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RE: newb with a DRW/SRW question

http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/towingguides/14_superdutypu_sep11.pdf Standard Trailer Sway Control – Single-rear-wheel (SRW) models – Trailer Sway Control works with AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) using a yaw motion sensor to monitor the motions of the truck to detect trailer sway. When sway is detected, the system works to apply selected brakes and/or reduce engine power to help the driver regain control(7) – Dual-rear-wheel (DRW) models are not equipped with AdvanceTrac®, but operate with a similar yaw motion sensor to detect and control trailer sway and apply brake pressure selectively to the front brakes or reduce engine power to help the driver maintain control." There must be a reason that the DRW does not need the AdvanceTrac system..? If you read, they have a "similar yaw motion sensor", so the dually does need sway control. It's probably just a cost issue. Since probably 90% of the 250/350 trucks are SRW, they could justify the cost of developing a better system for those trucks. The duals may not work right with the name branded system, so they applied a simpler system to the more rare dually trucks. Result is you probably are more suseptable to sway in the dually (not that either is likely to have an issue on a properly set up truck). Also, sway control is typically related to a bumper pull. Having driven both a 5th wheel and bumper pull plenty, sway is not even comparable. Also the extra width will do nothing for sway. The extra width impacts roll overs in the context of this discussion with the real reason for using duals being the extra payload capacity of 4 vs 2 tires.
valhalla360 04/18/14 12:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: newb with a DRW/SRW question

If you really need it for the payload, go dually. Yes, it is technically more stabil but not by a large amount (think standing with your feet 3' apart vs 3'2" apart). A SRW is plenty stabil and comes with some convienence around town. I've heard several people claim they are just as easy to park but I see lots of dually fenders that clearly didn't make it into the parking spot.
valhalla360 04/17/14 11:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: King pin lock

Of course, if they get ahold of the lower half of a pin box, they can simply unbolt your pin box and bolt on the replacement in a few minutes and be on thier way. Totally bypassing the pin lock. Buy insurance and use a different yard if they could spend 30 minutes breaking in with no one noticing.
valhalla360 04/17/14 10:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: cops stopping you

Context means a lot. From the supreme court response, looks like a big difference between being pulled over vs in a campground hooked up to utilities. Not that you should give up your rights but if you aren't doing something to make your situation stand out, I don't see why they would ever ask in the first place. If you've been living the past 3 months on a suburb street, the neighbors probably want you to move on and he's looking for a reason to move you on. A simple response would be to politely ask what his concern is? - If they are looking for a kidnapped child, I will likely let him take a quick look around. - If he can't come up with a good reason, I'm probably going to politely decline his request.
valhalla360 04/17/14 10:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Size matters

A private owner has the right to maximize his earnings and matching the RV size to the site size does that. As an RV owner, you have no right to ask or expect someone else to vacate or avoid a site for your use just because you choose to buy a larger RV. There is nothing rude or inconsiderate about it. Publicly owned campgrounds are a special situation. The govt doesn't have the right to discriminate against you because you didn't buy a big RV.
valhalla360 04/12/14 04:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Urgent request to campground owners

Roundtwo and Valhalla: Then there is the search engine optomization thing. You could design your own great website, but if it does not contain the correct key words, There you are on page 14 of google. No one will ever find you Search engine optimization is a different (all be it related) subject from website design. My experience is googling campgrounds rarely comes up with decent results even if they have a professionally built site that has been optimized but if I know the name of the campground it comes up just fine regardless of the optimization. A basic website is not that complicated to set up. There are internet sites that provide simple templates anyone can fill in. Shouldn't take more than an afternoon if you have the pictures on hand already. Back to the originial subject: I think some of the issue is independent campground owners tend to be more focused on being outdoors in a physical environment. I can't count the number of times, the kid at the desk points to the owner who is out on the tractor moving picknic tables or hauling firewood. Setting up a website is just not that high on thier list. Probably not the best buisness approach but it's what I've seen.
valhalla360 04/10/14 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who installs hitch? Car or RV dealership?

If you haven't bought the RV and Hitch yet, make the dealer install it as part of the deal. But make it a requirment that the trailer ride level with at least 6" clearance between the bed rails and the overhang. That way if they say don't worry about the truck and trailer matching, it's thier problem to fix.
valhalla360 04/10/14 07:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Charging the truck battery with solar- will a 1.5W panel do?

