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RE: Scooters on rear of RV

What size do most people carry and what are they. Post a picture if you have any. How far do you ride it when you stop in a area? I'm still planning on a 49cc Honda Ruckus, that I can lift inside the Class C. Now, if I can just figure out how to anchor and secure it in the aisle of the galley. I just can't risk it being stolen off the back of the C, and all that dust and road grit and grime that bikes take on a rack in the elements. Until then, I take a cross breed bicycle that I lift up into the galley, and secure to the dishwashing towel rack, with lanyards and sponges between the frame and the wooden counter.:D
Skid Row Joe 03/12/14 02:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Coffee and Breakfast

Time...place....is the DATE a secret, fellow Puget Sounderner? ;)..:BWhich Saturday, would you think it is? Take a wild guess...??.:S....(tomorrow.....)
Skid Row Joe 03/07/14 11:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dumb question? Fridge brand quality? Which one?

OK, I have never had to consider a full fridge replacement before. My fridge has bitten the big green weenie and decided to roll over and die.... Seems that Bob expected it to survive in -33C with wind chills of -40's..... It didn't. I bought this rig last May, in favor of replacing my old rotting Sportsmen. Another story there.... Anyhow, I'm working in stupidly cold freezing temperatures and my fridge is toast. Or so it seems. I could buy an Amish cooling unit and fix the thing, but I really don't like this fridge. Dometic Americana. No model number on it but I think it is RM 2652. I have never liked this thing, it has no temperature control whatsoever. It is on, or it is off. Period, no more. I hate it. Eyebrow panel - on/off/ auto/ gas. Thats it. Anyhow, looks like I have to put a new one in. Several different brands out there, Dometic, Norcold and a few others. Bewilderment sets in, as I have never needed to compare brands before. But I need to know. If I'm going to buy a fridge, may as well get something better than this thing. Is this the old Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge deal? Or is one brand of RV fridge better than the other? I am looking at options for fridge replacement. I don't have 2G to shell out but need a fridge. I salvaged most of my stuff from the freezer, cooked it all up and put it in my pickup where it promptly froze, but ate like an oink the past 2 nights trying not to throw stuff out. Think I'll barf if I stuff any more in the piehole.... I hate wasting food. And no, I am not interested in putting a 110 only unit in. I boondock a lot and I need a proper RV fridge. Is there any difference in quality of Norcold, Dometic and others?Bob'sMyNephew's name! Six of one, half a dozen the other brand, Bob. My first rig had Dometic. This one, Norcold.
Skid Row Joe 03/07/14 12:49am Tech Issues
RE: Have (2) ham bones - now need to make split pea soup. Help!

There's some great advise here! I'll not boil the ham bones - I'll simmer 'em as advised. To clarify, do the split peas not need to be prepared - simmered separately? That's where I'm getting conflicting cooking instructions here.....
Skid Row Joe 03/07/14 12:46am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Truck is too small

Yep. I am learning that campers open up a huge can of worms. Similarly, I am researching 5th wheel, TV combinations and am learning that a 3/4 ton SRW SB is inadequate for most medium sized 5th wheels. My findings as well. I was thinking of upgrading my TV to the GMC 2500 Duramax to enable future growth in an RV, but now am looking at the 1 ton SRW & DRW for that future 5th wheel that is on the horizon. Just to keep things simple, I have been just researching Ford for now. The more I read, the more I am becoming convinced that there really is no downside to going with a f350 over a f250. I thought the ride would be worse in a f350, but according to what I am reading that is not so.If you're serious about towing a 5th wheel, as I read you are, by all means go with the F350 over the F250. You'll thank me! To be sure, go with the dually F350. That's a lot of rig to handle mister, with the puny SRW F250 - of that you can be sure. The stamina of an F350 dually with the 4.10 rear end? Well, it's like apples and oranges when you're out on the open road dueling with 80,000 pound 18-wheelers blowing you off the road. No siree Bob, no itty-bitty TV for me! Bigger is always better. Nuff said!
Skid Row Joe 03/07/14 12:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck is too small

