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RE: Renting your RV

Another option is to split the purchase cost of the RV among several family members and/or trusted friends - So instead of one person paying $40K for an RV, 3 or 4 folks pay $10-13K apiece for it. This also has the advantage of getting more use out of the RV. With 3 or 4 co-owners - each with their own travel plans and schedules, it won't be spending as much time sitting unused between trips. Personally, I'd feel bad about spending $40K for an RV that spent 95 percent of its time sitting unused. However, if it only cost me $10K instead - and some of the people I care about also got some enjoyment out of it - then that's a lot more appealing prospect. You better REALLY "love" those friends and family because in many cases "sharing" or money often leads to no family or friends when the deal goes south. If one can't afford or doesn't like the cost of a expensive toy just sitting around, it is often better to buy a old beater used toy for cheap that one can afford by that one person than risk making enemies of friends and family. I can assure you, absolutely nothing good will come from "sharing" with my family, jealousy and greed.. Gave my family lots of opportunities over the yrs with no strings attached, each time resulted in squabbles and fights because each of the family members felt cheated.. I ended up dealing with the mess, fixing things at my expense.. No more. I realize there are whole families that can "get along together", they camp together, they rent condos together, those are the lucky folks as long as no one decides their "half" is lesser than the other ones..
Gdetrailer 10/24/21 11:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Windows license scam

If you don't recognize the number, don't answer. If they don't leave a voice mail or the voice mail is questionable block the number. Good advice. But, sometimes answering is a must. Businesses must answer each phone call, otherwise they go out of business ignoring potential or current customers. DR or Medical services often use a call center that shows up as "800 Services" to relay appointments confirmation or changes to appointments. .... Well... these days a lot of businesses don't actually answer a call with a live person. How many times have you called an office, especially a doctor's office, and had to push a button or two to actually get to a person? "Hello, you've reached the office of Dr. So and So, please push one to talk to a receptionist".... That is intentional - most computer phone scamming systems will just hang up if a live person doesn't answer right away. I've called a few businesses that their answering system asks for your zip code, or last 4 digits of your account number, etc. Then when you get connected to a real person, you have to repeat that information... One of the reasons the answering system asked those questions was to weed out the scam callers. Not "all" businesses have adopted the prescreen human check, lots of old school businesses out there that don't and changing over to a more robust phone system that offers the 1-9 option or extension numbers is often a costly expense. There are also often reasons as to why one may not be able to use such a system like modern 2 factor authentication which calls your predesignated phone number to verify it is in fact you that initiated a change or login to a website..
Gdetrailer 10/24/21 11:14am Technology Corner
RE: Suggestions for new wall mount stereo

3x on Crutchfield. Crutchfield is a fairly good "resource" when comparing features between units. However, they are not the lowest priced and if your install doesn't require specialized adapters, face plates and lengthy instructions then why pay the extra money for the ones included in Crutchfields packages? The last few vehicles I have installed car stereos in, Crutchfield had zero information, zero adapters and when called could not advise if the stereos I picked would fit since the vehicles were new model yrs. You can often take the model number you have selected and do an internet search to find better pricing. The last few I have bought, Amazon beat Crutchfields pricing by a good 25%.
Gdetrailer 10/23/21 11:06am Technology Corner
RE: Windows license scam

If you don't recognize the number, don't answer. If they don't leave a voice mail or the voice mail is questionable block the number. Good advice. But, sometimes answering is a must. Businesses must answer each phone call, otherwise they go out of business ignoring potential or current customers. DR or Medical services often use a call center that shows up as "800 Services" to relay appointments confirmation or changes to appointments. Scammers often spoof numbers, more than once I have seen my own number calling my number so there is always a chance they will spoof a number that you know. Scammers typically do not broadcast their own real working number, in the case of the scammer I had, they were dumb enough to use their own number.. Yeah, I called that number until they blocked mine :B Ironically I went from 30 plus scam calls a day to 4 by the next day :) Just a warning, it doesn't always work but is has with this one and the last car warranty scammer I dealt with.. As said, best policy is often ignore, blocking has very little effect since they are generally spoofing numbers. Many robo callers typically use AI that sound pretty darn real, generally they do not start speaking until the detect actual human voice (not answering machine recorded).. But now they have upped their game, if no non recorded voice, the call gets sent to the scammers phone and they will say something to prompt you to respond.. This gets around the call blocking that uses a 1-9 required touch tone response..
Gdetrailer 10/23/21 08:31am Technology Corner
RE: Suggestions for new wall mount stereo

No CD or DVD? What you are looking for is called a car stereo media receiver. SEE HERE They are generally going to be same size as most any car stereo "DIN" standards typical of modern day car stereos although the depth may be shallower without the CD/DVD mech.
Gdetrailer 10/22/21 03:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Anybody else have bad issues with RV Value Mart?

