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Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum Yesterday, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 205
Posted By Bigfin
When we got our new to us trailer, it had group...

When we got our new to us trailer, it had group 24's also, which I soon learned were dead. I removed the existing boxes for the 24's and replaced them with 27's boxes and deep cycle flooded batteries...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-13-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By Bigfin
When we first got our trailer I "wrestled" over...

When we first got our trailer I "wrestled" over how to keep it looking really sharp and like new. One issue was to cover or not. We use the trailer 4 seasons and have it parked in the driveway when...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-13-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By Bigfin
Didn't know there was an option as to AV systems....

Didn't know there was an option as to AV systems. Not familiar with Furrion as we have the Jenson setup. Took me a year to figure out what the Jenson could do (the manual was really not detailed)....
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-07-2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By Bigfin
Thought I should give a couple of other tips...

Thought I should give a couple of other tips regarding replacing the tank dump rods…As noted, the ends of the new, solid rods need to be cross drilled to accept the cotter pin. In my case, all of the...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-07-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By Bigfin
No, they are cotter pinned to the valves. On my...

No, they are cotter pinned to the valves. On my freshwater valve I pulled several of the fasteners holding the coroplast so I could gain access. On the gray & black tank valves ORV provided one of...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-06-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By Bigfin
Holding tank dump rods...

Howdy...Searched the ORV forum and did not see much on the subject of holding tank dump rods. I can't believe I am one of the few experiencing issues with the dump rods, but maybe?...I posted last...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 09-13-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By Bigfin
Sounds like you have a similar Jensen unit like...

Sounds like you have a similar Jensen unit like in our 2017. If so, you can download the manual. I did not understand the very nice capabilities of this unit until I studied the manual and “played”...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-29-2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 797
Posted By Bigfin
Ditto 15 minutes set up time for us...I am a...

Ditto 15 minutes set up time for us...I am a minimalist in that I don't do a rug, don't always set the awning out, don't put the charcoal BBQ out unless I use it, etc...I am systems oriented in that...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 07-28-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,449
Posted By Bigfin
I considered the A/C venting upgrade kit, but in...

I considered the A/C venting upgrade kit, but in the search process came upon a Utube on making the factory setup better. I dropped the inside trim and noticed the gap between the intake and exhaust....
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-11-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,211
Posted By Bigfin
Our TT is 25’ long and we would not want a longer...

Our TT is 25’ long and we would not want a longer unit. We don’t much care for Commercial RV parks, really enjoy state and national parks l and can often find space where a longer trailer would not...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 07-10-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,064
Posted By Bigfin
As a result of this and other threads, I just...

As a result of this and other threads, I just ordered the ARP v5.0. My refer works great regardless of ambient temps so did not see the need for fans. Delivery will be next Wednesday (fast). Thanks...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 07-04-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By Bigfin
I had to replace the fresh water dump rod last...

I had to replace the fresh water dump rod last winter do to snow build up which broke the rod. I decided to beef up the rod with solid aluminum rather then the stock tube. After my repair and...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-27-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 630
Posted By Bigfin
Ditto from me…Upgraded from the manual unit last...

Ditto from me…Upgraded from the manual unit last year…Life is good!…
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-26-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By Bigfin
Occasional buffeting from wind and passing large...

Occasional buffeting from wind and passing large vehicles I understand. "Persistent slight wiggle" spells possible sway. Is your hitch weight around 12-15% of trailer weight?...Sway is never good!...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 05-18-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By Bigfin
Sometime back my Norcold would not switch to...

Sometime back my Norcold would not switch to propane. I pulled all the connectors I could and reinserted, problem resolved! When back home I took them apart again and sprayed with CRC electrical...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 05-11-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By Bigfin
I have an XLT, short wheelbase and it pulls very...

I have an XLT, short wheelbase and it pulls very well, just a gentle push sometimes when big rigs pass. LT tires and Equilizer 4 way (properly dialed in) are the key. IMHO don’t go over 25’! The...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-20-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,337
Posted By Bigfin
Outstanding question!...One thing we all know...

