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RE: After 25 years the water heater - UPDATE page 5

a lot of us are still working wonky with the Covid stuff. We're all feeling done with it, but the reality is there's still a lot of us working from home and doing things we don't normally do and picking up tasks outside of our normal job. Mistakes happen, especially now. But good customer service is always appreciated especially after a mistake. OP, you will love the electronic ignition. flick a switch, hello hot water.
camperdave 08/06/20 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery question

In my case the engine does technically charge the house battery, but not significantly. I run the generator while driving if it really needs a charge.
camperdave 08/04/20 12:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there a brass replacement for the Camco drain valve?

What drain valve is exposed to UV? Certainly not the water heater. The low point drains? Cant see any issue with replacing low point drain caps with metal. Are you possibly talking about the black/grey tank dump valves?
camperdave 08/04/20 12:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Washing RV while traveling

It has never occurred to me to wash the rig when on a trip. But I know our city has a self serve coin operated car wash, I'm sure many others do too. Be a lot less than $40! google your destination city and car wash, see what's there.
camperdave 08/04/20 12:26pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Tow Bar Age

If everyone just bought used and rebuilt, they would not sell many new towbars! Come on, support the economy. Throw away good stuff and buy new stuff.
camperdave 08/04/20 08:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking to Purchase Lightweight Bunkhouse Model

I had a Trail Lite Bantam 17' hybrid for a few years that was towed with a minivan sometimes. It only had 25 fresh, 25 grey, 8 black (yes, 8!). But we could easily camp for a week in it. Just depends on your definitions of camping, and what you require. The Bantam was nice because it had the fold down bunk ends that make it feel much larger, we were able to easily sleep 4, and 6 with kids sharing. As to quality, I think KZ is probably as good as any manufacturer. You will quickly learn how to fix all manner of RV related things lol.
camperdave 08/03/20 02:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking of New Aluminum Sided Travel Trailer

I had a 98 Fleetwood Terry aluminum sided trailer from 2004-2017. In that time, I never did anything more than wash it, no wax or anything, and the aluminum looked as good the day I sold it as when I bought it. I did recoat the roof once, and the vinyl decals were looking faded, but the paint still looked good. Never noticed any galvanic corrosion. My current RV, a 2004 Fleetwood motorhome with fiberglass sides, looks crappy by comparison. All sun faded and old looking. Requires much more upkeep to keep the fiberglass looking good than the aluminum does, imo.
camperdave 08/03/20 02:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Charging an Electric Vehicle

I leased a Chevy Spark EV for 3 years (14-17) and it was awesome for local stuff. I have an in-town commute (well, had. I now commute downstairs with the Covid stuff going on) and 120v charging was all I ever needed with it. The Spark was a little light on range (~80 miles) but they can be picked up cheap off-lease these days. VERY quick, water cooled battery, fun car. I now daily a Fusion plug in hybrid (just through circumstance, I'd rather have a full EV) that only starts the gas engine when it needs to for 'reasons'. It's got plenty of range for around town in electric only at around 15 miles or so). Again, only ever plugged into 120v.
camperdave 08/03/20 02:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Howdy Everybody

Best tip would be make sure your Air Conditioner is in good working order!
camperdave 08/03/20 12:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I like to let this thread grow for a few months before I catch up on it, gives more of a sense of progress and accomplishment that way. And seeing as I have an extremely important work project today, I of course just caught up on the last 50 pages lol. Looks great (well, except for maybe the wallpaper, but to each his own?), keep on keeping on! I have a boat in my garage that started as a weekend repair about 10 months ago. I might be finished in time for next summer, I do understand project creep and figuring out stuff as you go...
camperdave 08/03/20 12:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Steering stabilizer

