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RE: Hitch cargo baskets

What cargo baskets are people using on their fifth wheels? Looking for one that can also be used for putting bikes on. IMHO I like the flat ones not the baskets. It allows for you to carry any sized object and be able secure it and you are not limited to the inside diameter of the basket ones. What ever you do, do NOT buy the cargo carrier that has an attached arm with a bike carrier on it. I did and it's junk and wobbles, etc etc. I ended up folding up and welding it shut! That said they make metal holders that attach to all cargo carriers to hold bikes. Several companies sell them and there are several different designs. Just google cargo carrier bike racks. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/stromberg-ultra-bike-rack/58854 http://www.adventurerv.net/ultra-fab-bicycle-cargo-bike-rack-adapter-holder-p-22628.html I ended up switching to this bumper mount for the bikes. Gave me back the cargo carrier for other stuff. Mount it off to the side of the cargo carrier. http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/s/8/S80500_aa.jpg This also has a designed space behind the bike rack rods for a spare tire or what I do is strap down the lawn chairs in that space. http://images.campingworld.com/is/image/CWI/20000/25898.jpg?wid=325&hei=325&op_sharpen=1&layer=1&src=CWI/logo.gif&s
rockhillmanor 07/30/16 08:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Hitch cargo baskets

What cargo baskets are people using on their fifth wheels? Looking for one that can also be used for putting bikes on. IMHO I like the flat ones not the baskets. It allows for you to carry any sized object and be able secure it and you are not limited to the inside diameter of the basket ones. What ever you do, do NOT buy the cargo carrier that has an attached arm with a bike carrier on it. I did and it's junk and wobbles, etc etc. I ended up folding it up and permanently welding it shut out of the way! That said they make metal holders that attach to all cargo carriers to hold bikes. Several companies sell them and there are several different designs. Just google cargo carrier bike racks. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/stromberg-ultra-bike-rack/58854 http://www.adventurerv.net/ultra-fab-bicycle-cargo-bike-rack-adapter-holder-p-22628.html
rockhillmanor 07/30/16 08:24am Beginning RVing
RE: Honey wagon question

Check out this post made yesterday. Is that the post you didn't want to hijack? Short answer, yes, they must use a pump. It's going to depend on the particular service you choose as to how 'much' pump that'll be. There seems to be a disagreement in the linked post as to whether the vent will handle it. Black tanks drain pretty fast on their own, so I'm not quite sure why these guys have to use such powerful pumps. They run the pumps as slow as they can. They do use these wagons to pump up "goo" from many feet below then, ie septic tanks and such, so they do need powerful pumps to do their job. How about holding open the toilet valve when emptying? This would give LOTS of air to the Black Tank, and also have an opening in case the vent was plugged. :S How about just making the lazy septic tank drivers do it the CORRECT way to prevent damage to your RV? I guess the choice IS yours if you like standing there watching a process that will damage your RV.http://i49.tinypic.com/24o3qs0.gif
rockhillmanor 07/30/16 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Black tank- dump it or leave it?

Dump the tank, add chemicals, and run some water into the black tank from the bathroom sink which usually dumps into the black tank. I agree with dumping the tank before leaving it. It serves no purpose to leave the stuff in there, for a week or more, when it could be mostly clean water. The idea of using the sink to add water is not correct for many (most?)RV's, the sink may be connected to the gray tank. Yup it IS correct for 'most' RV's! To find out how your RV is plumbed: All you have to do is dump both your black and gray tanks, close the valve and then go inside and run a good amount of water in the "bathroom" sink. Then go out and open each tank valve separately to see where the water comes out. Most of you'all will be mildly surprised your bathroom sink dumps into the black!! THE most common problem to the question: "Why does my black tank fill up so fast?".....usually 2 adults 2+ kids ALL washing their hands and face, and ALL brushing their teeth with the faucet on like they do at home in the bathroom sink. All the that water adding to your black tank. :C AND As Deb and Ed M stated above. If left parked long periods of time the water in the p-trap in the bathroom sink will evaporate and will allow sewage gas to enter your RV. The answer to the other question of why does my RV smell like sewage! :W
rockhillmanor 07/30/16 08:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhoming-The Dream vs Reality

Hey folks, buy these babies for FUN and ENJOYMENT and to make family memories. They cost a bunch of dough to own and operate .....We have owned Class B and C motorhomes for well over thirty years and I have never found them to be economical, but I wouldn't take a fortune for the fun and memories we have had during our 40s, 50s 60s and now starting our 70s....Paul X2! Really the short answer to someone inquiring, is to compare the RV to like any other sport or hobby. Like a boat, race car, 4 wheeler, cycle, golfing, etc etc. It's a hobby that brings one pleasure and costs money. :CX-3, If you're worrying about the cost of RV'ing, perhaps you shouldn't be doing it, as you will never justify it from an economical standpoint. The economy of it isn't why we do it in the first place. http://i.imgur.com/SlrXSlEl.jpg height=450 width=450 :B
rockhillmanor 07/30/16 07:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: FREE prescription cards

