Last night the the entry handle broke on the coach door, so glad we have the truck cab doors and could still get in and out. Went to a local rv parts place to get a replacement and they had it marketed up 50% over the internet price. The replacement piece is suppose to be "improved". It is also a little different so I modified the strike plate to fit the guide pins. What a pita. It did the same thing about 6 years ago. To fix it you break out the outside handle and drill a bunch of holes to make a bigger hole so you can get the springs and latch deal out of the strike plate. Hope I don't have to do it again.
Travel safe everyone.
Walmart indeed, The original from the engineering days were stupidly expensive. Then I started building ETs, glasses doubled up as safety glasses, for drilling, pounding, grinding, painting, etc. This routine requires weekly session of toothpaste and tooth brush on the lenses to bring them back from opaque to transparent again. They last approximately a year which dovetails with the visit to optometrist and a new set of corrective lenses. And the cycle repeats itself.
I know these look goofy and geeky because of their oversize nature, but they serve two functions very well. Great face shields particularly when grinding and painting and don't require much head moving (only eyeballs) in all directions to get the corrected vision.
Needless to say the expensive frames went bye-bye long time ago, Walmart is my hero, do you know you can find a passable quality frames in there starting at $18 bucks. And the bifocals and trifocals come to all shops from the same optical lens sweat shops anyway.
You know we might be regressing a bit back to the long-hair and bellbottom days a bit here where maybe ….”Less”is “More”…...sorta
So in the 80's up at some of the well known Low-Speed Wind Tunnels the DOT and just about every truck builder started hogging a lot of tunnel time with some pretty cool concept Truck and Trailers and the numbers were VERY impressive over all…...of course the research led to the “Aero-Trucks” that we have today…..However the trailers while impressive in testing numbers never really have made it to market for several reasons.
The truck AND trailer Aero-Tech is not really rocket science and really not that expensive to design and build for a RV application but I am not sure what the market would be for a 15 MPG AVERAGE HDT RV??
The test number that was most stunning as I recall was the vast DECREASE in cruise horse power required for the Aero-rig combo thereby gaining the impressive MPG increases.
The basic concept was three parts, Aero-Tactor, Active-Faired-Hitch-To-Trailer and then a well faired trailer aft-body…..
Could be a very impressive RV…...
Drive on…….(Low drag RV…..)