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RE: Question about exiting in an emergency

Fire licking at your rear end, etc. The smoke from an incipient fire will kill you long before heat and flames...:S Have one or more smoke / CO2 detectors - test regularly to make sure they work. Get occupants outside - *then* decide if you can (or should attempt to) extinguish the fire. ~
ol Bombero-JC 09/03/20 11:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moving a 5th wheel from Florida to New York State

On edit via new post. The thread was actually called, "Getting 5th Wheel Home", by "Top Dog", posted 3-17-06. Fifteen pages. Folks were still adding comments *after* the situation was resolved, so I asked the Mods to close the thread. I should add, I did communicate with Gloria via private message to express sympathy & condolences on Jim's passing. She had expressed her thanks to all and was doing well. A description (with link to the original): Getting 5th Wheel Home ("Top Dog") ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/28/20 12:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moving a 5th wheel from Florida to New York State

And here I thought this entire forum was for helping other people. Silly me. Somebody is taking their hall monitor job a little too seriously To/for....Over Zealous Moderator/s ??....:o A few years back there was a thread - think it was something like "Getting Jim home" - from the wife of "Jim". They had left their home in (IIRC) Virginia for a trip to Texas. Jim had terminal cancer, wanted to go to TX one last time. He was OK with driving there - but then things took a turn for the worse. She had no experience driving/towing their 5th wheel and was looking for someone to drive it back for her. The thread ran for several pages - many, many volunteers as well as suggestions - including "handoffs" from state to state. Eventually her problem was solved they got the truck & trlr home. (And, yes, Jim did pass away at home). *NO* Mod or Admin closed the thread - until AFTER they had returned home, and no more assistance was needed. OP: The PullRite SuperGlide. There is an adapter available from PullRite to tow the 5th with a non-PullRite hitch. Unfortunately, it's about $150. as I recall. ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/28/20 11:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Laura evacuation.

A curiosity question. It's an annual thing these hurricanes. Knock my house down or flood it once, ok, I'll rebuild it. Do it on an annual basis and why would anyone want to live there knowing you're going to get your butt kicked over and over. Hurricanes don't hit the same place every year, unlike snow, ice, and freezing cold temperatures for months at a time -- precisely why I left Michigan so many years ago. In your location I'm sure you're very familiar with what I'm saying :C Neither do tornadoes or earthquakes. Been "through" several earthquakes in the SoCA region. Although several (Sylmar, Northridge, etc.) caused major damage, none have ever affected me or my homes (knock on wood). However - I was in the USAF in Wichita Falls, TX -up close and personal- for the 1964 Tornado that went thru Sheppard AFB - and I'll take EQ "dangers" any time. Of course, I spent 30 years running into burning buildings (and brush areas all over the state) when folks were going the other way. So ya takes your chances and plan ahead to be safe!! :W
ol Bombero-JC 08/26/20 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow vehicle in the shop

What Cummins is referring to.... Not happy with GS ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/21/20 01:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our new solar/inverter power system

Outstanding !! :C
ol Bombero-JC 08/21/20 01:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 50 amp cord storage ideas?

No more fighting the Anaconda!! Best investment I ever made: 12V Powered cord reel with (more) flexible 50 amp power cord. Pull out what you need - push button to re-reel. Mounted in compt. ~ I should have added..... The way I set it up: The reel is mounted in a side compt - with a "notch" in the door, so it can be closed when cord is out & in use. Notch has a sliding cover. My portable 50amp PI EMS is "in line" to *one* of three choices of the source of power: (Only *one* can be connected) 1. The cord reel. 2. The original (factory) wiring to the Marinco connection at the rear of the 5th. The 30 amp cord (see next) can also be used for #2 with adapter to the Marinco connection. 3. A 30 amp power cord to connect to the generator in the pickup bed. When (if) I ever go to a different RV - choice #2 will be the "back in service" for the 5th. The reel and PI can stay with me if I wish. The 5th was purchased new in 2005, my power source "choices" was done in late 2005 - and has worked flawlessly since. My factory (stiff) 50 amp mfgr supplied "Anaconda" rests in my garage, waiting for it's next victim!!...:W ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/20/20 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: 50 amp cord storage ideas?

