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  1. We are starting to have similar concerns with my 90 year old mother. She is very independent and suborn. One fall which was in her own apartment. She could reach her cell phone and it just happened to be on a day when we were in the area and on our way to pick her up. My sister, who lives in the next State over, found a really nice used walker and we convinced her to try it. Turns out she likes using it, so for right now we are hoping she can stay in her own apartment. Now to convince her to give her car up!
  2. I would like to think maybe he turned off down the road and an officer did stop him. Takes all kinds of idiots.
  3. It was one of those situations where I was going about 64mph and he came past close to 75-80. Having a 73' RV rig there was no way I was going to be able to catch up to him and get a plate or even really catch what State his plate was from. I did take a unplanned stop in the next rest area just on the off chance he would be in there.
  4. I carry a lot of sockets, wrenches, and misc tools, too many to list here. Also carry some electrical tools along with a vice and grinder. As far as the firearm issue. Since you are pulling a fiver I would not hesitate on keeping it inside your RV. Remember, when your RV is parked and you are actually living in it, for search and seizure purposes it is your home. As long as you are not a convicted felon I do not see any legal reason why you could not have a firearm inside your fiver when you are staying in it. Pulling your fiver and having a firearm inside your TV (tow vehicle) is a whole different matter. I would encourage you to find a legal way to do that.
  5. Don't know about California area, but we just came across NM, TX, OK, MO, and now into Illinois. Out of five campgrounds the past week or so all were about 1/3 full. I'm thinking most kids are heading back to school plus a lot of summer vacation folks are back home IMHO. Enjoy your "new" rig. Safe travels!
  6. A few days ago we were coming across I-40 from NM into TX. It was probably just before Amarillo somewhere. A SUV came flying past in the hammer lane with a hitch carrier on the back, you know one of those platforms most folks carry extra luggage on or maybe a couple coolers. This idiot had mounted a wire cage on his and two full size German Shepherds were jammed in it. They were laying down and this thing was bouncing up and down. It almost made me sick to my stomach.
  7. Well, like I said "you learn something every day". We started with a used Keystone Montana fiver and every RV after that, including that one always came with a propane/electric water heater, except our current model of course.
  8. You learn something everyday. I have never heard of a propane only water heater on an RV. I would question the fact that "many" water heaters in RVs are propane only though. I would guess that the vast majority are electric and propane, probably 95%. Just guessing though Kirk, you have more experience.
  9. No need to check my Cummins manual again Kirk. At my initial service on my 2017 the certified mechanic in charge of their shop and I had a long discussion about my engine and the load I was pulling. He said if coming directly off an interstate to fuel up or stop in a rest area the motor needed to idle for a short time. If driving at 30mph or so for a few miles after having a heavy load on then the idle down time wasn't important.
  10. Personal preference I guess. I have never pulled off the highway after having a load on my diesel engine and just shut it down. Guess I was always taught to let it idle and cool down for several minutes. I always plug in the electric first to check it at the site. There is no use in doing anything else until you know 100% that the pedestal is actually good. I also like to take the load off my generator for a few minutes and then shut it down. Getting 6.5mpg average I don't really worry about "wasting a few minutes of diesel" in the whole scheme of things.
  11. This provided link by 2gypsies is your best reference, it will not only provide you with the best up-to-date info but explains how 4 down towing is set up.
  12. Mine are Carefree. Enclosed in a cylinder on the outer edge of the slide when retracted. They are the only brand we have had and they have worked well for almost 2 years. From the description Barb gave, others may be designed differently and not enclosed when rolled up, not sure.
  13. Of course the retraction cylinder/box is mounted on the outside of the slide. If there is debris laying on top of the fabric it has to go somewhere. If it is small enough it will get rolled up with the fabric, if it is large enough it will lay up there as the slide goes in and get forced against the top of the coach. I'm not saying that every time you pull your slides w/toppers in you have to first clear them of debris. What I am saying is that in certain sites, especially after storms or high winds, there could be pine cones, leaves, twigs, or other things that you should blow or sweep off prior to pulling that slide in. I guess the whole point is not if you do preventive maintenance to your slide toppers or just push the slide button in and out and not worry about it, the OP really just wanted to know what brand was better. My intent was just to make sure he understood there was advantages and disadvantages to having slide toppers before he spent the kind of money described.
  14. Let me just give you my opinion on factory warranty and aftermarket warranty, or what is actually a service plan after the original factory warranty expires. I will just base this on purchasing a motorized RV, not necessarily a fifth wheel or travel trailer. With a new unit you will no doubt get a one year or two year factory warranty from the RV manufacturer. This will cover most things that will go wrong with the "coach" part of the RV. As far as the engine, transmission, and chassis, those will be covered under a different warranty, like Ford, Cummins, or whoever built them. They could be a factory warranty for 3 years or longer. Now if you buy new, or even 2 or 3 years old, you can add an extended warranty, or service plan. There are a ton of them out there and each dealer will have one or two they like to push on you. Most dealers will mark up a extended plan by 100% or more so beware. You can get plans that only cover the "coach" part of your RV or you can get plans that cover the whole RV including the engine, transmission, and chassis. Our last new RV purchase came with a 1 year factory warranty. Newmar, unlike many RV manufacturers will actually cover repairs after the warranty expires if they feel the part should not have failed. They did a repair for us at the 14 month mark ($1,100) at no charge and will be doing another one at the 20 month mark (>$5,000) at no charge. Even though we purchased an extended service plan it will not kick in because Newmar is just picking up the tab. The service plan we purchased was for "coach" only issues and excluded the engine, transmission, and chassis. Those systems are under warranty by Cummins and Frieightliner for anywhere from 3 years to 5 years anyway. So, like I stated in an earlier post find the perfect floor plan. Then start doing some research on the manufacturer that makes that floorplan. Maybe then decide to start shopping for new or used.
  15. The only thing that will actually come off a slide topper automatically each time it is closed is water. Other small debris has to either be rolled up inside the retraction cover box or get smashed in-between the closed slide and wall of your RV. The problem is 99% of the folks have never been on their roofs, or on a ladder and watched what happens when slides with toppers are retracted. We always try to land in a spot that is not under trees. We have a Winegard satellite dish on top of our coach and if we get stuck on a site with a lot of trees obviously we will not have reception. There are still times when it can't be helped and we end up with "stuff" dropped on our slide toppers. Keep in mind that this is our experience as full time travelers. Other's with opposite views may just move their RVs to 4 or 5 different sites each year and never have the same issues in a variety of sites.
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