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RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

For every slow poke, there are 10 others pushing well beyond the speed limit, cutting in and out of lanes and putting everyone near them at risk.
JimK-NY 08/30/21 09:08pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do the gray and black tanks fill

There is absolutely no way to tell how much water you will need. Habits are the big factor. At home I leave the faucet running while I wash my face and brush my teeth. Habits like that will run through the fresh water tank and overflow the gray water tank quickly. When I camp and water is not available. I get by on about 3 gallons per day. Roughly 1 gallon for drinking, 1 gallon for dish washing and cooking, and the remaining gallon for a shower. I don't fall short but there is no wasted water in the processes.
JimK-NY 08/30/21 01:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Roaches ugh!

Not all "bug bombs" are equal. Most are aerosols that leave a nasty film within several feet but fail to penetrate in cracks and hiding places. They are no better, no actually much worse, than spraying household insecticides. There is a pesticide that truly works, penetrates every possible location and then is easy to clear and does not leave a gooey pesticide film. Get Raid fumigator/fogger. It is water activated with a delay and the canister generates a smoke that will stay in the air for hours and penetrates everywhere. After a few hours, you open windows, turn on exhaust fans and the smoke entirely clears.
JimK-NY 08/29/21 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Fiberglass polishing

I am a fan of the ZEP floor wax system, but first you need to prep the surface. I recommend using a Scotch kitchen scrub sponge with a very mild abrasive, either Bar Keepers Friend or Bon Ami. It will be a slow process because you need to go over every square inch with light scrubbing. Odds are there is still some old wax on the RV. You also need to scrub that off using a dilute ammonia solution. If you take your time with the surface prep, you can then apply ZEP finish that will last and last. Mine is still going strong from 2015. The Zep finish is easy to apply. You can use a sponge floor mop, but I did mine by hand. Lightly dampen an approximately 10 inch square rag and apply a thin coat. Make sure you do not get any drips and sags. The first coat or two will not look good. You will need to apply at least 4 thin coats. The Zep finish will prevent further oxidation, will give the RV a moderately good shine, will prevent the black streaks, and will last for years. Zep works so well I barely have to wash my RV. I do wash it about once a year and apply another thin coat of Zep. Again, surface prep is important. If the surface prep is skipped or done poorly the Zep surface can flake off after a few months or years.
JimK-NY 08/28/21 05:31am Full-time RVing
RE: Absorption vs. Residential refrigerator

If you want to switch to a compressor refrigerator, spend the money and get a compressor refrigerator made for 12v use. You will need way less solar, or way less generator when the sun does not shine. I would recommend Nova Kool.
JimK-NY 08/25/21 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Do pass-through windows leak?

No water leaks, but my "donut" is old and I am having difficulty getting a good seal between the camper the truck. BTW, I would not buy a camper without a pass through window. When I arrive after a day of driving the camper is a moderate temperature. I crack one of the vents so I get some air flow and heating or cooling as needed.
JimK-NY 08/25/21 12:11pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

And what is that guy going 48 mph supposed to do? I see there is a passing lane in the other direction. So it might not be long. Fortunately with a diesel I am not underpowered. A gentle hill like that would be 65 mph in 5th or maybe topped out at 6th gear.
JimK-NY 08/24/21 05:47pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

I have gotten over 16 with a tail wind :E 16.4 is the best I've ever done with my truck empty at 65 mph. I've done it a few times so I know it wasn't just a fluke. I don't think I've ever traveled very far at 55 even back in the '70s when the speed limit was lowered to 55. Mine only weighs about 10,500 fully loaded. It makes little sense to compare your gasser with a CTD. I don't drive much with an empty truck but it should do close to 20 mpg @ 65. I don't think I can remember doing 55 for any period of time so I would be guessing at 14 mpg with the camper.
JimK-NY 08/22/21 02:30pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

Not to drift off topic but gas mileage has never been a concern as to how fast I drive. I drive at speeds that I am comfortable at and the gas mileage is what it is. It makes a difference to me. My next trip is planned for about 15k miles. Fuel costs will be close to $4000 at current prices. Cutting back a bit on speed can easily save me 20% or $800. That is in addition to a safer, less stressful trip. Of course I will spent more time driving, but probably not by much. Less stressful driving and better fuel economy means fewer rest stops and fewer fuel stops. The best gas mileage I have got hauling my camper was 10.8 mpg. The camper was empty, 180 miles non stop, cruise set at 72 mph. Not so sure how much better it can get than that without crawling down the road at 55 mph. Something that I will never do. But then again, $800 is $800. That's still a lot of money to us poor people. My rig is about 13,000 pounds and I pull my camper with a CTD. I get about 13 mpg at 65 mph. If I drop down to 55, the mileage will improve only a little, maybe to 14 mpg if I am lucky. Increasing the speed is a different issue. At 75 mph I would be lucky to see better than the 11 mpg you got with an empty rig. It is not weight so much as wind resistance. Even a consistent head wind or tail wind makes a difference. I have gotten over 16 with a tail wind and around 10 with a head wind.
JimK-NY 08/22/21 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Cracked rim on 2007 2500hd classic

