We have just finished our first short little trip (~2200 Miles) This was the first trip for my little 13' 1980 Scamp
. Most all went well with a couple of exceptions. Towing up, I had an "adjustible height" hitch. It rattled and thunked but did pretty good, except hanging down as it did it bottomed out and dragged and undoubtably dug some gashes here and there. So on the way home I switched to a 3 1/2 inch drop hitch.
Here are my questions and issues.
1) driving up, the ride rattled a little more because of the adujstible hitch but was much smoother.
a) did the play in the adjustible hitch act as a mini shock absorber to have less effect on the tow veghicle.
b) with 3 1/2 the front was a bit higher, and with 5 1/2 the front would be a bit lower. Towing home at 3 1/2 i would get some fishtailing occasionally, especially at the end of my trip. WAS THIS CAUSED BY THE TONGUE HEIGHT? Nothing else had changed, load in the trailer was identical the entire time except a pound or two of propane
lower. How can I stop the fishtailing.
2) the tire company put 42# of air in my tires
and rattled the heck out of everything til I got to the bay area and dropped it to 30. Scamp
recomments 20 and I have seen people go as low as 15 psi, what does everybody here use on their 13' fiberglass vehicles??
3) My fridge
actually does work on 110/12V and propanem however it is unreliable on 12V and propane
. What can I do to make it cool better. it is a Dometic 211. I think one night the propane
blew out and I had no way of knowing. On new trailers I saw there is a green LED indicating that the propane is working. Does anyone know of an aftermarket kit to add this to my rig?
Thanks for the help and input. looking forward to more upcoming trips.
A "quick " detail of my trip is below. Pix at the bottom of the post...
Started in Pasadena, made our way to Santa Barbara, Then the Bay Area, then Cloverdale on the russian River, up the Mendocino Coast, through fort bragg, through the Redwoods into Crescent City, up into Rogue River Oregon, and our final northern destination point of Crater lake. Back down through the modoc Plateau and the lava tubes national Monument, (which had all of the smoke from Lassen) into Lassen (which sent all of their smoke from their fires into the Modoc Plateau and other places) finally a night in Marysville off the 99, lunch in Sacramento, dinenr in Bakersfield, and then home sweet home back in pasaeena, whew)!!!