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RE: How to know if a unit has heat pump

Are these considered OK? It's a Carriage Cameo, so I thought it would be a 4-season coach..... Walls = 8 Ceiling = 16 Floor = 24 Equivalent to 1960's insulation but par for a RV. As for the heat pump even in the warm humid south there are chilly nights where a little heat in nice. So if your in deep south Florida you may never need it but if your in north Florida you will most likely put it to use. We have one in our 5th wheel and use it as needed. As others have stated below 40 degrees it may not produce much heat, but if your not paying a separate electric bill at the park you in you might as well use it till it stops providing heat before relying on the propane furnace which you will be paying for.
stickdog 05/03/16 11:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: Brakes

How are the magnets?
stickdog 05/03/16 09:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Bottom of my BR slide rotting. What do I do?

I've replaced the floor in my main slide and bedroom slide. Presently working to replace the floor in my kitchen slide. It's not as difficult as some say, but then I was a carpenter for 42 years. There are utube videos that show one way of replacing a rotted slide floor. It's a good starting point.
stickdog 05/02/16 09:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: LP Tank check.

We're fulltime and we do spend time where things would freeze up without the furnace. Our first winter a fellow camper while discussing propane usage told me that when I refilled a tank to leave it closed so I wouldn't run out in the middle of the night. But is exactly what did happen and DW woke me up and there I was in my skivvies and pair of flipflops turning the valve on the full tank. I have never run out of propane in 6 years. I check every other day in heating weather.
stickdog 05/02/16 08:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: B&W for Ford factory 5th prep

According to B&W it's good for 20,000 read here: http://www.turnoverball.com/products/puck-mounted-attachment/companion-oem-5th-wheel-hitch-fits-ford-puck-system
stickdog 05/02/16 07:59pm Towing
RE: Average cargo load for retired couple fulltiming?

We are around 3000 pounds which we could probably lower if the wife would dump the rock collection. ;)
stickdog 05/01/16 10:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: Getting RV sites on the road

In six years of fulltime RVing we rarely make reservations unless we want to be in a certain place during holidays. The one thing we have noticed was while we normally stop around 3:00 PM to near empty RV parks they are usually packed several hours later. So if you plan to push the miles and hours on the road I suggest calling in mid afternoon to ensure a site when you arrive.
stickdog 05/01/16 10:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Has anyone replaced the slide-out furniture for a 12' sofa?

How will you get the sofa sleeper out of the door? We are planning to replace ours, but not sure yet what kind of a process it will be to remove the old one. I disassembled mine inside. It wasn't going anywhere but the dump.
stickdog 04/30/16 09:40pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: refueling

I abhor truck stops and have no problem pulling my truck and 5th wheel into service stations. In 6 years of fulltiming I've only had to back out twice once because someone blocked me and the other was in the first 4 months of towing. You just have to scope the station quickly and pass it by if it doesn't have good access and egress and make sure the canopy is high enough. Better practice that backing up, I learned real quick when I went down a dead road, again during the first few months of fulltime travels.
stickdog 04/30/16 12:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Has anyone replaced the slide-out furniture for a 12' sofa?

If they fit, go for it!
stickdog 04/30/16 12:17pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Propane gas detector going off

Our's is a combination propane/co.
stickdog 04/30/16 12:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV size

Start planning, you'll have no problem finding sites. Most of the pull offs are spacious and at most overnight parking is allowed unless otherwise posted. Many of the campgrounds are just big marked off parking lots. Roads vary year to year, on out trip last year I was concerned due to much I had read about frost heaves but the truth is they're not as bad as some folks report. I think those reports are from Floridians that never left the south till they headed to Alaska. The speed limits are appropriate for the road conditions and most of the frost heaves are marked with flags or cones and for annual reoccurring ones signage. You really don't want to speed, there is so much to see sometimes it's right on the road in front of you. Have the navigator keep the camera ready. We are planning on a return trip in 18.
stickdog 04/30/16 10:47am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Australians buying a Motorhome in USA

There are several members of different nations that enjoy traveling in the US and Canada on the Escapee's fourmthat are willing to share their dealings with purchase, registration, insurance, storage.
stickdog 04/28/16 09:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Light vs heavier 5ers

The newer models of one ton DRW trucks of any of the "Big Three" are well equipped to handle the heaver 5th wheels. Even my 6 year old F350 comfortably handles our 15,000 5er. Yes some of the newer 5er's weigh more but the advances in technology allow higher weights. Also many of the newer heavy fifthwheel trailers have disk brakes which improve the stopping over drum brakes. Length more than weight will affect maneuverability. Turns will be wider with a longer trailer. Ever notice the signs on trucks stating this vehicle makes wide turns.
stickdog 04/27/16 09:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Booth Dinette Removal Problem

Did you try to lift it? There may be a J bar that holds the top in, once it's secured to the floor the top won't move either.
stickdog 04/27/16 07:41pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Domicile in South Dakota, but what Doctors

If your medicare age you don't need a primary doctor unless you want one any specialist that accepts medicare will take you without a referral. When we lived in Illinois we found a doctor that understood our retirement plans to fulltime we still see him once a year. DW and I have both had non-emergency surgery while on the road because it was convenient. We just googled up the specialists we needed and selected the ones we considered qualified by their training and affiliations.
stickdog 04/26/16 10:37pm Full-time RVing
RE: Best fuel economy speed

I drive at 62 when possible, may drive a little faster going through metro areas my best mpg is at 55 but with a days driving 62 turns out to be 55 so 55 would turn out to be 45 which would add an hour to our 250 mile preferred travel distance.
stickdog 04/26/16 10:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need new kitchen faucet

Instead of direct connection I installed shutoffs and used flexible hoses to the new faucet.
stickdog 04/24/16 12:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about state parks

Who would know? When we were camp hosts at a SP there was a prepaid reserved specific site on Memorial Day weekend that showed up with a TT on it. We never saw it arrive and never saw anyone there, no vehicle, no chairs or coolers out and I walked all the loops twice a day. It was gone early on checkout day. It's possible they were spending their time at another site but I doubt it. I can only conclude they were doing as you wish to do.
stickdog 04/22/16 04:25pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Classes for total newbies?

Most all your questions can be answered here. The only place that might offer more information would be: Escapee's Boot Camp Some of the items you mentioned are brand specific but general in nature, filling tanks, emptying tanks and setup.
stickdog 04/22/16 01:31pm Beginning RVing
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