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RE: Maxxis Tires c or d

What size rims are your C's on? Just recently found out through another thread related to this subject that Maxxis only make D rated tires in 15" &16" sizes. Personally I would always go to a higher rating if I could. My Maxxis 15" tires are Load Range E.
Bob Landry 04/17/14 06:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to add 2nd. A/C

In many cases there are 100 amps available at the pedestal. 50-30 and 20 amp outlets that can be utilized at the same time. It depends on how the pedestal is wired. A drop leg is quite commonly used for just that application. There is 100A available just at the 50A outlet, split into two 120V-50A legs.
Bob Landry 04/16/14 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: How to add 2nd. A/C

Most campgrounds have 30AMP and 20AMP receptacles for you to use. This is a typical PARK PEDESTAL setup... http://forums.mikeholt.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6489&d=1329772505 height=300 Each of the 30A and 20A service provided has its own circuit breaker on the campground pedestal. We use the 20AMP SERVICE alot when camping. All of the outside LIGHTS-FANS etc items get run from this connection. I also run an extension cord into the trailer and run my OIL FILLED portable heaters as well. The idea is to use their electric instead of my PROPANE... I like that idea of having an outside 20AMP connection installed on the trailer to use a separate cable going to the campground pedestal. I have been thinking about doing this to my trailer as well. Some trailers don't have an easy route into the trailer from the outside to run an extension cord. If you decide to get this done to your trailer I would make sure it terminates into an accessible 120VAC receptacle inside your trailer so you can use it for other use as well. There is another thought here as well you may want to think about. I personally don't like the idea of having the bedroom air conditioner just inches above our heads. If we did however have a second Air Conditioner installed I would probably go for the 9600BTU model which could be run from a 2KW Honda Portable Generator. We usually bring a house 8000BTU window unit along with us in our OFF-ROAD POPUP setup when we are going to be camping off the power grid for an extended time. Our EU2000i Honda runs it just fine. being a window unit I can set it in unsed tent bed area and wrap the tent window fabric around it to seal off... Works good for us. With your unit wired up to the outside 120VAC Power Plug would be a very easy connection to the portable generator... I was never able to run my 13,500BTU roof mounted air conditioners from the 2KW EU2000i Honda Generator. A good PLAN B to have for sure... Roy Ken Be careful painting with a broad brush. Every COE Park and every State Park in Texas and Arkansas that we have been to all have 50A service.
Bob Landry 04/16/14 03:24pm Tech Issues
RE: extension ladder to get to roof? How to protect roof edge?

I use a telescoping ladder. I had a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet and had it stitched to make a cap that slips over the top of the ladder. I raise the ladder only high enough for the cap to touch the edge of the trailer.
Bob Landry 04/14/14 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: AC Maintenance

I read that running the A/C periodically helps circulate the refrigerant/oil to lubricate the seals, so that refrigerant leaks are less likely over the long run...not sure how often is recommended, probably varies by manufacturer, but I try to run mine every couple of months for a few minutes when not using regularly. On the rooftop units, there are no seals that need to be lubed as there would be on a piston type compressor. The compressors are hermetically sealed and the rest of the refrigeration circuit is sweated copper tubing, so there are no lube or leak points. Not much is needed in the way of maintenance except keeping the return filter clean and may once a year go up, pull the cover, and see if the coils need to be cleaned. Most likely they will not.
Bob Landry 04/14/14 11:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Avoid breaker tripping

I went to the pedestal and there is a separate breaker for the 50 amp, 30 amp, and 20 amp of course also a separate 50 amp plug in, 30 amp plug in, and 20 amp plug in. As I have learned from previous post, a rice cooker plus the AC will sometimes be too much and trip the breaker. I have a 15k BTU Air conditioner. So if I plug an extension cord in the pedestal and pull it inside the RV, in theory I should be fine? Jason Some of us have gone even further and added a second 30A service. I also have an inlet for an additional 20A from the pedestal that I ran to two outlets to run space heaters when needed.
Bob Landry 04/12/14 11:30am Tech Issues
RE: Brand new RVer w/no AC

Regular 15A circuit will not run AC. Need min 20A SlowBlow circuit. Maybe, maybe not. Some ACs, but not all, will run on a 15A circuit is nothing else is running on it. At the least, it should try to start and the OP indicated that it would not. It would more than likely need a 20A circuit to run effectively but it should at least try to start.
Bob Landry 04/12/14 11:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Colter Bay Village RV - the only kid in town?

