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RE: Destination / Park Model Trailers

I just bought a quailridge park model, literally a few weeks ago. It's my 2nd unit. Quality is pretty typical Forest River quality. Luckily campground owner is an actual dealer and doesn't charge a markup. He prefers people put park models at his campground, it's actually a great business model. If you're going to order, get the order sheet, read it once, twice,... TWENTY times. Make sure you understand each and every item. Look at photos at dealers, at Forest River, and customers. We got a 39UKL and IRC specified prior year kitchen layout, and flipped the design end for end. We are putting a 400 sqft add on room doubling our space. Spent a lot of time designing the layout of the room to fit our needs. This will be our retirement home. We hope to travel 4ish months during the winter. We poured enough concrete to land a 747 on, and then sealed the cement under the trailer and addition. We have an external "package unit" HAVAC that is hard plumbed to trailer and addition. We're still in the midst of a massive construction project, and had to leave our prior model... something about the new owners wanting possession.
philh 07/08/20 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: People sure are getting petty with their park reviews

My favorite review. Company had 9 "customer" reviews. Stupidly, they used their real names in the reviews. 8 of the reviews worked for the company, who published the list of their 15(?) employees
philh 07/08/20 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Market cap isn't even in the ballpark of reasonable
philh 07/06/20 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ford Ranger with 5th wheel hitch

interesting little trailers
philh 07/06/20 06:56pm Towing
RE: Tapping off of the 3/8 Propane Line

We need to see what they have for a grill/stove, some have the regulator built into the unit and can not be removed. Others can be adapted. I've never found one that couldn't be removed :) For my camp stove, I set up two different hoses, both on quick disconnects. One is for 20lb tanks, the other is for pressure reduced trailer propane. Little POS grill, took a bit more work, as it was designed to work with 1lb propane canisters... but it's also now plumbed with quick disconnects for trailer.
philh 07/06/20 06:49pm Tech Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

Years ago (25+) I was Chief Engineer at Rectrans (Discoverers). If I let anything like that out the door, we'd all be fired! Thank you for making my point :)
philh 07/06/20 06:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire trucks

I'll 2nd Michelin Defender Load Range E Made a huge difference on my F150, pulling a small 192 RBS. Trucks doing 70 mph or higher would push and pull the F150. Now, it's nothing.
philh 07/06/20 06:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I wasn't talking about just building cars. Both GM and Ford got into selling home appliances and radios. GM sold some motorhomes, Ford sold tractors, some campers and a lot of charcoal. Every time an automotive producer ventures out into other avenues, it distracts the core business model and suffers the consequences. Tesla via Musk built this into his model. Chrysler ventured into NASA space program. They also mfg airplanes for awhile. Ford attempted junkyards and "independent" repair shops. Then there was the "premium" auto segment. Mortgages was another of their disasters.
philh 07/05/20 07:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

If growth continues who will be bigger in 10 years? And that is right question. Some of us that have lived and breathed auto industry wonder how Tesla has survived this long, but on the other hand, true believers keep pouring money into the enterprise.
philh 07/05/20 07:39am Tow Vehicles
New Ford Ranger with 5th wheel hitch

Couldn't get close enough to get a photo, would love to see what he's towing with the ranger.
philh 07/05/20 07:35am Towing
RE: Hey Michigan people, title and registration question

As full-timers traveling, I can tell you that MI does not have the worst roads. There are many places with bads roads. Branch county has some of the worst roads I've seen anywhere. Main roads are decent to good, but secondary roads, I actually think one can get brain damage from the jarring ride.
philh 07/05/20 07:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Painfully slow internet

OTR Mobile, your own cell based wifi signal.
philh 07/05/20 07:25am General RVing Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

It's called maximizing profitability. People won't buy a high quality TT. Price is too high for most purchasers. So we get what we pay for.
philh 07/05/20 07:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Quailridge Park Model folleys

WRT getting people back to work, this isn't just an RV mfg issue, all businesses are being impacted. Several business owner friends are all struggling to get people to come back to work. As we started living in the unfinished installation (expected), finding more things for the punch list... although the one that really has me shaking my head, cutting a 2" hole for kitchen faucet, right through a shelf support. Absolutely loving the site we selected, the view is beautiful. Looking forward to retirement with this as our permanent base (year round livable), and traveling for several months in the winter. Construction is slowed due to extreme heat. They are only on this project for 4 hours each morning. Moving from our old place was organize and pack, and as it came close to the time where we had to move, throw everything in boxes and sort it out later :)
philh 07/05/20 07:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Melting wires

I replaced my charger converter and discovered the inbound AC hot wire was never tightened. I know RV's are slammed together cheaply, but WTH, you shove the wire in and forget to tighten the screw???
philh 07/05/20 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

to truly dry camp, you need to go to 6V GC2 batteries and upgrade your charger/converter. Add solar for the win.
philh 07/05/20 06:59am Travel Trailers
Quailridge Park Model folleys

We ordered a new park model last October. Delivery was due 4/15... well we know how that went. Next delivery date, June 3rd, then June 10, then it finally arrived june 17. Buyers of our existing park model agreed to move their acquisition date to July 1st, and thanks to their work schedule and thankfully so, to July 3rd. I had planned 6 weeks to get the park model operational and the stick built add on room livable. Then it was 4 weeks. 2 weeks has become a bit overwhelming. At least the park model has air and water... unheated, but water is there :) Add on room is a bunch of sticks with wrap right now. Park Owner (dealer) finally got the "rest of the story" today. Forest River in general is suffering from explosive sales, and unable to get people to come to work. Apparently making more money on unemployment is more attractive than the paying job. Some the crazy stuff... Forgetting to install cold air return open wiring circuits Torn Flooring missing cabinet shelves mismatch light covers batons in some places (paid for upgrade) tape in other areas unconnected exhaust fan One I really had to laugh at today, door catch pushed all the way in, so the door doesn't latch. I was doing low voltage wiring for add on room and asked the owner, can I drill a hole right here? He said, they put the GD wiring all over the effin place... So I went searching and he was right, there was a wire right where I wanted to drill. So, my hole is now on a angle to avoid wiring where I would have never expected to find it. Campground owner had a punch list of about 3 dozen items, I added another dozen. At least we will be living in there starting 7/2. I'm anticipating September something before the construction is done. We're going to have a wonderful 12x24 covered deck on the lake. The roof beams for the deck, 2x12 laminated beams. Could park a car on the roof. Apparently they had purchased them for another project and never used them. They were in the way in the maintenance building, and I gave them an excuse to get rid of them. Golf cart shed wiring kept tripping the GFI breaker at the box. Turns out the underground 10/2 they ran, has an internal short. Luckily it was still above ground. So, the shed is literally running on an 12/2 extension cord right now. Up until tomorrow night, it is only a couple of LED lights and my drill battery charger. I may have an issue with the golf cart charger. Very comfortable 4 season "home" that will become our retirement home at a campground we love. we figure 4-6 months traveling in the winter months. Just need to get the addition insulated so AC doesn't run non stop trying to cool that heat sink down. At least the trailer is wonderfully cool
philh 07/01/20 07:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trick the WFCO converter into not entering 14.4v?

wfco getting to 14.4V, say it isn't so
philh 06/28/20 08:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Hey Michigan people, title and registration question

it's a vehicle title transfer. Make an appointment. This came from a friend that's a SoS worker.
philh 06/28/20 08:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: dry docking and charging

And a real gauge, make sure you don't take your battery bank down lower than 60%. Is that still true for GC2? I understood them to be able to go a lot lower.
philh 06/26/20 07:38am Travel Trailers
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