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RE: 1" to 3/8" thread adapter?

Docsource has the best idea, weld up something. 1"-14 is the axle thread on your trailer. Get a castellated axle nut, weld a 3/8 fender washer or two or a real thick washer you can find at the hardware store in the drawers of specialty hardware. Get a 3/8-24 self locking nut and put inside the big nut to secure the antenna. Charles
CharlesinGA 01/29/23 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Gear Pro Shipping

If thats what you want, order it. Worry about the problems IF they arise. Most likely, it will be fine. If you are really concerned, Call Barker and ask them how its packaged and that you have concerns. See what they say. Charles
CharlesinGA 01/28/23 09:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Road Armor vs CRE3000

I have read a fair number of complaints about the MoRyde. Lippert has several different designs (sizes and shapes) and you need to pick the one that best simulates the existing rigid equalizer you have now. I have not installed one due to the design of my equalizer vs what is on the market. I have a Dexter equalizer that is identical to this one. It is unusual in its height and short distance between the front and back shackle bushings (six inches) The problem is, it is 4 inches high. https://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/t/r/treq310_aa.jpg The closest fit is this Lippert Road Armor unit, but it is 3-1/2 inch so it would lower my trailer a quarter inch (half the amount it is shorter) and I already had to go with 2-1/4 long shackles to get the thick ones and longer bolts, as the only 2 inch ones were super thin, like I had originally. Cannot stand to have the trailer any lower. https://www.etrailer.com/static/images/pics/l/c/lc696740_15_800.jpg For me, this one is way too small. https://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/l/c/LC279687_4.jpg For me, this is the proper 4 inch height but an inch and a half too much spread, possibly a problem. https://www.etrailer.com/static/images/pics/l/c/lc145546_13_500.jpg Nothing else comes close for me. HINT, Etrailer has these pics with dimensions added for most of their equalizers, some don't but they do give the two critical dimensions in those cases (mostly Dexter products are the ones lacking pics w/dims) You may need to scroll to the bottom of the page to see them for some products. Charles
CharlesinGA 01/28/23 08:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: What roof vent covers for Fantastic Fans

Fantastic Vent cover HANDS DOWN!!! No stupid screen to block air flow. Added mine in 2015 with RV in the Sun almost every day still look new. https://i.imgur.com/SQ5PQh7l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/rqoDeIIl.jpg ^^^^^^^^^^^ This! They work, flow more air than other hoods. I added some silicone rubber washers to the mounting pins so the small hitch pins were a tight fit, but that is all. https://youtu.be/p1fhkbl_1yQ Charles
CharlesinGA 01/17/23 10:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Can you name that sound (squeaking)?

Front suspension radius arm bushings will squeak, and do it till they get "warm" from the squeaking and then quit. Charles
CharlesinGA 11/24/22 08:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: DIY 50 amp to 20 amp pigtail

CharlesinGA, Nice find! No, the credit goes to toedtoes who posted it on page 1 of this discussion. He found it, I just reposted it with a pic. People are not willing to go to a link to see what is being recommended, I merely posted the pic. Heh! Five pages of posts for a question that was answered on the first page... ;) So there is more than one answer. No, one GOOD answer and a bunch of bickering over wire sizes and and other details, that were made irrelevant after the first several posts. Charles
CharlesinGA 11/16/22 03:41pm Tech Issues
RE: 2018 Sprinter has tendency to overfill on fill up

I always set the trigger lock on the first notch, lowest flow possible. I do not leave the nozzle alone, I stay with it. I avoid the large diesel nozzles like the plague, I use the auto diesel pumps with the smaller nozzle. I had a Winnebago View on a 2006 T1N Sprinter chassis (the 5 cyl model) and yes, you had to watch it. I do the same with my '03 RAM 2500, fill it slow as possible and listen for it to come up in the filler neck, and use the auto fuel pumps. Charles
CharlesinGA 11/16/22 03:14pm Tech Issues
RE: DIY 50 amp to 20 amp pigtail

Would this work for you? It has a built in circuit breaker for added protection: 50amp to 4x 15/20amp adapter For the price, you cannot buy the stuff to make this and it is EXACTLY what the OP needs. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61V4-RBZj-L._AC_SL0800_.jpg Charles
CharlesinGA 11/12/22 09:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Heavier Blue Ox load bars?

