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Scuba4fun2

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    Cooking, Boating, Snowmobiling, being outside, and planning my retirement that is looking forward to getting on the road.

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  1. I’m looking for educated feedback on a problem I’m having with having my RV weight. While on our first snowbird trip to Florida, after a 6 weeks stay in a private RV Park, we prepared the RV to be EXACTLY as we would expect to normally travel. Being an Escapee member, we scheduled a stop at an Escapee Weigh station. Having personally weighed most everything that went into the RV (and making some allowances for the items I didn’t weigh) the number came very close to what I expected. My goal was to find out how much weight I had left for a planned solar upgrade. My solar guy suggested that I might get a 2nd data point just to make sure. Two weeks later, after having shed weight, I rolled onto a CAT scale for the first time. It said I weigh 390 pounds heavier. Adjusting for the weight I shed, it was a 520 pounds difference. WHAT? So after our next stop two weeks later, we rolled across a different CAT scale. Allowing for about 100 pounds I added, it said I had gained 220 pounds. Now I have 640 pounds unaccounted for between the Escapee weight and the 2nd CAT scale weight. Anybody have any educated feedback and/or experiences to provide? Any help would be appreciated as I am very perplexed.
  2. Bob, Thx for the info. If you don't mind me asking, what did they charge you for doing the installation work? Are you happy with the work they did? Professional and clean with grommets where the hoses go thru the bed? Thx, Chris
  3. Mind if I asked which tank you bought? And if you like it? Is it gravity fed or pump fed? Reading a lot of negative stuff on the gravity feds, but mostly from the pump fed manufacturers.
  4. So like others who are pulling an RV, I'd like to add an auxiliary diesel fuel tank to my 2016 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie dually. I've identified a tank I'd like....and RDS from Northern Tool. But I'm having a difficult time finding a shop that will install it. Neither my local mechanic or dealership will take on the work. I've consulted with several friends in the area that are known to have made custom mods on their "toys" and got nothing regarding referrals. So since my salesman, who I got the truck from is a good friend, I asked him "Why am I having such a hard time?". He said there are few willing to do it anymore since DOT regulations and the liability associated with leaks and spills are not worth it. Still, he has a contact or two that he is going to ask, but suggested I take to the forums for help. I do have one friend who did the same to his Dodge truck and can use his mechanic, but that's 90 mins away and am trying to avoid the trip if not needed. If I do need to travel, then so be it. What am I missing? Are others who have been thru this finding the same challenges? I live in north central Ohio on Lake Erie, so anyone with recommendations in the Amherst, Vermillion, Huron, Sandusky, Norwalk or Port Clinton area would be appreciated.
  5. I just had a close friend go thru more than a week at DRV in Indiana trying to get a slide fixed. It took more than a week to get things fixed. This after he had another problem with a another slide a few months prior that was corrected more quickly.....by the dealer I believe. As such, my post was an inquiry only re: others experiences.
  6. We're not too far away from starting a journey that is over 2 years in the planning by purchasing a 1 ton truck and a 5er to begin our travels. Obviously quality is important to me,as it is with most. One of my favorites is the Grand Design Solitude line. About a month ago I inquired to Grand Design re: their suppliers of critical parts in the construction of their Solitude RVs. Specifically, I was interested in their frames, axles, suspension, leveling systems and slide mechanisms. They informed me that all were provided by Lippert. I reached out to Lippert asking about their sources and providers of the steel and other metals used in the manufacturing of these parts. But in the last month, I have received no response, so I thought I would try asking here. I asked Lippert who were their suppliers were and where are their manufacturing facilities located? I'm trying to avoid (or minimize) the risk of those RVs made with Chinese steel, which may still be inevitable to some extent. Still, knowing those components that are made with Chinese steel in advance will allow me to plan and budget for replacement of key components with materials made with higher grade steel. Has anyone done the research on Lippert to know who provides their steel for parts that go into their frames, axles, suspension, leveling systems and slide mechanisms? Also, on an unrelated note………after friends recently experienced significant problems with several slide outs in their DRV fifth wheel, I’ve heard comments that “Lippert had a problem with manufacturing slide out mechanism in 2015” that led to a number of RVs experiencing problems. Has anyone else heard that and/or can confirm? Any help would be appreciated. Thx, Chris
  7. Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like Bob Livingston is something worth checking out. And I did find a number of videos on YouTube, specifically RV101.tv, but there are a lot more out there.
  8. I'm doing my research for buying an RV (5er's) and truck in anticipation of hitting the road. However, I'd like to understand how to do basic RV repairs and RV maintenance since I will be spending a lot of time in my RV and will likely doing a lot of boondocking. Can anyone recommend any training courses that they themselves have attended, or have closer personal friends or acquaintances that have been thru the training? If in-person classroom is required, duration and location shouldn't be a problem since I will be retired and can travel to where they are offered. Any help would be appreciated.
  9. I haven't glanced at the HDT section, but the idea is intriguing. That said, I think that would be a big jump for me.......but it's still an interesting option. Thx for the comments.
  10. Thx for the info. The config you have is what I am giving serious consideration to when the time comes. Most of the guys are saying that it's the length and not the width. But when I graduate to the RV lifestyle, I will be moving from a long history with small to mid-sized cars......so I think the width will take some time getting used to as well.
  11. Thx for the info and link
  12. Thx N TX Dave. Alaska is my dream trip. I've already laid out where I want to go and things I want to see. I'll bet you have some memories that will last a lifetime from that trip. Thanks again for the insight re: your experiences. Chris
  13. Greg, The dually would give me more flexibility than the SRW. Adding a toolbox was something I wanted to do. I was playing around with weight distribution and was considering a cargo carrier on the hitch to move weight off the pin. With a dually, I don't have to worry about that. Thx, Chris
  14. Good idea on the 3-point parking. And I hadn't thought about the extra fuel tank with the added capacity of the dually. I need to add that to the list. Thx, Chris
  15. Thanks for all the input, guidance and advice. This was the right place to come for feedback as I was struggling doing what my heart wanted, but my head was telling me otherwise. I’m not fond of duallies. But given what I WANT to do and how I will be using it 95% of the time, your comments are validating that I need to use my brain when it comes to important matters of safety and confidence when moving move than 20K of total weight down the road. After all, it’s not only my safety but the people around me on the road too. Thanks again. Keep the feedback coming, if there are any others. Thx, Chris
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