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RE: How Long Should Our Travel Trailer Be?

One option may be to sacrifice the couch or dinette and replace it with your desk. The TT in my sig is 26-1/2' ball to bumper. I wanted it under 30' so I could get it into some of our favorite sites. DW & I have spent 2 weeks in it at a time and it was adequate for us. YMMV.
mbopp 12/17/14 09:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Charging

Depends on the converter and the wiring between it and the batteries. If it's a WFCO converter you're better off with a separate charger. If you have a Progressive Dynamics or IOTA converter and heavy gauge wiring to the battery, go with the on-board converter.
mbopp 12/17/14 08:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Massachusetts

We've stayed several times at Sweetwater Forest cg in Brewster on the Cape. It's about mid-Cape and yes the traffic to Provincetown can be a slow crawl. If you camp on the Cape take your bikes - the Rail Trail is a nice, easy paved multi-use trail. DW & I enjoyed the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, the National Seashore Salt Marsh Visitor Center (interesting canoe trips), biking to the beach, and the rather interesting sights in Provincetown. We did a day trip to the Whaling Museum in New Bedford but were rather disappointed in it. Both of us much preferred the private museum in Nantucket (but the ferry will cost you $$$.) Brewster also has the General Store and an ice creme shop next to it. And either while biking or driving you should stop at Arnold's for a meal or snack. We've done several whale watching trips from various ports including Provincetown. Nice, but now the novelty's worn off for us. Last summer I paid the $50 for a 7-day pass to drive on Race Point beach. Pack the cabanna & cooler, drive out on the sand, pull up a piece of beach, and relax for most of the day. We used to stay at a cg in Gloucester, take the train to North Station, and hoof it around Boston. We took a Duck Boat tour and had a really humorous and informative driver / guide. You can do all or part of the Freedom Trail there. And do try one of the many family-owned restaurants in the North End. If we were to go back to Boston itself I'd be giving Minuteman cg a try.
mbopp 12/17/14 05:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: first post help

2012 Towing Guide Is your truck a standard cab, extended cab, or crew cab? 2X4 or 4X4? What axle ratio? The code can be found on the build sticker on the glove box door. Look for the code(s) beginning with "G" and either post them here or Google them. Now find your tow rating but that's the minor part of the equation. On the driver's door jamb there will be a yellow sticker with the payload rating. This is NOT the weight of trailer you can tow, that's the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating.) Figure that trailer will gross out at 5700# or so with a 800-900# tongue weight. Now add the hitch, passengers, and gear to that and see if you're over the 7000# limit. And even if you make it under the weight limit the 4.8 is a bit anemic for towing.
mbopp 12/17/14 03:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Issues Getting the Camper Level

I've been to State campgrounds and dug out a pit for the tires on one side to get it level. You should be able to dig a hole for the hitch. When we go to a new cg DW & I "check out the real estate." We'll walk around with a map of the cg and mark the sites we like in case we come back.
mbopp 12/15/14 06:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Advice for Newbie

My wife and I had a hybrid for 8 years and most of the time it was just the 2 of us. If you've tent camped or had a pop-up then a hybrid is the next step. You're still sleeping under canvas and can unzip the tent ends for some flow-through ventilation. And you can get more room in a shorter trailer than a full hard sided trailer. But - since you're in Virginia the air conditioning will be working harder to keep it cool. And you'll hear every noise through the canvas. My wife's knees are not so good and it was getting to be a pain for her (literally) to climb into the bunk ends to make the bed and climbing in to sleep. Also, there are the stories of bunkend leaks when travelling down the road. We've done 2 weeks in it and on a rainy day it can get tight. I'd recommend one with a slide if you can swing it. Personally, since the Durango can handle it I'd be looking at something like a Roo 23SS or similar trailer. Or do what we did and go to a hardside.
mbopp 12/15/14 06:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Truck stop diesel receipt wrong too often?

