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RE: Jack Placement to Change my Tire

Keep in mind the rear tires are the easiest to change. You don't even need a jack if it's an outside dual. Simply drive onto a chock block with the inner wheel and remove the outer one. Put the new one on and drive away. Be sure to recheck the torque on the lug nuts after a couple hundred miles....Dennis This works well on old Budd wheels, if you re-torque the inner nuts before you put outside back on. But on hub-piloted, it's a good way to shear studs. Either when it shifts far enough, and weight is on the studs, or when just a little, and proper torque will not pull back in place. As soon as you roll, the lugs are loose.
JRscooby 11/17/20 11:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I got my new gas light.

Where a gravity furnace could work in a RV, not use electricity it would burn more propane, unless it was below floor level. A wall mounted unit would put heat high in the room, to pool at ceiling. With nothing to circulate it would take a lot of heat to get that pool down to knees. The fan blower reverses the natural flow in the furnace, so the natural flow in the room helps to heat it.Plenty of apartments use a vented convection heater on the wall and nobody is getting cold knees for it. Exactly,we had one in a house when we first bought it..Worked okay just like the gravity furnace did in several truck campers and travel trailers..Those of us that have actually used them in cold temps,actually liked them and the lack of electricity needed... I will not say a gravity furnace will not work. The coal or wood fired gravity furnace was much better than the pot-belly stove, which was better than the fireplace. But as technology evolved, forced air has proven to be more efficient. Maybe a gravity furnace in RV would heat well enough without the need for electricity. But I would be surprised if propane consumption did not increase. Is it easier to carry extra propane instead of extra battery? I can't say. But IMHO, a better idea would be try to make the air handling part of the furnace more efficient. (In homes, the combustion/heat extraction has improved to the point need to use electricity to remove combustion waste gasses, can't use the natural lift of heat to remove. But save enough in fuel to pay for extra electricity. Gas lights where a great improvement over oil lamps. And in a application where any time you need light you also need heat, and you had ventilation a gas light would likely be the way to go. And like the OP, want for the nostalgia, then it is the right tool for the job. For off-grid living, solar/battery/LED is state of art. But when a local propane supplier will set the tank just to be sure you buy from them, somebody building on a tight budget might install gas lights, to avoid the up-front costs of a solar set-up. As price of solar drops, less likely. Even more off topic; In the early '60s the local natural gas company had a "deal". They would install a pole with gaslight where it would light the sidewalk from drive to stoop. About 1 in 4 houses on the block had them. How much gas did they sell with all those lamps burning 24/7/365?
JRscooby 11/17/20 05:02am Truck Campers
RE: Pro trailer back up assist

I often have to receive trucks at work... So I get to watch a lot of truck drivers back into the docks. It is amazing to me how many struggle with this.... Perhaps they should target the semi market for this "trinket" I have seen this all my life. OTOH, in my lifetime I have seen a lot of people that did not appear to be qualified to do the job. It used to be that commercial truck drivers were, as a rule, quite skilled. It seems to me that since they started wearing different head coverings their driving has gone to $&!t. Over the years I have worked with a lot of drivers, and never saw where head gear or skin color had much to do with skill level. Hired 1 guy, application said worked for trucking co for years. Every time I saw the truck, turn signal was flashing. Paid him off after 2 days. Another, customer called, "this guy keeps going past the job" I called him "What's going on?" "They want me to blindside in!" Man, you're driving a straight truck, on a closed street. Paid him off that afternoon
JRscooby 11/16/20 05:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I got my new gas light.

