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RE: Securing batteries in forward compartment (Security)

It's a fifth wheel so no battery boxes on tongue. I would use some hefty hold down bolts with self locking nuts, so that you have to use a wrench the entire way to get them off. Yeah, my 20V angle grinder would make quick work of those hold downs, but it's loud and might damage the battery. Not much that you can do to prevent theft, just try to discourage it as much as is reasonable. I suppose you could get a Mosler safe big enough to hold the batteries and have it welded to the frame, but that would just be ridiculous. And someone might just see that as a challenge.
STBRetired 07/15/19 10:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Interesting thought. But how much stuff do you have that will fit into a 4" deep cabinet? If you have a lot of things that would fit into that space, then go for it. We have a pull out pantry next to the fridge which has shelves about 6" deep and it holds quite a lot of canned goods and cooking supplies. Drinking glasses and coffee mugs would fit in there as well. Side to side sliding doors would probably work best as tabour verticals use up space at the back of the cabinet when they are open. Sliders will require a bottom track so that they can't get pushed out at the bottom when you got around curves, but you can minimize the height of the track or possibly recess it into he countertop.
STBRetired 07/15/19 10:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Anybody remember the drive in theaters? .... Lol.... Don't laugh. I picked up a video projector just so that we can have outdoor movies at the RV park where we winter. We don't sit in cardboard boxes, though.
STBRetired 07/08/19 07:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Nice bit of improvisation. It might be worthwhile at some point to do it again and not trim off the width. A wider scraper with a pointy end might be useful.
STBRetired 07/07/19 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

If the door blocked the open side of the sliding window when you opened the door, wouldn't it prevent you from tilting out the window?
STBRetired 06/26/19 08:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to buy locking seal for cabover window glass

I replaced all of the rubber seals on my windows earlier this year. I got them from Pelland Enterprises. They have a $4 sample kit that you can order to make sure that you get the correct seal. My MH required 3 different seals to do all of the windows. There is some kind of double-stick tape that holds the window in the frame, but it needs the rubber seal to stop water and air infiltration.
STBRetired 06/24/19 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: Chicago Trip Advice

Just an FYI. If you are going to stay at the Joiliet casino, be aware that there are 2 casinos in Joliet. Only the Hollywood casino has parking for RVs. It's close to I-80 between the Larkin Ave and Houbolt Rd exits.
STBRetired 06/07/19 07:23pm Class C Motorhomes

Using driving lights facing the rear on a highway is highly illegal. If a police officer sees you "light up" a tailgater, you can end up with a major fine and your vehicle impounded depending upon the jurisdiction.
STBRetired 06/06/19 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mechanically Challenged RVer

I think you are missing Jayco-noslide's point. You don't HAVE to DIY to enjoy RVing. I do a lot of DIY because I enjoy it. If someone doesn't enjoy it they should not feel like they are less of an RVer than those of us that do. Yes, it will cost more money if you have others do the work for yoou, but that is just one more thing to consider when you decide if you can afford RVing.
STBRetired 05/30/19 04:51pm Beginning RVing
RE: Which Mail Service do you use?

The USPS does a horrible job of forwarding mail. When I sold my house and took off as a full timer, I put in a forwarding request. Instead the mail just piled up at the old address. I went to the post office three times and complained with limited success. The post office does not have an automated system. They seem to rely on the mail handlers to do this by memory. In a few months we will be taking off for an extended trip. I am not sure what to do. We will have mail forwarded to my daughter's address and we will still need to find someone to check the mailbox on a regular basis. It would have been great if they had delivered to our mailbox instead. They just flat out disposed of mail that they should not have. Things like my homeowners' insurance bill and renewal cards for my credit card. Had to call Chase and get the card number changed and new cards sent to the RV park where we were staying. We were supposed to get 2 months of magazines forwarded but got none. Things that did get forwarded would take up to 10 days or so to arrive. Looking at the date on the new address sticker, you could see that it sat around at the Post Office for up to a week before they printed the new address sticker and sent it on. All in all, just horrible service.
STBRetired 05/25/19 06:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Keyless vehicles

Ford supplies a key inside each fob and there is a cap on the driver's side door handle that you can pop off to unlock the door. Not sure what GM, FCA or the imports do, but I would surely believe they have a similar arraignment. My towed has a charge line that goes to the MH so I could charge the battery through that. Not heavy enough to jump start, but more than adequate to power the electric locks.
STBRetired 05/25/19 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Clear As Glass Ice Cubes?

Guess I will need to give that a try when I get back from the next trip.
STBRetired 05/23/19 09:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Help! HVAC system not working at all

Check the plug which connects to the resistor pack. Ford had a problem for a while (don't remember which years but it was there in 02) where water would get into the back side of the plug and corrode all the connections where the wires are crimped on. Only way to see it was to use a paperclip to pop the connectors out of the plastic plug. They sell replacement plugs at most auto parts stores. Not saying that this is your issue, but is worth a look.
STBRetired 05/23/19 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Checking Generator oil question

My 5500 Onan behaves exactly like Mr. Steve's. Both my 4000 Onans show way overfull when you initially pull the dipstick. Maybe because the 5500 has an oil pump and the 4000s are splash lubed?
STBRetired 05/23/19 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Which Mail Service do you use?

We snowbird and used to use the temporary forward from USPS to get our mail. Every year there was something important that we did not receive because USPS messed up. We now use the Escapees mail forwarding service year round. Did a permanent change to that address (in TX as that is where we will most likely domicile when we go full time next year) and now we get everything that matters, and have them dispose of the junk mail.
STBRetired 05/23/19 08:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Checking Generator oil question

The second one. Trapped air in the chamber where the dipstick is could prevent the oil from coming completely up to the true level on the dipstick. Removing the dipstick allows the oil to come up to its true level.
STBRetired 05/22/19 07:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Would be interesting to see how much installing the windows degrades the performance of the insulation. Just anecdotal, not scientific data-driven answer. The windows most likely have a much lower R value than the insulation you put in the walls and ceiling. No matter what, it will be a great improvement over where you started.
STBRetired 05/20/19 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drinking Campground Water...

We use bottled water (gallons) for coffee to get consistent taste. Everything else comes out of the tap. Have a .5 micron filter (the 10 inch ones) on the incoming water. Only had an issue once in an Iowa campground. Water plugged the filter in a single day with some kind of brown sludge. Used what we had in the fresh tank then left.
STBRetired 05/19/19 07:20am General RVing Issues

Sounds like the converter is no longer charging your batteries. You should see close to 13.2V or possibly more at the batteries when the TT is plugged into shore power. Check the circuit breaker for the converter and the fuses on the converter itself.
STBRetired 05/18/19 10:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Adding a dedicated RV power plug. What would you do?

I installed the 50A connection so that I don't have to use a dogbone adapter with the 50A plug on my MH. The 50/30/20 lets any of my friends "camp" in my driveway if they come for a visit. I also use the 20A for various power tools when working outside on that side of the house. I ran the #6 wire to support the 50A, but only have a 40A breaker in the main panel as I had one laying around.
STBRetired 05/16/19 07:38pm Tech Issues
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