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RE: Bonehead Blunder, I'm an idiot!

I once towed a dual ski jet ski trailer with two jet ski's loaded to the lake about 35 miles from the house and forgot to latch the hitch ball lock. I understand your panic.
allen8106 06/30/21 07:11am Towing
RE: Tire wear

Need to get an alignment.
allen8106 06/30/21 07:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar & Inverter starting point advice

Hello All, We seem to be dry camping more and more over the past 2 years. Mostly in state forrest land with dedicated sites but the sites are roughly 1/4-1/2 mile between each site. This spring I upgraded from a single 12v to dual 6V batteries. Now when camping in 40 degree nights my furnace makes it well into the morning and even into the afternoon vs 3 or 4am with the old 12v. So our current routine is running generator for about 2 hours in the morning while we make coffee and breakfast, and then about 2 hours in the evening as my kids are winding down and watching a movie before bed. The rest of the day and all night I prefer to leave generators off and 4 hours seems to be enough to charge the batteries enough to hold over another night. Anyway,I'd love to cut that back even further and give the ability to run a coffee maker, TV, and other devices off 12v. Please point me in a direction of where to start looking at inverters. Are there good posts explaining how and where to install them? Also, what size solar kit is fairly affordable and makes enough power to maybe cut an hour or two off my generator running? Thanks! So here's what i did. This isn't the only way but I'm all in for about $2300 total. 4-130 watt Kyocera used panels from Craigslist. $260 1-Magnum 1000 watt MMS1012 inverter/charger. $737 1-Magnum MM-RC50 inverter remote. $172 2 Crown 240 ah CR-240 batteries. $270 1-Bogart TM-2030-RV battery monitor.$158 1-Morningstar TS-45 charge controller. $143 1- 500 amp shunt. $34 Misc hardware & wiring $500. The only this I wish i had done differently would be to get a larger inverter. I installed a 1000 watt and wish it was at least a 2000 watt. We watch TV, run the furnace over night, charge the laptop, charge two phones and run my wifes CPAP machine. Batteries are at about 65%-70% by morning and back to 100% by 1:00-2:00. Basically the system works flawlessly for us.
allen8106 06/14/21 01:13pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: domicile confused

Hell again we were reading some articles on getting a domicile address, we will be hopefully moving out early 2023, but how far in advance can we get one. Also the articles keep saying you need to prove that you live there, like going to doctors, dentist, banks, etc. Is this really true? We were planning on using our doctor's that we have had for 10 years. Well any info is welcome, Thanks again If you plan to domicile in South Dakota you're only required to spend one night at an RV park and show proof in order register in the state as your domicile. There are tons of YouTube videos on the subject to help you better understand the process. Here's one link I'm aware of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWc1xlNZDAY
allen8106 06/14/21 12:39pm Full-time RVing
RE: Suspension Help Needed

Probably normal chucking due to road conditions. Some roads will cause it some will not.
allen8106 06/14/21 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1 month old TT totaled?

Accidents/incidents happen for four reasons, Rushing, Frustration, Fatigue and Complacency. Unfortunately you got bit by one of them. Sorry for your loss.
allen8106 06/11/21 10:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Best stabilization upgrade(s)?

We have a 31ft TT and when fully set up, still get some trailer rocking when someone is walking through the trailer. I know we won't ever make it 100% solid, but I'm wondering what you found the best stabilization upgrades to be. We have manual stabilization jacks and I know they sell larger versions. I've also seen that a simple "X Chock" between the two tires can make a big difference. I'm just wondering if you guys have used one or both of these, and which you think is the best value for performance. Thanks! JT Strongarms are the best stabilization upgrade I've done. because of this I no longer use a kingpin tripod.
allen8106 05/20/21 10:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Tripod for a new fifth wheel

What are your opinions of using a tripod on a new fifth wheel? I have ordered an Alliance Valor 41V15 that comes with a six point stabilizer system. Do you find that the tripod helps with trailer sway? Cheers, Fred I don't recommend the tripod. If you want real stabilization install a set of JT Strongarms.
allen8106 05/20/21 10:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Evacuation Insurance

"had a colleague experience severe illness in the back of beyond a month or so ago and was told that his evacuation flight, had it not been part of his LifeMed membership, would have cost circa $40,000." this is what I'm trying to avoid.
allen8106 03/20/21 04:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Evacuation Insurance

