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RE: Watch those glass stove tops.

Found out later she had large chilli pot on back burner. I'm certain this directed a lot of heat towards glass top.....big pots up front. X2! Thermal shock (extreme fast high temperature changes). Same thing as sitting a very hot Pyrex glass baking dish from the oven on a room temperature metal stove top.. You can do it, but eventually the Pyrex vessel will fail from thermal shock and when it fails it will be a spectacular event! My Mom lost a few Pyrex baking dishes that way. I treat ANY glassware with care concerning very quick temperature change extremes, even Corelle dishes (which are nothing more than dishes made from Pyrex and are amazingly hearty) are not exempt from Thermal shock (DW has broken a few Corelle dishes that way). I learned that lesson well in freshman college chemistry lab. We were doing an experiment where we had to evaporate a solution into a watch glass. Trying to get every bit of precipitate onto the glass I hit the side of the beaker with the Bunson burner, flame leaped up and hit the watch glass which contained ice to help the precipitation. The watch glass shattered instantly, the ice fell, hit the boiling hot beaker, it shattered, and suddenly there's glass and boiling hot water flying everywhere at about 300mph. Definitely emphasized the point about why you ALWAYS wear your PPE in the chem lab, even when working with the most bland on materials. Thanks to gloves, apron, safety goggles nobody was hurt, but it could have been a different story if the TA wasn't very serious about enforcing safety protocols.
afidel 09/16/20 12:22am Travel Trailers
RE: No 12v input from battery, 2004 Terry Trailer

Hey, just think of this as an opportunity to buy an upgraded converter. The much more capable units aren't really that much more expensive if you already have to do a replacement, shelling out $30 more for a PD unit that will actually correctly charge your batteries seems like a good investment to me =) I can't justify it on the current rig as we almost never boondocks due to tiny tanks, but if I had a bad converter I know I'd pay the extra couple bucks.
afidel 09/15/20 09:56am Travel Trailers
RE: 2018 Winnie Drop Slide out not working

I would backprobe the harness connector at J2 and J3 on the black and red pins using my multimeter, if your probes are too big for that then use a pin to packprobe and hook your leads to the pins.
afidel 09/06/20 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dually towing TT

In an emergency if the trailer is swaying you can just tap the brake controller to bring it back in line as you slow down. I'd recommend the sway control. I've used the brake controller to stop induced sway from wind gusts, but having been in 2 emergency situations there's no way you have time to mess with the brake controller. In an evasive maneuver situation you want the trailer to track as straight behind the truck as possible with no driver input needed, that's what sway control is for IMHO.
afidel 09/04/20 10:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boat Rentals

My daughter rented a RZR side-by-side 4-seater in Utah for over $400 for a 12 hour period. That's a concession to get into. After seeing the number of Razers that Winder towing pulls out of the dunes completely busted to pieces I'm not sure I'd want to be in that business!
afidel 09/04/20 10:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2018 Winnie Drop Slide out not working

Did you check for 12V input coming into the control box before replacing it?
afidel 09/03/20 11:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer brake advice

Borrow a friends truck that has a brake controller? Yup, or rent one from Enterprise Truck, a 1 day 3/4 ton rental is $99.
afidel 09/01/20 12:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to tow & push BACKWARDS?

My concern would be local and/or state ordinances about occupation of a trailer as a residence. I know where I'm at that's a complete non-starter and I assume California is even more strict as far as regulation. Before you sink a bunch of time and energy into this you'd be smart to look into the legalities of what you're thinking of doing.
afidel 09/01/20 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

Both open range and grand design have tested cold/hot weather ratings and large tanks in smaller trailers. If tanks are a big driver then grand design takes the cake with 80-90 gallons in 2x grey tanks on pretty much all Imagine models.
afidel 08/28/20 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie: 1/2 Towable Cross Country Trip Suggestions

If you're going to need internet to work, you may need to check out whatever RV Park you'll be staying at for good service. Out of the 156 parks we've stayed at over the past few years, I think 3 had good enough internet you could work with. A little exaggeration, but seriously most RV parks have crappy internet. Nope, that's not at all an exaggeration, out of the >100 parks we've stayed at in the last 4 years there was exactly 1 where I would have had a prayer of doing a video conference from.
afidel 08/27/20 03:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Recommendations for Escape 17b Trailer

If you've got room for about 1" more tire Hankook Dynapro AT2 RF11 in 235/75R15 might be an option, 109 load index and T speed rated which is more than you should ever need for a trailer.
afidel 08/26/20 02:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: 12 volt frige

Yeah, 12V compressor fridges have been the up and coming thing for about the last 18 months in the RV world. They're ~$400 cheaper, 30% larger internal capacity, faster to cool down, and don't need to be perfectly level compared to the 8 cu foot absorption fridge they're replacing. Plus with solar they'll go forever. You don't even need that much solar, a single 100W panel and 2x T110 batteries ran one at Dometic for 21 days, not sure if it actually died due to too many cloudy days or if they just stopped the test.That will be something I'll be looking for to replace mine. Summer camping in the Florida heat requires a shaded site, a re-circulation fan inside and blue ice blocks rotated from the fridge to the freezer - and ice cream is never frozen. Not available in 12+ cubic foot sizes yet, but based on adoption for the 8 I'm sure they're working on sourcing a bigger compressor.
afidel 08/26/20 02:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Queen and bunk lengths

