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RE: Oil Change Interval

Jim, great idea! Oil change with every fill-up -- why not?
profdant139 06/20/18 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Grand Canyon and Utah 2019

Here is a wild idea -- do you and your kids like to mountain bike? There is great boondocking and riding out on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon -- the Rainbow Rim trail is amazing. Plus you are at over 7000 feet -- nice and cool! Just an idea.
profdant139 06/20/18 09:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oil Change Interval

I'm probably being foolish, but we do a lot of hot weather and high altitude towing, often in dusty and rocky terrain. So I use non-synthetic oil in my 2013 Tacoma and change it every 3000 miles. It costs less than $25 at my neighborhood mechanic. I have done it myself a couple of times but it is a mess, so I have someone else do it. But judging by the responses above, I am throwing away my money. Ouch. The truck sure runs nicely, though. Not one problem in 70,000 miles, knock on wood.
profdant139 06/20/18 09:20pm Tech Issues
White lithium grease for holding tank rods -- easy!

The holding tank valves were balky -- this probably is why the T handle on the black tank rod broke. I had been spraying the rods and the insides of the valves with silicone spray every so often, but the spray had little or no effect. (Everyone says not to use WD-40 because it might damage the seals, so I didn't.) I did some research on this forum and elsewhere and found that some folks had retrofitted zerk fittings onto the valve body to enable them to inject grease under pressure. This might work, but it seemed kind of extreme. So I decided to try a much simpler fix. After the tanks were completely empty (crucial step!), I pulled the valve rods all the way out. I then dabbed a little white lithium grease onto the rod and worked it back and forth. It made a huge difference, and was so easy. We will see if this effect lasts very long. But even if I have to apply lithium before every trip, it will be worth it. In theory, I could re-apply lithium to the rod every time we dump the tanks. In the real world, I am usually pretty preoccupied while dumping and am unlikely to engage in preventative maintenance at that time.
profdant139 06/20/18 04:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Aluminum replacement for broken T handle on tank valve rod

On a recent trip, part of the plastic T handle on my black tank valve rod snapped off while we were dumping the tank. Back home, after a little research, I discovered that the T handle was internally threaded and screws right onto the end of the valve rod -- very convenient! So I came up with this simple fix. (I know what you are thinking -- why not just buy a new plastic handle? I could, but I no longer trust those handles not to break at a crucial moment. I wanted a heavy duty handle.) I took a piece of half-inch thick aluminum scrap and used a hacksaw to cut a replacement handle. I then shaped it with a flat file and then cleaned up all of the rough edges with a belt sander. Next, I drilled a 15/64 inch hole in the center of the piece, starting with an eighth inch bit, then a 3/16, and finally a 15/64 bit. (Don't use a quarter inch bit -- the cutting threads on the tap will have nothing to cut if the hole is too big.) I then used a quarter-inch 20 pitch tap in order to create internal threads in that hole, to match the threads on the end of the rod. I screwed the replacement handle onto the rod, holding back on the rod with a vice grips so I could get it very tight. The end of the threaded part of the rod projected out from the backside of the replacement handle by about 3/8 of an inch. I put a lock nut onto that little stub and tightened it, so that the new handle will not unscrew from the rod. Here are two views of the finished product. This is a three-quarter end view: https://i.imgur.com/IC3mWVol.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. And this is a side view: https://i.imgur.com/BtX887el.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 06/20/18 04:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

ppine, I'm stumped -- where are the signs and the picnic tables? You must have sharper eyes than I do!
profdant139 06/20/18 01:45pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: looking for opinions on R-Pod and NoBo's

Even if R-Pods don't increase mpg, I wonder if the aerodynamic shape makes for more stable towing?? It's not an Airstream, but I bet it tows better than a sharp-edged cube (which is what I've got). Not that I'm complaining, of course. ;)
profdant139 06/20/18 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: looking for opinions on R-Pod and NoBo's

Two minor problems with R-Pod -- if the kitchen is in front, there can be headroom issues. And they are kind of narrow -- note that the wheels are outside the main body of the trailer. Check out some of the smaller Fun Finders -- they may fit the bill, and they are nice and boxy. And a thought about rain -- when it rains, we put on ponchos and go hiking regardless. In some places (like the redwoods), rain can be a good thing -- colors and smells are sharper. We have never spent the day inside, even in snowy weather. Nights in a trailer in bad weather are just wonderful!
profdant139 06/19/18 07:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: TR: Sequoia & Kings Cyn (dry camping and boondocking)

