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RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

Danfoss compressor chest fridge/freezer. solar with the new li-ion battery suitcase. side note. yes, insulation is important. I just added 1 inch to my roof's one inch foam insulation. made a big difference.
ajriding 08/12/20 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: How cold should the air conditioning get the RV?

The right question is, how cold should the air coming out of the AC be. In your car with the fan on low it should be 40 degrees. I do not know the roof AC numbers. Someone else can chime in. Then that cooled air will blow through the RV and cool, and the other variables will counter that cold air to determine how cold it can get.
ajriding 08/11/20 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Simple extension cord

If you are using gas as the heat source, then the power demand thru cord would be much reduced. Maybe plug in to recharge batteries every few days? My little and old unit only sees any 12 V is when plugged into the running TV. Because we always camp with power post, the only time we use gas for fridge is if we are stopped for a while on the way between sites. And because I don't use stove inside the only propane need on camper is the fridge. I have redone the plumbing. If we stop, park where trailer level, screw a lb bottle on, light the torch to bleed line, use it to heat thermo-couple, and push button to open gas valve, shut off touch. You are a camping animal living on the edge of what is possible. Some stories from the road are just too unbeliveable.
ajriding 08/06/20 08:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where to put generator in 21' travel trailer

I have put a bike rack back there, with two bike and rack it was close to 100lbs, and no issues. Yes, the square sewer hose bumper is not going to cut it, so mine was also welded to the actual trailer frame. I think you will be OK with that 100 lbs back there as long as trailer does not sway because of it. This is not an ideal way to travel though. Most people put the riser frame so they can mount the gen over the propane tanks on the trailer tongue. I put a front hitch on truck and put the gen there. Either way, if the generator is mounted to a frame that is a receiver-style so it can fit into the hitch this would be more versatile.
ajriding 08/06/20 08:03pm Tech Issues
RE: How do I get a colder freezer?

lol, sorry, I was replying to the guy who wanted a warmer fridge. seems his fridge was getting too cold, an uncommon problem.
ajriding 08/05/20 07:26am Tech Issues
RE: Shower cleaners

RV stores do sell bathroom cleaner. It will not scratch the fiberglass tubs or sinks, and I assume will not hurt anything in the tanks, but not much will if just cleaning. Vintage tank seals do not like bleach, but newer ones are fine with it. Rubber seals are made better now I guess
ajriding 08/04/20 07:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do I get a colder freezer?

the fins take the cold from the cooling unit (same one the freezer uses?), so same effect. Insulate the fins and you get a warmer fridge compartment I would think.
ajriding 08/04/20 07:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Why so few Murphy beds ?

The toy haulers have a sort-of one in the back/garage area, but they are fold-down couches that also can fold flat up on the wall. The issue with Murphy bed is that if you want a double or a queen then it is tall so will end up folding down on the floor. I built one in a cargo trailer that folds down but magically ends up at bed height (little higher), so there can be stuff on the floor with bed deployed or not. Most camper beds have necessary RV items under, be it water tanks or storage or other. So that floor space is needed to build the RV sometimes and if you had a folding bed, then those things under the bed would have to go somewhere else, taking up space just the same... I think many campers are built to appeal to buyers on the lot, so making things too practacle would scare buyers away.
ajriding 08/04/20 07:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do I get a colder freezer?

Yes, so you have problems with the fridge as stated above. Inside the fridge part you see the big aluminum fins. Just insulate those, not all, but start insulating a few. These are what takes the cold from the freezer and makes the fridge cool. If you insulate a few fins then there will be less transfer of heat (cold in this situation in laymans terms). Maybe as easy as cutting some foam insulation and sticking it between the fins on a few. trial and error will get you to desired temps. This does not fix the issue causing your problem, but is a work-a-round in a bind.
ajriding 08/03/20 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: What is your long term Dicor plan?

Lap sealant comes in self-leveling and regular. The self-leveling should run down into crevaces and such with no need to brush on. The tape is a good idea. St clair is made up, but a location was required when registering, even for those who prefer more private internet security...
ajriding 08/01/20 04:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV kitchen sink

Do you have a P-trap or another type of trap under the sink, like a "concession trailer" trap? Does the water eventually slowly drain out or does it stay? Your in-line valve is one of those one-way valves under the counter to let air into the pipe, but not out, common valves in houses and RVs... Sounds like the issues is after the "in-line" valve. Even though your snake made it through you could still have a blockage that just filled back in after the snake was removed. Try snake again and really work it and spin it in every section. The valve others are talking about is unfamiliar to me so that could be it too, I cant help there. Try a garden hose with trigger nozzle, spray water down the drain and this might do more than the plunger did. Risky, but it might dislodge anything. keep a hand or a towel over top so nothing sprays back in your face. use short quick burst of spray at a time.
ajriding 08/01/20 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Converting a enclosed trailer to a RV TT

lol, those are opinions not facts, but that's you being you.
ajriding 08/01/20 09:12am Travel Trailers
RE: What is your long term Dicor plan?

