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RE: rv fridge

I was going to mention that the easier choice really should be a 12 volt compressor fridge also. I noticed going to a couple small rv shows that there were very few residential fridges offered this year, there were almost all 12 volt compressor fridges. I chatted with a factory rep about that and he said they are much easier to install, do a better job cooling, and give more fridge space than the same size cutout absorption fridge.
dieseltruckdriver 03/13/22 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: RV APP

"DD"? I am guessing Due Diligence. I f...ing hate acronyms. Plus, now you and I have typed more than just typing the words out would have. LouLawrence, this was NOT directed at you, it's just one of those things that gets me revved up! :)
dieseltruckdriver 03/08/22 06:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Walkie Talkies

I know this topic has been covered before. But technology is constantly changing and improving(?) I want a pair of walkie talkies that the wife and I can use when she is hiking and I am at our campsite. What brand and model have you used in this way and would recommend? There is no "improvement" in personal unlicensed radio communications. For unlicensed, you are looking at FRS (Family Radio Services) which is a UHF band FM radio with power and antenna size limitations. UHF band is very line of site, does not bend with the terrain making long distance communications almost impossible with the FCC limitations. Basically on a good day with absolutely nothing in between you and the other person about 2 miles distance is about it. Add in trees hills and structures and that distance gets a lot shorter. Don't fall for the hype, one of the Cheap import radios someone posted a link to states 32 miles, that is a marketing lie. Cobra and Midland are good choices, other cheap no name imports however, may or may not be FCC type accepted which means may or may not follow the FCCs rules.. To add on to what Gdetrailer said, there really is very little new technology in this area. Physics don't change, and that is what limits the range you will get. Yes radios add features etc. but marketing will vastly exaggerate the range that is possible with a handheld radio. I also want to add that an 8 watt radio will be pumped up to be much better than the older 5 watt radios. You will NOT see any difference in that little of a power increase. I've been a ham radio operator for over 30 years (or very close to that anyway), so I have had a little time to mess with these types of things. I also get to take care of the radio system at work.
dieseltruckdriver 02/15/22 09:12pm Technology Corner
RE: The cat is out of the bag ! New Honda Generator !!

So carry an additional propane bottle or a gas can. I can see no difference between those two choices. For me, the increase in BTU's from gasoline would be the deciding difference. Not to mention, more gasoline can be had, literally, EVERYWHERE. Even when the gas station is closed sometimes. Finding propane can be more problematic, as we discovered at 6pm one Saturday night while boondocking when our propane tank ran empty and we discovered that the second propane tank had developed a leak in the pigtail, and was also empty. Fun times. Agreed. I have also run extremely low on propane because of a similar issue when my current 5er was about a year old. It can happen. I could run my Hondas, but not the furnace, so I fired up the electric space heater to keep things from freezing. I normally wouldn't worry, but we had a sudden cold snap and the air temps were in the teens.
dieseltruckdriver 02/11/22 11:27pm Tech Issues
RE: What is the dumbest things about your fifth wheel?

I only have a couple. Snip 2) Why no water pump switch in the bathroom (my brother's Alpenlite has one)? I need to add it. Ours has a water pump switch in the bathroom. It is AWESOME!
dieseltruckdriver 02/10/22 06:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What is the dumbest things about your fifth wheel?

NW 27-5L. Wasteful very shallow cabinet under entertainment unit. I had the dealer pull the door off and put in a fireplace. Area above water pump is completely closed off and wasted space. I've turned it into a 2 shelf cabinet for shoes. We use that area as my wifes drink storage. Seltzer waters etc. The shoes go under the stairs. Biggest issue, the whole pass through has not been well thought out as they carried sewer pipes through what could be a much larger area, but no, they completely blocked that area off. I opened up a lot of that area by removing the "wall" on the street side and cutting it to fit front to back as opposed to side to side. It looks factory. With slides in, access to pantry is blocked and so is the bedroom clothes closet. Wife did a most awesome job turning the clothes closet into cubes and shelves. On this one, what else could they do other than not have a slide.
dieseltruckdriver 02/10/22 06:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The cat is out of the bag ! New Honda Generator !!

