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RE: Purchasing advice?

On June 1st reservations for June 1st 2023 season opened up and I forgot to go online to secure my favorite WV park campsites. On June 2nd I remembered to do it and was shocked to find almost all the "good sites" were already booked!!! So in just 24 hours everyone made plans for 2023 June and things got scarce quickly. People are still camping but not going as far. We have canceled our trip to Colorado this year due to fuel prices and availability of fuel. Things are really spooky right now and it's very unclear how things will shake out in November. I'd be very cautious of making a major purchase on any type of RV. All we can see on TV are EV (electric vehicle) ads. Ford is even making a major plunge on electrifying their most popular vehicle, the F150. Significant major adjustments are coming to America and things never seen before are happening right in front of our eyes. The ability to pull a big 5th wheel with an EV is doubtful. RV's may get really small in the future. Those little Tear Drop trailers may be the wave of the future. Unless you are loaded with cash, be cautious!! Don't get stuck with a dinosaur you can't use. It does feel like we're late to the party. I could have retired earlier, but I just wasn't ready. Now we'll have a different kind of uncertainty to deal with, but I think it will work out. Another observation I have witnessed in recent years. Smaller RV trailers are much easier to tow and thus more people have a vehicle to do so. When selling them you get more interest and quicker response. I would highly recommend you start out with a late model used trailer until you have tested the waters and determine if this is for you.
Likes to tow 06/04/22 06:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

Just made a trip up through WV and had no trouble getting camp sites at New River, Morgantown, Winchester VA, and near Cass. I was in Fl in Jan and Myrtle Beach in March and had no trouble finding camp sites. Most of the time we called a couple of days in advance. Thinking about making a run up to Cleveland to Rock&Roll hall of fame soon. I don't use Sate parks etc only commercial spots. Private campgrounds are a totally different perspective. The pristine great camping spots in state and national forests are booked all summer. Jan thru April camping anywhere is usually not a problem.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 08:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

Just made a trip up through WV and had no trouble getting camp sites at New River, Morgantown, Winchester VA, and near Cass. I was in Fl in Jan and Myrtle Beach in March and had no trouble finding camp sites. Most of the time we called a couple of days in advance. Thinking about making a run up to Cleveland to Rock&Roll hall of fame soon. I don't use Sate parks etc only commercial spots. Camping availability tightens up in Summer. May is usually better. Try going back to the sites you stayed at and see if they have any available on weekends during the summer.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 08:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

On June 1st reservations for June 1st 2023 season opened up and I forgot to go online to secure my favorite WV park campsites. On June 2nd I remembered to do it and was shocked to find almost all the "good sites" were already booked!!! So in just 24 hours everyone made plans for 2023 June and things got scarce quickly. People are still camping but not going as far. We have canceled our trip to Colorado this year due to fuel prices and availability of fuel. Things are really spooky right now and it's very unclear how things will shake out in November. I'd be very cautious of making a major purchase on any type of RV. All we can see on TV are EV (electric vehicle) ads. Ford is even making a major plunge on electrifying their most popular vehicle, the F150. Significant major adjustments are coming to America and things never seen before are happening right in front of our eyes. The ability to pull a big 5th wheel with an EV is doubtful. RV's may get really small in the future. Those little Tear Drop trailers may be the wave of the future. Unless you are loaded with cash, be cautious!! Don't get stuck with a dinosaur you can't use.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 rockwood fifth wheel creaking

Ultra light? Sounds like to me the frame is flexing excessively! Better keep an eye on sealing all the exterior parts. You can get water intrusion very easily around mouldings and windows.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 05:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

I've seen a lot of RV's for sale lately so don't rule out picking up a used one. Lots of people swarmed into the market in 2020 because of the pandemic only to discover it's not for everyone. Now there is a significant shortage of campsites in many areas. Dealers were shouting "make every weekend a vacation" but in reality there are very few sites available. I've done this for many years and now find myself making reservations a year in advance!! The days of hooking up and heading to the lake or mountains on a whim are over. It takes significant planning in advance now days. This makes camping difficult. Fuel costs are also going to change things significantly. The old standard of 30% off MSRP is temporarily over and all those who rushed into the market two years ago are upside down on their RV. They may owe much more than it's worth in a degrading market. So shop around and look for a good deal on a used one. I'd be very cautious about overpaying for an RV right now. Interesting article https://ezinearticles.com/?My-Top-5-Predictions-For-the-Future-of-the-RV-Industry&id=1961301
Likes to tow 05/29/22 04:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not one but two blowouts

