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RE: Jack it bike rack

Tongue mount bike racks are a great idea, cant be a generic concept due to frame size and width, shape of TT front, location of propane tanks etc. I have custom built racks for several tts and 5er that covered all those issues of clearance and ease for up to 4 bicycles. using springs and nitrogen struts to lower the rack via a pull down 2 arm level frame. Challenge [email protected] to show you the pics amd videos of our rack. Swagman is stuck on rear hitches.
SDcampowneroperator 04/19/21 07:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Park Reviews

campgroundreviews,com, formerly was purchased about 8 years ago by Andy Robinowitz, web master of Andy changed the format and installed algorythyms to make older reviews less weighty on review # , to make the leader, until about 3 years ago when he changed the name to Appropriately. This led to a battle with Mark Koep, webmaster of, I know both personally, and mediated the battle with the reasoning that they are not competitors and any confusion would lead each to the other. A verbal review with a photo view is the best combination . They compliment each other. Max
SDcampowneroperator 04/16/21 07:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What do you use for an outdoor ground cover?

One year when e had done extensive site rebuilds with blue grass sod, a camper unrolled their huge astroturf over the beautiful grass? When I aked why, she replied she didnt want her camper to get dirty with mower clippings. She left us a nasty review. I didnt mind, we didnt want people like her in our camp. Nature is a foreign concept to many. If you wish for a ground cover, get an open weave mat that lets water andlight through that does not hinder grass much and still gives you what you want. Do what you can to enjoy and preserve
SDcampowneroperator 04/15/21 09:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

To unhook from a WDHitch, First chock the trailer wheels. 2- run the tongue jack down until it lifts the hitch some. Alittle if front of truck is off level low to trailer, more if front of truck is high to trailer. This relieves tension on the WD bars so they will release easily and safely. 3- remove / relieve tension on the WD bars 4- raise tongue jack to put the weight back on the truck 5 - Open coupler latch- may have to wiggle truck back and forth if truck is pushing back on the trailer. 6- run tongue jack down ( may have to use blocks to raise high enough) to lift trailer off truck tow ball. This serves 2 purposes, as tongue jacks have short stroke, and are weak at long extension. Reverse procedure to hook up. You cannot have the wrong size ball to cause binding. A 1/78" willfit in a 2" coupler, a 2" will not fit in a 1 7/8" coupler. No trailer ever designed and built for more than 2000# uses a 1 7/8 " Likewise, 2" balls and couplers are for the 2000- 5000# trailers. trailers over 5000# use a 2 5/16 " ball Never could you fit a 2 5/16" ball into a 2" coupling. OPs issue I think is a WD bar still applying down force on the ball. She wrote to the affect that one bar was still attached. That alone would not let her ( i read their profile) to raise the hitch high enough to separate truck from trailer, particularly if truck was in a front low orientation, blocks would be required to lift the trailer high enough. There are many makes and types of WD hitches, some leave bars on the truck, most are removable, but the principles of weight transfer, are the same as is hook up procedure. Good Luck, OP, its easy when you are experienced.
SDcampowneroperator 04/15/21 08:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: So different now

Take a different approach. Near cities and attractions are where the 'weekend' crowd in prime season whelmes camps. Adjust your plans to off prime visits in even the most desirable locations prime sites in desirable locations will be available at discounted rates on short notice. Find new developing private camps where the 'word' hasnt gotten out yet, Might not be much for facilities, grass young, construction of amenity ongoing but it will be welcoming $ reasonable and spacious. 6 rigs in an 60 site section. Mgmt gave us 2 sites for our mc trailer and truck parking. Told him I d water the grass both sites. We are in one like that now in Bandera, prime Tx hill country. have been using new camps for years in prime places and times.
SDcampowneroperator 04/13/21 07:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: Wow, 6 months wait for a Chevy-Tahoe

Mod, close thread it has gone way off topic What does ev units have to do with ice delivety dates?
SDcampowneroperator 04/10/21 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wow, 6 months wait for a Chevy-Tahoe

A week ago we ordered a 2021 GM 3500 SRW crew cab long box duramax. 6-7 weeks delivery. Not too bad. Did they ask you for deposit?. no deposit. dealer in Newcastle , wy. Ive bought from this salasman before. 22% off MSRP. cash sale , no trade. Our '07 classic lbz duramax will sell privately in days for 1/2 what we paid for it 14 years and 190k miles ago.
SDcampowneroperator 04/09/21 08:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wow, 6 months wait for a Chevy-Tahoe

