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Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 11-11-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By markdoane
I had the electronic Comfort Control Center...

I had the electronic Comfort Control Center electronic thermostat. Until it stopped working and I couldn't revive it in the middle of nowhere.

I upgraded to a manual control unit.
Forum: On The Road... 10-27-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 8,952
Posted By markdoane
This is the preferred method: Level Bubble:...

This is the preferred method:

Level Bubble: I think its important to not overtighten the mounting screws. They need to be slightly loose so you can adjust the level as necessary, using the...
Forum: Axles 10-05-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,883
Posted By markdoane
I think the hub face and spring shackle...

I think the hub face and spring shackle measurements are important for an estimate. If the axles can be off the shelf stock axles they will be cheaper than if you need custom axles built.

So I...
Forum: Boondocking 10-01-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,944
Posted By markdoane
Bow saw? Chain saw? Real boondockers...

Bow saw? Chain saw?

Real boondockers should carry a double bit axe.
Forum: Belly Pans & Banana Wraps 09-10-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 536
Posted By markdoane
Everything is possible with clecos. Start in the...

Everything is possible with clecos. Start in the center and work your way out. It's not as hard as you'd think for one person.
Forum: 1955 - 1959 Globetrotter 08-19-2019, 09:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By markdoane
It is a separate wire which powers the brake...

It is a separate wire which powers the brake lights.

In 1958 there were separate circuits for the right turn signal, running lights, left turn light, and a separate wire for the brake light...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 08-07-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,439
Posted By markdoane
Use Modified Brazier Head rivets. They have...

Use Modified Brazier Head rivets. They have 5/32" stem diameter and head diameter that is the same size as a normal 1/8" Brazier Head rivet.
available from all rivet suppliers.

If your holes...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 08-04-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By markdoane
I agree that using Olympic rivets for an entire...

I agree that using Olympic rivets for an entire lower panel might reduce the value and long term integrity.
On the other hand using buck rivets will probably double the cost of the repair. Don't...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-06-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,795
Posted By markdoane
This is so easy. If you put in a long block...

This is so easy. If you put in a long block three months ago, it will blow up the moment the warranty runs out.

...and the transmission.
Forum: Our Community 06-30-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,602
Posted By markdoane
All couplers have a nut that can adjust the...

All couplers have a nut that can adjust the tightness of the coupler on the ball.

If it is too tight and the coupler can't freely rotate on the ball, then it can loosen the ball every time you...
Forum: On The Road... 06-30-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,222
Posted By markdoane
Only Ohio could come up with a swallowtail burgee...

Only Ohio could come up with a swallowtail burgee that is impossible to fold the same way twice.
Gotta be different.

Born in Ohio.
Left after college.
Forum: On The Road... 06-23-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,222
Posted By markdoane
Ohio doesn't have a flag. It's more of a burgee.

Ohio doesn't have a flag. It's more of a burgee.
Forum: Axles 05-21-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 902
Posted By markdoane
I believe you will find that Dexter loaded brake...

I believe you will find that Dexter loaded brake assemblies should fit the old Hadco axle. Just check the stud spacing on the brake mounting flange. It should match current brake assemblies.
...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-16-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,886
Posted By markdoane
Well if you have any problems with oxidation of...

Well if you have any problems with oxidation of your biodiesel, just add some Rosemary and Oregano. Take it from me, a food scientist of renown.

Oregano and rosemary extracts inhibit oxidation...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 05-16-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,886
Posted By markdoane
Can the new Ram trucks run OK on 20% Biodiesel? ...

Can the new Ram trucks run OK on 20% Biodiesel?

Minnesota requires 20% in #2 diesel in the summer.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 05-07-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,355
Posted By markdoane
One thing your electrician will need to consider...

One thing your electrician will need to consider is what type of feeder you are using.

If you are on rocky soil with lots of tree roots you should use rigid galvanized pipe. You can use UF...
Forum: Our Community 04-25-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 13,161
Posted By markdoane
Regarding NDA and so forth-maybe things have...

