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RE: P_C or Laptop

Why be old fashioned when it serves no purpose? You can get all those things with a lapop. At the office, slip the laptop into a docking station and have twin 20" screens, an old clicky keyboard. Functionally, you can't tell the difference other than you don't have a big box under the desk. Why eat broccoli instead of carrots? I just like the big ol box. Parts are still cheap, I have an equally big ol desk with a compartment for the box. I can put the data drives in the box instead of USB external drives hanging outside. Same with a high end audio adapter vs. USB equivalent. Swap display adapters, power supplies easily. Lots of interesting internal hardware available. It is completely user repairable. It is neater than a laptop with a bunch of stuff hanging off it. It is my permanent home workstation. Portability is not a factor. My requirements for travel are so different than home that I use two computers. The Macbook Air draws 10-15 watts normally and is perfect for dry camping. But full time at home, I'll use the tower desktops till they are no more. Carrots and broccoli provide different vitamins and minerals. Laptops vs PC not so much. If you just like to tinker, yes a desktop is easier to modify. For a typical user, there is no advantage.
valhalla360 02/26/15 11:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: P_C or Laptop

If you want to compare apples to apples (the exact same size and speed on laptop as a desktop), then you will need more money for your laptop apples. Laptops are more expensive than desktops and generally speaking, if you want something a laptop to equal what you can get in a desktop, be prepared to spend more money. I am unfortunate to be the representative in my department to order new computer equipment. My employer requires laptops replaced every two years and desk tops every 4 years... that kind of gives you an idea of comparison. Poor comparison, I doubt most of your desktops are being bounced around in an RV or you would be going laptops for everything. For a basic user getting a basic machine there is almost no cost difference. Where can you get a desktop for under $250?
valhalla360 02/26/15 11:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generator In Truck Bed Problem

If it's not a 5th wheel, a cap is the obvious answer. Run some 4x6's around the bed rails and attach the cover to those? I'm sure a canvas shop could make something up but then the cover will flap in the wind badly when the generator isn't there.
valhalla360 02/26/15 11:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Value of toyhauler

Check online prices of similar units. NADA usually bears little resemblance to real prices. Start a little high and if you are getting no bites, drop the price a bit next time you update the post.
valhalla360 02/26/15 01:06am Toy Haulers
RE: Attaching to Fiberglass

Exterior fiberglass on trailers is pretty thin, if you are dead set on using screws, you will need to use toggle screws. Google drilling fiberglass before starting as there are tricks to avoid cracks radiating out from the holes. As others have said, double sided tape would be prefered. You can get it at autobody places.
valhalla360 02/26/15 01:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Snowbird sites where you can grow vegies/flowers?

A lot of snowbird parks let you get pretty elaborate with patios and such (not all but a fair number). They may not like the idea of you tearing up the ground and installing permanent raised beds in case you leave and they have to remove them but a couple of nice rectangular planters could probably be put in. Because of the nature of these parks, most have clearly outlined rules for what you can do and how it is approved. Call around to some of the parks in the area as they will have the final say.
valhalla360 02/26/15 12:59am Snowbirds
RE: Generators; How Level is Level?

I believe the Yamaha engine has an oil pump (as opposed to splash lubrication like in cheap push lawnmower engines). As long as the pickup is getting oil, there should be no negative effects from being out of level. The problem comes in when you tilt it so far that the oil drains away from the pickup...you have no lubrication and the engine quickly burns up. While it's best to try and keep it somewhat level, as long as the oil sensor isn't going off, it should be fine.
valhalla360 02/26/15 12:55am Tech Issues
RE: P_C or Laptop

Call me old fashioned but I still have a big ol tower PC desktop at home, and an Apple laptop for travel. Love the desktop w/ generic parts, solid state system drive, and my giant obsolete IBM clicky keyboard. The whole thing w/ large LED monitor is computer heaven! Once consideration the Macbook Air draws only about 10-15 watts. This big unit is drawing 90 right now and hardly doing anything. Why be old fashioned when it serves no purpose? You can get all those things with a lapop. At the office, slip the laptop into a docking station and have twin 20" screens, an old clicky keyboard. Functionally, you can't tell the difference other than you don't have a big box under the desk. I'm in engineering and most people have transitioned to laptops. The exception is for people who run data intensive programs, a high end Desktop (a laptop is a PC) can still outperform a high end laptop (but the gap has closed dramatically, I do a fair bit of modeling and I'm fine with a laptop). For your average user, you can buy a cheap laptop that will do internet and email for around $250-300. The only downside is by the time they get 3-4yrs old the batteries don't hold much charge (of course, most desktops don't hold any charge from day 1 so comparatively, the laptop is still better).
valhalla360 02/26/15 12:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Bringing a generator with to a FHU campground?

