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RE: Registration fee for 5th wheel in AZ

FYI, when I moved there in 03, I had to take my 5er in for an inspection... IIRC just a VIN inspection. So be prepared. Craig
C Schomer 06/25/21 07:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's up with Rocky Mt. National Park entry?

Those sites are typical gov't sites and they are TERRIBLE! It took me over a month to find the timed entry pass and I was even trading emails with RMNP staff. She kept telling me where to find it and it wasn't there.... A difference in our puter systems, I guess. I finally found it at recreation.gov and I put "timed entry pass" in the search box. Then I chose RMNP from the parks list and I eventually found the timed entry pass. I had to experiment... and my way was a far cry from the instructions I got from the RMNP lady. It actually a good idea... If it works. They meter the entries according to what the "pull overs" can handle. It's always been a free for all, finding a place to park and I had to skip half of the pull overs, in the past. Craig
C Schomer 06/13/21 06:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Filling of Propane tank

Are you sure it isn't the person who's doing the filling that's shorting you? I get tanks filled at Costco, Glendale Az. And they short all of them 2 pounds. I get them back to Co. And I top them, to the OPD float valve, no problem. LP and NG etc. automatically derate at higher elevation because the density is lowered. Its either Charles or Boyles law. It been too long since college! The formula is very simple. It has to do with old and new volumes and pressures. Craig
C Schomer 06/01/21 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Streak remover

The front of my 5er was still covered with Az. bug carcasses from last Dec.. I used a pressure washer to remove most of them and then I went in the house and found a Magic Eraser. NOTHING has ever worked faster or easier and it did no damage... just let the critters presoak a while. Then I went down the side and instantly removed all the black road splatter and grimy streaks. Any rough scrubbing will remove the wax but us RVers love to wax our second homes! Right? Craig
C Schomer 05/31/21 12:09am Tech Issues
RE: Propane hook up for peripherals

I've found that NOT all LP burners will operate on 11" w.c. I had a great rv grill about 20+ years ago that used a 15" reg/control and I tried it at 11" and it couldn't even roast a marshmallow. Plus, if you have an 11" burner and you want to skip the appliance reg/control and put your rv 11" straight to the orifice, you need a needle valve or similar, unless you want the heat to always be at high fire. Here's what I did. I had 18 psi between the stages and that's enough to allow the use of any of the LP appliance reg/controls and retain those features, regardless of orifice pressure. I put a CGA 600 male connector on the end of the hose to connect to the disposable cylinder regs. You might need to use a high pressure extend-a-hose kit, or similar, depending on exactly what you need. Craig https://i.imgur.com/YkjC5Apl.jpg
C Schomer 05/30/21 11:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Jacking up Fifth wheel

I used to use the truck to do the work and pull my 5er onto blocks, about 4" tall, put jack stands under the trailer and use a floor jack under the axle plates to remove the blocks... one wheel at a time. The tires were off the ground in ~8 minutes. Since then I scored some 6 x 12 pneumatic cylinders out of a scrap pile and I literally blow the 5er up in 2 minutes. Craig https://i.imgur.com/61GpArHl.jpg
C Schomer 05/30/21 06:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford Superduty Death Wobble fix

New ball joints and tie rod ends and the slack was adjusted out of the box. I asked the aligner to double check everything. The steering felt great. I went to eastern Co for the week and coming back I was changing lanes and watching the mirrors and wham, a big pothole that set off the DW. I've had a high speed wobble on a motorcycle and it was exactly the same... Slapping lock,to lock and it didn't stop,til I was nearly stopped on the shoulder. I had it up on stands today and everything is tight but I ordered a new stabilizer. BTW, Dodges are noted for this. Rough bridges and bad roads were fine til I hit the hole on one side.
C Schomer 05/23/21 10:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Superduty Death Wobble fix

"Death wobble is a result of worn out/broken parts." Not true! Everything in my front end is new and I just had it aligned and tires balanced. 200 miles later, I got my first DW Friday when I hit a pothole. Craig
C Schomer 05/23/21 11:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wash Wax All - front caps and BUGS

I used a magic eraser yesterday and I wish I would have thought of that a lot sooner. Craig
C Schomer 05/22/21 09:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel entry steps

"Don't want someone to pull in beside and hit the steps, but also if you put a rope on the steps & lift them up and into the door way, if someone pulls close to you, you can not get the steps down to exit the rig.." I thought those folding "ship ladders" looked great until I thought of all the times they would be really inconvenient... and sometimes we'd be totally screwed with them! My four-step conventionals ALWAYS work, no matter what situation, and they can also be used as three steps, in tight quarters. Craig
C Schomer 04/30/21 04:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV furniture

We've gotten really nice things at American Furniture that were made to come apart and go into RVs. Craig
C Schomer 04/30/21 03:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel or gooseneck?

