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RE: Coronavirus practical issues

I used the number of infected vs mortality rate coming out of China since they have had the infection longer than anywhere else.
covered wagon 03/13/20 10:14am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Coronavirus practical issues

I did look up the information and divided out number of cases vs number of deaths and the percentages of mortality I found are very similar with common flu. Some years death rates are higher and some lower.I don't do political... it's a waist of time listening to that stuff. Furthermore how does immunity develop in the human body? Not only by staying healthy, not smoking etc, but by putting the immune system to work. That doesn't mean you should go out and inhale contagons on purpose. Isolate yourself from the world for a length of time and you may not be very resistant to anything afterward.
covered wagon 03/13/20 07:09am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Coronavirus practical issues

I don't understand did someone with all knowledge suddenly say this flu is the end of the world or something? It's weird because it's no worse than a common yearly flu season flu.
covered wagon 03/12/20 11:51pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Fed Cuts Rates: Will RV Rates Follow?

Dealers make a yield spread which is full payment for the difference in interest rate over the life of the loan. Often making as much or more on the interest spread than the units markup. Example..... dealer writes up a sales contract for you to pay so much for the price of the unit at a set rate of interest. Then when the time is ripe to bundle several loans to sell to the lender, making it more attractive, the dealer negotiates a lower interest rate causing what is called a yield spread or additional profit on each of the loan contracts. That yield spread is paid in full to the dealer for each of the loan contracts. another way of making money and also easier for you to make a deal all in one.
covered wagon 03/05/20 09:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Graveside Boondocking?

I find the safest places are the ones with lots of warning signs about big bears around. They're perfect spots uncrowded etc. Like to carry extra bear warning signs since they work so well.
covered wagon 02/27/20 05:59am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

To me the whole thing about this subject is there are entities that think they can charge beyond a reasonable amount taking advantage of those paying. On the other hand, most people do understand business and it's usual level of fairness....that fees or expenses are normally based on actual costs plus a reasonable amount of profit. Fees in Oregon have doubled every ten years which used to be $20 for 2 yrs back in the late 70's. If you made the same $20 an hour back then you were doing well, not getting rich but well. Now if you made the same 185 dollars that registration costs today, you would be able to save well over two thirds of your income. I say this for another way to look at it. Based on this discussion, what do some of you think is a most reasonable amount for truck registration?
covered wagon 02/22/20 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

It's disgusting how they rip you off on Vehicle Registration here in California. The stupid weight fees, and all of the liberal idiots running the State. I have thought many times about moving out of state myself. It's here in Oregon too. They can charge whatever they want, do not have to be competitive nor closely related to anything reasonable because if you don't pay they then get you for more with fines. I just paid more for permits and fees to build a starter home than the entire framing package cost. That's including using real plywood, good plywood, included in that package is the roof trusses as well. Its excessive. The Gv't and the medical industry have no competition.
covered wagon 02/20/20 06:59am Truck Campers
RE: Campnab

I had no Idea things were getting that tough to get a site. We visited Banff/ Jasper 12 times and never had to reserve at anytime. My first time there was 1971 when I hitch hiked with a backpack,tent, clean clothes and a hair cut from Monterey. He he..... a doctor picked mE up in Portland and flew me over the Cascades in his airplane to NW Washington. Then Border guard gave me a ride to the trans Canada Highway. I can't tell you how fun it was in those days. Wow that sounds pretty great! I'm not sure you could get away with that these days. You can can get a site in Banff easier than Jasper, the biggest campground in Japser has been closed since 2018 so that makes it more difficult. Almost impossible if you want any hookups. Things have changed! Thanks Sam22, they had youth hostels back then in Banff/ Jasper. For 2 bucks you got a shower a cot and granola breakfast in the morning. Oh and a ride to town in the van and ride back at midnite. There were a lot of nice gals I met from around the world traveling as I did. It was fun in those days. Such good memories.
covered wagon 02/11/20 05:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campnab

I had no Idea things were getting that tough to get a site. We visited Banff/ Jasper 12 times and never had to reserve at anytime. My first time there was 1971 when I hitch hiked with a backpack,tent, clean clothes and a hair cut from Monterey. He he..... a doctor picked mE up in Portland and flew me over the Cascades in his airplane to NW Washington. Then Border guard gave me a ride to the trans Canada Highway. I can't tell you how fun it was in those days.
covered wagon 02/10/20 08:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Portland Oregon Parks question

