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RE: Placement of Hydraulic Actuator for Discc Brakes

I put mine just inside the front basement door on the port (left side) right by the battery. Attached the pump to some of the structure of the fiver. The kit I bought had more than enough hose to get to the axles and the whole job is done in hose.By putting the pump ect right there is where the wires are for the brake away switch and the cord coming from the truck (your wiring may be different)
aruba5er 02/27/15 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: Running furnace while traveling

Always run the furnace. Got it set for around 50. Got to keep it warm enough to get the refer to run. If it's cold in the rv the refer will not run and the icecream melts. Shut off the furnace before entering a gas pump, even if YOU are diesel.
aruba5er 02/25/15 10:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: trailer life subscription

Yes it may only take about 20 minutes to read but it's all good reading. Always good 10 minute tips , destinations, and how they helped someone get their money back on a warrentee situation. I have been a reader for years and just renewed for 3 more.
aruba5er 02/25/15 10:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: LT tire upgrade Cougar 327RES

You stand to lose almost #400 per tire. Can you do that?If you can, then proceed to the Manufactuers data sheet as to physical dimentions
aruba5er 02/22/15 10:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: buying a rental

I bought a rental from a local dealer 8 months old and 32k on it. The dealer probably did nothing other than oil changes. It was clean however. I bought it, took it home and changed the transmisson fluid and filter ( black as the ace of spades) and had that unit for something like 18 years with nothing to repair other than a very expensive muffler. I feel like I got an excellent deal.
aruba5er 02/19/15 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Interstates versus secondary roads

I avoid super slabs like the plaque. You can't see the country at 65 mph. Just too much stuff to stumble upon when driving the back roads. Retired so in no big hurry. As far as people behind me, I try to avoid making a bunch of people bunch up behind me by pulling way over and slowing down if possible on straight roads to allow them to see around and pass or coming into a small city, I park and let any pass before starting out again.
aruba5er 02/19/15 07:36am General RVing Issues
RE: help with Water Heater

That little toggle switch in the lower left hand corner of the heater is likely bad. Too small an amperage for the job and subject to moisture. I know that was my trouble, intermitant heating. I jumpered it out and use the curcuit breaker to turn it on and off.
aruba5er 02/14/15 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: getting a camper worked on

I guess if you can't fix it yourself than you must pay the piper. But what gets me is that in an hour, what do you get? coffee break potty break, talking to fellow employees, foreman brings in a customer so he can ask you a couple questions, and on and on. Don't forget the walk over the parts counter and the wait and then find they haven't got the part thats needed and the delay that goes with that. May even have to put it back together to get it back outside to get in a differant unit to work on while parts are ordered. All that goes on your bill.THATS NOT RIGHT. Out of an hours charge you may get 25/30 minutes labor.
aruba5er 02/09/15 09:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Was all set on a Class B+ then saw a Class A

apples and oranges. Four people A .2 people B. Easy to drive, park B .Walk long distances because you can't find a place to park A. Spend a lot of money for repairs,A. Buy 6 tires A buy 4 tires B. Have a real bed, A. tear up the couch, move things around to make a bed out of dining area, B. I was thinking of a B but now we have father in law to take along and all I can think of is a B being a porta potty.
aruba5er 02/08/15 12:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stinky fresh water

I took out the anode rod and put a ball valve drain in it's place. The anode rod was causing the stink, I believe because it has never happened again. AND I can flush the tank under pressure any time and drain it quickly.
aruba5er 02/06/15 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: Amp draw reading

Has it got a shorted cell? That would kill a battery quickly. Take it to a battery place like intrstate or batteries plus they will test it for you free. ( Interstate will want the battery fully charged b 4 they will test it.)
aruba5er 02/06/15 10:30am Tech Issues
RE: Maintaining coach battery while in storage with no hookup?

