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RE: Sewage Follies

The "honey wagon" style waste disposal system is widely used to empty boat tanks. It works extremely well and I find it far superior to the standard methods used for RV's. Also common at Talladega. Most of the camping is dry. A truck provides water and another hauls the waste away. Both for a price. I think there is even a propane guy.
belairbrian 10/14/19 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: RULER reading???

Are you willing to pay $2 a month for a photo service? Not even the cost of most cups of coffee. i use imgur
belairbrian 10/14/19 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: New trailer (almost)

I'd contact Keystone. I've owned a couple Keystone products. They have always been helpful. Our first new RV was a Keystone Springdale. At PDI the table was as bowed as a sway back mule. The part was ordered that day. We went home (about 150 miles) and Keystone just shipped anew table to the house. Didn't want the old one back. When the outdoor shower shot a knob across Topsail Hill. They again sent the part and I had it installed myself (my choice). My point being, from my experience Keystone customer support has always been very responsive.
belairbrian 09/17/19 09:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Parking Light with Jumper

This last camping trip the guy across from me had to bring out his homemade pvc light pole and plug it in to light up everyone's area. I dont get it Not clear if you have an issue with PVC light poles or the guy had a 150 watt light bulb. Lots of people have PVC lamp posts, most like me put a 15 or 20 watt bulb in them.
belairbrian 09/02/19 07:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Source for RV Seals

I ended up buying the wiper seals directly from Steele. But bought the D seals from Amazon. Spent a couple days measuring what was on the rig and the tech drawings from both AP and Steele. They appear to be interchangeable. You can only buy the AP wiper seal in 35 foot lengths, so that would mean wasting 27 ft. So the Steele buy the foot eliminates waste. But 50 ft of AP EKD seal is almost $65 less than buy the foot from Steele. If for some reason the D seal doesn't fit, it's amazon prime so I can return it.
belairbrian 08/31/19 03:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Some poor fellas waste tank broke!

Guess I just gotta say, they should be built to hold a full tank whether you travel with them full or empty. Sometimes that doesn't matter. years ago we were following a travel trailer that ran over a piece of road gator, managed to come up and knock the drain valve off the fresh water tank. What can you do,? If Murphy wants you he gets you.
belairbrian 08/30/19 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Refrogerator Problem

Those darn refrogerators Yeah, when they break, what is an evil witch to do with a handsome prince. Seriously, though. Sounds like maybe you only have 12v to the control circuits on shore power. Not sure why that would happen but as said Shore A/C and Generator AC should be the same. No 12v when on battery would stop propane from working.
belairbrian 08/30/19 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: I didn't buy an RV

I owned several boats. All were fishing boats. Finally got feed up with the newer group of boaters and sold mine. Too many people with no regard for rules of right of way. Run around all day towing someone on a float with massive speakers, ignoring wake zones, and boating drunk. We are already up to 25 boating deaths here in Alabama. Don't here about a lot of people being killed in RV parks and campgrounds. Beaches are getting just as bad. overcrowded, with a bunch of people that think no one else matters. Most of the time we stay in COE campgrounds, Holidays are a zoo so we stay home. The rest of the time they are pretty quiet.
belairbrian 08/30/19 10:20am Beginning RVing
Source for RV Seals

I need to replace my slide seals. It seems every online seller that has the EK wipers by AP has them in a 35 foot length. Since I need a total of 43 ft buying in 35ft length would result in over 20ft of waist. Strangely the EK D seals are in 50ft length. Has anyone come across someone selling these by the foot or in a 50ft length. Or should I go with the ones from Steele Rubber (sold by the foot).
belairbrian 08/29/19 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging cable????

I thingk garym114 is on the right track. If the box has room for it maybe one like this. I added one to our previous 5er to power a maceator pump Attwood trolling motor connector
belairbrian 08/24/19 07:40am Tech Issues
RE: Alternative to Jensen AV receiver?

