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RE: Fun at the CAT Scales - Kind a Surprised at the result.

If you find you cannot transfer enough weight to the front axle of the truck, even when the Hensley jacks are drawn up to their maximum recommended amount, then I would suspect that the WD bar socket bushings in the hitch head need to be replaced. That is a very simple task. First you remove the bars, The remove the small bolt on the bottom of the hitch head right between the two bar sockets that holds the bushings in the head. This will allow you to remove the bar bushings and inspect them. If the inside edges are worn thin where the bar pushes against it, then simply order new ones from Hensley. You will notice an immediate improvement in the amount of jack raising necessary to achieve the needed weight transfer. Barney
BarneyS 10/16/19 12:08pm Towing
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

A friend of mine that has been in the RV repair business for over 30 years told me- Now these are not hard and fast figures, there are to many variables (WB of tow vehicle, distance from tear axle of the TV to the hitch ball, distance from the TT hitch to the TT axles, location of the tanks etc) to use the rule of 1/3rds, say that you have a LOADED tongue weight of 900# when the WD hitch is adjusted it will transfer ABOUT 300# to the TV front axle, ABOUT 300# to the TV rear axle and ABOUT 300# to the TT axles.True,, but it all still counts as TW. There is no free lunch See the first post in this thread.
BarneyS 10/16/19 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: 2 Battery banks built from 6 volts

I would get a Torklift battery box as already mentioned. It will fit all four of your batteries on the tongue which should be strong enough for the weight. Here are some pictures of my sons former trailer with one on the tongue. He didn't have 4 batteries but used the space for other things, as you can see. Those dividers are adjustable to any size space you need or can be removed. Barney https://i.imgur.com/h4s61YNl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/7AjPXSql.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jbIEF5rl.jpg
BarneyS 10/16/19 07:59am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fun at the CAT Scales - Kind a Surprised at the result.

A Hensley is no different from any other WD hitch when it comes to weight distribution. Barney
BarneyS 10/16/19 07:32am Towing
RE: Fun at the CAT Scales - Kind a Surprised at the result.

You need to roll across those scales with just the truck before anyone can tell you if your WD is right or not. Need to find out the weight on both of the axles with no trailer attached. Then the numbers you have posted can be used. It might also help if you gave the make and model of the truck you are using as a tow vehicle. Barney
BarneyS 10/14/19 07:44am Towing
RE: One Side lower than the other

Try jacking the trailer up higher while hooked to the truck before you start to draw up the chains. It won't hurt the truck or trailer at all. You should raise it high enough so that you can easily put the chains on the hook and draw them up. It will seem very odd at first and you will think you are going to break something , but it is fine and is the proper way to do it. If you have an electric tongue jack then the job is almost effortless. The higher you jack, the easier it will be. If not, then look at it as an opportunity to get a little exercise in before you travel. Do the same for unlooking also - much safer that way. You always want the same number of links under tension on each side. Barney
BarneyS 10/14/19 07:34am Towing
RE: RV Rallys

If you are going to be in a certain area for a while why don't you start your own rally? Just post an interest in it and see how many others would be willing to attend. Then pick a date and place , post it up, and then go have some fun. :) Barney
BarneyS 10/13/19 06:00pm Snowbirds
RE: One Side lower than the other

Talk about the number of chain links that are under tension. There should be a minimum of 5 on each side. Those are the links between the snap-up hook and the WD bar. Not all manufacturers put the same number of chain links on their bars so telling how many you have left over - not under tension - does not help members know how tight your bars are. Barney
BarneyS 10/13/19 05:25pm Towing
RE: Towing 2013 Ford Expedition

Moved to Dinghy towing forum from Towing.
BarneyS 10/12/19 03:43pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Air conditioner noise reduction

I would get one of these if I were sure it would fit our Atwood Air Command unit. Have reached out to the company but not heard back yet. Our unit is quieter than our previous AC but still too loud for my wifes' comfort. Barney
BarneyS 10/12/19 06:43am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

Be aware that the ice cream companies cannot just whip a bunch of air into the product to save themselves money. At least in Michigan, where my dad ran an Ice cream company his whole life and I worked there from the time I was able to take directions reliably until I graduated from college, the gallon of ice cream must weigh a certain amount (air) and that weight is constantly monitored as the cartons or containers are being filled at the freezer. Every 15 minutes or so a gallon is weighed and if necessary the air volume is changed right then as the ice cream continues to be put in the cartons. We used to run three or four freezers at a time when filling quarts and also the 3 gallon tubs. I suspect that most states have regulations similar to Michigans when it come to the weight of ice cream cartons. You are certainly right on the size however! It is difficult to find a full half gallon now. :M By the way, the name of the ice cream company was Wesleys Ice Cream Co. and was located in Detroit, Mi. My dad helped form that company from the Ebling Creamery Co. and was still there when it was sold to another dairy in Michigan many years later. He then left and went to the Baskin Robbins plant in Ann Arbor where he finished his career. Thanks for the opportunity to reminisce! :) Barney
BarneyS 10/11/19 05:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slides- Important stuff AND what they don't tell you.

