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RE: GC2 battery brands

I think maintenance trumps battery brand any day. When I first bought my MH folks on here told me Trojans were the best 6 v GC batteries to buy. They lasted 4 years and people said that's about right because you only dry camp. The next set were Sam's Club batteries that I bought in 2007 and paid $74 a piece about 1/2 the price of Trojans. I think they were Duracell batteries. They are still working fine after 13 years. Do I believe they are better than Trojans, no I just figured out how to maintain them better. I don't keep them on a charger 24/7, when the get to 80% or so I recharge them, only once got below 50% SOC, equalize them several times per year and never go to FHU CG's. Having said that there have been a number of posts about Costco batteries failing prematurely because they have changed brands and I'm sure Sam's Club batteries have changed since I bought mine. I also noticed as a previous poster pointed out there may be different brands at Costco or Sam's based on the region of the US you are in. My Walmart starting battery lasted 9 years in the MH because I charged it when I charged my chassis batteries. I never had a starting battery last that long in my cars only being charged from a alternator. I'm going with everything said here. I smoked my first batteries with lack of maintenance and flattening them a couple times Now I have Duracell/Deka's and they are lasting nice and performing well.....because I know better now!
Vintage465 11/12/20 06:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

RV travel costs....memories made.....experiences/adventures had VS Airplane costs per person, car rentals/shuttles hotel/motel rooms (unknown elements...bed bugs, adult activities, dirty carpets/bed spreads, shower fungus etc) I'll take the RV regardless. This is where we are. Anyone who buys and RV to save money made a wrong turn somewhere in the thought process. When it starts getting more expensive we will need adjust how/where/when we go.
Vintage465 11/08/20 06:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Root Beer

I wonder why soft drink manufacturers don't use Monk Fruit Sweetener for Diet Sodas. From what I hear Monk Fruit Sweetener has zero calories, doesn't spike your glucose and other wise can be used in place of sugar. Has much better flavor than stevia and others. In reality I can't really tell the difference.
Vintage465 11/07/20 02:24pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Your "favorite" BBQ Grill, suggestions

Vector Smoke Hollow .............................. Cast Aluminum Stainless steel Ceramic coated grates What is going to rust out? I agree. It'll last plenty long for the $170.00. Makes real good ribs!
Vintage465 11/07/20 02:20pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Buying an RV is a pretty personal thing. There are some floor plans people want that aren't in some one's opinion of a better quality coach. And there are some persons that if anything goes wrong with their rig, then it becomes a throw the baby out with the bath water type thing. I've just come to the conclusion after being and RV Dealer and Repair Shop, that there is stuff that is going to go wrong. They are built speedy. I've been through the ORV Factory in LaGrande Oregon and it is certainly a production line, but it doesn't appear that they are throwing things together....yet things go wrong on coaches occasionally. I do tend to think when you see a ton of things wrong with one coach on all different levels then there is a real concern for quality. Then the converse thought is, if there is an issue here or there like maybe a leak where a fitting is snugged down enough....probably not worth selling the farm over.... I think it's great for the factory to strive for excellence and stand behind their coaches when things go south. And, as I've been schooled here on this forum....if no one says anything about the stuff that goes wrong, why would we think the factories are going to improve? Comes down to whether it's in your nature to be an advocate or not. I'm not. I'm not on a crusade to make all RV's better by publishing things that go wrong to try and squeeze the manufacturers into better quality. If I have a problem I can't fix, they'll hear from me. If I have a problem I can fix that appears to be pandemic, I let persons on the forums know for their benefit. Every RV can have problems from manufacturing or from component issues. If we can't accept that in our travels, then we probably shouldn't be in an RV. Pretty much I just want to retire, travel and eat my waffle at Waffle House.
Vintage465 11/07/20 07:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Why diesels are most efficient around 1,800 rpm

