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RE: Traveling for Winter Sports

I'm out west, not where you are, but we have Ski areas that have RV parking. A few with power and a few without. Have you checked your local ski areas?
Thermoguy 03/28/20 11:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Is it time to trip

It was driven because people are not staying home. People are taking it like vacation, traveling to small towns like Ocean Shores or Chelan. These places don't have the facilities to even care for the residents of these areas. So, if you feel great but actually have the virus, then you go somewhere and get gas or stop at a store, you now possibly infected residents of that area. You go home after your vacation, camp trip, etc. But that town now has to deal with more sick people that would not have gotten sick had you stayed home in the first place. That is why they are urging everyone to stay home as much as possible. If we stop spreading the virus, maybe we can all get back to normal. Did you see as of 3/23 there are now 499 confirmed deaths? That is going up because people are not staying home. I would also guess that a lot of people that read this RV blog are retired. If you are retired, older, have any kind of compromised immune system, stay home!!
Thermoguy 03/23/20 12:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it time to trip

Since the original poster's signature was in WA, we should note that the state has closed all state campgrounds, all DNR and Forest Service land to camping. So, I guess the answer is you can't go camping even if you want to. Stay home, stay safe
Thermoguy 03/23/20 09:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is it time to trip

The thing you have to think about is stopping the spread. If we all could stop interacting with other people for 2 or so weeks, we could stop the spread. Anyone with the virus would show signs and places that have contaminated surfaces the virus would die. So, every time you interact with someone, you start that 2 week time over. If you go somewhere and you need gas, food, etc, you start that 2 weeks over. By going camping, you think you are getting out and away, but if you have the virus and it starts to show up, what are you going to do? Call the local hospital or medical center? Now you have just opened them up to the virus. Maybe it is a small town or somewhere that can not handle your virus. Why spread it there. You need to stay home and stop interacting with people. If everyone could do this for 2-3 weeks, it would die, show itself on those effected, and we could all get back to normal. That is what our government is trying to do. Look at Italy, they tried to contain the spread but people continued to go out to eat, they went to the store, the got together for small parties and gatherings. Now look where they are. Stop doing that! stay within your house and stop going anywhere the is not medically necessary. If all businesses would close, we would be much better off.
Thermoguy 03/22/20 01:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F11 Top coat Polish

Its a great product - you have to use multiple coats before you see the benefits. I applied it every time I wash my wife's car, now it almost always looks clean. I haven't put it on my RV as I had some oxidation I have been trying to remove first. I would use it on a new RV to keep the original shine. It's expensive, but worth it if you use it correctly. It won't keep the dirt off the vehicle, but it makes it easier to clean up when you get a good base. It's also the easiest product I have ever used for applying. Once you use it a couple times, don't use soap, or use a small amount of automotive soap, or the wash they recommend.
Thermoguy 03/22/20 01:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Camper problems

If you just bought it new from a dealer and something is not working, why not take it back to them? If they sold you a dead battery, they should change it. If there is a different electrical problem, they should fix it. Why spend the time troubleshooting? You did the basic, now let them figure it out.
Thermoguy 03/22/20 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

I have 2 trailers, one with Marathons and one with LT tires. The LT tires are on a horse trailer - LT235/85/16 - it came with Uniroyal tires, I have since purchased Goodyear Wranglers and they have been perfect. Same tire as on my 3/4 ton truck. My experience is that the ST tire is a marketing ploy to create a "specialty" tire for the trailer industry and market a specific tire. They claim some differences, but I think that is so they can make a cheaper tire. Truth is that an LT tire is designed for a truck and the weight a truck can handle. It is also developed for higher speeds and more consistent use. There is no reason this can not be used on a trailer, and from the 13 pages of comments, it looks like everyone that has gone to LT tires are happy and have no tire complaints. I will be changing the Marathon tires to LT tires soon. Probably this year due to their age. I have had no issues with the Marathon tires, so really can not complain about them. If memory serves me, when I was shopping for tires a few years ago for the horse trailer, cost was insignificant in comparing good ST to LT tires.
Thermoguy 02/24/20 01:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is Ram Ditching Aisin Tranmissions

^^^Have you seen a 2020 GM? All of your complaints are addressed in the 2020. But you like your Ram, so by all means it must be the best. I think most everyone has a truck manufacturer they like best and it is easy to find what is wrong with other trucks when you like the one you drive... On a side note, I like the location of the DEF in the engine compartment, I can lay a towel down and insure I don't spill it. I would not want to spill DEF on the paint of a vehicle. I always hear good things about the RAM especially when it comes to comfort.
Thermoguy 02/23/20 12:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pickup truck advice

B&W has a great source for finding the towing and payload of most any truck. Here is the link:
Thermoguy 02/23/20 11:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford Raptor towing

Good call - I don't think you want to mess with the shocks and suspension on a Raptor. Kind of defeats the purpose.
Thermoguy 02/23/20 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying an RV with patched water leak

Here is my experience. We purchased our RV used, mostly because we wanted to see if we would use it enough to justify the expense. We found one about 10 years old at a great price. I should have had it inspected by a professional but I have experience finding water damages in homes so I thought I knew what I was doing. A moisture meter really does not work in an RV, the walls are too thin and the meter doesn't get a good read. It is better than nothing, but not great. The trailer we bought had a leak that I did not find. It presented itself within the first fall and good rainy season. I have had it fixed and then fixed again as these things are hard to trace to the actual source sometimes, it was coming from the roof vent for the fridge. Anyway, no water damage and after 2 years, no additional water intrusion. So, if it is fixed and dry and no damage, it will be OK. If someone finds the leak and takes care of it, then there is no reason it will come back. However the older the rig, the more likely another leak can occur. I keep mine covered all winter to help any future problems. I also check it constantly to make sure if anything else happens I fix it ASAP. So far, all good. Happy Camping:)
Thermoguy 02/23/20 10:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Charge for each pet ??? your thoughts

I don't like it. I believe one of the reason you are camping is to bring your dogs and kids. I agree that everyone should clean up after their pet, I hate doing it but don't want others to see my dogs mess. But, if the overall rate is Ok then I would stay, or I would find a different park. I did recently stay at a hotel that had an $80 per night charge for dogs and a size limit. So, hopefully RV parks don't decide to do that.
Thermoguy 02/10/20 01:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pickup truck roof racks?

