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RE: Service Trailer Brake System message

Agree with all of the above, but FWIW, on my 2009 Silverado my experience was: - Water gets into the connector for whatever reason and causes the service message - After drying, it goes away. - Service message is also triggered if the equipment gets dirt, debris etc along with the water - However, after a while, the factory controller has just had enough and dies. It can be replaced / fixed but you may want to look into whether your controller can (even if repaired) adequately deal with whatever "modern" trailers you'll be pulling. - I can't recall too many specifics, but my factory controller (from my 2009 model built in 2008) even when "repaired" wouldn't work with the electric over hydraulic brakes on my new 2018 boat trailer...it was roughly the same cost to get a new P3 installed as it was to get the fix done to the factory controller...so went with new. My 2009 is now my "work" truck and it still shows the "service trailer connector" message, but it's meaningless since the new controller is what's connected to the outlet.
PA12DRVR 05/29/20 10:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4wd GMC Sierra tow vehicle

Different year, different model, same mfg, same problem....both a position sensor switch and related solenoid went bad overnight: lever moved fine, nothing happened in the innards. Straightforward fix (doesn't mean inexpensive) at the local tranny shop; most challenging part was getting the vehicle out of the condo parking lot. Ended up with a "come back at 10:00 p.m." charge from the wrecker as well as a couple of PO'd neighbors since it was unavoidable to block one road for about 15 minutes.
PA12DRVR 05/28/20 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4wd GMC Sierra tow vehicle

Different year, different model, same mfg, same problem....both a position sensor switch and related solenoid went bad overnight: lever moved fine, nothing happened in the innards. Straightforward fix (doesn't mean inexpensive) at the local tranny shop; most challenging part was getting the vehicle out of the condo parking lot. Ended up with a "come back at 10:00 p.m." charge from the wrecker as well as a couple of PO'd neighbors since it was unavoidable to block one road for about 15 minutes.
PA12DRVR 05/28/20 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leveling Blocks vs jack pads

FWIW, when I pulled my 16000# fifth wheel, the lynx levelers were OK, but (living in then booming Houston), I found it easier to swing by the scrap pile of the nearest multi-home development site and pickup a variety of 2 x 10's and 2 x 8's...always some available and I'd just cut them to about 16 - 18" lengths; would carry about 10 pieces.
PA12DRVR 05/21/20 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

Can only speak to my experience: - 3 Ford Trucks (2011, 2013, 2019: F350, 550, 250). No wobble on the 1st two nor the 3rd so far (only 6500 miles though). - In 45 years of driving to the cabin (requires 4WD), I've had automatic hubs fail twice (admittedly back in the '90s). Never had manual hubs fail, although I've had to replace them due to accumulated time in water, etc.
PA12DRVR 05/13/20 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another sad sign of the times.

And another rarity, the thread hasn’t been closed.....yet! memtb Nobody is fighting and it hasn't gone political..."yet"! Alaska mosquitoes (which have begun to emerge in Los Anchorage in the past few sunny days) are bigger than either Minnesota or Wyoming mosquitoes.;) No comment on their political affiliation. :E
PA12DRVR 05/07/20 04:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

May not help, but strictly FWIW, I have a Toyota Sequoia in the fleet and have used it several times in a "oh ****, the truck is out of service" situations. I've used the Sequoia (comparable to the Tundra) on those instances to tow at or slightly above it's tow limits and it's proven to tow "large" loads without any problem.
PA12DRVR 05/07/20 04:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Call before you dig

Pretty sure it varies state by state, but at my location: - The 811 "Call before you dig" system is (although I'm sure funded by the utilities) a quasi-separate organization that provides addresses, collects requests for locates, arranges times, etc. - Homeowners get at least one free locate for each service (i.e. gas, electric, phone, water, sewer)...and it may be one per year or per X years, never got to that point. - Contractors who will be working on a property have to pay for the locates. - Other than locates in ROW's for public road construction and the like, or identifying new connection points, locates are done by a private firm engaged by the 811 "organization". I believe in my area there are two firms, one for power/phone/ gas, one for water / sewer (power and gas covers probably 90% of the municipality, water & sewer, not so much) - If a residence is on a well or a septic system, locating the water or sewer is, of course, the responsibility of the homeowner.
PA12DRVR 04/24/20 01:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: The normal things we miss?

