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RE: Michelin vs Toyo tires

We have only been in the class A world for a few years after 3 decades of towing TTs, 5ers, and toyhaulers. Every time we got new tires for our tow vehicle, regardless of brand, whatever we were towing was swaying all over the road, found we had to break them in as LT tires are made of very hard rubber. To alleviate this issue we ended up buying 2 tires at a time and putting them on front axle for a few months to break them in, then went back and got the second set and rotated the now broken in front tires to the rear. No more issues with sway or rear traction with broken in tires, our HD truck was dedicated to towing our rigs and just sat in garage when we were not out RVing. The class A we purchased a couple of years ago had a set of Toyos roughly 10 years old although they showed very little wear, private seller dropped price $3K and we drove our new to us rig back home nearly 1K miles through blistering record setting TX heat. It drove great, tires being well broken in and scorching heat kept us glued to the road, got home and replaced with the same Toyos M154. First time out on highway were were all over the place, checked pressure and tire store had them at max psi, prior Toyos only had roughly 85/90 psi. Dropped psi in new Toyo tires to around 90 and drivability improved dramatically, after a couple of in-state trips they are now broken in and riding marvelously.
Sandia Man 09/27/22 12:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is changing to a quieter AC worth it?

We did not realize how loud the Penguin II AC units on our rig were until the bedroom AC gave up the ghost a couple of months ago. Was just going to order same AC but RV tech said it would be at least a few weeks and we had a couple of trips planned that we did not want to reschedule. He mentioned several of his customers, after extensive research, have changed out the loud AC units that came with their rigs for the Recpro units manufactured by Houghton, although their original units were still functioning fine. I ordered directly from Recpro website beating Amazon's price and delivery was insanely quick, reviews are very good and I was impressed with the reduced sound level not to mention the fact that our rig's bedroom gets cooled off much quicker than with Penguin II. Love that they come with remote control although controls are available directly on unit, they also have functions that were not provided on our Penguin II. Overall we are happy and will more than likely replace our front AC unit with Recpro/Houghton unit when it dies.
Sandia Man 09/13/22 03:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you need to sanitize a water tank that's never been used?

To sanitize or not to sanitize is totally your call, we sanitized our FW tank initially after purchase but for the most part we use FW tank for dishes, showers, and toilet use. We prefer bottled water for personal consumption and bring a couple of gallons of RO water from home for cooking.
Sandia Man 09/08/22 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Removal of gas strut

On our Monaco there is a spring clip cover that we use a small flathead screwdriver to wedge loose. I have replaced a few of our cargo door struts and found them on Amazon, most struts are not model or brand specific, proper length and weight they can support is how we ordered them.
Sandia Man 08/27/22 10:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: oil change

I'm assuming you have a class A gasser, pretty simple job, takes less than 15 minutes on our Monaco with 8.1 on workhorse W24 chassis. Grab a wrench, even an adjustable will work, grab receptacle for used oil, your favorite oil and filter, maybe an oil filter wrench although I just use a rag to twist off filter, and have at it. As mentioned above most auto part stores or Walmart will have all parts and room in there parking lots, they will also recycle your old oil when you are done. Basically, if you are physically able, you can accomplish this task in a quarter hour, find a flat spot to park and get it done. That is what I love about our class A, it is so easy to do maintenance work with all the space around and underneath powertrain, no need to jack up rig making service intervals on our Allison 2000 series tranny a breeze. It sounds like a few have had issues with spills which can occur but rare, a piece of cardboard or small tarp will alleviate any minor incidents. At 40' long and 13' high it is way too much hassle to find, and drive, and wait for our class A rig to be serviced by some junior mechanic doing this menial job at whatever service center that happens to actually work on your brand and chassis of rig.
Sandia Man 08/23/22 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you lock or unlock the hitch while pulling your TT?

Yes, I always do, no reason just because I want to.
Sandia Man 08/08/22 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: What to look for in a TPMS

Most everything we buy for our RV we research and read reviews from Amazon and watch product videos on youtube to narrow down possible selections. No doubt accurate tire pressure and temperature are primary features for any TPMS, equally paramount is consistent connectivity to dedicated monitor or cellphone (via app) from valve stem mounted sensors, some may require a repeater be installed depending on distance from sensors to display. Most TPMS have the same features, some monitors show tire info incremently while some show all tires at one time. Of course there are the major brands that tend to cost double the price of their less known competitors, whether they perform better and are worth the extra expenditure will be your call. We recently purchased six new 22.5" tires for our class A and picked up a 10 sensor TPMS with repeater on Amazon to monitor our $3K+ investment in rubber and Michelin tires on our toad.
Sandia Man 07/26/22 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: A/C

Of course it is up to you but we leave our 3 vents and a couple of windows open during the summer months. Our RVs have always been stored at home, plugged in with batteries fully charged and fridge running for any whim departures during active RVing season. If someone is staying over we will run RV ACs for as long as needed, we don't fret the electric bill or the fuel bill, why would we even have an RV if that was the case.
Sandia Man 07/22/22 12:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: Good RV Mattress for heavier people

X2 on going to a mattress store in your area since you actually have a standard queen in your RV. When we had a rig with a standard queen we would always buy locally from a furniture or mattress store, we find it best to at least try mattress out before purchasing. We are on our 6th RV in 30+ years of enjoying this pastime and we have either replace entire mattress our added a high end topper to existing mattress for each rig. We have tried bed in a box type mattresses (for our home) purchased online and have been pleasantly surprised how comfortable they are.
Sandia Man 07/22/22 12:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire pressures

