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RE: Newby Dry Camping Questions

If you have decent batteries, you don't need to do anything. The first 2 years we had our camper we dry camped a couple times each year for 2-3 nights with no issue and no generator. The fridge and water heater run off propane, minimal battery draw. Even non LED lights use little battery. You are camping, so enjoy the fire, don't sit in your camper. We only used lights when we needed them, essentially only for getting ready for bed. We filled our water before leaving so had plenty of water, took showers every night. If you think your lights are drawing too much battery, then use a flashlight or lantern. Sure you don't have things that run on AC, but most of your camper is designed to run off battery. We had a couple cold nights, so ran the furnace for a little in the AM - no issues with battery usage. And if you cook in the AM, the stove will heat the camper. Much more comfortable than a tent, and those guys have no batteries to keep their lights on... :) Just enjoy the outdoors:) We now have a generator. Bought it so we can run the AC. So far, in 2 trips of having the generator I have only run it for an hour or so a day to charge the batteries or use something like the microwave to cook something. Seems like the generator is more important to charge our cell phones...
Thermoguy 07/06/19 04:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: Is older really better than newer....

I bought my 2006 5th wheel for $12K. First RV and wasn't sure if we would use it much so didn't want to spend $50K to find out. We have had to do a little work to it but it was clean and everything works well. I've had it 2 years now and we use it a few times a year. Best thing is it is paid for so if something does come up it easy to swallow. Additionally, if I go to sell it in a year or two, getting $5-$7K for it seems like a good use of the unit. If we bought a new one and sold it in 4 years or so of ownership my guess is the depreciation would be more than $6K... Also, a 5th wheel doesn't have an engine so keeping the running gear in good order is simple and I feel I can take it anywhere as long as I have the right truck. If the unit is clean and in good working order and you like the layout, then go for it. The original owner went through all the initial problems from the manufacturer and you can just enjoy. I would recommend having a professional shop do a check on it, they can look for leaks, properly running equipment, and anything else that might be a red flag. The biggest issue is the potential for leaks. They can be hard to find but cost more than the unit is worth to fix.
Thermoguy 06/08/19 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mouse Dilema - What would you do?

I have only had an RV for a couple of years. In past springs bringing my RV out of storage I have found evidence of mice - little poops on the bed or near the kitchen. This fall I read about using Irish Springs soap. So I cut a bar into 4 pieces and placed them around the RV. No traces of mice and the RV smells nice. As I am preparing for our first camp trip next week, I don't have to go through and clean everything like I did the past 2 years. Additionally, I do know of a couple places that mice can get in such as the holes under my batteries. I stuffed these with steel wool to keep any critters out.
Thermoguy 05/04/19 10:02am Beginning RVing
RE: Bike racks in the rear

I have a good 2" receiver on the back of our 5th wheel. Attached to the frame not the bumper. I looked at putting a hitch on the front of the truck but found this Yakima rack designed for the back of trailers. It does not fold down for SUV's so it is solid. It also has a locking nut that I can tighten so no bouncing over bumps. Here is a link to Amazon for the Yakima bike rack. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N4RV9IB/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The only problem is I can't put 4 mountain bikes on it. My sons bike does not have a straight cross bar so his takes up more space. I can easily get our 3 bikes on it and have safety straps just in case.
Thermoguy 11/22/18 09:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Does Your Bed Cover, Cover Your 5'ver Hitch

I have a Pace Edwards Full Metal Jack Rabbit and it covers my B&W Companion hitch no problem. 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500.
Thermoguy 11/22/18 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: First trip with Andersen Ultimate Hitch

I have always been surprised that it is not necessary to have safety chains even with a 5th wheel hitch. Seems like since it is not welded to the frame of the truck anything could happen. It's also a hitch so it could come undone. You never know. The purpose of safety chains is to keep the trailer connected to the truck so they should be large enough to hold the trailer given that the brakes on the trailer are also locked due to the brake away cable should be shorter than the chains. Therefore, the trailer is stopping, the truck is stopping and the chains help to keep these things together. I have always hauled goose neck trailers before buying the 5th wheel so chains are just a normal part of hitching up the trailer. Seems odd to me that people think it is OK to not have safety chains... Knock on wood - I've never had to test the strength of any of the chains on any of my trailers.
Thermoguy 11/03/18 02:18pm Fifth-Wheels
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