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RE: Water softener

I would suggest the opposite. From personal experience I can tell you that if you put the carbon filter first it will plug up prematurely. 8+ years full time I have experienced the nasty hard water full of calcium, iron and sulphur in Northern Arizona to water pumped from a creek in Washington taught me a lot about dealing with water quality issues. I would suggest that you reach out to Jesse at Waterfixers in Oregon. He is a sharp guy and can point you in the right direction.
PNW_Steve 08/19/19 12:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Stationary camper roof repair advice...

Sealing the leak is half of the battle. You need to give the water someplace to go. If it pools on the roof it will find its way in :) I use Henry's roof sealant every couple of years to recoat the potential problem areas on my roof. Seams and roof penetrations. It has served me well. The best solution is building a cover over it. IMHO: Moisture is the biggest killer of "sticks and staples" RV's. I didn't see where you are located. If it is a damp climate I would also recommend a dehumidifier. I lived in a 5th wheel for 2+ years on the bank of a creek, in the woods NE of Seattle. Wettest place I have ever lived.... I learned a lot about RV's and moisture :)
PNW_Steve 08/19/19 11:55am General RVing Issues
RE: 12V Power

Now I am curious.... I am aware of the designation of one of the pins on the 7 pin connector is 12v supply. I assumed that it was not used as none of the truck/trailer combos that I have owned have charged the trailer from the truck charging system. How common is it to have that feature from the factory?
PNW_Steve 08/19/19 09:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electrical Issues

Roy, Some converters have fuses separate from the fuse panel that has the fuses for your 12v loads. If your converter and fuse panel are two separate pieces, there is likely one or two fuses on the converter itself.
PNW_Steve 08/19/19 09:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

Ram 2500 vs Ram 3500 Per this article, the only difference between a 3/4T and a 1T is the coil springs vs leaf springs. Everything else is the same. I have the same truck as you. While I haven't got a new trailer yet, I feel like I'd be comfortable being 500-750 lbs over for as seldom as I get to go. If I need airbags or whatever, then so be it. I am not anything close to an automotive engineer or even a mechanic.... But I have owned and towed with both Ram 2500 & 3500's and I find this a little hard to believe. The 3500's have been significantly more comfortable to tow or haul with. Just my $0.02 :)
PNW_Steve 08/19/19 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Snow.... ( British Columbia Hwy 97 North)

You just keep it up there! I am not done with Summer yet. :)
PNW_Steve 08/19/19 08:20am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Leavenworth, WA recommendations?

Hey Everyone, My wife and I are heading to Leavenworth next week and are looking for a spot to camp. I am torn between an RV park or dry camping. If I dry camping I am going to have to run the generator more than I like. I prefer quiet remote spots over RV parks. Unfortunately my solar install will not be finished in time. If we stay somewhere with electric hookups I can avoid running the generator. Any recommendations for dry camping locations? RV parks? Thank you. S.
PNW_Steve 08/16/19 01:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: If I have to ask I probably shouldn't

I took a minute to look at your sig and have to agree. You can fix anything in the kitchen with the proper application of Bacon. Especially if you cook it in cast iron :) One question.... When making the "map" for my sig line I clicked all of the places that I had visited in my RV's and then, without thinking, I clicked on Hawaii as I have been there. Just not in my RV... I noticed it some time later and have not gotten around to correcting it... You are the only other member I have noticed with the Hawaiian Islands on your map. Did you RV there? I have seen lots of tent camping on the islands and a couple of old decrepit RV's used as permanent stationary housing. I have yet to see an RV on the road there. Curious :)
PNW_Steve 08/15/19 11:59am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: If I have to ask I probably shouldn't

:( I miss my cast iron...... My Wife took over the kitchen when we got married and she is not cast iron friendly.... If I started cooking more again she would probably let me have a little space for cast iron.. I'll have to work on that. :) I say: Go ahead and buy it! She/He who does with the most cast iron in the kitchen wins. :)
PNW_Steve 08/15/19 11:47am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi Towing a Fifth Wheel

I cannot directly answer your question but I will share with you my experience. I have been towing with Dodge 3500's with Cummins Diesels for some years. I recently bought a Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 gas motor to pull my 5er.... It sucks..... Anyone wanna buy a Chevy?? I REALLY got spoiled rotten with the 1 ton Diesels. More stable towing, better brakes, much more power and much better fuel mileage. I get better fuel mileage towing almost 18,000# with my Diesel than I do with the gas truck empty. Having tried a variety of tow vehicles I have developed a very strong preference for Diesels. Just my (somewhat biased) $0.02 :) I hope someone more familiar with the Hemi chimes in.
PNW_Steve 08/15/19 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: A question about wifi amps and receivers

but the MX and enduro events are primitive and miles from the nearest anything.A wifi antenna/amp can't make something out of nothing. Absolutely! If there is WiFi signal but it is weak then upgrading equipment may make it better. If there is zero signal then you are out of luck. Zero times anything equals zero. If you have marginal signal and want to make it better I would suggest that you look at Ubiquiti client radios. Something like this: That is what I use on the road.
PNW_Steve 08/15/19 10:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Great tool

