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RE: Cleaning A/C coils: DIY or hire a pro? (See March 8 update)

She would never climb up on the roof and stand up there. She crawls on her hands and knees! And speaking on behalf of all of us who married frisky women, may Heaven bless them!
profdant139 03/11/22 05:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning A/C coils: DIY or hire a pro? (See March 8 update)

Many good tips! Yes, the thermostats and fan settings are all where they should be. I don't think it's low refrigerant -- the a/c works great, until it ices up, which takes a while. I should remove the interior air distribution box so that I can see the evap coil from inside the trailer. If it looks bad, then I will have to think hard about going back onto the roof and opening up the plastic box that surrounds the evap coil. I like the idea of using aluminum tape to re-seal the box -- assuming that it does not shatter while we are trying to open it. Now for the hard part -- persuading DW to participate in this next experiment in DIY A/C maintenance.
profdant139 03/11/22 04:06am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning A/C coils: DIY or hire a pro? (See March 8 update)

Hmmm. The filters are fine -- they are thin little foam pads that are easily cleaned. They are very flimsy -- you can see right through them. So it's the evap coil, which we could not get access to. It's in a sealed plastic box, as I mentioned above. I suppose I could have broken the seal and boldly cleaned where no one has cleaned before. But I am going to let a pro do it, so that I have someone else to blame when things go wrong. ;)
profdant139 03/09/22 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning A/C coils: DIY or hire a pro? (See March 8 update)

Well, we spent the morning on top of the trailer -- got the plastic shroud off of the a/c unit -- and the layout of the components looked nothing like what I had seen on YouTube! (And I watched several hours of videos, prepping for this job.) The evap coils were inside a well-sealed inner box -- fastened with clips -- and there was a lot of foam rubber glued to the box, making it very difficult to remove the plastic box. So we didn't do anything to the evap coils -- never even got a look at them. The condenser coils were much easier to access -- they wrapped around the back of the whole a/c unit. (This is a very small Dometic a/c unit, much like the current Penguin model.) But the condenser coils were clean! Just for fun, we vacuumed them and used an air compressor to blow away any dust -- but there was hardly any dirt. So, now we will test out the a/c and see if it still ices up (as it had been doing). If it does, we will call a mobile repair guy. We gave it our best shot, and there is nothing more that we can do by ourselves. There is a time to boldly DIY, and then there is a time when discretion is the better part of valor.
profdant139 03/08/22 07:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning A/C coils: DIY or hire a pro? (See March 8 update)

Gjac, great tip about Harbor Freight -- thanks!
profdant139 03/06/22 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Salem, Massachusetts

Finding a place to camp in Salem is kind of like a witch hunt -- lots of hunting, not much from witch to choose. ;)
profdant139 03/05/22 01:09pm Roads and Routes
RE: Cleaning A/C coils: DIY or hire a pro? (See March 8 update)

Lots of interesting advice! In answer to one question, we don't use our a/c very often -- maybe ten nights per year. (Mostly we boondock.) But we tow off road a lot, which kicks up a lot of dust. So I am guessing that things are pretty dirty up there. It sounds like most of our commentators are DIYers. I usually am, too, but I have learned over the years to be careful -- to paraphrase Don Rumsfeld, "you don't know what you don't know." (Remember the "unknown unknowns?") To paraphrase another maxim, I don't want my head to write checks that my hands can't cash. ;) If I were to go onto the roof and remove the plastic housing and spray stuff onto the fins or whatever, what would keep the gunk from dripping down into the trailer itself??
profdant139 03/03/22 10:06am Tech Issues
Cleaning A/C coils: DIY or hire a pro? (See March 8 update)

I've had my trailer for ten years -- never did anything to clean the a/c components. (Shameful, I know.) But last summer, the a/c iced up once or twice -- sending me a message to do something. I can climb up onto the roof, although I don't want to. And I know I can buy A/C maintenance tools, like a comb to clean the fins. My question is simple: how many folks do it all themselves, and how many hire a pro? Thanks in advance for playing! ;)
profdant139 03/02/22 10:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Trip report: Yosemite in the Snow

