Generator Selection

March 21, 2013

Q: We are owners of a 2004 Northern Lite 9-foot, 6-inch camper that we bought used. The camper has two 12-volt batteries and no generator. We are looking for generator recommendations on size and manufacturer. We assume an inverter generator is appropriate, and that 2,000 watts is sufficient, but 3,000... Read more »

Trailer Storage Platform

March 20, 2013

Q: I have a 33-foot Mountaineer fifth-wheel by Keystone. It has a rear kitchen with the 60-gallon fresh water tank and a gray water tank also in the rear. It also has a standard 4-inch-square steel bumper. I want to install a hitch receiver and a platform so I can carry a 4,000-watt generator that weighs... Read more »

Idling Inquiry

March 19, 2013

Q: Something I’ve not seen in your column: Idling. Back when I was a kid (and there was a war going on) I remember that my dad warned me not to idle a car very long because unburned gas would bypass the rings and pollute or thin the oil. A lot of decades later I’m wondering if this still holds... Read more »

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 »

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