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RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

The polls are saying most people don't think they are doing well now. I can't think of any reason why some would think that most people are doing well now. Maybe they aren't paying attention. Perception vs reality are often different. It feels bad when you drop $100 filling the tank vs the $50 you paid a year ago. So people perceive things as bad. That doesn’t seem very different. If you are making a lot more money than a year before, that’s great. However, most people including retired people aren’t getting 100% pay raises. In those cases, perception and reality are the same. Of course, you can argue that it is all part of a good plan, but many people don’t agree that it’s a good plan. Note: it’s not about me. I’m doing ok. However, the people who are living paycheck to paycheck are not. Retirees make up a small percentage of the population...and even those got something like a 6-7% jump in SS. (overall inflation is no where close to 100%). But those working even at the lower levels generally are getting sizable pay increases or moving to higher paying jobs in droves. Of course, if the inflation keeps up, eventually reality will catch up with perception but right now, there are jobs and money for those who want it. It just feels bad when those gains are canceled out by inflation. Hard to make the case Social Security retirees are doing OK. Net SS increase over last year for wife and myself after huge Medicare withhold increase is 4.8% and 5.3% respectively. I figure we will use 955 gallons of diesel this year. Using a conservative $2.00 per gallon increase (it has gone up $3.60 per gallon in the last 18 months), and my increase in fuel costs are $1,910. Total net increase in SS payments are $1,920. Justy the increase in diesel used up the entire raise. We get to suck up the increases in everything else from savings or other assets.
Durb 06/05/22 10:14am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone Cancelling Truck Camper Trips Due to Fuel Prices?

We belong to an RV club. Many of our members are on fixed income. Six rigs were going to Yellowstone this summer (1,000 miles each way), all cancelled. I don't totally believe those that say they are going no matter what the cost is. I go at 60 cents per mile, but have my limits. When it gets up to a dollar or two or three per mile, I will stay closer to home. Spending five grand on fuel to go out the exhaust pipe seems like a waste of money that that could be spent on camping enjoyment locally. We are fortunate to have really nice places to go close by. In 18 months since November 2020 the price of diesel has gone up 272% in my area. At this rate of increase, in another year and a half, diesel will be over 15$ per gallon. I don't believe it will happen, but that is the trajectory.
Durb 06/04/22 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

I give the man credit for being leading edge with his truck, not so much with the trailer. There is one driving around where I live. I presume they would be all over the place if Rivian could get them out the door in sufficient numbers.
Durb 05/31/22 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dually tire service/installation

You could get Centramatic balancers for the rear. I installed them on my duals with balanced tires and they made a lot of difference. The instructions suggest not balancing the tires prior. The cost would offset your savings by buying tires at Walmart.
Durb 05/27/22 08:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Not one but two blowouts

I've heard that if you have a blow out, drive immediately to the tire shop and replace the other tires as they are getting ready to go too. Could be automated manufacturing consistency causing a flaw to be continually and identically duplicated. I've had light bulbs on the same line burn out within 30 seconds from each other. You might consider replacing the spare too. Glad you didn't have too much damage.
Durb 05/25/22 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Strange Gray Powder

Could be feces and sawdust from powder post beetles. Some manufacturers used infested wood when building their cabinets and the insects continued to thrive. Is it worse after a tow and things got shaken loose? Look at the cabinet above the drawers and see if you can find tiny holes.
Durb 05/09/22 10:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Via 25T Mercedes Diesel

I have no idea if this applies to your vehicle, but worth a try. I have a Mercedes SUV with the 4 cylinder twin turbo diesel. It does have a very effective exhaust brake which cannot be manually activated. The only time it works is in cruise control. Try setting the cruise while on a grade and adjust the speed down using the stalk control. You will know immediately if it is working. Also, the transmission logic is very effective at selecting the right gear to keep the revs up.
Durb 05/08/22 08:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: It's getting warm in Arizona...

Kind of envious of the Southwest right now. It is still cold and rainy in the Northwest with a few nice days sprinkled in. At 7,400 feet here, you would be camping in deep snow. At 9,200 feet, you would be boondocking on a glacier!
Durb 05/07/22 10:49am General RVing Issues
RE: AirSafe 5er hitch

I've never seen nor known anyone who owns an Airsafe hitch. However, I've read a number of good reviews about them. Since you already have the bed rails, I would recommend a Trailer Saver TS3. This is the path I took, Patriot - TS3. I can report the hitches aren't in the same league as far as towing comfort. Of course, they shouldn't be due to the price differential. Once over the price shock, you would never regret that decision.
Durb 04/29/22 07:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Metal storage structure for 20 foot long travel trailer?

