I have one and tow a Cougar High Country 321RES, it's a great combination. Get a bed cap, you'll get better mileage and a safe place to store items. I even gone to caring my kayaks on the cap every time I tow, because I get 2 more miles/gallon.
I do have the Max tow and the 82GVW package. I couldn't wait out the suggested break-in time before towing, so I just took it real easy, no hills, no hard pulls and varied the speed and everything was fine. I'd go for the trip you have planed it's an easy run for you.
I wouldn't worry about it... It takes a real hard freeze (below 30 all day & night) before any damage can be done inside. The PEX tubing can expand with the freeze and not split. Faucets; well they are cheap junk anyways as well as the toilet, buy new ones that you like better. Drains; only the traps have water in them and open on both side and cheap to replace, but I doubt you'll have too. Holding tanks: no big deal there either, the worst that can happen is you could blow the valve seal, just take them apart and put in a $1.00 "O" ring...
You'd blow 10 times the repair amount just in fuel alone let alone the stress level you're causing yourself.
Take the advice from a licensed plumber (48 years) here in NH... Relax, don't be worrying about it.
Hate to tell you this, but if you are using a version of MS Office Home and Student version, it's license is only for private/personal use. If you are working as a secretary and using if for mailing lists, you are likely violating the license agreement.
In order to do this and not violate the license, you'll either need to get permission from MS (highly unlikely) or purchase a commercial version of MS Office. Microsoft takes the license very seriously and there can be ramifications.
Not using it for commercial... I'm just sending out an news letter to other club members (30 or 40 members) in a community service club, as well as a camping club (now all RVs). The only money being exchanged is my time and money to keep them informed.
I've been down this road before and it's madding to say the least. I had to buy the very outdated, convoluted and bloated "Outlook" to do just what your talking about. The problem is; when you send out of "Word" you have limited choices on the format. For us in the business world our lives revolve around "MS' products and for the most part is good. However, if you associate with anyone in academia (Mac-world) they can't open many of the attachments. So, I have to send it as a pdf attachment, even then some can't figure out how to open those either.
Out of desperation I had to revert to a newsletter format, copy and paste from "Word" which is time consuming tedious. I sure hope someone has the answer for the both of us...
We are contimplating changing our vacation plans to Colorado next year to somewhere closer and my wife mentioned Washington DC. She looked up Cherry Hill Park and saw that they have regular sites and premium sites. We saw no mention of the difference between the sites except a comment that premium sites were back in sites.
Can anyone tell us what the difference is between the sites?
I can tell you from first hand experience as we have stayed there several times. We choose the regular site on our first visit. Even though we told them we had a 32' TT, the site the gave us was so short that the rear wheels were up against the curb stop and the hitch was a foot out into the road. The rear bumper was overhanging a drainage ditch and 4' to the ground... Parking the truck, well that had to go to the overflow parking area. To make maters worse I had to jockey around trees to get it in and hit one.
They re-assigned us to one of their new pull through spots at additional $15/night. This site wasn't much better, 11/2" crushed stone which my wife twisted her ankle on one (ruining our visit to Smithsonian)... Also, we couldn't put out our awning due to out neighbor's slide was that close.
On out next visit we requested a "premium site" since we had moved on up to a 35' TT. Life was much better there, getting in and out was easy and plenty of room for the truck, well sort-a...
We've been back once again, now that we know what to expect, life is good. I'm glad I didn't let our first experience keep me from going back.
BTW: I did notice they replaced the crushed boulders with fine ground gravel.
Just an idea here. How about a thread of tent camping pics. Show off your tent, camp kitchen, camp site, unique ideas to make tent camping more comfy for you and yours. Hey, even show off your pack mule rigged out ready to camp.
Here is my "pack mule" right now it's hitched up to my little red trailer which I will probably use for tent camping to haul the families bikes and the coolers.
I know that this forum is a bit slower than others so I was just wondering if we could get some activity by sharing some pics.
I wished you hadn't gone and posted that picture... Now you'll have the "Wight Police" down on you. You should know by now you can't pull anything "Red" without a F350 or better.
BTW: Some of my best memories are when the kids were small and we camped just like that. Every trip was an adventure.
Why not? For all you weight police:
Lexus GX tow ratings 6500 #
The SEVEN, count them, SEVEN, smaller Airstreams are UNDER 6500# GVWR!
The smallest is 3500#!
So, why is it so TERRIBLE to tow WITHIN ratings?
I thought you all WANTED people to be within ratings?
Good for you, that's telling it like it is... Some people get these crazy ideas that you can't pull anything unless you have same truck as they do!
My father full timed for 20+ years; he had an F150 Camper special, towed a 38' alumalite fifth wheel for 250,000 miles. He never had an accident, until the wheel fell of the trailer and hit another car. (the hub broke off at the axel)
Really Les, you hail from Brandon and you're worried about driving I81? It's not like you're driving over "Lincoln Gap"... All kidding aside, I did it last year in February with 8" snow storm that turned to ice in the mountains. The DOT boys did a very good job and we cruised right through. Our biggest problem was finding a campground; all the usual parking lots were posted in that area. My wife believes in following the rules and overnight parking was out of the question.
BTW: I grew upon Birch Hill Rd. Forestdale VT.
You actually think Craftsman is the good stuff?
