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RE: Where to go in November?

Williamsburg, VA and surrounding area.
dahkota 10/07/15 10:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A/C with Heat Pump, worth it?

We continue to shop for a new 5er. We see many manufacturers offer a A/C unit with a heat pump option. 1. Do you have that option? 2. Do you think it was worth it? 3. I assume it has limitations just like home heat pumps? Yes, it came with the RV. Well, free, yes. Would I pay for it? no. We have used ours twice. It is as loud as the A/C and takes entirely too long to blow warm air. And, it is only useful with hook ups. Maybe, if we only had the furnace, we would use it more. But we also have a fireplace. Yes, it is electric and looks kind of fake. But it is incredibly quiet and puts out more heat than our heat pump. If we ever buy another RV, it will have the fireplace and not the heat pump.
dahkota 10/06/15 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: US 90 vs I-10 across from Louisiana to Florida

A couple of nights ago we were chatting with a couple from Mississippi. Worst roads subject came up and we both agreed: I 10 in Louisiana is the worst road we have been on ever. And we have driven the Dalton highway, which is bad but for completely different reasons. Louisiana has no excuse for the condition of that road.
dahkota 10/04/15 05:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Just a thought.

I think arctic fox has that on some of their trailers. If they can do it...
dahkota 10/02/15 02:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RVing year round

When we lived in Maryland we rved year round. Assateague in December and February. Florida or south Carolina in January. In between we would hit whatever park was open, typically close to water- the air temps tend to be warmer. We winterized in between. We didn't drink out of the tank but we did flush with it. On return, we would re winterize - takes 10 minutes. Winter camping is excellent. We were usually the only ones there...
dahkota 09/30/15 09:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ

The differences in tow ratings you are seeing are the 4 cyl. vs. 6 cyl. and 3.21 gears vs. 3.73 gears. A 6 cyl 3.73 geared TJ will pull up to 2000 lbs. according to specs. Also note the tongue weight max of 200 lbs. Recommendation is to either plan on long breaking distances or have supplemental braking. And don't expect to maintain speed going up a long hill. When packing, watch your GVWR - passengers, stuff, and tongue weight add up fast and typically there is less than 1K lb. to play with before the lift kit, the tires, the winch, the custom bumper... Ex owner of a TJ and current owner of a JK.
dahkota 09/28/15 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Years full-timing since retirement?

Retired December 2013. Started Fulltiming January 2014. So about 20 months for both. We are now 49. We have 15 more years to Medicare. How long we full time is completely dependent on how the stock market does over the next 15 years and how medical costs go. Mostly, how medical costs go. If our medical insurance quadruples we will probably have to get a job or two. Between now and then, we have no plans to quit though we will eventually trade in the RV for a boat and full time on that.
dahkota 09/28/15 02:06pm Full-time RVing
RE: Just Need to Whine a Little

Elk can be seen every evening in the Smokement area. And, since Rte. 441 through GSMNP can't be closed down, one can still see the elk that hang out there every evening.
dahkota 09/27/15 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing heavy with a gas MH

"is the limitation of most Gas class A and C MHs just the hitch?" Well, not really. Our chassis is rated for 26K lb. combined, 22K lb., gross, and has a 5K lb. hitch. If we pull a 5K lb. towed, our gross chassis weight can be 21K lb. (if following manufacturer's limits). Which would mean we loose 1K lb. of cargo weight. But, if you don't bother with the combined weight limit imposed on your chassis, and you upgrade your hitch, then it is possible. However, chances are you will stress the engine, frame, and transmission excessively over time. And then there is the problem of accidents and sue-happy people.
dahkota 09/21/15 06:44pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Cost of Motor Service

We have 25K miles on our tires and have yet to rotate them. They are wearing evenly and well so we probably won't unless we have an issue. Oil changes vary depending on where and in which part of the country. $65 to $125 has been our experience, including oil.
dahkota 09/21/15 08:04am Beginning RVing
RE: Fireplace Heater

Yes. If it is above 40 we just run the fireplace. Below 40 we also run the furnace, set at 60.
dahkota 09/17/15 08:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Class A or Bigger Truck?

How big is your family? It will be harder to find a class A that can sleep a family than it will be keeping your 5er. Also, you will want a towed vehicle for getting around - one big enough for your family that is light enough to be towed by the class A you choose.
dahkota 09/16/15 07:55am RV Lifestyle
RE: Backup Camera Suggestions

We used a Swift Hitch. We could position it anywhere including on the back of the tt when backing up solo.
dahkota 09/15/15 05:58pm Tech Issues
RE: RV or camping manners....

