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RE: The mac daddy of bike rack overload?

Some of us have experience in things mechanical and know junk when we see it. Maybe read the Craigs List post: "The rack has been reinforced to support the weight of the equipment. " That thread is about the bumper tube ripping from the weight of the spare tire, not the failure of the sliding tubes. There have been many posts regarding bumpers failing on trailers that do not have the slide mounting fom the weight of the spare tire.
msmith1.wa 12/16/20 07:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

Another vote for you do not need a diesel for this trailer. A 2500 would be nice, but also should not be needed for you trailer. If I am looking at the correct information your trailer has a gross weight rating of 7500lbs, well within the ratings of a 1500 series truck.
msmith1.wa 12/14/20 09:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: water heater drain mod

No matter the manufacturer the t&p valve needs to be tested periodically. See page 5 of the Atwood instructions. It Says to open the t&p valve to allow air in to help drain the tank. It also says to operate the t&p valve once a year. Atwood instructions
msmith1.wa 12/06/20 10:18pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: water heater drain mod

For those that don't think you should open the t&p valve. The instructions linked below from Rheem recommend doing it at least yearly. T&P valve instructions
msmith1.wa 12/06/20 07:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Question for those tha full/part time in their TH

You will need to check with the park you are staying at. Oregon State Parks require vehicles that are not street legal to remain loaded. I believe that Washington State Parks are the same. Private parks will depend on the specific park. I'm going to put an * at the end of "Oregon State Parks require vehicles that are not street legal to remain loaded.*" Since at least one park, Honeyman, in Florence Oregon does allow ATV/MX/UTVs in the H-Loop during the off-season to ride out of the loop and onto the Dunes. But I do agree, and had been politely warned a few times with our previous Toy Hauler that we could not unload. You are correct, but H loop at Honeyman is only open to ORV's October 1 to April 30. The remainder of the year ORV's are not allowed.
msmith1.wa 11/27/20 08:35pm Toy Haulers
RE: Question for those tha full/part time in their TH

You will need to check with the park you are staying at. Oregon State Parks require vehicles that are not street legal to remain loaded. I believe that Washington State Parks are the same. Private parks will depend on the specific park.
msmith1.wa 11/26/20 06:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: Propane tank locks for my TT

What about older rigs that still have POL fittings where a wrench is needed? Do you really think a firefighter is going to spend the time needed to remove the tanks in this case?
msmith1.wa 11/23/20 12:37pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Rear View Camera - Cell Phone Hotspot as Wifi Booster?

Have a look at this site https://www.rearviewsafety.com/ My setup is wired and installed on a 2003 Silverado and a trailer. I replaced my rear view mirror with a 9" monitor using the mirror mount on the windshield. My monitor has 5 inputs. Up to 4 can be displayed at once. I have one on each side of the trailer near the front and one on the back. I also have 2 cameras on the back of the truck. One is near the tailgate release, the other one on the license plate. I have all of the cameras wired to be on if the truck is on. As long as the cameras are connected to 12v they will send a signal to the monitor. Having them connected this way allows me to view them at anytime. I don't know if this is legal, but since my 2018 car has a switch that displays the rear camera on the rear view mirror, from the factory it probably is.
msmith1.wa 11/22/20 04:35pm Tech Issues
RE: How do I move weight forward?

So glad I have a 5th wheel and 1 ton dually. Don't have to worry about this stuff. Put stuff where I want and head on down the road. So you didn't read the thread at all and you are superior because you have a dually. Got it. His problem is lack of weight being on the truck. Not too much weight. The OP also has a 5th wheel.
msmith1.wa 11/03/20 05:53pm Toy Haulers
RE: Undercarriage Storage

Make sure it's fastened securely to the frame. It sounds like a good idea if it's done right. I would use real bolts and nylock nuts with holes drilled in the flange of the I-beam. If you have a channel beam place a metal strap (home made U bolt) over the channel. I have lost a stinky hose holder and hose when self-taping screws came out on a bumpy road. If you drill into a I-beam, do not drill the flange. What nonsense is this? A few holes isn't going to weaken an I beam, especially once filled with a bolt. Connecting through the flange is a standard part of steel beam construction. With all the holes the manufacturers put in the flange a couple more won't hurt.
msmith1.wa 10/27/20 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stripping down a rotten camper

Depends on how rotten. Since it is bad enough for you to want to demo it, you might be surprised how easily the metal comes off.
msmith1.wa 10/19/20 07:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Total Rebuild

The floor was incredibly rotted out and it looks like most of the frame needs to be replaced. If the floor is rotted, you probably have a bad roof. With that age, the "rubber" (EPDM) roofing needs to be removed and the plywood pull up to see how bad things are. Rubber roofs were not used on RVs in 1969.
msmith1.wa 10/05/20 07:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Bad air quality--finally taped a house filter on the A/C

I have 4 box fans plus the furnace running in my house to filter the air. I am using MERV 8 filters which are not rated for small particles, but in just 2 days you could see the color difference. So they do work. To the OPs question if you think your set up is too restrictive, provided you can find more filters, you could tape 5 together in the shape of a cube with one side open. So it looks like a open box, and put that over the ac. Still not attractive and will lower headroom, but when it is nasty like this you do what you have to.
msmith1.wa 09/17/20 09:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Correcting flipped shackles

The only other option I can think of is to remove one if the bolts on the shackle and reassemble in the correct orientation.
msmith1.wa 09/12/20 09:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Problems With Newer Powered Awning

I have the same awning and I think the same replacement motor. My replacement has been on for about 3 months now. working fine so far. I often extend the awning to have shade to do things in the driveway besides camping use. I believe that retracting is slower than extending because of the gas struts. They provide resistance when retracting but also help during extending.
msmith1.wa 09/11/20 09:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Total outdoor flame device ban Oregon SP

We were camping on the central Oregon coast the weekend before Labor day. The open flame ban started then. Propane grills and stoves were okay at that time, but not propane fire pits. Based on how dry the vegetation is I am not surprised by the grill ban also. The entire west coast is at a high risk for fires at the moment.
msmith1.wa 09/11/20 09:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

I upgraded from the Lippert Equa-Flex to MORryde SRE4000 with X-factor crossmembers. This trailer always had an equalizer, but the change in models made a huge difference - not all of them are created equal. I did the same swap plus higher weight rated springs. Big difference between the Lippert and the MORryde SRE 4000.
msmith1.wa 09/11/20 08:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tried towing after new tires & algnment...it did not go well

Another vote for new tires needing to get some miles on them. I had to have truck tires replaced during a trip. It was not a fun drive home. No they are rock solid.
msmith1.wa 09/03/20 09:23pm Towing
RE: Transmission Fluid Change 2013 Chevy Duramax Allison

I agree with what ktmrfs wrote.
msmith1.wa 08/26/20 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to wire a manual switch for backup camera

Is there a menu option on your head unit to display the camera? My Sony has that option. what I did is connect the reverse signal wire to a 12v source controlled by the ignition. When I want to view the camera I select it from the menu. I can easily switch between camera, GPS, and music source.
msmith1.wa 08/20/20 06:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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