Hot Tire Pressure

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 23, 2012

Q: I live in the desert Southwest and pull a 39-foot Grand Junction fifth-wheel. It is not uncommon for us to experience noon temperatures up to 40 degrees higher than the morning temps. When we travel in those conditions I start with 80 PSI in my tires as is called for on the sidewalls of the tires.... Read more »

Cap Cracks

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 18, 2012

Q: While washing my fifth-wheel toy hauler I noticed the fiberglass front cap has some spider lines in an area about 4-by-15 inches. They don’t appear to be open or separated, just tiny cracks. I’m concerned they may start spreading out. Is there any way I can stop this and seal them?Lawrence Amidel,... Read more »

Nissan Fifth-Wheel towing

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 16, 2012

Q: I have a 2012 Nissan Titan Pro-4X and we would like to upgrade our trailer. We have found one we’re really interested in, the Cougar X-Lite 29RBS fifth-wheel, and it says it is half-ton towable. The salesman says no problem, of course. I know I would have to install a fifth-wheel hitch in the truck,... Read more »

Shortbox Selection

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 11, 2012

Q: I want to buy an ‘03 GMC 2500, extended cab, Duramax diesel with a short bed that should be 6.5 feet long. I have always insisted on a long bed to pull our ’03 Wildcat 27RL in order not to have to worry about turns and possible trailer or truck cab damage. Can this size box accommodate a standard... Read more »

Travel Trailer Hitch Weight

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 9, 2012

Q: I have read in past issues of Trailer Life that hitch weight should be 10 to 12 percent or more of the trailer’s total weight. My question is, what does “or more” mean exactly? How much more? Mine is 144 pounds over the 12 percent. Thanks for any advice.J.C. Brown, Via email A: If trailers have... Read more »

Larger Charge Line

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 5, 2012

Q: While traveling to Florida we sometimes stop and use only our 12-volt house battery for powering interior lights and other appliances. This drains a lot of the battery, and the normal plug-in from truck to trailer does not do much to recharge the battery.  My plan is to run an 8 gauge wire directly... Read more »

Water Pipe Noise

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 27, 2012

Q: My water pipes rattle when I turn on the water pump. I went ahead and replaced the water pump, but the problem still remains. I run the faucets to get all the air out of the lines, but the pipes still rattle. Please help!Mr. Karcic, Via email A: That noise is known as pipe hammering, and it happens... Read more »

Long-Term Charging

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 26, 2012

Q: Regarding last October’s RV Clinic “Take (Float) Charge”, if keeping your RV plugged in can lead to excessive battery water use, how do those who go south for the winter and stay plugged in at an RV park for months at a time manage to not overcharge their batteries? I’ve found no way... Read more »

Roof Fan Replacement

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 25, 2012

Q: My 2007 Springdale 26-foot travel trailer has a Comfort Air Platinum exhaust fan mounted in the bedroom ceiling. This unit has been flaky during the five years I have owned the trailer; the remote would stop working in hot, muggy weather, which could be fixed by placing the remote in the refrigerator.... Read more »

Dump Valve Failure

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 20, 2012

Q: My RV is a 2003 Trail Lite fifth-wheel 5260. Due to the cold weather we have here in Ontario, all water systems were winterized prior to winter storage. When overhauling the unit this spring I found that both waste valves seem to be stuck in a permanent open position. When flushing the tanks I opened... Read more »

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