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RE: Easy way to raise trailer's nose while hitched in campground

IMHO the fact that sometimes tornados happen, and sometimes it is a distance to storm shelter is a reason it might be prudent to unhook, have the TV ready to move If I have not unhooked and I have to run from a tornado, the trailer goes with me because I haven't unhooked. LOL Well, if you are out in open country, where you can see tornado some distance away, and the road goes right direction, this might be a option. But even if it misses your site after you leave, how much damage is done when you drive off with hoses and cords tied to ground? Now if you are in most of the country, where tornados happen, you get a watch that covers a wide area, several counties. Then once tornado is seen, radar or eyes, they broadcast the location and direction of travel. Unless you are behind it, it is a good idea to get close to a shelter. By close, I mean if there are more than a couple of people standing in bathroom doorway, and it's half mile to horizon go on inside. By the time you see it, you may have less than 30 seconds to cover your donkey. A jam-up in doorway can be fatal. Run from it with a trailer? First in much of the country roads around CGs don't go far in straight line. So here you go Indy caring your snot in a panic. Who else is at risk? (You, Darwin called) Then there is the fact tornados often change directions at random, and often form others that can go other directions. In short, hear the watch, make sure you know where the shelter is. Once the watch changes to warning, walk or drive, depending on which is quicker, to the shelter.
JRscooby 11/20/22 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with lifted truck; need assistance

Good on you for trying to do things right. Now you posted your axle ratings. BUT there is now way in the world that I, or anybody else reading can guess the strength of parts used on the lift. This makes the factory number mean snot. Now, I'm likely to upset you and many others. Fact is when you lift a vehicle you raise the Center of Gravity. This makes the vehicle easier to overturn. (IMHO, car seats in a lifted truck is worse than any of the 7 word you could not say on broadcast TV) But the rollover is just the worse case. It will also change the handling/control of the truck. Ad a trailer, especially a heavy trailer, and no way I would let my family ride. And prefer not to share the highway.
JRscooby 11/20/22 06:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Before this thread gets locked, I’d just like to point out that it is “college.” Good grief, what a bunch of freaking ninnies. Thank you. If I wait to the end of any post to spellcheck it often looks like a zebra orgy. Some mistakes spellcheck will not catch. Of course on this site we can't name the game played with galloping dominos. A perfect example of the foxifacation of thought in US.. Facts, you like facts, right? I looked at all the site listed. Which one showed Hustler as assigned reading for 2nd/3rd graders? And which one lists a student that just found and was offended by something never heard of before they found the book in the library? In fact, as far as I can see none of them have anything to do with classwork. IMHO, if a parent thinks their child will be harmed from learning some people act different, by all means don't allow your child to read them, don't force your standards on others. Of course, that would mean you would need to be involved with what child is reading. Did they also remove the book where two daughters get their father drunk so they could get pregnant? These same two daughters who were offered up for gang **** by their father. Seems like inappropriate reading for children and might be used to indoctrinate children. THANK YOU! What about boy scouts?
JRscooby 11/19/22 04:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Easy way to raise trailer's nose while hitched in campground

What do you see as the gain if you do both? It seems like just an extra step with no benefit. Given that 95% of campers have electric jacks, it's 10-20 second of pushing a button. Well, if when you put your drives on blocks to level, then worry about the trailer bouncing, running the jack down will stop the same amount of bounce, hooked up or not. Sure, need to run it up before you move. If you just roll off the blocks with the jack down just enough to stabilize it, the jack will then take the full load and drag along... so you aren't driving to the bath house in the event of a tornado. What education I have is limited. When I went to school a new paragraph indicated a change in topic. IMHO the fact that sometimes tornados happen, and sometimes it is a distance to storm shelter is a reason it might be prudent to unhook, have the TV ready to move
JRscooby 11/19/22 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Would you let your 8 year old read something like Hustler magazine? Or watch XXX rated movies? There is a difference between “banning books” and keeping particular age inappropriate materials away from kids. I should of said “For most people there is a difference…” A perfect example of the foxifacation of thought in US. Can you show 1 example of a child exposed to porn in a classroom, school or public library? I would be willing to bet, if I had a way to prove it, that just like when I was a kid, most first exposure to porn is when they find a parent's hoard. No the conflict comes when somebody is offended by things like To Kill a Mockingbird or Diary of Ann Franks News reports one governor is wanting to prohibit teaching about MLK in public schools. In my extended family there is a mother that thru a fit when kid got the first Harry Potter book for Christmas. The kids also missed the Twilight series. Can't say it helped or hurt the kids, but did not affect others.
JRscooby 11/19/22 08:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

