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RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Do you check the water level in your batteries often?? Probably not as much as I should. I check the water but the last time I checked, one battery was a little low. I don't remember which battery it was but that is probably the battery that went bad and swelled. I try to check every time I use the motorhome but sometimes forget.
MetalGator 03/24/23 03:02pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Dan, glad to hear everything went well. Burch, I've got to replace my batteries before our next outing. What brand did you get?? I have Trojan T-105s and they have gone about 8 years. They are pricey but have lasted well beyond "expiration date" expectations. I put interstate batteries in the motorhome. The batteries I just replaced were also interstate. I really had no choice as locally that's all I could get on short notice. I am starting to wonder if the batteries are getting overcharged. I keep the motorhome plugged in 24/7 and maybe my charger/inverter is overcharging? We don't have another trip planned until the end of May. I need to change the oil in the motorhome before the next trip. ZuZu is continuing to grow. She is so much fun and full of energy but she is stubborn sometimes. We sure do love her. She loves everyone, especially kids.
MetalGator 03/24/23 06:40am RV Pet Stop
RE: Did I damage my house batteries?

MetalGator, If it is an absorption fridge you may wish to reconsider plugging in all the time. My Fridge uses 5.7 kwh per day. It is a big waste of energy. Your instincts are good--all batteries should be replaced at the same time. Just make sure to wire them in a balanced manner. My fridge is a residential fridge. I also run a dehumidifier during the summer months because of the humidity here in Florida. The RV has two 6 volt deep cycle batteries. My storage garage comes with unmetered power so I don't know how much energy the fridge uses.
MetalGator 03/10/23 06:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Did I damage my house batteries?

Freezing is also a cause of swelling. Any chance that happened? Freezing isn’t a problem here. I live in Florida and the motorhome is stored in a garage.
MetalGator 03/09/23 01:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Did I damage my house batteries?

Thanks for the responses. My motorhome is a 2018 Thor Miramar 35.3. I will have to look at the inverter/Charger and see what the model is. The old batteries were still working fine but once I saw the one battery swollen, I wanted to change both of them. Would turning off the battery switch while plugged to AC at my storage facility keep the batteries from overcharging? We do have stuff in the fridge so still need to be plugged in. Burch
MetalGator 03/09/23 01:08pm General RVing Issues
Did I damage my house batteries?

I replaced my house batteries back in August of 2020. I got 3 1/2 years out of the first set of house batteries (bought motorhome new). We are going on a trip tomorrow so I checked the water level in my batteries and noticed white crud on the battery strap. One of the batteries was swelling and was wet. These batteries are only about 2 1/2 years old. Called the local RV shop and replaced both of the house batteries. When I checked the new batteries, the water barely covered the plates. I always fill the batteries much fuller than these new batteries were filled. I am wondering if I have been overfilling my batteries and that is why I am not getting more time out of them (and the swelling). My first set of batteries swelled as well. I do keep my motorhome pulled in 24/7 so there could be an issue there as well. Any advice to get more time out of my house batteries? Burch
MetalGator 03/09/23 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

That is good news Dan! We are heading out this afternoon to LazyDays resort. LazyDays is close to Plant City where the strawberry festival is. Making a weekend out of it. This will be our last trip to LazyDays for awhile (maybe ever) as they are closing on 4/1 to remodel the park. They have an onsite restaurant that we like and we spoke to one of the workers there. She has doubts they would ever reopen the resort. I sure hope so because we really like going there. I got the motorhome yesterday afternoon from storage and put it in my driveway. I wanted to check the water level in the batteries and noticed white crude all over the strap that holds in the batteries. When I went to take off the strap the strap broke (assuming from the battery acid). One of the batteries was swollen on one side so off to the RV store this morning to replace both 6 volt batteries. $409 later, I have them installed. The batteries that I replaced weren't even 3 years old yet. I think I might have over filled them with water last time which made one of them swell and start leaking. At least I caught it before we got on the road. ZuZu continues to grow and to melt our hearts. She is very sweet but very stubborn! She is a good traveler but we have only gone on short trips with her so far. She will have her first long trip the end of May. Burch
MetalGator 03/09/23 07:53am RV Pet Stop
RE: class A safety

