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Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-19-2009, 11:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,947
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Roy, you're right -- The arm to the scale should...

Roy, you're right -- The arm to the scale should be the long one!
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-19-2009, 10:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,494
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Not exactly true in practical applications-- The...

Not exactly true in practical applications-- The propane devices designed for attachment to one-lb cylinders have internal regulators, whereas the other devices rely on the regulator on the tank, so...
Forum: General Chat 05-18-2009, 08:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,920
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Converter -- Common RV appliance, changes 120VAC...

Converter -- Common RV appliance, changes 120VAC shore power to 12VDC to power 12V lights and stuf and recharge battery.

Inverter -- Less common appliance, changes 12VDC to 120VAC, usually to...
Forum: General Chat 05-18-2009, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,046
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
I used my debit card at ATMs to change money...

I used my debit card at ATMs to change money (Actually, to withdraw it from my home account in local currency) -- In my travels, I have found they generally give the best exchange rates unless...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-16-2009, 09:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,997
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Many brake controllers will give a visual...

Many brake controllers will give a visual indication that the brakes aren't functioning if the umbilical cable isn't connected.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-16-2009, 09:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,984
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
I'd recommend that you get a transmission oil...

I'd recommend that you get a transmission oil temperature gauge, then you won't be guessing about whether or not an auxiliary cooler is needed.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-16-2009, 09:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,824
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
If one is experiencing 'fishtail', one is likely...

If one is experiencing 'fishtail', one is likely on the verge of some serious sway, usually due to unbalance, and should immediately do some weighing to get the tongue weight into the right range.
...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-16-2009, 09:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,947
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Here's a great method of weighing one's small...

Here's a great method of weighing one's small trailer using a bathroom scale and some leverage, posted by one of the Yahoo Scampers.

One change I would make is to call the Gross Weight Total...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-14-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,169
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Most trailers now come with brakes, however that...

Most trailers now come with brakes, however that was not so in the past. As long as the axle has the brake flanges, you can add the brakes later (The brake flange is a square piece of metal inside...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-14-2009, 07:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 17,982
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Morgan has the right general approach in my...

Morgan has the right general approach in my experience; that's essentially the same thing you do when you buy a house with a mortgage -- All three parties meet, you pay the owner, the owner pays the...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-14-2009, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,046
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Scamp usually only puts the connector on that...

Scamp usually only puts the connector on that deals with the options ordered.

The first four are ground/return, running lights, brake lights and turn signals.

The next is brakes (from the brake...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-13-2009, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,728
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
It won't charge while driving -- It needs to be...

It won't charge while driving -- It needs to be connected to 120VAC to do that. It should function as a 12VDC power supply and un-intelligent battery charger if connected to 120VAC shore power.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-13-2009, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,728
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
If it's the original converter, it's likely too...

If it's the original converter, it's likely too old to do a good job of charging and might destroy the battery if left connected for long periods of time, like in storage.

You might google it to...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-13-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,854
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Actually, you WANT any condensation to be on the...

Actually, you WANT any condensation to be on the windows where it will drain down and out (you can speed the process with a squeegee).
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-13-2009, 04:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,997
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
When I was full timing, I've gone a month at a...

When I was full timing, I've gone a month at a time without unhitching.
Forum: Money Matters 05-11-2009, 10:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,762
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Guns into Canada -- Absolutely NO on handguns --...

Guns into Canada -- Absolutely NO on handguns -- They used to store long guns at the border, but no longer do that -- If you want to take a long gun into CA, you need a firearms license, declare it...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-11-2009, 10:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,670
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
This is an ever-changing subject -- Just...

This is an ever-changing subject -- Just yesterday I read on RV.NET about one guy's bad experiences with Maxxis...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-11-2009, 10:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,119
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
If your fridge has a 12V mode, there should be a...