Family friends relocated to Portland and did the same thing you want to do. They stayed at the Janzen Beach RV Park on the Columbia River. They have monthly rates but not sure of any time limit. I know they were there for a few months. Nice park on the Oregon side about five miles west of the airport. Depending on time of day could be a very short commute. Close to shopping and restaurants also. Nice area but heavy traffic and loud aircraft always flying over. Used to have a boat moored right there across from the safeway.
covered wagon 01/26/20 10:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: asking for suggestions/opinions

I've never owned a fifth wheel but two my buds I camp with do. They like them enough to stay with them. I personally like the way the master suite is up higher off by itself. I think they are cool that way not just a flat. I would watch for quite a nice layout though, spend time looking for quality, not so big, but most of all not one of the very tall units I see running down the road.
covered wagon 01/26/20 10:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Portland Oregon Parks question

I been around these areas talked about since 78. Crime wise, traffic wise, nicer area wise, shopping wise and access to great recreation wise Fairview is not bad. Troutdale would be a tiny bit better. All other areas now a days would be wise to avoid for various reasons.
covered wagon 01/22/20 12:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portland Oregon Parks question

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covered wagon 01/22/20 12:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

With my first truck and TC, the RV dealer installed the Torklift tie down brackets. I replaced that truck last year and did my own install. The rear brackets for my 2018 Ram are pretty simple and anyone with the proper equipment and fabrication skills should be able to come up with a workable solution. The front brackets are way more complicated at least for my 2018 Ram model. It took serious engineering design to build a bracket that fit the tight space. Even with a well designed bracket it took me way over an hour to install it. As I remember it the issue was the placement of a fuel line that made it difficult to design and install a bracket. Due to the complexities, I would guess it would be all but essential to copy the Torklift parts and also to reroute the fuel line (or a brake line, if my memory is incorrect). For that reason I never liked bolting to the side of the frame. Too many things in the way and then having to slide a nut down a wire and try getting it to spin onto the bolt threads. What a pain it was. These days I would think about a belly type bar instead for the front, at least, to go under the frame. I think I would figure out a way to clamp or hook that to the 'C' channel frame rather than drilling holes and damage the frame.
covered wagon 01/19/20 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

With a older truck like yours I would look for a use set of tie downs on cragslist or facebook. You could probably find a use set for a few hundred bucks. I have factory tie downs now since 03, but made my own rears with the open sided receiver hitch like OP suggested. It is a better way to go for sure so I gave away the rear Torklift tie downs. The slot next to the hole is where they could not shut off the cutting tool (water jet or Laser cut) to keep them looking good.
covered wagon 01/18/20 10:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

I think one of the biggest reasons for not socializing is politics. These days everyone is offended by everything. There is no more live and let live or agree to disagree. Look at all the protests, about everything, going on. People are so stratifiedbin their beliefs that in many cases they are willing to get physical to defend them. This is not confined to camping or rving. I have this going in daily life. I am not liberal or conservative. I feel that both have good ideas and bad ones. I reserve tje right to be my own person. However this becomes problematic, as a have good friends on both sides and both are so strong in their beliefs that they are willing to fight and dissolve freindships over this ****. I find it extremely hard to engage in any type of conversation that doesn't offend someone about something. I solve this problem by hanging out with the old cowboys. We find disagreements are a reason to pour another one. Have good times.
covered wagon 01/15/20 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Camper damage due to being serviced at that dealer

I would say that the frame is bent and it's difficult to trust dealerships from what I've seen in my 68 years. Why didn't they mention they will fix the cabinets? I think because they don't want you to know the real extent of the damage. Sorry that's my thoughts is all.
covered wagon 01/13/20 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Deciding on Battery Replacement

If voltage is dropping to where you are not sure if the furnace can go all night.... time for new batteries. The simplest solution always seems to work the best.
covered wagon 01/11/20 07:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Do y'all see the IRONY here?

Trees are the earths filter keeping the air clean. It is said that one acre of trees supports 18 people with enough oxygen. Therefore I want the pollution to be filterable please no nuclear waste, no battery waste, no chemical pollution. Thank you for reading. Please Save and plant trees they help keep it cool for you.
covered wagon 01/10/20 09:21am Around the Campfire
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

So the one on the top is for the 4th of july, right? But steer clear by a hundred yards.
covered wagon 01/05/20 01:49pm Truck Campers
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