IMHO, y'all are getting WAY too worked up over a simple question with a simple answer....just call your local office and ask. Most likely into the storm drain is not allowed, but nothing to say you couldn't dump the GREY water (containing Dawn, some shampoo, misc clean stuff) in your own BACK yard - you're right about tent campers, etc who dump their dishwashing pans into the woods. Legal or illegal, my guess is that you likely have a neighbor who'll pitch a fit if you're doing this out front and then it'll turn into this thread.
We park our TT in the "Rockport" - AKA covered parking area. It's got 4' of fill, retaining walls, rock topper and it's in our back yard. And, gasp, we have been known to empty some grey water onto the rock - usually after washing out some wine glasses or snack plates after spending some time our there between camping trips. We prefer to tow with empty grey and black tanks. We're actually fairly intelligent people who happen to live in the outskirts of our town/outside city limits AND we have a septic tank...another gasp. Two totally different creatures. Descriptions of septic tanks and how they work is pretty much accurate other than you generally add a product containing various bacteria to keep the tank working properly.
BTW, the other topic to avoid at all costs is....never, never, never ask what brand of tires you should buy. It'll take on a life of its own.
We got a cover for our ROO back when it was new in '07. Started thinking small, but with DH woodworking equipment and RC airplane stuff, there was no room for my little convertible in the garage. Design kept growing and think we ended up at about 26 x 36. Seems like the cover installed was right at $3000. The downside was that our property slopes toward the pond, so we had to build a retaining wall on 3 sides and fill and fill and fill and build some more and fill some more. So glad we did in August!!! Think the final bill was around $6000, but we feel like it was worth every penny. Only thing we didn't do was to have a partial wall at the back, so the rear bunkend needed the decal replaced after 7 years. Going to check into some remedy for that by spring. Our new TT is not only longer, but has a deeper slide...makes getting my car undercover more of a challenge, but the cover protects Rocky, my car, a small utility trailer and a huge log splitter. We have plenty of slope for any snow load - not likely in West TN but it's there. My only concern about the fabric would be that it would not last very long with the sun/rain/snow, however, much less costly.
Really hate to see the Amish grouped together as unskilled or uneducated. Our first trailer was a FR Rockwood ROO built in Millersburg, IN. On the return leg of a trip to the UP, we toured the factory. Yes, it is assembly line - just like your car. DH entire career was in manufacturing and he commented that he wished he'd had as dedicated workers as we saw in that plant. They work and they work hard....and fast. They're not leaning on some broom waiting for breaktime to roll around. They're building what the engineers design and according to the way it's designed to be built. Maybe some of these complaints should be directed to the design engineers. There are systems involved and they're working accordingly. Mostly their skills are passed down, rather than going to a trade school or college, but nevertheless, they do have skills....and a sense of pride in what they do. We were very pleased with the fit and finish of our ROO. When we moved to a TT, there was no question that it would be a Rockwood unit and again, we're pleased. If you want a trailer that's hand built by possibly trade school workers, do you want to pay the price?? My cousin bought a Winnebago MH that was in the upper 6 figures and he had more issues than we did with our little HTT. He unloaded it as soon as he could and is now in a 7-figure MH....hope he's happy with this one. Definitely NOT in our budget.
When we ordered our HTT, the dealer told us about 6 - 8 weeks. Factories group like product together and also based on the demand for a particular model. The model we ordered was not one of the top sellers at that time and had mostly all of the upgrade options....we ordered it in April and it finally surfaced in August....not the problem of the builders....check with the scheduling department. Meanwhile, we changed to one of the extremely popular models on the lot and were more than happy with the change...decided that the RV Gods were watching out for us.
When a unit is actually scheduled to go online, the dealer is given the VIN #. Ask your dealer for that # and if he doesn't have it, it's either not truly scheduled yet or you're getting a line of it from the salesman. The units that go on the line in the morning are in the finished lot by the end of the day....that's the way the systems are designed. Then either the dealer picks it up or arranges for a third party. Please don't blame the fact that a unit is late arriving on the workers who are building it....there are way to many variables in there for that to be the case.
Our HTT had slide locks provided by the mfg. We always used them since FR apparently thought they were needed. Never had any trouble other than I'm not quite tall enough to reach to put them on....getting them off was a snap....and yes, they did come with a bright orange tag hanging from a cord....no way to miss it. Our new TT does not have slide locks. If they didn't come OEM, I wouldn't worry about adding them.
You can never replace a much loved pet, but you can open your heart and home to one who needs you. Our Creator only made one Sam, but we found room to bring in these 2 babies that have brought their own uniqueness. We love Biscuit and Lily.....and rescue Cubbie and rescue Foxy and rescue Mickey. They're all special in their own way.
Just before we decided to move from our ROO HTT to our new TT, we ordered a new decal for the rear bunkend. Our trailer is stored undercover 24/7, but this one section was in the sun all day. I ordered it from FR and it was right at $50 - can't recall if that included shipping or not. Replacing it is not a hard job. A hair dryer to loosen the old one and just peel it off slowly. Clean the area with paint thinner or whatever the mfg suggests, rinse well and dry. You'll likely have a shadowy area around the old decal. Mix up a bit of Dawn and water and spread it on the area, position the decal and then GENTLY use either a squeegee or a wallpaper smoothing tool to smooth it out. The soapy water will let you have some time to reposition if you need to. The instructions sent by FR didn't mention the water, just slap it on, but they do it all day long and have plenty of experience. When we had our big boat, the lettering we ordered for the transom said to use soapy water and it worked like a dream. Took me maybe 20 minutes to remove the old decal, DH did the cleaning, rinsing and soapy water thing and then applied the decal. Not much more than half hour or so.
