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RE: water inlet with check valve

My check valve was dripping and I couldn't find the exact replacement so I replaced it with a ball valve. Craig
C Schomer 02/16/20 09:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DRW vs SRW

See if that truck is rated for the gvw and hitch weight of that fiver and also the gcvw of the combo. My srw was 97 2500 and a 10k fiver maxed it out... Not for power but for payload. Im on my third drw and I would never go back. I can't really comment on a late model 3500 srw but I know they are a big improvement over my 97 2500. Craig
C Schomer 02/08/20 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What to use for caulking around windows?

Mine has the usual framed Herr windows and the mfgr caulked over the tops. My Herr's have rubber gaskets under the flange and they've shrunken and I noticed some are loose so I've been removing the windows and caulking under the flange, reinstall, tighten them down and wiping off the excess caulk. The windows come out really easy. In fact, the whole job is really easy and I dare them to ever leak, now. Craig
C Schomer 02/03/20 12:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Zoning Law

Whether or not you ask permission, I'd want to know if I were hurting my own system with the extra load. Your county will have a limit for your tank size. They usually go by number of bedrooms, fixtures or such to guesstimate the max load the system will have. The actual number of people on the system would be the most important thing, in your case. Also , bigger tanks will handle more. If you don't know the tank size, you can measure the depth and ask a tank builder. Then your codes will tell you how much house it can handle, in terms of fixtures, bedrooms etc. FWIW, I had a 4 BR 1999 house in Az. And the code at the time it was built only called for a 1250 gal tank. I now have a 3 BR house in Co. and it took a 1500 gal tank... Codes change. In Az., I ask a county inspector about adding a rv dump to that 4 BR system with only two people in the house. He said, 'do it'. Craig
C Schomer 01/24/20 10:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rubber roof white wearing off

I've had 2 rvs with checked/peeling rubber roofs. The first one, I pressure washed and hand scrubbed it to death and recaulked. Then, recommended by a comm roofing store in Phx, used Henry 287, $65/5 gal. No primer needed after a good prep. I was in Az. another 5 years and the roof still looked like I just did it. Best things, no more chalking, held up better and it had a little no-slip texture. I worked on my 08 all last summer, scaping off old graphics, removed and recaulked everything on the roof and the entire trailer and primed/painted all the plastic. First I pressure washed anything loose from the roof then hand scrubed the roof with Sctoch brite pad/tsp. Then another pressure wash to remove footprints, just before recoating with Henry 587... one product step up from before. It turned out beautiful. Craig https://i.imgur.com/5Hx4K7dl.jpg
C Schomer 01/20/20 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: asking for suggestions/opinions

Big pluses for a 5er are stability towing and ease of hitching. I'd rather back up a TT than a 5er. Just easier IMO, a TT is quicker to respond. Small 5ers don't have any more storage than a small TT. I'd stick with the TT, if that's what you're used to, for your short trips and you can have all of the truck for storage. As for me... I grew up with semi trucks and my first rv was a small TT. I only got 2 blocks from the dealer and I thought... Why the h@!! did I buy this bumper jerking sob!!? I didn't keep it long. Craig
C Schomer 01/20/20 05:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer Tire Speeding Rating??

IIRC, st235/80 lre is what Ive had on my trailers with Dexter 6&8 lug 5.2k & 6k axles and I believe they are rated for 80 psi. I gave up on st go-pops about 15 yrs ago and have ran 16" LT235/85r/16 commercials with nothing but great results. I came back from Phx a couple weeks ago, 820 miles, with my 15k 5er and averaged 75 mph. I won't mention my top speed but I assure you, I speed tested them! I've done the same trip with my 18k tri-axle g-neck, very overloaded, twice, Just get comm. 16" LTs. That's a really popular size and the price is really right. You will have a big safety margin with your little trailer. In fact, you're lucky to have 16" on that trailer. Craig
C Schomer 01/18/20 08:58pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Crushes Truck

The handle was not all the way in and snapped into the lock groove and putting the breakaway cable over the handle should've given him a clue if he wasn't so green. He should've done a tug test for sure but the problem was already very obvious. I used the two jaw drawtite for over 20 years and I thought it was a great hitch because the handle would snap all the way in when the jaws were home. It's always a good idea to make sure the pin box is slightly lower than the hitch so that you don't have a high hitch problem. That design is a heck of a lot more fool proof than the B&W hitch I use now. It also looked like there was a lot of rust on that hitch so who knows how sticky it was. I bet he knows how to use that hitch now !! Craig
C Schomer 12/16/19 06:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water filter upstream of the pump?

