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RE: What's a good battery level monitor?

Trimteric 2030rv. I have Trojan flooded batts and my first set, 14 years still going strong due to watching the % remaining. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 11/21/20 04:07am Tech Issues
RE: Slide seals

I just replaced the "D" seal above that. It was fairly easy. They stapled the ends, I pulled them out then with a razor knife, cut along the silicone line on top and pulled it out. Installing it I just slid it on from the end and pulled it across. It was about 12 feet. While this isnt the "wiper" seal that you mention, perhaps the technique is the similar. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 11/21/20 04:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Elon's Starlink Internet Service

I had dish for many years until they got to expensive, along with Verizon copper lines then cable internet. Cable internet is the only game where we live, so I dropped Dish and Verizon and have package tv, internet and phones from Cable. Of course I now no longer have Dish on the Road. Yes satellite is affected by weather, without a heated dish had to throw snowballs at it to knock off the snow and yes when a big thunderhead comes through it will block your signal a does heavy downpours. It will take some time, but with companies expanding internet to get around cable companies soon we will have more choices. For now both cellular and wifi repeaters are in my rig and occasionally that all fails and we drive over to a hot spot with the laptop and do a download. Always carry dvd's on board for remote camping that we do a lot. But Hey if you got the pesos buy what you need and enjoy it. hughes offers broadband and tv. Theres a doctor who camps by us and has the hughes dish on his mega 4x4 truck camper.
Crabbypatty 11/17/20 04:18am Technology Corner
RE: Opinion on a campground?

We had that trouble in a place in Massachusetts and complained to management they were quieter after that. Some people though have no consideration so we try to time our stays to at the most include only one weekend. Seems like Friday nights are the worst.
Crabbypatty 11/10/20 05:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Internet for campsite and while en route (travel trailer)

Rv's are metal boxes that block radio tv signals. So you need a good outside antenna. Alot of RV roofs, like mine are EPDM ie rubber. Antennas need a good ground plane, ie metal. When selecting a roof antenna for omni or circular direction meaning you need to aim the antenna, the Wilson Trucker works well. If you know where the cell tower is and want faster service especially if your distant from the cell tower then you need a yagi antenna to aim at it. I have both as it depends are where you are in relation to the cell tower. There are apps and websites that tell you where the towers are and what service they have ie VZ ATT etc. My outside antennas are connected to a Wilson Extreme RV amplifier and and inside antenna. Radio signals, as that's what a cell phone is a two way radio are subject to interference, obstacles and distance as well as the cell phone tower it self may not be transmitting well. Both of my antennas are mounted on a painters pole, power clamped to the ladder. Height is might as hams say the higher the better. So if your out in the open and can see the tower you probably can stream Netflix, if you cant, hills trees buildings or you parked next to a beautiful class a moho, you may get nothing. Same for CG wifi outside antenna, amplifier and inside antenna. I carry both systems not knowing which one will work best. Now if both systems cant get a signal or I don't need to work, either pick up and move, select a better cg or location, if not then pop a beer and throw another log on the firepit. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 11/04/20 03:45am Technology Corner
RE: James Island County Park Charleston SC

We are heading there after the year turns. Now pulling a 13'2" tall fifth wheel. I will be calling the park to find out more.
Crabbypatty 11/03/20 04:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

I repack my bearings annually. Its not hard. While you have systems with zerk fittings to put in a few squirts, you could also have a leaking seal that your not aware of. You could also be greasing your brake pads. You can pay about $50 a wheel or do it yourself. I carry extra bearings and brake assembly's one right one left. Experience is when you stuck hundreds of miles from home with a brake issue and have to fix it in the campground, driving many miles to get to a parts store. Not fun. I use Kendell 427 Blu High Temp grease. Carry a couple tubes as well as the grease tub, plus extra bearings and seals. This year I broke down for $10 and bought a bearing packer to speed it up. You can Youtube and see videos to teach. When I turn the key I dont want to think about it and enjoy the ride. An ounce of prevention in the beginning of the season goes a long way to an enjoyable trip. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 11/02/20 04:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Shocks F 250 Ranchos or Bilstiens?

Interesting.Yes Chevy Ford Dodge question that's why I put it out. I do keep the 20" Coopers at 80lbs but could lower them down to 60 to soften the ride up. Ill wait for more responses however thus far seems to be Bilsteins. I know that a lot of truck campers like those as well. Keep your experiences coming Im a Ham as well k2bkr usually on in the early hours 3895 3906ish 73s Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 11/02/20 07:37am Fifth-Wheels
Shocks F 250 Ranchos or Bilstiens?

