I agree with the use of Air Bag suspension to level your vehicle. We use a Firestone Coil Rite product on our PRIUS (Torklift 2" receiver, Curt lighting harness) and it's outstanding at preventing bottoming-out in places like curbs or campgrounds.
US Federal Law protects temporary enclosures (cabin, motel room, RV, tent) as a LEGAL RESIDENCE. You are permitted to possess and carry a loaded firearm within your campsite (temporary residence) without need for special permits, as it qualifies as a "residence". I live in California, more or less the most restrictive state in the nation, so I HAVE and MUST be aware of these laws. We are tent campers and have/possess handguns at all times. I carry in my vehicle at all times, including LEGALLY on military bases. When I travel to D.C., I fly to BALTIMORE airport and disembark for my rent-a-car there as I don't need to store my firearm at the airport in DC, but rather LEGALLY "pass through" DC, following federal carry laws (inside a lockbox, with the loaded magazine not attached, but in the same container), and staying overnight on Pennsylvania Avenue, as I'm "passing through". Same rules when I visit NJ. Sure, check the laws within your states of travel, follow the NRA guidelines, and understand the Constitution's federal protections regarding 50-state "residence" rights you have.
AGM. AGM. AGM. AGM. Charleie D is mistaken, AGM batteries are designed as direct replacements for old-school wet-cell technology. And AGM cells are NOT gel cells!!! Do a search of these posts, or better yet some AGM research, and you'll find out why you get more value for your money. And all the other advantages are frosting on the cake.
Save your $. If you've got a smartphone, get the CoPilot GPS app for about $10. Maps will download to your phone and you won't need to use data while navigating. Wish I had bought this in the beginning and not splurged on the Rand McNally 7720. Live and learn...die and forget it all.
Sure, just don't get out of range of those cell towers...and make sure your data plan can absorb the data you'll be using...and make do with the 2nd-rate software off those apps...etc., etc.
GPS units still have their advantages in these areas. We just upgraded to the Garmin Nuvi 3597LMT HD, their flagship. Its magnetic mount is worth the extra money, just pull and stow. I'm getting 10X the traffic updates and have saved commute time three times in the last two weeks as a result. No hanging wire, and it's as small and thin as a smartphone. We have smartphones and there's a mile of difference between them and a good GPS. Now this is only a personal opinion, based on my own hands-on experience. Can't speak for others. :)
Folks seeking good snorkeling near Bahia Honda will see 10X the sealife with an inexpensive boat trip to Sombrero Reef out of Marathon. This is the closest thing we've found to Caribe-quality snorkeling outside of the leeward islands.
My problem is I have thieves that like to cut locks and steal RV and boat batteries to sell to the scrap yard. I've had 3 locks cut and 4 6VDC golf cart batteries stolen. And ya know those aren't cheap. How well do these boxes lock? It looked like the one on the etrailer site was different with a steel frame and maybe sturdier. Not sure how those lids were attached.
You could switch out to AGM batteries and have them inside your rig, under a dinette, a bed or a cabinet, even mounted upside down! :B
Is unsafe having your friend's caravan lose all their Prerunner Race Team trucks, vehicles, trailers, gear, and money to bandits? (they did this for many years without harm)
Is unsafe having your daughter's high-school friend go in a group and never be seen again - it's been, let's see now, 5 years ago? (out city is the safest in the county)
We're 25 miles from the southern border, I have lived in South America, and had a nice home during the WORST of the late '80s terrorism - bombings, beheadings, etc., and I'd NEVER go to Mex other than the heavily-armed tourist areas like Cabo and Cancun, and then only by flying in and out without leaving the immediate "safe" areas. Those are the ONLY safe areas. We miss "the old days" very, very much, but they're not here yet. The journalists dare not say a word without fear from the narcotrafficantes - this is where corruption lives. Take your chances if you must, but you are warned friend.
I want to thank tplife for suggesting that I contact Big Agnes about the problem I have with defective zippers in their tent. I have had other folks say the same thing, but this time it "took". I wrote to Big Agnes and they will repair the tent. I just got it in the mail today and B.A. estimates repair within 3 wks. Thanks again for hitting the right note that made me go ahead and write to Big Agnes.
