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RE: Where to Dump?

Must be a Cali issue... Not for me, I've had no issues with campground dump stations.
camperdave 08/17/20 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Pump when hook up to city water

Good question about where the water will come from! I've wondered the same, we usually run off the tank/pump only, but lately I've been using the city water hook up more. I still keep the fresh water tank full, and turn on the pump when showering (other times, who cares if the water pressure is low?). I have not tracked how much water comes out of the tank, I assume it's a split of both depending on the pressure differential. and smarty, you are correct your pump will not help you out if the fresh water tank is empty.
camperdave 08/17/20 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge basics - for weekend use

I use mine on all trips. I cannot precool due to parking on a hill at my house, but I start the trip with a bag of ice in the freezer (along with all the cold food in the fridge) and the fridge is cool by the time I arrive at my destination. Propane use is quite small. Coolers work fine, I'm sure we all used them for years before RVing. But fridges are better. Use it if you got it.
camperdave 08/17/20 09:50am Tech Issues
RE: All steel 236/85/R16 LRF

Hey biscuit, I think you swapped your alphabet.
camperdave 08/16/20 11:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Max heat to leave propane canisters inside of trailer?

what if it does get too hot, will it explode or just vent a bit?
camperdave 08/14/20 02:17pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Onan exhaust hangers don’t last

Mine broke last year, I replaced it with something that looked close enough that I found at the local auto parts store. In my case, the end of the Onan exhaust pipe went through a metal hoop that was screwed onto the bottom of the motorhome. When the support broke, the pipe sprung a bit was now firmly pressed against the hoop. Obviously the rubber support had been under a lot of stress for many years. I removed the hoop, let the pipe self settle where it wanted to be naturally, then mounted the new hanger in a stress free manner. I don't expect it to ever break again.
camperdave 08/14/20 02:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

I grew up in a 1980 Sierra Classic that hauled us on many vacations with a 6 pac camper on it. Awesome truck. It was a 2wd, 350ci TH400 and sounded so mean. I loved driving that thing in high school, when my dad sold it I was devastated. But by then I was married with young kids in car seats and couldn't justify a single cab.
camperdave 08/14/20 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane tank

Mine reads 3/4 when full, drops to 1/4 when about half empty, then stays there till empty. Pretty useless lol. If I’m heading out in the winter and I’ll be using the furnace, I’ll fill up if it’s not showing 3/4 full. Otherwise I don’t really worry about it. If it runs out, I fill it.
camperdave 08/13/20 05:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Parking on Slopped Drivery

Find a local storage yard and pay $30/month if you want an RV. You keep your driveway and garage. Haha. I wish. I pay $140/month to park in a gated yard with no dump station... To the op, I stored my old TT for years at an extreme angle. No big deal. I used real big rubber trucker wheel chocks and it never moved. Yes it's nearly impossible to walk around and you can't run the fridge, but that's fine it's just for storage. Pull it out to the street before a trip.
camperdave 08/13/20 04:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

Big solar and batteries so I don't need a generator.
camperdave 08/11/20 07:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Converter might be dead--options

I am pretty sure that 100a is way too much for dual 6v batteries, as is a 3kw inverter.
camperdave 08/10/20 12:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which sewer hose?

I don't like the clear elbows. I've dumped enough to know when it's done, I don't need to see it happening lol. I have an el-cheapo hose for dump stations, and a Rhino Flex (2, actually) for hook up sites. I don't really care for the rhino for quick dumps, it's a little harder to handle. I have connectors on both ends of all hoses so I can connect them all together if needed into one long hose. It also means I can connect them to themselves after use to eliminate any smell (I store them in a large plastic tub in a storage compartment, connecting them to themselves keeps everything clean in there). Once back home, I can do a good rinse and cleaning if needed.
camperdave 08/10/20 11:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

