Trailer Brake Lockup Solution

March 18, 2013

Q: I saw the letter from Larry Thompson in the December 2012 issue about the brakes on his SunnyBrook locking up. I had a similar issue, and it also happened after having the backing plates worked on. It turned out to be that the backing plate had not been seated properly and it was warped, causing the... Read more »

Sofa-Bed Snafu

March 15, 2013

Q: I have a 2004 Forest River SV233T Surveyor expandable with a sofa bed. I bought it used in October this year. When I store the bed it does not retract fully. The left side is the problem while the right side tries to retract. It has one electric motor and a piston shaft connected to a pillow block... Read more »

Gas vs. Diesel

March 14, 2013

Q: I am curious about the gas/diesel truck debate. Considering fuel mileage, does the diesel truck get better mileage than the gas truck? Is the cost per mile about equal between a gas and diesel? I can never get a diesel owner to tell me the true mileage they get, they always say, “Well….”Mike... Read more »

Tire Protection

January 25, 2013

Q: I have a travel trailer that is parked under a metal RV carport. The ground under the trailer is gravel. I have big heavy metal tracks that the tires sit on. I was wondering if the metal will deteriorate the tires when not used.Sigrid Wharam, Lanett, Ala. A: The idea behind placing something under... Read more »

Power Problem

January 24, 2013

Q: I have put two 6-volt golf cart batteries in my trailer and that has made a big difference in making everything work better. The other thing that seemed to help was to solder all the crimp connections in the system regarding my solar panel. We have a 26-foot travel trailer. When the trailer is plugged... Read more »

E-Z Lube Service

January 21, 2013

Q: Our travel trailer has E-Z Lube axles, and this appears to be a great thing as many fifth-wheel and travel trailer advertisements make a point of telling a potential purchaser that they are installed on the unit being advertised. However, I have not been able to find any information on how often the... Read more »

Tire Wear

January 18, 2013

Q: I have a couple of questions relating to the type, style and brand of tires that would be recommended for our pickup truck. We have a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Duramax diesel that we use to pull a 35-foot Keystone Montana fifth-wheel with a gooseneck hitch. Our first set of aftermarket tires are the... Read more »

Truck Sag

January 14, 2013

Q: I tow a 35-foot Open Range fifth-wheel with a 2011 Ford F-250 four-door crew cab powered by a 6.7L diesel. When I hook up the trailer the back of the truck sags about 4 inches. The trailer is level when towing and when I make turns there is ample clearance between the truck bed and the trailer. My... Read more »

Battery Drawdown

January 9, 2013

Q: I have a 2009 Skyline Malibu 24-foot travel trailer and have been careful not to leave the shorepower connected for more than four days at a time for fear of “cooking” the battery. I disconnect the battery at the end of the season, take the battery in the house and put it on the battery charger... Read more »

Slideout: In or Out?

Slideout extended

January 1, 2013

Q: We leave our fifth-wheel trailer at the campground for extended periods of time because we have a yearly camping spot. My question is, should I leave my slideout room extended, or retract it each time before we head home? There are times the camper sits empty for two weeks at a time. Some of our camping... Read more »

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