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RE: Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

mkenyon2 - my folding trailer has only a 20 gallon fresh water tank. And due to the placement of the horizontal intake, it loses about 2 gallons while driving down the road. So, I carry aquatainers to refill while at the campground. Like you, I realized a funnel wouldn't work. So I got a Beer Bong Funnel with Valve from Amazon. It takes an extra pair of hands or something to hold it against the side of the trailer, but it works. I can pour the water from the aquatainer into the funnel and refill the tank.
toedtoes 11/01/21 10:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Tires - To Sipe or Not to Sipe Toyo M154s

I'm not missing the point. I just don't see why anyone would consider this.... ...If the tires are not appropriate or satisfactory for the vehicle/conditions, then siping will not make them suddenly appropriate or satisfactory. The only solution for that is to replace them with different tires. If the Michelin tires are siped by the manufacturer, then I would contact them and ask why they need to sipe them before making a decision. If they are siped aftermarket but before purchase, then I would not buy from that shop. I guess I thought the point was clear. The Michelins... are the OEM. And the OEM tread. They are siped. BUT... they are known to be of poor quality. And not because of the siping. The Toyos are considered to be (by motorhome owners)... one of the best replacements. But they are not the same tire... nor tread... as the OEM. They are really a commercial steer / trailer tire. Great for steers. But less than ideal for drives. There is no ideal choice here. There is no "solution... to replace them (the Toyos) with different tires." The unique size leaves fewer than usual options. One can have a "best" solution without it being an ideal one. . Ah! So you bought the RV with factory siped Michelins already on it. And are deciding to replace with the same (factory siped michelins) or Toyos. In that case, my last comment stands. I would question Michelin as to why they sipe their own tires. Is it done in accordance with their engineers to provide the best tire? Or is it a cheap fix for an engineering mistake? My guess would be the latter.
toedtoes 10/31/21 12:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

Isn't that part of the camping experience? I love coming home and taking that nice long shower afterwards.
toedtoes 10/31/21 12:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires - To Sipe or Not to Sipe Toyo M154s

So, you buy tires that were carefully researched and developed by the manufacterer and someone at a tire shop recommends they make a bunch of slashes in the tire to make it work better... If the tire isn't performing to standards, get new tires. Respectfully, you missed the point. No one said the tire isn't performing to standards. It's all in the OP. I'm not missing the point. I just don't see why anyone would consider this. If the tires are appropriate and satisfactory for the vehicle/conditions, then siping the tires is a waste of money or could reduce performance or life of the tire. If the tires are aging out, then siping them will not reduce their chance of failure, and may potentially increase that chance. That's like putting two bullets in the gun instead of one for a game of Russian Roulette. If the tires are not appropriate or satisfactory for the vehicle/conditions, then siping will not make them suddenly appropriate or satisfactory. The only solution for that is to replace them with different tires. If the Michelin tires are siped by the manufacturer, then I would contact them and ask why they need to sipe them before making a decision. If they are siped aftermarket but before purchase, then I would not buy from that shop.
toedtoes 10/30/21 11:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tires - To Sipe or Not to Sipe Toyo M154s

So, you buy tires that were carefully researched and developed by the manufacterer and someone at a tire shop recommends they make a bunch of slashes in the tire to make it work better... If the tire isn't performing to standards, get new tires.
toedtoes 10/30/21 07:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

I would be concerned of why the previous owner unplugged it. Why go to all that trouble to get behind it to unplug it unless there is a problem with it? Maybe it turns itself on? Keep an eye on it and have a fire extinguisher at the ready until it proves itself reliable and safe. Maybe remove it and run in your garage for a few days to flush out any problems Very good point.
toedtoes 10/29/21 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

