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RE: Kayak roof rack on truck

This is how YouTuber Grand Adventure did it. How to Carry a Kayak or Canoe with a Fifth Wheel | RV travel camping kayaking RVlife Charles
CharlesinGA 12/02/21 10:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

I typically stay in city, state and Federal parks. Once I had to stay in a KOA for one night, and another time my travel buddy and I both stayed in a private park for two nights while we were waiting out the weekend and then we moved the trailers to Mt. Pisgah. The KOA was in Hot Springs SD and they were FULL but I got a cancelation for one night. Nice people, had just bought the place and were furiously working to improve it. The campground in NC was very wooded and rustic and we were impressed. It was family run. Charles
CharlesinGA 11/22/21 08:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: For those that like this style air compressor

Project Farm on YouTube tested a smaller version of this compressor along with a whole bunch of others, and it came out 3rd of nine that were tested. He actually liked it alot. Project Farm Youtube test of small compressors Charles
CharlesinGA 11/22/21 08:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bought our trailer, now come the questions!

You show a pic of actual switch, and then the light fixture? The switch should not get VERY warm, but the fixture/bulb will. I have used a slight amount of clear teflon trailer ball lubricant on my door strike and latch pictured. Works very easy for a long time. I don't just wing/slam the door shut, most times, just push it shut, often times using the pull handle when doing so. RV doors aren't built like a truck door. Jerry I agree with this. When shutting a door, I pull the handle as if to unlatch it and push/pull it closed and then give it a firm push/pull until I hear the click of the striker. Slamming these doors will shorten the life of the door and latch dramatically. Also use a good spray lube down inside at the striker. Get some GOOD LED bulbs to replace those 1141's. I recommend lamps from as they have consistent color and are a long lasting lamp. They are expensive but you won't be having individual LED elements burning out and the color will be consistent if you buy other styles of lights for various fixtures in the RV. I prefer Daylight but they have Warm White (yellowish) and cool white (bluish). They give discounts of 10% off for ten or more. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/31/21 05:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: metal valve stems for a 2006 sprinter RV

I owned and have sold, a 2007 WBO View, which was on the same chassis, the Sprinter T1N chassis with the 5 cylinder diesel. I went thru the Borg stems fiasco on mine. The stems for the inner dual were difficult to install and get to clear the outer dual properly. The wheels are darn difficult to install without damaging the stems, as you are hanging the inner dual on the studs and then trying to slide the outer dual over the studs and not snag, catch, etc the long stem from the inner dual. My take on it was to remove the chrome or stainless wheel simulators and sell them, throw them in the scrap metal bin, or put them in the attic. Use the rubber/brass high pressure stems in the wheels. DO NOT use all metal stems, as the stems need to flex slightly for the straight foot of the chuck to fit onto them. Install Alligator V2B "inflate thru" caps which allow you to check and inflate tires without removing the caps, yet the stems and cores stay protected. Amazon, 10 pack Alligator V2B inflate thru caps. The alligator caps do not have threads on the outside, just gripping grooves, you DO NOT install any kind of cap over these, they ARE the cap. Then buy a Milton 12 inch dual wheel inflator model S693-12 It is imperative that you use this one that has a straight end and an angled back chuck on it. Milton 12 inch S693-12 inflator. The inflator has grooves inside it to allow it to grip on valve stem threads, which is frustrating on this usage as it hangs and is difficult to remove without losing too much air. Milton did make a smooth bore chuck nut to replace the one with the internal grooves, a P500-2, but it is no longer on the web site, the new replacement has the grooves in them. Anyhow, you can easily find tire gauges with the same type of straight/angled back foot, and these tools will allow you to easily check and service the Sprinter wheels. For the front wheels, it is not too difficult to find the original Mercedes plastic hub caps. These used to be easy to find as new take offs, from employees who worked at the RV companies. They removed them during the wheel simulator installation. It is more difficult now because the new simulators will install properly right over the plastic hub caps so the RV companies don't waste the time to remove them. The later caps DO fit the earlier sprinter wheels. Carefully paint your rear hubs black and touch up any damaged silver on the wheels and you are good to go. width=640 width=640 width=640 I went the "full Monty" on my View and installed the Mercedes Grill and a Boomrang spare tire cover intended for the G-Wagen, but is a perfect fit on the Sprinter tire. Sprinter T1N grill conversion You need to remove the glued on chrome trim on the lower edge of the hood. One person carefully cut it out (its plastic) and managed to do this without damaging the chrome on it. width=640 width=640 Charles
CharlesinGA 10/27/21 03:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Glacier National Park and Mount Rushmore campgrounds

