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RE: Carrying kayaks on top of truck while towing 5er

Nice job. But are the ropes required. The ropes would bother me. Too many things impeding the field of vision.
Lantley 04/17/15 05:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: pros/cons seasonal site

Not a seasonal guy either. I have my favorite CG's. But would not want to be limited to the same one every week. I also don't need another set of neighbors. I understand the convenience factor but I enjoy the adventure/challenge of getting there. I like the something new factor of remaining transient
Lantley 04/16/15 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Fly or Drive?: 2500 miles from NW to Carolina's in June

ake the RV, otherwise having the RV is a waste of money. Disagree. When we RVd we also did fly vacations. I would have not have seen WY, TX, AZ, AK, FL, AB, BC, Iceland, Denmark, or be able to do my upcoming trip to WA if I only planned on using my RV. RVing and flying vacations are not mutually exclusive. For those that think RVing in the south in June shouldn't be a concern, let me explain why it could be. If you get stuck in traffic even on a moderately warm day, sometimes it's necessary to shut the a/c off in order to keep the engine from overheating. To a person who is heat sensitive such as me or the OP's DW, this is the kiss of death. Large windshields magnify the sun. I will probably never own a Class A for that reason. Not enjoying a vacation is far more wasteful than a unit sitting in a driveway for a few weeks. They are retired. It will get used later. Again, for the distance you need to drive I would fly. Assuming you are comfortable flying and staying in hotels, IMHO more time to investigate where you may retire is the most mitigating factor. We certainly view the OP's situation differently and that is OK. The OP is not talking a resort vacation. While the OP can certainly make a vacation of it. The OP's desire is to explore the region for potential relocation. What better way to explore the area,than to stay there in a RV. If the OP really wants to consider living there he should experience the heat for himself. An RV will give the OP a chance to experience the full flavor of the region vs. being more secluded and pampered in a hotel. The OP is also not traveling during July and August when the heat is at its worst. Sure the OP could get stuck in traffic, but the A/C could fail at the hotel or in a rental car. There are lots of doomsday scenarios that we could dream up but it is not irrational to travel by RV in the Carolina's in June. We are not talking about a trip across the Sahara. desert. I cannot think of a better way to check out an area for relocation than to live in the area for awhile in an RV. This does not have to be a survival mission but can be very enjoyable trip exploring the region. The OP is retired and has all the time in the world to just hang out. The RV allows the OP to have no set schedule. The OP can stay in an area as long as they feel comfortable without any limits or schedule. Assuming the RV is roadworthy I see no reason not to take it. If the RV is not roadworthy I see no reason to have it. Roadworthy means mechanically sound,adequate A/C etc. Finally if the OP is that sensitive to heat the South is probably not a good idea but the RV gives the OP a chance to experience the region first hand and figure it out at their leisure
Lantley 04/16/15 07:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Fly or Drive?: 2500 miles from NW to Carolina's in June

Why have the RV if you don't use it. If this is not an opportunity to use the RV than what is. Fly and driving while the RV sits idle seems silly. The only reason to fly is to save time, but your retired so what is the rush? What are you saving time for? Are you hurrying back home to be retired? Take the RV, otherwise having the RV is a waste of money. The only way to get value out of any RV regardless of type or price paid is to use it. Want more value? Use it more! No brainer for me.
Lantley 04/16/15 05:27am General RVing Issues
RE: LP gas tank extension question

I won't dispute that there is a risk factor associated with transporting a loose propane bottle. However the hose is also a tripping hazard, especially a longer hose that is fully extended. Tripping around a burner or large hot pot is not a good thing. . The tank maybe riskier to transport but it is safer to use because there is not a extended hose to trip over. The hose eliminates the transportation risk but inevitably I seem to stumble on it at least once. Guess it's a matter of picking your poison. I have a long hose and a extra tank and I can't decide which method is better.
Lantley 04/15/15 09:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What could go wrong with Teflon

