I have a light weight, a Skyline Koala 21CS, 24 ft bumper to ball, with a GVWR of 4950#.
I've put over 21k miles on it, including over 7900 miles from Virginia to LA, California and back, of course.
It's held up pretty solidly.
All I've done is grease the axles, and put new tires on when I bought it. Knock on wood, the Maxxis have performed well, and hardly look worn.
There are places where cell service is not available.I was just up on the mountain west of Stuart, VA near Meadows of Dan. While I had some service, the other guys in our party who had something other than Verizon did not have service.
There were places in the great southwest USA where our service was problematic.
The problem with many is that there is no phone service, and passing can be a challenge for those behind you.
Nowadays there are cell towers all over the place. Phone service can be had.
not available at my house. and the quality of coverage varies greatly dependent upon location.
So you are saying it would be a good deal if the trailer price was $10,053 and the prep fees were $0?
It wouldn't slap me in the face. I wouldn't care if he charged $5k for the trailer and $5k for "prep fees" or what ever else he chose to call it. If the combined numbers are a great or even good deal and you want the trailer, do the deal.
This is my thinking. It is about a $14k trailer in my desired configuration, so even at $10,053 the price is still good, but that really leaves sour taste in my mouth before I even get in the door. The dealer is 132 miles from my house, so I'd have to travel a good 2-3 hours to get there on top of this. I'd hate to drive all that way to be bate and switched.
On the face of it, the $1000 "prep" fees are unreasonable. But hee is the question. Is the trailer cost plus "prep" fees a good deal or not? If it's a good deal, go for it. It it's not a good deal, walk away.
The key is the "out the door" price. It doesn't matter what the prep fees are, it doesn't matter what the new trailer price is, doesn't even matter what the trade in value is (should there ever be a trade in).
The dealer can make the numbers fall on any line he wants, doesn't matter.
I found a small leftover RV for a good deal $9000, but the dealer wants $1053 in prep fees. While the RV is priced well, the prep fees sound pretty high for a $9k trailer. What the heck do they prep for $1000??
I am sure they used the low ball price to bring you into the showroom, but by adding $1053 feels like a slap in the face.
So my question being new to RVs, what is a reasonable prep fee?
If you are speaking of I295 around Richmond and Petersburg, it doesn't come into play until after the Americamps campground.
Americamps is at the Lewistown exit, which is about 2 miles north of the I295/I95 interchange.
Suggest you obtain a Pilot/Flying J gas card. You can apply on line. You'll get 6 cents off a gallon at their truck/RV stops with the card. Almost all have easy access for RVs. If you use diesel fuel, an even bigger discount. There are also Loves truck stops along the way. No discount, but also very easy access. Not familiar with too many non-campground stops along the way, but we have used Americamps just north of Richmond (If you choose this, don't go onto 295) and also a CG at exit 171 in NC on I 95 at Carolina Crossroads. Another nice stop (may not be convenient for your trip) is RVACATIONS CG around Exit 97ish in NC on 95. You may also want to go to Walmart and get a Rand McNally Atlas. Lists every Walmart in the US. There's also a site (http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/rest-stops.html) that shows legal overnight parking at rest stops. Here's another site that may be helpful: http://www.allstays.com/c/camping-overnight-rv-parking.htm Again, safe trip and enjoy MB!
It's a mix for me. Personally, I prefer the "blue" highways most of the time, however sometimes the interstate makes more sense.
On our cross country trip in 2014 from Virginia to LA, California I would guess the mileage split was maybe 55% "blue" and 45% interstate.
Generally speaking, the pace is slower on the "blue" highways which suits me when pulling the trailer, and the scenery is generally better from other than interstates.
However, there is one state I personally know about that it's always advisable to use the interstates, and that's West Virginia. A couple of years ago I made the mistake of taking US50 across WV rather than I64. One of the worst decisions I've made driving. Never seen so many hairpin type curves and 9% grades going up, and obviously doing down.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, I do all the driving.
I'll reiterate what the last two posters have stated. The NCSU football stadium is diagonally across the road from the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. They have first come, first serve RV parking. It's a great deal.
There is one caveat though. Make sure you check when the NC state fair is going on. During that period, all the sites are reserved for fair goers, vendors, etc.
Our merry band of Va Tech RV tailgaters have stayed there twice.
