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RE: Help with new travel trailer

Find the floor plan that will suit you and the kids. Go to the dealer and sit in it, wander about in it for 30 min. to an hour or more if you like. See if the layout works for you. Quality does vary even with all the models made in Indiana and without having to spend 75K and up they are all earthquakes on wheels when you pull them down the road. Things get loose so really it will come down to care and maintenance. I have a Keystone Laredo travel trailler, 37 feet, its a beast to pull and to find gas stations able to get in and out of, I have a gasser 2500, diesel is easier. The trailer itself is in my opinion good quality. We love it and it has been relatively problem free. I can keep it in my yard at my home so I am frequently out doing something on it even if its just checking for leaks, the no.1 enemy of an RV. Neglect will kill a trailer quicker than anything else. Bottom line in my opinion is find something that will accommodate your family and when inspecting a trailer look at fit and finish, look underneath at the suspension, look at the roof for any scratches across it. There is no guarantee for anything really. As stated the water heater, refrigerator, furnace all have their own manufacturer warranty that will be longer than the dealer first year stuff. I would say be vigilant but there is only so much that you can spot on the surface. Good luck.
ken56 05/22/20 06:50am Beginning RVing
RE: Jack stuck up

Shear pin most likely. You will have to take it off and take it apart. While its apart clean it and grease it up.
ken56 05/11/20 06:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Western NC activities

The suggestion of Maggie Valley is a good one I think. For what you are asking for Maggie Valley has a few nice campgrounds to choose from and is centrally located for day trips to Asheville and Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Asheville has the Biltmore Estate that is really nice to spend a whole day at. Expensive ticket but it delivers a wonderful experience. Waynesville is quaint and worth walking around one afternoon. Cherokee is touristy yes but fun to see and walk around. It has the Museum of the Cherokee Indian that is a must see. Very interresting...and there is Harrahs casino too if inclined to play the slots or black jack or poker, nice place too. The drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park over Newfound Gap is a great day trip too. At the top of the mountain is a rest area overlook for some great views. Just around the corner is the road to Clingmans Dome, the 2nd highest point east of the Mississippi. It has an observation tower/platform that's about a 1/2 mile trail hike/walk to. Now THAT is where the real spectacular views are...on a good clear day. It can be in the clouds at times. G'burg and Pigeon Forge are tourist heaven. Lots of things to do, Anakeesta is one of the newest additions and is worth going up to. So is the Sky Bridge. All that said, Maggie valley has the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum. Even if you don't ride its an interesting stop. Lots of antique stores and nice golf course if you golf. It is a beautiful place too.
ken56 05/06/20 04:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-40 traverse from Asheville, NC to Gatlinburg, Tn

Between the 2 parks Pine Mountain is nicer but Twin Creek is closer to G'burg if G'burg is your choice to stay in. Things are pretty slow around here these days as most things aren't fully open yet. If you decide on Twin Creek then take exit 440 or 435, either one and pick up 321 all the way to the CG. If you go to Pine Mountain then go to exit 432 and take 411 into Sevierville. You will go by Bush's Beans on 411 and its worth a stop or something to go back to. Nice little museum and cafe for a very good lunch. Great food. They close at 4.
ken56 05/03/20 12:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-40 traverse from Asheville, NC to Gatlinburg, Tn

I live in the area and have taken this stretch many times. You are going through the Pigeon river Gorge and trucks are limited to the right lane. Just get in behind a truck, keep a good following distance and use your tranny gearing to keep your speed down. It's an interstate so there are no hairpin turns or switchbacks but it is mostly down hill from Asheville and it has many curves and you will need to take it easy. Its not terrible. I have a 2500 gaser and I manage just fine. Where in G'burg are you going for your stay? You can take exit 440, Wilton Springs, and connect to 321 to go into G'burg. You can take exit 435 if you want a Walmart to stop at before going to the campground. It leads to 321 also. Any other questions just ask.
ken56 05/01/20 06:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Liquid Rubber Roofing

