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Wish us luck.

Trailer is packed, truck is serviced. Tomorrow we go off on our first camper trip, in our newly christened PUP Stevie Nicks (it's a Fleetwood, geddit).

It's only a three to four hour drive, depending on how much fun Los Angeles wants to be on a Friday morning. Hopefully we can get there on one tank of gas, I'm not ready to solve that particular puzzle yet. And it's a bit of a posh RV resort type place, so not proper camping, but it's all pull thru and level concrete pad. So a nice easy first time out.

I'll post some photos when we're there


Electric / Battery fuse or circuit breaker
« on: August 02, 2017, 03:44:54 AM »
Hi guys

Another noob question from me again today.

Looking to replace the ShortStop on my trailer battery but I'm unsure what amp rating to use. The old one is in real bad shape, rusted, corroded, wires feel loose.

I'm in half mind to use a weather proof fuse holder instead. Is there a benefit to one over the other (fuse/CB) and what size amps should I use?


Pop-Up Campers / Re: Turn signal relay and wiring
« on: July 31, 2017, 05:02:20 PM »
Update. Tested voltage at the signal and it's getting 6.7v which is very odd.

Still have not found any idea how to get into the hull of the trailer to inspect the wiring. Got to be a short or bad ground buried in there somewhere.

Also figured out how to get the 12v to the connector, which allows the trailer battery to charge while driving. There is a fuse and stud that is not attached to the main 12v supply wire when it comes from the factory. They were good enough to provide the line and the fuse, but I just had to figure out where it was and how to hook it up. Thank you internet for that. So that means we can keep our fridge cold on our travel. Yippee

Any advice with the turn signal problem please really need some help

Pop-Up Campers / Re: Turn signal relay and wiring
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:57:15 PM »
One more thing that occurred to me after a closer inspection. I have this little thing called a ShortStop (12v 15amp) that sits inline between battery negative and the breakaway box. Never heard any other trailer sites or YouTubers mention this thing. Could it be the cause of a bad ground?

Anyone hear of this or use it on their rig? Should I just remove it.

I cannot figure out where the ground connection is made to the trailer. Maybe it is underneath somewhere. There is obviously a ground coming from the 7-way connector, but surely it should screw into the chassis at some point.


Take a look at the attached photo and see if you can make sense of it.

Pop-Up Campers / Re: Turn signal relay and wiring
« on: July 30, 2017, 07:40:50 PM »
Okay, after a day of reading and watching and learning, followed by testing and measuring, here's what I have found.

Left and right turn signals, brake lights, tail lights and reverse lights all work on the Trailblazer. The boy problem is with driver side turn signal on the trailer.

Trailblazer has independent left and right fuse for trailer turn/brake lights. Was hoping this was the simple fix. Nope.

Tested voltage at the trailer connector on the truck, with the engine running:
Left brake - 14.2v
Right brake - 14.2v
Left signal - 13.9v
Right signal - 13.9v
Running lights - 14.1v
Reverse lights - 14.1v

I could not get a reading for the 12v positive connector, not sure what that means. But I guess I can rule out any problem stemming from the truck, connector or power supply side. Which means worse case scenario, the problem lies buried inside the guts of the trailer somewhere.

Again, any clues as how to even get access to troubleshoot this will be greatly welcomed


Pop-Up Campers / Turn signal relay and wiring
« on: July 30, 2017, 02:36:33 PM »
 Hi guys

So one week before we head out on our first trip I realize that the turn signal that is not working was not due to a bad bulb. After testing and switching out three bulbs on both sides, it turns out the driver side turn signal has a fault in the wiring.

From what I can tell there is no relay on board, as the PUP signals blink in time with the truck signal, which leads me to believe everything is run off the truck relay.

So, how do I troubleshoot the wiring? How do I get to it? The tail light assembly panel is riveted - not screwed - to the body, so I can't remove and replace it. The wiring goes inside the hull, under the bed, and is hidden from any obvious access.

Obviously I have a few dats to get this fixed. I cannot head out with no turn signal. Any help or advice how to fix, or get to the wiring to troubleshoot, would be massively appreciated.


