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RE: Dump Station Observations

Usually dump at home, but this Thanksgiving weekend got in a bit earlier than usual so decided to use the dump station at a local campground instead (I CAN dump at home, but it's a bit of a pain to get the RV close enough to my sewer cleanout). Sadly, it was a mistake. 3 rigs in front of me, and 2 of them spent at least 25-30 minutes each dumping! At least the 3rd was quick. I was in/out in less than 10 minutes, as was my daughter/SIL behind me. I guess some people really think their stuff is special, considering how much time they spend dumping it!
4x4van 12/02/20 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: How important is tire size to your selection?

One thing that I haven't seen mentioned is tire cost. There is a significant cost difference between 19.5"s and 22"s when the time comes (every 5 years). Yes, the 22"s carry more weight and typically will ride a bit better, but if the rig's GVWR can accommodate 19.5"s, I don't see a huge downside. I can also change a 19.5" flat on my own (although I certainly won't "enjoy" it); not sure I could do the same with 22"s.
4x4van 11/24/20 02:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Flag Pole

Another vote for the flagpolebuddy. Mine is 22', the lowest mount is about 5-6' up, so my pole is about 27-28' high overall. Easiest to install setup I've ever used.
4x4van 11/19/20 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oven ignitor

I haven't seen an RV oven with a pilot. Not that they don't exist, but I haven't seen one. The oven in our last trailer was a nightmare to light. Our "new" trailer isn't so hard to light, but you still have to lean down there to see it. Having an igniter would be fantastic.Every RV I've ever owned used a pilot light in the oven; '79 Roll-a-Long, '88 Jamboree, '04 Itasca. In fact, I have a hard time believing that your current trailer (2015?) doesn't have an oven pilot light.
4x4van 11/19/20 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Is it a battery and what I think is for?

A call to Coachman would likely clear it up.
4x4van 11/17/20 04:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Friction hinge fix

My daughter/SIL's new Forest River trailer has the "friction" hinges. They like them so far (although they've only been camping twice), but I hate them. Realistically, they are nothing more than a way for the manufacturer to save 50 cents per trailer by not installing a door catch.
4x4van 11/04/20 01:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Turning off the generator with the AC going?

All of the naysayers conveniently ignore RV's with automatic generator start systems that users use to keep their RVs cool when they are not there. Or am I missing something? EXACTLY...............Do you have a degree in electrical engineering? Or just some good common ยข. GRIN RichardActually, both!:C
4x4van 10/30/20 01:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fresh Water Pump

I've never seen a rotary water pump on an RV (could be mistaken). They are all diaphram pumps, as far as I know. However, they can be quite loud, or they can be reasonably quiet, depending on the model, the mounting, the location, and the water lines immediately adjacent to the pump.
4x4van 10/29/20 04:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

5 miles short of our intended campground, suddenly my rig (1979 Roll-a-Long, Ford chassis) dropped into 2nd gear; no way to get it back into 3rd. Drove slowly (at 10pm) the rest of the way to the campground and pulled in to our site. At that point, realized I also had no reverse (luckily, it was a pull-thru site). Spent the weekend camping, but pulled out early Sunday and headed home. Drove in 2nd gear at about 40mph 150 miles across the desert from Blythe to Banning CA. Limped it to a shop the following weekend for a trans rebuild. Same RV, different trip (but to the same campground); Headed home at about 2pm; it was at least 110 degrees out. After about 15 miles, the water pump belt failed. Bought a new belt at Autozone in Blythe, and changed it in the parking lot. Worst part was the fact that it was the inside belt (of 3 belts), and so all of them had to come off to replace this one. Did I mention it was 110 degrees? Yeah, it was at least 120 on the parking lot asphalt that I was lying on under the front of the rig! It was like working inside an oven!
4x4van 10/29/20 04:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: MaxxAir II Vent Covers - Installation

I would also be worried that they may have sealed the base of the new cover to the roof. They need to be able to drain any water that finds it's way inside the cover. If they screwed the base of the cover down to the roof, they may have put a bead of dicor down first. THAT would be a problem.
4x4van 10/29/20 03:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do propane fire pits put out any heat?