I have done water damage repair on several campers. Just a small amount of water will ruin a wall or roof. My plan is to touch up the dicor once. I do not layer and layer it on a spot, after a spot has been touched up then the 2nd time I will scrape it off and start from bare. It scrapes off so easy with a scraper. Being paranoid about water damage is good. Water means death and is why RV's typically die. Water damage is the majority of problems in RVs. A friend kept layering on silicone and it looked like an ice cave formation, but still leaked. Silicone is a disaster as it is hard to scrape off and layering it on just made the leaks more of a labryrinth I have used Eterna bound. If you over-lap the tape then that area will leak. Use Dicore where it overlaps as the tape will never fill in the tiny right angles the tape makes on its edges. Use dicore everywhere the tape meets or overlaps, then it will work and likely not leak. Dicor is easy because it can just be scrapped off and redone, where Tape makes a mess to redo. Tape has its uses.
ajriding 08/01/20 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Kind of a dumb question, but I'm new

What truck do you have? You do need to get a hitch. There is no reason to "match" a hitch to a trailer, this is non-sense. The only reason to match would be if you were to get a really heavy trailer and need a heavy-duty hitch, but unlikely, and that's why I say non-sense. Class III (3) are what typically comes on a truck, or what is typically installed and will work for most all tt's out there. Look at the class V hitches as they are the most robust and really not that much more expensive. Get your hitch from U-Haul. Yes, really. If you are having to pay someone to do it then U-Haul offers really good prices. They are in business to rent trailers, not sell hitches, so more important that you have a hitch so you can rent their trailers, which is their business... Or has great prices on hitches if you will install yourself. Shipping is cheap/free. You can check also as their auto parts prices are amazing. Check craigslist for used hitches, that is the cheapest, but again, you will be installing yourself. Self-install is sometimes really easy, but sometimes can be harder work, just depends on the truck. Check ebay. Wait to get the WD hitch until you have the trailer. Some compatibility issues might arise. You will need a shank and ball so you can tow, but having a ball that is not part of the clumsy WD hitch is quite useful if you ever need to tow something else, so is a good investment, again, check for used ones. Probably lots in your area... If your truck has auto adjusting air bag suspension then the WD hitch is not needed to "level" the truck, but WD is good for spreading the weight to the front axle, so still can be considered. For a heavy trailer then a WD hitch is good, but for a lighter trailer it might not be needed at all. You will know as soon as the trailer is dropped on the hitch. Wait until you actually do a tow before considering sway control. You do not always need sway control as many trailers do not sway. Just having the WD system is sometimes enough of a friction resistance to limit sway, but some trailers/drivers/trucks just do not sway. Why spend money for something you do not need just because some forum guys panic. Sway can arise from improperly loaded trailers. Too much weight behind the trailer axle can cause sway, so proper loading should be followed.
ajriding 08/01/20 08:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Which is better 60 amp converter or 1000 watt inverter

If it is a camper, then you likely have a device onboard that does charge the batteries when plugged into shoreline. It is usually a "converter", which converts 120 household current to 12 volt DC current. The cheapest of ones will put out 13.6 volts DC current, a float charge, to the battery, so when you are using DC appliances there is a lot of converter DC power to run them and the battery does not get discharged. If you need more "amps" than the converter can supply then the battery will deplete, but big amp draws are usually temporary, so the discharge will be short-lived and minimal. Your fridge might be able to run off of DC power, and possible that the converter cannot supply enough juice for that, but it just depends on your power supply, if you are plugged in the fridge should be running on household 120 current and not 12v DC anyway. The solar is a totally different system unrelated to the converter. Both solar and converter will put electricity into the batteries, think of it as having two glasses of water and both pour water into a bucket of water that has a leak and constantly needs more water. I do not know, but I suspect that an inverter charger would be like an inverter generator. An inverter generator makes AC current, that is turned to DC current, and the inverter turns the DC current back into AC current. This is done so the generator can run at different rpm's but still put out the same 120 volts of AC household power. Maybe an inverter charger goes through these hoops so it will put out CLEAN power. Many campgrounds have very dirty electricity. Sometimes the electricity is too low, or sometimes there might be surges because the electrical system is wired so poorly and the entire campground is on the same power feed and demanding lots of power for fridges and AC units. The inverter thing could be a way to filter out dirty electricity, anyone want to chime in? This is just my guess to get the conversation moving... There are DC to DC chargers that use a similar concept also.
ajriding 07/31/20 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Simple extension cord

