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 »

Water Pump Upgrade

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 20, 2012

Q: The water pump in my old Layton 28-foot travel trailer is a manual unit that comes on only when the water pump switch is turned on. I would like to make it an on-demand system, and realize I can wire in a demand pump and leave the switch on. However, how do I choose between pump models and brands?... Read more »

Weight Limits

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 19, 2012

Q: I bought a new 2012 Evolution 20-foot travel trailer with a dry weight rated at 4,300 pounds. Loaded, it weighs 6,100 pounds. I’m towing it with a 2010 Toyota Tacoma 4WD four-door long bed TRD pickup with a tow package. It has the 4.0-liter V-6 engine rated at 236 horsepower, a 3.90:1 rear end and... Read more »

Fiberglass Surface Cracking

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 18, 2012

Q: While washing my six-year-old Victory Lane fifth-wheel toy-hauler I noticed that the fiberglass front cap has some spider lines beginning to appear in it, but the spider lines don’t appear to be separated all the way through the material yet. I’m concerned that they may start extending out. Is... Read more »

RV Toilet Replacement

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 13, 2012

Q: I completely restored a 1969 Aristocrat Land Commander and now want to replace the portable toilet with a permanent toilet such as a Thetford Aqua Magic. I’m not concerned about the water line connection, that part is easy. What I need to know is what parts do I need to mount the unit and what parts... Read more »

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