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RE: Gravel rv pad?

My 5th wheel is 31' long but I made the level part of my packed gravel pad large enough to accommodate a 36' x 18' carport. Due to the contours of my land, on one end the gravel is probably 18" deep tapered back to nothing on the other end. The sides and high end are tapered down to ground level. I would rather spend the majority of my money putting a roof over the top rather than putting concrete below the trailer
pinesman 07/19/19 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: charging batteries with truck

OP here. When I retire and can spend more time on the road, I plan to get the smaller inverter generator and some solar panels. I have plenty of battery for a weekend of dry camping. I was just thinking about the once or twice (or maybe zero) times in a year that we would be able to get out for a longer time dry camping. I already have the cables so that would be no cost
pinesman 07/04/19 12:02pm Tech Issues
charging batteries with truck

Several years ago when the fifth wheel that I had at the time only had room for one battery, I carried 2 more in the back of my truck. I used 2 sets of good jumper cables with ring terminals on one end and winch connectors on the other end to supply extra battery power when dry camping. Fast forward a few years and my current trailer has room for 4 batteries so I do not use the cables like I used to. However, I got to thinking about using those same cables to charge my batteries using the truck. I would not be using it for hours to run everything but just a little while to top off the batteries in the trailer. Has anyone done anything like this?
pinesman 07/04/19 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Locks on Propane tanks?

When I put new locks on my fifth wheel storage compartments, I added one to the propane compartment door. My rule is whenever the propane is turned on, the compartment is unlocked
pinesman 06/29/19 07:48pm General RVing Issues
tank monitors

I do realize the tank monitors are not very accurate generally speaking. However, my experience has usually been the monitors show fuller than they actually are. I have a 4 tank system: fresh, black, gray, and galley. The gray and fresh work reasonably well but the black and galley read empty all the time. My gut feeling is the actual panel is bad. Considering the underbelly is enclosed, the actual panel is much easier to replace than the sensors. Has anyone else had this particular problem and found the panel to be the problem? Thanks.
pinesman 06/23/19 02:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Hills in October

We stayed at Crerkside in Hill City a couple years back. Was pretty nice for a bDe camp
pinesman 06/20/19 05:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Atwood Hot water heater drain plug

I did something very similar as cloud except I used a pre made sink supply line. No problems in a year
pinesman 06/20/19 05:20am Tech Issues
RE: dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

Based on my experience with directional truck tires and tractor tires, they are mounted backwards. They just need to be switched from one side to the other
pinesman 06/13/19 05:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Older Yamaha EF1000

Based on the history of this generator, I believe it is a gummed up carb and probably easily fixed. However, after doing more research I just do not think it is as quiet as I want so I am going to pass on this one and get something newer that is quieter. For those who had anything constructive to say, thanks for the input.
pinesman 06/08/19 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Older Yamaha EF1000

There has to be one in every group so moving on, does anyone have any experience with this particular generator?
pinesman 06/07/19 07:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Older Yamaha EF1000

The guy is asking $125 so I figure if it is a simple fix, I could spend some money and still come out ok
pinesman 06/07/19 07:09pm Tech Issues
Older Yamaha EF1000

I have the opportunity to get an older Yamaha EF1000 for dirt cheap. The gentleman says the voltage on the meter does not go much above 100 volts like it is not automatically revving up. This is not the newer EF1000is and it has beensitting for several years. Does anybody know anything about this particular model and what might be the problem? It is cheap enough if it is something simple but I do not want to spend a bunch of money on it since I will just use it to charge my batteries. Thanks.
pinesman 06/07/19 04:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Location of 7-pin distribution block?

To the OP, did you ever get your lights going?
pinesman 06/04/19 05:55am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Pennsylvania Inspection Sticker Location

In Virginia, a lot of them used to be placed on a driver's side window. A couple years back they changed it to the pinbox or tongue of the trailer here. It would be good if all states used the same location but that probably will not happen.
pinesman 06/04/19 05:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Location of 7-pin distribution block?

I can not say for your trailer but all I have seen the underbelly is attached to the metal frame with self drilling screws. If you put the proper bit in your drill, they come out easily. The junction box shouldn't be very far in there. I have put back up lights on all of my trailers and every time, the one wire in the truck cord not connected to anything is the one for the backup lights but you should check it with a meter. What I do is run a wire from that box to the back and use small led lights something like this They come on whenever the truck is in reverse and work great.
pinesman 05/31/19 06:57am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Location of 7-pin distribution block?

If I understand what you are asking, You are looking for the distribution box where the cord goes from which hooks to the truck? On all three of the fifth wheels that I have owned, it is on the inside of the pinbox. On the travel trailers, I think it was on or under the tongue. Either way, just trace the truck cord back
pinesman 05/30/19 01:45pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: De-laminating

Another point to consider is that aluminum skin trailers have the same water damage issues as the filon, it just is not as easily noticed on the exterior. Because of that, they probably require a closer inspection on the inside for damage.
pinesman 05/23/19 05:47am Beginning RVing
RE: De-laminating

Like everyone else said, there is usually a lot more damage that you can not see. If you are new to this, you probably made the right decision. If the price was right for someone with more experience and time, their decision might be different. Another question is how much damage are you willing to live with and nobody can answer that question but you.
pinesman 05/22/19 02:26pm Beginning RVing
RE: Stand-alone GPS or smartphone?

When I upgraded my computer from Windows 8 to Windows 10, my Streets and Trips program still worked but the GPS puck will no longer connect and I never tried to replace it. That was not a good thing to find out the morning starting a 7500 mile cross country trip. I had the trip all mapped out on the computer and just assumed the gps puck would still work.
pinesman 05/17/19 05:42am Beginning RVing
RE: Raleigh to Charlottesville, VA advice

Where do you plan to stay? Time wise, it is not bad but distance wise, there are better route options.
pinesman 05/15/19 05:47am Roads and Routes
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