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RE: Insurance

First off, we paid cash for our camper. Secondly, when sitting at your house, the homeowners policy covers any damage like storm or tree falling on it. When hooked up to your truck moving down the road, your car insurance covers it. The insurance for the camper is for when it is sitting at a campground or perhaps water damage from defective material. This was all discussed with the insurance company this morning. Therefore not needed since it will just be in our yard for the next six months. You may not fully understand how that part your insurance works. There is a cap on the total your policy will pay for things other than listed items. This cap is set generally at some percentage of the value of your home so will vary widely from person to person. You may be okay if something happens only to the trailer, but in the event of a catastrophic incident where everything is damaged or destroyed, your coverage may fall short. The trailer is still covered, but it comes out of the same, limited pot of money that covers all the rest of your personal possessions. Jewelry, appliances, furniture, clothes, lawn equipment, electronics, etc.. That’s the reason you list expensive items on the policy, which essentially bumps up your personal property coverage to make sure there is enough. If you can handle the risk, then you are saving money by dropping it for now.
jkwilson 04/07/20 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV, the new form of social distancing vacations?

jkwilson 04/06/20 04:55pm General RVing Issues
Optimism in the RV Industry

https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/columnists/james-briggs/2020/04/05/why-elkhart-indiana-might-withstand-coronavirus-recession/2943101001/ Not sure I buy the logic completely. People who are working rarely have much time for the slower travel pace of an RV for longer trips. People who are retired who don’t already have an RV likely aren’t going to make the leap. If we are fortunate, we’ll see how it turns out.
jkwilson 04/06/20 08:22am RV Lifestyle
RE: Rebuilding my eu2000i... (never did this before)

You can buy a new carburetor for it for $35. I used to hate swapping parts, but as cheap as they are and as many problems as they have because of ethanol fuel, it’s often the easiest and cheapest solution. Verify you have spark under compression and if you do try an eBay carb.
jkwilson 04/06/20 08:13am Tech Issues
RE: Brakes Stopped Working after CW Visit.

Before anything else, see what kind of shape the battery is in. If it went dead and froze while it was there, your breakaway switch might not work even with the truck hooked up. Won’t resolve the brake problem, but may help narrow down whether the problem is with the trailer or the connection/truck.
jkwilson 04/05/20 07:50am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling Mass TurnPike from New York. ( mountains ?)

Hills only.drive it regularly as we go across NY on 90 to visit kids in Boston. No memorable hills.
jkwilson 03/28/20 04:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: Maintnence Free Deep Cyelse 6 Volt Batteries

Normal battery charging shouldn’t cause any corrosion. Only water vapor, hydrogen and oxygen will be emitted. Only when.a battery continues to draw high current from the charging source long-term will you have corrosion problems.
jkwilson 03/25/20 02:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

If only they made folding bow saws... They do but it has been a long time since I saw one. Another thing they make is what I will call a "Cable saw" it's thinner than a chain saw (so less effort) and may well cut both ways.. Flexible cable with teeth between handles.. Google Pocket Saw. One of the Amazon hits. I’ve had one for many years. Carried it in my toolbox when I had cattle and fences to take care of away from home.
jkwilson 03/20/20 10:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fresh water tank flows out drain hose

Usually the overflow for the tank isn’t a hose. I think your low point drain is open.
jkwilson 03/18/20 05:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

If only they made folding bow saws...
jkwilson 03/15/20 05:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: dometic 2333 fridge help

X3 on the manometer. There are some YouTube videos to show you how to build one in a half hour that is very accurate.
jkwilson 03/15/20 05:17pm Tech Issues
RE: AC—oil or no oil?

