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RE: Full Time For Six Months

Congratulations on your first 6 months of full-timing. We are FT'ers out of the Dallas area also, but just completed our 6th year as FT travelers. Continue having fun - There's a lot to see in the USA!
arhayes 09/18/20 01:11pm Full-time RVing
RE: Toy Hauler Axle Ratings

First, I think you will find the pin weight on a loaded TH will be much higher than 20%. My GD 380TH 2 axle actual weight is 19,400lbs with a pin weight of 4,250lbs. That means the 2 8k axles are carrying 15,150 lbs. They have done so just fine for 6 yrs and 52,000 miles. I have only been involved with RV ownership for those 6 years, but have never seen anyone post that an axle has failed. I’m sure it can happen....I’ve just not seen it. YMMV.
arhayes 09/09/20 07:36am Toy Haulers
RE: Fuel and CG discounts

You don't say what type of rig you will be using. But, if you will be using Truckstops. +1 on the TSD Logistics program for Loves, T/A. It allows you to use the truck lanes WITHOUT having to go inside and stand in line for pre-authorization, and the discount gets fuel down to about what you could buy it at local gas stations (Truck stops are typicaly 25-40 cents a gallon above the local market). The two best discounts IMO are the Annual (lifetime if you're senior) Parks pass and Passport America. You can use Recreation.gov to book campsites in National Parks and Corps of Engineer parks nationwide with your parks pass. PA takes a little planning, but you can save money using them. Have fun!
arhayes 08/29/20 11:22am Full-time RVing
RE: Sliding or Folding Door to Garage

I agree with Bumpy. I think you'd want a semi-secure door of some type for the insulation value alone. However, I could see taking a sheet of plexi or plywood and a piano hinge to fashion a door if it came to that. Remove and save the existing door and mount the hinge to make the temp one inward opening.
arhayes 08/10/20 11:16am Toy Haulers
RE: Dental Assistance

I’d second the working with a dentist on a cash discount. I also get most dental work done in Nogales, but we are in Montana for the summer. Recently had a dental issue I needed checked on so I contacted a dentist a friend referred. When they asked about insurance, I told them I’d be a cash customer. A new patient set up with xrays and him checking my problem was only $75. Their insurance new patient fee was $250, so I thought that was very reasonable.
arhayes 08/07/20 07:51am Full-time RVing
RE: Snowbirding - What is typical monthly rent by region?

We pay about $750/month + metered electric in Tucson, AZ
arhayes 07/21/20 02:59am Full-time RVing
RE: About to Hit the Road ... Wish Me Luck!

Just make sure you make reservations in advance and check the local Covid situation. Some city/state parks are closed and RV parks may have reduced capacity. Otherwise, have a safe and fun journey and enjoy the sights in this great country of ours.
arhayes 07/17/20 08:39am Full-time RVing
RE: Mattress Recommendations

Just bought a new Eclipse Attitude Toy Hauler and needing to replace the horrible mattress in the bedroom - it is a Short Queen RV mattress. Having to order online which I hate so wanting to know what others think about their mattress and what you recommend. Thank you so much!! We full time in our rig, so a comfortable mattress was important. After much searching, we bought a standard queen Sleep Number mattress in 2014 and it has worked great for us. The way our base worked, the non-RV version was fine (and much less expensive than the RV model). YMMV
arhayes 07/12/20 02:36pm Toy Haulers
RE: Onboard generators

You didn’t say how you camp and how often. We full-time in our TH, but don’t boondocks a lot. However, our generator has come in handy in several parks where their power failed. We spent 40 years living in tornado alley.......no home of mine would not have a back-up power system. YMMV
arhayes 07/10/20 01:01am Toy Haulers
RE: Water pressure - why does pump run when city water connected

