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RE: Tool kit?

The only tools you should carry are those that you are comfortable/competent in using... I get what you are saying, but for many of us thats not the way to approach it. We are competent with too many tools. A better statement might be Tools that you are competent with that are also the most likely to be needed in a RV. At that point, we return to the question of What are the tools most likely to be needed. So, no to the table saw, planer and jointer??? :)
gmckenzie 08/26/20 09:39am Beginning RVing
RE: BEWARE Keystone Hideout

Yep, all to common with RV's. Another well known manufacturer had their fresh water tanks completely detaching from RV during travel. We keep buying them. This. No incentive for the RV manufacturers to change anything when we keep buying them as is.
gmckenzie 08/26/20 09:11am Travel Trailers
RE: monitoring tire temp

I check both the tires and the hubs. Piece of mind. But then I don't have TPMS on the trailer.
gmckenzie 08/25/20 04:04pm Towing
RE: Tool kit?

which is better for setting stabilizer jacks, a cordless drill or cordless impact driver? I think the drill would be more useful all around. I never set the stabilizers with a power tool, I run the jacks down with drill driver then go around with a hand crank several times to bring them to the final setting. I use 6 stabilizers and want to feel how much load is on each jack. Same. But I find an angle drill works best for these. I wouldn't use an impact myself.
gmckenzie 08/19/20 10:28am Beginning RVing
RE: refrigerator door prop

I've got the little plastic things to hold mine ajar. As to leaving them fully open, at least in my trailer if the fridge door is open and then I put the slide out, I can have the door jammed against the slide. Did it once and it was a PITA to get it unjammed. Had to force the doors off. So now I make sure that blind is raised up to I can check the fridge doors before putting the slide out.
gmckenzie 08/14/20 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel into Canada

Aren't both large and small cans of pepper spray used for personal defense? The rule puzzles me. Could be one can be concealed. Google came up with this https://cottagelife.com/outdoors/whats-the-difference-between-bear-spray-and-pepper-spray/
gmckenzie 08/13/20 01:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: What do you shut off when leaving for a trip

Adjust the thermostat and make sure the garage door is unplugged. If I turned off the water, my sprinklers wouldn't work and the lawn would be dead in a week. I do make sure all my cameras are working and set to annoy me if someone walks by them.
gmckenzie 08/11/20 12:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: truck for towing.

My 2015 Sierra (half ton) has a payload of a little more than 2,000 lbs. I tow an 8,200 lb (GVW) trailer and the last time I ran over a scale, I was 75 lbs over the truck GVWR. This is for 2 of us and 2 small dogs. No kids so a lot less gear than a family would have. I'm looking at the new gas one-tons for when I eventually get a bigger RV. Not much point to a 2500 when the 3500 is less than a grand more and has 1000 lbs more payload. Not looking to get a diesel, and I would avoid a used 2500 Diesel as the payload is not much more than I have now.
gmckenzie 08/11/20 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gray tank capacity

Depends on your level of “Navy” showers. I catch what I can when showering for toilet flushing but I’m almost strictly a boondocker. How do you do this? I've always thought it would be a good feature to pull toilet water from the shower tank.
gmckenzie 08/10/20 02:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: Why remove dinette booth and replace with table and chairs

Ours came with a table and chairs. I was reluctant about not having a dinette for the first trip. Realized pretty quickly I preferred this to a dinette. We learned to only take 2 chairs so we don't feel crowded while eating. But there are only 2 of us, we don't need extra eating room, don't need extra sleeping room and are good for the storage (except we need a clothes closet). So, personal preference, but I'm glad we have what we do.
gmckenzie 08/10/20 11:43am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tracking US travelers

Interesting the crossing not included. Peace Arch (between Seattle and Vancouver) is a popular crossing, but not on the list.
gmckenzie 07/30/20 01:31pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

https://globalnews.ca/news/7132809/coronavirus-quarantine-canada-travellers/ Gary Good to see. Funny thing is, it hasn't opened up any camping spots. Be a different crowd, I guess, but just as full.
gmckenzie 07/03/20 10:36am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: sway

You have WD bars, but do you have sway control? What is the gross weight of the trailer? Dry weight is meaningless. Adding air bags doesn't do much for sway. More for porpoising or bottoming out. If you truck sits level hooked up, I wouldn't bother (but others might).
gmckenzie 07/02/20 02:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Longer closure gathering momentum...

