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RE: securing a travel trailer

Solution: Unless you stay in really sketchy campgrounds, no one is going to drive away with your trailer. The vast majority of stolen trailers are in backyards or storage yards where they have plenty of time to case the situation and it will be a long time before anyone notices it's gone. The California State park rangers are trained Highway patrol officers that request assignment as park rangers (or something like that) and are duly sworn officers and have the same responsibilities, priivelages and connections to law enforcement in the state as do any Highway patrol division. Keeping that in mind, several years ago when we were camp hosting in Morro Bay we received an alert through the Ranger staff, through the state Highway Patrol. Apparently California Law enforcement agencies were being alerted to a string of camper trailer thefts that had been occurring across the state. At least a dozen units had been stolen. ALL of them from camp grounds while the owner was out sight-seeing. Private camp grounds as well as state had been hit. Some of the camp grounds were relatively upscale and all of them had staff of some sort on property at all times. A couple of the reports even mentioned the thieves had made contact with staff members and gave a story about the owner either becoming ill or having a family emergency and they were either family or friends of the owner and had been sent to retrieve the unit. Some of the units were later recovered but were totaled as the thieves had used the unit as a mobile lab. At least one of the units was recovered in Nevada. We were instructed to be alert to this type of activity and if someone appeared to be moving a unit without proper authority we were to get the ranger staff involved. The transient nature of camping and the relative anonymity of that transient nature lends well to this type of theft. Most often when someone rolls in to a camp ground, backs up to a unit and hooks it up to their vehicle will draw very little attention as that happens every day and unless the staff know the owner or their vehicle it is quite easy to hook up and drive off with a unit right under the nose of the camp ground staff. It does not matter how plush or ratty a campground may be, they are ALL potential targets for thieves. Maybe the thief will walk or drive through and toss a few unsecured incidentals in their trunk or under their arm and slip away or maybe they will be bold enough to hook up to a rig and drive off with it but the location and type of camp ground does not matter. Even secured camp grounds can fall victim to theft under the correct circumstances. Of course, a persistent thief will not be stopped by basic security measures such as a tongue lock or wheel lock but at least it might slow them down or make them look suspicious. A staff member might not think twice about someone backing up and hooking up to a rig and driving off but if they back up to one rig, then drive a few sites over to another then that is likely to get some attention. Also, a guy futzing with a wheel lock for a while would likely get some attention. If you want to help protect your rig from a would-be thief in a camp ground a tongue lock or wheel lock would be a good choice. at least it will slow the thief down and maybe alert the attention of the staff or fellow campers and prevent the rig from being driven away.
deltamaster 11/23/14 11:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: UPDATE [our travel trailer was stolen]

Not sure I would be sticking my fingers in between seat cushions, latex gloves on or not, after the rig had been stolen and lived in for over a week. You never know what the thief was doing in there and you may end up getting stabbed by a needle or a knife or a razor blade or some such thing that ended up slipping down in between the cushions.
deltamaster 11/23/14 10:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: class c repair

Head out there and familiarize your self with all the bells and whistles, take it on errand runs and so forth just get used to driving it and practice backing and all that goes with using it. Main thing is to have fun. Funny you say that. The last year I was in the Air Force I used mine as the daily driver after the Ford Aerostar developed a crack between the cylinders and would not pass CA smog. We dumped the van and only had the pickup and the RV left so DW got the pickup and I drove the RV to work. I parked in the clinic parking lot just like Trapper John. I would go out there during lunch and watch TV and eat lunch. I even used the shower in the mornings after the daily mile and a half run! I would leave the track, park in the clinic lot and get ready for work right there... no need to go all the way home again. There was an abandoned trailer park on base so I would dump and fill the water in one of the old trailer spots! People laughed but I really did not care. We took it downtown and parked along the parade route for the Christmas parade and sat on the roof and watched the parade. Was great to have our own bathroom for that. Went to a local dirt motorcycle track and parked next to the fence and watched the races from the roof. The roof was also a great spot for people-watching at Sturgis from our little-known camp ground. Traffic tied up... sitting for a half hour... no problem in the rig. Just get up, stretch out, go pee and get a sandwich and back in the seat before we are moving again! None of the other drivers sitting there swelling about the traffic can do that! Oh, and the dealer pointed out the cruise control and told me the rig practically drives itself. Sure would be great to be wheeling down the freeway, step out of the driver seat and go to the toilet whenever I need to but I have not needed to do that yet! Some people spend $60K on a sports car and laugh at me for buying my rig but their sports car does not have a bathroom, kitchen and dining table but my rig cost less and DOES!
deltamaster 11/18/14 12:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: class c repair

I have a little over 60K miles on my 2004 E450 V10. They are supposed to have 100K plugs and should last a long time with routine maintenance.
deltamaster 11/17/14 09:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: real or hoax?

