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RE: Water fill tube Question

I had to re-route my fill tube, too. It sure works better without having to pump the water uphill!! ;)
profdant139 05/24/18 01:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Upside down DIY drill press for working under the RV

out for a rip, this is for an aluminum frame to enclose the underbelly. A big project, a long way from done. And 2DHoop, it is very easy to move the assembly around -- the whole thing slides on the concrete driveway, no problem.
profdant139 05/24/18 01:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Armorlite TC -- expensive, but it looks very nice

You've probably already seen this, but it was news to me: Armorlite TC Hard to say if it is worth the price ($45k). It might be worth it, on the theory that you are paying for a combination of comfort, light weight, and solid engineering.
profdant139 05/15/18 12:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Little Guy trailers--any experiences?

I took a careful look at the Little Guy Max online -- good design, nice floorplan. Yes, it is expensive, but if you are looking for a high-end small trailer, this fills the bill. The only downside is that the tanks are very small -- too small for our needs. We boondock for a week at a time, and the gray and black are very limited. Fresh water tanks are essentially unlimited -- just bring along a jerry can, and the tank can easily be topped off from any fresh water source. But gray and black can't be dumped just anywhere!
profdant139 05/14/18 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Weekend camping - Fridge use

I'm sure you have thought of this already, but use a hydrometer to make sure that you do not have a bad cell. It's easy to use.
profdant139 05/09/18 05:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ridgecrest, CA

Sierra Trails is adequate -- very dusty. Not lovely. Easy on and off the highway.
profdant139 05/09/18 09:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How long did/are your House batteries last? Survey.

Battery Type = Wet Brand/Size = Napa Marine 12v Group 31 Bank Size/AH's = 2 x 110 a/h Age = 4 years, still going strong. Extra Info = Almost never discharged below 50 percent. Alway on a Batteryminder when not in active use. Specific gravity and water levels checked regularly. I don't equalize because I don't have a charger that will put out voltage higher than 14. And someone mentioned that we should stop fussing about the batteries. For some of us, this is part of the fun! Taking care of the equipment, seeing if we can consume fewer resources, brushing up on our amateur technical skills, etc. It's not work -- it's entertainment.
profdant139 05/09/18 07:37am Tech Issues
RE: TR/3 : Threading the Needles (Canyonlands) part way

A hint to my fellow readers: In order to read the little warning sign under the big warning sign, it is necessary to zoom in quite a bit. Excellent report!
profdant139 05/09/18 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: Yosemite to Lake Tahoe

Well, folks, I have towed on the 26 percent grade at Sonora Pass, both up and down, no problem. I first got clearance from a law enforcement officer at a local office that I will not name. My truck is 16 feet long, and so is my trailer (coupler to bumper). The officer told me that the combination should be fine on that grade and those turns. The officer was right. I stayed in my lane the whole time, and had no trouble pulling up, and no trouble coming down. We boondocked for a week up at the pass -- heaven on earth, at 9500 feet. Don't try this in anything larger, though! We saw an accident involving a commercial trailer -- nobody hurt, but a lot of vehicle damage. By comparison, Tioga is a piece of cake -- excellent pullouts, and plenty of them. Eight percent.
profdant139 05/08/18 07:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Yosemite to Lake Tahoe

Bottom line -- you can't go wrong. In my opinion, having done that trip several times over several routes, I would take Tioga to 395. 120 goes through the High Sierra, which is amazing country. And the views along 395, the whole way, are jaw-dropping. Wide open country, huge mountains and valleys. If there is any way you can spend some time in the Tuolumne Meadows area, do it. The same is true all the way north to Tahoe.
profdant139 05/07/18 10:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Upside down DIY drill press for working under the RV

rh, I discovered that it was hard to "tune" the triggers on my cordless drills to a very slow speed for this drill press project. The corded trigger works much better for that purpose. For most of what I do, I use cordless, though.
profdant139 05/03/18 09:01am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fall Colorado Trip

OP, are you open to the idea of boondocking? And are you ok with towing on rough forest roads?
profdant139 05/02/18 09:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Invalid Topic or ID entered

The topic is the low quality of the insulation used in RV manufacturing -- it is not as good as it could be. (I am learning to speak fluent Mex.) And Mex is right -- as he often is -- even though his tone can be a little strong. For what it is worth, I used to have an aluminum trailer with pink Fiberglass in the walls -- not well insulated. My current trailer has about two inches of styrofoam in the walls and ceiling -- it is much more well insulated. But it could be better, I am sure. And in case the alternative topic is the annoying "invalid" message, I think I have a work-around that works most of the time -- I compose my message off-line, in Microsoft word. I then copy it and paste it into the message form on this website. That often (but not always) works. And when it doesn't, at least I have my message saved as a Word file, so that I can try again later without re-typing it.
profdant139 05/01/18 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Outdoors RV trailers

