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RE: Trailer hitch pin

My pin is the locking type that requires a key to remove it. Made by Masterlock. I was a little worried about it at first thinking that it would get rusty or frozen in the winter time but, it has held up for 3 years now with no problem. Yep, I have the same and also don’t have to worry about somebody making off with the hitch.
GrandpaKip 01/16/21 08:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

Bump for updates. My wife and I have been looking at TTs as they come up and we're zeroing in on a GD TT. Large single-bowl sink with lots of counter space, a huge drawer for pots and pans, and ticks many of the other boxes as well. We continue to look, but of the one's we've seen, this is position 1. Does anyone have experience with this TT? Thanks! https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2021/travel-trailer/imagine-xls/floorplans/22rbe No experience. Nice layout except I don’t see a pantry. After having decent size dedicated storage for food for the last 10 years, I can’t imagine being without one. However, it does have nitrogen filled tires! (Sorry, couldn’t resist)
GrandpaKip 01/16/21 08:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Smartplug Converstion

I dunno...sounds like a solution in search of a problem. In all my years of boating and RVing, I’ve never seen a reason to doubt the Marinco inlets and cordsets. May be there are problems with the China knockoffs, but I have always had the Marinco. yep ... regardless of how "SMART" all the cord and trailer end connectors are you still have that ultimate and generally unknown variable of the shore power box receptacle which in my almost 50 years of RVing has always been the "WEAK LINK" in the power supply system. Also generally I'm somewhat skeptical anytime I see a product with the word "SMART or INTELLIGENT" in it since that usually at least to me says that product is being marketed to those "DUMB" enough to believe that this "SMART or INTELLIGENT" product is actually "SMARTER or more INTELLIGENT" than what already exists. Further more these "SMART/INTELLIGENT" products often ignore other factors that were always the true weak or dumber aspects of whatever the product is advertised to "IMPROVE". IMHO the two "SMARTEST" things one can do in improving their 30 amp power system is to buy a 50A to 30A pigtail so you hook up to the shore power end at the 50A point and two if your trailer has the Marinco type connector is to get a 90 deg adapter to relieve the stress at the trailer side connection. I also like the Marinco type connectors since they are IMO more weatherproof and secure than a straight plug type connector. Larry Hah, hah. I have no clue how an inanimate object can be construed to be “smart”.
GrandpaKip 01/16/21 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: RV Life GPS app

I did some further reading and found a bunch of negative views, mostly bad routing. I’ll just keep using Siri.
GrandpaKip 01/14/21 07:46am Travel Trailers
RV Life GPS app

Anybody out there in the ether looked at or tried this app?
GrandpaKip 01/13/21 08:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer hitch pin

about 18-19kips. What is a "kips"? A bunch of me.
GrandpaKip 01/12/21 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Toilet Mystery

Lots and lots of condensation. Only in the toilet. It’s a murkle. You shouldn’t have flushed it. May be holy water.
GrandpaKip 01/09/21 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Smartplug Converstion

Sorry, but if you’re going to all the trouble to install a new inlet to replace the mouse hole, I would still recommend the Marinco. As far as old technology, people have learned that things that work well really don’t need to be replaced. Look around your house at all the electrical plugs. They basically haven’t changed for decades. Because they work. Simple as that. I am certainly in favor of new technology or new designs that make improvements over existing ones, but I don’t believe this cordset does that. In the end, as long as it’s safe, what pleases you is all that really matters.
GrandpaKip 01/09/21 07:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Chock RV on snow/ice. NEED HELP!!!

