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    2006 Volvo 780
    2008 KZ Escalade 41 CKS
    2001 Honda XR650R
    2018 Kymco Spade 150

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  1. We currently have Kymco Spade 150, Honda XR650R, and Yamaha TW200 trailbikes. They have all been sprocketed up a notch or two to make them more useful on the street. The TW200 has been universally great as it is quiet, can ride two up if necessary, and there are so many options that can be added (racks, etc). I, too, came from larger bikes (Buell Ulysses XB1200X and Yamaha FJR1300), but have found that I really enjoy riding the lightweight trailbikes on short runs (<40 miles). All of ours are under 300 lbs and easy to load and unload in the trailer or on the truck. We just do not make any of the long, multi day rides since we went on the road full time. The smaller bikes have been great for exploring trails, smaller roads, and even towns, but have still been just fast enough (55-65mph) to go down the highway for a few miles.
  2. Thanks for the info, everybody. I have been considering a straight down pin box, but need to make some calculations to ensure clearance when swinging. I currently have a 5th Airborne extended pin box that I run flat on my TSLB2H 3 bag hitch. I understand, Jack, and am glad to hear that this unit is an RVH as that is one of the ones I was looking at. It has the advantage of the pin not being quite straight down, but a little ahead of the first row of bolts. The straight down ones were too tight without modifying my bed or moving my hitch. I think the link that DesertMiner sent will give me enough information. If more information is necessary, I will contact you directly. Thanks, again.
  3. Do you know if the dimensional configuration matches the Mor/Ryde or Lippert 1621 HD series? Who made the pinbox and what model is it?
  4. We have been using the On-The-Go double standard 16,000 grain manual softener from www.rvwaterfilterstore.com for the last 4 years with good results. We bought it while in southern Arizona for the same reason.
  5. In addition, the new FAA regs require you to have a sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) license/certificate of registration to operate a drone that weighs in excess of 8 oz ("stick of butter" reg). You can read about the regulations at the following FAA sites....pretty much the same as mptjelgin listed above. https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/ https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/ I was flying at a field in Florida 2 years ago and had a local FWS Conservation Officer stop and watch me. He ended up asking me if I was trying to spot deer or wildlife with it (not allowed); I told him no and he asked if I had my FAA sUAS registration with me and if my model was labelled with it. I said I did and it was; I landed and showed him the label and my certificate and he was happy. He stayed around for a bit talking to me about flying and then left. I have flown in many places around the country; many flying fields ask to see my AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) card and ask if I have an FAA sUAS number but that is the only time I have ever had a law enforcement officer stop and check me out.
  6. X2 with NDBirdman for time to approve and his experience regarding interstate FFL transfer procedure. I live in IN and buying long guns in MI is no issue, but handguns worked the same way as with NDBirdman with me buying 15 miles away in MI. It was $35 cheaper in MI but I would have had to pay the IN dealer $25 for the transfer. I decided that was a PITA and went ahead and bought it in IN. Despite MI and IN having reciprocity regarding CCW, it does not extend to purchasing a handgun in another state. Regarding background check time, I just purchased a Ruger Precision in Plymouth, IN and it took almost 35 minutes to get the approval. The previous purchase at a different dealer a few months earlier only took a couple of minutes. They told me that it depends on the amount of traffic the federal site is experiencing.
  7. When we got our rig and took it to Mor/Ryde for inspection of the bearings and IS after 4 years, they said the bearings should be good for 100k miles, but they should be inspected for end play every year. They said a lot depends on how heavily each spindle is loaded and how much torsional loading they receive due to sharp turns, backing, tire scrubbing, etc. Our 7k axles run less than 80% loaded or between 2500 lbs and 2800 lbs per wheel position (3500 lbs/wheel rated). In 2018 (after 10 yrs), we had one bearing getting close to the max end play and had them all replaced ($1200). If we could have economically converted to standard wheel bearings, we would have done that.
  8. Didn't realize you were in Retama Village.....we spent the last year 6/2018 - 6/2019) next door in Bentsen Palm Village. We walked through Retama quite a few times and looked at the HDT's and rigs but never saw anyone outside to talk to. Too late now....maybe next time. We left Mission in June and are now in Ohio just starting the meandering trek to Alpine, TX for the winter.
  9. Great questions and great backstory. Barb and others have provided excellent responses. Like you, albeit 9 years ago, we started out with zero RV experience, but were fortunate enough to have already discovered Escapees and this forum. With everyone’s help and advice, we attended a Boot Camp before ever buying our TV and fiver. Thank goodness we did or we would have been very unhappy with our first unit. That being said, we still managed to “forget” some things and had to learn them from the school of hard knocks. Thus, we now have inside and outside checklists for departure and arrival. When we hear newbie stories today, we can say: yep, been there; done that. Hang in there and enjoy the journey, it will get easier.
  10. “Rarely on the same wavelength”? Wow!! We have shared many a fireside chat, a beer, or dinner with RV Park owners and have found most of them engaging and considerate.......and conservative.
  11. Everything kb0zke said!!!! Start with the basics: Attend an RV Bootcamp or RV Dreams education rally Buy used Check out as many as you can If buying a trailer, make sure your tow vehicle can pull it safely. Make sure your rig has sufficient cargo carrying capacity (CCC) Make sure your tires are rated for the load and in good shape You don’t have to start off with everything. Start with the basics and grow from there. Each of us started pretty much the same and learned what we wanted/needed as we went along. Attending an RV Bootcamp or educational rally will broaden your knowledge base and help educate you tremendously while you are looking for a rig.
  12. Another vote for Sleep Number.....although we got rid of the king and went to a queen. It is comfortable and very light weight.
  13. 6 years with a Weber Q200 here. A great grill. Bought a spare ignitor and burner 4 years ago, but still have not needed them.
  14. We have been full timing and working wherever we go since 2014. At different times, I have defined myself as a migrant worker, a migrant engineer, and an itinerant engineer. My wife defines herself as a virtual analyst, a mobile analyst, or an analista gitana (gypsy analyst). A lot depends on who the audience is.
  15. We are first timers in the lower RGV (Bentsen Palm Village). It is pretty full but there are a few spots left. We have driven thru several other parks and they all seem to be fairly full but each had a few sites available.
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