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RE: pros/cons seasonal site

You may be the exception but inertia says you will set up and never hook up and take trips away from that campground. We know a several couples who said the same thing you are and the rigs never move again, the sites gradually become more and more permantent making it less and less likely they will hook up for a weekend trip. Absolutely nothing wrong with it (our friends who have done it generally like it) but you would be the exception if you got a permanent site and still traveled regularly in the RV. As far as general issues: - Assuming it's mostly permanent sites, it's really easy to get pulled into camp personal drama. - Do you have to maintain the site (mow the lawn, rake the leaves, etc..) Not a huge issue but eats into that time savings not having to go pick up the RV.
valhalla360 04/16/15 05:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Diesel price war

Sadly, there are still many people who can't wrap their heads around the notion that I'm still ahead of the game when diesel is 10-15% more expensive per gallon, but drags my carcass 30% farther on each gallon. That math is easy but when you pay $10k extra up front for the diesel, it takes an awful lot of miles to make up the difference. Very few people will benefit from the extra MPG diesel provides when it runs 10-25% higher than gas. You don't buy a diesel to save money... I bought mine because I wanted/needed the pulling power and could afford it. The mileage increase is just icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned. Yes you pay an upfront premium for diesel but much of that $10k will be re-cooped during re-sale. Here in Norcal diesel and gas are damn near the same price. Midgrade is actually higher and what I had to run in my last truck when towing. We are in agreement. You buy a diesel because you need more pulling power or you just have a desire to have a diesel. While nice any fuel efficency benefit for a typical RV'er will be negligible. I disagree with another posters comment the diesel engines last longer. I believe that is a relic from 25-30yrs ago when 100k miles and a gas engine was done. It's nothing to get 250k miles out of a modern gas engine and by then the rest of the truck is typically falling apart. (I get the same chuckle when the diesel pusher MH guys talk about million mile drivetrains.)
valhalla360 04/15/15 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel price war

Sadly, there are still many people who can't wrap their heads around the notion that I'm still ahead of the game when diesel is 10-15% more expensive per gallon, but drags my carcass 30% farther on each gallon. That math is easy but when you pay $10k extra up front for the diesel, it takes an awful lot of miles to make up the difference. Very few people will benefit from the extra MPG diesel provides when it runs 10-25% higher than gas.
valhalla360 04/14/15 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel price war

Not sure where you are but we were happy campers yesterday that we switched from Diesel to Gas on the latest truck. $2.15/gal for gas vs $2.80/gal for diesel in Michigan.
valhalla360 04/14/15 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toilet paper - household vs. RV

Use lots of water when flushing and fill the tank before dumping. After that get the TP you prefer.
valhalla360 04/14/15 06:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question about air conditioning

If you've been driving and the air inside is substantially hotter, consider opening all the windows and hatches for a few minutes before turning the a/c on. On a 80 degree day, it might be 120 inside, so a quick flushing of the air will give a quick boost to the cooling process.
valhalla360 04/12/15 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about air conditioning

That's a bit light on BTU's for a 30' trailer. Normally I would expect the base to be 15k btu with a possibility for 2 units. With humid air, the effect is that it spends most of the energy at first acting as a dehumidifier. Then once the humidity is down, it can get the actual temperature down. Of course, 80 with low humidity is much more comfortable than 80 with high humidity. As someone mentioned, if the trailer is heated up, it will struggle to cool the unit as the furniture and walls release the pent up heat back into the air slowing the cooling process. One trick we use when it's really hot is to close off the bedroom during the day so it's only cooling the main living area.
valhalla360 04/12/15 03:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: How far to travel with only 2 weeks vacation time/year

Personally, If I'm using up 2 weeks of vacation, I don't want to be driving more than 2 days out and two days back, at most. That leaves 10 days of real vacation out of 14 days. Anything less seems like a waste of precious vacation days to me. I'd say 800-1,000 miles each way, would be my guideline. While we prefer 100-150mile days now (spoiled since we have no schedule), if limited, the above is pretty much our thought. I can see blasting out a couple long days so you can get somewhere but day after day just driving... May as well get a job as a long haul trucker, they always say if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.
valhalla360 04/10/15 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Using the TV as a GPS screen.

With the cost of a modern 19" TV, it's probably cheaper to just buy a new TV. But as others have said, it can be done.
valhalla360 04/10/15 10:20am Technology Corner
RE: Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used?

Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used? Certainly, in a few years I can buy your formerly new RV at a 30-50% discount....did you mean advantage for you? It takes a little more effort up front to find a good unit but hard not to come out ahead. As long as it isn't a total cluster, you can fix a few things and still come out way ahead. If you aren't mechancially inclined, once you find a unit you think looks good and you like the price, pay an independent RV tech to go over it looking for issues.
valhalla360 04/10/15 10:18am Beginning RVing
RE: Pink stuff vs Air pressure - The Verdict

If you are careful and do it right either option works perfectly fine and doesn't leave any taste issues. It's easier to be sure with the pink stuff. If every outlet runs a good pink color, there is a negligible chance you missed something.
valhalla360 04/10/15 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

Do you have documentation that they are not considered trailers? While I like the idea, I've yet to see anything official to confirm this on a number of threads and if you check out the swivel wheel trailer websites, they are a bit evasive, implying they are legal but never actually coming out and stating it as fact. I think it's a gray area where it depends who you ask and how they feel that day but it won't help if the officer decides it's a trailer and you are 500miles from home. It's a good point, but I would probably turn it around and research if there are any reports of someone being cited. Seems to me that if there were common issues, it would get publicity pretty fast. Here's my take. *it has 2 wheels *it travels on the road *it has tail lights *it is connected to a tow vehicle via a hitch(s) *looks like it has a license bracket If it walks like a duck...... But this one walks more like a goose: - Are those 2 wheels part of the main trailer or a 2nd trailer? What about the single wheel versions or if you have a triple axle 5th wheel, is that 3 trailers? - If you have a storage platform bolted to the back, it may be a good idea to add supplemental tail lights but that wouldn't be considered a separate trailer - The swivel wheel trailers aren't connected by conventional hitches. - The license normally must be at the very back of the trailer. Still a gray area. Not gray on PEI. (w.2) “trailer” means a vehicle without motive power designed to carry property or passengers wholly on its own structure and to be drawn by a motor vehicle (1) Every motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, and pole trailer, and any other vehicle that is being drawn at the end of a train of vehicles, shall be equipped with at least two tail lamps one on each side of the rear thereof, that, when lighted, as hereinbefore required, shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 150 m to the rear; but in the case of a train of vehicles only the tail lamp on the rearmost vehicle need actually be seen from the distance specified. (2) Every tail lamp and reflector upon every vehicle referred to in subsection (1) shall be located at a height of not more than 1520 mm nor less than 500 mm from ground level. (3) Every vehicle referred to in subsection (1) shall be equipped with either a tail lamp or a separate lamp so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the rear registration plate and render it clearly legible from a distance of 15 m to the rear, and any tail lamp or tail lamps, together with any separate lamp for illuminating the rear registration plate, shall be so wired as to be lighted whenever the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lighted. R.S.P.E.I. 1974, Cap. H-6, s.98; 1978,c.10,s.8. So we are in agreement that the truck is pulling a trailer but you still haven't clarified if it is towing 1 or 2 trailers.
valhalla360 04/10/15 06:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

Do you have documentation that they are not considered trailers? While I like the idea, I've yet to see anything official to confirm this on a number of threads and if you check out the swivel wheel trailer websites, they are a bit evasive, implying they are legal but never actually coming out and stating it as fact. I think it's a gray area where it depends who you ask and how they feel that day but it won't help if the officer decides it's a trailer and you are 500miles from home. It's a good point, but I would probably turn it around and research if there are any reports of someone being cited. Seems to me that if there were common issues, it would get publicity pretty fast. Here's my take. *it has 2 wheels *it travels on the road *it has tail lights *it is connected to a tow vehicle via a hitch(s) *looks like it has a license bracket If it walks like a duck...... But this one walks more like a goose: - Are those 2 wheels part of the main trailer or a 2nd trailer? What about the single wheel versions or if you have a triple axle 5th wheel, is that 3 trailers? - If you have a storage platform bolted to the back, it may be a good idea to add supplemental tail lights but that wouldn't be considered a separate trailer - The swivel wheel trailers aren't connected by conventional hitches. - The license normally must be at the very back of the trailer. Still a gray area.
valhalla360 04/09/15 02:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

Do you have documentation that they are not considered trailers? While I like the idea, I've yet to see anything official to confirm this on a number of threads and if you check out the swivel wheel trailer websites, they are a bit evasive, implying they are legal but never actually coming out and stating it as fact. I think it's a gray area where it depends who you ask and how they feel that day but it won't help if the officer decides it's a trailer and you are 500miles from home. It's a good point, but I would probably turn it around and research if there are any reports of someone being cited. Seems to me that if there were common issues, it would get publicity pretty fast. There are report of people double towing standard trailers all over but there are states where it is clearly illegal. Just because it's not a point of enforcement doesn't mean you can't get a ticket for it.
valhalla360 04/09/15 02:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

