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RE: how to find value of used RVs?

I don't know if you are a buyer or seller, but in either case for me in either situation, it's what is being offered if I'm selling and what is being asked if I'm buying.. I've had people come knock on my door at home asking if I wanted to sell my TT.. It's parked on the side of my house. This goes back to when I had my 2003 Prowler Lynx and even with my now 2019 Rockwood Mini Lite.. All offers have been refused! :) In both cases, I ended up buying NEW.. For the 2003 Prowler, I looked at used rigs at the time.. Ugh.. Way too much $$ for what I saw. Fast forward to 2019. I find the Rockwood, have my 16 year old Prowler. They offer me $6500 TRADE for it. I figured I'd only get around $3,000 and would have taken that! Got the Rockwood for a price I was willing to pay (brand new @ 25,000) then I asked about the trade in... Anyway, each deal is gonna depend on what you are willing to sell or buy at.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1 https://i.imgur.com/2hhE51vm.jpg
MitchF150 04/24/23 03:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Washing the exterior of our TT

I use regular off the shelf 'car wash' mix for my vehicles. I've recently been turned on to the whole foam cannon method of washing vehicles now, and it's like when the light bulb was invented! Found some "ceramic infused" wash for vehicles and it works great on the trailer too. I use a car wash brush and the whole chore is done in a fraction of the time compared to buckets of soap and such. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 04/18/23 08:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Rodent repellant

Isn't the best solution to find the points of entry? There should be none in a well built RV but at the worst there should only be a very few possibilities. We have stuffed every crevice we can find with steel wool. Our sliding door for the bedroom has wires going down through the far back of it right into the basement area. I cant find a way to get to it without damange and thats where i think they come in. I must have been typing my reply when you sent this one. Sounds like you have a 5th wheel. My folks had a 5th wheel that they stored in a covered shop, and they always had mice in it.. He did try to seal up too, but like you say, there are just too many points of entry in that basement area I guess... Well, good luck with it all the same! I feel for ya! Mitch
MitchF150 04/08/23 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rodent repellant

What JimK said.. I've parked my TT's in the same spot for 20 years now. I have a firewood shed right behind it on the side of my house. I put rat bait in the firewood shed all the time, and find the remnants of them all the time. In addition to all the turds and chewed bits of firewood so I know the area has rats/mice present. To date, I have never had one in a TT. I have never placed any kind of deterrent in the TT either. Only thing I have done is make sure there are no points of entry from the outside of the trailer. Especially the under side. Even the smallest of cracks or gap can let the little varmints in. On the first trailer, I did seal up some very small gaps with silicon sealer. On the current trailer, I've not had to do anything to it. I did inspect it when I first got it of course. That meant crawling on my back under the whole underbelly. This one is a 'sealed' underbelly, but it looked like the manufacture took care of any cracks/gaps before I got it. :) Anyway, I'd be doing a close check on the underbelly and seal up any cracks/gaps before using any of the so called "repellants". On a side note, I have heard a lot of folks say all they do with the dryer sheets is make a bed with them.. :) Wood shed is in background. https://i.imgur.com/WMa83Aal.jpg Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 04/08/23 02:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Engine braking on 2017 F150 5.0L

I don't like the T/H mode going downhill either.. There are times I just need to tap the brakes.. Not prompt a full downshift to a lower gear. I can manually select what gear I want to use, so I prefer to do that. I know how to NOT ride the brakes and such, so that's not an issue. I do like it on the flats, so that if I do happen to have to hit the brakes hard for whatever reason, the downshifting helps slow it down. I neither leave it on all the time, or leave it off.. I turn it on/off as the terrain dictates and the driving conditions at that time. Works for me. :) Mitch
MitchF150 03/28/23 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chaning Differental oil ???

