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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
RE: 2012 IOpen Range 412SS Reviews

I have the 2013 unit in my signature. It's been pretty much trouble free. Had a bad propane regulator from the factory that they replaced quickly. There were more problems with units built a few years ago but they seem to have corrected them. They do put China bombs on them so I have already replaced mine (about 2 years old) with new Maxxis tires. The floor plans are great in my opinion. I'm a big guy (almost 400 lbs.) and the bathroom has plenty of room for me to do my business including taking a shower. The queen size bed is really a queen size bed (60"x80") and not the short version. They are a little pricey but I think you get good value for your money. They do have a two year warranty too. My family has had everything from truck campers, hybrid trailers, Class A and Class C rigs and I like our current Open Range the best of all. I might have gone for an Open Range fifth wheel but did not want the extra steps.
PenMan 09/06/14 04:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who here eats better while RV'ing than at home?

We eat about the same as at home. Maybe a little more on the grill while camping.
PenMan 08/29/14 10:36am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: cable input jack

Find a local engraving shop (like trophies and awards) to custom cut a plate with their laser.
PenMan 08/25/14 11:17am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Axle and Wheel Ratings for New Tires

They are only two years old (per the tire date codes) and I have had bulges and exposed belts already. Taking a longer trip this fall and I want to avoid tire issues if possible. I do watch pressures closely and have a TPMS to alert me to any problems (hopefully before damage from a blowout). Thanks for the response. I thought I'd have to crawl around under the trailer to find the axle rating.
PenMan 08/24/14 06:44pm Travel Trailers
Axle and Wheel Ratings for New Tires

I have the trailer in my signature. I'm ready to replace the original junk tires that came standard on the trailer. In order to make an educated decision I'd like to know the axle rating and what the wheels are rated for before I start shopping for tires. How can I determine these ratings? I've read that they are marked somewhere but where? Thanks for any help you can provide. BTW, the original tires are Akuret ST235/80R 16 Load Range E.
PenMan 08/24/14 06:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to Full-Time Living

I'm sorry for your loss. As others have already said, this is a good group of people with lots of experience. Just ask and someone will have a good answer or will know how to ask you the questions we need to know in order to help out.
PenMan 08/23/14 05:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: You might be an RVer if.

I should have added that my birthday was this past Tuesday (8/19) and I got my senior pass at the Ranger station about 8 miles from my house.
PenMan 08/21/14 11:31am RV Lifestyle
RE: You might be an RVer if.

You might be an RVer if you go to the Ranger Station on your 62nd birthday to buy your Golden Age Pass (America the Beautiful senior pass).
PenMan 08/20/14 02:27pm RV Lifestyle
RE: External Speakers, do you really want them ?

I turned on our outside speakers once when we first got the TT. I needed to know what switch position I never wanted to turn on again.
PenMan 08/16/14 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: I'll never do that again

All I can say is been there, done that. We all live and learn, hopefully.
PenMan 08/14/14 01:26pm Tech Issues
RE: How did you wire your awning LEDs?

The motor is fixed to the arm. Wiring goes to motor. Motor turns gears that roll the awning, the motor does not move. No need for anything special electrically speaking for the motor. IF You wanted to wire the LEDs from the motor wiring, that's a different subject entirely.
PenMan 08/14/14 01:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: GPS

The Garmin works fine as long as you stay on highways. If you leave the highway for city streets it always tells me it does not know about RV accessibility. I live 1/2 mile from I-40 with nice wide city streets and no underpasses etc. and I always get that message when I'm heading home. The only thing I like better about the new Garmin RV GPS is it is a nice monitor for the back-up camera.
PenMan 08/13/14 05:36pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Pen turning while on the road ?

Bring your hobby along. I use a large Oneway lathe at home but have thought about using a small lathe to make pens or other small items while on the road. I find that I stay too busy with other things while traveling so I have not brought the lathe along yet. I do carry a nice sampling of gift items I have made just in case someone is interested. BTW, my name says it all. :B
PenMan 08/12/14 02:19pm Full-time RVing
RE: plumbing question - PEX fittings; brass vs plastic

I have used both plastic and brass. The brass Sharkbite fittings hold great. I use a plastic Sharkbite fitting in the drain on my hot water heater with a piece of pex out of it so I can avoid the splashing. The pex does not leak when installed in the plastic fitting but it easily pulls out without use of the disassembly tool that is required on the brass fittings. If you are wanting a permanent connection (which can be taken apart with the special tool) I would definitely use the brass fittings even though they are fairly expensive.
PenMan 08/11/14 04:00pm Forum Technical Support
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