OMG...Now 12 more pages on the correct meaning of forced air..I explained it correctly but labeled it wrong,evidently..(laffin) First, you make a untrue statement " the forced air furnace without a blower.." When questioned your definition, you trumped down on it with "They used to have just a furnace without a blower that forced air out, kinda like a catalytic heater,that had no blower or electricity involved..The thermostat was numbers on the dial..LOL..When the number on the dial reached it's temperature,it went to just the pilot until it needed more heat.." A furnace, gravity or forced air, does not resemble a catalytic heater. Furnace will always have a path for the waste gasses of combustion to the outside, not into the room with the heated air. The most efficient will bring air needed for combustion from outside. Where a gravity furnace could work in a RV, not use electricity it would burn more propane, unless it was below floor level. A wall mounted unit would put heat high in the room, to pool at ceiling. With nothing to circulate it would take a lot of heat to get that pool down to knees. The fan blower reverses the natural flow in the furnace, so the natural flow in the room helps to heat it.
JRscooby 11/16/20 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Pro trailer back up assist

I always have to wonder when I in a CG why so many people that can't handle their rig think they need to open the exhaust for more power. Spend half hour geeing and hawing is one thing, but do you need to do it in a vehicle blasting "LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! I CAN'T DRIVE WORTH A SNOT, BUT LOOK AT ME! Trying to convince DW we don't need 2 cars. She wanted a back-up camera in pickup. Everybody told me how great it would be great for hooking up trailer. Might work better if I would look at it...
JRscooby 11/16/20 10:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: I got my new gas light.

I thought blower was involved in the definition of forced air furnace? They used to have just a furnace without a blower that forced air out, kinda like a catalytic heater,that had no blower or electricity involved..The thermostat was numbers on the dial..LOL..When the number on the dial reached it's temperature,it went to just the pilot until it needed more heat... The older campers had the propane lights/hand water pump/forced air furnaces(without blowers) etc because most only had one battery and RVing was nothing like it is today.. Old school wasn't so bad and everyone lived that followed instructions,just as today..LOL I know what used to be, but that was called a gravity system. The heated air is lighter, so it flows out to be replaced by colder air. In the house I grew up in, if we closed the door at the bottom of steps, so the dense air could not come down, we had no heat in the upstairs bedrooms.
JRscooby 11/16/20 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: I got my new gas light.

Those were in almost every camper made years ago...Can't tell you how many of the glass domes I have broke because I forgot to secure them for washbordy roads..lol..Nobody died that I know of from using them for many many years...I wish they were an option as well as the old hand water pump by the sink and the forced air furnace without a blower... Nice Specta... I thought blower was involved in the definition of forced air furnace? One thing that is missing from my brother's TT is the factory installed wood burning stove.
JRscooby 11/16/20 04:34am Truck Campers
RE: Jack Placement to Change my Tire

Likely to late now, but pull the flat up on a ramp/block to get the hub as high as normal, then jack it up. When you are ready to put tire back on you know you will not have to get under to raise it a little bit more. That bit is when most likely to slip, and with no wheel in place, most chance of damage.
JRscooby 11/16/20 04:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Proper Hydraulic Fluid to use?

LOL. A guy was drilling near where I was unloading. I noticed a drum of vegetable oil on his truck. At lunch, I had to ask why. "Do you know what it costs to clean up after a leak of normal oil?"
JRscooby 11/16/20 04:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The strange ramifications of COVID shutdowns

Big camp DO Turkey 14 in camp DO start with pie in pan off to side, rolls around. Rolls done, center pie. Dishes done, have a slice of hot pie. Or if need room for more rolls put pie on earlier. 12 in deep camp DO. Sweet potato casserole. 12 in camp DO with domed lid mashed potatoes 10 in camp DO dressing 10 in camp DO green bean casserole 8 in camp DO and 1 of the 8 in DO for veggies 8 in DO gravy. 12 in skillet, with the rimed lid from camp oven cornbread. Thanksgiving is the one weekend that I really worry about water. Cleaning all the CI can fill the gray water tote
JRscooby 11/14/20 05:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Air Gauges, Bad or Not?

