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RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

In this regard...to each his own... My wife and I made a firm decision when we started having children. We were watching parents ahead of us chase their children’s activities from one end of the earth to the other. They enact a carefully orchestrated circus of shuttling kids and shuffling activities so that everyone can “do their thing”. We said...not us. When we were children, you played one sport in the fall, another sport in the spring, and that was it. Nowadays, single sports (ie baseball) runs year-round. We put our kids in baseball for one season then waited for it to cycle around again the next year, but what we found was that all their peers never quit playing so they were far ahead in terms of developed skills. The only way for our children to keep pace and not be constant bench warmers is to run the same year-round cycle...which we’re not going to do. IMHO, these year-round sports cycles and constant activity-driven lifestyles are a true detriment to our families. But again, MY opinion...
WTP-GC 09/19/19 04:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winter RV Florida Gulf Coast

Looking for Winter RV Parks for Florida Gulf Coast. Every place we tried has nothing available. You need to be more specific about where on the gulf coast you’d like to be... Pensacola to the Keys is too big an area for such a general question.
WTP-GC 09/17/19 07:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for RV Park near Helen,GA

Unicoi State Park has a loop with full hookups, not sure about the amps though. They do have 50A sites on the FHU loop at Unicoi. Problem will likely be availability. I think there’s only maybe 10-12 of those sites and they book up fast. Also, I would not pull in there with a rig much bigger than 35/36 feet OAL.
WTP-GC 09/06/19 04:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying a New 2016 trailer in 2019. What’s it worth?

There's no point in even having this conversation. A brand new Grand Design Reflection 303RLS (very similar floor plan) has a "sale" price of $46K at numerous dealerships. Taking just 20% off of that number gets you under $40K. There are probably countless other manufacturers with nearly identical floor plans for around the same price. I'd make the dealer an offer of no more than $20K and walk away if they don't accept it.
WTP-GC 09/03/19 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Dont Buy Dometic Slide Toppers

Unfortunately I have (6) of these toppers on my RV - But... will definitely replace with another brand and not a DUMTEIC Product! Any suggestion's on a reliable brand of slide toppers? So... Let me see if I understand what you're saying. You have 1 out of 6 slide toppers that has a problem, so instead of paying $90 to fix it, you're going spend a few thousand dollars to replace them all? I certainly understand the frustration of having to buy a $90 assembly in order to fix a $2 part, but indeed, that's the way it is. Have you investigated whether or not the other manufacturers would make you go through the same process?
WTP-GC 09/03/19 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Winnebago Pesticide Policy

This is hardly what I call Winnebago's "policy". Seems like more of a common-sense recommendation that most people already know. Feel free to exert yourself worrying about the heavily diluted and often ineffective consumer pesticides that someone "might" spray around the edge of their camper...but pay no mind to the diet soda you drink which contains deadly chemicals which you can't even pronounce, or the box of crackers you buy with numerous chemical-sounding ingredients, or the open-air produce in your grocery store that people walk by all day sneezing on it, coughing on it, handling it after petting their dog in their shopping cart...etc.
WTP-GC 08/26/19 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: What options?

"Must Have options - Auto Level, 3rd AC, Heat Pump, Thermo pane windows, Full Body Paint, Electric Awning, Disc Brakes and Morryde IS System," Only correction, remove "Heat Pump" and replace with CheapHeat!!! To add to your list, Bosch 220V clothes washer, Whirlpool 220V Dryer, FischerPaykal Dishwasher and full size KitchenAid side by side refrigerator. And you call this camping? LOL Nope, it’s called “living”. “Camping” went out the window with the purchase of a 6-figure rig. ;)
WTP-GC 08/24/19 06:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thoughts on Cougar 364bhl vs Reflection 311BHS

No personal experience here with the Cougar line. We were camped next to one this summer and it looked real nice. From what I could see through the windows (not being a creeper, just standing at my campsite looking that direction), the inside appeared to be well done. The outside was a high-gloss exterior that was very attractive. I do have to question how well the exterior gloss finish will hold up and/or how much maintenance is required to keep that look. But between the 2 models shown, I would pick the Grand Design for a few reasons. One reason is that I personally like the GD layout better than the Cougar. But the other main reason is the length and height. Our current GD rig runs about 34’ in length, which is about as much as we wanted. For us, we camp at a few select locations where the longer rigs simply would not work. Naturally, the roads to such places also have height restrictions. This is not a problem that everyone has, but it does apply to us. So the Cougar model listed would be completely out the question for us. We’ve been full timing in our GD for about the last 2 months, but have traveled extensively with it before this. Other than a few minor problems, the rig has been trouble free. Even for full time use, it’s holding up well. I highly recommend the 2nd AC unit if it doesn’t already come with it.
WTP-GC 08/23/19 04:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mat rant

