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RE: 5th wheel hitches

As bad as I hate to agree with anyone about weight specs, I will have to agree with twodownzero. (The weight police on here can be awful and if you don't have a 1 ton diesel dually, you can't tow anything but a popup.) We have a 13.5K empty fifth wheel and pulled it with a F250 diesel and it would do it, but not great. I would be beat to death by the time we got the RV and truck to our camping location. The ride was R O U G H!! We traded up to an F350 6.7L diesel dually and the ride is so much better, it pulls wonderfully and I'm not as worried about being able to get the trailer up some of our mountains around home. We also have the Anderson and we will never go back to a conventional hitch. I can climb into the truck and pull out the hitch and put it on a shelf, then when we are ready to tow again, I take it off the shelf and put it back into the truck. Our prior hitch weighed about 150 lbs and it took me and DH to get the thing in/out and about an hour. Now, 5 minutes. With the Anderson, you have no chucking, very little noise and I feel much safer. We did add the safety chains, but only because Virginia says we have to have them.
Merrykalia 10/22/19 01:07pm Towing
RE: I think I'm stuck.

Bring your trailer home and fix it yourself, by now you should have learned that there is no such thing as a real warranty. I may be in the minority, but when I was looking to purchase a new RV, I did not even look at them unless the dealer had a minimum of 4 stars on google and any other place I could find reviews. We drove over 200 miles to our dealer and were pleased with the sales people as well as the PDI. We had 2 different warranty issues, the first one occurred about 3 months after purchase. It was electrical. Yes, we had to drive it up to the dealer, but they fixed it and we picked it up about 4 days later. (My sister lived about 30 miles away.) About two weeks before our warranty expired, our kitchen slide was sticking. Took it back up and it was finished up in less than 8 days. It was done before we really wanted to pick it up, but we went ahead and got it. We used Holman RV in Batavia, OH and we couldn't be happier. To answer the OPs question, I'd take some pink stuff and travel to the dealer, but I'd also be making some calls to find out what the holdup is. If they say it's the manufacturer, call them right then and there and see if they have any idea. If not, ask to talk to the General Manager of the dealership. Be nice, but firm about wanting the RV fixed immediately.
Merrykalia 10/20/19 06:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campground Maximum Length

THANK YOU Just to be clear (and I would follow-up with call a head) - I'm looking at a 40 foot availability - not 55'ish to include the truck... You can follow-up with a phone call, but unless you talk to someone that actually knows, you may get all sorts of incorrect answers. We host at a state park, so I know each and every site in the park, their dimensions, 20, 30 and 50 AMP, etc. I called to get a reservation during one of our non-hosting months and was told that my RV, which is 43 feet long would not fit in the newer campground, but would fit in the older pull-thru campground. There is not a single site that our RV would fit in in the older site. I have no idea what they were looking at, but it was definitely wrong. I called and spoke with the park manager and he said that he would address it, but...... Just saying, google earth will probably help you more than a phone call.
Merrykalia 10/11/19 10:06am Beginning RVing
RE: Help selecting East Coast location with lots of variables...

I'll give you a completely different idea...a state park. Virginia State Park has got lots and lots of campgrounds and they have cabins. The cabins vary from pretty primitive to absolutely fabulous cabin style homes. Our local campground, Natural Tunnel SP, which is in the far western part of the state offers lots of outdoor activities, a huge pool, playgrounds, caving, canoeing, kayaking for the whole family. Their cabins (14 of them) are houses with Tempurpedic queen beds, bunk beds in other bedrooms. They have 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and even a 6 bedroom house that can accommodate 16. They have heat/air, wood floors, gas fireplace in the living room, and full bathrooms. They are NOT roughing it and rent for $120-$375 per night, according to their size. There are two campgrounds in the park: LOVER'S LEAP, which of offers a new bathhouse with individual shower rooms and a laundry, large back-in sites up to 85' long with pea gravel, 30 and 50 amp, fire ring and picnic table and COVE VIEW, which offers an older bathhouse with old-style shower stalls in the bathrooms, all pull-thru sites with 20 and 30 amp, fire ring and picnic table. These sites have grass yards. These rent for $40 per night for out-of-state guests. Video of cabins, inside and out Pictures of campground and other activities
Merrykalia 10/10/19 12:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Liberty Harbor Path?

The Grove St PATH station is 0.6 miles from Liberty Harbor RV Park and is a quick walk even if you aren't in great shape. Using Google Maps, it says that it is a 12 minute walk, but I don't really remember it taking that long. It was less than 10 minutes for us with 2 kids between 5-8 years old. We were in our 50s and DH has had back problems for years. The water taxi over to Wall St runs ONLY Monday - Friday during work hours and is $8/per person ($7.50 for sr) and that is one way. That was just a bit too steep for us, so we walked the .6 miles. While we were there, we saw several people getting taxis to go to the station. I have no idea how much that was, but figured it was too expensive for us. If you are wanting to be close to all that the NYC has to offer and don't care to have a "camping" experience, Liberty Harbor is the place for you to spend a few nights.
Merrykalia 09/27/19 04:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New gadget

We have one, but the weight of the thing keeps us from traveling with it regularly. It's much heavier than our EZ-UP canopy.
Merrykalia 09/21/19 02:41pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

We live in the Appalachian (Apple at chun) mountains in SW Virginia and we get down below zero on occasion. We get down in the teens and stay there for several days. We remove our water filter, open the low point drains, blow air through it all, open each faucet half a turn and pour some pink stuff down each drain, drain the hot water heater and we are done. We've only had a problem one time when DH forgot to remove the water filter one year. It came off in the spring in about 25 pieces. We won't do that again.
Merrykalia 09/12/19 11:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Route to Disney Fort Wilderness from SW Pennsylvania

