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RE: door lock won't open

Gave up fooling with it and drilled it out this morning. Easy and took just a few minutes. Went in above the keyhole to get the tumblers, but no luck. Then just went through the keyhole with a 1/4 inch and that did it. Picked up a Bauer 013-535 Trailer lock at Camping World and it was a perfect fit. $41.79 plus at CW. Cheaper online but needed it now. In hind sight, the original metal back plate was sturdy metal vs the composite of the new one. I kept the old one and will probably replace it some day when we are not triple digits heat. The drama is ended. Bill
voodoo101 08/18/20 03:34pm Tech Issues
RE: door lock won't open

Thanks to everyone who replied. Yes, I have graphite lock lube and used it. I will try again in the morning and will also shoot some oil if graphite doesn't work. I know oil is a temporary fix but that would let me remove it non-destructively and put in a new unit. Anything I do here in Scottsdale has to be in the very early morning. Into the teens all this week, again. I envy all of you in cool climes. Bill
voodoo101 08/10/20 02:15pm Tech Issues
door lock won't open

Went by my RV to check it out and cannot get the door lock to open. One of the paddle style with two keys: one for the deadbolt and another for the handle. Deadbolt won't budge and it was very hard to remove the key. (Wondering if someone tried to jimmy it.) It worked smoothly until it didn't. Suspect I will need to have it drilled and install another one. If I can find a compatible for a 2001 Sunnybrook Fiver. There is a Bauer on Amazon that looks the same. Has anyone drilled one of these out and replaced it? How can one move the deadbolt after drilling? Or must I spring for a locksmith. Thanks.
voodoo101 08/09/20 05:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Fifth wheel hitch height trick

I have for years used a bubble level on the side of the trailer, near the jack power. I has a sliding marker that lets me mark the height when I unhook. I then go to level and return the bubble to the marker to re-hitch. Quick, easy and reliable. I just looked at bubble levels now available on line and none seem to have this obvious option.
voodoo101 06/08/20 11:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Batteries

Agree that for two nights you are fine -- IF you just use them for lights, a little furnace and perhaps charging some phones etc. Just pay attention to your usage. If you or the family screw up and use too much you can usually find a friendly neighbor with a generator to get you over the hump. Enjoy.
voodoo101 05/24/20 06:05pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: battery/meter electrical problem

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts. I installed my 4 GC2 6 volt system years ago and am confident in the connections. I am going to replace the batteries as soon as I can get them out. I am no longer able to lift 60# at arm's length and hard to ask for help with the current quarantine. I was hoping to get them working enough to move the Fiver to a battery shop. I still have more trouble shooting to figure why they died when on a maintenance charge from my solar system. And I double checked the meter settings. I am giving this a couple days to let my mind clear and will figure it out. Thanks again to all. Let's close the thread.
voodoo101 04/30/20 07:52am Tech Issues
RE: battery/meter electrical problem

(bat 1 pos to bat 2 neg/grnd) does that mean you hooked the pos cable of one battery to the post of the other battery that was grounded? I hope not. Of course I did. That is how you create a 12 volt battery from 2 6 volt batteries. Connect in series.
voodoo101 04/28/20 04:36pm Tech Issues
battery/meter electrical problem

I neglected my rv for the entire winter and am paying the price. My 4x6 volt flooded GC2 batteries are near dead. Today I was trouble shooting them to see if I could revive/charge them enough to get the RV to a shop to swap them. Two of them were very low, ~ 2.8 and 3.6 volts. I connected them in series (bat 1 pos to bat 2 neg/grnd) and checked for their combined voltage and I get a 0 volt reading and a tone, like the one for continuity instead of the combined voltage. Reading from bat #1 neg to bat #2 pos. I have never had a tone from a DC voltage reading. Connecting the two meter probes gives 0 voltage but no tone. The meter gives reliable readings for dc voltage on other sources. After separating the batteries, they read individual batteries properly again. I am not new to 6 volt batteries, but I feel like other times in life when I have been stumped by a simple problem until the obvious pops up. So i am ready to be humiliated with the obvious. I am in AZ and it is too hot to spend the day out there. thanks, bill On edit: Let me state my question more clearly. Why would two partially charged batteries in series give a zero voltage reading and even stranger, create a tone on a volt meter set at DC voltage?
voodoo101 04/28/20 03:40pm Tech Issues
Costco GC2 batteries changed?

I have used 4 Costco GC2 batteries for years and usually get 6 years from them. Never a failure. I just Google searched them and see many (16 of 18) negative ratings. I need to replace my five year old batteries and had planned to go with a proven product. Has something changed?
voodoo101 04/25/20 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: 2017 or newer F-450 issues

https://www.thedieselstop.com/ forum will have all you want to know.
voodoo101 11/24/19 06:45am Tow Vehicles
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