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RE: Carrying Emergency Fuel in Jerry Can Attached to TT

Gdetrailer you get my point. Sounds like you have experienced my thoughts as well. I wasn't trying to blast those who have those small tanks. My initial comments mentioned being mean spirited. But I am saying that I would not use a vehicle with a 27 gallon tank for RV towing. If I were forced to I would not use portable tanks but I would get an larger after market tank or get an auxiliary tank. A 27 gallon tank would be too limiting for me. The small tank would force me to stop way too often. As you noted stopping excessively extends the travel day. In short a 27 gallon tank would be a deal breaker for me.
Lantley 03/26/15 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Carrying Emergency Fuel in Jerry Can Attached to TT

My comments are not to be condescending or mean spirited but you guys that need portable gas cans really need to consider a more adequate tow vehicle. Either add an aftermarket factory type tank or an auxiliary tank. Using portable tanks does increase the risk factor but more importantly if your TV is unable to travel 200 miles without running out of gas, you need to consider a different TV. Having ample gas tanks is a basic requirement for any RV tow vehicle. I can understand a long trip through the dessert or remote area, but for general camping fussing with portable tanks would be a deal breaker for me. Once upon a time I carried genset gas in a jerry can. The can worked fine but I can't imagine hauling gas for the TV that way. Stopping to refill along the way via portable cans. No thanks. Too small of a tank capacity is the first clue that a vehicle is inadequate for towing an RV trailer. Some of us camp in some pretty remote areas. With long stretches of nothing in between. Not carrying appropriate supplies is stupid and borders on irresponsible. And not just extra fuel. I can drive about 700 miles on my dual tanks. And still carry 10 extra gallons. Not just when pulling the trailer. All the time. It's also nice to be able to help someone out periodically. People driving around unprepared in the mountains where I live is pretty common. Almost all of them make it out no problem. Some need a few extra gallons. I'm more than happy to help. As mention in my original post that you quoted. I not referring to those that travel into trully remote areas that need more fuel. I referring to those that have TV's with small 25 gallon tanks.
Lantley 03/26/15 04:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Tailgaters

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Lantley 03/25/15 08:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Tailgaters

55 is a bit slow on a 75 MPH interstate however if you are in the far right lane and there is room to pass OK. However there is a point where a slow vehicle will impede traffic flow and cause issues. Personally I would try to speed up if possible. I would not want all the traffic swirling around me like that. Some don't mind all the traffic swirling around them, however it would bother me
Lantley 03/25/15 05:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Do you use your kitchen.

We grill outside and typically eat outside. Indoor kitchen for prep and cleaning mostly. X2 never cook inside
Lantley 03/24/15 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Online Sale Price Honored BUT With A Catch !!!

So you use camping world for the "see, touch, feel" and then go somewhere else. What do you think it cost camping world to let you do the "see touch, feel" thing? Oh about the same as the dealership you went and looked at fill in the blank____________ ! Before you bought ___________ ! Now, I was there shopping for other items and she saw this particular item , alot of times what's online/their catalog is not in the store. They choose to have a policy of charging shipping on something so minute ! Sow we chose to buy elsewhere.. Do you understand that a retail store and a internet pricing are different. A store is well lit and nice. Items are displayed nicely. YOu pay for the convenience and cost of the nice store vs. online wher you pay for only the item. The item is not displayed but stored ion a cold warehouse. They are too different worlds. They have too different price structures. The cost will never be the same. CW cannot afford to sell internet and in store items at same cost. Why do you expect then to? Not sure you understand the retail business, there are people in retail with your way of thinking and then there are people in retail who are successful at it. Highest cost of doing business is acquiring customers. If you could get a customer into your store for lets say 50 bucks just give him 50 bucks to become your customer you would be a billionaire. Camping World had a chance to make a customer by giving him what??? 5 bucks worth of shipping costs? Why they spend three times that each month just sending me catalogs that I never even look at. Every week another catalog. Do you have any idea what the mark up is on CW items or any retail store for that matter over 65% on most items. Even higher on some and lower on others. CW could afford to give free shipping on any of their in house items and still make a huge profit. Short term thinking like wanting shipping on an item you already have in stock is going to keep this company from ever going public or becoming a real factor in the market. JMO 33years customer service for a huge grocery chain OH successful grocery chain. CW is very successful. They know they can't compete with themselves so they don't. I agree they may want to rethink their internet strategy nevertheless. Retail pricing and internet pricing are not the same. Did the OP save $6 by finally buying at Amazon or did they waste there savings bu going back and forth with CW. If I want the savings I use Amazon. If I want to touch and feel it. Or need to actually speak to someone to gain product knowledge and more info I buy retail. I understand I will pay different prices. But I also understand I'm getting different levels of service. I have spent over 20 years in retail myself and I have learned you can't please everyone. While many may disagree, Price is not all that matters in a sale.
Lantley 03/23/15 04:25pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Online Sale Price Honored BUT With A Catch !!!

