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Old 09-21-2011, 02:47 PM   #15
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What is the other number on Tekonsha set to?

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IIRC, my Tekonsha is always set at b1. Sometimes I use the manual slider button if I want to come to a relatively fast stop.

For your slinky, all you need is a Thetford to Valterra adapter; a couple of bucks at most RV places (or even Wal-Mart, I think). Our Gator came with one...
You said you had it set on b1, what is the secondary number set to?
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:55 PM   #16
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You said you had it set on b1, what is the secondary number set to?
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By "secondary number" do you mean the gain? (the one you set with the up/down arrow buttons on a P3, or the blue thumbwheel on a P2.)

Typically the gain should be set where the trailer tires are JUST at the edge of lockup if you move the manual lever all the way. I'm guessing it'll vary from trailer to trailer, and may change every time you have the brakes adjusted... for my Argosy it's about 10 volts.
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:47 AM   #17
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Thank you. I had mine set at B1 also for this trip. The gain was pretty low but it seemed to be braking nicely. I still need to get the hang of setting it I think.

For this trip, I had the right adapter for the water outlet.

My electrical adapter completely fused to the park's outlet and got stuck in there. The owner didn't seem too concerned and said it happens. Yikes! The fridge is original and I ran it off electric, but it seemed to not work on and off. We reverted to the surefire way...an ice chest. I guess I'll run off of propane next time which seems to work 100% of time.

I got alot of conflicting opinions before the trip about tire air pressure. For my spring trip I had it set to max pressure on tire wall: 60. I was chastised for this on Friday while getting an oil change. Even the mechanics I talked to were arguing back and forth about it. Some said with the heat of Texas roads, don't go above 50. The other said when towing really setting towards max is okay. We compromised and I set at 55. I kept the tow vehicle at the suggestion printed on the driver's door. 36 for front and 44 for rear.
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Tire pressure

Your tires say 60 psi is the max inflation on the sidewall? What kind are they? Generally Load Range C tires are 50 PSI, D => 65 PSI, E => 80 PSI.

Generally if you're anywhere near the rated load, it's important to keep them inflated to that PSI. That's the condition under which the tire company "rated" the tire, and lower inflation causes more sidewall flex, which fatigues the sidewall and builds up more heat going down the road. Combine that with the very high pavement temps we've experience in Texas this year and you're getting the tire pretty hot.

When you're running "overkill" load ranges (significantly above the actual weight the tire is carrying) it's a bit of a different story. The tire itself has a stiffer sidewall, and some manufacturers have "derating" charts where they show the pressure to inflate an E rated tire for carrying D loads, e.g.
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