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RE: Broken cargo door key

I'm pretty tall, slightly handsome Happy Thanksgiving. Tall, yes :) Happy Thanksgiving, Jerry Jerry, you need a new washing machine. The one you have is making your T-shirts bulge out in the front! :B:B It's even worse now during the pandemic.
dedmiston 11/27/20 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Broken cargo door key

Are you sure you want to hug strangers? He's not a stranger. He's a very dear man and we've worked together for years now. And that was actually my point. Your local independent RV tech should be someone you have formed a relationship with. He shouldn't be a stranger. I'm pretty tall, slightly handsome, and tan year round. He's taller, way more handsome than me, and very dark skinned. I'm grateful that he considers me enough of a friend that he'd bail me out on such a busy day. He pulled a thorn from my paw and I owe him.I Happy Thanksgiving.
dedmiston 11/26/20 06:47am Tech Issues
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

My buddy brings out a mini treager. Runs a genny just to power that thing. Cooks tons of stuff for the group its always awesome to be downwind of him!! Awesome. It's great to have a friend with the toys who also cooks for you. He should look into getting a small inverter for his Traeger. They don't hardly use any power and it would cut down on the hours on his gen. I run my GMG grill off our inverter all the time and it hardly affects our batteries.
dedmiston 11/25/20 11:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Tank Vacuum Purge

I dunno about that, Bobo. I grew up in a fire family, and dad and all his buddies really knew their stuff. They studied and drilled on this stuff all the time. I wouldn't discount their expertise for a second. Not that good LP guys aren't knowledgeable too, but the average propane monkeys don't seem to be. How many times have you had someone refill your tanks and not even bother wearing gloves or eye protection? They may have standards somehow, but I don't see it in practice, and I don't detect a lot of training or science in what they do.
dedmiston 11/25/20 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

I know this is a Blackstone thread, but I've seen a few mentions of other grills to complement the outdoor cooking arsenal. My family always gave me a hard time for taking forever to cook on my Webber Q (great grill, but the slowest cooker ever). I finally upgraded to a portable Green Mountain Grill pellet smoker. I love my little Traeger at home, so I thought this portable cooker would be a good choice for the RV. We've had it since July '19 and I love it so much that we got their behemoth huge smoker for home and quit using the Traeger. It's pretty heavy to lug around and it takes more space than the Webber did, but I've never regretted the switch.
dedmiston 11/25/20 11:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Dehumidifier overkill?

I have a dumb question and I swear I'm not trolling. Coming from the arid west, I don't understand what the issue is. I know from experience that I hate humidity combined with heat (yes, I'm talking to you Florida and Texas), but I don't understand the issue in the winter when it's cold. We have condensation on our windows sometimes in the morning, but it always goes away once we get up and warm the place up. How is the humidity affecting you all so much that you need dehumidifiers? What are the symptoms of heavy humidity in your RVs?
dedmiston 11/25/20 10:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Broken cargo door key

I present to y'all EXHIBIT A in my case for why we all need to have a good Mobile RV Tech and treat him or her like gold. I was on a team Zoom call just now and grinding my teeth because Camping World parts desk hung up on me four times in a row (yes, there's a reason why we all hate them so much) when I heard my dogs going nuts and my wife talking to someone. She opened my door and yelled my name (even though the closed door means I'm on a call) and brought my tech into my home office with a grin on his face. https://i.imgur.com/04NC3a0l.jpg Thank you all for your help and suggestions. I've already ordered two replacement keys, but having this one in hand means I can access more crucial stuff like space heaters this weekend. Plus that's where I store my lug wrench and emergency triangles, which means I 100% would have had a blowout if that door was still locked (because that's how Murphy's Law works). Anyway, find yourself a great tech nearby and treat him well enough that he won't mind doing you a rare favor. My wife gave him a great big hug, which lit up his face. "Forget COVID", he said, and than he gave me a big gorilla hug too (I guess I have whatever cooties my wife has, so why not). Thanks again, everyone. Happy Thanksgiving. Go hug a tech!
dedmiston 11/25/20 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: Broken cargo door key

Looks like a Southco baggage door latch. Your picture shows the number R001 on the side of the broken keep. They are available too Key R001 I've stared at that key at least a dozen times to "double-check" to see if there was a number on the head like the CH751 keys, but I never noticed the R001 on the edge. I'll go back out this morning in the daylight and see if the other piece is on the ground or in the lock. It's a pass-through storage compartment, but I'm a big boy and it's not a huge space, especially with the furnace ducting and waste tank plumbing in the middle. I'll need to hire a small child to crawl in there if it comes to it (kidding).
dedmiston 11/25/20 09:30am Tech Issues
RE: Dehumidifier overkill?

