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Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 06-13-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,442
Posted By sarge12212
Is your campers roof painter or coated white? You...

Is your campers roof painter or coated white? You would be surprised what a difference that makes.
Forum: Roof 06-12-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
It's a game changer, for sure. I saw a well...

It's a game changer, for sure. I saw a well polished '60s unit yesterday. My first thought (after I stopped geeking and gauking) was "That old girl needs a white hat", lol. Pleace, Brother ��✌
Forum: Roof 06-09-2021, 04:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
I may also have a bias towards the silicone...

I may also have a bias towards the silicone products. Whenever I buy sealants, I almost always buy the silicone over the acrylics. They last longer and seam more robust, but they are usually more...
Forum: Roof 06-08-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Either one, silicone or acrylic can be easily...

Either one, silicone or acrylic can be easily recoated. And they both seal the roof from leaks. I'm not sure how you could go wrong either way. You just have to know what type of caulk (silicone or...
Forum: Roof 06-08-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Another reason I did not go with an acrylic...

Another reason I did not go with an acrylic sealant was the lifespan. 7 to 10 years for acrylics, depending on the brand. Lifetime warranty for silicone. About double the price, but worth it for me....
Forum: Roof 06-08-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
The somewhat, but not fully, cured material was...

The somewhat, but not fully, cured material was pulled out of my small pail. It felt like a latex mask. I just walked out and checked my roof. It feels stiff, but still rubbery. Has some give but not...
Forum: Roof 06-07-2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
I actually think you will be quite happy with...

I actually think you will be quite happy with it's performance. In 10 or 15 years, if my roof starts to show any type of deterioration, I'll just give it another coat or two. This stuff may outlast...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 06-06-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,015
Posted By sarge12212
The longer the trailer, the easier it is to back....

The longer the trailer, the easier it is to back. G.O.A.L. (Get Out And Look) and have a plan. As has been said, watch the rear-end swing swingout. You have the right truck, so a quality hitch is all...
Forum: On The Road... 06-02-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,234
Posted By sarge12212
As a long time truck driver, you can only drive...

As a long time truck driver, you can only drive defensively because you can't teach stupid. I move over to give merging traffic room if I can. I watch onramps, as I get to them, just in case. If I...
Forum: Roof 05-27-2021, 05:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Another thing I did that helps. My camper has the...

Another thing I did that helps. My camper has the little windows above the regular windows. I think they call them Vista View windows, but I could be wrong. Anyway, they are not in good shape and are...
Forum: 2016 - Current Flying Cloud 05-26-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 842
Posted By sarge12212
I have an older unit. 1976 30' Excella 500. It...

I have an older unit. 1976 30' Excella 500. It only has one 13k btu a/c. Until I coated the roof with Tropicool 100% silicone roof coating, my camper was a sweatbox. The white roof made a huge...
Forum: Roof 05-26-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Got back Saturday from my trip to Arkansas. No...

Got back Saturday from my trip to Arkansas. No problems with the Tropicool coating. Didn't try to peel off or delaminate. Speeds were normally held to 70-72, but I caught myself going 78 once, lol....
Forum: On The Road... 05-26-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,482
Posted By sarge12212
I got back home last week from a trip to...

I got back home last week from a trip to Fayetteville, AR from St. Augustine, FL, with a stop near Hattiesburg, MS. First leg is about 550 miles and and the second leg is about 515 miles. Did it...
Forum: Roof 05-07-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Another temp update. It's 81 outside, full sun,...

Another temp update. It's 81 outside, full sun, no shade, 1:30pm, 62 inside the Airstream, fairly new 13k btu A/C unit on low cool. I'm fully amazed!
Forum: Roof 05-07-2021, 04:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
It IS basically rollable caulk. I did a lot of...

It IS basically rollable caulk. I did a lot of research before putting it down because getting silicone back up off a surface it's well adhered to would be difficult. You have to be committed! I used...
Forum: Roof 05-06-2021, 05:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Eventually, the camper got up to 80 inside as...

Eventually, the camper got up to 80 inside as the afternoon sun hit more of the unpolished side (clearcoat is shot). Temps also climbed to about 95. I'm planning on a full 3 step polish job soon,...
Forum: Roof 05-05-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Over the last 3 days, I finally coated my...

Over the last 3 days, I finally coated my Airstream rooftop with the Trop-i-cool white silicone that I had originally posted. Before, you could fry an egg on the roof! Now I can walk around up there...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 05-05-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,002
Posted By sarge12212
I just finished coating my '76 30' Excella 500...