Hey Dan - Dumb questions are OK here. Welcome to the forum. For starters, the other comments are right that you should definitely turn off the pump when you're connected to city water. It's an either/or thing. There's something interesting about what you said though. You mentioned that you have a 40 PSI regulator and the pump is also running. I don't know this for certain, but I would take that to mean that your pump puts out more than 40 PSI and is making up the difference between its max and the 40 PSI coming from the city inlet. (That could be totally off, but it's an interesting puzzler.) You also bring up another peculiarity of the toy hauler community related to full hookups. Most of the toy hauler owner's I see here and on other forums are primarily boondockers and we feel like bumpkins when we go to an RV park and don't know how everything works. My wife and I took a 10,000+ mile trip last fall and I still felt like an imposter at the end, even after setting up at RV parks for months. I'm used to seeing my buddies unpack all their gear and level up their rigs by digging holes in the dirt. On the rare trips when we have hookups, it's funny to watch everyone staring down the end of their water hoses and tangling up in their shore power cords like circus bears. It's such a different culture. To your point, my pump has a stated pressure setting of 45psi, so a reducer to 40 would guarantee it would try to maintain that level When powered on. I also wonder why the OP would want to throttle down to 40Psi. I have used a 55psi regulator since we began full-timing in our rig. There have been a few parks in our 6 years of travel that didn’t provide that much pressure so then we WOULD operate from the tank using the pump. As always, YMMV.
arhayes 07/02/20 08:37am Toy Haulers
RE: Power Issue - Automatic Transfer Switch

I had to replace the ATS in our 6 yr old 5ver 2 years ago. Only one leg would run on shore power - everything worked on Gen. Opened the ATS and could see that one of the AC solenoids was not functioning correctly, so I replaced it. Easy to get to in my rig and about an hour job.
arhayes 06/19/20 02:03pm Toy Haulers
RE: Traveling for work in the time of Covid

Nicodemus - as already stated, I would not plan on spending more than an overnight in a parking lot. You will not be welcomed. Not sure what BLM land there is in OR, but you might check that out. Many campgrounds right now are ONLY accepting travelling guests for one or two nights, if at all. You could also look on any of the Campground apps (AllStays, RVParky, etc) for the area you want to be in and call the recommended campgrounds to see what, if any, are accepting reservations. Good luck and safe travels.
arhayes 05/05/20 12:27pm Full-time RVing
RE: Norcold LiOP error

I am still amazed that in 5 years of fulltiming, I have never had this error. Guess I am one of the lucky ones. ;-)
arhayes 05/04/20 01:59pm Toy Haulers
RE: Closed campgrounds

The RV Resort we are currently at in Tucson is still open and in-taking new arrivals. However all classrooms, activities, gyms, or indoor meeting places are closed except for the Laundry and Showers/Bathrooms. Our next scheduled stop in Las Vegas is also still open. The military Fam Camps cancelled our friends April reservations, so as others have said you may find state and federal facilities closed, but most private ones will be open.
arhayes 03/19/20 12:51pm Full-time RVing
RE: Census 2020

We use Escapees mail service which is NOT a PMB but a legal domicile address. However, if this is sent to "occupant", we'll probably never see it as we have them purge anything but First Class mail.
arhayes 03/11/20 10:47am Full-time RVing
RE: weak Cell Signal

WeBoost....not cheap, but well worth the money to have cell and internet when you need it.
arhayes 02/17/20 09:49am Full-time RVing
RE: Problem when running heater

In our unit, you can select cool, auto, fan, or furn. If you select auto, the furn will come on BUT the AC can also come on if it senses the temp getting where it might be needed. We either select "Cool" for AC or "Furn" for heat and have no problem. YMMV
arhayes 01/01/20 01:10pm Toy Haulers
RE: Recommedations

You didn’t say where in FL you’re starting, but the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola, Gulf Shores, AL, New Orleans, Texas was mentioned but I’d add the Tx Hill Country, Carlsbad Caverns in NM, Bisbee, Az mine, Tombstone, AZ, Kitt Peak observatory outside Tucson, as well as Old Tucson western town.
arhayes 11/23/19 09:50am Full-time RVing
RE: Where to jack

I use my level system to raise one side, put jack stands on each axle at the u-bolt, then put a 20 ton jack on the frame as additional support in case of hydraulic failure. We're full-timers and I change tires by side so this works out great for me. I just take the wheels to a shop and have them mount and balance the new tires
arhayes 11/03/19 01:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: My Grand Design 320G came in!

Congrats on your new rig!
arhayes 10/11/19 02:32am Toy Haulers
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