Buying a RV is a highly up close subjective and personal thing. Keyboard buying is remote and impersonal, photos tend to lie and misrepresent the actual condition. Ads are placed to entice you to go see it in person. If it close enough to you, go and see it in person then make your choice.
Gdetrailer 10/22/21 01:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Windows license scam

Don't get me started on the Car warranty scams.. Still waiting for that clown to call me back about the warranty on my 76 Ford :M (we got disconnected when I told him the yr and model).. For some reason they want your vehicle make, model, VIN number first.. I didn't even get to the VIN number before they hung up.. :B For the most part, ignore those calls..
Gdetrailer 10/22/21 01:18pm Technology Corner
RE: A tale of two trailers, or prices are thru the roof.

"Have you priced lumber, steel and other materials lately?" Yes, and that's exactly why the Amish are selling Rough Cut lumber as fast as they can cut & mill it, at a very fair price. Be aware, "rough cut lumber" is not typically "graded" nor is it finished and will be what is known as "full dimensional" lumber which may or may not be the exact same size as graded lumber and not kiln dried (shrinkage, twisting and cracking can be worse if wood has not be properly and carefully dried). Many places now days will require graded (stamped) lumber in order to get a structure to pass inspections. Not to mention, unless you have a pretty nice powerful planer it can take a lot of time to plane down rough cut into a nice smooth finished surface and multiply that by the tens of thousands of foot board time becomes a critical factor in the cost.. My time ain't cheap. And yeah, the trailer builder that I bought the heavy trailer deck screws from mentioned that even they were still having issues getting the oak decking they needed for their orders.. I ended up using PT pine instead of the Oak that was on my trailer because I couldn't wait another yr for the Oak prices and stock to get back to a more normal place.
Gdetrailer 10/22/21 12:40pm Travel Trailers
Windows license scam

As a public service announcement.. Yesterday I received a phone call from a toll free 866 number (came up with a "800 services" and a 866 number) that is active with a Microsoft expired license scam and for $500 they will install a new license for you. I called back the number multiple times after they hung up on me until they blocked my number so I know the number is good. I would post the number but not sure if Mods will allow. But I do want to make folks that may not be aware, your Windows license (or "certificate" as they called it) NEVER expires. Do not fall prey to these clowns as they will rip you off and if you allow them access to your PC they can take over control and will have access to all contents! If you allow them to talk you into this, they will ask you to download and install team viewer which will give them full access to your PC. After some research, seems these Microsoft expired license scams are also banner popups that may show up in your browser, they are not real and do not click or hover over the banner nor call the number given. In addition, Microsoft will NEVER call or notify you in this manner you either.
Gdetrailer 10/22/21 12:20pm Technology Corner
RE: A tale of two trailers, or prices are thru the roof.

In 2018 I requested pricing for a Rockwood Travel Trailer from RVW and stumbled upon the email / quote they sent back yesterday. Out of curiosity, I requested pricing last evening on the same exact model, with the same options, and received it earlier today. 2018 for a 2019 = $23,980.00 2021 for a 2022 = $41,700.00 How about an increase of %42 for what amounts to the same exact thing? That is unless you take into consideration that it has to be ordered, the build date will not be "confirmed", but the "estimate" is 12 to 16 weeks. Then add in their are claims that anything being built in Indiana right now, and for the foreseeable future, is exceptionally shitty. It's supposedly way worse in the build quality dept than prior to the pandemic, which seems hard to do. And that's coming from dealers. Have you priced lumber, steel and other materials lately? That price increase is pretty much inline with the current price of materials.. Bought some new lumber to re-deck a 18ft flatbed trailer.. $300 for 10 2x8 by 16ft, 1 2x6 by 16ft, 2 2x8 by 10ft, 8 2x4 x 8ft. $70 for 150 5/16 metal decking screws.. Materials prices have come down some but I did have to by some 2x12s at 8ft in July 2021 and paid $45 each for another project and at that time 1/2 plywood (not chip board) was $55 a sheet (thankfully I didn't need plywood). Just had a new roof put on my sticks and bricks, 1200 sq ft house, $14K in roofing, $2K in replacement sheeting boards for $16K total.. 28 yrs ago, same roof was $4K in materials..
Gdetrailer 10/22/21 09:30am Travel Trailers
RE: over filling

