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RE: Slide out awning

I installed my own 12' slide topper two years ago on my 2nd TT. Ordered it from Makarios as they have been mentioned here before. For me, YES, it was worth every single penny. I am in the north east and you pretty much cant camp anywhere that doesn't have trees all around. (Anywhere worthwhile anyway) Leaves, sticks, needles, acorns, polynoses, ect. are always abundant. I was done climbing the rear ladder with a broom to sweep off the slide every time we pack up. I am pretty anal about keeping the slide clean and never put it in without out a brush off. Rain, wind or whatever. I dont fear heights but its a cautious task at best. Weather doesnt help. Roll that sucker in, and it self cleans! I mumble to myself every time we are leaving, "I should have put it in sooner" or "Man, I am glad I have that" I can see that if your out west/southwest without many tree filled campgrounds it may not be necessary.
brianosaur 01/01/21 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

Showcase Showdown
brianosaur 11/04/20 03:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: TPMS

I have the Tire Minder. 65 lb tires. Works great. Very Helpful. Small display I put on upper left of windshield. Solar (no batteries) display is nice. Oh and for what its worth, I got a TPS because we had a trailer flat that turned into full rubber loss and riding on the rim for a while. We had no idea the tire lost air, disintegrated, completely fell off, and killed the wheel. A trucker drove along side us at 60mph and let us know. $300 rim and tire later - I got the Tire Minder.
brianosaur 10/28/20 03:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT Lengths

We rented a trailer in upper Michigan a couple weeks ago that didn’t turn out too well but we going to give it a couple more outings to confirm this is what we’d like to do. Oh please do elaborate! :@ ...I have my popcorn ready :)
brianosaur 10/28/20 03:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: first time out

NEVER, ever, leave the city water on if you are not physically AT the camper and not asleep. If you ever have a plumbing leak, or leave the tap running unknowingly, you may end up with a massive flood that will total out the rv. Best bet is to always fill the fresh tank and close off the city water. Use fresh tank and it's pump when you need water. Turn the fresh pump off when you leave your campsite. Fresh tank can only run for so long and hopefully would run out before any tanks filled up with a running tap. ...dont ask me how I know.
brianosaur 09/12/20 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Colored party globe lights for awening? ...yeah, I know

Done. Kids love it https://imgur.com/a/KKuI3En#MTvI8q5 https://imgur.com/a/KKuI3En https://imgur.com/a/KKuI3En
brianosaur 07/02/20 06:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving breakers in the camper on while away?

There are a million extraneous and ridiculous things people can do to overprotect their rv's. ...but to each his own It's a risk/reward situation. We have seen a couple of RVs go up in flames due to electrical issues while the owners are gone. Houses go up in flames too occasionally from electrical issues but no one usually shuts their breakers off when they leave. I can tell you why not to use the breakers. although it will take a long time, the more you use a breaker switch the easier they will trip in time. Steve The RV will be shot, as a whole, long before the breakers. Unless they trip constantly they will take decades under normal use to wear out.
brianosaur 06/30/20 04:54am Travel Trailers
RE: shower head

Oxygenics is the brand everyone, including me, recommends. Ditto. And squirrels eating propane hoses? Really? Did you lube them with peanut butter or something? Dont they usually just gnaw things to make a nest or a hole to gain access to somewhere. Wonder why on earth they would eat a hose? ...but anyway, those little buggers can be annoying. Had a family in my shed that took me weeks to trap and release. Spray painted their tails to bc one came back from 1/2 mile away! What about some flexible plastic wire conduit they use in cars? It usually has a slit down the side to slip over existing cables.
brianosaur 06/29/20 05:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Leaving breakers in the camper on while away?

Do they turn the circuit breakers off in their houses too when they go to work or on vacation? A circuit breaker is a wiring overload device when the drawn amperage exceeds the rating for the wire gauge. It serves to prevent the in wall wiring for overheating and causing a fire. If the appliances that are on those circuits are off there will be no drawn amperage in the open circuit and nothing to trip the breaker anyway. Turning breakers off is useless unless one thinks what ever appliance is left on will magically overdraw power when they aren't there. Sounds like paranoid old timers who still unplug their toasters from the wall when they arent using them. When a/c electricity was first installed into homes, people were afraid the current would "fall out" of the wall receptacles and shock them.
brianosaur 06/29/20 05:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: 15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

Don't most class 4 & 5 hitch receivers have minimum of six 1/2" bolts mounting it to the truck? ....with lock washers? I think you would know well in advance if the receiver was ready to fall off the truck.
brianosaur 06/29/20 04:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I connect my sewer line when camping?

