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RE: Hitch for 3/4 ton TV and 37-ft TT

I have the reese dual cam sway 1200/12,000 lb hitch now for 11 years. Towing with a 3/4 ton Suburban 8.1L I put a class 4 hitch on back of Burb. First TT was 7,000Lb gvw. Never a issue in all kinds of weather and emergency stops. I just upgraded TT to a 30' Aluminum frame Sunny Brook. Its a heavier TT 10,000 gvw. Same hitch no issues. It has been said that the Hensely is the best but I have never had an issue with sway with the Reese or how it distributes weight to the Suburban.
Crabbypatty 10/22/14 04:34am Towing
RE: Propane furnace battery usage

As stated if this is your route, increase your batts to have more than 400ah. I have 240 in two slow to drain golf cart batts. You can go down to 50-60% batt by morning.So only 120ah is available. Never go below 50% your just killing the life of your batts. Also as recommended leave heat lower. Its a dry heat and if to hot, besides draining your batts, will leave you with a nice headache in the am. We just camped this past weekend and needed it both nights. I set it around 50.
Crabbypatty 10/21/14 04:32am Beginning RVing
Last bacon and eggs of the season

Sitting here in a cg in Mass. Overcast leaves turning color, the smell of bacon and coffee will have to last us for the winter. Smells great and somehow it smells better than at home. Shortly it will be wheels up, for the tow home. A great last trip of the year. Over the winter we will tweek the TT for the anticipated spring launch. But why rush it. THe bacon smells great.
Crabbypatty 10/19/14 07:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How Much solar to Add??

Wintersun, Thats helpful. We rarely utilize the lights and I have been researching LED but they aren't cheap. Still I will eventually replace them. It was on my mind about the batt's being full and generating to much power for no purpose so I don't want to over size and pay out alot that I dont have to. I'm not concerned about clouds or shade as we always toat a genny and we will be downsizing to the lighter 2000's. I have begun researching 300 watt kits that are also easily expandable. So if its not enough I will add a panel. I do fortunately have a lot of real estate on this roof. Thanks for the input!
Crabbypatty 10/17/14 05:02am Tech Issues
RE: Travel during the Fall on the East Coast

The leaves are almost down in Maine but the leaves are just starting to turn in lower NY. We are heading to Boston Minuteman CG mid Massachusetts, this weekend where they should be in full color. If it were me I would be up in Bar Harbor Me end of Sept early Oct looking to color turn time as well as linking up fall festivals. I beleive end of Sept ME has a lobster fest. and start working south and west from there. A little coast time then west into the mountains down Pennsylvania way. That will be a fun future trip. Happy Trails!
Crabbypatty 10/16/14 05:00am Roads and Routes
RE: How Much solar to Add??

I appreciate the mostly constructive answers. Others shouldnt even post. We dry camp at the most 7 days at the moment, however that might change. We do not use the lights much the main draw in the summer is the water pump for dishes and showers. We do not use the bath houses.. In the spring and fall the heater blower would come on. Those are the main draws. From what I gather the more the merrier and certainly if it was just a weekend I would consider less. I believe that i will be increasing the battery bank, undecided if Ill add two more T-125's or sell them and get a pair of L16's upfront. Space and adding hitch weight are something to think about. I will start with around 500 watts or so with two panels, leaving space for more to add of we need it. We want to downsize our generator as the Honda 3000 is 135lbs and humping that up and out is getting to be a bit much. I want to sell it and get a pair of 2000's. One would be plenty to run on cloudy shady days to bump the batts up. A 2000 only weighs just under 50 lbs. Once I find a good sale and install I will post for others to learn fro as well. While there were alot of posts. I wanted to hear from real time issues. Happy Trails!!
Crabbypatty 10/16/14 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: Improve campground WiFi signal

Hawkings Smart Repeater plus Hawkings wifi dipole on the roof. I stream netflix providing that the cg has a good provider. Wife is FB addict. Its only as good as the signal your getting it from. Last week the cg signal was no good but I connected to a condo a mile away. Worked great.
Crabbypatty 10/15/14 04:28am Technology Corner
How Much solar to Add??

