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Newcomers' Corner / Re: Changing Tire on C Class
« Last post by Lou Schneider on Today at 10:00:43 PM »
Check the height from the ground to the underside of your spring bracket - that's where you will be putting the bottle jack.  If you have 16" wheels some of the taller bottle jacks may not fit.

You can always put blocks under a short jack to make it higher, but not the other way around.
The Shade Tree / Re: Restaurant Calories
« Last post by LarsMac on Today at 09:52:27 PM »
Since the Mrs's heart surgery this Summer, we are just starting to get out to dinner. It's tough when you have to mind Calories/ Sugars/ Sodium and such.
Learned a lot lately.
For example:
- Did you know that a slice of bread can have as much Sodium as a slice of Bacon?
- It is amazing how fast you can top that 2000 mg Sodium limit when dining out.
- Most restaurants haven't the foggiest how much salt or Sodium is in their food.
- Chicken is a NO-NO at the Diner. Same with Turkey. Most Poultry products have enormous Sodium count.
- Low Sodium foods are still dangerous, because they usually substitute Potassium for Sodium. And if you're on a low Sodium diet, you have to watch your
  Potassium, too, because the balance between Sodium, Potassium and Magnesium is what makes your Cells function normally. Not to mention you Nervous System
  and Brain.

Towing and towables / Re: Toad Jeep Cherokee Overland, or what?
« Last post by Oldedit on Today at 09:40:35 PM »

What did you end up buying?

In late September we bought a 2019 Cherokee Trailhawk Elite with the Nav& tech packages. 2019 Cherokees have revised steering mechanism and do not require the "RV Towing kit".  So far we are very pleased. 2600 miles towed and 2400 miles driven.


To avoid the "death wobble" caused by the electronic power steering (EPS) that Jeep introduced in 2014 models, I bought a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with 55,000 miles. Today, I ordered from Camping World a Roadmaster Nighthawk tow bar system and an Air Force One air brake for a little under $4,500 installed. Friends online and in the Newmar world highly recommended the Air Force setup. While I liked our Blue Ox tow bars, the Rampart looks like a better solution, and that's what Camping World sells and knows how to install. A friend has worked with the Golden, CO, CW rep, Kevin, on an Air Force One installation and recommended him highly.

Our Las Vegas forum friends gave us a test ride in their Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland a few years ago at a RV Forum rally near Amarillo. That made me want one.
The hard part was getting this project on my wife's calendar. :)

Congrats on the new Trailhawk. I wanted one, but we're also putting a new master bath in our home. So I "sacrificed". :) Actually, I'll only drive the Jeep 4,000 to 5,000 miles a year and tow about 10,000. No big deal.
General Discussion / Re: Question: Water system valves
« Last post by Rene T on Today at 09:31:28 PM »

How do you get the water out of the pump? Who do you get the water out of the city water inlet back flow valve.

Just run the pump. It won't hurt it to run it dry.
Tech Talk / Re: When will there be an electric RV?
« Last post by LarsMac on Today at 09:29:50 PM »
I believe that some sort of Hybrid may be a superior vehicle than either your basic IC, or Electric vehicle.

Of course that could be a ways down the road.
Newcomers' Corner / Re: Changing Tire on C Class
« Last post by LarsMac on Today at 09:24:31 PM »
Arizona.  I was on the line with AAA when the second guy told me they don't change the inside dually.  The lady just said "shoot".  The whole process was 4 hours and they kept putting me on hold so they could contact their "RV" division.  It's a joke,  I would rather carry the proper equipment myself and not waste the time, that's why I was wondering if anyone changes their own tires and use a bottle jack.

I have a 10 T bottle (a 20 T seems to be a bit overkill) , and a Spare. Haven't had to use either, yet.
You'll need a 4-point Lug wrench and a nice pipe for a breaker Bar to break the Lugs loose, unless to had a heavy duty Air wrench.
Though, were I in your situation, I would have probably told the guy to just break the lugs and get out of the way. I'll swap the wheel myself. 
Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Battery storage
« Last post by Chakara on Today at 09:18:48 PM »
I also use the two 6vdc battery configuration for my 12vdc needs. I have found that leaving the RV plugged in the batteries tend to boil off the water frequently which requires constant checking. Now I do not plug in the RV and use the Battery Tender brand battery maintainer. Keeps the batteries charged and does not boil off the water. Hope this helps.

Some water loss is actually OK....with a good charger like my Progressive Dynamics, every 23 or so hours it bumps the voltage to the batteries.  This is to intentionally cause them to bubble a bit and stir up the liquids - mixing them as they tend to separate over time.

About every 3-4 months I add a bit of water to my 6V golf cart batteries...

Motorhomes / Re: Steep Driveway
« Last post by HappyWanderer on Today at 09:13:23 PM »
Approaching at angle makes a significant difference. I need to enter and exit my driveway at about 45 degrees or I'll bottom out. Fortunately, it's wide enough at the end.

I've never measured anything. I just know that I don't hear scraping noises anymore.
The Shade Tree / Re: Garage Door Opener Problem
« Last post by aguablanco on Today at 09:05:56 PM »
You need to re center the limits. Then reset them for proper travel. PM me if you are still having issues.
Retired Garage Door Contractor.
Motorhomes / Origin of the 12V power to the awning control box?
« Last post by Bill and Debbie on Today at 09:03:38 PM »
WeatherPro Electric awning. NO 12v power coming to the control box. Hence, it don't work. There is a feature that will automatically retract the awning once engine is started. Also, I presume the reverse happens to prevent accidental extension going down the road.

I just had the motor replaced and worked well for several days, so I don't thing there is a connection. Sure hope someone can tell me where the 12V power is coming from. Oh, and all fuses tested ok. And all other 12V functions work. Have tried to reset by starting the engine and turning off ignition as well as cust the house batteries for 10 minutes and turning back on. Nada!

Again, this is no 12V coming in, not going out to motor or wall switch. Pretty stumped on this...help appreciated.
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