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RE: questions about TT hitch

Is your rig towing well? Does the TT rock back and forth while towing - which probably means it is too light on the hitch? Does the truck's rear end really squat down when you hook up - which probably means the TT is too heavy in the front? Use all those numbers as guides for setting up your hitch. After you tow a bit, you might want to adjust the hitch and/or move some items around in the TT to put weight to the rear of the TT or more commonly more weight in the front. You can buy special small scales to weigh your TT's tongue weight, or somewhere on these forums are simple instructions for how to use a basic bathroom scale to find the tongue weight (scale has to be offset, using a board/lever). If your rig tows safely and you are happy with it, you probably don't need to adjust anything.
Tvov 12/18/14 05:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Sunliner does a Bauhaus Motorhome

Took me a minute to figure out what I was seeing... the bed raises up! Seems like a neat idea.
Tvov 12/18/14 05:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Humidity / Moisture Absorbers; Do They Work?

We use the DampRid hanging dry bag thing. Seems to work better than the tub. Usually go through 2 or three over winter storage - mostly in early fall and late spring, mid winter is not an issue. Our TT is only 21 feet, I don't know about larger campers.
Tvov 12/17/14 05:08am General RVing Issues
RE: I HATE FANTASTIC FAN!

If you add one do NOT put it in the bedroom. They are too noisy and sufficient air flow can be obtained by opening a bedroom window and exhausting out another fan. Are you talking about the "new" model? Our Fantastic Fan in our 11 year old TT is basically silent when on low speed.
Tvov 12/17/14 05:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Massachusetts

IMHO, Plymouth Rock is the world's most disappointing tourist attraction. I certainly would not pick a campground based on its proximity to the Rock. I wouldn't go to Plymouth just to see the rock, but the waterfront is worth it. Also, Plimoth Plantation is a good destination. Yes, Plymouth Rock is just a part of the whole area. Mayflower II (replica of the Pilgrim's boat) is right there, along with Plimoth Plantation nearby ("Plimoth" being the olde English spelling of Plymouth). We found the visit fascinating.
Tvov 12/17/14 04:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Naigra Falls

The Rainbow bridge crossing in Niagara has a separate RV lane in the far left.
Tvov 12/17/14 04:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Must see destinations

Plymouth village, Mayflower II. Cape Cod. Acadia National Park in Maine... we stayed at Blackwoods campground, no hookups, loved every minute of it. Been there twice (so far!), planning on going a bunch more times. Washington DC to do the "Nations Capitol" thing... the big thing I regret that we didn't get to when our kids were younger. I still want to do it, but with the kids just hitting 20 years old I doubt they will be with us. Niagara Falls. We stayed on the Canadian side. Great adventure, had a wonderful time. In one sense a disappointment due to the tourist trap aspect of the area, but worth visiting (once, at least). Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania. When you really start looking, there is just an amazing amount to do and see. Actually, just in Connecticut there are dozens of campgrounds, big and small, to check out. The last couple years we've been staying at mostly the no-hookups state parks - every year it seems I find another one I didn't know about, almost all within an hours drive. Amazing what is right near us, sometimes you just have to make an effort to look harder!
Tvov 12/16/14 05:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Massachusetts

We stayed at Pinewood Lodge a few years ago and really liked it. Very near to Plymouth. When you visit Plymouth Rock, make sure to talk to the Rangers there - they give a very good and informative talk about it. We stayed at Atlantic Oaks to visit Cape Cod, great campground. The pull thru sites in the back half of the campground are surprisingly spacious and well laid out. If you like bike riding, the campground is directly connected to the Rail Trail - beautiful, flat, and scenic paved bike trail (old railroad right of way) that runs the entire length of Cape Cod.
Tvov 12/16/14 05:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Locksmith messed up my door.

How is an airbag be used to pry open a door without doing damage to something? I seems somethings gotta give; the lock, the door? Using the "airbag wedge" is common now. In the past everyone used a "SlimJim", a thin flexible metal piece that slid down through the doors weather stripping to unlock a door. Commonly, the weather stripping would be damaged. Many times, the locking mechanisms inside the door would be damaged. The airbag wedge was developed for two reasons: 1. To avoid the damage done by SlimJims, and 2. the newer, electronic locks do not have the mechanical system that the SlimJim is designed to unlock. YES, an airbag wedge CAN damage a door. So can an old fashioned SlimJim. The idea is to force the top of the door away from the car frame to give enough room to slide a long rod in to either hit the unlock door button, to manually lift or push the door lock itself, and more commonly to actually open the door by pulling the inside door handle. You try to avoid forcing the door too much, but some vehicles have very thick weather stripping that will block the rod, and so the door has to be forced further away from the frame. I have done a bunch of these "lockouts" in the fire department... we are called if a kid is locked in a car, or there is another immediate hazard. Otherwise AAA, towing service, or locksmith is called. Our local Police Dept has stopped unlocking cars due to risk of lawsuits. If you need to get into a locked car, 3 basic things can be done: get a spare key, use an airbag wedge or SlimJim which might damage the door, or break windows. Our local Police Dept has stopped unlocking cars due to risk of lawsuits. Isn't the fire department at the same risk? There is always a "risk", but my fire department only does the car unlock if it is considered a "rescue" (baby or child locked in car) or some sort of hazardous situation. It is considered an emergency situation. Most emergency response by emergency personnel are protected by various laws - but we still get attempted lawsuits anyways. And we still respond when the alarm goes off. Our Police Department was doing car unlocks just to be helpful to the community - and they got a lawsuit for doing that.
Tvov 12/13/14 06:55am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Be careful with generators

Update from the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN paper) Looks like it may have been the genny with the exhaust pointed under the skirted trailer. So sad!!! http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27064083/duluth-2-found-dead-trailer-carbon-monoxide-suspectedAnybody on this forum who advises people that they can winter in a TT should be banned for this very reason - regardless of how many vents you leave open. Makes you wonder why you would heat a space in sub zero temps while needing to leave holes open iin the ceiling. Your "sticks and bricks" house should also have proper venting, including a vented roof.
Tvov 12/13/14 06:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Have the Police stopped enforcing our traffic laws?

