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RE: STL > SD > WY Route

My dad used to drive us coast to coast every summer and his schtick was that he would stop for ice cream for us, but only on the right side of the road. Dad, what a goober. He was just driving a pickup and not even towing, but he wouldn't make a Left for us. Towards the end of my dad's life, he would say his one regret was that he should have turned left more often. Sounds a lot like your dad.
gkainz 08/13/20 01:04pm Roads and Routes
RE: full time solar, maybe?

not the OP, but it's in the same group, just a couple posts up from here ... https://forums.trailerlife.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30124420.cfm
gkainz 08/12/20 07:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel Delivery Issue 1985 Fleetwood Tioga Arrow

congrats!!! My '83 460 still had the port in the block for the mechanical fuel pump, covered with a blank off plate. If I recall correctly, I could see it when looking through the driver's side wheel well opening ... but there's a lot I don't "recall correctly" these days!!! :)
gkainz 08/11/20 10:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Honda2000 in an Onan compartment

Hey Mark - I remember the threads after re-reading them, and especially the "you're gonna kill yourself" comment in the first one ... but I do recall thinking "anyone who uses clecos for the mockup has done stuff like this once or twice before" :)
gkainz 08/03/20 03:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Fuel Delivery Issue 1985 Fleetwood Tioga Arrow

years ago I had an '83 27' Class C Tioga with the Ford 460 and 4bbl Holley built for Motorcraft carb. I struggled for quite some time with what appeared to be vapor lock (But wasn't) - loss of power when hot randomly and intermittently. In researching that issue, I found the best help here and on Ford-Trucks.com forums. Someone here (I don't recall who - may not even be here any more) provided a fuel system diagram - when I have more time, I'll try to do a search far enough back to find it). Edit - just did a forum Advanced Search here for Keywords: Ford 460 Message Author: gkainz Date Posted: selected "Archive - over 1 year ago" and it returned 9 threads (quite quickly, I might add) My coach had 1 tank, installed by Tioga, I assume, with no in-tank pump. It had an electric pump installed on the frame rail immediately in front of the tank (at the rear of the coach) that pushed fuel to the carb. Just before the carb was an aluminum "block" that had fuel line in, 1 fuel line out to carb, and 1 fuel line out that was the return to tank. As it turns out, this "hot fuel diverter" (I think that's what Ford calls it) would return most of the fuel to the tank and starve the carb when hot. Found by putting an external fuel pressure gauge in line at the base of the carb to try to figure out what was going on. I never found a replacement for that diverter valve, but solved the fuel supply problem by adding a mechanical fuel pump back into the engine block (parts guy pointed me to a Lincoln 460 that still used the mechanical pump then), and a fuel pressure regulator that kept the pressure at 8 psi at the carb, if I recall correctly. One risk was that if the diaphragm on the mechanical pump failed, the electric pump could pump fuel straight into the engine oil pan. Anyway - I know that doesn't help answer your questions, other than "been there, done that!" Good luck!
gkainz 08/03/20 07:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel filter question 1984 Coachman Ford

I had an '83 E-350 with the 460 4bbl carb. In addition to a filter somewhere along the chassis rail, as already noted above, this carb has a filter in the base of the carb body, where the fuel line screws into the carb.
gkainz 07/23/20 01:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

Let me clarify ... by separate systems, I mean this trailer has a pipe exiting the black tank to a dump valve and dump hose connector - completely and totally isolated from the grey system. Then it has another, completely separate and isolated pipe exiting the grey tank to a different, completely separate dump valve and completely separate dump hose connector ... and in between the 2 sewer hose connectors is the generator exhaust pipe. Connect the hose to the black tank, pull the dump valve, and dump the black tank. Disconnect the sewer hose and move to the gray tank connector, pull THAT valve and dump the gray tank. I had discussions with him about putting new dump valves next to both tanks and plumbing into a single Y and connector. We both agreed to just fix what’s broken. I've done enough plumbing, household up to center pivot irrigation systems that I'm comfortable with joints, fittings, pipes, glueing, bonding, etc that I can get through that part of the repair. What I wasn't familiar with is the actual coupling to the black tank. I see on Amazon and elsewhere that they sell repair parts and kits that include a flange for a tank which is what I'm hoping to see. Lynnmor up above linked to a drill to resize the fitting to the original dimensions ... brilliant! :) And thanks as well to jdc1 for tips on getting the glued stub (if that's what we're facing) out of the connector. Thanks for the input - appreciate it!
gkainz 07/14/20 04:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

