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Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-27-2017, 02:32 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,227
Posted By USAtraveler
Interesting to see ProPride users come out and...

Interesting to see ProPride users come out and admit (well, some of them anyway) their VPP hitches don't actually eliminate the "suck" and "pull" problem you are experiencing. As a group they tend...
Forum: Working on the Road 07-26-2017, 01:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,075
Posted By USAtraveler
I stand corrected...should have looked at the...

I stand corrected...should have looked at the "brick" first. My Toshiba also sez 65W. I bought a Bapdas 500W Power Inverter on Amazon last May for $30. It works well enough but I wouldn't push it...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-24-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 863
Posted By USAtraveler
First check the cable socket on the TV to be sure...

First check the cable socket on the TV to be sure you are getting 12V at the pin for the brakes (Google "7 pin trailer connector" to identify correct pin). Step hard on the brake pedal and make sure...
Forum: Working on the Road 07-24-2017, 02:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,075
Posted By USAtraveler
Agree in principle, but don't see any laptop...

Agree in principle, but don't see any laptop running on just 100W, and you need a laptop to do any serious work. I'd get at least a 400W inverter which you can buy at Harbor Freight for $25. Also...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-23-2017, 11:49 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,732
Posted By USAtraveler
I hate to see a new member being sucked into...

I hate to see a new member being sucked into buying a useless product by an unscrupulous or...giving benefit of the doubt...uninformed RV dealer. As your dealer knows, or should know, your Toyota...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 07-22-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 801
Posted By USAtraveler
Ground, left and right is correct. Left and...

Ground, left and right is correct. Left and right means left and right blinkers. The circuit for brakes is made upstream of the TV socket...step on the brake pedal, it energizes the green and...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-22-2017, 02:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,732
Posted By USAtraveler
You da man, David!!! 70 mph cruisin', maybe...

You da man, David!!! 70 mph cruisin', maybe 80-85 downhill and passin'! Wow...not many of us have the cajones to do this. All without ESC too...very impressive...or does BMW call that Dynamic...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 07-20-2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,456
Posted By USAtraveler
I noticed many of the members saying a 27' AS...

I noticed many of the members saying a 27' AS would fit easily into Fed and state campgrounds were from states east of the Rockies. Here in the West that's not necessarily true. Our campgrounds are...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-17-2017, 11:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,953
Posted By USAtraveler
A VPP hitch???

A VPP hitch???
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-17-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,544
Posted By USAtraveler
Ford says you don't need added sway control...

Ford says you don't need added sway control because your newer truck has built in electronic sway control (ESC) thru the onboard computer. ESC started out years ago as an option on luxury cars. ...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 07-17-2017, 01:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,294
Posted By USAtraveler
I'm sticking with the bear theory. Something big...

I'm sticking with the bear theory. Something big hit this trailer. As the OP sez, no way was it human vandalism. Bears may not walk around on their hind legs, but they can sure stand up when they...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-17-2017, 01:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,953
Posted By USAtraveler
No Peter, that is not what I am suggesting. What...

No Peter, that is not what I am suggesting. What is the big mystery here? If you want individual left/right trailer braking, you need to wire each side separately to the ESC module. Otherwise you...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 07-16-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,071
Posted By USAtraveler
As you've discovered, the plastic part in...

As you've discovered, the plastic part in question can become very brittle...probably from too much time sitting in the sun. Unfortunately there is no way to fix the brittleness, and attempting to...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 07-16-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,294
Posted By USAtraveler
I'm not sure about the smaller dent, but I'd be...

I'm not sure about the smaller dent, but I'd be willing to bet a bear made the larger dent. How often do you see bears in Crowley Lake?
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-16-2017, 01:39 AM
Replies: 507
Views: 59,432
Posted By USAtraveler
Ditto, ditto, and ditto, Tony. BTW, the CA...

Ditto, ditto, and ditto, Tony.

BTW, the CA drought ended last Winter, Frank. Record snowfalls in the Sierras...still skiing up there in places. Tailpipe water not necessary. But hey, it's the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-16-2017, 01:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,953
Posted By USAtraveler
Many members here have owned their Airstreams for...

Many members here have owned their Airstreams for a long time and don't like to admit there is something new and better coming down the road. For example,
your new Z71 has built-in electronic sway...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-15-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,976
Posted By USAtraveler
Agree with Uncle...something is wrong with your...

