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RE: Refrigerator fixed after 3 long years

In two of my campers I had to install a 12 volt fan to get the air to properly flow across the outside coils (yes outside the fridge - not inside) For the first camper I bought a kit that had a thermostat that you clamped on the refrigeration coils, a fan, wiring and instructions on where to plug things in for around $100 For my TC, I pulled a 12volt fan out of an old computer, $5 adjustable thermostat off ebay and some old wire I had laying around. In both cases, before the fan, the ice cream was semi-gooey. After the fan, the ice cream was rock hard. In Florida. In July.
portscanner 02/17/17 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Gas station pet peeves

I have had a police car pull in front of me and stop at the gas/diesel pump, when there was a perfectly cromulent gas only pump 20 feet further forward. I stepped out and politely explained to him that my toad was blocking traffic through the station and I could not back up and go around him. He gave me a dirty look and without a word got back in his vehicle and pulled forward. Until I got out of town I was afraid I would be pulled over for contempt of cop or similar crime At another time I was in my gas jeep (but not at the diesel/gas pump) when I saw at the outside pump a large diesel truck trying to get to the pump and twice in a row he was cut off. When the second person was about to drive off I stepped over into to the next person who was about to cut him off again and asked him if he would yield to the truck and take the place where I was pulling out. He politely agreed.
portscanner 02/14/17 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: lock for the waste water valves.

As much as the thought of the electric fence and fish hooks makes me giggle, chesterb's suggestion of the clear cap and twist on valve is probably your smartest move. I have the twist on valve on mine as I have a leaking gray water valve. In addition, my valves are in the locking basement(which unfortunately the OP does not have), so I can leave my basement locked and still can make use of a honey wagon service when needed.
portscanner 02/14/17 05:32am General RVing Issues
RE: License plate frame

Wow. This thread went sideways! OP asked for help on a license plate holder and the internet lawyers took off. To the OP: 1. Are there any RV salvage yards in you area? You could check there. 2. Do you have or do you know anyone with a 3D printer? I have replaced/created all sorts of fixes for my TC using my 3D printer. 3. Go to your local hardware store (big box or small). Wander through the area where they have brackets and angle iron. I have found solutions for problems like this in the past by taking a gander through and finding inspiration or pieces to fix a problem. Make sure you take measurements and pictures of the broken item with you. It will save lots of time. To the Internet Lawyers: Why poke the bear? I have not heard of anyone that was stopped because they put the plate on the TC, but I have heard of people being stopped for NOT putting the plate on the TC and the police stop them because the police feel it is not visible. Putting the license plate on the back of the camper does not compromise any of your rights and only takes a minute or two. I modified my license plate mount on both the truck and the camper so that the plate is mounted on (2) 1/4 bolts. The bolts are secured to the truck and the TC, so I just remove the two nuts that hold the plate on the truck, walk it over to the TC, put the plate and nuts on, and done.
portscanner 02/14/17 05:09am Truck Campers
RE: Compact Truckcamper

Very dangerous setup. No tiedowns.
portscanner 01/18/17 06:52am Truck Campers
RE: trouble lining up your hitch?

Magnetic hitching rods $27.29 Works with any trailer or tongue weight. Works with or without weight distribution hitches. Can be easily transferred between vehicles.
portscanner 10/19/16 05:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Overnight Rv park on I-75 either south or north of Atlanta

Good overnight campgrounds: http://gastateparks.org/. If you are planning on staying overnight on a holiday, check and see if you can make reservations, just to make sure there is space. Walk ons are welcome as long as there is space. Avoid at all costs going though middle of Atlanta between 0700 am and 7pm Monday - Friday. Use 285. Avoid the outer perimeter (285) of Atlanta during rush hour times (7-9 am and 4-7pm). Listen to 750am on your radio for traffic reports - even on weekends. I dont know your exact route, but if you are coming from North Carolina, I suspect you will be on I85. Take I85 down the east side of I285, then to I75. Again - if you are approaching Atlanta during rush hour, go find a place to park for a while until after rush hour. It will take the same amount of time and will save you on fuel and pulling you hair out. Trust me - I live here!
portscanner 10/05/16 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Dodging hurricane Matthew

This storm is supposed to be a cat 4 when it hits Florida. They say it is going to weaken after that, but they keep saying that and it doesn't. Get the H - E double toothpicks out of there now! Beat the storm Beat the traffic Beat the long lines at the fuel stations Go have a fun weekend. Turn it into something positive. Then load up - fuel, water, food and get some extra. Go home and help out your neighbors.
portscanner 10/05/16 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: I have 5 days to get an old truck camper

