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RE: HarvestHost......anyone using it?

One of my former coworkers used HH a great deal for 2 different extended trips. They liked it well enough to use it twice. He said there were some great locations, much quieter and prettier than a road side RV park.
coolmom42 09/06/21 10:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: When to buy?

Would have to agree...I believe many people ran out and bought RVs during the height of the pandemic and had no clue what it really takes to maintain a RV. I expect to see many on the market over the next 2-5 years. I agree. But 2-5 years of zero maintenance is going to take an expensive toll in the form of water intrusion and bad tires and worn=-out batteries. Buyer beware, even more than usual.
coolmom42 08/04/21 10:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: SEMI cameras

Many years ago I went to professional truck driver school for a class 1 with air. Was taught there to NEVER pull up so close behind a stopped vehicle that you cannot pullout again without backing up. If traffic ahead in your lane jambs up or vehicle in front of you stalls and traffic is pulled up close behind you, you are stuck there. Or if someone hits you from behind.... you become sandwich filling.
coolmom42 07/22/21 02:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hot Water Heater Funny Issue

That could be concerning, for sure. Glad you figured it out!
coolmom42 07/22/21 02:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homemade Tire Scale

Pretty slick!
coolmom42 07/22/21 02:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: No power to outlets when in battery mode.

If you have a 12 V outlet in the RV, you can get a small portable inverter with USB outlets to charge your phone, and a regular 120 V outlet to charge a laptop. You might also invest in a "battery bank" for cell phones so you don't have to charge so much, or in a small solar panel with appropriate chargers. If you are out driving around in your tow vehicle, plug the inverter into your 12V outlet in there. A couple of hours should charge a phone and most laptops.
coolmom42 07/12/21 12:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Customizations / mods to the Freelander 21QB

2: Added second house battery and switch. Feel dumb by asking, but did you add a second battery, or a second battery bank? Regardless, I like your switch, and the only thing I'd probably add to that would be a 200 amp catastrophic fuse just so the batteries are protected against a dead short. I was just reading through this thread and found your mention of this fuse. THAT'S what the one under my hood is! (On the side of the engine compartment, between the chassis battery and something else, which I now think is the house battery.)
coolmom42 06/17/21 09:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Insurance!

If you had $5000 worth of expensive furniture in your truck and you were in a crash and rolled the truck and ruined the furniture, the auto policy would cover damage to the truck and homeowner's would cover the loss of the furniture. Same with the camper, it's personal property like furniture, not a vehicle. My understanding is you need separate collision for the camper, it is not "personal property". Tow vehicle protects for liability if camper causes damage while being towed, or comes loose. Homeowner policy used for loss of furniture and personal liability on camper. That's how it was explained to me by insurance agent. The OP is talking about a truck camper, not a towable. Different thing so far as collision.
coolmom42 06/17/21 09:01am Truck Campers
RE: What do you use for an outdoor ground cover?

Definitely get a plastic woven mat that lets water pass through. Otherwise it will weigh a ton when it's wet and be impossible to roll up for transport.
coolmom42 04/19/21 04:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Getting ready to roll!

Glad you are getting on the road again! I know it's difficult to move forward, but sounds like you are pushing on. Your family will be your lifeline. Enjoy your travels with Brendon!
coolmom42 04/19/21 04:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nashville is flooded.

Did they leave those dam gates closed AGAIN? This happened back in 2010 when my daughter lived there. She was lucky. She lived in Hendersonville, and most of her neighborhood had sewage back-ups.That was one stinky area for quite some time. No, not an issue with the dams or water management. Just a lot of rain in a short time, on ground that was already wet. An additional culprit is the insane amount of building and development that has gone on in Nashville recently. Water that previously would have been held in the ground in a wooded area is now running straight off that new parking lot or driveway or roof, and right into the area waterways. This event was not as widespread as the 2010 flood, thank goodness.
coolmom42 03/31/21 06:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Free overnight camping in small towns Maps free or low cost publicly owned campgrounds with lots of info. BTW, the Faribault County Fairgrounds in Blue Earth, MN is free, with full hookups and a very nice shower house.
coolmom42 03/25/21 09:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Battery & electrical questions

I'm thinking that POSSIBLY the generator starts off the chassis battery--because one day I couldn't get the generator to start (think I just didn't prime it enough the first time) and cranked it multiple times with no luck. Then the chassis battery turned out to be dead, as in it wouldn't start the vehicle. As soon as I got the chassis battery jumped, and the engine going, the generator started right up. So my thinking was that I ran the chassis battery down in attempts to start the generator. Still not sure if that's what happened.
coolmom42 03/25/21 09:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery & electrical questions

She probably meant a 20a fuse? The RV is at a dealer right now, or I would go check. But I am 99% sure it said 200. I'm wondering if it has something to do with the chassis battery starting the generator.
coolmom42 03/22/21 12:09am Class C Motorhomes
Battery & electrical questions

I have a 2014 Coachmen 21QB on a Chevy 4500 chassis, with an Onan 4KW generator. *Does the generator have its own starting battery? If so, how is this battery charged? Or does the generator crank off the chassis battery? (I'm assuming it doesn't crank off the house battery, as that would kind of defeat the point of having a generator.) *Does the generator charge the chassis battery? *Does the chassis alternator charge the house battery? If so, how well? *Does the battery isolator switch completely isolate the house battery and chassis battery from each other? *Does the converter charge the chassis battery when the RV is plugged into shore power? *On the side of the engine compartment, there is a 200 amp fuse. What is this for?
coolmom42 03/21/21 06:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Safety chains save couples lives

There's a pretty big RV lying on it's side in the road. A blowout, an uncontrolled sway episode, or a huge wind gust are likely culprits. Definitely a tribute to the strength of the chain and its attachment points. ETA: If you read down through the Twitter thread, one woman who said they were her friends, and had been at the hospital with them, said it was due to the wind. Some nasty gusts on bridges sometimes.
coolmom42 03/17/21 10:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coachmen Freelander Laundry Chute

I wish there was a spot in my C that would work like this. Great idea.
coolmom42 03/15/21 08:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Math question for any engineers out here

This is the set up I’m going for. Gravel base for drainage, deadman tee anchors for support. All that. Not to be discouraging.... But in TN, those crossties will be termite homes pretty quickly.
coolmom42 03/14/21 09:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Height of class C?

I have noticed over the years the MFG web sites show less and less information, however if you download the Freelander Brochure located under Tools it says the height is with the AC. How do you like your Freelander? How does it handle? On paper it looks good 50 gals of FW more than most Class C's, 2600 lbs CCC, Large storage in the rear. I haven't driven it a lot. I do know that probably one of the first things I'm going to do, as soon as I get it back from the repair shop, is check the tire pressure. I'm going to load it, fill the water tank, get some accurate weights, and adjust the tire inflation. If that doesn't help the ride, it's getting some frequency damping shocks before I take it very far. That 4500 chassis is what Coachmen uses for all their Chevy Class Cs and man is it STIFF, for the weight of the smallest one!
coolmom42 03/06/21 04:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Height of class C?

I do plan to measure... right now my RV is at a RV repair shop getting some things taken care of and a thorough leak check. I won't have it back for a couple of weeks, and need to calculate dimensions for a concrete pad and shed. Thanks for the tips.
coolmom42 03/06/21 04:30pm Class C Motorhomes
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