Definition henpecked: A man, thoroughly and continually dominated, intimidated, bullied, or browbeaten by a woman, especially his wife or girlfriend. I hope you checked the other systems out like: The fridge - does it come on and get cool? Runs ok on propane? You know that you have to bleed air from the lines by lighting a burner in the stove first - right? Water heater - does it heat water? Air Conditioner - comes on and blows cold air? Water Pump - runs and pumps water from sinks and shower? Furnace - comes on and blows hot air? Stove - burners come on? Hopefully you saw all this stuff working before you bought it - except the fireplace didn't work, so chances are high that's a no. You understand that you can't test most things by plugging the TT into a 120 volt plug via an extension cord running from the garage - right? You should have a 30 amp RV outlet (not clothes dryer) outlet installed where your power cord can reach it. Do you know how old the tires are? You know what psi to fill them to before leaving and have a good spare? You understand the TT tires can look better than they actually are and the older they are - especially if they are made in china, the more prone to blowouts? Did the roof and caulk seams get inspected - or had maintenance done in the last year? Even seen the roof? Do you understand your tow vehicle's capabilities? Know about payload? Know how much weight a full tank of fresh water will add? And - has the fresh water system ever been used? Been sanitized? How do you know it doesn't have antifreeze in it? She was having a meltdown about an electric fireplace - imagine if any of these other creature comforts are all of the sudden taken away? I personally wouldn't go anywhere with someone who treats me like you describe - and now your going on a long trip to spend time with this person in a confined space? Life must be great as a punching bag. Lots of luck to you - you will need it since we all know how that will go for you if things aren't picture perfect... Wow. Way to put your own issues onto a complete stranger.
toedtoes 10/28/21 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: My wife is gonna kill me, please help

Father-in -law fixed the fireplace. And it was simple. He removed the device and it wasn’t plugged in. How many of you said to do the same thing? Plenty. I hadn’t had time to before reinforcing were sent. She doesn’t like waiting. Relieved it wasn’t a major problem because we all know how that would have gone for me. As for the good news, I caught 2 mice running havoc inside and sealed the undercarriage so they can no longer get in. I also replaced broken vent covers from our recent rain....which is how I knew to replace them. I am now in the good graces and all clear from my wife. On a other note. We head out this Friday for a 10 day virgin run. Do you guys haul WITH water tanks full or do you fill closer to destination? If you do fill en route, are there typical places one can go to fill with potable water? We will be going from Spokane, WA to Pullman, WA Glad it was an easy fix! I always fill my water tank at home for several reasons: My local water is good (it's actually been identified as the source of several bottled waters). I don't want to get somewhere only to find out they have no water (busted pipes, contamination, drought, etc). I've seen the condition of water tanks at various campgrounds - animal carcasses, animal sh!t, extreme rust, molds and mildews, etc. I'd rather not chance that if I don't need to. Living in a drought region, I value the amount of available water. If I CHOOSE to fill at the destination, I may well be reducing the amount of water available for someone who HAS to fill at the destination (for example someone who needs to refill their tank mid-trip). I mostly stay in actual campgrounds (versus RV parks) and they rarely allow for filling your tanks on site, let alone have actual campsite hookups. Some have to actually haul water in for campground use. And, in the end, if I am so worried about my mileage that I won't utilize my tank for what it was meant to do, and would rather hope that there will be water AND that it is decent water, I figure I can't afford to have an RV.
toedtoes 10/28/21 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

I'm not advising one over the other. For me, I find having both AAA and Good Sam/Coachnet is worth the few extra bucks. If one fails, call the other.
toedtoes 10/27/21 07:58pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: smaller MH with 2+ separate comfy sleeping areas?

With the class C, if you install a level near the driver seat, you only have to get out once - to lay out the levelers. With a trailer, you need to get out to check the level, get in to pull forward, then get out again to lay out the levelers, then get back in to back on the levelers. It's not a major thing, but it's nice when it's raining. I have never used stabilizers for my C. It's 21ft and I find the tires are enough to limit movement to my satisfaction. It certainly doesn't do the seesawing that a trailer can do. If you are really sensitive to movement, you may want to add a couple stabilizers back there. You can always rent a car if necessary. If you are going into the downtown area of a major city, you will likely have trouble with parking. That's mostly because you will be too tall for parking structures, so will need to find outdoor lots. You can also get scooters or bicycles for cruising around town. Scooters are nice because you can hop an uber, cab, or bus with it without hassle.
toedtoes 10/27/21 07:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replacement keys

I was able to go to my local locksmith (not big box or hardware store) and get all my keys duplicated. And it cost the same amount.
toedtoes 10/27/21 01:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: I like it!

