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RE: has anyone seen one of these in person?

Not much into toy haulers but just looking at the rest of the trailer this is something on the entrance level. Seem cheap and not thought out in many, many ways. From the little sink and micro under the stove to the sink in the bedroom. What s nightmare.
tomman58 08/02/20 07:43am Toy Haulers
RE: 100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

I am hopeful for a vaccine by year end. The purpose of my post was not to discourage anyone but emphasize the need to take as many precautions as possible. I have followed a lot of this and am a broken hearted RVer this winter. I have not found any credible scientist or knowledgeable person that says they're will be a vaccine that is going to be totally workable though even next year there are just to many variables to this virus. There may be one that works for some and then is not effective for others much,much testing will be required for a finial solution and then it will need to be redone for the next year. We will wait .
tomman58 07/28/20 05:30pm Snowbirds
RE: Cracker Barrel

When we travel the CB breakfast is the meal of the day till we stop after 8 to 13 hours of traveling. As stated I like to start at 4 am and by the time I wake up and it becomes daylight I am ready from a meal. We will then travel to our spot for the night. Long drives I have become accustomed to as we cross the US and go back before stopping at our winter spot. CB always offers the same food , quantity, and quality time after time. The one other place we go is Dennys, they are often are our fuel stops and they do a good breakfast especially in October when you can get pumpkin pancakes.
tomman58 07/26/20 12:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cracker Barrel

When we travel we go to CB each morning while on the road. I like to get up early ,4am, and drive for a few hours before doing breakfast/ brunch. The CB offers ,to me, an exceptional breakfast, mama's pancake breakfast is my fav, great consistent quality. We don't do dinner there very often. As a rule I can never park in those rV slots. I have my truck and a 40' TT I always fine room in the back and just take up a bunch of spots on one of their cut outs for cars. Many are like me and do the same with their buses and toads. They are all the same but different but they are their for travelers and you can do them. I have been in places on a Sunday morn or even sat that I showed up at 9 or 10 am and they are packed and cars are parked in the RV slots. I good news is when you find one CB it is likely there is another one down the road a few miles. Get their map and decide which one you want to shot for. Oh and another thing, I try to no go to those that are in a city's limit as those are busier and more cramped. Been doing CB's for many, many years
tomman58 07/26/20 07:19am General RVing Issues
RE: When this is over

Looking back at this post and rereading the comments cannot say much has changed. We are worse off now. We are so tied of this and just want to return to our favorite campgrounds whiteout fear of the unknown. We have lost too many to this and so much has changed. I know buck up and take a deep breath this will be over sometime................. we hope. I think I'll just go wax the trailer.
tomman58 07/20/20 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

An often mentioned benefit is that nitrogen molocules are larger than oxygen.... So it does not leak thru the pores of the tire as fast.... probably true but..... Regular air is about 68% nitrogen, so according to this theory every time air is added to the tire the nitrogen % should increase.... IOW, even those that do not initailly have their tires filled with nitrogen soon end up with close to the same percntage as those that do! In short; their is very little benefit to having this done. Especially if one takes into account that the nitrogen filled tires are never 100% filled with nitrogen! That would require suctioning out all of the air before adding the nitrogen.... Which is impossible. Just Curious - how often are you adding air to your tires? I can go years and never add air. If you are adding air regularly, you might have a different issue you should look into.Once a year. In the spring when the temps are cooler here in Phoenix. As the temps go up into the summer, the pressure rise that goes along with the temp rise offsets the natural pressure loss that ALL tires experience. The main difference I have seen is that since I switched to LTs in 2006, is that I get to add air several times to my tires as they now last long enough for me to do so.... When I ran STs, my tires generally lost pressure suddenly and were unable to be topped off. This always happened before their second birthday. So my ST tires never got a very high percentage of nitrogen in them. Do you think that may have been the reason they failed?:B I have always needed air every say 3 months. Maybe only 5 or 8 pounds but still. It might have something to do with weight and temperature swings. The air needed thing has occurred on all my trailers and tires except this one with nitrogen, but after 2 years I add a couple of pounds when going out.
tomman58 07/18/20 07:01am Travel Trailers
RE: New camper coming has nitrogen filled tires

Have had it in a few cars and 2 trailers. It is nice in the trailer as the tires hold their pressure and only rarely do you need to add "air" I normally keep adding air and in a few years when I have a moment I may stop and have new nitro done but certainly do not make a big deal about it.
tomman58 07/16/20 08:06am Travel Trailers
RE: 100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

