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RE: 5 figure 30 foot

If you are no longer tied into vacations...having her able to drive in a pinch is nice but does the need to trade off regularly become a deal killer? - 2 week 3000mile trip typically means some long driving days where trading out driving duties is really nice. - 6 month 5000 mile trip...no need to do more than 3hr in a day. I do think having her learn to drive it is good so if something happens to you, she isn't trapped but you could do an occasional practice drive to get her used to it under easy conditions (say rural freeway with minimal traffic and not complications from mountains or lots of sharp corners). Good chance if she got used to the 5er, she will quickly pick up on driving the MH.
valhalla360 01/19/20 10:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Assuming similarly outfitted...3/4ton isn't much moBut you can't get the 3.5 ecoboost & 10 speed transmission in a 3/4 ton; a superior combination when the truck is also a daily driver. OP never questioned how it was as a daily driver. OP only questioned it's towing capability and cost. A nice sedan would be even better as daily driver.
valhalla360 01/19/20 10:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is the coldest temp you've started your Honda 2000 in?

Why would you expect an issue? I used to start the riding mower with plow attachment regularly in the winter...never had an issue. They are simple small gas engines. Temp isn't a huge issue. Now if it was a diesel generator, it becomes more of a question as the cold leeches away the heat generated from compression faster than the compression can heat it to ignition.
valhalla360 01/19/20 04:09am Tech Issues
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

It still amazes me that people think a 5-6k lb half ton towing 10-11k lbs is absurd, but a 8-9k one ton towing 30+k lbs is perfectly acceptable. This is one reason why I think we need to get rid of terms like half tons and one tons because people place there expectations on what a half ton should tow in their mind rather than looking at the actual capabilities of the truck. To them it is perfectly fine that HD/SD trucks have increased tow ratings to absurd amounts over the years, but the half ton will always be good for towing less than 7k no matter how much they have been upgraded over the years. Who is suggesting your average 1 ton is going to be happy with 30k lb? The vast majority would say that's in MDT territory. I agree that 30k is medium duty territory, but most people here tout their favorite brands latest chest beating marketing hype of being able to tow over 30K with a 9k lb truck configuration they will likely never own. There are also those that thing that a 3/4 ton can't safely and reliable handle more payload due to the 10k max GVWR of the government regulated class that all pre-2019 3/4 ton are in and ignorantly recommend a 1 ton because of it. If they actually looked at specs of a Ram 2500, it only has a rear GVWR of 500 lbs less than the 3500 but is limited in GVWR due to the class 2b max GVWR limits, not the actual capability of the truck. You are talking outliers who suggest you will be happy with 30k on a 1 ton. That is not the common response by a long shot. On the other hand 7-9k on a 1/2 ton, is pretty commonly suggested as OK...if you spec it correctly.
valhalla360 01/19/20 01:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

It still amazes me that people think a 5-6k lb half ton towing 10-11k lbs is absurd, but a 8-9k one ton towing 30+k lbs is perfectly acceptable. This is one reason why I think we need to get rid of terms like half tons and one tons because people place there expectations on what a half ton should tow in their mind rather than looking at the actual capabilities of the truck. To them it is perfectly fine that HD/SD trucks have increased tow ratings to absurd amounts over the years, but the half ton will always be good for towing less than 7k no matter how much they have been upgraded over the years. Who is suggesting your average 1 ton is going to be happy with 30k lb? The vast majority would say that's in MDT territory.
valhalla360 01/18/20 10:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Should I stop being a tight a$$ and get a 3/4 ton truck? TIA Assuming similarly outfitted...3/4ton isn't much more than a 1/2 ton.
valhalla360 01/18/20 10:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking ideas pop up roof section

Asking 'why' on the forum is a forum faux pau. When did this rule get applied? And WHY? What are you pulling with and where are you trying to pull it? An extra ft of height would have little impact on clearance in most places and could be made aerodynamic to the point it would have no noticeable effect during towing. If you are dead set, it's fairly simple to put a ridge 2-3" high around the opening and then a frame that fits over it like a box top. Then attach canvas to the inside of the lid and to the outside of the ridge.
valhalla360 01/17/20 02:11am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Zoning Law

Zoning is typically done locally. Go down to your local city office and ask for a copy of any zoning laws related to RVs and/or living in them.
valhalla360 01/16/20 01:58am General RVing Issues
RE: New Source of TV While on the Road

Now, with our Verizon unlimited data plan, from ANYWHERE, Tim Try that in the Kewenaw Peninsula in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Pretty much no cell service for any provider north of Houghton/Hancock. :B Pretty neat way to watch TV though. When we had TimeWarner I thought about something similar when they came out with their watch anywhere app. Yeah but on a forested camp site on the wrong side of the hills, satellite isn't going to work either.
valhalla360 01/15/20 08:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Roof Vent Security

I think you are overthinking things...but just screw some metal bars on the underside of the opening. Even 1 or 2 would make it so a person couldn't get in. Even one of the vent covers, so you can leave it open in the rain would make it appear as if it's not a viable entrance. If they are willing to start tearing that apart, they likely would just take a small crowbar to the door.
valhalla360 01/15/20 08:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Rubber roof white wearing off

You can clean it all you want before priming it and coating it. But if it's wearing away, it's still going to lift as the surface under the new coating lets go. We did it several years back...got about 5yrs out of the coating before it started lifting for a fraction of the cost that a new roof would have cost.
valhalla360 01/15/20 08:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Residential Refrigerator – Good or avoid?

