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RE: Tire plugging

Ran across my old tire plugging stuff. Plugs with glue has hardened up, probably 12 years old. Couple years before I retired, a new corp safety guy comes in and says…no more plugging of any tire (front, drive or tag). Don’t know if policy was new DOT rule or his own. What are the feelings on here for plugging a tire? I understand that the way tire are made now days that plugging might not be good because of sticking metal tools in the hole you might cut a steel strand. Which would come undone sometime down the road. Wonder if I should get some new glue or not? (puncher wounds only, no sidewall or tread seperations and using common since) My kit little bit more than "glove box" cheapy kit. Sort of like this. https://www.amazon.com/Boulder-Tools-Motorcycle-Tractor-Puncture/dp/B01E635PGA/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_263_bs_tr_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=Z5VHYZ5GMNM7VJ0S6V8N Thanks...Your thoughts please. I still have a kit and have used them albeit only on a pickup, not the MH....but I use them only to get me someplace that I can either get a proper repair or a new tire. One time I was on back roads far north in Canada and had three flats in one day...Did have two spares but the plugs did save me that day for the third one. Very rare event though...
johnwalkerpa1 12/12/17 07:22am Beginning RVing
RE: portable grill ( Soution found)

I just ordered a connection kit from this place. I've got a Weber Q100, and this kit screws onto where the regulator on the grill comes off. I got the Weber specifically because it could be converted to hook up to the low pressure outlet on the side of the RV. I've gotten tired of using the 1# bottles, and having them run out of fuel halfway through grilling a chop or steak. Could not have said it any better as I too hate messing with the 1# bottles and running out of gas part way through grilling a rib eye. Thank you very much for the link, that is EXACTLY the info I was looking for. You rock. So you are getting good heat cooking with the grill hooked up that way? I'm asking because I thought the gas coming from the camper's regulator is lower pressure than a "standard" gas grill regulator. . We have the exact same setup. Plenty of heat with one exceptions....if we are also running 3 burners on the stove and the gas oven, the gas pressure will get too low and the grill will go out. But, that is very rare. Most times, no issue.
johnwalkerpa1 12/06/17 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2018

I think Alaska sounds like trip for a little more experience RVer. Not much experience needed. By the time you buy your RV and do some local trips, you'll be just fine for the Alaska trip. You'll have worked out issues with your RV to begin with. By the time you cross the Canadian border, you will have the experience. This isn't a trip like years and years ago. The highways are just like the lower 48. Yes, you will encounter some construction areas of gravel - like in the lower 48. In a couple areas but not for the whole trip, you will encounter frost heaves in the pavement. Most of the time red warning cones will be placed in the area - but not always. You'll soon learn what a frost heave looks like from a reasonable distance. It will be wavy. The secret to the whole trip is to allow plenty of time for it - preferably at least 2-3 months, and top priority is to drive it slow. You can't be in a rush. That's when damage to your vehicle happens. Hope you get to do the trip! X2....in some ways it is even easier to drive to and in Alaska in that it is mostly very wide open. The only real difference is that you have to pay a little more attention to distances between fuel/services and not expect cell service everywhere... But, not that long ago, everyone, got along fine without cell service anywhere...
johnwalkerpa1 11/21/17 02:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Brake systems- Motohome Magazine

The other thing to consider, whether or not one needs a supplemental brake system due to size of coach, etc., is a break-away device to lock up the tow vehicle if it disconnects. Law or not, I wouldn't want to be responsible for my toad careening out of control into oncoming traffic, etc. ST Seems to me it is a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario. While having it "careen out of control into oncoming traffic" would certainly not be an ideal situation, neither would having it come to a screeching halt in the midst of 70 MPH traffic! The resultant chain reaction crash could be horrific. The best bet would be to have safety chains or cables attached in such a manner that the toad could not separate completely except in the unlikely event of total systemic failure i.e. the entire back of the coach frame broke off. I do not use an emergency brake away system either. The base plate is bolted to the uniframe, a cable is wrapped around the base plate and uniframe, there are two heavy safety cables attached to the car and motor home, and if I was really worried I would install two more safety cables rather than a brake away system. My take is if the tow bars break, the safety cables break then I have a LOT more to worry about than having a emergency break away system. Chances are I would not be around to worry if all those items broke at the same time. I had the same thought for the same reasons...there is so much redundancy built into the tow bar that it seems very unlikely it is all going to break lose at once....if it does, it is going to be in a catastrophic explosive type of accident where everything is loose and a breakaway device will be irrelevant..
johnwalkerpa1 11/21/17 02:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: LP usage

