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RE: Do you regret getting rid of your RV cornices?

We removed ours for a cleaner look. RV designers seem to think that the inside of an RV should look like a bordello.
frankwp 02/07/21 10:09am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Death wobble

Not just solid front axles. The 70's era GM/Chev vans were infamous for the death wobble. I worked for a company that 20 or 30 of them & most developed it. The one I drove got so out of the blue, when driving at highway speed, that wobble would start & was so violent that there was no way to hold the steering wheel still & the whole vehicle felt like it was just going to blow up. Pretty damned scary the first time, and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th... Replacing ball joints, shocks, etc didn't clear it up, so a steering damper was installed & that did the trick.
frankwp 02/03/21 09:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How I repaired my damaged section of my fiberglass wall

Nice repair job. My last 5th wheel had damage to the same area, though not as large, when a garbage truck clipped the front corner. I had local RV body shop repair it & because I knew exactly where to look, I could see where the filon was repaired, but I really had to look at just the right angle. Good repairs can be done.
frankwp 02/03/21 09:11pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Utah National Parks and Monuments.

Arches is magnificent, but you gotta do a lot of walking to see the best stuff. More than worth it. Goblin Valley doesn't seem to get a lot of mention, but it's like landing on another planet. Zion is also a favorite of mine. Angel's landing is spectacular (understatement), and hiking the narrows is great, especially if you're lucky enough to get caught in a flash flood. When we got out of there the ranger that picked us up said it's extremely rare (and dangerous) to get to see that. They close the trail at the first hint of rain, but we headed in there just before the clouds showed up & emptied themselves.
frankwp 02/02/21 11:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anybody still tow with an old GM?

I have an ancient '03 with an 8.1/Allison. It has about 220,000 Km & still runs about as well as it always has. My 5th wheel is biggish for this truck, and the GVW is actually a hundred pounds or so over when all is fully loaded. But it's so relaxing to tow with & handles any mountain passes I've driven as well as I need. It's old & getting kinda crappy looking (employees) but I can't justify getting a newer one.
frankwp 01/26/21 05:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding a new 120 vac circuit and outlet

The National Parks campground where we do most of our camping has the pedestals wired in such a way that you can't get any additional power by using the 15A receptacle. They have the 15A breaker and the 30A receptacle fed from the 30A breaker. So the total amount of power available is only what the 30A breaker will allow. I wonder how many other campgrounds are that way.
frankwp 01/26/21 05:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Improving a Suburban Furnace

My furnace is pretty noisy, but it gets used so infrequently that I haven't bothered to do anything about it. It is in a large cabinet under the fridge with lots of room on all sides of the furnace. One day I'll put some acoustic duct liner insulation on the cabinet walls & top & a baffle between the furnace & return air grill. There are several inches between the two, so airflow won't be adversely affected.
frankwp 01/26/21 04:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide topper noise dampening

They are a classic example of someone coming up with a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. They are just one more thing that costs money & need maintaining & repairing.
frankwp 01/22/21 12:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Saving the Clutch

Yes, most HD trucks have no center differential and are very hard to turn in 4WD when on a solid, dry surface.
frankwp 01/22/21 12:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How about THIS instead of using more and more energy?

This news is ancient history. Aerogel has been around for almost a century.
frankwp 12/28/20 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: Tranny overheated

Cheap insurance? I totally believe in proper maintenance. From personal vehicles to managing or maintaining fleets. But there is zero “cheap insurance” by performing maintenance significantly ahead of the required or suggested intervals. I mean, I’m more likely to buy a used vehicle from someone’s Grampa who changed the oil every 3000 miles. But it only shows anecdotally that he may have cared for the rig overall better. There’s no extra residual value. So hypothetically, “if” one was planning to keep the vehicle for 300k or 500k miles, there “might” be a slight decrease in wear, but at that point, who cares? Because the normally maintained vehicle will statistically last just as long. Research on the subject I've read shows, for example, that oil additives are present and doing their job well past the manufacturer's recommended interval. There is just no upside to more frequent maintenance other than the piece of mind it may give. To some, that's worth the added cost.
frankwp 12/23/20 05:43pm Towing
RE: Towing with a dually or single?need help please

@mkirsch makes a lot of sense. I know I would not buy a trailer or fifth wheel that needed a DRW to pull it. Even though I put only about 5000 KM/year outside of towing, there are just too many negatives for a dually as a daily driver. But that's just me. Lots of people don't mind one as a DD.
frankwp 12/23/20 05:38pm Towing
RE: Complaints about Cost of Mhs vs Motels

I haven't read the entire thread, so forgive me for repeating another post. For all the costs involved in RVing, I have no doubt that we could all stay in hotels & save money. But I also have not doubt about where my wife, kids, grand kids and I would rather stay. Our 4 grand kids, the eldest is 18, have camped with us every summer since they were babies. They talk about camping all year & start the count down to August about the first day of spring. Even a day at the campground with no planned activities is a great day for all of us, and certainly better than a day at a hotel with no planned activities.
frankwp 12/23/20 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dump Station Observations

Pulling up every two days or so to empty gray tanks is not something I care for. I have set in line for over an hour at a dump station while it takes some a bit to empty and flush their tanks. no one likes that. Why oh why are you filling up your gray tank every two days ?? What are you using all that water for ?? Are you doing laundry in the camper or something? I admit that I am just a weekend camper but, there are times when I've had my TT in the same spot and have stayed in it for 4 days. I never got close to filling the gray tank. Maybe you should just learn to practice water conservation. I'm not trying to be snarky and I don't mean to offend. I'm just saying that it is not necessary to dump your gray tank every 2 days if you just use a little bit of thinking about water conservation. I would not like setting in line for hour while some jerk flushes his tanks either. With 7 of us in the trailer we have to empty the bathroom grey tank about once a day & the kitchen every 3 days or so.
frankwp 12/16/20 06:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6.6 Chevy gas engine

I have a GMC Yukon 6.2, 3:23 rear gear and the 10speed transmission is flawless towing around 4,500 lbs, my golf cart and zero turn, and produces 13 mpg on the road at 65. I have an Allison with an 8.1, which is only 340 HP and it works fine.
frankwp 12/14/20 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: splicing aluminum to copper elec wire

Are you sure it's aluminum? That would be highly unusual. It's probably tin plated copper.
frankwp 12/14/20 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: Painting the Walls of the 5er

Imo skip the sanding. Use oil-based kilz. It stinks but will stick to anything and anything will stick to it. Ventilation!!! Kilz is great stuff, but it won't stick to the silicone compound used in the polish they wipe down the wood & sometimes the wall paper with. It's great at hiding scuffs and abrasions, but no paint will stick to it. If it's thoroughly washed off with naptha, then sanding is not needed. Zinsser BIN primer is also very good at sticking to almost anything.
frankwp 12/07/20 07:10pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dump Station Observations

Did anyone else expect this thread to carry on as long as it has? Certainly not me. But since it's still going, I'll add my $.02. I use gloves if I have them, but if not, it's no big deal. Even if I use them, I'll use sanitizer (there's a dispenser mounted in the wet bay) right after removing them. You never know what might have seeped into the gloves. The gloves are really just there so I don't feel like I'm actually getting poop on my hands.
frankwp 12/07/20 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does this combination work?

I know a lot of folks will argue that they have done it for "years" without a problem, BUT.... Rule of thumb: Nothing over 10,000 GVW on a 2500 chassis. A Rules of thumb, in this case, are entirely useless. You need to go by the actual numbers to determine whether or not it will work.
frankwp 12/07/20 06:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Eternabond around cab lights

That must look fancy :)
frankwp 12/03/20 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
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