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RE: Locked Out...Sorta

Hard to say for sure without specific details, but if it's like most rv door handles/locks, you will need a key for the non-deadbolt lock. Only the deadbolt has the lever inside.
rdhetrick 11/24/22 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Route into Pinnacles National Park?

Been there a few times, don't remember any really steep grades, but it was definitely curvy - but doable, just take it slow. I was in a car both times, but I remember seeing motorhomes along the way.
rdhetrick 10/04/22 03:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Why not jack trailer under the spring plates?

You're right about the U-bolts - looks pretty weak but the tensile strength of steel is actually quite high. Not to say at all that the U-bolts are overdesigned, but they could be sized properly. As to jacking there - it's not a matter of "can" it's more about "is it the safest point to jack from." It is inherently unstable jacking it up by the springs - a gust of wind could shift the loading, or one of the bolts holding the springs could fail. Jacking it directly at the frame minimizes the points of failure. It's the same reason we should use jack stands when working under a vehicle. The jack itself should hold, but why take the risk - granted, many of us, myself included, do take that risk sometimes - but it's not the safest way of doing it.
rdhetrick 10/02/22 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Yes, we always ran with LP on UNTIL we stopped for fuel. I would pull over before we got to the station and turn it off at the cylinder. After fueling, I would pull out of the station, or at least away from the fuel pumps, and turn it back on. Then I would enter the TT to make sure the frig was lit again. Safety first!! What is it about fueling up that makes you want to shut off the propane? When I had a trailer, the propane was always on until it needed to be switched or until I put it in storage. Now, the only time I turn it off is when refilling the tank.
rdhetrick 06/29/22 06:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Onan diesel 8000 generator

What kind of "kit" are you expecting? All you need is an oil filter and oil. The filters can be found on amazon, the oil can be found anywhere. While you're at it, change the air filter and fuel filter...both can be found on amazon.
rdhetrick 06/04/22 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: %#[email protected]^ critters!

Well growing up in the sticks where mice were a part of life, I guess I should have died many years ago. Same here!!!
rdhetrick 04/09/22 01:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blue-Ox Karguard

Wow, I knew about the auxiliary pumps and driveshaft disconnects, but I had no idea it had anything to do with cooling - I thought it was purely lubrication....interesting!
rdhetrick 03/27/22 04:50pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Blue-Ox Karguard

I'm confused...why would the toad drive system overheat when being towed?
rdhetrick 03/27/22 06:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: How much power does an inverter use?

Am I correct to assume that the 400W inverter will only draw down the RV battery based on what I plug into it? Jorn Since nobody answered your actual question, Yes, the inverter will only draw from the batter what is needed - plus it's "dead" load. The 400w probably larger dead load than the 100w, but that is not certain and would depend on efficiencies. And as others have pointed out, the ratings are peak, but so is the 90w charger.
rdhetrick 03/14/22 03:45am Tech Issues
RE: Splendede washer lint filter cleanout

It's not really a lint filter, it's more of a trap to catch and prevent larger things like coins from going through the pump. I used to check mine once a year but never found anything. When I checked it, I just had a bath towel ready, it was enough to catch most of the water. I tried a cookie sheet, but it just spread the water around more!
rdhetrick 02/14/22 05:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: having work done on rv while fulltime

Do you rent hotel?? Do they fix it in a day? I've had both, all depends on what broke! Some places will have a spot you can plug in to and stay overnight, others don't allow it...just depends. So far, I haven't had anything happen that put me out of the coach for more than 4 nights.
rdhetrick 01/30/22 05:24am Full-time RVing
RE: Looks like we got ourselves a Convoy

What's more, everybody on the barking canine telling you how bad the shots are has had theirs. I haven't seen one person on here saying that the vaccine was bad. What part of "It's not about the vaccine, it's about the mandate" is so hard to understand?
rdhetrick 01/28/22 06:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like we got ourselves a Convoy

If it is governmental overreach to mandate Covid vaccination is it also overreach for the mandated vaccinations listed here? Or is it vaccination against just Covid that is governmental overreach? State Laws and Mandates by Vaccine Yes.
rdhetrick 01/28/22 06:27am Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like we got ourselves a Convoy

^^^According to Saskatchewan Government data there is 328 people (120 on account of Covid related issues and 140 of which are incidental) with Covid in Saskatchewan hospitals and 33% of those are not fully vaccinated. click Yes, it's very difficult for many people to accept that all the propaganda they've absorbed doesn't align with the actual facts. It doesn't fit with their "feelings."
rdhetrick 01/28/22 03:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like we got ourselves a Convoy

So how many of you have advanced degrees in virology, immunology, biology, or some other pertinent field to actually understand the science? Or are you just listening to whomever you think has the correct version of "science?" Bottom line, these protests aren't about the virus or science, they're about government control and being able to force something upon the population. If they really wanted to protect the population, they would ban alcohol. But we all know it's not really about protecting people.
rdhetrick 01/27/22 01:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Combining black & grey tanks

The tanks on my motorhome are nested - The fresh water is on bottom, the grey sits on top of that, and the black sits on top of the grey. With this arrangement, "combining" the tanks wouldn't work too well.
rdhetrick 01/14/22 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pandemic in Mexico V USA

It's encouraging to see such dramatically lower rates in all these places that take the pandemic so seriously and are masked everywhere they go....yeah....ok...
rdhetrick 12/29/21 11:09am RVing in Mexico and South America

There have been a lot of improvements in 21 years! I take it you have Google Maps on your phone but you want a unit that does NOT need an internet connection to work? Will you use it while driving? Or hiking? We see this all the time. Google Maps does not need a cellular signal to work. It does need a connection to setup the trip or somewhere along the early part of the trip but it downloads the upcoming instructions so going without a cellular connection for periods of time will not effect its performance. All you need is Google Maps and/or WAZE (both free!) and you will have the best highway information at your fingertips. As an example, the other day, heading S. on I-85, the highway was closed due to a deadly accident. Google Maps routed us around it while your stand alone GPS would have taken you directly into that stand still traffic. x2 Does Google Maps route you around low clearance, low weight limit roads? Not the last time I checked. Google maps is good, but it's not the end-all-be-all for navigation. It has it's place, but so does a RV/Truck GPS for many of us. I've used the Garmin 770 for several years and have been happy with it. I'm sure the newer ones have additional features that might be of value to some.
rdhetrick 12/27/21 07:20am Technology Corner
RE: Advise around Dallas/Ft. Worth

My company is based on the north side of Dallas in Plano, so I drive in and out of DFW from various directions with my RV many times each year. For me, knowing the roads, it's not too bad, but certainly it's stressfull. For your route from Weatherford to DeKalb, I would take 20 across the south side of the metroplex (it turns into 635), and then out 30. Sat/Sun are of course the lighter traffic days if possible, but I've come through during rush hour as well.
rdhetrick 12/10/21 04:40am Roads and Routes
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