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RE: Full timing question

Most campgrounds will quote you a weekly or monthly rate. It also depends on WHEN you want to go, as well. Rates are lower in the off season. Campgrounds near places like Yellowstone will charge more during the summer - when everybody and their kid brother are looking for spots - than they will when demand is lower. Florida is insanely high when the snowbirds hit town, and lower during the heat and humidity of summer.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/21/20 03:01am Full-time RVing
RE: What is a good camp stove to buy now days?

A small fabricating company in Idaho builds the best, toughest stoves as a sideline. Not at all cheap, but you won't find better.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/15/20 08:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Capri Camper - Opinions?

Built like a cargo trailer. If you think about it. How many cargo trailers do you see leak? I would say some can, but most cargo trailers do not leak like campers do. Actually, there are a TON of INEXPENSIVE cargo trailers that leak like sieves. You see lots of complaints about how the contents got wet while driving in the rain. You have to buy one of the high end (expensive) trailers from someone like Pace American or Wells Fargo to be sure you don't have that problem. As for wooden truck campers, Capri tells you that you have to stay on top of maintenance, checking all the seams regularly and recaulking as needed. These are not something you can buy and forget.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/15/20 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

For a comfortable table for the dinette, look at the Lagun system. Capri has started using them in their campers, and you can see one in action around 1:30 in this video. As for replacing your mattress with 4" of memory foam, memory foam is never used as a mattress by itself. so called memory foam mattresses all have 2" or 3" of memory foam bonded on top of 4" to 5" of regular foam. The Foam factory can custom cut almost anything you want. Take a look at their web site.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/15/20 01:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Flipping Axle

Some of the lift methods are pretty interesting but not something I would try. One guy used cinder blocks on their side with a jack stand standing on the hollow portion of the block :E It's amazing how many people are competing for Darwin Awards!
Optimistic Paranoid 01/13/20 07:16am Tech Issues
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

there are many propane tanks protected by a thin piece of sheet metal and at the height if they were hit in the side the propane tank would take the worse of it It seem me that the odds of being hit in the SIDE at high speed is far, far less than the odds of being hit in the back. Really, man, if you want to do stupid things, be my guest. Just remember to always utter the words; "Hold my beer. I wanna try something." first.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/10/20 03:18am Truck Campers
Capri Camper - Opinions?

Anyone here got a Capri Camper? If you've had it for a while, I'd be interested in your opinion as to how it's been holding up for you. Thanks.
Optimistic Paranoid 01/06/20 03:12am Truck Campers
RE: roadside service providers

Couple of thoughts: AAA is not a single organization, but rather a confederation of different automobile clubs. Some of them offer roadside assistance for RVs, some DON'T. I've seen posts from people who've bought RV roadside assistance from, say, TX AAA who discovered that, say, MA AAA not only doesn't offer RV roadside assistance to MA members, they wouldn't help the TX members when they broke down in MA in their RV! Forget AAA. If you're planning to do anything more than tooling around the lower 48, say going up the Alcan to Alaska or spending your winter down in Baja Mexico, make sure you understand exactly what kind of coverage - if any - your plan offers under those circumstances. Most roadside assistance programs require you to call them so they can dispatch a tow truck from their approved list. What happens if you're in the middle of nowhere - no cell service - and the highway patrol has to use their radio to summon the only tow truck for 500 miles? Will the club cover that? Under the best of circumstances, you'll probably have to pay the tow yourself and put in for reimbursement. Will the club reimburse the full amount, or is there a maximum limit, and, if so, how much is it? Lots of things to think about beyond Who's Cheapest.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/28/19 04:10am General RVing Issues
RE: TT Tire Pressure

The max pressure is COLD pressure. The tire engineers know it's going to go up when the tire heats up, and they allow for that.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/24/19 03:37am Tech Issues
RE: Prescriptions while on the road?

