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RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

I think our week long trip in a tourist area may get canceled. But all of our local holiday hot spots are booked. I hope to get a few extra fall trips in due to needing a vacation balance of 0 by year end. I think this summer will be spend social distancing on the boat more than at the camp grounds though. It cold be worse!
ZINGERLITE 04/23/20 07:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Spittoon? in a shower Wolf Pup camper

I've seen a lot of small trailers without a bathroom sink just a kitchen sink. Heck the bathroom sink in my 35' trailer is small. When we were looking i couldn't believe how much room a bathroom took up. showers are such a waste of space! id love to see a camper with a half bath. we don't shower in the camper. its a "Lite" which translates to "small tanks" lol. an army shower would fill up the gray in a hurry. just use the camp ground showers with cheap flip flops! id trade my useless shower for a small sink but don't both. ours just has a shower and a toilet. a small bathroom was a huge selling point. I wanted one with the toilet in the shower but the wife overruled that so we compromised.
ZINGERLITE 03/13/20 05:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Wall mounted AC units

We had issues that i had "fixed under warranty" then i fixed it my self after i picked it up lol. RV dealer service departments are a joke. My Window unit on my zinger was dripping inside. Im not 100% sure of the exact issue but i've modified the catch pan and pulled the unit out and used tyvek tape to ensure that the pan drains to the exterior. It seems to have worked. the down side to living in michigan is that i only need the AC to work for like a week out of the year. Fix the leak and wait another year to try it out again ha! Other than that it cools fine. Its not in the most optimal location to evenly cool the trailer but it does the job. It seems like it would be cheaper to replace than a roof top unit if it ever goes out. I would say just keep any eye on it.
ZINGERLITE 03/09/20 10:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Question -- "It's Full" Gifts for RVers

Merry Christmas!
ZINGERLITE 02/25/20 06:32am General RVing Issues
RE: temporary storage

Many RV parks have storage areas with no hookups at much less price than the regular sites. Check nearby parks.I've noticed this as well, would be worth checking into. I'll 3rd this. My parents did this a few years ago in northern michigan. they were returning to the same area two weeks later and didn't want to take the RV home. the local private park let them store it in their parking lot for a small fee. it was cheap. like $20-$30 bucks for the two weeks.
ZINGERLITE 02/21/20 10:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

i would think if you've clearly stated that you offer discounts for certain people that it would be up to them to tell you that they meet the criteria. What if you make asking a regular thing and then someone gets upset you didn't ask? if you want your discount speak up!
ZINGERLITE 02/18/20 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

Phew, these first world problems sure do get complicated sometimes! Lol I do like Terryallens approach. Drive slow and when you get there, the friends have everything ready for you! Do you phone ahead when you’re 5 min out so they have a fresh cocktail poured too? My buddy does, but he brings the firewood so I pour him a double! I always like being there first! i feel like i put more thought in to the campsite layout than everyone else. That way if i have to take someone else's site in my group to better suit our layout i can. by the time everyone else gets there my feet are up and i can kick back! First world problems just got serious..... "Taking someone else's site in my group" We USED to have someone in our group that did that..... didn't go over well. Of curse it depends on the situation. If the original site will not fit the camper that is registered for that site, after making a phone call to get permission from someone else in the group, then taking another site might be okay. Not just because, "That site doesn't have any shade and I got here first". I have the smaller camper which means i can fit in tighter spots. as well as get my truck in and out of tighter spots. If the other couples site works out better so all they have to do is back in then i go for it. We like having awning face each other. No site stealing from me. Just thinking creatively for the enjoyment of the group! I'll add that im usually the one entrusted with booking the sites. I use my best guess with booking pictures and google maps to guess the lay out. If i guess wrong i can correct it the best i can before the other trailer shows up.
ZINGERLITE 02/05/20 12:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

