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RE: Laundromats are closed!!

I get your point but it also sounds like a laundromat could be a bee's nest for spreading germs and virus.
Lightning55 04/05/20 04:15am General RVing Issues
RE: How many times can you torque bolts on a hitch?

I think bolts should be replaced only if the bolts have been tighten beyond the specified torque. If tightened beyond the setting, bolts can be stretched and fatigued. As long as they are not tightened beyond the specified settings they should be fine. On new assembly or construction of anything mechanical, re-torquing after break-in is a good idea, especially critical components.
Lightning55 03/28/20 10:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: CalTrans towing TTs

It only seemed strange because I've been driving on this road for the last 30+ years at about 25,000 miles a year and have never seen CalTrans towing recreational trailers in a convoy before. My comment simply means that this isn't a common thing and I wonder what the purpose is for all of these new travel trailers being towed by CalTrans.
Lightning55 03/21/20 04:00pm General RVing Issues
CalTrans towing TTs

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Lightning55 03/21/20 10:11am General RVing Issues
CalTrans towing TTs

Yesterday on a southbound trip to San Jose, CA I passed a caravan of about 15 or more travel trailers being towed by CalTrans (California Dept of Transportation) pickup trucks. I think all of the TTs were brand new (no plates) and were about 24' Springdales. On several I noticed license plate frames from Camping World. A few hours later on the trip back home I passed the same bunch of CalTrans pickups going north without the trailers. My guess is they delivered the trailers somewhere in the San Jose area. It seemed strange that CalTrans would be towing a bunch of new trailers. I couldn't find anything about it on their website and nothing on a Google search. The only thing I could think of is that maybe the state or county bought them to house the homeless during the COVID-19 lock down. If so, it's probably a good idea if managed properly. Anyone hear anything about this?
Lightning55 03/21/20 10:11am Around the Campfire
RE: My brillant plans

I wouldn't get too comfortable. Sounds like it won't be too long before they close that park.
Lightning55 03/20/20 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Scratches on gel-coat surface

There is no magic product to removing surface scratches other than using an abrasive product to cut through the surface of the scratches. Hand rubbing is not easy or as effective as a buffer, but you need someone that is experienced in the use of a buffer and polishing products. Swirl marks are usually created by using dirty or the wrong pads, the wrong products, or an inexperienced person using the buffer. Sealers and waxes must be reapplied after buffing to seal up any light swirl marks and to protect the now bare surfaces.
Lightning55 03/14/20 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

We are not canceling any RV plans but I'm a little worried about a vacation to Hawaii we have planned in June.
Lightning55 03/11/20 01:37am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Save a bit on fuel

I was desperate for fuel to get home and a Chevron station in San Jose, CA charged $4.19 per gallon for diesel. What a rip off, needless to say I did not buy a tank full. That was like $.50 per gal more than regular gas.
Lightning55 03/11/20 01:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Tiny Crack in Shower

Drilling a small hole to stop the crack is good advice. Use any kind of sealer like silicone or Dap to seal it. Then buy a small adheasive plastic hook and install it over the crack. It's useful to hang wash cloths, scrubbing mit, etc. and hides the crack. On mine, I drilled 2 small holes in the plastic hook and hung it with stainless steel sheet metal screws. The crack is gone and the hook looks like it's supposed to be there.
Lightning55 03/08/20 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying an RV with patched water leak

I would avoid any RV that has evidence of water leaks. Like someone else said, fixing the leak is fairly easy, however fixing the damage caused by the leak can be a huge problem. I'd pass on this one. I'd also learn some basic ways to inspect an RV to detect evidence of water leaks. Look for stains in the interior panels, soft spots in the walls and floors, odors of mildew, and lumpy soft spots in the roof. I know from experience...the first TT I bought had about 3 feet of the roof rotted out and it was a very expensive big job to fix.
Lightning55 02/23/20 08:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

I don't have the solution to the homeless problem and I'm not surprised that camp grounds are being used by them. I try to be sympathetic but I quickly loose compassion when I see homeless camps that are totally trashed with garbage. Living under a tarp or tent must be horrible but living in squalor and filth seems to be a choice many of them make. As far as staying in campgrounds...I say if they pay the fees, abide by the rules of the campground they have as much right to stay there as I do. Btw, I agree that CavemanCharlie is a big man to step up and apologize.
Lightning55 02/23/20 08:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Chucking

