I have had my Forest River Surveyor for two years now and have had only one problem, the ignitor for the water heater was misaligned and would not light. A slight movement of the ignitor and problem solved.
Have had no other issues. I then look at my pickup, it has had five safety recalls for repairs, two computor chips replaced, the radio replaced. Goes to show you, no matter what you buy, be ready to fix it sooner or later. It doesn't matter what it costs.
I too have the Max Air covers and have been leaving the vents open all the time, year round. Some dirt and dust blow in but it's no difference then if the trailer door was open. To me, the fresh air smell is a welcoming smell of Spring.
DW wife and I went to RMNP in August and had same problem with water heater and fridge. We where at 8,300 ft in the Moraine campground, so said my GPS. After a few days of trying to keep the water heater and fridge lit and running, it dawned on me that at higher altitudes, less air causing not enough air for combustion. I opened the water heater cover and took off the fridge outside cover thus allowing more unrestricted air to get to burner for better combustion, or so that was my thoughts, and it worked. Fridge pilot lit and stayed lit and water heater lit off, had a ok flame but not the best. Both ran fine for the next five days and the pilots never did go out. Not saying this is a cure all for everyone, just my experiences that might help someone the next time they are at higher altitudes. When I got home both units ran like brand new, altitude was now 1,020 ft.
Equalizer now offers a hard rubber pad to place on the L bracket under the sway bar. Reduces noises greatly, not all, but a lot. Equalizer says that it does increase sway a little bit because of the small amount of friction that is reduced by the pads but DW and I just returned from 2,000 mile trip and I myself really didn't feel any loss of sway control. I really like these pads because they do reduce noise. DW is happy about that. Cost was if I remember correctly was $15.00 plus shipping. Was with it for me.
I also use Dawn, have been for over 20 years. Does a good job with a little elbow grease and a scrub brush. I use one with a stick handle to keep off them bad knees, a lot less effort needed. Surely does remove the wax from sides but when roof is done, I wash and wax TT and good for another six months.
When I first went to a TT instead of a tent, the water storage was a BIG concern to me because I got ahold of some bad water on a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon and got a good dose of Guardia. A water born bacteria that I would not wish upon my worst enemy. Anyone who has had Guardia knows what Im talking about. Any how, I searched the web and found a newsletter from the Dept. of Health and to summerize.
1. 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach per 15 gallons of water, unscented bleach, pour into bucket with 2 gallons water and let sit for 30 minutes, never said why. 2.Pour into fresh water tank,fill tank with water, flush all water spigots in camper and let stand for 24 hours. 3. Flush system until you can no longer smell bleach.
It is recommended that water sit in fresh water tank for no longer than 6 months without usage.
I have followed this advice for a long time with no problems yet. Personally, I would not let water sit that long. 30 days is my max and then I drain everything and refill with fresh water. But am always camping every other weekend so no worries.
Drilling holes in the bottom of a battery box is a no-no. The boxes are to be contained in case your battery fluid overflows during charging or overfilling. Leaking battery acid is very dangerous to anyone around it, dogs, animals people, kids. Plus the corrosiveness of the fluid will corrode any metal or wiring connections and concrete. Think Safe.
I hear ya! Going out for the first time this year in April. Need to use up some vacation time so what better way than to go camping. Getting things ready for trip in August to RMNP for a week. Camp site all reserved and waiting for the DW and myself.
Happy Camping to All
Having the camper level may work fine for some people with slide outs and water coming in, but I read many years ago in a owners manual from a previous TT that you should put a slight angle on the slide out so that any water will run away from the TT slide out opening. Will also help keep water drained off from condensation accumulation overnight. Been doing this for years and works very well. This does not mean that you can not check seals or caulking, preventative maintenance is a must.
Good luck and Happy Camping