Friday, November 30, 2018

Power stand tester for campgrounds

I was looking at polarity testers for checking the power stands at campgrounds before paying for the site and seeing them in the $40-50 range and knowing that you also should check the voltage too, so I was checking the net and found this site and good info and a tester that they had made up .

http://www.myrv.us/electric/Pg/testing.htm

http://www.myrv.us/electric/Pg/tester_30amp.htm

and their tester




So I figured I would make my own version, this one would have been about $34 to make up. I will have my parts tomorrow and will post up my version.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A couple of homemade trailer lift pics.

3" higher than stock

4" higher than stock

I prefer the extra bracing on the bottom one over the one above it but I think I would have added a piece of steel plate on the outside also. For myself if I wanted 4" of trailer lift I would go with the 2X3 blocks under the springs in the top pic and 1" longer shackles or the same blocks and build up the spring pack on the bottom for the other 1" of lift, it would be cheaper and a lot less fab work.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sealing the underbelly of a camp trailer

I saw this pic of the underside of a camper and thought that this was a well done job of sealing the belly, I don't know if it is factory or not I am guessing that it is not by the color of it but I may be wrong.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Front landing gear stabilzers on a fifth wheel

Everyone has there own way of blocking their camper and some are more mindful of the movement in the trailer after it is set up then others. After reading many posts it seems that the thing that causes some of the most movement in a fifth wheel is the front landging gear. Now there are several aftermarket landing gear brace kits out there most will cost a couple hundred dollars or more.








And here are a couple of pics of a cheaper alternative simple cargo loading locks, you would want the type that ratchet.






For myself after reading many posts about it and locking at the different ways that I have tried, I am convinced that more blocking in the front is the answer to eliminating the wobble in the front legs. Each setup that we do will probably be different then the one before at least for us boondockers so I will now add 2 6X8 blocks to my front set up and use more of the 2X6 blocks so I don't have to extend the rear scissor braces down so far. For me this is a much cheaper way to go and I will spend the money on slider supports or the extra set of scissor jacks that I want to add between the wheels and front legs, they are not for stopping the wobble but will give us more support if we are on to soft of ground and we get rain and the front supports start to sink.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Tape storage in a RV

I will be adding this to the Tips & tricks page as soon as the  program lets me get on it, we use large DVD containers to store different types of tape that you may find yourself needing while on a camping trip. 





We have black, grey & white duct tape, electrical tape, plumbers Teflon tape and glow in the dark duct tape that we just added and I will let you know how it works.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Communicating with the outside world while boondock camping.

Most of us have camped in places with no cell reception or tv reception for that matter and each time we are taking a chance hoping that nothing will happen. What can we do if we need to reach some one in the outside world while camping in a remote location, for us we have always carried a set of GMRS radios maybe we could reach someone on these but doubtful.



If we are using our Jeep and our popup camper we have a 10 Meter Ham radio in it that also works on 11 meter (CB) channels we have a much better chance getting out with it.





And we have always carried a Baofeng UV-82 Dual band handheld ham radio that we used while on trips with a local 4X4 club, so I bought one more of them so me and the wife could communicate while I was away from camp and I added a rooftop antenna for on the camper to extend its range. I will do a write up when I install it. I have heard transmissions form Georgia on it while in my front yard here in Montana on it.

I also have 2 CB radios at home right now that I am not using so I will put 1 in the pickup and the other in the 5th wheel so I bought a NGP (no ground plane) antenna for it since we have a fiberglass sided trailer and it is a 4 ft model which as a general rule of thumb with CB's for every foot of antenna you can get 1 mile of range so we would have 4 miles give or take unless we got some atmospheric skip.




I will add a cell phone booster at some point but with those you still need a nearby cell tower, but my ultimate plan is for a dual or quad band ham radio for the most reach.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Mods that I like.

I like these three mods and will probably do all three off them next year or sooner depending on the weather.

A plug in the bed easier to get to.


A Camco Self Stor step brace

Under the front storage curtain


Camper rear bumper carrier mods.

I saw these two mods they are different.





I do like the generator one but that would have to be one quit generator to have it running there.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bike carriers

Everyone has seen a bike carrier on the rear of a camp trailer.

 
But I have never seen one on the front like this.



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Things you don't want to happen to you on your camping trip.

This one has happened to me luckily the hose I lost was old anyway.







And this one should be a reminder to us all, if you are going to add more weight to something you should add more bracing too.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

A couple of future mods for the fifth wheel

I want more clearance under the trailer so this coming year I plan on adding 2-3" blocks under the leaf springs like these.






I also dont like the small levels on the trailer so I want to add a larger one on the king pin box.


Future suspension mod for the pickup

I have been thinking about beefing up the rear suspension on the pickup for towing and have settled on Timbren Heavy Duty suspension kit to add more stability & reduce sag. They are a simple bolt on and there is nothing to mess with after installing them, they are in absence just oversize bump stops to replace the originals.

They would look something like these installed.