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My 21BHS has a roof leak at the center area above the left front window. The water was coming out of the area where the electrical wires run up into the ceiling and I found it was coming out of the valance center mounting hole, so it seeped into the wall too. I was going to use a putty knife and check the condition of the roof sealant, and remove an loose gray sealant. If anyone has any recommendations on how to reseal the roof let me know. I think the wall will dry out from summer heat and it's foam core so shouldn't be an issue.
Thanks. Peter

what year trailer, alum roof or rubber roof?

Camping General Discussions / Re: Reserve America
« on: May 06, 2019, 07:01:37 AM »
I just opened it up and after I enter a destination, I see a campground list on the left and a map on the right. Not sure why you don't see that.

Camplite and Bearcat Modifications / Re: Installing a PI EMS-HW30C
« on: April 19, 2019, 06:58:35 AM »
Nice work.

After living with my install for a year, and recently spending most of this past Jan traveling to/from/around FL, I can confirm that I picked a good location for my screen.  We do not even notice it really.  Matter of fact now that I think about it, it sort of acts like a very weak night light at the floor toward the bathroom door in the middle of the night, which is a good thing. Just a hint of light. Between being really low to the floor and inside the indent of the cabinet face, I need to bend to even read it.  I'm glad I had read others (in various forums/blogs) comments on posting the screen in various locations.

Off Topic / Re: I am going over to the dark side, guys
« on: April 19, 2019, 06:43:36 AM »
congrats! enjoy your travels!

I'm still really interested in painting the top white for temperature reduction. 

Has anyone noticed the paint causing additional streaking down the sides?  The reason I ask is that I have NEVER waxed ANY of my campers and hope to continue that trend.   I rely primarily on mother nature and only use a light power washer if/when it really needs it.   

One trip through a MN during a hatch of some bug left one of my campers a real mess once.  THAT required some real effort.  Other than that, somehow all of my campers have looked great with minimal effort.  I buy most new and they seem to stay fairly clean. 

I want my lucky streak to continue (no pun intended on streaks ;) ) . Would hate to paint it and have to deal with streaks down the side all the time. 

Camplite and Bearcat Modifications / Moving Awning
« on: April 17, 2019, 09:46:12 AM »
Wondering if anyone has tried to move an awning that blocks a window on some model/year camplites?    I have a late 2015 build 2016 model 21rbs that has the awning blocking the front window. 

It's interesting that some same year models have the awning in different locations.   I have not measured but at a glance it looks to be the same size awning.

Wondering if the area where the awning mounts up top is reinforced somehow, making moving it somewhat difficult.

I know that you can just release the bottom of the bar and kick it out to open the window, have done that but it annoys me for some reason.  ;)

Other Brands of Aluminum Camper / Re: Intech Sol
« on: April 16, 2019, 08:33:33 AM »
Not sure I'm a fan of combined black/gray tanks.   I like the idea of rinsing the hose with the less nasty soapy gray water after the black water.   We saw one at one of the RV shows last fall and it was not large enough for us, so we just gave it a quick glance and peaked inside.   

Also, I think the cabinets/interior were trying to resemble what airstream and some other brands are doing these days.

There are a number of RV Furniture places around Elkhart, IN where (as I am sure you know) most RVs are made.   If I get serious about replacing my jackknife sofa (and I do not discover something that suits our needs on the net) I'll drag the CL to IN and shop around. 

Before I picked up our CL I thought we were going to hate the couch, so I did a bunch a bunch of research and found numerous places like this http://www.rvfurniturecenter.com/   I figured in IN we could roam a bunch of different furniture places and surplus places and find something that might work.

However when we sat in our CL, it was better than expected, so we left it as is.  I'd still love to figure out a way to get a couple of comfortable recliners, or a loveseat with recliners, in there, but I can't yet see how that would work, unless we cut the bottoms off of something that was not too long in recline mode...

Trailer Maintenance / Re: TPMS
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:20:46 PM »
Definitely nice to have.  We added one prior to our Jan trip to/from FL and they do provide some piece of mind.  You can set them to alarm if they drop to a certain PSI which will may provide an early warning (if you're lucky)

We picked up this one, but they're all probably similar. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H7BFCJ6/

Thanks... I have one but have not received recall notice yet.

Since installing a soft start in the AC up on the roof in the hot sun, I have been considering doing the same...  any down side?

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Newsletter / Re: Winter 2019 newsletter
« on: February 22, 2019, 08:39:58 AM »
Nice article.  Would like more details on that heated mat that Powder Hounds uses!

We do some winter camping each year to/from FL in Jan (and then often a second trip to the Carolinas in Mar).  Often snow and single digits or teens up north on both ends.  We de-winterize when we hit warmer temps and re-winterize on the way back.   We carry a nice 12V compressor and plenty of anti-freeze, so winterizing is a snap.  Unlike Powder Hounds we always use the LP furnace in addition to the ceramic heater.

Our freezing temps section is usually only 2-3 days on each end so we can flush the toilet with anti-freeze.  On the northern trip, we dump/flush at our local Cabela's as soon as we have a day in the 40's.  This year it was just a couple of days after our return, so that worked out well.

Off Topic / Re: Thor eats another one
« on: February 18, 2019, 07:50:46 AM »
The article I linked and other sources indicate they will not be buying Hymer North America but still plan on buying the main Hymer Europe business.   Have you seen info that states they aren't buying any of it?

Fair enough.  It may have been more accurate for me to say "Thor was in the process of acquiring Hymer when they discovered financial irregularities and the sh*t hit the fan.'  ;)

I know Thor halted the process, but as you suggest, it does not surprise me they are looking to see what they can salvage from the deal.     

I was considering buying a Roadtrek a few years ago and still follow the blog of a (now former) Roadtrek rep so have been reading about this mess for awhile now.   I have really only paid attention to the Hymer NA / Roadtrek stuff, so I am sure you are correct.

Off Topic / Re: Thor eats another one
« on: February 17, 2019, 10:19:54 PM »
Thought the deal went through this past fall and THOR has them listed as one of their companies on their website. Did not realize the deal did not close. Perhaps THOR should update their website. Regardless I empathize with all the workers, families, and other businesses affected by the closure.

I think Thor may have acquired the European Hymer but even that is difficult to determine- both Thor and Hymer's websites appear to be out of date/evasive on that.


Maybe someone else will pick up Hymer NA and bring it back..Thor would have likely ruined it anyway :-\

Thor was in the process of acquiring Hymer when they discovered financial irregularities and backed out.

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Off Topic / Re: Thor eats another one
« on: February 17, 2019, 03:05:53 PM »
I have been following that for awhile.  Hymer (a leading RV maker in Europe) acquired Roadtrek, one of the leading makers of class B's a couple years back and a couple of days ago Road trek was completely shutdown.  Rumors of fraud, embezzlement, etc... 800 employees fired.  Roadtrek.com is not even up. Can't imagine spending 6 figures on a Roadtrek one day and the company completely shutting down the next.  At least with with LL we had Thor assume ownership of warrantees etc.

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