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RE: TPMS - lock nuts on caps?

I found the locking nuts to be a pain, so I took them off. It makes it so much easier when you are checking/adjusting tire pressure, and I monitor tire pressure frequently, especially before hitting the road after the MH has been stored for awhile.
scbwr 07/29/21 07:14am Tech Issues
RE: Least expensive EZ-Pass

We got ours in NY as we were residents and still have them in Ohio. No monthly fees but I am on auto credit card refill.
scbwr 07/28/21 06:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Black tank treatments.

We've used Happy Camper Tank Treatment for many years and it works well. But, the black and gray tank sensors on our MH haven't worked since we bought it in 2018 and I haven't found any tank sensor cleaning product that has worked....but it's no problem not having them.
scbwr 07/28/21 06:20am Truck Campers
RE: Niagara Falls

I'd also say that February is not a great month to visit Niagara Falls unless it's a stop on the way to ski country. The OP has a rig that can handle the weather, so perhaps they have other plans suitable for the weather. And...if there is some fresh snow and ice, the view of the falls can be tremendous, especially you are lucky enough to have some sunny, blue sky days. There are some great indoor attractions if you can cross the border including the Butterfly Conservatory and the Aviary.
scbwr 07/26/21 06:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Route to Ocean City MD… take 495 or something else

We've been traveling to the Eastern Shore for decades, and most of the time, we were looping around Baltimore and getting on Route 50. Roads have changed over time, but the beach traffic on route 50 has been horrendous for years. For that reason, I make sure that we are crossing earlier in the day and avoid driving across on Fridays if at all possible.
scbwr 07/26/21 06:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Trailering after a stroke

Here's wishing you well on your recovery! I haven't had any major health issues, but my sister did have a stroke and has had to deal with the aftermath. All I would say is that you will have to see what,if any, physical limitations you have once you are recovered. Then you will have to see how well you can handle the physical work required for hitching/unhitching a travel trailer, backing it into campsites and driving down the road. If you don't feel comfortable doing those things, then explore what RV options will work for you. A smaller self-contained class C or B could eliminate any hitching and towing of a trailer or towed car and a single unit is easier to back into a camp site. Or a smaller class A with a towed vehicle could be slightly easier depending on the type of tow bar used, auxiliary braking system and tow vehicle. More importantly, just make adjustments in your RV traveling so you can continue to enjoy the RV lifestyle. Best wishes and I hope you are on the road soon!
scbwr 07/24/21 05:52am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Niagara Falls

Give this campground a call! This campground may be open all year...I'm not really sure. We stayed there a couple of years ago and it was off season but I was still able to hook up water. I would think in February, you would have to use your water tanks. It's a small campground and very basic, but the sites are paved. I think you would be about 20-30 minutes from the falls tourist area.
scbwr 07/24/21 05:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

Save yourself a lot of time and hassle and get a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. It's always better to be towing below the maximum specs. So, if you want to have a fifth wheel trailer, buy a truck that will give you a lot of options as you purchase a fifth wheel now, and later when you may want to upgrade or go with a larger fifth wheel.
scbwr 07/21/21 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dometic AC Issues

First thing that pops into my mind is possible low voltage at the power post. Do you use something such as a Progressive Industries EMS unit which protects your unit and makes it possible to track the voltage? On our last outing, I couldn't run both of our AC units because one leg of the 50 amp circuit was only about 104 volts, which caused my EMS unit to shut down power to the MH. If you are still on the trip, at least check the power post with a voltmeter. If low voltage isn't the problem, then it becomes a question of possibly the thermostat or the AC unit and I can't help with that.
scbwr 07/19/21 04:44am Tech Issues
RE: Is a Damon Challenger a decent motorhome?

Damon was bought out by Thor quite some time ago. As stated above, it was an entry level coach. There's nothing wrong with that, but you should just learn as much about the coach as you can in terms of how it was constructed and what components were used. If considering a MH in that age bracket, the more important factors are condition and service records along with determining what price items may need replacement or repair. If everything is original, you have to expect that there will be some expenses. Then you have to decide whether it's still a good purchase or would you be better off buying something newer or that has had more renovations. There are no easy answers. You have to learn as much as you can about every aspect of a motorhome, from the chassis, engine/transmission on up to how the "house" is constructed and equipped. And, prior to purchase, getting the rig inspected by a professional is definitely something to consider unless you have a lot of expertise on RVS. Good luck in your search!
scbwr 07/18/21 06:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime Capable RVs

Any discussion about "best for full timing" is more commentary than anything else. Anyone that has been rving for awhile knows that people can "full time" in many types of RVs as it depends on what one considers important, necessary or affordable. In our case, with a limited budget, we could full time in our Bay Star if we had to. It would require some creative thinking and careful decisions regarding what we really need to have in order to keep the weight down. But, we would probably want to move up to a slightly bigger rig, and I think the DW would consider an onboard washer/dryer a necessity. But, you see a lot of folks full timing in smaller rigs, and that may be more applicable to folks that plan to full time for a shorter period of time and then settling down with a S&B home and RVing part of the year.
scbwr 07/18/21 06:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

Ahhhhhhhh.....as long as there are RVs, there will be tire debates. Re Chinese "bombs": In 2013, we bought a Winnebago Minnie travel trailer and I kept the original Chinese tires on it for about a year (can't remember their product name). But, then we were about to take a long trip out west (Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier NP, Little Big Horn, Devil's Tower and SD Badlands), so for peace of mind, I replaced the tires with Maxxis tires. I had owned popups with Maxxis tires and they served us well. If I were purchasing a rig that had tires that weren't manufactured by a reputable well know brand, I would look to replace them just for my own peace of mind. Maxxis or Goodyear Endurance? With the Endurance tires being out for quite awhile, I don't think I would hesitate to go with them, but I would still consider Maxxis tires.
scbwr 07/18/21 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Holding Tank Treatments and Your Advice on Lubricants

