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RE: 7 pin electrical contact cleaner

If there is a buildup of "green crusties" in the plug, contact cleaner will not do much to remove that. However, you can cut an emery board to fit into the slot and gently polish the crud off. Be careful not to break off the emery board or bend the prongs back. After three or four strokes in each slot, then spray on the contact cleaner.
jrs1871 03/12/18 01:19pm General RVing Issues
Verizon slowing down wifi?

Does anyone have an idea if Verizon is slowing down wifi reception on your cell phone? I have a Moto 5G and for the past few months my wifi reception is slower than molasses even though I have a very strong wifi signal. And I am not talking for downloading videos; I am talking about opening news articles that I want to read. If I try to open one my phone times out but if I turn wifi off, it opens right away. As a consequence of this my data usage has gone way up. So far I haven't gone over my 4Gb limit but it has been very close. I do have the data saver option turned on. I have cleaned my cache and make sure I keep open apps to a minimum. Suggestions?
jrs1871 02/21/18 05:58am Technology Corner
RE: Route other than IH 35 from Texas to Northeast Minnesota

We take 281 north of San Antonio to I20, east to Weatherford and then north on TX 51 to Gainesville. From there we take I35 north. This route avoids the construction and congestion on I35 through Texas.
jrs1871 01/12/18 05:40am Roads and Routes
RE: weekend observations

I tend to agree with your observation based on what we experienced on our six week long trip this past summer. There was a lot of extended stay units in most of the parks we visited. And as noted, in several but not all, the extended stay folks had the prime spots. From an owners perspective, it makes good business sense to rent to extended stay campers versus overnighters. That gives them a steady revenue stream and takes fewer man hours to take of the extended stay campers' needs. This trend just means that there may be fewer impulse stops on our travels and more reserved overnight spots. But we will adapt and do whatever it takes to continue our travels.
jrs1871 11/28/17 05:51am RV Lifestyle
RE: Cedar creek quality?

"It's a Forrest River product. Always suspect quality and build wise." That is a very broad statement and I believe that you could put in any of the major RV manufacturer's names in that statement. I also believe that the current RV's from any of the big three or four are probably not quite as good quality as those 8 to 10 year old units. A couple of reasons are much more glitz and glamor is put in the new units, electronic this, automatic that, etc. and they are pushed out the door at a breakneck pace that doesn't leave much time to go back and fix it. Since virtually all of them use the same component manufacturers your will likely find similar problems with components in any brand. Now all that being said, I believe Cedar Creek does put out a good unit even tho they lay an egg every now and again. I also know that their warranty and service departments try hard to help you with problems. (But with recent realignment of duties, timeliness has been a bit of an issue.) With all that being said, we are on our second Cedar Creek and would buy another without reservation. There are couple of Cedar Creek facebook groups that could give you more insight in addition to the Forest River Forum.
jrs1871 10/24/17 09:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hwy 36 to Cameron MO from I 72 for big rigs?

US36 across Missouri is our preferred route when we are headed that direction. Nice four lane road and bypasses the towns (but still easy to get off to a town if you want to). IMO the only thing keeping it from being part of the interstate system is there is not limited access. And depending where you want to go, since we have to go through KC, we take I35 to MO 152, to I435 to I70. This keeps you out of most of the KC traffic if you need to get to the west side.
jrs1871 10/19/17 11:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Electrical problem

It could also be that your GFCI is faulty. They do wear out over time. Try replacing the GFCI but be sure to get one with the same amps as the one you are replacing.
jrs1871 10/08/17 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
Construction on I35 around Ft. Worth and Waco?

It is getting time to head south. We normally take I35/I35W to San Antonio. However construction delays last year were horrible so we jumped over to US281. But that takes us out of our way for where we want to end up in San Antonio. What is the current status of construction particularly around Ft. Worth and Waco although if memory serves me right around Temple was also a bottleneck?
jrs1871 10/03/17 06:40am Roads and Routes
RE: Another GPS horror story (it turns out OK in the end)

Many GPS have the option to turn off "off road, gravel road" etc. But sometimes even with those options turned off, you get some weird directions. For that reason, I have a paper map right beside me so I can double check any dubious instructions.
jrs1871 09/29/17 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: Keystone owners heads up

We have a similar problem on our trailer. Although we caught it before the floor rotted, you can still see water stains on the slide floor. We have recaulked it regularly since new. But it would flex and break loose the caulking almost immediately. We had a tech work on it while at FROG. He said that type of trim is notorious for leaking and the screws holding it on from the bottom are not catching like they should. He took out the old screws and put in 3" screws to get back into the framing. Time will tell if that takes care of the problem. But we just got home from a 5,000 mile trip and the caulking is intact. So the longer screws might be something to consider when you replace the floor.
jrs1871 09/13/17 06:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake connection warning on 2010 Chevy

