much it helped. I offer this cheap/easy idea for folks that need just a little help with their window insulation.
TECMike 12/13/20 06:58am Travel Trailers
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