Still have our FL trip planned in Christmas. This will be completely burned out by November. How do you know it'll be burnt out by November. Hey I'm all for optimism but why would you say that? SARS had 2 years to the last death. Spanish Flu (yes there are still odd cases) took 3 years for the bulk of it. So why do you for one minute think COVID-19 and all it's mutant strains will be wiped out by November? It's a bit like all the posts I read about "when the vaccine comes out". How can those folks be sure there will even be an effective vaccine. Again, it was partially developed we are told, but never used for SARS. Even our Flu vaccines each year are a guess as to which maybe 3 strains might be most prevalent to target. I wish I had the crystal ball on all this that some do. In the meantime, right or wrong advice from those that "seem" to know better than me, thank you to all who wear their masks to protect me as I do mine to protect you when out in public! Do you think you'll be able to enter the US?????? Will you???? WHY !!! Hey Tom, I'm by no means saying we'll be able to do anything or anything will happen, hence I don't have a crystal ball in all this like "some" seem to make statements implying they do! At the end of the day the USA has the right to keep us out of there same as other countries have same right to do so with their countries. As for WILL I? If I'm RVing then possibly, because I personally believe we are more socially distant than being in a SnB. We wear masks when we are out in public for groceries/gas, sanitize to the point our skin is almost dropping off, which begs the question if we'll have resistance to anything at the end of all this, and we tend to boondock remotely so ........... WHY? Why not if we are legally allowed to and we feel that the risk is no worse than staying home for our individual circumstances. At the end of the day it would be more in the interest financially I would think for the USA to open to Canadians than the other way around from a "travel perspective of dollar spending". Assuming the data of for every 2 Canadians heading south only 1 American heads into Canada. But again, I know absolutely nothing or diddly squat for sure so ....... I was just saying, why are people making the assumptions they are about being over by November, or a vaccine coming out, when none of us knows anything in that regards, and can only hope we are being guided right on the internationally worldwide general consensus to "wash/sanitize hands regularly", "keep social distance" and sneeze/cough into our bent elbows. That and being urged to wear masks to protect others, all of the aforementioned we try to follow. We are not about to predict anything. We do have a loose plan of "would like to do's", if things are safer and when opened up eventually. We aren't in anyway trying to cause an argument. Just curious how so many folks are so confident referencing taking an unknown side effects vaccine that will supposedly be here soon and having a timeframe for when this will all be over! Good luck, my wife's cousin is marred to an Canadian....... they have not been able to see each other since March. She works in Canada so they cannot get together till this ends. I know many,many Canadians and they are the best but in today's world I cannot see them and they cannot come here..... this sucks.
tomman58 07/12/20 07:03pm Snowbirds
RE: 100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

Still have our FL trip planned in Christmas. This will be completely burned out by November. How do you know it'll be burnt out by November. Hey I'm all for optimism but why would you say that? SARS had 2 years to the last death. Spanish Flu (yes there are still odd cases) took 3 years for the bulk of it. So why do you for one minute think COVID-19 and all it's mutant strains will be wiped out by November? It's a bit like all the posts I read about "when the vaccine comes out". How can those folks be sure there will even be an effective vaccine. Again, it was partially developed we are told, but never used for SARS. Even our Flu vaccines each year are a guess as to which maybe 3 strains might be most prevalent to target. I wish I had the crystal ball on all this that some do. In the meantime, right or wrong advice from those that "seem" to know better than me, thank you to all who wear their masks to protect me as I do mine to protect you when out in public! Do you think you'll be able to enter the US?????? Will you???? WHY !!!
tomman58 07/12/20 03:11pm Snowbirds
100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

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tomman58 07/11/20 01:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
100 days till snowbirding........ maybe not

Generally each year we take off in the first week of Nov. +/-. We normally travel to LA or to Az then back to Fl for the winter. We have a Jacuzzi a double slab for the TT, a shed and a flower patch. We hook up and do cards, pegs and jokers, bingo, pot lucks, dances and entertainment. All of which are not done without social distancing. We always laugh because at the card games many bring in candies and other treats then after a week of two they complain the cards are sticky. Point being it is a giant love fest with fun and great times. And a great place to get sick. BUT ....................... this year we are not in the hugs mode, we do the mask thing and don't linger at the stores and stay at our cottage up north as the virus tolls are very, very low. So Florida looks like a bust. We are being told by many in our park that they are not going to come and the Canadians are not allowed to come. What is your winter plans looking like?
tomman58 07/11/20 01:19pm Snowbirds
RE: 4th of July - what are you having?

