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RE: RV Cover

“Tell me that I cannot park my RV in my own yard and I will get cranky in short order. Its my yard. I will park whatever I want.....” No, Steve, you agreed to those restrictions BEFORE buying in. Your word is your bond. I understand.That is precisely why I do not live in a place with a HOA. I tried it back in the '80s and realized in short order that we didn't fit. I have an independent streak that comes out when I see, what I consider, ridiculous rules and regulations. Back to the topic at hand: OP: I didn't catch your location. If you have wet Winter weather, and go with a cover, I would suggest a dehumidifier. The cover I used was vented to avoid moisture build up. It didn't. Perhaps the Western Washington weather was just too much. I went to take the cover off the first Spring I found mold in a couple of spots. Before winterizing again I bought a dehumidifier and plumbed the drain outside. Problem solved.
PNW_Steve 10/09/19 10:02am Travel Trailers
RE: "We're sorry. An error has Occurred"

I use rv.net and it's working here. No issues here.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 07:19pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Do Flea Collars Really Repel Pests?

I have used a product called "cab fresh" that has been very effective in keeping the mice away. I worry about using bait. It's wonderful when the mice get hold of it. Not so much when a child or dog gets hold of it. I have used traps and don't really care for dealing with dead mice with spring traps so I tried the "live catch" traps and that wasn't much fun either.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 07:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generator pros and cons

I am in the process of installing 1800 watts of solar and 660lbs of batteries ....Very nice. You can cut that battery weight by about 2/3 with Lithium. Of course your wallet will also get considerably lighter. Don't forget about the necessary BMS with lithium. My pockets are not that deep and I don't own enough fire extinguishers to consider lithium. FLA is still the best "bang for the buck". Weight is not an issue on this project. A difference of 400lbs is not going to make a difference. My point was that even with significant solar you will still find times that you need a generator.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 06:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Truck inverter to power camper fridge

Curious, why don't you run the fridge on propane while underway? I also wonder why your fridge misbehaves when 120v power is interrupted. I have owned a handful of RV absorption refrigerators and don't care for them. Their one redeeming quality is the ability to run on propane. I never had any issues with bad behavior when switching between 12vdc, propane and 120vac. I suspect that your control board in the fridge may be failing. If you are not using the propane capabilities you may want to consider replacing your fridge with a conventional fridge. They are MUCH more efficient on 120v than the RV absorption fridges. The 10.8 cu.ft. fridge I installed in my current 5er uses less than half the power that the 6.8cu.ft. unit that it replaced. I did have to make a minor modification to the cabinet. Not a big deal. FWIW: I put 300 watts of solar on the roof. It is almost enough to keep the fridge happy. I had intended to put 600 watts up but the roof had too many obstructions.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Cover

Due to to subdivision Covenants & Restrictions, I'm unable to store my TT at home, let alone build a carport. Scott, nice looking carport. I have a bad attitude. Tell me that I cannot park my RV in my own yard and I will get cranky in short order. Its my yard. I will park whatever I want..... Your HOA narcs would love me. Until recently I had two school buses and a 5er in my driveway. I did sell one of the buses. Then I cut the roof of the other bus and raised it up 10". Then re-sided the window openings with sheet metal. RV windows are coming soon. Everything is licensed and insured. I keep everything tidy and encourage my curious neighbors to come and see what I am doing. I understand reasonable restrictions. We have a city ordinance that limits RV parking, on city streets, to two weeks. Just my $0.02
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 05:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator pros and cons

The problem with Solar is the inverters shut down when the power goes out to protect the utility company linemen. So unless the inverter sees voltage from the utility it won't pass any current from the solar panel.I interpreted the solar suggestion as a standalone system, not a grid tied system. Plus that would be a stupid system. You are saying that if for example there was a Hurricane or wildfire that knocked out the line system that you would not be able to use solar to power your house. It does not compute and that's what transfer switches are for. Stupid it may be but that is the reality of most grid tied solar. What would be appropriate for an RV is an off grid solar system. I have 300 watts of solar on my 5er and still have to run the generator. Just not nearly as much as before. I am in the process of installing 1800 watts of solar and 660lbs of batteries on my new rig. Guess what? I am going to have a generator. Sometimes it gets cloudy..... Regarding generator choices, if you are looking at Gas generators I would strongly recommend one of the "inverter generators". They use less fuel and don't piss off the neighbors. I have a Honda and a Champion. The Honda is the quietest of the two. It was also nearly three times the price. The Champion has a wireless remote that is handy. I would buy either one of them again. I purchased a Ryobi "super quiet" generator. I ran it one day and took it back. Good luck with your endeavors.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Cover

I built an RV carport. I used a cover for 2 years and found it to be a pain. I wound up giving it away. A buddy of mine came down and we built a 14'x 40' cover in three days. Cost was a bit under $3000. Well worth it.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 04:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Discontinued Keystone decals

