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RE: Help with window leak

And stop using silicone, it's no good for rv's. Plan on removing it and using the right products. Agree, I hope you are using the generic term "silicone" and not actually using silicone. If you are, I would strongly encourage you to remove it and use a caulk meant for RVs. When you say the "top part" of the window, do you mean the top of the window itself, or the top of the ledge that the lower portion of the window sits upon? If the wood is wet from ABOVE the window, that is a bigger issue. That means that water is getting in from above that opening, which could be anywhere. Likely it is the roof, the AC, plumbing stack or something else that the seal has failed. I might bite the bullet and get the trailer pressure tested, that is your best bet for determining the actual leak. Eternabond tape over the roof/wall seam is a great option, and Dicor (or equivalent) on the rest of the roof openings should help as well. If the wood is only wet where the window sits on that little ledge, it is most likely a window seal issue. Those are easy enough to fix. Hopefully you didn't use putty, but butyl tape. A good bead of butyl tape, topped off with a little caulk should seal it better than new. Good luck!
spoon059 02/16/21 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: GD Momentum 395ms with Ram Megacab

OP, have you considered anything like the Anderson Ultimate hitch? I know that style of hitch gives you a little extra leeway in the distance between truck and front cap. When we go 5th wheel for our next trailer, I'm leaning heavily towards the Anderson hitch. Its light, its a clean install (no picture frame or pucks, just the gooseneck ball) and it gives you a smidge more offset. Nice looking trailer too, by the way!
spoon059 02/11/21 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No brakes on trailer

I opened up that box last night looking for any stray wires or anything that didn't look right. There are no wires going out from that box to the frame. I wonder if that could be something I should add? What year is your Ram? I know that Ram had a TSB out for their brake controller (IBC) for some years of the Gen 4. "Integrated trailer brake control nodule SYMPTOM/CONDITION:The customer may describe an intermittent condition where the trailer brakes feel as if they are not working for the first few brake applies. This condition only happens if the trailer has been connected before the vehicle was started." Throw your VIN in this and see if the TSB applies to you. https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls Otherwise, start playing with your brake settings. Change it from light trailer to heavy trailer, or heavy trailer to light trailer. Adjust the gain on it. See if those settings change anything. Whenever I get a new trailer, I take it to an open/empty area and test the brake controller at about 25-30 mph. Using the manual slider, I activate the brakes and see what happens. The goal is to get the trailer to apply just enough brake force to quickly stop me, without locking up the wheels. That is how I adjust my brake settings. Best of luck. My IBC is great on my Ram, but I've heard that some people have problems with theirs. Worst case scenario, replace it with a nice Tekonsha P3 for $120 and keep on trucking.
spoon059 02/09/21 05:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: CDL Required to Drive Class A?

The Oklahoma Drivers Manual is certainly not clear. It only shows 4 types of license. Class A, B, and C commercial. And Class D non commercial. The class D says you can operate Cars, vans trucks under 26,001 lbs. (GVWR) recreational vehicles, fire trucks. That seems to say a class D will allow you to operate an RV without regard to weight. You are right, the Oklahoma manual is quite vague, but on the other hand there is only 1 conclusion. A class D license is the only license (other than motorcycle endorsement) for driving a non-commercial vehicle. Therefor, you can deduce that as long as your motorhome isn't used for commerce, a class D license will suffice. Class A, B and C are commercial licenses, which do not apply to a privately owned and operated motorhome.
spoon059 02/08/21 06:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: New to slides

I'd be more worried about the refrigerator, personally. If your camper is level enough to be comfortable, its level enough for the slide.
spoon059 02/05/21 01:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

I am NOT buying a 3/4 or 1 ton that rides rough when empty. No comment on what you did, but wanted to address this... Have you driven a modern 3/4 or 1 ton truck? My coil spring 2500 rides very smooth when empty and tires aired down to 65ish. One of the guys that we camp with has a newish Ford F350 dually that rides smooth as glass... it was almost unbelievable how compliant the ride was. 20 years ago there was a huge disparity in ride comfort. You'd be hard pressed to tell a significant difference in ride comfort with modern trucks. Back to your topic though...
spoon059 02/03/21 09:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jayco or Grand Design

I have a pre-Thor Jayco, my in-laws have a 1st year Thor Jayco, both travel trailers. Little things are different from Thor's purchase, and not for the better. My friend has a Grand Design Reflection 5th wheel. I like the Grand Design, it seems to be higher quality in terms of windows, insulation, etc. Its hard to directly compare a 5th wheel to a travel trailer, but I'm impressed with the Grand Design. It was noticeably more expensive than a Jayco though...
spoon059 02/01/21 03:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: CONDENSATION on windows in winter

OP, sounds like you don't have electricity but if you do I might suggest electric heaters. They will dry the air as they heat, helping with condensation. We don't cold weather camp as often now tat we have small kids, but used to winter camp all the time. Our little 22' camper only needed a single 1500 watt heater to keep cozy and dry.
spoon059 01/31/21 04:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

At $10k vs $60-80k, I can pay retail for a lot of expensive repairs and come out way ahead. Of course, my experience is there isn't a major amount of repairs. At $10K you aren't getting much around my way. That's 300K miles and needing overhaul range where I live. OP, modern engines and transmissions should be fine at 100K miles, especially on 3/4 to 1 ton trucks. They are designed to run long times and work hard their whole life. Your interior, seats, radio, windows, ABS sensors, TPMS sensors and other electrical systems will likely need repairs. If you can get one with highway miles that was treated gently, you'll likely pay more but get a cleaner truck
spoon059 01/31/21 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chock RV on snow/ice. NEED HELP!!!