Comparing the specs of the 3-valve V10 that Ford provided in trucks and Class A motorhomes (the less powerful 2-valve V10 was used in vans) and the new V8, I don't see a significant difference in maximum horsepower and maximum torque between the two. What I do think I see is that: The new V8 develops it's horsepower and torque within a lower RPM range, and that - more importantly for Class C motorhome use - the new V8 probably fits into the cutaway E350 and E450 chassis in the one and only stock horsepower and torque configuration as will be used in all other Ford vehicles with it. If the above is the case, then the folks who would not use the V10 to it's fullest by rev'ing it ... will be happier with the new V8 in whatwever vehicle it's in. Yeah, if the 7.3 is not-derated in the E450, that would be a significant boost over the current 2 valver. I'd personally love a torque monster low revver over the V10, though I'm perfectly pleased with the performance of my 15 year old V10 too (and even the 22 year old V10 in my van). If buying new (I'm certainly not anytime soon) I'd opt for the V8. But in the second year, just in case. :B
camperdave 08/10/20 10:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dinghy Towing

California (which it looks like you are in) requires brakes on any trailer over 1500 pounds. You could try to make the argument that a tow behind car is not a trailer, but not sure if that would work... Personally I feel that if your total load with toad is under the GVWR of your motorhome, you would be fine since clearly the brakes are designed for that weight. Anything over GVWR, I'd want brakes on the trailer. But that's just my rational opinion, and I doubt the CHP would agree lol. All the braking companies would say yes, you do. But I've seen some compelling arguments relating to the wording of the CA law (with regards to whether a toad is a trailer, and also some wording about the law stating a required stopping distance as opposed to brakes or not. I don't know, but some googling would probably lead you down an interesting rabbit hole about it... tldr: in California, yes you do. Most likely. :B
camperdave 08/10/20 09:37am Dinghy Towing
RE: Front Window Yes or No?

Our class C has a front window, I specifically wanted one when I bought it. I had memories of riding up there in a truck camper as a kid, loved looking out the front while on the road. These days of course I'd get publicly destroyed if I admitted to doing that with my kids lol. As it turns out, I put a piece of Reflectix in the window on our first trip, and have not removed it in 2 years. :S The kids like riding at the dinette, or in the back bed. Guess I would have been better without that overhead window.
camperdave 08/10/20 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

We had a car totalled after what I thought was light damage. I dunno, at the time it was a good deal for us. I'd never personally buy a salvage title car, just out of fear that it was a flood victim. Not only that, isn't it an issue to get insurance on a salvage title car? I've never looked into it but that's what I've been told.
camperdave 08/09/20 02:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What do you shut off when leaving for a trip

Years ago after a trip our water heater failed. I figure it was not a coincidence that it failed right after I shut it down for a trip, so I no longer do that... My main water line shut off is under the house (or at the curb stop, but we're not supposed to mess with that) so I'm not shutting that off. I set the thermostat to 55 heat, 85 cool and call it good. I'm on a big hill, even if I had a water break it would run down the hill to the storm drain below. And now that we have AMI water meters, any day I use 3x our normal usage I'll get an automated email from the water district so I could have someone run over and check it out for me.
camperdave 08/07/20 01:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: awning fabric - install upside down possible?

I don't know about all awnings, but it wouldn't work on mine due to the way the holder rod (for lack of a better term) is sewn in on the roller side of the awning.
camperdave 08/07/20 11:59am Tech Issues
RE: Itasca Ellipse 42QD

For the inside dually, you need a long air chuck if there's no extender. Use a marker or something to mark on the wheel which hole the inner valve stem is so you don't have to search for it each time... I use something like this: well never mind the picture, apparently you can't attach images... just google dually air chuck.
camperdave 08/07/20 08:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Transit vs. Dodge Ram Van?

They are both going to be plenty reliable. the big obvious differentiator is front wheel drive vs rear. Advantages can go either way depending on how you use the vehicle.
camperdave 08/06/20 12:12pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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