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RE: Quality control?

When they leave the Manufacturer, items ARE correct and in good repair. Sure they are ROFLMAO. Spoken like a true Industry insider. You should be in sales lol. Every week or so the RVbusiness website posts up a whole article of these RVs leaving the manufacturer with items correct and in good repair. That's just the defects that the NHTSA gives a krap about. For each one of those issues you're going to have a dozen others that fall under categories such as substandard carpentry, cheap or defective materials, peeling pleather, or just plain bad workmanship and assembly. On and on it goes and the buyer is left holding the bag. The warranties are structured to screw over the buyer and isolate the manufacturers exposure as much as possible. The RV Industry is rotten from top to bottom. Quality control does not exist in the RV Industry. You yourself have posted on these boards how bad the Furrion appliances are yet they are in a good 80% or more of all RVs produced, along with all the other LCI garbage one gets. That website really opened my eyes! I know that the industry has a terrible quality control issue (little to none) but I had no idea it was so widespread. My camping pals and I inevitably get to this subject every time we camp but we are barely scratching the surface.
bsbeedub 10/18/22 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not enough room

I’m planning a trip to Yellowstone next September and have all my stops planned out. As others have mentioned, Google Earth is fantastic! Street view and a view from space. Once I get into Wyoming from South Dakota, even if I have to stop after only 150 miles or so, I’m stopping. The last thing is want to do on a lonely two lane road is run out of gas. I have a large Rubbermaid tub that I normally keep my firewood in but for this trip it will be holding three, five gallon cans….. just in case.
bsbeedub 10/06/22 09:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Observation--newer trucks tow fivers a bit nose high

Mine is a 2WD and still too high. If I didn’t know better I would swear it’s a 4WD. I can’t reach over the bed rails at the rear and touch the bed and I’m 5’11”.
bsbeedub 09/09/22 01:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Observation--newer trucks tow fivers a bit nose high

A bit cheaper 4 years ago but, yes, quite proud. Even though it’s expensive it’s worth it for me.
bsbeedub 09/09/22 12:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Observation--newer trucks tow fivers a bit nose high

I’ve seen the same thing as well. Mine tows a bit nose high too but nothing I can do about it. I have definitely seen much worse and wonder if it tows any differently. Since I’m getting older and my knees aren’t the best I also had trouble just getting into the bed. The bumper is high and the tailgate even higher. I bought one of these right after I bought the truck. It is so much easier to get in the bed now and almost disappears when not in use. https://www.amazon.com/AMP-Research-75306-01A-Retractable-2009-2018/dp/B0041FXOIA/ref=sr_1_8?crid=NWLS88PYP7ZL&keywords=amp+pickup+step&qid=1662744014&s=automotive&sprefix=ampmpickup+step%2Cautomotive%2C110&sr=1-8
bsbeedub 09/09/22 11:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: AC air not cold

I have a 31 ft' fifth wheel. The air conditioner was installed incorrectly at the factory. They left the divider off that separated the input and output air so it just churned and didn't cool. Made a makeshift divider and fixed that problem so now the air conditioner works fine. You might want to remove the inner panel to make sure you have good separation with no lair leaks between chambers. Our trailer has a bunch of windows. If is going to be hot, we have to start the air when it is still cool outside to give it a fighting chance, blinds down. Involves some sweater time in the morning. We're in the northwest so it always cools down at night and we never sleep with the air on. You might want to disregard this if it stays hot all the time where you are. We also had a Bigfoot trailer with a 22 ft. box, dual pane windows and very good insulation. I figured one could make ice cubes on the counter with the air conditioning in there if they wanted to. I’ve read different things and watched videos of how to make your AC blow colder air and many of them talk about and show the divider you’re referring to. I opened mine up hoping it was going to be that simple. It had the divider in the correct place so I was back to the drawing board. I used the silver HVAC tape to try to close some possible leaks and nothing changed. Thanks for the suggestion though.
bsbeedub 07/22/22 02:14pm General RVing Issues
AC air not cold

I used to have a 23 foot travel trailer with no slides so it was small. The AC could keep it cool no matter the outside temperature. The air blowing from the AC was always VERY cold. The AC was a Coleman Mach with 13,500 BTUs. It was the style with no thermostat and ran constantly but the compressor cycled on and off. My one year old 30 foot 5er with one 12 foot slide can’t come close to keeping it cool even when it was brand new. First thing in the morning the air is not near as cold as the old TT so it struggles right out of the gate. We’ve been gone for three hours with all of the shades closed and it can’t maintain temperature. This AC is 15,000 BTUs but is a Coleman Mach with a thermostat. Is the AC just a lemon or is there something I can do to make the air colder? I’m not talking air flow, I’m talking temperature of the cold (cool) air. I was in a park last year and the guy across the road was having AC issues and his unit was not blowing cold at all. He called a mobile RV tech and someone came out and either topped it off or recharged it completely. The owner said it was then running like new. I’ve always read (here, as well as other sites) that these systems are closed and can’t be topped off or recharged. Apparently, that’s not the case. I may have to resort to calling a tech to see what they have to say.
bsbeedub 07/22/22 11:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Catalog of all my mods

