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RE: Terrible Trucks

No doubt I'll get lots of disagreement on this. Just wondering how many young people on a budget are buying those nice trucks at $40000 and up; way up for a 1 ton diesel. And financing them for as many years as a home. Economically a bad choice. For starters the purchase price is up there with amazing luxury and sport vehicles and 2 to 3 times many really nice vehicles.. Brutal depreciation follows. Secondly, about half as far on each gallon as a compact car or even a small SUV. So the overall cost of ownership must be huge. Yes, sometimes we need a truck, such as for a 5th wheel or heavy trailer. I've done that but then my (used) truck was my only vehicle. I guess I don't have a point here except I worry for those that don't really know what's it's costing them. Also, lighter, vehicles with small lightweight engines are way greener if you care about that sort of thing. OK. I'm not perfect with my 30 ft. V-10 MH towing a Ford Focus. No terrible depreciation at all. These big trucks keep their value amazingly well. Why I didn’t buy used. No Tesla or Audi is going to pull my trailer. What’s the point in even making that comparison?
rvshrinker 09/07/19 11:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: Any place to park a trailer for a few hours in bend Oregon

Just passing through, we are on way to Crater Lk and will only see one of my daughter games. Wife staying til Sunday. Everything including the expo center had been filled for quite a while. I'll check out that Lowe's. Thanks!
rvshrinker 08/16/19 08:10pm Roads and Routes
RE: Any place to park a trailer for a few hours in bend Oregon

Saturday morning, SkyView middle school
rvshrinker 08/16/19 12:00pm Roads and Routes
Any place to park a trailer for a few hours in bend Oregon

I will get a ride from there to a soccer tournament but the tournament clearly states no RV parking. This isn't in downtown bend , but rather on the outskirts. Maybe a school, or the Walmart?
rvshrinker 08/16/19 10:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Permanent propane tank for RV home storage?

This is helpful. We do not winterize because we use the TT in the winter. We keep it heated. It is an RV carport, not a shed. It is open on the sides, just to keep the rain and sun off the top. So it sounds like running the propane is the best way to go. We really do not have power outages of any length where we live, so I'm not too worried about that.
rvshrinker 08/14/19 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Permanent propane tank for RV home storage?

Project is getting started next week. Found the cost of installing a 300 # propane tank with RV adapter is under $60 per year, plus cost of propane. Alternative is to run space heater type deals of the shore power - we are installing 30/50 amp access (this trailer requires 30). Any thoughts on the best, most cost effective way to proceed? I am not sure I like the idea of running an electric space heater all winter long. Shorts? Fires? What if it blows a fuse while we’re out of town and the whole thing freezes up?
rvshrinker 08/14/19 12:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Dumb mistake

“and we didn't want to leave it hooked up so it would get wet everywhere” Staying hooked to city water is always taking a chance leaky hose or not. Fill the FW tank and use it. Safer. Why is city water risky?
rvshrinker 08/04/19 04:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: Ram 2500 rough ride question

There are two distinct possibilities. Do you have the vibration aka death wobble? It appears at highway speeds. That is a manufacturing defect in some of these vehicles, thankfully not mine. Read hundreds of posts at various RAM forums. People have found different solutions. Or do you have a rough ride of some kind? That might be reality vs expectations, something you can fix looking at PSI, tires, shocks, air, etc. My 3500 is smooth as glass on a good surface but I feel every jostle on a bumpy road. It's what I expect with leaf springs and 4000 pound payload capacity. It's a super comfortable cruiser but I take it slow on dirt roads or pothole lane. Everything improves when under load.
rvshrinker 08/01/19 11:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Reference post: Love my combo for towing

2017 ram 3500 aisin Cummins and 27' ORV tt. Have never pulled anything else and have no desire to. It tows so easily and everything is so balanced. I have a wdh and factory air level on the truck so maybe overkill for what I'm pulling but no regrets.
rvshrinker 07/31/19 11:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Correct inflation of trailer tires

To be clear, I'm asking about the trailer tires. I keep my 2017 SRW 3500 in the sixties when empty, at 80 when towing.
rvshrinker 07/29/19 07:47am Beginning RVing
Correct inflation of trailer tires