Sealed bearings are sealed, so oiling accomplishes little. Oil is the wrong lubricant for a bearing in any case, so once the seal fails the motor’s days are numbered unless you remove the seal and grease the bearing regularly.
jkwilson 03/15/20 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: fifth wheel gas stops

I have the hardest time finding appropriate fuel stations in CA. I’m pulling a 42’ Bighorn with my ‘18 Ram CCSB SWR. I have 13’ of trailer behind the tandems and rear end swing is a lot. Pulled into one station on a trip, had to back out. Followed a billboard to one that said RV friendly, ya not. Had to take a double stab to get to the pump and had to repeat it to get out only to find they didn’t have diesel. One I stopped at, I luckily opted for an outside pump because you couldn’t tell the distance of the store front from the entrance to the pumps. Then, the rear end swing was crucial on my way out. Fueling is a stress for me, and I drive commercially (sometimes). Never a problem in a big rig because rigs only fuel on the highway at actual truck stops. RV’s are in the grey. Not really a big rig, certainly not a passenger vehicle so it is easy to get trapped into a stressful position. It really is a **** shoot. Plus, going some places we take out rigs, tend to be small and compacted little towns in the forest not really built to serve our vehicles. I would love for my copilot to be able to research fuel stops on the road, but that’s not in the cards. So, some stops are left to skill and chance, some are done when the 5er is docked and some are just plain necessity after running out of options. It would be cool if the highway signs indicated RV accessible, but hey, where would the adventure be if that happened.Why in heaven's name don't you have an auxiliary tank? That would stop all the headaches, you simply fuel up at the end of the day after you've dropped the trailer. Much more stress-free. Auxiliary tanks are difficult because of regulations with a gasoline engine. Transfer tanks are feasible.
jkwilson 03/15/20 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Power inverter question

Input power consumed roughly tracks output power being delivered. Depending on the particular inverter, there is some inefficiency. Up to about 15%, so you’d expect maybe 85W being consumed running a 75W load. There is also a small idle demand, probably about 100mA or a Watt to a Watt and a half.
jkwilson 03/14/20 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel gas stops

Watch your tail swing. Once you are experienced you’ll get in a lot of places you’d be afraid to try now, but if you turn too soon leaving you’ll learn a hard lesson about the difference between a 5th wheel and TT.
jkwilson 03/12/20 09:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire flat spots

Covering the tires does little good. Tires will dry rot due to exposure to the air. Not using tires is very hard on them. Tires are designed to be used, develop heat and then chemicals within the tire work to the surface to protect the tires. I almost learned this lesson the hard way. I had a spare tire that had been under the bed of my pickup for 4 years. I decided to put it into rotation along with a newly purchased tire on the other side of the axle. Everything was fine. I spent a couple of weeks getting ready for my trip and then noticed the weight on the tire had caused severe cracks to form. I would be very cautious about tires that had been sitting for 2 years. The primary cause of damage to tires is exposure to sunlight. Covering them is critical to avoiding deterioration when sitting outside.
jkwilson 02/25/20 07:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire flat spots

They might rumble a little for the first few miles, but it will go away. I’d be more concerned with the brakes after sitting so long.
jkwilson 02/24/20 07:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Niagara NY to Acadia NP in 5 days

The only sites that are likely available even now are at places like Bar Harbor Campground that don’t take reservations, and you won’t have any luck showing up late week. Coastal New England is insane on a normal weekend during the summer. That area is a wonderful place to visit, but you are in for a chore. We visit often as we have two kids in the area, but we generally avoid any driving on Fridays or Sundays or the days around holidays.
jkwilson 02/14/20 08:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Electric Fire Places

Had one in our HH. Before getting it I thought it was crazy. After using it a fireplace was a “must have” in our current camper. They are basically a large expensive electric heater. But do add some ambiance, and we use it all the time to take the chill out in morning or evenings. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Exactly how I feel.
jkwilson 02/08/20 06:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Land Between the Lakes

I too would love to see this area. we have a 40 ft 5th wheel and all this talk about tight roads and not convinent for larger trailers. which campgrounds for a larger vehicles? You can stay in any of them. There are large pull through sites. Look at the maps online and it should help, then call the campground (not the reservation line) and ask them for advice about the sites. The people that work the gate are usually staying in the CG so they know the area and understand hauling an RV. For Canal Campground, the satellite view is clear enough to get a feel for it. Others have too many trees.
jkwilson 02/07/20 07:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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