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RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Howdy Rich, Congrats on your (well your wife’s) successful elk hunting. This little 2 week season will be our only hunting /camping this year. Not a year to reminisce favorably upon. I’m glad to hear the favorable report on your camper. It’s good to gain the piece of mind, to have a successful “stress test”! We understand the propane usage, we’ve been using a relatively large 5er since the late ‘90’s.....in some pretty cool weather! Enjoy your time spent in Mesquite! memtb
memtb 10/22/20 08:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

dedmiston, Thank You for the well wishes! Congratulations on two of your children getting their secondary education @Laramie.....we think it’s a pretty good school. I can understand (to a point) your desires to remain in California. It’s a little tough cutting the roots to your home. In some respects California and Wyoming are similar, with the large amounts of public land and the various terrains! And in each terrain......it offers it’s own form of beauty! Enjoy your desert rides, and as they say.....”keep the shiny side up”! memtb
memtb 10/22/20 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Yep, the best time of year to be boondocking! In just a week from now will be getting ready for a few weeks in the mountains! It looks like it may be a little cool when we “de-winterize” for our trip. With the weather, a lot can change over a few days.....we have lows predicted below zero F next Monday morning....will be loading the camper with gear/food and water on Wednesday. Hopefully, it will be 20’s or a bit warmer when I’m playing with the water hose! ;) memtb So where are you headed? Our desert riding season kicks off next month. I can't wait. dedmiston, We’re really not going far.......about half-way between Thermopolis and Cody (Wyoming). We’ve got late season elk tags, and will be in the hills for only about 2 1/2 weeks....the G&F shortened the season. Even if we fail on the elk....it will be nice to be out! It’s been a very busy year here at home. We haven’t gone anywhere or done anything, other than an overnighter in our little Class C for our semi-annual shopping trip! Where do you do your riding and what machine are you using.....I assume you’ll be riding dunes! Whatever and wherever.....I hope you have a great trip! I’m guessing that it will be a bit warmer for you desert trip! memtb
memtb 10/20/20 08:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Time to Prep the 5er

Lwiddis, yes, it comes with challenges....and with rewards! Thanks Jerry, looking forward to some home away from home time! We’ve been “social distancing” for many years..... “just another day in the park”! Actually, we may see more people than when living at home! :B memtb
memtb 10/20/20 10:41am General RVing Issues
Time to Prep the 5er

Yep, the best time of year to be boondocking! In just a week from now will be getting ready for a few weeks in the mountains! It looks like it may be a little cool when we “de-winterize” for our trip. With the weather, a lot can change over a few days.....we have lows predicted below zero F next Monday morning....will be loading the camper with gear/food and water on Wednesday. Hopefully, it will be 20’s or a bit warmer when I’m playing with the water hose! ;) memtb
memtb 10/20/20 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Best Built 5er?

............... Horizons RV seems to make the `best'. I wonder how they are doing? For $200,000 and up for a 5er they better make it the best! :E Generally, but not always, you get what you pay for! When you combine the cost of premium materials, lots of high end options, and workmanship going into a 40+ foot rig.....the numbers add up quickly! memtb
memtb 10/17/20 12:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential W/D?

Forgive me if this has been asked before, our FW is equipped with W/D hookups. It's spec'd for side by side but I imagine an all in one or stackable would work too. As we shop for them, does it have to be an RV specific set, or can residential units be modified to use? And how do they get them in the RV to install them? Going to be a pretty tight fit getting it in the door and up the hallway into the hookups in the bedroom closet. We have GE Space Saver washer and dryer in our 5th wheel . They are residential....but for apartment type applications. I can’t vouch for the quality and performance of the newer GE’s, but, we are very happy with ours. Fairly large load capacity and extremely quiet. When they are in use.....you must listen carefully to determine that they are still running! Also......They are 110/120 volt! memtb
memtb 10/16/20 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cold weather

Swope7896, I think that my first question would be ....how cold is cold? Determine your coldest expected temperatures and act accordingly. Will you have water in the system,? If temperatures are quite cool for extended periods of time, will you have power to circulate heat to the tank/tank valve/waterline, plumbing areas. Power for forced air circulation is a non-issue if you are in a campground. If boondocking, do you have adequate battery capacity to run forced air without running the generator on a near constant basis? For cold weather camping, there are quite a few things to consider and evaluate! memtb
memtb 10/11/20 09:30am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery Question

If I have room to add another house battery can I just use the existing charging system. Do I have to match the capacity of the two existing house batteries. You should match the size and the age for optimum performance. So, unless yours are quite new....you’re starting from scratch. We just did exactly that, going from two to four. We waited until our old 2 batteries passed away! memtb
memtb 10/11/20 09:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Should I buy a Class C or not for this specific situation?