I miss road trips (or extended flights in the PA-12) Also miss granddaughter playing hockey (she's in town, just can't do the hockey in the current situation) Miss the monthly martini and steak night with some of my colleagues.
PA12DRVR 04/17/20 03:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: Propane tank age out, refurbish or replace?

FWIW, no more RVng, but I have about 3 20# tanks, 4 30# tanks, a couple (IIRC) 40#'s and 6 100#'s plus the 500 gallon tank to feed the b/u generator. (I use propane to heat the cabin and the shop and to provide HW, cooking, and to power 2 fridges at the cabin). I simply go to the propane distributor: they charge $5 to recertify anything below 100#'s, $15 to recertify the 100#. However, they will waive recertification fees for up to 2 tanks if you buy at least 30#'s. Easy enough to arrange. Bottom line is I recertify the 30#'s and larger as needed but buy new 20#s; in my location, the $$ works out better that way. Every chance in the world that none of my tanks need to be currently certified, but they're easier to get filled that way and I prefer to be in compliance with the regs since I haul them around quite a bit (either on roads or infrequently in the ol -PA12).
PA12DRVR 04/17/20 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

90% still working? Maybe if one ignores the fact that unemployment offices can't keep up, that "unemployment" doesn't factor in business owners who are out of business, that unemployment is a lagging indicator, and that "unemployment" doesn't reflect "underemployment" or reduced hours. Let me pick 10 folks in my family and friends; M, T, C, and J: Yep, this 40% is still working (either government or quasi-government employees), although remotely or in the case of C, at a base 37.5 hours per week vs. the 37.5 + 25 OT that normally takes place in his work. L, K, and D: All completely out of work (hunting guide...hunting is banned for out-of-staters; waitress, and bartender) T2, L2, and R: Working at about 10% (T2 is an export ship loader, not much of that happening now, his hours and pay is reduced to that 10%; L2 is a flight attendant, her airline is now flying at about 30% of what it was...she made it through the 30%, then 50% cuts but not now; has had 4 trips since about Mar. 20; R is a process server...since the courts are essentially shut down except for criminal matters, he's basically S.O.L. although he's had some FED work, but that will end with the next ban scheduled for 5:00 this afternoon). ...and all of the above have kids to support, mortgages to pay, and retirements to build.
PA12DRVR 04/17/20 11:12am General RVing Issues
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

"Very hard to have a convincing position on this question without specifically addressing the value of both sides of this equation." This element is very true. Unfortunately.... "The economy will come back it always has. It has never been artificially shut down like this before." .....isn't addressing the value of both sides of the equation. If the economy has never been shut down like this before (it hasn't), then how does it then logically follow that it will come back as it always has? Is it because of the magical $5T that's been printed and added to the debt load that our kids and grand-kids will be burdened with? The economic impacts are not being given due consideration...and "lives matter more than dollars" is too easy a way out of doing that consideration. America needs to get back to work.
PA12DRVR 04/13/20 07:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