Be aware of the fact that getting a prescription refill in Canada is trickier, even if you stop at a Canadian Walmart.!
Optimistic Paranoid 12/22/19 05:19am Beginning RVing
RE: Truck alternators

Also, some trucks have an optional built in inverter to power a 120 volt a/c power outlet. I would assume that option would require the higher amp alternators.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/22/19 05:12am Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

Propane bottles need to be mounted somewhere where they won't be damaged if someone rear ends you - or you rear end someone who stops short in front of you. Someone needs to alert the travel trailer folk. Seems most of those propane bottles are mounted to the trailer's hitch, often right next to a battery which could spark. Sure do hope none of them are in an accident where the trailer is pushed in to the tow vehicle. An explosion may occur! -Eric Realistically speaking, has anyone ever seen a trailer hit so hard it is rammed into the back of a tow vehicle? Seems to me the trailer-tow vehicle combo would be shoved down the road as a unit, rather than the tow vehicle staying stationary while the trailer is shoved into it.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/20/19 05:10am Truck Campers
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

Propane bottles need to be mounted somewhere where they won't be damaged if someone rear ends you - or you rear end someone who stops short in front of you.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/11/19 03:11am Truck Campers
RE: Traveling Alone

In addition to the Escapees BOF, there is also Loners on Wheels.
Optimistic Paranoid 12/04/19 02:58am RV Lifestyle
RE: Do you think a front cargo rack is too dangerous?

what about all the snow plows installed on pick up trucks? Apples and oranges. Snow plows are not mounted to a single point in the center. They are mounted at TWO points, each directly on the frame, so they can't oscillate from side to side as you drive down the road. I have, in fact, seen an online post by a guy who fabbed a front carrier that used the snow plow mounting points on the front of his truck instead of a front trailer hitch. It was way more stable than one mounted to a trailer hitch would be.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/14/19 03:07am Tech Issues
RE: Club Memberships

Technomadia did a pretty good YouTube video on this subject:
Optimistic Paranoid 11/13/19 05:05am Beginning RVing
RE: Location of the voltage regulator needed

Most later model voltage regulators are built into the alternator. Actually, on most later model engines, the voltage regulation function is handled by the engine control computer. Whether a 2002 model did it that way, I couldn't say. Older model GM products did indeed use a regulator that was built in to the alternator, while Ford and Dodge vehicles still had separate voltage regulators. You could buy the GM regulator as a separate part if you were willing to disassemble the alternator to replace it. (I used to sell auto parts.) Bottom line to the original poster, you may not have a separate voltage regulator.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/10/19 07:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Be careful out there. There are some bad people

Over the years, I've seen a number of debates here over whether or not it is safe for gringo tourists in Mexico. I just want to add that, whether or not it USED to be, things change. I've seen some reports that the previous boss of the Mexican cartel, El Chapo, used to forbid the cartel members from messing with the tourists because: A: There was little or no profit in doing so. and B: It would attract a lot of extra action by the American government. Now that El Chapo is enjoying life in an American Supermax, various factions of the cartel are battling for supremacy, and the old rules are no longer being enforced by anyone. Plus, some members may be willing to kill Americans as payback for us locking El Chapo up, and to send a message to the American government that they aren't afraid of us. I don't know whether these reports are accurate or not. But, as I said, just a reminder that things change.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/08/19 06:39am General RVing Issues
RE: health insurance

I'm a retired state employee from NY, and we paid Social Security. I'm frankly surprised to see all the posts of civil servants who didn't have to pay in to it. I hadn't realized that was possible.
Optimistic Paranoid 11/02/19 04:29am RV Lifestyle
RE: Trouble with California

Nobody asked me, but I'm going to add my $0.02 here. :) A friend of mine, who is a lawyer, has told me to never, ever, under any circumstances, consent to a voluntary search. So if I am eve r asked, I'm going to refuse. That said, if an Ag Inspector or a Border Patrol Officer asks to take a look in my rig, I'm going to cooperate. I understand why the want to look, and I approve of what they are doing. There is a lawyer in Michigan named Steve Lehto who makes interesting YouTube videos on various legal subjects. For a good, not overly long video of his titled WHEN CAN THE POLICE SEARCH YOUR VEHICLE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD see: For those of you not familiar with the sovereign citizen movement, there are a bunch of videos on YouTube showing them at traffic stops claiming they aren't driving, they are "traveling", they don't need a driver's license because they are not driving commercially, asking the cop to "show them the law" and demanding to know why he stopped them if he doesn't have a warrant. They always refuse to exit their vehicle, and they always end on laying on the side of the road in handcuffs, under arrest and with a smashed window. Kind of fun to watch, actually. They are as delusional and out of touch with reality as people who think the world is being run by a cabal of leprechauns and unicorns!
Optimistic Paranoid 10/23/19 10:29am General RVing Issues
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