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Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear Yesterday, 11:57 AM
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Posted By Jon Vermilye
Minor correction - Leadville is at 10,000'...

Minor correction - Leadville is at 10,000' (officially, 10,152') There are some reasonably close 12K mountains nearby, but most are not drivable except in late July & August and then with a 4 wheel...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-14-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,120
Posted By Jon Vermilye
If you go to the spreadsheet version I keep at my...

If you go to the spreadsheet version I keep at my website (http://lakeshoreimages.com/spreadsheets/Weight.xls), you will find fairly current updates. It also allows sorting & filtering by make &...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-14-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,120
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Seems some of the automakers are getting a bit...

Seems some of the automakers are getting a bit less conservative. Toyota is listing one version of the RAV4 with a 4 cylinder non turbo engine at 3500/350. 5000 seems like that 4 cylinder turbo...
Forum: General Chat 07-14-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 957
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I have identical "bag" chairs, one that has lived...

I have identical "bag" chairs, one that has lived in the bag since 2004, and the other that never saw the bag after the first use. I have to admit that the one without the bag looks a bit more faded...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-12-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By Jon Vermilye
The first number in the model number of the...

The first number in the model number of the Victron controllers is the maximum voltage allowed at the input. The second number is the maximum amps.

You can wire the 24V panels in series, allowing...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-11-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,938
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I have to agree with Donna & others - I think you...

I have to agree with Donna & others - I think you are being overly optimistic on your expectations of solar. For one thing, unless your tilt the rooftop panels the proper angle for the area you are...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-07-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,175
Posted By Jon Vermilye
These were actual weights, not estimates. I...

These were actual weights, not estimates. I travel solo, so that gave me a bit more. Since much of what I carry in the truck wouldn't fit or make sense in the trailer, my solution was to move up to...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-07-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,175
Posted By Jon Vermilye
While there are lots of variables when...

While there are lots of variables when considering a tow vehicle. one that is often not considered is payload. A tow vehicle capable of towing 5000 pounds with a 500 pound tongue weight limit...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-07-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,120
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I towed an Escape 17B (3100 & 345 lbs loaded)...

I towed an Escape 17B (3100 & 345 lbs loaded) with a 2010 RAV4 3.5 liter (213.5 cu in) 269 hp & 246 ft lbs torque. Similar torque & horsepower, but it was a V6. Never had a problem with towing the...
Forum: Parts: Buy | Sell | Trade 07-06-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 344
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Unfortunately, they don't fit the third...

Unfortunately, they don't fit the third generation (starting in 2016).
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-05-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 142
Posted By Jon Vermilye
It sounds like the inverter is shutting down...

It sounds like the inverter is shutting down because of low voltage. Could be bad batteries or loose connections. Undersized wiring will also cause the problem, but since it worked before, that is...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-05-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,175
Posted By Jon Vermilye
NY also trailer brakes at 1000 pounds or more...

NY also trailer brakes at 1000 pounds or more...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-05-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,490
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Unless Toyota has made changes between the 2016 &...

Unless Toyota has made changes between the 2016 & 2017 Tacoma, you don't need to unplug the trailer umbilical. There is a disconnect solenoid that shuts off the trailer charge line when the ignition...
Forum: General Chat 07-04-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,878
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Worked fine from a MacBookPro...

Worked fine from a MacBookPro...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 07-01-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,423
Posted By Jon Vermilye
You will be over the acceptable hitch weight with...

You will be over the acceptable hitch weight with the Casita 17. Average is around 418 lbs, 3296 for overall weight.

I have friends that towed a Scamp 16 to Alaska & back with a Toyota Sienna....
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-01-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,103
Posted By Jon Vermilye
With the temperature in the shade at 91°, 76%...

With the temperature in the shade at 91°, 76% humidity and no house AC, I may be camping in the driveway this afternoon! With a 25' #12 extension cord, the AC in the trailer is drawing 11 amps @...
Forum: Forum Admin, News & Announcements 07-01-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,931
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Nope. I've often had the cooling fans come on...

