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RE: Well...we've reached that point

Get a nice cabin tent for the kids. Our daughter tented in her teens and early 20s when she camped with us. And several friends that we camped with when our kids were small did this as their kids got older. The kids get some time "on their own" without being far away, and mom and dad get some evening quiet time. Tenting is also great experience for them, if they still enjoy doing it as teens, more than likely as adults they will start off with tents anyway. It's a win/win for everyone in the family. Another plus, the bunks then become extra storage for you! I agree, and encourage them to bring along some friends. Get a GOOD tent with full rain fly & bathtub bottom, that won't leak, teach them how to select a location and put it up. The Cabela's Alaskan Guide & West Wind tents are excellent, and they will NOT leak when correctly set up. Get the 6 person size so they are comfortable. They are pricey, but will be on sale in the fall. That would let you get set up for next year. Definitely cheaper than another RV!
coolmom42 05/27/15 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone not want to retire?

I could probably add a little more info. I am 60, I do work with the general public, so believe me I understand that part. ( 95% of our folks are great though) But we are self employed, we are down to 3 1/2 days a week. Plus about 6 weeks off to travel etc. I walk and bike ride a lot, I am not a fan of house projects, or wood working or any of that sort of thing. I would much rather work and pay others to do that stuff. I already get bored at times, with that light schedule, which is why I say. I think retirement for me and the DW would be a poor choice on our part. Just wondering if anyone else felt the same way? If your 3.5 days/wk is not interfering with other things you want to do, then keep on working it. I can't imagine not having enough hobbies and activities to keep myself occupied. It sounds like you don't have very many interests other than your work. You should consider volunteering for a cause you are interested in, or finding some hobby that you enjoy. It doesn't have to be something "typical." Think about something you've always wanted to learn or do. And go do it! Does your wife have the same problem? If not, maybe you could pick up more of the chores, so she has time to pursue her interests. My guess is she doesn't want you sitting around being bored either.
coolmom42 05/27/15 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Bear Tooth Highway

It's an amazing drive but we left the 5er at camp and took the truck. In my book not only would it be stressful and foolish to tow but you'd have no ability to get out and enjoy the stunning vistas. Leave the 5er and drive it-you won't regret it. what he said Yep.
coolmom42 05/27/15 06:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Selling RV for smaller one

It's an 04, not going to bring a lot of money anyway. Advertise it as a project trailer and get what you can. This. Nothing will get the smoke smell out, short of replacing all the "soft" materials, plus priming and painting all the other surfaces. The ozone will help for a while but the first time that trailer gets hot, the smoke odor will re-appear.
coolmom42 05/27/15 06:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Question re: post-total hip replacement surgery

Until she can find a "correct" pillow, she can take a regular bed pillow (or 2, if needed) and put it under the knee of her "bad" leg. Also works well to keep the pressure off your lower back, which is why I use it.
coolmom42 05/27/15 06:34am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Big South Fork - Bandy Creek Campground

That is indeed a beautiful area and a very nice campground. The Leatherwood Ford area is a great spot for spring wildflowers. Thanks for the pics! Blue Heron campground on the north end of BSF is also very nice. Pickett State Park in TN nearby is worth a trip, but the campground is not as nice as the BSF campgrounds. Alvin C. York SP near Pall Mall is a very nice and interesting day use park, also.
coolmom42 05/26/15 05:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping off the grid

I will add, even though you don't have to worry about the frame, etc at this point---absolutely DO keep the roof in good shape! Check your caulking around all penetrations and seams. Otherwise your trailer will be rotted in a few years. An overhead shelter would save you a lot of grief and make the trailer last longer. But any solar panels would have to be on top of it.
coolmom42 05/26/15 04:31am Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer - most important upgrades in beginning

If you will be camping without electric hookups, an upgraded battery and LED lighting should be at the top of the list.
coolmom42 05/25/15 08:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Brown Gray Water in sink??