Appliances / Re: 3 way camper refrigerator
« on: July 25, 2017, 03:54:28 PM »
I love the tip about freezing up a couple of two liter bottles to help cool the fridge. Absolutely going to do this. Thx

How do I check or set up my trailer battery to charge from the TV alternator. Be nice to keep cooling while we are on the road.


That sounds really cool phantom. Were planning next summers trip to Yellowstone now. Really looking forward to that.

Do you plan every stop along the way or leave any of it to chance?

General Campfire Discussion / Re: Campground etiquette
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:07:51 PM »
Yeah RVParkReviews seems pretty reliable, but it's just not that well populated. Many parks don't have any recent reviews, like within the last three years, and most don't have more than a handful of reviews.

I read between the lines when reviewing sites, judging what the persons priorities are, as you say. And I know that a lot of reviewers only post when they are angry. I'm guilty of that. I really should contribute more as I rely on these websites.

The park I cancelled was Kaweah Park Resort up in Three Rivers just outside the Sequoias. You are camped right next to the river in the foothills to the Sierra Nevada. It's beautiful country and the river is amazing. I found this site when we tent camped and the tent sites are literally on the riverbank. The RV sites are set back a bit and packed in like sardines, so not nearly as appealing.

Anyway I cancelled and rebooked at a nice tame gramma and grampa resort closer to us where it will be 25 degrees cooler. Almost twice the price but happy to pay it to keep the riff raff out. Flying Flags in Buellton. Much better reviews and looks great, if a bit sanitized, not at all roughing it. But there's the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, Goleta Beach, Firestone Walker Brewery and wine tasting all within fifteen minutes of the park. So now I feel much more comfortable about having a great first weekend away.


Pop-Up Campers / Re: New PUP camper with lots of questions
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:17:47 PM »
Thanks for a great reply, really helpful.

You're right it's a bit of a head scratcher so far. I guess they are limited by space to lay things out in a bit of an odd fashion.

We do have a cassette type potty, not a big deal there. It does seem there is clean water tank that doesn't look too big we would have to keep a check on. I downloaded a manual for Fleetwood campers that I need to read through for full operational instructions.

As far as grey and black water goes, doesn't it all dispose down the same drain/sewer. Do people do something different with the grey water?

Thanks again

4,960 miles over 21 days.  Summer of 2016.  NE Pa. to Wyoming and back.  Camped in PA, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, South Dakota.

Now THAT sounds like a getaway. Awesome

General Campfire Discussion / Campground etiquette
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:08:47 PM »
What importance is campground etiquette to you all? Does it weigh into your decision where to camp, or not?

I'm in the position of having to cancel last minute and try to rebook somewhere else for next weekend. Not easy this time of year. The park website sells itself as quite family oriented, but having just read TripAdvisor, Yelp and RVParkReviews ratings t sounds anything but. My wife picked out this park so I went with it and din not do my due diligence and check all reviews beforehand.

Am I putting too much importance on what a handful of campers wrote (even though they all wrote the same complaints - loud, rowdy, cussing, drinking, no security to enforce quiet times, tightly packed RV sites, very crowded peak times, etc etc).

Any positive or negative experience in this regard?


Thousand mile trip to camp! And then back again. Crickey that's some iron man towing. Once I get some experience under my belt I'd love to venture further afield

How far have you driven and towed your camper to get to your destination?

This is a great big country with so many amazing sights to see and destinations to visit. But I always feel limited to the three day weekend radius, never more than a 6 hour drive to a camp ground. I was reading bout all the cool rallies and camping experiences over on the east side and began to wonder if I'd ever venture that far out.

So how far have you travelled to get where you're going, in a single day or multiple day trip?

Introduction and Show Off / Re: New camper from Cali
« on: July 19, 2017, 12:57:52 PM »
Thanks thingette, glad I could bring some humor to your day. Patience, I'm not normally know as a very patient person. So this will be a life changing learning experience for me 😄

Heading off to the Sequoias in a week and we are all really looking forward to it

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