It's common to have a strainer at the inlet of a pump but other than that you never restrict the inlet. Craig
C Schomer 12/11/19 08:59pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Best Water Pump

I've always been happy with the plain Jane sureflo on/off pumps that have been in my RVs. . BTW, they have a screw to adjust the pressure.I also use an expansion tank. I put a loop in the discharge line and I have that loop suspenders with lightweight rope so it can't hammer against anything. I've wrapped foam around about a dozen places where lines hit floor, wall or anything else. I only hear a very slight rumble when the pump runs and there's never any rattle or thumping. Craig
C Schomer 12/07/19 09:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need Good Sources for Quality Bulk Solar Cable

Yes, pvc conduit from the j box to panels. The pvc stops a few inches under each panel. Not worried about sun damage to the wiring that's shaded and it's easy to pull the wires with those ends being open. Very easy job and it looks very nice. Craig
C Schomer 12/06/19 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Need Good Sources for Quality Bulk Solar Cable

I redid my panel wiring last summer and I put any exposed wire in conduit. I also cut out all the plug connectors and crimped/soldered. One off those plugs easily pulled apart... Very poor internal crimp. Craig
C Schomer 12/06/19 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: Buying a used diesel

I bought a used 2012 Dodge diesel with 116 k miles and it's sure a keeper. It was very well maintained. Get at least a 1t srw. I prefer a dually for that weight but it's your $$$. I don't envy anyone looking for a used vehicle. I took my sweet time and I got extra, extra lucky! Craig
C Schomer 11/26/19 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: do you do this

I have two large pneumatic cylinders and I can raise my fiver up and put it on jackstands in under five minutes. I tried keeping it off the ground during storage for several years and that didn't make the ST go pop tires last a bit longer. I even had one of those go pop tires blowout over the winter while it was off the ground and covered. After two sets of go pops in a row only lasted four years, almost to the month of manufacture, I switched to ST tires. I'm going to store my fiver off the ground again because I can do it so easy. I've also read that the air pressure can be let down when the tires are stored with no load on them. Craig
C Schomer 11/19/19 01:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace Hot Water Tank Propane Gas Valve

There's more to it than what meets the eye. Don't mess with explosives, ejector seats, parachutes or gas appliances if you don't know what you're doing. All the parts work as a system and you don't mismatch parts. Clean all gnds. Connectors and the igniter. I also add gnd. Wires to be sure everything is bonded properly. Ignition and valve operation rely on milliampere detection through the flame and the gnd. Circuit and it hardly takes anything to Lock out the valve. Craig
C Schomer 11/05/19 12:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Springs

I just had my rear truck springs reworked at Dunbar Spring. They took out the thick bottom leaf and replaced it with spacers. They also re-arced my other springs and added one more leaf and move the remaining spacers around. I no longer have overload springs because I already had the airbags to use for overloads and the airbags have plenty of travel now. My truck went from the worst riding truck I’ve ever owned to the best riding. Well worth the $742! Craig
C Schomer 11/02/19 04:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Old School RVing

We used to say… The only thing international Harvester built that was worth a **** was a manure spreader, and they wouldn’t stand behind it!
C Schomer 10/13/19 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you use a cargo trailer?

In 2015 I bought a used 34', 18kgvw, 3 axle gneck to move two house holds from Az to Co. It towed terrific and it was very handy for much needed storage for another year but it was too much money setting around and I sold it and got my money back out of it. There's so much you can do with them! Craig
C Schomer 09/16/19 09:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best Solvent To Remove RV Window & Roof Caulk?

I'm just finishing up redoing my entire fifth wheel… Graphics and roof recaulk and coating. I have several solvents in my garage and I ended up mixing mineral spirits and xylene about 50-50 and that worked the best of all the solvents I had around. It still won't completely dissolve any of the adhesive or caulks but at least it softens and makes it easier to scrape off. I scraped off all the black and cracked caulking on the roof and left the rest of the caulk that was still clean and stuck good. I replaced all of the round head screws with countersunk flat head screws and did a nice smooth re-caulking. After the caulk was set up I put eterna bond tape over it and then the roof coating over everything. I think the self-leveling dicor caulk is garbage because it shrinks so much so I used the non-self-leveling dicor on the roof. I removed all the trim pieces and fixtures on the sides and cleaned off the old Geocel and putty and reinstalled everything with a good grade of latex caulk and wiped off the excess caulk after everything was tighten down. FWIW, i've been getting away from any petroleum based caulks, little by little. I replaced a skylight in 2016 after a hailstorm and I used Latex caulk and it was still white and in excellent shape. Craig
C Schomer 09/12/19 02:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

Air always and I also blow out the traps and put the plugs in the sinks and put a throw rug over the shower drain. Never had a problem. Craig
C Schomer 09/12/19 02:04pm Fifth-Wheels
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