A couple of batteries, a water tank, an inverter and a fan. Looks to me like a battery powered inverter with the tank and fans for show. I am sure the batteries and inverter will run those appliances long enough for the demo before needing to be recharged by traditional means again.
deltamaster 11/09/14 05:53am Tech Issues
RE: New RVer Questions

My rig just turned ten years old a couple months ago and my tank sensors still work fairly well. Grey tank sensor works as it should and the black tank sensor works almost all the time as it should. I have heard a lot about sensor problems but fortunately I have not experienced those problems. I do dump a cup of laundry detergent in the black tank on occasion but started that recently so I am not sure this really has helped or not. I used to use chemicals in the tank but gave that up a few years ago with no ill affects.
deltamaster 11/09/14 05:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Decal

I would think the WD-40 would leave a residue. If you plan to apply new decals, paint or wax then the residue might interfere.
deltamaster 11/05/14 02:29am Toy Haulers
RE: Pirit Heated Water Hose owners

I think they write that on the box to cover themselves should someone use an inadequately rated extension cord and start a fire. If they try to sue the manufacturer then the manufacturer refers back to the instructions and notes that the user violated the instructions. I would suggest getting a GOOD outdoor extension cord and monitor for heat periodically and you will be fine.
deltamaster 11/04/14 01:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: class c repair

I wish dealers had the same attitude because now you have doubt about the camper you fell in love with and if it's fixed, is it right or can I trust it now. Given the currently reported attitude of the dealer it seems they are being upfront and reasonable about the situation. I would say that since they are willing to make things right and do the inspections and fix or refund or find another unit to make the customer happy I would find them to be trustworthy and would be quite pleased with the results, whatever they may be.
deltamaster 11/03/14 08:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: class c repair

We just had the same experience with the under side of the matress being wet. There was also lots of moisture at the side windows and corners of the overhang. Turns out we had not been cracking the vents open at night when the furnace is on. We even had those vent pillows stuffed in there just to make sure the heat stayed in. Condensation was the gremlin. A friend of ours, who is a full timer, pointed this out to us. We removed those pillows, opened the the overhead vents a little, problem gone. Our Class C is 25 ft long and I was told thet even two people breathing can cause some condensation at night. Believe it or not, in a small rig, just two people breathing produces a CONSIDERABLE amount of moisture which will condensate on the windows when it is cold outside. We had a similar problem when we hosted in Morro Bay in the winter. It got down to the high 30's and occasionally below freezing at night and we would have to towel off the front overcab bunk window every morning to keep up with the condensation. It would pool in the window frame channel and even overflow on to the mattress. We even had to place towels under the window to catch the moisture overnight. If the front window were insulated thermopanel it would likely not do this as the inner pane would not be cold and create condensation.
deltamaster 11/03/14 02:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: class c repair

10Grands - There have been cases where the clearance lights above where a window would be in the cab-over area are the source of water leaks. Often times removing the lights and sealing the round hole where the wire exits the coach will solve the problem. I just did that two weeks ago. I put expanding caulk in the holes and then ran a bead of caulk around the light housing where it meets the cap. I also caked caulk over the screws inside the housings as well. Yes, water had gotten in there as well and there was some damage but not bad enough to rip off the front cap
deltamaster 11/02/14 10:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: class c repair

I found this: Ohio used car lemon laws. This applies to cars and trucks but since a class C RV is sort of a truck then it might apply as well.
deltamaster 11/02/14 11:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: class c repair

I would say that if you do buy that rig and there is no delamination and you found moisture you really need to do some work to the seams. I suggest you spend the time and take off all the trim, remove all the butyl tape seals and replace them either with new tape or with a better option such as a good quality caulk. I had to make extensive repairs to the siding on my rig because those seam seals under the trim failed. When I pulled off the trim I found out how utterly inadequate they were. I even pulled the compartment doors and found the tape on those had also failed. In many places the butyl tape had been stretched so thin it likely NEVER created an effective seal. I ended up sealing everything back up (after I made extensive repairs to the fiberglass siding) with lap sealant in generous quantity. I ended up using about six tubes of the stuff including resealing the top of the front cap over the cab. I pulled the trim off the entire rig including areas that were not damaged and removed all the compartment doors and laid a bed of sealant on it ALL! I used the lap sealant because it never fully hardens and flexes with movement. I also used new screws.
deltamaster 11/02/14 01:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is a motorhome "Only For The RIch"?

