I just got back from an 11 day trip to Bay Area (San Francisco) and made the trip without any problems. Interstate 5 and Hwy. 101 are so rough that when I stopped I would have to access the damage to the inside of the rig and proceed to piece it back together. Example: The angle aluminum angle which is attached to the shelf in the closet pulled the screws out because of the weight of the clothes. I know, I know, half the clothes and twice the money but since we were going to a relative's wedding in Half Moon Bay I wasn't allowed to wear my USC sweatshirt and 501's. What I discovered after banging my head against the bottom of the bedroom slide is to use the foam tubes sold for swimming pool toys and slice them down one side and slide them on the edge of the slide. I forgot to use them on the way home in Mojave and setting up in the morning drew blood. It's a simple fix but you won't start your day with a headache.
My 2 cents worth
When we had a different 5th wheel, we had the same problem with the closet rods. We fixed it by putting the screws back in with those plastic flanges used to hang pictures on the wall and the expandable spring rods (like the ones you use to hang a shower curtain). DH duct taped the spring rods to the closet rod on both ends and in the middle to give it support. It isn't the prettiest fix, but it works and no one sees it except you. Our current 5th wheel has supports above the rod and on the ends.
If you want to try a bumpy road, try driving I-44 in OKC. When we drive from Tulsa to OKC and leave the toll road to get onto I-44, then the shaking begins. It is bad enough in the car, it's even worse when towing!
Debbie--just think about how many friends that you have on here that are praying for you to get well. Hope you sail through your last treatment and that the treatments work to stop the cancer in its tracks!
DH and I have three Westies that camp with us. The two older ones (13 year old girls) started camping with us later in their lives. Our boy (Toby, who is 2 years old) started camping with us as a young puppy. They were part of the reason that we started camping--mainly so we could bring them with us. All of them love to travel with us and we are lucky that none of them get motion sickness. They get the entire backseat of the truck to themselves while traveling. Once we are in the campground, we take them on a walk as soon as we arrive and give them a chance to stretch their legs and do their business. We have only had one thing chewed in the RV. As a young puppy, Toby chewed the strap that holds the fire extinguisher to the wall. No problem--bungee cords work just fine to hold it in place. When we are away from the RV, we shut the blinds and turn on the TV for the dogs. It keeps them from barking at squirrels outside and hearing outside noises. They spend the time sleeping--just as they do at home when we are away at work.
Westies aren't any more prone to barking than any other dog. It is all in the training and letting your dog know what you expect regarding their behavior. We don't allow our dogs to bark for long periods of time at home--so they know better than to do it when we are in the RV. The RV is just another "home" to them. Our neighbor's dog will bark non-stop for 3 or 4 hours--even in the middle of the night--because his owner allows it and even encourages it. If you are good dog parents, then you will have a good dog. You might want to read some of Cesar Milan's books regarding dog training and raising puppies. Your local library should have them on the shelf.
Be sure to bring some toys for the puppy and a Kong with treats to divert his/her attention when you leave the RV. Also, give him/her some of your clothing items or towels with your smell (smelly, not freshly laundered) on it so he/she doesn't get separation anxiety. The clothing will help him/her know that you will return and it will make the RV smell like "home". You can purchase travel crates that fold down and set up easily for the puppy. It will keep them safe while you are away from the RV and they will see it as their "den". Our dogs still love to sleep in their crates--including one of the 13 year olds.
We hope you enjoy your new puppy as much as we enjoy our Westies. Happy travels. :)
It might be worth a try to contact the CEO of the company and explain the situation. Several years ago I contacted the CEO of a major sunglasses company when my brand new expensive sunglasses shattered a month after I bought them. The lower levels of the company wouldn't honor their warranty. I wrote a letter to the CEO and he agreed to let me select a new pair of sunglasses and honored the warranty. It never hurts to try--all they can do is say "no".
