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RE: Purchasing first TT, need a bit of sanity checking advice

Don't be so worried about hitch weight that you put a bunch of stuff in the back of the trailer so the hitch weight is lower. If you don't have about 12% hitch weight, the trailer will start to sway. Better to be 200 lbs over on the hitch weight than to have that sucker start swaying at about 70 mph.
nickthehunter 05/13/22 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck Tents For Camping

Get the tent for a truck bed. Then go get one of them redneck pickup truck beds turned into a trailer rigs and set the tent up in it. That way you don’t have to take the tent and all it’s appurtenances down every time you need to go get a gallon of milk. Or you could just by a tent trailer - otherwise known as a popup.
nickthehunter 05/12/22 05:56pm Tent Camping
RE: Purchasing first TT, need a bit of sanity checking advice

What you are missing is that spec on paper is BASE WEIGHT. Base weight means and is derived from the absolute barebones configuration of the "base" of the vehicle. The "base" of the vehicle is 4x2, smallest engine, regular cab short bed with the lowest trim level offered and zero other options. Buy a crew cab, that adds weight. Buy a long bed, that adds weight. Buy 4x4, that adds weight. Buy the larger engine above the base engine and that adds weight. Buy the top level trim package with all the trimmings and that adds weight. Buy any dealer add on options, that adds weight. Add up all of those options above the "base" and there is your 600+ lb discrepancy and reduction of your available cargo weight of that amount.. Folks get caught up with that supposed tow rating advertised on paper while never reading and comprehending that the number thrown out there is not what you are going to get once you doll the thing up like a Christmas tree. That "tows up to number" is a number used to "market" the vehicle. The real number is just how much cargo capacity you have to work with which unless you bought the absolute barebones vehicle configuration will be considerably less in real life. Fortunately you have discovered this before committing to a trailer which will be over your available cargo rating..That's hyperbole, and mostly pure malarkey. Most towing charts for the last 20 years have accounted for a multitude of configurations. Here's 7 pages worth of configurations for the truck in question. Clicky
nickthehunter 05/12/22 10:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Bedroom slide bind

Possibly the bent frame is causing your slide problem?
nickthehunter 05/09/22 06:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slidouts

I have had the fewest problems with a good hydraulic system. Schwintek and cable slides are a PITA. KenPlease describe for me what the PITA is on the Schwintek system; I'm curious. Leaks at the track screws required removing and sealing all mounting screws, lubing motor and shaft beatings, Controller issues. etc. You cannot run a slide partially has to be fully extended to keep motors in synch. Pain to replace drive motors. I will not have another Schwintek. The hydraulic system has been flawless so far. KenInteresting, I’ve never had a track screw leak, nor have ever taken any out to seal them; never lubed the motor and only spray the track occasionally with the recommended lubricant; never had a controller issue; and have been known to run my slide out partially then pull it back in; never had a problem keeping my motors in sync either. Interesting, two totally polar opposite experiences with the slide system; now the brakes however, what a PITA.
nickthehunter 05/09/22 06:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slidouts

I have had the fewest problems with a good hydraulic system. Schwintek and cable slides are a PITA. KenPlease describe for me what the PITA is on the Schwintek system; I'm curious.
nickthehunter 05/09/22 10:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dealers.....

Up selling has been going on since the beginning of time. If it works 50% of the time then its worth a shot to the seller/dealer. The other 50% re-state their wishes and everyone moves onward.
nickthehunter 05/05/22 10:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

Hydro only is about 6.5% of the power in the US. The Math in the US is a lot different then in Canada.
nickthehunter 04/30/22 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: legit website?

Well if you go to, and all the way to the bottom of that web page, column all the way to the right, about half way down, there’s a link that takes you right to that accessories page. I think that makes it pretty much legit.
nickthehunter 04/29/22 05:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fresh water dump inside help

Hook it up and pull out. Done. I have to drive 5 or 6 miles to get mine, hook it up, pull it home, sanitize it, pull it back to the storage yard, back it in, unhook and drive back home. I’ve never considered that to be a big deal.
nickthehunter 04/29/22 04:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mac All Electric Truck

Everyone throw up your hands and surrender, there is no means to reduce emissions that can’t be shot down on this forum. For once I’d like to see proposals for reducing emissions from some members as opposed to only shooting down ideas. But at least we are hearing much less of the bullsnot about HOW WILL OUR GRANDKIDS PAY BACK ALL THE MONEY WE MUST BORROW TO PAY TO MAKE THE CHANGEYou won’t be around worry about it will ya!
nickthehunter 04/29/22 04:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mac All Electric Truck