In Ipsilanti, MI, is the Detroit-Greenfield RV park. I've stayed there multiple times. It's relatively close to downtown Detroit, and pretty close to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. (plus it's about 10 miles from my daughter).
I've read some very unflattering reviews of Detroit-Greenfield RV Park. I don't understand why.
Is it a 4 star RV Resort where only top of the line Class A Motor Coaches are welcome? Of course not. And some of the sites, especially those in the trees are not gravel.
But it's a reasonably priced RV park to be used as a base to explore areas in and around Detroit.
One reviewer claimed to be frightened to death of all the seasonals there. Well, I didn't see an unusually high ratio of seasonals to regular travelers.
And on top of that, at NO time have I ever felt UNSAFE staying there, or leaving my trailer there for hours at the time.
That particular reviewer must have grown up in Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.
We went to a fairly new campground. I've had my PI EMS-PT30 for almost three years now. Made sure I had it before my cross country jaunt in Feb 2014.
Wednesday, I plugged it in the post, but got a E 2 message which meant there was an open ground.
Fortunately, I have a quality 50 amp to 30 amp pig tail. Used it on the 50 amp slot, then hooked the PI to the pig tail, and got no error messages. We were good for the next two days.
I would recommend having a PI EMS-PT30C and a 50 amp to 30 amp pigtail adapter.
My manual says absolutely do not use E85 fuel. It also says don't use less than 87 octane, even in the mountain states that offer regular in 85 octane.
It recommends use 87 octane when not towing or hauling.
It also suggest performance may be improved if premium is used when towing and/or hauling.
I have a 2014 F150 Eco-boost 3.5L engine.
If that were the case, there would be nearly as many, if not as many miles on the default trailer as it does on the odometer, itself.
Just found this on page 114 of the 2016 manual under "Information Displays":
Note: Once you select a trailer, it remains active until you set it as no longer active. An active
trailer still accumulates miles even after you physically disconnect it from your vehicle.
So...I guess it's not as automatic as we think it should be.
Update on phantom trailer.
Went camping Wednesday, and got home today. Brief excursion with our granddaughter.
Anyway, I had physically put it on "no trailer" since going to the dealer. When I plugged in the trailer Wednesday, and it immediately went to "default" trailer which is where my current trailer resides. Wasn't smart enough in the beginning to give a name to my then current trailer.
After arriving at the campground, and after unplugging, I get the message "trailer disconnected" or something similar.
Plugged it in this morning, got the "default" trailer message, and after arriving home, got the message trailer disconnected.
I don't know what happened. I'll just keep observing it and note if the problems reappears.
ChinShin tire is a Taiwanese tire company, not a People's Republic of China company.
The China-Bomb debate Put to rest......Thank-you, now sleep tight ;)
My 8008's were made in Thailand, but I don't own them anymore.
Yes they were made in Thailand by ChengShin Tire whch is the 4th largest tire maker in China. they are made in Thailand because the labor rates are cheaper.
Did you even bother to look at the table in my post?
This is interesting. We drove the Ft Stockton to Carlsbad route on US285 in March of 2014. We did not find that road in very bad condition. But then, I have to drive I-295 around Richmond, VA all the time, and that is a fiasco. That's a road I'm embarrassed to have out of staters use.
While driving that portion of south east New Mexico, saw a lot of oil pumps out in the fields, but didn't seem much oil related activity otherwise.
It's not that I can't "learn" to switch off the trailer connect/disconnect.
But since it's supposed to automatically default to "no trailer" if no trailer is connected, I expect it to do that.
And since in the past, it didn't need manual intervention to switch from the trailer being pulled to no trailer after being unplugged, then it shouldn't need manual intervention now.
I must have a very dumb TV. It doesn't have a clue whether a trailer is hitched up and plugged in or not. That decision has been left to me, the driver.
Luckily, I have been able to determine that minor inconvenience. Who'd have ever thunk it that'd I'd be smarter than a computer!
My truck always recognized there was no trailer hooked up.
Most of the time the dash display would tell me if it were disconnected.
My 2016 F150 automatically recognizes when an umbilical cord is plugged in, but doesn't "unrecognize" when it's unplugged. Under the "towing" settings on the dash, I have to unselect the trailer manually. I thought this was normal - but maybe not?