{snip} Hey Pigman - If you can't use your manners, then please don't post. That was really rude.
dedmiston 11/24/20 09:16pm General RVing Issues
Broken cargo door key

Looking for advice and/or hacks. I've unlocked my cargo doors in the dark a bazillion times, but tonight the key went soft on me and broke. I looked in my baggie of spare keys, but this is the one lock that we didn't get duplicates for. So my two needs are: 1. (Immediate) I need to figure out how get into that door pretty pronto, because I need to get to the stuff inside (like leveling blocks) for a trip. 2. (Longer term) I need to figure out how to either replace the key or replace all the locks. https://i.imgur.com/BXBU0Zrl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/yhtjBT1l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/bq2jnYil.jpg
dedmiston 11/24/20 08:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Burnt wires in power distribution panel

Thanks all for the replies. Is an "ATS" the "transfer switch" ? Is that the switch that switches from DC to AC? Where might I find that in my travel trailer? Mine makes an audible "bump" about 20 seconds after we start the gen. My wife asks me when it's OK to run the microwave, and I always tell her to listen for the thump. She always looks at me like I'm nuts, but I'll hear it and then point as some of the devices come on (like the electric fireplace). If you listen quietly, this thump should help you find yours.
dedmiston 11/24/20 03:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Need advice for Rochester, MN

You're smart to research ahead of time. We had a day to kill last fall in Elkhart, IN when our RV was in for repairs. We were shocked to learn that their dog parks are "member only" and that it was going to cost us $30 to go to any of their municipal dog parks. Guess what were empty all day? Yes, the municipal dog parks. We found a dog friendly bar instead and had a grand old time. Not suggesting you find a bar for the day. Good luck to you and your husband.
dedmiston 11/24/20 10:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Skywatchers: Get ready for the Great Conjunction

How will we be affected when they collide? :W
dedmiston 11/24/20 10:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Hitch weight vs payload

That's what I figured. It's a space-time continuum thing. Probably to cerebral for the Toy Hauler forum, or at least that's what my 7th grade math teacher would have said.
dedmiston 11/23/20 09:41pm Toy Haulers
RE: Have You Installed Your Own Slide Topper?

I would love slide toppers, but what does everyone do in the winds? We get horrible winds where we camp.
dedmiston 11/23/20 09:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hitch weight vs payload

I carry my 800 lb bike on a 200 lb lift. So I have 1000 lbs carried 2 feet behind the rear bumper of my fiver. My pin is lightened by about 700 lbs. I end up replacing some of that weight by carrying 400 lbs of weight in the bedroom closet over the pin. To calculate how much weight will come off your pin you need to know the distance from the pin to centre of trailer axles; the distance from centre of trailer axles to the centre of your motorcycle when it is parked in the garage. Formula is simply: Weight of bike x distance behind axle/distance from axle centre to pin = reduction in pin weight. If the centre of your 850 lb bike is parked 70 inches behind the centre of your trailer axles and the distance from the centre of your trailer axles to the pin is 350 inches your bike would reduce your pin weight by 146 lbs. I'm having traumatic flashbacks to my horrible 7th grade algebra class where we spent 75% of the year dealing with fulcrums. I don't know why my dreaded teacher was so hung up on fulcrums, but 90% of us tuned out and had to play catch-up the next year to get back on track. Having said that, how do you know where the fulcrum is on a tandem or triple axle trailer? Or is the fulcrum six feet wide?
dedmiston 11/23/20 12:40pm Toy Haulers
RE: Amazon Lockers

Is there a weight or size limit on the lockers? I need a new winch which costs over $1000 and weighs about 150#. I'll be passing thru Oregon next summer where there's no sales tax so picking it up there could save some good money. Bill Yes. I've never heard of them enforcing a weight limit, but definitely size. I suppose the weight would be limited to prevent damage to their lockers. Try a dry run on their checkout page though, and see if they allow you to choose a locker for your winch. Amazon Locker FAQ
dedmiston 11/20/20 10:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Oven ignitor

I haven't seen an RV oven with a pilot. Not that they don't exist, but I haven't seen one. The oven in our last trailer was a nightmare to light. Our "new" trailer isn't so hard to light, but you still have to lean down there to see it. Having an igniter would be fantastic.
dedmiston 11/19/20 02:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Any deals?

It took a good bit of negotiations thru several dealers, but I landed on a Momentum 28G locally for a price I'm happy with that I'm picking up next week. Thanks for the input! I just looked up the floorplan. That's a real beauty. Nice. What kind of toys do you plan to haul? It looks like there's plenty of space from front to back, as long as your toys aren't too wide for the slide.
dedmiston 11/19/20 02:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Honest RV Dealers - Are there any?

In my experience there's also a split personality with most dealers, where even if things went perfectly during the sale & PDI, the warranty service is absolutely hellish. My warranty experience from my last dealer was enough to swear I'll never do business with them again (suck it, Giant RV). It took them a full 20 months to finally complete the checklist of items identified during our 12 month warranty period. One of the happiest life-changes for me was hiring a local mobile tech to come fix things instead of driving 90 minutes to the dealer and having them lie to me about how long they'll keep the coach for repairs. I'd rather pay a tech out of pocket to have things fixed immediately and correctly than to continue to pay the loan and storage for an RV that I can't use. I had to pay for some of those warranty repairs to be redone correctly, but at least my guy fixed them right and fixed them correctly. Did I mention how much I dislike Giant RV?
dedmiston 11/19/20 08:45am General RVing Issues
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