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RE: Short term travel trailer storage ....where?

You can't just park it (hooked up to your vehicle) in front of your son's house? Assuming it is a neighborhood road, and not a main road. If he has a driveway, there isn't enough room to just pull into it? You are just talking about overnight or maybe two nights, the neighbors might not say anything. But staying in a full hookup campground does sound best, as you can test everything out.
Tvov 11/19/14 05:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Ford cruise control

Yea, I agree with the "lazy" part. With my 2008 F250, I watch for hills while in cruise control and will tap the brakes to temporarily shut it off (don't hit brakes hard enough to engage them) and use the gas pedal to make the transmission downshift to maintain speed on hills. After the hill, hit "resume" on the cruise, and it goes back to cruising. I sort of figured this was intentional programing to get better fuel mileage (lower rpms) ? Just guessing at that.
Tvov 11/18/14 05:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Raising tires for winter storage.

Speaking of rule #8... I have read on these forums that when parking a camper outside for the winter in snow areas, to NOT put down the stabilizers. Heavy snow can add a lot of weight to the camper that might damage the jacks or the frame - but the suspension allows the camper to adjust for the weight. Seems like the above would require a LOT of snow, but it kinda makes sense to me. I winterize my TT, park it with the tires on boards, do not put down the stabilizers, and put a cover over it if I am not too lazy. Seems to work for me. Another reason I don't put down the stabilizers is in the off chance a tire goes flat over the winter, it doesn't put unnecessary strain on the frame. Actually, you reminded me that was the biggest reason to not put the stabilizers down - possible flat tire.
Tvov 11/15/14 07:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

My knee is getting sore just looking at the pictures... lol! Great stuff!
Tvov 11/15/14 07:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Raising tires for winter storage.

Speaking of rule #8... I have read on these forums that when parking a camper outside for the winter in snow areas, to NOT put down the stabilizers. Heavy snow can add a lot of weight to the camper that might damage the jacks or the frame - but the suspension allows the camper to adjust for the weight. Seems like the above would require a LOT of snow, but it kinda makes sense to me. I winterize my TT, park it with the tires on boards, do not put down the stabilizers, and put a cover over it if I am not too lazy. Seems to work for me.
Tvov 11/14/14 05:37am Travel Trailers
RE: 18 mpg Dodge while towing?

Especially if the dashboard mpg is "instant" mpg instead of averaged. Go downhill, mpg could jump to 50mpg. Also he may have "hand calculated" mpg once under ideal conditions, instead of calculating on a regular basis to once again get an average mpg.
Tvov 11/14/14 05:11am Towing
RE: Privately Owned Parks that Just Do Not Want Your Business

What I like about their rules is they spell them out right away, clearly, and even explain why they have those rules. No surprises - allows campers (like myself) to decide if I want to stay there.
Tvov 11/14/14 05:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Opinions on this picture please

My front window leaked, and I had delamination similar to yours, except it was the whole panel under the window. I don't know if this is your problem, but what happened to me was: The leak was very difficult to figure out. The window was "fully sealed", from what myself and an experienced RV repair guy could see. What was happening was water was actually running up the outside of the bottom window seal (maybe 1/2 inch), down the window, under the window, up the inside of the inside window seal, then down the seal, under the inner trim, and then to in between the front panels to then delaminate the panels. The only reason I figured it out was because I happened to be looking at the base of the window when I noticed an air bubble make the trip under the seals. There ended up being gallons of water in between the front panels that must have accumulated over the winter. The RV repair guy took off the front trim and pulled up the front panel, let things dry in his shop, then glued it all back together and put everything back in place. Yes, it was expensive, and fortunately I had insurance on the TT that paid for it. I asked the repair guy about just removing the front window (we don't use anyways), but he didn't want to get into that project. Don't know if any of this helps you figure out what is going on, but good luck!
Tvov 11/12/14 05:30am Travel Trailers
RE: New to RV's and need some advice for winter....

Is your RV vented somehow? I know you need to insulate, but fresh air is also needed. Interesting thread to read, by the way!
Tvov 11/11/14 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

I've got a trailer done for the movies. It shouldn't get blocked, as the music is public domain. Gives a good idea of what the final movies are like. Ragusa's Summer 2014 That is great!
Tvov 11/10/14 05:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winterizing water tank.

Yes, you can run the pump until no more water comes out. What water is left in the tank shouldn't hurt anything - you can put some RV antifreeze in there if you aren't sure. Make sure the water pump is empty when you are done! or... also run RV antifreeze through it. Meanwhile, figure out what is wrong with your tank drain valve. My freshwater tank drain valve actually needs to turn 180 degrees to open, not just 90 degrees, so make sure you are turning it as far as needed. It may not drain fast, so give it a chance to see if it is draining when you turn it. Otherwise you may have to replace it. Not that big a job - assuming you can get to it!
Tvov 11/03/14 06:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Our first camping trip - Jellystone PA

I laughed at the second to last paragraph, that is exactly what we do (did, as our "kids" are grown now!) -- on last morning after breakfast, wife takes kids to playground as I finish packing, hooking up the trailer, and bringing it to the dump station (if we didn't have sewer hookup). Meet wife and kids at camp store, they jump in, and home we go!
Tvov 11/03/14 06:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Run antifreeze from the fresh water tank?

