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RE: How hard to temporarily remove slide topper?

I had to do this exact thing on our 2004 Rockwood when it was NEW! I had a leak into the storage cabinet at the top of the dinette slide, but only when water got under the topper. Most of the time the topper masked the bad seal on the slide roof by covering it. This was years ago, but if I remember correctly, there were two brackets that bolted to the slide wall (one at each end) and the topper ends had pieces that slid onto the brackets and were held from moving by setscrews. You had to slide the topper about 6 inches sideways to release it. I think I had to remove one end cap on the topper, and also there was a place to push a Phillips screwdriver into a hole to lock the roller in place so it didn't try to retract and pull the topper. Since you had to slide the topper sideways a little to release it from the brackets, I had to have the slide extended at least halfway so the topper canvas could move 4-6 inches sideways at the slide wall end while still held tightly at the RV wall in the channel above the slide. Like all slides, beware that there is a lot of tension on the roller and you could get struck by a spinning end bracket if you don't lock the roller. These are for my slide topper, yours may be completely different. Steve
subcamper 09/16/19 10:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Suggestions for closing slide out that's been open 5+ years

My mechanical worm-gear slides have a manual crank mode, but you have to remove a pin first. The motor has a brake on it which locks the shaft when there is no 12V applied to it to keep the slide from creeping out due to vibration. For this reason, you have to decouple the motor shaft from the rest of the assembly before going to manual crank mode. I once had the brake fail and refuse to let go. If the slides haven't been moved in 5 years and won't go when you push the button, check to see if you have the brake, which might have seized up. Steve
subcamper 08/29/19 10:43am Tech Issues
RE: Tongue jack collapsed, TT nose crashed down - ouch!

Acceleration due to gravity is 32 feet per second SQUARED. (Final velocity)squared = 2*(acceleration)*(distance) plugging in 32 ft/sec squared for acceleration and 1 foot for distance gives: (velocity)squared = 2*32*1 =64 velocity = 8 ft/sec (about 5.5 mph) Steve
subcamper 08/29/19 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: Trailer dolly: trailervalet, parkit360, etc

I had one at our old house for our 8000lb trailer. I think it was a Power Caster. I got rid of it when we moved out to a rural area and no more "squeezing-through" needed. If you are on level pavement it should work fine. Make sure you have control of the trailer brakes. Mine had a connection to trailer connector so a toggle switch on the dolly control panel would activate the brakes. A trailer can build up quite a bit of momentum. Even if the ground looks level, it probably has a little slope. If the trailer is moving and you shut off the dolly, it will push the dolly, even with locked wheels on the dolly. Also, if you get a 120V model with a power cord (like mine was), watch the cord. It's possible to be so concerned about watching the trailer sides that you run over the cord, pulling it out of the control panel. Yeah, that's what happened to me! Steve
subcamper 05/01/19 02:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Vinyl plank flooring - snap lock with history of success?

Are you sure there isn't sheet vinyl under the rug also? I removed a bunch of carpet from our Rockwood and the whole floor had sheet vinyl. The carpet was stapled down along the edges and rolled/stapled at exposed edges, so after removing the staples it still looked good. You don't even see the staple holes. Steve
subcamper 03/15/19 10:31am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Best white paint

Boat painters (who don't spray) usually use the roll-and-tip method. A roller is used to apply the paint evenly, and then you go over it with a high-quality fine-bristle brush. The paint flows together and produces a good finish. Is the current finish just worn and faded, or are there are spots on the aluminum? If you are just painting over the existing paint it will be easier. If there are spots down to the bare aluminum, those have to be handled carefully. Aluminum oxidizes very quickly, so you need to prime the spots right away after light sanding. The best primer for aluminum is zinc chromate (yellow-green color). You may have to go to a body shop supplier to get zinc chromate because of its toxicity. Steve
subcamper 03/07/19 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Power Slide Out Motor

The slide motor wouldn't turn on my 2004 Rockwood even though there was power at the motor. It turns out the brake was defective. In my case, the brake was attached to the end of the motor opposite the end with the gearbox. The brake grabs the shaft when there is no voltage to the motor. When the motor gets voltage to turn, the brake also gets 12V so it can disengage. It was not disengaging, so the motor couldn't turn. I removed the brake assembly off the motor and the slide worked fine. The brake assembly had its own manufacturer and model number, so I called the manufacturer of the brake and they sent me another one. I don't know if your setup is the same (I have a rack-and pinion drive for the slideout), but you might want to check the brake if you have one. Steve
subcamper 03/02/19 03:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Shrinking Awning

Our 14' awning shrank about 3" total in length over 10 years. Shrinking 5" at each end (10" total) in 5 years is huge. Are you sure you are correct in remembering the actual original length? Steve
subcamper 10/14/18 11:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Fridge/Freezer level question

To convert degrees to something more visual, a good indicator is inches-per-foot. 3 degrees = 5/8" per foot 6 degrees = 1 1/4" per foot If you use a 2 foot level, one end would be 1 1/4" higher or lower for 3 degrees, and 2 1/2" higher or lower than the other. Most fridges are mounted so front-to-back on the fridge is the width of the trailer. So an 8 foot wide trailer would need to be 10" off level to equal 6 degrees front-to-back on the fridge. For a 30 foot trailer, it would need to be about 18 3/4" out of level from front to back to equal 3 degrees. Steve
subcamper 10/10/18 04:14am Tech Issues
RE: New Champion inverter generator

Sometimes bigger is not always better. I don't understand how arbitrarily speaking, smaller displacement is a hindrance. :h In the case of Honda's new EU2200i it is. The previous EU2000i with it's larger 98 cc engine was already the class leader in surge capability, up to a 1/2 hr at it's full rated power, the new EU2200i with it's even larger 121 cc engine is even more capable of sustaining it's full rated surge output. All other competition pales by comparison. While in the final break in phase I loaded my 2200i to about 3000 watts and it throttled up higher than normal but put out. One day I will test the max output. This gen rocks. considering it has a 20 amp breaker im curious how you did that Thermal circuit breakers can do that easily, for a short while. 3000W at 120V is 25A. A thermal circuit breaker will probably take a minute or more to trip with a small overcurrent like that. If the test was short it would not trip. Steve
subcamper 10/08/18 10:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric lift on pop up

I had a similar problem with the superslide on our Rockwood trailer. It would go in about 1/3 of the way and then stop. After a few minutes it would more some more and then stop again. You had to repeat this a few more times to get the slide in or out. It turned out to be a bad self-resetting circuit breaker that was between the battery and the slide switch. Once I replaced the breaker all was fine. Steve
subcamper 09/21/18 11:00am General RVing Issues
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