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RE: They are not Scamp, Casita or Teardrop

There are plenty of US manufacturers making off-road Teardrops. Off-road full size TTs; not so much, but they can be found.
4x4van 05/12/23 02:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Backwards buttons

And to make it even more confusing, many RVs use yellow as positive and white as negative!
4x4van 05/12/23 02:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight 1720 lb trailer

Several of the respondents didn't actually read (or understand) what the OP is looking for. Someone says "I'm looking for "X"", and people respond that he should instead get "Y", even though "Y" is not even remotely similar to "X". I have one of the folding trailers he is talking about, although mine was purchased many years ago through Northern Hydraulics. I have made a few modifications to make it easier to fold/unfold, and it is indeed doable by one person. When folded, it can be rolled (on the included casters) up against the wall in the garage and takes up very little space. On the other hand, when unfolded, it has a decent carrying capacity, and has served me well for everything to hauling 2 ATCs or 2 stand up PWCs, to making dump runs. I have used it for decades, and will likely never get rid of it simply because of it's utility combined with it's small footprint when stored. Another plus is that it's small footprint allows it to be stored inside the garage, out of the weather. Mine still has the original plywood that I installed in 1986, although I did put several layers of marine spar varnish on it to start with!!!
4x4van 03/30/23 02:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Twist-on sewer valves…

I personally don't have a problem dumping some or all of my grey tank onto the ground. That water is cleaner than if I washed my RV and the residual water and soap run off. My guess is the leftover pasta and assorted food items mentioned in dedmiston's post were more likely from the previous user of the site scraping and cleaning their dishes into the firepit/ring their last night at the site so no campfire to burn up the waste, then washing them whether outside by whatever means or in their camper of some sort. And if there is so much germ and disease in that grey water, and let's not be a jerk, responsibly dumped, then what would that say about the dishware we just washed with that same water? Whether the sink or shower, it's essentially soap and water. Oh, on my two-month cross-country trip last Spring/Summer, the first campground we pulled into near St. Augustine, Fl, made the reservation on the road, I asked If I could pay an extra night's rate to be able to wash my motorhome and toad. Lady behind the counter says "I wondered why your rig is so dirty, I see you are from NY, No you don't have to pay extra, just wash it during the evening!" Washed our vehicles at least five more times on the trip at the campgrounds with permission!Wow, Aside from the fact that dumping grey water is illegal in pretty much the entire country now, grey water is NOT "essentially soap and water". Food bits, grease from cooking, body oils, small amounts of fecal matter from showering... Pretty sure your rig's exterior doesn't include any of that, so washing your RV bears no resemblance to the grey water in your holding tank, and I can assure you that those same campgrounds that allowed you to wash your rig would NOT allow you to dump your grey water on the ground. Stored grey water stinks as bad if not worse than black water. Oh, and I know of no one who uses "grey water" to wash their dishware; it's only grey "after" washing dishes/bodies.:S
4x4van 03/30/23 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: 1st night camping in our yard, 2023.01.24

Our RV is left pretty well stocked with everything except food/beverages and clothing; mostly everything else stays put. When we load/unload, we use a laundry basket to carry stuff between house and RV.
4x4van 03/30/23 10:12am Beginning RVing
RE: is anyone using one of these AC units?

For those that are downplaying the effects of a "swamp cooler", I live in SoCal (born and raised), and have never had AC in my house. I have a single swamp cooler on the roof, blowing down through a single 20"x20" vent into the living room with about 1/3 of the louvers angled down the hallway. By cracking open a window in the bedrooms, it allows the air to travel into them, and forces hot air out. No, it's not as cool as my kids' houses with A/C. But it is entirely liveable and significantly cooler than outdoors, as long as the RH is low (which it normally is here). It also barely makes a dent in my electric bill, UNLIKE my kids' A/Cs. And the "heat soak" that was mentioned above by GritDog and Rick Jay would apply to A/C units just as much as Swamp coolers, so that's kind of a moot point. Remember, StirCrazy is not looking for the same effects of an A/C; he's looking for a way to occasionally cool down a small space with very low power requirements. And a small 12vdc swamp cooler fits that bill nicely.
4x4van 03/20/23 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: is anyone using one of these AC units?

If StirCrazy is considering this unit for his camper (1991 Slumberqueen WS100), then it will likely work well for him (assuming low RH), since the camper is a much smaller volume of air. My dad used a version of this on a truck camper back in the late 70s, and it worked surprisingly well. Of course we were camping in the desert, so anything at all was an improvement! OTOH, if he's considering it for his TT (2016 Cougar 330RBK), then he's barking up the wrong tree entirely, if not the wrong forest!
4x4van 03/17/23 02:46pm Tech Issues
RE: 1997 Coachman Catalina Water Heater

Do you have an outdoor shower? If so, check to make sure that it is turned off at the valves and not just at the shower head.
4x4van 03/16/23 12:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Foggy windows help please