Clearance is tight on my B&W and I can't see when it has enough clearance to unhitch very well. I hogged out the bottom of a five gallon bucket which is a lot thinner. Been using the same one for years. PS. Those discs aren't Teflon. Interesting. I have a Hensley BD3 which has a Holland Binkley head. I was not able to latch my 5'er using a lube plate. I tried multiple times with a couple of different lube plates. I even ordered a 1/8" plate from Hensley and no luck. I have been using slip plate lubricant to keep things slippery without issue. Nevertheless I was never able to get the lube plate to work. Maybe I need to try a bucket plate! https://d3k9gy952ddcu5.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/slip-plate-aerosol-product-image-300x300.png I have a BD3 too and have been using a generic teflon disk from Camping World with no problems since it was new. I do have the MorRyde pin. Maybe that makes a difference. I suggest that you give Hensley a call. Tim Thanks for the encouragement. I have not fooled with it in 4 years when I first bought my rig home. Maybe I will give it a shot one more time. While I pretty much have given up a using a lube plate I did find it odd that the hitch would not latch using the plate. Remove the plate and hitch latched fine. I fussed with it a lot back then,but not much at all recently. I guess I'll give it one more shot.
Lantley 04/15/15 08:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: portable RV waste tanks

Another vote for Barker. I have a 42 gallon Barker. The new units now come from the factory with quiet pneumatic rubber wheels. No upgrade required.
Lantley 04/15/15 06:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: What could go wrong with Teflon

Clearance is tight on my B&W and I can't see when it has enough clearance to unhitch very well. I hogged out the bottom of a five gallon bucket which is a lot thinner. Been using the same one for years. PS. Those discs aren't Teflon. Interesting. I have a Hensley BD3 which has a Holland Binkley head. I was not able to latch my 5'er using a lube plate. I tried multiple times with a couple of different lube plates. I even ordered a 1/8" plate from Hensley and no luck. I have been using slip plate lubricant to keep things slippery without issue. Nevertheless I was never able to get the lube plate to work. Maybe I need to try a bucket plate! https://d3k9gy952ddcu5.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/slip-plate-aerosol-product-image-300x300.png
Lantley 04/15/15 06:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: LP gas tank extension question

Extend a stay is a good idea. You can have a longer hose made at a hydraulic hose shop. Extend a stay fittings are fairly expensive but it is a simple DIY job you could do yourself. I have a connection on the side of my fiver I use. However I will often just carry an extra bottle of LP along. Having a separate LP bottle eliminates tripping over the hose. The bottle also give me more flexibility as to where to place the burner
Lantley 04/15/15 11:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: PA & MD questions

Deep Creek state park has 30 amp electric only sites. Double G rV park has full hook up sites but is not located directly on the lake. Raystown has a great COE park as well as a great Private CG both located on the lake. But they only offer water and electric sites. Heritage Cove RV park is located on the southern end of Raystown lake and has full hook up sites.
Lantley 04/13/15 07:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tonneau Bakflip F1 vs Undercover Flex

Can't speak for the Undercover flex. But I have A Bak Flip G2 that has taken lots of abuse and held up great. For Durability and longevity I prefer the Bak Flip. The Bak Flip appears to be a bit more rugged. I don't mind a dent or 2 providing the unit continues to work well. Ruggedness and durability are more important than price for me
Lantley 04/13/15 04:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Opinions please; 2009 Silverado LTZ 2500HD Duramax

If the 09 GM DPF system was so great why did they change to DEF? Was it to just join the crowd? Was it to improve MPG's or did GM feel DEF was a better method. MPG rating in the DPF era were very close to the ratings of gas powered trucks. I'm not suggesting that DPF trucks are bad. If I owned one I'm sure I'd be very satisfied. Nevertheless if purchasing today, 6 years later I would take advantage of hindsight and by a DEF era truck. The added bonus of the DEF trucks is the drastically improved payload ratings. I see it as a no brainer. How in the world does DEF improve payload??? GM and Ford were first to introduce DEF in 2011. It was needed to meet stricter emissions requirements. Trucks made in the DEF era have increased payloads not due to the emissions system but due to beefier frames. In short the 2011 and newer trucks are improved over the prior model, which is why I recommended buying a 2011 era vs. the 2009 era
Lantley 04/11/15 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: How far to travel with only 2 weeks vacation time/year

I think it is a bit a progression and a wisdom that comes with age and experience. At some point I think we were all road warriors. Drive as long and as far as possible. This approach may still be beneficial when heading to a major destination. I.E. Disney, Mount Rushmore,Washington DC, NYC,Grand Canyon etc. Nevertheless driving 12-13 hour days is not fun what ever advantage you get of additional time at your destination must be weighed against lost time behind he wheel. Why spend 10 hours to reach South Carolina beaches when MD and DE beaches are 3 hours away. I agree Myrtle is the best beach destination on the east coast however drive time is a real factor. I do not want to spend my vacation time on I-95. I can make do with OC,MD or DE beaches and save a day behind the wheel. I apply this logic to lots of destinations. A major attraction may warrant more driving but there are still limits. If you have 14 days for vacation. driving 1800 miles will consume 4 days. That's almost 1/3 of the time driving. I am not retired, I have taking the road warrior approach many times and simply discovered I don't need to work that hard to reach my destination. I do not need to get into warrior mode. I can have more overall enjoyment throughout the entire journey if I spend less time behind the wheel and more time at my campsite, at the pool or touring the town. If traveling 1800 miles from MI to DC. I would do 450 mile a day max and hopefully make 2 days to get there and 2 days back. I would work in any convenient attractions along the way and make the most of it.
Lantley 04/11/15 09:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions please; 2009 Silverado LTZ 2500HD Duramax

