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RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

And how many cordless tool ads are labeled "Tool Only" meaning you have to buy a battery separately? Example: 20v Hypermax™ Lithium-Ion Cordless 1/2 In. Drill/Driver - Tool Only $44.99. So you have to buy a battery - Cheapest is: 20v HyperMax™ Lithium-Ion 1.5 Ah Compact Battery for $22.99. Of course the battery is useless without a charger, cheapest is: 20v Hypermax™ Lithium-Ion Rapid Charger again, for $22.99. Now your up to $90.No different than cordless tools at any other store/any other brand. I have quite a few Ryobi cordless tools; only a few of the combo packs actually include batteries and charger. Same thing with Makita, DeWalt, Craftsman, etc., which makes perfect sense; once you have a charger and 2-3 batteries, you certainly don't need a battery and charger for every single tool. That's kinda the point of having tools that use a common battery, isn't it? I have quite a few HF tools, mostly hand tools, and have never had any of them break (lifetime warranty if they do) other than the tip of a small round-end allen wrench. I also have several electric tools (not the cordless) that I am perfectly happy with, including an Bauer SDS Max demo hammer, Bauer nail gun, circular saw, and Fortress compressor, although I tend to lean towards their higher end brands for that type of tool. Now granted, I am not using them 8 hours a day to make a living, but I do all of my own maintenance on my RV, a Hummer, a car, wife's Tahoe, 3 PWC, 4 ATVs, 4 motorcycles, 3 trailers, and of course my home, not to mention working on my adult kids' stuff. Most of HF's hand tools are certainly better than today's "Craftsman", and cheaper to boot, and their higher end power tools are more than acceptable for non-commercial use. I also buy their Thunderbolt Alkaline batteries when they are on sale; they last just as long as Duracell or Energizer, at half the price. If you go to their website, the "Instant Savings" section is where you can find the prices that corollate to what used to be "coupon" prices. I have to believe that many of the Harbor Freight "naysayers" have likely not shopped HF lately, and instead are relying on what HF "used" to be/sell.
4x4van 03/04/21 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: FloJet Macerator Capabilities -Unique (embarassing) Question

Tennis ball sized **** ???????? OK, I'm outta here :E
4x4van 02/23/21 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: New National Park video rules

An unfortunate court decision. Hopefully Congress will review and act. Watch the officious film crew guards deny the public access or movement until their “shot” is done. Disruption by walking through is a possible tool for those filming and denying the public’s access. I've been in NPS parks of one sort or another hundreds of times and have never run into anything like what you describe. Their regs allow them to restrict or deny that sort of activity anyway. Isn't it a quirk of English when using a non film camera is called filming, I'd think someone would have coinded a new word. Of course there is 'videography' but that's too formal and clumsy.Agreed. This is a non-issue. It only applies to "low-impact" filming, and no one has the right to deny access the way that Lwiddis claims.
4x4van 02/23/21 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: OBD-i and OBD-ii did a '96-'97 F53 ever have diagnostic plug

The location of OBD plugs (within 2' of the steering wheel) wasn't standardized till 1996, and even then only for passenger cars. Earlier cars, and RV's up through about '99...crapshoot for location and type of connector. And then of course the "split-year" situation with RVs adds another layer of ??? to the whole thing. My last RV (Class C) was an '88 model RV on an '87 model chassis that was built in '86! Glad the OP was able to find it with help from the forum.
4x4van 02/23/21 08:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Red blinking lights on microwave

Oops...sorry; missed that.
4x4van 02/11/21 10:30am Tech Issues
RE: Red blinking lights on microwave

Wait...if you have the owner's manual, and the owner's manual says that the blinking red icons are normal, then I'm a bit confused why you posted the question in the first place?????
4x4van 02/10/21 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Parking in Sloped Driveway

Another option would be to install a folding tongue on the trailer and then back it in as normal, folding the tongue away from the sidewalk once parked. They can be purchased/fabricated for both a single tongue bar (like this) or a V-tongue (like this). Google it for many options, particularly in google images. There are also removeable and/or retractable tongue designs. Any of these options would be less expensive than storage, and would allow you to have your trailer at home.
4x4van 02/03/21 01:59pm Towing
RE: RV Dealers

The on,y MH's with spares are class B's and some C's! I don't think I've ever seen a class A with a spare, not even ones with the 19.5" wheels. They are big and take up a lot of space.My '04 Itasca class A came with a spare (19.5") and lug wrench, with a purpose made storage location under the bed (accessible from outside). The HWH jacks will lift it enough to change.
4x4van 02/03/21 01:50pm Towing
RE: replacing table

There are several different types of table mounts now that keep the table attached to the wall (one of which is in ndrorder's post above).
4x4van 02/02/21 05:07pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Small Grills

