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RE: Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

Was confused why one said no brillo and another said kitchen scouring pad. I've always called the green scrubbing pads on the back of a scotch bright a brillo pad. I just searched and found that brillo are steel wool with soap embedded in them. So now I know why such a strong reaction to what I thought was a no brainers. LOL
bkenobi 03/25/20 08:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

What about reapplying new caulk? Seems like every time I turn around I find a split/cracked seam.
bkenobi 03/25/20 07:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

So what is tough enough to clean but not damage gel coat?I've been using a semi stiff brush (similar to finger nail cleaner) and a soft brush on a pole for the most part.
bkenobi 03/25/20 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

I forgot I had simple green already. Sounds like it's worth a try. Are brillo pads too aggressive?
bkenobi 03/25/20 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

So for my original question it looks like bar keepers friend might help. I'll look for that.
bkenobi 03/25/20 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

I have checked zep's web site but dont see one that appears to match what you've described. Could you post a product link or number to get an idea of what you're recommending?
bkenobi 03/24/20 05:47pm Truck Campers
Cleaning NL (fiberglass) shell

I have a 2007 NL that currently lives outside uncovered. I'm hoping to get that resolved this year, but in the mean time I'm curious about proper cleaning others have performed. I wash it less than it should be really, but need some guidance on lichen and streaks. The sides get sprayed when they start looking green but I dont get up top often. I have a soft brush on a pole and a microfiber covered sponge thingy. I usually use auto soap with "wax" in it and go to it. In areas that are bad, I have stiffer brushes and used dawn this time. Cleaned the sides ok, but the top is fighting back a bit. And what do you recommend for streaks (water drain path down from battery door for example)? Camper place recommended 303 Aerospace Cleaner but reviews suggest that it leaves silicon. If I was properly wont silicon be a problem?
bkenobi 03/24/20 03:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I generally dont cross if I know it will be bad as anything I'm crossing for is recreational (WA anyway). I have crossed I90 with traction required (4wd ok) and it was nothing and gone up hwy 2 with some kind d of recommended sign and it was terrible. Inconsistent...
bkenobi 11/20/19 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I'm not from Cali, so not paying for repairs of their roads (unless its federally funded being an interstate). In WA, I've never chained up a truck, but get to pay for stud damage even though they are generally not needed on the west side.
bkenobi 11/19/19 04:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I was only suggesting that chains are obviously not good for the road. But if you are required to use them, it's one of those things... Heck, if you have chains on even with snow it can damage the roads. I'm debating the v-bar chains for that reason actually. If I had to use them at my house, the county won't fix the roads since they are private and unplowed. I have never needed them even with deep snow (12" or so last year). Even when I might have considered it, it was only when it started melting to 8+ inches of slush which would have been bad for the road using chains (half bare, half slush ruts).
bkenobi 11/19/19 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

Tire chains for cars should only be used if there is a layer of snow or ice on the road. By chains on bare roadway can cause considerable harm to both your tires and the road itself. I assumed that goes without saying. The same is true of studded tires (bad for the road) which is why they must be removed by April 1 (at least in WA). Cables are not as bad for the road compared to trye chains, but traction is the reason they exist, so it's just one of those things that requires the user to use it correctly.
bkenobi 11/19/19 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I dont see why chains would be a problem. I have clearance all around since the tires aren't that much bigger than stock. I know there is some potential for rubbing at full lock, but I have not seen that and not sure why it would preclude use of chains.
bkenobi 11/18/19 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I checked Caltrans docs and see nothing stating what is/isn't legal for chains. It basically says if the mfg says it's a traction device you're set. That said, some are more effective than others. I think I'm just going to get some v-bar style knowing they will chew up the road. If it's bad enough that 4wd doesn't work with good tires, I'll need some real grip. The link on amazon above looks like square link chains. Anyone see v-bar in 295/70r18? I'm looking on craigslist and finding a ton of chains for cheap, but nothing that big so far.
bkenobi 11/16/19 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

Try Amazon, if you are a Prime customer free delicery. I just now ordered these, Amazon My search-fu is failing me. I can't seem to find any chains on amazon from tirechain.com in 295/70r18.
bkenobi 11/15/19 06:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

FWIW, Les Schwab has cables for 170ish and chains for 150ish. Gonna take a look tomorrow. Was about to order from the link but shipping appeared to cost over $40 for some reason.
bkenobi 11/14/19 11:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I carry these: Auto Socks They seem to be allowed chair replacements everywhere and they are very easy to carry. I have never had to use them so I can't comment on how well they work. Those certainly look light and compact and if they pass for compliance that would be great. But, if you actually use them, I do wonder about durability. Seems driving on bare pavement with fabric socks wouldn't do well long term.
bkenobi 11/13/19 08:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire chains needed?

I've never worried about them in the past with a 4wd. I did carry and use in college, but I was driving a 2wd Volvo which really needed help in snow/ice.my other truck loves the NW snow and has never needed any chains. That said, I don't think I've ever traveled the pass with my small truck with chains required though the conditions justified it. With the Ram I am primarily worried about compliance. I don't plan on driving with snow sufficient to require chains with the camper and I won't be in CA without the camper. Sounds like I should either get cables or get the diamond chains and do it in the next couple of weeks.
bkenobi 11/12/19 11:15pm Truck Campers
Tire chains needed?

My 16 Ram has new Open Range tires coupled with 4wd. The NL is not the heaviest, but fully loaded I'm around 12k. If I head over certain passes in the right months I am required to carry chains (over 10k in CA as I recall). I dont think I really need them and would be unlikely to push it if the weather was actually bad. That said, I need to carry something to be legal. Any recommendations on something that would be small storage but effective when installed? Ideally something quicker to install would be better since I dont expect to use them regularly enough to get practice. It hasn't snowed in NW WA yet so prices haven't spiked. Would like to get before they do or find a sale if there is such a thing. EDIT: tires are 295/70R18 if it matters
bkenobi 11/12/19 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Time to install tires on my truck camper setup

FWIW, I installed Firestone air bags instead of stable loads and then went with open range 295/70R18 tires. Only problem I had was the bay was too short to back the truck out of. After dumping air i was good though.
bkenobi 10/29/19 11:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Time to install tires on my truck camper setup

I can create a new topic if this gets no response, but has anyone installed stable loads on a SRW Ram 3500? The fron on mine has ~1" gap, but the back is much less. I can't fit The bolt in the front let alone the back. I'm sure I could jack the truck up so the axle pulls down on the spring pack or use a pry bar to open the gap. But, if the gap is that small in the back, will I be able to get a single wedge in at all?!
bkenobi 09/03/19 08:23pm Truck Campers
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