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RE: Storing tools for the RV

Having been a mechanic while in college taught me only a very basic set of tools are needed unless you are full timing. As others do I carry very basic tools in the 2nd step storage. RV people seem to carry 10x the tools needed to rebuild an engine. If the problem isn't mechanical it can wait until I get home although I do carry a small roll of Eternabond. Get roadside assistance coverage.
TheBar 06/07/19 08:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire question?

I agree, they must be talking about having driven some distance on a flat. It would make sense the additional weight at least on the adjacent tire would be increased. The more weight the higher the heat buildup in the tire. Heat can cause tire damage as anyone who has lived in areas where the temp exceeds 105 on a regular basis can tell you. I can't see why the 2 tires on the other side would be affected that much.
TheBar 06/07/19 07:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Proper Protocol for “Complimentary Roof Inspection”

But some 4" Eternabond tape and seal over all of your joints and sealant. Follow the directions and you won't have to worry about failed sealant again. I did this to both of our FW's and in five years haven't had to touch it. X3. I covered every roof seam including the trim on all four sides and around all the vents and AC. I'll never need to caulk the roof again. But be warned this could affect your trade in value. It should increase the value but a dealer doesn't want to sell an RV where he can't sell a re-caulk job every 3 years.
TheBar 05/12/19 09:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping season

Here in the middle of MS the real camping season is reversed from mid Sept to June 1. There are heavy rains 3-4 days every week but it only snows every 3-4 years with totals of an inch or less. No ice like they have farther south. Most summers it never breaks 100 but the humidity is brutal at 80-100% with no breeze. So water vapor instantly condenses on your cool air conditioned skin like a cold beer can. Miserable. Here the AC runs 24/7 from mid April to mid October with summer time lows in the 80's. But there are lots of summer days when the temperature is in the mid 80's so we can camp year round most years.
TheBar 05/09/19 09:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Best top coat/wax for RV's

I've used Blue Coral wash/wax concentrate for 20 years on all my vehicles including my RV. I apply twice a year on my 22 yr old gelcoat and it keeps a bright shine for 6 months. Even my decals still look like new. Just apply like soap then rinse off before it dries. $4.87 for 100 oz of concentrate. Been around a long time and there is a reason why it's still a best seller. Read the reviews: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Blue-Coral-Wash-Wax-Concentrate-100-washes-100-fl-oz/16889006?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&wl13=495&adid=22222222227016736702&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=57014941488&wl4=pla-80332710528&wl5=9014091&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=local&wl12=16889006&wl13=495&veh=sem&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5J_mBRDVARIsAGqGLZChNO4aknosKX0bFZJyUAieKZQSvxHqUVWFSHVztUFsjLgyyNr78bIaAi0KEALw_wcB
TheBar 04/30/19 07:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: One thing you use ALL the time?

Our Micca Speck. I know all the "purists" will say television does belong at the campgrounds. But to each their own and the DW and I must be the "eaches". So sorry everyone, after 60 years of camping TV is a big deal to us. We watch more TV at night when camping than we do at home. We record movies we haven't seen on a USB flash drive and the Micca Speck plays them back through the TV. The TV will also play the flash drive but is pretty primitive. I tore out the worthless dinette and installed a couple of recliners across from the TV. Our RV living room is now a home theater and we love it.
TheBar 04/14/19 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Short trip opinion

If you are not experienced backing a trailer it can be stressful and embarrassing. I've owned several trailers and I'm good at backing them up but I spent a lot of time in a big empty parking lot getting the experience. Also make sure a gas station or restaurant has a big enough parking lot. If you are towing a 30' trailer with a 20' truck you can get in big trouble with your combined 50' length.
TheBar 04/14/19 03:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: What's the one thing that you have but hardly EVER use?

For us in the South the propane furnace. We use it maybe twice per year and then only for a quick 5 minute warmup. A 110 volt electric heater keeps us warm down to the low 30's. We use propane for frying a couple of eggs in the morning but charcoal at lunch and dinner. So the propane tank is the 2nd least used.
TheBar 04/11/19 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: XC Trip with 12yo - TT or PUP? WWYD?

I've had popups for many years. I quickly learned to not go camping if rain was predicted. It is a tent and even if rain doesn't get blown inside by the wind you can't put it up wet the next morning or it will mildew in warm weather. I had a brand new one really torn up by an unpredicted sustained high wind and rain overnight. The canvas is like a big sail and all the rocking was scary enough to keep us awake. We were wet and miserable. The dealer was kind enough to give me a good deal on replacement canvas but the support poles were floppy from then on. I still own one and like camping in a pup but personally I wouldn't consider an extended trip in one. I've also camped in just a pickup camper shell with the wife and 2 kids when they were young. Wasn't that bad just crowded. Made a twin size bed that fit sideways over the bed rails. The kids slept underneath that which left room in the back for our gear, even a port-a-potty with privacy curtains for #1 use at night. Rainproof, lockable, and no hitching or setup time, which can really get old quick if you're not staying long in one spot. I like the "plug and play" experience you get with a pickup camper or motorhome. Plus no backing up a trailer which requires some skill if you get blocked in at a gas station or fast food joint.
TheBar 04/05/19 05:45am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you store/ keep it clean ?

