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RE: How long can you realistically dry camp?

Opie, why would you need to cook on the fire? A tank of propane lasts us almost a month, with hot water, and the fridge, and cooking, and the furnace. Unless, of course, you like cooking on the fire, which some people do. For me, the problem with campfires is that I have to squat down to cook, and I get rude comments and loud complaints from my knees and my back. I like to cook on an open fire with oak blocks, the oak really adds a nice flavor to meat. I now use a chair to sit in while cooking, my knees and back thank me.
Gjac 04/25/15 11:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Finding propane prices on line.

I have not found a single website like gas buddy but FJ, Uhaul, and TS all post there prices on line. TS is the hardest to use because not all stores have propane and if they do many don't have the room for MH's. TS and Uhaul seem to be cheaper than FJ. I use Uhaul when home and FJ when traveling.
Gjac 04/25/15 09:36am RV Lifestyle
RE: One Disadvantage of a DP

I think he is trying to say that the engine being in the back would suffer more from a rear engine collision.
Gjac 04/25/15 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel trailer with Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have regular old osteoarthritis in both knees,hands,and neck so I can imagine what you go through. I would think a small Class A or Class C would be easier to set up. A tow bar for a flat tow car is easy to connect and disconnect.
Gjac 04/23/15 02:35pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Rock Protection for Toad?

It really depends on where you are traveling. When I went to Alaska in 2006 I was concerned about rock damage and made a protect a tow type guard from an old trampoline mat. This protected the car from rocks coming up from underneath. For the windshield I had some nylon foam material about 1/8 in thick and bonded 1 in thick bubble wrap that would absorb the impact of a stone(bubble wrap against the windshield). It was held in place by closing both doors. From my experience driving miles of dirt roads you are more apt to get wind shield damage from an oncoming car or truck than any thing else. My vents in front of the wipers on the car were filled with small stones so the wind shield cover worked well. I also made head light and grill covers to protect lights and radiator also. My conclusion is the windshield cover was a necessity on dirt roads but on regular paved roads I don't bother. The only real damage I got was a crack windshield on the MH from an oncoming truck on a paved Hi way. I don't now how to protect against that.
Gjac 04/23/15 02:17pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Leaking Bottle

Thanks Gjac. I don't have an obvious crack in the tank. My concern is whether I may have over tightened the brass fitting which created a small seepage around the threads. My question is whether the Goop or JB Weld will seal this seepage. I would use goop or Shoe Goo same stuff just clean the threads as described in the post before applying,it will adhered well.
Gjac 04/23/15 01:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Preventative hail damage

I got caught in a hail storm on I 95 when my MH was 14 years old. Stones were from 1/4 -1/2 in in Dia. It stopped highway traffic for 10 mins. I thought the stones were coming through the roof. After it was over there were no cracked skylights,AC covers or max air covers. I was glad for a rubber roof and not Al or FG at that time. My thoughts afterwards was that the AC covers were flexible and would give a little when hit. The Max covers were a different type of plastic and thicker. The skylight was what I thought for sure had cracked but did not. Maybe the curvature gave it more strength. Having said all that if I was in Tx and new one was coming I would leave for a safer area everything is bigger in TX including hailstones.
Gjac 04/23/15 07:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Levelers Need Help Retracting

I had the springs replace two years ago, and about a year ago the jack started retracting slower and slower, until they quit about half way up. I tried what the HWH tech said at a rally, dry silicone spray, but it didn't help. I fabricated a piece of wood with a lever that gets them up, but finally got underneath, cleaned the seals with a toothbrush saturated with WD40, and wiped the jacks with it also. Since then, an occasional cleaning and wiping keeps them operating smoothly. BTW, I'm a full timer, and the jacks get raised/lowered an average of once a week. Personally, I think it's an inherent design problem, and I'm not going to replace any parts until the jacks lock up and won't move. Yes, it IS a design problem, but HWH has corrected the type seals used. That is why you replace the cylinder or have it rebuilt. This problem has been around for over 10 years and HWH has updated the type seals 2 times as the problem does happen on newer cylinders and they updated the type seals again a few years ago. Doug Doug based on what you stated are there years of MH's that we should not buy based on the seal design flaws? Say 3 years or newer they are good, and 3 to 12 years old they are a bad design, older than 12 they are good? Also when HWH rebuilds the cylinders in these years do the replace with a smaller tolerance o ring seal or the same one? As I stated. The problem does happen on units in the past 10 to 13 years old. Not ALL have the problem, that is why over the years HWH has stated various things to do that did NOT correct the problem---Wipe with Silicone/WD40/ATF. Once they received defective cylinders their Engineers determined the failure of the internal seal and redesigned them. Then after a few years, the problem came back but not as bad. They checked and did another redesign of the internal seals. So, the ONLY fix is a rebuild or new cylinder. NOT BUY, due to this type problem???? Not a valid reason to not buy when their are hundreds of thousands of HWH systems out there and the failure is small. The Diagnosis is simple. You extend all 4 jacks for 24 to 48 hours and then retract. If any cylinder does NOT retract within 5 minutes, that cylinder needs replaced/rebuilt. Doug The reason I asked this question is that my system is a 19 year old 200 series joy stick kick down jack which has failed to retract all the way about 3 times in the last 10 years. It retracts to about 4 ins. If I extend the jack and spray silicone on the shaft it works fine. The last time I did this was 2 years ago. I have the original square springs and they retract within 30 secs so it seems very reliable to me. I have been looking at newer MHs and it seems a lot of people post about retracting problems.
Gjac 04/22/15 10:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaking Bottle

I doubt JB Weld will adhere to the plastic..... it that fails, try GOOP - that stuff seems to adhere to most everything. I used Shoe Goo to fix mine which was about 15 years old at the time. It adhered well to the plastic. The crack was about 3 in long. I wetted out a piece of cloth with the Shoe Goo and covered the crack after cleaning with acetone. Eventually the tank became too brittle to repair which is not your case. I would clean well with solvent and use a Q tip in the treads, let dry before installing the Goo to the threads and tightening. I would then create a filet with a wet finger around the fitting. Good luck.
Gjac 04/22/15 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Exterior caulk?

