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RE: Spray In Bed Liners?

I have the reflex liner in my truck. Had it put in after the hitch. If I could have I would have had it done prior to hitch install. The reflex stays shiny wet look and mine is over 1/4 inch thick. Very happy with it. Dave
dpgllg 08/28/16 02:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Laminate floor in 5th wheel

We are in the process of replacing the vinyl and carpet in our 5th wheel. We are using the vinyl click lock flooring from Home Depot. Allure Vinyl Plank This is a floating floor with no glue. We have Pergo laminate in our brick and stick home and I can tell you when it gets wet it swells and buckles and will need to be replaced. Good luck with your project! Dave
dpgllg 08/27/16 07:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

After all the work and effort in getting my 5th wheel back up to snuff I'm not sure I want to leave it outside all winter here in SW PA. I replaced a section of the sidewall, new cooling unit on frig, new awning, and a new vinyl plank floor. I found two maybe three underground storage facilities that cost wise seem reasonable but never having stored in a limestone mine before was wondering what to be concerned about. The temperature stays around 52 degrees all year round. There appears that there is more humidity in the mine. Don't know about rodents or anything else. Has anyone stored their RV in an underground limestone mine before? What advice can you provide? Here are the three places: Toy's Underground Storage Brady's Bend Underground Storage Wampum Underground Warehouse Has anyone ever used on of these places? Were you happy or not? Would you do it again? If anyone knows of any other protected storage around the Pittsburgh PA area please let me know. Thanks! Dave Meh.. I can literally spit on one of those under ground storage spaces you mentioned.. Just plain not worth it. Yes, I realize that folks insist constant temp and humidity of underground is better than leaving it out in the open and they are willing to pony up the rent for it. There really is no "evidence" that storing it under ground is better and in some respects the 50%-60% humidity is a bad thing.. That IS right humidity for MOLD although the temps are a bit low for mold but I would not think it is a good idea. Several downsides, when it is in storage, you have no access to it so if you decided to take a trip you will have a limited chance to get it out. It is out of your sight and hands.. You are depending on the facilities "security" to insure the safety of your item.. not ALL security is secure.. That high humidity may not be all that good for fabrics/carpet/wood items.. Personally, if you have the space/place I would suggest spending some money on a permanent open "carport" type structure.. That structure will protect the roof of your trailer and you will not have to worry about getting covers on/off. The carport will allow proper air flow not only under but all over which a cover will not do. Carport will give you easy access to trailer including the doors.. Carport will support the snow load during winter and in the summer protect the roof from the sun and rain. Carport in the summer can double as a pretty nice picnic area if you pull the trailer out! As far as cost it is $1 less a month to store it underground then in the cheapest outdoor facility near me. I checked the national weather service for the average monthly humidity for the area. The average outdoor humidity is 52% low to 74% high the underground is 50 to 60%. I agree that air movement is a plus but I don't see that this would affect the carpet cloth etc. I could be wrong but looking at the numbers just don't know. I can check on RV anytime during normal business hours and if needed can pull it out with 72 hours notice. At this time I have no plans on taking a trip during the winter. My wife still works so any trips are planned in advance. The security is better as no one is allowed in without an escort. No one roaming through at night. My outdoor storage only has some video cameras and the lot is not fenced in. I think security is definitely better. If I go to a fenced in lot the monthly cost goes up to $75 a month. Money is a factor for me as I am now on disability and only getting about 1/2 of what I was making while working. The carport is a great idea except I have no room to store the RV at my house let alone erect a carport to house it. I have to use a storage facility. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 07:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

I,d worry more about humidity than any thing, steel rust ,whats wrong with a good out side cover . OP Here, I have never used a cover so I cannot speak from experience only what I have seen in bits and pieces here on the forum. First issue I have is my 5th wheel has no ladder so I will need to have one available to cover RV. I believe someone has to get on the roof and work the cover over the RV. I am disabled and getting on the roof will be next to impossible for me. Every cover I researched (I did look into this) had multiple complaints about durability. Several reported cover only lasted one winter. The winters here can be very harsh. The open lot where I store is next to fields that allows wind to blow right thru. I am concerned about two things one having to go over and retie the cover frequently and the second is damage to the RV itself. Some people on this forum reported that the cover wore the finish / trim on their RV's when in the wind. Then there is the cost at least $322 plus shipping for a ADCO cover to fit my 5th wheel. Winter underground storage costs $270. Again I have no experience with covers so if I stated something wrong then please let me know. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

