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RE: No more free wifi at our CG. What the heck?

If they are just quick checking their email, give them your Mi-fi password and move on with life. Check your contract but I wouldn't hold your breath. Normal pay-as-you-go campgrounds generally won't do this as it turns customers off (may still be lousy service). If the customer isn't happy, they won't come back. But they have your money already. If they tick you off enough that you stop coming, they can resell that site and make more money. They actually have an incentive for your to go away.
valhalla360 07/05/15 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: 2WD vs 4WD tow vehicle

If considering 2WD a limited slip rear is a must! The Diesel weighs a lot more than a gasser, putting more weight on the front axel, less on the rear, if you get into anything slippery the rear tires may start spinning. With limited slip having both rear wheels providing traction will help greatly, otherwise you could have a problem. Just my $0.02 worth, good luck with your truck and rig! Limited Slip is a good option to have but since we are talking 5th wheels, the OP it probably throwing at least an extra 1500# on the rear axle (probably more like 2000-3000#), so there will be plenty of weight on the rear axle.
valhalla360 07/05/15 09:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Skid Wheels

Flipping the axles is your best bet.
valhalla360 07/05/15 06:00am Towing
RE: Consignment...Seller won't budge off of asking price.

Over the years I've sold a lot of property and the price is $45,000, not $44,900. I tell the prospective purchaser that it's a NON negotiable price. If they offer less I say I'm sorry about not negotiating and the price is $45,000. The second time they offer me a lower price, I raise my price by how much less they offer. Hopefully they show me their back side as I really do not want them in my subdivision unless it's the last lot and then they will not be my PROBLEM. Like Dennis, there is a message here. If you priced it too low, that works great. If it's at or above market price, expect to sit on it a long time. I see it all the time. An item for sale forever because the owner doesn't understand the worth and gets too caught up in being offended by offers, so it never moves. As buyer or seller, you have to decide what price you will accept. Once you do that, those willing to negotiate will typically win as they will always get at least their acceptable price but will typically get at least some movement in their direction. If you are patient, you can typically get a big movement in your direction. Just bought a boat for 1/3 off the list price and the list price was already about 25% off the price of comparable boats. We did offer to walk away at one point and they came back a week later and accepted our offer. No hard feelings, it's just a business deal.
valhalla360 07/04/15 06:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2WD vs 4WD tow vehicle

Unless you off road, there is no NEED for it. Even then a big 1 ton truck is a lousy off road vehicle. The one minor advantage would in 4w-Lo, you can back up a steep hill with a bit more control. The 2wd will get slightly better MPG, have a little more payload and be less expensive up front (buying new) and less parts to break. If you are asking the question that shows it should not be a deciding factor in picking a truck.
valhalla360 07/04/15 05:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just got some bad news, could use some perspective.

Tell the dealer to make it right (you will accept an identical 2016 for the same price if they can't get the 2015) or give your deposit back. Give them a firm date...as in noon tomorrow or you will be stopping by and they better have your money ready. If they start playing any kind of games, ask for your money back and ignore all alternative offers that don't involve you driving out with a truck you like that day.
valhalla360 07/02/15 04:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Consignment...Seller won't budge off of asking price.

Two thoughts: - You put a deposit down without negotiating a price? Of course, they don't want to negotiate. They have your money. You gave them the upper hand. When you go to ask for it back, expect them to make it a major chore...but it you persist, that is when they may start to negotiate. - When you hear about people buying for x% under y, it's typically because they don't fall in love with a particular unit. You make a low offer. If they don't accept, you move on to the next rig. It's very effective but doesn't work if you are stuck on that one special unit.
valhalla360 07/02/15 03:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inflatable boat suggestions

Inflatable boats are typically horrible to paddle. They sit on top of the water so the wind just blows them around. On a small pond it's OK but a larger body of water or a river with even modest current, the quickly become impractical. A relatively cheap option is a cheap trolling motor with a deep cycle battery. It wouldn't be hard to tie a quick disconnect into the RV house battery bank, so the RV converter would keep it charged. Google: port-a-boat for another possibility. They look flimsy but people love them.
valhalla360 07/01/15 03:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: slide topper rip

We used some eternabond tape and it held for 3yrs before the rest of the canvas gave out (the tear never got any bigger). Just wrapped it around top and bottom. When it did reach the point of no return. I think it was $160 for new canvas for a large slideout and took about a 1/2hr to replace. It was an easy job.
valhalla360 07/01/15 03:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram Goes to Stunning 900 lb-ft of torque

I was waiting for this, and wondering where it will all stop. Have the big three manufacturers reached a point where the engines are more capable than the trucks they are putting them in? I think that happened a decade ago. The engines haven't been a limiting factor regarding what you can tow in a long time.
valhalla360 07/01/15 07:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota tough.......not

