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RE: Charleston SC

Can't give you specific recommendations, but I'd suggest staying in the City Market area if you want walking and restaurants. Braod St and Meeting St is a good major intersection to focus on. Beautiful city, if you've never been. x2 on this it has been several years ago but wife and i stayed in the downtown city market area. a lot to be said for location. convenient to walk around all the sites and restaurants instead of driving.
sgfrye 05/11/21 06:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Truck Question

i have a 2017 f250 6.2 gasser with 3.73 rear end bought new. our first TT was 33ft approx 7500lbs loaded to camp. kept it year and half then bought a 38ft TT approx 9500lbs loaded to camp. i have put 37k miles on the truck. probably 1/2 that towing. up and down east coast mountains to the beaches. i have been very happy with it. the biggest advantage over my older f150 that i pulled the first trailer with is heavy duty suspension, etc. huge difference. the f250 pulls it solidly with almost no sway on open highways, plenty of horse power even in mountains. loves gas stations but no getting around that regardless, and maintenance and upkeep is way cheaper than diesel. at the time i bought mine, f250 trucks were priced about the same as the f150's
sgfrye 04/14/21 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Follow up Solar Question

Your solar panel probably puts out 18.x volts and the controller will drop that to around 13.x volts for the battery. 18 volts travels down wire more efficiently than 13 volts, so you want the controller as close to the batter as possible , within a foot or two. I would mount the controller near the battery and use the clips to clip to something that leads to the controller. Better yet, buy some "Anderson Plugs" and use those instead of clips. PWM is fine for this small of a system. I prefer an MPPT controller, but both will do the job. But honestly, your wire is probably so short to begin with that mounting the controller at the panel will be almost the same thing. good advice here, especially anderson plugs
sgfrye 04/07/21 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Tell me about your 2011-16 F250 6.2L

2017 f250 2wd 6.2 3.73 rear end owner here. 37k miles so far. zero issues. started out towing a 7500lb TT, past 2+ years towing a 9500lb lb38ft TT up and down east coast. mountains to the beach. solid truck and dependable. loves gas stations but thats normal. ride is decent for a 3/4 ton truck.
sgfrye 03/31/21 09:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

backing comes natural for me, i grew up on a farm and was driving and backing farm trailers when i was 6 or 7 years old so im not the best teacher (ask my wife) BUT, even being experienced i still slow down and take my time and block out thoughts of people watching us because our rig is a 38 ft TT that needs a ton of room to swing and back, but worth the extra TT living space. the one thing i cannot get my wife to understand. i use my truck mirrors for backing and she is my spotter but i cannot get her to understand that if she can't see my mirrors, i can't see her spotting me. good point for spotters unless you use cell phone or walkie talkies
sgfrye 02/26/21 09:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Charleston SC

another vote for mount pleasant koa.
sgfrye 01/18/21 12:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: battery disconnect in my 2019 Solaire travel trailer

Near Battery, on/under tongue, in front compartment But IF you have one it won't be very far from battery x2 previous TT we had didn't come with one i added current TT had one from factory driver side front compartment.
sgfrye 01/11/21 10:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Defective Renogy Solar Panel

good to hear. i have had 2 100 watt panels and charge controller form them and have been very happy with them.
sgfrye 12/30/20 10:44am Tech Issues
RE: What's a good battery level monitor?

https://i.imgur.com/PkQX5kyl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image. Maybe something like this ALL INFO IN ONE place on one screen i have had this one for a couple of years. bought off ebay, works great
sgfrye 11/20/20 12:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Opinion on a campground?

I am going to say "suck it up and move on" Write your review and forget it. Campground owner looks at how high the stack of bills you payed as a single customer,compares them to the stack of bills that 25people and their guests left. What would you do? Seriously 300 bucks compared to 45. U think groceries and making payroll outweighs principal in this case! ^^^ agree with this, real life answer
sgfrye 11/12/20 08:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford V10 vs Chevy Gas

i had 20 years experience with a fleet service consisting of cargo vans. the v10 plug issues are from early days. we got 300k trouble free miles out of v10s post 2005, same with the 5.4 from late 90s thru early 2000s. bullet proof engine that loves to drink gas. don't get me started on ford diesels after the older 7.3 diesel. i have no experience with chevy and dodge
sgfrye 11/12/20 08:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic RM2652 refrigerator dead

