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RE: Seasonal sites

Lots of variables: - What is the campground like? Is it trailerpark trash or a nice community? - Do you "buy" a spot vs just rent for the season? - Do you mind towing? Will you tow at all? We probably would never "buy" a site. Seen too many people do that and then life changes and they can't sell the site. This summer and last, life got in the way and it's just not convenient to stay on the move, so we rented a seasonal site for the summer. We are still in the RV for 4-5months, so definitely works out much cheaper than nightly site rentals even with a small electric bill (and we don't hesitate to use the air/con). Biggest issue is resisting the pressure to build decks and other add-ons. Also, we are expected to mow our lot. The park does supply a push mower and it only takes 10 min but it's one of the things I loved getting away from by moving to the traveling lifestyle. One thing I do dislike is we have made a lot of friends...but since they are all there, every weekend...you start getting drama...so and so said this or his stuff is encroaching on my lot... If a place looks good, try renting for a season. I would hold off buying for a at least a year maybe even 2-3yrs to see if it gets old.
valhalla360 07/24/17 09:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cruiser MPG Ultra Lite 2450RK vs Keystone Bullet 248RKS

Please tell me you are planning to use the wheels on these RV's to leave Colorado for the winter? Don't count on the 4 season (or whatever marketing term they use) package to keep you comfy and warm during a cold winter with sub-zero temps just by flipping on the furnace switch. It's possible to handle cold weather (even sub-zero) but it's not fun and comes with lots of complications. We've done it for a week or two when we would be leaving shortly but wouldn't want to put up with it for a full winter.
valhalla360 07/24/17 09:25am Travel Trailers
RE: This kinda thing can't help but keep fuel prices down.

It's real easy for a politician who will be out of office in 2-4yrs to buy votes today with a program that will be paid for 20yrs down the road. What baffles me is this goal to produce a car that can compete with a gas powered car in terms of capability. It makes them expensive and complicated and ultimately has slowed down their acceptance. Why would I pay $35k for an electric econobox when I can pay $16k for a gas econobox that gets 40mpg. Instead limit the range to 50-60miles and drive the price below $20k and market them as 2nd family cars. The vast majority of commuters go less than 50 miles in a day and would have access to a gas powered car for those rare longer trips, so your market is probably 25-40% of all cars sold. An $18k car where you never have to pay for gasoline vs a $16k car where you have to constantly buy gasoline is a lot easier sale. Add in the $7500 tax credit and it's drastically cheaper. Of course in terms of trucks and RV's its a different ballgame. The typical cargo load in a passenger car is under 300lbs. Maximum capacity is maybe 1000lbs. More importantly, it's relatively easy to make a passenger car extremely aerodynamic. With trucks and RV's (ignoring people using pickups as grocery getters), trucks are on average taking along several times as much cargo and the aerodynamics are horrible by comparison. This creates a compounding problem, you can add more batteries but that means you need more batteries to drag around the extra batteries. In commercial trucks you start eating up the weight limits which means you may need a 2nd truck because rather than a semi carrying 25tons of cargo, they can only carry 15 tons of cargo before they hit the weight limit.
valhalla360 07/24/17 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: This kinda thing can't help but keep fuel prices down.

Power companies are now asking for surcharges to be levied against solar users as they are "not supporting the infrastructure of the grid". Yet they have huge solar farms to produce electricity to sell to us. Nobody wins but the big money in any of this. Hydroelectric is the best answer IMHO. How do you think the grid gets paid for? If the power company builds a solar farm, they factor in the WHOLESALE PRICE and build the cost of the grid into the KWH price you pay plus any other costs associated with solar, such as backup power plants. If you dump electricity back on the grid at FULL RETAIL PRICE, they still have to maintain the grid and they have to maintain backup power for peak period, which is usually 5-6pm in the winter when solar is producing 0% of it's rated output. Nothing greedy about it, it's just not realistic to expect to get paid FULL RETAIL PRICE when you aren't supplying everything that is involved in getting a KWH of electricity to the end user.
valhalla360 07/24/17 09:03am General RVing Issues
RE: 5th Wheel Landing Gear

