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RE: Antonito, CO to Chama, NM Scenic Route

Rode the train Antonito to Chama and the bus back. Beautiful trip both ways. Over ten years ago so time to do it again.
BB_TX 10/17/21 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: Amps/voltage to trailer brakes

Have you pulled the wheels and inspected the brakes?
BB_TX 10/16/21 02:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator runs fine, but no electricity in coach

Generator was running but did you verify it was actually putting out power? Some generators have an overload reset pushbutton that must be pushed in addition to breakers.
BB_TX 10/15/21 12:00pm Tech Issues
RE: First RV Grand Design vs Keystone cougar

Does “not just park it on a slab” mean you want to boondock in minimally developed camping areas, or in BLM type areas? The GD 150 series GVWRs are 10-11,000 lbs and the Cougar are similar with a couple models going over 11,000. Toward the upper limits of most newer 150/1500 posted tow ratings but pin weights may be too much. Certainly within 250/2500s.
BB_TX 10/12/21 01:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: What is too hot

Googling the question says 195 to 200 F is the upper limit. But that seems way too hot to me.
BB_TX 10/09/21 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tonneau Cover

I have had two roll type hard tonneau covers. And they both leaked more than I wanted at the tailgate area. No way to keep the bed dry in a rain or car wash. Had a hard solid one piece like yours years ago and going back to that on my next truck. Also had a soft roll type cover on one truck. Liked it ok but prefer one that is lockable.
BB_TX 10/07/21 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buzzing transfer switch

What garyemunson said. Not unusual for any type open frame relay. And a transfer switch is just a special relay.
BB_TX 10/04/21 12:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Long route travel plans

With a 6-8 month trip don’t even plan ahead in any more than general ideas. Think about certain areas of the country you think you want to be in certain months. Beyond that, just wake up in the morning and decide what you want to do that day, and maybe the next few days afterward. Don’t stress out a good trip trying to plan every day and place in advance.
BB_TX 10/03/21 06:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Catalytic converter anti-theft

Google catalytic converter anti theft device.
BB_TX 09/27/21 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: I'm actually in favor of high cancelation fees....

We have often stayed at a COE park we like. Typically when I make reservations a month or more in advance there are only a very few sites available. When we actually arrive there are very few sites occupied. Something is definitely wrong with the system.
BB_TX 09/27/21 06:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Figuring Mileages

Don’t blindly follow the Garmin without verifying the route. My old Garmin once took me to a rocky low water crossing when it should have had me turn about a 1/4 mile before that. Another time, a different Garmin tried to take me around to the back entrance to the Great Sand Dunes on an unpaved 4 wheel drive vehicle only road. Fortunately I knew better.
BB_TX 09/26/21 08:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trinidad CO to Clayton NM (160->389->551->325->64)

Unless you are really opposed to passes or have done Raton Pass and don’t want to repeat I would do as IDman suggest. I towed our 5er over Raton Pass going and coming every year 2007 thru 2014 going to CO and back. A bit of a tug as you get near the top but not for long. And good interstate. And Raton to Clayton is good highway. We always stayed at Fort Amarillo RV on west edge of Amarillo as it was close to restaurants and shopping if needed. But been a few years ago. Many seem to like Oasis RV a little farther west of Amarillo.
BB_TX 09/26/21 08:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: No Shore power

You need to verify power is actually getting to the trailer. The pedestal, your power cord, your internal breaker, etc. Voltmeter is a necessity. Does anything 120 vac work inside the trailer? Do you have generator prep with a transfer switch? Those transfer switches are a known problem.
BB_TX 09/25/21 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: Question on 5th wheel brakes

............. Jack one of the tires up and pull your breakaway pin and then try to rotate the tire by hand. When the brakes are correctly adjusted the brakes will grab and stop the wheel from turning within less than one inch of wheel turn. Once brakes have engaged, there is almost no movement either direction until you put the switch pin back in. I always test my breakaway system each time I hitch, just makes good sense to know your system is working before moving. If not working, then it is time to troubleshoot and repair before moving trailer. I do the same at the start of each season to make sure each individual brake is working. And my wheels barely turn before locking up. Measuring current does not prove the brake is actually engaging.
BB_TX 09/20/21 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: Question on 5th wheel brakes

Truthfully. the trailer brakes should engage as soon as you pull the lever. That's actually not how they work. - For trailer drum brakes, once the magnet is energized, the tire needs to roll a bit before the brakes actually engage. Going down the road at 60mph, it's a tiny fraction of a second. It's beyond the ability of the average human to detect the lag. Backing at 1mph, it's not instantaneous and as the driver, you can recognize it. - Brake controllers are designed primarily around road driving conditions. They don't want to lock up the trailer brakes at the first light tap of the brake pedal during high speed maneuvers. But at 5mph, the truck brakes are typically sufficient to stop even fairly large trailers, so it's not critical to design them for maneuvering in a campground. But as others have said, if you chock the wheels, it's a non-issue for the OP's question. Part of my procedure when pulling out of storage is to manually activate my trailer brakes when I am slowly rolling to test them. And those brakes almost immediately activate and yank back on the trailer. That is with my F350. May work differently on other trucks and trailers. Never tried them manually in reverse.
BB_TX 09/20/21 08:17am Tech Issues
RE: Hooking up second AC with 50 amp service

The 2nd A/C is usually connected to the other hot leg. But it all comes down to how the rig is currently wired. The loading on the two hot legs should be fairly closely balanced. If, for example, the 1 A/C is on hot leg 1; and the water heater, converter, microwave, fireplace, bathroom outlet where a hair dryer would likely be plugged in are on hot leg 2, then it would be better to connect the 2nd A/C also to hot leg 1. Two A/Cs would pull less than 30 amps, well within safe loading for a 50 amp breaker. On the other hand, if hot leg 1 had the A/C, water heater, and converter, then by all means the 2nd A/C should be on hot 2. Look at your circuit breaker labeling and see (if you can) the current power distribution and then decide where to wire the 2nd A/C.
BB_TX 09/17/21 08:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Load center wiring

What BB TX said, the black, - cable from the battery is also attached to the frame and any items like lights, etc may be grounded to the frame. It is also possible the ground wire from the load center actually attaches to the frame somewhere, not the battery. And the battery cable attaches only to the frame. The frame is ground. Again the question is; have you traced the ground wire from both ends?
BB_TX 09/09/21 07:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Load center wiring

I would expect the battery ground cable to be connected to the frame as well as the load center. In that case, disconnecting ground from the load center would not disconnect ground from the battery. Did you trace the ground wire to see where or how many places it is connected?
BB_TX 09/09/21 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone have to send fiver back to mfg for major repair?

Go over to the Montana Owners Club forum. Someone there may be able to provide some guidance with who to contact.
BB_TX 09/08/21 05:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tonneau covers that don’t leak

I occasionally carry things in the bed I do not want wet at all. Hunting trips mean duffle bags, sleeping bags, pillows, guns/bows, bags of corn, etc. Or a vacation trip without RV means luggage. I had a full hard fiberglass cover on an earlier truck that overlapped the bed rails and tailgate. No way for any water to leak thru at the top. Only possible place was to blow in the small gap between the side edges of the tail gate and the bed. But I also had a Bed Rug that closed that off. Although I rarely ever carry anything higher than the bed rails, that is a problem with the solid cover. I don’t want a camper shell type cover.
BB_TX 09/06/21 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
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