In November, you really should expect to hit snow....unless you plan to stay at Disney for over a month. Yes, there might be some light sleet in November, but normally no accumulating snow. If it starts to sleet and you feel that the road is possibly slick, stop and hang out for a bit at a rest stop and let VDOT work on the roadway. Then, take back off and head to your destination. I-77 is the perfect road to be traveling in inclement weather because statistically over the years, it's been one of the most dangerous and they have installed lots of safety things and VDOT monitors it via video and weather information on a 24-hour basis. I gave you a suggestion on another thread of Point South KOA in Yemassee, SC, which is just south of Walterboro. This would be about a 9:30 drive on the first day and a 4:30 drive on the second. Have a great time, the weather should be about as close to perfect as you can get in Orlando.
Merrykalia 09/11/19 10:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Dead mouse

i would use the ozone machine and then place an opened back of charcoal (not the stuff that has lighter fluid already on it. Shut it up for a few days and you should be good to go. Make sure all the residual body part/fluids are gone prior to using the ozone or charcoal.
Merrykalia 09/11/19 10:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need an Overnight stop off I-95 near Walterboro SC

We always stop at the Point South KOA, which is about 100 yds off of I-95 at exit 33 (Beaufort exit) in SC. There are plenty of decent sized pull-thru sites, check=in and check-out is at noon and the office is open until 9 pm. They have a wine tasting each night around 9 pm, which is from some regional wineries. There are a couple of restaurants that are within walking distance, if you need that. In November, you may or may not need your furnace, but I would have a small electric heater to take the chill off first thing in the morning, if you have power.
Merrykalia 09/11/19 10:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: where can I do this (purchase a lot and put an rv on it)?

There are many places in/around Eastern Kentucky, Southern West Virginia, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee that has little/no zoning, but you will still have to conform to the Dept of Health requirements for water and sewer. It can still be done.
Merrykalia 09/04/19 06:23pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: I Hate the Heat

This is nowhere near anywhere, but take a look at Grayson Highlands SP in Virginia. It is normally 15-20 degrees cooler there on the mountain plateau than it is in the foothills. It got down into the low 50s last week at night. A fellow camper friend was there and said he sat by the fire every evening with pants and a hoodie on. The same night, I sat outside my camper about 40 miles away with my shorts, bug spray and box fan.
Merrykalia 08/23/19 12:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: Advice for newbies

We use most of the sites listed above, but also www.campendium.com. Also, check out this section of rv.net. Just scroll through and if you have any questions about the topic, read it. It is VERY helpful. New RVing FAQ
Merrykalia 08/22/19 10:02am Beginning RVing
RE: College Park MD to Nags Head OBX

I will do about anything to stay off of I-95, especially around the DC area. I would probably head down US 50 to 301s if I were in a hurry. If not, head across to Annapolis and head down 13.
Merrykalia 08/15/19 05:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: If I have to ask I probably shouldn't

I REALLY, REALLY like it. I think I will have to ask for this for a Christmas present, or birthday present, or Mother's Day or whatever. Or, I may just order it. I agree, a $60 price tag would be much easier to justify.
Merrykalia 08/15/19 05:47pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Pop-up trailer for newbies.

We LOVED our little popup and pulled it behind our Subaru for years. My opinion on this and would give it to anyone who asked: 1. Get a fridge. If it can be accessed without lifting the top, that's much better than not, but those are few and far between. 2. Don't get one with a bathroom/shower. Use a porta-potty for nighttime use ONLY. (The less water, sewer you have to deal with, the better. Available at Walmart for less than $75). 3. Used is more economical and if they don't like it, someone else has taken the depreciation hit. 4. A small popup, about 10 years old, but taken care of shouldn't cost too much - less than $5k. 5. A small popup with go almost anywhere and be pulled by most anything that has a tow package on it. 6. They are just FUN! Craigslist in Pittsburgh In Wooster
Merrykalia 07/29/19 05:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: AT&T/Direct TV is Now Losing Over 8500 Customers Per Day

What better to do on a Saturday than watching Dean Johnson remodel a bathroom? Well.... My wife came up with a good answer to that question..... Since we cut the cord I have remodeled two houses including three down to the stud bathroom remodels. Sometimes I miss Dean Johnson..... Dean Johnson is not on there, but you can watch HGTV on the HGTVgo app, but it too is streaming, so you have to have an internet connection.
Merrykalia 07/26/19 05:39am Technology Corner
RE: Floor damage - water rot - What can I do!

Pull everything out of the box, pull out the rotted wood, replace wood, lay some linoleum down, put stuff back in......TAAAADAAAA, new camper.
Merrykalia 07/21/19 05:57pm Folding Trailers
RE: Is a travel trailer with a slide out a good idea for me?

Whether it is to keep up with the "Jones's" or want some sort of impressive status symbol (who in the world needs a 38ft long trailer with "triple slides"?).. We do! We have two teenage girls and we camp-host for the months of May, June, July and August. Once we are in the trailer for over two weeks, we need space to get away from each other. So, yes, we NEED quad-slides! Folks who say slides are trouble free and have never had an issue with a slide have never looked for leaks and damage. Like anything else in an RV, some maintenance needs to be done. You don't have to go crazy with it. Yes, we have had slide problems - they were not aligned perfectly and one was dragging after a few uses. Took it back to the dealer, they adjusted it and we have had two years of great service.
Merrykalia 07/21/19 02:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stuff in your storage compartment?

Take a look at this list. It's in the FAQ forum pages. Stocking RV
Merrykalia 07/20/19 04:44pm Travel Trailers
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