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RE: When do you throw in the towel?

"Our local shop says it is worth limping along with it" This to me sounds like your shop owner sees dollar signs every time you walk in the door. If you get rid of it now you might still get a few dollars for it. If you wait you will get a lot less if anything and will put a lot more into it.
zcookiemonstar 09/05/19 11:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: End of the road for Travel Lite

I can see why they have problems. These are built in Indiana I live in the Chicago area. I have never seen one.
zcookiemonstar 09/05/19 02:38pm Truck Campers
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

I have a 03 Ram and my ac freezes up all the time. When I notice the air is not blowing out the vents I turn off the ac just let the fan run and after a few minutes the air will start blowing out the vents again. I read awhile back Dodge put some ac sensor in the wrong spot and the ac does not cycle on off as it should. I thought I read there was a tech service bulletin that said to relocate the sensor but it was a big job required removal of the ac/heat box to get to it.
zcookiemonstar 08/29/19 01:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: I Hate the Heat

I think this summer was hotter then normal in a lot of places. I hope that is not going to be the new normal.
zcookiemonstar 08/23/19 02:52pm Full-time RVing
RE: New to Travel Trailers. What to look for?

biggest tip I can add is remember that trailers are not designed and sold by people who actually go camping! they are designed to look great on the sales lot and as somebody else already said, with all slideouts open prime example, our bathroom is inaccessible with the slideout in, totally dumb!! loose furniture is another one, dining chairs and recliners look great in the show room, but where will they be after 100 miles on the road? sure they have straps to hold them sort of in place but they are still going to bounce around bathrooms are pretty tiny, I don't understand why they think we need a bathroom sink, a bigger shower would be much better and ditch the silly tiny sink and cabinet that's full of plumbing stuff, looks pretty I guess! also there is a trend towards electric fridges that wont run on propane, not good unless you want to be tied to a power supply every night We like to wash our hands after using the bathroom so I like having a sink in the bathroom.
zcookiemonstar 08/23/19 02:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Plate fees are going up in illinois

Stopped by my local DMV in IL and inquired about the new plate fee's and car/truck plates are going to $101.00 to $151.00 and RV trailer fee's are going from $30.00 to $130.00 starts jan 1st 2020 and they said all other plate fees were going up as well just didn't have information yet. Atleast I get to pay $30.00 for the TT in Dec this year but I'm hit with $151.00 in Jan with my truck gotta love the tax the state of Illinois to death. That $151 plate fee is for cars and trucks under 8000 lbs. If your GVWR is over 8000 then you need a D plate that will be $250. I was told by a state trooper Illinois is going to start going after all the trucks that do not have the correct plates. If your GVWR is 8001 or more you need a D plate if your GVWR is 12001 or more you need a F plate. I was told fines will start at $1 per pound over. Just because the truck is rated for that does not mean it may ever weigh that much. That’s why you register it for the weight you are going to be at. It’s up to the driver to stay under the registered weight. Think what you want I am just saying what a State Trooper told me.
zcookiemonstar 08/23/19 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tie downs for Ram 3500 Duelly

I use a extra 2x6 board in the front of the truck bed. With the camper sitting a little further back I have more clearance between my tie downs and the dually fender. It also gives my a little room in the front of the bed for things like wood blocks and my water hoses. I did put some pipe insulation around my Fast gun tie downs just in case. My truck is a 2003 but Torklift said I might need the tie downs too.
zcookiemonstar 08/21/19 10:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Plate fees are going up in illinois

Stopped by my local DMV in IL and inquired about the new plate fee's and car/truck plates are going to $101.00 to $151.00 and RV trailer fee's are going from $30.00 to $130.00 starts jan 1st 2020 and they said all other plate fees were going up as well just didn't have information yet. Atleast I get to pay $30.00 for the TT in Dec this year but I'm hit with $151.00 in Jan with my truck gotta love the tax the state of Illinois to death. That $151 plate fee is for cars and trucks under 8000 lbs. If your GVWR is over 8000 then you need a D plate that will be $250. I was told by a state trooper Illinois is going to start going after all the trucks that do not have the correct plates. If your GVWR is 8001 or more you need a D plate if your GVWR is 12001 or more you need a F plate. I was told fines will start at $1 per pound over.
zcookiemonstar 08/21/19 08:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: "Porpoising" - How to Tame the Rocking Camper