My 2KW Generator lives in the tail gate corner of my locked and covered truck bed. It goes where I go. There has been many times I got to use my generator to jump start dead batteries and help someone. I guess this brings up a question I have about what a camp ground would do if they lost 120VAC power for long periods of time. I have never been at campground that lost power for long length of time yet. Most everywhere we go here on the East side of the US all seem to have generator run time restrictions in place. I have not found any public place that allowed the generator to run after 8PM at night. I am assuming the campground would allow anyone to use their generator if they lost commercial power??? Maybe they just don't enforce the NO generator rules... Of course with our robust OFF-ROAD setup it wouldn't bother us at all. Now way would I miss NCIS on the HDTV hehe... Roy Ken We've had it happen a number of times and it's almost always when it is hot and sticky. I think the attitude is, they can enforce the generator rules, once they get the power back on.
valhalla360 02/25/15 07:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Freightliner & Truck Camper

As others have suggested, just get a longer wheel base and mount the camper completely behind the cab and you get a nice storage space under the overhang. That said, I don't get the idea that new trucks don't last? If you look at the facts, they last longer than they ever have. It's nothing to get 200-250k miles out of a truck. 30-40yrs ago if you hit 100k miles it was time for a new truck or an engine overhaul. The only reason I could see for moving up would be if you are exceeding the load ratings (which are higher than ever with new trucks).
valhalla360 02/24/15 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Bringing a generator with to a FHU campground?

If you have it and it's not a burden to find space for it, sure. Of course, the air/con is the main reason we keep ours with us. The power usually fails when it's 90F and everyone has their air/con running full blast.
valhalla360 02/24/15 06:34am General RVing Issues
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

Lots a CG particularly the smaller rural ones. Do not manage there own websites. They pay for this service. Changing the website info cost them money. So if they need to change rates they end up paying a fee to the web provider. Some opt to avoid paying web site maintenance/update fees by not posting their rates. Or the CG may change rates after a camper has made their plans. The camper could be using old rates obtained before the CG changed their rates. Naturally the camper accuses the CG of bait and switch. CG's choose to avoid all this drama but not posting rates. As always their CG their rules. I have no problem with omitting rates. If I want to know I simply make the call. I think lack of technical and marketing knowledge really hurt a lot of small campgrounds. I think it's guys who love camping and think it would be fun to own a campground (bars have a similar problem), then they find out it's a job with a lot of hard work and a lot of stuff that isn't camping. It's not hard to set up a website yourself these days but if you have zero tech savvy, the web developers can use you as a cash cow. If the campground changes rates, they better be prepared to deal with the consequences. Even if people phone in for a rate, if it changes, they better know how to deal with it or people will be ticked. That's why most don't change them frequently and if its apparent you saw their old rates in a reasonable time frame, they aren't going to stick to their guns on the new rate. Still nothing to justify hiding rates. I agree about the technology part of this. I have run across many CG's that were KOA or GS and dropped the franchise because of the mandatory use of internet advertising. Some of the smaller CG's told me they could not justify the cost of maintaining the internet part of it and/or paying the additional costs for internet connection to do so. That said I do not have a problem with CG's not listing their rates on the internet. From a business standpoint I understand that rates can change for anything due to a lot of different circumstances. I.E. Tax rates, bed tax rates, utilities and just the cost of doing business can change for the CG, etc all things that can reflect in a rate change. In the camping arena it would tick off a camper customer even more if he read a rate on the internet and headed out to that CG to find out the rates or add on prices had changed. I think it is better business not to list it on a website that would have to be monitored by a web master. Which would add to the operating costs anyway. It has never affected how I RV. I drive till I am tired and find the closest CG for the night don't really care if the their rates where posted on the internet or not. :C Franchise places are a different animal. You have to use their system and pay their web developer. If you can't afford internet and a $20/month website that you set up and change yourself, you probably don't have much chance of staying in business in the first place (I might give an exception for extremely remote sites but even then it's hard to justify) While costs can change, they rarely change drastically or unexpectedly. Tax changes usually come out a year or more before they go into effect. It's easy to include two tables of rates (this year and next year). It's just not that hard to post rates. If someone does see the old rate and takes issue, you make an exception and that usually keeps them happy. I wouldn't go so far as to refuse to stay at a place that doesn't post rates but it's a knock against them if they make me work for it.
valhalla360 02/23/15 11:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: most reliable 5th wheeler 30ft & under

The one that's been taken care of best. Somewhere around 2-5yrs old and maintenance has far more impact than the original construciton.
valhalla360 02/23/15 06:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