I'm convinced much of the problem has to do with the driver. When I brought mine home from Florida to Arizona it was white knuckle terror for almost the entire trip. It seemed to lurch from side to side in the lane and require constant correction. As I drove more, even on that trip it got easier. Now, I pretty much one hand it and it's steady. What changed? Me. I learned not to overcorrect on every little movement. It is not a conscious thing, just experience. My advice for those new to the Class A game would be to give it some time before you drop big bucks on chassis mods. One mod I do recommend - a steering ball, aka suicide knob (no, they are not illegal). It makes maneuvering the beast in tight quarters and right turns and backing so much easier. I totally agree with this. I had never driven a class A before we purchased ours. I had alway had travel trailers. When I left the dealership to take the motorhome to my storage garage, I was not expecting the way it drove. As you say, I was white knuckled for the 50 mile drive. On the first drive, I was going through my head all the suspension mods I was going to do. After a few trips, I go used to how it drove and now after 5 years, I am totally happy with the way it drives. 99 percent of my so thought handling issues were just me not being used to driving it. Saved a lot of money on suspension modes. Now that's not to say suspension mods wouldn't make it handle better but in my case it would be a waste of money. Burch
MetalGator 03/01/23 08:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Happy Friday FOOFs! Fridays are always a happy day for us working folks. ZuZu is continuing to grow and is now definitely part of the family. She is a very sweet dog and is extremely full of energy. She makes me tired just watching her. She is about 90% potty trained. She still has an accident here and there but will go days without an issue. I still really miss Lola but ZuZu had filled a void in my heart. Hopefully she will give us many years of love. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Here is ZuZu with her Yoda toy.
MetalGator 02/24/23 06:09am RV Pet Stop
RE: No place to camp in Florida

I have lived in the Tampabay area of Florida all my life. It is really a pain to get reservations in Florida during the winter months. You most either get lucky or make reservations way in advance.
MetalGator 02/20/23 05:57am RV Lifestyle
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good morning FOOFs Had a little weekend getaway in the motorhome this weekend. ZuZu does very well in the motorhome. However, she did get away from us one time. We had her on a lease outside and she went underneath the motorhome. My wife tugged on her lease and ZuZu's collar unsnapped and she took off! Both my wife and I start running after her, going through people's sites, etc. ZuZu finally went up to a family that was outside with their big dog and I was able to grab her. Needless to say, she was in big trouble. She spent the next hour or so in doggie time out. It's really hard to stay mad at her because she is so cute and sweet. Thank God that she didn't get run over while running through the RV park streets. Burch
MetalGator 02/14/23 09:32am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

ZuZu is going under the knife today. She is getting spayed today. I know this is a routine procedure but I sure will feel better when it's over and the vet calls me later this morning. We went to to the big RV show in Tampa over the weekend. It was packed full of people and RVs. I'd like to know where some of these people get all of this disposable income to purchase some of these big motorhomes. I see young couple with small kids purchasing 500K+ motorhomes and wonder what they do for a living. ZuZu seems to only like to go to the bathroom in her own backyard. This is only the 2nd time she has been on the motorhome and she didn't want to do her business outside. We would walk her and walk her and nothing. Then, we get in the motorhome and she goes on the pee pad. So, we took up the pee pad and then she went on the floor. As soon as we got home yesterday, she went in the backyard and did her business. I guess it's going to take awhile to train her. ZuZu was a star at LazyDays resort. She just loves everybody and everybody loves her. Many people stopped to meet her during our walks. They always comment on her color and markings. Burch
MetalGator 01/24/23 06:11am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

