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RE: Truck Camper and TT Combo

First I would be extremely cautious about manufacturer's weights. That 4700# wet weight may not include accessories. For my RV the missing accessories included the A/C unit, solar panels, additional battery, awnings and more. Even if you want to keep any storage in the TC to a minimum, you can easily add another 500# for cooking gear, refrigerator items, minimum amounts of food, clothing, etc. Anyway the details hardly matter you will be way overweight: 4300# load capacity, minus 350# for two passengers, minus 4700# wet weight, minus 700 tongue weight, minus 500 gear, minus 200 bed mat, tiedown brackets and fastguns. You will be 2200# overweight and almost all of that will be on the rear axle greatly exceeding the tire and wheel load ratings.
JimK-NY 01/01/21 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: Mail Forwarding Cost. Virtual Mail vs Priority Mail

All of the important info that I used to have mailed to me, I switched over to electronic format - Bank statements, credit card statements, cell phone bill, vehicle insurance, and a plethora of other things I can't remember at the moment. Doing the above could help reduce the amount of mail that you get forwarded to you. THe only thing I can think of at the moment that requires some sort of physical address is vehicle registration, so if I were to hit the road and sell my house, I'd still need some sort of "address" for registration of the vehicles; meaning I can't totally go stealth and not have some sort of "address" to receive mail at. Personally I think this is the solution. When I was full time, I tried to eliminate all snail mail. I even had my mail service handle the annual vehicle registration, but I did need to have the annual stickers mailed to me, eventually.
JimK-NY 12/31/20 07:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Living in a Trailer

It seems you need to clarify your intentions or at least what you have expressed is not clear to me. I understand you are not interested in travel but you want the low cost and low maintenance of RV living and you want to be able to visit the daughters and son in Boise and Fresno. What does it mean "to be able to summer in Idaho and winter in California"? Where specifically do you plan to spend that time and what are you going to do? Those decisions could seriously impact the RV choice and your costs. At 81 you also need to think ahead and plan for ageing and developing health issues.
JimK-NY 12/31/20 07:47am RV Lifestyle
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

Well I guess I don’t know what the difference is either. Can someone please explain? Dry camping: camping without water hookup, typically this would mean camping without hookups of any type and might also mean there is no water in the area. There are plenty of dry campgrounds in National Parks and Forests. Some have no water at all. Boondock camping: camping in the middle of nowhere. The NPS or BLM typically call this dispersed camping. There may be a parking area and sometimes even a fire ring but more typically there is nothing but an open area where camping is allowed. Another common related term is Stealth Camping. This is staying overnight in an area without showing evidence that anyone is using the RV. This is may be in compliance with the laws and local ordinances but merely helps to avoid unwanted attention.
JimK-NY 12/31/20 07:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Building fence post sewer hose storage. Need 5.5" caps

It sounds like the OP has decided and has ordered the caps needed. For anyone else reading and trying to decide on a system, I can mention my choice. Personally I have never understood placing a wet sewer hose in a closed compartment. That hose is never going to be sanitary and entirely clean. I store my hose under the rear bumper of my RV. The hose hangs on a piece of nylon rope with a snap fasteners on eye hooks. If you want something fancier I would suggest a broom stick attached with a hinge on one end and a snap fastener on the other.
JimK-NY 12/30/20 05:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Living in a Trailer

Sorry about your wife's health issues. In any case none of us can tell you what makes sense. I can start by pointing out some serious considerations. If you decide to sell the house, you will probably be faced with some major issues. It is hard to get rid of a house full of stuff. You can compromise by packing up a little or a lot and sending it to storage. Be aware that storage costs become very significant after months or years. Dealing with that stuff in storage is more difficult than dealing with it now. You need to consider your hobbies, interests, lifestyle. There are a lot of activities and lifestyle choices that do not fit with RV living. Are you interested in travel and visiting places such as National Parks or are you just looking for a cheap place to live and will spend most of the time in one or two areas? To answer one question, you can spend a little or a lot with RV living. Many RV parks and campgrounds with hookups are expensive and getting more expensive by the year. In many areas of the country suitable places for long term camping are in short supply. There are plenty of places to live at very low cost. That would include National Parks, Forests, etc. You will need to move frequently because of limitations of duration of stay. You also need to consider getting a solar system and getting away from the need for hookups. If you are going to sell the house and do even minimal interState traveling you will need to make logistical arrangements: mail, banking, medical providers, choice of State of residency, etc, etc. Do the research and decision making in advance. You have been given advice on proceeding slowly. Maybe but you also are not getting any younger. If you want the mobility and travel allowed with an RV you might want to proceed quickly. Only you know yourself. Don't make a choice that you are likely to regret.
JimK-NY 12/30/20 05:20pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Mail Forwarding Cost. Virtual Mail vs Priority Mail

So you are getting priority mail twice a month for $7.50 a mailing. It seems to me you have little to complain about. If you are concerned about the amount you could cut back on the frequency. Before I started out as a full timer, I worked on cutting out as much paper as possible and often went months before collecting my mail.
JimK-NY 12/23/20 04:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Running CPAP Without Utilities

