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RE: BEST ROUTE WITH LEAST MOUNTAINS

My wife had the same issues so when we started running routes with drop-offs, she'd go back and sit at the dinette. Now she drives these routes with the 43' coach and full size pickup toad and doesn't turn a hair. Just a question of getting used to it, SLOWLY.
pigman1 10/18/19 05:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Replacing toilet... flange question

There are about as many flange/mounting systems for RV toilets as there are toilets. Some are compatible with numerous models and some are not. Check the installation instructions on your new toilet and see exactly what is required.
pigman1 10/01/19 03:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: travel to Haines Alaska

The roads up north are generally pretty good. Some construction here and there but just take it slow and things there are fine. If they're driving down from Haines Junction, YT, they can expect few, if any, services on that road. In addition, the customs/border crossing is NOT open 24 hours, so they need to time their run to hit it when it's open. As others have said, make sure they check the weather closely and often. Things up there change very quickly and you can't expect an open motel or restaurant just down the road, so plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead. BTW, the Alaska Highway was closed near Haines Junction for snow around August 20th this year, and when we went through a week later there was NO SNOW to be see except on the peaks.
pigman1 09/22/19 11:50am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Grote 46003 clearance light gaskets!!

I understand your issues. Seems like a total waste to have to replace the light just for a gasket, but that seems to be the throw away society. Any auto supply store should have a fair supply of various gasket material that can be cut as you need. If you need rubber, have you thought of an inner tube? Available at farm suppliers, auto supply shops or even bicycle shops. You'll have to do a bit of cutting, but....? As to the rivets, how about just drilling out the rivets and replacing them with stainless screws? You might have to put in some plastic/nylon sheetrock anchors or other expanding type anchors (Molly fasteners) if the holes in the caps are bigger than the largest screw that will fit the lamp.
pigman1 09/20/19 08:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane tank recertification

You can't inspect the cylinder interior without bleeding the propane. For $5 I smell a rat. Propane Tanks are not subject to DOT certifications, therefore no inspection even on 50 yo. And yes, there are lot of 50 yo tanks around.No rat, whatsoever. I had 3 tanks recertified at my local farm supply store last year while I waited. They are also a propane supplier and can change valves and do ANY service required on propane cylinders. The standard recertification is simply an external corrosion and damage inspection. I watched while he did it. He did replace the warning labels and ID labels which had been severely scraped and defaced through use. NO INTERNAL INSPECTION REQUIRED.
pigman1 09/18/19 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: hydraulic leveling jack replace / rebuild

I had a rear HWH jack that would not fully retract and was replaced at Red Bay. My cost for part and labor so I asked for and got the malfunctioning cylinder. Took it to my local ESECO hydraulic repair facility and they rebuilt it for a bit over $125. It did take a while as they had to special order the necessary seals, but I now have a spare if/when I need it. Cheap insurance. Very easy R&R.
pigman1 09/16/19 05:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Again, Admin Opening Tongass National Forest...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/trump-pushes-to-allow-new-logging-in-alaskas-tongass-national-forest/2019/08/27/b4ca78d6-c832-11e9-be05-f76ac4ec618c_story.htmlOh yeah, that's an even handed, non-political, truth seeking publication that has no political axes to grind and ALWAYS publishes stories with both points of view of the subject by well known learn-ed individuals. Yep, always.
pigman1 08/31/19 08:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Again, Admin Opening Tongass National Forest...

Another green joke? This is a National Forrest we're talking about. Remember...The Land Of Many Uses. Not a National Park, Not a Wildlife Preserve, Not a National Monument. Anyone out there ever actually camped (RV'd) in a logged over national forest? I have in a logged over area (the Tongas)in Alaska and it was wonderful. The logging companies maintained the roads, put in campsites (they were free), and furnished free firewood. We watched a bald eagle nest hatch 3 eggs while we were there. The slope was so great we looked DOWN into the nest. But there was NO erosion. Until the tree huggers started trying to protect every tree, the logging industry in Alaska thrived. Yes, there were abuses, but those have ceased and the current management practices work well. It's a balance, trees grow and die, streams erode with or without logging, wildlife locate to the best area for them, be it virgin forest or cut over land renewing itself with planted trees. Lets start to get real folks. Go camp there, THEN start to see what's really happening. Watch a grizzly use the Alaska Pipeline as a super highway for travel because it's easier than traveling the tundra, watch Musk Oxen using a 1 acre field surrounded by oil pipes at Prudhoe Bay as a refuge while their calves nursed and cavorted, and watch the horses and cattle grazing within 50' of producing oil wells in the Texas Permian Basin. The vast majority of the **** you read is some die hard tree hugger who was never there, feeding stories to gullible news writers who are looking for a headline about anything. Wake Up and SEE IT then start a reasonable conversation.
pigman1 08/30/19 07:37am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Problem Removing the AC Shroud