One thing to remember is the ground isn't always level so it's off by 1/2" it doesn't matter. Now if they are off by 4-6" it's probably worth unpinning the driveshaft and turning manually to balance (while hooked up on the truck with FULLY SECURED hitch). Check, the bottom of the feet. On ours, they screw out if you only need an inch or so to level them out. When we drop the trailer, we do the following: - Put a 2x6 under each leg (just to keep them out of the mud and dirt) and pull the pin so the legs fall to the ground. - Lift each leg the same number of holes and re-pin. Usually 4-5 holes (more if the ground slopes upward from front to back and we need to drop the front of the trailer once off the truck). - Drop using the electric motor until one leg touches. - Spin the other leg until it touches. - Now lift using the perfectly balanced legs. Sounds worse than it is. If your legs don't have the fine adjustment screw at the foot, 1x6 or other thin material (even scrape a bit of dirt out from under the high leg) to get them level will work.
valhalla360 07/24/17 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: 5th Wheel Landing Gear

double post
valhalla360 07/24/17 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: Shorter pin box, dimension recommendations?

1) 6" is not magic. It's a minimum. You still have to be careful if going over rough ground. 8"-9" is much better if you can get it (not a free for all off roading but significantly less chance a pot hole results in the your trailer meeting the bed rails. 2) A shorter pin box will put no extra weight on the front axle. A 5th wheel hitch is normally centered (at least within an inch or two) over the rear axle. As such there is no leverage to shift weight to the front axle. You would have to move the hitch forward to shift weight to the front axle (and no it's not recommended). 3) What a shorter pin box will do is increase the pin weight. With a shorter distance to the center of the trailer axles, you have less leverage to keep the front of the trailer up. 4) 7" from the rear bumper to the lower front of the trailer is way too short. Any time you go around a sharp corner or back in, it will hit. Related to this, you need to make sure the overhang won't hit the truck cab when turned sharply when backing into a tight site. 5) Do you have a picture on level ground. It appears the truck is on level ground and the trailer is on a slight hill, so it's hard to say how much out of level the trailer is. It looks a little out of level but nothing extreme. 6) Why do you want more weight on the front axle? Is there some towing issue? A 5th wheel is generally much better than a bumper pull. We can't help you fix an issue if we don't know what the issue is. Assuming the picture is representative of the out of level, your answer is to get the axles flipped. That should address all your issues without creating new ones.
valhalla360 07/24/17 08:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: $20 For A 6' Mouse Ears Laptop Cord?

Since they rarely fail, my guess is there isn't much of a market for them. That typically means, you pay a premium for them to sit on stock for months or even years and results in high prices. Might try a computer shop (as in a guy who works on computers and electronics. Might be a used one but as long as it's in decent shape, it shouldn't matter. Is it possible to repair? If there is there even a couple inches of solid wire sticking out of the plug end? Might try a home depot (or similar in mexico), they may have the plug end that you can wire up.
valhalla360 07/24/17 08:19am Technology Corner
RE: What's in your freezer when you don't have an oven?

We still eat meat most nights for dinner, regadless of oven, stove or grill. Ice cream doesn't do well in the cooler, so that's usually up there. You can cook fries and a lot of other "baked" goods in an electric skillet.
valhalla360 07/24/17 08:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Reservation friend

Who routed you to them? If it was the campground website, it most certainly is the campgrounds problem as you used their system. If their system was wrong, it's their problem. If it was some other 3rd party source routing you to them, they still are pretty much on the hook from a PR perspective in that they accept reservations from the company. They might be off the hook from a legal perspective. You can always got he credit card route but the problem is once you accepted the site, that may be taken as tacit agreement to change the terms of the contract.
valhalla360 07/24/17 08:09am Beginning RVing
RE: Rv love seat

The furniture in our 5th wheel was so uncomfortable, we just went to a regular furniture store and bought a Lazyboy love seat and chair and love them. Both are recliners. They are so comfortable, we went and bought a similar couch and chair for our home. I have never been impressed with RV spec furniture. Personally, I prefer to "test drive" what I am going to be sitting in. Just another option. Exactly, unless it needs to be particularly small, no reason to go with "rv" furniture.
valhalla360 07/23/17 04:14am General RVing Issues
RE: 4 wheel drive

