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RE: A/C on 116 volts?

I have one of these RV120VAC VOLTMETER (AMAZON) installed in one of my AC receptacles to alow me to watch the AC VOLTAGE all the time... This has the GREEN SCALE on it for easy viewing... That green scale is off quite a bit since anything above 105 volts is acceptable. I suggest buying a digital voltmeter. YEP IMO that meter is fairly worthless, but if it makes you feel good go for it:E Larry
LarryJM 08/09/19 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Nose Piece Waxing/Cleaning Bugs Off

I can't reach the top of the nose piece of my 5th wheel to clean the bugs off sufficiently or wax it with my 8 foot step ladder. If I could get closer it wouldn't be a problem but because I'm not going to lean the ladder against the nose where I could damage it I'm having a difficult time reaching. Using a long brush to wash it works fine but not for the finer detailing of it. If I was younger, I would just climb up on the roof, lay down and reach over the front to do the part I can't reach. We don't have an RV detailer in my area and I wouldn't trust some kid to do a decent job either. I'm stumped! Do any of you have any suggestions? Go to the linen closet and get two of the nicest and largest bath towels you can find, fold them and duct tape them to the ladder, then lean it against the cap. Do not tell your wife you're taking them. I do something similiar, but use an old blanket folded and then drapped over the top of a 8' step ladder and lay it against the front with most of the blanket between the ladder and the trailer to protect it from the ladder. Works great for reaching the top 1/3 of the trailer front especially for waxing and using an electric buffer after waxing. I tried using a 6' ladder, but the 8' works 10x better. Larry
LarryJM 08/03/19 08:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Plastic wheel well trim looks horrible

While washing my 5th wheel I noticed that the plastic trim around the wheel wells still looks dirty although I have tried everything to get them clean. I washed them with different cleaners and even used my pressure washer on them, What can I do to get them looking good again? The 5th wheel is only a little over two years old. Thanks! Dave https://i.imgur.com/w13TPgel.jpg Personally, I would use either Colorbond or Plasti-Dip instead of any paint. I used Colorbond on my vinyl hose carrier back in about 2010 and Plasti-Dip around the same time on my ABS trim pieces (wheel well trim, LP tank cover, and even the aluminum skirting along the bottom of the trailer). Both have held up suprisingly well. I like these two options since you can periodically used 303 to add aditional protection. The Colorbond is permanent whereas the Plasti-Dip can be removed and refinished with something else. Larry
LarryJM 07/31/19 05:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Help what tongue weight F150

The HDPP F150 is also called, "the unicorn"....Yes, rare and pricey. This guy is the first I have seen that claims different. Ever since they became "available" posters on this site have stated that they just are not on dealers lots. Everyone that wants one, orders it. And you're most likely to pay dearly whereas going with the more traditional F250/350 deals do exist with some units in stock and the capabilites will most likely be greater than these nearly non existant "UNICORNS";):B Larry
LarryJM 07/01/19 04:10am Travel Trailers
RE: bottle jacks for stabilization?

I've always used the 4 scissors jacks to stabilize the trailer. Never did a very good job: there's stil considerable movement. But recently to cope with a very unlevel site I used a bottle jack under one side of the frame. The site was so unlevel left-right that I jacked up that side enough that the wheels were off the ground. And that's how I camped for the 3 days. I did not use the scissors jacks at all. I was impressed by how stable the trailer was. Still a little movement though. So I put a second bottle jack under the frame on the other side and jacked it up just enough to make it tight. So the weight was now being supported at 3 points: the tongue and the two bottle jacks. The trailer was now rock-steady! This seems like the way to go. Forget about the scissors jacks entirely; jack up the two sides and take all the weight off the tires. Leveling and stabilizing in one! Pros and cons? I redid a 1975 Fleetwood Prowler. The old jacks were broken and welded on. I was gonna have to cut em off. I put 4 jack stands ender it on the frame. Solid as a rock. I finally used a Sawzall and cut the old jacks off. I lower the front jack, install the rear jack stands, then used the front jack to raise the front end. Then I put 2 under the frame. near the tongue. Quick and easy. Faster than hand turning the old jacks into position. I did the same thing and for those interested I discussed this method in some detail in THIS THREAD and you have to read ALL MY POSTS in that thread from the beginning to get the entire story. Two critical keys in using these jackstands are the locations (close to the axles) and getting sufficient force on them to eliminate the suspension and tire "bounce". You CAN NOT hand tighten them to get this and must use the tongue jack to get the necessary force on them. As one poster mentioned extending these jackstands too high w/o sufficient force then you WILL NOT get the stability needed. Larry
LarryJM 06/27/19 05:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: MICE