Agree with Uncle...something is wrong with your Parallax. Stop using it until you can check it out further; otherwise you will fry your expensive batteries!
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-15-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,953
Posted By USAtraveler
Just got thru helping a friend hook up an...

Just got thru helping a friend hook up an Anderson WDH this past week. This was by far the quickest and easiest WDH I have ever seen! Also one of the lightest. Among many advantages you don't have...
Forum: Full-Timing 07-14-2017, 02:56 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,583
Posted By USAtraveler
Uncle has a good point here. I wouldn't choose a...

Uncle has a good point here. I wouldn't choose a new domicile to avoid CA taxes if the place I selected was a place I never or rarely went to (I don't think you can pick one you never went to). ...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-14-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,674
Posted By USAtraveler
Your converter is fried. It's 43 years old. If...

Your converter is fried. It's 43 years old. If you've been using lights, fans, and frig (control)...all 12V loads...without a battery, it means your converter has been working full-time to run them...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-14-2017, 02:24 AM
Replies: 507
Views: 59,432
Posted By USAtraveler
Maybe not in my lifetime or possibly yours, but...

Maybe not in my lifetime or possibly yours, but think FUSION future. Serious research has been underway longer than you may realize. That's as much as I care to say about it.

Regarding...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-13-2017, 01:00 AM
Replies: 507
Views: 59,432
Posted By USAtraveler
Future power...one word: fusion.

Future power...one word: fusion.
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 07-12-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,807
Posted By USAtraveler
I don't know what the state and Fed parks are...

I don't know what the state and Fed parks are like back in your part of the country, but out here in the West many of the parks, especially those run by the Forest Service, are in remote mountain...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-12-2017, 01:26 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,197
Posted By USAtraveler
Cool I wouldn't be too hasty to buy into UncleBob's...

I wouldn't be too hasty to buy into UncleBob's logic...or whatever it is. I'm not so sure I follow it either. If he's saying what I think he's saying, it's wrong. If your front axle weight without...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-10-2017, 02:39 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
Your wealth of experience is laudable, Sailor. ...

Your wealth of experience is laudable, Sailor. But digital technology has progressed way beyond stacked disc drives. Those large scale mainframe computer systems you worked on bear little...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 07-09-2017, 04:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By USAtraveler
First off, don't change out the converter. It's...

First off, don't change out the converter. It's not the problem. it's not even electrically in the circuit when you are on shore power. Unless you have an inverter to change 12V dc to 110V ac, the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-09-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
Guess what, Sailor...a great many of us have...

Guess what, Sailor...a great many of us have worked with computers our whole lives...starting in elementary school! Mechanical adding machines and slide rules went out a few generations ago. If...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-09-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,197
Posted By USAtraveler
The CAT scale weigh-in, if you can find one...

The CAT scale weigh-in, if you can find one nearby, is way more than 2 or 3 passes...You need to weigh each axle by itself on the scale, plus the TV's combined 2-axle weight together on the scale....
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-08-2017, 01:05 PM
Replies: 507
Views: 59,432
Posted By USAtraveler
The electric power naysayers in this thread are...

The electric power naysayers in this thread are missing the boat, IMO (and getting some facts wrong, too). California is leading the nation in switching to clean electric power in homes,...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-08-2017, 01:29 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
You may want to watch this YouTube vid: ...

You may want to watch this YouTube vid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EF_o__RV5kE
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-08-2017, 12:54 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,197
Posted By USAtraveler
Good warning. Distributing excessive weight to...

Good warning. Distributing excessive weight to the front axle by cranking up too hard on the spring bars can be dangerous. It puts a load on the front axle that it was never meant to carry. It...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-06-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,350
Posted By USAtraveler
Yes, but you will also need a 200 lb. weight...

Yes, but you will also need a 200 lb. weight distribution hitch with built in sway control. Add a St. Christopher medal from the rear view mirror and yer good to go!:wally:
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 07-05-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,335
Posted By USAtraveler
You need more wires: Look up a 7 pin cable...

You need more wires: Look up a 7 pin cable connector on the internet to see what they all are, what they connect up with, and in what order to arrange them within the 7 pin female end of the cable.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-05-2017, 02:02 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
When the side force against your trailer is high...