If your fridge has a 12V mode, there should be a way to find a wire before it gets to the on-off switch. Posting the make and model of the fridge would likely help.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-10-2009, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,076
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
No -- The flanges are welded on prior to the...

No -- The flanges are welded on prior to the rubber torsion rods being assembled into the axle beam -- It's likely you have them -- Most of the manfs ordered the flanges with the axles so they could...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2009, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,871
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
I wanted my tire firmly touching the fiberglass...

I wanted my tire firmly touching the fiberglass so there was less stress on the bracket and glass, esp on some of the rough roads I often travel.
Forum: General Chat 05-09-2009, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,542
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
CG memberships can be a good or bad thing and it...

CG memberships can be a good or bad thing and it mostly depends on how much one actually uses them, which in turn may depend on camping style.

They tend to be places where the BulgeMobiles...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2009, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,292
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
It's not 30Volt, it's 30AMPS at 120Volts; you...

It's not 30Volt, it's 30AMPS at 120Volts; you will need an adapter for the 30A plug on the trailer to a standard home extension cable (Tool kind, not indoor for a lamp; 12Gauge would be a good size)....
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2009, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,871
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
I kept mine pretty tight on my Alaska trip and...

I kept mine pretty tight on my Alaska trip and the raised lettering imprinted itself on the fiberglass, but I doubt it would wear a hole with the whole surface in contact, at least not in my...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2009, 04:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,263
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
If you are looking for a charger to maintain the...

If you are looking for a charger to maintain the battery during storage, any one of the two-stage (Float and off) chargers in the one-two Amp range should do it -- You start with a charged battery...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2009, 04:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,520
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Putting grease nipples on the dust covers isn't...

Putting grease nipples on the dust covers isn't going to accomplish much -- Think about it -- You are essentially pumping the grease into a dead-end pipe, with the seal on the other end -- There...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-08-2009, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,429
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Scamp, and other, use the 7" brakes because...

Scamp, and other, use the 7" brakes because that's what the axle manfs use on that small axle (Dexter #9) -- You can't substitute 10" brakes because the spindles and hubs are different -- You would...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-08-2009, 03:49 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 35,007
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Back in a former life, I pulled a Coleman...

Back in a former life, I pulled a Coleman Colorado pop-up (600 lbs) with a Saturn (1,000 lb tow limit) and it was a good combination, although the mileage dropped considerably. Sadly, Coleman...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-08-2009, 03:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,914
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Verizon has a feature, for which you need the...

Verizon has a feature, for which you need the right phone model, where you can turn on data for $60/month OR $2/day by calling service rep -- You also have to buy a connection kit to connect cell...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-06-2009, 05:25 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 35,007
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Be careful -- Just because it CAN pull it a ways...

Be careful -- Just because it CAN pull it a ways doesn't mean it SHOULD pull it!

VW spent some time considering what the maximum tow capacity is and you are almost doubling it, esp when you start...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-06-2009, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,333
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Likely the reason they won't ship to CA is...

Likely the reason they won't ship to CA is because the CA-spec and US-spec Hondas have different grounding wiring; the US-spec wiring will not meet CA requirements.

The result is that one cannot...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-04-2009, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,812
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Usually, a Flat-4 is used for only running/brake...

Usually, a Flat-4 is used for only running/brake lights, a five for adding battery charge OR brakes, a six for battery charge AND brakes and a seven for backup lights.

I prefer the...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-04-2009, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,128
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
19927 This is a diagram of an older...

19927


This is a diagram of an older fridge model; note the leveling chamber, #8, has only one drain shown. If the egg is parked far enough off-level, then the fluid won't drain out and go to #1...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-03-2009, 04:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,510
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Oil cooler in the radiator is usually the...

Oil cooler in the radiator is usually the transmission oil cooler, not engine oil cooler.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-03-2009, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,076
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
That brings up the question of what size brakes...

