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RE: Extending Camper Tounge?

Lets get back to OPs original post, He wants to carry his boat in the truck bed. over cab Rack is out for them. They like to do it their way. Low and easy. So, as they questioned, about lengthening the tongue to accommodate their boat, is a reasonable option in a bolt on way , likely cheaper than a n over bed rack. certainly easier for use as they use it a lot. They can design and build it - he has a welder - for you who didnt read the whole thread.
SDcampowneroperator 05/22/22 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extending Camper Tounge?

Michael, For a TT so light ,material shouldnt be more than the existing U bolted to the trailer frame near to the body of the camper , then going forward as long as you need with a X member with a hitch ball 2" ? that goes into your existing trailer tongue hitch to your new hitch Add a ' lock over mechanism ' that prevents involuntary unhook at the original hitch. Then just make up a wiring extension . Lenghening the TONGUE ( proper spelling ) will decrease tongue weight with no ill but a positive effect as it shifts hitch to axle farther behind. Towing and parking will be different , as you will need more turning room like a 5th wl rig does. because the axles are moved farther behind. You write You have a stick welder. I take that as you are a handy guy, so can figure out the rest. Max
SDcampowneroperator 05/20/22 06:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extending Camper Tounge?

OK, now it makes sense. A TT behind a pick up. I would build a bolt on extension that fits alongside the tongue U bolting to the existing frame and into the 2" hitch reciever of the trailer extending as much forward as you need. No need to cut the TT frame just make an adaptor for length. Got one for my 20' flat bed that allows me to carry 24' steel pipe and tube with out overhang.
SDcampowneroperator 05/20/22 06:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Cameo Slides - Gear skipping

On our '09 Cameo, the motor gear stripped because only 1/2 of it was engaging the rack. A new gear can be bought from Coachworks for about $150. Well, I am a welder so in my shop with my MIG welder I built the teeth up, ground and filed then turned it on the lathe to 100thous. oversize. Finished by flipping the bronze bushing near the motor to flange forward and rearranging the spacers so that it fully engaged the rack. Door side went also. Look at my old posts. OOPS. too old here, all gone -- PM me Max RBI maker of slide out and jacks crashed, sold out to ALKO , crashed bought out remaining stock by Coachworks. Get handy or be ready to pay a LOT for RBI parts which wont be any better than what you have got - not a fix A sorry patch job. first, cut a much larger hole in the underbelly fabric - as those zippers are frozen anyway get a trouble light, phone will not do - fix it later with 3 M super 77 spray adhesive and strips of landscape fabric. Then note the engagement of the gear onto the rack, with both the slide in and out. Note the % engagement of the gear into the rack and its freeplay. Note ALL placement of spacers, bushings bolts Remove the motor, the shear bolt from the 3/4" round to 1" square transfer shaft to the front slide gear. Now the shaft shoud move so you can pull the pin that holds the gear into place on the shaft. change or fix the gear. Move or replace the bronze bushings to shift the shaft forward into better alignment with the rack
SDcampowneroperator 05/16/22 08:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cameo Slides - Gear skipping

On our '09 Cameo, the motor gear stripped because only 1/2 of it was engaging the rack. A new gear can be bought from Coachworks for about $150. Well, I am a welder so in my shop with my MIG welder I built the teeth up, ground and filed then turned it on the lathe to 100thous. oversize. Finished by flipping the bronze bushing near the motor to flange forward and rearranging the spacers so that it fully engaged the rack. Door side went also. Look at my old posts. PM me Max
SDcampowneroperator 05/16/22 04:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dual hitch, flat tow and motorbike?

The CRV with bike on the back won't sway for the same reason that you can't back up with a toad...the 4 wheels of the CRV are at its corners, not close together like a trailer.. A mis conception here, backing 4 down is easy, done properly. Its no different than backing a trailer except you should have a spotter watch the front wheels. Theres no harm to the towed or the rig. warnings are legality Cover Their Backside.
SDcampowneroperator 04/27/22 08:52pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Arctic Fox 25r interior wall removal

David, rvs are built from the inside out, reverse of landed structures. So, the cieling , wall and floor finishes should be complete and matching since they were complete before the divider wall was placed. Most likely, that wall was placed BEFORE the outside wall and roof. Look into other spaces like the ceiling and floors of bath, under bed, inside cabinets to comfirm continuity of material. If its so then that wall should remove with little noticeable effect. Max
SDcampowneroperator 04/23/22 07:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Level rv-refrigerator

