Monday, April 26, 2010

The Premier Arrives--Finally!

From Keystone Premier 31BHPR

We finally got a chance to see our 2010 Keystone Premier 31BHPR on the weekend. It had arrived at the dealership earlier in the week. We had placed a deposit on it back in February when we saw it at the Earlybird RV show in Abbotsford but what was originally supposed to be a 2 week wait ended up being much longer.

It was nice seeing it in person again and it reconfirmed that this was the right RV for us.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Torque Multiplier

I'm planning on installing the new ProPride 3P hitch by myself when our Keystone Premier 31BHPR trailer arrives. It seems straightforward enough, but some of the bolts need to be torqued to 250 lb-ft. That's not something easily accomplished with everyday basic tools. I have torque wrench but it's rated only up to 150 lb-ft. I could not find any torque wrench rated above 250 lb-ft, but my searching led me to find something that I had never heard of before, a torque multiplier:

From RV Mods and Accessories

Restcure.ca has a great explanation of how a torque multiplier works as well as some very helpful pictures and information about the ProPride hitch. So I went out and bought the torque multiplier today which was on sale for only $70 (regularly $110).

The 2010 Keystone Premier 31BHPR travel trailer we ordered waaay back in February should finally be arriving soon. Apparently, on top of all the other reasons for delay that we heard through other owners (slight specification change and high demand), according to our salesman, the factory had trouble finding enough drivers to deliver the trailer up north. We are now "at the top of the list" so hopefully it will be here soon.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

ProPride 3P Hitch

Since we were upgrading our travel trailer to a 2010 Keystone Premier 31BHPR, I thought we should also upgrade our hitch to a ProPride 3P. There's lots of talk and debate about high performance hitches, but going through as much information and research that I could find, I decided that the ProPride was the one for us. I've placed the order and hopefully it will arrive within a few weeks. The video below basically demonstrates why trailer sway is eliminated with this style of hitch....

Saturday, April 10, 2010

GMC Yukon XL Denali Summer Tire Swap - 38920 km


Despite having one of the warmest winters in history this year, spring time temperatures have still been in the single digits. This past week we even had some wet snow. That's meant I've had to keep the winter tires on our GMC Yukon XL Denali a lot longer than normal.

The forecast has finally changed and I took the opportunity today to switch back to the 20" chrome.

Let's hope the weather stays warm!

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