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RE: Laundry

I just buy new underwear and socks every 6 days
pira114 04/01/15 10:31am RV Lifestyle
RE: California Battery Core Deposit

I have concluded that to be a cheap enough cost for the lesson I learned - take the old batteries in with you when you purchase new batteries so there will be no core deposits to deal with and no sales tax taken. Not true. I took my old battery in to Costco. They still charged the core charge; ($15), my new battery and sales tax. I paid with a check. Then the guy handed me back $15 in cash. I gripped to him for a good 5 minutes, but he said all battery sales MUST include the core charge, even if you have it right there with you when you buy the battery. Question; what if you buy a new battery that isn't replacing an old battery? There is no core. Depends on where you go. That must be Costco's policy. I just bought two new batteries for my truck. Took the two old ones in and was not charged a core charge. I do hate the fact that they'll charge core on new batteries when you're not replacing one. Haven't figured that one out yet
pira114 04/01/15 01:55am General RVing Issues
RE: I will use a wifi only ipad mini as GPS.

I got a Garmin (forget the model) for $79 on Groupon. Usually it's a $175 model. Works great one year and lots of use later.
pira114 04/01/15 01:46am RV Lifestyle
RE: Bringing Mans Best Friend

downtheroad that is hilarious but disturbing all at the same time! I hate the look of a topper. Does anyone know of a topper that is really easy to install and remove? I guess that would work? About the only one that is truly a one person operation. Softopper
pira114 04/01/15 12:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with Overdrive Off

Have you considered referring to your truck's owners manual? Perhaps the engineers who designed your truck have already answered your question. You might be surprised. My original owner's manual has very little useful info
pira114 03/30/15 11:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with Overdrive Off

I have a 92 F250. And an 87 Wilderness. Under 55, you should turn off OD. Over 55 (sustained cruising speeds) turn on the OD. This is a general rule with or without towing. But that trailer shouldn't give your truck any trouble at all. Even on hills. If you come up to a really steep grade, you may turn off OD, but don't do it at 70+ mph. Slow down a bit first to maybe <65 mph
pira114 03/30/15 11:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Storage on rear of travel trailer?

If you put anything on the bumper, the trailer will actually explode. Unless you have a 1 ton dually. Or a Propride hitch. Then you can load it up all you want. Just messing with all of ya. I had my Gen on the back of my 26ft Wilderness. Haven't noticed any difference since I removed it. Only reason I did was my new storage spot has an extreme driveway and I hit it pretty hard going in or out. Had to come off. So if that's not an issue, I don't see an issue with a plastic box, BBQ, and assorted supplies. I'd be careful how heavy of a bumper you add maybe. Personally, under 150lbs, I'd probably use an elevated cargo tray that uses the rear receiver.
pira114 03/29/15 09:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: How far would you drive for new TT?

I can't remember the actual miles, but we drove for about 25 hours over 3 days looking at very specific trailers in three states. Got a great deal. I just looked at it as a trip in itself, added in some touristy things to do, and had fun. At that point, I didn't care about the miles.
pira114 03/29/15 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Have you found a greener alternative to wipes?

I'm not inclined to give up my baby wipes just yet. But don't use them as much maybe as some. But I never flush them. They get burned. Rarely thrown in trash. But where I live, we burn most of our trash. In campgrounds, I don't put anything down their black dump I wouldn't put in my black tank.
pira114 03/29/15 06:01am RV Lifestyle
RE: Tragedy leads to no camping at Cottonwood, AZ Walmart

It's really too bad. But you can't blame Walmart for the response. All it takes in these cases is one lawsuit and it's over. That's the world we live in now and companies have to think of it from many angles. I'm sure overnighters brought a decent amount of business to Walmart. I know it was nice to run in after an overnight and grab a snack, forgotten items, etc. But they have to weigh the benefits against the liability.
pira114 03/29/15 05:44am General RVing Issues
RE: how to decide on buying a trailer - the dream vs reality

The other thing I liked about my old pop up was we tended to stay outside more. And we could get it off the beaten path much easier. If Forest roads and dry camping are your thing
pira114 03/28/15 11:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: how to decide on buying a trailer - the dream vs reality

