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RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

I've added Sta-bil to EVERY tank of fuel in all my small engines for the last 20 years. They all continue to start easily and run reliably, from my 20 year old lawn mower that hibernates for 5 months at a time to my chainsaw that goes years without use. My 9 year Yamaha generator still runs like a top. I don't bother draining fuel, or sticking with ethanol free blends, or even running them monthly, but I do only use 91+ octane (for other reasons). I have troubles understanding why some have so many problems with gumming up. Maybe different fuel blends for different geographic regions?
BillyW 11/22/14 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: Aluminum 5th Wheel

I have zero fear or worry about wood construction. A HUGE positive for wood is the simplicity of adding to or modifying it. I'm a little leery of fiberglass bat insulation though. How many wood boats are out there? Preventive maintenance is the name of the game.
BillyW 11/21/14 08:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Outdoors RV Creekside in Eastern US? Creekside vs Nash

Bought mine from Broadmore over 10 years ago. Got an excellent deal without haggling. The walk through was thorough, and they added an outside shower and water heater bypass while I waited. My experience was good. However, I live several hours from there and used a different dealer for warranty work.
BillyW 11/19/14 03:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are there any mfrs with bad overall reputations?

Back when I first bought my Fleetwood product it was near the top of the don't buy list here. Mostly because of roof leaks. I inspected mine thoroughly at that time and found some serious potential leaks and repaired them with Eternabond. That was 10 years ago. That same entry level travel trailer has held up very well and has had virtually zero issues since. And since it's the only new model I've really had experience with, I use it as my reference model when window shopping newer units. I gotta say I think the materials and much of the fit and finish has gone down hill in the last decade. Many of the new units in my price range seem very flimsy compared to it.
BillyW 11/19/14 02:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why not drain pink antifreeze right away?

OK what am I missing? I leave the pink in, and don't worry about it until my first trip. After I hookup at the CG. I just run a little water thru the lines, Then fill the WH, and I'm done. Why should there be a big deal about de winterizing? I just don't. Because it is a lot easier to do it here than on the road. Unlike you, I don't know where I'll be de-winterizing it. We will be somewhere on the road to AZ. It all depends where we hit the warmer weather. My water filter and drains are at the back of a compartment that will be packed with stuff. I'll be somewhat in a hurry. Removing the filter canister allows antifreeze to drain all over the compartment. It's a plastic tub with a drain, but it still makes a mess to clean up. It will still be cold. Darkness will be falling. I pretty much covered this in the first post. I don't understand why you make a big deal about an interesting question. I bet that if there was no problem, a lot of people would like to get it all done in one session. :) I guess what I'll probably do is drain it the day before we leave. That should work out fine. When I had a filter in my lines. I removed it before I winterized. Then all I had to do was run water thru the lines. It runs right into the fresh tank, and then down the sewer drain. I completely removed the filter assembly that was mounted under the sink, and hard to get to. Now I just attach a filter to the water hose.
BillyW 11/17/14 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: back up lights

I mounted regular lights, not LED. They are wired to the trailer battery through a relay and only come on when the tow vehicle is in reverse. They REALLY light up the area. I can't see how they could be illegal. I also installed a good backup camera that doesn't require light. Additionally I mounted another set that light up the ground around the trailer tires. Very handy when you're maneuvering off the beaten path after dark.
BillyW 11/16/14 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Outdoor Televisions

Historically Plasma's have been a bad choice in well lit areas. They are also more susceptible to damage from movement.
BillyW 11/16/14 05:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why not drain pink antifreeze right away?

I always drain after winterizing and don't recall having any after taste issues. I do try to use the stuff that has no alcohol in it.
BillyW 11/16/14 11:47am Tech Issues
RE: Don't believe the combined weight ratings

Half tons usually/often come with P metric tires with too low recommended pressure. Airing them up to max can help a lot. A set of LTs can help more. My half ton truck is approaching 20 years old, and had a poor reputation right from the factory for whimpy rear springs and sag. After adding a leaf and LT tires, the truck was rock solid towing, even when overloaded on payload. A couple years ago I went back to (heavier) P metric tires which resulted in losing some of that stability. I have to be very attentive to air pressure now, but it's very doable and not at all a white knuckle experience. I think they are marginalized by the "weight police" routinely. But it appears to me that Ram has chosen to aim their 1500s at a very different target audience than their other trucks. Obviously 3/4 ton and up are much more capable.
BillyW 11/15/14 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2wd vs 4wd