Over a great many years of camping...always used a mat, in both sites of grass and without. Never killed the grass, never had any park express a mat restriction, never even thought of this issue until reading this “rant”. But then again, I’m a grown man and don’t run around looking for things to complain about. If the previous occupant of my campsite killed the grass, then boohoo...I’m not there long enough to let that ruin my trip.
WTP-GC 08/18/19 11:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Is this normal for a 30 amp breaker

no. a 20 amp breaker on a 12 amp load should not be hot. You have a loose connection or loose breaker on the buss bar. I don't know. I really don't. But I'm thinkin the AC pulls more than 12 amps. Our domestic brisk air pulls 14A Our Coleman Mach 8 plus pulls 13A (According to our EMS)
WTP-GC 08/18/19 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Confessions of an RV Salesman

Click bait website Total waste of time to even look at that site. It is a monetized site but so is this one. I would not call it click bait as you read the entire article on one page. Click bait sites make you keep clicking to different pages because they get paid by the number of pages visited. Difference is that every ad on this page goes back to some affiliate of Marcus Lemonis. The linked website has so many ads that you struggle to differentiate between the "original" content and the click-bait ads. But if we're being specific: Clickbait definition - (on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page. That website has been posted on here many times, but the content is barely useful to anyone. There are no "original" ideas on that website, and the articles are very poorly written. I, for one, don't believe any actual RV salesman wrote that article. My grandfather used to be the only used car salesman in town. He also ran the only wrecker service, mechanic shop, tractor repair business, etc. (small town back then). I could have written a better synopsis than this so-called RV salesman just based upon the stories I heard from my grandfather. So calls himself "Mac" in order to not use his real name. LOL! What's his real name...John, David, Scott, whatever...?? He didn't give his location or company name...so if he were to use his real first name that would somehow disclose his identity??
WTP-GC 08/13/19 09:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Those with 50 amp 5er's

I have a 35' cord and a 15' extension. To date, I've never used the extension. But its one of those things that when you need it, YOU NEED IT. But more than likely, the best use it serves is to give you a little more flexibility as to your setup on some sites. For example, one of the places we visited this summer required us to stretch our our entire main cord to reach the pedestal because of where we wanted to setup. And our plug is on the back corner of our rig. If the plug was another 2-3 feet forward, we would have had to use the extension. But if the extension was available, we would have had to park further back and the setup would have been far less ideal.
WTP-GC 08/13/19 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Confessions of an RV Salesman

Click bait website Total waste of time to even look at that site.
WTP-GC 08/12/19 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: AC question

Leaving anything running unattended is asking for trouble. Moisture can be managed with products made to eliminate moisture in stored RVs. Based on the stories I've seen in the RV forums and on the news a majority of RV fires are traced back to the fridge. Read the recent post about the A/C units with smoke coming from the vents. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29945396.cfm Of the zillions of RV’s out there (new, old, should be condemned, etc.), you rarely ever hear of anything like this. It’s a lot of “chicken little” to sit around and worry about what might happen. If that’s how we operated, we’d never get out of bed in the morning. I know people who leave their RV setup on a permanent site in FL and come back to visit no more than about once or twice a month. They leave their AC turned up a little and the fridge on all the time. Granted, electric rates and usage differ by region, but their metered usage is less than $50 per month. OP, I’d say give it a try and see what results you get. No one can tell you what to expect, but a month or two of experience will give you plenty of info. Leaving both items running will do absolutely no harm. Please don’t be the person that spends all their money on a rig and site rental, but then can’t afford to properly use and/or maintain.
WTP-GC 08/10/19 06:37am General RVing Issues
RE: AC question

Yes, leave both on all the time. Turn the A/C up to the high 70's or low 80's. Fridge won't eat up much utility cost. A camper in the south that doesn't have the A/C running full time is a miserable existence, just asking for mold and mildew problems.
WTP-GC 08/09/19 10:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Grand Design purchase

