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RE: Newbie - 36ft vs 41ft fifth wheel

What does the extra length really get you? The fridge is the same size. The stove is the same size. The table is the same size. The sofa is the same size. You might get a larger TV. The swivel rockers will be the same size. The bed will be the same size. The tankage will be the same size. What you will get is more floor space & perhaps more storage. What you will lose is the ability to get into some of the most beautiful CGs inside the most desired places to visit with an RV, the National Parks, which are notorious for not being accommodating to large rigs.
Veebyes 11/27/22 04:13pm Fifth-Wheels
Highway 4: Watson Lake to Carmacks

Been to Alaska 4 times now & thinking about doing trip #5. We have driven most every road possible to drive. Not many are left. Hwy 4 is one of them. Considered doing it in 2011 but was advised not to due to late snowmelt that year. Anyone done it with a large towable or a class A? It looks to be no problem with a class B or a Truck camper. I don't suppose there is much traffic on it. How is the road surface? We have done the TOW four times & always impressed with the way the Canadians keep their part maintained. Is 4 any different?
Veebyes 11/24/22 11:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Problem with a 6 year old Dometic frig

I have a Dometic 4 door. Big one. Our second one. First died after 6 years & in excess of 700 nights use. Second appears to be dead after 10 years & 1700 nights on the road use. Tried the cheap way first. Replaced the thermistor. No luck. Can't see spending serious money on a 10 year old fridge that has been bounced around for so many miles. We have also looked at residential fridges, much cheaper, but there is the problem with fit. Residentials work well for seasonal RVers sitting in one spot all summer. Not so good for travellers who will need a decent sized battery bank & inverter while on the road & will more or less be limited to CGs with power.
Veebyes 11/24/22 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Camping at 27 degrees.

JMO with only a few nights experience in the 30s but RVs are not good places to be in cold weather. Out of the factory they are not made for it. Cold air leaks in around slides. Walls are thin. Glass is single pane & radiates the cold. Without some serious post construction mods they are simply no up to dealing with the cold. You can put up a good fight against cold but it will take alot of electricity & alot of propane. Point the thing south & don't stop until you no longer see bridge freezing before road warnings or no snow blowers outside of Lowes or Home Depot.
Veebyes 11/14/22 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Alaskan Camping guide

This is the 2020 version of the Church book. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/travelers-guide-to-alaskan-camping-mike-church/1123528917 Ah Ha! never thought to look there. We get into the rut of thinking that if it is not available on Amazon it does not exist.
Veebyes 11/14/22 09:57am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Alaskan Camping guide

How often or what is the latest Alaskan Camping book available? Looked on Amazon & most recent is almost 10 years old. We have done the trip 4 times. Winged it every time. Thinking of doing it one more time. We are State Recreation Area type of travellers, very seldom looking for a cookie cutter CG with FHUs. We are on the hunt for what might have been missed. Rough plan is to depart East Coast end of April & return earlyish September.
Veebyes 11/13/22 04:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Newbie - 36ft vs 41ft fifth wheel

Size matters. Going down the highway there is little difference between 35 & 40' with your 3500 truck. Campsite availability there is a huge difference. Most private CGs can cram the big ones somewhere. The SP & NP availability is a whole nuther matter. Don't expect easy availability for the big trailer. It comes down to priorities. Can't have it all in one.
Veebyes 11/11/22 01:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Likely to regret

OMG! Were do you think that you are going with that thing? No doubt that you have done a great job with it but you will be severely restricted on CGs that can be accessed, never mind using it for local sightseeing & shopping. People grumble enough about a 3500 dually being inconvenient, I have no problem with one, but you are in a whole nuther world with your current beast. If SPs, BLMs & NPs are in your future travel plans, IMO they are the best experiences, do some research for a truck & 5er combo that is comfortable & doable. I can understand the reluctance to sell something that you have put so much effort into but you have a 500lb bomb to do the job that a hand held grenade will do.
Veebyes 11/06/22 08:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Prince Edward Island

The name escapes me but we a couple weeks on PEI this summer at a CG about 20 minutes N of Charlottetown. Nothing real special other than being centrally located, large, all sites grass.
Veebyes 10/06/22 07:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Northwest coast of U.S.

Done all of 101 & 1 towing a 34' 5er with the exception of one short bit of 1 at the N end that has a size restriction as far as SFO. Not saying it is all easy, but it is doable. My rule of thumb, if a semi can do it, so can I
Veebyes 10/06/22 07:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Not enough room

Been back &forth across the country a number of times now and have rarely caught myself in a small station with little wiggle room. By far the most frequent problem is cars parked at the only diesel island with the driver nowhere to be seen. Of course there are multiple gas only pumps that the driver could have used. We never plan specific fuel stops. We also try to get fuel when the trailer is not on the back.
Veebyes 10/06/22 07:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: what size inverter.

No harm in being a tad on the large size. We have a 1000w pure sinewave but we never use it for the microwave or any other power hogs. The breakers for them are turned off when setting up for dry camping.
Veebyes 10/02/22 07:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Why did my water pump stop pumping?

Possibly an air leak on the low pressure side of the pump. Loosen & retighten fittings at filter, if present, & tank side of pump. Check filter while at it.
Veebyes 10/02/22 07:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter not charging batteries

Start with the basics & check all connections between converter & battery bank. If you determine that the converter is at fault you might consider upgrading to a multi stage programable charger & get all of your 12V needs from the battery bank, just like boats are set up. While you are in there get a pure sinewave inverter. Do not get a inverter charger. If one part goes bad the whole thing needs to be replaced. Separate units means just the faulty unit gets replaced.
Veebyes 10/02/22 07:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Why not jack trailer under the spring plates?

15 years of jacking under the bottom spring leaf right next to the axle. Can't imagine doing it anywhere else except when needing to change a spring pack. Simple & safe. The bottle jack is lifting at a flat surface. Lifting under a U bolt is asking for trouble.
Veebyes 10/02/22 07:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Alaska - 2023

All to often people have no idea just how big Canada is or how much great scenery it has to offer. For distance reference, NY is not much different, MD to Homer AK, Edmonton AB is only half way. By the time side trips are added in you can total 17,000 miles quite easily. This is no 2 week jaunt.
Veebyes 08/24/22 03:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

Veebyes 08/24/22 08:50am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alaska - 2023

Coming from the east, to much in to little time. Cut out Yellowstone & the other lower 48 stuff for another time. We have done the North 4 times out of MD Eastern Shore. Each time longer than the trip before. Each time departing MD 3rd or 4th week April. Each time returned MD end of July to mid August. Each time returned wondering where the time went? Generally no reservations unless for an event or holiday weekend. Never reserved more than a week out. Thinking of doing it again next year. Something keeps drawing us back to the North.
Veebyes 08/24/22 08:49am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RVing to the Island Provinces

We are on our way back in US after over two months in the Canadian Maritimes. Five weeks on Newfoundland. Don't cut yourself short on time there. Fantastic scenery. Wonderful people. Iceberg season is early June. Never any guarantees. This year there were very few.
Veebyes 08/19/22 07:50pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: sanitizing fresh tanks - basic question

Don't know how effective it is, if it is effective at all, but have been using the water freshener stuff available at Wally & camping supply stores for quite some time. The method is to dump an ounce or so into the hose then proceed to fill the tank (100gal). We don't use city water directly. Everything, except for drinking water, goes into our tank first, after passing through a water softener. It is a basic method carried over from our boating days when we needed to carry all water needed. No such thing as hookups when you are on 'the hook' in some remote place.
Veebyes 08/11/22 12:42pm Beginning RVing
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