If Outdoor made a trailer as small as what I prefer (14 feet or less), I would get one for sure. Their units are built extra tough for boondocking on rough roads, and they are true four season trailers. Have you watched the videos on their website? Very informative.
profdant139 05/01/18 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upside down DIY drill press for working under the RV

Cummins, will a self drilling screw just cut right through the wall of a steel frame member under a travel trailer? That's amazing -- the cutting head must be made of heat-treated steel. I'm assuming you still have to put a lot of upward pressure on the screw and the drill has to be going very slowly, right?
profdant139 05/01/18 06:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Upside down DIY drill press for working under the RV

Wow!! And I thought it was just a dull drill bit . . . . Bob, I wish I could say that I intentionally left the drill in reverse during filming, just to see who really watched the video and paid close attention. But that's not the truth -- just a random thing.
profdant139 05/01/18 05:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Upside down DIY drill press for working under the RV

I’m getting ready to enclose the underbelly on my trailer – a job that involves drilling some small holes in the underside of the chassis. Is there anything more fun than drilling into metal upside down in tight quarters? Yes. Lots of things are more fun than that. So, after a little Googling, I came up with an Upside Down DIY Drill Press. The goal was to hold the drill bit steady against the metal and to put just the right amount of pressure on the bit, as it cuts slowly into the metal. The key is the jack underneath the drill motor – an idea I copied from someone else. I then took my corded drill motor and mounted it upside down on a small piece of plywood. Two 6 inch lag bolts are on either side of the motor housing, and a steel hose clamp squeezes the lag bolts against the sides of the drill. The whole thing is then clamped to the top of the jack. I put another small steel hose clamp on the trigger, so that I could very precisely control the speed of the drill – slow is good when going into metal. I like it when the drill spins off spiral cuttings, rather than little sharp metal flakes – much easier to clean up! I hope other folks who find themselves on the dark side of the RV can make use of this trick (and maybe improve on it). Here is a one-minute video: Upside down DIY drill press for working under the RV And here is a photo: https://i.imgur.com/drDZM8pl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 05/01/18 04:36pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Working voltage, resting voltage, and the 50 percent rule

Interesting replies -- bottom line, the 50 percent rule is not hard and fast, and there is no magic way to convert working load to resting load, and don't worry so much about optimizing battery life. I like it! This is sort of along the same lines as the old saying: "Since I gave up hope, I feel much better!" Mex mentioned an amp/hour meter -- is there a good hand-held version of that, kind of like a multi-meter? I would want to use something like that on the road and also at home, so a hard-wired unit would be less useful.
profdant139 05/01/18 09:12am Tech Issues
Working voltage, resting voltage, and the 50 percent rule

Just for the sake of curiosity, I've been trying to determine a correlation between the working voltage of my batteries ( measured while running all of the lights in my trailer) as distinguished from the resting voltage (measured after the battery has been disconnected and has been sitting for a while). My goal is to try to determine when the battery is really at a 50 percent, since I'm told that we are not supposed to run 12V deep cycle batteries below 12.1 volts, or roughly 50 percent. So I have two questions: when they say don't run down the battery to below 12.1, that means the resting voltage, right? And second, is there an accurate correlation between working voltage and resting voltage? For example, if the battery reads 12.2 while under load, does that necessarily correspond to (let's say) 12.4 when resting? It would be handy to be able to measure the voltage of the battery while in use and come up with a good approximation of the true state of charge, without having to disconnect everything and then wait a while till the battery reaches its resting state. (Usually, when we are camping, I don't have a lot of free time to make those kinds of careful measurements -- DW always wants to hit the hiking trails asap, instead of hanging around and looking at the multi-meter.) Thanks in advance for your opinions and expertise! (By the way, these are three year old group 31s rated at 110 amp hours, and the hydrometer indicates that all the cells are doing fine. We have had no trouble with these batteries.)
profdant139 04/30/18 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Underbelly project: tanks hang below frame members . . .

Good tip on the self tapping screws. I am a through-bolt fanatic, though -- I like to over-engineer my project. I will try both methods. And I just came across a great tip for drilling upside down -- use a scissor jack under the drill to push it upwards: An easier way than what I have been doing
profdant139 04/28/18 07:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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