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RE: Awning replacement Companies

Just installed my replacement from Tough Top Awnings. Very happy with the quality.
djsamuel 11/04/19 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

I don't know where this info comes from. The Ram Tradesman HFE Quad Cab is the lowest payload of the 1500 at 1210 pounds. The 2 wheel drive Ram Big Horn Quad cab (with a 5.7L hemi) has a payload capacity of 1900 pounds and a towing capacity of 11,560 pounds. Ram Towing Guide CLICK Heck even my 2009 Ram 1500 has a payload of 1790 pounds. But, I'd hate to interrupt a good thread with facts.
djsamuel 10/24/19 09:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking to make the plunge

I agree with several posts already here that the most important thing is to check the numbers, and assume 12% of the GVWR of the trailer for tongue weight. However, anecdotally, my wife and I tow our 24' bunk house trailer with a 2009 Ram 1500 with the older 4.7L V8. That truck has been terrific and we've towed from Florida to as far away as Arizona and Utah. The truck has been more than sufficient but there have been a few times that I wish I had a little more power. As a result when I retire in a couple of years and look to get a new truck, I'll consider a Ram 1500 with the Hemi, but I will also look to see what is available in the 2500 series. That is not to say I've ever felt unsafe with the 1500, but if I can get a little more margin, I'd go for it as long as I like the truck. If I find the 2500 too big or uncomfortable, I'd have no issue staying with a 1500. My trailer is a bit lighter than yours, with a GVWR of 5,000 pounds, but I do know people successfully trailers in your range with 1500s and they have no problems.
djsamuel 10/22/19 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping near Moab, Utah

We stayed at Spanish Trail campground and liked it. There are new owners in the last couple of years and they've made more upgrades since our visit.
djsamuel 10/21/19 10:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Slideout Mechanism

Schwintek was designed for smaller, less deep slides. Some manufacturers, especially early on, did not read and understand the design notes and used it in inappropriate applications. Today most problems and mis-applications have been resolved. Cable driven systems have some packaging advantages but at least some recent designs have had problems with oil leaking from the drive system, and unfortunately dripping onto the roof of the slide leading to damaged rubber slide roofs. Rack and pinion is generally the most robust system but can not always be accommodated in the desired packaging. Overall most systems in place today are fairly robust as it's not in anyone's interest to have major mechanical systems breaking. Absolutely. I can't imagine a Schwintek on a large slide. The slide on my TT is fairly small and light. Works great, but I wouldn't trust it on a large slide. Also, people need to remember to hold the retract button in for a few seconds after the slide stops to ensure it stays in sync.
djsamuel 10/08/19 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Slideout Mechanism

I've had the Schwintek system in my camper for the last 6 years. So far , it's been fine.
djsamuel 10/07/19 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Canyon 2020

GC campground reviews Is this a fairly representative article? I would say so. I would say that some of the sites at Mathers are pretty small. It is a really beautiful campground but if you have a larger rig and want full hookups, Trailer Village is the way to go.
djsamuel 10/02/19 01:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: double trailers

That is the best reply I have read in all the yrs that I have been on RV.net i was thinking the same thing. I am not planning on ever double towing yet I found his post really informative.
djsamuel 10/01/19 10:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Tennessee To South Carolina

I don't think I've ever seen such a unanimous response on here! :B
djsamuel 09/30/19 10:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Utah National Parks: November? or April?

Remember that the Jeep Easter Safari is always held in Moab in April. Just verify those dates if you decide on April, intend on visiting Arches and Canyonlands and want to avoid the crowds.
djsamuel 09/30/19 10:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any To Do suggestions for the Pigeon Forge area?

