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RE: Mechanically Challenged RVer

A few words about those of us who are not mechanics and tend to run the other way from some of the posts which imply that almost anyone can do such and such themselves. We have RVed with different types of RV's for over 40 years and there's always something not working or needing repaired or replaced. We do very little of it ourselves. Learned a lot and we can winterize and use Google to figure out some things but mostly depend on RV shops or mobile repair. So, I'm saying don't let a lack of skill keep you from enjoying the pastime. It can be costly so don't get into it if you never have some "extra money" or can responsibly use your credit card. Whatever goes wrong, there's always someone who can fix it. Suggest you also look at Good Sam Emergency Roadside Service. After you break down, they will tow you to a qualified RV shop who can fix your RV. Been a member for 29 years:)
MarkTwain 05/24/19 03:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Anyone use a 5th wheel as a 'snowbird home'?

Has anyone used a 5th wheel (or a TT) and set it up on a lot, using it as a snowbird place in the winter to escape the cold north for a few months? If you have, what has your experience been? Was it worth it or did you regret it? Pros and cons? We own property in a southern state and the plan was to relocate south and build a home for retirement. An option that I've been mulling lately is to maybe just keep our home in the northeast, and buy a clean, large (with multiple slideouts) used 5th wheeler and set it up on our lot and use it for a few months each year, mostly in the winter. Just curious as to whether this is a viable idea and how others who've tried it liked it. How many people will be living in the RV, what are there ages, how long is the 5th wheel ,how many slides will it have, how big are black,grey and fresh water tanks. Does your lot have electircity, or a sewer dump and fresh water. what kind of weather will your RV subjected to?
MarkTwain 05/23/19 09:53pm Snowbirds
RE: whether you like him or not Marcus is standing for the flag

I know this could be a hot topic, BUT it needs to be seen... Love him, or hate him, he is standing up for his decision to WAVE the American Flag . . News - I only wish he would put as much determination in improving the quality of service in all Camping World Stores for RVer's needed repair and services on their RV.
MarkTwain 05/23/19 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Interstate 5 or Hwy 99 through Calif

I--5 vs 99 Overall 99 is a better road on your RV. Although I-5 has been getting alot of road repairs, there are still some sections north of Kettlemen City are less than smooth. I-5 might be a little quicker as far as time but as of May 2019 I would still choose 99 until they do some more road repair on I-5. On and off traffic is not a big issue like it use to be. 99 is not as hard on your RV . I-5 around Salem can have some traffic to contend with especially early am and around 5 pm when workers are going home. Try to avoid those times. I-5 in Seattle can be a real cluster of traffic. Take the 405 to skirt around Seattle.
MarkTwain 05/19/19 05:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Forum errors...

Yes, the mods made an announcement.m What is the issue???
MarkTwain 05/16/19 08:02pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Looking for good campground in Portland OR

Will be communing to events at the Holiday Inn near the airport. Mid-July. Looking for something decent that's not a terrible drive back and forth. Buy the Good Sam trailer life book or just go to Good Sams web site and search Portland. The GS book can be bought in any Camping World Store.
MarkTwain 05/16/19 07:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Should I replace my batteries?

At 8 years old, yes. Agree. I change my batteries every 5 years! Better safe than sorry??
MarkTwain 05/16/19 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heartland Big Country

Hello, If I’m posting in the wrong area please direct me to the right place. Maybe someone can either tell me this is not possible or lead me in the right direction. I just picked up a 2011 Big country and I have a Dish Tailgater, outside I have the area where you can hook up satellite connection. I have but one receiver and I’m wondering if there’s a way to loop the signal from the from Tv in the living room to the Tv in the Bedroom. I know I can only watch what’s on in the Living room where the receiver is located and I’m ok with that. If anyone has a pic of the hook up that would be great. Thanks in advance. Call Dish 1-800-333-3474. Ask for tech support.
MarkTwain 05/14/19 08:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie needs help

Im about as green as they come when it comes to Rv and travel trailers. My wife and I are looking for our first toy hauler. Somewhere in the high 20’ to low 30’ lengths, and price range in the high teens to low 20’s. I’ve been looking at a ton of trailers online, found a bunch that we like. The problem I’m running into is that every single one has nothing but negative reviews. Major leaks, plumbing, electrical, craftsmanship/build quality, customer service/warranty issues. It seems that there are NO good trailers being built anymore. I know that our budget is at the very low end, and if I spent $60+k I might get something decent. However, to me $20k isn’t exactly a small amount of money. I’m hoping someone or multiple people can direct me to a manufacturer that isn’t total garbage. Any help is greatly appreciated. Your price range means you have to find a used trailer that has been maintained and service documents. Generally, the longer the trailer is , the higher the price and the more popular the brand the higher the price will be i.e. Heartland, Lance, Montana. I suggest when you have found the trailer you really want, take the trailer to a RV shop and pay to have the RV completly checked to see al l the systems operate, i.e all the water,sewer,electrical , air conditioner, heating system, refrigerator, wheel bearings, propane lines. It will cost some money but may save you a lot of $$ in the future and headaches. If the tires are 5 yrs. or older, buy new ones.
MarkTwain 05/11/19 10:16pm Toy Haulers
RE: Tow Vehicle question

