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RE: Pa Open for Camping

No miracle required, just don’t hug the guy in the next campsite... Pennsylvania has a total estimated population of around 12,820,878. To date, 42,050 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19. This says that .32% of the TOTAL population has been diagnosed with Covid-19, and/or have received treatment. Of the people who have been diagnosed only 3.7% (1,597 deaths), died from it. The vast majority of these have been elderly, and had preexisting conditions. Not inferring that these deaths should be taken lightly. These are not huge numbers. When compared to the total population, the number that have died represents a .012% of the population, I think the numbers point out most residents and visitors to PA can go camping with a good sense that they will make it back home again NOT infected with Covid-19. Maybe a rash from poison ivey or some bug bites. So go camping and have fun.This makes total sense for folks with completely self-contained RVs. We have been camping in our class B, so we use the dreaded restrooms. That's why we are hoping for a miracle. ;) Build a bathroom in a 8' cargo trailer and tow it behind the B =)
afidel 05/18/20 10:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

Ended up getting a site in PA for next weekend. Our governor has been so weird on this, they opened up bars, hair salons, massage places, etc all of which are close contact (bars aren't supposed to be, but pics from first day show people almost on top of each other) and yet I can't take my fully self contained trailer to a 50x40 site where I'm not going to be in contact with anyone outside my family, so stupid.
afidel 05/17/20 02:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Family of 4, looking for smaller trailer

Hello all, I have some young kids (5 and 2) I grew up tent camping and have gone several times with the 5yo. (had plans this spring for the family but all that is canceled). I also planned to get a truck for my next vehicle (in ~5 years) with an RV so the wife will come (also AC opens up summer for camping), I know it probably wont be her thing but between the kinds and I it will be fun. Now: the wife thinks we can get a good deal on a used truck here soon (due to economy) and I am sure it will get a lot of use between our families. It got me thinking I could (currently unprepared on research) accelerate the purchase of a travel trailer. I have browsed here and there but the main thoughts are: -We will spend most of the time outside like tent campers, would like trailer to shower/sleep. Don't need couch/TV/etc. -Not sure I want to hassle with pop up/canvas. -Probably keep for 5-7 years -Thinking bunk beds for the kids and big bed for us (6'3" height): I don't want to be making a bed out of a couch every night. -Minimal amenities (hot water, AC) would prefer something shorter/light weight/easy to tow -Almost always staying at a site with water/power Concerns -Enough hot water for showers? -Frequent empty waste water tanks? -Insulation isn't too important as we are in the south and main use is for sleeping at night. I do expect the wife will spend some afternoons inside while we are out. Budget: I would prefer to spend less than $10k, probably closer to $6-7k for a used trailer. Length: was thinking 18-20 ft long as the target Don't have experience towing but would want something about 5000 lbs or less. Looking at full size trucks (V8) so I think the weight shouldn't be an issue. I am looking for any feedback and thoughts on my plan. Suggestions on what to look for. Any specific models you would recommend for these conditions. Hard finding a bunk bed model. I am the type of person who will make do with what I got so if the TT is decent on average, I wont get too caught up on little preferences. I also figure buying a cheaper used one will limit downside. The Gulfstream 198BH looks good (and new for $10k?) but the queen bed is going to have my feet hanging off the edge a bit.. thoughts? My KZ 181BH is very similar but the bed is full trailer width and it has a dinette slide which adds SO much space. The downsides are very, very small tanks, before Covid it was not an issue, we used the bathrooms and showerhouses at the campgrounds so the main issue was sink water, needed a blue tote to go two weeks without a sewer hookup. Now that public showers aren't a possibility it's limiting out options, have to find a site with full hookup even for a long weekend because navy showers won't cut it with my family, sites with water/electric or just electric are WAY more common so my advice for the next year or two is get 60 gallon grey minimum. We did not find size to be a problem 95% of the time, we did 5k miles with 5 of us, that said I do want a couch or recliner in my next trailer. I payed $12,500 out the door for my unit new. hope that helps a little
afidel 05/17/20 02:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Family of 4, looking for smaller trailer

