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Towing / Re: How do I know if I need a load distribution hitch?
« on: August 20, 2017, 05:48:15 PM »
Generally when the weight of the trailer is within 50% of the weight of the Tow Vehicle, you should be considering it.
Other factors that would make you use one is when the tongue weight of the trailer is at the limit of the hitch weight.
Here is a good general article primer:

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: August 17, 2017, 08:46:57 AM »
Prepping has start at LGManor II :)

Ah, the smell of a travel trailer in the morning :)

Towing / Re: How do I stop?
« on: August 16, 2017, 01:18:52 PM »
Time delayed controllers are pretty much the low end of the scale. Almost all quality controllers are Proportional.
Prodigy series is the most well known and extremely easy to install as they make pigtails that plug right into the under-dash controls in your vehicle. The units are very small, and can be placed almost anywhere, but they need to be within hands reach. I have seen some terrible mounting choices. Most will put it on the lower dashboard right above your right leg. My truck has it integrated into the dashboard panel near there.

You are playing with your life, so don't go cheap.


Introduction and Show Off / Re: Hi from Harrisburg pa
« on: August 16, 2017, 08:51:00 AM »
We started as tenters for 10 years. Our first popup was a Coleman Seapine. That got us hooked into the popup world where we met all the great people here at camping rallies.
From the Coleman Seapine, we went to a Flagstaff HW27KS High Wall Popup which we loved and had for many years. Just this year, we sold the highwall popup and picked up a Heartland Lynx Prowler 2772LX travel trailer.
Hope to see you all at rallies.

Pop-Up Campers / Re: Downloading Manuals
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:51:32 AM »
The download area is now working again, you should be able to download that manual.

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: August 11, 2017, 01:18:07 PM »
Cool.... updated notes for ChefPete.

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: August 11, 2017, 11:12:24 AM »
Since the Mayor is not going on this trip, we could use a few bottle of Wine(s) that will compliment the dinner. White and Red. We will have the glasses for everyone.

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: August 05, 2017, 07:31:53 AM »
Good news, my wife will be coming up on Saturday morning to join in on the fun for the weekend.  Hope this doesn't mess up the count for dinner  :chef:

Its all good :)

Introduction and Show Off / Re: Hello from Cape Canaveral
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:23:32 AM »
Hi John, the "feature" is broken at the moment. I can get the file directly. Send me a Private message with your email and I will send it to you.

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:18:06 AM »
No one needs to being cash, although we can be plied with alcohol, we are doing this because we can and want to. Since we a re on vacation this week, Peter should be posting the menu soon.

New Jersey Shore / Re: Whippoorwill CG, NJ - Sept 2017
« on: July 11, 2017, 03:30:10 PM »
We will probably be doing this as it we should be available and it is close to home.

General Campfire Discussion / Re: convenience outlet MOD
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:54:41 PM »
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery  8)

Thanksgiving Closer / Re: Nov 2017 Thanksgiving Closer
« on: June 01, 2017, 01:16:52 PM »
CampingPhil and ChefPete are in Site 40

Pop-Up Campers / Re: roof collapse
« on: May 23, 2017, 08:40:34 AM »
The Coleman lift system does not work like Goshen Lift system on most other trailers (except Jayco has their own). There are 4 cables that run down to a bar called the wiffle tree. The bar on the wiffle tree rides along a long threaded shank. When you crank up, you are turning that shank that pulls the bar and all 4 cables up. If a cable snaps, that corner will sag, but the other 3 will work fine. You can still lower it without any issues.
The crank that drives the threaded shank is  direct connection (geared). If it is were to snap, the shaft will not spin freely, there is a "paw" that clicks against the gear teeth.
Although it is theoretically possible, to snap all 4 cables or snap the paw gear, having the roof coming flying down is pretty unheard off in the Coleman/Fleetwood design.

Pennsylvania Grand Canyon / Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:38:15 PM »
We'll bring homemade wine for everyone from the vineyard if someone wants to make a good homemade dessert?

My request for your great Merlot  :dans2:

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