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Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 05-06-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,201
Posted By jrolls
RviBrake.com sells a similar switch which I use...

RviBrake.com sells a similar switch which I use to disconnect the battery on my dingy for towing. Either if these are easy to install and work well.
Forum: Full-Timing 02-22-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,814
Posted By jrolls
Same with is. We have a Volcano which we use with...

Same with is. We have a Volcano which we use with charcoal most of the time rather than propane bottles. The companion dutch oven is very useful for meals providing leftovers for several days.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-14-2020, 12:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,772
Posted By jrolls
Cummins, which owns Fleetgard, does make this...

Cummins, which owns Fleetgard, does make this filter for some of the Dodge Cummins motors, but my research indicates not for Ford or GM. Nothing for my Collie which has a filter from 40 years ago....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-12-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,772
Posted By jrolls
I agree and did not know this 'solution'...

I agree and did not know this 'solution' existed. I will check with Fleetgard to see if they have a fitment for my two diesels.
Forum: Tires 09-10-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,468
Posted By jrolls
Oh yes, pre-balancing, per Centramatic, is not...

Oh yes, pre-balancing, per Centramatic, is not necessary.
Forum: Tires 09-10-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,468
Posted By jrolls
If you call Centramatic, they will quiz you on...

If you call Centramatic, they will quiz you on your wheels and vehicles and give you the best information on the relevant part number(s). If, by chance, they have no product for your application,...
Forum: Tires 09-10-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,468
Posted By jrolls
I strongly agree with the above as I used...

I strongly agree with the above as I used Centramatics on all 3 of my Airstreams ending with the 2005 Classic 30 which we sold in 2017.
Forum: Our Community 07-15-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,165
Posted By jrolls
A further, but more specific reference to KOAs is...

A further, but more specific reference to KOAs is that Salt Lake City has a VERY GOOD facility on North Temple St, practically in the middle of town. Easy access to street cars and walking downtown....
Forum: Our Community 07-14-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,165
Posted By jrolls
We use the Campendium website a great deal as it...

We use the Campendium website a great deal as it seems to have many out of the way sites AND many Airstreamers post reviews here.
Forum: On The Road... 06-30-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,992
Posted By jrolls
We have a John Leake 5er and display US, UT (now...

We have a John Leake 5er and display US, UT (now SD), Navy Jack (Don't Tread on Me), Happy Hour and Phoenix Int'l Speedway. Always lighted at night. Now mounted to rear ladder on our 2017 Thor...
Forum: On The Road... 04-17-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,695
Posted By jrolls
Thank goodness for someone who knows what it is...

Thank goodness for someone who knows what it is like to drive a class 8 semi with close to 80k# to horse around. I have over 2 million mi and agree with the above PLUS I have the following comment:...
Forum: Airstream Lifestyle 03-30-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,067
Posted By jrolls
RIVETED We finally sold the Airstream and...

RIVETED

We finally sold the Airstream and bought a Thor Tuscany 45' for full-timing in retirement. Sorry to see it go, but the plate is now free for some other Airstream soul!
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-20-2019, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,012
Posted By jrolls
We sold our 3rd AS in late 2016 and bought a 2017...

We sold our 3rd AS in late 2016 and bought a 2017 45' Thor Tuscany. Our original plan was to tow dolly our Hyundai Sonata Hybrid so we tried it with a U-Haul dolly on our maiden trip from Indiana to...
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 09-11-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,231
Posted By jrolls
Ours came OEM with Kodiak's from the factory. We...

Ours came OEM with Kodiak's from the factory. We tow about 7,500 mi/yr and have only replaced the pads about 3 yrs ago. The rotors and calipers were in VG condition and we've never had any bearing...
Forum: Airstream Oddities 09-05-2017, 10:15 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 13,207
Posted By jrolls
We've had an '93 Excella 500 and '00 and '05...

We've had an '93 Excella 500 and '00 and '05 Classics, and all had OEM back up lights.
Forum: Brakes & Brake Controllers 08-20-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,231
Posted By jrolls
I think ours was one of the first to be equipped...

I think ours was one of the first to be equipped with OEM disc brakes as it was ordered by the dealer in Sept 2004 and on the lot when we purchased it. It was the aforementioned Kodiak conversion...
Forum: Tires 07-26-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,394
Posted By jrolls
Amen to that Brother! We have caught several...

Amen to that Brother! We have caught several leaks due to 'pickups' on the road which enabled us to change tires/get service BEFORE a blowout or other tire failure. One in NV was in the middle of...
Forum: Stella's Kitchen 05-12-2017, 09:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,898
Posted By jrolls
We use the Volcano Grill, www.volcanogrills.com,...

