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  1. We were evacuated from the North Fork, CA area due to the Creek Fire on the 5th, moved the fifth wheel to the FIL's property near Coarsegold. Haven't seen the sun in a week due to the smoke, except as an orange ball. Heading out Friday, going east, and hopefully get far enough to get out of the smoke. I would not recommend anyone to come to California or even Oregon or Washington until these fires are out. The smoke is very bad, and getting worse.
  2. If you are planning to start boondocking, you might as well plan on at least two batteries and maybe even four. You might also consider 6 volt golf cart type batteries.
  3. In addition to the video, go to this link https://www.arprv.com/dometic-ez-install.php and select the model fridge you have for detailed installation. When I installed our ARP device, a fuse was recommended, which I used, and for the slight cost, I can't understand why one wouldn't install the protection. There is the boiler temperature sensor that is wired, plus another thing connected to the tubing which is a ring connector that is just clamped to the tubing. I also have the ARP device that controls additional fans because our fridge is in a slide and needs additional air flow. If you really get stuck, there is a contact page you can submit a question, and Paul will either respond that way or call you direct. https://www.arprv.com/contact-us.php
  4. Have you checked that the 12 volt grounding is good? Possibly you have a loose ground and that is why the batteries are not able to receive a charge.
  5. Why not just replace the backing plate assemblies with self adjusting assemblies? Then you will have new shoes and magnets and they will adjust themselves and you won't have to worry about adjusting while on long trips.
  6. You might be better off using a liquid or powder type treatment rather than one of the packs that look like a detergent pod. Unless there is sufficient agitation, the pack or pod may not break down to mix with any liquids in the tank. There are some of those enzyme treatments that say they work for long extended times compared to those treatments that are not much more than perfume, so for long storage times, maybe those enzymes would be a better choice.
  7. Just to make sure you understand, all pressures are COLD inflation pressures. Do not concern yourself with the pressures as the tires warm up and definitely DO NOT bleed air from the tires when they are warm to keep them below the 80 psi or 65 psi numbers. Put the pressure that your tow vehicle manufacturer says to inflate those tires for your maximum load capacity, and that may be something like 60 in the front and 70 in the rear, but do what the manual for the truck says. On the trailer, the ST trailer tires can run at the max pressure on the sidewalls, and you say that is 65 psi. If you inflate your tires to these numbers, you will have a good start. Just do not under inflate the tires, because that will cause the tires to run hotter, and heat is bad for tires, whether they are on the truck or trailer.
  8. We travel Hwy 93 several times a year towing our fifth wheel. It is good road, and yes there are some long grades to negotiate, but just take your time. Do not be intimidated by traffic following you, just pull off only when safe. Even if you were going 80 MPH, there would still be people wanting to go faster. Make sure you understand the signs when going around the traffic circles in Wickenburg, as they can be confusing if you are not familiar with which road you need to take, as hwy 93 ends and you will be on Hwy 60 east, even though you will think you are going south.
  9. We had just purchased our current rig and were in a trashy RV park for a very short time until our house sold, and a worker lady for the census came knocking. Since we still had our house, we were counted there, but she asked about our RV neighbors, who we didn't know any of, and she went on her way, and this was in late 2012, so they spend a lot of time after the official census year trying to count all that might have been missed.
  10. Most manufacturers do not supply the batteries. These are installed by the dealers, and there should be no reason, for an extra charge, that they couldn't install as many batteries and whatever type you want.
  11. If you change your mind and just have a new or rebuilt cooling unit installed, be sure to install the ARP device. After we had two cooling unit failures less than six months apart over four years ago, I installed an ARP at the second replacement. That unit is still working, even better than when the fridge was new when we bought the rig. We fulltime, so the fridge is never turned off.
  12. We've been registering our vehicles through Americas Mailbox since we went full time and established our domicile in SD. They send us an email verifying what vehicles we have, and after I email back what we have, they email the amount of a check to be made out to Pennington County Treasurer, and they request it as cashiers check, which costs us nothing extra at Wells Fargo. Have never had a problem doing this.
  13. We've had a Magellan Roadmate RV9145T since 2013, and it has lifetime map updates, and just like many of these, they are only as good as the databases for roads. Sometimes it takes several years to get new or relocated roads into a new database for these things. Also, any phone based mapping program is not a GPS (these use a real satellite), lose your phone service and you also lose the directions. We upgraded to this unit when our non RV GPS led us to a narrow winding road through a little town in Oregon, because it didn't know we were pulling a large 5er. We have had a number of times when this GPS routed us to a different road than where we would have thought we should go, only to find there was a low bridge or underpass where we thought we should go, and the GPS avoided the problem, which is why the RV/truck GPS is so much better for these large RV's.
  14. This is a dealer that sells RV's on consignment. https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/used-rvs-for-sale
  15. I have been using Carbonite for many years, even before we went full time. It works, and even if one of our computers totally failed, I can still restore everything from my Carbonite account. I can even view anything backed up with my phone app. It's not cheap, but losing important data can cost much more. We travel with an HP desktop inkjet printer, sits on our desk in the fifth wheel, and have no problems with it.
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