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RE: Resealing a vent from the top vs R&R

Assuming proper surface prep, dicor lasts for decades. It should never crack, peal or develop any leaks. Again, it requires proper surface prep. And regular checks. Just because it should never leak, doesn't mean it can't happen. Regardless of what you use or how you do the repair, the first rule in RV life is: check for leaks after the first rain of the season and after every big rainstorm. Otherwise, that forever roof will spring a leak and you will arrive come spring to a soggy pile of nothing.
toedtoes 08/03/21 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: RV Manners Matter

Schlep - the good thing is that they turned it down when you asked. To me, that is "polite enough" and I take no issue. I have found that sometimes those twenty-something males end up being better camping neighbors than families or older folks. Often, they are profiled by the rangers as trouble, so they try hard not to upset other campers and get kicked out.
toedtoes 08/03/21 10:05am RV Lifestyle
RE: Tent camping, Central Florida. Club.. travelers. Hiking. .

REI is a good place to start - they can provide knowledge on gear and such and help with basic skills. Then have her just start camping locally on her own until she's comfortable with her equipment and herself. As a solo female camper and day hiker, a few tips I can offer her for the trip: Make a basic itinerary ahead of time and leave a copy with you. It may not be exact, but you will have an idea of her route and where she is likely to be. A Garmin inReach is great to have for when she's hiking and/or in areas without cell coverage. Just an extra safety net. Carry paper maps. The GPS doesn't help if you can't get a connection, and sometimes it can lead you astray and being able to verify against a paper map can keep you from going on a Great GPS Adventure. When hiking, leave a note in the car detailing your clothing, planned trails and expectation of when you will return to the car. If something happens out on the trail, authorities can use that info to find you. just an FYI, you don't need an internet connection for the GPS to work. Use AllTrails, download the maps before you go, don't get lost. AllTrails even has an "off route" warning that works without WIFI. It doesn't use internet, but it does use satelite and if you can't get the satelite connection, then it can't identify your location. When the gps leads you astray and you can't trust its directions, then a paper map lets you do it yourself. GPS is great, but it does screw up at times and at those times you will be wishing you had a paper map.
toedtoes 08/03/21 09:42am Tent Camping
RE: Comments people make

I hear from popup and folding trailer owners that they often feel like second class citizens and think that owners of bigger rigs look down their noses at them. At the same time, if they move on to a TT or such, they call it an "upgrade". I have a small folding trailer. I don't feel like a second class citizen. It works for me and that's all that matters. None of my camper buys have been an upgrade - they've just been what worked at the time. If someone calls it little? Well it is. If someone calls it cozy? Well it is. Why take offense at the truth?
toedtoes 08/03/21 07:57am Folding Trailers
RE: Need help, hot water tank fail.

Is everything else working on battery power? If not, then it may be your converter. Is it a combination heater - has an electric heating element - or just an electric ignition? If the former, check the thermocoupler and propane lines for leaks.
toedtoes 08/02/21 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Off grid for first time, need some guidance !

Sounds like you have a good solution for a single trip. Make sure your battery is fully charged before you leave and check your usage. After this trip, you may find dry camping is not a bad thing and you can add solar, a larger battery(s), etc.
toedtoes 08/02/21 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Getting Confused on what can I tow

The towing capacity is only one part of the equation. You also need to look at the payload and potentially the axle and tire ratings. Know that when you post those numbers here, you will have folks say you can only tow a tent trailer and some who will say you can tow that class A. ;) So, you need to weed through those, ask people you know and trust who are familiar with towing, and maybe take a few test drives towing yourself in order to determine YOUR comfort level before buying. As mentioned, do not trust the RV salesmen to know what is safe to tow and what is not. Most have never towed and have no knowledge. Once you know what you can safely and happily tow, you will most likely have two numbers to work with: the actual max tow weight and the max tongue weight. The max tow weight should be compared to the GVWR of the trailer NOT the dry weight. The max tongue weight should be compared to 10-15 percent of the trailer's GVWR. The dry weight means nothing. I recommend not looking at floorplans until you determine your weights. Otherwise, you or your wife will fall in love with a trailer that you cannot tow with your Tahoe and every trailer within your weights will fall flat. Sort of like looking at houses without your max purchase budget - what you can get will look dinky.
toedtoes 08/02/21 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which battery for small travel trailer