Outstanding question!...One thing we all know that when government finds a new taxing scheme, it will absolutely be more "severe/extreme" than the prior scheme...I can just see the bureaucrats...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-20-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,337
Posted By Bigfin
Don't know, the focus has been on the "jewel"...

Don't know, the focus has been on the "jewel" known as "batteries" and I have my own suspicions about why that is...Possibly hydrogen fuel cell implementation will cost a whole lot less than a huge...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-20-2021, 06:06 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,337
Posted By Bigfin
I also am the recipient of cheap electric power...

I also am the recipient of cheap electric power in Washington state. In an adjacent county, Douglas County PUD is engaged in a pilot project to use excess power generation due to high spring river...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-17-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,337
Posted By Bigfin
I envision a whole lot of EVs being equipped by...

I envision a whole lot of EVs being equipped by their owners with the new version of the "emergency gas can", to be known as the "2200 watt generator and gas can combo"...:dance:
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-10-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,615
Posted By Bigfin
Ditto the thumbs down on Taddi Brothers. I bought...

Ditto the thumbs down on Taddi Brothers. I bought a rear cam and monitor system from them last year, plus another license plate cam. The service was slow both times, but gave slack with covid. Then...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-02-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,773
Posted By Bigfin
FWIW...My "casual" review of the SRW towing...

FWIW...My "casual" review of the SRW towing capabilities of a F250 vs F350 show those numbers to be about the same...Available spring and rear differential ratio options may vary that some,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-30-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,773
Posted By Bigfin
I have been "surfing" for some time now, with my...

I have been "surfing" for some time now, with my focus on a new F350 with the new 7.3 gasser. Ford's actual "build it" site shows the upcharge between F250 & F350 to be about $1,500...That is with...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 03-14-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By Bigfin
Update on the cam issue...The conversation did...

Update on the cam issue...The conversation did not go well with Tadi Brothers. They suggested that I dry out the cam and seal it up with silicone. I suggested that their R&D might have an interest as...
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 03-10-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 252
Posted By Bigfin
General info on wireless rear view cams

Howdy! Last year I bought a rear view monitor and cam (1080P) from Tadibros. The cam did not do well over the winter and now the monitor view is faint and cloudy, undoubtedly because of moisture...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 03-07-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,500
Posted By Bigfin
An insight on the Hydrogen production front:...

An insight on the Hydrogen production front: https://douglaspud.org/Pages/Renewable-Hydrogen-Project-Award.aspx

Just one way to efficiently produce hydrogen. In this case, wasted spring river...
Forum: Electric RVs and EV Charging 03-06-2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,500
Posted By Bigfin
You know what they say about opinions...Well I...

You know what they say about opinions...Well I have some thoughts too, that are worth about as much as anybody's...:dance:

First, I do believe that in time EV and diesel will dominate the personal...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 03-06-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,506
Posted By Bigfin
I use the 4 way Equilizer, and it works really...

I use the 4 way Equilizer, and it works really well...The noise and also wear points drove me to getting the pads and life is swell!...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 03-04-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By Bigfin
An update...First, thanks to all responders to my...

An update...First, thanks to all responders to my "holding tank dump rod issue", your suggestions and insight have been very helpful!

In order to get a good view of how the rod is attached, I...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 02-27-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By Bigfin
Holding tank dump rod

Hi all...Went on another wintertime adventure this week and got caught in a couple of snowstorms in the mountain passes. Arriving back home I went through my re-winterizing routine and found that the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-23-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,101
Posted By Bigfin
Why do I I travel at maximum 65 MPH? Because that...

Why do I I travel at maximum 65 MPH? Because that is the speed rating of my TT tires. When I retire next year I will not travel faster than 70 MPH for the same reason...
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 02-21-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By Bigfin
Gas can storage on TT

We recently purchased a generator for our TT. While the Honda Eu2200i fits nicely (and securely) in the passthrough, I did not want 5 gallons of petrol within the trailer or in the truck. So, this is...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 02-15-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By Bigfin
To clarify, I don't bring the slide in or out...

