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RE: Salt Lake to Albuquerque on a 40 Pusher then to Florida.

New Mexico crime issues are central to the urban areas. The trip from SLC to I40 is a nice one. If you are on a time crunch, then plan to spend the night in the Santa Anna casino in Bernalillo. It is just a few miles north of I40 and will meet your schedule and safety goals. If you get tired along the the way, consider spending the night at the Bisti Badlands south of Bloomfield. It is a few miles off highway 550 but beautiful and quiet. Youll be blinded by all the stars.. An easier overnight is at a weigh station pull out just south of San Ysidro. It is just south of the bridge at the southern edge of town on the southbound side. All can be scoped on Google maps.
ndrorder 11/15/20 09:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: How do I move weight forward?

With no water or bike, but with the SxS, the trailer will be at GVWR. Adding ballast isn't an option, but moving or removing weight is. Sounds like fuel, spare, and grill get moved to the truck bed to allow some water fill or to bring axle weight down. Even if the axles are upgraded, will the pin handle pulling more weight than gvwr?
ndrorder 10/29/20 06:43am Toy Haulers
RE: Received new vehicle with nail implanted in tire-maybe.

If the hole is in the tread even, if it is close to the side wall, plug it. If it holds, your ahead. If it doesn't, plug it again to get you to the shop to buy a new tire. Had tires replaced at University Volkswagen in Albuquerque, NM, about a year ago. When the mechanic diagnosed a new vibration to one of the new tires failing, I learned that the dealer doesn't provide any warranty past road hazard. All other warranty items have to be handled by the tire manufacturer. I learned my lesson and went to a local tire dealer who will stand behind what they sell for the replacement. Just saying.
ndrorder 10/22/20 10:48am Tech Issues
RE: Replace bed in 23' Thor Majestic for dinette

Many of the 23 foot class C's have a large storage compartment under the corner bed. The bottom 'deck' of the compartment is not the same as the floor of the rv. So, while the bed could be removed, some serious work would need to be done to recreate a floor that is level with the rest of the rv. Also, it would be difficult to create ingress/egress into the booth and still have seating for 4.
ndrorder 10/17/20 07:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electrical

12V devices including converter/inverter may be damaged. Fuses should be OK as anything that can handle 24V will be drawing less current to get the same wattage. Automotive fuses are usually good to 32V before arcing occurs. Don't count on the fuses to protect sensitive 12V equipment from 24V.
ndrorder 10/08/20 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: Germs while traveling

Boarded an elevator in a hospital the same time as another person who was eating a donut. First assumed he was a doctor from his white lab coat, but will conceed to just a medical professional carrying a medical chart. He finished the donut and wiped his hand on the fabric decorating the wall of the lift. Then, he licked off any sugar that was left on his fingers. Decided that day that germs are just a conspiracy because he had survived to his 40s, at least.
ndrorder 09/28/20 07:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Fitness Watch??

Polar M430. Sports watch and not smart watch. Works well, easy to use and see. Supported by fitness routines provided by polar. About 130ish.
ndrorder 09/26/20 11:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Carrying a Motorcycle with my 2000 Shasta Sprite?

Here is a slightly different perspective. If the hitch and frame are rated to carry a tongue weight, it is rated for that rate whether it is bouncing or not - trailers do not glide on air. Being cantilevered does add to the effective load on the hitch but no more than the 2000 lbs from the front half of a trailer being pitched forward on the hitch from a dip in the road. Those affects would be taken care of in design. In a static sense, 500 lbs on the hitch would add 500 lbs to the axle plus with that wheelbase 250 to 300 lbs that the front axle became lighter. Again, if the manufacturer has provided the hitch rating, these extra loads have already been considered. The problems in this scenario are finding a carrier that can handle 400 lbs and not weigh more than 100 lbs itself - if your hitch is rated at 500 lbs. Also, if the rv is pictured in the signature, the short wheel base will accentuate the affects of the 500 lbs on the hitch. Be watchful for loose steering.
ndrorder 09/16/20 11:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Unless you have an inverter which uses 12v battery to make 120V plug power, the two are separate and having something plugged in will not affect the battery. If you do Have an inverter, the plugs would stay powered when shore power and the generator off. Doesn't sound like that is the case. If only using lights and water pump, those shouldn't drain a battery that much that 3 to 4 hours of generator can't replenish.
ndrorder 09/12/20 09:35pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

The 120V that the generator produces is different and separate from the 12V battery system. If too much is plugged in while the generator is running, the circuit breaker on the generator would trip stopping all power to the plugs even though the generator continued to run. A portable battery charger can be plugged in and used while the generator is running to charge a battery.
ndrorder 09/12/20 09:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Needing help, evacuated, battery dead

