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RE: What now??

My wife of 37 years and RV partner passed away. She and I loved to load up the dogs and go camping. We started in a van camper in 1987. In 2017 we went together to CW and bought a new travel trailer together. That was the first new rig we ever bought. The plan was to finish her puppy's championship in the AKC and then enjoy the camping. Now none of that will ever happen. Now I look at that RV and I don't feel any interest in RVing at all. It was fun because it was us. I would give you some advice that a dear friend gave me when my wife of 18 years died. He said, Greg do something for yourself and do something to change your environment. I got rid of the hospital bed so I did not have to dwell on her being back there suffering and I could do nothing about it. Then I took a trip back to the Yakima, WA area whre I grew up. When I got back to Nashville, TN a friend told me, Greg you look 10 years younger than you did the last time I saw you. Good luck and God Bless! I was with her at Hospice when she died. The nurse said I could go back home. The last thing I was going to do was go home and stare at that hospital bed. There was too much suffering that occurred in that environment. I have returned to work. I pretty much burned through all of my sick leave taking care of her. I still don't know exactly how much vacation time I have left. Nevertheless, I have cleaned out the house of all sickness related items. I haven't decided if I want to continue to work or not. People say I shouldn't make any big decisions right now. Since I don't know my tail from a hole in the ground that seems like a good idea.
falconbrother 10/22/21 12:11pm RV Lifestyle
What now??

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falconbrother 10/11/21 01:18pm Around the Campfire
What now??

My wife of 37 years and RV partner passed away. She and I loved to load up the dogs and go camping. We started in a van camper in 1987. In 2017 we went together to CW and bought a new travel trailer together. That was the first new rig we ever bought. The plan was to finish her puppy's championship in the AKC and then enjoy the camping. Now none of that will ever happen. Now I look at that RV and I don't feel any interest in RVing at all. It was fun because it was us.
falconbrother 10/11/21 01:18pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Obesity in America

Read: Why We Get Sick, by Dr Benjamin Bikman, PhD. He really does a great job of explaining obesity and acute/chronic disease. And, obesity..
falconbrother 08/30/21 11:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Dexter Axles

I use them as advertised and they work great. I'm not pulling those hubs to outsmart the engineers, unless the rubber plug fails and there's evidence of contamination.
falconbrother 08/23/21 07:27am Tech Issues
RE: black tank wont drain

Go to Walmart and buy the reverse flush thing. It works good. If that doesn't work...oh dear...
falconbrother 08/23/21 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: Basic Maintenance

Having endured a blowout on my previous RV, a motorhome I'm gun shy about letting tires go too long. To each his own but, after 5 or 6 years I'm buying a new set of tires. I have the EZ lube axles so I just do that. They are far better than the old days when you had to pull everything apart to "pack" your bearings. Adjusting the brakes is super easy and I do that once a year. It never needs much adjusting. The roof is what I pay the most attention to. Our first travel trailer was in 1991. Personally, I've never had a bearing or axle issue and never known anyone too. However, I'm certain that the bearings can fail if neglected or, have a manufacturer defect, or get water in them and rust up.
falconbrother 07/15/21 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Cracked tires

We had a blow out in our motorhome years ago. Like, a grenade went off explosion. Nevertheless, sitting on the side of the highway, with a blown tire and RV damage, makes whatever the new tires cost seem really cheap. It doesn't hurt my feelings at all to buy a tire when I even think I ought to. The thing is, I knew the tires on that motorhome were probably in need of replacement. Lesson learned but good.
falconbrother 07/14/21 02:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can morbidly obese person use a travel trailer?

Those beds may not support that kind of weight..
falconbrother 07/14/21 02:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

We started out camping in a converted 1977 van. The we got a slide in/cabover camper. Then we got too big for our britches and decided we needed a travel trailer. I found a one year old, salvaged, 1991 Prowler. We went to look at it. It had become detached from the tow vehicle and rolled into a deep ditch. One side was scraped up, a window was broken but, the glass had been replaced, etc.. I bought it and we camped our butts off in that thing for years. We saved a ton of money, which was good because we were young and money was tight.
falconbrother 07/14/21 01:51pm Travel Trailers
My prediction for the future..

RV sales have been red hot for a few years. During Covid19 they couldn't keep them in stock, at least around here. That means there's a lot of quasi-impulse buys out there. In the near future there will be used RV's for sale everywhere and for relatively cheap.
falconbrother 06/25/21 08:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Found It, What a joke. Buying in 2021 LOL. You can keep it.

