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where can I do this (purchase a lot and put an rv on it)?

What's to stop me from just buying a nice lot somewhere and putting my trailer on it, using it maybe 10-20 weeks out of the year for camping? Presumably, zoning laws. But seriously, is this possible any place in the northeast us? (MA, ME, NH, VT)?
solismaris 09/04/19 05:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Good Sam - what's in it for the campgrounds?

I finally realized I haven't used my campground directory that I've been carrying for 15 years. Threw it out. Internet and cell phones have made them obsolete. I cannot imagine a campground operator paying $1000s to stay on that list in this day and age. (And for me, a Good Sam listing is an anti-advert; I'd prefer a more independent or primitive campground that is NOT on the list and would actively avoid the Good Sam park if given the choice. But that's just me.)
solismaris 09/04/19 08:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Non stop fan on AC

I can put up with "loud" a lot easier than "loud/silent/loud/silent/..." cycles. So my fan stays on. My thermostat has a switch for that though if I want to change it; I think most do.
solismaris 09/04/19 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: RV AC Longevity

15 years so far; no problems. And I don't hesitate to run it even when the voltage is as 105 volts or lower which is quite common in many campgrounds, and is supposedly bad for ACs. That being said I use AC rarely; probably 2 or 3 days a year.
solismaris 09/03/19 07:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Some poor fellas waste tank broke!

Why carry all of that weight around anyway. I get water near where I am going and leave the waste at the closest available dump station. While traveling, I keep about 10 gallons of fresh water to be able to use the toilet on the road. I am more than happy to leave black and grey water at the dump station. The 240 pounds of a full 30 gallon tank is so small compared to the 7500 pound weight of my trailer that it really is completely insignificant. I'll travel full or empty as it happens; won't give a second thought to the weight. Yes they can break but so can a lot of things. Hasn't happened yet to my 15 year old Prowler. I'm not going to "what if" this decision; if it happens that sucks but "**** happens". Oh and one more thing: I'd rather drink my water from home than some unknown source on the road, some of which are quite bad. I will if I run out but I always start with my home water.
solismaris 08/30/19 12:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: How High???

Yes, and I made a sticker with all the heights and attached to my my visor: Truck Truck with bike rack Truck with bikes on rack Trailer It's useful having this info easily accessible.
solismaris 08/14/19 09:37am General RVing Issues
RE: A/C on 116 volts?

I've run it occasionally with voltage reading as low as 100. Not recommended I know. But no problems yet. Crossing fingers.
solismaris 08/09/19 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Bicycle Safety

Keep them hidden. Or stay around and guard them. No lock will stop them; all locks are trivial to open. My solution is somewhat different: My bike is so old and funky that nobody wants it! It was a fairly decent mountain bike back in the day (Kona) and still rides great but I've put some silly bmx riser bars on it with the wrong color, covered up the name decals with tape, and added a homemade rear rack. A flimsy cable lock is all I use and no issues yet; had it 15 years now. I don't take it to cities; the thieves may be less discriminating there.
solismaris 08/09/19 09:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Storage Scenario

Ensure they are fully charged and they will be fine through the winter. A discharged battery will have a much higher freezing point and could easily freeze in a cold winter and be destroyed. A fully charged battery is safe down to any temperature likely to be found in the lower 48 states
solismaris 08/08/19 12:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing all my bulbs with LEDs

You'll see a big spread in prices and one stop will be tough with that many types. I've spent $350 on a 5er and that was finding a happy medium between quality and price. There's hundred of vendors. Super bright LEDs is a quality vendor. Lately, I've done careful shopping on eBay and found great prices and good quality but from different vendors. Have fun figuring out the terminology, brightness and color temps! Craig I went with superbrightleds.com . I found everything there. Pretty good website. I think I bought some taillights there a couple years ago and was satisfied. Keeping my fingers crossed; I spent almost $200 on bulbs!
solismaris 08/03/19 08:26am General RVing Issues
Replacing all my bulbs with LEDs

I've decided to replace all my trailer inside bulbs with efficient LEDs. Between living room, kitchen, bedside, and bath there are a lot of different styles (perhaps 7!). I'd like to find a one-stop shop to find plug-in replacements for all of these with a minimum of hassle and reasonable cost. Do you all have any recommendations?
solismaris 08/02/19 08:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Break Out Another Thousand....

