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RE: My very own 'broken bumper' story...why didn't I listen?

mild steel bumpers and frames are X 45-52 tensile strength ) steel. Weld metal is minimun X 70.. the trouble is in the weld quality and full penetration of the parent metal, the temparature shock and HAZ ( heat affected zone)that causes hardening in that zone. Hard impacts in the HAZ zone can cause fracture where in other places a flex or bend. might only happen . I have fixed a few. None were intended to carry a load
SDcampowneroperator 12/01/20 09:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: slide out issue on Cameo

i A great point , look closely at the arrow, its a morryde rubber equalizer that is not tubed, sleeved wirh a wear bushing. The shackle. bolts have only the equalizer 'ears' to wear against. Failure is certain.
SDcampowneroperator 12/01/20 09:16pm Tech Issues
RE: slide out issue on Cameo

The zipper open access panels will not give you enough room to service the system. ours were rusted solid. Honey, Its Stuck! Open it a lot, give yourself rooooom. I had to cut a much larger opening through the underbelly fabric, fold back the insulation do the gear replacement then reseal the underbelly fabric with 3 M super 77 spray contact cement and more fabric as a 'tape' Carriage slideout gears and jacks were made by RBW, sold to Dexter, then to Coachworks. New parts are exclusive to Coachworks and $$$. $$$ $ and then some. Salvage parts do not serve any better as the same issues are present. The motors and drives are for us are good, its the gearing and engagement that failed A wrench job , maybe a welding job to rebuild the sprocket, most importantly rearrange spacers and bushings to fully engage the sprocket on the rack gear. Thanks ?? I am giving my experience maybe the , worst case scenario. Been there, fixed. with upgrades. It wasnt electrical, It was mechanical on both door and off door side slides. rack gears to crown gear engagement was not full, allowing wear and gear tooth stripping. Our Cameo has many slide out cycles every year. It wasnt the number of cycles asmuch as the poot alignment of crown gear to rack, and tolerances between them. Manufacturers defect that would pass by for a while, beyond warranty likely Thats where so many issues arise. Your Cameo also has Moryde rubber equalizer suspension. Look closely, the moryde eyelets to lower shackle point are not tubed, not nylon sleeved to prevent wear on the shackles and bolts. Again been there. $$$$ fix on the road, $ now at home. I caught it at home, welded in tubing, bored to 23/64 " placed nylon bushings in all points and upgraded to wet shackle bolts.that I aligned with the lube holes in the nylon sleeve/ bushings. My point is, while you are under there, look with education at the other issues of greater concern than the slide.
SDcampowneroperator 11/30/20 08:05pm Tech Issues
RE: slide out issue on Cameo

The zipper open access panels will not give you enough room to service the system. ours were rusted solid. Honey, Its Stuck! Open it a lot, give yourself rooooom. I had to cut a much larger opening through the underbelly fabric, fold back the insulation do the gear replacement then reseal the underbelly fabric with 3 M super 77 spray contact cement and more fabric as a 'tape' Carriage slideout gears and jacks were made by RBW, sold to Dexter, then to Coachworks. New parts are exclusive to Coachworks and $$$. $$$ $ and then some. Salvage parts do not serve any better as the same issues are present. The motors and drives are for us are good, its the gearing and engagement that failed A wrench job , maybe a welding job to rebuild the sprocket, most importantly rearrange spacers and bushings to fully engage the sprocket on the rack gear.
SDcampowneroperator 11/28/20 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Cameo slide out

Peter, you do not write if its a just stop and pause ( which indicates an electical issue ) or a mechanical issue Oir 09 Cameo started the pause issue on doorside slide which indicated motor overload. By extending it an inch then bringing it back in we could eventually close the slide. Eventually the rear gear in the zipper panel mentioned in previous post stripped. Age and increased friction was the cause as well as poor gear alignment. Look at these previous threads I made for a cure. Pm me for more rbw slideout gears ( orphan ) gears again rbw sideout crown gears stripping Max
SDcampowneroperator 11/28/20 06:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane Tank Vacuum Purge