I grew up in Sturgis, my parents are buried in the national veteran's cemetery on the west side of Sturgis and I have two brothers that live there (one in Sturgis and one in Rapid City). I guess you could say that I am very familiar with Sturgis! I really enjoy looking at all of the different bikes on Main Street. I'm not into the tattoos, nudity, biker gangs, etc. that come with Rally week. For me, it's the chance to see all of the old bikes (like the original Indians) and the ones that are unusual to see. DH and I would love to get back to South Dakota for the rally some year with our Harley--perhaps next year. Hope ya'll have fun at the Rally!
Why don't you try contacting Christopher Elliott? He is a travel advocate and he tries to help consumers with problems like your delayed hotel refund. His website is: www.elliott.org. Click on the tab for "Connect" to contact him about your travel problem. He also lists ways to contact the heads of different companies and the hotel that you used might be listed on there.
If you have a self-powered RV (not a TT or 5'er) so you can move fast, and it's during the day, and you have a few minutes warning ... I'd get in and drive away from the storm area. Why not save both yourself and the rig if at all possible.
Otherwise, get out of your RV ASAP and seek a place specifically set up for personal safety.
This is not a good option--at least not in Oklahoma. During the last set of tornadoes that struck El Reno, OKC, etc., there were several people (including a mother and an infant adn three veteran storm chasers) who were killed when their car was picked up off of the interstate and thrown by the tornado. It was absolute gridlock on the interstates in that area--there was rush hour traffic, plus some people were fleeing the area in their vehicles because they didn't have a storm shelter. (After the Moore tornado a few days earlier, I can understand the panic.) Most people who live in tornado alley know not to get into a car when a tornado is coming. If you are in a car or towing and a tornado is coming, then you are safer in a ditch. Did you see photos of the remains of the car used by Tim Samaras and the other two storm chasers who were killed in that tornado? It was crushed like a tin can--totally unrecognizable as a car. Cars and semis are no match for a moderate-strength tornado. If you are in an RV park, then it is better to find shelter in a reinforced structure (like a concrete bathhouse) if severe weather is coming.
We agree with you about the thrill seekers and the tornado tourists and needing to be ticketed by the cops. The police resources are just stretched too thin to allow it.
A big part of the problem with the tornadoes last week in OKC and El Reno was that traffic was at a standstill due to so many cars being on the roads. There was rush hour traffic, plus lots of "lookie-loos" that had to go out and look at the tornado. We have heard that one of the news stations told people to flee in their car if they didn't have a tornado shelter--which is just idiotic. The tornado in El Reno was so erratic and it sucked people up who were sitting still in traffic. We had the same traffic problem here in the Tulsa area last week just after a tornado hit the Broken Arrow area. The roads were clogged with cars trying to see the destruction and emergency crews had a difficult time getting to the area to try to help people.
Radar can only see things that are aloft--not near the ground. The scientists who chase tornadoes aren't doing it just to tell you what the storm is doing. They place probes in the path of the storm so they can measure wind speeds, the temperature, pressure and humidity in that area. they can use those measurements to help them understand how and why tornadoes form, and to develop warning systems that are more accurate. If the forecasts are more accurate, then it helps the weather service and meteorologists to give people more time to take cover. When tornado research began, there was no warning time at all and the tornadoes dropped down from the sky and people didn't have time to find shelter. Now, the average lead time is 14 minutes or so. The people in Moore and OKC had time to take shelter from the tornadoes that hit them during the past two weeks because of the research that was done by scientists. The F5 that hit Moore was so big that you couldn't survive if your house took a direct hit and you weren't in a shelter--but at least they had time to try to get to a safe place (ie a shelter), as opposed to just having the tornado barrel through without any warning. The death toll would have been MUCH higher if there hadn't been warnings and video (so people could see how large the tornado was) and taken shelter.
The true scientists who are chasing storms (not the thrill seekers that clog the roads and act like a tornado is a tiger in a zoo) are performing a vital service--just like a firefighter or a policeman/woman or a soldier. All of them are there to serve others and try to ensure their safety. Those of us who live in Tornado Alley depend on that vital information that can only be provided by storm chasers.
