I guess mine when it does arrive having a slide on each slide won't make too much difference in leveling.
Many of the campsites we frequent are backins and the rears are much lower than the fronts. To heed the warning of keeping the rear tires on the ground because that is where the parking brakes are, do you use ramps on the rear? I understand raising too high can cause the leveler pistons to tweak and then not retract, true?
When we level with blocks under the tires, we also put the same height of blocks under the level pads. This ensures that they are not over extended and have a solid base. This works for both front to back and side to side leveling. Beware the plastic lego type blocks under the leveling pads - we have crushed a few and now use only wood.
We fulltimed for 7 months with a tt/truck and 10 months so far with a class A/toad.
Ignoring the initial costs, the difference for us:
Auto Insurance - we now have fulltimer insurance on our class A which we didn't have on our tt. For a year, we pay about $1200 more for class A/toad than we did for tt/truck. But, we have much more comprehensive insurance.
Gas - we had a diesel truck to pull our tt. We now have a jeep as a toad. The costs are essentially a wash. The class A gets worse mileage but our jeep gets better mileage.
Maintenance - a wash. We now have to do two oil changes but they happen less frequently as mileage is split between two engines. And neither are a diesel.
Tires will cost us a lot more over time.
Just an FYI - we tried to fulltime in a Sprinter (27RLS). The space was adequate, the storage was so-so. However, it really wasn't built for fulltiming and, after 6 months, things were failing at an alarming rate. Lights broke, slide seals failed, cabinets started separating, etc. Our 34' Bounder 33C has better space and seems a lot roomier, though it isn't.
Thanks for the link , it is misleading when you read on the manufacturers websites that you have a 5000 lbs hitch but I don't recall reading that you actually have a 4000 lbs rating for the chassis on the 26 K.
This isn't quite right. On the 22K, you have a 26K GCWR. The chassis will hold 22K of payload (GVWR). So, if you load to max payload, you only leave 4K for a toad. However, if you load to 21K, you have 5K, which is what the hitch will pull.
We have a 22K chassis pulling a 3900 lb. Wrangler. We fulltime and the chassis is loaded to 21.5K with us and 65G of freshwater in it. We have been on grades up to 12%, through the Rockies, up the west coast, and into Alaska. We have hit a couple of grades that slowed us to 35 mph but they were very long grades. And we still passed fully loaded semis. We have been passed by semis, DPs, and gassers, but it is usually because we are dawdling, not because we don't have the power.
I don't know how the engine will act with an additional 4K lbs (26K chassis). But we don't really notice a difference when we don't have the toad attached. I would guess it would work a little harder but, so far, it seems to be a pretty capable engine.
We had the SeaEagle out on Kenai Lake last week. With 20 knot winds and about a foot of chop, we figured it would be a PITA to get anywhere. Surprisingly, we did pretty well. It was harder keeping the boat on course when getting broadsided by wind and waves and it was much slower going when going directly into the wind and waves, but we didn't even have to paddle with the wind at our backs. Which is pretty much what would happen with any inflatable, kayak or not. We had similar conditions in a metal canoe once - we are happier with the response/ability of the inflatable.
We had low expectations, especially considering the conditions, but were pretty impressed with the boat.
It will effect your regional and local channels.
But, outside of your local area, you won't get local channels anyway.
The regional sports channels such as MASN (regional sports) will change according to the address you use for service. Because we like to watch Orioles and Nationals baseball games, we kept our address in DC. During the winter, we can change our address to where we happen to be.
As for time, cable channels often broadcast shows twice, about three hours apart. IOW, if you watch something on the east coast on Discovery channel from 8-9PM, it is often shown again at 11PM east coast time, which is 8PM California time. Yes, the time in which you watch the show will change depending on your time zone.
Yesterday we drove from Nikiski to Cooper Landing. Didn't see any flames or smoke and there was no traffic. Card Street Fire, Stetson Creek, and Juneau Lake fires were partially contained, last I heard. Kenai NWR is still mostly closed - Skilak Lake Road is only partly open but all the campgrounds seem to be closed. No campfires allowed in the area, though some camp hosts will still sell you firewood. It is supposed to rain this weekend so that should help.
