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RE: Survey-How do you reserve?

Probably about even, 50% on-line and 50% by phone when we want reservations. When going from one spot to the next we frequently stop at Cracker Barrel for the night.
PenMan 05/28/15 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Open Range vs Jayco Eagle

We love our Open Range but Jayco was our second choice. It really came down to the floorplans. I wanted a larger bathroom than we found in the Jayco's.
PenMan 05/24/15 01:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How Often do You Empty and Clean Your Bays

I've had the current trailer for two years now so I guess never. I know where everything is located and put it back in the same place after use.
PenMan 05/24/15 12:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I'm addicted to mods...

For me, rebuilding, replacing, and making changes in and on the camper is a form of recreation and enjoyment. I have the tools, shop, skills, knowledge and time to do them. Hopefully, this is our last camper and I like customizing and improving it for us. So, Samhain, go for whatever you are capable of doing and enjoy the process and the fruits of your labors (labours). X2
PenMan 05/23/15 11:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Heading to New Mexico

Not sure how much hiking you want to do but you can hike the La Luz trail from the foothills in Albuquerque (approx. 5800 ft.) up to the Sandia crest (approx. 10,400 ft.). It would be an all day hike. Carry water and you need to plan on big temperature changes. We're still getting snow in the mountains. You didn't mention when you were heading out. As others have said, plan to do laundry every few days and get groceries as needed. Enjoy New Mexico.
PenMan 05/19/15 11:17am Family Camping
RE: Jayco vs Forest River Salem vs Open Range

Wow - forgot all about this thread! Well, we ended up ordering the Open Range LT272RLS at the end of March and it should be here any day now - the dealer is thinking before June as it was scheduled to be built around the middle of the month. I know the weights will be close for our Max Tow F150 but I think we'll be well within the specs. I looked at the unit on the dealer's lot which is exactly what we want except we want the table and chairs vs booth dinette. Yellow sticker says the UVW is 7885 lbs so even with 1k of junk we're still well under the 11,200 lbs the F150 can tow. We're getting the Equalizer hitch as part of the deal so we should be safe that way. Worst case is it doesn't work and I upgrade to that F350 of my nightmares. :) Be sure to join the Open Range Owner's Forum at http://www.openrangeowners.com/ORforum/ You'll find a great group of people who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we do ours. Travel safe.
PenMan 05/17/15 01:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco vs Forest River Salem vs Open Range

We love our Open Range and would buy another one in a heartbeaat if something happened to the one we have now. We plan to use it the rest of our lives.
PenMan 05/16/15 11:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Do you or don't you?

We haven't used the campground facilities since upgrading from a hybrid to our Open Range. Over two years with zero problems and no smell. That was one of the main reasons for upgrading. I didn't fit in the bathroom (seated) nor could I take a shower in the hybrid as I'm a big guy. No problems at all with the Open Range.
PenMan 05/16/15 11:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Perfect backing!

Watched a fellow backing into the space. His wife was giving hand signals with both hands. She had one hand up in what I took as a signal to stop, with the other hand she was motioning to keep coming on back. Talk about "mixed signals"! They got the rig parked, so I guess they had their own signal system. That's the signal that you need to back slowly but still a little ways to go.:B
PenMan 05/15/15 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Perfect backing!

Best backing job I have ever seen was at a lake in Georgia. There was a fishing tournament going on and I just happened to be there fishing (not in tournament). The ramps actually had concrete curbs on both sides so the "lanes" were very clear. They were at least 40 yards long. As I was slowly and carefully backing my boat down the ramp, one of the pros was doing the same on the ramp next to me. He had his partner in the boat and he must have been backing about 40 mph. When the trailer tires hit the water he hit the brakes. The boat launched perfectly into the water and the guy in the boat had the engine down and running in seconds. The truck driver was parked and in the boat with his partner before I got my boat in the water.
PenMan 05/14/15 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Security-Theft

I use the BD metal straps with strong locks like downtheroad said. I've had batteries stolen while parked in my driveway but the only thing I've had stolen from a campsite was food and we got to sit in the truck while the thief ate it. Big bear.
PenMan 05/14/15 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for campground near Albuquerque

East of the city, up the canyon, there are some Forest Service campgrounds just off I-40. If you take the road up the back side of Sandia peak there are some. Also some south of I-40. Actually, these are National Forest Service picnic areas and do not allow any camping. There is one rv park in Cedar Crest just off I-40 but I don't think they allow open campfires. We stayed there two nights when we first got our Open Range just to test everything out with hook-ups. Nothing special.
PenMan 05/09/15 09:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for campground near Albuquerque

If you don't mind driving 45 minutes or so, look at a couple in the Jemez mountains near Fenton lake. You can also boondock in the area. Check with the Jemez ranger station for locations. X2. No hook-ups but nice dry camping. No fire restrictions since we have been getting quite a bit of moisture (rain and still some snow). More like an hour and a half from Albuquerque but worth the drive.
PenMan 05/08/15 10:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do you feel about people walking through your campsite?

The whole point is this simply can't be a flat rule. Well, unless there is a public path to go between the sites, it simply IS a flat rule. I'm guessing the water front sites are quite a it more expensive that the sites that require a 5 minute walk...? Actually it is a flat rule and a written rule in many campgrounds.
PenMan 05/03/15 12:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stopping Overnight

I never unhook for a one night stay unless I need to take the truck somewhere without pulling the trailer. I do unhook the electric from the truck so I don't take a chance of discharging the truck batteries.
PenMan 04/01/15 11:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Bike-accessory research

I'd take the survey but don't think it would help. The only bike I ride is a Harley because my knees are shot and don't like to pedal. Sorry I can't help but good luck with the research.
PenMan 03/28/15 09:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Open Road TT?

Sorry. Double post.
PenMan 03/25/15 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Open Road TT?

The OP is asking about an Open Road TT, not an Open Range. Are you really interested in Open Range? I'm not familiar with Open Road TT's but we love our Open Range.
PenMan 03/25/15 10:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Bauer Entry Door Lock Problem

I just replaced my Bauer door handle/lock with a new one. Cost was under $30 on Amazon including shipping. They did not offer one cheaper with Prime (free) shipping. Maybe five minutes to replace. In my case, it was the upper lock on the handle that went bad.
PenMan 03/24/15 11:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Open Range vs Sandpiper Bunkhouses

My Forest River was a 2007. We wanted a larger trailer as we got ready to retire and chose the Open Range. We really didn't have many problems with the FR but like I said, the fit and finish was clearly not as good as we found in the OR.
PenMan 03/22/15 01:09pm Fifth-Wheels
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