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RE: Oregon Coast Trip

We are excited to be heading off in a couple of weeks time to Washington and then Oregon Coast, the latter we plan to hit around 20th Sept for 3 to 4 weeks. We love fishing, kayaking, rafting, waterfalls, beach combing etc. Our plan is to head south down the coast, then northerly to the Caves Junction Up to Roseburg and slightly to the east there, then up towards Portland, then east across and down to explore to Bend, then down to Klamath Falls. We prefer the ease of arriving by boondocking/dry camping over any other forms personally where possible without impeding our trip, as we tend to spend most of our time out and about exploring. Any suggestions on best places to park and overnight would be really appreciated. Likewise any must see/don't miss locations. FTW Thats what I started off wanting too but was suggested that we hit Oregon State Parks due to a general lack of boondocking on the coast. See the start of this thread. That said, there are a few links in a post not too far back that have a spot or 2 identified. We are on our teip now. At Ainsworth SP as we speak (overnighing on our way to the coast).
d-mac1 08/16/15 08:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

In one day? Oh for heavens sake....so many people put thought into this thread and for nought. Why didn't you say "one day" at the outset. And I doubt very much if you are going to do it in one day. In fact..I'd bet not. Gary Haupt Hi You misunderstood. We are spending 7 days on the coast, just moving from north (Nahelem Bay) to South (Harris Beach) all in one day due to campsite availability. I didn't want to go all the way south to Harris in the middle of the trip, but had to. We wanted to move to a more south/central spot (on the coast). In fact, we are hauling straight there and not seeing anything along the way and same coming home, all to spend max time on the coast. Obviously we can't see everything mentioned in the post in a week, but we're going to do our best and have to come back for more later. I most definitely appreciate everyone's input! Dave
d-mac1 08/14/15 09:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Ok....good info guys! I like to know where I can get fuel in advance of a trip due to our height/size, so I almost always hit truck stops. Since we'll be going N-S down the entire Oregon coast in one day, can anyone provide some fuel locations that can accomodate 13'4" and 36' trailer? I'd like to avoid having to unhook, etc just to get fuel. It will be a long enough day as it is. Or are there enough that I don't need to worry about it? Another question...anyone ever run 140 across southern Oregon to meet up with I-80 in Winnemucca Nevada? That looks alot shorter than dropping down south to Reno on I-5/CA 89/CA 44/US 395 and then coming back north on I-80. Gary - gonna hafta hit that spot near the base some other time...but we will be very close (Harris Beach), so could maybe drive over some afternoon. Is the attraction fighter jet take offs and landings or ships? Sounds like the latter since its USCG??
d-mac1 08/13/15 10:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

According to an app on my phone, there doesnt appear to be any truck stops along US 101 on the Oregon coast. Not a major surprise, but are there stations where I can get diesel with a 13'4" trailer behind us? I really would rather run the coast (I think) than I-5. We will be driving essentially the entire coast in a day (cannon beach to brookings). Would I-5 be alot easier/quicker after factoring in traffic on a Friday? Thanks!
d-mac1 08/13/15 04:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Water tank fitting leaking

I think I have figured out what caused the problem. I was draining my tank and now that I had the underbelly opened and could see how the fittings are arranged, it dawned on me that, even when drained, some water will sit in the fitting and the line to the pump unless I run the pump until its mostly sucking air. So, I think it froze and slightly cracked the fitting. When I picked up the trailer and we got our walk-through, I asked what all I needed to do to winterize and one step wasn't, drain tank then run pump till its sucking air...nor was one to suck some anti-freeze into the fresh tank. I will try the epoxy sealant approach unless someone has a different idea and hope that the swelling of the tank when loaded doesn't make it leak....and I'll be sure to run the pump after draining when winterizing. One of these days I hope to graduate from the school of hard knocks. LOL
d-mac1 05/28/15 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: gas station canopies height ?

