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RE: Braking Conundrum

When stuck in a hole that you create, it is prudent to stop digging!
slickest1 12/02/16 01:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Watching a dear couple retiring from RV life

It is a sad story but very common. I personally know three people in that situation caused either by health, old age or loss of spouse. The year before last in the park we were in in Yuma we met two different couples that were calling it quits. I hope we can get in a few more winters south and have the good memories that come with being there and meeting all the people with similar interests. Like said above we will all get there! It has been a privilege to know them.
slickest1 12/01/16 09:52pm RV Lifestyle
RE: A musical prodigy in my family!!

Good one!!
slickest1 12/01/16 09:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Braking Conundrum

I as one of the Canadian posters have not rambled about Canadian Laws. I really don't care about the laws in your State or your multiple States you live in. I am stating that common sense should prevail in the operation of anything from a can opener up. My wife will not drive the motorhome because she does not want to, but she does know and understand the system well enough to be competent enough to operate it. She has read the manual.
slickest1 12/01/16 09:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Braking Conundrum

If you want to start a new discussion about how to drive in the mountains without burning up your brakes we can do that somewhere else. With our without air brakes you need to know how to brake and not brake. Just because I need to know how to brake does not mean I need to know how my brakes work. The gauge on the dash tells me I have air which means I have brakes. I'm happy! What happens when you are driving down the road and your gauge starts to tell you you are loosing air? Is that when you come on here and ask what to do? The whole point of this thread was to give the original poster a heads up on air brakes. You gave out poor advice that was not helpful.
slickest1 11/30/16 08:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Braking Conundrum

Is your RV a semi or an RV. If it's a semi I would suggest that you run and run very fast. If it is an RV and it happens to have air brakes then my original post remains......Push the brake pedal and the RV stops. You really don't need to know anything else. The air system on an rv is the same as a semi. There are things that you should know such as they require periodic adjustment unlike hydraulic brakes among other things. It isn't Rocket Science but knowing a little more then just pushing the peddle will probably be more like the advice you are looking for. I would venture a guess that any coach you buy today will have automatic slack adjusters. no adjustment required. I agree that most units will have automatic slacks, but they are not fool proof. They do require a manual setup from time to time. The slacks on the truck I drive at work are in good shape but I usually adjust them manually every month or so just to make sure they are adjusting properly. Given a motorhome won't see that kind of mileage in a month it won't need adjustment that often but being aware of it is good to know because some times they all do not adjust right. In some places you are not allowed to adjust them yourself, and they have to done by a licenced mechanic.
slickest1 11/28/16 08:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Streaming devices and subscriptions.

We cut our cable down to minimum but we have internet and our phone through them as a bundle price. (Canadian) We just got an android box for $150. and it will get any thing that has ever been on tv or movies. It streams off the internet and is completely legal. No monthly fees. I just have to figure out how to navigate it. I am technology challenged.
slickest1 11/27/16 09:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Sign your getting older

You suddenly figure out where your hearing-aid is when someone asks why you have a suppository in your ear I bust a gut on that one.HA HA HA!!
slickest1 11/27/16 09:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Solar roads are coming

May be a great idea but the power company giants and the oil industry will block it before it happens. Just like a news article I seen about solar farms being blocked by big power. Greed usually rules!!!
slickest1 11/27/16 09:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Braking Conundrum

Is your RV a semi or an RV. If it's a semi I would suggest that you run and run very fast. If it is an RV and it happens to have air brakes then my original post remains......Push the brake pedal and the RV stops. You really don't need to know anything else. The air system on an rv is the same as a semi. There are things that you should know such as they require periodic adjustment unlike hydraulic brakes among other things. It isn't Rocket Science but knowing a little more then just pushing the peddle will probably be more like the advice you are looking for.
slickest1 11/27/16 09:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Braking Conundrum

My best advice to you is at least get an air brake manual from the DMV and read up on air brake usage and how they actually work. Knowing how an air brake system works is key to seeing a problem develop and knowing what to do about it. Others on here will poo poo my statement but I say then why do class 1 truck drivers need an air brake test? I don't mean to scare you off, because it really is not that hard to learn about and operate air brakes but if you learn the right way knowledge is safety. The better alternative is to take an air brake course at a truck driving school, you will think of it as money well spent. Enjoy your search for your new coach.
slickest1 11/26/16 04:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: California Coastal Route

I am also from BC,Fraser Valley. If you are avoiding 15 mountain passes then you really don't want to take the 299 over to Redding from 101. It is up and down and winding and narrow. I did not find it a nice drive at all. Since we were going north I don't have an alternative route to recommend south of there.
slickest1 11/06/16 05:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Carry chains- Travel Trailer and Class A Question???