If you drive using engine braking more than using your service brakes, 4wd does handle slowing better on adverse surfaces. Bedlam. 100% agree with you. You are not saying 4x4 stops you better, you are saying it helps slow you better while maintaining traction. Seems a lot of people don't get this...and I guess the experts who disagree all live in parts of CA that doesn't get snow or ice. I guess their experience trumps all. Ditto. It's like the difference between braking when in gear or neutral. Driven wheels are simply harder to brake quickly (and lockup). If you stand on the brakes, all bets are off and there is no difference. It matters when you ease on the brake or let the engine do the braking.Ditto x10! In snow/ice/slippery conditions if you're hitting the brakes to stop, 4 wheel drive isn't going to help. However, if you're paying attention, it's an awesome tool for slowing down in a controlled fashion, which is usually much better than just the "braking" option. It's also your friend when trying to recover from those moments when you're not paying proper attention. I'm not sure about the newer trucks but the ABS on mine performs much better in neutral than in drive. It's not unusual for my truck to go from "drive" to "neutral" to "4hi" back to "2 wheel", ect. multiple times during a daily winter freeway commute with speeds varying from 20 to 60 mph. Not sure what any of this has to do with towing in Georgia though, except to say that if I'm towing there, it'll be in a 4 wheel drive.
BillyW 11/12/14 09:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Preferred starting battery mfgr

There's actually a battery called Johnson Controls? t this one appears to be on its way out after only about 3. Have you treated it fairly? Don't think I ever said Johnson Controls brand. I specified them as a manufacturer. I'm not sure how to treat a starting battery. I install it, goop up the terminals against corrosion, then drive the vehicle. What else does one do? Unless you're referring to abusing it in some manner, which I haven't done. By the way, I found the receipt. It was less than 18 months old. I had it load tested twice. The first tester said it was shot, the second one (who is also the original vendor) said it passed, but was on it's last quarter of life. They still replaced it for free. Unfortunately, the problem is still there. Guess it's time to climb underneath and verify that the starter has good connections.
BillyW 11/08/14 08:45pm Tech Issues
Preferred starting battery mfgr

Looks like I might need a new battery. I usually get about 7 years from them, but this one appears to be on its way out after only about 3. A local mechanic swears by Johnson Controls. He says they are superior to Exide in reliability and longer lasting. Is he right?
BillyW 11/08/14 01:32pm Tech Issues
Can't operate the vehicle door locks!

So, the electrical portion of the door locks on my aging vehicle malfunctioned today. Using the key fob resulted in the locks endlessly cycling, making a clicking sound (the sound of them locking), clicking, clicking, clicking..... endlessly. All the while I can't get in my truck. The key won't work in either door. Nothing seemed to work. Meanwhile the "endless" clicking noise continued. I phone my wife, my son, anybody I can think of, for a ride. Nobody answers. Finally, in frustration, I slap the drivers door near the lock VERY hard... And the noise stops! I try the key fob again... and it works! Not sure what to do about the electrical portion, but after getting home, I hit the key locks with PB Blaster. The result was INSTANT. The locks turn sooo smooth now. In hindsight, that area NEVER gets any maintenance. I've learned my lesson and just thought I'd share. It might not be a bad idea, especially for those of you in the northern climbs, to show those neglected areas some love. And never under estimate the value of force. :) It's been a couple hours now and my hand has finally quit throbbing.
BillyW 11/07/14 07:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Winter Traction

Another option is a fiberglass canopy. They weigh over 200lbs typically, while providing a nice covered storage area.
BillyW 11/07/14 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire clearance

Mine came with well over 6".
BillyW 11/06/14 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: The reason for falling oil prices explained (maye)

Unfortunately diesel continues to be around $1/gal more than regular unleaded here. It's been that way for years, and has thus lost any potential luster in my eyes. These lower prices are definitely refreshing. Here's hoping it lasts for a long while. My rving plans would definitely benefit.
BillyW 11/05/14 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving flat screen in camper over winter

I leave mine out in the freezing temps also, but I do unplug it.
BillyW 11/05/14 02:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Did not drain black water tank. Ok to store?

The reality is that there's no problem with leaving the goo in the black tank aside from potential damage by freezing. Often I'll add a couple gallons of pink stuff "first" to make sure it's down at the bottom of the drain area, then the toilet may get used occasionally over the winter, with more pink getting added along the way.
BillyW 11/02/14 01:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Time to inspect the roof.

Mine is 3/8" plywood on 16" centers, and they still didn't advertise it as walk on. I crawl around on mine, being sure to spread the weight.
BillyW 11/02/14 10:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Did not drain black water tank. Ok to store?

In the past, when I can not get my rig to a dump, I would fill a 5 gal bucket a few times from the outlet and walk it over to my clean out. Been there, done that a few times over the years! :EDid that last weekend!
BillyW 11/02/14 10:12am Fifth-Wheels
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