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Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

There seems to be a trend for the homeless to get an old RV and live on the streets. County officials admit their hands are are tied as they do not have proper laws in place to deal with the problem. Nor do they have the proper funds. Our county estimates it costs $3,000 to tow and salvage an abandoned RV. Private landowners with RVers squatting on their property are also having problems. Towing companies will not remove the rigs as they know they won't get paid. It looks to be a growing problem without an easy financial solution. Will we start seeing salvage taxes on our RV registration renewals?
Durb 11/17/19 10:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Slideout Rocker Switches Dead, Remote Works OK

I have two electric slides operated by rocker switches. The switches feed a slide control electrical box which feeds the slide motors. Food for thought. I doubt it is the switches if all your slides don't work at once.
Durb 11/15/19 03:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: best 5th wheel hitch for std. bed 2500HD Chevy

Look into the Blue Ox Super Ride. It pivots instead of sliding. Unlike all other sliders, it has air cells that cushion your ride. It breaks down for easy removal, an innovative latch, and an imbedded lube plate. If you are trading your truck in for a 2020 GM, you may not need a slider. Their standard bed is 3" longer plus their gooseneck ball sits 3-4 inches aft of the rear axle.
Durb 11/14/19 08:42am Tech Issues
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

The egg style trailers have some advantages due to their clamshell construction: - No membrane roof - no roof seams - No studs - No corner seams - Sealed fiberglass bottoms - Shines up pretty. - Better resale value - Radiused corners for aerodynamics Some downsides: - Don't breathe very well for moisture mitigation - single axle only - no slides
Durb 11/13/19 05:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Between Portland and The Dallas

I see you have a Casita. Beacon Rock State Park on the Washington side will accommodate you and is pretty nice. It is up the hill and away from the noise and most of the wind. I wonder if some realize there is a Dallas in Oregon.
Durb 11/11/19 12:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Which WDH?

I have the same truck except without all the bolt-on goodies. Used a Reese SC hitch whitch works like an Equalizer except no metal to metal rubbing. Weight distribution with built in anti-sway. It worked great albeit on a lighter trailer. To be fair, the hitch came over from a half ton truck and I never towed the trailer with the dually without a WDH. Squat on the dually with around 900 lbs. of tongue weight was around an inch. I kept my air bags at 6 pounds minimum pressure. They do make friction type anti-sway bars only. About 60 bucks.
Durb 11/02/19 10:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Frameless windows question

I have Hehr frameless windows on an eleven year old trailer. I like the look and deal with the small openings by using the fan. Leaving them open in the rain is a nice feature especially in the Northwest. I had one leak due to a misalignment of a seal; some foam tape fixed that. One of the opener mechanisms came unglued from the glass. Gorilla glue made it good as new. I use Meguires water spot remover to remove the spots on my windows with an electric buffer. Frameless windows makes the job a breeze as you can buff to the very edge of the glass. If I was ever again in the market, I wouldn't hesitate to get frameless windows.
Durb 11/01/19 08:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie towing question

That trailer has a MORryde orbital pin box as an option. If you have this option, make sure your hitch wedge is properly installed with no slop. Don't tow without a wedge installed.
Durb 10/28/19 10:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitches

The 2020 puck specifications are different than 2019 GM trucks. Their short bed versions have beds which are longer than previous short beds. Couple this with the hitch now being 3-4 inches behind the rear axle and maybe GM is looking at the marketplace and have designed their short bed truck for fifth wheel use without a slider. B&W has part numbers for the 2020 trucks which use the pucks. There are many hitches that would probably work if you used the gooseneck ball. I would be concerned regarding the 4" of offset of the Andersen added to the 4" rear offset of the truck ball. I would research it pretty hard before I jumped.
Durb 10/27/19 06:43pm Towing
RE: New 5th Wheel with 4-camera system

2020 Chevrolet/GMC invisible trailer camera system seems pretty sweet. I understand it requires a wired camera on the rear of the trailer. Can't say if it will articulate with your trailer's camera, but it would be worth checking out.
Durb 10/09/19 10:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Upholstery needs to be redone