FWIW, I'm old enough to remember when (pre-1980s?) the entire political spectrum respected and valued education. Folks ought to wonder why one end of it now prefers their followers to be less informed. Informed about what, exactly? History? Science? Logic? I'm sure a moderator will decide a history lesson is political, but I will try to keep it "clean". One past President, while introducing somebody declared "We have a lot in common. You wrote a book in collage, and I read one" Another while campaigning often declared "I love the poorly educated" Many want to not just control what books their kids read, but also what all kids can read. Does anybody have any idea what other government, past and present, ban books?
JRscooby 11/19/22 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

The last year I went to school one teacher was always telling me I would be good for nothing but digging ditches if I did not pay more attention in his class, spend time I could (would?) not spare doing homework. About 20 years later, he called a plumbing co. for stopped up drain. They found collapsed pipe out in yard. All the company equipment was busy, so I was called, to dig up the line. When the locaters truck left, he saw the name on the door of truck pulling the back-hoe. BTW, a lot of guys my age went so college, not for education, but to avoid the draft Many post about if you make a promise, you should keep it, like pay back what you barrowed for your education. Yes, I can see that pretty well. But what I also see is we, as a society, promised them study hard for 16+ years, and you will get a job that will support a middle class lifestyle and pay back the loans. For very many, society has broke that promise. When you see ads where the employer expects a certain level of education in the form of a degree, and is offering less pay than what I paid for a driver in the same year I can see trouble coming. Sure, collage might teach you to run the plumbing company, let you hire 50 plumbers. But doesn't that mean that somebody must decide what 2% of the 17-18 YOs get to run the world?
JRscooby 11/19/22 05:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck starts on its own

If I could not get this issue solved today I would not go to sleep with truck in garage without disconnecting the batteries. Do you have a remote start? Could it have got a signal from your remote or another source? A friend's car alarm kept going off. She would grab pistol, go check it out. Finally discovered the cat was playing with a lost set of keys.
JRscooby 11/19/22 04:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Something that would seem out of step until you really understand capitalism. Nearly every time businesses announce lay-offs there is another story telling how much stock prices are going up. I can't understand how employees can only be a expense, and not somebody else's customer base. The ideas of communism is often distorted so that ownership/profits of production are concentrated in few hands. Capitalism, OTOH, working exactly as designed, unless constrained by strong unions or strong government, ownership/profits of production are concentrated in few hands. Now don't get me wrong, IMHO capitalism is better. But only because it can be constrained by strong unions and/or strong government
JRscooby 11/18/22 05:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

My camper, when hooked to a 30AMP post has 2 circuits. 1, on a 20 amp breaker, is under a bench and for the AC. the other, 15 amp breaker, is for everything else. If it is cold enough to need heat, will not need AC. (AC has heat strip. Very useful if the ceiling is cold, I guess) I made up a short (5-6 ft) 12 gauge cord with double duplex outlets. Plug a heater and the mattress pad into that. Bedtime we put that heater on low. Less cycling, stays on. Have another 12 gauge cord that I feed thru a zipper, and to the 20A on post. Plug a oil filled heater in there. We carry a 3rd heater, for spare. Sometimes when have been out of camper, all heaters off I will replace the oil filled with another until camper warms up. Also keep Little Buddy in pickup. Will heat camper fast, but hard to use without burning something.
JRscooby 11/18/22 05:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire chains in Califdrnia

There are many different types of snow chains. Do you have to have typical snow chains or can you get ones that just strap on at a couple of places just for show that you have something. When I was a kid we would tie burlap bags over our boots when things where icy. Now I have a box to store socks that turn religious. If I think will need to walk on ice or packed snow I pull them over shoes so under ball of foot. Both help with traction when walking. I have seen what they call socks that fit over tires. Might not help as much as chains, but less likely to do the damage chains can.
JRscooby 11/17/22 07:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Tire chains in Califdrnia

It's a store policy. Stores that sell chains have signs all over the place and some even make you sign something. Thank you. Moving crane little west of Denver, the boss left in escort car, came back with bunch of bags. Told me to put some in my truck, others on low-boy. I told him would not clear my fenders. Don't worry. We ain't hanging them, just for show. If road says we need, we wait until we don't I would think a 80% money back if returned unused in a certain time would be easy money on common sizes.
JRscooby 11/16/22 04:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tire chains in Califdrnia

I have heard some flatlanders bought chains before going into area where might be needed, carried for while, than returned to get most of money back (Sounds like a rent thing to me). But all I talked to where running 22.5 or 24.5 wheels, might not be available in your size or area. Might look into it though. Nope. No returns on snow chains anywhere in CA. It's been that way for decades. Sometimes you can get away with an exchange if you bought the wrong ones, but even that is iffy. Is that a law, or just stores can get away with that policy? I confess, I have not put a wheel in the state sense '69. Not much for spending money/paying taxes in a area that would not let me work.
JRscooby 11/16/22 12:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Easy way to raise trailer's nose while hitched in campground