So you use camping world for the "see, touch, feel" and then go somewhere else. What do you think it cost camping world to let you do the "see touch, feel" thing? Oh about the same as the dealership you went and looked at fill in the blank____________ ! Before you bought ___________ ! Now, I was there shopping for other items and she saw this particular item , alot of times what's online/their catalog is not in the store. They choose to have a policy of charging shipping on something so minute ! Sow we chose to buy elsewhere.. Do you understand that a retail store and a internet pricing are different. A store is well lit and nice. Items are displayed nicely. YOu pay for the convenience and cost of the nice store vs. online wher you pay for only the item. The item is not displayed but stored ion a cold warehouse. They are too different worlds. They have too different price structures. The cost will never be the same. CW cannot afford to sell internet and in store items at same cost. Why do you expect then to?
Lantley 03/23/15 06:25am Camping World Accessories
RE: very high fifth wheel and bridge concerns

At 13'6" you will always have to be aware of your height. Unfortunately there is no magic shield to protect us. There are GPS units that assist us. I have a Garmin RV model that tracks height. However never trust a GPS 100% for anything. Trucker's Atlas is your best resource. But you will always have to be alert for low branches and wires.
Lantley 03/23/15 06:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carrying Emergency Fuel in Jerry Can Attached to TT

My comments are not to be condescending or mean spirited but you guys that need portable gas cans really need to consider a more adequate tow vehicle. Either add an aftermarket factory type tank or an auxiliary tank. Using portable tanks does increase the risk factor but more importantly if your TV is unable to travel 200 miles without running out of gas, you need to consider a different TV. Having ample gas tanks is a basic requirement for any RV tow vehicle. I can understand a long trip through the dessert or remote area, but for general camping fussing with portable tanks would be a deal breaker for me. Once upon a time I carried genset gas in a jerry can. The can worked fine but I can't imagine hauling gas for the TV that way. Stopping to refill along the way via portable cans. No thanks. Too small of a tank capacity is the first clue that a vehicle is inadequate for towing an RV trailer.
Lantley 03/23/15 06:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Heard thru grape vine Suburban 2500 in 2016!!

I would like to see a 3/4 ton Suburban with ratings along the lines of the 2500HD pickups. I'd love to see one with that could legitimately handle an 11,000 lb trailer with a family of 6 inside. Hopefully with a diesel under the hood! That's probably what it would take to get me really interested, because that is what we need. I concede, however, that the market for such a vehicle is probably quite small. So I'm not holding my breath. Agreed anything shy of these ratings is a waste of time.
Lantley 03/20/15 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hot Tub in Your Campsite

The small, public, county owned, campgrounds I frequent would let you get away with it . They wouldn't care unless everybody at the campground showed up with one. They might complain about the dead grass but, that is easily solved be setting it where the grass is already dead. These parks are so well used they have a hard time keeping the grass growing near the campers anyway. I imagine government owned parks would be the best place to use them because utility cost are not part of the equation for the employees working there. Taxpayers will provide all the funds necessary no matter what. Making a profit is not critical. Therefore the cost to heat the pools or provide the water are irrelevant. If water use or utilities increase the taxpayers will cover it. Use as much as you want the taxpayers don't care!
Lantley 03/17/15 08:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: When to trade

While I agree there is no hard fast rule for when to trade. It is possible to keep an RV too long. In some cases use drops off, camping interest fades away as well. Nevertheless many hold on to their rigs until there is no value left vs. realizing the end is near and selling rig while it still has value. This theory applies to those who actively use their RV's as well. There is a tipping point where one is wise to trade there rig in while is still has value vs. keeping it until it is worthless. I do agree in many cases an RV can be worth a lot more to the owner than it is worth to anyone on the open market. On the other hand I see a lot of motionless dead RV's lying dormant in back yards and driveways wherever I go. Dead RV's come in all types,shapes and sizes. At some point their owners held on to them a bit too long and missed the trade in/sell deadline. Hopefully we will all know when it's the time to turn them in, Unfortunately some of us will not.
Lantley 03/17/15 07:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: When to trade

If you are looking for a time period as a guideline. I believe it is 10 years. No hard facts but I feel a well used unit will be showing its age at that point. It will be easier to trade the unit vs, refurbishing it. I do believe with proper care and preventative maintenance an RV can easily last more than 10 years,but 10 is a good guideline. As Dutchmansport mentioned above there are lots of reason to trade that are not based on time or years of ownership. While time of ownership is often a factor it is seldom the sole deciding factor in determining the trading point.
Lantley 03/17/15 03:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: No Help or information?

