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RE: monitoring tire temp

Which is more important to monitor temp or inflation? Will you stay parked if the temp is too high? Tires can take quite a bit of heat. They do not take under inflation near as well. And, no offense to anyone, using the old trucker bat would be like using snail mail. They both have some merit but why use 1950's tech when there are much better solutions? While the OP may be able to buy a new set of tires for the price of a TPMS how much to repair body work, electrical or, worst case, medical bills incurred because of a flat tire that causes a serious accident? There are many good reasons to use TPMS. I can not think of any good reasons not to have TPMS. RichH
aguablanco 08/26/20 12:29pm Towing
RE: Just cannot fix stupid....repeat...over and over....

Definitely a Darwin Award Nominee. My favorite picture is one of a guy holding up a small, cute Grizzly cub saying, "Where's your mama little fella?" Of course, in the background, is Mama Griz charging the idiot. Here's good advice, NEVER approach any juvenile wildlife when out and about. You can bet mama isn't far away and she can certainly out run all of us. RichH
aguablanco 08/15/20 01:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where to put generator in 21' travel trailer

I just installed the Mount n Lock arms and Safety Struts on my rear bumper and, so far, I couldn't be happier. I would post a couple of pics if I could. Look this product up and I think your problem will be solved. If you read the reviews on a website with the same name as a South American river you will see my pics of my Champion generator and 2 five gallon cans. RichH
aguablanco 08/07/20 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Tonto Natonal Forest

I have driven the the route you described from Holbrook, 377/277/260,to Payson continuing on 87 to Mesa many times towing my travel trailer with absolutely no issues or problems. I have also seen many motor homes on this road and have never seen one in distress on the side of the road. IMHO, overheated brakes are more a function of the driver than the grade. If one does not know how to descend a grade there will be problems no matter how slight the grade is. I have ascended and descended 9% grades with ease because I sought the knowledge to do so and applied it. It is not difficult it just takes some education. People from flatter areas have a totally different view of grades than do us westerners. Anything 7% or less is not all that unusual here, and, while they must be taken seriously, in most cases they can't be avoided and must be dealt with. Glad you enjoyed our scenery and hope you come back for the great fishing and hunting. 60 from Payson to the Salt River turn-off was closed for ~2 weeks a month ago for the fire whose damage you saw. It was a terrible time for all of us here in the Valley and going north. I haven't seen it myself yet but will in about week. My favorite sign on that route has always been one similar to the old Barbasol signs: They saw an Elk Oh what a thrill Until it landed on their grill Slow down and watch for wildlife. RichH
aguablanco 07/15/20 02:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Selecting a roof coating brand

Dicor make a perfectly good product that you may want to consider. It is the two part roof coating I used in Spring 2019. My roof looks great. RichH
aguablanco 06/27/20 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dicor Roof Sealant. Do I need to use the Part 1 Cleaner?

Hello. I need to seal my TT roof. I never used the Dicor cleaner in the past. Just Dawn detergent and water. The "Dicor System" calls for the part 1 cleaner so the sealant will work correctly, etc.. Should I actually use this, or can I just give it a good cleaning with some detergent and water? Thanks I used this product last spring with great success. First, it is imperative to use the cleaner as it also acts as an activator for the sealer. Second, I wrapped the entire trailer with the very thin plastic sheeting as Dicor says the activator/cleaner can stain the sides of the unit. Don't forget to take off the AC shroud, reefer shroud and anything else you don't want the sealer on. After cleaning the roof I removed the plastic immediately. I went around all of the openings with a brush at least twice. Finally rolled the entire roof 3 times with the proper amount of time between coats. Also went around the edge of the roof where I couldn't roll with a brush 2 or 3 times. Took an entire day with almost no help after putting the plastic on. Roof looked great then and still does after ~16 months in the AZ sun. Don't try to cheat, do it once, do it right and move on to something else. RichH
aguablanco 05/29/20 06:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water filters

Depends on how much water you need. We have a Katadyn Expedition that we primarily use on river trips.While it is extremely expensive, it is the gold standard for drinking water filtration. We will settle any sediment in a 5 gallon bucket using alum, pump water at about a rate of 1 gal/minute and then add 3 drops of chlorine bleach per gallon. After ~2 hour contact time we add 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide per gallon and drink. RichH
aguablanco 04/11/20 12:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Arizona forced residency - coronavirus non travel?

Having lived in AZ for 31 years this is my understanding. As long as vehicle registration and driver's license are from the same state there will be no issue. We had many people move here and be required to get an AZ driver's license to work. They would leave the car registered in the home state if their registration fees and insurance were cheaper. It was easy for LE to distinguish these people during a traffic stop. I know many tickets were issued. In your situation I assume that the vehicle and your DL are both WA state so how does anyone know how long you have been here? While LE may ask,and that is highly unlikely, you are under no obligation to answer, just don't lie. The bigger issue is the coming heat. At some point in the near future it will be way too hot for RV life in AZ. You may have to move to a higher elevation or head home to avoid this. RichH
aguablanco 04/04/20 08:40am Snowbirds
RE: In Quartzsite, thinking of Montanna.. don’t like mountains..