If your battery tests out fine, you have a parasitic draw. Get an amp meter and find out what the parasitic draw is to start. 1.5W is next to nothing. If you have a battery with no parasitic draws, it might replace the natural loss of charge or at least give you a longer period before it becomes an issue. As someone mentioned, something as small as a glovebox light might be drawing 10-15W and unlike your solar panel, it's drawing 24/7. While a 200W panel on the camper should compensate, it's best to fix the underlying problem as it could be a sign of something else that will cause other issues if left unfixed.
valhalla360 04/10/14 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: Well...

Another one here in the confused catagory. I'm sorry you had to go thru this but we went thru a similar situation with my Mom a couple years back and the full time lifestyle was actually a boon as my parents were out in Arizona for the winter and we were able to spend the last couple months with her while my siblings were only able to make short visits. We took care of some stuff directly but mostly helped my Dad thru the process. As I read the question, it was asked in as gentle a manner as possible in the hopes of learning from your experience.
valhalla360 04/10/14 06:46am Full-time RVing
RE: Urgent request to campground owners

Search engine optimization, key words, photos without glare, wide angle vs regular photos. (you will know the difference) Words used in the website, placement of text and photos. How many pages to use and on and on. Not to mention a e-mail contact form, A payment center form,and so on. Many times if a website is not well done, the prospective consumer thinks hmm cheese ball website, must be cheese ball place. (Which often is not true) A really great website, the going price is 5k to 7500. And yes I know it can be done cheaper, by someone who does it on the side. But rarely if ever will it match a pro web guy and a pro photographer. This I know from personal experience with my own business Oddly, I've found a lot of the "professional" websites are worse than the homemade ones. They get so caught up in snazzy graphics and transitions, it becomes hard to find the basic information (rates, location, open dates, contact info, photos) Yes, you need to keep it up to date and you don't want it to look cheesy but sometimes less is more.
valhalla360 04/10/14 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Reviews

It's a great idea but it's 15 yr old design As is this one. If you are going to quote me don't take statements out of context. Old by itself isn't a deal breaker. Old and poorly executed is the problem.
valhalla360 04/05/14 08:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: how do you make your tanks last so long?

My guess is someone in the RV doesn't know what a navy shower is or there is something else using water. We easily get a week without trying or being careful. First, check for leaky valves. A small drip over the course of a day could easily eat up 20 gallons. After 3 days along with other use, there's your 100 gallons gone. After that spend a trip really watching and auditing the water usage.
valhalla360 04/05/14 06:45am Full-time RVing
RE: RV Park Reviews

It's a great idea but it's 15 yr old design and poorly executed. Still somewhat useful but could be sooooo much better. I quit posting when they turned down my review because I didn't stay at the park. I had a reservation. I showed up and the park manager told me tough luck and sent me packing. Now I would think others would like to know about that management style but that wasn't what the website reviewer thought. I would prefer all reviews (even if only 1) be posted. If you are concerned about a park faking a review, you can highlight reviews as new users. I mean seriously, if I wanted to negatively impact the competition, it's not that hard to put together reviews for 3 other parks that are 500 miles away. If you want to see a nicely laid out site for a similar purpose, google Active Captain. It's a similar site for boaters. Everything is map based and the push pins are not the city but the actual facility. There is standard information included in a standard format.
valhalla360 04/05/14 06:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are LED Marker Lights Better Than Incandescent Markers?