TV = 2015 F 250 CC short bed 4x4. We tow a 37' Heritage Glen FW. Noticed that the OEM shocks are getting worn and want to replace all 4. I am tending towards the Ranchos as they are adjustable. Reason this is YL's every day car. So when not towing need to soften the ride. Also will swap out steering stabilizer while im at it. Any experience is appreciated.
Crabbypatty 11/01/20 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Prep TC roof for Dicor redo

Dicor has its own product which I used changing my tan epdm roof to white. Its not only a cleaner but a primer as well. The change cut 15 degrees inside. I did 3 coats of the cool beads. Great stuff.
Crabbypatty 10/04/20 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: 5th Wheel with no dually truck

There are lighter fifth wheel alternatives. We pull a Heritage Glen Lite 324 res with a F250 gasser. 6.2l with a 6 speed. Perfect match truck and camper. True diesel has more torque, but for the few times we need that going up a hill, wasn't worth the extra $10$15k. To make the f250 a f350 you can just add a spring as the drive train is the same. We also pull with a short bed using the pullrite 16k slide hitch and love it. A CG that we go to alot the owner is the one who pulled a fiver with a short bed half ton and informed me about the lite series. Changed my thinking and after pulling this around for two years, 37 feet is long enough for me as we are 52 feet nose to tail. PS my wife drives the f250 everyday, so the short bed easy to park. Long beds much harder to get around in. Take your time and shop until you find the right fit for you.
Crabbypatty 09/11/20 04:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do you guys use for a BBQ?

We start a campfire with charcoal, then throw a grill on top for grilling. We do carry a road trip but hardly use it. Ive only BBQ once over the road and brought my webber smoker. Uses charcoal and I throw in a lump of wood for my flavor.
Crabbypatty 09/08/20 03:47am Truck Campers
RE: I need new Tires

Ive owned TTs and have good luck with Goodyear's on them. First TT 4900lbs second TT 8000lbs. Now moved to fiver we are a solid 12,000 lbs on two axles. We bought used and it came with almost no miles Provider 238/80 r 16 even though rig is now 6 years old. The first owner had it on a seasonal site for the first 4 years of its life and never traveled. Still just noticed cracking on on tire, so its time. We have only gone short distances so far and they ride nice and cool. Still taking a short hop over the road end of October and want new. Interesting thread nothing negative about the providers or the good years. This set is Load range E. Im not worried about speed rating as Iver never gone past 65 juts a personal comfort thing.
Crabbypatty 09/08/20 03:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

We dry camp a lot on the outer beaches. Folks bring their gennies on rear bumper racks all the time. We have both Honda 3000i 150#s and the 2000i 45#s. Since switching to solar we now only carry the 2000i. I also see a lot of people carrying two Honda 2000is probably due to weight. This last trip the guy next to us had his 3000i in the front basement which is also common. Door open exhaust out with a fan behind to keep air moving. Youtube it for ideas.
Crabbypatty 09/06/20 03:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

Retirement, so I can just go...........
Crabbypatty 08/19/20 03:36am General RVing Issues
Camping Suggestions for Florida Keys

Any thoughts on the Keys for January? Or perhaps west coast water front?? Thanks in advance J & L
Crabbypatty 08/16/20 03:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Massachusetts in October

Any thoughts would be great! FHU near the coast.. Happy Trails J & L
Crabbypatty 08/15/20 05:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: how to mount solar panel

I bought aluminum angle iron. 6 ft piece and cut into 3-4 inch pieces. Bolted to panels then screwed panels into the roof. I applied a healthy amount of dicor sealant under the mounts then on top once screwed in. Works perfectly no leaks. Im not interested in adjusting panels so they are hard mounted.
Crabbypatty 08/15/20 05:37pm Truck Campers
RE: More water needed....

We boon dock a lot. Our 37ft fifth wheel came with a 44 gallon tank as its ment for FHU. We have 4-6 gallon water jugs and pump the water into the main tank. Easier to move and store 6 gallon water tanks than 30-50 gallon tank.
Crabbypatty 07/28/20 05:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where to RV on East Coast

Spend your first night nearby. Hit a KOA or Hershey for Full Hook Ups so you get the hang of it and see if everything you are renting works before your travel to far. Gettysburg PA is very historic so is going south to Williamsburg. Not sure how things are open per COVID. If you want to go north and park on lake. Try Lake George RV Park and Resort. Some history nearby forts etc. Fun place. They burn the old picnic tables at night huge bonfire and usually there are fireworks on Lake George.
Crabbypatty 07/04/20 02:30pm Beginning RVing
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