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RE: How do you track your mileage on your 5th wheel/trailer?

keep a log of mileage on my tow vehicle. Said tow vehicle. 99 percent of miles are towing the 5ver. Never been in the snow. write all towing miles in red and then a second section in green for driving miles. I figure then plus otr minus 5 percent Just a little math here.
Erie Tom 07/16/14 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
ohio construction. Columbus to Cinci

Heard there was an area south bound with long delays for bridge constrution between Columbus and Cinci. Thinking of the 270 bypass to Dayton to avoid this. Any help appreciated. Heading to Tenn.
Erie Tom 07/14/14 07:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Holding tank monitor sensor question

last year in the high heat I started to get false reading of 3/4 full. Flushed tank out with the Hydro flow fitting on the dump hose. It is a right angle with a hose water hose attachment. Then added the enzyme solution for the black water. Filled it with a third tank of water and drove 5 hours to the next campground and dumped. No more problem. The sensors get coated and give the false reading. Try this before you drill holes or try to remove sensors.
Erie Tom 06/04/14 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Cigarettes are driving me crazy.

I quit 35 years ago COLD TURKEY. Gave up beer at the same time and my buddy told me he can not wait til I would have another beer..... Two three weeks and never had one since....not the beer no cigarettes!!!
Erie Tom 05/17/14 11:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Where to bring antenna wire through?

I need to run ham radio coax in for the two radios I use. I went to Lowes and the plumbing section. Looking for a threaded cap and then a threaded section of 1 1/2 PVC. Found a piece about 2 inch threaded and then a cap for it. Through one of the storage compartments doors close to where I wanted the radios I drill a hole in the compartment door. Measured twice for the hole and then sealed it with caulk that locked the section into place. On the outside the cap screws on with a gassketthat I formed and this is how it seals all weather out going down the road. To use the coax just unscrew the cap and pull out the coax which is right in side of the compartment door and direct it to the antennas.
Erie Tom 05/14/14 03:41pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What caulk to use.

Thanks. I knew the self leveling was not the answer for the spouts but Dicor lap sealant is what I was looking for Did not know they made this. Thanks!!
Erie Tom 04/12/14 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What caulk to use.

Thanks. I knew the self leveling was not the answer for the spouts but Dicor lap sealant is what I was looking for Did not know they made this. Thanks!!
Erie Tom 04/12/14 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
What caulk to use.

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Erie Tom 04/11/14 07:05pm Technology Corner
What caulk to use.

I am going to replace my gutter spouts. Got two that will be replaced but not sure which caulk to use or what they had there originally. Thanks
Erie Tom 04/11/14 07:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Frozen Battery Cells

To ROYP. I pick up replacement 100AH batteries from the local battery supplier for a fraction of the original cost. They replace them from computer back ups after nine months so they are almost new. The Amish are starting to pick them up to run with solar panels so the have electric without being hooked up to the outside world. This makes it a little harder to get the batteries. 300AH is nice but I physical pick them up and us them in my boat for the electric trolling motor. !00 AH weighs about 60 pounds. How heavy is a 300ah?
Erie Tom 04/11/14 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Frozen Battery Cells

I found two UPS uninterrupted power supplies and took out the bad or old batteries. Take the batteries into my basement. ran leads from the UPS to these larger batteries for the winter months and use them as back ups in the ham shack or for other things I need twelve volts. Batteries just setting on the shelf in warm conditions could still lose 1% a month
Erie Tom 04/10/14 05:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Colbert replaces Letterman

Maybe he'll be different on this show. did not find him to funny the other way.
Erie Tom 04/10/14 05:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Frozen Battery Cells

It depends on the state of charge in the battery.Electrolite will freeze if it does not have the correct specific gravity. I tried to copy the answer but could not post it. Do a search ""Will electrolite freeze"" and look at the chart. This should help
Erie Tom 04/09/14 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Power Problems !