Man, it costs to keep these RV's / Trucks and trailers on the road. Having my transmission rebuilt this week in my 2500 diesel. There goes another $2000.... I guess that's better than making big payments every month for a new one though. Anyone spending any $$$$ on your rigs lately? Recently had fuel pump, tank straps, and all the fuel lines replaced for $1800!
solismaris 08/01/19 12:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4WD or 2WD

I couldn't imagine towing without 4WD available. There are too many times where I'm camped on a slightly sloping grassy site where I'd be completely stuck wthout it. This wouldn't stop the truck by itself but with the trailer attached, forget it. Even If I did manage to get out I'd make a mess of the grass by spinning the wheels and the campground would be unhappy with me.
solismaris 07/08/19 07:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: *UPDATE* ST tires any better nowadays?

I just upgraded from Goodyear Marathon LR C to Goodyear Endurance LR D. From the reviews and from the talk here I am expecting good performance. But don't be so negative about the Marathons! Mine lasted 9 years without an issue. I'm embarrassed to say that I forgot how old they were and would have replaced them a few years ago as a precaution. But they served me well. (But by the looks of one of them, it was probably ready to blow any day. I spotted the protruding belts just in time and got lucky. But for 9 year old tires loaded to 100% of their carrying capacity I'm not complaining.)
solismaris 07/03/19 11:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Prodigy P2 Flashing Underscores

Could it be that you have the dial turned all the way down to minimum? I do that when towing my little utility trailer to avoid locking the brakes and because that trailer doesn't need the braking. The Prodigy is designed to do that to remind you that the trailer is plugged in but the voltage will always be 0. It only will do this when the dial is turned ALL the way to minimum.
solismaris 07/03/19 07:00am Tech Issues
RE: I asked for trouble and I got it.

Not trying to be funny, but judging by those pictures, you should probably check the entire truck very good for rust issues. Some of those areas look really bad and almost close to the point of bein rusted through. I hope it is just the way the pics make it look. That is part of it; the harsh lighting. They are very rusted yes, but a very thin layer of metal makes a lot of flaky rust; when the rust is scraped off it is surprising how little the metal thickness changes. (I'm talking about the frame and control arms; not the brake and fuel lines which I do not dare touch until I can have them replaced.)
solismaris 07/02/19 05:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: I asked for trouble and I got it.

brake lines...WOW, but look at the sheet metal above them...no rust at all!!...wtf were those brake lines made with ?? I know. That's what is giving me the courage to put all this money into it. Body: practically no rust, even in the wheel wells. Engine, transmission, all systems including AC: flawless. Exhaust system: looks good. Brake and fuel lines may be the worst of it. (Did transmission cooler and lines last year after they rusted out so they're new.) And while the frame is quite rusty, it's a thicker frame than the 1500s; at least my mechanic thinks that's not going to go for many years.
solismaris 07/01/19 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I asked for trouble and I got it.

Here are some pix Did my pictures show up? For me they just show as "image". But somebody posted "Wow" so I guess they saw them? I can see them and my response is also “wow”. Looks like an old shipwreck. Harsh lighting from the flash makes it look worse! No actually they probably are that bad.
solismaris 07/01/19 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: I asked for trouble and I got it.

Here are some pix Did my pictures show up? For me they just show as "image". But somebody posted "Wow" so I guess they saw them?
solismaris 07/01/19 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: I asked for trouble and I got it.

Not to be an SOB, but when you get your new truck, wash underneath it several times each winter! Yes; lesson learned. I will definitely do that with my next vehicle. And try to park it in the sunny front yard, not the dark damp back driveway.
solismaris 07/01/19 07:09am Tow Vehicles
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