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RE: Forest River Issues

Sorry to hear of your problems. Some unfortunately go with the territory. You better be handy with basic tools to handle things like molding coming lose, misaligned drawers, blinds falling down. I wish it weren't so but unfortunately it is. You have to remember that pulling these things down the road is probably equivalent to a small earthquake. And on some roads, Illinois comes to mind, it is more like a major earthquake. Now all that being said, some of the things that you listed are a manufacturer problem, not the assembler problem. Try contacting Lippert about your shackle problem. That is a known problem and they have been taking care of. Contact the manufacturer directly about your stove, fan, etc. It is probably best to email them supported by pictures of the issue. Be persistent but polite. Part of you problem could be your dealer. They are known to try to blame Forest River when it is actually them dropping the ball. Cardinal is ordinarily a pretty solid trailer but every now and again, they lay an egg. All RV manufacturers have issues, some more so than others. Have you tried contacting Cardinal directly with some of your issues? I don't have the contact information for that line, but I am sure it is available somewhere. Have you checked the Cardinal forum for other owners' comments and issues? Like I said, I am sorry you have had a bad experience. But hopefully you can get resolution soon.
jrs1871 10/18/20 06:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential W/D?

We actually went with the Magic Chef compact (apartment) size residential washer and dryer. The dryer is 110v so no modification needed. Disclaimer, the literature with both said they were not for RV use. But they are working just fine. We only had the washer for the first three years and added the dryer this year. The stacking rack took a little modification but it works. We don't full time so I couldn't justify the cost of the Splendide washer and dryer. What we got ended up about one third of the cost.
jrs1871 10/16/20 06:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water left in Suburban water heater - UPDATE!

We drain ours after every trip. Instead of putting the anode rod back in, we put a cloth that has been liberally coated with Vaseline in the hole. This keeps critters out and keeps the threads from rusting.
jrs1871 10/05/20 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

I have been following this topic with much interest. Disclaimer, we are in the 63-65 MPH range when towing. One thing that I have not seen mentioned is controlling and stopping the trailer in an emergency situation. Some trailers are equipped with disc brakes which makes panic stopping much easier to control. However the vast majority have the OEM electric brakes which basically doubles, or more, your stopping distance. I have also seen more trailers than I care to count with noticeable sway when they pass me at considerably higher speeds. I just hope I am not in the way if they lose control. I have seen first hand what happens and it never ends well. So for our best MPG and comfort level for controlling and stopping, we will continue in the 63-65 MPH range. We are cognizant of faster vehicles overtaking us and do our best to stay (get) out of their way.
jrs1871 09/06/20 06:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Forest River RV Cedar Creek Silverback 29RW - feeback

I am not sure what your heard about quality and support but from our experience their support and quality are on par or a little above other brands. We are on our second Cedar Creek and have been very pleased with both. We had the first one ten years and this one is six years old. We only bought new because we wanted some things that were not available when we purchased our first. The one thing that Cedar Creek has that no one else has, to my knowledge, is Orvan Fry of Amish RV. Orvan worked for Cedar Creek for 15+ years and then opened his own repair shop and works only on Cedar Creeks. He finds and repairs things that other dealer shops were not even aware of. I have heard that some folks actually pick up a new unit and take it to Orvan for his inspection and to repair if needed before they even take it home. Now all that being said, the Silver Back's specs that you are considering are nearly identical to our CC 30RL. We pull with a 250 HD Chevy Duramax and have no issues. We are very close to our limits on pin weight and GVWR. We don't carry every thing but the kitchen sink but do have everything we need for extended trips. I hope this helps.
jrs1871 07/11/20 05:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV park close to Farragut, TN

ggwilde, thanks for your reply. Your comment about Lazy Acres echoes the reviews I read. The only negative on Melton Hill Dam TVA Campground is that sites tend to be small and it is a tiered campground so access can be problematic. With that in mind, I will try to get a site at Yarberry Lake.
jrs1871 07/03/20 06:52am Roads and Routes
RE: RV park close to Farragut, TN

I did the google search and reviewed the camp grounds listed. I was just hoping for personal experience. Sometimes the reviews are way more flattering than what you find upon arriving. Been there, done that.
jrs1871 07/02/20 08:42am Roads and Routes
RV park close to Farragut, TN

We will be spending a couple of days with our grandson in Farragut, TN in August. When I looked for RV parks, there were not many and most didn't have current reviews. It looks like Yarbarry Lake is the closest and did have decent current ratings. Is this a good place to stay or is there another one to consider. Also what are some interesting things to do in the area as we will have most of the daytime to ourselves. We are headed on to Pigeon Forge after leaving Farragut so only looking for things to do in the Farragut/Knoxville area.
jrs1871 07/02/20 07:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Driving to Durango CO from Moab with a Fifth Wheel

We did that drive a couple of years ago. It wasn't bad at all. Much better than the drive from Escalante to Torrey, UT. We always run in tow/haul mode but when going down hills, we go to manual mode for the transmission. That way we can nudge it down as needed. We have actually dropped down to first gear on a steep down hill grade. Just take you time and pull off if you need to.
jrs1871 06/26/20 06:14am Roads and Routes
RE: Android vs Apple

