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RE: Removing seized shackle bolts?

Have heard stories of bolts not drilled completely. Also bolt holes under pressure may not pass the grease through. Try unloading them first then probably need to remove for inspection. This worked. Jacked it up enough to take some of the weight off and the remaining zerks took grease. Still had to play with the angle and pressure of the connection but it worked. Thanks again all
kfp673 04/14/21 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Removing seized shackle bolts?

As stated, I finished the project last weekend and thought I was 100% done but it turns out I am 99% and that last 1% is giving me fits. Installing the new equalizer and wet bolt kit ends up giving me 14 zerk fittings to grease total. 10 of them are no problem but 4 just will not take grease. They are brand new so it's not old grease. Used a small pin/nail to poke the dot and that did not help. Tried for a while yesterday and again today and all I get is a mess around the zerk. Any tricks to fix this without pulling the zerk or bolt? Thanks!
kfp673 04/13/21 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solidifying shower floor??

if there is access you could also inject a low expansion foam into the voids to create that stability. I have seen that done before. Steve I am not opposed to this idea but the space is roughly 4" tall. I am not aware of foam (unless I use 10 cans) that expands that large. For now I cut a collection of pieces of 2x6 and 2x4 and added support in different areas I can reach. Towing it this weekend so I will see how it holds up. Definitely much better than it was but not perfect. I'll see how it goes. Thanks all!
kfp673 04/12/21 05:25pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery price question...

Thanks again all. This is great info so I appreciate the conversation! I am pretty sold on 6V at this point as we do plan to boondocks more this spring / summer /fall than we ever have. I did more on-line digging and found the Sams club Duracell's at $89. Of course the nearest Sam's club is an hour away. Costco is our regular bulk warehouse at 10 min away and as stated mine has stopped stocking the Interstate. My in-laws have a Sams near them and a membership (again an hour from our house) so we will give it a shot next time we are down that way. Next challenge will be to find battery boxes that fit. Looks like a few nice ones on Amazon. Thanks again all!
kfp673 04/12/21 08:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Removing seized shackle bolts?

I finally won the war!! ;-) So after 2 failed afternoon sessions, I decided to commit Saturday and was determined not to be defeated. What better day to chose than my Birthday! Ha!. Breaker bar for the win! I was finally able to get good leverage and use a breaker bar to get these rusted nuts lose. I was able to use the frame and other bolts to wedge the opposite side with a wrench and get after it. I think a lot of my problems were around 1- trying to do it after work and 2- being a bit afraid of crawling under the trailer and having it fall with me reall pulling hard on the bar, hammering, etc. so I was not in the best positions to get the most torque. My air impact and my 18V impact were no match for the rust. So I first hooked it to the truck so that it could not go forward or backward and second added even more jack stands. It was probably fine but it made me more comfortable really getting in there. I must say, I was exhausted after that. Even though it worked, every bolt was a battle even with PB Blaster applied. ANyway, CRE3000 with wet bolt kit is now installed and ready for our next trip, Excited to see if I notice a difference in towing. Thanks again all for the help! No way I was letting this thing beat me
kfp673 04/11/21 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery price question...

Thanks for all the replies. I have a few responses to comments made throughout these posts. - To be clear, I am comparing 2 6V vs 2 12 v not a single 12v. I have room for either on my tongue - The Costco option does not appear to be an option for me. My Costco no longer carries them. Said they can order but when you read on-line the reviews are horrible for that Interstate 6V battery. - I have not Checked wall-mart or auto parts stores. Where I have found 6V in stock local to me was a battery plus location selling Energizer, a golf cart company selling Trojan, and an interstate store. The price ranges for those 3 locations for a single 6V was $128 for Energizer / Interstate up to $200+ for trojan. NAPA online is $120. I am just not seeing anything below that. I was comparing that to a 90 Ah 12V Interstate for $120 each. This is where I came up with similar AH for similar money with 2 12V . 180 Ah with 12V vs 240Ah with 6V. By the way, we are fine paying a little more, I just wanted to make sure I was not missing something since I read so many posts talking about <$100 6V batteries. I had my mind set on going with 6V this time around but was just surprised on the prices as I had always head they are cheaper. And, I was very surprised to see such terrible reviews on the Costco website for the Interstate 6V. I do have a tendency to discharge the battery quite far when we boondock, especially if we have to run the furnace, so points made in this thread of deeper discharge might be the important focus point for our situation Thanks again everyone. I know this topic is beating a dead horse, but it was the Value / Cost angle I wanted to look at here.
kfp673 04/11/21 06:08am General RVing Issues
Battery price question...

