11 Apr

Episode 126: Answering Listeners Questions

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On this weeks episode I am answering listeners questions.  Our community is growing by leaps and bounds and it would be nearly impossible to listen to 125 back episodes of the podcast to find the  answer to a  particular question you might have.  I am taking some of the questions from our Girl Camper Podcast Facebook page, some questions from the Contact the Girl Camper emails and some questions that I am frequently asked in person at events and I am answering them on this weeks show. I always want the podcast to be a place where no question is off-limits or too rudimentary. Keep those cards and letters coming ladies, we are here to help.

Laurie  asked a question about how to secure her trailer from theft. I covered this in episode 40 of the podcast. Here is the link. In short,  it’s all about making it as difficult as possible.  Here are some tricks.

Thwarting Trailer Theft.

  •  Store your trailer in a locked in gated facility with cameras.
  •  At home in your driveway secure your trailer in as many ways as possible.
  • Use a pin lock on your coupler.
  • Lock the coupler with a hitch lock.
  • Put wheel locks on both tires.
  • Put all for stabilizing jacks down when it is parked.
  • Get locking lug nuts.
  • Have motion sensor lights around it.
  •  Secure the axle with a chain to something immovable.

A inexpensive wheel lock on all four wheels can be time consuming to remove for thieves.

Lisa  asked for tips and caravaning as a group. She will be traveling from Texas to Glacier National  Park this summer.

Caravanning Tips 

  •  Choose two drivers who will sandwich the crew. One to lead  and one to be the last car of the caravan.
  •  Make sure the leader and the end of the caravan each have a way of communicating with each other.
  •  Set rules ahead of time for what the group wants to do. Agree on when you will stop for lunch. Determine if you will enjoy a point of interest along the way. Determine what will be done if someone has a breakdown. Agree ahead of time how many hours you will drive each day.
  •  Keep a safe distance without being on top of each other. There is no need to stay in a single line. Try to stay within 5 miles of each other. The lead car can communicate to the rear car and determine how far apart they are.  If the rear end of the caravan is falling behind, the lead car can slow down and allow time for them to catch up.
  • In the event that one rig in the caravan becomes disabled, agree ahead of time how that should be handled. Some caravans all want to stay together. If a truck  and trailer become disabled the rest of the group can exit at the next ramp and wait in the first available large parking lot. If it is a problem that can be corrected quickly the group can all stay together. If the disabled rig will take several hours or need to be towed, the rest of the group can continue to an agreed-upon spot.
  • If the group is 15 or more trailers traveling together you may want to leave your destination in the morning at 15 or 30 minute intervals so that you can arrive at the next Campground with space in between. This way you do not have 15 or more trailers arriving simultaneously and trying to check in at the campground at the same time.

Deirdre asked what kind of tools she needs to level her trailer.

Tools for Leveling Trailer

My leveling tools include:

  • Camco curved levelers and non slip chock
  • Camco leveling blocks – 10 pack
  • Level (phone app)
  • Wheel Chock
  • Wood block for under tongue jack

Process of Leveling

  • Level of the trailer side to side first using the curved levelers or the stacking blocks.
  • After you have leveled the trailer side to side, place the wheel chocks behind and in front of the wheels.
  • Remove the trailer from the tow vehicle.
  •  Level the trailer from front to back using the tongue jack to raise or lower it.
  •  Drop all four stabilizing jacks onto leveling blocks or a pieces of scrap wood.

Camco Curved Levelers

Lugene had a question on weight distribution hitches. Thank you Lugene for this important question. Please refer back to episode number 83 where Mark Polk gave an in-depth explanation of what a weight distribution hitch does and when we need one.  The link to hear that episode is right here.

 

Adrienne  asked a question about matching your camper to your tow vehicle. Our friend Walter Canon, Executive Director of the RV Safety and Education Foundation gave an in-depth explanation of this process in episode number 13. It can be heard by clicking here.

There is more to be heard on todays show about the best kind of stabilizing jacks to have and whether or not you need a generator while boondocking.

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