Double check that the main battery switch is on. Not sure what was being used when the generator was off that drained the battery, but the rv furnace is a notorious power hog and will drain a battery in short order. Best to run the generator when using the furnace. Run the rv to charge the house battery. Driving to refuel the rv will speed the charging process. If the rv has a boost to start switch, disconnect the negative on the house battery (be sure it doesn't touch the positive), start the rv, and have someone push the boost switch while trying to start the generator. Once the generator has started, reconnect the negative to the house battery. If no boost switch, disconnect negative from house battery (be sure it doesn't touch the positive), start the rv, run jumper cable from rv battery to house battery, start generator, and reconnect negative once generator is running. If the jumper cables are too short, move the rv battery closer to the house battery. Try starting the generator without the rv running. Once generator is running, measure the voltage at the house battery. If it is more than 13.2V, the converter is working and the battery should be charging. If the battery isn't taking a charge, battery may be bad. If the voltage is less than 13.2, there are lots of things to check. Quicker option would be to use a portable battery charger to charge the house battery when the generator runs. Be sure to have plenty of fuel as the battery may take several hours to a day to recharge using a portable charger. Diagnose the charging issue once the generator is running. Or, buy a new house battery and a portable charger. Swap the new battery for the house battery. Start the generator and diagnose the charging issue. Portable charger can be used to keep at least one of the house batteries topped up while the generator runs. Keep a voltage meter handy. Once the house battery is down to 12.2V resting voltage (1/2 empty) find a way to recharge it.
ndrorder 09/12/20 09:21pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Solar Cable Tangles

Search amazon for braided wire loom - aka. snake skin. Sizes listed are minimum sizes. The loom will expand more than twice its diameter for installation. Then coil onto a small spool or reel.
ndrorder 09/09/20 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing ceiling lights & adding more light

I've been very happy with these LED incandescent replacements. 2 years and no failures. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B017386GLS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
ndrorder 09/09/20 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: Carbon Monoxide/Propane Alarm - Propane Leak?

Some detectors will alarm when the battery voltage drops below a certain level. Also, as a CO detector dies it will become sensitive to temperature.
ndrorder 09/01/20 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Wheelchairs and Toy Haulers

Cool video. We looked into accessible travel trailers a while back for the MIL. Dune Sport in Mesa looked great, but MIL never pulled trigger to know actual price and availability. I found the link again by googling ADA Toy Hauler. https://dunesport.com/toyhauler_handicap_accessible.php
ndrorder 09/01/20 01:58pm Toy Haulers
RE: Spare tire cover for rear of Motorhome

Per discount tire a 245/70R19.5 tire is 33 inches in diameter. Amazon has bunches of "jeep tire covers" for 33" tires.
ndrorder 09/01/20 10:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dimension Inverter/Charger not charging batteries

Here are three things to check. 1. None of the circuit breakers in the main panel at the foot of the bed are tripped. 2. None of the circuit breakers integral to the inverter/charger are tripped. 3. Verify 120V input power to the inverter/charger with a digital voltmeter. Since you mentioned searching for manuals, I found the Itasca manual at the following link. http://www.winnebagoind.com/resources/manuals/operatormanuals2005.php
ndrorder 08/27/20 11:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Change gear ratio on 454 class C

It's possible and the coin isn't that bad for something in that age group. Whether it will help with fuel economy, who is to say. Heavy duty vehicles of that era are not required to report fuel economy estimates. Based on a quick look at the chevy brochure from 2002 for the cutaway chassis, chevy put 3.73's in the 12000 gvr, 4.10's in 15000 gvr, and 4.56's in 17000 gvr commercial cargo vans. So if the ready to go weight of your '98 is way less than the gvwr, it could probably pull 3.73 gears. Next thing to figure out is how long it will take that 1-2 mile per gallon improvement to pay for the gear replacement.
ndrorder 08/24/20 10:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 84 in New Mexico from I-40 to I-25

Sorry, no experience with 84 north of I40. South of I40, 84 is absolutely horrible.
ndrorder 08/18/20 10:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Florida closed to travel?

US / Canadian border rules are described here. Borders are remain closed to nonessential motorized travel. Canadians can fly to US. Americans not allowed to fly to Canada. https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-u-s-border-rules-and-restrictions-covid-19-travel-1.5619268#:~:text=S.%20land%20%5B%26border%26%5D%20remains%20%5B%26open%26%5D%20to%20people%20making,immediate%20family%20in%20%5B%26Canada%26%5D%20to%20enter%20the%20country.
ndrorder 08/04/20 05:48am Snowbirds
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