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RE: Reese Sway Control Bar

I had two on a 26' trailer for years. Tighten it down tight and back off until the handle is parallel to the bar. If you tighten it too much during a sharp turn you will either bend the bar or break the little ball off or both. For the first few times that you use a new friction grip sway control pull out the bar after use and clean off the friction residue with course steel wool. The residue can cause it to stick and damage the bar. Always take it off before you make a sharp turn backing up. Going forward it is highly unlikely that you will ever make a sharp enough turn to damage it.
camperforlife 10/07/19 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slideout Mechanism

This is a picture of my brother's trailer with a Schwintek slide. The slide was a mechanical disaster from day one and was replaced entirely twice before he gave up and traded the trailer. I would run from any trailer with a Schwintek slide. https://i.imgur.com/eMYocMKl.jpg
camperforlife 10/07/19 06:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Top Pop Rails Bike Rack

The Arvika site is still up and running. I called the toll free number and it appears that they are still in business. Arvika bike racks Pop top rails was the US name. I always dealt directly with Arvika. Great company to work with.
camperforlife 09/17/19 06:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone switched from blue ox 1500 to 2000lb bars?

I switched from the 1000 to the 1500 and it improved my trailer handling. My dealer sold me the 1000k bars when I bought the trailer and they weren't heavy enough. I called Blue Ox and they worked out a trade. Talk to them, you never know what they will do. They are a very customer focused company.
camperforlife 03/17/19 09:16am Towing
RE: another question for Dr Doug

Like other drugs, CBD oil effectiveness can vary with individuals. It did not work for one of our arthritic dogs. Very true but there is also a huge difference in CBD oil. If it was bargain priced CBD from Amazon that might have been the issue. Quality CBD is not cheap.
camperforlife 02/04/19 09:17pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Driveway Help

At work we had some mud roads. They used large rock as a base then smaller gravel on top, made a very solid road. The biggest improvement was to put a crown on the road and drainage on the sides. I've read all the comments and this is the best solution. My experience with drives and building sites this formula works. In our area limestone is in abundance and the stone of choice.
camperforlife 01/09/19 07:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Trailer brakes

OP here, thanks for all the input. I may seriously consider doing a rewire this spring. Already got rid of the scotchlocks and considered soldering the joints. The current wiring is inside the closed belly and quite the chore to inspect but it has been done.
camperforlife 12/31/18 08:22pm Towing
Trailer brakes

I have a Cougar TT 31RKS that is 35' long and comes in at about 8500lbs loaded. I tow with a '11 GMC Sierra 2500HD. The trailer is 4 years old and I have never been able to get the GMC factory brake control to lock the brakes at low speed like they say it should in the setup instructions. I have the boost set at the full 10. I don't feel like I am lacking in brakes. I have never felt like I couldn't stop in time. In a panic situation the trailer brakes have locked. I've had two very reputable shops service the brakes over the last couple years and they say everything is good. Should I just get over the fact that I can't manually lock the brakes like I've been able to on every other trailer I've owned?
camperforlife 12/30/18 09:33pm Towing
RE: What is the max length travel trailer you think is practical

I have a 35 footer. I can can get it in 90% of the places that I want to go. It actually tows better than the 26 footer that it replaced. You do have to study gas stops a little closer but we love the layout of the trailer and I have zero regrets going that large.
camperforlife 12/25/18 04:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Who checks their oil?

I always check the dipstick, on the truck that is. I bought a new Audi last year and it doesn't have a dip stick. You check the oil with the on board computer or a phone app. I don't know if I will ever get use to that.
camperforlife 12/22/18 05:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: rest area scam !

I see them around but I'm never approached. They head towards me but I must have one heck of an evil glance because if I make eye contact they always turn away. LOL
camperforlife 12/06/18 08:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Recommendation To Replace Netgear Wifi Extender

I'll second the Orbi. Absolutely love it and it covers my 4 level home and my entire large yard.
camperforlife 11/09/18 06:45pm Technology Corner
RE: hot water heater switch confusion

My water heater looks a lot like the ones pictured. It did not come with a pin in the electric element switch. Yes, it is a key teardown item to make sure the electric water heater gets turned off since I keep my TT powered at home. That pin seems foolish anyways unless there was a big streamer tag on it like the "remove before flight" ones on aircraft. I bet it "had" a pin. My last trailer had a pin when I bought but it left here without one.
camperforlife 11/09/18 06:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: You don't know...

My last trailer purchase the salesman and the service writer tried to tell me what size bars I needed. I asked them to weigh the tongue and they replied that they didn't have a scale. I replied "then you don't know what the h*** you are doing". This created quite the debate and the lecture about how long they had been doing this, yada, yada, yada. We took the trailer to a scale, weighed the tongue and guess what. They didn't know what the h*** they were doing and had to eat crow. The tongue weight was 500 lbs more than their years of knowledge told them.
camperforlife 11/07/18 07:50pm Towing
RE: question on cable pull tank valve drains

I've had issues with the cable systems and I've had issues with a straight rod pull. Both were a PITA at the time because they both broke with a full tank. Use either enough and they will break. I wouldn't let a cable stop me from buying a trailer that I really like.
camperforlife 11/07/18 07:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wi-Fi extender/amplifier?

I went with an Orbi tri band. I have 1.5 acres and have pretty strong wifi anywhere on the property. I was shooting for good coverage on all 4 levels of my 3800 sq ft house and both outdoor entertainment areas and was pleasantly surprised at just how well it performs.
camperforlife 10/30/18 08:06pm Technology Corner
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