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RE: Not one but two blowouts

I've heard that if you have a blow out, drive immediately to the tire shop and replace the other tires as they are getting ready to go too. Could be automated manufacturing consistency causing a flaw to be continually and identically duplicated. I've had light bulbs on the same line burn out within 30 seconds from each other. You might consider replacing the spare too. Glad you didn't have too much damage.
Durb 05/25/22 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Strange Gray Powder

Could be feces and sawdust from powder post beetles. Some manufacturers used infested wood when building their cabinets and the insects continued to thrive. Is it worse after a tow and things got shaken loose? Look at the cabinet above the drawers and see if you can find tiny holes.
Durb 05/09/22 10:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Via 25T Mercedes Diesel

I have no idea if this applies to your vehicle, but worth a try. I have a Mercedes SUV with the 4 cylinder twin turbo diesel. It does have a very effective exhaust brake which cannot be manually activated. The only time it works is in cruise control. Try setting the cruise while on a grade and adjust the speed down using the stalk control. You will know immediately if it is working. Also, the transmission logic is very effective at selecting the right gear to keep the revs up.
Durb 05/08/22 08:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: It's getting warm in Arizona...

Kind of envious of the Southwest right now. It is still cold and rainy in the Northwest with a few nice days sprinkled in. At 7,400 feet here, you would be camping in deep snow. At 9,200 feet, you would be boondocking on a glacier!
Durb 05/07/22 10:49am General RVing Issues
RE: AirSafe 5er hitch

I've never seen nor known anyone who owns an Airsafe hitch. However, I've read a number of good reviews about them. Since you already have the bed rails, I would recommend a Trailer Saver TS3. This is the path I took, Patriot - TS3. I can report the hitches aren't in the same league as far as towing comfort. Of course, they shouldn't be due to the price differential. Once over the price shock, you would never regret that decision.
Durb 04/29/22 07:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Metal storage structure for 20 foot long travel trailer?

We purchased our canopy at a dealer in Vancouver. It was manufactured back east and distributed out of Salem. I believe the name was Western Steel Structures or something like that. Their work was good as is the product, and I thought the price was fair. I bought a standard 14' x 36' canopy with 12' side walls. Due to the roof pitch, it has no problem accepting my 13'-1" fifth wheel. My trailer is 32' so the ends get wet in the northwest weather. Roof is dry and shaded all the time.
Durb 04/29/22 07:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

For those that missed out... I have a limited number of reservations. I might be willing to share my good fortune.. Obviously some details would need to be worked out.:B:R :p I see a potential problem here. If numerous people made multiple reservations with the intention of selling their spots in line rather than actually buying the truck, then Ford may be manufacturing too many vehicles. I see commercials on television for the Silverado electric truck which will be delivered more than a year away. The fine print says the dealer will determine the cost of the vehicle. I'm guessing there is a good profit motive for a manufacturer to take a deposit to hold a customer's place in line. It makes the buyer commit and dissuades him from considering other product during the interim, vehicles that could be available for immediate purchase. Plus, the manufacturer gets all the buzz that their vehicle is so popular because they have all those preorders. I wouldn't be surprised if the marketing departments are fudging the preorder numbers.
Durb 04/28/22 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Route Recommendations Quartzsite to Redwood Nat'l Park

Just did the trip from Phoenix to Portland on a Sunday. We hit Quartzsite at 11:00 for lunch and headed East through LA on the 10. Traffic was heavy all the way to the bottom of the Grapevine. We figured it cost us an extra two hours due to the traffic. Diesel was $6.20 to $6.40 in California.
Durb 04/24/22 02:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: New porch light

This one,not cheap but BRIGHT Porch Light I have two of these as scare lights on the front of my trailer. They are really bright, in my mind, too bright for a porch light. If you want, PM me an email address and I will forward a photo that illustrates their intensity.
Durb 04/22/22 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Run Flat Tires ?

I bought an SUV with Dunlop run flat tires. It is a good thing they were run flats because they were usually flat. They suffered three tread punctures in the first two years. They were finally ruined when my wife ran over a spark plug which pushed its way through the tire tread! I replaced them with regular tires and no problems since. I would cross Dunlops off your potentials list.
Durb 04/16/22 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: What is happening with our members?

