Well, it's been almost 10 months since Old Trucker left the last comment, and seems like forever since Malcolm wrote anything with pictures of the Dodge. I guess that project has ended.....probably decided that it wasn't worth the money now.
I dropped him a PM, and haven't heard back, so I guess he's off the grid now:)
It was a great thread, while it lasted.
I'm assuming the OP is asking for the numbers when he is using the RV at home, where he has to pay for the electricity. If you were at a CG, your paying for the electricity as part of the lot fee, so it doesn't matter how much you use, it's been calculated into equation. I would use electricity when at the CG.
For when at ho, or boondocking, I think I'd go with the propane....unless you are going to be sitting a long time, and have to deal with refills.
One of the reasons that I started this thread, is that there is less and less being remembered about this chapter in our history.
I received an e-mail with the link below, which does a pretty good job of telling about what happened and how our men & women responded to the attack. Interesting reading.
It is from the DEC 1942 issue of "All Hands", a Navy publication.
Enjoy and remember.
I think the best advice you could get would be to rent a unit for a trip.
It is a very large investment, even for a used unit, if you have no previous experience with an RV.....especially to consider going Full-Time in it.
There are also lots of questions about your own particular lifestyle and desires that will help you with your search.
First of course, is probably the amount of money that you will have to invest in the unit....as this will narrow down the playing field considerably, depending on the number.
Where do you want to travel, and where do you plan to stay? If you want to go to places that may not handle a large "A", you may want to look for a smaller unit, or even a "C" to allow you to stay some of the places that an "A" may be to large for. On the same note, if you plan to stay in some of the nicer (and more expensive) RV resorts, an older RV may not be allowed.
How many are there going to be using the RV? If it's just you and a spouse, that should be no problem, but if you have a bunch of kids, the sleeping arrangements may become an issue with the "A"
Diesel or gasser? Not really an issue, but it will be something that you may want to consider. The diesel will give you more power if you are climbing the mountains out west.....but you will pay more for a diesel than a gasser, both initially and at the pump. Yes, the diesel will typically get better mileage, but when fuel is $0.50 more than gas, I don't know if the savings is actually there?
Have you ever driven a large RV or truck? It isn't hard, and practice makes perfect, but if you just spent thousands, and then you find that you are afraid to drive it, you wasted a bunch of money......another reason to rent one first.:)
I'm sure others will chime in with other suggestions. I am not trying to turn you away from a wonderful experience, but you do need to understand as much as you can. There is lots to learn on this site, as well as on-line or in magazines. Learn as much as you can, and learn which questions to ask.
Good luck, and welcome to the Forum:)
While I'm pretty sure that there are not many of the men and women who were there on that day in History, who are still out driving their RVs around, I don't doubt though, that there are plenty of children and grandchildren of people who were lost that day.
Fortunately, my own Father was not there, and did survive the war, but I know that it changed a lot of who we are as a nation.
We can't drive our RV's over to Hawaii, to visit the history, so it's sometimes forgotten.
Just wanted to shout out to make sure that this is a day in our history that we do not forget.
Thanks to all our past and current men & women in uniform.....this is a day of remembrance and respect.
The last time I walked around the RV in my "Birthday suit", I could swear I heard someone outside screaming about how they were going blind:B
We keep the curtains/shades down in the bedroom area, and wear clothes/robe when in the rest of the MH.
The talk about the tinting being useless at night is very true! It may be helpful during the summer days, reflecting some of that solar heat, but prying eyes won't be stopped if the lights are on inside the RV at night.
We have a beagle mix once in awhile we get the annoying beagle howl, but we don't mind it.
To each his own. That howl is a thing of beauty to us.
Unless it's at the last 5-minutes of a TV show or movie we are watching....or when we're on the phone!:)
Generally, a Beagle's Bay is pretty nice, and I love it when our Papillons start to bay like our Beagle (RIP Lucky) used to. But, there is a time and a place for everything.
Our son has a Hound.....dog makes the largest poops on the planet!!:E
I believe a lot of the problems with Christmas Pets, is that they have often been given as a FIRST pet, and a child may not be ready for it....but the OP has had a dog in the house, only 6 months ago, and they are now looking for a new dog, so I don't think that part of the situation is a problem.
That said, I agree that it may be prudent to wait a bit, and let your Daughter be more involved in which dog you decide to get. After all, you are implying that you are getting this dog for her. Maybe get a book about Dog Breeds and make that a present for Christmas....then you can discuss which dog would be best for the family.
I don't know if I'd say that a Bloodhound was a child's dog, but I don't know enough about them. One of the older folks in our neighborhood has one, and I see her walk the dog around the block from time to time. Seems like a nice enough dog, but I just don't see a child finding this dog exciting.
For a child, I think I'd go with a smaller dog.....a great as Rotties are, they have some issues which may impact your family. They are naturally protective, which is good, except when the dog doesn't realize that you daughter's friends are only playing, when they have your daughter screaming. An attack (even if it is protective) would be devastating.
The Beagle, Poodle (girls just seem to like them, and they are smart as heck), Shelties, Labs, Goldens are all great breeds.
