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RE: Interesting dog names

Long ago had a Belgian Terv, that we named (based on my faulty reading of a German-English dictionary) - "Pelze Einbrucher" or "Furry homewrecker". "Pelze" for short. But he never was....
Flapper 10/20/21 12:01pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Had our catalytic converter stolen

I thought it was interesting that one of the most targeted vehicles for Cat theft is the Toyota Prius. As an ultra low-emissions vehicle, the Prius has a catalytic converter that contains more of the rhodium, palladium and platinum that render pollutants harmless. A replacement can cost as much as $3000. Ours was cut off our Prius in our driveway overnight. $3500 quoted by the Toyota dealer...AND a 3 month wait for the parts. Insurance paid, and we sold to a "guy" that was willing to have his mechanic buddies lash something together. Local cops busted a gang of 3 with a storage locker with over 100 inside. Not mine, however.
Flapper 10/11/21 03:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

Just for a data point or two: 2012 F-150 Eco, with HDPP. 2160 payload. With the old Jayco fifth wheel (~8,500 lbs), I got 10.5 mpg over 15,000 miles. With the current Grand Design 2670MK tow behind (same weight), I get 8.5 mpg over 12,000 miles. The fifth was much higher above the truck. With the trailer I'm guessing I'm getting a lot of swirl as the air comes over the cab, hits the cover over the bed, and then goes up the front of the trailer - hence lots more drag, despite the lower height. Maybe a topper would help, but I have no need for one other than that, so I live with it. Out west mountain towing with the fifth was great - I could pass any lumbering truck I wanted to. No issues with really long 6-7% downhills for engine braking. Haven't challenged the trailer out west, but in the Appalachians, there have been no issues. BTW, with the 3.73 gearing, empty, I get 17.5 city, and 20-21 highway. Your new one will be better. (When we had the fifth totaled due to a roof tear/delamination, we found all newer fifths had gained weight, putting me over payload. Hence the TT. Jealous - the 2560# would've gotten me back into a fifth)
Flapper 09/07/21 09:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Colorado Campgrounds

The Buena Vista KOA is used a lot, and is priced like all KOA's, but is in a central location with easy access to the main highways. With the right site, some great views of the area. Has some nice adjacent hiking too. We liked Lightner Creek Campground outside Durango a lot. VERY steep entrance road. Check with them though, while it accommodates full size MH's, it might be a bit tight with a toad.
Flapper 06/17/21 03:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting started with sway control

True sway is only due to not having enough weight on the tongue. That's the one that sometimes can occur very quickly, and throw you off the road. Shoot for 12-13% of total trailer weight to be on the tongue. No lighter than 12%. Search YouTube videos for examples from various Universities. Various hitches can essentially provide friction to dampen it and reduce odds of it happening at any usual speeds - but may or may not prevent it at all your normal driving speeds. Only Hensley and ProPride hitches can prevent it. But they may be overkill (very expensive), unless you just can't get your tongue weight where it should be. (Which is my case). Others call things like "truck suck" and wind pushes "sway". It's not. These are single events, that are problematic, but usually not catastrophic. But, they can be the initiator of a true sway event, if you are on the edge otherwise. Various brands have different track records for helping control them. The first order after tongue weight, is make sure your trailer is at least level when hitched, but better to be a bit nose down. Then find the optimal amount of weight to transfer to the front using the weight distribution system. Each truck will vary in this. It may be more than standard recommendation from the manufacturer. Tires, shocks, new hitch, new truck, etc. can come later, if suck, pushes and wiggle are still an issue.
Flapper 06/04/21 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying different method of fresh water tank sanitization

Most city water systems are designed to have minimal chlorine in the water by the time it reaches the home. Can be variations, depending on how far from the treatment plant you are. But in no case is it enough to sanitize, just barely enough to keep already sanitized water from re-growing things....
Flapper 05/17/21 03:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Ideas to carry spare and bikes

