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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
RE: Full Hook-ups take the gen??

Full hook-ups I carry one gen. No hook-ups I carry two.
PenMan 03/21/15 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Open Range vs Sandpiper Bunkhouses

I have owned a Forest River trailer and currently own an Open Range. I find the Open Range to be much higher quality in fit and finish items. All the major manufacturers use the same appliances, etc. so nothing to compare there. I know a lot of people on the forum seem to dislike the cable slide systems on the Open Range trailers but I personally like it much better than gear system we had on the Forest River. It has proved to be much more reliable and easy to work on. Just my opinions.
PenMan 03/19/15 10:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Taos New Mexico mid March

According to the weather report I saw last night, the high mountains (mainly ski areas) are expected to get up to 18" of snow between now and Saturday. I would not dewinterize but use the campground facilities. It's easy enough to stay warm inside but the pipes under your trailer could easily freeze.
PenMan 03/19/15 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Wheel Bearing Question

It all depends on your individual situation. If you put a lot of highway miles on your trailer, you need to repack a little more often than normal. If you immerse your hubs in water, you'd be wise to repack. If you are only going 5000 miles a year, it is not necessary to repack every year. Exactly opposite what I have always heard. I wish we could hear the truth from the manufacturers. I have always been told that using the trailer regularly keeps the grease distributed in the bearings and therefore they don't need to be checked as often. Letting the trailer sit "squishes" the grease away from the load point leaving metal on metal contact. This causes the bearings to get wear spots and need to be repacked more often. Does anyone know the truth? I have repacked every other year for years without any problems but most manuals say to repack every year.
PenMan 03/10/15 10:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Taos Campgrounds

Should be good skiing. They got about 3 ft. of snow last week.
PenMan 03/08/15 01:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wheel Bearing Question

I used the EZ Lube hubs on my boat trailer but never on my TT. I pull the wheels and repack manually every other year and check the brakes then too. If your trailer sits unmoved a lot you probably need to do it every year. Less use needs more inspection.
PenMan 03/08/15 01:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Whats the best restaurant .....

Spoons BBQ (eastern NC style) in Charlotte. We camped near Charlotte for a month last year and probably ate at Spoons at least 8 times and brought a couple pounds back in the freezer.
PenMan 03/05/15 10:52am RV Lifestyle
RE: Jayco vs Forest River Salem vs Open Range

Honestly they sell the cable kits to replace broken cables the same way they sell hydraulic hoses to replace broken hoses. My 14' cable slide is flush floor. I'm not claiming cable slides are the greatest things since sliced bread. However they are just as reliable and effective as shaft driven systems. Neither system is foolproof and repair parts are available for both. You read of problems with both systems, however both work and are common in the market place. Again I'm not claiming cable system are better but they due allow for significant weight reduction vs. shaft systems. Now that I have actual experience with a cable system. I have no fear of the system and I am comfortable with how they operate. I have 5 cable slides on my unit that have not had any issues. If my unit had slide problems I would be weary of the cable system but my real life use has been positive. Cable vs.shaft slides would not be a critical factor for me. I have had both and they both work. X2. I have had the rack and pinion Gear) type slides and the cable slides. I find the cable slides much more reliable and easier to work on if required. I have not had a hydraulic slide so I can't comment on them.
PenMan 03/05/15 10:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco vs Forest River Salem vs Open Range

I also would put the Jayco and Open Range at the top. I have had a Forest River product and the quality is ok for the price but not in the same league as Jayco and Open Range. I spent over a year researching travel trailers and it came down to two brands, Jayco and Open Range. We chose Open Range because we liked the floor plan better. BTW, Jayco has bought Open Range (or merged or something) but Open Range is still being built the same. They both have two year warranties. We have had our Open Range for about two years and had only a couple of small problems that were not caused by Open Range and were fixed under warranty. I would definitely buy another one but plan to make this current one last as long as I do.
PenMan 03/02/15 09:32am Travel Trailers
RE: New Mexico

Not sure about weather in Northern NM then but here are a few favorites. Santa Fe: we've stayed at Trailer Ranch in town twice and enjoyed it (adults only.) On a bus line with frequent service, so you can leave the RV parked and have no parking hassles. Bus takes you to the Plaza, also the Farmers Market en route. Taos: We had a good stay at Taos Monte Bello RV park. Drive the High Road to Taos from Santa Fe. Abiquiu (Georgia O'Keeffe country): The Riana Campground on the lake is a nice COE park with low rates (half for senior pass), and can be reserved ahead. Chaco Culture NHS: a World Heritage Site, has dry camping that now can be reserved online. During your time frame, I would stay in the southern part of the state. It is not unusual to get snow in the northern part of the state into May. We camped in the Jemez mountains (about 7000 ft. elevation) last May and got caught in snow. Many nice places in the south where it should be nicer weather. It can also get windy that time of year however so watch the weather when you plan to travel since visibility can get bad during a sand storm. Enjoy the Land of Enchantment.
PenMan 02/27/15 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need more help for first cross country trip.

I have traveled from NC to NM quite a bit. I will drive way, way out of the way to avoid I-40 in Arkansas (unless you love potholes and lots of road work).
PenMan 02/27/15 10:35am General RVing Issues
RE: QUESTION FOR LONG TT OWNERS

My trailer is 37 ft. and truck is 22 ft. so 59 ft. total. Simple to tow and even easier to back than a short trailer. You do have to be aware of your length so you don't book a space that is too small but that is just common sense. It doesn't take long to get used to the length but I am still getting used to the width of my rear end :B (dually).
PenMan 02/26/15 03:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: full time travel trailers

We would full time in our Open Range except we are baby sitting for the next year or so (our grandson). We have used it for cross country travel but are on hold for a little while now.
PenMan 02/22/15 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Handicap paking.

x2 what soos said. Also, handicap parking (camping or at the mall) is only enforced BY THE BUSINESS. The police or parking meter person don't enforce the regs generally. There might be city ordinances that say otherwise. If it was late in the afternoon, or too late for more reservations to be made, it's perfectly legal to use that campsite. thank you for being concerned!!!! Maybe where you are, but in my part of the world, in public parking areas like the mall, (Florida) it is enforced BY THE POLICE. State park camping areas have rangers to enforce with police backup. Same for New Mexico.
PenMan 02/10/15 10:40am Class C Motorhomes
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