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RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I have heard that it yellows and peels off in pieces. Difficult to completely remove. Your experience? Mine has been on the RV for several years with no peeling, no flaking, no yellowing. I typical do a Spring cleanup with a soap and water and then apply another thin coat of Zep by wiping with a dampened rag. A couple of years ago I did have an issue with bug splatters that had dried on for months. I had to strip the nose of the RV and apply several thin coats of Zep. There is a major issue and that is surface prep. Zep is not going to do well when applied over dirt, old paste wax or on an old, oxidized surface. I used wax stripper, then swabbed again with a pretty stiff ammonia solution. Finally I hand scrubbed the entire RV with a 3M scotch pad and Bar Keepers Friend. That sounds like lots of work but really that was not much more than it would take to hand apply a paste wax finish. After prep, I used a rag dampened with Zep to apply thin coats. It takes a minimum of two coats to get a decent shine and a couple more to build up the finish so it will last. I can say for sure it does last, year after year. Zep also stops oxidation and bleaching of surface due to sunshine. The acrylics in Zep block UV light.
JimK-NY 05/16/22 03:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I cannot help with the window streaks, but for the siding you might try Zep finish. This has worked on my Northstar for the past several years. All of the dirt, including streaks, just rinses off with the blast of a hose. Before then I had a lot of black streaks, worse than ever because my home parking spot is under some large trees. Are you referring to ZEP floor polish? Yes. It does not stain, rinses clean and lasts a long time. The only downside is the sheen is not initially as good as a hand rubbed paste wax.
JimK-NY 05/15/22 05:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I cannot help with the window streaks, but for the siding you might try Zep finish. This has worked on my Northstar for the past several years. All of the dirt, including streaks, just rinses off with the blast of a hose. Before then I had a lot of black streaks, worse than ever because my home parking spot is under some large trees.
JimK-NY 05/15/22 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Tripping solar panel breaker

You need to check the rating for the controller. I have a Blue Sky rated for 30 amps, hence I have a 30 amp fuse.
JimK-NY 05/11/22 04:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Covid in RV Parks

Covid deaths are currently still close to 1000/day. That is way down from the peaks of over 3000. Still a thousand a day means some of us are still taking precautions seriously. Where are you getting your data? CDC website says it's around 300/day. Not saying it isn't a concern for those with risk factors but falsifying data does more harm than good. Due to delays in reporting, the numbers jump around. Most recent I can find is 7-day average reported 5/4, which was 728 a day. You are correct a week or so before then the deaths were averaging 300 or so per day. https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en
JimK-NY 05/11/22 02:36pm Full-time RVing
RE: Covid in RV Parks

Covid deaths are currently still close to 1000/day. That is way down from the peaks of over 3000. Still a thousand a day means some of us are still taking precautions seriously. Unfortunately that is not the case for many others. Many people just seem to be tired of Covid and have stopped wearing masks and social distancing.
JimK-NY 05/11/22 05:52am Full-time RVing
RE: Gas fridge on the move?

You received incorrect advice. For higher elevation, the air is thinner and combustion engines need LESS gas. For higher elevations, gas jets should have a smaller diameter. Drilling one out is absolutely incorrect. As you already know, you can drive with the refrigerator working on a propane flame without issue. Did the tech at least help with the issue of the unit turning off?
JimK-NY 05/11/22 05:44am Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

There is a solution to the bickering. Instead of being concerned what others decide, discuss how you use your TC and why your preferred configuration works for you. Maybe I should just give an example. I am a photographer and enjoy exploring scenic areas. I tend to travel a lot. I also live on the East coast and like to visit in the Western States so that adds to the travel. When it comes to the compromises on size, weight, convenience, I have decided to keep the weight down as much as possible. I also like being able to hit a rest stop and use my RV toilet, kitchen and often take a nap. I don't want to take the time to deal with a slide or need to find an oversized parking area. I also do some stealth camping and want to be as inconspicuous as possible. If you use your TC to be able to tow a boat and stay at a nearby lake for a week or two, I can understand why you might want to maximize comfort and a larger TC with multiple slides might fit your needs.
JimK-NY 05/10/22 06:22am Truck Campers
RE: Residential Fridge battery run time

"1200 watts solar, 3kw inverter/charger, LiFePo 618 AH batteries" and still thinking of adding another 400 watts of solar. Wow that is some expense just for running a refrigerator.
JimK-NY 05/09/22 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water filtration when boondocking

Two years of full time and many many months of part time and I have never wished I had filtered water for my fresh water tank. I do use a Brita or other final filter for drinking water. If you do decide to use a filter, make sure it is a sediment filter that does not remove chlorine. Chlorine helps to avoid bacterial growth for pseudomonas and even more importantly serious pathogens such as Legionella. If you are not using the RV for a few weeks, sanitize the system.
JimK-NY 05/08/22 09:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Water filtration when boondocking

Are you planning on filling your water tank from streams, lakes, or other untreated sources? I would avoid that if at all possible. In fact after years and years of RV travel and lots of boondocking, I have never had to do that.
JimK-NY 05/08/22 01:55pm Truck Campers
RE: 1157 LED Bulb question

For the first few years or RVing, I replaced tungsten bulbs with LED. When I wanted even more and better lighting, I found it was cheaper, easier and overall better to replace fixtures. I have replaced single bulb fixtures with dually switched lights.
JimK-NY 05/08/22 11:51am Tech Issues
RE: Something I found that is amazing!

