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RE: Do most parks check/copy your ID? (Victims of ID theft)

Your address is public record and anyone can do a search for your home address. They don't need to get it off your license. Your property tax records are also public record along with the value of your house, when it was purchased, how much you paid etc. I am even aware of a way to get deceased persons social security numbers. If I were a scam artists I could use/have as many of those as I wanted. There is a lot of information that can be obtained in ways other than seeing your id or credit/debit card. Many put their homes in a trust, especially with means. It ends up being the trust name.
crasster 06/30/20 05:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Do most parks check/copy your ID? (Victims of ID theft)

So tell me, how DO you pay for your camp site? If paying by credit card gives them too much information, you certainly won’t pay by check with your home address printed on it. Do you travel with a wad of cash and use an alias when checking in? I guess reservations are out of the question. Dave I think it's kind of a philosophy the OP is posting. It's not that no information exchanges hands it's that he's interested in just paying and being left alone. Probably a paranoia of getting their ID on top of their CC.
crasster 06/22/20 09:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: How do you folks plan travel for long distances?

All great suggestions! Keep them coming! I love some of these ideas!
crasster 06/19/20 04:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
How do you folks plan travel for long distances?

I keep finding that it's very hard to plan an RV trip. I'm doing it old school. I'll have my start point, destination, and manually find every "night stop" along the way. It kind of stinks because it's starting to feel really limited out there. Everywhere is booked. If I want to go for 14 days from TX to Yellowstone so much is booked in between. I can get the reservation at Yellowstone, but I land much in between.... Is there ANY more simple way to plan? I dunno about sleeping at Walmart but I do have a family with me. (In our Travel Trailer - we have several types of RV's). Mainly, I don't want a "knock" at the door by the cops saying "you can't sleep here" or whatever. I have some small children with us and that would really stink to wake them and load up to drive on at 2:07am. I may be missing something.... But all this seems so archaic and manual right now. Is there a better source for "planning"? Or is going to recreation.gov and all the individual state park sites, etc. etc. etc. still the way to go? Tips, pointers, suggestions, experiences all appreciated. EDIT: Has anybody ever been turned away from a campground or whatever and had nowhere to sleep?
crasster 06/18/20 09:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Destinations during this Pandemic scare

As an avid bass fisherman and RVer, I've completely given up fishing due to the enormous amount of boat activity on every State park in VA. 30 minute wait at the ramp gets old quick and I'm talking middle of the week. I'll take soap operas and whoopi goldberg. LOL I'm amazed... Same way in TX too. We are not sure to even plan trips.... They are hard to plan anyway but finding open places makes it way harder.
crasster 06/18/20 08:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you know how much you can TRULY pull?

I saw a Highlander pulling a trailer like ours rated at 3,750 lbs and most likely hitting 5,000 lbs with all the wifey stuff. I also trust Toyota on what they say their vehicles could do. This might not be as relevant since 4runner is one class up and 4.0 liters engine but there is an article somewhere titled This Little Engine Could -- or something paraphrased. I don't know however how it willl manage those 9,000 feet climbs or the braking power coming downhill. I have a Toyota Yaris. (Here's an interesting fact) The SAME identical car to 100% is rated at the following: 1. USA - Not recommended for towing. 2. Canada - 900lbs 3. UK - 2400lbs So the same car in the 3 countries specified all 1st world all with smart people is rated very differently. I've put a washer, dryer, and trailers on that car with absolutely no problem. I would NOT tow a "loaded" popup with it. I absolutely would tow a small popup with it. The thing is, I would not tow it on extreme grades though.... That's the thing. Are these strict specs considering the highest grade hills/mountains etc., in the USA or just "the average road"? There's so many variables. It's also not always about "going", it's about "stopping" in the worst case scenarios. I would tow a small popup from Texas to North Dakota, but I would not tow one in the Ozarks with my Yaris. (Small 4 cylinder Toyota).
crasster 06/18/20 08:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Luxury Airstream starts at $91,900...

I won't be buying one but I like the interior. The Airstream would look good behind your Tesla Truck. I'm sure I'm gonna catch a lot for this comment.... But I've always thought they were a good quality trailer but wow, they don't look much better than a commercial sink. LOL
crasster 06/18/20 08:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Roadside assist

I'm starting to wonder with Smartphones if the "mystery" of breakdowns is become more null and void. Don't get me wrong, there really is still some value. However, we can often crank up our 4g (soon 5g) hit google and say "Rv towing service" and "mechanics near me". We'd probably get an answer very quickly. I know there are other things these services offer, but seriously, I'm starting to wonder a bit of the worth. I mean it's nice to have 1 number and all....
crasster 02/18/20 06:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mechanic and RV fan

Welcome from Texas part II
crasster 02/18/20 06:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Daunting it's not...rooftop AC replacement

It's those teeny times in life that we wish we had a fork lift real quick at home. Just for 1 min.... 1 single minute... :)
crasster 02/11/20 03:03pm Travel Trailers
What kind of RPM's do you get? What about MPG?