They can do it any number of ways. Mine has the valve right at the tank. On thing to consider is the use of a fernco coupling (google it). If he can cut right before the leak at the end of an elbow and use a fernco to attach to the new piece he should be fine. Thanks - will look into that. My rig also has cable pull dump valves right at the tanks. I was thinking about suggesting that improvement for him, as well as combining black and grey plumbing into 1 dump valve and connector - his rig has separate dump hose connectors and separate dump valves for black and grey tanks, with the generator installed between them. For simplicity of repairs, I think we're going to stick with just replacing the leaking parts.
gkainz 07/13/20 10:47am Tech Issues
RE: Unknow Electrical connection type.

... Powerpoles are not perfect because it is still possible to reverse polarity, but at least they are color coded. I just went back to review some of my old research into Anderson power poles and the latest info I saw (Some Guy on the Internet) video stated that the powerpole connectors were keyed to prevent reverse polarity?
gkainz 07/13/20 10:43am Tech Issues
Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

My kids got a used RV and on their maiden trip discovered the black tank dump plumbing leaks. Appears to have one or more cracks in the plumbing from the tank to the dump valve. They tried to patch it with flexseal to get them through the weekend but didn't stop the stinky drips. Taking a quick look at the dump plumbing, it appears to be a series of 3 or 4 elbows from tank to dump valve with little to no pipe sections that could be cut and new elbows glued up to replace the cracked section(s). How does the first fitting secure into the black tank? I didn't notice any flexible type seal or joint and a hose clamp, but again, was just a quick look, not a close inspection. My fear is that this first fitting is glued into the tank outlet? Thanks for any suggestions! I intend to manage this repair and give my son-in-law instructions from a safe distance :)
gkainz 07/13/20 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone using a Andersen Ultimate on a 2020 GM truck?

I have the Andersen Ultimate but no experience with the Chevy truck. However, I posted in a different thread here the following that might be helpful: Clearance of your pinbox, frame etc, to bed must be checked by you and this post contains no warranty that these settings or positions will clear all obstructions in your particular installation. The Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch has 4 combinations of positioning that can adjust fore and aft placement of the pin. The documentation and specs can be found on the andersen website - pick the spec to match the hitch you're curious about The Andersen frame (at least mine - older version) is labeled with "This side towards cab" but communication with Andersen verified I can install it either direction. The ball leg of the frame is offset from the gooseneck ball connector by 5.375". So, that gives you 10.75" of adjustment fore and aft of the gooseneck ball (not variable adjustment, just 2 different "placements"). The adapter plate that mounts to the kingpin has a 4" offset, and can be oriented forward or aft, yielding an 8" difference. So, ranges of adjustment from the gooseneck ball (my example) can be: Option 1 - frame pointed aft -5.375" - adapter pointed aft -4.00" total aft offset -9.375" Option 2 - frame pointed aft -5.375" - adapter pointed forward +4.00" total aft offset -1.375" Option 3 - frame pointed forward +5.375" - adapter pointed aft -4.00" total forward offset +1.375" Option 4 - frame pointed forward +5.375" - adapter pointed forward +4.00" total forward offset +9.375" This only addresses fore and aft adjustment. The ball has 3 height positions, measured from the bed of the truck to the top of the ball + 16.5" + 17.625" + 18.75"
gkainz 07/09/20 02:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CO: Leadville to I70 via Hiighway 24

Towing a medium to large trailer or a motorhome, I would opt for CO 91 from Leadville to I-70, even if I was wanting to head west on I-70. I towed my 5er from I-70 to Leadville on US24 once ... it was slow going and as noted, very few passing lanes, so be prepared to be a courteous driver and pull over for traffic.
gkainz 07/09/20 10:44am Roads and Routes
RE: Should I convert my Gooseneck to a 5th wheel pin?