I've never had that happen, but I have been charged for 45 gallons of fuel when my truck only held 39 gallons. Yeah, DB had that happen when he fueled up on an Indian reservation. No Bureau of Weights and Measures there.
mbopp 12/15/14 07:15am General RVing Issues
RE: I hate to fly

The last time DW & I flew was 10 years ago to attend DS's graduation. Dad was 70+ at the time and couldn't walk too well (stroke). Security picked him on both flights for the take-your-shoes-off inspection. My mom, DW & I were never asked. We're bobtailing to Kentucky to see DS for Christmas. I told DW she'll miss the TT and convenience of having a fridge and bathroom on the trip. Ironic - My middle DB flies an Airbus for one of the major airlines. And his son has his private license, instrument, and is going for his multi license.
mbopp 12/14/14 09:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Moving from P'up to TT ?'s

Levelling blocks Fresh water hose and pressure regulator If you get the Rhino kit you shouldn't need a donut. Cheap azz me, I use a sewer cap with a hose nipple on it and a recycled washing machine hose (F-F ends) for a backflush solution. I believe my toilet wand works better though.
mbopp 12/08/14 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: A good round of golf is ...

Golf course - the waste of a perfectly good rifle range.
mbopp 12/08/14 04:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: I'm a Peter Pan-aholic....

What? Nobody liked Robin Williams as Pan? Yeah, loved Dustin Hoffman as Hook too.
mbopp 12/05/14 02:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: *Very* Cruel Santa

I read the story on MSNBC and right under it was a link to the 10 most dangerous breeds based on reported fatalities and injuries. Yup, pit bulls were at the top of the list. I have an opinion that too many people are abusing the "service animal" name. So call me a grinch, I'm with Santa on this one.
mbopp 12/04/14 08:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Making the Change from A to TT

Don't look at the tow rating. The more important numbers are the GVW (gross vehicle weight) and GCWR (gross combined weight rating.) My guess is your SUV isn't as capable of towing as large a trailer as you think.
mbopp 12/03/14 07:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Colonial Williamsburg in June

Thanks for the responses. We've been to Colonial Williamsburg but it was years ago. From the feedback it's about what I figured - hit or miss but better than July and August. Since we'll be there a full week we'll get the Williamsburg - Yorktown - Jamestown 7-day pass. DW was involuntarily retired a few years ago. DD and her husband are educators, and now DW is the babysitter for our 2 grandkids. That makes early June as the first we could go and after Labor Day is out.
mbopp 11/30/14 12:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Colonial Williamsburg in June

We're in the planning stages for a week-long trip to Colonial Williamsburg, and will probably be staying at American Heritage cg. We were thinking about going in the middle of June to beat some of the heat and maybe crowds. Any comments? Any bugs that time of year we should be aware of?
mbopp 11/30/14 08:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stock brake controller or after market in 2014 Ram

Factory only? I don't know about Dodge, but on the F150 you can buy the factory controller. But you need a dealer to re-flash the computer to recognize the controller. A few will do it gratis but most seem to charge 1/2-hour labor.
mbopp 11/28/14 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: What do I need to know about electric awnings?

Our previous HTT had a manual awning, the new TT has an electric. I don't believe the electric one is as robust or wind-tolerant as the manual one. But, it's easy to roll it up half-way if we're gone for the day.
mbopp 11/24/14 07:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

2-year Associated degree eons ago (ours was the last class for vacuum tubes.) Worked p/t with an electrician for a while on residential wiring. ASE certification in automotive electrical systems.
mbopp 11/22/14 12:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Kevin Harvick wins Sprint Cup championship !

A while back DW & I were watching an interview with JJ. The host asked Jimmie "What do you attribute your success to?" DW & I both replied at the same time: "Chad!"
mbopp 11/21/14 05:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

I siphon the gas out of the tank and then run it until the carb is dry. For insurance I also open the carb drain. And all my small engines get non-ethanol gas.
mbopp 11/21/14 05:48pm Tech Issues
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