A week ago we ordered a 2021 GM 3500 SRW crew cab long box duramax. 6-7 weeks delivery.
SDcampowneroperator 04/09/21 05:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30 amps for 50 amp trailer

30a = 3600w. 50a = 12600 w potential Power mizering is a lesson we learned long ago. Turn fridge, furnace , cold water heater to propane. You now have most wattage available except for the small drain for lights tv and such. What this means is you can run 2 power hungry devices at a time, like 1a/c and hair dryer, Toaster and coffee pot, and so on. Not 3 . A/cs typically draw 12-15 a on start, run at 10-11a Thats yes you can run 2 a/cs on 30a IF you have reduced all other load. If an a/c runs at 12a usually less, thats 1500watts. 2 is 3000watts leaving 600 w for incidentals. just fine. You cant hurt anything just trip a breaker that reminds you you forgot to shut something off before you tirned on something else. Learn to proactively manage your load Many years on construction sites or on a friends back yard and we have run 1 a/c on 15 amp many times.
SDcampowneroperator 04/08/21 08:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Park Reviews

Good Sam account representatives visit every Good Sam park every year. They do not 'review', they ' rate' based upon the 10/10/10 point system which is divided into 3 sections, that evaluate camp amenity, facility and sites. Usually when they arrive in camp its unannounced, except for an email up to a week before that they will come soon. They drive and walk the camp and rate based upon their observations. When this is done they sit down with management, present their rating, proceed to listing and advertising. In our 19 years, there was no discussion allowed on their rating. It cant be bought or altered. One year after we had done extensive upgrades to all 3 categories our rating jumped 6 aggregate points. Within a week Ed and Jan Thierfelder, Good Sams Quality Assurance team checked in unannounced rated the camp, to verify our 9.5/10/9.5 . Reviews about the camp on the GS link are from guests. Ratings amd Reviews are apples and oranges apart. Opinions about rudeness or some other slight may be construed differently. Some want to be led by the hand, some are offended if help is extended. The customer is not always right, its why businesses have the right to refuse service. Consider the region. being a extensively well traveled westerner, I would not call the New Yorker rude for being what is percieved for NYC. A New Yorker might be put off by the graciousness in the south, thinking it, intrusive.
SDcampowneroperator 04/08/21 06:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Air Flow Deflectors

Anything you can do to reduce turbulence will give you better mileage, quieter in cab, less buffeting in crosswinds when meeting big rigs going by on the upwind side. The savings and effects IMHO are not worth it. Big cost, little gain. The effort to push a vehicle into the air is not as effective as reducing the vorticae behind the towed. Aircraft are pointy on the back,not the front. On semi trucks, over sleeper air foils are worthwhile because they are close to the van so turbulence between them there is an asset, not a detriment as air passes down the sides of the van then enters in greater velocity the vorticae behing the van reducing the 'suction' effect. Most semi truck trailers now have under frame spoilers to reduce drag. Some have spoilers on the rear doors to reduce the vortice behind the van. Dont see as many now like that as we used to. Big trucks with a million miles to go 1-5% small savings in fuel over equipment cost, is good sense. Is it worth it to you? You might get a amall increase in economy, less buffeting ifrom winds Doubtful if cost over savings and comfort would be worthwhile. OTR drivers experience on cost and effects is an opinion I want to read.
SDcampowneroperator 03/31/21 06:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bugs on Windshield

Motorcycle windscreens, made of plastic cant be scrubbed as scrubbing scratches the plastic. to remove the bugs. Bug Off and RainX are good products that not only make bug gut removal easier, also sheet rain water off like a waxed surface M/Cs dont have wipers. So applying a release agent is best for them , not feasable for most. Scrubbing off glass is a little more work and $ 0cost than treating with a release agent to get the bug guts off. M/C yes. Glass no.
SDcampowneroperator 03/30/21 06:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: backing up 4 down jeep jk

