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RE: Video Tour of the T@B S Trailer

Very cool. I'm now following on Instagram. My ol'lady won't even consider full timing, let alone full timing so minimalist. I'm jealous. So I'll live vicariously through your IG page!
pira114 12/28/16 03:58am Travel Trailers
RE: How to set-up a t@b teardrop trailer in 10 minutes

One thing in your new video. Shows you setting chocks first, but then pushing the trailer after unhitching. Wouldn't be possible
pira114 12/22/16 12:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Found this ad for a new type of Travel Trailer

Seems perfect for a couple who would otherwise use a teardrop or pup, but want something different.
pira114 12/19/16 10:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunks vs Bunk House

One thing I've noticed is that the bunks are rated to hold different amounts in different trailers. Some I looked at only said 100 lbs max weight. We're big people, and as time went by, both my boys blew past 100 lbs way before they stopped coming with us. Some trailers seemed like I could have added support to increase that capacity, others didn't. Just something to consider
pira114 12/17/16 02:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize and battery ??

I pull my battery between every trip all year. It sits on a battery tender when not in use. Always. It's on its 9th year and no signs of trouble. As indicated by the post following yours.............. IF the batteries are fully charged, simply disconnecting them in place is all that is needed IF your next trip will be within about 30 days. But if it makes you somehow feel better to waste all of that time and effort, then by all means keep it up. First, "all that time and effort" maybe equals 5 mins. It's simply not that hard. Second, you qualified your statement with "IF your next trip will be within about 30 days." Not everyone can take a trip once a month. And this thread is about winterizing. So I'd venture a guess the OP isn't planning on a trip in the next few weeks. Third, there's simply no disputing that a tender is better than simply disconnecting. A $35 tender and 5 mins of work is worth it to me to begin every trip knowing for sure I have a fully charged and healthy battery. But if you somehow feel better taking that chance, by all means, keep it up. SIGH. I was not commenting on the OPs post but on YOURS. That is why I quoted YOUR post and not his. And I stand by every word that I said. Every time you screw with something unnecessarily there is a risk that something will be broken; like dropping a battery and breaking your foot. I stand corrected. You're right. If you're gonna break something, especially your foot, you should definitely not be messing around with anything. In fact, you better stay indoors.....SIGH
pira114 12/15/16 01:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize and battery ??

I pull my battery between every trip all year. It sits on a battery tender when not in use. Always. It's on its 9th year and no signs of trouble. As indicated by the post following yours.............. IF the batteries are fully charged, simply disconnecting them in place is all that is needed IF your next trip will be within about 30 days. But if it makes you somehow feel better to waste all of that time and effort, then by all means keep it up. First, "all that time and effort" maybe equals 5 mins. It's simply not that hard. Second, you qualified your statement with "IF your next trip will be within about 30 days." Not everyone can take a trip once a month. And this thread is about winterizing. So I'd venture a guess the OP isn't planning on a trip in the next few weeks. Third, there's simply no disputing that a tender is better than simply disconnecting. A $35 tender and 5 mins of work is worth it to me to begin every trip knowing for sure I have a fully charged and healthy battery. But if you somehow feel better taking that chance, by all means, keep it up.
pira114 12/15/16 11:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize and battery ??

I pull my battery between every trip all year. It sits on a battery tender when not in use. Always. It's on its 9th year and no signs of trouble.
pira114 12/14/16 10:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Using 12V while hooked up to the tow vehicle

OldBiscuit is correct in my mind. None of the other suggested culprits would produce the same conditions as reported. In short, this is just a dead battery.
pira114 12/11/16 07:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Acessories for a TT

The best accessory I bought that I don't actually need is a battery tender. I park in storage, so in bring my battery home after every trip and put into on the tender. Fully charged battery every trip. If you store it at home, it's even easier since you don't need to pull the battery. If you can't store at home, and the battery(ies) are too heavy to lift for you, then yes, a kill switch is good.
pira114 12/11/16 06:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Used RVs

Very over simplified here, but let's say a stick and brick purchased for $100,000. Forget about tax, insurance, etc. Just the price tag. Very decent Trailer at 50,000. Average 50 a night for 365 days is 18,250, for a total of 68,250. Leaving 31,750 for everything else to equal the 100,000. I'd argue that 100,000 is pretty low for an average house, and 50,000 is probably high for a decent trailer. Gas, food, insurance, etc can eat up that 31,000 pretty quick, but that's just year one. If you had 100,000 and zero income, you're done either way. If you have an income that'll cover monthly bills either way, the trailer wins for cost, but obviously loses big for investment. All depends on what you want out of it. Secure investment or life of travel.
pira114 11/17/16 11:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do most state parks have a 30-foot length limit?

Even for Ca, I'd call first. Many state parks have a posted limit due to being on the coast or in the Sierras. But they're based on old roads in many cases. One state beach had a 20ft limit because of the road getting in. They've redone the road and can easily fit a 35ft. The limit is still there, but rangers know the reality and will tell you. Same in the Sierras. My favorite campground has a 30ft limit. But a 40ft pusher easily fits with room to spare since they redone access road.
pira114 11/17/16 01:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Used RVs

You have never had an rv and your going to go out full time with 2 teenagers that's a bold step you have just won the understatement of the month prize. bumpy I never did a lot of things till I did. I understand a lot of people would be too scared to try this, especially jumping in head first. But it's not as scary as everyone seems to think. And cheaper? Ummm, yes it is. Almost everywhere, but especially compared to a stick house of average size in most major developed areas. It's a HUGE adjustment. Very different lifestyle, and everyone should be on board and prepared for unforeseen stuff. But it's just not as scary as most on this site seem to think, and no where near as expensive as people MAKE it. I only post as an alternative opinion to those against the overall idea. Renting one first isn't andssnlternative horrible idea, but it's no where near the same as living in one.
pira114 11/17/16 12:17am Beginning RVing
RE: I added some LED light fixtures over the dinette

Very nice work.
pira114 11/13/16 03:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lance 1475 on a Subrau Outback?

