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RE: Looking for reliable travel trailer

Look at Rockwood (Flagstaff is the same) and Airstream. AFAIK those are the most reliable, highest fit n' finish and quality out there. For the price and quality I went with Rockwood. You also get a lot of features and upgrades in these 2 models that are valuable (Rockwood you can do auto level, upgraded suspension, and a lot more)
blaczero 03/02/21 09:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

For any bike rack on the back of an RV (read: long distance from last axle to the receiver). Spend the 5 bucks at home depot on a ratchet strap and run it from one side of the bumper, loop around the top of the bike rack and secure to the other side of the bumper. This will reduce the bounce and torque on the 90 degree angle weld of the bike rack. Keep in mind, you still need to verify your 2" receiver is not just welded to said bumper and will rust and/or rip off. Ideally your rear hitch receiver will be secured to the frame in some way. If it's not, buy a rear hitch that mounts to the frame itself, not just the bumper. The amount of swing/torque on that bike rack cannot be overstated; let your $5 ratchet strap rip/fray and replace it, instead of losing your bikes on the road. Last note: if your bumper is not treated inside and you use it for stinky slinky storage, you're creating rust in there. (Note: no bumpers are treated on the inside.)
blaczero 03/01/21 02:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Potentially dangerous mistake in March RV Magazine

It's ironic that I always chock my trailer before un-hitching yet none of the trailers at my dealership are ever chocked and none have rolled away (and our yard is not level) even in the severe summer storms. When I'm parking trailers for our RV show at the fairgrounds sometimes the tongue will swing a few inches but that's because the axles are under tension otherwise they stay chockless where I park them. If something ever does happen, who gets the blame? I've never been mugged at a 7-11, suppose I never will be.
blaczero 03/01/21 02:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas Credit Cards

No one uses gas buddy? https://www.gasbuddy.com/gasback They say up to $.25 per gallon but it's usually around $.03 to $.04. This is at just about any gas station, so you're not locked into one brand. Not saying it's the best but I have had a good experience with it so far.
blaczero 02/20/21 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Getting Started - Longer Distance Camping

A few years back we did the big circle tour from Tennessee, 9000 miles and the only reservations we made were for our destinations where we stayed 3 days or more. We used RVPARKY app and would start looking for a park on our route and about 3pm would call ahead to a park to check availability, we were never turned away. Have an understanding on how much you have to drive for a day to make the timing of your trip work. I usually make the first day and the last day my long drives...like 8 to 10 hours and then the other days are I drive for 6 hours. It's nice to pull into your campsite at 3pm and relax the rest of the day but I know that is a luxury and some people can't do that. Don't worry about the small things because they work themselves out. Don't over think it. It's just like what you do now but with a couple gas stops thrown in. It's supposed to be a fun getaway so don't get stressed out. Try taking secondary roads when practical. We were the same way the last few years, but not so much this year. There is a massive influx of new RV'rs and new campgrounds have not caught up. If you're not planning ahead you're in a Walmart parking lot!
blaczero 02/18/21 05:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Very new to living in an RV/Trailer

I agree with the above about the cost. It isn't necessarily a whole lot cheaper to live in an RV. We do it for the freedom and adventure. Anyway, the internet situation: I would get something like this https://www.amazon.com/MOFI4500-4GXeLTE-SIM7-COMBO-Upgraded-Antenna-T-Mobile-Verizon/dp/B089NYWJYK or https://www.mobilemusthave.com/Pepwave-MAX-BR1-MINI-wLTE-Advance-Modem-GEN-2-Hardware-100MB-Support_p_16.html You can just take a sim from your phone and put it in the MoFi (Pepwave is an option too, that's what I got) and share the internet connection as if your phone was creating the data. Basically if you use your "hotspot" on your phone you'll be throttled and it'll generally be very slow. With the above device, it's not a hotspot so the data won't be throttled. Do some research on it, there are a lot of RV'rs on youtube that cover these devices, plans and connection options.
blaczero 02/18/21 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Need Help Deciding which feature for trailer

One of the biggest advantages of the outdoor kitchen is the fridge outside while you're traveling. We stock the fridge with our meals and drinks for travel day, then every gas stop we can let them eat. When we are on site, it's a nice storage area for more food, since we have 3 kids. I do agree however, it's nice to have LP hookups around the rig so you can put your grill where you want. The only other point is re-sale-ability. The outdoor kitchen is desirable generally.
blaczero 02/10/21 06:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Adding Hitch for Bike carrier on rear??

Bottom line, don't do it. I had a 5 bike Thule rack on my 37' TT hitch and the bike rack itself broke. The distance from the last axle to the hitch is greater than most bike racks are rated for, the bouncing is too much torque on the rack. Forget the bumper/hitch/mount itself, the rack will break. Either get a rack on the front of your truck or top of the truck. Or this for a couple bikes: https://www.amazon.com/Swagman-80503-The-Straddler/dp/B07DVZML5X
blaczero 01/29/21 03:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: White Out in Sierra Nevada

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party
blaczero 01/28/21 05:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: mobile LTE modem question

LTE is 4G, which is worse for your body tissue than 3G but not anywhere near as bad as 5G. Put that 4G modem right on your tummy as close to vital organs as possible, you won't have anything to worry about in a couple of years... This is an interesting thing to bring to this thread. I am no scientist but it's breast and brain tissue that's really affected by this. Never heard of hip cancer from carrying a phone in your pocket. Anyway, I do agree with the fundamental idea that this stuff has an effect on us that we don't understand. Aaaand back on topic... I just started browsing Verizon for unlimited plans and they're up to $70 a month for unlimited. Anyone know a really good unlimited plan with great coverage in the Southeast?
blaczero 01/27/21 09:42am Travel Trailers
RE: mobile LTE modem question