Many reputable RV manufacturers are putting the Goodyear ENDURANCE on as standard equipment now. I switched to them two years ago and have made two long trips out West with no tire issues! Yes get rid of the China Bombs!! I have been running a set of GY ENDURANCE dated 2517 15" in "D" load range on my boat trailer since 2017 with at least 20k with ZERO issues. OH yea they have plenty of tread left. I run them at 50psi same as what the OE "C" tires are at MAX psi. Perfectly even tread wear. I run them most every day in the summer at 70mph. They run nice and cool also. Scrubbing??? Yea they get their share every day parking and leaving home plus at the boat launch in and out of salt water. They also set without rolling for 6 months every winter. PLUS THEY ARE MADE IN THE USA........HOW GOOD CAN IT GET
Likes to tow 05/26/22 01:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not one but two blowouts

Many reputable RV manufacturers are putting the Goodyear ENDURANCE on as standard equipment now. I switched to them two years ago and have made two long trips out West with no tire issues! Yes get rid of the China Bombs!!
Likes to tow 05/25/22 01:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's the truth about the trucking situation?

Electronic log books have existed for a while. I doubt this is causing the sudden surge at rest areas. I don't think there is any doubt that trucks make the highways unsafe because these guys are paid by the mile, not by the hour!! The only way for them to make money in most cases is drive a lot of miles. You can make more money at 70 mph than 55 mph.
Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:26am Around the Campfire
RE: What's the truth about the trucking situation?

I remember last summer while traveling through the Carolinas we saw lumber piled high in fields. The word circulated at the time was there was a lumber shortage and prices went through the roof. I know a few people trying to build a new home and the cost overrun and shortage created significant problems for them. Yet I could see stacks of lumber in the south.
Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:21am Around the Campfire
What's the truth about the trucking situation?

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Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:04am Fifth-Wheels
What's the truth about the trucking situation?

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed the number of commercial trucks on Interstates? We just came back from a trip into North Carolina and I never recall seeing more trucks on the highway. Is the truck driver shortage over now? If there is truly a shortage of truckers then when the situation is resolved there will be no room on the highways for anyone else!! Just sayin... (Moved to ATC from 5th Wheel forum)
Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Impact of fuel prices on travel

Great advice from this post.... "I may drive 55mph instead of 65mph but thats about it." Back in the '73 oil embargo when gas shot all the way up to $1.00 per gallon slower speeds were mandated by the government. The speed limit was 50 mph for several months. Our company which operated a fleet of Chevy station wagons noticed a significant decrease in the number of gallons used each month!! Everyone had to get used to driving slower and at first it seemed like it took forever to get anywhere but soon we all adapted. There were fewer traffic fatalities also in the nation. In today's world the vast majority of drivers insist on driving 10 mph over the posted limit. Interstates with a 75 limit will have most traffic at 85, some even more. You put yourself in danger if you travel much below the posted limit however. People are so impatient and rude on our nations highways. We could all help offset the additional expense of fuel by just driving slower!!! I had a personal experience a few years ago with my F250 with the 7.5 (460) gas engine. This truck consistently got 10 mpg. One morning I had to make a run down the Interstate to a town 90 miles away. Just before getting on the highway I topped the gas tank and reset the trip odometer counter, (just a habit) and after getting on the Interstate I encountered heavy fog. I could only drive 40 or 45 mph safely for almost the entire 90 miles. After exiting the Interstate at my destination I noticed the fuel gauge had not moved much. My first thought was it had malfunctioned. Then I realized that my slow driving had probably contributed. Just out of curiosity I topped the tank again at the exit ramp and did a hand calculation. It was almost 15 MPG!!!! I was shocked. A few years later we were on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the speed limit is 45. Even though I had my slide in truck camper on the truck my mpg was significantly better for those three days we cruised the area. Slow down and save some money!!
Likes to tow 04/02/22 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water leak, we cannot find.

