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RE: How low is too low

Is it lower than everything else that is going to hit, at that position? Has whatever is already there having problems hitting the ground while moving? Those are my two standards when thinking about adding something that might hang down.
tatest 07/28/14 10:13pm Full-time RVing
RE: Chronic Condition

I am allergic to most grass, tree and weed pollens, and mold spores. My allergies are bad enough on the Great Plains (changing with seasons) but get much worse when I return to the Great Lakes region where I lived the first 22 years of my life and became sensitized to all the stuff growing between Spring and the return of killing frosts. Moving to Florida didn't help much. I didn't encounter some of my worst seasonal allergies, but what I had, I had year-round. Visiting Arizona (Phoenix area) did not help much, seems everybody retiring there brought their Eastern and Midwestern lawns and gardens with them. But moving back to the Great Lakes from Florida was a disaster. Very soon after getting back, I had to step up from antihistamines to desensitization shots, which still did not help all that much. What fixed that problem was moving away again, to the plains, where I had three to five years relief while becoming sensitized to the new (mostly grass) pollens. It does help to go to places with completely different flora. Two years in China troubled my plant allergies very little, and the always dirty air in the big cities did not bother me near as much. I get relief also in urban and coastal areas in southern and eastern Europe, but feel the difference almost immediately moving into agricultural areas where they are growing some of the same things we grow on the plains or in the corn belt. Going to southern England in the summer was a disaster. It seems most of what we grow in midwestern suburbs are the ornamental plants brought to this country by English colonists.
tatest 07/28/14 10:09pm Full-time RVing
RE: anybody have an opinion? 18" wheels vs. 20"

In 3/4 ton and 1-ton vehicles I prefer higher profile tires on smaller wheel sizes, even preferring 16 inch and 75-85 profiles over the 18 inch. This is because of how I use them, much of the time riding light. The higher profile tire usually has a better ride on small harsh bumps than a wider low profile. I know low profile tires handle better, and I prefer low and wide on my passenger car, but I don't drive the car and truck the same way. Most larger trucks are going to roll, or trigger the roll stability programming, long before I get to the cornering limits of a 50-series or 40-series tire.
tatest 07/28/14 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: buying from commercial sales dept.

I bought my last new car from the fleet sales guy, it was just luck of the draw. No difference in the deal, but it was nice talking to a salesmen who knew what he was selling. Too frequently I get greeted by the person who was selling shoes or suits last week. My most recent truck purchase, as have been most of my truck purchases, was low-mileage used from a family-owned used car dealer that specializes in buying and selling low-mileage used vehicles. I knew more than he did about what I wanted to buy, he knew about the history and condition of what it was he was selling. Much better than the experience at the used car department of a new car dealer, or a used car mega-dealer.
tatest 07/28/14 09:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: love bugs

Yes, that is the timing of the fall flight. There is another in spring. We first moved to Florida in late August, hit the love bug swarms driving into the state, were horrified by what we might have gotten into. Locals told us those are just love bugs, it is temporary.
tatest 07/28/14 09:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How do Canadain rv standards differ from U.S.

Even when a RV is manufactured to meet standards of both countries (certainly possible, if you can get U.S. buyers to accept the Canadian version), factory certification that it meets the standards eases the process of importing it to Canada. I know that one of the differences involves which add-on accessories are permitted to exceed maximum vehicle widths. It becomes an issue when the vehicle is already maximum width wall to wall.
tatest 07/28/14 08:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Vehicle taxes where you live... how bad?

Oklahoma, on non-commerical cars and trucks (motorhomes are considered passenger cars): No sales tax. No property tax if registered as a vehicle. Excise tax, one time, 3.25% of purchase price. Title fee, one time, $11. Annual registration fee, $91 the first four years registered in the state, stepping down in increments to $21 after 17 years. Small additional mail fees if you renew tags by mail. New license plate: $3 Private trailers, licensing is optional, no titles required. But you will pay sales tax on the purchase, which might be as much as 9%, at least 4%. If you choose to tag a trailer, annual fee is $7. Separate rules and fees for farm trucks and farm trailers. The latter might be unregistered as a private trailer, but if used for farming it can be taxed as personal property if not registered as a vehicle. Different categories for assorted commercial vehicles, but generally low enough that companies operating in multiple states often choose to register in Oklahoma, particularly companies in both Oklahoma and Kansas. On the other hand, some Oklahomans on the Red River might be tempted to register their private vehicles in Texas, if they are able to register in a city/county that does not have license fees over and above the state fees.
tatest 07/28/14 05:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2001 Ford F-150 safe towing capacity