Its a gimmick. Fuel to air ratios fall between the too rich and too lean for combustion, even then there has to be an ignition source in that critical % state in side the container. It has never happened. Purging is just a gimmick used by suppliers to charge you for something you do not need. Big tanks like 500 gallon tanks are shipped and filled with air at atmospheric pressure. They are not vacummed or purged. The negligable air and oxygen becomes too rich of a mixture to burn, Propane 101 Ask your local firefighter. The potential water vapor could be a concern IF filled on 100% humidity day, IF used on much a colder day in which the tank empties to allow the water to boil. Otherwise, water will become and remain liquid until the pressure drops so low as to cause it to boil off or to freeze dry. That would be far below the boiling point of propane at -44.3 f Niether is ever likely or documented. It just cant happen Talk to your local firefighter. not your propane supplier Its akin to asking to a used car salesman vs a scientist One will tell you its safe , the other truth. both will tell you its safe Talk to your local fireman! Ever notice how people who have little or no knowledge of a subject are the most ardent in their opinions? I will take a propane supplier's word over a "firefighter's" word any day concerning propane. Note that a "propane supplier" is not the local UHaul guy or campground employee pumping propane. I have both firefghter training in 45 years of hazardous material training and propane supplier certification. Back that up with 24 years of pipeline welding on flammable gaslines and 19 years of filling propane in the camp we operated and sold this year. Call me and all the firefighters as uneducated ? You who discount the facts I write of need to go back to grade school and recall basic chemistry and the basics of air, water, fuel, Purging air out of a propane bottle is an unneccessary task. The very slight amount of oxygen is absorbed into the gas and enhances the fuel. Insome states, Oxygenation of gasoline is mandated! Massive pipelines are not purged.of air. Effort is made to evacuate water after hydrotesting the remaing water will evaporate into the fuel gas overtime with no harm to the end user. What benefit to purge a tiny cylinder other than to address the fears of the uneducated? Yes I do note that the uneducated with little knowledge and inexperienced are the first to be ardent I have science, experience, training, and all professionals in related fields to verify. naysayers have fear of that which they have not educated about.
SDcampowneroperator 11/26/20 09:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Broken cargo door key

there is a # on the key. any locksmith, the camp or a neighbor wil have one. Ch 545,751 223 will open most baggage doors.
SDcampowneroperator 11/24/20 09:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane Tank Vacuum Purge

Its a gimmick. Fuel to air ratios fall between the too rich and too lean for combustion, even then there has to be an ignition source in that critical % state in side the container. It has never happened. Purging is just a gimmick used by suppliers to charge you for something you do not need. Big tanks like 500 gallon tanks are shipped and filled with air at atmospheric pressure. They are not vacummed or purged. The negligable air and oxygen becomes too rich of a mixture to burn, Propane 101 Ask your local firefighter. The potential water vapor could be a concern IF filled on 100% humidity day, IF used on much a colder day in which the tank empties to allow the water to boil. Otherwise, water will become and remain liquid until the pressure drops so low as to cause it to boil off or to freeze dry. That would be far below the boiling point of propane at -44.3 f Niether is ever likely or documented. It just cant happen Talk to your local firefighter. not your propane supplier Its akin to asking to a used car salesman vs a scientist One will tell you its safe , the other truth. both will tell you its safe Talk to your local fireman!
SDcampowneroperator 11/24/20 08:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Macertator

I also market my waste hoses with red and yellow stripes identifying them as bio hazard. Not for fresh water supply
SDcampowneroperator 11/16/20 08:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generator use during travel

