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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Cold weather camping with fifth wheel
« Last post by Boonieman on Today at 05:12:17 PM »
We are going to Pierre, South Dakota the last two weeks of April. I grew up there so I know how the late spring snow storms can be. Right now the camper is still winterized, and I'm thinking I will keep it that way on the way up. The campground I'm staying in doesn't have water hookups, so once there I will have to fill the onboard water tank and run off it. They have super nice shower facilities there ( Corps of Engineer Campgrounds) so I actually wouldn't even have to use water in the camper at all really. It does have a funrnace and is equipped with a so-called Artic Package, but I don't know how effective that is in really cold weather, should that occur. I'm sure there are plenty of folks who have experience in this, but I'm a newbie. Am I over-worrying?
General Discussion / Re: Is it OK to video record my RV orientation?
« Last post by chindog on Today at 05:11:15 PM »
We did it.  My wife recorded it with her cell phone.  It came in handy later on when we couldn't remember the specifics about something.
Motorhomes / Re: Engine Brake / J Brake
« Last post by NY_Dutch on Today at 05:05:10 PM »
Oh yeah, "PacBrake" can also be applied to both types, so I guess we should limit each term to their own brand systems. I think "Jake brake" has pretty much reached "Kleenex" status in general use though, so all bets are off on that ever happening...  ;)
General Discussion / Re: Is it OK to video record my RV orientation?
« Last post by NY_Dutch on Today at 04:58:36 PM »
I recall seeing a sign posted on a bulletin board at one RV dealership that offered professional video taping of your PDI by a company that does weddings, special events, etc. I have no idea what they were charging though.
Newcomers' Corner / Re: Traveling to Rocky Mt. Nat'l Park
« Last post by Larry N. on Today at 04:57:59 PM »
Hi, all!

Fiance and I are thinking about going to Rocky Mountain National park this summer, but we are concerned with the wear and tear on our transmission. We'll be coming from Atlanta GA. I've heard about getting a vehicle adjusted/tuned for mountain driving... something about the air intake. Can anyone give us some advice about this? Advice about where to stay outside the park is also welcome.We aren't interested in dry camping the whole week, and we don't have a generator.

We drive a 2012 Nissan Pathfinder V6, pulling a 21' Gulf Stream Conquest.

That "getting a vehicle adjusted/tuned for mountain driving" is outdated information. In the old days, with non-computer carbureted engines, advancing the timing a few degrees could give you a bit more power up here, and if you lived in the high country, replacing the idle jets could improve things, as well.

But with today's computer-driven fuel injected engines, the computer takes care of all needed adjustments as it sense the reduced air density and such. However, if you're driving a 1960 Chevrolet...  :)

As far as transmission wear, if you haven't overloaded your tow vehicle with too much trailer and cargo/people, then it shouldn't be much more wear than you'd get on steep hills in GA or VA.
Motorhomes / Re: Engine Brake / J Brake
« Last post by Tom on Today at 04:50:44 PM »
Check the PacBrake site  ;)
General Discussion / Re: Have you made plans for August 21
« Last post by grashley on Today at 04:42:23 PM »
I'm staying at home.  We fall within the full eclipse area, so there is no need to travel.  Lots of space in the back yard if you care to join us!  PM  me.   Paducah KY, where I 24 crosses the Ohio River.  It's also halfway between Possum Trot and Monkey's Eyebrow.  Really!
I saw a poll elsewhere that suggested that, while the range of expenses was wide, the average expenses of those who responded was around $3000.

I also dislike the "It depends" response but it's easy enough to avoid getting that answer by asking the right question. 

The wrong question is, "How much does it cost to fulltime RV?" 

The right question is, "How much does it cost YOU to fulltime RV?"

If you collect enough responses you start to get a range of numbers to plug in.

Also, I'll mention that I wrote an article some time back about reading other people's budgets.  The main point was that not everyone's budget information is created equal.  It does deal with the "it depends" issues.  http://pastorscott.com/travel/budgeting-tips-for-reading-fulltimers-budgets/
OK, I searched the forum first, and didn't find anything specific on this.

For our 11k lb loaded Arxtic Fox 30U, I suspect electric will be simplest and least expensive to install aftermarket. Any suggestions / recommendations as to what works best aftermarket? I'd be willing to install it myself. Auto self leveling is not a requirement. I'm just getting tired of blocking and jacking it myself.

One other side point would be stability. The scissors jacks that come on the unit are strong, but do little to to control lateral sway when the unit is parked.


Towing and towables / Re: How important is age of tow truck?
« Last post by grashley on Today at 04:25:10 PM »
It really depends on what creature comforts you want.  The new 2017 F350 offers blind side warning, camera for the back of the camper, lights in the bed, and a host of other things not even available in 2013 when my (used to me) truck was built.  DW had to have dual zone temp control, so we got a Lariat.  If you are happy without much gingerbread, a 15 year old, 50K farm truck could be your ideal truck.

Low miles older trucks are out there, but they require time and research to find.  You may need to travel a bit to get to it as well.

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