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RE: Zoning Law

The responses to the OP are quite interesting. For the "better to ask forgiveness than permission" team, I find it sad that our culture has bred many who willingly pay no attention/respect for the laws. If you go forward in breaking the law you "might" not get penalized but you will have to stop. This could indeed cause a lot of trouble for the person staying in the trailer. Also, you can't "live" in the trailer unless you hook up to a sewer line. If you follow your local building codes you will find out soon enough if this will be allowed where you live. Of course, if you are not willing to follow the codes for the sewer hook up then you can simply do what you want to do. Forget the laws and codes. Secondly, I couldn't find any information on line, so what am I to do? How about going down to your city hall and asking questions like we used to do just after arriving here in covered wagons? You could call and get the info but granted, the whole process of waiting to be connected is a bit trying. I do think you can get the information you want by talking to someone. I doubt that you would have to produce information about your exact location if you want to keep "under the radar" as someone has suggested. Just because you don't agree with a regulation, it does not give you the right to ignore it. There are HOAs in my area that have a lot of rules, most of which I don't agree with. My choice is to live elsewhere. I prefer to live in the city limits and do have to put up with some regulations that I think are silly. It is a choice that I have made. I always try to be a good neighbor and to do the right thing, even if I don't always agree.
aftermath 01/18/20 10:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

mileshuff, I certainly understand your lack of confidence in the Carlisle company for not standing behind their tires in your incident. I wouldn't buy another Carlisle tire from them either. I bought a new hybrid that came with the poor quality Carlisles. I had no dealer to complain to. I went through the steps. I filed a claim with the NHTSA explaining what happened. I sent a letter to Carlisle telling my story, including a picture and copies of my weight tickets. I was not overloaded, it was cool outside and I was not speeding. I also included a copy of the receipt I had for 5 new tires. They responded quickly and included a check to cover my expenses. Yes, they were bad tires. No, they are not still bad. This argument could be used on the new Goodyear Endurance tires. The Marathons had more than their fare share of issues. From everything I have heard the Endurance is a better tire. My Marathons had all sorts of trouble and showed that two had belts separating. This was after only 3 years and very few miles, like less than 3 thousand. Sorry that you had to live through what I did. But, the OP asked about the new Carlisles and I will stand behind my original response. They are pretty good tires. Buy them from a reputable dealer who will stand behind them and you should be good to go.
aftermath 01/16/20 09:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

I don,t no anybody that likes them, there known for being a very poorly made tire. but they make good lawn mower tires. I purchased a new Starcraft hybrid around 2005 and it came with really crummy Carlisle tires. On top of being of poor quality they were LRC tires which just barely covered the weight required. One blew and Carlisle reimbursed me the cost for all 5 tires. Fast forward to a couple of years ago and I chose the NEW Carslile HD tires. Mine are LRE tires and have been great. Like Dodge Guy wrote, these are entirely new. Mine have plenty of load carrying capacity at 70psi and are speed rated to 80mph. Very good tire these HDs are. And, don't think that JUST because a tire is made overseas it is junk. It has much more to do with the quality of the company selling the tires than where they are made. Goodyear manufactured their Marathons in the USA and then moved production to China for a time. They moved back mainly due to the political fallout and being inked with the China Bomb name. Maxxi does not produce their tires in the US and yet they are very highly rated. If you buy a cheap off brand tire then your chances of getting a cheap tire goes up. If you buy from a reputable dealer and manufacturer you chances of getting a good tire also goes up. I have dealt a lot with Discount tires and they have always stood behind their tires. I also got my Carlisles from them.
aftermath 01/14/20 03:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: My perception on real gas

This has been an enjoyable read. The experts, on both sides, have jumped in and yet it still remains quite confusing. One issue that has yet to be mentioned is why do we have blended gas today? It was a government decision made to help improve the atmosphere. I lived in southern California in the '60s. Driving down into the LA basin was like driving into a black/brown cloud of pollution. It was visible, it was uncomfortable to the eyes and it even smelled. Today, even tough there are many more cars and trucks, it isn't even close to what it used to be. When the experiment began there were many good arguments against it. Existing engines were not designed to deal with ethanol. It did create issues with loss of power and degrading of rubber tubing and such. Today, those arguments no longer exist,unless you are driving a classic. So, if you don't care about the air we breathe, and you willingly agree to pay extra at the pump in search of a tiny improvement in power and mileage then buy that "real" gas. My "gut feeling" is that you will notice perhaps a very small increase in performance while you pay a small increase in money all the while you increase your footprint in polluting the air we all share.
aftermath 01/08/20 08:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

