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RE: Rant: recreation.gov

24/7 email is the norm now. Pops up on my watch and phone everytime one comes in. I can't wait for the day I can turn that off! I think the question is why was the site canceled? Is there an electrical or plumbing issue with the site making it unusable? If thats the case it would be nice to put that in the email, but I'm sure it is an automatically generated email, that is generic.
wowens79 06/30/23 08:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Share your favorite

Be wary of Forest River products with the foam sandwich floor. We have a 2016, and all the heavy traffic areas are spongy. This was used mainly on their ultra lite models.
wowens79 06/29/23 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Schwintek slide out system failure - brand new TT

I'm so frustrated with the RV industry. We had a 2003 popup for 9 years with no issues, and we loved it. We then "upgraded" to a 2016 TT, and we have a love hate relationship with it. Problems from the 1st trip. We really love camping, and want a new camper, but we hear so many stories about crappy build quality. We want to buy a nice 5th wheel in the $75k range, but we can't bring ourselves to do it. We are thinking of just buying a $30k TT just to ease the pain if it is ****.
wowens79 06/28/23 07:57am Travel Trailers

The roadside assistance companies are like cell phone coverage, some companies are better than others in specific areas. I have State Farm roadside on my truck, but have Coachnet on my camper. We’ve used the services twice, and onetime State Farm couldn’t find anyone in the area, the other time Coachnet couldn’t. Both times we gave the name of the towing company to the operator that couldn’t find anyone, and they called them and worked things out. We ended up paying for the tow and got reimbursed one of the times. As big as this country is, there will be holes where they can’t find anyone.
wowens79 06/26/23 02:15pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: What's this thing really worth?

Couple of things to consider, like others have mentioned, water damage is scary in an RV, and you have to really enjoy projects to get into this. From a financial stand point, what ever purchase price you end up at, you need to be willing and able to take that amount of money and set it on fire, and it not affect your life. This project may be a fun little adventure, or it may end up a nightmare, and you need to be able to sell it for scrape and not be affected.
wowens79 06/23/23 11:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Almost disaster

My neighbor has had the Toyota dealer forget to put oil in his truck twice in 2 years. Crazy how sloppy people can be. My son worked last summer at a local independent shop we use, and they have 2 guys on the car, and both have to sign off that they checked the oil level before it is cranked.
wowens79 06/12/23 01:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best Fridge Type

I really like my 120v fridge. We have always camped with hookups, there just isn't much boondocking in the southeast. With 2 6v GC2 batteries we have done 12 hours on the road with no issues. It cools really quickly, we can't keep the camper at the house (HOA) so we bring the camper to the house the night before we leave and load that night. The fridge is cold in a couple of hours. Honestly, the fact it is not made by an RV parts supplier gives me more confidence in the fridge. I keep reading about issues with the Furrion fridge with the controls acting up, and the doors coming open in travel. You would think an RV fridge manufacturer would know they bounce around and the doors need to be secured.
wowens79 06/07/23 06:26am Travel Trailers
RE: May have towed too much weight

We towed our popup some with our Pilot, but it was only 3000lbs, and lower wind resistance, and that is about all I would want to pull with a Pilot. Unfortunately, I think you probably will need to be looking for a larger tow vehicle, or smaller camper. Don't feel bad it happens to tons of people, there is a post almost daily about similar situations. Car and Camper dealers are horrible about telling people they can tow all kinds of things, and those sales people are either liars or ignorant (or both). Good Luck!!
wowens79 05/23/23 06:25am Towing
RE: Suggestions

I would avoid ELA Campground in Bryson City. Its they only time I've ever felt I needed to carry my gun to the bath house. It has good reviews, but it was weird and creepy.
wowens79 05/23/23 06:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Washing the exterior of our TT

A Foam Cannon makes things so much easier. My wife will foam it up, and I start washing with a boat washing brush, then she comes behind me rinsing. It goes super fast doing this. I use a wash/ceramic wax soap. Mequiars, or Chemical Guys. Just a tip, don't use a wash/wax with carnuba in it, it will clog up the cannon.
wowens79 05/01/23 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: time for a diesel?

The new Ford 7.3 has really hit a sweet spot for RVers. Now with the 7.3, it can easily handle loads up in the 15k lb load. Mine is actually rated at 20k. Before the 7.3 over 10-12k lbs you really needed to look at a diesel. With a diesel, short trips are horrible on the emmissions systems, and they don't get up to operating temps for the emissions to work properly, and those systems are expensive to repair. The diesel is about $8-9k more expensive upfront. The old theory of getting that money back when selling is no longer true. If you run identical 2020 7.3 and 6.7 trucks through KBB, you will find the diesel is only worth about $5k more, so it looses half the cost of the diesel in 5 years. TFL did a YouTube video of the 7.3 pulling 16k lbs up I-70 over the rockies, and it was able to maintain the speed limit of 65mph up the grade, and still had more power available to accelerate. With the gasser you have about 700lbs more payload, my SRW f-350 has 4200lbs of payload If towing real heavy loads, the diesel wins, but for the typical RVer the 7.3 is a great choice. If you do uphill drag races towing 15k lbs, the diesel is the way to go, otherwise go with the 7.3.
wowens79 04/13/23 05:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

