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RE: Travel Trailers vs Motor Home

One of the things I appreciate most about RVing with a TT is the relative ease of self-repairs. Things tend to be smaller (which makes them easier to handle), and more standardized (which means less scavenging for repair parts). Here's an example: Changing a flat tire. Motorhome tires tend to be big, heavy, and secured with big, highly-torqued lug nuts. The nuts on my Class A required a 6 foot breaker bar to loosen or tighten to specs. Having 19.5 inch tires meant that replacements were relatively scarce and expensive (and almost non-existent in Mexico). Many of the automotive centers that cater to passenger vehicles don't stock them, and won't mount or balance them. That's not much of an issue with travel trailer tires, and almost unheard of with tires on the pickups and SUVs commonly used as tow vehicles.
Skibane 09/28/22 07:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rotten egg smell, again???

House battery burning up-check water level. If they're low on water, also check the voltage they're being maintained ("floated") at - If it's more than 13.8, you've got a problem with the house battery charger.
Skibane 09/27/22 01:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Travel Trailers vs Motor Home

On the other hand, in August we were camping on Newfoundland island in Canada. The guy next to us had been there for 5 weeks in his travel trailer. He was supposed to be there for 3 or 4 days, but blew the engine in his truck and was stuck. He had been waiting for a crate engine to be shipped there that whole time. Vehicle problems can happen to any vehicle, not just a motorhome. At least he was able to continue staying in his trailer while repairs were being made. Typically, when a motorhome is in the shop for repairs, you stay in a motel - or go home.
Skibane 09/25/22 02:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: New smartphone direct-to-Starlink satellite service

Its simple. Set phone to wifi calling and it goes over starlink wifi router. Eventually, some passenger vehicles will offer a built-in Starlink terminal as a factory option - which will make what you're describing commonplace. No need for a smartphone-to-satellite direct connection, when you can just tether your smartphone to the satellite terminal in your vehicle instead.
Skibane 09/25/22 12:07am Technology Corner
RE: Travel Trailers vs Motor Home

I had a 28 foot Class A before doing a significant "downsize" to a 17 foot TT. The Class A was roomier, but some of that additional space was inefficiently used in the driving area - which really can't be used for much else except seating. The driver's area was also cold and drafty in the winter time, due to the difficulty of installing adequate insulation and gasketing in all the surfaces around the engine compartment immediately below it. The TT is definitely more airtight, even though it is single-wall molded fiberglass, without a separate layer of insulation. For ease of maintenance and repair, there is absolutely no comparison - Keeping the running gear working on the TT is a trivial job. A pair of top-quality 15" tires for the trailer is under $300. A set of 6 top-quality 19.5" tires for the MH is well over $3K. Fuel economy of the Class A (towing a compact pickup) was 5-8 MPG. Fuel economy of the TT (being towed by a mid-size pickup) is 15-17 MPG. I will never own another Class A.
Skibane 09/24/22 11:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best quality: Micro Minni, R-POD, E PRO

Any Forest River product can be of dubious quality. So can any Thor product, Winnebago/Grand Design Product, the list goes on and on. Please tell us what brand can not be or is never of dubious quality. Never say never - but... Escape, Bigfoot, Casita and Oliver all have relatively few complaints about build quality.
Skibane 09/24/22 09:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: New smartphone direct-to-Starlink satellite service

Not sure I'd count on being able to access a satellite that's only used under extraordinary conditions. the satellite service used will be starlink internet service that is used daily by those who have it. don't know if there will be a way to test it we will see I was referring to the Globalstar satellites used by the Apple iPhone 14 - not the Starlink satellites. Apparently, the iPhone 14 doesn't use them for anything other than "SOS" service - which means that iPhone 14 users don't know if their Globalstar satellite access is actually working until they need it in an emergency.
Skibane 09/23/22 10:59pm Technology Corner
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