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RE: brakes on a double tow

thanks everyone, I did go with the surge brakes Bought the coupler, drum/ hubs and backing plates locally A local NAPA shop can outfit us with 3/16 steel tubing and hoses to the brakes. Electric just did not seem as effective on a double tow with the length of wire , loss of V/A that the truck might not supply. and the complexity. Surge brake coupler and hyd. 10 " 2.25" dexter backing plates. Surge brakes sized and adjusted properly are idiot proof, respond only to the weight of the load, independent of all other factors. price wise very spendy ( hyd. backing pl. double, plus surge and hyd. lines and hoses) over electric by the time it is done. Even considering my time in my welding/ mech shop. . Cheap compared to the value of a life. The drum brakes also have a free backing feature, so no need to lock out the coupler when backing the trailer. We are not in salt water so the more professional air/ elec/ over hyd. discs are over the top, nolicable for us. I do make it a point to inspect pack and adjust regularly. My pappy tought me that down on the farm. Thanks, I was headed this way just wanted a couple other opinions with experience. The electric system just had too many points to fail or not deliver braking power.
SDcampowneroperator 06/01/20 08:37pm Fifth-Wheels
brakes on a double tow

We have been double towing 3500 / 5er/ MC trailer for many years all over the states and provinces that allow it, across some AHJs that frown on it without issue. The second trailer was light, short, under 1500# , so not required to have brakes. Now we are entering another stage of life ( retiring ) where we will double tow our 20' i/o boat behind our 35' 5er. Its in 75' legal length and under 26k weight here in the hinterland but does require brakes on the heavier second. I agree, I dont want that pushing us. The light weight toy trailer was noticable the 3500 # boat unacceptable for your safety and sensibly required by law to have brakes. My issue is to wheather install a hyd. surge brake system that is independent of electric brake activation . Surge brakes only activate on deceleration of the tow vehicle, cannot anticipate or correct from grades in the same way an experienced driver does. On the other hand, even braking on the light toy trailer would be great I can do that . I refer to my question of electric or surge hydraulic. I have long experience with both types, but I fear voltage/ amp drops to the second unit would reduce braking to less than positive where surge braking is inertial.
SDcampowneroperator 05/31/20 08:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Few questions from the future RV-er

From a past camp owners experience, ( Yea we sold and are retiring! ) we have seen every class, every type of user. Whatever type of user you are rent one like you think before you buy. Every class of unit has its positives and challenges. Only you can decide what is right for you. There are no better or best choices concerning brand, not always what you pay for is what you get. Reputation for one brand or another is frequently flavored by failure or success of components which are not the name brand builders component. Fot us, 5th whl with severe cold weather ( or hot) capability with very large holding tanks suitable for extended limited or no services stays is our choice. We like to travel in any weather and go off grid. and to limited service camps loke COEs for long periods Your bucket list is paramount.
SDcampowneroperator 05/27/20 08:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Spray foam insulation

Ive seen it when someone had a pro insulation co. sprayfoam the belly of a 5er. Owner heat traced water lines and tanks, He still froze up . What a mess to try to fix. Best insulatation improvement is to keep the airspace around water systems and insulate under. with hi density foam panels. with 2 of my TTs we wintered over in in Canada we heat traced water systems, dropped the axles screwed 1 1/2" pvc to the frame pulled out the Fiber glass then used 3" of rigid foam (r5/") and put the coroplast underbelly back on.
SDcampowneroperator 05/25/20 06:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Double towing

years ago when it was illegal to tow double in Ark. we were towing double across Ark. to Al. we stopped to fuel in Jonesboro, Ark. While fueling an Ark.patrolman also stopped to fuel. He looked our Unit over, I asked ' Officer, see anything? he replied you are illegal in this state, legal in yours. You have towed this far so as long as you dont have trouble here, we will let you through. If you have trouble, we will come down on you hard. The double standard in many AHJs that allow or deny private unit towing rules is absurd. In N. Caroliina today doubles are permitted if you have a NASCAR sticker on the trailer even if one is a boat., not if the first is a 5er I have appealed to national (ARVC) and state leaders many times to lead effort to standardize rules for. recreational units the same way as Commercial units have. Nothing will change until private rvers drivers licenses and equipment are vetted in the same standard as ICC drivers and rules for equipment..
SDcampowneroperator 05/20/20 09:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: PROPANE on the cheap

demand is down for all fuels. retailers and resellers, to continue sales and keeping their doors open adjust their profit margin to reflect the lower volume. operating expenses have not gone down, volume has. So higher margin on the lower volume is the only way to remain open. Economics 101
SDcampowneroperator 05/12/20 08:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: I Have One Chance