Pure Peppermint oil on cotton balls in all hidden places and drawers. I even leave a few laying around on counters. Works 100% of the time for us, and the coach smells great! Myth. Doesn't work, what you are seeing is a "coincidence" that you are not seeing mice. Goes for drier sheets, ultrasonic devices, moth balls and pretty much every other home and "as seen on TV" mythical potions and devices. NOTHING and I mean NOTHING works except for PLUGGING the TINY HOLES they are getting through. Your RV the manufacturer may have done a decent job PLUGGING holes which may be why you are not seeing mice in YOUR RV. My first TT, had lots of issues with mice getting in, my second and current TT I have NO PROBLEM with mice getting in. Both TTs were parked IN THE SAME EXACT SPOT. I do not have never had a personal cat around the yard to reduce the mice population, in fact, the first TT I had a neighbor across the road that had an outdoor cat which often visited my yard.. and YET I had mice trouble with the first TT. That cat died after I got my second TT and my second TT I have no issues with mice.. The difference? I personally PLUGGED EVERY SINGLE HOLE where plumbing and wiring went from outside into the inside that I could find in my second TT. Plug the holes and they will not come in. Good luck trying to seal up a slide out so mice can't get in .... NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!. By it's very nature slide outs are going to ALWAYS be the weak spot for critters to get into a trailer. Larry
LarryJM 06/18/19 03:55am General RVing Issues
RE: MICE

Catchmaster Glue Boards at Amazon - take your pick https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71JRV9vVdqL._SL1000_.jpg height=500 These fold into boxes - pull out your draws and put a few on the floor under them. Put them where ever you think the mice might run through them. Once they're stuck, you'll probably need to finish them off. These traps work for just about anything that crawls including ants. We also battle mice and found the glue traps the best solution with a tad of peanut butter on them works like a charm. You just need to check them every couple of days and dispose of those caught and refresh those that have done their job. Larry
LarryJM 06/17/19 02:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford Triton Engine Spark Plugs PSA

With about 120,000 miles on my '04 V10 I blew out the holes with air, sprayed PB blaster in the holes and just cracked the plugs loose. Next morning they all just came right out. That's the way to do it and the whole secret with PB Blaster is to let it work a day or more keeping the area wet. Larry
LarryJM 06/10/19 02:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Excessive receiver/shank play on new truck

You need a good anti rattle device so you don't get so much play in the receiver,thus magnifying the movement and doing more damage to the receiver. I have tried almost every Anti Rattle device on the market, most have been no good or so complicated and cumbersome that they are useless. Including the Roadmaster type,totally useless,as is all that have been mentioned here. Until I found the one at Hitch Rider. Their Hitch Vice is the best and easiest one I have come across and it really works. I agree 100% and have been using the Hitch Vice for over 10 years with EXCELLENT results. IT SIMPLY WORKS where others play a distant catch up and fall short. Larry
LarryJM 06/10/19 02:46pm Towing
RE: 6 inch awning tear

Eterna bond on both sides would be my first choice That won't works since while Eternabond sticks great, the microsealant adhesive has VERY LOW shear strength and won't hold. My recommendation is to either replace it (1st and best option) for a couple hundred dollars or remove it and take it somewhere and have them put a new seam in eliminating the portion between the tear and the existing seam where the awinging rail cord is shortening the awning as long as that distance is in the 6 in range. The second option can be a DIY using a hand stitching awl and extra heavy duty thread that is UV protected and made for outdoor fabrics and awnings. This is a very meticulous and slow process and takes some practice to become efficient at hand stitching. I have been making repairs and custom fabricating items for some 30 years using a hand stitching awl and this has saved me $1,000's over the years. Larry
LarryJM 06/09/19 01:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Red Winnebago gel coat oxidation

I own a bright red Winnebago TT with gel coat finish. Despite waxing yearly and covering in the off season, it's finish has dulled considerably with splotchy oxidation. Last fall I made some headway by using my Dewalt orbital with wool pads and Meguiars 49 oxidation remover followed by Meguiars 56 Pure Wax. When I uncovered last week, I'd lost most of last year's improvement? If anyone has any advice, I will certainly appreciate it. Personally I like Meguiars pro polishing compound (205) using either a specific "correction" foam pad or something like Meguiars micro fiber cutting pad. Finally I recommend using a good polymer/sealant like Meguiars Marine wax and not a carnauba based wax which is great for shine, put poor for protection/longevity. Larry
LarryJM 06/02/19 05:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: PVC Pipe Solvent/Cement, How do you Prolong in storage ?

