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RE: What roof vent covers for Fantastic Fans

I use the Camco AeroFlo vent covers. Easy to install, easily opened for cleaning (2 screws), and they are a bit more aerodynamic than others on the market. They're also quite reasonably priced, and so far are holding up quite well (3 years and counting) in the SoCal sun.
4x4van 01/25/23 05:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Pet Peeves in RV Parks

While I have 3 dogs, only one is a "camper"; the other 2 stay at home when we go camping. All 3 (chihuahua, Lab/Newfoundland mix, Corgi) are determined to save us from the horrors of the Amazon deliveries. I've been told that it is because they toss packages into the yard; "their" territory, which makes sense. My "camping" dog is the Cardigan Welsh Corgi who is a rescue of sorts; spent the first 9 months of his life in a dark room in a 3'x4' crate, very seldom being let out or even interacted with, other than to get beat if he somehow got out of the crate. Needless to say, he has some "issues" if you attempt to discipline him. But just yelling at him usually does the trick, although he is very vocal about his displeasure at being yelled at, and has to get the last word in, mumbling/growling under his breath. On the other hand, he absolutely loves camping, does not bark at other campers or even other dogs. The only downside is that he is convinced that every other camper in the campground WANTS to meet him and pet him and love him!!!
4x4van 01/20/23 03:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Unable to identify model of trailer

"Some" leaks is pretty much an understatement!
4x4van 01/20/23 01:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: What Chassis do I have

Tony, there is really nothing special about an OEM converter, Ford doesn't build them anyway, they are provided by one of their vendors. I think the major concern is one sized large enough for your 8-cylinder engine and fits in the space of the original.Sadly, here in Commiefornia, that is not the case. There are very few aftermarket catalytic converters that CARB allows. Most vehicles MUST use only OEM converters in CA.
4x4van 01/09/23 04:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fun in the snow...

Wow, that looks like an awesome place!
4x4van 12/13/22 04:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: A punishing pace, safety issues and broken bodies

Some like to make a big deal out of one bad experience with unions protecting some one. Many times its just something they heard. There are lots of union haters. IMO if a company treats employees fairly/equally there isn't a need for a union to represent them. While you are right that "some" do that, others do not. I have personally witnessed a number of bad experiences with unions, not just the 2 that I listed. Sorry, but it's not something I "heard", nor "one bad experience". But I agree that if a company treats employees fairly, there is no need for a union. Unfortunately, once a union is in place; much of the deserved "fairness" goes away in the name of "protecting" all employees. Sorry, but not all employees deserve to be "protected".
4x4van 12/06/22 04:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Where to for Thanksgiving?

For the first time in at least 30 years, spent Thanksgiving at home rather than in the desert with the bikes/SxSs. Most of our group were going different directions this year, so the change was necessary. Gotta admit, it was nice not having to fight Thanksgiving traffic on the way home!!! Where do you like to ride? We like Spangler, Red Mountain, El Pasos area.For years, it was Red Mountain, El Mirage, Stoddard Wells, Lucerne...For the past 20 years though, it's been the sand dunes of Glamis. Sand doesn't hurt quite so much when you go down!!
4x4van 11/30/22 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alcohol Detection Systems in All New Vehicles

Wondering if you could just blast air into the device with something like a turkey baster? Air is air right? Maybe it has a specific temperature range to detect human breath and not just plain air.Hmmmm...I see an idea for a new product!! :)
4x4van 11/29/22 03:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: A punishing pace, safety issues and broken bodies

Many unions have become too strong, and are actually a detriment to their industry, and eventually their members. Teacher's unions come to mind. And no insults any hard-working union members, but I have my own experiences to draw from. In the early 80's, the Kaiser Steel union in CA destroyed the steel industry there, and ended up putting ALL of their workers out of work, and shutting down the plant entirely (Fontana raceway now sits on that property). My brother was a dispatcher for a trucking company that hauled steel out of Kaiser's Fontana plant. Employers were drinking, heavily, on the job while loading hundreds of tons of steel (safety anyone?), and the management had their hands tied because of the union's strength. The truck drivers would have to wait for 4-6 hours before getting loaded...unless they brought a 12-pack of beer; then they were loaded up within an hour. Also in the 80's, I worked for General Telephone. A GTE employee drove into an elementary school parking lot, got out of the GTE car, flashed 2 schoolgirls, and then got back into the car and drove away. Turned out that one of those girls was the granddaughter of GTE's president. It still took 6 months to fire him due to the union backing the employee. They were finally able to get rid of him, but only through a technicality: he had lied on a single question on his initial employment application 10 years earlier! So say what you will, but I have little use for unions in this modern era. While the benefits and working conditions that unions have been responsible for over the years are great, they tend to put way too much effort into supporting workers who really don't deserve that support. At 60, half of my working life has been as a union member (middle), and half hasn't (early and late). Gotta say, my non-union days are/were better for me. Base my raises/perks on my performance, not simply my seniority or "membership"; I'll come out ahead every time, which is how it should be.
4x4van 11/29/22 03:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Where to for Thanksgiving?