First, it is not about power. F-250 and F-350 of that vintage had the same engine and had that axle ratio as standard equipment. They may even have had the same GCWR, which might have meant the "maximum tow rating" could have been a few hundred pounds less, or GCWR might have been a little higher on the SuperDuty because of a bigger cooling system. The 4.10 axle option usually raised GCWR about 3500 pounds for the 6.8 V-10, over the 3.73, but did not raise it for the 5.4 V-8. Ford was using something else as the GCWR controlling factor with that engine. Changing from 3.73 to 4.10 with the 4.6 V-8 (on the 1/2 ton) added only 500 pounds to GCWR, so axle ratio is not a magic bullet for tow ratings. What it is really about is the ability of the truck to carry the tongue loads from the trailer along with the other "cargo" i.e. people and their stuff. I.E. 4800-6000 GAWR on the rear for F-250 and SRW F-350, depending on spring options. So what you need to be concerned about, within the 5000-6000 pounds of trailer you are probably rated to tow (varies with weight of truck), is how the tongue weight adds to the load you are carrying. That takes doing some arithmetic with your loads and and what the trailer adds. Something at 3500 and under is almost certainly going to be OK, but 4500 is going to depend on the results of load calculations, and there are tradeoffs. I had a midsize SUV rated to tow 4800 pounds or carry 1600 pounds, but if I was carrying 1600 I could tow nothing because I had nothing left for tongue load. If I was carrying 1200, I could tow about 3000 pounds of trailer. If I was alone, carrying almost nothing, that's when I could tow 4800. Now I have a one-ton van (13,000 GCWR) that can tow almost 7000 when empty, or carry close to 4000 pounds, but can't do both at the same time. But if I can compromise to carry 1500, I'm still good to tow 5000-5500. Those are the kinds of calculations you need to make for almost any tow vehicle today, until you get up to Class 4 and larger trucks, where tow ratings assume the truck is loaded to GVWR (including weight on hitch).
tatest 07/28/14 05:10pm Towing
RE: Using TT as guest house

I have friends in our RV club who used their motorhome as a guest house when their children visited. It is a housing code violation here, but they got away with it. That was when they had a house and a driveway, could no longer do it after moving into a small apartment. I used my motorhome as my own guest accommodation when visiting my daughter. This home was in a rural area, and if there was a housing code to say something about the use, we had no knowledge of the code and there was no mechanism for enforcement. So keep in mind that using "camp driveway" may violate housing codes (depending on how much of the universal code has been adopted) but these are often not enforced except on the basis of a third party complaint.
tatest 07/28/14 04:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie looking for lightweight TT for living/traveling

Life could be interesting in a lightweight TT in Colorado during the winter. Construction details vary brand to brand, and some TTs are light simply because they are small, but larger TTs sold as "ultralite" or "superlite" (as a marketing class) are made lighter by cutting dimensions on everything, and that includes thickness/weight or wall panels, roof, floor, windows. For the use you are talking about, I would go upscale into four-season molded shell trailers, like the Bigfoot 2500 series, or if you really don't mind how much you are paying, the double-shell Oliver, which will still be F-150 towable. The Bigfoots are a bit heavier, but there are different sizes to choose among. Airstreams are well made, expensive, but not necessarily built for four-season use. Still, probably better than many panel-wall ultralights.
tatest 07/28/14 04:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campground pricing.

Also a little difficult, at least for me, comparing costs for motels and hotels when in the past 12 months I've paid as little as $40 a night for a motel room in Leavenworth or Slidell and more than $300 for one in mid-town Manhattan, $200 on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago. I haven't paid that much attention to what my room rates were in Rome, Paris or Prague; one simply pays what the market requires, and that is determined by land values and labor costs in the location.
tatest 07/28/14 03:16pm General RVing Issues

If you expand on this a bit I may be of help. I live in the lakes area of Minnesota. Give me an idea of your expectations. Will you be towing a boat? Any other activities? As a Michiganian, I wonder where the "lakes area" is? I also like to fish. I've been to Lake Vermillion and Lake Winni. Just curious and watching this thread. Michigan has 64,980 lakes, according to the Michigan DNR. At least 11,000 are big enough to have names. About 26,000 bigger than an acre, 7500 bigger than 10 acres, almost 1200 bigger than 100 acres, 100 bigger than 1000 acres. Why go to Minnesota to find a lake? When I was growing up in Michigan we still called ourselves Michiganders. People no longer like the sound of that?
tatest 07/27/14 06:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best RV Campgrounds w/in 5 hour drive from Indy?

Can you get across Illinois to Hannibal (I-74 to I-72) in five hours? I know it fits into a six hour driving day from south central Michigan, have not tried it from Indianapolis. Places I am thinking of are on Mark Twain Lake, a state park and a couple of Corps of Engineers campgrounds. Fishing is mostly crappie, you can try flies if they are feeding at the surface. There are also bass, catfish, bluegills to feed the bass and catfish. The state park has boat rentals, I think. Search on Mark Twain Lake Camping for individual campground descriptions and reviews (properties in the area range from public CGs to RV Resorts). Search on Mark Twain Lake Fishing for the fishing information. If you are looking for trout streams, I'm thinking about SE to SC Missouri and NE to NC Arkansas, and that's a lot farther than five hours for you. Don't know what is five hours north, but going south that will probably get you to Land Between the Lakes in SW Kentucky. A big area of parklands, with state and federal parks, and some private resorts at the northern end. What I know from growing up in Michigan, if you take I-69 to Lansing, then follow US-127 until you run out of time, you probably will not have gotten far enough to get to the northern resort areas in the center of the state (Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake) and you definitely will not get to the Traverse City area in that amount of time. Similar problem trying to get into Wisconsin or Minnesota lake areas.
tatest 07/27/14 05:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Beach getaway options