That's what this forum is for. Everyone has ideas and opinions which can help solve problems.
Likes to tow 03/20/22 12:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water leak, we cannot find.

There is a recall on some models. Apparently water laying in the coroplast "membrane" can cause electrical issues because of the way trailers are manufactured. These trailers and probably most other brands have all the electrical and plumbing just laying loose and supported by the coroplast "membrane" thus nothing is tied to the frame or structure!!! If that fills with water you can have major electrical issues and possibly even danger because all that stuff could be laying in water. Water can actually be forced in or find it's way in between the screws holding up the coroplast!! Imagine the pressure especially in the front when traveling in heavy rain at 60 MPH. Water will come in and lay in the lowest point causing it to sag even more with the weight of water!! Check with Grand Design to find if your unit has the recall. They may take care of this for you. I agree with one post that suggested you drill holes in the lowest point of the coroplast to let water out before removing any screws yourself!! It could be very heavy and fall when the last screw is removed.
Likes to tow 03/19/22 03:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Step to reach hitch pin

I stand on the wheel or tire if I need extra height. At only 74, that's how I still do it ,but I am sure there will be a day , but that day hasn't come yet . Beware my friend........falling is the number one reason us "old farts" go to the emergency room!! (published fact)
Likes to tow 03/10/22 10:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Impact of fuel prices on travel

We are weeks away from turning the key on a 10-12K mile six month trip. We average 10MPG & first estimates were based on $5gal diesel. The spike in fuel prices are not as terrifying to me as they are to most. I pay about $10gal for gas now here in Bermuda where my little car that does not get used much does four times better than the truck & the bike that I use the most does at least eight times better than the truck. We are not getting any younger. We only get one chance to go around the block of life. We have had 14 good years & over 220,000 miles of RVing but we have not had our fill yet & RVing is our sole source of entertainment. The situation in Ukraine is concerning, frightening even, but life can only be put on hold so long. You have made a valid point!! We were tied down for 12 years taking care of parents with health issues. Thinking the remainder of our life could be spent RVing we find the latest issues with our nations energy policy very upsetting. We did get to make 4 nice trips to the West but it only solidified our desire to keep going. Now this lifestyle is questionable. I don't think a battery powered truck can pull my 31 fifth wheel and I'm not thinking petroleum is popular with current leadership. It's so hard to believe things have changed so much in just a year!!
Likes to tow 03/10/22 09:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Impact of fuel prices on travel

High gas prices are only part of the issue. Supply and availability are also major concerns. Last year certain areas in the East were without gas due to cyber attacks on the supply chain. It was short in duration but a trial run for the real deal? The world is a powder keg right now and with current events and response to those events something major could happen. I don't think I want to be more than one tank full away from home!
Likes to tow 03/10/22 03:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Impact of fuel prices on travel

We have a 7 to 9 week zig zagging cross country BC to Quebec City tour in the planning stages. Lots of relatives to visit and terminating in Quebec City. Starting after the may long weekend and terminating in old town Quebec. Our tow vehicle is electric so the gas prices won’t have direct affects. The indirect affects of everything from food to campgrounds will still apply. We are starting to think that finding campgrounds won’t be a problem. And the highways might be quieter. Guess we’ll see. Like a Bgum, we downsized. Now in an 18 foot teardrop type trailer. Cosy. :). Stay safe out there. Remember, you can’t take it with you. Cheers all.Your tow vehicle is electric?? I don't understand how this will work even with a teardrop. Towing anything uses more power according to what I have read. Show a picture or description of your rig.
Likes to tow 03/09/22 10:36am Fifth-Wheels
Impact of fuel prices on travel

We have now decided to cancel any plans on long range RV travel for the foreseeable future! Still have some plans for trips within 200 miles but the rest is now on hold. Looks like fuel costs and availability has caused me to lose confidence in being able to get home!! The bubble may have busted on the run a way demand for RV's. Wish I had not spent all this money on a new 5th wheel and tow vehicle!!!!!
Likes to tow 03/09/22 07:10am Fifth-Wheels
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