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RE: last trip of the year. ....hard to believe. ..

Circumstances dictate our time and the last few years we haven't been able to get out much. Then we bought a new to us TT and the last two years we've been out more. Last year was 21 nights. This year was 26 nights. It seems we just get in the groove then the temps drop. Oh living in the Northeast. I haven't blown it out yet so maybe a couple more nights. We shall see. But it makes me yearn for more....and its always a good time whether we are 7 miles or hundreds of miles away. Away.....
Crabbypatty 10/28/15 04:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Tappan Zee Bridge and 9 west heading south..

When we go southbound and have been to OBX we took rte 13 south through Delaware to the Cheasapeke Bay bridge, across Norfolk to the OBX. !3 is great and there are many CG's We have stayed at Toms Cove and CherrystoneVA our favorite CG. At the bottem of 13 is also Kiptopeke State Park, looks real nice I would stay there as well.We also Took 78 to 81 in Pennsylvania across to 66 to Fredericksburg and stayed at Fredericksburg KOA anoth favorite layover spot of ours. Happy Trails Im Jealous
Crabbypatty 10/22/15 04:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Wheel Chocks

When I looked at Roto they were around $60 and now they are less. All they do is jam the wheels so they don't move. Instead of spending $60 we always have ratchet straps in the TT to tie down this and that. I placed the vinyl coated hook through one of the rim holes on the top of each wheel. The rear wheel I hooked into a 11-12 o'clock hole the front a 12-1 o'clock hole. Then I tighten the ratchet but not to tight just snug. Works perfectly and also works as a "parking brake" in addition to a wheel chock when on a hilly surface.
Crabbypatty 10/22/15 04:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2016 GMC Vibration on highway

Just went through that. Left upper balljoint, right front tie rod, two tires and $992. No vibration anymore at 60-65. I don't go faster than that when towing....
Crabbypatty 10/20/15 04:33am Truck Campers
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Recommendation

I have two Trojan t-125's golf cart batteries and they work great. This is my second set as I sold my first TT with the first set and they were 10 years old and still going when I sold it. So it was a no brainer when I moved up to a new to us TT. In the spring since I added solar I will be buying two more to double the amps as we dry camp as much as FHU. The solar project works with 448 watts but with the two new batts Ill be adding two more panels.
Crabbypatty 10/14/15 04:36am Tech Issues
RE: 16' Internet / cell antenna mast......

Elegant set up! I have mounted the Wilson Trucker antennae to my ladder where it connects to the roof and ran the cable down through the frig. This is attached to a Wilson cell phone amplifier. A lot of people don't realize that a camper is a tin can and blocks signals. I also have Yagi mounted on a painters pole to pull in Wifi from many miles away when my roof mounted dipole doesn't work. I have found that I need both systems as one or the other aren't always available.
Crabbypatty 10/07/15 04:41am Technology Corner
RE: Goodyear Marathon tires are not good tires

I had two sets on my Wilderness which we owned for 10 years. Up and down the east coast 5x's and many places in between. Never had a problem. I always check my TV and TT before I go. You could have hit something and not know it and your wheels may be out of alignment. My new to me heavier TT has loadstar tires. Seem pretty beefy and I noticed going over the road so do a lot of Tractor Trailers. Going to replace them in the spring possibly with the same thin only do to age. They look like they have almost no miles on them but being 7 years old I can start seeing some cracks develop from being exposed to the outside.
Crabbypatty 10/06/15 04:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Increase Wifi Hot Spot Reception

I have the HwWkings dipole and also a HAwkings Booster amp in line that goes to a Hawkings smart repeater. Works great.
Crabbypatty 10/04/15 04:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Solar system while in storage

I have both solar and a charge wizard module on my house charger. The Morningstar PWM will maintain the battery and if they are full will stop the charge. Batteries lose 1%+/-/month and could be more. I leave my TT plugged in all year which includes 5 months of storage. Batteries are expensive. When I just disconnected the batts on my boat, I had to buy new ones as they died over the winter. My TT they were just fine. I would leave it on. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 10/01/15 04:33am Truck Campers
Who is going South this Winter?

Looking for tips and tricks from experienced snowbirds heading south for the winter. Where do you go, why and how long. After last winter here in the northeast considering a warmer zipcode for a few months.. Thanks!
Crabbypatty 09/30/15 04:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: "Don't Buy New"

I do not buy new as you lose 20% as soon as you drive off the lot. They make it easy to lose money by offering cheap financing etc. I only buy with cash, if I cant afford I cant have it, and it does take us a bit longer to find what we want, however, we save a lot of money that way. We don't need the latest and greatest, just what fits our needs. That being said if I win the lottery where money doesn't matter to me, I would walk in and buy a custom Prevost bus........ If your fearful as you may not have the experience bring someone who does with you once you found a rig that you like. Dont pay for anything until all systems are fired up and tested to your satisfaction.
Crabbypatty 09/25/15 04:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Imagine 2800bh slide closed no access to bedroom?

