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RE: owners manual

There's not really such a thing as an owners' manual for most towable RVs - especially one that old. You may be able to find PDF manuals for the appliances and other components by going to the manufacturer's web sites with the model numbers (i.e. furnace, refrigerator, stove, AC, etc.). The running gear (chassis, axle, bearings, hubs, etc.) are industry standard and any good trailer shop can work on those parts. You should have the bearings and brakes inspected and, if the tires are over five or six years old, replace them before you tow the RV. Otherwise, YouTube is your best friend. Folks have put videos out there to step you through almost any scenario imaginable. Bobbo's suggestion of having an experienced person come over and do "boot camp" with is also a great idea. Rob
Second Chance 02/16/22 07:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dr visits on the road

What if full timer is on Medicare? See where FL maybe only state will cover you on the road. Gold Star widow wants to full time but WA state health insurance won’t follow her guess like Medicaid. Traditional Medicare is a Federal program and has nothing to do with the states. Medicaid, on the other hand, is state-administered and the funding is both state and Federal. Some Medicare Advantage plans may be regional, too. I have traditional Medicare and get seen in places other than my domicile state all the time with no issues. Rob
Second Chance 02/04/22 05:18pm Full-time RVing
RE: Best Pin Box?

You will get a lot of "opinions" on this, and many will be from a person with experience of the only pin box they have ever had on their first trailer. We have had several 5ers with different pin boxes. Some have had a rigid pin box. The current trailer had a Demco Glide Ride. With the Demco, it reduces chucking but the links need replacing after about 20,000 to 30,000 miles. The link bushings wear and you start to get clunking when you start or stop, and it has some side play. We are using a Trailer Saver TS3 air ride hitch in the truck. The best pin box we have had was a Mor/Ryde pin box. It helps to reduce chucking and is durable. https://www.morryde.com/products/rubber-pin-box/ Some people who use the air ride pin boxes are happy with them, but it stays with the trailer when you sell it. With an air ride hitch, you can use it in different trucks and different trailers. Ken I have experience with both the Demco Glide Ride and the MORryde (current pin box). The Demco performed well and we didn't have the issues with link wear that TXiceman describes (though with more miles, it could have). I am extremely happy with our current MORryde pin box. Rob
Second Chance 01/31/22 12:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best solutions for internet - REAL solutions please! :)

These folks are the gurus on this topic - lots of good information: RVMobileInternet Rob
Second Chance 01/30/22 12:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Another Question About Level Mate Pro

You can mount it, but you'll need to level the trailer conventionally (I used a good carpenter's level when I used a LevelMatePRO) before calibrating the unit and app. It's really easy. Rob
Second Chance 01/29/22 10:20am Travel Trailers
RE: A Place to Stay

Shopping malls( dinosaurs ) and outlet stores have big empty lots and welcome signs. We are fans of midwest small town off season sportsfields. Traveling on weekends, find a faith of your choice lot, spend the night and share in faith services.Many churches, especially in smaller communities are in residential areas. You may very well get a midnight visit from local law enforcement when the neighbors call about a suspicious vehicle parked in their neighborhood. To many a lone RV in a deserted parking lot is not a friendly traveler but instead is Buffalo Bob looking for the next tenant for his basement well. We've also seen a number of instances where churches are putting chains across the entrances to their parking lots except on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings - especially in the smaller communities and along US highways. Rob
Second Chance 01/29/22 09:18am Roads and Routes
RE: A Place to Stay

You can search here: RVParky.com Rob
Second Chance 01/28/22 09:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Wifi connection for TV

Why not keep the Dish setup and open a Dish Outdoor account? That's what we've used for 6-1/2 years of full-timing and it has worked well for us. The beauty of a Dish Outdoor account is that you can change local stations as you move around (using the MyDish app on a smartphone). Rob
Second Chance 01/28/22 09:54am Travel Trailers
RE: 12v to 120v inverter

Small solar panels and inverters are usually installed to support residential refrigerators and not much else. Do you have a residential refrigerator? Rob
Second Chance 01/20/22 11:43am Tech Issues
RE: New RV USB plugs, what amperage are they?