I give the can a shot of argon from the TIG to displace the O2. Seems to keep a long time. Along the same lines .... Put a layer of the solvent (Acetone/Methyl Ketone) on top and DO NOT MIX ... It won't last forever, but will extend what is left in the can by preventing air to be in actual contact with the cement liquid until that sacrifical top layer of solvent evaporates. Larry
LarryJM 06/01/19 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Cofair Quick Roof vs Eternabond?

Called my local RV shop and asked if they had short rolls of Eternabond. Yes. They did. Went in to get it. Was in a hurry. Bought what they gave me and got home with it. Discovered it wasn't Eternabond, but Cofair Quick Roof. 1. Is it equivalent? Have you used both and can give a comparison? 2. Has "eternabond" become a generic name for this sort of product? I'm a little annoyed that (1) they sold me this without telling me it wasn't Eternabond, and (2) I was in such a hurry that I didn't notice until I got home. I like the parts guy in this store, and I will continue to do business with them. But I may return this roll unused, since in these days of online shopping I can get the real thing delivered to my door in a day. This Cofair stuff wasn't even any less expensive than Eternabond. Or am I making a mountain out of a molehill? -Speak The whole key to why Eternabond is so good is in it's microsealant which is trademarked and proprietary so there ARE NO SUBSTITUTES and IMO all others are just WANNABES and run a DISTANCE SECOND to real Eternabond. I did my entire roof penetrations along with both edges back in March 2008 and now 11+ years later not a single area (except for about 10in on the leading edge of the front cap seam) have come loose and that one area only about 1/4 in of the 4 in width came loose. I also did not use extra caulk along any of the Eternabond edges except for that front cap leading edge after that small area came loose about 4 or 5 years ago. Properly applied Eternabond is a good as it gets IMO .... I would accept NO SUBSTITUTE PERIOD!!!! Larry
LarryJM 05/29/19 04:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roof repair

Don't cut the membrane and make another seam up there. Its just another source of leaks. Do it right. Remove all the screws in the cap/roof membrane molding.....remove screws on the drip rails both sides....other roof fixtures and roof jacks past the rotted area.....then roll the membrane past the area your going to replace. Replace damaged wood......then replace it all with a good seal job. Let google and youtube work for you on this project. While you might technically be right for a 15 year old unit that is is basically worthless I think if the rest of the roof and structure below is good repairing all the damage in that last 24" and sealing any new roof seam with 4 or 6" Eternabond would be the most cost effective repair. Larry
LarryJM 05/28/19 04:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Capping off a propane line: need tips and tricks!

i prefer 'Kroil' or 'PB blaster' much better penetration, bushing will come out easier I agree "PB Blaster" (My preference) is XXX times better than WD40. Best to let the PB Blaster work for a day or two reapplying as necessary to keep fitting wet. It takes time for the PB Blaster to really be effective so it's not a quick one step process. Larry
LarryJM 05/23/19 01:48am Tech Issues
RE: Leveling and turning on your refrigerator?

only time you MUST TURN OFF is when fueling or you could be on the 6pm news. IMO that is a REAL CHICKEN LITTLE comment:S Larry
LarryJM 05/21/19 05:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Rubber Roof Cleaner and Protectant

Here is a photo of the rubber roof on my TT, discolored from weathering. It at least warrants cleaning - just hosing down is not an option. I'm still not sure if/what UV product to use afterwards. https://i.imgur.com/mRFhF2Zl.jpg "border=0" That roof looks great and doesn't need a thing. LEAVE IT ALONE!!!! Larry
LarryJM 05/13/19 06:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Rubber Roof Cleaner and Protectant

Wet and Forget Same here, IMO scrubbing and rubbing only shortens it's eventual life. The only time I would do anything is if and when grass and weeds started growing from the dirt build up:W Larry
LarryJM 05/13/19 06:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Which van has largest tow capacity

AFAIK the highest tow related Vans were the 1T Ford 7.3/6.0L diesels with the 4.10 that were rated for 10K towing and 20K GCWR. My 2001 7.3 is one of those beasts.:B Larry What kind of gas mileage do you get with that? Towing and not towing. Towing with a GCW of 17.5K I get 10 to 11.5, non towing all freeway around 17 and mixed around 14 to 15. The Van only weighs close to 8100 lbs since it's heavily converted and I carry a LOT OF STUFF even not towing. The Van spends 65% of it's miles towing and is not a daily driver. Larry
LarryJM 05/11/19 03:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which van has largest tow capacity

AFAIK the highest tow related Vans were the 1T Ford 7.3/6.0L diesels with the 4.10 that were rated for 10K towing and 20K GCWR. My 2001 7.3 is one of those beasts.:B Larry
LarryJM 05/10/19 04:21am Tow Vehicles
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