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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
RE: Consequences of RVing’s Unprecedented Surge

The increase in the number of folks rving is certainly noticeable. But, I think in the next year or two, a lot of the folks that moved into rving due to the Covid virus will decide to get rid of their rvs. For a lot of folks, there is a lot more work involved in camping or traveling with an rv and many of the newer owners are going to decide to go back to more conventional methods of traveling/vacationing. My DW swears up and down that a lot of women are going to quickly decide that rving and the work involved is not their idea of a vacation. They are going to want to go back to hotel rooms with daily maid service, eating meals in restaurants and drinks served by the pool!! And, I'm thinking that the next big change will be the number of new RVers that are going to want to own smaller rigs such as class B motorhomes or smaller and more innovative travel trailers that can be pulled by the daily suv! I may be wrong....but it is going to be interesting to see how rving changes in the next 5-10 years!
scbwr 07/10/21 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Inside tire valve extensions

Another vote for https://yourtireshopsupply.com/category/796/dually-valve-kits
scbwr 07/08/21 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
Carefree Eclipse Upgrade OR Lippert 18 Volt Universal Kit??

My Bay Star as a Dometic manual awning and I am considering either upgrading the awning to electric, or replace it entirely with a new electric awning. I have experience with both manual and electric awnings and pretty well know the pros and cons of both, so I'd rather not start a conversation about which is better....... I am still looking for comments, reviews, or experiences with either of these products which are designed to convert existing manual awnings to an electric awning. With either kit, the actual task of replacing the existing arms is pretty straightforward and there may be some screw holes left from the original awning that may be covered by the new hardware....or not. The Lippert kit is less expensive and doesn't require running a circuit and installing a switch inside the motorhome. But, that means you have to be outside to activate the switch located on the right awning arm assembly....not always a convenient thing in foul weather!! With the Carefree Eclipse kit, you have to run a separate circuit and route a switch to the interior. This isn't a job I'm going to tackle, so I will have it done by a shop. At this point, the most difficult part of estimating a total cost is due to the time it may take to run the circuit and route the switch with the Carefree Eclipse. So....ANY experiences you can share would be greatly appreciated. I've searched the internet and there aren't many reviews of either kit, so I'm hoping that some owners may see this posting and respond. In advance....many, many thanks!:B
scbwr 07/07/21 03:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: lifepo4 and maxxfan

Re the fan not working: By any chance is there a switch for the fan on the wall? If there is and you simply hooked up all the wires, than the wall switch will still be functioning. I thought of this because I installed a MaxxFan in our bathroom, and didn't bypass the wall switch, so it's easy to try to turn on the fan and have it not work because the wall switch is in the off position. And yes....I really should take a few minutes and redo the wiring to avoid this problem! It's on the list.......
scbwr 07/05/21 04:27am Tech Issues
RE: best way to remover stickers from a 2011 tiffin open road

I've had good results with a hair dryer, plastic/nylon scraper and WD 40. I've also had good results with the gel form of Goo Be Gone.
scbwr 07/03/21 07:28pm Class A Motorhomes
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