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RE: Do you pay for winterizing?

No idea how much a shop charges Camping World services starts at $110/ hr. . Winterizing is so easy to do. Some pink A/F or compressed air, for little time and cost. Why pay to save yourself 10 minutes of easy effort? The first or second time you use it will pay for your air compressor, and you will have it for many other uses. We have to winterize, dewinterize several times a year. And pump up car, mower, camper tires.
SDcampowneroperator 10/19/21 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Question on changing leaf springs on 5'er

Both on one axle. You will need to lower and raise it to change out the spring, then align it to the centering bolt. While you are at it its a good time to replace shackles, bolts amd bushings.
SDcampowneroperator 10/19/21 03:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Do you always need an RV Park ? .....

Outdoor Hospitality has a changing definition. As enthusiasts of the outdoor mobile lifestyle it is imperitive that we all endorse each persons choice to experience it it their own way. ,We do not condone overuse or abuse that diminish, thereby embolding officials or businesses to curtail use of properties in their charge. OPs question cannot be answered to anyones satisfaction .
SDcampowneroperator 10/16/21 06:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Heater bypass valve.

Shark bite fittings work very well. They are spendy, perhaps enough so that you could buy your own pex crimp tool and parts for the same money. Convenience comes with a high price. Look into that Down the road a buyer of your unit will see the right fix, not a shortcut. Other posters to my comment were correct I am wrong , about check valves the check valve in this application is to prevent flow so as a normally closed , low pressure would not be a problem.
SDcampowneroperator 10/16/21 05:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Heater bypass valve.

its a likely problem many have had before you not a valve issue, but a too slow a pressurization to close the check valve.
SDcampowneroperator 10/15/21 08:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do you always need an RV Park ? .....

For overnighing, we do not 'blacktop ' in a public parking lot. We do research gov't lands along our route with unrestricted use, such as wildlife preserves, historical monument turnouts, local gov. sports fields. Church and school lots are always open to visitors. A donation to the property resolves issues
SDcampowneroperator 10/15/21 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Heater bypass valve.

There are 2 types of water heater bypass systems, the 3 valve - 1 each for in, out and bypass between the in and out. A fool proof design. The other is a 1 valve bypass to inlet that then switches flow to bypass and depends on a auto check valve at outlet to close to prevent inflow to the cold water heater tank. Failures are rare of manually operated valves, check valves do need a good slam of pressure to close. Build up your air or pump pressure to maximum before bleeding the water. When pumping the pink be certain all valves are in winterizing position ( CLOSED) Run the pump until it pressurizes the system to cut off, then go- slowly- to each tap nearest to farthest , 2 times around allowing the pump or compressor to rebuild pressure to each tap Edit, I think you pumped a/f too soon, without enough pressure to close the spring operated check valve.
SDcampowneroperator 10/15/21 06:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winterizing

Every type of. RV has a best winterizing method. Compressed air and the pumped glycol A/F are both effective, it depends on access to compessed air and the water systems in your RV. I've winterized dozens of every type. To pump the 'pink' as its known, you have to have a way to switch suction from your fresh water tank to a hose that drars from the 'pink ' gallon' jug. We had 2 rigs from the 70-80s that did not hava a 2 way valve, so to switch from the tank to the suction hose for the pink was a simple wrench job, the suction from the tank a different hose for A/F or compressed air. Whatever your unit is, drain and bypass the cold water heater, it may be 1 - 3 position valve or 3 on the inside, then remove the drain plug outside. Then hook up your air compressor set to no more than 60 psi output or put a hose in the jug of pink. then go around, nearest to farthest 2 times around to get the pink or air with some mist only. It it really simpe, learn your unit, think it thruugh
SDcampowneroperator 10/13/21 06:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Prepping for below freezing temps and snow.