Look on the outside flue cover above the area of the flame. There is a Snap disc(2 wires)that supplies the flow thru power to the refer. JUMP those 2 wires together and see if you now have power. Report back. Doug x2 on this. there may be a thermal fuse in the same area that will not be shown in your owners manual. our unit did this during a long windy ride home from a trip. flame may have gotten too close and popped the fuse for us. i did my research and found the fuse was added by factory as safeguard if fire breaks out in that area. shuts down everything basically.. i bought fuse off amazon and replaced myself . worked fine, no problems since.
sgfrye 11/11/20 08:37am Tech Issues
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

I wouldn't count on the "high end" models being any different. Know some folks who bought a 2yr old airstream that was supposedly well taken care of and they spend a couple grand on floor repairs due to water damage. That said, if you expect car level quality control, you are unrealistic. A lot volume passenger car may sell 50,000 units per year. A popular RV may sell 5,000 units...you can't implement the same level of quality control. That said, once you accept you may need to adjust a few things, do a bit of caulking and keep an eye on things, it's really not that bad. Most issues can be traced back to not doing maintenance and ignoring issues while they get worse. good advice here. our first tt was a fr wildwood, current TT is a keystone laredo. both get ripped apart on negative comments and reviews. had minor issues with both that i learned quickly how to diagnose and correct including some leaks due to bad manufacturing. end of the day we have loved enjoying both units. make no mistake ALL units high end or low end will have problems.
sgfrye 11/06/20 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: MaxxAir II Vent Covers - Installation

We've had 6 campers and I always mounted the vent covers directly to the aluminum frame of the fan. I can't see how his method would increase labor costs. x2 on the above, ive installed on past and current TTs
sgfrye 10/21/20 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Fancy Gap VA KOA next weekend

We haven't been with a TT in probably 8 years as we sold ours back then and bought another one this spring. Can't wait! Kind of sad the previous owners sold it a few years ago, but the new ones seem to be doing a great job. One of our top 5 favorite little campgrounds anywhere between VA and NC. Looking forward to see the changes they have made. They always had some of the nicest bathhouses, store, and cabins. haven't stayed there yet but this past summer when we were staying at stone mountain state park, we took the time to drive to this koa and the very friendly office staff allowed us to drive thru to check things out. looked to be well kept and the sites were nice.
sgfrye 10/16/20 11:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jump starters

Interesting about the booster packs. Perhaps I should look into them. Being old school, and a guy who has been turning wrenches since I was a teenager, I have a hard time wrapping my head around something tiny having enough oooomph to start a vehicle. i have no experience trying to jump start a diesel engine, but i can tell you from experience managing a van fleet and personal use, i have used them to jump start large ford v8s, mid size engines, small 12 volts like riding mowers. the different jump boxes i used were normally in the 60 to 80 dollar range. yes they work well unless the battery is way past dead.
sgfrye 10/16/20 10:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Azdel or not?

Since Azdel is a man made product and the exterior fiberglass is as well even if you get water in between and you get some delam you shouldn't have the big pucker bubbles like you would with luan. Luan will breakdown and pucker and separate like plywood will. Think of Azdel like you would cement board siding for houses. It's virtually impervious to water. I think it's better than Luan but in the end I want a floor plan I can enjoy. So many other factors come into play when deciding on an RV. Siding is one as is the frame, suspension, lighting, interior finishes, storage, layout, etc. If you take care of your RV with regular maintenance you should avoid most problems. I've seen 10-15 year old RV's with fiberglass over laun walls that look fine. I've seen new ones that have had delam within a couple years. Those latter are rare IMO. Get a plumbing leak and there goes you floor regardless of what walls you have. Maintenance, maintenance maintenance. good response
sgfrye 10/16/20 10:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Camp Hatteras Route

When you hit 40 at Winston stay on it, don’t get back on 74. Pick up 64 in Raleigh and it ends at the ocean, art 12. this ^^^
sgfrye 09/15/20 08:23am Roads and Routes
RE: Route to Myrtle Beach Travel Park

By all that is holy, stay out of Conway. i agree with the others- good route. 22 in particular is a great road. rarely more than a few vehicles on it ime. x2
sgfrye 08/31/20 10:06am Roads and Routes
RE: Travel trailer recommendation

find the rv you want new/used hire a rv tech to inspect it. best money you,ll have spent. knowing there no hidden surprises. excellent advice
sgfrye 08/31/20 09:55am Travel Trailers
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