My understanding of the white "drinking water" hoses is that they will not give that rubber hose flavor to water (or at least, a reduced amount). The inside of the white hoses is white, not black like a typical garden hose. Pretty much all hoses are drinking water safe in general.
The only time I used multiple tubes of grease was the first time I greased my EZLube bearings. Now, each spring I just pump in enough grease to start to see fresh grease. Maybe 5-6 pumps per wheel. If you really want to "flush out" the old grease then you use a lot of new grease. I don't tow a huge amount of miles per year, so it works for me.
just thinking when all this grease,packed in there nice and snug ,gets warm,where is it going to exband too?
The grease is not "packed in"... it comes out the front if and when under pressure. If it expands, it comes out the front - which is why sometimes the rubber cap get full of grease. "Bearing Buddy" is designed a little differently, with a spring loaded cover to keep water out of the bearings. EZLube bearings are not Bearing Buddy bearings. (as far as I know, they may have changed designs)
I've greased the EZLube axles as designed on my trailer for 12 seasons now, and they work great.
I don't use black tank chemicals anymore. We are just "weekenders", so I make sure to rinse the black and grey tanks a couple times after a trip. I usually add some bleach to the final rinse.
If I don't rinse the tanks, the camper can start to smell after a week or two during the hot summer when it is sitting unused.
If I was unable to rinse the tanks, and/or had a seasonal campsite, I could see using chemicals to help control odor.
When we did use chemicals, it was the Campa-Chem stuff from Walmart. Seemed to work well as far as I could tell.
I found that a little corner of sheet metal was blocking most wrench movement for my heater plug. The sheet metal is part of the heat shielding. I bent the corner out of the way, being careful to move as little as possible so as to not affect it's heat shielding ability. Now I can fit a wrench there for the plug.
Are we the only ones going to a Memorial Day service? Our favorite is to drive up to the smokemont campground just north of Cherokee NC in the Great Smoky Mt Nat Park for the weekend.On Memorial Day we attend the Services in Cherokee.Many people do not realize how many Native Americans have sacrificed all in defense of our country.Everyone have a safe holiday.
This thread is just asking where you might be camping.
We are coming home on Sunday night. Our town has a parade and then multiple services on Monday... At town hall, at the large cemetery, and then to the water (Long Island Sound) to put ceremonial wreaths in.
So we will be "away" for the weekend, but won't miss the Memorial Day service in our town.
Not camping next weekend (Memorial Day), BUT we are camping THIS weekend. Just got our site at one of our favorite state parks - Hammonassette State Park.
Also decided to get absolutely crazy and pay the extra for water and electric hookups! Whooho! The hookup sites are limited, so it is kinda a big deal for us (lol!). Actually, the Kite Festival which was supposed to be tomorrow has been cancelled due to construction at the park - which is why there are openings at the hookup sites.
This should be interesting, as this has got to be the least prepared we have ever been for camping, lol!
As for Memorial Day weekend, I just found out that we may be going up to a friend's cabin in Vermont for the weekend. Pretty close to "camping", as it is basically a hunting cabin that is off grid. Very much looking forward to that also.
Nothing unusual here. Dealers do whatever they can to make as much profit as they can. I bet they hate the internet.
I think these days dealers are very well aware of what the prices are on the internet. Where do you think KBB and Edmunds and all those places get their pricing information from? Dealers! Those "internet prices" already include profit for the dealers. Many places put higher prices on their vehicles on the lot, and if a buyer doesn't look at internet prices, the dealership just makes that much more profit. If you bring up an internet price, the dealer will most likely quickly drop the price on the car on the lot to match - all the while bemoaning that he is not making money and will go out of business. Dealers complaining about the internet is just another selling tactic.
My local Ford dealership prices their vehicles to match what you will come up with on internet searches. Kinda makes the buying process easier, as there is actually less haggling... except for things like nitrogen filled tires! lol!
As to trade ins -- I have many times just traded in an old vehicle because of being lazy. They take it, with all its issues, knock a certain amount off the new vehicle, and I don't see it again.
I have never (yet, at least) had a dealership change their offer for my trade in after we've settled on prices. That would make me walk away from the deal. The only change to this would be if there was some additional damage or wear on the trade in while waiting for the new vehicle to come in. Last time I did a trade in, I was able to park my truck until the new one came in, so it was in the same condition it was when they estimated it.
Are you planning on keeping your 5er for 4-5 (or more) years? Then one way to look at it is, by buying new tires now you won't have to buy any more tires for it - as you will be selling the rig by the time it needs new tires again.
