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RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

At home we use the furnace to keep the house about 62. We have electric heaters to run in bathroom, DWs sewing room, and living room. When I was in the sleeper, down to about 20, I would use blankets and electric mattress pad. A small inverter powered a heat lamp that shined on the area next to bed. Turn it on, out of bed to crank the cat, stay in beam to dress and make coffee.
JRscooby 10/28/20 10:49am General RVing Issues
RE: made up own towing system

Homemade stuff scares me. Huge liability exposure IMO. 1 thing about it; If it is homemade you can be sure it was made to use. Most of what is manufactured is only made to sell. Of course, a lot depends on what home it is made in.And mfg units have millions of successful miles of usage. Which one would you prefer to have when explainig your side to the insurance company or judge? Liability is also a consideration for me and top of the list for a toad is the aux brake. For serious accidents professionals hired by lawyers with equipped cars measure every aspect of road variations, vehicle setup, speed, etc. First off, the post I quoted appeared to disparage "homemade" in general, not just towing systems. Most things that are manufactured serve there propose well. Others, as soon as money goes across the counter they have done all they are designed to do. Much that is sold is advertised as universal fit. Most think that always means it will fit all applications. But what it means is it is never a exact fit. Often a handy person can build something that does exactly what he wants, and will work better for him than store bought. As for liability, the guy that lays the money down is going to assume that whoever built it did it right. Might even read the directions. If you are using something you built you know how it is supposed to look/work. If something is going wrong he is more likely to be aware if something is going wrong. This, IMHO, reduces the chance of accident. Accident, you are using storebought. The injured party names you in the suit. You try to pass responsibility to the corporation that made it. Likely, if you are using defective equipment the injured party will win. But as most courts are likely to find in favor of the corporation.
JRscooby 10/28/20 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: made up own towing system

Homemade stuff scares me. Huge liability exposure IMO. 1 thing about it; If it is homemade you can be sure it was made to use. Most of what is manufactured is only made to sell. Of course, a lot depends on what home it is made in.
JRscooby 10/28/20 06:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

If I was going to be torqueing the bolts, I would put a jack under to support. Will that change the final reading/actual torque on the bolt? No. But I'm lazy, don't like to do extra work. Likely the person turning the wrench will not see it, but as he bears down on the wrench the vehicle goes down. Then when release pressure to get another flat, vehicle comes back up.(More likely to see that.) Every stroke, as the bolt gets tighter, more of the force is used to compress springs before the nut starts to turn. That is wasted work. Something else to think about; I don't know how many times I have had a helper, (confess, once I was the helper) when I have pulled a bolt to get it torqued, then hear "Need to back it off, wrench is locked" Yes, arm wrestling when the other guys wrench is 4 times as long as yours it is easy to wedge your wrench against something solid. By yourself even easier. Hold a bar or board between wrench and solid so you can have leverage to pull it out, get play, and your wrench back. BTW, most of my life I would of turned things so I was lifting instead pushing down. I could lift more than I weighed, let alone what weight I could get on the wrench. But I have gained over 100 lbs, and lost muscle
JRscooby 10/27/20 05:55am Towing
RE: Undercarriage Storage

Make sure it's fastened securely to the frame. It sounds like a good idea if it's done right. I would use real bolts and nylock nuts with holes drilled in the flange of the I-beam. If you have a channel beam place a metal strap (home made U bolt) over the channel. I have lost a stinky hose holder and hose when self-taping screws came out on a bumpy road. If you drill into a I-beam, do not drill the flange.
JRscooby 10/27/20 04:22am Travel Trailers
RE: 1972 Ford RV - Can't find any info

A money pit!!! Just price a new set of tires and you are in deep. Also what will you do for a title? I'm not going to say yes or know to the project, but this post points out a major mistake many make when starting to restore a vehicle; Bring it home, most of the tires won't hold air. So they run out and buy new tires. But most times, a DIY restoration takes years. So when they finally get to the reward for all that work a tire goes bang. Better plan, IMHO, is get enough "may-pops" from a tire shop to hold it up, then when done, buy the the new tires.
JRscooby 10/26/20 04:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need seals for differential

