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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
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
SDcampowneroperator 08/30/21 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: No shore power. 33c Sunova

If you have generator capability, the transfer switch that senses where the power is coming from, Genny or shore may not be working. Or since you were always plugged in to shore power, you converter is dead, not charging the batteries. The click indicates a transfer switch. engaging.
SDcampowneroperator 08/29/21 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

the cajun red 3500 hd 2021 we ordered and took delivery of in June is admired everywhere we go. it will be many years or so before we contemplate selling, Our salesman had 5 others who wanted to buy it, as he had it on website from its build date , but we ordered it, he reserved it to us without deposit, as he had no concern that it would sell. Or our committment. In walk about his lot before we ordered he had unsold white ( he called them refrigerators) and silver and brown. He likened them to dull and unimaginative work trucks. I miss the days in the '90s where the 2 tone teals and pearlescent whites added some custum look. Ive been considering taking this new cajun red truck to a custom paint shop for some work to really make it stand out. color has never been an issue of any used vehicle I bought or sold. Condition is. Since you work for GM, salespeople would give you better guidance than we can on such a short term ownership plan.
SDcampowneroperator 08/29/21 06:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

Oversize TC. Now theres a neat concept, a 12-16 ' TC Add a tag axle, behind the overhang with air ride, its an engineering possibility. Wouldnt be much different than swivel wheel trailers behind 5ers do. If the tail wagging the dog effect could be overcome.
SDcampowneroperator 08/27/21 06:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do They Make 5th Wheels Like This Anymore??

5ers like you picture with exposed propane tanks and corrugated aluminum siding are long gone. Market shift hail damage and safety makes them obsolete. Overheads have risen along with long bed trucks or sliding hitches that allow close coupled trailers. Truck bed heights are rising, tanks moving to enclosed, super easily damaged siding gone with reason. There is a new normal it is better
SDcampowneroperator 08/26/21 06:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Bob, you always amaze me with your tales of trial and tribulation. Now we all see the truth is in the pudding, you couldnt have frozen your socks to an r10 floor, had to be some unit built by someone else. I did a roof replacement on a 20' '73 Vanguard in'87. Water damage was limited to the center of the roof, same thin 2x2 3/4" arched roof trusses and poor insulation. Snow load that winter in So. Manitoba broke those 2x2s and opened the seams on the lock seamed S panels joining the 4x 8' roofing sheets alowing the caulk to fail and water into the roof. The roof metal did overlap the siding, so all I had to do was strip the roof to the top of the interior cabinets, then lay in new vinyl coated luan 1/8" plywood, trusses like you did with a crown , also like you crimp and roll the new one piece al. roof bought from nearby triple EEE in Winkler, Mb., Unlike you I was out of work ( no pipelining that winter) and was given an indoor paint booth at Franklin Voths J.I. Case equipment dealership in Manitou, Mb. In that time I met with MP Lloyd Axworthy, Mb. Premier Howard Pauley, and other luminaries that have become movers and shakers in CDN politics. Mr. Voth was their behind the camera go to.regardless of party. Also unlike you, I bought the Vanguard in aug. '79 for $4300 , used it for 8 years, 2 of them full time winter and all, in The Pas, Mb. and in Coronach, Sk. then sold it for $4000 in '89. The roof, a/c , tires and an awning is all I did. The lesson to me, is choose the make well, care for it , your cost of ownership will be minimal, enjoyment maximized. resale easy. It helps to have friends with the many skills and a tall building. 3 rigs on since, reasonable depriciation for use since. Rv ownership is not a money making scheme, with management it doesnt have to cost you your first born or consume you with concern.
SDcampowneroperator 08/23/21 06:21pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Rebuild Website - Online soon - Input?

Eh ? Know what I mean eh? Link needed. Max
SDcampowneroperator 08/22/21 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Hot Skin. Mystery solved!

