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Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-20-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,962
Posted By Ruscal
Regarding the crank out Fiamma I can't recall if...

Regarding the crank out Fiamma I can't recall if it had a retention device. To deploy I simply inserted the crank with a hook on the end into a loop that protruded out from the gear box and cranked...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-15-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,962
Posted By Ruscal
We had a hand crank Fiamma on our Scamp TT. It...

We had a hand crank Fiamma on our Scamp TT. It really was a nice awning. It extended quite far from the side and required the braces to be attached to the side of the trailer, or placed vertically...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 04-24-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,923
Posted By Ruscal
Timken bearings are of excellent quality whether...

Timken bearings are of excellent quality whether made in the US or any of their foreign plants. If using the no name china bearings, you can up your odds by using a high quality grease and setting...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 03-24-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,498
Posted By Ruscal
Bobbo, Yes, that seems like a glaring omission....

Bobbo,
Yes, that seems like a glaring omission. I did the same to our previous trailer. It is handy to have cigar lighter jacks and USB's by the bed, dinette, and outside curb side. I used similar...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 02-24-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,613
Posted By Ruscal
OK, I see how it works. They can at least make...

OK, I see how it works. They can at least make it to 90 degrees each way.
Our trailer has the accordion door removed, so no privacy.
Russ
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 02-24-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,613
Posted By Ruscal
Keith, Thanks for the post. I can't picture...

Keith,
Thanks for the post.
I can't picture how that hinge in the middle would allow the door to pivot both ways without hinge bind. It would seem that a 2 pin hinge at the center would be...
Forum: Member Introductions 01-15-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 897
Posted By Ruscal
Good times ahead! Enjoy the road. Russ

Good times ahead! Enjoy the road.
Russ
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 12-14-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,168
Posted By Ruscal
Probably OK if you check electrolyte level often,...

Probably OK if you check electrolyte level often, and keep it up to level. The anti-sulphation cycles are usually so short in duration that not much boiling will occur.
Russ
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 12-09-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,168
Posted By Ruscal
I feel that at $200 The battery monitor is a...

I feel that at $200 The battery monitor is a steal. I is almost a "must have".
Just for peace of mind knowing how charged your batteries are is worth a lot.
It tells me how much current is...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 12-08-2017, 09:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,168
Posted By Ruscal
We live at sea level in California, and have room...

We live at sea level in California, and have room to park our trailer at home. Leaving the trailer plugged in for storage. Having a smart charger does a better job of maintaining the batteries...
Forum: General Repair Forum 11-17-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,524
Posted By Ruscal
If there was no hatch opening cut into the shell...

If there was no hatch opening cut into the shell the shell would have more rigidity to fight the buckling, but it is a lot to ask of aluminum sheet metal to be required to resist the compressive...
Forum: Tires 11-15-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,229
Posted By Ruscal
I set our 80 psi Michelins at 74 on our last...

I set our 80 psi Michelins at 74 on our last trip. The Michelin "weight/pressure chart verified the tire could carry the weight of our trailer at 74psi. Our trip was mostly freeway driving in warm...
Forum: Airstream Trailer Forums 11-05-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,910
Posted By Ruscal
The larger Airstreams move slowly around here! ...

The larger Airstreams move slowly around here! Most boondockers seem to like the smaller lean and mean ones. We were at San Elijo State Beach last week where 90 percent of the sites have no...
Forum: Lights - Interior & Exterior 10-28-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,696
Posted By Ruscal
I read somewhere that the skin is 2024. Needs...

I read somewhere that the skin is 2024. Needs verification. 2024 is very strong, and would be harder to dent than the 5000 alloys, but it does corrode easily. If left raw it would need constant...
Forum: On The Road... 10-24-2017, 09:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,704
Posted By Ruscal
The single axle 19' trailers track just fine when...

The single axle 19' trailers track just fine when loaded properly. Dual axles actually subject the tires to high side loading (scrubbing) when turning, and subject the tires to possible overloads...
Forum: Dollars & Cents 10-12-2017, 04:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,059
Posted By Ruscal
Mel, There are some advantages to using PayPal....

