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RE: East Coast Road Trip????? Pandemic?

Looks like mod already cleaned some stuff up. I was coming back to delete my comments anyways. Moral of the story, I will obey whatever local laws and whatever requests private businesses make. I hope everyone stays safe and, if you want a vaccine, you're able to get it ASAP.
spoon059 01/23/21 07:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying an RV in Oregon.

Wait... are you buying in Oregon and then parking it on a permanent site in California? If so I would just get a temp tag from the dealer when you buy it. No sense paying yearly registration fees for a vehicle that doesn't move. Again, I'm not familiar with Cali requirements. In Maryland, you don't have to have tags unless its moving down the road. Yes, you pay sales tax on it. I'm not sure how taxes will work in Oregon/Cali in your scenario. Usually you pay sales tax when you buy (from a dealer), and they send that money to the state where you register the vehicle. In your case, if you don't have to register the vehicle, I'm not sure how that would work... Insurance is insurance. My truck's insurance covers the trailer when I'm driving. My RV insurance covers the trailer when its parked. Now, whether they will let you only buy 1 months worth of insurance is another question. In the end, it begs the question... why not just buy in California and have it delivered?
spoon059 01/23/21 05:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: East Coast Road Trip????? Pandemic?

OP, I would make reservations. The park we go to in Florida every February is packed. Lots of regular seasonal campers come from Canada, and they aren't allowed in the US this year. Those longtime campers at this park had to cancel their reservations. Those sites were snatched up almost immediately. RV sales were through the roof last year. Lots of families are teleworking and kids attending school remotely. Perfect opportunity to escape the dreary winter and head south for a new breed of snowbirds. I do wonder how that's going to affect the "Regulars". This park has always been one that is very popular due to decent price and proximity to a great Florida Gulf island. The regulars are guaranteed their spot for the same time period the next year, so once you get a spot there you try not to lose it. Hopefully mgmt does the right thing and treats this year as an oddity and the regular campers don't lose out.
spoon059 01/22/21 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Opinion on Resort fees

Yeah, I was talking about Liberty Harbor, I try not to call it out by name or it will be even more expensive next time we want to stay there =) It's expensive but worth it due to the 20 minutes it takes to walk to the PATH station and ride into Manhattan. Exactly. There isn't any real competition. The next closest RV park is about 45 minutes further away. I might save a couple dollars on the park, but by the time I've paid for the train or parking in the city, it'll cost the same AND take longer to go in and come out of the city. I don't got to NYC very often, so once a decade I'll pay too much for a place to park my camper.
spoon059 01/22/21 03:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Opinion on Resort fees

I've paid over $100 a night for a last minute trip to Florida in a beautiful campground very close to the Gulf that our site backed to a canal view. That was worth it, once, for the location and very well put together park. I've also paid just over $100 a night for Liberty Harbor, just outside of DC. It was very overpriced for what it was... but for convenience to NYC it was worth it. I'll likely go back to that campground, even though its overpriced. Far cheaper than a hotel for a family of 5 with pets. I'm sure that at some point we will go to Camp Wilderness and pay over $100 a night. Other than that, I don't envision spending that much money for a campground. But if they can get people to pay those fees, why shouldn't they charge them? If enough people are willing to pay that kind of money, there must be some reason. They likely won't see MY money though. We have enough places around us that we like to frequent that are less money. We have a lake that we go to a couple times a year. On holiday weekends we'll pay about $85 a night... but that is literally for a lake front site that puts our camper 30 feet from the water. Its pricey, but we love that lake and have several friends with boats that camp there with us.
spoon059 01/21/21 04:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Crashed trailer

Clearly not enough truck and they were speeding, the tires were probably undersized too. Did I jump to enough conclusions here? Odd that it was left there. Have to wonder why it wasn't towed away after the wreck...
spoon059 01/20/21 04:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions for rest of Florida trip in Feb

