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RE: New Shank for 2021 GMC Sierra 2500HD

Just a thought...... if your jack is electric, have you had a look at turning it around? I had the same problem and gained a couple of inches. Enough to be able to lower my tailgate. I probably don’t have to point this out, but.... make sure you block the reach before taking the jack bolts off.
ssthrd 06/10/21 03:31pm Towing
RE: Diesel fuel at Card Locks across Canada

Thanks Soup. I ask because I don't have a registered company-it's for private use only. Do you think your son-in-law would hire me? Lol
ssthrd 05/30/21 03:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Diesel fuel at Card Locks across Canada

When you all use these stations, is there any hastle because you are a "personal" user and not a company user? I respect the fact that truckers are on a schedule, and I don't want to get in the way. Thanks for the heads up on the nozzle size.
ssthrd 05/29/21 10:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Diesel fuel at Card Locks across Canada

Thanks guys. I'll check them out.
ssthrd 05/28/21 09:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Diesel fuel at Card Locks across Canada

It finally looks like road travel could open up as the Covid things is becoming more under control, at least in Western Canada. Our plan to travel from West coast to East coast to see family could happen this year. I have been having a look at fueling up at card locks and truck stops along the way so I don't have to deal with squeezing our 35' 5er into the usual gas islands. I did that with our 30' travel trailer and it was not much fun at times. I think I'm good in the West (BC to Manitoba) with Co-Op as they cater to non commercial applications as a group, but I don't know about Ontario to NS. Anyone have experience with this?
ssthrd 05/28/21 09:41am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gain setting

Good to have an empty parking lot where you can get up to 20mph with gain set at six. Jam on the brakes if they lockup nock it down a number amd try it again. If they didn't lockup take it up a number. Whay you want is maximun braking without lockup Like this. ^ Keep testing till you get it right. Good idea to pull test every time you hook up. Keep in mind that a different trailer will probably have a different gain setting.
ssthrd 05/26/21 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interstate highway conditions

So the question is, how much are you willing to pay to fix them? Gas tax revenue keeps getting less and less, You willing to pay a tax per mile you drive. Or maybe we should just keep on putting it on the credit card and hand the bill to our kids and grandkids like the infrastructure plan under consideration now proposes. This might be part of the issue, but the larger issue is the revenue that should be for infrastructure maint and improvement being re-directed to "other" things. Having been in supervision and management of Heavy civil, heavy highway general contracting since I got out of college, and having performed work in about 10 different states, from my standpoint, alot of the country is in a lose lose scenario. Many states are so far behind now, that even in the best of times, they cant even keep up, much less get ahead. The appropriation of funds is astounding, how much of the "transportation" budget gets used for other things. We have a large project going on in Seattle currently. $450M project reconstructing the last part of the SR520 approach onto the Lake Washington floating bridge. Of that total contract value (design and construct), almost $200M of it is being spent to effectively improve the Montlake neighborhood and provide a sprawling park/nature experience for the peds and pedal pushers, by way of building yet another lid over the freeway that is about 1000% larger than it needs to be to simply convey vehicles and all other multimodal traffic over the freeway. Talk about corruption....essentially the City of Seattle gets a free, massive, capital improvement project for it's residents and the transportation department and FHWA is footing the bill!With all due respect, this must not be a real problem because the same people making these decisions keep getting re-elected; for 20, 30 even 40 years. ^A perfect demonstration of politicians selecting priorities for their own gain. He/she might say "Can't see how the underground stuff is crumbling, and I want to get re-elected. Lets build a great big beautiful park/swimming pool/whatever that everyone can see and give me brownie points to use to get re-elected."
ssthrd 05/21/21 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Interstate highway conditions

We build beautiful roads and bridges in other countries, just not our own. In our 50 States road contracts go out to the lowest bidder who has to use the cheapest asphalt, the quickest methods and the lowest paid workers to get the contract. Roads fall apart as soon as they are built. In Europe they use high-grade asphalt with rubber bits to keep the pavement from cracking and falling apart, they do not hire the cheapest bidder. Their roads look like Main Street Disneyland. Ours are terrible. Our pavement ends at the white line, pavement needs to extend wider than the road as water damage occurs because there lacks margins. Many many problems Road surfaces have a design life of somewhere around 20 years depending on materials and design criteria. Concrete lasts longer than asphalt. In my opinion, asset management rather than a builders abilities is the bigger issue. In a perfect world, there are minimum standards (eg, asphalt mix design) that are included in contract specs, and qualified (hopefully) inspectors onsite to make sure that the materials and methods used actually meet those standards. If infrastructure managers have no idea about the life of the different parts of their systems, then they may get caught with their pants down when the road fails, the bridge falls down, the water main breaks or runs out of capacity, and on and on.... If money is not set aside, and planning is not done to ensure a continuous replacement program, big trouble is sure to follow. I have been over the bridge at Lake Charles, and later heard that it's condition was not far above condemn status. Scared the **** out of me........ Good asset management needs good funding, but unfortunately, the bean counters and politicians have different priorities because they don't understand the needs required to keep the real world running smoothly. My opinion of course.
ssthrd 05/21/21 11:33am General RVing Issues
RE: House trailer endorsement in BC

