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RE: Stupid question about tires

Purging the air in the tires by deflating them and then reinflating with nitrogen a couple of times, it's possible to reach a ~98% nitrogen fill. Even just deflating the tire and refilling with nitrogen once can reach a 95% fill since the remaining 78/20/2% air is compressed to a smaller volume when the tire is pressurized. Is it worth the trouble for most common personal vehicle use? No...
Dutch_12078 04/08/21 10:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Stupid question about tires

The new tires on my Class A are nitrogen filled because that's all the truck shop that installed them uses. Their primary clientele is contract truck fleet operators and that's what they've asked for. I don't know if they charge anything extra for the nitrogen since I don't pay them for the work, but it may be built into their fleet pricing.
Dutch_12078 04/08/21 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

Question, would class A have easier engine bay access than a class C? I get it I am generalizing. Gas Class A's generally require removing the doghouse and working from inside the coach for some engine maintenance items other than routine oil/transmission/coolant checks/fills and those items normally done from the bottom of course. Diesel pushers often require accessing the top of the engine through a hatch under the rear bed for some maintenance items. In general, Class C's have easier engine access than Class A's, with Super C's having the same external access as many the medium/heavy duty truck cab/chassis they're built on.
Dutch_12078 04/07/21 12:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Disposable Razors Observation

I've been using BIC "Sensitive" disposable razors for years at about $3 a dozen. I get a clean shave with no nicks or cuts using Coast bar soap in the shower. The county recycling program that serves our Adirondack family cottage accepts the plastic disposable razors.
Dutch_12078 04/05/21 07:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: Oil fill question

I use the 1-quart funnel below to refill my MH oil. I remove the supplied hose and with the twist valve closed, fill it to the 1-quart mark from a 5-quart jug. Once it's in place, I twist the valve open and watch it drain down the fill tube. The funnel also works well for transmission fluid. Hopkins 10704 FloTool Spill Saver Measu-Funnel
Dutch_12078 04/04/21 08:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Domicle not getting caught?

We've been fulltimers since 2013 and maintain our domicile in upstate NY. Our income is configured so we pay no state or federal income taxes, so that's not an issue. There are some advantages for us in maintaining our NY domicile. Our motorhome registration for instance, is just $70/year and there are no personal property or wheel taxes. We jointly own a lakeside family cottage with our kids, and our senior and my veteran status gives us considerable breaks on the property and school taxes there. We also maintain a full hookup RV site there that works as our home base for annual medical appointments, etc. as well as a place to park while visiting our kids that live in the area. NY may not be the right domicile state for many folks, but it works well for us...
Dutch_12078 04/02/21 08:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: Lock em up... a long story

Interesting point about the chain through the wheels. I might do that on one of my trailers. I have a hitch lock on the 5th wheel. Mostly to stop the opportunist. I think my house is fairly secure and with dogs and cameras, not much chance for someone to get in here, unless they know we are gone. I have a place that I take my trailer for service. They make me remove all personal items, even the propane tanks. They have seen people take all kinds of things from their lot. Since the storage keys are mostly the same, it doesn't take much for someone to get in. Propane is used in making meth so those guys look for places to grab propane tanks. Just to be clear, it isn't the propane the meth cooks are after, it's the cylinders. They use the cylinders to transport anhydrous ammonia used in meth production. If you spot a cylinder at a refillers or in an exchange rack with green corrosion around the brass valve, stay away from it.
Dutch_12078 03/29/21 07:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lock em up... a long story

Don't count on a hitch lock for theft protection. Back in the day I repossessed a number of TT's and 5'vers with hitch locks in place. All it took to snag most of the TT's was to back up to them and hook up the safety chains before driving off. For 5'vers, we backed the extended wheel lift stinger up to the landing legs, wrapped around them, lift and go. The tougher ones were the trailers that had chains through wheels and wrapped around the frame or axles. Those required sticking wheel dollys under the tires. And before anyone asks, we were not allowed to damage any personal property such as cutting locks or chains. The bank or finance company was responsible for getting them removed. My suggestion for both TT's and 5'vers is a good quality chain and lock through the wheels and around the frame or axle. The typical crook won't be equipped to handle that. A hitch lock will stop the opportunists, but not the more determined crooks.
Dutch_12078 03/29/21 05:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: And so it begins. (In North America).

