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RE: Any runners around the campfire?

My advice would be as follows - first, get a good pair of running shoes. You will be amazed at the difference - like no shin splints. Then, invest in one of the nicer FitBits - or some other activity tracking watch. The reason I say Fitbit is that you can pair it with an app called MyFitnessPal. This app lets you track your food intake. I found that if I enter what I eat, it actually helps me eat less which is also something you want to consider as it makes no sense to burn all those calories, only to put them back in. The app also gives you the ability to scan bar codes on foods and beverages and automatically add in the data. The app calculates the calories burned by the activity it is tracking than subtracts the calories of the food you intake. If you don't get regular checkups/physicals, it may be a good idea to make an appointment and get a workup. When you get winded, maybe scale back to a brisk walk until you catch your breath. Better yet, do interval training where you run for so many minutes and then walk for so many minutes. Some apps have a interval training function. Also, realize that stuff is going to hurt - joints and muscles are not used to what you are asking of them - but the good news is that as you loose weight and gain muscle, this will get better. Good for you and good luck!
2012Coleman 12/01/20 01:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: what kind of trailer is this?

Whatever it is, it doesn't look like it has AC, and you are in Texas, so....
2012Coleman 12/01/20 12:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Generator On Sale!

This is the crappiest stuff out there - My experience with power driven equipment from both Harbor Freight and Northern tool are not worth the money or hassle. Both my generator and pressure washer needed to have the carburetor replaced. Why? Because they are junk made in China. After the recent replacement on my Powerhorse pressure washer, it started running bad again. This time because of broken up pieces coming from the fuel filter and petcock. The money and time I have to spend just to keep these machines running is not worth the price paid. These places are truly the land of throw away tools. They are nothing but junk. I wouldn't have one if you gave it to me because I'd be saddled with he task of getting rid of it after minimal use.
2012Coleman 11/19/20 09:33am Tech Issues
RE: We're headed to Geronimo RV in Destin Fl

Maybe you can get in a Topsail....
2012Coleman 11/16/20 12:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: settle an arguement

This forum is pretty good at losing sight of the forest for the trees. The short answer is one is not easier than the other for your question. There are differences and those will be personal in nature. Sorry to disagree, but a 5er is far easier to hitch, and is naturally far stabler than a TT going down the road.Totally agree. I don't feel the bow wave I experienced by passing semis when towing a TT. As a matter of fact, I don't even know I'm being passed by a semi towing my fifth wheel - have been surprised a few times. The OP has a 1 ton truck with a gas engine - should have plenty of payload. I'd go with something that has a rear living layout with dual opposing slides to give more room around 30 - 35 feet long.
2012Coleman 11/13/20 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jetty Park, Cape Canaveral

