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RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

For us it's pretty simple. DW won't use campground provided showers, and will only use their toilets if it's because we are away from the camper - and that reality means the kids never go acclimated to such things either. So, hookups quickly become a necessity for us. We will frequently do an overnight on the road using nothing but electric, and we will sometimes do a couple of weekend nights at a site with only water and electric (dumping as we leave). More than 2 nights, however, and we absolutely need sewer for our style of camping. As others said before, that's the blessing of it all...to each his/her own! Just wondering. Do you use the CG pools? Because if the bathhouse is too dirty. the pool is as well. same people take care of both. Note that cleanliness was never named. DW simply doesn’t like using public showers.
Mickeyfan0805 01/14/20 08:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

For us it's pretty simple. DW won't use campground provided showers, and will only use their toilets if it's because we are away from the camper - and that reality means the kids never go acclimated to such things either. So, hookups quickly become a necessity for us. We will frequently do an overnight on the road using nothing but electric, and we will sometimes do a couple of weekend nights at a site with only water and electric (dumping as we leave). More than 2 nights, however, and we absolutely need sewer for our style of camping. As others said before, that's the blessing of it all...to each his/her own!
Mickeyfan0805 01/14/20 02:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Substancial deposit required

I personally thing that weekend reservations should be non-refundable, threedays or more, and pay up front. I have no problem with the non-refundable part, but the three days might be a stretch. Many a family comes out for the weekend on Friday and returns Sunday in order to be at work Monday. A three day minimum would be a significant hit to a large group of people. Around here, many private locations have three day minimums for holiday weekends (when people stay until Monday anyway), but allow for the regular two-night stay over the weekend. That policy makes sense to me. For travelers, several days including a weekend is almost impossible. Have had to Walmart because of that many times, while CGs sit unused during the rest of the week. This is precisely why I book our entire season by January of each year. I simply don't want to worry about whether or not a site will be reserved for me. In most cases, all I've risked is a $10-$15 cancellation fee if my plans change, which they rarely do. DW and I plan out our season in the fall and winter, then by January I've got everything lined up - including overnight stays on the road. Would be a bit harder for someone full-timing, but it's an increasing need in the growing demand that's out there right now.
Mickeyfan0805 01/14/20 02:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Substancial deposit required

Yep - I run into it all the time. Around here, the higher demand/holiday weekends often require full payment at the time of reservation. I can still cancel and get a refund if need be (usually for a $10 fee or so), but about 1/2 of my 2020 camping costs are already paid.
Mickeyfan0805 01/14/20 08:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fort Wilderness Trip Planned

There's also a really good FW group on the Disboards that I'm a part of. Delwhjr offers good advice on reserving a cart, but depending on your time and vehicles, you can also look at offsite cart rentals (TeeTime is one that is consistently recommended). You need to pick them up, but they are about half the cost. If you are there for a full week, the savings are likely worth the hassle of going offsite to get it. For us, anything more than about 5 days and the savings are worth going offsite.
Mickeyfan0805 01/07/20 03:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Imagine tt by Grand Design

Can't speak to that make or model, but our trailer is 5' longer, with more windows and a bunk room in the back. We have a single 15k that has easily done the trick for 2 summer trips to central FL. It runs most of the time, but in the heavy humidity and 95 degree heat, it held at 72 in the rig with no problems. If you are going to be in the AZ desert at 110+, that's a different issue. Some partial shade and humid 90's, however, has been no issue for us.
Mickeyfan0805 12/23/19 02:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Make An Offer

I dont discuss all the nonsense add ons. I ask for the bottom line price not including tax. Exactly - the bottom line is what matters. I generally don't care how they get there. If they want to add $2,800 in fees, fine...just drop the price equally to compensate.
Mickeyfan0805 12/22/19 11:03am Camping World RV Sales
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

Wow. Just. Wow!!
Mickeyfan0805 12/18/19 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Wi-Fi extenders

Another option may be to move your cable modem and router to a more central area of the house. This was one of my thoughts. Depending on the internet source, you might be able to relocate more centrally and then simply connect everything via wifi without needing and extender.
Mickeyfan0805 12/18/19 11:46am Technology Corner
RE: Wi-Fi extenders

