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heading out camping
« on: July 16, 2015, 12:12:06 PM »
Taking the wife and kids to the Pacific down by Oregon.
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Re: heading out camping
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2015, 12:24:02 PM »
Have fun! And travel safely  ;)
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2015, 12:41:17 PM »
Have a safe and relaxing trip!
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Re: heading out camping
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2015, 01:02:06 PM »
have a great time! Stay safe!

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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2015, 01:29:33 PM »
Thanks! Cooper gets to come with us this trip and no mountain passes.  Middle of the morning on a Thursday means I get to dodge Seattle traffic too so I'm stoked. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2015, 02:22:10 PM »
Long beach?

JBLM traffic can be just as bad or worse, but you'll be missing that too ;)
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Re: heading out camping
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2015, 02:24:27 PM »
Have a great trip!

Looks like you could pick up another link on your equalizer bars?
Looks like a bit more squat than I'm thinkin should be. Could just be how you're parked too tho.
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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Re: heading out camping
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2015, 03:34:25 PM »
Have a great trip!

Looks like you could pick up another link on your equalizer bars?
Looks like a bit more squat than I'm thinkin should be. Could just be how you're parked too tho.
Yup I agree, you need to spend a little time setting up the hitch and bars. Don't know what you have for a hitch but best to leave at least 5 links between the snap up bracket and the bar to keep from binding. You can swing the ball back toward the trailer a bit to transfer some more weight forward if you don't have enough links under pressure. Or grab a 1" raised ball for the set up if you have the 5 or 6" frame rails. Just be sure the new ball is rated for the trailer weight.

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Re: heading out camping
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2015, 06:47:23 PM »
First thing I noticed

Yep hitch needs some adjustment...Too much tongue weight like that my friend
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Re: heading out camping
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2015, 08:24:13 PM »
Guess it's a universal thing to notice, once you have and use a load-leveling hitch!  I didn't want to nitpick on Tate as he was setting off on a relaxing adventure (we hope relaxing- I lost a tire last time I used the RV) with the family!
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2015, 08:32:44 PM »
Enjoy your trip!  End of next week I'm headed to CO for 2 weeks. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2015, 11:14:48 PM »
RN, you rollin thru this area or no?  do we need to schedule a meet up again?
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2015, 01:18:34 AM »
Sounds fun and enjoy.
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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2015, 07:23:23 AM »
RN, you rollin thru this area or no?  do we need to schedule a meet up again?
Unfortunately not, she's got me going through Amarillo since we going to be near CO Springs
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2015, 04:29:49 PM »
word!  well if the direction changes let me know.
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« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2015, 10:27:20 PM »
You bet I will.  We'll get together one way or another before you head to AK
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2015, 08:55:16 AM »
You bet I will.  We'll get together one way or another before you head to AK
AK???
What happened to OR?
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2015, 09:08:49 AM »
Maybe I got it wrong.  I thought he said Alaska
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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2015, 09:18:57 AM »
Maybe I got it wrong.  I thought he said Alaska
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« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2015, 11:39:25 AM »
I would love to live in AK if I could find employment there.  but really it was OR.
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« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2015, 01:07:35 PM »
Going to hang out with the hippies?


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« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2015, 03:46:42 PM »
I would love to live in AK if I could find employment there.  but really it was OR.

Or you could migrate back to Wi, and I can acquire BBQ.
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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2015, 06:26:48 PM »
I would love to live in AK if I could find employment there.  but really it was OR.

Or you could migrate back to Wi, and I can acquire BBQ.
No selfish motive here, you just want to help Nate settle into becoming a civilian...I can see that!
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« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2015, 08:31:15 PM »
No selfish motive here, you just want to help Nate settle into becoming a civilian...I can see that!

Yea.. we'll go with that. lol
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« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2015, 08:39:35 AM »
my dinner table/kitchen is always open to you folks
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« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2015, 12:32:51 PM »
So on the trip down I felt what you were discussing in my absence. on the return trip, I increased the tension by pulling up one more link on the bars. it was parked a little off camber, but my knowledge of load leveling hitches is minimal to say the least. On the return trip with 4 links instead of 3 it definitely rode better, but you're saying take it to 5 or make sure that at least 5 are left between the hook and the bar?
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« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2015, 12:40:01 PM »
Long beach?

JBLM traffic can be just as bad or worse, but you'll be missing that too ;)
Toakeland, just outside of Westport. Backed the camper right up to the berm and had the waves lulling us to sleep at night.
woke up to this guy outside my window Saturday morning, about 20 yards away.

and this is flat and level, with 3 links. 4 links has at least 5 leftover and is the way I ran it coming home. what say you?
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« Reply #27 on: July 20, 2015, 12:47:31 PM »
that looks like too much tongue weight still.  what bob was talking about with the 5 links was (there should be 5 free links between the top of the load bar to where you hook the links in.)  try loading more of the stuff you take in the camper over the axle's, that should help with leveling the entire load.
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« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2015, 12:51:52 PM »
but you're saying take it to 5 or make sure that at least 5 are left between the hook and the bar?

I think he's saying to make sure there are at least 5 links between the hook and the bar... And then if you run out of adjustment (not enough links, brackets maxed, etc) you can rotate the ball towards the trailer, by moving the adjustable head on the shank, which will put more angle on the bars, and more weight forward as a result. I had to do that on my Dad's Equal-i-zer when he got it. There were some pretty detailed instructions i used that helped me a lot when getting his installed. Measuring from ground to top of fenders and stuff like that when getting things set up. Definitely want to get that trailer rollin down the highway as level as possible though at the very least.

