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RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons and the "free" trinkets like little flashlights,etc. Haven't seen any of these coupons in a few months, at least in Florida . Get Harbor Freight's smartphone app. You'll often get the 20% coupon with the app.
whjco 03/03/21 06:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

I shut off the gas and run the generator dry (with load disconnected) if I'm going to be storing it for over 60 days. I always put Sta-bil fuel treatment in the gas and have had good luck with it. I use it in my antique cars, too.
whjco 02/18/21 07:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Awful Awful Mattress

We ditched the factory mattress and bought a new mattress from Brooklyn Bedding. Wow, what a difference. We've both been sleeping great on the new mattress and it sleeps as well as our much more expensive Tempur-Pedic mattress at home!
whjco 02/18/21 07:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: surge protector and water filters

We used the larger blue Camco filter in line with the hose along with a pressure regulator and a y hose adapter for purging the air out of the hose and to flush the hose with fresh water. I bought a good surge suppressor but only used it about 4 times before I bought the better autoformer power conditioner to deal with sagging voltage. I have a practically brand new surge suppressor that I'll sell if anyone is interested.
whjco 02/16/21 04:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: replacing Brake Pads

I've used a number of different brake pads over the years and I've had the best performance from Carquest OEM Spec. pads.
whjco 02/08/21 05:53pm Tow Vehicles
Water leak in trailer??

We have a 2019 Cherokee 274vfk and we've had it for over two years. Up until this week we've always been able to use a utility water hookup. Because of cold weather we've been using the fresh water tank and water pump. About every 30 minutes I'll hear the water pump "burp" like it's building pressure which has me concerned that there may be a leak somewhere in the fresh water system. I've inspected the plumbing everywhere I can access it and can find no sign of a leak. There's no sign of any leaks under the travel trailer. However, we had a bad experience with a previous travel trailer that had a small leak in the shower with the water getting trapped in the insulation under the floor and we weren't aware of the leak until there was a rot problem in the floor. I guess my next step when I get home will be to winterize the trailer by following my usual procedure of blowing out the lines with compressed air. However, I'll rig up a pressure gauge that will allow me to pressurized the system, shut off a valve with the air bottled up and then watch the gauge to see if there is a leak. If there is a leak, what's the best way to find it? I'm hoping that the occasional "burp" in the water pump is just a leaking check valve. Thanks for any advice! Bill J., Lexington, KY
whjco 01/30/21 06:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Quality Decline since Covid

The quality was terrible on them long before the Covid problem. Talk to anyone and that has bought in the last five or six years, and they will echo that. I think you must be one of the lucky ones. Guy There are exceptions. We have a Cherokee 274vfk that we purchased new a little over 2 years ago and I'm still impressed with the quality of materials and the fit and finish of the build. The only weak part of the trailer was the cargo tray on the back, but with some modifications, it now carries everything we need. The trailer itself has only needed two small repairs. I did replace the Castle Rock tires with Goodyear Endurance based on the advice of others on this board. We toured the factory in Topeka, IN where our trailer was built and it was a very impressive operation with many Amish craftsmen working in the factory. I also got to meet the Quality Control Supervisor who was very impressive and who demonstrated the numerous quality control inspections that their trailers are subject to. The only quality control issue that I've had with our trailer has been the sawdust that was left on the top of the bathroom ceiling that keeps filtering down through the ceiling light. However, I've only had to take the lens off and clean it a couple of time.
whjco 01/26/21 10:20am Travel Trailers
RE: New generator for new rv. Recommendations

We have a Yamaha 3000 watt inverter generator and love it. It runs our 15,000 btu air conditioner just fine. We'll turn the AC off when my wife wants to use her 1800w hair dryer, otherwise, it handles everything else just fine. It also has a long runtime on a fill of the gas tank.
whjco 01/25/21 03:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Slide topper noise dampening

Our Cherokee 274vfk has a superslide with a slide topper. We've never had any wind noise from the topper.
whjco 01/21/21 07:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer hitch pin

