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RE: Rubber Roof Replacement

RE: Rhino ECO Roof Replacement vs. TPO or Rubber??? I posted this a couple of years ago. Sorry that the pictures didn't come through. Roof still looks great. Look at the DRV Forum, under Problem & repairs to see pictures This year, I took on completely re-coating my RV roof with Henry 877 Tropi-Cool 100% Silicone White Roof Coating. Products cost about the same online or Home Depot. $239.89 for large tub of Henry's coating and $12.99 per tube of caulking. If you see from my previous post a couple of weeks ago, I did a lot of research trying to find the best product to repair/re-coat my RV roof with. I worked like a dog for nearly a week trying to beat the Fall weather. Wished I could of done the roof repair/coating in better weather conditions. Sweating bullets all week worrying about the possibility of rainy weather. Below is my step-by step process, along with before/after pictures. CAUTION! Slow down on the roof. If you fall off you will probably spend a lot of time in the hospital recovering if you are lucky! My Process Well it took me most of a week to completely re-coat my RV roof! Tuesday Morning Using a mixture of bleach, TSP, and water, hand scrub the entire roof (I did use a pressure washer to get the dirt out from under the roof air conditioner units). This took me a good part of the day alone! Peel off the old, very thin rubber coating Three and a half days later, wearing out a pair of leather gloves, I thought I gave it my best shot at getting off the old coating Saturday Afternoon Apply the new coating Clean out all of the old caulking above the roof gutter and replace it with new Henry's caulking. Mix the coating with a drill. Pour out about one quart into a paint tray. The Henry 877 coating pours out like the thickness of pancake syrup. Use a leaf blower to blow off any material laying on the roof Begin applying the Henry 877 using a four inch paint brush to do the corners, sides, roof pipe outlets, vents and air conditioners. I only did a 5 to 7 foot section at a time. Use a 9 inch long by 1/2 inch nap paint roller to spread out the Henry's roof coating. This took about two to three hours to fully cover the 8 foot wide by 34 foot long 5th wheel roof with one coat. On the next day, apply a second coat. I used about a full 5 gallon tub/container to do two coats. Lessons Learned: Try to apply the coating on fairly calm day. The wind can carry the coating in the air when applying it. I applied the coating when the temperature was in the mid 60's to upper 68 degrees. Sun helps, but I cannot imagine trying to apply Henry's coating or any other roof coating on a day when it is approaching upper 70 degrees or higher. Too hot for me to do a roof!. The roof must be completely dry before applying the new coating. During the Fall season, moisture in the morning is hard to dry off the roof, you may have to wait for the sun to come out. Dampness or morning dew can take several hours to dry off the roof. Give yourself plenty of time to do a good job. The faster you try to apply the roof caulking or roof coating you are most likely to do a sloppy job and have a mess. Conclusion Got lucky this time around! Henry's 877 when on fine, thick enough to be impressive and I believe I made the right product choice. * This post was last edited 11/26/20 05:30pm by Chuck
Chuck .. 07/29/22 04:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire pressure monitor systems

I have a 2017 Ford dually and would like to have a tire monitoring system for the 5th wheel. Ford trucks are set up for "factory" tire monitor system, but factory seniors are $500 plus for a system last time I checked at the dealership. Were do you recommend purchasing a TST system from and any recommendations please.
Chuck .. 07/24/22 05:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rhino ECO Roof Replacement vs. TPO or Rubber???

