KodiakJack

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  1. Our TireMinder TPMS has alerted us twice to pending peril. First was low pressure. Since the tire was still at 65 psig I raised the rigg and spun the tire to see if there was a nail. The screeching/clanking sound from the drum as the tire rotated turned us back to the town we just left. Luck perhaps but without the alarm the brakes condition would no doubt have gotten worse. Second time was high temperature on the Alcan after a long downhill. We had pulled over for a break and were just saddling back up when it alarmed. Checked the tire/drum and it was very hot. Raised it up to see what was up and wound up pulling the drum to check the bearings. Turns out a bearing seal went and grease got all over the drum/shoe. I though on this one latter and decided the latent heat rose after we stopped to increase the tires temperature to the point it alarmed. I am a believer in a good TPMS. I have tried a couple different extenders for the inner on our dulley and both worked fine. Trick is to mount the wheels so that you can access the screw on transmitter. Later, J
  2. I have everything we carry deployed right now; 3 @ 10' and 1 @ 2'. We also carry a macerator pump and 50' of 3/4" hose for it. You can't have too much. Speaking of which storage was an issue until I replaced the storage tube with a PVC fence post sleeve. It 8' feet long and holds everything including a cut down PVC rain gutter to support the hose when needed. Later, J
  3. Thanks all for your comments and experiences. I will continue to keep Dictor Lap Seal on hand for the roof for sure. I got a couple tubes of the Geocel ProFlex and it seems to be laying down nice and smooth and a few days later was still white and flexible. Now all I need is practice applying these so as not to make a mess. Later, J
  4. There are a lot of areas to keep caulked on an RV. So I am asking folks to recommend the best general purpose flexible caulking they have used. Some of the areas that come to mind are; the leading edge of applied Eternabond tape and EPDM or fiberglass, Rubber D-seals and fiberglass, aluminum door frames and fiberglass, along with miscellaneous exterior trim. There are probably others areas but they escape me as I write. Appreciate hearing your experiences with your favorite caulking. Later, J PS Over time I have noted that the areas where I have applied Dictor Lap Seal, both types, become dirt magnets and are difficult to keep clean. Of course I will continue to use on the topside of the roof unless I find something better.
  5. We are 65' overall and have driven though most of the states mentioned including NJ and NY without a problem. Though the authorities might not be good estimating overall length they excel at counting axles and miles driven on their roads. I paid $120 in tolls (includes Washington Bridge) crossing these two states. Have only crossed in and out of Canada with this rig via British Columbia to date and never had an issue. Later, J
  6. We purchased our like-new Landmark from a Craiglist ad. After looking it over made and offer via email. Couple counter offers later we met at the bank to take title and closed the deal with a bank transfer. It was a good experience and we saved a lot of over the cost of new. Later, J
  7. For the record I am not a victim nor current customer of the "...big bad company..." and my only intent here was simply to call a spade a spade. Later, J PS Please don't suck me into this again especially with an assumption.
  8. I am sorry that you can not see the difference between "limited" and "unlimited". Offering one and getting the other is in fact a classic bait and switch technique in my opinion. But as you (others and I have pointed out) these seemingly simple meanings can be untangle in the fine print. Later, J PS I am out of this.
  9. Self explanatory. Later, J PS Lawyers are generally involved in writing the fine print found in most contracts. PSS How data use has changed over time as described in the examples provided here are very true and in my opinion should have been considered BEFORE offering up the unlimited plans (but of course there was some fine print to maintain and improve future profit margins).
  10. Never forgot to winterize the rig but did freeze up driving down the road once. Though the PEX piping did not burst many snake-bite crimp fitting had to be replaced or recrimped. The pump was toast but the water heater lived as did the holding tanks with the exception of a cracked ABS fitting coming from the forward gray tank. That was a PITA because a major portion of underbelly had to come down and the insulation that got wet (after the thaw) had to be replaced. Even after it is (apparently) fixed problems could still pop up that were not found like in the walls floor or underbelly. Warm weather is a must to figure that out. Personally I'd pass on a rig froze up this hard. Best of luck finding a rig. Later, J
  11. Bait and switch! Later, J PS Of course they will be successful with their position simply because they have more lawyers than the average Joe.
  12. Stan, Thanks for walking me through the process of posting photos on the site. Would have taken my way longer to figure it out without your help. Best to you and your's. Later, J
  13. The LG splits I have installed were mounted horizontal so that the catch pan under the evaporator could collect condensation dripping from it and send it to the drain connect to one end of the pan. Later, J
  14. We use a blue flame heater manufactured by Mr Heater. It works great. Ceramic heaters are also popular. We use the blue flame as much as we can because it is much less expensive to operate. This said non vented propane heaters add moisture into the air. In the Arizona desert we have found this not to be a problem. On the other hand when up north in Alaska where the temperatures get colder the blue flame adds too much moisture so we switch to the furnace during the coldest parts of the day, i.e. night. Stay warm. Later, J
  15. I prefer to dump with a slinky but got a macerator pump for times when we couldn't. It has worked well moochdocking and boondocking. I use a 3/4" hose and pump out the grey tanks after the black. Ran wire from the 12 volt panel to the hose bay where I keep it coiled out of the way until I twist on the flojet and hook it up. If the weather is warm I pause halfway through the first grey tank and finish it and the other grey after the pump cools a bit. Plan on blowing a fuse once in awhile if you don't check that the impeller turns free before you start. A squirt of WD40 to the impeller when finished sounds like a good idea. I like the added camping options a macerator pump provides. Later, J