It's time to replace the single 12V we have on our trailer. We do boondock from time to time so I have been reading a lot on these forums about 6V vs 12V. My question here is, where are these inexpensive 6V batteries I keep reading about? When I read the 12V vs 6V discussions I always see someone say to use 2 6volts and you will get 200+ Ah and they are less expensive. I am not seeing that. Duracell and others I can find seem to be starting around $120 and going up for the golf cart battery which is the same price as many size 27 12V 100 Ah. Seems to me I could just buy 2 12V and have similar Ah. So I guess I am just not seeing the cost savings. What am I missing? Thanks
kfp673 04/10/21 05:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Solidifying shower floor??

Thanks for the replies, and nice job Bruce! After looking at some of those videos it seems people do a range of full removal and rebuild like Bruce to simply cutting pieces of wood and stacking them to create support. Similar to some of the videos, the reason I even looked at this is our shower drain was leaking. Saw it dripping from the underside of the camper. I removed the access panel and reached in to make sure all of the PVC nuts for the drain pipe connections were tight and they seem to be. And, it only seems to leak when my wife or I are in the shower. When my 70lb daughter is showering it does not leak, so I am convinced the flexing is casing the leak. Ironically our dealer just completely resealed our shower seams due to a **** job done by the factory, so I would prefer not to pull it if I can. Going to try some of the other options first knowing that I can always pull it out and rebuild if needed. Thanks again!
kfp673 04/08/21 05:05am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Solidifying shower floor??

Hello All, We have an Outback 325BH which has a corner shower. The shower floor has always been fairly soft, and VERY soft around the drain. I removed the access panel to see what is going on and I see why. The shower pan basically sits on a wood platform with a hole cut in the middle for the drain. Problem is the hole in the platform is probably 12-16" diameter so all of that area is not supported. There are 2 additional 2x4 pieces that help support it. So.. I'm curious if anyone has come up with a way to solidify the shower without removing the whole shower and replacing the platform. Feels like we are going to fall through when we shower. Any thoughts? Thanks!
kfp673 04/07/21 06:34am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ram "limp Mode"... Again!

Quick update... So they did find the issue right before our trip. Turned out it was a wiring issue from the PCM to the solenoid. Apparently the factory support group reached back out to the dealer with a "try replacing this wire". They did that and it fixed the limp mode issue. We towed from PA to FL and back without any truck running issues. Now the check engine light did come back on on our way home so the truck is back in the shop, but it was nothing obvious. Seemed to run fine so hopefully a small warranty issue. To those saying ditch the truck, I really don't want to. I really like the truck and with it having 4:10 rear it tows far better than I had expected a gasser to tow. I have owned diesels in the past and even during a 1000 mile tow I do not find myself wishing for another truck. I really have no complaints until I started with this whole limp mode issue and now this engine light issue, so I hope they get it figured out and I am good to go. Even if I wanted to trade it I still owe a lot on it, the dealer has 3 or 4 heavy duty trucks on the lot right now, and what they do have offers minimal discounts. My local GMC dealer has 1 Heavy duty and the Ford dealer has 2. All 3 dealers typically have an entire lot filled with dozens. Anyway, thanks for all the help, just figured I'd share that it turned out to be a wiring issue.
kfp673 04/06/21 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Removing seized shackle bolts?

thanks all. I was holding the back side with a wrench while trying to use the impact, but I did have the impact on the outside which is the bolt in this case. I'll try it again crawling underneath and use the impact on the nut instead. I don't have a right angle grinder but if this does not work this may give me an excuse to buy one. Thanks again all!
kfp673 03/25/21 07:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram "limp Mode"... Again!

Thanks all for the replies! I guess one other thing that concerns me is both times this happened was while towing, but ironically both times was low RPM. First time I was at about 65-70mph on a flat highway. Second time was on a 35mph road coasting when I felt the sudden shift into 4th. I always use Tow/Haul. Camper is about 9k Lbs and the truck is a 2500 with 6.4 and 4:10's so certainly not pulling too much. Once it happens while towing then it continues to happen regardless. Not sure if the towing part is a coincidence or if it is a contributing factor. Either way it's frustrating sitting here typing this when I should be on the road right now. Thanks again all!
kfp673 03/25/21 08:38am Tow Vehicles
Removing seized shackle bolts?