If you don't change your converter to a smart one, I would get a good quality trickle charger and make sure you have a battery cutoff switch. That way when it's home, you can isolate the battery and keep it on trickle charge. Did your prior batteries last the 3-day weekends on one charge? If not, how far short did they fall on your highest and lowest energy output trips? I would aim for a battery(s) that can handle at least your lowest output weekend without recharging - so no furnace use. If you can get more, great, but set that as your minimum if at all possible. I personally like the AGMs - it's just one thing I don't have to think about. I had good luck with the Optima Blue Top battery. It lasted in my clipper until the thieves stole it and f'd up everything. The battery was about 7 years old. This time, because I needed new batteries in the trailer also, I went with the vtechs. Less expensive and same size. We will see how they last in comparison. Lifeline agm are the most recommended AGM by folks here. Flooded batteries are cheaper, but you need to remember to check them regularly. Sam's club and Costco batteries seem to get the most reference here. A lifeline GPL-31T battery will run you about $400. That gives you 105ah. With the other $400, you could get a good trickle charger and pump up your solar a bit.
toedtoes 08/02/21 03:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tent camping, Central Florida. Club.. travelers. Hiking. .

REI is a good place to start - they can provide knowledge on gear and such and help with basic skills. Then have her just start camping locally on her own until she's comfortable with her equipment and herself. As a solo female camper and day hiker, a few tips I can offer her for the trip: Make a basic itinerary ahead of time and leave a copy with you. It may not be exact, but you will have an idea of her route and where she is likely to be. A Garmin inReach is great to have for when she's hiking and/or in areas without cell coverage. Just an extra safety net. Carry paper maps. The GPS doesn't help if you can't get a connection, and sometimes it can lead you astray and being able to verify against a paper map can keep you from going on a Great GPS Adventure. When hiking, leave a note in the car detailing your clothing, planned trails and expectation of when you will return to the car. If something happens out on the trail, authorities can use that info to find you.
toedtoes 08/02/21 12:27pm Tent Camping
RE: Which battery for small travel trailer

My question is - what's the best deep-cycle battery for this small camper, Most TTs have a group 24 sized battery box. I'd get a group 24 AGM battery, or upgrade to TWO. The factory installed converter / chargers in RVs are not much more than a power supply. You'd benefit greatly from installing a nice 2 stage charger, or even an inverter/charger combo unit. I recently installed a Victron DC to DC Charger to upgrade my truck to RV charging capabilities. Check the battery size - I was able to fit a Vtech 85ah agm battery in my box. For the difference in price, you could get a quality 3-stage converter too.
toedtoes 08/02/21 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Must I have a toad with a 27' Class C?

It's a personal choice. With a 28ft rig, you may need to park further out in a parking lot, or further down the road for a small town "main street". You will need to put things away in order to drive out of camp - depending on how much you have, that could be a pain. Parking in a big city could be problematic, but you could counter that by parking at a subway or bus station outside the city and commuting into the city. Some scenic overlooks may be a bit tight. On the good side, you'll always have your own bathroom handy. :)
toedtoes 08/01/21 05:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Resealing a vent from the top vs R&R

If you get a sudden leak while out camping - recaulk so you can enjoy the rest of the trip, then come home and remove and repair. If you get a leak while home, remove and repair.
toedtoes 08/01/21 02:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Problems hitching and un hitching

I'm just going to point out that the OP stated that he does not camp where everything is perfectly level and straight and that is what he needs a solution for, so this isn't a solution that will work for his needs. Doesn't matter if it is a stupid or great idea - it's not applicable for the question.
toedtoes 08/01/21 01:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campground Rates