We dry camp as much as wet camp. I have tow Trojan T-125's up front providng a good long draw for 240ah. I am looking to keep these charged up. 300-400-500 Watts? Waterpump and heater are the two largest draws. Possibly might add two more T- 125's as well. Trials, tribulations and suppliers? Thanks
Crabbypatty 10/15/14 04:26am Tech Issues
RE: Bar Harbor RV Park in Aberdeen MD

My sister has a few times and love it. We will go some day so we can see Baltimore.
Crabbypatty 10/14/14 04:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New York State Thruway - overnight

Why bother? Locate a cg near where you need to layover and go there. Safer and more comfortable.
Crabbypatty 10/10/14 04:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Smoker----Professional Brisket Results???

I have owned a Weber Charcoal Smoker and just made my first brisket an it was awesome. My brisket can rival any bbq joint that Ive had. All true bbq is made with either wood or charcaol and that's part of the flavor profile. You can use wood chips with gas or electric but its missing something. Your great brisket is right here http://www.hayneedle.com/outdoor/smoker-grills_weber_list_169229_13430?source=msadcenter&kwid=weber%20smokey%20mountain%20cooker&tid=exact&redirect=false Have Santa put it under the tree! My 5lb brisket was cooked perfectly in 3hrs. I dry rubbed over night then placed on the smoker. I never basted it but used a varaint of Eastern Carolina sauce. Good luck!
Crabbypatty 10/08/14 04:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Selling an RV

I sold mine through Craigslist this past spring. I required that they reply with an email address and local telephone number. That separated the wheat from the chaff.
Crabbypatty 10/06/14 04:26am General RVing Issues
RE: done for the year :(

Garywt I feel your pain especially since we picked up a new rig. Maybe Columbus Day in Montauk then the weekend after that up by you. Then it's winterization......
Crabbypatty 09/30/14 03:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: slingbox anybody?

I have it and you need a strong wifi signal or internet connection. This is becoming harder as it seems everyone gets on the net about the same time so it depends on the CG wifi service. I also watch netflix while camping.
Crabbypatty 09/30/14 04:37am Technology Corner
RE: Ham Radio

I have begun studying and will eventually go for the tests. Tech and General first then off to extra. My thoughts are that its something I always wanted to do, safety while dry camping, and for emergency communications. We had two years will hurricanes that knocked out power and communications. Super Storm Sandy was a little scary as without power and gasoline shortages, it was starting to get a little nasty here on LI. Well I ordered an inexpensive Baofung HT as my first radio and will start listening until I get my ticket. Then it will take a little time to figure out what radio to get. Something that would work will at the house, the car and the TT. Should I need to move it around. What kind of antennaes do you guys use on your rigs? Thanks
Crabbypatty 09/30/14 04:30am General RVing Issues
Ham Radio

How many rvers are into Amateur Radio? Other than fun how usefull in your travels has it been?
Crabbypatty 09/28/14 04:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6V Deep Cycle Batteries

Unless you used a smart charger, like a charge wizard module plugged into your dumb charger, you have shortened the life of your batts. The smart charger maintains the battery and stirs it as well as keep it charged up. In addition you need to check the fluids regularly and not let the batts go more than 50% discharge. Go to a service station and have each batt tested. You might have just one with a dying cell that needs to be replaced. My Trojan T125's were 10 years old when I sold them and still going. So on my new to me TT I bought the sames ones and bought the charge wizard module for $25 its worth its weight in gold.
Crabbypatty 09/23/14 04:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campgrounds in Gettysburg, PA

Drummer boy used to be a koa. Clean nice park we went ther 3x
Crabbypatty 09/21/14 10:28am Family Camping
RE: What to you mount your inverter on?

My old and now new inverter both needed to be mounted as close tot he battery as possible. So in both cases I mounted them on the wall in the front storage compartment within 6 feet of the batteries. Then I ran 14/2 romex. The 12volt draw can get very hot so a large gauge wire to battery is required. The walls where they are mounted are the inside of the storage compartment and I believe Masonite. Never place anything that can get warm on a some kind of combustible surface like carpet.
Crabbypatty 09/19/14 04:30am Tech Issues
RE: RV Park in Myrtle Beach and Charleston

In Charlestown we stayed at James Island county park. It's is fhu and they have a shuttle that will take you to the city or Folly Beach. In Myrtle most of the parks are located along Kings Highway which has plenty of places to eat. We stayed at Pirateland and love it. You may want to check a map as there are a couple of cg closer to the downtown. We preferred to stay away from the hubbub. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 09/17/14 03:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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