Kirk Wood

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  • Birthday 09/18/1942

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    Seasonal traveler, now based in Lindale, TX.
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    Volunteer work-camping, most outdoor activities.
    Writing for RV magazines especially for Escapees Magazine.
    Photography, particularly wildlife.
    Grandchildren! (we have 5 grandsons & 3 granddaughters).

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  1. Congratulations on your big event! We spent about two months in our RV before I could retire when our house sold and we discovered that it was a good think as it allowed us to work out a few kinks before we began to travel.
  2. We lived in a 36' motorhome for 12 years and owned it 14 years and rarely had length issues, but it did happen.
  3. First let me welcome you to the Escapee forums! We are happy that you have joined us and we will do our best to help and support you. I suggest that you take many notes when the dealer does the walk-through and be sure that they actually operate everything to demonstrate that it really works. Warranty issues have a way of waiting for you to leave before they appear, so spending some time in the RV near to your dealer is a good process if at all possible. But it isn't possible for anyone to be certain that no problems will develop after a time so just be careful and make notes when things do go wrong. The chassis manufacturer will be responsible for any warranty issues with that park as very few RV dealers are warranty certified for the chassis.
  4. Safety should be your first priority! Even if nobody is injured, it would not be good to start your fulltime experience by wrecking the new trailer. Be especially careful in turning corners, by both swinging wide and also be very aware of the swing of the rear of the trailer. The RV will take a much wider path in a turn than does your truck so do be careful. I also suggest that you travel slowly, probably 50 mph would be a good first-time speed. Your truck will take far more distance to stop with the trailer so drive as far ahead as possible, anticipating all stops, turns, and traffic conditions as early as you are able.
  5. We have used a portable waste tank but only when parked for long term with no sewer. With the size trailer that you report you are buying, you should have ample sized waste tanks to be able to last a week or more, assuming that you also learn to manage your water use. The gray tank is the first to fill so it is of primary concern. Since places have a dump station, it should be pretty easy to just dump as you arrive and as you leave, unless you plan to stay for long term. With only two of you, that simply means that your waste tanks will not fill as quickly as if there were more people using them. You do need to learn to fill the sink and not let water run, brush your teeth with water off, and to take shorter showers as all of those impact the length of time between need to empty the tanks. One thing that we have learned is that when you use a portable tank, you need to either have one that is just as large as the tank that you are draining, or you need to have a portable tank that has a level indicator so that you can close the dump valve before the tank is completely full, or you end up with a large hose full of waste and nowhere to put the contents. You can also get one that adds on to the vent of the tank.
  6. It is really difficult for someone sitting at the other end of the internet to know how to answer your question.There are two parts to this question, one is driving it and the second part is using it. While there is much to learn in it's use, the driving part could be either a breeze or a disaster Most of the RV driving courses do not come to you so even if you do attend one you will have to get the rig to the school location, somehow. The learning curve involved will depend upon things like your ability to judge distances, to project the tail swing of your trailer (the arc of the rear bumper when the front pivots on the axles in a turn), to judge stopping distances, and a host of other judgment abilities that go with your driving skills to determine the success you will have. If you have no previous experience in pulling a trailer at all, then I strongly suggest that you go out and either borrow or rent a small to medium size, flat trailer that you can see over the bed of and tow it a little and also take it to a parking lot and back it some. A very small trailer is easier to tow but more difficult to back then a longer one. While there will be a significant difference in the fifth wheel from one of these, it will at least give you some towing experience. Backing will be the most difference so don't spend a lot of time on that part but just a little bit may be helpful. The majority of people who do as you are, do so pretty successfully, but there are risks involved so be careful and do everything slowly. Never back without a ground guide that you trust. You need radios or some other means of communication between driver and guide. Always use directions like "driver's side" and "passenger side" and never right or left. Always use the same terms and signals and please do be very patient with each other! Many a fight has begun between couples due to communication issues in backing or parking an RV. The guied must not only anticipate where the trailer and truck will travle but must also watch above for things like tree limbs and other obstructions. About the only advice on the use of the RV which I have is that you read very carefully each of the many manuals that will come with your RV. If you have not done so, it would also be wise to get an RVing book or two and read those as well. There is a great deal of written material about the use and operation of RV's and their appliances so you should have little problem there if you read and follow directions carefully.
  7. First of all, since Georgie Boy was taken over by Coachman Ind. in the late 90's and ceased to exist as a seperate division in 2009, that tells me that your coach is not a new one. To know what you can safely tow we would need to know the GVWR and rear axle weight limits of the chassis, the actual weight on your rear axle when you are loaded to travel and the tongue weight of the trailer that you have all of that equipment on. Then we also need to know the CVWR of the chassis and the gross weight of the loaded trailer. Based upon my experience with the Ford, F-53 chassis I am quite sure that your chassis would be severly overloaded if you do this and that your rear axle weight would be exceeded as well. It may very well be possible to do what you want, but it clearly won't be safe in the event of an emergency stop and you are very likely to experience mechanical problems with the motorhome if you tow so much with your RV. It would help a great deal if we knew for sure what year model your chassis and motorhome are and also which wheelbase and GVWR chassis you have, but I'd be very surprised if yours has the capacity to do this safely.
  8. Interesting comment as clearly those sold to the RV market are sold for use with chlorinated water as well as with well water. Sanitizing an RV water system only calls for 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach per 10 gallons and that is only 8.25% chlorine as it cones from the jug. You only need 50 PPM(parts/million) to sanitize the system. The environmental guides also recommend that wells be samitized periodically with bleach or some similar product. I have used chlorine bleach for both our well and for our RV for many years with no negative results to the pressure tank or accumulators.
  9. Like Barb, we used Espress Scripts for many years, at first by choice and later the insurance plan required it. We now have insurance from Humana and they have their own mail-order pharmacy which seems to work just as well. There are several such services and most of them work pretty much the same way and serve fulltimers quite well. With our current coverage, we can get immediate prescriptions filled at either Walmart or CVS. We have been at the Escapade site for the past two weeks and Pam had one prescription that had not been renewed as intended so her TX doctor just faxed it to a nearby Tucson Walmart pharmacy and we picked it up the next day. Express Scripts worked pretty much the same way for us.
  10. We lived fulltime in a motorhome for 12 years, spending much of our time as live-on volunteers for periods of from one to three months at a stop. Our engine manufacturer recommended that we not start the engine unless we would be driving it for at least 20 minutes and never start it to just let it sit still and idle. The also recommended treating the fule at any stop for more than 1 month and always stoppng with a full fuel tank. We followed those recommendations and never had one problem from our engine.
  11. According to reports that I have read, the answer would be yes, if it passes.
  12. Only one event to go and the 57th Escapade will be in the books. Hitch-up breakfast is this morning and then we start to go our separate ways, Last night was the last big event with Kay Peterson's 90th birthday celebration, and what a night it was.