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RE: RV clubs and memberships

I see that there are many different clubs and memberships out there for us RVers. Groups like Escapees, KOA, and more. Are they a good value for what they cost? What are the ones I should look into. I am new at RVing and know there are many people who want my money. Whether or not they are worth the money depends on what you want for your money. Do you want camaraderie of like minded people? DO you want discounts? Do you want freebies? We joined the Good Sam Club (who owns this free forum) because we wanted to join a local chapter and make local camping friends. We are now officers in our chapter and participate in over a dozen campouts and Samborees every year with our friends. Escapees are also a good club with many events and with local groups also. Discounts, insurance, and the like mean nothing to us.
beemerphile1 04/17/15 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Popping breaker

Sounds like you fed 240 volts into a 120 volt RV. You screwed up. Expect some appliances to be ruined. You need an electrician to install the correct receptacle in your garage and then an RV tech to repair the RV wiring and appliances. Ok I bought my first camper, and I know a little bit about electrical.... Apparently very little, you are lucky you didn't kill someone or burn your RV and garage to the ground. This is going to cost you, I suggest you refrain from working with anything electrical.
beemerphile1 04/17/15 06:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Purchase order

This trailer was not ordered, it's sitting in their showroom. They even sent me a different purchase order yesterday for another unit they had which we were debating. And yes, we cancelled a few days after signing. Yes, we signed a PO in a stressful moment for us. But, the reality is, this dealer is the exception to refunding deposits. Personally, I see serious flaws in their business decision. Sadly, I just gave them $1k for absolutely nothing. I even offered to split the $1k or use the full deposit for parts one day. No dice. Call it a PO if you want, you signed a contract. In that contract it stipulated what the dealer would do and what you would do. The language in that contract is the only thing that matters. I haven't seen the contract so I cannot comment on what the dealer "should" do.
beemerphile1 04/16/15 11:58am Travel Trailers
RE: wfco 8955

No the WFCO 8955 can be used without a battery.
beemerphile1 04/16/15 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer Purchase order

The only thing that matters is the writing on the contract and we can't see the contract.
beemerphile1 04/16/15 09:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaking Batteries

Thank you all, I feel kind of stupid. I am used to sealed gel batteries and when I switched, I didn't realize they contained water. I froze them. New point on the checklist to remove batteries. Also found water in my battery cases. Added to the mayhem. Thanks again for the info and replies. Always valued. Sometimes we learn from others mistakes and sometimes we make our own mistakes. Hopefully someone else will see this and avoid making the same mistake. The key is to keep the batteries charged and they won't freeze in normal winter temperatures.
beemerphile1 04/16/15 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Stealth camping

Forum etiquette question; Is it okay to hijack a thread if it is the OP who does the hijacking? :B
beemerphile1 04/16/15 09:47am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Leaking Batteries

My Remedy : AGM Batteries These are the kind that you can mount sideways because they are gel . AGM construction batteries on my trailer and my truck . I paid $ 140 each for exide edge AGM batteries at bimart / Oregon . Do a google " AGM " for the reasons to do AGM . AGM are maintenance free , do not leak , do not off gas , have faster recharge , will take more abusive deep discharging than conventional battery construction . My main reason for switching was the acid leakage from my conventional lead acid batteries . EXIDE EDGE AGM batteries are made in the Carolinas USA as I recall . AGM batteries and gel batteries are two different things. I do have gel batteries in my Aliner but they are actually wheelchair batteries.
beemerphile1 04/16/15 06:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Typical RV annual budget

