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RE: Fixed it

Now what would have made 2 flashers to go at the same time? Just like when one headlight goes out, the second one isn’t far behind. Maybe when one relay fails it overloads the second one.
JaxDad 06/16/21 03:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good rest area arounf Buffalo Wyoming

Google is your friend. Go to Google Maps and get to the rough area you are looking for and type “rest area” in the search box instead of an address.
JaxDad 06/16/21 05:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Border open?

What a joke. They're initiating a "GROUP" to study it....again? https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canada-soon-say-how-it-will-ease-curbs-us-border-fully-vaccinated-citizens-pm-2021-06-08/ This was said over a month ago. and the results are??? Well, no problem. As I said previously, if the border didn't open by April 21, we wouldn't be heading north this year or ever again. And it didn't and we aren't. We have a contract pending on the RV and will NOT be buying another. It was a good run while it lasted, over 250,000 RV miles since 2003, (9 driving trips to Alaska and Canada) but as long as the idiot politicians continue to play politics, they won't have us in the game. A great time to sell a high end RV though. :S Has nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with people's safety. “Safety” according to which political party?
JaxDad 06/10/21 07:12pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gray water to black tank?

Recently went to the bathroom and the floor had about an inch of water on it. Had 2 teenage boys with me on this trip ……. Thoughts? We have 2 grey tanks, one for kitchen and one for shower. I think you answered your own question.
JaxDad 06/08/21 07:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2021 Ford E-Series No V-10

Meh, I owned a 6.0 for 10 years & never had an engine related issue, but then again I never chipped or modified the powertrain in any way. The 1st year of them (2003) Ford cheaped out on the IH spec'd injectors. I would say the 6.0 was a horrible engine to hot rod. For years every time I was at a fuel pump & someone else was there with another 6.0 I would ask them if they had lots of issues, it was very rare I ever encountered someone who said they did and 99% of those guys were running chipped trucks. . We’ve got a bunch of 6.0 Fords, never had a lick of problem with ANY of them, but then again we maintain them, properly. A local diesel specialty shop near here our mechanics use have always said, the most abusive thing you can do to a diesel pickup is to leave it idling, or putting around, they need to WORK!! I personally think the 6.0 PowerStroke ‘story’ is much like the Pinto ‘story’. The truth is the Pinto was safer than the competitions models.
JaxDad 06/08/21 07:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hunt Camp RV - Suggestions Needed

I know it might not be exactly what you’re looking for, nor even remotely close, but a friend bought a 20 foot shipping container (AKA Sea Can) and didn’t spend much at all to install a regular (but very tiny) S & B type kitchen, insulate it, wire & plumb it, then had it installed on some concrete pads normally used as footings for a mobile home. It’s absolutely rodent & vandal-proof and very comfortable. The people he bought it from cut the back end off and installed a second set of barn doors. They also added two more sets of barn doors one on each side. The doors cover all the doors and windows when closed.
JaxDad 06/07/21 05:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where is westernrvparkowner?

He posted in the last day or so, he’s around.
JaxDad 06/07/21 05:47am Around the Campfire
RE: I-95 rest area parking for RV

A nap is one thing but 6 to 7 hours is a whole different story. First, you will have big rigs pulling in and out on each side of you and that will limit how much sleep you get. If the limit is 3 hours, you might be able to squeeze 4 out of it but do realize that 95 is a heavily patrolled road by various entities. Why not just make it relaxing and overnight in one of the many campgrounds that line the route. Safer and way more civilized. The over the road guys do not stay long. If the wheels are not turning they are not making money. The time limit is a tool to chase out the undesirables, in my many decades of spending around a dozen nights a year in rest areas I’ve not once been chased out, and in several instances actually been directed to a better spot in the rest area by LEO’s or security. As for not using a campground the OP is likely another person like me who out of respect for people actually camping wouldn’t even think of rolling in at midnight or later and then rolling back out at zero-dark-thirty and disturbing a bunch of people.
JaxDad 06/07/21 05:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Train vs Motorhome

