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RE: More campers than parks

We are x-full timers that now travel quite a bit. There are some very valid points being brought up here. And as former FTers I must admit the monthly long term rentals have ruined many parks. Parks that used to be beautiful places to visit have turned into dilapidated trailer parks with rotting trailers parked next to $500,000 diesel pushers. When we travel we refuse to stay at any park that has sheds, portable carport tents, or piles of junk at campsites. By voting with our money we support quality parks that cater to true vacationers. Plenty of people we speak to in our travels are starting to do the same. Also, I would like to mention in our state (Florida), the state parks only allow about half of the sites to be reserved. The rest are “walk up sites”. This allows you to still get spontaneous and take short trips without notice. If you arrive Monday through Thursday you are pretty much going to get a site at almost 100% of our state parks. I believe many other states do the same. We just call the office before we leave the house to confirm they have plenty of walk ups available. We have stayed at Gamble Rodgers, Bahia Honda, and many other “unobtainable” parks just like this.
redhooker 11/07/19 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone built a new ramp door?

I helped a friend tackle this recently. Could not use thicker wood on inside as the door would not close without spacing the hinges to accommodate the thicker door. Luan was used. Diamond plate aluminum was considered but he had no time to source a piece cut to fit. Outside skin was intact and reused, but one could also use a sheet of aluminum there as well if you have the ability or availability. Would be lighter and likely better all around. Good luck with the project!
redhooker 11/04/19 06:01pm Toy Haulers
RE: Ice cream?

We have had at least 12 RV fridges from Norcold and Dometic. In slides and not in slides. I have heard over the years many tall tales of “hard” ice cream. I have added fans outside and even took off the vent covers in efforts to get the freezer colder. We are in Florida. It’s hot here. Our ice cream has never been hard in any of our freezers. Yes we use fans in the fridge-keeps from freezing that stuff as we set all our fridges to COLDEST setting. Never met anyone that could keep ice cream truly cold down here either, unless they had a residential unit. It may just be a regional thing but no ice cream sandwiches here except from the local campground store if they have em. Also our ice freezes into a block in a few days if untouched.
redhooker 08/14/19 05:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

We full-timed for three years with two boys and a 50 pound dog. I will advise you on what we found worked for us, perhaps it can better prepare you for your journey. I would only consider a toy hauler, a bunkhouse would be my second choice. Toy haulers are unbeatable when it came to packing up large items quickly such as bikes, outdoor furniture, and other things full timers with kids accumulate. I would want a trailer in the 40 to 43 foot range. Triple axle, with at least 3 to 4000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. A bath and a half would be fantastic, I don’t know that we would’ve needed 2 showers with only one hot water heater. Which brings up my next item, at least a 10 gallon water heater. With two bathrooms I would also like to mention that I would definitely prefer a single sewer outlet. I would want a East/West bed in a slide out, with the large front closet for full-time use. I would opt for no dinette. Maximum seating with the TV in a great position to watch. I would prefer the washer/dryer be somewhere other than the master bedroom. We were running clothes constantly at night and I preferred to not listen to the machine when I sleep. We live in Florida, so for full-time a residential fridge would be ideal. In the summer there is no RV freezer that will keep ice cream cold enough for our taste. The ice maker is also a blessing. You can modify the top bunk on a Happijac to (2) twin beds in a North/South configuration. Just build a new longer deck. Ependydad on the Forest River forum did the same thing. Alternatively, one can sleep in the loft. The important thing is to have designated sleeping spaces that do not need to be taken apart and put together on a daily basis. The toy hauler allowed us to put 2 dressers in the garage for the boys to keep their clothes in. This was actually a huge feature for us. Good luck on your search and I hope one or two of our suggestions might be of help.
redhooker 08/07/19 06:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you guys carry bicycles inside?

I bought a chain link fence top rail from Lowe’s. Got 2 end caps with the single bolt eye. Wrapped the caps with self adhesive foam. Cut pipe to fit between the rear happijac tracks. Pipe slips into track securely and we line up the bikes on it and tie down the two outside bikes linking the handlebars together with short straps. One long strap across the frames just ahead of the seat posts. Haul 5 bikes all different sizes like that no problem. Pipe lays on floor in beaver tail against the patio doors when not in use.
redhooker 07/19/19 08:57pm Toy Haulers
RE: What 5r (ToyHauler) do you own?

We have a Thunderbolt 375. It is our preferred floorplan and several manufacturers make the same one. For us, it comes down to the details and features we want based on our experience and use. I wanted 3 Dexter axles, I wanted single sewer discharge with the 2 baths, and I wanted the bed in the slide as we pack a lot of clothes and need the BIG closet. Since all these models are built from the same parts bins at the Lippert store it comes down to the details and the dealer. And the price ;).
redhooker 07/15/19 05:38am Toy Haulers
RE: Cheater adapter to run 50 amp