Yep. I am learning that campers open up a huge can of worms. Similarly, I am researching 5th wheel, TV combinations and am learning that a 3/4 ton SRW SB is inadequate for most medium sized 5th wheels. My findings as well. I was thinking of upgrading my TV to the GMC 2500 Duramax to enable future growth in an RV, but now am looking at the 1 ton SRW & DRW for that future 5th wheel that is on the horizon.Back in my day, there were 4.11s. Nowadays, it's 4.10s on HD Ford Super Dutys.
Skid Row Joe 03/07/14 12:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck is too small

Check!ALL HD diesels have 4.10 rear ends. Nope. Mine has a 3.73 which I believe is standard.Nope. Mine has a 4.10 which is standard on my HD diesel. Nope. Maybe on YOUR HD diesel but not ALL HD diesels.Nope. Maybe your HD diesel has 3.73, but not all HD diesels. Depends on the HD diesel. Mine has 4.10, and it is an HD diesel.
Skid Row Joe 03/07/14 12:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Infuriating Tidbit

Credit Union said no. The credit cards are issued through someone else. Vissa probably. So he gave them 35.00 on an app for a 300 line of credit. He deposits the money and uses the card to access it. That is down right stupid. Might have to sell my toy the AMG and buy and lease to him. Sure will cost a lot more money, I bet. Will be eating more beans than chicken and lot less fishing. No way, we're going to let him dig into his 401K or retirement accounts. If thinks hold on and he should be able to enjoy a little life after retirement. At least he would be able to eat and go to Church. I regret not buying those two farms in 75, in Middle Tn. 100acres each with fencing and buildings 20,000.00 each. GM would have made us wealthy. We could done just as well on beef. Good grass and water except in drought, which prompted the sale back then. That's the chances you take, and the reason you have grain bins and store hay, enough for two seasons. If I can find a good piece of ground 100 acres or better may make some adjustments and get the kids back here and to agricultural college. Breed and raise you own beef and keep them healthy had a thousand dollars a steer is not uncommon, according to some. They even have paint ball guns to shoot fly repellent and medications on the beef without roping them or cramming them into shoots. He does get married there are two new whipper snappers going to know how to farm before they make adulthood. Where in God's good Earth is there a hundred or two hundred acres with fair to good grass and some water for less than an arm or leg? Gotta get the project on the way thouhg. Five years from now one morning I won't wake up. Hopefully Docs can make it 15. I might have missed his age, but doesn't he have a bankroll of savings besides his retirement accounts? That seems strange to me. How much is the house he wants to buy? Maybe he should RENT for a year after he marries, and decide how close he wants to live to his in-laws and other family members? Dave Ramsey says; do not buy the first year of marriage. First, get your feet on the ground as a married person and make the home decision TOGETHER. He sounds grown to me, very grown to have been on one job for 18 years. Frankly, I'd advise leaving your finances out of it. He's soon to be married, should stand on his own two feet financially, and unless you want to make them a free and clear gift of money - don't get involved with loans and their finances. Thanksgiving dinner will not taste the same when they owe you money - believe me, it's not worth it. He will have a Wife to help him figure things out after all. Don't meddle is my advise.
Skid Row Joe 03/07/14 12:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Infuriating Tidbit

I, for one, say kudos to your son. He is doing it the right way unlike most folks in the good ole US. As far as his problem, I don't have a good answer. Go to Dave Ramsey's website. Maybe you can get help there.Dave Ramsey gives terrific advise. I listen to his radio show almost every weekday it's on the radio. I believe that Dave says; that with a large enough down payment, he may not have to have; "a credit score." The guy that has no credit cards is 100% doing it Dave's way! The young man having an income history of 18 years on one job, will count for something.
Skid Row Joe 03/06/14 10:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: Infuriating Tidbit