The lows were in the high 20s -- not bad at all. We like the trailer to be very cold at night -- great sleeping weather. A down comforter and four blankets -- so heavy that we are forced to hibernate. We don't run the heater, except during shower time. We figure that if the Eskimos can survive comfortably in igloos, we will be ok if we dress warmly -- knit caps, several layers of clothing, thermal booties, etc. But this is all a matter of personal preference. And I would bet that if we lived in a snowy climate (instead of Southern California), we would not find cold weather to be such a pleasant change! The high temp at my house today (Feb 28) was 83. Dry and sunny, as it always is. Dull.
profdant139 02/28/22 10:58pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Lake Tahoe

If you like to hike or mountain bike, plan to spend a few days in the Tahoe area. Wonderful recreational opportunities. Bring an extra big wallet, though. Everything is expensive. Not outrageous, but not cheap.
profdant139 02/24/22 11:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trip report: Yosemite in the Snow

Thanks for all the kind words! I don't know where we are going next -- DW hasn't told me yet! ;)
profdant139 02/23/22 10:40pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Trip report: Yosemite in the Snow

Here's a link to our blog post -- lots of photos -- I hope you enjoy them: Yosemite in the Snow
profdant139 02/21/22 05:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Rain shield for sliding window on trailer?

OP here. In answer to a couple of questions: we try not to run the A/C while boondocking -- the generator makes too much noise. I much prefer an open window. But this is a horizontal slider -- the rain comes right in, especially if there is a breeze blowing the raindrops sideways. It's amazing to me that there is no new aftermarket window covering that would do the job -- this seems like a very common problem, in search of a solution. An awning would work, I guess -- it's an expensive solution to a more easily solved problem. I may try to fabricate a rain hood out of acrylic sheet -- this would be something that I would deploy in the rain and then take down before hitting the road again. Not sure how I would get the top edge to seal against the side of the trailer, so that raindrops would not infiltrate from above. The good news is that I live in the Far West, where rain has apparently been abolished. The bad news is that we hope to travel to the East, where I am told it still rains on occasion. I'll report back, if and when I come up with a workable work-around.
profdant139 02/20/22 10:01am Tech Issues
Rain shield for sliding window on trailer?

Our little trailer has only two openable windows -- a swing-out and a slider. In light rain, the swing-out works ok -- but the slider does not. There has to be a way to shield the sliding window so that the rain does not come in. Obviously, in heavy rain or with a lot of wind, nothing will keep the rain out. And when we are on the road, of course the windows are closed. I have one of those Maxx-Air hoods over the bathroom vent -- that works well, even in heavy rain. I have searched the archives and Google for an adequate solution and have come up empty. Some sort of an after-market plastic shield?? Your collective wisdom, as always, is appreciated!
profdant139 02/17/22 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Yosemite...how early?

This year, the valley floor has been very cold and snowy -- the big storms of December left several feet of snow. We camped at Upper Pines during the last week of January and had to shovel ice and snow out of our campsite, even though January was totally without precipitation. And we have hit a few inches of snow as late as mid-March. Personally, I really like being in Yosemite Valley when there is some snow. It creates a lot of contrast and depth -- the photos practically take themselves. Yes, it can get cold. Dress warmly and bring a lot of blankets. It is rarely below thirty degrees, so frozen pipes are not a big problem. I am sure it can get colder than that -- but after five winter trips, we have had no problems at all. My advice is to go as early in the year as possible, given the difficulty in scoring a reservation. Good luck!!
profdant139 02/13/22 01:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Must Have Boondocking Items?

My advice is not to throw the tote when placing it into the tow vehicle. ;)
profdant139 02/13/22 01:30pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Road from PV to Barra de Navidad

I haven't driven that road since the mid-1980s! But it was not too bad, even then. Beautiful scenery, especially by the coast.
profdant139 02/06/22 09:33am RVing in Mexico and South America
Problems with "long boondocking" in Colorado

Not a big surprise, but I think that this situation will ultimately result in restrictions on boondockers: Article
profdant139 02/05/22 10:28am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Axle-less trailer suspension: pros and cons?

Is cross-bracing something that can be done when upgrading to the new axles? Or is that something that has to be built in to the original frame?
profdant139 02/03/22 11:40am Tech Issues
Axle-less trailer suspension: pros and cons?

This goes into the "you learn something new every day" category -- I never heard of this before. It seems like a good idea -- improved stability and ground clearance, especially for those of us who take our trailers off pavement. Not cheap, but might be worthwhile? If you have any additional insights, I'd be very interested in your comments! Axle-less suspensions
profdant139 02/03/22 09:43am Tech Issues
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