Regarding NDA and so forth-maybe things have changed but I don't think a NDA would be valid without the exchange of something of value.
Are these Customer Councils compensated?
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 03-15-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,376
Posted By markdoane
The driver's weight is not included in payload. ...

The driver's weight is not included in payload.

My reasoning behind this is as follows:

1. When I pull onto the Cat scales, the call button is located on a pole and is at least 8 ft off the...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 01-24-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,676
Posted By markdoane
I have a vehicle with the flashing lights and...

I have a vehicle with the flashing lights and horn. I love using the horn as my wife is walking around the front of the vehicle. One of the great joys of my life.

On the other hand, I...
Forum: Vintage Kin 01-12-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,520
Posted By markdoane
The difference between a Slimp dolly and a jockey...

The difference between a Slimp dolly and a jockey wheel is that the Slimp dolly is designed to carry some of the tongue weight while the trailer is being towed. The Slimp dolly or Hitch Helper was...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 01-01-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,868
Posted By markdoane
It's very easy to do it by yourself without...

It's very easy to do it by yourself without cameras or help.

First, control your breathing and say your personal mantra.

Next, get a clear visual image of the hitch and coupler. Continue...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-28-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 779
Views: 153,452
Posted By markdoane
Does he have the Lane Assist feature engaged?

Does he have the Lane Assist feature engaged?
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-23-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,500
Posted By markdoane
Going to the mid teens tonight. Finally.

Going to the mid teens tonight.

Finally.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 12-23-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 12,958
Posted By markdoane
Continuing our holiday greetings, I bid you all a...

Continuing our holiday greetings, I bid you all a Happy Festivus.

I remain highly disappointed in you people.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-17-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,140
Posted By markdoane
Your best bet is to move it to your unheated...

Your best bet is to move it to your unheated garage and leave it on a battery tender.

The only reason is if you wake up some morning and your car battery is dead, you have a charged up spare...
Forum: 2016 - Current Classic (all lengths) 12-17-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 9,466
Posted By markdoane
I'm way outside the bell curve on this one, but I...

I'm way outside the bell curve on this one, but I think it's the cost of doing retail business.

It's built into the dealer's cost structure. Or should be.

What happens if a 5 year old throws...
Forum: Our Community 10-20-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 7,416
Views: 1,167,353
Posted By markdoane
An alignment of three Airstreams in a campground...

An alignment of three Airstreams in a campground on the prairie.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 09-14-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,251
Posted By markdoane
Could be the influence of tariffs on steel and...

Could be the influence of tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 08-15-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 41,168
Posted By markdoane
I think it was more a case of union workers...

I think it was more a case of union workers trying to harass management. The build orders had a special code for vehicles ordered by executives.

They were supposed to get "special attention".
...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 08-09-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 719
Posted By markdoane
I had a similar problem this week. The city came...

I had a similar problem this week. The city came out to mark the utility lines for my new Airstream driveway.

They mislabeled the water and sewer. Not a big deal. Except I would have paved over...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 08-07-2018, 08:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,437
Posted By markdoane
I never go upstairs without a written plan. ...

I never go upstairs without a written plan.

Too hard on these old knees.
Forum: On The Road... 08-03-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,105
Posted By markdoane
He sold his estate and is now full timing. ...

He sold his estate and is now full timing.
Misses the yardwork.
And the leafblower didn't sell at the garage sale so he brought it with. .
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-22-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 37,847
Posted By markdoane
You're both right. The speed limit in Ohio is 55...

You're both right. The speed limit in Ohio is 55 for combined vehicles over 8000 lbs, except on rural interstates.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-22-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,313
Posted By markdoane
There are a couple of ways to lift the shell. ...

There are a couple of ways to lift the shell.