We feel your pain. We wanted quality (4 season),low mileage, garage stored, well maintained, knowing it would be 10 or more years old. We checked all of those boxes.....but, went well over the $30K mark! It’s doable for $30K or under.....if you’re patient, spend lots of time internet searching, be willing to travel to get the unit.....and drop the 4-season capabilities! Good things come to those that are patient! memtb
memtb 10/11/20 09:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lift

The best way to lift everything (suspension, transmission, engine, shock mounts, etc.) higher is by installing taller tires. I did this on our Class C years ago to provide more clearance when we occasionally go on dirt/gravel backroads. Our Class C's chassis is the Ford E450, so it has plenty of extra fender tire well room for tires that our larger in diameter than what came stock on it. pnichols, has “nailed it”! The chassis/frame/body are generally the contact points on irregular terrain.....the only way to address all of these is taller tires! Awaiting my newish ( on unit when we purchased) tires to wear out or “date expire”.....will be going taller, for sure! memtb
memtb 10/11/20 09:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Fwiw Ive been down to minus 20 with no problems,.. This is another testimony, that all campers/rv’s are not created equal. While you will use considerably more propane, especially if the rv is large (ours is a 39 foot 5th wheel), the are several (some of the best are no longer in production) that can handle -20 F quite well. Uh... when a Canadian poster mentions -20, my guess is they would mean -20C, not -20 F. A small but important difference. Dave Dave, after I made my post, and then saw his location.....I wondered if he was talking about -20 C. Yep....a fairly significant difference! With our first really good 4 season unit, we enjoyed several minus 30 F mornings with no issues, with our newer unit, I’m not certain how well it would handle the -30’s F.... -20’s, we’re good! memtb
memtb 10/10/20 04:56am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Fwiw Ive been down to minus 20 with no problems,,but then I have Espar diesel and R10 insulation in all walls and double pane windows. Still the heater run continously all night on low seting,,surprisingly didnt use much electric either as I only have one AGM deep cycle batt. This is another testimony, that all campers/rv’s are not created equal. While you will use considerably more propane, especially if the rv is large (ours is a 39 foot 5th wheel), the are several (some of the best are no longer in production) that can handle -20 F quite well. The “nay sayers”, simply have no experience with the few, true 4 season units....therefore, there opinions are biased against cold weather camping! memtb
memtb 10/09/20 07:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: Solar Panels- Another Step Toward Independence

That's a really clean looking setup. I agree with the others though on the concern over the covered cells. Can you turn the connector brackets over? Put the L so it goes down the side and wraps under the panel. Then put screws in the panels from the side. Thanks, I actually considered that....just haven’t really studied it yet. Hopefully, that’s a good easy remedy! memtb
memtb 10/02/20 03:55pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar Panels- Another Step Toward Independence

FWV, yes a very small strip of the panel is covered! memtb
memtb 09/30/20 08:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar Panels- Another Step Toward Independence

Yep, not much fun to spend time on the roof....especially with several inches of snow. We had tilt panels on our 5ers for years, and the older I get the harder it is.....I’ll have to look into actuators. The panels would only angled when we would be spending 2 to 3 or more days in one location, spring, fall or winter....but, that’s when we do the majority of our camping. Pianotuna, can the actuators be had, to lift in two directions ,left or right? jdc1, Thanks for the roof warning, however, we have a pretty heavy duty, well constructed unit! Zero to near zero flex when walking on the roof! memtb
memtb 09/30/20 06:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Solar Panels- Another Step Toward Independence

This should’ve been done a year ago.....but, life continually gets in the way! I’ve got to purchase some wire, junction boxes to finish the tie-in. Installed these this morning on our Class C. The photo shows that the panels ( 4 x 100 watts) can be adjusted to take full advantage of the seasons/sun angle! memtb https://i.imgur.com/lNUIfoMl.jpg
memtb 09/30/20 04:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Posted This on the Class C Section, by Mistake

This is probably not practical for those that use their class c with more than two people. With the small refrigerators, perishable food storage can be an issue!. But, for those singles or couples that do long term travel/use....it may be something to consider. The photos show the base and cradle that I fabricated to secure the freezer to the floor. The freezer is bolted to the cradle, the plate welded to the cradle assembly is bolted to rv floor....using the same bolts that secured the chair. The cradle/base and modifications to the freezer bottom was a bit of a challenge....but, I believe that it is a strong, secure system. We removed our little “barrel backed” chair from behind the passenger seat, and replaced it with a small chest freezer. It could provide lots of storage for meals other than the canned goods or the packaged meals with lots of preservatives! We’re in the process of adding additional batteries (total of 4), 400 watts of solar (panels are angle adjustable) a charge controller, and inverter. memtb https://i.imgur.com/igosWd0l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/m2XxOt5l.jpg
memtb 09/30/20 08:05am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Why Didn't I Think of This Before?

Matt, our 5th wheel has a connection for a water hose to directly fill the fresh tank....no valves to open! In fact, every 5th wheel we’ve owned since 1993, had the water hose connection. Our class c has the more typical gravity feed! memtb
memtb 09/30/20 07:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: camco wave 3 heater QUESTION

seen at a garage sale a camco wave 3 heater my question is are these the ones safe to use inside a rv? SMALL CLASS c NEW IN THE BOX. We have one in both our class c and our 5’er. We only use them when temperatures are not expected to get and remain below freezing. If the temps get and stay quite cool, we need the forced-air to heat basement tanks and water system. We added two (2) additional CO monitors, for security reasons. You must keep adequate ventilation in the camper to keep the monitors from going off. In summary they do help keep the rv warm, but, I highly recommend taking precautions by having additional Co monitors. I suggest at least two (2), as one may fail....not likely that two (2) will fail! memtb
memtb 09/30/20 07:49am Class C Motorhomes
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