Compare Covid stats between BC and Washington State. There's a clear indication why the border needs to stay closed.
gmckenzie 07/02/20 10:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border closure extended

We have decided to just travel-in-province. We'll take the month of October and wander BC. I would guess too, that we won't be going south this coming winter. I wonder what Winnipeg is like.in January and February, from the inside of an RV. Lots of tourist highlights I bet, and no crowds. No bugs, either. Gary Inside the RV it's nice outside the RV dam cold. :B Inside the rv the heater is running 24/7 just to keep the tanks from freezing.... Dam cold doesn't cover the outside Born and raised there and loving winters in the Okanagan now :) Which part of the valley. Kelowna. Much warmer than Winnipeg in the winter and way less bugs in the summer. Plus I'm not even retired yet (unlike 80% of the people living here)
gmckenzie 06/12/20 07:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Border closure extended

We have decided to just travel-in-province. We'll take the month of October and wander BC. I would guess too, that we won't be going south this coming winter. I wonder what Winnipeg is like.in January and February, from the inside of an RV. Lots of tourist highlights I bet, and no crowds. No bugs, either. Gary Inside the RV it's nice outside the RV dam cold. :B Inside the rv the heater is running 24/7 just to keep the tanks from freezing.... Dam cold doesn't cover the outside Born and raised there and loving winters in the Okanagan now :)
gmckenzie 06/11/20 04:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: BC Residents only

BC is making it very clear that it is BC residents only in the provincial campgrounds. If a camper were to have non-BC plates, they could/will be refused. https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/300622/Camping-in-BC-provincial-parks-for-BC-residents-only-this-year?fbclid=IwAR3XHCSlA_cguIGZfNwAJRFOrKdLOEFVYS6q8lx7LiC8Z1xyd81My6c5avo#300622 Gary HauptCool Idea. Maybe Arizona could do the same and keep the state campgrounds open only to AZ residents during the snowbird season. I sat on my fingers for 24 hours, wondering if I had the energy to respond to this sort of trash talk. I guess I do.. You have singled out snowbirds, so I will take it personally. Your comment is so typical of the nonsense coming out of some folks mouths. Protectionism, US only...that idea may appeal...right up until it doesn't meet the countries needs, then it's all about 'now what'. Be ever so careful what you wish for..water, oil, foods..oh...airfields to park your aircraft and passengers in the event of another tragic event. I can hear the voices now...'we don't need...'. Oh yeah...you do. By all means..stay out of ours...or be thankful we are good neighbors who are doing what is necessary too look after things. Soon enough, people will be able to cross the border and carry on with their lives. And people like you don't need to travel BC to get north...take the ferry. Gary HauptSo it's OK for BC to keep people out but not AZ? And you take it personally? Did I forget the smiley face? Am I not allowed to have an opinion on snowbirds? Well since you brought it up, we locals can't stay at our own state parks because out-of-towners are occupying the campsites for 6 months straight. That's right, we don't have access to our own state parks. good thing is AZ state parks has limited stays to 2 weeks. At least they see the problem when others don't. Have a nice day :) Honestly, if you are talking about restrictions this year due to Covid, then I think AZ has every right to restrict access to AZ residents only. And the snowbirds can't cross the border right now anyway, except to return to their own country. If you government in choosing to not restrict access during this time, then I trust they have a good reason. But I'm not sure how this relates to snowbirds. If you are ranting about non-covid times, then I can rant right along side with you as if I normally don't book my June sites in January, I won't get them.
gmckenzie 05/29/20 12:34pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

I've got a hard-wired one (PI). I had a surge guard that plugged in, but I found it a pain and would often not use it. Likely at the worst times (rushing setting up in the rain etc.) Plus I camped at a couple of sites where I'd have to lay it on the ground to plug in. Now with the hardwired one, there is no doubt I'm using it.
gmckenzie 03/06/20 04:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue Jack Needed

I bought a Husky Brute 4500 many years ago. I would buy it again only this time with a remote to drop it on the ball without getting out of the tow vehicle. It raises my 1200lbs of tongue weight plus the rear of my Burb quickly and easily. Link My next one will have a remote. Between that and the backup camera, it should make hook up alone a breeze.
gmckenzie 03/03/20 10:16am Travel Trailers
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