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RE: Storage space vs phoney fireplace.

When we first bought our first trailer with the fake electric fireplace we thought it was a little silly until we used it a few times. It does a great time of maintaining a comfortable temp in the trailer, is QUIET and adjustable to only come on when necessary. We don't think is so silly anymore.
Lightning55 06/28/20 05:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric Bikes???

I just bought a Lectric XP so I could keep up with the grandkids when we went camping. This thing is awesome. Now they can't keep up with me! It's a folding bike with 4" fat tires. Very well made and the best bang for the buck on the market.
Lightning55 06/27/20 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: New Truck 4x4 or 4x2 ??

I've always felt that I needed a 4x4 but I have to admit in all my years camping I have never needed it. Like others have said, resale on a 4x4 is much better and will sell much faster.
Lightning55 05/15/20 08:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The normal things we miss?

I miss going out to dinner. Also not being able to take out my FW.
Lightning55 05/05/20 08:20am Around the Campfire
RE: The normal things we miss?

I miss my weekend day trips. I enjoy jumping in the car and heading to the coast or mountains for the day.
Lightning55 04/27/20 09:14am Around the Campfire
RE: 2500 HD or 3500 HD?

You really should be looking at NEW also. New has longer warranty and YOU know how it was treated. Most likely not a lot of difference in price. I looked at a new Denali 2005HD Duramax yesterday and it had a sticker of nearly $79k!! In this environment you should get that truck around 63K. $16k off? Wishful thinking. Maybe $10-11k off but that's still over my budget.
Lightning55 04/20/20 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2500 HD or 3500 HD?

You really should be looking at NEW also. New has longer warranty and YOU know how it was treated. Most likely not a lot of difference in price. I looked at a new Denali 2005HD Duramax yesterday and it had a sticker of nearly $79k!!
Lightning55 04/19/20 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck

My tire guy talked me out of lifting my 2500, even a leveling kit. He says okay on a 1500 but a lifted 2500 will jar your teeth out when not towing.
Lightning55 04/19/20 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone have a favorite RV wax ???

I have been using Meguiars Flagship Marine Clearner Wax for a few years and then the Same Premium Wax. Wipe on, let it dry a few minutes and wipe off and it always left a very reflective shine. UV resistant is a plus. I wax once a year and use the Cameco Wash and Wax and it always cleans it up and shines again. I also use Meguiars Marine Wax. Easy to apply and wipe off and gets great results and has the UV protection that I wanted for my FW front cap that I had painted last year.
Lightning55 04/19/20 03:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2500 HD or 3500 HD?

Thanks for all the input guys. I should have said that I'm looking at a used GM truck rather than new. There are not a lot of choices out there but I've found both a 2018 2500HD and a 3500HD that I'm considering. I just couldn't see myself driving around in a one ton truck but I've learned that there are very few differences in the two other than rear suspension. Right now I'm leaning toward the 2500 because it's a loaded Denali and really nice...but more $$.
Lightning55 04/19/20 03:28am Tow Vehicles
2500 HD or 3500 HD?

I have a 5th wheel that I tow with a 2013 Sierra 2500HD SLE Duramax. It does a fine job of towing but I want to upgrade to a nicer equipped truck with the newer generation 6.6L motor. I don't exceed the weight limits on my 2500 but I've been told that the 3500 actually rides better than my truck and has higher towing limits if I ever decide to get a bigger FW. Other than the rear suspension, the 3500 is the same as the 2500, so I'm told. The 2018 LTZ that I'm looking at looks like a locomotive by comparison to my GMC, even though it's not. I have other cars but I really like driving around in the truck even when not towing. I just don't want to over kill on my truck and feel like I'm driving around in a Freighliner. I guess I really don't need greater towing capacity but like the idea of a better ride when not towing. Anyone have a 3500 and wish they got a smaller,lighter truck?
Lightning55 04/13/20 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

I get it but from a more selfish perspective....maybe now I'll be able to get reservations at some of the more popular spots.
Lightning55 04/12/20 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Laundromats are closed!!

I get your point but it also sounds like a laundromat could be a bee's nest for spreading germs and virus.
Lightning55 04/05/20 04:15am General RVing Issues
RE: How many times can you torque bolts on a hitch?

I think bolts should be replaced only if the bolts have been tighten beyond the specified torque. If tightened beyond the setting, bolts can be stretched and fatigued. As long as they are not tightened beyond the specified settings they should be fine. On new assembly or construction of anything mechanical, re-torquing after break-in is a good idea, especially critical components.
Lightning55 03/28/20 10:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: CalTrans towing TTs

It only seemed strange because I've been driving on this road for the last 30+ years at about 25,000 miles a year and have never seen CalTrans towing recreational trailers in a convoy before. My comment simply means that this isn't a common thing and I wonder what the purpose is for all of these new travel trailers being towed by CalTrans.
Lightning55 03/21/20 04:00pm General RVing Issues
CalTrans towing TTs

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 30058087
Lightning55 03/21/20 10:11am General RVing Issues
CalTrans towing TTs

Yesterday on a southbound trip to San Jose, CA I passed a caravan of about 15 or more travel trailers being towed by CalTrans (California Dept of Transportation) pickup trucks. I think all of the TTs were brand new (no plates) and were about 24' Springdales. On several I noticed license plate frames from Camping World. A few hours later on the trip back home I passed the same bunch of CalTrans pickups going north without the trailers. My guess is they delivered the trailers somewhere in the San Jose area. It seemed strange that CalTrans would be towing a bunch of new trailers. I couldn't find anything about it on their website and nothing on a Google search. The only thing I could think of is that maybe the state or county bought them to house the homeless during the COVID-19 lock down. If so, it's probably a good idea if managed properly. Anyone hear anything about this?
Lightning55 03/21/20 10:11am Around the Campfire
RE: My brillant plans

I wouldn't get too comfortable. Sounds like it won't be too long before they close that park.
Lightning55 03/20/20 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Scratches on gel-coat surface

There is no magic product to removing surface scratches other than using an abrasive product to cut through the surface of the scratches. Hand rubbing is not easy or as effective as a buffer, but you need someone that is experienced in the use of a buffer and polishing products. Swirl marks are usually created by using dirty or the wrong pads, the wrong products, or an inexperienced person using the buffer. Sealers and waxes must be reapplied after buffing to seal up any light swirl marks and to protect the now bare surfaces.
Lightning55 03/14/20 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

We are not canceling any RV plans but I'm a little worried about a vacation to Hawaii we have planned in June.
Lightning55 03/11/20 01:37am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
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