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Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion Yesterday, 01:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By bigchick
Diesel shortage?

we live a a smaller mountain town (pop 25,000 or so) about 90 miles north of phoenix az. there are three speedway filling station in town. i went to fill up the truck with diesel yesterday and all...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 11-27-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By bigchick
i-40 to bryce to zion to i-70 seems a bit of...

i-40 to bryce to zion to i-70 seems a bit of backtracking. why not zion first then bryce?

just double check the restrictions on the zion -mt carmel tunnel to ensure you are allowed through it.
...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 11-27-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 943
Posted By bigchick
it seems to be hit or miss at our local walmart....

it seems to be hit or miss at our local walmart. sometimes there, some not. but the price did go up by $1.00 per container.
Forum: Tiffin Owner's Forum 11-25-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 468
Posted By bigchick
the bracket shown in the picture is made by...

the bracket shown in the picture is made by irvine blind and shade. i have contacted them and they sent me replacement brackets at no charge. they said they have redesigned the brackets to make the...
Forum: Newmar Owner's Forum 11-25-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,005
Posted By bigchick
i also experienced this. make sure you take out...

i also experienced this. make sure you take out any internal water filter in the refrigerator before you pump antifreeze through it. you may need a dummy plug or dummy canister to allow the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 11-25-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By bigchick
you can open the solenoid by manually cycling the...

you can open the solenoid by manually cycling the ice maker. there are several methods to manually cycle the ice maker. some have a test button. others use a jumper wire. others have a diagnostic...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-05-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 992
Posted By bigchick
i just put hercules h901 tires on our 5ht wheel....

i just put hercules h901 tires on our 5ht wheel. so far no problems. they seem to be quality tires. there seem to be several manufacturers of tire this size ST235/85/R16.
Forum: Thor Industries Owner's Forum 11-02-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 314
Posted By bigchick
if you have an internal water filter in the...

if you have an internal water filter in the refrigerator take it out before you pump any antifreeze into it. you may have to replace the filter with a dummy filter or bypass plug.

as mentioned...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 10-09-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 356
Posted By bigchick
check the details on the 3 years. my...

check the details on the 3 years. my understanding is that is it 2 years for all items and the third year is only for major components.
Forum: RV'ing On A Budget 10-09-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 860
Posted By bigchick
this is just a tidbit. we do not have natural gas...

this is just a tidbit. we do not have natural gas in our town. instead we have propane piped to the consumers and metered just like natural gas in most towns. i had to fill one of our trailer propane...
Forum: Gear and Product Discussions 10-04-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 661
Posted By bigchick
look carefully at how your emergency break away...

look carefully at how your emergency break away switch is powered. on our trailer the original charge line runs from the batteries up to a junction box near the breakaway switch location. this...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 10-02-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By bigchick
Lithium Battery Failures - Have you had any?

i was reading another thread about lithium batteries and there was a discussion about the pros and cons of having two 100 ah vs one 200 ah lithium battery. one of the pros stated for having two 100...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-30-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,832
Posted By bigchick
we use that maverick station even though there is...

we use that maverick station even though there is a TA just a couple of miles down the freeway. the maverick price is less than the EFT discount price at the TA. plus, we get 3% bonus points on our...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-28-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,413
Posted By bigchick
yes! i just filled our trailer tanks and the...

yes! i just filled our trailer tanks and the price was up near $3/gal. it used to be a bit over $2/gal.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-27-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,832
Posted By bigchick
yes i have had a couple of places state that but...

yes i have had a couple of places state that but they are incorrect! it has nothing to do with how you pay. i use the EFS card and the truck lanes as we have a large 5th wheel and access is much...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-27-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By bigchick
i only have two batteries but i went with the bus...

i only have two batteries but i went with the bus bar technique. both of my batteries are in their own sealed and vented battery box. there is a small opening on each side of the box to allow a...
Forum: Boondocking 09-26-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,525
Posted By bigchick
amp hours is a measure of capacity. so 2 100 AH...

