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RE: Norcold on Inverter

Yeah, I have used it and left the propane on many times. I was taking the NRVTA home study course and they recommended leaving the propane off for safety. That was right after the part on converters and inverters. It got me thinking, which may or may not be a good thing, LOL. Thanks for the response! In my opinion, they HAVE to say that since they are offering "training". In a previous life I had hauled the stuff for several years, and I travel with mine on.
dieseltruckdriver 09/27/22 06:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lippert six point levelling jacks

When I park our 5er at home, it is WAY more unlevel than what they showed on the video. Back then we were watching them regularly and it made me a little nervous since I had only been using mine for a year. Now into our 5th year with the 4 point electric auto level I don't even think about it. I won't have another rv without auto level. FYI, the Ground Control 3.0 will let you go 5 degrees out of level front to back, but you HAVE to use manual control to get it to work. The system stops moving at 5 degrees. I deal with this every time we go home.
dieseltruckdriver 09/17/22 10:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W fail or Operator Error?

Your experience is exactly why I say no one does a proper pull test. When I hook up, I do three separate visual checks. I hope this never happens to me, but if it does, I know it will be operator error, not equipment error. A proper pull test (with the landing gear slightly raised and the wheels chocked or brakes applied) would have saved my bacon. The second visual check DID save my bacon. I never do a proper pull test, only a brake test. If I had done my usual brake test before the 2nd visual, I would have dropped the trailer and it would have been 100% my fault. I should have added that I don't move until the visual checks are done.
dieseltruckdriver 08/28/22 10:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black water tank health concerns and questions

I wanted to add one more thing that hasn't been posted. Everything in your black tank is something you ate or drank. There's nothing else in there, unless you add a small amount of chemicals. The grey tank is water and soap. The same that you just washed your hands with. The best part of owning an rv over tenting is having your own private facilities with you. Once you start using it, you will wonder why you waited so long.
dieseltruckdriver 08/28/22 10:44am Travel Trailers
RE: B&W fail or Operator Error?

I would say operator error also. One time I hitched up and forgot to close the front cargo hatch, so I had to unhitch. The handle on my BW would not stay open due to the pressure of the kingpin on the jaws, so I pinned it open. I pulled ahead, closed the hatch and re-connected. I raised the landing gear and pulled ahead a couple inches so that I could remove the wheel chocks. On my way back to the truck I was horrified to see the handle still pinned in the open position! I got away really lucky and won’t make that mistake ever again! Your experience is exactly why I say no one does a proper pull test. It is also why I never do one. If you don't know how much throttle you need to use to pull out when your hitch is open you are not doing a proper pull test. Before anyone jumps on me, I drove semi's for 17 years weighing 120,000 lbs. I have never dropped a trailer. When I got my B&W, I did an actual proper pull test. I hooked up, pinned the jaws open and raised the legs a 1/4" off the blocks then pulled out from under it and let the trailer drop. You would be shocked how much throttle it took to pull away with only the trailer weight holding things together. That is the only way to know if your pull test is good or just a feel good exercise. When I hook up, I do three separate visual checks. That way even if I get distracted I know I did a visual check. I painted the bottom part of the pin yellow so my wife can see that it is below the jaws and the jaws are closed. She checks me every time before we move. I hope this never happens to me, but if it does, I know it will be operator error, not equipment error.
dieseltruckdriver 08/27/22 09:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Schwintech slide system

We have one in our bedroom slide on our Northwoods. 5 years and absolutely no problems. The biggest problems with these slides is as stated, wrong application and user error. Make sure you hold the button for 5 seconds after the slide stops moving.
dieseltruckdriver 08/23/22 05:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mattresses, what’s your recommendation and why?

Wow expected a lot more reply's than this.Thanks to those who replied custom made is not the route I wanted to take, I was hoping to get some info on off the shelf mattresses. Wilderness, Brooklyn Bedding, etc....We've been away for a couple weeks, but my wife said she wants to change out our factory 5 year old mattress for a Nectar that we have at home. We have a full size queen in both places.
dieseltruckdriver 08/22/22 07:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Waste water totes for fresh water

Since you said space can be an issue, with the hard tank you have to store it whether you are using it or not. This takes up much less space when it isn't needed. I have the 60 gallon version and everything including my spare water pump fits in a small tote.
dieseltruckdriver 08/06/22 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping in an EV.... Always charging...

Reisender, thanks for posting this information, it was very interesting.
dieseltruckdriver 07/24/22 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Using a Cpap in my AF 27-5

Most resmed machines run on 24 volts. Go to cpap.com search for resmed 12v cable in the search box, find the one for your machine. You will need a 12v socket added to the trailer to use the cpap machine on 12v. Running it off 12 volts is more efficient than using an inverter. I don't use a CPAP but I am sitting in a 2018 Arctic Fox 27-5l and they have a 12 volt plug, a 120 volt plug and USB plugs on each side of the bed making it pretty easy to do what Gary suggested.
dieseltruckdriver 07/15/22 06:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel length question