The comment about RV Park restrictions is also valid. I would imagine that you would want to take your dog with you....and that may be an issue with some breeds.
Not as simple as sending an e-mail attachment, but once you do it awhile, it's not that big a thing. I believe that it keeps this site more manageable, because when you are basically only attaching a link to another site, you are not putting all that memory into the RV.net server...at least not directly. This way, it is on each computer that is on the site, that is actually loading the picture, from the other site.....if that makes any sense?
There have been quite a few posts with "here is our trip in photos", which would probably shut-down the Server, because of the number of photos and text that the OP posted......dozens of pictures, and probably MBs of memory.
There are bound to be complaints about any site, but this really is one of the better ones.....even if there is a problem here and there. Some of the others, you can't make corrections to things you posted.....or you are limited in how much you can post. Everything has it's trade-offs.
Dutchman....I imagine this gives a whole new meaning to "Bed Bugs":B
I'd get rid of the mattress......as you said, it's uncomfortable, and what good is it, without the box spring anyway.
As previously mentioned...Let it go!
As for the idea of burning it.....with your luck, some spark would fly over and set the RV on fire!:S
Would have been nice to see a few additional photos, to make comparisons.
Didn't they offer you any kind of insurance for things like this? That is a very expensive piece of equipment, and while I may not get full coverage on a rental car, I do get the coverage that will cover things like this......call it peace of mind.
I had a Honda Dealership sell me a car with a Mazda van as a trade-in. I told them what I thought the "Pay-off" was on the van, but I also told them that I wasn't exactly sure. It turned out, I was off by about $1800. They were in such a rush to get us in their car, and out the door, that they didn't check with the loan company.
They tried to get me to pay the difference, but I had seen them test driving our old van the next day (Saturday), and I believe it was sold that day. Anyway, I told the Salesman that I couldn't afford the extra $1800, and that if they couldn't let the sale go as it was, I'd bring their car back.
Since we were such good customers (had purchased about 5 Hondas in the past 10 years), they decided to let it go. I doubt that they really lost any money in the transaction.
I'm sure most businesses would attempt to collect the monies, but they can usually only go so far, depending on the situation.
I appreciate everybody's input.
I feel that I need to clarify; the "early negotiation" was the dealer's asking price and them saying they couldn't budge because they weren't making any money as it was, and my wife just saying "ok".
I had yet to begin MY part of the negotiation when they came back with the 9k under. I don't feel bad not paying the dealer's asking price.
It seems odd to me that there were three negotiations going on here....YOU, your wife, and the Dealership. Usually, it would be you and your wife as a couple....with only one of you actually doing the negotiating with the dealership.
And, it doesn't sound as if YOU actually negotiated at all....you wife said "OK", to the original price, and then they screwed up on the bill of sale.
I once spend a night at a Holiday Inn Express, so I guess I can also suggest that you get an attorney who is licensed in the state of the transaction.
Probably good, if you feel that you have a lot of rainfall, which might result in a leak. Also, the cover would help to protect the finish from the elements.
But, depending on the cover, it may increase the chance of mold on the camper, if you don't have some air flow too.
I think a 1-1/2" PVC post, with a plywood base that you can weigh down with some sandbags or blocks would work fine. The one that Roy posted (with the light) is really nice, and I could see where a solar or battery powered light would be really nice at night.
could you mount something on the front of the TV? I'll assume that like your signature picture, it's usually out front by the road when you camp anyway, how about a bracket that would attach to the front bumper?
Well, you want to avoid a place that will get any direct sunlight, which would give you a false temperature reading. The space under the overhang may be OK, but it may also radiate absorbed heat, if the metal on the cab gets hot.
You could try mounting it in different places for awhile, to see if it makes a difference?
My first thought was to mount it under the RV, but away from any exhaust or other source of heat.
Maybe I'm over-thinking this? Does it really matter if it's off by a few degrees? You are just trying to get a feel for what the temperature is outside, not break it down to the fractional degree, right?
Your spot on the cab is probably fine:)
AS Biscuit mentioned, ask around.....do a small survey of people you meet in the area....CG staff, People in stores or at the gas station. Depending on the size of the community, you may find the same name mentioned (with a good review) several times.
Then, you can check the websites, and call around.
I've had several dental emergencies while working on the boat....and would just try and locate the closest Dentist....maybe I was lucky, but I never had a problem with any of them. Most of them would be out of business, if they were unethical or caused problems for patients.
The ad (Clicky) says $0. but then it says "make offer" in the description, so maybe it's not free. I guess you talked to the guy, so it's FREE:)
And, for what it's worth, a 36 year old camper will not be worth the money you put into it......but it will probably make a nice little hobby that you can sink money into, if you want that sort of thing.
I wouldn't trust the utility trailer.....they are good for about 1000 pounds....maybe more for a short trip....basically just the lawn tractor or some ATVs.
If it will fit in the short bed (with gate down), that would probably be the way I'd go. Get a piece of angle iron and 2x4s with eye bolts from HD, and some cargo straps, and strap it into the back of the truck....and drive home carefully.:)