^^^ I certainly wouldn't do it that way. Remember, somebody installed it once so it can be done again. What you're describing sounds exactly like ours was, the one removed shown above. It wasn't any harder to do than the others. The only thing on that one was the weight. It wasn't terrible, you just needed an extra set of hands. I ended up doing one of the small windows in one slide end - believe it or not that one was the hardest to disassemble.I watched the video of the DIY repair... Sorry, but mine are much more complicated. The passenger side top pane is above the large slider. The driver side is above the front A-pillar window (also fogged) AND above the driver's door. Many of the repaired windows, even those done by pros rather than DIYers, end up fogging again a year or so down the road. I also don't want to mess with window frames that don't currently leak by removing the entire frame and re-installing/re-sealing. I'm still trying to determine what the downside of my plan would be?
4x4van 03/16/23 12:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: is anyone using one of these AC units?

In my view 7-8 amps seems rather high for a evaporative cooler (if I have this right??), and it cost more than a smaller rooftop air conditioner…I see little advantage… For example, my Coleman 11k btu Mach 1 P.S. uses about 9-9.5 amps with 2 speed fan on low speed, which does a good job, though the fan is a bit noisy…660w of concurrent rooftop harvest (and another 360w ground deployable when stationary off-grid) along with 400a Lithium has been a reasonable combination - Honda 2200 just as a backup, but (except for a periodic run) haven’t used it for air conditioner… 3 tonsThe <8 amps the OP is quoting is at 12vdc. The 9-9.5 amps you are quoting is 120VAC. Huge difference. The 12vdc evap coolers work well in a small camper without hookups, genset, or inverter/big battery bank, as long as humidity outside is very low (<20%).
4x4van 03/14/23 03:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Foggy windows help please

I have the issue with the top panes above the driver and passenger windows, and now the driver side front panel just behind the a-pillar. Because they are each in a combination frame that also holds the slider windows below, I hesitate to attempt a removal/repair. However, here's my plan: I will break out the inside panel; clean and dry well. Then have a glass shop cut replacements to fit (can a glass shop cut/supply tempered glass? If not, perhaps plexiglass instead), and then simply seal them in place with windshield urethane. Am I out of line with this thinking?
4x4van 03/14/23 03:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2001 Beaver Slideout

Best way to operate leveling jacks AND slide-outs is with the engine running or hooked up to shore power. Both of those systems take a significant amount of power, so better to have the alternator or the converter charging while you operate them.
4x4van 03/07/23 03:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 24 feet versus 26' dilemma, have to decide fast

The difference between a 24' and a 26' is negligible; however remember that actual bumper to bumper length is almost always more than the stated length of any RV. On either (24 or 26), you will have problems with overhang and tail swing compared to any car or large truck, especially if you are going off-road (even mild off-road). Yes, pnichols (above) does it, as do many of us; but I'd be willing to bet that he has significantly more experience driving an RV than Mountaintraveler does. Additionally, the house portion of a class C extends significantly out wider than the cab; something that takes getting used to for a newbie, and a 9'-11' height doesn't just come into play in camp sites, but also while driving on some small residential streets. Removing a swivel chair and/or a jackknife sofa MAY provide room for the OP's cot/camp chair, but I'm really not sure of the point, and many jackknife sofas also have stuff under them (water tank or pump, water heater, etc.). Removing a dinette is much more challenging, and will likely render it useless (for future reinstallation). Reading what the OP is planning makes me think that they want to do the same type of camping that they always have, i.e. boondock tent camping, and in the same locations, but with the amenities of a class C RV. Sadly, I don't think that is possible, and while I could be wrong, this kinda looks like a train wreck waiting to happen, particularly considering the OP's eyesight issues and admitted problems with parking a car. Realistically, buying a transit van and installing just a sink, stove, fridge, and porta-potti, leaving room for the OP's camp chair and cot, would be the best answer.
4x4van 02/03/23 11:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dipping my fuel tank

Found my problem getting full to my generator. Bad fuel line. I'm lower then a 1/4 tank of fuel so I think it's a good time. Has anyone ever pulled the tank if so what im I getting in to? Pros and cons If you are lower that 1/4 tank, that's your problem. The generator will not pick up fuel from a tank that is lower than 1/4.I think that the OP means that since it is currently lower than 1/4, it's a good time to drop the tank (lighter and easier to handle).
4x4van 02/03/23 10:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need tire inflation by weight for Sunitomo 719 tire

As has been said, Load tables for tires are standardized and should be consistent across all brands, assuming the same size/load range. In the absence of having those tables and your actual axle weights (4-corner weights are best), you can use the Federal Tire Info label on your RV (on or near the drivers side door/position) that actually lists your max GAWRs and the pressure needed for those weights using stock size tires. I can pretty much guarantee that the tire sidewall max is too high for your application, and should not be used. The dealer who sold you the tires should have checked that Federal Tire Info label, NOT simply gone with the max pressure listed on the tire. That's not only lazy, but could even be dangerous.
4x4van 02/03/23 10:37am Class A Motorhomes
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
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