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RE: Bonehead Blunder, I'm an idiot!

At least you had the safety chains on! But if that small cable is your breakway brake cable, it looks like it's got too much slack... It's supposed to yank the pin before the chains reach their max length, but it looks like it's longer than the chains.
rlw999 06/21/21 02:51pm Towing
RE: Mattress Recommendations

If you want a mattress this season, I don't recommend MattressInsider.com -- I ordered a mattress back in April, and now they are saying Please Note: Current delivery time for custom foam mattresses is 8-12 weeks due to supply chain issues beyond our control. So I may not get it until July. It's a custom mattress with a corner cut, if I knew about the delay, I might have tried buying a cheap memory foam mattress and cutting it myself.
rlw999 06/20/21 10:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

(4 way stops)I'm that car -- if a car is approaching rapidly, I'll wait 'till he stops, or at least slows significantly, to be sure he's actually going to stop. Then another one approaches..and another.. you'll be there all day! :) Well, when that guy stops (or at least slows down enough to make it clear that he's gonna stop), then I'll go. If it turns out he didn't stop and just blows through the stop sign, then I made the right decision!
rlw999 06/19/21 01:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

(4 way stop) “Why would you stop if there is no one else approaching the junction?”x2. 4-way stops drive me nuts. I approach one, and I see a car already stopped there, and that car won't move until I come to a complete stop. I'm that car -- if a car is approaching rapidly, I'll wait 'till he stops, or at least slows significantly, to be sure he's actually going to stop. Ok, so I don't wait until he comes to a full stop. If the driver slows well before the stop, then I'll go since then I know he saw the stop sign and is actually going to stop. I'm even more cautious when the other car is a truck or towing a trailer since they've got more stopping distance and if they aren't slowing well before the stop sign, I'm not sure they'll stop. My dad spent a week in the hospital after getting t-boned at a stop light (he had the green, tire skid marks show the other car didn't even brake until he was in the intersection), so I'm super cautious about it.
rlw999 06/18/21 11:41am Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

I suspect the "studies" that were done showing roundabouts are safer probably compare them to 4-way stops but don't take into consideration that most drivers don't know how to navigate either one. Roundabouts are even more confusing to these drivers so they go slower thru them, stop and wait for everyone in the circle to clear out before entering or stop in the roundabout to allow others the chance to enter. They've done some before-and-after studies in the USA and found a reduction in crashes: Studies of intersections in the United States converted from traffic signals or stop signs to roundabouts have found reductions in injury crashes of 72-80 percent and reductions in all crashes of 35-47 percent ... A study of 19 higher-speed rural intersections (speed limits of 40 mph or higher) that originally had stop signs on the minor approaches and were converted to roundabouts found a 62 percent reduction in all crashes and an 85 percent reduction in injury crashes Since they are becoming more and more common (at least in my state), drivers will become more familiar with them.
rlw999 06/17/21 01:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

I like the single lane ones -- super easy to navigate and watch for traffic and most of the time you don't need to stop, so it's better than a stop sign. The multilane ones seem less safe -- people don't always know which lane they should be in to get to their exit and end up conflicting with others.
rlw999 06/17/21 12:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Bathroom access on the road

1. Opening the slide into something because you weren't thinking when you parked. Like, putting in fuel and oops, need to go, no worries, just jump into the camper put the slide out... straight into Bubba's pride and joy Royal Purple Peterbilt. My wife used to think I was crazy because I won't open the slide unless she or I are outside watching it. Then one day we saw a mobile repair place helping to lift a slide that got wedged on top of a power pedestal (they probably couldn't see it at all from within the RV, not sure how they didn't hear the crunch before they got the slide fully extended), now she doesn't question me about that any more. The rare times I'm by myself, I go out and force myself to walk past the slide extension area, but when it's the two of us, I make sure one of us is outside watching.
rlw999 06/17/21 11:23am Truck Campers
RE: The importance of a TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System

How many have TPMS on their daily vehicle?????? Everyone that drives a car or light truck (< 10,000 lbs) in the USA built after 2007 has one since that's when they became mandatory.
rlw999 06/15/21 09:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Really cool but lost on me.

