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RE: Honda 2k and rain

Our 3000i is cable locked to the rear when parked and sitting atop a plastic milk crate, so its off the ground. I carry beach umbrellas and bungy cord it to the carry handles and keep the umbrella about a foot above the generator. It gets lots of air and the rain unless blowing real hard, stays off the generator as the umbrella is 4-5 feet in diameter. Been doing that for years camping totally exposed on the outer beaches. We also have a screw base for hard soils. Turns the holder into the ground and place umbrella pole into that. That said i have seen small tents made for generators as well.
Crabbypatty 11/24/16 04:47am Truck Campers
RE: RVers who buy up campsites

Ya know Plans Change. Did you ever think that maybe they had an emergency and couldnt use it??? Alot of CG's will not refund within 7 days of coming. I think its more presumptuous to take a site without first checking with the reservation desk. We just had a friend take a header and my wife had to go to trauma er to be with her on the night we were going out. Guess what? We couldnt use our play tickets, so two seats were empty that night......
Crabbypatty 11/18/16 04:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Which truck would be better for my TT

We just bought a F250 Crew Cab 4x4 6.2liter to pull our Sunnybrook 298 Bunkhouse. You want as much truck in front of the trailer that you can afford. Though I wanted a diesel there wasn't one available and with the 6 speed it handles the hills. Already having to emergency stop the on board brake controller was better than the Prodigy I had in the suburban. We are very happy with this set up and our TT is over 7,000lbs I wouldn'tt pull your trailer with anything less than a 3/4 ton regardless the make. Otherwise you will feel the strain and it will cost you more later in repairs.
Crabbypatty 11/17/16 04:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Used RVs

I have only bought and owned used or second hand. Ill never make enough money to lose money on a new purchase. In cars and Rv's. Start to educate yourself on maintenance issues by reading on this site and others. I wouldn't rely on an RV inspection as much as doing it myself as the industry doesn't seem to have a standard. However Search your location for the best RV dealer and get a feel for them. Go visit perhaps they will have an inspection service that the rig can be towed to and looked at and you feel that they would do a good job at it. That said part of rving is doing it yourself as problems can and do occur over the road. The more you know the better your camping will be. What seems to be a big problem when you dont know, can be just a simple fix. So study and learn before you pull the trigger. You will thank yourself later.
Crabbypatty 11/17/16 04:35am Beginning RVing
RE: How much off retail to start haggling? New TT

In my personal experience, you will lose 20% of whatever your paying as soon as your wheels turn out of the driveway. Did that once with a car and never again. I dont think Ill ever have enough to lose 20% a big chunk $. We search for good second hand and have found as recently a trade in on our F250, we saved a bundle. Did that with now our second TT. It just takes persistence to search for the right one.
Crabbypatty 11/04/16 04:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Do a walk around at every stop!

Everytime and do a good pre-flight before we leave. On one trip the morning of day 2 at the gas station I noticed that cracks in my side walls developed on two tires, that werent there the day before. I cut my speed and drove with my flashers on. At the CG the next day, I went to CW and swapped out that set of 4 for 4 new shoes. If I was oblivious I may have had a wicked blowout, and worse.....
Crabbypatty 10/26/16 04:31am Towing
RE: Mass Pike Tolling. HUGE INCREASE for campers!!!

Screw'em and jump up onto Route 2 straight to Albany. Ill try to stay away from Mass DOT
Crabbypatty 10/25/16 04:33am Roads and Routes
RE: RV crash, sad outcome!

Everyone who tows worst nightmare! Horrible!!. I tow and almost everytrip I get cut off but the intersections always make me nervous. I always scan but you never know what someone will do. People today feel they are invincible and drive like ****.
Crabbypatty 10/17/16 05:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Blowing Lines

I do both. I blow out the lines from the closest to the furthest away. The pressure restricter used for water is 45psi and thats what I do. I also add pink rv antifreeze. It only takes just a little more than a gallon and its cheap insurance of protecting any low points that defy the blow out. To me im not that thrifty to worry about a couple of bucks and guarantee that I wont have a problem. to each there own but as soon as you break a line and flood something you will wish you did. The air blow out never gets all the water out. there is always something left.
Crabbypatty 10/13/16 04:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Time for new batteries

I purchased Trojan T-125's for the front of my 27 ft TT. I had the trailer for 10 years and sold it with those batteries. When we bought our new to us TT it wasn't even a thought to do it again. You get what you pay for. Trojans are designed for industrial use. The other key is to not allow them to discharge below 50% and pay attention to the fluid level. Every time they deep discharge and you charge them up, you are boiling the electrolyte so you will always need to add some more distilled water. Last a smart charger that varies the voltage and applies a stir charge 14.4 volts keeps the plates in good shape. I bough the charge wizard and plugged it into my dumb house charger to make it smart. Happy Trails!
Crabbypatty 10/06/16 05:01am Tech Issues
RE: Route 7 thru NY and Route 9 thru Vermont

Rte 9 In Vermont is beautiful. They have slow lanes for the long hills. Stop at Hogback Mountain for the view and a great gift shop. I purchased a 3 season jacket there for nothing and I love it.
Crabbypatty 10/04/16 04:40am Roads and Routes

Its up to anyone purchasing a unit to check it out completely, and if you arent savy to that stuff, hire someone who is. Further each and every season requires checks of everything so you have a good camping season. Starting outside with mechanical s then moving inside. Every year batteries are replaced whether or not they are good on CO and Smokes. This isnt CW or anyone else's fault but your own for not checking the place out. I bought from CW and they are no different than anyone else, they want to sel you something. So you cant go in all disarmed just because of the brand. It took me more than 4 hours to clear CW with my TT. We checked everything and we didnt pay until the very end, which kept them very motivated to satisfy my concerns. Always caveat emptor or buyer beware. I am sorry about your daughter so please do not misplace my wishes. I hope your her and your family a cure and speedy recovery.
Crabbypatty 09/30/16 04:24am Camping World RV Sales
RE: Does Furnace Run on DC Power??