I always connect and leave the hose on because if we have sewer we are staying for a few days. Gray tank always open with a p-trap bend in the hose to prevent gas back flow. I want to shower like a homeowner and not a sailor when possible. Black tank has to remain closed until ready to dump. A dry/empty black tank will never evacuate solids properly and it will all just sit there and stink like an outhouse. You need to have it 1/4 full minimum with water at all times to let the solids submerge, keep the odor down and not get rock hard. Dump when full, add water and repeat.
brianosaur 06/28/20 06:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

I think all new RVs come with an AC-DC rock cassette tape (thats a band). Don't think RVs have come with cassette players, for around 20 years.:B Whats a cassette player?
brianosaur 06/28/20 06:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: First Aid Kit Contents

My first aid kit is comprised of beer, paper towels and duct tape.
brianosaur 06/28/20 06:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet seats

I replaced mine with one from home depot the day after I brought my 2019 TT home from the dealer. Standard hole spacing is 5.5 inches https://www.brondell.com/media/wysiwyg/luma-breeza_fit_diagram1.png height=200 width=450
brianosaur 06/28/20 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Using RV portable tote tanks

Thanks for the suggestions. I went ahead and bought the 36 gallon Rhino. We got to the campground last night, so I'll report back how it goes. It would be quite difficult to raise the outlet. If I were to go through all that, I'd just the the trailer to the dump station. Hope it works out well for you. If your rig/setup is a pain to raise then then its prob more trouble then its worth. Mine TT takes about two minutes. 30 sec each front stabilizer, 30 sec on tongue jack and a minute to walk around doing it. Well worth it in my situation.
brianosaur 06/26/20 12:26pm Beginning RVing
RE: Where to RV on East Coast

Otter Lake in PA Delaware Water Gap or for some real excitement for the kiddo's try Jellystone in Quarryville outside Lancaster and Amish Country. Strasberg RR & museum is there too. No swimming lake (but fishing) but the kids will never miss it in 1000 years. There is a stream/river that's walkable just 5 mins away. Its disneyland rv style. $100 and up per night, no thanks! Who said anything about $100? Sometimes its $150 on holiday nights! Resort campgrounds are just that. Its practically like a free waterpark is included. Anyone who doesnt spend that amount of money camping must just not love their kids as much as we do. (...yes, that was a troll comment :p, lol)
brianosaur 06/25/20 05:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Camping World takes too long to ship

Amazon prime has been having issues since the pandemic. I have been spoiled and hate waiting more then 2 days.
brianosaur 06/25/20 05:26pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Where to RV on East Coast

Otter Lake in PA Delaware Water Gap or for some real excitement for the kiddo's try Jellystone in Quarryville outside Lancaster and Amish Country. Strasberg RR & museum is there too. No swimming lake (but fishing) but the kids will never miss it in 1000 years. There is a stream/river that's walkable just 5 mins away. Its disneyland rv style.
brianosaur 06/24/20 07:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Using RV portable tote tanks

I have a 32 gallon Barker and use it all the time. Our local county park has no sewer at the campsites, so I tow the tote five minutes to the dump station. Yes, I have used it for both grey and black water. Black first, then hose wash with grey. I have the same situation as far as height. The tote's top inlet is a bit higher then the RV's tank outlet. I do use a regular slinky hose but you need one with two female ends just for this purpose. You can do what you suggest. Back the tote up to the outlet port as close as possible and rest the hose on the tote. After the tank is drained you can close the valve. Lower the hose until it touches the ground before you disconnect it from the RV. It doesn't overflow because the hose will be long enough. Then lift the end up and the gray water will drain into the tote. What I found really works is this: My tank outlet pipe is in the rear of the travel trailer. I raise the front stabilizer jacks and then drop the tongue with the jack (retract) as low as it will go. The TT pivots on the axles and raises the rear end up. It gets the tank outlet almost level with the tote. Perhaps this will work for you to depending where your tank outlet is located. Can you raise or lower the outlet port at all with your RV leveling method?
brianosaur 06/24/20 07:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Air Conditioning how many do not use it.

Kind of funny topic. May as well ask "Who wears a jacket when they camp" or "Who turns on their furnace?" Well if you camp late spring through early fall in the south I would assume the answer would be "never" We camp end of March through end of October here in New York. Night temps fall to almost, if not, freezing. We then turn the furnace on.
brianosaur 06/24/20 07:01pm General RVing Issues
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