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Quote from: LANA/LARRY on May 30, 2017, 10:15:34 PM

Others have suggested placing a second piece of 2"x4" aluminum rectangular stock inboard of factory bumper and welding it to frame extensions and factory bumper thus doubling toughness and lowering risk of weld cracks to factory welds.

Take Care / God Bless!

It appears he did double up on the 2x4 bumper tube and had it welded. I had this done as well and am still having another 2x3 welded to the inboard sides of the frame then to the bumper. Better safe than dropping a generator at 60+ mph.

Nice work, OP!
QuickSilver Tent Campers / Re: Trailer security?
May 27, 2017, 07:00:41 AM
There are steps you can take to make it more difficult to steal something but there is no real prevention. For $400 you can get a wheel boot like the ones they lockdown cars with for unpaid fines. You can get lock sets for the tongue, remove the safety chains, back it up to a building and park a car in front of it and they can still get it. The latest generation of cordless grinders made by DeWalt and the like make theft of valuables a trivial albeit noisy reality.

Best to invest in tracking the trailer for recovery after taking simple steps like locking the tongue. LowJack makes a self powered unit. There are other options. Even some options that will snap pictures of the thieves but this is all after the fact.

I want to mount a generator to my trailer. There are some great solutions for locking plates. Unfortunately it will reside on an aluminum bumper that will cut like butter with a simple sawzall.
It is a shame this happened to you. The fact that you care and are going to take steps to correct it restores my faith in humanity. You don't have to look far to see obviously overloaded truck campers on the road. Like you said, many of those were probably duped into the purchase by the dealer but many were not and couldn't care less. Those are the ones I fear.

Ultimately it is the buyer's responsibility to know the details of a safe rig versus an unsafe one. I do have a hard time believing there is no dealer responsibility especially if they corresponded with you in writing stating your truck is sufficiently safe and then proceeded to physically mount the camper to your truck without a waiver of some sort.

I think you may have a case. An attorney may be in your best interest here, unfortunately. Not an attorney here so take this for what it's worth.
CampLite Travel Trailers / Re: Dry camping
May 19, 2017, 05:18:45 PM
Unless you plug in a generator just the battery works.
General Q & A / Re: 2013 Livin Lite VRV
May 19, 2017, 05:17:20 PM
Makes me wonder how Airstream can pull things of so well.
General Q & A / Re: 2013 Livin Lite VRV
May 19, 2017, 05:15:14 PM
That is hideous. Some of the bubbles are obviously not near nicks or scrapes in the finish coat. Never would have suspected this could happen.
You probably have aluminum shavings in the light fixtures. Was pretty common back then. When they cut all the holes for wiring many shavings were left behind and find their way into the light fixtures. You can probably see some just looking into the lenses. This is the place to start. Remove light fixtures and vacuum the holes and shavings.
More capacity for longer runtimes between charges. More amps so to speak. But also a longer lasting life span of the battery because of the thicker "lead" plates in the golf cart batteries. They don't age as fast as marine or automotive batteries do nor are they as fragile. They will survive many more deep discharge cycles than the others.

Plus, the caps come off so you can water them and check specific gravity.
New Members / Re: Found a keeper!
May 13, 2017, 10:46:25 PM
Saw a video today of a conversion van with that same unit installed. Looks like it works well. In my area it is tough to find conservative or creative ways to heat and cool. Gets too cold for heat pumps and too humid for evap coolers. I am jealous.
When we wore the original tires off we bought Maxxis radials. We had them balanced just because it makes perfect sense to do so. Trailer radials aren't exactly cheap, they travel the same speeds as the TV does and I wouldn't consider not balancing my TV wheels.

I notice no difference with balanced trailer tires versus unbalanced but that does not mean there isn't one.
New Members / Re: Found a keeper!
May 11, 2017, 06:22:17 AM
Quote from: Biewers on the go on May 09, 2017, 11:24:18 PM

  I want to be able to have no electrical hookup, yet run my microwave, charge my laptop or phone and run my stereo or TV.  Most importantly, I want to be able to run a small computerized sewing machine with the stereo on or microwave/convection oven on intermittently too.  In a perfect world, I'd like it to run my AC unit too.  I've heard that is nearly impossible to put one that big on my little camper. 

Can you help me with this by chance?  Or, can anyone else?  Thanks,
Biewer's on the go

I just want to chime in here. Charging laptops can be done with 90W Cheapo inverters or purchase the car charging kit to charge it at 12V. $15 should suffice there. Charging phones and running stereos and TVs is best done at 12V, which you already have.

Microwaves and AC units are best handled by generators. Small inverter generators can be had for ~$500. With these you can charge your battery and cook and cool.

Not sure how much power your sewing machine takes. The same small inverter you charge the laptop may or may not run it but the generator certainly will.

Since you only have a small space for battery storage the genny is your best choice in my experience. Any time you can avoid an inverter it is best. There are conversion losses going from 12V to 110v which means you use more battery in an inefficient manner. 12V is king wherever possible.