People do not turn off the breakers when leaving. Bad for the breaker ... And just what basis do you have for this claim? The only thing a breaker cares about is how many amps are flowing, at how many volts and how hot is it where it is. I do agree it is good practice to turn the breaker off before plugging in to prevent arcing of the plug contacts. Contacts get worn and spread apart. causing it to jump.. It is not a smooth contact... Basically plug is gone south because of use. Simple!!!!! A little added information f you give your recreational vehicle's breaker a break in certain situations, you'll help keep your RV's electrical system in top working condition. That advice comes from Jim Finch, KOA's assistant vice president/technical services. "There are three times that the campers should turn off the breaker in the campground electrical supply equipment,” he says. Those circumstances are: Before you plug your RV into a campground’s power pedestal Before you unplug your RV from a pedestal And when an electrical storm is building in the area. Here is why you should turn off the breaker in the first two situations: “If there's anything inside the RV that is on – if everything were turned off, it wouldn't matter -- in the process of plugging it in and unplugging it, you can get a situation where it can arc across, and it isn't totally safe,” Finch says. “I suspect that if you got an arc, it could damage whatever was turned on in the RV, too,” he says, adding that the caution especially applies to 50-amp rigs. And, if lightning is on its way, it’s a good precaution to turn off the breaker and then disconnect your RV from the campground’s electrical system, Finch says. “If there's an electrical strike at a transformer or in the supply side of the power company's equipment – and that does happen – it can travel down the lines and burn up equipment in the RV,” he says. Once the thunderstorm has passed, reverse the order of reconnecting your electricity: Plug in at the power pedestal. Then turn the breaker back on. “It's just a matter of safety. I know we've had electrical strikes on a transformer inside an RV park. Unlike a normal transformer that maybe supplies two or three houses, a transformer inside an RV park covers dozens of RV,” Finch says. And, lightning doesn’t necessary have to strike in the park itself to cause harm. “If it's close enough to transmit down the line and create a power surge,” an RV’s system could be damaged, he says. An RV owner turning off the breaker, then disconnecting the rig at the power pedestal has taken similar precautions to putting a surge protector between a wall outlet and a computer.
Erie Tom 03/29/14 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Power Problems !

People do not turn off the breakers when leaving. Bad for the breaker ... And just what basis do you have for this claim? The only thing a breaker cares about is how many amps are flowing, at how many volts and how hot is it where it is. I do agree it is good practice to turn the breaker off before plugging in to prevent arcing of the plug contacts. Contacts get worn and spread apart. causing it to jump.. It is not a smooth contact... Basically plug is gone south because of use. Simple!!!!!
Erie Tom 03/29/14 09:01pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Power Problems !

Power box at the campground,,,,OH YES. People do not turn off the breakers when leaving. Bad for the breaker and maybe bad for the next guy that plugs in. The arc can fuse the contacts of the plug on the post. This surge could have could have blown the fuse link before the fuse panel.
Erie Tom 03/24/14 12:56am Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank Level Indicator issues..

Before all the work replacing the sensors try this ,,,,Easier. Had the same problem and bought the black tank additive with the enzymes. Can not think of the name right now but not the chemical one. Drained it as best I could and then put a double recommended dose of the cleaner and filled the tank 2/3 full. Drove it to the next campground and then drained it when we got to the next site.Around 3 hundred miles. The movement of the liquid help clean off the sensors. The normal build up in warm weather was enough to give a false reading by the sensor. This is easier to try first and cheaper.
Erie Tom 03/01/14 06:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Interior lights dimmings

Souunds like a bad ground. Start at the light and work way to power source. Just loosening the ground screw and retightening may do it.
Erie Tom 01/24/14 08:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Skylight

Camping world was 40.00,,,,Wal-mart 20.00!!!!
Erie Tom 12/09/13 02:04pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Water Heater Sediment Question

Nice tool! I would drain the tank and then leave the city water hooked up and run it as if filling the tank. That would flush out the sediment.
Erie Tom 11/23/13 10:02am Travel Trailers
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