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RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

I replaced the batteries in my 2005 Ram for the first time in May of 2018. I took delivery of the truck in March 2005. Is 13+ years a good run or what? Not the case any longer! I replaced mine on my 15 RAM at 4.5 years. Too many die at 4-5 years so it made sense to just get new ones when "I" wanted to. With all the electronics weird things happen when the batteries are not 100% on the newer trucks. I replaced the batteries in my 2014 RAM in 2019 as well. My old 7.3L PS Ford batteries lasted 10 years before replacement. They were branded “Motorcraft” so I drove to the Ford dealership and got new ones...for less than what the more common brands cost at the parts stores.
WTP-GC 01/18/20 07:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

I own a business. I talk to people all day long...5 days a week. Some of my conversations are good, some are not so good, some are flat out bad. When I get time to leave the office and put down the phone, let me assure you that I am not interested in talking to you as you stroll past my campsite, see me at the pool, or cross paths with me along a trail. I am not anti-social, but I get burned out and need to relax and rejuvenate. When I’m ready, I’ll talk to you. But truth be told, even when we’re out camping, we are VERY social amongst ourselves, with or children and with the people we are camping with (when we go with friends). I personally don’t prefer talking to strangers...never have.
WTP-GC 01/18/20 07:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Good thing bad thing

Let’s offer some correction to the language used here: Running the vent fan while flushing the toilet MIGHT cause odors to be drawn into the camper. The AAV can fail and MIGHT cause odors to be drawn in. Too many factors at play to use the word “WILL” when describing these situations. In my case... During warmer weather, as the black tank fills and there’s relatively stagnant air (no wind outside), odors can become more prevalent when flushing the toilet. A proper functioning vent relies in some part on having a little bit of air circulation. Kinda like how a chimney may not properly exit the smoke if it’s not above the ridge line of the roof.
WTP-GC 12/18/19 05:01am General RVing Issues
RE: It is no wonder

Reason for such few posts...??? Probably because, like this very thread, there’s no useful or new information worth reading. This thread consists of 5 pages of “I don’t have that problem” responses. But if not for this thread, we’d have our attention drawn to the numerous other threads, of which answers have posted and issues resolved a million times over again already. When people realize that there’s nothing new to read or discover, they move on.
WTP-GC 12/07/19 05:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Signing a power of attorney for bank when selling your RV

You can easily do a "conditional power of attorney" or "conditional lien release". The document will include language that more/less states you're giving up your rights in exchange for the payment. The document is invalid without payment being received. We do it all the time.
WTP-GC 11/13/19 02:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Storage in Barn for winter.

In temps above freezing, your concrete will reach full design strength in 14-21 days (approximately). But what is that? Did you pour 3000 PSI or 4000 PSI or...? Within 7 days, it will reach 50-75% design strength. So let’s say 1500 PSI (pounds per square inch). Your rig weighs...? Your tires take up how many square inches of space? If you had 1 tire only and it took up 24 square inches, the concrete below it could withstand 36,000 pounds of static pressure (@ 1500 PSI). No wood. It’s a barn, who cares about staining. We leave ours plugged in 24/7/365 and the fridge stays on the whole time. Done this with 3 campers...NO problem. That's not how it works when considering the strength that will not crack. Some do care about appearance and the guy with a new floor just might be able to head off staining that cannot be reversed. Well, actually it kinda is. We regularly begin erection of large heavy objects on new concrete that are no more than 7 days cured. If weather and conditions are accommodating, we may even begin in 3 days. Nary a problem.
WTP-GC 11/07/19 06:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Storage in Barn for winter.

