• Very strange happening.
    It might help other folks to tell us what type of RV you have, and the make, model, and year. If they happen to own a similar unit, they could check the gas line and supports.
  • 7 Pin Tow Cable Charging Tests using Lithium RV Batteries
    :smile: Thanks, Ray. Very informative!
  • Landing Jack Leg opening
    The previous owner of my 5er used expandable foam to seal all of the openings around the legs where they exit the front compartments. It is always dry in there, even after driving through heavy rain. Just FYI, and YMMV!
  • Battery upgrade
    Hi Brian,

    I'm fairly certain you won't be happy with having just one battery if you plan to do any dry camping. I have a small 5th wheel trailer. The batteries are located in what used to be the generator compartment, and as a result there is no access to the tops of the batteries. I now use two AGM 6-volt golf cart 8AGC2 sealed lead-acid batteries. They are more expensive than regular batteries, but it is nice not to have to remove the batteries to check water level. I got about 8 years of life out of my last big 12-volt 8A8D AGM battery, but that thing is a 175-pound beast and just too heavy to deal with. The two 6-volt golf cart batteries are more manageable. AGM batteries are more finicky about charge level, and I'm careful to not let the batteries drain down below about 50% of charge. I replaced the OEM battery charger with an Iota unit and module specifically designed for the AGM batteries. I also have a 140 watt solar panel on the roof. I also carry a 1200 watt inverter generator, but rarely need to use it unless the weather socks in for more than a few days. My wife and I are snow birds, spending a couple of months in Arizona in the winter, dry-camping some of the time.

    It'll be great when the new lithium iron phosphate RV batteries fall within my price range! :-)

    Safe travels!
  • Warning to all trailer owners
    Right on, Ray!

    On a trip to Alaska this summer I had a bearing failure that caused a fire in the right rear hub of my small 5th wheel travel trailer. The hub broke and everything inside was burned to a crisp. I managed to find parts in Achorage and did the repair on the side of the road along Turnagain Arm. This happened even though about 8,000 miles before I had had all new backing plates, drums, bearings, etc, replaced at an RV service shop! Needless to say I was very surprised when this happened. So I've added another routine maintenance check to my list. I now jack up each wheel and check the bearings for looseness every 1000 miles, usually at a nice paved rest area. I also carry 4 sets of replacement bearings, seals, races, and grease on-board. And once a year I check the torque on the trailer spring shackles and u-bolts and the 5th wheel hitch mounting bolts. I was lucky that the hub didn't come completely off the axle, and that the axle was still usable. I'm now having two new axles installed on the trailer. I have already replaced the springs, and also the spring shackles and bolts with Mor-Ryde heavy-duty greasable versions. Hopefully this will be the last "adventure" of this kind!
  • $30 RV 30A tester, easy to use
    @Augie Your circuit tester looks good! Is there just a multi-outlet socket that the two meters are plugged into?
  • which shorter fifth wheel would you purchase
    Zoom, I took a look at the floor plan and specs of the Grand Design Reflection 150. However, it is 4 feet longer, 2 feet taller, and 1500 pounds heavier than my trailer. It does not have a split bathroom, and it looked to me like the bathroom can't be reached with the slide pulled in. These trailers must be designed by people who never go camping.
  • which shorter fifth wheel would you purchase
    Hello Ed Camping,
    Thanks for this. I'll try to find one near me here in Southern Oregon.
  • Dometic fridge
    Cleaning and inspecting the burner element is now a part of my annual trailer maintenance. The Norcold unit in my trailer is 19 years old and still going fine on both electric and propane. We use the trailer about 5 months a year total, with a mix of boondocking, RV parks with utility hookups, and state and federal campgrounds with and without utilities.
  • which shorter fifth wheel would you purchase
    Good luck with your search! I own a 2001 Thor Komfort 22FS sofa-slide fifth wheel that is 24 feet long total. It has all of the features my wife and I need for camping a couple of months at a time, including an 8-cubic foot refrigerator, a 50-gallon fresh water tank, two gray holding tanks and a 45 gallon black water holding tank. And with a GVWR of 7580 pounds it is so easy to tow with my GMC duramax! But annual maintenance costs are creeping up, and I've been searching for a new fifth wheel to replace it. Unfortunately all of the new models are way too long for us, except for the fiberglass versions which are too small and don't have a slide-out. I keep hoping that the major trailer manufacturers will make smaller fifth wheel trailers again, but so far, no joy. Especially since camp sites have not gotten any longer at the state and federal campgrounds that my wife and I like. Very often we will get a campsite that is only available because the typical gargantuan behemoths out there now can't fit into it. OK, enough of my rant. Again, good luck with your search.
  • Installing a battery shunt on a new RV
    Hi Lisa,
    If you do decide to "do it yourself", I suggest taking off any metal rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. before starting the job. You won't electrocute yourself, but a friend of mine almost lost a finger when his wedding ring became a short-circuit between 12 volts and ground. That ring got hot, fast!
  • "Smart Plug System" shore power cord we Installed on to the Mobile Homestead!
    Did you do any camping at the BLM Plomosa Road area north of Quartzsite this winter? I saw a rig very similar to yours there. Very impressive!
  • Can Experienced and/or Expert RVers Advise Me About Battery Charging
    In reading your original post I see that you have two group 24 batteries. This size battery doesn't have much capacity to carry typical trailer power loads for very long, especially if the batteries are not brand new. As others have said, you'll need to run your generator a couple of hours a day to keep the group 24's charged. If you want to run your generator less, when the group 24 batteries need to be replaced I would suggest upgrading to at least group 27 or group 31 batteries. You may also want to consider going to two large 6-volt golf cart batteries wired in series. The idea is to get higher ampere-hour rated batteries.

