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About mptjelgin

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    Medina, Texas and on the road.
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  1. Re-read his post. He intentionally under filled it with the intent of topping it off using (presumably) the dipstick reading. But forgot to do so until 2 weeks ago.
  2. 6 quarts is correct for the 2003 V-10 in your motorhome. So there is no reason that 5 3/4 quarts should cause a leak. When you say "forming around the A/C compressor belt" do you mean at the compressor itself or somewhere else, like where the belt goes around crankshaft pulley? Because that one belt runs everything on the vehicle (water pump, alternator, A/C, power steering) and weaves a pretty tortuous path!
  3. We have 520 watts of panels. We used the two Renogy batteries to replace the previous 4 golf cart batteries. The Renogy batteries can be drawn down more deeply, but provide slightly less total usable capacity that the four lead acid batteries. But, there was a tremendous reduction in weight (250 pounds vs. 52 pounds), less ongoing maintenance, and presumably longer life. At a higher cost, of course. We are not long-term boondockers, but like having the solar/battery capacity for several days of boondocking, livability during power outages, etc. The 180 usable amp-hours of the batteri
  4. It is Renogy. I have two of their 100aH Lithium batteries in my fifth-wheel and they have worked well. I purchased them during one of their frequent sales and paid $680 per battery 2 years ago.
  5. A different, simple way to introduce air into your water heater is to take an empty water hose, hook it up to your city water inlet, and then turning on the water hydrant. Once you've done that, open a hot water faucet in the RV (very important, do not open a cold water faucet!). The air in the hose will bubble and gurgle it way into the water heater. You should get some sputtering out of the hot water faucet to let you know that you've got an adequate bubble. If you don't, empty the hose and repeat. While it is possible that you've got a faulty T&P valve, it is more likely th
  6. I just ordered a couple of batteries for my camera and chose "free shipping" since I'm not in a hurry for them. I groaned when I saw that they were shipped "UPS Sure Post" which is the system where UPS carries them most of the way, and then turns them over to USPS. I have only had a few experiences with Sure Post but each has been bad. You are dealing with two tracking systems, one (UPS) of which works well, and the other (USPS) which hardly works at all. If the package is lost or delayed it is very difficult to pin down who has it, when they got it, where it is, and when it is supposed to b
  7. There are kingpin locks that surround the pin and prevent anyone from hitching up to it (unless they cut the lock off). We bought one when we started out, used it for a year or so and then stopped. Once a fifth-wheel is set up I can't imagine anyone pulling in the slides, unhooking utilities, raising jacks, hitching, etc. in order to steal it. But if I had one stored in an unattended yard somewhere I'd probably use one.
  8. We have just experienced the reality of finding state park sites in Texas first hand. We are off of the road full-time, but decided to line up some shorter (2-4 night), mid-week trips in April and May. And, it was virtually impossible to do so in the parks we desired to visit. Most parks were showing a few sites with a single night available, or rarely two nights. Looking ahead 2 - 4 weeks, and looking at other parks, we were finally able to line up two trips, but the parks are essentially full and the glory days of visiting a state park mid-week and finding it 2/3 empty seem to be beh
  9. I have, after 13 years on this forum, finally put someone on my "Ignored User" list. Tired of his trolling and nonsense.
  10. We have had a pickup truck of one sort or another since the late 1970's, and have hauled all manner of things, including manure. When we had a huge vegetable garden, we would take our pickup to nearby farms, or even the large animal vet in town and load it full of manure. We then took it home and either composted it or tilled it directly into the garden. So now you know of at least one person who has hauled manure in their pickup!
  11. I have a Pullrite Hitch that drops directly into the pucks on my 2019 F-350. It fits great, and I prefer the single 270 degree jaw to the dual jaws on most other hitches. Available in 18K and 25K weight ratings. Pullrite OE Puck Series
  12. Absolutely not. But if you do own a vehicle, you must show proof of registration (which requires inspection) and proof of insurance for each vehicle. If you do not own a vehicle, you sign a statement stating that.
  13. Well have I got some good news for you!! Both of my Fords (2019 and 2017) have re-aiming adjusters that are immediately accessible once you open the hood. If you already have the screwdriver, it doesn't even take 1 minute. Did you even bother to check on what that those silly old "domestic" trucks have, or did you just assume?
  14. You might also want to ask this question on a more specialized forum like Ford Truck Enthusiasts. They have specific forums for different vehicles, including one for 1968-2013 Full Sized Vans.
  15. Technically you don't ever have to return to Texas to get your RV inspected. During each annual license renewal you can check that the vehicle is out of state, and there is no limit as to the number of consecutive times that can be checked. As stated above, if you do decide to return to the state the requirement is to be inspected within 72 hours.
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