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RE: Creative Towing

From all the photos posted from folks sharing info about Australia, I get the impression that Australia style camping is far different than USA style camping. First off, USA style camping, for the average person, is on developed property, developed campgrounds, with roads leading to select campsites. It seems, everything I've seen from Australia involves back-country, off-the-road, sometimes...not even a road camping, where the terrain is as rugged as it can get. That's why the RV are manufactured for robust and their counter park USA cousins. And it only makes sense that anything towing or driving an RV has the appropriate vehicle to do so. So yes, the Australian family of camping and tow vehicles are truly more robust than in the USA. For comparison, I wonder how even some of the best tow vehicles we have in the USA would survive some of these locations in photos from Australia? And I agree, a tow vehicle shown in any of those photos above in the USA would truly be an attention getter. In Australia, it seems to the quite common.
DutchmenSport 12/07/19 07:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Look what I found at the dollar store...

It's the little things in life that bring the greatest joy! Congrats on your new find. Happy Camping!
DutchmenSport 12/06/19 03:06pm Class C Motorhomes
What do you want Santa to bring for your camper this year

I'm still hoping he'll bring me the 2 side mount cameras for my Furrion Observation (back-up) monitor system. What say you?
DutchmenSport 12/06/19 09:14am Family Camping
RE: What is this make?

Looks like it might be a "Shasta", looks very similar to this one. Maybe the "wing" on the back was removed and your's has had some body re-paint. click here.
DutchmenSport 12/05/19 06:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: What is this make?

It's a Facebook link. OP attempted to create it as an image. Here's the URL. Copy and paste into a browser, you'll hit the page. https:www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1029173947416063 Well shoot! that didn't work either. try this: www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1029173947416063 Final edit... yep, it worked!
DutchmenSport 12/05/19 06:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: A couple of distilleries in early April

You might consider the Jim Beam Distillery in Kentucky. And several state parks within easy driving distance.
DutchmenSport 12/05/19 05:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: exchanging propane cylinder that came with TT

I've switched old tanks for new ones at exchange places a couple times. Years ago, when "they" changed from the rounded valve knob to the triangle valve knob style, my old tanks with the rounded knob could not be refilled. So I just exchanged it at one of those places for a new one with the triangle valve knob. End result, I had a tank I could now get refills on, and didn't have to exchange. I cleaned up all dirt and gunk on the new tank and it was still on the ol' pop-up when we sold it. Did the same thing for an old tank on a BBQ grill. No one was the wiser, and I didn't have to buy new tanks. Besides.... if you don't exchange the tank and you buy a new one, how are you going to dispose of the old one that's defective? You'll need to find a recycling place for hazardous materials, which most cities have. But still, that's going to take extra effort and time away from CAMPING!
DutchmenSport 12/05/19 09:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Cost of dental work on a small dog?

If you love the animal, cost of vet bills is no object. Once you've paid the price, the animal becomes even more valuable to you! (no wonder our dogs allow us to sleep in "their" bed!")....
DutchmenSport 12/04/19 12:31pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Warranty work on TT v 5r v MH

Nope, not a good assumption. Three travel trailers in a row and only very minor follow-up warranty work.. very minor on all 3 of them, #4 if you include our original Pop-up. Now, get the behemoth Mastodon 5er that we now own from a well beloved RV dealership and from a manufacturer that we trusted, and in the first year of ownership, more things broke, fell apart, or needed fixing than all my other campers combined. And the warranty work was more serious, like brake failures and improperly install entrance doors, and underbelly falling off. No, there is no rhyme or logic to the assumption. They are all just lousy made these day. The good thing is, the 5er has had some pretty stout fixes done to it. It's pretty stable now! Most I did myself.
DutchmenSport 12/04/19 12:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Who has sold everything and started rving for life

There are lots of folks who get rid of everything and their only home is their RV. It's not a crazy idea at all. You will always be surrounded by nay-sayers. If you listen to "them" you'll never have a single new experience in your life, except watching on the Discovery Channel all the great places you'll never go to. No, not a crazy idea at all. Go for it. Live your dream and don't listen to anyone that has negativity. If you want to be positive about this, then start surrounding yourself with "positive" people. Make your dream come true. You, and only you can live your life and only you can make your dreams reality!
DutchmenSport 12/04/19 10:23am RV Lifestyle
RE: The buy local fallacy

