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RE: parking on a slight driveway

I leave mine leveled when its parked for storage just so the doors and such operate good. I can leave my wood blocks in place at home, so I just back in the same spot every time, its already leveled when I unhitch and lower the front down. I have around 30 years of experience using the gas RV Norcold and Dometic fridges, never had a single issue running them mildly out of level. I do avoid keeping them way out of level though. The residential fridges run better when they are close to level too they say, but we never had an issue with our big double door residential set up either. Ice cream didn't melt. My home fridge isn't as level as my RV fridge.... old flimsy house...
Sagebrush 07/26/21 02:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

Walmart had many Endurance 225's in the Birmingham, AL warehouse a few days ago, $145 per and $12 for balancing. I just checked on them, my local store doesn't stock them, but it only takes a day to get them. They use FedEx Ground, the warehouse is only 100 miles away. But, they don't have any high pressure valve stems in stock and they have been out for over two months. I had to get mine from local NAPA stores last week. Short bolt in valve stems are hard to come by around here. It took two stores and 70 miles to get five new bolt in stems. Etrailer couldn't supply them either, they didn't have the .453 grommets. May not be relevant to you with the distance. My experience with American Tire in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Discount Tire in Reno were topnotch. The latter even gave me a lifetime (to the tires, lol) wheel balancing for my Goodyear 4 off road tires. Thats a little far from me, Walmart has lifetime balance for $14 per tire. But, I never re-balance trailer tires, so I just do the regular one time balancing for $12. My Local Walmart has a good tire shop, I've been using them more and more lately. I put Coopers on the CRV and they did an excellent job at a great price. I usually avoid Walmart tire service, but I've had three good experiences with them lately. The prices online are better than in store with the tire brands I wanted. The trailer tires were $99.98 in store and $70.12 online, just bought some last week. So, $82.12 mounted and balanced plus tax for 225/75/R15 Mastertrack E's. They don't like dually trucks though, so I go to an independent tire dealer for my truck tires.
Sagebrush 07/23/21 11:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

Walmart had many Endurance 225's in the Birmingham, AL warehouse a few days ago, $145 per and $12 for balancing. I just checked on them, my local store doesn't stock them, but it only takes a day to get them. They use FedEx Ground, the warehouse is only 100 miles away. But, they don't have any high pressure valve stems in stock and they have been out for over two months. I had to get mine from local NAPA stores last week. Short bolt in valve stems are hard to come by around here. It took two stores and 70 miles to get five new bolt in stems. Etrailer couldn't supply them either, they didn't have the .453 grommets.
Sagebrush 07/23/21 08:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Trade-in sweet spot

If you wait too long, they loose most of their value. That loss varies on the specific model and condition. At that age its depreciated a good bit now. They really drop once you can't get a bank to loan on them anymore.
Sagebrush 07/17/21 11:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: trying to get stuck tire off

I let mine get rusty a few years ago on my truck, two guys at the tire shop used sledge hammers to beat them off hitting the tire with full air pressure, it took a while. Pry bar worked some on the outside rims, they were stuck from the winter's road salt. I used oil out of my tool box to keep them from rusting up again, they didn't have anything to coat the axles. I rotated those tires early and painted everything that was bare metal. I touch up the wheel paint every time I have them off now. Haven't had that issue since I started painting them during the tire rotation and brake jobs. You should inspect and clean the brakes at least annually or have it done. A shop may be willing to use anti-seize or brake grease, or you could provide a tube and ask them to coat the axle hubs so the wheels won't stick as bad.
Sagebrush 07/17/21 11:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

I had some Goodyear issues over the years, so I'm reluctant to pay more than double for Endurance trailer tires. The Mastertrack U203 225/75/R15E's have an 81 mph speed rating, but I've been told that's at 80 psi. Walmart has them for $70, the endurance tires are about $145 I think they said. I've been running 65 most of the time and occasionally 70 mph with 75 psi cold and they are wearing evenly. Although at almost four years old I'm putting new ones on now just in-case. My rig spends most of its life waiting for the next adventure. Even when I fulltimed I would sit in one place for months sometimes, especially in the winters spent in Florida.
Sagebrush 07/17/21 06:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: AT&T anounces truly unlimited wireless data plan

