If you have doubts, put a cup of water in the freezer compartment and put a cup of water in the refrigerator compartment. Turn the refrigerator on and see what happens! As long as the freezer keep that cup of ice frozen and it never thaws .... well ... there's your answer!
If you're storing your RV in a location you think theft is a possibility, yes remove the tanks. If theft is not an issue, it does not hurt to leave the tanks on OR take them off the camper and bring them home. If you do leave them on the camper, make sure you turn the tank knobs completely off so you won't have any leak and next time you use the tank it might be empty.
You could also store the tanks inside the camper if you don't want to bring them home.
The maximum width of my dually is 8 feet, or 96 inches. I tow a utility trailer all the time. It's not near that wide, and I have no issues towing it. Just because I can't see it in my rear view mirrors doesn't mean I shouldn't tow it!
I'll bet the tax payers appreciate that little "oops!"
Keep reminded of your RV height! Put it right in your signature block. Every time you check one of your own posts, you'll be reminded! Works for me!
May I ask what you have been washing your roof with? Are you using rubber roof cleaner and rubber roof conditioner? If you are using something else, it might not be dry rot, but dry-out due to household chemicals-cleaners. For an immediate "attempted" fix or at least a "help", get a bottle of RV rubber roof conditioner and spray the dickens out of it and let it absorb.
I had my Keystone Springdale for 8 years and only washed the roof with RV rubber roof cleaner and RV rubber roof conditioner (never Spick N Span or some other house hold cleaner) and when I traded last September, the roof still looked good. It might have had some stains, but no cracks or anything. It sat out in the sun for 8 years and snow in the winter. I tried covering a few times, but gave up on the eventually.
I am assuming you mean there is a white ring around your rig on the ground? Which means when it rained, the white coating on the roof came down the sides of the camper and made a "ring" all around the camper. If this is the case, you probably should think of treating your roof with rubber roof sealer. It's a rubbery substance you brush or roll on your roof, like paint, it dries and becomes a new rubber layer. It's not cheap though, but it's a lt cheaper than replacing the entire roof.
You can probably get another year or 2 out of it before you should treat it. But if you treat it now, it would be better.
As with home inspectrs, when you purchase a new home, it's a joke! We tried selling our home and we went through 3 potential buyers, each did a home inspection with 3 different people, and the results were different 3 different times! What a joke. What the first one overlooked, the second one made a major issue over it! It was rediculous!
Same could be said for RV inspectors, in my opinion. Best thing you can do is take a trustwrthy friend that knows something about construction, electronics, and RV's. In the end, YOU have to be the final judge anyway. So, use your best commen sense, ask questions, and make sure you check everything!
Even car mechanics miss stuff when purchasing a BRAND NEW car!
Well, this is just my opinion, but I bet once you've used a hard sided TT for a while, you won't be going back to a pop-up. I suggest getting something that you'd like to keep "forever". Why cheap-out. You're going to be living in it for a while, why not get something comfortable, up-to-date, and think long-term usage? If at the end of the road, if you do decide to sell it, you've got a nice unit that someone else WILL want.
Well, I have '05 Silverado (see my signature block below), and I can tow anything! I'm currently towing over 8000 pounds now with absolutely no stress on the engine or transmission! If that helps. Always use "tow mode" and you'll have no problems towing anything. If you go with a triple axle trailer, you might think of going with a bigger tow vehicle, but if double axle, your 3500 diesel will have no issues.
You did not indicate if you'll have access to shore power or not.
Heat will be your biggest challenge. We enjoy driveway camps in the winter, especially week-ends, and our new Outback functions far different than our old Springdale. First, it takes a LOT more propane to heat, and we run 2 electric ceramic heaters to help boost it "over the edge". Winter is just starting, and we've already been through 3 - 30 pound tanks since we've purchased the Outback in September of this year, and one tank is empty right now (getting it refilled today).
Your windows may have a tendency to fog up and ice over. One thing I noticed with the closet slide (our Springdale did not have any slides), is the closet itself is very cold inside, and the edges around it, are very cold also. I see the potential for this area to sweat also.
