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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Lift kit dilemma
« Last post by Pinstriper on June 13, 2021, 11:07:37 PM »
Load rating has no bearing on size. Size is size (+/- within the bounds of good taste)
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Brakes and Bearings
« Last post by dlb53151 on June 12, 2021, 11:52:00 PM »
Good news, the bearings were in great shape.  Ironically I could have gotten another season in before needing repacking but better safe than sorry..... Brakes have 50% remaining.  Good to go


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Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: Adding a speed controller to the vent fan
« Last post by Odie on June 12, 2021, 10:12:26 PM »
A little thread revival.

I got this one:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07FLLGCGS?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title

It's in an enclosure, so it's less exposed. I just installed it on my bathroom fan. Haven't noticed any noise from the controller itself and the fan motor is much quieter at lower speeds.

I'm tempted to try a reversible version on one of the other fans, but I'm not entirely convinced there is a need for reverse. I suppose it could be useful to force in air through one fan while the other two blow out, but you could just as easily leave that one fan off and air will get sucked in through that vent anyway.
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Lift kit dilemma
« Last post by stu1965 on June 12, 2021, 01:16:41 PM »
Reach out to etrailer.com and see if they have any ideas on safely improving clearance. if neither Dexter nor etrailer have a solution, I think you'll need to sell the tires you have and go back to the OEM size. You can determine diameter of various sizes at the discount tire size calculator. 

Edit. Ok, I see from your post the OEM size is what you purchased. I wonder why there is less clearance? Trailer suspension does not have much travel. Maybe post a photo of your setup so others on here with a 12RBS can chime in?

https://aluminumcamperforum.com/index.php?topic=804.msg5841#msg5841

I don't know much about tires (or anything else for that matter,lol), but the new tires are D rated, where I would imagine the originals are C rated. Perhaps thats the difference. Pics tomorrow. There was an old thread in the archives where a guy got his axles replaced under warranty, complaining of the same thing. Dexter told me they could not help. Will call e-trailer next.
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Re: Lift kit dilemma
« Last post by Merlin on June 11, 2021, 05:33:50 PM »
Reach out to etrailer.com and see if they have any ideas on safely improving clearance. if neither Dexter nor etrailer have a solution, I think you'll need to sell the tires you have and go back to the OEM size. You can determine diameter of various sizes at the discount tire size calculator. 

Edit. Ok, I see from your post the OEM size is what you purchased. I wonder why there is less clearance? Trailer suspension does not have much travel. Maybe post a photo of your setup so others on here with a 12RBS can chime in?

https://aluminumcamperforum.com/index.php?topic=804.msg5841#msg5841
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Livin Lite General Discussion / Lift kit dilemma
« Last post by stu1965 on June 11, 2021, 12:20:19 PM »
I recently picked up a 2016 21rbs, and the seller was nice enough to have the original tires replaced before went to pick it up, so I ordered Carlisle Radial Trail HD 205/75R-14's, same size as the originals, had them shipped to his house, and he had them installed locally.  Problem is, there is now much less room between the tire and the wheel well. Some big bumps will certainly make those tires rub. (it's fine on smooth road). It was suggested I can install a simple lift kit.

Not so simple....

I reached out to Dexter this morning with my axle model # 3792525, and they came back with the following:
"Your axle is a #10 Torflex with side mount hangers, but they have 3” high brackets. We cannot put lift kits on axles with 3” brackets. Even if you put regular brackets on it, the lift kit will only lift 2.63”. Less than you have now."

So...any thought on what my options are?
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Camping General Discussions / Re: Slow mosey home & lessons learned (so far)
« Last post by stu1965 on June 11, 2021, 09:50:40 AM »
Need to add to last post: stayed 3 nights @ Huntington State Park in S.C. after leaving Charleston.  Best beach park yet (not including our home-park Anastasia in St. Augustine).  Steps to beach from RV pad (south campground w/ cement pads, north has gravel). Miles of unspoiled beachfront & all you need close by a short drive away. A bit pricey, but worth it.  Dogs allowed on beach, Lily approved.

We've stayed at HBSP one night on one of our trips from the north back down to FLA. You are right about that beach....so pretty, our dogs loved it to. Sites themselves were concrete and level (good), but right on top of each other with little privacy. We'd probably stay again just for the beach.
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Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: 12v not working
« Last post by Paul on June 10, 2021, 01:44:31 PM »
Paul, I apologize for somewhat hijacking your thread with my questions. On the other hand, I think the answers have been very clear and informative for all. As for the shunt, I had a hunch the low A rating would come back to haunt future electrical plans. And the 500A shunt was just a few dollars more. Called penny foolish? Not all my decisions have been that way; after all, in 2014 I did spend about 7K more for my beloved and 'generational' CL. GK
I am glad you did it has been very informative!

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Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: 12v not working
« Last post by GrampaKilt on June 10, 2021, 01:42:00 PM »
Paul, I apologize for somewhat hijacking your thread with my questions. On the other hand, I think the answers have been very clear and informative for all. As for the shunt, I had a hunch the low A rating would come back to haunt future electrical plans. And the 500A shunt was just a few dollars more. Called penny foolish? Not all my decisions have been that way; after all, in 2014 I did spend about 7K more for my beloved and 'generational' CL. GK
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Camplite and Bearcat Travel Trailers / Re: 12v not working
« Last post by Merlin on June 10, 2021, 09:31:40 AM »
Thanks for your mentorship DavidM! Clarification (I think) it's a 50A shunt on the negative side.

Also can you explain to me (again??) why I put a 60A fuse off my positive?

I'm thinking of a 1000W inverter; plenty to run a blender or those projectors my grandchildren now have. Have you noticed the prices for true sine wave inverters have plummeted? Hence my interest in the install. (Just installed a 1000W in my son's tent trailer--3 teen grandchildren, 10 phones or gadgets, everyone clamoring for charging ports...made sure to use #4 wire.) GK

Your getting great advice from David. My only suggestion is for device charging. It’s inefficient to invert 12vDC to 120vAC then convert back to 5vDC for usb charging. Better to simply go 12v to 5v with something like this.

https://www.amazon.com/Charger-Adapter-Identification-Multi-Protection-Charging/dp/B0779D7DFG

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