$135,000 ? What the ? Airstream efficienado's had some money left over? They won't have much money left over after they buy Airstream's new offroad version of the Interstate class B: https://www.airstream.com/touring-coaches/interstate-24x/ Starting price is $213,000.
rlw999 06/15/21 09:34pm Truck Campers
RE: "Maybe 550 is not so bad, after all . . . "

I wish they showed the tow truck pulling him back on the road. Kind of reminds me of this Class A that dug itself down to the frame in sand and had to be towed out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8lj641mO0M
rlw999 06/15/21 09:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

I guess the next logical question is if a B+ and C of the same length ride the same as some have posted and the two still need the same suspension mods what is the real advantage of a B+ over a C? The same as comparing two different class C's of the same length -- features and layout. The class B+ might give a small increase in gas mileage, but you're still pushing a big brick down the freeway, the B+ is just a bit more efficient at pushing the air out of the way.
rlw999 06/15/21 08:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: The importance of a TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System

TPMS are beneficial, but the old fashion way works as well! The TPMS will warn you if your tire starts going flat while you're driving. The old fashioned way does not. Any time someone asks if they should invest in a TPMS or something else for their RV, I always recommend the TPMS.
rlw999 06/15/21 08:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Good Sam RV Parks

After checking in to RV Retreat @ Johnson's Corner I have to wonder how a park becomes a Good Sam Park. Are there any standards that must be met and maintained? Is the only requirement that the Good Sam discount be given? Do Good Sam members have a voice in the rating given to Parks? Here's the Good Sam Ratings Guide. Each year our highly trained Good Sam Review Teams personally inspect and rate private RV parks and campgrounds, assigning ratings to Facilities, Restroom & Showers, and Visual Appearance/Environmental Quality. Must have 5 points overall to qualify for Good Sam park affiliation.
rlw999 06/14/21 07:57pm Good Sam Club
RE: Got lucky with my water tank this weekend

It's amazing that it lasted 10 years before failing! With the rush to build units and fill orders during the boom, I'm be seriously worried about buying a late-2020 or 2021 model, I bet this kind of shortcut is common.
rlw999 06/14/21 09:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thor Industries now has $14 billion in backlogged orders

The part that confuses me is the huge inventories these RV dealers seem to have, especially towables. We just returned from a couple road trips, passing many RV dealers on the Interstate, with lots that literally look full. You can't convince me those are all sold units. Maybe they're all waiting for warranty repairs :) I'm only half joking, I called a few dealers around here for a repair and their first available appointment was 2 months (or more) out. I ended up fixing it myself, but I'd be pretty upset if I had a brand new RV that needed a repair and I had to wait weeks or even months for the dealer to even look at it.
rlw999 06/10/21 11:23am General RVing Issues
Thor Industries now has $14 billion in backlogged orders

From Business Insider: Thor Industries now has $14 billion in backlogged orders and is 'pretty much sold out for the next year' And now, this boost in sales has grown into an over $14 billion order backlog, which is an almost 550% increase compared to the same time in 2020. Taking a closer look, Thor's backlog for towables and motorized RVs by the end of April in North America increased 766% and 548%, respectively, compared to the same time in 2020. ... "Since a significant number of units in our backlog have already been retail sold, we currently believe the restocking cycle will extend well into calendar 2022," Martin said in the earnings report.
rlw999 06/10/21 01:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar charging a plugin hybrid car

Hyundai put a 205W panel on top of their Sonata hybrid, and they said it gives around 700 "free" miles a year... or around 2 miles per day.
rlw999 06/09/21 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Level

I just use a simple $6 bullseye level I try to get within half a bubble of level which is enough that the RV doesn't "feel" unlevel. I do have an absorption fridge so need to stay within a few degrees of level, but the real limiting factor is that water pools in the corner of the shower and/or kitchen sink if the RV is too far from level. (and it's opposite directions, the shower doesn't drain if the RV is tipped too far in one direction, the sink won't drain if the other direction) I do a spot check on the dining table, then follow up with a check on the floor just case something knocked the dining room table off level.
rlw999 06/08/21 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: The Home Depot is my new Amazon

Recently I needed some stain for my fence. I could drive 10 miles to HD and pay $29.99 for a gallon…. Or, have then deliver it to my door 2 day later for no additional cost. Which way should I go  :? I would drive 10 miles and pick up the stain. If you go in person you know what you are getting and not something picked/shipped by a new employee who thinks all stains are the same. When you order Home Depot home delivery, you don't just call them up and say "Hey, bring me some stain", you choose the exact brand/color you want online. The worse experience I've had is when their website says a product is available, but when the pick your order, it's out of stock and deleted.
rlw999 06/08/21 05:45pm Tech Issues
RE: shades ideas to keep the sun off Camper?

I've heard of people adding foam board insulation to their RV ceiling for extra insulation in the winter. I wonder how a sunshade compares to adding another R-5 or R-10 worth of insulation to the roof?
rlw999 06/07/21 01:47pm General RVing Issues
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