I'd suspect some sort of thread locker. Blue is supposed to be such that it can be loosened with hand tools and red is supposed to only release with the addition of heat. I'd check the threads closely on the removed screws. BTW, I would definitely recommend Loctite blue for those screws. I've seen too many air conditioner shrouds along the highway, and had found some screws on my units beginning to back off before I started using the stuff.
pigman1 08/11/19 11:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tool chest in MHbasement

Rather than try the one size fits all box, I went to Walmart and got a series of interlocking plastic drawers (with holders) that I piut in one of the smaller compartments. 3 wide 5 high. Put a number of sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, fuses, meters, hammers, etc, in each with labels on the outside. Also, in a compartment with a large slide tray I put a piece of plywood between floor supports where I store plastic fishing lure boxes with screws, washers, nuts, cotter pins, o-rings, and all the kit boxes such as heat gun, manometer, small socket set, Dremel and pieces, electrical butt connectors, splices, and terminals, etc. Since this storage area is above the bottom of the frame rails, it was wasted space. I'm an old farmer and mechanic and feel naked without ALL my stuff. Has worked very well when I have a problem on the road in a remote area of Yukon, BC, Alberta, Alaska, and even the southwest. Only down side is the extra weight, but I'll gladly pay that freight. Sorry about no pic's, but I can't seem to get things to post right. If anyone's interested, PM me with your email address and I'll send .JPG.s back.
pigman1 08/02/19 01:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: TSD Diesel Fuel Discount Program

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no way any retail fuel station can offer 40 cent a gallon off their retail prices. There isn't that much mark up in fuel. There just plain isn't. Some will argue that the retail price is artificially priced too high to support that deep a discount. If that were the case, then their only customers would be the discount card holders. There is a gimmick here, I assure you.Nope, probably true. I can beat the big truck stop prices by 40 cents just about any time and sometimes up to 60 cents. A simple check with Gas Buddy will verify this. These big chains want you fueling at their stations as a captive audience so they can charge whatever they want to. I haven't fueled at a big name truck stop in years and we put over 105,000 miles on our 6 year old Tiffin Bus since it was new. The whole thing is a marketing ploy to get you as a customer for these places without you ever looking at their fuel prices. Flying J/Pilot... a 5 cent discount??? What a laugh, as I can beat their price by 40-60 cents any time without any effort at all.
pigman1 07/20/19 01:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Spinning lug nut.....how can this be possible?

Get a Dremel cutoff wheel and cut 2 channels up the side of the nut cover so you can peel the cover off. Do you have a standard nut then showing (metric or standard) left? I've never seen a lug covered with sheet goods that didn't require the cover to be removed before the lug was loosened. You need to specify what the lug (flat) was on. RV? Make, model, year, Toad? Same, make, model, etc. RV lugs with decorative covers usually use something like these Cover pullers to remove the cover.
pigman1 06/30/19 07:33pm Tech Issues
RE: GM Colorado bent frame towing 2,100 lbs

Although I completely disagree with adjuster's reasoning for disapproving the claim, I do not believe that this problem is a GM issue. For that type of damage, I'd think your friend was hot dogging it along that dirt road and when he hit that "bump" the damage resulted. Way too fast for that dirt road. I owned a Colorado that had a cap on it. We pulled it to Alaska at least 4 times with overload springs and way over it's posted GVW without ever having a problem. Sorry, but if you must run outside a vehicle's limits, you need to make appropriate adjustments to your driving habits. I don't think this individual did that.
pigman1 06/22/19 10:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extension on Battery post

Go to your local hardware store and get a 3 or 4" piece of soft copper 1/2" pipe. Pound it flat, drill 2 or 3 holes and use copper, brass or stainless bolts with lock or star washers for attaching lugs you need. Once flat, don't continue to pound as the copper will work harden and become brittle. I've used soft copper water pipe for DC bus bars for years and never had a problem.
pigman1 06/11/19 10:56pm Tech Issues
RE: US-2 Road Condition in Montana

