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RE: Boondocking AC

It's a swamp cooler. Below is a quote straight from the link above (in bold). So yes it's technically an air conditioner as it "conditions" the air. But it's not a true air conditioner on the sense that most people think about air conditioning. Blast invented a Rapid Cooling System that uses water to cool down the incoming air, then pumps out freezing cold air on the other side.
opnspaces 04/19/21 07:26pm Tech Issues
RE: toilet bowl water

Mine did that a few weeks ago and I also couldn't see anything in there. I put on a latex glove and with the pump turned off I held the valve open with one hand. Then I reached down and ran my gloved finger around under the seal and around the blade. I never felt anything foreign, but it now holds water again so I'm happy.
opnspaces 04/19/21 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: 2008 Jayco Eagle Series- Interior speaker help

I have a 2005 Jayco and the speakers are hooked only to the DVD player. In your picture, pretty much all of the wires are speaker wires. There should be 5 speakers and a subwoofer under the sofa if you have a sofa. I've thought about finding a replacement player for the speakers. But haven't gone much beyond thinking about it.
opnspaces 04/17/21 11:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Seatbelt grabs when its not suppose to ???

My Chevy does the same and it's really annoying. I have to sit back and then lean forward really slowly.
opnspaces 04/17/21 05:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

Apparently I need to change something in my settings to see photos, but based on the verbal description, I have the black one. Lift up and pull back (which is what I didn't realize when first attempting to dismantle). On the top right of this page click on the "My Forums" link. Then on the left side of the new page click on "My Preferences" Type in your password when asked. Under General Preferences scroll down to and put a check mark in "Show images that are part of posts ( not recommended for dial-up users ) " Make sure you scroll down to the bottom left of the page and click on "Submit Changes"
opnspaces 04/17/21 03:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: Engine idle surges up and down when stopping at lights

Does the surge happen more often when coming off the highway to a stop? I have seen issues with cars in the past where the EGR valve sticks partially open and the engine runs rough or stalls after cruising down the highway. If your engine has an EGR valve and if it's accessible try this. When you come to a stop and the surge is happening, pop the hood and tap on the top of the EGR valve with something heavy like a small hammer or a big wrench. If the there is no change then the EGR is probably not at fault. But if the surge stops then get the EGR valve looked at or replaced.
opnspaces 04/16/21 03:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

Edit, I see you posted that you got it fixed while I was typing. But I am curious, do you have the black or silver style below. I'm leaving my post to possibly help someone else in the future. First and foremost be careful. When you get that hitch loose it's going to drop to the ground. You definitely do not want it to land on your foot. As asked above, leave the latch in the lock position and see if you can move the hitch around by hand. Leave it locked so it doesn't suddenly drop on your foot. If it doesn't move you have a problem. If it does move as we all expect it will, then you have a rust or binding problem. In the pictures below does your trailer use either of the latch styles? If so which one one, the black or silver? If the black unit then uncoupling takes two motions. You lift the back edge up exposing a small v shaped groove on the bottom of the lever. While holding the back edge up you slide the lever backwards until the v shaped groove hooks over the slot and holds the lever up when you let go. If the lever does not stay up you are not unlatched and it will never come off. If the silver unit then the lever lifts up and stays up. If it won't uncouple after the lever is up then you possibly have a rust issue.
opnspaces 04/16/21 09:19am Beginning RVing
RE: Main entry door shuts hard

In my house I had a door latch that behaved moistly the same. I would spray some silicone spray on a paper towel and wipe off the striker and plate and it would work for a while. Eventually I just replaced the lock and plate and it has worked fine ever since. For your situation I would ask if the finger rub is depositing oils or just moving the latch up and down and freeing it from some internal binding. If it acts up again I would rub the striker with a folded paper towel between my finger and the latch. Or put your hand inside a plastic bag and do the rub. If the door closes easily after the rub with no chance of oil transfer then I would say the internals are suspect. Alternatively if it acts up again you could try spraying a tiny bit of lubricant onto the latch without touching it and see if it helps. that would also tell you if it's the oil or the jiggling of the latch that's doing the work.
opnspaces 04/16/21 08:46am Toy Haulers
RE: Odd Smell/Odor

From your description it really sounds like off gassing. Mine was built in the days of Heavy formaldehyde smell from all the glues. For years when going in after a sitting in storage I would have to hold my breath and go open a bunch of windows and let it sit overnight. It was so bad I would get a sore throat from smelling it if I didn't air it out. Once aired out the small was there but very faint. On yours I would put covers on all roof vents so they can stay open 24/7 That should help air it out and reduce the smell while in storage.
opnspaces 04/09/21 04:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

