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  1. Hot Rod

    Options for family of 6

    True dat. In the tow vehicle with the driver you have at least the split second warning of impending trouble or a crash. Imagine lying on the couch watching tv with not even that split second warning and suddenly the trailer is whipping side to side or upside down with the furniture flying around.
  2. Hot Rod

    Teflon pad

    I never had a problem with the standard ones, always work fine on my older trailersaver. BUT others have reported issues and need the thin one.
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    Gen use at truck stop

    The average death by generator you read about is some dumbass running it in their living room when the power goes out and they want to watch tv in bed, NOT by a permanently mounted and properly exhausted rv generator. An APU is just a generator and a few other nice things all tucked into one simple package, nothing magical about it. Yeah, if you have your bedroom slide out directly over the top of the generator exhaust like the typical fifth wheel and no stack it is likely you are going to get some fumes inside, slide seals are far from perfect. Not the generators fault.
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    off topic AC/heat pump replacement

    I can't speak to the Dometic, but we did install a Carrier 15k heat pump on a race car trailer and were very pleased. Worked good and never let us down. From working in the propane business Carrier was always a quality unit in the furnace business, so I figured it would hold true with their RV unit. Noisy like all the rest of the rooftop units though. I like Rod's suggestion of the mini split if it is feasible in your situation. It relocates the hot/noisy part of the unit to somewhere other than your living room or bedroom.
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    We lost the Bandit

    X2. Grew up on those Smokey and the Bandit movies. Once upon a time we broke down and limped into Texarkana for parts. We walked from our motel to the local beer store and bought a 12 pack of whatever they had just so we could say we "got beer in Texarkana". Been laughing about it ever since. Sad day.
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    CSX Train Hits Semi at Crossing

    It's these kind of morons that make me shake my head every time I see one of those "Bad crossings kill good drivers" billboards that other public safety morons put up to protect us from ourselves. There are no "good drivers" that get hit by a train. Consider a train. It is 13 feet wide, 16 feet tall, a mile long, with a blindingly bright light, an earsplitting horn you can hear from miles away, literally shakes the earth on approach, and runs predictably down these two shiny metal things we call railroad tracks clearly marked by a funny looking distinctive X shaped sign. If you get hit by a train you are not a "good driver killed by a bad crossing", you are a moron and we thank you for cleaning out the gene pool. Sorry, those billboards have been a pet peeve of mine for many years.
  7. Hot Rod

    Dropped Trailer-Segue

    Just say your new thread, which my last comment fits better here. Copied from what i just posted on the old thread: I guess I'll have to agree to disagree with the rest of y'all on the padlock. All of my padlocks at home, office, gates, and all trailer hitches and doors are the same keyed alike master locks, and every vehicle key ring has a padlock key on it, so there is no hunting for keys. The extra 5 seconds or less it will take me to unlock a padlock worries me far less than the absolute disaster of a trailer coming unhooked while rolling. But everyone should definitely use the procedure they feel is safest for their own situation. And I absolutely agree with your insurance comment. If I don't think I can get the truck unhooked quickly enough, I'm grabbing the wife and walking away to call the insurance agent. In most cases (an hdt with the hitch way way back is probably an exception) you are going to have to drop the landing gear to be able to get the truck out from under the trailer anyway or else the trailer is just going to land on the bed, and that will take FAR longer than any lock/bolt/pin on the hitch head. I can certainly see the pin/bolt vs. a padlock, it is still a positive stop that does not allow the hitch to open.
  8. Hot Rod

    Finally Did it! Dropped Fiver!

    I guess I'll have to agree to disagree with the rest of y'all on the padlock. All of my padlocks at home, office, gates, and all trailer hitches and doors are the same keyed alike master locks, and every vehicle key ring has a padlock key on it, so there is no hunting for keys. The extra 5 seconds or less it will take me to unlock a padlock worries me far less than the absolute disaster of a trailer coming unhooked while rolling. But everyone should definitely use the procedure they feel is safest for their own situation.
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    Finally Did it! Dropped Fiver!

    I can honestly say I've never dropped mine, or any other little trailer for that matter. But my used trailersaver came predented where the previous owner had dropped one. That said, I probably jinxed myself now. But I always visually check the jaws, hit the handle with my hand to make sure it is all the way back and ALWAYS use a padlock, both on the trailersaver and my old reese. But I think the best thing to stay out of trouble is ALWAYS completely hook up everything as a habit even if you are only moving 5 feet. Never ever ever partially hook or unhook, your habits will save you on that day you are distracted.
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    Excessive 3rd. Axle Tire Wear

    I'm with lance a lott on this one. Whenever a triaxle trailer (and to a lesser extent a tandem) goes through a curve by nature those 3 fixed axles try to track straight ahead. The tow vehicle forces them into a turn and the effect is some of the tires must skid sideways. Literally sideways in a really sharp turn, but must always slide some no matter how shallow the turn. Also by nature the tires with the least load on them will be the ones with the least grip and the ones that will do the sliding in most situations. Maybe bring the nose up slightly to even the load amongst the axles? Or redistribute some cargo to the rear? I don't suspect a bent axle, those usually result in swift and very uneven tire wear and broken belts, not the even but faster wear you describe.
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    Gen use at truck stop

    the fumes and noise from your little ol' generator are going to make spit difference in the environment of a busy truck stop with a hundred other rigs idling and running their APU's. I am concerned about the slide half out though, those things really only seal good all the way in or all the way out to keep the fumes out with the exhaust right there. We do have a genturi we use when set up a at events, it's just a big inconvenient to dig out of the storage and set up for a quick sleep stop.
  12. Hot Rod

    Exemptions for HDT

    Clear as mud. I particularly like all the verbiage wasted on vehicles with a combined gcvw of 10001# or less. Unless somebody literally loads the horse in the bed of their 1/2 ton truck or van, there is no conceivable tow vehicle / horse trailer combo of less that 10K gcvw. gotta love the 'gummint
  13. Thanks for all the suggestions. It is likely I wiggled whatever connector that was not quite connecting. I had the breaker housing (that hides all those WHITE wires) off and twisted all around so I could see the back. I think I'll take it back apart and pull every connection and spray it up with terminal cleaner.
  14. No idea what I did, but it is working now.
  15. I've got an onan 5500 in a 2004 fifth wheel. Running good, then sat for a few months. Now it won't start, and by that I mean won't crank, won't prime, does not seem to be power to either the panel inside the camper, or the prime/start switch right on the generator. Nothing. Seems completely dead. Brand new battery. Battery cable ends removed and cleaned on both ends. All the power for the unit seems to come all from the positive battery connection inside the generator. There is the 4 ga cable coming from the battery to an isolated post, and from there a white 10 ga wire and a double white 16 ga wire on the same post. Good power on the post and all terminals, and I stabbed the wires to make sure power past the terminals actually into the wire. There don't seem to be any fuses or circuit breakers (12v) in there. Any ideas? Thanks!
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