Cades Cove is great. be sure to visit the visitor center there as well as the mill and the other houses there. Drive 441 over to the Ocanaluftee Visitor center in North Carolina. Great viewing of the Elk. Also, Mingus Mill is interesting as is the Farm museum. Sugarloaf Visitor Center is really nice and the nature trail and the trail to Cataract Falls are nice and easy walks. If you like to hike, there are a ton of great hiking trails.
djsamuel 09/30/19 10:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon 2020

Any thoughts on Mather NPS campground? Trailer Village RV Park looks like a big space assigned parking lot which doesn't really appeal to me. Mather's is mainly tent camping, while Trailer Village is full hook up. While Trailer Village is basically a parking lot, the location is terrific and you also get visitors to the campground like this: https://i.imgur.com/IPcJa76l.jpg This was taken during our last stay. We've been to both the north and south rims. Bot are BEAUTIFUL, but our preference is the south rim. You won't go wrong either way. The crowds aren't too bad, the Grand Canyon Village area at the south rim is very interesting, and if you hike a bit away from the central area, there aren't many people around. In addition, hiking the Bright Angel Trail and the other trails are fairly empty.
djsamuel 09/30/19 09:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ? Disney Ft Wilderness (& Fishing)

I still fish there and so do others. The park rangers come by and ask how the fishing is. The problem is you can't go past the fences that were installed after the boy was killed so fishing is more difficult. I've fished along the canal behind the 300 loop and there are some nice bass there. The guided fishing trips look great but pricey. The key is to look for the warning signs about alligators and snakes that DO NOT have the "No Fishing" sign above them.
djsamuel 09/25/19 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for quality

Have not owned one, but have mat a couple that loved their Livin lite trailer, claimed well built and they are not as "frilly" as most others. Being in Ca. they should be relatively easy to locate some. Look over the features, a lot of their plusses are not readily visible, windows etc. CampLite I've had a Camplite 21BHS for 6 years now and it has been excellent. Sadly, LivinLite, the company who manufactured CampLite was purchased by Thor, placed under KZ and destroyed. They finally ceased production this year. What a waste. Just got back from 10 days in TN last night and still really enjoy that camper.
djsamuel 09/23/19 01:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Run the USA is what?

My wife and I have a 24' TT for the last 6 years. We've used it for a lot of local camping, but also to go from Florida out to Arizona and Utah, as well as the Smoky Mountains in TN. Tows great with our Ram 1500. The camper has a GVWR of 5,000 pounds. I use an Anderson WDH mainly for sway control; easy to set up and not heavy. The camper has a queen bed and two bunks. Normally it is just my wife and me, but on occasion our daughter and son in law have joined us with no problem. Wouldn't hesitate to go cross country in a camper that size.
djsamuel 08/20/19 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Head south to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It will be beautiful ready for the holidays, the mountains are majestic. Lots of things to do and see in the area. Could also visit places in Kentucky on the way south. The crowds should be a little less as you are behind the leaf peepers but before the Thanksgiving bunch. Weather should be crisp. Plus a pretty easy drive from Chicago. You won’t be spending all your time driving. ^^^^ THIS ^^^^^ If you want a peaceful stay, consider Townsend, just south of Pigeon forge and Gatlinburg, although any of those locations would be great. You could spend a ton of time enjoying the Smoky Mountains National park.
djsamuel 08/06/19 09:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel Trailer Recommendations

Add Outdoors RV to your list, and if you boondock, look at them hard. larger tanks and beefier frames than most. This would be a good option.
djsamuel 08/05/19 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Rv Trip Wizard question

You use the RV Life App. Available Free in the app store. Middle tab on the bottom will bring up all of your planned trips. Ken Ken, I downloaded and installed the RV Life app. I wasn't aware it integrated with RV Trip Wizard. That's awesome! Does it use Google Maps as it's source mapping? If it does, your information just saved me a bunch of time! in your settings you can choose between Apple Maps and Google maps if you have an iPhone.
djsamuel 08/05/19 10:03am Technology Corner
RE: Travel Trailer Recommendations

My 2013 Camplite 21BHS has been excellent and would fit your needs well with the exception of 4 season. However if you are dry camping in the winter, it may work; others do it. I tow mine with a 2009 Ram 1500 and have been all over the country. Unfortunately, since they are no longer made thanks to Thor; they can be difficult to find. I would look at a pre-Thor model, 2013 or older, possibly 2014. Look for the aluminum roof and aluminum floor to make sure the cost cuts aren't there.
djsamuel 08/05/19 09:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Shock question. Please point me in the right direction

Can't go wrong with Bilsteins.
djsamuel 07/22/19 12:45pm Travel Trailers
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