NC hauler nice rant. Glad to see a sort of happy ending. Unfortunately the work world is changing. Corporate America has run amuck. There is no loyalty to workers they are all disposable. Consequently workers have less loyalty to their jobs. Too many decisions are based solely on bottom line profit. Profits are more likely to be shared with shareholders than employees. In the end the lack of respect , loyalty and dedication to employees has effected the work Ethic. Apple are most prized Company does most of their manufacturing overseas.Why? Not because Americans can't be trained to do the work but because it's more profitable.. Corporations hide profits in overseas accounts to avoid taxes. All of this serves to erode the working class and the work ethic. When we were developing are work ethic times were different. Employers wanted employees to succeed. Now profit is the only motive. Everyone is disposable if the bean counters have you in there sites. Was the late apologetic manager the only one capable of running the register. Apparently so! Cross training people to multi task hurts profits. Scheduling only one person is efficient and profitable. Will problems occur due to efficient bean counter mentality scheduling? Sure but fewer people will always be more profitable. There will be an occasional early riser that will show up and the staff will not be in place. However that is the way the current marketplace works. A manager may wear all the hats for the 1st hour or so. The poor attitude of the workers is a direct result of the poor wages paid. If you want quality people pay quality wages. GIve employees an incentive to succeed other than wages that fall below the poverty line Work ethic has gone down the tube and is a by product of corporate greed and poor ethics. The only question is which came first the chicken or the egg! Or shall I say the greed or the ethics
Lantley 03/17/15 02:51pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Retractable vs Folding Hard Covers

I have a Retrax and currently Have a bak flip G2 The retrax was nice but the track and canister require more room. The Retrax was eventually crushed by the rear of my pin box after to many tight turns. THe Bakflip G2 has held up much better. It is a bit more durable than the Retrax. The G2 allows access to the entire bed while the rollups will always have the cannister in the way. I have come to prefer the foldable G2 vs. the Retrax cannister style
Lantley 03/17/15 02:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hot Tub in Your Campsite

The campground will obviously have to charge you for it, ban them or start charging for water per use. But either way, unless every camp site has them every night, it is likely not to make much difference in Elec or H20. Lets say that you have an old RV that uses 5 gallons per minute for the shower. lets say you have 6 people in your camper and everyone takes a 15 minute shower everyday for a week. Your total usage for a week would be 3150 gallons. Compared to 2 people that use the same showers, the usage is 1050. 1300 with a hot tub. If they start taking 60 minute showers is it the same headache as a hot tub? Are you going to ban them as well? Even if your reduce the water per hr for a shower to 2.5, the family of 6 is > 30% more than the couple with a hot tub. It's just not fair to penalize any fees or policy based on the fact that they draw more electricity or not. If they ban these due to water usages or electricity, it is under some false guise that these take more water or electricity than normal appliances, which really they do not. If you start considering hairdriers, clothes driers, toasters, ovens and all the other electric stuff that a family can use, the real cause of high electricity will be number of people not whether you have a hot tub. Trust me, I think it would be really cool, if they banned families and only let us adults enjoy camp grounds. much more quiet and relaxing. IMO, the real concern here is respect for other campers, noise, nuisances and all that. As long as everyone is playing well together I don't really care. Then again, most of the camping I do is boondocking, so there are no rules about hottubs and you'd have to burn a lot of gas to get one up to temp, unless it is wood fired or propane. Your comments above are why many CG's have added per person fees to their base rates. Additional kids are now extra with or without hot tub! at many CG's.
Lantley 03/17/15 04:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Excursion

4.30 was the only factory option available with the V-10. The V-10/4.30 is just as capable as the 7.3. I too wanted a diesel X, but couldn't justify the $7k premium the diesel was commanding. I am not sorry about my choice. I get an avg of 7.9 mpg towing. Yes the X will run in second gear in the mountains......that is where it was designed to run! Interesting that $7K premium never goes away. I don't really now what the price of new Excursions were. However if the diesel was a $7K option when new. The used pricing reflects how well diesels hold their value. Diesels are more expensive both new and used for a reason. It's not all just hype. They do provide a better towing performance. I agree a V10 with 4.30 gears is very capable and it will get you there, however if you are towing heavy especially in the mountains the diesel wins hands down. There is a day vs. night difference. I had 2 identical Excursions at one point a V-10 and a 7.3. The 7.3 was clearly the better performer, which is why the 7.3 still commands a premium 12 years later.
Lantley 03/16/15 04:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hot Tub in Your Campsite

The whole idea is nothing but a headache for the CG. Who pays for the 250 gallons of water. 250 gallons on a well is significant. Who pays to heat the water? How/where will the water be discharged. I see no upside for the CG owner. He has a happy camper:W I agree. It's a neat idea. But there are lots of variables. I can see where the campers will love them. I can also see where the CG's will be forced to ban them.
Lantley 03/15/15 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sailun Tires

Some claim the Good Year G rated and Sailun are on par, but Good year will pay for damage to the trailer for blow outs and tread separation. It appears one gets and insurance policy with the Good Year tires if that is true. This a claim and should be verified. Assuming Goodyear pays and Sailun doesn't. I still went with Sailuns. I have insurance in case I need it. I can't see paying $100.00 more per tire additional for more insurance just in case. I was looking to buy tires not more insurance.
Lantley 03/15/15 03:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hot Tub in Your Campsite

The whole idea is nothing but a headache for the CG. Who pays for the 250 gallons of water. 250 gallons on a well is significant. Who pays to heat the water? How/where will the water be discharged. I see no upside for the CG owner.
Lantley 03/15/15 11:42am Travel Trailers
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