To clarify, I don't bring the slide in or out except when parking or traveling. We are not talking about a "light summer sprinkle", but serious downpours with gusting winds. How will a slide topper...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 02-15-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By Bigfin
Slide out discussion

Hi all...We bought or TT almost a year ago and have enjoyed it greatly. We decided we wanted to use the unit during the winter and because of severe winter conditions in the area we live, this would...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-14-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,441
Posted By Bigfin
Please remember that extended warranties are...

Please remember that extended warranties are profit centric. Just like leased vehicles are priced to not reflect a loss to the dealer, so goes extended warranties. FWIW, I never buy extended...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-14-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
Posted By Bigfin
My setup is just about exactly what you are...

My setup is just about exactly what you are planning. The 21RBS is just at 25' and ORV's tend to be on the heavy side. I have absolutely no problem with large trucks outside of a very slight "push"...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-14-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,101
Posted By Bigfin
I agree with several other posts that your TT is...

I agree with several other posts that your TT is too long and when fully loaded too much weight . I figure my TT is going down the road at about 7,000 lbs and while I am very comfortable, I would not...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 02-14-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,635
Posted By Bigfin
Your post caused me to reflect back to the mid...

Your post caused me to reflect back to the mid 1970's. I worked in Lake Oswego at the time and several of the guys who worked in my shop would periodically make a run to Netarts Bay and the resort....
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 02-12-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,566
Posted By Bigfin
My two bits...Regarding the analogy of "a boat...

My two bits...Regarding the analogy of "a boat is a hole in the water..."an RV is a means to transport cash from the bank"...But loving it!...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 02-11-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,682
Posted By Bigfin
FWIW, the stock monitors work well enough for...

FWIW, the stock monitors work well enough for me...The freshwater level is fairly accurate, the gray tank indicator is spot on (when it says full, I better believe it). The black tank monitor is the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 01-26-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By Bigfin
Thanks much for the input regarding the bed...

Thanks much for the input regarding the bed backrest issue...This is what I came up with as a solution. Because the backrests don't impede much on mattress length, we just leave them in place...Works...
Forum: COVID-19 RVing Discussions 01-17-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 306
Posted By Bigfin
Freedom machine!...

Seems there are "different strokes for different folks"...My wife and I never considered buying an RV before, traveling extensively via air/rental car and hotels, etc. When the Covid thing hit we...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 01-15-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By Bigfin
Thanks for your input and solution to this issue!...

Thanks for your input and solution to this issue! I really thought others would respond as this must affect a lot of folks?...We are returning home from a trip today and the DW has given this project...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 01-13-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 570
Posted By Bigfin
Bed backrest/headboard

Howdy! Like many trailers, ours has a rounded front cap. The mattress butts against this cap on the inside which means ones back is against a concave surface when reading or watching tv in bed. This...
Forum: Just Conversation 01-08-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By Bigfin
We live in a rural area far from a large...

We live in a rural area far from a large city...In 2003 we bought a SUV through a local dealer via the Costco program and had a "suspicion" that we could have gotten a better deal by traveling a...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 12-29-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,562
Posted By Bigfin
FWIW...I used to own a Durango and pulled a 12'...

FWIW...I used to own a Durango and pulled a 12' Wells Cargo twin axle trailer over hill and over dale, not quickly...Simply put, Durango's do not have enough TV weight or HP to safely pull a 25'...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 12-26-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 940
Posted By Bigfin
I have "always" used simple charcoal BBQ's, at...

I have "always" used simple charcoal BBQ's, at home and on the road...IMHO, while a propane stove may be the cats PJs for convenience, isn't the whole idea about flavor?...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 12-25-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 799
Posted By Bigfin
If you have the original panel in place, pull...

If you have the original panel in place, pull fuses and see what circuits are affected. If you have already installed the new panel put a jumper on the non energized wire and trace it with an...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-24-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,123
Posted By Bigfin
FWIW,,,One of my basic tenets is that "things...

FWIW,,,One of my basic tenets is that "things break"...If one does the study necessary to do an install such as solar/batteries etc., when the system breaks down you will most probably be able to do...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 11-01-2020, 03:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,550
Posted By Bigfin
We live in snow country for about 5 months out of...

We live in snow country for about 5 months out of the year. I intend to leave my new to me trailer parked on the property, exposed to the elements, so we can use it during the winter between major...
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