"Those examining one side without regard to the other are having a hard time understanding those who approach from the opposite direction." Agree with that. My view is that most folks supporting a continuing lock down are not considering (certainly in my view not giving due weight to) the economic impacts of that lockdown, particularly when there is limited reporting on what percentage of COVID-19 infected people (not just "tested") are recovering from the disease. As noted above, we didn't create this pandemic. The assertion that there is no data to support an economic impact can be debated at some length (record unemployment numbers would be one item of data) but even prior to initiating that debate, it would have to be acknowledged that we have never, ever (not in 1929, not in 2001, not in 2008, etc) had a financial situation wherein, by government fiat, the two-prong situation was imposed 1) the economy was shut down;and 2) money was printed to pay the impacts of that imposed shutdown. Given the unique and novel nature of the economic approach, there is no rational basis to assume that "this will all pass" or that eventually "the dust will settle". Hopefully it passes, hopefully the dust settles, hopefully the percentage of our workforce forced out of a job gets some money to put food on the table, but blithely assuming that "this too shall pass" or that any and all economic impact need not be considered and evaluated, is misguided, in my view. Taking snippets of posts without the entire content dilutes the point of the original post. I haven't seen anyone on here say there wasn't going to be any economic impact. The point was - balking at the claim that the economy will be ruined or our kids and grandkids. No data to support that and sensible logic tells us that won't actually happen. The point of those claiming that we are self ruining the economy for baseless paranoia, is in itself baseless paranoia. It's a pretty heavy theme in this thread by a select few, that there is no hard data to support mandated closures and even if there were, the ruination of our economy isn't worth the lives saved. I strongly disagree with that vein of thought. Will there be economic impact?, you bet. Are we ruining the economy for our children and grandchildren?, no. I am open to someone with the evidence to change my mind. Think what you want about snippets of posts. I quoted what I agreed with for the point of saying I agreed with it. Didn't agree with most (or all) of the remaining post. Tell me how sensible logic tells us that the economy won't be ruined when we've never experienced a shutdown that was self-imposed and that was accompanied by a drastic rampup of the printing presses to print money to pay for the impacts of that shutdown. There is no prior experience to extrapolate to justify a belief that the collapse of the economy won't "actually happen". In contrast, sensible logic, based on the 1918 pandemic, would indicate that even doing far less than we're doing now, we'll "get through it" albeit with an admittedly-severe toll in lives. To make clear my vein of thought, I strongly disagree with the position seemingly taken by quite a few on here that saving any number of lives (however few or many that may be arguably be) is worth any economic cost, no matter how great that cost and no matter how extended the impact turns out to be. When virus deaths are quoted (even if not actually due to the virus) against "yes, there's an economic impact, but it will get better", that is comparing illusory numbers to justify an unsupported position. If people such as myself are challenged to cite data to show that the economy will collapse, it's equally fair to ask for data (again, in this unique to date situation of self-imposed shutdown) that shows the economy won't collapse. What happens if the public fisc can no longer pay healthcare workers, or military personnel, or government personnel? I don't believe those questions are being asked; it strikes me that those (in my view legitimate) questions get blithely ignored under the mantra of "we have to do everything to save lives".
PA12DRVR 04/09/20 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

"Those examining one side without regard to the other are having a hard time understanding those who approach from the opposite direction." Agree with that. My view is that most folks supporting a continuing lock down are not considering (certainly in my view not giving due weight to) the economic impacts of that lockdown, particularly when there is limited reporting on what percentage of COVID-19 infected people (not just "tested") are recovering from the disease. As noted above, we didn't create this pandemic. The assertion that there is no data to support an economic impact can be debated at some length (record unemployment numbers would be one item of data) but even prior to initiating that debate, it would have to be acknowledged that we have never, ever (not in 1929, not in 2001, not in 2008, etc) had a financial situation wherein, by government fiat, the two-prong situation was imposed 1) the economy was shut down;and 2) money was printed to pay the impacts of that imposed shutdown. Given the unique and novel nature of the economic approach, there is no rational basis to assume that "this will all pass" or that eventually "the dust will settle". Hopefully it passes, hopefully the dust settles, hopefully the percentage of our workforce forced out of a job gets some money to put food on the table, but blithely assuming that "this too shall pass" or that any and all economic impact need not be considered and evaluated, is misguided, in my view.
PA12DRVR 04/09/20 12:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

