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RE: Roof: Not leaking, but 20 yrs old

Don't use the stuff from Lowes unless you really don't care about keeping that RV. That stuff will work but, it's inferior to what's on your roof and what you should use. At the very least use EPDM liquid rubber or some other compliant product. I had a raggedy old motorhome that I was constantly fighting leaks with. I used that stuff from Lowes and it worked..but.. I had to reapply at least every year to keep the RV dry inside. Until it's completely and utterly dry it will turn back into goo when rained on. EPDM rubber can get rained on immediately and still seal. It's a totally different animal. It will seal when still tacky. Look up RV roof coatings. Also, take your time. Clean that roof like you were going to eat on it before putting anything on it. I fought the leaky RV roof battle and it's no fun. Yours isn't leaking. You should be very thankful for that. Do everything you can to keep it that way. This is a scenario where an ounce of prevention is very much worth a pound of cure.
falconbrother 12/10/19 12:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Old propane tanks on new RVs

I just found a mom-n-pop place and had them filled. I'll get the re-certified as suggested and not bother with hassles. It just crawled on me when I couldn't get what I considered to be new-ish tanks filled. Ethics are a thing of the long lost past.
falconbrother 12/10/19 12:36pm Travel Trailers
Old propane tanks on new RVs

I bought a brand new 2017 Coleman 262BH in 2017. Went to get my propane tanks filled today and found out they expired in 2013, 4 years before I bought my 2017 model camper new off the lot. They would not fill them. The test date was 2003 (expires 2013). Feeling kinda cheated. They told me it would cost $120.00 to get new, filled bottles.
falconbrother 12/07/19 04:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Officially a veteran RV-er..

Got the Suburban back a little while ago. Not an outrageous bill for a new radiator. Heading home in the am. We've been at the Florence RV Park in SC. Dang it's hot here and no grocery store or restaurant for miles. In the future we will travel with extras, just in case. The camp store had cold sodas, Reese's in the freezer and Marie Calendar frozen dinners so, we did OK.
falconbrother 09/30/19 03:44pm Travel Trailers
Officially a veteran RV-er..

We have been RV-ing in some fashion since 1988. Never have we broken down and been dead stranded. Today we lost the radiator on the Suburban on a hot SC501 bypass. I called Good Sam roadside and the tow truck driver was there in about 35 minutes. We're safe at a campground and the Suburban is at the shop.
falconbrother 09/29/19 02:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

My weight rating is #7200. I'm pulling 5800 dry weight. I wouldn't want to go any heavier. I don't tow with water in the tanks. The Suburban does fine. Heading to the beach day after tomorrow.
falconbrother 09/19/19 09:59am Travel Trailers
5 liter SUVs and truck capability.

I'm currently towing 5800 Lbs dry with a 5.3 Chevrolet Suburban. I'm curious if anyone has towed with Ford 5.4 and Chevy 5.3 and has an opinion as to which is best, based on putting that power on the pavement. Which is better for towing or are they about the same?
falconbrother 07/18/19 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 1500HD vs. 2500

Well, I've had two Chevrolets a truck and the Suburban. Neither time was I looking to buy a Chevy and both have been very good vehicles. Both times I was looking at other brands and found a deal too good to pass on. I think I am becoming a fan of Chevy. My grandfather was a "Ford man". When I was a kid I would listen to him argue with other farmers about which truck was best. When he died in 1986 he still had a sweet 1969 F100. My dad, having left the farm for the university, sold that old truck. Being enamored with an old truck wasn't within his reality paradigm. Somehow I got all the redneck. I wish I had that old truck. It would be my daily driver. Nevertheless, I have come to believe that there ain't a dimes worth of difference between Chevy and Ford. Both have made awesome trucks and a few losers. Nevertheless, I see 1500HD's around and that plays into my wheelhouse, as they say. I wrench on my own cars and trucks unless it requires removing engine, transmission or differential. Not because I can't but, my neighbors would freak. And I wouldn't blame them.
falconbrother 07/09/19 06:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 1500HD vs. 2500

