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Remodeling your RV / Re: Ditching my RVs Electric steps.
« Last post by kismoore on August 21, 2018, 11:34:57 PM »
YES all.. I have the on off toggle switch BUT we have 5 people, some kids..making sure everyone handles the switch according to perfect plan and battery life is no small request. Inevitably, someone will forget something battery related at some point. The steps are breaking over and over. Our first rig, we repaired the step 6 months after we moved in. This rig, we repaired the broken linkage and completely rebuilt the inside steps 3 months into the rig. A few months later, another part broke attached to the motor. Now the entire motor needs replacement. I currently climb in and out of my rig as if Im climbing up and down off of a boat.
Thinking of removing the traditional step that attaches to the underbelly of the inside bottom step and getting something welded onto the frame. Something more permanently fixed into an open step position.
Anyone who has made changes, I would love to see some pics or some links to get some ideas. Thanks
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Boondocking / Easy Start 364 or Hard Start Capacitor?
« Last post by Bhfromme on August 21, 2018, 11:32:33 PM »
I'm wondering if someone can tell me the pros and cons of using the Easy Start 364 soft start kit as opposed to just going with a hard start capacitor. The goal here is to run my 13,500 btu Dometic AC unit on a single 2000 watt inverter generator. I'm guessing spending the $300 on the Easy Start 364 is advantageous to just wiring in a $15 capacitor but can someone explain why? I'm reading the $15 capacitor will get the job done but there has to be a downside. Any wisdom on the subject will be greatly appreciated.
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: RV life would be so much simpler if ...
« Last post by RVMommaTo6 on August 21, 2018, 11:18:32 PM »
I suggest that prior to you telling someone their information is incorrect, you also do the research to know what you're talking about. It will keep you from sticking your foot in your mouth by providing inaccurate information because you are only going by your own limited, and oftentimes outdated, experience. If you would have paid attention to my signature line, you would have realized I drive a 38 ft MH and a 59 ft rig, disallowed in most NP and state park campgrounds
You seem to have a lot of pent up anger over someone not "researching" your vehicles before posting general information in a public forum that could be useful to many members simply because it didn't specifically apply to you. I hope you can find a way to let that go before hitting the road; the alternative sounds like a dangerous situation in which to be behind the wheel and a recipe for road rage and unsafe conditions for everyone.
Maybe try yoga or meditation.
Safe travels.
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Electrical switches for water heater
« Last post by FF/PM on August 21, 2018, 11:16:50 PM »
I had this setup. It bothered me that I could only run 2 appliances on my 30 amp hookup. I added a 12v switch powering a relay that switched the 100v off the circuit breaker. This allows me to leave the outside switch on all the time, and power it off inside the trailer when I want to run the AC and the microwave. When I winterize I switch it off outside to prevent an accidental use with no water in the tank. It was easy for my system as the 12v switches for the lights, slides, etc were directly above the power center. Took about an hour and $20 in parts.

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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: RV life would be so much simpler if ...
« Last post by John Stephens on August 21, 2018, 10:59:55 PM »
You are correct in a lot of your assumptions. But the truth is, if you want to have the option to look around a bit between reservations, build in a little extra time from one reservation to the other. For instance if you left one reservation on a Monday, give yourself 2-3 days before having to be at the next one, on say a Thursday.  That would open up a window of "look around time" between reservations. Now that does create some other issues, like where you will spend those extra days, and you may wind up in small out of the way parks, truck stops, or Walmarts if you don't mind doing that kind of thing. 

I asked Diane about it, and her response is "there will always be stuff you want to come back to an area and see". And really that is how we have crisscrossed the country for the last 10+ years and have yet to see it all.  Take notes about stuff and file them away for the future.

Our other technique is to stay a week in an area and do day trips to the surrounding attractions. You can easily travel 50-75 miles from your camp, spend 4-6 hours looking around, an be back in time for afternoon cocktails.

Marty - thanks for the response. Prior to making my above post, I had pretty much come to the same conclusion and figured the best thing to do was simply build in an extra couple of days while we're in South Dakota in addition to what we already know what we want to see and do. Same traveling through Big Horn on the way to GT and again from Yellowstone to Glacier. After we travel to Jasper and begin our return trip, we won't be tied to any time frame, so we'll be able to take our time and do whatever we want whenever we want. Hearing this from an experienced traveler such as yourself makes me believe my thinking wasn't far off.

This will be the first time we have planned on staying in one place for longer than a week. We are budget campers, dry camping in Cracker Barrels on the way to our destinations. When we can, we'll stay in one CG for a week, trying to take advantage of a free seventh day if offered. Staying for two weeks in Yellowstone will be a first for us, but I have spoken to too many people who have said trying to see the park in less time than that is a mistake. I'm figuring a week in GT, 2 in Yellowstone and 2 in Glacier. A week in Hot Sulphur Springs before crossing the mountains to Banff and only a couple of days in Jasper, which may be extended, depending on how much we like what we see. There are no parks around Yellowstone that offer a weekly rate so staying two weeks there will be more expensive than usual for us.