Do you have a separate outside manual water fill? If not, for RVs without the outside manual water fill they use a manual valve inside the RV to fill the water tank. That valve may be open slightly allowing water to slowly fill the tank. If you do have outside manual water fill, the only way water can get into the fresh water tank is if the 12V water pump check valve fails.. In this case you need to check the hose on the input side of the pump (which goes to the freshwater tank) and see if there is water coming out of the input side of the pump with the city water pressurized. If water pump check valve has failed, you might be able to get a rebuild kit or if you can't find parts you will need to buy a new water pump.. If you don't use freshwater tank at all and have no intentions to ever use it, you could add a manual shutoff valve on the output side of pump and simply turn off the valve. On my trailer i have a Manuel freshwater with a cap, and a city water(screw type) connection. not following what you are trying to say here Some RVs instead of having a gravity outside water fill will have a water fill valve inside the RV which allows you to open the valve with city water connected to fill the tank directly. Since you have the outside gravity fill, you obviously do not have the internal water fill valve. This means that your water pump has a bad check valve and is leaking water into the tank. That is the only way water can fill your tank without using the outside gravity fill. You need to repair the pump or buy a new pump. Some pumps there may be a repair kit. If you have no plans of using the fresh water tank, you could add a valve at the water pump and turn the valve off.
Gdetrailer 10/22/21 09:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Wheel Bearings - re-grease?

He said that it was "greased" 2,000 miles ago. If that included a complete cleaning and inspection of the bearings and then a repack with the proper grease followed by the correct bearing and brake adjustment, then he is good to go for thousands of miles. What are the chances that the service was done correctly? OP also mentioned that is has been sitting for 2 yrs.. Dexters recommendation is 1yr or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. I can also attest to the fact that even just sitting around water can definitely find it's way into the bearings.. Have had that happen to my flatbed utility trailer and no it was never immersed in water. Doesn't hurt to pull and check condition of grease, doing so saved me the loss of a set of bearings and possibly the axle.
Gdetrailer 10/20/21 02:43pm Tech Issues
RE: over filling

Do you have a separate outside manual water fill? If not, for RVs without the outside manual water fill they use a manual valve inside the RV to fill the water tank. That valve may be open slightly allowing water to slowly fill the tank. If you do have outside manual water fill, the only way water can get into the fresh water tank is if the 12V water pump check valve fails.. In this case you need to check the hose on the input side of the pump (which goes to the freshwater tank) and see if there is water coming out of the input side of the pump with the city water pressurized. If water pump check valve has failed, you might be able to get a rebuild kit or if you can't find parts you will need to buy a new water pump.. If you don't use freshwater tank at all and have no intentions to ever use it, you could add a manual shutoff valve on the output side of pump and simply turn off the valve.
Gdetrailer 10/20/21 02:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Magnum MS 2812 Charger/Inverter Issue

Update: All connections in the Surge Guard Transfer switch are good and torqued appropriately. Connection/hot/common/ground in main panel all good. Decided to bring the system online slowly by shutting off all incoming power (breakers) and main 50amp. Turned on the breakers 30 amp for the inverter and then one circuit and I got inverter power. Waited, and brought all inverter circuits up, and all was well. Next I turned all the circuits back off and then turned the 50amp back on at the pedestal. I have two 30 amp breakers labeled charge #1 and charge #2. I monitored my read outs on my Firefly /Vega Touch specific to the Magnum. When I turned on charger #1 it showed zero on the AC Input Volts. When I turned on charger #2, it initially showed AC input volts at 118, and that the charger had come on (float). After 45 seconds, it kicked off and my AC input showed 184 volts as it has in the past. I tested both 30 amp breakers on the meter and they both are good. I’m down to the shore power cord at this point, unless anybody has other ideas. Thanks again Scott Try taking a reading of the voltages with a separate volt meter like a DVM. If the separate DVM does not read the same voltage as your display when the fault happens then the issue is with your inverter/charger. If separate DVM reads the same as your display (181V) then issue most likely is the shore cord connection (adapters?). Personally, if the shore power cable is at fault, it should not take 45 seconds for the system to fail, it should be immediate shut down.. Pointing a lot closer to a failure of your inverter/charger..
Gdetrailer 10/20/21 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Wheel Bearings - re-grease?

