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Old 10-18-2016, 10:18 PM   #11
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My guess is that no one interested in enforcement ever looked at the hitch. You can use just about anything for towing and get away with it, unless you have a collision that is attended by police, or do something (such as speeding) to attract law enforcement attention, or happen to be stopped for an RV roadside inspection (which is extremely rare). Even if highway patrol officers looked at it, they might not know the rules for hitches. "Never questioned" is very different from "legal", regardless of the safety of the rig.
I completely agree, and use mine chains all the time. It takes a whole 15 seconds to hook them up. I really doubt that they would ever be needed, but I would hate to hit a roadside check and be told I had stop towing until it was remedied. I have been through a few checks here and around Calgary, where they set up check stops a go through all the safety features of trucks and trailers. It is incredible how many big trucks and various types of trailers are immediately pulled off the road for improper safety features.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:25 PM   #12
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I guess "easy" is a relative term. Pretty easy to cut with a jigsaw with a rail clamped to it for a straight edge. Then just route the groove for the trim. None of that gets more complex because of its shape, because the cut sides are straight. The only slightly tricky part I see is the rounded corners.

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You definitely do not want to cut this table with a jigsaw. The cabinet shop that cut my smaller table did so with the original that did fit with a band saw and had to bring it back for an adjuatment as it was still a little tight.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:30 PM   #13
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You definitely do not want to cut this table with a jigsaw.
I agree. A circular saw with a straight edge would work, but chipping is likely. I would be using a router with a straight edge so there would be no potential for chipping.
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Actually, he did use a router.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:47 PM   #15
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I agree. A circular saw with a straight edge would work, but chipping is likely. I would be using a router with a straight edge so there would be no potential for chipping.
Gotta agree, I wouldn't use a jig saw for a long straight cut. Depends on your circular saw blade collection though, with the right blade chipping isn't an issue. Otherwise, the router for sure.

In all my towing over the years I've only once had my hitch set-up checked. That was only a couple of years ago at the Glacier border crossing. And when I say checked, I mean really checked. They wiggled and jiggled as if they were determined to find a fault. So I was happy that a full hookup is ingrained in me even if it's for a short distance.

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Old 10-18-2016, 10:58 PM   #16
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Re: heaters

I've had both the propane 9000 and the diesel Newport models in boats.

Both work well. I'm partial to the Newport but I've been around diesel engines so long I probably don't even smell the slight wiff of diesel that you might get from time to time.

The propane is virtually trouble free. It's not for no reason we the called the Newport our "fire breathing dragon"

The major advantage to this type of heater is that it just sits there quietly and puts out a nice even heat. No furnace noises etc. Much more enjoyable source of heat. I'm still contemplating installing a Newport on the wall between the bathroom door and dinette.

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Gotta agree, I wouldn't use a jig saw for a long straight cut. Depends on your circular saw blade collection though, with the right blade chipping isn't an issue. Otherwise, the router for sure.

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I've cut straight and clean lines on particle board, plywood and lots of different kinds of wood with a good jigsaw and a fence guide, although I agree a circular saw (love my mini circular saw) with a fine tooth blade would be more suitable for the purpose.

Sadly, I don't have a band saw. Hopefully that's rectified when we move into a larger house with acreage - and a SHOP to put it in.
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Sadly, I don't have a band saw. Hopefully that's rectified when we move into a larger house with acreage - and a SHOP to put it in.
Don't worry about getting the tools. Build a shop and very mysteriously it will start filling up with tools.

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Old 10-19-2016, 08:04 AM   #19
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Looks like your mpg took a hit similarly to mine going out unhitched and returning hitched. While the combined 15 mpg number is nice, in reality you are actually averaging closer to 12 mpg towing while hitched. This number will change with each trip and may increase if you have a new vehicle.
As far as the table, I found in my 21 "U" dinette that the shape was more of a trapezoid. Thus careful measurements should allow an exact fit.
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Old 10-19-2016, 08:52 AM   #20
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Where do you plan to install the fireplace? I like the idea!
Steve,

I asked Reace to build a 6" recessed cabinet for the fireplace/heater. He put a 12V drop behind it. Propane and the 12V drop are accessed through the rear panel of the bottom cabinet, which is screwed, not stapled in. I'll need to run the chimney through the 2 upper cabinets. I'm going to try to place it so that it doesn't simply run through the middle, but more along the side of those. I'll need to measure 20 times before I punch a 3" hole in the roof of my brand-new trailer :wince.

I'll post some pics this weekend when I get started on this.

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