Note that any of the above full hookup parks are extremely expensive. Do you really need hookups? I don't know what you consider "extremely expensive" but 3 years ago Colter Bay gave us a ~$10/night discount using our Senior Pass and our full hookup site was ~$50/night including tax. We didn't think that was too bad considering that full hookup parks in many locations in the US are charging ~$35/night these days and they sure don't have the scenery that Colter Bay has. And as to why people need full-hookups, some of us like to use our washing machines and take long showers. We don't camp; we RV, and we get full hookups whenever possible. RVing is not "roughing it" (for us, anyway).:B It's not for us either. If I wanted to use a folding potty stool, wash dishes in the creek, and sleep on the ground, there are places to do that called primitive campgrounds. It's not for me, but I would never tell anyone they shouldn't do it simply because I wouldn't. It amazing the number of people who think because they do not subscribe to something that it has no merit. Now, excuse me while I go take that long shower that so many people frown on. Oh.. I'll have to do that later. One of my favorite show is on now.
Bob Landry 04/10/14 08:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Propane plumbing - adding cat heater

Thanks, guys. Will try and avoid straight pipe fittings. More questions: 1) Straight FIP: click on the video at bottom of the page for Brasscraft excess flow valves - they connect male flare of the excess flow valve to straight FIP of the shut-off valve. (Must be straight FIP because shut-off valves only have FIP or male flare). 2) Compression connections are not used on gas- only flair or inverted flair. What would be the right fitting to put on 3/8 OD copper pipe then? I mean, on the "copper" end. 3) Low pressure or high pressure. It will be from tall 70 lbs cylinder. Being a seasonal camp - possibly will install stationary tank in future. Either scenario will include a propane regulator that originally came with trailer, and I "think" this is called low-pressure. Or not? 4) Shut-off valve in easily accessible location - I'm hearing this all the time, but "easily accessible" is difficult in my case. The whole 2ft run from copper feeder pipe to the heater will be under the dinette bench, exiting out of the bench few inches from the wall-mounted heater. Shut-off valve under the bench? no, thanks. It will be easier to go outside and shut off the valve on the tank. Then I can unscrew the line from the heater and put a plug on it. Meanwhile, excess flow valve between the copper feeder line and heater will shut it off if there is a rupture downstream. 5) Mex: what problems did you have with copper tubing? Also, any links to inline propane filters? To the OP.. I can't imagine what problems Mex has had with copper tubing. Trailer manufacturers have been using it for years. If the connections are properly done and tested for leaks, and the tubing is secured so that it does not vibrate and rub against anything, it should provide a lifetime of service. Copper tubing is easily mated with black pipe if the proper fittings are used. Black pipe and copper gas fittings all use NPT threads and any fitting will mate with a black pipe coupler, Tee, Ell, or Street Ell of it's same thread size. The threads need to be sealed with pipe dope or yellow thread tape made for gas. Flared fittings are easy if you have done them before, if not it can be an exercise in frustration. It's not rocket science, but it does take a certain amount of knowledge. After reading this thread a couple of times, my comments are meant as constructive and not condescending so please tale them as such.. Given your lack of knowledge on this subject and with no experience working with LP systems, I would enlist the help of someone who is knowledgeable in working with propane systems. It's not like miswiring something where you reset a breaker and get another chance to do it right. While propane is for the most part a perfectly safe cooking and heating fuel, a mistake while handling it or putting together a delivery system can be catastrophic, and you may not get a redo.
Bob Landry 04/10/14 02:49pm Tech Issues
RE: ac quit

Maybe posting in a different thread will yield a different answer.
Bob Landry 04/10/14 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: ac qusetion

It's done using a volt meter starting at the common(black) lead on the top of the compressor. The voltage is measured to ground or actually, anything metal on the unit. If you're not familiar with electrical troubleshooting, it's best to have a tech do it. My point was, systematic troubleshooting works a lot batter than throwing parts at it based on a recommendation from someone who may not know as much as you do about it. A lot of stuff gets parroted here just for the sake of a post.
Bob Landry 04/09/14 03:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: ac qusetion

Just throwing parts at one and not really knowing what you are looking for usually doesn't give the desired results. The first step is to see if the run voltage is even getting to the compressor. Unfortunately, a lot of people on here think that a capacitor is the magic cure-all... It's not.
Bob Landry 04/09/14 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Colter Bay Village RV - the only kid in town?