I certainly understand your concern, I recently paid nearly $4K for a set of six 22.5" tires for our motorhome, a lot of dough for rubber for sure. All the answers above are great advice, simply set your tire pressures when tires are cold, cold does not indicate a certain temp, just means when tires have not been used, best to do in the morning as tires have been resting/cooling down overnight. Set them at your desired pressure in the morning, we use 90psi for our motorhome tires, and don't worry about increase in psi while going down the road, perfectly normal as tire manufacturer engineers have already accounted for this. Even when not moving down the road our TPMS indicates psi increases, although minor, when the sun is beaming down on the side of the coach where tires are exposed. That all being said, you spent the money for them and if you prefer to do it the way you have in the past, you were happy with the results and that's all that counts.
Sandia Man 07/18/22 11:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: quickie flush

Yeah, they tend to clog from time to time, particularly when traveling with black tank that has not been fully dumped. Did the same thing and tried to fill black tank full and let it sit awhile, it helped but would just perform poorly or just reclog quickly. Was just going to install another unit, ended up removing from tank and cleaning/drilling out clogged holes adding a couple of extra holes for good measure, works like a champ now.
Sandia Man 07/14/22 03:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Recommendations on a back up camera

Had to replace the camera system in our class A nearly 2 years ago, like most items I did the research to figure out what works best for my scenario. Spent about a half hour weighing pros and cons of various multi-camera systems for our 40' rig, Amazon had the best price and all 4 cameras have performed flawlessly over the last couple of years and 12K+ miles. Just a few months ago we did the very same thing when searching for a 10 tire TPMS system, needed a system that came with a repeater for best results while going down the interstate. Purchased from Amazon and have had no issues with getting all sensors to register, TPMS we had before would have issues with the sensors on our toad showing up. Happy shopping!!!
Sandia Man 07/14/22 03:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tank cleaning wand - how much water does it leave?

We have always used tank wand after dumping on past RVs we have owned, although it would be once every fourth or fifth trip out. We did it mostly to keep tank sensors working properly and to prevent residual debris from hardening on side walls, we found dumping and refilling tank a couple of times still left lots of waste behind. Since it only took a couple of minutes to use wand on those occasions (at home or full hookup sites) maybe 5 gallons or so of water usually does the trick. Last couple of RVs we have owned had built in flush kits on black tank, they do work to a degree but using a tank wand will net the best results if tank really needs a deep rinsing.
Sandia Man 07/08/22 01:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Month/Year of Mfr

We purchased a used class A a couple of years ago and had no issues getting both chassis and house build dates with vin #, there were a couple of stickers in our rig that also contained various build info. With your 2020 class A being built rather recently getting all the specifics on that rig including all options should be an easy task, our used class A was a bit older but was simple to access records with vin in hand.
Sandia Man 07/08/22 12:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fireworks

We grew up with fireworks on the Fourth and I am all for it on that holiday, we enjoy setting them off when we happen to be home. Certain types of fireworks are restricted in our area, but as others have noted some will purchase from out of state and have no ambivalence in setting them off ilegally. Some places we lived it was literally a contest between neighbors and neighborhoods, we never participated in such antics, plus those types of fireworks are way more than I want to pay for a few minutes of enjoyment. With any pets we had that were sensitive to the noise we simply put them indoors with music or tv on. Funny how explosions and other loud noises from our TVs doesn't bother our cats and dogs a bit, they sleep like rocks with our speakers blaring. Last couple of Fourth of July holidays we just had a paltry supply as were were not keen enough to get some from Walmart, Samsclub, or any of the major grocery stores before they sold out, had to buy last ninute from one of the firework stands where mark up is incredulous to say the least. That reminds me, we are staying put for the Fourth and I need to go to Samsclub and Walmart anyway, happy Independence Day to everybody and God bless our military and all who've served.
Sandia Man 06/22/22 01:16pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

Members are either camping or are too busy with life, I know When I am out RVing I don't have time to get on any online forums, although I do check online forums periodically when I am homebound. Still spend more time perusing this RVing forum than other related online forums, it is not just here as I have noticed waning participation on all the online forums I visit.
Sandia Man 06/20/22 11:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Do you unhook for the night?

We've done it both ways, if we need to use tow vehicle for whatever reason we detach, otherwise we quickly drop stabilizers and get some shuteye. When having to overnight when trying to get as far as possible, usually we arrive between 10pm to midnight and just stay attached, have done the same when arriving late at private parks, just hookup to shore power and get some sleep. Whatever the scenario we don't fret the hitching/unhitching process as it takes just a few minutes, it is more a matter of what you personally prefer at the time of arrival.
Sandia Man 06/16/22 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Painting travel trailer white to reduce heat in summer?

As stated above, our TT is white and gets plenty hot, we are from the Valley of the Sun and I would not under any circumstances do any RVing during the summer in the lower deserts of AZ. Now in the high country like Flagstaff and the White Mountains area of AZ would be fine for summer camping, although RV sites in those areas come at a premium if there are any available.
Sandia Man 06/08/22 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black tank not draining!

Whether it is self made concoctions or store bought black tank chemicals, neither works without sufficient water. If you have time fill it with water and let it sit, if in a hurry add sufficient water and get to busting a poo mountain. Although I have explained to my DW, 3 DDs, and 1 DS about using more water for solids, it is ultimately up to me to add water as I am the one that gets to perform the dumping ritual, mostly unassisted. No biggie really, just add a few gallons back into blank tank via onboard tank flush rinser after final rinse, we never leave black tank dry.
Sandia Man 05/10/22 10:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blu Ox tow bar

The prior owners of our class A through in a 10K# Blue OX tow bar that is similar in age to yours, it was pretty stiff but when we drove back home after purchasing rig I was able to clean and lube. Functions quite well for it's age, maybe one day I will replace it but attaching/detaching toad takes but a couple of minutes, we leave Blue Ox locked in rig's hitch.
Sandia Man 05/10/22 10:40pm General RVing Issues
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