Modern absorption reffigerators tolerate 3 degree side to side, 7degree front to rear off level for extended times without harm. If you can walk in the unit without troubles, your fridge is fine. There was a time when perfectly level was critical, no more.
SDcampowneroperator 04/10/22 07:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best RV Extended Warranty

Wharever the premium is, put it in the bank. Insure yourselves.
SDcampowneroperator 03/30/22 06:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RVing to Washington DC

2016) dont know since. just checked and read reviews. Its near Lothian, Md., has new ownership, is not perfect, but for OPs bucket list and our extended this spring trip to NIH in Bethesda, for DW treatment, Cherry Hill is too much resort ( been there then ) for a DC , MD. & DE. if you are parking to see the area sights.
SDcampowneroperator 02/23/22 08:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

2010. dont know since.
SDcampowneroperator 02/23/22 07:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: RVing to Washington DC

Your bucket list is East of DC, Delaware hwy easy access, DC metro not far, less $$, QUIET ( cherry hill none of the above ) but Is Duncans family camp near Upper Marlboro, Md. Not congested, Quiet , near shopping easy access.
SDcampowneroperator 02/23/22 07:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pin box

No on Grade 8 bolts. Read up on them
SDcampowneroperator 02/21/22 05:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Custer State Park expansion

. Custer State Park proposal to build a new $10 mil. 175 site campground on the wildlife loop was lowered by the park officers to a $4.7mil 66 site camp on Stockade Lake. The proposal was amended down to only tent campsites( rustic) In SD legislative ag and nat resources committee sd hb 1048 had no supporters, a room of full of detractors. It was defeated by a 9-3 vote assigning this bill to the 41st day, which does not exist in SDs schedule, , by a mixed party vote. The argument for expansion by the CSP officer did not address payment to local government for the increased costs to it and visitatation used on county roads and services. It was a killing point, along with the ridiculous price tag they had no alternative. $ 57000/ site. never at proposed rate would they ever recover the bond They reached for rhe stars, could not get anything off the ground. Dead before it even started. We in the know saw it as an effort to miseducate the value, misdirect funding to an underfunded project aimed at the concept of basic camping with a fire and Smores with the grandkids A grandiose romantic concept. How we wish. So in other words with that , the private campgrounds are driving business away from the rest of the community. $57k/site, needs about $22/n for 200n/yr to amortize over 20yr @ 5%. Bump the site fee up to $30-40/n to cover utilities and ongoing operating costs...sure looks like it could cover the bond.. this camp would do well to get 100 nights/yr. as is the occupancy of the other CSP camps. SD bond structure requires recovery in 10 years. rethink the camping fee
SDcampowneroperator 02/03/22 07:15pm General RVing Issues
Custer State Park expansion

. Custer State Park proposal to build a new $10 mil. 175 site campground on the wildlife loop was lowered by the park officers to a $4.7mil 66 site camp on Stockade Lake. The proposal was amended down to only tent campsites( rustic) In SD legislative ag and nat resources committee sd hb 1048 had no supporters, a room of full of detractors. It was defeated by a 9-3 vote assigning this bill to the 41st day, which does not exist in SDs schedule, , by a mixed party vote. The argument for expansion by the CSP officer did not address payment to local government for the increased costs to it and visitatation used on county roads and services. It was a killing point, along with the ridiculous price tag they had no alternative. $ 57000/ site. never at proposed rate would they ever recover the bond They reached for rhe stars, could not get anything off the ground. Dead before it even started. We in the know saw it as an effort to miseducate the value, misdirect funding to an underfunded project aimed at the concept of basic camping with a fire and Smores with the grandkids A grandiose romantic concept. How we wish. I was the lone person who did not testify in opposition, I rode the fence and only proposed that the park and its expansion be no burden to local SD taxpayers. according to audits that show CSP recieving $ 1.51 of services for each $ 1 it remits to the county in PILT payment Public / Private ideas aside, these proposals show an outdated idealistic view of outdoor hospitality industry, Now comes the ev to recharge that the owners will want to do in campsite for free. If power is not metered and paid for accordingly. the only option for any camp is to raise their rate We live in troublesome times
SDcampowneroperator 02/02/22 07:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: A Place to Stay

