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About blakeloke

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    Conroe, Texas
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    Conroe, Texas via Bakersfield, California.

    2005 Monaco Windsor 40 PAQ. Roadmaster RR8S
    Toad = 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 4wd & 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • I travel
    With Pets

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  1. Air Bags Replacement

    Give Pete a call at Action RV in Conroe. They do great work. Blake
  2. I am over my MAD

    Bill and Joe, I understand fully your disappointment and respect your decisions to not renew and step away from FMCA. My take on this is different though. To me, being part of an organization goes both ways. What can the organization provide me and what, if any, can I provide the organization. For the Forums, there are only a small amount members that really contribute with sage advice and ideas. You two are at the top of the list. Bill with your knowledge of electronics and the open road. And Joe with your knowledge of mechanical systems and ability to reach-out to other members (like Keon). Please reconsider leaving FMCA.....I for one believe you are needed. Blake
  3. How Low Can You Go (With A Drop Hitch)?

    cscarlson, Welcome to the Forum! Good questions and analysis on your part. The problem I see is that your rear tires will not always be on a level plane when you are going in and out of driveways such as fuel stations, markets and large parking lots. You'll also have to consider the "dip" and overhang from your rear axle to the low point on the hitch. As your rear axle gets to the low point of the dip your drop hitch is going to be closest to the pavement. I'm mindful of going in and out of driveways and entrances. If I see a lot of scrape marks and gouges on the concrete or pavement I hit the air ride height adjustment to raise the coach. Not sure if you are able to do that on yours. I also enter or exit diagonally when I encounter the same. Of course a tow vehicle with a higher hitch point would be best but you'll have to decide on that. Blake
  4. Bedroom TV Upgrade

    Now I see what you are talking about Joe. Major surgery. If your TV is still working you are golden! Have you thought about looking for a flat screen that will fit inside the current cabinet (vertically)? Then putting in a false back to mount the swing arm. When parked you could pull it out and when on the road you could push it back in and lock it. Just a thought. Blake
  5. Where is the Fuse??

    Herman, Thinking about this a bit more. I have a set of 12vdc fuses in the bedroom in the same cabinet as the 120v breakers. Has Joe looked there? Let me know if you go to Beaumont after the holidays. I might ride along. Blake
  6. Where is the Fuse??

    I would test power to the rocker switch that retracts the cord first. Just to see if you have 12vdc to the hot side. if so, rocker switch could be bad, If no power then you're on a hunt for where power is interrupted. Blake
  7. Blue Ox Light Kit

    Wow, eye opener for me. We, without fail, always test our brake, turn signal and running lights prior to setting out for a day of travel. But, I've never had Deb push the brakes down concurrent to a turn signal. Gonna have to check next time we hook up one of the toads. We have Blue Ox systems too. Blake
  8. Bedroom TV Upgrade

    Folks, In a recent related post, Jleamont (Joe) mentioned that he had not upgraded his bedroom TV because he couldn't find a newer one that would fit in the space that his "tube" version was in. Deb and I ran into the same problem and once the tube style TV stopped working we were on a quest to figure out a solution. So, here's what we came up with. I'm sure I could have done this work myself but install credit goes to Action RV in Conroe, TX. We had the coach in for other items and it was easier to have them do this work concurrently. So, I thought this post may be helpful to others that want to get rid of their boat anchors. The TV is a Samsung 32. Actual diagonal measurement is a hair under 31". We bought the TV at Walmart for a ridiculously low price. The TV Mount is a Mor/Ryde 24-0111 swivel mount. It has a latch that secures the TV when driving down the highway. There's a pulldown latch on the mount. A small chain and key ring allows for simple access. A false back, made with plywood was installed in the old TV hole. Then covered with the same fabric that is used in our bedroom shelves. The area behind the TV gives us a hide-a-way storage too. Definitely 1911 wide (hidden meaning - most know). Here's some pictures: Blake
  9. Where is the Fuse??

    Herman, Here's where our power cord reel fuse is. Front driver's side electrical panel. Position 37. 15amp. Blake
  10. Fridge Not Cold Enough

    waynemcisaac, Not sure if the temperature issue is a new problem or an ongoing issue. I had an absorption refrigerator/freezer on one of my pull behind campers many years ago. Could never get the unit to cool right until I added an internal circulating fan. Similar to this: That seemed to help some. We recently replaced our absorption unit in our coach to a residential unit. Same thing was happening in that beer wasn't cold enough and ice cream wasn't really frozen. I think our unit was just tired and old (~10 years or so). Plus there are inherent safety issues with the unit we had. Search on this Forum using "Norcold" for details. Blake
  11. FMCA Needs Your Help With New FMCA Website

    I signed up Smithy. Beta testing is always a good thing! Blake
  12. Towing A 2011 Ford Explorer

    Welcome to the Forum. Check the FMCA towing guide. Here's the 2011 edition. Blake
  13. Patriot II System Power Source

    53rambler, The only other viable solution I see is to run a charge line from your coach to the towed car. Then don't disconnect the towed's battery. Blake
  14. Firearms

    Interesting post and it looks like many of us are of similar mindset. We too carry firearms when we travel. We're always mindful of local laws and are appropriately legal. Past dozen years or so, we've traveled I-10 from between TX and CA at least once a year and sometimes 2 or more times per year. Only once LEO has entered our coach and that was with a dog. That was at, what we call "checkpoint Charlie" in West TX eastbound. No problem with our pets vs their working dog and no alerts on our firearms and/or ammunition. Blake
  15. Wet Bay Heater

    Carl, Joe is the OP. He drives a 2002 HR Imperial. Blake