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RE: Enhancing RV security

I am not paranoid, but that doesn't mean that everyone is not out to get me. I think you need to make sure you have insurance, just in case. Don't leave anything of real value outside unlocked, don't leave anything of real value in plain sight and put a GPS tracker on your RV. After that, just use common sense. Once you get caught up in the "But, what if..." spiral you will not want to go anywhere. Sell your RV, get a place that is in a safe spot and you will live a more peaceful life. I am not a full timer but I have been pulling trailers all over the western side of our country for more than 24 years. Haven't done anything stupid (yet) and haven't had any problems either. I choose to believe that life is much better than what an overactive imagination might come up with. Just my 2 cents....
aftermath 08/14/21 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

I agree with Skibane. There is quality out there but you have to look hard. Oliver is a very good example. The issue is that, with the trailers you listed, you will have to give up some things and that is the problem. I also agreed with the Walmart reference. The bottom line is that we want the best but refuse to pay the price. The RV industry is making large trailers, with important things like, slide outs, big screen televisions, kitchen islands, surround sound systems for both inside and outside, automatic awnings and even fake fireplaces. We as a nation, are not ones to cutback. While we want big trailers, we do not want to pay big prices. And, "lightweight" trailers are the result. Lots of good stuff while keeping weight down so that we might save a gallon or two in the long run really doesn't focus on quality and durability. RV manufacturers know all of this and that is why there are many trailers out there that meet the "needs" of the public. Don't see this changing anytime soon.
aftermath 08/14/21 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Buying a new 25ft, 4 season TT - Are these high quality?

There is no such thing as a 4 season trailer. Extended perhaps but down to 20 degrees and less, no way. I have read about people pulling their trailers up to the ski hills. If you read close enough, they talk about draining the lines, carrying water in jugs and using the facilities at the hill. I have been down to the high 20s in mine and needed to keep the heat running not to freeze up. Don't recommend this. My cousin has an Arctic Fox. Probably the most solidly built trailer I have seen. It is heavy and expensive but very well made in my opinion.
aftermath 08/11/21 05:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: A basketball question....or two

aka Pedro. Here is the rule. If you are talking about what the pros do, you are correct. Rules to these guys are simply "suggestions". The free thrower or any player beyond the three-point arc may not enter the free-throw lane until the ball touches the ring or backboard. However, all players who are lined up in marked lane spaces may enter the key/lane once the free thrower releases the ball.
aftermath 08/09/21 05:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: New TT Tires

Deano, congratulations on the Airstream. You are going to like it. The Marathons proved to be poor tires, hence Goodyear came out with the improved Endurance. If you liked your Marathons, you will like the Endurance. I purchased my used Airstream in 2009 and promptly replaced the tires with Maxxis. I was pleased with them and when it came time for new tires I went with the Carlsile Radial Trail HD that my local Discount Tire shop was selling. I also went with LRE which was a bit of an overkill for me. They will take 80PSI I believe but I run mine at 70. They are now 5 years old and I have put over 25,000 miles on them without issue. The tread still looks great but I will replace this set next spring anyway. I do have one tire that is showing some wear on the outer edge but that is an axle issue and not a bad tire. The reason I went to these is that the Maxxi at the time was quite a bit more expensive. I think I paid all of $100 per tire back then. Don't really have a clue as to prices today. This might be an option for you.
aftermath 08/07/21 03:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

Airstream maybe the pinnacle when it comes to longevity and towabilty. But they are not the pinnacle when it comes to interior living space and features. In my opinion Airstrem units are crampedand tight vs. the competition. What you gain in quality, you lose in usable space. Nevertheless they have a loyal follwing however they are not for me. True words here. While I do like mine, it has no slide out and while there is ample interior storage there is almost NO exterior storage. It is low to the ground too. These certainly are not for everyone. I am no fat cat looking for places to throw my money. Got ours very slightly used, 3 years old for about half of the original price. Back in '09 the original price was much less than it is today.
aftermath 08/05/21 08:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about lowering unhitched 2 wheel travel trailer

I am with Delta Bravo, perhaps us Spokane guys think alike.:) Look, it is pretty simple. Back your trailer into place, place wood 2 bys to level it from side to side. Chock the wheels. Unhitch from your tow vehicle by using the tongue jack. Drive the tow vehicle away. Use the tongue jack to level the trailer from front to back. Put down your stabilizers and you are set. Everything is level, nothing is at risk of breaking. You can put some blocks of wood under the tongue jack if you need additional height to get it level. Use wood blocks. If yours cracked, get some new ones. Leave the cement blocks at home, unless you like tossing them around for exercise.
aftermath 08/04/21 10:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Quality Travel Trailers

True, Airstream was purchased by Thor but the management at Airstream is the same, they are still made in the same place by the same people. You can go visit the plant if you would like. They are not cutting corners or buying cheap materials. What they are doing, and this is where I am having trouble, they are changing and going upscale, if that is possible. Today, an Airstream is extremely expensive. They have top notch materials and are going to all electric fridges, on demand water heaters, automatic awnings, powered levelers with upscale faucets, stoves and everything else. That said, I do like my 15 year old trailer. I have owned it for 12 year sand have put over 55k miles and everything still works. No drawers falling out, the fridge still works as does everything else. All the doors shut and the windows open easily. I do believe quality is better than the two other trailers I owned but they are not....I say not....perfect. Pull any trailer down the road at 60mph and you are going to have some maintenance. How much, is the question.
aftermath 08/04/21 09:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Frayed cable

Kev, Google cable lifting system for (your trailer). You will get many hits. There are also YouTube videos that can show you how to replace cables. Give this a shot.
aftermath 08/01/21 08:33am Folding Trailers
RE: Towing w/out weight dist -- am I being too conservative?