That's interesting since people have already travelled with beta units. I wonder if that's a planned future feature or just a CYA. Btw they are planning to sell to boats, aviation, and the military so mobility is going to be a requirement. Either way I guess we'll have to wait and see what the final product actually offers. Any new technology will take some time to hash out, but that is a good point. We'll see how it goes. For now I ordered the cat 18 and will try it out.
blaczero 01/25/21 05:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

I just picked up a Swagman Current last week. Good for road, mountain, fat and ebikes up to 60 lbs per bike. Rock solid, the thing is a beast. It's mostly for use on our CUV but we figure we can use it on the truck when not towing or on the back of the trailer the odd time we can't get the bikes in the rear bay. We had to have the tilt feature because it'll be used on the CUV mostly, and we need to get into the back while the bikes are on. The rack folds up and can stay on the vehicle when not in use, if you like. Swagman doesn't have a rack that is "RV Approved" AND tilts but from the manual, the Current is not RV approved due to the weakness of RV bumpers. In my case we have a frame-mounted hitch with a 3500 pound tow rating and a 350 tongue weight capacity so it's a big non-issue. We've been using Thule roof racks up until now, most recently Uprides, but lifting bikes onto the roof is getting old and we want to use our sunroof without wind noise. Oh, and not have to worry about driving into garages while the bikes are on. Thanks for the replies. To be clear, the bike rack itself failed, not the bumper and hitch. Right now I tow with a f350 so don't have the option of a roof rack, might look into something that goes on my hard Undercover bed cover. Maybe break down and put them in the bed and lose all that space.
blaczero 01/25/21 05:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: East Coast Road Trip????? Pandemic?

I just traveled to FL from CT from Dec 26th to Jan 9th. Had no issue, no one turned us away, no check points. We stayed in Pohick Bay, near Alexandria VA and Fort McAllister State Park, GA on the way down. FL was great, some of the places we went to had no one wearing masks, was so nice!
blaczero 01/23/21 02:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

Video on Bike rack for RV Hitches:B Skip to 8:35 and you will finally see the difference. Took em long enough to get to the point! That has a similar tightening system as the Yakima "non-RV" model. On the Yakima it only has a lightweight hitch pin as a bit of a safety, the "expander" on the hitch tube (much larger than just the ball on the model shown) actually locks it in place. I would imagine this would be helpful regardless of on an RV or a car. Dave It's a good idea to have that "expander" thing, but it'd just delay the inevitable IMO. I have(had) a 5 bike Thule rack that catastrophically failed on my trip to FL. Bikes dragging on the highway behind the RV, fun. I am currently looking for a rack that is not a rear hitch rack. Don't trust them
blaczero 01/23/21 02:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie trailer owner, question on water pressure pump

If it’s in your side yard, why not just run a hose to it and not worry about fresh tank and water pump? I think the OP didn't realize he won't need the pump if he's got his hose going to city water connection.
blaczero 01/23/21 01:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: mobile LTE modem question

Thanks for the reply. These are tough costing ~$750, but I have no choice. Our last trip was amazing but the internet was painful as the kids were doing school remotely over phone hot spots. It was bad.
blaczero 01/23/21 01:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pulling Long Travel Trailer to Glacier

I have a TT with almost the exact same spec's as you. I took it from CT to FL (about 3k miles towing total on the trip) with a f350 SRW Crew 7.3L gasser. I have an equalizer 4 hitch as well. It towed with absolutely no issue, plenty of torque for the northeast and around 8.5mpg down in the flat areas in the south east. The first 300 or so miles were a lot to get used to for me. I have towed trailers but never an 11k # kite. By the drive home, I was barely touching the wheel. You and your family will have a blast!
blaczero 01/23/21 01:02pm Travel Trailers
mobile LTE modem question

Hey all, looking into mobile LTE modems at this point. Looking at pepwave products. Anyone give some advice on a duo (2 sims active at once) cat 6 or should I go for a single cat 18 for the future? I realize cat 18 is not going to be taken advantage of yet by the carriers, but at $700+ I am not sure which would be best to go with long term.
blaczero 01/19/21 05:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV lighting

After 40+ years in lighting I can say a few things. Dimmers are strongly recommended. There's many types for various drivers and sources. But they won't solve the main issue. What the OP is requesting is called 'indirect lighting' and is a key technique among architectural designers. Lighting on/under cabinets or hitting walls then bouncing into a room prevents glare. Glare is far more complex than just too much light. Many folks are extremely sensitive to glare. Indirect lighting usually requires large distances which makes RV applications difficult. Adapting the existing lights beyond adding dimmers is likely to give poor results. I suggest extensive use of LED ribbon strips, dimmed and maybe even color changing. Tuck them into any and every nook or cranny. Even mounting decorative molding hiding up facing strips if needed. I've done coves that way in my own home but not yet in my RV. Being able to add in the factory lighting as desired will give you a very flexible system! I further suggest some new circuits and wiring maybe with wireless controls, if you can handle the technology. In my rig I have found the lighting circuits are very under loaded. It seems converting to LED didn't involve reducing the circuit count. So tapping power shouldn't cause much trouble, but check anyway. Great ideas from a lot of you so far, thanks to everyone. This forum is really great! I just ordered 3 sets of 16' LED color changing dimmable strip lights, so we're going to start there. My wife and I went looking for some ideas (possibly just a shade around the light, like someone mentioned) So again thanks to everyone who takes the time to help others, it's amazing to have this resource!
blaczero 12/24/20 09:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Washer/Dryer combos

Now my problem is just finding one. No one seems to have these in stock and we're leaving the 26th. Maybe I'll have it shipped to our campground!
blaczero 12/23/20 05:39am Travel Trailers
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