I agree. I saw a new thread recently from a senior member with the sole purpose of complaining about the posts of other senior members.
Durb 04/07/22 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: For those towing with Teslas. Super charger tips. Thanks

Pretty convenient when all the spots are empty. What do you do when all the spots are full and there is no one attending their vehicles? I saw this very same circumstance off Interstate Five in Woodburn, OR. Full charging stations while the owners were eating at the nearby restaurants or at the outlet mall. I would be a little warm if I was on a long distance run and needed a charge. I assume the chargers were there because of the restaurants and the mall, and proximity to the interstate. I've considered a BEV as a third vehicle but will probably wait until sufficient infrastructure and manners are in place. I fill my diesel at Costco; I would never consider going in the store to do some shopping while the pump is running.
Durb 04/04/22 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Compartment latches and locks

I hope we are talking about the same latches. I find I have to disassemble mine every couple of years, clean and regrease the ball bearing for smooth operation. The stops are solid leading me to believe your entire lock may be rotating. I would check to see that the outer bezel isn't moving. My trailer came with combination locks on some of the hatch doors and I would advise against them. I have to get the readers out to see the numbers and my eyes are pretty good. Plus, they have a large serrated handle perfect for Channellocks.
Durb 04/04/22 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Good Sam Rally/ Convention

The Washington State Good Sams has three rallies annually in Lynden, Moses Lake, and Cashmere. I believe they are well attended, however, attendance is dropping. I've spoken to people who have attended and they had a really good time.
Durb 04/03/22 09:16am Good Sam Club
RE: Custom Built Travel Trailer

Try Aluminum Trailer Company (ATC). They make a 20 ft. toy hauler that they can reconfigure with modular components. Basic floor plan has a pretty good dry bath with tanks and such. They claim to make custom trailers so might have the ability to delete many items. This company builds all aluminum high end stuff, even the frame is aluminum, no wood anywhere. I know they have lithium battery options. Maybe the company can deliver what you want but your wallet will feel some pain.
Durb 03/22/22 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone second thoughts.

Good things come to those willing to get up in the morning. We have multiple friends with trips scheduled to Yellowstone and are rethinking due to the high price of fuel. Gut feeling many might do the same. There is a midge hatch early June that many think are mosquitos. The hatch at nearby Henrys Lake is huge. I've heard Fishing Bridge has undergone some improvements. I would enjoy reading an update after your trip.
Durb 03/15/22 01:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interstate rest area stops

I volunteered to work the free coffee kiosk at a rest stop on Interstate 5 in Washington state. There is a whole community of people that live in their cars and spend every night in the rest stops. They are known by the authorities and by each other. I believe the law is six hours per stay. If chased out, they move to the rest stop on the other side of the freeway. Usually, they are left alone. My rig doesn't have bed access with the slides in, so I generally tear off a couple hours in the truck seat and move on. I actually really like truck stop naps. I find the background noise soothing. I watch the hustle and bustle of everyone and relax knowing I'm not pressed for time.
Durb 03/11/22 06:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rising fuel, will it be any different this time?

In 2008, oil was north of $140 and we had a financial crisis; an RV buyers dream if shopping for a large rig. The economy isn't so bad right now, there are a lot of people with a lot of money. I remember the roads being empty the last time fuel was $5. I recall commenting on how much elective driving people do. Not so much now, our roads are packed.
Durb 03/08/22 05:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Kill switch for Cummins

OP here. I checked with my insurance company. I can itemize my add-ons so I can be reimbursed for a loss. Of course, an additional premium is involved. I'll put together the list and see what it costs. I do have a chipped key and will install a kill switch on the clutch lockout line. Then, be vigilant. Maybe, with the high price of diesel, a thief won't want the thing.
Durb 03/08/22 11:09am Tow Vehicles
Kill switch for Cummins

Not only is there an epidemic of catalytic convertor thefts in my area; used pickups are also targets for thieves. An insurance payout would be far less than what my replacement cost would be, plus I really like my truck. I've considered an engine kill switch for my 04 Ram, but have no idea which wire I should loop to a hidden switch. What are other members doing to add some anti-theft security to their aging trucks? Do steering wheel locks work? Would a thief equipped with the tools to steal a catalytic convertor be able to quickly defeat a steering wheel lock? Any suggestions are appreciated.
Durb 03/07/22 08:10am Tow Vehicles
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