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RE: Follow-up to my frozen refrigerator....

So how cold does it have to get to for it to freeze and needing this done? Never read of this before. Inquiring minds want to know. Charles It also happens when it simply sits too long. When I bought a used 1980 Minni Winnie, the fridge wouldn't cool even though the eclectic and propane functions were heating properly. I read about that fix here on this forum and gave it a try. It worked great for about 30 minutes and then I noticed a very strong odor of ammonia. Yep, once I got it circulating again I found the weak areas of the tubing! All of this in Florida where even record cold snaps aren't cold enough to freeze much of anything but water.
lwbfl 02/16/21 06:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailers

I had a 2017 279RLDS Liberty Edition for 2 years. The frame rusted enough after one year so that when I prepped it for restoration, there were a number of areas where thin layers of metal peeled away. That was year one. Six months later the springs on the slide side failed and the tires were rubbing on the underside of the wheel well when traveling. Forest River acted real interested, but they never did anything. The gutter on the curb side had a persistent leak, and I had two screws pop up on the roof. The rest of it was great, but that was enough to make me vote with my feet. I traded it out immediately after I replaced the springs. Was the frame exposed to salt (coast or snow areas)?
lwbfl 02/16/21 02:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing

Everything is legal till you get caught. Perfectly legal in some states. If it's illegal, the only difference between getting away with it and getting caught are the consequences. Legality remains either way.
lwbfl 02/14/21 01:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sticker and residue removal

Don't forget the mattress tags. :R Yeah, I'd hate for the helicopters to swoop in as I'm cutting that one off!
lwbfl 02/14/21 01:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sticker and residue removal

Rapid Remover and an eraser wheel both on amazon. Still a lot of work for 10+ year baked on and pealing decals to get removed. I removed some of the worst and gave up on the rest for now. Just part of the patina. The advertisements only.
lwbfl 02/14/21 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailers

What tires is Coachmen putting on its trailers now? Goodyear Endurance? I researched all the manufactures and decided on a Coachmen because of the aluminum framing, Azdel and construction methods. I then looked at the different models until I found one that met my weight, length and price requirements. Everyone I know that owns a Coachmen is satisfied with the quality of the construction. Of course there are issues with various other things but at least I'll be able to replace those things. Its hard to replace the actual structure! Much like the auto industry, whatever is cheap and available at that time. I've seen mostly China bombs which is what mine has currently.
lwbfl 02/13/21 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Sticker and residue removal

do a small spot thats hidden BEFORE you use the W D 40 see if it stains. For sure!
lwbfl 02/13/21 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Coachmen Freedom Express Travel Trailers

I researched all the manufactures and decided on a Coachmen because of the aluminum framing, Azdel and construction methods. I then looked at the different models until I found one that met my weight, length and price requirements. Everyone I know that owns a Coachmen is satisfied with the quality of the construction. Of course there are issues with various other things but at least I'll be able to replace those things. Its hard to replace the actual structure!
lwbfl 02/12/21 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: PROPANE LEAK??????

Could the just be venting from the increased temps?
lwbfl 02/12/21 07:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Sticker and residue removal

There are many solutions to try. None of them make it "easy" I used this: https://smile.amazon.com/Rapid-Remover-Adhesive-Graphics-Stripes/dp/B006RUJ2D8/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=adhesive+removal&qid=1613164827&sr=8-9 "Rapid Remover" I tried Goo Gone, 3m Adhesive Remover, and a scraper on my drill. I had a 35' fifth wheel and all the decals were turning to ****. It was a loooong process. The trailer turned out totally white, except for the fading around the decals. Good luck, and be patient! Yeah, once they' baked on there for a while they get worse!
lwbfl 02/12/21 04:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sticker and residue removal

Warm with a hair dryer and wipe with WD-40. Works well on some adhesives, fair on others. They are pretty new so the stickers come off easily, just wasn't sure if WD-40 was OK to use on the fiberglass skin. I know it's wonderful on metal bumpers and chrome! I have some marine wax I used on the old camper and I hope it will hide the "dull" spots left behind.
lwbfl 02/12/21 04:24pm General RVing Issues
Sticker and residue removal

My new TT came with stickers all over it and I want to remove them. What's the best way to get the adhesive off the fiberglass and 3M decals after peeling off the unwanted stickers?
lwbfl 02/12/21 01:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coachmen Apex Ultralite vs Jayco Feather 24RL

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lwbfl 02/11/21 02:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Puma trailers. Any good?