Is this replacement vehicle a daily drive or just a tow vehicle? If just a tow vehicle I would go with the 2500 Suburban. I have no factual evidence that the 2010 Suburban 2500 has a 4:10 rear end. But my two 2500 Suburbans both have/had a 4.10 rear end so I'll bet it does. If a daily driver and a decent rear end (3:73 or 4:10) go with the Escalade. It's not a great tow vehicle, but it will do fine with a 6,000 lb trailer. And it will be a nice vehicle to drive around when not towing. I'm curious though why a V nose trailer would prevent you from having a weight distribution hitch? Is it a contact during turns concern? Almost all of the hitches hang under the tongue so they should not contact anything. One more thing, don't be put off or reject a Suburban with just a torn up drivers seat. You can buy new seat cover and foam as needed and install for about $500. I'm not talking about just an add on seat cover but an actual replaced seat that will look like new. I know in my search for a replacement Suburban I passed up many seemingly good Suburbans based solely on the torn up seats. Only after I finally found my current Suburban (with an already replaced bottom seat cover) that I learned that it was even possible.
opnspaces 04/02/21 08:25am Towing
RE: Wheel bearing advice

I do mine every fey years if I remember. To me these are no different than cars of old where you had to pack the front wheel bearings from time to time. The fact that you are pumping 4 or 5 pumps of grease into the zerk every year is almost as ineffective as not pumping at all. But the fact that you have not had a failure is actually a testament to not really need to pack every year. If the bearings are properly greased and adjusted then they will go many years without care. Yes you will read reports of inadequately lubricated bearings on here. But I think most people don't really realize what a properly packed assembly looks like. I think they are expecting a bunch of grease in the hub between the inner and outer bearings. But this is an incorrect assumption. A properly packed assembly is grease in the bearing and little to no grease in the hub itself. Below is Dexter Axles steps for packing a bearing. In the steps there is no mention of packing anything except the actual bearing. I personally disagree with the 12 month 12,000 mile statement as a manufacturers CYA. But I left it on here as it is Dexters procedure not mine. "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
opnspaces 03/31/21 11:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stolen Catalytic Converter

People have been telling me it's about $1000 to replace a stolen cat off a truck. Quite a few years ago exhaust shops wouldn't or couldn't touch a converter replacement. But I think now a day they pretty much all will replace them.
opnspaces 03/30/21 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Leave TT Unhitched?

Agreed on the generator. High dollar easy to steal should not be left in view. I'll leave my folding chairs and plastic folding table out. But the generator is usually with me or locked in the back of the Suburban overnight with a blanket covering it.
opnspaces 03/28/21 11:11am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Boondocking in the sand -- how soft is too soft??

I think you will know when you get to the crossing. If the hardpack road is well traveled then the sand is probably not going to be a problem. I almost never use 4 low. Just put it in 4 high when on the dirt and drive thorough. If the truck starts to slow down give it some more gas. You will be able to tell if you're in trouble as the truck will start spinning the tires and rapidly slowing to a stop. If the tires are spinning but you're still going forward and not digging down then you'll probably make it across. If you come to an unanticipated stop. Or you can tell that you are not going to get to the other side then stop before you dig in any deeper and air down to about 15 psi. The worst thing you can do is keep spinning the tires when stopped and dig them into the sand. Yes airing back up with a small compressor sucks and you need to shut it off and let it rest from time to time. But that can be done while sitting in camp, not out on the trail. You're not going to hurt the tires driving them 10mph down a dirt road and it will greatly smooth out the washboards as a bonus. But know if you have to air down, that includes the trailer tires as well. Also know that most 4 wheel drive trucks are really only 2 wheel drive, the back right (passenger) side and front left (driver side) tire. Get out or have your wife get out and observe which tires are spinning when you try to drive and those are the ones you will want to put the carpet under if needed.
opnspaces 03/28/21 11:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Coleman Propane Bottles

Maybe it's a regional issue. I just bought a pack of 4 at my local Walmart yesterday and there were tons of them. Maybe try with a ship to store option.
opnspaces 03/28/21 10:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

I have to take it the other way Grit. I have always enjoyed seeing a post from RobertRyan showing what's in Australia.
opnspaces 03/28/21 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Air lift to 5th wheel with Mor-Ryde

As suggested above, can you lay down a piece of 2x10 or 2x12 lumber under the tires to lift the trailer just enough to clear the hitch?
opnspaces 03/28/21 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leave TT Unhitched?

I don't know about Utah. But I've never had a problem leaving my campsite for the day out in the southern California deserts. I do have a hitch lock but it's not on when out there. my thought has always been that most crooks are not going to drive an hour outside the city for a chance to steal a trailer when there are so many just sitting conveniently in the neighborhood.
opnspaces 03/28/21 09:18am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Removed dinette added fireplace and bar

That looks great. Did you make or buy that awesome countertop?
opnspaces 03/28/21 09:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: While using my black tank flush

What kind of RV are you asking about? Is the black tank flush anywhere near the fresh water hookup?
opnspaces 03/28/21 09:02am Beginning RVing
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