We dry camp a lot and would NEVER have a residential fridge. We don't need that much fridge space, for just two people. Retired Firefighter huh!..:R You need to explore the fire hazard potential - and if you're still happy with your gas/electric - add fusible link actuated extinguisher in the rear of the fridge compt. "Space" - Refrigerators are available in all sizes, whether gas/elect or electric only (residential). BTW - NEVER -say- NEVER, ROTFL!! . Ummm... I've seen 3 RV fires. All 3 were electrical related. I know it's a common cause of RV fires. Are you planning to rip out the electrical system in your RV?
valhalla360 01/14/20 11:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Source of TV While on the Road

Unless you insist on hi-def, throttling usually isn't an issue. For movies, this can be an issue but for TV, we usually don't care. Pretty much all newer phones can cast and most newer TVs can receive.
valhalla360 01/14/20 07:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Propane vs Electric Heating

Electric when on-grid (pay per night camping). Propane when off-grid dry camping. If you are running on a meter, then it becomes a math problem. Electrical: Wattage of heater, hours run per day, cost of a kilowatt/hr, determine a dollar amount for daily usage. Propane: Cost to fill the tanks, estimated days per tank, determine a dollar amount for daily usage. One will be cheaper. My bet is on electric will be cheaper. Ultimately you need to plug in the numbers and do the math. It will be different for all of us. -Eric Ok, so I need to make sure I'm doing my math right. Most of the space heaters I'm seeing are 1500 watts. I estimate 6 hours per day (cutting on an off from 6 pm to 6 am). It might be less, but I'm not sure. 1500 watts x 6 hours = 9 kwh. Current price per kwh for electric is $0.28, which puts me at about $2.52 per day, or $35 for two weeks. My average price to fill a tank is about $18 every 10 days or so, or about $25 per 2 weeks, so it appears on the surface that propane is cheaper. I guess now the question is am I willing to spend $20 per month for the convenience of not having to cart the tank around every 10 days. My first guess is probably yes, lol. Assuming, you are getting the same level of heating...you have it figured out. Propane is typically a bit cheaper but there is a convenience of electricity just showing up at the pedestal for as long as you want it. If electricity is not metered, obviously, use electric.
valhalla360 01/14/20 07:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

Depends...mostly based on the length of stay: - A quick overnight and gone in the morning, don't care too much as long as the weather is comfortable. - 2-3 days, generally want electric - 4-6 days, fresh water is nice to have. - A week or more, sewer is preferred. Secondarily conditions matter: - If it's really hot or cold, we like electric even for a quick overnight but we can break out the generator if needed. - Sometimes a destination simply doesn't have hookups. If we really want to go there, we can make it 10-14 days without hookups.
valhalla360 01/14/20 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Residential Refrigerator – Good or avoid?

If you are mostly on shore power, residential is fine. If you are away from shore power a lot, propane makes a lot of sense. You can make residential work but it gets expensive adding an inverter, upgrading the battery bank and a charging system to keep up with the fridge.
valhalla360 01/14/20 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Warranty coverage

If you buy new, plan to spend the first 6 months local to the dealership and use everything trying to find issues. Once you are no longer local, expect dealers to not want to deal with you and if they do, there is normally no time frame for getting the repairs done. Even at the dealer you bought from, don't expect prompt convenient service. They will take a guy paying full shop rates over discounted warranty work in a heartbeat. Save the extended warranty money in a maintenance fund...9 times out of 10 you will be far ahead doing so. PS: Buying new is far from trouble free. Friends buying new have more complaints about repairs than we've had buying used.
valhalla360 01/13/20 07:59pm Full-time RVing
RE: Slide cover starting to tear

By the time you go thru the trouble of removing it to flip it around...just get new material. It's not too expensive. Fairly simple, there are ytube videos showing you how. Just make sure to understand how to lock the spring mechanism as you don't want it to release uncontrolled.
valhalla360 01/13/20 07:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Prepping RV for private sale

I know alot of people will not disclose the flaws, and just figure if the buyer doesn't notice, it's their fault. Disclosing flaws you are aware of...certainly. Paying someone to try and find flaws you were unaware of...no thanks.
valhalla360 01/13/20 07:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: full timing

Define maintenance? - Something major, messy or that looks like the clampets...they won't want you doing it because it looks bad to the other customers, could leave a mess and worst case, may make you immobile for a significant period of time when they have that site reserved for a future guest. - Minor stuff (say replacing a cracked brake light lens), they likely won't take issue.
valhalla360 01/12/20 07:53pm Full-time RVing
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