People are afraid of each other in the current culture. We are taught that using the wrong pronoun is a federal offense. Political views have become catalysts for explosive reactions. It is just not worth it to some to risk having their camping experience ruined by a confrontation. Back in the day, it seems to me, people were more interested in finding common ground. Now so many are "spring-loaded" to the defensive position. JMHO I think this is a big part of the issue. I am pretty outgoing but I hesitate to approach folks, as a general rule, because of the atmosphere we now live in. Another big part is that the whole idea of socialization is seriously under attack. The younger generation are into social media and are losing the ability to relate to others. I am not pointing fingers at just our younger citizens but the movement has caught on big time. The Gonzaga Men's basketball coach noticed after their first win this season that when he went into the locker room all of the players were looking down at their phones, not a word was being spoken. He told them to put down the phones and start talking to one another. A good team talks, they talk before the game, during the game and after the game. He went on to say that this is becoming an issue with many programs all around the country. When given the choice to talk to someone or to check their twitter following, guess what most of them do?
aftermath 01/01/20 10:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle rating and comfort

Short answer. Yes, you can. But, I will mirror the comments about payload capacity. I tow my trailer with a Tundra. My GVWR on the trailer is something like 7200 and I regularly go down the road with about 6500 as a trailer weight. I have stopped and measured this a few times. The Tundra is rated to two 10K but..at this is the challenge with all half tons, it only has a payload of 1700. With my WD hitch I will drop very close to 900 pounds on the ball, the two of us come in about 350 which doesn't leave much room to pack things into the bed. I am find with axle loads and GCVW numbers. The Tundra tows nicely and it has plenty of power to handle mountain passes. I have heard a lot of positive things about the Eco Boost engines. Watch your payload and you should be good to go.
aftermath 12/26/19 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Survey for online reservation vs old school phone and email

1. yes it is 2. Yes, but the sites I use refer to it as a reservation fee. 3. No, I wouldn't like that. If I am just passing through it probably wouldn't matter but if I specified a specific spot and you moved me, don't think that would fly. 4. Don't know what you mean by this. If I am using an online system I would not think of calling unless this was stated somewhere in the system. If you are holding out sites then say so to anyone who is having trouble getting a spot. It shouldn't be an "inside" kind of thing. 5. This system is too confusing. We do a family reunion every year and we pick a spot and have everyone reserve. We try to get close but sometimes we are not together because someone was late requesting. I don't think one person in the group needs to be in control I do not know anything about the online reservation system you are talking about. I prefer the state park systems in WA, OR and CA. After that I use Reserve America and Recreation.gov. Each one of these charge a reservation fee and require full payment up front. All of them allow you to cancel, and if done in a specific time window give full refunds aside from the 8 or 10 dollar reservation fee. When I am going to a smaller campground I usually call. I have never been given the run around after reserving a spot. If someone calls and wants to get a spot for a 27ft trailer with only two people, you should assign one that will work for them. It sounds like you would like to give them a nice large spot but when someone else calls in with the same size trailer but a family of 5, would you move the first people out so the larger group could take the spot? That is what is sounds like you are doing. I don't think that is a very good business practice. A KOA will reserve a spot but not tell you exactly which one and they do not charge the full amount until you get there. I suppose they might move you around if needed but they don't mislead you going in.
aftermath 12/22/19 09:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: 12 volt versus 24 volt deep cycle batteries

This makes sense to me now. It was a "Group 24" which is a size. It was not a 24 V battery. I would be careful taking this back to the Amish guy who told you it was a 24V battery. He obviously doesn't know what he was talking about.
aftermath 12/16/19 07:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ashby's Law 1956 and solving problems....

