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RE: Toyota Sequoia vs Chevy Surburban

Takes a bunch of miles to repay the cost of a diesel at a 2.8 mpg advantage. X2 “BTW... I'll take the Suburban or Tahoe all day long!” Sequoia looks bad IMO. I still don't really consider the "repay cost" to be a factor in my decision. For me having a Diesel is about absolute ease and effortless towing. Some things they didn't discuss was the RPM the engine was spinning on the road. Things like engine RPM, the quietness of the Diesel, lack of repeated down/up shifting all add to the effortless tow experience...........and not everyone is looking for the same factors in buying tow vehicle. Some people have to work it out on a calculator weather they can afford it or not. If it doesn't make sense on a calculator then they feel ripped off their whole time owning the vehicle. Me, it's all effort and ease. And yes, Tahoe or 'burb all day long!
Vintage465 02/21/21 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

IMHO, drilling holes in the roof is a moot point now. We have so many good products from sealing to gathering and penetration design that there is little to worry about from a product or leak perspective. I think the issue is more with your situation is your self proclaimed lack of Handy-ability. I've been on my roof regularly with my weight varying from 215 to 260 pounds and have done no damage. Actually I repaired a broken(cut actually) truss, so my roof is better off with me tramping about on it. It could be possible to minimize the amount of time you're on the roof by using a ladder. Or possibly if you have a buddy that is handy, you could assist him with the work while he spear-heads it.
Vintage465 02/20/21 07:57am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

I own an ORV and no way is the quality on par with Lance. I've walked around and through many Lance products and while they have some quirky ideas the overall fit and finish is above ORV. Walk on an ORV roof and it will flex too. 3/8" ply is not that strong. Lance roofs are now slightly crowned and have no attic where mold can grow. They also use Azdel and are less susceptible to delam and mold in the walls. Lance uses GY tires but has torsion axles. They're not apples to apples. ORV is designed for a different clientele. Off the subject a bit....but Lance does have a nicer fit and finish than and ORV. And Lance's roof instills a lot of confidence walking on it compared to the ORV, though I've had no issues with my roof.....and I think Azdel is the way to go in the future.....having said that I think at the end of 20 years my ORV will still be more solid than my brothers Lance because the ORV frame is quite a bit stronger than the Lances. Just IMHO............
Vintage465 02/19/21 02:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

I have experience with all three of these units. My brother has a Lance and it is a fine quality rig with little to be unhappy about. The Frame is sort of iffy in my opinion as is the torsion axles as I like to be able to take the coach off road regularly. Lance's Frame is not a real rugged unit in my observation. As far as comparing a Grand Design to a Lance, they are in two different levels and aren't apples for apples. Lance is a step or two above the Grand Design....at least I'd be comfy say a 2017 Lance and a 2017 Grand Design aren't on the same level. If I was picking one of the two it would depend on if I do mostly hwy driving or mostly boon docking off road. Hwy...Lance, Off road, prolly the Grand Design as it has an I-beam frame and conventional axles....as of 2017 that is.
Vintage465 02/19/21 02:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

If you run extension cords to the necessary appliances and use them as required you're good to go. If you want to wire it into a few necessary circuits in your house you need to install a legal transfer switch to prevent back feed into the utilities grid. If you do back feed into the utilities grid you will be going back thru the transformer that feeds your house and re-energizing the primary voltage and endangering the utility companies employees as well as the general public.
Vintage465 02/16/21 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Chicken Bog

Real Food.......what a concept. So many people eat out of boxes and packages now-a-days. Sounds like a winner for sure
Vintage465 02/12/21 07:28am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Leaf Spring Replacement

I would think with as many miles as you have on yours and they have good arc, your springs are "proven". I had a spring break with about 30,000 miles on our trailer. It was a right rear spring that broke 4" from the rear-most eye. The axle slid forward and the two tires started rubbing together and incinerating at about 60mph....pretty exciting time there for a few minutes, but I managed to get it off the road before things went catastrophic. That caused me to buy 4 new springs and up the spring capacity from 1750's to 2500's. I noticed two things about my springs; one, there was a very visible flaw in the manufacturing that caused the failure. two, the distance from the eye to the next leaf in the "spring pack" was about 6". On the new springs the distance from the eye is about 2". I like that better. Also, I did a ton of research and calling and as far as I can tell, there are no springs for trailers made in USA. You can have springs made, but it will be about $2000.00. All trailer springs are made in China or India. So I would say....since I think it is a gamble buying anything from China or India, If what you have is working, keep it til it starts to look iffy cause it's hard to be certain you'll get a good set of springs.
Vintage465 02/12/21 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Dump Station Etiquette???

