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RE: Road Debris Damage

Hopefully your insurance can provide rental car or some kind of trip interruption insurance for hotels etc while your RV is being repaired. But yes, the insurance company should have been one of the first people you called.
way2roll 05/18/22 08:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keeping Gypsie Moth Caterpillars at bay

Seems like a minor inconvenience. I don't think you have many options outside of either dealing with it or going somewhere else or going at another time. Spraying a bunch of harmful pesticides won't do much for them. Likely more harmful to you.
way2roll 05/18/22 05:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Little late now, but if I had the same criteria as the OP I would have opted for a MH and an SUV dinghy.
way2roll 05/18/22 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Road Debris Damage

Yes. Re-treads should be outlawed.
way2roll 05/18/22 05:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Hopefully the OP returns with more details.
way2roll 05/16/22 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

The 3 tv you are considering are marginal and would limit your selection of trailer. If you are set on those then reduce your weight of trailer as well as the length. Trucks do a much better job of towing and can be as nice inside as a suv. They already bought the TT. OP, to do it right, your TT should be loaded for travel (clothes, food, dishes, etc) and weighed to understand what real world tow weight will be. Understandably that can be a challenge as you bought the cart before the horse - literally. So, guess your best on what the trailer will actually weigh towing and look for vehicles that can safely tow that weight. And don't skimp. A marginal tow vehicle will be no fun and introduces risk. Get the right vehicle. As others mentioned, you can't have too much truck, If you ever step up to a bigger trailer you don't want to have to buy a whole new truck as well. The SUV's you mentioned I think are too small for your TT unless you look at excursion or suburban. It's not just tow capacity, it's wheelbase which will affect handling. You don't want the tail wagging the dog. Also, as I am sure you are finding, there is a vehicle shortage right now. What you want and what you can actually find to buy is a challenge. New truck orders can take months and months and don't expect a deal. You can expect to pay full MSRP if not more in dealer add on pricing.
way2roll 05/15/22 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Theoretical heights.

Thanks for the clarity. Keep us posted on your build. Never seen anyone build up a FW. Pretty interesting project. I still think there is a ton of value in measuring real world units. Lots of engineers over decades have refined the design of current FW's.
way2roll 05/14/22 06:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Email Issues - Just looking for ideas..

Create a filter rule that sends 'ends with' @gmail.com to Junk, Trash, or another folder you create. You can then review those emails at your leisure. Deleting them in one fell swoop if appropriate. At least they won't clog up your Inbox. What if legitimate emails come from a gmail account? To the OP, why not just get a gmail account? It's free and they are pretty good about weeding out spam. Apparently Thunderbird doesn't have much in the way of spam filters, so just get an email account with one that does. Gmail "training period" would take about 5 minutes.
way2roll 05/13/22 01:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Is there an Air Conditioner using Inverter Compressor

You lost me at ductless. Mini splits are great for rooms or garages but when trying to cool an entire RV with different rooms I think they lose some appeal - at least for me. If I were doing a Sprinter conversion I would definitely consider it.
way2roll 05/12/22 02:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Theoretical heights.

I am also confused. Are you building a FW from the ground up? I am sure specs/dimensions are readily available for most production units. Why live in theory, go to an RV dealer and take measurements.
way2roll 05/12/22 07:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: No water pressure

Or a leak somewhere.
way2roll 05/11/22 12:50pm Tech Issues
RE: No water pressure

Did you put your winterizing valves back to the normal position?
way2roll 05/11/22 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: Black tank not draining!

Ice cubes don't really work. The best thing is plenty of water and a black tank flush system. Ice cubes in black tank
way2roll 05/11/22 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Black tank not draining!

After you resolve your issue and get the tank flowing again, make sure you keep the black water valve closed, and allow the tank to get at least 3/4's full before you drain. Using an application of Happy Camper will go along way to eliminating odors and keeping things fluid. Anyone who tells you that some sort of black tank treatment isnt needed is just plain wrong. Been MHing 25 years plus, black tank odor and issue free! Here we go....:S
way2roll 05/10/22 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replaced "Kingdom", any value?