In temps above freezing, your concrete will reach full design strength in 14-21 days (approximately). But what is that? Did you pour 3000 PSI or 4000 PSI or...? Within 7 days, it will reach 50-75% design strength. So let’s say 1500 PSI (pounds per square inch). Your rig weighs...? Your tires take up how many square inches of space? If you had 1 tire only and it took up 24 square inches, the concrete below it could withstand 36,000 pounds of static pressure (@ 1500 PSI). No wood. It’s a barn, who cares about staining. We leave ours plugged in 24/7/365 and the fridge stays on the whole time. Done this with 3 campers...NO problem.
WTP-GC 11/07/19 04:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

Third World countries have tremendous health problems because the water and waste streams are not entirely separated. That is exactly what we are talking about here. Bad practices by people that don't know or don't care about fecal contamnation of fresh water. I was teaching some high school kids about water quality last week on the Carson River. Fecal coliform bacteria is one of the main parameters we measure. At 5 ppm no problem At 100 ppm it can be a big problem. Use caution. People are stupid. Apples and oranges my friend. In this thread, we’re discussing minor potential contact with potable water and a waste product. In those third world countries, an entire community is pooping in a latrine, and downstream, people are gathering drinking water in buckets that have never been cleaned.
WTP-GC 10/23/19 05:52am General RVing Issues
RE: suggestions on models

Our Grand Design 290BH has about 6’-6” or maybe 6’-8” max height in the bedroom, except for the step right near the bed. So basically, you can maneuver around around the BR just fine, but have to crouch right before getting in the bed. I’m 6’-3” and this is no problem at all. Our rig is marketed as a 1/2 ton towable, but it runs up into the 11K range when loaded.
WTP-GC 10/23/19 05:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide out awning covers

I’ve always had them, so I couldn’t really offer too many pros and cons not already mentioned. Several years ago, we were camped in the mountains during the fall. The people at our neighboring campsite did not have them on their RV. On the day they left, it was raining pretty steady. They had to climb on top of their rig with a broom and sweep off the mountain of leaves that had fallen on their slide roof. Not a position I would have wanted to be in, especially on a cold rainy day when the frost may or may not have already melted off.
WTP-GC 10/21/19 04:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Cuts to the Senior discount coming?

I don't think those "senior" discounts was ever about serving humanity, it's always about keeping occupancy at 100%. I don’t disagree!! So much of it, also, is to create a gimmick that draws people in by making them think they’re getting a deal. I dislike nearly all discount and preference programs that are focused on a particular group of people. That includes military, first responders, teachers, elderly, minorities, etc. This is the USA in 2019...none of those groups are disadvantaged because of a job they chose to do or the color of their skin or the age they’ve been fortunate enough to obtain. Yes, my wife and I qualify for some of these discounts and preferences, but we don’t ask for them. We recently booked at a campground and they asked us if we fall into any certain of groups which they offer discounts for. I swear, there was 15 or more different groups listed, and with just a little creativity almost everyone could have fit within one of those. A while back, we went to a local state park for just a day visit. There was a young couple ahead of us, and they couldn’t have been more than 18 or 19 years old. The man (loosely called such) asked for a military discount. He didn’t ask “if” a discount was available, he specifically asked “for” a discount. The park attendant indicated that they did not offer military discounts. The guy then had the pay the regular entry fee: $2 per person. Note that I don’t object to private companies offering a discount or preference to anyone they so choose. I don’t like them, and I also don’t believe they’re necessary or even in good taste. But private companies can do what they please in this regard.
WTP-GC 10/20/19 11:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

We tested an in-use public supply well recently that kept showing a presence of fecal coliform. Several tests and it never cleared up. We discussed it with the municipal owner and they said this used to be a problem, but then they started having their samples tested at a different lab which gave them passing results. Don’t like what the doctor told you? Go to a different doctor. The community in question doesn’t have mass illnesses. You’re not going to get sick because the campsite user before you rinsed his sewer hose with the fresh water spigot. You won’t die because a raccoon sat on your campsite grill and defecated while eating that food item he dug out of your trash. And truth be told, there are common bedroom activities between adults that create far more direct exposure to questionable things than any campsite sanitation matter does...yet such people don’t get sick...
WTP-GC 10/19/19 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Campsite Sanitation - Beware