I hesitate to post because of furor previous posts I made on this issue. Now posters are advocating that backing short distances with caution can be done. I have vindication. When I owned and operated our camp, regularly MHs with toad pulled too far forward at our registration area to make the left turn to their campsite. In my best site escort suggestions, " Sir, back up just a little I"ll watch the towed front wheels" never a problem. most did knowing they could Occasionally a n inexperienced driver that has never seen it or spooked by mfgr disclaimers was hesitant, however with my demeanor and assurance, never did in 19 years did a driver refuse to 'give it a try' Never did a steering wheel cramp in a short straight reverse. Certainly that lesson is being reflected here. If a vehicle can be towed, forward with all gearing disconnected, how can it be damaging to back it short distances?
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/21 09:27pm Dinghy Towing
RE: New propane leak after tanks filled

Put some Vaseline on the rubber o-rings Never use petroleum based products on rubber, use silicone based products. This - aka plumbers valve grease Not water, petroleum soluable or flammable.
SDcampowneroperator 03/27/21 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Forest River Foam Core floor soft spots

Award tts used the same construction method, foam between thin plywood for the floors. It bankrupted them. Our '87 30' award columbia developed soft spots also. To cure it I drilled dozens of holes from top and from under just through the ply, injected adhesive, then refloored. It required gutting cabinets and dinette, around toilet, any place walking weight was placed. A good note, it sold very well all fixed in '97
SDcampowneroperator 03/25/21 09:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fresh water pump

Good idea to try out and sanitize your on board system. As a water system manager, if you are filling with chlorinated city water, there should be no need to 'shock' your system. Contact your water supplier to know for sure the sanitation method and level of sanitizer. Should you wish, 1 teaspoon of 5% calcium hypochlorite laundry bleach to 10 gallons of water is a 50 ppm concentration. Thats 15 times stronger than pool water. It only takes a couple of ounces, not 1/4 cup. That will kill any fungus, bacteria or pseudomonus. After an hour, drain. I like to put the bleach in to the fill hose then hook up, so the hose is also sterile. I keep a spray bottle of dilute bleach in my water bay to spray the camp faucet threads, my hands after dumping.
SDcampowneroperator 03/25/21 08:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1982 Triple E 454 Chevy engine is it worth it?

80s Triple E s were exceptionally well built in Winkler, Mb. walked that production line several times when we lived nearby. The issues you see are not EEE, charge the dash air, ( r12 - 132 w/ leak sealer) 454 s are tough but thirsty, 90k is just broken in. Winshield? Cruise? Dont know. $6100cdn ( $4800 us ) sounds high for a 40 yo unit. If they fix your concerns, maybe A/c, fridge furnace are at or past end of life. $3k to replace them Get warranty.
SDcampowneroperator 03/20/21 08:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rear Kitchen - good idea or bad idea?

The back seat in a bus is the roughest ride. Do you want windows looking out the back or out the left into your neighbors site? Kitchens are the heaviest part of a unit. Best over axles.
SDcampowneroperator 03/20/21 08:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Torquing tire stud by hand

Retorque after 50 and 150 miles. You do not want to know how we learned that. 8 bolt patterns snug any method, then 12-6- 3-9 1-7-2-8 torque in order, typical 9/16 or 14mm torque dry ( no lube) is 130 lb/ft. Then again 1-8 More is not better.
SDcampowneroperator 03/20/21 07:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane tank inside or outside of RV?

Propane does not freeze, it does have a boiling point of -44.3f. at that temp there is no pressure in the vessel. Butanes boiling point is + 32f. Commonly sold in the south in like Mexico are a blend which raises the boiling point As a liquid boils into a gas in a vessel, it cools the vessel, thats why you see frost on the outside if it, the relativy humidity condenses on the outside of the vessel. A/Cs, all cooling units work onthe same principal. With high demand on a small vessel like a 20# vs a 250 gal home tank the chilling of the liquid inthe small tank as it boils into vapor will seriously chill the liquid resulting in lower ptessure, giving the visual effect of freezing of the regulator. Relative humidity will condense on a part colder than 100% RH The freezing on the outside is water RH freezing on the outside of the tank and regulator, not the propane inside it. Keep tanks larger than 1# outside, warm the tank, thats what your hot water pour on it did. You got the pressure back by warming the tank. Learn propane properties easy on wikipedia. I poured and carried propane in a bucket at -53f, Long Lac, On. Jan. 94
SDcampowneroperator 03/17/21 06:40pm Class C Motorhomes
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