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RE: Anyone have a car topper boat or kayak when towing a 5er?

Portaboat is a great option. I have a 14' Porta Bote that I carry beneath trailer secured with ratchet straps
Lantley 12/07/16 05:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are both generators equal?

Yes a 100-150W solar panel is handy for that. No one has mentioned using 2 Honda 2000is or 2 3000is generators in parelel for les weight and smaller storiedge and les fuel if only running light loads. Frank. Yes, I was just thinking that. 2 Honda eu300is in parallel would be easier to handle than a 7000i, but would give the same power. Does anyone know if 2 3000is will fit in the front battery compartment for storage? If so, it would be perfect. Dry weight is 130# each you really will not be able to run them inside the compartment do to lack of ventilation. You will also have a hard time refueling them in the compartment. Now you will have to consider moving them in and out of the compartment at 130#s dry that will be a challenge. If you go with a large heavier portable consider having a custom rack on the rear of the RV or mounting them in the bed of the truck. The idea to avoid having the need to move them. They are too heavy to carry around very often
Lantley 12/06/16 09:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are both generators equal?

Hey, djousma ...I'M the wife with the curling iron. LOL and, yes, that would matter. A new wrinkle in the whole generator decision: We just found out that our big beautiful 2016 Open Range 3X is NOT generator prepped. We thought we had that checked out, but missed it somehow. How big of a deal is it to get it hardwired for a Onan 5500 in the front receptacle (if we go with an Onan)? Is it just as difficult with a Honda eu7000i? Could any electrician do this - or do we have to get an rv guy to do it? Funny thing is that this 2016 IS solar-prepped, though it didn't become standard equipment until 2017. Wondering if we should forget the generator and go with solar panels...any opinions on this? Thanks! Since Onan is the only real choice for a packaged on-board generator, all mfrs tailor their gen-prep to the Onan pattern. Cutouts for ventilation, exhaust and fuel are pre-planned and pre-cut (think electric box knockouts) for quick install. They also generally have the auto-transfer switch pre-wired in place, though like most other things on a RV, the factory switches seem to be a bit suspect and there are others that are much more robust. It still boggles my mind that Honda, Yamaha, Champion, et al, haven't jumped on the Onan bandwagon and started building getsets to compete. Lyle I imagine there is not enough market share to go around. Built in RV gensets is a very small market. The units are expensive and cumbersome to service. In the end it's just easier for the portable guys to go with what they know vs. trying to crack a small market. Honda was once in the built in RV game but chose to get out.
Lantley 12/06/16 02:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are both generators equal?

Well, this rv is NOT generator prepped unfortunately. Yes, it has the spot for it up front, but we have to hire an electrician once it's here to wire something up. The reason we wanted to go with the Honda because it is fuel efficient and quiet, as opposed to the Onan. That and most 5th wheels that have a gen, or are prepped for one, run off LP gas...certainly not my choice of fuel. Lets talk fuel. The advantage of LP is it is clean , you will not have to deal with any of the notorious carb issues that plague gas gensets. Most towable RV's have propane on board already so there is no need to carry additional gas cans.Store and travel with gas cans Etc.. Disadvantage of LP is consumption. genset will burn more LP vs. gasoline If you are a heavy genset user gasoline is a better choice.If you are an occasional to moderate user consider LP. While LP is readily available and often sold at CG's gasoline is easier to find.
Lantley 12/06/16 02:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are both generators equal?

The 2 models mentioned are not the same the 7000i is an inverter genset which mean it is quiet, produces clean power and is efficient. The black max is more of a contractor model meaning it is loud and inefficient. Both are rather large and heavy for typical RV application. Both are too heavy to be truly portable.
Lantley 12/05/16 08:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Did a final trip on the weekend. Didn't expect this.