I know this is not helpful, and I'm not trying to be a jerk, I'm sorry if it sounds like I am. But, if your son is 6 foot tall he will not want to go camping with you for very many more summers anyway. Purchase what you are comfortable with and tell the kid to be happy with taking him along and then tell him to go get his own TT in a year or two. I was 6' in 6th grade, lol.
afidel 08/25/20 10:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: 12 volt frige

Yeah, 12V compressor fridges have been the up and coming thing for about the last 18 months in the RV world. They're ~$400 cheaper, 30% larger internal capacity, faster to cool down, and don't need to be perfectly level compared to the 8 cu foot absorption fridge they're replacing. Plus with solar they'll go forever. You don't even need that much solar, a single 100W panel and 2x T110 batteries ran one at Dometic for 21 days, not sure if it actually died due to too many cloudy days or if they just stopped the test.
afidel 08/25/20 10:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tool kit?

If you use an impact driver, please don't let it rattle along at 0630. Your neighbors will appreciate it. No chance of that with me, but I do have a quality ratcheting 3/4 wrench in case my battery dies in the impact, and the one time we got in after hours I used that on the leveler instead of the impact, the stabs are easy enough to do with the included long wrench, just takes a minute or two longer.
afidel 08/24/20 11:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping Suggestions for Florida Keys

Agreed on cost and availability, we got what might have been the last spot in the middle keys for late December, and we booked in January. $970 for 11 days, and it's not even by the water. My understanding is January/Feb are even harder to get as many snowbirds wait until after visiting family for Xmas to head down.
afidel 08/18/20 08:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dodge RAM payload

A seldom discussed aspect of GVW and therefore payload capacity calculations is the vehicle final drive gearing and cooling capacity. Light duty and passenger vehicles are geared to deliver good EPA mileage numbers at 75mph on the I roads. 20 inch rims, axle gears for the salt flats, 2 and 3 overdrive ratios, fluffy shift management, quiet fans etc. Just because the rear axle won't break in half doesn't mean the vehicle will be comfortable towing a barn door up a grade at 100F in a cross wind... Do "1/2 tons" come with 4.10 or 4.56 rear axle ratios? No, and rarely do 3/4 tons anymore, compare the first 4 final gear ratios of a modern 6 speed with a 3.43 rear end to a 4 speed with a 4.10 rear end, in most cases the 6 speed will have a greater final ratio. Now realize that a 6 speed is the old tech on the way out and most trucks are coming with a 8 or 10 speed. Basically if you don't get the lowest available rear end you'll be fine. As far as cooling, I think every brand now has a tranny cooler as standard equipment, and an extra radiator as part of the heavy duty trailering package. Heck, my Grand Caravan came with a tranny cooler as standard equipment and it's only rated to tow 3,600 pounds. *edit* Just to prove how lopsided it is, I did a cars.com search for F350s within 250 miles of my house, 3.73 292 available, 4.3 6 available. The diesel 350 SRW doesn't even have 4.10 or 4.30 as an option, Ford's engineers must have concluded 23k pounds doesn't need it, meaning 99.99% of trailers don't.
afidel 08/17/20 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Bathroom on the road?

One of the best things about towing (or driving) an RV is our ability to use our bathroom any time the need arises. As long as you can reach the bathroom w/o opening the slide you can use it any where you stop. Even when we stop for gas or resupply of snacks we use our own bathroom. Ah, good point, not every layout is travel friendly. It's actually one of my requirements, have to be able to use the fridge and bathroom while traveling, stove is a big plus (made Ramen for the family while waiting at the ER in BFE Utah on a Sunday evening with no restaurants open once, I've used it many times since), and being able to sleep is a bonus (we've slept in the trailer at a rest stop twice on the way down to Florida, planning to do it again this December, also slept at a rest stop in the class C we rented before we got the trailer)
afidel 08/16/20 07:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bathroom on the road?

Absolutely, you need to make sure you have water in your fresh water tank and you'll need to turn on the water pump but since the pump runs on 12V you should be able to use it at any time. We used ours instead of going into the facilities at rest stops on the 2 week 3k miles trip we got back from last weekend because of the pandemic. In the past we never traveled with water because of the low cargo capacity of our trailer, but desperate times means we probably pushed our weight limit.
afidel 08/16/20 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Queen and bunk lengths

The bunks in my 181BH are 75" long, works for my 6'1" son. The main bed is 82" which works well for me at 6'3". I do kinda wish we had done a Murphy bed as I might not be looking at bigger trailers but an RV queen was out of the question for me. *edit* Looks like Coachman Apex 226BH has a full 60x80 queen Murphy, it's discontinued but there are still a few out there. Unfortunately they don't list the dimension on the bunks. Forest River RV IBEX 19MBH 60x80 queen Murphy and 44x74 bunks, 24' 8" and 4k dry weight. The dinette is going to be VERY tight with 4 large folks though.
afidel 08/13/20 07:26pm Travel Trailers
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