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RE: Thoughts on slider awnings

I think they are a must have. Leaves and stuff fall off when you close the slide you don't need to climb up and clean them off. Great advice. We had a travel trailer without the awnings and leaves , snow and trash that would land on the slideout would then be brought into the trailer when the slide was retracted. We finally bought an awning for it and it was wonderful. I'll never again have a slide without an awning over it.
whjco 07/06/20 06:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: Leaving breakers in the camper on while away?

Hello campers, I've heard different opinions on this. My Jayco sits permanently on a campground that supplies shore power. I've been told to turn all the breakers (the ones inside, not at the pedestal) off when I leave, but I've been told but many more that they leave their breakers on, and they just turn the air off at the thermostat and the water heater off when they leave. Just curious on opinions here. I turned my breakers off every time but left them on this time so the fridge would stay on. Thoughts? I never turn off the breakers in my RV. Also, most breakers are not rated for switch duty.
whjco 07/06/20 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: US 60

In 2014 we drove RT 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA. On the way home, we went to the original western terminus of US 60 in Los Angeles and then followed US 60 to our home in Lexington, KY. Several months later we got back on US 60 and drove it to its eastern end in Virginia Beach, VA. We did the whole trip in a '55 Chevy station wagon. It's a great road.
whjco 07/03/20 08:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Air Conditioning how many do not use it.

We're using ours right now. Temperature is supposed to be over 90 tomorrow with high humidity.
whjco 06/25/20 06:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Used Diesel Truck Miles: How many is too many

If the ONLY reason you're switching trucks is for better MPGs you'll need to drive around the world 7X before it would make sense financially. I get it that a diesel would tow better but you can buy a lot of gas for the amount you'll pay to change trucks. I have the same truck and same 3.73 gears and am looking at re-gearing to 4.56 which should help a lot.There is another reason besides financial to want better MPGs. Fueling up while towing especially in an area one is not familiar with is a pain. For some reason the fuel tanks in the gas trucks are the same size as the diesels. So making the switch increases the range a lot. Frankly, if he's already getting 6.9 towing with his present truck, a Cummins diesel isn't going to get but about 8 - 10 mpg at best with that fifth wheel. I agree that getting a diesel doesn't make much sense. And then there's also the price disparity between gas and diesel fuel. Presently, diesel fuel is $2.59 here and gas is $1.99. Before the pandemic hit, the price difference between diesel and gas was .20 to .50 difference extra for diesel so that absorbs the fuel savings substantially. DEF isn't a huge factor as it's pretty inexpensive at Wal-Mart. The only reason to trade for a diesel would be for the improved pulling power.
whjco 06/21/20 06:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying tires? Check the DOT codes...

Our 2019 Cherokee 274vfk came with a set of ST225/75 R15 10-ply Castle Rock tires installed. They performed well for a year and a half but, after reading multiple accounts about "China bomb" tires, I replaced the factory tires with a new set of Goodyear Endurance tires. We noticed an immediate difference in the way that the trailer rides and handles and the peace of mind has been worth every penny. I just put an identical set of Goodyear Endurance tires on our 24' enclosed car trailer too.
whjco 06/13/20 06:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove gutter spouts from TT

My cover is in its second season of use. I just slit tennis balls and put them over the gutter drains and haven't had any perforation of the cover at any of the four corners.
whjco 04/04/20 08:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2019 Ram 6.4 drivers

Am looking very hard at a 19 Ram 6.4 gasser. Those currently using one with the new 8 speed, any problems? Love it? Hate it? What are you feeling? The last of the leftovers are disappearing now, and I am looking at grabbing one for a 10k lb tt now and likely a 12-14k 5er in a year or so. Several years ago I was driving a 45' motor coach on I-64 heading west toward Louisville. There was a pretty good sized 5th wheel being pulled by a Ram pickup and it was pretty much running the same speed that I was. I was thinking about how well that Cummins was moving that rig down the road. It took me about 25 miles before I could pull even with the pickup and the badge on the fender revealed that it had a 6.4 under the hood. It was having absolutely no problems getting that fiver down the road!
whjco 04/04/20 07:58pm Tow Vehicles

Capture and filter rainwater. It doesn't have any minerals in it.
whjco 03/21/20 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Xchocks question

We use two Bal-X Chocks and a pair of rubber chocks.
whjco 03/21/20 04:25pm Travel Trailers