If GD dealers were allowed to post discounted prices it would make it easier to search for the most discounted price across the nation and then bargain against that with you local dealer. By taking that option away from the consumer it makes it more likely they will overpay (what I call "rip off) You are missing a very important point: If the consumer overpays...that’s the consumer’s fault.
WTP-GC 07/26/19 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dumping Tanks in an Empty Full Service Site

Apparently you have no comprehension regarding septic systems. That 3" or 4" pipe leads to a holding tank and all the solids settle to the bottom and the liquids flow thru perforated 1 inch pipes into the drain fields. To determine how much area those perforated pipes must cover the engineer performs a percolation test. They then use a formula that takes the percolation performance and the amount of liquid anticipated to determine the size of the drain field. Far exceed that liquid amount and the liquid doesn't seep into the ground and instead forms pools of waste water on the surface. As I previously posted many parks have several septic systems and the systems tied to full hookup sites are designed to process that waste, not the waste of multiple dumps in a rapid succession. One of the interesting parts of this thread is very common throughout the forum in general: people believe certain things to be universal in nature. And this comment above is extremely indicative of that mindset. As a matter of fact, I've spent my entire career, over many years, designing, building, expanding and consulting with people about their sewer systems. Don't make the mistake believing that your onsite treatment system in Montana is equitable to every other campground out there (as your comment suggests). The description of your system is different that every other system I've been involved with, so... If it makes you feel any better we have those same drain field systems in Maryland. MD is a long way from Montana somehow drain field technology made it this far. The general concept behind a basic septic system is piping into it, holding tank (for septage processing) and piping out to a drain field. Beyond that, there are nearly endless configurations, pipe sizes, drain field design, etc. based on location, code, and other factors. I’ve been to South America where the also have similar septic system designs, but their drain field arrangement was remarkably different. The point is that septic systems may look the same at the most basic level, but they vary greatly. I’ve worked with folks who have septic systems at their multi-use facilities, and their systems had to be designed to accept the dumping flow of dishwashers and laundry facilities all at once, plus the normal bathroom loads. As I mentioned in an earlier comment...if no rules against it...You need to make up your mind. When I gave a description of a typical septic system you said you have consulted and built systems for decades and never have seen one like I described. Now you are describing systems you have built and they are EXACTLY the same as I laid out earlier. You are even saying that systems have to be designed differently depending upon the anticipated loads. The implication in your "multi-use" facility system is that if the system was designed only for normal bathroom loads, the addition of dishwashers and laundry facilities would overload the system. That is exactly what I was pointing out in regards to a system designed for full hookup RV sites. They are designed for the loads generated by the RVs in those sites, not for the additional loads of multiple RVs dumping. The dump station in many parks has it's own set of tanks and drain fields designed to handle that load. It is a very common design for RV park waste systems. To be more clear, when you said the following: "liquids flow thru perforated 1 inch pipes into the drain fields" That I have never seen. Admittedly, designs vary by location (as I already stated), but I've never ever seen 1" pipes going to the drain field. In all the systems I've been involved with, the tank outlet going to the drain field is 3" or larger. Sometimes its perforated and sometimes its a sock and sometimes its domes...and so on... But again, the point I made from the beginning is that none of these systems are universal in design. I don't know how many times I have to say that, yet people simply don't get it. A campground is...what exactly (in terms of it sewage treatment design)? Residential, commercial, industrial, mixed-use?????? Therein lies the problem. A FHU site should be designed for the sudden deluge of a 30-80 gallon black tank, simultaneous with a 30-80 gallon grey water tank...at the fastest rate it can be possible travel through a 3" flexible hose. I was not aware that ALL campers leave their grey water tank open all the time. What if 2 neighbors decided to dump their full tanks at exactly the same time. God-forbid that 3 or more neighbors do it at the same time. I've camped in groups before where this happens because we're all leaving at about the same time. That's where the entire argument falls apart. Also, all the FHU sites I can recall are no less than 4" pipe. How far is it to the septic tank (if not using public sewer)? 100'? 1000'? A 4" pipe can hold about 50 gallons of liquid every 100'. So generally speaking...a refuse to believe that a few people using a FHU site to dump instead of the dump station can create and problem or system overload. And in all the conjecture on here thus far...NOBODY has actually seen it become a problem in any way. When you say this: "That is exactly what I was pointing out in regards to a system designed for full hookup RV sites. They are designed for the loads generated by the RVs in those sites, not for the additional loads of multiple RVs dumping. The dump station in many parks has it's own set of tanks and drain fields designed to handle that load. It is a very common design for RV park waste systems." Are you suggesting that each site has its own drain field? I know that's not what you mean, but it sure sounds like that. At a minimum, each loop or section of the parks should be tied in on the same sewer line. Maybe each loop or section has its own septic (if applicable), but if you have 30 RV's parked in a section, each should be connected to the same sewer line (underground) and the system had dang sure be able to handle the load of at least half of those dumping simultaneously.
WTP-GC 07/24/19 12:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dumping Tanks in an Empty Full Service Site

