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RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

Since they don't already have the tow I'm not sure why they wouldn't go with the Max, the difference in MSRP between a standard and Max with the FX4 and Max tow is only $2k. To me not having to white knuckle it on high wind days makes it an easy upsell, but it's not my money =)
afidel 02/24/21 05:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running a generator to exercise it when there's shore power?

Other than the reasons stated to run the generator there's also a great reason to run it regularly, experience. And by that I mean there were conditions we only caught with our data center generators because we exercised them weekly, like finding out that they don't like to start at -5F without a block heater and battery heater pad, or that in super humid conditions the slats in the vandal covers needed to open more or it ran like a poorly tuned truck. All of that tuning only happened because we excercised them regularly so when we actually need them we never had an issue.
afidel 02/23/21 11:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

With the 536 package on the Max that would be a fine pairing for a couple, it might be a little bit more dicy with the non-Max due to the shorter wheelbase. I know the Hensley helps with it, but physics is physics and the bigger footprint of the Max is still going to help fight rotational force from the trailer better.
afidel 02/23/21 11:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Cell Phone App

RV Life, Sygic Truck/caravan, and trucker path all are big rig specific apps that allow full offline map capabilities. I just found out that Sygic has a plugin for Chrome and Firefox that allows you to send a route to the app so I'll probably be investing the $75 in a 3 year license for their caravan product. If I don't like that I'll try trucker path gold at $99/year. It's basically the Google maps interface tweaked for truck specific routing/POI and with full offline database. If it wasn't so expensive I'd probably just pay right now as it has the best interface of all the big rig solutions I've tried.
afidel 02/23/21 12:18am Beginning RVing
RE: surge protector and water filters

The Camco water filters have worked great for us across parks in 43 states so far. Very occasionally there will be a sulferous taste that survives the filtration so we break out the Britta pitcher which has worked 100%. Total investment across 5 years and hundreds of nights, $75 or so.
afidel 02/22/21 12:26am Beginning RVing
RE: Best Cell Phone App

Google maps will cache an area for you. If you want true no internet access ever the RV Life app and Sygic Truck/RV both allow you to download the entire US map set for offline use.
afidel 02/21/21 03:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

Seems really reasonable in the current climate and if you really like the unit I'd jump on it since a replacement unit might be months away or never actually be built (things are in a major state of flux and manufacturers are literally making changes on a week by week basis based on parts availability).
afidel 02/18/21 08:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cougar 22MLS vs micro Minnie 2108DS

A little note on lengths: as of 1/1/21 trailer lengths are overall lengths and not imaginary box lengths. The RVIA has finally adopted that standard. If they would get rid of manufacturers advertising dry weights and make them show gvwr and ccc only it would be even better. Huh? Dry weight is more important than gvwr as it's a huge YMMV as to what someone loads in the rig. Should a trailer with 3k pounds of CCC get passed over just because someone on a forum says everyone fills every trailer to gvwr?
afidel 02/18/21 04:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Awful Awful Mattress

My assumption is that unless I'm buying something for >50k and they specifically mention something like a Sealy mattress that I'll be replacing what cheap **** the factory included. Actually I'd love to save $50 or whatever the PoS they include costs and just not ship it. That said I actually found a use for mine, my SiL doesn't have a lot of money and one of her kids mattresses had an issue about the same time I bought my trailer so the factory one went to her. The matters may be **** by my standards but it's better than a mattress soiled by a sick dog!
afidel 02/17/21 10:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV width

If you can do 7'6" there are quite a few options, Gulf Stream in particular has several lines of lightweight trailers at 90". Venture Sonic also has up to 28'4" total length in 90" width.
afidel 02/15/21 10:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's a good MSRP discount in today's market?