I make my living with tools and when I'm on a job they simply can not fail. Craftsman tools are a handyman/homeowner grade, with a guarantee that if it breaks bring it back and we'll give you a new one. When you're 50 miles out on a job the last thing you need is a broken tool.
Having been born and raised in the Florida Panhandle with some distain for "Snowbirds", I now find myself in a peculiar situation. Eighteen years ago we began to slowly progress toward the "upper" South, winding up in the mountains of NC. Last week I bought a property in the Florida Panhandle to park during the colder months. Does this make me a "snowbird", a "half-back", an "almost-back", or maybe a "silver-haired Crackerette"? lizzie
Why don't you come up here to New Hampshire and park for the winter? We have a different definition of a "Snow-Bird", its more of the frozen type... Lots to see and do here during the winter; snowmobiling, skiing, ice boating, ice diving and of course movie watching. It's all fun and games up here... well, sort-of. Yup, there's no place like home!
The new trailers are getting larger and heavier also.
Not true... I had a 2010 Keystone Sprinter 297RET (34'w/2 slides), traded it for a 2013 Cougar High Country 321RES (35' w/3 slides) and lost 1000 lbs... The new one has more room, its better built with the Helium technology, has an extra slide, it tows better and it gets better mileage (2+ mpg better due to the aerodynamics). They are building them better and weighs less.
Does such a thing exist for switches that are illuminated or glowing? Not just when they are on but glow all the time? When we get in our MH in the dark, the interior light switch is with the rest of about 6 other switches that control everything from disconnect to awning so it can cause a bit of fumbling tryng to find the right one. I know they make a residential one, be nice if they made an RV/marine one. The ones I currently have are like in the link below. I did a google search and couldn't come up with anything. Many light when you turn them on, I want one that is lit/glows all the time so I can find it in the dark.
My Switch type
Yes, they do make them, I had a 2010 Keystone, Sprinter which had them. At first I was annoyed by the them because if the brightness of the blue light. But, over time I became dependent on them as they provided the needed night light feature as well as the location of the switch.
I traded that unit for a new Cougar and really miss the lighted switches. Like you, I've searched the Net for them but have not come up with a source either. I know, I'd probably be able to get them from Keystone, but I heard so many sad stories about people trying to get part from them, I'm reluctant try my luck.
Perhaps I'll bite the bullet and call them, after all what's worst that can happen?
The answer is "no", it's no further than Chocorua KOA. Danforth Bay is on a back road that run parallel with Rt. 16. Danforth Bay is rated as NH #1 CG, but for the life of me,I can't see how that can be... I wonder who's doing the rating... I know they claim it's the campers doing the rating... But, can this be the same CG I stayed at??? Must be just me since everyone else loves this place.
If I'm staying in that area, it's Beaver Hollow for me, this place is so hokey that it's just downright fun to stay at.
If you're traveling with kids have a look at Moose Hillock CG in Warren. It's a little further away from white mountain attractions, but do they ever have a good pool. Maybe you shouldn't go there, you'll never get the kids out of it.
At the Lincoln/Woodstock KOA sites 7 though 12 are the best, the rest go down hill from there. Some are just downright awful, washed out, bad slope and roots to trip over. Pay the long buck and enjoy your stay.
Can't recommend the Chocorua KOA because I haven't camped there in 10 years. I toured the park last fall to see what I was missing. It was so overgrown with trees and narrow roads I would have had a real hard time getting my 36' trailer through. They have a max length of 40' so it would have been real tight. The staff was real nice and suggested we get a smaller unit. "No thanks", we'd rather stay at Beaver Hollow CG just down the road.
Sure is... as with all lakes in NH, "crystal clear water". But then so are the rivers. Yaking down the Pemi (Pemigewasset River at the Lincoln/Woodstock KOA) is real fun. The outfitters will take you up river 4-6 or 8 miles and drop you off and pick you up at the end. I did the run last year (4 of us for the 6 mile) we had our own yaks and they charged us $10 each. Two others in our group rented a double yak for $40 all inclusive. The river was warm, clear and low we stopped for swimming several times and lunch break on one of the sandbars.
The year before we did the Saco River out of North Conway (just up the road from Chocora KOA). It's also a great river to Yak or tube down, SacoBound is a the best outfitter there. (personally, this is a better river run)
We've stayed in all of them, some a lot more than others. The Lincoln-Woodstock KOA best fits your needs. We were just there a couple of weeks ago with the grandkids, non-stop fun for the girls. Best sites are the premium pull through, well worth the extra, the other sites kind of ruff.
Twin Mt. is close to Santa's Village. Chocorua is not big rig friendly very tight. Littleton, it's an old CG with a primitive playground and pool, however, the owner, Steve is a riot, always a good time there, we go there a couple times a year.
can you feel my pain?
Not really, you chose to live in Maine, didn't you? You should move on down to "Tax Free" NH.
I'm just fooling with you, when I bought my new sailboat a few years back, (a 47 footer @ $185K) my state taxes, town taxes and federal documentation fee was just over $5000.00 and I had to buy the bow numbers, that I couldn't display (can't have two registrations numbers, but both are required. The good new was; it went down each year there after, then bottom out at $600/yr. after 8 years.
I suppose things could be worse, I could be paying Maine state income tax as well. New Hampshire the "Live Free or Die" state and the booze is cheap too!