My worry has never been the hitch pin, but I always have worried about the safety pin that holds the hitch pin from sliding out. Guy There is virtually no side load/pressure that would cause clip to fail Operator error 9not installing it correctly) ------ YES May not just be an "Operator error" if the clip "disappears" via a third party "prankster" that happens along when you are away from your vehicle.. Have heard of that happening, fortunately have never had that happen to me.. But I do typically do a quick walk around and check to make sure everything is in it's proper place as it should be when taking rest stops and such before I get back on the road.. As far as strength of the hitch pin goes, don't know exactly, but the same diameter pin is used for 2x2 and 2.5x2.5 hitches.. Just the length of the pin is longer for the 2.5 hitches.. Can't say for sure on the 3x3 hitches but I suspect most likely the same diameter to allow compatibility for using an smaller hitch accessory like a bike rack or lighter weight hitch via adapter sleeves. I have a friend who had someone remove the pin from his insert while his enclosed car trailer was hitched to it. He traveled some distance and the equalizer bars held enough tension on the insert so that it stayed in place. That is, until he was exiting the Interstate and the trailer brakes made a heavier application causing the insert to slide out of the receiver. Thankfully, the safety pin pulled on the breakaway switch holding tension on the safety chains and he was able to safely get stopped. Since his incident, I always do a walkaround just before hitting the road and I pay special attention to the insert pin and the key that keeps it in place.
whjco 01/15/21 03:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: replacing Brake Pads

I just changed the front pads on the F250. Bellied right up to the Ford parts counter with a fat wallet. Only complaint is that they did not provide a decal for that money. :B A few years ago my daughter's husband had new brakes put on their Excursion, he told them he wanted the best pads they had - $450 for just the front pads. Two new Ford rotors plus labor on top of the $450. They squealed like a pig all the time so they took it to an independent after several trips back to the dealer and had less expensive pads installed, squeal gone. I had an Excursion and a 2000 Econoline E350. Both had issues with the inner lining of the flex hoses sluffing off and causing a restriction in the hose that kept the calipers from fully retracting. I'd recommend that they replace the flex hoses on that Excursion. Also, keep a close eye on flex section of the brake line that goes from the master cylinder to the antilock unit on the frame. I had to make a panic stop and the flex portion of the brake line blew out and I had a total loss of brakes. I had to cut quickly to miss the car that had stopped suddenly in front of me and then I ran through a red light. Thankfully the cross traffic saw that I was in trouble and waited for me to get through the intersection. I was pulling my 24' car trailer and was able to use the trailer brake to get stopped.
whjco 01/15/21 02:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replacing Brake Pads

I've tried a number of different types of brakes - drilled/slotted rotors, ceramic pads, you name it. I've found that I get the best performance out of Carquest OEM brake rotors and pads.
whjco 01/14/21 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Powering a electric winch

2 6V batteries configured for 12V or 2 12V setup for 12V? If 2 6's you MUST use both to power the 12V winch (an assumption). If 2 12V you "could" wire to only one battery but that would still not be the recommended setup. He stated that it was a diesel. It will have two 12vdc batteries connected in a parallel configuration. Bill J., Lexington, KY
whjco 12/30/20 09:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for portable electric space heater for rv!

We also have a 34' travel trailer and I use two ceramic heaters. I run them both on low and they do a great job. They're also small and easy to store.
whjco 12/28/20 08:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Shout out to Enumclaw Dodge....for the Wet Side Mopar owners

I bought my 2015 Ram 2500 CTD from Freedom Dodge in Lexington, KY and now have about 94k on the truck. They've always taken good care of me. I thought I'd try to save money on fuel filters and bought my last set of fuel filters from Advance Auto Parts. I checked my earlier invoice from Freedom and for my previous fuel filter change, they charge me about $50 less for the filters than Advance Auto Parts. I'm very happy with my Ram dealer!
whjco 12/10/20 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
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