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RE: Interesting dog names

We don't have a dog now. If we did, he would be another boxer and his name would be "phlegm"!
Durb 10/19/21 09:17am RV Pet Stop
RE: 2 cycle oil Dodge 5.9 diesel

I use full synthetic oil in my two stroke Seadoo watercraft. This oil leaves hardened carbon deposits on the top of the pistons and on the rave valves. I don't know if I would want this kind of buildup on my exhaust valves, manifold and turbo vanes. I also use Optilube XPD in my 2004.5 5.9 which transforms the engine; smoother, quieter, and more power. You can definitely tell when the engine is running dry as opposed to with XPD. Those that don't use additives should run a couple of tanks with Optilube XPD. You will notice the difference. Optilube has a lubricant only product which Amazon shipped by mistake instead of XPD, not near as good. I prefer to use products formulated for the task at hand rather than anecdotal products.
Durb 10/16/21 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Ultimate Hitch - my observations

Your Superglide weighs 290 pounds, the Andersen weighs 40 pounds. Since both are solidly attached to your trailer, your truck interprets both as pin weight. If your 15k# trailer has 20% pin weight on its own then it is 21.9% with the Superglide attached and 20.3% with the Andersen attached. Weight matters; especially polar weight at it reduces the tendency of the trailer to rotate. If you really like the Andersen I would try shocks on the trailer axles. This would also reduce rotation of the trailer.
Durb 10/14/21 09:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Four Season Travel Trailer

I had a 25' Bigfoot and used it in 100+ and just below freezing. I can't say their insulation is super but they are tight and don't swap much air with the outdoors. The nature of their interior design reduces the cubes which make them fast to heat and cool. Moisture mitigation is something to be cognizant of because they don't breathe well. This could be why Bigfoot does not recommend them for full time use. Their frames are massive and the roofs are solid so snow buildup wouldn't be a problem. Lot of foul weather security knowing the roof won't leak. If you buy used, your cost will be high. You will be able to sell it high on the back end so net cost of ownership is low. Sold mine for what I paid, used it 5 years for just maintenance costs.
Durb 10/02/21 09:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: I'm actually in favor of high cancelation fees....

I booked a stay at an Oregon State park; friends and I got the last two sites. We arrived on a Wednesday to an empty, fully booked, park. It started filling up on Friday afternoon. So, people are reserving large blocks of time and then cancelling whatever they don't want at the last minute because of low cancellation fees. This may work for some, but accounts for a lot of unattended sites for a family that wants to go camping. It also accounts for lost revenue for the park system. When I make a reservation, I intend to use it for the full time requested. I feel others should do the same. My proposal: $200 reservation fee which will be refunded if you show up the first day of your reservation. If not, you will forfeit it. The high fee will also dissuade people from making dozens of reservations they don't intend to keep to allow their itineraries be flexible. Impact to pocketbooks will be the only way to fix the problem. I expect negative feedback as I expect many on this forum have the time and impetus to game the reservation systems. You know who you are.
Durb 09/27/21 10:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Voltage Dump Valve Replacement

Interesting in that I have electric dump valves and would prefer manual valves. I belong to a forum where all the trailers have electric valves and some have switched to manual. I hope they have improved their reliability since mine were installed. Funny, was just thinking how I'd like electric too. The cables were routed poorly on mine (imagine that) and are hard to pull/push, just waiting for the day one fails. Speaking of that need to do some PM on these. My valves were made by Wastemaster and are now thirteen years old. I spent numerous times laying on my back with a 1/8" hex key to operate them manually (not in the best conditions). I found the rocker switches were weak and kept too much voltage from the valves. I replaced the switches and offered up more voltage from a lithium battery. This, and consistent tank cleaning protocols have them working 100% of the time recently. They are nice when they work.
Durb 09/21/21 10:11pm Toy Haulers
RE: 2022 Toyota Tundra Reveal

Power wise it'll likely blow the 5.7 out of the water at ANY rpm. Big question is would it match Toyota V8s for reliability? Well, they're confident enough to put it into the new Land Cruiser, whose reputation is built on 300 - 500k mile life. Reliability is one of the few (if not only) reason why any one would buy a Tundra in 2020 / 2021. Other than that the domestics are better in almost every other way. The Land Cruiser is discontinued for sale in the United States. Maybe Toyota concluded Americans won't pay the big bucks for a vehicle with a V6.
Durb 09/21/21 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Voltage Dump Valve Replacement

Interesting in that I have electric dump valves and would prefer manual valves. I belong to a forum where all the trailers have electric valves and some have switched to manual. I hope they have improved their reliability since mine were installed.
Durb 09/19/21 09:27am Toy Haulers
RE: Suburban 10 Gallon Hot water heater

Sounds like the starter threads on your water heater are rolled over. Get a 3/4" NPT tap to chase the female threads on the unit. Dies are used for threading the male fittings and pipe.
Durb 09/08/21 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: cleaning tinted tempered glass