I posted this a couple of years ago. Sorry that the pictures didn't come through. Roof still looks great. Look at the DRV Forum, under Problem & repairs to see pictures This year, I took on completely re-coating my RV roof with Henry 877 Tropi-Cool 100% Silicone White Roof Coating. Products cost about the same online or Home Depot. $239.89 for large tub of Henry's coating and $12.99 per tube of caulking. If you see from my previous post a couple of weeks ago, I did a lot of research trying to find the best product to repair/re-coat my RV roof with. I worked like a dog for nearly a week trying to beat the Fall weather. Wished I could of done the roof repair/coating in better weather conditions. Sweating bullets all week worrying about the possibility of rainy weather. Below is my step-by step process, along with before/after pictures. CAUTION! Slow down on the roof. If you fall off you will probably spend a lot of time in the hospital recovering if you are lucky! My Process Well it took me most of a week to completely re-coat my RV roof! Tuesday Morning Using a mixture of bleach, TSP, and water, hand scrub the entire roof (I did use a pressure washer to get the dirt out from under the roof air conditioner units). This took me a good part of the day alone! Peel off the old, very thin rubber coating Three and a half days later, wearing out a pair of leather gloves, I thought I gave it my best shot at getting off the old coating Saturday Afternoon Apply the new coating Clean out all of the old caulking above the roof gutter and replace it with new Henry's caulking. Mix the coating with a drill. Pour out about one quart into a paint tray. The Henry 877 coating pours out like the thickness of pancake syrup. Use a leaf blower to blow off any material laying on the roof Begin applying the Henry 877 using a four inch paint brush to do the corners, sides, roof pipe outlets, vents and air conditioners. I only did a 5 to 7 foot section at a time. Use a 9 inch long by 1/2 inch nap paint roller to spread out the Henry's roof coating. This took about two to three hours to fully cover the 8 foot wide by 34 foot long 5th wheel roof with one coat. On the next day, apply a second coat. I used about a full 5 gallon tub/container to do two coats. Lessons Learned: Try to apply the coating on fairly calm day. The wind can carry the coating in the air when applying it. I applied the coating when the temperature was in the mid 60's to upper 68 degrees. Sun helps, but I cannot imagine trying to apply Henry's coating or any other roof coating on a day when it is approaching upper 70 degrees or higher. Too hot for me to do a roof!. The roof must be completely dry before applying the new coating. During the Fall season, moisture in the morning is hard to dry off the roof, you may have to wait for the sun to come out. Dampness or morning dew can take several hours to dry off the roof. Give yourself plenty of time to do a good job. The faster you try to apply the roof caulking or roof coating you are most likely to do a sloppy job and have a mess. Conclusion Got lucky this time around! Henry's 877 when on fine, thick enough to be impressive and I believe I made the right product choice. * This post was last edited 11/26/20 05:30pm by Chuck
Chuck .. 03/28/22 08:42pm General RVing Issues
Succor creek Oregon

Anyone stay around this remote eastern, Oregon area with a RV? Any recommendation were to stay and to have water and electricity?
Chuck .. 03/17/22 09:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

One of the big questions to ask is can you safely stop that trailer within most normal driving cases. You have to drive like your Grandma coming up to a stop sign or light, going down hill and sharp corners or that Big Hog will push you right through a Red light intersection. or over and down a canyon. Do carry about your wife or grandkids with you??? If you are over weight and get in a accident, pulling more than the truck and trailer is designed for; the insurance company can say we will not pay you a dime. You have no coverage! Happened to my neighbors friend in Utah.
Chuck .. 02/16/22 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for older High Quality Luxury 5th Wheel

Note: spelling isn't the best. It sounds like you are in the same spot I was in approximately 2017. Before I retired five years ago I must of spend four long years looking for a good quality use 5th wheel. My budget was at a top end was $65,000 until I got a quote for a load from the bank. Hope you don't mind paying around $800.00 to $1,0000 per month 4.5% RV loan. I wasn't going cash in my investments that were making over 10% at the time. More later on that. Narrowed my choose down to a used Alpinelite or a Artic Fox. Good luck if you can find a Alpinelite 5th wheel. Good units but they haven't made them for many years now. So, I moved on looking for a good used Artic Fox in the size of 27 foot to 30 foot. I found that I could not get a nice used unit that was less than 10 years old at the time for under $40,000 from even a private seller. New units at the time were pushing around $55,000 to $65,000. After about four years of research and looking I came across in the RV Trader a 2010 34 foot Mobile Suites 5th wheel for sale from a private party. I really didn't want that big or long of a RV because of the limited camp sites that will handle a 34 foot plus unit. Only after researching this brand of 5th wheel I drove 500 miles one way to California to check it out. I found out that Mobile Suites 5th wheels are are on the higher end of 5th wheels. Disc breaks, hydric landing gear, real wood cabinets and much more. The owner paid well over $110,000 for it new. After a professional RV inspection I paid right at $34,000.00. Wife loved it and we felt we couldn't pass up the best deal I found in years even though it was 34 foot long and weights 11,500 dry weight. Yes, I got a bank loan for it and in another year I should have the RV paid off. Had to also buy a different truck to pull the Mobile Suites. My new truck took the place of my house mortgage payments of about $900.00 per month. The old 99 Dodge 2500 diesel could only pull "SAFELY" 9,400 lbs. And yes I did many hours of research on how to figure how much a vehicle can "SAFETLY" tow. Purchased a new 2017 3500 dually and would not buy any truck without the new types of breaking controls. Try going down a 8 plus grade without the newer diesel break control pulling 10,000 plus pounds. Just maybe you will make it. PS: A lot of RV salers will tell you that you can safety pull a 34 foot 12,000 lbs plus 5th wheel with a VW Bug.
Chuck .. 02/15/22 08:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 40 or 45 ft 5fer, any difference