coleman among other labels make a solar panel that sits on the dash and plugs into the cigerette light socket. My daughter has one and it keeps the mh battery charged. It worked so good that my son in law wired in a plug for the coach battery. Only drawback, they cant's use the windshield cover to prevent sun damage to the dash. They covered that with a large towel. I think they make like a 15 watt, a 25 and 40 watt. Thats all you need to keep battery charged.
aruba5er 02/06/15 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: propane tank replacement

I needed to put on a longer hose (s). so i put on 1 longer on and I can use a 100# tank when we stay for months. The hoeses that came with the camper were not long enough to use a 20#. Too short. I always carry an extra 20#. Had to drive over 60 miles one day in Minnesota. to get gas.
aruba5er 02/03/15 04:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dewinterizing at 10 degree temp

We will leave soon and we do nothing to the water system until maybe down to alabama. Drink and cook with bottle water, flush toilet with pink antifreeze. Have the camper warm enough to be comfortable. Clean with wet wipes, etc until I feel comfortable that the tanks will not freeze.I had a freeze up in Texas once, will always wait and watch forecast.
aruba5er 02/01/15 09:26am General RVing Issues
RE: $3,5K for Disc Brake Install...Reasonable? Worth it?

Worth it? YES. Almost hit a black bear one time. Locked up all 8 wheels. So close I think I missed him by inches. Don't like to do that. Tires could flat spot, but cheaper than the damage of an accident. I installed my own and if I remember, about 8 hours of on and off again work. Cost around $1200 for parts and if somebody that knew what they were doing ( someone that did this before) say another $1000 for labor= $2200. I think the estimate is overpriced.Plus mine was done in the driveway and not good access to tools and had weather worrys.
aruba5er 01/31/15 10:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Surge Suppressor

I always plug into the 50 amp if it's there. they usually are not all burnt to heck. 50/30 adapter and the into the 30 amp cord. And don't forget to put a lock/chain something on your new surge protector. I chose the wired in one to prevent theft or water damage.
aruba5er 01/28/15 08:57am Tech Issues
RE: Question for the electricians out there.

either run some 4/4seu/r alum cable which is large enough for the 70 amps or wait and run the conduit on the wall after finishing. I built a new workshop last year and ran conduit on the walls. You can only predict what your needs are and reality sets in and you have to add or move things anyway. I chose conduit because as an electrician (retired) I wanted to make a remembrance of the type of work that I was capable of, and the ability to make changes if necessary.
aruba5er 01/28/15 08:51am Tech Issues
RE: electric problems?

Apples and oranges. Buddys AC the same as his ? BTU's, Hi efficiency vs standard Lots of variables. Only a meter can confirm. Guessing is just that, a guess. Breaker, bad outlet, too much power being used creating low voltage.
aruba5er 01/26/15 09:06am Fifth-Wheels
Whats with step height, I'm old, man

I just went to an RV show and looking for a new fifth wheel. The steps getting into the unit's are higher than I can comfortably manage and when I got into them the steps leading to the bedroom/bath are just as bad. I told the salesman "If this were a stick and brick home, you could NOT a get occupancy permit" The steps going to the bedroom where 11 inches riser. Home they are 7 1/4. Just cannot believe it. and the outside where higher. Changed my 3 step to four last year and what a differance and when I bought my camper 10 years ago I made the inside steps 3 instead of two. I'd rather not go thru all that again. After looking at the new crop of RV's I think it will be another 10 years before I buy anything. What a bunch of JUNK. The carpet was SO cheap. the bath fan was that little one that's so noisy. I told one person"i see they got one of the $3 fans in the bath, Do you know why they have that? They ran out of the $2 ones"Oh, yeh the mattress in the bunk house where Marked Platinum and about 2 inches thick.
aruba5er 01/24/15 10:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Extremely Close Call

Water is not that GOOD of a conductor and to get a shock you would have to be grounded. Do you stand on metal flooring or concrete, then worry a little. Carpet or vinal, Forget it. Better use water than loose the whole rig.
aruba5er 01/24/15 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
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