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Insist dealership check vehicle under the exact same conditions

In another thread, I described that our truck has been doing a deep rumbling noise at certain speeds when the trailer is only happened under those noise when driving without the trailer To try to duplicate, the dealership service rep put some amount of weight in the bed...he didn't sense any issue...tried to tell me, 'there's nothing wrong'....I didn't accept that Once he hooked up to a trailer similar in weight to ours, the problem they've replaced the driveshaft The point: it's important that, if a problem only occurs under certain conditions, that we insist the repair tech duplicate those conditions in testing
trailernovice 08/10/22 12:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Deep rumbling when truck loaded (with cargo or TT)

To Jimlin and others who tagged it as a driveline seem to have hit the nail on the head After much back and forth between dealership, regional tech rep, and factory support, the solution which will hopefully resovle the issue--replacement of the driveshaft--has been done
trailernovice 08/10/22 11:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bike Rack for Trailer hitch?

Ditto on the 'don't use a bumper hitch without reinforcements' advice...personal experience...going down the road, people startzed pointing at our rig....our bikes are on the ground, dragging....the bike rack and the connections between the bumper and the frame rails stayed intact...what happened was, the thin metal of the bumper got jiggled and joggled one two many times, and the walls of the bumper peeled open like a banana...the bikes were at a 45 degree angle, and didn't go all the way flat only because the ground blocked them from falling further... That would have been hugely dangerous and a huge liability if the bikes had actually disconnected from the trailer, as generally a person can be responsible for any damage caused by a falling load. I ride a motorcycle as a daily driver, and realize how extremely hard it would be to avoid a crash when two strapped-together bicycles suddenly appear on the road ahead, bouncing around over those with a motorcycle or even a car, BIG problems....alternative of swerving could ALSO create big problems After the fact, I got a welder to take the factory bumper off and replace it with one of much, much thicker metal...and even then, I only use the bumper rack when the truck bed is full It's not the dead weight that's the's the lever action of however much the bikes weigh. extended above and behind the the bumper, bouncing up and down with every dip in the road. Truth to tell, folks warned me about it.....but, given that I'm smarter than everyone else, I took my own path until they were proved right
trailernovice 08/01/22 11:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Deep rumbling when truck loaded (with cargo or TT)

Tyler: You know your stuff! After I posted, I realized, "wait! this thing's under extended warranty! I can just call the dealer"... Service writer can't be certain, especially sight unseen....but said something like, "years ago, in the previous series of 1500's, we had this issue...traced it back to the drive shaft being shifted to a weird angle when the vehicle is heavily loaded"...apparently their (then) solution was some sort of lifting block, that solved the problem when under load but created the situaation of rumbling when the trucks would be empty I set my Reese at 5 links....might the truck 'perceive' the load differently if I put more tension on the w/d hitch, to level it up tighter than I usually run it? that would seem to be a solution, if it's truly a 'driveshaft angle under load' issue...most times, the weight on/in the truck is the trailer tongue weight rather than a cab full of people or a bed full of heavy cargo Thanks in advance for any further input
trailernovice 07/26/22 03:02pm Tow Vehicles
Deep rumbling when truck loaded (with cargo or TT)

At certain speeds, and only when the truck (in signature) is heavy with either people, cargo, or the TT (tongue weight per Jayco is 470 dry), the truck has an 'almost-too-low-and-too-deep-to hear' rumble that lasts until the truck gets either above or below the 'problem' happens at around 10mph and again at around 35 mph.. It's clearly body and/or suspension...definitely not mechanical The truck has never been wrecked (bought it new off the lot, so I'm sure of this), so it's not a flawed repair job that left something unbalanced or misaligned and thus vibrating It just started doing this in the past several months I'm thinking it could be the failure of some sort of bushing or something else that isolates the body from the suspension... I'd appreciate any thoughts
trailernovice 07/26/22 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
What to look for in a tire pressure monitoring system for TT

Is there any 'stay away froms' or 'gotta haves' re features in a TPMS for a travel trailer? What can the pricier ones do that the more economical ones can't? Do they all have a dedicated display monitor, or can some be routed to a phone app or something? thx
trailernovice 07/25/22 09:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: are there upsides/downfalls to single-axle TT's?

Never thought about the thing Scooby mentioned re. noticing a blowout..."I think there is a better chance with single axle that the driver would notice a issue with all the tires on one side, pull over and stop before the tire beats the snot out of trailer." That could be important....When I had a blowout on a tandem-axle trailer on I-10 in the Arizona desert, I didn't realize it until the tire was shredded (trailer feeling strange, and people passing me pointed)....drove on the shredded tire long enough to ruin the wheel and, more importantly, it tore the bathroom floor and ripped the water intake line...had to get a slapdash repair in Las Vegas to be able to continue the trip This issue is probably not enough to move me into a single-axle by itself, but kind of counter-balances the concern about a blowout on a single causing the trailer to tip and possibly yank the truck around
trailernovice 03/23/22 09:05am Travel Trailers
are there upsides/downfalls to single-axle TT's?