1. Attach cross members (2x6 lumber) from side to side about a foot off the floor. Jack these up until the shell is free from the frame and floor....
Forum: Our Community 07-18-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,856
Posted By markdoane
The qualification requirements must not be...

The qualification requirements must not be disclosed.

However, I assure you that a two rivet member is well qualified for Pseudo Expert certification. There have been P. E.s with as little as one...
Forum: Our Community 07-17-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 7,856
Posted By markdoane
There are only a limited number of Pseudo Expert...

There are only a limited number of Pseudo Expert certificates available.

Whenever a Pseudo Expert retires a nomination panel is convened to select candidates for the certificate.

A secret...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-13-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 329
Views: 37,847
Posted By markdoane
Anyone with a 1999 - 2013 Chevy product with an...

Anyone with a 1999 - 2013 Chevy product with an OEM hitch should check it for cracks.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-10-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By markdoane
I did my whole trailer in MC Lite. It's aluminum...

I did my whole trailer in MC Lite. It's aluminum armored cable with hot, neutral, and ground.
I love it. Not much more expensive than Romex. You do need to use bushings in the cut ends, but the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-08-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,957
Posted By markdoane
One issue with a hardwired EMS is that they...

One issue with a hardwired EMS is that they produce a very faint hum when operating.

Don't mount it on a drumhead, I mean interior plywood partition, as you will hear it late at night when you...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-07-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,957
Posted By markdoane
TV - about $150 Microwave - about $100 Whats...

TV - about $150
Microwave - about $100
Whats a stereo?

We're not full timers. Leave the good stuff at home.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-07-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,957
Posted By markdoane
I only bought one AFTER I lost an air conditioner...

I only bought one AFTER I lost an air conditioner to poor voltage. Haven't lost one since.

It's a little annoying each spring when I wonder why the air conditioner won't work. Until I remember...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-30-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,039
Posted By markdoane
I don't know what converter you have, but I...

I don't know what converter you have, but I believe TG Twinkie is correct about reverse polarity.

If that's true, the reverse polarity fuses are wires in parallel so it doesn't matter which slot...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-26-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,011
Posted By markdoane
Aside from the fact that airstreams don't...

Aside from the fact that airstreams don't normally dock at the marina, and NEC standards are different for boats and RVs, wouldn't it make more sense to go to 30a 120v/240v split phase?

Wiring...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 06-26-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,997
Posted By markdoane
Loaned mine out twice. Family both times. ...

Loaned mine out twice. Family both times.

First time I hauled it to the campground and hooked it up. They sent a "flushable" baby wipe down the hole. Jammed up the macerator pump.

Second time...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-25-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,011
Posted By markdoane
It makes a lot of sense, except it is not allowed...

It makes a lot of sense, except it is not allowed by NEC 551.42.

Not saying you shouldn't do it, but it may impair trade-in or resale if you ever decide to upgrade to a new trailer.
Forum: Our Community 06-22-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,972
Posted By markdoane
Head west and you'll arrive by noon tomorrow....

Head west and you'll arrive by noon tomorrow. Meet you there.
Forum: Our Community 06-22-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,972
Posted By markdoane
I don't think Bourbon will help. The world just...

I don't think Bourbon will help. The world just lost a fortune in Bourbon.
The Barton 1792 warehouse collapsed this afternoon. Harsh!
Forum: Our Community 06-22-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,972
Posted By markdoane
Harsh. Move to Washington State. Or Colorado.

Harsh. Move to Washington State. Or Colorado.
Forum: Winterizing, Storage, Carports & Covers 06-20-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 24,632
Posted By markdoane
You might pick up another inch of clearance if...

You might pick up another inch of clearance if you switched your weight distribution hitch from a round bar setup to a square bar trunnion setup.
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 06-08-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,555
Posted By markdoane
Inspect the front of the frame and the rear cross...

Inspect the front of the frame and the rear cross member carefully.

I had the front of the frame rebuilt by welding sleeves over the frame. there was a serious rust situation due to a leak from...
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