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RE: Need Help with Utility Trailer Decision

I have hauled touring bikes on an open trailer behind the rv. I wasn't impressed with the amount of **** all over the bikes. I switched to an enclosed trailer. Its nice to have a portable garage behind the rv. You can also store other items like BBqs, spare tires, tool etc in the trailer. When it comes to toys, its nice to have them out of sight when you are away doing the tourist thing. Out of sight, is out of mind. The rear ramp is also nice. This feature can be had with a landscape type open deck trailer as well. Wooden decks are desirable on open trailers in my opinion. They are easy to maintain. The deck will last close to ten years or longer. They are easily replaced once they get rotted. Most will come with pressure treated wood.
winniman 01/21/20 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

All this cyber stuff might fly in California, but I would like to see a driverless car navigate snow and ice covered roads here in Canada. I wouldn't want to be in one in a snow storm.
winniman 01/21/20 01:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping Lights

This topic comes up every so often. Most campgrounds have street lights, and many have pole lights at every campsite. Darkness is not something you can expect at a campground, unless it is an unserviced campground. Boondocking is for people who don't want to deal with neighbors. I don't appreciate barking dogs, dog ****, music not to my liking, smoke from a smoldering campfire, and many other things people do at campgrounds. This doesn't mean I have any right to tell them not to do it. If I don't like something enough, I will vote with my wallet and leave. Many fond memories were made when the kids were small. We camped a lot. Im sure maybe someone thought the kids were to loud, or we had the campfire too big, or whatever. Families camping is what campgrounds are for. If people want to make them retirement homes on wheels, they should go to a dedicated 55 plus campground with strict rules, not to public campgrounds with families and local people who work all week, and want to let it go a bit on the weekend camping.
winniman 01/20/20 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is the coldest temp you've started your Honda 2000 in?

We run generators, air compressors, and lots of things that don't like to start up here in the Canadian winters. One trick we often do at work if we need to, is to run the truck motor with the generator in front of the truck exhaust for five or ten minutes. This will warm up the generator, and the oil inside enough that starting it is much easier. We use air compressors for building that wont start unless you heat them up first. Once they are running, they create enough heat on their own.
winniman 01/19/20 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Newfoundland

Seeing icebergs depends on the year. We have been there twice. First time, we had to go all the way up to St. Anthony to see some. This time we found three at Kings Cove, but that was all we saw. June is the better month for icebergs. As stated, you cant beat the iceberg finder website to tell you where they are. If you are going to St John NFLD, Pippys Park is right in town. Its a nice park owned by the city. It may be the only show in town. Its a short cab ride down town if you want to enjoy the nightly music. For whales, we saw lots at Cape Spear this time. The first time, we didn't see any there. If you go down the Irish Loop to St. Vincents Beach, you can boondock beside the tourist info center and walk across the bridge to the beach. We spent three days there both trips. The whales, seals, and sea birds did not disappoint either trip. Its the best place in NFLD to see whales. They come 30 feet from the shore. The beach is actually a hundred foot drop off. The whales chase the Kaplin up to the beach, and take turns eating them. Kaplin are like small sardines or smelts. The seabirds put on quite a display as well. We watched Gannets dive from a hundred feet up into the school of Kaplin. There were thousands of birds doing it at the same time. I took a video of it. There are many videos of NFLD on my channel if you want to check it out. Cheers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDBMMO8MWOo
winniman 01/14/20 06:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Small flys/ gnats coming out of commode.

Do you leave your black tank flush valve open when hooked to campsite services?
winniman 01/13/20 07:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

I must admit I know little about 5G except it means 5th generation. Up until now, every generation meant an improvement over the old generation. If it's not better, what's it all about? It is not JUST the next generation of internet, it uses much more concentrated microwaves than any of the previous versions. But alas, I will be accused of needing a tin foil hat. The current version of phones are unhealthy to be held near your body. I cant wait for the next high powered version to come out.
winniman 01/13/20 06:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Must see in Maine?