amp hours is a measure of capacity. so 2 100 AH batteries will deliver the same capacity as a single 200 AH battery. the difference is in the maximum current flow allowed by the BMS. the same bms may...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-26-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,832
Posted By bigchick
i'll throw out another little tidbit. arizona...

i'll throw out another little tidbit. arizona taxes diesel fuel at two different rates: $.26/gal for commercial vehicles and $.18/gal for non commercial vehicles. there will be a DOT silver sticker...
Forum: Just Conversation 09-25-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By bigchick
just drove i-10 into so cal a month or so back. ...

just drove i-10 into so cal a month or so back.

there is major construction around san gregonio pass as they seem to be widen i-10. there was other construction around indio. and yes, fuel prices...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 09-18-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 213
Posted By bigchick
we have taken the 160 route to pagosa springs and...

we have taken the 160 route to pagosa springs and then south on 84 through chama. it is a fine route. we have not taken the 550 route all the way to santa fe. we normally take it to south from...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 09-16-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By bigchick
i hope you make the trip! you realize that...

i hope you make the trip!

you realize that there will be a lot of driving. saying you sill only lose one week to get there and back seems a bit optimistic. i would really consider omitting las...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-16-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 663
Posted By bigchick
i would have said the refrigerator transfer...

i would have said the refrigerator transfer switch until you said the refrigerator light comes on when on shore power. since the light probably takes a lot less power than the compressor i guess the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 09-14-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 660
Posted By bigchick
i use the crc qa electronic cleaner. i put a...

i use the crc qa electronic cleaner. i put a small amount on the 7-pin cable plug and the receptacle on the truck with the batteries attached. i also spray it on both ends of the 50 amp shore power...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-14-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 620
Posted By bigchick
i'm assuming it is a 120 volt residential...

i'm assuming it is a 120 volt residential refrigerator. we have the same problem with a large 5th wheel that we cannot get into our driveway. it has a residential refrigerator.

here's what we do....
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-11-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 569
Posted By bigchick
i would not just assume that the battery is the...

i would not just assume that the battery is the problem with the inverter apparently not working. the group 24 battery will limit how long the refrigerator can run but would not limit it from...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-06-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 735
Posted By bigchick
the EMS will provide over / under voltage...

the EMS will provide over / under voltage protection. it will not provide overload protection. that is the job of the circuit breakers on the pedestal and the main breaker in you distribution panel.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-05-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,244
Posted By bigchick
our 2105 ram DRW truck has the factory installed...

our 2105 ram DRW truck has the factory installed rear air suspension. it has an option that actually lowers the rear end when when hook up our fifth wheel so that the trailer is level. also, i think...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-04-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 631
Posted By bigchick
i just put hercules h901 st 235/85r16 tires on...

i just put hercules h901 st 235/85r16 tires on our 16,000+ fifth wheel. so far we have only taken a 2,000 mile trip with them and so far no problems. but i did learn a few things about them.
...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-03-2021, 05:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 567
Posted By bigchick
you're not going to find one of these store on...

you're not going to find one of these store on that route! there is a sam's club and walmart in flagstaff and there is a walmart in durango. a large portion of the route will be through the navajo...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 09-02-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 567
Posted By bigchick
the above is correct. we've driven that route and...

the above is correct. we've driven that route and there are stations each of the places listed that can handle large rv's.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-28-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 326
Posted By bigchick
we just drove it a couple of months ago and i...

we just drove it a couple of months ago and i don't remember anything negative about it.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-24-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By bigchick
to twogypsies: thank you for posting the...

to twogypsies:

thank you for posting the video and previous thread. it looks like a nice drive.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-23-2021, 02:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By bigchick
what app do you check? i believe you have to be a...