Hello All, Looking for recommendations. I purchased the MorRyde CRE3000 with wet bolt / shackle kit. Jacked the camper up and the axels up, pulled the wheels, and did not get past the first shackle bolt. I have an air impact and a battery impact and could not get it to brake lose. It just spun. It was getting dark so I just put the wheel back on. I do not have a torch, so is there any other way for me to get these off? We leave for a trip in a few days and I would really like to have this installed, however because we leave so soon I also don't want to get my self in a half finished project situation. Thanks for any help you can offer!
kfp673 03/25/21 06:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Ram "limp Mode"... Again!

I'm sure you've already done this, but there's a ton of google hits on 'ram limp mode' Yep I have been reading for sure. The problem is apparently the code the dealer pulled said it was another solenoid problem but replacing it did not fix the issue. They will replace the control module next but did not sound very confident that was the issue. I am nowhere near knowledgeable enough to make any recommendations, so I just need to let them keep working to figure it out. If that does not fix the issue then our vacation is shot. Frustrating considering the was just "fixed" 6 months ago.
kfp673 03/25/21 05:03am Tow Vehicles
Ram "limp Mode"... Again!

So I am in a windfall of bad luck. First our camper goes to keystone for a new floor, then it comes back in terrible condition, dealer works hard to correct the **** job Keystone did to get it back just in time for us to leave from PA to FL (tomorrow!). On the way home from the dealer and 2 miles from home... Boom, stuck in 4th. This happened last October and it was fixed by replacing the Trans solenoid and control box. I drop it off at the dealer last night with a letter begging them to squeeze me in since we leave Thursday. Dealer fits me in and calls me at the end of the day. Bad news... The code said solenoid again. Tech replaced it, road tested, Limp mode again! Tech tested wiring and believes it to be good. Tech calls the factory support and they say it is very unlikely the control box would fail again but that is the last thing to try, but of course the part is 2 days out and will arrive 1-2pm at the earliest on Friday. So now we are calling campgrounds trying to either get a refund for a day or some sort of credit and push back our trip while we wait for something the dealer does not feel confident will fix the problem. If that does not work then the trans apparently needs to come out, all wires tested, etc. Not sure how I got stuck in this sudden cycle of bad luck! Sorry for the rant, just figured I'd share. Truck is a 2018 Ram2500 6.4L Gas by the way. Love the truck but right now I'm hoping it catches fire ;-)
kfp673 03/24/21 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Keystone Rant

Thanks all! Other than wishing they did a better job inspecting it when it came back, I really don't have much bad to say about the dealer. Technically the unit is out of warranty and they went to bat for us to get the repair in the first place. Apparently Keystone is replacing a lot of floors right now. They made a change away from wood to a composite flooring material that apparently does not rot even if it gets wet. In speaking to the lady at Keystone and reading between the lines, it sounds like they have temporarily dedicated an entire building on the Keystone campus to replacing floors. So as I stated originally, the floor looks great and the workmanship all around the floor looks like it was done buy folks with experience. I suspect after the floor is on and they put the "shell" back on they "punt" it to the next building for reassembly and this is when the "let's get this done in 20 minutes so we can go grab a beer" crew starts working on it. Anyway, I know I enjoy being informed by reading others posts when you all have unique experiences so I'll keep this thread up to date. Hopefully it will help someone else somehow ini the future.
kfp673 03/13/21 12:25pm General RVing Issues
Keystone Rant