Radar can't track things close to the ground. It runs in straight lines and cannot account for the curvature of the earth. The meterologists can see the "hook echo" on the radar, but they can't tell if there actually is a tornado on the ground, it's exact location, the direction(s) it is moving or its size. Storm chasers fill that vital role by providing the eyewitness information to the meteorologists so they can warn us about the track of the tornado and tell us to take shelter. Tim Samaras wasn't an adrenaline junkie--like so many of the others who are just in it for the thrills. He was an engineer, who worked to try to understand tornadoes to improve predictions and lead times for us to take shelter. He was a pioneer in his field and greatly respected by the professional storm chasers. During the tornadoes in Oklahoma recently, many of the people in the path of the tornadoes had adequate lead time to take shelter. The one on Friday that killed these men was very erratic and took a hard right turn and directly into their path.
DH and I live in tornado alley and are very thankful for the professional storm chasers who do provide this vital information for us.
DH and I live in tornado alley (Oklahoma). We both use smartphone weather apps and a weather map that is installed in our car (if we are traveling). We also have a mobile NOAA weather radio. If you use a smartphone app or the weather radio, they can track your location and send alerts. Just check the weather forecast for the next day when you are traveling and be aware of which county or counties that you will be traveling through. Also, watch the sky--if it is a sickly greenish color, with clouds hanging down (like a kangaroo pouch) or spinning around a large wall cloud, then you should be prepared to take cover if a funnel drops down out of the sky.
Normally our storm season isn't as bad as it had been this year. It started very late and then it just exploded. We know to be aware and we know the signs and how the weather feels when it is going to storm. Just be aware and equip yourself with some weather apps or a weather radio and you will be just fine. The chances are that you won't have any problems at all.
DH and I have a 2011 Open Range. We have only had one big issue with our 5th wheel in the two years that we have owned it. Last November, we had a lower side panel that popped open as we were driving in a STRONG headwind. The panel was sticking out at a 180 degree angle from the 5th wheel. Our dealer replaced the panel, then checked the other panel on the opposite side and reinforced it. They also checked the roof and found that the roof was just about to let go because it had been installed incorrectly. No big deal, they replaced the roof. We are getting ready to go out in a few weeks to a concert and our first camping trip in 2013.
We love our Open Range and would definitely buy another one. This 5th wheel is our 3rd trailer and is the best quality (with the least problems) that we have owned so far. It isn't fair to label all Open Range products as "lemons". They offer several different lines, with varying features, quality, etc. I am sure it is frustrating to have a dealer who doesn't seem to have your interests in mind when working on your trailer. Our dealer has been fantastic and if you check the Open Range forum, you will find that Open Range tries hard to satisfy its customers. Perhaps (as mentioned in an earlier reply), you should contact Open Range directly instead of your dealer.
We allowed a young woman in our 5th wheel to use our bathroom about 5 years ago. We were at a tailgate for a Jimmy Buffett concert and the public bathrooms were overflowing and stinky. I knew that we didn't have anything in the 5th wheel worth pilfering. Would DH and I do it again? Maybe. Ask me after this year's Buffett concert! :)
DH and I have tried several of them. There have only been three that we didn't like--one in Santa Fe, one in Salt Lake City and one near us in Oklahoma. Just because we didn't like the food in that particular place doesn't mean that it is bad--just not to our taste. On the other hand, we found a place in Omaha that we wouldn't have known about otherwise and it is in a part of town that we would never have ventured to on our own. We make a point of stopping there (California Taco) every time we are in Omaha. We have been to almost all of the ones listed for Santa Fe, New Mexico and only disliked one of them. I still enjoy watching the show and it gives me ideas for my own cooking.
DH and I have a 2011 Open Range 398RLS. We have owned it for 2 years and love it.
We have only had one major issue with it--one of the big metal panels came loose while we were traveling last November. It bent up into a 90 degree angle (we were towing into a huge headwind). We were able to stop on the shoulder and duct tape it until we got home. The dealer replaced that panel, checked the panel on the other side and replaced it. While we had it at the dealer's for repairs, they checked our roof and discovered that the manufacturer had not fastened down the roof correctly, so it had come loose and needed to be replaced. Everything was covered under warranty--we only had one week remaining on the two year warranty--and our dealer and Open Range were excellent in taking care of the repairs.
