Just saw a different garage door today and remembered this thread. Haven't seen it mentioned yet so give it some thought.
You might be able to use a hydraulic open out door that hinges just at or even above your opening. The hydraulic lifts could be wider than the camper.
Not cheap either, but it is looking like there is no cheap answer.
How often do you use AC?
Our I-Pass from IL works on the EZ Pass system. It worked in IL, IN, OH, WV and PA. It will work in other states in the East.
Out west, we ran into tolls in California. They had a license-plate recognition system. We had about a week to log in to the web site and pay or there would be penalties. I never really researched the penalties, just paid as we went.
I go with shorter inputs at the steering wheel. Try moving the steering wheel an inch or two and watch what the trailer does.
When you go to a parking lot, turn the wheel in one-inch increments and back up a distance at each. You will soon see the trailer in your side mirror. Learn at what point the trailer breaks hard. There is a point that you could back in a circle forever. Then, there is a point just past that where the trailer will start into a jack knife and require an extreme maneuver to correct. Learn that point and try not to go past that. If you find yourself in a spot where you have to go past that point, do it quickly and correct. Do it agin quickly and correct, etc...
Like already said, practice - practice.
Hope this makes sense?
It will help for sway, wind push and the wobble you get upon traversing a dip into/out of a parking lot, etc...
It will not soften your ride. For harsh ride, start by checking your 4-corner weights and adjusting tire pressure accordingly. My MH came from the factory with maximum air pressure. It rode like a tank. After adjusting tire pressure its much, much better. I run 95 front and 90 rear. It will be different for each setup. I was not able to get 4-corner weights so am using data from each axle. I adjusted up 5 pounds for a little buffer. The tire manufacturer should have weight charts for you tires. It will tell you the minimum air pressure to run for a given weight.
After about 9,000 miles I have had no adverse affects from the CHF and the tires are wearing fine. I did the fix at 8,000 and my wife noticed the difference.
The definitive thread on the CHF is on another forum (irv2). Hate to divert from this great forum, but I'm afraid it would take thousands of posts here for the info you can read there. I have followed the CHF post there since really early in its run. After about 10 pages you can get the idea and skip the reading if you like. In the thread, one person says its a bad idea. Another person or two say they didn't notice any difference. And some speculate that it will harshen the ride. I haven't noticed that.
No one has come back on and said that the CHF broke something or caused problems.
Cos all the heat is on the bottom; the top will be rawish and the bottom toasted. Also helps warm up the ingredients when you add them.
Santa brought me one of these last Christmas. It works great. 700 degrees.
Camp Chef oven
I'm shopping for a replacement grill right now. Camp Chef has a pretty good uTube channel. They say at the end of cooking, to use the pizza spatula and hold the pie up towards the top of the chamber near the roof. All the heat that rises will then cook the toppings.
Does that sound legit?
Bought ours from Illinois. IPass works at EZPass locations.
My home state of WV charges $25 for each commercial transponder. Commercial is required of any vehicle over 8,000 or towing a trailer.
Illinois was more reasonable.
$10 refundable deposit and $40 balance in your account. They will automatically charge your CC another $40 when the balance reaches $10.
Before our big trip this year, I logged in and manually charged an additionally $50 to my account. I knew we would be on the Il, IN, OH and PA turnpikes and didn't want to deplete my account faster than they could replenish it.
Needless to say, the tolls were greater than my balance. They managed to restock my account faster than I could drive across Ohio-lol.
I am happy to report that one transponder in the MH worked fine and that all four states charged the correct tolls for 4 axles.
A lot depends on your time constraints.
We just did a one-month loop to the West coast and back. We were limited on time and wanted to pack as much in as we could. We also had to be in San Clemente, CA for a wedding on July 4th weekend. This would be our only trip west with the kids most likely. They travel well, so to speak. The MH makes covering ground relatively easy on them.
Holiday weekends dictate having reservations just about anywhere.
We estimated the day we would reach our first "stop" in our tour. We left home on Friday and made the reservation for Moab on Monday. We had reservations from that point until we started our 3-day trek home.
This plan allowed us to squeeze in some extra sight seeing between destinations and know we had a place to land at the end of each day. Otherwise, we would have stopped many of our days short to start the search for accommodations.
For example, at Bryce Canyon on the day of departure for Zion, we got up and moved the RV to the shuttle bus parking lot. We went on a pre-planned horseback ride to the bottom of the canyon, returned to the RV and took off for our Zion area CG. We checked in and took the Toad into the park. We checked out the Visitor's center, did some sight-seeing and planned our next day's adventure of hiking the Riverside Trail on the Virgin River. The horseback ride at Bryce required reservations. There were people waiting standby in the hope to catch a cancelation.
So, some things require pre-planning. Some of the busy parks require reservations. I was worried about deposits and such but am happy to report that we did not miss a single reservation.
Most of the stops were two nights. We had a few single nights and Yellowstone was four nights. This also required us to stick to a plan.
We ended up wasting a day (in our opinions) at Monument Valley. We think we could have done a drive by or single overnight. We stayed two. This could have given us more time at Grand Canyon where we basically did a drive by on the way to our next over night at a family member's house in Kingman, AZ.
If you are retired, take your time and stop early enough in the day to find your next CG. If you are on a tight schedule, pre-planning is suggested.
Just back online after hard drive failure. I am answering without reading the thread through.
So, the quick and dirty answer.
Purina because you can cross the border at just about any small town and replace your dog food on either side.
LOL, more like without reading the tread at all or even the Subject for that matter?
Hopefully you're not offended at my jab. You probably thought you were answering another thread.