I would start with the easy stuff. First check and see if the bottom of the camper and the bed of the truck are both flat. Then I would put it on a scale and see what all the weights are front back and total. You could also measure if your frame flexes when you load the camper. You can also try loading the camper in different spots. My truck seems to ride better with the camper a few inches back and offset to the passenger side.
zcookiemonstar 08/18/19 01:20am Truck Campers
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

I remember when I was a kid people thought we would all have flying cars by now.
zcookiemonstar 08/11/19 12:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: New to Travel Trailers. What to look for?

If you can rent one and take a trip. You will learn a lot of things in one trip about what you like and don't like.You will also get a idea of how your vehicle tows before you buy.
zcookiemonstar 08/11/19 12:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Chicago

294 it is also safer if you have any problems.
zcookiemonstar 08/11/19 12:10am Roads and Routes
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Not sure why your worried about going south west early November. I always wanted to check out Palo Duro canyon in Texas.
zcookiemonstar 08/06/19 06:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: November Honeymoon trip suggestions

Figure out the farthest place south west you want to go and then drive as many hours as you can to get there. Then take your time working your way back. You will have the most driving energy the first day or two. Don`t waste your time stopping to see things close enough that you can do in short trips another time. Just wondering if you live in Chicago where do you plan on storing the trailer?
zcookiemonstar 08/06/19 12:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Understanding GVWR and payload..

Except for 150# driver and full fuel tank EVERYTHING added to truck cab, bed, bumper etc reduces the MFGs stated payload which is based on MFGs GVWR minus the curb weight of vehicle Yellow sticker states CCC for the vehicle as equipped from factory so dealer added accessories reduce that sticker CCC number Course MFGs GVWR and the payload based on that GVWR are arbitrary numbers used for Warranty issues, CLASS of vehicle and Registration Fees. Actual real world payload....Axle ratings/Tire Max Load ratings Popcorn on stove !!! 150# driver? You would have to cut me in half! Are you telling us you are a whale? better make it diet popcorn.:B THANKS
zcookiemonstar 07/30/19 11:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Traveling with roof vents open?

Your vents being open could be causing the fridge to not vent properly. For hot air to vent out air has to come in some place and that is probably the vent from your fridge.
zcookiemonstar 07/30/19 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Understanding GVWR and payload..

Except for 150# driver and full fuel tank EVERYTHING added to truck cab, bed, bumper etc reduces the MFGs stated payload which is based on MFGs GVWR minus the curb weight of vehicle Yellow sticker states CCC for the vehicle as equipped from factory so dealer added accessories reduce that sticker CCC number Course MFGs GVWR and the payload based on that GVWR are arbitrary numbers used for Warranty issues, CLASS of vehicle and Registration Fees. Actual real world payload....Axle ratings/Tire Max Load ratings Popcorn on stove !!! 150# driver? You would have to cut me in half!
zcookiemonstar 07/30/19 05:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Whoever said you can't support the camper by the frame?

I have seen hundreds if not thousands of trailers like this. It is pretty normal where we camp most of the time.
zcookiemonstar 07/30/19 01:42am General RVing Issues
RE: If you had a month...?

What is the farthest place you ever wanted to go that you can drive your rig? Start there. Don't waste time with places close to home that you can do with weekend or even week long trips. You say you like amusement parks Six Flags has one in St Louis (there is another Six Flags just north og Chicago too.) then on your way to Ohio Not worth a special trip from California but if you are a Elvis fan you could stop and see Graceland. When you are in Ohio I think they have the Rock and Roll hall of fame and the Footbal Hall of Fame. There is a lot of little things like that all over the country. When you decide on a main destination I am sure you will get a lot of feedback on the area and the route to and from. Four weeks is a long trip we we all know how fast it will go by.
zcookiemonstar 07/30/19 01:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Advice from South Western Snow Birders

If you have any interest in mineral hot springs a stop over in Truth or Consequences NM is worth a look. The nice thing about their water is it does not stink from sulfer like other places.
zcookiemonstar 07/24/19 11:25pm Snowbirds
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