This reminds me of a period of time in my life where I was spending far too much time in "meetings". The "boss" discovered the power of brainstorming. Get eveyone together, even those who know little or nothing of the point of concern and have them brainstorm solutions to the problem. This problem was usually not a problem at all, just and excuse to get folks together to brainstorm a solution. This boss, like others I have had, was more into process than any actual solution. I like the theory the OP presented but, like someone already said, it would have to deal with an actual problem. Sorry but I have to go now. I have given myself a headache....
aftermath 12/14/19 04:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: 12 volt versus 24 volt deep cycle batteries

t-train, I am still confused about your "24 volt" battery. Campers and trailers have been 12 volt for many years. All of the lights and little fans and motors run on 12 volts. When you plug into shore power your charger/converter converts the 120V AC power into 12 DC current. I would think that if you connected your trailer or camper up to 24 V that the lights would burn out quickly if not instantaneously. The fan in your furnace would run much higher and not last as long. No one else has mentioned that so I might be all wet. A long time ago when cars were wired with a 6 Volt system you couldn't just put in a 12 Volt battery and still have everything work. Best battery for you is a 12 volt true deep cycle which is what you get with a golf car battery. The second choice is a deep cycle/marine that you can find anywhere. Wait, the "best" would be two 6 Volt golf cart batteries connected in series. Good luck.
aftermath 12/14/19 04:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: senior pass

I paid $10 for mine and have used it a few times. A senior pass is the same as senior pricing at some movies and restaurants. I think it is an effort to give back a little to a generation who has paid into many programs over the years. The new administration, yes this one, upped the fee from $10 to $80 and I agree it still is a bargain if you use it. We are heading toward a place where the wealthy can afford it so the rest of us will be staying home. It used to be camping and seeing the national parks was something everyone could do. Tents are being replaced by motor homes just like housing tracts are being replaced by gated communities. I suppose when you run a trillion dollar dept you have to look for places to cut back. Setting up a fair system of taxation is pretty tough to do, no doubt, but squeezing the little guy has always been easy.
aftermath 12/07/19 09:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Mens' belts left or right

This is pretty funny. I was 67 before I realized that I had been tying my shoes all wrong. On long walks I always had to stop and tighten up my laces. I even double tied them but still.....I finally took the time to look at the knots. I had been putting the left lace under the right when starting. This resulted in a granny knot. Now it is the right over the left and life is better. I also start my belt on the left side. Don't wear any buckles that require a right side up display.
aftermath 11/27/19 11:30am Around the Campfire
RE: November camping Dos Picos county park

I replaced all the canvas. While the canvas was in pretty good shape all the screened windows were deteriorated to the point where they were useless. The zippers that came with the canvas were all pretty heavy duty. These guys know what is going on. They have a great working knowledge of the different brands and what the original canvas looks like. I would call them and you can ask any question that is on your mind. Really nice people to work with. Going the full replacement route would probably be best but it is not a requirement for sure.
aftermath 11/26/19 01:56pm Folding Trailers
RE: November camping Dos Picos county park

Boy, that takes me back. Looks like a beautiful day. I just replaced all the canvas on my daughter's old Starcraft. I purchased the full set through Bear Creek Canvas. They sell canvas in parts too. You might want to contact them. Describe which section you need. You don't have to replace it all. I was absolutely amazed by the quality of the canvas and how well it fit the 79 Starcraft we had.
aftermath 11/26/19 11:28am Folding Trailers
RE: Knee Pain

My main concern about using all these home remedies, gels, tonics, salves, tinctures, aroma therapy, etc. is that some can actually do harm. I had a neighbor widow in her 80s suffering from depression. She went to a doctor and got some help. Later, she heard of a miracle herb that would restore her memory. She bought some at the local "health" store. In short order she spiraled downward and became almost incoherent. The herb was reacting to the drug she had been prescribed. A friend of mine in his late 60's was experiencing pain in his legs. He did not like doctors so tried everything he heard of. Salves, liniments, even special diets didn't work. He went to an acupuncturist and did get some relief, but it was not long lasting. Finally, after a couple of years of this chasing quick easy fixes he went to an orthopedist and found that he had some type of disc issue. They operated and he was fine but the doctor told him that if he had come in when he first experienced the pain it would have been a lot easier on him. My point, and this has been mentioned here, go see a doctor. No, they are not perfect. Yes, you can get a second opinion but in either case you can decide for yourself which direction you choose. You can ask him/her about all the things you have asked us. Making an informed decision will always be best. In today's world, getting confirmation about your health from a blog might not be the best research. Good luck. I am only 68 but have had a few issues that doctors have solved. Cancer, heart valve and a benign tumor in the old noggin. If I had waited, especially with the first case, all the liniment out there would not have saved me.
aftermath 11/09/19 11:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Knee Pain