We went thru a lot of this when I was working for the state and we converted traffic signals over to LED bulbs: - If done properly, they last far longer. Of course, if you buy cheap garbage or don't install them properly that doesn't work so well. - LED's generally don't burn out but they gradually put out less light. This is both good and bad. It's good in that you can sneak by until you get around to changing them but bad in that it's not easy to tell when you need to change them. With an incandesent, it's working or it's not. - LED light is different not better or worse. It generally puts out a very specific portion of the spectrum. The red or orange lense covers should be purely for show as the LED puts out light of the correct color. Incandesants put out which white light and the colored lense filters it to result in a particular color. - If you can get your brake lights converted over, that is actually a safety benefit (I'm shocked all new cars aren't LED already because of this). When you apply power to a circuit, it takes almost 0.5 seconds for the incandesant filiment to heat up enough that it is putting out visible light. An LED is typically on the order of 0.1 seconds. So from the time you hit the brake pedal until the light comes on, the LED will come on around 0.4 seconds sooner. At 60mph, that is around 35' less stopping distance and even if you do have a crash, the impact is at a lower speed by 5-10mph. Unless you are one of those guys who's rig is lit up like a christmas tree, the reason to go LED running lights is for when the engine is off. The alternator will have no problem keeping up with the normal compliment of running lights while charging the battery. If you run them with the engine off, the LED's will take a small fraction of the power incandesants require. Boat trailers are a specialty situation where the rapid cooling related to dunking hot incandesants in the water shaters the bulbs. LED has only a slight warming and is generally immune to this issue.
valhalla360 04/03/14 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: dumping

Up to a week, it's not really neccessary to dump for us. If we are staying much longer, we find a spot with sewer.
valhalla360 04/03/14 07:05am Full-time RVing
RE: Deisel vs. Gasoline

It comes down to what are you towing. A few thoughts on some of the comments: - Longevity is really a non-issue these days unless you are a big rig putting 100k+ miles per year on the engine. Properly maintained, either engine will hold up long term. - Diesel engines have more torque but gas engines are happy at higher RPM. You simply use a lower gear ratio to get similar torque at the rear wheels. It sounds like the engine is screaming but assuming it is in good repair and within the tow ratings, it's fine. What you are towing = true. Towed TTs with gassers for years. Longevity - from the previously posted link. A ten year old LDT with 200K miles on it may be near the end of it's life. Even if it's had LOTS of "TLC" (or claims of same) - would you buy it?... or be looking for one of the used trucks with low miles - like previous posters have found? If it's a ten year old HDT (or an MDT) with 200K miles on it, it's barely broken in..:W A buyer can usually access maint records on an HDT - can you do that on a used pickup? No dog in the fight - my ten year old CTD only has 75K on it. BTW - the owner of the local diesel shop was a diesel mechanic at a Ford dealership. His "bread & butter" when he first opened the shop was Ford 6.0 diesels that were (then) out of warranty. And there were LOTS of 'em. Sure there were owners who never had any problems - then there's owners who were on their second buy-backs..:( You could find their tales of woe on the Ford diesel forums. Which is a good idea for the OP......if you must have a pickup, visit the forums for whichever pickup *brand* -new or used- you might be considering. See what problems *owners* are having - how often/long at the dealership?..;) ~ A 10yr old truck with 200k miles is fairly heavy use averaging around 20k/yr. Assuming more than 50% towing would be very heavy use. National average is around 12k/yr and I suspect your average tow vehicle gets less than that. Just picked up a 10yr old truck with a gas engine and 100k miles last summer. I expect to easily get another 100k miles and 6-7 years. MDT and HDT trucks are kind of a seperate subject from the diesel/gas debate as they are built to completely different specs. Well yes and no on the MDT & HDT. Besides the towing capability, If a double tow - or the second car "scouting" - was in the cards (as the OP of the thread indicated) a method of combining the vehicles is a great option - like a Smart on the HDT deck. Although it can be done with an MDT, there are benefits of an HDT over MDT - such as initial cost, and registering an HDT as a MH in many states. As to gas or diesel: *If* I was planning on towing "light" as in one of the several TTs I had - a gas engine would be a consideration. Towing "heavy" - any 5th wheel...say over 30 ft, my choice would be (and is) diesel. Right on!... with those different "specs" for MDT/HDT - you won't see an OTR tractor pulling an 80K lb trailer with a gas engine, LOL! Obviously, choices due to owner's preference may vary. ~ Age / mileage considerations, used vehicles: *If* you (or a buyer) are in some part of the country where low mileage 3/4 or 1T 10 year old pickups (LDTs) can be found thats outstanding! In So CA - where pickups are used for everything (including camping year-round) - a low mileage 10 year old "survivor" is a rarity. Ditto cars. Does wonders for new car/truck sales! (CA leads the nation for both) For pickups, 200K -or more- for a 10 yr old pickup would be the norm and most likely "well worn" and go to a gardener or other local use. When (*if*) an older LOW-mileage pickup (from mini to 1T) happens to pop up for sale somewhere, it's snatched up instantly like a 100 dollar bill on a busy sidewalk...;)..:W ~ I seriously doubt Michigan trucks recieve less abuse when you consider salt corrosion compared to california and 10 yr old trucks when we looked were mostly around 100-150k miles. There were some that were clearly abused but you could tell from the online pictures and quickly discard them from the search. The trucks that had 200k+ in 10yrs or less were almost always clearly work trucks that had been abused. Again, easy to discard from the search.
valhalla360 04/02/14 06:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Deisel vs. Gasoline