you need to keep weight in mind. Tounge weight of trailer plus the weight of the camper. Do you know the GVWR and the GCVWR on your truck? Look at the door or door post on the driver's side of the truck, then go get a full tank of gas and go weight your truck. Then you can figure out how much weight you can safely carry You will need some accessories. You will need tiedowns. (Torklift or Happyjack or a belly bar.) - unless the camper comes with Stable lift jacks - then the stable lift will serve as both jacks and tie downs.) Make sure you get spring loaded turnbuckles. You will want a rubber mat in your bed to keep the camper from sliding. If you are to be fiscally conservative, you probably will be looking at older units with manual jacks - possibly even the older 3 point jacks. Make sure you learn about those. Other ways to save on money and weight. Older and/or smaller units come with limited bath/shower/toilet facilities, some with none at all. Also some have small or no holding tanks. Make sure you understand what that means. As you are towing, unless you want to put a bunch of money into hitch extensions, get a TC model that has little to no overhang. (this will also shrink the weight and price) To keep the weight down - look at popup models. Make sure the hasps to lock the roof down are in good condition. To keep weight and price down - skip the roof A/C thats about all I can think of before my morning coffee.
portscanner 10/04/16 06:19am Truck Campers
RE: Dirty water in toilet bowl after sitting

Phantom Pooper -or- I have had some mold/alge grow in mine. It might be that.
portscanner 09/28/16 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: weight advice

My $0.02 - Stableloads and get some decent shocks.
portscanner 09/23/16 02:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Disposal?

Here is a video on how to remove the TC without the jacks
portscanner 09/17/16 06:49am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Disposal?

Put it on Criagslist and say it is free - but the stablelift does not come with it. If you list it as free it will be gone in a day or 2 Use the stablelift to get it off your truck and onto the new owner's truck. Remove stablelift and tell the new owner to have a nice day!
portscanner 09/14/16 05:39am Truck Campers
RE: Cooking while driving???

http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1223624227l/1662735.jpg I have put sardines on the exhaust manifold, but that was a practical joke.
portscanner 09/11/16 05:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

I played Karate Kid with the camper today. You know, wax on, wax off!
portscanner 09/11/16 05:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Practice to tie up dog?

So we have 2 basset hounds, so they aren't as tall as a lab, but we use a pen when we're camping with them, ..... Same here. We got two of the 4 foot tall fences, and one 2 foot tall fence. We took some sections out of the 2 foot tall so it would slide under our camper. Then we can just open the door and the dogs can come in and out as needed. A lot easier for the dogs to be in a pen than have 2 wild and crazy dogs tangling themselves up (and us) with tethers.
portscanner 08/17/16 04:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you level when needed

Pieces of 2x8 or 2x10 If they are not pressure treated, they can double as firewood. If you can find a source for scraps, they are free!
portscanner 08/08/16 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Sometimes a great misadventure

I feel for you. I had a very similar thing happen. I blew off the hose on my Ford 6.0 driving from Ohio back to Georgia when I bought my first 5er. Did not break it - just blew off. Had to slide it back on while on the side of the road (traffic racing by, hot turbo charger, etc etc) Got a few miles down the road, blew it off again. Thought I had lost the hose clamp. Found it on the far side of the engine compartment. Drove the rest of the way home without trying to stay up to the speed limit over hills. Short version - found Ford had a recall for that issue.
portscanner 07/11/16 05:04am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for some help to move back from the Dark Side.

I dont feel comfortable with the double towing. Besides, trying to keep my length down. I had a 18' Work and Play some time ago. I liked the construction. Will check them out. Unfortnately, it looks like all the Genesis' have slides. With the slide and the width of the jeep I would have to look at the 40 foot models to find one the jeep would fit in.
portscanner 07/10/16 10:29am Toy Haulers
Looking for some help to move back from the Dark Side.

We had a 30' toy hauler 5 years ago. It was a 30', no slides, no garage. It worked well for us. We had an electric golf cart we used at events we went to. With no garage, when the golf cart was pushed out, we had lots of room. We sold it and went to a TC. We had several changes in our life at that time that caused us to change and we have been very happy with our decision. Now we are looking at some new changes and going back to a 5er toy hauler might be a good option. I was hoping some of y'all could help us with our decision. What we need: 1. More floor space than the TC, as we will be spending extended periods of time in one place. 2. We need to be able to put a Jeep Wrangler (stock - no lift kits, no monster tires) in the TC (need the Jeep for work - use of the trailer will be 50/50 work/play) What we desire: 1. Slides are NOT high on our list of priorities. 2. Generator 3. No garage - would prefer all the floor space in one room. (Yes I know - it is not smart to have gasoline vehicles in the same room with you when you sleep - so I will kick it out at night) 4. Real close to 30' Dont really want to get bigger. It is just DW, the 2 fur campers and myself, so dont need more room that that. I have plenty enough truck (see my sig) to pull most of the toyhaulers out there so that should not be an issue. The other option we have is to sell the truck and TC and go to a class A or C and tow the jeep (we tow it behind the TC right now). However - the truck is paid for and I am sure a good 5er toyhauler will be less than an A or C. I also see us still using the TC on some trips. Your $0.02 pls!!!
portscanner 07/09/16 08:42pm Toy Haulers
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