I too have a set of cable chains that I have had for 5 years. They are still shiney from not being used. I also have a set for the toad in same condition. If stopped and asked I am legal. I spent many winters in Northern BC hauling logs and chained several times a day. I do not want to do it any more and I adjust my travel to what the road conditions are going to be . It has worked so far except for one time. We got caught in a bad snow storm by Jasper National Park and the snow was getting really thick on the road. Our old coach is so heavy it handled like a dream with no problem, even uphill and down. Not for everyone though.
slickest1 11/06/16 04:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sign your getting older

My neighbor told me that I shouldn't buy too large of a bunch of Bananas. You may not get through them. Ha Ha. Smart aleck!!
slickest1 11/02/16 09:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: running lights on cars and trucks

All the vehicles I have had here in Canada have had DTRL's |They only come on half as bright as the low beam. The tail lights do not come on which I personally think they should be on as well. My 2008 F250 was originally a export to Canada so it has the DRL. But at least for this one it is just the regular low beams that come on when the vehicle is put in gear. Not a lower powered light. While I don't know about your specific truck, usually on vehicles where the headlight bulbs are used for DRLs it's the high beams that are used at reduced power/brightness (either by connecting a resistor in series or by having some sort of a PWM chopper circuit). Low beam headlights are designed with a horizontal cutoff above which little light is produced, so as to avoid getting light (glare) into the eyes of oncoming drivers. DRLs, of course, are intended primarily to have exactly the opposite effect: they need to be visible to oncoming drivers but don't need to illuminate the roadway. Yes you are right on that. Our 07 trailblazer is that way and apparently the module can go bad and the brights come on full strength and you can't dim them. This happened to my wife one night. The GM dealer said that this does happen from time to time.
slickest1 11/02/16 09:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: running lights on cars and trucks

All the vehicles I have had here in Canada have had DTRL's |They only come on half as bright as the low beam. The tail lights do not come on which I personally think they should be on as well. The assertion that they are blinding people is ridiculous as many of the other claims of that group. I agree that Motorcycles should have low beam lights on as well but High Beams in the daylight can be blinding. Many of the newer vehicles have horrendous lights on them that are hard to meet at night. I thought they had to meet some standard but that seems to have gone away too. Most pickups and cars now that have a person sitting in the back seat cause the lights to shine up higher in to oncoming traffic. And then there is all the LED lights that seem way too bright. Who needs more laws? The common sense laws that are on the books are not being enforced.
slickest1 10/28/16 09:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: RIP Propane

If you leave the city of Vancouver there are alot of homes in rural areas that still heat with propane. I never have a problem finding a place to refill my coach tank. Not everybody has aqua hot even if they have a DP! The last couple of RV show I have been to featured more RV's with propane appliances than all electric.
slickest1 10/21/16 08:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How Long Have You Been Licensed to Drive?

I got My licence in 1964, I got my class 1 cdl in 1972, I got my industrial road certificate in 1973 So far I have had no major accidents but was involved in a couple fender benders of no significant damage. I have no idea how many miles I have behind me but enjoyed most of it.
slickest1 10/14/16 08:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Quote Interpretation

In that situation I told a senior manager of the company he was an idiot! He predicted that I would be gone in a week. He was gone in week and I was there for a month. The company then closed its doors, and sold off assets. It was a shame, it was a good company that fell to the younger thinking management style.
slickest1 10/14/16 08:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Parking Motorhome on limestone/gravel

If you leave your car or truck parked for a period of time do you worry about the tires on them. I personally know of fleets of trucks that sit for months because of seasonal work and they are parked on gravel cement and or pavement. Just park it and don't worry about it. Your tires will age out faster than they will fail from anything that could seep into them. My thoughts are if you are placing rubber or wood or plastic under them the moisture will seep through that as well so it will still get to your tires The only way moisture can penetrate your tire is if you have alot of deep cuts in the rubber down to the belts that will alow the moisture in. That is mainly caused by alot of gravel road travel.
slickest1 10/13/16 09:02am Class A Motorhomes
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