For the first time in at least 30 years, spent Thanksgiving at home rather than in the desert with the bikes/SxSs. Most of our group were going different directions this year, so the change was necessary. Gotta admit, it was nice not having to fight Thanksgiving traffic on the way home!!!
4x4van 11/29/22 03:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Starter Batteries

I doubt anyone is likely to have a schematic showing the battery wiring on a 1999 RV, and even if they did, it is likely to have been changed in 23 years. 12v batteries or 6v batteries? 12v system or 24v system? 1 chassis battery or 2? 1 house battery or 2? Maybe a pic or 2 of what you are looking at could help us. You will need to follow the large battery cables out to see where they go. The starter battery POS goes to the starter. The house battery POS will head for the power center distribution panel. The NEG of both should go to the chassis somewhere, either separate locations or possibly the same location. Keep in mind that I have little to no experience with DPs, so I may be way off here. Again, pic(s) could help us help you, but you will need to follow the cables.
4x4van 11/23/22 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anything other than silicone..

So you seal your RV exterior with silicone caulking, or replying to hear yerself speak. Bottom line, don't use silicone, use a urethane product or something intended for the use.Speaking of replying to hear yerself speak....:R I never said that silicone should be used on anyone's RV. I said I used silicone for 22 years, without failures. I also said that I've switched to Dicor for the last 6-7 years, more because everyone says that's what I'm supposed to use than for any other reason. My initial post in this thread was simply to counter the oft-heard argument that silicone won't stick to itself. In my experience, that's a false statement, proven (albeit to myself) over the course of 22 years. I never even considered that it wouldn't work until I started reading the claims on RV forums, and that was after using it for at least 10-15 years without failure. In fact, a quick google search verifies what I already know to be fact; silicone WILL stick to silicone, quite well in fact, as long as the old silicone is clean (which is required for ANY sealant, including Dicor). Will other sealants stick to silicone? Nope, nor did I ever claim such. Use what you want, I never said otherwise.
4x4van 11/10/22 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Simply put ...far more people have had issues with certain types of silicone's than have had good luck with them. We also have service experts tell us what they found works and what didn't. Not all silicone is the same. See my reply above for a explanation why some silicone products stick and other didn't. Acetoxy vs natural cure silicone....there is a difference in adhesion quality according to the pros that use sealants in their line of business.And yet I've never seen the words "Acetoxy" or "natural cure" on a tube of silicone. I've always bought simple "100% Silicone" (not "siliconized caulk"), and it has indeed smelled like vinegar. Yet your description suggests that is not what should be used outdoors, and you really don't clarify which one will (or won't) stick to itself. :S
4x4van 11/09/22 01:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stops Catalytic Converter thefts! (inexpensive method)

Personally I did not go through insurance for it, just bought a cat from NAPA and had a local muffler shop zap it on. Under $1000 total, and done in a week. You're lucky. In Southern California, the SCAQMD doesn't allow universal Cats to be installed, nor do they allow used or aftermarket. Has to be new OEM only.
4x4van 11/08/22 01:49pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Not sure what to tell you all, but on my last 2 RV's, I used plain old Silicone for the roof seams exclusively for about 22 years. Never removed the old, simply went up yearly and touched up any areas that looked suspect (after cleaning with a wet rag). Never had a leak over that 22 years. Never had a problem with the new silicone sticking to the old silicone. It wasn't until about 6-7 years ago that I started using Dicor, after I found out(?) from numerous forums that silicone shouldn't/couldn't/wouldn't/WON'T work, the RV will leak like crazy if it comes anywhere near silicone, especially the next time time you try to add silicone, not to mention that you will NEVER get all of it off in order to seal it RIGHT (with Dicor)! Sorry, but that just hasn't been my experience. And it seems that I usually had fewer areas to touch up each year when I was using silicone that I have using Dicor. So I have to wonder why we are all convinced that Dicor is the holy grail of RV sealants? :h
4x4van 11/08/22 01:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Ive learned on RV forums new silicone caulk will not adhere and seal to old :h... Yet a Youtube search says the opposite.
4x4van 11/03/22 03:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which one of you put a water filter here?

Being that you are not the orig owner, it might serve you best to use bottled water for drinking. At least start your trip that way and refill your water bottles from a safe source as you go. Still can't understand why people are afraid of drinking water from their RV, regardless of what type of piping material was used. My last 2 RVs used the grey lines; we purchased the rigs used, flushed the system once when we bought, and then used them for 10-12 years each (yes, even "DRINKING" the water, OMG!). There is no danger from those grey lines other than they could become brittle over time depending on the water quality and develop leaks. The undersink filter that is there, on the other hand, I would remove since you have no idea of how long it's been there.
4x4van 11/03/22 03:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Which one of you put a water filter here?

You might want to ask who put the polybutylene supply lines here. That's some bad stuff and 28 years ago was the "pipe of the future" until it wasn't. Hope it was not used with high chlorine concentrations for extended periods of time.I'd be willing to bet that the manufacturer "put those lines there".:S
4x4van 11/03/22 03:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: System check up panel. What do these mean?

Typically, the "Water Heater Pilot" led should come on momentarily and then go out when you turn your water heater on. If the led stays on (or comes back on shortly), that means that the pilot light is out (or didn't light) and needs to be relit; cycle the switch and try again. Battery switch is likely giving you the battery charge level on both the house battery (top) and the chassis battery (bottom). Or the bottom is for a separate generator battery (unlikely)?
4x4van 11/03/22 03:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2009 Damon Avanti No power ?

If it's at the dealer's, let them figure it out. We can't possibly solve the issue when you are not working with it in the first place. Or am I missing something?
4x4van 10/20/22 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
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