Black Hills is a relatively small area, about 60 miles N-S and less E-W. You can stay anywhere from Spearfish to Hotsprings and see it all, many good campgrounds in the area. Depends on what you want to see and what hookups you need. I stayed at Spearfish City Campground with my motor home and rented a car and did all my touring that way. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/25/21 11:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Changeover valve

Fairview is junk. Marshall Excelsior is USA made, good quality. Marshall Excelsior MEGR 253P on Amazon. The letter P means retail package. You want this, I bought one that was not retail pack and it was in a plastic bag and broken due to shipping damage. The retail pack is hard plastic to protect it. This regulator has the fitting for pigtails with the reverse flare on the ends. Some do not use this and use 1/8 pipe thread directly into the regulator. You can also find ME pigtails on Amazon in 15 and 24 inch lengths and with metal braid or just plastic jacket. PDF file of ME 2021 Camping and RV catalog, very informative. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/25/21 11:33pm Tech Issues
RE: over filling

Common everyday question asked on every RV forum it seems. Yes, most likely the check valve in the electric pump. 1) remove city water hose. 2) run pump extensively cycling faucets on and off. 3) turn pump OFF 4) reconnect city water hose and DO NOT touch the pump switch with city water connected. 5) wait a while and see if your problem is cured. This process usually clears the check valve of debris and reseats the check valve. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/25/21 11:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Norcold refrigerator recall list

Here is a 2010 dated PDF of a recall on the 1200 series for the temp sensor. I searched and searched and cannot find a recall on the N6XX series. I have one N611 now (2008 Thor trailer), and had another one in a 2007 Winnebago motor home and have never heard of a recall on them. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/15/21 10:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane fridge ticking when turned off

Pull the 12v DC fuse that operates the fridge, see if it stops. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/08/21 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Renting your RV

Never.............. If I have to rent it out to make ends meet, I'd sell it. Rental motorhomes such as Cruise America or El Monte are custom built units just for them. There are no awnings to get ripped off, no retractable steps to jam and get ripped off. Everything is very heavy duty. The curtains (not pull down shades that the strings break on) are very heavy duty too. Everything is made with the thought of what could someone do to destroy this. The Class C units also have (if Ford) a 5.4L V8 rather than the V10 (or the current 7,3L) this is to keep people from running way too fast with them. Equipment such as dishes and blankets, etc are rented separately, and inventoried when returned. Nothing is left to chance. Co-worker rented a Sprinter class C for a trip. Griped about how underpowered it was and how he had to drive with it on the floor the whole time to get 75mph out of it. Also griped about having to run the roof A/C continually on the road as they were in Florida, and how many times he had to refill the propane. Very hard on it and typical of the abusers who rent stuff. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/06/21 12:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question about freshwater tank use

As mentioned, if you never plan to use it...who cares. That said, we use the tank and pump even on full hookup. Had an experience on our boat many years ago, heard a slight hissing sound late at night. Searched it out and found the city water had sprung a pinhole leak. If it hadn't been dead silent, it would have continued for hours or days without us noticing. Running off the water tank with the pump, if there is a small leak, we will hear the pump kick over periodically alerting us that there is an issue. The RV may not sink but the floors can certainly rot out. Boats sink when they fill up with water, rv's just get totaled. Co-worker took his neice/nephew (don't remember the exact details of who they were) with him camping. they used the shower while on city water, shut off the water at the shower head, which leaves it dribbling by design to keep hot water flowing, and to alert you the faucets are on. Well, he failed to follow after them and check that all was properly turned off, and they went to bed only to wake up to an RV standing in water inside. The gray tank had overfilled and the shower pan filled up and overflowed. insurance totaled the trailer. I do not hook up to city water, I fill the tank and use the pump, and turn the pump off when not using it. I turn the water heater off when not using it, also. I too listen for the pump cycling when it should not, and that is the clue I should go investigating for a leak or a leaking check valve in the pump. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/06/21 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: We've had 8 years and 68,000 trouble free miles...

I thought you were going to say you were calling it quits........... I have always enjoyed your imput, keep it up. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/02/21 05:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Over filling

This is an extremely common problem. As noted, its a leaking check valve in the pump. You hook to city water and your fresh water tank slowly fills and overflows. Remove the city water altogether and then run the pump extensively by opening faucets. Shut the pump off, and reconnect your city water. It probably will be ok after that. If you accidentally turn on the pump with city water on the trailer you do stand a chance of unseating the check valve and it leaking. Zillions of Youtube videos about this. Here is one that covers it pretty good. In fact, these two sisters, having been teachers all their lives, do a very good job with the videos, showing and explaining stuff. Charles
CharlesinGA 10/01/21 11:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's in your tool kit? What about other must-haves?