Very glad to see you resolved the issue. Been watching your original post. We had a hot skin issue when parked at a relatives yard, Dog got shocked hard,because of our shoes we didnt. A open neutral fixed easily. Dog had to be lifted into the rig for the rest of his life.
SDcampowneroperator 08/14/21 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: GM 'o7classic LBZ dsl 6 spd to '21 L5P dsl 10 spd report

I didnt have to get the B&W hitch from chavy, There are other aftermarket hitches to get or install yourself. I have a welding shop, considered making my own mounts for some other brand, the math for savings just didnt add up. The 4 puck system is easier for install and removal than this goose ball socket mount as the 4 puck doesnt require any wrenches, is lighter and lifts freely. To remove the Companion takes a chain hoist or pry bars and a buddy. I am not a fan of the bed height, I' m 6' , trim and in good health, but it takes a step to reach in to work the hitch or any cargo. I now carry a 3 step folding step. A milk carton used to be plenty. Trannys were huge improvements for any engine, my first was a pontiac 2 spd behind a 389 super duty in a '65 GTO. Gearing allows tighter shifts, locking converters, lower rpm at lighter loads. In the early '70s I drove farm grain trucks with 318 detroits with 15 spd. roadrangers and Macks with 4x 4 16 spd. Regardless of engine the reason is to keep the machine in the power band at its most efficient for the task. Thats why I reported that the new truck only shifted down into the next best gear to maintain that torque , same as a semi driver would do. The LBZ with its 6 spd was a great improvement over our '98& '03 4 spd behind the troubled GM 6.5 s Heres another new tidbit concerning gearing and mileage. The new truck with 3.42 diff. and 18" wheels has the dmax spinning at 1275 rpm @ 60 mph. The '07 with 3:73s and 16" tires spun at 1500 rpm @ 60 mph Many times I monitored fuel mileage, empty, loaded, heavy, into head wind or with a tail wind. I now have done enough of that to report the new truck is 5-15 % more efficient on fuel than the '07. I attribute a lot of it to the tranny. I recently attained a 21.7 mpg 100mi. rd trip that the '07 old trucks best was 19.3 with 10 % city, 90% 55- 65 speed zones with lots of hills. My Pappys 1977 3500 454 gassers 3 spd. best was 11. 5.5 towing 12k
SDcampowneroperator 08/14/21 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 'o7classic LBZ dsl 6 spd to '21 L5P dsl 10 spd report

4 1/2" sounds close, its not an issue in a dip it is in an hilltop. What we in pipelining called an overbend, vs sag. The tailgate to overhead of the 5er contact with a 8' bed would mean a 20% overbend hill top I agree, not ideal , unlikely. avoidable. Raising the 5er is an option, that adds even more complications.
SDcampowneroperator 08/13/21 10:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just experienced our first Non-refundable campground

RealtorRick had the best way yet of calling a deposit what it is, a partial payment, not a deposit. When we had our park - by the way, near Mt. Rushmore, so theres no drive in traffic, it was all by reservation months in advance. it took us years to find the best way to both serve changing plans for guests and protect our business. In the end, a 1 night deposit served fine in shoulder seasons with cancellation fee refund for any reason up to 48 hrs. before arrival, less a $10 fee to cover our labor time phone and card fees. As the season progressed and occupancy peaked deposit amount increased to 2 days , cancellation with refund to 7 days, 25% fee ( cabins to tent s are varied pricing) which gave us a chance of rebooking except during special events like the big 3 holiday weekends and Sturgis Rally week which required 30 days prior for some refund We established that policy based on our margins, likelyhood of rebooking, guest satisfaction our loyalty to them and they to us. Many times guests would want a refund because they chose to leave early. Never could we refill that short term vacancy. When they threatened a poor review, our resolve became a solid wall. I even offered to escort them out. We had poor reviews of our policy, which when mixed in with the other reviews made the sour grapes of the dissatisfied look complimentary I have to point out, why is this industry so chosen for this topic? Can anyone get a refund from an airline, cruise ship, state park? NO. We are so glad to have sold our park.
SDcampowneroperator 08/13/21 07:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GM 'o7classic LBZ dsl 6 spd to '21 L5P dsl 10 spd report