To make it work and get her into rv life, go large. Shes used to all the comforts of s&b, show her they are still there in a mobile package. Any less, you will not convince her into a mobile life.
SDcampowneroperator 05/12/20 08:01pm Snowbirds
RE: Jamaica Beach RV Resort

We have been to Jamaica Beach twice. Once just after it opened, then again 4 years ago. The owners are very experienced with hospitality, had just purchased additional land lagoon side to expand. We were impressed with their vision to landscape with grassy lots and concrete roads and pads, and entertain guests. We learned from them on ideas to increase our guest experience. The uncrowded beach has a vehicle access lot just across the hiway, with undeveloped dunes Our only choice on the island.
SDcampowneroperator 05/08/20 06:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What to look for when inspecting a used TT for purchase

Other posters covered water intrusion well. It is the worst enemy of an RV. If the renewal of suspect areas is due, plan on doing it. Appliances should be verified in working order. They do have an expected life, dependent on usage. Absorption fridges are the most common failure with common life of 10 years. However if they have had steady use Ive seen them last over 40 years. Seems like ocassional use shortens their life, so a lightly used camper may be in better condition with little wear, due to lack of use fridge, battery( storage without charge) may be suspect to need replacement soon. No other appliance has a ( life) but the cold water heater, that is dependent on service of its sacrificial anode, so little use is a plus. Tires and suspension are a great indicator of use. If wear is even and light, that does not indicate a lightly used unit, it just means it hasnt gone far. I do not fear chinese tires. Now 9 years on chen yung long march g14 245/85//16. rated 110 psi, running. 85psi. 45 k miles Wear and service is wonderful. Its about underusing capacity. When you stress your limits to capacity, tow or towed is when issues happen . over truck , under load do your due diligence.
SDcampowneroperator 05/06/20 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling with a Fish

Frabill website says 2 D cell batteries last up to 50+ hours. Does not say what brand batteries I have kept up to 2 dozen minnows in one for 24 hours with only a couple dying. Betas or guppies are much hardier, oxygen and temp.wise. As well, you are aerating only a couple of fish, not dozens.
SDcampowneroperator 05/01/20 07:08pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Traveling with a Fish

battery powered air bubblers are easy to find , they are common for minnow buckets. ebay, walmart, Frabill 2.2 gal. direct. cheapest best insulated minnow buket aerator they have a lid
SDcampowneroperator 04/30/20 08:08pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Frame less windows

Ive had 2 frameless winwows shatter. These Windows are tempered glass which can take serious impact to face, not to edge, If a rock hits the edge of exposed tempered glass it will shatter. The model # is somewhere on the frame of the window . You can order a new unit from the mfgr, ( Hehr? ) in our case it was much cheaper easier to have a local glass shop repair the broken unit.. We did the R& R, very easy, they only made the glass
SDcampowneroperator 04/28/20 08:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Wet bolt kit recommendation

There are 2 types of wet bolt. They are 9/16 A full size over its length and a reduced size with a shoulder that uses a 7/16 " sized nut. Both use thread locking nuts. They work equally well the issue is when you use the ones with the shoulder they can only be used with standard thickness shackles as they are intended to be tightened all the way to the shoulder which leaves a little play for the spring. With the full size wetbolts you can use heavy duty thicker shackles that have better grip on the knurling, to prevent locking in the spring. The trick with them is to tighten the lock nut to full torque, then back the nut off a 1/2 turn to allow the spring to move between the shackles. The bolt must never twist in the shackle. Our '09 carriage 5er had dexter axles with mor ryde rubber equalizers. The morrydes did not have a 'tube' between sides. ' bolts were dry. They quickly wore through the equalizer, left us broke down for days at a tow truck yard to get new parts. $$$$
SDcampowneroperator 04/27/20 07:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any one else afraid to travel right now ?

