Thick comforters for sleeping! Or just take a sleeping bag and open it up to use as a comforter. Personally, I love sleeping in a cool to cold camper. Wake up in the morning, start the percolator coffee maker on the stove, and camper warms right up. Or - you can do hot water for tea or hot chocolate!
On our TT, the furnace fan seems to use more power than the vent fan in the bathroom - or is just less efficient, not sure which (or maybe both).
Remember to crack window(s) and roof vent open a bit for venting!! Don't seal up the camper - venting will cut down on condensation, and will give you some fresh air.
No TV allowed while camping.
When our kids were young we had a "no electronics" rule. They got so used to it that when they got older they just didn't miss the gadgets.
Rare for us to want to watch something, but we bring a laptop when we think we might want to. We have small speakers to plug into the laptop if necessary - the laptops built in speakers are almost too quiet outside.
We are mostly DVD watching, so I don't know how cable hookup would work (or if it can).
I hate to say this, but some of what you are describing - "But for whatever reason, last night my senses were dull. My taster was off too, and even this morning still. Everything tasted bland when I know it wasn't." - might be a mild case of CO (carbon monoxide) affects.
Thanks for the info and suggestions. Here is another weather related and "newby" question; as someone who lives in CA, we mostly deal with earthquakes. So what do Rv'ers do when you hear about potential or actual tornadoes and some of these severe storms? Again thanks for any input.
Tornadoes are very rare, not really something to worry about.
Even severe storms are almost something to look forward to as "fun"... as my wife would say, "Cool! thunderstorm is coming!". Having said that... You will have plenty of warning if a Nor'easter (really bad thunderstorm, kinda like a weak 2 or 3 day hurricane) or an actual hurricane is coming. It is not real common for bad storms, but mostly it is "batten down the hatches", pull in your outside chairs, and sit it out while drinking hot chocolate.
A really bad storm may have campground managers / rangers telling people to come into campground buildings for shelter. For a hurricane, campgrounds that are on or within sight of the coast/shore may be evacuated. Again, this is not common at all!
I don't think you have to worry about it for a leaf peeping trip!
Many private, full hookup campgrounds in New England close at the beginning of October, and/or Columbus day weekend (mid October). In Connecticut, some of the state parks are open until the end of October, but not a lot of full hookup sites (most CT state parks don't have full hookups).
It can be difficult to "plan" on prime leaf peeping weeks - kinda like fishing, it was always best last week or will be next week! lol
As posted, you can start up in Maine and work your way down.
Campgrounds will probably have rules regarding doing pay work in the campground.
We are weekenders, and probably wouldn't be interested in having any "work" done while camping - we are off exploring during the day, and want to relax at night. Campgrounds with seasonals might be a better place to think about.
I should have said I dont want to add new outlets, just change one or two in the locations we charge our phones.
This just showed up in my email.
Here is how its done.
That's a good idea.
Most propane gas leak detectors also shut off the propane valve when the detector is going off.
You probably had the propane shut off while the detector was also sounding. (they do that) Good think it saved your life.
I did not know that! Learn something new every day.
Ask at your local repair garage. The guys at the independent shop I go to have campers themselves so are used to working on them. Tire price might be the same or even less than "discount" places... make sure when comparing prices you include mounting, fees, taxes, etc. Usually those great advertised tire prices you see from large stores are not the complete mounted price.
brookside - thanks for posting that link to Taylor. I hadn't seen them before. Interesting models. Are they only sold direct?
Yes, he does them per ordered. He has several "walk-thru" you tube videos of different trailers and no two are alike. They are more pricey but I noticed a 4-year warranty something rarely seen in the US. We are still considering one for our next TT. We got a quote of about $25,000 for a 24' with the adjustments and options we were interested in. We like that they don't use OSB which I detest and it is challenge to find a manufacturer here not using it. We have never seen one in person but we are in the central US so that is not surprising - we don't see anything here. Hope you find something that works and I know it is a challenge when it comes to TTs, so many 5th wheels anymore.
I went to the website and watched a few of those videos. The 8' TT was pretty wild. I wonder how many of those he sells. I liked the 20' with the 2 big reclining chairs.
