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RE: Bringing kayak with you...

I tow with a pickup that has a 6.5' bed and am thinking about getting a hard-sided kayak---preferably a tandem kayak---to bring with us. I was thinking it would just need to be strapped down in the bed with a good bit of it hanging out over the tailgate. Do any of you do this? How does it work? Have any size suggestions for how long of a kayak this would work for? As it happens, we have a new-to-us 2013 F-150 with the 6.5' box. The truck came with a tonneau cover and we wanted that to be usable with a kayak rack installed - that meant a stake pocket rack. Dissatisfied with the commercially available options, we made our own - it uses Thule cradles and carries our three kayaks perfectly. Installation, loading, unloading and removal are all simple. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/448/19351550376_6123a17772_z.jpg You can see my build thread here on RV.net... Stake Pocket Kayak Rack. Nice and helpful write up. Thank you for taking the time to post this so that anyone who wants to copy it can easily.
CavemanCharlie 08/27/15 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mayo Clinic

We stayed at Autumnwoods this spring. The campground was neat as a pin, and the people very friendly. It is outside the city near the airport, but it's an easy drive to the clinic. We told them we were there for a Mayo appointment, and they gave us a discount. On edit: there really are no places near the clinic to park an RV. They have ample space in parking ramps for patient parking. Autumnwoods has a shuttle you can take to and from the clinic. We just drove our toad from the campground. Really, no places near the clinic ? That's unusual, most hospitals I've been at have a RV lot near by. (But, I've not been to very many) Mayo must be dropping the ball on this one.
CavemanCharlie 08/25/15 10:58am General RVing Issues
RE: insurance?

I have mine through my State Farm Agent. When towing you are coverd by the tow vehicles insurance. But, I do have coverage for the rest of the time. On my 20 year old TT I'm not sure it worth it. They charge you by what the cost of the TT was new. But, if there was ever a problem they would only pay the book value; which on mine is not much.
CavemanCharlie 08/25/15 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: LaVeta Pass

BTW/the first time I went over LaVeta was in a 1959 B Model Mack with a load of cows on the old road doing 13 MPH at night. That old Mack would put out 18 inches of flame and belch black smoke but it was a wimp. Spent many night crawling up and down Co NM mountains in that tub. It had holes in the floor, no AC, was 180 in the summer and you got slush in your face in the winter. Slept across the seat if you needed a nap. Too bad you don't have a photo of that. If you did Hemmings Classic Car magazine does a write up each month on old trucks and there drivers.
CavemanCharlie 08/25/15 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Mayo Clinic

I don't know but, I suggest you call Mayo and ask. I'm sure that they have a spot in there parking lot to put your RV for a while but, it would not be camping. I do believe that if you ask them they will tell you all the nearest campgrounds. I'm sure this question has been asked of them before.
CavemanCharlie 08/24/15 06:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Updating...

Nice work. I enjoy looking at people photos of there RV modifications. As for your flowers on the glass I think RV manufactures must have a really weird since of style. I've seen some strange things done. At least you don't have the pink upholstery that they use sometimes.
CavemanCharlie 08/23/15 12:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: parts identification on an old shasta compact.

For a travel trailer that old a little bit of rot like in your second picture is quite common. How you decide to fix it is up to you.
CavemanCharlie 08/23/15 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: I want a second RV, either a Nash 17k or a 22H

I like the looks of the 22H. I have a similar lay out in my TT. I agree that having the bathroom in the middle like the 17K has makes it seem small. I had a TT with a lay out similar to that too and I sold it to buy the one I now have.
CavemanCharlie 08/23/15 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: How much wind is too much?

It seems like it is always windy here. 15-20 mph is normal it seems, but today the winds were consistently around 20 and the gusts were supposed to increase to 31 later in the day. We went home a few hours early to avoid the 30 mph gusts, but end up driving in those all spring it seems. I don't like driving in it, but, if we waited for the wind to die down around here, we would never get to go camping! Yup, must have been the same wind I was getting away from. I was camping near Okoboji, IA.
CavemanCharlie 08/23/15 12:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Does your fridge maintain the same temp on AC & Propane?

