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What is your rig?

Started by Dave Rawson. Last reply by Peter Emberley Sep 26, 2019. 7 Replies

So I have a 33' Springdale travel trailer, just wondering what the rest you guys have?Continue


Started by Dave Rawson Jul 15, 2014. 0 Replies

Just wondering what everybody's favorite accessory is in their camper? For me it would have to be the kuerig coffee machine. If you are a coffee drinker it can't get any easier for a good cup of…Continue

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Comment by Dave Rawson on September 21, 2015 at 8:16pm
Delivered my rv to the dealer last weekend for the insurance repairs from the break in last December. Also have some warranty work to be completed. They said it should be ready in about two weeks. I can't see it being done that soon considering parts have come from the manufacturer in the states. Just hoping it will be done before the salt hits the roads so I can get it back to the park. Have a nice new treed site to put it into when it returns. Can't wait for summer.
Comment by Peter Emberley on July 19, 2015 at 10:52pm
I agree totally.
Comment by Dave Rawson on July 19, 2015 at 9:29pm

Went for a tour around the Irish Loop today. Saw 3 moose and 5 caribou. Got stuck behind a small suv towing a large camper for awhile which usually doesn't bother me. But when they can't see behind them because they have no mirror extensions it just rots me. The line of cars behind them had to number at least 20 and they had no  clue. Not to mention they have no idea what's going on with the trailer. In my opinion, if you can't  set up your tow vehicle properly you should not be on the road.

Comment by Dave Rawson on July 12, 2015 at 6:24pm

Was up at the camper this weekend  and Forestry officers came through the park. They met with the owners for awhile then left, shortly after that everybody with a homemade fire pit was told they were no longer allowed to use  them because according to the officers they are not legal or safe. What a load of bull. Most homemade pits are better than the store bought ones and last much longer. So if you have a custom pit at your site be prepared to replace it with a piece of crap from Wallyworld or C.T.

Comment by Dave Rawson on May 14, 2015 at 10:20pm

Happy May two four to everyone.  Enjoy your long weekend and safe travels if you are going anywhere. Remember, life is good but camping is better!

Comment by Peter Emberley on May 10, 2015 at 10:23pm
Looks half decent weather.
Comment by Dave Rawson on May 10, 2015 at 9:20pm

Only five more days until opening weekend! Just wondering if any of you have plans to go anywhere?  I'll be up the camper within two hours after getting off work on Friday. Lets all hope for good weather.

Comment by Dave Rawson on May 9, 2015 at 11:19am

Went with a friend of mine to look at a few used campers. His rotted out. Looked at 5 different ones this week, and three had broken brake wires, 1of them on 3 of the 4 wheels. Where the wires come out of the backing plates and then join to the camper harness, the connections were corroded.  You might want to check your rigs for this problem.

Comment by Peter Emberley on March 23, 2015 at 8:24pm
That's good information, Dave.
Comment by Dave Rawson on March 23, 2015 at 8:21pm

Less than 8 weeks until the May 24. It will soon be time to get our rv's ready for the summer. A thorough check over goes a long way towards a trouble free season of enjoyment. 

Tires: check for wear, broken belts (run your palms over the tread, they should not have any high spots or crooked treads), weather cracks, and incorrect tire pressure is the #1 cause of tire failure.

Wheel bearings: they're not hard to grease, just do it at least every 2nd year.

Battery: they can lose 10% of their charge every month, always charge before adding water if needed unless below the plates then add first. Try to use distilled water,  its better for the battery life.

Propane system: check for rubber hoses with cracks or corroded fittings, spider webs and bees nests in the exhaust ports, any connections with soapy water and expiry dates on your tanks.

Water system:  Flush system thoroughly with clean water and turn off water heater bypass. You can sanitize  the whole system  by adding 1 cup of bleach to a gallon of water and add to your fresh water tank. Then fill the tank completely and open all taps one at a time until you smell bleach then close. Let stand for 12 hours and flush system until you can't  smell bleach anymore. If your pump cycles on and off with taps closed, you probably have a leak somewhere. Better find it.

Seams: They should be checked every spring and fall. Even the best made rv manufacturer's recommend this.  

Safety gear: Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check the pressure in fire extinguisher and give it a good shake if it's a dry powder one.

Lights: not the one in the fridge, the tail and clearance lights.

 This is not a complete list of things to check but I would say the minimum anybody should do for a reasonably trouble free season. Feel free to add to this if you wish, Dave.


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