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RE: Virginia GCWR rules / commercial / travel trailer

Just great. Advice to lie and commit fraud to save a hundred bucks. What else would you do to save a few bucks?
GrandpaKip 06/14/21 07:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Mattress Recommendations

We now have an 8” Serenia Sleep under the 3” Serra topper. Both of us love it.
GrandpaKip 06/14/21 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

Since everything is working and you can live with the crack, there’s no reason not to buy it back. As far as potential leaks, just do normal roof and seam maintenance. Personally, I would think that there is nothing wrong with the frame since the doors work and the glass wasn’t broken.
GrandpaKip 06/10/21 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

Wow. So much wild guessing going on. Or maybe all these naysayers have secretly gone and looked at it. First, I would take it on a short trip to see how it rides. You can paint stripes on the tires to see if is way out of alignment or have it checked by a trailer shop. If most everything works, then go for it and go camping. As said, there are a lot of campers out there that look worse that manage to get on the road.
GrandpaKip 06/09/21 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: The Bowlus is Back

Regardless of price, the Bowlus is still pretty cool.
GrandpaKip 06/05/21 07:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Getting started with sway control

If your trailer is 6000 pounds or so gross weight, you ought to look at an Andersen hitch. Weight distribution, anti sway, and easy hook up all in one.
GrandpaKip 06/04/21 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: KZ Connect C231RBKSE Refrigerator Quit Working

Turn battery on.
GrandpaKip 06/03/21 07:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Axle upgrade questions

Without tire, axle, trailer weight specs, every reply will be a useless guess.
GrandpaKip 06/01/21 07:19am Travel Trailers
RE: nautilus retractable shower door question

Friends of ours have one in their Class C and love it. Sounds like a defective one or bad installation.
GrandpaKip 05/26/21 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Triple bunk Travel trailer under 36'

That trailer will have a tongue weight approaching 1000 pounds when loaded. Take that from your payload sticker and see what you’ve got left.
GrandpaKip 05/26/21 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Break Away Cable

(P.S. when I say cable by that I mean I am looking to replace both the cable and the plastic key thing that it is permanently attached to.) The Keys are usually not interchangeable ....just buy a new Break Away Switch with Coiled cable Simple...... When I go to replace the old switch will the brakes be applied when I un-wire the old one ? Should I unhook the battery first ? I replaced mine without unhooking the battery. Just make sure not to touch bare wires together.
GrandpaKip 05/26/21 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Lubricant for stabilizers

I used a dry graphite spray... it lessens the dirt and debris being attracted to it Yep.
GrandpaKip 05/22/21 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Want your opinion

I’d spend my money on repairs and upgrades. Since you really like the floor plan, why go through the trouble of recreating it? Biggest concern I can see is getting quality work if you are not going to do it yourself.
GrandpaKip 05/20/21 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Best stabilization upgrade(s)?

I still think that it’s a bad idea, unless you have a really stout frame. The vast majority of trailers do not. The BAL brochure basically says to use their scissor jack as a stabilizer, and not as a jack to prevent frame damage. So, how much weight can be taken off the suspension? I don’t know and I’m not going to try and find out. In my opinion, it’s a much better idea to add a stabilizer in the middle.
GrandpaKip 05/05/21 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Owners manual discrepancy.

I just can’t imagine why you would want to put that much stress on the frame.
GrandpaKip 05/05/21 07:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Best stabilization upgrade(s)?

Here is what we have tested so far. Hush Pad under jack stand. It's a nice thick pad. But it didn't decrease motion significantly. Stabilizer jack pads. These are nice. Provide some protection for the scissor jacks from the ground. But they didn't decrease motion significantly. New chocks. Ours were old. Trying a new set. They are plastic but don't interlock with the leveling blocks. Motion increased as it is hard to secure these on the side where blocks are in place. Super Grip Chock. These are placed between the wheels similar to an X Chock. This did reduce some of the motion and we are happy with the improvement. As others have mentioned, we use these in conjunction with regular chocks. To prevent bouncing motion, you have to put enough tension buy raising the trailer on the jacks to the point that it is not resting totally on the tires. This is not a good idea for most trailers. They are not designed to be lifted from the ends. Those are not jacks, they are stabilizers. Even though my BAL stabilizers are rated for 6k pounds each, I certainly wouldn’t try to raise the tires with them. Real danger of doing the frame serious harm.
GrandpaKip 05/03/21 03:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rockwood Roo Wet Floor

Start with plumbing and check all that is visible, especially the hand tightened fittings. Then the roof. Look for cracks in the caulk around fittings and the edges. Check windows, door and the fold up ends. Do a seal test. Basically forcing air in the unit while closed up and squirting soapy water all over to see where bubbles form. Get a dehumidifier to dry it out. Good luck.
GrandpaKip 05/03/21 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best 14” trailer tires

I've used "no name' Chinese tires for years, mostly from Les Schwab. Never had a blowout in over 30 years. Secret is to keep them up to 50+ lbs and inspect them each time you stop for gas or back into a camp site. Looking at how far over the edge of tire they are running tells you if the pressure is correct. Have absolutely no use for the pressure sensors, not accurate enough for me. Wish I could get rid of them in my HHR. Also, don't overload or drive much over 65. Our Trailer TPMS is about 3 pounds off from an air gauge reading. It’s always been like that. If I add 3 pounds to the TPMS, I get the “true” tire pressure, according to the gauge. The TPMS in the truck matches up with the gauge within 1 pound. For me, it’s all good.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Best 14” trailer tires

If they’re not already there, install metal stems in the rims. They are best if you get a TPMS.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Dometic 300 toilet replacement?

I just put in an Aqua-Magic Residence. Also added a soft close toilet seat and a bidet attachment. Had to do minor plumbing adjustments and surgery on the toilet for the bidet to fit. Works great. I believe any RV toilet will fit on the existing flange and come with a new seal.
GrandpaKip 04/26/21 09:18am Travel Trailers
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