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RE: Back hurting from bed in travel trailer - need advice please

Hey guys, I've been living in my 2018 Wolf Pup travel trailer full-time for over a year now. An issue I've always had is that sleeping in the bed hurts my back. I've tried a lot of different things. About 4 months ago I bought a new mattress, the mattress I got from Amazon was: Zinus Ultima Comfort Memory Foam 8 Inch Mattress, Short Queen. I've read reviews from other RVers about short queen mattresses breaking in too quickly. So I ordered a 2.5" memory foam topper.. but that didn't solve the back pain problem either. Got another mattress topper to put underneath the 2.5" topper from walmart... that didn't help either. Put a sleeping pad underneath the toppers... that didn't help either. I'm getting really tired of having back pain from sleeping in my trailer bed, and over the past few weeks it has gotten noticeably worse. I'm a 230lb male. Do you guys have any tips on how to stop the back pain when sleeping in your trailer? Is there a particular mattress or mattress topper that has worked really well for you? Any tips would be greatly appreciated... I'm almost ready to spend a week in a hotel just to get a relief from the back pain. Thank god I have a foam roller that I use in the mornings, but it doesn't cure the pain, just helps a little... Put your mattress pads, or topper UNDER the mattress. It is just laying on a board. It will be stiff. Putting the foam UNDER will soften it up some. We did, and it works great.
Terryallan 09/13/19 03:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Aliner Expedition Power Lift Question

I'm sure , just like with any slide, or electric jack. there is a manual over ride. I would hope any one with such a pup would find out how to manually raise and lower the top. Because batteries die, and motors burn out.
Terryallan 09/13/19 09:15am Folding Trailers
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

The water lines run up, down, around, up again, down again, etc. If water should happens not get completely blown out for some reason and pool in a low area and freeze (especially if its behind something), you may tear out 7 feet of floor or wall before you find the leak. $7.99 and 10 minutes can pretty much eliminate that possibility. YOMV. I'm not so sure. If you get most of the water out, and there is a little bit in the line. It will have room to expand with out bursting the line. Just like the black tank. What little water there is in there has room to expand. Expansion is what cracks lines. If it can expand, it will not hurt them.
Terryallan 09/12/19 04:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

I think you'll find that most winterize with pink stuff. Some blow out the lines first and then push in pink stuff. But there's also people who just use air. The big challenge with air-only is making sure you get it out of all low points. The one issue I had was the toilet's water valve held water and broke one winter. $35-45 later and it was fixed up. Same here. We used to do just air, but missed this part of the toilet and had to replace it the next spring. A bit of a hassle. It's doable to just keep that valve open while blowing the air. What I don't like about the pink stuff is the taste and smell in the lines no matter how much you flush it out. If you missed it with air. You would have missed it with AF as well. You have to open the valve either way.
Terryallan 09/12/19 04:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

We live in the Appalachian (Apple at chun) mountains in SW Virginia and we get down below zero on occasion. We get down in the teens and stay there for several days. We remove our water filter, open the low point drains, blow air through it all, open each faucet half a turn and pour some pink stuff down each drain, drain the hot water heater and we are done. We've only had a problem one time when DH forgot to remove the water filter one year. It came off in the spring in about 25 pieces. We won't do that again. This is what I do as well. Drain water heater, Open all the low point drains. Start the air, 35psi. close the drains one at a time. then open each faucet inside, one at a time, hot then cold. Let it completely clear, close it, and do the next one. Including the shower head, and toilet. Easy peazy. Been doing this one that way for 6 years. no problems. I don't have a water filter.
Terryallan 09/12/19 01:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

