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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
RE: New Blackstone Owner - Do I still need my grill?

We have room so we take both griddle and weber, both have their pros and cons. For us griddle is better for breakfast/lunch although we usually go out for local cuisine, our Weber is more suited to the type of dinners we enjoy when RVing. Without a doubt there are times that we may use one, or the other, and sometimes neither, in any event I want to have choices, as such they remain stalwarts of our favorite pastime.
Sandia Man 05/10/22 10:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: New Member introduction

Great to have you onboard, let us know how your maiden voyage goes with your new Coleman Rubicon. New RVs will tend to have some issues, most are minor and easily remedied by dealer under warranty period. Forum members are here for advice and solutions to most any scenario, hope you enjoy RVing as much as we do and happy camping!!!
Sandia Man 05/06/22 10:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Dish Satellite Dish

We have 2 of the Vip 211 receivers that predate the current Wally version and have never had an issue when manually setting up our own satellite antenna, which is the same one Dish mounted on our roof. The Wally/Vip receivers might not integrate with a home based hopper system, but if separately fed a satellite signal it would work in your home. We manually set up our own satellite antenna when RVing, been doing it so long it is quite easy once you get the hang of it. Best thing is all satellites can be accessed at the same time by each receiver, we just purchased the same satellite antenna we have at home online for about $50, initially we used a homemade stand, got a tripod to simplify setup and storage. We recently purchased a used class A and owners threw in 2 King Pro satellite domes, one for Directv and one for Dish. Surprisingly, they both have worked great, I converted the Directv dome to Dish. Although both domes are roof mounted, they can be removed with a single pin, now bedroom and living room TVs have their own, separate access to all 3 satellites, thus all channels.
Sandia Man 05/05/22 06:46pm Technology Corner
RE: GM 6 liter vortec what are you towing with it?

We tow a 32' TT toyhauler with ours, at a bit over 10K# when loaded with toys and water, it handles it well, although I wouldn't want to go much heavier as towing comfort will spiral down to where I would have much disdain even hitching her up. Our Chevy Silverado HD2500 with over 3.2K# of payload capacity (label on door frame) has plenty of power, and we don't mind letting her rev up into the power band. Still a 12K# 5er would be more than I would take on, especially here in the mountain west. Virtually every where we go we are at high elevation detracting approx. 3% of engine power for every 1K' elevation, we average 20% derated engine performance making it all that more difficult, anything more than 12K# would certainly hasten wear and tear. We did think about going with a 5er when shopping a couple of years go, and we did find some nice light 5ers to fit the bill that were 10K-11K gvwr, we don't shop by so called dryweights, particularly when a gasser tow vehicle is involved. My DW prefers flat floorplans so we decided to keep TT toyhauler for RV adventures that lead us off road, and purchased a used class A more suited for couples living and extended stays. Our Silverado is in good condition, getting a heavier 5er would require getting a new truck sooner than later.
Sandia Man 05/05/22 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 12 volt Refrigerator

Depending on who you ask there pros and cons just like residential and absorption fridges when used in RVs. If you are plugged into shore power you should be good to go unless unit is faulty. Do not know personally if they consume more power as compared to same size 120 volt fridge, but if without power hookups upgrades to replenish consumed amphours will be needed. Many manufacturers at least give options on fridge choice, 12 volt/120 volt are less costly, we prefer absorption for RVing. I guess we have been lucky over 3 decades as as all our Dometics and Norcolds have performed well across 6 different RVs, it is well over 80 degrees today and I was just out in our RV and had a big glass of Coke with ice from the freezer, even 95+ degree temps have been no issue for our Norcold 4 door fridge. Without a doubt the biggest issue with absorption fridges is improper installation, on a few RVs I made modifications to both interior and exterior of fridge greatly improving cooling efficiency.
Sandia Man 04/21/22 07:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Residential Fridge battery run time

It sounds like you just need to power fridge from home to campsite or to the next campsite, might be doable for a single group 27 (not the best battery for this scenario) although you will arrive with a pretty depleted battery, a 2nd battery would certainly help. You could travel with fridge off for a few hours, we've done so and had no issues as ice cubes and ice cream are still frozen upon arrival. I did not try to read too much into your OP as there is no mention of extended or overnight use, which obviously would require a rather large investment in solar and batteries, and still would require usage of a genny and a fast charging converter or inverter charger when solar can't keep up. We do lots of RVing under adverse weather conditions and would not do so without a genny onboard.
Sandia Man 04/21/22 04:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Champion Dual Fuel 4500w Generator---$825

Definitely a good buy at that price, we love our Champion inverter genny and it has been a real workhorse for over 5 years. We did not get the dual fuel model, we primarily use our Champion inverter genny with our toyhauler which has a 30 gallon fuel station nullifying any need to utilize propane. Champion customer service was excellent when I needed a high elevation jet, otherwise genny has been bulletproof thus far. My only caveat is that this unit does not appear to have remote start, when I was looking for a genny to tackle smaller loads where our Onan was simply overkill, I wanted to find an inverter genny that mimics the single button start/stop of our our onboard from within our rig. Not having to go outside when it's really hot or very cold, or early in the morning or overnight when I am too sleepy or don't want to get dressed is priceless.
Sandia Man 04/20/22 11:59am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery tender & storage

