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RE: electric fireplace

unknown turf here.......... Do you think I can run it without the glass? no kids and just us going to RV park for winter. Just wondering as time is running short and we do need it this winter
tomman58 09/13/21 08:13am General RVing Issues
electric fireplace

We got home from a short outing to find that the glass front of our fireplace has broken. Has anyone had to replace this item. I am waiting for Jayco but they were bought out a few years ago and the new company has their name on everything so I don't know the real manufacturer.
tomman58 09/12/21 07:47am General RVing Issues
RE: New Mattress

We never keep the mattress that came with the trailer. We ALWAYS bought a top of the line mattress like the one we sleep on at home. The Jayco's we have purchased always have accepted a queen size residential one. They just fit but they fit. We have never had a cheap one and those memory foam ones in our opinion are junk compared to a premium one. Just saying at 6' 3" and with a not so good back I don't discount what I sleep on several months of the year!!
tomman58 09/12/21 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Snow Birding

We found Casa Grande reasonable and could day trip to casinos and sites. Son lives in Tucson and the CG off of 10 was nice but a little to yuppie for us. Did Yuma close to Mexico but little to do in the area. I agree with Dick B be fluid for the first few years go everywhere but don't get locked down till you have been there done that. We currently like central Florida as Old Mill Stream is an hour from the beaches and the area around Mt Dora is not stupid crowded. Good Luck as you are about to learn and have fun with no restrictions.
tomman58 09/10/21 07:36am Snowbirds
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

My favorite piece of advice to prospective first-time RVers: AVOID THE URGE TO BUY MORE RV THAN YOU REALLY NEED. Many house-dwellers have trouble visualizing how they could possibly adjust to the much smaller confines of an RV - and thus tend to buy the biggest RV they can afford (or their tow vehicle can handle). The reality is that RVs tend to feel much roomier after you've spent some time using them - and a small RV is SO much easier to tow, maneuver into campsites, store and maintain. "Going Large" limits your prospects for enjoying your RV: As a rough rule-of-thumb, every 5 foot increase in RV length halves the number of campsites it will fit in. Some of the nicest campsites are also some of the smallest - And many RVs won't fit in them. You don't want to be in that category. THINK SMALL. I can disagree with much of this. Do go to the dealership, do spend at least an hour or two ion the TT you are thinking of. DO NOT go small or large go for what you think you need. The 5 foot rule is trash if you go on line and research where you wish to camp. We have camped for 30 years. I always check out the RV sties , I always call and chat with them , tell them about my rig and needs. The bottom line here is to research your needs, the more you know and the more questions you ask the less pain full a trip can be. We travel across the USA every year, we have our favorite sites and deviate yearly requiring more research. The fun of having an RV is going to places you have never been. By the time each year when we leave home I have reservations across the US and after many years there have been a minimum of surprises.
tomman58 08/21/21 06:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

I got my best advise on our 2nd trailer ..... go to a ma and pa dealer away from the city. I did just that and found a dealer that has worked for US on the last 4 trailer we have owned. Personally we like the Jayco brand they are a fair value and pretty much stay together in our very high usage.
tomman58 08/21/21 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Ocala Florida , the two big chain truck stops were 61 cents higher than the Speedway two blocks down ! I never can explain why Flying J gives you 5 cents off and is still more than the rest. The big rigs get a deal for buying 300 gallons but why not those RV's and trucks that buy a lot of fuel across the USA? The weird thing is most often there is an independent near that gets 10 to 15 cents less and still handles RV's and Truck/trailer combos. We cruise across the US yearly and also many states and it is the same story everywhere. Once you learn where the better prices are you use them as opposed to the big boys.
tomman58 08/11/21 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Travelling is not getting easier

WE didn't do the snowbird thing last winter but still had to pay for our annual site in Florida (3800 bucks) . No REFUNDS. This year again we had to pay up front in May for any kind of deal. We will go this year no matter what. We are Vaccinated and getting older so yeah we will mask up and stay warm this time even if many of our friends decide not to come down. I really feel for the Canadians. I am fairly sure they do not have as many no vacers as we have. Sad Sad Sad.
tomman58 07/30/21 07:03pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Some folks here seem to have a short memory... The pipeline hack and the Texas freeze have done more to impact gas prices than all of the politicians of both parties. Factor in the huge changes in consumption, the serious shortage of qualified tanker truck drivers due largely to the Covid pandemic and you have all the ingredients for the market chaos... and there you go. :S Spoken like a person that doesn't rely on the TV to tell them their slant.
tomman58 07/22/21 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Fuel Issues & Prices - Post 'Em Here!

Election day, 2020--Gas was $1.95 July, 16th, 2021-gas is $3.25 News stated the gas is the highest it's been in 7 years. Not claiming anything here, but-the same party was in office then as now. Oil prices have nothing to do with politics today or yesterday.... world market and the Virus are pretty much to blame along with OPEC.
tomman58 07/21/21 07:11am General RVing Issues
RE: 1 month old TT totaled?