I just had RV Armor installed on my roof. Its not a do it yourself product because the company guarantees it for the life of the trailer and its transferable if you sell the unit. Great product. I think it can go directly on the plywood. Look up the website and call them. Invvestigate Heng's also
ken56 04/29/20 04:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter, is it working

Just had issues with mine. It would not charge the battery but the slides and lights worked. I just replaced it with the Progressive Dymanics 9260. Its not hard to do yourself if you have decent access to it. Its usually located behind the breaker/fuse panel. I had to remove my distribution panel to access the converter so you may have to also. Youtube has lots of videos on how to do it.
ken56 04/27/20 04:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Roofing Fix

Research the liquid rubber roof products that are out there. I just had an RV Armor roof put on and it's guaranteed for the life of the trailer and has a transferrable warranty. I like mine so far. No more checking the Dicor sealant around any openings. Heng's is similar and you can do it yourself. RV Armor requires you use their technician to apply it but they come to you to do it, no taking it to a facility.
ken56 04/26/20 04:33am Tech Issues
RE: Firearms in Calf.

Better safe than sorry. A gun you can't get to is useless but it beats going to jail. This is exactly why firearms laws need to be standardized accross the country. One State denies people their rights and others are fairly unfettered. Have you looked at Handgunlaw.us? NRA site for stae information? CA.gov?
ken56 04/25/20 04:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Finally, A Roof Over My Head

I just had an RV Armor roof put on mine. It is an epoxy that is mixed and then applied. It looks fantastic and is gauranteed for the life of the trailer and its a transferable warranty if I should sell it. I did not do this project myself. It's tedeous and a little complex in prep and mixing the liquid membrane to apply. Primer goes on first then the final membrane. It is tough as nails when dried. Plus they back it up with support should any future issues arise. They come to you wherever you are. The tech did mine in my yard beside the house where I park it. Took about 3 days to complete.
ken56 04/24/20 05:52am Tech Issues
RE: Purchased my first RV

Congrats and welcome to the RV community and this forum. Yes you can opperate the slide on just the battery but if you can plug into a 20 amp household circuit so the battery stays charged up. The trailer converter should do this automatically. Now you have to remember to check the water level in the battery every so often so put it on like a monthly check list. Now you will need varying adaptors for plugging into different recepticles so pick up an adaptor that is regular duplex to 30 amp plug like that is on the trailer. Pick up a 50 amp to 30 amp adaptor for campgrounds that only have 50 amp service plugs. You say you already have the surge protector so that's good. I keep my sewer hoses in a bin. Find some bins that will fit into your storage compartments and then you can collapse the slinky to fit into it. I get 30 ft. into one bin with the connection fittings and caps. I put my outdoor cooking pans in a bin and put electrical cords and outdoor lights and lanterns in another bin. I have basic tools in another bin....categorize your bins for the things you store. As you camp you will find out the things you need to have. Don't over buy stuff. You will end up with a bunch of stuff you find you don't use or need. Seeing that we can't really go anywhere yet read your manuals. Learn about your new trailer and its workings. You did right by getting the 4 point Equal-I-Zer hitch, its a good hitch. Read that book too on how to keep things torqued and lubed properly. After all that you will be ready to go have fun.
ken56 04/23/20 08:20am Beginning RVing
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

Had plans to visit friends who full time in Myrtle Beach for a few days just after Memorial weekend and then on down to Charleston SC for a week. Cancelled that already. TN state parks will be opening up on Friday, at least some of them so I think I will see what I can get into.
ken56 04/23/20 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Shore Power Question -- (15A+30A=45A)

