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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2018, 12:16:51 PM »
Annoyingly, now that I'm looking specifically for one with a DW I can't find one. They were on almost every trailer/5W I looked at yesterday.
For a minute there I thought they were selling them  with a free wife 🤣
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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2018, 09:42:17 PM »
I don't think you really want a motorhome to sit for a year without being moved. A 5th wheel is a much better choice for this application.

Biggest issue in this case is now you have 2 chassis, engines etc , but the op is also looking at larger units with dishwashers so the Canyon has to go and a new or newer 3500 is in order, a few priorities need to be made first
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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2018, 09:29:57 AM »
For a minute there I thought they were selling them  with a free wife 🤣
Please, free wife, Like any major purchase it isn't the initial cost it is the maintence that will hurt you.
Some are much better than others. ;) ;D
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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2018, 06:51:54 PM »
I don't think you really want a motorhome to sit for a year without being moved. A 5th wheel is a much better choice for this application.
We are full time in a DP and I am still working.  We will be taking three trips this year, including the one to get the annual service done.  Every month we run the engine at a high idle for 30 minutes and run the generator with a load for 15 minutes.  No problem so far.
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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2018, 08:28:40 PM »
We are full time in a DP and I am still working.  We will be taking three trips this year, including the one to get the annual service done.  Every month we run the engine at a high idle for 30 minutes and run the generator with a load for 15 minutes.  No problem so far.

My comment was a relative to the recommendation of a motorhome for the OP, not a reference to what you do.
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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #35 on: March 07, 2018, 05:11:29 AM »
You know on a lot of ovens, you can remove the knob and use the set screw behind it to calibrate the oven temp, right?  I learned that right here on rvforum.

Do you have a pic of that? I removed my Magic Chef oven knob and I don't see a set screw.

There is a tiny nut in the 7pm position.

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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #36 on: March 07, 2018, 06:58:47 PM »
I tried taking a pic, but it wouldn't come out well enough to see anything.  The screw is about an inch down inside the shaft after you remove the knob.  There might be a blob of silicone or something blocking the view of it.  All you'll see is a slot for a tiny common screwdriver.
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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2018, 05:50:59 PM »
Biggest issue in this case is now you have 2 chassis, engines etc , but the op is also looking at larger units with dishwashers so the Canyon has to go and a new or newer 3500 is in order, a few priorities need to be made first

I'm not looking for a dishwasher. I just noticed that a lot of them appeared to have them. Though now that I've said that I can't find one, so maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me.

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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2018, 05:51:36 PM »
For a minute there I thought they were selling them  with a free wife 🤣

That would certainly incentivize my purchase for me :)

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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2018, 05:55:16 PM »
Again, though, it's looking like if I do anything it is going to be small. If I hate it then it won't cost as much to get out of it. Plus I'd lose a lot on my Colorado if I had to trade it in. More than I'd lose reselling the small RV.

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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2018, 09:39:55 PM »
Based on responses here, I think I'll get a small used travel trailer instead and see how I manage. Something like a 16-18 footer. One that I can tow with the Colorado. It's likely that I'll get it out there wherever I'm going to be rather than hauling it across the country.

If I manage ok I'll go ahead and make the investment into a larger truck and probably a 5th wheel with more amenities.

Reading though the responses you've received, I'm certainly out of step with the majority. I think getting a small trailer is a reasonable option. Assuming you're traveling alone it is certainly doable. 16-18 may be a little small but again doable. I've seen may construction workers moving around for jobs with "smaller" trailers, most with "larger" pickups. I've lived long term is two smaller trailers, 3 years in an old 22'? Airstream and 7 years an old 24' Traveleze. Worked well when I was single. My wife and I are now spending the winter in Arizona, with two large dogs, in a 19' Escape trailer. This is a personal decision, no one can tell you if you'd be happy or not in a "small" trailer. You may not know yourself till you've done it. But a trial with a small trailer would tell you if using an RV is feasible, as well as guide you to the best size for you.

If you are moving around for jobs, and spending a year each location, cold weather may be a challenge. I've spent several years in marginally cold weather (lows around zero). If this is your case I'd suggest a few things. Skirting helps a lot with cold weather, it prevents cold air from blowing and circulating under the RV. What you can do is determined by the RV/trailer park you're in. Some require metal siding. Hay bales would work but I suspect frowned upon, and rodents. I've seen vinyl fabric snap on skirting useful if moving frequently. Skirting will also help keep tanks from freezing, but can still be a problem. Some minimal heat underneath would prevent damage.I set up my long term cold weather trailers as park models, no holding or fresh water tank.  Also, you can put heat-tape on thefresh water and sewer hose. This all depends on the weather you encounter.

If I were moving that often for jobs, I would consider an RV. Much more comfortable than setting up an apartment that frequently. I also think, easier to arrange for RV sites than dealing with apartment leases. So I think you're on the right path.

There is a great deal of knowledge on this forum. Most here have BIG rigs. Listen to them and learn, but don't take their suggestions as defacto fact for you. And please keep us updated with what you end up doing.

Thanks.

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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2018, 11:00:13 AM »
We are full time in a DP and I am still working.  We will be taking three trips this year, including the one to get the annual service done.  Every month we run the engine at a high idle for 30 minutes and run the generator with a load for 15 minutes.  No problem so far.

A much better practice would be to take it out for a drive for about 50 miles every month. This will warm up the transmission and all the seals. You riley don't get it warm enough just idling. Driving also helps the tires as it works the compound to bring more anti aging compounds to the surface.
I would run the generator for at least an hour. When shutting it down let it idle with out load to cool it down before shutting it off. 15 min is not riley enough to warm the windings to drive out excess moisture. Did you know Onan now recommends 2 hours exercise each month. ;)
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Re: New to RVing. Might be permanent
« Reply #42 on: March 22, 2018, 04:17:16 PM »
 You are also killing the turbo by idling unnecessarily,,it will coke up and destroy the center turbine bearing.>>>Dan
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