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RE: 2015 Ordered!

What does the Max Payload package get you on the 2015 models? It doesn't look like the 7 lug axles are available anymore. I'd be interested in comparing a Supercab 6.5' with Max Tow against a Supercrew 6.5' with Max Payload/Tow.
BillyW 12/21/14 04:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 18" vs 20" Wheels

Will the larger wheels allow more air circulation around the brakes thus allowing them to run cooler?
BillyW 12/19/14 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar as battery maintenance during storage - opinions

Not sure what part of Idaho you're in. Definitely more sun down south, but up in the Coeur d'Alene area, I'm pretty sure 15 watts would do little. A little snow followed by an extended cold snap, and that panel will deliver next to zero. I guess if you have good permanent southern exposure... I kind of like Pianotuna's recommendation of a larger panel secured vertically. My trailer has two 75 watt panels on the roof that provide plenty of camping power and enough winter maintenance for my two 6v batteries with only a couple hours of direct sunlight daily max (if I'm very lucky). When the snow gets deep and sticks around, I plug in the shore power.
BillyW 12/15/14 06:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Be careful with generators

My coworker just bought an older (sticks and bricks) home about 6 weeks ago. Last week their CO detector went off several times through out the night before they decided to take it seriously and call the utility company. Their natural gas water heater was poisoning them. They were lucky to (finally) catch it before any real harm was done. They ALMOST took the batteries out of the detector just to shut it up.
BillyW 12/14/14 01:38am General RVing Issues
RE: 2015 Ford F-450 Powerstroke. Has anyone ordered one??

I like the rear fenders on these big new Fords too. Maybe they just remind me of old times. Dunno, but I like 'em.
BillyW 12/14/14 01:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Locating roof crossbeams for solar panel install?

I tend to agree with Fiverwheel, except that I think there would be less flexing if you aim for the roof trusses. Flexing is not necessarily bad but could hasten a leak scenario. I bet your 2003 Prowler is built similar to my 2004 Pioneer, which means they're every 16" on center. As previously mentioned by dockmasterdave, you can easily feel where the wood cross members are. I also think I successfully used a stud finder.
BillyW 12/12/14 10:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Be careful with generators

Update from the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN paper) Looks like it may have been the genny with the exhaust pointed under the skirted trailer. So sad!!! http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27064083/duluth-2-found-dead-trailer-carbon-monoxide-suspectedAnybody on this forum who advises people that they can winter in a TT should be banned for this very reason - regardless of how many vents you leave open. Makes you wonder why you would heat a space in sub zero temps while needing to leave holes open iin the ceiling.LOL! Still have photos of dad standing outside his tent in just his cowboy boots and skivvies on a snow covered mountain side. He lived in that tent the entire winter. And amazingly he survived despite his evil wood stove that didn't suffocate him or burn his tent down. Don't forget, people die that way all the time... in their sticks and bricks homes. The event that spurred this thread is a terrible tragedy, but what does it have to do with people using or even living in their RVs in the winter?
BillyW 12/12/14 09:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: mosquitoes...the VA state bird

right....this isn't a thread to see who can brag about how bad they have it haha. I'm looking for solutions. O.K. Here is the solution: There is none, except don't go there :W quality post right there....you've been helpful.Helpful or not, that's our solution, we Never go to Va Beach. Has more to do with number of people vs mosquitoes, We head to the mountains, that's where the black flys get you.I have to agree. There's a great lake side camping area only 30 minutes from home, that unfortunately gets very infested. We normally choose to go further away, typically to river side locations (no standing water). No standing water, no mosquitos. It's much drier here than most locations "back east", which I'm sure makes a huge difference.
BillyW 12/12/14 09:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Remote TV speakers

Not totally ignoring your initial post, I thought I'd share what I did in my travel trailer. When I added a new LCD TV, I routed the audio from that (NOT through the headphone jack) to the car stereo I had recently installed. I intentionally selected a stereo that had auxiliary audio inputs on the back just for this purpose. Since the stereo wasn't getting enough power through the OEM wiring to properly power the speakers, I also added car audio amps near those speakers and a self powered sub-woofer. My system now kind of reminds one of a teenager's $500 car with the $1200 sound system. :) It rocks pretty darned good! Unit's like the one I previously referenced are very inexpensive and do a surprisingly good job.
BillyW 12/10/14 10:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Jack is too short

I almost always use a combination of 2x6 and 4x6 left overs. Often at home, I'm extra rednecky and use a concrete block too.
BillyW 12/10/14 10:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: CD Reader/Writer

A CD writer will read music CD..And picture CD... It will Not read DVD Any New read.write.burner, you buy at a retail electronics store is going to do all of them If your looking at something used and ten years old..chances are it's only for CDAnd just for clarity, virtually any newer DVD/Bluray player/burner will also play/burn CDs. On edit, now that I re-read MrWizard's response, I see that he said just that. Ooops! :)
BillyW 12/10/14 09:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Cell Phone w/Unlimited Call Blocking

For many years now, I've been able to control this through my account on sprint.com. It has nothing to do with what model of phone I'm using. I used it to restrict my kids phone to only family and certain friends. The settings were available for each and every line on my plan. Is this not available with all carriers?
BillyW 12/10/14 09:34pm Technology Corner
RE: New fifth wheel refrigerators

Hi, How are you measuring this wattage? They are incredibly efficient. Especially if you turn off the ice maker. Draws about 1 watt. When the compressor kicks in it consumes 4 watts.Indeed! I want one of those fridges!!
BillyW 12/10/14 01:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Moving a trailer around - creative solutions?

My old truck has a backup camera mounted on the license plate that allows for a perfect hitch up every time.
BillyW 12/09/14 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Branches vs rubber roof

I actually have 2 layers of Eternabond in a few places along the roof edge. I'm not gonna stop going to my favorite places.
BillyW 12/09/14 08:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Remote TV speakers

Something like this might work nicely.
BillyW 12/09/14 08:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Moving a trailer around - creative solutions?

What about a Harbor Freight Trailer Dolly? Looks like dadmomh beat me to it! :)
BillyW 12/09/14 02:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Awning Protection

Mine was starting to deteriorate so I covered the exposed part with Eternabond, the kind that needs painted. I used two strips of 6" to make it easier to work with. I sealed where it connects to the trailer with Dicor. That's been a few years ago and it still looks good... I tried the awning tape first, which as already noted is not worth it. Last year I also added two stips of Eternabond to the top, which was already in advanced deterioration mode. So far so good. I was really worried about the Eternabond not staying stuck because of the flexing and movement. It's holding up well.
BillyW 12/09/14 11:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Snow load on roof

When there are freeze/thaw cycles that create ice on my trailer, I run a heater inside for a couple days. Enough heat is lost through the roof to melt it. I feel for the poster that got caught with the slides froze in the out position!
BillyW 12/08/14 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Snow load on roof

This is typical for my trailer every winter. Maybe I can find some photos of the real deep stuff. http://i.imgur.com/q7vQD74l.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8
BillyW 12/07/14 12:21pm Fifth-Wheels
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