Actually I was referring to the mid 2000's models but 2020 works. Why have a 2500 and a 1500HD?
falconbrother 07/09/19 11:57am Tow Vehicles
Chevy 1500HD vs. 2500

Question: What was the difference between a Chevy Silverado 1500HD and a 2500? Both have heavy axles and the larger V8.
falconbrother 07/09/19 07:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uncle Frank gave me a 2006 32 ft Thor Wanderer

Don't worry about books. Repack those wheel bearings, adjust those brakes and go camping.
falconbrother 07/08/19 05:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4WD or 2WD

If you get the 2x4 you really must be careful of getting stuck. The 4x4 has saved us a couple of times. When you got there the weather was nice. Then it rains for days and you're pulling up hill in a grassy swamp. That happened to me this year. In 2 wheel drive it just spun the wheels. In 4 low it pulled right out easy. I have a few more stories like that. This one time up off of the Blue Ridge Parkway...
falconbrother 07/08/19 05:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Upper, lower, and heater hose replacement

I inspect mine and just keep on driving. If they don't feel right, or are swelling, or otherwise give off a bad vibe I replace them. Modern hoses are reliable as heck compared to what I learned on. But, if you're at all uncomfortable switch them out. Which reminds me that it's nearly time to flush my system.. I'll wait till fall..
falconbrother 07/08/19 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

You would need to trade that Sequoia if you wanted an SUV to haul all of that. Apparently the Ford Expedition's and the Chevy Suburbans can be had with something in the 11,000 pound tow weight range. You would have to special order it though. We pull 5800 (dry), me, my wife and some pug dogs. The weight rating is 7200 pounds. We're at the max as far as I'm concerned. I tow with empty tanks so, I know we're not at or over but, I like to keep a little margin. I do like having all that air conditioned/heated space in the Suburban. We use to have a motorhome and on winter trips when the temps were freezing it was cold up at that big windshield. The dash heat and the furnace couldn't keep my toes warm.
falconbrother 07/05/19 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Old truck vs new truck

I would keep that truck. In my book it's a great truck. 2005 was a good year for that model and yours has an easy 100,000 miles left in it based on my experience with GM trucks. All mechanical things need repairing eventually.
falconbrother 07/03/19 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1982 Coachmen 15' rebuild

Back in the day we had a 1991 Prowler 15 footer. Man we had some good trips in that camper. I don't miss it because it would be too small for us now. But, for that time it was a great camper.
falconbrother 07/03/19 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator question

I can't imagine what the conditions must be for a serviced and tuned generator to reach the overheat and shut it's self down. I ran my Onan 4k in all kinds of hot outside temperatures and never had that issue. The manufacturer calculated hot climates into the design. There would have to be some other issue, like a bad switch or something.
falconbrother 07/03/19 02:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Purchased TT (undisclosed salvage title came in the mail)

I bought a salvage title trailer back in like, 1993. It was a 1991 Prowler that had come unhitched and ran off into a ditch. It had some scratches and the dealer fixed some other thing. I discovered a roof leak after we got it home. I fixed it. We took some great trips with that trailer. When I sold it I got about what I paid for it, with the salvage title. I can't speak for the flood damage but, the salvage title didn't hurt us. We got it cheap (relative) and enjoyed the heck out of it.
falconbrother 07/01/19 03:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Test Drove a 6.2l Yukon Denali

I'm a shade tree mechanic, brakes, water pumps, various things like that I can do. For the symptoms you describe I would totally take it to a professional shop and let them look at it before I dropped real money on it. I like my 5.3 Suburban, mostly because I know it. Don't end up with regrets, let a local shop do a compression test, etc..
falconbrother 06/26/19 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would the Dodge 2500, 5.7 Hemi be a good tow-er?

The 5.3 is gutless for towing. It will get you there with no frills. The Suburban has a lot of climate controled space which is one of it's positives. Well, it revs good too..and that's a must in the mountains.
falconbrother 06/12/19 10:34am Tow Vehicles
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