CRC 3045 The CRC 3045 works well for a lot of jobs. I also use a good dry lube when you don't want the lubricant to attract dirt and grime. WD 40 works well for door hinges and other minor jobs as well as removing sticky residue if you are removing decals or labels. Bottom line is to use an appropriate lube for the job. For personal use, my preference is a good beer. I believe in supporting Ohio businesses and beers brewed by Great Lakes are at the top of my list. Dortmunder Gold is one you will most frequently find in the fridge along with many other friends. Variety is the spice of life! Wine is a good "lube" for the wife, but it has to be used carefully or she tends to fall asleep! Perhaps that isn't so bad?????
scbwr 07/18/21 05:32am Tech Issues
RE: Filling dually tires

I had my local truck/auto repair shop install the dually stem kit and they didn't have any problem. It's a shop that works on large commercial trucks and I have them do any work required on the F53 chassis, except they can't do a front end alignment.
scbwr 07/17/21 05:18am Tech Issues
RE: running boards

I would look under your rig and see how your running boards are attached. That may help determining what can be attached. After that, do a search for running boards for your chassis and/or contact some shops that do that type of work and see if they can help.
scbwr 07/16/21 07:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Basic Maintenance

We had pop-ups and then two travel trailers over a 25 year time span. Based on my experiences: 1. Get new tires and go with one of the better brands such as the Good Year Endurance or Maxxis tires (Maxxis tires worked well for me). 2. I had brakes checked and serviced at least every other year, and would definitely have the checked/serviced before a high mileage road trip. 3. Check all seams yearly and seal as necessary. It's usually a good time to do it when you are giving the roof a good cleaning, checking AC units, etc. 4. Check and clean out the access areas for the water heater and refrigerator yearly. I had forgot about checking the refrigerator access panel on our MH for quite some time, and I recently opened it up and it definitely needed cleaning....quite a bit of dirt and dust. Visually check the gas flame to make sure it looks like it is burning properly. Watch out for spiders building webs in the refrigerator flue pipe (I think that's the right term). Can brush it out with a small brush...it may require removing a metal shield. 5. Check under the camper to make sure all wiring is properly attached (not dragging, hanging down, etc.). If the underside is covered, look and feel for any indication of water pooling or collecting. Hope that helps!
scbwr 07/16/21 07:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Filling dually tires

Dually valve stem kits Get dually one piece valve stems and you will solve your problem. I was having several problems with the rear axle tire stems on my Bay Star, so I broke down and bought the dually kit and had one piece valve stems installed on both inner and outer rear axle tires. Now, maintaining air pressure and using TPMS sensors is easy. The dually stems are a bit pricey, but well worth it!!
scbwr 07/16/21 06:58am Tech Issues
RE: Maintaining air pressure in your tires

I have a golden rule that each time we stop with our rig, as soon as I exit the MH, I do a walk around of the entire rig and specifically check the tires, hitch, etc. The second rule I'm trying to follow is to slow down and take your time when it comes to setting up and breaking down my rig. And, I'm trying to train myself and use the checklists I've created. Taking a bit more time and using checklists can help you to avoid costly repairs.....don't ask me how I know this!:o
scbwr 07/12/21 06:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking at purchasing a safe and Reliable Motorhome

I think that your budget is too low if you want to find something that doesn't need a LOT of work, and more than likely some expensive repairs or upgrades. Back in 2017 to early 2018, we started looking for used gas motorhomes in the $35,000 range which was the price range for circa 2005 motorhomes. After looking at quite a few rigs and seeing how outdated, poorly maintained and in need of many repairs, we reexamined our finances and decided to spend just about twice as much money. Consequently, we found our 2012 Bay Star which was in excellent shape and the only pressing upgrade was to replace the OEM Goodyear tires. Yes, a gas motorhome will not have the ride of a diesel pusher. But if you are not a full timer and don't plan on trying to drive 500 to 600 miles per day, they can be an affordable way to have a nice rig. Before going that route, read up on aftermarket suspension upgrades that are popular with gas MH owners. Our rig had already been upgraded with Sumo springs, and I added a Roadmaster return center stabilizer that made a big difference in reducing the effects of passing semis. Consider also the cost of towing a vehicle whether on a dolly or 4 down. It's an added expense with a motorhome, and you need to tow or drive a second vehicle if you want to be able to run errands and do any sight seeing. More importantly...take your time and look at a lot of rigs. With a limited budget, you may be better off with a truck and a nice used travel trailer of fifth wheel. We owned two travel trailers over 13 years, and purchasing a good used tow vehicle and travel trailer can be a much more budget friendly way to go as the tow vehicle (most likely a pick-up truck) can serve as a daily driver/second vehicle. And, it's more affordable to upgrade either the truck or trailer. We had a 28' Sunline trailer for 10 years, and "living" in that trailer was just as comfortable our Bay Star and we had almost as much living space. The motorhome is more convenient when traveling as you can pull over into a rest area, easily use your own bathroom, access your fridge, fix lunch etc. So, proceed slowly and explore all your options for RVing. It's better to work within your budget and have $$ to enjoy your rig once you get it. Good luck in your search and I hope you are enjoying a rig soon!
scbwr 07/12/21 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 245/70R 19.5 tires

I've been very happy with the Toyo M154 tires on my rig. I had the put on about two years ago. I keep my rig stored at a local trucking firm, and the owner told me that Toyo is his first choice for tires as they perform very well at a good price.
scbwr 07/12/21 06:25am Class A Motorhomes
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