I'm curious, you are considering financing an RV at $350 per month for 15 years = $63,000 Since you don't have land to park it there will be storage on top of insurance for another $27,000 My question is, do you also finance (borrow) the money for your current non-RVing vacations? I couldn't sleep at night if I had to borrow that money and pay those amounts in order to own a depreciating asset. Maybe a less expensive RV would be in order. Even renting an RV might be an option. Hopefully you realize that no one can tell you what you will spend on RVing. I had no idea what the cost was when we started and I had been a tent camper for many years. To be honest, I still don't know what the cost is because I don't track the expenses. yup, vacations go on credit card, credit card paid in full every month, and points earned get rolled into future vacation. Free stays, free flights, etc. So you do not finance your vacations currently if you pay the credit card in full monthly. That is also a consideration then as to if you want to take on the debt of an RV. If you have a less than satisfactory vacation, it is over with and paid for. If you or anyone finances an RV and then discovers the lifestyle isn't for them/you, the debt is still there for many years. Many RVs sit unused because people don't want them but can't get rid of them because they are upside down with financing. They have little choice but to continue slogging along making the payments. This is a true story, a member of my Good Sam chapter has a Monaco Diplomat diesel pusher class A that hasn't left his drive in a couple years but he has a monthly payment in excess of $800. He can't sell it because he owes around $20,000 more than it is worth.
beemerphile1 04/15/15 01:41pm Beginning RVing
RE: Typical RV annual budget

I'm curious, you are considering financing an RV at $350 per month for 15 years = $63,000 Since you don't have land to park it there will be storage on top of insurance for another $27,000 My question is, do you also finance (borrow) the money for your current non-RVing vacations? I couldn't sleep at night if I had to borrow that money and pay those amounts in order to own a depreciating asset. Maybe a less expensive RV would be in order. Even renting an RV might be an option. Hopefully you realize that no one can tell you what you will spend on RVing. I had no idea what the cost was when we started and I had been a tent camper for many years. To be honest, I still don't know what the cost is because I don't track the expenses.
beemerphile1 04/15/15 01:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Stealth camping

Bryan Appleby gave some great tips in that article. I have been very impressed with his rig since I read an article about its development. I really liked the technique that TiogaGeorge developed of having day camps and night camps. He would spend the day in public places like city parks or shopping areas and then would arrive at his night camp when time to sleep. By using the day camp and night camp model you don't attract attention by being in one spot 24 hours a day. Also in the night camp location you don't attract attention by being outside moving around.
beemerphile1 04/15/15 06:50am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stealth camping

Every time "stealth" camping is mentioned, it becomes an argument and results in attacks from those that don't understand. Stealth campers are criticized as homeless, and/or criminals, and/or vagrants, and/or parasites on society. To get ahead of the curve, I will present my definition of "stealth" camping/parking; The act of legal and ethical overnight parking or camping in a manner which does not call attention to oneself. Others may have a different definition.
beemerphile1 04/15/15 06:32am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Typical RV annual budget

Start with a clean sheet of paper and make two columns. At the top of one column write income, at the top of other column write RV expenses. Now put your annual income in the income column. Now erase your annual income from the income column and transfer it to the RV expenses column. Done. :B
beemerphile1 04/15/15 05:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Must read book, BOON DOCKERS etc

I was interested until reading the snippets posted here. They won't be seeing any of my money.
beemerphile1 04/14/15 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Eternabond Primer

I didn't use the primer. I cleaned with acetone as the company recommends.
beemerphile1 04/14/15 04:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaking Batteries

Dead or low batteries can freeze and split. Did you keep them charged over the winter? My thoughts also. A charged battery won't freeze. I am surprised they would warranty a frozen battery.
beemerphile1 04/14/15 04:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing Floor in Travel Trailer

It is a big job but doable. The floor goes down first and everything else is built on top. You could sell it as is.
beemerphile1 04/14/15 03:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: crack repair in roof caulking

Eternabond tape, fix it once and be done with it.
beemerphile1 04/14/15 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is Trailer Life a Recommended Read?

I have been getting rid of all magazine subscriptions. The Trailer Life magazine is okay but the hard copy magazine and newspaper industry is dieing. Internet information is almost instantaneous but printed magazine material is 2 - 4 months old by the time it reaches your mail box. Some subscriptions that I still have I read the digital issue.
beemerphile1 04/14/15 06:54am Beginning RVing
RE: What is this under my epdm roof????

Not unusual for roof membranes to have air bubbles or maybe it was something left on the decking and they roofed over it. I wouldn't worry about it but would check on it when doing the biannual roof inspection.
beemerphile1 04/14/15 06:42am Travel Trailers
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