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RE: Length and Height

You don't say what size range of fifth wheel you are considering... 28ft, 42ft, or something in between? We full-time in a Grand Design Reflection 337RLS (36', 14,000 lbs. GVWR). I'm 5'11" and have never felt claustrophobic in the rig (and I tend to get that way in small spaces). The RV has the typical higher roof at the front tapering off toward the rear. This is to accommodate the bedroom and bathroom what are elevated by three steps above the main living area. I have full walk-around headroom in the bedroom and bathroom and have to stand on tip-toes to touch the ceiling in most of the living area. We have spent time snowed in and times when the 100 degree temps limit our outside time without feeling confined. I'm wondering what you're worried about. Rob
Second Chance 06/15/19 11:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

2012 F350 CC DRW diesel, Polk Co., TX, $75.75/year + $7.50 vehicle inspection (when we're back in Texas...). Rob
Second Chance 05/30/19 05:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Optimal Internet Setup for Travel Trailer

System posted twice - deleted.
Second Chance 05/28/19 05:45am Technology Corner
RE: Optimal Internet Setup for Travel Trailer

These people are the experts - read what they have to say: Technomadia Rob
Second Chance 05/28/19 05:45am Technology Corner
RE: Directv software updates in RV

I don't know how DirecTV works it, but our Dish Network receiver (Wally in the rig) downloads software updates from the satellites. It just performed an update this last week that way. Rob
Second Chance 05/28/19 05:43am Technology Corner
RE: Grand Design

Check wheel hubs for grease leaks and tires for unusual wear. Check the dates on the tires (DOT date codes). If approaching the 5 - 7 year mark, plan on replacing them. Look for any signs of delamination in the walls or water incursion inside around joints and seams. Make sure all the appliances work (must be plugged into shore power to test ACs and frig on 120V). As mentioned, GD has a good reputation for warranty service, but that unit is way beyond the warranty - you'll be on your own. Rob
Second Chance 05/24/19 11:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best satellite option for full timing

For "some time" TV watching, I'd recommend a Pathway X2 with a Wally receiver. You can turn a Wally into a limited DVR by connecting it to a hard drive. For more TV options as a full timer, I'd suggest a Winegard DISH Travler rooftop automatic dish with a Hopper 3 DVR. There are several programming options from DISH. Depends on your needs. This is good advice - unless you are going to spend time in both the east and the west. The Trav'ler is a Western (or at least single) arc antenna, only. It will, however, pick up all three satellites on an arc at one time (it's a 3 LNB antenna). The Pathway X2 will pick up either the eastern or western Dish Network satellite arcs - but just one satellite at a time (single LNB antenna). We have been quite happy for four years with a Wally (preceded by its 211Z predecessor) with a hard drive for DVR use and a Pathway X2 antenna. The new Dish phone app makes it very easy to change our location to pick up HD locals via satellite (for recording, too!). Rob PS: if you use the search function on the forum, you will find dozens of threads on this topic.
Second Chance 05/20/19 10:12am Technology Corner
RE: Alternative satellite option?

Like Big Katuna, we have used a Winegard Pathway X2 automatic portable for almost four years, now. Picks up both Dish eastern and western arcs (albeit one satellite at a time). The new phone app makes it very easy to change our location to get the locals. I use it with 50' of coax to get out from under trees, etc. We've been quite happy with it. "Most parks" do not have free cable - and we've found that, when they do, it's often limited channels and poor signal. Rob
Second Chance 05/20/19 10:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cell phone antenna booster

Technomadia - the experts in the field.
Second Chance 05/17/19 08:27am Technology Corner
RE: Soundbar/Dish

So - are you saying that your sound bar has video/HDMI inputs and outputs? I run all inputs (Wally, DVD player, etc.) into the TV first and the audio output from the TV to the sound bar. That way I have audio via the sound bar no matter the A/V source I'm using. I've never heard of the issue you're describing. Rob
Second Chance 05/12/19 09:01am Technology Corner
RE: Tow Vehicle question

The answer is "No" to your original question. If you want a GPS that is set up for towing (overhead clearance, weight, length, etc.), the Garmin RV or Dezl units are your best bet. Rob
Second Chance 05/11/19 10:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any recommendations for the best GPS product for RVing

Have you used the search function on the forum and read the dozens (or hundreds) of threads on this topic?
Second Chance 05/05/19 10:50am Technology Corner
RE: Sailun tires

We have Sailun load range G tires on the fifth wheel - very pleased with them at a little over 15K miles. The owner of the heavy-duty trailer business that installed the tires for us said that he had run a set of the Sailun LT tires on his truck and they did very well. Got crazy high miles out of them with zero issues. Rob
Second Chance 05/05/19 10:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Moving up to a Ram 2500.. but have some weight questions..