Electric, manual...still the simplest solution. Manually cranking it up 2-3 inches should take less than 30 sec. Also, if you use blocks under the rear truck axle, you are likely to get more bounce in the trailer as the truck springs are supporting the front of the trailer. If you put the trailer jack down, the truck suspension is isolated from the trailer. Why not both? Run TV rear tires on blocks, then use jack tongue jack to hold it still, stop bounce? Something to think about; One evening we where set up, and storm rolled in. When the tornado warning started my wife, and wife from next site got in cab, other guy and I sat on tailgate. On the way we picked up another couple. They could not drive to restroom/storm shelter because still hooked up.
JRscooby 11/16/22 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire chains in Califdrnia

I have heard some flatlanders bought chains before going into area where might be needed, carried for while, than returned to get most of money back (Sounds like a rent thing to me). But all I talked to where running 22.5 or 24.5 wheels, might not be available in your size or area. Might look into it though.
JRscooby 11/15/22 02:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Chew on this.

In 1972 I bought a new 8' 6" truck camper at the boat sport and travel show for 975 bucks. Even top of the line big name brand 10'+ truck camper with all the ginger bread sold in the 2800-3000 dollar range. In '72 I bought a new Super Cheyanne half ton. Cost about the same as 7500 gallons gasoline. At todays price of gas, what pickup can you buy? On the fuel cost subject...as long as the feds let shipping industry add fuel surcharges, costs of products won't come down for a long time...if ever. Do you understand without the FSC, very few trucks could keep running? And without the competition freight rates would go up much more than the FSC. And in times of rising fuel prices, the FSC does not make truckers well, just slows the bleeding. This is because fuel price this week determine the FSC next week.
JRscooby 11/15/22 04:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping at 27 degrees.

Not directing this at Scooby, but many on a public forum, lack spelling, grammar , and reading comprehension skills. Not all members are educated at the same level. While all are important, reading comprehension matters most, before responding. Many times the OP, made by someone asking a question, is vague, lacking needed information, making response difficult, without providing further information. Good points, Jerry. Adding to this... There are good ways and bad ways to get one's point across that don't involve bickering like a four year old: "Ya huh!" "Nuh uhh". I think I deleted two posts in this thread (so far), one that just said "False", which is the online equivalent to "eff you" and another that started with "Wrong." for the same reason. Most of you are clever enough people to get your points across better than that. Don't let your quest to be right make you wrong. Thank you for deleting the post where I mis-read, than declared a post was wrong. OTOH, your declaration that I was saying "eff you" is not true. I consider it a invitation to explain why you believe a statement. Anytime my idea challenged, I will back it up with my experience, or back away from it. Much more is learned from the exchange of ideas, than if whoever posts first is declared right. BTW, I'm truly sorry I did not look back at the post sooner.
JRscooby 11/14/22 10:02am General RVing Issues
RE: traction tracks

With a little thought a lot of things can get a vehicle unstuck. Once I was visiting Dad at RV park in Arizona desert. I was fixing supper when a NDMF dropped front wheel of MH off pavement, into ditch. When we got thru eating, walked down to see what wasn't going on. Was told wrecker was couple hours away. Asked if leveling jacks would lift that wheel, then stacked the ditch full of firewood. Owner backed up onto pavement, across intersection, dropped rear in ditch. I decided the safest place for that MH was in ditch.
JRscooby 11/14/22 07:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping at 27 degrees.

^^Bobbo is correct! time2roll is correct, but does not apply! JRscooby is wrong, or did not comprehend what time2roll said! Well a contractor was using a catalytic heater in trailer to keep supplies from freezing. I was doing some repairs on equipment on jobsite, and every time I walked in that trailer glasses would fog up. If that moisture was all coming from me, the lenses would of fogged outside, cleared in the warmer air. The operative point is he took a separate heater WITH ITS COMBUSTION CHAMBER into the trailer. We have already established that will put moisture into the trailer. It is not something that any trailer manufacturer includes as standard or optional equipment. I went back to TimetoRoll's post, and re-read it. First couple of times I saw n't that was not there, so my response was wrong. Anytime you convert propane to heat you put moisture in the air, and remove oxygen from it. So, IMHO, people should not share air in a limited area with any kind of heater for very long at a time. Now there are claims the unvented catalytic are safe inside living space, but I would not bet my life/sleep in the room with one. (BTW, I know the low ox sensor has shut down my Little Buddy heater, but I will not go sleep with it on.)
JRscooby 11/14/22 04:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping at 27 degrees.

^^Bobbo is correct! time2roll is correct, but does not apply! JRscooby is wrong, or did not comprehend what time2roll said! Well a contractor was using a catalytic heater in trailer to keep supplies from freezing. I was doing some repairs on equipment on jobsite, and every time I walked in that trailer glasses would fog up. If that moisture was all coming from me, the lenses would of fogged outside, cleared in the warmer air.
JRscooby 11/13/22 11:37am General RVing Issues
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