"The ethanol in gasoline is very hygroscopic. It actually attracts moisture out of the atmosphere. Over time, a problematic amount of water can accumulate." that is simply not true. ethanol will not attract water out of the atmosphere Sorry but it does. Hydrogen bonding causes pure ethanol to be hygroscopic to the extent that it readily absorbs water from the air.Pianotuna is correct. The reason you don't often have problems is because of your gas cap.
dieseltruckdriver 02/10/22 05:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Carhauler to RV

Just food for thought, our last truck camper had an aluminum roof and that sucker was NOISY in the rain. It was a well insulated S&S, but it was still noisy.
dieseltruckdriver 02/05/22 10:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Gooseneck Extenders

I have posted this here before, but I see you are a new member so here it is again. When I was first looking at getting a fifth wheel I asked my local mom and pop camper dealer about using a goose neck extension since I already had a goose neck ball and his exact words were "Don't do it to a camper you want to keep." He went on to explain the build differences between a goose neck trailer and an rv frame. This was 15 or 16 years ago, and I took it to heart and will never use one. The fact that I had been a truck driver for 17 years also made me appreciate hooking up to a fifth wheel plate as opposed to a ball mount.
dieseltruckdriver 02/05/22 09:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The cat is out of the bag ! New Honda Generator !!

I own enough generators for the rest of my life. Me too but I am pretty sure I want one of these!
dieseltruckdriver 02/05/22 09:34am Tech Issues
RE: TPMS: What's the latest?

Not all of us have trucks with the latest and greatest. :) My 2001 didn't come with them. Not on my 2000 either. ;) I have a Tire Minder and really like it. It is the valve stem cap type, so I agree, I don't think the temp is very accurate.
dieseltruckdriver 02/03/22 06:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Custer State Park expansion

. Custer State Park proposal to build a new $10 mil. 175 site campground on the wildlife loop was lowered by the park officers to a $4.7mil 66 site camp on Stockade Lake. The proposal was amended down to only tent campsites( rustic) In SD legislative ag and nat resources committee sd hb 1048 had no supporters, a room of full of detractors. It was defeated by a 9-3 vote assigning this bill to the 41st day, which does not exist in SDs schedule, , by a mixed party vote. The argument for expansion by the CSP officer did not address payment to local government for the increased costs to it and visitatation used on county roads and services. It was a killing point, along with the ridiculous price tag they had no alternative. $ 57000/ site. never at proposed rate would they ever recover the bond They reached for rhe stars, could not get anything off the ground. Dead before it even started. We in the know saw it as an effort to miseducate the value, misdirect funding to an underfunded project aimed at the concept of basic camping with a fire and Smores with the grandkids A grandiose romantic concept. How we wish. I was the lone person who did not testify in opposition, I rode the fence and only proposed that the park and its expansion be no burden to local SD taxpayers. according to audits that show CSP recieving $ 1.51 of services for each $ 1 it remits to the county in PILT payment Public / Private ideas aside, these proposals show an outdated idealistic view of outdoor hospitality industry, Now comes the ev to recharge that the owners will want to do in campsite for free. If power is not metered and paid for accordingly. the only option for any camp is to raise their rate We live in troublesome times Thanks for the update.
dieseltruckdriver 02/03/22 06:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wireless 2-sensor fridge thermometer?

I am not trying to be glib about this, but I use beer and ice cubes (not at the same time). If the beer is cold the fridge is working correctly, and if the water turns to ice cubes, the freezer is working. I was going to order one of the AcuRite ones with the fridge and freezer sensors until I thought about that. It is still in my list, but so far my plan B is working. ;)
dieseltruckdriver 02/01/22 05:12pm Tech Issues
RE: House Toilet Cleaners Ok for Rv Toilets.

Try Barkeepers Friend for stubborn toilet stains. Better yet, get rid of your stubborn toilet! No, seriously. BKF (which is a mild acid in powder form) works well. And on a different level, is it sad that I am mildly excited to read a thread on RV bathroom cleaning? I pay little or no attention to the bathrooms in my stick house. But somehow an RV toilet is a matter of great interest. To answer my own question: Yes, it's sad. You made me laugh with your comment! Have a good day.
dieseltruckdriver 02/01/22 05:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Wifi connection for TV