If you have a large enough down payment, like say 20%, he shouldn't have any trouble getting a home loan. Back in my day, I assumed an existing home loan taking over payments on it when buying it. No credit needed to assume a loan at that time. I put 50% down of the total purchase price to secure the home. I'd never borrowed money in my life at the time I bought the home, however I did have a BankAmericard at the time, since I was 23 yrs. old. Same if he wants to buy income producing real estate. Just have the required 20% to put down on the loan, and it should be approved.
Skid Row Joe 03/05/14 11:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Truck is too small

Bigger IS better, but not always needed.Biggest IS best, which insures you've always got what you need. Including 4.10 gears!
Skid Row Joe 03/02/14 02:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck is too small

Check!ALL HD diesels have 4.10 rear ends. Nope. Mine has a 3.73 which I believe is standard.Nope. Mine has a 4.10 which is standard on my HD diesel.
Skid Row Joe 03/02/14 02:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck is too small

At an RV show this Winter my wife and I decided to purchase our first travel trailer. Not know much about tow weights we gave the dealer our truck information to have him help us get a trailer that would be pulled by my truck. After purchasing the camper and hauling it home I found out that my truck is not big enough. I am looking for suggestions on what truck and size to look at? I currently have a 07 silverado crew cab 4.8 3.25 gear ratio. The trailer is 5700 lbs 26tbss wildwood. Thanks for the help and advice4.10 gears. end of problemCheck! ALL HD diesels have 4.10 rear ends.
Skid Row Joe 03/01/14 04:50pm Travel Trailers
Have (2) ham bones - now need to make split pea soup. Help!

Two good sized ham bones with meat and of course fat that will need to be simmered-off, and skimmed off from the top of the water stock, before adding split peas to make soup. Q: How will I know the ham bones have simmered long enough to flavor the water I add to make stock? Q: Will the meat fall off the bones by itself from simmering, or will I have to slide the meat off the ham bones after simmering for a while to loosen up the bone from the meat? Q: Do I cook the split peas separately from the simmering ham bone stock pot? Do I rinse the split peas after cooked when adding to stock pot after cooked? Or, cook the split peas in the simmering ham bone stock toward the end? Q: What other ingredients go into the recipe? Thank you!
Skid Row Joe 02/28/14 12:41am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Goldwing in the garage

Be deliberate, don't fear it and you won't have a problem.Unfortunately, this advise to the wrong person that is unable to do it is often deadly advise. Everyone has limitations, and I sense that he isn't as capable as many old hands at it.
Skid Row Joe 02/28/14 12:36am Toy Haulers
RE: Class C suggestions

