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RE: Little Bighorn NBF and travel trailers.

What is 7th Cavalry. Is it close by? We were there last summer with our 25' trailer. Get there early, there are spots for about a dozen trailers. We got one while we toured the visitors center and we towed through the park. There were many people towing through the Battlefield, including large 5th wheels. There aren't spots to stop along the way, except for a loop at the end that we fit for just a 10 minute stop. Traffic was lite for us, so we were able to "pause" throughout when needed. I highly recommend staying at 7th Calvary while there. Maybe stay 2 nights so your rig can stay at the campground?
Atlee 01/18/17 05:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Little Bighorn NBF and travel trailers.

In July, we will be going by Little Bighorn National Battle Field. For me, it's a must stop. My question is this. What does one do with their travel trailer while touring the battle field site? I assume it's not practical to pull a 28' trailer throughout the park. Yet, using Google Earth, I haven't located any places to drop the trailer, either temporarily or to spend the night. Any thoughts, suggestions, etc?
Atlee 01/18/17 02:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The RV Name Game or How to Traumatize Your Customer

I assume not many customers are being traumatized by those names. I see a lot of them on the road. Maybe they are traumatizing you however, but then you aren't a customer for a toy hauler. I have noticed in the past couple of years a trend by RV manufacturers especially Trailer manufacturers of giving really horrible names to their products. This all reminded me of that George Carlin bit about Baseball vs Football, you know the one...where he intones in a soft and measured tone that Baseball is played in a...field...and then screams that FOOTBALL IS PLAYED ON A GRID IRON. Well some RV names strike me this way. Most RV's have pleasant names meant to foster good feelings and images of the outdoors and nature: Eagle Gulf Stream, Forest River, Mallard (an oldie) Fox, and probably the best of all R Pod. Very cozy and enticing. Then there is the recent trend to names like these: Avenger Raptor Violator Warrior et al. These units are usually adorned with slashing, sharp edged and Dark, very Dark graphics that seem more like weapons you'd find on Game of Thrones than anything. This is a sad turn that may speak to something deeper in our combined social conciseness. Now my guess is that no one chooses an RV based on the outside graphics however I am also sure that the wrong graphics may stop the sale of the offending model given that interiors are a wash. But this dark and disturbing trend is carried over to the inside as well with blacks and greys and Las Vegas Wh*re house lighting. I for one will be glad when this trend ceases. Give me the Old Hamms Beer Commercial mythic outdoors any day...Land of Sky Blue Waters...
Atlee 01/15/17 09:28pm General RVing Issues
Thoughts on the different suspension systems for TT's?

Any thoughts out there on the quality and value of the different travel trailer suspension systems. The 3 I know of are Dexter E-Z Flex, MOR/RYDE CRE3000, and Trailaire Equa-Flex. My current trailer has the Dexter E-Z Flex. If I can sell my current trailer, the new trailers I have in mind do not have any extra suspension systems. One trailer under consideration until 2017, had the MOR/RYDE CRE3000 as an option.
Atlee 01/15/17 10:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Food & Traveling

There is a much larger chance that another vehicle will hit you, yet you choose to drive. I cannot believe that I am the only one on this forum who is NOT comfortable with the propane on while in motion. I turn it off at the tanks. Every time the trailer turns a wheel. The chance of a propane accident is tiny, but why risk it if it is not absolutely necessary. I watched a TT burn in the median about 10 years ago (after rolling over) and while I know there have been improvements in valves and controls, I'm not risking it. Your trailer; your choice! I don't see it as worth even a very small risk.
Atlee 01/13/17 07:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Bedroom door or curtain?

If you can get one with a door in the floor plan you like, it is much preferable to a curtain. My current trailer has an accordian like material that slides from the entertainment center that's in the center to the outside wall. It's much heavier, and better than a flimsy curtain, it's not as good as a real door.
Atlee 01/11/17 04:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Cross Country Trip: RV or TT ?

Nothing wrong or hard about towing a TT across country. In 2014, we went from Richmond, VA area to the beach in LA and back, totaling over 7,900 miles. We had no problems what so ever. And it was great when we got to a point of interest. Drop the trailer in the campground, and then take the pickup out seeing the sights. I pulled the trailer completely across LA from Cajon Pass to the beach at Dockweiler, then up to a campground at Van Huys. You just have to remember when towing, to be extra aware of your surroundings. We are thinking of a 8-9K mile trip this spring from California to the East Coast. We have a TT that has worked well for trips as long a 10 days and 2000 miles so far. We have been contemplating trading the trailer for a class c Rv. (we had a class c for about 8 years previously). I think the RV would be alot easier driving , etc than towing. The big 'but' is that I know what condition my TT and truck are in and if we buy a new RV, we probably will have warranty issues right off the start so we'd have to take small shakedown trips before the scheduled big trip and then hopefully the RV dealers could get you in for repairs. If we buy a late model used Rv (I usually buy used) you hope it will function ok. We would probably run about 300 miles a day. With many multi-day stops at relatives towns along the way. Anyones opinions will be greatly appreciated.
Atlee 01/10/17 03:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Monument Valley in June?

