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RE: 13'5" clearance

As others have said, know your exact measurements when hooked to your tow vehicle, and measure at every high point. My rig is 13’4” at the front AC, but 13’5” at the rear. I assume no “fudge” factor on marked overpasses. Remember that if roads have been resurfaced, the bridge marking may not have been remeasured. We have seen several where crews were out measuring again after roadwork had been performed. Generally, if I’m on a road and see 18 wheelers on that road, I figure I’m safe. To date we have never had to detour because of a low bridge.
arhayes 01/15/21 07:11am Toy Haulers
RE: Level up System Bleed Off

We’ve been full timers in a TH with the Level Up system for almost 7 years. I too find that I need to re-level about once a month when we are somewhere for an extended period of time. I use the Cat Hydraulic additive in my system plus spray the seals weekly with Silicone. I’ve never found a leak nor have I even seen a solid reason/solution. It just “is what it is”.
arhayes 01/11/21 08:59am Full-time RVing
RE: Smallest RV anyone has full timed in?

Only you can decide how much space you’ll be comfortable with. Envision a week of bad weather where you will be trapped indoors. Is the space in your TT something you’d be happy in until you recover your outdoor “living room”? Is the layout conducive to accommodating both your work and hobbies? The good thing about a little smaller rig is that you’ll be able to stay in most state and national parks if you choose. Best of Luck in the future and Merry Christmas!
arhayes 12/07/20 06:12am Full-time RVing
RE: Question for those tha full/part time in their TH

That type TH would be fine for the weekend warrior, but I cannot imagine having to unload my motorcycle at every overnight stop just so I could sleep. If you’re considering going FT, get a full size rig where YOU are in control of when you offload your toys. YMMV!
arhayes 11/14/20 07:37am Toy Haulers
RE: banking when full timing

You are way overthinking it. All of my banking for the past 40 or more years has been by phone, Mail, or online with our Credit Union.....which is in a ciy I left in 1974 and have never lived in since. I’ve been a USAA member for 48 years, and started some banking with them in 1990, yet have never been to a physical bank. We’ve bought homes, cars, boats, etc remotely all these years. We get cash, when needed, at local bank atms, and usaa reimburses the fees to us. Now we’ve been full-time RVers for 6 years (no home base) and still no issues. I see no reason to worry in these days about a physical bank.
arhayes 11/10/20 08:12am Full-time RVing
RE: Sharing our location/travels with others

Just use email....We post pics of things we have done we think friends might be interested in on FB, but our “friends” are really our friends.. we text and email our kiddos with other details.
arhayes 11/07/20 06:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: Hitch weight vs payload

Would you believe, the pin weight of our 43', 19,400 GW TH is within 20 pounds whether our Goldwing in on board or not. It is right at 4200 lbs. I would not plan on a significant change.
arhayes 11/03/20 01:20pm Toy Haulers
RE: Anyone know anything about Thousand trails? Good or bad

We have been full time for 6 years and looked at TT early on. Besides the constraints on stays, it forces you to feel obligated to go where they’re located to get your money’s worth. We have toured now in all the lower 48 and would have missed a lot if we’d been staying in TT parks. Save you4 money and find RV resorts/parks near where YOU want to go.
arhayes 11/02/20 07:17am Full-time RVing
RE: Medicare Questions

I think Taxman is spot on a far as your current corporate coverage will be secondary as long as your wife is carried on your plan. Not sure if you travel since you’re posting in FT Rving, but when you quit work, you’ll need a supplemental for your wife and other coverage for you. Will you be offered COBRA when you leave? It may be a little pricey but will at least give you 18 months at the same coverage you have at work and would get you close to 65. Insurance offered varies from state to state, so it’s great you’re investigating now. I retired in 2014 at 60: carried COBRA for the first 18 months, then used a Healthcare Sharing Ministry since my pension put me over being able to qualify for an Obamacare subsidy. Make sure to check all your options. Good luck!
arhayes 10/25/20 10:16am Full-time RVing
RE: Newbie

Hello all , we traded in our 5th wheel for a 2020 Momentum 29G just wanted to say hello Congrats on the new rig Assume you are on the GD Owners Forum and the GD Facebook Groups as well. Lots of good brand specific info there.
arhayes 09/28/20 06:41pm Toy Haulers
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
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