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Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 09-28-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,108
Posted By peterh
With all lubricants it's good to remember two...

With all lubricants it's good to remember two things. The first is a little lube goes a long way. The second is contamination in the lube -- dirt or sand, mostly -- can do a lot of damage.

I put a...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 08-04-2019, 02:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,965
Posted By peterh
The short answer is I lubricate threads with the...

The short answer is I lubricate threads with the appropriate compound for the application (assembly lube, anti-sieze, machine oil) and torque them to spec. The reason this might seem wrong to you is...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 08-03-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,965
Posted By peterh
Torque is supposed to be a measure of the tension...

Torque is supposed to be a measure of the tension of the bolt/nut against the parts being held in place, and it is the tension of the nuts/bolt heads against the parts held in place that keep them...
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade 07-12-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By peterh
Thanks Steve and Radar. We really enjoyed our...

Thanks Steve and Radar. We really enjoyed our Scamp, and I will be sad to see it go, but we have a Surfside 14.5 project trailer that is nearing completion, and it is beautiful too.

And, since we...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 07-12-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 26,163
Posted By peterh
The end of one era, the beginning of a new one....

The end of one era, the beginning of a new one. About a decade ago Lynne and I purchased a 1976 Surfside 14.5 trailer in need of love.

How much love? The door fell off as soon as we got it home!...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-06-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,401
Posted By peterh
Whether or not you need an inverter it's a...

Whether or not you need an inverter it's a lifestyle choice. If you need a microwave or a drip coffee maker or a hair dryer at all times, then you need an inverter. If you don't need those things you...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-12-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
Hi Steve, There's been some progress but, shortly...

Hi Steve, There's been some progress but, shortly after my last post, I badly injured my right shoulder and needed surgery. I'll be out of action until late this year. --P
Forum: Hi, I am.... 06-08-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,647
Posted By peterh
Love our fiberglass trailers

Lynne & I traveled much of the western-most USA with our Scamp 19' "5er," spending weeks at a time on the road with each other. Travel trailers are great when you want to stake out a campsite and use...
Forum: General Chat 03-30-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,589
Posted By peterh
Yea. The problem with today's pickup trucks is...

Yea. The problem with today's pickup trucks is they're designed to be style statements not tools intended to get a job done. The high sides and aggressive ground clearances make getting to a toolbox...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 03-30-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,210
Posted By peterh
As it happens, the inserts in our Surfside's new...

As it happens, the inserts in our Surfside's new cabinet doors are cut from bamboo sun shade material. They, like our Scamp's aluminum punch panels, are lightweight and provide ventilation.
...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 11-03-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,817
Posted By peterh
Wishful thinking

Older Prius models -- Gen 3 and older -- are not rated to tow in either the US or Europe. Toyota offered a towing package on the first model year of their Prius Gen 4 (2016) with a 1600 pound towing...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 10-11-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,271
Posted By peterh
A completely different approach to power surges

I'm going to offer an alternative way to get around power surges.

My wife and I found don't travel with a lot of devices that run on 120V AC power. The things that do are (basically) a microwave,...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-02-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By peterh
What you're talking about is a pretty common...

What you're talking about is a pretty common problem with fiberglass and non-FG trailers. We had problems like yours -- as well as many others -- when we bought our Surfside. (See my Surfside Refit...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 08-30-2018, 11:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
Thanks. I will I did lot with our Scamp 5er, too,...

Thanks. I will I did lot with our Scamp 5er, too, so this isn't my first FGRV project. This is our second trailer project, and it hasn't been an easy one. I'm thankful it's finally coming together.
...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 08-30-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 26,163
Posted By peterh
Hi Steve. I stepped away from FiberglassRV to...

Hi Steve. I stepped away from FiberglassRV to work in politics for a while and was even running for Congress until my father died earlier this year. I'm just about done with consolodating my dad's...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 08-30-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
Front dinette almost done now!

Long past time I wrote another post!

Our 1976 Surfside refit has moved forward quite a bit since my last post, when we'd just finished the kitchen counter & backsplash. Lynne and I have completed...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 08-14-2018, 02:10 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
In addition to our industrial hair-drier-like...