Like Drew, my stabilizer was blown when I bought mine (at only 30k miles, btw). I replaced it with a Roadmaster Reflex (coilover type) and it helped, but I have no way of knowing how much of that help was due to the old one being shot, vs the return to center spring. Either way, it did help a little with highway manners, but putting in a new OEM may have been the same. My alignment is just under 5 degrees caster, the best they could do without replacing parts. It handles well, and I probably won't do any further modifications other than shocks soon (I'm sure they are shot too, but not visibly leaking). Tire pressure definitely makes a difference. Don't use the sidewall pressure, with the ease of finding CAT weight stations, there's really no excuse to not know your axle weights these days. Once you have your axle weights, look up the tire pressure chart for your tires and set the pressures accordingly. It really does make a difference in ride/handling. I personally ended up using 65 psi front, 70 psi rear.
camperdave 08/03/20 09:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Low Voltage on One 50A Leg

so as a 30a RVer, sounds like it may be worth carrying two 50a - 30a adapters, one for each line. Pick the one with the higher voltage. Anyone do that instead of plugging into the 30a receptacle?
camperdave 07/31/20 03:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Minimum gate opening width needed for TT parking........

My old house was 12', and it felt tight! I suppose 9.5' is doable, but there's not much wiggle room. Use a spotter or three at first, then mark with paint where the tires need to be at various points for future reference.
camperdave 07/30/20 04:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: More water needed....

I like the jugs on a front mounted cargo carrier. Simple and easy. And as long as you are out in the boonies and have bio-shampoo, an outdoor shower takes care of the grey water issue.
camperdave 07/30/20 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving dog at campsite

Campground doesn't know I have an autoformer in my storage compartment either, and they don't need to. Just like my unattended dog. I once drank a beer out of a coffee mug in a dry campground too, so yeah I'm a bit of a rebel. :B
camperdave 07/30/20 03:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: Class C

Everything is fine right until it isn't... I'd say most always it's fine to have a coffee pot or toaster on the counter. But that one time you're in an accident or even emergency stop situation, do you want you or your passengers whacked in the head with a toaster?
camperdave 07/29/20 04:18pm Tech Issues
RE: How Often Do you Get Skunked on FCFS Camp Spots?

I still do the 9-5, and won't even bother with FCFS campgrounds. Too much stress for me. Showing up on a Friday night and getting turned away would not be acceptable so I stick with reservations only.
camperdave 07/28/20 12:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

I'd focus in on a good strong steel chassis with wood framing/aluminum siding. When it gets whacked into a tree, aluminum dents instead of cracking. Our old Fleetwood Terry was 24' tip to tail and sat nice and high. Needed to convert the dinette to sleep 6 though. Not exactly rough country ready just due to sheer size, but it was surprisingly tough. I bounced it down dumb roads and never did anything worse than ripping up some plumbing. Keep in mind though, it's still a large trailer. You aren't going Jeep trailing with it, some light fire roads at best. It's just too wide and tall for anything more than that. You could pick up a nice short dual axle wood framed trailer from the 90's for very cheap, then build it out. At least then you start with a good steel chassis and water tanks already in place, and you could build the interior to suit.
camperdave 07/28/20 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Power boost for Ford 450 V10

If you've got an older (05 or older) class C with the 4R100 (4 speed), the five star tune will make a noticeable difference in transmission performance alone. Can't say it did very much for the engine, maybe it did but definitely not huge, but the change in transmission shifting behavior was worth it in my old van (1998). I have not modified my 04 (4R100, ~13k pounds loaded, and it does just fine out West), but I might just for the transmission performance improvement alone.
camperdave 07/28/20 12:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Leaving dog at campsite

How do you know? The folks parked next to you who are trying to relax or sleep or have an outside lunch might disagree with you. You know, because you talk to those neighbors upon returning and ask if they heard any barking. Unless they are for some reason lying and saying they didn't hear anything when they did. We leave our dog in the motorhome (and trailer when we had one) sometimes. It's not my preference, but there's a lot of places dogs are not allowed to go. If it's hot I'll run the air conditioning. She's not in a crate, but is happy to just lie around waiting for us. It's possible she panics and barks when we're gone, but in asking neighbors we've never had anyone say they heard anything. Usually she's right there on the couch where she was when we left lol. I'm sure it's very dog dependent. Ours is fine alone in the motorhome.
camperdave 07/27/20 09:05am Beginning RVing
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