Am ready to winterize my rig (will be my first time doing this). I saw some YouTube videos. Question: since I don't have a piece of line and the matching clamp is it OK to just put the pink antifreeze in my fresh water tank and run it through the system from there? Yes you can, it works fine. It is what I do. As others have posted, you will use more antifreeze - I use 6 gallons of antifreeze, although 4 would work... Walmart RV antifreeze (Supertech) is only about $3.50 a gallon, so not that big a problem. Prestone RV antifreeze was $4.50 a gallon (as of yesterday near me). I assume your water heater has a bypass valve? I have read and been told to not let the antifreeze get into the water heater (at least in any substantial amount). Find the bypass valve, make sure it is working when you run the antifreeze - with my plumbing, it is easy to see where the pink antifreeze is going and that it is not going into the water heater. Make sure your water heater is drained! and then leave the drain plug loose, but screwed in. (edit: I just re-read the thread and saw where you said you already found the bypass valve) I start running the faucet closest to the freshwater tank and work farther away. Remember to run ALL your faucets (kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bath faucet and shower head), including the outside shower if you have one, AND your toilet. Oh, and your outside kitchen if you have one. In the spring I rinse out and sanitize the freshwater tank and water lines, no problems at all getting the antifreeze out. As with everything, there are different ways to do things. Use the advice in this thread and figure out what works for you.
Tvov 11/03/14 05:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Have Norton Security===Need Malwarebytes Too??

Norton works, but many geek friends of mine recommend Avast and Malewarebytes for general protection and CCleaner for "cleaning out" your computer every so often. These programs all have free versions. If you want, you can send some money and get extras. I have Avast "running" all the time. I scan with Malewarebytes every so often if I think I may have been to an iffy website - Avast and Malewarebytes sometimes catch different things. CCleaner I use when I remember it. Important to remember: "cleaners", like CCleaner, usually remove the "cookies" on your computer that remember sign-in names and passwords for websites you visit regularly. Before you run a "cleaner", make sure you have saved all your passwords somewhere to re-sign in to the websites. Also, not all "maleware" is bad! Many times programs like Avast and Malewarebytes simply don't recognize a program, or they need to be updated. A quick search on the internet will tell you if a program is actually bad.
Tvov 11/02/14 06:17am Technology Corner
RE: Walmart full?

My first thought would be that he was loading or unloading the camper. If he was there for a longer time, and a cop actually told him to change position, then... I don't know, but "camping" like that is not something I would do unless there were extraordinary circumstances!
Tvov 11/02/14 06:04am General RVing Issues
RE: How private are those bathroom/bedroom slides?

If the slide has gaps large enough to be an issue, then the camper has more problems than just privacy. I think those "gaps" you see in the floorplans are exaggerated a bit to highlight the slide.
Tvov 11/02/14 05:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Warranty Claim Denied

That sounds like a very capable setup, buddylam! I love camping when it's cold - when I am prepared for it.
Tvov 11/01/14 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

.. I am surprised at the off-topic responses; I thought RVers were all-around 'happy campers.' Is this thread typical??Anything even tangential to running the refer while driving will end up this way. Same with generator noise and staying at Walmart. Time after time, day in and day out, ad infinitum. RVers usually are happy campers, when camping. Just not so much here. Don't forget tires and night lights. Make a thread about checking your tires while camping in a Walmart parking lot with your generator running and the outside trailer lights on... see what happens then! Actually, there is a ton of information on this forum, including in threads that go off at an angle like this one. The "back and forth" can spice it up a bit. Everyone does everything differently. You will figure out what works best for you (usually a combination of other people's ideas), and in a future thread you'll tell people how you do it! "Winter is coming..." Winter always makes this forum more entertaining!
Tvov 11/01/14 06:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Trip Report: The Perfect Family Trip!

Two things about Northeast - history (Plymouth, Boston, Washington DC, and if you can sneak it in Gettysburg and Philadephia), and the wife wants to go (lol). Think about checking out the Mayflower and Plymouth Plantation before your kids get too old. Then there's the Liberty Bell, Washington DC, history tour of Boston, etc etc. When you get all the way up to Maine, Acadia National Park is a must stop. For "extreme" tourist trap, have you been to Disney World? Staying at the Fort Wilderness Campground is the ONLY way to experience Disney. Pretty much anywhere you go in the USA is great, and your kids will always remember the trips!
Tvov 11/01/14 06:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Keeping Things Cold on the Road

We tow with our refrig off. BUT... the vast majority of our trips are within a couple hours. We cool down the refrig a couple days before leaving. We usually precook and prefreeze one or two dinners (stew for example) and put those in the refrig just before we leave. We also usually have a few water bottles that we freeze at home and again put them in the frig just before leaving. Most times, when we get to the campground we have to remember to remove the frozen dinner in order to let it thaw enough to be ready for heating up! On our really long trips (to Florida), we just didn't put perishable food in the frig. This was convenient because a couple places on our trip required the propane to be turned off (bridges and tunnels), and the nice lady at the toll booth did ask us if the propane was turned off. So... in my experience, our refrig keeps things plenty cold on short trips while turned off. On long trips, it would warm up a bit, but still keep things cool. It really doesn't bother me if other people tow with the frig on or off.
Tvov 10/30/14 05:16am Travel Trailers
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