I'd recommend seeing an ortho before you start home care. There are too many things that can be wrong that are not related to injury. The brace could potentially do more damage. I had not injured my shoulder but it went from fine to I could not move my arm. It was a flare up of moderate arthritis I didn't know I had. One cortisone shot and I am fine. I would also ask an ortho about supplements. Unbeknownst to many even homeopathic remedies can interact badly with prescription meds. Please, please, please follow this advice. Go to a doctor and find out what is wrong. Ask his advice as to what to do next. If you don't agree, find something you are more comfortable with. Share your thoughts about home remedies and see what they say. Going this totally alone is probably not the best path. I had pain in my right knee and an Xray showed I had calcium buildup (arthritis) under my kneecap. Doc suggested Physical Therapy and it really helped. I personally don't like taking any drugs unless absolutely necessary. The stuff you can buy off the shelf at a "health" store is not as safe as you might think. Just me, everyone has their own path.
aftermath 11/08/19 08:16am Around the Campfire
RE: Winterizing and sink sprayer hose

why not just remove it ...the sprayer head...and bring it in the house for the winter? This is what I do. Lost two due to my own mistakes. I bring both this sprayer and my kitchen sink wand in each year. Sits on my workbench. Hasn't frozen since.
aftermath 11/06/19 04:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boeing 737 crashes..........why ?

I am not a pilot but am the son of one. I live in Washington where Boeing is King. I read about a dust up between the Union representing the Engineers and Boeing a couple of years (?) ago. I am sure that it wasn't directly linked to the current problems but it might give some insight into Boeing's goals. The Engineers were concerned when Boeing decided to reduce the number of quality control staff out on the production lines. The old system required a number of redundant quality checks in certain systems. An inspector would certify a part or assembly and then later in the production more certification would happen. The company claimed that the first check was sufficient because of few problems that happened down line. So, their main goal here was to reduce the number of quality control personel which would speed the process and, in the end, cost the company less. Fast forward to the MAX issue. What did they do? Cut corners in training of pilots for sure. I also would claim that they cut a few corners in quality control complaints that they did receive from test pilots. This has been established during the review. We all know that greed is a bad thing. I think Boeing will suffer mightily from this problem. It most likely will be felt in the local economy soon. Sad day for Seattle.
aftermath 11/04/19 10:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Tekonsha Prodigy P2 or P3?

I don't like when i am going down a grade to get the trailer brakes to come on I have to apply the pedal much harder than normal conditions. Also don't like having to back off highway settings or have the trailer aggressively brake when going slow. With the MaxBrake as soon as you touch the pedal you are sending juice to the trailer proportionally to your truck brakes making for a seamless braking event up down or flat ground. Can't be that hard for someone to do the same!!! I am glad you like/liked your MaxBrake. IF you are having the trouble you are describing with a Prodigy controller you need to look into it. If it is indeed a Prodigy then you do have a problem. Been towing two different trailers with my Prodigy 2 and have NEVER had anything like what you are describing. I am over 60K miles with this controller. To the OP, they both have the same ability to stop your trailer. If you are buying a new one, the P3 does have some toots and whistles tht might appeal to you. I don't know the difference in cost but if that is important in your situation, the P2 will serve you well too.
aftermath 11/04/19 10:11am Towing
RE: Must read before you buy (Long)

I feel that RV manufacturers are in a similar spot as the big 3 automakers were in the 70' and into the 80's. There is a big market for RVs lately and people are buying them up. Quality, in most cases, is not as important as production. The best thing that ever happened to the American car was the demise of the American car. Foreign auto makers moved in with more dependable units which forced our manufactures to step it up. If it weren't for the competition nothing would have changed. Anybody remember the K Car? How about the Vega? The message in this thread is to be careful in researching and purchasing your RV. I can't agree more. If we had done this with cars way back when thing might be different today. Cars are necessities so many people were trapped. RVs, on the other hand, are not. We can afford to be more diligent in our searches.
aftermath 11/04/19 10:01am General RVing Issues
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