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RE: Replacing furnature

RecPro has an extensive line of RV furniture and a decent reputation: RecPro We removed our sleeper sofas (in previous fifth wheel and current one) and replaced them with two Ekornes Stressless recliners (pricey, but the only chairs my back will tolerate). We find RV sleeper-sofas to be extremely uncomfortable for either sitting or sitting. Rob
Second Chance 09/23/20 06:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wifi in Remote locations

These folks are the mobile internet gurus. They have free content, but a paid membership is worth it, too: Link Rob
Second Chance 09/23/20 06:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Foam Mattress Topper

Mattress toppers work just the same in an RV as they do at home. They come in a wide variety of thicknesses, firmness and quality. Different people have different preferences. Personally I would not spend a lot of money on one or expect miracles. If the RV mattress is poor quality and is not comfortable you might want to consider a replacement instead of a topper. This^^. It's what most of us full-timers do. A foam topper on an OEM RV mattress is like putting lipstick on a pig. (Yes - I know many people do it and claim to be happy... the mattress - not the pig.) Rob
Second Chance 09/21/20 07:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cold weather options for LifePO4 batteries

Battle Born sells thermostatically controlled 12VDC heating blankets for their LiFePO4 batteries. I installed them on my batteries for the upcoming winter. I think the specs say they come on at 35F and turn off at 45F. Installation was easy - "peel and stick" and then wire up the thermostat modules. Rob
Second Chance 09/21/20 07:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Furnace running requires hookup or engine running?

The furnace should operate off 12 volts DC. If it works with the genny or motor running, it sounds like the house battery is either dead or out of the circuit. Check to see if there is a battery cut-off switch and, if so, what position it's in. Rob
Second Chance 09/20/20 08:52am Tech Issues
RE: Water-less RV washing

The go-to for the old-timers/full-timers in the Escapees RV Club is Wash Wax All. You can order it from Amazon. Rob
Second Chance 09/20/20 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Weather stations

Davis Instruments. Have had several - very good quality. They can be had in wireless models and you can clamp the sensor system to the ladder with a short pole. Rob
Second Chance 09/19/20 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: Bed rail clearance

If the trailer is level, you're fine. Rob
Second Chance 09/17/20 11:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to RV/towing. Whats my best option for a towing setup?

Should not double post.
Second Chance 09/16/20 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing camper with van. What rating hitch should I purchase?

Are you going to tow the camper completely empty? What is the payload on the Quest? The listed hitch weight on the TrailManor has to be empty - use 12% of the trailer's GVWR to calculate an estimated tongue weight for the loaded trailer. You may not have enough tow vehicle. Rob
Second Chance 09/16/20 05:19pm Towing
RE: Chattanooga

We love Chester Frost Park in Hixson/'Nooga. We stayed there whenever we visited the kids when they lived and worked in Chattanooga. Rob
Second Chance 09/13/20 01:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 50 amp surge protector

Anyone ever have their equipment saved by a surge protector? I just sprang for a new one for my rig. Has indicators that show correct current or reversed bad ground and so on. Its SSP 50 xl if you are wondering. Got some good revues. that is a surge protector only. It does not protect from high and low voltage. You need an EMS $250-$300.00 https://rvmentor.com/2019/11/24/ems-vs-surge-suppressor/?fbclid=IwAR3yx1bcMOia0kJcJsOT-fPluEY-jPUA-rmNUwmN0s6qLo0_1M3_i4tQ-P0 Made your link clickable. Clicky
Second Chance 09/10/20 08:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: 50 amp surge protector

