The kitchen sink is on the island (or countertop) that has the unlabeled GFI 120 VAC outlet. To meet code, that kitchen outlet must be protected by a GFI circuit.
My question now is why didn't Heartland provide a separate 120 VAC circuit for the kitchen with its own GFI separate from the...
I plugged in my battery charger for my electric drill using the 120 VAC outlet on the side of the kitchen sink counter by the entry door.
I've used this outlet many times for many 120 VAC appliances and accessories with no problem for the past 5 years, but yesterday there was no power.:(
No. I would not second guess the tire engineers. When the manufacturer publishes the load for given tire pressures, I do not arbitrarily inflate to the maximum tire pressure.
Published table. Click on image for enlarged view. Tire size ST205/75R14
My travel trailer (max. weight 6,900...
I did as you recommended and checked the tire manufacturers Load/Inflation tables for my tire size and class.
The max. load for my travel trailer is 6900 pounds.
The max. load for my tire when inflated to 60 psi is 1950 pounds.
1950 X 4 = 7800 pounds.
At 65 psi, the tires are rated for 2040...
The original tires for my Heartland Wilderness seemed marginal for load capacity.
I had a blowout after about 4,000 miles.
The label for the tire and load information says Class C tires at 50 psi.
I replaced the Class C tires with Class D tires which are rated at max. pressure of 65 psi.
After blowing out the 3rd 30 Amp fuse, I removed the fuse from the power supply wire to the Bulldog tongue jack and replaced it with a 30 Amp 12 VDC circuit breaker.
I was not a happy camper 3 weeks ago as I was hitching up to depart Eisenhower State Park and I had to stop in the pouring rain...
A week ago (Aug. 12) I was preparing to break camp at Eisenhower State Park.
I remembered that when I had set up camp 2 days before, when extending the Bulldog tongue jack, I had "bumped top" on the jack, but thought nothing of it.
Coincidentally, it was the right height for leveling the...
When I unhitched my travel trailer last night, it was all up cycles. No down cycles required for unhitching.
But on the up cycles, I did pause (stop and start) a few times. Once when the spring loaded drop leg pin set.
I also paused when the tow vehicle started lifting the rear end with the...
I didn't think 2 or 3 spare fuses was all that important.
Apparently this Bulldog 500199 is a very high power consumption accessory.
3 days and 6 up/down lifts and the 30 amp fuse has blown.
Insert new 30 amp fuse and do the countdown for 6 up/down lifts to blow the...
I'll bet you I could have that whole motor/gearbox housing disassembled and void the 5 year Bulldog warranty before the automatic circuit breaker resets. :)
Now I will know it is time to take a break for a cool brewski and try again when things have cooled down.
I missed that part of the owner's manual about the automatic circuit breaker in the Bulldog 500199.
As mentioned, it only protects the motor.
IMHO it is not safe to rely on that for the safety of the installation, since it doesn't protect the wire that comes out of the motor housing.
There is no evidence of the "should have" circuit breaker for the Bulldog 500199.
Is this a "should have" I need to install myself?
I have installed the 30 amp inline fuse.
IMHO I don't need a fuse and a circuit breaker, so I will ignore your circuit breaker recommendation.
Since all the...
I just installed a Bulldog 500199 Electric Tongue Jack on my 2014 Wilderness 2175RB.
Less than $250 if you search the internet.
$325 at my local RV dealer.
It appears to be a quality electric jack. Runs quiet and smooth up or down, with load or no load.
Nothing major, but when mounting in the...
I have brand new (never been on the road) Gold Crown and Zeemax tires on my travel trailer.
Just purchased them yesterday.
The dealer put the tires on the wheels.
I put the wheels on my travel trailer in the RV shed.
[There is no manufacturing date on the sidewall of any of the tires.] see...
Thank you for explaining RickL's confusion on who posted the 5-ply rating issue.
Since the age of a travel trailer tire is so critical, should travel trailer tires be stamped with an expiry date?
Like hamburger meat at the supermarket?
How do I know how long the tire dealer...
The original tires that came with my 2014 Wilderness travel trailer are marginal for use on this travel trailer.
The max. load range C barely makes the maximum loaded trailer weight.
Add the fact that the Wide Track axles are going to put more stress on the tire sidewalls when making sharp turns...
Texas is big, so it depends on where in Texas you store your travel trailer.
I live in Livingston, TX and there were 3 consecutive days of temperatures in the low 20's last winter. I was glad I winterized my trailer.
Note: I forgot to winterize the city water connection, but I got lucky and no...
If I were in a place were I could dispose of gray water, I wouldn't want to transfer it to the extra capacity of the black water tank.
I'm not planning to do a bucket brigade of gray water through my travel trailer living areas to dump it in the toilet. That is messy.
I agree. Waste water tanks on different levels could get complicated, with the risk of black water entering gray water tanks.
I would not recommend gravity transfer between multiple tanks that are not on the same level.
With 2 waste water tanks, there are basically 3 tank location...
In my 2014 Wilderness 2175RB, the black water tank and the gray water tank both have 35 gallon capacity.
Typically, when my Gray Water Tank is full, the Black Water Tank is 1/3 or less.
It would be nice if there was a way to pump Gray water into the unused capacity of the Black water tank.
That is a great departure checklist. I am impressed by your check of hitch and trailer brakes by pulling with the trailer brakes applied.
I do that as part of my departure check routine, but got fooled once by not verifying the trailer electric brake gain setting.
I use trailer brake gain...
I don't think there is a "right or wrong" about traveling with the propane refrigerator on (except where prohibited by law). Your choice will probably be based on how long you are driving and how good is the insulation and how often you open the frig or freezer door and how hot is it in the...
I neglected to say that my refrigerator is a Norcold N611 (6.3 cu. ft.) Perhaps it has better insulation (or I am not opening the doors as much).
I agree that 50F is too warm for a refrigerator. (It has lost its cool.)
From some of the posts in this refrigerator section, it seems there are many who believe that turning off the refrigerator causes the frig temperature to go up to 100°F with 10 minutes of turning off the electric (or propane).
So I ask those who run their RV refrigerators 100% of the time, why...
The queen size memory foam mattress is exactly what I needed.
I guess the door you placed at the foot of the bed requires getting down on the floor to access the contents of the storage bin under the bed.
My solution requires lifting the bed, but once lifted, I prop it up with a couple of...
I've been "camping out" in my backyard enjoying the new memory foam mattress.
Hutch85 is absolutely right. I'm liking the improvement. :)
Much nicer sleep! I think this is the best "mod" I have made to my travel trailer. I am a happy camper.
If you look towards the bottom of the photo...
I cut out a sample of the stuffing of the old (unlabeled) mattress that Heartland supplied.
It will sustain fire, but it doesn't go up in a ball of flame like when Jerry Lee Lewis plays piano. :)
The flaming Heartland mattress is not worthy of a video. :(
I'm not sure what the "mattress" was that came with my Wilderness.:confused: IMHO it wasn't a mattress.
It looks like the fiberglass insulation in the attic of my house. Maybe I will use it to increase the R value of my house.
I will check to make sure it is flame resistant first. If it goes...
After a few incidents of trash bag spillage while on the road, I decided to make the simplest (and cheapest) ever mod to my travel trailer.
For $1.97 at WalMart, I bought a package of 3 cup hooks.
Here is a photo of the installation in the cabinet under the kitchen sink in my Wilderness 2175 RB...