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RE: Replacing solid steps with folding steps

The torklifts are stable if the feet are adjusted properly. Unlike the other folding steps, these don't dump trash into the interior when folded.
obie311 03/02/23 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

rk911 thanks for the TJ Jeep recommendation. I used to own a CJ8 Scrambler and have looked enviously at the Unlimiteds. I think I'll look at some TJ's and see how the prices are running.
obie311 01/17/23 06:49pm Dinghy Towing
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

obie311 01/17/23 08:48am Dinghy Towing
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

Yes that's exactly what my calculations revealed. The published 11,030 is the figure I found from Lichtsinn RV. A 2022 Honda CRV curb weight is ~3600 lbs. + 90 lbs for 15 gallons gas + ~40 lbs (strictly a guess) for towbar and bracket would give me a gross weight of toad vehicle of 3730. Well under the 4,220 lb. figure. I'm an old pilot so I'm used to figuring weight and balances. Now, back to my original query. I'm looking for a four down toad in a certain size and weight parameter. Any suggestions??
obie311 01/16/23 11:22pm Dinghy Towing
RE: lighter weight four down toad?

Trailer hitch: 5,000-lb. drawbar/ 500-lb. maximum vertical tongue weight. GCWR: 15,250 lbs. GCVR: 11,030 lbs.  Don't have a tow bar. Waiting to see what toad I buy,
obie311 01/16/23 08:28pm Dinghy Towing
lighter weight four down toad?

I googled looking for a toad to use as a dinghy for a 3500 Sprinter Class C. The recommendations were vehicles like Jeeps, F150 pickups, Chevy Colorado, Equinox. That's heavier than I want. Aren't there some scooters like a Kia Soul or Honda CRV or HRv that'll flat tow? A Honda Fit or BMW Mini are a little too small. The Honda Element seemed to be what I had in mind but they don't make them anymore.
obie311 01/16/23 07:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: short high end fifth wheel

Thanks all for the suggestions. Artic Fox is about as close as Ive been able to get,but the shortest just not a good floorplan for me. Really frustrating that nobody tests the market. Same problem with travel trailers. That Cougar 27SGS is a nice floorplan! Wish they made it in the Premium series. Accepted it is not a premium model, but we have found the quality to be very good. :) Yep it's not as "high end" in terms of finishes like a Mobile Suites but the basic build quality is pretty good. The 27.5 is their most popular 5'er so I guess that's the floor plan you didn't like. My wife passed on the 27.5 as well due to lack of counter space but I liked the 27.5. It's about a ton lighter to pull. The floor plan on our 29.5K is very nice but it's about 35' OAL.
obie311 12/31/22 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rec Pro ???

Very timely post. I just took the last OE recliner from my Arctic Fox to our city's Bulk Waste event. I derived a great deal of pleasure seeing it deposited on the mound of **** there. AF supplies "Thomas Payne" now as OE but since I bought used, I don't know who the original manufacturer was, but it was nasty junk. Just out of curiosity I priced a pair to Thomas Payne and RecPro recliners last night. They were a ridiculous $1200-1500/pair. When I replace them, I'm going to pony up another $500-700 and get Laz-y-Boy, Lambright, or Best Furniture.
obie311 09/17/22 07:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

Thanks for the suggestions all. Is Cleanwood a sanding sealer or just a cleaner like we used to use Prep-Sol when painting cars to get all the wax, grease, and handprints off the metal before painting? Covered Wagon bear with me here as I want to take advantage of your knowledge, but I don't understand what you mean by "toning" the finish coat. Does that mean I would add some Miniwax 235 to a polyurethane satin top coat? I'm missing a step here that the original furniture manufacturer did to make the finish more uniform. Is it possible that they used a toned sanding sealer first? Luthiers use a sanding sealer on guitars, but maybe not for translucent finishes, maybe only paint. I found this warning on the internet: Do not apply stain to the top of the sanding sealer. To work properly, wood stain needs to soak into the pores of the wood. Sanding sealer negates this process. The stain will sit on the surface and not be absorbed.
obie311 08/12/22 07:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

Be sure to use an oil based finish, I really like Helmsman Spar Urethane Clear Satin. It will give you a more rich color. Water based looks like you PIZZED on it. Hit it with 120 then 220 and re try the stain. Thanks. I did use an oil based Minwax.
obie311 08/07/22 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

"I read up on the Minwax system and it recommended oil Pre-Stain for soft woods and also was said to help the stain look more uniform."
obie311 08/07/22 10:04am Fifth-Wheels
Need help from experienced woodworker

I have a little side table that came with my Arctic Fox RV. It had a deep scratch in it and I also wanted to use it as a test case for eventually refinishing the dining room table. I started sanding with 100, then 150, then 220, and finally 320 with a palm sander. The scratch was gone as well as the original stain and the surface felt very smooth. It actually looked like it was constructed of Oak boards with varying tones. Some light and some reddish. I read up on the Minwax system and it recommended oil Pre-Stain for soft woods and also was said to help the stain look more uniform. I applied as directed. Right now I'm at two coats of 235 Cherry (as mentioned on the Northwoods RV forum) to be a close match to the original stain. I was disappointed in the darkness of the two coats of stain so I did more googling and found that I had made a mistake in sanding the wood so smooth. Apparently the rougher the wood surface the darker the stain will appear. I'm in a quandary as how to proceed from here. Should I try two or three more coats of the 235 stain and see how it looks? Would a gel stain have more pigment and give me a darker result? Should I "unsand" the surface back to 150 or 220?
obie311 08/06/22 09:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Power cord connections melting

Yeah I think thats the problem. Camco connectors. They aren't to expensive but I think thats the problem. Who makes better ones? Ha no cleaning these up. These boys are shot. One of the connectors came out od the cord connector and stuck in the pigtail. If you have totaled up the amps you are drawing and are at, or under 24 amps when this happens, it could be the Camco Connectors themselves. The heat had probably loosened the plastic that held the cord connector/terminal. We know travel trailer manufacturers often put low-spec items in their builds. This could be one of them. Take the Camco plug to an industrial electric supply and see if they have a Woodhead, Hubbell or some heavy duty equivalent. Home Depot shows Leviton RV plugs but I'm not sure that's a good brand any more. Inexperienced or jackleg electricians often make a stranded wire connection in the wrong direction. Always make the loop that goes under the fastening screw in a clockwise direction.
obie311 07/17/22 03:55pm Fifth-Wheels
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