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RE: Receiver Bike Racks

Unless something has changed, Swagman is the only bike rack manufacturer that has racks approved for RV usage.Okay I have to ask. Who exactly approves bike racks for RV usage? I mean besides my wife who approved the Yakima I bought. :w Dave
magicbus 12/17/20 02:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

Slack in the receiver is what causes most problems. Best solution I have found to this is to drill a hole in the bottom of the receiver and weld a large nut over it. Then thread a bolt through it that you can tighten against the racks draw bar when installed. The bigger the nut and bolt the better. Takes all the slop out of the hitch and makes for a solid rack Our Yakima hitch comes with this built in and it makes a big difference. We have the swing away model because we need to easily get to our rear doors, probably not needed for a class C. Dave
magicbus 12/17/20 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: The mac daddy of bike rack overload?

If the frame can support a Class III hitch it can support 500# at the single point hitch. If it can support that I expect that the sliding mechanism “could” support even more, but we see no evidence that there is more than 500# involved. Bothering to read the information on a sliding frame one would see it weighs in at 125#. That leaves 375# for that genset. I had the 8KW version and my wife and could load it in the back of my Jeep so it sure wasn’t near even 150#. A lot of supposition posts on this thread IMHO. Dave
magicbus 12/16/20 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: The mac daddy of bike rack overload?

Another forum had a link to a manufacturer of these telescoping platforms rated for 500# (125# for the platform, 350# payload). Coincidentally this is the tongue weight for a Class III hitch, which I might point our is not used when this platform is in place. This was on a Class B Sprinter application which may or may not translate to some trailers, although the photos of the diamond container show a receiver that will not be in use. Dave
magicbus 12/16/20 10:09am General RVing Issues
RE: looking for a workspace with RV hookups

When you do your work at a boatyard, do you live in your RV right at the boatyard?Many boaters live in their boats while they work on them in boatyards. Never gave a thought to hookups but boatyards are set up to pump out, not necessarily for dumping. My live-aboard friends us the marina facilities while on the hard for maintenance. Dave
magicbus 12/15/20 09:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parked for a lengthy period

With modern tires, there is no harm in sitting on concrete.Good to hear. Ours spends 3/4 of its time sitting on concrete in our barn, hasn’t got sick once, yet (apologies to CSNY). In fact I’m trying to figure out why I never need to add air to my tires, so they must be happy. Dave
magicbus 12/13/20 01:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Antifreeze no longer pink

Put some in your freezer and see what happens. RV antifreeze can freeze but will not expand. It will likely turn to slush.Why guess. This test will tell you all you need to know. I keep RV antifreeze from year to year and never saw it fade, but a simple test is better and cheaper that replacing something that probably is still good. Dave
magicbus 12/13/20 01:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question on gas alarm

Interesting question. From an article on gas alarms: “If you buy a residential gas detector system, make sure you get the right one, O'Shea said. Natural gas customers should purchase a detector that can sense methane gas, while propane customers should purchase a propane detector.” So it would appear that a propane detector such as we have in our RVs would not detect methane, which is a component of sewer gas. Dave
magicbus 12/12/20 05:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Exercise genny while on shore power?

Is it COVID or do people normally worry this much? If you have to ask the question, just go out and flip the breaker on the pedestal to OFF. Dave
magicbus 12/11/20 04:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Diluted RV Antifreeze

Hmmm... to save weight in my class B I buy the “concentrate” from Wally World. Comes in a gallon jug and I just fill the gallon jug with roughly 3 quarts of water and use it. If I added more water I’d overflow the gallon jug! :b Dave
magicbus 12/09/20 04:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Septic Holding Tank that's portable?

If you don’t mind dumping 5 gallons at a time you can buy a portable toilet and just use the bottom half to dump into. The hose fits perfectly into the valve and you just pour it into the house toilet. I use this to empty my tank when I get home. Takes a couple of trips but it’s cheap and easy. Sonething like this Dave
magicbus 12/08/20 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any one else giving up snow birding due to the covid

Bad part, one of my stops at a friend's house is cancelled. They are fearing covid, and I respect their wishes.Same here. We will miss our annual visits with friends along the way. Dave
magicbus 12/05/20 03:43am Snowbirds
RE: Toad Service ??

Have you checked a local mechanic? I'm only a bit farther from Cape Cod :W and when I had an issue with my MB Sprinter I asked my local guy if he could deal with it. Absolutely no problem. Maybe BMW is the same but they don't want you knowing that. Dave
magicbus 11/30/20 01:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Virus and RGV Rv parks

All I can say is wow. We are very cautious but I simply couldn't live the way you are living. Never have and hope to never have to. Dave
magicbus 11/30/20 08:29am Snowbirds
RE: Virus and RGV Rv parks

No matter how much we all want to avoid "humans" on a cross-country down "south", it is virtually impossible to avoid coming into contact with individuals. Reiterating, impossible.And you can do that at home? Avoid all human contact? We make the trip south in 4 days, living in our RV, just walking the dogs and pumping gas... kinda exactly what we do at home. Staying at home cold and socially distant, which means no interaction because we don't gather inside with friends right now, or sitting on a beach socially distant or on the deck looking at the ocean. Easy choice for us since the same human interaction will occur at home or on the road. Dave
magicbus 11/30/20 06:35am Snowbirds
RE: and just like that...*poof*....gone

Did you see people researching satellite images say it showed up between 2015 and 2016? Somebody finally noticed. Dave
magicbus 11/29/20 12:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Future Used RV Market

It’s no different with real estate in “vacation” destinations. Prices snd sales volume is going crazy. Not sure why, but eventually it will all settle down and there will be winners and losers. Dave
magicbus 11/29/20 11:45am General RVing Issues
RE: auto park

Interesting that a brake shoe that never has to stop a moving vehicle would need replacing. I guess it could develop a stress crack. I had a P30 in the 90’s and at the MV inspection they applied the emergency brake pedal. I had never used it and apparently the cable had corroded and it froze locking the drive shaft (auto park) brake. I could move it to my mechanic’s shop, but I did need new shoes after I got there! Dave
magicbus 11/25/20 03:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Who says we are not all family

Nice! Dave
magicbus 11/25/20 03:22am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Elon's Starlink Internet Service

Reading this thread is like watching kindergartners at recess. Dave
magicbus 11/19/20 02:02pm Technology Corner
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