As a follow up, I took the drivers test this morning, and it was really just a piece of cake. The ICBC guide turned out to be the bible for the pre-trip, and the road test was a drive through city streets with lots of turns both left and right, and at the end I had to back into an abandoned parking lot with about a 30 foot wide entrance. Easy peasy. I screwed up the last part a bit by not getting out to check the ground where he wanted me to go (which I always do, but had a brain fart this time) and I backed up maybe 10' before sounding the horn. Backing up a 5er (for me at least) is a lot different than backing a TT. I am getting used to it now, but the first couple of times the trailer turned in before I expected it to, and I couldn't catch up to it fast enough to git er done. Anyway.... This one is in the books. Thanks for your help, Guys. Onward we go! EDIT: I whittled a stick with a crotch on the end to put between the steering wheel and the brake pedal so I could check the brake lights myself. The examiner thought that was brilliant! Lol.
ssthrd 05/18/21 01:59pm Towing
RE: Inside sewer smell

My wife calls them foo-foo Its called an Air Admittance Valve among other names. I would imagine that most RV or plumbing supply stores would have them. Some screw on, others just slide on, so if you change yours, you might want to remove yours first.
ssthrd 04/25/21 05:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic 300 toilet replacement?

We have the 310 which is an upgrade to porcelain on the top section. The bottom is the same plastic as the 300. The flushing action is much better, and we have had no issues to this point at least. The toilet flange on the floor looks to be standard, so maybe another better unit would work, but if you want to go that route, check the distance from the wall to the center of the flange, to make sure. Found this online. Might help.
ssthrd 04/25/21 05:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide cable popping (Heartland wilderness)

IMHO, As a first step, I would remove the valence and operate the slide (you will probably have to in any case) to see what is happening. It would eliminate the guess work.
ssthrd 04/25/21 04:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide cable popping (Heartland wilderness)

This is a good YouTube video on how to adjust your slide out cables that may be causing the popping noise. See the video at about the 6 minute mark. Good find, Bill. Lots of good stuff on the channel about different RV issues.
ssthrd 04/25/21 11:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide cable popping (Heartland wilderness)

On my 2013 2750RL, the cable arrangement is like this., and can be seen above the slide if it is partially open. Just wondering if your slide is pulling even top-to-bottom and side-to-side. Does it look level both ways when it is fully extended? When out all the way, and standing outside, the bottom cables should have a bit of slack. could be the gear on top of the motor is skipping a tooth because too much slack in the chain.(see video). I'm not too bad with a wrench, and I have adjusted mine. It's a real pain to do because the top face trim of the slide needs to come off (inside) unless you have extra long arms. Anyway, that's a start. Good luck.
ssthrd 04/24/21 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bear Spray

Food for thought........... Bear Spray
ssthrd 04/20/21 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV travel to Vancouver Island restricted

So they wont be booking RVs, so does that mean you can travel without a reservation? I kinda wondered about that myself..... What happens if you just show up there with your rig? I believe that they will ask you if your reason for travel is essential. If not, no go.....
ssthrd 04/20/21 08:43am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

I have had this happen several times with my TT when parked on a slight grade. The safety lock gets jammed on the ball, and will not disengage because of the force on the hitch (either forward or backward depending on the direction of the slope). My solution was to: --CHALK THE WHEELS --make sure the tongue lock is engaged --if the slope is up looking ahead, the force will be on the front of the ball, and you will need to back up maybe 1/4 inch to free it. --If the slope runs down looking ahead, then you will have to go ahead as above. --you can feel and most time hear when the force is released. Always works for me. This is assuming that your ball and coupling are in good shape, and there is a bit of lube on the ball to start with.
ssthrd 04/15/21 12:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: WD Hitch or not?

I bought my 3500 in anticipation of buying a 5th wheel in the near future, and pulled my 7,000# TT in the meantime without the WD hitch since I really didn't need one. It pulled fine, but on a few of our roads with off camber sections and frost heaves, the trailer did move around a bit. Since I had the hitch (Equal-i-zer with 4 point sway control) I hooked it up, and the affect was to eliminate the wiggles now and then, and to stop the truck from porpoising through the worst frost heaves. Neither was a real issue, but the fact is that they were there. Bottom line is that even though I don't need it, it does make a difference that is noticeable, and if you have one, why not use it?
ssthrd 04/14/21 02:42pm Towing
RE: 9th Gen 2500 Burb...cooled seat option?

Yes they did. Review from GMC.....
ssthrd 04/11/21 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anybody Using iPad as a Laptop Replacement?

I went from desktop PC to an iMac running Windows on Bootcamp for a Windows only graphics application, to a PC with a 1tb HD and a 1tb SSD. I also had a 13" MacBook Pro for the road. After a few years, the MacBook became my go-to computer, and I had an iPad just for games, email, and texting. Since settling down for a bit, I do not miss the PC for anything. I recently bought a new MacBook Pro with lots of storage (2tb SSD) and power to handle my graphics, and I run Bootcamp on it to run my Windows stuff. I will semi-retire my PC since I now have the best of both worlds IMO. My iPad still does the mundane stuff for me. Bottom line for me is use a laptop as a substitute for a desktop, and a tablet for the small stuff. Having both compatible with each other and the phone is very important.
ssthrd 04/10/21 05:15pm Technology Corner
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