Or, pull the cover off the fridge outside door, unplug the fridge from the wall outlet and plug in your fridge to the extension cord. You will only have power to the fridge, but that is all you are wanting while you stay inside a house...
ajriding 07/29/20 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which is better 60 amp converter or 1000 watt inverter

apples to apples if he is talking about inverter-chargers compared to converter chargers. Nobody knows what he is talking about as he is as confused as the rest of us. A little more detail might help you get your answer
ajriding 07/29/20 08:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recommend a TT (rough roads, no campgrounds)

I have a cargo camper. Learned a lot. I lifted the body 10 inches by removing the 4 inch drop axle and put a straight axle on and mounting the springs on top of the axle. This gives me more clearance than the truck has and I have never dragged the trailer, came close but havent yet, and if it does no biggie to drag a little bit. sleeping 6 is a big order, and I bet a temporary situation. Make it for 3 or 4 and have the other 2 or 3 able to fit, but not build that part in. You could, if money no object, put a roof-top tent up there and that'll add 2-3 more sleepers. This removes and sells as used when you no longer have 6. I'm all for converting a cargo trailer. This is by far my favorite of the 6 motorhomes or campers or truck campers that I have owned. Simple, rugged, stealthy, useful and custom built for me.
ajriding 07/29/20 05:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: More water needed....

Very cool 4x4 lifted Class-C. It is tall already so not ideal to add to the roof weight, and we assume you go off-road some where top heavy is even less desirable? I think the roof would hold the weight if spread out like you say, but you will be stressing the walls while driving, forcing them to hold straight while the water pushes side to side... I would be weary. Trailers are prob out of the question bc you go off-road. Look into getting a front hitch and use carry trays to carry water bladders there. Some trays fold up so when not needed will be less obtrusive. This will help on some trails. You can do the same on the rear hitch. If you need to fold the trays to get down a rough trail then jugs work better as those can be stuck inside while you drive down the trail, but a giant bladder will be un-moveable. Most hitches can handle 300-400 lbs. I have a front hitch on my truck and love the expanded ability to carry things, usually a generator for me, and it is also a great tow point when you get stuck. Also, no woman wants this advice, but maybe for you... I use kids shampoo when camping, it suds up way less and is much easier to rinse out. Raking as much of the suds out of the hair before rinsing will make it quicker to rinse too. Of course, you know, let the hair rinse be what rinses off the body initially. One rinsed dish/pot full of water gets poured into the next pot to wash. I can shower every day, prep two meals per day, wash dishes all on one gallon of water per day, and I get dirty when camping and playing, so is legit shower cleaning... You will have to minimize your water to save water for her. Sounds like she is at her limit for water saving. ** I just looked at your pic again. You have a custom front bumper, it might have a receiver already, but otherwise just weld one in. Looks like solar on the front of roof so you are talking about the bladder near the rear, which is behind the axles, not ideal. You could consider moving the AC unit to the rear vent roof hole (is the bedroom area?), and putting the water bladder smack dab center of the RV so you are not leveraging weight behind the wheels... lot of work to do this though And you have stock size tires, so guessing not a lot of off-roading going on?
ajriding 07/29/20 09:28am General RVing Issues
RE: DC power issue after installing inverter

So, on your pic, the battery is on the left, the charger on the right? The middle breaker is the charger feeding in and the top and bottom breakers are the battery feeding out. You should have power on all 6 terminals all the time. These are self-resetting circuit breakers that trip when over-loaded then will reset when they literally cool off. I think there is metal that melts when hot (overloaded) and when it becomes liquid do not make contact across the terminals, but when solid again does make contact, or something like that... The top and bottom circuit breakers are redundant, and could also be wired into one bigger circuit breaker together, nothing special is going on. The charger is probably fused internally so it might not even need a circuit breaker as pictured. Glad you figured it out. Label everything now before you forget the details.
ajriding 07/29/20 09:18am Tech Issues
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