Are you sure you want that big of a 5th wheel? I have a 2010 34 foot Mobile Suites and question myself all the time if I purchased a too big/long of a unit. I have to make sure I have a 50 feet RV space for my 2017 Ford 350 long box truck and 5th wheel. A lot of state camp grounds have a limit on the length of a unit. I find I am limited on the camp sites I can fit into all the time. You have to decide on the life style you want with a RV. I would think a 40' to 45 foot 5th wheel would be for someone who wants to be a Snow Bird and not move around much. Anything over 34 foot RV you really have to plan out and be limited to the camp sites you can get.
Chuck .. 02/15/22 07:42pm Fifth-Wheels
Santa Fe-Taos and Flagstaff suggestions please

Planning RV trip mid September. Like to have full hook-up if possible. Hoping to stay near the Santa Fe area for 4 to 5 nights. But Santa Fe Skies RV Park is Blacked out in mid Sept for three week. I heard Taos is a quieter town. Trying not to have to drive back and forth from Taos to Santa Fe to see the sites like the Saturday market, some museums and general area if possible. I guess I'll drive back and forth if I have to. I am 65, retired and have a total length truck and 5th wheel of 50 feet. Haven't been down to the southern states. Just trying to find a place to relax and not worry about getting hit over the head. Flagstaff; suggestions! Thank you for your reply. I know; beggars can't be choosers! Said that; I am the type of person that tries to avoid larger cities nowadays if possible. Most of my working life I had to commute 117 mile per day back and forth to Portland, Oregon. The 2 hour plus ride home, getting stuck in rush hour traffic wasn't fun after 24 years. I am a country boy at heart and like the forest and quiet farm lands. Like to stay at state, county and smaller private RV campgrounds. Always looking for a respectable RV site at a reasonable price. Aren't we all! Never had to stay at a Walmart or at a Casino and hope not to. I will not stay at a so-called RV site that is a homeless camp where I can't leave without getting something stolen and the moment you pull in, the Vultures start eyeing you. I am willing to drive the extra couple of miles to get a reasonable RV site and yes, pay a little more if need be. So, where would you stay or recommend?
Chuck .. 02/14/22 07:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Malheur/Burns Oregon in May to see the birds

The wife and I would like to go over to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge out of Burns, Oregon in the first couple of weeks in May. Like to see the birds. Not many places for a 34 foot 5th wheel around the area that I know of. There is Narrows RV Park close to the lake. Possibly something in the area around Burns itself? Also like to see an old school friend in Lewiston, Idaho in June. Thinking it might be nice to camp overnight along the way and not push it or be in a hurry. Pulling a 5th wheel any more, about after five hours of being behind the wheel it starts to get old for me. After all, we are supposed to be retired. My wife saw Plymouth Park, Army Corps of Engineers at Plymouth WA. Then we will probably stay at Hells Gate State Park along the Snake River in Lewiston ID. Any suggestions on where you would recommend staying or added tips would be great.
Chuck .. 01/01/22 08:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Ever hear of this camping company? Harvest Host

Here is want I wrote to the Harvest Host for a reply. At first glance I had great hope of becoming a member. I am looking for sites that are rural, quiet, farm, country sitting and forest sittings. I am retired and have a top of the line Mobile Suite 5th wheel and pull it with a newer Ford dually truck. To replace this RV sit up would be over $225,000.00 plus. So, this should give you some indication that I am not a homeless RV traveler. Don't get me wrong, I worked as a laborer most of my life and earned it the hard way. Here are the obstacles I see before joining your program. 1. Only being able to stay 24 hours or overnight at the sites. Most of the people I know are looking for a quiet spot to stay for several days or a week/plus. After driving hundreds of miles or five plus hours in hopes to arrive at a vacation spot and having to leave the next morning or day doesn't appeal to me. Move everyday! Get out of here. 2. Not being able to see what the sites are like before signing up for a membership. I seen a lot of RV sites that look like Homeless camps and if you're not careful a person can be stuck in one of these dumps. 3. If your company and the Host do not have anything to hide, be open and truthful. I am willing to give references, pictures of my RV and so on, but I will be **** if I am going to travel hundreds of miles not knowing what the site is like and if it is a safe place for my family. 4. Your company sounds like a scam. Pay up front first $99.00 without being able to fully check out your sites and more. 5. Word of mouth travels fast. Like on RV.net. The Good, Bad and Ugly.
Chuck .. 10/09/21 08:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Liquid rubber