As mentioned some CPAP machines are 12 volt and are much more efficient than those that require an inverter and 120 volts. There is also a big variation in power consumption for the humidifer module. Typically the humidifer will consume as much or more than the blower. Some CPAPs even come with heated tubing. I cannot imagine how much power that would take. Getting accurate data on your specific unit can be difficult. Typically the Respironics manuals show maximum power needs. An efficient 12 v unit can use as little as 25 AH/night, maybe 50 with the humidify on a relatively low setting. Plan on draining a typical car sized battery to 50% or less every night or at most every 2 nights.
JimK-NY 12/19/20 03:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: BINOCULARS

How much are you willing to spend? Good binocs are in the $1000-$3000 range.
JimK-NY 12/19/20 03:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Concerns About Going Full Time

Solar is not going to do you much good in NY in the Winter. The sun is too low and the days too short. You don't want to run a generator for hours to keep up with the furnace. I would go back to the marina owner and discuss getting an electric hook up. Worst case you could park near the office at night and move in the morning. Using an electric space heater even just at night would be a big help and your batteries would be charged if you needed to run the furnace during the day. Under no circumstances would I trust any unvented heater, even if it is catalytic.
JimK-NY 12/18/20 09:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire cover advice

Tires will dry rot even when stored in a dark location. Lack of use increase the rate of dry rot because tires contain protective chemicals that work themselves towards the surface when used. I learned from personal experience the life of a tire stored in the dark is about 4 years.
JimK-NY 12/18/20 04:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: What the ??

If you want to get a lot of space cheap, buy a trailer. There are a lot of really poorly built cheap models available.
JimK-NY 12/18/20 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Camper Security

I cannot imagine trying to stay in a camper in NYC. Parking is difficult even for a small car and much of the parking is expensive. Now if you a talking about the suburbs outside of NYC there are endless opportunities. Here on Long Island there has been an RV at my local library for years. I rarely go shopping, since Covid, but I believe there is at least one RV parked in a nearby strip mall parking lot.
JimK-NY 12/17/20 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Water/snow weight concerns

Where I live we often get freezing rain in the Winter. If the snow accumulates a foot or so and then it rains and freezes, we can end up with a foot of frozen ice and slush that will weigh more than several feet of snow. Even so the camper should easily handle that weight. I certainly would not be concerned about a few inches of just snow.
JimK-NY 12/14/20 06:00am Truck Campers
RE: hiding spare key IN cab of 2020 F-350 - truck gets confused?

I am more than a little puzzled. If you lose your key, what good is it to have the spare locked into the cab? BTW. the truck will detect my key fob if it is left in the truck.
JimK-NY 12/13/20 01:08pm Truck Campers
RE: RV parked for a lengthy period

One of the big issues is dry rot. Tires will dry rot in roughly 4 years when not used. They actually last much long when used periodically because heat brings protective chemicals to the surface of the tires. Sunlight merely hastens the deterioration, but air alone will cause oxidation and dry rot. Typical tire dressings are cosmetic and may actually harm the tires. Aerospace 303 is water based, does not harm tires and may help prolong tire life. Before application you would need to wash the tires thoroughly on all sides. Spray on 303 and rub in on to every bit of the tire surface (excluding the tread). You need to re-apply every few months especially on the outside surfaces where rain water will wash of the treatment. In any case carefully check your tires before the first trip and keep an eye on them for cracking after you start to use them. Have you pulled the batteries and periodically check the charge? Do you have a generator stored separately and used at least a few times a year? I would also inspect every square inch inside and out checking for leaks or sealant issues.
JimK-NY 12/12/20 05:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: hiding spare key IN cab of 2020 F-350 - truck gets confused?

I put my backup truck keys on a hook at the back of the camper. It is not detected by the truck. I do have an extra key to the backdoor of the camper well hidden but accessible, just in case.
JimK-NY 12/12/20 05:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Question on gas alarm

I think the alarm going off, is likely the co detector. In that case anything having carbon monoxide would set it off. Many times the propane and co detectors are incorporated in one unit. Jerry Not based on my experience. Every time I have had a false alarm the lights indicate it has been from the propane, not the CO, detector. I also have a separate CO detector. Except for using the test button it has never gone off.
JimK-NY 12/12/20 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Question on gas alarm

Over the years I have had all sorts of chemical set off the propane alarm. Those items have included hairspray, insect repellent, sulfurous emissions in Yellowstone, and caulk. The caulk was the worst. I used a large amount in the bathroom to add a slope to a small ledge. I had to disconnect the alarm for a great many weeks while it cured. You may also get false alarms as the detector ages. The life expectancy of a propane alarm is about 5-10 years from the date of manufacture. Some seem to be overly sensitive or defective and give false alarms when they are relatively new.
JimK-NY 12/12/20 06:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Smallest RV anyone has full timed in?

.... Envision a week of bad weather where you will be trapped indoors. .... Even as a full timer I never encountered even a full day of being "trapped indoors". I had appropriate clothing to handle rain and other poor conditions. With a small RV, I avoid staying in areas where the weather is consistently bad. Almost anywhere in the US, a day's drive or less will take you to a different area with a completely different climate.
JimK-NY 12/07/20 07:15am Full-time RVing
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