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RE: Learning to BackIn!!

I presume there was no one watching. It always goes in perfect on the first try when no one is watching.
valhalla360 04/24/15 08:06am Beginning RVing
RE: Any really good reason to upgrade to AGM?

Given your scenario, save your money and go with a basic flooded deep cycle. AMG's have their purpose but not for what you are doing.
valhalla360 04/23/15 08:36am Tech Issues
RE: do weight distributing bars weaken with age?

If you are going to tinker, do it on a short trip near home. Unless horribly overloaded, the arms themselves will not lose strength or spring. Best bet is your truck suspension is the weak link that needs to be looked at.
valhalla360 04/23/15 08:33am Towing
RE: Any tricks to rapidly cool refrigerator?

As long as you start it out with cold food, you should be fine. Just don't open the door much for the first couple hours.
valhalla360 04/23/15 03:26am General RVing Issues
RE: SRW v. DRW

If the loaded pin weight is within the weight ratings of the current truck you should be fine. There are people who will tell you, you need a dually to tow a pop up.
valhalla360 04/23/15 03:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheeling, any regrets????

Plenty of areas to explore. You may have to deal with an occasional hard freeze but Georgia and most of the gulf coast are pretty nice in winter (highs in the 50's are realy nice compared to highs in the teens). If you spend Nov/Dec and Mar/Apr, in the mid sections and save Jan/Feb for the deep south, you shouldn't have much issue with hard freezes. (they have furnaces that can keep you warm on the cold days) Buy a used 5th wheel and keep a tight lid on the price with the idea that you can always trade in later if you want bigger or newer and you are unlikely to lose much if the lifestyle doesn't meet your liking.
valhalla360 04/22/15 11:13am Snowbirds
RE: pros/cons seasonal site

You may be the exception but inertia says you will set up and never hook up and take trips away from that campground. We know a several couples who said the same thing you are and the rigs never move again, the sites gradually become more and more permantent making it less and less likely they will hook up for a weekend trip. Absolutely nothing wrong with it (our friends who have done it generally like it) but you would be the exception if you got a permanent site and still traveled regularly in the RV. As far as general issues: - Assuming it's mostly permanent sites, it's really easy to get pulled into camp personal drama. - Do you have to maintain the site (mow the lawn, rake the leaves, etc..) Not a huge issue but eats into that time savings not having to go pick up the RV.
valhalla360 04/16/15 05:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Diesel price war

Sadly, there are still many people who can't wrap their heads around the notion that I'm still ahead of the game when diesel is 10-15% more expensive per gallon, but drags my carcass 30% farther on each gallon. That math is easy but when you pay $10k extra up front for the diesel, it takes an awful lot of miles to make up the difference. Very few people will benefit from the extra MPG diesel provides when it runs 10-25% higher than gas. You don't buy a diesel to save money... I bought mine because I wanted/needed the pulling power and could afford it. The mileage increase is just icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned. Yes you pay an upfront premium for diesel but much of that $10k will be re-cooped during re-sale. Here in Norcal diesel and gas are damn near the same price. Midgrade is actually higher and what I had to run in my last truck when towing. We are in agreement. You buy a diesel because you need more pulling power or you just have a desire to have a diesel. While nice any fuel efficency benefit for a typical RV'er will be negligible. I disagree with another posters comment the diesel engines last longer. I believe that is a relic from 25-30yrs ago when 100k miles and a gas engine was done. It's nothing to get 250k miles out of a modern gas engine and by then the rest of the truck is typically falling apart. (I get the same chuckle when the diesel pusher MH guys talk about million mile drivetrains.)
valhalla360 04/15/15 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel price war

Sadly, there are still many people who can't wrap their heads around the notion that I'm still ahead of the game when diesel is 10-15% more expensive per gallon, but drags my carcass 30% farther on each gallon. That math is easy but when you pay $10k extra up front for the diesel, it takes an awful lot of miles to make up the difference. Very few people will benefit from the extra MPG diesel provides when it runs 10-25% higher than gas.
valhalla360 04/14/15 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel price war

Not sure where you are but we were happy campers yesterday that we switched from Diesel to Gas on the latest truck. $2.15/gal for gas vs $2.80/gal for diesel in Michigan.
valhalla360 04/14/15 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toilet paper - household vs. RV

Use lots of water when flushing and fill the tank before dumping. After that get the TP you prefer.
valhalla360 04/14/15 06:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question about air conditioning

If you've been driving and the air inside is substantially hotter, consider opening all the windows and hatches for a few minutes before turning the a/c on. On a 80 degree day, it might be 120 inside, so a quick flushing of the air will give a quick boost to the cooling process.
valhalla360 04/12/15 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about air conditioning

That's a bit light on BTU's for a 30' trailer. Normally I would expect the base to be 15k btu with a possibility for 2 units. With humid air, the effect is that it spends most of the energy at first acting as a dehumidifier. Then once the humidity is down, it can get the actual temperature down. Of course, 80 with low humidity is much more comfortable than 80 with high humidity. As someone mentioned, if the trailer is heated up, it will struggle to cool the unit as the furniture and walls release the pent up heat back into the air slowing the cooling process. One trick we use when it's really hot is to close off the bedroom during the day so it's only cooling the main living area.
valhalla360 04/12/15 03:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: How far to travel with only 2 weeks vacation time/year

Personally, If I'm using up 2 weeks of vacation, I don't want to be driving more than 2 days out and two days back, at most. That leaves 10 days of real vacation out of 14 days. Anything less seems like a waste of precious vacation days to me. I'd say 800-1,000 miles each way, would be my guideline. While we prefer 100-150mile days now (spoiled since we have no schedule), if limited, the above is pretty much our thought. I can see blasting out a couple long days so you can get somewhere but day after day just driving... May as well get a job as a long haul trucker, they always say if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.
valhalla360 04/10/15 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Using the TV as a GPS screen.