Shiner, you are applying a little bit of truth improperly to come up with a stupid recommendation. I couldn't read your post without at least doing a simple test to give some real somewhat scientific numbers so: I drove my truck in 5th gear at 1800 rpm/92 kph up a long incline and measured the fuel economy on the DIC .... 13mpg (18.6 liters per 100). I turned around, went back and conducted the same test at 92 km per hour in 6th gear (1414 rpm) and measured 13.6 mpg (17.8 liters per 100). I then did a similar experiment over a stretch of highway going down a grade for the duration of the test... 43 mpg in 6th at 92 kph (1414 rpm) and 33 mpg in 5th at 1800 rpm/92kph. So although a diesel engine may be most efficient at 1800 rpm it is best to let the engineers worry about what gear and rpm your truck should run at. Put it in "D" and go. And choose the highest speed (lowest numerical) rear end recommended for the load you expect to tow. About the time you used "stupid" in your reply I lost all interest in your comment. In the big scheme of things all these forums are for fun and info. When people start using offensive words like "stupid" the thread has no place to go but down. I have yet to find one person that really enjoys being told what they believe or are discussing is stupid. Not sure why we all can't be more careful about the words we choose to use. And........I found Shiners info enlightening. Everything is happiest at 1800. Not everthing gets done at 1800, but mine is happiest.
Vintage465 10/24/20 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

Problem with that ^ theory is that there is a rubber boot built into the hub cover cap that expands to relieve any pressure. On hot runs I see those boots bulged outward and cold they are pulled inward. Well, we all seem to have different thoughts on this subject. It works for some and not for others. One thing for certain, when the pressure builds in the hub the grease is going to take the path of least resistance. In my case it was the seals into the drums, possibly because my coach had between 25 and 30 thousand miles on the seals.
Vintage465 10/23/20 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

Always looking for ways to economize, get more efficient, etc., and wondered about others' experience with using a propane-based coffee pot... I think Coleman makes one... you use a burner on the propane stove to heat it up, and I'm given to understand it makes a pretty decent cup of coffee... Anyone have experience with this, or another method? I've been taking the Keurig from home and using that, but it's big and bulky, runs on 110, requires safe storage while in motion, and, when boondocking, would probably eat up more juice than propane... besides, I only have a cup or two in the mornings, and have some teabag-type coffee singles from, I think, Folgers, and that's not bad either... Stove top percolator is likely the proper term. For my trailer I use a Vintage Pre-1967 Revere Ware Percolator. I also have two of the Pyrex Glass percolators for fun at home. They make great coffee. My experience is: For a 6 cup pot of coffee, use a lightly rounded 1/2 cup measure. Bring the water to a boil, as soon as it starts to perc turn it down(or it will boil over)as low as you can but continues to perc steadily. Let it perc for six minutes and you will have amazing coffee. If you perc more than six minutes you run the risk of the coffee starting to taste burnt. Percolating longer is not the best way to make it stronger, more coffee is the answer. I find that Duncan Donuts Original blend makes a nice cup.
Vintage465 10/21/20 08:53pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

I have used a percolator, the Folgers T-bags, french press, cone shaped Malita drip through type and on and on, now I use either my Cuppa Joe or my 12 volt Keurig(ask how I got that). All are very good by the way. Yup French press and Malita make a nice cup of coffee too
Vintage465 10/21/20 08:51pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Propane Coffee Pot

This is my propane coffee pot. I’ve had it for years, love to watch it brew. :):) I have two of those Pyrex percolators. They make great coffee.
Vintage465 10/21/20 08:42pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Ford 6L diesel in the news again

When I bought my X in 06 I really wanted the 6.0. But I came across A very clean low mile V-10. Glad I did. This was before all the problems of the 6.0 were evident. The V-10 never left me stranded and made it up the mountains just as easily as the diesel did. I’ll take a few less mpg over being stuck in the middle of no where! Well, two things for certain....The 6.0 debate/discussion/flogging will never be over....2nd, no gasser ever went up and over a hill as easy as the current breed of Diesel or even the days the 6.0 was marketed. May have gone up the same hill, same speed, but much higher RPM....not as easy. Easy is 1800 RPM.
Vintage465 10/18/20 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

My experience and thoughts. I figured I'd try the EZ lube as I can think of nothing much nicer than super easy wheel bearing greasing. Also figured most issues people has was 'cause they did it wrong. I did it right and got grease in my brakes. I think what happens is since the hub is full of grease when it gets hot, pressure builds in the hub and grease is forced past the seal. Say you only do week end camping....30 miles to the beach or hills. I think you could "Dexter" it all you want. I think for those of us who bomb down Hwy 40 in the heat of the summer day at 65 mph the likely hood of getting grease in your brakes is far greater. I will be manually greasing mine from now on as we do a fair amount of 8hr a day towing.
Vintage465 10/18/20 06:06am Travel Trailers
RE: New to RV'ing, need a new vehicle

