DuneElliot

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    Adventuring, horses, dogs, backpacking, meeting new people, seeing new places, experiencing different cultures

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  1. I did a lot of Googling about well-nuts and people's experiences. According to several RVers they tend not to work so well into the plywood that comprises the top of the their trailers and tend to loosen over time.
  2. Lots of helpful information. Thank you. Now, when my other two panels arrive I will be ready to install.
  3. Thanks John. That helps a lot. The closest, and pretty much only vent, near to where my batteries and charge controller are located is the fan vent that is in the bedroom area (everything else is on the back half of the camper). I think it would make the most sense to use that one as it is more or less a straight shot down to the charge controller (still trying to determine location for this) and then the battery compartment, all the while trying to keep my cables as short as possible.
  4. My fridge vent is on the side of the camper, and half way down. I have a vent I could use that I am seriously thinking about making use of. It already has protection with a vent cover.
  5. Okay, thanks. Just the information I was looking for. Do they carry the Dicor Self-Leveling Sealant at Home Depot or Ace? Also, what about the hole the cables have to go through in the roof? The Dicor stuff seems like it would just drip through.
  6. So with my EPDM roof re-sealed (bugs and all) I am now looking to install my solar panels as soon as my exchanged panels arrive. I am particularly nervous about adding holes to my roof for obviously reasons, but since it is necessary for screws etc to hold the panels in place what sealant do I use for the screws and screw holes and to cover the screw heads when done? Also, I'm guessing, to run the cables down from the roof and to the charge controller (unless I can redirect them on the outside or through a vent). I have zero experience doing this so any recommendations and insight will be helpful. (I have read and reread as much information as I could find regarding the use of well nuts and screws vs standard screws. I really leaning away from well nuts due to the construction of my roof and other reports of them loosening in roofs similar to mine).
  7. I've heard Casper is supposed to double in size for the eclipse (okay, a slightly hyperbole)...not to mention Jackson and other places in between. It is predicted that the "population" of Wyoming would increase by 25% during the time of the eclipse. What other states can say that!!! 70,000 is a tenth of our population!
  8. Yes. That's what I was recommended by everyone so that's what I used.
  9. Well I got the scrubbing and cleaning done last night...it looked so clean and pretty. It took less effort than I thought, partly because when I had used an "RV/Mobile Home" roof coat it peeled all the dirt off with it when I removed it in sheets!! I almost wish I'd done that to the whole roof, but I hadn't originally done the back 6 ft. Due to expected high temperatures today I started early and took a brush to all the edging and also cut around all the roof stuff (vents, AC unit, skylights etc). That used up a little under half a can. I then only used the rest of that can and most of another one to finish the roof with a quality roller. I was expecting to use 4 gallons (what I had ordered) for a 27ft trailer and I certainly didn't put a thin layer on. It wasn't super thick either, but I think it was suitable according to the directions and what others have said. It looks nice...right up until the point it has started becoming a fly graveyard reminiscent of the La Brea tar pits. I guess I'm going to have to live with the carcasses because there's no way to clean them off while the roof is wet. Has anyone else dealt with this? Or dealt with not needing as much as you thought? I haven't done the slide as I didn't think I'd have enough, nor that it needed doing, but with an extra 2 gallons I may just go ahead and do it. I hadn't cleaned it yet so didn't continue with it today.
  10. It does trip when plugged into just the extension cord, but only when I go from Low to High...this suggests to me that it is NOT the RV wiring.
  11. I would go with Option 1 also...you'll not regret the bigger truck. As a single gal with 2 dogs I run with a 3/4 ton truck and 27ft 5W with 1 slide. The size is just about perfect for the 3 of us although could easily go to a 24-25ft camper (either 5W or TT). Keeping the trailer under 30ft will give you a lot of camping choices, both boondocking and in parks. I have never found anywhere I couldn't get with my extended cab truck except for true jeep trails. I also do remote camping with just the truck a lot and I like the option to have a bed with me (I use the back seat vs a camper shell). As far as layout, only you can decide that and walk through the campers you are interest in, act like you are using everything (incl the toilet and shower) to get a feel if it works for you. I ripped out half of the built-in furniture and replaced it with free-standing furniture that works better for me.
  12. I didn't either, and same as LindaH. I don't open any attachments unless I know they are coming. Most viruses and malware don't bother me due to running Linux, but phishing attacks are non-specific to a system and are account details oriented.
  13. Ditto to the above recommendation. While 550 is possible with an RV between Durango and Ouray, and gorgeous to boot, I wouldn't recommend it.
  14. So many routes, so many choices. Whichever way you choose to go the routes are spectacular and you really can't go wrong. I am particularly in favor of the Telluride/Ouray/Silverton/Durango area via Glenwood Springs or Montrse when I make recommendations and although close to Mesa Verde the terrain is very very different.
  15. Okay, less confused now. We just got more moisture (kinda fed up of snow and rain) so will do some more troubleshooting when it clears up. I'll do some outlet cleaning and checking, and also test the heater elsewhere but I did try a different heater (make, model and style) and had the same issue. What leads me to believe that it is not the RV wiring itself is that the GFCI outlet tripped when the heater was plugged directly into the extension cord and turned from low up to high.