I take it that you have both had the two coronovirus vaccinations and your wills completed. Florida is the wild wild west when it comes to people not isolating and refusing to wear masks and a governor that uses the police like his private army. My wife and I had a trip planned to Florida for April ofd 2020 but after all that has happened in the past year we will be avoiding it like the plague. I'm not worried, I don't have 2.4 comorbidities.
spoon059 01/19/21 05:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help me plan my trip please! RI, DE and MD

What are you looking for in Maryland? We've got western MD with mountains, southern MD with rivers, central MD with DC and Annapolis, eastern shore and beaches. If you can tell what you are looking for, we can give better suggestions. Rocky Gap state park in Western MD is very pretty. Elk Neck in Northern MD is nice as well. I can recommend other private parks, depending upon what you want out of your trip. Delaware is great for beaches. Cape Henlopen State Park is a great state park nestled in the pines with beach access and lots of hiking trails. Its relatively close to Lewes with is a cool little area with restaurants and shopping. Delaware Seashore State Park is where we usually go, it is literally a series of roads and RV pads in the sand, very close to the beach. Full hookup sites, no shade and a short walk to a nice beach. Short drive to more traditional beach towns of Bethany (more small town family friendly), Dewey (more bars and condos) and Rehoboth (larger, but still family friendly, lots of restaurants/t-shirt stores/arcades/etc).
spoon059 01/18/21 04:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Drill Holster (tip)

I always put the jacks down before I let my wife enter , but then you guys do not know how heavy my wife is ! I hope your health insurance is paid up if she reads this! :B Ha, life insurance is more likely to be used here than health insurance!!!
spoon059 01/17/21 07:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Charleston SC

Thanks for the quick replies. Looked at both James Island and Mt Pleasant websites. Both look like they fit what I’m looking for. We were in Charleston for a wedding in August a few years ago and only had a few hours to look around Charleston and yes it was hot and humid. We hit Charleston in early March every year on the way home from Florida. Its usually in the mid 60's, occasionally it'll hit 70. Late April would probably be better for a little warmer weather without it being too hot and humid.
spoon059 01/17/21 11:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Making Oil

Or we can just speculate... Dude... this is the tow vehicle section of RV.net. If it wasn't for wild speculation, there wouldn't be a need for this section.
spoon059 01/17/21 09:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Which kind of makes you wonder - if all you go by are rear tire and RAWR ratings - what is the point of printing a payload capacity numebr on the inside of the driver door, right next to the RAWR number? Why doesn't Ford just state that your RAWR number is the only number to look at (for payload purposes)? Just musing here, you don't have to answer - this stuff is confusing a bit once you start digging into it. You can tow X pounds but then your payload can run out before the towing number but then forget the payload number, go by the RAWR number.... I need a nap! :) Very easy. There is a class 2B designation, which limits you to 10,000 lbs GVWR. Many HOA's limit vehicles over 10,000 lbs. Many states limit where vehicles over 10,000 lbs can drive. Some states consider vehicles over 10,000 lbs to be commercial vehicles, with higher registration fees and more restrictions. This is why Ford, GM and Ram offer a "de-rated" one ton truck that is class limited to 10,000 lbs. In order to keep the vehicle "intended" to be 10,000 lbs or less, the manufacturers have a couple options. They research, design and test components to break right at/around 10,000 lbs. That requires a lot of money and makes it so parts aren't interchangeable. The other option is to use the same components on the 1 ton trucks and put a couple stickers on the 3/4 ton truck. It is an artificial de-rating of the truck to allow it to be marketed, sold and registered as a class 2B truck. Now, that doesn't mean that it will break at 10,001 lbs. It also doesn't mean that you can't pay to register it for a higher rating. Now, once you register for or carry more than 10,000 lbs, you lose all the "advantages" of a 3/4 ton truck. You can't drive in the left lane on roads in some states, you can't park in some neighborhoods, you can't drive on parkways, etc. It is perfectly LEGAL to carry as much weight as you paid to carry. Registration fees are taxes to carry weight down the road. As long as you are under your paid fees and under federal bridge limits you are legal. Components are tested and rated, with plenty of room for leeway. My Ram 2500 is tested and rated to 12,500 lbs of capacity, with plenty of room for leeway. All I have to do is pay an additional $25/year for higher registration fees and I could essentially have a 1 ton truck. Ram verified all the components of my vehicle to carry that weight, because its cheaper to put the same bed, axles, wheels, tires, brake system, engine and transmission in the 3/4 ton than design all those systems from scratch. Does that answer your question?
spoon059 01/17/21 09:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Drill Holster (tip)