We use the Volcano Grill, www.volcanogrills.com, as it burns wood, briquettes and propane. It collapses to less than 8" and fits nicely in the rear compartment. Great for Dutch Oven cooking, too! It...
Forum: On The Road... 05-05-2017, 12:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,560
Posted By jrolls
You requested information on State Parks, and you...

You requested information on State Parks, and you have some great recommendations. BUT, have you considered the Minnesota Airstream Park in Clear Lake? It really is a respite from the summer heat,...
Forum: The Pet Forum 04-26-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,319
Posted By jrolls
These posts by others are correct, in our...

These posts by others are correct, in our experiences. Every time we've come back, it seems that US Customs are much more inquisitive. When returning from SK a couple of years ago, US customs wanted...
Forum: On The Road... 03-25-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,621
Posted By jrolls
Well, I respectfully disagree, to an extent, with...

Well, I respectfully disagree, to an extent, with the previous posts. The 'citrus', not the harder 'acid wash' will not harm the aluminum coating. Also, the RainX wash at the end is a good treatment...
Forum: On The Road... 03-04-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,845
Posted By jrolls
We did Top of the World both ways in early June...

We did Top of the World both ways in early June 2016. The advice about spare tire changing is important, but there is little chance you can accurately forecast the weather. Just do it! We found that...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 02-18-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 9,860
Posted By jrolls
We went the hard-wired route inside next to the...

We went the hard-wired route inside next to the breaker box. On a rally we hosted a couple of years ago in a VERY up-market RV resort, it would not let us bring in power after repeated attempts, and...
Forum: On The Road... 02-07-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,242
Posted By jrolls
One beautiful UT State park was omitted:...

One beautiful UT State park was omitted: Kodachrome Basin State Park is FANTASTIC. Eastman Kodak allowed the State to use it's copyrighted name for a reason. It is located near Tropic and is an easy...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 01-18-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,151
Posted By jrolls
It depends on how often you need to access that...

It depends on how often you need to access that front storage space. For us, the only slight disadvantage is that the upper components need to be pulled to refill the propane tanks, but that MIGHT be...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 11-17-2016, 11:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,746
Posted By jrolls
We use the Reese Strait Line WD hitch with dual...

We use the Reese Strait Line WD hitch with dual cam sway control with 1,000# bars. We're on our 3rd coach, and it has served us well. We had to use a shank with a deeper drop to level the coach, but...
Forum: Exterior Restoration Forum 11-17-2016, 11:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,151
Posted By jrolls
We've had our Arvika for 2 years mounted with a...

We've had our Arvika for 2 years mounted with a Reese StraitLine hitch with dual cam sway control. No issues at all. We carry 2 bikes, my aluminum mountain bike and my wife's cruiser using the...
Forum: On The Road... 10-14-2016, 12:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,948
Posted By jrolls
Boulder Creek in Lone Pine is one of our...

Boulder Creek in Lone Pine is one of our favorites for full hook ups. We were in the valley for a week last year. USFS campgrounds in the Alabama Hills are real scenic, but may be closing shortly. ...
Forum: On The Road... 08-19-2016, 01:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,084
Posted By jrolls
You have some great advice/comments regarding JT,...

You have some great advice/comments regarding JT, and based on our experience they are right on point.

Regarding Yosemite, we were there last year while camping in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine...
Forum: Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 08-08-2016, 11:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,019
Posted By jrolls
We also have the 'Big Buddy' and find it very...

We also have the 'Big Buddy' and find it very useful when we spend the night at a rest area (or whereever) on the way out of UT to warmer climes during our yearly Christmas holiday trips. We close...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 08-02-2016, 11:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,890
Posted By jrolls
Maybe the pix is an optical 'delusion', BUT it...

Maybe the pix is an optical 'delusion', BUT it looks to me that neither the TV nor A/S is level. Looks like either the ball height is wrong or not enough tension on the spring bars. We tow our A/S...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 07-28-2016, 04:43 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,908
Posted By jrolls
For the 6 years we owned our '93 Excella 1000...

For the 6 years we owned our '93 Excella 1000 29', we used an Equal-i-zer with a friction sway control bar, and we always disconnected the sway control when backing. As I remember, back then the...
Forum: The Pet Forum 07-16-2016, 04:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,552
Posted By jrolls
AMEN Brother!!

AMEN Brother!!
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 05-21-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,689
Posted By jrolls
One of the benefits of the MaxxFan Deluxe is that...

One of the benefits of the MaxxFan Deluxe is that the fan works very well in the rain. With Fantastic Fans, you must install the large vent covers in order to run them safely in the rain. Also, the...
Forum: Tires 05-14-2016, 11:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,786
Posted By jrolls
I have used the TST system for many years on both...

