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RE: What length sewer hose?

I agree. Some days I need 5’ and other days I need 40’. There’s no standard or consistency!
ependydad 03/22/19 03:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: membership rv parks

8K, for access to 81 campgrounds, country wide, rather restrictive, No thanks, I'll stick with my Passport America for $44 a year with 2000 +/- campgrounds, I can find one pretty much anywhere. You have to understand the system. You can get access to 81 CG's for far less than $8K. Buy on resale market. Especially if you consider a simple Zone pass for weekenders. Non-fulltiming friends of mine get a good 40-50 nights out of their $500/year Zone pass. They'd spend the same amount of money in just a couple of weekends. I can't say the upgraded/higher dollar purchased memberships make sense for non-fulltimers unless you're part-timing or wintering somewhere.
ependydad 03/22/19 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: CAT Scale question

Need to weigh truck/trailer together then drip trailer in parking lot and reweigh truck only in order to figure the differences in truck weights with/without trailer ---that difference is trailer tongue weight Agreed. Here's an article on how to weight a TT: http://learntorv.com/how-to-weigh-a-travel-trailer/ And here's a tool for calculating the weights from it based on the resulting weigh slips: http://www.towingplanner.com/ActualWeights/TravelTrailerCatScales And the Weigh My Truck app is awesome for making this all easier: https://weighmytruck.com/
ependydad 03/22/19 10:07am Travel Trailers
RE: We finally bought our first Travel Trailer!

So now we need to pick up the other RVing essentials like sewer hoses, water hoses, surge protectors etc. Your recommendations and suggestions are welcome and appreciated! Don't go crazy buying stuff. NEEDS are very few. SHOULD HAVES are a little longer of a list. And WANTS are endless. Drawing those lines is the toughest. See if this post helps: http://learntorv.com/newbie-first-trip-essentials/
ependydad 03/21/19 02:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: Pin Weight

You do lose the engine braking that a diesel gives you. You also lose the convenience of using the truck pumps at truck stops. :D It's so nice not having to maneuver a gas station with the trailer attached. I've done it a time or two to fill up my generator tank. But mostly prefer to avoid it!
ependydad 03/21/19 09:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long have you been on the road

My family of 4 went fulltime in June 2015. We've only hit about 30 states so far. Haven't left the country (I can't for any period of time as I still work fulltime on a contract that requires me to work within the US borders).
ependydad 03/21/19 09:24am Full-time RVing
RE: Gooseneck fifth wheel adapter question

This should be interesting... The entire internet can offer maybe 2-3 examples of supposed failure of the AUH, none of which involved a collision. Now a brand new forum member shows up and has 2 exclusive examples by himself. If the "pyramid structure" failed, that hardly means that the trailer would have come dislodged from the coupler or ball. In fact, no other report has shown an absolute failure of the frame...only deflection of the members. Accident reports are public record. Please provide a link to the reports. I followed a thread on a Toy Hauler group on Facebook where owners posted about their crash and the AUH failing. The owners claim the AUH failed during a hard braking maneuver but also admit to following too closely. Timing is so quick in a crash that it's hard to say for certain. Here's a copy of the pictures and their write-up (it's Facebook, but you don't have to login to see them): https://www.facebook.com/LearnToRV/posts/1882493731818038?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDLZOLXq1fXRN9-7ct_kdrz6fpJBEoaPrtOK0exk7mYDRDto4RyknVX3zS0CIHaMVrb8IRdlpsAKIx0n2VR-WZIke4QJcDKEzBn7-frHjN4MMDZsb_8a2w7GPE6UejD9Rv-_sedVefniAiAh8oI5x-f8auFEDAEvgDNXZrWDURetRcPSXNWced20iNP7Jfs67W_yYVPqLH-ZwZo8RBha6T7hsw0gV6aLHx7V6oi07AyUM7NymFsRM8a0YibasXj3xxsvHPftCuC2aW5f16Ohdcn5pJSZw-lq-N0yQZifjdxmEAh2HmzEt1r04XzpA4Yw_X_jnenggsRKjnrxeAqPic4Aw&__tn__=-R The owners sent the mangled hitch back to Andersen but never heard anything back from them. This was the "new and improved" design.
ependydad 03/21/19 09:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gooseneck fifth wheel adapter question

I'll admit, this is all the farther I've made it into this thread. The idea of something much lighter is a selling factor also as well as the smooth ride. The ride was the exact reason that I got rid of my Andersen. With my truck and trailer combination, it was so bad that my wife was in pain from it. She couldn't take back to back travel days. I wrote a full review here: http://learntorv.com/andersen-ultimate/ I got the hitch so that I could do a direct head-to-head comparison to the B&W Companion since both hitches have fanatical fan bases: http://learntorv.com/the-hitch-showdown/
ependydad 03/21/19 09:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Orlando outside of Disney

Ft Wilderness to Sea World's water park was only like a 20 minute drive or so. ... Be advise, Orlando is in midst of major road work, one end to the other. Probly going to be a couple more years before done. Sorta same thing in NC area (Charlotte--if I recall right). That roadwork has been never ending. I've had that same drive take 45 minutes or more in the past. :(
ependydad 03/20/19 09:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pin Weight