In addition to our industrial hair-drier-like heat guns, we also used this stripped down hair drier formerly used by the Giant in Jack and the Bean Stalk.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 08-14-2018, 02:01 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
Hi Norm, There are a number of ways to...

Hi Norm,

There are a number of ways to support a fiberglass trailer roof. The thing many people forget when they add roof supports is those supports transfer the stress on the roof to the sides of...
Forum: General Chat 06-06-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,985
Posted By peterh
Yron It's good to know you haven't changed since...

Yron It's good to know you haven't changed since Lynne & I first started reading FGRV almost 15 years ago. :)
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-01-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,671
Posted By peterh
I'm going to echo Francwa here and say going...

I'm going to echo Francwa here and say going all-electric just isn't practical for most people. With all-electric heating, cooking, and refrigeration you need a heck of a lot of power, more power...
Forum: Plumbing | Systems and Fixtures 06-01-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By peterh
If you're refurbishing/upgrading your trailer,...

If you're refurbishing/upgrading your trailer, there are plenty of fill ports on the market that block the fresh water vent tube when closed. That's what we've installed on our SurfSide project...
Forum: Plumbing | Systems and Fixtures 06-01-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By peterh
In the case of my Scamp 5er, nothing. That's why...

In the case of my Scamp 5er, nothing. That's why I pushed a piece of ScotchBrite copper scrubber mesh up the tube. It won't keep the tinyest in the bugs from invading my fresh water tank, but it will...
Forum: Plumbing | Systems and Fixtures 05-31-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By peterh
Our Scamp 5er vents out the bottom of our...

Our Scamp 5er vents out the bottom of our trailer, but we bought a fill port for our Surfside project trailer that has a vent built in, so where the vent line goes depends on your setup. But, yea,...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-31-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,171
Posted By peterh
We used two quarts of Rustoleum "Topside" marine...

We used two quarts of Rustoleum "Topside" marine primer and four quart cans of Topside to do four coats of white on our SurfSide trailer's sides and roof, three coats on the bottom following the...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-30-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
New magnetic spice rack

I built a spice rack for our Scamp 5er (https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f56/new-magnetic-spice-rack-31154.html), and Lynne and I really like having a bunch of spices at hand when we cook. Problem...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-30-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
Kitchen counter starting to take shape

The cabinet below is a skeleton, there are trim pieces missing and the sink isn't plumbed in yet, but the kitchen is starting to take shape.

We made the knife block, (magnetic) spice rack, and...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-29-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
The exterior setup lights are self-stick "12v...

The exterior setup lights are self-stick "12v IP65 waterproof cool while LED 5M strip" (quoting the search you use to find them) lights for about $8 from eBay. They come on 5m reels, more than enough...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-29-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
There are two different T&H marine locking...

There are two different T&H marine locking hatches. Both are 13" high at the face (about 2" smaller for the opening through the fiberglass), the driver's side hatch is 24" long and the curb side 30"...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-28-2018, 01:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
A few more pics. From the front window toward the...

A few more pics. From the front window toward the back with the LED lights on, two pics of the exterior setup lights and lights in the under-bed storage, and the alpha version of my...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-28-2018, 01:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,471
Posted By peterh
We haven't posted in a while. Life got very busy...

We haven't posted in a while. Life got very busy -- crazy busy -- for me. Some health problems, my Dad died, and a few other complications . . . all while I was running for Congress. My plate is...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 10-05-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,475
Posted By peterh
We have 105w of roof-mounted solar on our Scamp...

We have 105w of roof-mounted solar on our Scamp 5er, and it does a good job of keeping up most of the time. Our trailer offers two things we can't use when we're dry camping: the microwave and...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 09-23-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,091
Posted By peterh
Nice job. I like the viewing ports. I did...

Nice job. I like the viewing ports.

I did something similar with our Scamp 5er.

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It's part of the U-Shaped Dinette project I did a few years ago. The post showing how it works is here:...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 06-14-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,061
Posted By peterh
The bent cross-members are not a safety concern....

The bent cross-members are not a safety concern. As long as they support the floor and you're comfortable walking around in your trailer, they're fine. I'd replace them if I was planning to do a...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-09-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,831
Posted By peterh
David: You might also find this post useful. It's...