Just for piece of mind, I would not want to be pushing the max capabilities of my tow vehicle. My previous truck was about at about 90% of max towing the trailer, and it did it, I thought fine. Now with a new truck with plenty of capacity it is such a better towing experience. A 3/4 ton gasser will tow that effortlessly, and the upfront cost is similar to a 1/2 ton. My Ford with the 7.3 gasser gets about 15-16mpg on the highway, and I have 4.30 gearing, if you get the 3.55 you'll get and additional mpg. If you drive 15000 miles a year unloaded and get 3mpg better with the 1/2 ton, that will be about $500 a year in fuel savings, or less than $10 a week. For $10 a week, I'd get the truck that you know will do the job easily, and safely.
wowens79 03/24/23 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Price of camping

I'm ok with the prices, I just want to be able to find some availability at the parks I like. I really miss the days of being able to do spontaneous trips. When the popular state parks fill up a year in advance it is frustrating. I envy you guys out west that can boondock, here in the southeast, there aren't many places to do that.
wowens79 03/21/23 06:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No place to camp in Florida

I must be in a minority as I seem to head that way for a week or so a couple of times each winter. I was just down there Christmas through New Years. Same time last year + 10 days in March. I might look 2 weeks in advance. I have a DP and don’t mind paying which might help. I can normally find a private park, but state parks are tough. I don’t mind paying the price for the private park, but most of them are so crammed together. We’ve had sites we couldn’t extend out awning all the way or it would hit the neighbors camper. This may not be a popular opinion, but I think FL should raise the prices at parks like Topsail, st George, the Parks in the keys, etc to like $100 a night and use that money to expand them or improve them.
wowens79 02/21/23 04:43am RV Lifestyle
RE: No place to camp in Florida

We live in GA, and struggle to get sites at FL, GA, and AL State Parks. We’ve been camping for almost 20 years. Back when we started, you could decide on a Wednesday to go to the lake for the weekend and you could get a site. Those days are long gone. It gets harder every year. There are parks that constantly have availability, but those parks are not on the water or in the mountains. Between the difficulty to find sites at desirable parks, and the **** the RV manufactures are building at crazy high prices, we are considering giving it up.
wowens79 02/20/23 08:10pm RV Lifestyle
RE: What Truck Dealerships do you recommend.

Give Granger Ford in Granger Iowa a call. They sold 2022 Super Duty's at 2% below invoice, and only a $200 dealer fee. My F-350 was $7k below sticker. They were super easy to deal with. About 3 emails and a $1000 deposit, and it was ordered. They called when it came in, and I flew from ATL to Des Moine, they picked me up at the airport, and had all the paperwork ready. Demo'd the truck, and 5 minutes in the office for paperwork and we were on the way home. They also have a RAM dealer, but I'm not sure what kind of deals they make on those. It was well work the flight and the wife and I enjoyed the drive home. Even with travel expenses, it saved about $6k over my local dealers.
wowens79 02/15/23 02:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Small ‘C’. Chev or Godzilla

This experience is not in a Class C, but I towed with a 2002 6.0, and now have a 2022 7.3. Towing was pulling a 8000lb TT The 6.0 is an incredibly reliable engine, I drove it from new in 2002, for 20 years and 3 weeks and 268,000 miles, and it still ran great. All internals were still original when I sold it. The thing with the 6.0 is it makes all of its power at higher RPMs, it really likes to be over 3000 rpms, and on hills it was normal for it to spin over 4000rpms. It didn't bother it, and no issues overheating or anything. It was just designed to run at those rpms. The 7.3 is a different beast, loads more power, and it makes power at much lower rpms. It has over 400ftlb of torque at 1500rpms. Hills that the 6.0 struggled to hold speed at 4000rpms, the 7.3 accelerates at 2500rpm. I do have the 10spd in my truck, so it is easy to find the perfect gear, but on flat interstate it pulls in 10th at 1800 rpms. The 6.0 only had a 4spd, but it pulled mainly in 3rd at 3000rpms, and would either lose speed or drop to 2nd on some hills. The 6.0 we called Ol' Faithful, it was a great engine, but has no where near the power of the 7.3.
wowens79 02/10/23 06:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Alarming spalling failures on 7.3 Godzilla

I bought a 7.3, and hope it holds together. One thing I have heard is that many of these that failing are in ambulance/wrecker service and have high idle hours. I'm guessing the low RPM doesn't supply enough oil. Sounds very similar to the issues Ram's 6.4 has had.
wowens79 02/10/23 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for owners manual- '97 Shasta 245

Like the answer above, they don't have one manual. They are more like a a house, you will have different manuals for the different items installed, like the water heater, stove, converter etc.
wowens79 12/06/22 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Internet RV Prices Today

It doesn’t hurt to make an offer and see what they say, just be polite but firm, and don’t be afraid to walk if it’s more than you want to pay.
wowens79 11/18/22 09:14pm General RVing Issues
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