I have mine in a cubby just inside the front door. I have a battery charger plugged in and keeping the spare fully charged at all times. I agree with the others though... why can't your bride go inside before the stabs are down? When we go camping in the summer or winter, one of the first things we do is plug into electric and go inside to turn on AC or heat while we finish setting up camp.
spoon059 01/17/21 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Social distancing

Dont be too comfortable with the 15 minute rule. Dr. Google says that you can still be infected under 15 minutes. I'm a police officer. Since day 1 of this thing I've been dealing with the general public and haven't gotten sick. I've been in very close personal contact without a mask (fighting people) and haven't gotten sick. There is no reason that you cannot go on a walk OUTSIDE in FRESH AIR and be worried about getting infected. Take appropriate precautions if you are concerned... stay more than 6 feet apart and don't stop to have drawn out conversations with people. If that still scares you, buy an N95 mask and wear it appropriately if you see people approaching you. Living in fear and locking yourself in your house without exercise and leading yourself to depression is a horrible way to live. Study after study show that SUNSHINE and vitamin C are very helpful to staying healthy. Take a vitamin C and go for a walk. It'll make you feel a million times better. Or you can hole yourself up in a cave and live depressed for a couple more years. Remember, only sick people quarantine. Healthy people are confined.
spoon059 01/17/21 07:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Social distancing

No one here is doing social distancing. It is a very sad situation. My wife, (83) and myself (84) used to love to take a daily walk, but we now are pretty much trailer bound ! Guy You know that the CDC doesn't consider it an exposure until you've been in close personal contact for more than 15 minutes, right? Unless you are the worlds slowest walker, you can safely and easily enjoy all the walks you want.
spoon059 01/17/21 07:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Well with the Ram 2500 to 3500 you have an unknown in that they have different frames. As far as axle manufacture ratings go the full floating axles used in HD pickups for years going back to to the late 90’s, most have had a rating over 10k, it is the trucks frame that comes into play. Ram rates 6000 front, 6500 rear in the 2500, given all the variables. The frame isn't unknown, because Ram wouldn't be able to rate the axles for more weight than the frame can hold. And the only difference in the frame is that the 2500 is designed to have coils whereas the 3500 is designed to have coils.
spoon059 01/17/21 06:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Charleston SC

Nobody has mentioned it yet, but James Island is fantastic. Great park, nice and quiet at night but only a few minutes from Charleston. Great restaurants and plenty of grocery shopping nearby. Prices are quite reasonable and the park has a lot of activities if you are there in season. Its a relatively short drive to Folly Beach, which is a cool little beach town just south of town. Sites are plenty spacious. Lots of hiker/biker trails to get exercise. Our kids LOVE the playground nearby, which is a short walk from the campground. We've been going there for over 10 years and ALWAYS stay there. Mondo's Italian restaurant is one of our favorites. Amazing food and a very nice atmosphere. They have a little outdoor bar area in season. If you like military history you HAVE to go to Mt Pleasant and visit Patriots Point. While you are in Mt Pleasant, Page's Okra Grill is one of my favorite southern style restaurants. Great breakfast and dinner foods. Then you can scoot over to the beaches at Sullivans or Isle of Palms. Beautiful area, you can't go wrong with just about any decision.
spoon059 01/17/21 06:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Suggestions for rest of Florida trip in Feb