If you're in a snowy environment, you'll be dealing with wet boots, shoes, and clothing. You'll need some way to dry everything when you come back into the camper. Not sure how you'll do this, but it's something to think about. Leaving boots outside is not the answer. Who wants to put frozen shoes and boots on your feet? In the Army, when I was in Korea, (1984-1985), when in the field, we were told to always hang our clothing up in the tents to dry out over night and sleep with as little on as possible to avoid sweating in our sleeping bags. Wet clothing in the field in cold weather was a bigger enemy than the "enemy." Trench foot was a big threat. I ended up with a foot fungus that took the next 20 years to finally clear up.
We use a port-a-potty we purchased form Dicks Sporting Good. Any Sporting Goods store has them. We do not use the on-board water system, or holding tanks. We take the port-a-potty and dump it in the house toilet every day we in the camper. When we ARE actually camping away from home, we dump it down a pit toilet. We don't do "real" wilderness "off the grid" camping at all. If you do "off the grid" camping, you can probably just dump it on the ground, or if your able to dig a hole in the frozen "tundra", dump it there and when you leave cover it. We did this in the Army too.
Water will be a challenge, but you'll soon learn how little water you really need. Take lots of baby-wipes for clean up. Which bring up disposing trash. If you're in a campground, you'll probably have dumpsters and can probably burn in a fire pit. If "wilderness" camping, you can burn everything except your metal items. You'll need to carry them "out" with you. Be responsible.
And if you smoke, don't throw those cigarette butts on the ground! .. anywhere! That's just plain rude, stupid, and selfish! Not to mention a fire hazard... even though people who do throw butts on the ground don't think so. I've seen 2 fires started around businesses when someone tossed a butt into the bushes and mulch!
Here again, if you electric shore power, it will be much easier than if you have to run off a generator. But if you don't mind the noise and carrying extra fuel, a generator will do well. Just plan on making sure you've got good heat and somwehow to dry out.
You mentioned the roads around Indianapolis. May I add that if you're traveling 465 on the East side of Indianapolis, and if you're towing a trailer, you're going to get bucked around like a mad bull in a Mexican Bull fight! If you're not towing, you don't notice it. But when towing it's the most horrible road I've been on in a while.
You mentioned I-70 East of Indianapolis. Here again, from Indianapolis to Ohio is horrible for the same reason. I quite driving this stretch and started taking secondary highways and even county roads. Many county roads are smoother than I-70.
And then when you get close to Richmond ... OH MY GOSH! Just get off I-70 anywhere and take back roads, unless you enjoy having the******literally shook out of you, your camper, and everything you've got! There again, when not towing, you don't notice it.
I-65 South of Indianapolis is horrible also for the same reason. No kidding ... in Indiana, I've started avoiding all interstates ... everywhere when towing. I don't enjoy riding raging bulls bucking and kicking the stuffings out of me!
Why am I attracted to the RV lifestyle. This goes way, way back in time for me....
First, my parents had a travel trailer and we traveled all over the US. They were square dancers and they would go to square dance convention from Philidelphia, to Houston, Texas, to Florida. I loved playing in that camper too when it was parked at home, but Mom and Dad would never let me play in it.
I also wanted my own tree-house as a kid, but when Dad carved out a few acres from a cornfield he bought from his grandmother, there were no trees. There were no trees on that property that could support a tree house for another 30 years later.
I also wanted my own club-house, thus the chicken-house was my private "cabin", but also had to share it with a bunch of 2 legged feathered friends.
So, when I got old enough to determine my own destiny, I married the right girl, because she came fom a camping family too. Fast forward, and it was only natural to get an RV, starting with a tent, to a Pop-up, to 3 TT's later.
It was just a few months ago, when we purchased our Outback, I finally realized why I enjoy the camper so much, either on the road, or even at home in the driveway!... It's because it's the little "club-house", and "Tree House" I never had as a kid!
It WONDERFUL to have my own little "play house" now and my #1 club member is my wife! and #2 is my dog! This is my child hood dream, and it's finally become a reality!
Oh yea, I like to travel too, but I'm just has happy at home in the drive-way as I am 1000 miles away as long as I'm in the camper.