After all the work and effort in getting my 5th wheel back up to snuff I'm not sure I want to leave it outside all winter here in SW PA. I replaced a section of the sidewall, new cooling unit on frig, new awning, and a new vinyl plank floor. I found two maybe three underground storage facilities that cost wise seem reasonable but never having stored in a limestone mine before was wondering what to be concerned about. The temperature stays around 52 degrees all year round. There appears that there is more humidity in the mine. Don't know about rodents or anything else. Has anyone stored their RV in an underground limestone mine before? What advice can you provide? Here are the three places: Toy's Underground Storage Brady's Bend Underground Storage Wampum Underground Warehouse Has anyone ever used on of these places? Were you happy or not? Would you do it again? If anyone knows of any other protected storage around the Pittsburgh PA area please let me know. Thanks! Dave In my part of the country, we also have an enormous underground facility. These are a few of the things that made me steer clear ! 1. Must have all propane professionally drained from system. 2. They park your unit and store it themselves. (don't like someone taking my coach ,parking it and not sure whether or not it is shutdown properly. 3. No jacks down. 4. Comes back covered in a layer of sandstone dust ! I will be looking for something different, but it sure would be nice to not have to winterize for a coucle of months ! OP Here, Two of the three sites have responded and here is the general response. Only external propane tanks have to be removed. Internal are no problem. One site said to remove my tanks (5th wheel with tanks in a storage compartment) and the other said no. Both asked that gasoline / fuel tank be less than half full. Not an issue for me. Both sites said I drive it in park it ESCORTED BY STAFF. One site did offer valet service for a fee where they park your RV. Both cautioned about humidity. It is less humid in winter but it can run between 50 to 60%. One site sell Humidry complete in a two bucket set for $10. Both sites said no reports of issues with electronics. Both sites say they are rodent free and have no issues. Nothing regarding jacks from either site. I can access my RV anytime during normal business hours. (9 - 5)MUST BE ESCORTED. The escort part actually makes me feel better as I know someone will not be roaming around looking for something to snatch. Both also have security cameras. Both have a height requirement of 12 feet which also is not a problem for me. Temperature stays around 52 degrees so no need for pink stuff. I will still blow out my lines and drain all tanks. Both strongly suggested storing the RV when it is clean and dry.I did not ask or get anything on the dust issue. Every spring when stored outside for the winter my 5th wheel was filthy and required a really good cleaning. If all I have to do is clean off the dust then that doesn't seem to bad. Getting the black streaks off in the spring is always so much fun! Regarding the cost, it is based on length and my 32 foot 5th wheel will cost $44 to $46 a month (5 month minimum) depending on which site I choose. My outdoor storage costs me $45 a month and that's a bargain as other places near me charge up to $75 a month. Am I overlooking anything? I know that I will not be using the 5th Wheel between November and March although I can get it out if needed. Just seems like better protection then leaving it outside. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 02:20pm General RVing Issues
Winter Underground Storage in SW Pennsylvania

After all the work and effort in getting my 5th wheel back up to snuff I'm not sure I want to leave it outside all winter here in SW PA. I replaced a section of the sidewall, new cooling unit on frig, new awning, and a new vinyl plank floor. I found two maybe three underground storage facilities that cost wise seem reasonable but never having stored in a limestone mine before was wondering what to be concerned about. The temperature stays around 52 degrees all year round. There appears that there is more humidity in the mine. Don't know about rodents or anything else. Has anyone stored their RV in an underground limestone mine before? What advice can you provide? Here are the three places: Toy's Underground Storage Brady's Bend Underground Storage Wampum Underground Warehouse Has anyone ever used on of these places? Were you happy or not? Would you do it again? If anyone knows of any other protected storage around the Pittsburgh PA area please let me know. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/24/16 12:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thermistor for Dometic RM2652 Refrigerator

All of the refrigerator thermistors are basically interchangeable other than length- the resistance values are the same. Standard replacement would be Dometic p/n 3307872.006 which is a kit with both ends and scotchlocks. Thanks Chris! Found what I needed online and have ordered Thanks again! Dave
dpgllg 08/21/16 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Thermistor for Dometic RM2652 Refrigerator

Have you googled Dometic parts? Have you asked the place you bought the cooling unit from? Yes I have Googled and Binged for over an hour and the place I purchased the cooling unit from does not carry or offer Thermistors. Been on the Dometic Site and have gone through all the available manuals as well
dpgllg 08/21/16 09:06am Tech Issues
Thermistor for Dometic RM2652 Refrigerator

Hello, I am replacing my cooling unit on my Dometic refrigerator and in a moment of haste and frustration I broke the end off of the Thermistor wire that plugs into the circuit board. Getting the old cooling unit out took considerable more effort than any of the videos showed. I need to get a new Thermistor but can not find a source of part numbers. Dometic wants you to call them M - F and talk to them. I want to get this ordered if at all possible so I can be done with this project. There are multiple ones for sale on eBay and Amazon etc. but none state what models they are intended for. Same for the Online RV Parts sites. Does anyone know which Thermistor I need or where I could look up the part number? Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/21/16 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: Exterior repair cost

On my 5th wheel I sustained significant damage to the sidewall when gel coat blew off. It took the gel coat and most of the plywood underneath it. The interior wall was still intact http://i.imgur.com/EdcVpRMl.jpg I had the damage repaired, State inspection, entire unit caulked, and a new awning installed for $3200 http://i.imgur.com/dd7QCRdl.jpg The shop did this all in about a week. Yes I have a seam but unit is 12 years old. Also this phot was taken just before they installed the new scare and running lights Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 05:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best place to install ARP 2.1 Control Unit?