I just finished coating my '76 30' Excella 500 rooftop with 3 coats of Henry Trop-i-cool white silicone roof coating. It's 91 outside here in St. Augustine, FL and 73 inside the camper in full...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 04-25-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,018
Posted By sarge12212
Capacitors can knock the crap out of you if your...

Capacitors can knock the crap out of you if your not careful or don't know what you are doing. Whan in doubt, let the RV place fix it.
Forum: Roof 03-30-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Well, it turns out that, after talking to a tech...

Well, it turns out that, after talking to a tech at Henry Company, Tropicool roof coating is just that. Roof only. He said it would not work well for vertical surfaces and their other roof coatings...
Forum: Our Community 03-28-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 9,305
Posted By sarge12212
We are lucky enough to have a place in our...

We are lucky enough to have a place in our driveway large enough for our 30' Excella 500. No HOA to tell us what we can or can't do.
Forum: Roof 03-28-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Right now, I am readying the supplies and...

Right now, I am readying the supplies and ordering the parts I'll need. It should only need a rough sanding with 220 grit and a thorough wash down, in order for the coating to stick. I'm going to...
Forum: Roof 03-23-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,268
Posted By sarge12212
Painting my '77 Excella 500 with Tropicool roof coating.

My old girl has a very tired clearcoat and is hot as a tin can in the summer, even with a new a/c unit. I'm thinking of painting her with 2 coats of white Tropicool down to the belt line. Painting...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 03-15-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,244
Posted By sarge12212
I drive a 2000 model 2500 with the 5.9 Cummins. I...

I drive a 2000 model 2500 with the 5.9 Cummins. I caught it in '02 and paid it off in '06. Over the years I've rebuilt the transfer case and transmission, front end and brakes, starter and...
Forum: General Repair Forum 02-19-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,981
Posted By sarge12212
If it says Made in China, keep your money in your...

If it says Made in China, keep your money in your pocket. You get what you pay for! But Goodyear, Michelin, Yokohama, etc. Sidewalls on cheap, China tires are thin. Any curb check and you might be...
Forum: General Repair Forum 02-17-2020, 04:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,040
Posted By sarge12212
When I replaced the worn out axles on my '77...

When I replaced the worn out axles on my '77 Excella 500, I went from 4500 axles to 6000 axles and had the down-angle changed to, I think, 30. That angle change lifted the camper about 3" and made...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 02-09-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,954
Posted By sarge12212
Add a ball valve between the bottles and the...

Add a ball valve between the bottles and the camper. Install a 10k btu blue flame heater on the bulkhead. Store the Mr. Buddy away where you can't find it as it's dangerous to use indoors. ����
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-26-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,844
Posted By sarge12212
If you can afford a Sprinter you can, most...

If you can afford a Sprinter you can, most likely, afford to keep the DEF heater working properly. I also imagine that you can afford overpriced Mercedes DEF fluid in tiny little bottles. If you...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 01-12-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,017
Posted By sarge12212
I prefer to tow on-the-ball with linear sway...

I prefer to tow on-the-ball with linear sway control bars. I don't need the WD hitch and like to keep it simple. When I had new axles installed on my '77 Excella 500 the shop said my hitch was...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 12-25-2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,880
Posted By sarge12212
I agree, get rid of the electric water heater....

I agree, get rid of the electric water heater. It's too much of a power drain. A gas unit uses almost no power and heats much quicker. I also got rid of the furnace and heat ducts altogether. This...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-15-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 21,340
Posted By sarge12212
Dodge 2500s and 3500s have also been known to...

Dodge 2500s and 3500s have also been known to have the Death Wobble. I understand it is from wear in the steering sector. I rebuilt the front end with new ball joints, steering arms and track bars,...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 09-25-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,599
Posted By sarge12212
It could have frame/axle issues as well. Not sure...

It could have frame/axle issues as well. Not sure Ohio or anyone could quote a repair without the camper in front of them. So sorry....
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-22-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,683
Posted By sarge12212
I pull a 30' Excella 500 with a Dodge 2500 4x4,...

I pull a 30' Excella 500 with a Dodge 2500 4x4, with 5.9 Cummins. I have found that W/D hitches of any kind are NOT needed. Sway control IS, and I use 2 linear-brake sway bars and tow on the ball. My...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 09-11-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,467
Posted By sarge12212
I live in a hurricane area. I love my AS because...

