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RE: Water Heater Vinegar Soak

I have use vinegar for years each time we come back from 6 months in Az. I drain everything including the low point drain and water heater. I buy vinegar at Costco and 8 gallons. Pour one in the fresh tank and fill that bottle with water, Keep doing the same and have 16 gallons in the fresh tank. Turn on the pump and when the water tank is full open a hot water faucet until you know vinegar is coming out and do the same to the others. I zip lock a one gallon bag over the shower head . 3 days later drain and flush. chevman
larry barnhart 04/27/17 08:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 F-250 Ike Gauntlet

Sorry for not agreeing and not against a ford truck but poor mileage for that tow. chevman
larry barnhart 04/25/17 09:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-250 Ike Gauntlet

I would not be happy with that fuel mileage towing that low trailer. chevman
larry barnhart 04/25/17 06:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4spd vs 6spd Allison question.

I think the story was a pickup question. I feel for our lly the 5 speed is so good adding the 6th would not be needed. The 06 with more HP and torque is a different issue. But the 8.1 gas engine also had the 6th gear later. It would be nice to hear from any owners with this combo. I did talk to an 8.1 with the manual trannie and he did not like it for towing his alpenlite. chevman PS we all like different stuff
larry barnhart 04/25/17 08:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing RVs and going with a Landmark

Only thing I can tell you about the truck and trailer is good looking truck and rv. chevman
larry barnhart 04/25/17 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mobile Suites 2010 DRV-32 TK3 Buyer Issues? Updated 4-25

I looked online at several for sale, and cannot see a sliding curtain, or divider for sure >?? Here is one pic I saw on RV trader, do not see a separator http://i.imgur.com/3Jgq1b3l.jpg Pretty sure I see the handle for the recessed door. The wide angle camera lense really distorts things in the picture. What is the problem with the separation of shower from 'office' closet? Is somebody going in the BR when the other is having a shower to watch? Hmmmm, don't answer that. At the time the separate shower was a very common layout. It is only in the past 5 years or so that the trend has been more like a domestic bathroom, which takes up more space. As it happens our 2007 Alpenlite 34RLR has the separate shower & sink outside of the thunder closet. It has the sliding door separating the BR from below, like the MS. It also has a folding curtain which can separate the bed area from the shower/thunder closet in effect making a bathroom the full width of the trailer. In over 1500 nights on the road this curtain has never been used. After 43 years neither one of us is going to see something that has not been seen before. same for us using our alpenlite 8 years of nights and never pulled the accordion off the snaps keeping it open. chevman
larry barnhart 04/25/17 08:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 4spd vs 6spd Allison question.

The reason for trading a truck with 14K miles was to get the Allison 5 speed, 410 rear and dually for towing the new 2001 35 ft alpenlite. Only auto and the 1st year for both engine and trannie. Traded in 05 for the duramax but the 2001 truck at 58K miles was the same as new. Only trip on a very windy day though El Central to Yuma was the only time the mileage was under 8 mpg but almost 8. I only traded it because of we could I guess. chevman
larry barnhart 04/24/17 08:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mobile Suites 2010 DRV-32 TK3 Buyer Issues? Updated 4-25

I helped remove and repair the pocket door track on an 04 MS. Seems odd the model you are looking into is not the same. chevman
larry barnhart 04/24/17 08:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What mileage could I expect? '05 Dmax, 14,000 GVWR FW

WOW! 10 MPG? I must have a very special truck. DW and I were so impressed with its ability to do ALL that the advertising claimed that we named her GLORIA because she is glorious. Other than tires we have not had any trouble with her. She now has 132,000+ miles. I finally changed the brakes at 118,000 miles, and serviced the cooling system at the same time. We have taken several long trips (8,000+ miles) and numerous short trips and always averaged 11.9 to 12.2 mpg. 62 to 63 mph is our sweet spot. Without trailer 18 to 21 mpg (Depending on A/C running). 2007.5 chevy 2500hd 6.6 dmax (LMM engine) crew cab with tow package. changed the fuel tank to 52 gal. 2008 Montego Bay by KZ. 37 feet long 13'6" tall and 14,100 lbs ready for camping. Combined weight (truck and trailer) 21,400 lbs (scaled). IMHO I feel once you find your sweet spot your mileage should improve. Ron We have had this better mileage as you say but best for me to give what is a usual number. chevman
larry barnhart 04/21/17 09:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What mileage could I expect? '05 Dmax, 14,000 GVWR FW

10 to 11 with 13k fiver in signature. 60 to 62 mph towing speed. Rich. About the same for us. Chevman
larry barnhart 04/21/17 06:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: update

My wife had her 2nd ablation in Banner medical center in Phoenix on Mc Dowell road on the 7th. Seems like a great hospital with wonderful people for her. chevman
larry barnhart 04/17/17 10:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: TWO THUMBS UP!!!