bar harbor after the 'season' is worth a trip. We like Bar Harbor any season. Logistically the summer can be challenging but if you stay at any of the campgrounds along Rt. 3 you can take the shuttle into town so you don't have to deal with parking. Eat at non-peak times if you eat out or make a reservation. IMHO the crowds are just part of the vibe that makes it so much fun. The down side is Acadia gets VERY crowded and that can make for a miserable experience. Mid-week is better than weekends and if you can travel in the off-season it is better but some things do shut down. The season up there is getting longer, though-many places are starting to stay open through October. Maybe because we had spent so much time in Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, that Maine just seemed kind of a let down. The Bay of Fundy is a phenomenal place. I highly recommend it to anyone. I've never felt "let down" returning to Maine possibly because it's been a "go to" place for us for years for weekends, vacations and day trips. A lot of "let down" is based on expectations that aren't met. We go and know exactly what to expect and often are met with unexpected surprises. I love Nova Scotia and PEI but find both of them can be a little bit boring. The scenery is beautiful but after a while it's just scenery. I guess part of the let down, was that it was pretty much the same scenery we had just spent all the time in the Atlantic provinces seeing. As stated, it just didn't have the high tides.
winniman 01/13/20 06:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GM to introduce electric Hummer

Must be time for our weekly gas vs electric discussion. There hasn't been one for a least a day or two. Im sure most people will be able to afford an electric hummer when it comes out. I cant wait to get mine.
winniman 01/13/20 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

Besides blasting you brain from the ear in with higher power micro radio waves. Might as well stick you head in a microwave and see if you can watch video on the back of your eyeballs. And how many of our really smart folks can't realize this?? Anyone realize what they burn cancer out of your brain with?? Try focusing a magnifing glass on an ant sometime... Besides the possibility of the unknown 5g microwaves on our health, one thing I found interesting, was a program I watched that said they will have to keep 4g as well, as 5g is so finicky, they will need to supplement it with 4g to keep it constant. This show suggested driverless vehicles will have to use 4g technology due to the fact 5g is so limited in distance. They also stated that much of the 5g infrastructure will be many years away from being completed, as it is going to cost billions to implement it. Guess who is going to pay for that. Do we really need to cook ourselves so we can upload a movie a couple seconds faster. Having transmitters every 900 feet with 4g, plus 5g transmitters is going to cause health concerns. How about if all the big players add their own transmitters every 900 feet. You could have three sets of transmitters in front of your house. Wow, gotta love technology. But doesn't your tinfoil hat stop that? Where do you find tinfoil these days anyway? No need for a tin foil hat. You just bury your head in the sand, and all is good.
winniman 01/13/20 11:20am Technology Corner
RE: Prepping RV for private sale

You don't state what kind of rv you have, other than its a fifth wheel. You are better off repairing anything that needs repaired. Most people are not handy, and will pass up your rv for one that is in ready to use condition. Most people don't understand how much things cost to fix, so they will think the worst. Being three years old, you can assume it lost 30 to 40 percent off what you paid as soon as it left the lot. Add in 5 to 6 percent for each year after that, you are approaching the 50 to 60 percent range of what you paid. The fact that you got 40 percent off msrp means nothing, as everyone basically gets that. Selling an almost new rv can be very depressing. People think they can get most of their money back, but in reality, no one will pay anywhere close to the price of a new one with full warrantee. Good luck, and hope you get what you want. Cheers.
winniman 01/13/20 11:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Must see in Maine?

After spending almost two months in the Atlantic provinces, we thought we would return to Ontario through Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Although Acadia NP was interesting, Bar Harbour was kind of a let down. It was so busy, you couldn't find a place to park. It was people herded in like sheep. I realize some may not want to leave the country for various reasons, but the high tides of the Bay of Fundy are a force of nature. Maybe because we had spent so much time in Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, that Maine just seemed kind of a let down. It was like places on the Bay of Fundy, just without the high tides. Maine was very scenic, but if you have the time, carry on to the Bay of Fundy, especially at the ends of the bays. The natural marvels of the high tides are something to see. Daily averages are 40 to 50 feet. The highest recorded was 73 feet at Burntcoat Head, Nova Scotia.
winniman 01/13/20 11:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