If NW means Northwest and your around Tacoma we have a local upholsterer who only does vehicles. Yes, north of Portland. I would like their name if you don't mind. I went by an auto shop that advertised upholstery services. Their upholstery section was in the same room as the oil change bay; quite the mess.
Durb 10/08/19 09:12am General RVing Issues
RE: 5th wheel with largest tanks

I too lament my smallish tanks. Maybe with all the content manufacturers are offering in their fifth wheels they are pushing the payload capacities of their frames and running gear. Hauling an additional thousand pounds of fluids can't help. Toy haulers generally have larger holding tanks.
Durb 10/07/19 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
Upholstery needs to be redone

My bonded leather couch has become un-bonded and looks a mess. It is a special design incorporating storage and is 11 feet long so replacing it with store-bought furniture isn't an option. When having a piece of furniture redone, do you use a standard re-upholstery shop? Do they have the skills to remove the piece from the trailer, or is that something I will have to do and transport. I'm looking to see what others have done as this has to be a popular problem.
Durb 10/06/19 10:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

Your 2WD truck may actually be superior to 4WD for many reasons considering your driving style. Can't say regarding your truck, but many 2WD trucks have independent front suspension and rack and pinion steering which deliver better tracking. You can probably slide into your seats instead of stepping and contorting. You can probably reach your hitch to latch/unlatch without a step stool. With the trailer disconnected, you'll find it easier to load and unload your bed with the lower lift height. All of these conveniences will make you appreciate your truck 100 percent of the time; a nice trade-off for the one tenth of one percent of the time you need 4WD. For that time, install chains.
Durb 10/04/19 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Missing bed rail nuts

OP, you made me look. I'm good. Thanks for the heads-up.
Durb 09/25/19 01:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Screw pulled out of exterior fiberglass wall

Go to a hardware store and get the correct size well nut. Drill out the hole to the correct size and install the rubber expansion nut. Tighten up your bracket and the rubber will expand behind the fiberglass and be stronger than original.
Durb 09/24/19 05:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: black water holding tank valve opens but won't drain

My strategy is to use the park's restroom for the big jobs and only deal with it once! Wish I could convince the wife. I do use a packet of laundry detergent with five gallons of water on my way to the RV park. I then drain as soon as I get there. It is amazing how much stuff comes out even after previously using the black tank rinse. I would be leery of using a whole bottle of dish detergent. I'd be afraid of brown suds discharging out of my roof vent. On to a more appealing thread!
Durb 09/12/19 10:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: F450 maneuverability question

If you want maneuverability, get a sliding hitch so that the kingpin is way behind the axle centerline while backing. Then pick out the truck you want based on other criteria.
Durb 09/10/19 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking to upgrade to a fifth wheel.

My truck is 2004.5 2WD dually with 8ft. bed and 3.73 rear end. My truck weighs 8,000 pounds with my wife and I plus a heavy hitch and a tri-fold bed cover. My gross combined is 21k#. I tow a 10k# to 10.5k# fifth wheel and the truck does very nicely. The engine could use some more grunt but for the most part is sufficient. The chassis does very well with no movement from the trailer. I could see going another ton on the trailer with no problems. I do have to monitor the transmission and switch between tow-haul and OD while towing. I added a PacBrake and would not tow six tons without it. Our engine runs hot and I monitor my exhaust gas temperatures. I find the engine will continue to pull when the EGTs are in the uncomfortable zone. I'm in a campground now, averaged 11.9 MPG on the way here, 65 MPH. Show some moderation with you trailer selection and you will like your truck's performance. I consider my pin weight to be on the light end and I am at 20%.
Durb 09/04/19 09:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

Change your ignition switch cartridge. My 2004.5 had similar problems with erratic blower operation and that fixed it. Rather than using relays, Dodge routed the fan wiring and current through the ignition switch which overheats and ruins the contacts. The switch is less than $40 on Amazon and it takes less than an hour to install without special tools, very easy. There are some good videos on YouTube showing you how. Before you throw a bunch of money at it, take 10 minutes and get on YouTube. Search - 2004 ram 1500 ignition switch - by Frugal Country Guy. He shows how to replace the switch in order to cure erratic AC operation. I had to replace my switch at around 75k miles.
Durb 08/28/19 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
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