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Old 03-26-2015, 10:13 AM   #41
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Ours is still in storage and so far these are things we have done-fairly minor compared to a lot of you.
1. JT Stabilizers going on this weekend
2. Pulled out bunks and installed desk
3. Bought several things like water filter, patio rug, solar panel for battery, some melamine dishes and plastic glasses (seems all I have are glass or china), queen size sheets (we have king and double beds in the sticks and bricks), some plastic drawers for bottoms of closets, lots of rolls of the no-slip cabinet liner, command strips,coffee pot to fit beside the stove, screen over furnace vent and couple buckets of damp rid.

To Do:
1. New tires--sidewall on one failed just before driver pulled into the storage area where rv is to be parked for awhile. Could be many reasons why this happened but not willing to risk it any further. Had spare put on so may need to buy a new aluminum rim depending on whether or not any damage was done to it
2. Surge protector-going with plug in right now but want to do permanent install soon
3. Slide toppers. Wanted these from rv dealership but they wanted $3200 for 4 toppers installed. That's just crazy
4. 2nd tv for the bedroom
5. Screen door protector to keep dogs from messing it up
6. Modular unit for the scrapbook room
7. Drawer dividers and slight altering of plastic drawers to open fully (at bottom of closets)

And I'm sure lots more between now and the week after Memorial Day which is when we hope to have our first adventure.

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Old 03-26-2015, 10:26 AM   #42
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You have to keep in mind that most RVers donít read or join Internet forums and of those that do join only a small percentage post on a regular basis. You are getting your information from the experience of a very small number of RVers.

Iíve been RVing since 2003 and I have always run on the tires that came with the trailer without any incident. I did discover a nail in one tire years ago and it was still holding pressure. I do replace tires every 4 years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Currently I have over 19,000 miles on the ďchina bombsĒ that came with the Silverback and they still look great. OMG how can that be?

Iíve been exceeding the load limit of my trucks with the last two fifth wheels Iíve owned. Currently Iím way over my truckís load limit. It was discovered at the Goshen rally last year that a wire had been cut (road debris) and the trailer brakes were only working on one axle. OMG, overloaded and the trailer brakes only working on one axle, how did I survive? Oh thatís right, the truck has properly working brakes.

I didnít have a surge protector for the first two fifth wheels I owned and my trailers and appliances survived not only power surges but nearby lightning strikes also. OMG, how can this be? I currently have a surge protector but only use it periodically.

There is a ton of great advice on these and other forum but you have to remember to take all advice with a grain of salt.

Here's a pic of how close a bolt of lightning came to our trailer years ago.
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Old 03-26-2015, 10:48 AM   #43
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Sounds like you & I think a lot alike. Made it for 20 years without all the fancy gadgetry, with the original tires & what ever TV we happened to own. That does not take away from all of the new technology & products; I think they can be very useful, but maybe not as necessary as we may think. I know I'm a little (probably a lot) old fashioned, but as much as I can, I like to use the KISS method for most things.
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Old 03-26-2015, 11:14 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by dj3spots View Post
Keep watch on the forum. Been RVing for 6 yrs. and just this week learned That using a Pizza Stone in my oven should keep the bottoms of my cakes and cookies from burning; it evens out the temp. Can't wait to get out there and give it a go. You learn things all the time here.

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Yeah, I've heard that recommended, and will probably try it down the road. You might consider storing it outside the oven when travelling though to avoid having it break apart.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:36 PM   #45
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Camping buddy watched a 'new' Class A get fried from the inside out when the owner didn't plug in a surge protector. Turned out recent work on the CG power post was faulty. Interior of the rig had that faint acrid smell of too hot or cooked wiring; major long term concerns...never heard the final cost--but obviously less than the surge protector. I don't hook up without it; new programs in protector tests all circuits with an okay beep and green light before any park power goes into rig.
Yanked the too small, hidden behind a cabinet, hard to access on-board water filter and replaced with a straight bypass. Then went with twin, household sized filters on their own rack-outside. Less possibility of water accident inside the rig and much easier to do all that work, laying down in the rig, while in storage than in some remote campground.
65 days in campgrounds last year and we went through 2 sets of little old water filters; new ones are much bigger, two sizes of filter media, and doing a great job, so far. We got a good deal on the external filter from a vendor at Goshin Rally last year. Just a couple more good reasons to go Rally
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:45 PM   #46
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Sounds like you & I think a lot alike. Made it for 20 years without all the fancy gadgetry, with the original tires & what ever TV we happened to own. That does not take away from all of the new technology & products; I think they can be very useful, but maybe not as necessary as we may think. I know I'm a little (probably a lot) old fashioned, but as much as I can, I like to use the KISS method for most things.
Me too, don't believe in all the mods, keep 'em strictly factory stock!
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Old 03-26-2015, 01:23 PM   #47
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Me too, don't believe in all the mods, keep 'em strictly factory stock!

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Old 04-05-2015, 09:07 PM   #48
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Progressive surge on trailer alerted me to broken ground in the house, when it was plugged in and shut off power to trailer. Ground fault on house did not trip. Trailer had current on the skin, when I removed surge protector from the line. Surge protector may already have paid for itself.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:00 PM   #49
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How many people have surge suppressor on their house/home? I have one for my trailer now just in case, more so for congested RV parks than our regular parks. I don't have TMPS but I check Pressure and shoot the tires, hub, TV tires with a temp gun when we stop.I won a back up camera at Goshen. I did spend on LT Tires but no air bags as the truck runs level. Like Oakman I am running overweight on my truck, depends on which system you use for calculating loaded weight. I have D GY Marathns on my trailer.
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Old 04-08-2015, 08:12 PM   #50
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Oak man your first post was hilarious
Love it. I think we are programmed to worry to much.

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