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RE: Best truck for large 5th Wheel

Look into a used HDT (Heavy Duty Truck) that will handle *anything* you want to tow. Less $ than a new Dually pickup, more whistles and bells, and can be registered as a Motor Home in most states. With the integrated sleeper cab, you (also) have a Motor Home for day trips. Lots of folks carry a motorcycle, ORV, or a Smart Car on the deck (bed). For an HDT, the pin weights he mentions are like a flea on an elephant's back, ROTFL. Check out the benefits/advantages on Escapees HDT forum. :B
Dtank 11/06/21 04:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for new motorhome…

......... Good luck shopping and have fun! Sage Moderator advice!! Get out there and LOOK at what's available (new & used) - that fits YOUR needs, wants, and budget - not what "we" have or like! And....yeah - the above can be "fun". :W .
Dtank 10/27/21 01:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

This is where AAA and Good Sam differ. AAA will find a truck to tow you. It is up to you to decide where to be towed. Good Sam will first attempt to locate a shop that will accept your vehicle. IF and WHEN they find that shop, they will then locate a tow truck to tow you to the shop. If they cannot find a shop willing to accept your vehicle, they will not send out a tow truck. With both, if you need other than a small size wrecker (standard auto tow truck), it can take longer to get that tow truck to you because there are fewer available. As for what happens now, GS will most likely agree to pay your out of pocket tow costs and will offer an additional year of service for free - it's their standard "compensation package". Also.....The moon is made of green cheese..:R All triple A (AAA) are not necessarily affiliated. Your "hometown" AAA membership may not be good in some states/areas of the continental USA. Some forum members have found out that "fact of life" the hard way. The "wrecker" is a tow operator - not owned by AAA. Many tow operators contract with several Motor Clubs (including AAA). Providing roadside assistance may (or "is") secondary to more lucrative contracts - with state troopers, highway patrol, city/county police, etc. If the tow operator is busy with the above - you're part of the "wwww" - world wide wait! Simple solution - Benjamins and or a CC (credit card) is the best incentive for rapid & reliable service. Check with your insurance company to see if they provide any reimbursement...:W ~
Dtank 10/22/21 09:32pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Renting your RV

Never.............. If I have to rent it out to make ends meet, I'd sell it. Rental motorhomes such as Cruise America or El Monte are custom built units just for them. There are no awnings to get ripped off, no retractable steps to jam and get ripped off. Everything is very heavy duty. The curtains (not pull down shades that the strings break on) are very heavy duty too. Everything is made with the thought of what could someone do to destroy this. The Class C units also have (if Ford) a 5.4L V8 rather than the V10 (or the current 7,3L) this is to keep people from running way too fast with them. Equipment such as dishes and blankets, etc are rented separately, and inventoried when returned. Nothing is left to chance. Charles Also - at the end of their rental "life" the Cruise America & El Monte RV units are completely refirbished - logos removed, etc. & (forget which company) re-badges them as a "Majestic". They also warranty their re-sale units. The point is: They *need* to do that for re-sale. It should tell someone considering renting his/her RV be ready to do (some level) of the same!..:R The stationary trailer as an air b&b sure sounds like a giant headache, and a bigger headache if you're not on hand to solve problems. Lose lose situation, wish any owner - best of luck! :(
Dtank 10/22/21 09:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best RV King Size Bed

Check measurements!! The King you have may be a bit smaller than what you think it is! (Mfgr's specs may vary!) Then go check out various beds at brick & mortar stores. Stretch out on them the way you sleep, on your back or on your side. *If* you prefer a bed in a box - make sure the mfgr offers a "test" period with free return. Choose what you like - rather than folks on an internet forum! Happy - - :Z..:Z .
Dtank 10/12/21 10:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Renting your RV

Just heard about this, know nothing about it. Someone told me there are companies that will take your RV, and you'll just get a check every month. Anyone have good experience with this? Here's a one word summary of everything you need to know about renting your RV: ** DON'T ** :S
Dtank 10/12/21 10:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cricket golf carts

The baby monitor for the 3 year old was off!..:Z Thanks for the Cricket and Palmer info!..:) .
Dtank 10/11/21 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Big black bugs crawling across road

Armaggedon? Bugs From OUTER SPACE !!! Sounds like a 1950's B movie. "THEM" (1954) = Giant ants - eventually migrating from the CA desert & hiding in the Los Angeles flood control underground tunnels. Impressive cast - including James Arness, Fess Parker, etc. Good quote from a man in hospital with DTs, with a window looking down on the open part of one of the channels - in reply to an Army officer asking, "What do you see down there?" Ans: "Ants! BIG ones!" (also) repeated a few times... "Make me a Sergeant and charge the booze!" Would be xlnt for a Black Flag commercial !!..:B ~
Dtank 08/21/21 12:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a 42 footer… What do you think?

Hi samsontdog, I hear what you’re saying but for us 34’ does not give us the space we need. I can get our 40’ motorhome most anyplace I want to go and the same should be true for a 42’ fifth wheel. My consern is more about Drive ability? The same is *NOT* true for a 42' 5th wheel as with your 40'MH. For a 5th wheel you must include the Tow Vehicle in the overall length. The campground (or?) site is *not* the problem...combined length limitations in the various states is!! (often 65' max - under that & you're good to go!). Check the length req's for states where you will travel...:W ~
Dtank 08/17/21 10:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel chair lift or similar

Lifts - of all types: Google "Burr Lift". The Burr lifts (and others) lift a person from the ground to the height of the RV - normally attached to the side of the RV by the steps. Lifts for a handicapped scooters (etc.) you have seen... there are many options (12V operated), so no physical lifting req'd. The Newmar MH mentioned by a poster is expensive! If you can afford it, it's specifically designed for wheelchair use. (IIRC) there is at least one other mfgr of same. If you want an *inexpensive* travel trailer - look at toy haulers - which have a ramp. At least one mfgr has a side (rather than rear) ramp.
Dtank 08/17/21 10:25pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Escapees worth joining?

To all you old folks out there like me; what's your option on Escapees RV Club? Is it worth joining? Do your homework. Research what the benefits are to/for YOU. Comparison to GS - only fair to compare which features matter to YOU. Caveat: *If* you join GS (even if you don't continue membership) you will receive mail "solicitations" for years, and years, & years..:( Forums? Same thing - what sub-forums ring YOUR chimes - or apply to YOU. Just remember, you aren't the Engineer on either train...:B And, of course, you don't have to "join" either to "participate" on the forums. ~
Dtank 08/15/21 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Oregon State Parks Fire/open flame ban!

We just got an update from our pear Ranger! Be advised Starting Thursday July 22nd 2021. There is now a full fire ban in all Oregon State Parks and State managed forest land EAST of Interstate 5. This includes Charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, charcoal briquettes, Candles, Tiki torches and other devices that flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are NOT allowed! So why the thread?..:h You go to the campground (if it's open) - and play by the rules that ARE the rules at the time. Obviously they may change.....and you aren't going to say but, but.... "rhagfo" said -or didn't say- THAT !! If the pear ranger says oranges and apples are OK - but no pears - you do without the pears..:R Right after that - he says, who the %*&#@ is Rhagfo?? ~
Dtank 08/15/21 03:51pm General RVing Issues
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