Times are changing .... fast! We have 2 local dealerships near us. Now really, when you REALLY think about it, isn't ALL RV dealerships "local?" I don't know of any nation wide chain of dealerships except "Camping Word" that has dealerships in several states and multiple locations. Everything else is ... well ... "local" ... right? How many other "dealerships" have multiple, nation wide locations? So, with that in mind, "local" dealerships is really just a point of reference to wherever you live. And the fact is, some dealerships have better customer service reputations than others. But as stated above, times are-a changin'. (My) local dealerships have now fallen into the same problem than others have been complaining about for years. You use to be able to make an appointment and within a week had everything solved. Now, you are lucky if you can get an appointment within anything less than 3 months out! And that appointment is ONLY to estimate the repair. It might take another 3 months to get the actual repair. I use to really brag about both of my "par-excellence" RV dealerships and service shops, but no more. In the last 2 years they've fallen into the same problem as all the other (big name) shops. One dealership near us built a new facility where they could work on, more than double, the amount of RV's, have more bays, and a more and better technology and tools to better serve their increased volume of service. The problem is, they didn't hire any more employees or service techs. What good is building a new, bigger, and fancier facility if the same number of people are still working the same number of repairs. That's one problem. The second problem is, new RV's being spit-out from the manufacturers are coming out of the factory with inferior quality. So when the buyer uses them, and then they start falling apart, they go back to the dealership for warranty or service. The volume of returned RV's seems to be ridiculous. Add to the mix the number of RV sales skyrocketed over the last 5 years, which means more and more being spit out by he manufacturer with less and less quality ... well .... Add the 3 items together, more returns for service and the same number of service techs and it doesn't take very long for a back-log to happen... REAL FAST. It's not just the Big Name, Nation Wide dealerships and service companies that is now in deep, it's also the "local" dealerships and shops that overwhelmed and over flooded with service needs. I see two solutions to the problem, and probably neither will happen. 1) Hire more service techs so the turn-over can happen faster and they might actually get caught up with demand. But that means more wages and that cuts into the company's profits! Yea! That's the real "bottom line." 2) Manufacturers need to tighten up on their quality when the RV units leave the factory.
DutchmenSport 12/04/19 07:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas station guide

GasBuddy.com. Put the app on your I-phone. All you have to do is push the button for your current location. There will be a list of every gas station / or diesel in your range. Flip to the map view and it will plot them on the map, based on your current location. The map travels as you travel, like Google Maps does. We use it all the time, even when not camping, whenever we are in an unknown location.
DutchmenSport 12/03/19 03:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dual pane windows....

Photobucket? Once you pay their ransom price to use their site, the photos will probably clear up.
DutchmenSport 12/03/19 11:12am Truck Campers
RE: Can my truck tow this?

Well, I suppose it's my turn to chime in. I'm not going to give any information on what can or cannot tow, how much anything can tow, or even should I tow it answers. Nah! My approach is quite different.... Here's the basic tenant when it comes to settling the question... "Can I tow it?" Here goes.... If you had to ask the question in he first place, well??? probably not! Why? Because you have doubts YOURSELF, regardless of now much pro-or-con and tit-for-tat goes on, on these forum discussions. The bottom line is, the original poster has doubts. And regardless of anyone's answer, he will always have doubts. And if anyone has any doubts, or concerns, or speculations about the ability of their tow vehicle and the trailer being towed, (they, you, or me) will NEVER have 100% confidence! And that ... will always ... result in a white-knuckle drive. If you had to ask, you have doubts. You've just answered your own question.
DutchmenSport 12/03/19 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 15 Amp Service

We successfully stayed at a relative's home for about 4 days plugged into a 15 amp service and our 5er is 50 amps. The house was an old country farm house and the shed behind the house is were we plugged in. I ran about 150 feet of electric cord to reach the shed. We had no issues. It's all about power management. We never turned on the air conditioners or heat pump. We ran the water heater on propane only. We ran the furnace on propane, and we did not use any electric appliances like coffee pots, toasters, or hair blowers. We did have both televisions operational, electric clocks, and our phones and such plugged in. At home, we ran our 30 amp TT's on a 15 amp plug from the house for years before installing a 30 amp RV outlet. Now we have a 50 amp, two 30 amp RV outlets, and several 15-20 amp outlets available outside the house and garage. If you plug into the house, make sure you bring along the 15 amp to 30 amp dogbone or hocky-puck adapter.
DutchmenSport 12/03/19 06:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: And the smokey glass stove cover is no more