Yes. I do not advise a carrier for the genny on the rear as it destabilizes and might overload the load. A good idea to run it when you think cold would damage your unit. Hitch or in truck bed carry with power cord to supply the unit. You wouldnt need a lotof genny power, so a 20 amp ext. cord run under, tied up , would work fine.
SDcampowneroperator 11/14/20 08:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

rate of inflation plus new gadgets like cameras, power mirrors and everything, plus govt safety like airbags. Take them all into consideration, to buy a basic truck like 40 years ago the new one is $ less and will last longer, resale much better. My '07 classic chevy LT trim ext. cab 8' bed lbz diesel listed $53k in '07' bought $38k cash. Still resales privately for near 20k with 180000 mi. Thats less than $ 1500/ yr depriciation adjusted for inflation. Am not planning to sell it, but the new bug is biting. I do have a different philosophy and approach to finance and vehicles. In business, my accountant advises when to sell, replace. Resisting the bug for new comes down to need, or reliability. Needs change, reliability is relative. Where once upon a time a truck with as low as 80k was done ( circa 1960s) , we now can depend on 250 - 400k mi. even more with dependability. Shouldnt that be that a factor in your decision to keep, trade or sell? My truck has not been without off warranty issues, An idler pulley, a couple of glow plugs, thermostats, blown tranny oil line. I pulled the wrenches at home. In 13 years its been to Chevy once, 2 years ago to update the computer when it repeatedly showed a code for excessive EGR (402) It was a fault in the after turbo exhaust temp sensor. $32 part I changed it. Searching for a new truck equal locally or better shows price icash price $62-66 k After negotiation, that should be around $ 50-52 k Never have I paid or will pay ' documentation fee, extended warantee, or any other dealer add on. Do that on your own or with aftermarket suppliers. State your price, stand by it. Walk Run if you have to.
SDcampowneroperator 11/14/20 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New and looking to Yuma for winter in sm trl

Bouse, AZ. several parks, short term spaces, Lots of free BLM, water and waste pay to play in parks, propane $ 2.25 Farmers Market for produce every Fri., monthly rates $250-350 + power. The camps without clubhouses and activity are less. The con -- cell service, wifi poor you need a booster, groceries, fuel, in Parker or Quartsite. 25-30 mi. away. We had fun there last winter for 2 months with our side xside exploring the desert. Jan & feb are highest rates, add dec, march, monthly is cheaper. There is a place to set up by someones house with full hookups for &150/ mo. + power $1500/ yr acouple blocks west of the highway from the gas station. On Google earth you should find it.
SDcampowneroperator 11/10/20 05:58pm Full-time RVing
RE: questions about rental RV

I assume you mean Motorhome when you say RV. Towables are RVs also, if your van was capable of towing there are trailers that sleep that many. as they are designed more toward family Its possible that if you did find a suitable trailer for rent, that the rental co, owner, or a tow company would relocate it for you at a equal or lesser eventual cost than a Motorhome. Towables rent for far less than motorized and have all the features. Another issue to consider is many places have limitations on occupancy, so you might be required to rent 2 sites to accommodate all your group, so maybe a small trailer for sleeping the one family behind the van, a MH for the others. More mobility, no crowd, double the facility.
SDcampowneroperator 11/10/20 05:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: Slide problem on possible purchase

might be a very good buy for someone handy. Slides are electric rack, cable or hydrauilic. My google search did not turn up which Winnie used on that model, but i suspect its electric. Run Away from cable slides, trust hyd. slides, electric is likely for this unit. A gear is stripped, motor weak, out of time rack. maybe something else. If you are serious about this unit, get an independent rv repairman to accompany you incognito to inspect and diagnose. It could be serious or simple The dealerships foot dragging is suspect. A simple fix dont you think they would have done it?
SDcampowneroperator 11/07/20 07:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding tank heaters for winter use.

