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RE: Budgeting for Camping

Welcome to the forum. I'm sure you will get lots of answers. We camped in tents when our kids were young except when we used my dad's motorhomes (he had several over the years). We went from tents to a hybrid when my knees got bad enough that I didn't want to sleep on the ground. We moved from the hybrid to our TT when we wanted to stay longer and wanted to be more comfortable. The amount to budget is very open. If you camp in a national forest or boondock then the cost of fuel and your food is basically it. If you stay fairly close to home and cook in camp like you cook at home the cost difference is negligible (if you don't have monthly trailer payments :) ). If you stay in state parks the cost is fairly low. In NM the rates vary from free to $18 depending on the amenities. If you camp at an RV resort you could spend over $50 per night. So the cost varies depending on what you want. Sorry, I can't help with a bunkhouse trailer as I have never owned one but I'm sure many will chime in. At any rate, camping is a great way to get closer with your kids and I know you will enjoy it.
PenMan 06/10/16 11:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

Interested a Garmin GPS as well. Would like to add the rear view camera option....any of you have the camera option and can comment on how you like it? How was installed? Is it clear, does it maintain signal, etc? Thanks I have a camera on the back of my truck to use when hooking up. It is not the Garmin camera but purchased on Amazon for about $15 and works great. It is a wired camera so if used on the back of your trailer would need to be wired to the tongue and have a connector to continue the signal to the GPS. The camera input is one of the few things I like about the Garmin since it is a large display.
PenMan 06/09/16 10:44am Technology Corner
RE: Best Additions / Modifications, What Did You Do ?

Want to see about 250+ pages of mods? Check out the Cool Mods sticky in the Travel Trailers forum and another big list in the General RVing Issues forum look for Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products and Gizmos. A couple of weeks worth of reading but lots of great mods.
PenMan 06/06/16 11:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

I looked thru my settings and I have the following selected: "Avoidances" - Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes, Unpaved Roads, U-Turns "Calculation Mode" - Faster Time Not sure if that helps... maybe... Thanks. I had the same settings except for Toll Roads. From what I understand the Faster Time mode is only for auto, not RV.
PenMan 06/06/16 11:01am Technology Corner
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

...put the weight at 3000lbs so you stay on all the main roads,true? I entered 17 tons, 9' wide, 13' tall, and 60' long. It has never directed me anywhere I couldn't go and screams at me when I intentionally turn onto a dirt/non-main road. I'm going to give this a try. I have put in actual dimensions and weights and it constantly tries to get me to go down dirt roads that end in a driveway without any place to turn around. Our rig is just over 8 ft. wide, 59 ft. long, and under 12 ft. high. I have grown so I do not trust it as far as my wife can throw me (and I'm big) so anything that helps it give better directions will help. I read your review and agree on some points but until it stops the stupid and dangerous routing I will never like it.
PenMan 06/05/16 02:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Garmin 760LMT......Any opinions?

I have one and can only say one thing, NEVER TRUST IT. I don't know if it is just the southwest area but we have had problems similar to the one Rob had above. It is constantly trying to get me to take dirt roads that lead nowhere. I do not trust it for anything except major highway travel. I do like the lane instructions when changing highways or taking an exit. I had a Garmin prior to this one that really seemed to choose routes better for some reason. I know you should never really trust a GPS but verify route with a published map but it should be better considering it is specifically for RV's. BTW, I do keep the maps updated and it still gives very poor routes.
PenMan 06/03/16 10:54am Technology Corner
RE: Is there a QUALITY Travel Trailer still built?

We have been very happy with our 2013 Open Range. The only problem we had under warranty was a propane regulator that didn't work and Open Range replaced it. We have been out of warranty for a year now (they have 2 year warranties) and had a cabinet loosen up which I fixed. I do have a piece of rubber molding on the exterior that has come loose but I will also fix that myself. They are not cheap but my family has had many different RV's (brands and types) and so far I like the Open Range the best. Brands we have owned include Winnebago, Holiday Rambler, Lance TC, Rockwood Roo and our current Open Range.
PenMan 05/18/16 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why we luv our rig

I'm going to get a little more specific. We love our rig for the quality build and the floor plan, specifically a large bathroom with shower big enough for me (about 400 lbs.) and comfortable living area. Would have preferred king size bed but our queen size works for us. We chose the TT over a 5er due to the fewer number of steps. This trailer also seems to have plenty of storage compared to others we looked at. It pulls great with our Ram 3500 dually with absolutely no sway. The only thing I have not been happy with that was bought specifically for use with the RV is our Garmin RV GPS. I definitely carry a trucker road atlas as our first trip planning guide. Our family has had everything from tents to truck campers to class A and C motorhomes and I think we have finally found the one we will keep till we can no longer go RVing. BTW, everything is paid for which is also nice.
PenMan 05/17/16 10:53am Travel Trailers
RE: GPS Navigation