That brings up the question of what size brakes fit the axle of a 14' trailer? Ten inch or seven inch? You may have to dig out the serial number of the axle (Should be a tag on the axle beam), call...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-03-2009, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,812
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
I'd bet the second bulb isn't even wired, it just...

I'd bet the second bulb isn't even wired, it just came with the stock fixture (Backup lights). The first bulb is the key, with one filament being for the running lights and the other for the brakes...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-02-2009, 09:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,510
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Wow!! OM for Caddy is $28! OM for Ford Truck is...

Wow!! OM for Caddy is $28! OM for Ford Truck is free...

http://www.helminc.com/helm/Result.asp?Sty...KJFC2KK85VN090E...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-01-2009, 11:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,510
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
That just means the HITCH is rated for 3,500...

That just means the HITCH is rated for 3,500 lbs...

Rock, you need to get a copy of the Owner's Manual or call GM (Not a dealer, but the customer service people) and ask specifically what tow...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-01-2009, 11:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,375
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
A couple of decades ago, the Bell system was...

A couple of decades ago, the Bell system was doing some tests on what colors to paint their company vehicles (They had decided to scrap the old olive drab they were using). Surprisingly, they found...
Forum: Fulltiming in a Molded Fiberglass Trailer 05-01-2009, 12:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,246
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Just found this on another RV group regarding the...

Just found this on another RV group regarding the proof of address requirements concerned in the Real ID Act. It's up to the states to set their own standards, and of course, some will let Full...
Forum: General Chat 04-30-2009, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,583
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Coupler locks of all sorts are way too easy to...

Coupler locks of all sorts are way too easy to defeat by the thief just looping the safety chains around his hitch ball and driving off. I like the chain or cable through both wheels and looped...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-30-2009, 08:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,510
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Look in your Owner's Manual for the Caddy -- It...

Look in your Owner's Manual for the Caddy -- It should have a tow limit that GM thinks is right.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 04-30-2009, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,850
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Scamp owners should note that underneath the door...

Scamp owners should note that underneath the door side of the trailer is a box beam running fore-and-aft that is open at both ends -- Something long could be stored there if properly tied down.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-29-2009, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,146
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
This isn't true for all RV fridges, but I've...

This isn't true for all RV fridges, but I've looked at the specs for some and generally speaking, the LP mode is the most robust, the 120VAC mode in next and the 12VDC mode is weakest (more to...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 04-29-2009, 09:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,399
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
No thoughts on that, but when you are almost...

No thoughts on that, but when you are almost finished, the last touch should be some insulation on the hidden (backside) metal parts of the window frame that sticks inside the trailer (foam or felt)...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-28-2009, 07:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,076
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
I'd check Redneck Trailer Supplies for good...

I'd check Redneck Trailer Supplies for good prices. Also, try the Scamp Parts department as sometimes they have good prices. The drum hubs are the expensive part!
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-27-2009, 10:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,591
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Back when I had a pop-up with small rims/tires, I...

Back when I had a pop-up with small rims/tires, I found the cheapest ones were at the warehouse stores -- Cheap enough that it almost wasn't worth fixing a puncture!
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-27-2009, 10:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,558
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
When I camped at Muley Point, during the day...

When I camped at Muley Point, during the day there were a lot of those tour SUVs with the luggage on top stopping by for the views. BTW, one wants to be careful where one walks around out there...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-27-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,759
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
Anyone considering installing a fantastical fan...

Anyone considering installing a fantastical fan should order the model that has the trim package intended for thin ceilings (I believe it is called the HiProfile), not the typical thick ceilings...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 04-27-2009, 10:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,124
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
You may have one of the converters we were...

You may have one of the converters we were discussing the other day where the battery is needed as a filter on some circuits so motor noise isn't fed back into the rest of the curcuits.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 04-27-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,692
Posted By Pete Dumbleton
There are other reasons for using ST tires over...

There are other reasons for using ST tires over P-radials besides ride stability -- They are built for higher pressures and have more carbon in the mix to give more UV protection.
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