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RE: I Have One Chance

Go large, but don't go so large that the rental would be outside your price range if she agrees to purchase an RV. Be realistic about what you would buy if she says "Let's go for it".
STBRetired 05/12/20 08:06pm Snowbirds
RE: I Have One Chance

South Florida is probably all booked up at the nicer places. Central Florida and areas away from the coasts will probably still have available spaces (except around the House of Mouse). Florida panhandle will usually be in the 50s and 60s in January, so you might want to avoid that if warm and sunny is what you are looking for.
STBRetired 05/12/20 07:47pm Snowbirds
RE: Hard start capacitor

A hard start capacitor changes the phasing between the voltage and the current in the motor windings to increase the amount of torque generated. It can actually cause an increase in starting load on you generator. It is NOT what you want.
STBRetired 05/12/20 07:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Been thinking about your idea about the metal panels on the wall. Could not really come up with many things that we would stick up with magnets. We have only 3 things that we stick up with magnets: the wind up timer, the digital timer and oven meat thermometer, and a beer bottle opener. Other thinks that we tried were either too heavy and the hooks slid down over time, or they went flying when we hit the highway. Think one panel would be sufficient to hold the few things that would stay put during travel, as well as some magnets to hold up pictures and recipes. If you are going to use rattle-can paint, use some automotive lacquer that will be less likely to scratch, or have it powder coated. The business that powder coats our race car stuff is about 5 miles from my house and gives me a really good deal if I have it done in one of the popular colors (black, white, silver) that he is always doing. Just hits me up for the price of the powder if he can just add it to a batch that he is already doing. He can do gloss or dull finish, and the finish wears like iron. Only finish that has held up on my mower deck. Don't see anything wrong with having shelves behind the cooktop and prep area as long as they are not in danger of burning while cooking. You can never have enough storage space in your MH. You do not have the "basement" storage that many other MHs have (think DP or newer gassers) so you have to put storage wherever you can. Keep plugging away, enjoying watching the process. Don't always agree with some of your design choices, but, hey, it's YOUR motorhome.
STBRetired 05/12/20 07:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling Blocks vs jack pads

I took a 4' X 8' sheet of 3/4" exterior plywood and cut it into 16" X 16" squares. Glued and stapled 16 of them together to make 8 1-1/2" thick pads. Kept the last 2 squares to use as 3/4" pads. No issues with using them with my coach 20K+, and have loaned them to friends with 35K+ DPs with no problems. Painted them with Rustoleum and the look great except for some scratches and rock dings.
STBRetired 05/10/20 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: ONAN MARQUIS 5500

Crank but won't fire? Or won't crank at all?
STBRetired 05/08/20 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Fan clutch work-around

While it only takes a few hours to change the fan clutch, not everyplace will work on a MH and I doubt they would have the clutch in stock. Was in Jackson, MS and had no clue on who to call for the repair. My fan clutch engages the fan whenever I accelerate or climb a hill. Just depending on airflow from movement would see the temps climb up into the 235 degree range. Never popped the radiator pressure release, but way hotter than it should be. New fan clutch will go in soon, as well as an oil change. Am at home now and not leaving anytime soon so no big hurry.
STBRetired 05/08/20 04:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Dually Valve Stems

X4 for the Borg valve stems. Have them, love them.
STBRetired 05/07/20 07:54pm Class C Motorhomes
Fan clutch work-around

The fan clutch failed on my 1999 F53 class A motorhome. It would not engage the "full on" mode for the fan so the MH would overheat when any load placed on engine. Was on my way home for a Dr appointment and could not spend a couple days getting it replaced. Went to Auto Zone and picked up a 16" electric fan, mounted it to the front of the radiator and wired it to run whenever the ignition was on. Worked surprisingly well. Not something I would consider as a permanent fix, but it got me home while keeping the engine temp under 215 degrees. Even when climbing a few longer grades that had me worried. Just thought I'd share in case someone else ends up in the same predicament.
STBRetired 05/07/20 07:42pm Tech Issues
RE: UPS Ideas ?