Just curious what others out there are getting as I look at TT options. I've heard that 2400RPM and 7.5MPG is pretty standard. Is it wrong?
crasster 02/06/20 08:08pm Towing
Butane vs. Propane

So I talked to a man that had an coach where the manual states that it can use both Butane AND Propane. Which is better? Worse? Pros? Cons? Why? Thanks!
crasster 02/06/20 04:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

Thank you!! :)
crasster 02/02/20 07:24am Towing
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

Yes, it does the same thing. You just pry up on the bars rather than toggle the chain up. I'm decently stout enough, but is "prying" tough to do? Is there a tool for it or ? Thanks!
crasster 02/01/20 07:44am Towing
Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

https://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-Progress-90-00-1000-10K-Hitch/dp/B004TR8M3W/?tag=rvwebnetwork-20 Does this hitch do weight distribution? If so how? It says it does in the title but I always thought on "typical" WD hitches the chains made it happen as they are "pulled up" on the bars.
crasster 02/01/20 07:26am Towing
RE: How does GCVWR affect stopping if you have trailer brakes?

I've read many times that exceeding GCVWR is a stopping safety issue. What I'm not understanding is the GCVWR assuming there are NOT electric brakes? Is it assuming trailer brake failure and the vehicle's GCVWR can fully stop both trailer and TV? From my experience, a well tuned brake controller the brakes just feel like stopping without a load at all. So how does exceeding GCVWR cause a safety issue stopping with electric brakes? Just curious, not doing it. Actually. Your tow vehicles brakes are only designed to stop the GVWR of the vehicle. NOT the GCVWR. that is why trailer brakes are required. So your TV can safely stop it's own max weight (GVWR). Anything over that the trailer brakes are supposed to stop. Yes the TV brakes may stop the trailer. Eventually. But not safely, especially in a E stop. Okay thank you! I learned something new today. :)
crasster 01/29/20 08:41am Towing
How does GCVWR affect stopping if you have trailer brakes?

I've read many times that exceeding GCVWR is a stopping safety issue. What I'm not understanding is the GCVWR assuming there are NOT electric brakes? Is it assuming trailer brake failure and the vehicle's GCVWR can fully stop both trailer and TV? From my experience, a well tuned brake controller the brakes just feel like stopping without a load at all. So how does exceeding GCVWR cause a safety issue stopping with electric brakes? Just curious, not doing it.
crasster 01/29/20 07:57am Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

If you towed the 6600 pound TT and then the 7200 pound TT, I bet you never notice the difference. May be 0.5mph slower up the same hill. Frontal area is about the same for most TT in that weight range, which is what you notice while towing at 65mph more than weight. Weight is more a factor for accelerating or up hills, not even stopping. You have plenty of suspension to handle the added tongue weight. Thank you this helps. Yeah not looking to win races, but just don't want to be a road hazard or dangerous. :) I'm content going 60 all over the USA. What do you thing grades would be like? Let's say 5%?
crasster 01/28/20 02:35pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Can’t say towing that trailer will “feel” as good as a few other things I can think of....(fill in the blanks, lol). But the van will handle the trailer absolutely fine and based on your sig line with the light pedal thing, I’m pretty certain you’ll find the power acceptable too. And try it with a full tank of water. $20 says neither you nor the van will be able to tell the difference. Yeah my sig line is our fun little Toyota. LOL. It's really turning into more of an "afternoon tripper". Family getting "Bigger".... Well, the kids are getting taller, I'm just getting wider.
crasster 01/28/20 02:28pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Is that 7200lbs loaded or "dry weight?" The difference is about 1500lbs in overall trailer weight once you're loaded and ready to camp. Tow vehicles are inanimate objects. They don't struggle. Not even figuratively. They either go or they don't. You probably won't be the first to the top of the hill, and you definitely don't want to be the first one to the bottom, but as long as you don't mind the engine revving about 2000RPM, and aren't in the biggest hurry to get anywhere, you will be just fine. I love this description. :) Thanks. 7200 dry.
crasster 01/27/20 09:49pm Towing
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