Hello All. I have a rant about Keystone and just wanted to post for the sake of sharing stories. You may or may not have read my post back in December about Keystone taking my Outback travel trailer back to their factory to replace the floor. Very long story short, it is a 2018 that developed unexplainable soft spots. Dealer contact Keystone and they immediately agreed to repair but needed to take it back to the factory to do so and would giving it an entire floor replacement. Fast forward to about 3-4 weeks ago, I was on this forum prepared to post about how positive an experience it had been. Throughout the 2 month process I dealt primarily with 2 ladies. One handled planning and transportation details and the other was a service writer. Both of these ladies from Keystone were fantastic. Very prompt with replies to my questions, dates were very accurate, and even were able to get my repair completed a month earlier than the original date. Fast forward this past week... Trailer got delivered back to our dealer. The dealer did a quick review and noticed a couple minor issues. A decal had been damaged and some lose molding. They repaired and called saying it was ready. Well.. that is where the good news ends for this story. When I got to the dealer the service writer I work with said I should take my time, open up the trailer, and go over it as best I can so that anything damaged or problems found can be noted and covered by Keystone. Keeping in mind that the entire shell, all plumbing, electrical, etc had to be removed to replace the floor, I expected to find a few things. After my wife and I did a 30 minute inspection, the only thing I can say they did well was replace the floor. The floor itself is solid and installed very nicely. EVERYTHING else is a disaster. If you told me they grabbed a high school kid with no experience and had him put the trailer back together I would 100% believe you. Just in that 30 minute inspection I made a list of 35 items. Granted, some are small like torn seal on storage compartment door. Easy fix. But others like installing the shower controls upside down, installing the kitchen sink faucet backwards, unaligned slide outs, and I could create a whole post just on the silicone sealing job they did. The entire shower is pulled away from the wall leaving this awful looking silicone bead on the wall. They must have needed to remove the front shell. The seal they did across the main roof seam putting it back together literally looks like if I told my 4yr son "Here's a 5 gallon bucket of play-doh, smash it with your fingers over this entire seam". I could go on and on and don't want to bore you with all the details. Needless to say, we are pissed and did not take the trailer home. After completing my inspection and taking 57 pictures we spent the next 30 minutes reviewing with our dealer service writer and manager. I am a bit disappointed in them as well for not giving it a better check and knowing what to look for, but whatever.. this is really a Keystone problem. They took what was a well cared for and very clean 2 yr trailer and destroyed it. Dealer recommended we get Keystone involved so I created a document with details and pictures and sent it to them last night. We will call as well on Monday . I am sure they will warranty authorize fix for all of this, but I'm not sure how much of it can be repaired? How do you fix the fact that someone literally smeared insane amount of silicone all over slide mounting and slide topper mounting brackets?? I'm not convinced it will ever be back to how it was when we sent it in let alone new.We have a trip planned starting on 3/28 and a few smaller ones in April, so we are now against a wall all while making a monthly payment!! Anyway, sorry for the long post but figured I would share.
kfp673 03/13/21 06:05am General RVing Issues
RE: FL questions

Hello again all. Brining this thread back to life. We thought this trip was off and then suddenly it came back to life. We are heading south the week of 3/28-4/3. Pretty darn last minute! I am driving myself nuts google searching and looking at RV parks / campgrounds so I am hoping for a few specific suggestions or some more specific area suggestions. Sites are stil available at many RV parks but state parks are totally out. Shame because there are some great looking parks. So.. Here is what I am thinking. Centralized spot where we can easy take day trips to kayak and possibly see manatees and/or nature in general, go to a great beach ( perfect world our site would be on the beach), possibly a day trip to an Orlando park, possible day trip to Clearwater area to see a spring training game. With that said it looks like areas north west of Orlando have most except beaches. If we go to Atlantic side they have beaches but far away from the rest of my list. Are there any gulf beaches I am missing? Any awesome RV parks you ahve been to? HELP!!! ;-) Spending waaayyy to much time on google maps and the computer so all input is welcome. And yes, I am still considering a lot of what has already been written as well. Thanks again all! If you are coming from PA; figure two days coming and two days returning you are trying to fit in way too much for the time you'll have. Pick two of the items you have on your list and then aim for a RV park near them. You and your family will enjoy the trip a lot better than trying to fit it all in. From One who has experienced all that Florida has to offer over the past fifty five years , and still do now at age 85 ! Guy Thanks for the reply. To be clear, we will be in Fl for a full week. I am looking at Sunday to Saturday however since it seems to give more availability. We will boondocks somewhere Saturday night.
kfp673 03/07/21 05:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: FL questions

Hello again all. Brining this thread back to life. We thought this trip was off and then suddenly it came back to life. We are heading south the week of 3/28-4/3. Pretty darn last minute! I am driving myself nuts google searching and looking at RV parks / campgrounds so I am hoping for a few specific suggestions or some more specific area suggestions. Sites are stil available at many RV parks but state parks are totally out. Shame because there are some great looking parks. So.. Here is what I am thinking. Centralized spot where we can easy take day trips to kayak and possibly see manatees and/or nature in general, go to a great beach ( perfect world our site would be on the beach), possibly a day trip to an Orlando park, possible day trip to Clearwater area to see a spring training game. With that said it looks like areas north west of Orlando have most except beaches. If we go to Atlantic side they have beaches but far away from the rest of my list. Are there any gulf beaches I am missing? Any awesome RV parks you ahve been to? HELP!!! ;-) Spending waaayyy to much time on google maps and the computer so all input is welcome. And yes, I am still considering a lot of what has already been written as well. Thanks again all!
kfp673 03/06/21 05:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is Martha’s vineyard worth the cost & effort? Nantucket?

We did the Vineyard 3 years ago with our truck and camper. Was a great week. The kids loved the whole experience including taking the truck and trailer on the ferry, amazing beaches, good food. Certainly not a place to go if you're trying to save money but a great experience.
kfp673 02/22/21 03:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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