It comes down to what are you towing. A few thoughts on some of the comments: - Longevity is really a non-issue these days unless you are a big rig putting 100k+ miles per year on the engine. Properly maintained, either engine will hold up long term. - Diesel engines have more torque but gas engines are happy at higher RPM. You simply use a lower gear ratio to get similar torque at the rear wheels. It sounds like the engine is screaming but assuming it is in good repair and within the tow ratings, it's fine. What you are towing = true. Towed TTs with gassers for years. Longevity - from the previously posted link. A ten year old LDT with 200K miles on it may be near the end of it's life. Even if it's had LOTS of "TLC" (or claims of same) - would you buy it?... or be looking for one of the used trucks with low miles - like previous posters have found? If it's a ten year old HDT (or an MDT) with 200K miles on it, it's barely broken in..:W A buyer can usually access maint records on an HDT - can you do that on a used pickup? No dog in the fight - my ten year old CTD only has 75K on it. BTW - the owner of the local diesel shop was a diesel mechanic at a Ford dealership. His "bread & butter" when he first opened the shop was Ford 6.0 diesels that were (then) out of warranty. And there were LOTS of 'em. Sure there were owners who never had any problems - then there's owners who were on their second buy-backs..:( You could find their tales of woe on the Ford diesel forums. Which is a good idea for the OP......if you must have a pickup, visit the forums for whichever pickup *brand* -new or used- you might be considering. See what problems *owners* are having - how often/long at the dealership?..;) ~ A 10yr old truck with 200k miles is fairly heavy use averaging around 20k/yr. Assuming more than 50% towing would be very heavy use. National average is around 12k/yr and I suspect your average tow vehicle gets less than that. Just picked up a 10yr old truck with a gas engine and 100k miles last summer. I expect to easily get another 100k miles and 6-7 years. MDT and HDT trucks are kind of a seperate subject from the diesel/gas debate as they are built to completely different specs.
valhalla360 04/01/14 10:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Treated like a criminal at Sun N Fun

Never been anywhere near Sarasota so don't have a clue about the CG but why, besides the CGs side, do I feel like something is missing in this story? That's my thought too. It seems disporporionately heavy handed to be calling the cops unless there is more to the story. Maybe it's exactly as described but I'd be willing to bet that we got at least a partially edited version of events.
valhalla360 03/31/14 11:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Slightly different question - fivers & full-timing

If you want a smaller rig, you trade off storage and amenities. We've full timed in the rig in our signature. It doesn't have a full width bedroom closet and we do just fine. I suppose it depends on how many clothes you have. It has two small closets either side of the bed and a larger closet across from the bathroom. Likewise, once you get used to it, the standard fridge does fine for us (the fridge on our boat is even smaller but that one does take a fair bit of organizing). I suspose it depends on how you want to live but a weekly shopping trip will be stored just fine. Dinnet: Especially as you move away from the monster rigs, storage becomes a consideration. The seats under the dinet provide a lot of storage space. If you are dead set against them, most units have a table and chairs as an option or it wouldn't be hard to remove the dinet and put a table and chairs in (make sure you have a means to secure them while driving). Short of a custom order, there probably never will be a "perfect" solution. Even with a custom order, there are trade offs.
valhalla360 03/31/14 11:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow leveling

I'll give a different take: Can you have them adjust the trailer axles to raise the trailer? It may be putting the axles below the bracket or some brackets have more than one mounting hole to allow for some adjustment. While 6" is considered acceptable, it's nice to have a little extra room to play with when you the trailer starts tilting to one side.
valhalla360 03/31/14 11:00am Fifth-Wheels
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