There is a Publix about 3 miles south of there on A1A/Atlantic Ave. If that is too far to ride, check out Space Coast Area Transit - https://321transit.com/And most likely that Publix will deliver your groceries - give them a call. On Edit - check this out. The zip code there is 32920 and delivery service is available. We have used their delivery service, and get good results.
2012Coleman 11/11/20 05:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Are there some brands under $30k that any of you recommend who stand behind their product and don't make the consumer regret their purchase? We're ready to pull the trigger on a larger TT, then sell ours, but man, this is disheartening. I will say my local mobile RV repair guy likes Forest River, so I guess he has no problem fixing them and getting paid properly.Yes - Grand Design. I've had personal experience with talking at length with a manager on their customer support team. I emailed them about a problem with my awning. I didn't get a return email, I got a call. The awning was detaching from the side. The warranty was long over. But they fixed it - correctly at no charge to me. My friend had the same issue with his Alpine - just out of warranty. They would not help - sorry, but your warranty period has expired they told him. GD sent me a recall notice about an electrical issue that could cause a fire. It is very hard for me to take off work to get it to the dealer who doesn't do intake on the weekend. They authorized a mobile mechanic to do the work at my storage location. Others will chime in and throw shade on them, but myself and a lot of others will tell you different. Research the brand on both of their forums - PM me if you want the links or just Google. I googled Grand Design dealers in NC and found a few close to you - Bill Plemmons RV World in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. Check them out. Go and tour a few units. I can't talk about price as it is different depending on where your located and current market. I will say that I negotiated a substantial percentage off the MSRP and got a front bedroom AC installed as part of the deal. Also - you are in a good position to negotiate. You have multiple dealers in the area for the brand, you already have a RV you can use - so you want a new one, but you don't NEED a new one. This is to your advantage. Winter is here and that's also to your advantage. So if you don't get what you want, you can just get up and leave - leaving them with your phone number. Also, don't trade in before attempting to sell on your own - it will most likely sell if you present it properly. And yes - they put their RV's together the same as other companies and yes, they may have issues. But beating their customer service is a hard thing to do. I'm very happy with it and fully enjoy using it. Good luck. Well good for you. I've had personal experience also talking with Grand Designs support team more times than I care to remember. First on a 2014 Reflection purchased 2013 which was decent as 5ers go but not without issues, some sort of major such as new axles 3 times and two trips back to the factory. Grand Designs support was spectacular. That led to the 2020 Solitude. What a piece of garbage it turned out to be. Grand Designs spectacular support went by the wayside with the acquisition by Winnebago. The 2020 was dumped after a little longer than a year of ownership just to get away from it and them. It had frame issues that I doubt could ever be corrected other than band aid fixes. They turned into "just another name on a box of junk". The first thing Winnebago did was pull the rug out from under what was considered the go to Grand Design forum, which is still independently operated but renamed to mygrandrv. GD had participated in that forum for years with lots of GD personel posting. Then they started two corporate controlled ones, GDRV4life and gdrvowners, so they could moderate the posts with mods they appointed. And believe me post in a negative light towards their product and posts are edited or deleted. I used to drink the Kool aid but abstain now days. Plenty of buyers though purchased in the last 3 or 4 years still drink that juice, but Grand Design in 2020 is not the Grand Design it they were before Winnebago, by a longshot. In any case I am done, and after owning over half a dozen over the years I'll never own another. Were almost done building a nice cabin on a large enough wooded parcel where we will never see another person or so much as hear their noise. You all can have them and I would argue that 99.9% are a crapshoot and a waste of money.LOL - I knew that you would reply to my post. Your comments regarding the forums are nothing but conspiracy theories. I also stated originally that you would come along and talk about "drinking the Koolaid" - I'm sorry I edited that out before posting. Most likely your issues are due to your approach - as the old saying goes, You can catch more Bees with Honey than with Vinegar. Taking the standard RV.net advice to extract your piece of flesh from those very bad people didn't work out so well for you. And FWIW, my experience happened AFTER the Winnebago sale. Good luck on your cabin - I guess you won't be around here much longer - maybe there are some "cabin in the woods" forums you can join to bash cabin builders...
2012Coleman 11/09/20 09:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Are there some brands under $30k that any of you recommend who stand behind their product and don't make the consumer regret their purchase? We're ready to pull the trigger on a larger TT, then sell ours, but man, this is disheartening. I will say my local mobile RV repair guy likes Forest River, so I guess he has no problem fixing them and getting paid properly.Yes - Grand Design. I've had personal experience with talking at length with a manager on their customer support team. I emailed them about a problem with my awning. I didn't get a return email, I got a call. The awning was detaching from the side. The warranty was long over. But they fixed it - correctly at no charge to me. My friend had the same issue with his Alpine - just out of warranty. They would not help - sorry, but your warranty period has expired they told him. GD sent me a recall notice about an electrical issue that could cause a fire. It is very hard for me to take off work to get it to the dealer who doesn't do intake on the weekend. They authorized a mobile mechanic to do the work at my storage location. Others will chime in and throw shade on them, but myself and a lot of others will tell you different. Research the brand on both of their forums - PM me if you want the links or just Google. I googled Grand Design dealers in NC and found a few close to you - Bill Plemmons RV World in Winston-Salem and Raleigh. Check them out. Go and tour a few units. I can't talk about price as it is different depending on where your located and current market. I will say that I negotiated a substantial percentage off the MSRP and got a front bedroom AC installed as part of the deal. Also - you are in a good position to negotiate. You have multiple dealers in the area for the brand, you already have a RV you can use - so you want a new one, but you don't NEED a new one. This is to your advantage. Winter is here and that's also to your advantage. So if you don't get what you want, you can just get up and leave - leaving them with your phone number. Also, don't trade in before attempting to sell on your own - it will most likely sell if you present it properly. And yes - they put their RV's together the same as other companies and yes, they may have issues. But beating their customer service is a hard thing to do. I'm very happy with it and fully enjoy using it. Good luck.
2012Coleman 11/05/20 05:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

OK - I'll try - I found the article and can agree with some points. But the low cost of gas in the US has a lot to do with advances in technology in the past few years and also the onset of Covid. Less people are using it - I know I am as I can count on one hand the number of times I've filled up since March. On the other hand, a democratic administration may put more regulations into place - but that's ok by me - as it saves our unspoiled wilderness and closes public lands to oil exploration. I'm willing to pay more for gas for that. Also, as a realist, I can't see alternate sources of energy replacing internal combustion engines at least in my lifetime, but why can't America do what it is best at and explore new energy technology and build cool stuff - plus create jobs to boot? Don't worry about gas prices is my motto. I think as another poster stated, that your biggest problem will be finding a spot. Good luck on your trip.
2012Coleman 11/04/20 02:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Flex armor sprayed on roof