Thanks for the replies. On my part is a big Duh. I went back out to see how the little electric heaters were doing and noticed I had let all 3 roof vents open. Aside from the roof vent issue.... :) At those temps, is your electric heater able to keep up? The furnace is the propane hog so if you can avoid using that or use it very little, you'll be able to go a long time.
johnwalkerpa1 11/21/17 07:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Base plate ?

Can a baseplate from a Wrangler fit a Liberty ? Is it difficult to mount a baseplate? My local Hitch place says $400 labor. I can't help about the fit...but, I just installed a base plate on a 2017 Ford explorer this summer. Pay the $400...believe me...that is well worth it :)
johnwalkerpa1 11/15/17 09:11am Dinghy Towing
RE: Custom B or Custom Van?

Thanks everyone for some great ideas. After looking at several of the suggested sources, it does look like it is possible to get exactly what I want out there....but perhaps at a price I am not able to afford :) Now, i have to consider the pros and cons of several options and decide where I want to compromise between price, needs, and wants!
johnwalkerpa1 11/15/17 08:13am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Custom B or Custom Van?

Expensive, but look at Midwest Vans. They may have just what you want. Most conversion van companies, like Waldoch, will also be able to do what you want. I just took a look...yes, they do have exactly what I am looking for...but, you are right...expensive!
johnwalkerpa1 11/15/17 08:07am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
Custom B or Custom Van?

I am looking for something that probably does not exist! And I am not sure if I'm looking at custom B or a custom Van. Looking for something on a high roof van chassis that is mostly passenger van and just a little RV. I would like to have seating for 7 -8 up front with typical passenger windows. Then in the back have a bathroom (shower not required) that is large enough for those over 75 pounds, with an RV toilet, tiny sink and small fresh and black/gray tank. Also looking for 120/12 volt power/coach battery, converter etc and rooftop air/heatpump. Maybe a microwave. No propane needed. We already have a 30 foot class c for more serious camping. This unit would be primarily for day touring or possible short overnights with just one person aboard. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks!
johnwalkerpa1 11/14/17 11:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Routes and campgrounds in west

Not trying to rain on the parade but I don't think 2 weeks is enough time to do the west from the east coast via RV. Too much driving vs. the amount of time you will have to actually tour and see stuff. This is true. But......do it anyway :) We are still working and have limited time as well. We almost always wish for more time but its still better to make do with what we have than miss out on the chance to make memories. We have done 2 week trips from Pennsylvania to Yellowstone and a 3 week 7,000 mile loop one time that included going as far as the Grand Canyon. We are probably nuts but we have a great time and the kids aren't going to be kids for long...enjoy it!
johnwalkerpa1 11/01/17 09:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tow Bars

This system seems to be the simplest of all the braking systems. Do you have to disconnect it from the brake somehow before you drive the tow car? or does it just stay in place? You just have to unhook the cable from the front of the tow car. Nothing else for the brakes..that is what is so nice.. With practice, you can easily hook or unhook the tow car in well under 5 minutes..
johnwalkerpa1 11/01/17 08:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bars

Another happy Ready Brake Elite user except for one thing. I have had some difficulty getting the tow car aligned properly with the tow bar. Once aligned the tow bar "snaps" into position. Anybody have the secret to doing this easily? I always have the DW to gently back up which snaps the lock into place. . I do it the same way. Many times, one side will lock in and the other will not. If this happens, just get in the motorhome and turn the wheel sharply toward the side that is NOT locked in. Pull forward just a tiny bit...inches to a foot. That locks the other side in.
johnwalkerpa1 11/01/17 08:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Got gamed Westmoreland State Park in Va- reservation rant!