I’ve never had the slightest problem anchoring them with a screwdriver. Looks like a solution in search of a problem to me. I would have to agree. I have had a couple of them spin in the hole in the last 40 years. Not enough of an issue to send me tool shopping and I do love buying new tools :)
PNW_Steve 08/15/19 10:46am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Pets riding in trailer

The following states do allow you to ride in a travel trailer. However, each one has a different description of what kind of RV qualifies, so check your local laws. Arizona Arkansas California District of Columbia Georgia Idaho Indiana Iowa Kentucky Michigan Mississippi Missouri Montana (fifth-wheel only) Nebraska New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania (fifth-wheel only) Rhode Island South Dakota Tennessee Texas West Virginia Wisconsin (fifth-wheel only)
PNW_Steve 08/14/19 03:55pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Thinking of a Mercedes Class C

Hi, Why diesel? Ford V-10 is more or less bullet proof, and inexpensive to repair compared to diesel. I met a Canadian couple, that had traveled extensively in a Sprinter based rig, when I was in Mexico a couple of years ago. They loved it. They had traveled all over the US and Mexico and had averaged around 20 mpg. Regarding longevity, I have been watching sprinter based box trucks and see quite a few with over 300k miles listed as "runs and drives great". My V10 didn't do quite as well.....
PNW_Steve 08/13/19 03:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ice cream?

I am always on the lookout for huckleberry ice cream when traveling up North. We just spent time camping up on Eckler Mountain. Huckleberries are plentiful and sweet :)
PNW_Steve 08/13/19 10:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: AT&T Hot-spot performance?

The problem with almost all "hotspot" devices is that they have very poor internal antennas. When you are camping, it is typically not close to a cell tower so you have a weaker signal. Some of the aftermarket hotspots (cell phone data to WiFi converter) do have external antennas and they make a big difference. Typically, you just swap the SIM card. How far away from a cell tower would an external antenna be useful in typical situations? I have the Nether MIMO external antenna. It does help a little. Not as much as I had expected.
PNW_Steve 08/13/19 10:28am Technology Corner
RE: Electric Fridge, Now That Hole in the Side..

I have a residential refrigerator with the condenser on the back in my 5er. I have left the vents open to allow airflow over the condenser. I have done this, with good success, in two rigs and working on my third. If you close off the outside vents you are going to come up with some sort of ventilation for the condenser. Good luck.
PNW_Steve 08/08/19 11:08am Travel Trailers
AT&T Hot-spot performance?

Hello Everyone, I purchased an AT&T / Nether hot-spot. I have played with it extensively at home and it has worked great. But.... We didn't buy it for home. We bought it so we could have internet connectivity while away from home. Unfortunately, the device performance, away from home, has been dismal. The troubles range from constantly rebooting to showing 3-4 bars of signal but not showing connected to AT&T. After several reboots it will connect. The connection lasts anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours. It appears to be worse during the day than early morning or late evening. Has anyone here run into similar problems? I called AT&T and had no success. I am wondering if my hot-spot may be defective or if AT&T's service is just that bad? What do you all think?
PNW_Steve 08/08/19 11:01am Technology Corner
RE: Ice cream?

I have owned three absorbtion refrigerators. None of them would keep ice cream well in hot weather. I have spent a lot of time in AZ and TX. I gave up on buying ice-cream any time it was over 80-90F outside. My solution was to replace them with 10.8cu.ft. residential refrigerators. No problem keeping ice-cream solid and ice "dry" if you know what I mean. My 5'er has two golf cart batteries, a 1000 watt PSW inverter, 300 watts of solar and a 25 amp shore charger. This setup has served me pretty well for almost four years and 6000 miles. The batteries have lost some capacity over time and will probably be replaced next year. This season I have had to run the generator a bit more than past seasons. We are working on our "new to us" rig that will sport 1800 watts of solar and a much larger battery bank (24 volt 430 a/h). No more generator needed! Well.. Not unless it gets cloudy :) We love the space of the 10.8 fridges. They seem enormous inside compared to the absorption fridges they replaced.
PNW_Steve 08/08/19 10:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Backup Camera

I have seen folks wire them into the backup lights. I thought that a slick way to go until I looked at my trailer and realized that I don't have backup lights. My umbilical cord has the connection for backup lights but it ends at the front of the trailer. :( If your trailer has backup lights that would be another option.
PNW_Steve 08/08/19 10:24am Travel Trailers
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