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Since we havent completely decided on what 5'er we like best, and since I need to have a new TV before I can upgrade to a 5'er, I guess that the Rambox is not a good idea for me. Found this box in the mean time, and I'm hoping that I can make the combination work with a standard bed.
Fire Instructor 03/10/14 09:29am Tow Vehicles

Hauling out an old post to see if anyone has more info on the subject? Looking at a new TV, and really like the Ram with Rambox option. DW is pushing hard for a 5'er that she loves the floorplan of… Are the narrow-bed Rambox equipped Ram's compatible with a 5'er?
Fire Instructor 03/09/14 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: dodge and allison transmissions

This is what I'm struggling with.... after my research.I want the Cummins diesel, with the Allison tray, but no one makes that......... And by coincidence, the last to pieces of fire apparatus that I designed, BOTH had Cummins and Allison paired together.... too bad none of the P/U truck builders build that combination!
Fire Instructor 09/20/13 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Black Spots on underside of Awning - How to Remove?

I spray 409 on it, roll it up wet, let it sit in the sun for about 2 beers (30-45 minutes), unroll it, and rinse. Sometimes, if it got particularly dirty, it needs a bit of elbow-bgrease, but for that I just sue more 409 and a scrub brush on a broomstick...
Fire Instructor 09/12/13 01:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for a good portable compressor

I picked up this one at the local Harbor Freight. It doesn't have the greatest ratings, but it's worked well for me for a few years now.
Fire Instructor 08/25/13 09:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: water pump question

Sinks and showers require higher volume. Sounds like too small a pump in unit. Check the rating plate on the pump to see how many GPM it's rated for.
Fire Instructor 08/25/13 09:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air compressor recommendation

I picked up this compressor on a whim, and it works fine! Cut the battery clamps off of it, and put a 12v plug on it. Put the opposite plug on the batter clamps, but also on a trailer connection plug that I picked-up at a parts store. Now I can run the compressor, and a variety of 12v appliances (macerator pump, portable satellite radio, etc), with the same plug set-up.
Fire Instructor 08/17/13 06:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Plugged in without battery

Just make sure that the clamps for the battery are isolated from each other, so that they don't arc together......
Fire Instructor 07/19/13 10:09pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Outside Speakers

My TT was ordered with factory outside speakers. When it arrived, the order was PERFECT, except for the speakers! Rather than mount them up high, under he awning, where the factory speakers would have been, the deale mounted them low, over the wheel well. This the inside location of the dinette, so there is one speaker on the outside end of each bench seat. At first I was PISSED, because it seemed to be a Cobb-job. But as I used it, I found that I could have the sound turned lower, aa it didn't need to "carry", and hat keeps my campsite quieter, and not annoying to any neighbors. They used marine-grade outdoor speakers for the job....
Fire Instructor 07/19/13 10:07pm Travel Trailers
Considering Hitch Extension

I added a battery box / small tool box that is wider than my A-frame. If I jack the trailer hard while backing in, hitting the box with the corner of the bumper is possible. I was thinking of adding a 7" extension between the truck and the WDH. Can't find any reliable tech info on why I can't or shouldn't do this, though I did see one "off the cuff" post about it reducing towing capacity by 50% or more! Anyone have any knowledge / experience with doing this? I have a 18" extension that I use to haul my little utility trailer, so that the hitch clears the spare tire. 18" is a lot more than what I need, but I suppose that I could hook-up and take it for a short drive to test the idea.....
Fire Instructor 07/03/13 07:31am Towing
RE: Does Adding Water to the Batts Make You a Bad Person?

This thread reminds me.... I should check my batteries!
Fire Instructor 06/25/13 08:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning the roof ?