Keep the snow talk down. I'm trying to sneak in one last trip this weekend
Lantley 12/05/16 03:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lake Erie / Kelly's Island

I have made many visits to Cedar Point over the years and I can tell you that staying at the Cedar Point campground is the only way to go. You don't have to drive to the park every morning, contend with the traffic, pay for parking, and walk across the huge parking lot to stand in line. The campground has it's own park entrance right there, you can walk to it or take the free shuttle. You get in to the park an hour early. You can break for lunch at your camper, avoiding the pricey and not exactly gourmet park fare. Younger kids who get tired and/or cranky can be taken back to the camper for a nap. Dad can go take a break if he gets tired or cranky. The price of the campsite seems high, but when you add up extra fuel, daily parking, and park meals, you don't save anything, and the convenience factor cannot be emphasized enough. Resort guests also receive better pricing on admission, IIRC. If you arrive mid-afternoon, you can get the half price evening passes that run from 5PM to close. Then get up in the morning, eat a leisurely breakfast, stroll over to the gate and hang out until they let you in. Early afternoon, have lunch at your campsite, maybe a quick dip in the campground pool--not crowded, campers only. At the end of the day, walk out the gate, ride the shuttle if your feet are sore (they will be), and your camper is right there waiting. You can spend multiple days in the park and never get in your car, if you don't want to. I would never consider doing it any other way. Well said staying at Cedar Point CG is all about convenience and maximizing your time in the park!
Lantley 12/05/16 11:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: SAFETY IN CAMPING IN PUBLIC AREAS.

I'll go totally against the grain here and suggest one way to ensure safety is to stay at a CG vs. a public place. I have Wal- Marted and Cracker Barrelled more than once, however one the reasons I will choose CG over a Wal Mart is security. Before I get too caught up with stun guns, pepper spray, bee spray or hand guns. I'll pay for the additional security and peace of mind of a CG. If security is truly a concern consider staying at CG and adjust your travel schedule accordingly. Otherwise there is an additional security exposure that comes with staying in a public place. Avoiding the public over-nighting environment altogether is the safest way to avoid trouble. I prefer the security of a CG vs. arming myself for conflict.
Lantley 12/05/16 04:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Here we go again!

The attorneys win, the plaintiffs get a cents off coupon. Move along folks, nothing here to see........... I agree but class actions do help keep the corporations honest. They know the lawyers are sniffing like sharks waiting for them to make a illegal move. I'm not suggesting the consumers win monetarily but the companies do consider the class action losses in their decisions.
Lantley 12/03/16 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Here we go again!

Just another copycat lawsuit. Since the VW scandal almost every OEM who offered diesel powertrains has had similar lawsuits filed. Blah, blah... While I'm not one for frivolous Am I to believe VW was the only one blatantly cheating?
Lantley 12/02/16 08:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying an "Orphan"?

I agree with soundGuy above. 99 percent of parts maybe available. But it is the 1 percent that is unavailable that will cause the grief.
Lantley 12/02/16 05:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an "Orphan"?

I used to think it might be okay to buy an orphan. The I just finished reading about the poor guy on here with a Montana and frame problems for the third time. What the heck would he do if this was say a new Lifestyle? It would be the end of the line...I don't think I would ever buy an orphan after reading this..He's having problems and he has a warranty what if he didn't?? B.O. BO you are exactly right. Yes most of the run of the mill stuff can be handled on the dealer level. However for catastrophic repairs having manufacturer support can be invaluable vs. owning an orphan unit. I agree major repairs are rare but they do happen and if they do you can be stuck between a rock and a hard place with an orphaned unit. I once had a R-Vision unit that required some siding work. The siding was unique and not run of the mill stuff. R-Vision shipped me what I needed. A few years later R-Vision went away and my unit became orphaned. Finding the correct siding would have been tough once R-Vision went under. In the end having the manufacturer available is always an advantage vs. not having manufacture around.
Lantley 12/01/16 09:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

Even a "Bullet-proofed" 6.0 can be disabled easily, unless the "bulletproofing" job included new injectors, FICM, and engine wiring harness. Just addressing the EGR system only fixes one possible failure point. I have been told by a friend who is a Ford diesel mechanic at a Ford dealer that different people have different opinions on what is included in bulletproofing a 6.0. He said it means different things to different people, regardless of what you might read on the internet. He also told me that after working on them every day for many years, he speaks highly of the 7.3 and 6.7, somewhat highly of the 6.4, but dreads the 6.0. If the term bullet proofing is used in the conversation consider it a deal breaker and buy something else that will not include the term bullet proofing in the conversation. IF it has actually been bullet proofed or not is irrelevant. The 6.0 PSD was and continues to be a a disaster. You do not hear the term bullet proof being used with the other two brands.
Lantley 12/01/16 07:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