You really do have a catch 22. On your way home you will have to eat, sleep, fuel. To protect yourselves you need to travel alone, so no option of a younger family member coming to drive you home Air or any public travel is right out. You could return to your younger days and tent it or sleep under the stars. That means you go shopping for air beds etc. Theres no easy way. But wouldnt it be fun? I would chance the motels bring along all you need to eat. When you do get home, another whole set of issues arises. do you have a plan for that?
SDcampowneroperator 04/24/20 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anode's Rapid Demise

Guidance for sealing with pfte white tape is 1 1/2 wrap for 1/4" pipe, 1/2 wrap more for each larger size pipe. So , 1/2" is 2, 3/4 2 1/2 etc. Sacrificial anodes are 3/4" Properly tightened mechanical pipe joints will have conductivity through the sealant. Easy to check with the ohms setting on your multimeter. 1 probe on tank, the other on anode. you will read infinity well before sufficient torque to seal.
SDcampowneroperator 04/12/20 06:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Problems with past RV Parks you've stayed at?

We requirED leases on cats for the safety of the cat, control its faeces, and for our wildlife. A cat is a hunter. It will kill anything it can and bring it home. Tell me about your cat that only brings home rodents and not birds. When I was a kid on the farm, Kiowa co. Ks., we had a colony of Western Kingbirds. People from colleges and all around came to study them, but we also had to control rodents in hay, grain, buildings. My pappys ( BS ag, Friends U, Wichita ) solution was bull snakes, no cats except the indoor house cat, we would catch every bull snake we saw and release it in the hay stack. Bingo! no mice, lots of birds. Not a good solution in parks or camps with campers unfounded, uneducated fear of snakes.
SDcampowneroperator 04/11/20 08:02pm Family Camping
RE: Problems with past RV Parks you've stayed at?

Sold my park. From the other side, our troubles WERE , in no order, with late arrivals that cant park, quieting the party, people driving on grass, bringing unapproved firewood, noise ( voices, music, trucks) during quiet hours, forgetting time changes, so ringing officebell an hour early or late, babies without swim diapers and dogs in pool. Damage, abuse of free provided sports equipment, those who do not read the info for wifi log in, or CATV hookup, even when we bring a test tv set or ipad to their site and show them the wifi is good, CATV is good, so sorry, it must be something with your equipment. Cutting weiner sticks from camp trees and shrubs, trash in firerings, barking dogs left in the rig, theft of backflow preventers( pity that guy that thinks he scooped a regulator) Trash in recycling bins, sewage spills, leaking hoses, both types, A/C on with windows open, dog poop, even poor reviews about wildlife poo along hiking trails, , tree sap, pine cones falling on the roof, lawsuits and medical claims ( never won by them) for injury or illness for their own actions or tripping over a natural hazard while drunk. My point is so many faults are attributed to the private camps that are beyond their control, yet are expected by many to maintain social order as it exists around their home. Some People go camping to get out of that regimen. My pity is for those who little time off work have to schedule late arrival, early departure, with no time between to just hang out. People behave better in state and fed parks because the hosts wear official uniforms and have authority to enforce. Few private camp owners last more than 5 years. The burnout from long hours, a demanding public, staffing, regulations, takes away all the romantic vision. Only someone who approaches this industry as a business with a thick skin lasts. Oh Yeah, cut that tree limb under 14' We lasted 19years.
SDcampowneroperator 04/10/20 06:46pm Family Camping
RE: A little humor in these tough times...

Bob, You missed the heated seats amd floor mats to keep the tushy warm and socks from freezing in those Calgary winters.
SDcampowneroperator 04/07/20 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is MISSING from your RV Park?

Things we wish were everywhere: Paved roads and sites - no dust Passport America accepted without restrictions Fire rings and BBQ grills Large off leash pet area Long pull thru sites Wide sites with well manicured lawns Rental golf carts at big parks No add on fees for extra people, vehicles, pets, activities, 50amp etc. Clean laundry with enough machines max price of $1.00 per load. Me too! Even gov. parks cant do that, look into building or operating your park with that criteria. So glad I am no longer a park owner.
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/20 07:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best way to repair a hole in hauler vinyl floor

if you can find the same vinyl, tape a piece over rhe damaged area pattern matched , then cut thru both layers with a razor knife to make a patch. Remove the damaged area, glue down the patch. Flooring stores have products to blend in seams, make a parch disappear. You shouldnt transport firewood, unless its kiln dried. Might move a disease
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/20 07:17pm Toy Haulers
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