If you can't decide between a grille and a griddle, check out the Blackstone Tailgater; it has both!
4x4van 02/02/21 04:59pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Your "favorite" BBQ Grill, suggestions

I use the Blackstone Tailgater. It has a 17"x17" griddle AND a 17"x17" grille, and either one can be lifted off in order to use the burner underneath (Dutch oven, anyone?). The legs are individually adjustable, and it lifts apart without tools into 3 pieces for storage, although it is a bit heavy overall. We love it, and cook every meal on it.
4x4van 02/02/21 04:56pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Anyone own a Carson Toy Hauler

Older post of mine but wanted to follow up. I looked at a new Grand Design RV Momentum G-Class 21G here local and Blackdiamond is correct, your not stuffing a SXS in that Toy Hauler. Given what this thing cost new I was not impressed, just another cheap sticks and staples RV.It has a 14' long garage section that starts at 99" wide, and then drops to 72" at the cabinet area; 79" from the back. The CanAm X3 is 11' long and 64" wide (or 72" for the wide track model). It would be tight, but doable (I'm assuming the 2 Euro chairs are moveable). Of course you're not putting anything else in there other than perhaps a bike!
4x4van 02/02/21 03:41pm Toy Haulers
RE: Birth of the toy hauler

Leave it to (whoever was behind) Weekend Warrior to create the category of RV's now known as Toy Haulers; they were the first. I remember an old saying that went something like this: -Did you think of it first? No? Oh well. Yes? Great! -But did you actually do anything with that idea? No? Oh well. Yes? Great! Lots of great ideas out there that just languish until someone takes the additional steps to bring it to fruition. It just takes courage and funding. Edit: Now I see (in another post here) that it was Mark Warmoth who created WW. Sadly, he passed away in October of 2020. RIP, Mark; there are thousands who camp in a way that YOU created for them.
4x4van 02/02/21 03:26pm Toy Haulers
RE: Spare on Class C

My new Class C does not have a spare tire. When I asked the dealership about it, they told me I wouldn't be able to change it anyway. Yes, I know that but it doesn't make sense to me NOT to have one for Roadside Assistance to change it for me. Or do they have tires in stock to bring with them ?First of all, I would likely have flipped the dealer the bird for making such an absurd comment. How does he have any idea what you are capable of doing? Second, a spare on a class C is indeed relatively easy to change; no different than your average dually pickup, ALL of which come with a spare and the tools to change it. Finally, since RA is not always available (no cell service, out in the boonies, etc), and many WON'T go off the pavement, and you are also at the mercy of pricing/availability for a compatible tire, actually having a spare (mounted) and the tools to change it is simply the prudent way to go, whether you can change it yourself or not.
4x4van 02/02/21 01:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbie trailer owner, question on water pressure pump

Pity the poor renters that think it is just like a house!Actually, pity the poor "owner" whose renters think it is just like a house!;)
4x4van 01/26/21 10:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie trailer owner, question on water pressure pump

4x4van 01/26/21 10:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Leveling jacks

Take the RV back to the shop; they screwed something up. The slide works opposite of what it should/always did, AND now the jacks no longer work as well.
4x4van 01/26/21 09:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Plumbing pressure relief

I have to agree that the problem is the toilet, not the WH or the pressure, or a lack of an accumulator tank. I've been RVing for more than 30 years, owned 3 different RV's (and grew up camping in several more prior to buying my own). I also camp regularly with at least 3-5 others. None of them used an accumulator tank, and in EVERY case of a water leak, it was a "LEAK", not a pressure or air pocket or WH problem. An accumulator tank is a nice add-on to smooth flow, add some small water use without the pump waking your wife up when using the toilet at night, etc., but a leak is a LEAK, and leaks should be fixed. We all know of the major damage that a water leak can do to our rigs. Covering one up with an accumulator tank is a bandaid that doesn't address the actual problem, and is a temporary fix at best; one that can and likely will lead to damage down the road.
4x4van 01/19/21 01:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone rent out their camper?

When my son was 20, he asked if he could borrow my RV to stay in at Bonnaroo (a relatively local music festival). He QUICKLY added that I could drive it up (towing my car) and set it up, then afterwards I could come back and break camp and drive it home. I said "yes, absolutely." Then I said I would even give him the choice of the bed or the jackknife sofa bed. He asked what I meant. I told him I was staying in the RV while it was up there. But, not to worry, I wouldn't bother him at the music festival. I would stay in the RV and read. That was the absolute last I heard of him borrowing the RV.Which tells you exactly how your RV would have been treated had you simply let him use it without you there!!!:B
4x4van 01/11/21 02:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Plumbing pressure relief

Drain the water heater and refill it, that will re-establish the air pocket in the tank and allow for expansion. See your water heater owners manual for more information. /\ This /\
4x4van 01/11/21 02:42pm Tech Issues
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