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RE: snap pads

The process was easier than we expected, a bit of liquid dish soap and a helper to engage levelers while I set snap pads in place. One of the very first mods we did when getting our class A a couple of years ago, we have been 20K miles since their install and they have stayed on without issue. They are a bit pricey, but as we are getting up in years, having to to place leveling pads upon arrival and retrieve them when departing was a hassle we no longer deal with.
Sandia Man 12/30/22 11:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: No LP to the stove top.

Appliances that utilize propane are at times difficult to fire up, particularly when propane supply has been turned off for extended periods of time. Under this scenario in many cases air needs to be purged from LP supply lines before appliances will ignite. After turning on propane at tank, I turn burners on let air in lines purge lighting stove when I detect propane coming from burners, doesn't take long.
Sandia Man 11/04/22 09:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Traveling to California

Going down I-10 will have less issues with mountains and higher elevations compared to I-40, although I-40 is not by any means difficult to travel unless their happens to be a storm moving through AZ or NM. From Austin I would more than likely utilize I-10 for most of this rather long trek, lots to see on the way if you have time, happy travels.
Sandia Man 11/04/22 09:35am Roads and Routes
RE: My generator may not be repairable, what do I do?

Even if you find this part, older Onan gennies can be troublesome, particularly if they have not been used much. It could be quite tasking to get it to run smoothly since their carbs tend to gum up easily, some have luck cleaning them, most times a new one has to be ordered. Portable gennies is another route to take, inverter versions run quieter, provide cleaner power, and are more fuel efficient. We have a Champion 3K watt inverter genny with electric and remote start, easily powers our single AC unit and most 120Vac items on our 30 amp rig at the same time. Being new to RVing do you plan to have power hookups most of the time, or is your preferred method primarily off the power grid? Two (or 4) house batteries will better serve your needs for off grid camping, we use 6 volt GC2 batteries from Samsclub, a single 12 volt can work if mostly using electric sites. Our last 3 RVs have had onboard gennies, our first 2 TT/5er did not and we did not purchase a portable genny, that was 2 decades ago & did not realize their benefits when RVing off the power grid. Although we have solar we quickly learned that our Onan provided 100% self-containment at a touch of a button.
Sandia Man 10/24/22 04:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ordered new Goodyear Endurance & New GC battery install

Single axle and a spare, 3 new tires does the trick. Going with GC2 batteries will certainly increase furnace run time, we do lots off RVing off the grid and made the switch from original dealer provided battery early on.
Sandia Man 10/06/22 09:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Michelin vs Toyo tires

We have only been in the class A world for a few years after 3 decades of towing TTs, 5ers, and toyhaulers. Every time we got new tires for our tow vehicle, regardless of brand, whatever we were towing was swaying all over the road, found we had to break them in as LT tires are made of very hard rubber. To alleviate this issue we ended up buying 2 tires at a time and putting them on front axle for a few months to break them in, then went back and got the second set and rotated the now broken in front tires to the rear. No more issues with sway or rear traction with broken in tires, our HD truck was dedicated to towing our rigs and just sat in garage when we were not out RVing. The class A we purchased a couple of years ago had a set of Toyos roughly 10 years old although they showed very little wear, private seller dropped price $3K and we drove our new to us rig back home nearly 1K miles through blistering record setting TX heat. It drove great, tires being well broken in and scorching heat kept us glued to the road, got home and replaced with the same Toyos M154. First time out on highway were were all over the place, checked pressure and tire store had them at max psi, prior Toyos only had roughly 85/90 psi. Dropped psi in new Toyo tires to around 90 and drivability improved dramatically, after a couple of in-state trips they are now broken in and riding marvelously.
Sandia Man 09/27/22 12:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is changing to a quieter AC worth it?