36guy, what do you do with the leather gloves when you are all done? I use disposable gloves from Harbor Freight and toss them after dumping. Good question? If they are already full of diesel fuel, he may have a sealing bag or tote to keep them in. I am hoping that anyone behind him, at the diesel pump, has some disposable gloves to wear. If you need to wear gloves for these dirty jobs, then IMO, you need to toss them after use. Myself, at the dump station, I seldom use any gloves, but I have a ready container of sanitizing towels, that I use after handling sewer equipment. I still wash good with soap & water, before eating my sandwich!! Jerry I bought a dispenser that holds a box of disposable gloves and I fastened to one of the inside of one of pass thru doors. Toss 'em when you're done!
Vintage465 02/11/21 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Small Grills

I have a Weber Q1000. Being a Weber it is of high quality. I think it is a great gas grill as far as gas grills go. I also made a metal plate griddle of 3/16" plate for breakfast cookig. For good meat grilling I think the Vector Smoke Hollow. It is very adjustable, has wide window of temperature, and you can get real smoke from real wood. I've made as good a ribs on it as my regular Weber Kettle.
Vintage465 02/07/21 09:12pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Dump Station Etiquette???

Picking up our first trailer next month and doing the rounds on youtube on how to empty you black tank. Question for you guys: Are you allowed to rinse the tank after emptying when you are at the station or is that frowned upon? If they have a non potable water hose with a hose fitting on the end that's not been run over........I hook that up to the sani-flush while the black tank is draining. I turn it on soon as it hooked up so it gets a start on the rinse. Then when the black appears to be draining just flush water, I close the black valve, I open the gray water. When the gray is done, I close it and open the black tank to dump the flush water. This usually doesn't hold anyone up. But usually the non potable water hose either has no end or it's been run over.
Vintage465 02/07/21 08:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

I guess the only thing I'd add is to check ALL, that's ALL solar panel foot print size vs watts. I've found that most solar panels from 150w to 200w seem to be within and inch either way of the same size. If I knew more about solar when I got mine(from the dealer!)I'd have 600w of solar right now instead of 450w with the same amount real estate usage on the roof.
Vintage465 01/26/21 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Behold! to solar project monster!!!

There is just something about the satisfying feeling of taking something apart and reassembling it the way you want it and being "Done" with it. I did this 2 years ago with my solar, though there was no where near the "re-construction" on mine that there is on yours. Mine was a matter of replacing junky products, adding better conductors and placing the controller where it belonged. Works perfect now! Yours will too!
Vintage465 01/09/21 08:38am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Do I need my fan on when cooking in the oven?

I think if you run your fan at home when you cook, you'd prolly want to run you fan in your coach when you cook. Also, in my opinion it would depend on what you're cooking. Frying something.....yes, boiling something..yes to remove moisture. As mentioned earlier, a fantastic fan can also remove steam, moisture from boiling water faster and quieter than the kitchen fan. I like to run the fan when cooking bacon or sausage. That way the neighbors can smell the yummies. Now if they're Vegans.......They can smell my coffee perking.........Now, if they're Vegans that don't drink coffee........I have a larger challenge in front of me!
Vintage465 01/09/21 08:20am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Propane blockage

I have recently purchased first trailer and is bit of a fixer upper so I am fairly new to this. I have been trying out everything to see what works and does not work. I tried turning on my furnace, water heater, and stove with no success. Tanks about half full. I have tried switching tanks and switching lines but I can hear the gas filling line. When I removed line from the regulator to trailer you could smell the gas leak out so it seemed trapped. I attempted to blow out the lines with compressed air and debris shot back out, did not clear the line. Has anyone run into this or know someone who has? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance. When you try to light the stove with a match is there any pressure blowing either gas or air in the line? This will tell you if you have pressure to purge and light the burner.
Vintage465 01/07/21 06:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Breaking down and smoking a turkey?

