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Forum: Tires 05-10-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,481
Posted By perryg114
5-10 yrs. On utility trailers till they dry rot...

5-10 yrs. On utility trailers till they dry rot or just fall apart one day. I put the tires that are on the Airstream on in 2011. I am using 225/75-XL15 on it. Nice cushy ride at 50 psi. Longest trip...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 04-01-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,073
Posted By perryg114
Sometimes Aircraft Stripper of Zipstrip Gel will...

Sometimes Aircraft Stripper of Zipstrip Gel will soften that caulk if you can't get it off. I don't like anything made of plastic on the roof especially things like vent frames because they crack and...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 03-29-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 873
Posted By perryg114
More like $100 and you can use your old one as a...

More like $100 and you can use your old one as a spare. You don't have to buy these things from the dealer.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F8MC440/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 03-23-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,808
Posted By perryg114
Almost cheating to use that ramp. I bet it costs...

Almost cheating to use that ramp. I bet it costs more than my bikes.
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 02-11-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 527
Posted By perryg114
The sensors on my 81 still work fine. One tank...

The sensors on my 81 still work fine. One tank had a couple wires reversed from the factory and I had to replace an Opp amp or two in the control board. Good luck with it.

Perry
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 02-10-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,552
Posted By perryg114
Water will trickle down and end up in the...

Water will trickle down and end up in the C-channel at the floor then it will soak the floor. All these things leak at some point. I have found many leaks hard t find unless you remove the inner...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-07-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,212
Posted By perryg114
Most SOB owners don't have load distribution or...

Most SOB owners don't have load distribution or sway control. I have never seen either one on a boat trailer.

Perry
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-05-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,212
Posted By perryg114
They handle better than any other travel trailer...

They handle better than any other travel trailer out there. You do need working brakes and sway control. The low center of gravity has a lot to do with handling as well as aerodynamics. They are also...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 02-03-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By perryg114
If you don't know what you are doing then take it...

If you don't know what you are doing then take it to someone. In general you put a gauge on it and it should be 11 inches of water or .4 psi. It can be done with some clear tubing filled with water...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 02-03-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By perryg114
The pressure in the gas line needs to be checked....

The pressure in the gas line needs to be checked. Low pressure could cause problems but not the only possibility.

Perry
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 01-31-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 527
Posted By perryg114
Well fill the tanks with water and see if they...

Well fill the tanks with water and see if they read correctly.

Perry
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 01-30-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,022
Posted By perryg114
I just had my Aluminum tanks upgraded to OPD...

I just had my Aluminum tanks upgraded to OPD valves and come to find out that a new tank is good for like 10 yrs and a old tank has to be decertified every 5 yrs which is a pain. I have not found a...
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 01-28-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By perryg114
The belly trim will cover it and yes the top edge...

The belly trim will cover it and yes the top edge of the trim will have to be caulked but that is a joint you can see unlike the factory configuration that requires you to remove the trim...
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-27-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By perryg114
Probably easier to buy new drums and backing...

Probably easier to buy new drums and backing plates. It is a standard rubber spring axle or what?

Perry
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 01-24-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By perryg114
It looks pretty good so far. As long as you don't...

It looks pretty good so far. As long as you don't have to remove the belly trim to caulk under there to keep it from leaking, you should be ok.

Perry
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-20-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 692
Posted By perryg114
I did that on mine. It works great. Problem with...

I did that on mine. It works great. Problem with the cheapo analog version was you did not know at what temp it was going to come on. With the digital you can set it and you know it will cycle pretty...
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 01-20-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By perryg114
Yes put in some drains. Best to use some sort of...

Yes put in some drains. Best to use some sort of screened vent to keep bugs out. I bolted the center section in using 1/4-20 bolts that were threaded into the frame. It works well and allows access...
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 01-19-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By perryg114
I still put the hose in mine and there is just...

I still put the hose in mine and there is just enough room. I thought of extending the frame a few inches but I made it work with what I had. The hose has it's own box now. Some have hung pipes under...
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 01-18-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By perryg114
Once you finish and I need to post of photo of...

Once you finish and I need to post of photo of what it looks like now. It looks the same as it did. Same lid and everything but there is a 1 inch slot between the separate box and the trailer. Also...
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 01-18-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,531
Posted By perryg114
There use to be a program called diamond cut for...

There use to be a program called diamond cut for the PC that would clean up the pops and crackles. My dad used it and he was about as computer illiterate as they come. I think a lot of your CD...
Forum: Bumpers & Bumper Storage 01-18-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,412
Posted By perryg114
Get rid of the plate. It works the trailer now...

Get rid of the plate. It works the trailer now sheds water. Yes you can flash around it but it will never be as maintenance free as not plate at all. This is what I did. No leaks at the back in 5+...
Forum: General Interior Topics 01-18-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By perryg114
You don't need the metal prep. I put some...

You don't need the metal prep. I put some aluthane on section of untreated skin and it adhered like mad. I was skeptical as well but it sticks. Call these guys.
...
Forum: General Interior Topics 01-17-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By perryg114
Coat it with something like POR15 especially...

Coat it with something like POR15 especially where the rivet holes are. There is a lot of corrosion there where it was connected to the steel frame and kept wet all the time. The best way to prevent...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 01-16-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,213
Posted By perryg114
This plate has ruined 1000's of trailers. Remove...

This plate has ruined 1000's of trailers. Remove rub rail then caulk. Check for floor and frame damage. Pull belly skins to see what is going on in there. This is the major cause of rear end...
Forum: Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 01-16-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,213
Posted By perryg114
Mine leaked. Put the whole assembly and check for...

Mine leaked. Put the whole assembly and check for cracks and leaks.

Perry
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 01-16-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,531
Posted By perryg114
It is a time consuming task. Perry

It is a time consuming task.