Thanks for the replies. After we got to our destination, I did a little more sleuthing to track down possible culprits. Putting a multimeter on the 7 pin plug showed that there was full voltage to the trailer brakes and no breaks in the wires. Closer inspection of the 7 pin connector revealed there was a little slop in the slots. So I used a small flat bladed screwdriver and bent the contacts out to make better contact. Also I trimmed down an emory board and ran it up and down in each of the slots to clean off any buildup. Finally, I sprayed contact cleaner into the trailer plug and put dielectric grease on the truck connector. It all worked as we have not gotten a warning in over 1000 miles on a wide range of roads.
jrs1871 09/04/17 04:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Think you can go fast while towing?

We saw a very similar wreck on I95 in Maine this week. We were traveling our normal 62-63 when a pickup pulling an airstream type bumper pull flew by us in the left lane. Not 5 minutes later he lost control and flipped the trailer. The truck did stay upright but I imagine the frame was twisted. You could see the tire marks where the trailer went onto the right shoulder, across both lanes and then flipped with the truck headed north in the southbound lane. Luckily we could get by on the right shoulder while they were awaiting the emergency vehicles. Friends that were traveling behind us sat in a traffic jam for over an hour while they cleaned up the mess. It did appear that he had a weight distribution hitch on the truck but I am not positive.
jrs1871 09/04/17 03:56am General RVing Issues
Brake connection warning on 2010 Chevy

We tow with a 2010 Chevy Duramax using the onboard brake controller. On the last two trips we have gotten intermitment warnings to check the trailer wiring connection. But each time we checked, the trailer brake, turn and clearance lights are working. This has happened on both rough and smooth highways so I don't think road surface is causing the warning. I have used electronic cleaner on the 7 pin connector but that also doesn't seem to be a problem. And I checked the wire connections at the axles and they appear to be tight. So I am thinking the problem may be with the truck. But I am not sure where to start looking.
jrs1871 08/23/17 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cleaning bug residue

For the quick cleaning of bugs when on the road, we use Turtle Wax bug and tar remover. It does a good job and doesn't take off the wax. The trick is to not let them get baked on; then the job becomes much harder. But dryer sheets, bug remover or whatever method you prefer still requires a little elbow grease. The trick is to minimize the elbow grease as much as possible. LOL
jrs1871 07/27/17 05:46am General RVing Issues
RE: First extended trip with 5th wheel

Those hills on 281 can be long and the extended pull while not steep will cause your transmission to shift down. Eleven MPG is actually pretty good but it might go up just a bit if your speed dropped a couple of MPH. We get our best mileage at 62-63 MPH. Just saying.
jrs1871 07/23/17 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
Windows 10 laptop very slow

I bought a new Dell laptop that came preloaded with windows 10. I hated the windows 10 interface so I downloaded a free program called Classic Shell that makes it look like windows 7 even it is still running windows 10. The problem is it runs slower than molasses and I have not loaded any programs except my antivirus program. RAM after the initial bootup is fine. But it shows the CPU running at 95%+ all the time. I can't find anything that should be making the CPU run like that. Suggestions or should I take it back and have Staples tech look at it?
jrs1871 07/22/17 06:05am Technology Corner
RE: Oven to Cooktop Conversion

We replaced the stove top/oven unit with a cooktop only. Then we built two drawers to fit in the space formerly occupied by the oven. This is where I store my pots and pans. And with the drawers, it is easy to get to what you need.
jrs1871 07/15/17 06:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: battery charging inconsistently

The battery could be going bad or the converter could be on its last legs. I would tend to believe it is the converter if it is OEM. The OEM converters are borderline at best. To check, you might take your battery to an auto parts store and have them test it. If it checks out OK, it is your converter. If you need to replace your converter, look for a smart converter with a higher amp rating than the OEM.
jrs1871 07/02/17 07:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Sierra 5th wheel question

It could be that your tank handles are mislabeled. It wouldn't be the first time that has happened. You may need to experiment a little to determine specifically which handle goes to which tank.
jrs1871 06/26/17 05:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: every week its something

Like Dutchmen Sport said you could be in a no reception area. If you have a smart phone, there are a couple of apps that show what TV channels you should be able to get and what direction they come from. As for a problem coming up every time you turn around, that is part and parcel of the RVing lifestyle. Things get shook loose/disconnected or just break. If you were dragging your stick and brick down the highway, you would have similar problems.
jrs1871 06/23/17 05:48am Fifth-Wheels
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