Put your battery tender on a cheap mechanical lamp timer. Only charge 2-4 hours per day. X2
Sandia Man 04/09/22 07:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Roadside Assistance

We use USAA for all our insurance needs over the last 3 decades including all our towable RVs, but when we called to cover our 40' class A they connected us to Progressive. We had call to use their roadside assistance and they were very responsive having our rig towed nearly 40 miles to our home where I was able to do repairs myself. Progressive consistently stayed in contact throughout the entire process, being stranded along I-40 with so many other commercial diesel trucks having issues they were able to send the appropriate sized tow truck to handle our rig, tow company sent driver and assistant to help quickly disengage driveshaft and get rig down the road.
Sandia Man 04/07/22 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting gas with long trailer?

I would imagine plenty of large RVs filling up at Florida fuel stations, I know out west in the four corner states it is a common sight, particularly along interstates. We used outer fuel lanes to make entrance and departure easier, but primarily we would fuel up before and after hitching/unhitching RV. When RVing in areas where we did not know what type of refueling options we have, we used google satellite to choose stations with easier access. As we primarily do most of our RVing where fuel stations can be scarce, we did at times carry a 5 gallon tank in case we miscalculated. To that point, there was a few times over a decade where we had to unhitch RV to gain access to small backroad fuel stations, no biggie as it takes just a couple of minutes to do via powered Barker tongue jack. Practice locally at some of the larger stations, best to do it when fuel station is not too busy.
Sandia Man 04/06/22 03:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel costs for upcoming trip...

We have done a couple of trips over the last few weeks and noticed fuel costs were roughly $60 more than last year. We all desire lower fuel prices, but hotels prices have skyrocketed as well, thusly I will continue using my RV as our preferred method of traveling, if I can help it I only use hotels on business. For those who have 1000+ mile trips planned for this year it may be a game changer where they might hold off and stay closer to home, hopefully fuel prices will relax some in the next few months. Enjoy your time at AZ state parks on the Colorado river, we love the area as well and always make a stop in Laughlin.
Sandia Man 04/05/22 12:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Greenbal Tires

Good that you don't trust them as ST tires just don't age as well as P or LT tires. Some are under the impression that they have to purchase tires that are in stock or locally sourced, but any reputable tire store can get any tire brand regardless of where they are located in the country, most within a few days time. We have purchased tires from both Samsclub and Costco in the past and their service was good, but typically we use Discount Tire as they have locations everywhere making it so easy to get tire fixed or replaced same day. Keep in mind, tires store will always suggest tires with the highest profit margin first.
Sandia Man 04/04/22 11:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires

Six year old ST tires they would have been replaced already, same age LT tires with little usage and no evidence of cracking of tread separation I would run another year and reinspect every season. I imagine the reason you are posing this question to the forum is you prefer not to replace them for this upcoming RVing season, whatever decision you make it should not be solely based on opinions gathered from any forum. Rather, do your own tire inspection and research the brand of tires on your tow vehicle, ask a mechanic or tire store if in doubt, ultimately it is your call whether to wait or just purchase new.
Sandia Man 03/30/22 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

With 3 years of RVing on these tires it sounds like you have found your sweet spot already unless tires are experiencing uneven wear. Obviously, your tires are overkill for your rig but that is a good thing in the long run. ST tires are not exactly built like LT or P tires, they tend to run and provide better performance when aired up closer to max psi as stated on sidewall. ST tires we have had on our TTs/5ers I would make sure they had enough weight capacity to cover rig's entire GVWR, then filled them to within 10#-15# of max psi that way sidewall flex is minimal. Under-inflated ST tires will build up a lot of heat which does weaken sidewall and can eventually lead to premature tire failure resulting in tread separation or worse, a blowout while underway.
Sandia Man 03/29/22 08:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Xantrex and Lithium Battery setup

That is ideal as you don't want to indefinitely charge batteries at 14.2 volts, modern converters/inverter chargers have multiphase charging capabilities and will start with bulk phase where highest charging voltage is noted. Depending on how depleted your battery bank is it could take some time to fully charge, when voltage drops to around 13.5 volts more or less indicates battery is charged and is currently in float phase.
Sandia Man 03/26/22 06:51pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: New to site. Looking for advice between 2 TT models.

Well OP, you are right about them being equally manufactured, which is as fast as they can push them out the factory door. There is a lot of Forest River bashing on the internet, and to a point it is deserved, part of it is they have so many different models and brands that they manufacture vastly outproducing the majority of RV builders. View as many units from varying manufacturers that you can in your area. Undoubtedly, whatever brand, model, or manufacturer you end up with there will be issues to deal with during and after warranty period, just part of RV ownership. Some are minor, others more glaring, purchase from dealer that is equipped to handle warranty issues expeditiously.
Sandia Man 03/23/22 08:35am Travel Trailers
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