Nope. I've often had the cooling fans come on in my MacBookPro when here at Fiberglass RV for no apparent reason. Didn't happen today...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 06-30-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Many states require you use the trailer's brakes...

Many states require you use the trailer's brakes if it has them. Some go by weight (in NY any trailer over 1000 pounds must have working brakes).

As to tires, I went through two sets of Maxxis...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Upcoming) 06-27-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,058
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I'm sure there is a mix of amateurs &...

I'm sure there is a mix of amateurs & professionals at Havasu. I saw some shells that I've never seen before, some wonderful, and some "interesting". Well worth a visit, whether you do the entire...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Upcoming) 06-27-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,058
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I hope we are in the same area. See you at...

I hope we are in the same area. See you at Quartzsite or the fireworks! I'm also doing Matagorda Madness the end of November...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-25-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,528
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I stuck some suggestions on your "Camping in the...

I stuck some suggestions on your "Camping in the Driveway" thread.
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-25-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,103
Posted By Jon Vermilye
There are a couple of "always on" devices such as...

There are a couple of "always on" devices such as your propane detector, if you have one, the pilot light on a combined 12V / USB outlet, etc. Depending on how long the trailer sits, how charged the...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-24-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,135
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Here are a couple of photos of one (notice it...

Here are a couple of photos of one (notice it isn't quite dark yet)
Forum: Forum Admin, News & Announcements 06-23-2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 899
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I'm the guilty party that made the post so I can...

I'm the guilty party that made the post so I can explain how it happened. I did a search at Amazon for a 10,000 lumen flashlight, and noticed that on an ad below the description was a link to a...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-23-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,490
Posted By Jon Vermilye
While I liked the fact that it didn't use 12V...

While I liked the fact that it didn't use 12V except to fire the igniter, I hope you have better luck with the thermostat. I had to have mine replaced 3 times, each requiring the pulling of the...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-23-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,486
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Actually, unless Escape has made a change, the...

Actually, unless Escape has made a change, the batteries are outside the trailer on the rear bumper.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-23-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,135
Posted By Jon Vermilye
The Flashlight "Lumen" race is even hotter than...

The Flashlight "Lumen" race is even hotter than pixel counts. How about a 15,000 Lumen flashlight...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-23-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,947
Posted By Jon Vermilye
One reason for the wide variation of current...

One reason for the wide variation of current draws for propane detectors is the technology used for most of them. It involves heating a platinum wire, which, of course requires current. Catalytic...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-23-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,135
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Since I'm not always wearing my keys, my...

Since I'm not always wearing my keys, my in-camper flashlight solution is to keep a gazillion Harbor Freight free flashlights spread throughout the drawers & cabinets. I have to admit that half the...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-23-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,490
Posted By Jon Vermilye
You are getting into a "hot" area. Yes, you can...

You are getting into a "hot" area. Yes, you can run it while traveling, either on propane or 12V. If your tow vehicle's charging system & wiring can't keep up (or if you don't have a charge line...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-22-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,103
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I'm not sure I understand. A properly wired...

I'm not sure I understand. A properly wired trailer with undamaged appliances will not trip a GFCI. Both of my Escapes have had no problems connecting to GFCIs that pass both internal & external...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-22-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,135
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Everyone, no matter what the site light, should...

Everyone, no matter what the site light, should be considerate of those that enjoy the night & turn them off by 11:00 or so. My pet peeve is the motion detection porch lights that flash on when you...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-22-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,135
Posted By Jon Vermilye
My favorite "alway with me" flashlight is a...

My favorite "alway with me" flashlight is a keychain Nitecore Tini (https://www.amazon.com/Nitecore-Rechargeable-Keychain-Flashlight-Tactical/dp/B076QJHSXJ). I bought mine at the Quartzsite Big Tent...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-22-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 712
Posted By Jon Vermilye
While it might be the switch that is leaking, it...

While it might be the switch that is leaking, it is more likely the lens, or condensation. I drilled a drain hole in the bottom of mine, which seemed to help.

As to adding the 3 way rather than...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-21-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 712
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Replacement switches are pretty inexpensive...