I think if you want to stay in the "sport utility" type vehicle and really want to tow something and not worry so much about weight you should look towards a larger sport utility like an Expedition, Tahoe or Suburban. It's a lot more comfy to have a "larger foot print" towing the coach. I towed a 25 ft. trailer all over the US with a 1999 half ton suburban 4x4. It had a nice large foot print and I never felt "pushed". Nope, for your daily driver, it's not gonna get small car mileage like a Highlander sized vehicle, but if I compromised one or the the's be on the "tow safely side".
Vintage465 10/17/20 06:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Your "favorite" BBQ Grill, suggestions

I have a version of the the Masterbuilt noted above called a Vector Smoke Hollow. Exact same unit, different name. It is a very good smoker and will do ribs and other long smoked products as good as any smoker. That unit is also very adjustable as far as heat goes. Has a separate smoker tray. Not really good for burgers or my opinion. I also have a Weber Q1000 that is the regular staple cause it makes real good hamburgers, reasonable chicken. I have a griddle for mine and I do a ton of outdoor cooking with it. It is a little more versatile because of the griddle. The Weber is also a real well built unit. I travel with both of them.
Vintage465 10/13/20 08:43pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Root Beer

I am also a root beer fan. In the past a big A&W fan, but only at the old school A&W drive ups. Those truly were the days. One of the last places....I was told that actually brew their A&W Root Beer in California was in Oakhurst near Bass Lake. Their brew was truly amazing and creamy. Since then all is really lost when it comes to getting a "draft out of the spout" other than the occasional beer brewery that does some root beer too. Those are usually real fun. For me, as far as over the counter root beer, Virgil's is at the top, then it just becomes a matter of taste and availability where you are. Mrs. Stewarts is good, Barque's is good. Henry Weinhardt's is good. There are a lot of small batch brewers Like Death Valley Brewing.....But I think if you really want to try what I think Root Beer was originally supposed to taste like...Try Virgil's
Vintage465 10/10/20 08:35am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Aluminum or fiberglass trailer

I'm a fan of aluminum framing and laminated fiberglass walls. I like the rigidity from this type construction vs. the aluminum on stick framing. That is really my biggest thing. Delamination is real. I think that the quality of the build is better today than when the aluminum/fiberglass first came out. I seem to see less delamination on later models. I also think that careful maintenance to the roof and making sure all the wall penetrations are sealed goes a long way to having an "aluma-glass" rig minus the delamination.
Vintage465 10/04/20 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 Volt Interstate batteries

Sam's Club sells Duracell which are actually manufactured by East Penn. East Penn manufactures for several other brands including Deka. Trojan or Rolls Surrette are the best, but as mentioned by Trackrig, I am not sure they are worth the premium price. Gold carts store typically carry Trojan. Industrial supply houses carry either Trojan or Rolls, but they may not stock the GC2 size. Solar power stires also, but again, they probably don't stock GC2. I think the Deka or Duracell is the best bang for the buck. They have a 235ah 6v for $150.00 ish bucks. I have 4 of them. Had them since 2018. Working great.
Vintage465 10/03/20 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: sway bar instructions

Since 1981 I've towed with "lower rent" type W.D. lashups with friction type sway control always. And by lower rent I mean Eas-Lift, Valley Tow-Rite, Draw-Tite and Reese versions of the chain type snap ups and not the integrated sway. I've never read the instructions for my friction type sway control. Never thought I needed too. Everything said about the friction sway being tight enough to overcome the traction on the front tires of the tow rig makes sense. I will consider myself more educated today than I was yesterday. Mine is very adjustable(not "on or off")I will back mine off a 1/2 turn when towing in the rain and make further adjustments as needed. In recent years I've heard and read about not backing up with the sway control in place. I've always backed up with the friction type sway control on and never had an issue. Recently I pulled into a spot I had no business being, and literally tied the rig up in knots to get out and had no issues. It was good entertainment for all the onlookers though!
Vintage465 10/02/20 04:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Kitchen Sink

Nice job! I did the same thing. The one I put is really close in design to the plastic sink. Mine's a Moen product and I can set a 10" cast iron skillet down flat on the bottom of it!
Vintage465 09/25/20 05:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Newbie with a Dutch Oven

I think a roll of "crack and pop" biscuits is a great way to start with the Dutch Oven. Here's why: They're cheap. They require next to no effort to make. If you screw it up by being to hot or cold with the coals, you've lost next to nothing in $$$$ or time. Below is a guide to assist with learning the right amount of coals to use with different Dutch Oven sizes.
Vintage465 09/25/20 05:39pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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