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RE: Rear view cameras - wired or wireless?

I don't have either, but I do have lots if Computer networking experience, wired and wireless, and this is basically the same thing. Any time I can choose wired, I go wired, it is more stable and less prone to interference. With wireless, the greater the distance between components, the more issues. Also walls, electronics, microwaves etc between the components, the more risk of interference. A system may work fine on a 32' rv, but a 38' it may be glitchy. Also I could see where aluminum vs wood studs could made a difference . Lots of variables when you go wireless.
wowens79 06/18/19 10:19pm Tech Issues
RE: How much weight is too much?

I'm conservative on my weights, I like to have a cushion of extra capacity, and not work the vehicle as hard. Assuming it is a 2500, I don't think it is a safety issue, but just working the engine and tranny really hard, and possibly wearing them out quicker.
wowens79 06/16/19 05:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Wide Open West - an Example

I wonder what the prices are like at the last gas station after the sign, and the first one after the long stretch?? My range is only 175-200 miles
wowens79 06/13/19 05:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Residential Fridges

We've had a resi fridge for 3 years and it is great. Gets cold in an hour or so, stays cold regardless of outside temp. Runs off 2 batteries while we are driving, and the truck charges the batteries. If you camp with hookups, and the only concern is while in transit, then going Resi is the way to go. If you camp without power, then there might be a debate.
wowens79 06/12/19 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: FL Keys in June

Honestly Key West is my east liked area of the keys. Worth going to see once, but not my thing. If you like bars and music, it is probably great. For me the keys are all about Water activities. Snorkling,fishing, kayaking etc. There are snorkeling place right on the beach in Key Largo and Bahia Honda,and probably lots of other places also. We really enjoyed kayaking through the mangroves and around the islands. It was really pretty. The fishing is incredible, you can go offshore, or inshore if you are worried about seasickness. It is an incredibly beautiful area, just going over the bridges and looking at the water is incredible. I like the first half of the keys the best Largo, Marathon, Islamorado. I've never been there in the summer, but living in GA, and vacationing in North FL most every summer, it can be very hot and very humid. If you are not used to it, it will such the energy out of you. But June is probably much better than July or August. Also you should have a breeze most days and that will help. Go and enjoy, just be ready to sweat, ??
wowens79 06/12/19 04:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying a leftover 2019 Chevy or GMC 3500

I think part of the equation as far as pricing goes will be do you keep your trucks a long time. Since your replacing a '13, I'd assume you don't keep them a long time. In that case I'd go with the newer body style, less depreciation since it will still be more current when you sell it. If you keep it 10-15 years the generation won't matter much.
wowens79 06/09/19 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Engine torque

The 6.0 is a solid engine, mine has 230k miles on it. Mine is an 2002, and was rated at 300hp, and 360ftlb of torque, and ony has a 4speed tranny and 3.73 gears. My tt is 7500lbs loaded, and it does pretty good in the south east. We have some steep mountain, but not the length of climes y'all have out west. I think you will be fine with it, but is does like to rev, so be prepared to let her spin at 4500 RPMs.
wowens79 06/09/19 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any kind of spray on protection for oil pans?

I'm in no way qualified to speak on rust issues since I've always lived in AL or GA, but I can't imagine in 3-4 years it would be that rusted. Has he gotten underneath and verified this, or is this someone trying to scare him into buying something?? I bet its someone trying to put a soft spot in his wallet.
wowens79 06/04/19 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Atlanta

You never know what you will find in ATL, it can be like a living, breathing beast from the depths of hell, and sometimes it's not to bad. I've lived in the area for 10 years now, and hate going into the city. You can't predict whether you are better with 285, or going straight through, one wreck an it changes. A GPS with traffic data makes things much better, but it can change quickly. Just fuel up and go to the bathroom before you hit town and be patient. I used to get so frustrated with the traffic. Now when we are stopped, I just remind myself that atleast we aren't in the wreck that is causing the slow down.
wowens79 05/13/19 09:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is a 13,000 BTU AC enough for a 22' trailer?

We've got a 29' box with only a 13.5, and it does ok. At the beach with no shade and mid day temps around 97-98, it could not keep up, and the inside temps got to the mid 79's. I found lots of heat coming through the bathroom. I cut foam to fit in the skylight, and vent opening, and that made a huge difference.
wowens79 05/13/19 08:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gaming and working from RV

