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RE: WD Hitch ratings / boundaries

My tongue weight is 720 to 750 most of the time, and I use 1000# bars. I guess the general formula would tell me to go to 800# bars, but my WD dealer strongly suggested I go with 1000#. Works fine, and I'm glad I went heavier. Edit: I would be interested in trying 800# just to compare the two. As it is, I can only guess which is best...
classicdude 05/16/14 02:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: small victory

After a bout with some pretty debilitating stuff myself, I can truly appreciate the guts and hard work it takes to come back. Congratulations, and keep it up!
classicdude 05/06/14 02:53pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: After owning for 3 years I did not know!!

Took me two years to figure it out! When the dealer did our demo, he had to fully extend the awning to access the water heater compartment (or so he said) because the rear arm covered the access door. I had it parked such that I couldn't extend the awning to get to my water heater bypass valves to winterize last fall. That's when I discovered the latch at the bottom that allowed me to move the arm out of the way without extending. I haven't used the awning yet by anchoring to the ground, but I intend to this year. The flimsy bag awning on our popup survived some incredible winds without problems when set up that way (well anchored). I'm not advocating leaving it out in windy conditions though. The only problem I see is that it would increase the time it takes to roll the thing up if a sudden wind whipped up. That's one of reasons I seldom put up awning lights anymore. Two or three minutes can spell the end of an awning. We got in our first trip of the year last week-end, and we witnessed our first 'awning on top of a camper' episode. Don't want that to be us!
classicdude 04/29/14 07:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: TT running lights on while camping

I just LOVE how some individuals decide what is appropriate and what is not.
classicdude 03/15/14 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing tank gauges.

I bought Horst sensors but was unable to install for reasons stated in my first post (no room to drill, too difficult to drop tanks). I think they would have been a great solution. My factory sensors were glued or plastic welded into place and required drilling new holes, so that was the killer of that project. The Horst rep did tell me they were coming out with a new type that were externally mounted, but I've resigned myself just to get by with the factory set up.
classicdude 03/15/14 11:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing tank gauges.

If you look online a bit you can find good explanations and pictures of how they work. There are a few different types. Mine are simple electrical contacts at different levels, and the water is the conductor. They are not adjustable and may just need a good cleaning. I decided to replace mine about a year ago, but I quickly discovered that was NOT going to happen! I didn't have enough room between the frame and the tanks to drill out the old ones and install the different type without dropping my tanks. And THAT was NOT going to happen after researching the procedure.
classicdude 03/14/14 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: typical 1 hour project...right!

Great video! I laughed all the way through, not because he had problems but because I have had the same experiences! I actually learn more from seeing those mistakes than if he had done a perfect install on the first try.
classicdude 03/14/14 07:37pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: OCD

I suffer from CDO. (OCD has to be in alphabetical order) Well done...hilarious! My wife and I talk constantly about getting out again. Because of an unexpected health problem, we missed the last 3 or 4 trips out last year. We are sooooo ready!
classicdude 02/01/14 03:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Totally confused trying to buy travel trailer

It sounds like the modifications you prefer would be fairly simple, and your truck should have no problem with the weight of anything in the 16' to 19' range. I can't imagine spending winters in Montana in one, so could we assume you will head for warmer climate during the really cold stuff? To me, keeping everything heated and avoiding frozen water lines would be a real trick. As far as the recliner goes, if it will fit through the door, I would think it's do-able. In our camper, only one bench seat can be removed since the furnace is located under the other one...still would be enough room for a single recliner. I'm not sure you will find a small camper without the bench seat set up though. By the way, I totally get how it feels to be on a 'budget'!
classicdude 01/06/14 11:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Where to mount GPS

I attach mine to the drivers door window down low, leaving enough room to crack the window if I want to. It doesn't block any part of my view, and I can reference it easily. That location has a couple of drawbacks, but for me it's best mounting location.
classicdude 12/27/13 06:55pm Technology Corner
RE: I must have been a good boy.

I'm one of those who insists on a real campfire, but I've been looking at propane for a couple of years anyway. I've never heard of ANYONE not liking propane fires after they've had one. That's a pretty good argument for trying it! Building fires is a lot of fun for me, but loading firewood is becoming one of my hardest parts of getting ready to head out. Not as young as I used to be. I dread it! Over the last couple years, I've come to enjoy cooking over my fire. Hmmm, can you cook hotdogs over those things without messing up the burner?
classicdude 12/27/13 05:07am RV Lifestyle
RE: In need of furnace help!!!! Anyone?????

This may or may not apply to your furnace, but...I had a propane space heater in my garage a few years ago with a small tank and regulator outside. Way too often in cold weather the regulator would literally freeze up. I had to remove it and take it inside to thaw out before it would work. Yes, it had to be pretty cold for that to happen. I still don't know what caused it. Maybe moisture in the tank? It was a brand new 100# tank, so I don't where the moisture came from. Just trying to throw something out there from my experience that may help.
classicdude 12/24/13 08:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Military/DoD Are you active duty, retired or a veteran?

Navy veteran here. Father is a Navy veteran. Son is a Navy veteran.
classicdude 12/08/13 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Unexplained but true happenings

Love this thread! Fascinating.
classicdude 12/03/13 10:14pm RV Lifestyle
RE: I-57/I-64 in southern Illinois

Wow, either they have torn up even more roadway, or the the traffic is extra heavy cause of the holiday. It's been 3 months, now that I think about it, since I've been through there. Chemo has me a little out of sorts. :)
classicdude 11/30/13 10:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-57/I-64 in southern Illinois

The construction is still going on but flow seems much improved. It seems it was caused by 64 converging with 57 at a point where 57 had been reduced to one lane only. The last several times I was through there, the traffic flow was fine.
classicdude 11/30/13 07:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: a real wood burning fireplace is possible

This is something I would have considered many years ago, but no way would I do it now. Not only does it seem dangerous, but it just doesn't seem practical, as suggested by gbopp. I heated my house strictly with wood for many years, so I understand that wood heat is as safe as the user makes it...but still, using it in a camper would seem like a very different animal. Just my opinion based on experience.
classicdude 11/29/13 06:52am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Finally Made It! Retirement Day

Congratulations! You made it!
classicdude 11/26/13 07:01am RV Lifestyle
RE: IMPORTANT THANKSGIVING POLL QUESTION!!!

I've had both recently. Hands down, I prefer jellied.
classicdude 11/23/13 07:45pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Awning hangers

Good idea!
classicdude 11/23/13 04:12pm General RVing Issues
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