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    Kathy and I are both retired from the medical field and now have a summer home in central KY near our son, daughter in law and three grandchildren. We winter in South Texas at Port Aransas. Our interests include hunting, fishing, skeet, and good times with good friends.

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  1. grumpydoc

    High End Trailers

    By no means am I saying I am an expert on high end rigs but we have owned a Teton and now a Continental Couch and for us one important hallmark of a high end rig from a new prospective is the ability to build one any way you want it. Our CC started with a blank sheet of paper and DW had it built exactly the way she wanted it. And I got the things I wanted too! Materials, you pick 'em-solid hard woods, granite tops, tile floors etc. Appliances-want residential-you got it. Pick your style lights, finishes, shades, fabrics, etc. In the end its one of a kind and its yours. Not many manufacturers out there now are doing that, New Horizons and Space Craft may be it. As for durability, as Glenn said the Tetons out there are still good rigs and Teton went out of business in 2006. We went to a TCI tally a few years ago and there were 35 Tetons there and several were pushing 20 years old and were still road worthy. Are there rigs out there of high quality from other manufacturers, yes, but your ability to individualize a rig and get nearly unlimited options will vary from one to the next. And getting a frame and running gear of the very best quality will be difficult as mentioned above. Is a custom built rig costing $200K or more worth it, only you can answer that question, Best Wishes, Jay
  2. we have a similar one by Cuisanart and really like it. Actually think it is is more flexible than a conventional grill. Only problem we had was initially getting it seasoned so food didn't stick. Used olive oil liberally at first and it worked well. No flare ups and no cracks for food to fall through are an advantage over standard grills and doing the breakfast bacon, eggs, hash browns and sausage all at the same time is easy! Steaks, dogs, burgers, fish all turn out great too. Glad we got one, Best Wishes, Jay
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    "Hey Buddy, Do You Think You've Got Enough Truck There?"

    Agree with Spindrift, the real challenge on I-64 isn't Afton mtn, its Sandstone mtn where you cross the New river. About 4.5 mi of 7% grade on both sides and the bigger challenge maybe getting down safely rather than going up. There are run away truck ramps on both sides and they have signs of use! One white knuckle experience going down Sandstone mtn with a dually convinced me I needed a real truck with a real engine brake, safe travels and best wishes, Jay
  4. grumpydoc

    Dump valves

    Ryno, if you have an easy access location for your valves I don't see much down side to going with the electric valves. We recently had to replace both of our electric valves(along with a lot of other stuff) due to flood damage from the storm surge of hurricane Harvey. It was an easy 15 minute job to replace both valves. Replacing manual valves wouldn't have been significantly easier but probably would have been cheaper. Fortunately our insurance covered all the damage to our rig except for the deductible, Best Wishes, Jay
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    If you don't already have one, get a good road atlas. We recommend the Rand McNally Motor carriers atlas. It shows "designated highways" for motor carriers(tractor-trailers). I figure if a tractor-trailer can get down the road maybe I can too! Know what if any limiting factors there are for your rig and your driving skills. We are 13'-6" tall and 65' long and I hate tight right turns and can't back up or do u-turns worth a darn. Never blindly trust a route from a GPS if at all possible. We always look at the route in advance looking for any potential problems. We once were detoured off our route because of an accident and went miles down a narrow two lane road with no center line or shoulder. It was a nerve racking experience. I once had a GPS give a route on a dirt road through a farmer's pasture! Because we are a 65' big rig we tend to call ahead and ask for a 70' pull through site. Many CGs, especially older ones and in the east can't handle bigger, longer rigs so know what your size requirements are. State and local roads in the west can usually be good roads but back east can be dicey so check them out in advance on at least the atlas. Google maps is also another good resource and we like RV Park reviews to check out CGs in advance, Best Wishes, Jay
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    Horst Miracle Probes

    Our 2015 Continental Coach has two macerator commodes , one black tank and the Tank Tech i-series tank monitor system. As pointed out by Phil(Big 5er), with macerator commodes one is not able to asses black tank status by "listening" to the tank ( as we did with our previous rigs with conventional rv commodes). A reliable monitor system is necessary. To date our macerator commodes and tank monitor have been accurate and reliable, Best Wishes, Jay
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    What Happened to Forks