Did it here today in the Black Hills . First bit of winter comes tomorrow. Nice shop and equipment you have!
SDcampowneroperator 10/11/21 05:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Westinghouse generator 4500

Dan, for your purposes, buy the used. Why are they selling with only 2 hours?
SDcampowneroperator 10/11/21 07:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Westinghouse generator 4500

Dan (Op) another thing to consider is registration for warranty. My DW was slow for the time allowed, and yes we had the battery fail and a month later a regulator module fail. We were screwed for warranty repair, but as I am very handy and could diagnose and do the repair myself, WH sent the regulator fairly and timely. ( small $ ) In Jan. 2019 in the Q ( Quartsite, Az,) at the ONAN demo tent there was the exact same genny in Onan green. Vs WH blue. If Onan, a very reputable co., has put their name on anothers product, theres a feather in their cap. Thats the one I'd put faith in. That auto choke issue wuold have to be better and a larger faster cranking battery for me to recommend this genny. The remote start is worthless, even in nice weather it often takes 2-8 start cycles for the genny to catch and power up. In cold weather Im having to pull the rope. The electric starter even with the big battery just doesnt crank the motor fast enough I would enquire if these issues have been addressed before buying. For us,the power is clean responsive to resistance load , not to demand load. As an advertised 3600w continuous 4500 w peak , we have concerns the 3600 w is iffy the 4500w peaks just arent there. , it will not start up power a 2nd A/C the demand load is higher than it can respond to even when in high , not eco mode.
SDcampowneroperator 10/10/21 06:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Westinghouse generator 4500

We bought a westinhouse 4500 2 years ogo, have over 400 hours on it. Most use was when overnighting to and from destinations and boondocking for hunting and firewood cutting in the national forest. It is sometimes hard to start, particularly in cool weather, say 40f or colder. The auto choke doesnt work so well. The original battery was too small for more than a few crank cycles and gave out completely when less than a year old. A new AGM with 3 times the CCA fixed that. Elk hunting with temps averaging around 20f required 24 hr run for a week to run furnace a 1500w heater, cooking appliances, tv, etc. ave. load was around 2300w for the week, burning about 6 gal. a day.
SDcampowneroperator 10/10/21 09:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Long route travel plans

Wonderful! You just discovered rving, the trip is as great as the destination. Along the way find and learn about those who live there. A cornfield in Iowa might be your next destination.
SDcampowneroperator 10/03/21 06:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cleaning the outside of the 5'er do to oxidation

We are in the process of renewing our unit, stripping vinyls, removing oxidation. Meguires #67 one step polish does a nice job, using a power buffer working one small area at a time and overlapping. Then we clean with a 4" round brush on a drill with soapy water and Bar Keepers Friend. Next will be wiping down with rubbing alcohol where new vinyls go then use the ' wet set' method of placing the vinyls.
SDcampowneroperator 09/27/21 02:09pm Fifth-Wheels

DOT date code is # s like 4912 , meaning 4 th week Sep. 2012. Prior to. 2000 it would have been 3 #, week mo last digit. of year. A bias ply spare on my boat trailer made in '86 dated to '1985.or even to 1975.when date codes began. found and changed that last year. Since that tire was a E 78/ 14 bias ply with code of 466 , all info points to it being a 1976 maybe '86 tire. The E 78/14 sizing says 1970s. By the mid '80s sizing metric proportions and percentage were dominant. A new trailer doas not mean new tires. They could be years old
SDcampowneroperator 09/18/21 06:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

9' 9" is almost exactly 3 Meters. Atiny bit more. It is past time that we US Americans recognize we are backward and live i in a metric world. When I took my future( and still) wife to Canada in '81, she could not believe how fast I convertet Km/h to Mp/hr until she saw me glance at the speedo where the speeds matched. As Canada ???? officially switched to metric about 30 years ago against majority voters approval ( CDNs Govs. can do that) acceptance and as part of the world community, Canada is a success story of conversion, in spite of the lniial reaction. The majority gov. in parliament tn that time survived election handily for another majority. Equate measure conversion to learning another language. Its much easier , we have all been instructed in metric, celcius since the mid 1960s I recall celcius as centigrade. Blame could be laid on confusion with measurements to foreign tourists, as many have never been exposed to or taught our arcane system. As a once 16 yr foreign resident, a conservative American I also advocate signage in both systems to convert the resistant. Next we have to dispose of the penny and a paper $ as all other western mations have done.
SDcampowneroperator 09/15/21 06:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: old cracked faded graphics. R&R is easier than thought.