OK folks, we're in Alaska and follows the best road report I can give on US-2: We hit US-2 in Montana westbound on 5/23. At the border with North Dakota it was 2 lane with no construction. About 10 miles east of Culbertson, MT, they appear to be starting to widen the road to 4 lanes. A lot of construction equipment and one way traffic and about the slowest pilot car operation AND manual traffic lights I've ever seen to get you through the construction. Three lights and it took about 10 minutes waiting at each light for a very short construction stretch. In those areas where the road was NOT under construction, it seems to be deteriorating badly. You get a good bouncing at each road joint and longitudinal joints are breaking up. We spent the night at the rest area in Culbertson and saw very little truck and car traffic on US-2 in either direction. Based on what we saw and the latest very old information from MDOT on the construction east of Shelby, MT, We elected to leave US-2 and head north into Canada, crossing just north of Culbertson. The road to the border was very much better than US-2, and Saskatchewan roads to Regina and beyond were excellent, albeit 2 lane. I'd guess Montana is just starting the process of making US-2 into 4 lanes, but they don't appear to be keeping up the old sections until the new is done. We've traveled this road for 9 trips to Alaska and are severely disappointed in the road's current condition, and in their reconstruction process. We dealt with similar issues in North Dakota when they widened US-2, and although the construction sections were slowing you down, they were nowhere as disruptive as the Montana process we saw last year and this. We will probably not travel US-2 in Montana for the next 3-4 years unless Montana changes their ways and we get much better travel reports.
pigman1 05/28/19 12:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: US-2 Road Condition in Montana

Aw, come on folks.... No body's traveled US-2 east of Shelby, MT for a road report??? Please?
pigman1 05/18/19 04:40pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tire Dealer trying to sell me older tires, what do I do?

So you are willing to accept 6 or 7 months but 12 is too much? IMHO you are overthinking the problem. These tires spent those unacceptable 5 months stored inside, not exposed to sun, moisture, asphalt or road debris, and without 5-10 tons sitting on them while under-inflated and often parked in the same spot. I would put them on the coach and save the receipt so I knew when it was time to think about replacing them again. Dave Finally folks, Common sense rears it's ugly head LOL.Sorry, I don't agree at all. First off for the OP. You told the dealer what you wanted and he apparently agreed to furnish them as you wanted. Now he wants you to take something you specifically told him you didn't want? Not a chance if it were me. As far as the business about tires that were stored inside, not run, and not loaded. A VERY rash statement that is entirely unprovable. I just replaced 4 drive axle tires that were original to the 2013 Bus. These tires had over 101,000 miles on them and the sidewalls were uncracked and unchecked. I wore the tread off them, and if I had been able to find someone to regroove them I would have gone that way for about another 50,000 or more miles. My tire guys said mine were the first worn out RV tires they'd ever seen. Saw a lot of cracked and rotted sidewall ones, however. Tires that are USED and not allowed to sit keep the oils inside the rubber moving around and do not rot. For almost all RV'ers, this is not the case, so the tire rots, and the rot starts the minute the tire is built. Every hour that tire is not being run is costing you money as it'll have to be replaced sooner and you're not using it to go where you want to go. Push on the tire dealer a final time, and if he is still being stupid, go elsewhere. You do need to give a dealer a few weeks to get fresh tires in, and if he can't, he's not someone I'd EVER want to deal with. It's his business to get you what you both agreed to. If he can't some accommodation needs to be made or you need to walk.
pigman1 05/16/19 01:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire dealers in Delaware

Where in Delaware? North, mid, south? Have you spoken to anyone about it yet? With that big an order you may hit a dealer who can find the tires on short notice, but I guarantee you won't be getting the freshest dates possible.
pigman1 05/16/19 01:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Denali Hwy vs Fairbanks?

We starrted to drive part of the Denali Highway from the east to west a few years ago. It's just about all gravel and when we were on it the surface was very badly washboarded. Of course that depends on when the last time they ran a grader over the road, bur we decided not to take it. We were only in the toad, and had left the Bus elsewhere. Also, while we were stopped enjoying the scenery a LARGE tour bus blew by us at about 50mph. No damage, but I wouldn't have wanted to meet that guy on the road driving the Bus. We're not unfamiliar with Alaska, as this summer will be our 9th trip up and we have driven the Dalton to Prudhoe Bay.
pigman1 05/15/19 09:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
US-2 Road Condition in Montana

OK folks, it's time. We leave Saturday for Alaska (9th trip) and if anyone has a report on US-2 condition just east of Shelby, Montana, I'd appreciate your comments. Last year going north to AK US-2 was so bad in that area that we came back to the US through Emerson, Manitoba (North Dakota Minnesota border) to avoid it on the way down. I'd like to run to Shelby, but if that section is really bad I'll do something else. The Montana DOT web sites don't look like they've been changed in MANY MONTHS and I'm looking for current information. Thanks.
pigman1 05/13/19 08:04pm Roads and Routes
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