Len, this was definitely a king snake, not coral, and it had a black nose. I propose an alternate rule -- "if the snake has a nose, stay away from it." ;)
profdant139 06/19/18 09:06am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

Jim, how do you get ten days out of the batteries --do you have solar??
profdant139 06/19/18 09:03am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

May 22, 2018, in the Sequoia National Forest, south of Grant Grove. That's the Great Western Divide to the southeast. The picture makes it look like the trailer is perched on the edge of a cliff, on top of a steeply sloping granite slab. It's misleading -- there is no cliff, and the slab was reasonably level: https://i.imgur.com/moz5XORl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 06/18/18 12:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

May 21, 2018 -- boondocking in the Sequoia National Forest. Note a portion of the doorframe on the far left side of the shot: https://i.imgur.com/E41hf2kl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 06/18/18 12:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: TR: Sequoia & Kings Cyn (dry camping and boondocking)

Tiger, you have got the right rhyme. But I have recently discovered that it is not possible to recall the rhyme and recite it accurately when the snake is slithering toward your hiking boots. My new rhyme is "see a snake, get out of the way till you are sure it is not poisonous." It does not rhyme but is very easy to remember. And Phil, there is some awesome geology in Kings and Sequoia -- on the Big Baldy hike, for example, at around 8000 feet the trail crosses the contact zone between the underlying granitic batholith and the metamorphic "country rock" that was pushed up out of the way by the rising Sierras. At the precise point of contact, the heat vitrified some of the metamorphic stuff. Very exciting for those of us who like rocks! I have been told, however, that this is not so exciting for the spouse of the rock enthusiast who is a little tired of hearing about orogeny. She no longer finds it uplifting, so to speak.
profdant139 06/18/18 12:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
TR: Sequoia & Kings Cyn (dry camping and boondocking)

Here is a link to our latest trip report: Sequoia and Kings
profdant139 06/17/18 10:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Shipping Container RV

streditrak, interesting idea -- a classic example of thinking outside the box . . . . If you pursue this project, keep us posted on how it is going!
profdant139 06/17/18 04:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: cruiser rv quality?

For what it is worth, we bought a used Cruiser trailer, used it heavily for seven years, and then bought a new Cruiser trailer and have used it even more heavily (90 nights a year, 10,000 miles a year) for six more years. We took both trailers off road (or at least off pavement) a lot -- rocks, ruts, rough stuff. No problems. So yes, Cruiser does make good trailers. Having said that, any manufacturer can turn out a lemon now and then. A person whose judgment I trust (he's an active forum participant who goes by Travels with Yoly) had a bad Cruiser trailer and had to get rid of it. And although most people have had good experience with Cruiser's warranty department, not everyone has. I would bet that Cruiser's engineering, quality control and warranty performance are about at the industry standard -- maybe a touch above. The most important thing is to buy from a dealer who is not too far away and who has gotten good reviews. Many folks say that a careful inspection is very important, and it is; but with any trailer, there can be glitches that don't show up right away. So you really want a dealer who will stand behind the product.
profdant139 06/17/18 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendations for Idaho

Have you seen the Sawtooth National Recreation Area between Ketchum and Stanley? So much great camping and hiking -- world-class scenery. But that is central Idaho, not western.
profdant139 06/17/18 07:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No water hookup at Arizona state park

Oh, I see. The sign says "potable" water. I thought it was "portable." ;)
profdant139 06/17/18 07:32am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Another Tire Blowout

Rich -- Where was this stretch of killer road? I intend to avoid going there! For photos, life is so good now, thanks to our moderator, 1492. Just go to this link below, drag your photo in, and then copy the computer code that pops up. Then just paste that code into your message, and voila! Heaven Bless 1492, who created this amazing photo posting app for us
profdant139 06/16/18 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: Single axle TT's

The only reason I have a single axle is that they don't make a double axle in a really small trailer. Folks who have had both say that single axles are tougher to back up with -- more squirrelly. To me, the very biggest disadvantage of a single axle is that in case of a blowout, the trailer will tip far from level and could tip over. At highway speed, this could be exciting. So I would say that all other things being equal, get a double axle if you can.
profdant139 06/16/18 10:39am Travel Trailers
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