My Titanium (a Canadian Manufacturer) does NOT use Torx. The fastener of choice id "Roberts" #1 and #2. A square recess in the head. Roberts drivers and power bits in both sizes are available at Northern Tool. A Square bits, aka Robertson, are easily found at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. #2 screwdrivers are found in electrical because they are a common electrical tool. Both bit sizes are found in tools as power bits and in the 52 different bit assortment kits, which go real well with a magnetic tip screwdriver that accepts 1/4 hex bits. Charles
CharlesinGA 09/26/21 09:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Replacement LED light Fixtures -

Get fixtures that take standard bulbs, then buy LED lamps from M4 Products, you will get the best on the market and if you choose a color such as soft white (yellow) or Daylight you will get the same color in every different lamp because they specify certain LED's for consistency. Charles
CharlesinGA 09/14/21 11:39pm Tech Issues
RE: How to carry blackstone griddle

I have a 17 inch. I clean it hot with water and scraper, throw out the aluminum insert for the grease cup and wipe it down, when cool. I cover it with wax paper and have a piece of double wall cardboard cut from a box that is a snug fit and put it in on top of the wax paper, flip the top over onto the base like you are expected to and I have a plastic container that is about the right height and somewhat larger. I keep the accessories in the container. Container was surplus from an auto factory where a specific part was put in it, multiples in cardboard divider inserts, I threw the dividers. All goes in the back of the truck (with LEER topper). Don't actually get to use it much because my travel buddy and his wife have one and they usually do all the cooking. Charles
CharlesinGA 09/11/21 08:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Tank level question

Buy 2 new regulators. Buy regulators with easy to read RED/Green window indicators. Why? He has a dual regulator with two inputs and auto switch over now. There is normally a black cap that goes over the top of that dome. If it was there then you would only see the green at the bottom, then when the tank you are running from goes empty the red would drop down into view. You are missing a piece, go to your local rv parts store and look at new regulators. On this point you are correct. This is a Marshall Excelsior MEGR253 regulator and indeed the black cap is missing, which covers all but the bottom 3/8 in of the clear window (I just measured mine). Marshall Excelsior MEGR 253 regulator at Amazon Which indicator are you talking about? - The gauge on the tank - The pop up button on the regulator I have to assume since he said gauge and noted that the tanks are full but his tank gauge reads something like 1/4, that he is referring to the one on the tank, but yes, he needs to clarify this. Reference the 2021 Marshall Excelsior RV/Camping catalog (a huge source of information, not just a catalog). See page 6 (8 of 40 in the PDF numbering) Marshall Excelsior 2021 RV and Camping catalog I apologize if I offended anyone, but Doug is correct on this one. Charles
CharlesinGA 09/02/21 10:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane Tank level question

1. Those are HORIZONTAL tanks. 2. The level gauge is a FLOAT designed Gauge 3. Makes NO difference if tank on or off. 4. REGULATOR REPLACEMENT???????????????????????????????? WHY 5. Yes, if OVERFULL the gauge may do that 6. If tank upside down it will do that Rotate 180 degrees and see what happens 7. Sometimes a float can get "stuck" inside the cylinder. Remove the cylinders MAKE SURE they are really full. Then lay down or rotate 360 degrees a few times to free up stuck float. 8. This is the BEST and ONLY type level gauge system that always works, as it uses a inside float to gauge fluid level. It is the same design used on ASME motorhome tanks. Doug The OP should not pay attention to ANY other post but Doug's. He is absolutely correct. The other posts make no sense. I'm sitting here thinking, "how do I reply to all this gibberish and mis-information" then I saw Doug's post. Charles
CharlesinGA 09/02/21 10:14pm Tech Issues
RE: 30 amp plug assistance needed

If you plug into shore power your outlets in your RV should then have power. Maybe I am missing something. I have power to my outlets. The portable AC pulls 10 amps. The circuit breaker is rated for 15, but I think the previous owners overloaded it more than once as it flips easily. Buy a new breaker. They are standard household breakers. You probably have one made by Eaton or Cutler Hammer. These are a common breaker and one made by Siemens, Bryant, Murray, etc will fit and work. They should be $5 or so at a Home Depot or similar store. Charles
CharlesinGA 08/26/21 01:26pm Tech Issues
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