We had the same experience coming home from Az 3 years ago. Stopped at the travel center rest stop in Ontario Oregon and asked my smart home for a rv repair. Called the number and asked where he was and if he could get a fix for us getting home that day and his answer was yes and look across I-84 and you will see our place. $150.00 and we hit the road. I had to replace his parts because of not the correct parts but He did what we asked. We were happy. chevman
larry barnhart 04/16/17 08:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Your Rig

Why haul Motor cycles. Smart car would be better. Knock out the windshield and enjoy the fresh air. Home from Az. chevman
larry barnhart 04/14/17 06:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Life Span

We have slept in our alpenlite 8 years, half of it's age. Still a great fifth for us. chevman
larry barnhart 04/06/17 09:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New truck now ordering new fifth soon

Just bought a 17 3500 Ram. 373 with the Aisin. Wanted the bells and whistles but couldent see myself paying close to 70 K. Tradesman white dully.53K out the door. Next is to order Actric fox 32M. Have to order 18 should be here in August. 2 years till full retirement. Dont know how to put pics up sorry. PS. They came long way since my 92CTD and 01 CTD.Still both running. happy for you but it will be a long 2 years unless you can enjoy it this summer. chevman
larry barnhart 04/06/17 09:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sunburned fiberglass

Zep was applied to our on Tuesday last week. Looked fabulous. Was flaking off the decals on Thursday. The decals look like **** now but we had to leave the resort and head home on Friday. I asked for the rig to be waxed and this floor finish was used without our knowledge. Wish I'd paid by check rather than cash. Live and learn. Might be good as the wax that was not removed will make the zep easier to remove. I spent a lot of time removing years of wax from ours including any screw or areas of wax in the furnace corners on the and doors. This is the key . chevman PM me if you want. chevman
larry barnhart 04/03/17 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sunburned fiberglass

Zep was applied to our on Tuesday last week. Looked fabulous. Was flaking off the decals on Thursday. The decals look like **** now but we had to leave the resort and head home on Friday. I asked for the rig to be waxed and this floor finish was used without our knowledge. Wish I'd paid by check rather than cash. Live and learn. Might be good as the wax that was not removed will make the zep easier to remove. I spent a lot of time removing years of wax from ours including any screw or areas of wax in the furnace corners on the and doors. This is the key . chevman
larry barnhart 04/03/17 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sunburned fiberglass

Zep was applied to our on Tuesday last week. Looked fabulous. Was flaking off the decals on Thursday. The decals look like **** now but we had to leave the resort and head home on Friday. I asked for the rig to be waxed and this floor finish was used without our knowledge. Wish I'd paid by check rather than cash. Live and learn. Might be good as the wax that was not removed will make the zep easier to remove. I spent a lot of time removing years of wax from ours including any screw or areas of wax in the furnace corners on the and doors. This is the key . chevman
larry barnhart 04/03/17 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

Here's a theory. All three trucks ran up the hill in about the same time, therefore they were all three putting about the same power to the ground during the run. The Duramax likely ran up in a lower gear than the other two trucks and likely revved a little higher. If the trucks were making the power that the manufacturers claim the Ram would have been significantly behind the other two. I believe the more refined engines, the new Duramax and Powerstroke were not making the kind of power they should have because the computers were slightly limiting the max fuel delivery on account of the high altitude....lower oxygen. Maybe in order to keep emission levels in check? Obviously if more fuel would have been injected in any of those engines they would have performed better. I would really have liked to see the outgoing Duramax involved in the challenge. I agree with you as to why the GM won over the Ram. It was in a lower gear at higher rpm making a lot more power. Although it should have been more than just fifteen seconds ahead with its rated power numbers. With traffic, 15 seconds is basically equal time in my book. The performance of the Ford in the test is more of a head scratcher and I am still thinking it was computer programmed defueling due to high exhaust gas temps. Adding power(more fuel) to any diesel increase EGT's very quickly. With my brother's 450whp(estimated 515hp at the crank) custom tune on his 2012 F350, he can get to 1,200°F EGT's in a matter of seconds at WOT. What decreases EGT's is lower intake temps and a free flowing exhaust. There is not much the manufacturers can do about exhaust back pressure due to the emissions regulations, but they can do something about the intake temps. Currently Ford is only one without a front air intake which greatly reduces intake temps. GM has it's hood scoop and Ram has it's active air through the grille. IIRC, I wanna say that for every 1°F you lower your intake temp then you lower EGT's by 10-20°F, but I cannot remember the correct numbers. The Ford is also the only one of the three that has a liquid cooled intercooler which are good and efficient with normal driving or towing, but they get heat soaked under long periods of load like the Ike tests. If that intercooler got heat soaked, then the Ford's EGT's would have skyrocketed requiring the ECM to defuel to cool them down on top of already having less power due to hot incoming air. This actually makes a lot of sense. It's surprising that Ford hasn't addressed the intake air issue, though. The Ford pulling 30k lbs up the Ike didn't have a intake air issue and I believe it outperformed the ram with similar fuel economy. OK so what is the explanation for these results? I don't know... Well it seems a lot of you guys know than ya know??? chevman
larry barnhart 04/02/17 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sunburned fiberglass

After reading the old posts on ZEP or red max I can only tell what I know for our alpenlite. Red max pro or zep will go yellow on a white gel coat. the trailer in the zep pictures are not white but a almond like color. Zep stripper will damage the decals. Best to use the poli glow stripper as it works better and no damage to decals. All of this I know for a fact for us. Poli glow needs to be done every year as I have done and will in a few months at home. I will wash with their prep using a hand glove and 2 coats of poli glow. I get so many great comments at our rv resort on How does your 2001 alpenlite look so great. The hard work is in the beginning removing the wax build up from many hard days of waxing. No more hard work and a better looking rv. I started with red max pro and use it or zep and learn what I know. Red max to my knowledge is not made but the zep is the same company. A very damaged fifth for fading is very close to us and he has done most of his tan now color and it is brown like it was made in 2014 using poli glow. chevman
larry barnhart 04/02/17 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
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