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Jack Mayer

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  1. Jack Mayer

    Frame Rail Extension Price

    Exactly what moresmoke said. Extending it that far you better know your weights. And how far the pin is out. You just have to be careful in planning it. I assume you calculated the unloading of your front axle in the process. You can do a 9' extension but you are pushing the limits if you are putting the pin all the way out there. You just need to calculate everything out before doing it. Which I assume you have. Which is also why I said I probably did not have all the data. There is a LOT of tailswing and a LOT of dip when extending that far. Also has to be accounted for. But people have done that much and more and they are still driving the rigs.
  2. Anyone know where Teton hid these switches? We have a rig we cannot find the interior switch to the water pump on. You would think with over 40 years RV experience this would be a "non-issue", but I'll be darned if we can find it..... Any help is truly appreciated.
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    Wire type

    Cool. It is always great when a plan works!!!
  4. Jack Mayer

    Frame Rail Extension Price

    So you are extending 9' if I understand you correctly? Really? 9' unsupported is not something I'd do. But then again, I'm not doing it.....Perhaps I'm not understanding correctly.
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    radiant heat for floors

    I could never run my in-floor electric heat boondocking. Even with my relatively large system. I do not consider electric in-floor heat a primary heat source in an RV. I know some do, but I don't.
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    '05 Teton Water Pump Switch - Location

    So it was in the breaker panel area "hidden" on the monitor panel.
  7. Jack Mayer

    Canada HDTs

    In my opinion, having seen many many trucks from Canada, you have to be VERY selective. Not only do the harsh chemicals and winter conditions cause rust, but they prematurely age other aspects of the truck. And some of the CND trucks are in pretty hard service. So knowing the background of the truck is important. I've personally owned a "clean" Canadian-sourced truck. I won't again. But that is just my opinion. If you know what you are looking for there are good trucks to be found in the US.
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    Changing out the STD 5th wheel ????

    There are a lot of "opinions" out there. But in many cases, they are not based on any facts or data. I also prefer to use at least "some" data to form decisions. To some, having less than an optimal solution is fine. I prefer to chase the best solution to a problem. Sometimes there is not a perfect solution.
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    Wire type

    Chad has it nailed. You are going to have an incredibly difficult time with that pull. I've done a similar pull and we had to dig up one of the bends. Even then it was difficult. But I'm not saying it is impossible....only hard. The other advice - to size the neutral the same - is sound advice. There are things that are "allowed" in the code that are not necessarily the best way to do things. Size the neutral the same. BTW, for others and future reference. You cannot have too big a conduit. I never put in less than 3" EVER. There is a cost difference, but you will be glad you paid that bill. I know it is a moot point in this case....but for others.....
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    Changing out the STD 5th wheel ????

    Henry's post above is the very reason I only use an air ride hitch on my personal equipment. I could use anything. But the air ride in COMBINATION with "air cell" acting as a bump dampener, is technically the best combo I have seen to date for a suspension hitch. The data backs that statement up.
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    legal travel problems/solution 48 foot Coach???

    That is simply not true. Wish it was, though.
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    Park pricing on the way up

    If you live anywhere developed that is likely true. It won't take long for them to "discover" what you are doing. Heck, even a "regular" air bnb runs into that, and those are not so obvious.
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    legal travel problems/solution 48 foot Coach???

    Reciprocity extends to registration and drivers license only. On those two items, if you are legal in your home state, you are legal everywhere. A state does not have the ability to "restrict" on those items. Everything else, a state has the right to restrict, and there is no reciprocity unless negotiated between neighboring states (typically).
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    legal travel problems/solution 48 foot Coach???

    What you are being told is what you already know. The 48' single vehicle is illegal everywhere. It is up to you if you want to take the risk, but as Chad said, the dual fronts will definitely draw attention.
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    My Drom

    Nice job. Converting to side-swing doors is going to be much better than a roll-up. I think you will like it.
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    Soliciting electrical expertise at the National HDT Rally.

    I also generally have metri-paks and other connector types in my kit. I'm pretty sure I won't have much spare time at the Rally to actually DO anything, but you are welcome to any of my supplies.
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    Teton Owners Questiom

    The wire is typically under a plate - like that cutout and sealed area you show on your roof.
  18. Jack Mayer

    Getting the Escapees magazine

    Yes, it is a benefit of membership.
  19. Jack Mayer

    Teton Wire Path

    I would NEVER put oil bath hubs on an RV. They sit too long. I've had them, and I've serviced them on other rigs. They are problematic IMO.
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    Park pricing on the way up

    The pricing also has to do with costs. A new campground is VERY expensive to build in most areas. Been there, done that. Plus the amenities that most require now are expensive to put in - like very good wifi for example. The costs in most places just for environmental surveys and permits precludes campgrounds in many cases. Just putting in a septic system and a water system is a major capital expenditure. Then there are the running costs. I see average electric use these days in the $4-5/day area in many places, for many rigs. This is based on our rental RV lots over the last years. So it all adds up..... The cheapest you can put a site in for, assuming a gravel road and gravel site, with 50 amp power, water and septic is going to be around 10K. That is in unrestricted, unregulated areas, and with no land costs. With no amenities at all. That is having all the work done for you. In a regulated area that will probably double. This is for a BASIC setup. It goes downhill from there rapidly. Certainly, there is money to be made in a campground, if done right, and managed right. But it is a tough business.
  21. For inline connection, we use what Chad specified, or we use THESE . On the flat "Anderson" style connectors there is a bulkhead fitting available, although I don't have any at the moment. HERE is an example. This is just an example....what I've used is similar.
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    As far as I know, my DJI Spark does not have "headless" mode. But it is incredibly easy to fly. It has flashing colored lights to tell you which way it is facing. It will hover in position if you let go of the controls. It has obstacle avoidance (unless you turn it off). It will "return home" automatically and land. It will land in your hand, set up properly. It will obey hand gestures (set up properly) for close-in maneuvering. It will "follow" a designated object. In THIS VIDEO you will see in the beginning (half) that the drone is following the truck. We were experimenting. We set the drone to follow the CanAm, and it did, until it got too close to a tree, then it stopped. Manual control moved it along after that. These are amazing devices. The flying you see in that video was done essentially the first time we flew the device. It is that easy.
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    50 Amp Service Question

    John, You can argue the 208Y vs 240 back and forth. These days I'd probably never put in a 208Y system, given the direction that RVs are moving. More and more require at LEAST the 50 amp service (100 amps), and many are moving to larger service requirements. Also, some RVs do now have loads that truly require 240 volts. In particular mini-split Air Conditioning units. Some do require 240. So given that 208Y is not available in many places, and the other requirements, I'd certainly not design for that. (I know you know this - it is mostly a comment for others )
  24. Jack Mayer

    Hi everyone brand new here!!

    We build our bodies at 101" on the deck, and then the wheel molding take up the other inch to 102". You can build any size you want, but you probably want to cover the wheels/tires.
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    The newer more sophisticated drones like the DJI Spark, for $399, are pretty simple to fly and have most of the capabilities of the very expensive larger drones. They also have an excellent camera, but not quite as good as the higher end ones. Really, they are simple to fly, and protect the operator from "most" things.