As the crow flies and “assuming” you cross into Canada at Sweet Grass MT ( Coutts Alberta) it’s 1500 miles, (x2 if you don’t use the Alaska ferry service, and we all know crows don’t fly in a straight line) to Beaver Creek Yukon where you enter into Alaska or Chicken Alaska. I quick google map search gives about a 1900 mile one way trip through Canada You should be inquiring about your insurance coverage for the Canadian leg of your trip. Soup. I'm inquiring about the entire trip, Alaska included. Last thing I need is to get in a major accident that requires extensive hospitalization 1900 miles from home. I'm looking for insurance for the entire trip that will pay to have me or my spouse transported back to our home town.
allen8106 03/20/21 04:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Evacuation Insurance

Are you talking about medical evacuation insurance, or roadside assistance/towing insurance? I'm not entirely sure the latter exists, or at least is commonly available, that would cover costs of towing along, say, the Dalton Highway. The trip along the Dalton Highway was one of the top few highlights of my trip to Alaska a few years ago. It also was undeniably rough on my motorhome, and made it very, very dirty indeed. In my opinion, the wear and tear was well worth it for the amazing scenery and vastness all around. Medical evacuation.
allen8106 03/19/21 05:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Evacuation Insurance

We are lower 48 U.S. residents looking to travel by RV to Alaska starting May 2022. This is planned to be a slow pleasure trip including driving to the artic ocean. I’m interested if folks have secured evacuation insurance to offset evacuation costs in the event of an accident that would require an evacuation. Have you purchased evacuation insurance and from what company? Have you ever had to use evacuation insurance and what was your experience?
allen8106 03/18/21 06:29pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Puma trailers. Any good?

Hello, We are planning to get a Puma 27RLSS or the new 25rkqb. Any experience with these trailers? Love to hear good and bad. Thank you We had a new 2007 model Puma from 2007 to 2011 and the only issue we had was a bulge on one of the tires. No other issues.
allen8106 02/10/21 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel mileage

We where in the market to buy a class A diesel pusher within the next 6 mos. But with the new leadership in DC I’m afraid of the fuel cost going nuts. Therefore we have been thinking about buying a new DIESEL1 ton DRW pickup and going the 5th Wh route. Curious as to what’s the typical fuel mileage pulling a 5er with a diesel pickup. PS. Anyone have experience on towing a tag V 5er with the same vehicle and comparing mileage? My real world mileage based on manual fuel mileage calculations for over 125 tanks of fuel. All Towing 10.7 mpg Some Towing 14.3 mpg No Towing 16.0 mpg 2018, GMC, 3500, DRW, 4X4, Crew Cab, Long Bed. 5ver is a 2010 Jayco 31.5 RLDS weighing 11,000 loaded for a trip.
allen8106 02/10/21 02:37pm Fifth-Wheels
Diesel Fuel Availability

Planning my 2022 trip to Alaska. Any need to carry spare jugs of diesel fuel?
allen8106 12/12/20 07:07am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Refrigerator draw on LP mode

My Norcold draws .5 amps when on propane.
allen8106 12/06/20 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: Propane tanks 10 years old, what is best choice ???

Propane tanks are good for 12 years from date of first certification (aka manufacture) then must be re-certified every 5 years. If you have the standard 20# gas grill size then just exchange them. If you have the 30# size then I'm not aware of an exchange program for them so likely you'll have to get them re-certified or buy new ones. Recertification is like $10-$12.
allen8106 12/06/20 07:40am Fifth-Wheels
Grand Canyon north Rim

Looking to spend a couple nights at/near the Grand Canyon North Rim in early May. North Rim Campground doesn't usually open until May 15th. So we are looking at alternatives. Not even sure it's possible that time of year due to the possibility of snow. We have a 34 foot 5th wheel and a 2018 GMC 3500 Crew Cab DRW 4X4. Any thoughts on ANY place to camp that's open that time of year near the North rim area and I can get my 5th wheel in to?
allen8106 10/24/20 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tire Chains

I appreciate everyone's feedback. Thank you.
allen8106 10/22/20 11:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Tire Chains

Planning a summer 2022 trip to Alaska. Expect to enter Canada around the middle of May, enter Alaska around the first week of June, exit Alaska around the middle of August, exit Canada around the middle of September. Any need for tire chains for this trip?
allen8106 10/21/20 09:43pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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