Use 23% of a fifth wheel's GVWR to estimate loaded pin weight. If you have a family and are planning on a fifth wheel and carrying everyone in a crew cab, forget any 3/4-ton truck and go straight for a 1-ton SRW minimum. There are lots of folks out there who are members of the "Two-Timers' Club" - those who didn't buy enough truck the first time around and had to eat the depreciation and upgrade. Thanks for the feedback, Rob. We're kind of already doing that (van -> expedition -> ??) ... But for every personal experience / opinion like yours that I receive, I receive an equal number of personal experiences/opinions that say the opposite (that a 3/4 ram 2500 is just fine). Can you give me any concrete reasons why the two sets of equations above don't line up? Something to which the engineer in me can say, "ahhh, that makes sense?" Otherwise this and other forums leads to a big game of "he said/she said." Which while well-intended, still subjective rather than objective. cheers, ..dane Dane, As an engineer you know that equations are theoretical. Where the rubber meets the road (pun intended) with towing RVs is with actual CAT scale weights. The published numbers from the truck manufacturers are general and - you don't really know what kind of payload you have left until the truck is optioned out, fueled up, loaded with people, gear, hitch, pets, etc., and taken to the CAT scales. Once you subtract the loaded weight (front and rear axles separately) from the GVWR and GAWR numbers on the door sticker, you don't have "real" numbers for the truck. If you don't yet own the truck, sticker numbers off an existing truck on the lot are better than brochure numbers. You can then add up all the things listed above and subtract from the sticker numbers. Toy haulers and front-living fifth wheels can vary in the percentage of weight they put on the pin, but the 23% of GVWR is a pretty reliable starting point. The published pin weights from the manufacturers are empty - without batteries, propane, water, waste, or anything you load in the RV. Example: our Reflection fifth wheel is considered a "mid-profile" (i.e. mid-weight) fifth wheel RV. Its GVWR per the manufacturer (and not changed by our suspension upgrade, tires, etc.), is 13,990 lbs. Loaded for just the two of us, the trailer weighs 13,980 (About 400 lbs. of that is unsprung weight with the MOR/ryde independent suspension, so I'm not worried about being so close on that one) and puts a little over 3,000 lbs. of that on the pin. With our previous GMC 2500HD diesel crew cab (2WD, I might add - 4WD trucks will have less), the truck had 3,150 lbs. payload left per the CAT scales. That was not much safety margin for our RV. As full-timers, we moved up to a DRW 1-ton truck when we had the opportunity and have never regretted the move. The cost difference is minimal between similarly equipped 3/4-ton and 1-ton trucks. Look for a SRW 1-ton with the most payload you can get. All the calculations in the world can't justify scrimping on safety when it comes to your family and others on the road. Rob
Second Chance 05/02/19 03:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Moving up to a Ram 2500.. but have some weight questions..

Use 23% of a fifth wheel's GVWR to estimate loaded pin weight. If you have a family and are planning on a fifth wheel and carrying everyone in a crew cab, forget any 3/4-ton truck and go straight for a 1-ton SRW minimum. There are lots of folks out there who are members of the "Two-Timers' Club" - those who didn't buy enough truck the first time around and had to eat the depreciation and upgrade. Rob
Second Chance 05/02/19 02:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: Internet Costs

All I can say is that we have the prepaid unlimited hotspot plan, we stream 720p video from Netflix and Amazon Prime, and we've never been throttled - even binge watching our favorite series. Rob
Second Chance 04/26/19 03:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Internet Costs

Careful with "unlimited" data plans. The fine print usually says that beyond a certain amount of usage speeds are throttled down or costs occur. Their definition of unlimited means more about unlimited data sharing across all your lines - not truly unlimited consumption. Try hitting 10-15G a month and see if they don't slow your speed or hit you with overages. A plan you pick really depends on your data consumption. Are you streaming movies or just browsing and checking email? Does it makes sense to pay for an unlimited plan if you are only using a few gig/month? Verizon has the best nationwide coverage. We used to have a mifi jetpack and I think I was on their highest data usage plan. working remote I still usually stayed under, but we never streamed movies. In a few years we plan on full timing and I will still work remote, so I will face this challenge as well. For sure I would need unbridled and truly unlimited data. I expect I will pay dearly for it. I can tell you that CG wifi's rarely worked and when they did it was so slow it wasn't worth messing with. CG's won't let you stream on their wifi either, enough to check email is about it. That is not the case with this plan - many discussion threads on this forum and over on Escapees. Rob
Second Chance 04/26/19 10:57am Technology Corner
RE: Internet Costs

verizon has a new $70 per/month pre-paid plan ($65 if you do paperless billing) with true, unlimited 4g data. put your mifi (Jetpack) on that plan and you can connect up to 15-devices including computers. if your jetpack is on contract you can still move it to the pre-paid plan but you might have a termination fee. no contract, stop (and re-start if the plan is still offered) anytime but if you stop in the middle of your month there is no credit for the unused portion. vzw says no planned throttlng but advises that slowdowns can occur because of network traffic. so far we’ve not experienced that. we kept our phones and tablet on their 2gb data plan and moved our jetpack to the pre-paid plan saving us $$$ while we’re on the road. btw, your 30-day service month starts on the day you sign up. it’s not a calendar month. X2^^. With two phones (3GB/month of data each) on the plan, and auto-pay, the unlimited data JetPack ends up costing us $50/month. It's been great. Rob
Second Chance 04/26/19 09:15am Technology Corner
RE: RV GPS with Dash Cam

We use a Garmin RV760LMT GPS and a separate dash cam (and a dedicated dash cam in the chase car, too). The Gramin RV GPS has worked very well for us. Separate devices can be replaced separately, too, if either has an issue (which none of ours have in five years or so). Rob
Second Chance 04/23/19 08:03am Technology Corner
RE: Hitch longevity

WD40 is fish oil based. Common myth.
Second Chance 04/16/19 11:01am Fifth-Wheels
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