Not every 6.0 is bad. But your chances of owning one with problems are higher than any other motor of that era. And the real problem is the sensitivity to small problems that can quickly cascade into big problems and sideline a trip. Even a "Bullet-proofed" 6.0 can be disabled easily, unless the "bulletproofing" job included new injectors, FICM, and engine wiring harness. Just addressing the EGR system only fixes one possible failure point. How about buy one that doesn't have the term bullet proof associated with it. The other options of that era do not require bullet proofing. They were bullet proofed at the factory.
Lantley 12/01/16 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

wow.270000 on my 03 6.0 f350 drw and runs and drives just great.bought it cheap and guess what.if it breaks i've got the remainder of $60000 to fix it. That's all fine and good but a lot of times it don't come down to the cost to fix it. It comes down to sitting on the side of a busy highway with RV in tow with family in the truck 200 miles from home looking for a shop that can get you in and actually have parts sitting on the shelf to fix it. Yes all brand trucks especially with high miles can go down but Vegas odds have the 6.0 Powerstroke at the best percentage of going down hard and long. On a side note to my first post at the beginning of this thread, my BIL came into work this morning and said his 6.0 that I was talking about is sitting on the side of the road a mile from his house. Died on him on the off ramp last night on his way home.he got a whole 5,000 miles out of it between trips to the 6.0 shop.;) Exactly. The 6.0 is like no other modern day diesel. It's reputation is far from stellar. Pretending it's just another used vehicle at a bargain price is foolish. For those that have them good luck. For those looking, stay away there are better options. What's ironic is people are still buying these things because they believe they are a bargain when cost of ownership is the reason most of these truck end up on the used market.
Lantley 12/01/16 08:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: camper styling in america 2017

As mentioned I once owned a 7.3 PSD F-250 and it was a great truck with a great motor. But it does not compare to my current truck and no way does it compare or is as capable as a 2016 6.7 F-250. At the end of it all people buy new stuff because they want it. Don't assume they are brainwashed or misguided. Sure they could have bought a 99 F250 but not everyone wants a 17 year old truck! Or a 10 year old camper. THere is nothing to really figure out. The world moves on. Ford continues to build trucks and the next generations continue to buy them. This is not Cuba where consumers are forced to recycle what they have because there are no new vehicles available. This is the USA where we have lots of choices. Some choose old some choose new,some pay cash, some finance, some are young and just starting out, some are old ready to retire. Some have unlimited budgets, some are working with their last dollar. Trying to fit everyone into a one size fits all box is pointless.
Lantley 12/01/16 06:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: considering 3/4-1 ton conversion vans

I know this is no help. But 93K on your X w/4.30 gears that think is still brand new! Keep it. No van is going to be a better deal than the X you already have. OK off my soap box. I just have a soft spot for the greatest SUV ever made!
Lantley 11/30/16 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at used Ford F-350 high miles

Sorry but anyone aware of the 6.0 issues would not consider buying one. The 6.0 has a horrible reputation and is bargain priced for a reason. Why Why Why would anyone consider getting involved in the 6.0 debacle at this point?
Lantley 11/30/16 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need to park it for a long time (just venting).

5 yrs sitting unused under a cover.....won't be worth much in 5 yrs regardless of high end pricing. Funny how things NOT used deteriorate faster then when they are used. Sell it or take short trips..........parking/storing it will just be that thing under a cover drying out This ^^^ is my thought as well. Find a creative way to use it or sell. There is a lot of rot and depreciation that will occur if units actually just sits for 5 years.
Lantley 11/29/16 08:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: camper styling in america 2017

I'm not sure what your point is. Do you want RV interiors to look like the 90's. Do you want loud diesel trucks like your 99? Change is constant and hopefully for the better,but not always. Expecting generations of people, RV interior or trucks to remain as is silly. The world keeps marching on. Sounds like you found your sweet spot and you wished the world would halt right there! The true beauty is you can have your 99 Ford and your Terry trailer and enjoy it to the fullest. However you don't need to find fault with others and condemn their camping and vehicle choices. No need to keep up with the Jones's. Also no need to bash the Jones's either. Variety is the spice of life. I once owed a 99' diesel 7.3 PSD great truck, but my newer one is greatly improved. Your 99 was not a cheap truck when it was new, much in the way these $60K trucks will be considered a great buy on the used market 15 years from now! It's all about perspective. You need to take a my cup is 3/4 full perspective on life/camping vs. the sky is falling approach.
Lantley 11/29/16 05:32am Fifth-Wheels
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