15k GVW, so you can figure somewhere between 3k and 3.75k lbs on the pin, as a rule of thumb (20-25%), at gross weight. * Maybe. My bunkhouse fifth wheel was very light on the pin weight. Came from the factory at 16% and loaded it was 17%.
ependydad 03/19/19 03:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electrical smell from water heater

Deal with the switch first and follow the issue backwards through the wiring until you find it. A couple of weeks ago, I met a guy at a campground whose water heater's insulation caught fire. He had a slight smell for a little while and even had the 120v element off to the water heater. Smoke damaged a lot of stuff inside the RV. They were just getting it wrapped up. Myself, I had a wire burn itself up on 120v. We stopped using it and fortunately, it was enough to stop further damage. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7433/26986785980_0b0cc7cbc2.jpg Track it down. This can be dangerous.
ependydad 03/19/19 03:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Night stops with RV

Walmarts aren't about me saving money; it's about me not being that guy who shows up at 11:30pm or later and sets up. Try as I might, with 2 kids- there is nothing quiet about getting setup, even if it's minimal. Cracker Barrel spots have always been too short for us. We're 60' bumper to bumper and way overhang the CB spots. Plus, I kind of hate their food.
ependydad 03/19/19 02:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water hose

I already have the Watts saved into my cart on their site, just was not sure about the hoses... My Watts that I use now has an issue with the screen, I forgot to remove it for the winter and it froze ... darn me... Check with RV Water Filter Store, they might be able to replace just the gauge. I had to do that a few years ago. In fact, I could probably do it again- mine is showing way low (like 20psi) when I know the pressure is higher. If I recall, it was something like $20-25.
ependydad 03/19/19 02:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin Weight

Picking up our new fifth wheel on Saturday. First time fifth wheel owners. I was wondering when adding weight to the fifth wheel does this also add weight to the pin? I assume it will. Is there a way to calculate the weight at the pin by how much weight was added to the fifth wheel? Thanks For non-toy haulers, you can best guess estimate it based on the dry weights. See this tool here: http://www.towingplanner.com/Estimators/TonguePinWeightFromDry A typical fifth wheel without heavy rear slides will increase anywhere from 2-3% from the dry pin weight percentage. One that has heavy rear slides might only increase 1-2%. Toy haulers throw this calculation to the wind. My triple axle toy hauler comes in at a designed pin weight of 15.5% and loaded is the same.
ependydad 03/19/19 02:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help figuring out why my rig is overweight

I'd upgrade the axles. My old rig was not a Grand Design, but another manufacturer who was proud of their "full 12" I-Beam" frame. I was running 1,000 lbs. over GVWR and maxed out on axles (7k axles). After 2 years of fulltiming, I ended up having a buckled frame. If you're going to upgrade the axles, I'd suggest that you also upgrade the cross-member supports between the axles. And regularly inspect the suspension and frame while using it.
ependydad 03/18/19 03:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Orlando outside of Disney

If you aren't against moving out of Fort Wilderness after a couple of days, I'd look into booking at site at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. It's a beautiful campground setting in an urban area. It's an awesome little oasis. It's right close to Universal and not far from Sea World. Best part, it's < $40/night! I talk about it a little in this article of camping options near Disney: http://learntorv.com/disney-world-camping/
ependydad 03/18/19 12:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Disney World area campgrounds with shuttle to Disney

I have 2 friends who are travel agents who primarily do Disney reservations. Both love Fort Wilderness. I talk about them in this article on Fort Wilderness. Jason Adams with Mouse Counselors: https://www.facebook.com/JasonWithMouseCounselors jason@mousecounselors.com And Kelly Lamb with Kingdom Destinations: https://www.facebook.com/Kingdom-Destinations-Kelly-Lamb-1114779905209705/ jason@mousecounselors.com I do know that Jason is attempting to make a go at being a fulltime travel agent and has pulled off some miracles for us in the past. As for options outside of Disney. There are quite a few but none have shuttles to Disney. I think the most convenient to public transportation is Sherwood Forest. It's an OK park but definitely not my favorite. For Disney, my favorite would be Tropical Palms but I don't know about public transportation options from there. I have a list of park options here: Camping Options near Disney World
ependydad 03/18/19 12:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mapping Points of Interest

RoadTrippers.com is my favorite tool for finding points of interest. It's trip planner is OK.
ependydad 03/18/19 11:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need help figuring out why my rig is overweight

I've read all of the posts and your original question. It is, "why my rig is overweight?" The only way to know for sure is to empty it and weigh it. It's a daunting task, I know. Been there, done that for a factory return a few years ago. Once you know a true empty weight for your rig, you can make decisions on what to do next. But until you get a truly empty weighing, there's nothing you can do to figure out why your rig is overweight.
ependydad 03/18/19 11:36am Tech Issues
RE: Night stops with RV

Freecampsites.net Campendium RVparky I'll add Boondockers Welcome and Harvest Hosts to this list. As well, we're fans of Walmart for quick overnights: Overnight Parking at Walmarts – good or bad idea?
ependydad 03/18/19 11:26am General RVing Issues
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