Problem one. Electricity shortages and rising prices Additional electricity will be needed to mine the rare earth metals needed for electric car batteries. Such consumption would require the large-scale construction of new power plants, because existing capacity is definitely not enough. An increase in demand always leads to an increase in prices (a basic law of economics). Will electric cars remain as profitable to use as they are now, if electricity tariffs rise noticeably? If the electric fairy could wave a magic wand, and change all vehicles to 100% electric, daily consumption might rise 15%. However, since the majority of charging would happen at night, when other demands are low, the electric companies would not have to add one watt of capacity. The generating companies would be making windfall profits due to increased demand during time periods require NO new investment at all. But of course fairies only exist in fiction. So there is exactly zero chance of new generating facilities being needed for electric vehicles. The NY Times disagrees with your assessment, and it's a sure bet their number is not overstated; if anything it's probably way understated. Clicky
nickthehunter 04/29/22 02:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mac All Electric Truck

Compared to the boatload of energy for bitcoins with each Bitcoin transaction consuming 1,173 kWh? A little perspective can be useful.Take that bitcoin electric load, now add in the energy to charge all those EV's and tell me how the electric grid is going to stand up. Don't forget the friends in Washington want to move towards bitcoin and away from greenbacks. Now there's a useful perspective for you to consider. I'm sure you got an idea of who get's the bill to rebuild the electric grid from the ground up to handle the load.
nickthehunter 04/29/22 02:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: On the road observations

I don’t know about you, but $300 moves my needle. That’s about 3 months worth of school lunches for the kids. So rather than spend $30k on an RV, you fund 300 months of school lunches and sit at home? How is this even relevant?I don’t have a $30k RV either. To some of us $300 is not spare change. I live within my means but a sudden unexpected $300 increase in the costs for a trip is meaningful for me. Just because it’s nickels for you doesn’t make it nickels for the rest of the folks out there.
nickthehunter 04/27/22 06:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: On the road observations

I was telling my wife that everyone would get use to paying $5/gallon for fuel in a few weeks. Even at $5/gallon, we still pay less than most other developed nations. ...but most of us won't be RVing in those other developed nations, so who cares? :p It's a mixed bag: - In Europe, they tend to drive shorter distances in smaller more fuel efficient cars. Or they ride scooters or take mass transit around town. Net effect is they buy much less gas. If gas goes up by $2/gal, not a big deal if you average 3 gal per week. Much different if it's 30gal per week. - RV'ing is quite popular in Europe and yes, we have rented over there. It's a great experience though different from N. American. Of course, in the big picture, fuel costs are not a big driving force. If you've already bought an RV: - You still have the $500/month payments (assuming typical people who get loans). - You still have $100/month insurance. - You still have $500-1000/yr in maintenance costs. - You still pay $25-60/night for a site. - We are looking at a Michigan to Yellowstone trip later this fall and over the 2 months, we have it calculated as maybe around $300 extra for fuel. While annoying, fuel costs hardly move the needle in terms of the overall RVing costs.I don’t know about you, but $300 moves my needle. That’s about 3 months worth of school lunches for the kids.
nickthehunter 04/26/22 06:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Beartooth pass

Let me know when you decide to go for it, I want to get the YouTube video.
nickthehunter 04/25/22 06:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Be careful with engine block heaters

****, some of these people on here are pretty dog gone amazing! They can see a picture and tell what started the fire. The fire investigators must be bilking the rest of us, no hands on needed by the pros on here.
nickthehunter 04/22/22 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Silver Bullet Hose

Don’t know, ain’t worth my time looking it up to see what your talking about; if you’d have provided a link, maybe.
nickthehunter 04/17/22 12:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trying to figure out what trailers I can tow

Anyone that is confused by the differing opinions and wants to know what the real definition of curb weight, payload, etc. is, can go to the clicky I posted earlier and get the “facts”. Clicky
nickthehunter 04/15/22 05:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keeping fridge door open while in storage

My door has pins you can extend to keep the door from closing however, they don't keep it from swinging open if the rig moves.Norcold has a slot in the door jam for the pin to slide into to hold the door slightly open.Exactly, that's how mine work also. They extend into a little hole to keep the door from moving.
nickthehunter 04/14/22 01:25pm Travel Trailers
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