Thanks, the video was good. Maybe I don’t feel it because I use an Andersen Ultimate hitch I also use an AUH but it still chucks badly, so I don't think this hitch solves any chucking problems. There are volumes of posts and articles about chucking and everyone has an opinion about remedies. Many have spent serious money trying to eliminate it yet can not narrow it down to one single solution. I think it is a natural relationship with the TV and the FW with a lot of different things that can influence the event. Weight, pin weight, FW height, weight distribution, hitch location, FW suspension, TV design, road conditions, etc, etc. I found the best and least expensive solution was to install a $400 MorRyde pinbox. It does not correct the chucking but simply dampens and absorbs the jerking motion enough that you can live with it.
Lightning55 02/15/20 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric Fire Places

Mine was factory installed. I originally thought it was kind of a silly option but now we love it. Keeps the FW nice and warm and is very quiet. I've removed it for access to my entertainment system wiring and there was only 4 screws holding it in and some trim moldings. Simple.
Lightning55 02/15/20 09:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: front cap fading and peelinag

Mine faded out after 18 months and Jayco repainted and clearcoated it under factory warranty. I heard it was at a cost of about $1800. If mine ever does it again, I'm thinking about a "wrap" instead of painting. Way cheaper, looks good, and might last longer.
Lightning55 02/15/20 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chucking - trouble shooting

Chucking is a function of interaction(s) between the truck and the trailer and is highly influenced by the road surface. There are solutions FAR less expensive than $2,000 air-ride hitches. One of the best solutions is the MORryde dampened pin box which runs between $400 and $600 depending on which model (weight rating) you need and where you buy it. A similar pin box fixed our chucking issues completely. Rob Well put. I installed the MorRyde pin box and it made a huge difference. It does not correct the chucking, it simply dampens and absorbs the jerking motion enough that you can live with it. It was the best $400 that I've spent on this trailer.
Lightning55 02/15/20 08:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just a thought tonight

I agree too, no politics or religion. However, I do think that some of the moderators are often too quick to pull the trigger on this forum. I think they are overly sensitive about exchanges that I think are simply spirited yet harmless opinions and thoughts on a variety of topics. But it's their forum....so they can control and censor it however they want. OK by me.
Lightning55 02/08/20 10:57am Around the Campfire
RE: How much do dealers pay for the RV's they sell

Say a 3% commission on a $30,000 sale price trailer = $900 Same commission on a $100,000 Class C or gas Class A = $3,000 Same commission on a $250,000 Clas A DP = $7,500 Now I have no idea how salesmen are really compensated or what commission rates might be. But just looking at the math - but earning more commission money on high dollar sales makes sense. I think RV sales are very similar to the car business, which I have been in all of my adult life. Salesman are paid a percentage of the PROFIT made on a sale, not the selling price. Commissionable profit is based on the difference between the cost of the vehicle and the selling price, less cost of sale items like non-factory reimbursed get ready expense, detailing,and any dealer 'packs'. In the car business, typical sales commissions are like 20-25% of the gross profit per unit, except when there are bonus deals, or volume increases in commission percentages.
Lightning55 02/02/20 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: How much do dealers pay for the RV's they sell

Dealer cost might be different from one dealer to the next. Some dealers might get volume incentives where the others don't. Ordering more new models may give the dealer cost adjustments on existing inventory as an incentive to order more. From what I've heard, if you can get a 30% discount off of the real MSRP, you are getting a fair deal.
Lightning55 02/02/20 11:28am General RVing Issues
RE: How much do dealers pay for the RV's they sell

I also agree that any business is entitled to make a profit on the sale and servicing of the products they sell. That's why he's in business. As a consumer I know that but at the same time, I want to make sure that I got the best possible deal. That's why you have to become an educated buyer. Do your homework and shop prices on high end purchases. When negotiating a deal, remember if he is willing to say no and let you walk away, he probably already gave you the best deal that he could.
Lightning55 02/01/20 04:49pm General RVing Issues
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