What is the reasoning behind installing gauges? If the gauge does not read as expected, it's the fault of gauge? IMHO that is a dangerous fault in logic! If I was to look at the gauge in the garage now it would read 0, not because it's bad, but because there is no air in the system. Only problem is the two air pressure gauges on the dash are not correct. They do not show full pressure, and the last time I started the coach one gauge reads 0 (yes, zero), and the low air alarm is sounding My old trucks set for a day or 2, I expect to hear buzzer, see light and a gauge reading 0. That told me I had a slight leak in the system. If it would hold long enough to meet the law just hunt for it while looking for other problems. Now the not reading full pressure is a issue that needs addressed before we move. Does the compressor cycle off, and the reading stay constant? Need to look at the governor, and little line to it. Might need cleaned, adjusted or replaced. If the compressor runs all the time, and you don't get full pressure, most likely you have a serious leak.
JRscooby 11/14/20 04:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Brake question

I would think somebody that just bought a used trailer would want to look at the bearings and brakes before pulling it. At bare minimum, make sure of adjustment and function.
JRscooby 11/13/20 04:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: The strange ramifications of COVID shutdowns

For many years we tell many in the extended family where we will be for Thanksgiving, anybody want to join is welcome. I cook the whole feast over charcoal and wood fire, with Dutch ovens and cast iron pans. Most years, "Your crazy, cook and eat outside?" This year, some are asking where we will be. Thinking about how to stay spread out to cook, set up a buffet line, then each family unit unmask, eat at separate table. In years past I have looked around CG while cooking. If I see anybody camping by themselves, I invite them to join us. (Years past I have spent holidays in truckstop. Welcome by strangers is not as good as family, but better than alone) This year, that is out of question.
JRscooby 11/13/20 09:25am Around the Campfire
RE: CDN Snowbirds getting their RV's across....

The USA has a far greater testing rate/numbers than European countries therefore the case count is much greater. Most people testing positive have mild or no symptoms and require no hospitalization at all. I am 75 with mild heart disease and overweight but not obese I think this covid disease has and is being blown all out of proportion IMHO for politics. Doctors who treat covid patients receive $2000.00 more per patient than flu patients. That is incentive for over counting and I have known a few unethical doctors at VA and in private practice past 50 years. Most of this post has been proven false, but is constantly broadcast by somebody that was recorded, in his own words telling a well trusted journalist "Yes, I downplayed the virus. I still downplay the virus. I don't want people to panic"
JRscooby 11/13/20 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: 12 volt blanket?

I used a 12V mattress pad in the truck. Never ran down the starting batteries to the point I had issues cranking the Cat, even over a weekend layover.
JRscooby 11/13/20 09:10am General RVing Issues
RE: CDN Snowbirds getting their RV's across....

Europe has very strict lockdown restrictions for months and their China virus infections continue to rise to all time highs. In USA the death rate from Covid is greatly reduced from March numbers. Most hospital stays for Covid infections are much shorter with fewer severe Covid cases. From reliable news interviews with medical experts (non government) as opposed to flip flopping Dr F. Just saying Is the number of cases in Europe growing? Sure. But it is growing from a much lower level. Is the survival rate getting better? Yes, the people treating it are learning, getting plenty of practice. As to the "flip flopping". A new situation, everybody is learning about what works. It would take somebody pretty stupid not to change practices when learn a better way. Do you still use steel tires on wooden wheels?
JRscooby 11/13/20 05:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Adding tank heaters for winter use.

I haven't checked on price in a long time. But if not moving the trailer you might use bales of straw to keep air from going under the trailer. Years back, I saw a TT with straw bales stacked up all around up to above roof level. I could see a tarp over it, was told there was foam board under the tarp. (Couple living in it while rebuilding burned house. I was delivering material)
JRscooby 11/13/20 05:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Proper Hydraulic Fluid to use?

Hydraulics are used in many industries. Search for shop that specializes in that equipment. You might need to remove/replace it yourself, or hire somebody else to do it.
JRscooby 11/13/20 04:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Not Utilizing RV Parks or Boondocking

Jaxdad, ever think of installing RV living area in a plane? Flying RV?
JRscooby 11/10/20 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Snow Chains Cam Locks

Decades back I had a tow truck. Had a set of worn drive tires mounted up. Mounted chains on them, because I could jack up and change all 4 tires on the back of truck in less time then getting chains mounted with wheels on truck. Most days the streets would get cleared off, not need chains. Only took a minute to unlatch and drive off them.
JRscooby 11/09/20 01:08pm Towing
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