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  1. My guess is that if you end up with this unit and after the first year of the inevitable dozen or so issues you will have with any new RV this one issue will fade to insignificance.
  2. RBH

    Heartland 4100 King bent axle.

    I doubt that Heartland is the axle manufacturer. Are they not Dexter axles? There are plenty of sources for axles besides the manufacturer of the trailer. Heartland probably has to order them from the axle manufacturer and then send them on to you adding an unnecessary extra step to the process.
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    Horst Miracle Probes

    Been working perfectly for over five years. Comforting to see empty when the tanks have been drained.
  4. Bearing grease does NOT "settle" under any circumstances. Annual servicing of packed bearings is a good idea if only to inspect the parts and the brakes. It is not necessary to repack bearings annually or at 12,000 miles. My bearings are the sealed cartridge type employed in all modern automotive applications and never get repacked, nor can they be. They have been in use for several years and the only inspection needed is to unload the wheel and check for play.
  5. But impossible to do with AGMs.
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    M2-106 Air leak

    Air/water bleed valve on the forward tank has been my continuing problem. Crud gets into the valve then it won't seal up. I've taken it off a few times and cleaned it out but nothing lasts. After every use it refuses to seal because rusty crud in the tank keeps fouling the seal. Finally decided that since I was crawling under a couple of times a year to remove and clean the valve anyway I would just replace it with a plug. I can bleed off the air with the air hose hook-up then remove the plug to drain. I sure wish they would have used stainless steel to make these tanks.
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    RV Batteries

    I would still double check to make sure the wire they are using is adequate. Wire size calculators are easily found on the internet. If in doubt go to the next heavier gauge as there is no problem with too heavy a wire but big problems with too light a gauge and the price difference is not that much of a factor.
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    Roofing Materials?

    Hmmm...... that's not been my experience. I purchased some "moisture resistant" plywood from Menards a while back. If all plywood is marine grade why was this labeled as such? I have also had recent plywood that came completely apart when wet.
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    Bleeding brakes

    Another way to activate the hydraulic brake pump is to use a "remote starter" switch. Essentially a momentary on push button switch that mechanics use to activate the starter from under the hood. With long enough patch cords the switch can be used to activate the pump from under the trailer at the caliper. You are than able to activate the switch, open the bleeder, run the fluid thru until it comes out clear, close the bleeder and deactivate the switch. Of course you have to make sure that the reservoir never goes empty. I up-end a quart size bottle of brake fluid into the neck of the reservoir, it will automatically feed fluid as the level drops and if you are using a quart size bottle and vacuum tube pushed onto the bleeder nipple to catch the outgoing fluid you know exactly when to change out the feed bottle. Once you have the set up the actual bleeding goes very quickly. All this works only if the bleeders aren't seized of course which is a topic for another discussion.
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    Roofing Materials?

    Whatever thickness of plywood I used it would have to be "moisture resistant" or Marine grade plywood. If I were building RVs ALL the plywood used would be moisture resistant.
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    Roof material

    Years ago we did a tour of the Mobile Suites factory, it was just when TPO was coming into use. The question arose as to why MS was sticking to EPDM and the answer was that they found that the flannel backing on TPO would wick moisture up into the roof structure if there was any break in the caulking. Fast forward a couple of years to our then new Cameo with TPO roofing. The first two years were spent in and out of various shops trying to figure out why water was showing up in the rear basement compartment. Finally out of desperation I peeled back a corner of the roof membrane and found it was wet as far as I could see. Had the whole membrane replaced and insisted on EPDM. It was found that water had wicked up into the whole rear section of the roof and destroyed the roof deck and several interior panels. Haven't had a problem in the seven years since. TPO is fine as long as there is NO break in any of the caulking around the edge or in any of the penetrations, which is to say good luck with that.
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    Buying an RV out of state

    Also be aware that you may get double taxed. Some states accept that you paid sales tax in the state you bought it from and some do not, forcing you to pay taxes in both states. My state, Michigan is good. Don't know about Ohio.
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    New Vs Used

    I would suggest rv.org for ratings on new and used 5ers. While many have issues with their ratings they will at least get you thinking about what to look for in an RV. The first things you should look at are the frame construction and the CCC (cargo carrying capacity). A lot of cheap construction can be hidden behind glitzy fabrics and finishes. The two criteria above will weed out much of the dross and believe me the cheap stuff is the rule in this industry. Think 70's and 80's big three offerings, K-cars, Pintos etc and you will have a pretty good handle on today's run of the mill RVs. No matter which new unit you buy it will likely have a laundry list of problems the first couple of years. BUT, don't be discouraged. The RV lifestyle is easily worth whatever hurdles you have to overcome.
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    SRW vs DRW

    Another thing you should consider is that your 1st RV will most likely not be your last RV. Most everyone I know has used their first and even second RVs as learning experiences before settling on a long term unit. You would not like to have to trade up in tow vehicles at the same time. The moral of this story is to buy a tow vehicle that will be adequate for that second or third RV the first time and save yourself a LOT of money. I wish I had bought our MDT when I bought our first 5er. Instead I'm on my 3rd truck and lost money on the first two as they became overloaded.
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    Antifreeze question

    Used to be all anti-freeze was green. Now there are so many different formulations that it can get confusing. My Freightliner with a Cat came with "long Life" antifreeze that needed SCA boosting occasionally. When it came time to replace the coolant I asked my dealer to use "Extended life" anti-freeze that does not require SCA boosting. Well they did not know or realize the difference and replaced it with the original "long life" stuff. Fortunately I found that "Fleet Charge" has a converter fluid that can change "long life" to "Extended life" so I was able to get the advantage of not having to keep up with SCAs without another full replacement . There are also test strips that can check the level of nitrates in the coolant (the SCAs that protect from cavitation corrosion).
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