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U of RV Journal #61 - April 19, 2010

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Hi Everybody,

On Saturday Tyler and I packed a lunch, put the boat in the water and fished all day long. It was hot, we got sunburned, caught lots of fish and had a wonderful day. It was just what the doctor ordered. Seeing the sun shining and the fish biting has me excited for summer and another great camping season. We have lots of RV trips planned this year, some short & some long.

We're going to take a short beach excursion sometime this month and next month we were invited to attend a Camp Freightliner training session. It is a two-day course that covers everything you need to know about motorhomes built on a Freightliner chassis. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

This week's feature article talks about some common RV maintenance that we owners tend to overlook or forget to perform sometimes. It's kind of like a refresher on the simple stuff we need to remember and do to our RV.

Until next week, plan your trip, travel safe and enjoy your RV experiences. Remember, getting there is half the fun!
Mark Polk

RV Owner Maintenance Mishaps
There are lots of things to remember and to maintain on an RV. Sometimes we tend to overlook the simplest maintenance requirements on our RV. As the old saying goes, you can’t see the forest for the trees. These simple oversights can result in costly repair bills to correct the problem too. Let’s take a look at some common RV owner maintenance mishaps....... ....... Read the article

Check out this week's poll:(There are 3 questions): "Do you use a digital line monitor?" "Does the line monitor you use test campground polarity, measure AC line voltage and if you have a generator measure AC frequency?" " Do you always test the campground wiring for improperly wired circuits before you plug your RV in?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

The RV Turns 100!
If you’ve been on the fence about recreational vehicles, this could be your year to get inspired: 2010 happens to be the 100th anniversary of the RV industry. Before you even think about roaming, however, there are a few more things you ought to know.....

Top 10 National Parks: Yosemite to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon
Our national parks have a way of mesmerizing visitors and reminding us of why we travel. And for one week starting Saturday, all 392 parks will be free for everybody. ....

A snakebite story that will rattle your nerves:
A recent incident where former owner of Stiers RV, Mike Stier got bitten by a rattlesnake while bass fishing and nearly lost his life raises questions regarding the proper treatment of a snakebite. Hunters, fishermen, hikers and campers can and do contact rattlesnakes.All snakes are attracted to areas with shade, brush, rocks, or food and water, where they can lie in ambush mode, feeding on hapless prey that saunters past. ....

...with Mark
Q. I have a 28 ft TT. It weighs about 6500 pounds loaded, without water. I used to pull it with a Dodge 2500 Cummins and didn't seem to have any problems. I traded for a Chevy 2500 HD Duramax. I love most everything about the Chevy with the 6 speed Allison. One thing that seems different is that I get a lot of bounce at the hitch which makes the rear of the trailer bounce pretty wildly. I am talking about driving 45 mph on secondary roads. I added 1 link to my WD bars and it seemed to help a little. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Mark Says:

What you are experiencing is called porpoising. Some people experience it a great deal and others never experience it. The problem is there are many factors involved in the cause, so it can take a while, and possibly some money, to correct it.

It can also be dangerous, so it needs to be corrected.

First, since you changed trucks, I would take it to a qualified RV service center and have them readjust the hitch head and the WD settings for the new vehicle. Many times this alone will solve most of the problem. You need the proper amount of tongue weight, and then by adjusting the tilt of the hitch head and tension on the WD bars you distribute the weight evenly throughout the entire towing system. Every vehicle/trailer combination requires its own adjustments.

Take a test drive to see what the results are. If it still bounces it's time to look at the rear suspension on the truck. I have also heard that some standard GM receivers contribute to trailer bounce. People have said that OEM GM receivers rely on the bumper for vertical support which in turn contributes to more flex and bouncing.

So, here is where the options start. You could start by replacing the OEM receiver and seeing if that helps, and/or you could change out the rear shocks, or if you really want to tackle the problem head on you can add some air springs to the truck.

The most logical approach is to start with the hitch adjustments and move forward from there. Eventually you will find the culprit and solve the majority of the bouncing problem.

BY Mark Polk

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