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RE: Wet bolt kit recommendation

There are 2 types of wet bolt. They are 9/16 A full size over its length and a reduced size with a shoulder that uses a 7/16 " sized nut. Both use thread locking nuts. They work equally well the issue is when you use the ones with the shoulder they can only be used with standard thickness shackles as they are intended to be tightened all the way to the shoulder which leaves a little play for the spring. With the full size wetbolts you can use heavy duty thicker shackles that have better grip on the knurling, to prevent locking in the spring. The trick with them is to tighten the lock nut to full torque, then back the nut off a 1/2 turn to allow the spring to move between the shackles. The bolt must never twist in the shackle. Our '09 carriage 5er had dexter axles with mor ryde rubber equalizers. The morrydes did not have a 'tube' between sides. ' bolts were dry. They quickly wore through the equalizer, left us broke down for days at a tow truck yard to get new parts. $$$$
SDcampowneroperator 04/27/20 07:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any one else afraid to travel right now ?

You really do have a catch 22. On your way home you will have to eat, sleep, fuel. To protect yourselves you need to travel alone, so no option of a younger family member coming to drive you home Air or any public travel is right out. You could return to your younger days and tent it or sleep under the stars. That means you go shopping for air beds etc. Theres no easy way. But wouldnt it be fun? I would chance the motels bring along all you need to eat. When you do get home, another whole set of issues arises. do you have a plan for that?
SDcampowneroperator 04/24/20 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anode's Rapid Demise

Guidance for sealing with pfte white tape is 1 1/2 wrap for 1/4" pipe, 1/2 wrap more for each larger size pipe. So , 1/2" is 2, 3/4 2 1/2 etc. Sacrificial anodes are 3/4" Properly tightened mechanical pipe joints will have conductivity through the sealant. Easy to check with the ohms setting on your multimeter. 1 probe on tank, the other on anode. you will read infinity well before sufficient torque to seal.
SDcampowneroperator 04/12/20 06:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Problems with past RV Parks you've stayed at?

We requirED leases on cats for the safety of the cat, control its faeces, and for our wildlife. A cat is a hunter. It will kill anything it can and bring it home. Tell me about your cat that only brings home rodents and not birds. When I was a kid on the farm, Kiowa co. Ks., we had a colony of Western Kingbirds. People from colleges and all around came to study them, but we also had to control rodents in hay, grain, buildings. My pappys ( BS ag, Friends U, Wichita ) solution was bull snakes, no cats except the indoor house cat, we would catch every bull snake we saw and release it in the hay stack. Bingo! no mice, lots of birds. Not a good solution in parks or camps with campers unfounded, uneducated fear of snakes.
SDcampowneroperator 04/11/20 08:02pm Family Camping
RE: Problems with past RV Parks you've stayed at?

Sold my park. From the other side, our troubles WERE , in no order, with late arrivals that cant park, quieting the party, people driving on grass, bringing unapproved firewood, noise ( voices, music, trucks) during quiet hours, forgetting time changes, so ringing officebell an hour early or late, babies without swim diapers and dogs in pool. Damage, abuse of free provided sports equipment, those who do not read the info for wifi log in, or CATV hookup, even when we bring a test tv set or ipad to their site and show them the wifi is good, CATV is good, so sorry, it must be something with your equipment. Cutting weiner sticks from camp trees and shrubs, trash in firerings, barking dogs left in the rig, theft of backflow preventers( pity that guy that thinks he scooped a regulator) Trash in recycling bins, sewage spills, leaking hoses, both types, A/C on with windows open, dog poop, even poor reviews about wildlife poo along hiking trails, , tree sap, pine cones falling on the roof, lawsuits and medical claims ( never won by them) for injury or illness for their own actions or tripping over a natural hazard while drunk. My point is so many faults are attributed to the private camps that are beyond their control, yet are expected by many to maintain social order as it exists around their home. Some People go camping to get out of that regimen. My pity is for those who little time off work have to schedule late arrival, early departure, with no time between to just hang out. People behave better in state and fed parks because the hosts wear official uniforms and have authority to enforce. Few private camp owners last more than 5 years. The burnout from long hours, a demanding public, staffing, regulations, takes away all the romantic vision. Only someone who approaches this industry as a business with a thick skin lasts. Oh Yeah, cut that tree limb under 14' We lasted 19years.
SDcampowneroperator 04/10/20 06:46pm Family Camping
RE: A little humor in these tough times...

