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RE: A little disappointed with GS for the first time

So GS couldn't find a provider, but you could. Sorry, GS - piss poor service there. Perhaps your payment rates are too low and providers don't find it profitable to work with GSRA? Hoping Marcus's Rapid Response Team will post some PUBLIC responses with some REAL answers here.
camperfamily 07/29/14 08:35pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: B&W Champanion Hitch

Have had the companion in both our '13 ford (had to install the turnover as no factory set-up) and previously in the '02 Ford. Solid hitch, great support. As good as everyone says!
camperfamily 07/29/14 08:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much difference between SD and HD

Well, in the RV we normally avoid the TV being on. We're out to get away from all the electronic distractions and spend quality time with our kids. Their electronic games are severely limited also. Laptop as needed for weather, planning/searching for a outing or (uhg) work. As for HD vs SD -- well the picture on the old 20" tube sure looks crappy. And SD on a 60" plasma is terrible. Quality HD 1080 signal is the only way to go. But then I'm in the camp where a 20MB internet connection is marginal; expect ions are high as I have to move large files regularly.
camperfamily 07/28/14 09:36pm Technology Corner
RE: I need advice on my totalled yet still beautiful baby.

Strange situation you have. I'd be seeking professional advice โ€“ second opinion on the RV and likely at least a consultation with legal council. Remember, if you decide to take the insurance co to court things change โ€“ and get drawn out. Were I in your shoes I'd be worried about being SOL and as I said looking for professional advice. BTW - you can hire independent adjusters to review your claim and help battle insurance companies. Of course professionals cost. I know it sux, but make sure you step back and realize when it is time to cut your losses. Legal cases can be very costly (as you likely know) to the point where its just not worth it. If the offer you a settlement consider it while looking at units you can afford, if thats even an option. Personally I'd rather be camping with my boys in a older, smaller but clean unit than not at all. Hope my rambling can help.
camperfamily 07/13/14 08:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stuck on road with very slow response time?

First time I called GSRA they took so long that the state police called in their town tow service to change the flat. Had GSRA on the phone when the LEO made they call and to their credit they paid for it. Second time it was under a hour, but honestly in densely populated northern NJ it should have been under 15 minutes. The driver came from almost 30 minutes away. Ridiculous! BUT they didn't tell him what truck I have - a CCLB diesel and he didn't bring a heavy enough flatbed. Hit road debris and had TWO flats. Got the spare and he was able to plug the other tire enough for me to get to new tires. So except for the LONG delays the service was great. BUT I do have HIGH service level expectations โ€“ things happen fast in my industry and waiting isn't a option.
camperfamily 07/01/14 10:25pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Back-powering 110V system while travelling..

Hmm. Enough about the back feeding. If you really want run the fridge why not just route a extension from the inverter to the fridge? Easy, inexpensive and safe. I didn't see mentioned that if you back feed a RV and don't remember to turn off the MAIN your male cord will be LIVE. Think of the possibilities...
camperfamily 06/26/14 08:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Daily Driving Tow Vehicles

My '13 Superduty is just year old and almost 19k miles on it. Its my DD at 55-70 miles a day (depends where I need to drop the kids off). I did the numbers on a commuter. Financially its a mess. Insurance here in NJ would cost me close to $1000/year. I get 15+ with my truck commuting. A car big enough to not be killed in, used at a somewhat reasonable cost, would only yield about 30mpg. No savings for me. Leasing would be pricy as I need at least 15k/ year. The other problem is that I can't fit another vehicle in my driveway. No chance. And I can't make it bigger - property line on one side w/retaining wall, and another wall on the other side with water/sewer/natural gas lines on the other. AND I can't park on the street overnight from Nov. 1 to April 1. Also. the added mass and probable crash survivability is priceless. I've seen some terrible crashes on my commute. Cars broadsided by semi trucks at highway speeds; cars t-boned and pushed against concrete barrier and then slammed again resulting in all doors being blocked, unconscious driver w/likely head injuries; serious rear-end chain reactions (loaded dump truck lost brakes on a hill, plowed into stopped traffic at a light at the bottom of a 1 mile 6% hill -- they have nowhere to go to crash but the cars -- and that happens at least 1x/year). I could go on. But feeling that my chances to returning home to my kids every night is priceless, to me. Plus, by the time I wear out a diesel truck drivetrain it would be time for a replacement anyways due to other factors like rust and age related failures.
camperfamily 06/21/14 10:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I'm leaving Dodge

Kampfirekid - Sorry to hear about your Ford. Mine is quiet and powerful. Sounds like you need another dealer or some help. I'd suggest visiting the 6.7 forum over at ford-truck.com. A Ford rep frequents there and can often push service issues up the chain and get results.
camperfamily 06/16/14 07:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The "Milky Way" test of a boondocking site

profdant139, its just my opinion but after nearly 20 years of using photoshop and editing images it looks like your forcing the image a bit too much. If you bring some of the dark back in I thnk your image would have greater depth and would appear sharper. In Photoshop you can adjust this using levels or curves, even down to each color channel if you want to remove a color. You can also make a adjustment layer to change a color and then mask that layer so the adjustment only applies to a portion of the image. Photoshop is a very powerful and fun tool but does have a learning curve. Fantastic images, I've enjoyed them!
camperfamily 06/09/14 08:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How likely am I to need 30amp and/or water extensions?

