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RE: New 4" heavy duty bumper cannot fit Rhino drain hose inside

When I first got my RV I did a trial run putting the hose in the bumper storage. It was a tight fit and did not go in easily. I also realized I did not want a wet, and not entirely clean, hose inside a metal bumper. I put an eyebolt up under the bumper on both sides of the camper. I tied a nylon parachute cord to one side and use a hook on the other. The hose hangs up under the bumper. It is quick and easy to put away. There is no rust or stink. The hose dries after each use. I found a lot of other uses for the storage in the bumper but that is a different story.
JimK-NY 07/28/21 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: To buy a generator or not...

I would not want a camper without a generator for exactly the reasons you mentioned. I have only stayed a few places where I needed to run the A/C at night, but I have had plenty of evenings when the camper was hot from sitting in the sun during the day. Without an A/C it can take hours and hours to cool off. In a few cases, it was hot but campground rules prohibited use of the generator. That is no big deal with a TC. I leave, find an isolated spot outside of the campground and run the A/C for an hour or so. I would get rid of the propane unit. Perhaps it has some resale value. They just chew through the propane. It is easy to carry a few gallons of gas and to replenish at gas stations anywhere. Refilling propane can be an issue in remote areas. I actually rarely use my generator, but it is a necessity for those times when it is needed for cooling or charging batteries. I even start mine up to use a hair dryer when defrosting the fridge.
JimK-NY 07/26/21 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: boondockerswelcome

There is a difference between not having hook ups and boondocking. When I boondock I am looking for a great, scenic location with a place to stay without a lot of other people. Otherwise, I can stay in a Walmart parking lot and call it boondocking.
JimK-NY 07/26/21 11:15am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking Water Question

In spite of myths to the contrary, the Oxygenics is one of the worst shower heads for water conservation. It is designed to produce a powerful spray and uses roughly 1.5 gallons of water a minute. That is more than I use for an entire shower. I average about 1 gallon for a shower. My shower head turns down to a very slow trickle. When I use it, I increase the flow and let the water run over my body. There is virtually no water sprayed anywhere else. Even my wife is able to get by with about 1.5 gallons and she has long hair to rinse.
JimK-NY 07/26/21 11:11am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Extension Cord Useage - Guage

There are plenty of online wire gauge calculators. Most allow you to select the amount of voltage drop and to specify the length of wire and the maximum amperage you need. I carry 2 extension cords, 25' and 100'. Both are 3 wire, 10 gauge. That is about the maximum you can get and they are already plenty bulky and heavy. The 25' extension allows me to pull a full 30 amps so I can run the A/C and something like the microwave at the same time. For the 100' extension the maximum draw is about 20 amps so I can only run one major appliance such as the A/C.
JimK-NY 07/25/21 05:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Happijac 4500 Fun

You are supposed to periodically run the jacks up and down a couple of times with full extension to spread out the lube. I would try that first. Once you pull the bolt the motor should come off easily. If not, I suppose it could be corroded. More likely someone used some sort of sealant. Anyway I would start with penetrating oil.
JimK-NY 07/23/21 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Custom truck camper tie down mounts?

The Torklifts are well made, heavy duty and make it easy to attach or remove the camper. In addition the fastguns are spring loaded to allow some give while retaining a strong connection. With a new camper there are plenty of other things to set up and modify. I think you are going to just complicate your life trying to design a different mounting system that works properly.
JimK-NY 07/22/21 05:00am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac 4500 Fun

Just two quick comments--- First what do you mean about the jacks needing some TLC? What is wrong? Second, disassembly and services of the jacks is not a simple matter. If you are having issues just removing the motors, you are only on the first and simplest part of a long journey. I think I was lucky with mine. One froze and parts broke. It was easy and not especially expensive to replace the jack. I even bought a spare.
JimK-NY 07/22/21 04:52am Truck Campers
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

Utah has plenty of hills and mountains. It is really a huge inconvenience for everyone who gets stuck behind a truck grinding up a hillside. Perhaps it would make sense to cut back the maximum loads allowed by a third to help reduce that problem.
JimK-NY 07/21/21 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

The maximum speed limit in Montana is 70 mph for trucks. Anyone driving on the Montana highways should expect to encounter vehicles at that speed and under. The maximum speed limit in Montana is 80 mph. Anyone driving at 85 is already speeding and breaking the law. The speed limits mentioned are for rural areas with limited traffic. Passing should not be an issue even though it might be necessary to slow down and wait for a passing lane or a clear, open section of the roadway. In more congested areas where traffic is more of an issues, Montana speed limits are reduced with a max urban speed limit of 65. You can count on plenty of people driving well under those limits.
JimK-NY 07/21/21 07:09am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for info on Insurance

I would agree with the recommendation to stick with the same company you use for home and auto. Coordinate the coverage. If you are not happy with the costs, coverage or service then start over with all your policies.
JimK-NY 07/21/21 06:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

It seems Specta has done some back peddling. There was some confusing discussion of getting the best gas mileage at 70 mph that is hardly worth trying to understand. Now in addition he is concerned about others driving 50-55. Before he could not stand people who would not drive over the speed limit, which for some roads in Utah is 80 mph. Specta thinks it is a tough audience. Well, we have all encountered drivers who own the road and cannot stand anyone else who might impede their progress. It ain't pretty. A heavy RV should not be driven the same as a car. Fortunately most of us know this.
JimK-NY 07/21/21 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

In addition to killing gas mileage, high speed pushes the tires and many HD tires are just not rated for more than 70 mph. The other issue is stopping. A truck camper means a heavy rig that is not going to stop quickly. Keeping the speed down makes a big difference in seeing trouble ahead and being able to stop in time. There are lots of highways where the truck speed limit is lower than the speed limit for cars just for those reasons. Impatience because others do not speed and break the laws tells me more than I want to know about that individual.
JimK-NY 07/20/21 04:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Airbags.