Go to the gov social security site. STAY AWAY from direct mail!! https://www.ssa.gov/ There are NUMEROUS options for prescription plans that are legit and pharmacies honor them. There are also many discount and zero pay plans depending on what you qualify for. There is a LOT of this info on the SS site. The gov doesn't openly advertise these options you have to LOOK for them on the gov site. And then you have to apply for them. Start reading thru it all now. A lot of reading and a bit confusing but take the time now to read thru it all. I did and I now am saving hundreds of dollars a month on prescriptions. IMHO I would not subscribe and/or use any of those direct mail so-called discount cards. Most are bogus and sell your personal info all over the place never to be able to get it back. AARP being one of the worst offenders. :R
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 08:51pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: GPS suction cup adherence to windshield

I have NEVER found a suction cup that stays on a windshield or the dash. I use the donut holder on the dash. It stays where ever I put it. I can also move it around depending on how the sunlight hits it or where it's easier for me to see day or night AND I can just grab the whole thing when I want to move it my toad or someones else's car. And when parked I just grab it and put it on the floor so it's not an invitation to thieves. http://i46.tinypic.com/e625va.jpg http://i48.tinypic.com/13zamx0.jpg
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 08:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Black tank- dump it or leave it?

Are there any problems with leaving my black water in the tank for extended periods of time? Odors should stay contained to the tank, right? Nope. Depending on WHERE you are located will depict how much it will smell. And I am hear to tell you it will smell if you are parked in hot weather states. If you are lucky and the coach doesn't smell when you come back, when you go to use that toilet the first time I guarantee you you will smell it! There is no p-trap in an RV toilet. You open that blade to flush and that ripe stank from sitting filled black tank WILL come into your coach. Dump the tank, add chemicals, and run some water into the black tank from the bathroom sink which usually dumps into the black tank.
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 08:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Honey wagon question

The safe way to have them pump out your tanks is to drain into a bucket while they suck the stuff out of the bucket. X2 THIS is the CORRECT way. And the ONLY way you should let a honey wagon empty your tanks. I described it on that other thread. But if it helps a new RV'er reading this thread I'll repeat a shorter version again. They have a 5 gallon paint bucket and a short sewage hose. They hook up their short sewage hose, put it in the bucket and then open the gate valve on your holding tank, at the same time they put their suction hose into the bucket. NO suction hose ever touches your holding tanks. If you don't believe that the suction hose off a commercial septic tank truck can collapse, crack an RV plastic holding tank just call any RV mobile Repair guy he'll tell you how many he's had to replace and/or fix and why. :W
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 08:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: AC not getting super cold

If you are in a southern state you need to clean the coils and often. I lived and RV'd up north and never had problems with my ac until I started RV'ing in the south. Those coils get algae and green mold on them. I had to routinely clean the coils while in the south.
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: It was a good day - NOT!

The valve stem blew out! After you kick that cold one down I'd get your RV into a tire shop and REPLACE all those rubber valve stems with stainless steel valve stems before heading out with it! :C Been there done that. Day after I bought my first used MH I had one blowout on the road and 2 more flats the next day while driving in Houston with 112 degree temps. Long running time and high heat just melted those **** rubber valve stems. Tow truck driver was the one that pointed out the rubber valve stems where melting. Pulled into the first tire shop and had them all replaced with stainless steel ones.
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: What do you use as a stop here marker?

Since you are wanting to use these at your house I'm sure you want it to look nice and blend in. Hardware stores carry ALL types of reflector markers that just stick into the ground. Some are just thin fiberglass orange poles up to ones that have little solar tops so the reflector part actually lights up at night. They look nice and will do the trick. KISS theory! :C http://www.truevalue.com/assets/product_images/styles/medium/840983.jpg http://www.truevalue.com/thumbnail/Hardware/Miscellaneous-Hardware/Driveway-Markers/pc/6/c/2507/1037.uts Get your MH in position on the driveway and put the markers in where you want them to mark the position you want to hit when parking it. I'd paint a small mark with paint on the edge of the concrete where the marker is placed so if you want, you can pull the reflectors out if you want when not being used and/or mowing edging etc, and when you go to leave with your MH you can put them back in for the return trip back by lining them up with the small paint mark.
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 07:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: towing a full size car