You may want to check with your local sign shops. I have seen folks that wanted custom graphics that has a sign shop cut vinyl graphics for their rig. Came out very nice.
PNW_Steve 09/29/19 04:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

Some months ago I bought a Chevy 2500 to tow my 26' 5er. It is 4wd but I have not really used it. It is equipped with the 6.0 gas motor. We took our first long trip and pulled Mountain passes. When we got home I put a for sale sign on it. I am going back to my Dodge 3500. I'm going to have to lift the trailer 5-6" to fit the Dodge or trade for a different trailer. I see lots of folks are pulling similar trailers with 3/4 ton trucks. I am not one of them. The Dodge pulled Snoqualmie pass easily at the speed limit. The Chevy pulled at 45mph and was struggling. Fuel mileage loaded: Chevy 7-10 mpg Dodge 14-16 mpg As long as I have a trailer to pull, I will be towing with a 1 ton, or larger, diesel trucks. Just my $0.02
PNW_Steve 09/29/19 04:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Directv

I took my home Direct TV receiver in my RV and it worked just fine. That was a few years ago. Before Direct went to "spot beam" . I don't have satellite TV any more. I have been told by others that when they travel far from home you have to call Direct and tell them where you are so they can change your receiver configuration to work in your location. I have heard some discussion about it that implied that it only effects the locals. Take it with you on your next trip and see how it plays.
PNW_Steve 09/29/19 03:59pm Technology Corner
GS coverage on a bus conversions?

I will be needing roadside assistance and towing on my newest RV. It is a converted Bluebird bus that is closer to a Wanderlodge than a yellow school bus. It is 37' long and weighs around 25k pounds loaded. Is Good Sam available for that rig? Thanks
PNW_Steve 09/29/19 03:48pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Window shades?

I am partial to Day and night shades. https://rvblinds.com/c/best-selling-shades/cobalt-rv-day-night-shades
PNW_Steve 09/29/19 03:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Officially a veteran RV-er..

I am happy that you had such a good experience with Good Sam. I have roadside assistance and towing on my truck. As my liability insurance extends to my 5er when it is hooked up to the truck. I assumed that towing coverage extended as well. I spent six hours on the phone lining up a tow and a shop to work on it. $541 tow bill to move it 7 miles. Definitely going to look at Good Sam. Has anyone had experience with Good Sam roadside/towing with a bus conversions?
PNW_Steve 09/29/19 03:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: electrical question

I would suggest installing a 30amp receptacle and using a 30amp surge protector. The adapters that allow you to plug into a lower rated circuit are fine. If you plug your 30amp into a 20amp receptacle using an adapter you have a shore cord rated for 30amps protected by a 20amp breaker. No problem. When you go the other way it can be hazardous. If you use an adapter to accommodate plugging your 30amp shore power into a 50amp circuit you have a shower cord rated for 30amps "protected" by a 50 amp breaker. Not effective protection.....
PNW_Steve 09/28/19 03:25pm Beginning RVing
RE: water water everywhere but not a drop to drink!

Yuck! I'll stick with big tanks to keep me in water when I boondock. I carried 200 gallons of fresh water in my Eagle. That was good for three weeks if we were careful.
PNW_Steve 09/28/19 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: The mini splits are coming,

I am installing two in my rig. I have reservations as to how well it will play running from my solar. No doubt I will manage some run time without the generator but how much remains to be seen. I have 1800 watts of solar panels and a 24v - 400a/h battery bank. I have seen a handful of folks install them with good success. There is some good discussion over on www.skoolie.net
PNW_Steve 09/28/19 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Build an a-frame?

I see plenty of travel trailers on Craigslist cheap or free. Typicaly water damaged from a leaky roof. If you find one the size you want you could strip it down to the frame, preserving brakes etc, and build what you want on the factory built frame. I did something similar with a ($167) 30' fifth wheel. One requirement...... You must share pictures with us! :)
PNW_Steve 09/27/19 07:42am Folding Trailers
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

Take a look at www.freecampsites.net It's a handy tool for finding spots to dry camp.
PNW_Steve 09/27/19 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

My reported fuel economy is spot on accurate. If you don't believe it {feel free BTW} maybe you should learn how to drive efficiently... it works. :R Driving habits can make a huge difference in fuel mileage. I have a regular run that I have made frequently over the last ten years. If I drive with Max fuel economy in mind I have gotten 20.7mpg over the 140 mile trip. If I drive the same route with getting there as quickly as I can I shave 5-10 minutes off of my travel time and my fuel mileage drops to 16mpg. I have poked around at ecomodder.com and learned a few things to improve my driving style.
PNW_Steve 09/23/19 07:01pm Tow Vehicles
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