I got all excited until I clicked on the link and learned that hotspot data is limited to 40gb per month. Per the article, unlimited hotspot data is a pipe dream.Yeah, that's always the gotcha. I can't do all my surfing or watch movies on a phone. Just mirror the phone to whatever you want. I've had the unlimited 4g for years now and I personally was fine with the 100 gigs unthrottled. Now that its unlimited at full speed and 5g I may try higher quality movie downloads. I'm starting to see more 5g available around here and its very fast. My Samsung phone and tablet can use a USB-C to HDMI cable, that allows you good quality video, works on my 60" fine. Using the HDMI cable for the Television cuts out the need for a Chrome Cast device or Roku ect. for mirroring. I plug into a home theater receiver, so I get the good audio too without needing Bluetooth speakers or the tiny TV speakers. I mostly do HBO Max movies since it comes with the phone service or the Dish watch anywhere app. The phone produces a better quality picture and sound through the cable without over heating. Most of the Samsung phones I've had will mirror through a cable. The S9, S10, S20 and now the S21+ get the job done. I use the phone to stream live news or music for hours sometimes, I use Spotify and SirusXM. If this 5g unlimited stays around I'll probably drop the Satellite service and stream everything.
Sagebrush 07/17/21 05:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Toy Haulers Under 12' Tall?

I haven't seen one unless its a small light weight model, I think all the decent size ones are well over 12. At 35' your talking major pin weight for a SRW and tall. My 29' is about 2,000 and its a light weight model with no slides. These small ones are under 12': https://www.kz-rv.com/products/sportsmen-classic-travel-trailers/190TH.html This one is a little over: https://www.kz-rv.com/products/sportster-travel-trailer-and-fifth-wheel-toy-haulers/travel-trailer-toy-hauler-270THR.html The Desert Fox TT's are listed at 13'. I have an old Adventure RPM light weight 5th wheel TH and it was one of the shortest models I could find with 29' of length. Its close to 12' when level, the single A/C is in the middle which helps. But my 3500 Ram 4x4 truck pulls it 2" nose high. Build a RV carport about 15' tall. :)
Sagebrush 07/16/21 11:00am Toy Haulers
RE: Tire engineering question.

Its good to hear the Gooodyear quality control is better now and people like them. I had a bad experience a few years ago with that brand and so did a few of my friends. If these new trailer tires have issues I might try the Goodyears again. I may not even own this old 2006 trailer in three years, who knows. But its around $350 with tax to put four Mastertrack U203 E's on there right now. If they make it another three to four years I'm good. I have TPMS, so I keep an eye on the temp and psi. Over inflation is not good, even max psi is too much sometimes. That max psi rating is not a suggestion. Make sure the valve stems are rated for the psi! Most shops use snap in 65 or 80 psi on the 15" or 100 psi rubber stems on the 16". I have to buy my own metal bolt ins and bring them to the shop, around here they never have the bolt in type for small wheels. Mine are rated for 200 psi and they last and last.
Sagebrush 07/15/21 11:38am Tech Issues
RE: Tire engineering question.