Terryallan said, in part....:: "Bottom line. even though we told them how much fun it is, and how economical it can be. how every one gets along. The answer was no. Most of the minorities have absolutely NO interest in camping in any shape or form. Especially when we talked about Bears, Coyotes, and Wolves." * * I consider myself a person of color, and I can tell you with authority, I do NOT camp where there's bear, or wolves. But, my wife and I love to travel in our Dutch Star. I also do NOT fly in airplanes unless I'm the pilot in command. Safety FIRST. We do camp in the woods, and yes there are bear there, and we have heard the Wolves in the distance. I didn't tell them about the animals to scare them, just to let them know they are there. And truthfully. My work buds had no interest before they knew about the bears. That was just icing on the cake. My point is. the people of color I worked with care nothing about camping. Now, fishing is a whole nother story. FYI. Where I live there are Bears, and coyotes. So it ain't like they are something new while camping
Terryallan 09/12/19 01:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

It's not as simple as "they don't want to go camping". Many people (of all backgrounds) have never experienced nature. They live in cities or suburbs and never range outside of that area, so they never learn what else is out there. Ca!ifornia State Parks has a program to get kids from inner cities out camping. It has been ongoing for years and is considered an important and successful program. There are PSAs sponsored by the National Forests, etc., encouraging families of all backgrounds to get out into the forests. And yes, some folks worry about the reaction to their going camping. An ex-co-worker and his friends would go camping, but are concerned about the reaction when a group of male hispanics show up in a campground. Unfortunately, people are not always welcoming and are willing (even eager) to assume the worst. In the end, yes, there is a disconnect between camping and minorities. If the industry sees an opportunity to bridge that then more power to them. I have never understood the negativity towards attempts of inclusion. Inclusion is good. The problem is artificial inclusion / favoring one over another / making it easier for one just to include them. that is wrong. I disagree with you on the want to. Truth is. If a person, no matter what Race, wants to camp, and have the ability to get the camping supplies. They will. It is pretty much, that simple. Truth is. there are a lot of Hispanic campers, as there are a lot of Asian campers. Why? because they want to. But there aren't a lot of Black campers, some but not as many as others. Why? Because they don't want to. There is no artificial inclusion here. As said above it is tapping into a new market. As for folks camping if they want to, that assumes they know what camping is about and what it can offer. Many folks have never camped. They don't consider camping as a choice, because they don't realize that it can be what they want it to be and not what they see on TV. Offering ways to encourage folks to learn about camping is good. I would only ask. How did you find out about camping? Let me tell you how "most" not all, but most people find out about it. they find out by talking to their coworkers. At my work place there are several people I have turned on to camping. they love it, and do only because I and a few others told them about it. Are they white? Most of them. Not all. I also have Asian Black, and Hispanic coworkers, and We told them about it as well, invited them to come stay in our camper, Told them about the cabins you can rent. Wanna know what "most" of them answered? Nope. Not going to sleep in the woods, I camp in the Holliday Inn. Or. I'm not going to a park with a bunch of White people. (yes it was said). I couldn't even get them to go to the RV show with me. Bottom line. even though we told them how much fun it is, and how economical it can be. how every one gets along. The answer was no. Most of the minorities have absolutely NO interest in camping in any shape or form. Especially when we talked about Bears, Coyotes, and Wolves. So the truth is. In our diverse society. All groups are exposed to nearly every activity there is. Each group makes a choice as to what activity they want to participate in. If you will notice. It is also mostly White people that like to go sit in a Deer stand, and "hunt" all day.
Terryallan 09/12/19 08:28am General RVing Issues
RE: “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

It's not as simple as "they don't want to go camping". Many people (of all backgrounds) have never experienced nature. They live in cities or suburbs and never range outside of that area, so they never learn what else is out there. Ca!ifornia State Parks has a program to get kids from inner cities out camping. It has been ongoing for years and is considered an important and successful program. There are PSAs sponsored by the National Forests, etc., encouraging families of all backgrounds to get out into the forests. And yes, some folks worry about the reaction to their going camping. An ex-co-worker and his friends would go camping, but are concerned about the reaction when a group of male hispanics show up in a campground. Unfortunately, people are not always welcoming and are willing (even eager) to assume the worst. In the end, yes, there is a disconnect between camping and minorities. If the industry sees an opportunity to bridge that then more power to them. I have never understood the negativity towards attempts of inclusion. Inclusion is good. The problem is artificial inclusion / favoring one over another / making it easier for one just to include them. that is wrong. I disagree with you on the want to. Truth is. If a person, no matter what Race, wants to camp, and have the ability to get the camping supplies. They will. It is pretty much, that simple. Truth is. there are a lot of Hispanic campers, as there are a lot of Asian campers. Why? because they want to. But there aren't a lot of Black campers, some but not as many as others. Why? Because they don't want to.
Terryallan 09/11/19 02:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