I would just go, don't worry about it... ALL too many folks are overkill with RV bearings.... I haven't done anything to mine in 8 years and they're fine. I do keep watch on the temperature. me, I would not do it. Way too much hype and legend in this arena. If it is worth the effort and money to make you feel more at ease then you gotta do it. Hmm.. Let's see what Dexter Axle has to say? Dexter Service manual "Page 13 Brakes should be adjusted (1) after the first 200 miles of operation when the brake shoes and drums have “seated,” (2) at 3,000 mile intervals, (3) or as use and performance requires. Page 49 Along with bearing adjustment, proper lubrication is essential to the proper function and reliability of your trailer axle. Bearings should be lubricated every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Page 57 5. Bearing units should be inspected every year or 12,000 miles whichever comes first." Page 80 also contains full maintenance schedule. Granted the OPs unit may be "newish", but it does zero harm to visually verify that: 1- Bearings are greased sufficiently (factory tends to just grease them enough to assemble them). 2- Bearings are correctly adjusted 3- Brakes are sufficiently broke in and adjusted. 4- Brakes, mechanical parts and drum surfaces are in good shape, not scored, heavily rusted, pitted or worn (light rust from setting is normal and rubs off with normal use). This is called Preventative Maintenance (PM) which is to prevent future disaster from happening while on the road which is clearly ignored by the folks I quoted.. As they say, "ignorance is bliss".. Do I think it is OK for the OP to go ahead? Maybe, but then again, maybe not, I would hate to be the one that egged on one to ignore PMs in the event that something did fail..
Gdetrailer 10/20/21 11:01am Tech Issues
RE: F53 460 Engine runs very poorly when heat soaked

... One more heat susceptible thing, not related to fuel, was the TFI (Thick Film Ignition). Ford used it in the 80's and early 90's. I'm not sure if it was used on the 460 engines but it's highly probable. The short story is I ran into this with a 1990 5.0 engine that worked fine previously, then sat around before it was installed in a hot-rod. The engine consistently ran poorly when hot and was even hard to start. Usually the fix was to remove the module from it's mounting on the distributor and put new thermal paste between the module and a heat sink on the main distributor body itself. Apparently the thermal paste dried out from either time or inactive use. Wes From memory, if I remember correctly, there was two versions of the early TFI as it has been many yrs since I looked at these systems.. One version was the TFI was mounted directly to the distributor and the other version was a remote mounted version. The distributor mounted version was typically used in cars and the remote mounted version was used on trucks. I have worked on the distributor mounted version with frustrating results for a family member. Never ever got that engine to run correctly without it randomly stuttering to death at stop lights.. Changed every sensor, the distributor, coil, the TFI module twice, fuel pump, injectors and the ECM but yet the issue still persisted.. I did find there were some folks on the Internet that discovered part of the issue was grounding issues in the wiring harness, Ford doesn't use a central grounding point and many things are randomly grounded all over the vehicle. Grounding wires from various places in the wiring harness would corrode and fail causing all kinds of strange engine issues.. Family member sold the vehicle before I could try that. I did briefly look at a pickup truck with poor idling, that is when I noticed on the trucks the TFI was mounted separate remotely from the distributor mounted to the wheel well liner, makes sense since a truck under heavy use generates considerably more heat than most autos..
Gdetrailer 10/19/21 10:53am Tech Issues
RE: Sony AV Receiver Issue

https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/res/manuals/4732/455f40ecf39615259f1d8a12231c8e8f/47320621M.pdf The only OFF button I found was no the remote. But the link is for the operating manual for the product. There may also be an OFF button on the wired remote (Steering wheel) but I think the install a switch in the power lead is your best bet.. Note that this unit likely has two power leads one for MEMORY one for operation. Switch only the one with the bigger fuse. :R No, don't go for "the bigger fuse" or wire, that will be the one that goes to directly to the battery as unswitched. That memory lead also supplies power internally to the entire radio unit including the power amps which is why that lead is "bigger" and typically is fused with a higher amperage fuse.. Take a look at the diagram on page 28 of the manual, follow the wiring on the diagram. See the wire marked ACC with note number 3 with the red arrow I added. https://i.imgur.com/sw99fctl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. On page 29 the number 3 from page 28 is explained (see the red arrow I added) https://i.imgur.com/5GlBgRTl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. If you are going to add a manual On/Off switch then the red lead which is also marked ACC (AKA switched Accessory power or Ignition). Do not switch the yellow wire as that will dump your memory settings and you will have to run through setup from scratch each time you want to power the unit on. The RV builder may have spliced both yellow and red together behind the radio, just separate them, keeping the yellow directly connected to battery and add a switch to the red lead and the other side of switch to the same power connection ans the yellow lead.
Gdetrailer 10/19/21 07:59am Technology Corner
RE: 8531 /Burner Issue UPDATE--Photos ( Fixed!)

