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RE: Anyone change to LED's on interior?

We replaced all the old-style bulbs--not fixtures--with "bulbs" from LEDTrailerLights.com. For a "warm" appearance, you want a color temp of 2700K or at MOST 3000K. Make sure the lumens--measure of light output--is the same or more as what you are replacing. This was several years ago, so I don't have the info handy. But if you call the LEDTrailerLights people, they can help you out.
coolmom42 06/20/18 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Sewer

What maillemaker said is absolutely true. The key is to use lots of water when flushing, and dump only when at least 2/3 full. You can also get an extension valve handle so you don't have to crawl under your rig to empty the tanks. X2 I always start with 3 or 4 gallons in tank and never dump before it's at least 3/4 full. If it's not that full I use water hose to finish filling. A full tank dumps better. After dumping I fill tank again to full capacity with water hose and dump again. I don't use chemicals anymore. These aren't septic tanks they are short term holding tanks. Several days in 90 degree weather and no sewer odors as long as your tank vents work properly. And seals are in good shape Good advice.
coolmom42 06/20/18 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Is there a break in period before I can tow?

Do what your owner's manual says. No need for second hand advice. And don't take the dealer's word for it, half the time they don't know what they are talking about.
coolmom42 06/20/18 07:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are F150's still popular?

F150s are everywhere, and an extremely common tow vehicle, probably the most common one I see in the Southeast. I also see LOTS of F250s & F350s for larger RVs. Ford has done a great job with mechanical and cosmetic design, and offers a huge variety of configurations and trim levels to suit almost anyone. GM & Dodge simply have not kept up with the innovations and offerings that Ford has made.
coolmom42 06/19/18 08:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to level a Class C?

I forgot to mention is that it makes the mh more stable and you don’t feel people walking or getting up at night. This is worth 10X the price of a leveling system. I hate that BOUNCE, and there is no way to get rid of it totally, without putting a trailer up on blocks.
coolmom42 06/19/18 08:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oil Change Interval

Go by the owner's manual for your type of use. My older (2006) Sienna says 6 months/5K miles with 5W30. I buy Castrol that's rated for 10K, for some extra protection in case I don't get it changed exactly on schedule.
coolmom42 06/19/18 07:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Cataloochee campground Smokey Mountains NP

We were there in March on a day trip from Maggie Valley NC and my wife and I neither one could believe anyone would take a camper over that road. It has a gravel section with sharp curves and no shoulders, very steep grades, and is too narrow in places for two cars to pass each other. My DW was scared even though we were in an SUV. You can get there from the Tennessee side, but I don't remember that road being much better.The CG is nice enough and the Valley was fun, especially seeing the elk herd, but I wouldn't want to take a camper there. I agree. I was there in late April. The road from the Blue Ridge Parkway is very narrow and winding, dirt and very little gravel, one lane only in many places. NOT the place for a trailer. The road over from Cosby is not much better, and much longer, according to some friends who recently came through.
coolmom42 06/15/18 11:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bulging siding when towing in crosswind?

So we are at a KOA in Hardin, MT. Manager suggested 2 options in Billings. We are going to one of them at opening time tomorrow morning. He said the siding strips are stapled on and have pulled out. He plans to re-attach them quickly with some grommeted screws like used for metal roofing. It won't be perfect, but won't look too bad, and will keep the siding on the RV! We will add caulk around the screw penetrations. I really suspect the crosswind had something to do with it, since this has never been a problem before.
coolmom42 06/11/18 08:22pm Travel Trailers
Bulging siding when towing in crosswind?

Today we were towing through Wyoming with a significant cross wind (imagine that.:R) My travel partner was driving, and noticed in the side mirror, that a section of the metal siding strip was bulging. He pulled over, and it went back flat when we stopped. Upon inspection, you can tell that a couple of sections of the siding have been flexed out. They are not quite perfectly flat like the rest of the siding. This is 2 fairly short sections of siding, between the front end of the trailer and a side window. I don't know if the crosswind had anything to do with it, but that really doesn't matter. It's never happened before, and none of the rest of the siding appears to have been flexed out. The rest of it is perfectly flat. What is the best remedy for this? We were thinking of sticking it back down with some Dicor or some type of adhesive. Don't know if that is the best thing to do or not. We are in the middle of a 4 week trip, so options are limited.
coolmom42 06/10/18 05:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Understanding hot water

The bypass valves are so you do not have to fill the water heater with RV antifreeze when you winterize. All that does is move the valves so the antifreeze goes through a line between the water heater inlet and outlet, instead of through the water heater. The water heater should be drained for winterizing, with no antifreeze in it. To use the water heater, you should turn the bypass valves so that the cold water goes into the water heater, fills it, and goes out the water heater. DO NOT turn on the water heater until you are sure it is full of water.
coolmom42 06/10/18 04:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Refrigerator Working on 110v but not on Propane -- Solved!