I've never used a propane smoker, only a pellet smoker so your mileage may vary. I always (always) brine my turkey for at least 24 hours. IMHO doesn't matter what brine you use but its a must do for me. The Traeger Orange Brine and Turkey Rub kit is good, but Costco has one and spice island turkey brine kit worked well for us too. Day of my smoke I drain the turkey, pat it down well. Put some rub (I like the McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning) use about 2 table spoons to coat the cavity, the more outside. Also separate the skin from the meat and spread butter around. Sometimes I mix the butter in with seasoning. Letting it rest in the fridge for an hour is nice but honestly I've only done it a few times. Then I fire up the smoker and set the "Smoke" or about 180-225° generally for about 4 hours or until you hit about 110° internal temperature, then increase the smoker to 350° until your internal temp reaches 160° - depending on your setup the total time on the grill might be 4 hours, I just don't know enough about a propane smoker to help on that aspect. Good luck & enjoy! There would be little I could add to this. Be certain your brine is real cold, like ice cold or in a fridge over night. I make my own simple brine with 1/2 cup salt 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup soy sauce. Kinda fun to add some fresh garlic smashed up and maybe some rosemary. Brining is real important to the great flavor of a smoked turkey as the salt penetrates the meat it takes water with it and that keeps it real moist at the time of completion as well as enhancing the flavor. I never need to "part the bird out" but breaking down the turkey shouldn't be to difficult if it's thawed. Just cut at the joints. I would prolly separate the back...then cut the bird in half and brine it along with the back. If you remove the leg/thigh from the carcass it will cook easier but you will lose a certain amount of moisture that way. If you do the brine above wiht chicken overnight and smoked whole, the results are outrageous. Have fun!
Vintage465 12/30/20 08:54am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Busted!

I think it would be best to plan a way to move the trailer to the back yard. Hopefully getting the spruce tree removed won't cause any environmental or "green people" issues....sorry I'm from Cali and generally speaking, you can't just "remove a tree" cause you need to. God forbid we follow CA on that! I've removed about 7 big spruce trees already from my back yard. They were dead, or nearly so, so I can't imagine anyone objecting to that. I can remove this one myself, so no need to get any professionals involved. -Speak Never..........follow anything California does.............
Vintage465 12/29/20 12:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Busted!

I think it would be best to plan a way to move the trailer to the back yard. Hopefully getting the spruce tree removed won't cause any environmental or "green people" issues....sorry I'm from Cali and generally speaking, you can't just "remove a tree" cause you need to.
Vintage465 12/29/20 09:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Greasing the hitch

Yes I think it is wise to grease the friction points at the pivots. I used to keep a little tub of wheel bearing grease in the pass thru to grease the hitch ball and the rub points of the W.D. bars. Lately I've found that a little tube of white grease that is smaller than a tube of tooth paste lasts a long time and way less messy to deal with.
Vintage465 12/26/20 06:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is it a sin to modify an antique cast iron griddle?

I think it's entirely up to you. If you have any concerns, why not just get a new one for thirty bucks or so. Since you mentioned the angle grinder I will share my experience. I picked up a reversible(grill on one side, griddle on the other) cast iron griddle from the "Pioneer Woman" collection. It fits across the back two burners perfectly with the handles...and recalling, it wasn't too expensive. Bad news is that no amount of seasoning or use allowed anything like a non stick and I mean I would massacre a fried egg bad! Now the angle grinder angle(?!!)...I took my 4-1/2" peanut grinder, put a flap wheel on it and took the surface down to smooth, re-seasoned it and it works amazing now. Of course when I search the net for the one I have now, I can't find it! What are the dimensions of your? Pic maybe?
Vintage465 12/10/20 08:13am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV without a WD hitch

If It was me doing the towing, I think I'd be fine with it for the one trip then go the E2 route. I really can't speak for you though. An 11000 pound trailer is no light weight and I'm going to think it'll have a somewhat porky tongue weight as well. Without a WD hitch you are relying completely on the weight distribution in the coach to balance out the load. I don't think you'd have a lot issues with the tongue weight other that the occasional whoop-de-do when you come across a bridge/overpass crossing at any kind of speed on a highway...that tongue weight(w/o your E2)will push down hard on the ass-end of the pickup lightening up the front axle and steering. It's about recognizing what the hazards are due to the physics, and how you are going plan and work around them. And as the previous poster commented, make sure the ball and the ball mount are rated for this duty.
Vintage465 12/07/20 06:12pm Travel Trailers
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