Nothing special about the probes, generally there is nothing to go wrong with them. Detection issues tends to be more with lack of good flame, lack of good connection from control board to ground or bad control board. Flame must be correct with the probe inside the blue portion of the flame. Incomplete combustion results in poor burning flame which results in less or no blue portion and less or no conduction on the probe. Best to use diagnostic info in the link I posted which measures the current flowing through the detector rod. If flame detect current checks out then issue most likely is the control board failing.
Gdetrailer 10/18/21 03:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Sony AV Receiver Issue

Hmm.. After looking at the owners manual there is no mention of powering up or powering down the unit manaully?? Generally there will be some button that you push and hold to turn radios on/off with.. You can check out the owners manual HERE The remote has a power button but mentions turning On/Off the "source"?? Pulling the main fuse may turn it off, but depending on how this unit is wired may dump everything you have preset in memory by doing so. The better solution is to find the "ACC" wire on the radio (red wire per the manual on page 28) and cutting that wire and adding a manual On/Off switch. The switch now simulates the ignition switch of an automobile installation. Do not cut and switch the yellow wire, that wire must be unswitched and is used to keep the radio memory and your sound settings alive. Button 8 on the remote = Monitor Off Might turn the monitor off, but does it turn the entire unit off? Granted, perhaps OP doesn't like a bright monitor running 24/7 and doesn't mind that that button only turns the monitor off. I suspect OP is really wanting to turn off the entire unit not just the monitor like any normal car radio should. Switching the red lead will take care of making sure the unit is fully powered off and not just the monitor. There is zero reason to keeping the entire unit turned on all the time and if one is boondocking is a needless drain on the batteries.
Gdetrailer 10/18/21 01:07pm Technology Corner
RE: 8531 /Burner Issue UPDATE--Photos ( Fixed!)

I had this problem before (two years ago) and got some help on here with it all, and swapped some parts from a 111 I got off a guy. Eventually I got a 111's board from a 98 MH being parted out and that got it working right. New burner head (old one had screen rusted out) Now it is starting to act up again. ISTR I swapped the squirrel cage fan-- found out how to get it off here--that was to try a new limit switch you have to get the fan off first to get at. The one in there now is metal and heavier than the plastic one I have in the spares box. Can't remember which is the 11 vs the 111's. Anyway it spins ok, and the delay for burner on at the start after fan runs and then at the end for fan to stay on after burner off is working right. It is just the burner cutting in and out when it should just stay on. I can haul the burner end out again and check the wiring for the flame sensor and however it is grounded. Is there a way to check the voltage with it out? Maybe turn the Tstat to on? Is there any voltage when there is no gas? Wiring diagram can be found HERE on page 9. Burner cutting in and out.. Partial blockage of the burner orifice causing flame to not be correct size and position. Flame detect not positioned correctly in the flame. Flame detect grounding issue. Fan running too slow or too fast altering flame position. Bad control board? Overheating? Sticking or bad gas valve? Flame detector is a dual purpose device, it is used to spark ignite the gas in the burner and once the gas has ignited, the probe now operates as the flame detection system. As flame detector, the control board will place a small voltage on the probe. When proper ignition has occurred the probe should be inside the blue part of the flame. The blue part will conduct a small amount of electricity generating a small current that flows from probe to burner. Control board monitors the current drawn on the probe if no current or wrong current is drawn the control board will close the gas valve. This is known as flame ionization detection, some times called flame rectification since the current flow is one direction only.. HERE is a good write-up on this type of flame detection with some troubleshooting info. Ground is typically established through the burner assembly and burner assembly should have a ground connection to the 12V negative and control board. If in doubt that the flame sensor or burner may not have a good ground established, you can add a grounding wire to the burner to a known good ground to see if that helps.
Gdetrailer 10/18/21 12:56pm Tech Issues
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