I agree with buying used. I've never had a new TT or TV. And pop ups are great. Usually a bit cheaper. Can be towed by your current vehicle. And, maybe more important, they can often be stored in your driveway. So not buying a new truck and not paying for storage saves quite a bit. THEN, having it in your driveway reminds you daily that you have it. I know a lot of people who store their TTs somewhere and kinda forget about it. Anyway, it's a balancing act with kids. That's true for everyone no matter what you're talking about. But I'll say this, we camped a TON with our kids (still do with the last two). With my oldest who's older and moved out, I've never looked back and thought "gee, we camped too much." And he still talks about those trips often. Even shows up when his new life allows. Go for it.
pira114 03/28/15 11:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie- good list of need to haves and nice to have items

I found dollar stores great for kitchen stuff. It's cheap stuff, but works great in a trailer, usually weighs next to nothing, and I don't cry if I ruin it or lose it when loaning to a neighboring camper.
pira114 03/28/15 01:41am Beginning RVing
RE: Propane tank soft covers

I had the ADCO one. Horrible really. Used a bungee to keep it from blowing away for a season, then decided I was better off without one. I'm looking at a hardcover, but want to mount a toolbox first then see if they fit. If the hardcover doesn't fit, I'll stick to no cover.
pira114 03/27/15 08:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Below freezing advice

I've found that when using the TT in such temps, we tend to keep it warm enough for at least half the day that nothing ever freezes. And I use it in sub 20 weather.
pira114 03/27/15 07:19am Travel Trailers
RE: New RV

I video taped my first walk thru. bumpy It might sound like not a big deal but having a GOOD sewer hose will make your camping experience a whole lot nicer. AND many CG's 'require' the connections that come with a good sewer hose kit. RHINO SEWER KIT http://i45.tinypic.com/2i24vww.jpg Can also be found at Walmart. Congrats on your new MH. Happy Camping! :C I used to dread dumping the black tank. Then I finally got the Rhino and 10 ft extension. It's no longer a big deal. It's amazing how this relatively cheap and simple item can make such an improvement
pira114 03/27/15 07:17am Travel Trailers
RE: New RV

If you've never had one before, get a complete overview of it. Most times, the dealer will go over everything with you before you leave. Heard of some that didn't. Plan on being there quite a while. Take notes and keep them in the RV. Keep them in a folder with a notebook for you to write down things you want to change on the next trip. Or write down questions to ask here when you get back from your first trip. Otherwise, enjoy and congrats!
pira114 03/27/15 02:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Carrying Emergency Fuel in Jerry Can Attached to TT

Get off your high horses. I don't think he was trying to be up there. It's just another opinion. And a valid one. Being prepared starts with the truck. And for fuel, it starts with the tank capacity. Unfortunately, today's trucks seem to come with smaller tanks. And diesels get lower mpg than they used to. So it's all a balancing act of what you can afford vs what gets the job done. Sorry I don't have an answer to your tube bumper question. But I've seen many jeeps with tube bumpers and racks on them. I'd start with the 4 wheel parts stores.
pira114 03/26/15 01:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Carrying Emergency Fuel in Jerry Can Attached to TT

My comments are not to be condescending or mean spirited but you guys that need portable gas cans really need to consider a more adequate tow vehicle. Either add an aftermarket factory type tank or an auxiliary tank. Using portable tanks does increase the risk factor but more importantly if your TV is unable to travel 200 miles without running out of gas, you need to consider a different TV. Having ample gas tanks is a basic requirement for any RV tow vehicle. I can understand a long trip through the dessert or remote area, but for general camping fussing with portable tanks would be a deal breaker for me. Once upon a time I carried genset gas in a jerry can. The can worked fine but I can't imagine hauling gas for the TV that way. Stopping to refill along the way via portable cans. No thanks. Too small of a tank capacity is the first clue that a vehicle is inadequate for towing an RV trailer. Some of us camp in some pretty remote areas. With long stretches of nothing in between. Not carrying appropriate supplies is stupid and borders on irresponsible. And not just extra fuel. I can drive about 700 miles on my dual tanks. And still carry 10 extra gallons. Not just when pulling the trailer. All the time. It's also nice to be able to help someone out periodically. People driving around unprepared in the mountains where I live is pretty common. Almost all of them make it out no problem. Some need a few extra gallons. I'm more than happy to help.
pira114 03/25/15 11:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Its time to get ready

Tell ya what, load that snow up and bring it out here! We didn't get hardly any this year.
pira114 03/25/15 07:02pm Travel Trailers
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