The original poster didn't say, except to refer to his RV as a "trailer". Hollywoods web site says (emphasis mine): "This bike rack is not compatible with bumper pull, travel trailers or bumper mounted hitch receivers." Hope he has a fifth wheel...... Besides the tongue weight concern noted above, there is the increased moment arm inherent in a trailer, made worse by using an extender. Might get by, but it would be a shame to be dragging expensive bikes down the road....
Flapper 03/22/21 10:26pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Need more tongue weight

Or just spend the big money and get a ProPride hitch. It will give a lot of weight up front, AND guarantee that sway cannot happen. That ended up being my only option in a similar situation. Makes towing a trailer fantastically better!
Flapper 03/19/21 03:24pm Towing
RE: Cleaning Fresh water tank and water heater

Most sources note a minimum of 6 hrs for 1/4 cup to 15 gal. You can speed it up by going to 1/2 cup for 3 hrs. Do NOT do more. Gotta give the bleach time to kill whatever it is gonna kill. You can just run the faucets to flush the water heater, but it takes forever, since the fresh is slowly diluting gallons of bleach water in the heater. Much faster to pull the plug, and drain all the bleach water, then refill. Then all you have to worry about is the much lesser amount actually in the lines. Yes, the concentration is low enough, it will not hurt grass or any other surface you dump it on. Almost all city water is treated so that most of the chlorine is used up by the time it gets to your tap. There may be a little, but not enough to do any sanitizing on its own.
Flapper 03/11/21 10:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Level Mate Pro

Best addition I ever made. Mines going on 5 yrs now. Get the Andersen style levelers (the curved triangle ones) to go with. Pull into your spot. From the driver seat fire up the app and see which side is low. Have your helper put in the blocks, pull forward until the app says you're level (side-to-side). Set the brake, get out, unhitch, and then watch the app as you raise/lower the trailer to front/back level. Done. With the Andersen style, it is only a really unlevel site where I have to break out the legos, and even then the app tells you what height you need to build them to.
Flapper 02/02/21 09:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Home dryer help needed

1. The dryer is expelling air outside whether gas or electric. If in a smaller space, it can lower the pressure in the area (a bit of a vacuum) and cause air to come in from other places - like your furnace, stove, hot water heater, etc. exhaust vents That runs the risk of carbon monoxide build up in the home, from those other appliances. Problem becomes much more prone in a smaller home - like a mobile home. 2. Most places have changed codes to not allow the pleated dryer vents, although they can't prevent them from being sold. Too much build of of lint, which can cause a fire.
Flapper 02/02/21 09:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Bay Of Fundy / Nova Scotia

My wife has always wanted to see the land of "Anne of Green Gables". Years ago we made the attempt, but had to cut trip short due to other family obligations, so never even made it over the border. Fall of 2019, we started out from Minn. again, but food poisoning turned us back. And there was that hurricane that came ashore right at the CG we had booked for that night.... Rebooked for last early summer, but everything shut down. One CG would not refund, but we have a credit waiting. Things are looking poor for this next summer, also.... I'm pretty sure "Anne" is pulling out all the stops to prevent us from ever taking this trip.....
Flapper 01/16/21 04:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need advice for Rochester, MN

If you are looking to while away a couple of hours, try Quarry Hill Nature Center on the east side of town. Just a few minutes from any of the Mayo facilities. Of course it is winter, and it all depends on when it last snowed, but should be a good spot to do a short stroll (or longer, depending on weather). Dogs have to be leashed. Check out the old sandstone "caves" (actually old food storage for the old State Hospital). You may want to give a call ahead about whether they have cleared some of the paved walking trails if it has just recently snowed. https://qhnc.org/
Flapper 11/24/20 10:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: State Farm Insurance coverage for roof water damage

If you can see a tear in the roof from a foreign object, like a tree limb, it may be covered. If it is leaking due to lack of maintenance at sealed seams, probably not. Precisely what I was told by my insurance company (not SF) when side delamination happened, and it was due to water intrusion from the roof. In my case, they sent an adjuster, and the dealer showed him the unknown tear from probably a branch. No argument, since it was due to hitting something. Unfortunately, the cost to repair was so much, they just totaled it. Dealer said they see the problem a lot - but most of the time, the claim is denied since it was "lack of maintenance", and not due to striking something.
Flapper 10/28/20 10:23am General RVing Issues
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