Hello, We are planning to get a Puma 27RLSS or the new 25rkqb. Any experience with these trailers? Love to hear good and bad. Thank you I have no experience with them but here's how I recently conducted my search. I had a maximum lenght and weight in mind in the beginning. I looked online at floor plans and then looked at the manufactures website as well as online reviews on how the units are built. I narrowed it down to two manufactures that seemed to build better than the rest. Then I narrowed it down to two models and decided based on the aluminum framework over 2x2 framing. (Both had similar roof materials but one with a higher weight rating for the roof). I plan on using mine for 20 years so manufacture process was a higher priority than fancy lights and looks (although the one I chose has that too LOL)! If you have long term goals, take the time to do the research like you're trying to do here and ignore the negative comments. If you're like 90% of RV buyers and will only use it for a year, get what looks good and is less expensive then sell it quickly! Good luck in your search and let us know what you decide. There are some of us who are interested in your process!
lwbfl 02/08/21 08:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Apex Ultralite vs Jayco Feather 24RL

After comparing the models side by side we decided on the Coachmen. Thanks to those who answered my original post!
lwbfl 02/07/21 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Apex Ultralite vs Jayco Feather 24RL

Recalibrate your acceptance criteria and standards RV mfg use cheap material, and you will have to fix things. Houses are not designed to drive on today's poor roads. Start with that premise, and you will be much happier. I have a coachman Freedom Express trailer. Azdel looks good and should give a nice long lasting appearance. HOWEVER, I have a long list of "simple" fixes that should have not left the factory. One example, hot leg connected to charger with a loose screw. Discovered that when I upgraded the charger to one that actually functions. This is my 7th RV, I'm just trying to decide between the two.
lwbfl 02/06/21 02:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Apex Ultralite vs Jayco Feather 24RL

I originally was looking at coachmen and forest river for the fact that they use Azdel in many of their builds. Not sure if Jayco is doing the same now? Might be a difference maker when you are considering you purchase. Better R value, little chance of rot or mildew, and it's a lighter material than traditional luan. They all have their own name for a similar product. My 1980 Minnie Winnie Class "C" had the same thing but with aluminum exterior siding instead of fiberglass.
lwbfl 02/06/21 08:45am Travel Trailers
Coachmen Apex Ultralite vs Jayco Feather 24RL

We've narrowed our choices for 2021 models down to two. Everything is nearly the same, length, weight, price all what we're looking for. My hold ups are these and I'd like opinions on experience with these lines as construction is similar throughout the individual brands. The Coachmen seems to have better construction - welded metal frame. The drawback is the interior fit and finish seems somewhat lacking. The roof is EDPM over decking and that aluminum welded frame. The Jayco has better wood construction than most other brands so I'm not sure that's a deciding factor? The fit and finish seem much better but I'm looking for longevity. Roof is TPO over decking and wood frame. The good news is the two lots are right across the road from each other so I can see them withing a few minutes of each other. On a side note, my 2004 Trail-Bay 27ft has so much more space than either of these! It's just beyond what I'm willing to put in it to keep it road worthy. The previous owners failed to properly repair roof damage and leak damage twice and never used the propane system at all. It's way nicer as far as fit and finish and quality of interior than the new ones. (Exception - the counters in the new ones are nice).
lwbfl 02/05/21 12:03pm Travel Trailers
New Again

Well, been a long time since my original intro in 2006. I've owned three more TT since then (and had two more children)! I retired in December of 2020 and decided it's time to finally buy my first new TT. My 20 year old model has just about had it's last road trip. It saved our butts after Hurricane Michael destroyed our stick house. It has become a permanent fixture in it's place since we had to relocate but still own the property. Anyway, I've started a 2nd career but have enough flexibility to get back into at least weekend camping and a couple of week long trips a year. We just started looking at new models so....here we go again!
lwbfl 01/31/21 07:18pm Beginning RVing
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