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RE: Drawer latches

For cabinet doors that are a pair swinging to the left and right with handles in the middle, I use a mini-bunge cord (about 12-inches) to secure the handles together. (These are handy for other things such as securing items in the refrigerator, so I keep a supply on hand.) For a cabinet door that is not one of a pair, I use a simple screen-door latch. Not elegant, but it is effective. I have had no problem with drawers and have no suggestion there. (My wife & I just finished our thanksgiving lunch of mushroom-tartlet appetizers, sweet-potato soup, baked oysters, and a medium-dry sherry. Not your usual thanksgiving fare, but we enjoyed it, just the two of us.)
RoyF 11/26/20 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Omaha to Mt Rushmore route through Nebraska?

I recommend US 2 across western Nebraska. Good scenery (Nebraska sand hills) and little traffic. There are several towns along the way with city-operated rv campgrounds that are nice as well as inexpensive. US 2 connects to I-80 at Grand Island, Neb. Then north on US 385, also a fast road. That takes you close to Mt Rushmore.
RoyF 11/17/20 08:21am Roads and Routes
RE: generator maintenance?

My Honda dealer said that ethanol-free gasoline (if you can find it) produces less varnish. I run mine once a month during the off-season to help clear the carb and to keep the RV battery at full charge.
RoyF 11/16/20 06:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mark Twain Natl. Forest, MO

We camped at Sam A Baker State Park in June and really liked it. Sites were level and well-spaced with plenty of trees for shade.
RoyF 11/08/20 08:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tire Valve Stem Cracking

Metal stems are a good move. I don't know how many times I had to have a leaky valve stem replaced (and it's always during a trip) before switching to metal stems. And the cost of a good tire is cheap compared to the collateral damage caused by a blowout.
RoyF 11/01/20 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Short Steep or Long gradual

On a long downhill grade, select a low enough gear so that you touch the brakes only once in a while. (And turn on those flashers when driving less than 50 mph.) Make sure that the trailer brakes are properly adjusted.
RoyF 10/31/20 07:55am Towing
RE: Why diesels are most efficient around 1,800 rpm

Miles per gallon depends on more than engine efficience. Wind resistance is a big factor at higher speeds.
RoyF 10/20/20 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New NPS campground planning doc. Comments called for.

OK, I measured the turning radius for my F350 long-bed crew-cab. In the document, the turning radius of a curve was shown as the inside radius, so I looked at the inside track of the front tires with steering at full lock. The radius was 24 feet. The track of the rear tires followed a tighter curve, 4.5 feet inside the track of the front tires. That means it is possible for my truck to follow a curve having a radius of 24 feet provided there is an additional 4.5 feet of pavement on the inside at mid-curve for the rear tires. The trailer tires will track further inside, but I don't have any numbers. So it seems that a curve of radius 50 feet is actually not so tight. For that curve, my truck's rear tires will track closer to the front tires -- maybe about 1 foot inside? I still would like to know how much additional pavement is needed inside the front tire's track to handle the trailer tires. That is something we have to guess at every time we make a tight turn at a street intersection and try to miss the curb with our trailer tires.
RoyF 10/19/20 10:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New NPS campground planning doc. Comments called for.

Thank you for calling this to our attention. The 10-foot truck-length refers (I think) to how far the truck extends beyond the trailer. For my crew-cab long bed, that length is 17 feet. (I just checked.) The question is: what is the turning radius? The document uses 50 feet for the turning radius of a fifth-wheel/truck with (combined) length of 50 feet. That figure applies to curves on access roads. I have never measured my turning radius, but I am going to do so.
RoyF 10/18/20 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dualie vs SRW benefits?

