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RE: 5th Wheel with no dually truck

There are lighter fifth wheel alternatives. We pull a Heritage Glen Lite 324 res with a F250 gasser. 6.2l with a 6 speed. Perfect match truck and camper. True diesel has more torque, but for the few times we need that going up a hill, wasn't worth the extra $10$15k. To make the f250 a f350 you can just add a spring as the drive train is the same. We also pull with a short bed using the pullrite 16k slide hitch and love it. A CG that we go to alot the owner is the one who pulled a fiver with a short bed half ton and informed me about the lite series. Changed my thinking and after pulling this around for two years, 37 feet is long enough for me as we are 52 feet nose to tail. PS my wife drives the f250 everyday, so the short bed easy to park. Long beds much harder to get around in. Take your time and shop until you find the right fit for you.
Crabbypatty 09/11/20 04:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do you guys use for a BBQ?

We start a campfire with charcoal, then throw a grill on top for grilling. We do carry a road trip but hardly use it. Ive only BBQ once over the road and brought my webber smoker. Uses charcoal and I throw in a lump of wood for my flavor.
Crabbypatty 09/08/20 03:47am Truck Campers
RE: I need new Tires

Ive owned TTs and have good luck with Goodyear's on them. First TT 4900lbs second TT 8000lbs. Now moved to fiver we are a solid 12,000 lbs on two axles. We bought used and it came with almost no miles Provider 238/80 r 16 even though rig is now 6 years old. The first owner had it on a seasonal site for the first 4 years of its life and never traveled. Still just noticed cracking on on tire, so its time. We have only gone short distances so far and they ride nice and cool. Still taking a short hop over the road end of October and want new. Interesting thread nothing negative about the providers or the good years. This set is Load range E. Im not worried about speed rating as Iver never gone past 65 juts a personal comfort thing.
Crabbypatty 09/08/20 03:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hauling generator on upcoming trip

We dry camp a lot on the outer beaches. Folks bring their gennies on rear bumper racks all the time. We have both Honda 3000i 150#s and the 2000i 45#s. Since switching to solar we now only carry the 2000i. I also see a lot of people carrying two Honda 2000is probably due to weight. This last trip the guy next to us had his 3000i in the front basement which is also common. Door open exhaust out with a fan behind to keep air moving. Youtube it for ideas.
Crabbypatty 09/06/20 03:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

Retirement, so I can just go...........
Crabbypatty 08/19/20 03:36am General RVing Issues
Camping Suggestions for Florida Keys

Any thoughts on the Keys for January? Or perhaps west coast water front?? Thanks in advance J & L
Crabbypatty 08/16/20 03:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Massachusetts in October

Any thoughts would be great! FHU near the coast.. Happy Trails J & L
Crabbypatty 08/15/20 05:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: how to mount solar panel

I bought aluminum angle iron. 6 ft piece and cut into 3-4 inch pieces. Bolted to panels then screwed panels into the roof. I applied a healthy amount of dicor sealant under the mounts then on top once screwed in. Works perfectly no leaks. Im not interested in adjusting panels so they are hard mounted.
Crabbypatty 08/15/20 05:37pm Truck Campers
RE: More water needed....

We boon dock a lot. Our 37ft fifth wheel came with a 44 gallon tank as its ment for FHU. We have 4-6 gallon water jugs and pump the water into the main tank. Easier to move and store 6 gallon water tanks than 30-50 gallon tank.
Crabbypatty 07/28/20 05:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where to RV on East Coast

Spend your first night nearby. Hit a KOA or Hershey for Full Hook Ups so you get the hang of it and see if everything you are renting works before your travel to far. Gettysburg PA is very historic so is going south to Williamsburg. Not sure how things are open per COVID. If you want to go north and park on lake. Try Lake George RV Park and Resort. Some history nearby forts etc. Fun place. They burn the old picnic tables at night huge bonfire and usually there are fireworks on Lake George.
Crabbypatty 07/04/20 02:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Costco batteries

Not all 6 volt batteries are the same. Buy Industrial not commercial grade and you get what you pay for. Buy cheap get cheap. I bought Trojan t 125 forklift batteries for my first TT. Sold it at 10 years Batts still going strong. Second TT it was a no brainer, bought another set but after 4 years we decided to trade up. Bough a fifth wheel and took the Trojans off of the Sunnybrook and installed in the fiver then added two more. Four batteries 480 amps. Yes they are $450 for two, but 10+ years of perfect service, is worth it to me as we dry camp more than plug in. What you really need to understand is that flooded cell batteries if you discharge them more than 50% you shortening their life. After using a VOM to check batteries I installed a Trimetric battery meter. Just got back from a week on the beach. Dry camped and with solar and inverter never started the generator.
Crabbypatty 07/04/20 03:39am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Working on the road.

