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RE: Alignment...I think!

If only one tire is wearing unevenly like that, I would bet it's probably a bent axle rather than a misalignment. It's wearing pretty bad so it should be pretty apparent what's going on.
Lightning55 10/20/21 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
Nowhere to go

I live in northern CA and went online yesterday searching for a camping spot for a future weekend outing with the new 5th wheel. EVERYWHERE is booked solid for months. Anywhere near the coast is impossible, and going into the mountains are slim pickings with all the state park closures due to fires. I might as well just park it in front of my house and pretend we're in the mountains. Is everywhere else like this? Owning this rig and an expensive tow vehicle hardly seems worth it if we can't go anywhere.
Lightning55 10/01/21 09:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Lounge Chair / Recliner for a relaxing nap

I vote for zero gravity reclining chairs. It's almost impossible to not doze off within 5 minutes. The only draw back is that they are big and harder to store.
Lightning55 09/05/21 10:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric bikes !!

ktmrfs - I guess I was exaggerating a bit at 100lbs, it's actually 65 lbs. When I crashed, I was on my back under the bike and it felt like over 100 lbs. trying to get out from under it! I think trying to hold on, I actually hit the twist throttle and launched it as I went down. Not a fun ride.
Lightning55 08/05/21 12:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric bikes !!

Just a little reminder to electric bike riders: Be careful on these things! While camping last weekend, I went for a ride with my grand daughter and crashed. Riding on an asphalt path on a hillside, my front wheel drifted off the edge of the pavement and hit the dirt. I lost traction and went flying. Lucky I didn't break anything but got banged up. At 74 yrs old, I don't recover as fast and didn't walk too well for a couple of days. It was my own fault. I was going faster than I should have and didn't have the ability to control this nearly 100 lbs bike when I lost traction. I was lucky I'm not in the hospital right now.
Lightning55 08/05/21 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: I kid you not!

Kids nowadays don't have a clue and our schools no longer teach history.
Lightning55 07/04/21 11:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Grand Design Quality

I bought a new 2020 GD Reflection 31MB last February and although I've had a few minor problems, I think it is definitely better quality than the Jayco that I bought a few years ago. The most noticeable difference is that the GN tows much smoother than the Jayco. The "clucking" was so bad on the Jayco that I installed a Morryde rubber pinbox and it helped a lot. On the Reflection I didn't need to add the rubber pinbox at all. It tows much smoother. Most new trailers regardless of the manufacturer, put these things together with cheap, lightweight materials that don't hold up well.GN is no exception.
Lightning55 07/03/21 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric bikes !!

I bought an Lectric XP when I could no longer keep up with the grandkids when we went camping. It's fast (28mph) and so far reliable. I picked the Lectric because I wanted a fat tire bike that folded and was affordable at $899. Folding it is kind of difficult and it's hard to handle when folded up. The grandkids liked it so much that they both got one for Xmas. Overall, I'm glad I got it but don't ride as often as I should.
Lightning55 06/27/21 09:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Streak remover

I used Awesome on an older aluminum sided trailer a few years ago and it actually dissolved the paint. This stuff is way too potent to use on any faded, oxidized, or old paint. Be careful with Awesome and don't let it sit too long on the surface.
Lightning55 06/07/21 02:58pm Tech Issues
Refrigerator fan

I've got a new Grand Design Reflection 31MB and while camping over the weekend the refrig fan got very noisy. The refrig is a 8 cu.ft. Dometic. I removed the upper vent panel on the slide out that gives access to the small fan. The finned device and the heat sensor was not hot at all, not even warm so I unplugged the sensor to stop the fan. The next day I plugged it back in and the fan didn't come on. I suspect that the heat sensor failed and turned on the fan. Also, I think that the fan might be going out since it was so noisy. It hasn't come on again but I don't trust the sensor so I'm going to replace it. Question: is there a better, quieter fan to install than the original?
Lightning55 06/07/21 11:20am Tech Issues
RE: RV Back Up Cameras

I had one on my last trailer and found that I didn't use it much. The screen is pretty small and the images weren't that clear. I did, however like using it going down the road, I liked seeing what was behind me. It was a Furrion model that was pre-wired for my trailer.
Lightning55 06/01/21 11:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone Griddle

I keep it in one of the storage compartments with hood attached, no cover. All I do is set up my folding table next to the compartment and lift it out less than 3 feet to the table. Easy and no fuss. We love the Blackstone and use it more than the Weber.
Lightning55 06/01/21 11:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Inflatable Kayaks

I have an Intex 2 inflatable and only used it once. I thought it would be easier to store and deal with but it's a bit of a pain to pack up and stow. I would say it doesn't paddle as fast or maneuver as well as a hard kayak. Looking back, I would pass on an inflatable.
Lightning55 05/22/21 03:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: ? DIY Utility Trailer Deck "Paint" ?-

My first thought would be like what you said...the bed liner coating like Rhino coat or Line-X. I've had it in my last several pick up trucks and it's very durable, I just don't know how well it would stick to wood. There is a certain amount of moisture in wood that may not allow the bed liner products to bond very well. I think this stuff is best applied by spraying rather than brush or roller. Make some calls and get more info about applying it to wood.
Lightning55 05/19/21 12:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Removing cigarette/cigar smoke residue, ozone machine?

I have been in the car business for decades and removing smoke odors from used cars has always been a problem, but not as bad as it used to be when everyone smoked. Ozone treatment was the most effective along with hot water extraction cleaning of all soft trim inside the vehicle. In some cases, you could never get all the traces of tobacco smoke out without covering it up with other scents or chemical smells. Good luck you're on the right track with the ozone treatment.
Lightning55 05/05/21 08:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

Me and my wife had our second shot over a month ago (we are seniors). I had no reaction to either but my wife had some severe side effects that she is still suffering from. She developed a bad rash all over her body. Later her skin hardened up and started peeling off. Poor girl has been miserable. Doctors have been treating it with meds to make her more comfortable but don't have treatments to prevent or stop it. Apparently this is a very rare side effect that only a handful of people have experienced. They have documented her symptoms and sent it to the appropriate authorities that oversee covid-19 vaccine issues. Thank goodness only a few people have suffered this side effect.
Lightning55 04/29/21 06:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Lights on a bicycle carrier

It's really easy. My 14 yr old grandson ordered 6" LED stop/tail strips for motorcycles (or whatever) and installed them on my rack in less than 30 minutes (assuming you have a trailer plug on the back of your rig).
Lightning55 04/21/21 07:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: WASH WAX ALL ON FIVER; TIPS?

Does anyone know if this stuff protects against UVs? My front cap on my last FW faded out in less than 2 years, even after waxing every 6 months.
Lightning55 04/20/21 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Installing a dimmer switch

No luck so far. We've tried every combination to wire up this dimmer and can't get it to work. Very frustrating. We think it's a ground circuit issue. I hate to give up but don't know what else to do.
Lightning55 03/25/21 03:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Installing a dimmer switch

That dimmer will work fine for for your 12V LED's. BTDT. The problem is that I don't know how to hook it up.
Lightning55 03/21/21 06:21pm Tech Issues
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