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RE: electrical problems

So you have a 50 amp RV and you are using a 50/30 RV adapter and plugging into a NEMA 10-30 outlet? Yea.... DON'T DO THAT. Many things have now been burned up starting with the converter. The supply is 240v and the adapter is 120v. Using a dog bone to plug 50 into 30 is done all the time.No problem. Nope - plugging an RV into a NEMA 10-30 outlet causes problems; plugging an RV into a NEMA TT30 outlet is what is done all the time...
Alan_Hepburn 07/21/20 01:03pm Tech Issues
RE: JEEP as TOAD

That link is for the JK but the website states that it is NOT rated for towing. I also checked the same bumper for the 2020 Gladiator and it also says it's not rated for flat towing. Other than that it is a nice looking bumper. The Rugged Ridge bumpers that are rated for flat towing are in the $800 range...
Alan_Hepburn 07/20/20 09:39pm Dinghy Towing
RE: JEEP as TOAD

A lot of people say to just get a new front bumper - if you're on a budget that's hardly a viable option. Blue Ox base plates run around $450 - a bumper capable of towing is twice that, and then you need to get the appropriate clevis to connect to the tow bar. I'll stick with the Blue Ox base plate!
Alan_Hepburn 07/19/20 02:03pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Black tank dump plumbing replacement?

If you overfill your shower, it's shower water you are standing in (unless you've put a recirculating pump from the gray tank in). The issue isn't the water from a shower backing up - it's the other direction: the shower pan is the low point in the system, so if your single waste tank gets full the only place for it to go is into your shower pan, bringing with it whatever is in that single waste tank. I'm sure your wife would not appreciate it if she's taking a shower when that happens...
Alan_Hepburn 07/15/20 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Travellogues

We've got the last two of our trips posted over on Wordpress if anybody is interested...they are long reads but you're welcome to read them.
Alan_Hepburn 07/03/20 02:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Possible CCC Upgrade

So it looks like your new coach (the house part) is probably heavier than your old one. Things like the type of wood used in the cabinetry, the number of cabinets, the size of the slides, and a myriad of other things are eating up your carrying capacity. While there is nothing you can do about the ratings given by the chassis manufacturer you can certainly allow yourself some capacity by changing the springs, or adding a leaf or two. It won't change the rated capacity, however. You say the axles are the same rating, but make sure the wheels and tires are rated for the extra weight as well.
Alan_Hepburn 06/19/20 03:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which route would be less higher grade

We did Hwy 50 from Dodge City, KS to Sacramento, CA last summer - Monarch Pass is a nice drive, but it can be a challenge for most RVs. Our 36 foot Workhorse Bounder, pulling a smart car, was able to maintain about 25 mph up to the top. My only regret is not stopping at the gift shop at the summit!
Alan_Hepburn 06/14/20 02:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Power problems

He did clarify that the RV plug end was what was correct, but that was the only link he could find that showed a 30amp RV plug end, so the 50 amp pedestal plug is not relevant. And Bobbo showed a 50 amp plug diagram which also would be irrelevant. The first photo clearly shows a 50A female receptacle; the cord that Bobbo showed is also a 50A cord, as clearly marked on the connector. The connector end with the 3 holes is a typical Marinco connector - the ground connection is a copper plate on the side of the connector (facing away from the camera) as has already been noted above (twice).
Alan_Hepburn 06/11/20 01:44pm Tech Issues
RE: NEW FIFTH WHEEL PURCHASE AND HAVE QUESTIONS

You will need a good 30A-to-50A "dogbone" to plug your new trailer into a 30A campground outlet. When running 30A you need to be aware of how much electricity you're using. Most newer units have the capability of monitoring your usage, and they will shed the loads as necessary to keep you under the 30A, but you can help out by not running multiple large loads simultaneously. For instance: you can run one AC unit and the microwave at the same time, but don't add in a washer/dryer, or hair dryer, or space heater.
Alan_Hepburn 06/04/20 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Canada/US Border still shut...