Wildtoad, sounds interesting. What does it mean?? How do I change the setup or even see what I have?? Many current broadband services actually broadcast on both. In many cases, there is a 2gz and a 5gz option on the wireless signal. Your first option would be to use your device to scan for wireless signals and see if two are there (they are often identified with the gz numbers in some way). The 2gz has lower data speeds but higher range. The 5 is the opposite - higher data but lower speeds. In our house, the main TV (which is only feet from the router) is hooked into the 5, as is our bedroom tv (which is directly above the router). All laptops and mobile devices connect to the 2, as you never know where they will be. May or may not be a solution to your issue, but it's a place to start!
Mickeyfan0805 12/15/19 07:44am Technology Corner
RE: Ram 1500 towing...

As mentioned - a lot of opinions will come flooding along on both sides. Since you don't own the trailer, the best thing you can do is calculate with as true a sense of numbers as you can. As others have said, your major limitation is payload. In addition to considering the question of who/what else will be in the truck, the nature of the TH is key. The dry hitch weight is at about 14%. Where is the cargo area? If it's in front of the axles, your proportional TW will spike when loaded. If it's behind the axles, the TW ratio will actually drop (note that I said TW ratio, not the actual TW!). All in all, without a lot more info, it's hard to judge. At first glance, my sense would be that, if the cargo is behind the axles, you MIGHT be able to swing it if you are generally driving with a pretty empty truck and what you put in cargo is pretty light. If the cargo is over or in front of the axles, it is likely a non-starter!
Mickeyfan0805 12/13/19 03:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No Warranty on your RV? Don't buy new?

My reply is pretty simple. If you have the tools, time, and know-how to fix things; buy used. If you aren't handy, buy new with warranty. This is why we are each different - each has their own priorities. For us, I do fall in the category of doing most repairs myself. Unless it takes major equipment, or know-how, I will take care of it. We've bought new twice, and never had either in for warranty work. It is in large part due to the fact that I can make the repairs that we will purchase new. Buying used, you might get a unit that's been through warranty repairs and well maintained, or you might get a unit that was overloaded and neglected for 3-4 years. For us, we'd rather buy new, fix the small things that happen, use the warranty if any major thing comes along, and KNOW that the vehicle has been properly cared for since day 1.
Mickeyfan0805 12/12/19 12:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: Portable Generator Insurance?

A generator is probably 1000x more likely to get stolen vs a wedding ring or watch so it makes sense why they won’t let me insure it as a personal item. Not only is the likelihood of theft an issue, but the small pool of those seeking such coverage is also a concern. Insurance companies make their money by spreading out the risk to the point that it is statistically justifiable. They may lose out on a claim here or there, but the vast majority of participants will spend more on premiums than they will receive in benefits (which is why, in general, the public 'loses' on insurance). When there aren't enough people who need coverage, however, the premium gets to high to be viable for the small group seeking coverage. Generators are easily stolen, high cost, and used by a small group of individual consumers (I'm assuming commercial applications would be covered in other ways). This is a lose-lose scenario for insurers. So, yes, no surprise at all that some don't want to issue coverage.
Mickeyfan0805 12/12/19 11:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Generator Insurance?

Your homeowners policy would probably already cover it minus your deductible up to the limitation when away from your own premises. You would have to find out what that amount would be from your homeowners agent. Typically 10% of the amount for contents you have at your home. Most homeowner's policies have $1,000 deductibles. Most claims on portable generators would not be worth it on such a policy. The potential hikes and or cancellations would not be worth the small amount reclaimed after the high deductible. If you want coverage, I would continue to look at the contents coverage you are already examining. Make the most sense to me.
Mickeyfan0805 12/09/19 02:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Warranty work on TT v 5r v MH

