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RE: Anyone using a portable washer and dryer?

We actually bought a Magic Chef apartment size washer and dryer. Dryer is 110. The literature says not for use in RV's but they have worked well for us for 3 seasons. I only wash a medium size load because that is what works best in the dryer. For what these two cost, I can replace them both and still pay less than what an RV washer and dryer would cost.
jrs1871 11/18/20 06:25am General RVing Issues
Rapid City, SD area RV park

I am the rally coordinator for our June 2022 rally. I know that is a long way off but you need to start early on these things. I am looking for an RV park in the Rapid City/Keystone/Hill City area. We will need about 40 sites, a couple of cabins, pavilion or similar space and big rig accessibility. Back in sites are OK as long as they are long enough. Obviously some pull through sites are preferred. Most of our rally attendees will stay at least 7 nights. Just browsing through RV park reviews I have come up with a couple of possibilities: Rafter J Bar Ranch in Hill City and Heartland RV Park in Hermosa. I am open to any other recommendations and would appreciate comments on these two.
jrs1871 10/26/20 02:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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