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RE: Rec Pro ???

Very timely post. I just took the last OE recliner from my Arctic Fox to our city's Bulk Waste event. I derived a great deal of pleasure seeing it deposited on the mound of **** there. AF supplies "Thomas Payne" now as OE but since I bought used, I don't know who the original manufacturer was, but it was nasty junk. Just out of curiosity I priced a pair to Thomas Payne and RecPro recliners last night. They were a ridiculous $1200-1500/pair. When I replace them, I'm going to pony up another $500-700 and get Laz-y-Boy, Lambright, or Best Furniture.
obie311 09/17/22 07:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

Thanks for the suggestions all. Is Cleanwood a sanding sealer or just a cleaner like we used to use Prep-Sol when painting cars to get all the wax, grease, and handprints off the metal before painting? Covered Wagon bear with me here as I want to take advantage of your knowledge, but I don't understand what you mean by "toning" the finish coat. Does that mean I would add some Miniwax 235 to a polyurethane satin top coat? I'm missing a step here that the original furniture manufacturer did to make the finish more uniform. Is it possible that they used a toned sanding sealer first? Luthiers use a sanding sealer on guitars, but maybe not for translucent finishes, maybe only paint. I found this warning on the internet: Do not apply stain to the top of the sanding sealer. To work properly, wood stain needs to soak into the pores of the wood. Sanding sealer negates this process. The stain will sit on the surface and not be absorbed.
obie311 08/12/22 07:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

Be sure to use an oil based finish, I really like Helmsman Spar Urethane Clear Satin. It will give you a more rich color. Water based looks like you PIZZED on it. Hit it with 120 then 220 and re try the stain. Thanks. I did use an oil based Minwax.
obie311 08/07/22 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

"I read up on the Minwax system and it recommended oil Pre-Stain for soft woods and also was said to help the stain look more uniform."
obie311 08/07/22 10:04am Fifth-Wheels
Need help from experienced woodworker

I have a little side table that came with my Arctic Fox RV. It had a deep scratch in it and I also wanted to use it as a test case for eventually refinishing the dining room table. I started sanding with 100, then 150, then 220, and finally 320 with a palm sander. The scratch was gone as well as the original stain and the surface felt very smooth. It actually looked like it was constructed of Oak boards with varying tones. Some light and some reddish. I read up on the Minwax system and it recommended oil Pre-Stain for soft woods and also was said to help the stain look more uniform. I applied as directed. Right now I'm at two coats of 235 Cherry (as mentioned on the Northwoods RV forum) to be a close match to the original stain. I was disappointed in the darkness of the two coats of stain so I did more googling and found that I had made a mistake in sanding the wood so smooth. Apparently the rougher the wood surface the darker the stain will appear. I'm in a quandary as how to proceed from here. Should I try two or three more coats of the 235 stain and see how it looks? Would a gel stain have more pigment and give me a darker result? Should I "unsand" the surface back to 150 or 220?
obie311 08/06/22 09:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Power cord connections melting

Yeah I think thats the problem. Camco connectors. They aren't to expensive but I think thats the problem. Who makes better ones? Ha no cleaning these up. These boys are shot. One of the connectors came out od the cord connector and stuck in the pigtail. If you have totaled up the amps you are drawing and are at, or under 24 amps when this happens, it could be the Camco Connectors themselves. The heat had probably loosened the plastic that held the cord connector/terminal. We know travel trailer manufacturers often put low-spec items in their builds. This could be one of them. Take the Camco plug to an industrial electric supply and see if they have a Woodhead, Hubbell or some heavy duty equivalent. Home Depot shows Leviton RV plugs but I'm not sure that's a good brand any more. Inexperienced or jackleg electricians often make a stranded wire connection in the wrong direction. Always make the loop that goes under the fastening screw in a clockwise direction.
obie311 07/17/22 03:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: efficient basement storage for Bliss style chairs?

We don't have these chairs, but my "weight police" radar just went up looking at your photo. I think that velcro against the side would keep them vertical as long as you have that black fuzzy fabric wall coating stuff. I wasn't really thinking of a complete plywood box, only maybe wooden channels in the floor and a couple of upright 1x to keep them from flapping around tied to the basement wall. The concept being that keeping them vertical rather than resting on the floor, frees up more space for boxy cargo. I do like the idea of the eyebolts.
obie311 12/07/21 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2+ weeks into Artic Fox 27-5L

The 27.5L is Arctic Fox's most popular model. Dear Wife wanted more counter space so we opted for the 29.5K. They are (in general) well built and a cut above most other brands. They seem to be mostly unknown here in the Southeast since they are Oregon built rather than in Indiana.
obie311 12/06/21 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
efficient basement storage for Bliss style chairs?

We love our Bliss chairs. It's almost like being weightless reclining in them. The only problem is they are awkward to store in our basement. There is enough room to store them vertically if I had some sort of slotted rack to hold them. When I worked in the movie biz, we had plywood boxes to store our 4x4' reflectors. I wondered if there was some sort of similar solution we could adapt to our large folding chairs? https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1723/9805/products/reflectorbox119124_1024x1024@2x.jpg?v=1571609259
obie311 12/06/21 08:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert auto leveling system

Here's the critical part if you haven't already found it: Hitch Recognition 1. Turn on the touch pad. 2. Push the “UP” arrow (Fig. 5A) to scroll to “Auto Reconnect” option on LCD screen. 3. Push "ENTER" (Fig. 5B). The rear jacks and middle jacks (if equipped) will retract first, then the front jacks will extend to raise the trailer to the height where the auto level sequence was started. Of course like a lot of things with our trailers, nothing is perfect. You may have to tweak the height a little bit manually to match your hitch. One other thing is to properly calibrate "Level" to your system. If you find yourself at a level or nearly level campsite, take time to calibrate the level. I place a carpenters level on the countertop and floor to get a reference. You may have to manually tweak the legs to get it level if the previous Auto Level setting is wrong. Just remember not to get your wheels above the parking surface when you level the trailer.
obie311 11/16/21 09:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: genny conundrum

Are you sure? I made my own parallel cables to connect 3 different wattage generators. But then I like to live on the edge, and I hate paying $250 for something that's 2/3 of what I need, and I can do myself for about $30. I'm pretty good making my own cables. Can you supply the specs for the connectors and the cable you used? Did you use welding cable for flexibility?
obie311 10/29/21 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
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
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