I can see the benefit of a deck like this: https://www.truckcampermagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Palomino-HS-2912-new-camper-2022.jpg First, you can open your camper door and let the toddler or dog out onto the enclosed deck while you fix lunch, etc. Second, if there was a major rainstorm and the ground is a swamp, you can still sit outside. Third, with the raised deck, you can have a better view of the lake, ocean, etc. Fourth, you have a covered space to store firewood, etc, while camped. Is it something everyone wants or needs? No. But is it something that will cater only to people who "want to be in nature, without being in nature"? No.
toedtoes 10/27/21 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: Vin vs door sticker

I would go by the door sticker. Truck weights have changed significantly over the past several years and the VIN format has not been updated to account for it. A 150/1500 pickup will now weigh 12,300lbs, but the VIN format still only accounts for a max gvwr of 11,400lbs for a 150/1500 model. So the manufacturers (Dodge is the most common for "overweight" pickups) use the max gvwr of 11,400lbs when establishing the VIN, but put the actual gvwr on the sticker. I dealt with this a lot at work because our vehicle database pulled from the VIN and the gvwr was wrong more often than right.
toedtoes 10/26/21 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

My buddy recently had a blowout on his 5th wheel and he sat on the side of the road for 4 hours waiting for his roadside assistance. No one was willing to take the call. The contracted tow companies have a choice to accept the call or not. My guess, tire changes are not worth the time and effort for the amount of compensation. ^This With RA services like Good Sam and Coachnet, not only do they have to get a tow company to accept the job, but if it requires being towed to a repair shop, they have to get a repair shop to take the job. They are not necessarily the same same busines. With AAA, since they don't make repair shop arrangements, they only have to get the tow company on board. Neither is better than the other, but one may be more effective than the other in a specific situation.
toedtoes 10/26/21 11:06am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Looking for new motorhome…

I agree that many of the bunks are cramped, especially for a pair of athletic teen boys. I would look at a 24-26ft C with an overhead bunk and dedicated queen on the floor. The sofa and/or dinette could be used in a pinch, but they are rarely comfortable longterm. The 24-26ft size will give you more leeway in regards to campgrounds and campsites. It is also short enough to go without a toad for the most part. As they boys are older, this size and layout can move with you into the future as a couple. I do suggest a tent or two (I always like the idea of giving camping gear to teens for gifts). If the boys want to bring a couple friends along, the tents offer extra room. And as they get older and maybe don't want to travel with you as much, they can load their camping gear in their car(s) and meet up with you at times - without you having to plan ahead and stock the motorhome with "what if the kids join us" equipment.
toedtoes 10/26/21 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Changing a tire yourself

My thought with the food being my last concern is that if I were stuck in an off-kilter position, I would turn the fridge off. Then no concern about damage to it.
toedtoes 10/25/21 05:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Changing a tire yourself

Good considerations. For me, the answers would be: 1. I carry the plastic blocks with me - both in the MH and in the SUV. 2. This is why I carry two jacks. I have had an instance where I needed to use one jack to lift the vehicle so far, then placed a couple blocks under the second jack to lift it a bit further. I would also roll the vehicle to the least unlevel spot. 3. This happened to me. I simply put the bad tire in the back of the SUV until I could take it to a tire shop. 4. I keep a moving blanket, tarp, rain poncho, and a regular blanket in both vehicles. 5. In a worst case scenario, where there would not be a fairly level spot to pull over, food would be my least concern.
toedtoes 10/25/21 02:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newly Retired

But you are right the OP was asking about Condo rental not politics so why did you bring it up? You are the one who brought up politics: Besides be extremely expensive CA is choked with rules, laws and regs. I'm not sure if most businesses are open. We avoid the place if possible. Expensiveness is a legitimate consideration. But why would rules, laws and regulations (like the potential future banning of gasoline powered small engines - which is NOT even slightly guaranteed to happen) have any bearing on a 3-month visit? And your comment about businesses not being open is nothing but political trash talk with absolutely no basis in reality.
toedtoes 10/25/21 07:28am Snowbirds
RE: Newly Retired

As you are looking to rent a condo or apartment, I would suggest you look for advice elsewhere. This is an RV forum, and as such, posters will not be the most knowledgeable on availability, etc.
toedtoes 10/24/21 09:43pm Snowbirds
RE: Newly Retired

Florida would not be my choice because of the high rates of covid cases This is political hogwash and you should ignore it. I'm not advocating for you to stay in Florida, it's just the state I know the most about. AZ is a good spot but has a more limited area to stay in because of the weather in the north higher altitude parts of the state. Other possibilities are the Alabama coast, most years the Texas Rio Grande Valley, but the area is inundated by a million or so border jumpers right now. Maybe south New Mexico around Silver City is another. And your comments about California weren't political hogwash???? And your comments about border jumpers isn't political hogwash? The OP is looking to rent a condo for about 3 months - not domicile for 6 months or more...
toedtoes 10/24/21 09:37pm Snowbirds
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