Put chains on your tires. Carry a couple of 4’ 2x8s studded w/ nails or screws. Park on top of them.
GrandpaKip 01/09/21 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: 2014 Evergreen RV Ascend 231RKB

Our Skyline was made during the time Evergreen took over Skyline. So far, it’s been a problem free camper. Compared to other campers in that price range that we looked at, the Skyline was a step above in materials and construction. Enjoy!
GrandpaKip 01/08/21 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Smartplug Converstion

I dunno...sounds like a solution in search of a problem. In all my years of boating and RVing, I’ve never seen a reason to doubt the Marinco inlets and cordsets. May be there are problems with the China knockoffs, but I have always had the Marinco.
GrandpaKip 01/08/21 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Murphy Bed Option

Besides the up-and-down every day there is also the sacrificed storage space that would ordinarily be under a bed. This is a big one, especially for small trailers. One of the biggest storage areas is under the bed but the murphy option eats up most of that space. This is the main reason we did not go with a Mini-Lite because all the dealer had was the Murphy bed. Our pass through is large and the storage under the foot of the bed is very nice. Our trailer came with a very accessible 4 basket system under the bed and a space that 2 Rubbermaid containers fit in, one for bed linens and the other as a hamper. We would not be able to give up that storage as all of it is used. In addition, I doubt that the mattress is any better than a standard one and you may not have enough room to replace with a better one.
GrandpaKip 12/30/20 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Easiest plumbing job I have ever done

Uh Huh, just wait until it is your RV bathtub faucet and it is mounted on a wall with no access on the back side. Won't be so easy then. Been there, done that. I ended up standing in the tub and cutting a whole in the wall above the faucet. Then I could reach down to remove the lines and the nuts holding it in. I haven't had to get at mine, but there are just four screws holding the faucet unit to the shower stall and I am guessing with them removed and the faucet handles removed I can gain access to the pipes Guy Lucky if true. Mine wasn't built that way I wish it had been. Uh-huh. I cut a hole and put in a marine access hatch. Still a pain to connect new faucet. The neighbors call me the hardware store on the mountain. Odds are, I’ll have what they need, but when I need something...
GrandpaKip 12/26/20 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: RV lighting

I would try some SS or aluminum flashing as a test to cover and reflect the light, just to see if it was feasible.
GrandpaKip 12/23/20 08:11am Travel Trailers
RE: 110V Hookup

A 10 gauge RV extension cord is a good idea. With a decent dogbone, there’s no worry about regular extension cords. We have a 30’ one in addition to the 30’ main cord.
GrandpaKip 12/22/20 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

Our galley has an Elkay 22”x 25” SS single bowl sink, standard Suburban RV stove w/ 3 burners, and a microwave. I made a 2 piece cover for the sink for more counter space. I hope to remove the stove this winter, make a new top and install a 2 burner cooktop. We use a Cuisinart convection toaster oven that will live where the stove was and come out when needed. We do use the microwave. The stove hood is noisy but works pretty well. Also have a Fantastic Fan in the galley area. Never have had a ventilation problem. The dinette is opposite the galley and the table is used quite often as a countertop. 95% of cooking meat/fish is done outside on a 22” Weber Kettle grill. Sides are usually on the grill or on the cooktop. I really have never had the need for more than one burner inside and have found the front burner adequate, but I am not using cast iron. We also believe in eating simply, but with as good ingredients as possible. Good luck to you in your endeavor.
GrandpaKip 12/22/20 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: waterproofing slide floor

Depends on what the new floor is made of. If you have to stay in it, whatever you use will just about have to be water based.
GrandpaKip 12/19/20 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey GrandpaKip

Answer to your question is Yes That is why I don't pay any attention to all the other "blather" And I already got rid of the black water tank and now have a residential toilet and residential refrigerator Guy I’m just assuming, (yeah, I know), that the winter and COVID blues are setting in. I’m sure that your trailer can be all electric with a bit of work and ingenuity. Good luck and enjoy.
GrandpaKip 12/18/20 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Converting a travel trailer to all 120/240 volt electric

Wow, you guys just took off on this one. Hey, Guy Roan, since the general answer, along with loads of blather, is no, please tell us why you want to do this. Are you permanently parked?
GrandpaKip 12/17/20 07:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

Toodles right up those hills. My window sticker didn't list a Toodler. What is the MSRP on one of those? The dealer tossed it in for free which sealed the deal for me.
GrandpaKip 12/16/20 08:16am Travel Trailers
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