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RE: question about procedure

I used to work in a professional detailing service - never wax all the way up to the edge, never go over a joint, over rubber molding, edges, etc. Wax up to within about an inch or further. You don't have to get every inch for it do look good and do its job. When you remove the wax, it will spread to the other areas and you will never notice fade or lack of water repelling, etc.
Thermoguy 06/08/23 01:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thoughts on a plug-in hybrid conversion

Viewing your website you have an interesting idea - Personally, I would not have a use for something that gave me 30 miles of electric range. Might get me to the store or somewhere once a day, but the hassle would not be worth the investment. I think your product has more promise outside the US than it would in the US with our markets, our drive habits, our desire to have a new car vs maintain older and older cars. In the RV market, the low power supply and short range offers no impact to an RV owner, or someone going on a RV vacation who might drive 200 miles then sit for a week. One of the issues all along with RV's is battery power. If you have read any of the RV threads on EV's then you know, 150 miles with an EV F150 is not of any interest to 99% of RV owners. For an RV owner that wants to boondock, now your plug in hybrid is of no benefit, only benefit is that you still have your ICE engine to get you home. I try not to keep my cars longer than I have to, but if I was in the market for a plug in hybrid, I would be taking that $10K and investing in a car newer than the one I have and "upgrading" vs taking my old car with its issues and adding an electric motor that can only get me 30 miles. At $2-$3K I might think different. The other issue is the LFP battery, this is not necessarily a good thing. All the EV manufactures that now recommend not parking your car in the garage... How does that fit with your model? If you aren't already, I'm sure you will be looking to the future of battery technology vs the current generation with the range problems and high cost of replacement. Not to sound negative - but I guess I just did... The concept is great but a long way from being something I would be interested in. I really think outside the US this might be a promising technology. Since this is an RV forum and that is how you expressed the market you saw an interest in, a product that expands current EV range would have much more use. If someone could buy a Rivian or Lightning and get 500 mile of towing range, now you have something some this group would be interested in, given it has a reasonable economic impact.
Thermoguy 06/01/23 12:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 5.0 V8 or V6 Twin Turbo

I don't have a EB motor, but when I was in getting my Explorer serviced I listened to a service manager talking to a guy about the service on the turbo. He was shocked by the expense. Some that have the EB, is the maintenance more than a non EB motor?
Thermoguy 06/01/23 11:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roof Opinions Please

Even if the black is exposed, if it is not leaking, it still is working. The worst thing you can do is put a coating on and have it start peeling. That is what has happened to mine, the person before me had a coating applied and it has been peeling ever since. I couldn't coat it if I wanted as I can't get all the peel off. Mine looks ugly, but works. I have asked multiple reputable service centers and they all say don't coat it. Just live with the bad color.
Thermoguy 06/01/23 10:58am Tech Issues
RE: Gen Y Hitch

I don't claim to know much about the different hitch options. However, many frame manufacturers will void the frame warranty if you use a gooseneck hitch with a 5th wheel trailer. Again, I don't know the GenY. I have both a 5th wheel camper and Gooseneck horse trailer. I use the ball for the gooseneck and have a B&W companion for the 5th wheel. Easy to convert one to the other, just move the base out of the hole for the ball. Using the B&W with the kingpin, is much easier to hook up than trying to align the ball. Connected, it is a solid connection, rides correctly and no modifications to the trailer. When not using the 5th wheel I either move the base forward or take it out of the truck if not going back and forth between trailers. The reason horse trailers use a gooseneck hitch is because the frame is built differently than a 5th wheel, the trailer pulls from a different force vs the 5th wheel is centered higher on the 5th wheel pin.
Thermoguy 05/07/23 10:38am Towing
RE: Fuel Ecomony - Towing

2015 3/4 ton Chev Diesel - typically average 12-14 towing 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers. Usually a little better with the gooseneck as it is lighter and not as big as the 5th wheel camper. Not towing 18-20 on average. Mine is heavier than your trailer. The advantage to upgrading to a 3/4 ton or 1 ton is you have more options next time you upgrade the trailer. My only mistake was not buying a 1 ton from the start. My next truck will be a 1 ton. As for Diesel vs gas, I personally would not go back to gas. If your decision what to buy relies on gas mileage, then you might think twice about the whole process. Gas mileage is not your friend once you start towing trailers. You have to pay to play...
Thermoguy 05/07/23 10:29am Towing
RE: LT tires for 5th

You should drive a little south the get a better deal. Just check Goodyear and the Goodyear Wrangler HT with USEF discount is $883 installed at my local dealer. $215 per tire before discount. I have a trailer that needs tires this year due to age. Not a bad price.
Thermoguy 04/22/23 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reroute Lot Sewer Pipes

I had some work done on my septic a number of years back. Hired a company and they did it all. It was a few thousand, but something I could not do and had no place doing myself. They took care of all permits, locating, digging, etc. I would recommend hiring a professional.
Thermoguy 04/22/23 09:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Black Tank Help Needed