They are NOT cheap to own OR operate. The cost to own and operate a 5er or trailer is Waaaay less than a motorhome. It is all about ease of use, IMO. Owning a house can be quite expensive as well. What with upkeep, mortgage, taxes and insurance it is quite expensive. I own a motorhome and I am VERY far from wealthy. Fortunately I can swing a hammer and turn wrenches fairly well so maintenance is not too terribly expensive for me.. Labor is my time and parts... well parts still cost money. I have been fortunate in that this rig has been fairly trouble free. I did have to do some extensive repairs to the siding last summer but fortunately I was able to do it myself and had the time.
deltamaster 11/01/14 04:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

That is great!
deltamaster 11/01/14 04:00am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Work Camping Opportunity - Baptist Church

Do you have time-frames for start and quit? Do you have equipment or tools other than basic hand tools? Do you have a budget for materials, acquisition sources, etc? Is the site full hookup (water, sewer, cable included)? When must the work be completed? Must the applicant be of the Baptist faith?
deltamaster 10/31/14 03:24am Workamping Forum
RE: caulking

I would suggest that if the rig is over 6 or 7 years old you remove ALL the trim strips that cover all the seams and re-caulk them all. Also examine the seals on the edge of the roof and all the sealant on the roof openings such as the vents, plumbing, skylights, etc. The reason I say this is because I noticed delamination early last summer and found that several seams seals failed on the driver side of my rig. When I pulled off the trim to effect repairs the butyl tape was insufficient and worn out... stretched too thin. I had extensive water damage that I had to repair with marine epoxy and fiberglass mesh mat. It took me over a month to repair everything as I had to leave some of it open to dry. My siding is fiberglass and the substrate is luan which is NOT water resistant. It crumbles when it gets wet. One section behind the rear tires that was approximately three feet long and two feet tall just fell off when I removed the trim. I also removed the compartment doors including the frames and found water damage there as well. I had to re-seal them all as well. I actually used the lap sealant for EPDM rubber roofs instead of butyl tape as I felt that since the lap sealant never actually dries hard and is flexible it would make a better seal. I squeezed it in to the joints of the fiberglass siding and then put a layer on the back of the trim and screwed the trim back on. Then I replaced all the plastic trim channel stuff with brand new as that was hard and not flexible any longer. I have not noticed any moisture in the rig any longer and hopefully there is no more water intrusion. The next thing will be to really clean the roof and remove and replace all the lap sealant on the roof. It is currently in OK condition but will soon need replacement.
deltamaster 10/29/14 03:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Microwave or Convection Microwave

Good question. I really would not know as mine is not wired in to an inverter and I must have 120v electricity either from shore power or the generator to use it.
deltamaster 10/27/14 12:12pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Complaint about a dealer

I wonder how many of those "supporters" would feel the same should something like that happen to them, or would they also come here to rant and blow off the steam of it all. As it is the OP has decided to leave the repairs in the hands of the facility he trusts and has willfully accepted that he will absorb the costs of repairs on his own. Matter of fact, he mentioned this earlier in this thread and then again later on. Sometimes peace of mind is the value and when trust is lost then peace of mind must be gained elsewhere, which is what it seems the OP has done. Still does not detract from his feelings and urge to rant. After all, that is the way things go. Get great service at a shop and you tell a lot of people. Get poor service and you tell the world.
deltamaster 10/27/14 01:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Complaint about a dealer

So the selling dealer makes your coach "Like New" by repairing the rig with parts scavenged off another (or multiple other) unit. That is fine for the A/C or even the leveling system but when it comes to the braking systems, you need some sense of confidence in the ability of the system to operate properly. Turning a three grand repair project in to a couple hundred bucks repair by possibly utilizing scavenged parts does not instill confidence in the ability of the unit to operate properly when needed the most, in the field. If the A/C fails again due to the scavenged parts then all you end up with is discomfort inside the rig. If the parking brake fails due to scavenged parts used to repair it then the consequences could result in property damage, injury or even death. If i have a manufacturer certified mechanic tell me the repair must be and can only be done properly in one manner and the selling dealer that is NOT manufacturer trained and certified telling me they can do it their way for a small fraction of the cost I tend to wonder who to trust and I am not likely trusting the guy that is cheapening out.
deltamaster 10/26/14 10:21pm Class A Motorhomes
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