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RE: Conduct a safety drill, have your passenger yell out SWAY!!

It is a bit ironic that opnspaces hijacked his own post by including the word sway (dynamic instability) in his post. A careful reading of the opening post reveals that he is describing loss of traction on a curve. Trailer tires are generally made of hard rubber for long life, and they tend to have a lower coefficient of friction than good car/pickup tires. That can be a good thing as you might prefer to have the trailer skid sideways a bit rather than roll over, but on old worn wet pavement traction may be a lot less than you think. The hard trailer tires will be the first to break loose, which is a lot better than the rear axle of the tow vehicle. Reread all the comments with this in mind and you might come to a different conclusion.
Wild Bill 888 02/16/20 01:25pm Towing
RE: Conduct a safety drill, have your passenger yell out SWAY!!

Because it's a proven way to get the trailer back under control. Great, link to the carefully controlled engineering tests that prove the maximum possible cornering speed is with trailer brakes on. What engineering principle determines the optimum braking force? Sometimes it is helpful to consider extreme examples to understand what happens between those limits. Case 1: Trailer tires are rotating freely with no braking at all. All of the force generated by the skidding tires is applied parallel to the axles pushing the trailer back into position with the maximum available force. Case 2: Brakes locked, tires skidding like a hockey puck. the force generated by the tires is parallel to the skid marks. The Component of force parallel to the axle is small at small angles, increasing to 100% at 90 degrees of trailer rotation. My guess is some people in this situation recovered despite applying the brakes and credited the recovery to their lightning fast reflexes. There is another condition I’ll call Dynamic instability, where the trailer can start swinging side to side. This can happen on a straight dry road with maximum traction. Braking the trailer tires helps this condition by REDUCING the lateral force and speed.
Wild Bill 888 02/16/20 11:22am Towing
RE: Conduct a safety drill, have your passenger yell out SWAY!!

Why on earth would you want to apply brakes to trailer tires that are already beyond their friction limit? That simply reduces the lateral restoring force available causing the trailer to swing wider, more likely to hit an oncoming car or a guardrail, tree or boulder. The best you can do is keep both hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and try to keep your vehicle pointed down the road, and hope for the best. Apply brakes after the trailer is realigned.
Wild Bill 888 02/16/20 01:47am Towing
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

Actually he deliberately modified it because the first step was a bit to much.
Wild Bill 888 12/19/19 03:10am Truck Campers
RE: Furnace Cycles

“Normal. Ours does that so that it doesn't overheat when running for longer periods of time. Safety feature of the furnace.” Circuit breakers are a safety feature, but if you are relying on a breaker to pop every five minutes you are relying on the last layer of protection, and are not safe. What happens when the contacts of the over temperature switch weld themselves together from excessive cycling?
Wild Bill 888 11/04/19 04:48am Tech Issues
RE: Furnace Cycles

If the air flow is vigorous and unobstructed, and the discharge temperature is high, consider lowering the gas pressure to reduce the heat rate to the point where the burner does not cycle. Thermal cycling at high temperature accelerates heat exchanger aging and promotes cracking. High altitude reduces heat transfer, increasing heat exchanger temperature, another reason to reduce heat rate.
Wild Bill 888 11/03/19 10:50am Tech Issues
RE: Pop goes the water heater!

“ fwiw the anode rod never did degrade over time“ Is it possible that the rod is not grounded (eg. threads wrapped in Teflon tape)? No current flow, no protection. Scrap off a few flakes and touch with a flame. Burns white hot, mag, melts, aluminum.
Wild Bill 888 11/01/19 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Sale of Direct TV to Dish TV

Just finished a horrible three weeks with dish. They finally replaced a new defective Wally with a used one. Can’t wait for Elon to get his world wide sat network up. He has some up now and has applied for permits for 30,000 small low altitude sats. I figure he can get about 4 Billion customers. At an average $10 / mo that’s an income of 40 Billion/mo, not bad, I’ll be happy to pay it and say goodbye to Dish.
Wild Bill 888 10/25/19 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Voltage Spikes as Gen Runs out of Fuel?

The answer depends on the detailed design of the voltage regulator circuit. A high quality design will prevent big spikes. To test yours, plug in a filament type bulb with various loads you normally have and watch for over bright flashes when it runs out of gas. A compact lightweight generator running at a high power setting has a lot of excess heat stored inside the case. Running out of gas or shutting off with no cool down subjects non power components (rubber, plastics, capacitors etc.) to a temperature spike, aging the equipment.
Wild Bill 888 10/21/19 02:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Interior dash lights flickering

Could also be alternator/regulator. Led headlights are self regulating and may not flicker.
Wild Bill 888 10/21/19 12:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator storage opinions

“I wanted to make sure any gas fumes from the tank wouldn’t blow us up when next to the fridge.” Most refer compressors have a relay that makes a spark each time it starts.
Wild Bill 888 10/20/19 11:01pm Tech Issues
RE: How cold can you go?