Perry
Forum: Audio, Video & TV 01-16-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,531
Posted By perryg114
I would convert any CD's you have to MP3 and buy...

I would convert any CD's you have to MP3 and buy MP3 or CD versions of the stuff you have on vinyl and tape. The goal here is to have your entire music collection on a memory stick that you put in an...
Forum: General Interior Topics 01-16-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By perryg114
Keep in mind aluminum will self anodize (corrode)...

Keep in mind aluminum will self anodize (corrode) and protect itself from further corrosion. A little patina on the inside surface won't hurt anything. The white powder is a problem and more serious....
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-14-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 736
Posted By perryg114
I have never had a problem with using an impact...

I have never had a problem with using an impact wrench to tighten lug nuts/bolts but then again I know when to stop. The tire monkeys don't. Sometimes rims or hubs are not flat and the rim won't seat...
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-14-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,765
Posted By perryg114
You have to lube them. Stainless is real bad...

You have to lube them. Stainless is real bad about galling the threads. If you put a stainless bolt on a stainless nut they can and will weld on. I have had to break bolts on vacuum systems there...
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-14-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,765
Posted By perryg114
They are trying to be cheap instead of making the...

They are trying to be cheap instead of making the entire nut out of stainless steel.


Perry
Forum: General Repair Forum 01-13-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,765
Posted By perryg114
Get a coal chisel and cut that Stainless cap off...

Get a coal chisel and cut that Stainless cap off and put find a socket that will fit. I have had those covered lug nuts before and they don't hold up especially with tire apes over tightening them...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 01-13-2018, 12:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,127
Posted By perryg114
The quality control on these things has always...

The quality control on these things has always been bad. The older units were not better. We had campers and house boats etc in the 70's when I was growing up and there was always a leak that caused...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 01-13-2018, 12:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By perryg114
To the best of my knowledge standard construction...

To the best of my knowledge standard construction was a metal pan with a styrofoam wedge shaped pad with channels in it for hot air from the furnace to circulate air around the tanks. The tank pans...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 01-12-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By perryg114
My experience is that plastic radiator tanks will...

My experience is that plastic radiator tanks will eventually crack. I expect you don't have plastic tanks. I ended up putting an all aluminum radiator in my Eclipse when the old tank cracked along...
Forum: Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 01-12-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 925
Posted By perryg114
The standard Aero-Seal clamps are what I would...

The standard Aero-Seal clamps are what I would use. I hate the spring loaded things. Some of those just barely release when it is at the stop and are hard to get the hose off. The Aero-Seal clamps...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 01-12-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,644
Posted By perryg114
Not a bad idea to turn it off when you leave or...

Not a bad idea to turn it off when you leave or at night so if it sputters it won't wake you up. Usually there is enough pressure to flush the toilet with it off.

Perry
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 01-12-2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By perryg114
Well the metal pans actually support the tanks....

Well the metal pans actually support the tanks. SOB trailers use straps to support the tanks. If the plastic is just a dust and water cover then that is fine.

Perry
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 01-12-2018, 11:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By perryg114
Does this plastic pan actually hold up the tank...

Does this plastic pan actually hold up the tank or is it just a weather seal?

Perry
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-08-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,628
Posted By perryg114
I would go with a hard top for security and...

I would go with a hard top for security and durability. If you have a garage or car port you could rig a block and tackle to lift it off. I understand your dilemma. Some are pretty light weight and...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 01-08-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 817
Posted By perryg114
It is actually a tank pan which is usually made...

It is actually a tank pan which is usually made of heavy gauge galvanized sheet metal and bolted around the perimeter with bolts. I could see plastic being a problem for several reasons.

Perry
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-06-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,117
Posted By perryg114
These things are way to complicated. Their should...

These things are way to complicated. Their should be a way to fool the computer that the DEF tank is always full. Yes they things need to be reprogrammed to illuminate this particular issue. I am...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 01-06-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,537
Posted By perryg114
Why would you buy an RV with a loan in the first...

Why would you buy an RV with a loan in the first place? It is a toy not a necessity.

Perry
Forum: General Interior Topics 01-06-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By perryg114
Yes there is corrosion there. The second one is...

Yes there is corrosion there. The second one is the worse of the two. I would not worry about removing it. You can coat it with POR15 or some stuff called Aluthane. Best way to protect it is to coat...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-04-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,676
Posted By perryg114
I have found that you take a BIG gas mileage hit...

I have found that you take a BIG gas mileage hit even if the trailer frontal area is smaller than the tow vehicle frontal area. As long as you have a gap between the two, you still get a lot of drag....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-03-2018, 05:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,676
Posted By perryg114
I have a 5x8 Haulmark trailer and it is pretty...

I have a 5x8 Haulmark trailer and it is pretty well made. It has two rear doors and a side door. You can get a lot of stuff in it. It is also small enough that you don't need to mess with trailer...
Forum: General Interior Topics 01-01-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By perryg114
I and my wife are allergic to most strong scents...

I and my wife are allergic to most strong scents like Fabreeze etc. There are also ozone generators but they tend to be hard to plastics and rubber components and may also harm fabrics. It is hard to...
Forum: General Interior Topics 12-31-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By perryg114
Put some bait traps in the trailer to kill any...

Put some bait traps in the trailer to kill any new mice. Smell the carpet and see if you got it all.

Perry
Forum: General Interior Topics 12-31-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By perryg114
Remove belly skins and pull out all the water and...

Remove belly skins and pull out all the water and rat pee soaked insulation and don't put it back. There are some pet carpet sprays that are supposed to get rid of the pee smell.

Perry
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 12-25-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,864
Posted By perryg114
If you are only moving a few inches you can make...

If you are only moving a few inches you can make a pig tail out of stainless steel tubing.

Perry
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