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RE: Mice and soap

Well... I put a cut up bars of Irish Springs in my 5th wheel last winter and it is the first spring I didn't find any trace of mice. Maybe if you leave it in the box it doesn't work? I might try peppermint oil this year. Seems like a better smell than Irish Springs. Maybe there are no mice to begin with? B.O. Ding Ding Ding!!! Winner winner chicken dinner! You will never convince people that these things don't work, though... I accidentally left a few empty beer cans in the camper last year, and there were no mice.... hmmm... What I said was this was the first spring I did not see signs of Mice - so, in the past, I had signs of mice. I also get mice under my house often and use a variety of traps and such. I live on a farm with hay and horses, so I have mice, just not in my trailer. Not sure why it worked or if it worked, but I'll keep doing it as long as I don't see mice trails and turds... Just saying...
Thermoguy 10/20/19 10:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Mice and soap

Well... I put a cut up bars of Irish Springs in my 5th wheel last winter and it is the first spring I didn't find any trace of mice. Maybe if you leave it in the box it doesn't work? I might try peppermint oil this year. Seems like a better smell than Irish Springs.
Thermoguy 10/19/19 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Question for those pulling with an F150 Eco Boost

With the ecoboost, is there more maintenance for the twin turbo? I was surprised once sitting in a waiting area where a guy next to me was recommended a turbo maintenance at 30K miles (I think) and it was expensive. What experience to people have with the added maintenance on the ecoboost? I really wanted to like the F150 diesel, but the towing numbers and payload is dismal. I am looking to replace an explorer as a work vehicle and really like the flexibility with the F150. I have a small goose neck horse trailer that I would pull on occasion but want the added advantage of the gas mileage on the diesel... Just to mention, the weight of the horse trailer is only about 7K lbs with a fairly light tongue weight.
Thermoguy 10/18/19 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winter Cover

I purchased a Classic Accessories light weight cover the first year I had my 5th Wheel. They are made right near Seattle so I thought they would know about a cover that is water proof. I found out after the first rain that the cover was not waterproof. Everywhere the cover touched the RV it leaked through. Much like a tent. I even had standing water on the roof. Fortunately I was able to take it back. It would be good for sun block but not for wet weather. I ended up purchasing an Adco cover. I have had it a few seasons and it is working fine. Water or dampness might get underneath the cover but no pooling water and no issues with mildew or anything that might damage my trailer. I do put some buckets upside down on the roof where the cover sits lower than the AC and then water rolls off the cover. We have had snow on it, up to 18" and no issues with the cover. Because my trailer is older the roof is not in the best shape but the cover keeps any water from getting onto the trailer and gives me piece of mind with the amount of rain we get. I don't think it is waterproof since it is made of materials that breathe, but it is better than no cover. I also have not seen any damage from the cover, the straps and such do not damage the side. You do have to keep it tight so wind does not blow the cover around. On the plus side, I wash and wax my trailer before putting the cover on and it is clean and ready to go in the spring. I would definitely recommend a cover even though it is a pain to take it on and off. I would use a garage, but there is a huge price difference between a cover and a permanent building...
Thermoguy 10/05/19 10:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel cover selection help

I ordered one of the Perma Pro covers from Classic the first winter I had my trailer. I found that the material was like parachute material, probably great for wind and sun, but horrible for rain. Water went right through it wherever it touched the trailer. Basically it was no good. Not sure if that is the same material as the one you are looking at, but if it is, I would not suggest it. I bought the Adco one and am very happy with it. I did put one tear in it when installing last year, but it hasn't shown to be a problem with the performance and didn't get any bigger when taking off last spring or putting it back on this winter. Good Luck:)
Thermoguy 10/04/19 05:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toy Hauler Recommendations

If money was no object, I would be looking at a Renegade with garage or matching trailer to tow my toys. Good Luck.
Thermoguy 09/15/19 10:27am Toy Haulers
RE: Please help me identify 5th wheel towing issue.

I have a 2016 3/4 ton GMC gasser with Anderson hitch connected to a 32' trailer that weighs 12.5k with about 2100lbs pin weight. When traveling I get a jerking in TV when there is a load. Happens going up a hill or slight elevation in road. Usually felt more above 30mph. I have a cushioned pin box and Morryde Cre3000 added to suspension. Is this "chunking" or do I have an issue with slipping tranny or chugging motor. Can't see tach moving. Never happens on down hills or full throttle pulls up hills. No issues noted when not towing. It can even happen on smooth roads. Its not constant but happens enough to be annoying. I have a similar truck and trailer setup - 2015 Chev with Duramax. I assume you have a standard (short) not regular (long) bed. I have the short bed. I also have the B&W Companion and have looked at the Anderson. The reason I haven't switched is because when I first got the 5th wheel the chucking was awful. The B&W has a lot of adjustments and I experienced with a lot of them until I found a comfortable position for the hitch. I believe this was the majority of my problem. I still get some chucking but having a full tank of fresh water helps it to pull smoother. It seems that my rig might be nose heavy as the fresh water is in the back so it would lighten up the hitch. I think the chucking comes from the short wheelbase.
Thermoguy 08/16/19 06:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newby Dry Camping Questions