Hope that helps!

As a side note, i would totally recommend an aftermarket hitch for your truck. These OBS steel tube units are kind of weak from what i've read, and can bend. Not sure if the upwards torque makes it worse than just downward tongue weight, but i have to assume so. I picked up the Curt Class V unit for 200 bucks... still have to install, but it seems like the go-to for everyone.

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« Reply #29 on: July 20, 2015, 12:55:39 PM »
Love Tokeland by the way... We always swing in to Nelson Crab when we're down there... mmm mmm good
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« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2015, 01:16:27 PM »
that looks like too much tongue weight still.  what bob was talking about with the 5 links was (there should be 5 free links between the top of the load bar to where you hook the links in.)  try loading more of the stuff you take in the camper over the axle's, that should help with leveling the entire load.

That was just another pic of the 3 link setup vs 4, but I hear ya loud and clear now. didn't get a pic of the setup w/ 4 links hooked in, but definitely was much better feeling wise. so tipping the ball towards the trailer would help then, because I have a lot of adjustment still there. height on whole assembly I thought was pretty good, just need to shift the weight forward?
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« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2015, 01:20:36 PM »
Love Tokeland by the way... We always swing in to Nelson Crab when we're down there... mmm mmm good

Thanks for the info on the hitch and the recommendations. We were too busy eating all the crab we harvested in Warm Beach and brought down with us, but I passed the sign a couple times for Nelson's. Will have to make it a priority next time.
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« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2015, 01:28:15 PM »
Yeah no prob! You'll get it dialed in..

Bottom line is looks like you guys are enjoying the heck out of your camper! We should plan a PNW Real Man camping trip... You, me, Bob for sure... and whoever else! Nate's going to be in Oregon soon, should look at doing something next summer!
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« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2015, 06:48:53 PM »
for sure! we're headed back up to Leavenworth next weekend to tube the Wenatchee river. Even found a company that has tubes for the dog!
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« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2015, 07:05:43 PM »
Right on! That's my favorite part of the state... We're going to Chelan first week in August.


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« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2015, 08:13:17 PM »
sad part is that I have an idea where you are talking about and I really miss it and am jealous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2015, 09:09:10 PM »
East of I5 hopefully????


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« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2015, 09:15:37 PM »
Man, lesser of two evils... Don't know if being in the mountains would be any better. Definitely want to be above 100 ft of sea level though...

Tell you what tho, that article got my wife spooked. She's now talking "preps" and is scheduling planning meetings with family, lookin at uhf/vhf radios for the various households in the family, the whole 9.
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« Reply #39 on: July 21, 2015, 08:50:22 AM »
Man, lesser of two evils... Don't know if being in the mountains would be any better. Definitely want to be above 100 ft of sea level though...

Tell you what tho, that article got my wife spooked. She's now talking "preps" and is scheduling planning meetings with family, lookin at uhf/vhf radios for the various households in the family, the whole 9.
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« Reply #40 on: July 21, 2015, 11:56:06 AM »
We saw that and paid heed. We have a tsunami bugout specific plan with an old forest svc road onto old BUSE lumber co property that is now owned by a friend. WELL above prehistoric tsunami levels based on the geotec survey and only 5 min from the casa. When we were on the coast last weekend and she saw the tsunami evacuation route signs, she was glad we had our own plan.
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« Reply #41 on: July 21, 2015, 11:59:46 AM »
Right on! That's my favorite part of the state... We're going to Chelan first week in August.


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« Reply #42 on: July 21, 2015, 12:23:50 PM »
Yep, I-90 to Cle Elum, then up alt-97 to 2, then east to Wentachee and on up to Chelan


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« Reply #43 on: July 21, 2015, 12:25:26 PM »
well If you want to take the LOOOONG way home, I'll be at the Leavenworth KOA through Aug 2nd.
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« Reply #44 on: July 21, 2015, 01:00:10 PM »
We'll be heading east on the 2nd, so will just miss you!

Hope the smoke isn't too bad for your trip, and mine!
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« Reply #45 on: July 21, 2015, 06:18:34 PM »
Camping for the next week outside of Grovespring, MO -chasing dogs through the hills!  Might sneak over to Joplin and torment HC?!  Can you DOT a guy while on duty?
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« Reply #46 on: July 21, 2015, 07:38:46 PM »
https://www.intellihub.com/fema-official-warns-everything-west-of-interstate-5-will-be-toast-massive-natural-disaster-coming/


Well that's comforting....wow

Man, lesser of two evils... Don't know if being in the mountains would be any better. Definitely want to be above 100 ft of sea level though...

Tell you what tho, that article got my wife spooked. She's now talking "preps" and is scheduling planning meetings with family, lookin at uhf/vhf radios for the various households in the family, the whole 9.

Yeah, it took mine watching a show about the likelihood and the effect of an EMP to get on board.  Then I gave her a copy of "Lights Out" and she was the one pushing me to be prepared faster.
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« Reply #47 on: July 21, 2015, 09:11:19 PM »
I think it's likely because the scenario is a natural disaster that she can relate to, versus more sinister events... I'll take it tho, funny that I'm not such a weirdo all of the sudden LOL


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« Reply #48 on: July 21, 2015, 09:36:33 PM »
Back to the camping part....any of our members in the CO Springs area?  Going to be up that way camping.
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« Reply #49 on: September 08, 2015, 12:00:14 PM »
Heading back to Deception pass coming from Roche Harbor in the San Juans this weekend. My uncles 32' Grady White was a very nice ride. 5 days without cell service too, really nice getting all the family together without electronics for almost a week!
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