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RE: Tow dolly without brakes

Uhaul uses them because they are cheap. I am a professional driver. Drove Tractor Trailer and then pulled boats TTs and enclosed trailers and I don't like them. One has O control over how much they apply. In an emergency on wet or snowy pavement, you are simply in for the ride!. So you like them. So what? go ahead a buy them. Actually U-Haul uses them because they are renting them out and the vast majority of all tow vehicles don't have a electronic brake setup unless the owner of the vehicle has a travel trailer.
msmith1199 01/04/18 11:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow dolly without brakes

Surge brake are to cause accidents IMHO. I don't like them. Rent a trailer with brakes and drive it like you own it. You probably have the brake setup anyway. Guess they cause so many accidents is why U-haul uses them on almost every thing they rent. In fact, if you leave out camping trailers, I would guess the vast majority of all the remaining trailer types have surge brakes versus electric brakes. All boat trailers do, most all utility trailers and car haulers so, and most car dollies use surge brakes.
msmith1199 01/04/18 11:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Internet Satellite

Although cell service and hotspots are probably the best way to get Internet, the problem with them is many of us RVer's travel to places where there isn't coverage, or there isn't 4g coverage. This probably isn't as big a problem in the east, but I live in Nevada and I can tell you there are a lot of places here and in Utah and Arizona and remote parts of California where there is no cell coverage. Not a big deal if you're retired like me and don't need the coverage, but is internet coverage is critical to you then plan your trips carefully in this part of the Country. If you only camp in or very close to towns, you probably won't have much of a problem as even many of the remote towns out here have a cell tower.
msmith1199 01/02/18 09:20pm Technology Corner
RE: $1 difference between gas and diesel, WHY ??

The day the 20 cent a gallon fuel tax on diesel kicked in in California the price went up by over 40 cents. I think the oil companies saw the tax increase as an excuse to add some extra profit in. Luckily I have moved to Nevada. You can find diesel here for under $3 and it's all coming from the same place your diesel is coming from with the added cost of pumping it over the Sierras.
msmith1199 01/02/18 09:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: portable air compressor

Looking for thoughts and considerations for an AIAir 4000P 12V air compressor capability to air 22.5" tires on a Class A motorhome. All information and comments will be appreciated I don't know about that model, but I have purchased several smaller 12 volt compressors, and they just don't get the job done. They are okay to have on board for emergencies, but if you get a tire that needs 30 or more pounds, you may be setting there for 45 minutes with that compressor running. I have a smaller 110 volt compressor that I bought from Lowes. It has a 150 psi cut off. Yeah, it takes up some space, but it gets the job done.
msmith1199 12/26/17 05:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Picking up at Oakland Airport

Although I've never tried it, I can't imagine it can't be done. The problem you may have is with the police not allowing you to stop and block traffic while picking him up. I doubt you'll be able to find a place on the curb to pick him up. I think if it were me, I'd find a place to park the motorhome and drive the toad over and get him.
msmith1199 12/26/17 12:51pm Class A Motorhomes

You don't want a DVR that uses a hard drive in a moving vehicle. That is what most of the multi-channel security systems use. Hard drives having moving parts and you aren't supposed to bump them around while they are recording. Think of the needle on the hold record players when somebody would slam the door next to the record player. But as others have said, dashcams record to a memory card and have no moving parts. I bought one for my motorhome and with a 64gb memory card it records about 9 hours before looping back over it. And really, you don't need that much memory.
msmith1199 12/22/17 01:20pm Class A Motorhomes

A multi cameras recording Will prove that you saw him coming And did not prepare, for his return to your lane on front of you Placing you at fault Huh???
msmith1199 12/22/17 01:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: rust stain from a/c unit driver side

Got your PM and responded. There are no pictures attached or showing on this post. That said, simply go to a place that sells plastic rails, usually a mobile home parts place and grab a couple pieces of rail material, cut them to proper length and apply them along the edge of your coach. This will direct the water off to wherever you want it to go. Another "fix" is to determine where the water originates from. My coach runs all condensation from the three A/C units down thru the coach and out the bottom thru hoses attached to the units. You'll have to look at yours to determine if the condensation collects in a pan or whatever. If it collects in a pan, drill a hole in the pan, insert a hose plug ( see picture below) into the hole and attach a hose to the plug. You can then direct the water off the roof. For a more permanent fix, dicor the hose along the roof line and the back of the coach...good luck....Dennis https://i.imgur.com/1Vhn5S1l.jpg Or, leave it like it is and just go clean the dirt off every couple of months! :)
msmith1199 12/19/17 06:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: rust stain from a/c unit driver side

What Doug said. Probably just dirt from the roof.
msmith1199 12/18/17 04:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kayaking looks fun

Somebody mentioned the Hobie, and I second that opinion. Only problem is they are not cheap. I paid close to $3k for a double. I can either use the pedals or a paddle and we've taken it out for hours at a time and didn't even get tired. In fact one of my complaints about it is when using the pedals it doesn't take much more energy than walking, so it isn't the workout I thought it would be. But you can always pedal faster if you want to work up a sweat. I also found it amazing how efficient the pedals are. Using walking energy I can pass anybody who is paddling a regular kayak. If you don't mind the expense, they are great boats. The main drawbacks are the price, and the weight and parts. They are heavier and have lots of extra parts you have to bring along such as the pedal units, and seats.
msmith1199 12/18/17 03:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: Check thoroughly - Elder guardianship regs in your state

