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TheLex

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  1. 5er toy hauler or DP & Trailer?

    Why were you unable to make the garage a comfortable living space? Is it because it was not air-conditioned or heated?
  2. I figure if we use about 30 gal a day, we can be out and about for 3 to 4 days. That's enough before we move on to the next spot.
  3. Thanks for the tip. I just looked at the Newell MH's on rvtrader and those cost even more than the Foretravel units. There's not much to choose from in the under $180,000 range. How does the quality compare between the two brands?
  4. Exactly right. As I stated my impression is a 9000 pound truck with airbags all around and proper seat belts is safer than a fiberglass motorhome despite the fact that that motor home weighs 40000 pounds. That being said when I review the statistics about motorhome fatalities, the rate is is extremely low.
  5. Yeah I'm starting to get that. My mistake was I went out and bought a brand new Ford 450 dually with the intention of pulling a toy hauler. The combo is less expensive then a motorhome and a toad. We shall see if she'll be okay with the toy hauler as I am loathe the selling a brand new truck.
  6. Thanks for the link. Wow the Foretravel units are very nice! But they're also very expensive! Looking at RV Trader there is only one unit under $180,000 that would work for us. It's a 2008 model.
  7. Thank you for the warm welcome! Equalizing the two grey tanks makes sense, especially since the one from the sink is likely to fill much more slowly. I'm not even going to consider mixing the black with the grey. That's a recipe for a lot of bad things IMO. With 104 gal of grey, we should be ok for several days. Then it's on to the next destination! Now if I can only talk my wife out of a 45 foot long Class A DP! Those things typically have no more than an 80 gal grey tank max, with many being in the 60ish range.
  8. Tow vehicle concern

    I stand corrected. Yes the new duallies do come with TPMS. The exception is my F450 because this truck uses 19.5" rims and Ford has not certified a TPMS that works with this particular wheel. So those of us with F450's have to seek out aftermarket TPMS systems. The reason I went with the F450 was not only because of the DRW, but because the 450 has extra large brakes and a wide track front axle that allow the truck to turn very sharply. I can easily make a U-turn into the #2 lane without having to back up and shimmy the truck.
  9. We considered home schooling. At the end of the day we feel that socialization is just as important as learning their ABC's. Since they're triplets they're very used to socializing with each other. But we want them to able to have relationships with other kids without their other brothers being around constantly. Right now they're in soccer and karate as well. Another consideration is stability. We feel it's important for the kids to have a stable constant environment where their friends and teachers are the same through the school year. I know there are a lots of successful and well rounded home schooled kids. We just don't feel up to the task with 3 kids and see a lot of reasons why they're better off at traditional schooling.
  10. Actually we plan on only staying a few days at each site. We want to see as much of B.C., Alberta, Oregon and Washing as we can in the two months we have. We figure we'll stay at each location until we exhaust the tank capacity. Some places we probably won't stay more than a couple of days. I don't have a problem driving 4 - 5 hrs each day. The thermometer is a good idea.
  11. The Momentum has a 12 gallon rapid recovery water heater. If that's not enough we could always upgrade it to a tankless unit with a recirculation sytem.
  12. After practicing dentistry for almost 30 years I've decided it's time to call it a day. My wife and I got married later than most and at age 50, we welcomed triplet boys into our family. So now with the kids at 6 yrs of age, we're going to start RVing. BUT since the kids will be in school for the next 12 years, our major RV trips will be during the 2 months off the have in the summer. We plan on summering in Canada in B.C. and Alberta, since my wife has family there. The rest of the time we can go out on weekends since we live at the base of the Northern California Sierras near Lake Tahoe. Because we have the kids, I'm a major safety freak. My wife likes the big class A DP's but she'd want the bunkhouse model. My concern is with the MH is that the kids would be belted in on a sofa. MH's AFAIK are not built to any sort of rigid safety standards. They're essentially big fiberglass boxes on a metal subframe. Yes they weigh as much as 50k lbs GVW and mass helps with accidents. But at the end of the day the driver has no airbag protection. I'm not sure if they have ABS braking. Most probably don't have ESP skid control or a lot of the other safety systems on passenger motor vehicles. So I figured our family would be safer traveling in a one ton dually pickup. Leaping in with both feet, I went out and bought a brand new Ford F-450 which my wife now calls "The Beast". I actually like driving it. It's a very secure feeling truck. It took a bit to get used to the width of the rear end, but I'm fine with it now. I figure at least we're in a 9280 lb air bag protected environment built to passenger motor vehicle safety standards. But now after looking at class a diesel pushers, my wife tells me she likes the big 40+ ft MH's with the bunkhouses and L shaped couches around a television. We'd have to buy used to afford one of those big rigs. But I'm not sure I'm comfortable driving such a big beast. And because I've read plenty of posts about how crowded RV parks are nowadays and how difficult it is to get reservations during the summer months, we'd probably do a lot of dry camping. Most MH's have smallish grey tanks. Most are no more than 80 gals grey with about 100 gal fresh water. In contrast, a toy hauler like the Grand Design Momentum 328m has 157 gal fresh, 104 gal grey, and 52 gal grey. That's a lot more capacity. I know people say "just take navy showers". While my kids are ok to not even shower at all, my wife will want a HOT shower daily. I OTOH am even more problematic. For medical reasons I need about a 8 - 10 min shower daily. At 1.5 gal flow/min a 10 min shower would use 15 gals water. If we use 30 gal water/day, we'd have 3 - 4 days before we have to dump the grey tank. But here's the kicker. Grand Design like other manufacturers, uses two separate 52 gal grey tank. In the case of the Momentum 328m, there's one tank for the sink and another for the shower. I've read there are ways to connect the two tanks together. Perhaps that would be the solution. The only bigger capacity grey tank in a toy hauler comes at a penalty of having a 43' long trailer. The Momentum 328m is 36' long, which for a newbie like myself, would be much easier to haul around. It would probably be much easier to find spots to park the thing as well. So I guess my first question here on this forum is have people connected their grey tanks together to gain more total capacity? How'd you do it? I've also seen posts about equalizing the grey and black tanks, but I'm leery of having the black tank stuff mix with the stuff in the grey tank. Thanks!
  13. 4113 Jayco seismic

    I've been investigating Grand Design Momentums. That 104 gal of grey is actually TWO separate 52 gal grey tanks.
  14. Tow vehicle concern

    Duallies aren't that bad. I'd never driven a pickup truck before in my entire lifetime and we just got a new F450. The thing is a beast but now after having driven it almost 1k mi, I'm very comfortable with it in all sorts of traffic and situations. When I pass the big loaded up semi trucks, I barely notice the wind shear. 9280 lbs of truck will do that for you, especially with the DRW. But common sense will have my truck and trailer parked any time there are high winds. It's just not worth the risk driving in those situations with my family on board. You're absolutely right that it does not come with TPMS. I plan on installing the TST 507 internal sensors held in place with a strap to avoid having to use the ugly brass stems that TST supplies. Then I will add more sensors for the trailer TPMS.
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