We, too, have a Camp Chef propane fire pit. At first startup, it gives out very little heat, but as the lava rocks heat up, it gets better. It does NOT put out as much heat as a wood fire, but part of that is due to it's smaller diameter, which is typically smaller than a normal wood campfire. If it's a mild evening, it works fine, but if it's cold, it just doesn't put out the body-warming heat that a typical campfire does. There is a "fix", however. I replaced the stock fixed regulator with an adjustable regulator that goes up to 5psi (standard is 0.5psi, I believe). Although I never use it that high (it gives a 4'+ high flame!!!), I do often turn it up to about 2psi.
4x4van 10/20/20 04:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Turning off the generator with the AC going?

My EMS manages the loads and prevents any damage to system. There is a 3-5 minute delay on the A/C startup.Understood, but how is that any different than without the EMS? When I start my generator, there is about a 30 second delay before it actually kicks in and provides power to the coach breakers. At that point, if my A/C is already turned on, it starts; exactly like if it was turned off and I turn it on at the thermostat. There's no difference -electrically- between turning the A/C on at the thermostat or at the breaker. The only negative that I can think of, is shutting down the generator while the A/C is on, since it doesn't instantly shut off, but rather it slows and the voltage drops. Does your EMS turn the A/C off prior to shutting down the generator? I don't think so (could be wrong).
4x4van 10/20/20 04:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV dump station Fee - pay if only getting fresh water ?

I'll never understand this mindset. We pay thousands, even hundreds of thousands, for our RV's. Sure, there are public-owned facilities, commonly free to the user (not always). Meanwhile, a private facility opens up to serve the public's needs, in this case, the RVer who needs to service his rig's water/waste systems. And we begrudge him a measly 5 bucks or so to use his facility. It's no wonder they are getting harder and harder to find.What "mindset" are you referring to? I don't see anyone here complaining about the fee, whether it be for dumping or for potable water. I see an OP "asking" if the "dump fee" applies for JUST getting water; legitimate question, IMO. But I didn't see where he or anyone else was complaining about it?
4x4van 10/20/20 03:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: mystery plug in Damon Astoria.

Could be a plug for a power awning?
4x4van 10/15/20 04:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Turning off the generator with the AC going?

All of the naysayers conveniently ignore RV's with automatic generator start systems that users use to keep their RVs cool when they are not there. Or am I missing something?
4x4van 10/08/20 01:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommendations on shower fixture

I tried the Oxygenics...hated it. No real "pattern", and it really didn't seem to "boost" the pressure, as many claim. I went with an oldschool RV shower head with the rotating on/off switch on the back of the head.
4x4van 09/22/20 04:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Since you yourself have cleared trees, planted grass, etc (unless I misread your earlier posts), then I would bring in a load of topsoil, spread it out, and replant the grass. Tell the owner that you are (continuing to) improving the site at your cost.
4x4van 09/17/20 01:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: FORD 460 Overheating Mystery

maybe wrong but I believe clutch fans after about 50 mph aren't needed and disengageNot necessarily. My Workhorse fan clutch kicks in if temps gets to 208 regardless of vehicle speed; it roars when on so there is no doubt, and it immediately drops my temps back to 204 where it shuts back off. Although my last RV was the Ford 460 (carb), and I don't remember the fan clutch making as much of a roar as this GM motor does.
4x4van 09/14/20 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bathroom Dry Pipe

Kind of a cool addition, but it basically does the same thing as your black tank flush; adds water to the black tank, using an outside source. Also not sure of the need for the cap on the faucet. Wouldn't simply closing the 1/4-turn faucet accomplish the same thing as the little black cap?
4x4van 09/09/20 03:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Scenic View

Many of today's trailers have very few windows on the camp (passenger) side, and plenty on the driver's side. IMO, that's terrible. I'd much rather have a view of my campsite than the view of my neighbor's campsite.
4x4van 09/09/20 01:26pm General RVing Issues
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