We have had slides in both of our last two trailers and never had a major problem or had to buy any parts. This is over a period of about 25 years and our current trailer is 15 years old with only one occurrence of a slight problem. This problem happened while traveling. After an overnight stop, the slide would not go in evenly. One side would go in and the other would not move. It took two men and myself to push it back in so we could continue our journey. We left it in until we reached our Florida destination and called a mobile RV tech. He came out, crawled under the trailer, stayed about one minute and the slide worked great! Seems the shaft connecting the two sides from the motor had slipped out of its' connection because the keeper bolt had loosened up. He simply slid it back into position and tightened the bolt and we never had a problem since. Our trailer is now 15 years old. We have always had a slide topper on our slideouts. They keep all the twigs and leaves off of it and also the rain. They also help keep the interior cooler durning warm weather. What twigs and leave do fall on it just drop off as it rolls up with the slide. If they are wet and sticky, I just stand there with a broom and brush them off as they come into view. No ladders needed. There is no problem with putting them partially out during a lunch break. Just do it in an area where someone won't run into it. If you have room then I would put it all the way out. I would not leave it like that overnight or for a long period of time however since it will not be sealed up against the trailer wall and will probably leak during rain and let in bugs. You have already discovered most of the "gotcha's". I put a piece of black elect. tape around our awning rod to indicate the distance our slideout projected. That way I could make sure it would not hit a tree or power pedestal in tight quarter. Our slides have been almost totally trouble free for over 25 years and I would not have a trailer without one. Hope this helps. :) Barney
BarneyS 10/11/19 04:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: Where is the manual slide out override on my 2011 Komfort?

Some have a hole in the side of the trailer for a crank. My trailer has a small crank that fits on a bolt under the trailer on the slide out motor or gear case. It has been a long time since I was under there so can't remember exactly. If you don't see a small hole, crawl under and look at the slide mechanism. You should find some way of turning the motor or shaft. Might be with just a wrench and not a special crank. Barney
BarneyS 10/10/19 04:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Eternabond vs Dicor

Snip... BarneyS: You put eternabond on every roof penetration 10 years ago. Leak or preventive maintenance? Snip... It was done exclusively for preventive maintenance. By the way, we did not cover the edges with sealant but did cover our whole roof with liquid rubber several years ago - again for preventive maintenance. We have never had a leak in the roof (knock on wood). Barney
BarneyS 10/10/19 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Suspension Questions

Absolutely it is a job you can do yourself. There is a great thread on this stuck at the top of this forum, complete with lots of pictures, that will help you do it. The former moderator of this TT forum, Les Adams, started it and I and others did their trailers following his lead. I posted about about it also in his thread. I think you will find it very helpful. Barney
BarneyS 10/10/19 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Organized Obie Installs

I have had excellent luck using the small screw anchors that you push or pound into a drilled hole like these(white or yellow ones). Barney
BarneyS 10/10/19 07:47am Travel Trailers
RE: 5th wheel with largest tanks

Snip...I guess they figure that I can pee more than I can drink....go figure.... They are right! I drink one cup of coffee and pee about two gallons!!! :E :B Barney
BarneyS 10/10/19 07:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to me: Flex mend

Moved to Tech Issues forum from DIY.
BarneyS 10/10/19 07:28am Tech Issues
RE: ST Tires ???

9 pages of opinions and MANY off topic and flaming remarks that needed either editing or deleting. Time to close this one. It went longer than most tire threads! :W Barney
BarneyS 10/09/19 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reese Sway Control Bar

Lynnmor is correct. Here are the installation instructions from the DrawTite hitch manufacturer. The other manufacturers have the same instructions. Sway bar installation install and adjustment. Notice that statement 3 in the beginning states: "3. The handle (5) is an on/off device. The bolt (7) below is for adjustment only." Notice that in the "Hook Up" section "b" it states: b. "Retighten handle until it stops (handle should be in its original level position)." This means tighten the handle all the way and then back it off to a position parallel to the trailers A frame. Then is section 3 "Adjustment" it states: "To get maximum benefits from the sway control assembly, a series of road tests should be taken with the loaded trailer. On subsequent trips increase or decrease tension by turning the adjusting bolt (7) in 1/4 turn increments in the direction shown on the label until the desired control is achieved. For large trailers, it may be necessary to install a second sway control unit." This adjustment is done by turning the small bolt located below the handle in small amounts and road testing in between adjustments. By large trailers they are talking about those longer than 26 feet according to other manufacturers instructions. The thing to remember is that the long handle is an "On/Off" device and not an adjustment device. By doing it the proper way, you will always be able to put the same amount of sway control on and not be guessing whether you turned the handle hard enough. Hope this helps.:) Barney
BarneyS 10/08/19 08:00am Travel Trailers
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