I have used the TST system for many years on both our Airstream and my 'big truck' and flatbed. It has 'saved my bacon' several times on the Airstream, and I was able to avoid a dangerous tire...
Forum: On The Road... 05-07-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,673
Posted By jrolls
As frequent campers in the excellent UT State...

As frequent campers in the excellent UT State Park system, we'd recommend Dead Horse State Park outside Moab for the Arches/Canyonland NPs and Kodachrome Basin State Park as a 'base camp' for...
Forum: Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 05-04-2016, 04:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,900
Posted By jrolls
We replaced our Thetford Bravura (OEM) with a...

We replaced our Thetford Bravura (OEM) with a Dometic 320 high rise with sprayer about 9 months ago. As the previous posts indicate, BE SURE of your dimensions/clearances! Our install took me 30 ...
Forum: On The Road... 04-28-2016, 02:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,700
Posted By jrolls
A little to the west of the area you are...

A little to the west of the area you are considering is Kodachrome Basin State Park. 'Kodachrome' says everything you need to know. Right in the middle of Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon an d Zion...
Forum: On The Road... 04-26-2016, 10:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,189
Posted By jrolls
Some good venues suggested here by others. I...

Some good venues suggested here by others. I strongly recommend the Minnesota Airstream Park. It is especially nice, well landscaped, friendly and helpful staff, and nice strolls around looking at...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-19-2016, 09:31 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,989
Posted By jrolls
We hard-wired our Surge Guard and it fits nicely...

We hard-wired our Surge Guard and it fits nicely in a cabinet over the bed. A simple 30 min job. Nothing to plug in at the pedestal, and it is out-of-sight/out-of-mind doing the job. Also it is...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 04-17-2016, 12:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,989
Posted By jrolls
We have used a hard-wired Surge Guard 3450 in our...

We have used a hard-wired Surge Guard 3450 in our Airstream for the past 7 years. At a rally in UT last year, also at a two-year old 'upmarket' RV Park, we could not get the Surge Guard to connect...
Forum: Jacks, Stabilizers, Lifting and Leveling 04-13-2016, 12:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,312
Posted By jrolls
Following the owners' manual, Wingezzer's...

Following the owners' manual, Wingezzer's response is a 'no brainer' for dual axle trailers. Never had to consider it until last summer between Bishop CA and Wendover NV (the middle of nowhere with...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-26-2016, 11:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,756
Posted By jrolls
I am not sure what 'recently' means as these bars...

I am not sure what 'recently' means as these bars date from 2001 when we bought our 2nd Airstream, a 2000 Classic 28.
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 02-25-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,756
Posted By jrolls
Are you talking about the RECEIVER or the spring...

Are you talking about the RECEIVER or the spring bars? Spring bars are usually classified as round bar or trunnion. As has been stated above the RECEIVER,which bolts onto the TV can also have a...
Forum: Flat-Front (Cutter, Clipper, XC, XL & Skydeck) Motorhomes 02-21-2016, 12:08 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 65,590
Posted By jrolls
We are actively looking for either a 2006/7 A39...

We are actively looking for either a 2006/7 A39 or XL396. We are looking to retire soon and want to full time for a few years, and we would prefer to stay in WBCCI. Otherwise we'll have to go to one...
Forum: On The Road... 02-12-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,810
Posted By jrolls
AMEN to jsutro's post! We tow with an Armada and...

AMEN to jsutro's post! We tow with an Armada and have had NO ISSUES with rear clearance even in tight turns. Arvika makes a quality product. Also, the extra support bracket is a must even for two...
Forum: On The Road... 02-08-2016, 09:51 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,279
Posted By jrolls
AMEN to cwf!! Our TST has 'saved our bacon'...

AMEN to cwf!! Our TST has 'saved our bacon' several times and alerted us to an issue before it became a PROBLEM!
Forum: On The Road... 02-06-2016, 10:45 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,810
Posted By jrolls
We too have an ARVIKA 2- bike rack and have found...

We too have an ARVIKA 2- bike rack and have found that it is very stable and sturdy. Quite frankly, I like to see the bikes as we are traveling so as to know everything is OK. Yes, it is a bit...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 01-13-2016, 11:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,727
Posted By jrolls
We have towed our current A/S with a 2010 Nissan...

We have towed our current A/S with a 2010 Nissan Armada SE over 65,000 miles with NO adverse issues. Since the Armada has a 9,100# tow limit, we carefully keep the A/S to no more than 8,500# and get...
Forum: On The Road... 01-12-2016, 11:54 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,279
Posted By jrolls
We have used TST on our current A/S and its two...

We have used TST on our current A/S and its two predecessor sisters, and it is on my current class 8 Kenworth tractor and Western flatbed and its predecessor brothers. For over 10 years this system...
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