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RE: 2003 Four Winds 5000 - Advice

I have a 2005 Four Winds 28A on a Chevy chassis and have had very few problems with it. It now has a little over 50K miles. I have re-caulked some of the seams on the roof and the shower cap. I have towed a car for many years. I would be most concerned about water leaks, and of course, everything is old and getting older. Originally the converter was a single stage Magnetek which was a very slow charger. If you are considering doing any off grid camping you might conider replacing the converter with a modern 3 stage converter. I chose a 3 stage PD9260. The price does sound high to me but I don't know what a realistic price would be.
tenbear 08/25/16 04:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 12 volt questions

The WFCO converters are known for not going into boost mode, thus they don't charge as fast as other 3 stage converters. They also seem to break down more. This is based in what I have read in this forum. I don't have a WFCO, but a PD9260.
tenbear 08/24/16 07:57pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 volt questions

I don't see a converter, only a power distribution panel. The converter may be behind the panel, or maybe underneath it.
tenbear 08/24/16 04:32pm Tech Issues
RE: No power when traveling down the road

When you are connected to 120vac power your converter supplies the 12vdc power to your RV. It also charges the battery. When not connected to AC power, the battery supplies the 12vdc power. I agree with the others that think that the battery is not connected to the power panel, either caused by a wiring problem or something has failed. There is also a chance that the battery is not being charged due to the same problem.
tenbear 08/24/16 04:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: LED bulbs

I converted all mine about 3 years ago, bought them on eBay. They were pretty cheap then and still cheaper now. They sure save a lot of battery power.
tenbear 08/22/16 01:31pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2016 Subaru Forester

My 2005 Subaru tows like a dream. The 2016 Motorhome Magazine Towing guide does NOT say the 2016 Subarus are towable. As others have said, I suspect it is some CYA thing. It would probably have some effect in your warranty. Would it have a harmfull effect on the car? Who knows. I don't think I would want to test it on a car I owned. I made a typo. My Subaru is a 2010, not a 2005. I also should have mentioned that only manual transmission Subarus, 2015 and earlier were approved by Subaru for towing 4 down. Automatics cannot be towed.
tenbear 08/11/16 09:25am Dinghy Towing
RE: Total knee replacement issues.

To expand on my previous post, If you are thinking of RVing during the first month or 2 post surgery, I would not advise that. The first month you can't do too much exercise. As I remember, I would lie on the sofa most of the day, trying to touch my heel to my rear, or trying to straighten my leg. It paid off. Use your pain meds and work hard. You will be glad you did.
tenbear 08/10/16 08:48am Beginning RVing
RE: 2016 Subaru Forester

My 2005 Subaru tows like a dream. The 2016 Motorhome Magazine Towing guide does NOT say the 2016 Subarus are towable. As others have said, I suspect it is some CYA thing. It would probably have some effect in your warranty. Would it have a harmfull effect on the car? Who knows. I don't think I would want to test it on a car I owned.
tenbear 08/09/16 03:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Total knee replacement issues.

I have had both my knees replaced and except for the scars I would never know it. Darsben1 gives great advice. I worked very hard extending the range of motion after the surgery and now both knees work great, I'm a skier and I give them a pretty good workout. I can also kneel as well as I ever could. I was skiing about 3 months after the surgery.
tenbear 08/09/16 02:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: Consider moving from a 5th wheel to a small class c

I have a Four Winds 28A MH that is really about 31' long. I find it much better to park the MH at the CG and use the toad for sightseeing. As many others have said, it depends on your camping style.
tenbear 08/09/16 02:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Unscientific Opinion Poll

As others have said, I don't connect the hose to the dump until I am ready to dump. After I dump I put 3 gallons of water into the black tank and close the valves until the next dump. I also have a Tornado in the black tank that I use every week or so, or if I don't plan to use the RV for a few weeks. I gave up using any additives in the tanks long ago. During the camping season, I always have water, at least 3 gallons, in the black tank.
tenbear 08/07/16 06:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos

The best fire starter I have ever used is a small soldering torch on a small propane bottle. Works great on wet wood. Happy Camping I use this for my wood stove at home all the time.
tenbear 08/06/16 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Brand new to rv

I don't see anything in your post about state parks so, in general, length is not an issue. Most RVs are well over 22' long. We are about 31' and rarely have a problem. We have been asked about our length at a Vermont state park. Not all their sites could accommodate RVs over 30'. We were assigned a site that could accommodate us, no problem. I would not have any concern about having an RV that is 25' long or even much longer.
tenbear 08/05/16 06:35am Beginning RVing
RE: C Class TOAD vehicle?

The RAV4 is not listed as towable in the 2016 MotorHome guide to towing.
tenbear 08/02/16 02:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: dumping at camp grounds

Camping with sewer and without are two different things. You will learn how to conserve black and grey tank space when you camp at sites with no sewer hookup. It also depends on your camping style. We are basically travelers, moving on to the next place every few days so having to dump as we leave camp is not a big deal. If you tend to stay at a camp for a week or more before leaving, then a site with sewer may be preferable, or at least carry a tote to take the contents of the tank to the dump.
tenbear 08/01/16 03:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: C Class TOAD vehicle?

We tow a 2010 4wd Subaru sedan, only the standard shift Subaru is towable. I understand the current Subarus are no longer towable so if you are buying a new car to tow, a Subaru is not for you.
tenbear 08/01/16 03:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: grey and black water tanks

We have relatively small tanks, fresh water 35g, grey 21g and black 25g. We regularly go to events for 4 days without dumping. It requires some effort, like saving dishwater and dumping that in the black tank, very quick showers, using the event's pottys, etc.
tenbear 07/31/16 06:36am Beginning RVing
RE: Clock tells me to update in 6 days (Windows 10) or else

I have never updated any of the computers I have owned to a newer version of windows, and I haven't seen any reason to update my Windows 8.1 now. I do install most of the updates though. My computers have always seemed to die after a few years use so probably this one will too. We will see what version of Windows will be in the replacement when this one dies.
tenbear 07/27/16 07:13pm Technology Corner
RE: TV gone bust ... Replacements?

I have a 19 inch that uses a 12 volt wall wart. I can power it from the battery when off grid. Bought it at Wal Mart. I replaced my old CRT TV with a modern 22" with a 12v wall wart. Being a completely different shape and size I mounted it where I wanted it and now we use the old TV cabinet for other things. Being 12v it is easy to find a 12v power source, any light will do, especially if you have replaced the incandescent lights with LEDs. I don't use the wall wart anymore.
tenbear 07/27/16 07:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Generator Exaust

Thanks for all the input, I've been weighing installing solid pipe all the way up, much hotter I know, making my own.... Do not simply extend the exhaust pipe any distance, it will cause a lot of back pressure. The Gen-turi and home made replicas do not cause back pressure. It could also be dangerous. Anyone, including little kids, who touch the hot pipe could be burned.
tenbear 07/26/16 08:54am Tech Issues
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