Thanks all. I may add it to my trip. And going north through Utah to Grand Teton, I may stop at one or more national parks.
Atlee 01/07/17 06:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Monument Valley in June?

Then a month and 1/2 later may not be doable. Thanks. We were through there beginning of May and it was in the low 80's.
Atlee 01/07/17 07:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Monument Valley in June?

Would Monument Valley be too hot to enjoy in the latter half of June? I'm giving some thought to going there before heading up to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.
Atlee 01/07/17 07:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Calling All RV Manufactures!

It's obvious that some of them probably use RV's. However, way too many RV's are designed that make no sense, and wouldn't be designed that way if they actually had to use them on a long term basis. By the way, most auto designers/engineers use vehicles. Yet how many are designed in such a way that it takes hours of labor and trained technicians to do simple stuff. Take head lights for example. It used to be a simple task to unscrew the cover, pop out the old head lamp, and insert another. Now, some disassembly of the front end is needed to accomplish this. They design them and build them....but have never actually used one to camp in. That's a 'blanket' statement. You know that for sure or just trying to be funny? Reason I ask is because I know a few people in the business at that level and they are also campers.
Atlee 01/07/17 06:52am General RVing Issues
RE: New Orleans

I've stayed at lake Pontchartrain Landing before. It was a good place to stay. If I were to go to NO again, that's the first place I'd look. The park itself is great. The drive to it is in old industrial, but that's no problem. The one down by the French Quarter is a great location if you are in NO to do Bourbon Street, et al. Pricier than Lake Pontchartrain Landing.
Atlee 01/02/17 01:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fridge Question

I've never had that problem. Mine would cool just as well on AC as it would on propane. Back when I had a Class B which had a fridge that also used DC power, when on DC power, it would at best maintain what ever temperature the fridge was when the DC power was used. Perhaps your AC heater isn't up to snuff now? I discovered with mine that it doesn't cool for **** on shore power. It will get mildly cool but that's about it. Doesn't matter what I set the thermostat to. These things are way more efficient on propane. I had it running on shore power for a whole week at max prior to a trip and it was barely 20 degrees below ambient temp. Got to the desert and fired it up on propane and the water bottles on the top shelf were frozen by morning. From now on I'm gonna just run it on pane a day before take off to chill it down.
Atlee 12/25/16 02:22am Beginning RVing
RE: Need names of comparable travel trailers

Those are intriguing but they are sold only on the West coast. No dealers close to Virginia. http://outdoorsrvmfg.com/creek-side/creek-side-22RB/
Atlee 12/24/16 08:28pm Travel Trailers
Need names of comparable travel trailers

I'm looking for a new (or new to me) travel trailer. I want a trailer that doesn't have a slide and has both a dinette and sofa. One with a large U shaped dinette can work in place of a dinette and sofa combo. It needs to have a wardrobe and if not a pantry, at least decent storage space to store groceries, etc. I do not want bunk beds. Stick and tin, or fiberglass side walls do not matter. I'm very familiar with the Jayco Jay Flight 23RB and the Palomino Puma 25-RS. What other brands are out there that fits those parameters?
Atlee 12/24/16 08:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Heating & cooling TT with large picture window.

Thanks for all the replies. I asked because I'm now looking at a TT that has a large window in the rear behind the sofa. I wanted some feed back about heating and cooling. Most of the comments are along the line of my original thoughts. If I get this trailer, I'll just have to figure out a way to block the temperature loss when necessary.
Atlee 12/23/16 01:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Don't warmup up your car-R&T

Agree. Exactly what I do. If the windows are clear, I just start and drive. However, if the windows need scraping, I start the vehicle, turn the defrost on high, and then start scraping, beginning with the side windows if necessary. I will do the windshield last, letting the defrost do some of the work. I don't warm up my engine. But I defrost my windows before I drive off - and that means running the engine. If the windows don't need defrosting, I just get in and drive.
Atlee 12/23/16 04:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking to buy a ightweight, modest travel trailer

Why do you think a through-wall AC is more of a place waiting for a leak to happen than a similar roof mounted A/C which also has a hole in the roof? I figure a hole is a hole is a hole. My preference, get one with a roof A/C instead of one with a household, through-wall A/C. The through-wall A/C seems like a place waiting fore a leak to happen.
Atlee 12/22/16 03:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Heating & cooling TT with large picture window.

To broaden my question to "colliehauler", do any of you wish you had gotten a trailer will fewer and smaller windows? Or are the many and larger windows worth the "price of admission"?
Atlee 12/22/16 03:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Heating & cooling TT with large picture window.

Do you like living in a "fish bowl", or do you have second thoughts about having so much glass? Yes the are harder to heat and cool I use double cell blinds to help insulate the windows. I have two four foot by four foot and one four foot by two foot widow's in the bedroom alone. I feel like I live in a fish bowl.
Atlee 12/22/16 03:09am Travel Trailers
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