No more fighting the Anaconda!! Best investment I ever made: 12V Powered cord reel with (more) flexible 50 amp power cord. Pull out what you need - push button to re-reel. Mounted in compt. ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/16/20 07:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck flooded

If it got up inside the car, even just the carpet, it’s totaled. No questions. And since the horn started to go off, it got into the electronics. Bottom line, it’s done! X-2 on the bottom line. Totaled - (even if *not* by salt water). ~
ol Bombero-JC 08/10/20 06:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Simple extension cord

Aaaand OP hasn’t been back..... *His* circuits are overloaded....:B The number of replies -and info- has tripped his breaker!!....:W Ya mean there's more to this MH thing - than stab it and steer it?..:@ .
ol Bombero-JC 08/05/20 12:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Reality check - 2006 Chevy 2500

First post and diving in head first... We are in the very early discussions with DW’s parents on a 5er. A key point is whether we use my current truck as the TV or need to upgrade (equals more money). I’ve had my 2500 for almost 12 years and it’s been rock solid. It’s the extd cab short bed 4x4 with D/A and only 120k miles. I’ve done a considerable amount of towing with a 24’ car trailer and it handles that load just fine. I know one of my limiting factors is the GVWR of 9200lbs and as a result are considering 5er’s on the lighter side. One model we like based on the floor plan of two separate bedrooms spaces is the Cougar 32bhs - https://www.keystonerv.com/fifth-wheels/cougar-half-ton/floorplans/32bhs-fifth-wheel/ This is something we would plan to leave at a specific campsite/location for a while vs towing it around every weekend. I know there is no substitute for hooking it up and hitting the scales...but for those with more experience then me (everyone here)...is something like the above model / weight going to be doable and an enjoyable tow or should I be looking to nut-up and price in upgrading to a DRW truck? First poster: For your subject - try the Tow Vehicle forum (here) as well as the Toy Hauler Forum. There will be brand "loyalists" in/on each - "mine is best", etc. Sooooooo....go to any of the...... *Brand* specific forums for gas and/or diesel. Internet search will bring up several for whatever brand you want info on! Usually sections for year/s, engines, and trannys, etc. Check what *owners* are saying and check the "help" sections for folks with problems. Roll on! ~
ol Bombero-JC 07/25/20 12:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel chocks

I forgot to remove my Roto Chocks one time. I knew it real soon as I couldn't move. I took a lot of work to get them out because they had lodged even tighter as I tried to move the trailer. Too bad they are no longer made. Rotos are/were great - so was Pearl & her husband (RIP). However - the main benefit of Rotos (and others) is they keep the RV from movement - like walking inside, moving from one end to the other, etc. Wood is your friend for lots of uses. So, two or three 2 x 6s about 18 inches long will keep you from moving - even if you forget them - trying to drive over them will get your attention....:W BTW - I always chock in front of - and behind - at least one wheel with *wood* chocks. Cheap & handy for other stuff - if beat-up, toss 'em and replace. :C .
ol Bombero-JC 07/25/20 12:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

Plumbing the two dump hose connectors together is fine but you want to keep separate valves. Otherwise you essentially only have one big combined tank. Better separate so he can drain black and then flush the hose with grey. Honestly, if I was rebuilding from scratch, I would lean towards a single valve. As long as you use plenty of water when flushing, it shouldn't be a big issue if they all drain together. But if you don't fully utilize the kitchen gray tank, you effectively get more storage for the black & shower as they will back up into the kitchen gray tank. valhalla360 - first thought for you...."we" all know the mfgrs will cut corners to save a buck at every opportunity. *If* your "one tank" plan is/was a good one - the mfgrs would be doing it already...:S However - back to those codes you want. Code sections will vary from jurisdictions, however - Here's one to consider.... Depending on the location - whether city, county, state, or feds... if *spilled or leaked* - your "concoction" of black & grey is is a bio-hazard. Not so with "only" grey. *Maybe* depending on the amount, and/or if you're quick with your own clean-up - or do same on "the sly" you may get away with it......if not, you may/will be responsible for paying for a licensed remediation outfit for clean-up! As a former Haz-Mat team member, I can vouch for it being a reality. Plenty of your fellow camper/neighbors will "rat you out"! The "authority having jurisdiction" may have very limited "leniency" options (if any). BTW - It AIN'T cheap !!....:( ~
ol Bombero-JC 07/22/20 06:54pm Tech Issues
RE: finally a fuel injected generator!

57 DB is a honda EU03000i at full load So this beast is interesting only a kilobuck at Home Depot not that I care to shop there . Maybe - the kilopbuck is OK (?) Specs indicate LIFAN is in AZ, USA. Would guess that means they are re-selling an "offshore" brand. Who is the mfgr? Champion distributor is here in the USA, mfg in China. If LIFAN has the same excellent service rep as Champion - no problema (that was for MEX). ~
ol Bombero-JC 07/22/20 04:55pm Tech Issues
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

Try looking at some backing videos on YouTube - maybe help, maybe not - but it's "free to you" !! :W .
ol Bombero-JC 07/22/20 04:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Biggish dog in pick up truck?