Neenah, WI. Motorhome stalled on train tracks. Owner got out. C.B. Up here they call that “insurance renovations” ……… “No, really, it just stalled, right there on the tracks! I barely got out in time!!” “Well sir, the police say you were parked nearby for nearly an hour. Why?” “The train was running late.”
JaxDad 06/05/21 11:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Regular Microwaves vs RV Microwaves

It's not talked about much but most microwave manufacturers offer a 'built-in' kit to allow for flush mount installation in cabinetry. The one in my S & B is this way, it also vents to the outside not back into the kitchen.
JaxDad 06/04/21 11:17am Beginning RVing
RE: Full time "RV" insurance for a standard conversion van

RV’s that have 120 volt wiring, built in LPG, and a couple of other items require proof of compliance. Normally that’s the RVIA seal, but other bodies certify them also. The RVIA seal certifies nothing officially, it's just a sticker where the manufacturer certifies itself. There are no RVIA inspectors inspecting anything in RV plants. It may certify your plumbing will leak because they used incompatible fittings between flex tubing and vinyl tubing or forgot to glue abs joints, your breakers may kick because of loose connections, or your cheap plastic cage fan in furnace or AC might self destruct. That seal is nothing more than eye candy. Next time your near an RV actually READ one, it clearly states “Manufacturers certifies compliance with standards for recreational vehicles NFPA 1192”. That in law constitutes certification. No different that any of the other thousands of manufacturers worldwide self-certifying their products to meet UL standards, etc, etc, etc. Next time you get into a motor vehicle pause for a moment and look at the VIN label, you will see a statement to the effect of “this vehicle conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards in effect on the date of manufacture shown above.”. Imagine, a manufacturer, ALL of them actually, self-certifying their products. Yes, that means something officially. Now get off your (broken) soap box and start singing a new political song, that ones WAY off-key.
JaxDad 06/04/21 05:36am Beginning RVing
RE: Full time "RV" insurance for a standard conversion van

I have a question about how to handle vehicle insurance for an "RV" and I'm hoping someone can help. I put "RV" in quotes because my vehicle is going to be a conversion van that I slowly build out myself. So it's not going to be a traditional RV, like a Class A/B/C. But I am going to be living in it full-time as I travel through the US …….. Be forewarned, insurance companies LOVE things like rules, regulations & laws. They also love lawyers. Calling an insurance company and using terms like “DIY RV” might result in subdued giggles, a click and then dial-tone. RV’s that have 120 volt wiring, built in LPG, and a couple of other items require proof of compliance. Normally that’s the RVIA seal, but other bodies certify them also. When you tell them you’re going to live in it their ears will definitely perk up.
JaxDad 06/03/21 05:26pm Beginning RVing
RE: E450 Insulated RV Windshield Cover

Insulating the windshield on a Class C is sort of like saying all those people on the Titanic could have started bailing out the boat. It’s too little too late. There is basically zero insulation in the entire cab, floor, doors, firewall. The heat loss from the windshield is probably minimal in the long run.
JaxDad 06/03/21 05:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: best route to/from Waterton, AB canada

You know the Canadian border is still closed to tourism! Yes. He knows. IF Canada opens the border by August 1, 2021... “If” the biggest word in the English language. LOL.
JaxDad 06/02/21 05:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Do you run house AC while on the road