10 more days until we leave for Florida. This thread reminds me why we go. In seriousness, I've never parked on ice before. I'd avoid it at all costs. Snow is easy enough, it won't slide so long as you're relatively level. Every place I've ever camped in the snow has had a plethora of sites so if one is too terribly off level I could easily find another. Never camped at a ski resort though.
spoon059 01/30/21 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

I just wish they would keep this "carbon neutral" bs out of the discussion. Just because you purchase credits that allow pollution what is really being solved? Political expediency and many pats on the back. None of this is solving anything, its just making the environmentalists feel good about themselves.
spoon059 01/30/21 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

Did you mean 2000 mile round trip? A 200 mile round trip can be fine by pretty much every EV on the North American market with no charging. Typo?\ Oops, yes, 2000 mile.
spoon059 01/29/21 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Catalog of all my mods

Great mods! I like very many of them, but I'm 100% stealing your flag idea!!!
spoon059 01/29/21 04:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

Certainly interesting for sure. Lots of things to consider though... Where is the power coming from? Clean renewable energy is great to hope for, but unrealistic to power the entire world. Maybe PV tech will make leaps and bounds. How are we storing excess power? Manufacturing of batteries is a high cost, financially and in resources and waste. Tesla has greatly improved batteries, but my yearly 200 mile round trip to Florida would require a LOT of battery charging or swapping. COST? New technology is expensive. You need significant buy-in to bring the price down per vehicle. This being GM, and with Biden's federal fleet program, I'm sure that our tax dollars will be spent subsidizing this program, but at what cost? Again, interesting idea and I'm hopeful for new innovations. I always wonder why we don't have more technology like our trains are doing with diesel electric engines.
spoon059 01/29/21 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Memory Foam Mattress - Winter Storage

No problem in the winter UNLESS you want to sleep on it when it's cold. Just as firm as sleeping on the floor :-) But as it warms up with your body heat, it softens up quickly. One word of caution, don't use a heating pad or heated mattress pad on memory foam. The heat can cause it to break down prematurely.
spoon059 01/28/21 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

I think the Roo, or something similar, would be a good option for you. Bring a pack-n-play for the 1 year old and you can set that up in front of the couch in the one I sent you. That leaves plenty of room to get around it in the middle of the night. Our youngest just turned 2 this month and we are about to outgrow the p-n-p. We actually take our dinette table out and put the p-n-p there and hang a dark sheet around it so its dark enough for nap time and dark enough so when the big kids or parents are wandering around at bed time we don't disrupt her. After this Florida trip next month we will transition the 2 year old to the lowest bunk bed in our bunk room. Our 6 year boy will move up to one of the upper bunks and our 8 year old daughter is already on the other upper bunk. But... we will have our living room and table back!!!
spoon059 01/24/21 05:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: new mattress needed, any reason to buy from camping world?

NO! If you like memory foam, they are FANTASTIC for campers. You can easily trim them to size if you need to. RV mattresses tend to be very flimsy and uncomfortable, no matter how expensive they are.
spoon059 01/24/21 05:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailers for large families

OP, what are the ages/sizes of your kids? Do they do well sharing beds? A lot of RV bunks base their claimed "sleeps number" on shared double bunks. My little rug rats wouldn't be able to control themselves enough to share a bed. There would be far too much pushing and giggling and playing around. Both those campers are similar. My issue is that the jackknife sofa will likely block access to the bathroom for the front bed. That makes it a deal breaker in my mind. If you have 2 or 3 kids that are old enough to sleep in a tent alone, I would agree that a tent for them and RV for the rest might be the best solution. Even a nice popup or hybrid camper for the oldest and youngest campers would be nice. Those are plenty light, but offer good sleeping options and bathrooms. Something like this one could work out, https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/travel-trailers/rockwood-roo/233S/3842. 3 Queen beds, jack knife sofa and dinette that folds down. Weighs 5000 lbs, GVW around 6500 lbs.
spoon059 01/24/21 03:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: East Coast Road Trip????? Pandemic?

Looks like mod already cleaned some stuff up. I was coming back to delete my comments anyways. Moral of the story, I will obey whatever local laws and whatever requests private businesses make. I hope everyone stays safe and, if you want a vaccine, you're able to get it ASAP.
spoon059 01/23/21 07:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an RV in Oregon.

Wait... are you buying in Oregon and then parking it on a permanent site in California? If so I would just get a temp tag from the dealer when you buy it. No sense paying yearly registration fees for a vehicle that doesn't move. Again, I'm not familiar with Cali requirements. In Maryland, you don't have to have tags unless its moving down the road. Yes, you pay sales tax on it. I'm not sure how taxes will work in Oregon/Cali in your scenario. Usually you pay sales tax when you buy (from a dealer), and they send that money to the state where you register the vehicle. In your case, if you don't have to register the vehicle, I'm not sure how that would work... Insurance is insurance. My truck's insurance covers the trailer when I'm driving. My RV insurance covers the trailer when its parked. Now, whether they will let you only buy 1 months worth of insurance is another question. In the end, it begs the question... why not just buy in California and have it delivered?
spoon059 01/23/21 05:41pm General RVing Issues
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