That's one reason I just don't understand why pick up manufacturers build such a short bed. 6' should be the minimum and even that is too short for many items. If you had a 10' ladder or 8' sheet of plywood, think how much would stick out past the truck...
Thermoguy 02/10/20 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Multimeter Calibration?

I knew that when I posted it. Just a good meter for around $100. But, there are others, I have a $400 meter so I'm not going to spend the time to find a link to a cost effective good brand meter that measures DC current. By all means, if you have one, please post for others.
Thermoguy 02/09/20 10:23am Tech Issues
RE: Multimeter Calibration?

All meters, thermometers, etc have an accuracy rating. A good meter is +/- 1% or +/-2% of the reading. If you take 2 meters and read the same thing and both are accurate to +/- 2% you can now be off by as much as 4%, so best to not compare 2 meters. The best reading is one that is consistent, meaning if I am reading something and come back tomorrow to read the same measurement, it is within that accuracy rating. Another point is that all of these meters, Fluke, anyone, are made in China. Better companies use the better manufacturers over there and have better QC. So, it makes sense to buy a better meter if you want better accuracy. A $25 meter is going to give you what you paid for, a cheap meter reading. You should buy a better meter. You can get a descent quality meter for less money than you think. Just search around for it. Stick with a company that makes meters and measuring devices and not some brand that has there label put on a Chinese POS. This is a great Fluke meter used by lots of electricians at only $100... There are other good manufacturers of meters that are comparable and probably a little less expensive.
Thermoguy 02/08/20 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel Prep

Have a gooseneck hitch installed then go with a system that uses that such as the B&W Companion or Anderson, I'm sure there are others. Then when you take the hitch out, you have just a ball or turnover ball in my case. You also have the advantage of being able to haul a gooseneck trailer if you ever need to. I have the B&W Companion and it does come out in pieces, but it is heavy. Takes 2 people for the base.
Thermoguy 02/02/20 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chucking - trouble shooting

Thank you for posting this question. I have a 2015 Silverado 2500HD and had a similar experience when I purchased our 5th wheel. We have been towing a 3 horse gooseneck with no issues, then got the 5th wheel and wow, what an awful tow. I honestly think it is the short bed of the 2500 that causes the chucking especially with the larger trailer. Your's is much longer than mine so probably much worst. I looked at the Anderson hitch for the light weight and ease of taking it in and out of the truck but want to try one before buying. My concern is the lack of positions it can be moved to. I believe you can move it up and down but not forward and back. I might be wrong, but that is what it looked like to me. I have the B&W companion and at first I put it as far back as possible and tried to level the trailer with the positioning of the hitch. That was awful for the chucking. During a trip to Yellowstone, every night I moved the hitch to find a better position for the best ride. I had to move it forward quite a bit and my trailer is not perfectly level but not bad. I also found that if my fresh water tank is full, it rides better. Probably pulling some weight off the hitch. It is definitely a balancing act as it is not perfect, but I would guess it is the trade off of having a short bed and short wheelbase truck. Good Luck, I'm sure you can find the balance without buying a lot of hardware to mask the chucking.
Thermoguy 02/02/20 10:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Bunkhouse Under 32'

I have a Forest River Sierra bunkhouse right at 32'. Mine is a little older I found used. There are a lot of models right around that 32' range, so you should be able to find some. Just start looking for bunk house models and you should be good to go. I have also seen bunkhouse models with double slides so, 4 beds in the bunkhouse. Very common. Just search Craigslist and other site for trailer sales. Search both Bunk House and Bunkhouse...
Thermoguy 01/24/20 01:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel tire question

Rear trailer tires will run slightly warmer than fronts that get direct air flow. Driving East of West the sunny side tires will be warmer that the shaded side. However a strong wind against the sunny side can make the shaded side tires carry more load and be warmer. I saw this for Phoenix to Palm Springs with 40 MPH wind out of the South on the 6 hour run. Fold up stairs right in front of the door side tires can cause them to run slightly warmer. FWIW, sunny side tires on both my FWs tended to run 10-15 hotter than shaded side. Same on my truck. When towing out here in the SW, in the summer, load charts are out the window. I want them to full cold psi to help dissipate the heat. I've seen nearly 150 on the sunny side tires towing across I-8 to San Diego. My old Komfort, with 860 lbs more GVW than my KZ, would always run in the 140's after 1-2 hours. E tires at 80 psi, 60-65 mph. Lyle So based on that, what do you consider to be hot or out of norm? seems like every time you stop they could be a different temp. Also, checking hubs and rotors can give you very poor temps. You can't check temperature on a shiny metal with a non contact temp device. Now, rusty or crudded up with road grime, will work well.
Thermoguy 01/02/20 02:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel tire question

For those of you using a temp gun. What are you looking for? What is a normal temp? Are you looking at the tire, the brake drum or something else? I would imagine the temp of the road surface of the tire is much different than the sidewall. Just curious, I have a temp gun that shows a picture, but I have never used it on one of my tires when on a trip. thanks
Thermoguy 12/31/19 02:45pm Fifth-Wheels
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