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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
RE: Airbags.

Load the rig up and see how much rear sag you have. I like having the basic Firestone bags you fill manually, but my tuck is old.
Sagebrush 07/12/21 09:03am Truck Campers
RE: 12 volt AGM battery

I use the Sam's/ East Penn AGM batteries in some of my stuff. But AGM's don't last like my GC2's either. Group 31 AGM for $179: https://www.samsclub.com/p/duracell-agm-deep-cycle-marine-and-rv-battery-group-size-31dtmagm/prod3590232 Group 27 that fit in the usual Group 24 RV battery box are $158: https://www.samsclub.com/p/marine-27magm-18-mo-free/prod21234614?xid=plp_product_6 In the RV I prefer the regular flooded lead acid GC2 6 volts for the value, "small" size and durability, they are only around $89 per. Otherwise I would go with the Group 31 AGM's if I had the room for the larger battery box.
Sagebrush 07/12/21 08:54am Tech Issues
RE: Looking at purchasing a safe and Reliable Motorhome

Thats a gasoline budget even at 60K. New Class C with sleeping room above the cab is possible. The maintenance on an old diesel pusher is substantial, you gotta be ready to rebuild a 10K plus transmission or loose a 15K plus engine, radiators, intercooler, turbo and just the fuel injectors can cost thousands. The little 275 to 350 hp diesels work hard in those old pushers, condition is very important. The older rigs could be more costly to maintain than a late model gas motorhome. I prefer 5th wheels or trailers so if the truck dies for whatever reason I can quickly find a replacement or even borrow one on short notice. On the road I can put the truck in a shop for repairs while I have the 5th wheel set up in a good spot and enjoy my time there.
Sagebrush 07/10/21 10:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dead Batteries

11.8 is pretty much dead and that has harmed them greatly, 12.70 is charged and at 12.40 you need to recharge ASAP. I think your talking starting or chassis batteries, in that case I would go to Sam's Club and get some new ones. The Duracell Penn State brand lead acids are a very good value and they also have the AGM's if you hate battery maintenance.
Sagebrush 07/10/21 10:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Size Matters???

I had a 44' triple axle 5th wheel with the huge slides so it was very roomy inside. But I did have trouble finding nice RV sites for it on short notice. It was 15,700 or so empty and loaded up it was a bear in the mountains. Pin weight was was too much for a SRW truck. Down in Florida I always had to be extra careful to squeeze into those old campgrounds. I usually ended up at the more rustic places inland at monthly rates. Had a heavy 40' Cedar Creek Day Dreamer that weighed 16K plus for full timing and it wasn't much fun pulling that weight in the mountains either. But it had less overhang and tandem axles that handled good. I just don't enjoy pulling those heavy suckers long distance, I down sized to a much lighter mid rise 29' for occasional use and its tight inside but easy to move around. If I went back to full time I would stay around 35' or less OAL. I had a 9,800 dry 34'-4" OAL rig and that was a good size for moving around every couple weeks and easy on the truck. I probably should have kept it!
Sagebrush 07/10/21 09:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Consequences of RVing’s Unprecedented Surge

I see many first time buyers getting into very long 37' travel trailers and 42' plus 5th wheels for weekend trips. They are going to be frustrated once they actually try and use those. The ones I've talked to at dealers have never towed anything before either. Almost all the first timers around here are grossly overloading their tow vehicles. I wish they would buy the smaller units and learn slowly instead of getting in over their heads. My family ignored me when I warned them. BUT, the dealer said their new Nissan Titan 4x4 four door truck could tow 9,000 or more easily in real mountains. I think they went on one trip and changed to a diesel F-250. Thankfully they had the money to do that. I did lots of research before buying my first RV, thankfully the internet was running strong back then. I knew I would want larger trailers later so I never tried towing with my Ram 1500 truck, I went straight to a diesel 3500 back when the max trailer ratings were at 10,000 lbs for a 2wd dually! The good ole days.
Sagebrush 07/10/21 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Roof leak and damage. Fix or forget?

We used large dealers for repairs, usually came with some kind of warranty. Locally we have a Gander RV which is a Camping World I guess and they have a huge service center. Haven't really used their services much lately. I'm a do it yourself kind of guy when I can. Its best to just coat the whole roof and reseal everything IMO, thats how my old 5th wheel was handled about two years ago. The rubber roof is original 2005 vintage, but it has the white roll on coating put on everything. Its nice and thick, I don't have any patches up there so far. The job isn't hard to do. The rubber roofs are easier if they are still laying flat, you just clean and roll the coating on.
Sagebrush 07/09/21 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Consequences of RVing’s Unprecedented Surge

Many RV sites are full, I've never seen such before along the beach areas. Air line flights have been growing 15% a month, I'm not one of them. I hate flying commercial these days, won't do it. But, I haven't had any issue finding overnight RV sites while traveling during the first half of the week in the Smokeys. I just got back from NC. Seems like everything decent was full by Thursday. When I was full timing I usually stayed a few months in one spot, so it wasn't too bad finding a place to go. I had plenty of time to find the next location.
Sagebrush 07/09/21 03:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Cover to snug?

Classic Accessories has a 27 to 30" tire cover and they stretch nicely. Its the only brand I've used, I have a few of their items. They make gas grill covers and hitch covers too. I own some of their white tire covers. https://www.amazon.com/Classic-Accessories-76250-Covers-Snow-Diameter/dp/B000B5ZM6Q/ref=psdc_15706681_t2_B000B5PAH2?th=1
Sagebrush 07/09/21 03:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 5th wheel pin lubricate

I use an old white plastic lube plate that stays on the trailer/kingpin, I also lightly use a lithium based grease on the hitch plate for rust prevention. Any wheel bearing grease can be used though, put the grease on the king pin and it will lube the hitch jaws too.
Sagebrush 07/09/21 03:12pm Fifth-Wheels
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