Our Sunnybrook with the slide closed you cannot easily access the bathroom. The work around is to remove the dining room table, or simpler I just press the button and let the slide out a foot. Its no big deal. It is a deep slide which is the appeal so there is that itty bitty trade off when we pit stop while on the road. No biggy.
Crabbypatty 09/22/15 04:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer length and towing

We traded up last year from a 27 ft Wilderness with no slide to 30ft Sunny Brook Sunset Creek. I used to be able to stuff the Wilderness into sites that gaves us the best views locations etc. However the new to us TT is so much larger in length and height that we now cannot fit everywhere. Looking in the mirror I used to know exactly where the rear end of the Wilderness was now I don't. I stop more and get out when backing into just bout anywhere. Still we enjoy the extra room and it was a step up in quality. No regrets
Crabbypatty 09/16/15 04:37am Travel Trailers
RE: New 5th wheel and towing issues

Besides making sure your TV is fit and ready for towing service, which is rule #1, you need to ascertain pin weight and overall gross vehicle weight. In addition to running tires at proper pressure as you could have had a blow out, you also need to load the fiver properly, rule #2. If you place to much stuff at the rear, you will unload the pin and be waggin the tail on the dog alot! Very dangerous.
Crabbypatty 09/15/15 04:49am Towing
RE: So much for Maxxis tires

I had Goodyear Marathons on my prior trailer. Up and down the coast and even harder on them, we outerbeach camp where we air them down to 20#, and they were fine. My new to me TT has Loadstars on them and I have found nothing bad. This TT was a "park model" and the tires were in storage for 6 years then put in the rig for me to drive it away. They look brand new. I was told by my dealer that the "st" tires have stronder sidewalls than "lt" but it seems that alot of rvers are switching to 'lts'. I guess I will have to research that when the time comes. But I never heard anything good about Maxxis tires.
Crabbypatty 09/15/15 04:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Survey - How Do You Store Your Class A?

Wheter its an A, B, C, TC, Fiver or TT we all have the same issues. This is my second TT and I was it with rv wash n wax before and after every trip. When storing, I wash it again and use an ADCO cover. The TT resides on the side of my garage. The only thing I do over the snowy winter is when we get really dumped on, I shovel off the roof. Its also plugged in all the time, using a charge wizard module, refrig off, rv anti freeze pumped in.
Crabbypatty 09/14/15 04:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are there any other 4X4 RV owners here?

Ive been outer beach camping for 11-12 years but in a TT not a C. I have seen a couple of c's as well as a large C that has a truck front on it. All our sand is soft and those who dont air down chew up the access roads for everyone else. It also beats up the equipment. I air down to 13 pounds in the front and 15 in the rear and 20 on the TT, and have yet to get stuck. I spoke with a TC parked on the beach and he said the weight of the TC flattens out his rears so all he does is air down his fronts. The other c I spoke to does 20 pounds all around. I like that "fishing angle" of course I cant do that as they typically prohibit trailers but there is a lot of that here on Eastern LI. Our next TV with be a pick up and Ill be looking for a used TC to put on it. Cool Rig! Happy trails!
Crabbypatty 09/12/15 05:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Making the neighbors angry

We try not to camp on any major holidays but usually go the week before and pull out on Friday. Seems like most times people just want to let go, which is great, but sometimes its just to much and they have no consideration for the neighboring rvers. But this is also how you can tell the rvers from those who just own rvs. So why be miserable and adjust the schedule. Its also easier for traveling. Were a family and we try to be considerate of our neighbors but some just arent and for those its a conversation as most have no clue, after that its up to management to maintain our experience if they want us back.
Crabbypatty 09/12/15 05:04am RV Lifestyle
RE: RV router question

Hawkings Smart Repeater inside attached to Hawkings amplifier attached to a Hawkings dipole on the roof. Works for me. Regarding the Hotspot, not all CG's have good cellular reception either. So I also have a Wilson electronics cellular amp attached to a Wilson cellular trucker antenna on the roof. Sometimes all of that doesnt work due to poor cellular coverage and poor wifi equipment at the CG. Then walk up to the office and connect with your laptop. Last year the cg I was at had poor wifi however my equipment picked up a nearby hotel and I streamed netflix. Its an adventure....
Crabbypatty 09/12/15 04:54am Technology Corner
RE: Best route thru NY

Having driven those roads to many times, I would look for a more scenic route and enjoy the ride as opposed to the roller derby of 95. There must be an alternate way as most states had nice long forgotten scenic routes before the hyways and byways were installed. We just did something similar in Mass to VT and cut through NH. A long forgotten wonderful roadway with almost no traffic and great views. Took the highway back down and regretted it!
Crabbypatty 09/11/15 04:56am Roads and Routes
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