I got 36% off but mine was a 2019 when the 2021 models were already shipping so a huge YMMV. Others I was looking at were around 20% and dealerships said no way to additional discounts.
afidel 02/14/21 08:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Filling large propane tank on the road

Just to put some numbers to propane usage, January averaged 30.8 degrees here, I've been heating the trailer M-F 9-8 on average to 68F and 40F the rest of the time. I'm running the "1500W" electric fireplace 24x7. I've averaged just over 20 pounds per week of propane. I'm sure that letting the trailer cool during the colder night has helped with useage, but if you've got hookups I'd definitely run an electric heater to minimize propane usage based on my experience.
afidel 02/14/21 05:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Ev charging in camps expectation of availability, cost

I think it'll be a non-issue in most places as they need to design for peak air conditioning loads during the heat of the day. So long as the EVs are charging at night they won't be pushing the branch circuits any harder than that unless/until EVs are a much higher percentage of vehicles than they are today (US sales are about 1% of new vehicles the last few years, even California is only about 10% plugins)
afidel 02/11/21 11:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacement WDH shaft

CURT 17132 is an option, though it's so much cheaper I have to question the quality. ??? Strange statement Since its not really cheaper, I am not sure where this comes from. I looked up the Curt (11 holes), a similar but slightly shorter Blue Ox (9 holes), and an Equalizer (not sure on the holes, the pics do not reflect the actual item) and they are $222, $222, $239 respectively. The Equalizer is welded up, and I suspect may be taller (more holes) but does not list a weight rating. The Blue Ox and the Curt are both cast steel and the Curt is rated at 15K lbs and the Blue Ox is rated at 20K lbs, possibly due to not being as tall. So no, the price does not vary wildly between brands and the Curt is in the same price range as the others. Some people may not like the cast steel but if properly manufactured, it is as strong as a welded up one. Charles Everywhere I checked that Curt was ~$135.
afidel 02/09/21 01:40pm Towing
RE: What do you do for an address?

So if your house appreciated more than $250k in value since you bought it any gains above that $250k will be subject to federal taxation unless you buy another house with the earnings within 2 years. Just something to be aware of.
afidel 02/04/21 08:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Price increase at our KOA

Everyone keeps mentioning contract there is no contract. The company that made the reservation is out of business. Kaput, gone, no longer exist. The new owner does not assume liabilities of the old company. The new owner starts with a new company and a clean slate. Maybe you could take KOA corporate to court but really would it be worth it. Now there's a jump to conclusion, how do you know how the new owner acquired the park? They could have very easily just purchased the existing company, would certainly make utilities and vendor contracts simpler that way, also the relationship with KOA.
afidel 02/02/21 07:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Price increase at our KOA

There must be some corporate standards, possibly not about contracts and customer relations, but I see a number of ex-KOAs around the country and they got the boot for something. Customer complaints may start their slide on the way out. If they are still a campground, what might be happening is after a few years the owner is tired of KOA corporate dipping into their pocket and dictating how things are run. They can use the KOA advertising and eventually separate themselves from the corporate chain. From reading reviews online in almost every case when a campground was formerly a jellystone or KOA it was not the franchisee choosing to end the relationship, it was the campground being run into the ground and not meeting standards and getting too many complaints. Then generally a few years later they sell the place and a new owner takes over, the place has such a poor reputation that they have to rename again to start clean with things like online reviews. I've seen that pattern probably 20 times when researching places to stay.
afidel 02/02/21 02:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Key West or Out West

I don't mind long days, but a thousand miles in 2 days is not moderate driving. :) 2000 miles in 2 days will create a huge case of "T B" or tired butt!!!! Marthon driving is not the same as RVing. Save your Butt and buy a plane ticket:):) Out west that would be close to driving from the Oregon border to Los Angles and back in one day!! I seriously doubt you or your family would enjoy an RV trip requiring driving 2000 miles in days!!!! with only 3 weeks. Agreed! I try to limit my days to 4-500 miles even when making distance is the priority. Honestly any more than that and I'm so worn out that it's an anti-vacation. Heck after 2,500 miles getting to Yellowstone via a bunch of other national parks I was so wiped out that my first of 7 days was spent sleeping and watching TV because I didn't even have the energy to sit in the truck as the wife drove around.
afidel 02/01/21 06:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2 nights required

If it's a great spot I'll just book it anyways. NY got 2 extra days fees out of me because I left home Saturday morning and needed to stay somewhere both Saturday and Sunday and there were 2 great parks along my route. It was still cheaper than staying at a commercial park and the sites were better.
afidel 01/31/21 09:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Water leak in trailer??

If you add the check valve and still have a leak I'd borrow a vacuum leak smoke machine from a friendly mechanic, they work very well for pinpointing relatively small leaks.
afidel 01/30/21 11:54pm Travel Trailers
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