Not to downgrade the seriousness of this particular case, but do you really think it is a realistic and common problem? How often does this happen? Possible, but exceeding rare? The actual kidnapping would be rare, but people taking advantage of the elderly in other manners is very very common. And it can happen in a lot of ways. My elderly parents got an estimate to put carpet in their house. Luckily my mom told me about it before she signed off on it. I looked at the estimate and it was for about 2000 sf of carpet. Their entire house was 1400 sf and they weren't even doing all of that. I confronted the owner and he tried to claim it was just a mistake, but I didn't believe him at all. He was taking advantage because he could.
msmith1199 12/09/17 12:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Dry Wall Question

I'm no sheetrock hanger so this is just a question, if you already have sheetrock up, why do you have to put another layer? Is the current layer so damaged it can't be fixed?
msmith1199 12/07/17 11:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Re-Roofed with Fiberglass

I dont know what the original roof was nor do I know if it was done professionally or as someone suggested by a bunch of beer drinkers. I also dont know how long ago it was done. I was just informed that it is a 2003 Dolphin LX The coach has 105,000 miles on a gas engine. What kind of mileage could be expected if it were well maintained? Don't quote me on this, but I'm about 95% sure that National RV only used fiberglass roofs on all of their RV's. If not all of them, I'm confident the Dolphin line came only with fiberglass in this time frame. So if it is a new roof, it's likely it was just a fiberglass replacement of the existing roof. The question I'd have is why was it replaced, and if it was replaced because of leaks I'd want to try and figure out what the underlying damage may be. Edit: Guess I should have read all the way through as others covered this.
msmith1199 11/25/17 09:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery disconnect solenoid

Can't help with your brand, but my disconnect switch is on a side panel near the entry door, and I can hear the solenoid click someplace very close to the switch. I think it's in the box just behind the switch. But now that I see you asking this question, next time I'm at the motorhome I'll listen closer and make sure I know where it is, just in case it goes out.
msmith1199 11/24/17 05:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic RM2852 died

I bought the Amish re-man unit, and the cost was $580 delivered, with a $60 core return. Among my many faults, I am cheap, so this was the best cost-effective solution to the reefer failure. My sons are both home, and, as a senior citizen, it never really occurred to me to try it on my own. I will also have to take down the pantry doors and the refrigerator doors to get the unit out. I already have a tarp staged to work in the main area with the slide out. My thanks to all the words of encouragement! The fuse is lit, and the coyote and I are strapped on the Acme rocket... I don't think the re-manufactured units are the Amish ones. The re-mans are basically the old dometic ones that broke like ours have and they rebuild them. The Amish units are built from scratch with brand new materials. According to info I read they should last 10 times as long as the brand new original units. So basically, once fixed, my refer should be better than new.
msmith1199 11/22/17 09:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic RM2852 died

I'm doing almost the same thing. My Dometic NDR1292 went out a few weeks ago and ammonia was visible on the coils. I also got a new cooling unit from RV Cooling Unit Warehouse, but after doing some research, and talking with the guy who is going to install it, I went with the Amish built unit. They make them brand new and apparently use much better quality materials than what Dometic used. The guy who is going to install it thinks he can get it done in 3 hours and will charge me $300. I paid $1200 total for the cooling unit. I had gone to an RV facility and they gave me an estimate of $2850 for the exact same repair. I considered the residential fridge option too but to replace the fridge you have to take out a window and get enough people to be able to lift them in and out through the window. Not to mention I'd have to modify the cabinet and change the wiring because the current 110 volt outlet for the fridge isn't powered through the inverter. So it would have probably cost more to go to the residential fridge.
msmith1199 11/21/17 04:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fresh water fill

sounds to me like the air vent line for the tank has become clogged this would prevent fill, putting water in 'trying to compress the air" in the tank i don't know why this would affect flow thru the system though That was my thought too, but if this were the case, the tank would pressurize beyond limits and burst before the water would stop. In fact there have been stories on here of people getting a clogged vent valve and not noticing until the tank tore their floor up and burst.
msmith1199 11/21/17 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: GFI electrical question?

msmith1199 11/19/17 06:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: GFI electrical question?

The diagram is incorrect in that the upstream outlets are NOT protected by the GFCI. Only the GFCI itself is protected when connected as shown. The upstream outlets hot and neutral should be connected to the "Load" side of the GFCI, with only the ground wire connected as a common pass-thru. For illustration only, the two following diagrams show how to wire a GFCI and several protected down stream outlets. https://i.imgur.com/qGq6Eznl.jpg I'm not much of an electrician, but you do appear to be correct. The downstream outlets are getting power directly from the supply bypassing the GFCI.
msmith1199 11/19/17 06:36pm Class A Motorhomes
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