I guess neither of my motorhomes listened to the experts, both can stay more than cool enough with just the dash A/C. Mind you, I do understand their limitations and help them a little. Don’t try to block of the cab, that makes it worse, open the rearmost roof vent. The weak part of dash A/C is not the cooling capacity, a Ford dash unit has more than double the cooling capacity of a rooftop unit, it’s the fan, it’s horrendously undersized. By opening the rearmost roof vent you create a vacuum at the back of the coach which pulls the cold air to the rear for you. If your statement about Ford is true, then why does Ford and Chevy option a REAR AC cooling system and control on Suburbans and Expeditions family SUV/Truck?????? I don't listen to experts, I AM one. I base my comments on 42 years as both a RV service Tech and USING both Class A and C's in 90 plus Texas heat for those 42 years. Doug Because, as I said, the fan is the weak link, it's not a difficult concept to grasp. In order to get cool air to the back they put in a second unit so you don't have to freeze in the front to be comfy in the back. Frankly I'm kind of surprised an expert wouldn't realize that Suburbans, Ecursions and other units with rear A/C DON'T have TWIN A/C compressors. Why? Because the single one will provide far more cooling than required. I DOo listen to experts, they know what they're talking about. Doesn't the dash AC compressor put drag on the engine thus decreasing MPG? I would think adding a second compressor would rob a good bit of power. The genset is far more efficient at producing power. I am not sure I believe the dash AC is more powerful but even if it were it's far less efficient at cooling a large space compared to the rooftop air. I think you’re holding that stick by the wrong there friend. An engine driven A/C compressor cycles on & off as needed so it’s only a load (decreasing MPG as you put it) when it’s actually working, the genset to run the rooftop runs continuously. BTW, studies have proven that the engine-driven A/C compressor is such a tiny load in the overal scheme of things that driving with the /C off and the windows open will actually burn more fuel than using the A/C. Again, that is mostly because A/C is an intermittent load, open windows are a constant load. I also think you misread my post, I said there is NO second compressor running, not unless you have the rooftop running that is.
JaxDad 06/01/21 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recycling engine heat for hot water tank

ALL FANTASTIC INFO HERE THANKS TO EVERYONE! A 2008 short school bus is $8000 and seems built for long life. It seems an economical option? Perhaps used tires or parts could be found cheap? I had not considered costs of repairs. One thing to consider if you haven't already pulled the trigger, most school buses (especially shorties) are designed for stop & go city driving, they aren't usually geared for highway driving.
JaxDad 06/01/21 12:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do you run house AC while on the road

I guess neither of my motorhomes listened to the experts, both can stay more than cool enough with just the dash A/C. Mind you, I do understand their limitations and help them a little. Don’t try to block of the cab, that makes it worse, open the rearmost roof vent. The weak part of dash A/C is not the cooling capacity, a Ford dash unit has more than double the cooling capacity of a rooftop unit, it’s the fan, it’s horrendously undersized. By opening the rearmost roof vent you create a vacuum at the back of the coach which pulls the cold air to the rear for you. If your statement about Ford is true, then why does Ford and Chevy option a REAR AC cooling system and control on Suburbans and Expeditions family SUV/Truck?????? I don't listen to experts, I AM one. I base my comments on 42 years as both a RV service Tech and USING both Class A and C's in 90 plus Texas heat for those 42 years. Doug Because, as I said, the fan is the weak link, it's not a difficult concept to grasp. In order to get cool air to the back they put in a second unit so you don't have to freeze in the front to be comfy in the back. Frankly I'm kind of surprised an expert wouldn't realize that Suburbans, Ecursions and other units with rear A/C DON'T have TWIN A/C compressors. Why? Because the single one will provide far more cooling than required. I DOo listen to experts, they know what they're talking about.
JaxDad 06/01/21 12:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you run house AC while on the road

I guess neither of my motorhomes listened to the experts, both can stay more than cool enough with just the dash A/C. Mind you, I do understand their limitations and help them a little. Don’t try to block of the cab, that makes it worse, open the rearmost roof vent. The weak part of dash A/C is not the cooling capacity, a Ford dash unit has more than double the cooling capacity of a rooftop unit, it’s the fan, it’s horrendously undersized. By opening the rearmost roof vent you create a vacuum at the back of the coach which pulls the cold air to the rear for you.
JaxDad 06/01/21 05:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel fuel at Card Locks across Canada

I have been having a look at fueling up at card locks and truck stops along the way so I don't have to deal with squeezing our 35' 5er into the usual gas islands. I did that with our 30' travel trailer and it was not much fun at times.. Anyone have experience with this? Just be aware that not all cardlocks have the smaller nozzles a pickup needs to fuel up. Those large nozzles and higher pumping rates are designed to fill big tanks fast and don’t always play nice with smaller fill ports.
JaxDad 05/29/21 05:38am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: SR19 from Sutton, WV to Beckley, WV

I’ve been doing it for decades, multiple times a year in passenger vehicles, trucks and both C & A motorhomes. Never thought it was any worse than dozens of other roads I run all the time.
JaxDad 05/26/21 04:19pm Roads and Routes
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