The Virginian Motel in downtown Jackson has a RV park... Very expensive, but the restaurant has a great breakfast.. For those familiar with Bubba's Restaurant, they have moved to a new building across the street and the food is not as good as it was in the old rustic place. There is a KOA south of town, not real nice and very expensive.. There is also a RV park outside the north entrance in Moran, not the most elegant park and it gets mixed reviews, but I stayed there and it was OK. I was in a Class B and the water and electricity worked and they have wifi. I didn't care about the amenities that much because I was in one of the two parks every day. It was a place to sleep.
Bob Landry 04/09/14 02:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: mouse-hole to twist-lock

Make a mounting surface large enough to cover the existing hole. Attach it with SS sheet metal pan head screws at the corners and run a bead of white silicone around the edge smoothing it with a finger. I used King Starboard, but any type of plastic tha can be worked with power tools will work. http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m94/rlandry6/inlet.jpg Nice and clean install there. The aluminum siding on my KZ is not flat like a fiberglass coach. Makes things a bit more tricky. I'll post up a pic when the sun comes back tomorrow, see what ideas you all can come up with. My first trailer was also like yours. I used the corner attachment screws to draw the mounting surface up to where it just touched the aluminum and then ran white silicone into the gaps and then finished off the outside edge with a fine bead and smoothed it. It didn't distort any of the siding and the silicone provided more than enough adhesion.
Bob Landry 04/07/14 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: mouse-hole to twist-lock

Make a mounting surface large enough to cover the existing hole. Attach it with SS sheet metal pan head screws at the corners and run a bead of white silicone around the edge smoothing it with a finger. I used King Starboard, but any type of plastic tha can be worked with power tools will work. http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m94/rlandry6/inlet.jpg
Bob Landry 04/06/14 06:44pm Tech Issues
RE: How can I find matching cabinetry and hardware?

Any good cabinet shop +1 and the color looks like standard Golden Oak, so it should be easy to match.
Bob Landry 04/06/14 06:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: ac qusetion

Already replaced thermostat...I hear a click in the panel but nothing with the compressor... Ya, then I suppose the capacitor is next. If too low on refrigerant it won't start either. It's a safety item. If you have the cover off to change the capacitor you might try banging on the compressor to see if it's stuck and you can break it loose. Don't hammer on it too hard of course. This most likely will not work it's just a old Caveman trick to bang on anything that isn't working. And, it does help in many cases; you'd be surprised. (Doesn't work so well on computers though. lol) The rooftop units do not have low pressure switches. They will start and run with no freon, but will run hot and will likely burn up the compressor.
Bob Landry 04/05/14 03:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: No Callback

Just my own thoughts here... If you have to go to a public forum to get someone's attention for a simple call back for a potential customer, do you really want to get insurance through them. I am just sayn.p He could also call them back. I could but I'm not the one trying to sell a product.
Bob Landry 04/02/14 05:16pm Good Sam Club
No Callback

I filled out an online application for RV insurance and was called by a Good Sam agent. I explained that I did not have all of my current information in front of me at the time and the next day would be a good day to call me back. It's been 3 days. Am I going to get a call from Good Sam? I'm also wondering if joining GS qualifies me for any kind of discount and id membership required to purchase insurance.
Bob Landry 04/02/14 12:18pm Good Sam Club
RE: BEST ROAD THROUGH HOUSTON, TX

Since you want to stay on I-10 to get to Big Bend, just stay on it. There are loops and by passes around Houston, but if you are not familiar with them, they can be confusing and you can get caught short needing to do a lane change. Even during heavy traffic, you are looking at around 45 minutes to get through Houston and it's certainly not worth drive "hundreds of miles" out of the way to avoid it as a previous poster said. The highway signs are painted on the pavement, all you have to do is follow them. I-10 is for the most part good road and it's not a bad drive. The worst part is the boredom of driving across West Texas. The only tip I have is going across west Texas, stop and top off your fuel when you get a chance. There's no guarantee that the fuel stop you read about in Next Exit is going to be open.
Bob Landry 04/02/14 12:06pm Roads and Routes
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