I'd cry myself to sleep at night if I had to pay $94 for a campground! Out of necessity, my wife and I just made a 9-day trip by car, staying primarily at either Hilton or Marriott properties. Seldom did we spend over $94 for our room, and of course there were plenty of cheaper alternatives at that. Throw in the free breakfast and camping is looking less and less attractive. Unfortunate that there are no new campgrounds springing up, but there are tons of new hotels. It's got to cost more, a lot more, to construct a hotel than a campground. Granted, the campground takes up substantially more land, but still, where are they?? Here in the west, I think "campgrounds" are not the same as "RV parks". RV parks tend to compete with hotels as they tend to be in more populated areas. Campgrounds may have some competition with inns and lodges. I think the cost comparison is different. One campground I love is just one mile from a quaint little weekend tourist town. It has a variety of overnight options with the others being right in the town on the highway: The campground is $26 per night - no hookups. The local RV Park is $65-75 per night - with hookups. The local inn is $89-125 per night - they also have a 1950's spartan trailer-camper for $180 per night. The local cottage rental with 4 rooms is $100 per room per night. The campground is significantly less expensive and the space and privacy between campsites is much better than the RV park. In addition, the campground and rv park allow pets. The inn charges an additional $30 per night per pet. The cottage does not allow pets. For a road trip where you will be staying in populated areas, you won't see the low cost no hookup campgrounds so the cost differences will be less dramatic.
toedtoes 07/31/21 02:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: We've had 8 years and 68,000 trouble free miles...

Happy anniversary! May you have many more memories! I think folks with short class Cs tend to be happier overall with their rigs. A small class C can't be beat for convenience and "space in a limited space". TTs require towing and are not convenient for stops along the way, and class Bs are much tighter in space. And as you point out a short class C can go most anywhere. Once you get past 26ft, I think there are less negatives about other choices (class A, FW, TT, TH), so folks don't get that sense of "this is perfect". My old boss has a sprinter, it's a bit narrower but just as tall and long as my class C. Inside the difference is amazing - I have far more room outside of head space. When my house was burglarized, I was upset at what they had taken. But by far them taking my clipper was the absolute worst. I got it back and have spent the past year and a half getting it back into shape. When I drove it home from getting new tires, I found myself grinning as I drove down the road - it just felt so good to be back behind the wheel. I don't get that feeling with the suv and trailer (although I do enjoy them).
toedtoes 07/31/21 02:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Introducing Tullamore Dew of Dundee, "Tully"

He's already got that "old man" face. Welcome home Tully!! Tornado-dog says you've the "I'm innocent and easy going" look down pat - time to have some fun.
toedtoes 07/31/21 01:41pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Macerator pump hose

I keep my macerator at home - use a stinky slinky on the road - so I bought a solid pro grade garden hose and store it on a hose reel next to my clean out. That way I can just pull the hose out and hook up. The macerator pushes everything through the hose still left on the reel just fine.
toedtoes 07/31/21 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Another noobie question.

Depends on the time spent on the road. If I am going for less than 4 hours, I cool it on shore power before the trip, fill it up, and drive with it turned off. When I arrive at the campground, I turn the propane on. I have found that fridge stays cold enough for that distance to not be a problem. For drives longer than 4 hours, I run it on propane. I could run it on 12v, but I don't want to have to worry if I decide to make a stop - with 12v, I could potentially run down the tow vehicle battery during a stop.
toedtoes 07/31/21 01:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Problems hitching and un hitching

Have you greased the ball? Have you looked to make sure there is nothing on the ball or coupler that is snagging? It may just be that it is a tighter fit than your prior setup - with time and greasing it may start to loosen up a bit.
toedtoes 07/31/21 01:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travelling is not getting easier

Sandia Man, X2. Say thank you from my family to your RN wife for going to work every day and taking the risks before the vaccine was available to her. She represents the "science" we all need to believe in. I agree. But I would change the last sentence to: She represents the science we all need to educate ourselves on to understand properly. Science isn't a belief - it's a process.
toedtoes 07/31/21 01:23pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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