Thanks to all who responded, I suspected there was no value. I like the shape of the dome itself so I'll disassemble it, toss the internal components and keep the half-round dome for some future use. I really need more junk cluttering my shop! Bob Saucer sled? Captain America shield? Half of a UFO? Hail umbrella? The possibilities are endless.
way2roll 05/10/22 11:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Black tank not draining!

I think more info is needed. When you say you flush the toilet and it looks full, how do you know? Is it not flushing? Can you see it's actually full, visually? What do your tank levels read? Have you let the black tank fill completely before dumping? (this is the recommend method) What is a "blue pack"? And lastly, are you pulling the correct valve?
way2roll 05/10/22 11:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Vacation Home Buying Fizzling. RV's too?

Housing prices are up because there is a shortage of homes in desirable areas. Lots of demand, no supply. We see supply and demand issues affecting literally everything right now, mostly a fallout of Covid. This is a completely different and normal part of economics and the sky is not falling. The Fed is increasing rates to help curb inflation caused by this unpredicted supply and demand issue. Not to mention they haven't raised rates in a very long time. It's not doom and gloom. I wonder what $11.00 2X6X93-5/8" studs and $37.00 sheets of 7/16" OSB have to do with it LOL. I never knew how much I enjoyed the Lowe's Saturday special every once in awhile with the $4.97 7/16" OSB. I look at it all using other barometers however, such as my fertilizer costs, some of which are up over 400% which is unprecedented, it's new territory and its gotten / going to get ugly. I won't get started on diesel / fuel prices. The sky fell over a year ago and you're walking on it, it is soon going to crack. You can not eat your house. I hear you on fuel costs. it's definitely a head scratcher. If supply and demand are supposed to be the factors in determining rising costs, that does NOT explain the continual rising cost of diesel. Plenty of supply, yet here we are. Coincidental there is a big push for EV's? And yes, building costs are up. That wouldn't explain the rising costs of resales though. It's pretty common knowledge inventory on pre existing homes is very low. That dictates the risings costs. This thread is about vacation homes fizzling. And my point through these posts is that it isn't. Not sure where the author got their facts but that's not the case in my area. For every home about to go on the market there are 30 offers waiting. Many sight un-seen and all over ask with heavy cash incentives. All of them under contract in a day. I could sell my house tomorrow for easily double what I paid a few years ago. Of course I'd have to have somewhere to go. Thought of hitting the road full time in my FW with my cash and wait til the market settles... We are actively looking for a piece of land to do just that.
way2roll 05/10/22 05:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Vacation Home Buying Fizzling. RV's too?

I worked as an analyst in the REO division of a large bank for years right around the big bubble. Maybe your geography is different but houses are not money pits. Statistically speaking, houses almost always are an appreciating asset. And in my neck of the woods, I've seen exponentially less used RV's for sale than the past 2 years. Reality falls somewhere in the middle. It's fun to talk about the little old couple who bought a $30k house in 1950 and the kids are selling it for $1million but that's really an unusual case and when you back calculate the annual return, it's not that great and it ignores all the costs that go into supporting a house for 70yrs. If you are more typical (average duration of ownership is around 7yrs), the transaction costs of buying/selling typically eats up most if not all of the appreciation. RVs are obviously worse as depreciating assets but houses are not the investments that the real estate industry promotes. In terms of the market bubbles and the impact of rising interest rates, expect both to take a big hit as the Fed tries to get inflation under control after stoking the fires. Don't confuse cost of ownership with the value of the asset. If a house one year sells for $100k and 2 years later sells for $150k, that's an increase in the absolute value of the home by $50k. Pretty much everything you buy has a cost of ownership. But an asset's value is it's value. And homes almost always increase in value. How you manage a sale becomes a factor of net proceeds but does not impact the value. And transaction costs of buying and selling are usually around 5-7%. Hardly eating the net profit. Cumulated annual property taxes are the biggest bite to a net income on most homes but again they don't change the value. Rv's on the other hand, as you stated, are a depreciating asset. Most things are depreciating assets. Hardly anything outside of collectibles increase in value. But homes and land do.
way2roll 05/09/22 02:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vacation Home Buying Fizzling. RV's too?