We have always travelled with our 2 kids and Back Lab,,, recently we have had our 2nd Lab as well in the back seat with no issues.... Not Sure what brand you are looking at but the 2020 Ford 3/4 and 1 ton interiors have changed and there is a LOT more leg room... One or our labs decided she wanted to just say on the floor when camping..... No worries, plenty of room.. Try your question on the Tow Vehicles forum. (Does Ram/Dodge still make the "mega cab?"). The Pets forum ("RV pet Stop") would be good also - but not as many posters/viewers.
ol Bombero-JC 07/22/20 04:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Interesting thread. Compliments to the Mods for letting it keep on running! ~
ol Bombero-JC 05/14/20 10:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Truck 4x4 or 4x2 ??

If you don't have need for a 4x4 get the 4x2. In our area resale is much better for the 4x4. The 4x4 will lower your payload a small amount. I will never have anything but the 4wheel drive but most of my life has been spent in mountain/snow country. Never made it past the 2nd post (above). OP get whichever one rings your chimes. Having had two 4 x 4 trucks and two 4 x 2 trucks - as well as a place in the mountains (7K ft of elevation) - and plenty of mtn roads with snow - I learned the only reason I needed the 4 x 4 was to save the chore of putting chains on the 4 x 2 vehicles - when chains were req'd. (4x4 was just have the chains with you). Never needed or used - the 4 x 4 other than the above, which was just for "show & tell" *if* you were asked. If you like to go off roading - maybe a good reason (I preferred a jeep for that - instead of beating up my truck). BTW - If you get a 4 x 4 (or a 4 x 2) - be sure to order a limited slip rear end. Without it - the 4 x 4 isn't really 4 x 4, LOL. ~
ol Bombero-JC 05/10/20 06:27pm Fifth-Wheels
Admin/Mods: You missed a golden opportunity!

....when you closed the thread regarding the RV (Motor Home) explosion in Calgary - resulting in one fatality. As you read this - think of the "newbies" on the forum - folks who are new to RVing. As you may recall (still on here, but closed) the thread was started by "BobsYourUncle" on 4-24-20. Besides the event - it "dissolved" into a discussion of the explosive limits (etc.) of Propane - which was "suspected" to be the source of the explosion. A Moderator closed the thread, apparently when no consideration was given to the deceased. Opportunity missed: None of the posters (or the Moderator) took advantage of commenting on the "property" of propane (as opposed to Natural gas) - that being it's heavier than air, will "flow" (like water) and "pool" in any low places. Also, inside a tightly closed RV (Calgary in winter?), it will pool unless -and until- it finds an "exit" - OR a source of ignition. Back to the "newbie". How about the "believers" who accepted the erroneous info that "internal cleansing" injection or ingestion would block the coronavirus - AND called 911 or 311 numbers to see if it were true!!..:R So - here is a "newbie" related Propane event. On one of my duty shifts as a F/F, we received a call for a strong odor of "gas" in a home. The city was served by Natural Gas - so we surmised it was either a Natural Gas -or- a gasoline odor. Upon arrival at a nice home in an upscale tract - there was a commercial moving van out front, and we were immediately met by a young assistant to the guy in charge. He excitedly related that he had "closed the slider to the back yard to prevent the fumes from entering the house" (which turned out to be a *VERY* good move!). Background. The homeowner had a nice portable BBQ which was to go along with his furniture, etc. The movers informed him they would be happy to take the BBQ - but not the propane tank (which was full). They then instructed him to take the tank out to the center of his backyard, open the valve (old style then), and invert the tank. His yard was slightly lower than the neighboring yards, and had a low retainer around the perimeter - about two bricks high. He was wearing shorts and sneakers (no socks), and did as instructed. The propane "flowed" in the yard and around to the side yard about 50' away - which had a natural gas fired in-ground spa. Then it flashed! He had 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his feet and lower legs (and I would guess some future "legal issues" to be resolved with the moving company.) OK - one in a million, right? - NOT !!... About a year later I received a call at home from the wife of a good friend who resided in the same city. He was an Army Major, being posted from So.CA to the Pentagon. The movers were at their home......and they informed her "as above"!! Being a perceptive lady, she suspected the "empty the tank" method was not a good one, and wanted my opinion! Directed her to take the tank to a nearby Propane Bulk plant to be emptied - or leave it behind. Bottom line - the Calgary explosion story (including an RIP) could have provided a "vehicle" to re-enforce the hazards of heavier than air propane (and gasoline fumes) to folks who "don't know" - for whatever reason. End of soapbox. ~
ol Bombero-JC 05/07/20 01:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water heater question

Good advice - and many questions for "Guy Roan"......but NO replies *from* Guy Roan *to* the questions...:R ~
ol Bombero-JC 04/22/20 05:03pm General RVing Issues
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