We did not realize how loud the Penguin II AC units on our rig were until the bedroom AC gave up the ghost a couple of months ago. Was just going to order same AC but RV tech said it would be at least a few weeks and we had a couple of trips planned that we did not want to reschedule. He mentioned several of his customers, after extensive research, have changed out the loud AC units that came with their rigs for the Recpro units manufactured by Houghton, although their original units were still functioning fine. I ordered directly from Recpro website beating Amazon's price and delivery was insanely quick, reviews are very good and I was impressed with the reduced sound level not to mention the fact that our rig's bedroom gets cooled off much quicker than with Penguin II. Love that they come with remote control although controls are available directly on unit, they also have functions that were not provided on our Penguin II. Overall we are happy and will more than likely replace our front AC unit with Recpro/Houghton unit when it dies.
Sandia Man 09/13/22 03:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you need to sanitize a water tank that's never been used?

To sanitize or not to sanitize is totally your call, we sanitized our FW tank initially after purchase but for the most part we use FW tank for dishes, showers, and toilet use. We prefer bottled water for personal consumption and bring a couple of gallons of RO water from home for cooking.
Sandia Man 09/08/22 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Removal of gas strut

On our Monaco there is a spring clip cover that we use a small flathead screwdriver to wedge loose. I have replaced a few of our cargo door struts and found them on Amazon, most struts are not model or brand specific, proper length and weight they can support is how we ordered them.
Sandia Man 08/27/22 10:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: oil change

I'm assuming you have a class A gasser, pretty simple job, takes less than 15 minutes on our Monaco with 8.1 on workhorse W24 chassis. Grab a wrench, even an adjustable will work, grab receptacle for used oil, your favorite oil and filter, maybe an oil filter wrench although I just use a rag to twist off filter, and have at it. As mentioned above most auto part stores or Walmart will have all parts and room in there parking lots, they will also recycle your old oil when you are done. Basically, if you are physically able, you can accomplish this task in a quarter hour, find a flat spot to park and get it done. That is what I love about our class A, it is so easy to do maintenance work with all the space around and underneath powertrain, no need to jack up rig making service intervals on our Allison 2000 series tranny a breeze. It sounds like a few have had issues with spills which can occur but rare, a piece of cardboard or small tarp will alleviate any minor incidents. At 40' long and 13' high it is way too much hassle to find, and drive, and wait for our class A rig to be serviced by some junior mechanic doing this menial job at whatever service center that happens to actually work on your brand and chassis of rig.
Sandia Man 08/23/22 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you lock or unlock the hitch while pulling your TT?

Yes, I always do, no reason just because I want to.
Sandia Man 08/08/22 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: What to look for in a TPMS

Most everything we buy for our RV we research and read reviews from Amazon and watch product videos on youtube to narrow down possible selections. No doubt accurate tire pressure and temperature are primary features for any TPMS, equally paramount is consistent connectivity to dedicated monitor or cellphone (via app) from valve stem mounted sensors, some may require a repeater be installed depending on distance from sensors to display. Most TPMS have the same features, some monitors show tire info incremently while some show all tires at one time. Of course there are the major brands that tend to cost double the price of their less known competitors, whether they perform better and are worth the extra expenditure will be your call. We recently purchased six new 22.5" tires for our class A and picked up a 10 sensor TPMS with repeater on Amazon to monitor our $3K+ investment in rubber and Michelin tires on our toad.
Sandia Man 07/26/22 09:00am Travel Trailers

Of course it is up to you but we leave our 3 vents and a couple of windows open during the summer months. Our RVs have always been stored at home, plugged in with batteries fully charged and fridge running for any whim departures during active RVing season. If someone is staying over we will run RV ACs for as long as needed, we don't fret the electric bill or the fuel bill, why would we even have an RV if that was the case.
Sandia Man 07/22/22 12:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: Good RV Mattress for heavier people

X2 on going to a mattress store in your area since you actually have a standard queen in your RV. When we had a rig with a standard queen we would always buy locally from a furniture or mattress store, we find it best to at least try mattress out before purchasing. We are on our 6th RV in 30+ years of enjoying this pastime and we have either replace entire mattress our added a high end topper to existing mattress for each rig. We have tried bed in a box type mattresses (for our home) purchased online and have been pleasantly surprised how comfortable they are.
Sandia Man 07/22/22 12:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire pressures