Gypsy, you would have done the same thing for me! This is why the higher cost of quality (Big Agnes, Mountain HardWear, Northface, MSR, Sierra Designs, EMS, REI, Marmot) is the best value over time for serious tent campers. :B
O'Nuts, your Sundome will do the job and get you some seasons of evaluation to decide if you really need a good tent. If you buy a $500 tent and don't use it, you'll kick yourself. If you use the Sundome for a couple of seasons and need more, you will have gained a cheap education! Many recommend a tarp for adding some wind/rain integrity. Remember to seal your seams using a small paintbrush and a standard seam sealer inside and out with two coats. Happy Camping!
A trip to a company like REI or EMS sports will cost you more, but you'll leave with a (max 10X10) 4 to 6-man tent that won't fall apart in a year and will give you wind and rain integrity. We've bought 3 new-with-tags high-end models off Ebay at 60% off MSRP, but some folks just can't follow auctions. Unless you only camp in summer, cots and air mattresses will "leave you cold" as they are heat sinks that suck the warmth out of you while you sleep. Companies like MegaMat and ThermaRest sell a wide variety of foam-based cellular self-inflating sleeping pads. We have several, some are over 25 years old, and only twice have we had a leak, one easily fixed on the spot with a bit of superglue and another repaired free under warranty. Anything you buy that doesn't feature a "5.0 R-Value" or better is a recipe for a bad camping experience - self-inflating sleeping pads list their R-values for your comfort. We also use a Prius for our camping journeys, with room for 3, hardwood storage for a 4-day weekend, 12V AGM portable power for a 200W Polk/Kenwood sound system and charging duties, 3 Coleman lanterns on adjustable tripods, plus food and gear with room to spare.
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Firestone Coil-Rite Air Suspension
Thule Transporter Combi Cargo Box
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+2 to Yosemite Lakes! Trout fishing (and catching) on lures (catch and release) right there on tthhe river, and yes, 5 miles from the West Gate of Yosemite. 50A service and as Executive said, you don't need to be a member to stay there.
That netting you're avoiding is designed for venting a polyester tent and rarely allows for particulate entry. Various schemes involving full vs. partial rainfly coverage in quality designs allows for adjustments. It is a universal design in high-end models for very good reasons involving condensation control and sleeping comfort. Glorified screen rooms and heavy canvas are not going to get you anywhere, in my opinion. Companies like REI and EMS offer large family tents that adapt to AC units in the front entry if you use duct tape and clever mounting.
You can use any tarp as a footprint, but you may be out of luck for a fly replacement. I'd suggest getting comfortable following some auctions for a new-with-tags replacement tent and getting a new one from Sierra Designs, Mountain HardWear, Northface, EMS, REI, Big Agnes or Marmot. These are high quality brands and unlike Kelty and Eureka!, they don't mix junk models in with quality ones to capture your wallet if you don't understand the differences.
I would definitely not add Gasoline. However: a good fuel additive like Stanodyne and PS, with cleaners and cetane rating added with each tank would really add to the life of any diesel heaters. Course if it helps your heater, how much more would it help your diesel engine.
The most common cetane booster is 2-Ethylhexyl Nitrate (2-EHN). Amsoil cetane boost is almost 100% pure 2-EHN!
The economy is improving, the price of fuel is down and more people are retiring and buying RVs. The longer you wait (especially with spring coming) the less of a discount you're going to find. I'd buy now unless you're more into it for the haggling rather than actually buying.
What part of Canada do you hail from? Here in California we've been in the "Summer Of Recovery" since 2009 and in Obama's 2nd term since 2008. PM me as we all want to return to full-time jobs that pay good. :)
We have a spare tank and replace and refill. Never do the propane tank exchanges. I once got a tank that was expired and could not be refilled. So did one last exchange and got a neweer tank
I remember you Bob, you ate all the samples at my Costco. :R
I wouldn't add volatiles like gasoline to diesel fuel either, that begins to negate the safety advantage as well as dilute important additives with a fuel not designed for diesel engine efficiency. Injector cleaners are a dime-a-dozen, and typically they work as advertised. Read the fine print however, and you'll discover they aren't really octane boosters. Octane boosters no longer contain toluene or xylene (which are in your pumpgas), as in high concentrations they damage emission control devices. The substitute compounds don't do that, but only raise your octane HUNDREDTHS of a point. Meaning 6 points raised equals .06 %. Don't waste your money on octane boosters, but quality injector cleaners (gas or diesel) made by SeaFoam will make you a customer for life. :B