If you don't replace the tires, think about carrying two spares just in case.
Bed. Many people don't like drop down dinettes, but our U-shaped dinette drops down to make a huge queen sized bed (almost queen size, but close enough!).
Simply adding a 2" memory foam topper makes it extremely comfortable.
We've had essentially no problems with our TT. This will be its 12th year of camping, and it is starting to show its age. We are hoping (and assuming) it will last 2 more seasons, then we will probably be looking for something new.
Our truck has just worked. Up and down the east coast twice and all over New England. I wish the seats were a bit more comfortable, but they are supportive and fine for long trips. I just had the transmission checked and fluid changed, and had the spark plugs replaced (this is the 5.4, with the legendarily horrible spark plug changing issues, so I had a trusted repair garage do it), so I am expecting to keep this truck for a bunch more years. Next spring I am planning on having some body work done on it for rust prevention - well underneath the bed, out of sight, where the bed bolts to the frame. Essentially no rust on the truck except for that one area.
"If you see something, say something". We are told this constantly. It certainly sounds like someone went overboard in your case. But... maybe something has happened in the past at that park? Maybe a known area to the locals for bad characters.
Odd that it would be Homeland Security... Why wouldn't the local cops just check you out?
I love New Jersey (some family live there, and we vacation there almost every year), but it has got to have the most laws, rules and regulations of any state in the USA.
We have an EPDM (I think?) roof, 2003 Forest River TT. No problems at all. Only time it leaked was when a branch fell on it and created a 1" diameter hole... water got in before I could put Eternabond over it. I am assuming there is rot up there, but for now it works.
We are thinking about a new camper - hopefully (and I am assuming) what we have now will last 2 more seasons, until the kids are out of college. I am going to sell the camper very inexpensively, warning the new owner about the possible (well, definite) roof rot.
All these aftermarket roof products people talk about... Really, they should be applied / put on right when you buy a new camper? If you wait until you have a leak, then the roof now has moisture in it and putting a "permanent" roof on will just seal all that wonderful, rotting wetness in.
So... for about $150 a foot, a 21' TT has a roughly 19' roof, so 150x19= $2,850 dollars - $3,000 rounded up for fees and taxes. Honestly, that is hard to justify for me because my roof has not leaked in 13 years (except for outside damage), and at least two friends' campers have not leaked in almost as many years. Actually, I don't remember anyone I have talked to saying their roof leaked.
So... the aftermarket roof products will last at least 12 years? The "normal" "warranty" for a rubber roof. I would be very interested in hearing from people who had these roof products for at least 12 years - condition of roof, any leaks, etc.
I am very much interested in these aftermarket roof products for when we buy a new camper. Only that it is just like buying the extended warranty - you are spending a good chunk of money for something that may be unneeded.
When we "dry camp", without using electrical hookups, we are very careful about using anything that uses the battery. We use camping lights and flashlights in the camper... don't use the camper's built in lights except for those midnight bathroom runs. Don't use fans, unless really needed and only for as long as needed. Don't use the camper's radio, especially the CD player. Don't use the camper's heater, that is what blankets are for - plus, when you cook using the propane stove, the camper will heat right up. Yes, use the sink, toilet and shower, but shut off the water pump when you are done. You will learn to conserve your water. Lots of forum threads with good reading on how to "dry camp".
Our single battery will usually easily last a weekend, up to maybe 5 days - being very careful using it. We have found we don't need a generator - BUT, we do schedule our dry camping trips to avoid hot July and August camping, so we don't need the air conditioner.
When you get used to dry camping, it is very enjoyable and opens up all those "rustic" campgrounds that you might normally skip.
When I park our camper at home and am not going to use it for more than a couple weeks, I disconnect the battery and do not plug in the camper. About 3 days before a camping trip I reconnect the battery and plug in the camper (usually also turn on the frig to cool it down). By the time we leave on Friday for a weekend camping trip, the battery is all charged up and the frig is cold.
We mix dry camping with full hook up camping throughout the season. Once you get used to it, it is no big deal, and many times I prefer our dry camping trips!
I do believe all the sites are full hookup, unless you specify a "tent site", which is one or two loops. The fireworks are pretty far away from the campground. The premium sites are a little larger, but all the sites at Fort Wilderness are, at a minimum, really good.
It has been a few years since we've been there, there might have been changes.
Once you stay at Fort Wilderness, you won't want to visit Disney World any other way!