I would love to have the talent, tools and resources you have. I’m envious! There are a few that I could pull off but most are way above my pay grade! Great job!
bsbeedub 06/07/22 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: New Outside Stairs

Here’s my story regarding the Torklift Revolution Uprising. This style folds into the trailer like the MORryde and not underneath into the stairwell since my trailer does not have one. We were getting a new fifth wheel and I knew that it was coming with MORryde steps and I wouldn’t be able to open them in my storage area since it is quite tight. (I know some will say that’s a deal breaker for storage but it’s what I have. That’s not the issue here.) I ordered the Torklift since they can be deployed at any depth. ( I sold the factory steps on Facebook Marketplace for a good price.) I put the Torklift steps on the day I got the trailer. Went to the storage spot and I never considered that the door was too wide to open completely! I wouldn’t be able to deploy them anyway! Darn it. However, and there’s always a however in life, I would be able to use a step stool to get up and climb over them. (Another deal breaker for some. No big deal for me.) If I had the MORryde I would not have been able to do that so the Torklift worked for me in the end. All’s well that ends well. We love the sturdiness and we deal with the 10 seconds it takes to sweep them off.
bsbeedub 05/28/22 03:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hot water element

If he destroyed the cladding on the element it may still work, but cause a GFCI receptacle to trip due to electrical leakage to the water. I'd plug the trailer into a GFCI to check before he ends up in a situation where he needs to plug into one. He has a surge protector ( don’t know the brand or capability) that he uses at the power pedestal. Would that have tripped if there was an issue?
bsbeedub 05/05/22 01:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water element

Like I said in my original post, the element did not burn out. That’s what has me puzzled. After two hours of being on with no water in the tank it still works.
bsbeedub 05/05/22 01:27pm Travel Trailers
Hot water element

I was camping with a friend and his second year trailer this past weekend. He could not get hot water using the electric element so he asked me to take a look to see if we could figure it out. He has a two valve bypass system (mine has a three valve system so I was unfamiliar with his) and we realized it was still in bypass. After opening up the outside panel we saw he still had the plug removed from winterizing so there was no water in the tank. He had the electric heater turned on for two hours and I told him that the element was most likely toast. We decided to give it a try anyway. We got the bypass valves in the correct position, put the plug in, filled the tank and in 30 minutes he had hot water! We verified that the electric was being used and not propane. He had hot water for the rest of the weekend. Everything I’ve ever read or heard indicated that this electric element should have been long gone. Has anyone ever seen an element survive two hours of being on with no water in the tank? Could it have been that since the plug was out allowing air into the tank is what saved it? I’m at a loss.
bsbeedub 05/05/22 09:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Storage facility question

Is the new trailer longer or is there a different tow vehicle involved? I would be shocked if you could even notice the 6" width difference if it was easy to back in before. The new trailer is 4 feet longer and also a fifth wheel as opposed to a TT. Since the two types of trailers track differently that makes it different to back up and I’m new to fifth wheels so still in the learning curve. Our space is 12 feet. I think the width of the aisle is just as important. Wider aisles give you more room to back in. Yeah, I wish the aisle was a bit bigger.
bsbeedub 03/17/22 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Storage facility question

OP here. The storage facility is actually very good. Well lit, paved, wrought iron 6 foot fence, not chain link, and 24/7 entry with your own code. Just out of curiosity what do you think is the average width of any given space at any facility? 10 feet? 12 feet? I don’t know as I’ve never asked anyone before. I am going to see if they have wider spots.
bsbeedub 03/16/22 09:25pm General RVing Issues
Storage facility question

My previous TT was 7-1/2 feet wide and fit into my storage spot between two other trailers just fine. It was very easy to get it where it needed to be. My new 5er is 8 feet wide and takes a bit more skill to successfully get it in and obviously much tighter in its spot. I can barely get the door open enough to get inside. The extra width doesn’t seem like much but when backing it in that tight spot it feels like six feet! As most of us do, I am always looking at the newer trailers to see what’s out there. I have been seeing many new ones that are 8 feet 5 inches wide. I could never get this in my current storage spot. Do those of you that have to store your trailer at a storage facility have issues with a trailer 8 to 8 feet 5 inches?
bsbeedub 03/16/22 05:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reservations at federal parks

Just this past Monday I was waiting for 9:00 a.m. CDT to reserve two sites (in a COE campground) for my buddy and me at the opening of the six month window. We wanted to be side by side so we had three or four that we had picked out that would work for us. At the stroke of 9:00:01, I hit my two sites and received a notification that there were many others that were trying to book and they would do their best to accommodate me. (I’m paraphrasing here.) Then I immediately got a notification that they could not fulfill my request. I went back to the booking area of the site and saw that someone had grabbed only one of the two sites I wanted. In the time it took me to click two sites, the person that wanted only one of those two beat me to it! By that time there was only one of our other choices available so I was able to snag them. It’s tough to get get choice sites but there are, as TechWriter said, scores, possibly hundreds of others doing the exact same thing.
bsbeedub 02/10/22 11:09am General RVing Issues
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