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RE: National Park Trip

We finished a x country trip out West and to Alberta and British Columbia last year. Study the weather patterns. We took RT 10 West and then the Northern route I-40 on return due to bad weather from I-40 North in the Spring. We started from LA, though and not NJ. If you had the time and wanted to, take I-84 W to I-81 then head South. Avoid Baltimore and D.C. taking I-64 toward Richmond, VA and take a view of some of the Southern states, then head West. On the return you could go further north than I-40. We plotted areas of interest, left our 40' 5er at a CG using it as a hub and then took the truck to the area around the hub. Plan in advance, and I would advise having reservations ahead of time, by at least 3-4 wks. You might run into rallies and other events that might make it hard to stay in some areas. Some areas do not have cell or internet. Bring bottled water.
joelc 07/29/17 01:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: 8 ft v 6ft

I have a long bed truck and the extra space comes in handy. The only draw back to a LB is because the wheel base is longer than a short bed, the turning radius is longer and there will be a delay when backing a rig into a space, so you have to take that into account. But, If you take your time, you should not have any problems. Do not purchase short on the truck. Get it for doing work. Check manufactures and years carefully. I don't know much about Chevy or Dodge right now, but when I bought my Ford in 2006, it had the best reviews, but has cost me a mint for repairs and it has only gone 90K.
joelc 07/29/17 01:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New RV toilet needed

Had problems about 1 yr. ago with my Thetford. Purchased a Dometic 320 and am thrilled with it. Much easier maintenance if there is a problem. I got elongated bowl. You might have to change the water supply routing slightly to accommodate the input. If you don't have a shut off valve, it would be a good time to add one.
joelc 07/27/17 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Bathroom fan power

Found the problem. Found schematic on the internet. It was a fuse.
joelc 07/01/17 02:06pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Slideout seal repair

Does the goop bend, or is it a stiff glue. I need something that is pliable. I did look it up and there are all types.
joelc 07/01/17 11:39am Fifth-Wheels
Bathroom fan power

The switch on the BR fan was erratic so I went to replace it with a 12V toggle I picked up at a auto store. I had the switch on and now nothing works. I did find out that the BR fan is tied into the Fantastic fan in the kitchen as that does not work either now. I do have 13V to the wires in the bath fan. Checked 12V panel in the forward compartment. No red lights on signifying blown fuse. Any other 12 V fuses in the coach, or any ideas? I have a 2012 Carriage Cameo 5er.
joelc 07/01/17 11:36am Forum Technical Support
Slideout seal repair

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joelc 07/01/17 10:27am Forum Technical Support
Slideout seal repair

Not sure if this post is in the proper place. I have a 5er and on one of the slide outs the top seal is cracked in the corner and starting to tear. The remainder of the seal is fine, including the inner seal. Is there a way to patch this area so it won't tear further. I thought of a inner tube patch, but I want some input before I do it. The area does flex quite a bit when the slide goes in and out, so I think Eternabond Tape might be too stiff. I also thought of a silicone bead over it, but not sure. You're inputs would be appreciated.
joelc 07/01/17 10:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trip Mapping

I have a Garmin RV 660 that I use in conjunction with Rand McNally Truckers atlas. I plan the route and then check it on the atlas to be sure the roads are compatible. If not, I can alter the route on the Garmin. I drive a 40' 5er with a long bed dually CC truck. The camper is 13.6.
joelc 06/20/17 05:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: hydraulic jacks quest.

I don't have those jacks, but if they are hydraulic check for a leak.
joelc 12/29/16 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas vs diesels

First, I will state that I have a 5er with a diesel truck. Diesel pusher MH from what I have observed aside from the engine, have air breaks, not hydraulic breaks. A whole different animal. A diesel engine while it is much more costly to maintain during oil changes, etc. might be more costly for repairs. My truck takes 18 qts of oil and filters are about 3x more expensive than if I had a gas engine. A big plus to the diesel..... If you are going to do heavy traveling and do a lot of climbing like the mountains out West, then a diesel will maintain your torque at high altitudes.
joelc 12/29/16 09:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CO alarm replacement.

Above is possible, but just be sure that when it does go off you are not taking it for a false alarm. It could be real. If you don't have a fan on your range or spray an aerosol it will go off. Also, not to be sarcastic, but are you sure you are hitting the reset button and not the test button?
joelc 12/29/16 09:12am General RVing Issues
RE: National Park Service has it all wrong!!??

You might change your tune on the cost of the Senior pass when you stop working and have a fixed income.
joelc 12/29/16 09:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fuel Discounts - The Flying J Question

Just a note. When we were traveling across country we noticed that Flying J and some of the other truck stops had the fuel a little cheaper at the area where cars fueling area over the truck area. Usually, you have clearance, gas and diesel at the auto islands. This was not the case all at every place but a enough to make me notice.
joelc 12/29/16 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Awning Support

I have a Care-free awning and not familiar with that rule. Check on-line or call your manufacturer. I don't think A & E does that either. I would not keep an awning out over 25 mph winds.
joelc 12/29/16 08:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Disgusted and getting the total run around.

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joelc 12/29/16 08:44am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Disgusted and getting the total run around.

I had Good Sam road service many years ago, and they left me stranded because I had a car on a tow dolly. I now have a 40' 5er and went around the country and needed Coach-Net twice. Excellent service, and they towed me where I needed to go. One time they brought me to the CG that was 2 miles down the street and towed the truck to the repair shop of MY choice the next day.
joelc 12/23/16 09:16am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Winter heated hose not working

Yes, the light on the heat tape should be on. Then if it is going to get cold for extended period of time, you have to get the foam pipe wrap. They sell it in Lowes and Home Depot and probably hardware stores. Measure the length you need and purchase that quantity. I forget the width. Put it around the hose and heat tape I have 3 heat tapes for my 25' hose.
joelc 12/22/16 11:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long does a water filter last?

What are the potential issues with this if i'm not drinking the water. Is everyone here drinking the water from the faucet and is that the only reason for better filtering? FYI, I do drink filtered water at home with a good filter but just am too leary about drinking the unknown faucet water from some of the campgrounds we frequent even on a good water filter. Thanks. We are full timers and we have 1 micron out door in line filter. We use the water for everything. However, I DO TEST the water from the faucet before drinking. If it proves to be questionable, then we do not drink it. One main reason we use an external filter is so no crud including sand, rocks etc. get into the RV water lines. Now you are asking how we test the water, that can be open for argument. But I use a Digital Water Purity Tester by Intellitec. zlsnvrt & Loader Group LLC
joelc 12/22/16 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: How long does a water filter last?

Depends where you travel and what the water quality is like. I generally check mine every 6 months, BUT if I am in an area where I don't trust the water or I know it is high in iron (for example) it will need changing early. If in doubt carry spares and check when you want to. It only takes s short time.
joelc 12/16/16 10:18am General RVing Issues
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