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RE: What's on Your Christmas Wish List?

Safe arrival of our first grandchild. He is due Jan. 2 but parents are hoping for an early Christmas present. We (grandparents) don't really care when as long as mom and baby are healthy.
PenMan 12/10/14 11:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Avoiding Atlanta

We just came home from NC last month. We took I-85 to Atlanta and then I-20 to Dallas just to avoid I-40 from Memphis to Little Rock. It was about 200 miles longer but far less travel time. They seem to work on that section of I-40 all the time. I think they dig pot holes and then fill them just to make work. The trip thru Atlanta on a Saturday afternoon was simple.
PenMan 12/06/14 11:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TPMS and tire balancing

I had my new tires balanced and then installed the sensors. Can't tell any difference and have pulled it several thousand miles since installing sensors.
PenMan 12/06/14 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: New Mexico as Full Time Residence

If I didn't live in New Mexico I would definitely look at other states if I were going to full-time RV. Taxes are high here. I love the location and the people but would prefer a state without state income tax if/when I full-time. Just curious, why would you prefer NM to Colorado as your home state?
PenMan 12/03/14 11:38am Full-time RVing
RE: 2006 Ram 2500 CTD advice needed

I'm glad you posted your results. So often we hear about the problem but not the solution. Glad you got her going. Isn't this a great forum?
PenMan 12/02/14 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Any Open Range owners on the forum?

We have a 2013 Open Range Journeyer TT that we have been very happy with. Couple of minor problems but the two year warranty is great. We love the floorplan and it pulls easily. Just returned from a 3500 mile trip and the Open Range performed flawlessly.
PenMan 11/24/14 11:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Garmin back up camers

I have the Garmin GPS but use a cheap backup camera (about $20 if I remember correctly) and just plug it into the Garmin. Works great with the big screen.
PenMan 11/23/14 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Security While On Long Trip

Thanks for the replies. I have a gun safe that is secure but not large enough for guns and large file boxes. I had considered scanning all the tax documents, etc. but didn't know if that would work if we ever got audited and the original documents were not available. Sounds like that may be the best way to go. Thanks again.
PenMan 11/22/14 10:43am General RVing Issues
Security While On Long Trip

There have been a number of threads about securing your home while away on a trip. My question is what do you do about securing your important documents like income tax records, bank statements, and anything that my contain lots of important info that someone could use to steal your identity. For example, we are supposed to keep everything associated with our income taxes for 7 years (at least). To hold my 7 years of records I use two large file boxes so I can't put them in my safe deposit box at the bank. I have been asking my son to keep them at his house while we are away. What do you do? BTW, we have a lockbox bolted in our TT that we keep things in while on the road.
PenMan 11/21/14 01:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for larger trailer

We love our Open Range. Fits your requirements.
PenMan 11/10/14 03:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: vent position in winter

I'm glad I don't leave mine open over the winter months. I had covers over mine on my last trailer and when it came spring camping time I discovered that one of the covers was in about 3000 little pieces. The trailer would have been full of snow and water if I had not closed the vents. The cover was only two years old.
PenMan 11/08/14 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Portable ice maker

We tend to boondock more than camp with hook-ups but we just returned from a trip where we stayed in a campground with hook-ups for a month. We got a portable ice maker just for times like this but found that we used it only once during the month. We used the frig and very little ice. My DW said it takes up too much space on the counter.
PenMan 11/06/14 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Have you ever, or would you ever ....

No because they have not asked. My kids could use it any time they want to but they still prefer tents.
PenMan 10/27/14 06:09pm General RVing Issues
Best Route Charlotte, NC to Albuquerque, NM?

We came out on I-40 but don't want to go back the same way because of road work in Arkansas (can you say horrible roads?). Considering the time of year, what southern route would you suggest? We're thinking of I-85 to Atlanta and then I-20 across Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana but would like to avoid the Dallas area so maybe back up to Oklahoma City and then home on I-40. Any advice? How are the conditions of these roads now? My knees hate stop and go driving in road work areas. Any info is appreciated.
PenMan 10/24/14 09:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Open Range 349RLS or 2014 OR RF 345 RLS Roamer

I think both of these trailers will come with a 50 amp service but you can use an adapter for a 30 amp supply. If you have two A/C units (which I would recommend) you can run one at a time with the 30 amp supply. Our Open Range is a TT instead of a 5er but we love it. We have the 8 cu. ft. frig and it suits us fine. We take longer trips of a month or more at times and it seems fine. I don't think we would need a larger frig if we were full timers. I have seen the new trailers with the 3 inch walls but have no experience with them but strictly my opinion, if you have a tow vehicle that can handle the weight, 3 inch walls would be nice but not really needed. We have used our trailer in cold and hot locations and have no problem keeping it comfortable with the heater or air conditioners (we have two A/C's). Since we don't have a built in generator, we use two Honda 2000's in parallel to run an A/C when we boondock. We have always been able to cool the trailer with one A/C but it does take longer than running both of them. I don't think you can go wrong with an Open Range so you are well on your way to a nice unit. Happy camping.
PenMan 10/13/14 09:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Open Range 349RLS

We love our JT337RLS (TT, not a 5er). Only problem in almost 2 years use was a bad propane regulator which was replaced. We use it a lot too.
PenMan 10/11/14 09:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing a much larger TT - Who has one? I want one

Longer trailers are easier to back up. Other than that positive aspect there is little difference that I have found. My 37 footer is easy to tow and I have never had a problem with sway or any other problem. It is heavier and uses more fuel to tow but that is expected. It is harder to find spaces in state parks etc. but I always manage to find one. We don't full time in ours but don't have any problems on month long trips.
PenMan 10/10/14 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Leave Taps open, low point caps off when done winterizing

Taps closed, drain plugs on and tight, anode rod installed (when I had one). No reason not to keep them closed.
PenMan 10/10/14 09:43am Travel Trailers
Sealant For Vertical Surfaces

I need to run a small wire through the side wall of my TT. What is the best way to seal around the wire? I had planned on using a Silicone sealant but I think I have read on this forum that silicone is not good for some reason. What should I use? Thanks for any advice.
PenMan 09/17/14 03:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2012 IOpen Range 412SS Reviews

Biggest concern is you read a lot of issues with delaminating and ceilings not bonded correctly. Again, this is internet talk and just wondering from owners what if any issues they have seen We have only had our OR for 1-1/2 years but have had no problems. We have also been to an OR owner's rally and did not hear about these issues. The biggest issue I have heard about is with slides malfunctioning. We have not had any slide problems but they are a fairly simple design and easy to work on yourself if you do have problems. I did have problems with my slide on an older (2007) Rockwood hybrid trailer but was able to fix them myself. I think slide problems can happen to any unit. We have been very happy with our OR.
PenMan 09/08/14 10:58am Fifth-Wheels
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