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  1. scottydl

    "Mid bunk" fifth wheel models

    As we toy around planning a future fifth wheel purchase, I've decided that the "mid bunk" model (with a slide-out bedroom in the middle of the rig) is a floorplan that would fit our family well. Even when our younger 2 boys outgrow "camping with Mom and Dad" someday, our oldest son with special...
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    GPS detours... to take or not to take?

    I have a love-hate relationship with GPS-suggested detours, such as Google Map telling you "We found a faster route!" partway through your trip in the RV. Usually the detour / alternate route is due to upcoming road construction or some other traffic jam or slowdown that wasn't part of the...
  3. scottydl

    MOVED: Unlimited data hotspot plans

    This topic has been moved to PCs, Communications, Electronics. http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php?topic=130587.0
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    MO/OK halfway point (IL to TX)

    As the snow falls and ice accumulates today, there's no better time to start talking about Spring camping! Right?  :o  ;) We're planning an Illinois-to-Texas RV trip to visit family in late March, and looking for a halfway stopping/camping point. Springfield, MO and Joplin, MO have both been...
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    Tire pressures, towing TT with dually

    I'm doing some tire pressure calculations for my current trailer (a 32' TT weighing between 9000-9500#) and new-to-me truck (a diesel dually crew cab). I weighed my entire rig on a local grain scale this week, so I have accurate weights. The only weight I wasn't able to get was the trailer...
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    Dually valve stem extensions

    I'm back in the dually world, with my 1-ton pickup tow vehicle. I hadn't messed with the rear tire air pressure until today when I took the trailer to a glass shop to get a window repaired. Oh, the fallacy of trying to reach the valve stems! ??? So I need some extenders, a pair of J-shaped for...
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    Difference in hitch pins - either style better?

    I picked up a new heavy duty (per the package) hitch receiver pin the other day for securing the weight distribution shank in my truck's receiver. Upon arriving home and removing it from the package I noticed that the clip just fits onto a groove on the pin -- rather than a drilled hole in the...
  8. scottydl

    RV hauling... or other "truck work"

    So, I've got a new-to-me (15yo) diesel dually pickup that I may use a handful of times per year to actually tow anything. I'm okay with that, and planned/spent accordingly. But... if there were a way to make a few bucks on the side in the downtime. Anyone ever used their truck to make side...
  9. scottydl

    Thinking "truck" ... and diesel

    I'm considering a tow vehicle upgrade into the "truck" zone. While I really enjoy my 3/4 ton Suburban for everything unique it is... the nickel-and-dime and comfort issues of an older vehicle are starting to wear on me. I think we (as a family) may be ready to get into a pickup on the next...
  10. scottydl

    Touching up aluminum siding (paint)

    Anyone have tips regarding touch-ups on white RV aluminum exterior? I have patterned siding, that took a few small "hits" on our last big trip. First, I delivered what I'll call a bit of a love tap (more like a love scrape) as I inadvertently & very slowly made contact with a bathhouse roof...
  11. scottydl

    Window complications...

    I always thought my trailer could use a few MORE windows, and then... I lost one. We camped this week in western Michigan along the lovely sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, and headed home to Illinois today. About 10 minutes into our ~5 hour trip home (while in heavy interstate traffic), I...
  12. scottydl

    Roof A/C compressor running constantly

    My trailer's HVAC thermostat seems to have lost some functionality, specifically the temperature slider. It's the original Dometic Duo-Therm model, which is lacking anyway. I discovered yesterday that no matter where I set the temperature when the A/C is set to "Auto", the compressor is running...
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    Swapping LP hoses - exterior tank

    Several months ago (last Fall actually) I bought this pair of LP hoses because one of the originals on my trailer was leaking and had drained the LP tank. Due to COVID, we are getting a late start to our camping season and are heading out this week. I've been trying to get the new hoses...
  14. scottydl

    Tesla's Cybertruck - EV towing actually possible?

    Check it out: www.tesla.com/cybertruck I'm not a fan of the name or the physical appearance (looks like a bad idea of what people in the 1970's-80's thought today's "future" flying vehicles would look like)... but the Tesla Cybertruck is advertised with up to 3500# payload and 14,000# towing...
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    LP leaking at tank pigtail connections

    We're a little late to the game this year, and just got the trailer up and going for a family vacation to Lake Michigan beaches last week. While prepping the rig and testing everything in advance, I discovered both of my LP tanks were bone dry. This was odd and unexpected since I've rarely used...
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    Camping becoming "extremely popular" among younger generations

    Interesting story found today: https://www.foxnews.com/travel/camping-popular-millennials-and-generation-x The KOA 2019 North American Camping Report detailed 7 million new campers since 2014, and 77% of those are Gen X (that's me) and Millennials. Neat to see the pastime retaining its...
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    E-collar recommendations

    Does anyone regularly use e-collars (electronic pulse option) as a supplemental control method for their dogs, while camping or not? There are so many options in shopping for these, I'm interested in any recommendations. Just as many cheaper ($30) brands have decent reviews, compared to the $200...
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    New to cable modems

    I've commiserated on here before our home internet connection, which is DSL (through our home's landline phone junction box) and has had its problems over the years. We never had any other broadband options in my small town, until now... finally another company laid fiber-optic lines in my small...
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    Tracfone price - Ebay deal

    Like many others here, I use Tracfone for my personal cell. For a phone that is used only occasionally, it's hard to beat the price. The best place to get Tracfone deals (I've found anyway) is their Ebay store here. It seems when they have older model (but new) phones in stock, they sell them on...
  20. scottydl

    Converting RJ-11 phone line to RJ-45 ethernet (stick house)

    Does anyone have specific knowledge of converting phone wiring (RJ-11) to ethernet (RJ-45) for our S&B residence? This would be something I want to do from the phone company's junction box outside the house, running inside. We haven't had landline phone service in the house since we have lived...
  21. scottydl

    Another one (awning) bites the dust

    We just returned from our annual (and favorite) camping trip to the eastern shores of Lake Michigan... it's like a freshwater ocean on that side, with soft sandy beaches, crashing waves on breezy days, and amazing sunsets over the water. It rained heavily one of the evenings at the campground...
  22. scottydl

    Replacing foam on exterior handle

    My TT has an exterior handle (like the one pictured below) and the black foam covering needs to be replaced.  Anyone found a good source for a roll of that foam material?  I've located individual sections on Amazon for all other sorts of specific purposes... bicycle handles, stroller guards...
  23. scottydl

    April... fools?

    I'm getting a little itchy for RV season here in the Midwest.  And then today (April 1st, Easter Sunday, the day for reminders of new beginnings)... the skies open up white and we get this (again) -- Record snowfall for April Fool's Day.  That's an article from central IN but central IL is...
  24. scottydl

    How many smoke/CO detectors does your RV have?

    I just recently realized that my RV's detectors (smoke and carbon monoxide) are only rated for 6 years each... and they're both original, so about 9 years.  I'll replace them both, but wondering if I should change the configuration. My TT has sleeping areas at both ends (queen bedroom at one...
  25. scottydl

    Replacement rear airbags on tow vehicle

    My '95 Suburban 2500 has an aftermarket rear suspension airbag system installed (by previous owner) to improve the ride during heavy towing.  It seems like a great setup (controlled from an interior switch on a PSI gauge that shows bag pressure) but the bags are dry rotted and don't hold air. ...
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