That said....my cousin's DH removed the striping along the entire length of their aluminum sided KZ plus all the other decals and he said it was a PITA. Their trailer was stored outside in full Houston weather for about 7 years when he did this project. If you're at all a DIY, suggest you find out how much $ and if reasonable for you, then at least give the removal a try. If you're nervous about the replacement, then have that done. It's really not a big deal when you get into it.
Just know for sure that you did the right thing....neuter - helps prevent the same cancers that human males get. Neuter....the world doesn't need any more unwanted or homeless pets. Neuter.....helps curtail some unappreciated behaviors. Spay and neuter! Wish I knew the lady with the cats who lives down the street....at least well enough to have "the talk" with her before there is another litter of kitties...or two, come spring. Biscuit and Lily will be going for their surgery in about 2+ months.
"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole"....Roger Caras
So sorry for this painful loss. In the 2+ years since my beloved Sam crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we've lost 6 others - all our dogs are rescues and these were all just about the same age. The pain just kept coming. I just got to the point where I felt the tug at my heartstrings to bring another furbaby into the family. We welcomed Biscuit and Lily, 2 little lab sisters that were dumped at about 6 weeks, found and taken to a wonderful shelter where they were posted on Petfinder. We couldn't separate them, so life it twice as much fun as we planned. You'll never forget Snowflake, but the pain will be less and one day you're heart will let you know it's the right time to give another dog a great forever home. Deepest Sympathy.
The lawn tractor might work except for the fact that this is on grass, not concrete or such. Not sure I'm understanding why just backing into this area won't work.....if turning is an issue, wouldn't that still be the same with a front receiver and only 10' to maneuver?? Before investing in the front receiver, think I'd have a couple of spotters and give backing in a try. Good luck.
At 5'6" I have never felt comfortable climbing over, although DH does it all the time. Probably should point this out to him, since neither his high-tech hip or leg brace would be good in a fall like that. Oh, ouch....sorry about the tumble. Hope you mend quickly....those shoulder things are no fun....not to mention the PT later. PT folks are a "mean" bunch! Take care.
Ours is the Blue Ox 1000. We had an Equalizer for our HTT, but when we made the change RVW recommended the Blue Ox or would order the Eq if we wanted that. DH spent some time on the Blue Ox website watching the videos and liked what he saw, especially the lubrication points. The Eq did a fine job, but was both noisy and greasy. And as age creeps along, was getting a bit tougher to use. He's very happy with the Blue Ox...quiet, clean, easier to set up. Price through RVW was around $550+, the Eq was around $500+. The only issue he's had was some little pin or some such coming out and they sent a beefier replacement lickety split. Excellent customer service.
Agree with bikendan re the climate. However, if you have even the slightest concern that temps are going to get lower than 32 and stay there, when in doubt.....at the least blow out the lines. Cannot imagine you needing the pink stuff, but better to use a couple of gallons than to lay awake at night worrying about the lines freezing. Not worth it. Sleep tight.
The first year we had our HTT I removed the TV when winterizing came. Someone on the forum asked later about that very thing and the answer was that they are shipped in freezing cold weather all the way to blistering hot and have no problems. So from '07 on it was never removed and had no problems. It was a Magnavox, mainly because that was on sale at WM. When we moved to the TT this May, as luck would have it, we ended up with another Magnavox. Never been a huge fan of Mag, but the first one did well and hoping the new one will follow the same path. Sometimes I think it's just the luck of the draw.
Ditto Bird Freak....we're in and out of our TT almost daily during the season. Sometimes we just escape from the DS#1 and the doggies and take a glass or two and just relax. Also under cover, however after winterizing, we do close the slide.
Most likely a dumb question, but here goes....if there is a long length of trailer behind the wheels, isn't it possible that even turning tight could let the rear of the trailer take out a mailbox???
Also on a Cove and our 23' HTT was a snap to turn around, while the new 26' TT, not all that much longer, is tougher....happy to have our neighbor across from us with a driveway that almost lines up with our driveway, so we just pull into his and then back up. As I see it, the OP is not only asking about the turning part, but how to get straight enough to back into his own driveway.
OP, glad you were able to get 1 of the 2 needed....sorry for some of the snippy responses....happens sometimes. Your HOA sounds way too picky for something like your situation and I'd be having a chat with the Pres or board. IMHO, that's ridiculous. Suggest you check with neighbors to see if they know someone with a bit of land you could use to store or get with the county fairgrounds. Might also check with some of the local RV dealers to see if they have any suggestions or possibly even have some storage available themselves. How 'bout a friend that has a really long driveway and would let you store it way in the back? The more I read on storage issues, the happier I am that we were able to build a covered area for our HTT and now the new TT....walk about 30 feet out the garage door and you're in + it's undercover 24/7. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving.
You might take a peek at a couple of the Forest River Rockwood lines - the R-Pod and the Mini Lites. Sounds like it's just the 2 of you and the R-Pod we visited was surprisingly roomy. Have you considered a hybrid? They generally weigh a bit less and you tow a smaller size package, but when you open the bunkends you gain a ton of interior space. We had a ROO 23SS, so towed approx. 23' but opened up was abut 30'. Your 4-Runner likely wouldn't handle that size, but the ROO 19 might be a possibility. Consider the hybrids carefully....you either love the canvas bunkends or hate them....we loved ours. But another option. Good luck.