Accidents/incidents happen for four reasons, Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue and Complacency. Unfortunately you got bit by one of them. Sorry for your loss. ADD wind, weather, bad luck and no respect by other drivers. My history of rving is similar to this poster.... been there done that many times.
tomman58 06/12/21 07:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Best/Favorite RV Resort

I may list a few later but as for our world we stay at Casinos when we can as they offer full service and let you use the hotels pool and also many times are free to us. We normally don't RV for the glitz of the park but for the value of the area outside of the park. We do stay in Florida for the winter though.
tomman58 06/08/21 07:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 1 month old TT totaled?

I witnessed hundreds of trails and motorhomes as we came home from the north on Friday. We don't have to camp on holidays and don't. I wonder watching them going North swaying and swerving at speeds over 75MPH. I think to myself, "I wonder if these guys even checked the air pressure in their tires?" I've seen a lot in our many, many trips across the USA but nothing surprises me anymore in the way people drive oblivious to what they are pulling and how it can adversely affect them if they screw up. Have them take a class? likely wouldn't matter in several of those cases.
tomman58 05/30/21 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: 1 month old TT totaled?

Before you get another one you might want to rethink how to pull one !!! You are not able to drive as if you don't have a high long unit that doesn't handle like a utility trailer!!
tomman58 05/29/21 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Deleting and Closing A Thread

I think they should ADD A HAPPY FACE OR A FROWNING ONE SO PEOPLE CAN SEE WHAT THE TRENDS ARE.
tomman58 05/13/21 07:21am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Trailering

I guess I have tired of the same ol same ol items that seem to be beaten into ground so many time. I guess I over looked the newbies but so many issues are like picking fly poop out of the pepper. I do drive from Detroit area to Tunica MS in one shot. It is about 800 miles I guess. I travel at 65mph and get around 11 mpg. So if I had a 55 gallon tank I would fill up what once? I think that a trip over 12 hours that I relish stopping for a walk around and fuel. I really cannot think of any reason to do a 55 gal. tank. (unless you are from Texas where you measure trips in hours not miles). I do think this site helps more newbies on the basics but us salty dogs rarely get any really inspiration stuff. I like to "pick" far nicer and less hectic places to take a "walk" or restroom break than a "gas station". Over the yrs have endured a lot of dumpy gas station restrooms and highly impatient motorists that are far less sympathetic to anyone in a RV. I would rather take scenic breaks or if no scenic areas pull into a nice large paved and well lit store parking lot.. My nature breaks are not forced to my vehicles needs for fuel any more making my trip a lot nicer. Not really sure why folks are so intrigued over the idea that potty stops and fuel stops must somehow be tied together. They don't need to be tied together and that is why many folks want larger fuel tanks or carry extra fuel. My extra 15 gallon fuel tank sits in the bed of my truck. I simply will make a restroom stop whenever I need and if my trucks tank is at or below half a tank, I can just pump the reserve into the trucks tank in any parking lot and continue my journey without ever visiting and waiting in line at a dirty, filthy gas station restroom.. You are hauling your own restroom in a RV, use it. You seem to be on a rant over bathrooms. I normally go to any where the big boys go like Flying J , there rest rooms are just fine. I do not mind using the trailer either but rest stops on the I slabs are just fine also. Never needed an extra tank ever since GM went to the larger tank , never had one in the past either. .
tomman58 04/22/21 06:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailering

I guess I have tired of the same ol same ol items that seem to be beaten into ground so many time. I guess I over looked the newbies but so many issues are like picking fly poop out of the pepper. I do drive from Detroit area to Tunica MS in one shot. It is about 800 miles I guess. I travel at 65mph and get around 11 mpg. So if I had a 55 gallon tank I would fill up what once? I think that a trip over 12 hours that I relish stopping for a walk around and fuel. I really cannot think of any reason to do a 55 gal. tank. (unless you are from Texas where you measure trips in hours not miles). I do think this site helps more newbies on the basics but us salty dogs rarely get any really inspiration stuff.
tomman58 04/21/21 08:26pm Travel Trailers
Trailering

After several years of visiting this site I have to ask.... Why are so many interesting in such odd setups to their trailering???? I travel across the US from Michigan to Maryland to Las Vegas to Tucson to Florida every year pretty much. I have a Dmax and a 36' Jayco TT. I am wondering just how many of you really need or want items like 55 gallon diesel tanks, or worry about MPG or a reasonable speed to travel at. Unless you spend weeks and months on the road like we do annually then why would you sweat these items?? I am not a full timer but would guess our travels that takes several weeks never needed answers to these items listed above. I mean why sweat a 55 gallon fuel tank?? You only go out while on vacation a few weeks a year and your roan time is but a few days not weeks. Your speed is derived from knowing your set up and you experience again a few days on the road doesn't make you a hauler. I don't know but most inquires seem like not of much value to most.
tomman58 04/19/21 07:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Titan tank

Pulling into a rest stop to pee or a fuel center makes no difference. Getting out and walking around for a few minutes makes a big difference in my 7 or 10 hr drives.
tomman58 04/18/21 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Canadians: 65+ are getting vaccines now

All we wish for is this season in the fall for all of Canadian friends and also the American ones can have a wonderful winter in the south! I hope at that point everyone would have the shot(s). I had not shoveled snow in 14 years and really do not want to again! For the world to get back to normal the USA and the other main bodys need to vaccinate all of the world to stop this virus.
tomman58 03/21/21 06:30pm Snowbirds
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