Only thing kind of nice is low range is effectively a creeper gear if you need to back into a steep spot. Otherwise, haven't gotten stuck in this mytical wet grass. Of course with an exta 2000lbs on the pin, the rear tires get plenty of traction. If you haven't needed it so far, you probably don't need it now.
valhalla360 07/22/17 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hauling water

Everyone has their preference. While I always travel with a full tank I understand everyone does not. Traveling with a full tank uses very little additional fuel and does not impact mileage to a measurable degree. I notice no difference in my MPG's My response was more to the point of scare tactics in the prior post. Short of extreme situations, there will be water at the destination. It's not a huge MPG impact but why drag around the extra weight unless you have a reason. If you have a reason to run full, that's fine (and just feeling better about having an onboard supply is a fine excuse) but to imply you will die of thirst is just silly.
valhalla360 06/30/17 10:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Can you exceed Solar Panels Nominal Max Power?

Yes, it is theoretically possible but I'll give you 2-1 odds, your meter is off. The standard test for rating panels is near ideal conditions as they want to put the highest number they can on the panel.
valhalla360 06/30/17 07:06am Tech Issues
RE: Hauling water

Water is an essential item... You can do without many things. Water is not one of them. I find it strange that so many people will take a chance on such an item being available... I guess those with inadequate TVs will do most anything other than buy a properly sized TV. It's so essential that every city, town, village or stray farm house has it plumbed...not really a huge risk unless you are going into the desert or hurricane destroyed area. The truck can handle it but why burn the extra fuel dragging 500lbs of weight when they have water at the destination. We typically travel with maybe 1/4 tank. Enough so we have some for a rest stop and it's not an emergency to fill the tanks when we arrive. If you know the destination doesn't have water, I wouldn't worry about hauling with full tanks but I would probably check with the destination if there is an easy place to fill up upon arrival.
valhalla360 06/30/17 06:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Driving with Health Issues

When you walk up to the pearly gates to be let in, do you want the crowd in line behind you suggesting a different address is more appropriate? Assuming the condition is inoperable, yes, it's time to hang up the keys.
valhalla360 06/30/17 06:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck caps

If you will take the cap off ever, I really prefer the aluminium ones. They don't look as slick as the fiberglass but the two of us could easily move the aluminium one by ourselves (in a pinch I could do it by myself). The Fiberglass needs two strong guys or 3-4 weaker people. No strong opinions on brand.
valhalla360 06/30/17 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Really dumb extension cord Q

This discussion triggered my curiosity, so I went outside and looked at my 30 amp RV extension cord. It is at least 50 feet long, perhaps 75. Sure enough, it is 10/3 cable, rated specifically for 30 amp RV service. That information is stamped on the outer insulation. I frequently run both air conditioners with that cord, no problem. The 25 foot cable that is attached to the coach is also 10/3 cable, rated for 30 amp RV service. So, if the OP installs a 30 amp socket and plug on his 10/3 cable, he should be in good shape, based on my ongoing experience with just such a commercial extension cord. It may or may not be OK. You might have just had a combination of variables that worked. When you run 2 air/con units, do you check for head build up? It may be slowly cooking the insulation and eventually you will have issues. Also if the prongs are clean and shiny, they may be good but as they age and corrode, you may run into issues. Finally, if you do this at a park that has good strong power, it may actually be getting 125v power. Go to a park with marginal power on a hot busy weekend where the voltage drops to 108v and your amperage will go up to compensate (watts = volts * amps). This may push you over the edge to where you start running into problems. Ideally, you want to run the shortest cord that will reach (obviously, you can't change the length of the hard wired cord on a per trip basis).
valhalla360 06/29/17 03:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: base to steps is rusted and cracked

If they can easily do it without hindering the mechanism, have them reinforce it when they weld it (hard to say if that's possible without a picture).
valhalla360 06/29/17 03:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: License Plate Braket

When that happened to me i used zip ties and zipped it to the rear bumper. Still there. OK for a quick fix, but hope you did not keep it there permanently. No problem in daylight, but if driving after dark, I'm pretty sure, every State in the USA has a requirement that the license plate be lighted after dark. We don't typically travel at night and our old trailer just had squared off U-bolts that looped around the bumper. Not the prettiest option but if you don't have a camping store handy any hardware store should have them.
valhalla360 06/29/17 03:04pm Tech Issues
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