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RE: Locked Out!

Glad you got it figured out! In the future, you may try getting on roof of camper, reaching down to lock/unlock, until you get used to the new keyhole location. :B Jerry There may have been martinis involved, and I try to stay on the ground in those conditions.... :) I think I'm just gonna leave it unlocked....
BurbMan 02/26/21 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Locked Out!

Well....problem fixed! For years, on every trailer we've ever had, the entry door had the hinges on the right and the lock on the left. In this config, the handle latch was the upper keyhole and the deadbolt was the lower keyhole. On this truck camper, the door is reversed, meaning that the hinges are on the left and the lock on the right. The means that the lock is installed with a reverse orientation, and you guessed it....the keyholes are reversed. I went out there in the dark and had the key in the wrong hole. Daylight fixed the issue!
BurbMan 02/25/21 02:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Locked Out!

It's not the deadbolt, it's the regular handle latch. The camper is sitting on block perfectly level, the door isn't jammed. I can push the door in against the give in the door seal so I know it moves freely in the frame, just that handle won't pull out to retract the latch. The deadsolt still works fine.
BurbMan 02/25/21 08:53am Tech Issues
Locked Out!

We just put a brand new lock on the Lance, and went to get into it yesterday and couldn't. I only locked the handle, not the deadbolt, but when you turn the key the handle doesn't release. Also you can't remove the key in the unlocked position. Had this same lock on trailers for years and never had an issue. Anybody have any tricks before I drill the lock and replace it? It's the standard paddle handle RV lock: width=540
BurbMan 02/25/21 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

With Sears headed toward extinction there aren't a lot of places to buy tools, especially automotive stuff. Their quality is headed upmarket with new brands like Icon and Bauer. I just bought a $69 Bauer trim router and it's almost identical to the $99 Makita at HD. If you the math, the ad coupons are always about 20% off, and the general 20% off coupon excluded compressors, welders, Bauer, and a laundry list of other stuff to the point it was only good on a bag of zip ties. Honestly I like where they are can still buy the cheap junk I-only-need-it-one-time tools, but you can get some quality stuff too, so you pay for what you need.
BurbMan 02/25/21 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Cost of engine replacement or rebuild

I was gonna say $8-10k having all the work done, probably $4-5k if you DIY. Change oil and filter every 3k and you will never have to worry about this.
BurbMan 02/18/21 07:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV width

Standard is 8' or 8.5'. Some of the ultra light TTs come 7' wide.
BurbMan 02/15/21 06:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with F150 Poweboost

We had a 2018 Explorer Sport with the 3.5L EB and towed a double axle U Haul trailer to Wisconsin year before last. It towed like a dream and held 70-75 easy on the interstate. But with the 18-gallon gas tank, gat stops were every 2 hours, you could almost set your watch by it.
BurbMan 02/13/21 01:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Help Deciding which feature for trailer

A lot depends on how you plan to use the trailer. The outside fridge is nice if you are plugged into shore power, but useless if you are not. The main fridge runs off of propane when you are boondocking, the bar fridge in the outside kitchen is 120v only. The outside door to the lav is in theory a good idea to keep the little ones from tracking through the trailer, but I wouldn't want to have a door there if I was camping in cooler temps, those doors are not insulated that well. If it was a big trailer with 1.5 baths, I could see an outdoor entry to the half bath. The hardest part of buying the first trailer is visualizing how you will use it, i.e., the type of camping you will do. Buy what you think you will like, and go from there.
BurbMan 02/10/21 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Wiring a charge line to battery on utility trailer

I would change the connection to a 7-pin standard RV plug. As was stated use a fuse on thge (+) line by the battery. Personally I would go with #10 wire and 30a fuse. Also consider a relay of some sort so that the charge line to the trailer only has voltage when the engine is running, otherwise you have the potential to drain the truck battery with winch usage while the truck is parked. Going to a 7-pin now also makes it easier to add brakes in the future if you ever get a heavier trailer.
BurbMan 02/08/21 06:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Where to put that pesky TV

Nice work!
BurbMan 02/06/21 08:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cellular blinds: Should I switch or not ? PLEASE CHIME IN!!

