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RE: Carriage-Cameo by Crossroads?

The Cameo doesn't have a molded back cap, all the front caps are off of toyhaulers, I-beam frame, need I say more... If you want a Carriage quality RV, look at Lifestyle RV's, that's where all the engineers went. Thor just bought the name trademark nothing else.
jims1 11/16/14 06:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Using propane heater exhaust as a outside heat source?

You could "Rube Goldberg" a design using 2 heat exchangers, small pump, and antifreeze. You could hang a transmission size cooling radiator in front of the exhaust on the outside, have 2 flexible insulated lines running to the inside, to another radiator/heat exchanger with a small fan moving air over it. A small pump to circulate a non-toxic coolant and you would have a heat source in the basement. Wire the pump and fan to come on with the furnace relay. As others have mentioned you cannot restrict the exhaust heat, so I wouldn't cover it or box it in. My opinion only
jims1 11/13/14 07:24am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Are there any RV toilets with a P trap?

A Tecma Easy Fit has a similar bowl and exit system as a house style commode, but it's hooked to a macerator pump. I've installed or had installed a hundred or so when I was in the custom boat business
jims1 10/24/14 04:59pm Full-time RVing
RE: M-Tec Frame

If you want to make a million, start a frame shop in the Elkhart area. Make a fantastic product with more strength than necessary, build for a year or two and Lippert will buy you out. Move down the road and do again! Lippert buys alot of small operations that build good products to begin with. After the integration in the Lippert family, the original owners go away, and the product is then manufactured to lessening degree's of quality until you have nothing but junk.
jims1 03/05/14 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Going from a 33' to a 40'

Went from 32' to 38', no big change, but we are 13'4" at the highest.... I duck when we go under some bridges!
jims1 03/01/14 07:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: short bed truck

Superglide!
jims1 03/01/14 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: For those of you that camp frequently

Just wait till you tell all the family and friends that your going FullTime! Most people live within a 100 mile area or so. Traveling for vacations is going to theme parks or such but only every 5 years, 10 years. Many dream of the ability t go away for the week, and bring back the pics to show everybody but few actual will when given the choice. Don't worry about the "others"! See ya down the road
jims1 01/15/14 10:25am General RVing Issues
RE: 2014 Big Horn Silverado still in shop

Ok, let me rephrase my answer. It would be easy to find the short, string and splice some new wire into the underbelly and call it fixed. But on a new from the factory RV, who wants that? Having been in the marine repair industry, its a pain to go behind others trying to figure out what they did so you can repair the latest issue.
jims1 01/09/14 06:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Affordable insurance for full timer in S.D.

I'm in the same boat, with the ACA and all the other issues I no longer have ins. SD INS companies don't insure unless you reside, actually live in the state, for at least 6 months. Then the problem becomes that the ins companies only have in state doctors.
jims1 01/08/14 07:58am Full-time RVing
RE: 2014 Big Horn Silverado still in shop

Time for it to go back to the factory. The dealers workers will do more damage removing trim and parts than anything. if its supposed to be a new unit, insist on a NEW unit, not one that has been torn apart and reassembled.
jims1 01/08/14 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pupsicle

Blow up a balloon, tie it to the dogs tail and heave. Find dog using ballon!
jims1 01/06/14 07:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Hubby-a died-in-the-wool New Englander

I have our portable grill set up with one of those folding Coleman aluminum wind blocker things you use for the old green stoves, wrapped around it.
jims1 01/03/14 06:44am Around the Campfire
RE: License plates by weight

Back when I lived in NC, pick-up trucks and weighted tags went hand-in-hand. The way it worked was a license plate for everything that had wheels. But the tow vehicle's tag had to be "weighted" for the total combined weight you ever thought about towing. If you had a F150 and wanted to hook up to your bass boat , your truck tag had to be for the total weight of the truck, trailer, and boat. XXX amount of weight per $$$. Some counties were tough on enforcing it, others ignored it. For me, I had a weighted tag covering up to 26000lbs costing me over $400 a year. Only issue was that my rig weighs 27500 ready to roll. The other part of this is that they want all commercial trucks to have weighted tags. Meaning Joe Blows backyard lawn service that had the ragged pick-up and 3500lb utility trailer is supposed to have a weighted tag.
jims1 01/03/14 06:27am Towing
RE: My experience with LEDs (warning: long, but lots of info)

I used these in my newer 5th wheel in place of the c921 wedge based bulbs. They have a very nice warm white color very similar to the original bulbs and are actually brighter. Ebay LED's $38 for 1 bulb? There outa there mind
jims1 01/03/14 06:16am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Now towing with a HDT, why didn't I do this years ago

Not arguing here on someones post. But, Go find a long straight road, get up to speed, lets say 65mph. Do an emergency stop- put the truck into an antilock situation, lock the trailer tires into a skid, use your exhaust brake etc. See how far you go, try to do an evasive maneuver while doing this. Now do this with your trailer brakes unhooked, say due to a blowout that cuts the wiring or hydraulic lines. A 9000lb truck will have a real hard time stopping a 18000lb trailer. Say you leave the proper spacing between you and the vehicle in front, that space always fills up with smaller cars that don't care about their squish factor, do a panic stop now. The momentum of the rv will push you thru an intersection, down the hill, whatever is in front of you. I realize the engineers have made sure the brakes were up to the task, that the frame was strong enough, to move the load and stop the load under normal circumstances.
jims1 01/01/14 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: What's your RV's Name???

Home! Yea I know someone else said it, but it is. I also often refer to the rv as a big *itch, especially when trying to back into some ridiculously small sites.
jims1 01/01/14 08:18am Beginning RVing
RE: 5th wheel with Class III hitch on back - Excel - who else?

Alot of Carriages came with a hitch. Several people do triple tow with them.
jims1 01/01/14 08:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Now towing with a HDT, why didn't I do this years ago

I too am making this leap to the dark side. What alot of folks don't realize is that their Dodges, Fords, and Chevy's are not built to handle the advertised weight ratings day in, day out. We tow 17.5-18k depending on the level in the tanks. .
jims1 12/31/13 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: For all the fulltimers who work on the road.

We gate guard in the winter travel in the summer
jims1 12/29/13 06:55am Full-time RVing
RE: Seat in my truck is killing me

Remove the seat from the truck, Flip over, undo the metal wire rack- cut the hog ring holders and remove foam. Add whatever foam you would like, I used a piece of high density oopen cell then a piece of memory type. Reassemble with new hog rings. Its easy to do, takes less than 15 minutes to remove and open up. The other idea is to find 2004 seats in the same color and bolt them in. Much more comfortable. $generations seats fir as well depending on the model. I did this about 80k ago.
jims1 12/22/13 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
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