WTP-GC WROTE: "I’ve worked with folks who have septic systems at their multi-use facilities, and their systems had to be designed to accept the dumping flow of dishwashers and laundry facilities all at once, plus the normal bathroom loads." With that in mind it should be apparent all drains and sewer systems are not the same... Yes, it's apparent...because that's exactly what I said.
WTP-GC 07/24/19 12:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dumping Tanks in an Empty Full Service Site

Apparently you have no comprehension regarding septic systems. That 3" or 4" pipe leads to a holding tank and all the solids settle to the bottom and the liquids flow thru perforated 1 inch pipes into the drain fields. To determine how much area those perforated pipes must cover the engineer performs a percolation test. They then use a formula that takes the percolation performance and the amount of liquid anticipated to determine the size of the drain field. Far exceed that liquid amount and the liquid doesn't seep into the ground and instead forms pools of waste water on the surface. As I previously posted many parks have several septic systems and the systems tied to full hookup sites are designed to process that waste, not the waste of multiple dumps in a rapid succession. One of the interesting parts of this thread is very common throughout the forum in general: people believe certain things to be universal in nature. And this comment above is extremely indicative of that mindset. As a matter of fact, I've spent my entire career, over many years, designing, building, expanding and consulting with people about their sewer systems. Don't make the mistake believing that your onsite treatment system in Montana is equitable to every other campground out there (as your comment suggests). The description of your system is different that every other system I've been involved with, so... If it makes you feel any better we have those same drain field systems in Maryland. MD is a long way from Montana somehow drain field technology made it this far. The general concept behind a basic septic system is piping into it, holding tank (for septage processing) and piping out to a drain field. Beyond that, there are nearly endless configurations, pipe sizes, drain field design, etc. based on location, code, and other factors. I’ve been to South America where the also have similar septic system designs, but their drain field arrangement was remarkably different. The point is that septic systems may look the same at the most basic level, but they vary greatly. I’ve worked with folks who have septic systems at their multi-use facilities, and their systems had to be designed to accept the dumping flow of dishwashers and laundry facilities all at once, plus the normal bathroom loads. As I mentioned in an earlier comment...if no rules against it...
WTP-GC 07/24/19 04:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Dumping Tanks in an Empty Full Service Site

Apparently you have no comprehension regarding septic systems. That 3" or 4" pipe leads to a holding tank and all the solids settle to the bottom and the liquids flow thru perforated 1 inch pipes into the drain fields. To determine how much area those perforated pipes must cover the engineer performs a percolation test. They then use a formula that takes the percolation performance and the amount of liquid anticipated to determine the size of the drain field. Far exceed that liquid amount and the liquid doesn't seep into the ground and instead forms pools of waste water on the surface. As I previously posted many parks have several septic systems and the systems tied to full hookup sites are designed to process that waste, not the waste of multiple dumps in a rapid succession. One of the interesting parts of this thread is very common throughout the forum in general: people believe certain things to be universal in nature. And this comment above is extremely indicative of that mindset. As a matter of fact, I've spent my entire career, over many years, designing, building, expanding and consulting with people about their sewer systems. Don't make the mistake believing that your onsite treatment system in Montana is equitable to every other campground out there (as your comment suggests). The description of your system is different that every other system I've been involved with, so...You have never been involved with drain fields, yet you spent your entire career designing, building and expanding sewer systems? . That’s funny because I never said that...you’ve self-determined this to be a fact...which is WRONG.
WTP-GC 07/24/19 04:30am General RVing Issues
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