Lots a CG particularly the smaller rural ones. Do not manage there own websites. They pay for this service. Changing the website info cost them money. So if they need to change rates they end up paying a fee to the web provider. Some opt to avoid paying web site maintenance/update fees by not posting their rates. Or the CG may change rates after a camper has made their plans. The camper could be using old rates obtained before the CG changed their rates. Naturally the camper accuses the CG of bait and switch. CG's choose to avoid all this drama but not posting rates. As always their CG their rules. I have no problem with omitting rates. If I want to know I simply make the call. I think lack of technical and marketing knowledge really hurt a lot of small campgrounds. I think it's guys who love camping and think it would be fun to own a campground (bars have a similar problem), then they find out it's a job with a lot of hard work and a lot of stuff that isn't camping. It's not hard to set up a website yourself these days but if you have zero tech savvy, the web developers can use you as a cash cow. If the campground changes rates, they better be prepared to deal with the consequences. Even if people phone in for a rate, if it changes, they better know how to deal with it or people will be ticked. That's why most don't change them frequently and if its apparent you saw their old rates in a reasonable time frame, they aren't going to stick to their guns on the new rate. Still nothing to justify hiding rates.
valhalla360 02/23/15 12:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

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valhalla360 02/23/15 12:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

Many operate like other accommodations, rates are variable, seasonal and negotiable. If they post rates, what is posted may not have much meaning. I like to see something posted, for a sense of the market at that destination, but I don't get too bothered if I need to make a reservation to get a rate. If you need to see a firm rate on a web site before deciding to book, you rule out a lot of potential service providers. For airline tickets, you'd probably be down to discount carriers like Southwest, and even for them the price of a seat changes with how far out the purchase is made. Tell me when and where you want to go and I can have the rates from all the major airlines in 30 seconds on the internet. If they can manage, I would think a campground could do it. Most campground rates aren't nearly as complicated. If you have rate by time of year or holiday, it's pretty easy to put a table together. Presumably when you call up, they are looking at that table anyway. Why not just post the table?
valhalla360 02/22/15 02:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parks that don't post rates

As others have said, if unless there are no comparable parks available, we move on to the other ones. Forcing people to call around for rates worked 20-30yrs ago but unless you are a seasonal park (ie: most campers park their rig for the full season), you are chasing away business.
valhalla360 02/21/15 10:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford F350: Which motor?

How hard do you run? (acceleration, cruising speed) My guess is you are a bit heavy of foot and that explains much of the fuel economy. Get a big engine and if you are still heavy of foot, you will still get poor milage. Even the base V8 should have plenty of HP for a truck camper. Are you towing in addition or doing something else? The diesels will get better milage but hard to justify without a huge number of miles or towing a real heavy load (like 14k lb+)
valhalla360 02/20/15 06:42am Truck Campers
RE: Payment info needed before price negotiation?

I spent the majority of my adult life practically living in vehicle showrooms of various kinds all over the country. Unfortunately, I never actually got to see some of the tactics related as "Old Wives Tales" on this and many other forums. Any salesman in today's world who honestly would attempt to commandeer a credit card or a set of trade-in keys in order to keep a customer against his will, better look a lot like Hulk Hogan. He is bound to get a beat-down or worse in his first week. Did you spend those years with blinders and ear muffs on? The salesman doesn't commandeer a credit card. They get you to approve a deposit with talk of a better deal. They don't refuse to refund the money. They keep finding excuses for why it will take "just a little longer". (similar situation with the trade in put in the back lot, you will get it back but something will keep coming up) This isn't to say all dealers use these tactics but they are hardly old wives tales.
valhalla360 02/20/15 06:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Payment info needed before price negotiation?

Having sold a huge number of vehicles in my career, I can see absolutely no advantage to the salesman having credit card information before any offers have been submitted. If in fact the OP made an offer and the salesman asked for a credit card to charge a deposit too, that would be normal. Personally, I never wanted to see a credit card and much preferred cash or check for a deposit. As long as delivery has never taken place, it is relatively simple to stop payment of a credit card deposit without ever walking back into the store. For those who think the salesman can do something magical with a credit card, I must have never learned that trick. You cannot get a credit report just with credit card information and simply seeing one from the consumer just shows he is like the other 99% of citizens who actually have one. Any charges the dealer would make on one can easily be disputed and reversed. It would be a stupid salesman who would use a customer's card for identity theft purposes as it would be immediately tracked back to him. There are a number of reasons for the dealer not to take a credit card for a vehicle purchase and most dealerships have severe limitations on their use. For one reason, paying for a vehicle with a credit card makes the purchase automatically subject to a 72 hour right of rescission. For another, it automatically would add around 3% to the dealer's cost for credit card fees. There is nothing magical it's just leverage (and still a scuzzy tactic). If they have no deposit or anything else (like a trade in in the back lot), it's real easy for you to walk out the door never to return. If they have it, they can drag the process out while pushing for a sale. A lot of people get intimidated in this sitaution and will cave to the salesman.
valhalla360 02/19/15 06:19am General RVing Issues
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