Actually, my wife and I are in the camper right now, watching "Gradnma got run over by a reindeer"... the cartoon on CW. I ran a line from the house off the Satellite and we're plugged into the garage and running nice HEAT in the camper even though it's pretty cold outside ... it's really sweet in here!
By the way, if you want to enter... you'll need the password!
If you're wondering how old I am (I'm just a big kid at heat), I'm 58.
I'm a software tester, I test an Internet Site for a major financial institution. The idea of "quality" has come up many times in my profession. And I have finally come up with a definition of what "Quality" is: An item is said to have "Quality" when it meets the conditions for which it was created.
For example, a chair's requirement might be designed and created to hold the maximum weight of 125 pounds. So it's created with light wood, it's glued with an marginal glue, and it's finished with a mid-grade varnish. When someone who weighs 125 pounds sites on the chair and it successfully supports him, and the chair does not collapse, we can all agree it has "quality". It is doing what it was designed to do.
However, if a 600 pound man sits on the same chair and it collapses, far too often it's implied that the chair was not made with any "quality" and it's a piece of junk. Is it "junk?" Absolutely not! It was designed to support 125 pounds, not 600 pounds, so when the 600 pound person sat, it broke. That's not the fault of the chair, the manufacturer, or any else. The reason the chair collapsed is because the person who sat on it, had a wrong misconception of what the chair should do!
So it's the same with any RV. Quality is a relative term. Thor Industries has made successful and good "quality" RV for many, many years, as has many other manufactures. But it only takes one negative review to bring doubt on the entire industry. And if the truth be told, more than likely, the problem was not in the way the camper was manufactured, more than likely the owner tried to use it in such a way it was not designed to be used.
So when someone starts talking about "bad quality", keep this thought in mind!
(Not only am I software tester that has to deal with this very concept every day, but I also have a relative that weighs over 500 pounds, and every time I see him sit, I wonder if the chair will hold him because most normal, every day, chairs are not built to support that much weight!) -- a real example here!
We've had this one for over 15 years now. Don't know if they even make this one any more, but it's been used on several thousands and thousands of miles. Nice thing about it is, we can mount it to the truck receiver. At one time, we hauled 4 bicycles on this. But as the kids grew up, wife and I got a bicycle for 2 and been using it this way ever since. As I recall, this was not very cheap, even by today's economy, but it was worth every penny. It's lasted and still in excellent shape!
Agree. Common sense and non sense are relative! Kind of like my favorite saying that "I" coined:
"Insanity is just a state of mind."... you've really got to think about that? If the majority of people were "insane" that would be considered "normal" and "normal would be "insane". So who determines what is really "normal" and what is "insane"? It's relative .... a 'state of mind?" who's mind?
So is common-sense and non-sense. To one common-sense is non-sense, and to the other non-sense is really "common"-sense!
I think my head is splitting over this one! :)
That happened to us one time in Indianapolis when we went to see the Indianapolis team play hocky. (I've never been to a hocky game in my life until this time, got free tickets, shoot ... I still don't know what the name of the Indianapolis team is anyway!)... anyway... there was this little booth there for a contest drawing so we put our name in the hat. A few days later we got a call and I asked them who they were and how they got my name. They said it came from the hocky game contest. I listened to their pitch and then simply told them I wasn't interested. Nothing to get upset about there. I was nice to them. To this day, I still don't know what it really was they were trying to get me to buy into. But hey! I filled it out, so ... it's just one of those things!
It's not the "volts", everything (household) is 110 volt. It's the amperage draw you got to watch. Me-thinks if you're cold weather camping and your plugged into a normal 20 or 30 amp receptacle, you'll have no problems with your camper. The converter changes 110 volts AC to 12 volts DC for your lights. The rest passes the 110 volts to your normal house hold style plugs. If you run your air conditioner, electric water heater, microwave, blow dryer, toaster, electric coffee pot, then maybe you'll max out the 30 amp.
Here's a thought, something which is much easier to do with a PUP than a hard-sided trailer, you can always run an extension cord (utility style) from the campground electric pedestal, under the canvas side of your camper, and plug your pad into that, by-passing the camper completely. We use an electric flat griddle and an electric frying pan outside for about 99% of our cooking, and I always plug it with an utility extension cord directly into the electric post, never through the camper. Never had a problem either way though.