Phew, these first world problems sure do get complicated sometimes! Lol I do like Terryallens approach. Drive slow and when you get there, the friends have everything ready for you! Do you phone ahead when you’re 5 min out so they have a fresh cocktail poured too? My buddy does, but he brings the firewood so I pour him a double! I always like being there first! i feel like i put more thought in to the campsite layout than everyone else. That way if i have to take someone else's site in my group to better suit our layout i can. by the time everyone else gets there my feet are up and i can kick back!
ZINGERLITE 02/05/20 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: When buying a new TT how do you negotiate

warranty work is only the first year. at that point you don't really need a dealer relationship. I say go where you can get the deal! The life span of the trailer is longer than 1 year. Warranty or not it is beneficial to have a good relationship with the local dealer. It can be the difference between getting parts efficiently or getting a quick last minute repair. I have pulled up to the dealer and had the tech do a quick fix on my way to a CG. I agree don't be held hostage buy the warranty issue but also don't dismiss the value of a good dealer relationship I guess id depends on mechanical ability as well. Unless its warranty work im going to fix it myself. Probably do a better job as well. If regular dealer trips are something i need to consider then i need to buy something different.
ZINGERLITE 02/05/20 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

It depends on who its with. If everyone has a newer reliable rig then will meet at lunch or see you at camp. My parents have an older rig so i tend to stay behind them. let dad leave 1/2 hour ahead of me. That way if he breaks down i can either stop to help or find parts before i get to him.
ZINGERLITE 02/05/20 08:12am General RVing Issues
RE: When buying a new TT how do you negotiate

warranty work is only the first year. at that point you don't really need a dealer relationship. I say go where you can get the deal!
ZINGERLITE 02/05/20 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone use rv share?

My next question is the plan is to replace the camper every 3 years or so. Is it worth the money to get a more quality/more expensive camper? Why is there the perceived need to replace something every three years when you haven't even bought the first one yet? Im coming up at 3yrs with our new camper and i just now have it the way we like it. Added shelves, found homes for just about every thing we bring. set up and tear down routines are more on the muscle memory side ect.... I wouldn't trade it in for quite some time. I think it stems from the car leasing plague. People are so used to trading in a perfectly good car because they are bored of it. Poor financial sense.
ZINGERLITE 01/23/20 05:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

Too many ratchet jawed people in this world lol.. Hey, we are only human ;) We have group of 8 close friends and since we are almost all retired, we meet quite often for hiking or camping. Seem we all like to talk and often when around the table, we have to make simulated microphone as 4 persons talking at the same time makes no sense. A designated spoon, or champagne cork gives the right to speak only to 1 person. Still at community gathering, we met a woman who outspoken us all. Passing the microphone/spoon works good for marital issues too. You know, like when the wife always wants to argue about every little thing. Don't pass the spoon...PROBLEM SOLVED!!:W Jerry All fun and games until she starts "passing" knives lol.
ZINGERLITE 01/10/20 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

Im all for small talk and a little conversation but i feel like some people get too friendly. "Read the room" so to speak. If im kicked back in my lawn chair staring at the clouds it should be obvious im not up for conversation. Too many ratchet jawed people in this world lol. I don't need to hear your whole life's story in the first 5 minutes of talking to you. Small talk and short conversations go a long way in my book.
ZINGERLITE 01/10/20 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