If the 09 GM DPF system was so great why did they change to DEF? Was it to just join the crowd? Was it to improve MPG's or did GM feel DEF was a better method. MPG rating in the DPF era were very close to the ratings of gas powered trucks. I'm not suggesting that DPF trucks are bad. If I owned one I'm sure I'd be very satisfied. Nevertheless if purchasing today, 6 years later I would take advantage of hindsight and by a DEF era truck. The added bonus of the DEF trucks is the drastically improved payload ratings. I see it as a no brainer.
Lantley 04/11/15 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 30 amp / 50 amp

Get dual A/C's and 50 amp service. With 50 amp service you will not have to practice any energy management techniques. You can use what you want whenever you want without concern. While the 50 amp cord will always be heavier, all 50 amp cords are not created equal. My OEM cord was heavy and stiff. I purchased an aftermarket 50 amp cord that was much more flexible. You can also by a 30 amp cord with a 50 amp connector that will connect to RV without any adapters. Once you get used to 50 amp RV'ing you will forget all about limited 30 amp service.
Lantley 04/11/15 08:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hensley Arrow Maintenance Parts

As Burbman and others mentioned. The Zerks can fail. Do yourself a favor and buy the kit. You just may save yourself some aggravation down the road. Sure you may save $5 by rounding up the parts on your own but is it really worth it? Hensley has already figured out which parts you need. Take advantage of the pre made kit.
Lantley 04/10/15 06:01am Travel Trailers
RE: How far to travel with only 2 weeks vacation time/year

I have seen this many times in numerous threads and I find it very interesting how people's opinions differ. So I thought I'd do a quick poll and see what everyone thinks. We plan to go 1800 miles one way with 650+miles in one day when necessary. So, about 3600 miles round trip. How far will you travel if you only have 2 weeks of vacation time/year? Once upon a time I took the 650 miles a day approach however I eventually realized it's not an endurance test. I try to limit my travel to 250-350 miles a day max. Find a CG along the way stop for the night and have fun. I also try not to travel more that 2 days in a row before reaching a destination CG. The object is to camp and relax not to drive. After a 650 mile day I'm generally to tired/wound up to enjoy the day. 650 miles is easily a 13 hour driving day. No thanks. Being behind the wheel that long is not:fun,enjoyable or relaxing. I now pick closer destinations and plan accordingly. I believe you are headed to DC this summer which is great, but plan 300-400 mile days to and from DC. Maximize your CG time not your drive time. I once took your road warrior approach before I realized the goal was to relax and have fun. Now I travel in smaller steps and spend more time smelling the roses vs. sitting behind the wheel
Lantley 04/09/15 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing over 10K lbs with 6 passengers...

To clarify, there are 6 people total. 1 Driver and 5 passengers. 4 of the passengers are under 10. Excursions are always out there, but finding one with low miles or in good condition is proving to be a challenge. My prior combo was a PSD Excursion and a 36' TT. I still miss the passenger space of my X. However 4 kids under 10 could easily fit in the rear seat of a crew cab. If the seat belt is a concern just double buckle. Maybe I'm just old school and living on the edge
Lantley 04/09/15 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

While your friends set up maybe a good deal you owe it to yourself to investigate toy haulers. A toy hauler would have a dedicated garage for hauling the bike Towing a trailer behind the 5'er on a full time basis could get complicated. Depending on where you travel it may be illegal. Backing a manuevering with the trailer can be challenging. Once in a while no big deal but on a full time basis maybe a bit much
Lantley 04/09/15 05:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinions please; 2009 Silverado LTZ 2500HD Duramax

People tend to take comments too personally at times. A 2009 Duramax is not a bad truck. However the emissions systems have significantly improved since 09. The result of the improvements is better MPG's and fewer emissions issues. If one is buying a used truck they can figure these factors into their decision or they can ignore them
Lantley 04/09/15 05:32am Tow Vehicles
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