This is our 3rd trailer and we will probably replace it with another Open Range when the time comes. We have had absolutely no problems with the cable slides. Since we visit Nebraska often, we do camp in cold weather and we have had no problems keeping our 5th wheel warm and cozy. We would definitely recommend an Open Range to other prospective buyers.
Perhaps we are just very lucky to have a good group of people at our regular dog park in Tulsa. I guess that says a lot about the people who frequent the park. We aren't even the "posh" dog park. Ours is the first dog park that was created in town and it is an old baseball field that is split in half. We just don't have a lot of problems with poop, aggressive dogs, aggressive people, etc. It stays open all year and many of us go out there, even if it is cold and windy and wet. Since one of my 12 year old dogs has arthritis, long walks are not an option any longer. We do walk around the dog park with the older dogs and keep an eye on the younger one. DH and I truly value the dog park here and love it when we can find a dog park when we are traveling--either at the RV park or in the city we are visiting. A dog park allows the older dogs to walk at their own (slow) pace and our younger dog to frolic with other dogs.
It all boils down to the problem lying with the owners who don't clean up or act responsibly regarding their dogs in RV dog parks. Unfortunately, it is the dogs who get the blame.
It is really sad that several of you have such a negative opinion about dog parks. We have two dog parks in our city and we are regular visitors (3 to 4 times per week)to one of them. DH and I have three terriers, 2 of them are 12 years old and one of them is nearly 2 years old.
Our dogs LOVE going to the dog park. We think that it is important to their socialization. The two older dogs are not very active and they tend to sit near us and watch the activity in the park. The nearly two year old (who is a boy), has so much fun and comes home exhausted and happy. Although our dogs are under 30 pounds, we take them on the large dog side. They are terriers and play too rough for the little dogs. In the nearly 2 years that we have been going to this dog park, we have NEVER had any major problems with any of the dogs there. The few owners that have caused problems have been told to clean up their act or leave. We self-police the dog park for aggressive dogs, unfixed dogs, etc. Most owners are very good about picking up after their dogs and there are many receptacles around the park. People donate store bags (ie. Target, Walmart, etc.) and newspaper bags for picking up poop. It isn't stocked with poop bags. We also have little shovels and pans to scoop up the poop. If you are a campground owner and don't want to pay for poop bags, then why don't you stock the dispensers with used store bags or newspaper bags? If we are at the dog park and see loose poop, them most of us will pick up the extra poop and dispense of it in the proper receptacle. We value our dog park and we maintain it so we can keep it.
We have one campground that we frequent that has a large dog park. It is CampAWay in Lincoln, Nebraska. Our dogs love to be able to run up and down the hill. It is huge for a campground dog park. We value having it there and have stayed there over other places due to the dog park. You don't see hardly any poop in the dog park and there are poop bag dispensers and a trash can at one end.
If you are an owner that doesn't want to frequent a dog park, then don't utilize one. Please don't tell people that you should never take your dog to a dog park if you have never been to one though. Our dogs know that when I get home and it is still daylight outside that it is a dog park day and they start whirling with excitement. I never knew the benefits of the dog park until we got our younger dog. It has made a huge difference in his life and in the lives of the other two older dogs. It also benefits my mental health. I can have the worst day at work and go to the dog park and come home with a smile on my face.
DH and I have a 2011 Open Range 385 RLS. We love our 5th wheel and have only had a couple of problems with it. Our dealer worked with us to fix the problems under warranty. Open Range has a good reputation for working with their customers and making things right when you have problems. We like the quality of the 5th wheel. It isn't the best trailer ever built, but we didn't pay for a top of the line trailer. It is good quality for the price and definitely better than the two previous trailers that we owned. We would absolutely consider another Open Range when we get ready to trade trailers again.