Hello all, I have some young kids (5 and 2) I grew up tent camping and have gone several times with the 5yo. (had plans this spring for the family but all that is canceled). I also planned to get a truck for my next vehicle (in ~5 years) with an RV so the wife will come (also AC opens up summer for camping), I know it probably wont be her thing but between the kinds and I it will be fun. Now: the wife thinks we can get a good deal on a used truck here soon (due to economy) and I am sure it will get a lot of use between our families. It got me thinking I could (currently unprepared on research) accelerate the purchase of a travel trailer. I have browsed here and there but the main thoughts are: -We will spend most of the time outside like tent campers, would like trailer to shower/sleep. Don't need couch/TV/etc. -Not sure I want to hassle with pop up/canvas. -Probably keep for 5-7 years -Thinking bunk beds for the kids and big bed for us (6'3" height): I don't want to be making a bed out of a couch every night. -Minimal amenities (hot water, AC) would prefer something shorter/light weight/easy to tow -Almost always staying at a site with water/power Concerns -Enough hot water for showers? -Frequent empty waste water tanks? -Insulation isn't too important as we are in the south and main use is for sleeping at night. I do expect the wife will spend some afternoons inside while we are out. Budget: I would prefer to spend less than $10k, probably closer to $6-7k for a used trailer. Length: was thinking 18-20 ft long as the target Don't have experience towing but would want something about 5000 lbs or less. Looking at full size trucks (V8) so I think the weight shouldn't be an issue. I am looking for any feedback and thoughts on my plan. Suggestions on what to look for. Any specific models you would recommend for these conditions. Hard finding a bunk bed model. I am the type of person who will make do with what I got so if the TT is decent on average, I wont get too caught up on little preferences. I also figure buying a cheaper used one will limit downside. The Gulfstream 198BH looks good (and new for $10k?) but the queen bed is going to have my feet hanging off the edge a bit.. thoughts? My KZ 181BH is very similar but the bed is full trailer width and it has a dinette slide which adds SO much space. The downsides are very, very small tanks, before Covid it was not an issue, we used the bathrooms and showerhouses at the campgrounds so the main issue was sink water, needed a blue tote to go two weeks without a sewer hookup. Now that public showers aren't a possibility it's limiting out options, have to find a site with full hookup even for a long weekend because navy showers won't cut it with my family, sites with water/electric or just electric are WAY more common so my advice for the next year or two is get 60 gallon grey minimum. We did not find size to be a problem 95% of the time, we did 5k miles with 5 of us, that said I do want a couch or recliner in my next trailer. I payed $12,500 out the door for my unit new. hope that helps a little
afidel 05/17/20 02:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel restrictions

Two weeks without leaving the trailer definitely would not be fun!!!!! Thank you for your post! Self quarantine doesn't mean you can't leave the trailer. It's just a recommendation that you should avoid public interaction. I don't see how it's feasible, we have the same thing in Michigan. Folks from Detroit and Chicago coming up to their Lake Michigan cottages for the weekend are supposed to self qt for 14 days, well, they're here for three and the first thing they do is stop at the grocery store which is public interaction. Traveling in an RV, if it's a bigger one maybe you could stock up with food and supplies, so you don't have to re-provision right away? This limits your public interaction. You can also do no contact curbside pickup. That's what we've been doing for groceries since we ran out of protein and many staples after 6 weeks at home. You order online (or with the Walmart grocery app), pull up, call a number, give them your cars description and plate, and they load the trunk or bed with your purchase. I for one love it.
afidel 05/12/20 12:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

well darn, CoE decided to keep the campground closed through the 30th so no memorial day camping for us. Started looking around and there's nothing with full hookups available for the weekend within 3 hours since the governor says campgrounds should be able to open but didn't actually release any details. kinda hard for campgrounds to accept reservations without actual legal orders.
afidel 05/09/20 03:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in Ruidoso, NM

unfortunately not familiar with the area other than to say that seeing Sierra Blanca I really wanted to get out and hike to the top. Very pretty area, if I hadn't been on a 3 week, 5k mile whirlwind tour of 23 national parks and monuments I would have stopped for sure. Exploring the area on Google maps I found an interesting site at 33.3873449, -105.7530434 perhaps you could contact the res to see if it's available?
afidel 05/04/20 11:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

Just found out that the CoE is planning to have our campground open on the 20th and our reservation starts on the 22nd so looks like we're good to go. The only contact we'll have to have during the trip is a gas pump once and touching the dump flapper which always requires gloves anyways so I can't see how it ever represented a danger.
afidel 05/01/20 04:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel When Restrictions lifted