    With our Teton the biggest problems were damage to the wooden structure from undetected water leaks. Fixing our rig was not something a mobile RV repair service could handle on site. We did have Texas Custom Coach in Pipe Creek TX work on our Teton a couple of times. They found our water leaks and stopped them and did repairs. We were very satisfied with their service. If our Continental Coach needs in shop work we would go back to Texas Custom Coach. We were very disappointed that Forks and the Stutzman family ceased operations, they were a top notch and honorable business, Best Wishes, Jay
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    Best RV Park - Texas Gulf Coast

    Gulf Waters RV resort, Pioneer RV and the new Port A RV park are all back open now in Port Aransas. We had substantial damage to many businesses in town but important ones such as WhataBurger, Dairy Queen and the IGA are back open. The ferry is running and the public marina is open. Fish are biting and ducks are arriving, live is still good. We didn't get hurt quite as bad as our friends in Rockport/Fulton. What we can't get/do here in Port A we can go to Corpus Christi. Come visit, the beach is beautiful, Best Wishes, Jay
  9. Red Raider, welcome to the forums. As you probably know south Texas was hammered hard by hurricane Harvey and many RV parks were severely damaged or destroyed. If you expect to come here in January you need to be booking a spot now. Some parks are back up and running and they are filling up fast. Kayak fishing has been fairly good down here right now with some nice trout and redfish being caught. As the waters cool off the fishing will slow down some but people will fish all winter down here. Look for parks along or near the Laguna Madra or Intercoastal waterway from the Corpus Christi area over to Galveston. From Rockport to Houston was the region of heaviest damage so spots may be hard to find in those areas. Check out Texascoastalbendfishing.com for some tips on kayak fishing in the area, Best Wishes, Jay
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    Winter Home

    We are winter Texans, have spent six months the last nine years in south Texas. Many nice places along the Gulf from The Rio Grande Valley all the way to Galveston. We are in Port Aransas, plenty of fishing all year long, been catching speckled trout, red and black drum and sheepshead right now, Best Wishes, Jay
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    Dump valves

    Ryno, can't say with any degree of authority which is truly best, but we have had the Valterra electric valves in our rig for three trouble free years, Best Wishes, Jay
  12. grumpydoc

    Help me understand the CGVW on 2018 pickups

    Mark, I understand your point and am not trying to disparage it. Simply wanted to point out that in most RV brake systems there is an electrical component, and there is no redundancy as you point out so a single failure totally disables the system. In our 30 years of RVing we have had far more issues with the electrical component of our various rigs than the hydraulic. My point that I was trying to make is that a system with two failure points would seem to have a higher chance of a failure than a system with one. Since going to BluDot with our current rig we have eliminated the electrical component issues with our braking system. Yes, you are right, we still have the risk of a single point failure of the hydraulic system, but over the years the hydraulic brakes have seemed to be more dependable than electric. No claims of expertise here, just some personal observations, Best Wishes, Jay
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    Help me understand the CGVW on 2018 pickups

    Mark, I have to slightly disagree with you. IMO, electric over hydraulic systems have two failure points, the electric component and the hydraulic component, which is why, in part, BluDot systems are more desirable, the air component is a more reliable actuator of the hydraulics. Best Wishes, Jay
  14. grumpydoc

    Dump valves

    We have had both cable and electric valves. The issue I see with changing to electric is the current location of your valves. The electric valves we have in our current rig are located in a easy access bay and have an appropriate amount of space to operate. Furthermore they are easily accessed in case of repair. The cable valves we had in our Teton were hidden deep in the underbelly of the rig and were very difficult to access and repair. Which is why we had electric valves in an easy access bay on the new rig! Without seeing where your current valves are it would be difficult to say if electrics would be a reasonable recommendation. All I can say is I like our electric valves and would never have another rig where the valves were hidden deep inside the underbelly, Best Wishes, Jay
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    Help me understand the CGVW on 2018 pickups

    Bobbi/Dick, I agree, the hyper inflated ratings on new class 3 and 4 truck look like an invitation for potentially dangerous set ups. Pulling a load is only part of the job as I see it, ascending and descending steep hills safely and panic stops can become life threatening challenges with heavy rigs. Why are the Big Three advertising these high ratings, I don't know, but apparently their marketing dept must believe there is a market out there for them and legal must have signed off on it, would be my guess. Kinda goes hand in hand with the new 5ers with the low pin weights, the "floaters" as someone called them. Another apparent attempt to exploit a perceived market, people who want bigger 5ers but don't want to move up to MDT/HDT tow trucks. My guess is most of the people driving those rigs have never experienced a serious white knuckle event with an under sized truck. It only took a couple to convince me to upgrade our truck, Best Wishes, Jay