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RE: Thomas Payne Furniture - AVOID IT

When we decided to replace our very uncomfortable camper sofa,I went online to La-Z-Boy. Compared our available camper space dimensions to what La-Z-Boy had available.Their "College Rocking Recliner" fit our space perfectly. And at around $360 each it was a easy sell. Now with two recliners, after a long day on the road or sight seeing we can kick back and REALLY relax. No more brick of a sofa!!
The ugly duckling 11/26/19 11:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Replace or reseal skylight

I also renovated a old 2006 camper. I found that after many years of sun exposure all the plastic parts on the roof became brittle. So, I replaced all the plastic components with new ones. So if it were me and were planning on using the camper for some time, I would replace the sky light with a new one. Really not much more work than repairing and resealing the old one.
The ugly duckling 11/10/19 12:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Loose tow bar in receiver

Blue ox makes/made a product one of them is called an "Anti rattle clip" the other Hitch Immobilizer (Same product they changed the name) it's a clamp that locks that hitch solid. Have used one for 14 years now. The Blue Ox clip is what I use. Easy to install and and eliminates all hitch slop. Well worth it!
The ugly duckling 11/08/19 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Winterizing and sink sprayer hose

When winterizing,after draining the camper, I always pull my sink sprayer all the way out, hold it up as high as I can and turn it on. this way all the residual water that sits in the sink sprayer and the loop under the sink will drain out thru the lines. One final blast with the air compressor and all is good.
The ugly duckling 11/06/19 02:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Black holding tank censors

Your tank sensors mount to the inside of the tanks and clog, especially the black tank. The solution is to replace them with sensors that read from outside the tanks. SeeLevel Tank Gauges I replaced mine with the See Level Tank Sensors. They work beautifully and are fairly accurate. Fairly straight forward to install and you can leave your old none functioning sensors in place.
The ugly duckling 07/23/19 01:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: A simple idea

We found that backing up directions became less stressful when we got Walkie Talkies. No more screening which lowered our stress levels. Also I remind her that I need to see her from one of my rear view mirrors. Instead of left/right directions we use driver/passenger to indicate which directions she wants me to move the camper.
The ugly duckling 07/12/19 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Wanting to replace furniture

We ripped out our couch and replaced it with two Lazy Boy recliners. Before going to Lazy Boy, we measured the space and checked recliner dimension online. Lazy Boys smallest recliner designed for college dorms and such was just right! When traveling we slide them facing each other and have a bungee strap that keeps them in place. they've been great, very comfortable and durable.
The ugly duckling 06/13/19 03:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Towing with a Tundra

I have a 2007 Tundra 5.7L. I pull a 27' Forest River Flaggstaff. When fully loaded it weigh's around 5800lb. I also use a Blue Ox weight distribution hitch. The Tundra pulls the camper easily. I've not encountered any situation where I wished I had more truck. I always pull in tow mode. When towing it will shift often,and the shift points are higher, so that takes some getting used to. Just go camping and enjoy!!
The ugly duckling 05/04/19 02:30pm Towing
RE: Second 1,000,000 Mile Tundra

My 2007 Tundra 5.7L has 62,000 mile on it. Another 15 decades and I will reach the million mile milestone! :)
The ugly duckling 05/03/19 01:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Second 1,000,000 Mile Tundra

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The ugly duckling 05/03/19 01:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WINDOW LEAK trying EZE RV GUTTERS

I have a 2006 Forest River Flaggstaff that needed major work. Part of my renovation project, was removal of each window, apply new butyl caulk and reinstalling window. I installed EZE RV Gutters over each window, wrapping it down the side a few inches. This "eyebrow" above each window has worked great and really helped with water management.
The ugly duckling 04/03/19 02:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ductless AC instead of roof mounted AC

I have a 12,000BTU, 110V Mini Split air/heat pump in my cottage. It's 750 sf and moderately insulated. The 12,000 btu is more than big enough for our application. I bet it will easily cool your camper, even though it is not well insulated. The beauty of the Mini Split is it's VERY quiet. Your more likely to keep it running all the time when it's hot because you forget it's on. I know the noise of my roof top unit drives me nuts after a while and I find it difficult getting to sleep with it cranking away. I've also explored the idea for my camper, but alas I just can't find a place to fit it. :( Good luck with your idea!
The ugly duckling 03/29/19 09:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Upgrading to Lithium with Solar...

Simple answer, get one 100 amp Battle Born lithium battery to start with and save up for a second one. Plan on changing your charger to take advantage of the lithium batteries higher charging rate and other characteristics. Lasts longer, charges faster, holds more energy than traditional batteries. Even though they are expensive, if taken care of you'll have the battery for years. If you get a second battery, that might be a good time to increase your solar capacity. The Battle Born website has a wealth of information. PS: Yes lithium batteries are heat sensitive if you are charging them. But, if your in winter storage, they can just stay in your rig no matter what the temp, with almost no decrease in capacity. Just make sure you have a DC cutoff switch to disconnect everything. My camper has been winterized since late October. I just checked my BB batteries using my Victron phone app. After 4 months sitting idle, the batteries are still at 13 volts.
The ugly duckling 03/02/19 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Wireless 12v Battery Monitor/Voltmeter?

I use the Victron BMV monitor. Works great and with a Bluetooth dongle you can monitor your battery from your phone.
The ugly duckling 02/27/19 09:08am Technology Corner
RE: Solar Panels: How many watts?

My roof would fit 6#, 100 watt panels and still have room to maneuver around. They feed into two 100 amp Battle Born lithium batteries. Will eventually add one more 100 amp battery. The setup easily takes care of my need. My 2000 watt inverter runs our Microwave easily. I haven't come across any restrictions with my current setup.
The ugly duckling 02/27/19 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: drain pipe to protect awning

Did the 4" Eternabond thing. Quick easy and has held up well. Also that was my most deteriorated part of the awning, so it helped stabilizing things and sealing up some thread bear areas.
The ugly duckling 02/25/19 01:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Buying a travel trailer out of my home state.

I live in New York State and purchased a used trailer in Pennsylvania. To register in NYS all I needed was the title and bill of sale. No problems.
The ugly duckling 02/17/19 12:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a Tundra

I pull my 27' Flaggstaff trailer with a 2007 Tundra 5.7 and a Blue Ox WD hitch. It easily pulls my trailer without much effort. The only negative is that it's a bit thirsty. I average around 10 MPG pulling here in the hilly North East.
The ugly duckling 01/14/19 12:11pm Towing
RE: Slide marring floor

The same thing happens to me on one side of the slide. For the life of me, I could not figure out were it was catching. To solve the problem, I have a small piece of carpet that I lay upside down on the offending side when I bring the slide in. Problem solved.
The ugly duckling 01/05/19 01:47pm Tech Issues
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