I have to comment again, concerning tank heaters. 12v wont do, as the amperage they draw is 10 times 120volt. 3 heaters, @ 250watts ea., is 6 amps at 120v, 60 amps at 12volts! Your battery would be dead in minutes, as well your converter would be maxed out trying to power only the tank heaters not to mention the rest of the house. I have installed tank heat on 2 of my units, with one a 1997 HR 32WFS , I used old waterbed heaters with their thermostats set at 45f ( 8c) then ran the power cables to where I could plug them into my inverter when on the road or dry camped ( with the truck running or when power went out ) or into an outlet when hooked up to power( hydro to us dual US and Canucks ) Worked great to temps below -40 c or f On the first one, a 1987 Award Columbia which had all exposed tanks I used 5 watt/ ft. heat cable glued to the underside of the tanks around the pump and dump valves, then spray foamed the entire underbelly tanks and all. That worked OK also but required proactive attention as it was not automatic thermostatic so I had to pay attention the temps outside. In either case the trick is to dump only when the waste tanks are full or if not heated then use copious water, sinks full, flush full bowl 3 times amounts of water to carry the wastewater to the drain. , be certain your waste hose is graded if not heated. Most of all, vent and dehumidify the house or all your attempts at keeping warm will backfire because the moisture WILL condense in your walls rotting and ruining all your attempts leaving you with a rotten unheatable,unliveable hulk. Seen that, a new Airstream interior destroyed in one winter in Coronach, Saskatchewan, Canada
SDcampowneroperator 11/07/20 07:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Adding tank heaters for winter use.

Making an RV into a freezing weather capable weather unit is challenging. Water supply and discharge is one, not hard, by inulating and heating the hoses. The hard part is heating the 'house ' and dehumidifying so that moisture does not condense in the walls, which ruins all your insulation attempts. However you attempt to use an rv in regularly below freezing weather, always vent moisture from cooking, showers, via fans, open vents. Moisture from breathing, cooking and cleaning is destructive and contrary to effective insulation.
SDcampowneroperator 11/06/20 09:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: No Good Sam Gas Discount

We use a AAA credit card for all fuel purchases, and only use it for fuel purchased at the pump. We get a 5% not just 5cent discount credit on all purchases at any fueling location ANY. NOT just at flying J 5% at $ 2.40/gal is .12c / gal. Good Sams discount 5cents is laughable AAA knows this, and has called on my cell ph. to verify that I am who and where I am when I attempt to exceed the limit I set on the charges and designated my travel. Designated charge accounts will also sinplify your bookkepping, as we have done while we owned the camp, fuel charges during season were for business use, in off season for personal use. Where we could claim expenses for business use in off season, for example. to attend a convention, having separate credit card charge accounts for each aspect of travel. We Established credit card charge accounts with 4 banks and many local businesses and were very careful to delineate which is which. 1 - personal 2 - business 3- fuel 4- vehicle In each category there is no guess work as to tax deduction when it comes time to file with the IRS. You will do better, and safer( identity theft ?) with charge accounts assigned to only specific purchases . Your credit card company will assign approved purchases to only specific type businesses you specify.
SDcampowneroperator 11/06/20 07:12pm Good Sam Club
RE: Replacement Black Water Holding Tank

What is wrong with yours? Polyethylene tanks can be 'welded', not glued to fix a crack or fitting If so, call around to rv repairmen, auto body shops. I had a gas tank fixed.
SDcampowneroperator 11/01/20 05:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: two days cold coming, not winterized yet

Fill your onboard water tank and disconnect the hose. If you trickle the faucets the grey water tank will fill up within a few hours and flood the camper. Everything else sounds fine. THIS Trickling water is the worst thing you can do. It will ( maybe ) keep your fresh hose and in house lines from freezing, but what about your 3" stinky slinky ? The very slow trickle through it will freeze, turning it into a 3" poopsickle which will back up into your grey tank, then flood the rig! NEVER TRICKLE an RV . Unless you also have an heated insulated waste hose connected to a sewer line that is below the frost line so it wont freeze , then back up anyway. Not to mention the waste of water to save you a little inconvenience. Do yourself service. Learn to winterize in a few minutes with a little pink A/F , compressed air or whatever works for you. You save money A gallon of pink is a lot cheaper than the power and propane to heat it for one night
SDcampowneroperator 10/30/20 06:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cedar Pass campground in the Badlands NP SD

Golden age pass is only for entry in the national parks, does not give discount for use of facility inthe parks. Cedar Pass, as with most national park campgrounds and lodges are operated by a concessionaire with usually a 11% of gross fee paid to the park service. Basic Fees are set by the park service . Badlands National Park is a main driver of income for the park income, profits from it support many other parks that operate at a loss, like Mt. Rushmore.
SDcampowneroperator 10/28/20 07:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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