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RE: Heavy Rug or Dog Bed - Materials That Won't Draw Moisture?

You are getting condensation between the cold floor and the dog bed. This also happens between foam mattresses and a solid platform. There is some stuff called "Hypervent" that works pretty well according to people who use it on boats, etc. HYPERVENT installation
coolmom42 12/08/16 02:13pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Total loss, adjuster wants copy of title prior to settlement

He wants it BEFORE we settle. Would you buy a vehicle from a private seller, without seeing the title for it? Neither is your insurance company going to do that. You are giving him a copy of the title you hold, and they can't do anything with it, unless you have signed the title over to them. The title still has your name on it, and unless they forge it, the truck is still yours until you sign over the title. Ask him at what point you will get your check and what is the final process for you signing over the title to them. OR get your agent to help explain the process.
coolmom42 12/07/16 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Won't someone please make rugged small trailers??

Hi Dan, I've followed your blog and see how you use your trailer. My bet is, that for the money, you'll be way ahead in the long run to keep that trailer, and rebuild as needed in the coming years. It's small and simple construction will make it easily repairable. If you like your floorplan, keep it, use it, fix and repair as needed. Spend the money that a new trailer would cost on travel so we can see more of your fabulous pictures. PS. I know in my case, by the time I will be able to wear out my Funfinder, I myself will be dead from old age ! I totally agree with this. I am looking for a similar type trailer, and once I find it, I plan to meticulously maintain it and keep it.
coolmom42 12/07/16 01:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Airline pilot Full Time RV

Look for a trailer with a "4 seasons" package. At a minimum this should include double-pane windows, and a heated/enclosed underbelly. For the winter months at least, find a location with electricity, fresh water hookups, and a relatively mild climate if possible. You might also look into a large propane tank commonly called "extend-a-stay." Make sure that your water pump is easy to access and is set up with a bypass to add antifreeze if needed. Disconnect the water hose, blow out the check valve on the inlet. Leave the water heater on, the furnace on, and the thermostat set to some fairly low temp. The furnace should keep the underbelly and waste tanks in good shape. Leave the cabinet doors open so plumbing along the walls can get heat. It would be a VERY good idea to have a reliable knowledgeable person to check on the heat for you. You could also install some sort of network-enabled temperature sensor, that you can check from your smart phone. Then if there are problems you could get someone over ASAP, even if you were not home. Otherwise you could learn how to do a quick winterize. Drain the lines and water heater, blow out the lines, and pour some antifreeze in the drains and toilet. After you do that a few times it won't take but a few minutes, and would be cheaper than keeping the heat on, and simpler than worrying about it.
coolmom42 12/07/16 01:31pm Full-time RVing
RE: Equalizer hitch

Equalizers work great. Get the 1200 lb bars. You could also consider an Andersen hitch. They are not as heavy as the big Equalizer hitch head.
coolmom42 12/07/16 08:52am Towing
RE: Understanding Cat Scale

I took his first set of axle weights to be actual scale weights, not ratings. Apparently it reads differently to others. Never mind.
coolmom42 12/06/16 04:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Understanding Cat Scale

It means you have transferred a total of 465 lb of trailer weight to the truck, and it seems to be 200 lb on the rear axle and 265 on the front. You've added more weight to the front axle than the rear, which might make the rear end squirrely. Seems you need to back off the WD just a little bit. Other issue: Looks like 465 lb is the tongue weight of the trailer. Is that 10-15 percent of the trailer gross? If not, the trailer is too light on the tongue. you can get the trailer gross using RCMAN46's second weight total minus the third weight total. Another issue: is the trailer level or slightly tongue down when connected. Hard to tell how much weight was transferred to truck F/R axles or tongue weight as there is nothing to compare posted weights to Trucks weights w/o trailer Truck & Trailer weights w/o WDH Trucks axles weights are UNDER their GAWRs Trucks weight is UNDER its GVWR Truck/Trailer is UNDER GCVWR Trailer has a GVWR of 8500# and with 6820# on axles it would appear to be UNDER GVWR for trailer also (doubt tongue weight is 1780#) He gave axle weights front & rear, with and without trailer.
coolmom42 12/05/16 08:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing/de-winterizing water heater

Why not just leave the drawer and panel out till spring, since you are not using RV. As you have to stand on your head twice, once to bypass and once to return to use. What is the difference if you stand on your head the second time in the sprig? That way I will be easier to flush system in spring. This.
coolmom42 12/05/16 01:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Understanding Cat Scale

It means you have transferred a total of 465 lb of trailer weight to the truck, and it seems to be 200 lb on the rear axle and 265 on the front. You've added more weight to the front axle than the rear, which might make the rear end squirrely. Seems you need to back off the WD just a little bit. Other issue: Looks like 465 lb is the tongue weight of the trailer. Is that 10-15 percent of the trailer gross? If not, the trailer is too light on the tongue. you can get the trailer gross using RCMAN46's second weight total minus the third weight total. Another issue: is the trailer level or slightly tongue down when connected.
coolmom42 12/05/16 01:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone tow anything behind a Ford Edge ?

Don't ask opinions. Get the numbers on the specific version you are looking at.
coolmom42 12/02/16 07:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are RVs delivered winterized in cold environments?

It might be "normal" at that dealer, but not if I was paying for it. You have to be a hardazz about stuff like that.
coolmom42 12/02/16 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Totaled my fifth wheel, how to work with insurance adjuster

When you're talking about such a large claim as a truck and fiver it pays to be patient. The adjuster is not your friend and don't rule out consulting an attorney. This.
coolmom42 11/30/16 07:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Health Insurance - Caution

Why is a Canadian buying health insurance? And under current law in the US (although this may change) health insurance cannot exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions.
coolmom42 11/30/16 07:52pm Snowbirds
RE: Can I pull this trailer with my Suburban?

Good grief yes, you are fine. Some people wouldn't pull a utility trailer with anything less than a 3500. They are whacko. I would recommend sway control and weight distribution. The numbers may be OK without the weight distribution, but I guarantee it will handle and ride better with it. And IMHO very few RV trailers should be towed without sway control.
coolmom42 11/30/16 03:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winter at the beach

Sounds like a great time!
coolmom42 11/29/16 04:40pm Family Camping
RE: Appalachian Mountain WIldfires

Up to date info HERE on a Knoxville TV station. Also check their Facebook page for some horrifying web-cam video of someone driving to evacuate. GRSM is closed. The headquarters is without power/phone. The sign at Sugarlands is mostly burned up, I saw some pics last night.
coolmom42 11/29/16 08:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Smoky mountain fire

Voluntary evacuations changed to mandatory
coolmom42 11/28/16 07:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Jayco Hummingbird

What I don't like about the Jaycos is the mid-bath layout. You have to walk in and then go through a cramped area between the galley and bath. Also there is no sink in the bathroom, and tank space is pretty small. I am interested in the Venture RV Sonic 168VRB. The 80" sofa would make a decent bed if one used a foam topper. Much better than the short space offered by a converted dinette. The bath is a decent size with sink, the fridge is a good size, and tank capacity is respectable. There's not one of these close to me to look at, but I'm going to check one out before long.
coolmom42 11/28/16 07:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Smoky mountain fire

The winds are awful ahead of a front that is bringing rain.... just hope the rain doesn't fizzle out before east TN gets a good soaking.
coolmom42 11/28/16 05:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for a rv park in WI.

Breezy Hill Campground, Fond du Lac
coolmom42 11/27/16 08:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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