Bob, You missed the heated seats amd floor mats to keep the tushy warm and socks from freezing in those Calgary winters.
SDcampowneroperator 04/07/20 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is MISSING from your RV Park?

Things we wish were everywhere: Paved roads and sites - no dust Passport America accepted without restrictions Fire rings and BBQ grills Large off leash pet area Long pull thru sites Wide sites with well manicured lawns Rental golf carts at big parks No add on fees for extra people, vehicles, pets, activities, 50amp etc. Clean laundry with enough machines max price of $1.00 per load. Me too! Even gov. parks cant do that, look into building or operating your park with that criteria. So glad I am no longer a park owner.
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/20 07:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best way to repair a hole in hauler vinyl floor

if you can find the same vinyl, tape a piece over rhe damaged area pattern matched , then cut thru both layers with a razor knife to make a patch. Remove the damaged area, glue down the patch. Flooring stores have products to blend in seams, make a parch disappear. You shouldnt transport firewood, unless its kiln dried. Might move a disease
SDcampowneroperator 03/29/20 07:17pm Toy Haulers
RE: Full-time and don't/didn't like it?

Full timing is as we see it, an adventure. We never will, although we travel extensively for months at a time. DW & I like our home. We relish the travel and new or old places, also the familiarity of going home. I guess it comes about from my past career in construction where we had to go where the job was, now we go to where we want. 19 years we owned our camp ( sold, retiring) Spoke with many a full timer. Regularly the concept was for 'now' for research for a place to settle off the road..
SDcampowneroperator 03/27/20 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Well, They gone and done it

Square toed Harness boots, a tye dyed shirt, Jim Morrison on AM radio, Peace and Love baby!
SDcampowneroperator 03/25/20 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stewards Volunteers are no longer allowed

We ,the public all own and should have concern for preservation of our lands. Use of public land for personal or business gain is prohibited. Use of lands are for business purpose are for fee. A camp owner in the Black Hills was bankrupted because they LED horse trail rides into bhfs and CSP state lands. On our recent snowbird trip to Az, the camp in Bouse, Az, emphazied free daily led excursions by a camp compensated ambassador. I brought it to the attention of the new owner that he should research his policy. Camp led rides and compensation for the ambassador ended the next day. Enjoy and use our lands. The mantra of leave ony your foot prints, not tire tracks will become the norm and law. Where the designee is licensed to use the lands, such as a concessionaire, protection of sensitive areas is guaranteed. Not so with authorized or unauthorized motorized travel. I see a trouble arising.
SDcampowneroperator 03/23/20 08:20pm Toy Haulers
RE: The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands

The travel and tourism industry is being turned on its head. Impacts are deepest where people are in close proximity, such as air and cruise where 'social distancing' is impossible. As reality sets in with the new normal, RVing and camping with your select cohabitants will be the choice of travel and escape from 'cabin fever' . Stay home orders. My RV is also my home. Wherever it goes we can practice distancing and sanitation just the same as in the S&B I do not get the rash of camp closures, I do get closure of public gathering places, activity, washrooms in those camps. RVing and camping may return to its roots of family time, smores, hiking and biking and outdoor activity with your loved ones instead of the face to face social interaction our society has changed into. Personal value is not measured in how your friends like you, but in how your family loves you. Private camp industry professionals are reserved but optimistic that the industry will weather this crisis well, sectors ( camps) whose guests are drawn by the in camp activity, or to crowded attractions in the area could see attractions close, camp activity shuttered if it drew people into close proximity. Camps whose focus is spacious outdoor activity with minimal group activity, may well benefit from the crisis, At least on occupancy, less so from value added ventures. The industry concern is not for itself, but for you max. No longer a camp owner
SDcampowneroperator 03/22/20 06:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gas prices

1.38 at Rapid City sd Windmill Truck Stop. All others still about 2.09 yesterday, even Sams Club . Diesel 2.79 everywhere.
SDcampowneroperator 03/19/20 06:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Quartzsite or bust

