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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
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

Can a lawyer help with getting a trailer totaled? After all this time you still haven't talked to an attorney ? The person that hit you and their insurance are laughing their a#% off that you are letting them tell you what they are going to do to you . While I may have put it more diplomatically, I couldn't agree more. While I hope they can repair the damage as though it never happened, that is probably the least likely outcome you could experience. I mean no offense, really, but you are letting an adjuster who, most likely, gets a bonus for settling a case for less than the expected amount tell you what is going to happen to your property that his insured damaged. If you will not seek legal advice please stop asking for it here. RichH
aguablanco 08/01/19 10:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1st time boondocking and could not get our AC to work

Above 5000' my Champion, which is carbureted, has issues. Called Champion and they sent me a new jet that is needed for use at altitude. Installed it this year and no problems so far even at 7000'. RichH
aguablanco 07/30/19 11:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Was rear ended on the highway

You might want to work into the conversation with the adjuster the fact you have GAP insurance and you are upside down. He may take mercy on you (and realize you come out net the same with a low retail settlement as you would with a high retail settlement). That could be a win/win for both you and the insurance company. For the GAP insurance provider, not so much. Be sure to do your research on the GAP insurance before you do anything. You don't want a problem to arise. Anybody out there think this is a bad idea?? Asking for assistance from someone, or some company, whose only purpose is to get rid of the problem as inexpensively as possible seems like desperation to me, and it will most likely be taken as weakness by them. You cannot rely on "The kindness of strangers" in this situation. Why let them use the GAP insurance you paid for to limit their liability? While I see myself as a fair person, and I am certain you see yourself as one also, why should you be concerned with allowing them a win? Their insured rear ended you! Let them take responsibility and resolve the matter to your benefit and approval. You may also seek the advice of a Private Adjuster in place of an attorney. I would be in my insurance agents office letting them know that I am not happy with their current level of representation and would be asking them to step up to the plate and make certain that I am made whole for my entire loss including, loss of use, full repair or replacement, medical costs and whatever else you have been denied because of the negligence of the at fault driver. One doesn't have to be rude to be made whole, but being assertive is almost always necessary. BTW, I agree with others who have said the $1000 estimate on the truck seems low. There will, most likely, be issues down the road and you will not want to deal with them when they surface. And neither will any insurance company. RichH Not an attorney but been in a few accidents in my life.
aguablanco 07/24/19 10:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Does anyone make 'em anymore?

The only fridge I know of with no electrical requirement is usually called a cooler. Just add ice and, presto, cold food. Seriously, a nice cargo trailer with 2 batteries will run an RV fridge for at least a few days without solar. Since you won't be using electric for anything else, and the trailer will be bare bones, you could install more than 2 batteries and extend your stay. RichH
aguablanco 07/11/19 02:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Opinion on Resort Fees ?

It is an easy way to raise the rates without actually showing that they raised the rates. How many RV parks could realistically be called a resort? How many have resort like features, pool, hot tub, nice clubhouse with activities etc.? Since the resort fee is rarely, if ever, published along with their daily rates I will consider this an extremely dishonest practice. RichH
aguablanco 07/11/19 12:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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