Just purchased a roll-up cover for our Chevy 3500 long bed from Toneau Pro. Sits about an inch above the bed rails. I can easily roll it up myself to the rear window of the cab when towing so have full access to the entire bed, and roll it back down when unhitched. It latches at the end of the bed, so if you have a locking tailgate (which I don't) it will give you some protection from theft. Total cost was around $290 or so, and installed very easily with clamps (no drilling). There are a bunch of companies who make this type of cover, and I have no opinion to offer as to which might be better. What we have works for us, though, and with a price tag under $300, I figured I could replace it in 5 years or so if I should have problems with the mechanics, fading, etc.
This thread is useless without pics :)
Actually, this is one of those times when imagination might be better than pictures, especially for those of us who have 'been there and done that stupid thing". :S
Had an opportunity to do a direct comparison this past summer between AT&T and Verizon for wireless cellular data when taking a three-week sojourn out west from Indiana to the Tetons, then to Yellowstone, and finally the Black Hills on our way back home. We had two iPhones on a Verizon data plan, and an iPad on an AT&T data plan. While we did run into locations where we didn't have service from either provider, most notably in Yellowstone, there were many times we had to use the WIFI hotspot service on an iPhone to connect to our iPad as there was no AT&T data service. This was necessary for us as our iPad was hosting our travel applications, including Allstay, iExit, etc. Having said this, I expect that there would be fewer incidence of that happening out east where both carriers have better coverage, but if traveling to the thinner populated western states, I'll be sticking with Verizon. No experience, so no comments on TMobile or other companies.
As for phones, we've had both Droids and iPhones, and while the iPhones cost more up front, I wouldn't go back to any of the Droids due to ease of use and availability of applications.
And a final comment... I was one of those folks that swore I'd never get that much use out of a smart phone. Said the same thing at one time about GPS navigation systems. While I can't say that I actually NEED either, the value I get from both of these technologies is such that I really wouldn't travel without them. Hershey's list on the first page of this thread lays out a number of the potential benefits, but there are many more beyond those.
We carry our twin Champion 2000i's in our truck bed and take them out when we need them, chaining them to the front legs for security. I have covers for them to protect them from the rain. Have done this for a few years now and never had a problem. I wouldn't want to run them from any of the basement storage areas due to the potential of carbon monoxide and noise inside the coach.
Just picked up our first diesel TV... Chevy 3500 D/A. Really looking forward to using the truck lanes and avoiding the (sometimes) hassle of getting into and out of auto pump lanes. I've read in more than one place about possible problems with nozzle sizes. Am I going to have this problem with a 2007 Chevy 3500? Do I need to purchase an adapter? Wouldn't like to find myself filling up for the first time and discovering then that I have a problem.
I assume the OP knows about water lines.
what I always do, at the last stop (dumping station) on our way home,
is switching of the waterpump, open all faucets and all drainvalves. When I reach home, even the last drop of water should have left the RV, due to the constant movement while driving.
Here are some examples of things, where I'm not sure:
Nespresso capsules, li-ion-batteries, spices, flour, salt, sugar, oil, antibiotics, painkillers, hairspray, moist toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste
Beyond winterizing the lines, we take everything out that has a liquid/paste base (Nespreso capsules, oil, hairspray, shampoo, and toothpaste from your list above.) Also any liquid cleaning supplies and of course, any liquid in containers (beer, soda, etc). We also take any pills or other drugs out as I'm uncertain as to whether freezing temperatures might effect them. As for electronics, batteries, flashlights and the like along with clothing, sheets & blankets, pillows, towels, shoes, etc., we leave them in place and have never had a problem. Dry food items we bring in, but that's to avoid attracting rodents and other pests.
All items go into a storage container or two that get stowed in a warm storage area in our house (spare bedroom in our case) so when we un-winterize in the spring, we don't have to remember all of the 'little things' that need to be restocked.
Great post, and spot on. I'm a regular on a couple of other forums, most notably one that relates to cruising, and find that 90% or more of the folks on this one are friendly, respectful, helpful, and don't take the opportunity to run folks down when someone asks a 'stupid question' or offers up a different opinion. Wish the folks on the other forums would follow the same practice. But I suppose this is just a reflection of the type of people who adopt the RV/camping life style in the first place. One of the reason we travel in our fiver is the type of folks we run into along the way.
Thanks for the post.
Had a short bed and now have a long bed, both extended cab. Long bed seems to ride easier, but the real payoff for me is the ability to easily carry our bicycles between the cab and the hitch. Oh... and there was that time in our first year of towing that I put the nose of the fiver through the glass of the cab...
You may already be doing this, but it's helpful to look at the web page maps and have some site numbers in mind ahead of time and then book when the window opens. For example, in Zion NP Watchman campground, which has electricity, there are some sites along the river that are a short walk to the visitor center and free trams & ranger tram tours. The river sites go fairly fast. On the other hand, in the large Bryce campground with no hookups, it's easier to book.
Can you reserve specific sites at Watchman? Don't ever recall being able to do that at any other NP, although I wish I could...
Long day of driving last summer and in a hurry to get unhooked and relax after getting into the CG. "Tired and in a hurry" makes for a bad combination. Pulled out from under the fiver and felt some resistance. Thought it was the soft sand on the site, so gave it a bit more gas. Yep. Took that tailgate right off the back of the truck...
Lots of rigs your size in the Colter Bay RV Park, so no problem there. Just get your reservation in soon. Less sure about Yellowstone. We were able to get a few nights in Madison, but that was with our 32 ft fiver. Don't think your rig would fit. Best thing to do is to call them and ask. The reservation folks that handle Yellowstone will know if and where you can fit your rig.