We have had both blinds and day/night pleated shades. Have also had cellular in the S&B. Day/night shades are by far the best for light control. You can have daylight or total blackout for sleeping. The bad news if you boondock and like the windows open, they also block all airflow and breezes as well. Miniblinds are barely adequate for light control, but allow decent airflow even when closed, so if you like a light breeze when sleeping, this is the best choice. Cellular shades are best at insulating if you in a hot or cold climate. Because you only have one color per shade, you either pick a day color or night color. If insulation value is what you need, I would probably go dark in the bedroom and light in the living room. Bottom line, there is no "best choice". Think about where you camp, and how you you feel about light control and air movement.
BurbMan 02/06/21 08:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Do you regret getting rid of your RV cornices?

Valence, cornice, lambequin, I believe Deuce is talking about these things that go around the windows: width=440 These are invariably upholstered with the ugliest fabric available. In a previous trailer, I removed them and replaced them with ones I made from oak and stained. If you have miniblinds, they are function in the sense that they keep the blinds from bouncing around when in transit. If you have pleated shades, they don't do much to keep the shades in place (since the shades are tethered) but visually they do hide the top bar, and as was noted, offer some light protection on the sides. I removed them in our latest truck camper project and never looking back!
BurbMan 02/06/21 08:27am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How I repaired my damaged section of my fiberglass wall

Your repair looks great Finn! Good to know that filon can be seamed like that and look decent!
BurbMan 02/06/21 08:21am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Roadside Breakdown

"Both times when I lost the transmission on the Suburban..." Twice on the same vehicle? That's terrible. First time was in a small town in KY, I lost reverse backing the TT into a campsite. GS sent a guy that used his flat bed to finish backing the TT into the site. No transmission shop in town, so only option was Jasper rebuilt from local garage. Put about about 10k on the Jasper and the 3rd gear sprag grenaded towing the TT in NJ. Jasper replaced under warranty but still cost $900..some of that was for parts that were "not covered". Plus the friendly garage pointed out that the Jasper warranty pays $65/hr labor and his rate was $110/hr, so that made up a large portion of the bill.... Point being that nobody expects a trans with a fresh rebuild to snit the bed, so all the preventive maintenance in the world is no guarantee of anything. Yes it stacks the deck in your favor, but stuff happens.
BurbMan 02/05/21 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: TT brakes maintenance

I use a bottle jack and cribbing to do one side at a time with jackstands. In this pic there are also jackstands under the axle because I was replacing the shackle bushings and equalizers. width=640 If you going to pull the wheel and check the brakes, it's smart to re-grease the wheel bearings and also check the shacles and suspension parts. Many/most OEMs use very cheap components that wear out quickly.
BurbMan 02/05/21 02:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: How often to disconnect from shore power

Unplug prior to moving MH That right there is some of the best advice I've seen on this forum!
BurbMan 02/05/21 02:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How I repaired my damaged section of my fiberglass wall

Looks like the same Benders 618 that I used width=640
BurbMan 02/03/21 03:06pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

Everyone knows that the Ram 1500 has very low GVWR. Well I would go a step further after towing with it for four years, when close to the maximum, it is under-sprung and sometimes dangerous. I did end up adding air bags, but simply wanted a more stable platform, and I am NOT buying a 3/4 or 1 ton that rides rough when empty. I should also say that I have no intentions to exceed the maximum allowed by Ram.... I just want more firmness and stability. So...... I added HD Progressive Springs and the Air Lift 1000HD. Here is what our rig normally looks like when leaving for a camping trip. width=640 Here are the pics of what I did....... The pic of the truck is a little dark and hard to see, but the Billstein's up front raise the truck 1.8" and the TTC-1223VT Springs raise the rear 2". Those are 34's on those 20" rims. Can't wait to hit the road on our next camping trip. Since I have added the necessary bits and pieces to our camper to make it "Four Seasons", we will take it up to the mountains a couple of times in February and March, as a base camp for a long weekend of skiing. width=640 width=640 width=640 width=640 width=640 Great job! Now it sits level when it's overloaded!
BurbMan 02/03/21 12:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How I repaired my damaged section of my fiberglass wall

Nice job! When I re-did the truck camper, I took off the rest of the side and replaced the whole wall (actually 3 of them) but your trailer would need a LOT more filon. I attached the luann first then sprayed the adhesive on, laminated the fiberglas in place, then trimmed the excess with a router. Here's my Lance build, summer covid project.
BurbMan 02/03/21 12:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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