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RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

Get a dual propane/electric WH, then don't turn on the propane burner.
Bobbo 01/07/20 08:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

To repeat myself: Do what you are comfortable doing. I pray that you don't learn a hard lesson. The voice of caution is never welcome when things are going well. Good luck.
Bobbo 01/06/20 06:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

For all of those who think it is a good idea to carry debt that you don't need to carry, I hope you never live through a 5+ year recession. I have. I won't carry debt unless it is necessary. As far as selling your "collateral," good luck with that when the recession hits and no one has any money. As far as withdrawing your savings from your investments when the recession hits, good luck with that when your savings are suddenly 50% of what they were. Do what you are comfortable doing. I pray that you don't learn a hard lesson.
Bobbo 01/05/20 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water pressure problem

Agreed. I have to clean my faucet screens every couple of years. I try to remember to do it every year when I de-winterize just to prevent the problem in the first place.
Bobbo 01/05/20 07:06am Tech Issues
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

Financing something instead of paying cash is no different that borrowing money to invest it. In a good economy, you can get away with it. If a recession hits, you can lose, big time. If you can't afford to pay cash, that is one thing. If you CAN afford to pay cash, you are betting your financial security on the economy staying strong. I don't see anyone recommending taking out a loan and just investing that money. Those two scenarios are not the same. Run the numbers again and you will realize your error. Both are owing someone money, paying interest on it, while you have money enough to pay it off, invested earning interest. Or "income" if you decide to quibble about the term "interest." How are they not the same? You are just betting that the interest you are earning is more than the interest you are paying. In a good economy, you can easily win. In a recession, you can easily lose.
Bobbo 01/05/20 07:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

Financing something instead of paying cash is no different that borrowing money to invest it. In a good economy, you can get away with it. If a recession hits, you can lose, big time. If you can't afford to pay cash, that is one thing. If you CAN afford to pay cash, you are betting your financial security on the economy staying strong. I don't see anyone recommending taking out a loan and just investing that money.
Bobbo 01/04/20 07:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

I have bought two RVs. I paid cash for both. I drove the RV off the lot the same day I gave them the check. (Except for the security deposit, of course.)
Bobbo 01/02/20 07:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thinking of replacing ASME propane tank

I would be more concerned about the condition of the gasoline tank than the propane tank. The propane tank is MUCH heavier metal. That being said, I would not worry about either one.
Bobbo 01/01/20 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Emergency Brake Cable Broke

Get a shorter cable?
Bobbo 12/23/19 07:53pm Tech Issues
RE: generator surge

When I started the generator it ran smooth and continues to run smooth. Its worth trying and is easier than cleaning/replacing the carburetor. Sometimes Snake Oil works.. :) Sometimes ! I have never been that lucky !! I HAVE been that lucky. I had a riding mower with the carb so gummed up I had to use starter fluid (ether) sprayed directly into the air intake to start it. Even then, it ran rough. I used double strength Seafoam for a season. By the end of the season, the mower ran like it had a new carb installed. I like the suggestion about the spray Seafoam into the air intake. But, I would also ALWAYS have Seafoam in its fuel. Actually, since that episode I DO always have Seafoam in the fuel for mine.
Bobbo 12/22/19 06:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Camper - tow car mismatch

After all of that, this was not even his thread. He hijacked someone else's thread.
Bobbo 12/18/19 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Camper - tow car mismatch

I will never understand why someone comes on here to ask for help, then gets pissy when he doesn't like some of the answers he gets. Don't like an answer? Just ignore it. It does no good to insult a poster who is trying to help, or worse, tell him to shut up. It is OK to explain why he is wrong, but if you feel the need to insult or put down the other poster, just walk away from the keyboard till YOU calm down, and when you come back, go on to another post. No need to respond at all.
Bobbo 12/18/19 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Best Fuel Preservative for Pure Gas ???