Sounds like the surface was not cleaned well if the caulk is missing. I would start with removing all the loose caulk and cleaning the surface good with acetone then use Geocel as posted above it has more of an adhesive property the the Dicor or other caulks that I have tried. It dries firmer and does not crack.
Gjac 04/22/15 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: ALARM!

Mex do you know of one for AC that is adjustable? Or one that would cut of power with in the set voltage range?
Gjac 04/22/15 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: Increased Engine Power?

I talked to my friend yesterday about his methanol system which is on a 1998 Dutch Star DP. He is a retired auto mechanic. He bought the one from Banks which is a 50-50 system he only uses it for hill climbing, claims it added 75 HP and works great. Said he would install it on a gas MH also. He said he paid about $800. As far as a mpg saving's with headers and having the increased MPG pay for the system I would not count on that. Most everyone that I hear about say they get a good increase in performance but no MPG improvement. Sounds like your looking for the most you can get from that eng, but if you look at it from a HP/$ comparison you can install the header system for $4000 at pick up 49 hp or the methanol system for $1000 and pick up 75 hp. Numbers are in gross terms, you can get the exact figures and make an informed decision.
Gjac 04/22/15 09:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Surge Protector - Progressive, or something better?

I primarily dry camp so I don't worry about this much, but if I used electrical sites I would not feel comfortable with a Surge guard allowing the AC's to run at 104 volts for hrs on end. I posted a while back about these Klixon switches that can shut the power of at selected voltages, many on the forum were not familiar with these. I am not an electrical person but I would think some kind of switch that cost $10 and would shut the power off at 108v would be safer than some type of $400 surge protection that does not cut off until 103v. Am I missing something?
Gjac 04/22/15 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Parking on uneven ground

I think the straight down jacks are more stable than the kick down. I have had mine roll off the kick down jacks when not level. It is not fun especially when trying to set up at night in an unknown area and you roll backwards. You know your driveway is not level so I would use wood or plastic material to drive up on to level. I use 1 in thick nylon to keep the moisture away from the tire but wood would be fine. Also you don't say what MH you have but if it is an older Chevy Chassis with the Auto park system these can be problematic if the brake shoe fails to hold the drive shaft, it can easily roll when unlevel even when the rear wheels are on the ground.
Gjac 04/22/15 07:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Levelers Need Help Retracting

I had the springs replace two years ago, and about a year ago the jack started retracting slower and slower, until they quit about half way up. I tried what the HWH tech said at a rally, dry silicone spray, but it didn't help. I fabricated a piece of wood with a lever that gets them up, but finally got underneath, cleaned the seals with a toothbrush saturated with WD40, and wiped the jacks with it also. Since then, an occasional cleaning and wiping keeps them operating smoothly. BTW, I'm a full timer, and the jacks get raised/lowered an average of once a week. Personally, I think it's an inherent design problem, and I'm not going to replace any parts until the jacks lock up and won't move. Yes, it IS a design problem, but HWH has corrected the type seals used. That is why you replace the cylinder or have it rebuilt. This problem has been around for over 10 years and HWH has updated the type seals 2 times as the problem does happen on newer cylinders and they updated the type seals again a few years ago. Doug Doug based on what you stated are there years of MH's that we should not buy based on the seal design flaws? Say 3 years or newer they are good, and 3 to 12 years old they are a bad design, older than 12 they are good? Also when HWH rebuilds the cylinders in these years do the replace with a smaller tolerance o ring seal or the same one?
Gjac 04/22/15 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Pedal Problem

I can throw mine in neutral at 70 mph but after reading all these posts I think your husband did the right thing. I would rather replace brakes than risking a blown engine by throwing it in neutral, or turning of the engine and not being able to steer or apply brakes.
Gjac 04/22/15 07:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 91 Georgie Boy Cruise Aire 3

Besides checking all the normal stuff tires,leaks,appliances all working etc. Check for delaminations around driver and passenger windows around mirrors. Also check for exhaust manifold leaks and broken manifold bolts. Any Ford or Chevy of that vintage I would look for one with headers.
Gjac 04/22/15 07:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator Dash Switch Not Working

If you short the 2 wires out in the back of the switch that would tell you if the switch was bad if the generator starts.
Gjac 04/21/15 11:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gulfstream coach info?

If its a GM it is probably a 454 eng with either a 3 or 4 speed trans. If you look on the trans itself there should be a tag that shows the model no. If it is a 4L80 it is a 4 speed.
Gjac 04/21/15 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Pedal Problem

This was a dangerous situation which I never thought about before your post. I worried about losing my brakes on a downhill and what I would do. I have turned the key off on my tow car and it was hard to steer and the brakes at first worked but after several pumps they became very hard to stop. I can't imagine trying to steer a MH with the eng off down a windy road. I wonder if the power steering pump would work somewhat if the eng was still in gear rather than neutral? Glad you OK.
Gjac 04/21/15 06:59am Class A Motorhomes
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