Good info. I'm not a fan of plumbing and propane connections in a slide. Too much opportunity for things like that to happen.
coolmom42 05/31/18 09:24pm Tech Issues
RE: What’s it REALLY worth?

I would look up used pricing on Edmunds.com, Kelly Blue Book, and NADA. Take an average, add $500 for negotiating room, and advertise it FSBO for that. Use the values for "private sale". If there are not "private sale", use halfway between trade-in and retail. People looking at FSBO trucks want to pay less than dealer retail, which is still a lot more than trade-in.
coolmom42 05/31/18 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for new adventures...

You could look for something in the St. Louis area. There is a great zoo there, and lots of other good stuff to do--the Arch, ball games, etc. There is also the Tennessee Safari Park in west TN. Don't know how far that is for you. You have a lot of opportunities in the Ozark National Forest, which is a beautiful area. I would encourage you to move into more rustic camping, or at least in areas where there are a lot of basic outdoor activities like hiking and nature activities. That's a wonderful gift to give your kids.
coolmom42 05/30/18 11:50am Family Camping
RE: Adding a gray water bypass?

I'm not aware of any sites that have "gray water" facilities AT the site. Some places do have places to dump gray water, at restrooms, etc. In those situations, you could collect your gray water in some type of container, and then take it to the dump spot. You could use either a wheeled tote, or buckets with lids. Another option is to thoroughly clean, or replace, the black tank. Then modify the toilet to not use the black tank--replace it with a composter or port-a-potty or "luggable loo".
coolmom42 05/29/18 10:59am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Glacier National Park questions

It's highly variable. You best be prepared for snow ANY TIME. The good news is, it melts off fast with the solar heating they get at high elevations. I would not expect the roads to be bad more than a day or so until late October. From the park website: "Closing portions of Going-to-the-Sun Road is also weather dependent. Typically the road is fully open into October, but that may change due to weather conditions at any point." Logan Pass--opening and closing dates in previous years Just be aware that many services and businesses start shutting down after Labor Day. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for a good time period.
coolmom42 05/29/18 10:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: USB Endoscope camera for Android phone/laptop computer

Not something you need often, but when you need it, you REALLY need it. The last termite inspection I had at home used one of those. He took screenshots of different locations for his documentation. Very handy.
coolmom42 05/28/18 12:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Best route from eastern South Dakota to Denver

Regardless of which route you pick, beware the tolls on the outer ring at Denver. You will get a bill in the mail, the amount depending on how far you go and how many axles you have.
coolmom42 05/28/18 12:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Not using the Washer and Dryer Hookups

I knew the dealer wasn't telling me the right thing. Why de-winterize and then not winterize the following fall. It made no sense to me. I think I'll do what tropical_ron does but instead of using a bucket, I'll just run the hoses out the bedroom window and let the anti-freeze go in the lawn. It's biodegradable and harmless to grass. After that, I would cut them off somehow. One less place to leak and one less thing to winterize.
coolmom42 05/28/18 12:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Theft

Sorry, if thats all they went after it's likely a neighbor that saw you using it yesterday, and thought "what a great idea". Mark the next one, make it ugly and gaudy and you will get to keep it. My last job in industrial work, I painted my ladders, sledges and prybars pink, none were taken after that. Yep. We NEVER leave anything unlocked, at home or in the campground. I routinely lock my car in the driveway at home. I've seen too many situations where someone pilfering went through a parking lot or neighborhood, just trying doors. Yes, locks mainly keep out honest people, but they also discourage casual pilfering. And there's always the fact that holiday weekends bring out the riff-raff.
coolmom42 05/28/18 12:51pm Family Camping
RE: Paying for an app

You have some method of payment set up with either your Apple account or your Google account.
coolmom42 05/26/18 07:40pm Technology Corner
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