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RE: I am wanting a little persuasion

If your trying to justify an RV by cost alone your in a losing battle. There is no way to do it and pencil out as anything but a loss. For most people it is a hobby and any hobby costs money. Full timers being the exception, almost!
donn0128 09/01/14 07:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nuts & Bolts

Need information from all of the seasoned Fifth Wheel owners out there. Taking off all the lipstick and mascara tell me what's the most important things to be looking at in terms of our first RV? Talk to me about insulation, talk to me about frames, tell me about the stuff that is key to making a sound RV. What size tanks are really needed? What should we do ourselves in lieu of letting the dealer do? For example are we better off letting them do the generator prep and then buying our own generator? Thanks! Lots of questions, lets break them down one at a time. Frames? Lippert components has probably 90% of the market, so more than likely that is what you will get. Tank capacity? Depends on your RV lifestyle. Lots of boon docking, then you want the largest tanks possible. Mostly full hookup camping, then tank size is really unimportant. You vs dealer repairs? Let the dealer handle most fixes until the warrenty expires, then DIY is the key. Routine maintenance is definitely DIY. With our new fiver I spent probably 40 hours making it good enough for me. And we own what I consider a very well built RV. Generator? Forget it. They are very heavy and expensive for very little use. Instead opt for a portable generator like the Honda 2000 watt or a pair if you insist on running the AC when stopped. Lots cheaper and lighter, not to mention more versitle around home. Most important things to look for? COMFORT! You want to purchase what fits your lifestyle. As examples, place for a garbage can in the kitchen. Lighting the oven easily, taking a shower, enough closet space, large enough bed, actually cooking a meal! Best advise I can offer on this is once you find a trailer you think you like, get rid of the salesman for a half hour or so and play house. Pretent your making a meal, watching TV, taking a shower try sitting on the toilet. Is there enough room? You will be surprised how many RV's dont have storage space for pots and pans, or the shower is too small. Once you find a floor plan your comfortable in everything will fall into place.
donn0128 09/01/14 07:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel rail install for2009 dodge coil spring suspension

Are you reqlly positive a Ram 1500 will handle a fifth wheel????
donn0128 08/29/14 08:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Directv Winegard Issues

What model?
donn0128 08/29/14 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: mattress opinions

Duplicate what you have at home is the best suggestion I can offer
donn0128 08/29/14 05:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: New Duramax Question

Its called by pass! Dirty or clogged filters can bypass dirty fuel oil etc. One chunk of crud past the filter and your injectors are toast to the tune of thousands of dollars/Deutch marks/ euros you name it. It can get expensive in a big hurry. 50 dollars for a new fuel filter is cheap insurance.
donn0128 08/27/14 11:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: 199 Crescent City to Grants Pass OR

No. Narrow in a few places but a beautiful drive. Dont forget to visit oregon caves
donn0128 08/27/14 11:19am Roads and Routes
RE: New Duramax Question

Fuel filters are cheap compared to a new set of injectors. Change it every 10K miles or so. Cheap insurance
donn0128 08/27/14 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need help with ideal setup (within budget)

Never happen. Sad to say but a 3000 dollar used vehicle is going to be used up! Budget for a used vehicle for full timing should start around 20K and plan on more thn that. As for trailers? 4Runners are nice for running around town but no where near compentent enough for full time pulling a trailer large enough to live comfortable in. For a full time budget think in terms of 50K for starters. I will get some flack on that number, but IMHO it is an honest number as a starting point.
donn0128 08/27/14 10:25am Beginning RVing
RE: Dodge 3500 steering

Real common on 09 and earlier Dodge 4X4's Do NOT let them install factory replacement parts. There are better aftermarket parts available
donn0128 08/27/14 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Workcamping experience ?

Depends on the park. But as for Oregon state parks your only obligated for 30 days at a time. Free full hookup site and some of the best rangers in the world to work with.
donn0128 08/27/14 08:21am Full-time RVing
RE: Portable ice maker, inside or out

Mine sits outside under the awning with no problem. We use a gallon milk jug to keep water handy to refill it. BTW compact appluances sells a lot of different models priced from less than a hundred dollars to out of site in price.
donn0128 08/27/14 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Remote switch to turn off inverter

My inverter had a remote switch option so it was a simple matter of plugging it in. Now if you really want to do it youll need a heavy duty relay a length of 18ga wire and a basic toggle switch. Pretty simple stuff really
donn0128 08/27/14 08:14am Tech Issues
RE: Workcamping experience ?

Instead of looking for paid jobs you might volunteer at a few places. That will gain you the experience necessary for paid jobs, and build a resume that fits.
donn0128 08/27/14 07:25am Full-time RVing
RE: Brake problems

The factory controllers have had known issues in all brands. Contact your dealer to see if they have an update available
donn0128 08/26/14 05:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2013 3500 diesel pickuo

I get on the throttle hard when I have the fiver hitched and it does it. Pull away with a light foot and it does not. 800 lbft of torque does not help compared to your old 500 lbft truck
donn0128 08/26/14 02:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2013 3500 diesel pickuo

Mine has been shuttering since 2007. So whats the problem? Learn to moderate your right foot and it goes away.
donn0128 08/26/14 02:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 50 Amp service with 30 Amp trailer

You really need to learn power managment. AC 18 amps running, refer another 6 or 7 hair dryer puts you into overload. Especially ill bet you also had the water heaternon electricity too. Switch refer and water heater to gas and be sure to turn off the AC when DW wants to use the hair dryer. Then youll be fine without any adapters
donn0128 08/26/14 01:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Stick with truck camper or go for RV?

Uhh I thought a TC was an RV? Did I miss something????
donn0128 08/26/14 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thinking of Full Timing for a Couple Years

RV can get really cramped in a hurry. Plus maintenance can be a killer if your not used to it. Consider a park model instead. Cheaper to buy, more living space, less upkeep. Of course you wont be able to move it either. We lived 8 months in our fiver while trying tonfind a house too. Lots of negatives if your parked in one place. Now, if you were full timing and moving every month or so, thats another story
donn0128 08/26/14 07:49am Full-time RVing
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