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Old 06-14-2021, 10:15 AM   #961
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not today but recently.

Changed out incandescent running lights with appropriate color LEDs Much brighter and more visible.

Changed out rear incandescent light bulbs with LEDs as well. a bit brighter and more visible as well.
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Old 06-14-2021, 04:33 PM   #962
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All I did today was drive up and down Blood Mountain in the Blue Ridge mountains...twice.
At least we were able to stop by the Cabbage Patch Hotel-thingy. 20 minutes after dropping $55 on 2 stuffed animals, we discovered the local community had 50 churches, 20 gas stations, and a single restaurant called "Roadkill BBQ."
I kid you not. We waited another 30 minutes to find something a bit better for lunch. ...
Easily top 5 worst trips home. On the good side, the E4 continues to be fantastic.
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Old 06-17-2021, 04:04 AM   #963
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Todays mods

extended water drains added quarter turn ball valves to 2016 Hideout
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Old 06-17-2021, 05:21 AM   #964
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extended water drains added quarter turn ball valves to 2016 Hideout
That adds convenience but if you camp in freezing temps those lines can freeze.
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Old 06-17-2021, 12:05 PM   #965
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Over the last week, I've tried to make a couple changes, one to my shower, and one to the wardrobe in the bedroom.

First, the shower. I had heard about and listened to all the hype about the Oxygenics (26488 RV) shower head so I ordered one. It came in and I was all excited to install and try it out. Boy, was I bummed. I hooked up city water, set the pressure regulator at my usual 50 PSI. I couldn't believe it. The flow and spray pattern were worse than field showers I used when deployed in the military. I called the manufacturer and they apologized, said it certainly shouldn't be as weak as what I had ( I sent them a short video clip) and sent me a replacement shower head. 2 days later I had the replacement in hand, installed it and repeated the test. Same result. I had a Stone Stream shower identical to the one I have in my home bathroom shower and I installed it. Good flow, although not quite as much as I have in the house but decent, good spray pattern, so that one is staying in the trailer and the Oxygenics is being returned to Amazon.

Second was my wardrobe. These are nearly useless as anything I try to hang up in there drags on the bottom of the cabinet. I tried just putting things in there but it is really messy and not the easiest to find stuff in there. I found this set of folding, stackable wardrobe organizers.
https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08BZMKF...roduct_details
I received them last night and went out and put them in right away. All 4 fit, although the top one is snug against the back wall of the cabinet. As they are about 18 inches deep, there is about a foot of unused space behind the bottom tray, but since the back wall of the cabinet follows the slope of the front cap, that space quickly is reduced to nothing by the time you get to the top. I will say, there is nothing that lets these slide out to make them easier to load or unload, but it definitely make the space more useable. My wife came out looked at them in my closet and asked, "Where's mine?" They're on order now. Sorry for the sideways pic, I don't know how to fix it.
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Old 06-17-2021, 01:00 PM   #966
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I just replaced a broken slide arm on our large curb side slide. A number of gear teeth were broken and the slide would lock up crooked. This took a little over two hours and only lost a little blood The old slide arms are for the 18 tooth gear, but I installed the arm with teeth for the 15 tooth gear and installed a new gear pack. This works because the gear diameters are the same.
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Old 06-17-2021, 01:39 PM   #967
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I raised my BW companion hitch up to create a little more gap between bed rails and camper. While I had the torque wrench out my wife said check the camper lug nuts. Most were tight. One was so loose I could turn it by hand! Definitely going to check lugs more often for safety.
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Old 06-17-2021, 01:49 PM   #968
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I finally got around to pulling all 6 wheels and hubs to do a bearing repack. Since I had no idea what grease was in there from the factory, I did a thorough cleaning of all 12 bearings, then used brakleen to clean them. Checked all the brakes and shoes, and new bearing seals and switched it over to Red N Tacky grease. While I was on a roll, I greased all the wet bolts in the suspension components. I'm WORN out......oh, and of course torqued all the lug nuts, ....now my shoulders and hands are sore.
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Old 06-17-2021, 01:53 PM   #969
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Adult access to lower bunk

removed half of the upper bunk, more adult space & more accessible storage
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Old 06-17-2021, 02:30 PM   #970
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I finally got around to pulling all 6 wheels and hubs to do a bearing repack. Since I had no idea what grease was in there from the factory, I did a thorough cleaning of all 12 bearings, then used brakleen to clean them. Checked all the brakes and shoes, and new bearing seals and switched it over to Red N Tacky grease. While I was on a roll, I greased all the wet bolts in the suspension components. I'm WORN out......oh, and of course torqued all the lug nuts, ....now my shoulders and hands are sore.
Not trying to make more work for you, but you might have checked the u-bolt nuts for torque while you were under there. Should be torqued while the trailer is fully on the ground so the springs are fully loaded. Torque for the nuts on 1/2" u-bolts should be between 45 to 70 ft lbs. A Dexter engineer years ago at a rally said the target torque should be closer to 70 ft lbs.
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Old 06-17-2021, 05:34 PM   #971
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Inspected the roof and applied a bunch of Alpha Systems self leveling sealant (TPO roof).
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Old 06-17-2021, 06:39 PM   #972
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Not trying to make more work for you, but you might have checked the u-bolt nuts for torque while you were under there. Should be torqued while the trailer is fully on the ground so the springs are fully loaded. Torque for the nuts on 1/2" u-bolts should be between 45 to 70 ft lbs. A Dexter engineer years ago at a rally said the target torque should be closer to 70 ft lbs.
Thanks for the tip......I was thinking about doing that, but decided....on another day. I need to rest up a bit and do a couple of the "easy" things on my list tomorrow. Being retired offers me a lot more flexibility on when, how, and and sometimes "if"....I'm going to do a job.
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Old 06-19-2021, 10:50 AM   #973
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Not trying to make more work for you, but you might have checked the u-bolt nuts for torque while you were under there. Should be torqued while the trailer is fully on the ground so the springs are fully loaded. Torque for the nuts on 1/2" u-bolts should be between 45 to 70 ft lbs. A Dexter engineer years ago at a rally said the target torque should be closer to 70 ft lbs.
Well, under the trailer I went....again.....torque wrench in hand. There are two u-bolts per side of each axle...so 12 u-bolts and 24 nuts. I set the torque wrench to 65 ft lbs and of the 24 that I check, there were 10 or 11 that were loose....or more specifically....I could turn them. A few were maybe 1/4 of a turn, a few more that was maybe a 1/2 turn or a bit less, and the others were somewhere between 1/2 a turn to almost a full turn. Thank you again for the reminder and it obviously was worth the time to torque them correctly.
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Well, under the trailer I went....again.....torque wrench in hand. There are two u-bolts per side of each axle...so 12 u-bolts and 24 nuts. I set the torque wrench to 65 ft lbs and of the 24 that I check, there were 10 or 11 that were loose....or more specifically....I could turn them. A few were maybe 1/4 of a turn, a few more that was maybe a 1/2 turn or a bit less, and the others were somewhere between 1/2 a turn to almost a full turn. Thank you again for the reminder and it obviously was worth the time to torque them correctly.
Dang - ya値l keep making more work for me. Good info however. That痴 scary you found so many that were not tight enough.
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Old 06-19-2021, 06:18 PM   #975
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Dang - ya値l keep making more work for me. Good info however. That痴 scary you found so many that were not tight enough.
Well, hang in there....I'm retired, so I've got time....and even better....no specific schedule for getting the stuff done, other than before our trip out west this year. Yes, a bit scary I suppose, especially for a 20K GVWR trailer.
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