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RE: suggest a heated mattress cover

Realize the inverter conversation is its own topic, but the shore cord is outside, wouldn't the inverter be inside? How do you connect them?
rvshrinker 11/29/19 10:36am Beginning RVing
RE: suggest a heated mattress cover

the inverter looks like more trouble than I’m willing to go to right now (we don’t have a generator, when we boondock we just don’t use the microwave but can use everything else - lights, USB plugs, etc). How about a heated blanket that charges on USB? I could charge it in the tow vehicle during the day (while driving), then she could put it in the bed in the evening. Though some days we don’t drive far enough to charge one.
rvshrinker 11/29/19 10:22am Beginning RVing
suggest a heated mattress cover

my wife is always cold. we have a true queen in our TT. is there a heated mattress cover that will run on 12v? or do i need to get an inverter to power it off grid?
rvshrinker 11/29/19 09:30am Beginning RVing
RE: WA 20 or US 2 across the Cascades summer 2020?

Thanks all for your input. Sounds like WA 20 may be our choice. Try to spend as much time as you can along 20 -- many, many world-class day hikes in North Cascades NP. Great backpacking, too, although I have never done it. Nice blog post. It's interesting that you did some of the same hikes I have put in our list of things to do. Part of our trip planning is to mix days of mountain biking and days of hiking. I found this amazing website on hikes in Washington: Washington Hike Map The trouble is we only have maybe 10 days in WA so trying to narrow the right hikes down is pretty tough with all the choices. I do wish I could find a similarly high quality resource like the Washington Hiking Map for other states too. Well done site. For the real deal on Washington hiking, check out wta.org I've done a lot of hiking in the North Cascades, and can help you out. What kind of hiking do you like and what kind of rig will you have? Camping is nice at Newhalem. Colonial Creek is more central but I find it's loud because of how the sound echoes on the highway and off the reservoir. Cascade Pass is not on 20 but trailhead two hours from Newhalem. Probably the most popular hike in the North Cascades, well worth it - a top ten hike in the lower 48 (I've hiked all over the Northwest, Glacier, Yellowstone, the Sierras, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, etc). Other top hikes on this route are Hidden Lake, Maple Pass/Lake Ann, Thunder Creek, Cutthroat Pass, Grasshopper Pass. You'll be on various sections of the PCT throughout. You could also rent a canoe from the Ross Lake Reservoir to do a paddle and hike excursion. Agree you need to check out Sheri's Sweet Shoppe in Winthrop, as well as Blue Star coffee in Twisp.
rvshrinker 11/28/19 10:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: What brands of Travel Trailers are NEW & Quality

Two years in we've been very happy with our ORV. No repairs needed. Seams holding up well. Love the size of the grey and fresh tanks and with 2 6v batteries and two 30# propane tanks we can boondocks for days. And take the rough dirt road to get there.
rvshrinker 11/27/19 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone gone on a Cruise?

We book the lowest price room, inside lower level. You will use the room for two purposes, sleeping and getting changed to go to dinner. Other than sleeping, we spend less than an hour a day in the room. Save the money for excursions! This is not our experience. Many people share schlep's point of view, but we spend far more time in our room than this. Some of the room choice is based on the type of cruise. - Alaska cruises...it's all about watching the scenery pass by. Moving up to a balcony can make a lot of sense. - Caribbean...they usually travel at night, so not nearly as much to gain. - River...They often raft the ships 2-4 deep...if you are on the side adjacent to another ship, doesn't matter if you have a balcony, you still are looking at a window literally 2ft away, so not much point in getting a balcony. And we were the exact opposite. Alaska, didn’t need the balcony because it was often too cold to sit outside. In contrast in the Caribbean, taking room service breakfast on the balcony every morning is positively wonderful. Nothing like it, especially on sea days. We’ve done 4 cruises. Celebrity was far and away the best food; Princess pretty good. Royal Caribbean and Carnival varied from bad to decent with the occasional good item.
rvshrinker 11/26/19 11:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: what kind of batteries do i have?

I keep trailer plugged in at all times when not traveling. I've checked water every six months for two years and have never needed to add water. We do live in a mild climate with rare freezing and rare temps over 90. I remember now when I ordered the RV, on the advice of this board, I asked to be upgraded to 2 6v batteries.
rvshrinker 11/24/19 07:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: what kind of batteries do i have?

Huh. Turns out i have 6v batteries. What are the implications of that vs 12v? By the way, dolly worked great! My RV is tucked neatly into its carport, hooked up to a large propane tank and home 30 amp RV service. I also dumped in my new sewer cleanout and cleaned the black tank using sani clean.
rvshrinker 11/23/19 10:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Custer SP?

Forgot to add if you want full hookups, you will need to go to outside the Custer campgrounds. Lots of people like Hart Ranch, but our favorite full hookup is Rafter J. So custer has electric, but no dump at each site? We can boondock without sewer for 4 days but would probably prefer sewer. I’ll check out those privates.
rvshrinker 11/20/19 11:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Custer SP?

