It is very important to know the tongue weight on your trailer to make sure your tow hitch is rated for the weight and for safety purposes. The definition of tongue weight is the downward pressure that is being put on your tow vehicles hitch. How much weight should be on the tongue of your trailer? The standard rule of thumb is somewhere between 10 to 15 percent of the (GTW) gross trailer weight. Having the correct tongue weight all comes down to safety and having a good towing experience.
What happens if the trailer tongue weight is on the light side? If there is not enough downward pressure on the tow vehicles ball hitch it could result in trailer sway which can be very dangerous. You can also run into a problem if the tongue weight is too heavy. Having to much tongue weight can have an effect on the tow vehicles steering. Adjusting tongue weight is not difficult to do, as long as you know how much weight to shift towards the front of the trailer.
So to explain it further think of the trailer acting like a lever and the axle of the trailer is the pivot point for the lever. If the tongue weight on the trailer is too heavy you will need to adjust the weight behind the trailers axle. If the tongue on the trailer is to light you will need to adjust the weight forward of the trailers axle. So what is the best way to figure out the tongue weight on your trailer? Most trailer owners know the actual gross trailer weight. If you do not know the weight then it would be best to go to a public scale and have it weighed. By knowing what your trailer weighs it will help you in properly adjusting the tongue weight of your trailer.
There is much more to keeping your trailers roof top AC unit clean other than just rinsing off the filter. By cleaning the coils in the unit every few seasons will continue to keep your AC operating efficiently and extend the life of the air conditioner. Over time the evaporator coils and the condenser become clogged with debris and dirt which reduces the performance of the air conditioning unit. By following these simple steps below will allow you to keep your trailers AC blowing out cold air.
A) Make sure the trailer is unplugged from the shore connection so there is no power going into the trailer.
B) If your trailer roof is not rated to be walked on you will need a piece of plywood or wide board so it will support your weight. Remove the 4 nuts that are holding on the air conditioning cover and carefully remove it from the AC unit. Put the cover in a safe place out of the way until the work is complete.
C) You can buy special cleaners that are made to clean the coils on your trailers AC unit that will make the job much easier. If you do not want to purchase a coil cleaner you can use a household product like Simple Green, 409 or any strong degreaser. Apply the coil cleaner on both the condenser and evaporator coils and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. When you are ready to rinse the solution off the coils you can use a water hose with a spray nozzle. You do not want to use a high powered nozzle since this could damage the cooling fins on the unit. Use caution and gently spray both coils trying not to hit the electric connections. It is always best to try and cover up any electrical if at all possible.
D) Once you are done spraying the coils with water you can use an air compressor to remove the excess water. If the coils are extremely dirty it might be necessary to repeat step C several times until all dirt is removed.
E) Let the AC unit completely dry before putting the cover back on. Once complete plug your trails shore power back in and test the unit.
To avoid costly air conditioning repair bills it is best to inspect and check you’re A/C components on a yearly basis. If you get into the habit of doing this you could avoid expensive repairs that could have been avoided. The air conditioner is a machine and there is that possibility that it could just stop working. Whether it be a small leak, years of wear and tear or a circuit board it is always good to have a good air conditioning repair service you can count on. When you are into the hot season the air conditioning companies become very busy so having a company you can trust to be there is very important.
The first approach to finding a qualified A/C repair service is to go online and search your local area. This a great way to be able to research the company, check prices and find online reviews to see if their customers were satisfied with the work performed. It is important to make notes on each company your research so when you are ready to go back and make your final decision you have the information at hand. Once you have decided on a air conditioning company you want to call and ask if they do work on the manufacture of you’re A/C unit and how soon will they be able to get to you. If this is an urgent situation then some companies that will put you at the top of the list and prioritize your repair. Make sure you give them as many details as possible on why your air conditioner is acting up so they can allow the necessary time to make the repair and hopefully not have to come back. Once your appointment is set it is always a good idea to call the day before they are coming to confirm the time and day of your appointment.
In this video Youtube user Bevoin1970 demonstrates how to properly change the oil in a Mercedes Sprinter Van with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel motor. He starts by showing the user where the drain plug is located, in this case underneath the motor. After removing the drain plug with a crescent wrench, the “old” 9 liters of oil drains out. Bevoin1970 then shows the importance of making sure the washer on the drain plug remains in place as it is put back on the oil pan.
After the oil has been drained out he proceeds to unscrew the oil filter and replace it with the new one (while taking a tea break in between!). Once the oil has been poured back in and the filter replaced, he starts up the Sprinter Van and makes sure the oil light doesn’t stay on after initial startup. After watching the video the viewer should be left with a better understanding of how to perform a Sprinter Van Oil Change.