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genny conundrum

Like most 5'ers, my Arctic Fox has a factory genny compartment underneath the front overhang. For a variety of reasons, I don't want a permanently installed generator. I'm waffling between a single Honda EU3000is or two EU2200's or their Yamaha equivalents. I know many people swear by other brands but I've owned several motorcycles and respect the design and reliability of both manufacturers enough to pay the premium for their product. If I go with the heavier 3000 generators, has anyone come up with a good solution for getting them out of the front bay and into service a slight distance from the trailer? Something like a small ramp or something? I had even thought of carrying the genny in the truck bed but that's a tall lift with a 74 y/o back and a ~140# weight. The dual EU2200's are only (?) about 50# a piece so I could like manage that. Your thoughts and Real World experiences are welcome.
obie311 10/26/21 03:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replacing New Trailer King RST+ : Only Option Is Carlisle??

Sailuns are apparently bad now from Vietnam, at least this batch. Since I just put four Sailuns from Vietnam on my rig, can you give me a specific referral as to where you got this info? Thanks.
obie311 10/26/21 02:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires again

We currently have Samson tires on our trailer that could be up to 7 years old. The 5er is a 2014, we bought it in 2018 so we don't know for sure how old the tires are. We have traveled about 15,000 miles with these tires. I have always kept the tires aired up to 110 lbs. Now I'm wondering if we should just put the same tires back on. The blow out did put a hole in the sidewall about the diameter of a baseball. But is it possible that these current tires are at the end of their useful life span? Love your taste in vehicles BTW. My Arctic Fox is a 2014 and the DOT markings showed the tires were made in 2013 and 2014. With a 16,600 GVWR and a cross country trip looming, I didn't want to chance the old tires even though there was plenty of tread and no visible sidewall cracking. In the aviation world, there's components that are hour limited, cycle limited (ie take-offs and landings) and time limited. I tend to consider RV tires as time limited items. They would have probably done OK but it was worth the $800 I spent for Sailuns for piece of mind. On the bright side, I sold the set of old Goodyear G614's to a local guy on Craigslist for farm use for $200.
obie311 10/12/21 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: simple laptop solution for RV travel

Thanks to all that have made on point suggestions so far. My budget is <$400 hopefully if the machine hits my specs. Just to reiterate the initial post: I have a powerful PC at home and my wife has a 5 y/o Macbook Air. I would prefer not to use her Macbook on the road and I'm looking for a simple 13"-15" laptop to use with a phone hotspot to pay bills and check emails and some simple browsing like trip planning, RV forums and craigslist. I don't want to take photos, watch videos, post social media, or play games. Strictly admin type functions. I have a 128gb micro SD card in my phone so I've got the need for the occasional vacation snapshot or reference pics covered as well as my CD collection ripped down into 320 kbps MP3's for music.
obie311 10/03/21 04:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: simple laptop solution for RV travel

I just got a Chromebook a couple weeks ago and LOVE it. It doesn't have all the operating system of a traditional laptop, so its very fast and responsive. I got an 11" laptop for the kids to use, then a 15.6" laptop for me for doing online college classes. It has a small hard drive, so you'll need a way to store most saved files on the cloud (or use a MicroSD card to increase storage). Its very quick, easy to use and inexpensive. The 11" was about $150, the 15.6 was $220 on sale at Target. Both Acer brands. They charge with a USB-C cord, same as my Android phones, so I don't need to worry about bringing another charging cord camping either. This sounds much like what I'm looking for. Silly question but do both models have 802 wifi? And if you can give me the actual model #'s or links I would appreciate it. How are the battery lives?
obie311 10/03/21 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: simple laptop solution for RV travel

Agreed with above. If your budget is more than $400 I would look at a tablet or iPad for convenience based on the usage you described. How easy are they to read and how large is the keyboard? I get tired of doing internet transactions on my phone.
obie311 10/03/21 12:23am General RVing Issues
simple laptop solution for RV travel

I hope this is the right forum. I looked at Tech Issues but that seemed to concern more mechanical problems. I looked at Workamping but it didn't seem to have any traffic. We're planning on staying away from home for at least three months this winter while our son house sits for us. I have a powerful PC at home and my wife has a 5 y/o Macbook Air. I would prefer not to use her Macbook on the road and I'm looking for a simple 13"-15" laptop to use with a phone hotspot to pay bills and check emails and some simple browsing like trip planning, RV forums and craigslist. I don't want to take photos, watch videos, post social media, or play games. Strictly admin type functions. What's available out there without a lot of bloatware that meets this kind of specs? I've heard of Chromebooks but I don't know anything about them. I don't think I want a tablet as my eyes for reading aren't that great. I usually enlarge the font on the Macbook a Command + or two. Thanks in advance for any sage advice you may supply.
obie311 10/02/21 07:33pm General RVing Issues
Touchy subject - proper toilet paper for black tank

I hope this is the appropriate spot to post this. If not, mods please move or delete if it's too touchy. I'm wondering if there's a consensus on the best toilet paper to use for our black tanks? I'm planning to stock up for a long trip. I've heard anecdotally that the Kirkland house brand is good, but I don't know if that's accurate. At home, I'm a believer in Charmin heavy-duty. The parameters are: efficacy dependability and dissolveability comfort level cost per application
obie311 09/27/21 02:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5th wheel tire review