I enjoy seeing what is going on, so I extended the wires and installed it above the eyebrow monitor on the fridge. The unit has lowered my stress level. I still turn the fridge off if I can't find a fairly level spot for parking--but I no longer get frantic about it. OP Here, Just curious what is there to see on the control unit? I'm familiar with what it does etc. but what does the unit actually display? Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 04:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Agonizing Over Which 5th Wheel to Purchase

Each brand model have users groups. I'd go each to see what is being said good and bad about the models you are interested in. You may discover something that can help with your decision. Best of luck to you in your search Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 12:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace carpet with laminate

I am in the process of replacing most of the carpet in our 5th wheel. In during research I think you will discover that laminate is not a good choice as it swells with moisture. I can say that is true as the laminate in our bedroom got wet and swelled / buckled. Most advise using the vinyl plank flooring as it is moisture resistant. Also to use the click lock method over the glue strips. I am using this product from Home Depot. Sawcut Arizona Hope this helps! Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 11:24am Fifth-Wheels
Best place to install ARP 2.1 Control Unit?

Hello, Just purchased the ARP 2.1 unit to add to my frig cooling unit replacement project. The instructions state the control unit can be installed on the back of the frig (outside access) or inside by the frig. If installed inside wiring will have to be extended. For those of you that have this what is the best place for me to install this and why? I am also adding two fans to back of frig that unit will control as well as a baffle to direct air over cooling fins. Anything else that I can do to make this as bulletproof as possible? The frig is not in a slideout. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/19/16 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: 5 Tools You MUST Have To RV

Basic Craftsman toolset sockets pliers screwdrivers Duct tape Zip Ties Sharp knife credit card Dave
dpgllg 08/14/16 08:19am Beginning RVing
RE: I stumbled across this forum today and I am excited

Prices seem to be low end Heartland and high end Grand Design. So now the question is, why the big difference in prices?It's always the same answer: it costs more to make them.What does that even mean? .. But what about the quality?You don't think what a product costs to make has anything to do with quality? Yes I do. The problem is I cannot find data on any manufacturer that shows the quality they put into it. They all just State that they us high quality materials. So now that goes back to, if everyone is using high quality materials then the price difference is either name or inefficiency. It's like buying a house. Do u buy it because it looks good or because it has a solid inspection. My mind is far from made up. I have a long road ahead, but I am not in a hurry. I think I am asking for information that does not exist. I have family in Indiana, I am thinking about going on some factory tours. I was comparing the Jayco HT 5th wheels with the Grand Design Reflection which is the line below the Solitude. The difference was the Grand Design had very few options that you could select because it included everything that was optional on the Jayco, I can't buy right now but if I did I think I would go with the Grand Design. When I added all the options that the Grand Design already included to the Jayco there was very little difference in price. I would also check the various owners forums and see what the actual owners are saying. Jayco Owners Forum Grand Design Owners Forum Use these forums to ask specific questions you may have regarding quality on the models you are interested in. Good luck in your search
dpgllg 08/13/16 05:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Fifth wheel pin box extension

The obvious answer would be added stress to the pinbox and frame that supports it. I would check with the manufacturer to see what they have to say about it. Jerry Come ON give the guy a break! If it was OBVIOUS he would not have asked the question. These forums are to exchange information. I do agree that checking with the manufacturer is the best place to start. Also if you need it for a short bed truck a sliding hitch also may help.
dpgllg 08/13/16 04:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much exercise is needed?

Dave, you are doing it right! Chuck-It's are great. Saves the arm & eliminates a lot of slobber! The big thing for me is I have the long handle version so I don't have to bend to get the ball. Yes the youngest slobbers quite a bit too! On some of the throws I toss the ball along the ground into a patch of brush. They love this as well as they get to actually search for the ball. I do keep them treated with flea and tick medicine to prevent any issues while they romp. Having two of them chase it makes it more fun because there is a tough competition between them as to who gets the ball. Even though I may not be walking I'm still getting out and moving which is important as well. I think I enjoy it as much as they do! Dave
dpgllg 08/13/16 07:52am RV Pet Stop
RE: Dometic refrigerator heating element

Replace and keep the old as a spare ! OP here! This actually makes the most sense. I've already spent $600 on a rebuilt cooling unit, double fans to be mounted on the rear, and a baffle to direct the air over the cooling fins. Another $50 and everything will be new and hopefully good for many years to come. Dave
dpgllg 08/12/16 08:07pm Tech Issues
How much exercise is needed?

Hello, We have three cocker spaniels. One 12 years old, one 2 and one 1. The old man of the group is not interested in to much exercise but the two young ones particularly the one year old are always raring to go. I am disabled and can't really walk up hills or great distances. I purchased a "Chuck-it" ball thrower and throw the ball about a 1/2 hour or so twice a day sometimes more. They are addicted to it and would just keep going until they dropped. I throw it so the ball goes fast and low like chasing a rabbit and they both run full out trying to be the one that gets it. The ball probably goes 30 yards or so on each toss. Is this an acceptable replacement for walking them? Am I doing it often enough? I want them to get enough exercise even though I can't walk them. Thanks! Dave
dpgllg 08/12/16 08:04pm RV Pet Stop
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