The platform attachment with swivel wheels behind the fifth wheel trailers were popular at one time. Especially for just one motorcycle or golf cart etc... these are not considered trailers in most states. something like this google photo shows... http://www.ironhorsegarage.net/picts/bike%20tra2.JPG height=300 Do you have documentation that they are not considered trailers? While I like the idea, I've yet to see anything official to confirm this on a number of threads and if you check out the swivel wheel trailer websites, they are a bit evasive, implying they are legal but never actually coming out and stating it as fact. I think it's a gray area where it depends who you ask and how they feel that day but it won't help if the officer decides it's a trailer and you are 500miles from home.
valhalla360 04/09/15 08:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: English to Spanish app for phone

Good to know that Google Translation works offline. Apparently, with some limitations i.e. fewer choices when offline. If it works offline at all - recent reviews noted that it doesn't. I never installed it, and don't think I will. With a proper system it's not that difficult to learn basics tenses, verb conjugations and a few hundred words. Took me about 2 years at a very leisurely pace, I think less than 150 hours spent in total. For when I'm short of words, I'm using a free dictionary app - DicDroid, it provides words and common short phrases. DicDroid is a dictionary, not a translator. I would not rely on a Google Translator for anything beyond basics, because, as any translator app, it can and will screw up on the basic level already. Like translating "Did you see it?" as Simple Past "lo viste?", while in Spanish they more often use Present Perfect "lo has visto". Or, when you dial "Have you seen it?", it gives "la has visto" - almost correct, except for La. Spanish language is "muy macho", things are always assumed to be masculine unless otherwise specified. We would take the opposite side to your arguement. It's pretty easy to learn the basics but the translation software is most useful as you go beyone the standard vacation oriented phrases or what a 3000 word translation dictionary can provide. While always a good idea to get some basics down, if you are staying for any significant length of time, you will run into issues that the vacation oriented phrases won't cover. We've used it all the time when in stores where it isn't always obvious what you are buying. If you are unsure what a product is, it's very handy to be able to type in what's on the lable and have the app spit out the answer. Say you are looking for a cut of meat or you need some work done on the RV, your basic phrase book is unlikely to cover it well but we've had excelent luck with translators. True, you won't get a perfect translation but unless you are speaking to a grammar teacher, it does suprisingly well and most people understand you may be off on the tense or masculine/feminine but they still get it. Most of the time, they are quite happy you are trying and occasionally with help you with the correct translation once they know what you are trying to say. We are huge fans of such a great tool.
valhalla360 04/08/15 07:11am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: V10 or 7.3 power vs tundra 5.7

Yes, I was exaggerating... a little bit...if the Toyota is rated at 300hp, it's probably down to around 160-170hp near the peak and you will notice it. 381 hp at sea level is 255 hp at 11,000 ft. The Tundra 5.7 is certainly not lacking in power up to and beyond its payload and towing ratings, even at extreme elevation. Pulling a little 20' trailer, this is all academic. You could pick your favorite flavor of 1/2 ton with the base V6 and it will make it to the top. This is about perception more than anything and you will percieve a major loss of power with any NA engine. Mash your foot down and burn the extra fuel and he should be able to keep up with the cars with the current truck. While it shouldn't hurt the engine to do it occasionally, winding it up to 4000-5000rpm under heavy load is a bit disconcerting. Personally, I prefer to just get in line with the semi's and go at a more sedate speed.
valhalla360 04/07/15 04:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: English to Spanish app for phone

As long as you plan ahead, you can download a language so it works without cell coverage (google translate) Extremely handy. Though it did have a bit of trouble when we were at the sushi restaurant in Italy Sunday. Didn't seem to get that their were Italian and Japanese words mixed together.
valhalla360 04/06/15 03:40pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Stations that carry diesel

Are you sure you didn't mean 10% don't have diesel? Other than inner city stations, the vast majority have diesel. Gas buddy and a smart phone will cover you 99% of the time. If you go going into the backwoods, plan ahead and check where stations are.
valhalla360 04/06/15 03:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: V10 or 7.3 power vs tundra 5.7

Isn't the top of that pass around 11,000ft. With a naturally aspirated engine you lose something like 3-4% per 1000ft above sea level, so your current truck is probably putting out the power of a smart car near the top.. Now that's some funny stuff. :B SmartCar 2014 is 70 hp. The gassers are 70 HP. My diesel smart car is 44 HP. More torque though. :) Yes, I was exaggerating... a little bit...if the Toyota is rated at 300hp, it's probably down to around 160-170hp near the peak and you will notice it. On a side note, I had one of the pre-turbo 7.3's and while I never worried if I would make it to the top, it was often slow. Crossing the pass in question (not towing) I was peaking at around 50mph. Of course it was only rated at 180hp, so I probably had around 100hp trying to pull better than 6000lbs up a good grade.
valhalla360 04/06/15 03:33pm Tow Vehicles
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