Same here. I use 10% ethanol regular pump gas and no stabilizers, and I never have an issue. Been doing it this way for many years. Every piece of power equipment produced in the last 10-15 years is ethanol ready. When it comes to lawn mowers, string trimmers, power washers, etc. there is no advantage to premium fuel, non ethanol gas, or stabilizers, in my experience. You have been lucky. I was lucky for many years, until I wasn't. Finally, over a period of 2 or 3 years my lawn equipment got to running worse and worse. It even got to where I had to use ether (starter fluid) sprayed into the carburetor to start some of them. Then I discovered Seafoam. After using Seafoam at double the recommended concentration for one season, my engine troubles were gone. I started using Seafoam in every drop of lawn equipment gasoline. It was sometime after that I started using ethanol free gasoline in my lawn equipment. I hope your luck holds.
Bobbo 12/17/19 07:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Backup to restore to new computer

Within the last month, I bought a new Windows 10 laptop because Microsoft is dropping support for my old Windows 7 machine, plus at 6 years old, it was SLOW. I subscribe to Carbonite as a backup service for my data. The Windows 7 machine's data was fully backed up. I took my new Windows 10 machine and did a clean install of all of the programs, then I restored my data to the Windows 10 machine from Carbonite. It worked like a champ, completely painless. I haven't found that I lost any data or files at all.
Bobbo 12/17/19 07:41am Technology Corner
RE: Yet another reason I won't let my dealer touch my trailer

If you have a C channel frame, you can drill a 1/2" hole, put the bolts through and tighten them down with a nut and lock washer. If you have a tube frame, like I do, you can't get to the inside of the tube to install a nut and washer. If you drill a 7/16" hole and thread it to take a 1/2" bolt, you only have about 1/8" of thread in the trailer frame to hold all of that pressure. That is not enough thread to be secure with the stress that it takes. The answer is to drill it out to 11/16" and insert a rivet nut. When you tighten down the bolt, the rivet nut expands behind the steel of the frame side giving a MUCH more secure connection. Google "rivet nut" and you can see how it works.
Bobbo 12/15/19 07:21am Towing
RE: Best Fuel Preservative for Pure Gas ???

Seafoam for me, and I always buy 91 octane ethanol free gas for my small engines.
Bobbo 12/14/19 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Old propane tanks on new RVs

Interesting. So, very possibly, this whole thing could go back to the factory. Or, to a thief who switched tanks with the OP sometime in the last two years. Wouldn't be hard if the OP stores his trailer away from home. Why would anyone bother to do this? The "thief" could just go exchange them... Why? Exchanging the tanks costs money. Swapping them with a trailer sitting there costs nothing. IMHO this is much more likely than the dealer going thru the expense of finding used tanks that look good enough... What thief would bother putting old cylinders on? The dealer did it whether intentionally or not. Maybe knowing that would slow down the discovery of the larceny? It would not be discovered until the next use of the TT, then the trip to the propane filling station. That way, if there is video, they don't know how far back they need to review the tapes. Of course, I am not skilled at jumping to the correct conclusion without any evidence, so what do I know? ON EDIT: It may also hide the fact that there was a larceny at all. It may make the owner think the dealer had done it. ;)
Bobbo 12/14/19 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yet another reason I won't let my dealer touch my trailer

OP here. Just an update. I got out today and removed the sway cam arms and brackets from the trailer frame, drilled out the holes to 11/16" to take the rivet nuts, and re-installed the sway cam arms and brackets with the 1/2"x1.5" bolts the way the specs said. I even got to use a torque wrench I bought a few years ago to torque them down to 75 foot-pounds. Life is good.
Bobbo 12/14/19 08:08pm Towing
RE: E-mail

Agree with drsteve. It will depend on both what app on the computer you are trying to read email with and what email provider you are using.
Bobbo 12/14/19 07:38am Technology Corner
RE: Rusty ball

Don't sweat it. It's not worth worrying about and don't add grease to the ball, you'll regret it the first time you rub up against it with your nice jeans. I always tow with grease on the tow ball and the WD pivot points. I am careful when I get around the grease, and don't wear good clothes while working the trailer.
Bobbo 12/13/19 07:44pm Beginning RVing
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