Shopping malls( dinosaurs ) and outlet stores have big empty lots and welcome signs. We are fans of midwest small town off season sportsfields. Traveling on weekends, find a faith of your choice lot, spend the night and share in faith services.
SDcampowneroperator 01/28/22 07:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Custer State Park. 175 site new camp proposal

GF&P has dropped the proposal. it never was a good location - overpriced problematic in every way. What it was is a political move to draw attention to a percieved need backed by the parks concessionaire to raise their % payment to the state should any sites get added. I hear they have changed the proposal instead to adding 66 sites to the existing camps at Stockade Lake, The original proposal ran into universal opposition from every business association, local. AHJ's, first responders and wildlife groups. The appropriations committee hearing for sd hb 1048 is at 7:45am cst in room 414, feb. /1 2022 in SD state house chambers. I will be addressing the committee, as a neither for or against. Will present a historical and financial perspective to the proposal to educate our legislators A google search of sd.gov will lead you to an audio of the hearing. It will be archived and available
SDcampowneroperator 01/28/22 06:43pm Beginning RVing
RE: Custer State Park. 175 site new camp proposal

First, I am not opposed to state park camping expansion, I do use the system, not for the cheaper option, but for the experience. It is fairly arguable that government lodging option is a direct competition option with the private sector, when there is equal and fair opportunity. When the gov. makes their own rules and does not fairly compensate the local community with PILT payments, becoming a burden which should be an asset on the local community . In 2008, SDGFP sec. Vonk berated us private camp operators during a gfp special commission meeting concerning rates and PILT payments. He. stated ' If you would just quit your bitching you should be glad you get the overflow we bring in' . Not so. paid Beaurocrat thinking. There are comparables in Virginia and Alabama, that I know of, where the state parks can expand, but must charge a rate comparable with the surrounding community and reimburse the local comminity for services and costs. The proposal is running into strong opposition, amongst state legislators, state and local Chambers of Commerce, the DOT, County First responders, County commissioners, wildlife groups, the list goes on. Governor Noems statement is not correct, in 2009 when the existing CSP campsites were electrified - at a cost of $1Mil - 15 existing sites were converted for the new camping cabins and 35 new sites built for the other 35. Another $1 mil. ( which were built by prison internees) The proposed location is misrepresented as 'western' in the park, which would place it near emergency services with easy, quick access and off a major highway easily driven by large vehicles. it is not. Wildlife loop road is in the south eastern part of the park, remote, narrow, no shoulders, during high season wait times to turn onto or off it from US 16A can be frustrating. Then theres the inevitable Bison traffic jam. Add in the cost, she proposed, works out to $ 56k / site, would not recover the bond, maintenance any where near the 10 year timeline. or show any visitor an enhanced experience. Private parks can build comparable sites for $25 k Including buying the land. And pay property taxes to the county which the state park does not. SD state parks charge high daily, weekly and annual entry fees, offer cheap camp fees. For an overnighter it is prohibitive. For a longer stay, fair, for a resident that can use the parks more, a good deal. I know The location proposed for this camp. Its not one you or the local South Dakotans would want. Treeless, away from trails,lakes, just an open prairie that would be one big traffic jam an hour from nowhere.
SDcampowneroperator 01/20/22 07:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Custer State Park. 175 site new camp proposal

First to answer you, we sold our park 2 years ago, are retired, our interest now is in equality and fairness. Yes and no The private and public parks in the state have an inequal relationship. Its more than the free land, no property tax, subsidized utility amortized beyond possibility of bond recovery. Read and think about the continual past bison blockades to and from this area, that would make even worse EMT services. Custer County has an established &1.51 deficit/ PILT ( payment in liew of tax ) with CSP, for service to the park from the county taxpeyers. Increased visitor overnight load would demand even more from our services. The only recourse we in Custer co. have to recapture the costs is sales tax, which the State park does not remit to.
SDcampowneroperator 01/18/22 08:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Removing Old Decal's

Yes, we did remove all the he old vinyl graphics last fall from our 12 YO 5er. At the same time cleaned and polished the gel coat. Only a very close look sees the 'shadows' We have obtained a factory replacement set of graphics for our orphan to apply when the weather allows.
SDcampowneroperator 01/18/22 07:32pm Class A Motorhomes
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