I agree with others that a MH, due to complexity and the simple number of components, is more likely to have issues. SOME may have a better build grade due to cost, but the cost is more about the powetrain than it is the coach (at least on the more cost-effective units). The other factor I would think at play, however, would be the ability for the DIY repair. MH's have many more components that the average DIY'er can't repair. Most of the work needed on a TT or a FW I can do myself, meaning it spends minimal time in the shop. Put me in a MH and you've added a host of things I wouldn't be able to touch!
Mickeyfan0805 12/05/19 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I carry a folding bench like work platform. I use it for a step beside the bed, a step behind the tailgate, placed in front to reach into the engine bay, and as a bench while camping. I like multi-use stuff. Hmm... I hadn't even considered engine access! I'm only 5'6", so I'm going to need to pop the hood and make sure I can get to the things I need to get to while on the road!
Mickeyfan0805 12/04/19 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas station guide

The book "Next Exit" is pretty good about listing gas stations that are RV friendly (listed in Red ). I have a 35 ft MH and tow, this past summer I pulled into 4 stations in a row that I couldn't get into the pumps . Most new stations are being built with the pump lanes heading into the stores, makes it very tight to impossible to get in/out of the pumps. This is the issue I watch out for. I also find this with many Pilot stations - as they are often built this way. For us, I plan our gas stops before I ever leave for any trip that will require a fill-up on the way. We have a 35' travel trailer and are over 55' end to end. I can make a bathroom or food stop most anywhere, but I know the gas stations I'm going to hit before I ever leave. I plot my route, determine the general area I'd need to refuel, and then use Google to find gas stations where I know I'd be able to get easily in and out. If possible, I choose spots that have more than one workable station just in case. For our first couple of years, I'd just pull off when gas was needed and search to find a station I could use. Sometimes I'd find one...sometimes I would have to get back on the highway and try again down the road. The 20 minutes it takes to do this before a long trip is well worth avoiding that hassle on the road!
Mickeyfan0805 12/04/19 08:09am General RVing Issues
RE: The buy local fallacy

We've honestly been pretty lucky with repairs on our rig, but I have found that most repairs fit into one of four categories for our travel trailer (I admit it would look very different for MH owners!): 1) The vast majority of repairs are things a reasonably adept person can replace/repair on their own. 2) Some repairs require techs, but can be done on-site by mobile techs who can address things much more readily than a shop. 3) A few repairs actually require a true RV center, but can wait until the off-season (for those of us who have an off-season). 4) A small number of issues need to be done in a shop and NOW (this would mostly center on the chassis and/or other major failures). In 7+ years with our current rig, we've only run into a #4 once, and we hustled around to get that addressed. Everything else has been workable in other ways, and the vast majority I was able to do myself. Never had a warranty claim, as it was easier to just fix it. If I weren't ready and able to do such things, I wouldn't want to own an RV!
Mickeyfan0805 12/04/19 07:38am General RVing Issues
Tailgate Step Suggestions?

We just bought an F150, and I really like the look and function of the Amp Research Bed Step, but I'm not in love with the price tag! So, I'm curious, what do you all do to make bed access a bit easier?
Mickeyfan0805 12/03/19 08:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you have a bed liner?

Back to the OPs question following a good but typical sidetrack discussion. He said he will be using the truck bed very little/lightly. Not worth spending the $500+ to get it lined for that type of use. Certainly not right away. Nice shiny truck bed will likely still be a nice shiny truck bed years from now based on how he is going to use the truck. Now many new tucks come sprayed from the factory or at the dealer level or its thrown in for "free". If that's the case, great, if not I'd save my money and decide if it's needed next year or 5 years from now. Plus being in WI, the inside of the truck bed will be way done on the list of areas and parts that will rust out eventually. Having read through all of the thoughts and input, this is where I am leaning. A spray-in seems like overkill. Once I learned that they have to scuff up the paint to apply it, why would I pay for them to ruin my bed just to add protection to the bed? If I used it more often for heavier use, it would be different, but I just don't see it doing much more than hauling branches to the compost site, wood from Home Depot, etc... DW wants a bed cover as well so, at the moment, I'm leaning toward a mat to cover the floor. If/when the sides get scuffed up to a point I'd be concerned, I could always have a spray-in added then.
Mickeyfan0805 12/01/19 03:04pm Tow Vehicles
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