It sounds like you are leaving your grey tank valve open when you are dumping the black tank - is this what you are doing? If you are, don't do that. Close any other valve that shares the same outlet and only open the valve to the tank you are draining. The clear pipe is also a great help to "see" what is coming out.
Thermoguy 04/22/23 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: LT tires for 5th

That is a good comment and why the dealers tell you to use an ST tire for trailers. But, in real world testing, I had a them take off a Hercules ST tire I had purchased to get me through my trip and to the tire dealer to replace all 4. When not mounted with my hands I could flex the ST tire, and couldn't with the LT. I'm sure all tires are different. Also considered Sailun tires, but found them to be more expensive than the LT tires I went with and didn't want to go to Walmart for service. Felt more comfortable working with a tire shop vs a chain store.
Thermoguy 04/22/23 09:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is there any REAL quality out there?

Marathon Coaches are built in Oregon. I think those qualify as high quality.
Thermoguy 04/20/23 03:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do you sanitize your fresh-water tank and lines?

I follow the instructions - Bleach and a lot of water to rinse it out after the first fill and sit period.
Thermoguy 04/20/23 01:38pm Tech Issues
RE: LT tires for 5th

Running Goodyear Wrangler HT LT235/85-16 on a Fifth wheel and Gooseneck trailers. The Gooseneck tires will be 6 years old this summer. Will go with the same tire. Been perfect, no issues or complaints. Trailer is within weights for an LT tire. Did a lot of research on LT vs ST and the only things the people at the tire stores could tell me is that an ST tire is made for a trailer, vs an LT for a truck or vehicle, so more attention to traction vs going straight. In addition, ST tires are not tested LT tires are. For me, last time around Goodyear Endurance was about $15 more per tire, so cost was negligible. You also get a 20% discount on Goodyear if you are a USEF member.
Thermoguy 04/20/23 01:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires on a 5th wheel and aggravation

The Marathons were BAD, if on a new camper you would be lucky to get it home before you had a blow-out. My 5th Wheel had Marathon tires when I bought it. They were 6 years old when they went. But, when they went, they went... One blew, 2 were out of round, the others were fine but replaced when I replaced everything.
Thermoguy 04/19/23 12:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Washing the exterior of our TT

Hi All, We bought our TT last year and it's in need of a bath! Before I begin getting the dirt off, I wanted to see what people use to wash their RVs. I usually use dish soap when washing my truck but wanted to make sure that was not too abrasive for an RV. Thx! Dawn dish soap is what you use when you want to strip your vehicle of wax. I would not suggest using that unless you are planning to redo the wax or need to strip it for some reason. I use decent quality car wash soap - typically purchased at Costco.
Thermoguy 04/18/23 06:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires on a 5th wheel and aggravation

LT tires never ST. Running Goodyear Wrangler LT tires on both my 5th wheel and Gooseneck, perfect tire for my weight. My last set on my gooseneck lasted way past date where I should have replaced them and never had a problem. I would buy LT tires if it is within the weight of the trailer - if not, go with F or G tires. Not a fan of ST tires as they are not tested and do not have the same standards as a LT tire.
Thermoguy 04/18/23 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: time for a diesel?

Its been a few years, but our old truck, 3/4 ton GM with the 8.1 and Alison. Traded that in 2015 for a Chev Duramax. My first Diesel. I won't go back to gas. So much nicer when towing. Actually, nicer all the time. No issues with maintenance. Haven't had anything maintenance wise that would be different between a Diesel and Gas. The dealer I bought it from does free oil changes for life, so no cost there. I have to buy DEF, but that's pennies, maybe 5 gallons per 5K miles. I thought the 8.1 was great, until I got a Diesel. I really appreciate the power, torque, and gas mileage. This was purchased as a daily driver for my wife and she loves driving it.
Thermoguy 04/15/23 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: 16 Navigator L towing Jayco 24BH

I will never travel with full tanks period. I stay at KOA'a most of the time. You hope the KOA's have working facilities. I don't count on working facilities. I also travel with fresh water, because you never know, and we prefer to use our bathroom vs public. We once thought we would just hit the next rest area to dump, 3 rest areas later, they were all out of service... However, I prefer to camp, not stay at some roadside apartment complex with trailers stacked side by side...
Thermoguy 04/10/23 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: 16 Navigator L towing Jayco 24BH

You see your weights, its up to you if you are comfortable towing at or exceeding your weight limits. I would suggest, what are your weights with full water, black, grey? What happens if you go to a camp with no water or sewer, or you think they have it but its closed. How far are you willing to drive way over weight. To me, my rig should be able to tow tanks full and room for extra cargo.
Thermoguy 04/10/23 12:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mount Rainier National Park "Washington" Suggestions Please

Many more options if you are willing to boondock.
Thermoguy 04/07/23 11:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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