IMHO it's not the size make or model of the car it's the weight. My rule of thumb for 'me' is half the weight of what the MH is rated to tow.
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 07:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Be Careful with Long Campers

Ouch! Could thing you could fix it without spending an arm and leg. I ripped and bent a jack thanks to a cop!! Hit a storm and the streets flooded almost immediately. Got up to an area where the water was high and looking for an exit strategy. The cops where there directing traffic. I wanted out, told the cop and he pretty much made us go thru in the direction he had chosen.........right over a high concrete curb hidden by the water. :R
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Configuration for keeping the fridge going while driving

I tried running with propane and no battery coming back from Co a couple weeks ago when it was very windy. The propane kept shutting off. Here's a news flash. Your propane is not shutting off. The fridge itself is shutting off, actually 'not able to come back on'. You need a 12v battery connection at ALL times to run an RV fridge. (except on 'some' newer models with inverters) The "thermostat" on the RV fridge needs 12volt to function. If your fridge "works when you turn it on" and then you find out it shuts off...... It is NOT a flame problem. IT's low voltage, the fridge will come on when started but it CAN NOT come back on after it reaches the desired temp if there is low voltage coming from the battery. Not just a dead battery, if the battery 'voltage is low' the thermostat can't function so it can not 'come back' on. Been there done that. It was very confusing because it worked when turned on. But later would shut off. I thought the fridge was bad but it was not. I had low voltage which prohibited the thermostat from working and it could not turn the fridge back on. >> check the voltage coming out from your converter. Trust me it is NOT the wind blowing out the flame! All of us have driven in a lot higher winds in all types of weather conditions and it doesn't blow the flame out~ :W
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 07:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Need toilet help. quick.

At all the different sporting events I have been at the honey wagon does NOT use ANY suction directly to your tanks. They have a bucket, they hook up a short sewage hose to your RV and open the valve gate into the bucket and at the same time they put their suction hose "IN the bucket". No suction ever touches your holding tanks.
rockhillmanor 07/29/16 07:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhoming-The Dream vs Reality

Hey folks, buy these babies for FUN and ENJOYMENT and to make family memories. They cost a bunch of dough to own and operate .....We have owned Class B and C motorhomes for well over thirty years and I have never found them to be economical, but I wouldn't take a fortune for the fun and memories we have had during our 40s, 50s 60s and now starting our 70s....Paul X2! Really the short answer to someone inquiring, is to compare the RV to like any other sport or hobby. Like a boat, race car, 4 wheeler, cycle, golfing, etc etc. It's a hobby that brings one pleasure and costs money. :C
rockhillmanor 07/28/16 10:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question about mud flaps

I don't have a scientific answer, but I took my mudflaps off after I had a tire blow out and the action of the blow out sent the mudflap like a guided missile into my sewage bay and destroyed everything. Been running without mudflaps for 6 years now and not one ding on my toad.
rockhillmanor 07/28/16 10:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need toilet help. quick.

Oddly, the maintenance supervisor has NEVER had such a occurrence. Or so he thinks. Wonder how many holding tanks start leaking down the road and the poor uninformed RV owner doesn't put two and two together. :(
rockhillmanor 07/28/16 10:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need toilet help. quick.

Toilet Conversion Chart You need to verify that your black tank vent line is clear. Honeywagon is using too high vacuum when sucking your tank empty. Even with a fully functional clear vent they can create more negative pressure then vent line can handle....hence the problem with breaking your toilet. They should be using a 'vacuum box' Your sewer hose connects to one side (waste dumps into it) and then vac hose connects to other side. Box has vent line to atmosphere preventing vacuum being pulled on anything but vac tank (no vacuum on RV tanks...they gravity flow into vac box) Honeywagon crew is causing issues if pulling vacuum directly on RV waste tanks. Tanks collapsing etc. They should only be running vacuum pump on idle....no need for 22hg or more vacuum :S X10! I've been told by rv techs to NEVER allow a honey wagon to use vacuum to empty an RV tank. That vacuum power is used for residential 'concrete' septic tanks. It will collapse a plastic RV holding tank. And if it broke your toilet! Well that should tell you something and would be very concerned about your holding tank. That CG owner should know better or perhaps he is not aware that it was the septic truck driver is doing. It is faster to use vacuum and the LAZY truck drivers will do it. But vacuum sucking of a plastic holding tank should NEVER be used. At sporting events all of us make sure we are there and watching them drain our tanks because the minute no one is there to watch them, those idiot lazy truck drivers start using the vaccuum. And many Rv'ers have had cracked tanks because of it.
rockhillmanor 07/28/16 07:45pm General RVing Issues
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