I certainly understand your concern, I recently paid nearly $4K for a set of six 22.5" tires for our motorhome, a lot of dough for rubber for sure. All the answers above are great advice, simply set your tire pressures when tires are cold, cold does not indicate a certain temp, just means when tires have not been used, best to do in the morning as tires have been resting/cooling down overnight. Set them at your desired pressure in the morning, we use 90psi for our motorhome tires, and don't worry about increase in psi while going down the road, perfectly normal as tire manufacturer engineers have already accounted for this. Even when not moving down the road our TPMS indicates psi increases, although minor, when the sun is beaming down on the side of the coach where tires are exposed. That all being said, you spent the money for them and if you prefer to do it the way you have in the past, you were happy with the results and that's all that counts.
Sandia Man 07/18/22 11:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: quickie flush

Yeah, they tend to clog from time to time, particularly when traveling with black tank that has not been fully dumped. Did the same thing and tried to fill black tank full and let it sit awhile, it helped but would just perform poorly or just reclog quickly. Was just going to install another unit, ended up removing from tank and cleaning/drilling out clogged holes adding a couple of extra holes for good measure, works like a champ now.
Sandia Man 07/14/22 03:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Recommendations on a back up camera

Had to replace the camera system in our class A nearly 2 years ago, like most items I did the research to figure out what works best for my scenario. Spent about a half hour weighing pros and cons of various multi-camera systems for our 40' rig, Amazon had the best price and all 4 cameras have performed flawlessly over the last couple of years and 12K+ miles. Just a few months ago we did the very same thing when searching for a 10 tire TPMS system, needed a system that came with a repeater for best results while going down the interstate. Purchased from Amazon and have had no issues with getting all sensors to register, TPMS we had before would have issues with the sensors on our toad showing up. Happy shopping!!!
Sandia Man 07/14/22 03:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tank cleaning wand - how much water does it leave?

We have always used tank wand after dumping on past RVs we have owned, although it would be once every fourth or fifth trip out. We did it mostly to keep tank sensors working properly and to prevent residual debris from hardening on side walls, we found dumping and refilling tank a couple of times still left lots of waste behind. Since it only took a couple of minutes to use wand on those occasions (at home or full hookup sites) maybe 5 gallons or so of water usually does the trick. Last couple of RVs we have owned had built in flush kits on black tank, they do work to a degree but using a tank wand will net the best results if tank really needs a deep rinsing.
Sandia Man 07/08/22 01:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Month/Year of Mfr

We purchased a used class A a couple of years ago and had no issues getting both chassis and house build dates with vin #, there were a couple of stickers in our rig that also contained various build info. With your 2020 class A being built rather recently getting all the specifics on that rig including all options should be an easy task, our used class A was a bit older but was simple to access records with vin in hand.
Sandia Man 07/08/22 12:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fireworks

We grew up with fireworks on the Fourth and I am all for it on that holiday, we enjoy setting them off when we happen to be home. Certain types of fireworks are restricted in our area, but as others have noted some will purchase from out of state and have no ambivalence in setting them off ilegally. Some places we lived it was literally a contest between neighbors and neighborhoods, we never participated in such antics, plus those types of fireworks are way more than I want to pay for a few minutes of enjoyment. With any pets we had that were sensitive to the noise we simply put them indoors with music or tv on. Funny how explosions and other loud noises from our TVs doesn't bother our cats and dogs a bit, they sleep like rocks with our speakers blaring. Last couple of Fourth of July holidays we just had a paltry supply as were were not keen enough to get some from Walmart, Samsclub, or any of the major grocery stores before they sold out, had to buy last ninute from one of the firework stands where mark up is incredulous to say the least. That reminds me, we are staying put for the Fourth and I need to go to Samsclub and Walmart anyway, happy Independence Day to everybody and God bless our military and all who've served.
Sandia Man 06/22/22 01:16pm RV Pet Stop
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