What changes in the reservation system do you think would solve your problem? I have never understood a First-Come First-Serve "reservation" system. This system might work if the campground was a tarmac, where all sites were equal, but that is the only way I could see it working. . Same here. I would prefer that first come, first served, means just that...no reservation, no prepayment..you show up, pay for your site and get a site. If you are able to choose the one you want best, thats nice, but not always possible. In this case, if the other party pre-paid for the multiple sites and got there to claim them before anyone else, then it seems like they are in the clear to claim them.
johnwalkerpa1 10/13/17 05:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Painted Desert AZ

The Painted Desert only becomes "painted" due to the changes in lighting. That's a good point.....try to time your visit to be there early in the morning and in the evening. During the middle of a bright sunny day, large parts are just dull and brassy looking. And, if you go in early August like I did it can also be 109 degrees at noon. :)
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 07:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Value of a 2009 Winnebago View 24H

You can get an idea using NADA for RVs. Check the prices for similar units in your area on RV Trader and Craigslist. take those asking prices with a grain of salt. they are likely to be based on the size of the loan remaining and they are horribly upside down. bumpy Yes, maybe even a large bag of salt :) I punched mine in just out of curiosity, and low retail came in at more than I paid new for mine 4 years ago!
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: An electric bus that drove 1,100 miles between charges...

Solar is not there yet. If we remove all of the subsidies Solar still costs more to make the panels than they can produce. This article Solar panels claims this will turn around by 2020. But I suspect they assume electric rates will not change by 2020. Not likely as my Arizona rates just recently increased. Agreed...and you need ideal conditions to get the maximum benefit..which rules out northern winters! I do use solar at an off grid hunting cabin I have...but it is just to charge a couple of batteries to power a few LED lights and a water pump. Works great for limited use and low power needs but for larger needs, just not practical yet....unless you have an unlimited budget....
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 10:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: An electric bus that drove 1,100 miles between charges...

Interesting potential RV use......but only if it becomes cost effective enough to be practical for common use. There would be a few people who would sign on simply for the perceived need to "be green" but for the masses, it has to cost less than a conventional powerplant. And this has to factor in cost of electricity and repairs, not just purchase cost. It always seemed to me that something that would eliminate the need for a massive electrical grid is more practical for the eventual transition away from conventional fuels....fuel cells, shoebox sized, cold fusion powerplants for each home, etc. Cheap and simple solutions :) Maybe someday but not in my lifetime! But, the research is good...you have to start somewhere...
johnwalkerpa1 09/21/17 07:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2017 Ford Explorer mass flow indicator code

I follow all of the instructions in the Ford manual regarding flat towing a 2017 Ford Explorer with auto trans and 3.9l v6 engine. I run the engine for 5 minutes, put the trans in Drive then reverse then neutral, shut the engine off and open the knife switch on the negative battery cable. When I am done flat towing I the close the knife switch and put the car in park and star it. The problem is a 0068 mass flow indicator code pops up everytime, I clear the code and during normal driving every thing is fine it doesn't come back this only happens when I am done towing. Has anyone else experienced this code coming in or can explain it? I am also flat towing a 2017 explorer. I occasionally (not always) get the code and it eventually clears itself). The only pattern I can see is this....When I reconnect the battery (positive terminal in my case) ( I have a button attached to a solenoid rather than a knife switch but same idea), if I don't start the vehicle within about 5 minutes, the check engine light will come on and I get the code. If I start it in less than 5 minutes, I don't get the code... Not sure if that means anything but just my observation..
johnwalkerpa1 09/20/17 09:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Fantastic Vent 6600 Simplify remote?

Thanks for the information! That is very helpful and will save me from starting from scratch!
johnwalkerpa1 09/14/17 07:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: PA State Route 422 in Palmyra PA

PennDOT has been saying that this closure could last until about Thanksgiving.
johnwalkerpa1 09/13/17 08:00am Roads and Routes
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