This is not the time to be buying a vehicle....unless you have cash burning a hole in your pocket, yours blew up or you crashed it.
falconbrother 06/25/21 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Smaller Holding Tanks...What to do when NO hookups??

We did a few days of water power only recently. It wasn't too bad. The black tank isn't a problem. The gray tank is where you can get in a bind. Just think of it like glorified tent camping.
falconbrother 06/25/21 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for new tow vehicle

I'm towing 5800 dry with a Suburban. The chassis handles the weight fine. The power is not great. A 2500 would be better. You'll pay a premium for one, especially now. The 6.0s with 4x4 bring a premium. The 8.0s are cheaper but, not as popular. I love my Suburban. The 5.3 makes it's horsepower at higher RPMs. Pulling mountains is where you have to pull the gearing down and let the RPMs up. Then it does fine. I would get the longer Expedition with tow package in a second. I drive or have driven/towed with most every model and configuration of 1500 and HD LS powered truck in the last 20 years, and apples to apples, the 6.0 pulls marginally better in some scenarios and the result is the opposite in other scenarios. A comparable 2500 to whatever year 5.3 Burb you have is not a huge step up in towing power and potentially a bit more of a slug. I'm surprised and not surprised, all at the same time, to hear this. I assumed the 6.0 would do better. But, I have seen comparisons where the difference doesn't really exist when it comes to towing. The good news is I'm getting old so, I'm never in a hurry. Actually, for our lifestyle, the 5.3, 1500 Suburban does just fine. There are times when people pulling travel trailers blow me off of the road running 70-80 MPH. More power to em. I say a little prayer that they don't have a blow out.
falconbrother 06/25/21 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for new tow vehicle

I'm towing 5800 dry with a Suburban. The chassis handles the weight fine. The power is not great. A 2500 would be better. You'll pay a premium for one, especially now. The 6.0s with 4x4 bring a premium. The 8.0s are cheaper but, not as popular. I love my Suburban. The 5.3 makes it's horsepower at higher RPMs. Pulling mountains is where you have to pull the gearing down and let the RPMs up. Then it does fine. I would get the longer Expedition with tow package in a second.
falconbrother 06/24/21 12:53pm Travel Trailers
Always carry an extra tube of roof sealant..

My wife and I towed the travel trailer to a dog show and then went glamping for a week. On the first day and night the rain came down in buckets, for hours. The next morning I noticed a small trickle of water on the wall. I grabbed the ladder and checked the roof. Some of the sealant on that corner had dried and had some small cracks in it. Lucky for me there was a Camping World not far away so I fixed it. Over the next few days we got a lot of rain but, no more leak. I assumed that with a 4.5 year old camper I wouldn't need to carry such things. I checked the entire roof and didn't see any other areas that looked like they needed a touchup. In decades past we always had older RVs and I was well stocked for on the road repairs. Lesson learned. Carry a tube of sealant and check the roof before leaving. (As a side note I had just washed that roof a week before the trip but I didn't inspect it..shame shame).
falconbrother 06/24/21 12:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mattress Recommendations

We put the best topper we could find on our crappy factory mattress. Still not good. Like sleeping on the ground with a foam topper. Good way to discover new aches and pains.
falconbrother 06/14/21 07:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Damage while moving

It doesn't take much damage to call a travel trailer totaled..
falconbrother 06/14/21 07:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

I tow my travel trailer with a 2000 Suburban, 5.3, Sumo SuperSprings. It's 5800 dry. I figure, without water, I'm still plenty over 6,000 Lbs. Yeah, it's slow going and I drive it easy. I have looked at 2500 series Suburbans, Avalanches, etc.. With the 8.0 they are a little cheaper but, I don't want that engine. The 6.0 versions can be quite expensive, considering year and mileage. I keep kicking myself because I saw a 1996, 2500-454 V-8, 4x4, low miles on a lot a couple of years ago reasonably cheap. And it was as shiny as a new penny. I passed on it. That 454 is a hoss and would have been a great vehicle for towing. Not much of a daily driver mind you.. I keep passively looking. And I haven't ruled out a 3/4 ton Chevy or GMC van with the 6.0. BTW, the chassis does fine. No complaints with the WDH. And, if you could ride around at 3200+ RPMs the power would be fine..
falconbrother 04/07/21 09:41am Towing
RE: Poop in outside sink

Sinks drain into the grey tank. How is it possible for black tank contents to enter any sink or bathtub? The black tank sits under the pooper.. Nothing else runs into it.
falconbrother 04/07/21 07:55am Travel Trailers
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