Mine were Firestones that the RV dealer installed for me. I cannot see there was any choice in where to install them. They were between the frame and the axle. After a cross country drive with the airbags on very low pressure, I also had the camper manufacturer look at them. He had me take up the pressure and also increased the pressure on the passenger side to compensate for the typical crown in a highway. The ride was again horrible and after a few miles I stopped at the side of the road and dropped the pressure. Later I added SuperSprings. That solved all of the issues. I turned down the Rancho shocks settings and between the two changes I achieved a very good ride. I am convinced that the best approach is to strengthen the spring either by having a spring job add a leaf or by adding SuperSprings or the equivalent. My current truck is a 1 ton instead of the former 3/4 ton. It drove OK without mods but the sag was excessive so I fixed that with Timbrens.
JimK-NY 07/20/21 04:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

I don't have an issue with someone going fast in the middle of nowhere, Ca/Nv. The problem is the impatient driver who cannot stand someone impeding their speeding. Too often not being able to stand it means aggressive, infantile behavior including cutting in and out of traffic, tailgating, and worse.
JimK-NY 07/20/21 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

Moisture in the air did not damage my tire. In fact it spent 4 years under the camper. I probably should have checked and topped off the pressure but I didn't and it was still over about 50 psi when I pulled it down, pumped it up and went to use it. Tires can be damaged by intense sun, but dry rot can occur for a tire that is never in the sun due to oxidation and the effects of ozone. Tires dry rot much faster when they are not used or not frequently used. Use including heat and flexing helps bring chemicals to the tire surface which are formulated to reduce ageing of tires. Water certainly rots wood and some other materials but tires are designed to live in a wet environment. They do not rot due to water.
JimK-NY 07/20/21 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Finally made it to the Cat scales

.... I can't stand following someone who cant or wont at least do the speed limit. I encounter people like this every time I drive. Keeping up or even exceeding the speed limit makes no difference. There are always rude, impatient, aggressive drivers who want to go faster than you. I do my best to get out of their way and ignore them.
JimK-NY 07/20/21 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Portable Rolling 5-10 Gal Water Container

The biggest single improvement that you can make is to conserve water. Clearly using a full tank on a weekend trip falls way short of that. I do lots of remote camping in the desert SW where it is often difficult to find water. It is also often hot and I spend my days outside hiking. I want a daily shower. My daily water use is about 2 gallons for drinking and washing dishes. A navy style shower uses 1 gallon. So I count on using 3 gallons per day. If my wife is with me she uses a bit more water for rinsing her hair so her showers are about 1.5 gallons and the daily total use is about 5 gallons. That number is certainly towards the minimal side, but it is certainly not difficult to keep well under 10 gallons a day. I did not mention flushing the toilet. We have a cassette toilet with a separate 6 gallon tank that lasts at least a week or two.
JimK-NY 07/20/21 06:01am RV Lifestyle
RE: Chinese RV tires... holding up!

Cheap, worn, or old tires often seem to be Ok, until they aren't. A blowout can be a serious event that I want to avoid. Buy the best quality tires. They will typically cost only a bit more. Maintain the recommended tire pressure. Keep the load within the load rating. A safety margin doesn't hurt. Drive within the speed rating, especially when the weather is hot. Periodically check tires for damage. Finally, replace the tires at a minimum every 5 years! I was lucky and learned the last rule just in time. I decided to buy a new tire for my truck and rotate the spare as matching tire. It had been stored under the truck bed for 4 years and looked new. I put the tire in use and within a few weeks noticed serious cracking all over the tire. It had dry rotted in 4 years without any sun exposure. I learned that tires will dry rot faster if they are not used or used infrequently. Replacing tires roughly every 5 years is part of the cost of ownership. Again, you can always take your chances and again old tires are fine until they aren't.
JimK-NY 07/20/21 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Fulltime Capable RVs

.... Outside of just a gigantic 5th wheeler with 4 slide outs I just have not seen a production camper that is built for full timing..... It depends on how you live as a full timer. When my wife and I took off as full timers along with 2 cats, we lived in a truck camper without slides. It was perfect. Great for travel. Great to have with us at all times during the day. It had enough of everything for comfortable living: full queen sized bed, dinette, kitchen with double sink, 3 burner stove, microwave (hardly ever used), refrig/freezer, heat, A/C, solar panels and generator, wet bath, and plenty of storage. I remember visiting the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone. The big rigs were parked many miles away. Those folks traveled in their little toads with a bag lunch and stopped to use the outhouses you could smell a mile away. If they were lucky they had Purell to use afterwards. We stopped at the side of the road watching the buffalo while we ate a decent lunch, then took a nap, used our own bathroom, and eventually travelled some more. By late afternoon the toaders were worn out and started the long drive back to their hook up campgrounds. We had dinner and stayed until after sunset watching all the animals start to move in the late afternoon and evening. Yup, some rigs are just too big for enjoyable full time adventure.
JimK-NY 07/19/21 12:19pm General RVing Issues
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