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RE: On-board propane tank refill

From the Propane 101 website: Cylinder Certification and Recertification Cylinders are subject to recertification (also known as requalification) twelve years from their date of manufacture and every five years after that. For example, a cylinder manufactured in January of 2000 will have to be recertified in January of 2012 meaning if you take your bottle to the propane company in April of 2012 to be refilled, it will have to be requalified by authorized personnel before it can be filled. The recertification process is simple and does not take too long to complete. Think of cylinder recertification as an inspection similar to that of your car. A vehicle has to be inspected annually so that it may continue to operate safely on the road. Similarly, a propane cylinder must be inspected so that it may continue to operate safely in LP Gas service.
mbutts 07/25/17 02:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Delamination caused by heat

There is a ton of good info on buying a used rental on this link.
mbutts 07/25/17 01:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford E-450 6.0 Turbo Diesel Overheating

Are you certain the radiator fans are operating? You may want to head over to powerstroke.org and post your question there, tons go good advice.
mbutts 07/24/17 11:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dolly tow

Good luck on the downsizing! When we ordered our MH in November, we traded in our TT. We had to unload everything from the TT into our garage while we waited a few months for delivery. Sold a bunch of stuff we didn't even know we had.
mbutts 07/24/17 11:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Minivan Towing Questions - Sedona, Odessey, Sienna, Et al

My pop up was just 2,000 lbs. and really didn't affect the levelness of the minivan so I felt the WD wasn't necessary. I would heartily recommend getting a trailer with brakes, however. My Coleman did not have 'em and was a bit of a handful when I needed to stop NOW.
mbutts 07/19/17 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Minivan Towing Questions - Sedona, Odessey, Sienna, Et al

I really enjoyed towing our pop-up with our Chrysler minivan. Held the four of us, four bikes (inside!), and still got 17MPG while towing. As mentioned above, the 3,500 lbs. is only for the models with the factory-installed towing package (mine had a transmission cooler, load leveling, a more robust electrical system for add'l turn signals and brakes, and a few other things I can't recall).
mbutts 07/19/17 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toilet usage

On my first TT, which was a super ultralight, the manufacturer said not to travel with full tanks due to the stresses on the undersized frame. We always traveled with 5-10 gallons to allow on the road usage of the facilities. If you'd like to save water and making flushing #2 easier, buy some Happy Bowl Liners. I have used these for several years and wouldn't poop without 'em!
mbutts 07/19/17 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Why did you buy a Ford over a Dodge?

I bought used and there were three reasons why I got the Ford: 1. built-in brake controller (others didn't have this yet in the years I could afford) 2. Ford fenders, beds, and tailgates weren't rusted through like on the Rams (again, with the years I could afford) 3. The Duramax GMs were a LOT more expensive in the years I was looking at (had to get one with a zillion miles to be in my price ballpark)
mbutts 07/05/17 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pro Pride 1400 hitch - need help

I had a similar trip with my PP with a LOT of trouble getting hitched (and I nearly ran out of swear words). Previously, no trouble at all. The stinger would start to slide in, but get hung up. I'd end up raising the tongue jack and using the PP's hitch wrench to pull the stinger/trailer into the hitch head. On the next trip, I just made sure the jacks (on the hitch) were lowered enough so the weight distribution were very loose (would easily swing back and forth). This would allow the hitch head to move easily when the stinger started to slide in. Not sure if this method will help in your case, but I'll be crossing my fingers for you.
mbutts 07/01/17 08:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Expedition tow vehicle

I towed with an Expy and went from a 4,400 lbs. 25' trailer to a 7,700 lbs. 32' trailer. The rear of the Expy was just too squishy (independent rear suspension and non-truck tires) and I was very uncomfortable towing with it. I would suggest keeping your shopping list down to trailers with a gross weight of 6,000 lbs.
mbutts 06/30/17 08:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Permanent sewer hose connection

This came pre-installed on my motorhome. My first thought was, "How do I uninstall this stupid thing?!?" It's turned out to be less horrible than I thought. Hose stretches a full 20', adapters are available to connect one of the manufacturer's super hoses or regular bayonet-fitting hoses for extra length, and it's kinda nice not having to handle the elbow fitting anymore. The killer feature is that the hose "snaps" to whatever length (well, within 20') you want and holds its position.
mbutts 06/28/17 01:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Installing Roadmaster RSSC steer damper, Questions?

My son and I just put one on my 2017 E-450 yesterday. Really quite simple with a few wrenches or sockets. The only variation from the instruction sheet I made was flipping the driver's side bracket on the tie rod. I put the end with the u-bolts toward the middle of the vehicle to miss a bend in the tie rod. I wanted a more secure mounting surface than on that curve.
mbutts 06/25/17 07:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gas or diesel class c

I went from a diesel one ton with TT to a V-10 class C and I was concerned about going to a "underpowered" gasser. In the few trips I've taken so far, I have absolutely no regrets. No trouble with hills, eastern US mountains, merging onto the highway, or passing slower traffic at freeway speeds. I am not towing anything, but I can't see how towing a small car would really affect its abilities. And, oil changes went from four gallons to six quarts!
mbutts 06/07/17 06:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV'ing Discount Member Ships and Affiliations

We don't get out as much as we'd like (those darn jobs insist on us showing up or we don't get paid!) so we've found the memberships aren't much use or we just break even. Passport America looked good, but several of the places we camp at only accept it Sunday-Thursday so it wasn't any use to us.
mbutts 06/03/17 12:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Just getting started

The truck will require a weight distribution (WD) hitch to be used. The WD hitch is installed on the trailer's tongue, not the truck, to shift some of the weight from the trailer's tongue to the front of the truck. Otherwise, your truck's rear end and the trailer tongue will dip quite a bit. Here's a good overview of how those hitches work: Link
mbutts 06/01/17 12:24pm Towing
RE: Towing with a Ford Expedition

In January we just purchased a Heartland North Trail 26LRSS (dry weight 5,600)and are pulling it with a 2014 Expedition (towing capacity 9200). I am now looking for a F250 but would really like to be able to use the Expedition since it is nicer to ride around in once we get to our destination and has dry cargo storage. When we are on the highway and ANYTHING passes us (pickup truck) it feels like something is literally trying to push us off the road. I won't even mention what I think when i see a semi coming. I cannot drive more than about an hour due to being totally exhausted from fighting the rig to stay on the road. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I originally purchased a ProPride to try to keep my Expy. It was still a handful to control over 50 MPH. I also stopped by ProPride and had Shawn drive it. He suggested LT tires to improve control. I ended up with a pickup because I didn't want to throw any more cash into an Expy running at its limits.
mbutts 05/24/17 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Must buys for our new to us travel trailer?

Anderson Levelers
mbutts 05/23/17 10:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a Ford Expedition

I went from a 4,400 lbs. trailer to a 7,300 lbs. (32') trailer with my Expy and I found the new trailer terrifying to tow. With the length and weight of the units you listed, you will be uncomfortable at best. It's difficult shopping when the manufacturers all list "dry weight" and don't include the weight of "mandatory options" in the figures. I would allow a much, much larger safety margin with that tow vehicle due to it's squishy rear end.
mbutts 05/22/17 01:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why no seatbelt for rear facing dinette seats?

My Forest River Forest 3011DS has four sets of belts in the U-shaped dinette (1 forward facing, 2 side facing, 1 rear facing).
mbutts 05/22/17 01:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Filter for a/c unit in ceiling

These guys advertise in several RV magazines and claim to clean the air better than the foam stuff.
mbutts 05/10/17 05:35pm Class C Motorhomes
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