The issue here is going outside to dump the tanks when he can see folks eating at the table. He could have waited an hour or so. Even if there was no smell you don't do your plumbing next to folks that are eating. We've been to RV parks where the neighbor's sewer is right next to our table. That's why we totally dislike full hookup sites when the sites are so close to your neighbor. Yes, it was rude. X2. This is why we avoid private rv parks as much as we can.
dahkota 09/14/15 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Ovens in DP's, or lack thereof

The micro/convection oven has worked out well, although we don't know everything about it yet. I like it well enough to know that if/when we have to replace one of the S&B m/w or ovens, it will be with a micro/convection. x2. I have baked bread, cookies, and cakes; roasted pork loin and chicken; baked stuffed shrimp; cooked lasagna, and made homemade pizza. We use it as an oven way more than as a microwave. I think the only reason I will have a conventional oven if I ever get a s&b is for turkey - convection/microwaves aren't big enough for a full sized turkey. Turkey breast is doable though...
dahkota 09/12/15 11:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Form Follows Function

Check any of the rear living plans. They are made for couples.
dahkota 09/10/15 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: 30 ft. 5er to Coldfoot

We ran it in a 22K MH towing a 3800 lb. jeep. Not the same, but not many people on the Dalton so I thought I would help. Shouldn't have any more problem than what we had with the exception of one hill - they had wet it deeply to regrade it. It was a huge steep hill and we started slipping getting to the top. Should be done by now - we went in July. Otherwise, the biggest problem is wide loads in skinny areas. Those were mostly north of Coldfoot though. While we were there we saw no 5ers on the road. But, quite a few had been brought up during spring for road construction workers. Just go slow on the dirt parts (washboards) and you should be fine. Most of the paved part is pretty good. Not all, but most.
dahkota 09/09/15 05:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is this completely ridiculous?

Quite a few people have replied that are not full timers and not doing it with a family. I know of quite a few very happy full timing families. Find the blogs of a few full timing families and get in touch with them. They will tell you the ups and downs of the life. Living in an RV is not easier than living in a s&b. There is still a lot of work and maintenance that comes with it - you can't escape that. But, right now, I would not trade my RV and my life for any s&b anywhere. I am a wanderer by nature and to be tied down again (I did that for 20 long, painful years) would be overwhelmingly depressing. The first thing you need to do is make sure the rest of your family is up for it. Not everyone is cut out for this lifestyle. DH took some convincing (six months on the road) before he agreed - this is way better than being tied to a house.
dahkota 09/08/15 08:37am Full-time RVing
RE: Mathews Arm Campground Shenandoah NP

We fill up at home but there are water spigots in the campground. Chances are, at that time of year, you will need your heater in the morning. If the worst happens and you kill your battery, you can hook the 6 pin up to your tow vehicle and run that briefly. There are a lot of trees in Matthews Arm but if you have a choice, pick the sunniest spot you can - the sun will heat up the tt nicely in the morning so you would need the heat less. Take some firewood - you can always sit around that in the morning. We used to camp in Shenandoah a lot during October with our tt (before fulltiming). Absolutely beautiful and worth it. Just use your tt as a fancy tent.:) I hope you have a great time!
dahkota 09/07/15 09:15am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Residential Fridge or Not?

I still have a Dometic but read all I can about residential. If I do get one I dont think using it in an RV is an issue. I dont drive fast on dirt roads, I usually crawl so I dont think I would be hammering it enough to hurt it. Maybe I'm wrong? My concern is mainly energy use. I have four 6 volts and 520 watts of solar. I dont think I would have a problem and might only have to run my Honda 3000 if there were a few bad days. I have had a couple people tell me that they had friends that had them and couldn't install on enough solar to keep up. Who knows what their install was like? Maybe they wired it with 16 gauge. Sounds like BS. It's just a matter of crunching the numbers for each model and figuring out their expected energy use is. My solar stuff is new so I'm not 100% in tune to how well it will do this winter. I have a Bogart 30 solar control and a Trimetric so I will be able to monitor it better this year. ... :R We also have a Dometic, 440AH of 6V and 520+W of solar. While we are very happy with our current fridge, we would like the greater capacity of a residential. What stops us is the extra weight of additional batteries. The Dometic weighs 242lbs. a Samsung, 232lbs. Adding 2-4 batteries dedicated to the fridge means 130-260 lbs. additional weight (and where would we put them?). Something else would have to go or we would have to run without full fresh water tanks. While we are not at our rig's capacity, we are close (around 90% with full fresh). So we will continue to think on it until our current dometic dies. If we are lucky, it will last the 15 years yours has!
dahkota 09/07/15 08:50am Fifth-Wheels
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