Pack for the trip! If i'm only going an hour away ill only bring stuff to change a tire really. What else could i possibly need? Minimal at best. If a big issue comes up i can run back to the house. Leaving for a couple weeks? then bring half the tool box. Ill fill a tool bag and then some. A full timer would probably pack more than the weekend guy. Everyone's opinions are going to very. Same as everyone's experiences. If you are constantly hauling old jalopy's down the road your going to run into a lot more issues than they guy that has something well kept and taken car of. Hauling jalopy's isnt necessarily a bad thing. If you can't afford the latest and greatest you have to be good at DIY in any hobby. We prefer the K.I.S.S. approach: Since our small Class C motorhome is built on a chassis that is overkill for the coach weight and since we have the storage room - we keep things simple by having the RV packed pretty much the same all the time. We can handle hot weather or cold weather trips, long trips or short trips, fishing trips or not-fishing trips, hiking trips or sitting-around trips, clear sky trips or rain/snow trips, beach trips or woods trips, hookup camping trips or boondock camping trips, etc. - with what's always in our RV whenever we leave home -> with all tanks full that should be full, all tanks empty that should be empty, and all storage areas fully packed to cover a large variety of situations. I think the Storage capacity plays a big role there too. It sounds like you've got the capacity. My 18' travel trailer doesn't allow for alot of extra storage. I find myself a few days before every trip sorting through alot of stuff. If i had extra storage id love to leave everything in the camper. I think half the battle is every item needs a good home. If its got a good place it can stay all the time. Taking the time to build holders/organizers and mounts really pays off. Im constantly re-arranging. hopefully some day i won't have to anymore!
ZINGERLITE 12/19/19 04:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

We traveled across America two times and up to and back from Alaska. Basic tool kit was all that I found necessary, plus torque ratchet to check pin box bolts that I found loose and wheel lug torque on truck and 5er wheels. I faithfully change my engine oil every 5000 miles, so I did carry tools and 5 gallon bucket for that task. I had changed it just before I left for AK, two times on the road, and shortly after I returned home. Also I rotated tires one time, so carry two 10 ton bottle jacks for that purpose and removing flat tires, which I had none. Less tools in the storage area is best as others have mentioned. Lakeside In my opinion i think the idea is good maintenance as well as having the right tools to get you off the side of the road. Most RV'ers who don't boondock are generally not far from civilization. Pack for the trip! If i'm only going an hour away ill only bring stuff to change a tire really. What else could i possibly need? Minimal at best. If a big issue comes up i can run back to the house. Leaving for a couple weeks? then bring half the tool box. Ill fill a tool bag and then some. A full timer would probably pack more than the weekend guy. Everyone's opinions are going to very. Same as everyone's experiences. If you are constantly hauling old jalopy's down the road your going to run into a lot more issues than they guy that has something well kept and taken car of. Hauling jalopy's isnt necessarily a bad thing. If you can't afford the latest and greatest you have to be good at DIY in any hobby. If your costanly packing at the last minute and don't give your rig even a half ass inspection regularly your going to have a bad time lol.
ZINGERLITE 12/19/19 07:30am General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

I've learned from years of snowmobiling, maintenance at home goes a long way. id rather fix it in my garage or driveway than on the road. fixing stuff at -10 in the dark snowy wilderness makes you rethink life choices lol. Most of the issues i've ever run into with any sort of toy stem from neglecting to inspect or maintain it before hand. Tire blow out? due to the 15yr old dry rotted tires i didn't bother to replace. Wheel bearing blow out? well.... maybe i should have greased the bearing once or twice in the last 10yrs. most of the common failures are due to laziness before the trip. sure something uncontrollable pops up sometime but chances are you could have done something ahead of time.
ZINGERLITE 12/17/19 08:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Voice Controlled Travel Trailer

It sounds too high tech for the average RV dealer's mechanics. We're talking about guys who sometimes struggle to install a slide topper or repair a leaky faucet. Then they all just blame the "stupid engineers" lol.
ZINGERLITE 11/21/19 06:47am Travel Trailers
RE: That time of year

I'll take a ski trip over any other. My favorite thing to do with clothes on. With the kids as small as they are, the flatness of where I live and the limited vacation time/funds I cant see too many of those happening. Been too long since I've skied the west coast (or the east for that matter) do have a major Disney trip coming up though :) Its usually the local hills in SE MI they suck but their close. maybe the occasional trip to Boyne mt. Out west would be really great. maybe some day!
ZINGERLITE 11/06/19 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: That time of year

You just need more toys! Put the camper and boat away and got the snowmobiles tuned up and ready to go. I can feel a couple ski trips and ice fishing in the future as well!
ZINGERLITE 11/05/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
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