Flex Armor has a lifetime warranty that is transferable. The cost includes removal/replacement of all rooftop accessories and panel replacement where necessary. Great for resale value. I doubt weight is even an issue.
2012Coleman 10/27/20 07:24am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Etiquette and Courtesy for Tourists & Visitors

My guidelines about how to behave as a tourist or visitor: Talk to the locals! Ask where are the good places to eat. Go places that are not tourist attractions - ask about local history. Have fun! Do no damage. Spend your money - locals - well most locals, want you there to do the very things this latest RV.net etiquette lesson wants to tell you are taboo (based on the opinion of one person and no mention of exact places in the U.S. and Canada where this type of behavior is unwelcome).
2012Coleman 10/22/20 08:18am RV Lifestyle
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

...Please tell me more about avoiding camping world. They had so many choices!... Here is all you should need to know.
2012Coleman 10/20/20 08:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

My 3500 is my Daily driver - I don't know why that is a consideration - it's not a dump truck...
2012Coleman 10/16/20 07:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford 6L diesel in the news again

How about that. All the same old Ford bashers jumped right back on the wagon. Well the 6.0/6.4 bashing bandwagon has a lot of seats on it so.... Did you read the part about knowing the issues, citing the Class Action Lawsuit potential and trying to keep it quiet? Your good with that? If everyone that has issue with it is a Ford basher, than I guess being ok with it makes you a Ford apologist. There are seats on that bandwagon as well.No apologist here. I just have better things to do than harp on something for 17 years. By the way, my truck still runs great so not all were bad.Yet you always find time to post on here about it - big HO HUM
2012Coleman 10/16/20 07:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV sale pending, but we found evidence of mice...

If they peed in the air vents on the floor you will never get the smell out! Every time you turn on the heat you are going to smell it. Any inaccessible place they have been will retain the smell. Sorry but I would run away from this one.Agree with this - there is a better chance than not that you will have to deal with the leftovers from a mouse infestation from the dead bodies to the nests in inaccessible places, to the smell when running the heat or AC. Keep looking - you will be better off in the long run not buying this one - IMO. Good luck!
2012Coleman 10/15/20 01:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: 120 days and counting

“and dump my gray water behind the trailer.” Hopefully I won’t be the camper after you. Snip... There should not be another camper after him since he is on his own property next to his home he is building. At least that is how I read his post. BarneyMe two - LOL! Where did you go Lwiddis? I don't come on here much any more, but every time I do, I can be assured that I will see at least one of your condescending blurbs
2012Coleman 10/15/20 01:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Tow capacity is not a number you use to figure out what you can tow travel trailer wise. Tow capacity is determined by pulling a flat trailer with weight in ideal conditions and a driver who's first job is a jockey - with nothing else in the truck. It's not what the truck can pull - it's what it can carry. If your thinking 250/2500, consider a SRW 3500 as you most likely will want a bigger trailer/Fifth wheel in future. Research Payload. Good advice on Grand Design products. I've had nothing but good experiences from them including a major repair on my awning done out of warranty, and their willingness to let a mobile repair guy fix a recall issue - yes, they sent a recall notice for a possible electrical issue. Some people on here with an axe to grind will tell you that they are junk - yes stuff can go wrong, but you can learn from their two forums who to talk to to get things that should be resolved - resolved to your satisfaction. You won't get that many places. For my first TT, I bought an entry level Coleman from camping world. After sitting between uses, I'd open it up and get overwhelmed by off-gassing Formaldehyde. Could not leave clothes or sheets in it - they would become unusable until washed. Camping world had it for warranty repairs in the first month. After not being called a few days after my promised date, I called them. They didn't know where my TT was - wasn't sure they remembered working on it as the tech I was working with had departed the day before. They finally found it on the used lot where people were going through it and removing things that were in there. Would not accept a claim for missing items or damage caused - the vinyl wood grain on the bathroom cabinet was peeling - like someone pulled on it. Good luck
2012Coleman 10/15/20 01:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Deeded RV lots

So the wife and I are considering purchasing an rv lot as we approach retirement. I am having a difficult time searching for them. While doing our search too many times sites that are listed as rv communities are more like mobile home parks. Anyone have any search suggestions or websites that cater to listings of rv lots for sale? Or any search suggestions. We are looking for something in the southeast US. We have stayed at Hilton Head Harbor RV Resort twice and enjoyed ourselves. There are usually lots for sale but pricey. There is an HOA there. Another one close by that you can check out is Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort
2012Coleman 10/05/20 06:05am General RVing Issues
RE: 30’ 5th wheel

I have the 303RLS - love it. No issues getting into any spots - and I slide it back on my B&W Companion slider.
2012Coleman 09/20/20 04:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to tow & push BACKWARDS?

It seems to me that if you towed it it - the door would be on the wrong side. And I have stayed in an Airstream AirB&B - it was plenty cool. Don't knock it till you have tried it.
2012Coleman 09/03/20 08:04am Travel Trailers
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