We had Spiedies. I made pork ones this time... I vacuum pack them and freeze them. If you are curious, here's a link and if you google, you'll find all kinds of recipes. Spiedies Also good with salt potatoes Sounds like kabobs we do lamb ,chicken and beef. Like these because when we grill them on skewers we also have onions, green pepper, mushrooms and any other veggie. We have plenty of the meat packets on hand when camping.
tomman58 07/05/20 07:44am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: 4th of July - what are you having?

All meals are quiet and just the two of us, the 4th is no different. Wife made a strawberry pie, potato salad , and cold spaghetti salad for our daughters family but they ate at their house as did we. We have not made dinner for friends nor family since March. We would love to visit friends in Canada but alas we cannot go there. We can't go to Europe and we are going to beaches or places where the masses are not doing anything to avoid the virus. After the 4th we may go to one of our more hidden spots to hang out and make a dinner over the campfire. It is the world we are being subjected to through ignorance.
tomman58 07/04/20 05:21pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: What will Canadians fo this fall/winter

There is so much stupidity here in the US we are not likely going to Fl this year or Az. It is really sad for our Canadian friends but they will be better off to stay out of the madness here. We left Fl ion early March, came home reset the trailer and headed to our house in the northern part of Michigan. Glad we did as here in our county there have been almost 9000 cases, up north 23 cases. We really want to travel somewhere in our TT but the risks are high is we go anywhere that we cannot just be by ourselves. We are happy to at least be staying well. My wife's cousin is married to a Canadian and they have not been able to see each other (she works in Canada) since March. Hope everyone can deal with this and we hope in the fall that our government takes a different tack, Heck we cannot even go abroad!
tomman58 07/03/20 07:20pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Fighting zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

As I stated before that our city mandates nothing bigger than 20' and it has to be behind the house. This in our are of heavily treed acre lots is quite doable. This is not a sub division but individual homes. I was president of the homeowners group for 15 years. We had not authority for demanding things but we did have the city keep our neighborhoods looking good and got may awards from the city and Washington. I guess what I am saying is living at a nicely groomed neighborhood is more important than making it look like a trailer park.
tomman58 06/28/20 07:21am Beginning RVing
RE: Fighting zoning ordinances that hurt RV owners

Where we live you can keep it in your back yard behind the back of your house. AND it needs to be under 20' in length. I know I really do not want to look at my neighbors TT and I take mine up North to our house there that is a vacation community at the lake. It is all cottages on large lots, perfect for TT storage as no one live year round next door. I really think it is the right thing to do if you can.
tomman58 06/25/20 08:03am Beginning RVing
RE: The more I learn, the more I realize what I don't know

One other thing about a TT vs 5er, you have a pick up with a cap and with the Jayco Eagle I have it is as large as most 5er and then some. I admit that the Dmax pu makes you forget the TT is even behind the truck. We and several other folks here travel the US a lot and we spend 5 months in our TT a year and then some. So many campers only can camp for a few weeks a year and they are a far different bunch as their units just are not used.
tomman58 06/20/20 07:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The more I learn, the more I realize what I don't know

we've had a really large TT for years and never had a FW. Like it as we don't need to go up stairs for the bed or bath. That said 1. I rarely camp where we have to back in. I can do it but why? most have pull thrus and we don't unhook a lot when just on the road. 2. we always use truck stops as they are easy and I would think you'll have a diesel. I will say you get what you pay for in any rig although there are plenty that are not build well but built for looks. We go to RV shows and like to watch and listen to folks make comments on rigs that a really bad but they see one thing they like and latch on like a large fish in a pond. Never hurts here on this site to ask about the make and model you are thinking of. Good luck.
tomman58 06/19/20 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
michigan state parks

It was reported today in the Free Press.... n June 22, people will again be allowed to camp in state parks, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced. State parks had been closed to campers due to the coronavirus threat. You might want to use the net to get a reservation as our parks fill quickly. We used to go to Crystal Falls area to a state park there as the sites were larger and they had a small lake there. That are is fun to explore and you are in a good spot for even golf. Day trips to Superior were always fun too. this is the 5th time I've tryed to post this errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
tomman58 06/04/20 10:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Tusk is the "coal roller" of the rocket age...x2
tomman58 06/03/20 07:38am Tow Vehicles
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