I thought about going to the show, but I don't like crowds! And I just bought my dream coach, so no need to look for one. Dale I'm not big on crowds either. We get there right when the show opens and are usually done by noonish so the crowds aren't too bad early. The tickets are good for two days so I might go Friday morning and again Saturday morning. The Hard Rock casino is right across from the fairgrounds so the longer I stay at the RV show, the less time the wife can lose money! Burch
MetalGator 01/17/23 06:07am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

ZuZu went to the vet today to get bloodwork done. She is going under the knife next week to get "Fixed". We 3 dogs I sure don't need a bunch of baby ZuZu's running around, although that would be really cute! It's been cold here the last few days. We've had a frost the last two mornings. I am not used to this cold weather living in Florida! The wife and I are going to the big RV show in Tampa this weekend. I always enjoy walking around and looking at all the neat motorhomes that I can't afford. It's always interesting to see the new designs and features. We try to get there when the show opens because by noon, the place is packed. I hope everyone has a great day. Burch
MetalGator 01/16/23 09:05am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Pickles is home. She lost 3 more teeth. She is still out of it but all went well. Glad Pickles is home!
MetalGator 01/10/23 07:03am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Pickles is having dental done today as well as removing a skin tag on the back of her neck. We are a little worried about her being under. She has been diagnosed with enlarged heart and fluid around her heart. Her white blood cell count is a little high. Our Vet thinks it is due to her teeth. Our Vet felt strongly that we should go ahead with the dental so we are but will be worried until we get her back home. We had to do the same thing to Monty. His teeth were getting bad and his bloodwork was indicating some problems. I don't like putting older dogs under but it ended up going well. Please update us on Pickles. My crazy Pomeranian is so sweet but she can try your patience! She is defiantly hardheaded and stubborn. Here is ZuZu and Monty
MetalGator 01/09/23 01:43pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Hope you're getting better, Burch. I am feeling better today. Yesterday was my 52nd birthday and we were supposed to go out last night for dinner but we stayed home instead. I just chilled at the house with the doggies. Still coughing and blowing my nose by much better compared to this time last week. ZuZu continues to grow and melt our hearts. She loves Pinto (our chihuahua). She jumps all over him and he just gets mad. I think he is starting to come around because last night ZuZu and Pinto were playing tug of war with a toy. Of course when I got my phone to take a video, they dropped the toy and just looked at me. That always seems to happen when I try to take a cute picture or video. Burch
MetalGator 01/08/23 04:12pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

Good afternoon FOOFs Hope everyone had a good new years. I am still fighting some type of respiratory infection. It gets better and then hits me hard again. I am on my 2nd round of antibiotics now. I can't believe how much crud I am coughing out of my lungs. Nasty stuff. I don't really feel bad (no fever, body aches, sore throat) but I am so fatigued from this crud in my throat/lungs. Just walking across the floor tires me out. Hopefully this round of meds will do the trick. I have been sick since December 4th and I am really tired of it! ZuZu continues to melt our hearts. She is a sweet thing and is really smart. I can't believe how much she has grown! She is starting to get used to our routine, however me being sick and home all the time is going to probably confuse her when I have to start working in the office again. I hope everyone has a great 2023! Burch
MetalGator 01/03/23 11:45am RV Pet Stop
RE: Foggy windows help please

Suncoast is great !! Just had 3 of my windows done at Suncoast Designers. They have a lifetime warranty. They have already repaired about 70% of my windows. Once they get the other 30% done, at least I won't have to pay to get them repaired anymore due to the warranty. If I had it all over to do again, I would not have gotten the dual pane windows.
MetalGator 01/02/23 09:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

ZuZu had a great first Christmas. She loved all of the kids and visitors and everyone loved her. She passed out on her doggie bed around 8pm. She almost blends in to the bed as the color is close to hers.
MetalGator 12/28/22 06:28am RV Pet Stop
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