Now that you mention it, I was skiing in tahoe and saw Truckee. Some non-hospitable hills. Thats where all those people got stuck and ate each other. Donner Pass. Went over it in my old gasser and was not breaking any speed records, but it was pretty straightforward and caused no white knuckles. Very pretty drive. RichH
aguablanco 03/03/20 07:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Tongue Jack Needed

I bought a cheap $80 trailer jack several years ago and glad I did. I bought a 3500# jack on eBay and it still works perfect after 6 years of use. I see they have gone up in price now to around $90. I don't need the best.... just one that works. Probably the same one I bought and is still working. The Ram on Ebay has been excellent for the 5 years I have had it and for~$110 it will be hard to beat. RichH
aguablanco 03/01/20 07:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with silverado

I pulled 6000# with a 2012 5.3 with no significant issues for a couple of years. I see no reasons for you to worry. RichH
aguablanco 01/27/20 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

depends..... if the pin weight is in front of the pickup bed trailers axle or behind the axle. The Automated Safety Hitch system has no sway. If the guy has done his homework nothing wrong with the set up. I believe that to double tow, which this guy is doing, the first towed vehicle MUST be on a fifth wheel. I could be wrong but I don't think so. RichH
aguablanco 01/21/20 11:14am Towing
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

depends..... if the pin weight is in front of the pickup bed trailers axle or behind the axle. The Automated Safety Hitch system has no sway. If the guy has done his homework nothing wrong with the set up. Actually, I thought to be legal double towing, which this guy is doing, the 5er would have to be hooked to the tow vehicle. I don't see any way that is legal or safe. RichH
aguablanco 01/20/20 01:16pm Towing
RE: Which one is better between the 2?

I will never buy off brand towing equipment. Hitches, balls, trunion bars etc. for my use have to be made by companies whose main business is towing. I will not trust our lives, and others, to less than top of the line gear. Especially one with a 2.5 star rating. BTW, the chrome will wear off pretty soon and keeping a light film of grease on the ball will prevent rust. RichH
aguablanco 12/24/19 10:10am Beginning RVing
RE: Costs of things

We called it a season last weekend (finished winterizing yesterday). We had a very enjoyable season. This is a breakdown of our basic costs for the season: Total Miles: 6560 Cost of gas: $2,123 (this years average was 8.0 mpg as usual and the average cost per gallon was $2.59 RV park cost:$1785 (51 nights at average $35 per night) Total basic cost(Gas and camps only)$3908 or $105 per day Not included: food, occasional t shirt, supplies, or whatever. This falls in line with our last 4 years since we started this wonderful hobby. Making plans right now for another 10 week cross country trip next summer. Laying out our back road route and began to set cash aside for this run already. The wife and I truly enjoy the road less traveled. Oh,we have a smaller class C. Thor Freedom Elite 22e E350 Triton V10 and there are just 2 of us. Your $105/day is a bit higher than my totals but close enough to not matter. Since we cook most of our meals in the trailer, and we have to eat whether we're on the road or at home I only count meals eaten out as an additional expense. A decent motel/hotel in, or near, any National Park is certainly much more than $105/day. Add in eating out and it will start approaching $200/day, or more. Bought my small trailer used and do all of the maintenance myself. My only extra expense is the difference in mileage between towing, which averages 15 mpg, and not towing 32 mpg. Both figures are highway driving. Granted I didn't pay six figures for my trailer, so depreciation is nearly a nonissue. We average about 5000+ miles per year and, at least for us, it is way less expensive than using hotels and eating out. Plus we get to see some amazing sites and spend time together. Oh, and the dogs love it too. I have to say that, in our case at least, it is cheaper to take the RV out for 5-6 weeks at a time than it is to travel any other way when exploring.
aguablanco 10/29/19 09:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: In-Coil Airbags

I have them on my 2017 Ram Eco Diesel. I did not install them for lift. My truck had a bit of roll with the trailer hooked up and after I installed the bags the roll pretty much went away. The bags are also good to alleviate bottoming out of the suspension when the bed is loaded. I do run my 1000# bags ~30# almost all of the time. I never expected, or wanted, any lift I just wanted to stiffen the suspension a bit. Back in the day we used to install air shocks if we wanted an inch or three of lift. RichH
aguablanco 10/29/19 09:24am Towing
RE: Best way to repair crack in aluminum siding?

First, drill a small diameter hole, around 1/8" or smaller, on either end of the crack. The hole will relieve the stress and, at the least, stop it from quickly becoming a longer crack. JB weld sounds good to me for the cover up. RichH
aguablanco 10/25/19 07:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Vehicle Insurance for Mexico

We are going down Oct 20-25 so I just purchased the insurance. Cost was $115.00 for the entire trip. We used this site.Lets you compare.BTW minsurance company, Farmers, wanted $288.00. RichH
aguablanco 10/02/19 10:39pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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