Pricing was fair, bought from same salesman that sold me the . 07. Bed height is higher, had to raiise the pinbox 2 1/2" so have 4 1/2" clearance a little less than I like but still sufficient. The b&w hitch is silent and positive, big improvement over the 16 k reese with rails it clanked rattled and unlatched once when I did pull test. Had 190000 mi. on the LBZ probably 100 k of them towing camper or heavy work trailers.
SDcampowneroperator 08/13/21 06:29am Tow Vehicles
GM 'o7classic LBZ dsl 6 spd to '21 L5P dsl 10 spd report

It just became time for a new truck The 'o7 gave us great service for over 14 years, towing our 16k 5er and many times a 2nd trailer over 50k mi. towing. Youve seen us in the Q, in Baltimore, Brookings, San Diego, to Tampa and everywhere in between several times in the past 20 years. Last winter or 2 ago DW says its time to upgrade. so we considered 'A ' MH s, back to TTS, new 5 ers. 5er won out, keep our Carriage, with our travel style of overnighting( which we always drycamp, boondock on public lands ) en route to longer term destination. So we ordered mar 27/ 21 a new 2021 chevy 3500 srw L5P dsl crew cab 8' bed.w/ b& w companion hitch. Took delivery jun 7 21. Cleaned up the 07 for private sale, sold it in 2 weeks for 1/2 of what we paid for it 14 1/2 years ago. less than $1500/ yr depreciation/yr cost of ownership. Now the tow comparison, with our same 5er on a 1400 mi. rd. trip to Ks. last week in temps over 100 up to 106 and into 35 mph headwinds. The L5P and 10 spd tranny didnt even notice, minor gear shifts into 9or 8 on the hills in the headwinds, Tranny temp never got avove 175. On past comparable trips the 07 struggled in those head winds and temps ran higher. fuel mileage comparable. 10 mpg + to minus. The new truck never struggled or got warm. We do miss that faithful and dependable 07, are expecting the same depedability from the new 21 as well as it holding its value into the future.
SDcampowneroperator 08/11/21 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ATV Muffler on Genset?

We have a John Deere 590 xuv SxS that to us has very loud exhast Its hard to talk to one another . We want to be quiet riding in the woods, not proclaim our presence. . It isnt a performance machine, we are disappointed that JD engineered such a fine machine but failed to address the noise level. JD had no options for a quiet muffler. Researching quiet aftermarket exhaust for a 600cc motor found no options that I even in my welding shop could modify to fit. It seems quiet is the name of the game for gennys, loud for toys. Why?
SDcampowneroperator 08/05/21 07:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Interesting dog names

My mom bred and raised Boston Terriers. When the buyers were choosing the puppys call name she always advised them to choose a name with 2 syllables with. 2 hard consonants. Trainers often, especially for service dogs, use foreign language or nonsense command words so that for instance for a salvage car junk yard 'good dog ' meant bite me after sundown. Qonsequentjy, all our companion pets have distinct common call names common to nick names for people. Our companion dogs are trained with a nonsense word to not approach someone or their pet. No is understood by almost all , is Noplayjiggy ours know it.
SDcampowneroperator 07/30/21 06:24pm RV Pet Stop
RE: New truck pricing

We ordered a 2021 chevy k3500 lt 1 crew cab duramax 8' bed with a (2k) option of B & W companion Took delivery june ,:9 so 2/1/2 mo. order to delivery. Sold our '07 classic lbz diesel with 190000 mi. privately in 2 weeks for $18600 which we bought for $38000 So cost of ownership over 15 years was under $1500/ yr. Discount off msrp wasnt much,, 10% or so.
SDcampowneroperator 07/24/21 09:11pm Tow Vehicles
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