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RE: front passenger side sagging when connected to truck

People pay thousands of dollars extra to get floors level within an inch. Use a level to check your rig, not a measurement to the floor.
jkwilson 09/17/19 12:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Refrigerator Outside Vents

Hey jkwilson, which piece, top (finished piece of dark wood exposing gap at top of refrigerator) or bottom (splintered piece exposing fins)? OP cut out two different pieces. Are you saying he should have left both pieces alone? Both. The top of the refrigerator should be insulated and enclosed to prevent the hot air from collecting. The baffle should extend to the top of the plumbing on the back of the refrigerator to force the air to flow through it.
jkwilson 09/17/19 06:47am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator Outside Vents

Piece you cut out is supposed to be there on many refrigerators. Keeps the air flowing through the fins instead of straight out the vent.
jkwilson 09/16/19 10:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator Outside Vents

Can’t see your pictures, but most refrigerators require that extended wall to keep the air from short cutting and not flowing through all of the piping.
jkwilson 09/16/19 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Beartooth Hwy closed

Yep - you read it right. The 'tooth is closed south of Red Lodge due to blowing and drifting snow. I for one am not going to miss snow. Empty link. Think this is what you wanted. Link
jkwilson 09/12/19 09:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Camper T boned while enRoute on camping trip

Hard to believe someone so talented could be so foolish with an expensive vehicle. Collector car insurance is very cheap with full coverage, zero deductible. And many policies have automatic increasing car value year to year. JK This guy was so smart in some ways and such a complete idiot in others. Talented mechanic and an artist when he put his mind to working with his hands. I think he honestly just thought you paid a flat rate for insurance and they paid whatever your vehicle was worth. Sadly, when it came to paying his taxes, choosing wives, making good financial choices and taking care of himself he wasn’t so sharp. Paid the price for all of it.
jkwilson 09/08/19 09:12pm Towing
RE: Camper T boned while enRoute on camping trip

Quite the experience pat. Perhaps the most frustrating part save for someone getting injured is the value of an older vehicle to the owner, if it's well kept, compared to the book value when it gets totalled. is very important to talk with your insurance company if your vehicle is worth more than a typical vehicle of that age. Local guy bought a 67 Cougar back in the 90s. It was driveable, so he just added it to his insurance policy. He did one of the most amazing frame-off restorations I have ever seen, much less by a guy in his garage. Car was custom, but still looked like one did back when they were on the street. Crager SS wheels, a black metal flake paint job that looked like it was 6” deep and custom black leather interior. 351C under the hood with performance parts everywhere. Drunk guy T-boned him at an intersection. Insurance paid something like $600. He had $3000 in the seats alone!
jkwilson 09/07/19 11:43am Towing
RE: Travel Trailer blocking RF (Garage Door Opener)

Likely something is making RF noise. Door opener receivers are not very resistant to interference so anything generating noise will cause issues. Bad spark plug wire in a vehicle is very common. Is the trailer plugged in to power when it causes issues? Converter would be my first guess as a culprit.
jkwilson 09/05/19 02:08pm Tech Issues
RE: For those that have had a blowout when towing

Kind of the reason for a TPMS. Very seldom any warning. The TPMS might give you long enough to get to the shoulder. Last summer I got a warning just as I got back up to speed from a fuel stop. Immediately took the next exit. TPMS showed 19lbs when I pulled into a gas station. Got to change it at a gas station with a bathroom, cold drinks and no traffic rather than on the shoulder with cars screaming by at 75.
jkwilson 09/04/19 01:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fridge not cooling on lp

Trying to attach a photo of the burner flame: It tells me I don’t have permission to see it.
jkwilson 09/01/19 03:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fridge not cooling on lp

Measure your pressure. Bad regulator is a very common cause of this. YouTube has plenty of videos showing how.
jkwilson 09/01/19 09:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Storage roof to low!

