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RE: Dead...

Another AGM fan here. A single 4D case size. About 215AH. No maintenance, other than terminal checking. Expected lifespan 8-10 years. Will withstand long periods in storage without a tender & with little loss of voltage. Cost much more than wet cells but much less than lithium. You get what you pay for. First one had a nine year lifespan sitting six months each year untended. Current AGM is five years old. Going strong.
Veebyes 07/25/23 10:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need advice if safe for my pickup to pull a heavy 5th wheel

It is not pulling the thing, it is the stopping the thing. Sooner, rather than later, there will be that split second situation when you will wish that you had a whole lot more truck. Some car will brake suddenly infront of you. You will go into an exit too fast. 16,000lbs of trailer will want to overtake a way too small truck. It won't be pretty.
Veebyes 07/25/23 09:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2003 fiberglass TC not looking so good …now what?

If the poster is serious about restoration it is going to take work & plenty of it. There is no magic product that makes an afternoons work out of it. Had my share of taking care of boats for forty plus years. 3M is a very big name in fiberglass maintenance products. Three grades of compound are available from a coarse to a fine. Alot depends on the thickness of the gelcoat. Gelcoat is heavy and expensive stuff. RV builders are not known for using more than absolutely necessary. Being too aggressive will go through gelcoat very quickly if not careful.
Veebyes 07/09/23 11:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2003 fiberglass TC not looking so good …now what?

There comes a point in time when the gelcoat has become so deteriorated that it cannot be restored. Oh sure it can be compounded & resealed with any number of DIY products but they will not last very long. The only restoration method, not cheap, that will last is a thorough preparation and recoating using a product such as Awlgrip or Emron These are extremely tough marine epoxy products that, finished with a couple coats of clear coat, will last for many years without the labour needed to keep gelcoat looking good. I stress again, this type of coating is not cheap, but the results achieved by a professional, WOW.
Veebyes 07/06/23 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full-Time Alaska TT Living

I can't imagine anything with wheels suitable or modifiable for the extremes of a Fairbanks winter. It takes a special breed of people to live in that climate no matter the accommodation.
Veebyes 07/03/23 12:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Trip to Alaska

Consider alternate routes. Good one. Once north of Edmonton any alternate routes are rapidly reduced down to Alaska Highway or nothing. North of Watson Lake the Alaska Highway is it, unless you want to consider the Campbell Highway, which is 300 miles of mostly gravel and only two places for fuel on a very very little used road. We did it last month. Doing the Alaska Highway is not going to the moon but it is not like using some of the little used roads of the lower 48 either where you are never far from fuel or a cell signal.
Veebyes 07/02/23 01:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: A road less travelled

Fillup with the last drop possible at Watson Lake or Carmacks, depending on which way you are going. There are about 6 PP along the way. Faro has fuel. Ross River has fuel. Drive with extreme caution. There is NO cell service. Be prepared as best as you can be for any possible problems. There is no pressure water at the CGs so fill before you go. I don't consider the trip high risk but it is not a hop from KOA to KOA either.
Veebyes 06/19/23 07:35pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
A road less travelled

Our fifth trip north & we were looking for a road not done before. We had considered doing, but never got the nerve to do the Campbell Highway before. Watson Lake to Carmacks. Split it over 3 nights. YT Government CGs every night. First leg was 3hrs to do & only saw 4 vehicles going in the opposite direction. Nothing passed us & we passed nothing. A very scenic & memorable drive well worth doing.
Veebyes 06/19/23 04:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Anyone else going this year?

Maybe the fires are discouraging some. It was one smokey drive for a good part of the way from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson. Surprisingly little traffic too yet the CG we departed from in Dawson Creek & the one in Fort Nelson are quite full. This could be due in part to some of the provincial park CGs being closed due to fires in the area.
Veebyes 06/08/23 10:17pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Anyone else going this year?

I was beginning to wonder if anyone else was going to Alaska this year. Have reached Dawson Creek before seeing any US tags in CGs. I know that we travel routes less travelled by the crowd but hardly any RVs have been seen on the route we have travelled to get this far. Entered Canada at a NW ND crossing, up to Regina, SK, across to Edmonton on 16, then N to Dawson Creek via 2 & 47. Very nice quiet roads the whole way.
Veebyes 06/08/23 09:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Small Propane Cylinder

Been using one for a number of years now. Much cheaper to use than the disposables. Always keep a couple of disposables on hand in case the 5lb runs out & a refill is not handy. The only problem experienced is that occasionally the valve sticks. Nothing that a couple of whacks with a hammer can't fix. Nothing likes to be hit.
Veebyes 05/28/23 08:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best route - Maine to Cape Hatteras

That is a tough one. Yes, give NYC as wide a berth as possible. 295 through NJ is surprisingly easy, depending on time of day. The other way is to skirt around Philly to the west then come down the DELMARVA and VA Beach over the CBBT, an experience all by itself. Where else can you drive 60' under the ocean?
Veebyes 05/18/23 08:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 2 in Nebraska

Just did 4 hours worth of Nebraska secondary roads today. Most impressed. With the exception of a small section of 91 west of Halsey, great 65mph roads.
Veebyes 05/18/23 08:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwys closed and wild fires in BC & Alberta

Easy to find official provincial sites for daily updates on the fires. We are N central NE at the moment and it is quite smokey. That can change with a shift in the wind. Smoke or not we continue north entering Canada, pass through Saskatoon and on to Edmonton. Wild fires are every year.
Veebyes 05/18/23 07:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: how to find value of used RVs?

Never buy new. Do the research using as many resources that you can find. Let someone else buy new, take the hit of the first Year's depreciation and deal with all of the new rig warranty problems, only to find out that they bought the wrong rig and want out. Research, research, research. Narrow your choices down to a few models, then go shopping for what you want, not what the seller wants you to buy.
Veebyes 05/15/23 07:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Priming the water pump

Disconnect at the output side of the pump. Hold your thumb over the pump outlet & turn it on. Pressure? Yes? Suction is fine. No? No suction. Trace backwards. Pump itself plus fittings. It does not take much for an air leak on the low pressure side.
Veebyes 05/14/23 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Priming the water pump

If you have ever taken one of these pumps apart you will see that the diaphragm is a very thin piece of material subject to age & dry rot. Kits are available for some pumps. Might as well get a new pump. Your time is worth more than messing with the thing past making sure there are no air leaks in connections on the low pressure side of the pump. Just went down the failed pump road. Leaking gasket on the pump. I carry a new spare so the change out only took a few minutes. Since then I have hopefully repaired the old pump by replacing the gasket & it now sits ready to go if needed.
Veebyes 05/14/23 07:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Picking out good camping chairs

Most of the time you get what you pay for. We have a pair of sturdy chairs that have been with us for more than 12 years. We also have a rocker type picked up on sale. No regrets on paying out the extra cash for products that last.
Veebyes 05/13/23 03:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Denali Hwy 8

Fuel is one thing we are not especially concerned about. Two tanks. We can do over 500 miles between fuel stops on more or less level but of course higher speeds. Really looking forward to that leg of the trip. Just hope that the road is in decent shape, not for speed, but for comfort & vehicle wear & tear.
Veebyes 05/07/23 08:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: I Bought A Travel Trailer I Had Never Seen (in person)

Flew from Bermuda to Texas to buy a truck & fiver combo. Both were only six months old so call them new. We were very very builder & model specific, & a rare one at that, so it was more or less a done deal before we got on the first plane. That was seventeen years ago. Still have them.
Veebyes 04/11/23 05:54am General RVing Issues
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