I got a couple of joints of 3/4 pvc and cut them down to make a measuring stick. When they are together they are the height of my air conditioner plus 3 inches. They can ride in the bed of the truck or in the basement. No need for a spotter, just take a quick check for clearance. Good for canopies, tunnels or bridges. So at a suspect low bridge or tunnel w/out a sign......you stop traffic, get out your 3/4 PVC and determine your clearance??..:S . I too have a measuring stick. Its an AWESOME idea...especially if ever have to tow solo. If you are tall, there should NEVER be an assumption that it will be ok. And you need to know exactly how tall you are. FIRST - I scout out my route before I go to avoid low bridges and/or tunnels via Allstays Camp and RV app plus trucker atlas. SECOND - I have a trucker GPS in my truck that can alert me to a potential problem and it serves as a double check on my routes. If I miss a turn on my planned route, it will guide me to a safe route, but I'm on high alert during this type of event. This happened twice last trip. THIRD - I have my pvc measuring stick for in the event of a bridge/road change or for bridges and such off the beaten path...or for in event something changes on the road such as road resurfacing. I've used my measuring stick to gauge how high wires were when evaluating an off the beaten path route BEFORE bringing the trailer through. We are 13'4" and my stick is 1" longer than that when assembled. We only stop at truck stops unless we can't for some reason, but our truck is diesel. Go in and ask the attendant if you are unsure...if you have a stick, you're golden.
d-mac1 05/28/15 08:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water tank fitting leaking

Yes...and the tank does flex as it gains weight and I'd bet it bulges as it gains pressure until it spurts out the water in the vent line that is essentially blocking it. I can hear when the vent goes under water when I'm filling if its quiet. I'm thinking that is going to be my new full level vs when water flows out the overflow (which is well after the spurt from the vent line clearing). The latter has likely contributed to my problem.
d-mac1 05/26/15 02:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water tank fitting leaking

I think my tanks's design is crappy...made worse by how my vent line is ran. The vent connects high on the side of the tank so it goes underwater before the tank is full. Granted its pretty full, but jot maxed. Is that how everyone's is? I would have thought that the vent comes off the top. Then, my vent line runs down, along the corroplast toward the front of the trailer where it then runs up to a vent that is higher than my tank. When filling the tank, once some water gets in the vent line, it is plugged until enough pressure builds up in the tank to blow the water out the vent. Is anyone else's like that? When I first got my trailer, the vent hung down under the trailer and it would siphon. On my first trip, we got to camp with about 3/4 tank of water....hence the reroute up, but it still siphons....so I installed a shut-off on the vent.
d-mac1 05/26/15 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water tank fitting leaking

The fitting where my pump attaches to the fresh water tank is leaking. Its a little weird because it only seems to leak when the fresh tank is really full. When it is real full, I can see the water bead up at the point where the fitting that is inserted into the tank turns 90 degrees and creates a fitting for the water. I've pumped out some of the water still shows full on the meterand the leak has slowed down. When filling the tank, it didn't leak until it was real full. Even though it's leaking, Is the fitting still tight to the tank? The tank will leak more as it fills up because the pressure inside the tank increases as it fills up Every 2.31 ft of water will creat a pressure of 1 psi If just patching the leak was my intent I would drain the tank clean and dry the fitting area Apply a 2 part water proofing epoxy/sealant around the fitting/tank area Yes, I believe the fitting is still tight to the tank. I will confirm before I do anything. Ideally, I'd like to remove the fitting and replace it, but I don't know if thats possible? It seems like I'd need something to break the hold of the glue without creating bigger problems. Is there a particular product you have in mind for the water proofing coating? Thanks!
d-mac1 05/24/15 06:40am Fifth-Wheels
Water tank fitting leaking