Mel,
There are some advantages to using PayPal. You set up an account with them and file your credit card or bank info with them. Only PayPal sees your bank info, not the seller or vendor. To pay...
Forum: 2009-2015 Flying Cloud 10-10-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,731
Posted By Ruscal
It seems like the temp safety switch should shut...

It seems like the temp safety switch should shut the stove off, not the fan. The fan helps to remove heat, not create it. The small electric motor creates so little heat on its own as not to be a...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-07-2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,071
Posted By Ruscal
I had a reporting problem with one of my sensors....

I had a reporting problem with one of my sensors. I went back and unscrewed the sensor from the valve stem a quarter turn and it started reading. The sensors can not read if they are too tight or...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-04-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 414
Views: 80,595
Posted By Ruscal
Thanks Steve, I'll check into the TSB. Russ

Thanks Steve,
I'll check into the TSB.
Russ
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-30-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 765
Posted By Ruscal
The flanges that mate together are very small, so...

The flanges that mate together are very small, so don't overlap very far, so you have to pull the curtain as far as possible, then push the inside vertical piece away from you and carefully let the...
Forum: Our Community 09-30-2017, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 819
Posted By Ruscal
Our 19 didn't have a partition when we got it...

Our 19 didn't have a partition when we got it used. It does have an open feeling without it, but I can see it would be good to have for bathroom privacy. The toilet door is pretty unusable.
Russ
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-30-2017, 02:39 PM
Replies: 414
Views: 80,595
Posted By Ruscal
Carlsbad to Vegas and Back

We just returned from a week long 1100 mile trip. The truck performed flawlessly, easily towing the 19' trailer. The 6.2 has a lot of beans. It could easily accelerate from our 62 MPH cruise, to...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-22-2017, 10:05 PM
Replies: 414
Views: 80,595
Posted By Ruscal
It's a crew with short box. Russ

It's a crew with short box.
Russ
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-20-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 414
Views: 80,595
Posted By Ruscal
For reference. Our '17 1500 crew 6.2 8sp LTZ...

For reference. Our '17 1500 crew 6.2 8sp LTZ 4X4, Max trlr no sun roof stickers 1932 Lbs. A little less than extended cab.
Russ
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-18-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 414
Views: 80,595
Posted By Ruscal
Yes, the back up camera screen is so well...

Yes, the back up camera screen is so well illuminated that I go night blind when looking over to the mirrors. It would be better if the screen could be shuttered easily. Very bright back up lights...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-11-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,240
Posted By Ruscal
Trimetric Meter is plenty accurate for our uses. ...

Trimetric Meter is plenty accurate for our uses. It is great for tracking current draw of individual lighting and appliances which helps us understand which items use the most power. Great for...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-11-2017, 12:59 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,679
Posted By Ruscal
Drum brakes may be the best option until the...

Drum brakes may be the best option until the blending of computer control and disc brakes happens.
Drums, due to their spongier action may have an advantage in controlling unwanted lockup.
Drum...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 09-07-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,679
Posted By Ruscal
Disc brakes stop better, but probably aren't the...

Disc brakes stop better, but probably aren't the reason for the crashes. I would guess that brake bias could more likely cause a "tail happy" or oversteer condition. Assuming that our tow vehicle...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 09-04-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,091
Posted By Ruscal
Billiard tables are level, roads aren't. So...

Billiard tables are level, roads aren't. So measuring to the road surface is a good way to even things out. Throw the level away.;)
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 09-03-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,091
Posted By Ruscal
As Bill above said level is not what you are...

As Bill above said level is not what you are looking for unless you are parked with the fridge running. It is all about redistributing tongue weight to the front of the truck and trailer axles. A...
Forum: Windows & Screens 08-29-2017, 09:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,435
Posted By Ruscal
I don't know the name of them, but I have done as...

I don't know the name of them, but I have done as you described and bought the length of screw with the proper smooth shank, and cut the threaded portion to length.
Russ
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 08-27-2017, 12:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,946
Posted By Ruscal
I also accidentally lifted the trucks tires 4"...

I also accidentally lifted the trucks tires 4" off the pavement with the Brute 5000. It had no trouble lifting the truck and 600 lb tongue weight. Luckily we were on level ground so the whole thing...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 08-15-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,336
Posted By Ruscal
Fun stuff! A man needs his projects. Keep it...