We purchased our canopy at a dealer in Vancouver. It was manufactured back east and distributed out of Salem. I believe the name was Western Steel Structures or something like that. Their work was good as is the product, and I thought the price was fair. I bought a standard 14' x 36' canopy with 12' side walls. Due to the roof pitch, it has no problem accepting my 13'-1" fifth wheel. My trailer is 32' so the ends get wet in the northwest weather. Roof is dry and shaded all the time.
Durb 04/29/22 07:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

For those that missed out... I have a limited number of reservations. I might be willing to share my good fortune.. Obviously some details would need to be worked out.:B:R :p I see a potential problem here. If numerous people made multiple reservations with the intention of selling their spots in line rather than actually buying the truck, then Ford may be manufacturing too many vehicles. I see commercials on television for the Silverado electric truck which will be delivered more than a year away. The fine print says the dealer will determine the cost of the vehicle. I'm guessing there is a good profit motive for a manufacturer to take a deposit to hold a customer's place in line. It makes the buyer commit and dissuades him from considering other product during the interim, vehicles that could be available for immediate purchase. Plus, the manufacturer gets all the buzz that their vehicle is so popular because they have all those preorders. I wouldn't be surprised if the marketing departments are fudging the preorder numbers.
Durb 04/28/22 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Route Recommendations Quartzsite to Redwood Nat'l Park

Just did the trip from Phoenix to Portland on a Sunday. We hit Quartzsite at 11:00 for lunch and headed East through LA on the 10. Traffic was heavy all the way to the bottom of the Grapevine. We figured it cost us an extra two hours due to the traffic. Diesel was $6.20 to $6.40 in California.
Durb 04/24/22 02:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: New porch light

This one,not cheap but BRIGHT Porch Light I have two of these as scare lights on the front of my trailer. They are really bright, in my mind, too bright for a porch light. If you want, PM me an email address and I will forward a photo that illustrates their intensity.
Durb 04/22/22 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Run Flat Tires ?

I bought an SUV with Dunlop run flat tires. It is a good thing they were run flats because they were usually flat. They suffered three tread punctures in the first two years. They were finally ruined when my wife ran over a spark plug which pushed its way through the tire tread! I replaced them with regular tires and no problems since. I would cross Dunlops off your potentials list.
Durb 04/16/22 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: What is happening with our members?

I agree. I saw a new thread recently from a senior member with the sole purpose of complaining about the posts of other senior members.
Durb 04/07/22 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: For those towing with Teslas. Super charger tips. Thanks

Pretty convenient when all the spots are empty. What do you do when all the spots are full and there is no one attending their vehicles? I saw this very same circumstance off Interstate Five in Woodburn, OR. Full charging stations while the owners were eating at the nearby restaurants or at the outlet mall. I would be a little warm if I was on a long distance run and needed a charge. I assume the chargers were there because of the restaurants and the mall, and proximity to the interstate. I've considered a BEV as a third vehicle but will probably wait until sufficient infrastructure and manners are in place. I fill my diesel at Costco; I would never consider going in the store to do some shopping while the pump is running.
Durb 04/04/22 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Compartment latches and locks

I hope we are talking about the same latches. I find I have to disassemble mine every couple of years, clean and regrease the ball bearing for smooth operation. The stops are solid leading me to believe your entire lock may be rotating. I would check to see that the outer bezel isn't moving. My trailer came with combination locks on some of the hatch doors and I would advise against them. I have to get the readers out to see the numbers and my eyes are pretty good. Plus, they have a large serrated handle perfect for Channellocks.
Durb 04/04/22 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Good Sam Rally/ Convention

The Washington State Good Sams has three rallies annually in Lynden, Moses Lake, and Cashmere. I believe they are well attended, however, attendance is dropping. I've spoken to people who have attended and they had a really good time.
Durb 04/03/22 09:16am Good Sam Club
RE: Custom Built Travel Trailer

Try Aluminum Trailer Company (ATC). They make a 20 ft. toy hauler that they can reconfigure with modular components. Basic floor plan has a pretty good dry bath with tanks and such. They claim to make custom trailers so might have the ability to delete many items. This company builds all aluminum high end stuff, even the frame is aluminum, no wood anywhere. I know they have lithium battery options. Maybe the company can deliver what you want but your wallet will feel some pain.
Durb 03/22/22 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Yellowstone second thoughts.

Good things come to those willing to get up in the morning. We have multiple friends with trips scheduled to Yellowstone and are rethinking due to the high price of fuel. Gut feeling many might do the same. There is a midge hatch early June that many think are mosquitos. The hatch at nearby Henrys Lake is huge. I've heard Fishing Bridge has undergone some improvements. I would enjoy reading an update after your trip.
Durb 03/15/22 01:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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