A friend did this to his TC. Very detailed prep. Still looked bad and he regretted it. Also hurt him on resale as folks figured he was covering damage. Sorry to discourage. Perhaps try one wall and see for yourself?
What specifically looks bad about it? And what type of surfaces did he have to start with? Just curious.
My office at work has the same type of vinyl stuff on the walls as RVs. Mine and several others have been successfully painted with regular latex paint, nothing done extra. The walls were washed down, let dry, and the paint rolled on. Looks great, and a HUGE improvement.
Use a de-glosser on the cabinetry and wash it all down with something like TSP.
If you are really really unsure, do a small area and wait to see how it works for a few months.
I'm with you, the browns are way too old-school.
Definitely speak to a CPA about this, and have a CPA prepare your taxes. Generally business travel mileage is a legit expense, but if you are not REQUIRED to travel, it may be a different story. Find out exactly what records you need to keep and do it carefully. Best thing you can do is get set up with Quickbooks, and separate accounts for the business, from your personal expenses.
Tennessee is a pretty friendly state in general. Outside of a few areas in larger cities, local zoning is mostly pretty loose. Not a lot of areas with HOAs in small towns.
Roads are generally decent, the state park system is one of the best in the country, and in the east, there are the Cherokee National Forest, and GRSM National Park. COE campgrounds are dotted all over the state.
If I take the Armada as an example, I think we would meet all of the limits in the specs, at least number-wise. It's things like sway on the highway and bogging down going up a hill that I'm worried about, and stories from actual users are the only way I can find out about those issues. For numbers:
TT dry weight = 6400 lbs.
TT fully loaded with my stuff = 7400 lbs.
TT dry tongue = 701 lbs.
TT tongue + hitch = 800 lbs.
2012 Armada SL 4WD (example car) towing capacity = 9000 lbs (>7400 lbs)
Curb weight = 5732
Vehicle weight + family + stuff = ~6300 lbs.
GVWR = 7150 (>6300 lbs)
Max tongue = 910 lbs. (>800 lbs)
Numbers-wise, everything looks okay to me. I think I would find similar results with the other three vehicles. The "too much sail" comment is what worries me, but again I point specifically to the successful stories from Armada owners with good WD/ anti-sway hitches (and not so much owners of Tahoes and Expeditions).
Otherwise, I'll have to convince my wife to buy another truck... Cuz my Frontier definitely won't cut it...
You have 850 lb left for trailer tongue weight. If your loaded trailer weighs 7400, you need 7400 X 0.12 = 888 lb
You will be slightly overloaded in your tow vehicle, more than slightly if your tongue weight goes higher.
Don't THINK you would find similar results on the other vehicles. Do some research and get hard numbers.
In any case, you MUST have a really good WD/anti-sway hitch, correctly set up, adequate tires, and correct tire pressure in your tow vehicle.
You would possibly be OK for shorter trips without much climbing. But I would not take the combo on a really long trip or to the mountains.
The sway issue is very important and needs to be addressed ASAP. But the struggling to accelerate and maintain speed may just be that you are not used to towing. It's pretty normal for a gas engine to really wind up the RPMs to get the work done. They were built for it. There are many drive line modifications one can do to improve towing performance, IF the suspension/sway issues have been figured out. I've comfortably towed similar weights with a lesser tow vehicle.
Slowing down won't hurt you but that sway will kill you.
The first thing you need to do is lower your expectations.
Trailer tires are not generally rated for over 65 mph. The max speed I feel comfortable towing is 55-60 on a mostly level road. Going uphill, be willing to drop down to 3rd gear or even 2nd, and let the speed drop to 35-40. You are not in a race.
Go down a grade in the same gear you would go up it. Do not ride the brakes ever. Brake firmly and then let off.
Never let the transmission "hunt" or keep shifting gears. You will burn it up in a heartbeat. Do a manual down-shift and leave it there until you are out of the grade.
I intended to use my 2006 4.6 v8 Explorer to tow my driftboat/trailer with a few tires over the Cascades and Rockies this weekend. I hadn't even made it from Seattle to Snoqualmie Pass before I decided to turn around.