If they wear okay at max pressure you will be okay, just a harder ride and maybe less traction. I don't run semi truck drives at max pressure ever. Sometimes the steers get max pressure though depending on the tire's load capacity. On the 200 ton and bigger mobile cranes we aired up and down with a CTIS, that was nice to have. Most of my trailers have Asian tires because of the sizes. I've only lost one 225/75/R15E on the road recently. Its been years since I blew a Chinese 14" tire, I think those have improved actually. I was blowing apart those Carlisle and Tow King 14" tires yearly for a while back in the late 90's and early 2000's. The E rated ST 15's have been doing better than the D rated for me. The Mastertrack steel belts make a difference in hot weather I think. I'm very careful with air pressure. My E rated 15" trailer tires are rated for 81 mph at 80 psi. Most ST's are only 62 to 65 mph at max pressure. Endurance ST's are rated for 87 mph I think. Good to know your truck tire specs too, I've seen cheap 12R22.5's with 62 mph speed ratings.
Sagebrush 07/14/21 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: 1984 carriage brake magnets

Are they Dexter brand? Here is a sight with some measurements: https://trailerparts.com/products/brakes/electric-brake-parts/trailer-brake-magnets.html
Sagebrush 07/14/21 02:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire engineering question.

I'm replacing 5th wheel trailer tires now because I lost the back left one recently. I figure the other tire got overloaded and would probably go boom soon. So I bought two new ones. Then I got to thinking and I'm going replace them all for peace of mind. My spare was really old so I bought 5 new tires in all, maybe I'll get another 3 years 7 months of trouble free running. But I'm dealing with ST's and they don't do well with age. The one that went boom still looked great on the outside. But the trailer only only had about 900 miles on it this year, lots of sitting around.
Sagebrush 07/14/21 01:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Offline navigator for Android phone (BC Canada)?

Here is an example of open source "free" Garmin compatible maps from GPSFile Depot for Canada: https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/country/ca The TOPO maps show all the details you need for off pavement adventures, dirt roads, hiking trails, creeks, lakes, rivers, back country camp sites ect.. You can also load Topo maps on smart phones too, but I've always used Garmin GPS units, thats all I'm familiar with. Actually I do have a very old Garmin 76CS collecting dust. Tiny screen 2.2" x 1.6", smaller than Street Pilot 2620. My modest phone is 4" x 2.3". Maybe those topo maps will work, they have more offroad details than maps in Co-pilot or Osmand. Brightness and resolution are no comparison to my phone, but it is very rugged. Old Garmin, more than 15 years. Car GPS didn't exist back then, except for military and police. I used three 2620's with the open sourced Topo maps over the years, but I finally bought a newer 396 zumo for the motorcycle. I may end up going back to a Garmin GPS. So far the android GPS apps are not getting the job done for me. I've been using CoPilot and it has not been good lately with the RV routes. The RV routing is a joke, either its way too conservative and runs you way around on interstates or it puts you on a mountain goat path. Its routing me on roads I can't fit on after taking me way out the way. I can't believe truckers could use the app around here successfully. It can't even get me to the interstate from my house without pointing me to a steep lane and a half road with a tight switch back and deep ditches. Its okay for non-towing routes, but my whole point of using it was RV routing. I can do better with base camp sadly. I'm trying Sygic now. It is better so far, I can avoid the roads I know are no good with the trailer in tow easily. You can mark a road as "always avoid" and report it too. The POI's are better, I can look up a camp ground name on Sygic fast that CoPilot could not find by name at all. Both apps choose questionable roads for a large rig, but Sygic has more options that let you avoid them and it reroutes well. Sygic Truck app is faster than the CoPilot RV app.
Sagebrush 07/14/21 12:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Brakes for 2017 F350 DRW

I would choose a local mechanic you like, brake calibers should be lubed occasionally and brake fluid should be changed out per your maintenance manual. I do mine every few years though, my truck is only used for towing and hauling, so low miles per year. I like OEM rotors, or some premium name brand ones. On a one ton I rarely need to replace them ever. Only if they get damaged for some reason, warped, cracked, stuck caliber does damage or whatever. I had a front right brake caliber lock up on me from internal corrosion, but the rotor survived. Lots of variables on pad life, average driver probably will get 60K to 120K out of the front pads on a late model one ton. Exhaust brakes help greatly too. If the rotors are in spec I would keep on using them. My current pads on a dually are about 50% gone with over 50,000 miles on mostly rural rods. I put on the Hawk brand pads early before the OEM's wore out, not much difference. The Hawk pads I have now seem to be nosier maybe, not much dust though. My rear pads last forever it seems, I end up changing them due to the age! Auto parts store pads are fine, I wouldn't buy the fancy ones again. Its an easy job to lube calibers and check pads, I do my own brake maintenance. I usually get 150K or more from brake rotors here in the SE. Mine rust out from trips on salted roads before they wear out.
Sagebrush 07/14/21 12:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: AT&T anounces truly unlimited wireless data plan