I use the Andersen Ultimate gooseneck mounted hitch. Best of both worlds, in my opinion.
gkainz 07/08/20 10:56am Towing
RE: Should I convert my Gooseneck to a 5th wheel pin?

Growing up with gooseneck construction and horse trailers, I agree with your son. I see no benefit to that modification. My opinion - maybe worth the price :)
gkainz 07/08/20 06:19am Towing
RE: Costco batteries

I bought a pair of Costco 6v batteries last month, even after seeing a recent uptick on negative reviews. Hopefully I either got a good pair or a pair that will die before the warranty ...
gkainz 07/07/20 02:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: First tow with new 2019 Ram 3500 and ...disappointed.

I have wanted to try the Anderson hitch but what you said is the reason I have stayed away from it. ... One of the questions about the Anderson Hitch, does it have any adjustments? ... Update - clearance of your pinbox, frame etc, to bed must be checked by you and this post contains no warranty that these settings or positions will clear all obstructions in your particular installation. Quote trimmed to address adjustment on Andersen hitch - The Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch has 4 combinations of positioning that can adjust fore and aft placement of the pin. I had a write-up on that somewhere but can't find it right now, so forgive me for not including the actual length of adjustment, but I can find it again if you're really interested. Be right back ... ok, the documentation and specs can be found here pick the spec to match the hitch you're curious about The Andersen frame (at least mine - older version) is labeled with "This side towards cab" but communication with Andersen verified I can install it either direction. The ball leg of the frame is offset from the gooseneck ball connector 5.375". So, that gives you 10.75" of adjustment fore and aft of the gooseneck ball (not variable adjustment, just 2 different "placements"). The adapter plate that mounts to the kingpin has a 4" offset, and can be oriented forward or aft, yielding an 8" difference. So, ranges of adjustment from the gooseneck ball (my example) can be: Option 1 - frame pointed aft -5.375" - adapter pointed aft -4.00" total aft offset -9.375" Option 2 - frame aft -5.375" - adapter forward +4.00" total aft offset -1.375" Option 3 - frame forward +5.375" - adapter aft -4.00" total forward offset +1.375" Option 4 - frame forward +5.375" - adapter forward +4.00" total forward offset +9.375" 2nd update - I only addressed fore and aft adjustment. The ball has 3 height positions - from the bed of the truck to the top of the ball - 16.5", 17.625" and 18.75"
gkainz 06/29/20 07:27am Towing
RE: Fighting zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

Having escaped an HOA in CA years ago with the GEICO commercial "Sylvia" as the self-appointed HOA protector, that commercial still makes my blood pressure spike. My ending to that commercial has me yanking her chain saw out of her hands, putting the cut off mailbox over her head and kicking her butt to the curb. "Trespassing, destruction of private property, assault with a deadly weapon, felony menacing, harassment, and anything else I could think of. Have a nice day, Sylvia!"
gkainz 06/29/20 06:47am Beginning RVing
RE: Backing that trailer into a tight campsite..

The problem with "the scoop" is a lot of smaller sites only have a single wide road, with lovely boulders and trees lining the lane. There's not much room to "scoop" and if you take it to the extreme, you end up with the passenger side of the truck against the lane edge, leaving you no further room to maneuver. I will grant, that with adequate room, it does position your trailer for a better approach.
gkainz 06/25/20 10:49am Travel Trailers
RE: electrical issue

yep - on 30 amp plug in ... do the math https://www.ramsond.com/wattage-chart/ https://i.imgur.com/7E3MbGjl.png RV A/C Starting Running Watts Watts (AVG) 13,500 btu 2750 1250 15,000 btu 3500 1500 30 amps at 110VAC will handle about 3300 watts (ballpark estimate)
gkainz 06/24/20 11:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2017 KEYSTONE LAREDO 298SRL

My 2010 Keystone Laredo 245RL (bought new) has no delam issues. The decals? That's another story ... within a couple of years they all started fading, peeling, cracking off, etc ... that issue is well known and discussed. I live with it. Other than a couple goofy mis-wired things that I still cannot trace down the place where the wiring installer (not fair to electricians to call him/her "that title") took a shortcut and apparently spliced into other runs for things with bad splices, this trailer has met or exceeded expectations.
gkainz 06/19/20 05:59am Fifth-Wheels
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