We're not sure if we'll have the chance to return to the same areas we are covering on this trip, so we need to try to see as many things as we can during this journey, but Diane's thought is well taken.
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Tech Talk / Re: NORCOLD 1200 high altitude burner?
« Last post by Sharshep on August 21, 2018, 10:58:04 PM »
EtAl
Yep I am having the same issue this year.  But my unit is ten years old and I have been following the same route for all that time. Has the orafice corroded? My ignighter is 3/8 above the furthest grove. (As recommended by Bozeman MT RV tech). I understand the science but there has to be a manufacturer suggestion for a fix. My unit works well on ac. I guess replacing board and thermistor per professional mobile RV repair guys was not needed. I went through a bunch of ice but I am not willing to accept a non working unit.
Thanks everyone.
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General Discussion / Re: Canít get sliders to recognize emerg brake
« Last post by JoelP on August 21, 2018, 10:54:57 PM »
Is this a foot pedal operatred E-Brake? Parking brake, if so then there is a switch on the brake arm assembly. this switch can cause this issue by hanging up. Solution varies  Sometimes I have to release and re-set the brake a few times..

Other times I've Messed with the switch directly

Also there are likely two wires hooked to it. or should be.. Thankfully the tabs are smaller than normal so the odds of hooking up a "Wrong wire" are slim.

If you have other types of brakes. there is still some type of switch.

Hi John,

Thanks for your reply.  That switch was the first place that I looked.  Actually there is only one switch attached to the mecahnism under dash and it has only one wire attached.   I assume that it sees ground from the mount. If there is another switch I sure don't see it. Strangely it is fully extended when the brake is activated and is compressed when it is released.  That means that even with a slight brake compression it releases this switch.  I have a difficult time believing that this is the switch that the sliders are looking at since it doesn't activate upon compression.  Furthermore i am convinced that this switch is working.  I had the rig on levelers and when I pressed this switch it immediately started to retract the levelers.  That says to me that this switch must be working to detect when the parking brake is released.

I called a mobile RV mechanic who looked at this, relays and and more and finally concluded he had no idea of the source of the problem. Tomorrow I am trying an RV/Truck mechanic in Great Falls to see if I can have more luck.  It's not much fun to use an RV where the slides cannot be extended.

BTW the chassis is a Workhorse W22 and the slides are PowerGear.
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: RV life would be so much simpler if ...
« Last post by SargeW on August 21, 2018, 10:51:42 PM »
10 days max is our sweet spot. For us, plenty of time to see the sights, then move on.
We're still learning. Last year we booked a month in a place we really enjoy, but it was way too long.

That's us too Bob. We were in one park for two weeks this year, and although it was a great park we were itching to get back out on the road at about the 10 day mark. About a week is our sweet spot. Enough time to relax, look around and explore some. I do some chores and cleaning, we shop, and if we find something really interesting we make note and will come back on a future visit. 
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Destinations, RV Parks, Routes / Re: RV life would be so much simpler if ...
« Last post by John Stephens on August 21, 2018, 10:46:00 PM »

That is not correct. In Yellowstone there are seven campgrounds that are first come first serve. Being in the campground before noon and drive around until a space opens up. There is one at Glacier that is first come also. I don't know about Banff or Jasper but I camped for years in the NP campgrounds and never did I have reservations or problems finding a spot.

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

I have already researched all the NP campgrounds in Yellowstone, combed the NP website regarding that and other parks we plan on visiting, and checked by phone with out of park campgrounds, determining that West Yellowstone will be the best place for us to stay for two weeks while visiting the area. Thanks to JackieMac, I have determined the best thing for me to do while in Grand Tetons will be to stay at Gros Ventre, the one campground in that area that does not take reservations but will usually have spots open if you're in line by check out time. I have done the research to know exactly where I'm going to stay during this trip. I suggest that prior to you telling someone their information is incorrect, you also do the research to know what you're talking about. It will keep you from sticking your foot in your mouth by providing inaccurate information because you are only going by your own limited, and oftentimes outdated, experience. If you would have paid attention to my signature line, you would have realized I drive a 38 ft MH and a 59 ft rig, disallowed in most NP and state park campgrounds. I would love to stay in some of those parks, but must always find an outside CG and make day trips by auto.
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Newcomers' Corner / Re: Why do i use propane even when plugged in?
« Last post by CNEEL89 on August 21, 2018, 10:41:52 PM »
The dometic fridge plugs in to a 120v outlet to run on shore power. If you turn the fridge and propane off, then start just the fridge on shore power, you'll probably hear a clicking, which is the burner trying to ignite, it will try 3 times, then the check light illuminates. If this is the case, I'd be willing to bet it's simply unplugged. There is also a fuse on the back of the fridge that could be the culprit, but that usually indicates a bad heating element.

I just went through this with my new trailer, trouble shot it for 3 days, and it was never plugged in. I'm not sure about the access on your RV, but on mine there was a vent underneath that I was able to reach up and plug it back in.

At any rate, finding the access and checking the plug is about the simplest of fixes.
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