Full Size Pull behind RV thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Tudelum48, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. Ken

    Ken Long timer

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    Mine came with a really nice hitch but what is a brake controller and tranny cooler? My P/U has the "towing package" so I'm assuming that means tranny cooler?
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  2. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Camper you just bought has electric brakes. Brake controller controls those e-brakes connecting them electrically to your brake pedal. Signal goes through your connector.

    "Tow package" doesn't necessarily mean you have a tranny cooler. Lots of times if it's dealer installed you may only have a hitch and wiring. Something to check out. BTW, I've towed many thousands of miles without a transmission cooler. If you take it easy it's not an absolute must IMHO, depending on the vehicle.
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  3. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Your truck will have a tranny cooler either way; the towing package usually will indicate added cooling but as stated that's not guaranteed. Not complicated to add one if needed.
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  4. Ken

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    Mine does have a temp gauge for the tranny so I'm assuming it has a tranny cooler. How do I check?
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  5. KSJEEPER

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    Every truck will have a tranny cooler, they are just beefier if the tow package includes that. Even cars have a tranny cooler, they are just small.

    Ideally the tow package would include beefed up trans cooler, and beefed up alternator.
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  6. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    The cooler is typically right in your radiator or sandwiched in front of it. The tranny has fluid lines running from it up to the cooler. If you add an extra cooler it will be plumbed into these lines. If you have a trans temp gauge, just tow the camper and watch your temps, and add cooling if needed.
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  7. Ken

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    Thanks, as soon as it stops raining I'm going to check :evil
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  8. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    You must not live anywhere near me then. :lol3
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  9. Ken

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    Alabama. You have more rainy days but we get MUCH more rain.

    New question. How big of a generator to I need to run my "little/light camper" :lol3

    Including the a/c :deal
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  10. Ken

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    Tech question.

    I have a 3 prong 30 amp power cord and the 3 prong power connector on the TT. How can I run the trailer off a a regular extension cord with 110 while it's in my driveway? My old motorhome had a 110 and a 30amp but not the new TT unless I;m missing it somewhere :dunno

    I'm confused!!

    I know the 110 won't run the a/c I just want it running everything else.
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  11. humvee

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    Available anywhere (Walmart)...
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  12. Ken

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    No shit?

    Damn, thanks :clap:clap:clap
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  13. coop74

    coop74 Deal's Gap Junkie

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    you can get an adapter from most any RV store and some bigger walmarts. If you get a big 10x3 extention cord it likely will run your air too. I have one that will run mine, it is just start draw that is big on RV air.
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  14. Ken

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    Just got back from Wallyworld with the adapter. Thanks guys :clap:clap

    Now I'm gonna wash it which makes me wish it were smaller and then plug her up and start playing.

    Week after Thanksgiving I'm going to take the TT to our local state park and leave it there for a month or longer. Gonna set up a nice campsite and I'll stay out there for a week or so but also let my friends and the girls I work with use it... everyone is excited including me!
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  15. MGB

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    I haven't had problems running the A/C for our 23' on 110. We do it on a regular basis when we stop to visit friends and plug into the house (need to keep our dogs cool in the summer).

    I do make a point of not running the microwave and put the fridge on propane. Usually the plug is on a 20amp breaker in the house.

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  16. Ken

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    I went out and set up my TT for the first time at our local state park :clap:clap

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    Looking out the front door.

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    This is going to be a fun weekend :clap:clap
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  17. Ken

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    There is a learning curve for setting up a TT :nod

    I had it all set up, all the jacks down, the truck unhooked, the plumbing and electrial attached and then I remembered the slide out and realized I was to close to the pole :cry
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  18. hppyfngy

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    Minor setback. Good luck and enjoy! :freaky
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  19. madeouttaglass

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    I can think of worse ways of realizing that.
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  20. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Nice looking camper.:clap

    If no one has already told ya, keep one end of the awning lower than the other so water can shed off quickly. A moderate to heavy rain can and will rip it off yer camper.:deal We've seen it happen on more than one.

    Good idea to also show anyone who may be using it how to lower them.

    :nod

    Wait 'til you get to the stink pipe.:lol3

    But it doesn't take too many times to figger out the short cuts.

    Make sure your spotter looks up if you're camping and backing in a wooded camp ground. The top corners don't like trees. Sounds obvious but you'd be surprised.:D