I have the weboost amp, indoor antenna panel and outside I put up the trucker, non ground plane antenna. I installed the antenna on a painters pole and pushed it up 15 feet over the rig. Works very well except when windy as the antenna is moving. Nothing is perfect as there are so many variables. Trees in the way, hills as you cant get a signal through dirt. That said if there is path I stream netflix. I also just bought and am waiting for the directional antenna from Wilson. As I set up camp and dont move for a week. So aim it the best tower should increase my through put. I work while camping over the summer so being connected is very important. I use my iphone as a hotspot then connect to my laptop. I also hae a backup system. Hawkings smart repeater that can connect up to a wifi hotspot. Dual systems whatever works the best gets used. As far as dollars? One job pays for it all, the rest are gravy. Happy trails
Crabbypatty 07/02/20 04:13am Truck Campers
RE: Why are people not opening new campgrounds/RV parks?

My dad wanted to do it. Paid for a franchise book and everything. Found a nice piece of land next town over. That town wanted $1,000,000 to create a sewage treatment plant for the park. Killed the whole thing. A private campground on the other fork just sold for $5,000,000. NY isnt business friendly and has the highest tax burden in the nation.
Crabbypatty 06/05/20 03:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Good Wi Fi for RV: Is it Possible?

If your over 55 a lot of cell phone carriers have unlimited data plans for reasonable $. Cell phone signals like WiFi signals can vary based on the cg your in, terrain, foliage etc. You cant get a signal through dirt if there is a hill between you and cg or the cell tower. The signal just goes over your head. I have both a cell phone amplifier and WiFi repeater as I need to work and dw lives on FB. Also keep in mind most rvs have metal skins or metal frames, that also degrade or block the signal. An external antenna is a must for either. My antennas are mounted on a 24ft extendable painters pole, power clamped to my ladder. after I level off, I extend the antenna at least one length or 8 feet. Height is might, with antennas. Hope this helps Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 05/31/20 04:04am Technology Corner
RE: Car breaks down on a trip. What to do with your camper?

AAA wouldn't tow me with the TT and wanted me to unhitch. On I95 in NJ that's not a good idea. I as able to limp it home. Since that experience, we now have GS which will tow everything. If you have a class a,b,c truck camper not a problem, but when towing something AAA wont do it, just the tv. When my suburban needed a sensor I was able to tow to a GM dealer unhitch leave everyone in the TT then waited all day for the repair. Then we were on our way. I think that if you can get to a reliable repair place you could leave it there until repaired. If it takes to long perhaps stay at CG would be my choice if its going to take more than a day.
Crabbypatty 04/26/20 04:33am Truck Campers
RE: Slider hitch - How to Question

After lots of debate here on rv net, I went with a Pullrite auto slide as we have a short bed. My decision even though it was 8 beans more than manual was the first time i forget and put out the rear window would be way worse then paying more. 1 season on the Pullrite and it works perfectly though you need to be within 10 degrees of center or it wont uncouple. The trick is to pull the head pins and raise the fiver. Pullrite suggests wd40 on the rails and I do that every time. Occasionally when backing up the hitch does make a grinding noise when on an angle.
Crabbypatty 04/22/20 04:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Plugged in or Trickle Charger

What charger do you have?? Not all are the same. I have an WFCO in my fifth wheel and it does not have a stir function or trickle. Just a dumb charger and there is no way to modify it. My prior two TT's had Progressive Industry chargers and for $20, you can plug in a computer chip called a "charge wizard". the charge wizard smartens up the dumb charger to allow for trickle charge as well as and importantly stirring charge for lead acid batteries. the stir is important as the high voltage keeps the plates clean. My first TT I had two Trojan t125s. They were 10 years old when I sold it and still going strong. I put 2 Trojans on my next TT and had that for 4 years. Both TTs had progressive chargers with charge wizards plugged in. Now we upgraded to a fiver and I added 2 more Trojans and will be replacing the dumb wfco, with a progressives charger that has a "wizard" built in. The wfco also doesn't go higher in the voltage hence no stir. So it depends on your charger and type of battery. My conversation is for flooded lead batteries.
Crabbypatty 04/13/20 04:10am Travel Trailers
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

I opted to lay them flat. Went to hardware store and bought a 4 foot piece of angle aluminum. Used the chop saw to make uniform size brackets about 2 inches each. I screwed them into side of panel careful not to screw into the panel only the frame. Applied a generous amount of Dicor roof sealant flipped it over and placed on roof where i wanted it. Once screwed in I covered the screwed head and around he outside of the bracket with more Dicor. Never a leak mounted 6 panels that way. Highway speeds no problem. Charging no problem. PS attach your wire or at least a long enough pig tail to make the electrical connections.
Crabbypatty 03/31/20 04:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing 12-volt batteries with 6-volt

Had two 6 volt on the TT for 10 years still going strong. Now have 4 6v on the fiver. If you want you batteries to last, never discharge them more than 50%. Buy a Trimteric or similar battery meter. I ue Trojans they are built for abuse and are trouble free. Yes they cost$$ but lets see $450/10+ years is $45/year. Thats when I sold it. Its my understanding from the owner that they are still going storng.
Crabbypatty 11/04/19 03:23am Tech Issues
RE: Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

We do the same thing camping on the beach or SP. Just went through some mighty gusts.
Crabbypatty 10/17/19 03:49am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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