Looking for something else that I might have missed for getting TV reception. I have a tailgater by Dish but may be dropping their service at home. Which means I will also lose the tailgater satellite. I'm told a hotspot wont support tv use. My cell phone service doesn't have the stand alone jetpack. Is there something else I can use, especially where a campground doesn't have wifi? We use an ATT mobile hotspot and a Google Chromecast very often, I wonder why someone told you it wouldn't work. My wife and I still work and can get called to fix problems evenings and weekends. We either have dependable internet or we have to drive to work, so we also have a Visible phone that we can just use the phones built in hotspot. That also works fine for streaming to our tv. Depends on your definition of works: - If you are using a site like youtube which adapts to the available speed, you cell hot spot will generally work fine (presuming you have a good cell signal). - If you are trying to run 4k video, at best, it will eat up a lot of time buffering and it may time out. As long as you are reasonable in your expectations, a hot spot works well. We usually watch Netflix and Vudu at 1080 with no buffering. We have each had Zoom or Teams meetings at the same time with no issues also. When we are fishing, we don't have a great signal, hopefully 3 bars, but we have had no issues.
dieseltruckdriver 01/31/22 07:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Pin Box?

We have the Morryde that TXiceman linked to, and like it. It surprises me how much that thing will move when I look at the dust on the pin box. It came factory on our Arctic Fox, and I am pretty sure if it goes bad, I will replace it with another.
dieseltruckdriver 01/31/22 06:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wifi connection for TV

Looking for something else that I might have missed for getting TV reception. I have a tailgater by Dish but may be dropping their service at home. Which means I will also lose the tailgater satellite. I'm told a hotspot wont support tv use. My cell phone service doesn't have the stand alone jetpack. Is there something else I can use, especially where a campground doesn't have wifi? We use an ATT mobile hotspot and a Google Chromecast very often, I wonder why someone told you it wouldn't work. My wife and I still work and can get called to fix problems evenings and weekends. We either have dependable internet or we have to drive to work, so we also have a Visible phone that we can just use the phones built in hotspot. That also works fine for streaming to our tv.
dieseltruckdriver 01/28/22 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Help me plan our trip - The Dakotas

Medora, ND is the community at the entrance of Theodore Roosevelt NP South Unit. 2 campgrounds, Medora Campground and Red Trail, both are basically ok. Lots of hiking trails in the National Park. There's also a north unit of the NP about 70 miles north of Medora. It's a bit more remote and less traveled than the south unit. Again, several hiking trails and variety of wildlife. There's lots to do in Medora but a don't miss is the Medora Musical. It's a professional musical variety show in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater. While it has a different theme every year, it is always patriotic and tells of Theodore Roosevelt's time in the Badlands. PS: The ND Badlands are more scenic and dynamic than the SD Badlands :) We prefer the north unit in general. And, no the SD badlands are more scenic. ;)
dieseltruckdriver 01/27/22 10:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: DIY storm shield / cover for inverter generator?

Maybe some of us value our equipment more and would like to keep them in good order for a much longer life?I can always count on you to single me out for criticism. Look at his trailer on profile page, then compare to yours. Envy can be cause for the less fortunate, to attempt to belittle the more fortunate. Jerry I don't "envy" anyone here but I can count on some to point out leaving $1K plus items out in all kinds of weather and bragging it never hurts it.. I rather spend less, fix things that others throw away because they abused it and use those items for a long, long time.. Yes, my stuff lasts because I care, it is the reason I have a 120 yr auto in working condition and 50 yr old antique auto that I am currently restoring :B Making a nice dry shelter for any gen is a good idea, would rather have a dry gen with dry outlets than a rain soaked gen with wet outlets any day.. The bragger just might not wake up after touching their rain soaked gen.. I am with 2oldman on this one 100%. It is in no way abuse. The Hondas are very well protected. I have WAY over 1000 (probably over 2000) hours on the Honda I bought new, and I have no idea how many hours the one I bought used had before I bought it, but it is approaching 1000 hours since I installed the hour meter on it. I used it for a couple of years before installing it. If I think of it and I know the weather is going to get bad I will put them under the front overhang or under the slide. If I wake up and they are in the rain, they stay where they are. For the nervous Nancies that think I am going to die because I have my generator within eyesight of my camper, I have two CO detectors, and one of them I have verified is accurate. I know how to do that kind of stuff. There is a reason the Hondas are worth what they cost. I have no idea how the cheaper gennies are sealed but I know what I have. Also regarding using them when they are wet, where is the path to ground? I don't drive a ground rod for my generators.
dieseltruckdriver 01/27/22 05:35pm Tech Issues
RE: 5th Wheel Bike carrier

We bought one of these. The Swagman I wanted wasn't available, and this one was. It turns out we are very happy with it. Our ebikes or the rack do not move when everything is tightened down. I am not as happy with the cover we bought, but it works.
dieseltruckdriver 01/24/22 05:28pm General RVing Issues
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