Thanks for the replies. They have given me food for thought and I appreciate both the pros and cons. As I said, we live in a fringe area so provider choice is limited. We have been with Verizon and its predecessors since the beginning. US Cellular also has a decent signal in our area but not so much so when we are traveling. At this time, it looks like I will stay with android. One of the convincing factors is you can get more phone for the money. And I like the option to add a memory card and switch out the battery if needed.
jrs1871 05/04/20 05:10pm Technology Corner
Android vs Apple

I know this is like asking which is better a Chevy or Ford. But my android phone is on its last legs. I have had android phones since the beginning and they have served me well. But my kids think I should change to an apple phone. I will admit I do like the facetime feature. But I don't think that by itself justifies switching. I don't stream movies. Photo capability is nice but I have been able to work with what I have. I live in a fringe area so strength of signal is important. So my question is, for those of you who have had both, what are pros and cons for switching from android to apple.
jrs1871 05/03/20 07:09am Technology Corner
RE: turn on camera for video conferencing

Well after a lot of trial and error, searching the user manual and the internet, I found out why I couldn't turn on the camera for video conferencing. My phone doesn't have that capability. Since it has been acting up quite a bit lately, I think it is time for replacement. I did get almost four years out of it so I guess it is time.
jrs1871 04/11/20 05:57am Technology Corner
turn on camera for video conferencing

Will the Covid shutdown, our doctor has gone to teleconferencing for checkup appointments. I have a Moto5g and have been unable to get the camera to function for a conference. I can see the doctor fine, but nothing comes through from my end. So I loaded Zoom to see if I could bet that video conferencing to work. It loaded fine but when I tried to set up a link with my daughter, who has Zoom, it would not complete the invite. Obviously I am doing something wrong, missing a step, or have something set wrong but I need to figure it out for a doctor conference next week.
jrs1871 04/10/20 07:17am Technology Corner
RE: Absolute positively the worst road ever

We try to avoid those roads like the plague and for the most part have been successful. I always preplan a route and if we run into detours or other unexpected situations, I check it will my phone ap and a paper map. The biggest problem with relying on the phone ap is there is no option to enter length and weight. Now all that being said, we have been on a couple of roads mentioned. We went down the Moki Dugway in a pickup. Yikes!!! Even tho there are multiple signs restricting RV's etc, I have heard of them taking that route. I guess they figure if uranium trucks could make the trip, they can also. The second road taken was US 64 east of Taos. But we had no choice. We were coming east from Durango on our way home from a trip. Unfortunately there were two large fires in the area. We made it over Wolf Creek Pass but the LaVeta pass was closed due to the fire. We were detoured (along with everyone else) south to Taos and then east through Angel Fire. Under normal traffic conditions, it wouldn't have been too awful. But with all of the rerouted traffic, it was a challenge. Thankfully we made it without incident.
jrs1871 01/24/20 06:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Thanksgiving, 1970 49 years ago....

I can relate to your situation there. Thanksgiving 1969, I was keeping my fingers crossed that hubby would soon be home. He was part of the 69th Brigade of the KS ARNG that was activated in 1968. Every other member of the Emporia unit that had been sent to Viet Nam was home but he was still there with the 82nd Airborne Combat Engineers. He missed Thanksgiving but he did make it home December 4th. Thank you for your service.
jrs1871 11/27/19 05:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Wichita to Albuquerque suggestions

For those folks that live near and work at or sell to those plants, that is the smell of money. It is like living downwind of a feedlot. The good news is you do get used to the smell after a while. At least we did when we lived a couple of blocks from an IBP processing plant and I think most others did as well.
jrs1871 11/27/19 04:55am Roads and Routes
RE: Registering 1-ton Truck in KS

The statute that covers the recreational vehicle exemption is 8-143(5)(b)(1).
jrs1871 11/26/19 05:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Registering 1-ton Truck in KS

The problem is most motor vehicle clerks are not aware of a provision in the statute that exempts trucks that are used for pulling an RV from the higher commercial weights. A truck is supposed to be tagged for hte combination weight of the truck and what it is towing. It doesn't take a very large RV to get over the 16/20,000 pound commercial weight limit. So they will try to charge you the higher 16/20 fees which are payable in January each year. With the RV exemption, you pay standard vehicle tag fees in the month you renew your other vehicle tags. When we first got our 2010 diesel pickup, they charged us the higher commercial rate. When it came time to renew, I took a copy of the statute with me and the motor vehicle clerk still didn't believe me. Finally I said, renew as a non commercial vehicle and I will contest that it is the correct tagging if I am ever stopped. In the six years since, we have never been questioned. But to be on the safe side, I carry a copy of the statute with the exemption phrase highlighted in the packet with my registration and insurance info. So our tag says 24,000 but we are tagged at the non business rate. Hope this helps.
jrs1871 11/25/19 06:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Wichita to Albuquerque suggestions

For better roads and less truck traffic, we have taken US 50 to Dodge City, US 56 through Clayton and Springer to I25 then south to Albuquerque.
jrs1871 11/19/19 05:59am Roads and Routes
RE: Frameless windows question

We have them on our 213 Cedar Creek and have never had a window leak. Our unit has been in a few heavy rain storm with strong winds and nary a leak. I like the looks of them and they are easier to clean IMO.
jrs1871 10/28/19 09:14am General RVing Issues
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