This year, I took on completely re-coating my RV roof with Henry 877 Tropi-Cool 100% Silicone White Roof Coating. Products cost about the same online or Home Depot. $239.89 for large tub of Henry's coating and $12.99 per tube of caulking. If you see from my previous post a couple of weeks ago, I did a lot of research trying to find the best product to repair/re-coat my RV roof with. I worked like a dog for nearly a week trying to beat the Fall weather. Wished I could of done the roof repair/coating in better weather conditions. Sweating bullets all week worrying about the possibility of rainy weather. Below is my step-by step process, along with before/after pictures. CAUTION! Slow down on the roof. If you fall off you will probably spend a lot of time in the hospital recovering if you are lucky! My Process Well it took me most of a week to completely re-coat my RV roof! Tuesday Morning Using a mixture of bleach, TSP, and water, hand scrub the entire roof (I did use a pressure washer to get the dirt out from under the roof air conditioner units). This took me a good part of the day alone! Peel off the old, very thin rubber coating Three and a half days later, wearing out a pair of leather gloves, I thought I gave it my best shot at getting off the old coating Saturday Afternoon Apply the new coating Clean out all of the old caulking above the roof gutter and replace it with new Henry's caulking. Mix the coating with a drill. Pour out about one quart into a paint tray. The Henry 877 coating pours out like the thickness of pancake syrup. Use a leaf blower to blow off any material laying on the roof Begin applying the Henry 877 using a four inch paint brush to do the corners, sides, roof pipe outlets, vents and air conditioners. I only did a 5 to 7 foot section at a time. Use a 9 inch long by 1/2 inch nap paint roller to spread out the Henry's roof coating. This took about two to three hours to fully cover the 8 foot wide by 34 foot long 5th wheel roof with one coat. On the next day, apply a second coat. I used about a full 5 gallon tub/container to do two coats. Lessons Learned: Try to apply the coating on fairly calm day. The wind can carry the coating in the air when applying it. I applied the coating when the temperature was in the mid 60's to upper 68 degrees. Sun helps, but I cannot imagine trying to apply Henry's coating or any other roof coating on a day when it is approaching upper 70 degrees or higher. Too hot for me to do a roof!. The roof must be completely dry before applying the new coating. During the Fall season, moisture in the morning is hard to dry off the roof, you may have to wait for the sun to come out. Dampness or morning dew can take several hours to dry off the roof. Give yourself plenty of time to do a good job. The faster you try to apply the roof caulking or roof coating you are most likely to do a sloppy job and have a mess. Conclusion Got lucky this time around! Henry's 877 when on fine, thick enough to be impressive and I believe I made the right product choice.
Chuck .. 09/17/21 10:23am Beginning RVing
Were to purchase a new air bed.

Patched the air lick in the L shaped air bed before but now I can not find the link. Tried soapy water and water hose but it has a very slow link. Were can I purchase a new L shape bed the hides or folds up in the storage part of my couch? It L shaped when blown up. Part of the air bed goes over the couch set area and some on the floor. Just possibly found it. I think it is an Endura Ease Air Sleep System Air Mattress. On line from factory $280.00. Hoping to fine it for a lower cost through amazon but their out of stock.
Chuck .. 09/12/21 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
2010 Mobile Suites shock absorbers : See updated post

I have a 2010 32TK3 Mobile Suites Shock absorbers: Look like they are Yellow Lippert 177734 that seem to be weak and to be lower quality???. Looking to replace them with Heavy Duty Gas type Bilstein shocks if Bilstein offer them. Learned not to be cheep on parts. Willing to pay extra to get a good quality shocks. Hoping I am headed in the right direction. Any suggestions would be of help to me; brand, were to purchase and so on please. Update Sept 14,2021 Just received the Lippert shock and installed them yesterday. I purchased the above shocks for a 2010 Mobile Suites 32 TK3. The 5th wheel weighs approximately 12,000 ibs. dry weight and around 15,000 to 16,000 lbs loaded. The Lippert shlock replacement seems to be weak and not the right size for this size of a trailer. At best in my opinion the Lippert 283280 shock seems to be designed for light duty trailer only and will not hold up to this size to an application. If I wasn't pressed for time I would not have installed the Lippert shocks and would have purchased an adapter kit to install much heavier duty Bilstein Shock or higher quality shocks than the Lippert. I feel that I will be very disappointed with the Lippert size and quality of these shocks and will have to replace them very soon. update Sept 15 2021:   After you put the new Lippert shock on your rig you can't take them back for a refund.  Called Double Tree RV technical services and and they recommended to use the Monroe RV shocks that are a lot better and heavier duty.  My mistake and I am learning the hard way once again.
Chuck .. 09/04/21 12:47pm Fifth-Wheels
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