Spent 2 months in Bouse, in a private camp. left 3/4 for home Spent many days trail riding the area around Plomosa rd, sw of Bouse. up to Quinn Pass where we have boondocked in years past. 14 day stay limit! bullcookies! There were rigs out there for the whole time, not moving at all.
SDcampowneroperator 03/19/20 06:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Big Oak River Camp, Camp Wood, TX refused to return deposit

Every hospitality industry has cancellation policies. They developed them depending on past trends of occupancy, the length and amount of time for refunds, amounts of, are fluid only by the business and by your choice agreed to when you made the reservation. Unforseen circumstances such as a natural disaster where the business cannot fulfill service do warrant refund, or rescheduling of the event such as concerts or sporting. to cancel within the period of time you agreed to for penalty through no fault of the provider is at your expense. Parks do not have that luxury to reschedule. They are at the whim of the seasons weather and events around them. RVing and camping is the safest form of travel. No air, cruise,subway, restauarant NO close proximity with strangers. Your gathering is your family and friends. You fear your own group gathering, not the others in camp because you have distancing from them Should the camp bear the cost of your fears however founded? Max no longer a camp owner
SDcampowneroperator 03/18/20 07:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black water tank completely full and won't drain. Help pls.

Call for a septic company vacuum pump out service if theres a plug of solids at the valve or drain, which would allow a trickle as you described. If you are certain the valve opens. , vacuum will suck out the blockage. Then, if you have the dreaded poop pyramid break it down with a stick or a flexible piece of 3/4" elec. BX cable if your drain is not straight down into the tank. You may have to call for a pressure clean out to break down the pyramid. Educate everyone about sufficient use of water and whats acceptible to flush.
SDcampowneroperator 03/15/20 07:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1990 royals continental fifth wheel

Carriage built the Royals International , not continental, as a custom 5er in those years. Components such as anything ( doors, A/C, Heater ) not Carriage made were supplied by vendors and should still be available by their MFGR. An orphan does not mean unavallability,
SDcampowneroperator 03/11/20 07:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Census 2020

To vote in a presidential election, you must be 18 years old a citizen of the USA, as defined in art. 1 sec. 4 of the US constitution. Census should identify citizenship, legal status or ( ahem ) other residency. pollsters should verify citizenship, legal residency to ensure compliance. States are permitted to enact their own voting requirements in elections in that state level, Federal elections are citizens only. Once (1980) when I lived in Canade a census taker asked if I vote. I said no, I'm not a Canadian citizen, I am a landed immigrant. She asked what does that matter? I replied to do so would impress my idealogies on citizens. She did not know the laws of her own country. It is not wrong to prove eligibility to vote.
SDcampowneroperator 03/11/20 07:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Weak Brakes

Check the brake magnets with a magnetic compass to see if they are working. Simple test, pull the dynamite switch at the tongue then go to each wheel with your compass. is should point qiuickly at the wheel.
SDcampowneroperator 03/09/20 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water system for boondocking

Why can't one use the water pump built into their RV? 1. Install a tee valve on it's input with a 25 ft. (or shorter, as needed) piece of the clear, small diameter, potable water flexible tubing coiled up and stored right next to where the water pump is. Normally the tee valve would of course would be turned so as to direct the pump input to the RV's freshwater tank. 2. To replenish the RV fresh water tank, turn the tee valve handle to the other position so the water pump would draw water through this piece of clear tubing that you had running into whatever tank your had your extra water stored in. 3. Now temporarily screw onto a sink faucet in the RV a piece of potable water hose (white color?) that could reach outside into the RV's fresh water fill opening. 4. Turn on the water pump and fill the RV's fresh water until it's full or until the extra water tank runs out. Wala ... make use of the existing high quality water pump built into the RV that is already prewired with an ON/OFF switch and that is powered by the RV's batteries!. Weve done this, a longer hose for pumping pink into extra water jug outdoor shower into tank fill. Pump switch, everything in the outdoor shower, water hook up cabinet. Only thing needed was a longer hose on the winterizing side of the valve normally used for pumping anti freeze.
SDcampowneroperator 02/29/20 07:42am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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