The fitting where my pump attaches to the fresh water tank is leaking. Its a little weird because it only seems to leak when the fresh tank is really full. When it is real full, I can see the water bead up at the point where the fitting that is inserted into the tank turns 90 degrees and creates a fitting for the water. I've pumped out some of the water (still shows full on the meter) and the leak has slowed down. When filling the tank, it didn't leak until it was real full. In my pic the greenish looking part is leaking and it seems to be doing so right at the 90 degree bend on the bottom of it. The white stuff that looks to be dripping is some sort of glue and, while the glue isn't dripping, water is running over the glue and dripping off a little further to the side of it...you can see the water drop in my pic. http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii295/daveindenver/Toyhauler%20XLR%20300X10/Water%20tank_zps2s6kvsdy.jpg Any ideas on how to fix this? Can I remove the greenish part somehow and replace it with a new one (and sealer)? Thanks!
d-mac1 05/23/15 01:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bridge in Dalhart TX

Just an update....we took the alternative and its good. Thanks again Tony and to Boxer Lovers! We were coming from west and be sure to not miss east second. We didnt but it looked like possible low wires if cross it. Not sure how low and no issues if you turn left on east second. We are 13' 3".
d-mac1 05/11/15 09:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Bridge in Dalhart TX

I took it last July and it worked great. Thanks!
d-mac1 05/08/15 12:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bridge in Dalhart TX

Dalhart detour details. The DW has provided needed directions for an easy detour. Here it is: Heading north on 87, turn left on Liberal Street. Go about two blocks. Right on E. Second Street, right on Denrock Avenue. Two underpasses...first is 14'3"..second is 14'1". You emerge at stop sign, then left back on to 87 north. Streets are wide and easy to negotiate with a big rig. Hope this helps. Is this still a good alternative to the low clearance on Railroad Street?
d-mac1 05/08/15 11:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

You guys are funny and I cant thank you enough!! Beer is on me...we are at white wash in Utah. Come on by and collect!! Going home Sat so hurry over for best selection :-)
d-mac1 04/16/15 07:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Its the relay board...a friend showed up and helped me understand how it works. There is power to the board, but nothing comes out of it. From what I now understand, its output powers the solenoid which would pull the switch down and thereby transfers the power. Sound right? I called the rv store and cant buy the circuit board by itself, so I did right by ordering a new switch. For tonight, I can jam a piece of wood into it to hold it engaged. I will pull wood out before turn off genny. I guess reason is to assure smooth steady power to converter? Thanks guys!!!
d-mac1 04/13/15 05:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Talked to an rv parts guy. Ordered a new switch. He sd the coil likely went bad and wont pull the switch down. I have no way to connect shore line...very poor connection to internet. Boondocking in utah. Will look at pdfs when in town later when go in to get new switch. Hopefully that will fix it. Since I can manually operate it it doesnt seem like a delay circuit issue?
d-mac1 04/13/15 10:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Genny is fine. There is an issue with transfer switch. There are 2 switches in the housing. When I started genny, an led lit up on the one with only 1 set of real heavy gauge wires coning into it. No output from either switch. With meter connected to switch output lines, if I manually depress the switch with the led, I hear converter fan run and have ac power. Switch is PD52. The output of switch I'm operating by hand goes into lower connectors on other switch which I'm assuming is for shore power. Can I just replace one switch or need to do entire unit...or is something else the problem? Thanks guys. All comments are helping!!
d-mac1 04/13/15 09:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Got the lid off the switch...there are 2 switches in there. Can depress each and they return to original position. Neither seems impaired. Will get out multimete but Im not good with juice. Will connect batteries and then disconnect and start genny and see if I can figure out what is what. Fuses at genny were not tripped. Its an onan 5500
d-mac1 04/13/15 08:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Only things running when this happened was tv, dvd player a couple lights and 2 cell phone chargers. How would I test inverter?
d-mac1 04/13/15 07:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Will pop the lid off in a while. If the transfer switch doesnt switch between dc and ac, what does? When I am on dc power and start genny, after a 15 or so sec delay, there is a noticable click, almost a pop, and ac power is functional. Thats what normally takes place. No switch over now. Isnt the transfer switch doing the change?
d-mac1 04/13/15 07:42am Fifth-Wheels
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