I have a 2001 Beaver Marquis, with a Jasper chassis. Need axle seals for where axles connect to the duallys. Can any one direct me to a reliable parts dealer, hopefully with a address and/or a phone number. Thanks in advance. If you are talking about the seal that that rides on the axle housing, to keep lube in wheel bearings and out of brakes, take the number to any truck parts place, they can get you what you need. If you are talking about on the outside, where the axle bolts to hub, in the old days we would use a sheet of gasket material and a ball peen hammer to make one as needed. Last few decades, silicone Form-a-gasket has lived in all my toolboxes.
JRscooby 10/25/20 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Pressure

If you run more pressure than the load calls for it can wear the tires out in the center faster than the edges. I had that problem on my 2500 Suburban. The tires are rated for 80 psi. The door placard calls for the rear tires to be 71 psi. I was running them at 65 psi because I know I'm not near max axle weight. The rear tires were wearing out in the center so I lowered it to 55psi. According to the load inflation table that's all I need to carry the weight I've got on the rear tires so that makes it the proper pressure. Running 80 psi would be an incredibly harsh ride and wear the tires out worse. You need to weight your axles, consult the chart, and inflate accordingly. Any other method is a guess and likely wrong. I never worry over much about how rough the ride is for my trailer. I know the enemy of tires is heat. Tire flex makes heat. And I know that a tire inflated to max pressure will flex less than one set at a lower pressure for any given load. Will the underloaded/overinflated tires wear in the center? Likely, but who wears out the tread on RV tires? And before somebody goes into a rant about the damage the rough ride might do to trailer, look at the damage a blown tire does.
JRscooby 10/24/20 06:07am Towing
RE: Front hitch

FWIW....I've had front hitches on 2 pickups in the past. Mostly used for spotting trailers and the like. Very infrequently (in the past) used to slide in a "hitch mount" winch for getting un-stuck. If the pull on a front-hitch-mounted winch is not fairly close to straight ahead, remember that there's a couple feet of moment arm between the attachment points and the force of the pull: sideways pull puts a pretty significant strain on the cradle and attach points. For self recovery I would for sure want a place to mount the portable winch on each side. A pull close to the frame rail will put less strain on things. But with that big of winch might be better to make a permeant mount for it. The winch, and a mount strong enough to hold it to truck will be a chore to manhandle. Maybe a smaller winch, pullies, and extra line would work better.
JRscooby 10/23/20 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weak headlights

First step, IMHO, would be check the voltage at the headlamp using the same ground and power path. I have found corroded connections in the wiring (often on ground side) can cause a dim lamp.
JRscooby 10/22/20 06:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

Ah, Camping world. The Wal mart of the RV industry. Not exactly. Walmart has a pretty generous return policy
JRscooby 10/21/20 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The Flag of the United States of America

Often when somebody is protesting against some action of the government I see 2 issues come up. One is people overlook the fact that protest was listed as protected before people would accept the founding document of the country. The other is "You don't love your country" I have never come up with a quick retort to "My country, right or wrong". My mother drunk or sober does not work for me. If a child is acting in a manor that does not meet the parents standards, do we expect the parents to show the child what the standards are, and the actions that are expected? Does that mean the parents do not love the child? How is love of country so much different than love of a child?
JRscooby 10/21/20 07:41am Around the Campfire
RE: Help figuring out DOT tire code

Thanks everyone. I'll look on the inside of the tire. BurbMan, they sure don't make it easy to read the numbers:( Just a guess, but bet if the numbers that had to be changed all the time some tires would not match side to side. And it would be harder to keep the replaceable parts in mold. When you get new tires mounted make sure the date is on the outside when mounted.
JRscooby 10/21/20 07:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sidewall of truck height

My 1131 sits ass down in the bed of my 97, I'd like to hear more about this crown. Is there a bulge in the middle or something? There is a crown that runs widthwise across the bed around mid bed. I grabbed a 4' level and started at the rear of the box and slid it forward towards the cab, there is a definitely a noticeable crown that appears as the level rises off the box at the crown. I'm pretty sure it's purpose is for water drainage towards the tailgate and front drainage holes, but it can cause a porpoise effect with a truck camper. You can also see it in GM truck camper pics from the side, campers appear nose high due to compressing the rear of the rubber mat with the front of the camper not sitting flat on the bottom of the box. Might be for drainage, but not sure they expect the truck to be parked level enough to matter. I'm more inclined to think it is a fold line to absorb energy and keep the floor out of cab on impact.
JRscooby 10/20/20 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