Replacement switches are pretty inexpensive (https://www.delcity.net/store/search/p_788765.h_788771.t_1.n_y.jsp?item=7500005). If you want an interesting project, replace the switch with a Single...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Upcoming) 06-21-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,058
Posted By Jon Vermilye
While I don't remember doing it, I must have hit...

While I don't remember doing it, I must have hit the wrong state when I posted the original thread. I can't find a way to change it; maybe an administrator?
Forum: General Chat 06-20-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,948
Posted By Jon Vermilye
All Escapes are available with dual pane windows,...

All Escapes are available with dual pane windows, an extra layer of insulation, and spray foam on the bottom. In addition, heating pads can be installed on the tanks (they are 12v, but draw enough...
Forum: General Chat 06-20-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,948
Posted By Jon Vermilye
While I love my Escape, it is not as winterized...

While I love my Escape, it is not as winterized as the Bigfoot or Oliver. Good for the corner seasons, and freezing overnights, but I wouldn't attempt to use the water systems in constant freezing...
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 06-20-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 359
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Goblin Valley has 14 reservable trailer (RV)...

Goblin Valley has 14 reservable trailer (RV) sites with grills & tables. Bathrooms with hot showers. If you go, check out Little Wild Horse Slot Canyon just outside the park as well as the...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-19-2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,109
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Make sure that both the connector & Converter...

Make sure that both the connector & Converter terminals (and the breaker) are rated for stranded wire. Generally, not a problem...
Forum: Plumbing | Systems and Fixtures 06-17-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,045
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Depends on the brand of trailer. Both my Escapes...

Depends on the brand of trailer. Both my Escapes had fill ports large enough to fit the end of a hose, and deep enough that it stayed in (most of the time) while filling.
Forum: Camp Cooking, Food & Recipes 06-14-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 671
Posted By Jon Vermilye
They must like the lee of Lake Ontario here in...

They must like the lee of Lake Ontario here in upstate NY. My bushes are over 20 years old & I'm still getting between 4 - 5 gallons of berries from the 12 of them.

They are still green, but...
Forum: Camp Cooking, Food & Recipes 06-11-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 671
Posted By Jon Vermilye
You southerners are driving me crazy! I have a...

You southerners are driving me crazy! I have a dozen bushes that have just finished flowering. Still got a month or so.
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-08-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,969
Posted By Jon Vermilye
The Honda 3K is quieter than even one Honda 2200,...

The Honda 3K is quieter than even one Honda 2200, so if noise is the most important criteria, go with it.

On the other hand, I have to agree with the weight problem. if you are going to move it...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Upcoming) 06-05-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,058
Posted By Jon Vermilye
Just an update on attendees at the show. We have...

Just an update on attendees at the show. We have 5 trailers signed up for the week long Winter Blast the week after the Quartzsite Rally. Check the beginning of the thread for information. If you...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-01-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,113
Posted By Jon Vermilye
If you want a minimal system that is completely...

If you want a minimal system that is completely prepackaged, and are willing to pay for the fancy packaging, it might do what you want, with the exceptions I noted below. This is really a system...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 05-17-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,800
Posted By Jon Vermilye
For those interested, I've started a page of...

For those interested, I've started a page of photos of the 2nd Annual Spring Fling (http://lakeshoreimages.com/18trip/springfling201.html). I'll add to the page as the rally progresses.
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 05-15-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 7,800
Posted By Jon Vermilye
I'm half way there - currently at the Broken...

I'm half way there - currently at the Broken Wheel campground in Petersburg, NY for tonight.
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 05-13-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 979
Posted By Jon Vermilye
A fully charged battery is at 12.7 V. The proper...

A fully charged battery is at 12.7 V. The proper way to measure is with all charging sources removed. If you have solar, wait until after dark. Give the battery a couple of hours after removing...
Forum: General Chat 05-09-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,984
Posted By Jon Vermilye
You can find ticks just about anywhere. The last...

You can find ticks just about anywhere. The last one I found was from Greenbelt National Park in Maryland (Washington, DC).
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