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RE: Anyone use rv share?

My next question is the plan is to replace the camper every 3 years or so. Is it worth the money to get a more quality/more expensive camper? Why is there the perceived need to replace something every three years when you haven't even bought the first one yet? Im coming up at 3yrs with our new camper and i just now have it the way we like it. Added shelves, found homes for just about every thing we bring. set up and tear down routines are more on the muscle memory side ect.... I wouldn't trade it in for quite some time. I think it stems from the car leasing plague. People are so used to trading in a perfectly good car because they are bored of it. Poor financial sense.
ZINGERLITE 01/23/20 05:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

Too many ratchet jawed people in this world lol.. Hey, we are only human ;) We have group of 8 close friends and since we are almost all retired, we meet quite often for hiking or camping. Seem we all like to talk and often when around the table, we have to make simulated microphone as 4 persons talking at the same time makes no sense. A designated spoon, or champagne cork gives the right to speak only to 1 person. Still at community gathering, we met a woman who outspoken us all. Passing the microphone/spoon works good for marital issues too. You know, like when the wife always wants to argue about every little thing. Don't pass the spoon...PROBLEM SOLVED!!:W Jerry All fun and games until she starts "passing" knives lol.
ZINGERLITE 01/10/20 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

Im all for small talk and a little conversation but i feel like some people get too friendly. "Read the room" so to speak. If im kicked back in my lawn chair staring at the clouds it should be obvious im not up for conversation. Too many ratchet jawed people in this world lol. I don't need to hear your whole life's story in the first 5 minutes of talking to you. Small talk and short conversations go a long way in my book.
ZINGERLITE 01/10/20 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

Pack for the trip! If i'm only going an hour away ill only bring stuff to change a tire really. What else could i possibly need? Minimal at best. If a big issue comes up i can run back to the house. Leaving for a couple weeks? then bring half the tool box. Ill fill a tool bag and then some. A full timer would probably pack more than the weekend guy. Everyone's opinions are going to very. Same as everyone's experiences. If you are constantly hauling old jalopy's down the road your going to run into a lot more issues than they guy that has something well kept and taken car of. Hauling jalopy's isnt necessarily a bad thing. If you can't afford the latest and greatest you have to be good at DIY in any hobby. We prefer the K.I.S.S. approach: Since our small Class C motorhome is built on a chassis that is overkill for the coach weight and since we have the storage room - we keep things simple by having the RV packed pretty much the same all the time. We can handle hot weather or cold weather trips, long trips or short trips, fishing trips or not-fishing trips, hiking trips or sitting-around trips, clear sky trips or rain/snow trips, beach trips or woods trips, hookup camping trips or boondock camping trips, etc. - with what's always in our RV whenever we leave home -> with all tanks full that should be full, all tanks empty that should be empty, and all storage areas fully packed to cover a large variety of situations. I think the Storage capacity plays a big role there too. It sounds like you've got the capacity. My 18' travel trailer doesn't allow for alot of extra storage. I find myself a few days before every trip sorting through alot of stuff. If i had extra storage id love to leave everything in the camper. I think half the battle is every item needs a good home. If its got a good place it can stay all the time. Taking the time to build holders/organizers and mounts really pays off. Im constantly re-arranging. hopefully some day i won't have to anymore!
ZINGERLITE 12/19/19 04:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

We traveled across America two times and up to and back from Alaska. Basic tool kit was all that I found necessary, plus torque ratchet to check pin box bolts that I found loose and wheel lug torque on truck and 5er wheels. I faithfully change my engine oil every 5000 miles, so I did carry tools and 5 gallon bucket for that task. I had changed it just before I left for AK, two times on the road, and shortly after I returned home. Also I rotated tires one time, so carry two 10 ton bottle jacks for that purpose and removing flat tires, which I had none. Less tools in the storage area is best as others have mentioned. Lakeside In my opinion i think the idea is good maintenance as well as having the right tools to get you off the side of the road. Most RV'ers who don't boondock are generally not far from civilization. Pack for the trip! If i'm only going an hour away ill only bring stuff to change a tire really. What else could i possibly need? Minimal at best. If a big issue comes up i can run back to the house. Leaving for a couple weeks? then bring half the tool box. Ill fill a tool bag and then some. A full timer would probably pack more than the weekend guy. Everyone's opinions are going to very. Same as everyone's experiences. If you are constantly hauling old jalopy's down the road your going to run into a lot more issues than they guy that has something well kept and taken car of. Hauling jalopy's isnt necessarily a bad thing. If you can't afford the latest and greatest you have to be good at DIY in any hobby. If your costanly packing at the last minute and don't give your rig even a half ass inspection regularly your going to have a bad time lol.
ZINGERLITE 12/19/19 07:30am General RVing Issues
RE: You don't need it.

