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RE: RV Keyless lock

Rvlock just had a couple of good sales. We've had ours for about 2 years and it's been fine. I think I've only changed the batteries once so far. The keypad lights up for a couple seconds once you hit a button, but it comes with a remote key fob too. JK
JKJavelin 06/02/21 06:35am General RVing Issues

We have frameless windows, and 3 of them are emergency exits that can swing wide open but the handles are short. I made props out of PVC so they can now open wide. JK https://i.imgur.com/2LtKcIWl.jpg I would be scared the wind would pick up and lift the window enough for that to fall out and then slam it down. Steve I used 3/4" PVC, which fits pretty snugly over the window handle, and on the other end, a 45 degree elbow that I ground a tab to fit into the window slot. If it's windy, I do the clothes pin trick to the slot to hold it tight to the wall. I don't think I would use it in extreme winds. https://i.imgur.com/o5terpEl.jpg
JKJavelin 05/31/21 08:02am General RVing Issues

We have frameless windows, and 3 of them are emergency exits that can swing wide open but the handles are short. I made props out of PVC so they can now open wide. JK https://i.imgur.com/2LtKcIWl.jpg
JKJavelin 05/30/21 01:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cost of RVing

I track our costs for fun, just cuz I find it interesting. Here are some of the costs of our last 3 winter trips, about 9 weeks each, a mix of resorts, boondocking and everything in between: Campsites: 2019- $31/night avg. 2020- $21/night avg. 2021- $37/night avg. (Florida skewed this) Total daily cost: 2019- $115 2020- $112 2021- $112 We do not park and sit, average about 3 nights per stop, some 1 night, the most at Quartzsite for 10-14 days. JK
JKJavelin 05/26/21 06:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Idaho/Montana Route 200

If you happen to continue east of Great Falls, 200 runs with hwy 87 for awhile in Montana, and on the western edge of Lewistown there is a town campground run by the Kiwanis that is free, but has a donation box. No hookups, but I would stay there again. JK
JKJavelin 05/25/21 07:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Retirement

I thought I was fairly healthy when suddenly, at 60 years old, I had a quadruple heart bypass! That was labor day weekend almost 6 years ago. By the end of that year, I had a plan to retire at 63, which ended up at 62 years, 9 months. Our fifth wheel was my pre-retirement present that we bought while I was still working. We both were on Obamacare until we hit 65,which worked out very nicely. We also started SS right away. My whole career consisted of 50-60+ hours a week in foundries for 44 years (spit between 2 companies) and retiring early was the best thing I did. BTW...the SS doomsday rumors are BS. JK
JKJavelin 05/23/21 02:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Pleated shades, should I tow with them up or down?

During our first year with our fifth wheel, a string broke on our large rear window's pleated shade. It was under warranty, so we took it to the dealer for repair. Well, they will just replace it and they had our rig for over 2 months for it. We have since had several more break, so I watched YouTube videos, bought a repair kit from the dealer and fixed them myself. Once you understand how they work, it's pretty easy. Like someone above said, you get to be a pro at it. JK
JKJavelin 05/18/21 03:34pm General RVing Issues

Ron3rd, I hope you don't act like this towards the poor cashier at the grocery store as well. JK
JKJavelin 05/17/21 06:57am Good Sam Club
RE: Skinny cat

Agree with above, but will add, try to find a cat-only vet if possible. Our 12 year old was sick last November and our regular vet checked her and said no cancer and gave meds, but we kept calling and took her back and mid January he said she's full of cancer. We were then referred to a cat-only vet by my wife's friend, but too late. Horrible experience. And the regular vet has the highest rating around. Do it now! JK
JKJavelin 05/16/21 07:10am RV Pet Stop
RE: What is the Passport America plan

Some will show on their website that they are PA, but it seems usually not. When planning a stop, the first thing I do is look at the PA's map on their app, and if they have a location in the area I'm headed to, I click on it and read "Important Campground Notes". This will tell their restrictions. If I can't use it on that day, I might look at another location. JK
JKJavelin 05/12/21 05:44am General RVing Issues
RE: What is the Passport America plan

We just love PA. We mostly use it for overnight stops and on this year's winter trip we saved $142 with it, with the biggest savings in Florida. They keep sending you special deals for renewals and a month ago we got a super deal on a lifetime membership, so we got it. They're not the fanciest places but it's our first choice when on the road. JK
JKJavelin 05/10/21 06:32am General RVing Issues
RE: New Mattress

My wife is complaining about the original 60x80 Denver Mattress that came with our Open Range. She put a topper on it when new, and I've been fine with it. We haven't bought a conventional mattress ever I think. We had traditional waterbeds for almost 40 years and after I had heart surgery 5 years ago, I couldn't climb in and out of it, so we bought an expensive Sleep Number (personally I think are overrated). We stopped at Verlo a couple days ago. We will have to special order because of the radiused corners at the foot end. These new ones are several inches thicker and I'm sure heavier. I'm guessing I'll have to replace the struts for the under bed storage with stronger ones. JK
JKJavelin 05/08/21 06:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Alabama road conditions

Finished a 7300 mile trip a month ago, and by far,I-65 southbound through Birmingham was the worst. JK
JKJavelin 05/07/21 08:16am Roads and Routes
RE: New Full Body Paint Job

That paint is absolutely fantastic. Those older gorgeous rigs are worth it. But please don't paint over beautiful wood on the inside. I think that would be tragic. JK
JKJavelin 05/07/21 08:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help Ram 2500 6.4 gas vs diesel

When we bought our 5th wheel, I had a brand new 2016 Ram 2500 6.4. Less than 2 years later I bought a new 2018 Ram 3500 Cummins. Guess why?
JKJavelin 05/03/21 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

I see you live in the northwest. A gas truck is ok in flat terrain, but miserable in the mountains. When we bought our 5th wheel I had a 2016 Ram 6.4 V8, that I couldn't stand in the mountains. I didn't want a diesel, but in 2018 I traded it in for a new Ram Cummins. I should have gotten that in the first place. JK
JKJavelin 04/27/21 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide cable popping (Heartland wilderness)

Suds, that is classic gearbox failure. The first one had the loud bang and the other 2 had the skipping in one direction only. https://i.imgur.com/3VhG3uyl.jpg Failed gearbox housing. Look at the center ring for the center gear. Supposed to be round.
JKJavelin 04/26/21 11:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide cable popping (Heartland wilderness)

What year is it? BAL made a LOT of bad gearboxes in 2015, and the first sign of failure is the gears slipping, sometimes making a popping noise, usually in one direction. Sometimes a loud bang at the end of the travel. Go up and look over the wood facia at the center of the slide where the motor and gearbox are. The gearbox will have stickers with part number and serial number. If the serial number starts with 15... bingo. All 3 of mine failed. JK
JKJavelin 04/25/21 08:22am Travel Trailers
RE: FR 688 at South Rim

Thanks for the great info agesilous. In October we will be in a group of 3 or 4 rigs going to Utah, and ending up at the Grand Canyon. Non of the others have boondocked and want to experience it, so I'm on the lookout for a couple nice locations. JK
JKJavelin 04/23/21 07:10am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stupid question about tires

I'm just curious...how much do they charge to put nitrogen in your tires. Anybody know?? Do they meter it? Flat fee? JK
JKJavelin 04/23/21 06:42am General RVing Issues
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