In reply to Durb's comment about steel wool scratching your glass, not if you use the correct wool. I am a sawdust maker and the father of a daughter with a mid-century modern home that has a lot of floor to ceiling windows and a lot of landscaping. There different grades of wool and different materials. I use 0000 bronze wool almost exclusively for finishing lacquer surfaces on things I build. I found an oxidation remover for glass that recommends bronze wool with their wash. I also use a magnifying glass and inspect the wool for imperfections. When my wife's car was sprayed by a friends lawn sprinklers and spotted very badly, the detailer used steel wool on the windows. You just need to be careful using any kind of metallic wool to clean anything. Comment regarding steel wool on glass is from an unfortunate experience during my youth and my sister's '63 Ford Falcon. I'm also a wood butcher and have never used bronze wool but I don't spray lacquer. My finish of choice on nice hardwoods is to use multiple coats of Watco Danish Oil after sanding with 1500 grit. I rub it down with 0000 steel wool and apply a fine wax.
Durb 09/05/21 08:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: cleaning tinted tempered glass

Use Meguiars water spot remover, Harbor Freight 6" random orbital buffer and blue foam pad. Apply on slow speed then buff at high speed in two perpendicular directions. Wipe off haze to leave beautifully clean windows. Same process for super cleaning your windshield. Steel wool will scratch your windows.
Durb 09/04/21 08:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carbon Monoxide Detector

Most detectors are propane/CO. How do you know it wasn't propane detection (or methane). Are your dogs large and flatulent? Just saying.
Durb 09/02/21 09:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

I was the second person to look the truck I bought used. Seller told me the first guy would have bought it if it was white instead of silver. Dumb reason, he missed out on a really nice truck. And the first guy had to go look at it to know the difference between white and silver? LOL Any of you ever try to "help" the process when you're selling something significant, like a vehicle? Sounds like what that guy was doing... You know, if it's popular, and you get a bunch of calls, schedule everyone to come look at it at the same time? Or text your buddies and have them call you, "very interested", while a potential buyer is looking at it. He!!, I figured I had a guy who was pretty convinced before he even showed up. But he was already waffling to me about whether the "wife" would be good with it, etc. Dunno if he was playing me or not, but I had one of my buddies show up a little after the real customer, get all excited about the car. Told the "second guy", hey, so n so was here first. Can you give him some space? I'll call you if he doesn't buy it. "Second guy was like "Call me, got cash at home...etc etc" Car was sold to first guy 5 min after guy #2 "left." Don't think there was any salesmanship shenanigans here. Seller was dying from cancer. 2004.5 Ram Laramie Dually with 62k miles. Beautiful condition. First looker went as far as seeing how much it would cost to paint it white, too much.
Durb 08/30/21 07:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

I was the second person to look the truck I bought used. Seller told me the first guy would have bought it if it was white instead of silver. Dumb reason, he missed out on a really nice truck.
Durb 08/30/21 03:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: General Sherman Giant Tree

If you want giant sequoias, check out Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Camping, trails and trees.
Durb 08/28/21 07:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2009 carriage cameo 37RE3

Well built trailers with good bones and in-house made frame. They still suffer the same component maladies of all manufacturers. No top flange on the slides which is a potential leak point. Check this out and suggest slide toppers. You might find some slide components are hard or impossible to find. Carrier air conditioners no longer made. My Hehr windows have had some issues but have cost no money to fix. If you have the white leather option, the components will start peeling. Odds are that problem has been taken care of by now. All of the above applies to my 2008 Carriage product (not a Cameo). I've fixed a lot of stuff in the 6 years I have owned it but I kind of figure that to be universal. The basic platform and cabinetry are rock solid. The unit still shines up like a new penny and gets a lot of compliments. If the Cameo was made today it would be a high end trailer. I bought my trailer right, and, for an orphan, it has held its value real well. Good luck.
Durb 08/23/21 10:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggestions for a Weight Distribution Hitch

I've read the Andersen diminishes its performance with heavier trailers so I'm thinking no on that one. Equalizer and Centerline hitches rely on metal to metal friction for their performance so noisy is dialed in. They have a lot of good reviews regarding their performance. Check out the ReCurve R3 hitch. Bars are on top so easier to set up. Quiet due to use of friction material and no pivoting on the ball. Adjustable sway control pressure. No drill installation. Neighbor likes his.
Durb 08/23/21 09:36pm Towing
RE: Vanleigh RVs

Make sure you check their cargo carrying capacities. When they first came out they had a 6 slide monster with 1,400# of capacity. They seem to have rectified that now somewhat but CCC still seems low for a rig that will probably be used full time. Higher content equals weight. It looks like they went to 8k axles.
Durb 08/21/21 10:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Big black bugs crawling across road

Kind of came to the conclusion they were Mormon Crickets. We were in an ecotone of trees to fields which they apparently like. Plus, we never saw a bunch of churning legs that tarantulas would have shown. I've seen big potato bugs (Jerusalem Crickets) but never knew crickets to get that large or that black. Nature never ceases to impress.
Durb 08/19/21 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Big black bugs crawling across road

It is Mormon Crickets JimR Yep. https://agri.nv.gov/News/2019/Mormon_cricket_populations_continue_to_rise/ Could be, especially since they singled out Austin as a hot spot. I googled the cricket and someone was holding a big black one in their hand which was about the right size. There weren't near as many on the road as in the link. They were all crawling, the crickets look like hoppers.
Durb 08/16/21 01:48pm General RVing Issues
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