I am looking to purchase a new one ton TV. I am not a brand loyalist and after evaluating Ford, GM and RAM which all have fantastic specs for 2020. However, does anyone know if either of those mfg's offer a GPS system that are tailored for trucks instead of cars for route planning that take into account height, width and weight of the truck and trailer. The Garmin Dezl 770 will meet all your needs and then some. i.e voice command allows you to just use your voice to make changes as you drive, the 7" screen makes it easy to read as you are driving down the road, Garmin tech support is great.
MarkTwain 05/11/19 09:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: surge protector

Whats a good surge protector for a Lance 820 that boondocks 90% of the time but will go to hook ups 10% thank you JB Buy an EMS. Not a surge protector. They are 2 entirely different things. Do your research. Surge protector is a one use hit and done. Progressive Industries and Surge Guard are company names. Totally agree! I choose progressive Industries EMS 50 amp. If there is an electrical problem with the shore/electical post when you first hook up, the EMS will not let electricty enter into your RV. The EMS will also give you a digital read out telling you exactly where the electrical problem is located. If you are away for the day and the RV has a low or high voltage i.e. issue, the EMS will automatically shut down any electricity going into your RV. Your right, Surge protectors provide will not give you good protection for all the electical appliances/devices. i.e. 1 burned out TV, stero, refrigerator can get really costly:(:(:(
MarkTwain 05/08/19 05:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Sloppy socket fit on lug nuts

Why not have the tires balanced and install new quality lug nuts at that time? Totally agree! why fool around with lug nuts that create problems or worse yet, be out on the road with a blow out and not able to lossen/tighten lug nuts.
MarkTwain 04/29/19 03:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sloppy socket fit on lug nuts

Lug nuts! Just go buy all new lug nuts that are standard lug nut size.
MarkTwain 04/29/19 10:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Sloppy socket fit on lug nuts

Lug nut socket. Call your local tire shop about the size. Les Schawb
MarkTwain 04/28/19 07:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel thoughts

Need to make a trip from the west coast to the Midwest (Missouri). I have two choices of time, leave last of may and re3turn in July or leave last week of July coming back early October. I'd prefer last of May but am leery of tornadoes. Which choice would you take? I've done the tornado thing twice and was fortunate. Guess it's that 3rd. times a charm thing :) I would choose May. Buy a CB with a national weather alert and/ or a weather Radio.
MarkTwain 04/28/19 07:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sloppy socket fit on lug nuts

Just got our new trailer a few weeks ago and we're getting ready to take it out in a couple of weeks for the first time. So I wanted to check the lug nuts and every socket I could find is a little loose. 13/16 is the size that fits the best so I bought a 6 point deep impact socket just for the trailer. That's still a little sloppy. No other size fits better. Is the sloppy fit typical? It's been a while since we got rid of our last trailer and I don't remember the size but I don't remember it fitting this loose. Try metric sizes. Take one of the lug nuts with you and go to your auto parts store to test it out.
MarkTwain 04/28/19 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brother in Law wants to not get in financial trouble

First thing we did was limit the search to gassers as they are much less expensive to maintain. What do you guys think? Diesels are not more to maintain, they cost more to buy because they are better at the job than a gasser. Diesel engines also last longer without any major mechanical problems compared to a gas engine. If your plan to RV for 5 or more, the Diesel engine will serve youi better. If you plan on RVing for only a couple of years and then sell your RV then going with a less expensive Gas engine might more sense. Most people I RV with get better diesel milage compared to the gas rig. Diesel will also make step mountains easier on you and your engine.
MarkTwain 04/23/19 09:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Low overpasses, etc.

I'm getting ready for the maiden trip with my wife's and my new 36' motorhome w/toad. What pre-trip measures do you take to ensure that you aren't going to end up in a difficult situation in terms of where your GPS leads you? I'm having disturbing visions of having to pull over because an overpass is too low and not being able to turn around. Thanks in advance! Steve Buy the Garmin Diesel 7" GPS. You program the unit based on the height of your motorhome and will avoid routs with low bridges/passes based on your height. It alson has a "Voice Command" function whereby you can tell what changes you want i.e. brightness of screen, volume of voice etc etc. by just giving it verbal commands. Best investment you ever make:):):)
MarkTwain 04/22/19 06:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: Diesel Fuel on US-50??? (Loneliest Highway in America)

6 mpg??? I would suggest having your engine checked out. That kind of milage I hear reported for Big class A pushers. My Diesel 3500 gets 11 to 12 mpg while towing a 12K 5th wheel.
MarkTwain 04/21/19 08:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Diesel Fuel on US-50??? (Loneliest Highway in America)

I have a 91 gallon diesel tank in my truck bed so I'm good for about 1000 towing miles. Get an extra tank in your bed, even a small one, and you'll never again be looking for a gas station on a lonely road. Was going to make the same suggestion!!! Call "Transfer Flow" in Chico for a replacment diesel tank. The best $1200 dollars I ever spent. They can remove and replace your original tank with a larger tank in 1 day. My tank is now 55 gal. and at 11 mpg I can get approx. 1000 to 1200 miles before needing a refill depending on how heavy my foot is on the fuel petal:):) This also allows me to drive until I find the lowest price diesel.
MarkTwain 04/21/19 04:06am Roads and Routes
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