KOA in Flatwoods, WV. It is right off the interstate and actually connected to a Days Inn Hotel. Personally, I prefer the US COE Lake CGs, but they are a little ways off the interstate. This KOA is perfect for an overnight.
You should take US 19 to connect you from I-77 near Beckley to I-79 but run slow. There are speed traps and a few stop lights.
It will shave some time and save you part of the WV Turnpike. This route also avoids Charleston traffic.
A good rest stop is at the New River Gorge Bridge Visiter's Center. You could stretch your legs and take in the overlook of the Gorge. (Worth it if you've never been?)
Also, if you don't mind dry camping, Tamarack (near Beckley) allows overnighting. It's not your typical parking lot overnight. The RV parking is somewhat isolated. You might be slightly off level, though.
I feel your pain. Still working here too.
We did a X-country trip this year to the places you plan and quite a few more. It was 4 weeks plus a couple days. We put 7,600 miles on the MH. Most of those were during the 2.5 days out and 2.5 days home.
I hated to burn all that fuel in such a short trip, but we wanted to get the kids out there to see as much as possible before they got into the teenage years.
We did a day trip to the GC, so can't help you there. We left Monument Valley, stopped at GC and overnighted with family in Kingman, AZ. Hated to cut that leg short, but we had a wedding to attend in San Clemente, CA over the 4th of July weekend.
X3 on Grizzly in West Yellowstone. Great campground, great little town.
We stayed at Yosemite Ridge Resort in Buck Meadows NW of the park. It was a little too far of a drive into the park, our site was tight, and off level side to side with a soft mix of dirt and stone. What a pain.
Since we were moving often, I reserved in CGs that looked like easy in and out. This was the only one we "missed" on and really not by much.
I don't know about other routes into Yosemite, but I was glad we didn't stay in the park when we drove the Toad in. There may be a better route in or more CG choices along the other routes into the park. We chose our CG based upon leaving Sequoia, hitting Yosemite and crossing Nevada to Yellowstone.
Hey, it's only gasoline and this was, most likely, our only shot of taking this trip until retirement, hopefully, someday.
Since you are interested in this unit, you should look closely at the Ready Brake versions. I have the Ready Brute Elite and it works.
The dash light on my version works off a magnetic switch that activates when the brake-cable lever is pushed by the surge unit. So, technically, it does not positively identify when the Towed brakes are being applied. It only indicates the surge unit moved the lever.
I'm OK with that because I see the cable adjustment at every stop and feel (or lack thereof) the Jeep back there.
14,000 miles towing including to West Coast and back and I have yet to feel the Jeep bump the MH.
If this type Blue Ox system is new, it may be that NSA (Ready Brake maker) has cut into their sales enough that they had to copy this system?
I sold a flagstaff 2007 831BHSS TT that had a small double in back with a drop down bunk above and a queen BR in front.
The front BR had a pocket door. The back corner beds had a curtain.
We slept as many as 8 in there, comfortably. The kids camped out in the back and the 2nd couple slept in the pull out sofa.
I once sleep 7 adults.
If you have a motor home with generator, check out Onan's website. They have several options for automatic start systems.
Our MH has a Fantastic fan with a thermostat control. We leave the AC on and the fan on with a window open. Before I did this with the dog in the MH, I tested it in the driveway. After sitting in the sun all day, the MH temperature didn't raise much above ambient temperature.
The reason cars over heat is the green house effect --closed windows with sun beating down on them.
We close the shades and provide back-up ventilation. Works for us.
From what I have seen, the batteries are the first to fail.
Just a suggestion and only if you are keeping this RV for awhile.
Install a 12V whole house vacuum. The one in my Allegro mounts in the basement and has a suction line up to the house. There, a wall plate serves as the receiver for a long hose that will reach the whole RV. It does a decent job and runs off of the RV battery.
I get between 6 and 7 going 60-65 MPH. However, I run the generator quite often. We usually travel in the summer, so there you go.
When not running the generator, I get between 7 and 8 MPH. Woo who! That's why I don't skimp on comfort and run the gennie.
Not trying to hijack the thread but any ideas for a single axle trailer? I've looked at the BAL leveler/chock but at $65 and being rather large, I'm still looking. Some of the sites at local CGs have steep inclines so I'm looking for something solid to stop any movement or potential to roll away!
The method in the OP would work just fine.
Put a chock in front of each tire, pull up an inch or two to load the trailer on the first few inches of the front chock. Put the vehicle in park and set the brake firm or have someone else place the next chock. Put a chock behind each tire and release vehicle to coast back onto the rear chock. You should now have an inch or so of each tire on each chock.
I took an old gas grill in the bed of a PU truck on my annual fishing trip four or five times. The trip was only 100 miles, but it was on some really twisting WV roads. Every trip required re-aligning the burner tubes.
That was not hard to do. Actually, it was really simple, however, it was a really messy job. All that char and grease down in the grill is a pain to deal with. The worst part was taking the grill off to get down in there.
So, no, I have never taken the top off and configured a grill for full-time travel. My suggestion that you will experience increased breakage and early wear out was based on that experience.
I have also seen lots of stuff strapped down to the back of TTs and 5th Wheels. That stuff is at the end of a long lever. No matter how well you strap down the grill, the stuff inside the grill will still be bounced around.
Don't get me wrong. I still think it can be done. I'm just trying to throw out some pre-warnings so maybe you can prepare for some things you will have to deal with full time, every time you move.
If you are full timing and moving often, that would be a pain and more miles equals more stress on the grill. If not moving very often, I think it's a great idea.