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About ahepburn51

  • Birthday 04/21/1951

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  1. Another option is Dave Root up in Oregon - he'll travel to your location and fix your windows on-site in a day. We had ours done by him about a year ago - contacted him online and set up an appointment when he was coming down to California. He showed up at our storage yard at 8am and was done with 5 windows by 3:30pm - a little over a year later and th windows are still clear.
  2. TST offers senders that are flow-through - you remove the valve cap but the sender remains in place. Some say that the air flow through the senders is reduced somewhat, but I've never felt the need to test how much it's reduced. They seem to work well on my motorhome...
  3. If you're anywhere near San Jose, Ca there is a place called Leale's RV Repair that will give you 4-corner weights for free with any service. they do good work and are friendly folks.
  4. We've had our smart car since they first became available in 2008, and we've been towing it behind our motorhome since new. We use a Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar, and use a bungee cord on the steering wheel to help keep the steering stable when towing. Starting with the 2009 model smart recommended adding a battery cutoff switch to prevent inadvertent ignition activation during towing, but we've never had a problem.
  5. According to TST literature the flow-through sensors they supply with their 507 system weigh in at 12 grams, or about 0.4 ounces, each...
  6. This question fits right in with "Why should I buy a Ford over a Chevy?", or "Why should I vote for a Republican over a Democrat?", or "Why should I marry a redhead over a brunette?" - you'll get everything from reasoned responses to emotional outcries - in the end whichever one you prefer will be the right choice for you.
  7. If the batteries check out okay, another issue may be the motor in the shade itself. My 2007 Bounder had that problem - the shade eventually stopped working completely. The manufacturer, AutoMotion, was not much help. They did provide me with a PDF file showing how to adjust the limit switches, but that did not solve the problem, which was a bad motor. They do not offer replacement motors at all - they prefer you replace the entire shade. I did, however, work out a way to replace the motor myself for about $100 instead of paying $800 for a new shade. It required me fabricating a drive gear for the replacement motor I found but its been working great and the motor I found is actually more powerful than the original. I can send the PDF file I wrote detailing how I fixed it if anyone is interested.
  8. Not sure about the rectangular hole, but the round hole looks like it would be for a 12VDC outlet - aka cigarette lighter or 12VDC power port.
  9. At one time we had a Triumph fifth wheel, made by Fleetwood, that had a similar issue in the wardrobe. The clothes rod was screwed in to the "ceiling" inside the closet, and it came down. It turned out the ceiling was nothing more than the same 1/8" luaun plywood that was used for the walls! The screws holding the clothes rod were basically screwed into cardboard! I ended up rebuilding the closet, putting in some real wood to hold the clothes. That was one of the MANY poor quality issues we had with what Fleetwood was trying to pass off as their "flagship" fifth wheel after they retired the Avion line.
  10. More and more Walmarts are being forced to close their lots to us, both from the behaviour of some idiots, and from local ordinances - but nobody ever mentions spending the night at Camping World. It's common for them to allow us to stay overnight if we have a service appointment the next day - why not stay there with no service appointment? I know they're not a prevalent as Walmart, but if there's one in the area it might be a viable option...
  11. Even that is not true - most manufacturers will send you copies if you ask. I sent an email to Fleetwood and received wiring diagrams, both 12V and 120V, plumbing diagrams, paint diagrams, and others in return email - no charge.
  12. If you're in the San Jose, Ca area you can go to Leale's RV Service on 7th St - they'll do a 4-corner weight for free - I just had my Bounder done there last week while they were repairing an awning arm.
  13. I've found that it can take several minutes for all my sensors on my TST system to connect to the display, but it's easy to get around that issue. When we get up on the morning that we're hitting the road the first thing I do is to power up the system. Now I can go and do my breakdown chores (dump the tanks, put away outside stuff, etc.) and by then all tires are reporting in so I can check them and hit the road. If any tires need air it's a simple task to haul out the compressor and take care of it.
  14. Kind of difficult to get a decent reading on the heat gauge when you're rolling down the road at 60 mph...
  15. Yup - we were returning to California from Yuma this past April and hit a wind storm. Visibility at times was about 1/4 mile because of the dust. Driving wasn't too bad while we were heading west, but once we turned north the wind was pretty much broadside and was trying to unfurl our slide topper on the driver's side so we pulled in to the first campground we saw and hunkered down to ride it out. When we got back on the road the next morning, maybe 20 miles up the road we came upon a large toy hauler fifth wheel on its side on the side of the road with the pickup truck that was towing it at right angles to the trailer, still on its wheels. Somebody found out the hard way that the wind usually wins when it really wants to...
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