Most people now days don't have a care in the world about the other people around them, it is all about me, I understand if someone has a medical need for the geny to run, but you can camp without having 110v power, and do it for several days, If it is over 90* or below 50* you need AC/heat, but to run it for the TV and microwave or to run the AC when it's 75*outside I mean come on, I am one of those guys that likes to camp somewhere quiet and that is getting hard to find.
I feel I must recap, I took my camper back to the dealer after the last camping trip to have him fix a couple things, I told him it was not winterized as a precautionary measure, he said if it gets cold it was on him to take care of it, so last night I get ready to run the pump to drain the tank as I could not find a hose to drain "what I thought was a fresh tank with 30 gal of water in it " and low and behold pink cam out of the lines..... soooooo as it turns out he was unsure about how cold it was going to get one night and had his boys go on and winterize it, they left off the drain cap ( that is where the confusion came for me ) It also would have helped if someone would have said something about it when I picked it up.
thanks for the help though.
The piece of hose sticking out the bottom has a fitting on it but no cap, yesterday in the rain i crawled around under it with no luck location anything, tonight I will pump it dry with the pump, or drop the underbelly cover and give it a look up in there, I was hoping to skip that last part.
the temps tomorow are going to drop to the mid teens, so tonight the deed will be done one way or another.
My dealer is closed today, I have called a couple more dealersw, no one can help me..
I need to drain the fresh water holding tank, there is a pipe sticking out of the underbelly by the place where it says " holding tank drain" but I can't find a valve for the life of me.
what the heck am I missing.
Give her a good cleaning, take out the batt, and if possible park it in a closed in space like a storage unit or the like.
with it inside and covered I don't think you will have anything happen to your baby.
As for my thinking, you can buy a 50 or 100w self contained solar unit for less than $150, be it good or bad in some folks eyes they will work for keeping the single battery toped off even on shady or overcast days, the 50w system on my Lance TC spoiled me because if I didn't need the A/C or heat I could camp for months with no shore power, LP was my biggest problem.
and I parked it under roof when not in use and the battery never was dead, It would get enough light to keep the battery charged.
I personally don't like running a genny so that could have an effect on my thoughts.
Congrats on the 3rd child to be, and the new trailer, I would think your dealer would stand behind a problem in the spring, if not he is not a "good" dealer, we also just bought a 2017 TT and only camped in it once so far and I don't see any more in the future till spring, for myself the best aftermarket mod is a portable solar set up, so your battery stays charged, it is so very handy.
I also have been keeping up with your travels, It's good that things are looking up and you are past the bottom and headed back up, you are in a beautiful part of the country, these forums are a nice thing to have around, I am on motorcycle forums, Diesel truck forums, Subaru forums, and it sure makes the fear of a breakdown or major problem when along way from home a lot less scary knowing I can contact good folks all over the country and they will be happy to help me.
I would traid in the 4runner for a truck, motorcycle hauling problem solved, I think the 4 runner can tow your trailer but a truck would be better IMO, My friends are leaving to fulltime in 2 days with a 26ft TT and 2 motorcycles in the bed of his truck, sold his 70 acre place and house last week....it is my dream but not my wifes.
we also have one pass through on our 2017 Forest River Surveyor 243RBS, when I got a plan of what I use every time and what I just like to have along, I put it all in old wooden boxes with the front cut down low so I can see in, It works out well, the inside has more storage than we could ever fill unless we were full timming in it, so hiking poles, step stool, broom, extra chairs, hot dog sticks, extra extension cord, extra hose, card table, stuff like that goes inside one of the closets.
We still havent taken a multi week trip in it so some redoing may be needed for that.
Dar & Barb
No more than 20 min to park it, push the button for the awning, push the button for the slide, drill down the jacks, plug in the water, power, sewer, and get out the chairs, " BAM " then if we need one start making a fire.
then unload more things like the colman stove and table cloth as needed.
packing up maybe 25 min, just because I like to put it back neat and tiddy, and make sure the fire is out........well.........because Smokey Bear said so.
If I take motorcycles in the truck bed and or kayak on the rack, add 20 min.
I have an 03 LL Bean H6 outback, I think I would be OK towing my utility trailer across country at 2,200lb, but not more, I feel like it would just be to hard on the drivetrain, I towed it 2,300 miles in 3 days on a blazing trip to Boston and back to pick up a motorcycle and when I got home I felt like it was glad to stop.
If I was going to buy a diesel truck with hopes of little to no problems, it would be a 94-98.5 12v NV4500 trans, almost no electronics are needed for the engine, and the trans ( as long as the 5th gear nut has been addressed and you keep the fluid clean ) will keep shifting even when some things wear out,
I have been pretty deep in the diesel world ( dodge mostly ) for the last 15 years in performance and personal trucks as well...heck my truck is 1st gen on the home page of cummins forum, I have driven most of them and worked on most of them, the sweet spot is a Dodge 98 12v cummins 5spd, sure some of the others have better frames, interior, looks, what ever, but for reliabity and if you do need something the parts are everywhere and not real expensive.
If you can get past the fact the truck is 18 years old, look for a low milage southern truck.
I should add I am a chevy guy and love the looks and fit and finish as well as the duramax/allison team, but the reliablility is not there and the parts are astromonical in cost.
Russ! ! ! keep lots of nice clean fuel supplied to your VP44 pump and you need a fuel pressure gauge if you don't have one, and you mite get a few more miles out of it, I have owned 3 VP44 pump trucks and that is the first weak link.
I'm sure buy now you have broken the 300k mark.