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  1. scottydl

    RV park up and running

    You can also consider the option to offer storage for RVs in the off season. That can be a good way to generate income year round, and offer a potentially needed service.
  2. scottydl

    Waste drain doesn't fit at campground!?

    Got a photo of your solution that you can post? That may help someone else in the future that has the same issue. Good job finding a standard hardware solution, as any product (no matter how simple) with the word "RV" on the label will automatically cost more. ;)
  3. scottydl

    5 gallon black tank? (Problem pinpointed: a hole on the tank)

    What is the size & location of the tank hole? If it's something small that was perhaps caused by a puncture, there's a possibility it can be repaired with Eternabond or similar tape designed for that purpose. If it's something larger/longer along the seam of the tank that indicates failure of...
  4. scottydl

    RV park up and running

    Looks great so far! No worries on "only your second post" ;) ... I'll move this message to General RV Discussions, as this topic has come up in the past and will be of interest to many folks here. For advertising make sure you get your park listed on Google (including Maps) and...
  5. scottydl

    Sumosprings

    I've considered Sumo Springs (or its competitor Timbrens) for my pickup, to assist with trailer towing smoothness. Those products are often compared to the function of air bags, and you can find plenty of people on YouTube reviewing one or other other... but so far I haven't seen a straight...
  6. scottydl

    Mechanic wants to charge 27% labor surcharge to install Banks headers

    Side questions: What's the problem you're having, and does the header replacement have to be done right now? Financing RV parts is going to increase the price of the job even more over time, since you'd be going into debt and accruing interest over something that continues to lose value. As...
  7. scottydl

    Towing question

    Dolly towing is the cheapest option for a toad (what we called a towed vehicle), and 4-down is most convenient. Those are by far the most common two options, although you'll see large motorhomes sometimes pulling open or enclosed car haulers. Some vehicles cannot be towed long distances by...
  8. scottydl

    Keep rv plugged in at home?

    The majority of RVs are not well insulated, and constant AC use is gonna result in a big power bill. I would think that RV interiors can withstand typical humidity levels. You can always leave tilt-out windows cracked if you want to have some airflow and avoid major heat buildup.
  9. scottydl

    Stairs make grinding noise

    You are. ;) Donn described it well... spray anyplace on the steps and linkage (the metal pieces that hold the steps together) where two metal parts move against one another. As far as motor internal parts, yes they do wear out after awhile and the motor might eventually need to be replaced. Was...
  10. scottydl

    No Power after replacing house batteries.

    "No generator" meaning the genny engine won't start? It sounds like almost a sure thing that there's a tripped breaker or blown fuse someplace, that likely occurred if the battery sparked while changing them out. My Class A had 3 different electrical panels where fuses and breakers were...
  11. scottydl

    Reservation rule that should be enacted!

    While the frustration (as an RVer wanting a spot) is understandable, the state/federal parks have little incentive to spend extra money and resources devoting staff to enforce a no-show policy. They have already taken as many actual people out of the loop as possible, by turning over...
  12. scottydl

    Keep rv plugged in at home?

    I've always kept my RVs plugged in at home. Especially if you have a 30-amp power source already, I don't see a downside. Power usage should be extremely limited, if you're only keeping batteries topped off and the fridge cold. I also have a 30-amp box mounted low on the exterior of my detached...
  13. scottydl

    Finding out Lariat!’s tow ability

    And that's what we care about with towing advice, since this is an RV forum after all. ;) An 11k# boat, which is aerodynamic by design and situated low on its trailer, is a completely different towing experience than a giant 11k# empty trailer box that constantly pulls backwards (wind...
  14. scottydl

    Forest River Lexington 283 GTS......shopping

    Especially if the seller says "nope it has never leaked a drop!" Honestly it seems like most RVs will leak from somewhere, at some point. The key is catching it somewhat early, and taking steps to stop it from being a years-long repeating event.
  15. scottydl

    Tires ok? Michelin LTX

    Having suffered a highway-speed RV tire blowout in the past, I wouldn't make that kind of long distance trip on them. The 16" LT tires will not be terribly expensive to replace (compared to larger motorhome tire sizes anyway), and I can't imagine better piece of mind for such a long haul...
  16. scottydl

    Finding out Lariat!’s tow ability

    The Trailer Life Towing Guides (a new edition is released every year) are generally a good resource for towing capacities of various makes/models, in case you end up looking at different trucks. Payload / cargo capacity is also a very important number though, which is what is shown on that...
  17. scottydl

    5’er pin weight

    The details have been discussed, but for future readers of this thread -- we have a downloadable/printable weighing guide from our forum Resources area: https://www.rvforum.net/resources/weighing-travel-and-fifth-wheel-trailers.83/ You can also find free trucks scales to use around grain...
  18. scottydl

    What am I getting into

    I think that 2004 has a good chance of being a better buy than the 1978 you first mentioned. And heck, you researched 3 whole days before buying...! :rolleyes:;) Glad you found something that will work for you, but for comparison I researched and shopped for a solid year before buying my first...
  19. scottydl

    How do I find a replacement compartment damaged in a blowout?

    That's what I was thinking, especially if the door or body covers up the damaged area. As in, doesn't really matter if the repair looks perfect as long as it's structurally sound.
  20. scottydl

    "Mid bunk" fifth wheel models

    Thanks ziplock... that's mostly an affiliate site that wants you to click through and buy something (so they get a kick back), but it does show a good selection of 2021 models. I'm hoping to find something gently used in the 2016-2018 time frame, depending on price. I'll look up some of these...
  21. scottydl

    "Mid bunk" fifth wheel models

    Yep I'm aware of the versatility of the TH garage... and seeing a couple in person is what helped my wife and I decide we'd rather have a big open living/kitchen area, rather than the separate rooms of a TH or bunkhouse.
  22. scottydl

    Towing long distance with a tow dolly?

    Florida to California! Doesn't get much more "coast to coast" than that. :) I hope you'll have enough time on that trip to stop and relax, versus just constantly driving. I've done both kinds of trips, and definitely prefer to former to the latter--even though it does take longer to get places...
  23. scottydl

    "Mid bunk" fifth wheel models

    I've got the dually, not a fan of THs though. The garage is wasted for me, since I don't have big toys to take along... and would rather have all that space open (mid and rear), rather than split into separate garage + living/kitchen.
  24. scottydl

    Living in a Class C RV in the north? Self sufficient?

    But hopefully you don't poop and pee on the carpet if you don't get walked twice a day, and scratch & chew the carpet and furniture to pieces when you get stressed or bored... do you? :oops:
  25. scottydl

    How do I find a replacement compartment damaged in a blowout?

    Yeah I guess it was more like a dozen / dozen-and-a-half that I found. I still have the worksheet I made up as I was calling around for the window I was searching for.
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