Our ''09 Carriage Cameo was looking poor several years ago. The graphics were fading and cracking. Another member was also searching for new graphics for his Carrilite, another Carriage line. Together he and I found the auction purchaser of the graphics, which he ( a sign maker) with the plotter to make new graphics for any unit collaborated. His unit when he visited and delivered our now set looked like a new penny. I finally now have time and energy to tackle the job, after much research and advice have found the quickest easiest removal method. Forget most of utube, its hacks and not DIYs after your money. on Amazon I found the rubber eraser wheels, good for some places especially on painted surfaces, A gallon of VINYL OFF will strip a 1/2 dozen rigs. What you do is wipe on vinyl off, wipe up runs, dont let them get to painted parts, wait a bit, do it again. wait a bit , then with a single sided steel razor blade in a 8" long good holder with the blade at a very close angle to the work and 10-20 degrees angled to progression, so it wont cut into the gel coat, cut under the vinyl with some pressure near the blade. Change the blade regularly. use only 1/2 of the blade width each pass to get a clean removal easily. Do not rush the job! Then, apply another coat of vinyl off, wait until it firms up, not runny. then scape away the adhesive,wiping the excess onto a paper towel regularly. There will still be some adhesive you can see in the 'shadow' where the graphics were. reapply, scrape, wipe then with a clean disposable terry cloth damp with lacquer thinner. Wash down thouroughly with soapy water to get runs and will show any missed adhesive. Now use Meguires. 67 compound with an auto body polisher to remove oxidation and restore shine. This has been a much faster less intensive project than first imagined. A 36' wall in a day. Next post application when I get there. Stay tuned, same bat channel, same time Do I hear a BIFF! With pms I can direct you to the sign maker Is the vinyl off product made by CrystalTek? Thanks Yes made by crystal tech, Atlanta Ga. A little goes a long long way. I wont use more than a pint to strip my unit softens vinyl to make it easier to scrape off, eats adhesive in a minute. But give it 5 to 10 to thicken so it isnt runny. Then you wipe your gummy blade off onto a paper towel regularly so it doesnt drip. Its thin as water, runny will damage painted parts. use only on fg gel coat surfaces. Plastic scraper blades do work on removal, just not as well as steel. Alittle practice with a steel blade when used as I describe at an angle to work wont hurt the gel coat are much faster and remove more than the plastic blades. I have them also. to me now mostly a waste of money, but one I had to try. They do work. for some places. Technique is the secret to success and ease with steel blades. Blade angle to work progression angle to work, amount of vinly removed to each work pass.
SDcampowneroperator 08/31/21 08:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: old cracked faded graphics. R&R is easier than thought.

Pics!! Pics! I'd love to see the results. The graphics on my Tango are looking pretty shabby and I'd like to tackle replacing them too. I found a source for them, I think it was about $1700. CDN for the whole set. BIFF!! :B Bob, get mine for $200 US from this maker Max
SDcampowneroperator 08/31/21 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: old cracked faded graphics. R&R is easier than thought.

Pics!! Pics! I'd love to see the results. The graphics on my Tango are looking pretty shabby and I'd like to tackle replacing them too. I found a source for them, I think it was about $1700. CDN for the whole set. BIFF!! :B Member signmaker with the graphics to match just about anything he is a member in Iowa. Out of respect to his privacy, I will not name him , will forward legitimate requests. His prices were 1/4 of what you werequoted for ORACAL graphics with a 30 year warranty. Go back into my posts to read about it. key word ' deleted . Please do not contact him directly. he is a private person with many irons in the fire, A personal request from me could get you a response.
SDcampowneroperator 08/30/21 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: old cracked faded graphics. R&R is easier than thought.

Do you think a plastic razor blade would also work?No the plastic blades are just OK for scraping some of the the adhesive.
SDcampowneroperator 08/30/21 08:17pm General RVing Issues
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