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RE: Old School RVing

We used to say… The only thing international Harvester built that was worth a **** was a manure spreader, and they wouldn’t stand behind it!
C Schomer 10/13/19 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do you use a cargo trailer?

In 2015 I bought a used 34', 18kgvw, 3 axle gneck to move two house holds from Az to Co. It towed terrific and it was very handy for much needed storage for another year but it was too much money setting around and I sold it and got my money back out of it. There's so much you can do with them! Craig
C Schomer 09/16/19 09:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best Solvent To Remove RV Window & Roof Caulk?

I'm just finishing up redoing my entire fifth wheel… Graphics and roof recaulk and coating. I have several solvents in my garage and I ended up mixing mineral spirits and xylene about 50-50 and that worked the best of all the solvents I had around. It still won't completely dissolve any of the adhesive or caulks but at least it softens and makes it easier to scrape off. I scraped off all the black and cracked caulking on the roof and left the rest of the caulk that was still clean and stuck good. I replaced all of the round head screws with countersunk flat head screws and did a nice smooth re-caulking. After the caulk was set up I put eterna bond tape over it and then the roof coating over everything. I think the self-leveling dicor caulk is garbage because it shrinks so much so I used the non-self-leveling dicor on the roof. I removed all the trim pieces and fixtures on the sides and cleaned off the old Geocel and putty and reinstalled everything with a good grade of latex caulk and wiped off the excess caulk after everything was tighten down. FWIW, i've been getting away from any petroleum based caulks, little by little. I replaced a skylight in 2016 after a hailstorm and I used Latex caulk and it was still white and in excellent shape. Craig
C Schomer 09/12/19 02:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

Air always and I also blow out the traps and put the plugs in the sinks and put a throw rug over the shower drain. Never had a problem. Craig
C Schomer 09/12/19 02:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying a New 2016 trailer in 2019. What’s it worth?

Fwiw, I'd make an 'out the door' offer. That way, when I get to the closer and he wants me to buy all his extra bs, I say... Sure, if it's included in my offer! Craig
C Schomer 09/03/19 08:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: What options?

A good friend originally ordered my 5er and I bought it from him in 13. He ordered it almost exactly like I would have... Tinted dual panes, bed slide/slide covers, Morryde, extra insulation and no outside shower. I would have deleted the scare lights and bedroom/bathroom curtain that never gets used. My friend added several nice things himself... solar, power monitor system, good stereo/speakers/DVDs player, expansion tank and 5th Airborne. Craig
C Schomer 08/25/19 05:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel lifting bracket

I made this one about 15 years ago. 1 1/2"pipe works great.
C Schomer 08/15/19 12:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replacing Roof - Should I buy new vents?

I'm in the middle of redoing my 5er. It was ordered with the ladder but no rack. I'm going to leave the ladder off and I just ordered a 12' straight ladder and I have room to carry it under the rv after I build some brackets. The back end of the rv sure looks nice w/o it! My roof vents have metal,frames and I will redo the caulk and replace covers if necessary. I'm not sure what the worst part has been... It a draw between redoing the graphics and R&Ring the end caps and sealing them right. Craig
C Schomer 08/09/19 09:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: how to tell if i should re-coat my roof ?

I used Henry 287 without primer on my previous rv... Recommended by a roofing supplier in Phx. That rv was in phx for nearly 5 years after I coated it and it still looked like I had just done it. I got Henry 587 this time cuz it's more reflective. Craig
C Schomer 08/07/19 10:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Stranded/broke down

I was in the same spot a month ago. The fuel light just came on when it died so I thought the gauge was off and I really was out of fuel. Too much traffic noise to hear anything. Wrecker came with 5 gal. Fuel and then I listened really close to hear the pump and it didn't run. No tools so I asked the wrecker driver if he had any wire and he found 4" of baling wire. I pulled the pump relay and jumpered it and it started right up... Happy ending. Craig
C Schomer 08/05/19 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: how to tell if i should re-coat my roof ?

My previous 5er was about 10 y.o. And this one is 11 y.o. When it was/is time. Both were in Az. For about half their life's. I figure when they have the fine checking and it blows off with a pressure washer, it's time. Neither of them got down to the black layer when washed, so I caught them at a good time. The pressure washer cleans them really good and the texture after the checked layer is blown off is great for holding the new coating. The coating I used on the last one was way tougher that the Epdm and the best thing... No more chalking. The wifey had knee surgery so I've been working on cleaning and recaulking our current one and I'm almost ready for the coating. The prep is the worst part! Craig
C Schomer 08/05/19 10:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing all my bulbs with LEDs

I also found its very helpful to buy from vendors that show a picture of their actual lights and that avoids the problems with vendors that say they are bright white and they are actually yellow and vice versa. I've had good luck with cheap bulbs and if I can find a picture showing the actual light color, I don't have to throw any of them away anymore! Craig
C Schomer 08/04/19 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: How often do you check for boost leaks?

About 20 years ago I made some plugs on a lathe out of EHMW. It doesn't take very much of a leak to lose several pounds of boost. I've had to double clamp the boots on the hot side before. Craig
C Schomer 08/02/19 10:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replacing all my bulbs with LEDs

You'll see a big spread in prices and one stop will be tough with that many types. I've spent $350 on a 5er and that was finding a happy medium between quality and price. There's hundred of vendors. Super bright LEDs is a quality vendor. Lately, I've done careful shopping on eBay and found great prices and good quality but from different vendors. Have fun figuring out the terminology, brightness and color temps! Craig
C Schomer 08/02/19 10:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Break Out Another Thousand....

I keep the cost down with used equipment and I do my own repairs. $30,000 truck, $25,000 fifth wheel Minus the $25,000 from selling my previous even older truck and fifth wheel. I also have a $51,000 double RV pole barn but I am retired and fixing and tinkering is my life. So I'm in to this rv/truck combo plus I have a barn for $81,000 net . I guess I could have a lot more expensive hobbies! A lot of People have more than that just in their RVs or their trucks. Craig
C Schomer 07/31/19 10:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Unequal Height Piano Hinge.

I think they're called offset hinges but I've never seen offset piano hinges. i used to put the offset that I wanted into piano hinges with a sheet metal brake. Craig
C Schomer 07/31/19 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Revmax 68RFE Transmission Cooler Thermostatic Bypass

My 12 had max tow with the welded plate exchanger and t-stat block and it was the worst example of oil cooling I ever saw. I got rid of the stat and welded plate earlier this year and used a fan powered Derale cooler and it is Muy Bueno. Craig
C Schomer 07/19/19 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gravel rv pad?

In Az. My ground was like concrete and it didn't even soften after rain. 2" of crushed gravel made a solid base. I had it done with concrete and then I could use a creeper and no more sliding around on cardboard. Craig
C Schomer 07/18/19 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tripod stabilizer

I used the aluminum telescoping legs from a 5K capacity OSHA deadman tripod and built a head that fits snuggly around the king pin. I put most of the front weight of the trailer on the tripod and not so much weight on the front legs. My rear stabilizers are very sturdy and the combination of everything makes my trailer rock solid. Craig
C Schomer 07/10/19 12:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing on Colorado hwy 149

That is the silver thread Highway. I’ve been over it a few times and didn’t have any trouble. It’s especially beautiful when there is still snow on the mountain tops. Do some reading on Alfred E packer, the Colorado cannibal. That happened on Slumgullion pass. Craig
C Schomer 06/17/19 08:20pm Roads and Routes
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