Those look a lot like some older Sunlines that friends owned, especially with the mid-trailer bathroom layout.
As for bearings, if you do the regular recommended maintenance you have nothing to worry about. For most trailers, once a year you should check/lube/repack the bearings, and that's it. If there is a local camper repair garage, or commercial trailer shop, nearby you can have them do the bearing maintenance. Even a small independent car repair shop might be happy to do it for you.
Bearing failure is much rarer than tire failure, which isn't common itself. You might get the impression that people have issues with tires and bearings all the time because the internet forums, but remember that people only post and ask questions when they are having problems, not when everything goes right.
Plenty of campers travel bazillions of miles with no issues. You might be getting into the area of "over thinking" this... relax, hook up the camper, and go camping!
If it doesn't leak, even if the electrical and plumbing are not usable it will provide you with a mobile "tent" that keeps you off the ground.
Friends get plenty of use with their popups whether or not they are using the plumbing and electric systems. If the refrig works, that is a bonus.
Big thing is that the canvas is in good shape and doesn't leak. Then make sure the main roof is in good shape, AND that the raising and lowering system works dependably! If you can't raise, and then lower, the "popup" than it is not usable.
You may want to replace the foam beds.
A 1976 popup? That's just about 40 years old. If it is in excellent condition, then great, but just be careful with it!
We've gone from Connecticut to Florida (Disney World) and back twice with our 21' TT without any issues. As 2112 posted, keep the air pressure correct and your speed 65mph or below. Actually, I cruise around 67mph... but that's me living dangerously! lol
... so except for boondocking, are there any dog friendly remote places in the west, or warmish climate,with water,sewer? we are solar, and don't need power...
What do you mean when you say "remote places"? Then you add wanting water and sewer. Having electric hookups is far more common than sewer... Most campgrounds around me, which are not remote by any stretch, have electric and water, no sewer except for a few sites, but a dump station on site or a pump out service available.
Especially if you are talking about fulltiming, you are looking at a seasonal site? That is remote?
Do you really want a "remote" campsite if you will possibly need veterinarian services?
Good luck and thankyou for taking of the dogs. Please don't get upset with advice people give, when you ask for it on an open forum.
Wow lots of info...thanks!
The couple are 34 and 36. They have 3 kids age 12, 8 and 4. They have a fifth wheel. Now they have decided on 2 sleeps (as little ones say) to get there and back. I will forward info on to them thanks.
We've driven down the East Coast twice from Connecticut to Disney World. Both times we stopped in Florence, South Carolina for one night.
First trip was at a Holiday Inn, with a pool and morning breakfast buffet. The hotel has easy access to I95 and a large parking lot. Management was fine with me parking truck and camper in back. We took long showers.
Second trip was at Florence RV park. Again, easy access from I95. Full hookups, so we used the shower in our camper and rinsed out the grey and black tanks (nice to have your bathroom with you while traveling!). Campground is nice enough, but not really a resort.
I am assuming they have electronics for the kids during the drive, for movies, games, and even electronic books. Those are a family saver for hours on the road!
We have converted many non-campers by taking them along with us. After just a couple of trips thay are hooked.
The older we get the less and less boondocking we do. Full Hookups and a couple of recliners, sat TV, cold beer in hand.....
We got hooked on camping because friends let us tag along on a camping trip... I knew immediately I wanted to continue doing it.
lol, we are just the opposite with camping style. When our kids were young, we stayed at full service camping resorts. Now that our kids are in college and mostly no longer camp with us, we stay at no hookup rustic state parks and explore the area by bike, hike, or driving. OR we just sit at the camper and relax.
Our kids have Definitely seen a LOT more of the USA (New England in particular) than any of their friends. Most of their friends, when they go on "vacation", go somewhere like a beach resort and stay there or a ski resort and never leave the mountain. I am amazed at how many people have never taken their kids to historic sites... we are only a couple hours from Plymouth Village, yet no one I know has taken their families there.
In some ways it does seem like "bragging" when we talk about our camping trips, except that I wonder what the other families are doing?