Besides blasting you brain from the ear in with higher power micro radio waves. Might as well stick you head in a microwave and see if you can watch video on the back of your eyeballs. And how many of our really smart folks can't realize this?? Anyone realize what they burn cancer out of your brain with?? Try focusing a magnifing glass on an ant sometime... Besides the possibility of the unknown 5g microwaves on our health, one thing I found interesting, was a program I watched that said they will have to keep 4g as well, as 5g is so finicky, they will need to supplement it with 4g to keep it constant. This show suggested driverless vehicles will have to use 4g technology due to the fact 5g is so limited in distance. They also stated that much of the 5g infrastructure will be many years away from being completed, as it is going to cost billions to implement it. Guess who is going to pay for that. Do we really need to cook ourselves so we can upload a movie a couple seconds faster. Having transmitters every 900 feet with 4g, plus 5g transmitters is going to cause health concerns. How about if all the big players add their own transmitters every 900 feet. You could have three sets of transmitters in front of your house. Wow, gotta love technology.
winniman 01/13/20 10:52am Technology Corner
RE: Planning a cross country trip - questions

Some people prefer to make reservations months in advance. For cross country travel, I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. In this day and age, the iPhone makes it pretty easy to find and get campsites the day you need them. If you cancel reservations, you will probably end up having to pay for the site anyway. When long distance travelling, things can and do go wrong. If you have any troubles, and you are delayed, you will end up paying for sites you never use. You would then have to decide if you want to skip all those destinations to get back on track with your remaining reservations. If you have never been where you are going, you might find something interesting you didn't know was there, and want to stay an extra day or two. Not having reservations gives you the flexibility to change plans at whim. We have logged 30 or 40k miles, and have never had an advanced reservation. Some prefer to have the entire trip booked ahead. Others, like me, like to be able to change plans if required. We have had blown tires, transmissions, electrical issues delay us days on several trips. Weather is another factor that can delay you. You don't want to have to drive in high winds or storms, just to keep a schedule. You can even book things a few days ahead when you are assured that the destination is manageable on the timeline. Things can and do happen. Good luck and safe travels.
winniman 01/12/20 06:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Difference in receiver styles

My friend has a similar sized trailer with the Dodge Ram. He had to put air bags in the rear to compensate for the spring suspension. His truck was dragging its rear end around before the air bag install. It helped to level the truck, and ride at proper height. With the front of the trailer low, the axles probably aren't getting the proper weights distributed to them. You might find the front axle is carrying more weight than the rear one the way it is set up.
winniman 01/10/20 05:06pm Towing
RE: Class A crash

Here is an updated video they released to try to justify the fact that they weren't paying attention to the road ahead. Clearly driver error. The seem to be going through a lot of trouble producing a video instead of manning up, and admitting they made an error. They are lucky it wasn't a van full of kids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kTnJsIl1ZE
winniman 01/10/20 04:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Car Trailer behind a class A MH

Considering the coach is a Prevost, that trailer still makes the rear end bounce around and squat a bit. I cant imagine adding weight like that to any normal rv. This trailer looks like a solution looking for a problem. I cant see where it would be very practical in the real world. Why not just pay extra for a pull through, or park the trailer somewhere. For what that thing costs, I would have an enclosed trailer that protects the vehicle.
winniman 01/09/20 10:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Alone or in a group?

I prefer to travel with friends. I have quite a few friends with rvs. Two other couples in particular like to travel south in the winter with me. My other friends like to camp in summer closer to home. The more the merrier I say. I have never been the "my camper only sleeps two" type. We have in the past, used my rv for travelling to gigs for our music. It wouldn't be unusual to have eight or nine people travelling in the rv. Of course, they cant all sleep in there, but at least six did. I often have a full house camping. I like it that way.
winniman 01/09/20 10:13am RV Lifestyle
RE: State route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona

The only real obstacle is the 3 mile section of 7 percent grade and switchbacks. The remainder is alright. Most don't recommend going through with a large rv. We did it in our toad. Here is a video of the trip. The switchbacks start at about 10:40. Its beautiful country around that area. One of my favourites. This isn't my video, just one I found on YouTube. Cheers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCIx1TtDDu4
winniman 01/08/20 09:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Cheap North Carolina campgrounds

State fair grounds are a good option that can be inexpensive. We stayed at a few, including the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh North Carolina. It is a very big complex. There was a dog show on when we were there. We stayed to go to a hockey game. It was walking distance to the arena stadium.
winniman 12/30/19 04:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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