David: You might also find this post useful. It's one of mine from a different kind of crack repair, a structural repair in a wheel well, but it has pictures.:...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-06-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,831
Posted By peterh
For the people who suggest using epoxy or some...

For the people who suggest using epoxy or some other product as a crack filler, but don't advocate using layers of cloth on (at the very least) the back side, all that's going to happen is you'll...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-14-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,025
Posted By peterh
What you have on the inside is a "Canned Ham"...

What you have on the inside is a "Canned Ham" style door latch. They're really simple mechanisms, but that one looks like it's been repaired a few times already. You might want to just buy a new one...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 04-30-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,142
Posted By peterh
A good, general rule of thumb for non-fulltimers...

A good, general rule of thumb for non-fulltimers on matching your battery size to your solar panel size is to have (roughly) one amp at 12 volts of storage for every watt of solar panel you've...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 04-25-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,436
Posted By peterh
Alas, I am not feeling well, so Lynne and I will...

Alas, I am not feeling well, so Lynne and I will not be at the gathering this weekend. We're sorry we missed you guys. <sniff>

--Peter
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 03-25-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,703
Posted By peterh
I'm afraid there's a lot in your picture that...

I'm afraid there's a lot in your picture that doesn't make sense, like having a 12v fuse panel that doesn't connect to all your 12v devices, missing things like your solar controller and inverter,...
Forum: General Chat 03-22-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,963
Posted By peterh
If the park has wired Internet and your trailer...

If the park has wired Internet and your trailer doesn't, all you really need is a travel router. We haven't needed it, but for hotel travel I've used an Apple Airport Express that you just plug into...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-22-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,923
Posted By peterh
Hmmm. I've used butyl tape, but that looks...

Hmmm. I've used butyl tape, but that looks interesting. I have an entire trailer that needs all it's hookup ports and windows installed.

Just for clarification, I do think butyl tape does a great...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-21-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 17,245
Posted By peterh
Our two trailers have 100w of fixed, roof-mounted...

Our two trailers have 100w of fixed, roof-mounted solar, and we really like that. No fuss, no muss, no hassle, and very minimal theft concerns. THe trade-off is less power when you're parked in the...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-21-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,494
Posted By peterh
Yes. The equalization process creates gas bubbles...

Yes. The equalization process creates gas bubbles through hydrolysis of the water in the battery at the surface of the plates. In AGM and traditional flooded batteries these bubbles float away. In...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-20-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 17,245
Posted By peterh
Larger rooftop systems that run above 50v must...

Larger rooftop systems that run above 50v must have interrupters in the series wiring between panels, because above 50v the skin's electrical resistance value hits its breakdown point, and current...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 03-18-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,101
Posted By peterh
Hi Leslie. First, thanks for mentioning the...

Hi Leslie.

First, thanks for mentioning the Dub-Box. I hadn't seen one of those before, and it's a really cool-looking retro take on the fiberglass trailer. If you get one, I'll actually be kinda...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 03-16-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,068
Posted By peterh
You can pull just about any 17' and under...

You can pull just about any 17' and under fiberglass trailer with that Colorado. You could even pull a 19' Scamp 5er, which would certainly give you that permanent bed, bathroom, and full-time...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 03-16-2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,176
Posted By peterh
Hi John, I was hoping someone who actually...

Hi John,

I was hoping someone who actually knows of a Surfside for sale would reply; sorry it's taken me so long to say, "Hello," and "Welcome!"

First, if you're looking for a trailer, consider...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-15-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 17,245
Posted By peterh
There was a question, a few posts back, about why...

There was a question, a few posts back, about why a battery's charge level makes a difference in how quickly a battery sulfates. I'm going to try and answer that question in layman's terms.

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Forum: Hi, I am.... 03-14-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,068
Posted By peterh
There's a lot of variation in fiberglass (FG)...

There's a lot of variation in fiberglass (FG) trailer sizes, floorplans, and accessories, and what works for one person may well not work for another. When my wife and I got interested in buying an...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-12-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 17,245
Posted By peterh
"2 MHz. Not 2000 MHz." Conversion error. My...

"2 MHz. Not 2000 MHz."

Conversion error. My bad.
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