mptjelgin

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    Medina, Texas and on the road.
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    Birding, Photography, Hiking, Disc Golf

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  1. The Texas State Parks Pass only waives the park entry fee, and includes a half-price discount for four nights of camping with exceptions. Nothing like the unlimited free basic camping included on the New Mexico pass.
  2. By "name" I meant brand. No offense intended.
  3. How about Carriage, Hitchhiker, Excel? Heard of any of those? Along with the brands mentioned by Bruce T these were high quality, solid units. But they were more expensive and heavier than the mass-produced units, and failed to compete over the long haul. So there were certainly quality units out there, but the additional cost and lack of "sparkly things" led folks to choose cheaper units. It wasn't really that difficult to determine which were the quality units, either by utilizing the resource that Kirk mentioned (RV Consumer Group) or by doing some homework by reading forums, manufacturers specifications, etc. And yes, there was a correlation between the quality of those units and their price. Airstream has been an niche market for decades. I can't count the number of folks I know who have never RV'ed or even looked at RV's, but they know that they would want an Airstream if they ever did. And people will pay dearly for that name...
  4. I've not lost faith in law enforcement, but I've lived in rural areas much of my life where average response time was on the order of 30 minutes and sometimes more. In sparsely populated areas law enforcement is often spread out to the extent that they are more of an "after-the-fact" force. Also, living in a rural area made gun ownership and use a very common thing, so relying on yourself for immediate protection from criminals wasn't considered unusual. Same with feral animals. You didn't call animal control, you just dealt with it. I can imagine that folks who have lived their lives in more urban areas where law enforcement response was (perhaps) only moments away might find this mindset concerning, but it really is second nature to many who lived further out.
  5. Is it possible that the rig has a water softener or reverse osmosis filter that flushes itself periodically?
  6. I would say it is fine to go to the dump station without equalizer and sway bars attached. I imagine that your dually doesn't "squat" all that much without the equalizers and that is a short, low-speed trip.
  7. I disagree. I have towed with a single rear wheel (SRW) F-350 for over seven years of full-timing. We have a substantial fifth-wheel (15k weight range) and have covered the US pretty well, including a lot of time in the Rocky Mountains. The truck has over 125,000 miles and is running like new. So from my standpoint, as long as you are within the limits of the truck, a SRW truck is a perfectly acceptable choice.
  8. I've noticed in many of the "Tiny House" shows the people actually end up in a traditional RV or sometimes a park model. Since there seems to be no standard definition for a tiny house, it will be tough to answer this question. The most common definition I've seen for a tiny house is 400 square feet or less, so virtually all RV's and park model homes qualify. With that definition in mind this entire forum would apply to living in a tiny house.
  9. Here is an article relating to the sale. I've used PI EMS for over 15 years and hope that their amazing customer service is retained. https://www.biztimes.com/2017/industries/banking-finance/power-products-acquires-n-c-manufacturer/
  10. I don't think that JimK will be asking questions because he himself seeks answers to "very basic technical questions". I believe that he will be giving more of a test to see if he receives "knowledgeable responses".
  11. Why not start your very own RV forums, and then you can impose whatever ratios you'd like. By giving this kind of helpful advice: "My only advice is to think it through and not be sucked in by what the RV industry wants to sell. BTW, most of what is sold is JUNK. It is poorly built, does not last, is not well engineered, and leaks. All the more reason to keep with a less than bloated unit." I am sure that the world will beat a path to your new RV forum.
  12. My trailer weighs around 15K and we do not have a washer dryer. But if you want to place me into your offensive "Big Rig" category, go ahead. The unit that we carefully selected is well built, well engineered, does not leak, and will likely last us a good long time. You seem completely satisfied with your choices, as am I. Good for us!! So exactly what is your point?? On one hand folks are buying rigs that are too big and heavy for your taste, but on the other hand most of what is being sold is junk??
  13. From a recent Consumer Reports review: What we found. As we expected, a pack doesn’t go very far. Sugru sticks adequately to non-porous surfaces but not as well as a true adhesive. It isn’t as soft as some other silicones once cured, and it’s not especially strong. And while you can compress it without problems, it didn’t handle stretching well.Bottom line. We wouldn’t use Sugru where failure of the bond could create a safety or health issue. But in cases where filling a gap is essential, a structure requires some reinforcement, or surfaces don’t align well, we found it fun and useful—there are many situations where the usual adhesives wouldn’t apply. Still, we recommend it for non-critical repair tasks. The complete review can be found at: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/03/sugru-silicone-rubber-adhesive-sticks-to-its-claims/index.htm
  14. You seem to want to argue with someone, but I'm not sure who. You "narrowed it down" to: a comfortable Queen sized foam mattress, heat, A/c if needed, a decent fridge, 3-4 burner stove, toilet, a shower, hot water, good lighting, storage for 4 seasons of clothing, and comfortable places to sit at the end of the day. I dare say that you're in line with about 99% of Rv'ers, ourselves included.
  15. I'm a Civil Engineer (Bridge Design) for 36 years now, so I'm comfortable with using negative numbers in calculations. No need to avoid them at all. If you are bound and determined to avoid negative numbers, you could re-run all of your calculations using the front bumper of the truck as your datum (assuming you don't plan to add any load in front of that point), or you could choose the very back of the truck, assuming that you don't plan to add any load behind that point. You would need the distances from your chosen datum to both axles to proceed, as well as the distance from your datum to the "center" of any proposed added loads (fuel, winch, bed and hitch, small dog, etc...).