In hindsight, know I should have scooted over there and said something. Confronting the person would have done absolutely nothing except raise your blood pressure. They were part of the 'all about me' society and anything you said would have been ignored. Sanitize everything before you hook up when at a new site. Most people are not hogs, but...... I’ve never met anyone who rants about the “all about me society” that isn’t “all about me” themselves. Ignorance can be corrected. Stupidity can rarely be corrected. How do you know which one you’re dealing with if you don’t at least try to to help?
WTP-GC 10/17/19 05:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Those with portable surge protector

I don’t see why you wouldn’t use it at home too...??? Mine is hardwired, so it’s always used, but power surges, voltage drops, lightning strikes...those things happen anywhere. If you have it, use it. It’s not as if the process of connecting it is somehow prohibitively difficult. You plug your TV, computer, and other electronics into surge protectors at home, so why not the RV too.
WTP-GC 10/14/19 04:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

In this each his own... My wife and I made a firm decision when we started having children. We were watching parents ahead of us chase their children’s activities from one end of the earth to the other. They enact a carefully orchestrated circus of shuttling kids and shuffling activities so that everyone can “do their thing”. We said...not us. When we were children, you played one sport in the fall, another sport in the spring, and that was it. Nowadays, single sports (ie baseball) runs year-round. We put our kids in baseball for one season then waited for it to cycle around again the next year, but what we found was that all their peers never quit playing so they were far ahead in terms of developed skills. The only way for our children to keep pace and not be constant bench warmers is to run the same year-round cycle...which we’re not going to do. IMHO, these year-round sports cycles and constant activity-driven lifestyles are a true detriment to our families. But again, MY opinion...
WTP-GC 09/19/19 04:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winter RV Florida Gulf Coast

Looking for Winter RV Parks for Florida Gulf Coast. Every place we tried has nothing available. You need to be more specific about where on the gulf coast you’d like to be... Pensacola to the Keys is too big an area for such a general question.
WTP-GC 09/17/19 07:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for RV Park near Helen,GA

Unicoi State Park has a loop with full hookups, not sure about the amps though. They do have 50A sites on the FHU loop at Unicoi. Problem will likely be availability. I think there’s only maybe 10-12 of those sites and they book up fast. Also, I would not pull in there with a rig much bigger than 35/36 feet OAL.
WTP-GC 09/06/19 04:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying a New 2016 trailer in 2019. What’s it worth?

There's no point in even having this conversation. A brand new Grand Design Reflection 303RLS (very similar floor plan) has a "sale" price of $46K at numerous dealerships. Taking just 20% off of that number gets you under $40K. There are probably countless other manufacturers with nearly identical floor plans for around the same price. I'd make the dealer an offer of no more than $20K and walk away if they don't accept it.
WTP-GC 09/03/19 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Dont Buy Dometic Slide Toppers

Unfortunately I have (6) of these toppers on my RV - But... will definitely replace with another brand and not a DUMTEIC Product! Any suggestion's on a reliable brand of slide toppers? So... Let me see if I understand what you're saying. You have 1 out of 6 slide toppers that has a problem, so instead of paying $90 to fix it, you're going spend a few thousand dollars to replace them all? I certainly understand the frustration of having to buy a $90 assembly in order to fix a $2 part, but indeed, that's the way it is. Have you investigated whether or not the other manufacturers would make you go through the same process?
WTP-GC 09/03/19 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Winnebago Pesticide Policy

This is hardly what I call Winnebago's "policy". Seems like more of a common-sense recommendation that most people already know. Feel free to exert yourself worrying about the heavily diluted and often ineffective consumer pesticides that someone "might" spray around the edge of their camper...but pay no mind to the diet soda you drink which contains deadly chemicals which you can't even pronounce, or the box of crackers you buy with numerous chemical-sounding ingredients, or the open-air produce in your grocery store that people walk by all day sneezing on it, coughing on it, handling it after petting their dog in their shopping cart...etc.
WTP-GC 08/26/19 11:01am General RVing Issues
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