That is a rig I would not want. I would guess it is really heavy, probably heavier than my 9.5' Northstar Igloo. I have solar panels, 300 AH of AGM batteries, 40# propane and 35 gallons of water. He has a few gallons of water, no sink, no shower. Even just for drinking and cooking he is going to need water every couple of days.
JimK-NY 05/08/22 11:43am Truck Campers
RE: To slide or not to slide. That is the question.

Let's face it, this question can never be answered because we all use our RVs differently. Some people drive to the local lake, set up camp, drink beer and don't move for a week. I tend to tour and visit a great many scenic areas on each trip. I rarely camp in the same place more than a few days and even then I typically drive at least a few miles every day. Other days it might be a few hundred miles. I tend to travel for many weeks or a few months and average 15,000 miles of driving. I live on the East coast and prefer the Western scenery. Driving a lot means I appreciate a smallish, lighter weight rig. I TC gives me a good compromise. Some people really want their comforts and a great many TCs are really big and really, really heavy. Personally if that is what I wanted, I would switch from a TC to a trailer or 5th wheeler.
JimK-NY 05/08/22 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

The issue is, it's not physically possible for the bed to be the same depth front to back, and the camper to be the same depth front to back, and there be a difference in gap along the frame rails, unless there is a structural concern. I agree. If the bed rails measured the same height in the front and the rear, I would start by rechecking and then checking the height in several locations. I would level the truck bed and then check to see if the rails were level. A 4' level or even a straight yardstick could be used to check for any crown in the truck bed. I would next check and measure the camper overhangs from the base of the camper and do so in multiple locations.
JimK-NY 05/05/22 04:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Slide out to non slide

I really like the 865 especially for a single person. However, for two people the slide makes a big difference as you can easily pass each other. In the 865 you are constantly getting in each other’s way. Where are you "constantly" going that you get in each other's way? Rarely is one of us standing in the aisle unless we are cooking. We can both work on cooking side by side, but typically we take turns cooking. It is a little tight but we can easily get by each other when needed. We spend most days out hiking, exploring and photographing. By the end of the day there is not much standing going on, just a lot of sitting.
JimK-NY 05/05/22 03:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

How can you not see the difference, unless you are being obtuse to save face for some reason? ..... Your photo may make sense to you, but not too me. The exposure is dark and the whole photo was taken at a considerable angle from level. In any case I fail to understand the issue. I have the same difference with a larger gap in the front of the bed and a smaller gap in the rear. For my Ram, the slope is due to the height of the rails. They are higher in the rear meaning the gap is less in the rear.
JimK-NY 05/05/22 07:17am Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

I cannot see whether there is any difference with this photo. I can only give the details for my current and previous Ram trucks. The rails in the front are lower than in the back by about 3/4".
JimK-NY 05/04/22 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: Camper looks like its not level

Yesterday, I remembered this thread and checked my camper. On each side of my rig, I sealed the gap between the camper and the side of the bed with a piece of 2" thick rigid insulation foam about 4" across and 8' long. The 2" foam is just enough for a firm seal except in the front. I needed to add another strip of 3/4" thick foam to fill the gap.
JimK-NY 05/04/22 06:25am Truck Campers
RE: Slide out to non slide

My wife and I along with two cats were fulltimers for a couple of years in a non-slide Northstar Igloo. There is absolutely no way I would want a slide. Without a slide there is no setup or takedown time. I don't need to open a slide to have full use of the camper. I can park anywhere and stay the night. Over the years this have included staying on the street in front of friends and relative's houses, lots of crowded Walmart or other similar parking lots. We have done our share of "stealth" camping where being as inconspicuous as possible is a benefit when not annoying the neighborhood. Very often it is legal to sleep in your vehicle, but cops might give you a hard time if the neighbors complain. Be respectful, don't take up parking spots in short supply, and you are very likely to be ignored. At least that has worked for us on many, many occasions when visiting friends, relatives in urban/suburban areas. Not having a slide saves considerable weight, reduces possibly for leaks and repairs. In many campers the slide adds to aisle space but little else. Some campers cannot be used fully without deploying the slide(s). When doing long drives, I like to stop for a rest which typically would include using the toilet, washing hands/face, cooking a decent meal and taking a quick nap.
JimK-NY 05/04/22 06:09am Truck Campers
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