We've got reservations for Memorial day weekend, the weekend of the 4th, Labor Day weekend and 2 weeks at Xmas in the Keys. We were also going to spend 2 weeks in Hawaii for our 20th but that's off the table so I'm going to figure out an RV trip for 2 weeks. Perhaps back to the Black Hills or Smokey Mountains. The big question for me right now is if the Corps will have the campground open by Memorial Day.
afidel 04/28/20 01:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone denying claim (of course)

It would be nice if the manufacturer would stand behind their products although being a 2018 rig you are probably out of warranty anyway. Post a pic and maybe someone can describe how they were able to fix or at least make it less noticeable, try to work with Keystone directly as dealers usually don't try as hard when it comes to repairs covered by the manufacturer. Correct, the Keystone 1/3 warranty specifically excludes the cap from the definition of structural.Link
afidel 04/20/20 05:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Spring Shakedown Trip cancelled

We have a trip planned to a Pa State Park for Memorial Day Weekend. The way things are now in Pa I'm beginning to wonder if State Parks with Campgrounds will be open for camping. You can use trails and go fishing if applicable but I don't think restrooms are open. You can't buy a car or get a haircut. Much less see lawyer or get insurance. Crazy world we are in now. You can see a lawyer if your case would fall under the courts list of essential activities. Anything having to do with a constitutional challenge would qualify, as would things like requests for temporary protection orders or emergency change of custody hearings, etc. If you think you have a case that might qualify call up an attorney, most are still working in some capacity, because a lot of law work never goes near a court.
afidel 04/16/20 07:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: We're using the TT's fridge as a "semi-lifeboat"

Nice shop....and fridge NRA! Thanx! Here’s a long shot of the whole garage. We built that about 5 years ago. We’re on a hillside, so I used the slope to lower the floor of the RV bay, instead of raising the roofline. https://i.imgur.com/cXkYyDFl.jpg :):) Lol, your garage is bigger than my house. //Just under 1,100 square feet
afidel 04/08/20 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

Liberty Harbor RV Park https://i.ibb.co/y0fQ9HW/E48-FC549-DD34-47-EB-ABA1-F4-FA571-D7734.jpg width=600 Wow, I hope you're a medical person helping with the crisis, because otherwise I can't imagine why you'd want to be there right now! /One of my favorite campsites I've stayed at due to what it allowed us access to, but man Jersey City is about the last place on earth I'd want to be during a pandemic.
afidel 04/04/20 10:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: New luxury off grid trailer -- very fancy . . .

Can we not just glue some of those flexible panels onto out awnings? Nope, too thick and they have a minimum bend radius which the roller probably exceeds if you could make them fit.
afidel 04/01/20 01:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: New luxury off grid trailer -- very fancy . . .

What puffery, you can go off grid for'months at a time', but it has a 100 gallon fresh water tank. According to the WHO 15L per person should be considered a bare minimum during an emergency and 20L is a good target for minimal hygiene. That's 10 gallons per day for a couple, hardly months.
afidel 04/01/20 01:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hideout 338lhs the grey back tank wont drain

This is just a guess based on what I can see online, but it looks to me like the rear grey tank handle probably only handles a small tank for the sink in the half bath.
afidel 03/30/20 11:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: vinyl black spot removal

Mr clean magic eraser worked well for us. The mop head did an amazing job on the underside of the awning as well.
afidel 03/26/20 06:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: No 12V power to prewired back up camera

It might be a backup only setup where there's only power from the 7 way during reversing. I know there are two models from Furion, a during monitor and a backup camera, not sure if the wiring is actually different between the two.
afidel 03/26/20 04:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Floor plan: Front Bathroom, Middle Kitchen, Rear Lounge

If the Oliver does it for you also check out Scamp 16 layout 5 & 6.
afidel 03/23/20 11:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Spring Shakedown Trip cancelled

Michigan is leaving campgrounds open but closing restrooms, reservations, cabins and other similar structures. Basically if you're self contained you're good. Now that makes sense. California could take a lesson. Do people really camp in MI in March? Sure, it's going to be 70 tomorrow, though quickly diving into the 30s with an overnight low in the mid 20s Saturday into Sunday, gotta love early spring.
afidel 03/19/20 11:22pm Travel Trailers
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