"Wow, how this thread has run. So many old, sick people in a panic. I'm 63. I have pretty good health, but I do have some risk factors like high blood pressure, even though I'm not fat. But I'm willing to risk my life (the very small risk that this is) by getting life back to normal so that they financial burden won't be so heavy on my children and grandchildren. But a lot of old and sick are so afraid of dying that they would rather put this burden onto future generations. Who is really compassionate and who is really selfish in this debate?" x10. In full disclosure, I'm two years younger and I believe 90% of this is fear porn and the high-powered medical folks falling in love with being on TV every day and being treated as the Grand Poobah ("Never shake hands again"...:R;) regardless, I'd be happy to not only risk but give up my life if it meant my kids and grandkids had the same opportunities that my generation has had....and to the immediate retort "you can't make that choice for me/others", well, the "keep it shut down" argument is making the choice to economically impair hundreds of millions of people, not just those losing their jobs now but the generations to come that will have a reduced standard of living. We've just acquired an additional 5? trillion dollars in national debt; will that happen every time a new disease springs up? We'll be a vassal state before much longer if that's the case. Tick tock
PA12DRVR 04/09/20 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: CDC and the government may be loosening the lockdown

"Open or closed, either way lives are at stake." ^^^ A factor that is often left out of the discussion. The magical printing press that pays unemployment (and also pays for public health agencies) will run out at some point. Blithely assuming that there are no impacts from killing an economy by government fiat is misguided at best.
PA12DRVR 04/08/20 03:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: And Texas Caves In

Have to say, the various bans and mandates don't appear to have properly taken into account the likely multi-generational impact of destroying our own economy. I don't have the right comparative scale to apply, but is (potentially) saving some number of lives worth reducing the standard of living for the rest of the country for a couple generations? And concurrently drying up the economic resources to address the next pandemic? We simply can't keep throwing trillions of $$ at even significant problems. At some point another problem will arise that can be solved by $$ (my opinion is that there is not much elasticity in COVID-19 risk v. the $$ being spent on it)....but at that point, we won't have either $$ or more borrowing power because we destroyed our economy in 2020.
PA12DRVR 04/07/20 01:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oil trades now in US dollars.....not for long

Unlikely to happen....yes, the Saudi/Russia deal may disrupt various baskets and blend analyses, but unless all sorts of other sectors began to trade in other currency (including the shipping / storage sector which will come to the fore very rapidly), one sector (oil) will not trade in a different currency than other major and related sectors.
PA12DRVR 04/05/20 08:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Good day today!

Over the past 3 days all sorts of trivial-in-the-big-picture-but-nevertheless-good-things happened in the -12drvr household - Got to go for a long walk in the evenings with my darling bride; - Granddaughter had her 8th birthday and really liked the electric keyboard we got her; - Son, DIL, and daughter all survived the latest round of layoffs at their respective employers and are probably good for quite some time. - Smoked what was reported to be a great brisket over the weekend.... - Sunny and 40 in Los Anchorage for a couple of days... Spring is coming!
PA12DRVR 04/02/20 04:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

I carry everything from a Sven Saw and DB Axe to electric saws to small Poulans to Big A** professional Stihls. For the PA-12, it's usually just the Sven Saw (trying to stay light). For the Jeep Wrangler on the existing trail to the cabin, it's usually the electric saw, sometimes if I'm feeling energetic when loading, the small gas Poulan. For the established trail to the cabin or for the (relatively few) backcountry dirt roads in AK, I've never needed more than the electric saw or small Poulan to deal with deadfall or blowdowns..but part of that is that I rarely have to make more than one cut and I'm able to winch the tree out of the way. I carried one of the wire saws on the snow-go for a couple of winters: never "had" to use it, but when I used it to see how it worked, I had a real struggle keeping it oriented right to cut efficiently and eventually gave up on the concept. Sven Saw or a campers axe was a better choice for me.
PA12DRVR 03/30/20 11:11am General RVing Issues
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