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Mike Hamm

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About Mike Hamm

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  • Name
    Mike
  • Location
    Medford, Oregon
  • Gender
    Male
  • Drives
    2016 GMC 2500HD Denali Sierra 4x4 with Duramax Diesel
  • Interests
    Photography, Cooking, Travel.
  1. Anyone Using a Electric Trailer Jack

    We have an Atwood electric tongue jack. 3300 lb rating and it does a good job. Wife and I primarily use cell phones for backing and hitching. We do have walkie talkies for when cell service isn't available.
  2. GM toolbox

    I wonder, since the part number is still available through GM if they might have either the struts and locks or the mfr information you need. Start by calling your local GMC/Chevy dealer's parts dept?
  3. It still could be the tires. The treads are designed to try and remove as much harmonics as possible but it can still happen in the right circumstances, certain speeds being one. Not sure how easy, or practical, it would be to try this but have someone drive next to you and see if they can hear it in the lane next to you when you reach that speed.
  4. As are the "bumper pulls".
  5. I seriously considered Lance. I ended up joining the Lance Owner's of America (LOA) forum and glad I did because their quality has really gone downhill. Not worth the money IMO. They are charging what they are charging based on reputation alone now. I get it that forums are magnets for complaints more than positive reviews, but go to the Northwood RV Owners of America (NROA) forum and compare complaints to compliments. I really like the phrase "it's like putting lipstick on a pig" when referring to cosmetics on top of what's underneath. Sure, the cheaper ones may be flashier looking, but it's the bones that matter. Lipstick on a pig still means there's a pig under there. Forgive me for sounding like a shill for Northwood. I'm really not, but my search ended with Northwood once I started really looking deep.
  6. I don't know what you want in a trailer, but we decided we didn't want a slideout. And, we wanted something on the smaller side. So, we ended up buying an Arctic Fox 22G. Walls are aluminum framed, welded construction. There are wood inserts placed inside the aluminum tubing wherever fasteners have to go into the framing. That way there is plenty of "meat" for the fasteners to grab onto. Attached are a couple of pictures from our recent Northwood mfg tour (mfr of our trailer). The roofs are wood trusses. However, they are not held together with just staples. They use similar looking ties that are used in home roof truss construction. Northwood does make an all wood framed line, Nash. If you are shopping by price, then aluminum framed could be out of your budget. But, don't let just the framing determine why you buy one. Northwood also builds their own chassis. And the chassis are independently certified to what is close to home earthquake standards. Nash's chassis are the same way. Note that we didn't have to negotiate a whole lot on our 22G, and the dealer met us in the middle between their asking price and our first offer. Plus they threw in a few goodies to sweeten the deal. Not trying to push Arctic Fox or Nash, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better value.
  7. What did you do with your truck/shop today

    Went over to Harbor Freight and got a free magnetic tool holder. I put it up today.
  8. What did you do with your truck/shop today

    No pics but I washed all the bugs off the grille of the truck and the front of our trailer that accumulated on our 1200 mile camping trip. Man, that was a lot of bugs.
  9. What did you do with your truck/shop today

    Towed our Arctic Fox 22G 210 miles today. 270 more miles tomorrow to attend the Northwood RV rally in La Grande, OR. Pic taken at a rest stop along the way.
  10. Safety Chain Hookup

    Thanks. Also, these are 5/8" ones and they slid in real easy.
  11. Safety Chain Hookup

    Got my new quick links installed. I think I'm going to like this better than the other setup. Trailer is at the dealer for some warranty work so I'll be giving these a try when going to pick it up.
  12. Safety Chain Hookup

    Yeah, it looks like I'll be going with the 5/8" links too. The eyebolt is an interesting idea for the brake cable. Does the safety cable just slide through the slight open end of the eyebolt?
  13. Safety Chain Hookup

    Yup, very different. The "up" holes (in your pic) in the 16 are about the diameter of a pencil. The holes on either side of the receiver are also smaller. Believe me, if it had been as simple as your pic makes it look, I wouldn't be asking for ideas.
  14. Safety Chain Hookup

    Thanks for the pics and hook info. I can see why your setup works easily. The holes in your hitch are way bigger than on mine. That's been the trick. Finding something small enough, yet strong enough, to fit.
  15. Safety Chain Hookup

    Can you provide a link to the hooks you ended up getting? Based on what you have said about other suggestions, your hooks must meet all your criteria so I'd be interested in checking out the same ones you got. Thanks.
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