Fun stuff! A man needs his projects. Keep it free...
Russ
Forum: Our Community 08-06-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,434
Posted By Ruscal
The proper receiver would be level to the ground,...

The proper receiver would be level to the ground, or parallel to the vehicle chassis at least. It looks like the fabricator that made the hitch had an issue with the welding fixture which nobody...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-12-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Posted By Ruscal
It could be a plugged filter from iffy water...

It could be a plugged filter from iffy water sources. Flow goes down with use.
The cartridge in ours was a Moen brand.
Russ
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-12-2017, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,613
Posted By Ruscal
Thanks to all who have replied! I like the...

Thanks to all who have replied! I like the concept of convertible space, even if there are some reasonable tradeoffs. Due to the negative responses by some who have operated the door I should find...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-11-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,613
Posted By Ruscal
19' Tommy Bahama space saver bathroom door

I just saw a video of a new Bahama 19 Bambi. It showed a double action hinged bi-fold bathroom door. It could be folded inward or outward to increase knee room for the throne or drying off from the...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 07-11-2017, 07:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Posted By Ruscal
Yes that lever is for filtered water. Water does...

Yes that lever is for filtered water. Water does exit thru the alternate location.
Did you try it? We use bottled water to drink and disconnected ours.
Russ
Forum: Boondocking 07-11-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,439
Posted By Ruscal
Jim, I would say "far superior" is a relative...

Jim,
I would say "far superior" is a relative term in this case. The Trimetric has performed its advertised functions for many years for thousands of users. It gives you the info accurately. Its...
Forum: Boondocking 07-10-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,439
Posted By Ruscal
Holley, Those upgrades will all help your...

Holley,
Those upgrades will all help your problem.
More or better batteries are good, and a good multi-stage smart converter-charger to keep the battery investment healthy is a good start.
Solar...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-08-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Ruscal
Rich, That is comforting to know. These trucks...

Rich,
That is comforting to know. These trucks are very quiet inside while driving on the freeway. Almost like being in a vacuum.
Russ
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-07-2017, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 606
Posted By Ruscal
Our 2017 1500 4x4 6.2L max trailering has not had...

Our 2017 1500 4x4 6.2L max trailering has not had that happen yet at 2600 mi.
Russ
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-02-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,091
Posted By Ruscal
Most people don't have a rivnut clinching tool to...

Most people don't have a rivnut clinching tool to properly install them. A 1/2" one is a big beefy tool. When properly clinched the rivnut will be able to accept proper torquing. A little anti...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-02-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,091
Posted By Ruscal
On a new installation you have to be careful to...

On a new installation you have to be careful to not strip the self tapping bolt by over torquing. Yours may have been stripped letting the bolt wallow in the hole. A loose fastener will ruin the...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-01-2017, 01:24 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,091
Posted By Ruscal
75 lbs would likely crush the tube. You could go...

75 lbs would likely crush the tube. You could go up a size and switch to fine thread. Bushings can be used, inserted from a OD hole on the outside of the tube, trimmed flush to the surface. ...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 06-22-2017, 11:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 665
Posted By Ruscal
Could be the scupper drains are blocked. Try...

Could be the scupper drains are blocked. Try blowing them out. My Penguin 2 has an external drain kit installed. The scuppers fasten to the bottom of the case with sheet metal screws. They are...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-22-2017, 09:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,934
Posted By Ruscal
Larry, We used the same logic when selecting a...

Larry,
We used the same logic when selecting a tug for our Bambi 19. We went with a 1500 Silverado LTX 4x4 crew with max trailering. We do a lot of short trips and like you wanted a truck that...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 06-17-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,120
Posted By Ruscal
The new type connections have some kind of safety...

The new type connections have some kind of safety valve built into them. I'm guessing they have some kind of flow control that can sense sudden pressure drop and shut off flow. I read instructions to...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 06-16-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,065
Posted By Ruscal
During my lifetime I've used about every type of...

During my lifetime I've used about every type of connection available. I have seen examples of all of them fail. They all have their ups and downs regarding suitability of purpose. Convenience and...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 06-16-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,120
Posted By Ruscal
I just replaced my age hardened and leaking...

I just replaced my age hardened and leaking pigtails with new ones from Camping World. They are working properly, but they were 4" longer than the package was labeled.
Russ
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