Consumer Cellular just doesn't work well here, even though ATT works fine. Same with Cricket, its slow and limited. But the phone side works okay. My friends still use Consumer Cellular and the text messages don't make it though quickly, its really slow. ATT is almost instant even with pictures. They are not offering the same level of service as ATT, especially if you have a 5g phone. I can't get any Verizon signal where I live now, Sprint and T-Mobile are useless around here. At least the ATT Elite plan works fairly well. I have two lines and I haven't ran out of hot spot data. I stream to the television by mirroring or a HDMI cable, so technically its unlimited now. The 40 gigs of hot spot has a 128 mbps max after that. Thats $83.99 plus taxes per month. With the SureCall booster antenna on a 20' pole I can stream movies fairly well. The Elite plan comes with the HBO Max service included. I use Google Chrome casting now, but I'm having trouble with it staying connected. I'm going to try Roku and see if its any better. The sticks have been having over heating issues with HBO Max, so I need to try one that connects with a cable. Maybe that will be better, but I mainly use my phone directly anyway. I'm thinking about dropping Dish Tv, but it is nice sometimes to watch Sat Tv when you can't get cell signal. But the ATT coverage has improved nicely during the last 5 years where I travel.
Sagebrush 07/14/21 08:48am Technology Corner
RE: Jump start

Its all about location and how busy they are. In the last 30 years I've changed around three flats and needed a couple jump starts. Always managed it on my own even with road side coverage, so I dropped the service. The wait was not worth it, but one day I may wish I had it! Who knows. Those little jump batteries are useful too for the cars and I always carry jumper cables!
Sagebrush 07/13/21 03:39pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Portable track vehicle for backing trailers uo

I've seen the remote tugs for aircraft, guys move good size planes with them for about $4,000 or so. You could us them for travel trailers easily. Here is the link for the ones I've seen in action: https://acairtechnology.com/ I rather use a compact tractor or ATV myself. Most RV dealers around here use a 30 to 50 hp compact tractor for the TT units. They handle 11,000 pound aircraft on fairly flat ground, seen it. Don't know about the 21,000 pound model though.
Sagebrush 07/13/21 03:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: black water tank treatments

Dawn dish soap perhaps... The black tank treatments are deodorants for the most part. I can't tell any difference between them or if they do anything. Just use plenty of water and maybe a little soap or detergent for the smell. I'm on RV number three now, never had any tank issues in over 20 years. So far I just had one gray dump valve leak on me. Not hard to replace.
Sagebrush 07/12/21 10:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: AT&T anounces truly unlimited wireless data plan

Occasionally I've hit the 100 gig throttling and it was really slow. I guess I can stream more movies now! I'll have to test it out. :)
Sagebrush 07/12/21 10:48pm Technology Corner
RE: 12 volt AGM battery

The Deka or East Penn batteries are American made too. Most of the other lower cost options are Chinese like the Vmaxtanks etc. The East Penn AGM batteries come ready to go, they claim to be made here. I started using their motorcycle AGM batteries and they have held up pretty good too. The Walmart batteries I have are made in Spain and cost more than the American Sam's Club batteries, go figure. If I had the money to spend I would buy Lifeline AGM batteries, but they are not budget friendly... not my budget anyway!
Sagebrush 07/12/21 04:39pm Tech Issues
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