Wow... Six pages of posts that apparently don't know the difference between "petroleum diesel fuel" and "bio-diesel fuel". HB3305 specifically calls out "petroleum diesel" for a reason. I don't think it has a prayer of passing, but outlawing all diesel fuel in favor of EV's does not appear to be its purpose.
Dutch_12078 03/28/21 06:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: New propane leak after tanks filled

There's a rubber grommet inside the port on the valve with a brass center ring. Twice I've had inexperienced refillers damage them. One was damaged to the point that it fell out while unscrewing the refill nozzle from the cylinder, and the other had the brass center ring damaged enough that a POL or ACME connector could not seat properly. I was able to salvage the cylinders using parts from scrapped cylinders that had the same brand valves.
Dutch_12078 03/27/21 07:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Should I gamble on a salvage yard RV furnace?

If there was no significant rust showing on the inside and you can get it for $10-$20 I'd say go for it. I would bench test it before installing though. Age isn't as important as condition in this case. I have two 20 year old Atwood 8025's in my motorhome that are working perfectly and have needed minimal repairs.
Dutch_12078 03/26/21 03:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery & electrical questions

Our previous 1995 Coachmen Catalina Class A had a 200 amp fuse in the line from the house battery to the Onan generator. I didn't know it existed until the starter failed with a shorted winding and popped it. Tracing back to find out why no 12 volts from the battery finally found it tucked away in the battery compartment.
Dutch_12078 03/25/21 07:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gas RV Front Table Ideas

Would something like this mounted on the doghouse work for you? GO GEAR EFF-BEI Efficiency Console https://i.imgur.com/gdY6941l.jpg
Dutch_12078 03/25/21 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tips/Tricks/info on Full-time RV'ing For Beginners

45 years! You must be pretty old :-) How's your health? Full-timing or even vacationing by yourself is tough like owning a moving house. Are you sure you are up to it? Just sign me `wet blanket'. Start tent camping at 10 then 45 yrs would put OP at 55 Start tent camping at 20 then 45 yrs would put OP at 65 What is too OLD???? I guess Dick_B would be shocked to learn I started tent camping 78 years ago with my family, and bought my first RV about 55 years ago... ;)
Dutch_12078 03/22/21 06:12pm Full-time RVing
RE: Also

Well, after reading the replies above, one thing I can believe is that a sense of humor seems to be lacking here... ;)
Dutch_12078 03/21/21 08:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Campfire story about "you and space?"

I'd pick the soon to be released "Airstream Astro"... ;) https://i.imgur.com/5dMlE3vl.jpg
Dutch_12078 03/21/21 08:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Onan generator running issues

Try unplugging the remote switch wiring at the generator. Then see if the random shutdowns still happen. If they don't, I'd look for a ground short in the remote wiring that may also lead you to the failure to start the generator remotely. Somewhere that the wiring passes over or through a metal grounding surface and has frayed would be what you're looking for.
Dutch_12078 03/20/21 07:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Full Time Living Recap (Almost 1 Year)

There's no question that fulltiming isn't for everyone, but for those of us that love it, it's a great way to experience life to the fullest. We've only been fulltiming since 2008, but we are starting to acknowledge that we may have to hang up the keys as we approach our 80's. Maybe in another 5 years or so. Our current 34' single super slide gasser has served us well with minimal maintenance needs, and we're quite happy with the space we have. Several years ago I asked my wife what she'd like to see changed in our coach, and the only thing she could came up with was a new shower door to replace the old pleated one that had gotten hard to clean. About a week later I installed a Nautilus RV retractable shower door and she still likes it. We move fairly often since we favor state and national park campgrounds that typically have 14 day limits. As far as the "seen one, seen them all" comment, I couldn't disagree more. Every park we visit and revisit has its own character and special features that we find enjoyable. It might be as simple as watching the daily deer "parade" at Ft Clinch SP, FL or Ft McAllister SP, GA or watching the ships passing in and out of the St Lawrence Seaway's Eisenhower Lock at Robert Moses SP in upstate NY while sitting in our coach or under the awning, but each one is unique in its own way. We also have a private lakeside site in the southern Adirondacks where we sometimes stay for a month or two at a time while visiting family nearby and catching up on some medical appointments. As said, its not for everyone, but some of us wouldn't have it any other way...
Dutch_12078 03/18/21 06:11pm Full-time RVing
RE: does propane go bad?

Propane is a by-product of petroleum refining and natural gas processing. Natural gas is processed to remove butane, propane, and ethane that can condense and damage pipelines.
Dutch_12078 03/16/21 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: This weekend Change Clocks

During my working life, I frequently flew from NY to California and points in between, as well as to England and France. A little one hour time change doesn't bother me in the least... :)
Dutch_12078 03/13/21 04:35pm General RVing Issues
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