Everything I read says tires should be inflated to Max psi. Is there general agreement on that? I plan to do whatever is safest and as of last evening, my tires are at 60 and Max is 80, so I have some filling to do.
rvshrinker 07/29/19 07:26am Beginning RVing
RE: ordered a Flojet 18555 MACERATOR and I have some questions

For OP: Return the Macerator. Purchase a Sewer Solution. Pocket the extra cash. And disregard any need for electrical power. For RVshrinker, how high your clean-out isn't the question you should ask. How deep is the trunk line is the question. Probably a lot deeper than a foot, and might give you the drainage slope you need, which is 1/4" per foot. That makes sense. Thank you
rvshrinker 07/11/19 03:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: ordered a Flojet 18555 MACERATOR and I have some questions

I am building a carport for my trailer, which also serves as a place for guests, and I want to be able to dump at home. Unfortunately my sewer cleanout is 125 feet from where my grey tank valve will be. Option 1 is to put a sewer dump at the end of the concrete pad. However the sewer would have to run 100 feet to the clean out and from my internet searching it seems like it will have to have a 25 inch drop in height to meet code/work. SO that is likely out, since my sewer clean out is at most 1 foot below ground. Option 2 is to use a FloJet or other macerator, and a garden hose to my sewer clean out. From many reviews it seems that going 125 feet and totally flat in a 3/4” hose should be fine. Any concerns that it would not work? I would really prefer a more permanent option. I’m doing a whole backyard project and it’s going to cost a lot of money so it sort of stinks that I’m going to be stuck running a garden hose across my new landscaping and pool area to dump poop. It’s just not very elegant. Plus I’ll have to do it manually rather than just leaving the trailer hooked up for guests, etc. Any thoughts or other ideas? Or is the macerator my best option and not that bad?
rvshrinker 07/11/19 01:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Manufacturers offering Barrel Ceilings?

Outdoors RV.
rvshrinker 07/10/19 10:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

Yeah that’s the generator. I’ll pass on it. In the near future I don’t see a need for a 3000w generator because we don’t need ac. We live in the pacific northwest and if we go east of the mountains in summer we’ll be hooked up. If down the road that changes I can get bigger. So for now a 2000 watt if I want to run the heater in the winter (while skiing) and sometimes the microwave? We’ve been on about 16 trips and a total of 60 days in almost two years and only run the AC for about 3 hours one day. I checked the batteries and the water is full. No evidence of boil off. We’ve boondocked 4 days and had 2/3 of battery power left. So far no problem with staying plugged in. If I don’t stay plugged in, what is the solution? Isn’t it also unhealthy to have the batteries discharge?
rvshrinker 06/26/19 09:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

If all you want to do is charge the batteries, I use a Ryobi propane generator it is only 900 watts, but for the way we camp it works great. I did buy a 12 foot hose so I could hook it up to the TC propane tanks. Sold at home depot. what kind of batteries do you have and how long do you run the generator to keep them charged? if i buy a generator we might as well also be able to run the microwave and recharge our devices. i think the main goal would be to extend boondocking, and recharge batteries if we go winter camping and run the furnace overnight. and the microwave here and there.
rvshrinker 06/23/19 12:11pm Beginning RVing
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

That's an interesting link, over my head a lot of it... I have left our rig plugged into a 110 socket for months at a time. It runs the fridge and LED lights and in the winter the furnace on subfreezing nights, maybe 20 nights per year. Battery panel always says fully charged but I've never tried to look in closer detail. I've also never, gulp, checked the water level. Have had rig almost two years. I'll try to figure that out today. We are building a true 30 and 50 amp hookup this summer.
rvshrinker 06/23/19 11:24am Beginning RVing
What can I do with/expect from a generator?

We have boondocked four days easily without, but for skiing this winter and possibly up to one week of boondocking... Saw a used Honda 3000ec available for $750. What will that do for us? How long do I need to run something like that the charge our batteries up? I have two 6v batteries.
rvshrinker 06/23/19 09:18am Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

How do you run the microwave and outlets without shore power? What is an inverter?
rvshrinker 05/24/19 11:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

50 degrees is shirt sleeve weather. We boondocked 3 nights last September in the mountains and ran the furnace for 30 minutes every morning when we first woke up. Had 2/3 battery life left on 4th day. Nights in the 40s. But we come from tent camping.
rvshrinker 05/23/19 12:13am Beginning RVing
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