Now days you can also look at the short class A's like the Winnebago Vista, or Itasca Sunstar. Also the new Thor Axis or Vegas are all in the 24-27 foot range. Much roomier inside than the the typical class C. Dave100% agreement. The short Winnebago Class As are awesome! You cannot beat the Winnebago brand of motorhome for any number of great reasons. *Value - they give you more selection and standard equipment than some of the priciest brands even offer - all, at a value price. Not at an inflated one. *Price - You get more for your dollar. *Dealer availability - They have an unmatched network of independent dealers Nationwide, conveniently located almost everywhere. *Longevity & Confidence - Winnebago boasts the longest track record of any motorhome manufacturer in the industry. They're NOT going out-of-business, as some of the Mom and Pop shops did during any number of bubbles OR recessions since the mid-1960s. *Class Cs - They have a larger selection of Class Cs than any two or three other Class C manufacturers combined. *Parts - Getting replacement parts for your coach as it ages is never a problem. Winnebago can go back many years in providing accurate parts replacements. I've been looking at WGO products, and to add to that list, they provide a few things as well, I might add: 1: Wiring and plumbing diagrams. I've seen some other brand class Cs which locate switches and such where the installer feels like it. Winnebago can get me the schematics on how exactly everything is wired up, as well as plumbing. This way, should I want to tee off from the hot water line and make a hydronic system to keep the external storage compartments warm (with the warmed water winding up back in the FW tank), this is easy to do. 2: I -think- warranty service depots might be easier to find, because CW sells Itasca models. 3: I've harped on this before, but after seeing how older (80-90s) trailers can remain solid while newer ones with rubber roofs end up having to go to the scrapyard, the fact that Winnebago uses fiberglass roofs on all their motorhomes is a seller with me. 4: I don't read many horror stories about Winnebago rigs. Nobody is perfect, but when scanning the forums, it usually is another brand that has some issue. 5: I wouldn't say Winnebago is 100% stable, but they managed to make it through 2008, which is a major feather in their cap. 6: If one watches YouTube, the "Winnebago Man" is one of the absolute best spokespeople I've ever heard in the RV industry. I wouldn't say Winnebago is the only brand, as Nexus RV, Lazy Daze, Coach House, and other premium brands also have these features, but a MH is an expensive thing to buy, so might as well buy from a known good company. Great input - RE: Winnebago! The fact of the matter is that with Winnebago, you can spend as much as you want to on their new Class Cs and small Class As, and get a warranty, usually with more design features and benefits than even the high-line, very pricey Class Cs have - only they have a puny output, no selection, usually very few if any dealers. What I learned by buying and owning a very pricey Born Free for over 10-years, is that is breaks like crazy - just like all the rest of the brands do. So, might as well save your money and buy a mainstream brand like Winnebago, instead of the high-line brands which may go out of business at any time!
Skid Row Joe 02/26/14 08:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C suggestions

Now days you can also look at the short class A's like the Winnebago Vista, or Itasca Sunstar. Also the new Thor Axis or Vegas are all in the 24-27 foot range. Much roomier inside than the the typical class C. Dave100% agreement. The short Winnebago Class As are awesome! You cannot beat the Winnebago brand of motorhome for any number of great reasons. *Value - they give you more selection and standard equipment than some of the priciest brands even offer - all, at a value price. Not at an inflated one. *Price - You get more for your dollar. *Dealer availability - They have an unmatched network of independent dealers Nationwide, conveniently located almost everywhere. *Longevity & Confidence - Winnebago boasts the longest track record of any motorhome manufacturer in the industry. They're NOT going out-of-business, as some of the Mom and Pop shops did during any number of bubbles OR recessions since the mid-1960s. *Class Cs - They have a larger selection of Class Cs than any two or three other Class C manufacturers combined. *Parts - Getting replacement parts for your coach as it ages is never a problem. Winnebago can go back many years in providing accurate parts replacements.
Skid Row Joe 02/24/14 06:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you rent out your coach?

There are not enough descriptive adjectives in the English language to describe what I am about to say....... NO!I'm with this guy.
Skid Row Joe 02/23/14 11:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you rent out your coach?

whelp...we signed on the dotted line and will take delivery of our very first class A motor home sometime next week. As I was sharing our good news with a co-worker, she said "Would you ever consider renting it out? If so, put us first on the list". Frankly, the thought of renting it out never crossed my mind, but the prospect of someone else helping "pay" for it is attractive! My co-worker is also a good friend, who I trust would treat our property as if it were hers. So question to the group-do you have any experiences, good or bad, in renting your vehicle? ::: back to planning where to take our first trip::::)Won't be a good friend after they break five thousand worth of things, and won't take the credit for doing it.Precisely. Tell them to buy their own or stay with Holiday Inn Express for $115.00 per night. :B
Skid Row Joe 02/23/14 11:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fire Pit Question

Smoke from the fire gives DW a headache! Only reason I need to have a propane fire pit! She's happy, I'm happy!A fire pit is to run off your RV's next door. That's correct. The last next door neighboring RV that started a rip roaring fire was on a night where it was 95F+ in the daytime! I was like; wtf!? I moved several spaces away.
Skid Row Joe 02/23/14 11:42pm General RVing Issues
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