Carry 25' 30amp extension, gets a good amount of use. Also a 20' 15amp extension, plus adapters. If I really need power I can put it all together and get power from a 15amp plug nearly 70' away. Carry almost 100' water hose. Rarely use more than 50'. Used it all, once. A member of the group didn't realize there was no water at the sites and parked. The next morning three of use combined water hoses and ran close to 300' through the woods to fill his tank. Talk about a happy camper! Carry about 50' of coax. It has been out of its storage spot for use 2x in 12 years. We rarely watch TV when we camp. Sewer hose is 2 17' sections. I really don't want to wrangle more than that, and so far have had enough.
camperfamily 06/09/14 08:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: children in Motorhome Update

NJ only requires lap belts on school busses. Now if I were to strap my 3 YO into my car using only a lap belt there would be all kinds of problems, outrage and possible police citations. Yet that is exactly what they can (AND DO) with tiny children on buses. My son was in a school bus accident (thankfully minor) this year and when it came up for my 3 YO daughter to ride w/o proper restraints we simply said no and either provide private transportation or she doesn't go. IMO there should be laws at the national level requiring ALL buses (school/motor coach/public/private) to provide for the same passenger restraints as in our personal automobiles. Anyone recall the high school children who were ejected from the bus (which also burned) in California recently? Seatbelts could have save lives there. So think and say what you want, but doesn't the lack of seat belts (and crash-worthy roll-over survivable vehicles) really come down to a matter of the almighty dollar? OK, off my soapbox. Hope its food for thought for someone.
camperfamily 05/29/14 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5th wheel RV, needed to haul from Sulphur, LA to Houston

You can try places like Uship or just google RV transporter. Or seek out a friend with a truck who might bring it back home.
camperfamily 05/27/14 08:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel Fuel smell occasionaly in cab of F250 7.3L

Agree, check the fuel bowl and valley. Mine did that when ULSD came around. Replaced orings and life went on.
camperfamily 05/19/14 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: A ***** about the us postal service or lack of

When items such as mortgage and other payments started being returned to me shredded I stopped sending them via mail and pay online. When bills started arriving late or not at all causing late fees etc I started receiving them electronically. Since I can't always get to a office of the USPS during what they consider business hours I've resorted to other places who open earlier or stay open later. Sorry, but I start work before they open and leave long after they've gone home. Some employees at the counter over the years have been very nice and helpful. A couple were incompetent and a couple rude. About normal for customer service across the board, sad to say. So my use of the USPS has diminished greatly. Considering the fiscal problems I'd welcome only getting mail 2-3x a week. Heck, I don't even need my trash collected 2x a week - once is enough. In fact I usually don't even put out the darned can since I have to get up so early to put it to the curb because if I put it out the night before the pesky bears and coons tear it up. They should do something about those bears interfering with the garbage. See? We can complain about almost any service!
camperfamily 05/19/14 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: NJ to Bar Harbor Trip

We typically take 287 to 87 (Thruway NORTH) to Newburgh where we pick up 84 headed to the Mass Pike. to 95, then up Rt 1 in Maine. 84 can be busy depending when you go through CT but it cuts off time and miles over taking 87 all the way to 90. If you have enough fuel to get from NJ to Mass 84 really isn't that bad, especially at a "off hour". Worst we've had is some traffic delays due to congestion/construction. Sounds like you already know to avoid 95 south of the north side of Boston... Happy Trails!
camperfamily 05/07/14 09:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: I have a mess and need help please

The pump is likely loud because it looks to be connected with fairly rigid tubing. That vertical pipe to no-where is most likely for winterizing - pumping in antifreeze. The shut off valve (silver) is likely intended to work with the winterizing feature. Nothing here looks terrible. Just some clean up work really.
camperfamily 05/03/14 09:50pm Tech Issues
RE: New to fivers - Bridge

Only once in 6 years have we had to detour. We MIGHT have fit, but someone would have had to gone on the roof to watch. We made a left and found another route around. It's really not a big deal, but I am aware of our height. Anything under 13' and the warning goes off in my mind. We're just about 12' 6".
camperfamily 04/19/14 08:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Older 7.3 diesel owners F350 - need advice

Hitch it up. Doubtful that you'll have a problem. If you feel it squats too much some airbags or maybe new springs will take care of it. Our previous truck was a '02 7.3 PSD, but a SRW. I think you'll be good to go.
camperfamily 04/02/14 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WD Hitch; 2" vs. 2.5" receiver; Ford 250 issue

Not on the hitch topic but you mention the short vs long bed. My 2ยข is get the long. More storage, more wheel base, maybe a better ride. And while your at it seriously consider stepping up to a F350 SRW for the added payload capacity. Your talking about a lot of tongue weight, plus passengers, cargo in the truck. It adds up way too fast for my personal comfort.
camperfamily 03/20/14 08:06pm Towing
RE: Is exhaust brake really needed?

Having had a 7.3 and grossing ~17500 I'd do the mod to use the EBPV again. Night and day when you turn it "on". Even with it there were some grades that required heavy brake application. Short, thankfully, but some with slopes in excess of 15%. Going up was 1st heat @2800 RPM. IMHO you won't regret the small investment for the addition. DP Tuner used to offer a tune for activating the brake. But there are other (cheaper) ways. I recall on that worked with the cruise switches to activate. I don't recall particulars or name though.
camperfamily 02/28/14 08:37pm Fifth-Wheels
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