I have the Garmin RV760 also. Be sure to plan your trip using paper maps as it will get you lost in a heartbeat. I don't trust it for anything except interstate highways and I do like the way it lets you know what is the best lane to be in. No GPS should be trusted completely but this Garmin really chooses crazy routes and can quickly get you into trouble. My old Garmin (not for RV's) would have been better in my opinion.
PenMan 05/16/16 11:36am Technology Corner
RE: Highland Ridge Open Range Ultra Lite

Congratulations on the new trailer. Check out the Open Range Owner's Forum http://www.openrangeowners.com/ORforum/ . Lots of great people and many opportunities for rallies, etc. Look forward to meeting you down the road.
PenMan 05/12/16 10:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Highland Ridge Open Range Ultra Lite

We have a 2013 Journeyer (not a lite model) and have been very happy with it. Have taken it cross country and many thousands of miles. They have a two year warranty and seem to be very responsive to any problems. We had a propane regulator that didn't work and they replaced it quickly under warranty. We have been to two owner's rallies and almost everyone seems very happy with their trailers. Any manufacturer can have some problems but Open Range (Highland Ridge) seems to have fewer problems than most other manufacturers and they do look out for their customers.
PenMan 05/10/16 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight stations in New Mexico and RVs

It was most likely the Border Patrol. You are required to stop for their check points. No they will probably not chase you down. These are different then state weigh stations. You do not have to stop at them, unless there is a sign saying RVs must stop. These are normally temporary signs. Only seen a couple over the years. This is the correct answer. You have to stop. Most require every vehicle to stop. They are checking for undocumented aliens. If in a car they usually just wave you thru but they will randomly check RV's, etc. They can chase you down if you do not stop. They do carry guns.
PenMan 05/02/16 11:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Torque Wrench Question

Torquing by hand with an extension on your torque wrench is not going to affect the torque to the nut at all. Don't worry about that. Correct answer.
PenMan 05/01/16 12:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good Sam Vehicle Insurance Plan

I think the OP is talking about insurance (liability, collision, etc.) and not roadside assistance. I have my trailer insured thru the Good Sam Insurance Plan (National General) but can't tell you much about it. The prices have always been reasonable but I have never had a claim so I don't know how good they are when actually needed.
PenMan 04/29/16 10:16am Good Sam Insurance
RE: Open Range Light by Highland Ridge

This is not a trailer issue but an A/C manuf issue. What brand of A/C do you have? Our Open Range has Dometic A.C's and we have not had any problems in over 3 years.
PenMan 04/22/16 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: New Sundance XLT 269TS or 2014 Open Range Light 318RLS

When we were looking for a new TT it came down to Jayco or Open Range. We ended up with the Open Range and have not regretted our choice at all. We love our Open Range. I know you are looking at a 5er but the same build quality in both.
PenMan 04/18/16 10:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide room cable adjustment

I have the same slide system as the OP. You need to adjust the cables if they are too tight or if they get too loose. They should have about 1/2" of play with you push up (or down) on the cables. As another poster said there is a ton of info available on youtube. There is a manual at this page http://www.doityourselfrv.com/adjust-cables-bal-accu-slide-cable-driven-slide/
PenMan 04/06/16 11:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking at a Highland Ridge, need some help.........

I agree with the others. Get at least a 3/4 ton truck. Our Open Range TT is quite a bit heavier than the one you are getting but I already had a one ton dually when we bought it. We love our Open Range.
PenMan 04/06/16 11:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: electric fireplace

Many of the fireplaces are built in to a cabinet that has no ventilation. Many people add vents on either side of the heater to allow for more air flow to the rear of the fireplace. This will usually stop the problems you are having. Simple way to fix is to drill holes in cabinet and just cover the holes with the metal louvered floor duct covers so it looks nice.
PenMan 04/06/16 11:25am Tech Issues
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Just so you know, I live in Albuquerque and have never camped at the Fiesta. I'm not sure if GSC uses a campground or has spaces on the Balloon Fiesta grounds but that is where you want to be located. It's getting a little late to plan for this years fiesta but if you can book a spot yourself it would probably save you a lot of money. You really want to be on the grounds for the best experience. You'll have balloons flying right over you. As far as the weather that time of year, you will probably not need any A/C at night but may need it during the day. In fact, you will definitely need a jacket to watch the evening balloon glows, etc. I lived in SC (worked in Charlotte but lived across the border) for many years and it will be a welcome change to get away from the heat and humidity. When I first moved my family from SC to NM I took my teenage sons tent camping in the mountains. It was the middle of July. I told them to bring their winter coats as it would get cold at night. They chose to ignore my advice (they were teenagers so they knew everything) and they almost froze. So if you plan to visit the mountains while you are in NM you may even want to bring a heavy coat. I hope you can get a spot as it is definitely worth the trip. Travel safe.
PenMan 04/05/16 11:20am Travel Trailers
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