While sleeping some of the cold you feel is actually coming through the mattress from below. The under spaces arent heated and you could also be over the outside storage. Place under your mattress 1/2" blueboard or 1/2"celotex. It will make a big difference as does flannel sheets.
Crabbypatty 09/29/16 04:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Ohio to Boston

We stayed at Cape Cod Camping Resort in Falmouth, which I would recommend for a MoHo. We also stayed at Peters Pond and I would NOT recommend that place. It is mostly owners in their single wide's and they sprinkle campsites between them. The guy on the end couldn't stand us and was very territorial with his single wide. Nasty looks every time we went in and out. The kids go round and round in circles all day on the pond. Atlantic Oaks is further out and you could fit in there. A lot of Cg's close and a lot do not have FHU so call around. Though it is a drive as Cape Cod CG is in the beginning of the Cape, it worked for us as we drove back in forth. The cape also has the Rail Trail which is a bike trail laid out on the railroad runs. There are places to park, then you bike from town to town. That was a lot of fun. In Woods Hole eat at Shuckers for the best Lobster Roll and shellfish. Woods Hole also has the Marthas Vineyard ferry for a day trip and inshore science excursions. Nearby in Plymouth we just spent 5 days at Pinewood Lodge CG and I can only imagine how beautiful the lake would be in color. Plymouth just a quick 10 minute drive. Lots of restaurants historic attractions. We took the fast ferry to P Town which is the last town on Cape Cod, at the very end. Nice boat ride across the bay. Good food, attractions and shopping there. Also went whale watching which was amazing. Not knowing your route, I would try to avoid I95 its just stress full and would stay north and take Mass Pike I90 to 495 to the Bourne Bridge. We also take I395 north south which is very enjoyable if you want to come south sooner. Then its a short hop on I95 to 195 to the Bourne Bridge. Hope this helps you Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 09/29/16 04:27am Roads and Routes
Blow Out leads to Death

Horrible story about a blowout and loss of control of MoHo into the trees. His wife was following and watched it happen. The exact cause may not be truly know but they believe that it was a blowout. Check your gear and be safe out there! http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Hampton-Bays/496298/BREAKING-New-York-State-Troopers-Respond-To-RV-Accident-On-Sunrise-Highway-By-Hampton-Bays Our thoughts go out to his family!
Crabbypatty 09/28/16 07:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Driving in the sand

Depends on the sand. Some beaches are hard pack and you drive right on, others are sugar sand that can swallow you up quickly. Our beaches or on ramps are soft sugar sand and the park personal do not provide proper instruction to the people coming on. Especially the day trippers. They invariably don't air down or not enough and use the gas pedal to rototill the on ramps making it difficult for the next people. The beginning of the season when the beaches havent had much use I go to 20psi. Late summer 13 psi in the front and 15 psi in the rear. This mind you also depends on the tires. Some rvers who are on alot have summer tires and winter tires. The summer tires are big balloons and they just float on top with minimal effort. So you need to see what conditions you are attempting and dont be afraid to ask someone else who is airing down in the same place. I ask people coming on and off to see whats up. Happy trails
Crabbypatty 09/24/16 05:35am Truck Campers
RE: GREAT Mysteries of RV'n

They must use midgets when designing bathrooms.....(no offense just really non typical sized homosapiens)
Crabbypatty 09/21/16 04:28am General RVing Issues
RE: what is "glamping'?

Its a made up term that allows those who think we are trailer trash to camp. These are the same folks who buy airstreams and have them parked in there back yards as guest houses.
Crabbypatty 09/20/16 04:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Ham Radio Operaters out there?

Im a ham and brought my Baofeng GT3 HT with me and had a few qso's. I have yet to operate while on the road. There is an RV Services Net http://rvsvcnet.wbcci.net/rv-service-nets/ That operates all over the country to assist rvers on the road. I intend on getting a buddipole or something like that to setup when parked. For the TV I was thinking about a Little Tar Heel. Still a wrok in progress. 73's k2bkr
Crabbypatty 09/17/16 05:02am General RVing Issues
RE: 4x4 vs 2x4

We camp on the outer beach so 4x4 is mandatory. Living in the North East 4x4 is mandatory with the snow. That being said if you dont live in the snowy regions and do not ever want to camp off road, you think that you might not need it. However we camped in the WHite Mountains and our site was just a little off grade. It rained the noght before departure. I couldnt drive out of the gravel site in 2 wd. I pressed the button to 4wd and we were on our way. Thing I backed into the site and it looked fine. That very slight grade change didnt even click unitl we tried to leave. I would have needed a tow without it.
Crabbypatty 09/16/16 04:47am Tow Vehicles
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