For the OP? Question? Help me understand. Was the burner turned on while the glass cover was closed? What you were saying is, you didn't realize the cover was closed when you came in from the outside and fired up the stove? So the flame making contact with the glass cover caused it to explode? Question also? Was the camper cold? Like freezing inside? So when the flame touched the glass, the glass was... like 20 degrees and then instantly getting hit with fire causing it to explode, or was the camper already heated inside when you entered? Either way, the flame made contact with the glass? Reason I'm asking is because I have a Furrion stove also with the glass flip back-bi-fold cover. I've often wondered, what would happen if the cover was left closed and the burner turned on? I would have imagined that glass would have been heat and fire resistant. But... maybe not? Our previous TT did not have a cover at all. I used a large wooden cutting board. Never had a problem using that. It had a cork pad attached on the bottom which prevented sliding around on the burners while in transit. Here's another suggestion if you can't locate another glass top: Click here.
DutchmenSport 12/02/19 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: More Genny wars

Well, don't knock 'em until you've tried 'em! You just never know. We got a free "King Craft" gasoline generator with the purchase of a previous travel trailer. It probably didn't originally sell for more than $400. Reviews on the internet and such gave it a miserable status. I was reluctant to even use it. I never used for boomdocking, but I've used it for power outages at the house. We'll, we've had that generator for 14 years now. I fire it up about once a month and have used it many, many times over that time when we've had power outages at home, plus when we needed electricity for family events and such where no electricity existed. It' still running beautiful. Granted, it's a pull rope start. I had the pull rope replaced once. I've changed the spark plug only once in all these years, and when I turn it off, I always run the carburetor dry by turning off the gas line to it. I also keep Stay-Bil in the fuel. It's still running like a champ after 14 years. So much for all the negative reviews and all the nay-sayers back then. The only problem with it is, it is a little loud! But for a free-bee, I'm still not complaining. So, before shooting everything down, you might be surprised what the reviews are on these in a couple years. All I know is, Honda's are pretty expensive. Competition for new-comers on the market is a good thing. Competition can only help reduce the cost on the old beloved dinosaurs or else, drive them out of business.
DutchmenSport 12/02/19 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Dealing with pet passing while on the road

We travel with 2 dogs and a cat. Summer a year ago we encountered a doggie emergency that required emergency vet service. Google was our friend, but the closest "emergency" vet was still over an hour from where we were camped. It was a Saturday and when we got there, we still had to wait over 3 hours to wait out our turn and then it was another 2 or 3 hours before we got lab results back. But we were pretty helpless at that point and had no other alternative. So, as stated above, ask the campground management, and/or do Google searches for your location, and be prepared to pay. Normal vet visits are costly enough, emergency treatment is through the roof.
DutchmenSport 12/02/19 08:15am RV Pet Stop
RE: Question on using auto level while stored for the winter

If assuming your slides are in and your trailer has the arched roof, there is no need to park it nose high. If it's a flat roof, then it won't hurt anything to keep it slightly nose high. Personally, I'd go ahead and level and keep jacks down. Your front jacks are down all the time already, aren't they? They are no different then the rear or middle jacks. Keeping the trailer level as possible is really best for the camper. With jacks down and level because you have multiple points of support occuring on the camper. Depending on the weather in your location, this is best for high winds and / or driving rain. The more points of contact to the ground, the more stable the trailer is. (granted, there is such a thing as too high a wind that could turn over ... even a semi-truck). When you are parked in a campground, do you not have the trailer leveled and all jacks down? What's the difference between storage or a campground? None.
DutchmenSport 12/01/19 10:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV storage - how much room is needed?

It all depends upon your towing skills and how comfortable you are at backing up a trailer. If you are skilled at backing, I see no reason why the longer trailer would not fit.
DutchmenSport 12/01/19 06:18am General RVing Issues
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