My guess is the driftboat/trailer with tires was still no more than 1500 lbs and probably closer to 1000. Those of you who tow with yours, should I expect high revs to maintain 65-70 going up mountains with this type of load? How many RPMs should I expect up to 6000 ft?
If not, what should I check? My 2006 Limited is AWD with 18 inch wheels. The tires are slightly larger than stock size.
NOTE: I took it to Montana using a F450 instead. Obviously, a bit overkill for a light towing load.
I would not expect any 6 or 8 cylinder engine to tow much of anything up a mountain pass without some high revs, at 65 mph.
It's not a big deal to get in the right lane, shift down, and slow down. There's no need to run every mile at 65 mph.
I fill and add a 1/4 cup of bleach to the freshwater tank. Run all the faucets until pink is gone and can smell the bleach water coming out. Shut all faucets and let it sit for a couple hours. Drain and fill the tank twice. Run the faucets until bleach smell is gone. Close the bypass for the hot water tank. Ready to camp. And if you have an outside shower head, don't forget that one in the process.
This, with a little more info:
Use 1/4 cup bleach for every 15 gallons of water in the freshwater tank. And let the bleach water sit in the lines overnight.
I put Defender tires on my minivan and do not like them. They are a very hard ride; the tread is actually hard, which gives it the high mileage rating. Supposed to go to 90K miles.
I've also had one that was very difficult to balance. Took the 4th try at a good tire shop.
That said, they handle reasonably well and are holding up as advertised.
The Gulf coast is pretty nice this time of year. They are well past freezing temps by now. Gulf Shores, AL; Pensacola, Destin, all are good.
The Georgia & South Carolina coastal areas are nice too. Savannah, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Kiowah Island, Jekyll Island.
Supposed to be 75 in Middle Tennessee today; we may have some more cool nights, but check the long-range forecast for Nashville.
Also the North Georgia region is pretty decent this time of year.
You could start in the Nashville area and do a run down the Natchez Trace Parkway, if you are interested in historic sites.
Would be a good time to go the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, too.
Just be aware there may be spring break college kids around; call your destination campground and check.
This is my favorite time of year to travel in the south....it's beautiful, with spring wildflowers and redbuds and dogwoods blooming.
Whoever said it's not spring yet is mis-informed. We may get a fluke cold snap, but it won't last but a day or so.
And it will be warmer than where you are, for sure!!!
Good advice above.
My advice: don't avoid going into the mountains..Some of your best RVing experience will include mountains.
Go down slope no faster than you went up and you will be fine.
This. Y9truk should be fine. Stay in the right lane, gear down both uphill and down, don't let the transmission hunt up and down, don't ride your brakes.
Teton Pass is a killer, don't go there.
You can find the specs here. Max out put is about 8 amps, so running it an hour will put about 8 amp-hours (at most) back in your battery.
If you are conservative, you won't use much electricity at all. Water pump, a few electronics, LED lights, and your consumption is very low. Charge your phones, etc in your tow vehicle while out sight-seeing.
You should be able to go a long time on 2 batteries, with a little boost from this generator occasionally.
Now it won't work if you are trying to run a microwave, coffeemaker, hair dryer, etc off an inverter. Those things suck batteries down fast.
Reese, Blue Ox are good brands to start with. They should have something fairly inexpensive for a light trailer.
You WILL need power to your electric brakes, and some sort of brake controller. Most states require powered brakes to anything that heavy. You will also need a battery for emergency braking.
I camp in both and do not see the form of shelter to be the issue. My experience tells me the real issue is how we treat one another. Are qw quiet, clean & respectful towards those around us? Yes, most of the time. When not it is usually due to alcohol. It puzzles me why the party types even go camping. Rules need to be enforced for the sake of all
I agree with this 100 per cent.
I've tent camped, never was bothered by RVs unless the people were annoying. And annoying people come in all modes of campers, unfortunately.
If you want a wilderness experience, go to the wilderness. Don't go to a campground and expect a wilderness experience.
Yes, just make sure it has plenty of water in it. Also remind your guests to use plenty of water when they flush.
A handy thing is to put in a sewer or septic cleanout so you can dump at home. If necessary, you can use a portable macerator pump to get to the cleanout, if it's a long ways or uphill.