If someone wants to camp. they will. No matter what color. If they don't they won't no matter what color. End of problem. Oh! Snap!. there wasn't a problem. Never mind
Terryallan 09/11/19 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is this delamination? Something else?

Looks like the support under it is broken.
Terryallan 09/10/19 03:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black Water Tank Missing Capacity

I'm betting it is just a 30 gal tank, and it was mistakenly installed. the brochure claims 38 gal
Terryallan 09/09/19 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

"As I have mentioned before. I have blown 3 trailer tires. They were all aired properly. They were all properly maintained. ( I blew 1 more , but it wasn't mine can't say how it was maintained) They all had had serious tread separation. AND they were all in their 4th (fourth) summer. Having had to change 3. 4 year old tires on the side of the highway. I will never run 4 year old tire again on a trailer again. Trailer tires age differently than car, or truck tires." Well, if I worked with that theory, I'd be changing tires at 2 years, because the properly maintained ST tires blew at less than 2 years old. :) Then again, perhaps if you had been using LT tires instead of ST tires they would have lasted longer than 4 years. My 6 year old LT tires show absolutely no signs of weathering or dry rot. Being built better is a definite plus. Wondering. Can you get 14" LT tires, and do they lube themselves sitting still????. That is what causes them to rot.Why yes, amazingly enough you can get 14" LT tires. If you let your tires sit long enough for them to rot, maybe you should consider taking up another hobby. I do use mine occasionally and have no issues with rot. And of course, YMMV. I use mine all summer. but from end of Oct to March it sits. Or has been.
Terryallan 09/09/19 11:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Terrible Trucks

A luxury vehicle that costs $75k weighs what? 5000#? A new truck that costs $75K weighs 8000#+. So you get more for your money with a truck. ;) Can we assume you sell trucks for a living :@ Ohh no! I've never been good at selling anything. Here's the scary thing.. I bought my truck new in Oct. 2002 for $36K (sticker $42K). Now a similar truck is about 60K.And in 2002 the median household income was $40,125, today it is over $60,000. So the increase in the price of trucks is almost in lockstep with the increase in household income. Sure wish healthcare and college education costs behaved as reasonably. And a loaf of bread that was $1.19 in 2002, is now $1.89. When mom sent me to get it I didn't have a $75K truck. I had to walk there 4 miles in the snow, with no shoes, uphill both ways. where you getting your bread. a loaf here is $2.59. Walmart...the generic cheap white stuff that plugs up your colon and probably contains sawdust..........You must be buying that al la en-vogue artisan craftwork foofoo bread lol. If that's the case, grow a set and eat mans bread. Save the $1 a loaf and in about 65000 weeks you can buy a new terrible truck. Nope. It is just Sara Lee White Bread. and it is cheaper than Sunbeam, or Wonder Bread.
Terryallan 09/09/19 11:03am Beginning RVing
RE: Terrible Trucks

A luxury vehicle that costs $75k weighs what? 5000#? A new truck that costs $75K weighs 8000#+. So you get more for your money with a truck. ;) Can we assume you sell trucks for a living :@ Ohh no! I've never been good at selling anything. Here's the scary thing.. I bought my truck new in Oct. 2002 for $36K (sticker $42K). Now a similar truck is about 60K.And in 2002 the median household income was $40,125, today it is over $60,000. So the increase in the price of trucks is almost in lockstep with the increase in household income. Sure wish healthcare and college education costs behaved as reasonably. And a loaf of bread that was $1.19 in 2002, is now $1.89. When mom sent me to get it I didn't have a $75K truck. I had to walk there 4 miles in the snow, with no shoes, uphill both ways. where you getting your bread. a loaf here is $2.59.
Terryallan 09/07/19 06:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: Terrible Trucks