I tow a 12,000 lb. (loaded and wet) fiver with single rear-axle long bed F350 and am well-pleased with the towing characteristics. I am not bothered by trucks passing. The GCWR is 3,700 lbs, but that is adequate for this trailer. A SRW can go through bank drive-throughs and drive-through car washes. I don't think that is true of DWR trucks. With a longer and heaver trailer I would no doubt need a DRW.
RoyF 10/16/20 07:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

Several years ago, I installed an in-bed auxillary diesel tank. (I won't say the brand except that it was a gravity-flow type tank and NOT a Transfer Flow, which is what I have now and which has never given a problem). Driving along towing the fifth-wheel somewhere in Mississippi the engine just quit. I called for a tow. Mechanic could find nothing wrong with the the truck. Same thing happened twice more before I got home. It happened again on the next trip. I removed the auxillary tank and drained it. There on bottom was a marble or ball bearing. It seems that the ball would roll around during travel and, once in a while, settle over the fuel opening in the bottom of the tank to create a blockage. Towing the truck would cause the ball to roll away. PS: Auxillary tank was replaced with a Transfer Flow, which (apparently) did not have any loose marbles.
RoyF 10/16/20 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Inflation - What RU Using

I use a Husky air compressor from Home Depot. It goes up to 110 psi. But since I purchased new trailer tires from Discount Tires, that store has been letting me have free air from their compressor, which works a lot faster than my Husky compressor.
RoyF 10/16/20 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: Installing a second battery

If you have a 12-volt battery then you want the second battery to be in parallel because your systems require 12 volts only. Charge both batteries to the same voltage before connecting them in parallel. (If there were much difference in voltage then you would get a large current when they were first connected in parallel -- I don't know what might actually happen).
RoyF 10/16/20 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Sites in Tulsa OK south or Broken Arrow

The south part of Tulsa is upscale, so no RV parks. Mingo RV park in north Tulsa usually has a place or two for travelers. (Like many urban RV parks, it is mostly occupied by permanent residents.) We have stayed there a few times. The location is Mingo & I-244. Tulsa's road system is pretty fast -- it wouldn't take long to drive to south Tulsa. Keystone State Park to the west is about twenty minutes from downtown and would be a nice place to stay.
RoyF 10/15/20 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: California DL towing an Exactly 10,000 lb GVWR trailer

The online DMV handbook contains the following disclaimer: "The state makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this website." So the vehicle code should hold up in court. This is an amusing exercise for lawyers. It seems to be OK to overload a trailer if the weight rating is less than 10,000 lbs.
RoyF 10/13/20 08:56am Beginning RVing
Can worn kingpins be refurbished?

My kingpin is showing a lot of wear after 13 years of long trips. I believe that big truck semi-trailer kingpins can be refurbished, but what about RV fifth-wheels? Do you really have to replace the entire kingpin assembly, which can cost upwards of a $thousand?
RoyF 10/01/20 07:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Arkansas SP $40 Dog Fee - REALLY ??

We have camped at three Arkansas State parks this year with a dog and have never been asked to pay an extra fee. During those stays, we talked to many other campers also with dogs. The idea of such a fee would certainly have come up, but it never did. I would telephone the state park office directly to make the reservation, as I did. I was never asked whether I had a dog. On further checking, it seems that the fee is for staying in lodge and cabin rooms, not for camping.
RoyF 09/30/20 07:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: 35-foot fiver in Grand Canyon Mather?

Thank you Thom02099, I did not know about that website.
RoyF 09/22/20 10:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 35-foot fiver in Grand Canyon Mather?

Two hands: I've camped in Trailer Village, but I would rather be in Mather if it is still possible.
RoyF 09/21/20 06:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
35-foot fiver in Grand Canyon Mather?

Some ten years ago, I camped at Grand Canyon Mather with a 35-foot (including hitch) fifth-wheel. I showed up with no reservation, the Mather check-in person assigned me to a pull-through, and I had no problem. I realize that today you have to have a reservation. But the on-line information is not very helpful, and I imagine that if I call for reservations then I will be talking to someone who is just looking at a computer screen. The sites all have limits of "30 feet or less". Question: Have any of you recently been able to get into Mather with a 35-footer? Have any of your reserved a pull-through that you could not get into with a 35-footer?
RoyF 09/21/20 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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