When the side force against your trailer is high enough it will cause the trailer to move sideways. If equipped with a Hensley/ProPride the force will act on your whole rig as a linked unit, forcing...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-05-2017, 01:12 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
Black ice is a very thin coat of ice, not packed...

Black ice is a very thin coat of ice, not packed snow...so thin it is transparent. It occurs when wet roads freeze overnight. Even after daytime ambient temps rise well above freezing, black ice...
Forum: Trailer Values 07-04-2017, 11:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,736
Posted By USAtraveler
Don't take it too literally, Frankly...It's just...

Don't take it too literally, Frankly...It's just a phrase. When I've listed an item for sale and a potential buyer tries to low ball me, I say this to him, "Tell you what, Pal...You give me your...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-04-2017, 01:26 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
Until it doesn't. In a not far-fetched scenario...

Until it doesn't. In a not far-fetched scenario you find yourself feathering your brakes in a futile attempt to keep from gaining speed on a steep, tree-shaded mountain downhill when you suddenly...
Forum: Trailer Values 07-03-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,881
Posted By USAtraveler
Well said again, Wavelength. A trailer in good...

Well said again, Wavelength. A trailer in good to excellent condition is not likely to be listed or sold at a bargain price. The OP may spend a lot of time looking for that needle in the...
Forum: Trailer Values 07-03-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,736
Posted By USAtraveler
Very well said, Wavelength. The OP's philosophy...

Very well said, Wavelength. The OP's philosophy of buying and selling used appears to have been conditioned by his experience with used car dealers. Going in to a transaction with the mind set that...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-03-2017, 01:27 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
Good question, Peter. I don't know enough about...

Good question, Peter. I don't know enough about the systems used on larger trucks like the Volvo to give you a precise answer. Yes is my speculative answer for what its worth. Here's my thinking. ...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-02-2017, 01:15 PM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
Accelerating may be part of the sway control...

Accelerating may be part of the sway control routine for ProPride or old school trucks, but generally you do NOT control sway by accelerating; you first need to slow down. Any of the newer trucks...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-29-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,793
Posted By USAtraveler
When Toyota says your max towing capacity is...

When Toyota says your max towing capacity is 5000# and tongue wt max is 500# the limits are based on also carrying full payload wts in your Highlander. Those max towing and tongue loads are...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 06-29-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,197
Posted By USAtraveler
Are you saying the extra 180# is all, or mostly...

Are you saying the extra 180# is all, or mostly all, carried by the trailer axle(s)? Excuse my incredulity, but that defies logic and the theories of plane geometry. A good part of this 180# weight...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-29-2017, 01:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,888
Posted By USAtraveler
Smile Congrats on your new TT. You're ahead of the...

Congrats on your new TT. You're ahead of the game by seeking advice, but keep an open mind. As you've already seen, there are any number of owners who will tell you a weight distribution hitch and...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-20-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
To answer you: (1) Yes. Don't know the extent...

To answer you: (1) Yes. Don't know the extent of your ignorance, so can't answer other factors. (2) Yes. (3) Not in your lifetime.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-13-2017, 02:41 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
I am torn every time I'm tempted to agree with...

I am torn every time I'm tempted to agree with either the light duty vs heavy duty truck faction. On the one hand I know that a 1/2 ton truck with available factory towing options and some...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-12-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 21,445
Posted By USAtraveler
I was at Cyn de Chelly myself about 2 months ago....

I was at Cyn de Chelly myself about 2 months ago. True what you say, brochure sez booze is forbidden ( BIA claims alcoholism is a big problem on many SW Indian reservations). However, the law...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-11-2017, 12:44 AM
Replies: 280
Views: 26,364
Posted By USAtraveler
At 75 mph anything will roll over when the s**t...

At 75 mph anything will roll over when the s**t hits the fan.
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-11-2017, 12:37 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 21,445
Posted By USAtraveler
"No booze campsite"???? Where do they have...

"No booze campsite"???? Where do they have these? I'll be sure to stay somewhere else....even if it takes a spotter, two lines of cones, and a back up alarm to get in!:D
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 06-09-2017, 02:01 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 21,445
Posted By USAtraveler
FYI--Standard hand signals: with left or right...

FYI--Standard hand signals: with left or right hand as appropriate, spotter points in direction the back end of the trailer should move. Back up straight--spotter waves hand with same motion yo'...
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