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RE: Substancial deposit required

MI state parks require reservations to be paid in full at the time they are made. Cancellations receive a partial refund.
drsteve 01/16/20 08:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is a good camp stove to buy now days?

for a propane grill, magma for a propane griddle/grill blackstone grill for the traditional camp stove an old coleman white gas stove. pick one up at a garage sale or on ebay, clean it up. For a lantern, again an older coleman dual mantle white gas lantern If you want a brighter light, go with the older mantles that had thorium in them. Still a bunch available from coleman or from other mfg. Yes, thorium is radioactive and releases alpha and beta particles. For a lantern, you can't beat a battery powered LED model. No stinky fuel, no special funnel, no delicate mantels to replace...
drsteve 01/16/20 07:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Full Hookup Sites on Lake Michigan

According to what can be easily found on Allstays and your MI DNR website as I was not going to waste much time looking. Holland Sp has 31 FHU sites. Orchard Beach SP has 11. Wilderness SP has 18. On Erie Sterling SP has some, as does Hartwick Pines SP and South Higgins SP inland, although I might add your DNR reservation site leaves a little to be desired trying to search out what's available. None of these are actually lakefront. The FHU sites at Holland are 600 to 1000+ feet from the waters edge, with a large dune in the way. Orchard Beach is on a high bluff above the lake, the stairs to what used to be the beach are closed due to erosion. The FHU loop at Wilderness is 250 feet from the water, with trees in between. South Higgins is on a large inland lake with a great beach, great fishing, and deep, crystal clear water. Hartwick Pines has no lake access, but does have a large stand of virgin timber. If you manage to hit Sterling in between the spring mayfly hatch and the summer algae bloom, and don't mind the view of the nuke plant and total lack of trees, it's OK.
drsteve 01/15/20 07:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flipping Axle

Working on a buddy's car years ago, he had it on cinder blocks. While we were standing there admiring our handiwork, one of the blocks just disintegrated. Just say no to cinder blocks.
drsteve 01/14/20 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: A redneck Automated Safety Hitch?

At ten mph, maybe...
drsteve 01/14/20 07:37am RV Lifestyle
RE: RV King Topper

Just replace your mattress, it's a better deal all around.
drsteve 01/14/20 07:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Full Hookup Sites on Lake Michigan

Holland SP is very strict on the alcohol rule. The beach is huge and open to day users, who line up down the highway to get in on weekends. Go to town Saturday afternoon, and it takes an hour to get back in the park. It has two campgrounds, the beach campground which is a concrete parking lot in the sand, with no trees, no grass, and no firepits. Your neighbor is right next to your awning. The other campground is normal camping, with grass, dirt, trees, etc, a short walk from the Lake Michigan beach, with an inland lake across the road.
drsteve 01/14/20 06:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trailer Tire Speeding Rating??

It is even stamped on the side of the tire do not use on passenger vehicles. I take this as meaning DO NOT trust your life on this tire. I think it means they aren't designed to be used on a steering axle. I must be lucky. Been towing various trailers for 30+ years, no flat tires.
drsteve 01/12/20 11:31am Tech Issues
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

My 06 with 4L80E runs cooler when I leave it in D and tow haul. Selecting 3rd always makes it run a bit warmer, even on flat roads. Temp is usually around 185 or 190 towing, very seldom goes over 200. Unloaded it stays around 160-170 ish. I have never noticed the TC locking in 3rd.
drsteve 01/12/20 11:21am Towing
RE: Double Towing Length Laws

And don't forget if you get stopped the deciding person will be the LEO who pulls you over. If he isn't familiar with the towing regulations then all bets are off. One of those situations where you can be right, and still find yourself with a ticket. And in this scenario, the cop can tell you to drop one of the trailers before proceeding any further.
drsteve 01/12/20 10:32am Towing
RE: Sandblasting and powdercoating: Les Schwab or dedicated shop

Les Schwab powdercoat is probably the same quality as a Les Schwab paint job, I would think. Were it me I'd just spring for new wheels.
drsteve 01/10/20 07:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Add steps without mounting box?

Our Wildwood 263bhxl was "upgraded" with the solidsteps which we hate. I'd like to add the regular fold up steps underneath, but it looks like there's no "box" to mount the steps. The only thing under the trailer are two triangular pieces of angle iron which don't look like there's enough material to even drill mounting holes. Anyone done this before? Any options other than having them welded? If it was a factory option, I would suspect that the frame is the same regardless of the steps installed. Any chance you can get a look at your model with standard steps? At a dealer, maybe? Or use this excuse to attend an RV show?
drsteve 01/09/20 11:27am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV Skylight Shade Above Shower

When parked out in the sun, I used a can of white Krylon fusion spray paint and applied a light coat on the exterior side of the skylight. After viewing the light inside, I gave it another light coat and check inside. I now have a nice light inside without the heat. Hopefully, you find this helpful. Pat What he said^^^^^.
drsteve 01/09/20 11:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

I have another related question and since it is about the mounting of solar panels on an RV roof, I will ask it in this thread rather than start a new thread. I have stainless steel hardware to fasten the solar panels to my RV roof. Since stainless steel is known to sometimes gall, would it be wise to use a little bit of Anti-Seize on the SS nuts and bolts when assembling them? The pic below is of some copper-based anti-seize that I happen to have. https://i.postimg.cc/50Fm4JpJ/Anti-seize.jpg On an RV, I'd be more concerned about fasteners coming loose.
drsteve 01/09/20 11:08am Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Tire Speeding Rating??

When you look at ST tires, you'll find that many are now rated for faster than you'd want to go. The Providers that came with my Coachmen TT are rated for 80-something.
drsteve 01/09/20 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: It could have went bad!

Once we had trailer brake shoe retainers let go, allowing the shoes to wad up inside the drum and causing clouds of smoke to billow from the wheel. Pulled the drum, removed the shoes, continued on our way. Another time I was carrying a 250 lb dirt bike on a bumper rack attached to the rear of the TT. It was all good when the fresh water tank was full, but on the way home lack of tongue weight set up a sway event that nearly put me in the median. I found a place to fill the water tank and change my underwear, and made it home. Never used the bumper rack again. Last year we were barely a mile from the driveway--first intersection, in fact--when the brake pedal goes to the floor. Went home, replaced the rusted out brake line, and was back on the road in a couple of hours.
drsteve 01/09/20 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Help with slide wiring for Shadow Cruiser 225 RBS

Cruiser RV customer service phone is (260) 562-3500.
drsteve 01/09/20 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Cable Slides over ride on Cross Roads Travel Trailer

Here is a YouTube video on how to of most slide systems including the cable slide (starts at 3:58) in the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0ETwE3SrCM Clicky
drsteve 01/09/20 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane gas sensor

They beep if power is low, so make sure it has full 12V power. If it does and still beeps periodically, it has reached the end of its service life.
drsteve 01/09/20 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Coast on the uphills accelerate on the downhills

And to think I get nervous when the trans temp exceeds 200...
drsteve 01/07/20 06:38am Towing
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