^^what Lantley said. Most all 30 amp pedestals I have used have 2 breakers- a 30 amp and a 15 or 20 amp. That 45 or 50 amps available. The gfci outlet does not share breakers with the 30 amp outlet. So no laws of physics being broken here. BTW Lantley that is a much better cheater plug you linked. I have used the one from the OPs post and it is indeed limited to use at the house.
redhooker 07/12/19 05:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sidewinder vs Goosebox vs BD3+1621

redhooker, your analysis of the GB is all wrong. I am not wasting time explaining the mechanics of the design. K It is not my analysis. This is exactly what the engineers at Lippert will tell you and it is why they approve it’s use on all Lippert frames-they DO NOT approve of any other gooseneck adapters. OP, do not take my or anyone else’s word for it. I would advise you to talk to Lippert yourself as I have.
redhooker 07/12/19 04:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sidewinder vs Goosebox vs BD3+1621

The Goosebox is nothing like a gooseneck adapter. Gooseneck adapters add stress to the pinbox and pinbox mount because you are placing a lever (think cheater bar) on the kingpin and torquing the **** out of it. The goosebox places the same stress on the pinbox mount as a standard kingpin and hitch. The forces are almost identical as the standard hitch/pinbox combo. You are just eliminating the hitch apparatus from the equation. I believe this to be far superior to a ball-mount style “companion” or Anderson hitch. That’s why these are actually approved by Lippert for use on their frames. The only downside is the Goosebox has a pitiful 4000 pound limit on pin weight-woefully inadequate should you actually use it on a 20k fiver.
redhooker 07/11/19 07:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cheater adapter to run 50 amp

The cheater does not advertise 50 amps. It simply connects 1 of your legs to the 30 amp and the second leg to a 15 or 20 amp. Obviously not 50/50amp legs as normal, but better than 15/15 off a dog bone. Enough to run 2 air conditioners IME. Downfall is it trips ANY gfci protected outlet, which is at almost every campsite pedestal. Which is the OPs problem.
redhooker 07/11/19 07:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Front bedroom height?

Your ceiling height in a front bedroom model is limited by the 13.5 ft max trailer height combined with the required clearance of your truck bed rails. So it is pretty easy to tell interior bedroom ceiling height by looking at the outside of the trailer. You either want a complete flat roof line like on many toy haulers or one that climbs toward the front and is flat to the cap. Any slope approaching the cap costs headroom.
redhooker 07/02/19 08:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CURT Q20 Slop and Noise

I have owned 2 Curt hitches. Both Q20, one roller base and one stationary. Here’s why they suck: The roller is doing what the OP describes because of the slop between the base and rails. Yes the fix is the pads but you need all four, and yes you will have to beat the pins in with a hammer and I used an angled vice grip to give me a flat surface to hit. You will also curse, sweat, and likely bleed when you need to beat them out. The fixed base model cracks the rails, sinking deeper into them creating a increasing slop condition. This is due to poor design, and possibly inferior steel quality of the rails. I will attempt to provide pics here, but the issue is the tab design. It concentrates the pin weight onto tiny points adjacent to the slots. Curt replaced my rails but I still spent $300 getting them reinstalled. First trip after new rails went in-almost exclusively on decent interstate (about 1000 miles)-and rails are cracked again. All 4 slots. Perhaps the pucks are better but I would advise anyone considering a Curt to keep shopping. Curt has been a huge disappointment but the selection of hitches rated north of 20k is slim so I made a second attempt with the non-slider model. https://i.imgur.com/sZDhoNdl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/de6aIHLl.jpg
redhooker 05/26/19 06:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rhinoflex... Not what it used to be

While the waste master may be a great hose, I have no desire to modify my fittings which eliminates the option to use standard stuff. We carry over 40 feet of hose and have needed most or all of it on occasion.
redhooker 04/23/19 05:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Axle capacities

Also numerous toy haulers as well as standard fifth wheels have axles and tires that add up to less than GVWR. An 18k GVWR fiver might have two 8k axles. I will not own a trailer equipped like this.
redhooker 12/14/18 04:15pm Toy Haulers
RE: Tow Vehicle Nissan Armada

The DW drove an Armada for about 10 years and over 200k. We have a bit of experience as we towed quite a bit with it. I would have no issue towing the max weight with that truck. The factory hitch is rated higher than the truck and is clearly marked 10,000 lbs gross weight and 1000 lbs tongue weight. The 390hp gas motor makes plenty of power but is thirsty- she averaged about 14 mpg normal driving. The auto airbags in the rear leveled the truck nicely under load. The weak link in the drivetrain seems like it should be the Dana 44 rear end, but it never gave us any trouble. In fact, in over 200,000 miles repairs were limited to brakes, radiator leak, and paint issues. As a lover of all cars American this reliability was disheartening to say the least. We only ran Michelin tires after the original garbage Continentals and the ride improvement was tremendous on the 18 inch wheels. The Armada pulled a 7500 pound boat more comfortably than my 2001 6.0 2500HD. We found the interior very comfortable and more spacious than her current Yukon Denali. The longer wheelbase was much more stable at highway speed as well. The radio buttons did wear the paint off but the same is happening in the GMC now. We would own one again if the opportunity arose, but the most interesting aspect is in 2019 rumor has it they may offer a Cummins diesel motor which would be the only full size SUV diesel out today.
redhooker 12/13/18 06:54pm Travel Trailers
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