I live in a hurricane area. I love my AS because it is always ready to go as a bugout vehicle. If my house gets damaged, I'm still not homeless! I can't and never will be homeless!! Plus it's long...
Forum: On The Road... 09-08-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,086
Posted By sarge12212
They call y'all "Leaf Peepers", lol!

They call y'all "Leaf Peepers", lol!
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 09-08-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,172
Posted By sarge12212
First, make sure the pilot flame stays on, has...

First, make sure the pilot flame stays on, has ENOUGH flame (partially blocked orifice) and the thermocouple is IN the flame. If all those things look good, replace the thermocouple. If that doesn't...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 09-02-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 13,583
Posted By sarge12212
FYI, lots of space available in Cedar Key...

FYI, lots of space available in Cedar Key campgrounds. I was there late this afternoon. And they are having a $47 for two days special.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 09-02-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 13,583
Posted By sarge12212
Still a lot of spaces at Cedar Key!

Still a lot of spaces at Cedar Key!
Forum: Our Community 09-02-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 338
Posted By sarge12212
Hurricane Dorian bugout

FYI, there are lots of open spaces in the Cedar Key campgrounds. Rates are super cheap for evacuees. I'm at:
Sunset Isle RV Resort
11850 St. Rd. 24
Cedar Key, FL 32625
352-543-5375...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 08-14-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,129
Posted By sarge12212
I am a propane service tech. If you have ...

I am a propane service tech. If you have sprayed all your connections with a strong soap and water mix and still think you have a leak, turn off your tank and find a local propane service company...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-11-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,637
Posted By sarge12212
Really? I've never seen anyone put a torque...

Really? I've never seen anyone put a torque wrench on a hitch ball! Seems like an excess of caution and needless anxiety over a simple issue. It's not rocket science, so don't overthink it!
Put...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 08-11-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,809
Posted By sarge12212
Instead, try giving the Predator 3500 inverter...

Instead, try giving the Predator 3500 inverter generator from Harbor Freight a chance. It gets great reviews, some of them from other camper users. Cost is less than half of the Honda 3000i, which...
Forum: Full-Timing, Winter Living & Workamping 07-28-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 17,519
Posted By sarge12212
When I planned to spend the winter in my '77 30'...

When I planned to spend the winter in my '77 30' Exsella 500, I completely repiped the plumbing. The charge controller makes a lot of heat and vents it down the passenger wall. The kitchen and...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-28-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,289
Posted By sarge12212
I did something similar to what you want to do,...

I did something similar to what you want to do, as far as wanting to live in my AS while I built my cabin. So, knowing I'd be living in it awhile, I baught the largest AS I could afford. Luckily, I...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-21-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,723
Posted By sarge12212
It sort of depends WHICH Ram 2500 you have. My...

It sort of depends WHICH Ram 2500 you have. My 2000 RAM 2500 W/ 5.9 CUMMINS infers that it is a 3/4 ton truck. Except the fact that it is a 6-speed HD with the same Dana 80 rear end of a 1ton and...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-04-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,155
Posted By sarge12212
Sounds like you will be on I70 a lot. There are...

Sounds like you will be on I70 a lot. There are times where I70 is closed to all traffic except 4x4s and chained vehicles. That being said, you're retired and don't HAVE to move your Interstate off...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-03-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 10,155
Posted By sarge12212
I'm a long-term 4wheel driver. That being said,...

I'm a long-term 4wheel driver. That being said, you are correct that a Sprinter doesn't need 4x4. What it NEEDS is to be parked until the inclement weather and roadways clear.
Forum: On The Road... 06-30-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,354
Posted By sarge12212
"There can be only one!" I only display the Stars...

"There can be only one!" I only display the Stars and Strips. I have friends who were Marines and family members who were/are Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard. I don't fly those flags because I don't...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 06-23-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 14,358
Posted By sarge12212
I might get kicked out of the Forum for saying...

I might get kicked out of the Forum for saying this, but an Airstream is not really the best full-time live-aboard camper you can get. It's smaller, square footage wise than most tiny homes.
If we...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 06-23-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,181
Posted By sarge12212
Isn't that just the way of the world? Some...

Isn't that just the way of the world?
Some people have more money than you and are comfortable spending it because 50 or 60k is less of a percentage of their total income than yours. And that's ok....
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