TRUTH. If a man has a house, A man needs a truck. They are just so much more flexible. You can do everything with a truck, that you can do with a car or SUV. But you can't do with a car or SUV, what you can do with a truck. And honestly. This being a camping website. How many on here tow their 30' TT, or 5er with a SUV, or car? And on top of that. It's their money. They can spend it however they please. No business of mine. Some even buy Chevys, or Dodges. But I don't judge them.
Terryallan 09/07/19 06:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

"As I have mentioned before. I have blown 3 trailer tires. They were all aired properly. They were all properly maintained. ( I blew 1 more , but it wasn't mine can't say how it was maintained) They all had had serious tread separation. AND they were all in their 4th (fourth) summer. Having had to change 3. 4 year old tires on the side of the highway. I will never run 4 year old tire again on a trailer again. Trailer tires age differently than car, or truck tires." Well, if I worked with that theory, I'd be changing tires at 2 years, because the properly maintained ST tires blew at less than 2 years old. :) Then again, perhaps if you had been using LT tires instead of ST tires they would have lasted longer than 4 years. My 6 year old LT tires show absolutely no signs of weathering or dry rot. Being built better is a definite plus. Wondering. Can you get 14" LT tires, and do they lube themselves sitting still????. That is what causes them to rot.
Terryallan 09/07/19 06:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

I don't think the Endurance tires are "junk", but I do think they are substandard tires and if they offered tires with this kind of mileage for use on passenger vehicles, they'd be hard pressed to make many sales. All this makes sense if the ST tires are drastically cheaper than a comparable LT tire, but I don't believe that's so. And I don't agree with replacing tires after 4-5 years either. Mine are going on 6 years old and are still going strong. I want to get my money's worth out of my tires. I don't replace 5 year old tires on my passenger vehicles, why would I do it on my trailer? Trailer tires, and passenger tires, or even truck tires on trailers, are completely different thing. How many months of the year does your car, or truck sit with out moving, and then ask how many months of the year does your trailer sit. There is the difference. Tires, ALL tire lubricate themselves while the roll. IF they don't roll, they don't lubricate themselves, and so the dry rot much faster. As I have mentioned before. I have blown 3 trailer tires. They were all aired properly. They were all properly maintained. ( I blew 1 more , but it wasn't mine can't say how it was maintained) They all had had serious tread separation. AND they were all in their 4th (fourth) summer. Having had to change 3. 4 year old tires on the side of the highway. I will never run 4 year old tire again on a trailer again. Trailer tires age differently than car, or truck tires.
Terryallan 09/07/19 08:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

I would be concerned about the slight cracking. With that many miles on them, they have not been sitting long enough to dry rot, and they are only 3 years old. Should not be cracking.
Terryallan 09/05/19 12:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: When do you throw in the towel?

We have a 2006 Suburban 2500 with the 8.1. It tows like a dream and only has 115k miles on it. The problem? It's age is starting to take it's toll. In addition to having to replace head gaskets earlier this spring, we are recurrently running into the impacts of 14 years of salt exposure in the northern winters. In the past 12 months we've had to replace the rear AC lines, the gear shifter and cable, and on a July trip the front brake lines blew (the rear are ok, but will soon need to be done). We now have all of that work done, plus brakes and tires that are only a couple of years (maybe 15-20k miles) old. Our local shop says it is worth limping along with it, and I have felt ok still putting money into it, but DW is getting increasingly frustrated and we are finding ourselves running into surprise repairs more and more often (to the tune of some $4,000 this year alone). When have you all decided to throw it in? What is your litmus test? When it starts costing more than it is worth. that is when you trade it. seems you are past that. If you can afford to. unload it.
Terryallan 09/05/19 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sometime we win...National Forests and Wildlife Refuge

Then there is always that problem of having a National Park / Forest that you can't get into, so you can enjoy it. Kind of defeats the purpose.
Terryallan 09/05/19 07:51am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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