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RE: Generac GP3300 modifications

Where are you planning to use that generator? That is a noise making beast, and not going to make you any friends of people camping nearby.
jkwilson 02/25/20 07:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tire flat spots

Covering the tires does little good. Tires will dry rot due to exposure to the air. Not using tires is very hard on them. Tires are designed to be used, develop heat and then chemicals within the tire work to the surface to protect the tires. I almost learned this lesson the hard way. I had a spare tire that had been under the bed of my pickup for 4 years. I decided to put it into rotation along with a newly purchased tire on the other side of the axle. Everything was fine. I spent a couple of weeks getting ready for my trip and then noticed the weight on the tire had caused severe cracks to form. I would be very cautious about tires that had been sitting for 2 years. The primary cause of damage to tires is exposure to sunlight. Covering them is critical to avoiding deterioration when sitting outside.
jkwilson 02/25/20 07:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire flat spots

They might rumble a little for the first few miles, but it will go away. I’d be more concerned with the brakes after sitting so long.
jkwilson 02/24/20 07:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Niagara NY to Acadia NP in 5 days

The only sites that are likely available even now are at places like Bar Harbor Campground that don’t take reservations, and you won’t have any luck showing up late week. Coastal New England is insane on a normal weekend during the summer. That area is a wonderful place to visit, but you are in for a chore. We visit often as we have two kids in the area, but we generally avoid any driving on Fridays or Sundays or the days around holidays.
jkwilson 02/14/20 08:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Electric Fire Places

Had one in our HH. Before getting it I thought it was crazy. After using it a fireplace was a “must have” in our current camper. They are basically a large expensive electric heater. But do add some ambiance, and we use it all the time to take the chill out in morning or evenings. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Exactly how I feel.
jkwilson 02/08/20 06:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Land Between the Lakes

I too would love to see this area. we have a 40 ft 5th wheel and all this talk about tight roads and not convinent for larger trailers. which campgrounds for a larger vehicles? You can stay in any of them. There are large pull through sites. Look at the maps online and it should help, then call the campground (not the reservation line) and ask them for advice about the sites. The people that work the gate are usually staying in the CG so they know the area and understand hauling an RV. For Canal Campground, the satellite view is clear enough to get a feel for it. Others have too many trees.
jkwilson 02/07/20 07:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Donna Reed show (RV)

The scene with her trying to pour coffee is the classic problem with any rig without a slide. I’d hate to guess how many vacations have been ruined and people turned against RV travel because the woman ends up doing nothing but cooking, cleaning and washing dishes for a “vacation”.
jkwilson 02/06/20 03:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Furrion rv air conditioner, anyone have one yet? Or Attwood?

The older Atwood Air Command before Dometic bought them are much quieter than most RV air conditioners. Can’t say if the current product is good or not.
jkwilson 02/05/20 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

Glad to see I’m not off my rocker about this. Hauling a trailer all day is tiring enough without adding a game of cat and mouse to it.
jkwilson 02/04/20 08:05pm General RVing Issues
Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

We are planning a fishing trip with another couple this spring. Will be a couple of days drive They have a pop up truck camper and we have the 5th wheel. Plan is they will haul their boat, sleep in their camper with meals and down time in our 5er. Seems like it will work out. But while talking, the men had a bit of a disagreement with the women. Both of our wives feel like we should stay within sight of each other while on the road. Both of us men feel like we have cell phones if we need help, and trying to stay together will just make driving more demanding, especially for me with 12,000 pounds behind me. Back before cell phones, I generally did try to stay close to the rest of the group. Even with a CB, you couldn’t spread out too far. I figure now, maybe have a mid day meeting place and just connect again when you get where you are going. What do you all think?
jkwilson 02/04/20 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Jump Start Question

3rd battery in 10 years is about normal. And we are just discussing in my thread batteries lasting 12 years (In my truck and some others) and others going 20 years! LOL Actually, my cars would have those battery lifespan of 3 to 5 years. And when they go dead, no crank, no click no nothing -- just dead. As to the OP issue, yes, test your battery. Mine did not start when the voltage drop is considered minuscule. Reading of 12.1V. 12.1V is an enormous voltage drop. 12.65V is the lowest full charge voltage of any commonly available battery. 12.1V would be 50% state of charge.
jkwilson 01/20/20 01:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Interstate 91 to NH White Mountains

Clear and relatively flat. Going from 91 to the KOA you’ll get into some hills, but nothing rough.
jkwilson 01/14/20 07:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Yellowstone Trip

We did that route 1 time. It is a steep, mountainous, twisting set of switchbacks going up and then down to Sheridan. I have never done it again because we nearly burned up the transmission on the climb (burning smell came through the ventilation and we quickly pulled over to cool off the rig). It you have done this type of road and are comfortable doing it, it is doable with great care. Are you talking about the Burgess route or OPs southern route?
jkwilson 01/12/20 07:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: No Reception on TV

The best place to install a booster is as close to the antenna as possible. For that reason, most are in the bedroom very close to the antenna.
jkwilson 01/11/20 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: Odd thing happening.

PIR detectors will trigger in the presence of RF, and all microwaves leak a little. We used to have to lock-out the power in the break room at work to perform tests at the other end of the building.
jkwilson 01/10/20 06:33am Tech Issues
RE: Advice on selling my 5th wheel

You are going to lose a lot of money consigning it.
jkwilson 12/30/19 06:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wiring Furrion camera ipo marker light?

Very few electronics devices don’t have reverse polarity protection, so I doubt you damaged the camera. It just takes a single, dirt cheap diode. How do you know the camera doesn’t have power?
jkwilson 12/27/19 08:29am Tech Issues
RE: Ceramic Heater Safety

Lwiddie Please explained your comment “ Electric heaters are nice except you need to run the RV's propane heater to keep the tanks from freezing if it gets really cold.“ The freezing temp of Propane is a minus 306 degrees F! Water and waste tanks.
jkwilson 12/22/19 09:45pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Visiting Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton Ntl Pk,s

A day or two for Teton. No less than a week in Yellowstone if you really want to enjoy it. Part of a day or a day in Jackson Hole is worthwhile as well.
jkwilson 12/20/19 01:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best Fuel Preservative for Pure Gas ???

Your math is off. At one half of one percent you will have 6.4 ounces of water in 80 gallons. 80 (gallons) divided by 100 (one percent, or 0.01) is 0.8 (gallons). One half of one percent (or 0.005) would be 0.4 gallons. There is 128 ounces in a gallon. Therefore 0.4 of 128 (ounces) is 51.2 (ounces). Or if you look at it another way, 80 gallons is 10,240 ounces. One percent would be (10,240 / 100) 102.4 ounces. Half of that (one half of one percent) would be 51.2 ounces. Can you explain my error please? No error, assuming percentage is by volume, not weight. 1/2 of 1% is 0.01*0.5= 0.005 0.005*80 is 0.4 0.4*128=51.2oz Expressed another way, 1% of 80 gallons is 0.8 gallons Half of 0.8 gallons is 0.4 gallons. 0.4 gallons is 51.2oz
jkwilson 12/17/19 07:02pm Tech Issues
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