I leave mine own the TH, at first I was a little concerned, watched it often in the mirros, but after about 2 months on the road I'm more comfortable driving with it. Some semi's will get close but by far most stay away. Plus I use it to temp mount my Wineguard carryout when parked, I don't leave it on the roof when traveling, no that wouldn't be good. And I don't want to mount the dish on the roof due to some sites being covered by tree's. You might consider installing the collapsible ladder mounts, seems to save about 2" but not sure where to find them. Good luck!
Cabanaman ------- a quick question for you. I see you are retired military, does that give you access to military bases for camping? I'm a honorably discharged veteran, not retire military, would I also have the access to camp at military bases? If so, how do I find the bases that have the camping?
thanks in advance, Terry
YOUR REPLY............ Your dues will be closer to $600 once you get all done.Still worth it doing 200 nights a year.We do at least that.Our time out is done at military bases.
I have a 2013 FR 40' XLR 395AMP and plan to do the same for similar reasons. I plan to add an (1) extra battery for the house power and add another (1) extra battery for the Lippert Leveling system and Oman 5500 Gen. I want this battery separated from the house power for same reason. For a total of 2 12v batteries for house power and 1 isolated 12v battery for Gen and Lipper system.
At some point, I may plan to add solar panels to supplement onboard power to limit Oman use.
Any help with direction or electrical diagrams would be helpful.
thanks in advance.......
Thanks for the replies, much helpful.
Old-Buscuit - $950 for CC/RPI plus the $10+ per nite fees is ok but I think the TT plan I mention is better with zero day fees at any TT reserve. Not sure how many days we'll use the TT reserves but likely 100 to 200 days per year, that easily pays for itself in 1 year. The other days will be traveling outside the TT reserves and likely using the CC/RPI for $10-$20 per nite.
Path1 - My contract states 120 days advance booking, this will help with busy and popular reservation times, such as summer when school is out and winter when snowbirds fly south.
Cabanaman - $1500 is a good price but it likely does not includes the $750 transfer fees, my cost already includes the fees, plus the 3 weeks in and 120 advance booking are big advantages with zero day fees (except for $3 for 50amp).
So far no one has convinced me to run away from the supposedly bargain so I move closer to likely taking the plunge and purchasing. For those in the TT reserves I look forward to possibly meeting you some day..... cheers and happy trails!
I'm looking for ideas on how to best handle internet access.
Do you rely on a campground to provide it, I have not had the best experience with both access and speed. How about you?
Do you have a Verizon Jetpack or similar with another carrier? The data plans for these are expensive if you're 'surfing the web' like most of us do. Although access isn't bad in most locations near population of course.
Do you have a Hughes satelite dish or similar? The hardware is expensive but monthly fee's are reasonable.
Or do you 'shop for free access'? Although not convenient it certainly is cheap.
thanks for the feedback, cheers!
Just looking for feedback on your experience with TT. I've heard a bunch of comments, both positive and negative. To help me decide, I'd would like your thoughts, please only share factual comments, appreciate your response in advance.
I plan to start full time RVing in 2 months. Thru a broker I have found a TT Elite membershiop under $3,000. This membership supposedly sells for around $10,000, so it sounds like a pretty good bargain. 80 plus resorts, 21 nites in, can go from resort to resort year round, annual dues $549. Can terminate membership after 3 yrs with no penalty or keep paying annual fee's. I'm told the membership can be resold for about $1,000 after 2 years but will only include 14 days in resort. Membership also qualifies for RPI for only $89 dues per year and only $10 per night for these resorts.
So, what are your thoughts? Should I invest in this opportunity or run away from this supposedly bargain?
Would anyone have a schematic or drawing of a 2012 Thunderbolt XLR 395AMP? Or any idea how to obtain one. Forest River is not providing and I have a need to do some modifications and don't want to go around poking and getting into trouble.
Going full time in July, would like advise on best location to domicile. I've heard of some advantages of FL, Texas and S. Dakota. Would like to know how these are different or if others are recommended and why.
thanks for reply, Terry and Amy
Attaching a rack to the back of the ramp door will not work for me on the toy hauler. I will be opening the ramp door at almost every stop along the way, my bike is stored back there and its my primary mode of transport when not moving the RV. I'd rather occasionally climb the ladder to the roof. Has anyone seen a rack for the roof? If not I'll improvise.
thx for input/sharing ideas
ATFULLDRAW - thanks for the tip and using the rails. I had planned flip the kayaks and secure them crossway along with securing them at top and bottom. My concern isn't securing them to the roof, I'll use the framing for that, my concerns was the height (but not so much here since they are same heights as a/c units) but more concern of the wind while traveling. I believe if they're tightly secured the wind shouldn't pose an issue. Again, about 1/2 the travel they will be inside the garage, the other 1/2 on the roof.
I have 2 kayaks 10' long and want to attach to roof when traveling. The height of the kayaks are about 14", same height as a/c. I only plan to carry on roof of rv when traveling longer distance and when stopping where no water is nearby, otherwise I plan to carry them inside the garaged with my 1700 RoadStar.
Is there anything I need to be aware of other than making sure they are secured to the roof correctly?
appreciate your informed replies :)