I agree with Dutch. You can use the toilet by using winterizing fluid instead of water. When it’s time to dump, first add a few gallons of warm water, drive several miles to thaw solids and mix.
Wild Bill 888 10/16/19 06:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bad Ground wire taillights Dim

Didn't have 40 feet or so of wire either to connect to the battery. Use a long 120V extension cord as a jumper. Connect prongs to neg battery post, insert neg meter probe into female slot of cord. Check voltage on both sides of the bulb to see which leg has most of the voltage drop. To check a ground point use a sharp needle to puncture the ground wire insulation near the ground point and measure voltage to bat ground with current flowing. Also measure frame voltage to bat ground with current flowing. If the voltage drop is distributed over very long wire runs switch to leds to reduce current and voltage loss. Also works for dim halogen headlights. Looks like water stands in that area. Right, seal entry or drill a drain hole.
Wild Bill 888 10/11/19 02:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Conditioner in toy hauler keeps drawing more amps

The filter protects the cooling heat exchanger from dirt dust pollen etc., but there is an outside air exchanger that dumps the heat, that is less well protected. As air flow is restricted, temperature and pressure increases loading the compressor more. The most effective cleaning is with a medium velocity flow of water in the reverse direction of air flow. A high velocity flow will bend the fins over and plug the core.
Wild Bill 888 09/03/19 09:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford 460 motorhome running hot

If the plugs all look identical that rules out individual cylinder problems, rings, piston, valves, plug, plug wire, fuel injector. Your then looking for a problem that affects all the cylinders, fuel pressure, timing, cooling system. You mentioned you have an accurate remote temperature probe that is showing a high water discharge temperature from the engine. Can you move it to measure water inlet temperature, Radiator outlet temperature? A high reading, say above 170 when the outlet is 200, indicates a lack of air flow, fan clutch not working or bugs/dust clogging air channels, or a large fraction of water channels plugged resulting in high velocity flow in the remaining channels with little temperature drop. A low reading, say less than 150 with outlet of 200, indicates low water flow, closed thermostat, plugged up or broken water pump, inlet hose collapsed under suction. It may self regulate at 220 because system pressure inflates the collapsed hose. BTW, when my engine was running rough, not overheating, the problem was oil and dirt contamination on the timing pickup sensor and toothed wheel in the bottom of the distributor head. The clue was timing light jumping around randomly over 20 degrees.
Wild Bill 888 08/24/19 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford 460 motorhome running hot

My SPOUT plug was next to the ignition module on the driver side firewall. Winnebago conveniently mounted a fuse box over it, took weeks to find. It had enough slack wire to remount in a better location with better cooling.
Wild Bill 888 08/23/19 06:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford 460 motorhome running hot

Sorry to hear you’re still having issues. A few thoughts come to mind. Check all eight plugs, they should look identical light gray/tan, not burned/melted. While the plugs are out have somebody rock the crankshaft over top dead center and verify that it really is tdc. Set timing by the procedure with spout jumper out. Verify normal response with spout in. Have an assistant work the throttle while you watch the marks with a timing light. The timing should be stable, not bouncing around. Gradual throttle up under no load should produce a large advance, a momentary goose to full throttle should ****** the timing. My 93 460 has heat shields on the exhaust manifold, perhaps your yours were removed at some point. Try running with thermostat removed. Not a problem this time of year and you can cover part of the radiator if it runs too cold. Restricted fuel flow usually shows up as a misfire at full throttle and high rpm. It should run normal at moderate power. What gas mileage are you getting? Wow, is this a politically correct website, it won’t post the word [email protected]?
Wild Bill 888 08/22/19 08:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford 460 motorhome running hot

Double post
Wild Bill 888 08/22/19 07:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery acid crud on top of battery

Instead of grease get a longer lasting seal with100 % silicon rtv. Wait several hours for the battery to depressurize. Gently wash with a low velocity flow of water to avoid splashing. Remove cable, wash again, use high speed water to clean out cracks. Allow to dry completely, use compressed air if available. Apply a bead of silicone around the terminal. Wearing a rubber glove press the rtv into the plastic around the terminal to fill cracks. Apply another bead around the terminal and reinstall the cable. Allow to cure overnight before starting engine.
Wild Bill 888 08/21/19 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Atwood Water Heater Relay - Stuck Closed Again

Amazon has a 40 amp solid state relay for $10. Remote mount on a convenient heat sink.
Wild Bill 888 08/20/19 02:20pm Travel Trailers
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