I guess I don't get RV entertainment systems. Our 5th wheel had a supposed 5.1 surround system. Of course the player/receiver died. But the area of an RV is just too small. The "rear" speakers are in front of the recliners, think about that. The subwoofer was behind a cabinet door. Plus open a speaker cover and find some seriously cheap speakers. A DVD player and television are all I really need. But a sound bar will do more than a replacement RV entertainment system.
belairbrian 08/23/19 09:19pm Technology Corner
Slide seals one wiper or two

Getting ready to replace the seals on the big slide. Found what looks like the same design, single wiper seal attaches to the wall and a "D" seal that attaches to that. But I also saw double wiper seals. Looks like they place a second seal at the inner side of the wall. Is there a big advantage to a double wiper seal?
belairbrian 08/23/19 09:17am Tech Issues
Awning springs have power - I learned the hard way

Wanted to share this so maybe someone else doesn't get hurt. The first time I changed an awning I read everything I could watched all the videos took my time and everything went fine. SO of course next time i was a pro. This was part of swapping out from basement style arms to normal style arms to solve the door clearance problem. While I was working with a Dometic A&E power awning the spring issue is the same for manuals. I moved the arms out and secured them with zip ties. Then I removed the bolt securing the left end. By this point I had already screwed up. The end wouldn't come out so I started tapping it out. Eventually it came out. And when it did it grabbed my shirt and started spinning.Pulled me in and cut my stomach in 4 places before my shirt binding up and stopping it. That's when I realized I forgot to pin the end shaft. I used vice grips to free myself and pin the spring. Had to completely unwind the spring and reset to the manufacturers setting. Oh, I also ended up with a broken finger. I still think an awning fabric change is very doable at home, but just understand how much energy is stored in the spring.
belairbrian 08/23/19 08:01am Tech Issues
RE: Older awning 2003 A&E fabric replacement

We just changed ours. We went with one from Carefree. Carefree fabric fits A&E awnings just fine. One reason we went with it was they are one of the few that offer solid colors. We wanted to get away from stripes or fades. On our previous 5er we replaced using a Shade Pro it was kind of thin and had a pinhole in it when it arrived.
belairbrian 08/23/19 07:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any Advice on buying a used 2012 Silverback 33REA?

IMO walk away. The awning is no big deal but the floors would be a deal breaker. There's either a leak or a design flaw. fixing the floor is a temp fix. Would add that there are some really good solutions for bikes. Our current rig, as well as a previous Cougar, has a slide out bumper with a built in bike rack that easily holds 4 bikes. Something you might want to look for.
belairbrian 08/19/19 07:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help a Newbie, question about gas vs. diesel

Maybe my truck is an anomaly. I have the last of the GM big block gassers. My 07 has the 8.1 Vortec and is rated for a 15K 5th wheel. Gets 11mpg towing a 10K 5er. Had the Ford V10 and got about the same. I had an LB7 Duramax before it. The 8.1 will probably be here a long time as it only has 60K. And maybe that's the issue My diesel sat around and only really got used for towing. Waiting to see the actual specs on the new Ford 7.3 gasser
belairbrian 08/13/19 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When replacing tow vehicle, do you.....

I don't know if it's illegal, but I have had dealers say no to a used hitch. When we went from TT to 5er, the dealer wouldn't take the TT hitch. This was a full load leveling system with anti-sway. Ended up selling it used on CL. Might be more of a lawyer/liability thing. As far as moving rails, I still have the ones installed in 05, 3 trucks later.
belairbrian 08/11/19 06:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Southern destination w kids week of New years? Where to go?

I understand the winter cold, lived in Rome NY for 12 years. But even as far south as here, Montgomery Area of AL, highs will be in the 50s to low 60s and lows can dip into the 30s at night that time of year. If you want warm weather Florida is the best plan.
belairbrian 08/11/19 06:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ice cream?

Ours does fine with ice cream treats and single serve cups. Never tried a half gallon.
belairbrian 08/07/19 08:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thinking of a Class C

We considered moving to a C from 5th wheels, but for now we just don't travel enough. Just don't like having a vehicle sit that much. We have looked at several. One thing that stuck us was a smaller good floor plan beats a big bad floor plan. There were 2 in particular we looked at. A 26 with a good floorplan and a 31 with a bad one. The 26 felt much bigger. We'll keep looking and make the move to a C one day. Not really interested in a Class A. Maybe I'm wrong on this but the C has a chassis and drive train that you could find service for much easier than a Class A.
belairbrian 08/07/19 08:25pm Class C Motorhomes
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