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RE: Spring Shakedown Trip cancelled

north carolina state park campgrounds are closed till further notice. trails and restrooms are open
sgfrye 03/19/20 06:38am Travel Trailers
RE: 2019 Forest River Salem 27Rei

our first TT was a forest river wildwood considered an entry level TT. owned it about a year and half. overall no problems with it but with any RV, your best bet is to learn how to maintain it yourself.
sgfrye 03/16/20 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Roof rot on Travel Trailer

Tough call here. Personally, on an older trailer that's worth what? $5-8k? in good condition I'd get it covered, let it dry as best as possible. Dunno where in Cali you are, winter and rain or Palm Springs or somewhere in between weather wise. Seal it up and go camping, and see if the condition maintains or worsens. If you're saavy with repairs and the damage isn't into the framework and you don't have to re-work or remove siding or front cap, it could be a relatively economical fix. If it does involve that stuff, you're faced with a big $ repair that could/will cost a good % of what the trailer is worth AND it would be un-usable once tore apart. x2 seal up and go camping.
sgfrye 02/27/20 06:32am Travel Trailers
RE: tested the blue camco filter with a TDS meter

I use the Camco filter, not to make campground spigot water drinkable but to remove small debri particles from what goes into my camper. I'm more concerned about a rust flake from plumbing from a old campground plumbing system that may have been built 50+ years ago getting into a check valve or my water pump and causing a problem. I haul my own drinking water for week long trips and use a pitcher filter for longer ones. exactly what we do and why. i buy the incline "camco" style filters off amazon. i usually only use about 4 a year. i have had the filter stop enough debris coming into the RV water system from one particular campground spigot to the point of clogging up the filter so much that water would not flow out of the filter.
sgfrye 02/26/20 06:30am Tech Issues
RE: KOA membership

we stay at koas, private cgs, state parks. for us the koa membership pays for itself and then some.
sgfrye 02/17/20 09:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Fire Places

our first TT did not have one, never thought much about it. current TT came with a living room electric fireplace. didn't really consider pros or cons because we bought the TT with the floor plan we wanted. rear living and 3 slides we use it in cold weather to augment propane and save propane. we always use shore power (not long term sites) also have a smaller portable electric heater in front bedroom. overall we have utilized and liked it. bottom line is in our non boondocking travels it saves propane and no electric costs to us. everyone's situation is different.
sgfrye 02/10/20 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: black tank chemicals

Plain water. If you use enough water and flush your tanks, you don't need any chemicals. The length of time any solids are in your tank isn't nearly long enough for any enzymes to really do anything and they just end up in the recipients' septic system. Been using plain water for the past 7 years and never had an issue. I did install back flush systems on both grey and black and I can say it makes things much easier. x2
sgfrye 02/10/20 07:36am Tech Issues
RE: 2020 North Carolina Camping Destinations

lots of options from the mountains to the coast, great state parks mountains area mama gerties, asheville/swannaoa beautiful mountain top premium sites mountain stream rv park marion nc. small quiet, and located on mountain stream central nc stone mountain state park. one of our favorites. large sites jordan lake state park. tons of options, close to raleigh durham area kerr lake state park, virginia line. tons of options for sites falls lake state park, short drive to raleigh, nice and quiet. CHARLOTTE AREA if you are interested in exploring the charlotte area, the camping world campground at the charlotte racetrack is great. its basically a large gravel parking lot with full hookups but the sites are large and prices are cheap approx 25 bucks a night on non race weekends. good basecamp for exploring. koa outerbanks cape hatteras, ocean front. pricey but worth it. willowtree rv resort. inland but short drive to myrtle beach.. huge sites, books up early. brunswick beaches campground. sunset beach nc.. former koa. close drive to beach. calabash etc.
sgfrye 02/04/20 06:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Slideout Mechanism

first TT we owned was rack and pinion. no problems. current TT is cable. other than 2 of the 3 gear boxes leaking after a year no problems. i installed drip pans underneath the gear boxes myself. we chose the second TT based on floor plan not slide mechanisms.
sgfrye 02/04/20 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Overnight On I 74 near Asheboro or Seagrove NC

zooland campground close to asheboro is a possibility. we stayed there 2 nights couple of years ago. clean and friendly, reasonable rates
sgfrye 02/03/20 09:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: North Myrtle Beach to Nashville, TN

your route looks good. i-40 from asheville heading east can be a pain right now due to construction etc. but is usually always pretty heavy traffic. wife and i went to gatlingburg area this past september and i-40 west of asheville into tenn was a very good calm traffic drive. i would always avoid the charlotte area if possible. traffic is bad 7 days a week
sgfrye 01/24/20 06:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Dinnette