All of the 4 travel trailers we have had to date have been double-axle. We've stayed with 25' bunkhouse models because they fit our needs...Soon, though, our teen will be off to college....and we're thinking of downsizing the TT (as well as the house) Soooo, the point: Are there disadvantages to single-axle (and, in most cases like Jayco, 7 feet wide rather than eight) that I haven't thought of? There's the obvious problem of tipping in the case of a blowout (when this happened on our California trip, the trailer 'settled' a bit and became 'swervy' but was in no danger of tipping over and pulling the truck over with it)...Are single-axle trailers harder to maneuver? Does the reduced weight or the configuration make them more susceptible to sway? Any other downsides I need to consider? ON the flip side of the coin, any particular benefits/advantages to single axle?
trailernovice 03/23/22 05:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Norcold light blinking every ten seconds or so

Norcold model N611LT Input 1420 BTUH
trailernovice 03/20/22 09:31am Travel Trailers
OEM brake controller as a dealer-added option

Got the idea for this thread after seeing a 'I just got a new truck and I'm going to put a brake controller on my it' posting Truck in signature did NOT have a brake controller from the factory...but, having dealt with aftermarket controllers, I knew I really wanted to go OEM In talking with the selling dealership, found out that an OEM brake controller could be that became part of the 'deal' for the purchase To me, the OEM unit is much preferred over an aftermarket brake's much smoother, and integrates with the electronics such that the towing miles and braking power can be shown on the dashboard I'm not sure if getting an OEM controller dealer-installed is possible in all makes, but it was for this current-generation Ram pickup....might be something to look into before resorting to an aftermarket unit
trailernovice 03/18/22 06:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jerem Bought a new truck!

Re getting a brake controller... possible to get an OEM unit installed? Truck in signature didn't come from the factory with a brake controller.. had dealer install one (an OEM unit, installed as a dealer add-on)... Much better than the aftermarket ones I'd had on previous trucks.. integrated with truck electronics (can display trailer braking power and towing miles) and-more important-is smooth as silky rather than grabby and hard to adjust
trailernovice 03/18/22 05:57am Tow Vehicles
Norcold light blinking every ten seconds or so

Standard-issue Norcold RV fridge...runs on either battery & propane, or shore power... Switch has three positions: (left) 'automatic' (senses whether on shore power or battery/opts for shore power when hooked up) // (center) 'off' // (right) 'gas' Panel has two lights: A green light (when operating on any source) and, below that, an amber light (when operating on propane---lights up in conjunction with the green light) ' On our trip this past weekend, the green light started blinking, once, every ten seconds or so. The site we were on was slightly unlevel side-to-side...the issue seemed to go away when, as a test, I ran in on propane on a level street when we got home Am I good? Was this issue connected with a levelling problem? Thx in advance
trailernovice 03/16/22 12:07pm Travel Trailers
That hitch is higher off the ground than I remembered!

Just learned a painful lesson about aging and idiocy Hooking up TT today in preparation for return leg back to home...have the standard Reese round those familiar, we understand that bars need to be connected on both sides of the hitch so what do I do, when done with one side? With my almost 55 years of life experience? Do I do the sensible thing, and walk around the front of the truck to get to the other side of the hitch? NO!!! I step onto the hitch, to lift myself up and, what happens??? (drum roll).....I catch my toe under the breakaway cable or something, lose balance and fall straight onto my lower I have 'road rash' that makes it looked like I dropped a motorcycle or something...about 4 inches across and 6 inches high, completely scraped and I KNOW better!!! I'll often say, "I USED to jump off pickup tailgates....but now I step down gently" Putting this out there for benefit of others....not as some sort of a 'clickbait' thing
trailernovice 03/15/22 08:42pm Travel Trailers
Life span of TT with heavy use

We do at least one 'big' trip a year (2000 mile round trip or more) with the trailer, and the rest of our every-other-month trips are generally round-trip length of at least 500 miles Many people I've talked to basically pull their unit to a nearby campground every so often to enjoy a beach weekend or something (my house is ~90 miles from South Padre Island) I keep in mind what one RV salesperson said in a video...when moving down the highway at speed, the trailer experiences a combination of earthquake and hurricane. The trailer, although pretty new, is your basic 'stick and tin' construction, with wood framework Sooooo, to the point: 1.) Is there any particular structural point to keep an eye on? (example maybe the framework around the air conditioner tends to crack over time with heavy use, given that it's supporting a load....anything along those lines) 2.) Is there a particular structural thing that, if it fails, the unit should or will be totaled? 3.) Even with proper maintenance and inspection, everything breaks beyond economical repair at some point....any idea time frame before the trailer is likely to just shake itself apart? Thx
trailernovice 03/15/22 07:53pm Travel Trailers
corner separating

2019 Jayco 264BH After this trip, noticed that--while passenger-side front intact--driver side front corner seems to be separating...see pics/click picks... Contrast the three driver-side pics with the photo of the passenger-side front Would appreciate input re.: --is this a common issue? --what causes it? --is there an actual danger of the whole rig coming apart? or is this just something that goes along with rolling the thing down the highway? (we use the trailer 20-plus nights a year, on at least 5 trips, many of which are 300 miles or more (some are halfway across the country) gets used hard and often)...put another way, can it just be left as is and monitored? or does this issue make the rig unsafe to use? --best solution? any possibility of self-help, or would it need to go to a shop? (out of warranty at this point) --if must be shop-repaired, any idea re. extent of work? --Any other ideas?
trailernovice 09/12/21 04:17pm Travel Trailers
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