I've learned from years of snowmobiling, maintenance at home goes a long way. id rather fix it in my garage or driveway than on the road. fixing stuff at -10 in the dark snowy wilderness makes you rethink life choices lol. Most of the issues i've ever run into with any sort of toy stem from neglecting to inspect or maintain it before hand. Tire blow out? due to the 15yr old dry rotted tires i didn't bother to replace. Wheel bearing blow out? well.... maybe i should have greased the bearing once or twice in the last 10yrs. most of the common failures are due to laziness before the trip. sure something uncontrollable pops up sometime but chances are you could have done something ahead of time.
ZINGERLITE 12/17/19 08:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Voice Controlled Travel Trailer

It sounds too high tech for the average RV dealer's mechanics. We're talking about guys who sometimes struggle to install a slide topper or repair a leaky faucet. Then they all just blame the "stupid engineers" lol.
ZINGERLITE 11/21/19 06:47am Travel Trailers
RE: That time of year

I'll take a ski trip over any other. My favorite thing to do with clothes on. With the kids as small as they are, the flatness of where I live and the limited vacation time/funds I cant see too many of those happening. Been too long since I've skied the west coast (or the east for that matter) do have a major Disney trip coming up though :) Its usually the local hills in SE MI they suck but their close. maybe the occasional trip to Boyne mt. Out west would be really great. maybe some day!
ZINGERLITE 11/06/19 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: That time of year

You just need more toys! Put the camper and boat away and got the snowmobiles tuned up and ready to go. I can feel a couple ski trips and ice fishing in the future as well!
ZINGERLITE 11/05/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: More campers than parks

Granted, most campgrounds are full on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day, especially the popular ones. By the same token, they are pretty much ghost towns during the week. The trick, at least around here on the right coast, is to pick a campground that still has first-come-first-served, ie, unreservable sites. Then do your traveling on Tuesday-Thursday and stay put over the weekend. Weekday camping works for retiree's or people that can work from home but not for the rest of the working class. Its really aggrevating to try and coincide your and your spouses vacation times with open reservations. if you book 6+ months out and have to cancel last minute due to work plans or other obligations its frustrating. Whats the answer? More camp grounds?
ZINGERLITE 11/01/19 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Question around Cold Temps

I think if the temp outside only dips for an hour or so i wouldn't worry too much. blowing the lines out wouldn't hurt. id start to worry more if the temps dipped below freezing during the day. your camper would hold the warmer temps for a few hours.
ZINGERLITE 10/29/19 12:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

Is it really necessary for me to have a one ton dually to get my petunias home from Lowe’s? yes, but just be safe you better add air bags.
ZINGERLITE 10/21/19 12:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: I think I'm stuck.

I would just pay them. Shouldn't be any more than $100. I agree with this. Is $100 worth the inconvenience? Everyones financial situation is different but $100 isn't a lot of money.
ZINGERLITE 10/21/19 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Add to camping to do list...

No camping to-do lists! to-do lists are for work days and weekends in the garage. Camping is for getting away from all that. To-do: NOTHING! lol
ZINGERLITE 10/16/19 08:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Perils of RVing

The awning arm is at the right height. i hit my head on it alot. Another time i got camp all set up and the wife asked: Did you fill the water tank on the way in?" D'OH!
ZINGERLITE 10/03/19 10:35am General RVing Issues
RE: What do you want in a campground?

I like sites backed up to a tree line. We usually camp with other family members and its nice to face campers towards each other. and close it off with the trucks near the road. keeps the kids corralled and we don't have people behind us. Also, i don't like to hear busy roads. No free ways, highways or local thru roads near us is best in my opinion. Other than that the bar is low. Maybe electric that doesn't go out 12 times a day.
ZINGERLITE 10/03/19 06:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Sound like a good deal?

I'm no finance guru. but in my younger years if I had to finance something I would get the payments low. then make double or triple payments when ever I could. the if hard times came around I could still make the low payment. I was usually able to pay the thing off quite quickly and save on the interest. Jay D. This has been my philosophy. Its either that or go without.
ZINGERLITE 09/24/19 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with 4Runner

I wouldn't tow anything heavier than a popup. I think your getting into dually territory there!
ZINGERLITE 09/23/19 01:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: wood weight

I love that as well when we camp local. ill go to the local fire wood guy and get a heaping bed full usually like the Thursday before we camp. Its nice to have a rip roaring fire going all weekend long. Less smoke than they guys burning one log at a time from those cheap bundles. Even if im not camping local i try to drive around for a bit when i get to where im going. theres always a local guy selling it at a better value than the camp ground or local gas stations.
ZINGERLITE 09/18/19 12:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: RVing YouTube videos???

searching for fix it video's is helpful. theres a few out there on backing up a trailer that are helpful. most of what i've stumbled upon are people rambling too much about nonsense because they are bored lol.
ZINGERLITE 09/09/19 10:15am General RVing Issues
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