Well, if you decide to proceed, maybe make your offer contingent on a maintenance contract that includes spark plugs, spark plug wires, and batteries for the first 5 years? Doubt the RV would run enough in 5 years to need plugs. OEM battery is good for 6
JRscooby 10/20/20 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The Flag of the United States of America

Lately I've been seeing increasing United States of America flag fabric being used for mouth and face coverings. This has made me so sad. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America 50 years ago, I learned all kinds of wonderful lessons about being a good person, a good man and a good citizen, not the least of which was flag etiquette. I keep my Father's veteran service funeral flag - a large one, maybe five feet by nine feet or so - in a respectful place, to take out and hold onto once in awhile - reflect on things. Watching the flag "miss-flown" on a vehicle makes me sad (it should be at the right front - so as to display to a viewer's left side as the vehicle approaches them and to be first in the approach of that vehicle - and perhaps not as an everyday thing, but rather for special occasions like parades or other ceremonies). It should never be used as a decoration, which should only be done with bunting and the blue bunting should always be at the top of the white and red. No marks upon it, like campaign information. These items for sale should be outright rejected by good American consumers. I'm not so sure about clothing. I had a flag shirt once when I was young; I felt it was patriotic. But I'd never do pants; I would never have a desire to sit on the symbol of my love of country, even while expressing my right as an American citizen - fully recognizing with those rights come responsibilities. I think clothing is probably wrong, just because of what most of us do with our dirty clothes. But as a mask? To captured breathed disease? To filter spittle, and aerosols from self and others? The etiquette says not to used the flag for a temporary (disposable) function, and says not to use it as a vessel, or container for carrying anything. That defines it good enough for me. Another thing Boy Scouts taught me was the quintessential helping the little old lady across the street, and of course the subsequent joke about how she had never WANTED to cross that street in the first place. Now it seems instead, we raise a middle finger to her and make sure she knows she's on her own, and maybe we'll even hurt her if we feel dissed. Ain't getting no help from me in my righteous indignation. Because were mad. Were all mad. Even crazy it seems. If you too have wondered just how far people are going to be asked to go, maybe you could just start here. Don't let them hi-jack our flag anymore. Don't buy in to it. https://www.vfw.org/community/flag-etiquette And when young I was taught the flag did not normally fly in rain or dark. And I would never think of burning Stars and Stripes as a form of protest, flying it in the same area as the stars and bars, or a swastika is even more insulting to me.
JRscooby 10/20/20 07:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Front hitch

Going to use it for a carrier, or to spot your trailer? If to spot trailer I suggest you mount as close as you can to the right frame rail. Then the driver can at least see past 1 side of trailer. If a carrier use 1 at each frame rail for a more stable platform.
JRscooby 10/19/20 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: New RVer with some diesel fuel issues.

Millions of miles driving my own trucks; Always carried couple sets of fuel filters, wrench, and oil jug full of clean fuel.
JRscooby 10/19/20 06:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

"......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I'm not going to look up the weights, or GVWR of the vehicles but at most I bet the ratings allow for a bump of tow ratings of going from 6000 to 10000 lbs. Hardly "Sherman Tank" range. Well thanks for that clarification! There goes me wanting to bring my tank along. Just got it set up to flat tow too... "......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I'm not going to look up the weights, or GVWR of the vehicles but at most I bet the ratings allow for a bump of tow ratings of going from 6000 to 10000 lbs. Hardly "Sherman Tank" range. So what kind of toad DO you plan to tow in the "6000-10,000 pound" range? That's still pretty heavy. My point is that a 3500 lb change in GCVWR means less than the same change in GVWR. And any time a rating increases some of it is used up in extra weight of the vehicle,
JRscooby 10/17/20 06:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

"......but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined)" But unless you have a Sherman tank as a toad, for most the difference in tow rating is probably a non-issue :C I'm not going to look up the weights, or GVWR of the vehicles but at most I bet the ratings allow for a bump of tow ratings of going from 6000 to 10000 lbs. Hardly "Sherman Tank" range.
JRscooby 10/16/20 09:37am Class A Motorhomes
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