What Mr. andyj just said. If can install an equalizer hitch, you can do yours. Not a big thing.
aftermath 07/31/21 05:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fridge not cooling

AC means alternating current which is what you get when plugged in. Some fridges operate on gas or AC. Some older ones operate on gas, AC or DC which comes from your battery. The fridge is not like the one in your house. You have an absorption system that requires a closed circuit in which refrigerant circulates. The circulation is caused by heat which is where the flame comes in. If your fridge requires the lighting of the pilot lite, then this is it. This is all the flame you need. It does not "come on" like a water heater does. Now, you also need patience. Once the pilot is lit, it might take hours to get things to cool down. Depending on the ambient temperature outside, it might take a day. If it never cools down then you have a different issue.
aftermath 07/18/21 01:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: TARS

My dad used to say "Bison" a lot. The bison is where he washed his face each morning.
aftermath 07/11/21 02:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: I kid you not!

Hey Pitch, I am a math major, ouch. I are pretty gud at English though. Bottom line, people just want to complain. It isn't hard to find someone to fit into their tirade of the week.
aftermath 07/06/21 05:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: How important is level with residential fridge

"for the residential fridge"? If you have a fridge that is the same as the one you have in your residence, then it is an electric only compressor type that does not have to be level. If you have a standard gas/electric fridge that comes in your basic travel trailer, then it needs to be "somewhat" level. It doesn't have to be perfect but, as was described before, level enough to where you feel comfortable in it.
aftermath 07/01/21 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane alarms sounds at odd times

OK here is an off the wall possible solution. My trailer is 15 years old and maybe 8 or 9 years ago I was having the same issue. Battery was not the issue but I did check that. I read on a forum somewhere that it is important to "test" the detector each year. It even says to do that in the documentation that comes with the detector. The explanation I was given is that the test will dislodge any dust that might accumulate on the sensors. I wasn't really sold by this explanation but did the test and, haven't had any more issues with mine. I do test it each spring as part of the de-winterizing ritual. Still am concerned about having to replace it, but I will when I have to. Give this a try.
aftermath 07/01/21 04:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: A basketball question....or two

Are you talking Pro Basketball? If so, there are no rules. Have given this "sport" up as it does not resemble the basketball I played and coached. I do believe that long ago the rule referring to free throws is that you could not enter the key until the ball hit the rim or backboard. They changed it to after it leaves the shooter's hand. Charging is also a good one. This has changed from year to year. It has become an emphasis at times and everyone was getting called. It depends on who is playing it seems. I still love to watch college basketball. With the new ruling that players will now be paid for their participation in advertising and money raising programs for colleges, it might start to look like the pros. While I am in favor of fairness and pay to athletes, how they are going to do this is the big question of the day. Stay tuned. This might be just another example of the big schools reaping benefits not available to the smaller schools. The rich will get richer.
aftermath 06/29/21 11:19am Around the Campfire
RE: Level

I use a phone app. Level Mate Pro. You can google it. I used all sorts of levels and they all worked but it was time consuming and I am a bit particular. Put in the Level Mate Pro and then leveled the trailer, and set the information into the app. Now, I can see just how much off level from side to side, down to the 1/2 inch. Place the levelers and drive up on them. Disconnect the trailer and use the app to level it from front to back. Actually works pretty slick. It is not perfect but it is an improvement from reading the bubbles.
aftermath 06/09/21 09:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Weight Distribution Hitch

If you are on a flat surface that is reasonably level you can make the adjustments. Get it close and then take your tools with you and find a parking lot to do the final work. Don’t use a level, instead use a tape measure and make your trailer parallel to the pavement. This is it. The street in front of my house is not "level" but it is straight. Think about that for a minute. I set up my hitch doing exactly what Lynnmor described. I have checked it many times on "nearly level" ground and it is just fine.
aftermath 06/07/21 08:50am Towing
RE: Issue with being removed from a certain Camping retailer...

Gritdog, what? You don't want to pay money upfront to join a club that will give you 10% off of their merchandise that they mark up 15%?
aftermath 06/07/21 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Weight of travel trailer

I agree with what Nickthehunter just said. A tow rating is a decent place to start but....few half tons can actually tow the maximum weight stated without having troubles in other areas. I tow a 6500 lb trailer with my Tundra that (they say) can tow 10K lbs. With a TW of close to 1000 lbs I am close to my payload number before I even start the engine. So, look at axle ratings and payload capacities when you start to narrow your choices.
aftermath 06/07/21 08:25am Travel Trailers
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