Vehicle of choice crossing the Artic and just recently the Antartic, which is colder http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsqwwptq2y.jpg And it has absolutely nothing to do with a stock truck. With the amount of work they put into it, you could take an old Yugo and do the same thing. No. but they had the option of choosing a U.S. HD Pickup or the Hilux, Hilux won out easily for the expedition http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsckouiao0.jpg Their version of an F350 http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201310fbdf12d970c-800wi Why Not Use a Full-Size Pickup? Grimsson said Arctic looked at larger trucks, but larger vehicles would need still bigger tires to get the flotation needed. Plus, trucks like the Ford F-150, which Arctic considered, don't come with a diesel engine. This creates a logistical problem since there are limited places to get gasoline. Another factor working against newer vehicles is testing them at extreme temperatures. With a new Ford pickup, for example, Arctic would have to start with shorter routes that have support stations in case things break. These routes would also need air-support options to have parts delivered. Finally, since Arctic has lots of experience with the Hilux it has a collection of spare parts to fix things on the go. Instead of going larger, Arctic created a 6x6 Hilux to handle Iceland's and Antarctica's challenging terrain and conditions. Pickup Trucks .com Artic Trucks My take: the driving force was likely the MPG and range of a small diesel not that the toyota was intrinsically more capable. Dodge just came out with thier small diesel for a 1/2 ton, so there were no comparable. A big 1 ton, long bed 4 door is a lousy off road vehicle but makes a real nice tow vehilce which is much more relevant to this site.
valhalla360 07/01/15 07:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota tough.......not

Vehicle of choice crossing the Artic and just recently the Antartic, which is colder http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpsqwwptq2y.jpg And it has absolutely nothing to do with a stock truck. With the amount of work they put into it, you could take an old Yugo and do the same thing.
valhalla360 07/01/15 03:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota tough.......not

I'm not a fan of toyota but I don't see what the picture proves one way or the other. You will be hard pressed to find any vehicle that has lived and been used a couple decades in a salt area that isn't rusted out.
valhalla360 06/30/15 06:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Triple axle question

A triple axle is typically going to have a heavy pin weight because it's a bigger trailer. When backing into a sharp turn, the tires slide sideways a bit. The further apart they are the more they are pulled sideways. A tripple axle trailer has the tires further apart. Not the end of the world by any stretch but if you really cut it sharp, you do put some extra stress on them. Once on the road and cruising along, there should be no problem as you almost never turn sharp enough to be an issue.
valhalla360 06/30/15 06:48am Towing
RE: Chicken Tax Finally Being Phased Out

The problem is compact pickups aren't doing well now and no one is building the equivalent of the 1/2 ton trucks. Realistically, I don't see it having much impact.
valhalla360 06/29/15 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leveling my fifth wheel

- Then raise them up 2-3 holes (more if you need to lower the front significantly to get the trailer level fore and aft). Why raise up two or three holes? :h ) That way I don't have to figure out if the front needs to go up or down a bit to get the rig level. It gives you a few inches of drop if needed. If you drop them all the way down and then pin as near to that as possible...if you do need to drop the front, you need to hook back up and reset the pins.
valhalla360 06/29/15 07:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Watch out for cost of Michigan State Parks

OP took the worst possible option to figure a per night rate. Recalculate with a weeks stay, and it drops drastically. Also, you won't find many private parks on Lake Michigan (except for the state parks) and when you do, they won't be cheap.
valhalla360 06/29/15 07:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leveling my fifth wheel

If I'm reading this correctly, you are putting one of the front landing gear down 3-4" further and then lowering both until they are in contact and the landing gear is thus leveling the trailer side to side. This is the wrong way to do it and the lowered leg will start lifting first and twist the frame. It may or may not do damage and it may or may not take multiple tries before damage appears. The correct way: - Level side to side with boards under the tires. - Block the tires in place. - Unpin and let both front legs drop to the ground. - Then raise them up 2-3 holes (more if you need to lower the front significantly to get the trailer level fore and aft). The key is you raise them the same number of holes before putting the pins in. - When you lower the legs with the electric motor they should both hit the ground at the same time (use the screw at the bottom of the legs to fine tune) - Use the electric motor to level fore & aft. - Deploy the rear stabilizers (but only to take the bounce out of the trailer, not to lift the trailer tires) The rig should now be level and stable. Once you get the hang of it, it's a lot quicker than writing it out.
valhalla360 06/28/15 11:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need for exit plan?

An exit plan and making sure your significant other can do everything makes a world of difference.
valhalla360 06/28/15 07:23am RV Lifestyle
RE: The Value of a Friendly Staff

Many sins can be forgiven if they make you feel like you are welcome and cared for. Doesn't matter what the company type is.
valhalla360 06/28/15 07:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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