Had to be from the P-trap.
coolmom42 05/25/15 08:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Driking from fresh water tank

If you sanitize the tank occasionally, and fill only in locations that have a sign indicating "potable" water your fine. If not, go with what was stated above. This. Also, sanitize your fill hose and ALL your plumbing system. A good time to do this is when you de-winterize at the beginning of the camping season. I am baffled by people who will brush their teeth and wash their dishes with water but won't drink it. Occasionally you may run into a municipal supply that is over-chlorinated and doesn't taste good, or tastes so different from what you are accustomed to, that you don't like it. But it's perfectly safe. In that case, just leave some to sit out in a pitcher, or pick up some bottled water, until you hit a different water supply.
coolmom42 05/25/15 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cooking in the TT

It's a good excuse to not cook if you don't want to. :D A TT is not going to have any more issues with cooking odors than a house does. Sure, if you cook bacon and don't ventilate (either a house or a TT) you can smell it when you come back in. But if you are sensible and use the range hood and/or open a door/window, you will not have a food odor problem. I've cooked many meals in a RV and have never had an issue with food odors in my clothes, bedding, towels or any other part of the RV. And just like your house, if you do a half-azzed job of cleaning up, you will be able to smell it. You have to wash the dishes & wipe down the counters, table, and range top, just like at home. But if you clean up, the odors will not be hanging around. If you put something with a strong smell in the trash, promptly take it to a dumpster. We always used small trash cans with a double layer of (free) plastic shopping bags for liners.
coolmom42 05/24/15 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: The 1959 Ford Thames campervan restoration begins.

Great job! That's going to be a well-built garage.
coolmom42 05/24/15 08:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Upgraded our 1/2 ton SUV tow vehicle

I loved my Sequoia and it's a great tow vehicle. I had a 2003 that was a great combo with a 21' trailer. Hope you continue to enjoy yours for a long time!
coolmom42 05/23/15 10:43am Travel Trailers
RE: I'm addicted to mods...

Toys, please pay cash, you and your wife will sleep better. Yep.
coolmom42 05/22/15 08:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: solar battery needs/ requirements

There is a great SPREADSHEET CALCULATOR here that will help you accurately size your system---not just guess at it.
coolmom42 05/22/15 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Making up bed

For that situation, I would go with just a fitted sheet and a duvet cover. Put a light, medium or heavy comforter in the cover to suit the weather. Pull it up, toss the pillows on top, and done.
coolmom42 05/22/15 01:20pm Beginning RVing
RE: What is a "Small TT"?

I consider anything 21' or under to be small. Seems like there is a big jump from 21' up to 26' or so, (medium) then 30' & up, which I consider large. When you are trying to get into a site the layout & shape certainly don't matter, so those don't affect how I would categorize size. But main thing is, does it suit you and can you safely tow it.
coolmom42 05/22/15 01:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tips for long trip with travel trailer?

Do all your prep work, then tow it about 20 miles minimum, make sure everything is working as expected. Sounds like you are well prepared. Just do it! Have fun!
coolmom42 05/21/15 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Toyota's Biggest single money spinner outside NA

Its probably little to do with emissions and more to do with having a legitimate buisness case in the NAFTA market. Fact is the US market is by far the hardest to sell new pickups in. The big 3 continue to dominate sales, with Toyota who have great pickup trucks following way behind in sales. How does NAFTA affect the Tundra? It is not imported yet trails the other 3 badly. Not NAFTA--- but Tundra STICKER SHOCK! It's also marketing. Toyota doesn't make nearly the marketing effort with the Tundra that the other 3 do.
coolmom42 05/21/15 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electrical questions, alternator? amps? generator?

If you are tight on money, leave off those extra lights. They don't really serve a purpose. You can buy a battery powered LED lantern for outside lighting. And you should have good backup lights on the vehicle, built in. I don't see those lights being anything but a huge power suck and bug attractor.
coolmom42 05/21/15 11:51am Tech Issues
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