The last time we crossed the border I had the Canadian Customs guy chuckling - we asked the usual questions about firearms, then asked what firearms I had at home: so I started listing off my collection: a Brown Bess flintlock pistol in .72 caliber; a Kentucky caplock rifle in .45 caliber; an 1851 Navy Colt pistol in .36 caliber - he stopped me and said he's never had someone with a collection like that before, laughed and waved us through!
Alan_Hepburn 05/25/20 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Android question

Thanks, everyone - I think my best option is to update the phone. This old Galaxy S5 still works, I get a full day out of the battery and charge it every morning so I hate getting rid of it but I might just have to bite the bullet and upgrade.
Alan_Hepburn 05/04/20 05:52pm Technology Corner
Android question

Didn't want to disturb the Android vs. Apple topic so thought I's start my own - I've got a Samsung Galaxy S5 with 16 GB of memory, and an additional 16 GB microSD card installed. Is there any way I can move some of my installed apps from the internal memory to the SD card? The internal memory is close to full, but the SD card is almost empty, and I can increase the size of the SD card at will if I start to fill it up.
Alan_Hepburn 05/03/20 02:53pm Technology Corner
RE: What To Tow?

Well a motorcycle built for 2 and off road sounds like a YouTube video in the making! You want a motorcycle able to carry passengers, with off-road capability, and it's a ton of fun to ride? Look no further than a Ural - they are decent on the highway, but are in their element once you leave the pavement behind!
Alan_Hepburn 04/26/20 01:24pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Web site problem

Used to get this constantly when I entered through rv.net - but for the past few years I've been entering through forums.goodsamclub.com and it's been rock solid.
Alan_Hepburn 04/26/20 01:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Sixt: A Middle Ground Tow Rental

Just about ALL vehicles depreciate . . . Up to a point, then many MAY appreciate: Our son bought a 1968 Mustang about 25 years ago for $6000 - I don't think they were that price back in 1968; about 10 years ago he bought a 1953 Ford Customline for $5000 - I KNOW they didn't cost that much when new!
Alan_Hepburn 04/25/20 03:23pm Dinghy Towing
RE: In What World Does Jeep Live?

Last September we bought a 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Sport S for right around $24K. The dealer sold it as a "Certified Pre-Owned" - the previous owner was a rental agency and it was in like-new condition. Deals like that are available - you just have to look for them. We checked out cargurus.com and found the deal at a dealer about an hour away.
Alan_Hepburn 04/18/20 03:33pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Cost to install apparatus for Flat-towing

Of course, I'll need a baseplate for my car, the towing mechanism for the RV, and a wiring harness to connect the two... I like the idea of the ReadyBrute, but what else do I need to complete the task? I suppose what I need is a list, and will review the posts to see if I can compile one myself... Here's my shopping list when we bought our Wrangler a few months ago - got everything from rvupgrades.com: Ready Brute RB-9050 Elite Tow Bar With Blueox Clevis $1,150.00 Readybrake RS-5000 Readystop Towed Vehicle Break Away $97.99 Hopkins 56200 Wrangler 2007-2017 Towed Vehicle Wiring Kit $52.95 Blue Ox Base Plate BX1126 Jeep Wrangler 2007 - 2018 $414.52 Subtotal: $1,715.46 Tax: $0.00 Shipping Cost: $0.00 Grand Total: $1,715.46
Alan_Hepburn 04/18/20 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Insurance

We've been with National General through Good Sam for about 30 years now and I don't think we've seen a 25% increase in the total time we've been with them - I know we've had 0% increase each of the past 5 years or so. We had a claim 3 years ago that cost them about $5K (damaged rear axle from flood waters) and a windshield claim about 12 years ago - other than that they take our money each year and we're both happy. We keep full coverage on the RV year-round because we use it year-round.
Alan_Hepburn 04/08/20 02:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What does having an appointment mean?

The shop we use is not a dealership, but they handle warranty work for pretty munch ALL makes. When we need some work done we call for an appointment - that establishes a time when we drive in to their lot and talk to the service writer. Once the service writer has filled out all the paperwork he asks "When do you need it back?" and we tell him the date we need it back - they've NEVER missed that date in the 12 years we've been using them!
Alan_Hepburn 03/29/20 11:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Need Wiring Diagram-Super Slide Side-2004 Fleetwood Bounder

Send an email to Fleetwood with your request - they'll need your VIN and your FIN and you'll receive a complete set of schematics by return email.
Alan_Hepburn 03/24/20 10:42am Class A Motorhomes
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