With a name and model number there should be a way to trace the specs. Beats me why anyone would buy a wheel without that information.
JimK-NY 08/20/21 07:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Cracked rim on 2007 2500hd classic

If you have the name and model number you should be able to check the load rating. Don't assume they are suitable because they came off a 1 ton truck. The OP here also had them on an HD pickup. Plenty of people buy wheels and tires they like without any regard to load ratings.
JimK-NY 08/20/21 04:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Cracked rim on 2007 2500hd classic

My only guess is that you are trolling. Maybe you're the one who should do some research. I already did. So what is the loading rating for the wheels you bought? Last I remember you had no idea.
JimK-NY 08/20/21 02:40pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

So with our smaller/lighter Travel light on the Ram 3500 Cummins, I found out the cruise control maxed out at 85 mph across Montana. Then I thought wow this is crazy. With our much larger Northstar, and 19.5” tires, 75 is about max. Maybe but when I had Firestone 19.5 tires carrying my Northstar they were rated at 70 mph top speed. I certainly went over 70 on occasion but tried to keep my cruising speed down around 65 especially on hot days with a full load.
JimK-NY 08/20/21 04:53am Truck Campers
RE: Cracked rim on 2007 2500hd classic

Didn't we have a recent thread where the OP bought some spiffy looking wheels and thought they were OK because they had a Chevy Logo? Maybe that OP should do some more research. Nay, why bother.
JimK-NY 08/20/21 04:47am Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

Not to drift off topic but gas mileage has never been a concern as to how fast I drive. I drive at speeds that I am comfortable at and the gas mileage is what it is. It makes a difference to me. My next trip is planned for about 15k miles. Fuel costs will be close to $4000 at current prices. Cutting back a bit on speed can easily save me 20% or $800. That is in addition to a safer, less stressful trip. Of course I will spent more time driving, but probably not by much. Less stressful driving and better fuel economy means fewer rest stops and fewer fuel stops.
JimK-NY 08/19/21 12:07pm Truck Campers
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

Out on the open road under ideal conditions, I still keep my speed in the 65 mph range. I typically settle into a relaxed position, use cruise control and listen to an audiobook. If I get bored, I would listen to Sirius radio, typically some music, talk radio, or Bloomberg. I can drive that way for hours and not be stressed. I don't need to cover the maximum distance in the minimum time. My goal is a relaxing, enjoyable trip where I can also look at the scenery. Added benefits include decent fuel mileage, a safer ride and less heat, wear, and stress on the tires. I also have found that driving in segments helps. I typically drive about 3-4 hours, stop for a short break which might include a meal and a nap. I can easily handle 3 segments like that per day for a total of around 700 miles in a day. I typically arrive at my overnight area relaxed, ready for a little walking or other exercise and a laptop movie.
JimK-NY 08/19/21 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Evaluating Damage from Leak

Yup they have had it almost as long as I have but I have been planning services around trips so I have only missed 1. The first repairs were pretty minor but it just took a long time to get parts. The consequence of a failing global supply chain, labor issues, covid, surge in purchases, etc. It was over the winter (aka wouldn't have used it anyway) so I decided not to push it and to let them store while waiting on the parts. Extent of water damage is TBD. Any advice on taking back possession of the camper while we haggle? There are some outlets I could pop off to get a better idea of damage and would like to get things drying out if they aren't already. The RV industry definitely seems to be stacked against the buyer :( think they stack their bets on most people not having the persistence to push these issues. Getting needed parts is the responsibility of the manufacturer. That should not be your problem. Don't blame the RV industry as a whole. You bought a POS. Leaking is a sure sign of that. I would not "haggle". You need to get an attorney to handle this problem.
JimK-NY 08/18/21 05:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Evaluating Damage from Leak

So you have a new camper under warranty. It was in the shop for 3 months for repairs. You have additional repairs that are needed and now you also have major water damage. You bought a piece of junk. That is not going to get better with age. I would get a lawyer now. You need to get rid of that thing and start over.
JimK-NY 08/18/21 07:09am Tech Issues
RE: Evaluating Damage from Leak

When you buy an RV, it helps to research the manufacturer's responsiveness to warranty issues. A new RV should not leak. The buyer should not have to seal the front cap on a unit that is new enough to be under warranty. I would get a lawyer.
JimK-NY 08/17/21 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: RV state sticker map opinions

I add State stickers whenever I drive through a State. For some States I have no interest in staying overnight.
JimK-NY 08/15/21 11:47am General RVing Issues
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