I went with the Sailuns from Walmart. Date codes were late 2020 and made in Vietnam. $740.12 out the door. I'm going to a real non-chain tire store that does heavy trucks to have them mounted today.
obie311 08/18/21 08:19am Fifth-Wheels
tire covers, yea or nay

Since I am investing in new tires, I was wondering if the vinyl type tire covers help increase the useful life of the tires? My storage is outdoors, completely unprotected from UV and environmental factors. There is a busy interstate highway about a half a mile away. My 8 y/o OE Goodyear 614's look good even though they haven't been covered but I'm replacing on basis of time, not appearance.
obie311 07/26/21 04:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cost to have someone wash your FW

It recently cost me $350 for a 35' 5'er. Mobile pressure wash rig. Trailer was very dirty. Decent enough job. The guy had ladders and seemed to know what he was doing. The quote included a "quick wax" for everything but the roof. The "quick wax" was actually Meguiar's instant detailer. Good enough stuff, I use it on clean cars, but not exactly wax.
obie311 07/12/21 07:28pm Fifth-Wheels
is it beneficial to apply wax over Polytrol?

I was desperate to restore the faded gray front cap on my Arctic Fox. So I applied some Polytrol in the hopes it would bring a little improvement to the finish. It looks very promising but, in spite of some internet research, I can't seem to find out if it would be beneficial to put an overcoat of Meguire's carnauba wax over the Polytrol. Does any one out there have first hand experience with the Polytrol and wax?
obie311 07/12/21 07:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: BAttery replacement.

After the covid downtime both my batteries were gone. I don't know if they were the factory installs or replacements from a previous owner. (coach is a 2014) They were nothing special just group 27 Interstate FLA "marine" batteries. My price point was around $300. I'm not in the Battleborn league. I did a lot of research and was leaning toward a pair of Trojan T-105's but ultimately decided I didn't want the maintenance responsibility of checking and replenishing the water levels. (Yes I know they have gadgets to do this) Ultimately I decided on 2 group 27 Duracell AGM's from Sam's Club (about $325 out the door). I've used East Penn/Deka's in my motorcycle and they have been good but not exceptional like the Panasonic AGM. Wife does not like to boondock so that influenced my decision to pass on the Trojan GC's. Otherwise I would have gone that way. We'll see how these do over the winter. I think my solar and converter do a pretty good job of keeping these batts charged and I doubt I will discharge them below 50%. Time will tell.
obie311 06/22/21 10:18am Fifth-Wheels
Lube slide seals?

I've been doing some small mods and maintenance on my AF 5'er. I want to preserve the life and flexibility of the seals. I was wondering if I should do some preventive maintenance on my slide seals? I have 303 in my garage but I didn't know if that was the right product. Thanks in advance.
obie311 05/15/21 05:47pm Tech Issues
need 411 on Winegard Pathway X2 PA6002R Wally Receiver

A local guy getting out of RV'ing has a Winegard Pathway X2 PA6002R Satellite TV Antenna and DISH Wally Receiver for sale for $200. My wife likes to watch her TV shows so I'd like to not have to depend on the Cable feeds from RV parks but I'm not up on the latest technology. Here's a few questions I have: Is this a good unit with current technology?Is this a good price?Assuming a good LOS to the satellite are these things reasonably reliable? (my wife holds me personally responsible for all tech issues LOL) If you have a suggestion for a better system in the $400 price range I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks.
obie311 04/27/21 08:02pm Technology Corner
RE: RV furniture

We replaced our recliners with La-Z-Boy recliners. DO NOT buy any of the recliners below the Pinnacle series. The smaller and lighter ones are JUNK. Ken How do you discern which ones are below the Pinnacle Series? Is it the price point below $759? Also are the backs removable on all these to fit thru a narrow 5'er door? Unfortunately La-Z -Boy does not have a specific RV line and you can't rely on what a salesman may tell you to make a sale.
obie311 04/17/21 11:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A useful tip for using the BLM interactive maps

What's the "home page" for these maps? Say I wanted to look at CA or NV?
obie311 04/05/21 06:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 5th wheel tire review

It looks like Walmart offers the Sailun for about 900 bucks all up, but do I trust them to install properly? Of course, I'd check the torque myself before leaving and do the re-torque myself.
obie311 03/10/21 07:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel tire review

Have you looked at, priced the Sailun tires. Sailun has a pretty good rep with forum members. The Endurance are proving themselves to be dependable, but probably best suited to lighter trailers. Jerry I've read all the good chatter on the Sailuns but the nearest accredited dealer to me is in Tulsa about 100 miles away. I'm also concerned about warranty replacement when I'm far from home. Most likely there will be a Sams Club or Goodyear Commercial dealer not too far away.
obie311 03/10/21 03:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel tire review

I've got Goodyear G614 235/85R16's on my 2014 Arctic Fox 29.5K with a GVWR of 16,600. The date codes are from late 2013 and early 2014. They look OK but.... I was thinking of changing them before hitting the road for any long distances. I called the local Goodyear Commercial tire store and got a quote of roughly $1800 all up for a set of 14 ply G614's LT's. The next option down were the ST Endurance 10 plies for about $950 all up. Obviously the 14 plies are the best way to go but I'm not sure I can step up financially. Would I be skating on thin ice with the set of Endurances on my rig?
obie311 03/10/21 02:31pm Fifth-Wheels
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