Is space and comfort more important than staying in COE campgrounds, local, city campgrounds? I wouldn't say that by going with a shorter trailer you would give up any comfort. We have friends with a 36 footer and they have just a little more usable space than we do with our 27 (really 29) footer and I would say ours is more comfortable. They have another couch, that's the main difference. Going from a TC like the OP has to even a shorter fifth wheel is a huge difference. That's what we did, it is more about finding the right floor plan that works for you both. Also watch the tank sizes when you are shopping for a 5th wheel. Many of the opposing slide models give up tank space to make room for the slide mechanism. Our tank sizes are almost double what they have. There are always trade offs.
dieseltruckdriver 07/09/22 02:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chromebook

There is a lot of partial information posted do far. I have been using Chromebooks for many years and Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are very good replacements for Word, Excel, and PPT. They will download .xlsx, .pdf, .csv etc. format so there are no issues not being able to access your documents. There is also a "work offline" mode to allow working with and saving your files without being connected to the internet. I should put a caveat up that I almost never use either Power Point or Slides, so that might not be as good as Docs or Sheets.
dieseltruckdriver 06/29/22 07:25pm Technology Corner
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

I will admit to taking a self imposed hiatus from the weight police. I did find myself missing these forums though, so I have been back for several years. I just tend to ignore the posts that mean well but are really clueless.
dieseltruckdriver 06/22/22 09:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Empty parks with no open sites.

If you never showed up, and don't call you forfeit the right to use site. Why should the site go unused? It's not about the money. If you have unforseeable circumstances call CG and expalin when you plan to arrive otherwise you forfeit. There are those wealthy enough to book every site in the CG for an entire month. Do they get to tie up the CG without occupying the sites simply because they can afford to?I agree completely. Day before yesterday we left a campground that had 25 empty sites and 15 of those were reserved. That was on a Monday night. Every weekend every site is booked, and there are ALWAYS empty sites. If you don't show up, you should lose the site, and the chance to reserve next time. I do agree with the option to call the campground and have an excuse. No call, no reservation, give it to someone that is looking for a site. It would make people take a little responsibility for themselves. This was and is at a state campground. Private parks can set their own rules.
dieseltruckdriver 06/22/22 09:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Electrical question

There's so much dogma here, and woe be to he who admits to deviating from the orthodoxy. Heaven help you if you publicly admit here that you skipped your water pressure regulator or your EMS. And shame on he who questions whether his setup really requires a weight distribution hitch. Are you continuing to tow that new trailer while you save up for a new truck? Yep, you're overweight. Never fear though, as the rest of us will soon be safe because the authorities have been notified and your insurance will be cancelled any minute. Guess what: I forgot to brush my teeth one time last month and maybe I'm not wearing underwear today. Come at me, bro. Sure, these are exaggerations, but not by much. I think we got a little more rigid during the pandemic too. People got a little edgy and the stress of not being able to camp and now the added stress of higher fuel costs and scarce reservations has distracted some folks from remembering the Golden Rule. I think a lot of people are spending more time behind the keyboard and less time actually camping nowadays, and it's making otherwise nice people say crappy things. It would be awesome if people could use their own backspace keys more often and snip out the ugly things they typed before they post. We're losing that self control though. Love one another. Treat others as you would want to be treated. And by the way, I'm actually wearing underwear today. See? People lie on the internet all the time. (And now you really can't be sure whether I'm wearing underwear or not, because I lied.) This post needs to be at the top of every thread! Maybe except the underwear part. 8)
dieseltruckdriver 06/19/22 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Quiet door latch

Last year we changed our door lock from the factory Lippert latch to a keyless one from RVLocks and more. Now we can close the door with a push of your little finger it closes so nice. Friends that camp with still slam our door, but it is not necessary at all. As an aside, our camper came with slam latches for the compartments which I was not a fan of because way too many people slam their doors in my opinion. That's also why I hate motels. ;)
dieseltruckdriver 06/14/22 09:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Turn Your Regular Grill into a Smoker - Easy

We have one of these at home for cold smoking cheese etc. and one in the 5er that we use with our Weber Q120. LizzQ smoker tube. Filled with wood pellets ours lasts around 5 hours. I use less for shorter smoke times. Fire it up for a while before starting your food, and they get great results. Just a tip from experience, if you are going to cold smoke some cheese in a Weber Q100/1000 size grill, build a foil heat shield to protect the cheese from the radiated heat in the small space.
dieseltruckdriver 06/03/22 08:50am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: conceal carry permit SD

Yes, we do have constitutional carry, but this is directly from the states website: "Has physically resided in and is a resident of the county where the application is being made for at least thirty days immediately preceding the date of the application;". It seems pretty self explanatory to me.
dieseltruckdriver 05/23/22 06:48pm Full-time RVing
RE: Solo fire pit

My wifes asthma won't let her sit around a fire in a regular fire pit anymore, so we bought one of the Solos also. What little smoke they do give off isn't enough to make her cough at night. It sure isn't enough to bother adjoining campsites. That being said, we have only been able to use it once and that was at a state park campground because of fire bans where we usually go. It is nice to be around a wood fire again, the propane fire pit just doesn't give off the heat. Before you call a propane fire pit a "fake", stick your hand in it. That fire is REAL! LOL!
dieseltruckdriver 05/21/22 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Discoverer AT3 XLT

I have Cooper HT3s on my pickup and with 10k miles on them I am very happy. Much happier than the Goodyear Duratracs I previously had on it. They seem to be wearing much better. I did use Falken Wild Peaks on my previous pickup and didn't mind them at all either.
dieseltruckdriver 05/21/22 09:37am Tow Vehicles
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