I have an APC UPS at the S&B to keep my internet connection alive. Was not all that expensive. I don't recall exactly what model it is as am not there at the moment. Will keep my connection up for about 18 hours with no power. Hot swappable can be done either of two ways. The unit can have two batteries, where you can pull one out to replace with a fully charged one while it runs on the other, or it can have an internal LI battery that will keep the UPS running for about 30 seconds while you swap the main battery. In any case, you must have a fully charged battery to put in. If I regularly experienced power outages of 12 hours or more, I would look into disconnecting the internal battery and using a group 27 AGM instead.
STBRetired 04/27/20 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: What To Tow?

Had a '01 Chevy Malibu and now have a '16 Ford Edge. Both are 4 down towable with automatic trans. Edge is AWD, Malibu was FWD. Lots of stuff out there in the used market that is listed in the guides as 4-down towable. Kind of hard to carry a week's worth of groceries in the rain on a motorcycle.
STBRetired 04/26/20 02:39pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Dish/Direct TV is going Bye Bye Millions soon to Disconnect

At 3GB per hour for HD (according to Netflix) I wonder how much a 1TB per month package from Mr. Musk will cost.
STBRetired 04/26/20 01:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

You know, if the weight distribution isn't too messed up and the additional swing is manageable, having additional storage added to the back of the MH might actually be a reasonable idea. Store things like the grill in there that you would never use inside. Have seen quite a few rigs with stuff on hitch carriers out the back.
STBRetired 04/24/20 09:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost to install apparatus for Flat-towing

Make sure you pay attention to the options on your Edge when you buy your baseplate. Mine has the active air shutters in front of the radiator and the dynamic cruise control that maintains the following distance so you don't run over the car ahead. Those options required a different baseplate (from Roadmaster) than if I didn't have them. I read the installation instructions for the baseplate, then paid my RV dealer $1500 to install it. They had to take apart almost the entire front end of the car. When the cruise did not operate correctly after they put it back together, they paid Ford to fix it.
STBRetired 04/23/20 01:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Success insulating cabinets?

Don't know how much good it will do. You would want to do the top of the cabinets where they contact the ceiling as well. Maybe use a foil faced foam so you can get more R value without giving up a lot of cabinet space.
STBRetired 04/23/20 12:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Escapees

I'm an Escapee member and have stayed at several of the Rainbow Parks. Co-op parks are for Escapees members only while anybody can stay at a Rainbow Park. Escapees members do get a reduced rate. Couple of the co-ops do not offer monthly rates but all of the Rainbow Parks do. I joined Escapees originally when booking a 2 week stay in Heiskell, TN while we we still just vacation camping. The 2 week non-member cost was more than the 2 week member cost plus the price of the membership dues. Now that we are retired and do much longer stays, we have kept up our Escapees membership.
STBRetired 04/23/20 12:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lifted truck

Think Bill was talking about the truck, not the 5er. Yes, the truck will bw nose high with the 5er hooked up if it is dead level without the 5er hooked up
STBRetired 04/17/20 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

Just sitting here on the Gulf Coast in 84 and sunny with 41% humidity. Beautiful day if all the beaches and pools weren't closed. Changed the faucet for the outside shower sprayer on the MH. Enough work for one day. Have to spread out the tasks so I don't run out of things to do.
STBRetired 04/13/20 02:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Money from government

Same boat as bob213. All the kids are designated as essential workers so all are still working. Not sure what I'll do with the money.
STBRetired 04/12/20 07:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

Was discussing this with the guy on the site next to me last night. We both think there will be a lot of used rigs hitting the market soon from folks that were financially stressed by the COVID outbreak. Sad to say, but those with the financial resources will probably be able to score some really good deals this summer as people try to get out from under their debt.
STBRetired 04/12/20 07:50pm General RVing Issues
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