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Pleated shades, should I tow with them up or down?

I normally tow with my shades up but I just had a fail on one when I arrived at a site last week. The cord was apparently sheathed and it bunched up causing the shade not to work. To prevent additional problems, should I be towing with them in the down position? Seems like the roads are bumpy no matter which direction we go. Second question; where do people take these to have them restrung?
Durb 05/17/21 04:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

My 41 gallon aux has been in for two years. Have not bought diesel anywhere during that period except the local Costco. Fuel prices at our camping destinations are typically 50 to 70 cents higher. I just do the round trip now without refueling. In another year, the fuel cost savings will pay for the tank. The extra convenience is just a plus.
Durb 05/05/21 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Metal carport RV shelter

A standard size from our supplier was 14' x 36' which is what I went with for 31' fifth wheel. 12 ft. side walls is plenty high for 13.5' trailer. The ends do get wet in blowing rain but roof stays dry and shaded. Am able to extend my slides while trailer is under cover. One slide is 40". Pretty happy as the storage is trailer specific.
Durb 05/05/21 08:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: PullRite Super Glide hitch question

It sounds like the truck and trailer are coming from the same party. If not, you will need a capture plate for the trailer's pin box which are not all the same.
Durb 05/02/21 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: One Great Big EV Thread

I have no problems with an electric vehicle if it fit my needs. I have a few issues though. First, is the obsession with electronics and computer type controls replete with downloads and upgrades. My phones, computers, and everything else with a screen and software are always being obsolesced. Will we be crushing electric vehicles when their software is no longer supported? Second, is the destruction of America's view sheds with wind turbines. There is value in open vistas. Already, the east end of the Columbia River Gorge has suffered from wind turbine blight. I read a novel where the state claimed ownership of the sky shed and taxed businesses and people for solar appropriation. I can see that happening in the future.
Durb 05/01/21 06:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I installed a 100AH Battle Born battery and Progressive Dynamics Lithium Convertor in my trailer. No maintenance, no removing the battery during the winter, no battery tender during the off season. I don't obsess about SOC and all the other stuff in this thread. I just ignore the battery and expect to do so for the next ten years. So far, the battery meets all my needs. So, for me, the lithium conversion was worth it. If that means you are leaving it plugged in for long periods of time doing 14.4-14.6 after it has been fully charged, AFAIK, that would be against Battle Born's guidelines. Some say to isolate that PD Li converter from the LFPs soon after the batts are fully charged. You still want the converter on in the RV. That PD Li converter might have been a big mistake in their rush to have something to sell with "Li" written on it. Agreed, I have no idea why progressive dynamics thought a constant 14.6V output would be a good fit for a lithium battery. You want to shut this off after the battery is charged, or better yet just use their regular converter, which is better suited to lithium. Let me get this straight. Progressive Dynamics, a leader, designed a convertor for lithium batteries that isn't as good for lithium batteries as their non lithium convertor? What if I just unplug the convertor between trips, say three weeks? I do disconnect the battery during the off season. I wonder why Battle Born sells my exact charger for use with their batteries.
Durb 04/28/21 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I installed a 100AH Battle Born battery and Progressive Dynamics Lithium Convertor in my trailer. No maintenance, no removing the battery during the winter, no battery tender during the off season. I don't obsess about SOC and all the other stuff in this thread. I just ignore the battery and expect to do so for the next ten years. So far, the battery meets all my needs. So, for me, the lithium conversion was worth it.
Durb 04/28/21 08:13am Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire replacement upcharge

I was charged an upcharge for a tire rotation because my truck is a dually. They had to dismount and remount two tires to keep the white sidewall lettering to the inside. Seemed reasonable to me.
Durb 04/28/21 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nomadland

I started to watch Nomadland but just couldn't get into it and turned it off. Maybe will try again later. I did the same thing when it was on Netflix. I may try again when it comes back but won't pursue it. I generally don't watch movies to be depressed.
Durb 04/27/21 08:17am RV Lifestyle
RE: GM Spokesperson admits energy to charge cars comes from coal

The original Volt had a gasoline engine/generator on board to charge the battery and propel the car when the battery was out of energy, an ingenious design. An earlier comment asked the question why auto manufacturers are jumping on the EV bandwagon if not having an eye on the future. Could be the 100+ billions of dollars in the proposed infrastructure bill for the manufacturers to go BEV might be the answer. The tax payer subsidizes the factories, subsidizes the purchase price and subsidizes the cost of clean energy production and distribution.
Durb 04/26/21 09:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: sell home or not to sell

The market is crazy right now. I don't know if I would abandon an appreciating asset to live in a depreciating asset. You may find you will be priced out of the market in a short period of time. Seen it happen.
Durb 04/25/21 11:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Towing to Crater Lake Oregon

Highway 97 is fine. Highway 138 to Crater is straight as an arrow and climbs to 5,900 ft. It is way too early to say there are no issues. I've been snowed on at nearby Diamond lake (5,200 ft.) in early June.
Durb 04/21/21 07:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Towing with Auto Leveling

If you can, disable the auto air bags and use the WDH to level your vehicle. If your auto level lifts the rear of the truck after your hitch has been set up it will serve to unload your front tires and possibly defeat the anti-sway capabilities of your hitch. Both scenarios make your tow worse and possibly unsafe.
Durb 04/12/21 10:33pm Towing
RE: DIY leak pressure test

Informative post. A visual inspection most likely would have not picked up those leak points.
Durb 04/03/21 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Dually - Need Hitch, Toolbox, Rolling Cover Advice

I'm sorry I'm too late to recommend a Trailer Saver hitch to protect all that nice new gear plus offer a comfortable tow. I see Jayco doesn't offer any cushioned pin box options. The difference in cost for the best would have be neglible considering your investments. Enjoy that truck and trailer.
Durb 04/02/21 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: '18 F150 with 5.5 box tow a 5th wheel ?

An Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel would tow fine behind that truck. I'm with Rhagfo, I see fifth wheels being towed all the time behind F150 trucks at campgrounds. Not legit, but when I talk to them they say it tows good. People brag all the time on this forum about exceeding their ratings. It isn't something I would do, but we are all different.
Durb 03/25/21 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hehr Window Repair

I made the same repair with regular Gorilla Glue. Three years now and still holding. The wife was closing the window like it was a water faucet. I had her back off on the force and haven't had another problem.
Durb 03/22/21 08:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New 5th Wheel gives better ride!

Glad to hear your tow has improved. The fact that fifth wheels tow differently is what makes it impossible to give good broad range hitch advice. Some fifth wheels tow fine with a solid hitch and the owners find them perfectly acceptable. My trailer requires an air hitch.
Durb 03/21/21 09:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Torquing tire stud by hand

I dealt with a large chain of tire shops with over 400 locations. They tested their people and found their techs were over torquing lug nuts up to 200 ft-lbs over spec. If they are hammering the wrench or adding some more after the wrench clicks then your nuts are over torqued. If so, go home, loosen, and re-torque properly. Make sure you loosen them rather than just clicking on an already over torqued nut; a placebo.
Durb 03/20/21 08:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oregon Coast Camping

You may want to look at Cape Kiwanda RV Park in Pacific City. The so-so Rv park is not on the beach but just across the road from a very busy beach boasting Dory launching, tide pools, and a giant sand dune for climbing. Before Covid, you could drive on the beach. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance. If you want solitude, there is an empty beach on the other side of the cape that you can also drive on.
Durb 03/05/21 09:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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