They say comet and spic and span is OK. They say stay away from any cleaner that has petroleum distillates and citrus From RV site Regardless of the type of rubber roof you have, NEVER use any cleaners or conditioners that contain petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives or citrus ingredients. These types of cleaners can cause permanent damage to rubber and vinyl surface. Rubber roofs already have built-in ozone and UV protectors, and cleaning a rubber roof is quite simple. You can use household cleaners like Comet and Spic And Span or Dawn dishwashing liquid for most routine cleaning needs Spoke AT LENGTH to a Dicor rep at the recent CW/GS Rally in Syracuse about this topic. He told me exactly the same thing - stay away from ANY cleaner with petroleum, citrus, or abrasives. Many companies make "RV Roof Cleaner", but as he put it, "it's just soap". He did mention both Spic 'n Span and 409 as good cleaners, though, in-spite of the fact that Dicor has their own cleaner, which he was selling! What DID say was important was the quality of the protective coat that you put on AFTER you clean! That's where the REAL protection comes from. He really was down on the "combination" cleaner/sealant products. How much protection is left behind with a product that you rinse off?
Fire Instructor 06/24/13 08:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is normal tire temperatures on a trailer tire

Mine run in the 130 to 140 degree range on a hot day and a long run. I watch my TPS closely during the day, and my pressures generally climb from the 65psi "morning-cold temp" to the 74-76 psi range. My TPS doesn't have temp feature, so I Gus use an infrared thermometer gun ($50 on-line).
Fire Instructor 06/20/13 08:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie to tt -- looking to buy--and confused! Lol!

Don't know exactly where you want to camp, but some of the more snooty CG's place "restrictions" on how old a trailer they will allow.... Not my idea of a "friendly" CG, but a '96 may not be allowed in some places... As for the unit that you are looking at, my biggest concern would be the roof. Get up there, look for cracking in the materials and seals, look for any signs of a repair, which may indicate a problem area, and look inside for any water staining. Tires are also a likely issue, but can be easily replaced. You can check the mfgr date of tires by looking up the codes. I wouldn't run tires more than 5 years old anywhere too far....
Fire Instructor 06/20/13 07:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hanging towels in bathroom

We bought a 2007 28.5' Passport TT. The bathroom had no towel racks or toilet paper holder. We didn't want to be screwing towel racks or TP holder in the walls for fear of screwing into wiring. Anyone have any suggestions? This is our 1st time owning any type RV so we are newbies. Thanks for any suggestions. We were THANKFUL that our towel racks & TP holder were shipped loose from the factory. The dealer was going to mount them, but told him not to, and then we went to Lowe's and bought holders that we liked, which were big enough fo our towels, and were put wher they SHOULD be, and not where some 19 y/o kid working at the dealership would mount them. I used a type of screw mount designed to grab the back if the thin panel walls. A little more expensive than a standard screw, but much stronger.
Fire Instructor 06/17/13 10:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Syracuse Rally

I have to agree with Twins89. The Rally organizers did a GREAt job of turning lemons into lemonade! Thursday's rain was torrential! It's no wonder the entire Fairgrounds wasn't under water (as they have ALWAYS had drainage problems!). By Thursday night, everyone had been provided with a safe place to park and "camp", and by Friday morning, shuttle busses were running, sani-john's were in-place (though I never saw one used in the Mall parking lot, as everyone was self-contained), water was bing delivered, trash picked-up, and all-in-all, they bent over backwards to accommodate. We didn't attend Wayne Newton (no interest in him from anyone in our group), but Reba was great on Saturday night, and then the organizers hit ANOTHER home-run with a very smoothly run shuttle bus service getting people back to their campsites after the concert! So GREAT JOB, Good Sam / Camping World! The Rally could have been a bust, but you made it great!
Fire Instructor 06/16/13 07:33pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Good Sam Club’s 2013 RV Rally Syracuse, New York

Plus, the brewpub just inside the mall, closest to the entrance where we are staying by, had delicious food last night!
Fire Instructor 06/14/13 07:04am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Good Sam Club’s 2013 RV Rally Syracuse, New York

Give credit, where credit is due! GS/CW sent folks door to door at the Mall parking lot to make sure that we knew what services were going to be available. Today was a "lost" day, but they seem to have put in place a plan that will work for the rest of the Rally? Inspire of the weather......
Fire Instructor 06/13/13 05:32pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Good Sam Club’s 2013 RV Rally Syracuse, New York

Unofficial word that someone nearby got by calling Rally Security was to plan on spending at least one night here! The first establishment that you come to in the Mall is a brew-pub... I'm thinking hat it may be a bit crowded tonight!
Fire Instructor 06/13/13 02:13pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Good Sam Club’s 2013 RV Rally Syracuse, New York

Anyone else stuck here in Destiny USA Mall looking for instructions on what we do next? Wanna plan a spontaneous Block Party???
Fire Instructor 06/13/13 11:12am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
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