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RE: Busted!

I think it would be best to plan a way to move the trailer to the back yard. Hopefully getting the spruce tree removed won't cause any environmental or "green people" issues....sorry I'm from Cali and generally speaking, you can't just "remove a tree" cause you need to.
Vintage465 12/29/20 09:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Greasing the hitch

Yes I think it is wise to grease the friction points at the pivots. I used to keep a little tub of wheel bearing grease in the pass thru to grease the hitch ball and the rub points of the W.D. bars. Lately I've found that a little tube of white grease that is smaller than a tube of tooth paste lasts a long time and way less messy to deal with.
Vintage465 12/26/20 06:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is it a sin to modify an antique cast iron griddle?

I think it's entirely up to you. If you have any concerns, why not just get a new one for thirty bucks or so. Since you mentioned the angle grinder I will share my experience. I picked up a reversible(grill on one side, griddle on the other) cast iron griddle from the "Pioneer Woman" collection. It fits across the back two burners perfectly with the handles...and recalling, it wasn't too expensive. Bad news is that no amount of seasoning or use allowed anything like a non stick and I mean I would massacre a fried egg bad! Now the angle grinder angle(?!!)...I took my 4-1/2" peanut grinder, put a flap wheel on it and took the surface down to smooth, re-seasoned it and it works amazing now. Of course when I search the net for the one I have now, I can't find it! What are the dimensions of your? Pic maybe?
Vintage465 12/10/20 08:13am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV without a WD hitch

If It was me doing the towing, I think I'd be fine with it for the one trip then go the E2 route. I really can't speak for you though. An 11000 pound trailer is no light weight and I'm going to think it'll have a somewhat porky tongue weight as well. Without a WD hitch you are relying completely on the weight distribution in the coach to balance out the load. I don't think you'd have a lot issues with the tongue weight other that the occasional whoop-de-do when you come across a bridge/overpass crossing at any kind of speed on a highway...that tongue weight(w/o your E2)will push down hard on the ass-end of the pickup lightening up the front axle and steering. It's about recognizing what the hazards are due to the physics, and how you are going plan and work around them. And as the previous poster commented, make sure the ball and the ball mount are rated for this duty.
Vintage465 12/07/20 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sourdough while traveling

Here is the recipe. It comes from "The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook". 2-1/2 cups flour 2-1/2 cups water 1/2 package of dry yeast 1 teaspoon sugar They just say to stir all this stuff together. Cover with a wet towel for 24 hrs. Then remove the towel, stir it up to break down the bubbles and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Stir it every day or so keep thing mixed up. Use it after 5-7 days. Now having said all that, this makes a pretty..."liquid starter" which kind of fits with the recipes in The Scouts Cookbook. So if you feed it The way they say which is to add equal parts flour and water and a teaspoon of sugar. I've found that a more traditional consistency is a little more muddy by adding a 1/4 cup of water and a 1/3 cup of flour it starts to bring it into the realm of what most "bread starters" are like. If I am going to make dough in the morning, I feed the starter every 3-4 hours the day before. Yes you will start to run out of space in you starter vessel...but here is the coolest thing. Take a ladle and scoop some out and "make a pancake" right in a hot skillet and sprinkle your favorite seasoning on it for an amazing flat bread! Black pepper, salt and Italian seasoning is what I use. When you feed it every few hours it really starts to build momentum so when you feed it the night before it will be super powerful the following morning. About the yeast in the initial starter....Most starter recipes don't use any commercial yeast. This one does. I didn't really know enough about starters when I made this, but I'd say by now, after 8 months of feeding this dude, there is only a microbe of the initial commercial starting yeast left in it. Below are some pics of what my starter looks like when it is ready to rock and roll. When you pour it out to use it or make flat bread, it will have an amazing network of bubbles associated with it.
Vintage465 12/07/20 08:28am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Sourdough while traveling

I've been getting into using sourdough starters a bit lately. This may seen extreme, but as a preface to getting battered by posts, let me say this. We have always by necessity cooked nearly everything from scratch for our son due to his extreme allergic reactions. So, for the most part, packaged, canned and prepared foods have been out of the question. Though, lately with the large organic and vegan movement, more "prepared food choices" exist. Anyway........back to sourdough. With an active starter, if you combine: 2 cups flour 1 cup active starter 3/4 cup room temp water 1-1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 teaspoon sugar Knead for 10 minutes Allow it to double(and it will double if the starter is active) Remove and put on a floured cutting board and deflate it. Spread it out gently with your hands and use a biscuit cutter of your choice and cut out all you can, seems like I got 12. Put them in a greased 8x8 pan and let them either go overnight in the fridge, covered to ferment or let them rise for 2 hours and put them in the oven @ 350 for 20 minutes. Makes as good a sourdough roll as I've ever tasted. Since there is only 10 minutes of kneading and you punch them out with a biscuit cutter, the texture is like ciabbatta bread. I pretty much take a jar of starter with me camping every time now for biscuits, pancakes, rolls etc.
Vintage465 12/06/20 12:45pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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
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