DD and SIL moved in last winter, he is a gamer (or thinks he is) He bemoaned our lack of high speed internet (we had satellite) which after he burned through 16 Gigs updating his garbage, he found out it still wouldn't work. So he bought a new phone and plan from ATT. Verizon here was only giving about 3 Mgbps, so a contract for an additional $100 or so a month netted him a contracted phone with 16-30 Mbps, which still doesn't work. As an aside 5 months and he still isnt working, because he is holding out for an IT job so he wont have to work long hours , nights, or weekends. I've got an 8-5 it job, but in addition to the 8-5, I get to work other times, like last night after my 8-5, I got to go back from 11pm to 3am, and I get to do it again tonight, and I still get to do my 8-5 tomorrow. But I will say my boss is cool and is fine when I leave early. In this economy, if you can't find a job in 5 months, you don't want to work.
wowens79 04/23/19 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Alabama State Park reservation system is awful

I hate to say it, but you are right, the ALAPark reservation system is horrible. Also like someone else stated all the weekends are booked up. I tried to get a site for during the summer (I've got kids), and every site was booked on Fri/Sat night for the entire summer. There were a few sites that were available Mon-Fri. Part of it may be due to the campgrounds that were damaged by the Hurricane that hit PCB last summer. Also, Thanks for thinking about families with kids and trying to go at a time while school is in session. Campsites are hard to find during school holidays.
wowens79 04/22/19 10:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

I've got a 2002 Chevy with the 6.0, and 228,000 miles. It has been a great truck, The only time it broke down was a fuel pump at 195k miles. I've had to replace waterpumps and radiators, but nothing major. It still runs great, and just pulled out 8000lb TT 1500 miles, it does like to spin, pulling the camper from ATL to the Keys is basically flat, but it won't hold 4th gear, so you drop it to 3rd, and spin 3k rpms at 68mph. I'm looking forward to the new Chevy 6.6 gasser to see how it does.
wowens79 04/22/19 10:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Key West question

We just got back a week ago. The road varies from 2-4 lane, but it is a beautiful drive across the bridges. Just be prepared, once you get in the keys, you are still 2 hours from Key West, it is a long way to the end. have a great time!!
wowens79 04/13/19 10:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Would gas engine opinions change if.....

I just got back from a trip from Atlanta to Key Largo and back, about 1500 miles towing with my GM 6.0. It won't hold 65-68 in 4th without shifting all the time, so I drop it to 4th, and it is just under 3000 RPMs. At first it seems to be screaming, but you get used to it, and it works well at those RPMs. The truck has over 228k miles, and still runs great. I try not to let it get above 4000 RPMs, and that has nicer been a problem.
wowens79 04/13/19 10:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan/Cummins 5.0 548rwhp/930rwtq!

I was originally intrigued by this truck. My camper is about 8k lbs, so kinda heavy for 1/2 tons, but kinda light for a 3/4 ton, and I thought the diesel Titan might be just right!! But is is priced like a 3/4 ton, and gets the mileage of a 3/4 ton, but not as heavy duty as a 3/4 ton. So with I think I'll end up just with a 3/4 ton gasser. Like others has said the EPA is killing the diesels. Hopefully the manufacurers will figure out a way to make them clean, reliable, and powerful.
wowens79 03/27/19 05:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: residential refrigerator vs normal RV fridge/freezer

I've got a Resi fridge in my TT, and I'm very happy with it. We are normally in a campground with power so batteries are not really a concern. I have 2 golf cart batteries, and they run the fridge fine, while driving the truck keeps them charged, and the batteries last overnight easily. We keep the camper at a storage lot, and when I get to the lot I flip on the batteries, and the inverter, and by the time I get hooked up and drive the 5 miles to the house the fridge is already getting cold. No need to go by the storage place ahead of time like with the propane fridges. Also you can camp in 100 degree weather, and still have ice cream with no worries.
wowens79 03/13/19 09:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grill

Like everyone else has said, the Weber is great. Mine is 12 years old, and I've never had to replace anything. Only other grill I would consider would be a Green Egg, love my egg at home, but I'm scared I'd break one in the camper.
wowens79 03/05/19 08:41pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Ocala/Orlando overnight stop

Pulling into a campground at 11pm might wake lots of tired travelers up. Think I'd find something else, but it's just my opinion. While I actually prefer Walmarts- I've come into campgrounds late a few times. I talk to neighbors the next morning and apologize. I usually get, "didn't even know you pulled in." And that's with 2 kids who are incapable of closing doors gently and being quiet! :( I think this is less of an issue than most believe, especially with pull-thru spots. I've never been woken by people coming in late at night. That's why I'm looking for a pull through, pull in, turn off the truck (gasser, no rattles), pull in the power, go to bed. I have been woken up many times in a hotel by noise in the hall, or adjacent rooms. Maybe I'm odd, but I don't really like the idea of my wife and teenager daughter sleeping at a Walmart/truck stop. Maybe I need to try it, but it seems odd to me.
wowens79 03/04/19 08:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Time for truck tires.

Cooper Discoverer AT3. Good traction, designed not to hold gravel, not sure on that, but saw that on their webpage. I just started my second set, and was really pleased with the first set
wowens79 03/03/19 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
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