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Dennis M

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    Sold the house in Geneva, IL; Winter in Tucson. Summer wherever.

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  1. Just FYI all Colorado State Park campgrounds/RV Parks closed as of today.
  2. You can tow a fiver with the commercial hitch, same pin size, but it will beat up the fiver as there is not enough pin weight to activate the truck suspension. I suppose you could mount an air hitch behind the commercial fifth wheel. Mine is on a stinger behind the smart deck. One advantage of having it so far behind the rear axle is that it backs like a flat tow.
  3. BigFoot x4. DW said no way she was laying boards to level a fiver with duals! Put the BigFoot on in 2007 a week after we bought the trailer, never regretted it.
  4. Nice old cabover Pete on Barn Finds https://barnfinds.com/daily-driver-reliable-1987-peterbilt-362/
  5. 2005 Newmar Mountain Aire 35 BLKS fifth wheel. We bought it off a repo lot in Virginia in 2007 for 50% of MSRP. As far as we (and an independent RV tech) could tell it had never been used. We've done some interior cabinet modifications to make it fit our lifestyle better (Focal Wood Products), Winegard Trav'ler, and upgraded our recliners (Bradd & Hall). We have lived in the fiver for about six month a year since 2010 and full timed for one year. Have towed it over 100k. The Mountain Aire has duels on two axles - 8 tires - and weighs 18.5 ready to travel. GVWR is 20k. We ran the OEM BFG tires for 3 years, then put on Michelin XPS Ribs. Just put on a new set of XPS Ribs last summer. Never a tire issue. Ours is a four season package with two furnaces, heated belly compartments, dual pane windows, and one ducted AC unit. Coldest we survived was a night at 18 Below and three days with a high below zero. Filled a 40 lb propane tank every other day! The single AC unit has been more than adequate. Only problem we ever had was a continual problem with broken spring hangers. Finally broke down and put on a Mor Ryde Independent Suspension in 2016. Wish we had done it sooner! We can tell from the way things no longer move around inside that it rides much better. Also increased our GVWR since we upgraded from 8k to 9k axles. The Mountain Aire has held up amazingly well. Ten winters in Arizona have taken their toll on the outside which is starting to show it's age, but the inside still looks like new. We have been contemplating a paint job. We would highly recommend Newmar fivers, but they quit building them in 2007. If you can find a well maintained used one grab it!
  6. Dennis M

    Cool Truck

    4:11 gears? Seriously?
  7. We loaded our first smart in 2006 and are on our third - 1-450 and 2-451's. I have always winched up using the rear tow eyes with no issues. Not sure what the tow eye config. is on the 453. I do drive off though.
  8. X3 I'll chime in again. Ever since I started driving - long, long time ago - I have always told myself that every other car on the road is trying to kill me. I try to be doubly alert in the truck and react to anything odd. Case in point, years ago in southern IL a car towing a small U-Haul passed me, the right rear tire was 6 to 8 inches outside of the fender. I immediately kicked off the cruise and slowed down. Sure enough less than a mile down the road that wheel and tire came off completely! Car and trailer came to a pretty quick stop on the shoulder, but that wheel and tire must have gone anothe half mile, bouncing off the guardrail!
  9. Dennis M

    Smart car help?

    We've had 2005 ( a 450 gray market - 64th smart in the US), a 2011 (451) and now a 2013 (also 451). Each has been an improvement over the previous, primarily in ride comfort. The 451 is a few inches longer due to European pedestrian impact standards and has a Mitsubishi engine, the 450's had a Mercedes turbo-charged engine. Really not much difference in performance. We have carried all three crossways on the Volvo deck. Loaded the '05 in March of '06 and have been carrying one ever since. You often hear comments about safety concerns and most of the people in this forum know there is no reason to be concerned. The reason we bought the 2013 was because the 2011 saved my life (and my passengers) in 50 MPH head on hit from a Chevy pickup running a red light. Seat belt broke my sternum and my passenger had cracked ribs, also from the seat belts, so the smart lived up to my beliefs. The drivers door still opened and closed. When we are not traveling the smart is my wife's daily driver and she loves it. We prefer the look of the 451 versus the newer ones, but that is just an opinion, all of them are fine for carrying on your HDT.
  10. Dennis M

    Purchasing Fuel

    I use the Flying J RV card which gets me pump start and cash price using my Visa. Sometimes pay at pump, more often just pump start and go in to pay. We always give our CC company a heads up when we are traveling and rarely get a kickback on 200 gallon fill-ups. On the rare occasion they will text my wife to approve the purchase.
  11. X2 on Desert Trails & Tucson! We spent ten winters at Desert Trails and only stopped because we built a winter home in the area. Reasonable prices, great residents and friendly owners.
  12. I have a Cyclops in my Jeep Wrangler. Probably just as effective and cheaper. Never thought of one for the Volvo, never thought of a 20 year old truck being that vulnerable.
  13. Commercial owner operated rig https://cdllife.com/2019/that-is-our-livelihood-couple-pleads-for-help-recovering-stolen-semi/?
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