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manual awning canvas replacement
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well...due to a lot of people attempting it themselves, and a host of what I would deem less safe techniques, Im posting my "safe and sane" canvas replacement procedure.  Probably no other…Continue

Tags: awning, replacement, canvas

Started this discussion. Last reply by david craft Jul 5, 2015.

Lp gas service and snow accumulation

Anyone with lp gas service to their domecile and high snow accumulation please listen up. Please keep accumulated snow off the regulator. If the snow melts and water runs inside the vent, it can…Continue

Tags: regulator, lp, Snow

Started Jan 26, 2015

Carburetors, what can go wrong?
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1. The throttle blade shaft can wear in the bore. This allows air to leak past at idle causing poor atomization. Need to replace base or put a bushing the bore. 2. Idle screws can be over tightened…Continue

Tags: carburetors, rv, Carburetors

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Stoltz Mar 2, 2015.

Rv parts industry
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I been in business since 75. Parts were viable back then. As the internet came around, most retailers began to worry. NotI, I figured if people had to pay freight online and I had to charge tax, it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russell E Johnson Jan 4, 2015.


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david craft replied to Sandy St.Louis's discussion Plumbing vents
"Crowned roofs seem to hold better.  I use 2x3 and then taper ends down to 2. 16" on center with 7/16 Osb  for a full walk on roof.  Vents let a lot of light in. Taper on roof would resist water pooling as snow melts as well. Your…"
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I am an RV technician. I started working on them in 1975, so I'm going on 40 years. The first year RVIA implemented the RV technician testing and accreditation program I tested and achieved the Master Technician ranking(3/29/1999). I like the quality of the old stuff and admire what you folks do here. I'm not here to flame or be flamed...just to help. Peace
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electrical connectors

just wanted to share a little about electrical connectors. crimp connectors come in a range of quality as do wire nuts. they are often criticized but getting a good quality connector and proper installation goes a long way towards satisfactory performance. look for a thick wall on the crimp connector where it makes contact with the wire. that will ensure it holds a crimp well. good wire nuts are edge wound square wire inside instead of round. they will actually bite into the wires you are… Continue

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 8:20pm — 17 Comments

Rv air conditioner sealing (units using standard gaskets)

I looked around to see what I could find on the subject.  Trailer life had a good article, I thought could just advise people to read that and I could just expand on what they said.  Its call "Trailer life roof air leak repair".  If the air conditioner frame touches the roof then its gasket replacement time.  They are designed to drain out the bottom of the pan and touching the roof restricts flow of water.  That's why you NEVER seal the outside edge of the pan.  Also, the pan will rub the…


Posted on December 7, 2014 at 6:00pm

Refer leveling

When I was a youngster, there was a running joke. Three things you dont do: sword fight with Zorro, pee in the wind, or mess with me! Well there is the three things you dont do with an RV. Dont let her leak. Dont forget to winterize. And dont runthe refer out of level. Get an appliance level. I like the small square one with the green fluid. Place this onthe freezer shelf. Half the volume of the bubble( 2/3 diameter) in the circle anytime the fridge is on and your stationary more than 1/2 hour.… Continue

Posted on November 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Weight distibution hitches (round bar)

I'm going to keep this simple as I can. I want to cover the round bar weight distribution hitch. The square bar are trickier to adjust ...you can google your instructions if you wish. I would like to say that the Hensley arrow and the Pullrite systems are the best. The main drawbacks to these are they extend so far past the bumper, its hard to get any good equalization out of them. The farther behind the bumper the ball mount is, the higher the load on the spring bars to get the weight… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 2:36am — 5 Comments

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At 10:08pm on January 22, 2015, R. Randall Halton said…

I hope you have a good recovery David. I don't want to say anything funny to make you laugh after what you have been through. Take care.

At 10:50pm on January 19, 2015, Lakota Wolf said…
Good luck with hip replacement. your in prayers for a speedy recovery.
At 10:51am on December 14, 2014, Rich Thomas said…

Congratulations! David,you are definitely the guru of all things camper related and an asset to all of the community here at GORV.

At 6:58pm on December 13, 2014, Jimco_W001 said…

David,Thanks for all of the RV insight's you have shared with us!

At 11:31am on December 9, 2014, Lakota Wolf said…
Well that's understandable with the recoil bounce effect. Just might hafta put some low cost shock absorbers. I just had a good laugh of the visual of flying plates. (Been down that road). it ain't purrdyyy. Right up there with forgetting to secure the fridge doors and finding a gallon of milk blown up on the floor with othet miscl from the fridge.
At 10:06pm on December 8, 2014, Lakota Wolf said…
An idea on reduced weight on axles would be *torsion type axles. eliminating full sets of leave springs etc. Can carry a heavy load and are quite reliable now a days. Another plus is the vast array of tire sizes for them now instead of the ole routine 14 inAnd the come with 4 lug. 5 lug and even a 6 lug version up to 16 inch tire.
At 8:35pm on December 8, 2014, R. Randall Halton said…

The tandem does have more maintance factors as Lakota pointed out. I did start off thinking a single axel version design. But I have a friend & former employer that has a late model trailer and tows it with his Vett. Anyway he was on his way back from FL and the trailer had a axel come off  out in the middle of nowhere on I-95. Long story short, he left his trailer on the side of 95 drove some dist. for parts then was on his way again. He does tote his Harley in it, and has a sleeping configuration too. I guess you'd call the interior décor of the trailer "shop style" with comfy bunk. So I decided on the tandem axel. They do look nice with some Mooney's on. Well the rack David, your right. That's just too much stuff if I have to get a rack, and it decreases the aerodynamic agenda I have. I hate extra stuff. If I wanted to take the house camping then I'd figure how to put a stevedore under it and go camping,,,LOL...

At 3:41pm on December 6, 2014, R. Randall Halton said…

Hi David. I haven't even thought about doing bike racks for a Mt Bike yet. Probably won't. I might put a "Tundra Basket" / "Safari Rack" on top. I could throw the bike on that. No Harleys though David.

At 2:26pm on December 5, 2014, R. Randall Halton said…

You would need a larger camper to put bikes in it. I'm into "Rice Rockets" and I think I would get a "Toy Hauler" to tote the scoots. If you like small campers, I just bought a book titled, "TearDrops and Tiny Trailers. Authored by Douglas Keister. It shows a multitude of variations and the history of the TearDrop. I had never seen a tandem one and needed shelter while I Restore my Travco.

At 1:53pm on December 5, 2014, R. Randall Halton said…

I'm not sure how a Harley rack would be used on a Tear Drop camper. That's a good idea about the Elf effects. Aerodynamic that's for sure.




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