I have a 2015 Ram 2500 CTD that I purchased new and I now have about 92k on the odometer. I absolutely love this truck and it's the best I've ever owned and I've had both Ford and GM vehicles previously.
whjco 03/21/20 03:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Xchocks question

We use two sets.
whjco 03/07/20 07:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: wiring a 30 Amp Power Outlet 30A Circuit Breaker {{UPDATE}}

Have a 30 amp outlet next to our TT in the lot but the breaker is in the garage a distance away. so I want to install a 30amp plug with a breaker in the box also so I can shut the power off right at the box when plugging and unplugging the TT into it to save me walking a 100 ft to the breaker box... I will be buying this box from amazon... 30 amp box and breaker My question is does anyone have a site to show me how to wire the breaker to the outlet in the box??? checked utube but nothing that I found that shows this, only how to just wire the 30 amp outlet only....thanks Since you already have a breaker supplying overcurrent protection to the receptacle, all you need is a non-fused service disconnect like the type used with outside AC condenser units. You can find these at any electrical supply house and most building supply companies. Most of these will have two poles for 240 vac use, however, only use one side of the disconnect and run only the black wire through the contacts. The white neutral wire should not be routed through the switch contacts and should just be junctioned straight through the box. The ground conductor should be bonded to the switch enclosure.
whjco 02/08/20 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Gen/inverter issue

I wonder if the line from the generator plug and the line from the inverter output have been wired in parallel to one another. If so, that would explain why the breaker reset on the inverter after the generator was unplugged.
whjco 02/08/20 07:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Covering your travel trailer

I always cover mine during the winder months. It really helps slow the weathering of the exterior.
whjco 02/08/20 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

Attempting to travel together with two entirely different types of vehicles can be stressful, especially if traveling through major population areas with heavy traffic. The trip will be much more enjoyable if you want to schedule some rendezvous points but not try to stay together. I also drive charter buses and we'll sometimes have as many as 7 buses traveling together. It can be a real hassle, particularly if we get in towns with traffic lights.
whjco 02/05/20 06:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Second AC worth it?

We live in Nebraska and it can get hot and humid. Looking at buying a Grand Design Transcend 29TBS 35' long. $1100 is cost to have installed. Worth it? Does anyone wish they had a 2nd ac? We have a Forest River Cherokee 274vfk that is a 34' model with the kitchen in the v-nose. It has a single 15,000 btu AC unit with ducted air. We had it in Georgia last summer on days with temps in the upper 90s and high humidity. It ran some pretty long cycles but it kept us quite comfortable. In our case, we see no need for a second unit. Bill J., Lexington, KY
whjco 02/05/20 05:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: I give up..NEW PC

If your new computer is a tower with a mount for a second drive, just remove the hard drive from your old computer and install it in the new computer as a second drive. Then you'll have access to all of your original files. If the new computer doesn't have this capability, purchase an inexpensive USB SATA controller, remove the hard drive and connect it to the controller. Plug in the USB cable and then you can copy all of your files from the old drive to the new one. If you miss some files, no problem as you can always just plug in the controller and access the files on the old drive. As an IT tech, I've done this many times to transfer files between systems.
whjco 02/02/20 09:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Starting RVing again; have GPS & backup camera questions?

FYI - I have a Garmin RV660LMT with a Garmin BC30 camera mounted in my ultra light TT (fiberglass shell on aluminum frame). Garmin says that setup is good for up to 45 ft. separation between camera transmitter and GPS. My RV660 picks up the BC30 signal atleast 200 ft away when parked at the CG. To fix your map download problem on your RV760, I recommend you download and install a fresh copy of Garmin Express on your PC. That installation should correct any bad connectivity settings on your PC. Garmin RV760 requires a BC20 camera (now obsolete) NOT the newer BC30 model. The wireless receiver on the BC20 model is located in the special mounting plate on the back of the RV760 GPS. The receiver for the BC30 is located in the power cable. Without that special mounting plate receiver (which is part of the BC20 kit), I doubt that a BC30 camera will work with your RV760. This LINK may help explain the differences between Garmin cameras. I'd add the recommendation that you completely uninstall Garmin Express before you install the newly downloaded copy.
whjco 02/01/20 08:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Were older travel trailers built better?

It may not be a valid comparison, but our 2019 Forest River Cherokee has better materials and better fit and finish than our 2006 Starcraft.
whjco 01/30/20 08:50pm Travel Trailers
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