We have a lot of “financial analysts” on here with a lot of time on their hands I see…lol. Since I’m sort of stuck, NOT liquidating our truck, camper and boat now, for a healthy return I might add, I’m not actually waiting for things to tank. But I also am. 2008-09 were great years for us. Bought a new truck, new boat and a lot of property for a nice discount! Hoping 2023-24 are the same. I see a lot of speculators who want to ignore reality and financial bubbles. While everybody and their brother has been loading up on debt, buying houses and everything else they can't afford, I've been stacking cash and precious metals. I'll add another $30,000 to my hoard by this fall. Last real estate crash I bought acreage for 85% off. The sucker who lost it to the bank barely put anything down at all. By the time I bought it it was "cash only," "as is." Same thing is baked into the cake. I'm seeing some hilarious, if not sad, situations play out. People who can't even afford to drive their "new" pickup truck because of fuel prices and the payments, etc. The Nasdaq is down almost 30% from its highs ALREADY. Some individual stocks have suffered 80%+ declines, yet all these people high on credit are whistling past the graveyard. I will be visiting this thread over the course of the next several years as these bold gamblers disappear into the ether. What data do you have to support that everyone is loaded up on debt and living beyond their means? This past year allowed me to become virtually debt free. Certainly the folks selling these homes at historic highs are raking in the cash. People buying homes over fair market value have to supplement the difference in cash to prevent a negative equity situation. I think you are making assumptions that because a lot of people bought houses or RV's in the past 2 years they are all in over their head. In reality, 2 years of COVID has allowed many to save a lot of money and eliminate a lot of debt and move to more affordable locations. Banks are offering all kinds of cash back incentives to get people to borrow because debt usage is low.
way2roll 05/09/22 01:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vacation Home Buying Fizzling. RV's too?

I hear the same bogus arguments this time around as I did back in 2008 when the whole housing market took a dump. People never learn. I work on houses for a living. They are money pits, not magical money trees. Not only is the housing market already tanking, RVs, boats, trucks, cars and everything else are following suit. Interest rates on mortgages have doubled since last August. That means the average house payment is up over 1/3 since that time, and we're talking houses that are at the pinnacle price peak of the biggest real estate bubble in history. The entire situation was completely unsustainable, and now it's time to get ready for the fallout. I'm already seeing WAY more used RVs for sale than just a month ago. When money gets tight, the toys are the first to go. Forget a crashing housing market, I'm anticipating everything else crashing much worse before then, because it's all interest rate sensitive. For somebody like me who purchases things in cash, I will be enjoying watching this unfold. I worked as an analyst in the REO division of a large bank for years right around the big bubble. Maybe your geography is different but houses are not money pits. Statistically speaking, houses almost always are an appreciating asset. And in my neck of the woods, I've seen exponentially less used RV's for sale than the past 2 years. The bubble from 2008 was caused by investors buying and flipping homes and no doc loans that essentially provided anyone with a face way more credit than they could afford. The loans were set up to fail because all the large major banks and hedge funds were buying and promoting poor loan paper and insuring against it's failure. They wanted it to fail. They made billions on the insurance. It was a complete set up. Completely different scenario than today. Most homes being bought now are consumers who ended up with a bit more cash due to being dormant during COVID and are exiting large metropolitan areas because they can work remote or got new jobs in a location with a lower cost of living. Housing prices are up because there is a shortage of homes in desirable areas. Lots of demand, no supply. We see supply and demand issues affecting literally everything right now, mostly a fallout of Covid. This is a completely different and normal part of economics and the sky is not falling. The Fed is increasing rates to help curb inflation caused by this unpredicted supply and demand issue. Not to mention they haven't raised rates in a very long time. It's not doom and gloom.
way2roll 05/09/22 07:01am General RVing Issues
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