With the cost of a modern 19" TV, it's probably cheaper to just buy a new TV. But as others have said, it can be done.
valhalla360 04/10/15 10:20am Technology Corner
RE: Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used?

Any financial advantages of buying new RV vs used? Certainly, in a few years I can buy your formerly new RV at a 30-50% discount....did you mean advantage for you? It takes a little more effort up front to find a good unit but hard not to come out ahead. As long as it isn't a total cluster, you can fix a few things and still come out way ahead. If you aren't mechancially inclined, once you find a unit you think looks good and you like the price, pay an independent RV tech to go over it looking for issues.
valhalla360 04/10/15 10:18am Beginning RVing
RE: Pink stuff vs Air pressure - The Verdict

If you are careful and do it right either option works perfectly fine and doesn't leave any taste issues. It's easier to be sure with the pink stuff. If every outlet runs a good pink color, there is a negligible chance you missed something.
valhalla360 04/10/15 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

Do you have documentation that they are not considered trailers? While I like the idea, I've yet to see anything official to confirm this on a number of threads and if you check out the swivel wheel trailer websites, they are a bit evasive, implying they are legal but never actually coming out and stating it as fact. I think it's a gray area where it depends who you ask and how they feel that day but it won't help if the officer decides it's a trailer and you are 500miles from home. It's a good point, but I would probably turn it around and research if there are any reports of someone being cited. Seems to me that if there were common issues, it would get publicity pretty fast. Here's my take. *it has 2 wheels *it travels on the road *it has tail lights *it is connected to a tow vehicle via a hitch(s) *looks like it has a license bracket If it walks like a duck...... But this one walks more like a goose: - Are those 2 wheels part of the main trailer or a 2nd trailer? What about the single wheel versions or if you have a triple axle 5th wheel, is that 3 trailers? - If you have a storage platform bolted to the back, it may be a good idea to add supplemental tail lights but that wouldn't be considered a separate trailer - The swivel wheel trailers aren't connected by conventional hitches. - The license normally must be at the very back of the trailer. Still a gray area. Not gray on PEI. (w.2) “trailer” means a vehicle without motive power designed to carry property or passengers wholly on its own structure and to be drawn by a motor vehicle (1) Every motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, and pole trailer, and any other vehicle that is being drawn at the end of a train of vehicles, shall be equipped with at least two tail lamps one on each side of the rear thereof, that, when lighted, as hereinbefore required, shall emit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 150 m to the rear; but in the case of a train of vehicles only the tail lamp on the rearmost vehicle need actually be seen from the distance specified. (2) Every tail lamp and reflector upon every vehicle referred to in subsection (1) shall be located at a height of not more than 1520 mm nor less than 500 mm from ground level. (3) Every vehicle referred to in subsection (1) shall be equipped with either a tail lamp or a separate lamp so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the rear registration plate and render it clearly legible from a distance of 15 m to the rear, and any tail lamp or tail lamps, together with any separate lamp for illuminating the rear registration plate, shall be so wired as to be lighted whenever the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lighted. R.S.P.E.I. 1974, Cap. H-6, s.98; 1978,c.10,s.8. So we are in agreement that the truck is pulling a trailer but you still haven't clarified if it is towing 1 or 2 trailers.
valhalla360 04/10/15 06:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

Do you have documentation that they are not considered trailers? While I like the idea, I've yet to see anything official to confirm this on a number of threads and if you check out the swivel wheel trailer websites, they are a bit evasive, implying they are legal but never actually coming out and stating it as fact. I think it's a gray area where it depends who you ask and how they feel that day but it won't help if the officer decides it's a trailer and you are 500miles from home. It's a good point, but I would probably turn it around and research if there are any reports of someone being cited. Seems to me that if there were common issues, it would get publicity pretty fast. Here's my take. *it has 2 wheels *it travels on the road *it has tail lights *it is connected to a tow vehicle via a hitch(s) *looks like it has a license bracket If it walks like a duck...... But this one walks more like a goose: - Are those 2 wheels part of the main trailer or a 2nd trailer? What about the single wheel versions or if you have a triple axle 5th wheel, is that 3 trailers? - If you have a storage platform bolted to the back, it may be a good idea to add supplemental tail lights but that wouldn't be considered a separate trailer - The swivel wheel trailers aren't connected by conventional hitches. - The license normally must be at the very back of the trailer. Still a gray area.
valhalla360 04/09/15 02:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel with trailer, good idea?

Do you have documentation that they are not considered trailers? While I like the idea, I've yet to see anything official to confirm this on a number of threads and if you check out the swivel wheel trailer websites, they are a bit evasive, implying they are legal but never actually coming out and stating it as fact. I think it's a gray area where it depends who you ask and how they feel that day but it won't help if the officer decides it's a trailer and you are 500miles from home. It's a good point, but I would probably turn it around and research if there are any reports of someone being cited. Seems to me that if there were common issues, it would get publicity pretty fast. There are report of people double towing standard trailers all over but there are states where it is clearly illegal. Just because it's not a point of enforcement doesn't mean you can't get a ticket for it.
valhalla360 04/09/15 02:42pm Fifth-Wheels
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