That is an 18% grade for about 2 miles.
We did it with an F250 diesel and an 8K tt without a problem, up and down. Steep and curvy, but no drop offs to speak of. A smaller/lighter truck may struggle.
At the last minute on Monday, we came all the way down to Homer rather than stopping at Skilak Lake - the weather in Homer was better. (Nobody told the people here in the city campground not to have campfires - they leave them burning and go to bed.)
Now we are debating about when to leave and where to go. We will probably decide tomorrow, based on what the fire is doing. Maybe make our way to Captain Cook SRA. Skilak Lake seems out for the near future...
I was waiting for someone to ask. To me it's different because, often, "out of sight is out of mind". If I was in an RV pulling a toad and it fell off I might not notice until 100 miles later, but if the trailer falls off I'll see it right away. Granted in this case he is dragging a car with the wheels locked up so he ought to feel it. But still that is one of the reasons I don't want to buy a motor home. Not the only reason, to be sure, but not being able to see a car that I'm pulling behind me makes me very uncomfortable.
We (and many other class As) have a rear-view camera that is always on. It is right next to the GPS, up high enough in the dash that one can see it, at least peripherally, all the time. It becomes a habit, as much as looking in the rear-view mirror; we don't have a rear view mirror - the camera is a substitute. We can always see the car and anyone tailgating us.
We full time and are in our 40s. Before we went on the road, we extensively researched our options.
For 'nationwide' coverage, a PPO is a must. HMOs are typically local and sometimes regional. Also, a larger insurer, such as one of the various Blue Cross iterations, will have many more doctors in many more locations. Our BC has over 25K providers in network.
Pick your state carefully. South Dakota has NO insurer that provides nationwide coverage. Also, prices vary depending on state and sometimes even zipcode within a state. Tennessee had the cheapest health insurance we could find; unfortunately, it is hard to establish residency there. Nevada and Alaska have very expensive health insurance.
To check prices, try using ehealthinsurance. They provide details on available plans and pricing based on zipcode. You can use this to find acceptable pricing. It might first be easier to find prices in zipcodes that offer mail services where you can set up residency.
Stayed at Williwaw Sunday through Thursday. The campground is beautiful, the sites are far apart and paved. My only advice is to check the weather for the days you will be there. If there will be wind or rain, consider other options. We even had to pull our living slide in - the gusts in the valley were over 50MPH while outside the valley winds only got up to 20 or so.
It is probably good that she knows how to do everything. What would happen if something happened to you while out camping and she needed to get the truck and tt back home? Better she be prepared and capable than trying to do it for the first time when stressed over your health and well being.
The US Constitution is not vague on property ownership. Read Article 4, Section 3, Clause 2: The Property Clause.
The US Government purchased or acquired land in the west through the Louisiana Purchase, The Gadsden Purchase, the Mexican Succession, the Texas Annexation, the Treaty with Great Britain, and the purchase of Alaska from Russia. No states existed prior to the land additions - the state governments came AFTER the Feds acquired the land. The Feds GAVE some land to the states and to citizens to make a state. But not all of it, nor were they required to.
Congress only needs consent of a state legislature when acquiring state lands. However, the Feds can use Eminent Domain to acquire land it feels it needs, regardless of state permission. The states can also use Eminent Domain (as Utah is trying to do) but the Feds can over rule it.
I use Easy Tether. In fact, I'm using it right now. It can also be found in the Amazon Store and Google Play. The lite version is free - you can use that to test it out.
You install SW on both your phone and computer. Once you have it up and running, you can just leave it on on your phone and reconnect with your computer. There is an issue with Samsung phones (I have one) where you need to download a special driver - you can find it on their website.
I've used Easy Tether for over two years with hardly any problems and usually the DL/UL speeds are better than wifi.
Edit to add: it uses USB or bluetooth to connect the computer to the phone.