Read the Blue Ox instructions. It says, counting from the FREE END of the chain, put the ninth link in the slot in the chain tensioner. If necessary go to the 10th or 11th link. Thats it. If that is not enough, you need heavier bars. Counting from the attached end of the chain tells me nothing, because that is not how Blue Ox counts the links. I marked my 9th link with a red marker, would have to go out to the trailer and see how many links are under that. Charles
CharlesinGA 11/12/22 09:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: On Demand Propane Hot Water Heater

TANK TYPE RV water heaters are known to provide stupid hot water, well over 130 degrees. Get a 10 or 12 gallon Dometic or Suburban water heater, you will be assured of having the hot water you need and they recover rather quickly too. Continuous or instant water heaters are marginal at best. Everyone in any forum I have seen says they regretted ordering or installing a instant unit and some even switched back to a tank unit. It takes a lot of propane to make a fire big enough to heat water that hot with it flowing thru. https://parts.unitedrv.com/collections/water-heater-landing-page/products/dometic-10-gallon-gas-electric-water-heater-wh-10gea-95001sp Charles
CharlesinGA 11/06/22 09:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Nubs on stabilizer rod worn down. Can these be replaced?

The nut only has to be a "close fit", it most likely will not screw on due to different threads and might be better to find a nut that is slightly smaller diameter hole than the shaft and then drill the nut to fit tightly on the screw (slide over screw shaft) then weld in place. Too large of a nut opening and it will be difficult to center the nut on the shaft for welding and you will end up with a wobbly out of center nut. Once welded, get some grease or oil on the screw shaft, dry shaft is most likely why the nubs worn out.. Takes more effort to turn the screw without some lubrication and that extra effort wears out the nubs.. This is the best idea. Use a nut that is 3/4 hex and drill out the threads till it just slides over and weld it on the end. 3/4 is the size commonly used on stabilizers and you can buy hand cranks and drill adapter sockets in that size. Camco makes a couple of them. Charles
CharlesinGA 07/13/22 06:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Older Reese hitch

The best thing to do is take the shank from the Reese and use it in place of the shank on the EZ lift, provided it has more drop than the EZ lift shank. The shank is the L shaped piece that plugs into the trucks receiver and has a row of holes in the vertical section of it. The hole spacing is standard between brands. Charles
CharlesinGA 06/19/22 12:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: E vs. D rated trailer tires

If you buy an Endurance ST, you will take the load range they offer in that size. GY only makes one load range in a given size, and it is the "upsize". GY makes a total of 7 different part number Endurance ST tires, two sizes in 14 inch, two sizes in 15 inch and three sizes in 16 inch. https://www.goodyearrvtires.com/tire-selector.aspx ST205/75R14 D ST215/75R14 D ST205/75R15 D ST225/75R15 E ST235/80R16 E ST235/85R16 E ST255/85R16 E If you want LT tires, there are no true LT tires made that I have been able to find, in 15 or 14 inch. 98% of the trailers out there use 13/14/15 inch, so LT is not an option. On some trailers its possible to go to a 16 inch rim and install an LT tire, Airstream does this as an option from the factory on some models. Charles
CharlesinGA 06/18/22 06:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Making my onboard generator quieter

So the Inverter model, despite running slower and having a completely different motor, has, under load, that same chugging or Poot-poot sound that my non inverter model has, and that resonator seems to have about the same effect on your inverter model as on my older non-inverter model. I took my pipe to a one man muffler shop and he welded up some cracks in the 90 degree bend of the pipe caused by a broken hangar in the past, and he cut out a section and welded in the resonator. I had bought the resonator to install on my 3600LP generator in a motorhome I had, but everyone who had tried it said it simply didn't have any noticeable change in sound so I never bothered to install it. After I got my trailer and realized the sound the smaller 2500LP made I tried it and that is what you see in my short video. That led me to install it and in that process I discovered cracks in the pipe at the 90 coming out of the motor from a broken hangar that had been repaired using inner tube or similar rubber that left a lot to be desired. As I also had the proper Cummins hanger, new, I bought with the resonator, I changed it out and fixed everything. Charles
CharlesinGA 05/03/22 08:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: OEM vs Aftermarket - Chinese JUNK Comparison