I took the dinette out and put a free standing table and chairs. Search for RV furniture or surplus RV furniture. www.rvpartsnation.com is one place I found. The one I took out was made of 2x2 framing and plywood for the seating area. Easy to make. i was going to mention this. not to get off topic but we have had 2 TTs first had dinette, current free standing. love the free standing but each family has different likes and dislikes when we had the first TT with dinette, i actually removed the table and turned a dinette seat length ways against camper wall and other dinette basically creating an L shaped sofa. wife and i ate off tv trays when we didn't eat outside camper. before we traded it in, i moved dinette back and reinstalled table to original
sgfrye 01/23/20 06:51am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Check Me....I am OK with this set-up

you are good to go. i have a 2017 f250 6.2 2wd and our TT is approx same length and weight as yours. tows like a dream even thru the nc mountains. gas stops get tricky with that length trailer but i plan around that by using larger stations. easy tradeoff for the extra living space. it would be nice to have a 6.7 liter diesel but "diesel" isn't in my budget.
sgfrye 01/22/20 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas grill replacement

I never liked the grill that came with our camper. For years we used a Thermos version of the Coleman Roadtrip grill which served us well (although not as good as the Roadtrip). Then I finally bit the bullet and bought a Weber Q 100 small grill, and use a 20lb propane tank. I can certainly use the small green tanks with it, but the big tank pretty much assures that I won't run out of propane during the weekend. I looked into using the campers propane system for the grill, but went with a separate tank. Big advantage of using a separate tank is that you can setup the grill anywhere, without having to be tied into the camper. same experience with me.
sgfrye 01/10/20 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Cable Slides over ride on Cross Roads Travel Trailer

Good on you for trying to figure it out before you have a problem. Since you can, pull the slide in half way so you can see where you need to hook up the extension. Hook it up and try to figure out if there is any way you would be able to do it with the slide all the way out. If the answer is no ..... start looking for some wood putty that will match the crown molding now. The only answer would be to pry the crown molding off and then reattach it with brad nails later. Hence the need for matching wood putty to fill the holes. this is what i would have to do... good advice
sgfrye 01/08/20 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Holly Bluff Campground Asheboro NC

Zooland in Asheboro is good for an overnight. x2 clean and quiet. affordable rates and they do have some water/electric only sites great for overnights
sgfrye 01/07/20 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: residential refrig.

Many many posts about running a R/R using inverter and none to my knowledge have had trouble with excessively depleted trailer batteries. This is not off-grid camping where you are looking to get depleted batteries full while in transit. If the battery is a bit low it gets charged at the next destination. x2 our first TT had a residential fridge which i miss greatly compared to the propane fridge because we don't boondock or off grid camp but thats a whole other issue we made several 9 to 10 hour trips with an inverter and 2 cheap wally world hybrid deep cycle batteries. never had a depleted battery. i ran the fridge off those batteries parked at home in the middle of summer heat 24 hours and still had approx 75 percent battery left though i never wanted to drop the batteries below 50 percent charge.
sgfrye 01/03/20 06:18am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Imagine tt by Grand Design

In high humidity areas,like the south east. You will want 2 A/C units. x2 we live in north carolina and i can tell you from a lot of experience a single 15k btu will struggle when temps reach into the 90's unless you are parked in the shade. around 80 degrees inside the rv is about what to expect. after the sun goes down it gets comfortable
sgfrye 01/02/20 06:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Modified/pure sine wave

Replace the modified sine wave 1800 watt inverter with a pure sine wave and move forward. x2
sgfrye 12/17/19 07:34am Tech Issues
RE: 27 footer vs 32 footer, towing/handling difference?

I went from a 30 footer to a 37 footer and I can say the difference in lenght is an issue with gas stations and some other manuvering areas. I will say it backs up better but you better pay attention to turning corners on the roads. I'm 57 feet and a few inches bumper of TV to bumper of trailer and my biggest issue is gas stations because I have a gasser 2500. Diesel would not be so much a problem. my thoughts exactly. our first TT was 33ft bumper to bumper, current TT is 37ft bumper to bumper. i have an f250 gasser. both TTs towed great. only issue is having enough room to manuever at gas stations and campgrounds. well worth it though for the extra room
sgfrye 11/13/19 06:39am Travel Trailers
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