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RE: Solar wiring route?

In the photo above, there is a channel guard inside the awning arm that covers the wire to the power awning head. So, the only exposure is the 6" or so from top of awning bracket to roof. The wires "could" go under that guard and be completely protected, except for that top 6".
gkainz 10/16/19 02:03pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar wiring route?

yeah, I wondered about that. Very easy to snag on something and rip off. Eternabond tape would solve that, but I'm not keen on how that would look on the outside edge...
gkainz 10/16/19 12:19pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Solar wiring route?

Thinking about dropping the solar panel wire over the edge of the roof at the awning, making a small drip loop on the side, then following the awning power cable to the basement. Shortens the run by about 20' over using the fridge vent and keeps me from dropping the belly again. Thoughts?
gkainz 10/16/19 10:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Gas stove in fifth wheel

ditto above
gkainz 10/16/19 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Expired CERT warning

Check the date and time settings on your coputer. Date and Time are fine on my end ... it's the CERT for and that one only that shows expired.
gkainz 10/07/19 02:46pm Forum Posting Help and Support
Expired CERT warning

Coming to, I now get an expired certification warning Edit - more details on expired cert BTW, currently accessing via TRAILER LIFE portal ...
gkainz 10/07/19 07:30am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: The mother of all stupid truck camper questions....

Here's a place to start your research
gkainz 09/26/19 08:22am Truck Campers
RE: 2017 Ram 68RFE Question

... The 5.9 would be great with a six speed. it is. :D my current tow vehicle - 2007 2500 5.9l Cummins 6 speed manual
gkainz 09/20/19 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: South Dakota Advice

OP here. Thanks for the responses, keep them coming! We've researched the sights in the area, and have read about the "usual suspects". Any off-the-beaten-path ideas? If you're into hiking, there's a great hike to Black Elk Peak, formerly Harney Peak, the highest point in South Dakota, at over 7200 feet. Not overly long or difficult, the views are incredible from the top. correct, but even more ... Harney Peak is the highest point east of the Rockies in North America ... :) OP here. Thanks for the responses, keep them coming! We've researched the sights in the area, and have read about the "usual suspects". Any off-the-beaten-path ideas? North of Custer is Sylvan Lake - and starting at the dam (which you may recognize if you saw "National Treasure - Book of Secrets") is a nice hiking trail through Sunday Gulch. It's moderately strenuous but has hand rails for most of the rough spots. Then off to Mount Rushmore and Keystone for a day trip. If driving a car, you can take the Needles Highway, including a few very narrow tunnels. They're narrow, but ironically enough, wide enough for a greyhound bus (if you're one of the few specially trained bus drivers!) (Google for images and videos) Custer State Park includes the Game Lodge, Calvin Coolidge's summer White House. The vistors center has been significantly upgraded since I moved away and I've heard it's well worth the stop. Heading south, drive the wildlife loop, including 2 pigtail bridges. Mount Coolidge and Cicero Peak fire lookouts may be open to climb up, or just hike to. Bluebell lodge is a great place to stop for lunch on your way south. Further south, I second the Mammoth Digs in Hot Springs, also Evans Plunge. I got SCUBA certified there back in the 70s. :) Wind Cave National Park is between Custer State Park and Hot Springs. It's an interesting cave for the winds, where it got it's name, but I much prefer Jewell Cave, east of Custer. Heading to the Northern Hills, Spearfish Canyon is an attractive drive. The Homestake Gold Mine near Lead and Deadwood is much changed since the 70's but I believe still has an information center. Deadwood is now a gambling town and much of what I recall worth seeing is gone, but may still have some areas of interest. Rapid City has a good museum of Natural History at SD School of Mines, as well as a very good aviation museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Reptile Gardens (south of Rapid City) gives me the creeps but I cannot stand snakes, so disregard my revulsion. It gets high marks from visitors.
gkainz 09/16/19 11:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

I used to use air only until one year my old class C split the line to the toilet. I assume water pooled down from the valve to a connector and froze. Switched to air followed with AF. Then I was cleaning my air/oil separator and draining the compressor tank and realized that I wouldn't fill SCUBA tanks with that air and breathe it, so why would I put it in my water lines? Only AF now for me.
gkainz 09/13/19 07:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 6 Volt RV batteries

I get 6 volters from Costco. About $80 per battery. $80? I took a photo of the price and specs in Costco in February and they were $93.99. They're $98.99 now online ... going up up up ...
gkainz 09/11/19 07:38am Tech Issues
RE: Need to buy replacement battery

not trying to stir the pot, but the above linked batteries claim to be Marine and RV Batteries ... and one includes Deep Cycle in the name and description. So, which is it? Deep Cycle or Marine and RV? Is there really an acceptable hybrid that now does both? Or is this still a compromise trying to really be a true Deep Cycle battery?
gkainz 09/03/19 11:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: My 350/3500 is just too big to fit between the lines!

way too many small car parking spots around here - usually at Home Depot and Lowes. I guess nobody buys anything bigger than a toilet seat any more. And don't get me started on the educated idiots that "DESIGN" (and I use that term in a derogatory manner) parking lots to impede traffic flow, not enhance it. Would like to introduce a size 11 boot to the seat of the pants of the morons around here that design our parking lots. When I have to take the truck to a Prius Preferred Parking lot, I usually back in tail over sidewalk to get out of the traffic flow the best I can.
gkainz 08/28/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

Blend door failure was a recurring theme for a while on the 2nd and 3rd gen RAMs but I thought they were a "broke and stayed broke" problem, not one that works for a while and then doesn't.
gkainz 08/28/19 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel fuel stop on I25 between Cheyenne Wy. Casper Wy.

Just a tidbit of detail - the Sinclair Truck stop at Orin Jct. is roughly a quarter to half-mile east of the rest stop on Hwy 20. It is competitive "at times" (check on your own) I've seen it vary wildly from Cheyenne, Wheatland and Lusk - my usual choices when traveling between Denver and Custer/Rapid City, SD.
gkainz 08/13/19 07:16am Roads and Routes
RE: Small Family hauler- HELP!

I'm thinking you're going to be limited to something perhaps like the popup toyhaulers ... like this one
gkainz 08/12/19 11:14am Toy Haulers
RE: 5th wheel lifting bracket

i have my 6 year old granddaughter lift mine off. :D (Andersen Ultimate)
gkainz 08/12/19 07:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Service Temporarily Unavailable"

I was getting it regularly when joining from RV.NET, so I switched over to TRAILERLIFE portal. It was ok for a while, but now I'm getting it regularly from there. Cancel the page when it spins and hit reload and the page does load on the second try.
gkainz 08/09/19 09:37am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: House battery/Propane

In my experience, you can generally find RV refills for propane in the US at rental equipment yards, ACE Hardware, U-Haul, Tractor Supply, etc ... a quick google search for "RV propane refill near me" will turn up useable results.
gkainz 08/07/19 07:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: proper hook up procedure?

OK I've got it now. Rubber chocks from Horrible Freight OK? I do the "bump" test now but the advice to only slightly raise the front legs makes a lot of common sense in case the hitch is not fully latched. Thanks for the help. Those are the ones I use. Cheap and effective.
gkainz 08/05/19 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
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