20 year old gear oil... I'd change it.
MitchF150 03/26/23 01:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: purchasing from dealer with a hail "freckled" sidewall

It might be more aerodynamic with those dimples on it! :) Think of why a golf ball has all those dimples on them. It's so they fly farther. I think "Myth Busters" did a thing on it way back when? Mitch
MitchF150 03/18/23 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

Well, sounds like you bought too much truck for daily driving, but have the perfect truck for your towing needs.. I'm not retired (yet) so still need to do the daily grind.. I used my 13 F150 for that duty up until a year ago.. Gas prices just got too much, as it will "run fine" on regular, but really likes premium when you ask it to work.. Anyway, I miss driving the truck for sure! But, filling up the Escape compared to the F150 is so much nicer on the wallet! I get what you are saying about parking! If I ever went into a parking garage with the F150, I would watch the antenna as my 'feeler' when going under those huge beams.. 7' garage was the minimum for me.. This is just with a stock 4x4 F150.. I have scraped the antenna a couple of times, but that means I still have about 2" left. Parking lots, I always looked for multi open spaces so I could swing in easier, but still only take up a single space. I have the towing mirrors on the truck, so would have to fold them in most times, as they really stick out.. I call them the "Dumbo mirrors".. :) But, it tows my TT very well and not maxed out at all. Give and take for sure. I'm just spoiled with being able to have a truck and a daily driver.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 03/12/23 09:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Automatically connect windows 10 PC to open WiFi?

How I understand it, all a VPN does is take the existing wifi connection and routes to a server located someplace else in the world. That connection is 'secure', but you are still connected to the original wifi network as the starting point. It would be up to the built in windows firewall to provide the security for the initial wifi connection.. That's just how it was explained to me.. I might just be passing along incorrect info, but in general, it's usually not a good idea to just randomly connect to free wifi at all. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 03/08/23 02:40pm Technology Corner
RE: Difficulty timing a 1995 Chevy 454ci

To check the timing marks on the balancer, you need to check to make sure #1 cylinder is at TDC on it's compression stroke. There are lots of youtube vids on how to do that but basically, you pull the plug on #1, put your thumb over the hole, crank the engine and you will feel when it's pushing air out on it's compression stroke. Then you check the timing mark on the balancer to see how close it is. As soon as you know it's on it's compression stroke, you can put a straw or something to make sure you get the piston at TDC. Usually, using a big breaker bar on the crank nut will let you do that final turn. The starter will most always over bump it and then you'll have to start over.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 03/01/23 11:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to transfer large video from phone to computer

Humm... I transfer photos, videos from my Android phone to my computer all the time. Agree, you don't want to email anything that is more than 10mb in size... but, once you find the file in the "DCIM" folder from your computer accessing the phone via a USB cable, it should just a 'copy' and then find the place on the computer you want to transfer to and then 'paste' it. If it's a very large file, it might take a bit of time to transfer, but the file type should not really matter? Anyway, good luck with it! Mitch
MitchF150 02/26/23 10:16am Technology Corner
RE: Finally Common Sense in California (No Shows at Campgrounds)

In WA State, if you don't show, there is no 'penalty' as such, other than not getting any refund on your original site fees. Also, if you are a no show and do not contact the SP your site is up for grabs 24 hours after your initial res date so if you happen to drop in, you might get lucky and get that site. I know I make my camping reservations the full 9 month ahead of time allowed and have lost them within seconds of the 7am time it's open... Anyway, after making my reservations, if something else comes up for that weekend after the fact, I will always keep my camping date.. Well, it has to be a pretty substantial sudden event to cause me to cancel, that's for sure! So far in the last 20+ years of dealing with the reservation system, I've only canceled one time(I did cancel and was not a 'no show' about a week ahead of time)... And we still got away for the weekend, it was just a family event thing that came up and luckily was not a death or other thing.. Just a chance to visit a family member I had not seen for a long time, but have always kept in contact with since I was a kid. Love you Aunt Francis! :) Mitch
MitchF150 02/19/23 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Hotspot (usb tethering) with Visible: Help needed

Any reason you don't want to use WiFi on it? I connect to my 5G Droid phone to my laptop when needed and also an office provided Verizon MiFi thru WiFi and it's just fine, easy and no cords.. Mitch
MitchF150 02/19/23 01:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Ram 1500 can it tow Keystone 280BH??

In the end, all you can do is go with your gut and what you already know and what you learn along the way.. There is good info you can gather from posts like this.. Also some info that you might not agree with. That's when it ends up being whatever you gut tells you after digesting it. ha, ha... :) I've always done mods to the trailers I've gotten.. Started drilling holes in the Rockwood the day after bringing it home! Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 02/16/23 10:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 can it tow Keystone 280BH??