The ones in our Solitude fifth wheel appear to be 2.4A: USB charging port Rob
Second Chance 01/09/22 03:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Route 160 in Colorado

The Mountain Directory says there are several stretches of up to 8 miles of 6% grades and a couple of spots with 25 MPH curves. I used to drive that route in the '70... but not towing. Rob
Second Chance 01/07/22 08:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Whirlpool Micro/Convection oven

If you know how and have an ohmmeter, you can removed the convection heating element and check its continuity. If the meter reads infinity, the element is bad. If the element is good, it's likely an issue with the control board or temp sensor. Rob
Second Chance 01/02/22 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: water filter for taste and smell

A filter that will eliminate tastes and smell and permit enough flow for a shower doesn't exist in a size suitable for RVs. We installed one of these under the sink for drinking and cooking. It works really well. It's the ceramic shell and carbon block (not granules) that makes the difference: Under-sink filter Rob I found a charcoal with a flow rate of 4 gallons per minute. I think showers come in at about 2 to 3 gallons per minute. Granulated charcoal and carbon block aren't the same. Rob
Second Chance 12/25/21 02:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: water filter for taste and smell

A filter that will eliminate tastes and smell and permit enough flow for a shower doesn't exist in a size suitable for RVs. We installed one of these under the sink for drinking and cooking. It works really well. It's the ceramic shell and carbon block (not granules) that makes the difference: Under-sink filter Rob
Second Chance 12/25/21 08:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Finding a TT that does not have Bunkhouse

There are four models on this page that fit your criteria. You could try searching by model number: Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailers Rob
Second Chance 12/23/21 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: WANTED -- "Special" Insulated Cup

These keep things hot or cold for several days (our pilot son-in-law won't use one because his coffee stays too hot). They come in different sizes and colors and we love ours. Zojirushi Rob
Second Chance 12/16/21 09:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Garmin dezi 580

We've used a Garmin RV760 for over 7 years with good results. The RV parameters are likely different than the commercial truck parameters, though. An additional plus is that the RV models have a lot of RV-related POIs such as campgrounds and RV parks, RV repair facilities, etc. You can still ask it to show you truck stops along your route and all that kind of thing. Rob
Second Chance 11/28/21 08:45am Technology Corner
RE: Towing With Water Pump Switched On. Burn Up Pump??

The only issue would be if you had a faucet jiggle to the open position - has happened to us with the kitchen faucet. We always travel with the pump off, but it sure started pouring water across the counter onto the floor when we turned the pump on at a rest stop. We were really glad the pump hadn't been on for the whole trip leg. We now leave a heavy rubber band on the kitchen faucet to hold the handle in the up position for travel. Rob
Second Chance 11/20/21 03:41pm Fifth-Wheels

We have Dish Network with a Pathway X2 antenna. We also have a Verizon hot-spot with truly unlimited data so we can stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc., over the internet with the smart TV. Finally, we have a DVD/Blu-Ray player for our favorite movies and documentaries on optical media. We are full-timers, so the RV is our home. Rob
Second Chance 11/16/21 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Calling weight police - help

Loaded for travel, the Solitude 378MBS will put about 3,800 lbs. on the pin. Make sure the truck has that kind of payload left over after subtracting the weight of the hitch, occupants, gear, etc. Personally, I would only pull that trailer with a dual rear wheel truck. Rob How do you get from 2686 dry pin weight to 3800 load. That is about 1/2 of the carrying capacity of the of the trailer. Do you really think that much will go on the pin. Taking dry weights it has 18.7% dry pin weight. Carry the percentage forward to 16800 GVWR of the trailer give 3146 lbs of loaded pin weight. If pin weight increases to 20 percent load, the 3360 would be the pin weight fully loaded. Now we need to talk about generators and washer/dryer. W/D prep is in the nose, and generator well ahead of the axles. I made this work with my 16K 39'4" Bighorn because it had a 2435 dry pin weight with our 2015 RAM SB 4X4 3500 SRW with 11,700 GVWR and 7K RGAWR. And we were loaded heavy as full timers at that time. Almost all cargo, including LP, batteries, basement and closet contents, and all three waste tanks are forward of the axles on this model. Only the fresh tank is over the axles. Having owned two Grand Design fifth wheels and seeing the numbers for many others on the Grand Design forums, this configuration typically runs around 23% of the loaded weight (or GVWR if you don't have actual scale weights) on the pin. My Solitude 310GK, only 15K GVWR, puts over 3,300 lbs. on the pin - and that's without a generator and with lithium batteries (1/2 the weight of lead-acid). Rob
Second Chance 11/15/21 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
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