If you have decent batteries, you don't need to do anything. The first 2 years we had our camper we dry camped a couple times each year for 2-3 nights with no issue and no generator. The fridge and water heater run off propane, minimal battery draw. Even non LED lights use little battery. You are camping, so enjoy the fire, don't sit in your camper. We only used lights when we needed them, essentially only for getting ready for bed. We filled our water before leaving so had plenty of water, took showers every night. If you think your lights are drawing too much battery, then use a flashlight or lantern. Sure you don't have things that run on AC, but most of your camper is designed to run off battery. We had a couple cold nights, so ran the furnace for a little in the AM - no issues with battery usage. And if you cook in the AM, the stove will heat the camper. Much more comfortable than a tent, and those guys have no batteries to keep their lights on... :) Just enjoy the outdoors:) We now have a generator. Bought it so we can run the AC. So far, in 2 trips of having the generator I have only run it for an hour or so a day to charge the batteries or use something like the microwave to cook something. Seems like the generator is more important to charge our cell phones...
Thermoguy 07/06/19 04:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: Is older really better than newer....

I bought my 2006 5th wheel for $12K. First RV and wasn't sure if we would use it much so didn't want to spend $50K to find out. We have had to do a little work to it but it was clean and everything works well. I've had it 2 years now and we use it a few times a year. Best thing is it is paid for so if something does come up it easy to swallow. Additionally, if I go to sell it in a year or two, getting $5-$7K for it seems like a good use of the unit. If we bought a new one and sold it in 4 years or so of ownership my guess is the depreciation would be more than $6K... Also, a 5th wheel doesn't have an engine so keeping the running gear in good order is simple and I feel I can take it anywhere as long as I have the right truck. If the unit is clean and in good working order and you like the layout, then go for it. The original owner went through all the initial problems from the manufacturer and you can just enjoy. I would recommend having a professional shop do a check on it, they can look for leaks, properly running equipment, and anything else that might be a red flag. The biggest issue is the potential for leaks. They can be hard to find but cost more than the unit is worth to fix.
Thermoguy 06/08/19 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mouse Dilema - What would you do?

I have only had an RV for a couple of years. In past springs bringing my RV out of storage I have found evidence of mice - little poops on the bed or near the kitchen. This fall I read about using Irish Springs soap. So I cut a bar into 4 pieces and placed them around the RV. No traces of mice and the RV smells nice. As I am preparing for our first camp trip next week, I don't have to go through and clean everything like I did the past 2 years. Additionally, I do know of a couple places that mice can get in such as the holes under my batteries. I stuffed these with steel wool to keep any critters out.
Thermoguy 05/04/19 10:02am Beginning RVing
RE: Bike racks in the rear

I have a good 2" receiver on the back of our 5th wheel. Attached to the frame not the bumper. I looked at putting a hitch on the front of the truck but found this Yakima rack designed for the back of trailers. It does not fold down for SUV's so it is solid. It also has a locking nut that I can tighten so no bouncing over bumps. Here is a link to Amazon for the Yakima bike rack. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4RV9IB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The only problem is I can't put 4 mountain bikes on it. My sons bike does not have a straight cross bar so his takes up more space. I can easily get our 3 bikes on it and have safety straps just in case.
Thermoguy 11/22/18 09:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Does Your Bed Cover, Cover Your 5'ver Hitch

I have a Pace Edwards Full Metal Jack Rabbit and it covers my B&W Companion hitch no problem. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.
Thermoguy 11/22/18 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: First trip with Andersen Ultimate Hitch

I have always been surprised that it is not necessary to have safety chains even with a 5th wheel hitch. Seems like since it is not welded to the frame of the truck anything could happen. It's also a hitch so it could come undone. You never know. The purpose of safety chains is to keep the trailer connected to the truck so they should be large enough to hold the trailer given that the brakes on the trailer are also locked due to the brake away cable should be shorter than the chains. Therefore, the trailer is stopping, the truck is stopping and the chains help to keep these things together. I have always hauled goose neck trailers before buying the 5th wheel so chains are just a normal part of hitching up the trailer. Seems odd to me that people think it is OK to not have safety chains... Knock on wood - I've never had to test the strength of any of the chains on any of my trailers.
Thermoguy 11/03/18 02:18pm Fifth-Wheels
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