I've had both on an RV and the my 5er didn't like the GN adaptor, one bit. The only reason I tried the GN adaptor was for our off road camping, at that time, and I had a single pivot 5er hitch that bound up a lot. I built my RV bed for 5er hitch and GN ball so I tried the GN adaptor, thinking it would be the best for all-round use but hard hiway pulling did a job on the bedroom area wall... alum siding coming off and staples coming out of the inside paneling. I won't risk a GN adaptor again. 30 years later, I had a 5er RV and a big GN cargo trailer at the same time and I put a kingpin post on the cargo trailer and I loved it. A fifth wheel hitch is easier anyway. Craig
C Schomer 04/30/21 03:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12v to 6v review?

IDK if it's still true but I was always told by battery distributors forklift techs etc. that there's no TRUE 12v deep cycle batteries because the plates aren't as think as real 6v deep cycle batteries. I had 1 - 12v group 27 in my first RV and I added another one. Later on, I talked to Hensley Battery in Denver and they told me a T105 would have more capacity than even a group 27 12v. It looks like GC2's are still the rage and the best bang! Craig
C Schomer 04/28/21 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Rv-ers prefer Duramax?

I've had more GMs than any other, starting with a 56, and I still have a soft spot for them but all of them since the 90s had really aggravating electric gremlins and flimsy/chincy window regulators and interior parts, not to mention the rattles, I needed a change. Simply put, much of the quality has gone away. If you've had better luck, stay with whatever you like. Craig
C Schomer 04/26/21 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

I'm back and I'm going to keep my lead acid batteries and replace the FlowRite caps. My Duracell egc2's are only 4 y.o. And the plates still look great. Besides that, Online searches don't show any gc2 agms in stock anywhere. Craig
C Schomer 04/25/21 11:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

Nice... that's simple! I just looked and my Duracells are EGC2 and 75 amps/120 min. per battery. Now that I think about it... I've used "starting" AGM's in a previous truck. Isn't that the red and yellow tops? I think one mfgr went to China and there was one that stayed here. Do you know the mfgr that stayed here? I'll start shopping. Craig
C Schomer 04/20/21 05:11pm Tech Issues
Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

I did a search and it's mostly Greek... to me. I'd like to know the key points for, hopefully, a straight across lead/acid to lithium conversion. My old Flow-Rite watering system just overflowed 2 cells (GRRRR) and I'm thinking this might be the time to convert. So far I see that SiO2 is better than Li but I don't know why or what the difference is, and charging is much simpler for lithium and not so fussy. I currently have 2 of the bigger Sams 6gc's that have dimensions and specs similar to T-105s, 2 X 120 watt panels and a Morning Star controller with remote panel/setpoint, that the PO installed. I don't use an inverter for any 120ac loads. I'm nearly always plugged in to 120. I have no big 12vdc loads... my 5er has full LED lighting but I use a 12vdc bipap for very rare boondocking. The biggest addition might be a 12vdc fridge, someday. Is there 6v and 12v lithium batteries? I seldom need the capacity I have now but I don't want to give it up, for the times I need the 12vdc bipap. Can I get similar capacity with lithiums and also fit the 2 x 6gc foot print? How much capacity to run a 12vdc fridge? Do I need a different solar controller or just reprogram my existing one? Thanks bunches! Craig
C Schomer 04/20/21 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: After market exhaust brake reliability and effectiveness

Sorry, I didn't think the 09 had a VGT.
C Schomer 04/20/21 02:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Question

I wouldn't buy a diesel for what the OP wants to do. I've also towed with a half ton gasser but I outgrew it so darn fast so I would never have less than a 2500. It took me nine years to outgrow my 2500. Craig
C Schomer 04/18/21 11:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

Take care of that 09 and drive it as long as you possibly can. I have a 12 Dodge that's very reliable and that's my plan. Craig
C Schomer 04/18/21 11:34pm Tow Vehicles
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