With the info given so far, I'd say Class C or roof top tent. Class C will give you the most comfort for the extended time and you'll be be to sell it after if you desire. Roof top tent will allow you to keep the Outback, and should easily have room for 4 dogs if the right configuration is purchased. Not as easily sold afterwards though. And doesn't have the creature comforts obviously . Only other option is to purchase a real tow vehicle, THEN shop for trailers. I love Outbacks, but they were not designed for towing.
pira114 11/08/16 01:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Cordless drill for scissor jacks

Must be the off season. Several pages of what drill to use for jacks! For the record, I don't use one. Not because I don't want to, but because I keep forgetting to bring one with me. And my stabs squeaked louder than any drill, no matter what lube I used. What we really need to know is if the OP has a big enough truck to haul the drill!
pira114 11/06/16 12:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: An old Pop-Up

Wow. That's pretty old for any kind of trailer. And a pretty old design that's still being used.
pira114 11/01/16 10:48pm Folding Trailers
RE: An old Pop-Up

You can still buy that same basic design. I almost did. What year was that?
pira114 11/01/16 01:02am Folding Trailers
RE: tiny house

I like the tiny homes. Not for everyone, but I see the appeal. I watch the shows and the ones talking about saving money usually have somewhere to put it already. The rest seem to just want a more simplistic life. In any case, I like the shows simply because they are interesting and sometimes give me ideas about better storage solutions. Both at home and in the trailer. As for zoning codes, I hope someone wins a lawsuit someday doing away with zoning codes except where they might impact the environment. I live in an area now where there aren't many zoning laws. But we do have some stupid ones. For example, I'm not allowed by law to NOT have electricity. Code said I MUST be hooked up to electricity. Had to file for an exemption. It was granted, so I'm one of 3 houses out of 2150 that don't have power. Why? When I did some digging, I found articles written back in the 40s talking about it. The express purpose was to discourage people from living "independent of the common interest of the township." It's ok not to have sewage because half the area doesn't have access to city sewage lines. But they've asked the county to participate in adding the lines. Then the idea is to force everyone on it. Even the ones who've been on septic for generations.
pira114 10/22/16 08:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2005 Thor Wanderer. Dealer's Extras?

We've given some conflicting info here. One, I agree you don't need the hitch. That weight is usually easily handled by your average truck or SUV. But you didn't state what it'd be towed with. Worse case scenario, I'd hire someone to tow it before I bought a new hitch that I wouldn't use afterwards. Batteries. You simply won't need it after being towed (I'd not tow a trailer without the brakes working). Borrow one for towing, then you can forget about it. I can't imagine that year trailer coming with a converter that needed a battery as a buffer while on shore power. The only reason I can think of for having a battery is to use as a backup for power outages. In which case, a cheaper deep cycle battery would be more than enough. Up to you. Inspections. Just a way to make money. But make sure the warranty doesn't specify it MUST be inspected. That's if the trailer even comes with a warranty.
pira114 10/22/16 08:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Campfires at campsites?

"No confusion here in the Southwest: Red Flag warnings mean NO wood or charcoal fires and propane STOVE ONLY with an issued fire permit." - Tplife As stated in my previous post, it has been our experience the NPS, USFS, BLM and COE consider a propane campfire to be a stove and govern their use under a common criteria Translation - If a propane stove is permitted, a propane campfire will be allowed under the same caveats. There is no relationship between wood or charcoal campfire bans and propane campfire restrictions. This policy was consistent as recently as last Fall during our stay at a number of campsites in the Four Corners area which, I believe, would geographically be considered in the 'Southwest'. I called Big Bend NP earlier this AM to check on another issue related to our western trip next week and also asked about use of our Campfire in a Can. I was told wood and ground fires are currently banned but propane campfires are permitted for aesthetics or cooking. Feel free to check with them @ 432.477.2251 and get back to us. To state that propane campfires are prohibited when propane stoves are allowed is both inaccurate and misleading. Sorry, I couldn't follow your calcs but I never implied propane campfires were comparable to wood fires with regard to heat output so not sure what you're arguing there. I'm a forestry professional and do know that wood produces around 6,200 BTU's/lb while propane generates 21,600 BTU's/lb but I'll willingly concede you can build a wood fire large enough to produce more heat than a propane campfire if that was your point. At the same time, I'll assure you my CFIAC will generate two foot high flames and toast anything close by when at its max setting. Personally, we prefer a small fire (wood or propane). I'm happy to hear things are different in North Caroline or wherever it is you go camping. Here in the California forests, they only allow a propane stove, in a developed campground, with a signed permit, during Red Flag warning periods (one just ended this evening). No campfires, no charcoal, no propane firepits. That's why we don't own one. For us there's no point in owning a firepit we can't use during Red Flag warnings in our NFS and SFS and BLM campgrounds. That's not really accurate. Depends on the land, geographical location, etc. In the Stanislaus National Forest, where I live, fires are often permitted in developed campgrounds, even during a "fire ban" in the forest. When it gets bad enough in a particular area, a campground may be posted as banning wood or charcoal fires, but will still allow propane stoves and propane fire pits that fit inside the fire ring. And the Forest Service does not require a permit at any time for burning INSIDE a fire ring in a developed campground.
pira114 10/22/16 03:01am Tent Camping
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