The trailer had sat for a while without the batteries connected and they were completely dead and pretty dirty. They probably did need replacement. What I wonder is whether the 27 will give me enough juice or whether I should ask for two 34's instead. They are not going to give me two new AGM's, I don't think.
Thanks for the quick comebacks. This is something I will have to deal with today.
I know when I bought my used one they only have to supply you with one standard battery, which seems to be 27's, as this is a used unit then you would have to pay if you want a better set up.
Some may not understand you are not getting a brand new unit, therefore no warranty.
Perhaps the rules are a bit different up in the cold, cold north, but I've never heard of a rule that says the dealer can only supply you with one standard battery, and that you would HAVE to pay if you want a better set up. Around my part of the US, it's entirely up to what you can negotiate. But again, maybe I'm misunderstanding. Wouldn't be the first time... :C
I put a set of Firestone Transforce HT's on our Cedar Creek fiver a few years back, and followed up AT's on our 2500HD earlier this year (2wd, and wanted the extra traction for winter snow). Just traded the 2500 in for a used Chevy 3500 D/A and put a set of HT's on that rig a week after getting it. In every one of these cases, the performance, reliability, and ride has been very good at a cost significantly less that the alternatives. Good bang for the buck from my experience.
So much depends on time constraints, if any. If you're retired with no absolute schedule boundaries, then the 2-2-2 rule (200 miles, stop by 2:00, and stay for 2 nights) or something close to it would, I think, be the way to go. But if you are bound to one or two weeks, you may push it closer to 3-4-1) (300 miles, stop by 4:00, and stay 1 night.). As for us, we're not retired yet, and find that 3/4/1 works best for us as a general rule. Otherwise, we're not enjoying the journey and are pooped when we finally arrive.
As Soricobob noted, we make reservations for the 'destination' campgrounds that we know are in demand (Colter Bay in the Grand Tetons, and the Yellowstone campgrounds are examples.) When on the road looking for a place to stay for a night or two, we'll look ahead in the early afternoon to see what CG's are coming up and how far we want to drive. When we pick a 'target', we'll call ahead and make a reservation for that night. Works for us...
Thanks, all, for the great info. I checked out Danforth Bay and really liked what I saw, although the minimum is a week on season while we'll be looking for something more along the lines of four or five nights. Will definitely check out the Quechee-Pine Valley KOA and Lake Champagne Campground as well. Any other suggestions, ideas, whatever, are most welcome.
Question about the black flies. Are they a nuisance, or do the have the potential to ruin a trip? Are they repelled by DEET?
We'll be pulling our fiver to Cape Cod for a week in June, attending our God-daughter's wedding. Looking to do a bit of exploring the week after in the New Hampshire and/or Vermont area. Never been there, although we have toured up the coast into Maine. Looking for some ideas, thoughts, and recommendations as to what to see and where to stay. We're outdoor folks who like wooded, roomy campsites with at least water and electric if not FHU's. Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, or recommendations would be most appreciated.
We have the Garmin RV760, Used it this summer for about 2 months all over ID, WA, MT and Oregon. Overall, it does everything I expected and then some. the RV campground and services list is outstanding. Glad I waited till it came out and am happy with it.
Does it have flaws???? Yes, the same as many GPS units. info on things like clearance etc. is derived from usually state supplied data. Which in some cases is bad. For example there is a tunnel on US 101 in oregon with a listed clearance of 10'6". However that is the corner of a round top in the bike lane, with 14"6" in the trafffic lane. So GIGO.
Also wish it would let you put in trailer length and TV length rather than overall. there are some cases where max length is based on trailer length not overall length (E.g. Lolo pass in mt/id with a 45' max trailer length)
At least the Garmin will tell you what the restriction is if it tries to reroute you, so you can check what's going on.
So, it's a tool, and for us a valuable tool, but we still use a map and other road data.
x2, here. I bought the Garmin RV760 in August and my comments are essentially the same. Good unit, and really like the large screen. The ability to have it connect via bluetooth to my iPhone so I can display weather radar along the route is really nice. And the extra real estate on the screen allows a simultaneous display of freeway exits and lanes alongside the route is great. I also like the 'plain english' that the voice uses to give you instructions. Examples include things like, "Stay in either of the right two lanes". Much better than my older Garmin.
As mentioned above, though, while the routing will get you where you're going, one should always use a map for purposes of a 'sanity check'. From my observations, if running this unit in the RV mode, it will route you on roads for which it has RV information. Problem with this is that in some cases, this might not be the most direct route if it doesn't have that information. Had that happen to me on a trip in early September to Sleeping Bear Dunes (Platte River campground). In this case, I knew that the best route was to take the Platte River road, while Garming wanted to route me on a much smaller road winding along a lake front. I would have gotten their via this route, but it certainly wasn't the shortest or fastest.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this unit.
I disagree with the advice against walking. From Cherry Hill you can take the bus to the train station which will drop you right at the Mall and from there the most interesting parts of the city are an easy hike.
I agree with this advice....there is no way you can see all the things to see in downtown DC (Smithsonian, the mall, the monuments) without walking. If you walk from one end to the other, it will take most of the day if you stop and see all there is along the route.
Agree that Cherry Hill is by far the best place to stay if you are looking to spend time in DC. As for walking, you do have the option to rent bicycles on/near the mall. One of those 'pick up at one location, park/swap/leave at another similar to what they have in Boston. Really nice option.
Thanks, all, for the thoughts and comments. The rig is now in the shop, and I expect to hear back later this week as to what they find. Will be interesting to compare what they tell me with what you all have shared here. I'll circle back to this thread once the problem is (hopefully) resolved to let you know where this landed.