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RE: Quartzsite bound

Campgrounds in my view are one of the safest places to sleep. In reading about Quartzsite (never been) it sounds like fun in the sun. But 1 in 34 victim of a crime is high in my book. I know statistics are just numbers unless one of those numbers is (me)right. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Quartzsite is 1 in 34. Based on FBI crime data, Quartzsite is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Arizona, Quartzsite has a crime rate that is higher than 73% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.
nhshep 11/12/21 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to RVs.....A Few Newbie Questions

When you purchase a new truck say 60k regardless of Dodge, Ford, you can expect at least 2 + maybe 5 + years of driving without any mechanical issues. Zero. When you purchase a new RV regardless of price 25K or 95K do not be surprised if you have issues on your first trip. More than compared to a new vehicle. I would suggest taking the RV not too far away, test everything out, AC, Water hookups, appliances, lights. Not trying to be negative but high price does not seem to prevent issues. Take a small trip for a few days to break it in before setting off and find halfway to Oregon you encounter a major issue on the road. 90 degrees and the AC ***** out. In an ideal world paying 60k+ there should be zero issues but in the RV world they are not the same as buying a 60k+ truck. Some will disagree with me but I have lost count the number of people who purchased RV (5th wheel, travel trailer) and had issues. Just my own opinion. I rather find a major fault local to home to resolve than mid way on a long distance journey.
nhshep 09/18/21 04:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er accidents

Lesson learned. Keep away from NC & SC to minimize accident risk. Keep away from Florida if you don't like thunderstorms. On a serious note. Compact cars are a pain. You see them merge on highways with no regard of trucks or tow vehicles which cannot break or accelerate like they can. They pass you, pull directly in front then break. They cut lanes to take the next exit. They are in the jet fighter we are the ones in the C130. It is noticed some people in all vahicles seem to drive erratic. Not saying politics or the stress of the virus has anything to do with it but you have to notice todays drivers are not as polite as 20 years ago. A car driver today goes to dunkin donuts for a coffee and they drive like they are in a formula one race. Tempers flair, road rage is at an all time high. Be careful.
nhshep 09/17/21 08:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Scary moment towing my 5er around Denver last week

In most cases if you rear end someone you are at fault because rule of the road says you should have been within breaking distance of anyone in front. Thanks to your dashcam you had solid proof the person in front was at fault and no collision because you took good evasive action. I read stories people would go out late at night in city center drive good speed in front of someone then right before a traffic light which was green slam on the breaks in the hope of a rear end collision to collect from others insurance. They say late at night less witnesses and good chance other person is DUI or not alert. They tell the police they stopped because light had turned red. It becomes his word against the word of whoever rear ended them. I can see it happening if they want to take risk of injury. Good idea with the dashcam. We all have close calls at sometime. You were lucky, stay safe.
nhshep 08/24/21 06:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: LED Ceiling Lights

Could not attach picture. Lens screws off. Fitting attach by 3 screws. Puck has 12 gold color squares. Number on fixture 64110304 if this helps. I would not go dryer fabric method or any fire risk. Probably looking at less lumen light. YouTube video showed how to replace. Or if lens sold as filter of sorts.
nhshep 06/24/21 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: LED Ceiling Lights

Thanks for the ideas. Yes, led advantages over incandescent, last longer, less heat generated, energy efficient. These LEDs are factory installed 2018. Maybe I can try some of the ideas mentioned and see if lower lumen or softer is available.
nhshep 06/24/21 11:17am Fifth-Wheels
LED Ceiling Lights

Most people like the super bright blinding led lights in RV ceilings. Even the ones inches above their head in the bedroom. Some people like to switch from incandescent to LED lighting. I understand removing led lights and replacing with soft white incandescent is not as simple as unscrewing a light bulb like in a home. I was told by one dealer, RV's led ceiling lights cannot be switched to incandescent. If I hate the super bright led lights in my 5th wheel especially in my bedroom can I change them (either some or all) to a much softer light. If I can, how easy and at what cost per light fixture ? No disrespect to fans of led technology but with all our livingroom lights turned on it seems brighter than the sun. OMG the brightness. lol Cheers
nhshep 06/24/21 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Crazy question. We loved our Travel trailer. Weight 6,100 lbs. Length 28 foot. Towed it with Dodge Durango V8. Never had an issue towing. Recently moved to 5th wheel keeping it as seasonal for now. Do not like the idea buying open bed truck where we have no use for the open bed except to handle the hitch to tow the 5'er. Would love to gone with a larger TT 10k or 12k lbs 34 ft. But would have to change to a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. We have no use for open bed truck. Why have they not made a 3/4 or 1 ton SUV. Is it lack of demand or an engineering issue. What is wrong with putting a larger engine inside an SUV to accommodate towing capacity and make it longer for wheel base. Give those who tow larger TT the inside SUV function when not towing (maybe 3 row seating like the Durango). Putting a cap on a truck is not the same. It would not have doors and seats like a SUV. (No offense to those who have a truck with a cap). There must be plenty of people who would love to have an SUV with more towing capacity so they are not limited to less than 10,000 lbs and forced to go with a 3/4 OR 1 Ton truck with open bed.
nhshep 02/28/21 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dinette Booth - Replace free standing chairs

All good points of view & tips. In no rush to buy. Camping season in the north east is months away. Will research some options. Thank you!
nhshep 02/18/21 09:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dinette Booth - Replace free standing chairs

Rare we have company, just the two of us. I enjoyed sitting cross legged in our old travel trailer booth seat. I also felt we had more room. The chairs feel too upright/straight back/formal. The current table had 4 chairs which felt cramped for the size of the table so we removed 2 chairs. Even then it did not feel right. We spent 10 + years used to our old travel trailer with dinette, soft padded cushions at the dinner table, relaxing, especially if playing games at the table on rainy days. We have formal wooden straight back chairs around our home table. Must be something about camping. LOL.
nhshep 02/17/21 04:41pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Dinette Booth - Replace free standing chairs

Our old travel trailer had a dinette. We both loved it. Our new 5th wheel has table and 4 chairs which we do not like. Looking to leave the table but replace the chairs with a RecPro dinette booth. Plenty of size choice & color/storage/cushion type. Their price range from $300 to $1,500. Other than measuring for placement/fit it should be a straight forward installation. Or am I missing something?
nhshep 02/17/21 08:37am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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