It also depends on your climate. If you live in a constant high humidity environment like 90% 24/7 even new cars on the dealers lot form moisture inside. No cover will cure that.
TheBar 04/04/19 09:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question for Tire EXPERTS

IMHO on a motorhome putting a different size tire on the drive axle is a bad idea. With dual rear tires this would put excess load on the bigger tire next to it which could cause it to run hot. It shouldn't cause any physical damage on the front axle but handling might be unpredictable. Even having a few pounds different air pressure between front tires can cause handling issues. But in an emergency I'd do what I can to get to civilization.
TheBar 04/04/19 08:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you store/ keep it clean ?

30' covers require a lot of work putting up and especially taking down and folding back up. After a couple of seasons I decided it was less work to wash the roof more often. I applied Liquid Roof 4 years ago and mold seems to love it for some reason. I've used Blue Coral car wash/wax for 20 years to wash the sides. I found it also cuts down on the mold spots on the roof. Applied every 6 months it keeps the gel coat shiny and new on my 20 year old rig. Some decals have a little hairline cracking from expansion and contraction but are not faded at all. If your finish is already oxidized and dull it isn't going to cure that. Just use Febreeze air freshener, one in the front and one in back to keep the inside smelling fresh. I also use 2 of the big containers of Damp Rid to keep moisture down which forms in any enclosed space.
TheBar 04/02/19 06:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Oil change

There is a cheaper oil change analysis. Put a drop on your finger. If it is starting to turn brown it needs changed. If it is black you've waited too long. I know this is not scientific but it is better than going by mileage only. If you live in the deep south or way north your oil is subject to extreme temperatures and needs changed more often.
TheBar 03/28/19 09:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Is Roadside assistance worth it?

Good Sam has lists of companies experienced in towing and repairing RVs, or so they say. The one time I needed a tow the closest was 70 miles away. It would have taken dozens of calls to find them by Googling. 90 minutes later the tow truck was there. Even more important in my case was where to take it for repair. Being towed or repaired by a novice you might end up in worse condition than you started out. Remember more can go wrong than just a flat tire. You could have wheel bearing failure, locked up brakes, a broken weld, or a pothole that breaks an axle. I want someone competent towing and fixing my baby.
TheBar 03/24/19 12:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rv's are the new housing.

If there isn't a problem with crime or sewage dumping it is better than them sleeping in the city parks or sidewalks. Have to wonder if they have a sense of community making it a lifestyle choice more than a poverty solution.
TheBar 03/24/19 12:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: recliner chairs for 5th wheel

Tie them down for traveling! I screwed small sturdy hook loops in the floor behind and out of sight so I can easily strap them down for traveling. I removed the dinette and found 2 recliners at Wayfair.com that were only 27" wide but the seats were 1/2" wider than our big Lazy Boys at home. Difference was the armrests are not oversized with padding. And almost as comfortable to sit in. Still left room for a 12" side table between them. I thought they might be cheap junk but after 2 years of heavy use the quality is great.
TheBar 03/09/19 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Largest, Cheapest Class A or Travel Trailer?

I think the OP was asking motorized or trailer. For my 40 outings per year "plug and play" is best so the motorhome is my choice. Jump in and go, plug it in, you're done. Towable has it's advantages if you are sightseeing away from a base camp and need a more maneuverable vehicle. Also if stays parked for log periods. Towables are cheaper if you already have the tow vehicle. If you don't have a good tow vehicle then motorized can actually be cheaper overall in your price range. Don't rule out Class C's which are frequently a bargain. They often have really low miles because they are "starter" units for young families who have less vacation time. But you want slide outs in anything or it will get real crowded really fast.
TheBar 03/04/19 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recreation.gov

The Dewayne Hayes campground we stay at regularly not only has a better map than the old website, but also photos of each campsite. It may be just a matter of time before all campgrounds are updated.
TheBar 02/13/19 10:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Recreation.gov

Copied from the "Rules and Reservation Policies" tab on recreation.gov: Booking Window For most locations, you can reserve six months in advance of your stay for individual sites and 12 months in advance for group sites. There are some exceptions, so it is best to check with each facility.
TheBar 02/13/19 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Rear view camera for trailer

Keep in mind the many different camera angles before picking one. A wide angle will show cars very close to you in the other lane. This is the best choice for multi lane highway driving. A wide angle also comes in handy when backing to see low hanging tree limbs. The trade off is anything a ways back will be just a dot you might not see. I have a wide angle, fish-eye camera which means when my wife follows me in her car I can't identify her car unless she's right on me. I know all the haters will say this is because I use the $57 Pyle camera/monitor kit from Walmart but fish eye lens are fish eye lens folks. Price doesn't matter. I've had this setup for 3 years with zero problems. Has a great clear picture with good color. I wired it to be on continuous instead of just in reverse. I started out with an expensive wireless kit but got a lot of static interference from various sources. I live near an AF base and low flying planes would cause a white out. So I took the 3 hours required to run 40' wires to the front protected by wire loom. But I should have run more than the two wires for some future gadget. If you run wire wrap all connections with silicone mastic tape so everything is waterproof.
TheBar 02/12/19 02:34pm General RVing Issues
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