No beachfront site 20 ft wide is worth 185.00 a nite. It is a pretty place but way to pricey for us. Problem is, that reflects the value of developable beachfront property, so it isn't going to be any cheaper unless subsidized by taxpayers and kept off the market by state ownership. Which is why I don't mind a short walk to the beach, don't need to be parked on the beach. To the OP, the best developed, in the middle of everything, on the beach RV park I know of is Red Coconut at Fort Myers Beach. That community has not yet developed to high-rise condo, it is a lot like Daytona, or Myrtle Beach, used to be in the 50s and 60s. Cheapest place around the Gulf to camp on the beach is South Padre Island, but you may be on the bay side. RV camping is possible, but I wouldn't do it, I don't trust the strength of the sand over the longer term. You also have to understand the tides. For being close to the beach, on the Gulf, I like the Galveston Island State Park. But the RV sites are not on the beach side of the park; as with many of the beach state parks in Alabama and Florida, the RV campgrounds are built away from the beach, where the soil is strong enough to support roads for heavy vehicles, and installation of utilities is feasible. Just can't do underground wiring in the tidal zone where surf digs it up.
tatest 07/27/14 05:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: M D Anderson vicinity Campground?

I know of two on South Main, the closest (South Main RV Park) just beyond the 610 Loop on the west side of the street, making it three miles to Medical Center. The other (LakeView Resort) is a few miles further south. After our first visit, I choose not to "camp." We rather stayed at Rotary House (more than 10 times over three years of treatment). Being further away from the facility would not have worked, as my wife's appointment schedule had us going back and forth to the different clinics from 4 AM to 10 PM any day of the week, and the times she had surgery, it was me going back and forth at those hours. We would not have had time for trips back and forth to the campground. But your treatment program may be different. More generally, there are about 20 RV parks in the greater Houston area, or within 30-45 miles. That can be less than an hours travel to Medical Center, or it can be a lot longer, even the close ones, depending on time of day.
tatest 07/27/14 05:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking to buy high end 27/32Ft Travel Trailer

Forest River Aviator Would this be considered a high end model? I would consider it an attempt to place themselves into that market segment. Since I've not seen an example, I can't judge whether construction, fittings, build quality puts the product into a class with New Horizons, Excel, Airstream, Oliver, Bigfoot or even Escape. Aviator looks like a box built around laminated wall construction, as used by most of the mass-production RV industry once you get above entry level, rather than framing as used by Northwood and New Horizons, or exceptional construction techniques like molded shells or aluminum monocoque (e.g. Airstream). But other manufacturers (like Lance and many motorhome manufacturers) do the assembled box construction well, so why not Forest River. Wrap-around end caps are certainly a step up from the TT norm (used extensively in motorized RVs). I'd like to see how it is fastened together, do we have interlocking and overlapping channels, or is it all tacked together with sheet metal screws. Sorry, I've been TT shopping lately, and when I get into the construction details, fit and finish of the RVs I've been looking at, they've all been so disappointing compared to the entry level motorhome I've been using for the past ten year.
tatest 07/27/14 01:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campground pricing.

I think you are talking about RV parks rather than campgrounds. I've been paying $5 to $20 a night for water-electric RV sites in city/county campgrounds, $18-45 for full hookup sites in full-service commercial RV parks, mostly in the middle of the country. $30+ is pretty typical in season, it can get lower off-season. It is not unusual to pay more at destination parks, in season at tourist destinations or urban locations. $40-60 at Nashville, $50-100+ at or near theme parks. On the other hand, you might get a space at a casino for $15 or less, it might even be free.
tatest 07/27/14 01:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: cost of storing your RV

I'm in an open ended shed at a gated facility at the edge of a small city for $216 every six months. There's one down the road that's $150 a month for a space in a building. That one is 15 miles north of a city of 500,000 where land around it is being developed. Where land more valuable, you'll pay more to rent the use of it.
tatest 07/27/14 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: What does this hitch rating mean?

It means what it says. And it is not a hitch, it is a hitch receiver. You need to install a hitch into the square hole of the receiver. The hitch receiver is designed for a maximum load of 5000 pounds if carrying the tongue weight of the trailer (not to exceed 500 pounds) or it can accept a 10,000 pound load when a weight distributing hitch is installed and used (tongue load not to exceed 1000 pounds. The latter would assume that the weight distributing hitch you install is also rated for at least 10,000 pounds. Bottom line is the most important: "Tow vehicle maximum trailer rating may be less." You'll find those numbers in the vehicle owner's manual.
tatest 07/27/14 12:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: NJ couple killed by tornado at Va RV Campground

You don't need a tornado to bring limbs down. Any thunderstorm is enough to make being in a tent, under trees, unsafe.
tatest 07/27/14 11:45am Class C Motorhomes
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