Mine keeps the same temp on both. But, I do believe it cools down faster the first time on propane. But, I have never actually done a test to see if it really does or if it's just my imagination.
CavemanCharlie 08/22/15 11:56am Travel Trailers
RE: How much wind is too much?

Just this morning I woke up at 7 am and while listening to the weather report on my weather radio they said the wind was going to be coming up to 30 mph after noon and in the evening there was a 70 percent chance of rain with hail. I was camping 50 miles from home and I just threw everything helter/skelter into my TT and headed out for home in my shorts. Was home before the wind. I hated to do it and it kinda hurt to miss a day of camping but, I'm home safe now with the TT in the shed and I'm glad I did it. The wind is really howling now. I would not want to be towing in it and I avoided the rain and hail.
CavemanCharlie 08/22/15 11:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Dent Vent

I had a Travel Trailer once that had something like that. It had a household furnace outlet vent screwed to the side of the RV. I couldn't figure out what it was for and upon removing it I found that someone had poked a small hole in the side. After bending the hole shut as well as they could and using calk to fill in the rest they put a vent over the hole to make it look better. I must admit it looked better the the hole. I put it back on and used it that way for years.
CavemanCharlie 08/22/15 11:41am General RVing Issues

Give up on the air bags. Bend the fender back yourself. Get a headlight assembly from a salvage yard repair it yourself or hire a body shop to do it. The body shop is probably trying to charge your insurance company for a new fender and head light. If you get used it will be cheaper. Your lucky you can do that. On the new vehicles if the air bags go off the computer will not let the vehicle run.
CavemanCharlie 08/20/15 12:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Overnighting at a rest area

I didn't read this whole thread but, I found. In MN it says: No overnight parking allowed. 6 hour stops maximum.
CavemanCharlie 08/18/15 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: What would you do, stay put or pull over?

I would and have pulled over. I work on the farm and I do my best to get our wide farm equipment over to the side to let vehicles pass.
CavemanCharlie 08/17/15 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Shopping for new TV

Golly, I have a 11 year old Chevy Silverado 1500 . I have had it for 4 years. It's Broke down all the time. Cost 400 dollars in repairs for every 10000 miles I drive it. The transmission was the big thing. Got a Buddy with a 2003 Surburban and his transmission went out too. The transmissions on these things have a life expectancy of about 80000 miles.
CavemanCharlie 08/16/15 05:47pm General RVing Issues

Glad you are OK. I agree that it would be a good idea to see a Doctor just to be certain. Older vehicles used to set the air bag off easily. The newer ones need a signal from both the point of impact (Front Bumper) and a another sensor that reads the forces on the vehicle (mounted under the vehicle somewhere) Also, I've been told that once the airbags go off the vehicle shuts down and will not re-start. Cost's so much to fix it you usually have to total the vehicle. I can't believe you drove it home after the air bags went off. What year of and type Van was it?
CavemanCharlie 08/16/15 05:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Borax Ant Killer.-- Cheap and Effective

I don't like the Boarax idea because of it's danger to pets and children. Some of the other ideas are interesting. Although some of them may be dangerous for your pet that is often only when eaten in large quantities.
CavemanCharlie 08/16/15 05:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bathroom Privacy

Yup, bathroom door locks can be opened by using a small pin if they ever get locked accidentally. And, as someone said a lot of them will unlock if you try to shut the door after locking them.
CavemanCharlie 08/16/15 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Entry Step Supports?

Ditch the factory step and go with this bad boy, for the ultimate upgrade (if it's affordable) TorkLift GlowStep Revolution That does look interesting.
CavemanCharlie 08/16/15 04:52pm Travel Trailers
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