Your RV is not your sticks and bricks home with a 200 amp service. Breakers are limiting devices for safety reasons. Can you draw more than 30 amps in a 30 amp rated coach? yes, for a little while until that breakker trips because of over heating. Your home and your trailer both have 110/120 volts entering them when plugged in. A 50 amp coach still has 110/120 volts entering the box. The difference is the distribution legs in the box each have 110/120 to them where the 30 mp coach has 110/120 powering both sides. Don't try fancy power gymnastics to "get more power". Manage your usage when you're a plugged into a 30 amp circuit. I never have any issues when my 50 amp coach is plugged into 30 amp shore power. You just have to understand you are limited in using the high wattage appliances at the same time.
ken56 04/21/20 08:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery charge

Was having the same issue and turned out to be the converter. 75% is enough to make everything work but its not a strong full charge. Your converter is not doing its job properly. If you can afford it and your converter is a WFCO change it out for a Progressive Dynamics one of suitable size for your trailer. Save youself future problems now.
ken56 04/17/20 07:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Converter charging circuit

I just wound up ordering a new converter. I've chased this problem long enough. I took the one posters advice to call Randy at Best Converter and he was the best. I told him of what the issue was and described how things were acting electrically and he said change the converter from the WFCO. So I ordered the Progressive Dymanics 9260 and once I got it changed out BAM! everything was better. Lights were a bit brighter, slides worked more strongly, awning worked more strongly...and 13.62 volts at the battery. The 4 stage charger of the 9260 was reccomended by Randy for my AGM battery and style of camping. Kudos to Best Converter. If you ever have issues don't waste your time calling anyone else.
ken56 04/17/20 07:47pm Tech Issues
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

The damage to small business is going to take a hard toll. Prediction is 25% will never reopen with those jobs lost. No matter what the gov.does it will not be enough to return to a so call normal. We will enter a period of long hard recovery economically. All those mortgages on "hold"....you better have the cash handy to pay and catch up because that has not been forgiven, only delayed. I am more concerned with the damage to our freedom and liberties. These shelter orders are not law. Governors can not just declare a law. People are being arrested for just being outside...alone..paddle boarding, running on the beach, a family of 3 in a park not near anyone else, telling us what we can and can't purchase. We have willingly given up our freedom. There is no reason that if people practice proper social distancing protocols we can not go about our private business without government telling us we can not buy paint. I go about my day as I need to and do wear a mask and use gloves when needed. I will not lay down and give up my rights because a governor says I should. Gun stores can't do business but pot stores can? Liquor stores can?
ken56 04/14/20 05:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Lewiston to Lolo pass highway 12 road questions

12 follows the Lewis and Clark expidition route fairly closely. There is a visitor center at Lolo pass that is worth a stop in. It is a beautiful drive. There is a law that you must pull over and let other vehicles pass if yiu are 'holding up traffic. There are pullouts on the road but I found them to be lacking in notice and always wound up passing them. I was not going to jamb on my brakes just to be able to pull into one, and I was only doing 45 most of the time.
ken56 04/13/20 08:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Converter charging circuit

I got .54 volts coming to the battery. It seems though the rest of the converter is sending 12 volts to the lights and both refrigerators because they are working normally. The one thing I did not check are the circuit breakers monunted on the frame near the battery. Could it be one or both of those? I have a AGM battery btw.
ken56 04/13/20 08:32am Tech Issues
RE: Converter charging circuit

Checked and tested everything and it's dead, zip, zilch, nada, RIP. Now to order a new converter and get a new battery. Thanks for all the help. This is what is great about this fourm, so much knowlege to share and willing to be helpful. Thank you everyone.....oh, and have a happy Easter inspite of the virus garbage.
ken56 04/11/20 05:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter charging circuit

Yep, converter is a WFCO 9855. Checked all fuses and breakers including the ones on the conveter. Had to take the distribution panel off to get to the converter and looked for any burnt spots or melted wires. The battery has been on a charger but wont hold a charge long now. It's 3 years old. Problem seems to have been going on for a while I guess because the battery seems to be toast. Slides have always operated and refrigerators (2) have always worked properly. I suppose it's time for a new converter.
ken56 04/11/20 03:52pm Tech Issues
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