what app do you check? i believe you have to be a FMCA member and apply for the gas card through them. can you get the app and check prices before getting the card to see if it would actually be...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-22-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By bigchick
FMCA TCS card use at Speedway

there was a post on another thread about using the FMCA TCS card and speedway stations and receiving a discount. it perked my interest so i started a new thread specifically about using the FMCS TCS...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-22-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By bigchick
Route advice - Payson, AZ to Grants, NM

in a few weeks we will be taking a trip to the taos area. the firt leg of the trip is from our home in payson, az to grants, nm. we have travelled that route many times going east on az-260 to heber...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-21-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 237
Posted By bigchick
or 191 south to i-40 then west to holbrook then...

or 191 south to i-40 then west to holbrook then az-77, 277, 377 to heber. then az-260 west to payson, az-87 south to az-188 east to roosevelt.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-21-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 765
Posted By bigchick
for what it is worth. we have both a 13.5 and...

for what it is worth. we have both a 13.5 and 15.0 a/c and a residential refrigerator. we are able to run all with our built in 5500 watt generator. so a couple of paired 3000 watt generators should...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-21-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By bigchick
this is an interesting point. i guess it would...

this is an interesting point. i guess it would depend on how smart your converter is. if it is one that automatically goes into bulk mode for a few hours then all your batteries will ever see is bulk...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 08-18-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Posted By bigchick
the generator may have a time delay built into it...

the generator may have a time delay built into it before it generates power to allow the engine to stabilize. this is just a guess.
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-15-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By bigchick
distant drums rv park is nice! twogypsies is...

distant drums rv park is nice!

twogypsies is correct. you do not have to go back to flagstaff to catch i-40 east.

the shorter route is 260 east to 87 north to winslow and i-40. the other route...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-14-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,653
Posted By bigchick
yes a similar discussion about bio diesel would...

yes a similar discussion about bio diesel would be really appreciated.
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 08-13-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,250
Posted By bigchick
i guess i am different. i really appreciate their...

i guess i am different. i really appreciate their help! the more eyes you have the better you are. i've had one place that was pretty tight and i actually let the escort drive the pickup as he backed...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 08-11-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 154
Posted By bigchick
do you me bayfield, co? we go thee each...

do you me bayfield, co?

we go thee each year and we have taken wolf pass towing a 41 ft 5th wheel. no real problems but you already made it when you went to bayfield.

sorry, i don't know the...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 08-11-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 897
Posted By bigchick
it may also be that they have to go reprogram the...

it may also be that they have to go reprogram the system after a tire change if the wheels with sensors get mounted in a different location. i have been told that some systems self learn the sensor...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-10-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 495
Posted By bigchick
which generator do you have? is the refrigerator...

which generator do you have? is the refrigerator a residential refrigerator or an absorption one? was it set to run on propane? if on auto with 120 volts present from the generator it would use the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 08-07-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 558
Posted By bigchick
we have 6 year old lead acid batteries. i have a...

we have 6 year old lead acid batteries. i have a true disconnect installed on them and they are disconnected while in storage. they will stay charged for months! i make sure thy are fully charged...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 08-07-2021, 12:11 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,063
Posted By bigchick
that's a pretty low price for the blue def. blue...

that's a pretty low price for the blue def. blue def at the local walmart is around $13.00 per carton. now if we had a costco nearby so we didn't have to drive 100 miles (one way). i think the carton...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 08-02-2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,984
Posted By bigchick
i stopped by the pacific pride station today to...

i stopped by the pacific pride station today to check it out. what was interesting was that they do not list the price of the fuel. there is no sign at the location and the pumps do not show the...
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-02-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 1,374
Views: 256,138
Posted By bigchick
also, forgot to mention that there have been...

also, forgot to mention that there have been times when my personal credit card has been denied when using it at a retail station because i was out of the area. i have not had this problem with TDS.
Forum: MH-General Discussions & Problems 08-02-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 1,374
Views: 256,138
Posted By bigchick
the discount means nothing! what was the actual...

the discount means nothing! what was the actual price paid? the truck stops normal have posted prices that are way higher than other retails stations. so take the discount off an inflated price and...
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