Performance-wise, the LED retrofit headlight bulbs are all over the place. Some are surprisingly good, and some are utter ****. Me and quite a few other 2nd-generation Frontier owners have had excellent luck with the Katana 9007 LED bulbs. Their LED emitters closely mimic the shape and position of the filaments in the incandescent bulb they replace, which makes a HUGE difference in avoiding a beam pattern that sprays light everywhere. The earlier version that is equipped with a cooling fan works better than the more recent fanless version. (Most fanless designs reduce the LED brightness after a few minutes of operation, in order to avoid burning them up). Mine have seen operation almost every night over the past 2 years, with one failure. MUCH brighter than the original incandescents (without blinding oncoming drivers), and well worth the 55 bucks, IMO. Curiously my 2003 Dodge RAM 2500 uses the 9007 bulb also. It had aftermarket fixtures in it when I bought it, and the light was scattered everywhere, so I ditched those and went back to OEM Damiler Chrysler light fixtures, which took some shopping in 2018 to find NEW originals. I MUCH prefer OEM lights. The 2003-2005 RAM trucks have poor light distribution even with OEM lights, so I will look into these Katana lights. I DO NOT want BLUE lights, and at 6500K they would be but the information on Amazon says each KATANA bulb can light up to 6000 lumens,6500k extremely white light,5 times brighter than halogen. So I'm gonna hold you responsible if I don't like them **WINK, WINK** NOT. I don't want to be that SOB who is blinding other drivers. Charles
CharlesinGA 05/03/22 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: MaxxFan 7500K

MaxxAir fans have proven sensitive to voltage. If you have solar, or lithium batteries, the voltage will go well above 13.5v and if high enough the circuit boards will cook. The newest generation of the MaxxAir fans has a modified circuit board that allows higher (slightly) voltages. The folks on the Escape trailer forum have been down this rabbit hole repeatedly and finally determined that using a small buck boost transformer (about the size of a cigarette pack) is probably the best way of assuring proper voltage to the fan. Here are a FEW of the threads on this subject. Charles https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f38/boards-frying-from-14-volt-solar-charging-22344.html https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f9/maxxfan-known-problem-21959.html https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f9/maxxfan-issues-20950.html https://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f8/maxxfan-7000k-voltage-regulator-14667.html
CharlesinGA 05/03/22 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Making my onboard generator quieter

I installed the same resonator on the earlier non-inverter model of the Onan 2500LP (runs at a constant 3600 rpm). The exhaust on mine has a "poot-poot" sound that was annoying, and after installing the resonator, the volume of the sound was not appreciably reduced, but the TONE was changed, and the "poot-poot" sound was pretty much gone. Installing it on the new inverter model Onan 2500i probably has less effect as the engine generally runs slower (2445-2900 rpm) and never gets close to the 3600 that a non-inverter generator runs at. Here is a video that I did showing the difference on my trailer. YT messed me up by converting it to a "short" so all of the description of what it is and why is not visible to the viewer unless they click the three vertical dots in the upper RH corner and select "description". I will have to eventually edit the video to longer than a minute by adding some BS at the beginning and end but for now you are stuck with looking at a 40 second short. https://youtube.com/shorts/NQEtWhQr8ps?feature=share I have since cut out a section of the pipe under the trailer and welded the resonator in place. Charles
CharlesinGA 04/27/22 11:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: No gas to cook top

I wished this entire thread could be ported over to the Escape forum on RVLife. However RVLife administration gets triggered when something comes from elsewhere. If you have not OP needs to start a thread over there and write up what you and JBarca (John) have to say and discovered. escapeforum.org Another consideration is that many of the Escape owners install Dickinson stove tops, and ovens in some situations, and really like them. Again, go to the forum and check it out. Charles
CharlesinGA 04/20/22 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

I've managed to get into contact with a lower level official at Ford who says that the Ford Transit chassis and motors are likely built in the US to US standards. I've just received a VIN# from a dealer near Paris & so will check this with Ford to confirm manufacture. Good to hear that the electric conversion will likely not be a problem, but at this point I'm not going to worry about either electric or plumbing issues until I can confirm that the chassis and motor are likely to meet the US import standards. I like the suggestion to purchase the Ford BEFORE it is transported (not exported permanently) to France as this may help with importation of the modified US vehicle back into the US. Please keep the suggestions and comments coming in and I'll update as progress is being made. Aloha! Bob The Transits for the North American market (and South America)are built in the Kansas City assembly plant. Transits for Europe, Africa, and Asia are built by Ford Otosan in Kocaeli Province, Turkey. Those are the only two Transit plants worldwide, according to Wikipedia. Charles
CharlesinGA 04/20/22 02:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Parking permits in the GSMNP

Clingman's dome is insane and the shuttle bus, one from the east and one from the west would be a much better situation. The east side of the park is much overlooked (a good thing for those who visit it) and there is much to see and do both inside and outside the park. Charles
CharlesinGA 04/12/22 08:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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