... There is also carte blanche for the big rig truckers in California unless they happen to kill someone. I have not seen an officer pull over a speeding trucker in the last 30 years, even when they blow past a patrol car or an officer on a motorcycle. Wow, that doesn't seem to be the case around me. Truckers are a big, fat target for multiple tickets, and then the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) have their own "Police" (who are armed and have arrest capabilities) that routinely pull over big rigs.
Tvov 12/12/14 05:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Locksmith messed up my door.

(was my response a good cover-my-rearend legalese small print response? lol)
Tvov 12/12/14 04:57am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Locksmith messed up my door.

Tvov, Thanks. I know something today I didn't know yesterday. My conclusion is the damage is expected if the weatherstripping is very thick. Correct? Whenever we (the fire department) do a lock out, we always warn the car's owner of possible damage, and we try to unlock the passenger side first - so if there is damage, it is not done to the driver's side door. As to "expecting" damage, I am not sure how to answer that. I guess my answer would be "yes, expect some damage", and if there isn't when the door is unlocked then everything is fine. I have no idea how AAA and/or towing companies handle possible damaged doors from unlocking. Did the body shop say anything about the amount damage? That it was unusual? My is guess is that might help you decide how to proceed.
Tvov 12/12/14 04:55am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Handy Hints, Gadgets, Products & Gizmos

Take reflective tape and put it on your out side chair legs. Then when leaving a large group camp fire at night it's easier to find your chairs, just turn on your flash light and your chairs will pop out to you. Faster then looking for names on chairs. If camping with other friends have them use different color reflective tape. This one I never thought about! More than a few times there have been humorous episodes at the end of a night trying to figure out whose chairs are whose... (I, of course, always think our chairs are the ones in the best shape! lol )
Tvov 12/12/14 04:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Locksmith messed up my door.

How is an airbag be used to pry open a door without doing damage to something? I seems somethings gotta give; the lock, the door? Using the "airbag wedge" is common now. In the past everyone used a "SlimJim", a thin flexible metal piece that slid down through the doors weather stripping to unlock a door. Commonly, the weather stripping would be damaged. Many times, the locking mechanisms inside the door would be damaged. The airbag wedge was developed for two reasons: 1. To avoid the damage done by SlimJims, and 2. the newer, electronic locks do not have the mechanical system that the SlimJim is designed to unlock. YES, an airbag wedge CAN damage a door. So can an old fashioned SlimJim. The idea is to force the top of the door away from the car frame to give enough room to slide a long rod in to either hit the unlock door button, to manually lift or push the door lock itself, and more commonly to actually open the door by pulling the inside door handle. You try to avoid forcing the door too much, but some vehicles have very thick weather stripping that will block the rod, and so the door has to be forced further away from the frame. I have done a bunch of these "lockouts" in the fire department... we are called if a kid is locked in a car, or there is another immediate hazard. Otherwise AAA, towing service, or locksmith is called. Our local Police Dept has stopped unlocking cars due to risk of lawsuits. If you need to get into a locked car, 3 basic things can be done: get a spare key, use an airbag wedge or SlimJim which might damage the door, or break windows.
Tvov 12/11/14 06:06am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: LED lights????

Prices for LEDs have been dropping in general, so those might be just fine.
Tvov 12/11/14 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 18 mpg Dodge while towing?

... I used to get 9.5 but the wife keeps adding weight! lol, what?! I hope your wife doesn't see that...
Tvov 12/11/14 05:36am Towing
RE: Have the Police stopped enforcing our traffic laws?

The "Left lane for passing only" signs seem to be fairly new up here - and I'm happy to see them. Usually it is a traffic electronic sign that flashes that when there is nothing else to "say". As to being out there and enforcing laws, police presence around me seems to be the same. I do notice that during "rush" hours police usually don't seem to setup speed traps - I believe that is intentional to avoid slowing down the already slow traffic. Then again, I95 has just about become one big traffic jam 24 hours a day, so there is almost no need for troopers to patrol it!
Tvov 12/11/14 05:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Have the Police stopped enforcing our traffic laws?

I think it is mostly cell phones - I don't care if "hands free" or not. Majority of people I see driving erratically are on their cell phone. And... why do so few people use cruise control? Just get on the highway and when at a comfortable speed, turn on the cruise control - especially if they are on their cell phone! People sit in one lane gradually slowing down, then when you pass they either speed up next to you or speed up to follow you. Gah!
Tvov 12/09/14 06:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Just back from checking on 5er in storage:(

Most mice poison available to us homeowners is very weak. I was talking to a guy who worked for years for an extermination company, and he mentioned to buy Ramik or One Bite if those baits were available. He had more powerful baits available to him, but he said those were the best available to the general public (I forget what the active ingredients are). He said the joke at his company was that DeCon would kill mice, if you dropped a 1 ton pallet of it on the mouse...
Tvov 12/09/14 05:36am Fifth-Wheels
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