Sounds like a great trip! We do a yearly trip down to the Gulf Coast every February from Maryland. We stop in Fayetteville, NC the first night, then head to Savannah, GA. Spend a couple or 3 nights in Savannah enjoying the beautiful city and now have friends that live nearby. Then we continue down to our beautiful undisclosed location in Florida, but near Tampa. My in-laws spend 2 months in the same campground and my parents rent a house on the island a couple miles away. The kids get to enjoy 2 weeks with their grandparents at the beach, riding bikes, camping, etc. Coming home we are stopping in St Augustine for 1 or 2 days this year (do that every 4 years or so), then we head up to Charleston, SC for a couple days. The last night we drive up to RV Crossroads at the NC/VA line or a little further into Emporia, VA. Our last day is a 2-3 hour drive home. Lots of beautiful older cities with rich history, and the longest day is about a 6 hour drive, depending upon traffic and stops. We have an 8 year old, 6 year old and 2 year old and 3 older dogs, so we stop rather frequently for potty breaks or to stretch legs. We find that these are about as long a distance as we can comfortably go right now and it breaks it up to some great stops along the way. I can also recommend Jekyll Island in Georgia as a beautiful place to stop. There is a nice campground in Brunswick, Coastal Georgia Campground, with easy access to Jekyll Island and St Simons. Haven't been up to Pensacola yet, but I've heard its very nice up there. Just be advised that the further north you go in February, the cooler it will be (air and water temps). Its usually in the mid to upper 70s in Tampa area, but if the sun is out it feels even warmer. Further up the coast will be cooler.
spoon059 01/15/21 07:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

If I'm the expert witness engineer, first thing I'd check is: does the 3500 SRW truck have the same rear brake caliper, rotor, and pads. If so, then braking is not an issue (provided toy hauler is within 3500 SRW limit). Trailer brakes remain constant. So obviously braking power is not the cause of the accident. Here is the rub... the petitioner will argue that its over the limit, its up to the respondent to explain why its ridiculous. Now, most attorney's in civil lawsuits will take a suit based upon collecting fees as a percentage of the settlement. Those attorney's aren't going to waste much time and energy on a frivolous lawsuit that doesn't stand a good chance of winning. Other attorney's will charge set fees and take any case to trial that you want, regardless of whether or not you win. Those are the guys that will take frivolous arguments. I will never exceed my axle ratings as rated by Ram. My AAM rear axle is rated for 10,120 lbs by AAM, but derated to 6500 lbs as an assembly by Ram. Then because its a Class 2B truck, it's derated by regulation to essentially 5000 lbs. My front axle is rated 6000 lbs by Ram, then because its a Class 2B its derated to essentially 5000 lbs. You can sue me because my truck weighed 11,000 lbs and claim its "overloaded" according to regulation. I can easily argue that Ram rates my truck to hold 12,500 lbs, and it was not overloaded, it was simply under-registered. Now the petitioner has the burden of proof to show that being over my "sticker" weight and under my manufacturer ratings was overloaded. To make your argument even weaker, in Maryland I can pay to register my 10,000 GVWR truck at a higher rate, thus making it a 12,500 GVWR truck... perfectly legal to drive down the highway.
spoon059 01/15/21 06:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

Who says debris gets spread around in every RV wreck? All one has to do is rear end someone at a stop sign/light and cause injury. Only thing messed up is the front of the truck/SUV. The trailer would still be 100% intact. And in that situation is it because you are overloaded or because you are going too fast, or are too distracted? And before you give me the dumb answer, a trailer, even overloaded for the truck, has its own brakes that are required to be sufficient to stop its weight. Besides, in a simple rear end injury wreck, who is coming out and weighing a truck and trailer? I'm a cop. I spent 16 years on the road and would be the guy investigating that wreck. I'm not pulling out scales or checking weights, etc. You guys live in a fantasy world where cops have time for that nonsense and the ambulance chasing attorney's are sitting at intersections waiting for a wreck to happen.
spoon059 01/13/21 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
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