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RE: Residential vs Gas/Electric Fridge?

We have experience with both RV absorption refrigerators and 120VAC/compressor refrigerators. Our first 4-1/2 years full-time were with a Norcold 1210 absorption refrigerator. We had nothing but problems with it and had to have the entire cooling unit replaced once (in addition to other failures). Even when it was working correctly, it did not do a good job of keeping food frozen in the freezer. The last 2-1/2 years have been with a Samsung 18 cu. ft. "residential" refrigerator. Our new rig has 300 watts of solar on the roof, to 100AH LiFePO4 batteries, and a 2,000 watt inverter. We don't boondock and have no expectations of running an AC without shore power, but the solar/battery combination will run the refrigerator indefinitely... as long as the sun shines every day. More batteries and solar would overcome that situation. We have had very long (12-hour) travel days with overcast and drizzle and the batteries were still almost fully charged on arrival at the next destination. There's no way we would go back to an absorption refrigerator. Of course, there are those who are fully on the other side of the fence - it all depends on how you use your RV and your expectations. Rob
Second Chance 05/25/22 08:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Va16 from Volney to Marion

According to The Mountain Directory, the portion of 16 you're talking about is described this way: The grades range from 5% to 8% but they are short hills. The longest is about 2 miles of 6%. Rob
Second Chance 05/18/22 06:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Theoretical heights.

Someone with a CDL and experience straightened me out on this on another forum recently. There is no such thing as a legal "DOT height" from the Federal government. 13'6" is the minimum height for overpasses on the interstate highway system. Some states have their own regulations. That said, there is no such thing in my books as a "theoretical height." The only thing you can rely on is an actual measurement with the trailer on the truck on level ground. Rob
Second Chance 05/12/22 01:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing first TT, need a bit of sanity checking advice

Plug your numbers into this calculator: Changing Gears Travel Trailer Weight Calculator Rob
Second Chance 05/11/22 02:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Junction Colorado Traveling North on CO-139

If you purchase and download a copy of The Mountain Directory (or get The Trucker's Atlas), you could answer these questions yourself. Going north on 139 from Grand Junction, you'll have to contend with Douglass Pass. The route involves 3 miles of steady 7 - 8% grade with 20, 25, and 30 MPH curves. On the southbound side, there are numerous 15 MPH curves and switchbacks. Out the south side, there are grades as much as 10 - 12%. Rob
Second Chance 05/08/22 10:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Beartooth pass

It's a US highway, but with 22 miles of 6 - 8% grades and 10, 15, and 20 MPH hairpin turns (per the Mountain Directory), you won't find me on it. Rob
Second Chance 04/24/22 09:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GM buying back 6.6L Duramax

The only thing I can find was on a Duramax forum in comments on a thread. According to that, it seems to be a "heat treatment issue with the block that causes warping and hydrolock" Rob
Second Chance 04/17/22 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Mexico Rt.82, Artesia to Alamogordo ?

Leaving Cloudcroft going west, there is a sign that says, "Trucks over 11 tons without retarder brakes prohibited on US 82 west of Cloudcroft." There's a reason - 16 miles of 6% with some 7% thrown in for good measure. There are two runaway truck ramps spaced fairly far apart. Be careful in a gasser with a tow'd. Rob
Second Chance 04/12/22 12:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: Do you own the New River Ranch by Columbus?

Forest River Owners Group (FROG) Rob
Second Chance 04/10/22 09:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jan-Feb-March in Mesa, AZ- few questions about heat sources

Even with averages in the mid-30s, it doesn't mean that lows can't drop into the teens for several nights in a row - they did for us in Las Cruces this winter. Running the heat strips to the point that the main furnace doesn't cycle won't protect your water lines, pump, etc. The furnace is the only source of heat for the basement. Rob
Second Chance 04/08/22 08:22am Snowbirds
RE: Flying J / RV Lanes

Closes Pilot/flying j to me is about 40 cents higher for unleaded. I use my bank card which gives me a 3 per cent kickback. You might want to check that... most bank and credit cash back cards exclude truck stops from the rewards program. Rob
Second Chance 04/05/22 08:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Flying J / RV Lanes

Not all Pilot/Flying J travel centers have RV lanes - but a number of them still do. I assume he's towing with a gasser and can't go to the truck lanes out back? Rob
Second Chance 04/05/22 03:30pm Roads and Routes
RE: Slide design by Grand Design

There is a manifold with thumb-twist valves located in the passenger side propane tank compartment. It's not well documented, but you can control which slides go in/out first or not at all by manipulating the valves in this manifold. Rob
Second Chance 04/04/22 08:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Review of MorRyde IS and Disc Brakes

Sounds like brakes weren't bled properly. What are you using for a brake controller? The last time I checked none of the OEM controller supported electric-over-hydraulic. When MORryde does the brake installation, they install the appropriate interface module for the controller based on make and year of the truck. We've had MORryde IS and disc brakes on two fifth wheels and never had more than a fraction of a second lag in brake application. Rob
Second Chance 04/04/22 08:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Keystone Springdale - Very Low Drain Pipes

Our drain pipe was very low to the ground on our new Solitude fifth wheel (although it was directly behind the middle hydraulic strut on that side which gave it some protection). I cut the drain, shortened it a bit, and installed a 30 deg. elbow at the cut to increase the ground clearance. Rob
Second Chance 03/31/22 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Best RV Extended Warranty

These are not warranties, but rather insurance policies with lots of fine print. They are another form of legalized gambling. The company is betting that nothing breaks that would cause them to pay out more than you paid for the policy; you're betting it will. As in all forms of legalized gambling, the house usually wins. Otherwise, these companies wouldn't be in business or make a profit. Dave Ramsey and Clark Howard have commented on these plans many times, too. The standard seems to be that 80% of extended service plan revenue goes toward commissions and marketing. Only 20% goes toward paying for actual repairs, which means most people are getting a really bad deal. We prefer to set money aside regularly (earning interest) and pay for repairs as they come up. Rob
Second Chance 03/30/22 09:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Military Campgrounds

You can read about it here: You'll have to contact them to see if they make exceptions. It's a small campground, so doubt it could accommodate an influx for basic graduation. Rob
Second Chance 03/14/22 08:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Between St. Louis and Cincinnati

Look for the smaller towns you want to visit and find them on We find lots of interesting things in all categories that way. Rob
Second Chance 03/02/22 09:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Learning to use a two-way radio

An important thing to remember is that, with HF/UHF FM portable radios, the range is roughly line-of-sight + 10%. You don't know that you're out of range until you are and hills/obstructions are show-stoppers. Periodic radio checks while she's out and about are a good idea to make sure you can still communicate before an emergency arises. Rob
Second Chance 03/01/22 09:44am Technology Corner
RE: NJ to Florida 13'5" fifth wheel

We drive the trunk a lot. In Baltimore, it's the tunnel that has restrictions. We use the loop around the west side. Most of the time, it only adds 10 - 15 minutes and adds hours to my life because it's less stressful. 301 is hit-and-miss due to traffic, small towns, stop lights, etc. I would stick to I-95 and use the loops around Baltimore and DC. Rob Edit/PS: there are one or two bridges on 301 that I don't like to pull over with the RV, either.
Second Chance 02/17/22 07:11am Roads and Routes
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