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RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

A striking number of things have been cancelled leading up to pi day. We were scheduled to leave in 2 weeks, island hopping in Greece for 10 days, then a long weekend in Vienna (culture) then two weeks in Israel. Last week Israel shut down visitors from Italy and some other places and what was important to me, Austria. So Vienna is out. This week Road Scholar cancelled 600 tours including ours in Greece - too many "older" folks at risk. So Greece is out. Earlier this evening Israel shut down cafes, restaurants, museums, hotels, schools, meetings with over 10 people for the next 5 weeks. So that's out. Our church has cancelled services, Sunday school, small groups for the next two weeks. Across the US, we're testing (some of the) people who are sick, and isolating them if positive. We're surely missing many. Recent observational studies strongly suggest that SARS-CoV-2 is being spread before people are symptomatic - see this. So, staying away from symptomatic people isn't going to work. If 30% of us (not 50 or 70) become infected, and the mortality rate is 1% (not 2 or 3.4), a bunch of us "older" folks aren't going to make it. So a secluded forested spot, with maybe mountains and a lake, is sounding better and better for the next couple of months. - george - MD, Duke, '72
SailingOn 03/14/20 08:30pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Light Fifth Wheel Series M-297RLS

Gearboxes in the cable-operated slide system in the 297RL had multiple failures a couple of years ago. There were design changes and failures have since been much less frequent. We had three failures within a year, and after that practice I can now change a gearbox in about 30 minutes. So of course we've had had no failures now in two years of frequent use; Murphy's law. Click here for the BAL-Norco website with installation manual, service manual, parts list. The gearbox part number is R25076, available on Amazon.
SailingOn 01/27/20 08:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: About painting a 5th wheel

Haven't painted a whole rig, but did repaint a fender - about 2 by 8 feet - after a blown tire tore it up. Used a gravity feed gun and Rustoleum smoke gray paint. The choice was to try repainting it, or $250 or so for a replacement. The refinished fender looks great. Doing the cleaning and prep on the whole rig, and finding a dust free area for spraying and drying, sounds burdensome.
SailingOn 12/25/19 08:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Extension cords

Our rig sits out in the yard 8 months of the year, connected but using little power. A 50-to-15 amp adapter lets us use a 12/3 extension cord, keeping the 50 amp RV cable inside, out of the weather, & secure. The 12/3 extension cord - cheap - runs all but the air conditioner without strain. height=120 width=120
SailingOn 12/10/19 09:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

we took our View from Tx to Alaska and back two summers ago. Our television screen did not survive several hundred miles of gravel road, but nothing else failed. Reliably got 15-16 mpg; we managed 400 miles on one fill-up on one lonely Alaska stretch. Power, even in the mountains, was never a problem. The small engine has little braking effect downhill though. Ours is the model with a bed slide at the rear. The problem there is the slide prevents mounting bicycles on the rear hitch. Service you can't do yourself involves finding a Mercedes or Freightliner dealer - and not all of those service Sprinters. A delight to drive and park, but the View has less than half the living and storage space of our small fifth wheel.
SailingOn 12/09/19 09:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Move to Motorhome

We took a winnebago View - 25' Class C, Sprinter (Diesel) chassis, the version with a streamlined front, no overhead bed, Texas to Alaska and back, 10,000 miles. 16 mpg, great. But very limited storage, only comfortable chair was the driver's seat. Since 2015, we are on the road 80-100 nights a year. 25' was efficient, highly maneuverable, but just too small. Selling it.
SailingOn 10/13/19 07:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 12V electrical questions

If you don't need 120V power except for battery charging, you don't need an inverter/charger, but you will need a converter designed for lithium batteries. See here.
SailingOn 10/12/19 09:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Shower stall caulking.

I have read, some years ago, that this joint, between the shower pan and the walls, should not be caulked, because caulking this junction will close off the space behind the shower enclosure so it cannot breathe, and moisture will then allow mold. Considering how loosely my rig is put together, this seems unlikely. Mine came from the factory caulked.
SailingOn 09/09/19 06:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bearings and bad decisions......

Dexter recommends inspecting the bearings once a year. You can't inspect the bearings without taking them off, so they get repacked. We tow 6-10 thousand miles a year since 2011. In that time, I've found, on separate occasions: - brake wiring on one wheel worn bare by rubbing against the frame, easily corrected. - pieces of brake lining bouncing around inside one hub; replaced the hub assembly. - one bearing clearly scored; replaced. Thousands of towing miles with confidence in the rig.
SailingOn 08/25/19 07:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reliability of propane and water in slide

If the fridge is in the slide, then the upper outside vent is on the vertical side of the rig, rather than the roof, and therefore less efficient.
SailingOn 07/20/19 08:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Screwing into shower wall?

My soap holder is indeed attached with Scotch VHB tape, and remains in place after two years; also, the solar panels on my roof. Surface prep is important - be sure to eliminate any grease/oil.
SailingOn 07/02/19 08:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Water heater question

I also replaced the 1500 watt element with a 375 watt one (1500 at 240 volts = 375 at 120) so I do not trip 30 amp park breakers as quickly. You've confused me there. "watts is watts", watts are the same regardless of voltage, no? AD5GR
SailingOn 07/02/19 08:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaky waterhose

But doesn't that just transfer the drips/leaks to where the Banjo fitting is attached to the hose? Sure it does. But the Banjo pair takes the stress of repeated connect/disconnect cycles, with less strain on the trailer fitting or the hose. So perhaps the hose, and more importantly the trailer fitting, will last longer.
SailingOn 07/02/19 08:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaky waterhose

Banjo fittings, one on the trailer and one on the hose, make a solid leakproof connection, and don't corrode. I think they're lots easier to connect/disconnect than the standard hose ends. First picture is the hose end, second the trailer end.
SailingOn 06/29/19 07:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: "harmonics" noise

My Winnebago View made a similarly speed-related hum which disappeared entirely when I removed the hub caps ("wheel simulators") and left them in the garage.
SailingOn 06/21/19 06:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: storing power cord on new f'ver

My rig came with three 20# propane bottles in the propane compartment, one behind the other two. On most trips (warm, no furnace use) one 20# bottle lasts months. I leave one at home. The sewer hose goes in the empty space, and the 50 amp shore cable. When I was looping the cable into the pass-through, it was always catching on something, or something I needed would be underneath. I walled off a compartment for it, but that was space inefficient.
SailingOn 06/16/19 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
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