    I have one 140-watt solar panel on my 24-foot trailer and an 8-amp charge controller. As long as the days are sunny this is plenty to keep my two 6-volt 8AGC2 AGM golf cart batteries charged up, without my needing to run a generator at all. In fact I can go two or three days without needing to run the generator, even when the skies are cloudy. This assumes I don't need to run the furnace, which is a true power hog! The 8AGC2 batteries could carry the load even longer, but it is best to not let AGM batteries drop below about 50% of their operating voltage range in order to get long life out of them. I do have a 1,000 watt Westinghouse inverter generator in case there are several cloudy days in a row. When plugged into shore power or using the generator my trailer has an Iota DLS-30 with an IQ-AGM module to keep the batteries charged.

    I'm not a full-timer, but my wife and I do spend a couple of months a year in Arizona and southern California, boondocking for about half of that time. I converted my trailer lamps all to LEDs, and that made a HUGE difference in how long the battery lasts before needing to be recharged!

    Best of luck in your quest for quiet boondocking!
  • Shower skylight shade
    I used aluminized mylar bubble wrap held up on the inside by three small screws with 1/2-inch long nylon bushings along each side. I stopped using it after the paint along the edges of the skylight showed signs of cracking. It seems that the reflective bubble wrap made an oven up in the top of the skylight.
  • Suggestions on which clubs to join?
    I've had Escapees and Good Sam for a few years now. Escapees has a good bi-monthly (every two months) magazine, and I like many of their parks. Their camping rates are generally very reasonable. The Good Sam / Camping World card saves a little money here and there. I do a lot of dry camping, and so none of these clubs helps all that much. Based on Ray's experience I'll take a look at Passport America.
  • Yipee! Just bought our first travel trailer!
    It's that last walk-around, looking at everything on the truck, trailer, and campsite that makes all the difference! I've left plumbing hardware, leveling blocks, and tools by not heeding my own advice. I've left campsites with the swing-out handle on my trailer left out, and my extended mirrors left in! I once saw a small motorhome driving toward me on a campground road with its awning out! Please make that one last walk-around part of your normal routine. Oh, and always check the tire pressure on all vehicles before rolling out. Its so much easier to change a tire in the campground than beside the road! OK, I'll stop being your grandpa now. :-)
  • Tire Confusion
    @ray Yep. And if the trailer is ever in an accident this could be a factor in determining liability.
  • Tire Confusion
    My advice is to use the sticker that is actually on the trailer as your guide, and not what us shown in the generic brochure.
  • Replacing hot water tank
    The switch located on the water heater in my trailer is stuck in the ON position. I just use the main breaker switch.
  • squeaky furnace fan
    About 2 years ago the fan in my Suburban model SF25 furnace in my 2001 Komfort 5th wheel started squeaking. It took a few hours and was a PITA, but I took the furnace out and pulled the motor apart. The motor bearings were bronze. I cleaned the shaft with Emory paper, oiled the shaft and bearings with 30 weight motor oil and let it sit overnight. The next day I oiled it again and put it all back together. It hasn't squeaked since. But as they say, YMMV! (Your Mileage May Vary)