An EMS (electrical management system) is SO much more than a surge protector. They perform multiple functions. In our previous rig, the Progressive industries saved us from appliance damage on two or three occasions: 1) a lightening strike less than 100 yards away which caused a spike, an outage, and a surge when the power came back up; 2) very poor 50 amp power at a place in east Tennessee. The voltage dropped below the threshold on one leg (would have damaged the AC on that leg) and the EMS took us off line (the park owner ended up scheduling a complete rebuild of their electrical system); and 3) a faulty 50 amp breaker in another park that would intermittently drop the voltage and/or drop out altogether (again, the EMS took us off-line until the situation was remedied). In our new rig we had an incident last week. We are staying on a military installation and contractors were clearing vegetation from the fence line behind us to prep for new fencing. A worker backed a Bobcat over the transformer for the FamCamp. The power crew told me that the transformer had been pushed off its concrete slab and two 13kV lines were shorted. I don't know what happened downstream (our side), but the EMS in our new rig took us off-line until we had clean power again (on an 85 degree day with 75% humidity!). Rob
Second Chance 09/10/20 04:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Toy Hauler Axle Ratings

I'm not really sure I understand your concern. Are you thinking you'll overload the trailer and exceed the GVWR? OTOH, if you do hit the GVWR, you most likely will be over on an axle because both axles rarely weigh exactly the same, so one could be light and one heavy. I have a triple axle and I have a difference of over 500 lbs. between a couple tires. I am concerned about overloading the axles as you described. I feel there is not enough margin with 7K axles and 16.8K GVWR or even a little less than the GVWR. Tom On the Solitudes, Grand Design is now offering a factory upgrade to 8K axles and disc brakes (with LR H tires). You might check and see if the same option is available on the Momentums. Rob
Second Chance 09/08/20 08:54pm Toy Haulers
RE: Hey you Texas-domiciled Fulltimers: a Question

We are supposed to get the inspection completed within 10 days of returning to the state. From the Texas DMV web site: "To ensure you do not receive a ticket or have to pay penalty fees, you will need to have your vehicle inspected within 3 days after returning to Texas." Rob
Second Chance 09/05/20 04:35pm Full-time RVing
RE: Need Manual

You're probably not going to find anything on the RV itself. If you write down the model numbers on each appliance and go to the manufacturer's web sites, you might be able to find those manuals - though on 12-year-old stuff, that might be shooting in the dark, too. Rob
Second Chance 09/04/20 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Medium Duty Tow Vehicle

Insurance regulations are governed by state insurance commissions and vary from state to state. There are many Escapees (active on the Escapees MDT subforum) who pull with the FL60 and insure them as private, not-for-hire vehicles (many of them in Texas, I'm sure). You might pop over to the Escapees forums and ask them for some advice. Rob
Second Chance 09/03/20 10:24am Good Sam Insurance
RE: Question on Full timer ins.

Did you ask Progressive if they can issue a Valuable Personal Property (VPP) policy? That's what USAA did for us. This is in addition to our renters' policy to cover contents, an umbrella policy for liability, and the usual auto policy to cover both vehicles and the RV. Of course, state insurance commissions govern what can be done in each state, so what a particular company like Progressive or USAA can do in one state, they might not be able to in another (we are domiciled in Texas). Rob
Second Chance 09/01/20 02:50pm Full-time RVing
RE: 2020 Ford F350 weight

I dont own a F350. Plan on buying one soon to replace my gas F250 so we can haul a good sized 5th wheeler. Am on the fence between a F350 6.7 4x4 LB CC single or dual wheel set up. If by "good size" you mean anything over 15,000 lbs. GVWR, you'll need a dual rear wheel. Diesel drive trains are quite a bit heavier than gas drive trains (and 4WD adds even more weight) - which reduces the payload. Rob
Second Chance 08/31/20 01:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jury Duty

We are Escapees and domiciled in Polk County, Texas. We usually receive our forwarded mail with a jury summons after the jury selection date. When we get the summons, I just call the clerk of the court in Polk County. All I have to say is, "We're Escapees" and they stop me and say, "OK, thanks for calling." With the number of Escapees who are full-timers and domiciled there, all of the county offices are used to dealing with us. Rob
Second Chance 08/30/20 06:33pm Full-time RVing
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