Sounds like this park has good reviews for a week next June. Using as a home base for all the sights. Would like full hookups. Any comments or thoughts? It sounds like there are several units in the park, which is nicest or most convenient?
rvshrinker 11/20/19 08:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: what kind of batteries do i have?

i am attaching a parkit360 trailer dolly to my TT and the battery hookup differs depending on whether I have 6 or 12 volt batteries. i have two of them. how do I tell?The batteries will be wired for 12v either way. Connect same as the main RV power cables are connected and you are good to go. Picture just above shows perfectly what I am saying. I'll get in there and look tomorrow but assuming two x 12v then pos to pos on one battery then neg to neg on other battery. Remove in reverse order?
rvshrinker 11/17/19 05:00pm Beginning RVing
what kind of batteries do i have?

i am attaching a parkit360 trailer dolly to my TT and the battery hookup differs depending on whether I have 6 or 12 volt batteries. i have two of them. how do I tell?
rvshrinker 11/17/19 07:52am Beginning RVing
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

Used RAM 2500 megacab is your answer. 3500 if you must. 2500 has a good ride and the megacab is ultra roomy. If ratings matter to them, they'll run out of payload quickly with a family of 6 in a 2500 or 3500 that's 2012 or older. The 2012 and earlier payload numbers for the Megacab were appalling. I wanted one when we were shopping in 2011/early 2012, but couldn't get past the limited payload or idea of a short bed truck. My 2017 has 3900 lb of payload.
rvshrinker 11/14/19 11:33pm Towing
RE: Rear Hitch Bike Rack for Travel Trailer

I purchased the Yakima rack specifically for use on the back of a trailer. We have a 5th wheel and I know the back bounces a large amount. We have put up to 4 bikes on the rack and driven about 1000 miles on one trip with no issues other than the bikes rubbing. Pool Noodles are your friend. The Yakima rack has a solid joint where normal bike racks fold to allow access to an SUV or Tailgate. The solid joint is why it works well. It does fit in a 2" receiver and has a locking nut so it doesn't bounce in the hitch. I have another rack that bounces in the hitch which would be bad on the back of the RV. I would suggest upgrading your hitch to a 2" receiver and buying one of the units that are designed for RV's. I also looked at putting a hitch on the front of my truck and buying a rack for that hitch, but the RV hitch works fine and I haven't had any issues, the bikes are on the rack solid. I do tie them together with straps that come with the hitch. We also have the Yakima rack. It works great. We don’t have expensive bikes. We have a 2” receiver on the back of our TT.
rvshrinker 11/09/19 09:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

Used RAM 2500 megacab is your answer. 3500 if you must. 2500 has a good ride and the megacab is ultra roomy.
rvshrinker 11/08/19 09:15pm Towing
RE: Home Storage

We don't winterize our four season trailer in coastal PNW. We do run the furnace if it's going to get below freezing.but we have 30 amp power and a large propane tank hooked up so we can go all winter.
rvshrinker 11/06/19 09:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: South Dakota, July 2020

Driving from the PNW we'll make Devil's Tower and Deadwood a 1-2 day stop one way or the other, eh? Yes we'd enjoy hiking around base of the Tower. So maybe the rest we can base out of Custer SP or similar? At Rushmore I understand there is some hiking you can do just out of the memorial itself which gives unique views and is very uncrowded.
rvshrinker 11/04/19 05:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: South Dakota, July 2020

Great tips everyone! We are really into hiking and outdoor stuff. We would also like the kids to see and learn about Native history. I just learned that Custer SP is not where the Little Bighorn site is! Do I need a generator for AC? Staying in Forest service would obviously save some money and we love the low impact settings, but can do full hookups urban camping if necessary.
rvshrinker 11/04/19 11:38am Roads and Routes
South Dakota, July 2020

Hello, We’ve decided to do South Dakota and E Wyoming in July, 2020. Sturgis is 2nd week of August so that shouldn’t be a factor. We are going to delay Canada for another year. We are driving from PDX so 22 hours one way. First question is whether this is a worthwhile trip by RV? We always have the option of doing it lite in a Prius and moteling it. Lot of fuel each way for the trailer. That said, if worth it, we would do 14-16 days total. Figure 3 days of driving each way so that is 6 days. That leaves 8-10 for sightseeting. We want to see: The Badlands Wall, SD - Wounded Knee Museum Custer SP Mt Rushmore Hike harney peak Crazy Horse Devil’s Tower Deadwood Wind cave Minuteman missile Air and space museum Spearfish Canyon I can already see that is a lot of things to see and it could mean a lot of setting up and breaking down camp. Thoughts, suggestions on overall plans, itineraries, must-see sights, places to camp? We don’t have a generator (I guess we could get one) so if AC is a must we’ll need hookups. Otherwise we are happy to boondock for several days in a row.
rvshrinker 11/03/19 09:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Trailer dolly: trailervalet, parkit360, etc

For those talking about front hitches, the reason I need a dolly is I'm pulling the trailer in head first and truck goes somewhere else. Has to do with location of driveway, house, etc.
rvshrinker 09/27/19 06:19pm Travel Trailers
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