Building something on a trailer is going to be difficult. The suspension will compress when the weight of the trailer sits on it, and you have a pretty small window to lower the rig before the front jacks touch the ground. I’d go with something with no suspension and a rigid drawbar that is pinned so you can get it out of the way. I think I’d make a dolly with weld on axle stubs. Decent welder ought to be able to knock one out in a few hours for a few hundred dollars.
jkwilson 09/01/19 09:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV pole barn question

A 14’ width is going to be a problem as well. You will lose almost a foot on the inside for poles, so you likely won’t be able to put the slides out. Mine is 16’ wide and I wouldn’t go any narrower unless you absolutely have to. Your rig has the advantage of allowing pretty good access for packing with the slides in, but your next one might not. Get the engineered drawings done. I have 16’ sidewalls and there really isn’t a lot of room to spare for the door or for working on top. If you ever decide you want a 5th wheel, you will wish you were taller.
jkwilson 08/31/19 10:59am General RVing Issues
RE: New TV reception

One thing to be aware of if you are trying to get the maximum range possible is that the beam width can be misleading. If you look at the specs on most antennas, it looks like you can be 15 degrees off and still work fine because they have a 30 degree beam width. That doesn’t tell the whole story though. The beam width is 30 degrees by standard engineering terminology, but the edges of the beam are defined by the point where received power is 1/2 of the power at the center of beam. All that means is just a few degrees of error in aiming your antenna can result in a significantly lower signal strength. Easily enough to mean the difference between reception and nothing. If your TV has a signal strength display, you can use it to fine tune the antenna aiming. Otherwise, Winegard makes an RV booster/hookup panel that displays signal strength. You can also get an external meter to hook to your cable. One other issue is the signal loss introduced by splitters. The signal coming out of a splitter has less than half the power of what came in. If you have more than two TV hookups, your power available at each TV will be only 20% of what came out of the antenna. If you really need to catch that ballgame on a network station, replacing splitters with barrel connectors can be a big help. Of course you are limited to one TV.
jkwilson 08/29/19 05:29pm Tech Issues
RE: New TV reception

HEIGHT IS MIGHT... I sometimes tell the story of back in 1978 Trying out a radio.. My radio was 1 watt in the hand held mode (10 in the car) But this was hand held 1 watt. Little "Rubber duck" antenna. I'd be doing good with a quarter watt effective radiated Power I'm sure. Well I was in Downtown Detroit. talking to a repeater tower in Adrian. MI (many miles away) and from there to Toledo Ohio.. An additional party tried to join in from Windsor. from where I was standing I could actually SEE his house but he was not making it. He had like 40 watts Effecice Radiated power at 30 feet and he was not making it. I had 1/160 his power and I was making it.... From the 21st floor observation deck of the office building where I worked.. HEIGHT IS MIGHT. (This was VHF high-band Roughly Chhanel 6 and 8/10ths (not to be coufused with 6-8) or 146 MHz) The really crazy (and frustrating) part is that because of the nulls you see with near earth transmitters and buildings, his neighbor might have easily connected to the repeater with half his power.
jkwilson 08/29/19 08:25am Tech Issues
RE: Kiplinger: 13 Reasons You'll Regret An RV In Retirement

My favorite thing about traveling in an RV is that no matter what we do during the day, sight-seeing, hiking, fishing or whatever, and no matter where we are doing it, at the end of the day I am home. Sitting in my comfortable chair, my favorite drinks in the refrigerator and then sleeping in my own bed. The only positive I can say about the article is that many people have the misconception that RVing is cheap, and I’d imagine very few new RV owners have any idea of the maintenance required.
jkwilson 08/29/19 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Major Road Closure in Indianapolis—UPDATE

Update. See first post
jkwilson 08/27/19 07:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Batteries charging

It depends on the particular batteries, but 13V is probably good. 13.4V was likely either from a float charger or the residual voltage from a charger.
jkwilson 08/26/19 03:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gulf states and hurricanes?

The only thing I’d be concerned with in hurricane season would be keeping a little closer eye on fuel levels if there is anything forming over the ocean. With a full tank you’ll miss the rush and can get on the road when you need to. You already have the head start of not needing to board up a house and not needing to drive someplace that has a room for you.
jkwilson 08/25/19 08:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Phone numbers on important things

We haven't had a land-line for over 15 years now. It was an awkward decision, but one of the better ones. Phones (and internet) are always with us. Same with us though not as long. It wasn’t until 4 or 5 years ago that our combined phone and internet bill wasn’t cheaper than internet alone. As soon as it became cheaper to drop the phone, we did.
jkwilson 08/24/19 04:59pm General RVing Issues
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