That's gonna be a lot of trailer for sure. I've got a 13 F150 EcoBoost with the "maxtow" option giving the truck a #7700 GVWR and #1900 payload. I can tell you that I'm maxed out with a 26' #7000 GVWR trailer... I do pack heavy, and it's only 2 of us, so my trailer does not need to be that big , but it's all up to what you feel comfortable with in the end. Like has been said, you have towed with your truck before and know how it handles your last trailer. I think you'll be a bit surprised at it's actual weights on the new one when it's wet... We all don't think we pack much.. But, how much do we all add over time? Anyway, good luck with it and waiting 5 years to buy a new truck is gonna be a lot more $$ than just buying one now.. I'm not even looking at new trucks in my future.. I'll replace the engine, trans, whatever on my 13, as it'll be cheaper than even a used base model truck that's newer than what I got now and I don't plan on getting any larger in TT either.. But, that's just me and no growing family! :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/15/23 11:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 Inch Drive Corded or Battery Impact Wrench

I got me a "Hobo Freight" Bauer 20v cordless 1/2 impact and it busts off the 150 lb/ft lugs on my F150 easily.. I have an old air impact (Campbell Hausfeld) that could not bust off those lugs.. The Bauer is under $100, but does not include the battery/charger.. I had already gotten some other Bauer 20v tools. Leaf blower, hedge trimmer, so I already had the charger and 5ah battery (an extra $100 for those things alone) but I can use the same battery for all three tools, plus the heat gun I got at the same time I got the impact, which is "cool" too, so 4 tools now, and only a single charger/battery! :) ) Anyway, it ain't a Milwaukee, Dewalt or Craftsman brand name, but even with the extra price of the battery/charger, it still costs less and works fine for a DIY guy that only uses it occasionally.. and any other Bauer tool you buy, you only have to get the tool, so it's cheaper once you already have the charger/battery.. Yes, it's a cheap tool, but I don't need to make a living with it, so it's fine for a DIY guy IMO.. Just my experience with them, as I am moving from air/corded tools to cordless tools and it's expensive no matter what, but makes all those chores you need them for, a lot easier. Mitch
MitchF150 02/11/23 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: BAL Accu-Slide maxed out on adjustment

Wow.. That's quite the system! Are you supposed to actually read those instructions on those multi colored stickers? I'm sorry I can't offer any advice. I do think that your idea of maybe adjusting the chain links on the sprockets might get you more adjustment in the cables. I guess cables stretch, so maybe that's what's happened over the last several years? So glad my slide looks to be a rack and pinion setup on the big slide and those 'gear' things on the little front slide.. Great shop to be able to work on it all however! Dang.. That's awesome! Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/31/23 11:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Covers. Pros and cons?

This is my old Prowler. It's parked next to the house and there are a lot of trees surrounding it. https://i.imgur.com/7JlDskFl.jpg I didn't cover it the first 2 years I owned it and I would end up having to wash it in the middle of winter and try to keep the roof clean.. Not fun... After getting the cover, it would be as clean as it was when I covered it in the Fall. I was able to trade in that Prowler for the Rockwood when it was about 16 years old and I got more than I ever thought I'd get for it! More than I thought I could get selling it on my own too! Anyway, I say it depends on where you park it and what conditions it's going to be under. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/24/23 08:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2023 camping season

I wish MORE RV folks would 'cut back'.. ha, ha... That would make it easier to get reservations at the parks I want to go to.. I can't just pick up and go on a whim.. I do not wish to just "camp" in a parking lot type of park. I was paying $6/gallon gas last season, so I guess since eggs are now $3/dozen, I might just have to make smaller omelets on the Blackstone! :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/21/23 04:43pm RV Lifestyle
RE: time to replace brakes?

If you decide to change them out, just get the whole enchilada. Backing plate, magnet etc. They all come together, no springs etc. to screw with. Cut the brake wires, remove the bolts holding the backing plate and just put the new unit on. Check etrailer or another parts house. I think that's what he was talking about doing.. I just priced what mine cost me when I got my backing plates for my old Prowler. Dexter 10" #3500 axle was $40 each back in 2011 at etrailer. Today, the same units are $84 each... So, his $185/pair isn't too far off, as he must have a larger setup. Well, I just checked the pricing for my 2019 Rockwood Mini Lite.. They want $241 for the pair (left) and $241 for the pair (right).. Oh my! These are the Dexter self adjusting ones.. Maybe I can just get the shoes and just change those when the time comes. I know I'll probably have to do the magnet too, but dang! $$$$$ But, when a dozen eggs now costs over $3/dozen at Walmart I guess it's all in perspective.. :( Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/19/23 11:17pm Tech Issues
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